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World of Sport

26th Jan 2018

It’s going to be another bloody cracking weekend for sport on the TV

Matthew Gault

The weather’s not supposed to be great this weekend anyway.

If like me, you plan to be a boring bastard this weekend, you have nothing to fear because there’s loads of great sport on the TV.

Let’s see what’s in store for everyone not actually heading out to matches this weekend like myself.

Saturday 27 January

Dubai Desert Classic, Sky Sports Golf, 8.30am

Action from the third round from the Emirates Golf Club. When Friday’s play was suspended overnight due to earlier fog and subsequent darkness, Rory McIlroy was three behind leader Jamie Donaldson with the Holywood man still to play seven holes of his second round. Get yourself up nice and early on Saturday to see how the four-time major winner gets on.

All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final, TG4, 1.45pm (Throw-in 2pm)

First up is An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) v Moy Tír na nÓg (Tyrone) in the IFC semi-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Cork v Tipperary, Allianz FL Division 2, eir Sports 2, 4.30pm (Throw-in 5pm)

Cork v Kilkenny, Allianz HL Division 1A, eir Sports 1, 6.40pm (Throw-in 7pm)

eir Sport have a mouth-watering line-up this weekend, with four matches to choose from on Saturday. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosts two games, with Cork hosting Tipp in the football before the Tribes entertain Kilkenny in the hurling, with throw-in at 5pm and 7pm respectively.

Dublin v Offaly, Allianz HL Division 1B eir Sports 1, 4.55pm (Throw-in 5pm)

Dublin v Kildare, Allianz FL Division 1, eir Sports 2, 6.40pm (Throw-in 7pm)

There’s also a double bill from headquarters as Pat Gilroy’s Dublin host Offaly in the hurling before the football takes centre stage with the visit of Kildare to Croker in a repeat of last year’s Leinster final.

Liverpool v West Brom, FA Cup fourth round, BT Sport 2, 7.30pm (Kick-off 7.45pm)

Alan Pardew hopes his Baggies side can forget their Premier League woes as they travel to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Reds. West Brom held Liverpool to a stalemate when the sides met here in December and Pardew would almost certainly accept an identical result this time around to force a replay.

Sunday 28 January

Dubai Desert Classic, Sky Sports Golf, 8.30am

The final round – the perfect way to ease your way into Sunday before the excitement of the football and hurling takes over.

Australian Open Tennis, Eurosport 1, 9.30am

If you’d prefer some pre-GAA tennis instead of golf, you’re in luck as Roger Federer aims to win his 20th (yes, 20th) Grand Slam men’s singles title as he takes on Marin Cilic in Melbourne in a fascinating rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final.

Clare v Tipperary, Allianz HL Division 1A, TG4, 12.40pm (Throw-in 2pm)

Action from Páirc Uí Chíosóg as the Banner men take on Declan Fanning’s Tipp side. Get a big helping of your Sunday dinner and enjoy what’s sure to be a cracker from Ennis.

Kerry v Donegal, Allianz FL Division 1, TG4, 3.40pm (Deferred coverage)

Declan Bonner takes his side to Killarney as Kerry and Donegal get their NFL campaigns under way. The games throws in at 2pm but TG4 are showing deferred coverage after Clare and Tipp in the hurling.

Chelsea v Newcastle United, FA Cup fourth round, 1pm (Kick-off 1.30pm)

Antonio Conte’s Blues have an excellent record at home to Newcastle, so there surely won’t be an upset at Stamford Bridge, will there?

Cardiff City v Manchester City, FA Cup fourth round, 3.35pm (Kick-off 4pm)

It’s Neil Warnock vs Pep Guardiola. What more could you want?

Allianz League Sunday, RTE2, 9.30pm

Michael Lyster is joined by Anthony Daly, Ciaran Whelan, Jackie Tyrrell and Tomás Ó Sé for highlights and analysis of the first weekend’s action in the Allianz Leagues.

The action includes Dublin v Offaly, Cork v Kilkenny, Clare v Tipperary and Waterford v Wexford in Hurling and Dublin v Kildare, Cork v Tipperary and Kerry v Donegal in football so, if you missed anything over the weekend, the lads in the studio have you well and truly covered.