In our weekend diary we take a look at the second of the Super Rugby semi finals, some big guns are in action in AFCON 2019 and its knockout football in the Womens World Cup and Copa America. Host nation England face a huge game in the Cricket World Cup and we also take in an outright betting update for the Mens Singles at Wimbledon.
We start with Super Rugby and a look at the second of the semi finals between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes which kicks off in Christchurch at 09:35 on Saturday morning.
The Saders face a fellow New Zealand side for the second week in a row after they saw off the Highlanders 38-14 in a home quarter final last week to remain on course for a third consecutive Super Rugby title. Should they win again here they will also host the final and they are unbeaten in front of their own supporters 8 wins and 1 draw this season.
The Hurricanes came through their quarter final at home to the Bulls with a 35-28 victory and they will have to turn this season’s head to head form with the Saders around if they are to go any further. The Canes lost both head to heads in the regular season, 38-22 in Christchurch in Round 2 and 32-8 in Wellington in Round 7.
In the betting markets the Crusaders are 1/5 favourites to win the game with the Hurricanes currently trading at 4/1 and the draw at 35/1.
At the time of writing the Canes have a 12.5 point start on the handicap, a line which has moved from 10.5 points earlier in the week.
It’s another busy weekend of international football and in AFCON 2019 the race to secure places in the first knockout round continues.
The headline clash on Saturday comes from Group F where heavyweights Cameroon and Ghana do battle. Defending champions Cameroon top this group after winning their opener 2-0 against Guinea-Bissau whilst Ghana have work to do after playing out a 2-2 draw with Benin in their first action of the tournament. In the current match result betting either side can be backed at 18/10 to win the game and in a tricky looking match to call the draw could be the way to go at odds of around 37/20.
On Sunday it’s the final round of matches in Groups A and B. Host nation Egypt, who have won both matches so far, bid to secure top spot in Group A against a Uganda side who are on the verge of joining them in the knockout rounds. Zimbabwe need a win against DR Congo to keep their hopes of a prolonged stay in the tournament alive.
Nigeria are already guaranteed to progress from Group B as they prepare to take on Madagascar on Sunday whilst Guinea need to beat Burundi to avoid an early exit.
Saturday’s quarter final in the Womens World Cup sees host nation Italy take on the Netherlands whilst on Sunday Germany meet Sweden.
The Dutch ladies have a 100% record so far and all their games have seen backers of over 2.5 goals and both teams to score? (yes) collect. Germany are another side who boast a 100% record and they have yet to concede a goal in these finals.
Copa America matches are being streamed live on World Sports Betting TV and the last of the quarter final match ups sees Uruguay trading at odds on to beat Peru on Saturday night. Uruguay came through their group unbeaten with 2 wins and 1 draw whilst Peru took 4 points from their first 2 matches before crashing to a 5-0 defeat against host nation Brazil.
Saturday’s Cricket World Cup matches see Pakistan bid to continue their quest for a semi final place when they take on Afghanistan who have lost all their matches so far. Meanwhile Australia are already confirmed as one of the semi finalists and New Zealand are on the verge of joining them. The teams meet at Lords in what should be a cracking game.
On Sunday host nation England face a must win game against unbeaten India in Birmingham. England have lost their last 2 matches and 3 in total and another defeat here would make it very tough to reach the semi finals.
India are currently marginal favourites at 17/20 to win the game with England trading at even money.
Local racing comes from Kenilworth and Greyville on Saturday. The KZN Breeders Million Mile is the highlight on a 9 race card in Durban whilst the Winter Oaks and the Winter Derby are among the 9 races in Cape Town.
On Sunday Turffontein stages an 8 race card on the standside track.
We also have ante post betting for the Durban July along with all the other feature races to be run at Greyville on the 6th July
Wimbledon gets underway on Monday and bear in mind our promotion where you can back any player to win before the start of Round 1 and your stake will be refunded in free bets if your selection loses in the final. (T&C’s apply).
Here is current outright winner betting for the Mens Singles.
