After a holiday break, we are back to our usual tip schedule and this includes our first triple tips back today! This time we are looking at the monster fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, the Rugby League’s Challenge Cup finale and England’s second test vs the Windies!
McGregor vs Mayweather
This is one of the most anticipated fights in Boxing history, not just because of who is involved but also the fact it is a fight between men from two different fighting codes. McGregor is expected to utilise some unusual techniques. Something he has hinted at on Instagram. Floyd Mayweather is under immense pressure in this bout as not only is his 49-0 record on the line but he also is carrying the sport of Boxing.
The press conferences have been heated with McGregor easily having the upper hand of that sceptical but major questions will be asked of him in this bout. Mayweather is a dominant force in the ring and has made seasoned boxing pros look ordinary. Conor has never even had a bout. All roads lead to a comfortable Mayweather win.
One of the big psychological advantages is Floyd has never lost. McGregor is good but he has tasted defeat. Mayweather will be more motivated to avoid this. McGregor has won the war of the words but with a fist battle coming he might fall short.
Mayweather has boxed his entire life and has been the best at it for most of it too. A try-hard Irishman with a much shorter career would normally not pose a threat but Mcgregor has shown that his hands have knocked out the potential in MMA. A big fundamental difference that no one is mentioning though is that boxing will use gloves, whereas Mcgregor accuracy with a ungloved hand unsurprisingly resulted in a knockout.
Mayweather is favourite for this bout and Bet 365 have him at 2/7 to increase his record to 50-0. Conor Mcgregor is at 11/4 with the same bookie. We can’t in good conscience suggest McGregor will win this, he won’t lose out completely because the PR from this fight along with the purse will make it his biggest payday by a mile. Mayweather will claim both the win and the purse for sure but a more interesting bet is when this will happen.
Many will be hoping for a long fight but it is more likely that Mayweather will deal with McGregor easily and early based on his experience. A first-round knockout is fantasy land though, Mayweather isn’t known for his big hits. We would go with a stoppage in round three after a peppering of devastating shots finally takes their toll.
Hull FC and Wigan Warriors meet in this big clash to decide the winners of the Challenge Cup. Hull picked up an embarrassing defeat in the league 46-18 at Huddersfield. The Yorkshiremen have not been waiting a long time for some silverware as they will be defending the cup but this dip in form could not have come at the worst time.
Wigan Warriors, on the other hand, are as steady as ever and will be the team to beat on the 26th at Old Trafford. Their last fixture was a demolition 42-6 in a performance that showcased their ability to defend and rapidly score.
This is a Yorkshire vs Lancashire battle and will be a heated match, something that all true fans will appreciate. A challenge cup final needs some bite as that will further put the game in the limelight. Bookies have the match incredible close with Paddy Power favouring Warriors just at 10/11. Hull city sits at 11/10.
England vs West Indies
There is no doubt that the Windies first test was a disappointment for the fans. It is a sorry state of affairs when this once great cricketing nation is failing so badly. They lost by an innings and 209 runs. The most embarrassing stat was that the loss of 19 wickets in one single day was the worst ever on record. Yikes, that is some serious improvements needed.
England meanwhile will do well to keep a focus on the next game and not be distracted by future matches. It is almost guaranteed a win for England in the next test but if you are feeling brave then you could take a punt on a Windies win which would perhaps be the biggest upset ever in test cricket (200/1). For context, the Windies haven’t won a series abroad apart from against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 1995. It is a long way back till you get to their legendary teams which so frightened batsman.
If you want to find a more interesting market then top scorer could be good with Root starting his career as a captain just a well with the bat as he has with the cap. On the Windies side while Shai Hope is the best of a bad bunch but at 4/1 with Sky bet could be an easy win for some money.