JANUARY

Highlights this month:

FOOTBALL IN january

LEAGUE MATCHES KEY MATCH
SERIE A  41 MATCHES NAPOLI VS JUVENTUS | 26TH JAN
FA CUP 49+ MATCHES 3RD ROUND 4TH - 6TH JAN | 4TH ROUND 25TH - 27TH JAN
CARABAO CUP 4 MATCHES SEMI-FINALS | 7TH - 8TH JAN & 28TH - 29TH JAN
A-LEAGUE 22 MATCHES PERTH GLORY VS ADELAIDE UNITED | 11TH JAN

The 3rd Round of the FA Cup commences on the 4th January. It sees the Premier League Clubs enter the competition. Liverpool face Everton in a mouth-watering Merseyside Derby clash. Other notable fixtures include Wolves vs Manchester United, Arsenal vs Leeds United and Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest. With 32 matches across three days, the magic of the cup is certainly heating up.

Tennis in January

TITLE TOURNAMENTS DATES
ATP CUP THE ATP CUP 3RD - 12TH JAN
ATP 250s QATAR OPEN 6TH - 11TH JAN
ATP 250s ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL  12TH - 18TH JAN
ATP 250s ASB CLASSIC 13TH - 18TH JAN

The inaugural ATP Cup will open the 2020 tennis season, and will offer a team tennis competition format like never before. 24 countries competing across 10 days culminating in a winner-takes-all final eight. The intensity and pride of playing for country always brings out a phenomenal level of competition. History will be made on 12th of January when the first ATP Cup winners are decided.

NHL IN JANUARY

DATE KEY MATCH
1ST JAN NASHVILLE PREDATORS VS DALLAS STARS
19TH JAN BOSTON BRUINS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
30TH JAN TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
Total Matches in January: 166  

The NHL Winter Classic began in 2008 and has been held every year since, apart from during the 2013 lockout. It is the only game played outdoors, and 2014 set a record NHL attendance of 105,491. It is always one of the most anticipated matches of the season and Nashville have a score to settle with Dallas, having lost to them in the playoffs less than 12 months ago

EUROLEAGUE IN JANUARY

DATE KEY MATCH
10TH DEC BARCELONA VS ANADOLU EFES
14TH DEC CSKA MOSCOW VS REAL MADRID
30TH DEC KHIMKI MOSCOW VS CSKA MOSCOW
TOTAL MATCHES IN JANUARY: 54  

CSKA continued their dominance in the Leningradka Derby with a 99-86 victory over Khimki earlier in the season. CSKA have won nine out of the last ten meetings in all competitions, and hence Khimki do look up against it once again. However, Khimki have performed pretty well for a newly promoted team and they find themselves 7th - just two points behind their Moscow compatriots.

UFC IN JANUARY

DATE KEY MATCH
18TH JAN UFC 246 - CONOR MCGREGOR VS DONALD CERRONE
26TH JAN UFC FIGHT NIGHT 166 - CURTIS BLAYDES VS JUNIOR DOS SANTOS
TOTAL FIGHTS IN JANUARY: 24+  

Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for his highly anticipated return to the UFC. The biggest star of the sport is likely to pull in a huge crowd and could once again set pay-per-view (PPV) records. Currently, McGregor has been in every one of the Top 4 PPV events in UFC history. He is yet to win a fight in MMA or boxing since November 2016 and is looking to silence his doubters on January 18th

Snooker in JANUARY

DATE KEY MATCH
12TH - 19TH JAN DAFABET MASTERS
22ND - 26TH JAN BETVICTOR EUROPEAN MASTERS
29TH - 2ND FEB BETVICTOR GERMAN MASTERS

The Dafabet Masters is the second and final Triple Crown event before the World Championships in May. The Masters has not seen a 147 since 2015 when Marco Fu scored a maximum in the first round against Stuart Bingham. Judd Trump is general 9/4 favourite to win back-to-back Masters, while recent UK Championship winner Ding Junhui is 12/1 to win his second Triple Crown event and go to the World Championships looking to become the 12th Triple Crown winner.

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