This Week in Sport: 6th December − 12th December 2021

The first full week of December is full of exciting sport and one fans will not want to miss. On Monday, in the NFL, the Bills take on the Patriots. The following day on the other side of the Atlantic, Porto host Atlético Madrid in an important match in the Champions League. Wednesday marks the start of the 72nd AshesUFC fighter Dustin Poirier Series, with the first Test taking place in Brisbane.

Thursday will see the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Calgary Flames in the NHL and on Friday the Northampton Saints go head-to-head with Racing 92 in the first match of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

The weekend is also an exciting prospect for sports fans. UFC 269 takes place on Saturday, with Charles Oliveira taking on Dustin Poirier. Finally, Sunday marks the end of the Formula 1 season. Who will come away with the Drivers’ and Constructors' titles? 

 

NFL: Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots

Monday 6th December 1:15AM (7th) GMT/8:15PM Local Time

Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park

The Bills take on the Patriots in one of the biggest games of the NFL season. Can the Bills break the Patriots 6 game winning streak and join their opponents at the top of AFC East? Or will the Patriots continue their spectacular run?

Official site: NFL 

Blog: Buffalo Rumblings 

Blog: Pats Pulpit 

Fantasy: NFL Fantasy

Viewing: Game Pass 

Merchandise: NFL Shop

 

UEFA Champions League: FC Porto v Atlético Madrid

Tuesday 7th December 8PM GMT/8PM Local Time

Estádio do Dragão, Porto

In the Champions League Porto will host Atlético Madrid in the final match of Group B. A win for Porto will secure their spot in the knockout stage while Atlético Madrid must win and rely on the result of AC Milan and Liverpool going in their favour. This match is a mouthwatering prospect for fans of both teams.

Official site: UEFA

News: Sports Mole 

Games: UEFA

Podcast: Official UEFA Champions League Podcast 

Statistics: UEFA 

Videos: YouTube

 

The Ashes: Australia v England (1st Test) Day 1

Wednesday 8th December 12AM GMT/10AM Local Time

The Gabba, Brisbane

The Ashes kicks off at the Gabba where England have not won in 35 years. This series between old enemies is sure to be a hot contest. Australia head into it as favourites but with the return of Ben Stokes, England can’t be counted out and a strong start in Brisbane could be the start of an upset.

News: ​​Sky Sports 

Merchandise: Australia 

Merchandise: England 

Podcast: The Guardian 

Stats: ESPN Cricinfo

News: BBC Sport

 

NHL: Calgary Flames v Carolina Hurricanes

Thursday 9th December 2AM (10th) GMT/7PM Local Time

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

The Calgary Flames play host to the Carolina Hurricanes in this exciting NHL matchup. Sitting at the top of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, the Flames will be hoping they can come back from their loss against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday, but face a difficult test against the in-form Hurricanes.

Viewing: NHL Live 

News: NHL 

Fantasy: NHL Fantasy

Merchandise: NHL Shop

Blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline 

Blog: Canes Country

 

European Rugby Champions Cup: Northampton Saints v Racing 92

Friday 10th December 8PM GMT/8PM Local Time

Franklin's Gardens, Northampton

Friday marks the start of the Champions Cup season, as 24 teams begin their quest for the title. The first match of the season will see the Northampton Saints host Racing 92, both teams will be desperate to get off to a good start.

News: European Professional Club Rugby 

Merchandise: Lovell Rugby

Podcast: House of Rugby

Statistics: European Professional Club Rugby 

Videos: Youtube 

Fantasy: Superbru

 

UFC 269: Charles Oliveira v Dustin Poirier

Saturday 11th December 3AM (12th) GMT/7PM Local Time

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

UFC 269 takes place in Las Vegas, where the headline fight will see Charles Oliveira take on Dustin Poirier. Oliveira is looking to defend his lightweight title, but faces a tough opponent in Poirier. Can the American crowd spur on Poirier enough for him to come away with the title?

Official Site: UFC

Viewing: UFC Fight Pass 

Blog: MMA Mania

Video: UFC

News: MMA News 

Merchandise: UFC Store 

 

Formula 1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sunday 12th December 1PM GMT/5PM Local Time

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

After one of the most exciting races of the season in Saudi Arabia, Formula 1 heads to familiar territory for the final race of the season. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s race level on points, whoever comes out on top will take home the title.

 Viewing: Formula 1 TV

News: Planet F1 

Merchandise: Formula 1 Store

Statistics: Stats F1

Fantasy: F1 Fantasy

Blog: GP Blog

 

Photo by: Dustin Poirier 

Written and information correct on 5th December 2021 at 10pm GMT

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