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General: Five things to look out for this weekend

Another big weekend of sport approaches with the Premier League taking centre stage as Arsenal play host to Liverpool.

There is also Group One horse racing action from Newmarket while Max Verstappen could seal back-to-back titles in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Football: Big test of Arsenal's credentials

WhatArsenal v Liverpool
WhereEmirates Stadium, London
WhenSunday 9th October, 16:30
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsArsenal 6/4, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 13/8

Arsenal have made a magnificent start to the Premier League season winning six of their seven games. Mikel Arteta was under pressure to perform following their late collapse last season which saw them drop out of the top four.

Their summer recruitment has worked a treat and they are the top dogs currently, even a point ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

However, there has always been a concern about how Arsenal would fare in the big games. Their only defeat of the season came away at fellow top-six outfit Manchester United and Arteta needs to prove he can get it right against the best.

Liverpool go to the Emirates on the back of a solid 2-0 win against Rangers in the Champions League but their Premier League campaign has not yet got out of second gear.

A win at the Emirates would certainly give them the kickstart they need, given that they have only managed to win two from seven so far.

Formula One: Verstappen hoping for title number two

WhatJapanese Grand Prix
WhereSuzuka Circuit, Suzuka City
WhenSunday 9th October 2022, 06:00
How to watchSky Sports F1

Max Verstappen 1/2, Charles Leclerc 3/1, Sergio Perez 10/1, Lewis Hamilton 12/1,
Carlos Sainz 16/1

Despite the first half of the season suggesting 2022 would be a classic tussle between Ferrari and Red Bull reminiscent of last year's fight between Red Bull and Mercedes, Max Verstappen has stormed away and looks almost certain to collect consecutive titles.

Last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix ended a run of five straight wins for Verstappen but it was his team-mate Sergio Perez who took the chequered flag, reiterating the dominance of the Red Bull outfit.

It was a rare misstep for Verstappen who only managed to finish seventh but he is still in total control of his own destiny, with 104 points the sizeable buffer between himself and Scuderia driver Charles Leclerc.

He could win the title in Japan with the right combination of results as Red Bull look to win in Suzuka for the first time since 2013 when Sebastian Vettel took the spoils.

Horse Racing: Darley Dewhurst Stakes one to watch

WhatDarley Dewhurst Stakes
WhereNewmarket Racecourse
WhenSaturday 8th October, 15:00
How to watchITV1
OddsNostrum 13/8, Chaldean 7/2, Naval Power 4/1, Aesop's Fables 13/2, Isaac Shelby 12/1

There is a full programme of racing coming from Newmarket with the highlight being at 15:00 in the form of the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes.

The race is the most prestigious in Britain for juvenile horses with many of the stars of tomorrow taking part.

One to watch will certainly be Nostrum, who won at Group Three level on his latest outing at Newmarket - the Juddmonte-owned colt is an exciting prospect.

However, Charlie Appleby's Naval Power has won all four starts while Frankel colt Chaldean is a three-time victor, the latest at Doncaster in a Group Two outing.

Cricket: England step up World Cup preparations

WhatAustralia v England
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
WhenSunday 9th October, 09:10
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsAustralia 11/10, England 8/11

After a thrilling 4-3 series win against Pakistan, England's T20 roadshow heads to Australia where they will face the World Cup hosts three times before getting into the tournament proper.

It was a topsy-turvy series in Pakistan - England's first trip there for well over a decade - and they managed to hold on in the final match, winning by a comfortable margin of 67 runs. Early dismissals of captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan badly halted Pakistan's run chase.

Now, England head Down Under and play their first T20 at the Optus Stadium in Perth with Australia currently regarded as the team to beat as they look to defend their crown following last year's final victory against New Zealand.

England haven't won the T20 World Cup since 2010 and a series win against Australia would be the ideal preparation and good sign of where their white-ball form is at following a disappointing few months.

Darts: All to play for in double-in Grand Prix

What:PDC World Grand Prix
Where:Morningside Arena, Leicester
When:Friday 7th-Sunday 9th October, 2022
How to watch:Sky Sports Arena
Odds:Gerwyn Price 9/2, Michael van Gerwen 9/2, Peter Wright 7/1, Dimitri van den Bergh 14/1

At the time of writing, darts' "Big Three" are all still in the World Grand Prix as the darting calendar enters its busiest and most lucrative period.

Current world number one Gerwyn Price won the title in 2020 and is looking for a first TV title of the year following an average season when compared to his very high standards.

Peter Wright has never won the Grand Prix before and wants to add it to his bulging collection while Michael van Gerwen is hoping for a sixth Grand Prix, ten years on from winning his first TV title in the competition.

Dimitri van den Bergh and Nathan Aspinall both have experience of winning on the big stage while Chris Dobey, Madars Razma, and Martin Lukeman are hoping to spring shocks and claim silverware for the very first time.

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