This Week in Sport: 24th April − 30th April 2023
There are some major events taking place in the final week of April, with many competitions entering the business end of their seasons. On Monday, the Miami Heat host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of their series, Tuesday sees NHL Play-off action, as the Dallas Stars face the Minnesota Wild, and on Wednesday, first travel to second in the Premier League, as Manchester City play Arsenal. The always anticipated NFL Draft takes place on Thursday in Kansas City, and on Friday, St Kilda will take on Port Adelaide in the AFL.
Heading into the weekend, the final round of the Women’s Six Nations takes place, as England host France, and Sunday sees Formula 1 return to the Baku City Circuit for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
NBA: Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks
Monday 24th April 11:30PM GMT/7:30PM Local Time
Kaseya Center, Miami
On Monday, the Eastern Conference regular season table toppers, the Milwaukee Bucks, travel to Miami to play the Heat in the Playoffs. The Miami Heat take perhaps a surprising lead into Game 4 of the series but have hit a run of impressive form at the perfect time of the season. The Bucks, on the other hand, will be wanting to regain their own form, looking to level the series, and not let the Heat take an advantage into the final three games of the series.
NHL: Dallas Stars v Minnesota Wild
Tuesday 25th April 12:00AM (26th) GMT/7:00PM Local Time
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Tuesday sees an exciting matchup in the NHL Playoffs, as the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild head into the fifth game of their series currently tied 2-2. The Stars are yet to lead the series but will be hoping their home-advantage can give them the competitive-edge over their opponents. There is no doubt this will be a highly contested affair.
Premier League: Manchester City v Arsenal
Wednesday 26th April 7:00PM GMT/8:00PM Local Time
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
On Wednesday, first place Arsenal travel to Manchester to play against second place Manchester City, in a game that many think could decide the title. Although currently first, Arsenal have hit a relatively poor run of form, just as Manchester City seem to have found their best. There is a lot riding on this match, so you won’t want to miss it.
NFL: NFL Draft
Thursday 27th April 0:00AM (28th) GMT/7:00PM Local Time
Union Station, Kansas City
The NFL Draft begins on Thursday in Kansas City, with the Carolina Panthers having the first overall pick, after trading with the Chicago Bears earlier in the year. Exciting prospects in the Draft include Alabama quarterback, Bryce Young, who is favourite to be first pick, as well as Ohio State’s CJ Stroud (QB), Florida’s Anthony Richardson (QB), and Will Levis (QB) from Kentucky.
AFL: St Kilda v Port Adelaide
Friday 28th April 9:50AM GMT/7:50PM Local Time
Docklands Stadium, Docklands
Top of the table, St Kilda, take on Port Adelaide at home on Friday in the AFL. Only separated by one win, the two teams will be looking to showcase their winning ability in a tough game early in the season. The home side have looked dominant in nearly all their games so far and will be looking to continue their immense form, but can Port Adelaide stop them?
Women’s Six Nations: England Women v France Women
Saturday 29th April 12:00PM GMT/1:00PM Local Time
Twickenham Stadium, London
The climax of the Women’s Six Nations occurs on Saturday, as England and France battle it out for the title. Both are in with a shot for the Grand Slam, with England currently just ahead of their opponents in the table through a bonus point. The home side will come into this game confident, after delivering a thrashing to Ireland in their previous fixture, whilst the visitors showed their tenacity against Wales, surviving a potential second half comeback.
Formula 1: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Sunday 30th April 11:00AM GMT/3:00PM Local Time
Baku City Circuit, Baku
Formula 1 heads to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, for what is one of the fastest tracks of the F1 circuit. Max Verstappen will undoubtedly head into the race as favourite to win, after achieving top spot in two out of the three races so far. Teammate, Sergio Perez, and other inform drivers, such as Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, will be hoping they can match the current World Champion’s pace and deliver a surprise win for their teams.