Feature: Sport Highlights of the Weekend

Coming up we take a look at another weekend packed full of sporting action.

From the International Premier Tennis League to the PDC World Darts Championship there is a variety of sport on offer.

Inter Milan v Lazio (Sunday, 19:45)

Inter Milan host Lazio at the San Siro in a match that could define where the Serie A title ends up.

The last fixture between these two sides was a fiery affair at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio finished the game with nine men.

Inter are four points ahead of Fiorentina and Napoli whilst an in-form Juventus are not far behind.

Lazio have made a mixed start to the season, winning five out of their first seven matches but since then they have picked up one win in their last eight games.

PDC World Darts Championship First Round (Thursday-Wednesday)

Michael van Gerwen is the man to beat, winning all four of the major televised events leading into the tournament.

However, it’s not a one horse race for the title as Gary Anderson will be looking to defend his crown whilst the ever-present Phil Taylor can never be written off.

The Championship heats up after the New Year with the semi-finals on the 2nd of January followed by the final the day after.

For a full schedule of events of the Championship, click here.

International Premier Tennis League (Friday-Sunday)

The final round robin stage of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will take place in Singapore this weekend.

The top two teams out of the Indian Aces, Philippine Mavericks, Singapore Slammers, UAE (United Arab Emirates) Royals and Japan Warriors will make it to the final.

The IPTL is in it’s second season and features a range of current and former players such as Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Goran Ivanisevic.

Each team plays five sets – men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles and men’s legends singles and whichever team wins the most games over the five sets wins the match.

The scoring format is designed to make the sets quicker and more exciting as there is no advantage scoring in the games as well as a 13 point shootout if the score in the set is 5-5.

Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders (Saturday)

World champion Andy Lee will be defending his WBO middleweight title against Billy Joe Saunders at the Manchester Arena in a highly anticipated clash – the fight has already been postponed twice before due to injuries.

Lee has a record of 34 wins, two draws and one loss whilst his challenger is unbeaten with a record of 22 wins.

Another world champion Liam Smith, will also be in action on the undercard as he defends his WBO light-middleweight belt for the first time against Jimmy Kelly.

Many people were shocked that Kelly was given a title opportunity so early in his career as this will be his 17th fight.

Northampton v Racing 92 (Friday, 19:45)

This top of the table clash in Pool 3 of the European Rugby Champions Cup is sure to be a great match.

Northampton desperately need a win in this match – they are two points behind the French side, who have a game in hand.

Racing 92 have won both their games and have two bonus points whilst Northampton have won two out of their three games.

Both sides will be looking to finish top of the group and automatically advance to the knockout stage – the three best second-placed teams out of the five pools will join them.

What sporting events will you be watching over the weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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