Crunch time in NFL and Copa del Rey on Kwesé Sports

Crunch time in NFL and Copa del Rey on Kwesé Sports

NFL Divisional Playoffs, Carabao Cup semifinals and Copa del Rey round of 16 on Kwesé Sports.

Sport is all about the big moments, in the big games, in the big tournaments.

In a winner take all world, there can be only one. In the Copa del Rey there are a bunch of second-leg ties coming up on Kwesé Sports.

The pick of the matches is Barcelona vs Celta Vigo (KS2, 11 January at 22:30 CAT).

The first game was a tightly contested affair, with both teams spurning some gilt-edged opportunities. It ended in a 1-1 draw, which means Barcelona have the edge given that this second leg is on home turf, at Camp Nou. Barcelona’s fierce rivals, Real Madrid, had an easier time in their first leg, beating Numancia 3-0.

They shouldn’t have a problem seeing off the second-tier side at home (KFS, 10 January at 21:00 CAT).

Atletico Madrid are also virtually assured a passage through to the quarterfinals when they take on Lleida (KS2, 9 January at 20:30 CAT). But, things are very much up in the air for Valencia and Las Palmas, who drew 1-1 in the first leg. Las Palmas are propping up the La Liga table and are underdogs against third-placed Valencia. But in knockout football the normal seedings don’t apply.

On the matter of football, don’t forget to catch Manchester City vs Bristol City (KS1, 9 January at 21:45 CAT) and Chelsea vs Arsenal (KS1 at 22:00 CAT) in the Carabao Cup. In America when you say ‘football’ chances are you’re talking about another sport, namely American football. Where soccer is an elegant game of graceful passes, and agile players sweeping up the field to deposit a ball in the back of the net, American football is basically trench warfare. Massive men clash heads – literally – in a desperate attempt to move play ten yards up the field. It makes for compelling viewing, particularly in the knockout stages of the NFL – the world’s most valuable sports league.

The Divisional Playoffs (quarterfinals) are coming up, and this will determine who plays in the two Conference Finals. In the first The Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons (KS2, 13 January at 23:30 CAT). The Falcons managed to squander a big lead in the Super Bowl last year, eventually losing out to the Patriots. They will be desperate to lay the ghosts of 2017 to rest. Meanwhile, the Eagles have been hit by a string of injuries, including star quarterback Carson Wentz. But Philadelphia love an underdog story (anyone heard of the film Rocky?), and some pundits are saying this could be the year when they re-write the history books and take their debut NFL title. That match is followed by New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans (ESPN, CH 310, 14 January at 3:00 CAT). You’ll remember that the Patriots are reigning champions, and have the peerless Tom Brady distributing the ball at quarterback.

The Titans are very much underdogs for this one and will have to be at their brutal best to match New England. In the Sunday games the Pittsburgh Steelers are home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (KS2, 14 January at 20:00 CAT), while the Minnesota Vikings host the New Orleans Saints (KS2, 14 January at 23:30 CAT). The men from Pittsburgh have built a fearsome reputation for their defence, notching up a record 56 sacks in the regular season. Knockout games are often nervy affairs, won on defence. The Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles and could well be on their way to yet another final. With the world’s greatest contests LIVE on Kwesé Sports, isn’t it time you switched to Africa’s best loved home of sport and entertainment? Spoil yourself and get Kwesé TV now.

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