Events To Look Out For in September 2018

September 3, 2018

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As summer departs and we all slowly, tearfully reach for our jackets, I want to tell you that there’s no reason to despair because there’s a whole host of wonderful sport and television to look out for over the month of September! And best of all, it comes without the added of guilt of being inside during the lovely weather.

“So what’s exactly on offer?” I hear you squawk.

Football

Football literally never sleeps. Every single month, every single week, every single day of the year some kind of football match is going on.

In September we’ll see the first international break of the season, and I know you’re groaning now, but let me tell you, this UEFA Nations League is going to be real, good, fun! England vs Spain at a packed out Wembley stadium, in a competitive game, 3 months after the furore of the World Cup? What’s not to like there?!

We’ve also got Wales vs Republic of Ireland in Ryan Giggs’ first competitive game as Wales manager along with Alex McLeish’s return to Hampden Park as Scotland face Albania, and nope, I haven’t forgotten about Northern Ireland who play Bosnia and Israel.

There’s loooooads more too, along with a host of Premier League, EFL Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Championship, Romanian Liga I, and the return of the Champions League group stages! Sweet as a nut, sweet like Tropicana!

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

Spain to beat England at 19/10 with Ladbrokes

Liverpool to beat Tottenham at 6/5 with Betfred

Football September 2018

Horse Racing

Yes yes yes! September’s one of the busiest months of the year when it comes major festival events in horse racing, and though 2018’s Nunthorpe Stakes drifted into August, we’ve still got the St Leger Stakes, Ayr’s Gold Cup and the Ascot September Festival to look forward to across the month.

We’ll start with the final classic of the season, the St Leger from Doncaster. Lah Ti Dar is the hot favourite after destroying the field in York at the end of August though Kew Gardens and Loxley will run her close. This is certain to be one hell of a race just as it is each and every year.

One week later, Ayr’s Gold Cup Festival kicks off, and make sure you look out for Bacchus and Cardsharp who head the entries.

And finally, the meeting for the fans as Ascot’s Festival of Food & Wine weekend starts next Friday featuring the increasingly-impressive Nico de Boinville who’s currently placed in 46% of his races.

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

Monbeg Legend to win at Stratford on 8th September at 11/4 with Ladbrokes

Kew Gardens 9/4 to win St Leger on 15th September with Betfred

Horse racing september 2018

Boxing

Boxing doesn’t really have seasons like it used to. There was once a time when boxing would end for the summer and you’d find nothing to amuse yourself with throughout July and August, but that doesn’t happen anymore. This summer we saw Fury beat Pianeta, Frampton beat Jackson, two humdingers between Dilion Whyte – Joseph Parker and Chisora – Takam, plus loads more.

But officially, like officially speaking, the boxing season actually starts in September, and man, this month looks so exciting for boxing fans.

We’ll have to start with the big boys first – GGG vs Alvarez! This fight is being billed as the fight of the century; two elites of the sport, two huge hitters, facing off in what will unquestionably be remembered for years to come. Does GGG still have it in him? He’s looked a little bit sluggish in his last two fights, but we’ll see come September 15th.

Also on that bill we have Brandon Cook vs the unbeaten 21-year-old Jaime Munguia for the World Super Welterweight title. What a beautiful night that will be.

But before both of those fights, we’ve got Amir Khan as he continues his return to the ring after that near-two-year layoff. Kell Brook seems to be on the horizon for Khan but he needs to navigate his way past a tricky opponent in Samuel Vargas first. That fight takes place on the September 8th.

Then on the 22nd, the Golden Boy of British boxing Anthony Joshua continues his world title defence against the underrated Alexander Povetkin at Wembley stadium. Povetkin absolutely destroyed David Price in his last bout and has only lost once in his career (to peak Wladimir Klitschko on points in 2013), while Joshua looked a little bit tepid last time out vs Parker. Is there a potential shock on the cards here?

And finally, in the last weekend of the month, George Groves faces Callum Smith in an all-British World Super Middleweight title showdown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Very tasty indeed.