Djokovic, Novak 27/20
Federer, Roger 3/1
Nadal, Rafael 5/1
Zverev, Alexander 27/2
Tsitsipas, Stefanos 29/2
Cilic, Marin 35/2
Raonic, Milos 21/1
Auger Aliassime, Felix 26/1
Kyrgios, Nick 30/1
35/1 and better the rest and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson is currently trading at 50/1
South Africa take on Namibia in AFCON 2019 on Friday and we also focus on Jaguares v Brumbies in the first of the Super Rugby semi finals. Host nation France are involved in the Womens World Cup quarter finals, Copa America continues in Brazil and the Proteas take on Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup.
We start with Super Rugby and a look at the first of the semi finals between Jaguares and the Brumbies which kicks off in Buenos Aires at 01:05 on Saturday morning.
Jaguares remain at home after a 21-16 quarter final victory over the Chiefs last weekend whilst the Brumbies do the travelling after beating the Sharks 38-13 in Canberra. This will be the second visit of the season to the Argentine capital for the Brumbies who lost 20-15 at this venue in Round 11.
Both teams finished the regular season in tremendous form and Jaguares are favourites to win at 5/10, the Brumbies can be backed at 17/10 and the draw at 33/1. The Brumbies are currently being given a 4.5 point start on the handicap. If you fancy a close game then check out our Tri-Bet market where you can take the “any other result” option at 15/10 which effectively means your bet lands if either side wins by no more than 6 points and you also have the draw running for you as well. Bet on Jaguares v Brumbies here.
Friday sees 3 matches take place in AFCON 2019 and the final game of the day sees Bafana Bafana take on Namibia in Group D. After losing their tournament opener to Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa really need 3 points from this meeting with a Namibia side who are supposedly the weakest team in the group. Namibia did perform with credit in their opening match against Morocco and looked on course for a valuable point until a very late own goal saw them go down 1-0 so Bafana will need to put in a decent shift to boost their hopes of a place in the first knockout round.
The betting suggests Stuart Baxter’s men should be up to the task as Bafana are 15/20 favourites to win the game with the draw at 12/5 and Namibia are 17/4. In the goals markets Bafana are 21/20 to score at least twice and 15/4 to score 3 goals or more. Bet on South Africa v Namibia here.
The other match in Group D sees Morocco clash with Ivory Coast in an evening kick off and any winner in this game will seal a place in the knockout rounds. The first match comes from Group E where Tunisia take on group leaders Mali who put 4 goals past Mauritania in their opening game. Both those matches look likely to be close calls with the draw likely to give us a run for our money.
Friday’s quarter final in the Womens World Cup see host nation France take on the USA. France eventually came through their Round of 16 tie against Brazil with a 2-1 win in extra time whilst USA have a 100% record in the tournament so far and the Americans are favourites at 13/10 to get the job done in 90 minutes.
In the Copa America it’s also quarter final time and Venezuela clash with an Argentina side who rather stumbled their way through their first 2 matches before a 2-0 win over invite nation Qatar secured a prolonged stay in the tournament. You can stream the match live on World Sports Betting TV. Bet on Venezuela v Argentine here.
Friday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees the Proteas in action against Sri Lanka in Durham. Although South Africa have no chance of making the semi finals the Proteas are still short price favourites to beat a Sri Lankan side they whitewashed 5-0 earlier this year. We have a full match betting preview on this link where we look to Faf du Plessis as a potential Man of the Match. Bet on Sri Lanka v South Africa here.
Local racing comes from Fairview on the turf track and the first of 8 races is scheduled to go off at 12:35.
We have ante post betting for the Durban July along with all the other feature races to be run at Greyville on the 6th July
AFCON 2019, Womens World Cup and Copa America all feature in Thursday’s diary whilst India are in action in the Cricket World Cup. The US Senior Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic get underway, Lewis Hamilton is a hot favourite ahead of practice for the Austrian GP and we take in a betting update for the Durban July.
Groups B & C are in focus in AFCON 2019 where the pick of the 3 games would have to be Senegal’s clash with Algeria. In the opening round of matches Senegal beat Tanzania 2-0 and Algeria also won their opener against Kenya by a 2-0 scoreline. It’s highly likely both nations will make it through to the knockout rounds but topping the group and a more favourable last 16 draw is a prize worth chasing. Senegal are favourites at 23/20 with the draw at 21/10 and Algeria are 26/10. Expect a decent game between 2 quality sides who look hard to separate and a 1-1 draw in the correct score market would net you odds of just over 5/1. Bet on Senegal v Algeria here.
