This Week in Sport: 5th December − 11th December 2022

Aitana Bonmatí running in celebrationThe first full week in December is set to be another week filled with sporting excitement. On Monday, knockout matches continue at the FIFA World Cup with Brazil playing South Korea. Tuesday sees the Cleveland Cavaliers facing the LA Lakers, and Bayern host Barcelona in the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Wednesday. Later in the week, the Toronto Maple Leafs face the LA Kings on Thursday, and Friday sees the start of the 2nd Test between Pakistan and England. There is no shortage of sport taking place at the weekend either. England and France face each other in a FIFA World Cup Quarter-final match and European rugby is back with Munster playing Toulouse in the Champions Cup.


FIFA World Cup: Brazil v South Korea

Monday 5th December 7:00PM GMT/10:00PM Local Time

Stadium 974, Doha 

Brazil, favourites for winning the World Cup, face South Korea in this Round of 16 match. South Korea sealed their place in the last 16 with a surprising win over Portugal, and a higher goal count than Uruguay. Brazil lost their last match of the group stages against Cameroon so will be taking no chances for this match. 

Official Website: FIFA World Cup

Videos: Tifo Football

Statistics: FBRef


NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday 6th December 00:30AM (7th) GMT/7:30PM Local Time

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland 

After a shaky start to their season, the Lakers form seems to be improving and they are currently on a three-win streak. LeBron James, originally from Cleveland and now playing for the LA Lakers, will be looking to help his team continue their winning momentum. Facing them, the Cavaliers will have confidence from beating the Lakers in their first encounter earlier in the season. 

Official Website: NBA

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Fantasy: NBA Fantasy


UEFA Women’s Champions League: FC Bayern München Women v Barcelona Femení

Wednesday 7th December 8:00PM GMT/9:00PM Local Time

Allianz Arena, München 

The UEFA Women's Champions League enters the second half of the group stage, and Bayern welcome Barcelona to Munich. After winning 3-0 in their first encounter, Barcelona will be hoping another win here will help them secure the top spot of Group D.

Official Website: UEFA Women’s Champions League

Statistics: UEFA Women’s Champions League

Videos: UEFA Women’s Champions League


NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs v Los Angeles Kings 

Thursday 8th December 00:00AM (9th) GMT/ 7:00PM Local Time

Scotiabank Arena, Toronto 

The Maple Leafs, who were on a five-win streak, lost their last game in overtime and will be keen to get back to winning ways. However, the LA Kings come to Toronto with some confidence knowing that they won their last encounter between the sides 4-2.

Official Website: NHL

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Fantasy: NHL Fantasy Hockey


Cricket in Pakistan: Pakistan v England 

Friday 9th December 5:00AM GMT/10:00AM Local Time

Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan 

This week sees the start of the second Test between Pakistan and England. The first Test was a closely fought five day battle, with England managing to secure a sensational victory. This Test will hope to have an equally exciting conclusion.

News: CricBlog

Statistics: ESPNCricInfo

Podcast: Sky Sports Cricket Podcast


FIFA World Cup: England v France

Saturday 10th December 7:00PM GMT/10:00PM Local Time

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Both teams had convincing wins over their opponents in their Round of 16 matches to see them comfortably through into this Quarter-final. France beat Poland 3-1 and England beat Senegal 3-0. This is set to be one of the games of the entire tournament.

Official Website: FIFA World Cup

Videos: Tifo Football

Statistics: FBRef


European Rugby Champions Cup: Munster Rugby v Stade Toulousain 

Sunday 11th December 3:15PM GMT/3:15PM Local Time

Thomond Park, Limerick 

Rugby fans have been hotly anticipating this encounter since their thrilling Quarter-final match last year. After 100 minutes of rugby with nothing between them, the match was decided with a place-kick competition, where Toulouse won 4-2. In this Group B match, both teams will be keen to start their 22/23 campaign with an important win.

Official Website: European Professional Club Rugby

Tickets: European Professional Club Rugby

Podcast: The Rugby Pod


Photo by: UEFA Women’s Champions League

Written and information correct on 4th December 2022 at 10pm GMT

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