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This Week's Sport: Winter transfer window slams shut

The January transfer window closes this week and there's likely to be a scramble to get deals over the line ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

There's also action on the field to enjoy with the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Premier League featuring over the course of the week.

The Six Nations gets underway on Saturday but defending champions France don't start their campaign until Sunday.

As the build-up to Cheltenham continues, horse racing fans can take in some top-quality action from Leopardstown on Saturday and Sunday, with the Irish Gold Cup up for grabs and, as always, you can watch every race on bet365's Sports Live Streaming.

The DP World Tour heads to the United Arab Emirates, while the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is also on the agenda and you can follow those events on the Live Golf Tracker.

Monday 30th January

FA Cup: Derby eyeing Premier League scalp

WhatDerby v West Ham
WherePride Park, Derby
When19:45, Monday 30th January 2023
How to watchITV4
OddsDerby 7/2, Draw 11/4, West Ham 4/5

League One Derby host Premier League outfit West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

The Rams have only lost three or their 25 outings inside 90 minutes since Paul Warne took charge in September, including a goalless draw at Liverpool in the EFL Cup before they lost the tie on penalties.

West Ham may feel this game is an unwanted distraction as they battle against relegation in the Premier League, sitting just a point and two places clear of the drop zone.

Derby, who have avoided defeat in their last nine at home across all competitions, can be backed at 7/2 To Win and they offer good value at 19/20 in the Double Chance market.

Tuesday 31st January

EFL Cup: Hosts hold slight advantage

WhatNewcastle v Southampton
WhereSt James’ Park, Newcastle
When20:00, Tuesday 31st January 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsNewcastle 4/9, Draw 10/3, Southampton 7/1

Newcastle welcome Southampton back to St James' Park after earning a 1-0 victory in last week's first-leg of this EFL Cup semi-final tie at St Mary's.

That victory, which came thanks to a Joelinton strike, extended Newcastle's unbeaten streak across all competitions to four matches and they've only lost one of their last 20.

They are yet to taste defeat at home in 2022/23 and will be confident of completing the job against Southampton.

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Saints have already lost twice to Newcastle this term, going down 4-1 at home in the league prior to last week's loss in the EFL Cup.

Nathan Jones' side have won their last two away fixtures, but they've lost seven of their last 12 on the road.

Newcastle lead the way for clean sheets in all competitions across Europe's top five leagues this term, picking up 16, and a Win To Nil offers value at 6/5.

Wednesday 1st February

EFL Cup: Forest head to formidable United

WhatManchester United v Nottingham Forest
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When20:00, Wednesday 1st February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsManchester United 2/5, Draw 15/4, Nottingham Forest 7/1

Manchester United eased to a 3-0 win in the first-leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie at Nottingham Forest last week.

The Red Devils are almost assured of being involved in the final, barring a major slip-up, as they return to Old Trafford for the second-leg on Wednesday.

Marcus Rashford netted his 18th goal of the season to get United up and running at the City Ground before Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes chipped in.

Rashford has netted 10 goals in his last 10 outings since returning from the World Cup and he is 11/10 To Score Anytime and 10/3 To Score First.

Thursday 2nd February

DP World Tour: UAE hosts Ras Al Khaimah Championship

WhatRas Al Khaimah Championship
WhereAl Hamra Golf Club, United Arab Emirates
WhenThursday 2nd February - Sunday 5th February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Golf & bet365’s Golf Live Tracker

The second edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Championship takes place this week with the competition set to get underway on Thursday.

Denmark's Nicolai Hojgaard won the inaugural title in 2022, finishing four strokes clear of Englishman Jordan Smith.

The event takes place at Al Hamra Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates and you can follow all the action on the Golf Live Tracker.

Friday 3rd February

Premier League: Chelsea seeking revenge

WhatChelsea v Fulham
WhereStamford Bridge, London
When20:00, Friday 3rd February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsChelsea 4/7, Draw 3/1, Fulham 9/2

Due to a third-round exit in the FA Cup, Chelsea return to action on Friday in their first outing since drawing 0-0 with Liverpool on 21st January.

That extended break will have been warmly welcomed by Graham Potter as he looks to try and start picking up wins on a consistent basis.

Chelsea have only tasted victory once in their last six outings and just twice in the last 10 fixtures across all competitions.

They fell to a 2-1 defeat at Fulham during that sequence and will be desperate to atone for that performance when the Cottagers make the short trip across west London.