The Womens World Cup has reached the quarter final stage and the first of the last 8 match ups sees Norway paired with England. Norway came through the previous round with a penalty shoot out win over Australia whilst England, who have a 100% record in the tournament so far, saw off Cameroon 3-0 in a controversial game. England are even money favourites to win in 90 minutes with the draw at 12/5 and Norway are 27/10. Bet on Norway v England here.
In the early hours of Friday morning the first of the Copa America quarter finals sees Brazil clash with Paraguay and the host nation are 1/6 favourites to get the job done in regulation time and 5/10 to win by a margin of 2 goals or more.
Thursday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees India clash with West Indies in Manchester with India looking for a victory that would pretty much secure a semi final place. We have a full match betting preview on this link where we look to Jasprit Bumrah to beat his quote in the Player Performance market. Bet on India v West Indies here.
Local racing comes from the Vaal where the first of 9 races jumps at 12:05.
Looking ahead to the Durban July to be run at Greyville on the 6th July the final field has been announced and our current betting looks like this.
The US PGA Tour heads to Michigan for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club and Dustin Johnson is the favourite, currently trading at 6/1. Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama are prominent in the betting at 14/1 and you can get 20/1 about US Open winner Gary Woodland. Chez Reavie, who won the Travelers Championship last week, is currently a 35/1 chance.
The US Senior Open is also on the calendar this week. Warren Golf Course, Notre Dam is the host course and David Toms (14/1) is the defending champion. Steve Stricker is favourite at 5/1 ahead of Jerry Kelly (15/2) whilst Scott Mccarron and Bernhard Langer can be backed at 10/1. Retief Goosen is an 18/1 chance.
1st Round 3 balls and 72 hole match ups are among the many options available to punters.
On the European Tour the Andalucia Valderrama Masters also gets underway on Thursday and Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia currently head the betting at 13/2 and 15/2 respectively whilst Matthew Fitzpatrick is third best at 10/1. Top 10 and 20 finish, 1st Round Leader and Top Player by region markets are also available.
After yet another Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes victory in France last weekend we move on to Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix and ahead of qualifying Lewis Hamilton is 15/20 favourite to win Sunday’s race with teammate Valtteri Bottas at 28/10. The usual full suite of F1 betting markets are available here.
The AFCON 2019 group stage continues on Wednesday with the likes of Nigeria and Egypt both in action. New Zealand and Pakistan clash in a vital Cricket World Cup match and in the world of golf we look ahead to this week’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters.
Football: AFCON 2019
There are 3 matches in AFCON 2019 on Wednesday the first of which comes from Group B where Nigeria bid to make it 2 wins from 2 matches when they take on Guinea. The Super Eagles needed a pretty late goal to see off Burundi 1-0 in their opening game whilst Guinea were held to a 2-2 draw by Madagascar.
Thereafter focus switches to Group A where Zimbabwe face another tough test against a Uganda side who are full of confidence after a 2-0 win over DR Congo. Zim lost their first match 1-0 to Egypt and can be backed at 12/5 to bounce back whilst the Cranes are currently favourites at 14/10 and the draw is trading at 19/10.
The final game of the day sees host nation Egypt bid to build on their win over Zim and they are 9/20 favourites to beat DR Congo. Mo Salah played but didn’t score in the tournament opener and he can backed at just over 3/1 to register the first goal here. Bet on Egypt v DR Congo here.
More International Football
Copa America is heading towards the quarter finals and although there no matches on Wednesday the latest outright winner betting sees hosts Brazil trading at even money ahead of Uruguay (17/4) and Argentina and Colombia are next best at 21/4 and it’s 37/4 and the better the rest.
Wednesday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees Pakistan clash with New Zealand in Birmingham. Pakistan are back in the mix for a semi final place but they have no margin for error against the unbeaten Black Caps. We have a full match betting preview on this link where we take our chances with unpredictable Pakistan to be on a “going day”. Bet on New Zealand v Pakistan here.
