Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green25 August 2019
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US Open

The final tennis Grand Slam of the year begins in New York on Monday. Novak Djokovic has been in sensational form this year and he is the clear favourite to win the tournament for the second year in a row. The Serb has won four of the last five Slams and he looks well priced at 5/4 with William Hill to triumph at Flushing Meadows. The only player capable of stopping him appears to be Roger Federer, who took Djokovic to five sets and squandered match points during the Wimbledon final. However, there is currently a fair bit of hype around youngster Daniil Medvedev, and he is 12/1, which could be an appealing each-way option.

Serena Williams is the 5/1 favourite to win the women’s singles tournament, but that kooks a bit risky. She has looked a little rusty due to a lack of playing time since giving birth to her daughter and she has struggled with injuries, so her last Grand Slam came in early 2017. Romania’s Simona Halep, who wiped the floor with Williams at the Wimbledon final, looks tempting at 8/1, and defending champion Naomi Osaka is 11/1, while there is currently a lot of interest in Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu.

Vuelta a Espana

The big race began this weekend and Jumbo-Visma suffered a huge crash involving four of their riders during the opening time trial. Star man Primoz Roglic was the favourite to win the race, but he made a poor start, as he was one of the riders to go down in the crash, along with Steven Kruijswijk, Lennard Hofstede and Neilson Powless. Jumbo-Visma are now well off the pace and they have a lot of work to do in order to make it up. Miguel Angel Lopez, the only returning podium finisher from 2018, is now the 11/10 favourite with Bet365 to win the race after making a strong start, although former champions Nairo Quintana is attracting a lot of interest at 12/1.

Champions League

The second leg of the Champions League playoffs takes place this week. Krasnodar will try to overturn a four-goal aggregate deficit when they host Olympiakos on Tuesday, and that looks highly unlikely. Dinamo Zagreb should wrap up victory over Rosenbog, but Red Stat Belgrade might fancy their chances of beating Swiss outfit Young Boys. It finished 2-2 when they met in Bern last week and the Serbs are now 5/4 with Paddy Power to win the second leg at home. Ajax could only draw away at APOEL Nicosia last week, and they really should win the second leg. Club Brugge and Slavia Prague should also be capable of securing home wins.

Wales v Ireland

England ripped Ireland apart at Twickenham on Saturday and that does not bode well for Joe Schmidt’s men as they head to Cardiff this coming weekend. The Prinicipality Stadium is a fortress right now and Wales have the quality to beat Ireland. Both teams will be keen to build up momentum ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Japan, but home advantage should swing this one in Wales’ favour.

Premier League

The North London derby is the biggest game of the weekend. Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool last time out, but their home form is strong and they are the slight favourites to win this game. They beat Spurs 4-2 at The Emirates last season and then drew 1-1 away. Yet Tottenham have made a bright start to the season and they will fancy their chances of sinking their rivals. It might be advisable to avoid the outrights and look at both teams to score and over 2.5 goals. Elsewhere, Man City and Liverpool should thrash Brighton and Burnley respectively, while Leicester look well priced at 3/4 to beat Bournemouth at the King Power.