Arsenal vs United, Purple League, De Klassieker: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 23 January 2019 225
Arsenal vs United, Purple League, De Klassieker: What to watch this week
Plenty of exciting stuff are taking place in the world of sports this week, and luckily for our Astro Sports Pack customers, we've more or less got you covered. So, get yourself ready for these 10 must-watch sporting events on Astro and Astro GO. (coverage is subject to change)

SS Purple League Finals

Schedule: January 24-27
Channel:Astro Arena
If you cannot make it to the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, to catch the likes of Kento Momota, Gronya Somerville, Goh Jin Wei and others in action at this year's SS Purple League finals, fret not, you can follow the tournament on Astro Arena. Find out if Puchong United BC can defend their title or there will be a new champion in town.

Carabao Cup: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Schedule: Friday, January 25 @ 3:45am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
Mauricio Pochettino's men have a 1-0 advantage from the first leg going into this match at Stamford Bridge, but with their current injury crisis that has already ruled out star players Harry Kane and Dele Alli, will Spurs hold on to reach their second EFL Cup final in five years, where Manchester City are likely to be waiting?

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Finals

Schedule: Friday, January 25 @ 8:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
Last year's edition was an exciting one for squash fans, with German star Simon Rosner stunningly ending Egypt's recent dominance in the men's category, and the women's final featuring players from the same country (Nour El Sherbini beat Nour El Tayeb in an all-Egyptian final) for the first time. Now returning to New York for the 22nd consecutive year with a combined prize money of US$356,500 — the highest prize money in the competition's history — will this year's finals serve up a bigger treat?

ONE Championship: Hero's Ascent

Schedule: Friday, January 25 @ 8:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
It is time to settle things once and for all between ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio and former title holder Adriano Moraes. Having beaten each other once, both men are set to duke it out for the title again, this time in Manila. Also, keep an eye on Malaysia's very own Mohammed bin Mahmoud, who faces Japanese fighter Hiroaki Suzuki in a Super Series Muay Thai (bantamweight) bout.

FA Cup: Arsenal vs Manchester United

Schedule: Saturday, January 26 @ 4:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 4
Without a doubt the biggest draw of the FA Cup fourth round, it is also likely to feature great football from both teams. The Gunners are in high spirits after beating neighbours Chelsea, and the same goes for the Red Devils, who are on a seven-game winning run since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of caretaker manager.

Australian Open Finals

Schedule: January 26-27
Channel: Fox Sports
The 2019 Australian Open is shaping up to be an unpredictable tournament with half of last year's winners including Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki already out of the competition at the time of writing. Several top seeds have also crashed out early, while lower-ranked players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Danielle Collins and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have pulled off giant-killing acts.

FIH Men's Pro League: Argentina vs Belgium

Schedule: Sunday, January 27 @ 5:15am
Channel: Astro Supersport
Not only is it a duel between two of the best hockey nations in the world, it is also a rematch of the 2016 Summer Olympics final, which saw Argentina beat the current world champions to clinch their gold medal. Don't miss it.

2019 IAAF World Indoor Tour: Boston

Schedule: Sunday, January 27 @ 6:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
The road to the Nanjing 2020 IAAF World Indoor Championships begins this week with the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, taking place in Boston, United States. This year's tour features 11 main disciplines, namely five for men – 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump – and six for women – 60m, 800m, 3000m/5000m, pole vault, triple jump and shot put.

BWF: Indonesia Masters Finals

Schedule: Sunday, January 27 @ 2:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 4
The 2019 BWF World Tour heads to Jakarta this week for its final tournament of the month, with the likes of men's doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and women's singles shuttler Fitriani, who recently won at the Malaysia Masters and the Thailand Masters respectively, expected to shine in front of the home crowd. If you're also interested to watch earlier rounds, our coverage starts from the quarter-finals onward on Friday.

Eredivisie: Feyenoord vs Ajax

Schedule: Sunday, January 27 @ 9:30pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 4
Despite trailing league leaders PSV Eindhoven by 13 points, Feyenoord stand a chance of throwing a spanner in title chances of arch-rivals Ajax, who are just two points behind, in the upcoming De Klassieker. It is also likely to be Feyenoord star Robin van Persie's final involvement in Dutch football's fiercest rivalry as he will retire at the end of the season.

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