Local racing comes from Greyville where the first of 8 races on the polytrack is due off at 12:15.
Looking ahead to the weekend we have betting available for Saturday’s features at Kenilworth. Silver Operator is currently 9/10 favourite for the Langerman, Helen”s Ideal tops the boards for the Winter Oaks at 18/10 and Majestic Mozart is 28/10 market leader for the Winter Derby. Matador Man is currently 5/2 favourite for the KZN Breeders Million Mile at Greyville on Saturday
The Andalucia Valderrama Masters gets underway on Thursday and Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia currently head the betting at 6/1 and 7/1 respectively whilst Matthew Fitzpatrick is third best at 10/1 and you can get 20/1 and better the rest. Garcia is host of this tournament and he won this event in 2018 and also when it returned to the calendar in 2017. Garcia was also victorious in 2011 but whilst he is the obvious horse for courses pick his form right now is poor.
The AFCON 2019 group stage continues on Tuesday with action from Group F, the Round of 16 in the Womens World Cup winds up and England take on Australia in the Cricket World Cup.
Football: AFCON 2019
There are 2 matches in AFCON 2019 on Tuesday when Group F gets underway with Cameroon’s clash with Guinea-Bissau whilst later in the day Ghana are in action against Benin.
After tournament hosts and outright favourites Egypt and other much fancied sides such as Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco and Algeria began their respective campaigns with victories in their first group matches focus switches to 2 more of African football’s powerhouses.
Defending champions Cameroon are currently 6/10 favourites to beat Guinea-Bissau (5/1) with the draw at 53/20. These 2 nations were also drawn in the same group in the 2017 finals and Cameroon won that clash 2-1 on their way to lifting the trophy whilst Guinea Bissau headed home after securing just a single point from their 3 matches. Click here to bet on Cameroon v Guinea-Bissau.
Meanwhile Ghana are currently 15/20 favourites to start with a win against Benin who can be backed at 17/4 with the draw trading at 12/5. Ghana have made a habit of going deep in tournament finals including a run to the semis in 2017 but you have to go back to 1982 for their last AFCON title. The evergreen striker Asamoah Gyan remains part of the Black Stars set up and he is favourite in the anytime goalscorer market at 37/20 and a whole host of betting markets are available here.
More International Football
The Womens World Cup Round of 16 wraps up on Tuesday when Italy take on China and the Netherlands clash with Japan. Italy are currently even money favourites to see off China whilst the Netherlands, who came through their group with a 100% record, will be a popular choice at 8/10 to win in regulation time and claim a quarter final place at the expense of Japan.
Tuesday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees England, who have 4 wins and 2 defeats so far, clash with Australia. If England lose this game they could find a potential semi final place under threat from the likes of Pakistan and Bangladesh. England have a cracking record against Australia in recent times and are currently 15/20 favourites to win the game but Australia are in great form right now having won 5 of their 6 matches. We have a full match betting preview on this link where we fancy Pat Cummins to get amongst the wickets. Bet on England v Australia here.
For those punters who enjoyed Royal Ascot last week we have ante post betting available for a whole host of major international races to come including the St. Leger, Prix de l Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders Cup.
In Monday’s bulletin we took in an early show for this weekend’s Super Rugby semi finals and the Crusaders have attracted interested with the handicap line for their match up with the Hurricanes moving from 10.5 to 11.5 points.
In the “Name the Finalists” market a Crusaders / Jaguares match up has shortened to 9/10 from even money.
Monday sees Bafana Bafana open their AFCON 2019 campaign against Ivory Coast whilst Copa America and Women’s World Cup football are also in focus. The Cricket World Cup continues and we also take in an early show for the Super Rugby semi finals.
Football: AFCON 2019
There are 3 matches in AFCON 2019 on Monday, the first of which is a Group D clash between South Africa and Ivory Coast which kicks off at 16:30.
