The Weekly Preview: The top two meet again in big league clash

There are seven games taking place this weekend, including a clash of the league’s top two, as well as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Cup Final.

This week’s schedule:

Friday 12 January 2018
(CH) London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix, 7:30pm
(CH) Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers, 7:30pm – BBC SPORT
(CH) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Leicester Riders, 7:30pm – UNILAD
(CH) DBL Sharks Sheffield v Surrey Scorchers, 7:30pm

Sunday 14 January 2018
(CH) Surrey Scorchers v Plymouth Raiders, 2pm
(CH) Glasgow Rocks v Leeds Force, 5pm
(TRO) Cheshire Phoenix v Worcester Wolves, 5:30pm

Game Previews:

London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix

Details: Friday 12 January, 7:30pm, Copper Box Arena, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Lions 67-83 Phoenix (Cup SF, December 2017)

Summary: The two teams meet for the fourth time this season with Cheshire completing two different comeback victories over London, including their Semi-Final success last month.

Season record: Lions 0-1 Phoenix (1-2 all comps)

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Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers

Details: Friday 12 January, 7:30pm, Worcester Arena, BBL Trophy

*LIVE on BBC Sport*

Last meeting: Flyers 81-73 Worcester (Championship, January 2017)

Summary: The latest encounter on BBC Sport pits two teams with identical league records against each other. Worcester dropped to 7-6 after losing to league leaders, while Bristol moved back above .500 having split their weekend double-header.

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Last season: Wolves 1-2 Flyers

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Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Leicester Riders

Details: Friday 12 January, 7:30pm, Sport Central, BBL Championship

*LIVE on UNILAD’s Facebook page*

Last meeting: Eagles 77-79 Riders (Championship, December 2017)

Summary: Riders have won their last 12 games including the memorable late victory at Sport Central last month. The Eagles lost three straight, but have bounced back with consecutive road wins and will be looking to level the head-to-head series.

Quote: “It was a tough game last time. Being up three and then giving up a transition three and Andy Thomson finishing it off, that was tough,” Eagles guard, Drew Lasker.

“Sometimes those are the games that you look back on and realise that was a good loss because we learnt a lot about ourselves.”

Season record: Eagles 0-1 Riders

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DBL Sharks Sheffield v Surrey Scorchers

Details: Friday 12 January, 7:30pm, EIS Sheffield, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Scorchers 84-89 Sharks (Championship, December 2017)

Summary: The season head-to-head is on the line on Friday night as Sharks host Surrey for the third time this season having also met in the BBL Cup. The Scorchers have started 2018 with consecutive home wins, while Sheffield lost out to London.

Stat: Tony Hicks has racked up 278 points for Surrey in the BBL Championship so far with Tayo Ogedengbe and Gerald Robinson also passing 200 points.

Season record: Sharks 1-1 Scorchers (2-1 all comps)

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Surrey Scorchers v Plymouth Raiders

Details: Sunday 14 January, 2pm, Surrey Sports Park, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Raiders 80-85 Scorchers (Championship, October 2017)

Summary: Surrey return home following Friday’s road trip as they look to continue their strong start to 2018. Meanwhile, Plymouth have lost their last six league encounters with their only win since the end of November coming in the BBL Trophy.

Stat: Neil Watson is the BBL Championship leader in assists with 114 so far this season.

Season record: Scorchers 1-0 Raiders (2-0 all comps)

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Glasgow Rocks v Leeds Force

Details: Sunday 14 January, 5pm, Emirates Arena, BBL Championship

Last meeting: Rocks 111-57 Force (Championship, December 2017)

Summary: Glasgow will be looking to make it five straight home wins as they host a Leeds side still searching for their second win. Tavarion Nix has departed this week with Force aiming for just a second-ever win over the Rocks.

Season record: Rocks 1-0 Force

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Cheshire Phoenix v Worcester Wolves

Details: Sunday 14 January, 5:30pm, Cheshire Oaks Arena, BBL Trophy Quarter-Final

Last meeting: Wolves 91-78 Phoenix (Championship, October 2017)

Summary: The first of two cup meetings between the two teams this month with this Trophy Quarter-Final giving an early preview of the Cup Final. Both teams will be desperate to advance, but have league games to focus on first on Friday.

Stat: The last time these two clubs met in the knockout stages of a competition was in the 2012 Play-Offs.

Season record: Phoenix 0-1 Wolves

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