This Week in Sport: 2nd January − 8th January 2023

Marcus Rashford playing for Manchester United

The first full week of January 2023 kicks off with some excellent sporting fixtures. The Buffalo Bills head to Cincinnati on Monday to play the Bengals, the PDC World Darts Championship Final takes place on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, the Cavaliers welcome the Phoenix Suns to Cleveland in the NBA. Thursday sees a big match in the Premier League with Chelsea facing Manchester City, and football continues to be the theme on Friday when Manchester United play Everton in the FA Cup Third Round. Saturday has a huge NFL game when the Tennessee Titans take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville, and the week is rounded out with Premiership Rugby action on Sunday where Sale Sharks play Harlequins. 

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals v Buffalo Bills

Monday 2nd January 1:30AM (3rd) GMT/8:30PM Local Time

Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati 

With both of these teams coming off a run of wins, and set to make the playoffs, this is sure to be an excellent game. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills are still just tipping the scales at the bookies in this game, that could decide the number 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. 

PDC Darts: PDC World Darts Championship Final

Tuesday 3rd January 8:00PM GMT/8:00PM Local Time

Alexandra Palace, London 

Best of eleven set Semifinals at the Cazoo World Darts Championship will take place on Monday before the Final on Tuesday. The last remaining two players will play the best of thirteen sets (first to seven) for the £500k prize money.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers v Phoenix Suns

Wednesday 4th January 0:00AM (5th) GMT/7:00PM Local Time

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland 

With both of these teams towards the top of their respective conferences, this will be a great game for fans and neutrals alike. After a drop in recent performance, the Cavaliers will be keen to beat the Suns for the first time since February 2019.

Premier League: Chelsea v Manchester City

Thursday 5th January 8:00PM GMT/ 8:00PM Local Time

Stamford Bridge, London 

On Thursday, Chelsea face Man City at home in their first meeting with each other of this Premier League season. On Sunday, these two teams will play each other again but this time in Manchester for the FA Cup Third round.

FA Cup: Manchester United v Everton

Friday 6th January 8:00PM GMT/8:00PM Local Time

Old Trafford, Manchester 

United beat Everton 2-1 in their first meeting of the Premier League this season and will be keen to replicate this to knock Everton out of the FA Cup in the Third round. Fourth round matches will take place at the end of January. 

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars v Tennessee Titans

Saturday 7th January 01:15AM (8th) GMT/8:15PM Local Time

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville 

In this huge game, the result will determine who wins the AFC South division title and a playoff spot. The Jaguars are on the up with a three win streak and QB Trevor Lawrence finding his feet, whilst the Titans are stalling and will have had a knock to their confidence after losing to the Cowboys last Thursday.

Premiership Rugby: Harlequins v Sale Sharks

Sunday 8th January 3:00PM GMT/3:00PM Local Time

Twickenham Stoop, London 

Currently top three in the table, both of these teams will see this match as an excellent opportunity to cement their place in the standings.

Photo by:  Marcus Rashford

Written and information correct on 30th December 2023 at 10pm GMT.

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