Once again there’s a fantastic weekend of sport to enjoy this coming weekend with a potential crowning of a Formula 1 World Champion, a chance for several top football teams to redeem themselves after less than stellar performances last weekend and also two top NFL teams battling it out at Twickenham in the final game of the 2017 London Series.
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First up, let’s take a look at arguably the biggest sporting event this weekend as Britain’s current Heavyweight World Champion, Anthony Joshua gets back into the ring for the first time after his incredible win over Vladimir Klitschko to take on French/Cameroonian Carlos Takam in Cardiff.
Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam (IBF & WBA World Heavyweight Titles)
After his original opponent Kubrat Pulev pulled out of the fight due to an injury, Carlos Takam has stepped up as the next in line from the IBF to put their skills to the test against the current WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua.
The former Olympian was involved in arguably the best heavyweight title fight in recent times in his spectacular battle with Vladimir Klitschko at Wembley earlier in the year and this fight, this time in Cardiff, should also go the way of the Englishman, if the experts are to be believed.
Takam has shown great durability in his career and has proven very difficult to knock out but the 36-year-old is now in the twilight of his career and this match against Joshua represents arguably his final chance at a World Title and perhaps a decent payday. Only drugs cheat Alexander Povetkin has managed to stop Takam in his career, although he has endured three losses in his 40 fights.
For Joshua, while a victory is seemingly inevitable, many people will be looking at how much the Brit has improved since his battle with Klitschko and they will want to see real signs of improvement from the London-based fighter, in terms of his defence and his early fight aggression, which was lacking at times against Klitschko.
Joshua has himself said he showed his veteran opponent too much respect early in the fight last time around and while the Champion should win, it would be a statement if he could knock Takam out of the fight early on, with most experts predicting a comfortable win on points for Joshua against a durable but limited opponent.
Coral have Joshua as a massive 1/50 to win the fight but you can get Joshua to win by decision or technical decision at 8/1 with Coral which may be a better value bet.
NFL In London – Twickenham – Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns
For the second time in a week, Twickenham is the destination for two of America’s biggest sporting franchises as the Cleveland Browns are designated as the home team, take on the Minnesota Vikings in what could prove to be a stern test for the NFC North side.
The Browns come into this game having not won a game all season long although they were only defeated in Overtime last weekend when they faced the Tennessee Titans at home. The Vikings meanwhile sit atop their division, one game ahead of the Green Bay Packers and they have genuine hopes of taking their first NFC North title in a while.
However, the trip to London has seemed to suit some teams more than others with the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins both suffering heavy defeats on their trip over and last weekend, the Arizona Cardinals were a shambles against the Los Angeles Rams, which does seem to indicate that one of the teams tends to adapt to playing in London much better than the other.
You can place a Money Line bet on the game with Coral at the moment with the Vikings a really strong 2/9 favourites to take the victory, while the Cleveland Browns are 7/2 to take what would be their first win of the season. Could they clinch that on British soil, rather than at home in the Dog Pound? Tune in on Sunday night from 5pm to find out.
Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix
Last weekend in Austin, Texas, Lewis Hamilton took another big step towards securing his fourth World Drivers Championship by claiming victory at the United States Grand Prix. He didn’t confirm the world title as his as his only rival for the crown, German Sebastian Vettel finished in second spot, theoretically keeping his hopes of winning the title alive.
It’s been an impressive turnaround for Hamilton who earlier on in the season, was some way behind the German in the race for the driver’s title. However in his last six races, Hamilton has won five and finished second in the other to move well ahead of Vettel in the standings and cement his position as the hot favourite to win the Driver’s Championship.
With Mercedes winning the constructors title thanks to Hamilton’s win and Valtteri Bottas’ fifth spot finish in Austin, the team can now put all their efforts behind Hamilton’s quest to become one of F1 Racing’s elite drivers, a fourth world title would draw him level with his great rival Vettel who won four titles from 2010 to 2013 as part of the Red Bull team.
There’s plenty of interest in this race besides the driver’s title, with Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen, who was moved down a place from third to fourth somewhat controversially in Austin and Daniel Ricciardo, who was forced out of the race early, both with something to prove after a disappointing weekend in the United States.
Coral are offering a Hamilton win in Mexico at 4/5, while Vettel is a 5/2 shot and Max Verstappen is 4/1 to take the win for Red Bull. Outside this trio youc an back Bottas at 10/1, Raikkonen at 16/1 and Ricciardo at 20/1 to claim the win.
Premier League Football
It was a disappointing weekend for many teams last time out with Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United suffering hugely embarrassing defeats in the Premier League, Everton’s 2-5 loss to Arsenal at Goodison Park being the catalyst for the sacking of Dutchman Ronald Koeman as manager.
Liverpool’s defensive display in their 4-1 defeat at Spurs was equally shambolic and has left fans equally frustrated and furious., whereas Manchester United fans were stunned as they were defeated 2-1 by a fantastic and battling display by Huddersfield Town.
Big matches in the Premier League this weekend include Manchester United taking on Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime with both teams now locked on 20 points behind Manchester City who are now well clear at the top of the table. City themselves travel to West Brom in a game they will be confident of winning. Arsenal face Swansea at the Emirates, while Liverpool attempt to get their season back on track as they face Manchester United’s conquerors Huddersfield Town at Anfield. Chelsea meanwhile face a trip to struggling Bournemouth.
Other games include Crystal Palace and West Ham meeting in a London derby, Watford facing Stoke City, Brighton taking on Southampton in a south coast battle, Leicester facing managerless Everton while on Monday night Burnley take on Newcastle United.
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