As we move into February, this weekend is packed full of must-see action. We’ve got three huge events that you’ll definitely want to check out.
New School Meets Old School in Super Bowl 50
Arguably the biggest annual fixture in world sport will hit our screens on Sunday night, as the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will face-off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, fighting to get their hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy.
After an almost-perfect season in Carolina, which has seen the Panthers lose just once, much of the focus will be on quarterback (and likely 2015 MVP) Cam Newton, who has enjoyed what has been easily the best year of his career so far, throwing 35 touchdown passes, as well as rushing for 10 on the ground.
Meanwhile in Denver, in what was seen by many as a shock result, the Broncos booked their place in this weekend’s game after veteran QB Peyton Manning – heavily assisted by Denver’s tremendous defensive performance – and his team managed to hold on to pick up a narrow 20-18 victory over Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.
Future Hall-of-Famer or not, Manning has had a difficult season, tarred with questionable performances, excruciating injuries and HGH allegations. With the rumour-mill burning brightly regarding his possible retirement, if he is to pick up a second Super Bowl ring and (potentially) go out on a high, the key factor will be whether or not Denver’s pass rush defense can stop ‘Super Cam’ putting them to the sword.
The Title Race Heats Up at the Etihad
The 2015/16 Premier League football (soccer if you’re still in Super Bowl mode) season has been a wild one, with unlikely-champions Leicester City riding high at the top of the table, and one man who has played a pivotal role in proceedings has been record-breaking success story Jamie Vardy.
The Leicester man has bagged 18 goals in the league already, and is showing no sign of letting up after picking up a brace in a 2-0 win over a woeful-looking Liverpool. Manager Claudio Ranieri will lead his Foxes to second place Manchester City on Saturday, as they look to extend their 3-point lead at this vital stage.
On Monday, the hosts were hit with announcement that their manager Manuel Pellegrini would be leaving the club in the Summer, and whilst they managed to defeat relegation-battling Sunderland the next day, there will still be questions about just how the news will affect the rest of this campaign.
The previous league fixture between the clubs finished goalless back in December, however Manchester City’s record at home is far better than when they’re on the road, so a little more action should be expected this time around.
England Seek Success in South Africa
After a rain-affected victory in Bloemfontein saw the tourists take a 1-0 lead in the current one-day cricket series, England will look to overcome the Proteas once again on Saturday in the second fixture of the five-game schedule.
Whilst the first game eventually ended in a Duckworth-Lewis method 39 run win for England, it is likely the 399-9 score that they posted – their second-highest ever one-day international score – should have always been more than enough to see off their opponents without any adverse weather.
Captain Eoin Morgan will undoubtedly be delighted with the progress his team has made since their unsuccessful World Cup attempt in 2015. Limited-overs cricket has always been an up-and-down journey for the English, and as they continue to overcome the woes of recent times, their prospects for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy continue to look better and better.
Whilst it is far too early in the current series to start popping champagne corks, if England’s batsmen can continue to show the kind of form we saw on Wednesday and the bowling attack can keep AB de Villiers at bay, England have an excellent chance of glory against one of the world’s best sides.
Will it be Peyton or Cam? Can Leicester stay on top? Who will win in South Africa? Let us know your predictions!
Elsewhere in sport, the 2016 Six Nations Championship kicks off on Saturday. Check out our preview on the teams here.
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