Return of Premiership Among Top Sporting Events of Week

By Martin Green05 August 2018
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Premiership

Punters can rejoice as the 2018/19 Premiership campaign begins Friday and they can now bet on top-flight football on a regular basis once more. Manchester United get proceedings underway against Leicester and the Red Devils are the heavy favourites to secure victory. "Both teams to score" might appeal at 11/10 with William Hill, Ladbrokes and several others, as Leicester are dangerous on the break. Tottenham look well priced at 21/20 to secure victory away at Newcastle Utd the following day. Arsenal face Man City next Sunday, as new boss Unai Emery bids to get a result against a team that regularly annihilated the Gunners last season. Man City are 23/20 with SkyBet and Ladbrokes, and that is tempting a lot of punters. Liverpool v West Ham, Wolves v Everton and Huddersfield v Chelsea are further interesting games.

Ligue 1

The French top division also begins when Marseille host Toulouse on Friday night. Rudi Garcia’s men are the clear favourites to secure victory, and that makes sense as they have a far better team. Bet365 has 93/100 on Marseille -1.25 Asian handicap and that looks interesting, as the likes of Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin can cut through this Toulouse defence. Monaco are priced at 5/4 with Bet365 and various others to pick up an away win at Nantes on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see how World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin fares alongside the likes of Youri Tielemans. Lyon enjoy a simple start to the campaign at home to relegation candidates Amiens, and they should win that one. Ladbrokes has 4/5 on Lyon half-time/full-time, which looks tempting. Champions PSG should also swat Caen aside next Sunday after tying up a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe and managing to keep hold of Neymar. Mbappe may miss out as he is still recovering from his World Cup exploits, but Neymar is expected to play alongside Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria. PSG thrashed Monaco 4-0 in the Trophee des Champions at the weekend, and PSG -2.5 Asian handicap looks interesting at 93/100 in this game, as Caen are a lot worse than Monaco.

U.S. PGA Championship

The world’s greatest golfers will descend upon the immaculate lawns at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri, a suburb west of St. Louis, to contest the U.S. PGA Championship starting Thursday. Bellerive is a long course and it suits golfers that can generate great power off the tee, so heavy hitters like Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson will be popular among punters. McIlroy, Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the joint 12/1 favourites to win the tournament with Bet365. McIlroy has been in contention on the final day at two of this year’s three majors, but his challenge has ultimately faltered. He has not won a major since 2014, and despite his power off the tee and his decent form 12/1 looks like too short a price. World number one Johnson has also flattered to deceive at the big tournaments of late. Spieth is an intriguing option as he has performed well at majors so far this year and he is capable of the sort of brilliance required to seize this trophy. Players seeking a first major have excelled at the U.S. PGA Championship in recent years, so finding a player without a major under his belt and plenty of power off the tee could yield a great bet. Spaniard Jon Rahm looks like an interesting choice at 25/1 with Bet365, as he ticks all the boxes. Xander Schaufelle could be another good option at 45/1.

England v India (Cricket)

England prevailed in a gripping first Test at Edgbaston after some final-day magic from Ben Stokes with the ball. They are now 10/11 to secure victory in the second Test this week, but they will be wary of the threat of Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has been immense so far. India were unlucky to lose the first match and some punters may be attracted by the 2/1 that Bet365 is offering on them leveling the series this week. Yet rain is forecast following a long dry spell and that could tip the pendulum England’s way as they would prefer such conditions.