EPL Player of the Week (Matchday 4)

Diego Costa

Diego Costa has been simply amazing this season! He is the first man ever to score 7 goals from his opening 4 matches and there is clearly no limit as to what he can produce this season. He has silenced all of the critics and if Chelsea thought they would be competitive this year, they have quickly re-evaluated their position. They are the team to beat and all of the big European clubs have been put on notice!

EPL Betting

The UEFA Champions League begins this week with Liverpool making their return to the premier club competition after a five year absence. Real Madrid begin their title defence at home to Basel while the must see matches are Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal and Bayern Munich v Man City!

UCL Betting

Japanese horses firm for The Melbourne Cup

It may still be seven weeks away but punters are strongly supporting two Japanese horses to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

Admire Rakti and Bande have both firmed from $17 into $16 at Sportingbet.com.au this month, and they now share equal second favouritism behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite The Offer ($13).

“We took a $2,000 bet at $16 for Bande on Monday and they just continue to chip away at him and Admire Rakti,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“They are currently at odds of $120 to run the quinella and after what happened in 2006, there would be worse bets out there.”

In other Melbourne Cup betting news, one punter hopes to turn $400 into $120,400 after backing Zevada at odds of $301.

And last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner firmed from $31 into $18 fourth favouritism after finishing second behind Dissident in last Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes.

For Sportingbet’s full market for the 2014 Melbourne Cup visit https://www.sportingbet.com.au/horse-racing-features

2014 Melbourne Cup

Sportingbet.com.au market

The Offer $13

Admire Rakti $16

Bande $16

Fawkner $18

Dandino $21

Lucia Valentina $21

Cavalryman $23

Silent Achiever $23

Spillway $23

Our Voodoo Prince $28

Puccini $28

Terrubi $31

La Amistad $34

Seismos $34

Hawkspur $35

Protectionist $35

Puissance De Lune $35

Sea Moon $35

Signoff $35

Others $41+

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 (Wednesday)

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The premier club competition is back and it all begins in the early hours of the morning. Defending Champions Real Madrid kick off their title defence at home to Basel, while Liverpool return to the UCL after a five year absence and Dortmund host the Gunners in the match of the day!

Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal – Wed 4:30am (AEST) Live SBS/ESPN 2
Recommended Bet: First Half – DRAW ($2.20)

Predicted Line Ups:
Arsenal: Szczęsny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Alexis, Ramsey, Özil; Welbeck.

Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotić, Papastathopoulos, Durm; Bender, Kehl; Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Ramos.

Preview: This has become somewhat of a rivalry as the two sides have been drawn in the same group for the third time in four years. They have been very close battles and Arsenal hold a slight edge with three wins compared to Dotmund’s two and a single draw. The most interesting stat is that 5 of the 6 meetings have been a draw at half time.

Arsenal have had a tough run of fixtures in the opening month. While in a playoff against Besiktas to make the UCL group stage they also had to face off against Everton and Man City in the league. It doesn’t get any easier as the trip to Dortmund is followed by an away fixture against Aston Villa.

Dortmund on the other hand will have a full week off before a midweek Bundesliga fixture. They may have lost Robert Lewandowski to rivals Bayern Munich, but they have been able to keep Marco Reus and Mats Hummels. Shinji Kagawa also returns to the club where he made his name meaning the stocks are not as depleted as initially though. Most importantly Jurgen Klopp is still at the helm meaning Dortmund will continue to play the brand of football that saw them make the UCL Final two years ago.

It will be tight in the first half but the German side will use the crowd support to get them over the line by a single goal in this one.

UCL Betting

Liverpool v Ludogrets -  Wed 4:30am (AEST) Live SBS/ESPN
Recommended Bet: 
First Half Goals – Over 1.5 ($2.15)

Predicted Line Ups: 
Liverpool: Mignolet; Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling, Coutinho, Lallana; Balotelli.

Ludogrets: Mignolet; Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling, Coutinho, Lallana; Balotelli.

Preview: Liverpool make their much awaited return to the Champions League after a 5 year absence. In what shapes to be an ideal return, they will be at home in front of a rampaging Anfield crowd. Much of the same is expected on the field as their opponents, Ludogrets of Bulgaria, seem like bait fish in a shark tank.

