An armchair guide for the weekend sports on television

12-07-2019 09:07

The sporting events are getting hotter and hotter on weekends, and there are plenty of things to do for friends of the chair if the weather worsens unexpectedly.

From the Grand Prix of Great Britain to the start of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, to the climax of Wimbledon and England's World Cup glory with Lords, there's plenty to keep you in the easy chair.

So sit back and relax as PA Sport provides the ultimate guide to what you see and where you can watch the action.


Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep – BBC Two 1100, BBC One 1300 and Eurosport 2 1345

At the start of a sporting race weekend, all eyes will be on Center Court when Serena Williams meets Simona Halep to add an eighth Wimbledon Championship.

Another triumph at SW19 would improve the American level with Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

However, the Rumepian Halep will not come as a surprise as the former number 1 French Open World Champion wants to raise the Venus Rosewater Dish for the first time in 2018.

Training – Channel 4 1055, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1 1045; Qualification – Channel 4 1255, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1 1300

British driver Lewis Hamilton will face the sixth record victory at his home circuit at Silverstone, where the oldest race in the sport will be held until at least 2024.

However, Sebastian Vettel was at the top of the podium for Ferrari in 2018 to deny Hamilton his fifth consecutive triumph.

The German hopes that his car will be put to the test again this year, in order to silence the vociferous British crowd again.

Preliminary rounds, including England vs. Scotland – Sky Sports Main Event 0830, Sky Sports Action 0920, 1120, 1520 and 1720

While the Cricket World Cup could soon be over, Liverpool hosts the Netball World Cup until July 21 – the competition that is taking place in England for the third time in 56 years.

To continue the feel-good factor of the football winners at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, the Vitality Roses meet Group D rivals Scottish Thistles on Saturday afternoon.

A deep entry into the flagship tournament would help improve the profile of the sport after England won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last year.

Further highlights: Cycling – Tour de France, Stage 8 (Eurosport 1 1045 & ITV4 1100); Golf – Scottish Open (Sky Sports Golf 1500 and Sky Sports Main Event 1800), PGA John Deere Classic (Sky Sports Golf 2000); Boxing – British Heavyweight Title, Daniel Dubois vs. Nathan Gorman (BT Sport 1 1930); Motorcycling – World Superbikes, California (Eurosport 2 1845 & 2200)


England vs. New Zealand – Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket World Cup 0900; Channel 4 0900 & More4 1315

Eoin Morgan will lead his team at Lords Stadium after defeating the Australian title-holder with eight goals.

As the show event will also be aired on free-to-air television, England will carry the weight of an expectant nation seeking a first World Cup triumph after reaching the finals 27 years ago.

However, the Black Caps are determined to pamper the party in the home stadium of cricket after producing a composed show to defeat India in the semifinals.

Kane Williamson's team is determined to make up for the defeat suffered by the hosts in Durham during the group stage as they set themselves the goal of becoming better than 2015 when they finished second in the World Cup in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic / Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Rafael Nadal / Roger Federer – BBC Two 1100, BBC One 1245, Eurosport 2 1345 & eir Sport 1 1345

Whether it's defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut starting Sunday's men's final at The All England Club remains to be seen.

What we do know, though, is that she has faced the toughest challenges against the winner of the showdown on Friday afternoon between Roger Federer, who won a ninth Wimbledon title, and Rafael Nadal.

While this competition could be demanding on both players, the second and third starting points of the tournament are expected to provide the necessary impetus on Sunday for another memorable match between the game's leading players.

Silverstone Race Day – Sky Sports F1 & Channel 4 1230, Sky Sports Main Event 1405

Despite the disappointment of finishing second in the British Grand Prix last year, Hamilton remains the man to beat.

At the top of the drivers' championship in 2019 is the Mercedes star with 31 points ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. A sixth World Cup is expected to follow at the end of the season.

More than 140,000 spectators are expected through the hubs at Silverstone on Sunday, and Hamilton will seek to overshadow the five race victories he and his British double world champion Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost are currently recording.

Senegal v Tunisia and Algeria v Nigeria – Eurosport 1 1700 and 1945

The Premier League clubs may be back in training and flying in the preseason on tours around the world, but the international summer action will continue at the African Nations Cup in Egypt.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane will take the lead against Tunisia in the final.

On Sunday, Arsenal's midfielder Alex Iwobi meets Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City when Nigeria face Algeria – who defeated Côte d'Ivoire after a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Suez.

Further highlights: Netball World Championship (Sky Sports Action 0920, 1120, 1520 & 1720); Cycling – Tour de France, ninth stage (Eurosport 1 1130 & ITV4 1200); Rugby Union – International Women, New Zealand – England (Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0830); Golf – Scottish Open (Sky Sports Golf 1500 and Sky Sports Main Event 1900), PGA John Deere Classic (Sky Sports Golf 2000); Motorcycling – World Superbikes, California (Eurosport 2 1845 & 2200)