There is plenty of sporting action for punters to get involved in this weekend and we take a look at some of the highlights in our weekend diary
SUPER RUGBY FINAL
The Crusaders are firm favourites to beat the Jaguares in Christchurch on Saturday morning South Africa time and they are 2/11 for the victory, the Jaguares at 9/2 and the draw at 33/1. The handicap currently sits at Crusaders (-12.5) and has been fairly stable since shortening from an opening quote of 13.5 early in the week. Sevu Reece, the flying winger, was in exceptional form for the Crusaders over the past few matches and he looks a worthy favourite to be first try scorer at 6/1.
AFCON 2019 LAST 16 MATCHES
Bafana Bafana are in action on Saturday at 21h00 when they face Tournament favourites, Egypt. Egypt are not surprisingly firm favourites at 6/10 to win the match with Bafana 11/2 and the draw at 26/10. Putting patriotism aside I do like the correct score lines of 1-0 and 2-0 to Egypt at 37/10 and 21/4 respectively.
Nigeria play Cameroon in the other clash on Saturday and this should be a block buster with bookmakers struggling to separate the pair. Nigeria are slight favourites at 33/20 with Cameroon 21/10 and you can get 18/10 about the draw.
On to Sunday’s action and here we have Madagascar against DR Congo and it is DR Congo who are favourites to go through at 21/20 for the win.
The second match on Sunday sees Algeria against Guinea and here Algeria are firm favourites at 7/10 with Guinea the same price as Bafana 11/2 to win inside the 90 minutes.
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
England and Sweden meet in the third place playoff on Saturday and it is England who are priced as favourites at 13/20 with the Swedes on offer at 79/20 and the draw 59/20.
England put up a brave fight against the United States going down 2-1 and they face a Swedish side who went down to the Netherlands 1-0 in their semi-final.
The final between the USA and the Netherlands takes place on Sunday and the USA are very short priced favourites here at 9/20 to win the match with the Netherlands 25/4 shots. A bet I quite fancy here is the USA to score 2 goals exactly at 49/20, this would have arrived in their last 4 matches in this World Cup.
HORSE RACING, THE VODACOM DURBAN JULY
All eyes will be on Greyville on Saturday for the running of the Vodacom Durban July with the scheduled start time 16.20 pm. Hawwaam has firmed slightly from 24/10 to 22/10 and second favourite Do It Again has drifted from 4/1 to 9/2. I have been amazed at how stable Rainbow Bridge and Barahin have been in the betting and both still 7/1 and you can get 14/1 and better the balance.
There is plenty of other Horse Racing on the day including the rest of the Greyville card which is littered with feature races. If you have a World Sports Betting Account you will be able to take swingers, trifectas and even jackpots and pick 6’s and to see what our horse racing correspondent fancies you can click here for our blog preview.
We have covered a few of the exotic bets in this Diary over the last week, but one we haven’t looked at yet is the Winning Distance and in what looks a very competitive race I do like less than 1 length at the current price of 7/10.
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
The Cricket World Cup group matches come to an end on Saturday when Sri Lanka take on India and Australia v South Africa. Both games are dead rubbers although India could move ahead of Australia if they win and Australia lose.
Sri Lanka are 9/2 and India 1/6 at the time of writing and the Proteas are 2/1 underdogs against Australia who are priced at 4/10.
Click here to bet on the Cricket World Cup and we have previews up for both matches with an interest in Faf du Plessis in the South Africa v Australia game – click here to read the preview and we are looking for plenty of sixes in the Sri Lanka v India game – click here to read the preview.
GOLF, EUROPEAN AND PGA TOURS
CYCLING TOUR DE FRANCE
Cycling fans are really spoilt over the next few weeks with wall to wall coverage of the Tour de France.
Saturday’s first stage should end in a sprint finish, but with narrow roads and wind predicted it can certainly be a nervy affair and accidents that are capable of taking out one of the top riders are a real possibility.
Dylan Groenewegen is the 16/10 favourite, but we like a bit of Caleb Ewan at 28/10 as the final sprint is on a bit of a rise and he has proven to be very strong on these type of finishes. Peter Sagan the huge favourite for the Green Jersey is 11/2 to win the stage.
Egan Bernal the INEOS rider continues to firm and is the 2/1 favourite to win the race ahead of his teammate Geraint Thomas 7/2 and you can get 6/1 and better the rest of the field. A long shot bet we quite like is Emanuel Buchmann to win at 66/1. He has shown plenty of promise this year and at 26 should be coming into his prime. Germany haven’t had a real strong performance in the Tour de France for quite a while and he could just deliver one for them.
The tennis continues on Saturday with the likes of Federer and Nadal short priced favourites in the men’s draw and you can click here for odds on the men’s matches and here for betting on the ladies games.
World Sports Betting sponsored Thulani Mbenge travels to Hamburg in Germany to fight Sebastian Formella. In Friday’s Diary I mentioned that Mbenge was 7/10 and there has been money for the local man and he has been clipped into 6/10 to beat Formella in his own backyard.
Edit: 08h45 July 5 – There has been a major shift in this market with Mbenge now a 7/20 shot.
The MotoGP moves to Germany and here we have Marc Marquez a very strong favourite at 9/20 ahead of Alex Rins at 6/1 and Maverick Vinales at 7/1. You can get 9/1 and better about the balance.
Marquez has now got a firm hold on the Championship where he is 1/33 to defend his title.
Note, all odds quoted are subject to change.