Stag Weekends Weekend Preview 21st October

Can you believe it? It's Friday again! With all of the football that's been on this week'every night in fact'the week seems to have flown by.

We're not complaining, as of course that means it is now the weekend! Whatever you've got planned this weekend; allow us to inform you of what's going on in the world of sport. As always, it looks set to be a cracker!

Premier League

It's round nine of the Premier League this weekend, and already things are heating up! As the table begins to take shape, games carry more importance and there are some intriguing fixtures this weekend.

We'll work backwards from what is the biggest game of the weekend, without doubt. Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Sunday in a game which will see Jose Mourinho travel back to the club who sacked him last December. The United boss should still receive a fairly good reception; after all he did win three Premier League titles across his two spells at Stamford Bridge. The two sides' form has been patchy so far this season, and with both outside of the top four currently, they will both be looking for a win!

Manchester City host Southampton earlier on in the day and despite being top of the table, come in to the game in poor form. City have failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions and need a win to silence some of the doubters that have surfaced over the last week. It will be interesting to see if Pep Guardiola selects star striker Sergio Aguero. The Argentinean forward came off the bench to miss a penalty last weekend and was left out of the starting line midweek against Barcelona.

The most in-form side in the Premier League at the moment are Arsenal. The Gunners have notched six consecutive wins and will be looking to make it seven when they host Middlesbrough at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsene Wenger's side looked irresistible midweek when they hammered Ludogorets 6-0 in the Champions League, including a hat-trick from Mesut Ozil. A win for Arsenal would put them top of the table until Sunday, at least.

Business End

The formula one season moves into its final four races this weekend at the United States Grand Prix as the title race heats up.

As things stand Nico Rosberg leads the way with a 33 point cushion over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and there are a total of 100 points left to play for.

The first of which will come this weekend in Austin, Texas and spirits will be high in the Hamilton camp; the British driver has won the last two races in the United States and will be optimistic about making it three in a row.

Close Match

The First Test between Bangladesh and England will continue over the weekend, with day three and four taking place. The Test is finely poised as things stand; England posted a modest total of 293 after being put into bat, with Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow the only two to reach a half century.

It looks as though Bangladesh will hold a small advantage after the first innings, but a strong second innings score from England could see them take control. One positive for Alastair Cook's side so far has been the justification in playing three spinners. All of Bangladesh's wickets to fall so far have all come off spin.

Image credits: Manchester United, James Allen, Sky Sports Cricket

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Date Posted: Friday 21st October 2016

Author: George Crewe

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