Yes, the football season is over, but that doesn’t mean the sport stops. Not by a long shot. With Cricket, Formula 1 and Rugby taking centre stage, there are plenty of excuses to get yourself a Sky Sports Pass. Here’s the best of what’s coming up in July…
British and Irish Lions Well, the test series didn’t get off to the best start for the Lions, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their chances going forward.
Warren Gatland’s boys got blown away in Auckland, but with plenty of talent in the squad, the Lions may yet come roaring back. The second test takes place in Wellington, and if the visitors can conquer the All Blacks, we will have a series decider at Eden Park.
It's not over yet...
Formula 1 A Formula 1 season that was simmering has now been brought to the boil after a bonkers race in Azerbaijan.
Sebastian Vettel looked like a nervous parallel parker when he bumped into Lewis Hamilton (twice) in Baku, and the German is now the pantomime villain of this excellent F1 season. The four-time champion is now 14 points clear of Hamilton, but there is plenty of time for the Englishman to turn that around.
We have three races to show you in July, with two exclusive to Sky Sports F1. The first is in Austria, where Hamilton won an absolute humdinger last year. With long straights, the track should suit Hamilton’s Mercedes car, so don’t be surprised to see him cut Vettel’s lead again…as long as Seb doesn’t get road rage.
Later on in the month, we have the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Hamilton will hope the home support can take him to the win. Finally, there is the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race which has become something of a classic in recent years. With the summer break soon after, the title challengers would love to win there to establish some momentum. We can’t wait.
England Test Cricket The smell of grass. The sound of leather on willow. The pristine whites of the players. The summer has officially arrived.
Joe Root leads the England test side for the first time this summer, and England will seek to get this new era underway in style. Up against a South Africa team who have been on these shores for what seems like an eternity already, a series win would be a big confidence boost.
With an Ashes series to come later in the year, momentum is key. There is also the chance to look at some new players who are looking to get themselves on the plane down under. With established stars like Root, Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in the side as well, expect England to put on a show.
The first three tests of the series are live on NOW TV this month. The perfect excuse for a few sickies…we won’t tell your boss if you don’t.
The Open Championship The third major of the season takes place at Royal Birkdale this year and it’s anyone’s guess who will win the coveted Claret Jug.
With the last seven majors won by first-time winners, picking a winner here is about as easy as escaping a Birkdale bunker. However, the usual suspects will be keen to get back into form. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth all had stinkers during June’s US Open, and victory here would more than ease the pain.
The tournament begins on 20 July, and you can watch all four days on NOW TV…at work or at home.