What a weekend of sport that was. Hand ball controversy unfortunately stole the limelight from a host of victorious underdogs, and before we can take stock there’s more to come! Here’s our sporting diary, with all of this week’s highlights…
The new Premier League season is merely three weeks old, yet we’ve already seen enough drama to fill a whole campaign. This evening, at a rather strange kick off time of 17:45, Fulham will hope to get their first points of the season, with Aston Villa visiting Craven Cottage.
Then, at 8 o’clock, it’s the one we have all been waiting for. Arsenal head to Anfield, where Liverpool will be wanting to cash in on Manchester City’s weekend defeat to Leicester City. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have 100% starts this season – but that will end tonight!
Meanwhile, it’s day two at Roland Garros. Liam Broady and Cameron Norrie fly the flag for Great Britain in Paris, with a number of the world’s best players competing for the French Open.
Stateside, we’re in for a treat as two of NFL’s elite quarterbacks come to blows at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium for Monday Night Football. The Ravens’ Lamar Jackson has all of the attributes to fire his team all the way to Super Bowl glory, but tonight he comes up against current Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you can’t take that heat, then perhaps Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup final is more your thing? The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the brink of adding a second Stanley Cup to their trophy room, but the Dallas Stars will be doing everything they can to force a decisive Game Seven.
The tennis continues at Roland Garros, and British number two Heather Watson is in action against Fiona Ferro.
In the evening, we have a London derby in the EFL Cup, with Tottenham and Chelsea competing for a quarter-finals place. Jose Mourinho would have been in the limelight anyway, given he’ll be up against his former club and former player Frank Lampard. However, there’s more needle to this one given Spurs’ disappointing draw at home to Newcastle at the weekend (look for the penalty decision on YouTube, you’ll see why Mourinho isn’t happy!) Add to that, that Spurs are due back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 48 hours’ time, and we’re predicting more fury from Jose this week.
Tuesday also offers up some IPL action for cricket fans, and Gallagher English Premiership action for Rugby Union enthusiasts.
Four more Carabao Cup games on offer on Wednesday, including three all-Premier League ties. Newcastle United’s luck was in at the weekend, having snatched a point from their Premier League game at Spurs. The Magpies will be hoping they need no further luck when they take on League Two Newport County at Rodney Parade. Elsewhere, Everton welcome West Ham to Goodison Park, Burnley head to Manchester City and it’s a case of Déjà vu as Manchester United arrive at the Amex to take on Brighton and Hove Albion.
If you’re a basketball fan, then get your alarm set for 2am on Thursday. It’s time for Game One of the NBA Championship final, and LeBron James’ LA Lakers take on his old employers, the Miami Heat.
We have a midweek helping of top-quality boxing to enjoy. It’s the finals of MTK’s Golden Contract tournament in Wakefield. We’ll be rooting for local hero and friend of SportPesa, Jazza Dickens as he takes on Ryan Walsh in the Featherweight category. On the same bill, we get to enjoy a Super-Lightweight tussle between O’Hara Davies and Tyronne McKenna and a light-heavyweight semi-final between Liam Conroy and Serge Michel.
To round off a busy Wednesday, the French Open action continues on the clay courts of Paris, there’s more IPL action from India, Super League rugby league is back and if you prefer the other code of rugby then there’s a furry of further fixtures in the Gallagher English Premiership.
Spurs are back in action in the UEFA Europa League. This time, they welcome Maccabi Haifa to North London. Rangers welcome Galatasaray to Ibrox in the same competition, with Celtic headed to FK Sarajevo.
There’s a West London derby in the EFL Cup. Fulham got the better of Brentford in the recent Championship playoff final, but the Bees will be hoping to come back and sting their neighbours by booking a quarter-final place on Thursday.
Speaking of quarter-finals, there are four games on offer in the T20 Blast competition on Thursday. Who will make it through to finals day at Edgbaston this weekend?
New York Jets have had a really rough time of it in the NFL so far, losing all three of their games by considerable margins. They’ll have good company on Thursday night though, with 0-3 Denver Broncos arriving at Metlife Stadium for Thursday Night Football.
A busy week ends with Game Two of the NBA Championship between the Lakers and the Heat. In the Championship, we get our football fix with Coventry City hosting AFC Bournemouth – but the action doesn’t stop there, there’s top-flight soccer on offer from Germany, Italy and France too.
We get a new Pro14 season underway and the tennis continues in France.