Sporting Events To Look Forward To In February 2019
January 31, 2019
As this bloody weather turns from cold to even colder, it really would be silly of you to brave the elements outside rather than sit on the sofa all day watching sport.
Because, just like every month of the calendar, there is loads of sport to look forward to in February. I’m not saying it’s a major month, no-one’s saying it’s a major month, but it’s a pretty lovely month nonetheless.
So what exactly is on offer over the upcoming 28 days? Well, it’s probably best to leaf your way through our 2019 Sporting Betting Calendar just there (👇) and read through all the information below to find out.
February is always a lovely month for football, especially for football nerds, because not only do we have the return of the Champions League, we also have the return of all those European leagues who were in their winter break slumber, from your Holland’s and your Germany’s who came back at the end of January, to your Poland’s and Russia’s who arrive back in Feb.
February’s also the month where things start to really get serious too, where teams can start getting cut adrift at the bottom and the top (well, in the case of Huddersfield and the whole of Serie A and Ligue 1, that’s already happened), and actual proper titles can be won (well, one can, in England).
Indeed, let’s start with that because on the 24th February the holders Man City take on 2015 winners Chelsea at Wembley in the EFL / Carabao / League Cup final for the season’s first real piece of silverware. City will go into the game as favourites, of course, but they’ve been far from infallible this season and with Higuain now leading the line at Chelsea, the (darker shade of) Blues look like a very decent price at 7/4 to lift the trophy with Unibet, especially considering they also beat City at the Bridge back in December.
But despite having a cup final in February, it’s the Champions League that’s really the thing that will get the heart rate going. The League Cup final is fun, sure, but it’s not that important (just ask Pochettino), whereas the Champions League is. Everyone wants to win the Champions League, and man do we have some corkers to look forward to this month. Here they are in full, all first legs (second legs are in March):
- Roma vs Porto – 12/02
- Man Utd vs PSG – 12/02
- Ajax vs Real Madrid – 13/02
- Tottenham vs Dortmund – 13/02
- Liverpool vs Bayern – 19/02
- Lyon vs Barcelona – 19/02
- Atletico Madrid vs Juventus – 20/02
- Schalke vs Man City – 20/02
Wonderful. Of course, the likes of Atleti vs Juve, United vs PSG, and Liverpool vs Bayern surely will be great, but my personal picks are Spurs vs Dortmund and Ajax vs Real Madrid, which typically, have to be on the same night, but should both be open, crazy affairs. Ajax at 3/1 with Boyle Sports to knock out Real Madrid looks like a decent bet too. Ajax have been magnificent in the Champions League so far, drawing to Bayern twice and beating Benfica at home, while Madrid have been so hit and miss all season and were beaten home and away by CSKA Moscow in their group. Madrid have tonnes of experience, of course, so it’s little wonder they’re favourites, but underestimate the Dutch giants at your peril, that’s all I’m saying.
And then away from the Champions League, we have the Europa League round of 32 first and seconds legs on the 14th and 21st, the Asian Cup final between Japan and Qatar on the 1st, and of course loads of domestic action as well. Here’s some big games to look out for across the month:
- Sporting vs Benfica – Primeira Liga – 03/02
- Man City vs Arsenal – Premier League – 03/02
- Lyon vs PSG – Ligue 1 – 03/02
- Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid – La Liga – 09/02
- Man City vs Chelsea – Premier League – 10/02
- Chelsea vs Man Utd – FA Cup – 16/02
- Man Utd vs Liverpool – Premier League – 24/02
- Besiktas vs Fenerbahce – Turkish Super Lig – 24/02
- PSV vs Feyenoord – Eredivisie – 24/02
- Sevilla vs Barcelona – La Liga – 24/02
- Chelsea vs Tottenham – Premier League – 27/02
- Feyenoord vs Ajax – KNVB Becker Semi Final – 27/02
Rather, rather decent, in my honest and humble opinion.
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Warren Gatland said the Six Nations was the best rugby union tournament in the world the other day, and though that is probably stretching the truth – especially considering the fact we’re in a Rugby World Cup year – it is probably the most competitive rugby tournament in the world. And even more so this year.
For the first time in what seemingly feels like forever, five teams go into the tournament thinking they have a genuine chance of taking home the trophy, and why shouldn’t they?
