The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport for Tuesday September 2.
1) Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori vs Milos Raonic (2:10 AM AEST)
Nishikori holds the head-to-head record lead between these two and has cruised up to this match in the US Open so he should be firing for this one. Raonic has played 4 more sets than his opponent leading in and has struggled in those matches going to 6 tie-breaks. Raaonic’s number looks up here.
2) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova vs Eugenie Bouchard (2:10 AM AEST)
Makarova comes into this one after winning the only matchup between these two players previously. Makarova has been flying through her early matches, only losing 15 games across the 3 earlier rounds. Bouchard has been pushed of late, her last two matches going into a 3rd set, after she lost back-to-back 2nd sets in tie breakers. Makarova won as a favourite when they last met and looks to do it again.
3) Tampa Bay Rays (D SMYLY)
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays (3:10 AM AEST)
Tampa’s Drew Smyly was good to us last time and looks to continue his dominant pitching since moving over from the Tigers. For the Red Sox, De La Rosa didn’t produce in his last outing giving up 7 hits and 3 runs over just 4.2 innings. Rays too good at home.
4) Atalanta Brave (J TEHERAN)
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves (3:10 AM AEST)
Despite having a great pitching season, Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels has often not had the run support to convert his good pitching into wins. Runs will be hard to come by with young Julio Teheran pitching on the other side, who comes into this game allowing one run or less in his three starts against the Phillies.
5) Stampeders -4
CFL: Edmonton Eskimos @ Calgary Stampeders (6:35 AM AEST)
Match of the season this one. Get excited. The Stampeders beat the Eskimos in their only match up this year, giving them their only loss for the season. The Eskimos QB Mike Reilly left last week’s game early with a hand injury and indications are that he may not be fit for this one. Stampeders at home look a good bet.
6) South Africa
South Africa vs Australia (5:30 PM AEST)
After a shock loss to Zimbabwe, it doesn’t get any easier for the Australians as they take on South Africa. When they met earlier in the tournament, the South Africans chased down the Aussies total of 327 with 20 balls to spare. Runs will be hard to come by with captain Michale Clarke headed back to Australia and the South African are on fire!
Joel Selwood’s final regular round performance against Brisbane has put the Cats Captain in the box seat to claim his first Brownlow Medal.
Selwood shortened from $3.50 into $2.75 with Sportingbet.com.au and is an outright favourite ahead of Gary Ablett, who eased from $3 to $3.75.
“Selwood’s impressive contribution against Brisbane has tipped the odds in his favour and may just have won him the Brownlow Medal,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“We have Selwood finishing on 25 votes for the season which would put him marginally ahead of Ablett, before a big gap to the rest.”
Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray firmed from $9 into $6 and is a clear third favourite and the only other contender in single figure odds.
“Our estimates have Gray on 19 votes for the season but plenty of punters disagree with us and he’s been backed in from $41 in the last few weeks.”
2014 Brownlow Medal Winner
Joel Selwood $2.75 (was $3.50)
Gary Ablett $3.75 (was $3)
Robbie Gray $6 (was $9)
Jordan Lewis $10 (was $15)
Josh Kennedy $13 (was $10)
Matt Priddis $13 (steady)
Dyson Heppell $13 (was $11)
Scott Pendlebury $15 (was $14)
Lance Franklin $15 (was $12)
Sportingbet’s running Brownlow Medal vote tally (below) shows Selwood on his own at the top and half a vote in front of Ablett and the ineligible Nathan Fyfe.
Sportingbet’s analysts award half votes when they can’t split certain player performances, a system that has proven to balance out over the course of the season and provide a more accurate prediction of a player’s final vote numbers.
In modern day football in order to be successful you nee to have a combination of a good passing game and a consistent, solid, and explosive running game. The running back position becomes even more important for those teams that lack genuine quality in the QB position. Let the countdown begin.
NFL Top 10 Running Backs
10. Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers): Now in his 10th season he defied the odds. The average lifespan of a running back is less than four years but Gore is like an energizer bunny. In the last three seasons he has averaged almost 1,200 yards and 8 touchdowns.
9. Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams): In his rookie season he started on 12 games but rushed for just under 1,000 yards. With increased playing time this season he’ll be bigger and better. at 23, he is a star of the future.
8. Ryan Matthews (San Diego Chargers): As the 12th pick overall in 2010 much was expected but little delivered in his first few seasons. Last season he set the league alight with 1,255 yards and 6 TD’s. His combination with Rivers will be one to watch.
7. Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers): With Rodgers out for most of last season he was superb with well over a thousand yards and double digit touchdowns. He is build low to the ground and is traditional power runner.
6. DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys): The Cowboys have relied heavily on QB Tony Romo in recent years and we have to wonder why. Murray averaged 5.2 yards per carry and score 9 touchdowns last season. Add 350 yards in receptions and you have the total package.
5. Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks): In his last three seasons he has posted a whopping 4,775 total yards and scored 39 touchdowns. With a young QB he has been the go to guy and his performances have earned him the nickname ‘Beast Mode’!
4. Matt Forte (Chicago Bears): With just under 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2013 and twelve touchdowns Forte is one of the best all round backs in the game.
3. Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs): IF the ranking were based on team output Charles would rank number one! In 2013 he rushed for 1,287 yards and 12 TD’s add 693 passing and seven more touchdowns and you have 1,980 yards and 19 TD’s. That was 40% of the Chiefs total offense. WOW!
2. Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings): He was the 2012 NFL MVP and although he had a down year last season he still rushed for over a 1,000 yards and double digit TD’s. Peterson is the best pure runner in the league and has amassed over 10,000 rushing yards in his career.
1. LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles): McCoy is the total package. Led the NFL in rushing last season with 1,607 yards and had an additional 539 yards in receptions. It is his ability to make big plays as a runner and receiver that make him the league’s top back!
Don’t forget to check in tomorrow when we profile the Top 10 Wide Receivers!
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The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport for Monday September 1.
Leicester vs Arsenal (1:00 AM AEST)
With Olivier Giroud going down for the Gunners, it is likely we will see more of Alexis Sanchez. After he opened up his Arsenal goal-scoring account in the Champions League, he will look to keep the goals coming. Additionally, the Foxes have not beaten Arsenal in the Premier League since 1994.
2) Detroit Tigers (R PORCELLO)
Detroit Tigers (R PORCELLO) @ Chicago White Sox (J QUINTANA) (4:10 AM AEST)
Rick Porcello comes into this start on the back of two strong wins against the Rays and the Yankees and has not walked a batter in 23 innings. On the other side for the White Sox, Quintana has been loose lately allowing at least four runs in each of his last three starts, giving up 14 runs over his last 17 2/3 innings.
3) Under 8 Total Runs
Chicago Cubs (T WOOD) @ St Louis Cardinals (J LACKEY) (4:15 AM AEST)
Chicago’s Travis Wood broke his 12 game win-less streak with a strong outing against the Reds where he gave up 2 hits and no runs over 6 innings. For the Cardinals, John Lackey has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of five appearances since moving to St Louis. Can’t see too many runs in this one.
4) Dyna Prankster
Geelong Race 5 (5:29 PM AEST)
Explodes out of the boxes so should be able to take a position early. Has won here previously and is a winner from Box 3 before. A strong hope.
5) Cowboys -30.5
North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks (7:00 PM AEST)
Can it get any worse for the poor Sharkies? They’ve lost a two more players throughout the week and they are seriously limping to the offseason. The Cowboys have showed a killer instinct when they were able to beat the similarly weak Tigers by 58 points. Could be an ugly result again.
6) Ben Wigan
Geelong Race 12 (7:48 PMAEST)
With the rails draw, Ben Wigan will be tough to hold out. A winner at Warrnambool recently, Cazar Rose and Bingo Theory are the main dangers but may find it difficult to get a position trying to cross over.
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) West Coast 1-39
Gold Coast Suns vs West Coast Eagles (1:10 PM AEST)
2) Warriors 1-12
New Zealand Warriors vs Gold Coast Titans (2:00 PM AEST)
3) Manly 13+
Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm (3:00 PM AEST)
Race 6 Wyong (3:55 PM AEST)
Race 7 Wyong (4:33 PM AEST)
6) Western Bulldogs 1-39
Western Bulldogs vs GWS Giants (4:40 PM AEST)
This is perfect for those who love staying up late! We have chosen out best best from the Saturday night EPL matches and rolled them into one to create the ‘Saturday Night Spesh’.
This week’s Saturday Night Spesh is:
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With Nick Kyrgios and Casey Dellacqua through to the 3rd round Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth will be looking to join them. They are up against two of the world’s best but there is one thing Aussie’s can do and that id FIGHT!
