5 Big Betting Events to Look for this Weekend
There is plenty of quality sporting action to look forward to this weekend, with the return of the Premier League following the international break, Champions Day at Ascot, and the start of the T20 World Cup being among the headline draws.
1. Premier League returns following international break
After what feels like one of the longest international breaks on record, the Premier League will return this weekend, beginning with Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge of Watford against Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime (Watford 17/2, Draw 9/2, Liverpool 4/11 – Match Result).
The highlight of the 3pm kickoffs on Saturday will be Manchester United’s trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester, while at 5:30pm, league leaders Chelsea will visit newly-promoted Brentford.
All eyes will then be on St James’ Park on Sunday when Newcastle will play their first match since the club was taken over by a Saudi-led consortium against Tottenham (Newcastle 5/2, Draw 13/5, Tottenham 23/20 – Match Result).
2. T20 World Cup begins
The delayed T20 World Cup will get underway on Sunday, with the opening two matches seeing hosts Oman take on Papua New Guinea before Scotland will face off against Bangladesh.
Both those fixtures will come from the first-round group stage, with the top two teams from the two groups making it through to the next round, which will see the top eight teams in the T20 rankings enter the fray.
England’s (3/1 to win World Cup) opening match of the competition will be against defending champions West Indies on October 23.
3. Champions Day at Ascot
The richest day in British racing will take place at Ascot on Saturday, with more than £4million in prize money being available across the six races, which includes four Group 1 contests.
The Qipco Champion Stakes will be one of the main highlights, with Juddmonte International winner Mishriff and Derby hero Adayar being among the contenders trying to dethrone last year’s winner Addeybb.
The Champions Spring Stakes, the Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes will be the other Group 1 contests taking place, with big names such as Trueshan, Love and Dragon Symbol all set to feature.
4. Third time lucky for Eubank Jr
Chris Eubank Jr will be hoping it is third time lucky when he takes on Wanik Awdijan at the Newcastle Arena on Saturday after seeing his two previous opponents withdraw from prospective fights (Eubank Jr 1/66, Awdijan 18/1, Draw 25/1 – Bout Winner).
The 32-year-old middleweight has won 30 of his 32 professional bouts to date and he will be hoping a statement victory over Awidjan will set up a potential major fight before the end of the year.
There will also be plenty of excitement on the undercard in Newcastle, with Hughie Fury and Savannah Marshall in action – the latter will be looking to defend her WBO middleweight title against Lolita Muzeya.
5. Inzaghi’s Lazio return
There is a big weekend coming up in Serie A, the highlight being Inter Milan’s trip to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Lazio on Saturday, a match that will see Nerazzurri boss Simone Inzaghi return to his former club (Lazio 9/4, Draw 12/5, Inter Milan 6/5 – Match Result).
Inzaghi won the Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups during a five-year spell in charge of Lazio, but after joining Inter during the summer, he will now be looking to inflict a defeat on his former employers.
If that isn’t enough to whet your Serie A appetite, then there is another big match from the Italian top flight to look forward to on Sunday with Juventus set to play host to Jose Mourinho’s Roma (Juventus 10/11, Draw 13/5, Roma 3/1).