Top sports events of the upcoming week – October 12-18 2020
We are back with another short preview of the biggest sports events of the upcoming week, where we will look at what events sports fans can look forward to from October 12-18.
Last week, we have talked about the UEFA Nations League, which will resume on Tuesday, October 13, with Round 4 fixtures and continue throughout the whole week up until Sunday, October 18, when the final games of round 6 will conclude. As of Thursday, October 8, the teams played only two games with Portugal, France and Belgium as the only three teams who hold a perfect 2-0 record.
Germany, Poland and Croatia have both struggled to find their footing with 0-1-0, 1-0-1 and 0-0-2 record respectively. Nevertheless, this should make for an exciting week of play, as they look to regain some momentum and look for a way to claim the first spot in their respective groups.
Adding to the list of international football competitions, we will also get to see the second round of the South American World Cup qualifications, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The qualifications will then resume with round three in November.
Besides the international competitions, we will also get to see the continuation of Major League Soccer (MLS), the 15th round of Brazil Serie A, the seventh round of French Ligue 1, as well as the 21st and 22nd round of Japanese J League as some of the biggest football leagues of the upcoming week.
Despite the cancellation of the Champions League, there will be plenty of basketball games for fans to enjoy next week. The action will begin on Tuesday, October 13 with a set of five round three Euroleague games, followed by round four games a day later.
Following the footsteps of Euroleague will be the 2020/21 7DAYS EuroCup featuring two sets of six games on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. After two rounds of play, each group has at least one team with a perfect record which includes Joventut Badalona (Group A), Buducnost (Group B), Monaco (Group C), Virtus Bologna (Group C), Trento (Group D) and Gran Canaria (Group D).
There won’t be much happening on the tennis courts next week with Parma Challenger and French Open both set to conclude this weekend. Nevertheless, we will still get to watch St. Petersburg Open and Forte Village Sardegna Open, which are slated to take place on October 12-19.
Daniil Medvedev will enter St Petersburg Open as the defending champion after he became the first Russian to win the event since Mikhail Youzhny in 2004 last year. Joining him as the remaining seven seeds are Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Borna Ćorić.
Next week will feature only three notable Cricket tournaments in the Pakistani T-20 Cup, Indian Premier League, as well as the first two games of the Australian Sheffield Shield between Queensland Bulls and Tasmanian Tiger, and Southern Redbacks and Western Warriors.
The 2020 Matchroom.Live English Open is slated to kick off on Monday, October 12 and run until Sunday, October 18, offering all fans a full week of snooker action featuring some of the best players in the world.
The tournament will feature 128 snooker players who will compete for the largest slice of £405,000 and £70,000 in winners’ share. The reigning champion Mark Selby will attend the event and will play his opening game against Fan Zhengyi on Monday.
All the cycling fans will get to watch the continuation of Giro’d Italia, which will resume on Tuesday, October 13 with the 10th stage. Next week will see cyclists drive from Lanciano up to Piancavallo (974 km), before the third and final rest day on Monday, October 19.
Filippo Ganna, who led the race for the opening two stages has lost his pink jersey to João Almeida, who is currently leading both the general classification and the young rider classification. Meanwhile, Filippo Ganna leads in mountains, while Arnaud Démare leads in points.
Horse racing fans surely don’t need to worry about a lack of events for next week, with races scheduled for Ireland and UK. The biggest event every horse racing fan is looking forward to, however, is the Ascot Hospitality – QIPCO Champions Day 2020, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2020.
It will mark the seventh and culminating race of the 2020 British Champions Series, which feature some of the best horses who compete on 35 of UK’s top flat races. If you wish to bet on horse racing, check out our premium service, where we send daily predictions for UK and IRE races.