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This week on Sky Sports
Well, that went quickly. It seems like only yesterday we were toasting 2019 with a song we’ve never quite bothered to learn despite singing it every year. Yet here we are, already past the halfway mark in January and ready for another 12 months of stellar sporting action.
This week, there are three Premier League clashes, including an all-London match between Fulham and Spurs, completely coincidental desert classics in the PGA and European Tour, cricket of the one-day and Test variety, and a ridiculous number of NBA games. Phew!
Start as you mean to go on and all that. Read on to find out what’s in store this week, all live on Sky Sports.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
From Thursday 17 January, 7am, Sky Sports Golf/HD (CH 515/505)
Big swingers are out in force to tackle the penultimate day at the sun-soaked surroundings of Abu Dhabi Golf Club – and there’s an even bigger incentive on offer this year. Due to the event’s upgrade to the Rolex Series (the first of the eight elite encounters in 2019), the prize money has rocketed from $3m to a whopping $7m. Martin Kaymer is the only golfer to have won three of the 13 tournaments, but man of the moment Tommy Fleetwood can write history by achieving that feat in successive years. Go on lad!
From Friday 18 January, 4.30pm, Sky Sports Golf/HD (CH 515/505)
Palm trees and Californian countryside provide a picturesque PGA Tour backdrop for what has become the now sponsorless Classic-what-changes-its-name-every-few-years Classic. The customary pro-am format returns in La Quinta, as does a 156-strong, US-heavy contingent of golfers including ambassador Phil Mickelson and defending Spanish champ Jon Rahm.
To complete a week of sand-based golfing merriment, the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic also tees off on Thursday.
Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Thursday 24 January, 4am, Sky Sports Golf/HD (CH 515/505)
From Friday 18 January, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501) + Sky Sports Arena/HD (CH 518/508)
Hold onto your hats if you’re a Thunder fan or a die-hard 76er. Oklahoma City and the faves from Philly feature in most of the eight games on offer this week, with each playing a tiring-to-even-think-about three matches in four days. Look out for their head-to-head clash on Friday night, as Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Joel Embiid’s house for a night of basket-to-basket thrills.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder, Friday 18 January, 2.30am, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
San Antonio Spurs @ Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday 19 January, 1am, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday 19 January, 8.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
Charlotte Hornets @ Indiana Pacers, Sunday 20 January, 11pm, Sky Sports Arena/HD (CH 518/508)
Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Knicks, Monday 21 January, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies, Monday 21 January, 10.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
Houston Rockets @ Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday 22 January, 1am, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
San Antonio Spurs @ Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday 24 January, 1am, Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
ODI Series 2019
From Saturday 19 January, Sky Sports Cricket/HD (CH 514/504)
Tough old sport, cricket. Following 15 long days of three Tests, the first two of five ODIs take place as South Africa and New Zealand continue to host Pakistan and India, respectively. The former will be turning to much-maligned batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq to step up on a stage where they tend to struggle, while the Black Caps are keen to avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered in India just over a year ago. Either way, the matches act as an ideal warm-up for when they all meet again in this summer’s Cricket World Cup.
South Africa v Pakistan, Saturday 19 January and Monday 21 January, 10.55am, Sky Sports Cricket/HD (CH 514/504)
New Zealand v India, Wednesday 23 January, 1.55am, Sky Sports Cricket/HD (CH 514/504)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City
Saturday 19 January, 11.30am, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Molineux has only ever hosted one Premier League encounter between this pair – and it was an absolute corker! Wolves clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit in October 2003, although it proved to be scant consolation in a season where both teams went down. While a repeat of that double drop is highly unlikely, a similar scoreline would be more than welcome.
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
Sunday 20 January, 12.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Spare a thought for Ben Hamer. Huddersfield’s now number two goalkeeper started the first three games of the campaign ahead of Jonas Lössl, only to concede nine goals and lose his place to the Dane. The second of those games was a 6-1 loss against Manchester City – a clash that saw opposite number Ederson become the first City stopper to assist a goal in the Premier League. Hamer will most likely be on the bench for the return meeting, and he’ll more than likely be quite happy about it.
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 20 January, 3.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
It took him five seasons, 14 games and 1,065 minutes, but Harry Kane finally ended his August goal drought in the reverse fixture five months ago. That strike capped off a 3-1 triumph for Spurs – the fourth time in seven games they’ve put three past the Cottagers. Fulham have proceeded to leak goals for fun, while the visitors continue to enjoy their greatest ever Premier League campaign. True to top-flight form, that’ll be a home win then.
West Indies v England Test Series 2019
From Wednesday 23 January, 1pm, Sky Sports Cricket/HD (CH 514/504)
Only once in 50 years have England claimed a Test Series victory over their Caribbean counterparts, but high spirits following November’s 3-0 drubbing of Sri Lanka suggest triumph number two may not be far off. In fact, a rare selection shift sees Joe Root’s 16-man squad go to the West Indies completely unchanged, with Jonny Bairstow’s replacement debutant (but now potentially first-choice wicket-keeper) Ben Foakes and opener Rory Burns maintaining their spots. Barbados’ Kensington Oval opens its doors for the opening encounter…
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