The new football season is well and truly underway, and with the return of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and a whole host of other top-class sport, we’re in for a busy one this week…
The week gets started with a double billing of Premier League football on Monday night. Burnley are now the only top-flight club yet to win a point this season, and Sean Dyche’s side will hope to secure all three points when they visit West Bromwich Albion. Then, Leeds United host Wolverhampton Wanderers to complete Monday Night Football.
Once the football is finished in the UK, attention turns to the States where the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs go at it in the NFL. Both the Chiefs and the Bills lost their 100% starts last time out, and this could well turn out to be a rehearsal of the AFC final at Bills Stadium. In the early hours of Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals.
The pick of the action earlier on Monday comes from the IPL – where there is a game on every day this week.
The football just keeps on coming, and Tuesday sees the return of the UEFA Champions League group stage. It’s a tough assignment for the Premier League sides in the competition, with Chelsea hosting Europa League champions Sevilla and Manchester United visiting Paris Saint-Germain.
There’s also a whole offering of football from the EFL, with the Championship, League One and League Two in action. We have a daily instalment of IPL cricket and the MLB World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the LA Dodgers get’s started.
Tonight’s headline football comes in the UEFA Europa League, where Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Leicester are all in action. However, the Scottish sides are probably involved in the more interesting contests, with Rangers hoping to back up their recent Old Firm win against Standard Liege. Meanwhile, Celtic host AC Milan, who are yet to drop a point in Serie A.
In Rugby League, we’re treated to a smattering of Super League games, we get a daily fix of IPL cricket and a top-class field starts to compete for the PGA Tour’s ZOZO Championship in Los Angeles.
The action doesn’t stop there. We have some Thursday Night Football from the NFL, with the New York Giants taking on Philadelphia Eagles.
The Premier League returns, with Aston Villa – the only other team than AC Milan with a 100% record in Europe’s elite five leagues – looking to go top of the league with a win over Leeds United.
In the Championship, there will be no love lost when Nottingham Forest welcome bitter rivals Derby County to the City Ground. New Forest manager Chris Hughton got off to the perfect start at the weekend, seeing his side get a late win at Blackburn. In the other dugout, the pressure is mounting on Rams boss Phillip Cocu – a win could well buy the former Netherlands midfielder more time, another defeat could be his last.