This looks like a tough start for Bafana in a competitive group which also includes Morocco and Namibia. Ivory Coast were champions in 2015 but they had a poor finals in 2017 when they failed to get out of the group stage. South Africa’s qualifying campaign started with a bang when they won 2-0 in Nigeria but three subsequent draws took matters to the wire and a ticket to the finals was only secured with a victory away to Libya in the final group match.
Ivory Coast are favourites to win the game at 23/20 with the draw at 43/20 and Bafana can be backed at 53/20. There are a whole host of other markets to get involved in such as total match goals and first goalscorer where Percy Tau is priced at 25/4. Click here for all markets.
If you fancy a patriotic bet on South Africa to win the tournament then 27/1 are the current odds of reward. As for this game Stuart Baxter would probably be delighted with a draw and that could well be the way to go.
Later in the day Group E gets underway when Tunisia take on Angola before Mali start their campaign against Mauritania. This Mali side look capable of going deep in these finals and they are 15/20 to make a winning start.
The group stage of Copa America, streamed live on World Sports Betting TV, is drawing to a close and at 01:00 on Tuesday morning the pick of the Group C matches sees defending champions Chile take on Uruguay. Chile top this quartet right now having won both their matches whilst Uruguay are unbeaten with 1 win and 1 draw. Both teams have scored 6 goals in their first 2 matches so it should be a good watch and slight preference is for Uruguay to edge it. Bet here on Chile v Uruguay
The Womens World Cup Round of 16 continues in France where USA ladies are 4/10 favourites to beat Spain and it would be no surprise if Sweden’s clash with Canada went the full distance.
Monday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees Bangladesh clash with Afghanistan. Bangladesh have been playing some good cricket and whilst Afghanistan are still looking for a win they did run India close at this venue at the weekend. We have a full match betting preview on this link and we pin our hopes on Hashmatullah Shahidi to top score for Afghanistan. Bet on Bangladesh v Afghanistan.
We are down to 4 teams in Super Rugby and in the latest betting to lift the trophy the Crusaders are now 7/20 favourites ahead of the Hurricanes (5/1), Jaguares (7/1) and the Brumbies (10/1).
We also have “Name the Finalists” betting where a Crusaders / Jaguares match up is currently favourite at even money.
In Saturday’s semi finals Jaguares will have home advantage against the Brumbies whilst the Crusaders will host the Hurricanes in Christchurch and we were quick off the mark in opening up the betting markets.
Jaguares 6/10 Draw 25/1 Brumbies 14/10
Handicap, Jaguares -3.5 points at 9/10, Brumbies +3.5 points at 9/10
Crusaders 3/10 Draw 25/1 Hurricanes 28/10
Handicap, Crusaders -10.5 points at 9/10, Hurricanes +10.5 points at 9/10
In our weekend diary we look at the remaining Super Rugby Quarter Finals and the pick of the international football including AFCON 2019, Copa America and the Women’s World Cup whilst the race to seal semi final places in the Cricket World Cup continues to take shape.
On Saturday the Hurricanes host the Bulls in Wellington, a tough task for the South African side but they did draw twice on tour against other New Zealand sides recently. As far as the betting is concerned the Canes are 1/5 to win the game, the draw is 33/1 and the Bulls can be backed at 4/1. The main handicap line sees the Bulls given a 12.5 point start and that might just be a big enough number. However, there are many more options for punters to consider including try scorer markets where you can select a player to score the first try, last try or to dot down anytime in the game. It’s that last “anytime” option that caught our attention and Handre Pollard, who has been in great form, could be worth an interest at odds of 5/1. Bet on Hurricanes v Bulls here.
The last of the quarter finals sees the Brumbies clash with the Sharks in Canberra. The Sharks are also underdogs for this game where the match result betting has the Australian side at 9/20 to come out on top, the draw is trading at 30/1 and the Sharks can be backed at 2/1. On the handicap the Sharks have been given a 6.5 point start. The Brumbies finished the season in top form and they were very strong in Canberra where they have reeled off 7 wins in a row. Bet on Brumbies v Sharks here.
U20 Rugby World Championship
Saturday is finals day in the Junior World Championship and after the disappointment of losing their semi final to France the Junior Boks take on host nation Argentina in the third place play off. South Africa start as favourites at 9/20 to win the game and -5.5 points on the handicap.
