Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
|1. South Africa vs. Brazil|
Details: Wednesday, March 4 @ 12:00 PM ET – FNB Stadium – Nasrec, Johannesburg
Watch Here: beIN Sports on XFINITY
Why Watch? The 2014 World Cup host country travels to Johannesburg for a friendly with South Aftrica, and beIN will be there to cover it all! Get ready for 90 plus minutes of action and see if Brazil is ready to make a run at the Cup title. South Africa will have the home crowd, but will that give them the advantage over Neymar and Oscar? Tune in to beIN and see two of the top countries in the world hit the pitch Wednesday afternoon.
#5ToFollow Insider: beIN Sports
Make sure you’re following the network bringing you the host country’s friendly, Brazil at South Africa. You can stream beIN Live on the XFINITY TV Go app!
|2. United States vs. Ukraine|
Details: Wednesday, March 4 @ 2:00 PM ET – Antonis Papadopoulos – Larnaca, Cyprus
Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY
Why Watch? FiFA’s only fixture day before may is full of World Cup tuneups and the No. 13 ranked USMNT will be in Cyprus to square off with the Ukraine. The location changed due to the current unrest in the country, but the stakes on the pitch remain the same. The Men’s National Team will be out to earn their first victory against Ukraine (0-2-1) and will play with a chip on their shoulder. Look for the boys in red, white, and blue to don their new kit and open the calendar year with their first win against the 18th seeded Ukraine on Wednesday!
#5ToFollow Insider: Paul Carr
Paul Carr is the most informative soccer blogger out there and is ESPN’s encyclopedia of soccer stats. If you haven’t clicked follow already, now is the time!
|3. Capitals vs. Flyers|
Details: Wednesday, March 4 @ 8:00 PM ET – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch? We are all watching, hoping that the nail-biting, edge of your seat action the Caps and Flyers brought to the ice on Sunday, can be rekindled in Philly Wednesday night! The Capitals took a 4-2 lead into the third period, and the Broad Street Bullies overcame the deficit for a shocking 5-4 victory in OT! Can Captain Claude Giroux bring Philly their third straight win on Wednesday, or will the NHL’s league leader in goals – Alexander Ovechkin (43) – give Washington a revenge win on Broad Street?
#5ToFollow Insider: Sarah Baicker
Baicker is brilliant with her #FlyersTalk. Funny, informative, and an expert at all things on ice – follow @sbaickerCSN before the puck is dropped for Caps vs. Flyers on Hump Day!
|4. Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers|
Details: Wednesday, March 4 @ 10:30 PM ET – Moda Center – Portland, OR
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? This one’s going to be good! The Lightning strikes in St. Louis Tuesday night as the Blues crew welcome St. Louis and the Tampa to town. The Blues have a pair of newbies to their team, with Ryan Miller in goal and Steve Ott taking the ice for the only the second time in STL sweaters. Tampa is being mentioned in plenty of trade rumors, and Martin St. Louis is the name in the headlines. Will we see St. Louis in STL? We shall see when the puck drops on NBCSN. Stream this showdown live on the XFINITY TV Go app.
#5ToFollow Insider: Bo Churney
He covers the Atlanta Hawks for ESPN’s TrueHoop Blog the way Tony Allen locks down an opponent’s top scorer. His tweets are smoother than a KD jumper. He’s Bo Churney and I approve you following him for the duration of the NBA season!
|5. Alabama vs. Kentucky|
Details: Thursday, March 4 @ 9:00 PM ET – Breslin Center – East Lansing, MI
Watch: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? The rematch is here! January 28th, these teams went to overtime and the Spartans left Iowa City with a thrilling road victory. On Thursday, the Hawkeyes will come into East Lansing looking to return the favor. These sensational #B1G teams will both be dancing in March, and that’s due to their stellar starting five and bench depth. The Spartans star off the pine is Travis Trice, who’s 3-point shooting has led Sparty to an 11-1 record when he scored seven or more this season! Iowa will look to answer with their backup big body, Gabriel Olaseni. When Olaseni pulls down seven or more boards, the birds are 7-0. Keep these stats in the back of year head while two of the Big Ten’s best tip-off Thursday night!
#5ToFollow Insider: Jon Rothstein
Rothstein is a CBS college basketball insider and will be all over this big game in the Big Ten. Follow for bubble talk, who’s in and who’s out, and analysis of this Top 25 matchup Thursday night.