Sporting events of week: gear up for winning picks

By Bookmakers Review19 November 2018
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UEFA Nations League

The Netherlands have secured back-to-back victories over Germany and France, and they now look well priced at 10/3 to pick up another win away in Germany on Monday. They are 10/3 with various bookmakers to take all three points, but you can find even money at Boyle Sports on Netherlands-draw double chance, which looks attractive. The German team is in dire straits right now and they will be seriously low on confidence. A classy Denmark team should have little trouble beating the Republic of Ireland on home turf and you can look at Asian handicaps for more value there. Czech Republic are also well priced to secure another victory over neighbouring Slovakia and Bulgaria should beat Slovenia at home. The following day, Portugal are 8/11 to win at home against Portugal and that also looks enticing.

Davis Cup Final

The Davis Cup final will see a repeat of this summer’s World Cup final as France and Croatia lock horns in a battle for glory once more. France are the defending champions and they were made even money favourites win it again when the betting lines were first revealed, with Croatia the slight underdogs at 21/20. However, since then the Croatians have been heavily backed to wrest the famous trophy away from France, and they are now as low as 8/13 with many bookmakers to do so. They can call upon the formidable talents of Maran Cilic and Borna Coric, ranked seventh and 12th in the world, and that could make all the difference. The highest placed Frenchman in the ATP world rankings is Richard Gasquet at 26th, followed quickly by Gael Monfils at 29, Gilles Simon at 30 and Lucas Pouille at 32. However, France have a greater depth of talent in their squad, and veteran duo Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, plus the ever improving Benoit Paire, gives them plenty of options. They will also enjoy home advantage, as it is held in Lille this year. The French chose to play on clay, which should play to their strengths, and they look a good bet to win it at 25/19 with Marathon Bet and 5/4 with Sky Bet and Betway. If you fancy Croatia to clinch victory, Boyle Sports has a market leading 10/11, but the odds keep dropping.

England v Sri Lanka

England have already wrapped up a 2-0 victory in this three-Test series, but they will now be keen to close out a whitewash. Heading into the series, they had not secured a single away win since 2016, so they will have received a huge confidence boost from their exploits in Sri Lanka. Spin bowlers Moeen Ali and Jack Leech have been on fire, and Joe Root delivered a real captain’s performance with the bat in the second Test. An away win for England looks attractive in this final match, as Sri Lanka have been poor thus far.

International Rugby

England rallied to secure a second-half win against Japan on Saturday and they are just 4/11 to follow that up with a win against Australia. Betway has 10/11 on England -7 and that looks interesting as the Wallabies could be without star backrower David Pocock. Scotland should beat Argentina at home, New Zealand are likely to annihilate Italy and France should secure a comfortable win against Fiji. The most interesting game looks to be Wales versus South Africa. The Welsh are fresh from a record 74-24 win against Tonga and they are now up to third in the world rankings, behind only New Zealand and Ireland. South Africa battled to a bruising win in Scotland last time out, and that may have taken it out of them a bit, so a home win for Wales looks like a good bet.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has already wrapped up the world title and he can afford to take it easy now, which could open the door for Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to take the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. He is 13/2 with William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Bet Victor and that looks like an interesting each-way option.