Sky Sports - Five Reasons It's a Super Sporting Summer
So, 2020 hasn’t exactly played out as planned. The Olympics in Tokyo, as well as cross-continental spectacle of Euro 2020, have both been pushed to next year; meanwhile, the traditional sight of the All-Ireland Championship won’t be seen until later in the year. But if you thought that meant a shortage of sporting action – well, think again!
Whether you’re a fan of big balls or small balls (or no balls at all!), lightning fast action or leisurely viewing, you’ll be spoiled for choice on Sky Sports, Virgin TV 401. If you reckon you’re ready to get stuck in, then read on; we’ve plucked out a handful of the coming week’s top options…
While Liverpool’s Premier League triumph was sealed weeks ago, there’s still loads to play for as the season comes to a close. The final Champions League spot – as well as the Europa League berths – are still far from settled, while at the other end there’s a scramble to avoid relegation, and every match that matters will be on Sky Sports Premier League, Virgin TV 405.
Watford’s game against Manchester City (Tuesday, 6pm) could make or break their survival hopes, while West Ham’s visit to Manchester United (Wednesday, 6pm) will have an impact on both ends of the table! All going well, there might just be another Super-duper Sunday climax to the whole thing when the weekend rolls around!
THUNDER DOWN UNDER
The return of northern hemisphere rugby is still a little while away – but our pals in Australia and New Zealand are already going great guns! The weekend sees a fine slate of games (even if you’ll need to be an early bird to catch them live!), with the mouthwatering clash of Crusaders v Hurricanes (Sat, 7.30am, Sky Sports Action, Virgin TV 403) perhaps the pick of the bunch. There’s even action from the other code too, on the off-chance you happen to be a League person...
THE COURSE, OF COURSE!
They might be without fans, but the great and good of the golfing world will be out in force in Minnesota, as they tee up to the 3M Open (Thursday-Sunday, Sky Sports Golf, Virgin TV 404). The likes of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are amongst the biggest names in the field, though it’s the newly beefed-up Bryson DeChambeau who’s got everyone talking of late. With the majors just around the corner, things are hotting up!
Though it’s probably the most fan-tastic sport on the planet, the titans of tungsten will have an empty house for the World Matchplay (nightly, Sky Sports Action, Virgin TV 403) – but don’t think that means you’ll be in for a quiet night! A bit of handy tech will bring extra life to proceedings, but it’s the showdowns on the oche that will really get things going! Defending champ Rob Cross isn’t amongst the favourites – Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and the indomitable Michael van Gerwen amongst the bookies’ tips – but the unusual atmosphere and disrupted schedule could well throw up some shocks!
HIT FOR SIX
If you believe the sound of leather on willow is the sound of the summer, then there’s nothing like Test cricket to say the season’s officially started! England host the West Indies in the third tie of their series (beginning Friday, 11am, Sky Sports Cricket, Virgin TV 402), with the early action in the tight-fought series demonstrating the best of what both sides have to offer. England’s selections have come in for questions – not least when it comes to their pace attack – so expect some heated clashes off the field as well as on!
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