It is all on the line for these two teams as they fight their way to the second qualifying final against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. Many expected Kolkata to reach the finals, however some inconsistent performances and poor bowling displays saw them drop some matches many expected to win.
European club football’s showpiece event is finally upon us as Real Madrid take on Liverpool in this weekend’s Champions League final. Kyiv is the setting as the last two teams in the competition battle it out for continental supremacy.
The UFC arrives at Liverpool for the very first time and it’s all for the ‘The Gorilla’ – Darren Till. The proud Liverpudlian has blazed onto the scene after a string of impressive performances including his dismantling and destruction of Donald Cerrone which has fast-tracked him to the top of the welterweight pile and a meeting with former title challenger Stephen Thompson.
Gunnar Nelson withdrew from the card due to a knee injury leaving Neil Magny without an opponent two weeks out. Step up Craig White for his UFC debut which was earned after four phenomenal performances for Cage Warriors.
These guys are both very promising talents with an abundance of skill. Burnell is a real grinder; an effective grappler with a strong top game which has allowed him to pull off five submissions. So, Burnell is expected to take Arnold down and attempt to keep him there.
Fan-favourite Jason Knight makes his first appearance on European soil and is desperate for a win after two losses in a row. These were at the hands of Ricardo Lamas and Gabriel Benitez who are two of the best fighters in the division so despite the losses, the experience will be valuable.
Davey Grant is another English talent who has shown a lot of promise in his career. However, after reaching the final of The Ultimate Fighter in 2013, he has only fought twice due to a series of injuries. The first was a decision win over Marlon Vera in 2016 and the second a submission loss to Damian Stasiak seven months later.
The UFC gods have not been kind to Stewart. Potentially one loss away from being cut, he has been handed an awkward match-up in Spicely who is a submission artist. The game plan from Spicely will be clear and he will look for the takedown and submission.
The two best performing teams face off in a match that will see the winner progress straight to the grand final on Sunday while the loser will play the winner of KKR vs Rajasthan. It is easy to make a case for both sides who have been ultra-impressive throughout the tournament to date...
WBO Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was due to face veteran and British fan favourite Martin Murray on the 14th of April at the O2 Arena only for the fight to be rescheduled at the same venue for the 23rd of June due to a hand injury sustained by Saunders in training.
As we reach the final match of the round-robin series we see two teams who have taken very different paths. Chennai have been dominant from the start and can rest easy having qualified some time ago, whilst the Kings XI have only themselves to blame for a horror run of form which has effectively ended their season.
The equation is simple for Mumbai, a win will see them reach the finals and secure a top four place whilst a loss will see them narrowly miss out. It has been an amazing turn around for Mumbai who started the season with just one victory from their first six matches but have gone on to record five wins from their next seven.
Another day and another crucial match as KKR come up against the powerhouse of the Sunrisers Hyderabad who are cruising having already qualified but are still turning out solid performances.
In a repeat of last weekend’s Challenge Cup game, Wakefield face Huddersfield with Trinity looking to right the wrongs of last week’s defeat. The Giants overcame a half-time deficit to win their second game in a row in all competitions after they defeated Widnes in their last Super League outing.