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WGM’s weekend preview

Written by Ben Blaschke

The biggest sporting contest on the planet this week is taking place in Australia as the Aussies and England face off in the opening Test match of this year’s Ashes series. Cricket’s longest and most decorated rivalry will see its latest chapter written as the host nation looks to win back the urn from an English side which has won the past three series. England will again go into this series as slight favorites but it is crucial for both sides to get off to a good start and Australia hasn’t lost a Test match in Brisbane since 1988. One thing’s for sure, we’re certainly expecting plenty of drama to unfold over the next five days!

The Formula 1 season draws to a close in Brazil this week and all eyes will be on four time world champion Sebastian Vettel to see if he can make it nine wins in a row to finish the year. No driver has ever achieved such a feat, while he can also equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season should he take the chequered flag again.

The English Premier League is back after a week’s hiatus with a number of big games waiting. Liverpool faces a tough derby away to cross-town rivals Everton, Arsenal hosts the season’s biggest surprise packet Southampton at the Emirates while the match of the weekend sees Manchester City hosting Tottenham.

In the NFL, a huge clash looms on Sunday with the Patriots taking on the Broncos in one of the games of the season. Denver will be riding high after ending Kansas City’s unbeaten run last week and with the NFL’s best offense will take plenty of stopping. However, the Patriots are 5-0 at home in 2013 and 4-1 against the spread so they look to be a good bet here. There are plenty of danger games this week too but we like the look of the Saints, Chiefs, Dolphins and Texans at the line.

And the World Cup of golf is on in Melbourne, Australia this week with a number of the world’s top golfers on show. Local hero and world number two Adam Scott, American Matt Kuchar and Ireland’s Graeme McDowell are among the big names in the field, which sees each nation represented by two players. The Australian duo of Scott and Jason Day aren’t paying a great deal at just $2.50 for the win, however they do appear to be the most rounded of the competing pairs and with Scott having won both the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters in consecutive weeks it’s hard to bet against them.

Good luck and good punting.