Ireland have just beaten the All Blacks for the second time in three years; Wales have just had their most successful Autumn International series ever; England beat South Africa, Australia and Japan in impressive fashion in November; Scotland defeated England, France and Italy at least year’s Six Nations; while France, for all their inconsistency, have one of the strongest squads in the tournament. It’s just Italy letting the side down – they’re getting shoddier and shoddier with every passing year.
But despite Ireland’s deserved favourites tag, it’s Wales who I really fancy for this year’s tournament solely down to the fact they host Ireland in the final game of the tournament, and though Ireland just about have the better side, Wales aren’t all that far off, and with that Welsh crowd rocking, they’re going to be mighty hard to beat should it all be on the line come March.
England are second favourites with the bookies, but I really can’t see them doing it this year as they have to go away to Ireland and away to Wales. Scotland meanwhile host both Wales and Ireland, so maybe we shouldn’t rule them out, but it’ll take one monumental effort for them take the title. And finally, France have got to go to Twickenham and the Aviva, and that’s likely to push them out of contention.
In terms of the games we’ve got on this February, here they are in full:
- France vs Wales – 01/02
- Scotland vs Italy – 02/02
- Ireland vs England – 02/02
- Scotland vs Ireland – 09/02
- Italy vs Wales – 09/02
- England vs France – 10/02
- France vs Scotland – 23/02
- Wales vs England – 23/02
- Italy vs Ireland – 24/02
Very exciting! Six Nations time is always such a lovely time.
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It’s the first weekend in February so we know what that means don’t we? It’s Super Bowl time! Yessahhhhhhhh!
Ah man, I love this day. After so many late Sunday evening’s and groggy Monday morning’s, it all seems to so worth it when you’re sat with masses of beer and alcohol watching the final NFL game of the season.
We’ve really been spoilt by the Super Bowl’s in recent years, and especially with Super Bowl’s featuring the New England Patriots. Indeed, since the turn of the century, no Super Bowl featuring the Patriots has been won by more than one score – and there’s been eight of them. Hate them or love them, the Pats produce great games, and this year’s should hopefully be no different.
Both the Los Angeles Rams and the Patriots have been involved some absolute barnstorming shootouts this season, and if both teams play to their best, then it should be an absolutely insane game. But I really do have that underlying feeling that the Rams won’t. Sean McVay is clearly a genius and Jared Goff has unflappable all year, but how will they manage in the biggest game of all? We’ll see come February 3rd, but I’m not feeling confident in the Rams!
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Oh man, there’s so much more as well. For Horse racing fans, we’ve got plenty of action with the Scilly Isles Novice Chase from Sandown on the 2nd; the Betfair Hurdle, the Denman Chase, and the Game Spirit from Newbury on the 9th; the Betfair Ascot Chase on the 16th; and the Winter Derby from Lingfield on the 23rd.
In the boxing we’ve got Eleider Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev fighting for the WBO Light Heavyweight title on the 2nd and Gervonta Davis vs Abner Mares fighting for the WBA Super Featherweight title the following weekend. On the 17th it’s the WBA Featherweight clash between Leo Santa Cruz and Rafael Rivera, on the 23rd its Anthony Dirrell vs Avni Yildirim for the WBC Super Middleweight title, and on the same night James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr. face off, and though they’re not fighting for a title, they’re probably fighting to save their careers.
Then on top of that, there’s three huge nights in the UFC with Fight Night 144 and 145, and UFC 243; there’s loads of darts with the return of the Premier League Darts and the Masters; there’s the Alpine Skiing World Championships from the 5th February; the return of the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup in the tennis; the World Club Challenge in the rugby league on the 17th; the Squash World Championships from the 23rd; the Winter Sports World Championships on the 25th; in the cricket there’s the England vs West Indies second and third test and four ODI’s, the second test between Australia and Sri Lanka, two South Africa vs Sri Lanka tests, plus a New Zealand vs Bangladesh test at the end of the month; and finally, it’s the Cycling World Track Championships from February 27th.
February sees the resumption of Dancing on Ice and The Voice, and things are really starting to heat up over there, I tell you now. But, to be honest, I have no idea what I’m talking about so I’ll direct you to two articles that do – Dancing on Ice 2019 – Price Comes Before A Fall & We’re Spoilt For Choice With Acts On The Voice.
Have a lovely February!
Author: Tom Mortimer
Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.