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Sport this weekend - 31 March 2023: here’s what’s on

Weekend sport preview: 31 March


Here's a look at the action coming your way this weekend, plus details of how you can get your fix of live sport in VIP style with Links Hospitality. 

F1: Australia Grand Prix

Red Bull's RB19 car has dominated the first two Formula One races, setting up a fierce battle for the Drivers' Championship between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Both drivers secured 1-2 finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, while tensions between their camps seem to be brewing, as evidenced by Jos Verstappen's reaction to Perez's win in Jeddah. 


Other teams, including Mercedes, acknowledge Red Bull's superiority, with Lewis Hamilton stating it "could take a long time" for them to catch up. However, there are still compelling storylines, such as Fernando Alonso's resurgence in the revamped Aston Martin, earning consecutive third-place finishes. Despite Hamilton's pessimism, teammate George Russell has had a bright start to the season, and the duel between him and Alonso promises excitement when the race begins in Melbourne.

How to watch the Australian GP:  4:30am, Sunday 2nd April, Sky Sports F1

Don’t miss: Enjoy the British GP in VIP style with Links Hospitality.  Check out our latest packages. 

Golf: Valero Texas Open

The last PGA Tour event before The Masters gives players one final opportunity to secure a last-minute invite to Augusta National. With 89 golfers already set for the opening major, the tournament's winner will claim the sole remaining invite. Among those competing for victory are Rickie Fowler, the former Augusta runner-up seeking his first PGA Tour win since 2019, Aaron Rai, who made an impressive hole-in-one at The Players Championship two weeks ago, and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

How to watch the Valero Texas Open: 

Friday 31 March: 1.30pm, Sky Sports Golf 
Saturday 1 April: 1.30pm, Sky Sports Golf
Sunday 2 April: 6pm, Sky Sports Golf

Don’t miss:  Check out our latest golf packages, including the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool

Rugby: Heineken Champions Cup

European rugby returns this weekend with eight knockout matches in the Heineken Champions Cup. Among the highlights, on Friday, England pair Freddie Steward and Jack van Poortvliet return for Leicester against Edinburgh, who welcome back their Six Nations stars, including Duhan van der Merwe. Saturday's games feature Leinster versus Ulster, with the Belfast-based team considered underdogs against a side boasting numerous Ireland Grand Slam winners, and Gloucester traveling to face Champions Cup holders Stade Rochelais, who have remained unbeaten in the competition for nearly two years.

How to watch:  live coverage of all matches across BT Sport

Don't miss: Watching Wales and England warm up for their World Cup campaigns at the Summer Series this August — check out our latest rugby packages

Tennis: Miami Open

Roger Federer and Serena Williams may have retired last year, but it seems tennis is about to enter a new era of dominance — that's if the recent performances of Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina are anything to go by. 

World No.1 Alcaraz has won 10 consecutive Masters 1000 matches in March, while Rybakina — despite only being ranked 7th by the WTA — is riding a 13-match unbeaten run. Both players are in the running for the rare 'Sunshine Double' by following up their Indian Wells titles by winning the Miami Open. 

2022 US Open winner Alcaraz will play Italy's Jannick Sinner in his semi-final late on Friday night while reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina faces Czech star Petra Kvitova. 

How to watch:  All matches live on Amazon Prime.

Don't miss:  Check out our tennis packages, including the Cinch Championships and WImbledon. 

Football: Premier League

The top flight returns after the international break, and while the Saturday lunchtime clash between Manchester City and Liverpool is a box-office spectacle, the relegation battle is just as gripping with up to nine teams in the mix. Among them, 14th-placed Leeds face league leaders Arsenal, 19th-placed Bournemouth host Fulham, managerless Crystal Palace take on a Leicester side hovering precariously above the drop zone, and Nottingham Forest play rivals Wolves. On Sunday, West Ham and Southampton go head-to-head in a crucial match to escape the bottom three. This weekend could have a huge bearing on who begins next season in the Championship.