Spain-England tilt among week's big events

By Martin Green14 October 2018
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UEFA Nations League

There are a number of international fixtures to look forward to this week, and Spain v England on Monday night is the pick of the bunch. The Spanish are in devastating form, having won their first three goals under Luis Enrique, and they should be able to clinch victory here. They have already beaten England away, then thrashed Croatia and Wales, so they will be full of confidence and they look well priced to beat the Three Lions – who are handing debuts to a number of youngsters – once again. World champions France are also well priced at 17/20 with the likes of Sky Bet to beat a struggling Germany side on Tuesday. The Germans lost 3-0 to the Netherlands at the weekend, as coach Joachim Low said his team broke apart. It follows a disastrous World Cup campaign, and German football is in the doldrums.

Sri Lanka v England

England’s all-conquering ODI team is off to a flying start in Sri Lanka, and they should feel confident ahead of two more matches taking place this week. They will lock horns again on Wednesday and Saturday and if Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Chris Woakes maintain their impressive form then England should have little trouble in romping to further victories.

Champions Day at Ascot

The final day of the British flat racing season takes place on Saturday as some of the best horses, trainers and jockeys from across the globe battle it out for a record-breaking £4.35 million prize purse. There are several exciting races to look forward to, including the British Champions Long Distance Cup, the British Champions Sprint Stakes and the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, but the centrepiece is the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. This is Europe’s richest mile race, won by legends like Frankel and Minding in the past. Recoletes is the 3/1 favourite with Bet365 and various others, while Roaring Lion is well backed at 6/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair and 10/1 shot Addeybb is also garnering a lot of attention.

U.S. Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton can clinch the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship title if he wins the big race in Austin next Sunday and Sebastian Vettel finishes outside the top two. The Brit has won the last three races and opened up a commanding lead over his rival at the top of the standings. There are still four races to go before the end of the season, but Hamilton is now just 1/500 to win the title. You can get 8/13 at William Hill on him winning the U.S. Grand Prix and that looks tempting as he is on fire at present. Teammate Valtteri Bottas is also flying, having secured back-to-back top two finishes, and he looks like a good each-way bet at 8/1 with Sky Bet.

Premiership

The Premiership returns on Saturday and a huge clash between Chelsea and Man Utd gets proceedings underway. The in-form Blues are the 4/6 favourites to win it, while the struggling Man Utd are all the way out at 4/1 with Bet365. Man Utd returned to winning ways with a sensational 3-2 comeback victory against Newcastle last time out, but they failed to win in their previous four games and manager Jose Mourinho is under intense pressure. Defeat against his former club on Saturday could be the nail in the coffin. Elsewhere Wolves look well priced to beat Watford, and you can find great odds on a classy Bournemouth side beating local rivals Southampton, and on Everton beating Crystal Palace on Sunday.