Over the last five years, there have been 68 third-round matches where Premier League clubs have taken on lower league opposition. Lower league teams have managed to win 16 of those matches (23.5%). This year, there will be 14 clashes where Premier League teams play lower league clubs and it will be interesting which teams can cause the upsets this time around.
Following the success of the UTR Pro Tennis Series in 2020, the concept will be continued in 2021. The UTR Pro Series will complement the ATP and WTA tours and deliver matches throughout the year, providing content that can help operators engage viewers around the clock.
The EuroLeague season has been fiercely competitive to date and January looks set to host some more intriguing contests. CSKA, champions in 2018, are top of the League, but they have a difficult month ahead in January, playing: Zalgiris, Barcelona, Fenerbahce and Bayern Munich. Can they maintain their good form and put down an early marker for the rest of the league?
The reigning Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship winner and the 2020 European Tour Race to Dubai winner, Lee Westwood, leads the field and will attempt to retain his crown. Westwood made his European Tour debut in 1994 and remarkably there were 11 separate winners on the European Tour in 2020, who were not born when he made that appearance. Can Westwood continue to tee it up against the youngsters in 2021?
Conor McGregor’s first fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 was held in September 2014. McGregor recorded a brutal knockout in just 1 minute and 46 seconds. Interestingly in that fight, Poirier actually recorded more significant strikes than McGregor (10 to 9) and at a much higher accuracy (52.6% to 31%). Given that ‘The Diamond’ Poirier might fancy himself to pull off a huge upset.
The Dafabet Masters is the second 'Triple Crown' event of the World Snooker Tour season. The invitational sees 16 of the world's best do battle for the Masters crown. Winning the Masters crown has proven to be a poisoned chalice for those going into the World Championships. Just two players since the turn of the century have managed to do the double and this year's winner will hope that it is a statistic of coincidence rather than correlation.
The returning NHL season has hit a few speedbumps from its intended start on January 1st. However, training camps are due to begin on the 3rd January and play will begin on the 13th January. It looks set to be a 56-game regular season, with a divisional realignment sought to minimise team travel as much as possible. Fans will be delighted once play gets back underway, and we look forward to a great NHL season.