Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green11 August 2019
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Novak Djokovic

UEFA Super Cup

This year’s Super Cup is an all-English affair as Champions League winners Liverpool take on Europa League victors Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday. The Champions League is a far more prestigious trophy and Liverpool are understandably the favourites to win this game. They began their Premier League campaign by demolishing Norwich at Anfield on Friday and that gives them plenty of time to rest ahead of this clash. Fatigue could be an issue for Chelsea after their intense game against Man Utd on Sunday afternoon. They also lost star player Eden Hazard this summer and they have not been able to bring in a replacement due to a transfer ban. A Liverpool win looks good at 4/5 with Betfair in this game.

Ashes

England crumbled in the first Test and now trail in the best of five Ashes series. Steve Smith has been virtually unplayable for Australia and he led the tourists to a comfortable victory with centuries in both innings. The action now shifts to Lord’s this week and the Aussies will have their tails up. England have dropped Moeen Ali after that calamitous first Test, with Jack Leach coming in to replace him. Key player James Anderson is also out and the likes of Leach, Stewart Broad and Chris Woakes will be under pressure to limit the damage Smith does. Yet England look a mess right now and the 7/5 on an Australia win at Betfair looks attractive.

Western & Southern Open

The Cincinnati Masters, currently sponsored by Western & Southern, is America’s oldest tournament that is still held in its original city. It is a key warm-up event for the US Open and it has brought all the world’s finest players to Ohio. Novak Djokovic is the 6/4 favourite with Betfair ahead of Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev, and that looks interesting, as he is the defending champion after beating Federer in last year’s final. You can find 6/1 at Bet365 on Simona Halep to win the women’s tournament, which looks like a good each-way shout.

Premier League

Arsenal begin the weekend by hosting Burnley at The Emirates in the early kick-off on Saturday. The Gunners prevailed in a fiery clash between these sides in London last season, and they are the clear favourites to do so again. Burnley were hugely impressive in beating Southampton 3-0 last time out, but they do not travel so well, so Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals looks good at 5/6 with Coral. The Saints play Liverpool at St Mary’s later that day. Many key players have moved from Southampton to Anfield in recent years, including Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mané, and they always return to pile misery on their former club. Coral has 6/5 on Liverpool half-time / full-time. The big game sees the mighty Man City host Spurs, and they are the overwhelming favourites to win. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as they beat Norwich 5-0 in the season curtain raiser, and he can be backed at even money with Bet365 to score at any time in this game.

European Football

The Spanish top flight begins on Friday when Barcelona travel to the Basque region to take on Athletic Bilbao. They will be keen to make a winning start to the new campaign and they can be backed at 5/7 to leave with all three points. Real Madrid will hope to be resurgent under Zinedine Zidane this year, and they are 7/9 to win away at Celta Vigo, while Atletico Madrid should comfortably dispatch Getafe at home. The Bundesliga also gets underway, with Bayern Munich hosting Hertha Berlin. Bayern were taken apart by Dortmund last weekend, and there is little value on them. Dortmund and over 2.5 goals against Augsburg looks good, while Bayer Leverkusen should vanquish Paderborn without much trouble.