Biggest Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green27 May 2018
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French Open

The French Open is underway and Rafael Nadal is bidding to win an 11th title at Roland Garros. Many fancy him to win the tournament without dropping a single set, as he has secured a straightforward route to the final in the draw. Others to watch out for include clay court specialist Dominic Thiem and wunderkind Alexander Zverev, who could both cause problems for Nadal if they meet him in the final. Britain’s Kyle Edmund is among the intriguing underdogs to keep an eye on. The women’s draw looks wide open, and the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina will fancy their chances of going deep into the tournament. Expect upsets aplenty in the women’s tournament, which was won by an unseeded player last year for the first time since 1933.

League Two Playoff Final

Coventry take on Exeter at Wembley on Monday night in the playoff final, and the winner will secure a place in League One next year. Both teams produced strong second leg victories in the semi-finals and both of those games featured some cracking goals. We should therefore be in for an open, entertaining game between two teams that like to take risks and play attractive football. The Sky Blues are the favourites at 13/10 with Bet365, but there is a lot of value on Exeter at 5/2. They finished above Coventry in the table and lost in the playoff final last year, so they will be desperate to avoid history repeating itself. Both teams to score also looks interesting at 19/20 with William Hill.

Stateside

The NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Finals begin this week and both series are sure to generate huge interest. In the NHL, the expansion Las Vegas Knights are enjoying a fairy-tale debut season and they have defied all odds, now set to take on the Washington Capitals. Vegas are the favourites to win the trophy, priced at 4/5.

England v Pakistan

England endured a nightmare first test against Pakistan, but they will have a chance to make amends when the second test begins on Friday. They will hope to see more heroics from new man Dom Bess and the recalled Jos Buttler, and will hope for a serious improvement from the likes of Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan and Johnny Bairstow. Pakistan’s bowlers were on fire in the first test, and Sarfraz Ahmed will simply hope for more of the same, but England are the favourites to secure victory in the second test.

Tyson Fury v Sefer Seferi

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returns to the ring for the first time since 2015, when he beat Wladimir Klitschko. He was stripped of his titles following a long period of inactivity, dominated by controversy, personal problems and testing positive for taking cocaine. But he is still just 29 years of age and still unbeaten at 25-0, and now he is staging a comeback, with 39-year-old Albanian Sefer Seferi (23-1) his opponent. Fury is the heavy favourite to win, and Sky Bet has an interesting 8/11 on Fury clinching victory in rounds 1-5.