Carabao Cup, SS Purple League, Spurs vs United: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 8 January 2019 1079
Carabao Cup, SS Purple League, Spurs vs United: What to watch this week
Wondering what's in store for Astro Sports Pack customers in the second week of 2019? Well, wonder no more; here are the top 10 sporting events you should watch on Astro and Astro GO over the next few days (coverage is subject to change).

FA Cup: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 8 @ 3:45am
Channel: Astro Supersport 4
After suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp’s men turn their attention to the FA Cup to face a Wolves side, whom they beat 2-0 in an earlier encounter. For the record, Liverpool haven't failed to make it past the third round since being knocked out by Manchester United in 2011, while their opponents have suffered three third-round and one first-round exits in the past five editions.

Carabao Cup: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 9 @ 4:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
Although one of Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg ties taking place this week features holders Manchester City (against Burton Albion), all eyes should be on this match instead. Besides being a London derby and an all-Premier League affair, this is also the first time Spurs and Chelsea meet each other in the League Cup since the latter emerged victorious in the 2015 final.

A-League: Perth Glory vs Sydney FC

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 9 @ 7:00pm
Channel: beIN Sports
With their loss to Sydney FC – their first of the 2018/19 A-League season – still fresh in their minds, league leaders Perth Glory welcome the defending premiers to the nib Stadium for the second time in three weeks. Will the result be different this time?

NBA: Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks

Date & Time: Thursday, January 10 @ 9:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
Not only is this a game between two of the current in-form teams in the NBA, but it also pits December’s West Player of the Month James Harden against Eastern counterpart Giannis Antetokounmpo at the Toyota Center. It might seem like an evenly matched game, but the Rockets have had an 8-2 record against the Bucks since 2013.

SS Purple League Stage 2

Dates: Friday, January 11 – Sunday, January 13
Channel: Astro Arena
After Puchong United BC and Ampang Jaya BC sealed their places in the finals of the 2019 SS Purple League season by finishing top two in Stage 1, the rest of the league compete for four remaining spots in a round-robin format to join the two teams at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting.

WTA Sydney International Finals

Date & Time: Saturday, January 12 @ 2:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport
Being an ATP World Cup 250 series, the Sydney International usually does not attract all the biggest names in tennis world. However, this year is set to be very different thanks to the women's singles event, with eight of the top 10 women's singles players in action, including defending champion Angelique Kerber, world number one Simona Halep, and US Open winner Naomi Osaka. Men's singles player Daniil Medvedev, who stunned Andy Murray in the Brisbane Open, is also returning to New South Wales to defend his 2018 crown.

Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines Season 2

Dates: Saturday, January 12 & Sunday, January 13
Channel: eGG Network
The Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines is back after a successful first season, which saw Aether Main beat DigitalDevils Pro Gaming in the Grand Finals last year. Can the champions defend their title?

Way of the Dragon Championships 3

Date & Time: Saturday, January 12 @ 8:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport
Headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Jung Da-un and Abutalib Khalilov and a featherweight clash between Shaqueme Rock and Rocky Lee, the event taking place in Taipei City, Taiwan, is also featuring Malaysian representative Chee Jian Kai going up against Japan's Kazuma Maruyama. After a two-year absence from the ring, the former ONE Championship fighter made his comeback late last year, losing to Hong Jun Young at NeoFight 13 and Aidan Aguilera at Hex Fight Series 17. Will it be a third time lucky for him?

BWF Thailand Masters Finals

Date & Time: Sunday, January 13 @ 2:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 4
The 2019 BWF World Tour kicks off in Bangkok, Thailand, with a total prize money of US$150,000 up for grab. Last year's tournament proved to be a good outing for Malaysia, with Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying winning the mixed doubles final, Leong Jun Hao reaching the final and several other representatives finishing in the semi-finals.

BPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Date & Time: Monday, January 14 @ 12:30am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
With four straight league wins – five in all competitions after overcoming Reading in the FA Cup – under his belt since taking over Manchester United as caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to face his biggest test this week as the Red Devils visit Spurs in the Premier League. Their opponents have also been enjoying a fine run of form, losing just once in nine matches since being beaten by Arsenal at the start of December.

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