It’s a new year and there are 12 months of fantastic sporting events ahead of us to enjoy. Below are just 6 of the exciting tournaments set to fill your bet slips in 2019.
AFC Asian Cup – 5 January to 1 February
The AFC Asian Cup
sees teams from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) competing. The tournament was founded in 1956 and is the second oldest continental football tournament. This year, the Asian Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates. As four-time champions and after a solid performance during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Japan are likely the tournament favourites. However, as current Asian Cup holders, Australia would love to retain the title.
ICC Cricket World Cup – 30 May to 14 July
Held every four years, the ICC Cricket World Cup pits national cricket teams from around the world against each other. This year, the Cricket World Cup will be hosted by England and Wales. As five-time and current World Cup Champions, Australia will are likely the bookies favourite. However, as hosts, England will relish the opportunity to take on the world’s best in venues they know well.
FIFA Women’s World Cup – 7 June to 7 July
After the FIFA Men’s World Cup last year, the women are set to take the field this year. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in France with 24 countries competing for the title. The United States holds both the title of current champions and most successful Women’s World Cup team of all time. It will, as a result, be theirs to lose as they travel to the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims for their first group game against Thailand.
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CONMEBOL Copa América 14 June to 7 July
Founded in 1916, the Copa América is the world’s oldest continental football championship. The tournament sees countries from the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) competing for the title of the continents best. This year, the Copa América is being hosted by Brazil. With home ground advantage, Brazil are likely the favourites with Argentina and Uruguay traditionally competing for top honours too.
CAF African Cup of Nations – 15 June to 13 July
Since its founding in 1957, the CAF African Cup of Nations has served as Africa’s premier football competition. Despite the tournament being less than 6 months away, CAF have yet to announce a host for the tournament after stripping the responsibility from Cameroon. It is likely that South Africa will secure the honour after having hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2010. An announcement on the new host for the tournament is expected sometime this month.
Rugby World Cup – 20 September to 2 June
This year, the Rugby World Cup will be hosted in Japan. It is the first time the tournament won’t be hosted by a traditional powerhouse of the sport. Since its founding in 1987, the tournament has only been won by 4 teams: New Zealand (3), Australia (2), South Africa (2), and England (1). The 2019 tournament is unlikely to change that. New Zealand will likely go into the tournament as favourites with South Africa looking to shake their recent run of bad form to compete against the world’s best.
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