Brendan Rodgers has expressed his excitement leading into the match and with several players rested on the weekend the Reds are sure to fire. One thing is for certain, Ludogrest with battle until the final whistle and it is that mentality which has got them here. In the playoffs the managed to scrape though on away goals before a 90th minute goal forced extra time that lead to a win via a penalty shootout and entry into the main draw.

Liverpool has been waiting five years for this and they will come out with all guns blazing. We may even see Balotelli’s first goal for the Reds. It will be a long night for Ludogrets!

UCL Betting

Real Madrid v Basel – Wed 4:30am (replay ESPN 6:45)
Recommended Bet: Both teams to Score – YES ($2.20)

Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Kroos, James Rodríguez; Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema

Basel: Vaclík; Schär, Xhaka, Samuel; D Degen, Frei, Díaz, Safari; Gonzalez, Gashi; Streller.

Preview: As defending Champions one would have thought that Real Madrid would be flying high heading into this one. Far from it! With three losses already this season, two off them to arch rivals Atletico Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti is already under the pump.

Things do not get easier as they will host Basel, the Swiss side that beat Chelsea twice in the group stage of last seasons Champions League. Although they are not recognised as a European powerhouse, Basel has plenty of experience at this level having qualified for the 5th season in a row. In that time they have also registered wins against Bayern Munich and Manchester United!

Real Madrid will be fully aware of this but there are some worrying signs from the results so far this season. They have conceded in 4 of their 5 competitive matches and are yet to register more than two goals in any game. This is not the Real Madrid of last year that destroyed their opponents and the losses of Di Maria and Xabi Alonso are looking to be more significant than initially thought. Basel to find the back of the net but Madrid to click into gear and get away with the win.

UCL Betting

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Wednesday September 17

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) 1st Half Result – Draw

UEFA Champions League – Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal (4:45 AM AEST)

Arsenal and Dortmund continue their rivalry after being drawn in the same group for the 3rd time in four seasons. They have been very close encounters will all wins coming by a single goal. Arsenal have been struggling as of late thanks to a tough schedule and some injuries, while Dortmund will be the fresher of the two sides. We can see yet another tight encounter, especially in the first half, with the possibility of a late winner.

 2) 1st Half Total Goals – Over 1.5 

UEFA Champions League – Liverpool vs Ludogrets (4:45 PM AEST)

After five years the famous Anfield will again host a UEFA Champions League fixture. The lead up to kick off will be an awesome sight and the highlights will not stop there. Liverpool players will thrive off the atmosphere and put the pedal to the metal from the opening whistle. Expect fireworks early on with the Reds to bag a couple of early goals.

3) Il Cavallo

Race 4 Mornington (2:35 PM AEST)

He will be aiming for four wins in a row when he goes around here. There is plenty of wraps on the Moody trained stallion and should be too good again. Definitely the one to beat.

4) Amaverde

Race 5 Mornington (3:10 PM AEST)

Freshened up for this and is coming off a solid win in his last outing. The Weir stable always commands respect and no reason he can’t make it two wins on the trot. Will be fighting out the finish.

5) Monteux 

Race 6 Newcastle (4:05 PM AEST)

He was outbobbed at Canterbury last start and is racing well enough to be a major force here. The in-form Hugh Bowman jumps on and should get a nice run from barrier five. Has strong form lines around his debut with Royal Ocean winning in Adelaide on Saturday. Needs to come under strong consideration.

6) Spy Decoder

Race 7 Newcastle (4:40 PM AEST)

He’s been running on solidly in last two outings and will relish the step up in distance. Strong form lines around Rock Sturdy and is a solid lightweight chance in the Cameron Hcp. Should be in the mix.

 

 

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At Sportingbet, we’ve come up with a list of Spring Rules and one of those rules is Odds on, Look on, but we’re breaking that rule every Saturday in September.

32 runners have started odds on over the past two Saturdays and we’ve offered the enhanced price of $2 on all of them.

