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Weekend round-up: Awesome Aguero and brilliant Bielsa

| 06.08.2018

We were treated to a veritable feast of sport this weekend, ranging from football to cricket, to rugby league, hockey, tennis and more.

So what better than a one-stop guide to round it all up? Here’s the big talking points…

Aguero downs Chelsea at Wembley

Manchester City started the new season in style with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Sergio Aguero struck his 200th and 201st Man City goals either side of half-time. The Citizens were the better side throughout as Chelsea lacked a presence up front in Maurizio Sarri’s first game in charge.

Pep Guardiola’s men are 4/6 favourites for this season’s Premier League, with Chelsea out at 12/1.

Mourinho is still miserable

Across the way in Manchester, United boss Jose Mourinho is resigning himself to a difficult campaign unless the Red Devils bring in new players before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

United were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich on Sunday, with Mourinho keen to bring in at least one centre-half and possibly a striker.

The Old Trafford outside are 13/2 to win the Premier League, and 2/5 to start the season with a win over Leicester City on Friday night.

Bielsa has Leeds purring in first game

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United will be one of the stories of the season. And the early signs are that the Whites are set to thrill after a 3-1 win over Championship favourites Stoke City.

Leeds’ first was a scintillating and slick end-to-end move, which had Bielsa’s blueprint all over it. The Whites have jumped into 8/1 second favouritism to win the league this season.

Leicester welcome Mahrez replacement

Having sold one Algerian talent in Riyad Mahrez, Leicester will hope to have signed another in Rachid Ghezzal.

The 26-year-old has arrived in a £10m move from Monaco. The Foxes are 13/2 to beat Man United in Friday night’s Premier League opener.

Netherlands storm to Hockey World Cup

Away from football and the Netherlands will be celebrating after cantering to the Women’s Hockey World Cup.

The Dutch trounced a heroic Ireland 6-0 in the final. Spain took third after a 3-1 win over Australia.

England bag first Test success

Who said Test cricket was boring? England and India’s first clash at Edgbaston was a humdinger with the hosts claiming a 31-run victory on Saturday morning to conclude a gripping four days of Test cricket.

The hosts are evens to win the second Test at Lord’s, which starts on Thursday.

Dragons roar past St Helens

Rugby League was getting in on the summer sports extravaganza too. Catalan Dragons stunned Super League leaders St Helens to bag a spot in the Challenge Cup Final.

It’s only the second ever appearance by the French outfit in the showpiece, but they deserved it after a 35-16 win which saw them 27-0 up at half-time. They’ll face Warrington at Wembley on 25th August.

And the rest…

Laura Kenny won her second gold at the European Championships in Glasgow after winning the women’s elimination race.

In Tennis, Alex Zverev and Svetlana Kuznetsova won the men’s and women’s Washington Open titles, respectively.

And there was home joy in the Women’s British Open as Georgia Hall claimed a two-shot victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.