England Test Match
England is in a strange place on this three game test series against South Africa. They made easy work of it the first time around and Joe Root looked like he had kicked off his era in style. That did not carry on into the second test where England rolled over and put up a weak attempt at winning the series.
Joe Root has certainly not let the side down with the bat. He is the top scorer from the first two games with 281 runs. He is at 11/5 to outscore his colleagues again with Bet 365.
One reason for South Africa’s resurgence was the return of Du Plessis whose impact cannot be understated. He not only improved the team but also motivated those around him which led to the 340 run win in Nottingham.
South Africa are at 15/8, the best price from Betvictor while England is the favourites at 5/4. With the third and final game being played at The Oval there will be a great atmosphere at one of the countries best grounds. Root will be hoping this will mean a much higher motivated squad.
The Oval is known as a flat track and a dream for seamers. While this should play into England’s batting lineup hands it will void one of England’s most dangerous weapon. Moeen Ali destroyed the visitors in the first test but his spin might be ineffectual. It certainly won’t play until late in the match by which time it could already be too late.
England is facing a tougher test than they thought after the first test. With Joe Root’s first series in the balance, he will be doing everything in his power to win the series. These extra motivations and home advantage have me leaning towards an England win.
This is the last race before the summer break. Lewis Hamilton was crowned king of England once again at Silverstone but the Hungary track has been less kind on his past.
Sebastian Vettel is a dangerous wounded animal. His championship lead is vanishing and his tenacity has cost him respect in the paddock.
This is not just a battle between these two though. Finnish star Bottas is just one race win from Vettel and could take his chance in Eastern Europe to push the Silver Arrows up the leaderboard.
Red Bull will also come into this race with a confidence boost. Both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are looking more ‘Hungary’ week by week. Their car will also be utilising some new tech at the race which might give them an advantage.
There will be much more emphasis on qualifying in this race as the technical circuit in Hungary does not give much chance to overtake. Though if we see some of the incidents from the last race it might not matter as drivers crash out. While Hamilton will be favourite, Valeri Bottas could be an outsider with a bit of money to make with odds of 5/1.
After the beautiful weather in Southport, the Senior Open Championship will be hoping for more of the same as they head to Royal Porthcawl in Wales. This ‘week after the Open’ tournament will be hoping that they can have a similar standard of golf too.
The great thing about the Senior Open Championship is the chance to watch some of the legends from the past that you might remember. You might also get hope that you can still make it as a golfer!
Bernard Langer is the favourite for this year at odds of 7/2 from Sun Bets. The German has been exceptional iatthis level of the game and he has created a second spurt to his career. He won at this very course 4 years ago shooting regularly in the 60’s and winning by 13. That dominance might seem like he is a shoe in but there are some notable names sniffing around his heels.
Among them is Sir Nick Faldo who is celebrating his 60 sup th /sup birthday at the tournament. What better birthday present could you wish for than the Senior’s claret jug.
Monty is another popular face at the tournament and at 22/1 could be a good shout if he wasn’t so used to falling short. Other famous names are Fred Couples and Betting Tip Stars personal favourites Miguel Angel Jiminez. The Spaniard is third favourite at 8/1 with Betvictor and would be a popular winner by all accounts.