Australian Open, Asian Cup, London derby: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 15 January 2019 94
Australian Open, Asian Cup, London derby: What to watch this week
Astro Sports Pack customers are set for an entertaining week from January 14th to 20th, especially during the weekend, with a variety of exciting sporting events happening on Astro and Astro GO! (coverage is subject to change)

Australian Open

Schedule: January 14-27
Channel: Fox Sports & Fox Sports 2
2019 has just started but there are already plenty of talking points to watch out for ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, such as Andy Murray's potential retirement, Rafael Nadal's struggle with injuries, and Simona Halep being knocked out early at the Sydney International, and there could be more by the time the tournament ends.

Asian Cup: South Korea vs China

Schedule: Wednesday, January 16 @ 9:30pm
Channel: Fox Sports
The Republic of Korea and China have already secured their places in the Round of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but it doesn't mean this Group C encounter isn't going to be fiery, especially with the history between both sides. Also, Tottenham talisman Son Heung-min could be featuring for the South Koreans, having missed earlier group matches due to club commitment.

UCI Track World Cup: Cambridge

Schedule: Friday, January 18 & Saturday, January 19 @ 1:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport
The world's best track riders head to the Avantidrome in Cambridge, New Zealand, for the penultimate leg of the 2018/19 UCI Track Cycling World Cup. Malaysian cycling star Azizulhasni Awang, who has won one silver and one bronze medals so far, is expected to challenge for the gold medal in the men's keirin event.

Men's FIH Pro League: Spain vs Belgium

Schedule: Saturday, January 19 @ 7:55pm
Channel: Astro Supersport
The first edition of the Men's FIH Pro League kicks off with Spain welcoming newly crowned world champions Belgium to Estadio Betero, Valencia. The Redsticks, who have been invited to participate following India's withdrawal, would surely be aiming for a better performance than the last time both teams met last June when they lost 2-5.

ONE: Eternal Glory

Schedule: Saturday, January 19 @ 9:30pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
ONE Championship kicks off 2019 with another huge show in Jakarta, Indonesia, with Filipino sensation Joshua Pacio defending his ONE Strawweight World Championship belt against Japanese fighter Yosuke Saruta in the main event.

ITTF Hungarian Open Finals

Schedule: Sunday, January 20 @ 12:30am & 10:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
The city of Budapest is the first stop on the 2019 ITTF World Tour, hosting the Hungarian Open for the fifth consecutive year.

BPL: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Schedule: Sunday, January 20 @ 1:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
Two London derbies are set to take place this week, with Fulham hosting Tottenham and Arsenal taking on Chelsea, but the latter is arguably the bigger tie. After prevailing 3-2 in an earlier encounter at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have a chance of doing their first double over their neighbours since the 2015/16 season.

Race of Champions

Schedule: Sunday, January 20 & Monday, January 21 @ 3:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport
The Race of Champions is back for another edition, this time featuring three well-known F1 figures in four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, new Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly and former McLaren star David Coulthard in Mexico. Besides that, Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, who was crowned the Formula 3 European champion last year, is also set to make his debut, partnering Vettel for Team Germany.

NBA: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers

Schedule: Sunday, January 20 @ 9:30am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
The big question ahead of this Rockets-Lakers showdown is whether or not LeBron James is fit enough to take part. The 34-year-old superstar hasn't seen any action since limping off against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, and during his absence, the Los Angeles side have struggled to put together a winning run.

BWF Malaysian Masters Finals

Schedule: Sunday, January 20 @ 12:00pm
Channels: Astro Supersport 4, Astro Arena
Last year's Malaysian Masters was only the third time since the tournament's inception in 2009 that no Malaysian shuttler emerged victorious in any category. However, with Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (men's doubles) and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles) enjoying success at the Thailand Masters just a week earlier, can Malaysia turn their fortune around?

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