Aston Villa are one of the biggest football clubs in England. Their past includes success at the top of European but their future is very much unknown. The club spent serious money last year after being relegated to the Championship but never threatened to get out of second flight and back into the Premier League. With just one more year of parachute payments left, Villa’s desperation to win promotion has increased even more. Hull too are desperate for a return to the Premier League. The Tigers rallied well under Marco Silva last season but it wasn’t enough to avoid the drop. They’ve now regrouped under new manager, Leonid Slutsky, and are looking to get off to the best possible start at Villa Park on Saturday.
How do you top a season in which you won the title by 30 points and went the full 38 games without defeat? That’s the question that Brendan Rodgers will be asking himself as Celtic get ready to kick off their defence of the Scottish Premiership with a home game against Heart of Midlothian. In contrast, there is plenty of room for improvement for Hearts. The Edinburgh club finished fifth, a staggering 60 points shy of Celtic’s title. Can they reverse that form to catch the Bhoys cold and get the Scottish Premiership off to a shock start?
The Group 1 Sussex Stakes has seen some wonderful match ups between the stars of the Classic generation and their elders and this year’s renewal is no different. We’ve got Churchill, winner of both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, going up against Ribchester, the undisputed star four-year-old miler of the season. With other quality options in the field, the feature race of Wednesday at Glorious Goodwood is one to not miss.
Jordan Spieth is the talk of the world of golf right now. At just 23, Spieth is one major away from the career grand slam thanks to his Open win at Royal Birkdale last week. But, while the champion golfer of the year is taking a week off to enjoy his win, it’s back to business for the European Tour. Along with a smattering of PGA Tour stars, some of Europe’s best golfers are descending on Hamburg for the Porsche European Open.
The dust has not yet quite settled on Jordan Spieth’s amazing win at the Open and yet it’s already time for the PGA Tour to click back into gear. Many of the PGA Tour stars who ultimately failed to match Spieth at Royal Birkdale have headed back across the Atlantic to Oakville, Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. The $6,000,000 prize fund and the chance to play at a course which has yielded some low scores in years gone by has helped to attract a stellar field for what should be a quality renewal.