Saturday Cheat Sheet: Tips for Olympics, British Lions, Boxing and more

  • Max Liu
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A beach volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics
Saturday is the first day proper of the Tokyo Olympics

Get the best bets on Saturday for the Tokyo Olympics, South Africa v the British Lions, cricket at The Hundred and much more...

South Africa can make a winning start to the series but the Lions will push them all the way and a victory by no more than 10 points stands out at 9/5.

Tokyo Olympics Men's Tennis Tips: Djokovic heavy favourite to win the Gold Medal

The opening ceremony is out of the way so now the Tokyo Olympics proper can begin. The tennis gets underway on Saturday morning (Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury are in doubles action at 3am UK time) and Dan Weston has previewed the men's singles draw.

Dan says: "Tsitsipas is the likely player to prevent Medvedev from reaching the final. The duo are noted as not being the best of friends, and while Medvedev won their first five meetings, Tsitsipas has won two of the last three, with those wins on indoor hard court and clay.

"This year on hard court, Medvedev does have an overall edge on their data. Both players win around 70% of service points with Tsitsipas having a very marginal advantage, but Medvedev wins around 4% more points on return which makes him the better hard courter at this stage of their careers. The market does appear to have the duo the right way around in the outrights, with Tsitsipas available at around 11.010/1 currently.

"Djokovic has never won a men's singles Olympic Gold Medal, and at 34 years of age, is extremely likely to view this as his final opportunity to approach the Olympics as an elite level player. This creates a fascinating dynamic for the tournament but there is little doubt that the world number one is the man to beat in this event."

Dan's bet: Back Novak Djokovic @ 1.72 to win Olympic Gold

Olympics Football Tips: White can score again for GB

The weekend provides a feast of football at the Tokyo Olympics. The men are playing on Sunday while it's the women who are in action on Saturday. Dan Fitch previews two matches on Saturday and recommends at bet for each.

Japan (W) 3.412/5 v Great Britain (W) 2.265/4; The Draw 3.39/4
Saturday 24 July, 11:30

Dan says: Team GB got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory against Chile and now have a tough match against the hosts. Ellen White scored both goals and has found the net three times for England in her last two matches against Japan. White is 3.02/1 to get on the scoresheet again.

Netherlands (W) 2.26/5 v Brazil (W) 3.185/40; The Draw 3.711/4
Saturday 24 July, 12:00

Both the Netherlands and Brazil enjoyed big wins in their openers, with the Dutch beating Zambia 10-3 and Brazil thrashing China 5-0. Over 2.5 goals looks a safe bet at 1.664/6.

Dan's bets: Back White to score for Great Britain against Japan at 3.02/1 Back over 2.5 goals between Netherlands and Brazil at 1.664/6

The Hundred Saturday Tips: Superchargers can douse Fire

Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire
Saturday 24 July 18.00
TV: live on Sky Sports

Ed Hawkins previews the double header on Saturday from Trent Bridge and Headingley in The Hundred. The first match starts at 14:00 but it's the second one that's attracted our man's betting interest.

Ed says: "The market can't split these two with 1.9720/21 the pair available. Man for man we think Superchargers are vastly superior.

"Of course betting any team with confidence in a format which is only days old is a risk. All we can go on is the old-fashioned type of analysis which asks: man for man who is better? Superchargers are unequivocally stronger and we would be surprised if they were unable to get off to a winning start at home.

"The top match bat market might offer value here. Kiwi Glenn Phillips has been in sensational form for Gloucestershire in the Blast and goes off at 11/2. He should bat in the front three for Fire. Bairstow and Banton are 7/2 and 5/1. Lynn and Lyth are 5/1 and 11/2."

Ed's bet: (1pt) Back Superchargers to score 155 or more 1st innings runs 2.01/1

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South Africa v British & Irish Lions: Springboks to edge Gatland's side in series opener

South Africa v British & Irish Lions
Saturday, 17:00
Live on Sky Sports Main Event

The first Test of the British Lions tour of South Africa is finally here. Read our rugby union tipster Simon Mail's preview as he backs the tourists to push the world champions close in Cape Town.