The final will be contested between Australia and France and the Australians are favourites at 8/13 to win the game and -2.5 points on the handicap.
AFCON 2019 gets into full swing with 6 matches taking place this weekend. On Saturday D.R. Congo open their campaign Group A campaign with a tricky looking game against Uganda. Defeat in the first group match often spells disaster and that fear of losing could be a big factor here with the draw worth an interest at a shade over 2/1. Saturday’s Group B matches see Nigeria at a short price (7/20) to start with a win against Burundi and look out for Guinea in this tournament, especially if they oblige for favourite backers in beating AFCON debutants Madagascar.
On Sunday the first round of Group C matches see Senegal and Sadio Mane a warm order at 4/10 to beat Tanzania and Algeria are a similar price for their opening match against Kenya. Also on Sunday Morocco take on Namibia in Group C, a game that will be of huge interest to South Africa who’s clash with Ivory Coast in this group will be featured in our Monday bulletin.
More International Football
There are no shortage of options for football punters with group stage matches continuing in Copa America and the games are streamed live on World Sports Betting TV. Saturday’s action includes the final round of matches in Group A where host nation Brazil, who were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Venezuela last time out, take on Peru. Both teams have 4 points from 2 games and this will decide top spot in the group. On Sunday Argentina come into their final Group B clash with Qatar battling to stay in the tournament after taking just 1 point from their first 2 matches.
The Womens World Cup has reached the knockout stage and the betting for the first four of the Round of 16 match up’s currently looks like this.
Saturday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees India as overwhelming favourites to chalk up another win when they meet Afghanistan. India remain unbeaten whilst Afghanistan look like they could go through the whole tournament without a victory. We have a full match betting preview on this link and we are looking for a big performance from Lokesh Rahul. Bet on India v Afghanistan.
The other match on Saturday sees New Zealand also bid to maintain their unbeaten record in a clash with West Indies. The Black Caps delivered a hammer blow to the Proteas hopes last time out to remain on course for the semi finals whilst West Indies haven’t won since their opening match of the tournament. Read our match betting preview here where we look to the New Zealand total sixes market for a bet. Bet on West Indies v New Zealand.
Heading into Sunday’s clash with Pakistan at Lords the Proteas remain stuck on just the one victory and any hopes of a semi final place have all but evaporated. Pakistan have failed to build on a surprise win over England early in the tournament but they will be backed by a fanatical support and could heap more misery on Faf du Plessis and his side. Our match preview is available here and all the betting markets are available on this link.
There are two local meetings on Saturday with Scottsville taking centre stage with a 9 race card which includes the KZN Oaks and the KZN Derby. The first race is due off at 11:45 and later in the afternoon Mike de Kock’s Blossom is favourite for the Oaks and Brett Crawford’s Charles tops the boards for the Derby. Meanwhile Kenilworth stages 8 races on Saturday and Race 1 jumps at 12:35.
On Sunday there are 9 races at Turffontein on the inside track with a 12:10 start time.
In Friday’s diary we look at the first two Super Rugby Quarter Finals and the opening match of AFCON 2019 whilst the Cricket World Cup, Formula 1 and Royal Ascot are also in focus.
The first of the Super Rugby quarter finals sees the Crusaders host the Highlanders in Christchurch. The Saders, who are fresh from a bye and at something like full strength, topped the log at the end of the regular season. They finished 22 points better off than the Highlanders who squeezed into the play offs with a wide margin home win over the Waratahs last week.
The one head to head this season saw the Crusaders come out on top 43-17 in Christchurch and as far as the handicap betting is concerned the defending champions are currently 13.5 point favourites and they get our vote to cover it. Bet on Crusaders v Highlanders here.
Just after midnight Jaguares have home advantage against the Chiefs in what will be the first ever play off for the Argentine side who topped the South African Conference on the back of 9 wins in their last 10 outings. The Chiefs recovered from a poor start to the season, steadily making up ground before sealing a quarter final place with a thumping win over the Rebels in Melbourne last week. When the teams met in Buenos Aires earlier in the season the Chiefs edged it 30-27 and the betting suggests we are in for another close match.
