Essex have been under-par so far in the t20 Blast and the pressure and urgency is growing by the game at the moment. They are relatively average with the ball and will not be helped by the loss of Porter which virtually means Gloucester can play cautiously to Zampa but target the other bowlers.
After his great display last week, Robbie Farah will have a point to prove against his former employers as his Wests Tigers side take on league leaders South Sydney. The Rabbitohs have been superb so far this season and are now on a nine-game winning run that has seen them top the NRL ladder.
It is difficult to have much confidence in either of these teams right now as they sit at the bottom of the North Group. Northamptonshire have been woeful – comfortably the worst team in the opening rounds of matches – as their bowling has been smacked to all parts of the country.
Both of these teams are under pressure to win this match as they sit with just a solitary win each from their opening three matches and competition above them is tight. Similar to Surrey, Middlesex are boosted by the availability of some key players like Morgan, Agar and Finn, which should almost see their season start here psychologically.
This could be Shaun Wane’s last home derby against St Helens with the Wigan boss keen to go out with a bang against the Warriors’ nearest rivals. However, their task will be a huge one with some key players out injured coupled with Saints’ 12-game winning run in all competitions.
This is far from a Thursday night thriller with bottom-placed Parramatta facing Canterbury at ANZ. The Bulldogs are only two places and two points ahead of the Eels with the two teams sharing just seven victories so far this season as they find themselves embroiled in the race to avoid the wooden spoon.
This match promises to be quite a high scoring game based on recent form of the two teams. Leicestershire’s batting is frightening at the moment as Ben Raine is showing them what they missed during his spell out injured last season, and they have plenty more contributors.
In this interview, we spoke to Bayer 04 Leverkusen player Marvin “B04 M4RV” Hintz. He will be one of eight German players competing at the 02 and will be desperate to bring success back to the Rhine for “Die Werkself”.
In this interview, we spoke to Fabio Denuzzo, the sole Italian player who will appear at the 02 Arena. Fabio came through a gruelling qualification match against Hashtag United’s Ryan Pessoa, which saw him bag a last-minute winner to break the Englishman’s heart and secure his trip to London.
Anthony Smith steps in for Volkan Oezdemir who has been called up for a clash with Alexander Gustafsson instead at UFC 227 and he will be one hell of a challenge for the legend that is Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua.
The first casualty of the main card in Hamburg was Ilir Latifi which has led to Corey Anderson filling the void to take on another Brazilian veteran in Glover Teixeira. Another rescheduling, but thankfully we have another great fight on paper.
Abu Azaitar welcomes Vitor Miranda to Germany and Miranda welcomes Azaitar into the UFC. Azaitar is finally in the UFC after going unbeaten in his last nine fights although he has not fought since October 2016.
Two big Europeans will make the short trip to Hamburg with the pressure of avoiding three straight losses. Marcin Tybura is coming off a decision to Fabrício Werdum and a TKO to Derrick Lewis whereas Stefan Struve is coming off a TKO to Alexander Volkov and a decision to Andrei Arlovski.
This is one thrilling match-up to kick off the main card in Hamburg. Nasrat Haqparast and Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese are two electrifying fighters and strikers who are rarely involved in a boring fight.