Domestic leagues are on hold this week, however there is plenty of Soccer action to keep you going.
While many eyes will be on the final few qualifying matches for Euro 2016, those in South America will be beginning their journey to Russia as qualifying for the 2018 World Cup begins for the 10 South American nations, and bet365 will be showing the two biggest games live.
As there are only 4 automatic qualifiers for this tournament, a fast start will be crucial for all nations.
2015 Copa America champions Chile (for the first time) open their campaign against Brazil in Santiago this Friday. Chile’s Alexis Sanchez has been on fire at club level, scoring 5 goals in his last two matches and it will be interesting to see what role he plays in the upcoming qualifying campaign.
Brazil need no introduction. A squad rife with talent will want to better their poor showing at the Copa America where they only reached the Quarter Finals, following their shocking exit at the 2014 World Cup. Coach Dunga will need to be creative in his squad selection as superstar striker Neymar is unavailable through suspension, and creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho is likely to be injured. Brazil shouldn’t be too lacking in creative spark, as they are still able to field Chelsea’s attacking duo Willian and Oscar, along with Bayern Munich’s electrifying winger Douglas Costa who has been very impressive so far this season at club level.
Argentina begin at home against a plucky Ecuador side. Ecuador are no pushover, and Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi will miss the first few qualifiers for Argentina through injury. Never fear, Sergio Aguero is in searing form having scored 5 goals in his hour-long performance at the weekend. With local hero Carlos Tevez now playing his football in Argentina, he promises to feature well in this game – not a bad strike partnership even without the 4-time Ballon d’Or winning Messi.
Elsewhere bet365 continue to live stream the darts from Dublin. There’s action every night from Wednesday through to Saturday, when our customers can watch the Final and see who takes home the title. There’s been some huge shocks so far, with 5 of the top 8 seeds dumped out of the competition in the first 2 rounds. Adrian Lewis was the latest big name exit, losing 3-0 last night to Mark Webster, but undoubtedly the biggest shock was Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor’s first round loss to Vincent van der Voort. Taylor was beaten 2-0 despite almost hitting a perfect nine-dart leg, and many are wondering whether we’ll see the 16-times World Champion lift a major title again.
Tonight bet365 have the last of the second round matches, with 8 players battling it out for the 4 remaining Quarter Final places. Gary Anderson vs Ian White has the makings of a classic, with 2 of the most in-form players in the world up against each other. Anderson is the reigning World Champion and Premier League title holder, but Ian White is a formidable opponent at present. He’s yet to win a major title but has forced himself into the top 10 of the world rankings with some excellent displays over the past 12 months or so, and he was unlucky to lose 16-13 to world number 1 Michael Van Gerwen in the World Matchplay earlier this year. ‘Diamond’ White will be keen to progress far in this competition, and will surely feel he has a chance of glory with so many of the big names out already.
Please see below some key highlights for bet365's Live Streaming schedule this week.