The world’s eight highest ranked female tennis will converge in Shenzhen, China, to battle it out for glory this week. The WTA Finals is considered the fifth most prestigious event of the year, following the four Grand Slam tournaments. Elina Svitolina won it last year and she is back back to defend her crown. The players are divided into two groups of four, with the winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals. There are games throughout the week and the final takes place at the weekend. In-form Bianca Andreescu is the 7/2 favourite with Paddy Power to win it ahead of Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty, with Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Belinda Bencic also in the mix.
England are in New Zealand for a series of five T20 matches and then two Test matches. The first T20 showdown takes place early on Friday morning for English fans and the tourists are 5/4 underdogs with Paddy Power, while hosts New Zealand are the 8/11 favourites with Betway. New Zealand are priced at 4/7 to win the series, while England are out at 13/8 and a 3-2 series win for the Kiwis is 21/10 with Bet365. Alternatively you can find 11/4 on England 3-2, 3/1 on New Zealand 4-1, 8/1 on England 4-1, 17/2 on a 5-0 whitewash for New Zealand, and 16/1 on England 5-0.
England produced a magnificent performance to topple the mighty New Zealand on Saturday and surge into the World Cup final. The following day saw South Africa edge a tight, tense semi-final against Wales, and Eddie Jones’ men will now meet the Springboks to vie for glory in Yokohama at the weekend. South Africa lost to New Zealand in the group stage, and England should take confidence from their ruthless demolition of the All Blacks. They have had an extra day to rest, and they should not fear the Springboks, so punters might like the look of the 4/6 that William Hill is offering on an England win.
There are some cracking Premier League games to look forward to at the weekend. Bournemouth have gone three games without scoring, and under 2.5 goals might be a tempting option when they host goal-shy Man Utd. Arsenal; are 9/13 to edge a home victory against a stubborn Wolves side, while you might like to give league leaders Liverpool an Asian handicap for their away game at Aston Villa. Brighton have beaten Spurs and Everton in their last two home games, so odds of 10/11 on them beating struggling Norwich at the Amex look really tempting. Sheff Utd will fancy their chances of beating Burnley and they are 5/4 to do so, while 22/23 on West Ham beating Newcastle looks great, as does 7/10 on Chelsea beating Waford and 15/13 on Leicester beating Crystal Palace. Everton versus Tottenham could go either way and goals markets might appeal there.
The Great British Lions have returned to rugby league following a 12-year absence and they lost 12-6 to Tonga in their first game back at the weekend. Now they take on New Zealand and they will need to deliver a much better performance if they are to triumph. Fans will hope that they are now more comfortable playing with one another. Also look out for the US Grand Prix at the weekend.