Sporting events of the week

By Martin Green03 February 2019
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Atletico v Real

Premiership football

The big Monday night game sees league leaders Liverpool travel to West Ham in a bid to take all three points. Jurgen Klopp’s men have a great recent record against the Hammers, having beaten them four times in a row and scored four goals on each occasion. They should be capable of a similarly emphatic win this time around and you might want to consider Asian handicaps. Then Man City visit Merseyside to lock horns with Everton on Wednesday night. Liverpool will be hoping their neighbours do them a favour in the title race by stopping Pep Guardiola’s men. However, Everton’s defending has been abysmal of late and they are fresh from a 3-1 defeat to Wolves, so this one looks like a comfortable win for City. The pick of the weekend games sees Man City host Chelsea on Sunday, while there is great value on Arsenal to win away against a woeful Huddersfield side. Both teams to score in the Crystal Palace v West Ham game might also appeal at 4/5 with Bet365.

Six Nations

England made a sensational start to their Six Nations campaign by toppling the mighty Ireland in Dublin. Ireland were the pre-tournament favourites after romping to a Grand Slam last year, but they have been humbled and they must rally for their next game away at Scotland on Saturday. The Scots beat whipping boys Italy at the weekend, and they will give Ireland another ferocious test of their mettle, but Joe Schmidt’s team should be able to bounce back with a win. Wales also got off to a flier as they secured an excellent comeback victory in Paris. Coach Warren Gatland had promised that if his team beat France in their opener they would go on to win the tournament, so there is now a great deal of pressure on them. They should be able to build up further momentum in Rome on Saturday, as they are overwhelming favourites to beat a limited Italy team. Then England host France at Twickenham on Sunday and they really should win that too. The French have been terrible on the road of late, and England are now full of confidence, so they should cover a decent handicap. England are now odds-on favourites to win the tournament, best priced at 4/5 with Betfair, although Wales are attracting a lot of attention at 9/2 at sportsbooks, and Ireland can now be backed at 13/2 with Paddy Power.

West Indies v England

It has all gone wrong for Joe Root’s boys in the Caribbean as they lost the opening two Tests in embarrassing fashion. They were expected to record a comfortable 3-0 series victory over a West Indies team that had struggled for form in recent matches, but they have been utterly humiliated. They are slight favourites to take a consolation win in the final Test, but most punters are backing the draw at 9/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair.

Kelvin Gastelum v Robert Whittaker

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will put his belt on the line against American challenger Kelvin Gastelum in Sydney at the weekend. Whittaker is 20-4 in his career and he is on a nine-fight winning streak, so he is the favourite at 5/14 with Ladbrokes. However, Gastelum is attracting more action at 12/5 with Ladbrokes after firmly establishing himself as a top middleweight talent by beating Ronaldo Souza and Michael Bisping.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

The Madrid derby should produce plenty of fireworks at the weekend as both teams are in excellent form. They are second and third respectively in the table, and they have draw their last four league matches against one another. Atletico have the defensive prowess to nullify much of the threat Real pose, so another draw looks interesting at 2/1 with William Hill and various others.