February: Ones to Watch
1st February 2016
Sports4Bars looks ahead to the sporting fixtures coming up on TV in February, including action from the Six Nations, Aviva Premiership, Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League Last 16
Saturday February 6, 2.25pm
Six Nations: France v Italy
The 2016 Six Nations gets underway as Italy face a tricky trip to Paris to face France. This will be the tournament debut for new France coach Guy Noves, the driving force between Toulouse for many years.
Saturday February 6, 4.50pm
Six Nations: Scotland v England
Can new England manager Eddie Jones steer his charges to a win at Murrayfield on his first game in charge? The home supporters will certainly hope that is not the case as they cheer their team on.
Sunday February 7, 3pm
Six Nations: Ireland v Wales
A massive game for both sides as reigning champions Ireland attempt to make history and win a third Six Nations title on the bounce. Wales are full of confidence though and will be no pushover.
Sunday February 7, 4pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Chelsea v Manchester United
A few years ago this would have been billed as a potential title decider but both teams are well out of the running for honours this season.
Saturday February 13, 12.45pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Sunderland v Manchester United
Inconsistency has been the bane of United’s season so far but this is a fixture which they would expect to win.
Saturday February 13, 2.25pm
Six Nations: France v Ireland
Ireland have enjoyed some great victories over the French in recent seasons and will have no fear of facing Les Bleus on their home turf of Stade de France.
Sunday February 14, 2pm
Six Nations: Italy v England
Italy have never beaten England but invariably make life very difficult for the men in white. The home captain Sergio Parisse will be the key man for Italy and England’s back row will have to keep a close watch on him around the fringes.
Saturday February 13, 5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Chelsea v Newcastle United
Unless they want to be drawn into a late season relegation dogfight United need to claim some badly needed league points and could well pick one up against a Chelsea side currently hauling themselves up the table.
Sunday February 14, 1.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Can Manchester City maintain their surge for the title, a race that looks to be going all the way to the last day of the season? Spurs will certainly present a major challenge to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Tuesday February 16, 7.45pm
UEFA Champions League - Last 16, 1st Leg: PSG v Chelsea
A European clash to savour as PSG host Chelsea in this Last 16 clash. Away goals are critical at this stage of the Champions League so expect the Blues to push forward.
Thursday February 18, 6pm
UEFA Europa League - Last 32, 1st Leg: FC Midtjylland v Manchester United
Having failed to last the course in the Champions League, United have the consolation of being able to challenge for the Europa League title and should be confident against the Danish champions.
Saturday February 20, 3.15pm
Aviva Premiership: Bath v Wasps
This should be an entertaining match between two sides who have forged a reputation for enterprising play this season but are still some way off the Premiership pacesetters.
Tuesday February 23, 7.45pm
UEFA Champions League - Last 16, 1st Leg: Arsenal v Barcelona
A nightmare draw for the Gunners as they take on the reigning champions over two legs for a place in the quarter-finals.
Wednesday February 24, 7.45pm
UEFA Champions League - Last 16, 1st Leg: Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City
A big game for Manchester City and one which they would hope to win and gain revenge for the 2010/11 season when Dynamo knocked them out of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 with an aggregate score of 2-1.
Sunday February 28, 2.05pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Manchester United v Arsenal
The last encounter between these sides, back in October, was a horror show for United with the Gunners producing a devastating first half to beat their opponents 3-0.
Sunday February 28, 3.15pm
Aviva Premiership: Wasps v Harlequins
Wasps have been more impressive in Europe than on the domestic stage but could well make a late charge to Premiership semi-finals. Quins won the previous fixture at the Stoop by 26-21 but their opponents have stepped up a gear since then.