Biggest Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green01 July 2018
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World Cup

World Cup favourites Brazil take on Mexico in an eagerly anticipated last 16 clash on Monday afternoon. Tite’s men are the clear favourites to secure victory, but there is strong value to be found in the Asian handicap markets. Mexico come into the game after suffering a bruising 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden, and their confidence should have taken a knock. Brazil can capitalise as they have looked solid thus far, with Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings with aplomb. Later on Monday, Belgium take on Japan and once again they are clear favourites. A Brazil-Belgium double offers strong value too and that should tempt plenty of punters. Roberto Martinez’s team have a perfect record so far, with three wins out of three. They were able to rest key players for their last game, and the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku should be totally energised for this clash with Japan, and the Belgians really should secure an emphatic victory.

On Tuesday the round of 16 will be wrapped up, as Sweden take on Switzerland and Colombia face England. The Three Lions know they have a clear route to the semi-final, as victory over Colombia would leave them as clear favourites in a quarter-final meeting with either the Swedes of the Swiss. But beating Colombia is easier said than done, as they are blessed with some technically brilliant players. But star man James Rodriguez is nursing an injury and that could hurt Colombia, so many punters will fancy the 11/10 that Bet365 is offering on an England win. Sweden v Switzerland looks too close to call, although under 2.5 goals looks interesting.

Then we have to endure a three-day break before the quarter-finals start. France take on Uruguay on Friday and that should be a great game. Les Bleus beat Argentina in a thriller, while Uruguay dumped European champions Portugal out of the World Cup in the last 16. It will be fascinating to see Kylian Mbappe pit his wits against Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, but France should win that one.

Wimbledon

It is time for Pimm’s, strawberries and cream and perfectly manicured lawns as Wimbledon begins this week. Jeremy Charly looks like a good first round pick, while Kevin Anderson also looks like an interesting option to secure a 3-0 sets victory in his first match. Roger Federer is the clear favourite to win the tournament and deservedly so after he won it with ease last year. The world number one is in fine form and he has the experience to get the job done, so he looks like a good futures bet at 13/8 with Bet365. The women’s side of the draw is much more open and unpredictable, and long-shots look appealing, while you could also take advantage of in-play betting and back underdogs to topple favourites.

Tour de France

The greatest event in cycling starts at the weekend and Chris Froome is the 2/1 favourite to secure victory. Froome has won the race for the last three years and he is one of the most successful riders in its history. He is also the reigning Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana champion and he is in formidable form right now. Team Sky is confident that he will take part in this race and the Brit will take some stopping as he has great physical and mental strength and a great track record in the contest.

British Grand Prix

All eyes will turn to Silverstone at the weekend as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and company battle it out for victory in the British Grand Prix. Hamilton should enjoy strong home support and he looks like a good bet to win the race.