How to get through the international break: No Premier League football this weekend but never fear

Although the Premier League has been temporarily paused for the international break, sports fans needn’t worry about missing out on their weekend fix.

In truth, there’s more sport than ever on our televisions right now, with a whole host of different competitions taking place, be it on terrestrial TV, Sky, BT or beyond.

Here, Sportsmail is on hand to guide you through what’s on your screens in the absence of Liverpool, Manchester City and Co – from the usual Nations League offering to golf, tennis, UFC and beyond…

You may be feeling as dejected as Jordan Henderson and Co with the lack of top-flight football – but never fear, there is plenty of sport on your TV screen across the international break

FOOTBALL

Even just the football offering across the next week is a bit of a feast, with plenty of different competitions all around the world. Quite feasibly, if you take in action from all across the globe, there’s very little need to move away from the screen despite the absence of the Premier League.

Let’s start with the Nations League and international men’s football, which is being shown across Sky Sports from Tuesday night. There is a round of friendlies first, beginning with Greece vs Cyprus from 2:45pm on Sky Sports Football, with games then coming thick and fast every single day all the way through until next Wednesday, with England vs Iceland the big finale.

Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under 21s have two games as well, against Andorra on Friday night and then Albania on Monday. Both will be shown live on BT Sport 2.

In the women’s game, it’s a huge weekend of Super League action as the Manchester derby takes centre stage on BT Sport 1 on Saturday lunchtime, while Arsenal vs Chelsea is on Sunday afternoon too.  

There are Chinese Super League and Japanese J League games throughout the international break on Premier Sports too, where you can watch the likes of Paulinho, Miranda… and Jay Bothroyd. 

England have three matches, including Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland

England have three matches, including Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland

Manchester United Women take on Manchester City Women in the Super League on Saturday

Manchester United Women take on Manchester City Women in the Super League on Saturday

GOLF

Onto golf, and potentially the biggest event of the week, live from Augusta National. Seven months later than originally scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Masters has been eagerly anticipated and will see the world’s top golfers battle it out.

Coverage starts on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Main Event from 12:30pm, but there are plenty of preview shows in the build-up to that. The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Tyrrell Hatton are among the field, and it’s set to be an absolute corker.

Elsewhere, there is some women’s golf on the box, too, with the Saudi Ladies Classic being shown on Sky Sports Mix from Thursday. 

Tiger Woods will be looking to retain the Masters at Augusta, and you can watch live on Sky

Tiger Woods will be looking to retain the Masters at Augusta, and you can watch live on Sky

F1

The 14th round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship takes place at the Intercity Istanbul Park this weekend. The Turkish Grand Prix should be high on your watching agenda for many reasons, not least the fact that Lewis Hamilton can equal Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles with a victory.

If the Brit finishes ahead of his team-mate and rival Valtteri Bottas, he will win the drivers crown again, drawing level with his hero. The Turkish GP hasn’t taken place in nine years, so it will be exciting to see the cars back at a former track, as we have done with the likes of Imola and the Nurburgring earlier in the year.

As always, the F1 is available on Sky Sports throughout the weekend, with first practice on Thursday and the race on Sunday. There are also highlights available to watch on Channel 4

Lewis Hamilton (left) can win his seventh world title and draw level with Michael Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton (left) can win his seventh world title and draw level with Michael Schumacher

BOXING

There are plenty of huge fights available to watch on TV this weekend, with none of them on Box Office and therefore available for the masses.

The action gets underway on Friday night in London, when BT Sport 1 shows the rematch between Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley. It’s a Frank Warren card, headlined by two fighters who drew last time out when the three judges ALL scored them exactly level in September.

A day later, Sky Sports Arena have Katie Taylor‘s next professional bout against Miriam Gutierrez, live from Wembley Arena. She’s looking to make it 17 wins without defeat since turning pro.

There’s also some boxing on Channel 5 on Saturday night too, with Mick Hennessy’s British light-heavyweight championship fight between Shakan Pitters and Craig Richards taking place in Worcestershire.

Perhaps the biggest bout of the weekend, though, comes from America overnight Saturday into Sunday, when Kell Brook comes up against the unbeaten, incredibly impressive, Terence Crawford. That one is being shown live on Premier Sports.

