England ran out convincing winners of the 1st Test of the summer at Lords earlier in the week but this is a first choice England side whereas West Indies would be a different proposition with Chris Gayle at the top of the innings and the excellent spinner Narine in their XI; the latter has been outstanding in the current IPL campaign where his Kolkata side have reached the final.
The two sides meet again at Trent Bridge on Friday with Tino Best who only joined the squad on Wednesday likely to replace Shannon Gabriel who has returned home for the Tourists with Ravi Rampaul still struggling with a neck injury.
England are 2/5 for the Nottingham Test with the WIndies 13/2 and the draw 7/2; the weather looks set fair but apart from Shiv Chanderpaul you don’t get the impression many of the tourists batsmen have the ability to play a long innings.
We can’t split Alastair Cook, Jon Trott and Kevin Pietersen at 7/2 to be top England bat in the first innings with the Lords centurion Andrew Strauss 9/2 and Ian Bell who looked in excellent touch in the 1st Test at 6/1.
Chanderpaul is 5/2 to once again be top bat in the tourists’ first innings with Darren Bravo 7/2 and Adrian Barath 9/2. England are 8/15 to have the highest opening partnership with the visitors 11/8; Barath looked badly out of sorts at HQ and it looks as if Gayle will not be available until the 3rd Test at the earliest although he is likely to return to the fold for the ODI’s later in the summer.
Sweden are the favourites for Eurovision this weekend at 7/4 with BetVictor with the Russian grannies 5/1 and Italy 7s; I have backed both Italy and Denmark and hope to save on the day on the favourites who I think will drift out on the day.
The French Open Tennis tournament starts on the Paris clay on Sunday and BetVictor have a money back offer on the World Number 1 in the Men’s and Women’s tournaments. Place a bet on Novak Djokovic or Victoria Azarenka and if they lose we will give you your money back as a free bet. Given there are only three potential wins in the men’s event this is a good offer.
The Monaco Grand Prix will see Lewis Hamilton bid to become the sixth different winner in 6 Grand Prix so far this F1 season and his luck must change sooner rather than later. He was forced to start the last race in Barcelona from the back of the grid having run out of fuel but in the circumstances drove a magnificent race finishing eighth on a two-stop strategy.
Hamilton is our 3/1 favourite for Sunday’s race which is the most famous of all Grand Prix on the narrow street circuit with overtaking difficult if not impossible; the key to the race as ever in Monaco will be qualification and Hamilton can gain another pole. The former world Champion is 11/4 jt fav to regain the Title and that might look big after Sunday although the Lotus were, arguably, the quickest cars in Spain and Raikkonen (7/1) and Grosjean (12s) have had their supporters this week.
Note if you have a bet of £10 or more on the next 3 Grand Prix pre-race you will automatically go into a draw for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.
The PGA Championship which starts at Wentworth Thursday (used to be Friday with bank Holiday Monday finish) is one of the flagship events on the European Tour and the big 3 of Donald 8/1, McIlroy 11s and Westwood 12s are all in competition. McIlroy hasn’t got the best of records at Wentworth but ¼ odds first 6 I think he’s worth a punt.
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