We are now seriously close to the Cheltenham Festival, 37 days in-fact. The Dublin Racing Festival was a huge success and gave us all a very good idea what may happen in the main races of the Festival. This weekend sees the likes of Altior, Champ and Allmankind have their final prep ahead of the Greatest Show on Turf.
The weather looks like it may scupper most midweek meetings but fingers crossed the Warwick and Newbury cards on Saturday survive the weather along with the Punchestown Grand National on Sunday.
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The best of the racing this week can be found below:
2:25 – Denman Chase
3:00 – Game Spirit Chase
3:35 – Betfair Hurdle
2:40 – Kingmaker Chase
4:30 – Punchestown Grand National
A blockbuster week of action sees domestic cup competitions take place this midweek. The FA Cup, Coppa Italia and Copa Del Rey all play host to some cracking ties before the domestic action takes centre stage again at the weekend.
Next week also sees the return of the Champions League – the anthem, the best teams in Europe, knockout football – more on that next week!
Man Utd vs West Ham – 9th February
Everton vs Spurs – 10th February
Leicester vs Liverpool – 13th February
Man City vs Spurs – 13th February
Arsenal vs Leeds – 14th February
Napoli vs Juventus – 13th February
Inter vs Lazio – 14th February
Juventus vs Inter – 9th February
Atalanta vs Napoli – 10th February
Real Madrid vs Valencia – 14th February
Copa Del Rey
Sevilla vs Barcelona – 10th February
Atletic Bilbao vs Levante – 11th February
Dortmund vs Hoffenheim – 13th February
Wolfsburg vs Bayern – 14th February
FIFA Club World Cup
Al Ahly vs Bayern Munich – 8th February (semi-final)
Third-place play-off – 11th February
Final – 11th February
Reminder – the below leagues have been suspended due to COVID:
- National League North and South (England)*
- All Scottish leagues below the Championship
*National League clubs, along with National League North and South sides are still voting as to what to do with the remainder of their season. The 23 teams in the National League will make their choice independently of the 43 who play in the North and South divisions and it is believed they are voting on whether to end the campaign early or continuing to a conclusion. It’s unsure when the outcome of this vote will be announced but we will keep you updated as and when possible.
How fantastic has the first Test between India and England been?! If you’re an England fan that is! Day 5 looks set to be a thriller with all three results still a possibility, yes an India win looks a wild proposition, but with Virat Kohli in next, who knows!! England need nine wickets to win and India 381 runs on day five to complete a world-record chase! Jack Leach and Dom Bess will need a good sleep as I’m sure Joe Root will utilise these for most of the final day! Interest will be immensely popular tomorrow as the business part of the game approaches. The second Test begins on the 13th so it’s a mighty quick turnaround between Tests which will as usual be hugely popular in India and the UK.
There was also another thriller over in Bangladesh at the weekend, West Indies completed the fifth-highest run chase in history at Chittagong – Test debutant Kyle Mayers hit an extraordinary 210 not out to steer the Windies to victory, it really was one of the greatest innings of all-time! Let’s hope the second Test proves to be just as good which begins on the 11th – this will be popular in Bangladesh given it’s hosting the series.
The first Grand Slam of the year is underway in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic is aiming for a record extending ninth title at the Australian Open and has already started his defence with a straight sets victory against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Elsewhere, Angelique Kerber suffered a 6-0, 6-4 defeat to become the first seed to exit the 2021 draw. Rafael Nadal is looking for his first Grand Slam title in Australia for more than 10 years and begins his tournament tomorrow.
Well it was some start to the Six Nations, wasn’t it? Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983, France showed why they’re many peoples favourites after demolishing Italy and Wales held off a 14-man Ireland. You’ve got to feel sorry for Billy Burns though…
This weekend it’s England vs Italy, Wales vs Scotland and Ireland vs France.
Bet365 still have a range of outright markets available for this event, including ‘Grand Slam’, ‘Triple Crown’ and ‘Top Tournament Tryscorer’.