Stag Weekends Weekend Preview 14th July

It's been a whole four days since Euro 2016 ended, and it feels like forever! Unfortunately, we still have to wait another few weeks for the Premier League to return.

No problem, there's still enough going on to get your sporting fix over the weekend, but if you're being dragged away on holiday this weekend, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

Either way, we've got the weekend covered for you.  With much of the action going on over the weekend starting today, we thought we'd bring you our preview a day earlier than normal?¦

The Open

The Open Championship started this morning at Royal Troon with Colin Montgomerie taking the first tee shot shortly after 6am this morning!

With the likes of Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth withdrawing from playing at the Rio Olympics, the news has overshadowed the build up to The Open so it's great to look forward to a weekend of links golf!

The favourites for the tournament are Jason Day and Dustin Johnson rather than McIlroy and Spieth. Johnson recently proved critics wrong who doubted whether he could handle the pressure of a major by winning the US Open. Australian, Day has been top of the world rankings for some considerable time.

If it's a British winner you are looking to back, McIlroy is still your man. The Northern Irishman is in decent form and is usually there or thereabouts when it comes to the majors. Danny Willett is the other British representative in the world's top ten, but the Masters champion has been in poor form since winning his green jacket.

England vs Pakistan

Having dominated the recent series with Sri Lanka, England now face a tougher test series in the form of Pakistan'and the First Test starts today!

The series will consist of four tests, with the opener being played at Lord's. England will be favourites for the Test and the series as a whole, but much will depend on whether England's new middle order can hit it off. Joe Root has been pushed up to number three to allow James Vince and Gary Ballance to come in at four and five, respectively.

The spotlight will be on Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir as well, the 24-year-old is playing his first Test since he was found guilty of spot-fixing at Lord's back in 2010!

Murray to Miss Out

Andy Murray is likely to take a rest and not play in Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final match against Serbia this weekend.

The 29-year-old claimed his second Wimbledon title last Sunday and may feel he needs a good rest period after a tough grass court season. Murray starred as Great Britain won the Davis Cup last year for the first time since 1936, but Great Britain's hopes of getting to the semi-finals will now depend on Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, James Ward, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.

Image credits: PGA Tour, Sky Sports Cricket, Wimbledon

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Date Posted: Wednesday 13th July 2016

Author: George Crewe

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