The International, Liverpool vs Chelsea, UFC 241: What to watch this week

By Seng Foo 12 August 2019 435
The International, Liverpool vs Chelsea, UFC 241: What to watch this week
With the return of Bundesliga and La Liga, following the English, French and Dutch leagues earlier, European football season is almost back in full swing! However, do keep an eye on other top sporting events happening on Astro and Astro GO as highlighted below (coverage is subject to change).

ATP & WTA Cincinnati Masters

Schedule: August 13-19
Channels: Astro Supersport 3 (CH813 & CH833), Astro Supersport 4 (CH814 & CH834)
Although Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the 2019 Western and Southern Open, the Masters 1000 tournament still features other big-named players including defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem. Meanwhile in the WTA, Kiki Bertens aims to defend the hard-court title she won unexpectedly last year.

The International

Schedule: August 15-25
Channel: eGG Network (CH800)
With a total cash prize of over US$32 million, the biggest for a single esports tournament in history, Shanghai plays host to TI9 as 18 teams battle it out to be crowned the best Dota 2 team of the year.

FINA Swimming World Cup: Singapore

Schedule: August 15-17
Channel: Astro Supersport (CH811 & CH831)
The Swimming World Cup action continues in the island republic after the first two legs in Tokyo and Jinan. The likes of Vladimir Morozov, Mitch Larkin and Cate Campbell have dominated headlines, but all eyes will be on national hero Joseph Schooling this time as he is set to swim in front of his home crowd. Can he make a positive impression after struggling at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju last month?

USGA US Amateur

Schedule: August 15-19
Channel: Fox Sports 3 (CH817 & CH837)
Now that the ladies' event is all wrapped up, it is the gents' turn to hit the green at the 119th US Amateur Championship. 49 of the top 50 amateur golfers make up part of the 312-player field including the top three of Cole Hammer, Conor Gough and David Micheluzzi.

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool vs Chelsea

Schedule: Thursday, August 15 @ 3:00am
Channel: beIN Sports Max (CH819)
For only the eighth time in UEFA Super Cup history, both contestants hail from the same country after Liverpool and Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League respectively last season. It is also the first time to feature two English teams, with Italians (1990, 1993) and Spanish sides (2006, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) appearing the previous seven times.

ONE Championship: Dreams of Gold

Schedule: Friday, August 16 @ 9:30pm
Channel: Astro Arena (CH801 & CH802)
Kickboxing and Muay Thai fights dominate the upcoming ONE Championship card in Bangkok with ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Petchdam Petchyindee Academy defending his belt against six-time Kickboxing World Champion Ilias Ennahachi in the main event. The finalists of a historic US$1 million ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix will also be decided.

EPL: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Schedule: Saturday, August 17 @ 10:00pm
Channel: Astro Supersport 3 (CH813 & CH833)
After last week's Manchester United vs Chelsea encounter, the Premier League features a top-six meeting for the second consecutive matchday as Manchester City welcome Harry Kane and Co. to the Etihad Stadium.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin

Schedule: Saturday, August 17 @ 2:30am
Channel: Fox Sports (CH815 & CH835)
Defending champions Bayern Munich kick off their Bundesliga campaign against a familiar foe in Hertha Berlin, who memorably handed the Bavarian giants their first league defeat last season. Will lightning strike twice?

UFC 241: Cormier vs Miocic 2

Schedule: Sunday, August 18 @ 10:00am
Channel: Fox Sports (CH815 & CH835)
Stipe Miocic has a chance of regaining his honour when he faces Daniel Cormier once again, after shockingly losing to the latter in an UFC Heavyweight Championship bout in July 2018. Other fights on the card include a middleweight clash between 2000 Olympic silver medallist Yoel Romero and the unbeaten Paulo Costa, and a welterweight showdown between Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz.

MPFL: Melaka vs Selangor

Schedule: Sunday, August 18 @ 5:45pm
Channel: Astro Arena (CH801 & CH802)
Former champions Melaka have struggled to have a sure footing in the new Malaysian Premier Futsal League era so far, trailing behind the unbeaten league leaders Selangor by 13 points. In this upcoming meeting, a defeat will surely all but end their title hope.

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