Football fans can look forward to a number of intriguing Euro 2020 qualification clashes throughout the week. Croatia beat Slovakia 4-0 at the weekend and they should be able to rip Azerbaijan apart on Tuesday. Belgium are also in fine form and they should make short work of Scotland, so giving both teams an Asian handicap of around -1.25 looks appealing. Germany lost 4-2 to Netherlands last time out and they will be desperate to return to winning ways when they face Northern Ireland, which could make them dangerous. Iceland have won four out of five qualifiers so far and they sit top of their group, so they look well priced to win away at Albania. Bet365 has 4/5 on Iceland draw no bet, which looks great. Turkey should be able to sweep Moldova aside, and you can find 23/20 at Coral on them winning at half-time / full-time.
The final Ashes Test takes place at The Oval this week and it is tempting to bet on Australia to secure victory. Former captain Steve Smith has been the difference between the two sides throughout the series, and he can lead his team to another triumph this week. England’s best Test came when he was out with concussion, and even then they needed a miracle to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. With the calm, collected Smith leading the charge, Australia can pile more misery on England this week.
Great Voltigeur winner Logician is the favourite to surge to victory at the Group 1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday. The unbeaten son of Frankel was given the green light to take place in the world’s oldest Classic after connections decided it is the right race for him. John Gosden’s three-year-old is unbeaten, but this will be a step up in class and also in trip, as he has never raced at 1m 4f before. He heads the betting at 5/4 with William Hill and he is the most popular choice so far with punters. Sir Dragonet, Il Paradiso and Sir Ron Priestley are among the runners bidding to thwart him, which Norway is an interesting each-way shout at 33/1.
The Premier League returns after a two-week international break and there are some cracking fixtures to look forward to. Liverpool and Newcastle get proceedings underway in the early kick-off on Saturday, and that fixture has yielded some absolute classics over the years. Liverpool typically prevail, and they should annihilate Newcastle this weekend. They beat Burnley 3-0 last time out and you might consider betting on them to win to nil at 3/4. If you do not trust Adrian, Liverpool’s reserve goalkeeper, give them an Asian handicap of around -2 instead. Leicester are all the way out at 4/1 with Paddy Power to beat Man Utd and that looks really tempting after they made an unbeaten start to the season. You can find 8/13 on Leicester +1 Asian handicap, which looks attractive, as the Red Devils have been struggling.