Biggest Worldwide Sporting Events of the Week
By Martin Green07 May 2018
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The Premiership season is hurtling towards its conclusion and a few teams are battling to avoid relegation, with some massive six-pointers on the horizon. Golf’s finest stars will contest The Players Championship, while there are big tennis matches and the return of Formula 1 to also look out for. Bet on each event at BMR’s green-listed bookmakers.

Premiership

Swansea, Southampton and Huddersfield are locked in a gripping three-way battle to beat the drop. Just one team will be relegated and Southampton are the favourites to go down, with Swansea 7/4 and Huddersfield – who have a three-point advantage with two games remaining – out at 5/1. Huddersfield are away at Chelsea on Wednesday and then host Arsenal on Saturday for Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge at the club. But the big one is Swansea v Southampton on Tuesday night. If one team wins, they should be safe, while the loser would be on the brink of relegation. Tottenham are now just two points above Chelsea and those teams are fighting for the final top four spot. Spurs play Newcastle on Wednesday and host Leicester on Saturday, while Chelsea’s season concludes with a trip to in-form West Brom.

La Liga

A 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday left Barcelona on the verge of completing an entire La Liga campaign without losing a game. They play Villarreal on Wednesday and Levante on Sunday, and they are on the brink of a remarkable achievement.

Players Championship

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is the favourite heading into a star-studded Players Championship, as low as 8/1 with some bookmakers, but you can get 14/1 on him with Boyle Sports. Justin Thomas and former world No. 1 Jason Day are both 14/1 with William Hill, while current No. 1 Dustin Johnson is 16/1. Jordan Spieth is 18/1 with Betfair, and Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson are all in the mix, yet Tiger Woods will probably dominate headlines.

Madrid Open

Rafa Nadal is enjoying another stunning clay-court season, winning titles without dropping a single set, and he is 2/5 with Bet Victor to extend that run at the Madrid Open. The younger players seem in awe of him, and it is hard to imagine any of them stopping him. Roger Federer sits out the clay-court season nowadays, Novak Djokovic is struggling and Andy Murray is still injured, so Nadal has a pretty clear run at French Open glory this year.

NBA

The NBA playoffs rumble on and it is looking like the Conference Finals will see the Houston Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors, while the Cleveland Cavaliers should play the Boston Celtics in the East. LeBron James is in inspired form for Cleveland, and he seems like a lock for top points scorer every time he plays. The Celtics are dogged, but hit hard by injuries, and it is hard to imagine anything other than a Cavs win. But whoever wins out of the Dubs and the Rockets should go on to win the NBA Finals, as the west is the stronger conference.

Boxing

The devastating Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden this weekend, and he should be good for a knockout victory after a dazzling career thus far.

Spanish Grand Prix

We are witnessing another exhilarating F1 season and Mercedes are not having it all their own way. Lewis Hamilton finally claimed a maiden victory of the season last time out, but he trails Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the standings. A thrilling battle is shaping up between the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, and a great deal of intrigue will surround Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton won this race last year and he looks well priced as 7/4 second favourite with Unibet and 888 Sport to win it again.