WEEK AHEAD: The Champions League quarter-finals get underway and the week ahead supplies a number of exciting Premier League meetings and the return of the Champions League. For racing fans it’s all about the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

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On Monday the week kicks off supplying sports fans with a full day of entertainment. Starting at 12:30 on Sky Sports, Huddersfield Town will face Blackburn Rovers in the Championship. At 14:15 on ITV, the Irish Grand National will take place before later in the day, Coventry take on Watford at 15:00 (Sky Sports). Next, Bristol City face off against Middlesbrough at 17:30, also on Sky Sports, and then the day concludes with Burnley playing Sheffield United at 20:00 (Sky Sports).

Tuesday sees two exciting football matches with England Women playing Australia Women in a friendly match at 19:45 on ITV. At 20:00 on BT Sport, Manchester City will compete against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. Can the German side knock out the favourites?

Wednesday welcomes another Champions League quarter-final first leg cracker as the holders Real Madrid are visited by Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at 20:00 on BT Sport.

The week gets busier from Thursday with the RBC Heritage kicking off on Sky Sports at 12:00, followed by the Europa Conference League quarter-final match between Gent and West Ham at 17:45. Fans can then enjoy the Premier League Darts, this time in Brighton at 19:00 on Sky Sports, and finally the evening eases us into Friday with Manchester United facing Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final at 20:00 (BT Sport).

Friday is another action-packed day and gets going with the RBC Heritage day two on Sky Sports from 12:00. Later in the day, there are three intriguing matches to watch: Bristol Bears play against Sale Sharks in the Rugby Premiership at 19:45 on BT Sport, Ross County then face off against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership at the same time on Sky Sports, and Middlesbrough take on Norwich in the Championship at 20:00 on Sky Sports.

The football action heats up as we move into Saturday, and the day kicks off with two matches at 12:30 – Sheffield United v Cardiff in the Championship on Sky Sports, and Aston Villa v Newcastle United in the Premier League on BT Sport. Golf fans can then catch the third day of the RBC Heritage at 13:30 on Sky Sports, while horse racing enthusiasts can tune in to the Grand National Festival at 14:00 (ITV). The evening supplies more matches to watch; Manchester United Women v Brighton Women in the FA Cup Semi-final at 17:15 on BBC, Manchester City v Leicester City at 17:30 (Sky Sports), and Blackburn v Hull City in the Championship at 19:45 (Sky Sports). There is even something for boxing fans with Joe Joyce clashing with Zhilei Zhang at 19:00 (BT Sport).

The week comes to a close on Sunday with another football dominated day. We kick off with Kilmarnock v Celtic in the Scottish Premiership at 12:00 on Sky Sports, followed by the RBC Heritage day four at 13:30, also on Sky Sports. West Ham v Arsenal is the lunch time fixture from 14:00 on Sky Sports, and alternatively, Aston Villa Women v Chelsea Women in the FA Cup Semi-final at 14:15 (BBC), is on for the women’s football fans. A Rugby Premiership match between Leicester and Exeter is scheduled for 15:00 on BT Sport, and Nottingham Forest v Manchester United in the FA Cup at 16:30 (Sky Sports), will cap off a busy week of sport.

THE STRIKER Sat: Premier League Preview
DAQMAN Thurs: Newmarket NAP
DAQSTATS Thurs: Newmarket NAP
2023 Ryder Cup preview
THE ULTRA Thurs: Serie A and La Liga Preview
THE ULTRA Fri: Bundesliga and La Liga Preview
PAT HEALY: Recapping a brilliant week in Listowel
WEEK AHEAD: It’s Ryder Cup week!
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