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WEEK AHEAD: It’s an action-packed week of sport that includes Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football, International cricket, and Six Nations rugby.


With such a strong week of sporting action its only right that the week begins with a classic rivalry. Honours go to Brighton and Crystal Palace as they travel down the M23 to the Amex stadium for Monday night’s feature. The football fixtures continue throughout the week as Tuesday and Wednesday both see Champions League final 16 action, with Atletico Madrid v Chelsea and Borussia Monchengladbach v Manchester City, the two clubs representing England will be available to watch on BT Sport at 8pm. Meanwhile there’s action from Elland Road as Southampton face Leeds up north in search of three points on Sky Sports. Earlier in the day England begin their third and final Test against India with all five days of play available on Channel 4.  

Thursday brings more European football but this time in the shape of the Europa League, and no less than five British sides play host to their European counterparts. All games will be live on BT Sport, with Arsenal v Benfica taking the early slot at 17:55 and Manchester United v Real Sociedad rounding off the action from Old Trafford at 20:00. 

Heading into the weekend, Friday evening is aided by the Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs game live on Sky Sports before the weekend truly gets underway with a thrilling schedule. On Saturday, Manchester City v West Ham takes early kick-off honours on BT Sport, while there will also be thrilling Jumps Racing from ITV as they build up to next month’s Cheltenham Festival. West Brom host Brighton in the afternoon while the rugby action takes the day to new heights. Italy face Ireland in the first game of round-3 in the Six Nations before the big game, Wales v England, gets underway on BBC at 16:45. 

Sunday sees the week out with more action as Leicester v Arsenal occupies the lunch time spot, before Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby gets underway on BT Sport. Back to Sky Sports at 14:00 for Tottenham v Burnley and then the last leg of the Six-Nations fixtures is played out on BBC as France face Scotland in their attempt to win the Grand Slam.  

There’s more than enough action to go around this week and it doesn’t look like one to be missed.