Friday, February 02, 2018

By Evan Curran

 

1 Liverpool vs Spurs

Sunday, 4 February, 5:30pm

Sky Sports Main Event

This weekend’s stand out Premier League clash is to take place in Anfield on Sunday at 5:30pm.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to build on last week’s 3-0 away victory over Huddersfield when they face Spurs. But it won’t be a walk in the park for them, as Tottenham travel to Liverpool on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run and a convincing win over second-place Manchester United, eager to close the two-point gap on the opposition.

There is bound to be action in this match up, as the league’s current top and second-top scorer, Spurs’ Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah will both be looking to get on the scoresheet. Both sides are battling for a top-four spot this season, this combined with the exciting, attacking football each team play is a set up for a really entertaining game. Watch it live on Sky Sports Main Event from 5:30pm.

Tottenham Hotspur will look to Harry Kane for inspiration

Players to watch

Tottenham: Harry Kane

Last year’s golden boot winner is only one away from netting his 100th Premier League goal.

Liverpool: Mohamed Salah

Liverpool’s golden boy this season will be looking to carry his excellent run of form into this game. The Egyptian international is only two goals behind Kane on the top scorer’s list.

 

2 Mayo vs Kerry

Allianz Football League

Saturday, 3 February, 7pm

Eir Sport

 

When two football heavyweights like these clash, it’s bound to be an entertaining affair.

Kerry travel to Elverys MacHale Park this weekend to take on last year’s All-Ireland finalists in the Allianz Football League. The visitors’ campaign got off to a slow start, as they just got past Donegal by 2-18 to 3-14. Mayo nearly had a similar return to the league as they squeaked past Monaghan by a point. Both teams will be eager to get a convincing win under their belt to really get going this season. Expect a high-scoring, action-packed game this Saturday. Tune in to Eir Sport at 7pm to watch it live.

Players to watch

Mayo: Evan Regan

The hot-prospect scored five points against Monaghan in a narrow victory.

Kerry: Seán Ó Shea

Kerry youngster put on a fine display against Donegal, kicking seven points.

Kerry will hope to maintain their winning form against Mayo on Sunday

 

 

3 France vs Ireland

6 Nations

Saturday 3 February, 4.45pm

BBC One

Ireland kick off their 6 Nations campaign with a trip to Paris to face Les Bleus this Saturday.

Jacob Stockdale will hope to make an impact for Ireland in France on Saturday

This fixture has often been an entertaining one, and it should be no different this time around.  France have struggled as of late, wining only seven of their last 21 test matches. A management change in the team has seen Guy Noves been replaced by Jacques Brunel, so a winning start to their tournament could be crucial for a confidence boost in the French camp. This may be difficult, as Ireland are heavily favoured to take home the first win of the tournament, with key players like Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray to play big roles. The game will be shown live on BBC One from 16:45.

Players to watch

Ireland: Jacob Stockdale

The Ulster winger showed glimpses of his potential in the November series and has been one of Ulsters’s main attacking threats.

France: Matthieu Jalibert

The French youngster will make his national team debut this tournament. The 19-year-old has been praised as a very exciting young talent.

 

4 Super Bowl LII

Sunday 4 February, 11.30pm (Irish time)

Sky Sports Main Event

American Football’s biggest event will be held in the U.S Bank Stadium of Minnesota this Sunday.

Last year’s champions, the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in -13°C Minneapolis on Sunday the 4.  Tom Brady’s Patriots will be looking to retain their title, and add another ring to the collection. The Eagles will do everything in their power to stop this, and they have every chance of doing so. This huge game will be a historic one no matter the outcome, if the Patriots win; they will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record for most Super Bowl wins with six. If the game goes the Eagles way, they will have the franchise’s first Super Bowl. Catch the game live from 11:30pm GMT on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix and the BBC.

Tom Brady is going for a sixth Super Bowl victory on Sunday

Players to watch

New England Patriots: Tom Brady

The New England quarter back and legend will be seeking a record sixth Super Bowl with the Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Robinson

The 30-year-old cornerback may be a key player for the Eagles on Sunday. He recently made a huge play for the Eagles, with a 50-yard pick against the Vikings.

 

5 LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday 4 February, 7pm

BT Sport ESPN

Russell Westbrook will look to keep his run of good form for Oklahoma City Thunder when LA Lakers visit on Sunday

LA look to climb up the Western Conference table when they travel to Oklahoma to face OKC Thunder.

OKC Thunder play host to the LA Lakers this Sunday in a Western Conference match up. The Lakers desperately need to get some Ws on the board as they sit in 11th place, six places below OKC. The last time the two teams played, LA were blown out by a score of 133-96. Oklahoma will be eager to add to their 19-7 home record on Sunday evening; Russell Westbrook will surely play a key role in this effort. With LA’s ‘Big Baller’ Lonzo Ball likely to miss out on the game, OKC will be hoping then can hand the Lakers their third L in a row.

Players to watch

LA Lakers: Kyle Kuzma

The rookie was the surprise steal of the 2017 draft. Selected with the 27th pick, Kuzma flourished in the NBA Summer League, and is putting up numbers in the regular season too, recently dropping 28 points against Eastern Conference leaders Boston Celtics.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Breaking NBA legend Oscar Robertson’s previous record of 41 career triple-doubles last season, Westbrook is a dominant figure in the NBA and the OKC franchise. Expect exciting, creative plays and plenty of buckets.

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