This Week in Sport: 11th April − 17th April 2022

St Helen's Joe Batjoelor celebratesThe second full week of April is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting week of sport for fans across the world. On Monday, the action continues at the Monte-Carlo Masters, as players battle it out for the ATP Tour 1000 title. The following day, in the Champions League, Bayern Munich play host to Villarreal in the second leg of their Quarter-final tie. On Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks take on the Charlotte Hornets with both teams looking to reach the NBA Playoffs. 

Later in the week, on Thursday, one of the IPL’s new franchises the Gujarat Titans take on the Rajasthan Royals. Friday will see long standing rivals St Helens and Wigan Warriors go head-to-head in the Good Friday Derby.

Finally, at the weekend, Manchester City take on Liverpool in a hotly anticipated FA Cup Semi-final and the Nashville Predators play host the St. Louis Blues in what will undoubtedly be an exciting NHL game.

 

Tennis: ​​The Monte-Carlo Masters

Monday 11th April 10PM GMT/12PM Local Time

Monte Carlo Country Club, Monte Carlo

The Monte-Carlo Masters is an ATP Tour 1000 event and attracts some of the world’s top players. Can Stefano Tsitsipas defend his Monte-Carlo Masters title or will number 1 seed Novak Djokovic recover from his slow start to the season to win the event for a third time?

Official Site: ATP Tour 

News: Tennis Connected 

Podcast: The Tennis Podcast

Video: ATP Tour

Blog: Love Tennis Blog 

News: ATP Tour 

 

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Villarreal

Tuesday 12th April 7PM GMT/9PM Local Time

Allianz Arena, München

Bayern Munich’s 1-0 loss to Villarreal in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter-final tie was a shock to many. Fans of the 6 time Champions League winners will have to hope that playing at home will help the German outfit overcome Villarreal and progress to the Semifinals.   

Official site: UEFA

News: Sports Mole 

Games: UEFA

Podcast: Official UEFA Champions League Podcast 

Statistics: UEFA 

Videos: YouTube

 

NBA: Atlanta Hawks v Charlotte Hornets

Wednesday 13th April 11PM GMT/7PM Local Time

State Farm Arena, Atlanta

These two Southeast division rivals will go up against one another in the East 9-10 game, with the loser eliminated from playoff contention and winner still in with a chance of reaching the full playoffs. With the pair’s head-to-head record this season sat at 2-2, this is a game fans will not want to miss.

Official site: NBA

Merchandise: NBA Store

Viewing: NBA TV

Podcast: ​​Open Floor: NBA Show

Blog: PeachTree Hoops 

Blog: At The Hive 

 

Indian Premier League: Rajasthan Royals v Gujarat Titans

Thursday 14th April 2PM GMT/7:30PM Local Time

Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai

With the Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans sat 1st and 3rd in the IPL standings, Thursday’s match is not one to miss. The Titans, a new franchise to join the league this year, have had a strong start to the season and will look to continue their good run of form having already won their first 3 games.

Merchandise: Fancode Shop

News: Indian Premier League

News: Hindustan Times 

Videos: Indian Premier League

Statistics: ESPN Cricinfo 

News: Cricket Times 

 

Super League: St Helens v Wigan Warriors

Friday 15th April 2PM GMT/3PM Local Time

Totally Wicked Stadium, Saint Helens

The Good Friday Derby between fierce rivals St Helens and Wigan Warriors is an exciting prospect for fans of both teams. This edition of one of the competitive derbies in the world is made even more exciting by the fact that both teams are sat at the top of the Super League table. Who will take the win?

Official Site: Super League

Fantasy:  Fantasy Super League

Blog: Love Rugby League 

Podcast: The Sideline Story

Merchandise: St Helens 

Merchandise: Wigan Warriors 

 

FA Cup: Manchester City v Liverpool

Saturday 16th April 2:30PM GMT/3:30PM Local Time

Wembley Stadium, London

After a 2-2 draw in what could have been a decisive Premier League game last weekend, Manchester City go up against Liverpool once again on Saturday in the FA Cup Semi-finals. With a draw in this semi-final game out of the question, which of these English football heavyweights will advance to the Final.

Official Site: The FA Cup

News: BBC Sport 

Merchandise: Manchester City 

Merchandise: Liverpool 

Blog: Bitter and Blue 

Blog: The Liverpool Offside 

 

NHL: Nashville Predators v St. Louis Blues

Sunday 17th April 10PM GMT/5PM Local Time

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

This exciting Central Division matchup will see the in form St. Louis Blues travel to Nashville to take on the Predators. Despite playing away from home, the Blues will be a tough opponent for the Predators having won their last 5 games on the bounce. 

Viewing: NHL Live 

News: NHL 

Fantasy: NHL Fantasy

Merchandise: NHL Shop

Blog: On The Forecheck 

Blog: St Louis Game Time 

 

Photo by: St Helens

Written and information correct on 10th April 2022 at 10pm GMT

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