XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Friday, January 17

Bob Levey

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. Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Details: Friday, January 17 @ 9:30 PM ET - Chesapeake Arena - Oklahoma City, OK

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Friday night brings us to the NBA’s Western Conference, where the Golden State Warriors will look to slow the Thunder’s roll. OKC is coming off a dominant win, where they allowed 73 points in the first half, but only 19 total in the second! That’s one of the most dominant halves in NBA history, but can it be duplicated against Dub Nation? The Warriors have won eight of their last 10, with six coming on the road. Get ready to stream a shoot out between Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, Friday night.

Insider: Julie Phayer - @juliephayer

Julie is the head of SM and digital marketing for GSW, and she will be tweeting the best Vine vids and the trending hashtags throughout Friday's nights Western Conference contest!

Follow: @juliephayer

2. Real Betis vs. Real Madrid CF

Details: Saturday, January 18 @ 10:00 AM ET - Estadio Manuel Ruiz De Lopera - Sevilla, Spain

Watch Here: beINSports on XFINITY

Why Watch: Any time you get the opportunity to watch the Ballon d’Or winner, the astounding Cristiano Ronadlo, you take advantage. That’s what beIN brings you Saturday morning, in the Madrid v. Betis match. Betis was competitive with Madrid in their 2-1 loss in early August, and will look to shock the world by winning or drawing vs. Madrid. Can it happen? Make sure to get your soccer/football fix Saturday morning on beIN Sports.

Insider: Nicholas Rigg - @nicholasrigg

Rigg is a La Liga blogger and Real Madrid insider for ESPN FC. Kickoff your Saturday morning by clicking follow and getting the top stats from Saturday's biggest La Liga match.

Follow: @nicholasrigg

3. Liverpool vs. Aston Villa

Details: Saturday, January 18 @ 12:30 PM ET -Anfield - Liverpool, England, U.K.

Watch Here: NBC on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Saturday BPL on NBC finale is going to be an epic match where the LFC strikers will look to unleash heaters upon Villa’s topnotch keeper. Can Guzan handle the heat that Sturridge and Suarez are packing? Villa will have Joe Bennett returning to the pitch and transfer Grant Holt available, but will that help 11th seated Villains against the fourth place Reds? I leave you with one question - is there a better player in the world right now than Luis Suarez? No, seriously I’m asking – is there?

Insider: This Is Anfield - @thisisanfield

If you are a fan of The Reds, you are probably already following. With over 225-thousand followers, you need to spend a match following the top LFC account on Twitter.

Follow: @thisisanfield

4. Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse

Details: Saturday, January 18 @ 4:00 PM ET - Carrier Dome - Syracuse, NY

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: A classic matchup between the Orangemen and Panthers lights up the sports schedule Saturday afternoon as the top two teams in the ACC tip off! We’re just beyond the midpoint of the college hoops season and Syracuse has yet to taste defeat. They’ve got a budding star at the point, freshman Tyler Ennis, a monster scorer in C.J. Fair, and that classic, swarming zone defense. How will PITT look to counter? They have a young group that moves the ball so well and a veteran coach who knows how to scheme against the Syracuse zone. If your looking for an upset on Saturday, make sure to stream #PITTvsCUSE!

Insider: Jeff Borzello - @jeffborzello

Jeff is a college basketball insider for CBS Sports and will be all over Saturday's game between the top teams of the ACC. Give him a follow for ACCurate Twitter coverage of PITT vs. CUSE.

Follow: @jeffborzello

5. New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

Details: Sunday, January 19 @ 3:00 PM ET - Sports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver, CO

Watch Here: CBS

Why Watch: Sunday’s AFC Championship will mark the 15th time that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will lineup against one another on the football field, and this one has a Super Bowl appearance riding on it! The Pats bested the Broncos earlier this season, in a 34-31 Sunday Night Football overtime thriller in Foxboro. But this one is in Mile High, where the Broncos are 8-1 on the year. Will it come down to these qbs arms, will the run game steal the show, or could either of these defenses step up? Tweet me your prediction before the AFC Title Game kicks off Sunday afternoon.

Insider: Russell Baxter - @BaxFootballGuru

He's been the lead researcher for many of ESPN's NFL shows and now is a guru of the gridiron on Twitter. For the top stats in the AFC Championship Game, follow Russ!

Follow: @BaxFootballGuru

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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