Man Utd Look To Keep Big Gun Status!
Who said there was no cash here! That is the tune that Red Devils fans are singing after bolstering their squad with the signings of Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind before the closure of the infamous transfer window.
Man Utd Transfers (past week):
Ins: Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind
Outs: Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck
After another horror start to the season it looked like Manchester United were on track to drop off into the wilderness. Fans of rival clubs were licking their lips after the opening four games to the season where under new coach Louis van Gaal they are yet to produce a competitive win. Those rivals will now be looking closely at their heels as Manchester United is again a title contender.
Don’t be fooled into thinking they are too far of the pace and we’ll tell you why!
The Premier League is all about scoring goals. Man City and Liverpool who finished first and second last season both scored over 100 goals. Liverpool conceded 50 goals last season, 7 more than Man United’s 43 yet they finished on 84 points compared to the Red Devil’s 64.
The winning formula in the EPL is simple, goals win games and if you didn’t believe it look at Chelsea v Everton last week, 6-3 Chelsea! They may still be a defender short but Falcao and Di Maria are sure to bring goals to a club struggling to find the back of the net.
Their shock loss to MK Dons in the League Cup is almost a blessing in disguise. It is one less tournament to worry about and with no European commitments either they can focus solely on the Premier League. Chelsea and Man City may look great now but when the demands of Champions League come along they will drop points in the league.
It doesn’t matter how deep you squad is, history has shown that backing up from mid-week fixtures is very, very tough!
FALCAO, FALCAO, FALCAO
Radamel Falcao was signed on a one year loan deal worth £6 million with the option to sign him at the end of the year. People are asking why the Red Devils simply didn’t buy him with rumours of FIFA Fair Play breaches as the reason. Incorrect!
United is in the best position in relation to FIFA Fair Play rules as they have a huge commercial income. Add to this a new sponsorship deal with Chevrolet this season and a huge deal pending from Adidas for next year and you can see that funding is not an issue.
The injury problems of Falcao have been well publicised and the loan deal is a display of caution more than anything else. There is no question on his ability and those wondering how he will go should know that this is the man that used to keep Diego Costa on the bench at Atletico Madrid. He’s got 4 goals in 3 EPL games so far.
In case you were wondering, Manchester Unites is $13 to win the EPL title!
Day 9: Men’s 4th Round/Women’s Quarter Finals
MENS 4th Round
Marin Cilic v Gilles Simon
Cilic may be ranked 15 places higher and a significant favourite in this one, but Gilles Simon has won all four of their previous meetings. Simon has beat Cilic on all surfaces; grass, clay and hard courts including this years Australian Open. Both players are coming off great wins but Simon has shown an ability to frustrate Cilic in their previous meetings. This one could go all the way to a fifth and deciding set.
Recommended bet: Over 40.5 games ($1.87)
Grigor Dimitrov v Gael Monfils
This is shaping as the match of the day. There has only been a single set dropped between the two of them so far and they are both hitting the ball very cleanly. After a minor hiccup in the first set of his last match, Dimitrov was able to quickly figure out his opponent and roll him quite comfortably after that. Monfils has always been a crowd favourite with his athleticism and showmanship. He will need to feed off the crowd if he is to pull through here because under coach Roger Rasheed Dimitrov has become a genuine threat to the top players.
Recommended bet: Dimitrov -2 games ($1.87)
Tomas Berdych v Dominic Thiem
Leading into the US Open Tomas Berdych had done little to suggest the form he has displayed. He seems to play his best tennis at Flushing Meadows but he is coming up against one of the big emerging talents on tour. Thiem knocked out the big hitting Ernests Gulbis along with the in form Feliciano Lopez. The biggest problem for Dominic Thiem is that he has reached what has proved to be a difficult hurdle for youngsters in the past, the second week of a Slam. With this in mind and Berdych comfortably over-powering his opponents we have to take the Czech in this one.
Recommended bet: Berdych -5 games ($1.83)
Roger Federer v Roberto Bautista-Agut
Federer is the red hot player on the tour and it seems as if age is no barrier for the Swiss. Bautista-Agut should not be underestimated as he has had an impressive season, including two titles and a 4th round appearance at the Australian Open. They have never played before and this will be the biggest hurdle for the Spaniard. For someone that has grown up on clay he hits a relatively flat ball and this will be right in Federer’s hitting zone. The Swiss master will want to conserve as much energy as possible so look for a routine straight sets victory.
Recommended bet: Federer -7.5 ($1.80)
WOMENS Quarter Finals
Caroline Wozniacki v Sara Errani
Both women are coming off epic three set battles and after beating Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki is now one of the favourites for the tournament. She faces perhaps the most consistent player on tour in terms of style of play. Errani gives her opponents nothing and battles for every point. If Wozniacki slips, Errani will be there to pick up the pieces. There will be a lot of swings in this one but Wozniacki should be able to squeeze it out in three.
Recommended bet: Errani +5 games
Belinda Bencic v Shuai Peng
The two ladies in this one have surprised everybody to make it all the way to the quarters. In their opening three matches they have both defeated three seeded players which is a sign that they have been playing magnificent tennis. Peng is the more experienced of the two and has also picked up a title along the way this year. Experience and more power from the back of the court will get Peng the victory.
