Sports fans are in for a treat over the next few months, with the final quarter of the year packed with a plethora of top-class events.
Mixed martial arts, horse racing, and soccer are amongst a packed line-up that will keep sports lovers on the edge of their seats.
Read on as we look at some of the major sporting events that are due to be staged between now and the end of the year.
Nurmagomedov Faces Tough Return Against Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s eagerly awaited return to mixed martial arts action at UFC 254 has sparked plenty of interest on sports news sites like TalkingSports.co.uk and it is easy to see why.
The Russian star is yet to be beaten in 28 bouts, but he faces a challenging test in his lightweight title fight against Justin Gaethje on October 24.
Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought since defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, and it will be interesting to see if his absence has an impact on his performance.
Gaethje has won 22 out of 24 fights in the professional ranks and could cause Nurmagomedov plenty of problems if the Russian doesn’t bring his ‘A’ game.
Gosden the Man to Follow on Champions Day
The eyes of the horse racing world will be on Ascot on October 17 as the prestigious QIPCO British Champions Day takes place.
The meeting features the final races in each of five QIPCO British Champions Series categories – Sprint, Fillies & Mares, Long Distance, Mile and Middle Distance.
Trainer John Gosden has enjoyed plenty of previous success on Champions Day, and he is expected to enjoy more this time around.
Stable star Enable is one of Gosden’s best chances of a winner, with the six-year-old strongly fancied to claim the Fillies & Mares Stakes to crown a glittering career.
Spanish Giants Set for Epic Battle
Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two biggest clubs in Spanish football, and it is fair to say that there is no love lost between the pair.
Madrid comfortably won the La Liga title last season, frustrating Barca’s bid to claim top spot for the third successive year.
Both sides have made a strong start to the new campaign, and their meeting on October 24 could go a long way in determining this year’s champions.
El Clasico is undoubtedly a Spanish institution and is a game that sports fans across the world cannot afford to miss.
City Aiming to Knock Liverpool Off Their Perch
According to the Football Blog, the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool on November 7 is an unmissable game, and it is difficult to argue with that viewpoint.
Liverpool ended their 30-year wait to win the league last season and thus prevented City from claiming their third successive title.
City demolished Liverpool 4-0 in their most recent meeting during July, although the Reds had already secured the title before that defeat.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be eager to wrestle the championship back from Liverpool, and the latest meeting between the two sides should be a classic.
Tiz to Lay Down the Law at Keeneland
The Breeders’ Cup meeting is always eagerly anticipated, and this year’s meeting at Keeneland on November 6/7 will be no different in that respect.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the standout race of the event, and the 2020 edition could well see one horse cement its status as a racing legend.
Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law failed to follow up in the Kentucky Derby, but he will head to Keeneland as one of the favorites to win the Classic.
Barclay Tagg’s charge subsequently skipped the Preakness Stakes, and that decision should pay dividends at Keeneland.
DeChambeau Tipped to Master Augusta
The rescheduled 2020 Masters Golf Tournament from November 12–15 will attract a high-class field to the iconic Augusta National course.
US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is strongly fancied to win the event, with his length off the tee expected to give him a considerable advantage.
Not since golfing legend, Tiger Woods was sweeping all before him have a player’s chances been talked up as much as DeChambeau’s.
The 27-year-old has confirmed that he will use a 48-inch driver at the Masters, thus ramping up his hopes of blitzing the course.
Van Gerwen the Man to Beat
The end of the sporting calendar in 2020 is dominated by the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.
This year’s event will be staged from December 18 to January 4 and will attract a massive audience on television and live streaming services.
Peter Wright is the defending champion, having claimed the title for the first time in his career with a 7-3 victory over Michael van Gerwen in last year’s final.
However, the Dutch player wasn’t quite at his best during the tournament and he looks a good bet to win his fourth world title this time around.
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