Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green12 May 2019
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Tiger Woods

England v Pakistan

Eoin Morgan’s ODI side are favourites to win the World Cup on home soil this year and they are taking on Pakistan in a best-of-five ODI series to warm up. The first match ended in a draw and England picked up a thrilling 12-run victory in the second on Saturday. Jos Buttler hit 110 off just 55 balls, with a strike rate of exactly 200, to hand Morgan’s men victory, while Fakhar Zaman’s majestic knock of 138 was not enough for Pakistan to turn things around. England to win the third ODI looks like an attractive bet and they are now just 1/3 to win the series.

US PGA Championship

The second golfing major of the year takes place at Bethpage Black Page on Long Island, New York, this week and all eyes will be on Tiger Woods. The former world number one won his first major in 11 years when he captured The Masters at Augusta last month. He is now the favourite to add another US PGA Championship to his haul, priced at 10/1 with Bet365. Current world number one Dustin Johnson is next in the betting at 11/1, while defending champion Brooks Koepka is 12/1 along with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who won the Players Championship earlier this year. Longer shots Francesco Molinari and Xander Schauffele have proved popular among punters at 25/1 and 28/1 respectively. The tournament begins on Thursday and concludes on Sunday.

Premier League darts

In-form Rob Cross can finish top of the standings if he secures victory over James Wade on the final night of Premier League darts action this coming Thursday. World number one Michael van Gerwen is just one point behind and he will bid to beat Mensur Suljovic and keep the pressure on. Both men are assured of qualifying for the semi-finals, and the battle to join them is gripping. Wade is third, with 18 points, and Suljovic is third on 17. But Daryl Gurney is also on 17 and Gerwen Price is on 16. Price takes on Peter Wright on Thursday and Gurney faces the struggling Michael Smith. A victory for Gurney looks tempting at 7/5 with Betfair and the 13/10 on Price to beat Wright looks great, as Wright is on a long losing streak.

FA Cup final

The biggest day in Watford’s history takes place this weekend as they lock horns with the mighty Man City at Wembley on Sunday. They prevailed in a pulsating semi-final clash against Wolves to set up this tie and they have been totally focused on it ever since. Their league form has nosedived, but you can expect them to be fired up for this contest. However, Man City are the vastly superior team and they have a strong recent record in cup finals, having beaten Arsenal in last season’s Carabao Cup showpiece and Chelsea this year. Pep Guardiola’s men have the quality to rip Watford apart and they are best priced at just 1/6 to win the cup. Man City to win and both teams to score looks interesting at 21/10 with Bet365, as the Hornets may well at least get on the scoreboard on such a momentous occasion.