Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green01 September 2019
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Lewis Hamilton

US Open

We are into the final week of the US Open and most of the big guns are still standing. Defending champion Novak Djokovic has overcome a shoulder injury to make it through to the round of 16, where he will meet the veteran Stan Wawrinka on Monday. He is the 6/4 favourite with William Hill to win the tournament, while 2017 winner Rafa Nadal is priced at 7/4 and Roger Federer is 6/1. That looks like a good each-way option, as Federer has looked strong thus far. Bianca Andreescu might make a good each-way bet at 5/1 to win the women’s singles. She was victorious at Indian Wells last month and she has played well at Flushing Meadows. Defending champion Naomi Osaka is 8/1 after destroying teenage sensation Coco Gauff in the last round.

Euro 2020

Qualifiers for Euro 2020 take place throughout hthe week and there is plenty of value on offer for punters. You can find odds of 8/11 at Bet365 on Israel to beat Macedonia at home on Thursday, which looks like a good bet. In-form Romania host Spain in an intriguing clash on the same night, and both teams to score is tempting at 11/10 after Romania banged in 10 goals in their last three games. The big game on Friday sees Germany take on the Netherlands, who are led by the magnificent Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch are priced at 11/4 to pull off a shock away win, while both teams to score also looks interesting here at even money with William Hill. It finished 3-2 to Germany when they last met, and 2-2 in their previous game, so goals should be on the cards.

Ashes

The fourth Test between England and Australia takes place this week and it promises to be a thriller. Ben Stokes’ heroics snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for England at Lord’s last week, levelling the series at 1-1. There are two Tests remaining and Joe Root will hope the momentum now lies with his side. However, Australia will welcome back their talisman, Steve Smith, after concussion ruled him out at Lord’s. He has been on fire so far this series, and England will need big performances from Jack Leach and Jofra Archer to negate the threat he poses. Bet365 has 11/8 on England and 13/8 on Australia, showing just how close it looks. The 7/4 on Smith being the top Australia batsman looks like an amazing price though.

Rugby Union

England take on Italy at St James’ Park in a World Cup warm-up match on Friday, and they should win it convincingly, so look at handicap markets there. Scotland take on Georgia in Edinburgh and they should triumph. Ireland will also fancy their chances of beating Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday after securing victory in Cardiff yesterday. That knocked the Welsh off the top of the world rankings, and Ireland will be keen to maintain the momentum ahead of the World Cup, which begins in less than three weeks.

Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton can become the most successful driver in Italian Grand Prix history if he prevails at Monza this coming weekend. He has won here five times, leaving him level with Michael Schumacher in the all time stakes, and he is now bidding to move out in front. He has won here for the last two years, and in four of the last five, so it will be hard for any of his rivals to stop him. Ferrari will be desperate for a win on home soil, but Mercedes have dominated this race for years.