Feature: Sport Highlights of the Weekend

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

From Leicester City v West Ham United (football) to the Monte Carlo Masters (tennis), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Leicester City v West Ham United (Sunday 13:30)

In a season of twists and turns, it is quite apt that this is the game I have chosen ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.

The Foxes have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points before Tottenham Hotspur play Stoke City on Monday night.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup, the Hammers will divert their attention to the league, looking to close the gap on the two Manchester clubs and stay in the hunt for European football next season.

Depending on results elsewhere, a win or even a draw could take them up to 5th due to their superior goal difference over Manchester United.

Chinese Grand Prix (Sunday 7:00)

The third Grand Prix of the Formula One season gets underway this weekend in Shanghai.

After Nico Rosberg won the first two races, current champion Lewis Hamilton has suffered another setback, receiving a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Moving away from the title race, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has been given the green light to compete after breaking a rib in the Australian Grand Prix.

Another piece of big news is that the drivers will move back to the 2015 qualifying format after the new knockout format proved a failure earlier in the season.

Monte Carlo Masters (Sunday)

The finals of the clay court tennis tournament take place on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic’s shock defeat has blown the singles competition wide open with the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all in contention.

If Federer wins the tournament then he will rise up to 2nd in the world rankings at the expense of Murray.

There have also been big shocks in the doubles tournament with the Bryan brothers and top seeds Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau all exiting in the 2nd round.

Snooker World Championship (Saturday-Sunday)

Snooker’s finest will descend on the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield this weekend for the start of the Snooker World Championship.

Defending champion Stuart Bingham faces a tough 1st round tie against Ali Carter who is a two-time runner-up of the competition.

Another interesting encounter will be world number five Judd Trump against China’s Liang Wenbo, who finished runner-up in last year’s UK Championship.

Elsewhere, bookmakers’ favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan will face David Gilbert whilst world number one Mark Selby has been pitted against Robert Milkins.

Sale Sharks v Bath (Sunday 14:30)

Sharks have an opportunity to move into the 6th and final spot for automatic qualification to next season’s Champions Cup, when they host Bath Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford this weekend.

Sale are currently in 7th, four points behind Harlequins and have won four out of their last five league matches at home.

Meanwhile, Bath have picked up two wins in the league away from home since the start of the year.

It will be the 1st match between the two in the space of a week, both teams meeting at the Recreation Ground next week.

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