Justin Thomas’ win in the Dell Technologies Championship took him to the top of the FedEx Cup rankings after the second playoff event. Thomas is now the favourite to kick on and win the FedEx Cup but for now he’s got a well-earned break as the PGA Tour pauses for a week. That means we can turn our full attention to the European Tour and this week’s Omega European Masters. With several former champions in the field and the pull of ranking points for next summer’s Ryder Cup, this promises to be a great week of golf in the Swiss Alps.
We’re just three games into the new Premier League season but we already have a fairly good idea of which teams are in for a prolonged fight against relegation. Unfortunately for fans of both Swansea and Newcastle, it’s likely to be a very long time before they feel secure from the pull of the Championship.
Every group of supporters enjoy a big win at home but Stoke’s fans take special delight in getting one over the big boys at the Bet365 Stadium. Mark Hughes’ team have already claimed a big win this season with their 1-0 victory over Arsenal and they’ve got a chance for another big scalp when Man Utd turn up early on Saturday evening. United are in fine fettle with wins in each of their opening three league games but Stoke too are feeling good about themselves (especially with the addition of Jesé to their ranks) so this could be a closer game than the odds suggest.
If Manchester City are to win the title this season they’ll have to continually prove themselves against the Premier League’s best teams. That’s been an area in which City have let themselves down in recent seasons, just take their record against Liverpool. The Citizens haven’t beaten Liverpool in any of their last five league meetings but they have a chance to change that when the two teams meet at the Etihad early on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool will be buoyed by their recent record against Man City but also by their dealings in the transfer window. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became the latest addition, joining from Arsenal on deadline day, to add yet more class to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
How things can change in football over the course of just one year. Chris Coleman was the talk of world football a year ago having taken Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 but 12 months on and Wales are in trouble in their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup. With six games gone, Wales are four points shy of Serbia who are top of Group D and with time running out they are in desperate need of a win over Austria when they face off at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.