Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green24 February 2019
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Julian Nagelsmann

Premier League

Football fans can look forward to a full round of midweek action on Tuesday and Wednesday as we approach the business end of the Premiership campaign. You can find odds of 5/6 at Sportingbet and Marathon Bet on in-form Wolves winning away at bottom club Huddersfield on Tuesday and that looks too tempting to ignore. Burnley are also on fire at present and they will be full of confidence after beating Tottenham last time out. They travel to St James’s Park to face Newcastle, who are on a bit of a roll themselves, and Bet Victor has an attractive 10/11 on both teams to score. Tottenham are 11/5 with Bet365 and Bet Victor to win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and you might also consider a draw no bet option there. Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City should win their home games, while Man Utd are 21/20 with Betfair, Betway and various others to win away at Crystal Palace.

RB Leipzig v Hoffenheim

The big Monday night game in Germany sees two exciting, high-scoring teams battle it out at Red Bull Arena. The hosts have won four of their last five games and they are up to fourth in the table, so they should be full of confidence. Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann is leaving to take over at RB Leipzig next season, so it will be a strange occasion for him. RB Leipzig have already beaten Hoffenheim twice this season and they look well priced at 17/20 with Marathon and 5/6 with William Hill to make it a hat-trick on Monday. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals might also appeal at 4/6 as both teams like to attack and Hoffenheim are typically involved in very high-scoring games.

West Indies v England

This best-of-five ODI series is now delicately poised at 1-1 and the action moves to Grenada this week. The third match is on Monday and the fourth is on Wednesday, and England need to win both to take control of the contest. They need to sharpen their attack, but they are the better team and they should be able to pull off consecutive wins this week. They are 6/5 with William Hill to win the series 3-2, while the 13/8 it has on 4-1 still looks tempting.

Premier League darts

Defending champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen has started the new season in tremendous form, winning his first three matches in supremely comfortable fashion to sit top of the standings once more. He will bid to continue that form when he takes on former champion James Wade on Thursday night. He is 1/3 with Betfair to do so, but Wade is attracting a lot of action at 15/2 with Boyle Sports. Michael Smith, runner-up last year, has made a poor start and sits bottom of the table, but he can reverse that form against a struggling Raymond van Barneveld and the 4/6 at Paddy Power and Betfair on him to pull it off looks great.

Serie A

There are two huge games to look forward to at the weekend in the Italian top flight. First up is the Rome derby at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio and Roma lock horns. They are sixth and fifth respectively in the table at present, but Lazio are in poor form and Roma have won four on the bounce. These teams share a stadium, and Lazio are the nominal home team for this game, so their fans will be in the ascendancy, but a Roma win looks enticing at 13/8 with Bet Victor. Then runaway league leaders Juventus travel to second placed Napoli in a bid to preserve their unbeaten record. They have a great record against the top teams in Serie A and the 7/4 at Bet Victor, Unibet and 888 Sport on them winning this game looks tempting.