Recommended bet: Peng WIN ($1.70)
Special congratulations must go out to Nick Kyrgios and Casey Dellacqua who were the best performing Aussie’s in the singles!
Online bookie Sportingbet.com.au’s pre-nomination 2014 Melbourne Cup market will close today with an astonishing 22% of the total money wagered being for the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite The Offer.
The strong support has resulted in The Offer’s odds firming from $21 into $11 clear-cut favouritism since Sportingbet first opened its 2014 Melbourne Cup market.
“He’s our worst way by a long way at the moment and wagers ranging between $2,000 at $21 and $1,500 at $11 are among a long string of bets that we are holding,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
2013 Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner has been the second most popular horse in terms of dollars wagered, attracting 8% of all bets that have resulted in his odds shortening from $35 to $28.
2013 Caulfield Cup runner Dandino has proved the third most popular horse so far, attracting 6% of bets and firming from $26 to $21.
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2014 Melbourne Cup
Sportingbet.com.au market (all-in before nominations)
The Offer $11
La Amistad $18
Pale Mimosa $26
Mutual Regard $26
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov vs Gael Monfils (1:10 AM AEST)
Dimitrov will be looking to turn the tables on Monfils after he was defeated by the Frenchman in the 2011 US Open. The Bulgarian is a different player now and is currently ranked 8th in the world. It could be an epic battle but we’re favouring Dimitrov to triumph.
2) Roger Federer 3-0 Sets
Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Roger Federer (2:10 AM AEST)
It will be the first time they’ve met and Bautista-Agut could be in for a tough initiation against the Fed Express. All of the big guns are firing at the US Open and Federer will want another crack at a Grand Slam. Will breeze through to the quarter-finals.
Sportingbet Park Race 3 (2:30 PM AEST)
Has some good formlines heading into this race with Mr Andre and Georgey Aeroplane both winning since running against this gelding. Will run a strong 2400m and will take some catching if he hits the front heading into the straight.
4) Magic Dallas
Canterbury Race 6 (4:35 PM AEST)
He is racing in great heart this preparation and will have to overcome an awkward alley. Apprentice Jessica Taylor claims 3kgs in a boost to his chances. Will be in the finish if he gets the right run.
Sportingbet Park Race 7 (4:50 PM AEST)
The Moody stable had a big day on Saturday and this gelding looks ready to add to the winning ways. Loves the 1400m & should get a nice run from the 6 gate for Trumby Nolen. Definite winning hope in a good race.
Canterbury Race 7 (5:10 PM AEST)
She has a great second-up record and is from the powerful Goldophin stable. His first-up run was promising and finished second behind Alias who has since won in dominant fashion at Wyong. Will also appreciate the step up in distance. Strong chance.
They are the showmen of the game and are responsible for getting their fans jumping out of their seats. Wide receivers are renowned for their cockiness and there is nothing quite like their flamboyance when they celebrate a touchdown!
NFL Top 10 Wide Receivers
10. Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers): Finished last season second in both receptions and receiving yards. A fantastic pass catcher that doesn’t get the credit he deserves, mainly due to the fact that the Steelers are known for their defence.
9. T.Y Hilton (Indianapolis Colts): Stepped up last year with Reggie Wayne injured to become the number one option at the Colts. With Andrew Luck quickly becoming one of the game’s elite QB’s he is definitely on course for a huge season.
8. Victor Cruz (New York Giants): Was on absolute fire in 2011 when the Giants made their Super Bowl winning run. His numbers may have fallen but he remains one of the most electrifying players in the game. The sugar on top is his smooth Latino dance moves.
7. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals): Now a veteran of the league he runs perfect routes and still has one of the best pair of hands out there. May not be the young start that he once was but still worthy of his spot in the top 10.
6. Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos): Being part of the best offence in the league has its perks. Peyton Manning has been able to find his man at will but it is the ability of Thomas after the catch is made that stands out. ST recorded 704 yards after the catch last season to lead the NFL, proving just how special he is.
5. Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears): When it comes time to move the chains look for Marshall they say. Last season he caught 70 passes that resulted in a first down to top the league. Thrown in 12 TD’s and you one one hell of a wide receiver!
4. A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals): He was the fourth overall pick in 2011 and since being drafted by the Bengals they have made the playoffs in each of his three seasons. Green has transformed their offence and given QB Andy Dalton a man with the ability to make big plays in tiny spots.
3. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons): If people doubted how good he was they found out when he spent most of last season out injured. Limited to just five games in 2013, Atlanta struggled without him going off the rails. If Jones is fit he is sure to replicate his 2012 form that included 1,200 yards and 10 TD’s.
2. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys): If you are a sucker for spectacular play look no further! This wideout has the ability to make the most spectacular plays at the most crucial time in the game. His desire to win ranks second to none!
1. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions): In just 14 games last year he caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 TD’s. In his last full season in 2012, ‘Megatron’ caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards. His stats are incredible and he is simply unstoppable.
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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)
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