Friday Forecast

Posted: May 2, 2014 in Friday Forecast
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Another week has flown by and the weekend is approaching. So, what do we have to look forward to:

1. Football – A-League Grand Final – Western Sydney Wanderers versus Brisbane Roar – Brisbane won the plate during the regular season and will be looking to complete the double in the final game of the season. The Wanderers felt the pains of defeat 12 months ago and will be hoping to avoid falling at the final hurdle for the scond season in a row. The mind games have begun with Mark Bridge, a key big game player for the Wanderers, not named in the official match squad but still considered a chance to come up from an ankle injury sufferred last weekend. I think it will be close and tight, but am tipping the Wanderers to cause an upset and win 2-1 in Brisbane.

2. Football – Coppa Italia final – Napoli versus Fiorentina – Third and fourth on the league table clash in Rome in this weekends Cup final. Vincenzo Montella has transformed Fiorentina since taking over as manager and his team now play some of the most attractive football going around. Napoli have had an up and down season and, despite sitting third on the table, some would say they haven’t quite lived up to expectations. Napoli will start as favourites but I’m going to back the underdog again. Fiorentina to cap another strong season with some silverware.

3. Rugby League – Australia versus New Zealand – This Trans-Tasman test takes place in Sydney. New Zealand are missing a host of players, some due to injury and others have been omitted, somewhat controversially, due to a lack of form. Australia are at home and will start as huge favourites. Its hard to see anything except a home win.

Thursday (May 1) represented 20 years since Ayrton’s Senna’s fatal crash in Formula 1. A triple world champion Senna has been remembered for his fearless driving and colourful clashes with fellow racing legend Alain Prost. His death propmted radical changes within the sport as driver safety became paramount. Formula 1 hasn’t seen another driver death since, but that doesn’t mean that the focus from driver safety should stall. As the nature of the sport demands, the safety of drivers, officials and spectators remains at the forefront of consideration.


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