BRIGHTON COULD DO CITY A FAVOUR

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - Ekse. oorkant mara ma­hala

LET’S SKIP the nib­bles for a change – and go straight into the main course!

When it comes to footy this week­end, the heat is in Lon­don, kids. West Ham host Arse­nal, where Samir Nasri will hope to get one over his old club.

As good as the Ham­mers are at “home”, Unai Emery’s charges are pretty po­tent, Look for goals, and also the away win.

Brighton then host log lead­ers Liver­pool. For most, this should be a fore­gone con­clu­sion, with the Scousers look­ing the busi­ness at the minute. How­ever, their boat has been rocked by suc­ces­sive de­feats in the league, and then the FA Cup.

This is an ideal chance for Klopp and his lads to get back on the horse, and nip any talk of wob­ble in the bud. Red seems to be the theme this week­end, so this Liver­pudlian punt onto Sun­day’s main meal is a jub­bly dou­ble, (but) I smell a rat. I’m giv­ing to head for the bush and stay away from this fix­ture.

Who knows, Brighton could do Manch­ester City – and para­noid United fans – a favour.

Four of the bot­tom five teams are also com­pet­ing against one an­other this week­end, with Burn­ley against Ful­ham. The Clarets have turned a cor­ner, and should take all three points at the quaint Turf Moor.

Le­ices­ter are at home to a strug­gling Southamp­ton, who are in dire need of any sort hope. Le­ices­ter at home are a tough prospect, but I fancy the vis­i­tors to grab a scummy point at least – as to give some sort of hope down in the rel­e­ga­tion trenches.

Chelsea bil­lions meet New­cas­tle mil­lions, and Ro­man’s army should in­flict some pain on a team deep in the dwang. Then, on Sun­day, Ever­ton play hosts to Bournemouth. Back the Tof­fees to chew on the cher­ries.

How­ever, the big game of week­end is Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur against a resur­gent Manch­ester United.

Since the lat­ter have switched up man­agers to Ole Ole Ole, they look a treat. The likes of Paul Pogba and com­pany are also look­ing like the su­per­stars we know them to be.

San­goma is quite anti the Devils, as a rule, but the Bones awoke this morn­ing see­ing red. Which must be a sign .....

Go take a punt on the vis­i­tors to win, with both teams to get on the board. Talk­ing red, lets take a young tea break and get our eye in on the cricket that is on the go. Lo­cally its third and fi­nal Test against Pak­istan.

This game is dead Miche­lin, so I re­ally hope South African cricket is al­low­ing peo­ple in this week­end?

The Proteas are with­out the in­flu­en­tial skip­per Faf Du Plea­sure, and are led by Dean El­gar. Let’s hope he leads the troops to a series white­wash, which is the favoured re­sult for a game that could be over on Sun­day.

Lo­cal foot­ball is also look­ing a lot bet­ter this sea­son, with more goals be­ing scored.

Last week’s Or­lando Pi­rates v High­lands Park game that I mist­imed on my pre­dic­tion was an ab­so­lute cracker, and ended in a 2-2 draw.

This week­end, the games are pretty av­er­age, by com­par­i­son. AmaZulu play High­lands, Cape Town City host Baroka and Bloem­fontein Celtic are against Golden Ar­rows.

I’d like to say all home teams should win, but I won’t as the book­ies are at it again with nonsense prices. Just on prin­ci­pal, Mshengu Tsha­bal­ala may have to take a dip at a cheeky AB dou­ble and C what hap­pens. Go with Ar­rows and Baroka, which goes at 16 to 1 for the pair (UN­BE­LIEV­ABLE – As Hugh Bladen would say).

If you are an avid lo­cal footy spec­ta­tor , then tune into Mul­ti­choice Diski Chal­lenge, where the best of the up-and-com­ing young­sters will be on show.

Then we take a pad­dle across the pond to Aus­tralia, where the wog­glers and In­dia be­gin the ODI’s. They kicked off at spar­row’s fart this morn­ing. Depend­ing on when you read this col­umn, it should be the sec­ond in­nings with a healthy chase of 300 plus on the board, ei­ther way. This series should be just as ex­cit­ing and as com­pet­i­tive as the Test series.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Ozzy gimps, I sus­pect a sim­i­lar re­sult will fol­low and In­dia will take the series be­fore the last match. To be fair though, Aus­tralia should re­ally com­pete – es­pe­cially if they dip into the Big Bash for play­ers in form.

Oh, for those who re­ally like a cheeky punt – what odds on all the ANC big­wigs stay­ing in their hal­lowed seats af­ter a week of de­bauch­ery in Dur­ban?!

I’m out, like a mis­be­hav­ing min­is­ter!

ODI Series: Aus­tralia v In­dia, Sec­ond ODI, 5.10am, SS5; Test Series: v Pak­istan, Third Test, Day 5, 9.30am, CSN/SS2

Tour Down Un­der: Stage 1, 132.4km, 4am, SS2

Premier League Wrap, 12 mid­night, SS3

Aus­tralian Open, Day 2, Day Ses­sion, 2am, SS6; Night Ses­sion, 10am, SS6

WED­NES­DAY

Big Bash T20: Syd­ney Six­ers v Mel­bourne Rene­gades, 10.10am, SS2

Tour Down Un­der: Stage 2, 149km, 4.30am, SS5

Euro­pean Tour: Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham­pi­onship, Day 1, 5.30am, CSN/SS1

Absa Premier­ship: Mamelodi Sun­downs v Mar­itzburg United, 6.30pm, SS7; AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, 6.30pm, SS4

Aus­tralian Open, Day 3, Day Ses­sion, 2am, SS6; Night Ses­sion, 10am, SS6

THURS­DAY

Big Bash T20: Bris­bane Heat v Syd­ney Thun­der, 10.10am, SS2

Tour Down Un­der: Stage 3, 146.2km, 4am, SS5

Euro­pean Tour: Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham­pi­onship, Day 2, 9am, CSN/SS1; PGA Tour: Desert Clas­sic, Day 1, 10pm, SS1/CSN; Latin Amer­ica Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, Day 1, 10pm, SS8

Soc­cer Africa, 9.30pm, SS4

Aus­tralian Open, Day 4, Day Ses­sion, 2am, SS6; Night Ses­sion, 10am, SS6

FRI­DAY

ODI Series: Aus­tralia v In­dia, Third ODI, 4.10am, SS2; Big Bash T20: Perth Scorchers v Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes, 12.25pm, SS2

Tour Down Un­der: Stage 4, 129.2km, 4am, SS5

Euro­pean Tour: Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham­pi­onship, Day 3, 10am, SS1/CSN; Latin Amer­ica Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, Day 2, 10pm, SS8; PGA Tour: Desert Clas­sic, Day 2, 10pm, SS5

PRO14: South­ern Kings v Chee­tahs, 6.45pm, CSN/ SS1; Cham­pi­ons Cup: Ed­in­burgh v Mont­pel­lier, 9.40pm, SS1

Su­per Diski: NFD High­lights Show, 4.45pm, SS4; CAF Cham­pi­ons League: Or­lando Pi­rates v Horoya, 5.45pm, SS4; Espérance v FC Plat­inum, 8.45pm, SS9; PSL TV - Ex­tra Time Reloaded, 8pm, SS4; La Liga: Getafe v Alaves, 9.55pm, SS7

Aus­tralian Open, Day 5, Day Ses­sion, 2am, SS6; Night Ses­sion, 10am, SS6

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