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Top sport in April

31st March 2015

The best of April's live sport

Get ready for a big month of sport in your bar with some epic fixtures on the way. To help you make the most out of the live action coming your way, Sports4Bars rounds up the pick of the fixtures in April.

 

Tuesday/Wednesday April 1-2, 7.45pm Sky Sports/ITV

UEFA Champions League – Quarter-Finals, 1st Leg

The prestigious European competition comes down to the final eight for these first-leg quarter-finals. Will anyone be able to match tournament pacesetters Bayern Munich and Barcelona for technical skill and on-field passion?

 

Thursday/Friday April 3-4, 7.45pm BT Sport/ESPN/ITV

UEFA Europa League – Quarter-Finals

There has been no shortage of breathtaking action in the Europa League thus far and the quarter-final stages are likely to seen another incremental leap in the standard of play as the teams aim to emulate the feats of last year's winners Chelsea.

 

Saturday April 5, 12.45pm BT Sport

Barclays Premier League: Manchester City v Southampton

As the title race comes into sharp focus for key contenders Manchester City they will be determined not to cede any advantage to their rivals. But Southampton are fighting for their top-flight status and could be awkward opponents at this stage of the season.

 

Saturday April 5, 4.15pm Channel 4

The Crabbies Grand National

There's a new title sponsor for the world's most famous steeplechase but the excitement and drama of this perennial sporting endeavour will remain at the same high level as the jockeys and horses aim for a place in the sporting pantheon, following in the hoofprints of last year's winner Auroras Encore.

 

Thursday April 10 – Sunday April 13, BBC/Sky Sports

Golf: The Masters

The peerless fairways of the Augusta National Club will be the backdrop for the 78th edition of The Masters, the first of the four annual Majors. Australia's Adam Scott held off the challenge of Spain's Angel Cabrera in a nerve-wracking play-off to win last year.

 

Saturday April 12/Sunday April 13 BT Sport/ITV

FA Cup – Semi-Finals

The magic of this fabled knockout competition has been much in evidence this season with no shortage of giant-killing acts taking place in earlier rounds, not least Manchester City's exit at the hands of Championship side Wigan in March.

 

Sunday April 13, 1.30pm Sky Sports 1

Barclays Premier League: Liverpool v Manchester City

Having dispatched Man United earlier in the season by 3-0, on-form Liverpool will be ready to mete out the same treatment to another of their North-West rivals. Expect the Anfield faithful to roar on their heroes mightily for the full duration.

 

Sunday April 13, 2pm BT Sport

Aviva Premiership Rugby: Saracens v Northampton Saints

Allianz Park stages this top-of-the-table clash which is likely to feature some outstanding tries given the talent on display, not least Saints and Wales wing George North, one of the finest attacking talents in world rugby.

 

Friday April 18, 7.45pm BT Sport

Aviva Premiership Rugby: Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Top rugby action from The Twickenham Stoop as Leicester Tigers travel to Harlequins for a game that is crucial to both side's chances of making the semi-final stages. Both teams will boast a plethora of international rugby stars in their ranks, making this a real floodlit treat.

 

Saturday April 26/Sunday April 27 Sky Sports

Heineken Cup – Semi-Finals

Renowned as being of near-international standard, rugby's Heineken Cup reaches the last-four stage and will play out in front of capacity crowds as the remaining teams look to reach the 2014 Final to be staged at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on May 24.

 

Sunday April 27, 2.05pm Sky Sports 1

Barclays Premier League: Liverpool v Chelsea

A fixture that will genuinely have diehard fans and neutrals alike enthralled as two of the season's pacesetters meet at Anfield. Coming at this point in the season, this is an absolutely unmissable Barclays Premier League tie. 

 

Also coming up...

 

Sunday April 6, 6pm BBC

The Boat Race

 

Tuesday/Wednesday April 8/9, 7.45pm Sky Sports/ITV

UEFA Champions League – Quarter-Finals, 2nd Leg

 

Saturday April 12, 3.15pm BT Sport

Aviva Premiership Rugby: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

 

Saturday April 19, 12.45pm BT Sport

Barclays Premier League: Spurs v Fulham

 

Monday April 21, 8pm Sky Sports 1

Barclays Premier League: Everton v Manchester United

 

Monday April 28, 8pm Sky Sports 1

Barclays Premier League: Arsenal v Newcastle

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