The FA and Premier League today announced an extension to the suspension of fixtures enforced by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning football in England will not resume until the start of May at least.
To many, even that date appears unrealistic. But for now, at least, there is still football going on in parts other the world. So, here’s the latest information on all the games still going ahead this weekend as things stand.
Australia’s A-League is continuing for the time being, although a few games have either been cancelled or rescheduled as we approach the final stages of the regular league season.
With approximately eight matches remaining for most teams in the division ahead of the play-offs, Sydney FC are dominating as things stand, sitting ten points clear at the top of the table with a ten point gap over second placed Melbourne City.
Central Coast Mariners take on Melbourne City on Friday, with Brisbane Roar facing Newcastle Jets in the same morning. On Saturday, there’s a Sydney derby between Western Sydney Warriors and Sydney FC with games also taking place on Monday.
A-League players to look out for
Those fans watching the A-League for the first time from UK and European audiences this weekend may be lost as to the identities of some of the players on show. But there are a number of well-known players currently plying their trade in the Australian league.
One of those is former Reading striker Adam le Fondre, who plays for Sydney FC and is the A-League’s top scorer with 16 goals in 19 appearances so far this season.
Also in action this weekend for Newcastle Jets is former Cardiff and Crystal Palace midfielders Joe Ledley and Wes Hoolahan. They face Brisbane Roar, who don’t have many well-known names playing for then, but are managed by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.
Central Coast Mariners’ match with Melbourne City could see Craig Noone, who played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City in 2014, go up against Markel Susaeta, who was part of Athletic Bilbao’s 2011 Europa League finalist side.
As for other (and perhaps more niche) competitions currently still active, matches will be played this weekend in countries such as South Africa and Nigeria despite recent cancellations of divisions.
Top leagues in Angola, Belarus, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Palestine and the UAE all have fixtures going ahead this weekend. Meanwhile, there’s also a Hong Kong Cup clash and friendlies in Scandinavia taking place ahead of the league seasons scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
The lower leagues in Australia and Turkey are also going ahead, while the Romanian second tier continues. As do selected games in Brazil’s regional Campeonato.
How to live stream
Some of these fixtures, including the A-League’s games, will be available to watch with bet365’s streaming service. Here’s how:
- Go to bet365 via this link
- Register for an account (this could also earn you up to £100 in free bet credits, though terms and conditions apply and you have to be over 18).
- Make a deposit to unlock the live stream sections of the site
- Head to the live stream section of the site
- Watch your chosen game live
NB: To watch, customers must have funded Sports account or have placed bet within last 24 hours. 18+ | T&C’s Apply | Gamble Responsibly | Geo restrictions apply. These odds and promotions are valid at the time of the writing of this article on Thursday March 19th at 16.45 GMT.