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The week ahead: Champions League and EFL Cup final headline huge seven days

Another week of exciting sporting action is coming up from Monday 20th February to Sunday 26th February, with Champions League football among the highlights.

There is also a winner-takes-all Europa League clash between Manchester United and Barcelona in a huge double-header for the Red Devils, who also play the EFL Cup final against Newcastle United on Sunday, while the Six Nations returns after a fallow week.

Monday 20th February

Championship: Bilic looking to boost Hornets’ promotion hopes

WhatWatford v West Brom, Championship
WhereVicarage Road, Watford
When20:00, Monday 20th February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsWatford 8/5, Draw 12/5, West Brom 8/5

Both Watford's Slaven Bilic and West Brom's Carlos Corberan have had a positive impact on their sides since taking over in the autumn but have seen their momentum stall in recent weeks.

The Hornets have failed to win any of their last five games, drawing four, while one win in four league matches has halted the Baggies' march.

With just two points separating the pair in the table, Monday's match could be a close affair. Having drawn 1-1 at The Hawthorns in August, a repeat Correct Score is 11/2.

Tuesday 21st February

Champions League: Familiar foes clash on Merseyside

WhatLiverpool v Real Madrid, Champions League
WhereAnfield, Liverpool
When20:00, Tuesday 21st February
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsLiverpool 13/10, Draw 13/5, Real Madrid 2/1

There's a repeat of last season's Champions League final to look forward to on Tuesday as Liverpool, fresh from winning 2-0 at Newcastle on Saturday, host Real Madrid in the last 16.

These two have become familiar foes, having also met in the competition's 2018 showpiece and their battle over two legs will cost the competition one of its big names at only the first knockout round.

Vinicius Junior scored the only goal last May in Paris and is 3/1 as an Anytime Goalscorer at Anfield, while Los Blancos are 11/1 to repeat their 1-0 Correct Score victory from the Stade de France.

Tuesday's other Champions League last-16 tie sees Serie A leaders Napoli head to exciting Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, with the Partenopei 11/10 to triumph.

Championship: Leaders face tough Lions tests

There are also five Championship matches to look forward to on Tuesday evening, with leaders Burnley among those in action.

The Clarets are 7/5 to win away to a Millwall side who beat second-placed Sheffield United 3-2 on Saturday.

Of the other games, the Lancashire derby between Blackburn and Blackpool stands out, with both sides having plenty to play for as Rovers eye the playoffs and the Seasiders target survival.

Wednesday 22nd February

Champions League: City look for European comforts

WhatRB Leipzig v Manchester City, Champions League
WhereRed Bull Arena, Leipzig
When20:00, Wednesday 22nd February
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsRB Leipzig 7/2, Draw 29/10, Man City 3/4

Manchester City looked to be rediscovering their form after beating Arsenal last Wednesday but then stuttered to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Nottingham Forest. With the Gunners winning 4-2 at Aston Villa, they are now two points behind their rivals in the Premier League standings.

The Citizens can put their domestic issues behind them when they head to Leipzig on Wednesday to take on Die Bullen, who won 3-0 at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost 2-1 in Saxony in 2021 but are the 3/4 favourites in the Full Time Result market and have Erling Haaland, who scored four times at the Red Bull Arena while at Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland is 15/4 to score 2 or more on Wednesday, while in the other game on Wednesday, former champions Inter Milan and Porto meet at San Siro, with Nerazzurri star Lautaro Martinez 7/4 to score for the third home match in a row.

Thursday 23rd February

Europa League: Can Rashford inspire Manchester United?

WhatManchester United v Barcelona, Europa League
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When20:00, Thursday 23rd February
How to watchBT Sport 2
OddsMan Utd 13/10, Draw 21/10, Barcelona 9/4

Manchester United and Barcelona played out a 2-2 Camp Nou classic last Thursday and their return game in the Europa League playoff round is expected to be just as good.

Marcus Rashford scored in the Catalan capital and is 11/8 as an Anytime Goalscorer in the second leg.

That is one of eight Europa League ties, while there is also an octet of Conference League clashes on Thursday.

Golf: Start of the Florida Swing

After plenty of Pacific coast action so far this year, the PGA Tour's Florida Swing begins on Thursday with the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens.

Last year, Sepp Straka fired a closing 66 to claim his maiden PGA Tour win by one stroke from Shane Lowry and the Austrian is back to defend his crown.

