January sports preview - 2018WRITTEN BY THE EDITOR ON JANUARY 07, 2018. POSTED IN SPORTS
A fresh new month in a fresh new year. Here's what you have to look forward to sports wise.
For a full preview of the year, press play below as I take you through all of 2018's sporting attractions.
All done and dusted, the Aussies rolling the hapless Poms 4-0 in the tests. A flattering result really for the visitors who would have been whitewashed if the Melbourne pitch wasn't so dead.
Onto the ODIs now, which is a step down, but worth a watch.
Jan 14th - AUS vs ENG 1st ODI
Jan 19th - AUS vs ENG 2nd ODI
Jan 21st - AUS vs ENG 3rd ODI
Jan 26th - AUS vs ENG 4th ODI
Jan 28th - AUS vs ENG 5th ODI
South Africa vs India - The Freedom Series
The opening test at Newlands has been a rather interesting one first up. A seamer's paradise, the conditions look set to continue as the series moves up country.
Jan 13th - SA vs IND 2nd Test
Jan 24th - SA vs IND 3rd Test
Jan 15-28 Australian Open
The big sporting highlight for the month is naturally the Aussie Open. Serena Williams has pulled out sadly, so no big return for her here. Then on the men's draw Murray and Nishikori have also withdrawn, plus there are question marks around Djokovic doing much still.
Another fairytale title for Federer? Would be hard to argue against that.
The Hawaiian swing gets things going on the PGA Tour in January, but on the European Tour there are two particularly interesting tour events to enjoy this month.
Jan 11-14 SA Open
Jan 25-28 Dubai Desert Classic
Played again at Glendower, the SA Open will see all of SA's top golfers vying for the trophy. No big name international stars like last year, but to see the likes of Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Dylan Frittelli and Brandon Stone makes it a real spectacle for SA golf fans.
The northern hemisphere club teams are going at it through January, but the big interest will be the restart of the Sevens World Series.
Jan 26-28 Australian Sevens
The BlitzBoks are still very much the team to beat, but after New Zealand spoiled their party in Cape Town by winning that title last month, they will naturally feel very confident ahead of the Australasian swing.
Jan 5-8 3rd round
The one competition where Arsenal are always strong, only they are already out! Yup, defeated by Nottingham Forrest. Man City are of course major favourites to win this along with everything else they are involved with this season.
Jan 27-28 4th round
Hopefully there will still be some smaller teams in the mix in the 4th round. This is what makes the competition after all.
Carabao Cup semi-finals
Jan 9 Man City vs Bristol
Jan 10 Chelsea vs Arsenal
Probably the least significant of the silverware on offer each season, but still a star studded semi lineup. Man City again big favourites especially considering their semi opponent.
Jan 23-24 semi-final second legs.
That's what you have to look forward to in January.
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