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Ones to Watch: August

29th July 2016

Sports4Bars.com looks ahead to the key live sporting fixtures coming up in August, not least the start of the new football season

Friday August 5
7.45pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Championship Football: Fulham v Newcastle United
Newcastle United begin their Championship campaign after their relegation from the top flight last season. It will be a major undertaking to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Saturday August 6
11am
Sky Sports HD
International Cricket: England v Pakistan - 3rd Test
England were initially unable to cope with Pakistan's spin men but a fresh approach has given them huge confidence of winning the series against a very dangerous side.

Saturday August 6
1pm
BBC1
The Olympics: Rio 2016
Sporting action from Brazil. There will be a mammoth 550 hours of television coverage on the BBC, climaxing with the Closing Ceremony on August 21. Can Great Britain improve on their excellent showing at London 2012?

Saturday August 6
5pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Football: International Champions Cup - Liverpool v Barcelona
Pre-season action as Liverpool take on European aristocrats Barcelona. This should prove a very useful workout ahead of the start of the new football season for both sides.

Sunday August 7
4pm
BT Sport 2 HD
FA Community Shield: Leicester City v Manchester United
Wembley Stadium hosts the traditional curtain-raiser to the English football season as Premier League champions Leicester City take on FA Cup winners Manchester United. This is the start of a new era for United with Jose Mourinho now calling the shots from the sidelines and the club’s fans will be hoping for a win here to get the new era off to a successful start. The Foxes will still be on a high after last season’s heroics and will want to prove that they are not just a one-season success.

Tuesday August 9
7.45pm
BT Sport Europe HD
UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid v Sevilla
An all-Spanish affair in Trondheim as the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid take on UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla. Sevilla are the first tie to play in three straight UEFA Super Cups in this rematch of the 2014 encounter which saw Real winning 2-0 in Cardiff.

Thursday August 11
11am
Sky Sports HD
International Cricket: England v Pakistan - 4th Test
The 4th and final Test of England's series against Pakistan takes place at the Oval. Can England bounce back to form and take the series? Skipper Alastair Cook will be hoping to inspire his men to victory here.

Saturday August 13
12.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Hull City v Leicester City
The reigning champions get their title defence underway against Hull City. The Foxes have lost some key personnel during the summer to Premier League rivals but have the hardcore of the title-winning team still together, including top goalscorer Jamie Vardy who will be eager to make up for his disappointing summer with England at the Euros.

Saturday August 13
5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Manchester City v Sunderland
Pep Guardiola gets his first taste of Barclays Premier League football as City host Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium. Sunderland recently lost their manager Sam Allardyce to the England national team but now have David Moyes calling the shots from the sides, a vastly experienced manager.

Sunday August 14
1.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Bournemouth v Manchester United
You can be assured that
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will not be taking the threat posed by Bournemouth lightly having experienced a shock 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last season as Chelsea boss, one of the dismal results which led to his dismissal from the Blues backroom.

Sunday August 14
4pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool
The Premier League is back and the
pick of the opening weekend’s fixtures sees the Gunners – runnersup last season – take on Liverpool at The Emirates. There is huge excitement amongst Liverpool fans who are confident that Jurgen Klopp’s second season in charge will bring some silverware to Anfield, although it may be too early for Premier League honours.

Monday August 15
8pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Chelsea v West Ham
Chelsea have added some major talent to their ranks over the close season and the Stamford Bridge faithful will be expecting great things from former Italy manager Antonio Conte.

Friday August 19
8pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Manchester United v Southampton
Friday night football comes to the Barclays Premier League as Old Trafford hosts this fixture between United and Southampton.

Saturday August 20
5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Leicester City v Arsenal
The reigning champions take on last season's runners-up in this Saturday teatime clash.

ALSO COMING UP...

Friday August 12
12.45pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Championship Football:Brighton & Hove Albion v Nottingham Forest

Saturday August 20
12.30pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Stoke City v Manchester City

Sunday August 21
12 noon
Sky Sports 1 HD
Championship Football: Ipswich Town v Norwich City

Sunday August 21
4pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: West Ham v Bournemouth

Wednesday August 24
2pmSky Sports 2 HD
International Cricket: England v Pakistan - 1st ODI

Saturday August 27
10.30am
Sky Sports 2 HD
International Cricket: England v Pakistan - 2nd ODI

Saturday August 27
5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Barclays Premier League: Hull City v Manchester United

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