Events To Look Out For in November 2018

October 30, 2018

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Here it is! Just one full month left before Christmas, and it’s a month jam-packed full of great sport (as pretty much every month is).

We’ve got an incessant load of football, some great rugby union matchups, the end of the tennis and golf seasons, a sprinkling of boxing, some pre-World Championship darts tournaments, and a load more.

Here’s exactly what you’ve got to look forward to over the next 30 days…

Football

November’s the time when the temperature in European football really starts to heat up.

August, September, October are the months that are full of optimism, when fans are looking at the season with quiet confidence, when anything could be possible. But November’s where all that optimism goes out the window, and the rage starts to take over.

November, statistically, is the most prolific month for managerial casualties in the Premier League. It’s when the top brass start to fluster as their team is floundering, and when they start to look for that panic button so they can install a new man to take on the January transfer window.

And this November there will be a few managers looking over their shoulder. Lopategui has already left Real Madrid and Niko Kovac at Bayern is teetering on the edge, but in the Premier League it’s those in the bottom three who will be nervous, and that’s why Huddersfield vs Fulham on bonfire night will be layered in even more toffee-flavoured spice. David Wagner is a huge 20/1 to be the next manager to go, but Slavisa Jokanovic is in a very precarious position according to the bookies, and a loss on MNF could spell the end for the Fulham man.

At the top, though, there’s no such stress for the likes of Unai Emery and Jurgen Klopp who face off on November 3rd. Arsenal’s start to life under Unai Emery has been quite remarkable, but they face a really tough challenge in high-flying Liverpool. Both teams are playing some beautiful football, and it’s almost certaine to be one fantastically open and exciting game.

Then the weekend after it’s City vs United. United came from two goals down to beat City in last year’s fixture yet City beat United 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. City will be big favourites, but United have a bit of the random under Mourinho, so who knows what will happen.

Two weeks later we have Spurs vs Chelsea, but sandwiched in between that we have another international break which gives England the chance to get some kind of revenge on Croatia for last year’s World Cup, and relegate them to League B in the UEFA Nations League.

And don’t think we’ve forgotten about the Champions League. By the end of November we should pretty much know our last 16 lineup, and across the month we have Inter – Barcelona, Juventus – Man United, Atleti – Dortmund, PSG – Liverpool, Tottenham – Inter, and Roma – Real Madrid to feast upon.

Love. Ly!

Here’s a couple of markets we see some good value in:

Man City -1 to beat Man United, 21/20 with Coral

Slavisa Jokanovic next manager to leave his post at 6/4 with 888 Sport

England Croatia November 2018

Tennis

What a month it is in the world of tennis. Not only do we have the top 8 players in the world fighting it out in London for the ATP Finals, but we also have the Fed Cup final and the Davis Cup final too.

First up is the Fed Cup from Prague which sees the Czech Republic take on the United States. The Czech’s, headed by the imperious Petra Kvitova, breezed past Germany in the semi-final, while the US squeezed through the French in the south of France. The Czech’s are currently favourites, but you really can’t rule the US out with the strength in depth that their team has. That home advantage might tell, though.

In the men’s game, it’s the ATP Finals from the 11th – 18th November, but before that the last two places need to be decided in the Paris Masters. Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem are the ones who could drop out, however Kei Nishikori and John Isner must make the final at least and hope that Cilic and Thiem don’t make it past the quarters. A tough ask.

Rafa, Djokovic, Federer, del Potro, Zverev and Anderson are all home and hosed, though, and it’ll be Djokovic who goes into the tournament as favourite after winning the last two Grand Slams of the year and the previous two Masters’ Events in Cincinnati and Shanghai. But Nadal will be a huge threat too, he has four titles to his name this season after playing in just nine tournaments all year.

Then once that’s done, from the 23rd to the 25th November we have a repeat of the World Cup final in the Davis Cup with Croatia and France facing off. Croatia have two top 15 players in their side, and two top 10 doubles players, and though France have a great doubles pairing, their singles players haven’t had the 2018 that Cilic and Coric have, and despite the home advantage, it’s hard not to fancy Croatia to get revenge for their footballing counterparts. The bookies can’t decide between the two, at the moment: 888 Sport have Croatia as favourite, yet Boyle Sports favour France. It’s all up in the air, so it should be a great one!

Here’s a couple of markets we see some good value in:

Rafa Nadal 11/2 to win the ATP Finals with Boyle Sports

Kevin Anderson 17/1 to win the ATP Finals each way with Boyle Sports

ATP Tour Finals Odds Bookmakers 2018

Rugby Union

The Autumn internationals have been a staple of the rugby calendar for well over a century now, and despite their old age, they are still greeted with the same giddy excitement every year.

2018 sees the usual suspects make their way over to these shores with South Africa facing England at Twickenham on November 3rd along with Wales taking on their old foe in Scotland on the same day.

On November 10th England host the All Blacks, while Fiji take on Scotland at Murrayfield, South Africa face France, Argentina play Ireland, and Australia travel to Wales.

The following weekend we have Australia in Italy, Japan at Twickenham, Wales hosting Tonga, South Africa facing Scotland, Ireland vs New Zealand, and France – Argentina.

Then to round it all off on the November 25th we have the All Blacks vs Italy, Scotland – Argentina, England vs Australia, South Africa at Wales, and France hosting Fiji.

There’s also loads more with the lesser-followed Uruguay, USA, Romania, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Russia all in action too.

So much rugby, for so many people.

Woooooooooooooof!

Here’s a couple of markets we see some good value in:

Japan + 36 handicap vs New Zealand, 10/11 with Ladbrokes

Ireland half time, New Zealand full time, 6/1 with Boyle Sports

Rugby Union November 2018

And More…

There’s loads, loads, loads more too including…

Tony Bellew vs the outrageously talented Oleksandr Usyk from Ukraine for the lineal Cruiserweight title on November 10th. The 31-year-old Usyk became the first man to ever hold all four World Championship belts at Cruiserweight last time out just 15 fights into his professional career, and it’ll be really interesting to see how (and if) Bellew copes with the power and guile of Usyk, in what the Liverpudlian says will be his last ever professional fight. The fight will be live on Sky Sports Box Office.

In the horse racing, there’s a few bigguns to look forward to, mostly on the international circuit with the Breeders’ Cup on the 2nd and 3rd of November and the Melbourne Cup on the 6th of November, while in the UK, The Open from Cheltenham will take place on the 16th and 17th of November.

At the dogs, we have three major races including one of the most elite greyhound competitions in the calendar, the William Hill St. Leger from Perry Barr, along with the Betfred Eclipse from Nottingham, and the marquee marathon event of the year in the TV Trophy from Towcester. A really exciting month to look forward to.

Then there’s Women’s Twenty20 World Cup from the Caribbean, three Sri Lanka vs England cricket tests, the men’s Hockey World Cup, two England vs New Zealand rugby league tests, the climax of the European Tour with the World Golf Tour Championship from Dubai, then plenty of darts with the World Series of Darts, the Grand Slam of Darts, and the Player Championship Finals.

Won. Der. Ful.

Finally, TV

November sees Great British Bake Off fall away from our screens, but don’t worry we still have The Apprentice, Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor for the whole month, plus Big Brother for the first five days of the month.

Then, you’ve got Strictly: It Takes Two every weeknight, Celebrity Juice, Celebs Go Dating, Geordie Shore, the Big Audition, plus loooooads more!

Excellent work from the TV bosses!


Author: Tom Mortimer

Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.

Twitter @TMortimerFtbl


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