The last time that Tottenham visited St James’ Park they were on the end of a humiliating 5-1 drubbing. That result came after Spurs blew their chance of winning the Premier League title but also when Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship had already been confirmed. They play each other again at St James’ Park on Sunday as Newcastle make their return to the top flight and Spurs look to start another assault on the title.
The US PGA Championship has long struggled for recognition when compared to golf’s three other major championships. That is one of the reasons why the tournament is being switched to May from next year but for now, it remains the final major of the golf season. That means that this week’s tournament provides players like Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson with their final chance to win one a major in 2017. So, we should be in store for a cracking four days of golf.
Arsenal and Leicester kick the Premier League season off on Friday night. The Emirates was always going to be full of optimistic fans but Arsenal’s win over Chelsea in the Community Shield has further lifted the mood around the club. There will also be a fair amount of expectation in North London. Leicester had a tough time of it last season and anything less than a win for the home side will be viewed as points dropped. That said, we all know how dangerous Leicester can be on the counter attack and after a very poor start to last season, the Foxes will be gunning for a fast start this time around.
There is a long list of reasons as to why the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the most popular weeks of racing in Britain. Towards the top of that list is the venue. Goodwood Racecourse caters very well for all the fans who turn up and the track itself helps to provide thrilling races as it is known as one of the fastest around. The downhill start to the sprints certainly helps to produce frantic races and frantic is just the right word to describe the Stewards’ Cup.
We’re used to seeing the hearts of fans, players and managers get broken during the Championship playoffs but last season the collective spirit of Leeds United was broken even before the playoffs got underway. When Chris Wood scored a 96th minute equaliser against Newcastle, Leeds were in a position of strength with just four games of the season to go. However, just three games later and their dreams of Premier League promotion had been dashed. Leeds now have to go again under new manager Thomas Christiansen and their first task is a tricky away game against Bolton. The Trotters are back in the Championship having won promotion from League One but they’re not content to make up the numbers this season. They want to make an impact under Phil Parkinson and will need no extra motivation for this Lancashire v Yorkshire grudge match.