English Premier League, US Open, La Liga, India vs West Indies, and other big-ticket sporting events
August is the month of a new beginning. This is the month when football seasons across Europe kickstart, and sends all our planning awry. A group of men start kicking the ball in some other corner of the world, and the effect is felt right in our homes. You start revising your plans, just to make sure there’s no conflict of timings between your daily errands routine and the football game that you’ve been waiting for an entire week.
The post-season inactivity goes along the well-worn curve. It starts with a sense of relief, a much-needed period of yearly sports detox. But as the new season approaches, there arises an insatiable craving to watch the latest recruitee stepping out in your club’s jersey.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
6 August At 12:30
Five days to go before Arsenal fans will get to watch the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, and Fabio Vieira at Selhurst Park in a game against Crystal Palace, which will kickstart the 2022/23 season of the English Premier League.
Chelsea vs Tottenham
14 August At 9:30 PM
A week later we’ll have Chelsea’s new era under new owners will begin with a game against their arch-rivals Tottenham. This is going to be the first heavyweight clash of the new season.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
23 August 12:30 AM
But the mother of all clashes, flushed with traditions and burdened by the baggage of voluminous history, will take place the subsequent week when Manchester United takes on Liverpool.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
27 August 7:30 PM
Among the big four, Chelsea have got the trickiest fixture in the opening month of the new season. A week after playing Spurs, Thomas Tuchel’s side will be taking on Brendan Rodger’s Leicester City.
Atalanta vs AC Milan
22 August 12:15 AM
The reigning champion AC Milan’s first biggest hurdle of the season will come on the second matchday, when they take on the perennial upsetters Atalanta away from home.
Juventus vs Roma
27 August 10:00 PM
Paulo Dybala will return to Allianz Stadium for the first time since he moved to AS Roma from Juventus, on 27 August. With Jose Mourinho at the helm, you can expect Roma to derail Juventus’ campaign early in the season.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
14 August 12:30 AM
There’s no heavyweight clash in August but Barcelona’s games will be watched keenly across the globe, given the business they had done in this transfer window. Their ever little triumph will be glorified by the supporters, and every little error severely dissected by others.
Real Madrid vs Espanyol
29 August 1:30 AM
Another interesting thing to watch will be how Real Madrid’s attacking unit fare, as they haven’t signed any proper striker after losing out on Kylian Mbappe.
India vs West Indies T20I Series
August 2, August 6, August 7
With the series levelled at 1-1, the next three matches are going to be interesting. There are a lot of experiments going on with this Indian team, and they would be aiming to get more clarity on how things stand by the end of this series.
South Africa Tour Of England
Starts On August 17
After crushing India in the three-match series, South Africa will now clash against the rejuvenated English Test side, starting on August 17. The pace troika of Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, and Lungi Ngidi will be unleashed by the visitors against the English batting, which seems to have found a new life after years of suffocation.
India Tour Of Zimbabwe
Starts on August 18
The second-string Indian side will get a much-needed exposure to the rigours of international tours when they visit Zimbabwe for a T20I series. It will be a great opportunity for those on the fringes to establish their credentials.
Starts On 28 August
The last grand slam of the year will begin this month on 28. In the absence of Novak Djokovic, one can finally hope to see some next-gen stars claiming the championships. But for that Rafael Nadal needs to be stopped, which is perhaps the hardest thing in men’s tennis.
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