Almost a month to the day since their heartbreak on penalties, England’s heroes have a chance to put their Euro 2020 disappointment behind them as the new Premier League season kicks off in earnest.
As if that wasn’t enough, we have an exceptional line-up of live action on BT Sport, including test cricket from the Caribbean, the latest round of MotoGP action from Austria and the most talked-about league in Europe while Ligue 1 is preparing to welcome the greatest footballer in the world.
Read on for choosing our live schedule for this weekend.
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Manchester United versus Leeds
Saturday, 11.30 a.m. – BT Sport 1HD & BT Sport Ultimate
BT Sport’s coverage of the 2021-22 Premier League season starts with a bang as fierce rivals Manchester United and Leeds United clash in a delicious lunchtime game at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished second behind Man City last season and finished second in the Europa League after a painful penalty shoot-out to Villarreal, but United have high hopes this season.
The Red Devils have spent a lot of money on the transfer market to close the gap at the top of the table.
Jadon Sancho will bolster a stacked line of strikers, with World Champion defender Raphael Varane joining Harry Maguire in center-back following his upcoming move from Real Madrid.
Man Utd v Leeds: A History of the Feud
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They will try to banish the memories of Gdansk and get off to a flying start this season with a win against a Leeds side that impressed on their long-awaited return to the first division.
Marcelo Bielsa led his team in their first season in the first division since 2003/04 to ninth place and conquered the hearts and minds of the neutrals with their high-octane style of play.
The Red Devils won that game 6-2 last season, but the return leg at Elland Road ended goalless and Leeds will be on the lookout for a first win at Old Trafford since their famous FA Cup triumph in 2010.
Find out who will earn Pennines Show-Off rights as we greet fans for a must-see encounter over the opening weekend.
Grand Prix of Austria
Sunday, 9.15 a.m. – BT Sport 2HD
A week after Jorge Martin became the new MotoGP winner in an action-packed Grand Prix of Styria, the circus meets this weekend in Austria at the Red Bull Ring.
The 23-year-old Spaniard picked up the first checkered flag of his young career in a race that was overshadowed by a violent accident with Lorenzo Savadori.
Martin took the lead early after the restart of the race for safety reasons and defied pressure from Joan Mir throughout the race and eventually opened a gap on the Suzuki rider in the closing stages.
The table leader Fabio Quartararo wants to be back on top of the podium after his third place.
With an eye on the Austrian GP this weekend in the same location, Quartararo is looking to improve the performance of his Yamaha motorcycle.
“In the first race behind Jorge [Martin] I was at the back and I had so much speed in the last corner, “said Quartararo.
“I looked at him and thought, ‘Ah, it saves a lot of tires,’ and as soon as he picked up the bike, he pulled a lot.
“That is why we will try to find the best possible way. We know we don’t have the same potential as Ducati when it comes to acceleration, but I think a podium here was perfect for us. “
We prepare for the race with full and uninterrupted coverage of the free practice and warm-up sessions. Of course, we also show every Moto2 and Moto3 session – including the races – in full.
And after you’ve caught your breath, Checkered Flag will round off the talking points of the weekend with the best analysis from our experts and high profile guests with all of the action available all weekend on BT Sport 2HD.
Will Lionel Messi make his bow in Ligue 1?
PSG – Strasbourg: Saturday at 7.45pm – BT Sport 2HD
This weekend could mark the beginning of a new golden era in French football as Lionel Messi prepares to move to Paris-Saint Germain.
Barcelona announced that Messi will leave the club after failing to fulfill a new contract agreed with the player due to “financial and structural obstacles” and the French capital will be his most likely target.
A deal for Messi is a huge coup for French football and PSG as they continue their pursuit of the first Champions League crown.
The Argentine captain is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League and seven Copa del Reys, as well as six Ballon d’Or titles.
If everything goes according to plan, Messi will form a terrifying new attacking trio with former teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar played for Barcelona from 2013 to 2017 before joining PSG on his £ 200m world record, and Messi remains close to the Brazilian.
Messi would also bond with Argentine team-mates Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes less than a month after winning his first international trophy with winning the Copa America final.
Should Leo complete his move before the weekend, the playmaker could potentially make his Ligue 1 bow on Saturday night when PSG welcomes Strasbourg to Parc des Princes – live on BT Sport 2HD.
In total, we have five Ligue 1 games for you to enjoy with Marseille, Lyon and Lens in what could be a historic weekend for French football.
West Indies vs. Pakistan First Test
After a string of white ball cricket, the West Indies are turning back to the longer form of the game this weekend, welcoming Pakistan to the first series for hosts in the new World Test Championship cycle.
Fast bowler Chemar Holder returns to the team after recovering from an injury that excluded him from Home Tests against South Africa earlier this year, while middle-order batsman Shamarh Brooks slipped into a 17-man after a century. Squad was recorded an intra-squad warm-up game last week.
Brooks is coming for Darren Bravo, who has been on hiatus since early June because he is in a bio-bubble.
“I expect the team in every department to be very competitive while playing with passion, determination and determination,” said Roger Harper, chief West Indies selector.
“I’m looking forward to the batsmen playing against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Antigua earlier this year, as they did in the series.”
West Indies finished penultimate in the previous iteration of the WTC, winning only three of their 13 matches.
They begin the 2021-23 cycle with the two tests against Pakistan before facing Bangladesh, England, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Watch days three and four of the first test on Saturday and Sunday on BT Sport 3HD and BT Sport 1HD, respectively.
Our coverage of the Portuguese top class will continue on Saturday evening with Braga versus Sporting Lisbon, while two Primeira Liga title hopes compete against each other – live on ESPN from 8.30 p.m.
Baseball fans can get their fill of MLB action when the Mets host the Dodgers on Friday night before the Yankees and White Sox battle it out on Sunday night at 7 p.m.
For channels and start times of all of our live action, both this weekend and beyond, visit our What’s On page.