There’s nothing quite like a summer of sport, and fans really have been treated this year with the bonus of Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics also gracing our screens. And as we look ahead to next month, there’s plenty of sporting action to enjoy. So, if you’re scanning the latest odds and betting online with Betfair, read on as we highlight some of the best events to take place next month!
Football: English Premier League
Following the excitement of Euro 2020, we return to the domestic season, with all of the Europe’s leagues getting started in August. The Premier League returns on Friday 13th August, when newly-promoted Brentford – who make their debut in the Premier League – host Arsenal. Other opening fixture highlights include a South London derby between Chelsea and Crystal Palace, as well as Manchester United vs Leeds on the Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon, reigning champions Manchester City travel to play Tottenham Hotspur.
Here’s a quick guide to when all the other major European leagues kick off:
- August 8th – Ligue 1 season begins
- August 13-15th – first round of Bundesliga fixtures
- August 13-16th – first round of La Liga fixtures
- August 22nd – Serie A season begins
Horse racing: Racing League
The Racing League makes it debut this year, and it kicks off this month, and continues into August, before finishing in the first week of September – lasting six weeks in total. It’s a team and points-based competition, in which 12 teams will go head-to-head at six meetings. There will be six flat races per meeting, and four race courses will play host to the action. In August, these will be:
- August 5th – Doncaster
- August 12th – Lingfield
- August 19th – Royal Windsor
- August 26th – Lingfield
Horse racing: York’s Ebor Festival
And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, York plays host to its annual Ebor Festival once more. Taking place between August 18th and 21st, the four-day meeting is one of the flat season’s biggest spectaculars – and among the last major festivals of the flat season. The historic event kicks off with the Juddmonte International (Group 1), and is followed by the iconic Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) the next day. The feature race on day three is the Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1), and the festival ends with its namesake: the Ebor Handicap.
Rugby: British & Irish Lions tour
The international tour to South Africa got started this month, with the British & Irish Lions facing three South African franchises, as well as the South Africa A team in several warm-up matches. The Lions play a three-match test series against South Africa, with the first two matches taking place this month. The third and final test takes place on August 7th. The Lions last toured South Africa in 2009.
Tennis: US Open
The final tennis Grand Slam of the year is just around the corner, as Flushing Meadows looks set to welcome fans back to the courts. While the US Open qualifying rounds take place between August 24th and 27th, the main draw doesn’t kick off until August 30th, meaning most of the tournament is played in September – leading up to the finals on September 11th (women’s singles) and 12th (men’s singles). Last year’s winners were Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem, respectively. Serbian Novak Djokovic has won the three Grand Slam titles leading up this final event, and will be looking to complete a calendar Slam – or even a Golden Slam, if he goes on to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.