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    The Sky Sports pundits give their predictions ahead of Saturdays Champions Cup final between Saracens and Racing 92. Adoree Jackson Jersey . The game will be televised live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 3.45pm and we will have special guests Jonny Wilkinson and Paul OConnell joining us to offer their insights as former champions of Europe.The game itself promises to be a lively one with the likes of former All Black Dan Carter, rising England star Maro Itoje and Argentina flyer Juan Imhoff all on stage. Neither side has ever won the title, but who will end the match the toast of Europe?Paul OConnellTo me it is hard to look beyond Saracens. Their form, settled team and coaching staff, injury profile and confidence and belief in everything they do makes them favourites in my book. Alan Quinlan and Paul OConnell celebrate with the trophy following Munsters victory over Biarritz in the 2006 Heineken Cup Final They are on a steady journey in the competition. They will have learned from past experiences. I think Racing are on the same journey but not as far down the track.A little piece of me says not to go against a team with Dan Carter playing and Ronan O Gara lurking in the background but Im gonna go with Saracens.Will GreenwoodSaracens will be looking to get rid of the curse that has been going on for 20 years: No team has ever gone right through the tournament in its current format unbeaten and gone on to win. Northampton were so close before Leinster downed them in 2011. Chris Masoes battle with Billy Vunipola will be absolutely epic in deciding who wins the gainline. Will Greenwood Saracens form has been outstanding, their defensive press as good as always but they have continued to add expanse and width to their game - Sarries are now a threat in the wide channels.This year Racing have looked calm and composed. When it comes to Racing, the Kiwi who people may not talk about is Chris Masoe at No 8. His battle with Billy Vunipola will be absolutely epic in deciding who wins the gainline - and in finals whoever wins the gainline goes a long way in winning the match. Will Greenwood previews the Champions Cup final between Saracens and Racing 92 Racing are full of stellar names but I am sticking with Saracens, who I have backed from the start. I think their time is now.Scott QuinnellThis should be a cracking encounter. Saracens have been to one final before and have been absolutely outstanding in the way they have played and controlled the games. We take a look Saracens route to the 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup Final They won all six of their pool games which is impressive; they stuttered a bit against Northampton Saints in the quarter-final but had enough and followed that up with a good win against a high-flying Wasps side.You look through Saracens players - Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola - and they all have really grown this year.Plus Jamie George is coming back - I thought he was outstanding before his injury. This game is in France and Racing will be very strong but the way Sarries are playing, I think you have to have them as favourites.Stuart BarnesThe day Saracens beat Toulouse in round one of the European Champions Cup was the day I thought this could be their year. This game was eclipsed however by the tragedy of the Paris attacks. Maybe Toulouse were off their game. Maybe, although Thierry Dusautoir refused to make any excuses. We take a look at Racing 92s route to the 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup Final One week later Saracens smashed Ulster in Belfast. That was the day I thought it would be their year. Nothing has changed my mind. Eight games played and eight comfortable victories. No team has won all nine games we are told, as if that has any bearing on the result. Racing have looked the likeliest danger since they ruthlessly demolished the Saints at home. But they have lost and drawn a game. Toulon - past their best - was a narrow squeak at home and Leicester should have been beaten with more conviction than they eventually were. Anglo-French finals Saturdays final will be the sixth England v France decider. We look at the previous five. What I am suggesting is that Racing 92, with Dan Carter and all, have more flaws in their armoury than a Saracens side that has the belief, the extra European experience and the capacity to win it via their backs or forwards. An English trophy lift is not overdue.The Premiership has floundered in mediocrity and muscle for too long. The reason England has been the dominant side this season has been the massively more ambitious and balanced nature of its club rugby. Saracens will represent them well in Lyon, I expect them to win.Sean FitzpatrickI think we have the two best teams in Europe competing here and it is going to be a close game. Its not a home game for Racing 92 but it is being played in France which has got to count for something. I would not be surprised if Saracens won but I think Racing 92 will just win it with Dan Carter being the difference. Sean Fitzpatrick They also have a forward pack that can compete and if Dan Carter is on his game then they have every chance of winning. Saracens will look to get to him and unsettle him but many teams have tried that unsuccessfully. Saracens have come of age though and I have been very impressed with the depth and experience they have got.Saracens have really lifted the bar for English rugby both on and off the field and I really would not be surprised if they won, but I am going to say that Racing 92 will just win it with Dan Carter being the difference.Dewi MorrisEveryone is talking about Dan Carter but I think this game will be decided by the enormous Racing 92 pack. The club has invested heavily in their heavies and I see them squeezing the life out of their Saracens counterparts in the set piece and the loose.Racing 92 will know exactly what will comes from Sarries; they are the best in the English game with the press defence, but you need a bit more than that in the final. Brad Barritt thinks Saracens can finally win the European Champions Cup when they play Racing 92 in the final this weekend I see Carter winning his battle with Farrell in the No 10 jerseys, as hes got a better eye for a gap and the ability to score tries. If there arent many tries and the game is run close it will come down to kicking and I see Carter edging Farrell in that department too.Racing have shed their reckless approach to the game in favour of a more balanced style, so I think they will be able to absorb everything that Saracens throw at them, and hit back with points.Michael Lynagh Mako Vunipola is one of the Saracens ball carriers who wears opposition teams down, says Michael Lynagh Saracens have worked hard to get into the position of being in a European final