There is also DP World Tour action in the form of the Hero Indian Open, which returns to the schedule for the first time since 2019 when the returning Stephen Gallacher took the prize.

Fellow Scot Robert MacIntyre is also set to tee it up in New Delhi and all the action is available to follow on bet365's Live Golf Tracker.

Friday 24th February

Premier League: Fulham and Wolves meet with contrasting ambitions

WhatFulham v Wolves, Premier League
WhereCraven Cottage, London
When20:00, Friday 24th February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Premier League
OddsFulham 5/4, Draw 5/2, Wolves 11/5

Fulham's smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Brighton on Saturday has placed them firmly in the race for the Premier League's European places and they will fancy themselves to get one over on Wolves.

Julen Lopetegui's side lost 1-0 to relegation rivals Bournemouth to halt their momentum after two straight victories, including in their last away match at Southampton.

The pair played out a 0-0 draw in August and with that contributing to a run of their last seven meetings featuring under 2.5 goals, the same outcome is 4/5.

Saturday 25th February

Premier League: Reds face tough Eagles test

WhatCrystal Palace v Liverpool, Premier League
WhereSelhurst Park, London
When19:45, Saturday 25th February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Premier League
OddsCrystal Palace 4/1, Draw 11/4, Liverpool 8/11

That win for Liverpool at Newcastle has reignited the Reds top-four push but they face a tough test in a rare Saturday 19:45 kick-off when they head to Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have often been a thorn in their side over the years and drew 1-1 at Anfield in August.

A repeat of that is 13/2 as a Correct Score and that match is one of six Premier League games on Saturday, while there is also excitement abroad.

Arguably the highlight of Saturday's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights is the Madrid derby between Real and Atletico at 17:30, while Serie A leaders Napoli are also in action as they head to Empoli at 17:00.

Six Nations: Ireland sure to excel, while struggling rivals meet in Cardiff

The Six Nations returns after a fallow week and in Saturday's early match, Ireland will expect to make it three wins from as many games in this year's tournament when they take on improving Italy at 14:15.

Andy Farrell's side are 10/11 carrying a -22 Handicap in the Game Betting 3-Way, while later on, Wales will look to start salvaging something from their campaign against England.

Warren Gatland's return as Wales head coach has been a struggle, suffering convincing defeats to Ireland and Scotland and while England beat Italy last time out, they could be there for the taking, with a home win in Cardiff 15/8.

Sunday 26th February

EFL Cup: Wembley awaits for Man Utd and Newcastle

WhatManchester United v Newcastle, EFL Cup Final
WhereWembley Stadium, London
When16:30, Sunday 26th February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and Football
OddsMan Utd 21/20, Draw 12/5, Newcastle 13/5

The 63rd EFL Cup final takes place at Wembley on Sunday with Manchester United taking on Newcastle.

It is a big week for Erik ten Hag's side and the Dutchman is eyeing his first trophy in charge at Old Trafford and the Red Devil's first silverware since 2017. It has been a longer wait for the Magpies, who last tasted success via the 1969 Fairs Cup.

The pair drew October's Premier League meeting 0-0 and with both desperate to win, a repeat of that Correct Score is 9/1.

However, that might be jeopardised by Newcastle's goalkeeping woes, with Nick Pope suspended and Martin Dubravka cup-tied, leaving Loris Karius as the likely man to wear the gloves.

There is also a London derby to look forward to on Sunday in the Premier League as Tottenham host Chelsea at 13:30.

The pair played out a tempestuous 2-2 draw in August and with neither in great form, another share of the spoils is 23/10.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the top two in Germany meet as Bayern Munich host Union Berlin, while the same can be said in Ligue 1 as Marseille take on Le Classique rivals Paris Saint-Germain, with all the action available on the European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

Six Nations: Scotland continue Grand Slam dream

Sunday's match in the Six Nations sees France host Scotland at 15:00, with the visitors eyeing a first Grand Slam since 1999.

The Scots have beaten England and Wales, grabbing bonus points against both, and now head to Paris to face a French side who lost an all-time classic against Ireland in Round 2.

Despite that defeat, Les Bleus will feel they can still retain their title and will look to dominate a Scottish pack that have provided the platform for fly-half Finn Russell to guide his side around the park.

Russell's duel with Romain Ntamack could decide the match and while France won at Murrayfield last year by 19 points, it could be a tighter affair, with Scotland 1/1 with a +8 Handicap.

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