Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green30 June 2019
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Wimbledon

The prestigious Grand Slam begins this week and it will be thrilling to see if Novak Djokovic can defend the title he won last year. The Serb is on fire at the moment and he is the 5/4 favourite with Betway to lift the trophy once more. That looks like a really good bet, as Roger Federer is now 37 and he has not won a Grand Slam since the 2018 Australian Open, while Rafa Nadal is a clay court specialist and unlikely to trouble Djokovic on grass. The younger generation has constantly flattered to deceive at major tournaments, and Djokovic really should prevail here. The women’s game is exciting and unpredictable right now. All of the top 10 seeds were eliminated by the quarter-final stage last year, and that trend has continued at subsequent Grand Slams. Look out for underdogs that can thrive on grass and you could make a substantial profit this week. Dayana Yamstrenka and Anastasija Sevastova are two interesting players to look out for.

Cricket World Cup

England are on the brink of an early World Cup elimination and they will need to beat New Zealand on Wednesday in order to give themselves a chance of scraping through to the semi-finals. The Kiwis’ unbeaten streak ended with a thrashing at the hands of Australia on Saturday, and Eoin Morgan’s men will feel like they can win that one. They are priced at 4/7 with Betfair to do so, but the 6/4 available on New Zealand might tempt some punters. Pakistan are 4/9 to beat Bangladesh this week and that could make a good double along with England, as they are still desperately battling to reach the semis and they should be highly motivated for that clash.

Copa America

There are just four teams left standing in Copa America and punters can look forward to some exciting semi-finals this week. Hosts Brazil take on Argentina on Wednesday and that promises to be a thrilling contest. Argentina have not exactly been firing on all cylinders at this tournament, but a vintage performance from Sergio Aguero helped them to a 2-0 victory over Venezuela in the quarter-finals. Brazil are also lacking a bit of spark and they needed penalties to see off Paraguay in their last eight clash. This game could go either way, but Argentina are weak at the back and in midfield, so Brazil should win if they play to their full potential. They are 10/11 with Bet365 to clinch a famous victory in this game. The other semi sees Peru take on Chile. The Peruvians beat Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-finals, while Chile beat Colombia courtesy of a shootout. Chile look well priced at 21/20 to win that game.

Africa Cup of Nations

Senegal suffered a surprise defeat to Algeria last time out and they will need to bounce back with a victory over Kenya to reach the knockout stage of the tournament. They have the quality to pull it off, with Sadio Mané providing pace and flair in attack and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly marshalling the defence. Kenya’s Victor Wanyama will go up against Idrissa Gana Gueye in an interesting midfield battle and whoever prevails could lead his team to victory. Yet Senegal have a lot more quality all over the pitch and they look well priced at 5/4 with Paddy Power to win this game at half-time and full-time.

Women’s World Cup

Phil Neville’s Lionesses take on the highly rated USA in an eagerly anticipated World Cup semi-final showdown on Tuesday. They swept aside Norway to reach this stage of the tournament, while the Americans edged a tense game against hosts France. USA have always been the World Cup favourites and they should be able to get the job done here. They are 10/11 with Ladbrokes to secure victory. The following day sees the Netherlands take on Sweden, who vanquished Germany in the quarter-finals. The Swedes are attracting a lot of attention at 11/5 with Betfair.