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2020 Sports Events Calendar - The Best Sporting Events & How To Bet On Them

The Olympic Games Is One Of The 2020 Sports Event Calendar Highlights

What a year of sport 2020 is shaping up to be. The Olympics, Paralympics and Euro 2020 are likely to keep us all glued to the screens, and that’s before we even consider the year’s annual events across tennis, football and golf. There has never been more ways to watch our favourite athletes and competitions, with millions expected to take in the action from stadiums or their sofas. 

Of course, many of us will be watching with something on the line. We all want to get ahead of the game and gain some insider knowledge, so we’ve made things a little easier for you. Our 2020 sports calendar makes sure you’re on top of when every major sporting event is happening and how you should be betting on it. 

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Key dates on the 2020 sports events calendar

Month Event Sport Country Venue Watch Favourite(s) Dates
Jan FA Cup 3rd Round Football England & Wales Various grounds BT Sport 1 & BBC One Man City 4-6
Jan Australian Open Tennis Australia Melbourne Park Eurosport & Amazon Prime Video Novak Djokovic; Serena Williams 20 Jan-2 Feb
               
Feb Super Bowl LIV American Football USA Hard Rock Stadium BBC One Baltimore Ravens 2
Feb Six Nations Rugby Various Various grounds BBC One & ITV England 1 Feb-14 Mar
Feb World Track Championship Cycling Germany Velodrom BBC One Netherlands 28 Feb-4 Mar
               
Mar League Cup Final Football England Wembley Stadium Sky Sports Man City 1
Mar Cheltenham Races Horse Racing England Cheltenham Racecourse ITV & ITV 4 Presenting Percy 10-13
Mar Major League Baseball Season Baseball USA Various stadiums BT Sport & YouTube New York Yankees 26 Mar-27 Sep
               
Apr Grand National Horse Racing England Aintree Racecourse ITV Tiger Roll 2-4
Apr Masters Golf USA Augusta National SkySports Brooks Koepka 9-12
Apr Wolrd Championship Snooker England The Crucible BBC Judd Trump 18 Apr-4 May
               
May PGA Championship Golf USA TPA Harding Park Sky Sports Brooks Koepka 14-17
May FA Cup Final Football England Wembley Stadium BT Sport 1 & BBC One Man City 23
May Europa League Final Football Poland Stadion Energa BT Sport & BT Sport YouTube Channel Man Utd 27
May Champions League Football Turkey Atatürk Olympic Stadium BT Sport & BT Sport YouTube Channel Man City 30
               
Jun European Championships 2020 Football Various Various grounds BBC One & ITV England 12 Jun-12 Jul
Jun Copa América Football Various Various grounds Premier Sports. Argentina 12 Jun-12 Jul
Jun Tour de France Cycling France Across France ITV4 & Eurosport Egan Burnal 27 Jun-19 Jul
Jun 24 Hour Le Mans Motorsport France Circuit de la Sarthe Le Mans ITV4 & Eurosport Toyota Gazoo Racing 13-14
Jun Wimbledon Tennis England All England Club BBC One & BBC Two Novak Djokovic; Serena Williams 29 Jun-12 Jul
               
Jul Open Championship Golf England Royal St George's Golf Club Sky Sports Rory McIlroy 16-19
Jul Summer Olympics Mulit-sports Japan Various stadiums BBC N/A 24 Jul-9 Aug
               
Aug Paralympics Mulit-sports Japan Various stadiums Channel 4 N/A 25 Aug-6 Sep
Aug US Open Tennis USA USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Amazon Prime Novak Djokovic; Serena Williams 24 Aug-13 Sep
               
Sep Ryder Cup Golf USA Whistling Straits Sky Sports Team USA 25-27
               
Oct ICC World T20 Cricket Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground Sky Sports Australia 18 Oct-15 Nov
               
Nov Melbourne Cup Horse Racing Australia Flemington Racecourse Sky Sports Surprise Baby 3
               
Dec PDC World Championship Darts England Alexandra Palace Sky Sports Michael van Gerwen 13 Dec-1 Jan
               

Sports events calendar January 2020

FA Cup 3rd Round

What is it?

This round sees Premier League teams enter the world’s oldest football cup competition. For many, the competition kicks off proper here, with current holders Manchester City hosting League Two Port Vale. 

Where is it held?

Football grounds across England and Wales.

When is it held?

4-6 January. 

Where can I watch?

BT Sport 1 and BBC One.

Current favourite to win competition

Man City 10/3 with Bet365.

Betting tip

Championship Leeds United could take advantage of Arsenal’s poor form to shock the team from the division above. 

Australian Tennis Open

What is it?

The first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and the first chance to win an open in 2020. The 108th annual Australian Open will see Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka defend their titles. 

