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The weekend sport: north London title rivals battle it out

By Liam Coleman

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London clash: Arsenal Hector Bellerin and Tottenham's Danny Rose
London clash: Arsenal Hector Bellerin and Tottenham's Danny Rose

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Title contenders and fierce local rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, can bring a boost to Sunday lunchtime trade with an early Sunday kick off.

Rugby Union: Wales v Australia (Saturday, 2.30pm) - BBC 1

The Rugby Union autumn internationals get going this weekend, with the northern hemisphere sides hoping for more success than they experienced in last autumn's World Cup. Saturday afternoons can sometimes be a hard time to drive customers into pubs for sport because of the 3pm football coverage blackout. But for the next few weeks, have extra staff and food supplies at the ready for the boost in trade the Saturday afternoon rugby internationals will bring.

Rugby Union: Ireland v New Zealand (Saturday, 8pm) - BT Sport 2

Later on Saturday, Ireland come up against New Zealand in Chicago. Yes you read that right. Regardless of the odd choice of location for the match, Ireland will hope to offer some stern resistance against the world champions.

Football: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 12noon) - BT Sport 1

Sunday is a bumper day for football and it gets under way early with the north London derby. This fixture has delivered many classic games in the past and neither side will want to lose ground in the title race on this occasion. Customers will want to be in the pub long before kick off to secure a good seat, so be at the ready for a pre-noon rush if showing Sunday's opening match.

Football: Liverpool v Watford (Sunday, 2.15pm) - Sky Sports 1

Liverpool have entertained irresistibly in nigh on all their matches this season. They will be looking to keep pace with their title rivals and entertain the crowd both at Anfield and in the pub in Sunday's second Premier League match. 

Football: Sevilla v Barcelona (Sunday, 7.45pm) - Sky Sports 1

The stand-out sport on Sunday evening comes from Andalucia in south Spain. Only one point separates Sevilla and Barcelona in second and fourth place respectively; as a result they will both be desperate to keep pace with their title rivals by winning this match.

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