We are now heading into the final round of group games at the World Cup and everything will be sewn up by Thursday. Uruguay take on hosts Russia on Monday afternoon, and the winner will finish top of Group A. Russia have fired in eight goals in two games, so they are top on goal difference and a draw would be enough to see them clinch the group. But Uruguay have one of the best defences in world football, plus Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front, so they could pull off a win and they are priced at 13/8 with Bet365 to do so.
Egypt face Saudi Arabia in a dead rubber that does not look worth bothering with. Later on Monday, Spain face Morocco and Portugal take on Iran, and whichever team records the most emphatic victory will top Group B. Spain are the favourites to pull it off. Australia have the slimmest of chances of getting to the knockout stage, but they would have to beat a stubborn Peru side on Tuesday, and hope France – who have already done enough to reach the last 16 – can beat Denmark.
Croatia are also through after thumping Argentina 3-0 last time out, and they may rest players for their clash with Iceland. That could spell bad news for Argentina, who need to beat Nigeria and hope Iceland fail to beat Croatia if they are to make it through to the knockout stage of the tournament. Lionel Messi and Co. have been poor so far, but they look well priced to beat a technically limited Nigeria side.
Wednesday sees Mexico needing only a draw against Sweden to finish top of its group, and Mexico draw no bet looks like a great option. Germany should beat South Korea and take the runner-up spot. Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland are all vying to make it out of Group F on Wednesday, and a Brazil-Switzerland double looks interesting. England and Belgium will battle it out for Group H supremacy on Thursday. The round of 16 begins at the weekend, with two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday.
We are now a week away from Wimbledon and some of the finest tennis stars in the world will be warming up at ATP Eastbourne on England’s south coast. Andy Murray’s match against Stan Wawrinka looks like the star attraction for local tennis fans. Murray has just returned from almost a year out with injury, and he is a massive underdog to win Wimbledon, while world No. 1 Roger Federer looks like a great bet at 6/4 with Bet365 and various others.
The Formula 1 season rumbles on and the next stop is Austria at the weekend. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are battling it out for glory this season, and both are attractively priced for this race, but Mercedes has dominated it for the last four years, so Hamilton looks like the better option at BMR's green-listed sportsbooks.
England have ripped the depleted Aussies apart in the ODI series and they will seek to cement their superiority when the T20 series starts at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Eoin Morgan’s men are 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet to make a winning start and that looks like a decent price considering Australia’s abject form.