Make yourself a beverage, take a deep breath and dive into the whirlwind of top sport coming to your telly this week
Golf: The Masters
Thursday 11 April to Sunday 14 April, 8pm, Sky Sports Golf/HD (CH 515/505)
For those not quite in the swing of things, the Masters is that golf tournament where, in addition to bagging a hefty cash prize and a shiny trophy, the winner also snags a tailored and unbelievably snazzy green jacket. It also features one of golf’s greatest courses and the sport’s biggest stars – but let’s be honest, it’s all about that jacket.
The 2019 Super League season continues at the usual breakneck speed, with two juicy matches for fans to feast their eyes on. First, title contenders St Helens go muscly shoulder to muscly shoulder with Warrington in a top-of-the-table clash, before last season’s Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons take on Hull.
St Helens v Warrington Wolves, 7pm, Friday 12 April, Sky Sports Arena/HD (CH 518/508)
Catalans Dragons v Hull FC, 5pm, Saturday 13 April, Sky Sports Arena/HD (CH 518/508)
Leicester and Newcastle kick off a bumper week of Premier League fixtures on Friday, with former Liverpool managers Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benítez locking horns at the King Power Stadium.
In the following days, top-four hopefuls Spurs take on Championship-bound Huddersfield, before title rivals City and Liverpool face off against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, respectively; the latter presenting an intriguing repeat of the encounter that all but ended Liverpool’s last title challenge in 2014. And then, fresh off their FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves, Watford play Arsenal on Monday, with both teams vying for a place in Europe.
Leicester City v Newcastle United, 7pm, Friday 12 April, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town, 11.30am, Saturday 13 April, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City, 1pm, Sunday 14 April, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Liverpool v Chelsea, 4pm, Sunday 14 April, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Watford v Arsenal, Monday 15 April, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
As has been the case in just about every Championship season since the dawn of time, the competing teams have once again delivered a promotion battle tighter than the lid of that as-yet-unopened jam jar at the back of your cupboard. Leeds, sitting just outside the top three, have a chance to make up ground on the top two when they take on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Title-chasing Norwich meanwhile, could further distance themselves from the play-off places when they travel to a relegation-threatened Wigan.
Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday, 5.15pm, Saturday 13 April, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
Wigan Athletic v Norwich City, 11.30am, Sunday 14 April, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
Major League Soccer
If all the English footy on offer has you craving more goal-scoring action, let MLS sweep you up in its strong, American hands and whisk you away to a land where pitches have plastic grass and “penalties” are referred to as “PKs”. Columbus Crew head to Montreal in the first of this weekend’s two battles between North American neighbours Canada and the US of A, before Western Conference-topping Seattle Sounders welcome Toronto FC to CenturyLink Field.
Montreal Impact v Columbus Crew, 6pm, Saturday 13 April, Sky Sports Mix/HD (CH 520/510)
Seattle Sounders FC v Toronto FC, 9pm, Saturday 13 April, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)
Formula 1: Heineken Chinese Grand Prix
Sunday 14 April, 5.30am, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 516/506)
Though Mercedes’ recent imperious form has had many groaning at the thought of yet another ridiculously dominant season for the Silver Arrows, a prospective inter-team title battle emerged, with Valtteri Bottas storming his way to an opening race win in front of a bemused Lewis Hamilton. As such, the fast, sweeping bends of the Shanghai International Circuit look set to host another fascinating contest.
Royal London One-Day Cup – Kent Spitfires v Hampshire
Wednesday 17 April, 12.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket/HD (CH 514/504)
The Spitfires will be hoping they can get their Royal London Cup campaign off to a flying start against reigning champions Hampshire, as the action gets under way at what will no doubt be a sun-soaked St Lawrence Ground. Expect sixes, splintered stumps and no shortage of lightning-fast balls as One-Day cricket’s most electrifying tournament returns.
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