November 2021 Sporting Preview : Can England win the T20 World Cup?
November promises to be another exciting month of sport. There are events all over the world that you can be using your free bets on. Our November preview looks ahead to The Breeders' Cup and also asks if England can win the T20 Cricket World Cup. Then towards the end of the month, Terence Crawford is back in action as he faces Shane Porter. Don't forget from November 1-7 it's Safer Gambling Week.
Can Tarnawa Win the Breeders' Cup Turf?
The European flat racing season may be drawing to a close, but in America on November 5 and 6, it's the lucrative Breeders' Cup meeting. This is held in 2021 at the Del Mar racecourse in California. This is described by the Americans as the World Championships of Horse Racing and has millions of dollars in prize money.
One of the top races is the Breeders' Cup Turf, due to be held on Saturday November 6. Favourite to win the race is Tarnawa who will look to bounce back from his second place finish in the Arc. The ground was heavy that day and that didn't help the chances of this Dermot Weld trained five-year-old.
It's been another exciting European horse racing season. Before we turn our attention to November's Breeders' Cup, we have the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe. This is being held at Longchamp on Sunday 3 October and a fascinating race lies ahead of us. The weather forecast is for rain and that could well mean the ground will be soft for this mile-and-a-half contest.
A leading fancy for the race is Adeyar who won the Epsom Derby in June. He's bidding to become the first three-year-old to win this race since Enable in 2017. Since surprisingly winning the Derby, Adeyar has also won the King George but can he go on to win the Arc? If the ground is soft then that won't worry this runner. Adeyar won on soft going as a two-year-old and the Epsom Derby was run on good to soft ground.
Tarnawa is another leading contender to win on Sunday. The five-year-old has to concede 3lbs to Adeyar. This runner had won four in a row before finishing second in the Irish Champions Stakes. That was over two furlongs less than this race. No worries about the ground as Tarnawa has won on heavy ground. A good run looks likely on Sunday but since 2002, there's only been one five-year-old winner of the Arc.
Chasing a four-timer is Hurricane Lane, who recently won the St Leger. That was over two furlongs further than this race but this runner has been victorious over a mile-and-a-half and soft ground won't present any problems. Aidan O'Brien hasn't won this race since 2016 and runs Snow Fall. The winner of this year's Oaks only has 8st 9lbs to carry but needs to bounce back after losing on this course last month. Get ready for Sunday and what looks like being a fascinating cup.
Another World Cup for England?
The seventh ICC T20 World Cup takes place in the UAE between October 17 and November 14. The defending champions are The West Indies and are the only country who have ever won this tournament on two occasions. The other four events have produced wins for India, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka. Surprisingly, neither Australia or New Zealand have lifted the trophy since it began in 2007.
England won the title in 2010 and beat Australia in the final. They are in Group A which is going to be tough as it includes the defending champions, Australia and two teams from the first round groups. That could even be Scotland and Ireland. The other group sees New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan plus two teams from the first round. Sri Lanka are in the first round, so will have to finish in the top two to get into the Super 12.
The top two in each group gets into the semi-finals. India are one of the favourites to win the cup but England do have a chance of success here. It's going to be a feast of hit and hope cricket before we crown world qualify as group winners.
Crawford faces Tough Title Defence
The heavyweight scene was shook up when Oleksander Usyk dethroned Anthony Joshua in September. October 9 sees Tyson Fury defending his WBC Title against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas. It's the third meeting between the pair and the stakes are even higher after what happened in London. Can Fury retain his title and set his sights on a unification title match with the winner of the Usyk v Joshua rematch?
We know that Fury can beat Wilder and he was particularly impressive in their last fight. He stopped the champion to win the belts but Wilder just wasn't right that night. Their first meeting was a controversial draw. Wilder twice floored Fury and if he'd done that earlier in the fight, he would have been the winner that night. Neither boxer has fought since the second match-up. In that time, Wilder has hired a new coach and is planning new tactics for this third fight.
Wilder has the ability to regain his title. If he can land some punches on Fury's not totally solid chin, then he can again be the WBC Champion. Fury is likely to be his usual talented but frustrating self. He'll look to make life as difficult as possible for the challenger, knowing he has the power to put him on the canvas. Wilder has a great chance here to regain his WBC title.