A Feast of Betting
This weekend we have an absolute feast of betting for the sports enthusiast.
Top of the bill are the men’s and women’s finals from Wimbledon.
Women’s Wimbledon Final
In the Women’s Final, the seemingly unstoppable Serena Williams takes on the unheralded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
Not surprisingly, the American is a red hot favourite for the final, at a best price of 1/6. If you think Muguruza might spring a surprise then you can get a tasty 5/1 general price about the Spaniard.
Williams was in stunning form in crushing crowd favourite Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-final and didn’t face a single break point in the entire match.
On Saturday she will attempt to complete the “Serena Slam” of holding all four grand slam titles at the same time – a feat she also achieved in 2002-2003 – whilst at the same time capturing her sixth Wimbledon and 21st grand slam title.
That would take her to within just one grand slam of Steffi Graf, who won 22 and within 3 of all-time record holder Margaret Court, who has 24.
Those considering taking on Serena should bear in mind her record in grand slam finals is pretty impressive – having won 20 out of 24.
It would certainly go down as one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history were Muguruza to triumph. Let’s hope at least it’s a decent final and the Spaniard makes a match of it.
Men’s Wimbledon Final
As we write this Novak Djokovic looks well on his way on another Wimbledon final, where he will hope to make up for the disappointment of the final at Roland Garros last month.
The French Open is the only title that has so far eluded the Serb, but he looks more comfortable on grass and he will be the favourite against whoever comes through the other semi-final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
Certainly one of the tipsters we are trialing, Serve It Up Tennis Tips, will hope Djokovic triumphs, having tipped him with a monster 10 point win bet at odds of 2.40.
The main question may be how much the semi-final takes out of whoever he faces in the final. Both Federer and Murray have been in superb form and it is more than possible that they will have a fairly epic encounter in the semi-final. Don’t be surprised to see the match going to five sets.
We have a feeling that as long as the semi-final doesn’t take too much out of the player who comes through it, we could be in for a classic in Sunday’s final.
Djokovic is currently priced at 4/6, whilst Murray is 10/3 and Federer 4/1.
Scottish Open Golf
The Scottish Open also draws to a conclusion at the Gullane Golf Club, just across the bay from the venue of next week’s British Open at St Andrews.
Whilst some players will be honing their games for the big event, others will be battling it out for one of the last few spots available for next week.
At the time of writing, defending champion Justin Rose is currently favourite for the Scottish Open at a best price of 11/2 with Paddy Power, whilst unheralded Daniel Brooks sits atop the leaderboard at 10 under and is currently 28/1 with Ladbrokes.
The tournament looks wide open though, with 15 players within 4 shots of the lead and it should be a cracking weekend shootout up in Scotland.
Newmarket July Festival
The appropriately-named Moet & Chandon July festival at Newmarket finishes on Saturday with another bumper day of racing including the feature race, the Group 1 Darley July Cup over 6 furlongs at 3.45. The Chris Waller trained Brazen Beau is the current favourite at 9/4.
First Ashes Test
Finally we have the conclusion of the first Ashes Test match from Lords. It has been something of a topsy turvy match with the draw trading as low as 1.98 on Betfair but it is now over 5 and England are strong favourites at 1.44. Can they finish the job off?
Whatever happens, it is set to be a cracking weekend of sport and plenty of betting opportunities. Good luck if you do have a punt and let’s hope it’s a winning one!
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