UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 (Wednesday)

UCL BIG GUNS TRACKER

The Champions League is back and the clash between Roma and Bayern Munich will have an enormous bearing on Group E. Man City travel to Moscow while Barcelona and Chelsea should be able to grab maximum points at home.

UCL Betting

Roma v Bayern Munich – Wed 5:30am Live SBS
Recommended Bet: Double Chance – Roma or Draw ($1.80)

Predicted Line Ups:
Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Manolas, Cole; Pjanić, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Iturbe, Totti, Gervinho.

Bayern: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Lahm, Alonso; Robben, Müller, Götze; Lewandowski.

Preview: Roma has had a very impressive start to the season. They sit second behind Juventus in the Serie A with their only loss coming on the road to Juve. Add to that a draw away to Man City and you have an in form side capable of beating anyone.

Bayern will be fully aware of this and will not be taking the Italian side lightly. Bayern were far from convincing in their 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow but have managed to earn maximum points thus far.

Roma have plenty of experience and great technical ability. Their defence has been almost impenetrable so far and this will be the key against Bayern. The Germans will be more than happy with a point when taking into account the group standings with a draw also ensuring Roma stay ahead of Man City. This one will go down to the wire.

UCL Betting

Barcelona v Ajax – Wed 5:30am Live ESPN2
Recommended Bet:
Over 3.5 goals ($1.95)

Predicted Line Ups:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Mathieu, Piqué, Alba; Mascherano, Roberto, Xavi; Pedro, Messi, Neymar.

Ajax: Cillessen; Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Viergever; Klaassen, Zimling, Andersen; Schöne, Sigthórsson, El Ghazi.

Preview: Ajax have managed two draws so far but going to the Nou Camp is another ball game all together. Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta have all been on fire and have really started to gel together. Following a shock loss to PSG they will be out with a vengeance to grab three points in this one. 

Claiming top spot has become more and more important meaning Barcelona will be keen to improve their goal difference with a big win. Coach Luis Enrique will be playing his full strength squad in this one and with Messi making it clear that he does not like being subbed off this one could really could get out of hand for Ajax.

The Dutch coach Frank de Boer is a former Barcelona player and team-mate of Luis Enrique making this duel quite unique. He may be fully aware of how Barcelona play but it is another thing to stop them. Barcelona simply have too much fire power in this one with Messi and Co sure to get past the Ajax defence numerous times.

 UCL Betting

Other Matches

CKSA Moscow v Man City: Draw/Man City ($4.60) 
Chelsea v Maribor: First Half – Draw ($3.00)

The Oracle’s Geelong and Randwick Racing Guide

The Sportingbet Oracle’s Geelong and Randwick Racing Guide.

Good Thing

Race 6 Geelong – No.4 Preferment

The VRC Derby appears to be the target for the three-year-old colt trained by Chris Waller and with those aspirations, he should be taking out the Geelong Classic. He’s racing well this prep and has been crying out for the added journey. The one they’ll need to beat.

Each-Way Special

Race 4 Geelong – No.1 Written Intent

He was asked to do plenty of work when resuming at Ballarat and battled on ok. He has a good record at the track (5:1-2-0) and has been placed second up on three out of four runs. Gets the nice draw, drops in grade and looks a solid each-way chance in an open affair.

Roughie

Race 5 Randwick – No.7 Too Chic

She’s aiming for three wins in a row and makes the step up in grade today. Her last win at Hawkesbury was by over 5 lengths, so comes to town primed for this. At the current quote of $15, she’s a knockout hope!

Best Backed

Race 6 Geelong – No.4 Preferment

The three-year-old colt from the Chris Waller stable appears destined for the VRC Derby and has been well found by the Sportingbet punters to salute in the Listed Geelong Classic. He opened at $3.80 and has been crunched into a very solid $2.80 favourite in the Classic.

