Open Among Top Sporting Events of Week

By Martin Green15 July 2018
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The Open Championship

Golf’s finest stars will descend upon Carnoustie on Scotland’s eastern coast on Thursday to battle it out for the third major of the year. “When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest course in Britain,” Sir Michael Bonallack said. “And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.” The beast of Angus has embarrassed many of the world’s best players, and you should not expect many low scores this week. But links specialists have a good chance of success, and all eyes will be on U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who began his career in Europe. He emerged victorious at Shinnecock Hills, a similarly grim course, earlier this year, and he could be the one to beat. England’s Tommy Fleetwood holds the course record here, and he too will be dangerous, while the usual big names like Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods will all be in the mix.

England v India

England leveled the ODI series with a fine victory on Wednesday as Joe Root’s 113 vanquished Virat Kohli’s side. The English are the world’s top-ranked ODI team, but India harbour ambitions of stealing that crown, so we should be in for another gripping contest on Tuesday. But England have been in fine form of late, and they enjoy home advantage, so the 19/20 on offer for them to win the third ODI looks like a great price.

Jaime Munguia v Liam Smith

Britain’s Smith flies to Las Vegas to take on the 21-year-old WBO world super-welterweight champion in an eagerly anticipated title fight. Smith, 29, held the belt from 2015-2016, before losing to the legendary Canelo Alvarez – who has topped the pound-for-pound world rankings – in Texas. But he has since beaten Marian Cazacu and Liam Williams twice, taking his record to 25-1-1, and earned another title shot. Munguia has won all 29 professional fights, with 25 wins coming by KO. He seized the title from Sadam Ali in May, stopping the champion in four rounds, and he is the overwhelming favourite to win this fight. But Bet365 is offering 4/1 on Smith and that looks tempting, as he is in his prime and is more experienced than his opponent.

German Grand Prix

The German Grand Prix is back and champions Mercedes will be desperate to secure victory on their home turf. Their star driver, Lewis Hamilton, won the last German Grand Prix in 2016 and he is the 11/8 favourite with Bet365 to repeat that feat next Sunday. But another German is also vying for glory and many punters will be tempted by the 15/8 on offer for Sebastian Vettel. He has opened up a lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship amid various technical problems for Hamilton, and he will fancy his chances of landing another victory in Hockenheimring.

Tour de France

The Tour de France rumbles on and Chris Froome is still the 7/4 favourite to win it, but Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas are looking strong. This week will see the mountain goats fighting for King of the Mountains glory and several stages look intriguingly poised.