This weekend is jam-packed with mouth-watering fixtures across some of our favourite sports. Here's a round-up of the action we're most looking forward to...
Tennis: Australian Open Finals
Arguably the two biggest matches of the weekend take place in Melbourne, as the Australian Open singles champions will be crowned. On Saturday, 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina aims to lift her second Grand Slam title against Belarusian fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka. The smart money is on big-serving Rybakina, who's beaten not one but three major champions en route to Saturday's showdown, including the pre-tournament favourite Iga Swiatek in the last 16.
On Sunday, it's the men's final. At the time of writing, it's not clear who'll feature, but Novak Djokovic will take some stopping. The Serb, who's chasing a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam has won 26 consecutive matches at the tournament going into Friday's semi-final, where he faces American Tommy Paul. The winner of that match will face either World No20 Karen Khachanov or Greece's Stefanos Tsisipas.
Golf: Dubai Desert Classic
All the headlines going into this DP World Tour event focused on a driving range spat between LIV Golf star Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy.
The American says he threw a tee towards McIlroy after trying to chat with him despite his lawyers serving the world No1 a court summons on Christmas Eve. McElroy later described the altercation as “a storm in a teacup” but it adds extra spice to the event, in which both players will be expected to challenge.
Football: FA Cup - Manchester City v Arsenal
Before the Premier League season kicked off, few pundits would have given Arsenal much chance of actually winning the title. But Mikel Arteta's side have been a revelation so far and currently top the table, five points clear of champions Man City. The two sides haven't yet met in 2022-23, so this much-hyped FA Cup clash should shed some light on whether the Gunners are able to hold off their rivals all the way through to May.
Horse Racing: Cheltenham Festival Trials Day
With the Cheltenham Festival galloping into view, Saturday's Trials Day will certainly whet racing fans' appetites.
The leading runners on the nine-race card include Grand National winner Noble Yeats (who also happens to be second-favourite for the Gold Cup), and Paisley Park — who's looking for a record fourth Cleeve Hurdle win. Keep an eye on the clash between Energumene and Edwardstone in the Clarence House Chase; they're the respective winners of the 2022 Queen Mother Champion Chase and Arkle Challenge Trophy
Rugby: Gallagher Premiership
Next weekend sees the start of the Six Nations and England enter a new era under Steve Borthwick. The former Leicester supremo has already made his mark, axing experienced campaigners Billy Vunipola and Jack Nowell from his squad to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup. The jury’s out on whether that’s a smart move, but should they line up for their clubs this weekend, both players will have points to prove. Vunipola’s Saracens host Bristol, while Nowell and Exeter face West Country rivals Gloucester.