XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Monday, January 13

Shaun Botterill

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. Arsenal vs. Aston Villa

Details: Monday, January 13 @ 3:00 PM ET - Villa Park - Birmingham, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Premier League leader in defense, Arsenal, travels to Villa Park for a Monday match with the 11th seeded Villans. Arsenal is looking to take the leap, get the three points, and regain the crown as the leading point getter in the EPL, but can their defensive dominance translate in Birmingham? The Gunners have allowed 18 goals on the year, but twelve of those are in road matches. I'm saying that Villa has a chance, if they place their best, and they'll need a shutdown defensive performance of their own from American keeper Brad Guzan. Can Guzan slow Aaron Ramsey and Giroud? Stream the #BPLonNBC to find out!

#5ToFollow Insider: Richard Farley - @richardfarley

Farley is all over the BPL coverage on NBC Sports’ ProSoccerTalk. He’s got a great understanding of the game and is an active Tweeter. Farley’s your man to follow for Monday’s BPL match.

Follow: @richardfarley

2. Kansas vs. Iowa State

Details: Monday, January 13 @ 9:00 PM ET - Hilton Coliseum - Ames, IA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: This Top 25 Big XII matchup is going to satisfy your sports craving Monday night as NBA talent will be on the court and competing! Kansas has the strong combination of freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins and their dominant, big man in the middle Joel Embiid. The Cyclones will look to keep their spotless 8-0 home record intact, as they'll be riding the hot hand of a hobbled DeAndre Kane and senior power forward, Melvin Ejim. Which duo will out duel the other on the ESPN stage? Tune in or stream it live with the XFINITY TV Go app to see for yourself.

#5ToFollow Insider: CJ Moore - @cjmoore4

Moore is the lead college hoops writer at Bleacher Report and is a big fan of the Midwest basketball scene. Expect quality tweets from Mr. Moore when these Big 12 powerhouses go to work.

Follow: @cjmoore4

3. Bordeaux vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Details: Tuesday, January 14 @ 3:00 PM ET - Chaban-Delmas - Bordeaux, France

Watch Here: beINSports on XFINITY

Why Watch: It's always stiff competition when PSG and Bordeaux go to battle on the pitch and it will be another entertaining match in front of the 40-thousand plus packed in Jacques Chaban-Delmas Stadium Tuesday afternoon. Though these two met much earlier in the season (Sept. 13, 2-0 PSG), this meeting will bring a fiercer competition, as both are 4-1-1 in their last six. Bordeaux has been bringing it on defense, only giving up four over their last six, while PSG has been on fire netting 15 goals in the same span. Get ready for an outstanding afternoon tilt as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG square off against Cheick Diabate and Bordeaux on beIN Sports!

#5ToFollow Insider: Ligue 1 - @Ligue1

Make sure you’re following the official-English language Twitter account France’s pro football league, Ligue 1, when two of the league’s best kickoff on beIN!

Follow: @Ligue1

4. Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres

Details: Tuesday, January 14 @ 7:30 PM ET - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Sabres and Ryan Miller will look to get a big win on home-ice when the Philadelphia Flyers offensive attack flies in to Buffalo Tuesday night. Philly has won seven of their last 10, led by the surging Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds has found his stride, with seven goals and four assists in the Broad Street Bullies hot streak. Miller, the Team USA goaltender, is just the man to cause Simmonds' streak to come to a screeching halt. He's been outstanding behind one of the league's worst defenses. Will defense win out in Buffalo or will the Flyers get their 12th road win of the season?

#5ToFollow Insider: Frank Seravalli - @DNFlyers

Servalli is on the Flyers beat for the Philadelphia Daily News. Make sure to get instant updates and in-depth stats/analysis from @DNFlyers on Tuesday night.

Follow: @DNFlyers

5. Butler vs. Creighton

Details: Tuesday, January 14 @ 9:00 PM ET - CenturyLink Center - Omaha, NE

Watch Here: FoxSports1 on XFINITY

Why Watch: They say that strength is found in numbers, and we know that numbers never lie, so let's analyze what kind of stats give us a better look at this Big East matchup Tuesday night. Their fourth-year standout senior and Wooden Award candidate, Doug McDermott, leads the Bluejays in most stat categories. McDermott is averaging a career high 24.3 points per game for the conference leading Jays and is ready to lead Creighton to their first Big East Title. While Creighton's eyes are on the big prize, the Bulldogs are in the hunt for their first conference win. They've been on the wrong side of the ball too many times, going 0-4 in the Big East, with three of those coming in OT. Look for super sophomore, Kellen Dunham, to have a career performance for Butler to taste victory Tuesday night on Fox Sports 1!

#5ToFollow Insider: Big East Men’s Basketball - @BIGEASTMBB

Anytime the BIG EAST tips off, the conference’s official account is tweeting! Get the official game info, pics from the games, and more from the #BIGEAST.


For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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