With indoor meetings of up to six people permitted from Monday, pubs being allowed to partially open their doors to bring us in from the cold and other social venues such as cinemas reopening, sport may begin to take a back seat in most people’s lives. One of the positives over the past year of struggle has been the ability to settle in and watch sport from your sofa.
With nowhere to go and nobody to see, we have enjoyed more sporting events than ever before from our lounges, even if it isn’t quite the same as being there in person. Fittingly, on the final weekend where you won’t have any plans, the sporting calendar looks like a cracker. Settle into that bum-shaped indent that has formed in your sofa, here is what you have got to enjoy this weekend.
FA Cup final
Who: Chelsea v Leicester City
When: Saturday 5.15pm
TV: BBC One
The showpiece event for the most historic cup competition in the world. Thomas Tuchel’s resurgent Chelsea side take on Leicester City, who are on the hunt for their first ever FA Cup trophy. The Foxes have appeared in four previous finals without success so far, while the Blues also have the small matter of a Champions League final to come later this month.
That double would mark a remarkable start to life at Stamford Bridge for the new Chelsea boss, but Brendan Rodgers has made tremendous progress in his time at the King Power, and an FA Cup trophy would be a fitting reward for him and his talented side. You don’t want to miss this one.
Women’s Champions League final
Who: Chelsea v Barcelona
When: Sunday 8pm
TV: BT Sport 1
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side are on course to win every single trophy available to them this season. Only the FA Cup (with the final rounds delayed until next season) and the Champions League final remain. With Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder scoring the goals as part of a thrilling forward line, and Ann-Katrin Berger proving herself to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, they have a real chance of winning their first Champions League trophy this weekend.Barcelona are their opponents having beaten Paris Saint-Germain in a tight semi-final with Dutchwoman Lieke Martens the one to watch. She got two goals in that semi and will be looking to break through a resolute Chelsea backline. Should be a cracker.
Who: Charles Oliveira v Michael Chandler
When: Sunday 3am
TV: BT Sport 1
This is a lightweight clash to savour this weekend. If you are into your UFC, it should be well worth staying up into the wee hours of Sunday morning to watch Charles Oliveira battle with Michael Chandler.
Oliveira has won his last eight contests, including a tight decision win over Tony Ferguson (who is also on the card) at UFC 256, while Chandler is fresh off the back of his UFC debut win over Dan Hooker at the start for the year.
Betfred British Masters
When: All day Saturday!
TV: Sky Sports Golf
We are already two days into the Betfred British Masters but it is at the weekend where things really hot up. Edoardo Molinari, Englishman Danny Willett and Robert MacIntyre are all currently vying for the lead and should be in contention right until the final day.
A whole Saturday spent watching the top golfers in the world battling it out for a purse of over £1.5m, what could be better than that?
Joshua Buatsi v Daniel Dos Santos
When: Saturday 10pm
TV: Sky Sports
One of Britain’s rising stars in boxing, Joshua Buatsi, is taking on Frenchman Daniel Dos Santos in what should be a cracking light-heavyweight contest. Dos Santos has had a well-documented troubled past, having been in the army and in prison before finding boxing, while Buatsi is looking to keep his 13-0 perfect record intact.
With 11 of those wins coming by way of knockout, this one should produce fireworks. If you are into your combat sports, this could act as the perfect starter before the main course of UFC 262 in the early hours.
Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants
When: Monday 7.45pm
TV: Sky Sports Arena
Okay, we know this one technically isn’t the ‘weekend’ but stick with us. The return of fans to the Betfred Super League this Monday is a seismic moment in the world of sport. For over a year we have been unable to watch any top-level rugby league in person, and Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants will give us the chance to do so once again.
It should be a cracker too, Huddersfield have lost four of their opening five but shown fleeting glimpses under new coach Ian Watson, while Warrington have looked excellent in recent weeks, winning their last three on the bounce with new boy Greg Inglis making his mark.