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Sport: Five events to watch this week

| 25.01.2021

The full-time whistle may have only just sounded to signal the end of another week, but we’re ready to kick-off for another sport-filled seven days of action with you.

There is a pocket of sport for everyone with a full midweek schedule of Premier League matches and the start of the Ladbrokes Masters Darts in Milton Keynes to look forward to.

We’ve reached out a hand to tip you in the direction of the sporting goodness to cast your eye on over the next few days…

FA Cup

Could there be a final sprinkle of FA Cup fourth round magic? There are two games still be played with Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham tonight and Bournemouth v Crawley Town tomorrow.

Spurs travel to Adams Park to take on the Championship strugglers hoping to seal a spot in the fifth round against Everton. Tottenham will kick-off as 1/5 favourites with Wycombe 11/1 underdogs to win the match.

On Tuesday, Crawley Town will be hoping to follow up their third round victory over Leeds United with a win against Bournemouth. Can the League Two side pick off another team from a higher division? They are 7/2 to qualify with a trip to Burnley waiting in round five.

Cricket

On Tuesday, Pakistan and South Africa take to the field in Karachi for the first of their two-Test series.

Both sides have a fresh look about them, the tourists introduced a bunch of new players for their 2-0 home series win over Sri Lanka this month, while Pakistan named nine uncapped players in their squad for the series.

Pakistan are yet to win a Test Series against South Africa, but the hosts are favourites at Evens with The Proteas 6/4. A draw is a 9/4 shot.

If you fancy some T20 action, the Big Bash League continues to light up Australia with the race for spots in the top-five finals series goes down to the wire. On Tuesday, Brisbane Heat take on Perth Scorchers, plus Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers.

Premier League

There is no let-up in the Premier League season with all twenty clubs in midweek action as we tick over into the second-half of the season for matchday twenty.

There are four matches on Tuesday, including Newcastle v Leeds United, Crystal Palace v West Ham and Southampton v Arsenal. Manchester City (1/5) will be hoping to move to the top of the table too when they travel to West Brom (12/1).

On Wednesday, there are another five games to sink your teeth into. Can Manchester United continue their recent good form? The Red Devils host a struggling Sheffield United hoping to make it four league wins in row. Other feature games include Chelsea v Wolves and Everton v Leicester City.

On Thursday, Tottenham v Liverpool takes centre stage as Jurgen Klopp’s side hope to end a barren run of five league games without a win. Spurs are 21/10 to take all three points against the defending champions.

Ladbrokes Masters Darts

On Friday we head to the oche for the start of the Ladbrokes Masters at the Marshall Arena. Can Peter Wright defend his 2020 Masters title at the weekend?

In the pick of the first-round matches, Joe Cullen (8/13) will play Stephen Bunting (13/10) with both having impressed at the recent World Championships. The winner will then face new World Champion Gerwyn Price in the next round.

Michael van Gerwen has won five of the last six Masters titles and will start as the 9/4 outright favourite ahead of Gerwyn Price (11/4), Peter Wright (7/1) and Gary Anderson (14/1).

Horse Racing

It’s another busy schedule of UK & Irish Racing with plenty of cards to help take your week of sport past the post.

On Saturday, it’s the first of the November meeting at Cheltenham with the Paddy Power Handicap Chase. Later in the day, there is the 15:00 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle too.

At Doncaster, you can buckle up to a day of racing, featuring the 15:15 SkyBet Handicap Steeple Chase. Plus, we’ve got racing overseas too from Australia, France and South Africa during the week too.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.

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Author

Jack Horrocks

Jack is sport mad with a passion for Football and Cricket. A Journalism graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, Jack has also worked at the Liverpool Echo and Fifa.com.