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Sporting clichés being what they are, April and May are always regarded as the business end of a season. It’s when heroes are made, legacies are written and drama is the name of the game.

 

Sporting clichés being what they are, April and May are always regarded as the business end of a season. It’s when heroes are made, legacies are written and drama is the name of the game.

 

This spring will be no different. There’s everything to play for across a number of leagues and tournaments as the climax of the football and rugby seasons reach their crescendos. This should mean extra business for your bar, so a little preparation now could see your pub steal a march on your rivals.

 

Barring any last-minute, Devon Loch-like, collapses Chelsea have got their fifth Premier League – and a first in his debut season for boss Antonio Conte – title wrapped up. However, the make-up of the rest of the top four – and qualification for next year’s Champions League – is far from certain. Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, and possibly Everton, are all vying for the three remaining spots and you don’t need to be Stephen Hawking to know six into three doesn’t go. Expect much to-ing and fro-ing for the coveted second, third and fourth spot between now and mid-May.

 

The bottom of the Premier League looks equally exciting. As it stands, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Swansea City and Crystal Palace have most to fear. But as the reigning champions Leicester have demonstrated since sacking Claudio Ranieri winning a couple of games can soon change the make-up of the table. As such, Bournemouth, West Ham United and even Stoke will be looking anxiously over their shoulders. At this point of the season every point is precious.

 

Unlike previous seasons there is no clear favourite for this year’s FA Cup. Chelsea, Spurs, Man City and Arsenal have all made the semi-finals and all will be confident of emerging victorious on May 27. Such excitement should carry over to the viewing public for fans of those teams and neutrals alike. Make sure you know when the semi-finals are being screened.

 

With a whole host of matches shown over the next two months it’s worth checking out our comprehensive fixtures list in the Manager’s Office. You’ll also be able to let customers know what games you’re showing via our free Promo Kit.

 

 

The closing stages of this year’s two European club competitions are also too close to call. The Champions League quarter-finals are among the strongest in recent memory, and while only one British side has made it this far – Leicester City! – football fans will be relishing the chance to see Juventus play Barcelona in a re-run of the 2015 final, and Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich in another heavyweight clash. For the real purists, Monaco v Borussia Dortmund is the game to watch, and surely the entire nation will have an eye on Leicester’s remarkable European run when they take on last year’s runners-up, Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to win the Europa League (and gain automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League) and Manchester United must be favourites to get past Anderlecht in their quarter-final clash. Lyon look the likeliest challengers to the men from Old Trafford, but Ajax and Schalke will have something to say about that.

 

BT Sport is the exclusive home of European club football, so make sure your voice is heard loud and clear on all your social media channels. Our Social Connect service can assist you in getting the most out of social media.

 

 

The closing weeks of the rugby union season should also prove to be similarly thrilling. In the Aviva Premiership, Wasps are aiming for a seventh title, while Exeter are going for their first. The dominant team of recent years, Saracens, will want to claim a hat-trick of titles, however. Bath, Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints are aiming for that fourth play-off spot.

 

The quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup will provide a fantastic feast over the weekend of April 1-2. BT Sport is showing top seeds Clermont Auvergne against Toulon and Leinster against Wasps. A full list of televised rugby fixtures can be found here.

 

If that wasn’t enough to keep sports fans pouring through your doors this spring, top flight boxing finally makes its bow on BT Sport this April. A deal with Frank Warren’s BoxNation channel will see some of the biggest names in the fight game appearing on BT Sport.

 

As the weather begins to improve then, the heat is being turned up in the sports world. It’s the business end of the season. Make sure it’s good for your business too.

 

FIXTURES AT A GLANCE

 

Football

Wednesday 12 April: Atletico Madrid v Leicester City (7.45pm)

Wednesday 12 April: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (7.45pm)

Thursday 13 April: Anderlecht v Manchester United (8.05pm)

Saturday 15 April: Southampton v Manchester City (5.30pm)

Tuesday 18 April: Monaco v Borussia Dortmund (7.45pm)

Tuesday 18 April: Barcelona v Juventus (7.45pm)

Wednesday 19 April: Leicester City v Atletico Madrid (7.45pm)

Wednesday 19 April: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich (7.45pm)

Thursday 13 April: Manchester United v Anderlecht (8.05pm)

Sunday 23 April: Arsenal v Manchester City (3pm) FA Cup Semi-Final

Saturday 29 April: Crystal Palace v Burnley (5.30pm)

Sunday 30 April: Manchester United v Swansea (midday)

 

Rugby Union

Friday 14 April: Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs

Saturday 15 April: Worcester Warriors v Bath

Sunday 16 April: Northampton Saints v Saracens

Friday 28 April: Harlequins v Wasps

Saturday 29 April: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints

Sunday 30 April: Bath v Gloucester

 

Boxing

April 22: Tommy Langford v Avtandil Khurtsidze (WBO Interim World Middleweight title fight); Tyrone Nurse v Joe Hughes (British Super-Lightweight title fight); Vijender Singh v Jahmane Smyle

May 6: Bradley Skeete v Shayne Singleton (British Welterweight title fight); Ryan Walsh v TBA; Mitchell Smith v George Jupp

May 13: Josh Warrington v Kiko Martinez (WBC International Featherweight title fight); Nicola Adams v TBA