STAGS WEEKENDS WEEKEND PREVIEW 9TH SEPTEMBER
It's fair to say that without any club football last weekend, there was something missing. We're delighted that the Premier League is back this weekend, especially with some of the fixtures there are to look forward too.
Not only that, there are some other huge sporting events happening this weekend. Let us give you a run down on everything that's going on.
As soon as Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho were confirmed as Manchester City and Manchester United bosses respectively, everyone was looking forward to the Manchester derby. Fortunately it arrives early on in the season, so we get to see the two favourites for the title go head-to-head.
To make matters even more interesting, Guardiola and Mourinho strongly dislike one another from their El Clasico clashes when they were in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The two sides have started the season brilliantly; winning all three games comfortably. United will go into the game as favourites having the home advantage, plus City are missing the suspended Sergio Aguero. However, that is not to suggest that this will be a one sided game and it should be fiercely competitive and what will be interesting is to see how the contrasting styles of play cope with each other.
The derby kicks off the Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime, and there are other fascinating games such as Liverpool vs Leicester City on Saturday evening to look out for!
There is another eagerly anticipated derby taking place this weekend north of the border. Rangers are back in the Scottish Premier League for the first time in four years, and they head to arch rivals Celtic on Saturday.
This is widely regarded as one of the most intense derbies in football such is the rivalry between the two clubs, both on and off the pitch.
Celtic have started the season the better of the two sides, and Brendan Rodgers has already won over the club's fan after qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League. It may be early on in the season, but if Rangers do harbour any hopes of mounting a title challenge to their city rivals, they will need to make a statement in this game.
Kell Brook Fight
Kell Brook faces Kazakhstani Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, and if he is to win, it would arguably be one of the greatest ever wins for a British boxer.
Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, is jumping two weights to challenge for Golovkin's WBC and IBF middleweight titles on Saturday.
The last reigning welterweight world champion to win a middleweight world title was Emile Griffith in 1966.
US Open Final
The Winner of the 2016 US Open will be decided this weekend, with four men still in contention at the time of writing this. Novak Djokovic is the clear favourite out of the four semi-finalists, but will have to overcome Frenchman Gael Monfils in the semi-final first, who has impressed many with his performances at Flushing Meadows so far.
Andy Murray's conqueror Kei Nishikori comes up against the big hitting Stan Wawrinka in the other semi-final, in a match that is difficult to call. We should be set for some fascinating encounters over the weekend.
Image credits: The Telegraph, BBC Sport, Kell Brook, Hollywood Reporter