The T20 competition continues unabated this week with the most prominent game Hampshire vs Kent at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. You can listen live on BBC Radio 5live if you like.
Hampshire has been a team in the past but it hasn’t quite clicked this year. It is still early days though. They are hoping to get a win against a young Kent side. Michael Carberry is an old Kentonian and has been sorely missed since leaving. He could be vital
Kent is coming off the back of a loss in a high scoring game against Gloucestershire, but that didn’t stop them showing off with the bat as Sam Northeast, Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond all piled on runs, just falling short. Kent will need to improve their bowling attack and reduce the amount they have to keep chasing.
Kent are the underdogs in this matchup at 5/4 with Paddy Power. Hampshire, on the other hand, will look to flex their muscle and with home advantage will have too much for Kent. 13/8 Bet365.
Womens British Open Golf
After an exciting mens tournament and Jordan Spieth showing his dominance fans will be hoping for more of the same at the Women’s British Open. It takes place at Kingsbarn this year on Scotland’s east coast. It starts on the 3rd August and through to the weekend. The weather is supposed to hold out and the ladies might avoid the rain. As with any links tournament, the results and who does well depends heavily on the weather.
Among the favourites is American prodigy Lexi Thompson. She is only 22 but has achieved so much and bookies have her at 10/1 to come out victorious. Of course, this is female golf so it wouldn’t be a list of contenders without the South Koreans. So Yeun Ryu and Sung Hyun Park are the two who ae deemed worthy of odds at just 11/1.
Outside of the box famous poster child Michelle Wie is at 35/1 but of course hasn’t really done anything yet. Could this be her time to shine?
FA Community Shield
Our last tip for this week focuses on the Community Shield. It is an all London affair with Arsenal taking on Conte. It is as much a battle of the minds with Conte and Wenger going head to head. They will be hoping to showcase the European football both have paid so heavily for.
Among those expensive assets is Alexander Lacazzete. The exciting young Frenchman has taken time to blossom at Lyon but is no longer a wonderkid so the pressure is on to prove people wrong and show he is a mature striker. With Ozil and Sanchez still at Arsenal, he should have plenty of opportunities.
Chelsea has had a difficult transfer window but as former champions and an impressive squad even without the newcomers, they will be the favourites for this first game in the 2017/2018 season. It is NOT neck and neck in the odds with Arsenal at 31/12. Chelsea are at 13/11 but this is early in the season. Everyone fitness levels are questionable and upsets are massively more likely. I would go for Arsenal with their squad still tasty this could be a great opportunity to beat the bookies.