Move over Cheltenham and the Champions League, an exciting weekend of sport awaits, including the Formula 1 curtain raiser, Six Nations final, UFC London, FA Cup and more


The Saturday morning after Cheltenham can sometimes feel like Christmas is over.

Overconsumption, money spent, consequences.

We hate to say it – but Cheltenham is officially over for another year
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But we get up and leave the day after Christmas. This week is no different.

We have been treated to exciting sport over the past few days, especially at Cheltenham, but also in the world of football.

There were members at Everton who saw Frank Lampard break his hand and West Ham remain massive as ever.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may disagree, but there’s no rest for the bad guys, and it’s with the Gunners that we start our blockbuster weekend of sport…

premier league

If you dabble in Fantasy Football your team probably looks a little thin on the pitch – there are only three matches on Saturday and Sunday due to the FA Cup.

But they are tasty. Aston Villa host Arsenal in the midday kick-off – live on talkSPORT – as the Gunners look to get their push for Champions League qualification back on track.

Move over Cheltenham and the Champions League, an exciting weekend of sport awaits, including the Formula 1 curtain raiser, Six Nations final, UFC London, FA Cup and more
Arteta’s side will look to bounce back from defeat to Liverpool at Villa Park
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Sunday will see a rejuvenated Brentford travel to Leicester, before Tottenham host West Ham in a London derby with an added advantage.

Manchester United fans will be watching the high-profile proceedings closely with all four of their rivals in action.

FA Cup

Despite Chelsea’s best efforts, an all-party Middlesbrough crowd will host the Blues at the Riverside for an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday night – live on talkSPORT.

With owner Roman Abramovich under government sanctions, Boro’s clash is the Blues’ first without fans since the news broke, meaning there will be absolute silence if Thomas Tuchel’s men score.

Then on Sunday, Liverpool continue their quadruple chase at Nottingham Forest, while Everton travel to Crystal Palace and Southampton host Manchester City.

Move over Cheltenham and the Champions League, an exciting weekend of sport awaits, including the Formula 1 curtain raiser, Six Nations final, UFC London, FA Cup and more
Middlesbrough have already eliminated Man United and Tottenham from the competition
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The classic

We’ll be moving away from football soon – and you’ll see why – but first there’s the small matter of the biggest domestic game in world football.

Admittedly, Real Madrid against Barcelona is not what it used to be. But both teams have shown glimpses of themselves in recent weeks.

Chelsea fans will certainly want to tune in on Sunday night to watch their Champions League quarter-final opponents, while West Ham will be dreaming of a Europa League semi-final against the Catalans.

Six Nations

After another Prestbury Cup triumph at Cheltenham, rugby could cap off a huge week for Ireland.

But their fate is in the hands of England.

Move over Cheltenham and the Champions League, an exciting weekend of sport awaits, including the Formula 1 curtain raiser, Six Nations final, UFC London, FA Cup and more
Ireland could look to England for a favor
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France controls the Six Nations, and if they beat England, they will win the title.

However, if Ireland beat Scotland and France lose to England, the Boys In Green can take the crown.

F1 season opener

Everyone is a Formula 1 fan now.

The sport gained a whole host of new followers during the thrilling title race between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen last year.

And with Drive to Survive among the hottest Netflix shows right now, expect the Bahrain Grand Prix to go up the curtain on Sunday to smash previous viewership numbers.

Move over Cheltenham and the Champions League, an exciting weekend of sport awaits, including the Formula 1 curtain raiser, Six Nations final, UFC London, FA Cup and more
The rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen has captivated F1 fans
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UFC London

No need to stay up all night or set a ridiculous alarm for this one.

A London card was held every year between 2016 and 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic drove the UFC away from the O2 Arena.

Britain’s Tom Aspinall will be in the main event this year in a heavyweight bout against Alexander Volkov.

Elsewhere, Paddy Pimblett will look to follow up his successful UFC debut with a clash against Kazula Vargas in the lightweight division.

Move over Cheltenham and the Champions League, an exciting weekend of sport awaits, including the Formula 1 curtain raiser, Six Nations final, UFC London, FA Cup and more
Pimblett’s charisma drew comparisons to Conor McGregor
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England in the West Indies

Joe Root’s men finally hit a big first-innings tally after recording some top-notch runs. They even declared!

Now to take the wickets. The Tourists have two days to win the second Test after their first set total of 509 and could still be forced to bat again.

We’ll bring you every ball live on talkSPORT 2.


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