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04th Sep 2015

Sport on TV this weekend: One of the best sporting weekends in recent memory

All your weekend's sport on the box, in one handy place.

Paul Moore

All your weekend’s sport on the box, in one handy place.

It’s a behemoth weekend of sport and there really is no need to get off the couch unless you’re getting food or using the bathroom. Here are some of the highlights and the time that coverage starts.


Georgia v Scotland – Friday at 4:30 on Sky Sports 1

Please drop points, please drop points, please drop points! Ireland currently sit in fourth place and are two points off Gordon Strachan’s Scotland.

A favour from Georgia would be very much appreciated before the boys in green kick-off against Gibraltar.

Scotland Training Session

Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland – 19:00 on RTE 2 and 19:15 on Sky Sports 1

Given how easily the minnows capitulated in Dublin when the teams last met, this game should be nothing more than a formality. Then again, we do all have nightmares about Lichtenstein.

Ireland really need 6 points from their next two games with matches against Poland and Germany on the horizon.

UEFA European Championship 2016 Qualifying Round, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 13/6/2015 Republic of Ireland vs Scotland The Ireland team huddle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Edinburgh v Leinster – TG4, 19:30

The Pro12 makes a welcomed return this evening as Leinster begin life under Leo Cullen with a testing trip to Scotland.

This is the perfect chance for squad members who are not playing for their international team to put their hand up for future selection.

Cullen has named eleven internationals in his match day squad (including rugby league international Ben Te’o), while also selecting three potential débutantes on the bench.

CullenLeo weight

Ulster v Ospreys BBC2 – 19:30

All eyes will be on Andrew Trimble this evening as the winger looks to put the disappointment of not being named in Ireland’s World Cup squad behind him.

22-year-old outhalf Peter Nelson is entrusted with the No10 jersey as Neil Doak has named a strong side.

Dave Kearney supported by Shane Jennings is tackled by Andrew Trimble and Roger Wilson 2/5/2014

Germany v Poland – ITV4 – 19:30

A game that’s crucial to Ireland’s group because a win for Poland will see them take a massive step towards qualification while the World Cup champions will take control of the group with a win.

The first game was a cracker and Germany will be looking to avenge that defeat in Warsaw. Irish fans might be flicking over if the game against Gibraltar becomes a walkover.

thomas muller

Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland- 19:30- Sky Sports 5

It’s not just Wales that are impressing on the road to Euro 2016 and Michael O’Neill’s men should take another step towards France with a win tonight. Romania top the group by a single point and a win here for Northern Ireland will really keep up the pressure.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 29: Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (L) and Corey Evans applaud the home support after the EURO 2016 Group F qualifier at Windsor Park on March 29, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

US Open Tennis : 16:00 – 00:00

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and defending champion Marin Cilic are on court this afternoon as they look to join Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the next round.



England v Ireland – Sky Sports 1-  14:30

The squad has been named and Ireland are now entering the final stages of their World Cup preparation. There’s no better game to focus the minds than a visit to the home of ‘the old enemy’.

Ireland will be looking to score a measure of revenge for their last defeat on English soil while the hosts know that a win will give them serious momentum ahead of pool games with Wales and Australia.

Joe Schmidt 22/11/2014

Dublin v Mayo – 16:30 on RTE2 and 16:50 on Sky Sports 1

After all that’s been written over the last week, Kerry’s opponent in the All-Ireland final will be known by Saturday night.

The first game was enthralling and Dubs fans will be hoping that they didn’t throw away their best chance to knock-out the Connacht champions.

As for Mayo, they’ll be hoping to pick up right where they left off on Sunday. This could be a cracker.

Mayo Dublin pic

Munster v Benetton Treviso – TG4 19:15

Life after Paul O’Connell begins with a home match against the Italian side and Anthony Foley has named a side that seems to have struck a nice balance between experience and youth.

Felix Jones, Ian Keatley, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha and CJ Stander all start while John Madigan, David Johnston and Shane Monahan will make their competitive debuts.

Anthony Foley 14/10/2014


Italian Grand Prix – Race – 13:00 Sky Sports F1

Mercedes will be looking to tighten their grip on the constructors championship while team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continue their personal duel in Monza.

Being that this is the home of Ferrrai, expect Vettel and Raikkonen to be going all out to win this one.

F1 Grand Prix of Russia

Kilkenny v Galway – RTE 2 and Sky Sports 5 14:15 and 14:30

The game that we’ve all been waiting for ever since Galway nudged out Tipperary in that famous semi-final.

The Tribesmen will be entering into their their sixth final since the last time they lifted Liam McCarthy, 27 years ago, while Kilkenny will be looking to retain the crown that they’ve won 35 times. It’s going to be a cracker.

Lester Ryan lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup 27/9/2014

Wales v Israel – 17:00 – Sky Sports 1

All aboard the Welsh bandwagon because Gareth Bale’s superb header in Cyprus means that Chris Coleman’s side are just one win away from booking their place in France next summer. Israel stand in their way and I’d wager that the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will be absolutely wedged for this one.

Wales v Bosnia and Herzegovina - EURO 2016 Qualifier



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