as well as a Premiership semi-final. Theyve been here before and lost out on both titles, which will have hurt at the time but that experience will strengthen them going into this match.The way Saracens went while their big names were on international duty shows that they have plenty of young talent, but there are also the likes of Schalk Brits, Jim Hamilton and Kelly Brown who may not feature this Saturday, but will be offering plenty of their experience to the squad as they build towards the game. The last time Saracens appeared in a European final, they were beaten by Toulon I can see Saracens getting over the line this weekend. Owen Farrell had a good Six Nations and has improved since then, and if Sarries are to win the game a lot of it will come down to how he steers the ship.What works for Saracens is that their ball carriers are powerful runners - such as Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers - and it grinds teams down to have to tackle one after the other. Once a team has been softened, thats when Farrell can unleash the dangerous finishers out wide.In defence they hurry the half-backs and put them under pressure to play rugby in the wrong half of the field, which leads to a lot of kicking to someone like Alex Goode, who is a really good footballer with a sense for when to go and when not to go. He links up well with his his wingers to punish sides who dont make touch with their clearance. Watch the Champions Cup final between Saracens and Racing 92 live on Sky Sports 2 this Saturday from 3.45pm, where Jonny Wilkinson and Paul OConnell join us as special guests Also See: Five previous Anglo-French finals WATCH: Road to the final Farrell keen to emulate Carter Rugby on Sky Sports Taywan Taylor Womens Jersey . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Corey Davis Youth Jersey . Tyrell appeared in seven games with the Lightning this year, he had no points in those appearances. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 17 assists in 132 career NHL games, all coming with the Lightning. He was selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2007 draft.(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from yet another title and they will go for it Sunday night against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at AT&T Center. You can catch the action live tonight on TSN at at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt., you can also listen to Game 5 on TSN Radio 1050. The Spurs are knocking on the door of a fifth franchise title thanks to a pair of road drubbings of the Heat in South Beach. On Tuesday, the Spurs set an NBA Finals record by shooting almost 76 percent in the first half of a 111-92 waxing of the Heat. Then, with Miamis season basically on the line, the Spurs came out in Thursdays Game 4 and put on another clinic, demolishing the two-time reigning champs, 107-86. San Antonio hasnt won a title since 2007 and the Heat ripped the Spurs collective heart out one year ago. The Spurs held a 3-2 series lead in the Finals and had the lead with five seconds to go in Game 6. Ray Allen hit a crazy 3-pointer to force overtime of Game 6, which the Heat eventually won. Miami took Game 7 in South Beach and San Antonio lost its first Finals with this historic group. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich have seen it all in Alamo City. Duncan and Popovich won their first title together in 1999 and they are cementing their status as a true dynasty. But, with the memories of last years Finals debacle still fresh, the Spurs take nothing for granted. "I think we go back to last year and we learn from that. Were 30 seconds away. We feel that we have it in the bag and it slips out of our fingers," Duncan said Saturday. "So I think we learn from that, and we draw on that, and we say, Hey, its not over till its over. Our goal right now is to just win one more game. Wed love to do it tomorrow. Wed love to do it in one game. But luckily weve put ourselves in a situation where we have a couple opportunities and were going to take whatever it takes. Theyre going to come out and give us their best punch possible." The Spurs got into this position thanks to dominating road performances. Tuesdays Game 3 was an offensive exhibition, but Thursdays victory was an overall gem. Kawhi Leonard, who scored a career-high 29 points in the Spurs Game 3 win, had another monster game with 20 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and three steals to lead San Antonio. Parker scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half, Patty Mills added 14 points off the bench and Duncan contributed a 10-point, 11-reebound double- double in the win. Taywan Taylor Jersey. Boris Diaw, who was inserted into the starting lineup before Game 3, nearly recorded a triple-double with eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds. "We thought we could come in here and win these games," Duncan said when asked about the lopsided wins in Miami. "We came in here tonight with great focus and put a great game together." Duncan passed Magic Johnson for most double-doubles in postseason history with 158 and also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most minutes played in a postseason career. History is on the Spurs side with a 3-1 series lead. Teams that have gone up by that margin are a perfect 31-0 in Finals history. "We need to win one game. Thats all we can think about," Miamis LeBron James said after practice Saturday. "We cant think about forcing a Game 7. We have to win one game. Game 5, being here in a hostile environment, we know if we lose, the season is over." James scored 19 of his 28 points in the third quarter of Game 4, though San Antonio had the game well in hand by halftime. "They smashed us two straight home games," James said. "They put you in some difficult situations." Chris Bosh tallied 12 points and Dwyane Wade finished with 10 on 3-of-13 shooting in the setback. With Game 4 a desperation scenario for the Heat, the Spurs dominated, especially in the critical categories, San Antonio shot 40-for-70 (57.1 percent) from the floor and outrebounded Miami, 44-27, Thursday night. The Spurs bench outscored Miamis reserves, 41-30, with James Jones netting 11 points off the bench in the final minutes and the Spurs owned a 46-30 edge in the paint. And now the Heat face the tallest of challenges in a bid to three-peat. They did win Game 2 in San Antonio, so theres cautious reason for optimism. "There is a point where no team came back from a 3-1 or 3-0 deficit in the ALCS, and then the Red Sox did it against the Yankees," said James. "So history is made to be broken, and why not me be a part of it? That would be great. That would be a great story line, right? But well see what happens. Ive got to live in the moment, though, before we even get to that point." 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