Simon says: "The betting suggests the first Test is finely balanced with the Lions the narrowest of favourites at 2.0421/20. South Africa have home advantage and extensive experience throughout their World Cup winning team though whereas the Lions' combinations have not yet been tested in this intense environment.

"This could tip the balance in the Springboks' favour although the margins are likely to be incredibly tight. South Africa can make a winning start to the series but the Lions will push them all the way and a victory by no more than 10 points stands out at 9/5.

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"One of South Africa's most likely matchwinners is Cheslin Kolbe and the flying wing is fancied to score in this weekend's showdown. Kolbe's phenomenal speed and footwork is a huge threat to the Lions. The Toulouse back scored three times at the World Cup, including in the final.

"Kolbe does not need much space to punish opposing defences and is worth backing to cross the line at 21/10 in a successful start for the Springboks."

Simon's bet: Back South Africa to win by 1-10 points at 2.89/5 (Sportsbook)

Saturday Sports Multiple: An Atlanta draw the headline in a 15/1 weekend wager

Atlanta v Georgia
Saturday, 20:30 (UK time)

If you're missing the football then it's worth remembering that the MLS is in full swing in the US. The Atlanta v Columbus showdown is the first leg of Pandora Hughes' Saturday Sports Multiple.

Pandora says: "Atlanta's woeful run of form was extended to just one win in eight by their defeat to New England last weekend and that was enough to bring about the end of Gabriel Heinze's tumultuous tenure in Georgia.

"Assistant Rob Valentino has taken over, at least for now, but Atlanta remains at a low ebb, missing international stars Brad Guzan, George Bello and Miles Robinson, and their midweek draw against lowly Cincinnati did not suggest a revival is imminent.

"Still, the removal of Heinze should lift some of the gloom around the Mercedes Benz stadium and while a win this weekend may be too much to expect, United may be able to dig deep and earn a point against a Columbus side that doesn't travel well."

Pandora's bet: Back Atlanta United to draw with Columbus Crew at 23/10

Joe Joyce v Carlos Takam: Juggernaut gamble to pay off with another impressive win

Joe Joyce v Carlos Takam
Saturday, 22:00
Live on BT Sport

Followers of British boxing welcome a stacked card from Wembley Arena on Saturday, with 10 bouts, four of which are for respected titles. There are exciting contests on the bill, but there can be no doubting the main event as unbeaten English heavyweight Joe Joyce returns.

Frank Monkhouse says: "Takam arrives in London eager to cause an upset and spoil the party for his opponent and supporters packed inside Wembley Arena. Followers of British boxing will be familiar with the hard-working African now based in Nevada, USA. The well-travelled opponent brings a professional CV detailing 39 wins against five defeats and one draw.

"Carlos has faced many of the top names in the division during his career. He has recently shared a ring with Derek Chisora, Anthony Joshua, Joe Parker, and Alexander Povetkin. He went the distance with Parker but was stopped in 10 by Povetkin and AJ, then taken out inside eight rounds by WAR Chisora. Despite those losses, Takam arrives on the back of an impressive four-fight winning run with the last three on points.

"At 40-years-old, it would be fair to assume Takam is past his best and fighting only for the money, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Despite his age, he is fresh, hard-working, and always honest. Promoters know exactly what they are getting with him. Takam to win this fight is 11.521/2.

"Takam is tough, works hard and is always in great shape. It's hard not to like him, but he's not exactly a mobile boxer. He comes to fight, marches forward in straight lines and aims to get his powerful shots off. That tactic will suit Joyce perfectly.

"The home fighter will get straight back on that devastating jab and catch Takam on the way in. It shouldn't be long before the force of those punches and the pace of the fight catches up with Takam, and he'll be saved by the referee."

Frank's bet: Back Joe Joyce in rounds 7-12 @ 2.47/5 Betfair Sportsbook

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