Having already been treated to a plethora of top-class events in 2023, sports fans could be forgiven for thinking things will slow down during the final quarter of the year.
However, nothing could be further from the truth, with the upcoming schedule packed with a plethora of events guaranteed to keep fans on the edge of their seats.
With that in mind, we look at what is on the agenda before the end of the year, starting with what promises to be a fiery affair in Italy.
Golf – Ryder Cup
Although the Ryder Cup gets underway in Q3, the outcome of the golf clash between Team Europe and Team USA will not be determined until October 1.
This year’s event promises to be a classic, with Europe desperate to avenge their dismal 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in 2021.
While online bookmakers rate the US as marginal favourites to retain the title, recent history suggests that Europe are the value bet.
The US have not on European soil in 30 years and may find to difficult to get the job done in front of a partisan crowd at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome.
Rugby League – NRL Grand Final
The culmination of Australia’s top rugby league competition will see Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos go head-to-head in the NRL Grand Final on October 1.
The Panthers remained on track to win their third successive title with a 38-4 victory over Melbourne Storm in their preliminary final.
The Broncos also produced a dominant display on their way to the final, running out impressive 42-12 winners over the New Zealand Warriors.
The two sides split their two meetings during the regular season and there will likely be little to choose between them in Sydney.
Cricket – ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
Running from October 5 to November 19, the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be a six-week celebration of one-day international cricket.
Hosts India have been heavily backed in the ante-post market, but face plenty of tough competition in their quest to win the title for the first time since 2011.
Reigning champions England will fancy their chances of retaining the trophy they won four years ago, while five-time winners Australia will also be dangerous.
Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa are other teams who have a genuine chance of adding their name to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup roll of honour.
Horse Racing – Breeders’ Cup World Championships
The 40th edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be one of the biggest betting events of the year in global horse racing circles.
Santa Anita Park Racetrack in California will stage this year’s event on November 3-4, which will attract a massive in-person and worldwide television audience.
Future Stars Friday kicks-off the action on Day One, with five juvenile championship races forming part of a top-class card at the picturesque venue.
There are nine more championship races on the second day, with the iconic Breeders’ Cup Classic the standout event on a stacked card.
Horse Racing – Melbourne Cup
Australia gets its day in the sporting spotlight on November 7 as the latest edition of the prestigious Melbourne Cup is run at Flemington Racecourse.
Famously dubbed ‘the race that stops the nation’, the Melbourne Cup generates a ton of interest on online sportsbooks across the world.
Punters will be clamouring to find the best prices on this list of best betting sites to ensure they maximise their potential payout on winning bets.
The Willie Mullins-trained Vauban is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the race following hugely impressive victories at Royal Ascot and Naas.
Darts – PDC World Darts Championship
With the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) on a mission to grow the sport across the planet, their annual World Championship has become a much more global affair.
The historic Alexandra Palace in London is the venue for an event that has become as much part of the festive period as Christmas trees and turkey.
Michael van Gerwen could be tough to beat as he bids to win his fourth world title, while Gerwyn Price should also be dangerous.
Australian number one Damon Heta is also worth monitoring in the betting given the massive improvement he has shown over the past couple of years.