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WGM’s weekend preview

Written by Ben Blaschke

The 2013/14 EPL season has been arguably the greatest of all time and it’s fitting that it should come down to the wire to determine who is crowned champions. The smart money says that Manchester City will make it two titles in three years after both Chelsea and Liverpool slipped up last weekend – the sky blue needing just a win and a draw from their last two matches against Aston Villa and West Ham.

It seems unlikely that either can nab a win at Etihad Stadium to open the door for Liverpool to snatch the title, but crazier things have happened in this topsy-turvy season so we won’t call it a done deal just yet! At the other end of the table, Norwich need a win over Arsenal to have any chance of staying up but even then they are likely to join Fulham and Cardiff City in relegation.

The Formula 1 season continues in Spain with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes looking to continue their dominance of 2014. Mechanical problems aside, it’s hard to see anyone other than Hamilton or teammate Nico Rosberg winning here, however keep an eye on Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikonnen who both have great records at this track.

The second round of the NBA playoffs continue with Miami and San Antonio flexing their muscle early on to take a 1-0 lead in their series against Brooklyn and Portland respectively. Much like the first round however, the road already looks rocky for both Indiana, who lost their opener against Washington, and Oklahoma City who fell to the Clippers, in their quest to challenge for the championship.

Rafael Nadal has a great chance to win his first clay court event of the season in Madrid following the withdrawal of both Novak Djokovic through injury and Roger Federer for family reasons, as well as the shock loss of Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal is in need of a confidence boost ahead of the French Open and can have no better opportunity with his three main rivals out.

And Tiger Woods’ grip on golf’s number one ranking could come to an end this weekend at TPC Sawgrass with Australia’s Adam Scott poised to move into the top spot with a good result at the Players Championship. Scott won this event 10 years ago and needs just a top 16 finish to become only the second Aussie to ever hold the number one ranking. Woods remains sidelined with a back injury.

Good luck and good punting.