Match of the Days

Good day to you. The TV guide is here again to try and offer you some entertainment for the week ahead. We’ve got some sub standard FA Cup replays to get through the beginning of the week

Tuesday 6th February

When I said sub-standard replays, I mean it as respectfully as possible. Swansea vs Notts County is on BBC One at with 8:05pm kick off, which will really please the license fee payers. When a Premier League club is at home to a lower league club it doesn’t really have the same feel but Notts County will have a go and I suppose you just never know. It’s still better than Sky’s offering, which is Lincoln vs Chelsea Under 21s in the Checkatrade trophy semi final. Everything about that sounds absolutely terrible, with the exception of Lincoln. BT have a German cup double header, with Paderborn hosting Bayern Munich at 5.30pm followed by Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen at 7.45pm.

Wednesday 7th February

Newport County are going to Wembley! Sadly it’s for a 4th round replay with Tottenham, which promises to be a very one sided affair as much as I would like that not to be the case. I think Newport’s chance has gone after coming so close at Rodney Parade. That’s a 7.45pm kick off on BT Sport. My theory that there is always Dutch football on gathers more pace as Sky have a double header from the Eredivisie; PSV vs Excelsior at 5.30pm then Roda vs Ajax at 7.45pm. There are two more Germany Cup quarter finals on BGT, with Schalke vs Wolfsburg probably the pick. That’s at 7.45pm too.

Thursday 8th February

Thank goodness for the Eredivisie. Europa League Thursday edges ever closer to a return but in the meantime we have Feyenoord vs Gronigen at 7.45pm. Although not on TV, Bet365 have Copa del Rey for you again as Barcelona travel to Valencia with a slender one goal advantage. That’s at 8.30pm. A quiet Thursday.

Friday 9th February

The Friday night Championship game has left a lot to be desired recently, so seeing Millwall against Cardiff on the schedule doesn’t exactly fill me with joy. Fortunately BT have served up a tasty Serie A dish in Fiorentina vs Juventus, with both games kicking off at 7.45pm. BT Sport also have St Etienne against Marseille, whilst Sky can offer you Athletic Bilbao against Las Palmas at 8pm. We’re absolutely begging for a bumper weekend after all of this.

Saturday 10th February

I say this most weekends but there is actually a feast of football. Just looking down the list makes me imagine the working week is over and I’m sat in position ready to devour the lot. Saturday begins with a choice of viewing. BBC One Scotland are even in on the action, they have Celtic vs Partick Thistle for you. It’s a 12.15pm start there. Sky have Sheffield United vs Leeds United from the Championship at 12.30pm, a Yorkshire derby with the playoffs on the agenda. BT have the Premier League lunch time game, I’m not sure why they’ve switched but I imagine it’s because it’s Tottenham vs Arsenal and they didn’t want it at tea time. That leads us into the 3pm’s, but there’s more to get stuck in to afterwards. Manchester City vs Leicester is the tea time affair, on Sky though as mentioned earlier. There will be plenty of discussion about Riyad Mahrez, but I can’t see how he can possibly play in this fixture but it should be an open game regardless. Bayern Munich are on BT Sport 2, this time at home to Schalke. Napoli vs Lazio is an intriguing Serie A clash at 7.45pm whereas the latest chapter in Real Madrid’s dreadful season is a home game against Real Sociedad, also at 7.45pm.

Sunday 11th February

If Saturday was a feast, Sunday is more an all you can eat buffet with no limitations. THREE Premier League games to dominate your afternoon, starting with Huddersfield vs Bournemouth. Err I promise it gets better. That’s at 12pm on BT, though you could watch Villa vs Birmingham on Sky at the same time if derbies are more your thing. For the second week in a row, Newcastle kick off at 2.15pm on Sunday, though this time at home to Man Utd. Again, there are many alternatives across the various networks, for example Inter Milan vs Bologna kicks off at 2pm on BT Sport 3, or Ayr United vs Rangers in the Scottish Cup at 2.30pm on Sky. If you can wait until 3.15pm there’s Barcelona vs Getafe and seeing as I haven’t mentioned FreeSports yet, lovely FreeSports, there’s Chaves vs Porto at 4pm. The final of the three Premier League games comes at St Mary’s at 4.30pm, where Southampton host Liverpool. There aren’t many teams left to talk about come Sunday evening but Valencia vs Levante is at 7.45pm. Aaaand relax.

Monday 12th February

Monday night football! It looks a very one sided contest but as Bournemouth showed the other week, anything can happen. Chelsea vs West Brom kicks off at 8pm and both sides need the points for very different reasons. There’s a Spanish alternative in the form of Deportivo vs Real Betis.

I think just about every major European team is on TV at some point over this week so put your feet up and enjoy it. It’s cold outside anyway so stay indoors and let the football warm you up. Toodles for now.