What an incredible weekend of sporting action we have just witnessed. In the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester City confirmed their credentials as title contenders, Chelsea recorded their first win under Frank Lampard, but Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all tasted defeat to knock their early season hopes.
However, the action on the football field was ony a small part of what was an amazing weekend for sport with Rory McIlroy pocketing a $15 million top prize by winning the Tour Championship and with it the Fedex Cup in the United States but at home, it was the heroics of English cricketer Ben Stokes, who rescued an all-but defeated England cricket team in the Ashes series to not only stave off defeat, but clinch the most unlikeliest of wins, to level the Ashes series at 1-1 heading into the final two Test Matches.
Stokes innings was one for the ages, many calling it the finest test match innings in history and it came just six weeks after similar heroics for England in winning the Cricket World Cup. Indeed, if you fancy a flutter on the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year competition, you won’t be surprised to hear that Ben Stokes odds have now been slashed right down to 2/9.
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However, the good news is that this coming weekend promises just as much dynamic sports action across multiple sports and in this article, we are going to bring you our tips for several of these events over the weekend. As always, if you fancy a flutter, head over to bet365 Sport for all the latest odds and both pre-match and In Play betting. If you are not a member, the bet365 Sport New Player Promotion will get you up and running swiftly on the site.
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Let’s now take a look at some of the big sporting events set to take place this coming weekend.
F1 Returns at Spa in Belgium
After a month off for the driver’s and teams, the Formula 1 season gets back underway with the 13th race of the season at the hugely popular Spa Francorchamps circuit in Ardennes, Belgium. Hugely popular with fans and drivers, the longest circuit of the F1 season always tends to produce drama, often due to changeable weather, and this weekend could be no exception.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton holds a large lead in the Driver’s Championship from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, but it is the chasing Max Verstappen of Red Bull who could well be Hamilton’s biggest rival over the remainder of the season, especially if Ferrari cannot bridge the gap in pace between themselves and Mercedes.
This is a challenging race for drivers but also one that they enjoy a great deal and that often produces some spectacular racing and plenty of controversial incidents too.
Our Tip – We think it will be a race between Verstappen and Hamilton to land the chequered flag once again, as it was in Hungary and we feel that Hamilton’s experience and the slightly quicker Mercedes car will be the decisive factor. Back Hamilton to win at 11/8 with bet365.
Campbell Facing Huge Lomachenko Test This Weekend
Former Olympic Gold Medalist Luke Campbell has found transitioning into the professional ranks tough at times. The Hull-based lightweight boxer has lost twice in his 22 fights as a professional, although both of those defeats were by split decisions, the first to Yvan Mendy in December 2015 and then another close call to Jorge Linares in September 2017.
He earned revenge over mendy in September 2018 when beating the Frenchman by unanimous decision in London and he followed that up with a TKO victory over Adrian Young in Philadelphia in March this year, setting up a massive night at the 02 Arena at the weekend, where he will face the hugely talented Vasyl Lomachenko.
Since losing his second professional fight to Orlando Salido, he has won his next dozen fights in style, beating Campbell’s conqueror Linares to win the WBA lightweight title and then beating Jose Pedraza to add the WBO belt to his collection. The fight with Campbell will also be for the currently vacant WBC belt.
Lomachenko is rated the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many different organisations so this will be a huge test for Campbell, even in front of a partisan home crowd.
Our Tip – We think this will be a tough night for Campbell here and Lomachenko, at 1/16 to win the tournament, is too short to back outright. As such, we will take Lomachenko to win in the sixth round, which is a 9/1 shot with bet365.
Basketball World Cup Gets Underway in China
With the United States the massive favourites to win the event outright, host of teams from all over the world will be competing in China over the coming weeks to try and win the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the official World Cup tournament for basketball.
Although the United States team are the clear favourites they are expected to be pushed hard by a number of countries in Europe, notably Serbia, Spain and Greece, all of whom have a strong basketball heritage.
The competition starts with a group stage with four teams in eight groups and each team will face the other team in their group to decide which teams progress into the next stage of the competition. The United States have been drawn into a relatively benign looking Group E along with Turkey, the Czech Republic and Japan.
While I expect the United States to win the tournament, I think the betting without the United States looks a better value option and you can back Serbia to win the tournament, disregarding the US results, at odds of 6/4 with bet365.
*All odds in this article are correct as of 12pm on Monday 26th August 2019 with bet365.