Summer of Sports 2017: What to watch (and bet on) from Stockholm to SW19

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With an exciting summer of sport about to get under way, Max Liu selects some of the highlights in football, tennis, horseracing and more...

"The light-heavyweights meet again on June 18 and bettors are already bracing themselves for a close fight, with Ward [1.72] and Kovalev [2.34]."

The Premier League season is at its end but, while your teams plot their transfer market moves and rebuild for 2017/18, there's plenty for punters to get stuck into in the meantime, starting with two football cup finals.

Europa League Final - May 24

In spite of finishing sixth in the Premier League, Manchester United travel to Stockholm knowing they will qualify for next season's Champions League if they win the Europa League final against Ajax. Mourinho's side are [1.97] favourites to win this in 90 minutes but, unpatriotic as it might sound, isn't there a part of you that would love to see this backdoor to the Champions League slammed in United's faces by the Dutch side?

FA Cup Final - May 27

Will Chelsea [1.99] complete a Premier League and FA Cup double? For their opponents, Arsenal [4.0], this final is a chance to salvage a disappointing campaign and for manager Arsene Wenger to show fans that he's the right man to lead them into next season.

ICC Champions Trophy - June 1-18

The eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy one-day international cricket tournament gets under way on June 1. Hosts England face a tough group and will have to face Australia in their third match of on June 10. That said, the hosts will fancy their chances of reaching the semi-finals of a tournament that looks wide open.

Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev - June 18

Sparks flew when these two went the distance in Las Vegas in November. Ward came out as the controversial winner on points but Kovalev was furious and immediately sought a rematch. The light-heavyweights meet again on June 18 and bettors are already bracing themselves for a close fight, with Ward [1.72] and Kovalev [2.34].

Royal Ascot - June 20-24

One of the highlights of the flat-racing season (and arguably a major fashion event), the world's most valuable meeting returns to the Berkshire countryside and you can get the lowdown on every race here on Betting.Betfair. Each day has six races and there are eight Group One contests across the five days, including the Gold Cup on Thursday 22 June.

Wimbledon - July 3-16

Arguably the highlight of the sporting summer, the cream of world tennis descends on SW19 for a fortnight in the first half of July. In the men's, Andy Murray needs to pick up his form sharpish if he's to retain the title he won here last summer, while Serena Williams will be trying to win her eighth Wimbledon women's title.

The Open - July 20-23

The Open Championship takes place at Royal Birkdale this summer for the tenth time in its long and illustrious history. Last held at this Merseyside links in 2008, when Padraig Harrington was the winner, the world's greatest golfers are in for a stern test. Tournament favourite Dustin Johnson [7.6], Rory McIlroy [12.0] and Jordan Spieth [15.0] are at the top of the market but, with conditions in the north west of England unpredictable, there's every chance of an upset.

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