The new tournament rumbles on this week and the pick of the games sees Spain host World Cup finalists Croatia on Tuesday night. The Spanish have begun a new era under Champions League winning manager Luis Enrique, after a pretty dismal World Cup campaign. No such woes for the Croatians, who went all the way to the final before succumbing to defeat against the mighty France. This should be an intriguing midfield battle, with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic coming up against club teammates like Isco and Sergio Busquets, and a draw looks interesting at 12/5 with Bet365. Belgium are full of confidence after thrashing Scotland 4-0 last week, and they should get a win away at Iceland too on Tuesday, with Asian handicaps looking attractive here. There is also an international friendly taking place in Nashville on Tuesday, as USA host Mexico. Both teams have named really young and experimental squads, but the USA’s is a lot younger and more experimental, so Mexico look good at 4/5 to pick up an away win.
The Premiership returns on Saturday with a massive clash between Tottenham and Liverpool. The Reds sit top of the table, with four wins from four, and this represents their first big test of the season. They are slight favourites, as Spurs just lost 2-1 to Watford, and if they secure victory you will see the odds on them winning the title plummet. Chelsea will also try to protect a 100% record when they host Cardiff, and they should secure an emphatic victory. Champions Man City take on Fulham, unbeaten Watford face another stern challenge in the form of Man Utd and Arsenal are away at Newcastle. Watford have won all four games so far this season, and if they topple Man Utd you can expect fireworks in Jose Mourinho’s post-match press conference.
Barcelona are away at Real Sociedad, Real Madrid visit Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid host Eibar on Saturday, and you would expect all three to win, so that could make a really nice treble. Cristiano Ronaldo has still not scored for new club Juventus, but he has a great opportunity to get off the mark when they host Sassuolo on Saturday. Napoli’s game against Fiorentina is the pick of the fixtures in Italy at the weekend. Bayern Munich should prevail at home to Bayer Leverkusen, and PSG should maul St Etienne.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel now finds himself 30 points behind fierce rival Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship race, but he has a glorious opportunity to cut the deficit in Singapore at the weekend. Mercedes notoriously struggle on this track, which suits the Ferrari down to the ground, and Vettel will be desperate to reignite his championship hopes by securing victory, so he looks a really good bet at 6/4 with Sky Bet.
It is week two of the American football season and the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants in a massive game. Defending champions Philadelphia Eagles lock horns with the Buccaneers, while the Steelers face the Chiefs in another huge contest.
World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will put his WBA and WBC belts on the line when he takes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a rematch on September 15. The first fight between these superstars resulted in a controversial draw back in September 2017. A rematch was initially scheduled for May 2018, but it had to be scrapped when Alvarez failed two drugs tests. But the Mexican is now allowed to fight again, and it promises to be an epic bout. It will be by far and away the biggest fight of the year, and the 6/4 on underdog Alvarez looks like great value as he is an extremely talented fighter and he has never been knocked out.
Also look out for T20 Blast Finals day on Saturday, the golfing Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, and some intriguing Premiership rugby contests.