WEEK AHEAD: An important week of football with games across the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and Premier League, as well as PGA Tour action and the conclusion of the Ashes.
This week kicks off on Monday with the final tie of the FA Cup Third Round, when Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford at 19:55, in a prelude to their meeting in the Premier League at the weekend. The action is live on BBC One.
Tuesday is a quiet day, but there’s an interesting clash in the Premier League at 20:00 on Sky Sports, when Leicester travel to struggling Everton. The Toffees have lost seven of their last ten games and the pressure is mounting on boss Rafael Benitez.
The PGA Tour got underway in 2022 with the Sentry Tournament of Champions, and the Tour remains in Hawaii on Thursday for the Sony Open. Players tee-up for round one from 17:00 on Sky Sports. Then at 19:45, there’s the first-leg of the second League Cup Semi-Final between Arsenal and Liverpool.
Early on Friday morning (01:30, BT Sport), the fifth and final Test of a troubled Ashes Series for England gets underway from the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Tasmania. Friday evening brings the next round of the golf, while in the Premier League Brighton host Crystal Palace in the M23 derby (20:00, Sky Sports).
Catch day two of the Test match from 01:30 on Saturday. Two big ties in the Premier League follow, beginning with a titanic clash between Man City and Chelsea from the Etihad at 12:30 on BT Sport. Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently 10 points behind City and anything but a win will surely spell the end for their title hopes.
Steven Gerrard has clearly made an impact since taking over at Aston Villa and with the recent acquisition of Phillipe Coutinho he has made his intentions clear. Whether or not the Brazilian will start either of this week’s ties against United remains to be seen, but the Red Devils will need to be at their best if he does. Kick-off at Villa Park is at 17:30 on Sky Sports. At a later time of 21:00 (Sky Sports) the golfers that made the cut begin their penultimate round in the Sony Open.
At 02:00 on Sunday, the third day from Hobart begins and England will likely know their chances of ending the Series on a positive note, although that’s likely to be a slim chance. There’s more football on Sunday afternoon, when Leeds travel to London to face West Ham at 14:00, before what should have the makings of a brilliant north London Derby as Tottenham go head-to-head with arch-rivals Arsenal at 16:30. Catch both games live on Sky Sports.
Play on the final day of the Sony Open in Hawaii (21:00, Sky Sports) should be just concluding when England emerge for day four of the final Test at 02:00 on Monday morning.