Football fans can look forward to a full round of midweek Premier League fixtures as we enter the business end of a gripping season. Champions Man City trail Liverpool by four points at the top of the table, with 15 games to play, and they can pile the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s men with a routine win over Newcastle on Tuesday night. Man Utd take on Burnley and that should also prove to be a routine win as the Red Devils are in superb form. Man Utd half-time / full-time looks like a good option at 5/6 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Arsenal are struggling for consistency, but they should be able to overwhelm a weak Cardiff side at The Emirates, while you would expect Liverpool to make short work of Leicester on the Wednesday and half-time / full-time betting looks attractive in that one too.
England suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of an unheralded West Indies side last week and this onus is on Joe Root’s men to bounce back with a win in the second Test. It begins on Thursday and that will give the team plenty of time for soul searching as they analyse just how they managed to lose so comprehensively to a team that had been in such dreadful form. England can still win this series 2-1 and they have more than enough quality to do so. You can find 6/4 with Unibet and 888 Sport on a 2-1 win to England and that looks like a tempting option. The West Indies have not beaten the English for many years and Root and co should be highly motivated to redeem themselves this week.
Rugby league aficionados can rejoice as the Super League begins when St Helens take on Wigan on Thursday night. The hosts are the favourites to go on and seize glory in the Grand Final this season, while defending champions Wigan are third in the betting, so this should be an exciting clash. It will be Wigan’s first game without long-term coach Shaun Wane, who stood down after winning last year’s Grand Final, and it will be interesting to see how they get on. St Helens are 8/13 favourites with Bet Victor and Sky Bet to win it and that looks about right, but Wigan are attracting a lot of attention at 7/4 with Bet365.
This Six Nations gets underway in Paris as France take on Wales in an eagerly anticipated contest on Friday night. The teams are neck and neck in the betting with leading bookmakers such as Bet365, Sky Bet and Paddy Power, while Betway is offering a market leading 21/20 on France. However, Les Bleus have lost five of their last six matches, while Wales are on a nine-game winning streak, so the Welsh look well priced at 20.21 with Bet365 and 99/100 with Marathon Bet to win this contest. Scotland should pulverise whipping boys Italy on Saturday, and then tournament favourites Ireland host England in Dublin on Sunday. Victory would see them on their way to a second successive Grand Slam, and they are clear favourites to beat England, so you will need to consider handicap betting to find value on this one.
The New England Patriots are the narrow favourites to beat the LA Rams at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday night. The Pats are playing in their third consecutive Super Bowl and bidding to put last year’s defeat to Philadelphia behind them. The Rams are in the big game for the first time since they lost to the Patriots 17 years ago. That was Tom Brady’s rookie season, and the New England QB is still going strong at the ripe old age of 41. New England -2.5 and LA +2.5 are priced at 10/11 with William Hill, Bet365 and Betway, while over 56.5 points looks interesting at 10/11 with those bookmakers as both offences have been magnificent during the playoffs.