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They say all good things come to an end, however the memories will always remain. Well, if this Sunday’s sporting line-up is anything to go by, then we should have memories to last a lifetime.
Excited? You should bloody be! The questions leading into Sunday’s sport are almost endless. Can England win their first international silverware at senior level since 1966? Will Lionel Messi finally claim a trophy with his country? Who is going come out on top in the best of three series between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier? And finally, can Matteo Berrettini be the man to stop Novak Djokovic’s march to a calendar Grand Slam?
Here’s the picks we reckon you’ll need for a jam-packed day of sporting brilliance.
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The two superpowers of South American football clash at the Maracana Stadium in the early hours of Sunday morning with the Copa America title on the line, and it promises to be one hell of a battle. Both nations have needed their fair share of luck to get this far, with Brazil just squeaking past Chile and Peru in the previous two rounds. Meanwhile, Argentina needed penalties to see off a game Colombia outfit in the semi-final.
Sunday 01:00 – Argentina v Brazil
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Over their previous four meetings, these rivals have shared two victories apiece and surprisingly, this is the first Copa America final meeting of the pair since 2007. But, we are throwing our lot behind Lionel Scaloni men to win this in 90 minutes as they appear to be much sharper in front of goals in recent games than their great rivals. Over the last three matches at the tournament, The Argentines have grabbed eight goals to just three from Brazil and if they keep that pace on Sunday, we should finally see Lionel Messi lift his first international trophy.
This bout all comes down to hunger, and if Conor McGregor really has it anymore. The Notorious one has only won once inside the famous octagon since 2016, and that was a facile 40-second TKO of an aging Donald Cerrone. In the meantime, Dustin Poirier has been actively building momentum by beating top level fighters like Justin Gaethje, Max Halloway, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis and ultimately McGregor himself last January.
Sunday from 03:00 – UFC 264
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Only the great Khabib Nurmagomedov has defeated The Diamond since when McGregor was in his pomp five years ago. Given the Dubliner is known for a questionable gas tank, we believe there is only one winner here if this goes into the deep waters after round two. That’s why we fancy a battle-tested Poirier to take the three-fight series 2-1 with a victory in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
If there anyone that can stop Novak Djokovic? Not in 2021 it seems! The Serb claimed his ninth Australian Open crown in January, before going on to topple the clay court master Rafael Nadal in Paris on the way to a second French Open title last month. He faces off with the new grass court sensation Matteo Berrettini, who is in his first Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon on Sunday.
Sunday 14:00 – Matteo Berrettini v Novak Djokovic
Berrettini already knows what it’s like to tasty victory in a grass court tournament this season, after claiming The Queens Club prize on the lead into Wimbledon. He has battered his way through the tournament by serving his opponents off the court, but on Sunday he faces quite simply the best returner in tennis. Djokovic has only dropped a single set in the whole competition – and that was in the first round – so take him to grab his record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title in straight sets here.
Is it coming home? It might be, but there is no doubt England have a major challenge on their hands as they square off with Italy in the Euro 2020 final. It has to be said it’s been a wonderful tournament and history will be made either way on Sunday. Gareth Southgate’s men could become the first English side to ever get their hands on the Henri Delaunay Cup, or the Italians will become European champions for just the second time ever.
Sunday 20:00 – Euro 2020 Final: Italy v England
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You’ll have heard all the cliques about finals being nervy, close affairs, and while there is some merit to that statement, you also need to consider the two teams involved in the decider. Well, when you look at the recent history of games between these nations, ‘tight’ is the best way to describe it. England and Italy have drawn their last two meetings, and we reckon we’ll see something similar happen in 90 minutes on Sunday given the weight of the occasion.
01:00 Argentina v Brazil: Argentina To Win
05:30: Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier: Dustin Poirier To Win
14:00 Novak Djokovic v Matteo Berrettini: Djockovic To Win 3-0 In Sets
20:00 Italy v England: Draw
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