By Harry Shorthose
1 Manchester City v Liverpool
This will undoubtedly be the fixture of the weekend between two of last season’s top four. Both have had decent starts to the season, only having dropped two points in their three games and will be eyeing up another three against one of their closest rivals.
All eyes will be on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his deadline day move to Liverpool from Arsenal to see how he will fit in. The Liverpool defence will undoubtedly come under a bit of scrutiny with City boasting one of the best attacks in the League. Manchester City v Liverpool is on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 12.30pm on Saturday.
2 Leinster v Cardiff Blues
After an emphatic bonus point victory against the Dragons on Saturday, Leinster return home to the RDS to face another Welsh side in the Cardiff Blues. Leinster will be favourites for the game having made it to the semi-finals last season whereas the Blues ended in seventh place. The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 22-21 victory for Leo Cullen’s men back in March.
From a Carlow perspective, Tom Daly is out with a long-term injury while Sean O’Brien is still on the comeback trail post-Lions. But Bryan and Ed Byrne will look to force their way into Leo Cullen’s plans for the game. Leinster v Cardiff Blues will be on TG4 from 7.20pm on Friday evening.
3 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final
This year’s All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final is a repeat of last year’s final as Kilkenny take on Cork in Croke Park on Sunday.
Kilkenny beat Dublin to get to the final whilst Cork beat Galway. Kilkenny will be the slight favourites being the defending champions but as recent times have shown, anything can happen. Kilkenny v Cork is on RTE Two from 1.30pm.
4 The NFL returns
The road to the 2018 Superbowl begins this weekend and is always of interest to sports fans. After several months away from our screens, there will be many looking forward to seeing who makes it to one of the most watched sporting events in the world.
The opening weekend’s fixtures include the defending champions New England Patriots taking on the Kansas City Chiefs and beaten finalists Atlanta Falcons taking on the Chicago Bears. The Patriots vs Chiefs game will be on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 00.30am on Friday night.
5 England v West Indies
After an emphatic comeback victory from the West Indies in the second test last week, the two teams go to the Home of Cricket, Lords, on Thursday with a series on the line. Both will have eyes on winning this series for different reasons.
England will be looking to gain some momentum ahead of an Ashes trip to Australia in November whilst the West Indies will be looking to show that they are on the rise again after some internal turmoil in recent years. Can the West Indies build on their shock victory from last week and come back to win the series or will England recover from a blip to win it? Find out from 10.00am on Thursday on Sky Sports Cricket and stay tuned throughout the weekend.