From 9am every Saturday we’re offering $2 for any odds on favourite at any of the metropolitan venues. Markets for country and provincial venues with an odds on favourite will be available throughout the day as well.

Click on special markets (pictured below) to see a list of all the horses with an enhanced price of $2 (Available 9am AEST Saturday 20 September)

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With Sportingbet’s Spring Rules, there’s no reason to look on when your horse is odds on!

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Tuesday September 16

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Yes (Both Teams To Score)

Hull vs West Ham (5:00 AM AEST)

West Ham welcome new signing Alex Song who will make his debut for the club in this match. On loan from Barcelona, he can provide the attacking and creative flair for the Hammers.  Hull, led by Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa, have scored in each of their three Premier League matches to date and look dangerous again here and middle-of-the-road opposition.

2) New York Mets (J DEGROM)

Miami Marlins @ New York Mets (9:40 AM AEST)

Young Miami pitcher, Jarred Cosart has been very impressive since being called up but may have his work limited as he begins to reach his innings limit as set by the club.  Considering Cosart may not pitch into the 6th and 7th inning, fellow young arm, Jacob deGrom looks a good play, coming off an eight-inning shutout of the Rockies, while improving to 8-2 with a 1.77 ERA over his last 13 outings.

3) Indianapolis Colts -3

Philadelphia Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts (10:30 AM AEST)

The Colts come off a strong Week 1 showing against the defending AFC Champion Denver Broncos, while the Eagles did a number on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars who have since been smashed by the Washington Redskins.  The Colts form line is superior and at home, should be too good.

4) Arizona Diamondbacks (W MILEY)

San Francisco Giants @ Arizona Diamondbacks (11:40 AM AEST)

There is value to be had here in Wade Miley’s first outing since giving up three runs over 2 innings before being pulled in his last start, also against the Giants.  He should bounce back here and the D’backs are coming off two strong wins against the Padres where they scored 16 runs over the both games.

5) Bayman Bale

Horsham Race 7 (5:40 PM AEST)

Despite being held up last start, went on to claim victory at Warragul.  This NSW runner is a two-time winner here and has placed in 14 of its last 17 starts including six wins.  Always in the contest and can overcome traffic to win here.

6) Ketut’s Kaput

Horsham Race 10 (6:32 PM AEST)

An outstanding record of 10 wins from 21 starts and if he is able to find the lead early (as usual), has the ability to lead them all the way.  First start here but should be too good.

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Monday September 15

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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Yes (Both Teams To Score)

Manchester United vs QPR (1:00 AM AEST)

In eight out of the last 10 matches that United have been involved in, both teams have hit the score sheet and they haven’t shown form recently that would indicate they are moving away from that.  Their recent pick ups have led us to believe they are loading up on strike power and are happy to win games in a shoot out.

2) Detroit Lions +3

Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers (3:00 AM AEST)

The public will be high on a Panthers team that brings back explosive quarterback Cam Newton after beating the Bucs. The Lions put in a great performance in their first outing against the underwhelming Giants, but the potent Detroit offense performed to expectations and should be too good for Carolina here.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars +6

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Redskins (3:00 AM AEST)

A lot of people had the Jags as big improvers this year and for two quarters last week they proved everyone right.  The Redskins were also thought to be back in the mix with a healthy Robert Griffin III and a strong defence but they were put to the sword by a Texans outfit coming off a 2-win season. Jaguars seem good with a massive start.

4)Atlanta Falcons +5.5

Atlanta Falcons @ Cincinnati Bengals (3:00 PMAEST)

Many people’s smokey for the Superbowl, the Saints were knocked off by an impressive Atlanta team in overtime, fresh off a Hard Knocks outing.  The Bengals were also strong against the Ravens, winning by a touchdown.  The Bengals form was validated when the Ravens came out this week and dismantled the Steelers on Thursday night.  There has already been plenty of money for the Bengals so don’t be surprised to see the line move to a flat 6.  The Falcons flashed that they were bringing back the 2012 form rather than their disappointing effort last year.