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

Saul Alvarez to beat Gennady Golovkin at 11/8 with Coral

Joshua povetkin fight

Golf

September sees the return of the greatest golf tournament in the world, and boy is that exciting – it’s Ryder Cup time, baby!

Europe never recovered from losing the first four matches in the first session two years ago in Minnesota and eventually got blown out the water in a miserable 17-11 loss to Davis Love III and his American cronies. Plenty of love, there.

2018 will hopefully see Europe level the playing field somewhat with home advantage on their side, but the US’s 12 man roster features 9 major winners which is insane. Europe by comparison have just 4. On paper, things don’t look great for Europe, but this is the Ryder Cup where anything can happen!

However, that’s not all. September also sees the final women’s major of the year in the Evian Championship’s. The last 15 majors have been won by 12 different women, so who knows which way this one will go, but keep an eye on the young English Georgia Hall who bagged her first major just last month at Royal Lytham & St Annes – the 22-year-old is being tipped for very big things!

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

Justin Rose top European points scorer in the Ryder Cup at 4/1 with MansionBet

Georgia Hall each way (top 5) at 10/1 with Ladbrokes

Ryder Cup september 2018 betting

Tennis

Though the tennis season is nearing its end, there are still two great events to look forward to in September.

First, we see the US Open come to a close. At the time of writing all the big hitters remain in the tournament and Roger Federer in particular looks in imperious form. In fact, it’s like we’re back in 2012 because all three of the legends are back to their best. Djokovic looks to have shaken off his confidence issues and world number one Rafa Nadal seems to be at the peak of his powers.

While in the women’s side of the draw Serena Williams is back to her dominant best even smashing her sister in the third round, but you also should look out for young Naomi Osaka who didn’t drop a single game in her match vs Sasnovich on Saturday.

Then, less than a week after the final in New York, it’s the return of the Davis Cup and two tantalising semifinals between France – Spain and Croatia – USA. France are currently the top seed and holders but they face a tough task in getting past Spain, though home advantage will see the French go into the tie as favourites. Meanwhile, in the other semi, 2016 finalists Croatia will be favourites over record victors USA who haven’t reached a Davis Cup final since way back in 2007.

And finally, Great Britain face Denis Istomin and his Uzbekistan side in a relegation battle. Should GB lose they’ll spend 2019 in the doldrums of the Zonal Regional like it’s 2013 all over again. GB are favourites for the tie, but they’re without their two best players in Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray. Hopefully Cameron Norrie and now-coke-free Dan Evans can save the 2015 winners from embarrassment.

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

Naomi Watts 6/1 to reach the US Open final with Royal Panda

Dan Evans 5/4 to beat Denis Istomin in the Davis Cup with 888 Sport

Davis Cup september 2018

And More…

There’s plenty of F1 in September with races from Italy, Singapore and Russia to look forward to. Lewis Hamilton currently holds a tight lead over Sebastien Vettel at the top of the standings but there’s sure to a good deal of twists and turns to come before the end of the season.

In cricket, we’ve got a couple of decent events as well with the end of the test series between England and India and the much-loved T20 Finals Day from Edgbaston on September 15th.

There’s also UFC 228 from Texas, the Rowing, Climbing, Road Cycling, and Judo World Championships, the Triathlon World Series Final, plus the Netball Quad Series as well.

So. Much. Sport.

Finally, TV

Oh man. Those of you who love your reality TV must be absolutely wetting yourself with excitement at the thought of September. X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother and the Great British Bake Off?! How the hell are you going to spend any time in the real world with all that TV to watch? This is literally your week in September:

  • Monday: Big Brother
  • Tuesday: Great British Bake Off and Big Brother
  • Wednesday: Big Brother
  • Thursday: Big Brother
  • Friday: Big Brother
  • Saturday: Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor
  • Sunday: Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor

Plus, when you’re not watching that you’ve got Celebrity Masterchef, Dragon’s Den, Ex on the Beach, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and the Emmy Awards! Jesus…

But hey, at least you’ll be able to put all that TV watching to good use because Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred are offering markets on Big Brother, GBBO, The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and the Emmy Awards!

Lovely lovely!


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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