JANUARY

Month in Sport January

Highlights this month:

  • The FA Cup kick-starts in
    earnest with the 3rd round
    and introduction of Premier
    League teams. Non-league
    Marine will host Premier
    League, Tottenham.
  • The Dafabet Masters is the
    second 'Triple Crown' event
    of the WST season and will
    see the best 16 players in
    the world come together to
    do battle in London.
  • January will see IMG ARENA
    host 12 UTR Pro Tennis Series
    tournaments from three
    different continents.
  • The 2021 NHL season will
    begin on 13th January. It will
    be a 56-game regular season.
  • The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf
    Championship gets
    proceedings started in
    2021 for the European Tour.
    It is a Rolex Event and looks
    set to attract a stellar field for the
    season opener.
  • Conor McGregor returns to
    the Octagon when he fights
    Dustin Poirier at the first
    numbered UFC event of
    the year on January 23rd.

FOOTBALL IN JANUARY

LEAGUE MATCHES KEY MATCH
SERIE A  60 Matches AC MILAN VS JUVENTUS - 6TH JAN
CARABAO CUP 2 Matches SEMI-FINAL - 5/6TH JAN
FA CUP 32 Matches 3rd ROUND - 8-11TH JAN
EREDIVISIE 54 Matches AJAX VS PSV - 10TH HAN

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.   

TENNIS IN JANUARY

TITLE TOURNAMENTS DATE
UTR PRO TENNIS SERIES 12 TOURNAMENTS THROUGHOUT JAN
ATP 250 DELRAY BEACH 4-13TH JAN

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.

EUROLEAGUE IN JANUARY

DATE KEY MATCH
15TH JAN CSKA MOSCOW VS BARCELONA
15TH JAN BAYERN MUNICH VS REAL MADRID
29TH JAN CSKA MOSCOW VS BAYERN MUNICH
TOTAL MACTHES IN NOVEMBER: 57  

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?

GOLF IN JANUARY

TOUR KEY TOURNAMENT DATE
2x EUROPEAN TOUR ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 21-24TH JAN
4x PGA TOUR FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN 28-31ST JAN

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?

UFC IN JANUARY

DATE KEY MATCH
16TH JAN UFC FIGHT NIGHT - HOLLOWAY VS KATTAR
23RD JAN UFC 257

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.  

SNOOKER IN JANUARY

DATE TOURNAMENT
10-17TH JAN DAFABET MASTERS
18-24TH JAN WST PRO SERIES ROUNDS ONE TO SEVEN
27-31ST JAN BETVICTOR GERMAN MASTERS 

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. 

NHL IN JANUARY

DATE TOURNAMENT
JAN 13TH  START OF THE 2021 NHL SEASON

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.  

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