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The next five days of sport on TV could be the greatest ever

By Aaron McNally

What a week of sport in store.

March is always a great time for the armchair fan and this St Patrick's week is going to be absolutely epic for sport on TV.

Here's your guide to the best sport on TV this week.

Wednesday

11am
South Africa v Sri Lanka
4th ODI
Sky Sports Cricket

If you're sitting around with nothing to do on this particular Wednesday morning, then this might take your fancy. This is a series of five ODI matches with South Africa winning all of the first three. Ease your way into this rollercoaster.

1pm - 4:30pm
Cheltenham Festival Day 2
Virgin Media One & UTV

Ladies day kicks off at 1:30 with the final race of the day getting underway at 5:30.

Walsh retire

7:45pm
Norwich City v Hull City
English Championship
Sky Sports Football

Once again, the action in the Championship is not the pick of the crop with all that's going on in European competitions but its another big one in the second tier of English football. Norwich will look to stay atop the summit of the table amid pressure from title rivals Leeds and Sheffield United while their opponents are trying to stake a claim in the race for the playoffs and could badly do with taking all three points away from Carrow Road.

8pm
Bayern Munich (0) v Liverpool (0)
Champions League last 16
Virgin Media Sport & BT Sport 2

It's all to play for in the Allianz Arena tonight with the tie locked at nil-all on aggregate and this could be very entertaining as these are two similar teams with both of them right in the heat of intense title races in their respective domestic leagues.

8pm
Barcelona (0) v Lyon (0)
Champions League last 16
Virgin Media Sport Extra One & BT Sport 3

While Liverpool and Bayern is the tie of Wednesday night, Lyon will go into the Camp Nou with one thing on their minds. Upset. Barca's greatest rivals, Real Madrid, have already fallen victim to a defeat to lesser opposition in this round, Lyon will be out to see that the Catalonian's suffer the same fate.

Thursday

1:30am
Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets
NBA
Sky Sports Arena 

You really shouldn't be up at this hour on a school night but if you can't get to sleep and are looking for something to do, this is a very interesting prospect across the Atlantic. The reigning NBA champions Warriors head to Houston to take on MVP candidate James Harden and the Western conference 3rd seed Rockets in a potential preview to a a playoff matchup.

11:30am - 11pm
The Players Championship
Sky Sports Golf

Day One from Sawgrass where all of golf's elite come together for this prestigious event with Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy the pick of the featured groups with Shane Lowry of course looking to continue his amazing form.

Shane Lowry

1pm - 4:30pm
Cheltenham Festival Day 3
Virgin Media One & UTV

The Stayers Hurdle is the feature from the penultimate day from the Cheltenham festival.

5:55pm
Dinamo Kiev (0) v Chelsea (3)
Europa League Last 16
BT Sport 3

Early kickoff for Chelsea as they look to pick up where they left off from the first leg and progress to the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

5:55pm
Arsenal (1) v Rennes (3)
Europa League last 16
BT Sport 2 & Virgin Media Sport

Arsenal got out of jail in the Round of 32 by coming back from a deficit against BATE Borisov. They're going to have to produce some more magic this Thursday if they want to progress as they are 3-1 down on aggregate against French side Rennes.

7pm
Premier League Darts, Nottingham

Sky Sports Action

Night six of the Premier League takes place in Nottingham with Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price the feature game as both players are on seven points at the top of the table.

Friday

12:00am
Los Angeles Lakers @ Toronto Raptors
NBA
Sky Sports Arena 

More early hour basketball action from the States as, this time, Lebron James and the struggling Lakers travel up north of the border to Toronto where they face the Raptors who have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

11:30am - 11pm
The Players Championship
Sky Sports Golf

The weekend is going to be absolutely laden with sport and it all kicks off Friday morning in Sawgrass with the second round of the Players Championship where Webb Simpson will look to defend his title.

1pm - 4:30pm
Cheltenham Festival Day 4
Virgin Media One & UTV

The final day a Cheltenham and it's the big one it has the big event, the Gold Cup while the festivals top jockey and trainer will be revealed after the final race. Gold Cup at 3.30pm.

7:05pm
Wales v Ireland
U20 Six Nations
RTE 2 

Ireland have the Six Nations title won already but this is by no means a dead rubber as Noel McNamara's side head to go Parc Eirias needing a win to claim both the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown.

11pm - late
Jono Carroll v Tevin Farmer
John Joe Nevin v Andres Figueroa
Katie Taylor v Rose Volante
Sky Sports Action

It's a late one but it's worth staying up for. Carroll will look to win the IBF junior lightweight title against Philly native Farmer, while WBA/IBF women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor takes on WBO champion Rose Volante in a title unification bout.

Katie Taylor

Saturday

2:45am
Australian GP Qualifying
Formula 1
Sky Sports F1

A busy Saturday begins at the unearthly hour of 2:45am as the qualifying for the Australian GP gets underway from Melbourne.

12:15pm
Watford v Crystal Palace
FA Cup quarter-final
BT Sport 2

A busy weekend of football starts at lunchtime Saturday as two Premier League sides, Watford and Crystal Palace go head to head to determine the first FA Cup semi-finalist of 2019.

12:30pm
Italy v France
Six Nations
Virgin Media One

A hectic day of jampacked Six Nations gets underway in Rome as Italy look to beat France for the first time in six years.

