The Tour de France heads into the final week and we have witnessed some incredible but typical racing we have come to expect from such an intense race. Some of the favourites have crashed out, most notably Richie Porte and the Yellow Jersey has hopped around a bit more than Chris Froome would have perhaps liked.
Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet are the closest rivals to Froome with both having attacked and succeeded on mountain stages already. Froome suffered a bit of bad luck with wheel issues but has shown strength in the second half of the tour which was called into question when Bardet won this stage.
We, of course, expect Froome to hold on to the Jersey to Paris now he has survived attacks. His body is well rested from a quiet 2017, unlike his competitors who could fade in this final week. Fabio Aru is the nearest to an upset for me and at 11/1 there is still money to be made. Especially when anything can happen on the Tour as we have already seen this year.
T20 Blast Surrey v Middlesex
The two London based teams in the most popular competition mean an exciting night of cricket on Friday. Taking place at the Oval there will be plenty of supporters as the competition tries to show what might be missed in a new look city competition.
Steven Finn is back in the reckoning for Middlesex after back problems and is our shout to pick up a Fifer against Surrey. Middlesex won by only one wicket earlier in the month so this could be another close matchup.
Surrey are second-favourites for the whole competition at 8/1 and boast some big-name players like Kumar Sangakkara. We expect their depth of squad will prove too much even for the Finn led the attack. Combined with playing at home then Surrey will most likely come out victors in this derby.
England v Scotland Women’s Euros
This is a battle that has been going on since William Wallace’s day. While the gap between the men’s teams is prominent it could be arguably even bigger in the women’s game. This is Scotlands first appearance at the Euros. England, on the other hand, is full of seasoned stars like Toni Duggan, who now plies her trade in Barcelona.
This is replicated in the odds of 1/4 for an England win. If you fancy an upset then 11/1 is available but money might be better spent on alterior markets. Scotland to be leading at halftime for example. A hattrick from Toni Duggan might be even better for your wallet. Scotland has heavily affected by injuries and a big score is likely. This plays into the hands of someone in the England team getting a few goals for this group stage!