The first World Cup semi-final takes place in St Petersburg on Tuesday as France take on Belgium in a heavyweight clash. It should be a ferociously competitive match and whoever emerges triumphant will be the heavy favourite to go on and lift the trophy. France are the favourites, priced at 31/20 with Bet365, while Belgium are 21/10 and the draw is 11/5. Belgium are attracting a flurry of bets at those long odds. Confidence is high among Roberto Martinez’s men after they toppled World Cup favourites Brazil with a phenomenal performance in the quarter-finals. But France have an outrageously strong midfield, and teenage striking sensation Kylian Mbappe could have plenty of joy against Belgium’s defence. Both teams to score looks really interesting at 10/11 with Bet365.
The following day sees England take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Zlatko Dalic’s team beat hosts Russia in a dramatic penalty shootout to set up this intriguing clash. They are blessed with an extremely talented midfield of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, so Jordan Henderson will have his work cut out for himself. But overall England have a better team, and they are narrow favourites to get the job done. Both of Croatia’s knockout ties have gone to extra-time and penalties, so they may be shattered, while the Three Lions will be comparatively fresh.
The final takes place on Sunday and it is sure to be the most watched global sporting event of the year. Outright betting will go through the roof, but you can also look forward to a wide array of weird and wonderful special betting markets springing up. It should be a glorious occasion and we will cover it extensively at our sister site Oddsmarket.
Nine of the top 10 seeds crashed out in the first week at Wimbledon in the women’s side of the tournament. Now Serena Williams has a clear route back to the summit of the game and she looks like an intriguing bet at 7/4 with Bet365 and 15/8 with Coral. There is also plenty of each-way value, as several previously unheralded women are on a roll and you can find some huge prices on them. Roger Federer is in imperious form in the men’s tournament and he has gone to odds-on favourite to lift the famous trophy for a ninth time. Yet there is still value on him, and Juan Martin Del Potro offers an interesting each-way option as he is playing really well and he is in the other side of the draw to Federer.
The Tour de France is underway and sprinter Fernando Gaviria opened up an early lead by seizing Stage 1. It goes on until July 29 and we should be in for some exhilarating action over the next week. BMR's green-listed bookmakers will offer betting markets on each stage, while the futures odds will shift about on a daily basis, so it is worth keeping an eye on developments and pouncing when value arises.
The world’s top ranked team will take on India in an eagerly anticipated ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday. England are the favourites to win it and they look a good bet to pull it off. They whitewashed Australia in their last ODI series and excelled in their last T20 against India, so the camp will be full of confidence heading into this huge clash. The second ODI takes place on Saturday, providing plenty of betting opportunities for cricket fans.