An armchair guide to the sporting weekend

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This weekend offers an unforgettable mix of major events for sports fans.

With key Premier League fixtures, NatWest Six Nations and the Winter Olympics in South Korea there is plenty to keep armchair supporters happy and out of the cold weather.

Here, Press Association Sport provides the definitive guide for what to watch, on which channel and at what time.

SATURDAY

WINTER OLYMPICS
BBC One & BBC Two – 0020 – 1630

An entire day of action in Pyeongchang starts with snowboard slopestyle qualification and goes on to include the first gold medal in the women’s skiathlon as well as medals being up for grabs in the biathlon, speed skating and ski jumping.

SIX NATIONS
Ireland v Italy – ITV – 1330

Jonny Sexton's late penalty earned Ireland victory in their NatWest Six Nations opener.
Johnny Sexton’s late penalty earned Ireland victory in their NatWest Six Nations opener. (Niall Carson/PA)

Ireland began their Six Nations campaign with a thrilling last-gasp victory over France in Paris and will be looking to maintain their winning start as they host Italy, who lost at home to England last time out.

England v Wales – ITV – 1620

The second part of a Six Nations double-header sees England host Wales at Twickenham in what promises to be a heavyweight contest as both meet after coming out on top in their opening fixtures.

PREMIER LEAGUE
Tottenham v Arsenal – BT Sport 1 – 1130

The weekend’s top-flight football kicks off with a crunch north London derby live from Wembley.

Arsenal have a great recent record at the national stadium and won the corresponding fixture earlier in the season, but Spurs are in the driving seat and victory for the hosts would move them seven points clear of the Gunners.

Manchester City v Leicester – Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event – 1715

Runaway leaders Manchester City will look to move even further clear at the Premier League summit.

Leicester have been in decent form under Claude Puel but will be up against it at the Etihad Stadium.

CRICKET

Australia v England – T20 Tri-Series – BT Sport 2 – 0800

Glenn Maxwell's 103 set Australia on their way to a Twenty20 win over England last week.
Glenn Maxwell’s 103 set Australia on their way to a Twenty20 win over England last week. (Mike Egerton/PA)

After a Glenn Maxwell century gave Australia victory over England in the tourists’ first game of the series, Eoin Morgan’s side need a reaction in Melbourne.

Other highlights: Rugby League – Wigan Warriors v Hull FC (Super League, Sky Sports Arena, 0830), Football – Real Madrid v Real Socieded (LaLiga, Sky Sports Football, 1940)

SUNDAY

WINTER OLYMPICS
BBC One & BBC Two – 0020 – 1630

More action from South Korea as medals in the alpine skiing, luge and snowboarding are contested while there is more to come from figure skating and the ice hockey.

SIX NATIONS
Scotland v France – BBC One – 1430

The second weekend of the Six Nations is completed as France visit Murrayfield to take on Scotland, with both countries looking to bounce back from opening defeats.

PREMIER LEAGUE
Huddersfield v Bournemouth – BT Sport 1 – 1130

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have not lost in their last eight Premier League games. (Dave Howarth/EMPICS)
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have not lost in their last eight Premier League games. (Dave Howarth/EMPICS)

Two teams showing a stark contrast in form as Huddersfield look to get their survival bid back on track against the Cherries, who have been on their own superb run of late.

Newcastle v Manchester United – Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event – 1415

Rafael Benitez comes up against old adversary Jose Mourinho as Newcastle look to upset the odds and pick up a vital three points in their battle to avoid the drop, while the visitors to St James’ Park need the win to maintain their grasp on second place.

Southampton v Liverpool – Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event – 1615

After being denied victory in the closing stages of a controversial clash with Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful his Liverpool side can win at Southampton on Virgil van Dijk’s first return to his previous club.

Other highlights: Football – Aston Villa v Birmingham (EFL Championship, Sky Sports Football 1130), Roma v Benevento (Serie A, BT Sport 1 1930), UFC – UFC 221 Romero v Rockhold, BT Sport 2 2300)

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