2019 Summer Sport Events

16/05/2019

 

Summer is nearly upon us and with it, plenty of sporting opportunities to get involved with.

There may be no World Cup this time round, but there is still enough footballing action to cure those end of season blues. It isn’t just the beautiful game that has got us pumped for summer though, as there is plenty of action to go around for everyone.

Want to get ahead of the game and pencil in those key dates in your diary? We have you covered.

Heavyweight Boxing Bouts

  • Deontay Wilder next fight – 18th May
  • Anthony Joshua next fight – 1st June
  • Tyson Fury next fight – 15th June

Three of the biggest heavyweight names in boxing are fighting over the next few months. Unfortunately, they aren’t stepping into the ring together, but all three events are taking the US by storm.

Anthony Joshua is making his debut in the States, facing Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden. The Brit was expected to fight Jarrell Miller, but the bout was cancelled following the American’s drug test failure. Up stepped the major underdog in Ruiz, who has agreed to face Joshua on such short notice.

The American born fighter fought last April and overcame Alexander Dimitrenko, but this a major step up in levels for Ruiz. Having said that, his only professional defeat has come in a closely-fought contest against Joseph Parker, the only man that Joshua himself has failed to stop. Despite this, the only value to be found within the betting markets is through either predicting the correct round stoppage for the Brit, or through the biggest underdog story of 2019.

 

Before Joshua though, we also get to see Wilder back in action for the first time since that epic Tyson Fury clash. The WBC Heavyweight champion is the outright favourite, but it certainly is expected to be a closer tie out of the two fights.

Expect both men to come flying out the blocks in search of a brutal KO blow. We would be surprised to see this fight go the distance and ActiveWins are predicting Wilder’s unbeaten streak to continue.

Fury himself has also been pencilled in, as he continues his epic comeback. His loyal followers will be making plenty of noise in Las Vegas this June, as he is scheduled to fight the undefeated Tom Schwarz. At just 24, it is a big ask for the German, who has not fought anyone on the same level as the Gypsy King. Valued at 12/1, Betfred are also recognising the task ahead for Schwarz.

England Cricket Fans In For a Treat

  • World Cup – 30th March
  • The Ashes – 1st August

Summer’s don’t come much bigger than this one for English cricket fans, especially when it has the potential to the be one of the greatest of all-time.

Not only do we play host to the ODI World Cup throughout May, June and July, but the Aussies are also in town for the latest battle for the Ashes from August. To make it even sweeter, England have a great chance of winning both, something that England supporters very rarely experience.

Under the creativity of ODI captain Eoin Morgan, the Three Lions have transformed their game in the shorter formats and head into the World Cup as the #1 ranked one-day side in the world. With quality, class and plenty of power hitting from the likes of Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler and even Morgan himself, the England boys should take some stopping. Throw into the mix a bowling attack that now includes the rapid Jofra Archer, and on wickets they will know plenty about, there’s no doubting that England are the side to beat.

 

The Test match side might have not been as emphatic as their shorter format colleagues, but Test cricket is very much about home advantage these days and that could be the difference between two similarly matched England and Australia sides.

The return of the banned Aussies, Steve Smith, David Warner and possibly Cameron Bancroft, for ball tampering, is likely to be the brunt of the English supporters jokes this summer, but they are players to fear for the Three Lions and England will need to be on their A-game if they want the last laugh over their arch-rivals.

It’s Coming Home Vol.2?

  • Nations League – 5th June

Last summer hit an all-time peak for England football fans. Gareth Southgate led his young, fearless Three Lions into the semi-finals of the World Cup and the whole nation were behind them. It may have ended in disappointment, but the long lost love for the English team was captivated once again.

On the back of the World Cup, England have not slowed their progress down either. They are unbeaten in seven games and the free-flowing philosophy has been implanted successfully by Southgate. The players have adapted to the attacking system and find themselves in the Nations League semi-finals because of it.

 

Netherlands are the team that the Three Lions will face off against (6th), and the Flying Dutchmen have also been stabilised under Ronald Koeman. They have the potential to be tricky customers, but the bookmakers are favouring England over Koeman’s side.

The other semi-final consists of Switzerland and Euro 2016 champion’s Portugal. In terms of the odds, the latter actually find themselves as the competition’s outright favourites. Cristiano Ronaldo certainly plays his part in such value, but the Navigators are far from just a one man team. With Premier League stars like Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota, they have enough firepower to overcome any opposition on the international stage. 

Wimbledon

  • Start date – 1st July

It doesn’t matter whether you are an avid tennis fan or not, when Wimbledon is on, you follow the action on show.

The oldest tennis tournament in the world is set to commence on July 1st, with the event scheduled to run for two weeks. Running up to the competition, a lot of speculation continues to surround the potential return of Andy Murray. As poetic as this would be, the odds inevitably lie heavily in favour of the world number one, Novak Djokovic.

It is of no surprise to see who compromises the trio at the forefront of the betting markets, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal coming in closely behind the Serbian. Djokovic will touch down in London in hot form though, having won the Madrid Open in early May. The no.1 ranked player looks good for his money to prevail, but he will be pushed all the way.

 

There is some strong value to be found in the women’s Wimbledon betting odds, particularly in the shape of Petra Kvitová. The Czech player has experienced a successful 2019 so far, triumphing down under in January, before defeating Anett Kontaviet in the Stuttgart Open final in April.

Serena Williams remains the outright favourite though, but her form isn’t the most consistent heading into London. Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber are the other two main names to keep close tabs on, but we fancy Kvitová’s big value at 6/1. 

Tour de France

  • Start date – 6th July

All eyes will be on Chris Froome this July, as he looks to equal the record of the most Tour de France titles in history. Currently on 4, the Team Sky cyclist is desperate to make it five times a charm this summer and he didn’t take part in the Giro d’Italia last January for this very reason.

 

Froome is, therefore, the current outright favourite to win the gruelling event, which will last its usual 23 days. The Englishman will be bidding to make history, but his fellow teammate will be hoping to repeat past events. Geraint Thomas, the 2018 general classification winner, holds strong value at 3/1, with the bookies predicting a two man race for the title.

Tom Dumoulin caps off the favourites, with the remaining competitors all possessing a big underdog status. The bookmakers are clearly fancying last year’s top three and there is just reason for them to be doing so.

UFC 239

  • Date – July 6th

Jon Jones really wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to be more active. This will be Bones’ third fight in six months and he now looks focused on establishing his reputation in the sport as the all-time G.O.A.T.

Not many can dispute this statement from a Light Heavyweight perspective, and he will be expected to dominate against Thiago Santos. Marreta possesses the capability to knock any opponent out though, so Jones will need to remain calculated when he steps inside the Octagon.

It’s an intriguing match-up, but any opposition of Jones’ will step into the cage as the outsider. Santos has looked dangerous in his new weight division, but he shouldn’t have enough tools to overcome the champ.

 

The UFC 239 card is certainly a stacked one too, as fans have also been treated to a Women’s Bantamweight bout between the champion Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm, whilst Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos will be facing off in an explosive encounter.

Our pick of the bunch though? The new star name of Ben Askren, who will be coming to blows with Jorge Masvidal. Both fighters have been exchanging some heated words in the build-up to the event, so expect fireworks to fly on July the 6th.

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These events are just a snippet of what sporting fans have to look forward to this summer. We also have the UK Open (18th July), plenty of F1 events and a horse racing event fit for royalty (Ascot 17th June).

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