William Hill March sports preview
Get ready for an exciting month - March is a sports- filled month that is loaded with major events and great betting opportunities!
As we gear up for one of the most important months in the sporting calendar, the world's attentions turn to Cheltenham, for the most prestigious week in the racing year.
There is plenty to look forward to as the Premier League reaches a critical stage of the season. Can City topple Chelsea? And who is going to suffer the relegation trap door? This month also sees one of the biggest games in world football, as Barcelona take on Real Madrid. Towards the end of the month, internationals take centre stage with Euro 2016 qualifying. In particular, keep an eye out for England vs Lithuania at Wembley.
It’s all about the ICC World Cup down under, which culminates in the final on 29th. It’s already been an exciting tournament with West Indies’ Chris Gayle hitting a world record double century. Can the Windies make an impact? At the moment, it looks like a contest between hosts Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but no doubt India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also have plenty to say about things.
The month kicks off with the William Hill Imperial Cup Day. However, there is little doubt that the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight not only of the month, but perhaps the entire calendar. Sit back and enjoy four days of top class racing and betting, including the finale of the meeting, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There will be plenty of competition to become the top jockey at Cheltenham, with the likes of Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy leading the way.
Domestic competitions will be reaching the business end of the season, so expect some furious action in the Aviva Premiership, the Super XV in the southern hemisphere and other leagues too. However, March will be all about the Six Nations with Ireland looking to claim a Grand Slam following victory over England. Scotland will be hoping to improve their fortunes following a miserable start to the campaign, including defeat to Italy.
The Super League will be the focus of the month, with February having been dominated by the new-look World Club Series, pitting the best southern hemisphere teams against the cream of the UK. St Helens will be smarting from their final defeat. However, they have plenty of opportunity to make amends with fixtures against Wakefield Wildcats and Widnes Vikings before next month’s big showdown against Wigan Warriors.
The tennis highlights in March are both in the United States with the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments both taking place. You can expect the world’s top stars to battle it out with Novak Djokovic invariably the man to beat, although Andy Murray will be looking to bounce back from his Australian Open final defeat. Meanwhile, Serena Williams returns to Indian Wells for the first time in many years and it will be a brave bet against her lifting the title.
With April’s US Masters on the horizon, the world’s top players will be looking to find some form and there is plenty of opportunity to do so this month. The European tour travels to South Africa, Morocco and Portugal. Meanwhile, the PGA tournament sees plenty of action with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, World Club Championship, Valspar Championship and the Valero Texas Open all to play for. There will be no shortage of chances to spot a favourite for next month’s big major.
The season kicks off in the middle of the month with the opening Grand Prix in Melbourne. Unfortunately, Fernando Alonso is ruled out having crashed in testing. However, he should return to race in Malaysia towards the end of March. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will start the season as strong favourites in their Mercedes. However, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to restore Ferrari’s fortunes with Williams and Red Bull also looking to challenge.
The World Championships in Sheffield are just around the corner and so March is the month for players to lay out their intentions. You can expect the very best in the world to compete at the World Grand Prix and the Players Tour Championship Finals. As always, the spotlight will be on the sport’s star attraction Ronnie O’Sullivan. However, there will be plenty of other big name contenders too.
The Premier League will continue to entertain each Thursday. However, the big darts occasion of the month is the PDC UK Open. None of the favourites performed well last year, which will probably make Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor even more determined to add to his five tournament victories so far. Meanwhile, Dutchman Michael van Gerwen will have high hopes of securing his debut UK Open title.
Baseball fans will be delighted that spring training gets underway this month ahead of the regular MLB season. However, March is all about NHL ice hockey and of course NBA basketball, with the season beginning to take shape. Keep an eye out for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their star man LeBron James who is fast climbing the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
February sport preview
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The months “kicks” off to a great start with the most watched event of the year – the NFL Super Bowl, pitting the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks, out to become the first NFL in more than 10 years to win two titles in a row. Quarterback Tom Brady leads the Pats’ offense as they meet Seattle’s solid defensive team. Super Bowl XLIX, which takes place on February 1 in Phoenix, is certain to be legendary.
