What's on: Sporting Life pick out five big sports events for the week ahead

Sporting Life previews the big sporting events coming up over the next seven days

Sporting Life highlights the main events of the week with key details and odds, so you don't miss a thing.


Racing - Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

There have been a few candidates already this season but surely this time we can justifiably say this is the race of the season.

Enable has a second chance to create history and win the Europe's all-aged middle-distance championship for a third time after last year's agonising defeat at the hooves of Waldgeist.

But it's no easier this time around with the star three-year-old filly, Love, looking a huge player for the Aidan O'Brien team. A brilliant winner of the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, she could be joined in the field by stablemates Japan and Serpentine.

But Enable will have a helping hand from home too with stablemate Stradivarius another fascinating candidate in a mouthwatering race.


Racing - Sun Chariot Stakes

A Group One opportunity for the miling fillies and one that is sure to attract a strong field.

One-time Classic aspirant Quadrilateral is set to test her hooves back in elite waters but she won't be favourite in against the likes of Peaceful, Terebellum and Veracious.

Billesdon Brook enjoyed her finest hours at this track when landing the 2018 1000 Guineas and this race last season. She warmed up for the 2020 renewal with an encouraging run at Sandown last time and looks a leading player again.


Football - Leeds United v Manchester City

It's difficult to think of a Premier League season that comes close to rivalling this in terms of the limelight managers are now cast in.

Rarely will a round of fixtures lack a compelling touchline match-up, few of which will be afforded more focus than Marcelo Bielsa v Pep Guardiola at tea time on Saturday.

Guardiola has described the Leeds boss as the best coach on Earth, whose philosophy he sought inspiration from in building dynasties at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.

Should master defeat apprentice at Elland Road, it will be Bielsa's first success over the Spaniard at the fourth time of asking - and quite the upset.


Football - Man Utd v Tottenham

Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford with his Tottenham side on Sunday as both teams look to build some early-season momentum.

The hosts made Premier League history with a winner after the final whistle had sounded at Brighton last week and manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer will hope for a more comfortable afternoon this time around.

However his stuttering side will need to find some fluency against the visitors who have progressed through their Europa League qualifying ties and beaten Southampton this season. They'll be smarting too from a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle after conceding an injury-time penalty.

Clearly this is a much stiffer test but Mourinho will relish the opportunity to return to his former stamping ground and look to pile more pressure on his successor.


Golf - Scottish Open

The plan had been to have a limited number of spectators in at the Renaissance Club on the glorious golfing heartland in East Lothian along the North Berwick coast. Sadly, the recent surge in the pandemic means it will be another behind-closed-doors affair.

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger will tee it up along with seven major champions and a host of Ryder Cup stars including Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Tommy Fleetwood – who is the highest-ranked player in the tournament.

Other stars taking part include reigning Open champion Shane Lowry and former US Open winner Justin Rose in the first Rolex Series event since the resumption of the golfing calendar.

It’s a crucial warm-up event ahead of the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth a week later in it’s new re-arranged slot.


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