Rugby World Cup and Euro 2020 Take Centre Stage This Week

By Martin Green06 October 2019
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Rugby World Cup

South Africa take on Canada in Kobe on Tuesday and they should be able to secure an emphatic victory. The Springboks thumped 14-man Italy 49-3 on Friday and they will be full of confidence right now. Canada have already lost 63-0 to the All-Blacks and 48-7 to Italy, and they could be lambs to the slaughter in this match. South Africa need to keep winning in order to secure a place in the quarter-finals, and the Springboks -57 therefore looks attractive at 10/11 with Bet365. There should also be routine wins for Argentina, Scotland, Wales and Australia throughout the week, and the big game of the weekend sees England take on France on Saturday. Eddie Jones’ men are on fire in Pool C and France will need to win this game in order to have a chance of overhauling them. Yet the French have been unconvincing so far, and England battered them in the Six Nations earlier this year, so England should cover the handicap in that game.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers

It is time for club football to take a two-week break as Euro 2020 qualifying comes to the fore. England are now second favourites to win the trophy, behind only world champions France in the betting, after delivering some hugely impressive results of late. The Three Lions are priced at 1/2 to win away at Czech Republic on Friday and that looks like a great option for an acca. It finished 5-0 when these teams met at Wembley earlier this year, with Raheem Sterling firing in a hat-trick, and England should win this one comfortably, so England –1 Asian handicap looks great at 17/20 with Unibet. Belgium take on San Marino in the week’s biggest mismatch, while Russia should comfortably dispatch Scotland and France should breeze to victory away at Iceland. It is also offering 4/5 on Spain -1 Asian handicap against Norway, which looks tempting.

Super League Grand Final

The mighty St Helens will take on Salford in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday. Saints finished top of the standings with a 26-3 record this season, and they only really lost when resting key players. They have been the dominant force in rugby league this season, sweeping their rivals aside with consummate ease. However, they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Warrington in the Challenge Cup final, and they will be desperate to ensure lightning does not strike twice this season. They beat Wigan 40-10 in the semi-finals, and they now find themselves up against a Salford team that were written off as no-hopers at the start of the season. Salford would be popular champions due to their underdog status, but Saints should win this. They beat Salford 26-4 earlier this season and then 32-30 in May, so they will carry a psychological advantage into this match. Saints – 10 is evens with Boyle Sports, which looks attractive.

Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will bid to win this race for the third season in a row when F1 heads to Suzuka Circuit at the weekend. Mercedes has won the Japanese Grand Prix for the past five years – four for Hamilton and one for Nico Rosberg – but Ferrari could challenge it this time around. The Ferrari is the quickest car in the business right now, and Charles Leclerc will be keen to get back to winning ways after a couple of recent mishaps. Some bookmakers have Leclerc as the favourite and others have Hamilton, but Leclerc looks like the better option at 7/4 with Ladbrokes. He has the ability to seize pole position and Hamilton would probably settle for a podium finish, which would edge him closer to another F1 title.