This Week in Sport: 18th September − 24th September 2023
There are some massive sporting fixtures taking place this week. Monday sees the Cleveland Browns travel to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, the Guadalajara Open continues Tuesday, and Bayern Munich host Manchester United in matchday one of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. On Thursday, more NFL action, as the San Francisco 49ers face the New York Giants, and Friday will see the start of the Solheim Cup.
Heading into the weekend, South Africa face Ireland in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, and Sunday will see the North London derby take place in the Premier League, as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur.
NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns
Monday 18th September 12:15AM (19th) GMT/8:15PM Local Time
Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns at the Acrisure Stadium in the second game week of the new NFL season. The Steelers started their new campaign poorly, losing 30-7 to a strong San Francisco 49ers side, whilst the Browns will be happy with their opening match, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3.
WTA Tour: Guadalajara Open Akron Day 3
Tuesday 19th September 4:00PM GMT/11:00AM Local Time
Panamerican Tennis Center Guadalajara, Zapopan
The WTA Tour’s Guadalajara Open will continue Tuesday, with some of tennis’ elite female players in Mexico to compete for the title. The WTA 1000 event was won by Jessica Pegula in 2022, however she is amongst several players who have withdrawn from the event. Monday and Tuesday will see the Round of 32 Singles take place, with first seed, Ons Jabeur, facing Alycia Parks in this stage of matches.
UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich v Manchester United
Wednesday 20th September 7:00PM GMT/9:00PM Local Time
Allianz Arena, München
The opening matches of this season’s UEFA Champions League will take place across Tuesday and Wednesday, with Bayern Munich against Manchester United being the pick of the fixtures. This fixture has seen fireworks in the past, with Manchester United’s 1999 Final win the most notable of them all. United come into the game in relatively poor form, which Munich, with their new talisman Harry Kane, will look to take advantage of.
NFL: San Francisco 49ers v New York Giants
Thursday 21st September 12:15AM (22nd) GMT/5:15PM Local Time
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States
Thursday will see more NFL action, as the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants in a West versus East Coast matchup. The 49ers have started their season strongly, beating the LA Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first two games. They will be confident going into this matchup against a less than convincing Giants side, who lost 40-0 to the Dallas Cowboys in game week 1 and who narrowly beat the Arizona Cardinals in their last game with a thrilling come back performance.
Solheim Cup: Solheim Cup Day 1
Friday 22nd September 6:10AM GMT/8:10AM Local Time
Finca Cortesin, Casares
Golf’s Solheim Cup begins on Friday, as the 12 best female European players take on the 12 best US players. This year’s tournament will be held in Europe, as the Europeans look to defend their title at the Finca Cortesin in Casares, Spain. Some notable players to watch out for include Céline Boutier and Charley Hull for Europe, and Nelly Korda and Lilia Vu for the US.
Rugby World Cup: South Africa v Ireland
Saturday 23rd September 7:00PM GMT/9:00PM Local Time
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
On Saturday, perhaps the most highly anticipated matchup from the group stages of the Rugby World Cup will take place, as reigning champions South Africa take on world number one side, Ireland. Both sides have started the tournament extremely strongly, showing why they are two of the favourites to go all the way. This is sure to be an action-packed match.
Premier League: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 24th September 1:00PM GMT/2:00PM Local Time
Emirates Stadium, London
Sunday will see Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. Whilst always anticipated, this North London derby brings extra excitement, as both sides are in great form and currently undefeated in the league, meaning one can inflict a first defeat of the season to the other this weekend. Arsenal scraped past Everton to win 1-0 in their previous match, whilst Spurs left it late against Sheffield United to win 2-1 in their last game.