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Sponsored: The best sporting events in the UK this spring

(Niall Carson/PA Wire)
(Niall Carson/PA Wire)

NOT only has spring sprung some glorious weather to the UK so far, but there is also a plethora of great sporting action to look forward to.

Here is a look at the pick of the action over the next couple of months.

Grand National – Saturday, 8th April

The Grand National is the most famous horse race anywhere in the world. You don’t need to be an expert on the sport or on betting to have a punt and enjoy the unique contest. Definitely Red currently heads the market for the Aintree contest this year at 10/1 with bookmakers including William Hill if you are looking to bet on Grand National 2017 ahead of Saturday. He is likely to be popular with supporters of Liverpool and Manchester United, who will see the horse as the perfect name for them. Brian Ellison’s runner was successful recently at Doncaster in the Grimthorpe Chase over 3m2f. Other horses who sit near the top of the betting and have been widely tipped up to run well are Vieux Lion Rouge, One for Arthur and Blaklion.

As you can see from infographic below, over 150,000 people attend the three-day Grand National meeting, while 77,000 pile into the racecourse for the feature race.

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Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko – Saturday, 29th April

Wembley Stadium is sold out for the WBA, IBF and IBO clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko later this month, where 90,000 fans are set to descend on north-west London for one of the biggest fights in world boxing.

(Mirror Sport via Twitter)
(Mirror Sport via Twitter)

Joshua is unbeaten in 18 fights but this will be the toughest test of his career to date. Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division for the past couple of decades, where he has only lost four times in 68 professional bouts. His most recent loss, however, came the last time he was in the ring, at the hands of Tyson Fury in November 2015.

Joshua plans to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world and if he can get past the experienced Ukrainian, he could set up a clash with either Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker later in 2017.

FA Cup Final – Saturday, 27th May

Regardless of which team you support, the FA Cup is one of the highlights of the football calendar around the world. This season’s final is likely to feature two of the biggest clubs in England as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham remain in the competition at the semi-final stage. As a result, whichever two teams make it past the last four, it should be a great game.

Chelsea are on course for the league and cup double this season as, at the time of writing, they have a seven-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table following their 2-1 victory over Manchester City.

(Sky Football via Twitter)
(Sky Football via Twitter)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be leaving the club at the end of the campaign; therefore, the Frenchman would love to end his reign with a trophy, while Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino are bidding for their first silverware at their respective clubs.

The FA Cup traditionally marks the end of the football season in England so the final will be one of your best opportunities to enjoy the action before the summer break.