Published on July 26th, 2017 | by Ian John

Crucial Third Test And The Hungarian Grand Prix Headling A Big Week Of Sport At Bet365

It promises to be a massive week ahead for sports betting fans this week with two huge events on the horizon. On Thursday 27th July, England and South Africa meet for the third test between the teams at The Oval with the series now tied at 1 game apiece. Then at the weekend, the Formula 1 circus rolls into Budapest in Hungary for the latest race in what is proving to be an epic and wholly unpredictable F1 season.

Add to this a plethora of prestigious football friendlies as Europe’s top teams head all over the globe in order to get ready for the new season, not to mention the continuing drama unfolding in the Netherlands at the Women’s Euro 2017 Championships and you have plenty of great sporting events to enjoy over the next seven days.

On top of that, if you sign up now with Bet365 Sport you can claim an outstanding Bet365 Sport £100 New Player Bonus when you make your first deposit and start wagering. There has never been a better time to join the site with the football season close to starting and masses of great promotions and offers to enjoy on the site across a huge range of sports.

So let’s take a look at a couple of these big events and at some of the great betting available right now on them, beginning with what is shaping up to be a definitive third test out of four on South Africa’s tour of England this summer.

Betting Odds and Tips; England v South Africa – Third Test Match

On Thursday the third Test Match of four will get under way between England and South Africa at The Oval. After England took the opening game at Lords in comprehensive fashion, South Africa struck back equally strongly at Edgbaston last week to level the series with an equally dominant win over the home side.

England have already moved to make changes following that heavy defeat in Birmingham with Gary Ballance dropped from the side due to a broken finger and Essex batsman Tom Westley drafted in and likely to make his test debut at number 3 against the Proteas.

South Africa though will also be stronger after fast bowler Kagiso Rabada served his one match ban in the last test and he is likely to come straight back into the side, further strengthening what was already a potent South Africa attack in the last test.

What will worry England is that their top six failed to deliver the goods against South Africa at Edgbaston in that 340-run defeat and they need a vast improvement from all the top order if they are to seriously challenge their opponents, who are ranked justifiably as the second best Test side in the world in the current rankings.

While only skipper Joe Root has shone with the bat Moeen Ali’s bowling figures are the best in the series and he along with Chris Broad and James Anderson will likely spearhead the England attack against a South Africa batting corps that seems to be getting to grips with conditions well.

Currently with Bet365, you can back England to win this test match at odds of 11/10, while South Africa are a 2/1 shot, while it is 3/1 the draw. That latter option doesn’t look like a good value bet to me, given that in the last two test matches, all forty wickets have fallen over the five days of play.

England may be the loyal pick, but I think South Africa have stepped it up a gear and with Rabada’s return, I think at 2/1 they are an outstanding value bet to get the win at the Oval, particularly if they can win that all important toss.

Betting Odds and Tips: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone turned into something of a personal triumph for Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team in more ways than one. Not only did Hamilton win the race from pole, Valtteri Bottas managed to climb from 8th on the grid to second in the race and for even greater glee, both Ferrari’s suffered from punctures due to tyre degradation in the final few laps which moved both Raikkonen and Vettel right down the finishing positions.

Those combination of factors meant that Mercedes strengthened their grip on the constructors title considerably over Ferrari, while Hamilton clawed back 19 of the 20 point deficit he faced behind Sebastian Vettel going into the race and Bottas too clawed back plenty of points on the German.

What this means is that the Mercedes team will be heading into Hungary in a massively positive frame of mind, while Ferrari will be wondering why their tyres (and that of Max Verstappen too) didn’t have those crucial extra few laps in them to ensure that Vettel managed to retain what was until his tyre blew, a podium position.

The Hungarian GP promises to be another crucial race in what is proving to be a massively exciting championship. With a long straight just after the first DRS activation zone, this is an exciting circuit where anything can happen, despite it being a tight and somewhat tough circuit on the breaks in particular.

Following the dramatic events at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is now the 4/5 favourite to win in Hungary ahead of Vettel whose odds have drifted out somewhat to 10/3. Valtteri Bottas, whose superb drive in Britain is being somewhat overlooked, is a 5/1 shot and I think he may well represent the best value bet of the weekend.  Being honest, it is almost impossible to see a winner outside of these three drivers, unless all three encounter some serious problems in the race.

My tip here is to go for the value bet with Bottas at 5/1 for the win and also back Daniel Ricciardo at 12/1 each way for a podium finish. The Australian Red Bull driver also had an outstanding drive in Britain and has also been on the podium several times of late. A better starting position on the grid should help him to maintain a challenge for at least a spot on the podium.

Betting Odds and Tips: Football – Euro 2017 Championships Odds

Don’t forget too that there are some fantastic football betting opportunities to enjoy with Bet365 Sport over the coming week, starting with the events unfolding at the Women’s Euro 2017 Championships taking place in the Netherlands.

The tournament is now reaching the stage where all matches are effectively knockout games, with one defeat likely to be enough to send a team home, unless of course they were fortunate enough to win their opening two games. The Quarter Final stage of the tournament begins on Saturday 29th July with two quarter finals (from Doetinchem and Rotterdam) and then the second two quarter finals will take place on Sunday in Tilburg and Deventer.

It’s been a miserable tournament for the one-time European Champions Norway, but other top teams including Sweden, Germany, France and of course England, have shown much better form and it seems likely that the winner will come from one of these four teams.

You can enjoy plenty of match betting on each of the games in the Championships right the way through to the final, but if you fancy a flutter on the outright winner market then I’d be prepared to put my neck out and say that at 6/1, England are the best value bet available at the moment.

Don’t forget too that there is an extensive list of Friendly matches taking place involving teams from all divisions all over Europe at present and you can enjoy extensive betting on these events, both pre event and on some games, In Play, on the site with Bet365 Sport.


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Ian John

Ian is a lifelong poker fan, and while he hasn't been writing about poker as long as he's been playing it, he still delivers insightful, comprehensive guides to UK online poker sites. Add Ian on Google Plus and Twitter.



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