Bernard Tomic v David Ferrer
This is an extremely tough match up for Bernie and he’ll have to play out of his skin. Ferrer has won their two previous meetings in straight sets but Bernie is a different player from two years ago. He is bigger and stronger! Tomic will have to hit with both consistency and power if he is to stand a chance.
Recommended Bet: Under 38 games ($1.83)
Sam Groth v Roger Federer
Its the second match in a row that an Aussie comes up against Roger Federer. He knocked out Marinko in the first round and Groth is the next man on the chopping board. Marinko surprised many with his good performance and with Sam’s big serve this will be closer than people think.
Recommended Bet: Sam Groth +8 games ($1.70)
Other Key Matches
Jerzy Janowicz v Kevin Anderson: Over 41.5 games ($1.80)
Grigor Dimitrov v Dudi Sela: Under 33 games ($1.87)
Tomas Berdych v Martin Klizan: Klizan +8 games ($1.90)
In yet another mixed day for the Aussies Nick Kyrgios and Casey Dellacqua kept the Aussie Assault alive, making it through to the 3rd round. The others were not so lucky, in particular Sam Stosur who bowed out after and intense 3rd set tiebreaker that ended 10-8.
Nick Kyrgios def Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-6 6-4
This was an absolutely dominant display from the young man. He blew Seppi off the court and never looked trouble with his big serving never giving Seppi a chance. Next up he faces Tommy Robredo who is coming off a 5 setter. His game will also suit Kyrgios!
Casey Dellacqua def Qiang Wang 4-6 6-4 6-2
Casey simply had too much fight in her for Qiang Wang. Both girls were striking the ball really well but Dellacqua simply wanted it more, and she got it!
Kaia Kanepi def Samantha Stosur 3-6 6-3 7-6
Sam was up a set and cruising but Kanepi dug her heels into this one and it went all the way. In the heat of the day it was Kanepi that won the battle in a tight 3rd set tie break.
Leonardo Mayer def Matthew Ebden 6-1 6-1 6-4
Matty was unable to get into the match. He struggled on serve and won only 58% off first serve points. Mayer was too consistent from the back of the court, winning half of the return points and converting on 6 of 9 break points.
We now know that quarterback’s are the highest paid players in the NFL, but who is the best? Like we told you yesterday some of the guys on earning the big coin don’t even get a mention! This is our top ten.
10. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens): Flacco was the first rookie QB to win two road playoff games and was Super Bowl MVP in Baltimore legend Ray Lewis’ last game. Stand at a massive 6″6′ and has a cannon for an arm!
9. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks): Was a 3rd round pick in the same year that Andrew Luck and RGIII went one and two. Written off as being too short at 5″11′ he led the Seahawks to victory in the Super Bowl last season in only his second year in the NFL.
8. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): nicknamed ‘Matty ice” he is cool, calm and collected under pressure. Ryan as a great arm and a stash of 4th quarter comeback wins.
7. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers): One of the most durable QB’s he set aNCAA record of 51 consecutive starts. His career passer rating of 96.0 ranks third best all time. Last year he threw 32 touchdown with an amazing QB rating of 105.5!
6. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): Became the youngest Super Bowl winning quarterback in history at age 23 and added a second ring three years later. Well known for his ability to play outside the pocket Ben can make completions from anywhere.
5. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts): Was the number one overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and has lived up to all the hype. Has taken the Colts to the playoff in both seasons and won a division title along the way. Lets not forget that Indianapolis let Peyton Manning go to play this kid who will definitely find his way to the top of this list in the coming years.
4. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): Was the Super Bowl XLIV MVP in an emphatic victory and hasmade seven Pro Bowl appearances. Had a magnificent college career at Purdue that has continued for over a decade in the big league.
3. Tom Brady (New England Patriots): Has multiple Super Bowl and league MVP honours. After almost missing out on the draft and famously being the 199th pick he took the league by storm and has been to a total of five Super Bowls, winning three along with winning eleven division titles.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): Really cemented himself as one of the best in 2011 when he won league MVP honours and the Super Bowl in 2011. Learnt the trade behind the great Brett Favre and is the only quarterback in history to have a passer rating over 100.
1. Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos): He is the master at the line of scrimmage and understands the quarterback position better than anyone else in history. Peyton won his 5th league MVP award last year and has a Super Bowl ring to boot. Denver will again be right in the mix!
Tomorrow we take a look at the Top 10 Running Backs. Will the man ranked number one be who you think… Stay tuned!
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