Australian Open, Zion's NBA debut, Rome derby: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 21 January 2020 28
Australian Open, Zion's NBA debut, Rome derby: What to watch this week
Astro Sports Pack customers are in for another exciting week of sports, all at your fingertips on Astro and Astro GO. Here are the top 10 sporting events you should not miss out on this week.
 

Australian Open

Schedule: January 20 - February 2
Channels: Fox Sports (CH815 & CH835), Fox Sports 2 (CH816 & CH836)
Despite air quality concerns resulting from ongoing bushfires, the first Grand Slam of the year gets underway in Melbourne. All the big names are in town including reigning singles champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka as they vie for their shares of A$71,000,000 prize money.
 

EPL: Chelsea vs Arsenal


Schedule: Wednesday, January 22 @ 4:15am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3 (CH813 & CH833)
Since taking over as Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has had a mixed run of results, winning twice, drawing three and losing once, which came against Frank Lampard's side in December. Facing off again in less than a month since the defeat, the Spaniard has a chance to prove his managerial credentials and move the Gunners three points closer to their London rivals, who are occupying the final UEFA Champions League qualification spot.

 

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans vs San Antonio Spurs


Schedule: Thursday, January 22 @ 9:30am
Channel: Astro Supersport 4 (CH814 & CH834)
Zion Williamson's long-awaited NBA debut is almost here after sitting out for months with an injured knee. Now fully recovered, the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft could start against Spurs in a home game at the Smoothie King Center.
 

Six Day Berlin


Schedule: January 24 - 29
Channel: Fox Sports (CH817 & CH837)
One of the most prestigious international track cycling competitions, the Six Day Series returns to Berlin for its 109th edition with world-class cyclists turning up to compete against each other.
 

BWF World Tour: Thailand Masters


Schedule: January 25 - 26
Channel: Astro Supersport 4 (CH814 & CH834)
After Malaysia and Indonesia, the BWF World Tour concludes its mini Southeast Asian tour in Thailand. There will be at least three new winners at the Indoor Stadium Huamark, as only women's single shuttler Fitriani and men's doubles pair Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong are scheduled to take part and defend their titles. 
 

FA Cup Fourth Round


Schedule: January 25 - 28
Channel: Astro Supesport 4 (CH814 & CH834)
The FA Cup enters its fourth round with all-Premier League ties of Southampton vs Tottenham, Bournemouth vs Arsenal, Burnley vs Norwich City and potentially Watford vs Manchester United headlining the stage.
 

Men's FIH Pro League: Australia vs Belgium


Schedule: January 25 & 26
Channel: Astro Supesport (CH811 & CH831)
Hockey fans are in for a treat this week with two 2019 Men's FIH Pro League final rematches between the top two teams in the world.
 

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs dos Santos


Schedule: Sunday, January 26 @ 9:00am
Channel: Fox Sports (CH815 & CH835)
Curtis Blaydes (12-2) faces his toughest challenge since joining the UFC in 2016 as he takes on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos (21-6) in the main event of UFC Raleigh. Another former UFC champion, Rafael dos Anjos (29-12), is also set to be in the octagon for a welterweight bout against Michael Chiesa (16-4).
 

AFC U23 Championship Final

Schedule: Sunday, January 26 @ 8:30pm
Channel: Fox Sports (CH815 & CH835)
At the time of writing, there are four teams left in Thailand competing to win the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship, namely title holders Uzbekistan, two-time Asian Games winners South Korea, 2013 runners-up Saudi Arabia and first-time semi-finalists Australia. Besides the continental honour, the semi-final winners, along with the third-placed teams, will qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
 

Serie A: Roma vs Lazio


Schedule: Monday, January 27 @ 1:00am
Channel: Fox Sports 2 (CH816 & CH836)
Besides local bragging rights, Lazio head into Derby della Capitale aiming to become only the fourth different team to notch 12 consecutive league victories and move one game closer to Inter's all-time record of 17. Already not needing any further incentive to avoid being part of the stats, fourth-placed Roma can close their gap to their third-placed opponents to four points with a home win.
 

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