What’s on BT Sport this weekend? Your armchair guide for all our live action

Don’t miss the start of the new Premier League season, the latest MotoGP race in Austria, Lionel Messi's PSG debut and much more.

Published: 12 August 2021 - 2.19pm

Almost a month to the day since their penalty shootout heartbreak, England's heroes have the chance to put their Euro 2020 disappointment behind them as the new Premier League season starts in earnest.

As if that wasn't enough, we’ve got an exceptional line up of live action on BT Sport, including Test cricket from the Caribbean, the latest round of MotoGP action from Austria and the most talked about league in Europe as Ligue 1 prepares to welcome the greatest footballer on the planet.

Read on for the pick of our live schedule this weekend.

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Manchester United v Leeds

Saturday, 11,30am - BT Sport 1HD & BT Sport Ultimate

BT Sport's coverage of the 2021/22 Premier League season begins with a bang as bitter rivals Manchester United and Leeds United lock horns in a mouth-watering midday clash at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished a distant second behind Man City last season and were runners-up in the Europa League after a galling penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal but there are high hopes for United this season.

The Red Devils have spent big in the transfer market as they look to bridge the gap at the top of the table.

Jadon Sancho will bolster a stacked forward line, with World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane set to partner Harry Maguire at centre back following his imminent move from Real Madrid.

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They’ll be looking to banish memories of Gdansk and get off to a flying start this term with a win over a Leeds side who impressed on their long-awaited return to the top flight.

Marcelo Bielsa guided his side to a ninth-placed finish in their first season in the top tier since 2003/04 and won the hearts and minds of neutrals with their high-octane playing style.

The Red Devils won this fixture 6-2 last season, but the reverse game at Elland Road ended goalless and Leeds will be eyeing a first win at Old Trafford since their famous FA Cup triumph in 2010.

Find out who will earn Pennines bragging rights as we welcome back fans for an unmissable encounter on opening weekend.

Grand Prix of Austria

Sunday, 9.15am - BT Sport 2HD

A week after Jorge Martin became MotoGP's newest winner in an action-packed Styrian Grand Prix, the circus reconvenes in Austria this weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

The 23-year-old Spaniard picked up the first chequered flag of his fledgling career in a race that was marred by a fiery crash involving Lorenzo Savadori.

Martin took the lead early after the race was restarted for safety reasons and resisted race-long pressure from Joan Mir, eventually opening up a gap to the Suzuki rider in the closing stages.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo will be looking to return to the top of the podium after finishing third.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Austrian GP at the same venue, Quartararo is looking for an improved performance from his Yamaha bike.

“In the first race behind Jorge [Martin] I was there behind and in the last corner I was carrying so much speed," said Quartararo.

“I was looking at him and I was like ‘ah, he’s saving a lot the tyre’, and as soon as he picked up the bike he was pulling a lot.

“So, we will try to manage the best way as possible. We know we don’t have the same potential as Ducati’s on acceleration, but I mean for us a podium here was perfect."

We’ll build up to the race with full and uninterrupted coverage of the Free Practice and Warm Up sessions. We’ll also, of course, be showing every Moto2 and Moto3 session - including the races - in full.

And after you catch your breath, Chequered Flag will round up the weekend’s talking points with the very best analysis from our pundits and high profile guests with all the action available on BT Sport 2HD throughout the weekend.

Will Lionel Messi make his Ligue 1 bow?

PSG v Strasbourg: Saturday, 7.45pm - BT Sport 2HD 

This weekend could mark the start of a new golden era of French football as Lionel Messi begins life at Paris-Saint Germain.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a two-year deal on Tuesday evening less than a week after it was announced he would be leaving Barcelona.         

A deal for Messi represents a major coup for French football and PSG as they continue their quest for a maiden Champions League crown.

Messi will now form a terrifying new attacking trio with his former teammate Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain,” said Messi at his unveiling on Wednesday morning.

“I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out on to the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”

Neymar played at Barcelona from 2013-2017 before his world record £200m move to PSG, and Messi remains close to the Brazilian.

The playmaker could potentially make his Ligue 1 bow on Saturday evening as PSG welcome Strasbourg to the Parc des Princes - live on BT Sport 2HD - although the 34-year-old has admitted he might require more time to attain match fitness.

In total we've got five Ligue 1 games for you to enjoy with Marseille, Lyon and Lens all in action in what could be a historic weekend for French football.

West Indies v Pakistan first Test

After a raft of white-ball cricket, West Indies turn their attention back to the longer form of the game this weekend as they welcome Pakistan in what is the first series for the hosts in the new World Test Championship cycle.

Fast bowler Chemar Holder returns to the side having recovered from an injury that ruled him out of the home Tests against South Africa earlier this year, while middle order batsman Shamarh Brooks has been added to a 17-man squad on the back of a century in an intra-squad warm-up game last week.

Brooks comes in for Darren Bravo, who has been given a break since since he has been in a bio-bubble since early June.

"I expect the team to be highly competitive in every department while playing with passion, purpose and determination," said chief West Indies selector Roger Harper.

"I look forward to the batsmen stepping up as they did in the series against Bangladesh and against Sri Lanka earlier this year in Antigua."

West Indies finished second-last in the previous iteration of the WTC, winning only three of their 13 matches. 

They begin the 2021-23 cycle with the two Tests against Pakistan before facing off against Bangladesh, England, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Watch days three and four from the first Test on Saturday and Sunday on BT Sport 3HD and BT Sport 1HD respectively.

Plus

Our coverage of the Portuguese top flight continues on Saturday evening with Braga v Sporting Lisbon as two Primeira Liga title hopefuls go toe-to-toe - live on ESPN from 8.30pm.

Baseball fans can get their fill of MLB action as the Mets host the Dodgers on Friday evening before the Yankees and the White Sox go toe-to-toe from 7pm on Sunday evening.

For channels and start times of all our live action - both this weekend and beyond - check out our What's On page.