We are now into the business end of the French Open and heavyweight contenders like Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Garbine Muguruza are coming to the fore. The outright match betting odds grow more interesting with each passing day as the opponents become more evenly matched the deeper into the tournament we get. The women’s final is on Saturday and the men’s is on Sunday. It would be a shock if Nadal did not make it, and Novak Djokovic is putting forth a compelling case to overhaul young guns Thiem and Alexander Zverev and meet him there. The women’s is wide open, but Muguruza (4/1 with Bet365 and various others) is looking solid.
There are international friendlies taking place throughout the week as teams bid to gain crucial match fitness ahead of the World Cup. England are clear favorites to beat Costa Rica on Thursday, and they could make a nice double with European Champions Portugal, who are attractively priced to beat Algeria at home. Friendlies can yield some bizarre results as managers experiment with different formations and make plenty of changes, while players sometimes pull out of tackles in fear of getting injured. The world’s number one team in the FIFA rankings, defending World Cup champions Germany, just lost to an unheralded Austria team, for example. It is therefore advisable not to go too wild with your stakes, but there is plenty of value on offer. Switzerland are in fine form and they look good at 4/5 with Bet Bright and 3/4 with Ladbrokes to beat Japan on Friday.
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are battling it out for supremacy once again. These teams have contested the previous three NBA Finals series, and the Dubs have won two of them. LeBron James is on fire for Cleveland, but the Golden State super team is in formidable form and the Warriors are likely to close out an emphatic victory.
The Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights are contesting a fascinating NHL Stanley Cup Finals clash. The Knights are in their first year as a franchise and it has been a fairy-tale season, but cracks are starting to appear in their armor.
Rugby fans can look forward to a trio of intriguing international matches on Saturday. First up the world’s best team, New Zealand, take on a struggling France and the All Blacks are overwhelming favorites to secure victory. New Zealand -25 is 10/11 with Bet365 in the handicap betting, illustrating what a tough match France are in for. Next up Australia host Ireland, and the Irish look a great bet at 10/11 with Bet365 to secure victory. They beat England to secure the Six Nations in a clean sweep, and now they are bidding to overhaul the All Blacks as the best in the world. Finally England, who have been licking their wounds post-Six Nations, will begin the painful rebuilding process when they take on South Africa. They are 3/4 to win it with Paddy Power and they really should gain a victory to boost their morale.