Lights! Camera! Sporting action! If you’re looking for breathless drama, you’re definitely in the right place because there’s a feast of live sport across Virgin TV this week. Whether it’s wheels, racquets, balls or grown men flinging themselves around a ring in very tight leotards, there’s something special for every type of fan. Even you.
So, what are you waiting for? From the golden sunsets of California to the (possibly overcast) skies of Yorkshire, there’s a reason to cancel all your plans and prepare for an unmissable week of awesome action. Check out what’s on and where you can find it below…
The stunning Sochi Autodrom is the setting for the fourth race of what’s shaping up to be a thrilling season on the track. Lewis Hamilton loves it in Russia (he’s won this race twice in the last three years), but he could have his work cut out this weekend with a resurgent Sebastian Vettel breathing down his medal-heavy neck. Bring it on.
Manchester City v Manchester United, Thursday, 7pm, Sky Sports 1/HD (CH 511/501)
Crystal Palace v Burnley, Saturday, 5pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)
Manchester United v Swansea City, Sunday, 11.30am, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)
Everton v Chelsea, Sunday, 1pm, Sky Sports 1/HD (CH 511/501)
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, Sunday, 4.15pm, Sky Sports 1/HD (CH 511/501)
Watford v Liverpool, Monday, 7pm, Sky Sports 1/HD (CH 511/501)
Six live games in one week? Go on then. The season may be drawing to a close but there’s still plenty of top-flight drama to sink your teeth into. The title race, battle for the top four and scrap for survival will all be under the microscope, with the likes of champions elect Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs all involved. But be warned: with so much nail-biting action on the box, you’ll be emotionally drained just from watching.
Harlequins v Wasps, Friday, 7pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints, Saturday, 2.30pm, BT Sport 2/HD (CH 532/528)
Bath v Gloucester, Sunday, 2.30pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)
Think the Aviva Premiership campaign is in danger of winding down? It’s only just getting started! With the playoffs fast approaching, there is a trio of hard-hitting encounters to enjoy live on BT Sport this week, with Wasps versus Harlequins among the pick of the big clashes. It’s time to scrum down for some explosive entertainment, featuring some of English rugby’s most ferocious stars.
Whether it’s the intense competition or the incredible scenery, it’s impossible not to get swept away by this unique cycling road race. The whole thing kicks off in Bridlington on Friday, before the three-day test of both mental and physical endurance ends in Sheffield on Sunday. For a nation of two-wheeled fanatics, this is sporting heaven.
Head to Barcelona this week, as the build up to the 2017 French Open continues with this epic tournament on the ATP World Tour. Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer are some of the stars hoping to smash their way into Sunday’s final, but the tennis sands are constantly shifting these days and there are plenty of young whippersnappers ready to make their mark if the top dogs dare to falter.
That a European Tour event is being hosted in China is irrelevant. All you need to worry about is that some of golf’s biggest hitters – including Danish master Thomas Bjorn and Britain’s own Ross Fisher – will be swinging for glory in Beijing this week for this highly anticipated tournament. If you got bitten by the golfing bug after watching The Masters at the start of the month, you won’t want to miss this.
Sunday night/Monday morning, 1am, Sky Box Office/HD
Revenge is a dish best served in Spandex. The WWE’s latest extravaganza will be broadcast live from California this weekend, with wrestling’s toughest, meanest and sweatiest superstars throwing each other enthusiastically about the ring, all in the name of sports entertainment. Among the big showdowns are Chris Jericho’s clash with Kevin Owens for the WWE United States Championship and Randy Orton defending his WWE Championship against Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match. Hold on tight – it’s gonna be a slammin’ night of knockout action!
For the uninitiated, this annual curtain-raiser to the new American football season sees the best college players step up and sign for teams in the NFL. But there’s a twist. The worst teams get the pick of the most promising stars, while the top sides have to wait their turn. How very democratic.
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