Kell Brook is in America to fight the undefeated Terence Crawford on Saturday night

Kell Brook is in America to fight the undefeated Terence Crawford on Saturday night

Katie Taylor (left) is also looking to stay undefeated when she fights against Miriam Gutierrez

Katie Taylor (left) is also looking to stay undefeated when she fights against Miriam Gutierrez 

UFC

One other promoter that’s been working incredibly hard during the coronavirus pandemic is Dana White, whose UFC cards have been high on the sporting agenda throughout. His Fight Island idea created a lot of controversy initially, but his events are now coming thick and fast with plenty of big names.

This weekend, Paul Felder takes on Rafael Dos Anjos in the headline event of UFC Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Nevada, with a stacked card underneath it – all being shown live on BT Sport 1 on Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Any MMA fans that can’t quite wait for then can tune into some Bellator action on Thursday night into Friday, with Pitbull vs Carvalho from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. That’s live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Rafael Dos Anjos (left) is headlining UFC Fight Night this weekend, against Paul Felder

Rafael Dos Anjos (left) is headlining UFC Fight Night this weekend, against Paul Felder

RUGBY

There is plenty of rugby action this week, too, be it union or league – headlined by the eagerly-anticipated Autumn Nations Cup.

It kicks off on Friday night with Ireland vs Wales on Channel 4, before the action heads to Amazon Prime with Italy vs Scotland (Saturday, 12:45pm), England vs Georgia (Saturday, 3pm) and France vs Fiji (Sunday, 3:15pm) all taking place across the weekend.

This brand new tournament features eight teams – England, Ireland, Wales and Georgia in one pool, and France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji in the other. They’ll play group matches over three weekends, before a finals weekend to decide the winners.

Elsewhere, there is some women’s action BBC2 on Saturday, with France taking on England in an Autumn International at 1:15pm.  

In the Rugby League format, meanwhile, it’s also a big week, with Warrington Wolves taking on Hull FC in the Betfred Super League play-offs on Thursday night. That’s live on Sky Sports Arena from 7:45pm. A day later, Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos is on the same channel at the same time.

England are in action in the brand new Autumn Nations Cup, facing Georgia on Amazon Prime

England are in action in the brand new Autumn Nations Cup, facing Georgia on Amazon Prime

TENNIS  

The tennis season is still going, too, as we hurtle towards the season-ending event at the O2 Arena, taking place this weekend. The Nitto ATP World Tour Finals showcases the best eight players in the men’s game, with coverage beginning on November 15 and going through under November 22.

Although Roger Federer has pulled out, the singles event still has Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman battling it out.

The action begins on Sunday at 12pm, live on both BBC2 and Amazon Prime

There is also women’s action from the WTA Linz Open on Eurosport 2 across the weekend, too.

The ATP World Tour Finals start on Sunday, with coverage on both the BBC and Amazon Prime

The ATP World Tour Finals start on Sunday, with coverage on both the BBC and Amazon Prime

Anything else I can watch?

For the mavericks among you, there are plenty of options away from the major sports. The European Track Championships cycling is taking place in Bulgaria, and that’s available to watch on Eurosport 1 from Wednesday 11 November.

There is regular horse racing all across the fortnight, from Kempton to Ludlow and Taunton to Cheltenham, all live on Racing TV in the UK.

American Football fans can get their fix on Sky Sports or Amazon Prime with the likes of Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts early on Friday morning, or New England Patriots vs Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night into Monday on Sky Sports Main Event.

In the world of cricket, there’s Womens T20 Big Bash League action on BT Sport 3 through the night Friday into Saturday, live from Australia. 

There is horse racing most days across the international break if you're in need of a sports fix

There is horse racing most days across the international break if you’re in need of a sports fix

Moto GP rolls into Valencia this weekend, with that being shown live on BT Sport 2 throughout. And sticking with motorsport, the British Touring Car Championships from Brands Hatch is live on ITV4 on Sunday morning.

For those feeling wintery as the nights draw in, Eurosport 1 is the home of the Alpine Skiing World Cup all across the weekend.  

And finally, there is the Grand Slam of Darts on Sky Sports Arena from 1pm on Monday, with the PDC action running all through the day with an afternoon session and then an evening session from 7pm. 

So sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy an incredible international break of sporting action…