Plenty of action happening in September

England take on the Great West Indies

The West Indies cricket team are currently touring England. There are 3 test matches, the winner out of the 3 claims the Wisden Trophy.  This was the first ever day-night test match England has staged. Followed by the test matches the two teams will hold a Twent20 International and five One Day Internationals. The “Windies” are a combination of countries from the Caribbean region, who are ranked 8th in the world.

What is fascinating about this test series is that this will be England’s first day-night test match with the use of a pink ball. The first test match was held in Birmingham where England won by an innings and 209 runs. This was a poor opening test for the West Indies and to make it worse the West Indies lost 19 wickets on day 3, the most they had lost in a single day in a test.

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However surprisingly, revenge was won in the second test when the Windies won by 5 wickets, their first test win in England since 2000. The two sides now head to Lord’s for a winner-takes-all series decider. You can compare the best bookmakers’ sign up offers on Wincomparator. This can help you win big and you can also compare the best odds for the England – West Indies upcoming games.

The match takes place on Thursday 7th September starting from 11am start (BST), Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00. It will take place in Lord’s London. England have beaten the West Indies in test matches 13 times, with 7 draws. The test should go ahead with London’s weather looking likely to be warm, cloudy with sunny spells. England have named an unchanged squad, resting no key players so they don’t repeat what occurred in Headingley. England will still be big favourites going into this final test match.

Since the West Indies pay disputes the team has been weakening since. They were once the best team in the world throughout the 90’s and the win against England shows that they can still compete and surprise even with everything going on around them.  This will be close to call, a tight and tense match ahead of us but England will come out on top.

Cricket - West Indies v India - World Twenty20 cricket tournament semi-final - Mumbai, India - 31/03/2016. West Indies players celebrate after winning their match. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Who has qualified so far for the 2018 World cup

7 countries have now booked their place in next year’s world cup and more is to come next month in the last group qualifying rounds. Who are they and how did they get there? Brazil, Belgium, Iran, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have all booked early tickets to Russia.

Russia has also qualified without playing a match as they are the hosts. Very little pundits will have Russia in their favour after their disastrous Confederations Cup, failing to qualify out of their group. Do you think they can qualify out of their group next summer? They will be the second side to have failed after South Africa hosted the world cup. The manager, Cherchesov has said he is aiming for the semi-finals, a big ask for the country, which hasn’t been done since 1966 when they team was known as the Soviet Union.

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Belgium are the first European side to join Russia. They cruised through their group, sitting ahead of Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is no surprise as their squad has full of great players, tonnes from the premier league, including Lukaku, Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Kompany, Fellaini and Benteke. Bet on them to win at 16/1 with Bet365.

Brazil were the first to qualify and they did it in style by qualifying all the way back from March. Now they have the most expensive player in the world on their team. Brazil are the most successful country in the world and are always among the favourites in the world cup, winning 5 titles. Coutinho, Jesus, Ederson and Wilian are a few of the many talented players in the squad right now.  They are rated at 13/2 to claim their 6th title.

Mexico also easily qualified in North America. They too have a talented squad and will be expected to do well. They have reached the knockout stages in each of the last 6, also making the quarter finals in 1986. They have high odds of 66/1 to win so that could be interesting. Iran, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are not expected to do well.

Jun 17, 2014; Fortaleza, Ceara, BRAZIL; Brazil forward Neymar (10) reacts to the crowd during the second half of their 0-0 tie with Mexico in a 2014 World Cup game at Estadio Castelao. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

EuroBasket: The European championships

The 40th European championships has been taking place since the end of August and will finish on the 17th of September. The host nations are Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey with 24 countries participating.  They are split into 4 groups with 6 in each. The 4 best teams advance to the knockout stages. The Soviet Union are the most successful club, winning 14 goals and Yugoslavia in second with 8 golds, but both countries do not exist anymore. Spain are the new and most successful country in this time with 3 golds and will be looking to make it 2 in a row if they win this year. So far the group stages have been completed. Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Spain all topped the groups and look to be the favourites of the competition.  Spain are favourites at 3/5. Serbia have interesting odds at 11/2 and it could be a big possibility if they win. Lithuania and Slovenia are both rated at 10/1, not a bad bet at all.

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Spain will face hosts Turkey, the Germans face the French, while Croatia and Russia battle it off. Serbia should brush past Hungary while Italy and Finland will have a right battle. Slovenia and Ukraine could be interesting, as well as Latvia and Montenegro. Lithuania should have no problem beating Greece. Interesting round of 16 ahead of us!

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