Author: Anton Johan
If you're an avid sports fans, then you'll barely have time to breathe with all
the sporting events scheduled this weekend, highlighted by Test cricket
and the highly anticipated start of the 2012/13 English Premier League.
England vs South Africa 3rd Test Match
The 3rd and final 5-day Test match between these two great national cricket
teams got underway yesterday (Thursday, August 16) at Lords in London, and the
pride of both nations is at stake.
For England, it's a matter of delivering a
win to save face after being so comprehensively thumped in the first Test match
on July 19, when they lost by a whopping innings and 12 runs. The second Test on
August 2 yielded an unsatisfying draw, which means England has to pull out all
the stops in the third Test to prevent South Africa from dominating the series,
and more importantly, replacing them as the world's number one test cricket
For South Africa, it's about taking England down and walking away with the
series and the new world number one Test cricket team spot. And they certainly
have the arsenal to do it, particularly in the form of Hashim Amla, who scored
South Africa's first ever Test triple century in the first Test match at the
Oval. The Proteas may have an added advantage in this Test in that South
African-born Kevin Pietersen was dropped from the England side due to his errant
England vs South Africa Betting Lines at William Hill
England - 3/1
Draw - 5/1
South Africa - 4/9
2012/13 English Premier League Season
Football fans have been champing at the bit for months in anticipation of the
start of the 2012/13 English Premier League, which kicks off tomorrow (Saturday,
August 17) with a slew of matches.
After the arguably the most nail-biting end to a season in decades, Manchester
City won the coveted title last year, and will be one of the big teams to watch
this season. On Sunday City will face Southampton, a team they are expected to
destroy as reflected in their overwhelming 1/5 odd-on favourite odds.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the runners-up from last season, Manchester United, will
kick off the new season by taking on Everton, where bookmakers have posted them
as the 10/11 favorites to win. It will be interesting to see if team manager Sir
Alex Ferguson has calmed down yet after falling short last season.
Third place finishers from last season, Arsenal, will take on Sunderland, and
should have no problem dispatching them.
But even though all three of these matches should be relative walkovers,
football fans are all too aware that there is no such thing as a sure thing in
sport. And for this reason, they'll be watching to see if the top-rated clubs
kick off the season on a winning or losing note.
English Premier League Week 1 Odds at William Hill
|Sat 18 Aug 15:00 GMT Arsenal vs
|Sat 18 Aug 15:00 GMT Fulham vs
|Sat 18 Aug 15:00 GMT QPR vs Swansea
|Sat 18 Aug 15:00 GMT Reading vs Stoke
|Sat 18 Aug 15:00 GMT West Brom vs
|Sat 18 Aug 15:00 GMT West Ham vs
|Sat 18 Aug 17:30 GMT Newcastle vs
|Sun 19 Aug 13:30 GMT Wigan vs Chelsea
|Sun 19 Aug 16:00 GMT Man City vs
|Mon 20 Aug 20:00 GMT Everton vs Man Utd
Posted by Anton Johan at 15:52 on 17 August 2012