In what seems like the blink of an eye, the year has rolled on to July and we’re halfway through the summer. It felt like just yesterday that Alisson Becker was handing the league title to Manchester City in early February or that Dillian Whyte beat Alexander Povetkin in March. But here we are, with more of the year gone than what is to come.
So, with this in mind, what can punters look out for towards the second half of the year?
Horse Racing – Glorious Goodwood
There’s only one place to start and that is with Glorious Goodwood down in West Sussex.
The south of England’s most glamorous horse racing event is back, featuring the likes of Trueshan, who is at 10/11 in the Goodwood racing odds to steal the Goodwood Cup for the fifth time. The races promise to be as competitive as ever. All eyes will also be cast towards Battaash, who is the favourite in the King George Qatar Stakes betting odds to make it an extraordinary five wins overall in this race. Spectators will also be eager to see whether this thoroughbred can beat his previous winning time of 55.62 seconds.
Football – Premier League
August also sees the return of the Premier League and punters are already putting their money on Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City to win back-to-back titles. At just 4/6 you can see why given that those are fairly generous odds on a remarkable football team.
According to the bookies, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea and Liverpool are City’s closest rivals with a price of 5/1 to win the league. That does seem a bridge too far for the German’s side at this stage even though they are making progress under him and Liverpool seem unlikely to challenge, although the signing of Ibrahima Konate is significant due to the positive impact it will have on the defence. Indeed, the blue moon should rise over the Premier League once more.
Golf – Wisconsin
From the billiard table-like pitch at the Etihad Stadium to the pristine fairways of Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, golf fans can begin preparing for the Ryder Cup in late September. The USA’s odds of 4/7 to win do show a clear favourite whilst Europe have been priced at 7/4.
Needless to say, team captain Padraig Harrington and his troops have their work cut out for them, but there is a steeliness to the Irishman’s leadership that may prove decisive in the Badger State. Basically, write Europe off at your own peril.
Motor Racing – F1
Last but not least by any means is the race to be crowned F1 champion of 2021 and goodness, do we have a showdown lined up. Tensions have already boiled over after the drama at Silverstone where Lewis Hamilton made contact with Max Verstappen’s car and sent him flying into the tyres.
Interestingly, Verstappen remains the favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship at just 4/9 but the knives will be out on both sides now. In reality, it’s anyone’s game.
We may be seven months into the year but we’re only getting started in terms of sporting events.