A Weekend of Betfred Sporting Action

18/04/2019

 

Who doesn’t love a weekend filled with sporting action? Well, we are being treated with some major events this Saturday and Sunday, both of which are sponsored by our good friends over at Betfred.

Sports fans will certainly be familiar with the two upcoming occasions – we have the Betfred World Championship and the Betfred Super League. Both events are extremely popular in the UK and picking an outright winner for each event is a common market with fellow punters.

Carry on reading to find out everything you need to know about the two competitions.

World Snooker Championship

Held at the Crucible in Sheffield, the competition lasts over two weeks and is regarded as the most prestigious snooker tournament across the globe.

With the highest prize fund of all the annual snooker events, it is certainly the most desirable to win. Not just for the monetary incentives either though, as getting your hands on the trophy will cement your name in the sport’s history books forever.

Leading the odds for this weekend’s competition is, inevitably, Ronnie O’Sullivan. Regarded by many spectators as the game’s greatest ever player, the Rocket finds himself in familiar territory as the outright favourite. After winning the Players and Tour Championship in March, he will enter the Crucible in strong form and we fancy his chances at winning the event.

Behind O’Sullivan in the betting odds are also two familiar names in Neil Robertson and Judd Trump. The former will walk out into the Crucible brimming with confidence, having already prevailed in the Welsh and China Open this year. Trump hasn’t been in as prolific form, but he did comfortably defeat Ali Carter in the World Grand Prix final last February. Both men are in with a chance, with the odds reflecting this in their outright prices.

Both players hold decent value at 5/1 to win the Championship.

Fourth in the odds is a man who has prevailed in the Championship not one, not two, but three times in the past – Marky Selby. It is this impressive record that ranks the Jester from Leicester so high in the odds, as opposed to current form. Selby hasn’t got his hands on a ranking/non-ranking title in 2019, but who would dare rule him out of contention?

At 9/1, the bookmakers consider him an outsider, but some punters will fancy this value in the Championship specialist.

Betfred Super League

It’s officially Easter and us rugby fans aren’t just getting treated with some chocolate eggs. We have 12 games in five days, including derby week in the Betfred Super League, or at least as close to derbies that the league has to offer.

Thursday gives us a Yorkshire derby when Castleford host Wakefield, then onto Friday when we see yet another with Leeds at home to Huddersfield. Friday brings us the two biggest derbies in English Rugby League, when Hull FC try to right their wrongs against Hull KR and Wigan will try justify their Champions tag when they play top of the table leaders in St Helens.

The Good Friday clash at the DW will also see commentator of over 40 years say goodbye to the sport, as Eddie Hemmings will sit his final game in the Sky Sports box.

Over the years, fixtures over the Easter weekend have brought us plenty of memorable moments, including; that memorable Hull FC comeback when the Robins let a 20 - nil lead go in the second half. Leeds’ 10-6 defeat to Bradford back in 2009 and that Wigan - Saints brawl back in 2004.

All teams are back in action again on Monday with five of the games kicking off at 3pm, with Castleford making the trip over to Catalan ahead of their 5pm televised kick off.

The full fixture list for the weekend and Betfred favourites are as follows:

Thursday 18th April

  • Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity (Castleford 2/7)
  • London Broncos v Catalans Dragons (Catalan (8/15)

Friday 19th April

  • Hull FC v Hull KR (Hull FC 2/5)
  • Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants (Leeds (8/13)
  • Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils (Warrington 1/5)
  • Wigan Warriors v St Helens (St Helens 2/5)

Monday 22nd April

  • Huddersfield Giants v London Broncos
  • Hull KR v Warrington Wolves
  • Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors
  • St Helens v Hull FC
  • Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos
  • Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers

More Sporting Action

The Rugby League and the Snooker Championship aren’t the only sporting events taking place this week. We also have some pivotal football action in the Premier League and Championship, with the race for the title and promotion seriously hotting up. We will continue to cover the footballing divisions with predictions and previews up until the end of the season, so stay tuned.

One headline event that is also occurring this weekend is Amir Khan’s daring bout against Terence Crawford. The Brit is coming off the back of a positive 2018, to which he defeated both Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas, but the odds are stacked against him on Saturday Night.

Crawford is undefeated in 34 professional fights, with his latest victims being the two highly-acclaimed names in Jeff Horn and Jose Benavidez. The betting odds certainly reflect Khan as being the underdog, but the 32-year-old loves a ‘Rocky-like’ story. Coming to the end of his reputable career, this could be the ‘King’s’ last headline bout – will he receive his fairy-tale ending?

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