New football season

The weekend action: the new Premier League season gets under way

By Liam Coleman contact

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Now it's on: Leicester City begin their title defence
Now it's on: Leicester City begin their title defence

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The return of the Premier League is the central focus for a super weekend of sport, but multiple viewing cards will be needed to see all the huge clashes across the sporting world.

Cricket: England v Pakistan (Saturday & Sunday 11am) - Sky Sports 2

A win for either of these sides in the final test at The Oval could make them the number one Test side in the world. The scores are finely poised and the faithful Cricket fans will see this weekend as an opportunity to spend a whole day in the pub watching the Test match as the world passes them by.

Football: Hull v Leicester (Saturday, 12.30pm) - Sky Sports 1

Last season's fairy tale story – Leicester City – open their new season against newly promoted Hull. Will we see more of the same from Vardy and co this year or will they crack under the pressure of now having big team status? Either way, customers are likely to be flocking in early for this lunchtime kick-off, with the programme starting at 11.30am, so the lunchtime staff both behind the bar and in the kitchen will need to be ready for the extra rush this match will bring. 

Olympics (Saturday, 1pm) - BBC

Four years on from the super Saturday at London 2012 that everybody still talks about, it is time for the same to happen in Rio. Jessica Ennis-Hill will be in heptathlon action throughout the day with the event concluding at about the same time as Mo Farah's 10,000m final and Greg Rutherford's long jump final.

Football: Man City v Sunderland (Saturday, 5.30pm) - BT Sport 1

Before the drama from Rio later in the evening, the Saturday night sport will be start with an intriguing tie, which sees Pep Guardiola's first competitive match as a Premier League manager against a Sunderland side now managed by David Moyes.

Olympics (Sunday, 1pm) - BBC

Usain Bolt will be going for his first medal at this year's games in the showpiece 100m final. Elsewhere, the finals of the golf and tennis take place throughout the day, while there are also big medal opportunities for Team GB in the gymnastics and cycling, all of which means that Rio will be a constant source of drama throughout the day.

Football: Bournemouth v Manchester United (Sunday, 1.30pm) - Sky Sports 1

Super Sunday begins with the focus on superstar managers and players. José Mourinho will be involved with his first game in the Premier League as Manchester United manager, but for once the focus will not be on him, it will be on world-record signing Paul Pogba, who is in line for a first start for United after his £89m move from Juventus.

Football: Arsenal v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm) - Sky Sports 1

Football fans are no doubt going to remain seated in front of the same screen in the pub all afternoon on the first Super Sunday of the season with this blockbuster match following on from the José, Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic show. This season, as ever, both Arsenal and Liverpool fans will have their eyes on a title challenge and this game represents a huge chance for both sides to set down an early marker.

Football: Chelsea v West Ham (Monday, 8pm) - Sky Sports 1

Monday nights will hopefully now no longer be the slow lull at the end of the weekend for pubs with Monday Night Football returning. This first match of the season sees an intriguing London derby played out at Stamford Bridge.

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