Right now Jagaures are 15/20 to win the game with the draw on offer at 25/1 and the Chiefs can be backed at 12/10. With so many close matches this season an option to consider for a betting interest is our “Tribet” market where a win for either side by no more than 6 points is priced at 17/10 and you have the draw running for you as well. Bet on Jaguares v Chiefs here.
In our weekend bulletin we will look at the remaining quarter finals which see the Bulls travel to take on the Hurricanes in Wellington and the Sharks are in Canberra for a clash with the Brumbies.
There are no shortage of options for football punters with group stage matches continuing in Copa America and the games are streamed live on World Sports Betting TV. Meanwhile the AFCON 2019 finals get underway on Friday night with a clash between host nation Egypt and Zimbabwe in Cairo.
Egypt are outright favourites at 4/1 to lift the trophy and they are 2/11 to make a winning start against Zim with the draw at 11/2. If you fancy an upset Zim can be backed at 15/1. Mo Salah is 9/4 to score the first goal of the tournament and 17/20 to find the net “anytime” and a full suite of betting markets are available here.
Friday’s action in the Cricket World Cup sees England bid to take another step towards the semi finals when they clash with Sri Lanka in Leeds.
With 4 wins from 5 matches and skipper Eoin Morgan having crunched 17 sixes in his century against Afghanistan earlier this week the hosts are expected to win with a degree of comfort. We have a full match betting preview on this link and we fancy Sri Lanka’s Isuru Udana to beat his quote in the Player Performance market. Bet on England v Sri Lanka.
The French Grand Prix takes place at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet on Sunday. With Mercedes dominating the season so far Lewis Hamilton is the favourite ahead of qualifying at 8/10. Hamilton is currently 29 points clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas in the Driver Standings having already won in Bahrain, China, Spain, Monaco and most recently Canada.
More than 20 different markets are currently available for this race alone including the ever popular Winning Margin and Fastest Lap.
In Thursday’s diary we look ahead to AFCON 2019 and this week’s Travelers Championship whilst the Cricket World Cup, Copa America, Womens World Cup football and Royal Ascot are also in focus.
Football: AFCON 2019
We start with football and a look ahead to AFCON 2019 which gets underway on Friday when host nation Egypt take on Zimbabwe in Cairo. As far as the betting to win the tournament is concerned all the traditional powerhouses of African football are prominent and whilst Egypt will be a popular choice with Mo Salah leading the line, Senegal could give us a run for our money. It’s always worth looking for an outsider capable of going deep and this year Mali (16/1) and Guinea (20/1) look like upset material.
Africa Cup of Nations – Winner
Ivory Coast 9/1
13/1 and better the rest.
As far as Bafana Bafana are concerned the group stage draw could have been kinder. South Africa, who are 28/1 to win the tournament, will contest Group D with Ivory Coast, Morocco and Namibia for company. We have outright betting to win the groups available and in this quartet Ivory Coast are favourites at 23/10, Morocco are 14/10 and Bafana can be backed at around 4/1 with Namibia the rank outsiders at 41/1.
Copa America, streamed live on World Sports Betting TV, continues and in the early hours of Friday morning Uruguay are a short price to follow up on a 4-0 win over Ecuador when they take on Japan who crashed 4-0 to Chile in their first outing.
In the Womens World Cup the Netherlands meet Canada and both sides have a 100% record so this will decide who tops Group E.
In Group F it’s a similar story with the top 2 teams, USA and Sweden already through with 2 wins from 2 and the outcome of their meeting will determine who tops that quartet.
Thursday’s action in the Cricket World Cup comes from Trent Bridge, Nottingham where Australia clash with Bangladesh.
Australia are travelling well with 4 wins and 1 defeat and whilst Bangladesh have a record of 2 wins, 2 defeats and 1 no result, there was plenty to like about the way they pulled off a big run chase against West Indies earlier this week.
All betting markets for the Cricket World Cup, outright and individual matches, are available here and it’s interesting to note a change in favourite in the betting to win the tournament with India now at 19/10 ahead of England who can be backed at 2/1
Local horse racing comes from the Vaal where the first of 9 races jumps at 12:15.
