Manchester derby, AFF Suzuki Cup, KL Major: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 7 November 2018 1727
Manchester derby, AFF Suzuki Cup, KL Major: What to watch this week
With several big matches coming up, football continues to be the main highlights on Astro this week. Here are the stand-out games that you should keep an eye on, as well as four non-football sporting spectacles (coverage is subject to change).

UCL: Juventus vs Manchester United

Date & Time: Thursday, November 8 @ 4am
Channel: Astro Supersport
Paul Pogba returns to his old ground as Manchester United visit Juventus, aiming to get their UEFA Champions League campaign back on track and avenge their 1-0 defeat in an earlier Group H match. Of course, that is easier said than done as the Old Lady have only lost three home matches since the start of last season (yes, last season).

AFF Suzuki Cup: Cambodia vs Malaysia

Date & Time: Thursday, November 8 @ 7:30pm
Channel: Fox Sports
The 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup kicks off on Thursday, with the Harimau Malaya having the pleasure of playing the first match of the tournament. Tan Cheng Hoe’s men also could not ask for a better opponent than Cambodia, who have not beaten them since 1970.

Kuala Lumpur Major

Date & Time: Friday, November 9 @ 10:00am
Channel: eGG Network
The first-ever Dota 2 Major to be held in Malaysia kicks off this week with the group stage, which you can follow on eGG Network! Several big teams such as Team Secret, PSG.LGD and Fnatic are going to be in action at the Axiata Arena — you can expect to see several Malaysian gamers as well — as they aim to qualify for the playoffs. Get your tickets for the main event here if you haven't already.

ONE: Heart of the Lion

Date & Time: Friday, November 9 @ 8:30pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
A ONE Women's Strawweight World Championship bout between Xiong Jingnan and Angela Lee was supposed to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, but it was cancelled after the latter suffered a back injury. Despite the setback, there is still a title fight on the ONE: Heart of the Lion card with Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes squaring off to unify ONE Bantamweight World Championship.

ACL: Persepolis vs Kashima Antlers

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov 10 @ 11pm
Channel: Fox Sports 2
Heading into the second leg of the 2018 final in Tehran, Iran, Kashima Antlers are favourites to become the sixth Japanese side to win the AFC Champions League after taking a 2-0 lead in the first leg in Japan last Saturday. Can 2017-18 Persian Gulf Pro League runners-up Persepolis, who are unbeaten at home in this campaign so far, muster a comeback?

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Date & Time: Sunday. November 11 @ 1:30pm
Channel: Fox Sports
The first Der Klassiker of the season is already different from past few editions, with Dortmund being the current (and unbeaten) league leaders and a struggling Bayern side lagging four points behind. Due to that, Bayern boss Niko Kovac has come under immense pressure. Anything but a win could potentially be the last straw.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets

Date & Time: Sunday, November 11 @ 9:30am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
The Rockets conclude their five straight games on the road with a visit to the AT&T Center, in which a morale-boosting win over the Spurs should turn their season around. 3-5 at the time of writing, their season was off to a rocky start and they did not have Chris Paul and James Harden available for selection on separate occasions.

STL: Penang Black Panthers vs Kelantan Warriors

Date & Time: Saturday, November 10 @ 8:15pm
Channel: Astro Arena
This week is set to make or break the 2018 Sepak Takraw League (STL) Premier season of the Warriors, who take on defending champions Black Panthers on Saturday and then third-place Kuala Lumpur Thunder on Sunday. With both teams just four points ahead of them on the standings, the Warriors are within striking distance of the top three and stand a chance to improve their position to qualify for the year-end's Champions Cup.

F1: 2018 Brazilian GP

Date & Time: Monday, November 12 @ 12:30am
Channel: Fox Sports
Although Lewis Hamilton has won the F1 drivers' title, there’s still excitement left in the 2018 season as the constructors’ championship battle is still ongoing. Mercedes are currently leading the way with 585 points, 55 points ahead of Ferrari, but with a maximum of 86 points over two races (Brazil and Abu Dhabi) up for grabs, it is still possible for the Prancing Horse to turn the table.

BPL: Manchester City vs Manchester United

Date & Time: Monday, November 12 @ 12:30am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
This week doesn't get any tougher for Jose Mourinho's side as they need to play away to two league champions; first Juventus in the UEFA Champions League and then Manchester City in the Premier League. With unconvincing performances in the past few weeks, can the Red Devils weather the storm?

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