Five sporting events to watch this week
There’s sure to be plenty of festive cheer in the air at Alexandra Palace as the PDC World Darts Championships or ‘Dartsmas’ as it’s affectionately known returns.
Ally Pally could welcome a 1,000 strong crowd back through its doors this week. But that’s not the only event to keep an eye on…
PDC World Darts Championship
It just wouldn’t sit right if the Darts wasn’t on over Christmas.
Peter Wright is 6/1 third favourite to defend his crown, with oche-elite Michael van Gerwen (12/5) and Gerwyn Price (5/1) ahead in the betting.
Nathan Aspinall was the other man in last year’s semi-finals and he’s 22/1 to go all the way this time round.
There’s sure to be a few festive crackers with the tournament finale on 3rd January 2021.
Liverpool v Tottenham (Wed 20:00)
The Premier League’s top two meet on Wednesday and Liverpool and Tottenham wrestle for supremacy.
Both sides ailed to 1-1 draws on Sunday perhaps with one eye on this clash. This will be a big test of Spurs’ title credentials as they travel to defending champions Liverpool who are 3/4 favourites for victory.
Jose Mourinho’s Lilywhites have impressed many this season with their efficiency and cutting edge in attack, but at 10/3 for the win away at Anfield, this will be Harry Kane and company’s greatest challenge yet.
Midweek Premier League
There’s a full set of Premier League fixtures in midweek with Wolves v Chelsea and Man City v West Brom on Tuesday.
Wednesday sees a wounded Arsenal side take on high-flying Southampton at the Emirates. Can the Gunners (6/5) get a first home win since October?
Elsewhere, you can get Over 3.5 Goals at 13/8 in Leicester v Everton. The rest of the bill is Leeds v Newcastle, Fulham v Brighton and West Ham v Crystal Palace.
In Germany, Lucien Favre has been sacked by Borussia Dortmund after their 5-1 home defeat to Stuttgart last weekend.
BVB are now six points off top of the table Bayer Leverkusen and on the hunt for a new manager. Werder Bremen are up next for Dortmund who are 4/7 to get a much-needed victory on the road. But with a new gaffer incoming, what might this mean for hotshots Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham?
Elsewhere, PSG are sweating on the fitness of talisman Neymar, after the Brazilian was stretchered off in Les Parisiens’ 1-0 loss to Lyon on Sunday. The French champions have drawn Barcelona in the last-sixteen of the Champions League – will Neymar be fit to face his former club?
Ascot’s December Racing Weekend
Ascot returns for it’s December meeting with action across Friday and Saturday including the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle and the Swinley Novices’ Chase.
There’s also one of Britain’s most prestigious long-distance hurdle races, the Long Walk Hurdle on Saturday.
Roksana and Paisley Park are just edged out by favourite Thyme Hill at 7/4. Plus, there’s the 15.00 Silver Cup Handicap Chase with The Conditional current 5/1 front-runner.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication