Match of the Day returns this Sunday

It’s incredible to think that after such a hectic sporting summer schedule that we are just about ready for another season of Premier League football. With the World Cup now a distant memory, the cricket test series nearly done and the Commonwealth Games officially closed; we now turn our attentions back to domestic club action.

Gary Lineker and the team (minus the retired Alan Hansen) will feature the new football season’s curtain raiser, the Community Shield; with highlights shown on Match of the Day at 22:25pm on BBC One this Sunday. This year’s contest will be played out between Premier League champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Arsenal. With both teams having had fairly busy summer transfer activity, this looks set to be a very tasty looking fixture.

Arsenal fans will be eager to see new striker Alexis Sanchez alongside fellow signees Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and ex-Southampton youngster Calum Chambers. Manchester City also added a few names to their ranks including Fernando, Willy Caballero and of course Arsenal’s popular defender Bacary Sagna who left on a free transfer after allowing his contract to expire – surely adding a bit of spice to the affair.

Both teams will see themselves as contenders this year, with City being the out and out favourites. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he now has a squad capable of a sustained challenge. Only time will tell as the season unfolds.

F1 is getting just as tasty!

With a mid-season break now upon us, the current Formula One season couldn’t be more brilliantly poised.

Who’d have thought after all the dramatic changes to the engine set up and the usual driver changes that we’d end up with an AMG Mercedes showdown to rival some of the best seasons in recent memory? Old karting friends Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are now well and truly foes whilst both driving for the same team, with the young German just ahead of former World Champion Hamilton by just 11 points.

Team-mates or not, things have got pretty heated in recent weeks. Rosberg has been guilty of some questionable manoeuvres which has left a few wondering if it is only a mater of time until a coming together ends one or both of their races. Hamilton recently disobeyed a coded message, seemingly ordering the Brit to move aside, contrary to claims that team orders do not exist in the sport.

Both drivers clearly have the best cars out there and one of these two is going to be crowned World Champion this season. Who it will be is another matter! With the next race in Spa, Belgium set for the weekend of 22-24 August, and only 7 races remaining after the conclusion of that, it looks like this one could go down to the wire with double points up for grabs in the season closer in Abu Dhabi. It makes for unmissable viewing and you can see all the action unfold on our Sky Sports Slingbox and Sky World Slingbox systems and on our hugely popular Freeview Blade IPTV set-top box.

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