Liverpool Can Win The Premier League
Qualifiers for the Champions League and Europa League began before the final of the World Cup and less than four weeks after France lifted the trophy it’s the start of the Premier League. England connected a nation in Russia but the old parochial divisions will quickly re-emerge as domestic football takes centre stage. The new season begins with the Friday night fixture at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Leicester. Jose Mourinho needs a win or the odds for him to be the first manager to leave his post will be slashed. LIVERPOOL can win the title (4/1 with Ladbrokes) while CARDIIF are the favourites at 4/6 with William Hill for relegation.
England beat India by 31 runs in the First Test but the match was decided on the fourth day. The growth of one-day cricket over 50 and 20 overs has affected the way the longest format game is played. In his prime Geoffrey Boycott would be obsessed about not losing his wicket and scoring runs would be secondary. Given good weather four days is enough for a Test. Ben Stokes misses the Second Test at Lord’s which begins on Thursday because he has to attend his court case and his absence will give INDIA the edge and they can win the match at 2/1 with bet365.
The PGA Championship is the final major of the season and it begins at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis on Thursday. The defending champion is Justin Thomas who won the Bridgestone Invitational by four shots on Saturday. Dustin Johnson stormed through the field with a final round of 64 a week after winning the Canadian Open. The two form players can contend in the PGA event which JOHNSON can win for the first time and that outcome is 10/1 with Betfair.
It’s a relatively quiet week for racing after Glorious Goodwood and the Galway Festival grabbed the headlines with two huge betting occasions. The Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock and the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh are the highlights before the Ebor meeting at York the following week. The ante post favourite for the richest Flat handicap in Europe is STRATUM at 6/1 with Boylesports.