September 02, 2013, 3:53 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The first of two historic NFL regular-season games touches down at Wembley Stadium this autumn as the Minnesota Vikings 'host' the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday 29th September. The clash takes place one month ahead of the second 2013 NFL International Series games at Wembley and concludes an action-packed sporting month that also sees England take on Moldova in their latest World Cup qualifying gameas well as the first ever ITU World Triathlon Grand Final come in London.
An estimated 80,000 fans are expected to fill Wembley to see the Vikings play their first game in the UK since a 1983 pre-season clash at the old Wembley Stadium. Their opponents, the Steelers, boast the NFL record of six Super Bowl championships and will be making their first ever London appearance. The Steelers' President is a certain Art Rooney II - and with a name like that, he will no doubt be looking for inspiration from his namesake footballer, who often gets on the scoresheet at Wembley.
Wayne Rooney is indeed expected to lead the line for England as they take on Moldova at 8pm on Friday 6th September in their latest Group H World Cup qualifier. Currently two points behind table toppers Montenegro, the home side have only ever played Moldova three times, with the results being 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0. If the sequence continues then England will coast to an easy 6-0 win before Roy Hodgson's side travel to Kiev for their next qualifying clash against Ukraine just four days later.
Important Premier League fixtures in September include the mouth-watering North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 1st September, a West London derby between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 21st September and Spurs welcoming Chelsea to White Hart Lane on Saturday 28th September. Visitors attending any of these scintillating fixtures from outside London can book their accommodation on LondonTown.com, where there's a wide variety of Cheap London Hotels to suit all budgets and locations.
Running (cycling and swimming) from Wednesday 11th September to Sunday 15th September, the eighth and final leg of the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series comes to Hyde Park following the overwhelming success of last summer's Olympics. Home hope Jonathan Brownlee, the bronze medallist in London 2012, is the current defending champion while his brother Alistair, who took the gold medal last July, won the title the year before. Joining the Brownlee brothers over an identical course to that used during London 2012 will be five thousand of the world's top triathletes (both male and female and from varying age groups) competing over six days in and around the famous Serpentine Boating Lake.
For those less experienced, September starts with Tri Together, a series of triathlons open to people of all ages and abilities, at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday 1st September. Skipping out the swim, the London Duathlon takes place in Richmond Park on Sunday 15th September, while the Palace to Palace Bike Ride on Sunday 22nd September sees around four thousand riders take on a 45-mile route from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Palace, passing over many of the roads used in the London 2012 Olympic road race.
Following England's retaining of The Ashes, the LV County Championships reaches its conclusion this September with Middlesex still in the hunt for the Division One title but bottom-of-the-table Surrey battling relegation. Surrey welcome their fellow Londoners Middlesex to the Oval from 3rd September, Middlesex's final game of the season at Lord's takes place from 11th September against Nottinghamshire, while Surrey's final home game is against Yorkshire from 24th September.
Madcap runners will be going bananas in the seventh annual Great Gorilla Run over a seven-mile route in the City on Saturday 21st September, while the second NFL International Series game of the autumn sees the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the San Francisco 49ers one month later on Sunday 27th October.
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