Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green22 September 2019
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Rugby World Cup

Wales are now top of the world rankings and they could make a big splash at the World Cup in Japan. They begin their campaign against Georgia on Monday and they are priced at just 1/33 to secure victory. You can give them a -27 point handicap for odds of evens with Betfred. England take on the USA on Thursday and that should be another one-sided affair. They are 10/11 to win it with a -38 handicap. You can then find odds of 15/2 on Japan stunning Ireland on Saturday, while Ireland -18 is priced at 10/11.

Premier League

The next round of action begins when Sheff Utd host Liverpool at Bramall Lane in the early kick-off on Saturday. The Blades pulled off a surprise 2-0 victory over Everton last time out, but Liverpool will represent a far tougher challenge. No teams have blown Sheff Utd away this season, so Liverpool to win and under 4.5 goals looks appealing at 3/4 with Betway. Man City will be buoyed by their 8-0 win against Watford on Saturday, and they should be able to sweep Everton aside. You can find 10/11 on Wolves to beat Watford, which looks attractive after the Hornets’ terrible display against Pep Guardiola’s men. Sunday’s game sees Leicester host Newcastle and the Foxes look well priced at 6/4 with Bet365 to win at half-time / full-time.

Gennady Golovkin v Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Golovkin returns to the ring for the first time since his fourth round knockout of Canadian boxer Steve Rolls in March. The Kazakh superstar will battle with Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF and IBO middleweight titles at Madison Square Garden in New York at the weekend. Golovkin was formerly ranked as the world’s best pound for pound boxer before suffering a surprise points defeat to Canelo Alvarez last year, and he should be too strong for Derevyanchenko. The Ukrainian has only lost once in his career and that was at the hands of Daniel Jacobs, who Golovkin beat comprehensively in 2017. Golovkin is just 2/9 to win this fight, but you can find more value on him winning via a knockout. An impressive 35 of his 39 wins have come via this method.

Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads to Sochi at the weekend and Mercedes will aim for a sixth consecutive victory there. Last season they enacted team orders, forcing Valtteri Bottas to allow Lewis Hamilton to pass him and win the race. This year, Ferrari are likely to pose a greater threat, as youngster Charles Leclerc is in excellent form. He looks like a good bet to win the race, while backing Bottas each-way also looks appealing.

World Championships

The world’s finest athletes will gather in Doha to battle for glory in the World Championships at the weekend. The men’s 100m final is always the main event for many fans and Christian Coleman is the 5/6 favourite with Paddy Power to clinch the gold. The 23-year-old American posted the fastest time of 2019 when he finished in 9.85 seconds in Oslo earlier this year. He is expected to see off competition from Justin Gatling and seize victory, so 5/6 looks like a good price.