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Top sport in April

31st March 2017

Sports4Bars.com looks ahead to the biggest sporting fixtures coming up in April, including the Grand National and Manchester United v Chelsea


Saturday April 1

3.15pm
BT Sport 1 HD
European Champions Cup - Quarter-Final: Leinster v Wasps
Wasps travel to Dublin to take on Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. This should be a thrilling match given the personnel available in both squads. Wasps have been in great form in recent months and are unlikely to be cowed by this away fixture.

 

Saturday April 1
5.45pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
European Champions Cup - Quarter-Final: Munster v Toulouse
Thomond Park may not quite have the aura of invincibility it once enjoyed but Toulouse will struggle to escape the red straitjacket that will be thrown around them on the Limerick turf by the powerful Munster forward pack. 

 

Sunday April 2
1pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
European Champions Cup - Quarter-Final: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors
The reigning champions will be favourites to win this tie but Glasgow Warriors are capable of causing a major shock and will be looking to the likes of Scotland internationals Stuart Hogg and Fraser Brown to inspire them to victory at Allianz Park.

 

Friday April 7
7.45pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Aviva Premiership Rugby:
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
Worcester Warriors look to be safe from relegation but will want to finish off the season with a flourish. Sale Sharks have been fairly inconsistent this season and will have to be at their best to see off the Worcester challenge.

 

Saturday April 8
12.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Can Spurs maintain their fine run of form without injury victim Harry Kane leading from the front? Watford cannot be written off but lack the all-round quality of their opponents.

 

Saturday April 8
5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Bournemouth v Chelsea
Chelsea are showing little sign of complacency at this late stage of the season and would expect to gain full points at Bournemouth as they head towards their Premier League title win.

 

Saturday April 8
1pm
ITV1
Horse Racing: The Randox Health Grand National Meeting
Action from the meeting at Aintree with the most famous steeplechase in the world taking place at 5.15pm. This is one of the key highlights of the sporting calendar and will be watched by millions.

 

Saturday April 8
8pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Golf: The Masters
Who will gain possession of the legendary green jacket after this Major in Augusta? Last year saw Danny Willett come from nowhere to clinch the title in memorable style.

 

Monday April 10
8pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Crystal Palace appear to be heading towards safety under the guidance of Sam Allardyce, an expert in steering teams away from the relegation zone. Could they pull off a shock win over a beleagured Arsenal side?

 

Thursday April 13
7pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Premier League Darts: Liverpool
This competition seems to have taken another giant leap forward this season in terms of atmosphere and interest and the Echo Arena will be buzzing for this event featuring some of the biggest names in darts.


Friday April 14

2.15pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Super League: Wigan Warriors v St Helens
A mighty Super League clash between two of the most illustrious sides in the game. The Warriors have started the season in great form and will be determined to see off the challenge of the Saints.

 

Saturday April 15
4pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Southampton v Manchester City
Southampton have refused to let their defeat in the EFLFinal at Wembley against Manchester United define them this season and will want to finish off this term with some positive performances. As for Manchester City, they will be hoping that their defensive deficiencies can be rectified during the latter weeks of the season.

 

Sunday April 16
1.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
The Baggies will relish this clash against Liverpool at the Hawthorns given their superb late season form. Manager and arch-motivator Tony Pulis has inspired his men to some great wins in recent weeks and they will have huge self-belief against an inconsistent Liverpool side who have often gone missing in action.

 

Sunday April 16
4pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Manchester United v Chelsea
The recent FA Cup tie between these two sides threw up plenty of incident and drama and there will be plenty more such moments during this Premier League clash. Former Blues manager Jose Mourinho, now at Manchester United, had to content himself with second place on that occasion and will be aiming for revenge at Old Trafford.

 

Monday April 17
2.30pm
Sky Sports 2 HD
Super League: Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors
A tough ask for Wakefield Trinity as they host the reigning Super League champions. Trinity have been competitive in most of their outings this season but have shown a tendency to collapse in the second half of games, a situation they will hope to rectify.

 

Sunday April 30
12 noon
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Manchester United v Swansea City
Manchester United will continue to battle for a top-four spot until the final whistle blows on their season and will view this game as a valuable source of points. However, they will need to tighten their defence and perhaps abandon the three-man defensive formation deployed by Mourinho this season.

 

Sunday April 30
4.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Spurs will be looking forward mightily to this tie given the contrasting fortunes between the team in these closing weeks of the season. Spurs have been flying high, despite the loss of star man Harry Kane to injury, while the Gunners have been in major disarray on both the domestic and European fronts.

 

 

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