5) Chicago Bears +7

Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers (10:30 AM AEST)

The line opened at 6.5 but has moved to 7 and this is where you should step in.  When playing the 49ers last week, the Cowboys were able to move the ball well, out-gaining the 49ers in yards.  The Bears were just beaten in overtime last week and with arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league, they should be able to keep up with the explosive 49ers attack.

6) Veetee Dynamite

Geelong Race 11 (7:29 PM AEST)

Was unlucky first up last start but form earlier in the year would suggest he is good enough to win here.  Has won at 400m previously and should be the fastest out of the boxes.

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Sunday September 14

The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.

1) Under 7.5 Runs (Total Game Score)

Colorado Rockies (F MORALES) @ St. Louis Cardinals (S MILLER) (9:15 AM AEST)

Colorado’s Franklin Morales starts here strong bounce-back start against the Padres where he only allowed four hits through six scoreless innings.  For the Cardinals, Shelby Miller comes here after back-to-back scoreless seven inning starts against the Pirates and Reds and can keep that tight pitching going here. The Rockies also haven’t managed more than 2 runs in any of the their last 4 games so that bats are cold in Colorado.

2) Mayweather by points

Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Marcos Maidana (12:30 PM AEST)

Maidana surprised many when he pushed Mayweather to the limit and took the fight to him in their first meeting. Mayweather knows what to expect this time around, will be smarter and will grind out a dominant points victory over Maidana. 

3) Melbourne Storm 1-12

Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs (4:15 PM AEST)

It’s hard to see anything but a Storm victory but beware of the wounded Bulldogs. They suffered a shock loss to the Titans and will have a point to prove this week. The Storm were knocked out of the finals last year on their own turf and will also have that point rammed home by coach Craig Bellamy. It will be a tough battle in the forwards with the class of Slater, Cronk and Smith getting the Storm home in a close one. 

4) Unique Dream

Race 5 Cranbourne (3:14 PM AEST)

Broke his maiden status last start with a solid win at Sale. The step up in distance will suit as will the 3kgs claim for apprentice Ben Thompson. Should be flashing home late to fight out the finish.

5) Brilliant Poet

Race 6 Dubbo (4:09 PM AEST)

Racing well at present and will be looking to make it three wins in a row. Undefeated at the distance and will get some weight relief with the claim from James Innes. The one to beat.

6) Keep Calm

Race 7 Sale (7:39 PM AEST)

He’s been racing in great form and will be very hard to beat here. He’ll be looking to make it three wins in a row and won last start from the 8 box. Will start short but will be saluting if he can stay out of trouble.

 

EPL Saturday Night Spesh!

EPL Betting

The EPL is back this weekend and kicks off with the blockbuster between Arsenal and Man City. There is two things we could all do with this weekend. A win from our team and a couple of great tips from the Saturday Night Spesh!

This week’s Saturday Night Spesh is:

Arsenal v Man City: Both teams to score – YES ($2.05)
Sunderland v Tottenham: Tottenham WIN ($2.05)
Southampton v Newcastle: Double Chance – Draw or Newcastle ($2.00)
Combined Odds: approx $8.40

Don’t forget forget to check out our EPL Big Guns Tracker!

EPL Betting

EPL Player of the Week (Matchday 4)

Diego Costa has been simply amazing this season! He is the first man ever to score 7 goals from his opening 4 matches and there is clearly no limit as to what he can produce this season. He has silenced …

Japanese horses firm for The Melbourne Cup

It may still be seven weeks away but punters are strongly supporting two Japanese horses to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup. Admire Rakti and Bande have both firmed from $17 into $16 at Sportingbet.com.au this month, and they now share …

UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 (Wednesday)

UCL Big Guns Tracker The premier club competition is back and it all begins in the early hours of the morning. Defending Champions Real Madrid kick off their title defence at home to Basel, while Liverpool return to the UCL …

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Wednesday September 17

The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport. 1) 1st Half Result – Draw UEFA Champions League – Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal (4:45 AM AEST) Arsenal and Dortmund continue their …

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Sportingbet Racing Offer – Odds On, Look On – $2 for odds on favourites At Sportingbet, we’ve come up with a list of Spring Rules and one of those rules is Odds on, Look on, but we’re breaking that rule every …

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