This Week in Sport: 20th December − 26th December 2021

Tampa Bay Lightning players' celebrating their captain's 900th career point.Despite the Pandemic’s best efforts, the penultimate week of December is potentially shaping up to be another enthralling week for sports fans. On Monday, the PDC World Darts Championship continues, as players fight for a spot in round 2 of the competition. The following day, and on the other side of the Atlantic, the Vegas Golden Knights take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL. Wednesday sees Tottenham go head-to-head with West Ham in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.

Later in the week, on Thursday, the Tennessee Titans host the San Francisco 49ers. The next day, in Australia, the Hobart Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.

The weekend is also an exciting prospect for sports fans. On Saturday, the Phoenix Suns take on the Golden State Warriors in what will be an intense NBA matchup. Finally, on Sunday, the 3rd Test of the Ashes begins, with England needing a win to keep the series alive.

Sadly the Pandemic is once again wreaking havoc with sport around the world and schedules are subject to last minute change, do keep checking our website for the latest accurate information.

 

PDC: World Darts Championship Day 6

Monday 20th December 7PM GMT/7PM Local Time

Alexandra Palace, London

The World Darts Championship continues this week at Alexandra Palace. With many of the big players already through to the last 32, Monday marks the penultimate day of 1st round matches. Who will claim the remaining spots in round 2?

Official site: PDC 

News: Darts News 

Blog: Online Darts 

News: Red Dragon Darts 

Podcast: Online Darts 

Statistics: Master Caller 

 

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights v Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday 21st December 3AM (22nd) GMT/7PM Local Time

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

The Golden Knights play host to Tampa Bay Lightning in a matchup of NHL heavyweights. With both teams sitting at the top of their respective conference divisions, this is an exciting match up for fans of both sides. Can the Knights continue their 5 game winning streak?

Viewing: NHL Live 

News: NHL 

Fantasy: NHL Fantasy

Merchandise: NHL Shop

Blog: ​​Knights on Ice 

Blog: Raw Charge 

 

Carabao Cup: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

Wednesday 22nd December 7:45PM GMT/7:45PM Local Time

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Tottenham play host to West Ham on Wednesday in what should be an exciting Carabao Cup quarter-final between two London rivals. After close encounters in the round of 16, both teams will be keen for more comfortable results in this game.

Official Site: EFL 

Merchandise: West Ham United 

Merchandise: Tottenham Hotspur 

News: Talksport

Blog: Cartilage Free Captain 

Blog: Brace the Hammer

 

NFL: Tennessee Titans v San Francisco 49ers

Thursday 23rd December 1:20PM (24th) GMT/7:20PM Local Time

Nissan Stadium, Nashville

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. The 49ers will be desperate for a win as they fight for a wildcard spot, however, they will be pushed hard by the Titans who currently sit at the top of the AFC South.

Official site: NFL 

Blog: Music City Miracles 

Blog: Niners Nation 

Fantasy: NFL Fantasy

Viewing: Game Pass 

Merchandise: NFL Shop

 

Big Bash League: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars

Friday 24th December 4:30AM GMT/3:30PM Local Time

Bellerive Oval, Bellerive

Despite it being early in the season, both the Hurricanes and the Stars will be keen for a win in this game after slow starts to the league. However, the Stars will be encouraged by their performance, albeit a loss, against the top of the table Sixers last week.

Official Site: Cricket Australia

News: Fox Sports 

Merchandise: Big Bash League  

News: News.com.au 

Statistics: ESPN Cricinfo 

Blog: CricBlog 

 

NBA: Phoenix Suns v Golden State Warriors

Saturday 25th December 10PM GMT/3PM Local Time

Footprint Center, Phoenix

With the Suns and the Warriors sat 1st and 2nd in the NBA’s Western Conference respectively, both teams will be keen to take a grip on the top seed in the conference. This season so far, the series between the two sides sits at one win each.

Official site: NBA

Merchandise: NBA Store

Viewing: NBA TV

Fantasy: Yahoo NBA Fantasy

Blog: Bright Side of the Sun 

Blog: Golden State of Mind 

 

The Ashes: Australia v England (3rd Test) Day 1

Sunday 26th December 11:30AM (25th) GMT/10:30AM Local Time

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

England are 2-0 down to Australia and to regain the Ashes they must win all three remaining tests. The 3rd Test starts on Boxing Day in Melbourne, with an expected crowd of 80,000 it is sure to be a great atmosphere. Pat Cummins should return as Captain for this Test and that will only make England's task tougher.

Blog:​ The Roar 

Merchandise: Australia 

Merchandise: England 

Podcast: The Guardian 

Stats: ESPN Cricinfo

News: Sky Sports 

 

Photo by: Tampa Bay Lightning 

Written and information correct on 20th December 2021 at 10am GMT

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