Usually in this article, I look at one of the big sporting events coming up at the weekend in a bit more detail, but this coming weekend is a bit special with a whole host of big sporting events
So much so that picking one to focus on was almost impossible. So we’re going to have a look at the big events this weekend together with a couple of tips for each which you may be interested in following.
The big events we are going to focus on this weekend include the big weekend for international Rugby Union, the Brazilian Grand Prix and a big Premier League clash at the weekend as in-form Chelsea visit Anfield to take on Brendan Rodgers out of sorts Liverpool.
Rugby Union – All four Home Nations face stern tests this weekend
It’s not often that Rugby Union makes it to these pages, but this weekend sees all four of the Home Nations in action against top quality southern hemisphere teams.
England take on current World Champions New Zealand at Twickenham, while Ireland face South Africa, Wales take on Australia and Scotland face a tough task against an improving Argentina side.
With the Six Nations on the horizon, followed by the World Cup, this is arguably one of the most crucial sets of fixtures for all four teams as they prepare for both of these key tournaments.
In recent times, the southern hemisphere teams have enjoyed a high degree of success over England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland but the evidence is that Engla
nd, Wales and Ireland in particular are really closing the gap and could provide the three best teams in the world with a stern test.
You can get a best prize 12/5 with Bet365 on an England victory, with New Zealand 1/3 for a win at Twickenham. A better value bet for home nation fans may be the 6/4 Bet365 are offering on Wales to beat Australia (4/7) or the 15/8 they are offering on Ireland to beat South Africa (4/9).
However, if you fancy southern hemisphere domination to continue, the three odds on selections outlined above would make a nice treble, with a £10 stake returning you £30.26 at the above odds.
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Brazilian Grand Prix – Can Lewis Hamilton make it six-in-a-row?
Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton made it five wins in a row in the F1 driver’s championship with a fantastic drive at the US Grand Prix in Austin.
A week later, the F1 roadshow shifts south to Brazil, where Hamilton will be hoping to make it six wins in a row with victory at the Sao Paulo circuit.
With double points available at the last Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi, even if Hamilton wins in Brazil and Rosberg fails to score a point, Hamilton’s theoretical 49-point advantage would still not be enough to claim the title. As if the Englishman was to fail to score a point in the final Grand Prix of the season and Rosberg took victory, worth 50 points in the final Grand Prix, the German would be the F1 champion.
That said, Mercedes car is so much better and extremely reliable that it seems likely both drivers will be fighting it out for the title to the wire in both races, which does put Hamilton at a big advantage over his teammate.
Hamilton is currently a massive 1/7 to lift the F1 Drivers Championship, while Rosberg, the only driver who can deny him, is currently a rank outsider 9/2 shot with Bet365. Even at those odds, the German, who has been out-performed by his team mate for the vast majority of the season, doesn’t represent great value.
A better bet could well be the Winning Margin market, with Bet365 offering 9/4 on the winning margin being between 5 and 10 seconds.
Given that the winning margin has been between 4 and 15 seconds in the majority of races between drivers this season, I think this looks a solid bet, especially at Sao Paolo where last year Sebastian Vettel beat team mate Mark Webber by just over 10 seconds.
Liverpool v Chelsea – Rodgers struggles to continue as Chelsea visit Anfield?
If one result last season condemned Liverpool to second place in the Premier League title race, the 0-2 home defeat to Chelsea in the penultimate home game of the season was pivotal.
However, if Liverpool fans have hopes for some kind of revenge, then their chances of it this Saturday look slim.
In contrast to Chelsea, who have started the season in superb form winning eight and drawing two of their nine games, Liverpool have been extremely poor in contrast with last season. They have lost four of their opening nine games, winning four and drawing two and they are already 12 points behind Chelsea.
Both teams come into this fixture on the back of an away Champions League clash and Chelsea again have the advantage here with a trip to Maribor in midweek, while Liverpool face Real Madrid at the Bernebeu, just two weeks after they defeated Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield.
No matter how you look at this fixture, there seems to be nothing going in Liverpool’s favour to suggest that they could cause an upset here and hand Chelsea their first league defeat of the season.
Certainly Bet365 seem to agree with Chelsea the 11/10 favourites to take the win at Anfield, with Liverpool the 23/10 outsiders for a home game. Even
at 11/10, that is a bet well worth taking on Jose Mourinho’s men as I would not expect them to be better than even money come kick off on Saturday lunch time.
If you are looking for a Correct Score option then you can get 8/1 on Chelsea winning 1-0, however such is their strength in depth and Liverpool’s defensive problems at present that I think a 2-1 scoreline at 17/2 is a better option.
Finally you can get 3/1 on Chelsea to win and both teams to score with Bet365 and that is a very tempting bet too. So whether it is the rugby, F1 or football this weekend, enjoy a flutter with Bet365 Sports and you’ll get the best odds and the best in play betting.