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A shot at glory for Lyle Foster

PICK OF THE SPORT: South African striker Lyle Foster faces his biggest challenge as Burnley take on Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-final.

➤ Foster has made quite an impression since making a big money move to English second division leaders Burnley in the January transfer window.

Despite only scoring one goal, the 22-year-old has impressed his boss and former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

It’s a big week for both, as Foster faces the lights at the home of the Premier League champions, while Kompany returns to his former home at the Etihad Stadium for the first time as a manager.

A win would mark the biggest victory of Foster’s career, as his side would progress to the final four of the prestigious tournament. But it will be a tough task; Burnley have lost all 10 of their previous matches against Manchester City.

However, Foster could prove the difference maker in the clash at 7.45 pm on Saturday night. The action is live on DStv channel 203.

The FA Cup action then rolls over to Sunday, as Sheffield United take on Blackburn Rovers at 2 pm before Brighton face Grimsby Town at 4.15 pm.

The clash of the day stands with Manchester United taking on Fulham at 6.30 pm on Sunday evening. The action is all live on DStv channel 203.

➤ Many a slip between cup and lip! As the Six Nations enters its final weekend, it appears to be a very safe bet that Ireland will take the trophy and the Grand Slam.

Their performance last week, against a very spirited Scotland team, was truly spectacular. In the end, Ireland got the bonus point win and Scotland got only one score. Heading into the World Cup, Ireland are truly awesome. England, sadly, will not be any better than they were last week – although they won’t concede 50 points again. Well, they won’t, will they? They take on Ireland at 7 pm on Sunday night.

Famous referee and patriot, Nigel Owens, backs his compatriots Wales to beat France at 4.45 pm on Saturday. (He publicly said so!) As always, there is a question mark over French consistency, but they would have to be incredibly bad for Wales to beat them.

Italy can, in theory, beat Scotland at 2.30 pm on Saturday, but in reality? Not so much.

All the Six Nation action will be live on DStv channel 201 and 211.

➤ Pumas vs Lions in Nelspruit at 5.05 pm on Friday. The one Currie Cup match not to be missed. Jimmy Stonehouse and his team will be fired up after destroying the Blue Bulls last week (by nine tries to two!) in an amazing match. The Lions have done a lot better lately and will be ready to play!

Sadly, for the Bulls, their chances are not good when they take on the Western Province at 7.05 pm on Friday night. There is something unhealthy going on in Pretoria.

Griquas started their Currie Cup campaign with a major loss against a determined Cheetahs team at 2 pm on Sunday. Griquas will have to up their game when they face the Sharks at 4 pm on Sunday if they plan on being any kind of force in the Currie Cup.

Likewise, the Griffons, who started their promotion to Currie Cup with a loss against the Sharks, will have to come up with something special against the Cheetahs.

The Currie Cup action will be live across DStv channels 201 and 211.

➤ Formula 1 returns with the second race of the year in the Middle East with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Following Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s dominant win in the Bahrain opener two weeks ago there is very little chance that much will change.

However, around an extremely tight and technical Jeddah circuit, the possibilities are endless.

Aston Martin will look to continue their impressive form and secure another podium finish at 7 pm on Sunday night.

The race will be live on DStv channel 215.

Pictured above: Lyle Foster

Image source: Burnley

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