All eyes on Europe this week­end, where there’s moolla to be made

The Mercury - - SPORT - Sanele Tsha­bal­ala

HOLA, hola! That in­ter­na­tional break was hella in­ter­est­ing – quite a change from the norm – as we saw the likes of The Nether­a­lands, Wales and Chile miss­ing out on Rus­sia 2018, while Ire­land and those jammy Aussies are sweat­ing on a play-off.

It’s a pity we couldn’t see any of our favourite Euro­pean play­ers on Su­perS­port, but had to set­tle for South Amer­i­can fare at 1am. What are we pay­ing this grand a month for, vele?

Europe is where we con­cen­trate this week­end, across all sport­ing codes. There’s moolla to be made if you pick them right, my cousin. The Euro­pean rugby cham­pi­onship kicks off this week­end (well, last night kahle kahle – I’m sure Pau did the busi­ness…) with the best on the con­ti­nent tak­ing each other on.

Ul­ster vs Wasps is a Saf­fer fest all round, fol­lowed by Le­in­ster against Jake White’s Mont­pe­lier – which has got more Du Plessis bug­gers than the Chee­tahs!

Let’s go home team on both here, and stay away from the hand­i­caps. If you don’t go “plus” in the open­ing week, they may just chow you!

EPL is back on our telly, with a banger up­front be­tween “Mane-less” Scousers host­ing Manch­ester United.

There is noth­ing be­tween them, ac­cord­ing to the books, but what do they know! United to win here, by the odd goal, papa.

Man City take on Stoke, and you should look at goals on both ends and City to win.

We have a Lon­don derby, with Palace (7/1) vs Chel­ski (4/10).

This may be an up­hill strug­gle for the home span, but der­bies usu­ally get them up.

The Blues should be too strong, though, but maybe soek for over 2.5 goals.

At that dilly price, I’m go­ing to take a dip on the Ea­gles!

Swansea host Hud­der­s­field, and you should look at home win or draw, if you are un­cer­tain. Tot­ten­ham (2/10) vs Bournemouth (12/1) serves us Eng­land’s mighty skip­per Kane on show at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, where you should bloody well think they fi­nally feel at home.

Prob­lem is that ev­ery­body gets up at this mighty venue, and it gal­vanises even the puz­zlers. Go with the Lily white boys but, at that short price, I may be swayed to look at vis­i­tors +draw.

La Liga serves up some pa­prika with Atletico Madrid (18/10) against (nearly) in­de­pen­dent Barcelona at 16/10, with the stale­mate be­ing 22/10. I men­tion the lat­ter for a rea­son – get in!

There’s also a young dose of Cur­rie Cup, with the best match on tonight when the Bulls play the Pu­mas at Lof­tus for a spot in the knock­outs.

Ques­tion is, can John Mitchell’s laaitjies avenge the last re­sult (51-15) be­tween these two ear­lier in the sea­son?

Sharks take on West­ern Prov­ince with ev­ery­thing done and dusted in terms of home play-offs. We should be in for three back-to-back home games, if all goes as swimmingly as the sea­son has at the Shark Tank.

Down in Kiwi coun­try, North Har­bour take on the bold Taranaki, who chowed front run­ners Can­ter­bury last week, to win the Ren­fer­ley Shield – surely the most val­ued log of wood in world sport. Go with the Taranaki, bum­ble-bees!

In­dia and Aus­tralia have T20 tid­dly­winks, and the ca­naries will be hop­ing to fin­ish strong in Hy­der­abad.

In­dia have 99 prob­lems with the swing­ing ball, but that ain’t noth­ing on Ha­roon Lor­gat and the CSA chumps – and it’s noth­ing to do with quo­tas this time, you dizzy monks.

Talk­ing yel­low, it’s MTN8 fi­nal in the Dirt­bin, as Su­perS­port meet Cape Town City. Back Benni’s Ban­dits to take the broad­cast­ing boys, even if they need to go into over-time. Happy Fri­day the 13th! Get lucky!

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