Where is it held?

Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia 

When is it held?

20 January - 2 February.

Where can I watch?

Eurosport and Amazon Prime Video.

Current favourites

Novak Djokovic 7/4 with Bet365; Serena Williams 11/2 with Bet365.

Betting tip

Despite looking to retain the title after success last year, Naomi Osaka is not hotly tipped by the bookmakers.

Sports events calendar February 2020 

Super Bowl LIV 

What is it?

The 54th edition of the most star-studded event in America, the Super Bowl decides the league champions of the NFL’s 100th season. Away from the sport, the notable halftime show will see Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform. 

Where is it held?

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

When is it held?

2 February. 

Where can I watch?

Live coverage on BBC One.

Current favourites

Baltimore Ravens 12/5 with Bet365

Betting Tip

New England Patriots. An elite defence looking to defend their title, they can’t be written off. 

Rugby Six Nations

What is it?

The 21st Six Nations Championship will once again see England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France compete over the course of five Rugby-packed weeks. Wales enter the annual tournament as champions. 

Where is it held?

The Six Nations will be held across six venues in Europe:

  • Twickenham Stadium London, England

  • Stade de France Paris, France

  • Aviva Stadium Dublin, Ireland

  • Stadio Olimpico Rome, Italy

  • Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Wales

When is it held?

1 February - 14 March.

Where can I watch?

BBC One and ITV. 

Current favourites

England 3/5 with Bet365.

Betting Tip

England will be hotly tipped after reaching the Rugby World Cup final in 2019, but current Six Nations holders Wales will look to build on their semi-finals run.

Cycling World Track Championship

What is it?

An annual event that tests the various disciplines and distances of track cycling. The top athletes from across cycling will compete for the chance to win the right to wear the famous rainbow jersey. 

Where is it held?

Velodrom Berlin, Germany.

When is it held?

28 February - 4 March.

Where can I watch?

BBC One.

Current favourite: 

The Netherlands are current favourites following their strong performance at last year’s world road cycling championships

Betting Tip

Home nation Germany could be expected to build on the 6 medals they won in 2019.

Sports events calendar March 2020

League Cup Final

What is it?

Also known as the EFL Cup or Carabao Cup, this is the first piece of domestic silverware up for grabs for teams playing in the English league pyramid. 

Where is it held?

Wembley Stadium London, England

When is it held?

1 March.

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event.

Current favourites

Manchester City 11/10 Bet365.

Betting Tip

Aston Villa could build on facing what will likely be weakened Liverpool side to pull off a cup run.

Cheltenham Races

What is it? 

The most notable and prestigious jump racing event of the year, where the top jockeys and horses compete for £4.5 million in prize money. Keep an eye out for the Gold Cup, the final and biggest race of the week. The first event circled on a racing fan’s calendar every year. 

Where is it held? 

Cheltenham Racecourse, England.

When is it held?

10-13 March.

Where can I watch? 

ITV and ITV 4.

Current favourites

Presenting Percy 10/3 in the Gold Cup.

Betting Tip

Elegant Escape is the latest tip for the Gold Cup amongst those following throughout the year.

Major League Baseball Season

What is it?

The latest season of the Major League Baseball. The offseason is in full swing and teams are considering player and free-agent options to try and dethrone last year’s World Series champions, the Washington Nationals. 

Where is it held?

Across the United States.

When is it held?

26 March - 27 September. 

Where can I watch?

BT Sport and YouTube.

Current favourites

New York Yankees 9/2 with Paddy Power.

Betting Tip

With drafts and preparation still yet to be completed, the Huston Astros are lining up to be an outside choice. 

Sports events calendar April 2020

Grand National

What is it?

A horse racing spectacle like no other. Three days of national hunt horse racing in a thrilling atmosphere that draws in an audience of millions. 

Where is it held?

Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England.

When is it held?

2-4 April.

Where can I watch?

ITV.

Current favourites

Tiger Roll 7/1.

Betting Tip

No entries have been confirmed yet, but many experts are tipping Tiger Roll to make it three Grand National wins in a row.  

The Masters Tournament

What is it?

The first full week of April brings the first major golf tournament of the year. Augusta will once again play host to a competition of the world’s finest golfers, all vying for the Green Jacket. With the Masters always being held in Augusta, form plays much more of a role in your bets. 

Where is it held?

Augusta National Golf Club Georgia, United States.

When is it held?

9-12 April.

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Gold and Sky Sports Main Event.

Current favourites

Brooks Koepka 8/1 with Bet365.

Betting Tip

Tiger Woods shocked the world last year, but you’d be smarter to take a swing on Rory McIlroy or Jon Rahm.

