With the Community Shield out of the way, club football has finally, officially returned to our TV screens and it goes up a notch this weekend with the start of the new Premier League season.
The domestic game returns across Europe as well, while the Fifa Women’s World Cup is nearing the business stage of the competition. In short, you have a plethora of football fixtures on TV to choose from when you pick up the remote this weekend. So we’ve selected the very best options for you.
(Kick-off times are all British Standard Time Zone).
Five must-watch football fixtures on TV this week:
England vs Colombia/Jamaica – Saturday, 8am on ITV1
The Lionesses scraped through their round-of-16 meeting with Nigeria on Monday to book their place in the quarter-finals and keep their World Cup hopes alive. They were pushed all the way to penalties following a goalless draw which saw Lauren James sent off for violent conduct.
England will be heavily favoured to advance, but with their star performer out through suspension, the extra time in their legs and their struggles to break down Nigeria, it will be far from a walk in the park for Sarina Wiegmann’s side.
Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Saturday, 5.30pm on Sky Sports
The last time these two sides met Aston Villa dished out a 3-0 spanking at Villa Park on their way to qualifying for the Uefa Europa Conference League. Newcastle United will be out for some revenge when they face off at St. James’ Park this weekend. This has the makings of a very tasty tie between two very ambitious clubs.
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— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 6, 2023
Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig – Saturday, 7.45pm on Sky Sports
German football returns this Saturday with the 2023 edition of the DFL Super Cup. Perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern take on cup winners RB Leipzig in a battle between two of the most loathed teams in the country.
Brentford vs Tottenham – Sunday, 2pm on Sky Sports
Super Sunday is back and it kicks off with a couple of potential crackers. First up is Spurs away to Brentford. The Bees are without Ivan Toney thanks to his suspension for match betting, but will be a dangerous prospect regardless.
All eyes will be on Harry Kane, who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer. After Tottenham rejected Bayern’s latest offer, it seems likely he will be in action in their first game of the season.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 6, 2023
Kane warmed up for the campaign by scoring four times in the club’s 5-1 friendly win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday.
Chelsea vs Liverpool – Sunday, 4.30pm on Sky Sports
The Blues will be desperate to get off to a good start under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, while Liverpool will be hoping to potentially challenge at the top of the Premier League table. A whole host of new signings for both sides could feature here too, making it all the more intriguing a prospect.