Africa Cup Of Nations
Egypt – 21st June to 19th July 2019
The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be played in Egypt. The tournament is organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). This event was supposed to be played in Cameroon but due to delivery delays, it was moved to Egypt. The tournament was usually played in January/February but it has been moved to June/July to allow more European club players to take part.
Egypt Are The Favourites
The hosts have an automatic place in addition to 23 nations that have qualified. The group stage is made of 6 groups of 4 teams that play each other in a round-robin format. After that, the knockout stage will start with the last 16 all the way to the final that will be played on the 19th July at Cairo’s International Stadium.
Egypt are the clear favourite while Cameroon are the 5th. Since the event will be in the summer, it should increase visibility also considering there is little football going on at the same time. We do expect good odds and offers from bookmakers.
Tour De France
6th – 28th July 2019
The famous cycling race will take place in July in France for over 21 days. The distance covered will be 2,150 miles, which are around 3,460 kilometres. There are a total of 22 teams taking part and 21 stages. The Tour will start in Brussels on the 6th July and will be traditionally finished at the Champs-Élysées on the 28th July.
The 2019 edition would be the 106th and it will honour the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx first win. He is regarded as the most popular rider in the history of the sport with a total of 5 Tour de France wins in addition to 11 grand tour titles.
Team Ineos Debut
Team Sky has been dominating in recent times, having won 6 tours in the last 7 years. This year it will be called Team Ineos as Sky have decided to end their sponsorship. The team was acquired by Britain’s richest man, Jim Ratcliffe who will be hoping to win the tour at the first try.
The team has managed to keep the two favourite pre-event riders but Chris Froome who won the tour 3 times between 2015 and 2017 will not take part after a bad crash in June. Geraint Thomas is therefore the main favourite having won it last year.
Glorious Goodwood Festival
30th July – 3rd August
The Goodwood Festival has a great tradition as it has been running since 1802. It is one of the classics of the British summertime like for instance Wimbledon or Royal Ascot.
The festival will last for four days and there are around 35 races. 13 of those are group races with three group 1. There are also two classic heritage-handicaps to looking for. The Goodwood Festival is one of the biggest racing meetings on the flat racing calendar.
Three Group 1 races
Three group 1 races dominate the race card at Goodwood, and they are scheduled in the first three days. On day 1 we have the two-mile Goodwood Cup Stakes. On day 2 the one mile Sussex Stakes and on day 3 the two-furlong Nassau Stakes.
If you are visiting on day 4, you won’t be disappointed either. This is because there are two big races. The one mile Golden Mile heritage-handicap and also the group 2 sprint over 5 furlongs called King George Stakes. On the final day, we also have the Stewards Cup, which is a 6-furlong heritage-handicap which is usually adored by racing fans.
It is called Glorious Goodwood for a reason!
The reason why it is called Glorious Goodwood is that generally at this time of year the weather is really great in the Sussex South Downs. If you want to experience one of the best things about the British summer, don’t miss out to pay a visit to this picturesque course.
The Ashes – England v Australia
1st August to 16th September 2019 – England
The 71st edition of The Ashes will take place in England this summer. The opening match will be played in Edgbaston (Birmingham) from 1st to 5 August. The second clash will be in London at the Lord’s from 14th to 18 August. The third one will be at Headingley in Leeds from the 22nd to 26 August followed by the Old Trafford clash in Manchester from 4th to the 8th September. The final game will be at The Oval in London from 12 to the 16 September.
The Ashes still fascinating
Even though many have said that the five-day test game is not exciting as the 50 over ODI’s and Twenty-20 cricket, The Ashes remains a massive clash that attracts the attention of all Australian and English’s cricket fans.
The controversy has dominated the last edition of The Ashes with Ben Stokes that wasn’t able to play due to police investigation for assault and Smith and Warner from the Aussie side who are fresh from the ball-tampering scandal.
England and Australia have great sides this time around
Controversies will add to the exciting atmosphere around The Ashes. Both England and Australia can field topsides for this edition which promises to be the best since 2005.
Watch: Sky Sports Cricket