Fulham sit three places and two points above the Blues in the standings, but they haven't recorded a victory at Stamford Bridge since 1964.

Each of the last three editions of this fixture have ended 2-0 in Chelsea's favour and a fourth successive triumph by that scoreline can be backed at 7/1.

Saturday 4th February

Premier League: Gunners head to Goodison

WhatEverton v Arsenal
WhereGoodison Park, Liverpool
When12:30, Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watchBT Sport
OddsEverton 8/1, Draw 7/2, Arsenal 4/11

Premier League leaders Arsenal feature in the 12:30 kick off in the top-flight on Saturday when they travel to strugglers Everton.

Arsenal saw a seven-game unbeaten streak ended when going down 1-0 at Manchester City in the FA Cup but should bounce back against the relegation-threatened Toffees, who parted company with Frank Lampard after losing to West Ham last time out.

There are five games scheduled for 15:00 with Aston Villa hosting Leicester, Southampton heading to Brentford, Bournemouth travelling along the coast to Brighton, Manchester United welcoming Crystal Palace to Old Trafford and Wolves entertaining Liverpool.

Champions League hopefuls Newcastle feature in the 17:30 kick off when West Ham make the long trip north to St James' Park.

Six Nations: Calcutta Cup up for grabs

WhatEngland v Scotland
WhereTwickenham, London
When16:45, Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watchITV
OddsEngland 2/9, Tie 25/1, Scotland 10/3

The 2023 Six Nations is full of intrigue with two new head coaches looking to build momentum ahead of the World Cup later this year.

Warren Gatland has returned to take charge of Wales and they get their campaign off the mark at home to Ireland at 14:15, having finished fifth last year.

Steve Borthwick has replaced Eddie Jones as England's new head coach and will look to make a winning start when they face Scotland at 16:45 with the Calcutta Cup up for grabs.

Horse Racing: All eyes on Leopardstown

WhatDublin Racing Festival Day One
WhereLeopardstown racecourse, Dublin
When1.40 - 4.40, Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watchRacing TV, bet365’s Sports Live Streaming
OddsIrish Gold Cup: Galopin Des Champs 4/11, Stattler 9/2, Conflated 8/1, Kemboy 11/1, Envoi Allen 12/1

The two-day Dublin Racing Festival gets going at Leopardstown on Saturday with the Irish Gold Cup set to be the highlight.

There are seven races on the card, running between 1.20 and 4.40, and the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup is due off at 3.05.

Galopin Des Champs, priced at 4/11 To Win, arrived seeking a hat-trick of victories, while Stattler, who finished second when last seen at Tramore in January, can be backed at 9/2 To Win.

Sunday 5th February

Six Nations: Defending champions land in Rome

WhatItaly v France
WhereStadio Olimpico, Rome
When15:00, Sunday 5th February 2023
How to watchITV
OddsItaly 10/1, Tie 50/1, France 1/25

France ended a 12-year wait for Six Nations glory when they completed a Grand Slam last year.

Les Bleus haven't won back-to-back titles since 2006/07 but there's plenty of reason for optimism as they ride into the competition on the back of a 13-game unbeaten streak.

Italy are their first opponents, with Sunday's clash at the Stadio Olimpico scheduled for 15:00, and the Azzurri also have a right to feel positive.

Head coach Kieran Crowley has overseen major improvements for a nation often ending up as the whipping boys in this competition.

Italy snapped a 36-game losing streak to sign off last year's Six Nations with a win over Wales and they went on to beat Samoa and Australia in the autumn.

Horse Racing: Day two in Dublin

WhatDublin Racing Festival Day Two
WhereLeopardstown racecourse, Dublin
When1.10 - 4.40, Sunday 5th February 2023
How to watchRacing TV & bet365’s Sports Live Streaming
OddsIrish Champion Hurdle: State Man 4/5, Honeysuckle 2/1, Vauban 11/4, Sharjah 16/1

There are four Grade 1 races on the second and final day of the Dublin Racing Festival, with the opener set for 1.10 and the last of eight contests due off at 4.40.

The Irish Champion Hurdle, which was established in 1950, is the feature with a roll honour boasting names such as Hatton's Grace, Flying Bolt, Hurricane Fly and Honeysuckle.

State Man is the 4/5 favourite with Honeysuckle, who has won the last three editions, priced at 2/1.

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