Ronaldo's Old Trafford homecoming, El Clasico, Volkan vs Smith: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 22 October 2018 128
Ronaldo's Old Trafford homecoming, El Clasico, Volkan vs Smith: What to watch this week
For the week of October 22, there's a little bit of everything for every sports fan in Malaysia as usual including football, motorsports, mixed martial arts and so on. But here are the top 10 sporting events you should watch on Astro and Astro GO this week (coverage is subject to change).

AFC U-19 Championship: Malaysia vs Tajikistan

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 23 @ 8pm
Channel: Fox Sports
Malaysia’s hopes of qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup lie on Tuesday when they take on Tajikistan. Having lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their AFC U-19 Championship opener, a win is necessary for Bojan Hodak’s boys to keep their dream alive by the time they play China in the final Group D match on Friday.

Asian Champions Trophy: Malaysia vs India

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24 @ 1am
Channel: Astro Arena
After kicking off their 2018 Asian Champions Trophy campaign with two wins, the Speedy Tigers have three more matches to play this week to book their spot in the semi-finals, with the biggest one arguably against defending champions India. The Bharat Army have had a superior record against Malaysia over the years, but the latter were the victors in their most recent meeting at the 2018 Asian Games.

UCL: Manchester United vs Juventus

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24 @ 3am
Channel: Astro Supersport 3
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Old Trafford for the second time since leaving Manchester United as Juventus head to Manchester for their UEFA Champions League clash (which means Paul Pogba, if he plays, will also be facing his old club). United fans should still remember what happened the last time the Portuguese was at the ground, with him scoring a decisive goal for Real Madrid that knocked his former club out of the Champions League in 2013.

World Series: Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 1)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24 @ 8am
Channel: Fox Sports 2
After coming up short against the Houston Astros last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers should be relishing another crack at the World Series for the second consecutive season after beating the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series. Their opponents this time are the Boston Red Sox, who overcame defending champions Astros in the American League Championship Series. Fun fact: the last time they faced each other in a World Series was over 100 years ago!

ONE Championship: Pursuit of Greatness

Date & Time: Friday, October 26 @ 9:30pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 2
The One Championship returns to Yangon, Myanmar, once again this October, with two-division superstar Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang defending his ONE Middleweight World Championship on home soil against the undefeated Mohammad "O Lutador" Karaki in the main event. Malaysian MMA fighter Keanu Subba will also be in action, taking on Myanmar's Phoe Thaw in a featherweight bout.

AFC Cup Final: Air Force Club vs Altyn Asyr

Date & Time: Sunday, October 28 @ 12am
Channel: Fox Sports 2
Regardless of the result in this weekend's AFC Cup Final, history will be made. If defending champions Air Force Club win, they will set a new record of three consecutive AFC Cup wins and equal Al-Kuwait's achievement of winning the AFC Cup three times. As for Altyn Asyr, a victory will see them become the first club from Turkmenistan to lift the trophy.

UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs Smith

Date & Time: Sunday, October 28 @ 10am
Channel: Fox Sports
After the highs (and lows) of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor fight earlier this month, the UFC returns with Fight Night 138, featuring a light heavyweight bout between Volkan "No Time" Oezdemir and Anthony "Lionheart" Smith as the main event. With Oezdemir's previous fight being a defeat to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, Smith will get to size himself up in his quest for the UFC title.

STL: ATM Guardian vs Penang Black Panthers

Date & Time: Sunday, October 28 @ 6pm
Channel: Astro Arena
The ATM Guardians handed defending champions Penang Black Panthers their first defeat of the 2018 Sepak Takraw League season last Sunday, strengthening their position as league leaders at the same time. Currently two points behind the unbeaten Guardians, who also have a game in hand, the Penang side must emerge victorious to improve their chances of retaining their title for a second straight season.

LaLiga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Date & Time: Sunday, October 28 @ 11:15pm
Channel: beIN Sports
El Clasico. 'Nuff said.

Formula One: Mexican Grand Prix

Date & Time: Monday, October 29 @ 2:30am
Channel: Fox Sport
Lewis Hamilton's coronation has been postponed after results did not go his way at the United States Grand Prix. However, the 33-year-old just needs five points or a seventh-place finish at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City to pip Sebastian Vettel to the F1 drivers' championship. Can the Mercedes driver clinch his fifth world title or will there be more drama?

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