Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green15 September 2019
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Sporting Events of the Week

Champions League

The Champions League group stage begins this week and there are some cracking fixtures to look forward to. Borussia Dortmund host Barcelona on Tuesday night and both teams to score and over 2.5 goals will be an attractive option in that one. In-form Chelsea host a struggling Valencia side and they look well priced at 10/11 with Ladbrokes to win it. Defending champions Liverpool have a tricky opening fixture away at Napoli. They lost there last season, before beating the Italian side at Anfield. They have made a blistering start to the season and they are 13/10 with Bet365 to win the match.

PSG take on Real Madrid in Paris on Wednesday night. Star striker Neymar failed to engineer a move to Real or Barcelona in the summer, and he made his first appearance on the season on Saturday. The Brazilian forward was booed throughout the game by PSG ultras, then scored a bicycle kick in injury time to hand his team a 1-0 victory over Strasbourg. Real Madrid beat Levante 3-2, with Eden Hazard making his debut, so this could be a high scoring match. Two defensive titans lock horns when Atletico Madrid host Juventus. Elsewhere, Man City will be keen to thrash Shakhtar Donetsk after their shock defeat to Norwich at the weekend. They won 3-0 here last season, before beating Shakhtar 6-0 at home, and Man City to win and over 2.5 goals looks good at 4/5 with Coral.

Europa League

Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign with a tricky trip to Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. Eintracht went to the semi-finals of this competition last season, but they sold their three most dangerous forwards in the summer. They have made a stuttering start to the season, and lost 2-1 to Augsburg last time out. Arsenal may rest players, but they could still get a result here, so Arsenal draw no bet looks like an interesting option. Man Utd are 8/11 with Betfred to beat FC Astana to nil, which looks tempting after they kept Jamie Vardy quiet and beat Leicester 1-0 at home on Saturday. Wolves are priced at 7/10 to beat Braga at Molineux and that looks like a great price.

Rugby World Cup

The World Cup begins when hosts Japan take on Russia on Friday. There is no value to be had in that game, but the following day you can find odds of 5/6 at Bet365 on France to beat Argentina on Saturday. That looks interesting, as France are not as bad as many people think. New Zealand face South Africa later that day. These are the two highest rated teams at the tournament and they could meet again in the final. They drew 16-16 earlier this year, and South Africa +11 looks interesting at odds of 5/6 with Betfred,

Singapore Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads to Singapore for an exciting street race at the weekend. Charles Leclerc is surging with momentum after winning the last two races, so he looks like an interesting each-way shot at 12/1. He has warned that the Ferrari will struggle on the twisty Singapore circuit, with its 90 degree corners, and that could open the door for Lewis Hamilton to return to winning ways. The Brit has won here for the last two years, and he is the 8/5 favourite with Unibet to make it a hat-trick.