FA Cup Final, Sudirman Cup, PGA Championship: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 14 May 2019 126
FA Cup Final, Sudirman Cup, PGA Championship: What to watch this week
The 2018/19 Premier League season has ended, but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to watch for Astro Sports Pack customers. Here are the top 10 matches and competitions that will be shown on Astro and Astro GO this week (coverage is subject to change).

ATP Italian Open

Schedule: May 13th - 19th
Channel: Astro Supersport 3 (CH816 & CH834)
The clay season continues as the ATP heads to Rome, where Rafael Nadal is the defending men's singles champion. It is set to be a huge task for the Spaniard to retain the title, as he is projected to face the in-form Dominic Thiem, who recently knocked him out of the Barcelona Open, in the quarter-finals and then Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Should he reach the final, newly crowned Madrid Open champion Novak Djokovic is expected to be waiting for him.

PGA Championship

Schedule: May 17th - 20th
Channel: Fox Sports (CH818 & CH832)
All eyes are on Tiger Woods at this year's PGA Championship as he is scheduled to make his first appearance since his incredible Masters win last month and aims to win the Wanamaker Trophy for the first time since 2007 and his sixth overall. The 43-year-old is grouped with the two other most recent major champions, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari, for the first two days at the Bethpage Black Course, making it an interesting start to the high profile tournament for golf fans and viewers.

ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon

Schedule: Friday, May 17th @ 8:30pm
Channel: Astro Arena (CH801 & CH802)
In their first show in Singapore in over a year, ONE Championship pits four-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki against Pankration World Champion Christian Lee in the main event. Co-headlining the event are Nieky Holzken and Regian Eersel, who go fist to fist with each other for the inaugural ONE Super Series Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship title.

Asia Rugby Championship: South Korea vs Malaysia

Schedule: Saturday, May 18th @ 2:45pm
Channel: Astro Arena (CH801 & CH802)
For the second year in a row, Malaysia compete in the top tier of the Asian Rugby Championship and take on South Korea and Hong Kong, who won last year's tournament. Having lost all four home-and-away matches last year, can Malaysia make a stronger impression this time around, starting with the tournament opener against the Koreans?

FA Cup Final: Manchester City vs Watford

Schedule: Sunday, May 19th @ 12:00am
Channel: Astro Supersport 4 (CH817 & CH836)
Their quadruple dream is over, but City can still end their season with an unprecedented domestic treble in English football. Standing in the way of the Premier League and Carabao Cup winners are surprise finalists Watford, who are looking for their first major trophy success. Besides both sets of fans, Manchester United supporters should also be paying close attention to this match, as a Watford victory will send the Red Devils to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round and force them to play six matches before reaching the group stage.

UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs Lee

Schedule: Sunday, May 19th @ 8:00am
Channel: Fox Sports (CH818 & CH832)
The upcoming UFC Fight Night is looking to be an exciting one with Rafael Souza dos Anjos, who previously held the UFC Lightweight Championship, welcoming fellow ex-lightweight fighter Kevin Lee to the welterweight division in the main event. Other notable fights taking place include a clash between the two recent Invicta FC Featherweight champions in Felicia Spencer and Megan Andersen, and UFC's submission king Charles Oliveira duelling Nik Lentz inside the Octagon for the third time — their first two encounters earned the Fight of the Night honours.

French MotoGP

Schedule: Sunday, May 19th @ 4:30pm
Channel: Fox Sports (CH818 & CH832)
French rider Fabio Quartararo did not have any luck at the previous race in Spain, losing out due to mechanical problems as Marc Marquez cruised to victory, but the Petronas Yamaha SRT racer has a chance to redeem himself this Sunday. The 20-year-old became the youngest ever polesitter in the MotoGP class during the Spanish Grand Prix, so it will be fascinating to see if he can repeat the feat at his home race in Le Mans.

A-League Grand Final: Perth Glory vs Sydney FC

Schedule: Sunday, May 19th @ 5:00pm
Channel: beIN Sports (CH837)
As expected of the team that finished first in the regular season, Perth Glory overcame Adelaide United on penalties in the semi-finals to reach the final to take on Sydney FC, who thrashed defending champions Melbourne Victory 6-1 in the other semi-final tie. Regardless of the eventual winners, history will be made as Sydney can move joint top on the all-time standings with four Championship wins, while Glory can clinch for their first Championship victory in the A-League era.

Sudirman Cup: China vs Malaysia

Schedule: Sunday, May 19th @ 6:00pm
Channels: Astro Arena (CH801 & CH802), Astro Supersport 4 (CH817 & CH836)
As if it is not tough enough to be without Lee Chong Wei, who was ever present in the national team for over a decade, and former national shuttlers such as Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong in their quest for a maiden Sudirman Cup triumph, Malaysia begin their 2019 campaign against 10-time winners China before taking on 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallists India. For the record, Malaysia's best result since the tournament's inception in 1989 was finishing third in 2009.

WWE Money in the Bank

Schedule: Monday, May 20th @ 7:00am
Channel: WWE Network (CH820 & CH840)
For those with WrestleMania hangover, we have just the prescription for you: one steel cage match, six title fights, and, of course, two eponymous ladder matches at this year's Money in the Bank! As the briefcase winners are guaranteed a title shot each and can call for it anytime, it means you will be looking at potential world title changes at the most unexpected moment to keep you excited.

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