World Snooker Championship

What is it?

The iconic Crucible Theatre plays host once again to the biggest event in British snooker, and the final ranking event in the calendar. 

Where is it held?

The Crucible, Sheffield, England.

When is it held?

18 April - 4 May

Where can I watch?

Across the BBC.

Current favourites

Judd Trump 11/4 with Bet365.

Betting Tip

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Roberton are the top picks to dethrone Trump this year. 

Sports events calendar May 2020

Golf PGA Championship

What is it?

Since its inception in 1916, the PGA Golf Championship has become a premier sports event and one of the most important in the golfing calendar. It routinely features the strongest and deepest international line up of any golf major. 

Where is it held?

TPA Harding Park, California, United States.

When is it held?

14-17 May.

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Golf.

Current favourites

Brooks Koepka.

Betting Tip

Tiger Woods could build on his success at the 2019 Masters with another major win on home soil. 

FA Cup Final

What is it?

The final of the most historic domestic cup competition in football. The 139th edition of the FA Cup Final will see the culmination of a year-long tournament featuring sides from across all English divisions, from the Premier League to amateur levels.

Where is it held?

Wembley Stadium London, England.

When is it held?

23 May.

Where can I watch?

BBC One and BT Sport.

Current favourites

Manchester City 3/1 with SkyBet.

Betting tip

Leicester City could build on their great league form to win a domestic cup trophy.

UEFA Europa League Final

What is it? 

The final of European football’s secondary continental competition, which sees the winner automatically reach next season’s Champions League group stages. 

Where is it held? 

Stadion Energa Gdańsk Gdańsk, Poland.

When is it held?

27 May.

Where can I watch?

BT Sport, BT Sport YouTube Channel.

Current favourites

Manchester United 5/1 with Ladbrokes. 

Betting tip

Entering at the knockout stages, last year’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax will be a hot choice amongst those in the know.

UEFA Champions League Final

What is it?

The final of European football’s most prestigious competition where the best teams from across the continent compete against each other. English side Liverpool are defending champions. 

Where is it held?

Atatürk Olympic Stadium Istanbul, Turkey. 

When is it held?

30 May.

Where can I watch?

BT Sport, BT Sport YouTube Channel.

Current favourites

Manchester City 3/1 Bet365.

Betting tip

Liverpool look most likely to retain their European title, while Tottenham could cause an upset and replicate their form on the road to the final last year.

Sports events calendar June 2020

European Championships 2020

What is it?

Europe’s elite international competition will see 24 teams compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in football. In 2020, the event will be held across 12 European countries for the first time. 

Where is it held?

12 European cities including Brussels, Munich, Amsterdam and London, which will host the final at Wembley Stadium. 

When is it held?

12 June - 12 July.

Where can I watch?

BBC One and ITV.

Current favourites

England 4/1 Bet365.

Betting tip

France will look to follow up their World Cup win in 2018, while the Netherlands will want to impress in their first international competition since 2014.

Copa América

What is it?

South America’s international cup competition which sees some of the most notable national teams in history compete against each other. A chance to see some of the world’s best players playing for their country, including Messi and Neymar. 

Where is it held?

Stadiums across Columbia and Argentina.

When is it held?

12 June - 12 July.

Where can I watch?

Premier Sports.

Current favourites

Argentina 7/4 with Bet365.

Betting tip

Hosts Columbia could find glory on home soil according to bookmakers. 

Tour de France

What is it?

The world’s most prestigious and difficult bike race returns to test riders’ endurance and will. 21 stages over 23 days will decide the winner of the most recognisable event in world cycling.  

Where is it held?

Across France, with The Great Depart taking place in Nice.

When is it held?

27 June - 19 July.

Where can I watch?

ITV4 and Eurosport.

Current favourites

Egan Burnal 9/4 SkyBet.

Betting Tip

If Cyclocross superstar Mathieu van der Poel makes his tour debut he could be a worthwhile tip, particularly in the Green Jersey (sprint) competition. 

24 Hour Le Mans

What is it?

A truly unique event on the motorsport calendar, the 88th edition of the world’s oldest endurance race will test teams’ ability to build reliable vehicles and drivers’ perseverance on the world-famous track. 

Where is it held?

Circuit de la Sarthe Le Mans, France.

When is it held?

13-14 June.

Where can I watch?

Eurosport.

Current favourites: 

2018 and 2019 winners Toyota Gazoo Racing are hard to look past.

Betting Tip: 

The Porsche Team will be the ones to push Toyota if any team can.

Wimbledon 

What is it?

Strawberries and cream, rainshower interruptions and (hopefully) some glorious London sunshine. The iconic tennis tournament will bring together the world’s best once again for two weeks of world-class singles and doubles action. 

