Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green14 July 2019
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Sporting Events of the Week

The Open

The final golfing major of 2019 takes place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this week and it promises to be an entertaining affair. Local hero Rory McIlroy will bid to win his first major in five years and he should expect to receive passionate support. There will also be a lot of love for world number one Brooks Koepka, whose caddy is from the area. Those two are the favourites heading into the tournament. Bet365 has 8/1 on McIlroy and 10/1 on Koepka, with Dustin Johnson, Irish Open winner Jon Rahm and a rejuvenated Tiger Woods out at 16/1. Defending champion Francesco Molinari is 25/1, while Xander Schauffele looks an interesting each-way bet at 25/1 as he comes into his own at majors.

Africa Cup of Nations

The final takes place at Cairo International Stadium on Friday, while the third place playoff is on Wednesday. Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria are the four teams left standing in the competition, and tonight’s semi-finals will determine who plays in the decider. Senegal are the tournament favourites and they have a strong line-up, studded with star talent from some of Europe’s biggest teams, but all the sides remaining in the competition are dangerous.

Tour de France

The world’s most prestigious cycling race is approaching the halfway stage and defending champion Geraint Thomas is now the even money favourite with William Hill to secure victory. Chris Froome is missing the race after a horrific crash and Egan Bernal has teamed up well with Thomas in his stead. Bernal is the 9/2 second favourite to win the race, with Thibaut Pinot at 13/2 and Jakob Fuglsang at 12/1 and Nairo Quintana offering an interesting each-way option at 20/1. Thomas has crashed twice during the race, but he keeps battling back and his title defence remains intact. He is the most popular choice among punters and rightly so, as he knows how to get the job done in this challenging feat of endurance.

World Matchplay

The Betfred World Matchplay gets underway on Saturday, bringing the world’s finest darts players to Blackpool to battle for glory. Gary Anderson is the defending champion after beating Mensur Suljovic last year in the longest final the tournament has ever seen. The prize fund has gone from £500,000 to £700,000 this year, with the winner taking home £150,000. World number one Michael van Gerwen is the 6/4 favourite with William Hill and it is hard to look past him, such is his dominance over the sport at the moment. Rob Cross might make a good each-way bet at 8/1, as he has firmly established himself as the second best player in the world this year, while Anderson is out at 10/1.

Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas

Highly-rated British heavyweight Whyte will aim to bolster his chances of a title shot when he takes on Colombian Rivas at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night. Whyte beat Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora and Joseph Parker and if he can topple the 26-0 Rivas he should be in line to take on the biggest names in the division. Rivas is the 4/1 underdog with Betway, and a lot of punters have been tempted by those odds. Yet Whyte’s only defeat came against Anthony Joshua and he has taken some big scalps of late, so you might fancy the 15/8 that Paddy Power has on him winning this via a knockout.