Thailand vs Malaysia, UFC 231, Revierderby: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 4 December 2018 256
Thailand vs Malaysia, UFC 231, Revierderby: What to watch this week
Football fans are in for a treat with several big matches happening this week (no, you are not forgotten, non-football fans). Here are the top 10 live sporting events you should watch on Astro and Astro GO from December 3rd to 9th (coverage is subject to change). And if you haven't got your Astro Sports Pack, you can sign up here.

AFF Suzuki Cup: Thailand vs Malaysia

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 5 @ 8pm
Channel: Fox Sports
After a goalless draw in the first leg with Thailand on Saturday, Malaysia head to Bangkok for the return leg of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals. Playing away against the defending champions is hardly an easy task, but with the away goal rule in effect, the Harimau Malaya can progress to the final with a score draw.

Hockey World Cup: Malaysia vs Pakistan

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 5 @ 9:30pm
Channels: Astro Arena, Astro Supersport
After suffering a 7-0 thrashing to the Netherlands, Malaysia must overcome four-time world champions Pakistan (and then Germany on Sunday) to keep their chances of progressing out of Pool D alive.

Premier League: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Date & Time: Thursday, December 6 @ 4am
Channel: Astro Supersport
Just a little over six months ago, Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 to move 20 points clear from their opponents. Now, ahead of their first meeting in the new season, they are behind the Gunners, not only in terms of points (eight) but also on-pitch performances as they have struggled throughout the season. With Unai Emery's men coming off a morale-boosting win against arch rivals Tottenham, and the Red Devils winless in the past three league games, they could be falling further behind.

STL Champions Cup: Perak Bison vs Johor Tigris

Date & Time: Friday, December 7 @ 5pm
Channels: Astro Arena, Stadium Astro
Following the conclusion of the league season and a short break, it is time for the season-ending STL Champions Cup, featuring the top six STL Premier teams, including champions Penang Black Panthers, as well as STL Division 1 winners Negeri Sembilan Antlers and runners-up Sabah Mountaineers. The tournament begins with the Johor Tigris and the Perak Bison squaring off, which you can watch LIVE here.

ONE FC: Destiny of Champions

Date & Time: Friday, December 7 @ 8:30pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
The ONE Championship returns to Kuala Lumpur for the second time in 2018, featuring Muay Thai World Champions Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Luis Regis in the main event. Malaysian martial artists Agilan Thani, Gianni Subba and Jihin Radzuan are also scheduled to be in action.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Golden State Warriors

Date & Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 10:30am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
After beginning the season with an 10-1 record, the Warriors have been on a 5-8 run (at the time of writing) since a 134-111 defeat to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. in November. In this upcoming meeting at the Fiserv Forum to wrap up their five-game Eastern road trip, the defending NBA champions have an opportunity to buck the trend (no pun intended).

Bundesliga: Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund

Date & Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 10:30pm
Channel: Fox Sports
The two biggest sides in Germany's Ruhr district are set to renew their rivalry and compete for local bragging rights once again. Ahead of the 93rd Revierderby in the Bundesliga, Dortmund are the unbeaten league leaders, with Schalke lagging 19 points behind.

LaLiga: Espanyol vs Barcelona

Date & Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 3:45am
Channel: BeIN Sports
Another big European derby takes place this weekend with Barcelona heading across the city to take on Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium. The current LaLiga leaders are undoubtedly favourites to beat their neighbours, whom they haven't lost to in the league since the 2008-09 season. However, with several Barca stars including Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti unavailable due to injuries, the match might not be a straightforward affair.

Premier League: Chelsea vs Manchester City

Date & Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 1:15am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
Fourth time lucky for Maurizio Sarri? The Italian faces Pep Guardiola again this weekend, having ended on the losing side on the previous three occasions (twice with Napoli in the UEFA Champions League, and once with Chelsea in the 2018 Community Shield).

UFC 231: Holloway vs Ortega

Date & Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 11am
Channel: Fox Sports
Two UFC titles are on the line in Toronto, Canada, with UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway defending his belt against Brian Ortega, and Valentina Shevchenko taking on Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.

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