Where is it held?

All England Club Wimbledon, England.

When is it held?

29 June - 12 July.

Where can I watch?

BBC One and BBC Two.

Current favourites

Novak Djokovic 6/4; Serena Williams 8/1 with Bet365.

Betting tip

It’s hard to look past Djokovic and Williams, but Medvedev and Halep look strong bets for the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively.

Sports events calendar July 2020

The Golf Open Championship

What is it?

A golf institution since 1860, this is the world’s oldest golf tournament and one of four annual majors for the sport. 

Where is it held?

Royal St George's Golf Club Sandwich, England

When is it held?

16-19 July.

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports.

Current favourites

Rory McIlroy 11/1 with Bet365.

Betting tip

Shane Lowry is not being tipped by experts to replicate last year’s victory but could be an outside option. 

2020 Summer Olympics

What is it?

The world’s grandest and most prestigious athletics competition. The spectacle of the multi-sport Olympic Games cannot be matched as athletes have one chance after years of preparation to win Gold for their country.  

Where is it held?

Japan, with Tokyo as the host city.

When is it held?

24 July - 9 August.

Where can I watch:

Across the BBC.

Current favourites: 

With the absence of Russia at the next games it’ll likely be a straight fight for the top of the podium between the United States and China. Mo Farah is 7/2 for the 10000m with Sky Bet. 

Betting Tip: 

America’s young Michael Andrew is expected to make a splash in the swimming, while Noah Lyles is a track and field superstar in the making. 

Sports events calendar August 2020

Paralympic Games

What is it?

The multi-sport equivalent of the Olympic Games for athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities. This is the 16th edition of the summer games, and the second to be held in Tokyo. 

Where is it held?

Japan, with Tokyo as the host city.

When is it held?

25 August - 6 September.

Where can I watch?

Channel 4.

Current favourites: 

With a medal haul of 239 in Rio, China look almost unreachable. 

Betting Tip: 

Japan’s own Mami Tani is the first japanese para-triathlon world champion, and will want to achieve success on home soil. 

The United States Open Tennis Championships

What is it?

The fourth and final of the majors that make up the Grand Slam of Tennis. This hardcourt tournament isn’t just a Labour Day Weekend tradition in the U.S, but one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world. 

Where is it held?

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis CenterNew York City, United States.

When is it held?

24 August - 13 September 

Where can I watch?

Amazon Prime Video.

Current favourites

Novak Djokovic 6/4 with Bet365, Serena Williams 5/1 with Bet365

Betting tip

Nadal is tipped to retain the US Open, while Japan’s Naomi Osaka could take the women’s title.

Sports events calendar September 2020

Ryder Cup

What is it?

A unique tournament that sees the stars of world golf compete against each other as part of Team USA or Team Europe for the prestigious trophy of the same name.

Where is it held?

Straits course at Whistling Straits Wisconsin, United States.

When is it held?

25-27 September.

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Golf. 

Current favourites

Team USA 4/6 with Bet365.

Betting tip

The USA’s power players are expected to make their advantage count on home soil. 

Sports events calendar October 2020

ICC World T20

What is it? 

The seventh annual championship of Twenty20 cricket. This year sees the implementation of a new format with two groups. 

Where is it held?

Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne, Australia.

When is it held?

18 October - 15 November. 

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Cricket. 

Current favourites

Australia 3/1 SkyBet.

Betting Tip

The inaugural champions India have the best hitting for six ratio which is expected to serve them well in Melbourne. 

Sports events calendar November 2020

Melbourne Cup

What is it?

Known in Australia as the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup is the most prestigious horse racing event in the country with ‘Cup Day’ a local holiday in the state of Victoria. 

Where is it held?

Flemington Racecourse Melbourne, Australia.

When is it held?

3 November.

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Racing.

Current favourites

Spanish Mission 25/1 withLadbrokes.

Betting tip

Surprise Baby is the experts choice at this very early juncture. 

Sports events calendar December 2020 

PDC Darts World Championship

What is it?

The highlight of the darts calendar every year. This raucous event pits the biggest names in darts against each other to determine the best in the world. 

Where is it held?

Alexandra Palace, London, England. 

When is it held?

13 December - 1 January. 

Where can I watch?

Sky Sports Darts.

Current favourites: 

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be odds on favourite.

Betting Tip

World Youth Champion Luke Humphries may not win the competition outright, but is a good tip to go far.

With so many sports and so much variety, it’s impossible to see how you’ll have enough time to do anything else with your year. The Online Casinos 2020 Sports Events Calendar makes sure you’ve got eyes across all the major sporting events and don’t miss out on a betting opportunity. 


 
 
 
 

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