What's on: Sporting Life pick out five big sports events for the week ahead

Sporting Life previews the big sporting events coming up over the next seven days

Sporting Life highlights the main events of the week with key details and odds, so you don't miss a thing.


Snooker – UK Championship

  • When: Monday onwards
  • Where: Milton Keynes
  • TV: Eurosport
  • Odds: Sky Bet Odds

The first Triple Crown event of the snooker season begins on Monday with the UK Championship taking place in Milton Keynes.

Always one of the highlights of the year, the tournament features 128 of the world’s leading players battling for a first prize of £200,000.

Ding Junhui is the defending champion having having defeated Stephen Maguire in a high-quality final 12 months ago while Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan will arrive in top form having contested the final of the Northern Ireland Open as recently as Sunday.

O'Sullivan has won the event a record seven times, most recently when beating Mark Allen in 2018, while other former champions, Mark Selby and John Higgins, will be chasing more glory.

BBC pick up their coverage on Saturday but for the first time, Eurosport will be covering the first round, meaning viewers can this year enjoy the tournament from start to finish.


Darts — Players Championship Finals

  • When: All week
  • Where: Ricoh Arena, Coventry
  • TV: ITV4
  • Odds: Sky Bet odds

Hot on the heels of the Grand Slam of Darts, the final major before the season-ending World Championship sees 64 players descend on Coventry rather than the event’s spiritual home of Butlin’s Minehead.

Michael van Gerwen is defending the crown he won 12 months ago in a thrilling clash with Gerwyn Price and the duo will be joined at the head of the betting by Peter Wright.

However, it’s been as wide open a season as we’ve known in recent times so you could pretty much make a case for anyone in the field reaching at least the quarter-finals and potentially even win it.

We’ll have an outright preview of the event as well as daily round-ups throughout the three days of darting drama.


Golf — Alfred Dunhill Championship

  • When: Thursday to Sunday
  • Where: Leopard Creek, South Africa
  • TV: Sky Sports Golf
  • Odds: Sky Bet odds

The second stop on the European Tour’s South Africa swing is a cracker, with Leopard Creek having been a popular venue throughout the last two decades.

Watch for the ‘Big Five’ on the doorstep of Kruger National Park while on the course, things can get wild, too – just four players managed to avoid a double-bogey or worse in 2019.

That renewal went to Pablo Larrazabal, who succeeded David Lipsky, but the previous six editions had gone to the home contingent.

The question is, in the absence of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, which of them will step up?

A strong field is guaranteed and with no PGA Tour event, the European Tour takes centre stage at a beautiful course.


Football – Chelsea v Tottenham

  • When: Sunday
  • Where: Stamford Bridge
  • TV: Sky Sports
  • Odds: Sky Bet odds

From pitting his wits against long-time rival Pep Guardiola one weekend, to returning to Chelsea to take on a long-time ally the next, there always seems to be a narrative with Jose Mourinho.

Frank Lampard won a bucket load of medals while playing under Mourinho, and has clearly learnt a thing or two from the iconic Portuguese coach.

The Blues legend is two from two against his old gaffer in the Premier League, as Chelsea completed the double over Tottenham last season.

But who'd bet against Jose making it third time lucky on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.


Racing — Ladbrokes Winter Carnival

  • When: Friday and Saturday
  • Where: Newbury
  • TV: Racing TV and ITV
  • Odds: Sky Bet Odds

The hugely popular Ladbrokes Winter Carnival features this week.

The likes of Paisley Park and McFabulous look set to clash in Friday’s Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle, but it’s Saturday’s competitive Ladbrokes Trophy which is widely regarded as the big betting event of the fixture.

Last year’s winner De Rasher Counter has been ruled out through injury but 2019 runner-up The Conditional is likely to be back for another crack at the prize, having gone on to be successful at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

He will be among the market leaders this time, along with Vinndication, Aye Right, Copperhead and Kildisart, who all arrive fighting fit following their respective outings at the Charlie Hall Chase meeting at Wetherby.

Sam Brown and Black Op have both seen their Carlisle form boosted through the exploits of Imperial Aura and they add extra class to what looks a superb line-up for the three mile, two furlong contest.


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