Day 3 of Royal Ascot features the Gold Cup where Stradivarius is a warm order, currently trading at 13/10. Fleeting is 17/10 favourite for the Ribblesdale Stakes with the appropriately named Queen Power next best at 5/2.
We looked at the betting for this week’s BMW International Open in Wednesday’s bulletin whilst this week’s event in the US is the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands, Connecticut. Last week’s US Open runner up Brooks Koepka is favourite at 9/1 ahead of Patrick Cantlay (10/1), whilst Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Justin Thomas and Francesco Molinari are also prominent in the betting.
After a very solid T7 at Pebble Beach last week Louis Oosthuizen is a 33/1 chance but whilst doing the rounds of the golf tipping websites the name Paul Casey is commonplace.
We will look at each of the Super Rugby quarter finals later in the week. For now, a reminder that outright winner betting and match result and handicap markets for the first round of play offs are available and bear in mind our special promotion below.
Cricket World Cup, Copa America, Womens World Cup football and Royal Ascot are all in focus on Wednesday. We also look ahead to this week’s BMW International Open on the European Tour and with Wimbledon looking later this month we take in an outright betting update for the Men’s Singles.
Cricket World Cup
It’s a big day for South Africa in the Cricket World Cup with unbeaten New Zealand providing the opposition at Edgbaston. The Black Caps have won 3 matches and 1 other game was washed out and whilst the Proteas opened their win account at the fifth time of asking when thrashing Afghanistan at the weekend, Faf du Plessis and his side have no margin for error in their remaining matches. New Zealand are favourites right now at 15/20 and South Africa can be backed at 11/10.
All betting markets for the Cricket World Cup, outright and individual matches are available here.
COPA America is being streamed live on World Sports Betting TV and at 23:30 on Wednesday Colombia clash with invite nation Qatar and in the early hours of Thursday morning Argentina are in action against Paraguay.
Both matches are in Group D and Colombia are red hot favourites at 2/7 to build on their 2-0 win over Argentina in their opening match. However Qatar showed they are not to be underestimated when fighting back from 2-0 down to draw their opener 2-2 with Paraguay. Colombia can be backed at 13/10 to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 in the Multi Score market.
Argentina can’t afford to slip up against Paraguay and they are 9/20 favourites to kick start their tournament with a victory with the draw currently trading at 33/10 and Paraguay can be backed at 25/4. Over 2.5 goals in this game is currently trading at 17/20. Click here to be on Argentina v Paraguay.
Group D is the focus in the Women’s World Cup where Japan take on England and Scotland clash with Argentina. England top this quartet with 2 wins from 2, Japan are currently second with 4 points, Argentina have 1 and Scotland have yet to open their account.
With best third place finisher spots available all 4 teams are still in contention and hence the Scotland v Argentina game could be a tense occasion. England are even money favourites to make it 3 wins from 3 and they did beat Japan 3-0 earlier this year but in the circumstances the draw could be a runner here at 21/10.
Day 2 of Royal Ascot features a number of wide open graded races included the Queen Mary, Queens Vase, Duke of Cambridge Stakes, the Royal Hunt Cup and the Windsor Castle Stakes. The Prince of Wales Stakes is due off at 16:40, 8 runners go to post and Magical currently tops the betting boards at 18/10.
After the excitement of last week’s US Open this week’s golf sees the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands, Connecticut and in Europe the BMW International Open takes place in Munich.
We will look at the Travelers in our next bulletin whilst in the BMW International defending champion Matt Wallace is currently favourite at 10/1 ahead of Matthew Fitzpatrick at 12/1. Sergio Garcia, who usually goes well in this event, is 14/1 and Martin Kaymer, who tied for 2nd in Munich last year is trading at 16/1. South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen who tied 43rd at +2 in last week’s US Open is a 25/1 chance.
Joost Luiten is another 25/1 shot who has form in this event, he returns from a break and could give us a good run for our money. Players by group, 72 hole match betting and top player by region markets are also on offer.
We will look at each of the Super Rugby quarter finals later in the week. For now, a reminder that outright winner betting and match result and handicap markets for the first round of play offs are available and bear in mind our special promotion below.