The second race of the 2014 Formula 1 season takes place this weekend in Malaysia with championship leader Nico Rosberg looking to continue his great start and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo hoping to put the disappointment of his disqualification in Australia behind him. It will be interesting to see how the Red Bulls perform in Malaysia given Sebastian Vettel has won three of the past four races there.
Despite his past success, he is only rated a 14/1 chance to win after a horrid pre-season and an early crash that saw him exit the Australian Grand Prix. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg also like this track having finished third and fourth respectively last year behind the Red Bulls of Vettel and Mark Webber.
Arsenal’s waning hopes of challenging for the EPL title will be severely tested when they host Manchester City at the weekend. It’s been a tough week for the Gunners, who were belted 6-0 by Chelsea last weekend then let Swansea score a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw mid-week. City, meanwhile, warmed up for this with a 3-0 win over cross-town rivals Manchester United and will be very difficult to stop in this one. The other big game sees Liverpool host Tottenham with Spurs needing a win to keep their hopes of Champions League football next season alive.
The World Snooker Players’ Championship got underway yesterday and it was a bad start for China with defending champion Jing Dunhui beaten by England’s Ben Woollaston, while world number one Neil Robertson was also a shock opening round casualty. A total of 32 players take part in the Players’ Championship with a first prize of £100,000 going to the winner. Still in contention are Shaun Murphy, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump.
And cricket’s T20 World Cup continues in Bangladesh with some crucial clashes taking place between England and Sri Lanka; Australia and India; and England and South Africa. Only the top two sides from each five-team group progress to the semi-finals.
Good luck and good punting.