Arsenal-Liverpool among top sporting events of week

By Martin Green28 October 2018
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Premier League

Tottenham host Man City at Wembley in a massive Monday night Premier League contest. Victory would see Pep Guardiola’s men return to the top of the table, while a win for Spurs would see them climb up to third, so there is plenty at stake. This game pits two of the league’s best managers against one another, so it should prove to be a fascinating tactical battle. There will be a great deal of attacking talent on the pitch, so "both teams to score" looks interesting at 13/20 with Betway. Man City beat Spurs home and away last season, and they are 3/4 with Bet365 and various others to pick up another victory in this game. At the weekend Leicester travel to Wales to face Cardiff and it will be a very sombre affair as the club is in mourning following the tragic helicopter crash at the weekend. Leicester may well rally to honour their chairman with victory and they are 13/10 with William Hill to do so. The big game sees Arsenal take on Liverpool and the Reds will get a lot of attention at 6/5, but the Gunners have not lost in 12 games and both teams to score and under 2.5 goals might be a better option at 4/5 with Sky Bet.

International Rugby

Big internationals taking place on Saturday include Japan v New Zealand, England v South Africa, Wales v Scotland and Ireland v Italy. England lost a series 2-1 to the Springboks earlier this year, but South Africa are bringing a weakened side over for this game and Eddie Jones’ men should gain revenge. You would expect New Zealand to annihilate Japan and cover a huge spread, while Wales are strong at home and they should beat Cardiff. Ireland are having a sensational year and they are up to second in the world, with an eye on the All-Blacks’ crown. They should also cover a considerable handicap at home to an uninspiring Italian side.

England v Sri Lanka

England pulverised Sri Lanka in the ODI series and beat them in a one-off T20 at the weekend and now it is time for the Test side to try to follow in the footsteps of their white ball counterparts. It will be a difficult challenge, as conditions will be against them and Sri Lanka’s Test team are strong at home. England, meanwhile, have not won an away Test match since 2016. But Joe Root is confident that his side can end that miserable run with victory in this first Test, which begins on Tuesday. Bet365 has 13/8 on England, 7/4 on Sri Lanka and 11/5 on the draw, showing just how close it is expected to be. The draw is attracting a lot of action at 11/5 and that looks interesting as it is the rainy season in Sri Lanka and that could stop play for large portions of the Test.

European Football

Juventus look well priced at 4/5 with Bet Victor to "win to nil" against Cagliari at the weekend, while Boyle Sports has a tempting 8/13 on "both teams to score" in the Fiorentina v Roma game. Barcelona are in outrageous form and they should rip Rayo Vallecano apart, so Barcelona -1.75 Asian handicap looks great at 15/14 with Unibet. Atletico Madrid also look well priced at 4/6 to win away at relegation threatened Leganes.

Daniel Cormier v Derrick Lewis

Cormier will put his UFC heavyweight title on the line against the popular Lewis at Madison Square Garden in New York at the weekend. Cormier is 21-1 in his career and he is ranked number one in the pound-for-pound charts, so it is easy to see why he is the 1/6 favourite to win the fight. He just dethroned Stipe Miocic in his last fight and he will be full of confidence ahead of this contest. Lewis has delivered some hilarious post-fight interviews of late and he followed up a shock win over Francis Ngannou with a stunning comeback victory over Alexander Volkov on October 7. However, he has not had long to recover for this fight, and he admitted he was out of shape after his last bout, so it is hard to see him winning this one. Cormier to win via a knockout looks like a good option for extra value.