While football is enjoying its international break there are still plenty of big sports matchups going ahead this week. The ATP World Tour Finals sees the best tennis stars in the world come together in London. England play Austalia in a meeting of giants at the end of year Rugby internationals. The Grand Slam of Darts also takes place this week with players from both BDO and PDC sides of he sport.
ATP World Tour Finals
This is the ninth year in a row that the tournament will be in London. Unfortunately, for us Brits there will be no Andy Murray who is still out with injury. Instead we will have to make do with the like of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to keep us entertained.
Their resurgence this which has seen the share the Grand Slams equally in 2017 makes for a mouth-watering showdown in London. Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are both out with injury to make that possibility even more likely.
Once again Federer has nailed the timing only seeming to improve as the year goes on heading to this cash cow tournament. But at 3/5 it is not worth your money. It is better to place your money and gamble on Nadal’s knee as he has done for most of his career. The courts in London always player slower than you think which will benefit the Spaniards. His odds of 9/2 with Paddy Power seem to be the best of a bad bunch of odds.
Grand Slam of Darts
This is one of the most unique tournament of the Darts calendar. PDC players will face off into against their PDC counterparts. Taking place just before the World Championship it gives the BDO players a taste of what could be.
Michael Van Gerwen is going for a hattrick of consecutive wins in the event. He is coming into the tournament in terrifying form too. He averaged 103 against Gary Anderson in last week’s match in Glasgow. Van Gerwen almost got to 9 the week before while lifting the European title.
Outsiders from the Dutchman is Gary Anderson himself at 9/1 and The Power at 10/1, all through Betway.
Raymond Van Barneveld is at long odds of 33/1 and depending on how he does in the early stages of the Grand Slam he might be a better bet as he is such a confidence player. Don’t be surprised though if Van Gerwen does win.
England v Australia Rugby International
England looked like the side of old with a tortuous win against Argentina that didn’t do much to inspire. It is perhaps a sign of a year winding down and one of the reasons why these matches at the end of the year are very exciting. However, this is good news for us as there is more likeliness for an upset and more winnings. Australia come to England to test this weakened side. England are still without the 12 starting players they missed against Argentina. Australis are 12/5 with William Hill to upset the Christmas party for fans and might well pull it off.