From American football to “real” football, February features fantastic football betting on William Hill, with the Champions League’s return and some greatly anticipated matches. Manchester City will meet Barcelona, and the tension will be sky-high, while Arsenal faces Monaco and PSG meets Chelsea. Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man City are all vying for a place in the quarterfinals, so this will be a month to remember. To
Horseracing fans can look ahead to a slew of pre-Cheltenham events, as excitement builds to that all-important racing festival. On Saturday 7 February, all eyes will be on the Betfair Hurdle, while the Hennessey Gold Cup is the attention-getter the following day. The Hennessey event, which takes place at Leopardstown with prize money of €150,000, will be a huge test for Willie Mullins runners Boston Bob and On His Own, as the great trainer goes for his tenth victory in the exciting Gold Cup race.
February sees the restart button pressed for the Super League season, where St Helens will do what they can to defend their Grand Final title and come out on top for the seventh time. The team could do no wrong in the past, and they once again look unstoppable and in prime condition, making for rough going for other hopeful teams in the league.
Six Nations rugby returns in all its glory in February and, with it, all the suspense and thrills that people have come to expect from these matches. Ireland will do what it takes to hold onto their title as they go up against Italy on 7 February. First, however, England and Wales will face off at Millennium Stadium for another super match-up, during which Wales will try to erase the memory of their painful loss to England last year.
Last but definitely not least, the Cricket World Cup gets going in Australia, with the side from India trying to hold onto their title. No one expects it to be smooth sailing for India, as South Africa and Australia have teams that look threatening. This year, England will be competing with a new captain at the helm, and Eoin Morgan will be hoping to pilot the team to their first World Cup victory.
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FA Cup: Arsenal Are Favourites To Retain Trophy
“Arsene Wenger has said that his side are amongst the favourites and we put them right at the top of the list,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
FA Cup winner: 9/4 Arsenal; 11/4 Manchester United; 11/2 Liverpool; 9/1 West Ham; 12/1 Stoke; 20/1 Aston Villa; 20/1 Crystal Palace; 20/1 West Brom; 25/1 Derby; 33/1 Leicester; 33/1 Sunderland; 50/1 Blackburn; 50/1 Middlesbrough; 80/1 Fulham; 80/1 Reading; 125/1 Bradford; 125/1 Sheffield United; 150/1 Bolton; 200/1 Preston; 750/1 Cambridgehttp://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/e/6029906/English-FA-Cup-2014+15---Outright.html
Redknapp 5/4 To Leave Before Next QPR Match
Harry Redknapp is a 5/4 shot with William Hill to have left QPR before their next match – against Stoke at the end of the month.
His side are 4/6 joint second favourites for relegation with Leicester and just behind Burnley (4/7) at the head of the betting.
“There seemed to be plenty of speculation that a defeat against Manchester United would have resulted in Harry Redknapp’s departure, however, we think that he will just about stay in his role for the Stoke match,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
At the top of the table, Chelsea are 2/5 after their convincing win over Swansea put them five points clear of Manchester City. Manuel Pelligrini’s side are 5/2 for the title.
Premier League winner: 2/5 Chelsea; 5/2 Manchester City; 33/1 Manchester United; 80/1 Arsenal; 150/1 Southampton; 400/1 Liverpool; 400/1 Tottenham
Premier League relegation: 4/7 Burnley; 4/6 Leicester; 4/6 QPR; 7/4 Hull; 5/2 Aston Villa; 11/4 Crystal Palace; 11/4 Sunderland; 4/1 West Brom; 25/1 Everton; 33/1 Newcastle; 100/1 Stoke
Will Harry Redknapp have left QPR before their next game (Stoke, Jan 31st): 5/4 yes; 4/7 no