12:30 pm
Leeds v Sheffield United
English Championship
Sky Sports Football

A massive game as 3rd place Sheffield United go to Elland Road to take on 2nd place Leeds. Both teams will be desperate for a win as they look to keep pace with leaders Norwich.

11:30am - 11pm
The Players Championship
Sky Sports Golf

Play continues from Sawgrass as the players will look to make a run up the table on moving day.

1:30pm
Galway v Wexford
National Hurling League quarter-final
TG4

Two potentially cracking games of hurling in store starting with this battle to join Limerick in the semi finals of the National League.

2:45pm
Wales v Ireland
Six Nations
Virgin Media One

It all comes down to this. After the disaster on opening day against England and failing to get a bonus point in Murrayfield, Ireland need to win against Wales and hope that the Scots canbeat England.

CJ Stander

3:00pm
Waterford v Clare
National Hurling League quarter-final
TG4

Two counties who want to be contesting for honours, this is their chance of another step.

5:00pm
England v Scotland
Six Nations
Virgin Media One

It's all been said. If Ireland are victorious over the Welsh, all eyes will turn to Twickenham in hope Scotland can produce some magic to deny England the title.

5:20pm
Swansea v Man City
FA Cup quarter-final
BT Sport 2

Swansea fell short to Tottenham at this stage of the competition last year but will look to go one better this year against another top six opponent.

7pm
Dublin v Tyrone
National Football League
Eir Sport 2

What a night for Gaelic football. Four of the best teams in the country play and, in Croke Park, Tyrone will look to avenge their All-Ireland final defeat to the Dubs last August.

7pm
Kerry v Mayo
National Football League
Eir Sport 1 & RTE 2

This should be a clinker. The Kingdom has won five from five and will relish a visit from rivals Mayo who started unbeaten themselves before back to back Saturday night losses to Dublin and Galway respectively.

7:55pm
Wolves v Man United
FA Cup quarter-final
BBC One

An epic day of sport and this isn't exactly a bad way to finish it. Wolves have had a great season on their return to the Premier League and they will look forward to welcoming Man United to Molyneaux as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bounce back after their first league defeat under the caretaker boss. Featuring the flying form of Matt Doherty.

Herrera Martial

8pm
Joe Duffy v Mark Diakiese
Darren Till v Jorde Masvidal
UFC London
BT Sport 1

And if you think that the day of sport is over, think again. Sit back and relax with the most laid-back sport there is, mixed martial arts. Joe Duffy is in action in London with Liverpudlian Darren Till headlining the bout.

Midnight - late
Spike O'Sullivan v TBC
Noel Murphy v John Joyce
Untelevised

Spike O'Sullivan back in action in Boston with a Cork v Dublin clash on the same card.

Sunday

3:30am
Australian GP
Formula 1
Sky Sports F1 & Sky 1

If you're up really early on Paddy's Day and you're looking for something to watch, this is the thing for you. The Formula One season gets underway from Melbourne as Lewis Hamilton will set out to try and win his sixth Driver's Championship.

11:30am - 11pm
The Players Championship
Sky Sports Golf

The final day from Sawgrass as the winner of the 2019 Players Championship will be decided.

12:30pm
Dundee v Celtic
Sky Sports Football

Celtic are now eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership but they will be determined to not take the foot off the gas and now under caretaker boss Neil Lennon, they travel to Dens Park to take on a Dundee side who are caught in a relegation battle and will be desperate for a win.

1:30pm
Wales v Ireland
Women's Six Nations
RTE 2

A dead rubber game really but the Irish women have produced some magic tries in this campaign and, with Claire Molloy and Ciara Griffin back on top form, it's worth a watch in the final clash of the Six Nations.

2pm
Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) v St Thomas' (Galway)
All-Ireland club SHC final
TG4

This is it. The pinnacle of club GAA. Four storied clubs looking for All-Ireland glory and beginning with the hurlers. Ballyhale have won the most national senior titles with six while their opponents have only won one.

2pm
Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Cup quarter-final
BBC One

It's not the most exciting game on Sunday afternoon but after all, it's the quarter-final of the FA Cup and one of these teams will progress to Wembley. Plus, Shane Duffy.

2:15pm
Fulham v Liverpool
Sky Sports Premier League

Every game matters now as we head down the final Premier League stretch. Both of these games are massive, with Liverpool needing a win to go back top of the table before City play their game in hand at least while Fulham badly need a win in their fight for survival.

3:45pm
Corofin v Dr Crokes
All-Ireland club SFC final
TG4

The last two winners of the competition, the two best teams in the country, the biggest day on the club GAA calendar.

4:30pm
Everton V Chelsea
Premier League
Sky Sports Main Event

Chelsea gunning to break back into the top four, Jordan Pickford eager to help them.

7:25pm
AC Milan v Inter Milan
Serie A
Eir Sport 2

If you're just looking to sit back and relax after a hectic weekend of watching sport on TV, the there's only one thing to do. Watch more sport on TV. And what better way to round off Paddy's Day for the latest installment of the Milan Derby. No matter where these teams are in the table, they're is always a special edge to this one and this Sunday should prove to be no different.

12:45am - late
Paddy Barnes v Oscar Mojica
Michael Conlan v Ruben Garcia Hernandez
BoxNation

The undefeated Michael Conlan has already racked up 10 wins with six knockouts and his rise continues on St. Patrick's night in MSG, New York.