Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green02 June 2019
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Cricket World Cup

England resume their World Cup campaign when they take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday. Eoin Morgan’s men picked up a comfortable victory over South Africa in their opener and that should settle the nerves. Pakistan were thrashed by the West Indies the following day, and that could dent their confidence. It is also worth remembering that England beat Pakistan 4-0 in an ODI series just before the World Cup began, so it is easy to see why they are such heavy favourites to win this match. Trent Bridge has been a batsman’s paradise in recent years and William Hill has a tempting 8/13 on a century to be scored in the match. Jofa Archer looks interesting at 3/1 with Bet365 to be the top England bowler after he ripped through South Africa. Sri Lanka are 6/7 to beat Afghanistan the following day, and Wednesday sees India begin their campaign against South Africa. On Thursday, Australia versus the Windies looks poised to be a classic.

UEFA Nations League

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal into their semi-final clash with Switzerland on Wednesday night. These teams are seventh and eighth in the FIFA rankings and they have a very similar recent record. It could be a tight game and under 2.5 goals looks interesting at 10/11. The following night sees the Netherlands take on England in the other semi-final. After a long time in the wilderness, the Dutch are suddenly good again, with Virgil Van Dijk offering a titanic presence at the heart of the defence and all the exciting young Ajax players strutting their stuff. Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie De Jong and Donny van de Beek are all extremely talented players. Yet England are better. Harry Kane is back to lead the line, with Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho either side of him, and that should be enough to secure victory for the Three Lions, who are attractively priced at 31/20 with Unibet. Both teams to score also looks tempting at 10/11 with Betfair.

NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have drifted out to 4/5 to win the NBA Championship after losing Game 1 to the Toronto Raptors. That is the longest they have been priced all season to be named champions for the third year in a row. They are missing star player Kevin Durant, so it will be up to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to find a way past a fired up Toronto team at the Scotiabank Arena in Game 2. They have a great deal of experience and they should improve on their showing in the opening game, so the 6/5 at Unibet on Golden State winning Game 2 looks interesting.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers

European heavyweights take on minnows on Friday and Saturday as they aim to qualify for Euro 2020. Spain are 1/20 to beat the Faroe Islands in one of many mismatches, and Asian handicap betting will be popular there. You can find even money at Ladbrokes on Italy winning away at Greece and that looks like a good bet. Sportingbet has 3/5 on world champions France winning away in Turkey and that is a very generous price.

Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will bid to maintain his superb winning streak in Montreal at the weekend. He won in Spain and Monaco to move clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings and he is attractively priced at 13/10 to make it three wins in a row at Montreal. He won this race three years in a row between 2015 and 2017, but Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag last year. Mercedes has won every single race so far this season and it is difficult to see the Ferraris usurping them this weekend, so it could develop into another private battle between Hamilton and Bottas. The Brit should have the edge in that battle and the odds on him winning this race look attractive.