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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Dec 2013 - 23:18

January Sports Preview

A new year, but will it a new dawn for your team as we enter 2014?

The month starts with a top notch horse racing meeting at Cheltenham, with the Cleeve Hurdle being the highlight, before further exciting action at Ascot for the Victor Chandler Chase, sadly it looks like Sprinter Sacre will not be fit to defend his title though, meaning we're also unlikely to see the gelding at the Cheltenham Trials Meeting on the 25th, which concludes the big equine action for January.

You'll be able to watch all of the racing on William Hill TV.

The PDC World Championship concludes on the first of the month, Phil Taylor for once is not involved, but several other big guns made it through unscathed in what has been a fascinating tournament, the BDO World Championships kick-off on Saturday 4th.

Golf returns in January also, with tournaments in Hawaii, Durban, Abu Dhabi, California, Qatar, Phoenix and Dubai, pretty decent locations for the golfers to look forward to there!

The rather forgettable English effort Down Under reaches its climax in January, with the fifth Ashes Test starting on the 3rd, England will be hoping to avoid a whitewash in that one and then the teams will occupy themselves with ODIs and T20s for the remainder of the month.

Also over in Australia is the continuation of the Big Bash League, always a popular tournament for punters and a chance to see some of the stars of tomorrow fine-tune their game in hope of winning international honours, we're streaming every match of the competition.

One of the most eagerly anticipated weekends in the football calendar, the third round of the FA Cup takes place on Saturday 4th, with lower league teams being joined by the Premier League and Championship sides, with plenty of them thinking this could be their year.

While the big guns will be mapping out that particular route to Wembley, for the Manchester teams, Sunderland and West Ham, they know exactly what they need to do to book an early trip to Wembley as they're the four teams left in the Capital One Cup - could we see a set of upsets in the semis? Those matches take place on 7/8th and 21st and 22nd.

The major European leagues will also resume after the winter break, with several key matches, including the Bundesliga, being shown on our William Hill TV streaming service, along with Spanish, French and Italian action on Sky and BT Sport.

Over the pond, the BCS National Championship (06/01) will compliment what looks to be a fantastic month of playoff action in the American Football, with Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos looking the most likely teams heading to New York for the Super Bowl on 4th February.

Rugby Union sees the resumption of the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup on Thursday 9th, while the Pro12 and Aviva Prem enter the second half of the regular season during the month.

The first big snooker tournament of the year just so happens to also be one of the most prestigious on the calendar, which is the cream of the crop lining up at Alexandra Palace for the Masters on Sunday 12th. Other tournaments include the Snooker Shootout and German Masters which take place in the last week or so of the month.

One of the highlight events of the month though is undoubtedly the Australian Open tennis which kicks-off on Monday 13th, could Andy Murray claim a third Grand Slam crown in Melbourne?

William Hill TV will be streaming all of the main courts in Australia, and several of the warm-up tournaments through the month also.

Greyhound action comes from Romford with the Coronation Cup starting on the 14th, while the Prestige gets underway at Hall Green on the 29th.

Boxing fans will be looking forwards to what looks like being a superb light heavyweight battle between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute on the 18th, with Lamont Petersen taking on Dierry Jean the weekend after.

In the TV world we have the Golden Globes on Sunday 13th, which will likely tell us whose in line for the big one - an Oscar, but we have to wait till the end of February for that showpiece event. The final series of Dancing on Ice begins at the start of January, with previous winners and favourites returning for one last hurrah.

What a cracking month we've got to look forward too! Of course, we'll have all angles covered at the HOME of Betting.



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