Sporting Life pick out five betting highlights for the week ahead

Sporting Life picks out the top five events or fixtures of the week

Every week throughout the year, we pick out five sporting highlights so you never miss a beat.

Our writers will provide all of the key information such as TV channels and kick-off times.

We continue with five sporting highlights for the week ahead.

Football – Champions League

When: Tuesday & Wednesday

TV: BT Sport

The last 16 continues with some huge ties this week, highlighted by Real Madrid v Manchester City but starting with Chelsea v Bayern Munich on Tuesday – a repeat of that epic 2012 final. Don’t think Bayern will have forgotten being beaten on penalties, on their own ground no less, by Didier Drogba’s Chelsea eight years ago, they still owe the Blues one and will be desperate to teach Frank Lampard’s side a lesson this time around. As they showed at Spurs earlier in the season they can put anyone to the sword. Tuesday also sees the Diego Maradona derby as Napoli host Barcelona in the first leg of their tie.

The game of the week takes place in Madrid on Wednesday as Real host Manchester City in a five-star clash. Real are European royalty and although Man City may get there one day this could be their last chance for a couple of years thanks to their impending two-year ban. How Pep Guardiola would love to stick it to UEFA by winning the Champions League this season, and how he’d also love to put old foes Real out along the way. Real will be without the injured Eden Hazard and with the Premier League gone, City can put all their eggs in the European basket – this one should be a cracker.

It may go somewhat under the radar on Wednesday but Lyon v Juventus is also an intriguing contest with Juventus well fancied to go all the way this year – any team with Cristiano Ronaldo has a chance of going deep in the Champions League.

Racing – 888sport Grimthorpe Chase

When: Saturday

Where: Doncaster

TV: Sky Sports Racing/ITV4

All eyes on the 888sport Grimthorpe Chase a Doncaster this weekend.

The valuable handicap over three miles and two furlongs on Town Moor is often seen as a leading trial for the Randox Health Grand National in April, with recent Grimthorpe heroes The Last Samuri and Definitly Red going on to be favourites for the National at Aintree.

Some see this time of year as the calm before the Cheltenham Festival storm but the prize money on offer lures plenty of quality horses towards Doncaster’s big February meeting which is packed with class and drama in equal measure.

Snooker – Players Championship

When: Monday to Sunday

Where: Southport


With 2018 and 2019 champion Ronnie O'Sullivan failing to qualify for this year's event, Neil Robertson will be one of the headline acts as he bids to finally lift this trophy after three final defeats so far.

Last year's event was made all the more significant by O'Sullivan registering the 1000th century break of his career to win the final against Robertson, a sublime 134 which included his full repertoire.

Now played between just the top-16 players on the one-year ranking list, this is one of the strongest tournaments on the schedule and a key signpost in the run-up to the World Championship.

Golf – Honda Classic

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: PGA National, Florida

TV: Sky Sports Golf

The PGA Tour lands in Florida for the Honda Classic, where Justin Rose and Shane Lowry are part of the European contingent hoping for a pre-Masters boost.

Lowry’s compatriot Padraig Harrington is a former winner of one of the most dramatic events on the schedule, whose finishing stretch is among the most fearsome in the sport. Holes 15, 16 and 17 are nicknamed ‘the Bear Trap’ after course designer Jack Nicklaus, and with water surrounding all of them this is a tournament which is never over until it’s over.

Look for Rickie Fowler improving on a quiet start to the season in an event he too has won before, with US Open champion Gary Woodland, former world number one Lee Westwood and a returning Camilo Villegas all adding further intrigue.

Darts - Premier League

When: Thursday

Where: Dublin

TV: Sky Sports

The Premier League bandwagon rolls into Dublin and Nathan Aspinall will be looking to build on his victory over Michael van Gerwen in Cardiff last week.

However, he faces Glen Durrant, who has made a flying start to the season and currently sits atop the fledgling table after beating Gary Anderson in Wales.

Gerwyn Price puts his own unbeaten record on the line against world champion Peter Wright while William O'Connor is this week's "challenger". The home favourite tests his mettle against van Gerwen.

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