Rugby World Cup, China Open, Milan derby: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 17 September 2019 195
Rugby World Cup, China Open, Milan derby: What to watch this week
Plenty of thrilling sporting events are happening this week! For Astro Sports Pack customers, here's a handy guide on what to look out for in the next few days... (coverage is subject to change)

ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships

Schedule: September 17 - 22
Channel: Astro Supersport 2 (CH812 & CH832)
With the best Asian players gathering in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this week, will the upcoming table tennis action top the showing in Wuxi, China, two years ago? Japanese player Miu Hirano memorably stunned the home crowd by emerging victorious in the women's singles. while South Korea's Jeong Sangeun reached the men's singles final where he lost to Fan Zhendong, ending a decade-long run of only Chinese players contesting the final at the same time.

BWF World Tour: China Open

Schedule: September 18 - 22
Channel: Astro Supersport 4 (CH814 & CH834)
The final Super 1000 event of the year is set to feature the who's who of the badminton world, and for Malaysia, who have only been victorious in China four times since 1986, they could not ask for a tougher start for most of their shuttlers. The likes of Lee Zii Jia (men's singles), Soniia Cheah (women's singles), Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (men's doubles) and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (women's doubles) are handed seeded opponents in the first round.

UCL: Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid 

Schedule: Thursday, September 19 @ 3:00am
Channel: beIN Sports Max (CH819)
The UEFA Champions League season kicks off this week, with all eyes arguably on Neymar and Co. welcoming 13-time winners Real Madrid to Paris for their opening Group A match.

Rugby World Cup

Schedule: September 20 - November 2
Channel: beIN Sports Rugby (CH825)
The All Blacks get their title defence underway this week, with the likes of England, Australia and Ireland expected to be their biggest challengers. If you're an existing Sports Pack, Setanta or Sports Focus subscriber, you can get to enjoy the Rugby World Cup coverage for free.

Laver Cup

Schedule: September 20 - 22
Channel: Fox Sports 2 (CH816 & CH836)
The Laver Cup is back for the third time, and it could potentially be the most one-sided edition. John McEnroe's Team World, consisting the likes of John Isner, Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios, face Bjorn Borg's Team Europe featuring seven of the top 11 men's singles players in the world, including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev.

STL: ATM Guardians vs Penang Black Panthers

Schedule: Friday, September 20 @ 8:00pm
Channel: Astro Arena (CH801 & CH802)
In a showdown between last year's top two sides of the Sepak Takraw League, league leaders ATM Guardians have a chance to extend their unbeaten start to the 2019 season and, at the same time, pile more pressure on the struggling Penang side, who have lost twice this season.

Serie A: AC Milan vs Inter Milan

Schedule: Sunday, September 22 @ 2:45am
Channel: Fox Sports 3 (CH817 & CH837)
Inter and Milan renew their rivalry, arguably the most fierce and intense one in Italy, at San Siro this weekend. Antonio Conte's side are currently topping the Serie A league table with three wins from three, but the form book always gets thrown out of the window in the Milan derby. 

F1: Singaporean Grand Prix

Schedule: Sunday, September 22 @  7:00pm
Channel: Fox Sports (CH815 & CH835)
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has an opportunity to become the outright leading winner on the Marina Bay Street Circuit after matching Sebastian Vettel's record of four wins last year. Form-wise, the German is unlikely to edge ahead of Hamilton in Singapore, but his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc, who has won the past two races since the summer break, could ensure the status quo remains.

Eredivisie: PSV Eindhoven vs Ajax

Schedule: Sunday, September 22 @ 10:45pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 4 (CH814 & CH834)
One of the biggest matches in the Dutch league arrives on Sunday as PSV and Ajax lock horns at the Philips Stadion. Both teams have been unbeaten since the start of the season, but Erik ten Hag's side have had the upper hand in the past two meetings including a 2-0 win in the 2019 Johan Cruyff Shield.

EPL: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Schedule: Sunday, September 22 @ 11:30pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 3 (CH813 & CH833)
At the time of writing, Chelsea are the only two teams to prevent Liverpool from winning in regular time after forcing their recent UEFA Super Cup encounter into a penalty shoot-out. Frank Lampard will surely be hoping to repeat the feat, or even go one step further, this Sunday when they host Jurgen Klopp's team, who have won all their Premier League games so far, at Stamford Bridge.

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