The Week Ahead (22/08/2010)

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Mark Hughes gets right up Sir Alex Ferguson's nose – it goes even redder than normal, so expect Fulham to give United a real game at the Cottage.


Plenty to get your teeth into as Dr Wendy Chapman heads for Manchester and the "bloodgate" hearing. It may be a case of fangs for the memories. England announce their Commonwealth Games team. There have been so many pull-outs that Steve Ovett and Roger Bannister will be waiting by the phone at home.


Fifa's suits continue to look at England's potential 2018 World Cup venues. Can't think why they have given Milton Keynes and Plymouth the slip.


Tottenham attempt to put the Young Boys in their place. Perhaps there will be a spanking at White Hart Lane?


Champions' League draw in Monaco. Elsewhere, Colin Montgomerie will be in a right mood (even for him) as his US-based stars refuse to play at Gleneagles, giving him a Ryder Cup headache under his lovely locks. At Lord's the final Test with Pakistan begins – just the seven one-dayers to come...


Groundhog day in Monaco, except it's the Europa League draw – i.e. a lot less interesting. Bet you didn't know the Super Cup was still going. Anyhow, Inter and Atletico Madrid play for a pointless bauble.


Challenge Cup final, pole position at Spa and tasty Premier League clashes: it's Blackburn v Arsenal and Man United v West Ham.