Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green28 July 2019
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Ashes

England and Australia will resume hostilities when the Ashes begins this week. The first Test gets underway on Thursday at Edgbaston, where the Aussies have a truly miserable record. England have won the last 11 meetings between the two teams at the famous Birmingham stadium across all formats, including a thumping victory in the World Cup semi-final earlier this month. History augurs well for the Test team, as the home side has won eight of the last nine Ashes series. Australia have not won it on English soil since 2001. England are priced at even money with Ladbrokes to win the first Test and 10/11 to win the series, and both of them look like great options.

Glorious Goodwood

One of the biggest meetings of the flat horse racing calendar takes place amid the Sussex Downs this week. Goodwood is the most picturesque course in Britain and it plays host to five days of top class racing. There are three Group 1 contests – the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes and the Goodwood Cup – plus many more Group races, and it promises to be a spectacular occasion once more. The star draw will be Stradivarius, who will bid to keep his magnificent winning streak going at the Goodwood Cup on Tuesday afternoon. He is 8/11 with Unibet to win it, and it is hard to see any of his rivals stopping him, as he is well accustomed to finishing ahead of the likes of Cross Counter and Dee Ex Bee.

Community Shield

The curtain raiser for the English football season traditionally sees the Premier League winner take on the FA Cup winner at Wembley. However, Man City won both trophies last season, so they will face Premier League runners-up Liverpool. It should be an intriguing match, as Pep Guardiola’s men finished just one point clear of the Reds in a gripping title race last term. Liverpool then went on to be crowned champions of Europe by vanquishing Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and sweeping aside Tottenham in the final. Man City have broken their club transfer record to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid, while club captain Vincent Kompany has retired. There has been no transfer activity at Anfield, so it will pretty much be the same teams that battled hammer and tongs last season going at it again in 2019/20. Liverpool are likely to be without their star attacking triumvirate, as Sadio Mané played in the Africa Cup of Nations Final, Roberto Firmino played in the Copa America final and Mohamed Salah has also had a busy summer. Man City have enjoyed better pre-season results, and the likes of Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne should start, so Man City to lift the trophy at 8/13 with Bet365 looks good.

Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has won this race six times, making him the most successful driver in Hungarian Grand Prix history. He is enjoying another magnificent season and he is comfortably ahead in the Drivers’ Championship standings, but his will to win each race is in no way diminished. He looks like a good bet to win this one, while Max Verstappen of Red Bull could make an interesting each-way option.