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The sporting events to look forward to in April

With the international break halting the current Premier League campaign this weekend, and the Cheltenham Festival almost becoming a distant memory, we’re nearly into April – with plenty of sporting events to digest. For those that are interested in sports betting, read on, as this guide to next month’s biggest events will be useful when making your selections.

Golf –Masters

The first of golf’s four majors rolls around as Augusta National plays host to the 86th edition of the Masters. Last year, there was a surprise winner as Japanese Hideki Matsuyama won the coveted green jacket.

The Masters is scheduled to take place between April 7-10th, and while players are still competing to qualify for the tournament, there’s big news as three-time winner Phil Mickelson is set to miss out – for the first time in 28 years. Last month, the American confirmed that he would be stepping away from the PGA Tour – following comments he made about the Super Golf League.

Horse racing – Grand National

The jumps season comes to an end next month, and of course, April marks the Grand National Festival – with its namesake race, the one that everyone wants to win. The course at Aintree is a gruelling one – and not only are there 30 fences to jump over two laps, the fences are much bigger than the ones found on conventional National Hunt courses.

Last year’s winner was Minella Times(11/1), with jockey Rachael Blackmore becoming the first female to win the Grand National. The duo can be found at longer odds this time around, and the favourite at the time of writing is Any Second Now, who won on his last outing at Fairyhouse in February.

Football – Manchester City vs Liverpool

The race for the Premier League title hots up next month, when current leaders and reigning champions Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad. Jürgen Klopp’s side have managed to claw back the points, with a run of nine matches without defeat to put them within touching distance of top spot.

While we are still a long way off deciding this campaign’s winner and the victor of their clash on April 10th may still not go on to lift the trophy, it will be an exciting match between two of the best teams – and certainly one for the neutral to enjoy!

Boxing – Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

London’s Wembley Stadium will play host to this heavyweight bout on April 23rd – where Tyson Fury’s WBC and The Ring titles will be on the line. The Gypsy King has won 31 of his 32 fights to date – 22 by way of knockout – and most recently fought Deontay Wilder, completing the trilogy of fights. The first famously ended in a split draw, with Fury since securing two wins in as many years over the Bronze Bomber – who the Brit previously called a “big dosser”.

Dillian Whyte boasts a professional record of 28-2, winning 19 of his fights by way of knockout. His two losses came against Anthony Joshua (2015) and Alexander Povetkin (2020), although in his recent bout, regained his WBC interim heavyweight title over the Russian.

The undercard has also been announced with Jared Anderson facing veteran Christian Hammer – and there’s expected to be a bumper crowd in excess of 100,000 at Wembley.

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