Sporting Events To Look Forward To In May 2019
May 1, 2019
It’s May time – arguably the greatest month of them all. Bank holidays galore, semi-decent weather, and a ridiculous amount of exciting football.
But it’s not just the football we have to look forward to, we’ve also got some huge boxing bouts, another golf major, a tennis Grand Slam, the start of the Cricket World Cup and loads, loads more.
This is it. The briefcases are being laid down, the contents are being opened, and the details are being adhered to. It’s time for the business end of the season.
Champions League semi finals, Europa League semis and final, last day of the Premier League, EFL playoffs, domestic cup finals, and more; May is the month of the year where nothing else matters but football.
Here are some of the massive games and dates for you to keep an eye over the next 31 days:
- Barcelona vs Liverpool (Champions League semi final first leg) – 01/05
- Monterrey vs Tigres (CONCACAF CL final) – 01/05
- Arsenal vs Valencia (Europa League semi final first leg) – 02/05
- Frankfurt vs Chelsea (Europa League semi final first leg) – 02/05
- Juventus vs Torino – 03/05
- League One & League Two final games – 04/05
- Man City Women vs West Ham Women (Women’s FA Cup final) – 04/05
- Newcastle vs Liverpool – 04/05
- Championship final games – 05/05
- Galatasaray vs Besiktas – 05/05
- Man City vs Leicester – 06/05
- Liverpool vs Barcelona (Champions League semi final second leg) – 07/05
- Ajax vs Tottenham (Champions League semi final second leg) – 08/05
- Valencia vs Arsenal (Europa League semi final second leg) – 09/05
- Chelsea vs Frankfurt (Europa League semi final second leg) – 09/05
- League Two Playoff semi final first leg – 09/05
- League Two Playoff semi final first leg – 10/05
- Championship Playoff semi final first legs – 11/05
- League One Playoff semi final first leg – 11/05
- Rangers vs Celtic – 12/05
- League One Playoff semi final first leg – 12/05
- Premier League final games – 12/05
- League Two Playoff semi final second leg – 12/05
- League Two Playoff semi final second leg – 13/05
- Championship Playoff semi final second leg – 14/05
- Championship Playoff semi final second leg – 15/05
- Atalanta vs Lazio (Coppa Italia final) – 15/05
- Eredivisie final games – 15/05
- League One Playoff semi final second leg – 16/05
- League One Playoff semi final second leg – 17/05
- Man City vs Brighton (FA Cup final) – 18/05
- Bundesliga final games – 18/05
- Lyon Women vs Barcelona Women (Women’s Champions League final) – 18/05
- La Liga final games – 19/05
- U17 European Championship final – 19/05
- CAF Champions League final first leg – 24/05
- Hearts vs Celtic (Scottish Cup final) – 25/05
- League Two Playoff final – 25/05
- Ligue 1 final games – 25/05
- RB Leipzig vs Bayern (DFB Pokal) – 25/05
- Barcelona vs Valencia (Copa del Rey final) – 25/05
- League One Playoff final – 26/05
- Serie A final games – 26/05
- Championship Playoff final – 27/05
- Europa League final – 29/05
- CAF Champions League final second leg – 31/05
Bloody hell. We’re never going to leave the house over May…
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Last month was an unreal month for boxing and May isn’t letting up either. We have so many superstars in the world of boxing right now, and across the next 31 days, a good number of them will be making their way to the ring. Across the month we have eight world title fights to look forward to. If that doesn’t produce a woof then I don’t know what will!
To kick us all off it’s Ring’s number three Canelo Alvarez who’s defending his WBC and WBA Middleweight title against IBF champ Daniel Jacobs on May 4th. Alvarez trounced a hapless Rocky Fielding at Super Middle last time out, but this one is expected to be a much closer contest against Jacobs who’s only losses came against two world class fighters in Dmitry Pirog and Genaday Golovkin. Canelo is still the big favourite with the bookies though at 1/4 with Black Type. Elsewhere that night there’s also Artur Beterbiev vs Radivoje Kalajdzic for the IBF Light Heavy.
The following weekend Light Middle’s number one Jarrett Hurd defends his WBA, IBF and IBO titles against Julian Williams in Virginia in what is expected to be one way traffic for the champ. While on the same night Miguel Berchelt defends his WBC Super Feather against Francisco Vargas. The two Mexicans met each other in a humdinger back in 2017 with Berchelt taking victory in the 11th round, and this one is expected to be as fun again.
On May 18th we’ve got two Brits fighting in two separate in world title fights as Billy Joe Saunders takes on Shefat Isufi for the WBO Super Middle and Josh Taylor attempts to strip Belarussian Ivan Baranchyk of his IBF Light Welter. Both Brits go into the fights as heavy favourites with Saunders at 1/50 with Betfred and Taylor 1/4 with Coral.
Then on the last weekend of the month, Ring’s number four Oleksandr Usyk, fresh off his demolition of Tony Bellew, steps up to heavyweight for the first time to take on the ever-steely Carlos Takam. Takam has endured a lot of punishment in recent times, but the 38-year-old did win his last bout and he’ll be a decent partner for Usyk as the Ukranian steps up to the big time. However, the title fight of that night actually comes from Florida as Masayuki Ito defends his WBO Super Feather against relatively unknown Jamel Herring.
All in all, a pretty decent month.
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Well who saw that coming at The Masters? I’m sure some of you did, but man, I just never thought we’d see the day again. You can never write Tiger off, that’s the lesson to be learned from this. The mental fortitude of the man is just insane.
It’s one thing having the ability to get into that position, but golf is such a mental sport and after everything he’s been through, I just really didn’t expect him to keep his nerve right till the end.
Why I didn’t think he could, I don’t know. The man is superhuman. I was going to say was superhuman, but his performance last month showed that he still is, and I tell you what, it’d take a brave, brave man to bet against him at the upcoming US PGA this month. Indeed, with Ladbrokes right now, Tiger’s 9/1 favourite to win the tournament.
It’s not hard to see why either. Not only has he won a major at this course before, but his confidence will be sky high, while the whole of the field will be petrified of the Tiger factor – we saw that on full display at Augusta last month. When the going got tough and that famous name made its way to the top of the leaderboard, the field disintegrated allowing a stony faced Tiger to claim his first major since 2008.
He’s got to be there or thereabouts come May 19th.
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Oh, there’s so much more especially in the tennis as the end of the month sees the beginning of the French Open from Roland Garos. Rafa Nadal is of course favourite at 11/8 with BoyleSports in the men’s draw, while in the women’s it’s Simona Halep at 4/1 with 888 who’s leading the way.
In the cricket it’s a bumper month with the start of the Cricket World Cup on the 30th May, and before that the final of the IPL on the 12th, the One Day Cup final from Lords on the 25th, plus a whole host of internationals including five one day internationals between England and Pakistan.
And on top of that, there’s the climax of the Snooker World Championships which finishes on the 5th; there’s four weeks of the Premier League Darts including the final on May 23rd; plenty of UFC with UFC Fight Night 150 and 151, and UFC 237; Formula 1 Grand Prix’s from Spain and Monaco; the Giro d’Italia from the 11th; the Pro14 final in the Rugby Union on the 25th; the Indy 500 on the 26th; and Super League magic weekend on 25th and 26th;
Who will rule Westeros in the end, eh? We’ve already correctly predicted that Ayra will kill the Night King, so stick around to see if we can make it a GoT double.
Have a lovely month, all!
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.