Top Sporting Events for Week: Ligue 1 Opens Season

By Bookmakers Review30 July 2018
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Champions League Qualifiers

The second leg of the second Champions League qualifying round takes place this week, and Celtic are in a good position to surge past Rosenborg. The Scottish champions won the first leg 3-1 in Glasgow and they should be able to go to Norway and complete the job. Marathon Bet has 17/25 on Celtic draw no bet and that looks interesting, as the Hoops were the better team by a considerable margin in the first leg. Basel trail PAOK Saloniki 2-1 on aggregate, but they should fancy their chances of turning that around in Switzerland this week. They beat the likes of Man Utd and Benfica in last season’s Champions League, and they should take confidence from those performances, so a Basel victory looks interesting at even money with Bet365. Qarabag, Malmo and Red Star Belgrade all offer further value in this round.

PSG v Monaco

The Ligue 1 season gets underway on Saturday when champions PSG take on last season’s runners-up Monaco in the Trophée des Champions. Despite much speculation, PSG retain the services of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the world’s two most expensive players, and they should form a terrifying strike partnership. The Parisians steamrollered everyone in France last season, and they should get the better of Monaco in this game. Monaco have abandoned hopes of keeping up with PSG financially, and instead they seek to nurture young talent. But they keep seeing their best players move to elite European sides, and they are considerably weaker as a result. World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin is an interesting arrival, but they lack the quality of PSG. William Hill, Unibet and 888 Sport have market leading odds of 3/4 on a PSG victory, and that looks like a really tempting price.

England v India

A five-day Test match between England and India begins on Wednesday, and conditions should suit the Indians. England has been gripped by an unprecedented heat wave, and that could play into the hands of India’s spinners. A couple of days of rain over the weekend has brought relief and that could spark hope among the England camp, but the heat should return by Wednesday and we could see a dusty pitch at Edgbaston. England are the world’s best ODI team, but they have struggled in Tests, winning just one of their last nine. They have brought in ODI stars Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid in the hope some of that winning mentality will rub off on the Test side, but Virat Kohhli’s men should fancy their chances of winning this first Test. They are priced at 2/1 with Bet365 and various others, and that looks like an intriguing price.

Glorious Goodwood

The Glorious Goodwood festival takes place in West Sussex this week and the standout race is the Group 1 Nassau Stakes on Thursday. It has a prize purse of £600,000 and several of Europe’s leading runners will battle it out over a distance of 1 mile, 1 furlong and 197 yards. Veracious is the 10/3 favourite with Ladbrokes, and that horse has enjoyed most of the action, but Urban Fox (9/2), Rhododendrun (4/1) and Magical (8/1) are also popular choices, while Billesdon Brook could make an interesting each-way choice at 10/1. Beat The Bank also looks good for an each-way bet at 8/1 with Bet365 in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.