The Sporting Week Ahead 04/11/13 – 10/11/13

It’s that time of the week again, and as Monday is just around the corner, we thought we’d give you something to brighten your mood. Here’s what will distract you from studying for the next 7 days. Steven Jamieson runs you through everything you’re going to want to watch this week.

Monday: Tennis – ATP Tour Finals

To kick off this week’s myriad of sporting majesty, we head to the O2 Arena in London. For one week at the end of every year, tennis takes over London’s biggest indoor venue for its end of season ATP Tour Finals, and this week it returns in all of its sporting splendour. There’s no Andy Murray due to injury, but don’t let that detract from what will be a fabulous week. Your Monday viewing? Why its only Tomas Berdych v Stan Wawrinka at 2pm, and at 8 you can watch Juan Martin Del Potro try to better Richard Gasquet. You can follow the action, all week, across the BBC.

Alastair Cook will be hoping the second match sees improvement in his side

Tuesday: Cricket – Australia A v England

In case you hadn’t noticed, England’s Ashes Tour has actually already begun! Captain Cook’s men play their second tour match against Australia ‘A’ , and it starts on Tuesday night. It’s a late one, so if you’re out in Oceana, this could be the perfect thing to come home to. Sky Sports is your port of call, from 11pm.

Wednesday: Football – Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal

It’s the big one, the one Arsenal fans have all been waiting for  been dreading since the draw came out. Borussia Dortmund, who only scored the six goals against Stuttgart on Friday, host England’s current cream of the crop at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday evening. Not only will this be a cracking match, it’s of absolutely vital importance to Arsenal who could really use a win after being turned over at the Emirates by Dortmund just a fortnight ago. Watch the drama unfold on Sky Sports 1, and don’t miss the 7:45 kick off.

Thursday: Football – Europa League

Sticking with the European football, the Champions League’s kid brother is next up, with two of our home interests facing daunting treks to Russia. Swansea have the 4,000 mile round journey to tackle Kuban Krasnodar, whilst Wigan go one better and take on Rubin Kazan in the midst of their 5,000 mile round trip. Both games kick off at 5pm, and you can catch Swansea on ITV 4, and Wigan on BTSport 1. Meanwhile, Spurs face Sheriff at home, kicking off at 8, and if you’re already watching the Swansea match, you don’t even have to change channel.

RGIII will hope to lead the Redksins to victory

Friday: NFL – Redskins @ Vikings

Staying with football in a loose sense, we cross the pond to the USA for Friday night’s viewing. The Washington Redskins travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings at the Mall of America Field (No I’m not making that up). This will see Adrian Peterson v Robert Griffen III as two of the NFL’S most exciting offensive talent go helmet to helmet. Kick off is at a daunting 1:25 in the AM, but this one should be well worth staying up for. You can watch it online.

Saturday: Rugby – Autumn Internationals

The Autumn Internationals continue across Europe, and after their fabulous comeback last week, tune in to see if England can repeat the feat against the Pumas of Argentina at Twickenham. Elsewhere, there’s plenty of crackers to be found. Here’s the full list, pick what you want to watch dependent on national allegiance: Italy v Australia, England v Argentina, Scotland v Japan, Wales v South Africa, Ireland v Samoa, France v New Zealand. For the English, Sky Sports 2 from 2 o’clock is where you want to be.

Sunday: Football – Manchester United v Arsenal & Juventus v Napoli

Rounding off the week is a mouthwatering Sunday of football. At 4pm, its just Manchester United v Arsenal, that’s all. Will Arsenal be able to maintain their stunning league form after likely gruelling trip to Germany? Tune in to Sky Sports 1 to find out. For the hipsters out there, at 7:45 there’s the small matter of  Juventus v Napoli in Serie A. This could prove to be a pivotal clash between two title favourites, with neither wanting to lose any more ground behind early front-runners Roma. BTSport’s Sunday Night Football has you covered here.

Steven Jamieson

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