This Week in Sport: 5th – 11th August 2019

Another exciting week of sport to look forward. The Premier League makes its long awaited return after a three month summer hiatus. Before the big kick off on Friday night, there are plenty of other offerings in the sporting world, including the conclusion of the First Ashes Test between England and Australia, as well as the commencement of the Rogers Cup on the ATP and WTA Tour. The Rugby Championship also comes to an end at the weekend, with all eyes on the rivalry match between Australia and New Zealand.  

Monday 5th August 10:00AM GMT - Cricket: Ashes First Test, Day 5

The thrilling first Test of the Ashes comes to an end at Edgbaston.

The first Test of the Ashes reaches its conclusion today. After a phenomenal day yesterday, Australia declared in their second innings on 487 for 7. This means England will have the whole day to chase a target of 398 runs for the win or to just survive the 90 overs for a draw. This will be a tough task and it is definitely not the way the recently crowned World Cup champions would have liked to start the Ashes, as victory for themselves looked the likely result during the first 3 days. It should be a thrilling day of cricket with Australia giving everything for the win and England doing everything not to lose. This is definitely one day of cricket you will not want to miss.

Tuesday 6th August 4:00PM GMT - Tennis: Rogers Cup Day 2

With places in the next round on the line, the first round of the Rogers Cup continues in Toronto and Montreal.

The Round of 64 continues at the prestigious Rogers Cup. Players from both the ATP and WTA tours play for places in the second round of the tournament. Eyes will be on rising star Bianca Andreescu as she makes her much anticipated return from injury on home soil. In both draws, we can expect some unforgettable matches. However, waiting for them there are some of the tennis’ best. Who will make it through to the second round? Be sure you tune in to find out.
 

Wednesday 7th August 5:30PM GMT - Cricket: Gloucestershire versus Kent

As the Vitality Blast continues, Kent look to retain their lead at the top of the South Group against Gloucestershire.

Kent are 6-1 in their 2019 Vitality Blast campaign so far. They have certainly been the team to beat in the competition’s South Group. Today, they travel to The Bristol County Ground to face Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire have not enjoyed the same success as Kent, winning one of the four matches they have played. However, they still remain in the running to reach the knockout stage of the competition if they can turn things around in their remaining fixtures. This should be a great T20 match and you won’t want to miss it.
 

Thursday 8th August 1:00PM GMT - Golf: The Northern Trust Day 1

The PGA playoffs get underway with The Northern Trust at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

The PGA Tour enters its end of season playoffs and that three-tournament run begins with The Northern Trust in New Jersey. The top 125 players on the tour will play with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Their goal? To finish within the top 70 in the rankings and move on to the BMW Championships next week. Brooks Koepka will be eager to maintain his lead at the top of the standings while the rest of the field will look to catch him. The first round of play will be crucial so be sure you don’t miss it.
 

Friday 9th August 7:00PM GMT - Football: Liverpool versus Norwich City

The Premier League finally returns. Liverpool host Norwich City at Anfield for the opening match.

The Premier League returns for the 2019-20 season. Twenty teams will once again battle for the top title in domestic English football. An exciting season lie ahead, especially as VAR comes to the Premier League. The season officially kicks off as Liverpool host Norwich City at Anfield for the opening match. Liverpool, who fell short of the title by a single point last season, will be eager to start another title chase the right way. Norwich, who return to the Premier League after three years away, look to make a statement in the first match of their return. Get ready as football makes its much anticipated return.
 

Saturday 10th August 11:45AM GMT - Rugby Union: Australia versus New Zealand

The Rugby Championship comes to an end with a highly anticipated rivalry match between Australia and New Zealand in Perth.

New Zealand’s title defence is on the line as they travel to Perth for their final game of this year’s Rugby Championship. They come off a thrilling draw against South Africa, meaning that the All Blacks must win today and hope Argentina upset South Africa in order to retain the title for a fourth consecutive tournament. They come into the match in good form against Australia. New Zealand are on a three-game win streak and have won nine of the last ten matches against Australia. With the World Cup looming, every match is vital preparation. Be sure you don’t miss what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion to this tournament.
 

Sunday 11th August 3:30PM GMT - Football: Manchester United versus Chelsea

Old Trafford plays host to a thrilling Premier League opening weekend fixture between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Frank Lampard returns to the Premier League, now managing the club where he made his name. Chelsea have weathered a turbulent summer, losing their manager to Juventus and Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. However, they come off a Europa League title and will want to make progress in the Premier League. After a disappointing season last year, Manchester United will want to bounce back with a strong campaign. Starting against a fellow giant of English football will drive both teams to perform hard out of the gates. All of this comes together to set up a game that could be the highlight of opening weekend.

Other sporting highlights from around the globe

The Rogers Cup, the third-oldest tennis tournament in the world, runs from Monday to Sunday. This year, the men’s tournament will take place at the IGA Stadium in Montreal with the women’s tournament at the Aviva Stadium in Toronto. The Northern Trust, the PGA Tour’s first playoff event is played from Thursday to Sunday. India’s tour of the United States and West Indies continues with two T20 fixtures. The teams meet in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday and in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday. Warm-up matches for Rugby World Cup also get underway this week with Ireland hosting Italy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday while England face Wales at Twickenham on Sunday. There is plenty of sailing to enjoy. Cowes Week, one of the oldest sailing regattas in the world, gets underway on Saturday. Additionally, the inaugural season of the SailGP will feature at Cowes over the weekend too. Sunday also sees the next race in the MotoGP season, the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. There is further Vitality Blast action throughout the week too.

A world class week of sport awaits. Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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Written and information accurate on 4th August at 10pm GMT

 

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