Tennis, NFL, golf and F1 all on show this week. All that added to some juicy football – including the return of the Champions league in all it’s resplendent glory – and you’ve got a pretty top notch week of sporting action. Platform’s Shanil Nayee takes you through his highlights.
Monday – ATP Swiss Indoor Basel tournament
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Basel and left the competition wide open, with the likes of Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro and Switzerland’s’ own Roger Federer fighting for the title. The latter has not been at his best as of late and will be looking to climb his way back up the rankings; he was runner up last year. Considering the former two players mentioned are currently above Federer in the ATP rankings, it should provide some interesting viewing. The 32 player tournament culminates on Sunday.
Tuesday – Minnesota Vikings Vs New York Giants
Two NFL teams who have been struggling for form clash at the MetLife Stadium with both teams needing the win. The Giants have perhaps given up on this season but that doesn’t mean that Eli Manning and co will not go for the win, even if it is to save the little dignity they have left. This match is guaranteed to bring out passion that even someone who doesn’t watch NFL can adore.
Wednesday Champions League – Real Madrid Vs Juventus
BALE! BALE! BALE! Gareth Bale has recovered and is not suffering from a slipped disk, ensuring this is undoubtedly going to be the Champions League match to watch. His debut for Real Madrid was one that left the fans wanting more. He scored but went off injured and Madrid settled with a 2-2 draw. Now with him and that other guy (only joking Cristiano we all know there is only one CR7) playing together it is surely going to send shivers down the spine of defenders everywhere. Bale’s Champions league debut for Madrid can be watched on Sky Sports 4, although this will most likely have to be in comfort of your own home since most pubs will have the Manchester Utd game on.
Thursday – BMW Masters
Rory McIlroy was back in action over the past weekend in Korea and looked to return with a win. He failed. He did however display great diligence to create a good performance and end the final round with an admirable 67, one shot behind winner Sung-hoon Kang. The final series of the European Tour in Shanghai will boast the best in golf. Will Mcllroy be able to win? Will someone be able to explain to me why it’s the European Tour in China? At least we know there will be lots of amazing golf!
Friday – Ligue 1 – Nantes Vs Lille
Now don’t get me wrong, this may look like I ran out of ideas and had to choose a random sporting event to fill a gap but it mostly isn’t! I am sure all you footy heads know about the money-spending Monaco and PSG but here are the two forgotten clubs you had no clue about. Nantes and Lille lie 3rd and 4th respectively, and are 4 and 5 points off the top spot – currently held by PSG. To give you perspective it would be like Chelsea and Man City being the top two and Liverpool and Man Utd chasing them. That’s how big this match is. If you’re like me and can watch any football match regardless of the teams or league then this is a must watch.
Saturday – Loads of Football
Here is a checklist for your Saturday morning. Hung-over from Bluebells and Forum. Enjoying that amazing fry-up made by the lads. Multiple Accumulators put down on William Hill. Finally, Jeff Stelling, Paul Merson and the rest! Waking up at gone past noon, with the worst hangover known to man is the best feeling ever. Well okay not really but that Saturday football feeling is. Sit down and enjoy Soccer Saturday. Oh and if that isn’t enough coverage of El Clásico starts at 4:55PM. Bale, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar. I think I’ve said enough!
Sunday – F1 Indian Grand Prix
Yes the F1 title is basically decided. Yes the sport has gotten a bit boring. But the relatively young New Delhi track will hopefully spice up the title race with its long straights and harsh corners proving challenging – especially as it has only been used twice previously. With the title still to be claimed hopefully Alonso, Hamilton, Webber or Raikkonen can give us something new to cheer about. Please give us something new to cheer about!