#5ToFollow

by | April 21, 2014 at 2:00 AM | #5ToFollow, Barclays Premier League, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, NBA, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, NHL, Soccer

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. West Brom vs. Manchester City

Details: Saturday, April 19 @ 12:30 PM ET – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Canada

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch? The Citizens are close. They can feel the pressure mounting, as Liverpool keeps winning, and they must rise to the occasion in each and every match. West Brom also has added pressure, but that of the relegation zone, as Albion sits uncomfortably close to the bottom three. A lose here for the Brommers could mean a drop to the Championship, something no one in the BPL wants to hear. The stakes are high. The Etihad will be roaring, with the songs, cheers, and jeers of a crowd on the edge of their seats as a massive match takes place. Get ready for a Monday clash between two teams on two ends of the Premier League Table.

#5ToFollow Insider: Robbie Mustoe
Robbie is usually behind the desk on BPL Saturday’s and will keep his eye on Man City’s match with West Brom. Can City climb the table and inch closer to their second title in three years? Follow Mustoe for everything you must know about Monday’s #BPLonNBC match.

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2. Penguins vs. Blue Jackets

Details: Saturday, April 19 @ 1:08 PM ET – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch? History is being made for Columbus, as this is their first every Stanley Cup Playoff series, first win, and first time to play in front of a home crowd. The Jackets shocked the hockey world when they rallied to overcome a 3-1 deficit in PITT to win 4-3 in OT in Game 2. The Pens have been strong, converting on their power plays (scoring on two of three in Game 1) and netting five goals at even strength. CBJ has a hot stick in forward Matt Calvert, who scored twice Saturday, including the game winner! Get ready for an amazing game on the ice and raucous crowd getting the sweet site of playoff hockey for their first time ever! We will all be watching Because it’s the Cup!

#5ToFollow Insider: Rob Rossi
Rossi has covered the Pens since the 2006-07 season. He’s been there for eight playoff runs, one Stanley Cup trophy, and so much Sid. Follow Rossi as he’s live from Columbus, Monday night.

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3. Warriors vs. Clippers

Details: Monday, April 21 @ 10:30 PM ET – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Watch Here: TNT on XFINITY

Why Watch? The Warriors took game one. They stole home court advantage away from the Clippers. It took every bit of Steph Curry’s smooth shot, Harrison Barnes’ bravery on the boards, and a vintage Jermaine O’Neal seemingly finding the fountain of youth to achieve this Game 1 victory. Game 2 tips off Monday night, and the Clippers will be ready and waiting. We saw MVP candidate, Chris Paul, have a lousy fourth quarter, uncharacteristically, Blake Griffin’s attacking style of play led to him collecting six fouls and being benched permanently. It was a slouch game for the No. 3 seeded Clips. Look for adjustments, new attitudes, and one heck ova game Monday night in LA.

#5ToFollow Insider: Zach Harper
Harper is rocking a monocle on one eye and the 3-ball googles on the other in his twitter profile! He knows the trends on and off the court. He tweets all NBA and is an Association writer for CBS Sports. Click follow and be entertained, that’s a guarantee.

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4. Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid

Details: Tuesday, April 22 @ 2:45 PM ET – Vicente Calderón Stadium – Madrid, Spain

Watch Here: FOX Sports 1 on XFINITY

Why Watch? Everyone is coming to Madrid for a showdown in the Champions League semi finals. The first game of the Europe’s top teams is between Chelsea and the La Liga leaders, Atletico Madrid. The managers have a history here, and the winning sides with Diego Simeone and Atleti. Simeone defeated Mourinho, then with Real Madrid, in the Copa del Rey Final a season ago, and will look to halt Mourinho’s trophy hunt once again. Do the Blues have what it takes to go to the Calderón and come away with an advantage? Tune in to FS1 Tuesday afternoon to find out!

#5ToFollow Insider: Michael Davies
Michael Davies, co-host of the Men in Blazers pod, writer for Grantland, and Chelsea supporter, gets the highest recommendation for Tuesday’s insider to this epic Champions League match. Great anecdotes, insights, and humor is guaranteed during this #UCL semi final showdown.

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5. Hawks vs. Pacers

Details: Tuesday, April 22 @ 7:00 PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Watch: TNT on XFINITY

Why Watch? The shock of the playoffs happened in Indy. When the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks came in to the Fieldhouse and opened up a can on the Pacers. It was a combination of the quick, elusiveness of their PG, Jeff Teague (28 points), and their stretch forward, Paul Millsap (25 points and 8 boards). The Pacers seemed to fall asleep in the third quarter, scoring 16 and not being able to overcome that 14-point differential. The top seed has only lost five series against the No. 8 seed in NBA Playoffs history, but two have come in the last two season (’11 Memphis over San Antonio, ’12 Philadelphia over Chicago). The narrative is there, but the Pacers have plenty left to right the ship. Get ready for ATL vs. Indy in an exciting Game 2, Tuesday night.

#5ToFollow Insider: Reggie Miller
When you think Pacers, you think Reggie Miller. See what No. 31 has to say as his former team is down 0-1 and looking to rebound in a crucial Game 2!

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