This Week in Sport: 14th March − 20th March 2022

Melbourne FC's Luke Jackson CelebratesThe next 7 days are an exciting prospect for sports fans across the world. Monday will see the culmination of a weather affected PLAYERS Championship. The following day, Manchester United host Atlético Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League tie. On Wednesday, Melbourne take on the Western Bulldogs in the first game of this year’s AFL season.

The next day, players will battle it out in the BNP Paribas Quarter Finals, taking place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Across the other side of the Atlantic, and on Friday, fans will eagerly anticipate the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup. 

The weekend is also packed full of exciting sport. On Saturday, France go up against England in the hope of securing the grand slam. The final day of the week marks the start of the F1 season, as teams head to Bahrain each hoping they have designed the fastest car for the upcoming 23 race season.

 

PGA Tour: THE PLAYERS Championship

Monday 14th March 1PM GMT/8AM Local Time

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

Hampered by weather that has hit Florida this week, this year’s PLAYERS Championship did not finish on Sunday. Instead players will finish their final rounds on Monday. With the current leaderboard full of less familiar names, it is anyone's guess as to who will take home the title.

Official site: PGA Tour 

Merchandise: PGA Tour Fan Shop 

News: Sky Sports 

Fantasy: Fantasy Golf 

Podcast: PGA Tour Podcasts

News: The Guardian 

 

UEFA Champions League: Manchester United v Atlético Madrid

Tuesday 15th March 8PM GMT/8PM Local Time

Old Trafford, Manchester

After a tight 1-1 draw in the first leg this game will surely go down to the wire. Manchester United will hope that playing at home can give them the edge over their Spanish opponents. The Manchester based outfit may also be helped by Atlético Madrid's injury crisis, as the Spaniards may have to deal with the loss of up to 8 players.

Official site: UEFA

News: The Guardian 

Games: UEFA

Podcast: Official UEFA Champions League Podcast 

Statistics: UEFA 

Videos: YouTube

 

AFL: Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

Wednesday 16th March 8:10AM GMT/7:10PM Local Time

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

The AFL season begins with a repeat of last year’s season final between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. In that match Melbourne took the win with a margin of 74 points. The Western Bulldogs will be hoping they can forget that loss and get their season off to a strong start.

Official Site: AFL

News: The Age 

Fantasy: Fantasy AFL

Merchandise: The AFL Store

Stats: AFL

News: The Roar  

 

Tennis: BNP Paribas Open

Thursday 17th March 5PM GMT/10AM Local Time

Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells

After more than a week of play at the familiar Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Thursday will see the world’s best players go up against one another in both the Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals. With a purse of over $17 million players will be desperate to take the win and reach the next stage of the competition.

Merchandise: BNP Paribas Open Shop

News: Tennis Now 

Official Site: BNP Paribas Open

Blog: Tennis Up To Date

News: Tennis Connected 

Podcast: The Tennis Podcast

 

Cheltenham Festival: Gold Cup

Friday 18th March 3:30PM GMT/3:30PM Local Time

Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

The Gold Cup, Cheltenham Festival’s most prestigious race, takes place on the 4th and final day of the event. Horses and jockeys will have to negotiate over 3 miles of ground and 22 jumps if they want to take the win at the most valuable non-handicap chase in the UK.

News: Sky Sports

Merchandise: Cheltenham Racing Store 

News: Racing Post

Videos: Racing TV

Podcast: The Final Furlong

Betting: Bet365   

 

Six Nations: France v England

Saturday 19th March 8PM GMT/9PM Local Time

Stade de France, Saint-Denis

France have looked like the strongest team throughout this year’s Six Nations Championship and if they take the win against England will win the Grand Slam. Ireland, however, will be hoping for some luck and a French loss to keep their Championship hopes alive.

Official Site: Six Nations

Fantasy: Six Nations

Podcast: Brian Moore’s Full Contact Rugby

News: National World 

Blog: Total Flanker 

News: iNews 

 

Formula 1: Bahrain Grand Prix

Sunday 20th March 3PM GMT/6PM Local Time

Bahrain International Circuit, Southern Governorate

Once again, a war of words between Mercedes and Red Bull has dominated the build up to the new season’s first race in Bahrain. Fans, teams and drivers alike will be itching to find out whether Mercedes’ radical design is as quick as many are predicting, as the cars hit the track for the first time in full race trim on Sunday.

Viewing: Formula 1 TV

News: Planet F1 

Merchandise: Formula 1 Store

Statistics: Stats F1

Fantasy: F1 Fantasy

Blog: Scuderia Fans

 

Photo by: Melbourne Football Club

Written and information correct on 13th March 2022 at 10pm GMT

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