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The weekend sport: Formula 1 takes over

By Liam Coleman

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The weekend sport: Formula 1 takes over

Related tags: Premier league, England, Formula one

With Premier League football on hiatus, Premier League rugby union, Formula 1 and international football take centre stage this weekend.

Formula 1: Italian Grand Prix (Saturday, 1pm for qualifying and Sunday, 1pm for the race) - Sky Sports F1

With only nine points now separating Lewis Hamilton and his teammate, Nico Rosberg, the race for this year's World Championship is hotting up and the next race is one of the hottest of them all. Glamorous and iconic Monza is the scene for this weekend's crucial race, and the exciting track and prime lunchtime timing mean that it's perfect as a boost to Sunday lunch trade.

Rugby Union: Twickenham double header (Saturday, 2pm) - BT Sport 1

The Rugby Union Premier League season gets underway this weekend and includes the famous duo of matches at Twickenham. This year's matches see champions Saracens take on Worcester and recently-promoted Bristol play Harlequins. Rugby is as partisan as any other sport, but fans of specific teams tend to be absorbed even if their team isn't in action. As a result, rugby fans of all persuasions will look to spend their afternoon being absorbed by this double header.

Football: Slovakia v England (Sunday, 5pm) - ITV

England are back in footballing action for the first time since the ignominy of their Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. Has anything changed? What impact has Sam Allardyce had in the short time he's been in charge of the team? You can guarantee people will want to find out in the communal atmosphere of the pub, and it will transform the usually dead pub time of Sunday early evening.

Football: Malta v Scotland (Sunday, 7.45pm) - Sky Sports 1

Following the inevitable underwhelming disappointment/beginning of a golden new era (delete as appropriate) off the back of the England match, Scotland kick off their attempts to qualify for a first World Cup since 1998. Both these teams are in England's group for qualification and pubs should be prepared for the fans that will be looking to extend their Sunday of sport through this match.

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