Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green07 July 2019
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We are heading into the second week of Wimbledon and only the top grass court players remain standing. There are some exciting quarter-finals to look forward to in the men’s draw on Monday, as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are all in action. Nadal -8.5 games against Joao Sousa looks interesting at even money with William Hill, after Sousa struggled to edge past Britain’s Dan Evans in five sets on Saturday. Another Brit, Johanna Konta, will receive vociferous home support when she takes on two-time former champion Petra Kvitova. She is the 6/4 underdog with Bet365, but we have already seen plenty of upsets at this tournament.

Cricket World Cup

India finished top of the World Cup standings after beating Sri Lanka at the weekend and that set up a semi-final clash with struggling New Zealand. The Kiwis have lost their last three matches and they only just about scraped through to the semis in the end. These teams are yet to play one another at the tournament, as their clash in the round robins section was rained off, so it will be interesting to see what unfolds when they meet at Old Trafford on Tuesday. India are 2/5 favourites to secure victory and deservedly so. Host nation England will take on Australia in a monumental clash on Thursday. Defeat to the Aussies on June 25 left England on the brink of elimination, but they rediscovered their best form and beat India and New Zealand to surge into the semis. Now they will lock horns once more, and Australia’s confidence may have been knocked by losing to South Africa last time out. England are 8/11 favourites with Bet365, but Australia are attracting more bets as they are 5/4 with some bookmakers.

Africa Cup of Nations

We have seen shocks aplenty in the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16, as big names like Egypt and Morocco have crashed out. A strong Senegalese side should now fancy their chances of going on and winning the tournament, but they should ask Sadio Mané to stop taking penalties. The Liverpool forward has missed from the spot in his last two games, but he has scored in open play to send his team through. Kalidou Koulibaly is growing in authority at the back, and they look well placed to beat Benin – who stunned Morocco in the last round – in Wednesday’s quarter-final. We have not seen many high-scoring games at the tournament, due to the searing heat in Egypt at this time of year, so Senegal and under 3.5 goals looks attractive at 7/8 with Betway.

Tour de France

The world’s most famous cycling race is underway and the field is somewhat diminished by the absence of injured superstar Chris Froome. A few other big names are missing, and the bookmakers see a straight fight between Egan Bernal and defending champion Geraint Thomas, priced at 21/10 and 10/3 respectively, but Adam Yates could offer strong each-way value at 10/1, as could Nairo Quintana at 16/1.

British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will bid to return to winning ways on home soil when he heads into battle at Silverstone this coming weekend. The Brit holds a 31-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the Driver Standings, with Max Verstappen 51 points off the pace. The Dutch prodigy won the Austrian Grand Prix last time out, ending Mercedes’ 100% record this season, and the champions will be keen to reassert their dominance over the sport. Hamilton won this race four years in a row before rival Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag in 2018, and Hamilton looks well priced at 9/10 with Unibet to secure another British Grand Prix triumph on Sunday.