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The Independent on Saturday - - SPORT -

THIS is a lit­tle twist that has been served up, in a cli­mate with many a change. San­goma has been relegated to Mvela League, other­wise known as the First Divi­sion. So long Fri­days, and hello Satur­days with your bookie over brunch!

Which­ever way it is, let’s make the most of th­ese changes and get to work. In the theme of change, we are go­ing to run a weekly barometer of this San­goma’s picks and see if the Bones make you any tin (known as money to us plebs) and if there is ac­tual for­tune telling here, or is this just a ca­sual San­goma con­sul­ta­tion?

It has been one hell of a week in sport, and things should only get bet­ter over the next cou­ple of weeks this sum­mer. There is a full sched­ule of rugby, footy and cricket on the go, with the USA sports also get­ting into their new sea­sons. We cover and bet on any­thing that moves, so buckle up with some moola, and let’s makes some fes­tive sea­son Madibaz.

Let’s start with the rugby, which has the top 10 teams all com­pet­ing, mostly in Europe. This week­end fea­tures France host­ing South Africa. Af­ter last week­end’s dis­ap­point­ment, I think we should get a bet­ter re­sult, es­pe­cially with the change of per­son­nel.

The Boks should get up for the win by four or more points, which is the hand­i­cap of­fered by the book­ies. The other big game on the cards is (at a de­cent hour) Eng­land ver­sus New Zealand – a match Ed­die Jones has avoided for a cou­ple of years now.

Un­for­tu­nately his tac­tic will back­fire on his troops, as the men in Black will not make the mis­takes Boks made a week ago. I ex­pect New Zealand to put 15 points on Eng­land. Yebo, even at Twick­en­ham!

Scot­land host Fiji, and this should pro­duce a lovely run­ning game. The is­landers’ fetish for flair was demon­strated by Fi­jian Drua dur­ing the Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship this year.

Look into the hand­i­cap of +15 for the vis­i­tors, or take a Fiji win if you are brave. It’s at a saucy price of 5/1.

An­other big­gie is Wales taking on Aus­tralia, in what should be an en­ter­tain­ing match. Both sides are full of run­ning and try­ing out new com­bi­na­tions, with mixes of old and new per­son­nel. Look at Wales sneak­ing this one by a hand­ful!

Lastly Ire­land hosts Ar­gentina, and they are ex­pected to win this en­counter. Of course, the Pu­mas hunted down some big prey this year, and should not be taken lightly. Punt at your peril.

On the foot­ball front, we have some great match-ups on the cards, both in Europe and in our lo­cal diski.

The PSL is back af­ter the cup ties, and we have Golden Ar­rows at home to Baroka. Ar­rows should bank three points.

The high­lights for this week­end are Sun­downs taking on the Or­lando Pi­rates and AmaZulu meet­ing Polok­wane. The humdinger at Lof­tus is a tantalising prospect. Both teams are com­ing into this en­counter in red hot form, so this game should be full of goals.

Go for over 2.5 goals and, if you are feel­ing lucky, take over 2.5 goals onto a Pi­rates win – Up the Bucs, bafethu!!

In Eng­land, there are some well-con­tested matches be­tween mid-ta­ble sides. Hud­der­s­field tackle West Ham, mourn­ing Leicester host Burnley, tem­per­a­men­tal Crys­tal Palace wel­come Tot­ten­ham and free-scor­ing Liver­pool face Fulham, all to­day. I ex­pect both the Ham­mers and Spurs to col­lect points on the road, whilst Liver­pool and Leicester are likely to do the busi­ness at home. Per­haps also look into taking both teams to score in both the Leicester and Palace game. Enough with the aver­age put­ters, as the week­end is ac­tu­ally ALL about Su­per Sun­day. Ram­pant Chelsea play Ever­ton and resur­gent Arsenal host Wolves. Both th­ese games should have at least two or more goals in them, and I pre­dict the home teams to come out on top. It all cul­mi­nates in an evening dose of a scrump­tious Manch­ester derby. Now this will be a feisty feast, sim­i­lar to the Sun­downs and Bhaka-Bhaka game (well, not re­ally, but…) with both teams in a rich vein of form. This will be a cracker, but the Cit­i­zens will do the busi­ness – and may do it by a cou­ple goals, too. By the by, don’t for­get the Proteas in the one-day de­cider with Aus­tralia to­mor­row at the crack of dawn. Let’s hope that the bats­men can match the bowlers’ hus­tle.

En­joy the week­end, and good luck on the punts. San­goma out!

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