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Around the betting planet: Premier League heating up, as Serena tumbles out

Sports shorts and what's on around the world for weekend of October 3 2020

Are you ready for another weekend of English Premier League action? This weekend we’ll see the rivalry between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs reignited. Spurs are coming into the match as the underdogs, with bookmakers favoring the Red Devils.

Spurs will be coming from a tough week of fixtures. After their Sunday EPL game, they also had EFL and Europa League matches on Tuesday and Thursday. To say they’ll be exhausted is an understatement.

The Red Devils have the advantage in this encounter, having defeated Brighton in back-to-back games. They’ll also be hosting Spurs, further adding to their benefits for the EPL match.

It’s Green vs. Gold This Weekend

South Africans (check latest odds at South Africa’s top betting sites) are in for another thrilling weekend with the Castle Lager Springbok Showdown. Two 25-man squads were announced last Friday to represent the Springboks Green and Springboks Gold teams.

Both sides are equally diverse and comprised of Rugby World Cup winners, Blitzboks, and Junior Boks. We’re in for a treat as the local bookmakers are torn on who the favorite team is. Fans are opting to side with the Green Boks where local hero, Siya Kolisi is the captain. 

French Open: Serena is Out

Just as Serena Williams got her power back, she’s had to withdraw from the tournament before playing her second-round game against Tsvetana Pironkova. She’s suffering from an achilles injury that hasn’t recovered since her US Open quarter-final appearance. She’s also decided to take the rest of the year off and will likely participate in the Australian Open next season.

Serena’s absence is music to her opponents’ ears, as they don’t need to worry about facing her. It leaves the door open for several other payers to showcase their talents and push forward. Among the favorites at sportsbooks is Simona Halep, who breezed through her second-round against Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-3 6-4.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

In the next leg of Brazil’s Serie A, Grêmio FB will play at home against SC Internacional, who are second in the table. Despite being near the top, their form has been lacking recently, and they could lose their top spot in coming matches.

Grêmio FB are the favorites across football bookmakers, even though they’re further down the standings. They’ve had some inconsistency but seem to be getting their groove back. Grêmio FB have also beaten SC Internacional in every meetup since the season resumed in July.

AFL: The Saints Are Ready for the Bulldogs

St Kilda and the Bulldogs are ready for battle at the Gabba this coming weekend. The game will be an intense one, as both sides are looking to proceed to the next stage of the finals. It’s also a challenging game to analyze, although the Saints won in their most recent meeting.

However, during their encounter earlier this season, the Bulldogs weren’t in their best form. Times have changed, and they’re at peak performance. If you take a look at the odds across local bookmakers, they’re in favor of them too.

They’ve got a deep midfield and an all-around solid team. It’s unlikely the Saints will break through their star-studded side. However, if the Bulldogs don’t arrive with their head in the game, the Saints will walk all over them. 

Rugby league also continue in Australia, with our expert tipster previewing all NRL finals four games,

White Ferns Break the Streak

In ladies cricket, In a wonderful twist of fate, the White Ferns broke their three-year losing streak to the Australian women. On the final day of the T20I tour, the women won by five wickets in a massive upset for the Aussie fans.

The victory will give the women the much-needed confidence boost ahead of the three day ODI series that begins on the weekend. Bookmakers are still in favor of the Australian World Champs, but the odds have taken a slight knock after the Ferns’ performance in the final T20.

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