Feature: Sport Highlights of the Weekend

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

From the T20 World Cup Final (cricket) to El Clasico, there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Barcelona v Real Madrid (Saturday 19:30)

Barcelona host Real Madrid in arguably the biggest fixture in world football on Saturday evening.

The hosts are ten points ahead of their rivals and won the reverse fixture 4-0 at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has no fresh injury concerns after the international break.

The same cannot be said of his opposite number Luis Enrique, who will be without defender Jeremy Mathieu for the rest of the season after the France international injured his knee, whilst on duty for his country.

Twenty20 World Cup Final (Sunday 14:30)

The final of the Twenty20 World Cup between England and West Indies takes place in Kolkata (India) on Sunday.

England booked their place in the final, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets in the semi-final after the Kiwis had won all four of their group stage matches.

The Windies shocked the world of cricket, securing a seven-wicket victory over hosts India to secure their passage to the final.

Both teams will be looking to win their second T20 World Cup, after England triumphed over Australia in the 2010 final before West Indies edged Sri Lanka two years later.

Miami Open Final (Saturday-Sunday)

World number one Novak Djokovic will need to negotiate Belgium’s David Goffin to secure his place in Sunday’s final whilst Victoria Azarenka will face world number 19 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women’s singles final.

On the British front, Andy Murray was knocked out of the men’s singles by Grigor Dimitrov in the 3rdround whilst Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Another positive for Great Britain is that at the end of the competition, Jamie Murray will become the highest ranked doubles player in the world.

The feat makes him the first Briton to top the world rankings since Virginia Wade in 1973.

Bahrain Grand Prix (Sunday 16:00)

After the eventful season opener in Australia, the Formula One season continues in Bahrain.

Nico Rosberg currently leads the drivers’ standings after winning in Melbourne but faces stiff competition from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is out of the race in the Middle East after suffering rib fractures and a collapsed lung following his 180mph crash in Melbourne.

There has also been a lot of discussion about the qualifying format after the one introduced in Melbourne proved largely unpopular.

Catalan Dragons v Widnes Vikings (Saturday 17:00)

Widnes Vikings travel to France for an important Rugby League fixture.

Widnes are in 3rd place and just two points ahead of their opponents on Saturday.

Looking up the table, the top two play each other on Friday so this a good opportunity to gain some ground on the joint leaders who are two points clear.

Widnes have been boosted by the news that scrum-half Joe Mellor has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2019.

Catalan Dragons will be without their captain, Remi Casty after he fractured a rib cartilage in the win over Castleford Tigers on Monday.

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