Cricket World Cup
Pre-tournament favourites England are now out at 9/2 after losing two of their opening six group games. Those defeats came at the hands of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and their chances of reaching the semi-finals are now hanging in the balance. Their remaining three matches take place against the three teams above them – Australia, India and New Zealand – so the task facing them is monumental. They need a big win against the Aussies on Tuesday. Eoin Morgan’s men have an excellent ODI record against Australia recently, and they are 3/4 with 888 Sport to secure victory. New Zealand will aim to maintain their superb start to the tournament when they take on Pakistan on Wednesday and they are well priced at 3/5 to secure victory. India should beat the West Indies on Thursday, and then South Africa are favourites to beat Sri Lanka on Friday.
The final group games take place on Monday night, with Chile taking on Uruguay and Ecuador facing Japan. Luis Suarez and co could leapfrog Chile and win Group C with victory and they have the quality to pull it off. They will be disappointed to draw 2-2 with Japan last time out, but they destroyed Ecuador in the previous game and they will need to raise their levels once more. A Uruguay win looks good at 11/10 (2.10) with William Hill. Ecuador v Japan should be an open, entertaining game between two struggling sides, and both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks good there.
Africa Cup of Nations
Ivory Coast take on South Africa in an eagerly anticipated clash on Monday afternoon. The Ivorians have arguably been the best team in Africa over the past 15 years, able to call upon the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou and Wilfried Bony. They won this tournament in 2015, but they are not quite as strong nowadays. The likes of Drogba and Toure have hung up their boots, but there are still plenty of exciting players in their ranks. Nicolas Pepe has been sensational for Lille, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace is one of the Premier League’s most devastating attackers, Bony is still leading the line and AC Milan’s Franck Kessié is a quality midfielder. All in all, they should have more than enough quality to beat South Africa and William Hill has 11/10 (2.10) on them doing so. Tunisia to beat Angola and Cameroon to beat Guinea-Bissau might make a nice double later in the week.
Women’s World Cup
World Cup favourites USA will face Spain on Monday evening and they should be able to breeze to victory in that one. They have been blowing teams away in this tournament and it is hard to see anyone stopping them from lifting the trophy. Bet365 has 7/10 on USA -1 Asian handicap. The following day, Italy look well priced at 21/20 to beat China, while the 10/11 on the Netherlands beating Japan looks great. The Japanese were runners-up at the last World Cup, but they have regressed since then, whereas the Dutch were magnificent during the group stage and should be full of confidence ahead of this clash.
Home favourite Kyle Edmund is the favourite to secure victory in this Wimbledon warm-up tournament, although he faces stern competition from veterans like Gilles Simon and Fernando Verdasco. Sam Querry is 20/23 with Betfair to beat Mikhail Kukushkin in his opener and that looks tempting, while the 3/4 on Nicolas Jarry beating Pablo Cuevas on Tuesday also looks interesting. Another Brit, Cameron Norrie, will hope for an upset against Jeremy Chardy.