A monumental derby headlines a week of unmissable action…
Sky Sports round-up
Oh, the middle of January. It’s dark when you wake up and it’s dark when you leave work. Your toes are so cold, you’re not completely certain they’re still there, and your lips are as dry as the Grand Canyon. But none of that matters, because the temperature’s rising on Sky Sports, with loads and loads of fiery footy fixtures.
A huge week of action is coming up across the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship and Scottish Premiership. All eyes are on the monster match-up between Liverpool and Manchester United, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men look to throw a spanner in Jürgen Klopp’s title works. But there are also tasty games at the top of the Championship, big trips for Chelsea and Leicester and a test for Celtic in their bid for a ninth straight title.
Get a load of these firecrackers and prepare to blow away those winter blues…
Fulham v Middlesbrough
Fulham v Middlesbrough, Friday 17 January, 6.45pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)
Scott Parker’s boys are desperate to bounce straight back into the Premier League after the disappointment of last season, but they cannot afford to slip up in a crowded play-off race. Middlesbrough would like to have been part of that race, but have struggled, and will be hoping for a resurgence in 2020.
Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United
Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United, Saturday 18 January, 11.30pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)
Speaking of teams with Premier League ambitions, Leeds have been waiting 16 years to make their long-awaited return to the top division, and this could finally, finally be their year. QPR’s season has been very up and down but could still cause Marcelo Bielsa’s men some problems on the road.
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Newcastle United v Chelsea, Saturday 18 January, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Chelsea always seem to struggle in Newcastle. They’ve won just one of their last six up in the Toon, and Steve Bruce’s side have performed above expectations so far this season. Still, Chelsea’s away form has been very good this term, and a win is vital in a narrowing top-four race.
Burnley v Leicester City
Burnley v Leicester City, Sunday 19 January, 2pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Leicester are doing it all over again. After their magical title-winning season of 2015-16, the Foxes are flying high once again, thanks to Brendan Rodgers’ management and Jamie Vardy’s goal-scoring explosion. Next stop on their mission to return to the Champions League? Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
Liverpool v Manchester United
Liverpool v Manchester United, Sunday 19 January, 4.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
There is nothing Manchester United fans would like more than to prevent Liverpool from winning their first ever Premier League title. Now, their team has a chance to help make their dreams a reality. The teams have been in different classes so far this season, but we all know anything can happen in a derby this explosive. Expect reds! (And we’re not just about the shirts on the pitch).
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City, Monday 20 January, 7pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)
The Boing Boing Baggies look to be bouncing back to the top flight. Stoke started the season with the same aim but are now in grave danger of dropping down to League 1. A shock win for Stoke would mean the world to the team, but Slaven Bilić’s side have been too strong for most this season.
Kilmarnock v Celtic
Kilmarnock v Celtic, Monday 20 January, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)
Celtic have dominated the Scottish Premiership for so long even their own fans are getting bored. Wait, who are we kidding, they’re loving it, but they’re being run close by Rangers this year. Any slip-up could be fatal, and Kilmarnock may prove a tricky place in which to get three points this season.
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