This Week in Sport: 9th October − 15th October 2023

A'ja Wilson shooting the ball.

There are some exciting fixtures coming up this week in the world of sport. Monday sees the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of their MLB Division Series, Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday in the NHL, and the Las Vegas Aces will battle it out against the New York Liberty in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday. On Thursday, Australia face South Africa in the Cricket World Cup, and Friday will see the Netherlands take on France in the UEFA European Championships qualifying stages.

On Saturday, a huge clash between India and Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup will take place, and Rugby World Cup action rounds out the week, as France take on South Africa.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

Monday 9th October 1:07AM (10th) GMT/6:07PM Local Time

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of their Division Series. The Diamondbacks shocked most as they ran out comfortable 11-2 winners in Game 1, which saw the visitors score six in the first inning. The Dodgers will be hoping they can recapture the form which saw them top the National League West but will need to improve their performance to do so.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning v Nashville Predators

Tuesday 10th October 9:30PM GMT/5:30PM Local Time

Amalie Arena, Tampa

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Lighting will go up against the Nashville Predators at the Amalie Arena in the opening game of the NHL season. Last campaign saw a reasonably strong regular season for the Lightning, but they were knocked out in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Toronto Maple Leafs, bringing their three-year run to the Finals to an end. The Predators, on the other hand, will be hoping to improve on their previous campaign, which saw them missing the Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

WNBA: Las Vegas Aces v New York Liberty

Wednesday 11th October 1:00AM (12th) GMT/6:00PM Local Time

Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas

The second game of the WNBA Finals between the Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty will take place on Tuesday at the Michelob Ultra Arena. The Las Vegas Aces, who are looking to retain their title, won Game 1 with a strong second half performance, and will be looking to build momentum off the back of this.

Cricket World Cup: Australia v South Africa

Thursday 12th October 8:30AM GMT/2:00PM Local Time

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

On Thursday, Australia take on South Africa in the Cricket World Cup. Australia struggled in their first match of the competition, losing to hosts India, who are looking strong favourites for the title, but will hope to bounce back against South Africa. However, the latter had a strong start to the World Cup, beating Sri Lanka by 102 runs. This is sure to be a high-quality matchup.

UEFA European Championships Qualifying: Netherlands v France

Friday 13th October 6:45PM GMT/8:45PM Local Time

Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

The Netherlands will host France in the UEFA European Championships Qualifying on Friday at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. France have enjoyed an extremely strong qualifying campaign so far, winning all five of their games without conceding a single goal. The Netherland’s campaign has been a mixed bag of results, but they still sit within the all-important top two positions of their group, although losing here would put this position in jeopardy.

Cricket World Cup: India v Pakistan

Saturday 14th October 8:30AM GMT/2:00PM Local Time

Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

More Cricket World Cup action on Saturday, as hosts India take on old rivals Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Indian side started their campaign off strongly, beating Australia by 6 wickets, and showed the world why they are favourites for the title. Pakistan won their first game against the Netherlands by 81 runs and will be hoping to cause an upset against the hosts on Saturday.

Rugby World Cup: France v South Africa

Sunday 15th October 7:00PM GMT/9:00PM Local Time

Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Rounding out the week, hosts France will take on reigning champions South Africa in the Quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup at the Stade de France on Sunday. France topped their group impressively, beating New Zealand and Italy in the process, whilst the champions finished second in theirs, only losing to an extremely strong Ireland side. There is sure to be fireworks in this one.

Photo by:  Las Vegas Aces

Written and information correct on 9th October 2023 at 6AM GMT

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