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Sports fans! You’re going to LOVE February. Here’s why…

by NOW TV Team Douglas-E ‎27-01-2017 02:11 - edited ‎27-01-2017 02:13 (2,325 Views)

Winter is nearly over and spring is fast approaching. And there’s also a shed load of amazing sporting action on the way!

Premier League
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If you’re a fan of English football’s top division (and why wouldn’t you be?), then there’s loads to enjoy in February. There are nine live Premier League matches to get stuck into, with leaders Chelsea in action twice, as are the chasing Arsenal and Manchester City.

The two London rivals kick off our February action, as Chelsea host the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on 4 February. Arsenal thumped Antonio Conte’s men 3-0 earlier in the season and Chelsea will want revenge on their own turf. With the season well into its second half, Chelsea know that a win here would take them a huge step closer to the title.

The next day, Manchester City host Swansea, knowing that only a win will do. Pep Guardiola’s men started the season in fine form, but a title challenge has since evaporated into a battle for Champions League spot. They need three points against the improving Swans.

Later on 5 February, champions Leicester host Manchester United, with both sides needing three points for two very different reasons. Leicester’s title defence has been a disaster but, while their away form has been dreadful, they have been decent at home. Another three points would really ease relegation fears. For United, they need the win to stay in the hunt for a Champions League spot. That said, whatever they do recently, they seem to remain in sixth place!

Later in the month, there are clashes between Burnley and Chelsea, Bournemouth and Manchester City and Tottenham and Stoke to look forward to, before another key game at the end of the month. Like Man City, Liverpool’s title challenge has faltered badly in recent weeks, and they travel to Leicester on 27 February for Monday Night Football. A win is all that matters for the Reds…

EFL Cup Final
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We were looking forward to a huge Manchester derby on 26 February, but United’s run to the EFL Cup Final has put that on hold for a while longer.

Instead, United fans can watch their side try to claim the first silverware of the season at Wembley as they take on Southampton. The Saints will be hoping to win only the second piece of major silverware in their history but know they will go into the match as underdogs. But, having stunned Liverpool in the semi-final, do not write Southampton off entirely…

As for United, times have been tough in recent years…at least by their high standards. That said, another trip to Wembley beckons and this represents the chance to claim a third piece of silverware in nine months. After a poor start to the season, Jose Mourinho’s men have slowly turned things around. Are they peaking just in time to win this showpiece event?

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The battle to reach the Premier League is getting pretty darn tense. The top two (Brighton and Newcastle) are both on three times, including a clash between the two at the end of the month. These three matches are the highlights of a bumper month of Championship action…

On 5 February, we have a big Yorkshire derby between two sides chasing a play-off place…at least. Huddersfield have been one of the surprise packages this season and remain right in the mix for a shock promotion to the big time. They host Leeds, who are enjoying a great season themselves. A tremendous run of form has seen them rise to third place and in with a chance of automatic promotion. A win here would be huge for both sides.

On the 20th, there’s a clash between two of the biggest teams in the division. Newcastle have not walked away with the Championship as many expected them to, and are in a real battle just to finish in the top two. Late in the month, they host Aston Villa, who are having a disappointing season. Villa remain in with a slight chance of a play-off place, but will probably need to win at St James’ Park to stay in with a shout…

And right at the end of the month is probably the biggest match of all. Brighton and Newcastle have been in a ding-dong battle all season for top spot in the division, and the two face off on 28 February. Brighton are at home so will fancy their chances, but both sides know that a win could almost seal Premier League football…

The Super Bowl
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‘The greatest show on turf’ is back! If you like American Football, late nights and Roman Numerals, you’ll love this…

New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in the biggest worldwide sporting event of the year, but you’ll need to drink plenty of coffee to enjoy it all! Super Bowl LI kicks off at 11.30pm on 5 February in Houston and we can’t wait.

Whether it’s the huge hits, the massive half-time show or the incredible half-time adverts, this is not a show to miss. Naysayers will mock American Football for its…well, American-ness, but it is a genuinely captivating event.

As for the match itself, the Patriots are slight favourites, with star quarterback Tom Brady chasing a fifth Super Bowl win. They lost just twice during the regular season and cruised through the play-off. As for the Falcons, this is slightly more unfamiliar territory. However, on the day, anyone can win.

Let the games begin…

Rugby Union
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And for egg-chasing fans of a more traditional variety, there’s loads of Rugby Union to enjoy in February. There’s top-class action from all over the world to get stuck into on Sky Sports. However, even if you don’t have a Sky Sports Pass, NOW TV Box customers can still enjoy the Six Nations via the BBC Sport and ITV Player apps!

Bring it on!!