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XFINITY's #5ToFollow - Monday, January 20

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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. Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks

Details: Monday, January 20 @ 2:30 PM ET - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Brooklyn has been scorching and will look to carry the torch into the Garden Monday afternoon against their inner-city rival, the New York Knicks. Since the Nets moved to the boroughs, the team who's held the home-court has won the game. This one looks to be a classic in the battle for New York, as sharp shooters Joe Johnson and Carmelo Anthony are just hitting their strides. Anthony is fresh off a 26 point, 20-rebound performance, while Johnson has scored 23 or more in four of his last five. Who shall be crowned the KING OF NY Monday? Make sure you're streaming this battle of the boroughs to see who earns the crown!

#5ToFollow Insider: NY Knicks Memes - @knicksmemes

Twitter can't all be serious, can it? No seriously, this is what the social media is about - funny memes. Listen to the announcer's call for the serious and come here for a little help if you're having a case of the Mondays when the Knicks and Nets tip.

Follow: @knicksmemes

2. West Brom vs. Everton

Details: Monday, January 20 @ 3:00 PM ET - The Hawthorns - Sandwell, London, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: West Brom has turned over a new leaf since sacking Steve Clark and having Pepe Mel at the helm. The Baggies have gained six points in their last five League matches and will look to go for three more against the sixth seeded Everton on Monday afternoon. Can the Everton equalizer, Nicolas Anelka, score his ninth League goal vs. Everton on Monday? He'd be the first player to score against the same team with six different clubs if so! Everton will look to keep Anelka and all other Brom players out of the nest, as Tim Howard will be out for his third consecutive clean sheet. Everton has been one of the best defensive clubs in the BPL and they'll look to display that skill on the pitch Monday. Get your scarves on and stream this #BPLonNBC Monday matinee, live with the XFINITY TV Go app.

#5ToFollow Insider: Luke O'Farrell - @lukeofarrell

O'Farrell is an Evertonian who covers the Toffees for EPL Index. He's a great follow on match day for the stats side of the game. Get a good look at the game from the Hawthorns in Luke's tweets Monday afternoon.

Follow: @lukeofarrell

3. Creighton vs. Villanova

Details: Monday, January 20 @ 7:00 PM ET - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Big East's best teams tipoff in Philly Monday night to decide who is the early season favorite - Creighton or Villanova? Doug McDermott is on a mission this season to prove he cannot be contained, and so far that mission has been a success. The Wooden Award candidate is averaging 24.9 points per contest, and he's ready to take it to the NOVA Cats Monday night on the big stage. They say there's strength in numbers, and Villanova can attack you at multiple positions. Look for their trio of guards - Hilliard, Hart, and Bell cause problems for the Creighton defense. Will McDermott seize his moment or will the Cats be too much to handle? Get ready for the biggest in the #BIGEAST Monday night!

#5ToFollow Insider: Seth Davis - @SethDavisHoops

One of the top college basketball minds out there, Seth Davis is a must follow for any and all hoop heads. He's got his eyes on this Big East matchup and favors Nova, tweet him if you think he's right/wrong.

Follow: @SethDavisHoops

4. Baylor vs. Kansas

Details: Monday, January 20 @ 9:00 PM ET - Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, KS

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Don't look now, but the Jayhawks are flying high. KU has won three straight against Top 25 opponents and will look to dethrone their fourth straight ranked foe when they tip-off against the Baylor Bears Monday night. Baylor has the talent to go into Allen Fieldhouse and put an end to KU's #Big12 win streak. Look for the paint to get a bit chippy with Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin go into battle against Joel Embiid and Perry Ellis. While the bigs control the post, the X-Factor will be KU's Andrew Wiggins and BU's Kenny Chery. Look for these two guards to be the difference makers during the second game of ESPN's #BIGMonday double-header.

#5ToFollow Insider: Jay Williams - @RealJayWilliams

Jay Williams, former national champion Dukie, is killing the #CBB analyst game at ESPN. He's a great follow for serious analysis on the biggest game being played and answering follower q's.

Follow: @RealJayWilliams

5. West Ham vs. Manchester City

Details: Tuesday, January 21 @ 2:40 PM ET - Boleyn Ground - London, England, U.K.

Watch Here: beINSports on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Hammers are out for revenge, after a 6-0 drubbing by Man City in the League Cup semi-finals on January 8th. The mighty Manchester City is looking like favorites to win the Premier League and could end up winning the Cup as well. They're scoring goals at a rapid pace, with the sure-footed strikers such as Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo. The Hammers will look for Carlton and Joe Cole to keep their cool and charge on against City's undeniable offense. Can West Ham shock the world and gain a win against one of the greats? Tune in to beIN on the XFINITY TV Go app and catch a great match.

#5ToFollow Insider: Manchester City FC - @MCFC

The team on the pitch is one of the world's best and their digital game is not far behind. For one of the best Twitter team follows, and I'm talking globally, make sure to follow @MCFC for Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi.

Follow: @MCFC

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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