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This Week In Sports Betting Slings And Arrows of Outrageous Fortune in World Matchplay Darts

July 26, 2017

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The reason for this is because there’s a number of top quality sports events taking place over the coming week which offer you some exciting opportunity for pre-match and In Play betting. Outlined below are just a couple of these events which will be extensively covered on Bet365 Sport.

The PDC World Matchplay Darts ChampionshipBet365 SkyBet Darts

This week the cream of the crop in the PDC Darts World are at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for a tournament which is only second to the World Championship and perhaps, the Premier League for prestige in the Darting calendar, the World Matchplay Championship.

This event differs from the other two big events and most others as it is not based on a sets format. Instead players simply face a race in legs of darts to a stated number. The first player to that number wins. As such, there’s no option for players to “have a leg off” as they can in the set format as every game matters.

The action got under way on Saturday evening with some big matches and also a few surprises, with England’s James Wade, who looked a little jetlagged to be fair, going out in the opening round. The first round continued over Sunday and Monday with the second round and onwards played from Tuesday.

The tournament will take eight days to complete with the semi finals and final held on Sunday and you can enjoy betting on all the crucial matches in the later stages of the tournament with Bet365. Not only can you bet on the outright winner, but also on the outcome of each match, as well as enjoying plenty of In Play betting on the games as they unfold.

You can tune in to the action live on Sky Sports too if you have it available to watch who takes the title? Can anybody stop Michael van Gerwen making it three in a row? Tune in and have a flutter to find out.

England v South Africa – Third Test MatchSKybet Ashes Cricket Betting

South Africa’s tour of England this summer reaches the third of four tests on Thursday when the two teams will battle it out once again over five days at The Oval. After a dominant England performance at Lords in the opener, it was South Africa who bounced back to form with a massive 340 run victory in the second test at Edgbaston last week.

The Proteas will therefore have their tails up when they head to the Oval on Thursday morning for the first day of play, especially since fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is now eligible to play after serving his one match test ban for unsportsmanlike conduct.

England though have had their own changes to make with third batsman Gary Ballance, out of sorts and also out of luck having broken a finger, which means that Essex’s in form Tom Westley has been drafted into the squad for the match and will likely make his debut against what looks like being a potent South African bowling attack.

New skipper Joe Root, who is the top scoring batsman in the series so far, will be hoping his form can inspire a far greater effort from his top six batman who floundered somewhat last time at Edgbaston in the face of some fierce bowling. There has been some fierce criticism coming the way of selectors following that performance and England need a good performance here, and ideally a win, to silence those critics.

There’s plenty of great betting to enjoy on this event, both before it and In Play as the action unfolds on the pitch and you can enjoy it all at Bet365 Sport. England are currently the 11/10 favourites to pick up the win at the Oval, which seems a short price to me considering their performance at Edgbaston. It’s 3/1 on a drawn test match while South Africa are a very tempting 2/1 shot to win the third test.

Although it would be nice to see England win, I think the Proteas looked much more like their best in the last test and I am backing them to continue that run of form here and I’m taking the 2/1 on South Africa securing a second test victory in this one.

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand PrixF1 Car Offers

If Lewis Hamilton could have described his perfect British Grand Prix Formula 1 Weekend before it happened, then he perhaps could not have described a more perfect weekend for him than what happened at Silverstone just under a fortnight ago.

Hamilton not just took pole, he also won the race comfortably and was never overtaken in the race. Team mate Valtteri Bottas climbed from 8th on the grid to finish second to Hamilton, while in the last few laps, Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both suffered punctures which saw them move from clear second and third podium finishes, to finish third (Raikkonen) and seventh (Vettel).

Those dramatic last few laps meant that Lewis Hamilton closed the gap on Vettel in the Driver’s Championship to just a single point, while Bottas also closed the gap on the German too. Furthermore, Mercedes opened up a larger gap on Ferrari in the constructors championship too.

That means that it is all to play for as we head into the Hungarian Grand Prix this coming weekend at the Hungaroring in Budapest. This is a twisting circuit, which also features a long straight which sits in the middle of the two DRS zones and it is this part of the track which will likely see drivers attempt to get past their opponents.

However this is a real test for the cars, especially the brakes and also in terms of setting up the balance right. Hungary can be unforgiving for the driver who doesn’t quite have his car set up perfectly from the start of qualifying, so a good grid position and reliability of key components in the car are a fundamental for success here.

This is also a key race as it is the final race ahead of the month long mid-season break, before the teams get together back at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 27th. As such, heading into the break with a lead in the Driver’s Championship and on the back of a good performance here will be vital for both Vettel and Hamilton.

Hamilton is the current 4/5 favourite to win in Hungary with Bet365, with Vettel a longer shot at 10/3 and Valtteri Bottas, who is driving superbly at the moment, a 5/1 shot. You can also back the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo (also driving superbly) and Max Verstappen at 12/1 while the unflappable Finn Kimi Raikkonen is a 14/1 shot.

Women’s Euro 2017 & Pre-Season FriendliesBet365 SPort Soccer Promotions

Don’t forget too that the Women’s Euro 2017 tournament reaches the crucial knockout phase over the coming days as the final group games from the four groups are played and the teams that make it through into the knockout stages are known.

Of the teams playing, it has been Holland, Germany, Sweden, France, Austria and England that have been the strongest teams so far in what has generally been a relatively low scoring tournament, bar a couple of notable games (such as England’s 6-0 demolition of neighbours Scotland).

It’s a different type of pressure in the knockout phase however and it will be interesting to see how the eight teams that qualify for the quarter finals cope. You can enjoy betting on all these games as well as the outright winner market at Bet365 over the coming week.

Also remember that the Football League and Premier League seasons are close to getting under way and you will find plenty of friendlies to bet on at Bet365 Sport in their outstanding Soccer section.

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Ian John
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