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Wednesday October 22

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

1) Roma Or Draw (Double Chance)

UEFA Champions League – Roma vs Bayern Munich (5:45 AM AEDT)

Things are getting very tight in Group E and both sides will be looking to walk away with something out of this one. Bayern have earned maximum points so far while Roma were able to grab a crucial draw away to Man City. That result has put Man City in a tough spot with only one point from two matches. Roma will be satisfied with a point but there is no reason why they cannot win. They have lost only once this season and that was a 3-2 thriller against Juventus. Bayern have also been in great form but the points they have dropped this season have been on the road. In such an important game it is tough to see the in-form Roma losing at home.

2) San Francisco Giants (Bumgarner)

MLB World Series – San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals (11:05 AM AEDT)

We don’t have to wait until November for the World Series this year thanks to dominant performances by the Royals and Giants in the Playoffs. It will be ace versus ace in the pitching department to begin proceedings and it is a matchup that certainly favours the Giants. Madison Bumgarner is 18-10 this season and 2-1 in the postseason with 28 strikeouts during the playoffs to lead all remaining pitchers by a significant margin. Josh Shields for Kansas has a 1-0 record from his 3 starts in the playoffs and has been lucky as his team-mates have manufactured come from behind wins on multiple occasions. Shields ERA of 5.63 this postseason is the highest among his team-mates so there have been question marks over his right to start Game 1. It is the Royals first World Series appearance since 1985 while the Giants have been serial winners lately, with World Series Titles in 2010 and 2012. A Game 1 win will help the push for a third title in 5 years!

3) Quick Strike

Race 2 Randwick (1:55 PM AEDT)

He’s been knocking on the door in his two runs this prep and looks well placed to break through here. Chris Waller has three runners in the race and Quick Strike is the pick of the bunch. Definite danger.

4) Preferment

Race 6 Geelong (3:20 PM AEDT)

He’s been well backed to salute in the Geelong Classic and has also received support to win the VRC Derby. The step up in trip looks ideal and if he has aspirations of winning a Derby, he should be winning this. The one to beat.

5) Mr One Eleven 

Race 6 Randwick (4:20 PM AEDT)

The John Sargent trained runner scored nicely last start at the track. Steps up in trip today but racing like he’ll relish it. Needs to carry the 60kgs but if he gets a quiet run he’ll be flashing home late. Big threat.

6) River Delta

Race 8 Geelong (4:40 PM AEDT)

The 4-year-old mare from the Moody stable resumes today and looks to have plenty of ability. She’s won three of her four career starts and needs to be respected. If she can overcome the awkward draw, she’ll be fighting out the finish.

 

 

 

FFA Cup: Sydney FC v Adelaide United

A-League Giants Clash in FFA Cup Quarter Finals

Sydney FC and Adelaide United have both got off to flying starts in the A-League and are coming off emotion-charged matches over the weekend. Sydney FC made a remarkable comeback against cross town rivals Western Sydney, coming back from two goals down to win 3-2 in front of a record crowd of 41, 213. Adelaide looked like they would take all three points against Melbourne Victory only to surrender a very late equalizer. The teams would share the spoils in front of another huge crowd of 33,126.

FFA Cup Odds

The teams will come off a very short turn around, with Adelaide having an extra days rest after playing on Friday. In their two FFA Cup matches to date they have defeated two A-League sides in Wellington and Brisbane Roar. Both those games were at home with tonight’s match their first away trip in the Cup. With prior experience in the Asian Champion’s League the travel should not phase them.

Sydney FC on the other hand have played both their games on the road beating Melbourne City and Sydney United 58 FC by the identical scoreline of 3-1. After such an emotional win in the Sydney Derby, the Sky Blues will be hoping for another good crowd to help get them progress into the semi finals. There is a worrying sign for the Sky Blues and it is their recent record against Adelaide. Adelaide has won four of the last six between the two with all six matches producing 3 or more goals.

UCL Odds

With both sides showing great signs early in the season this one is sure to be a great battle between two quality and in form sides. Sydney FC have an edge in terms of depth but Adelaide coach Josep Gombau has his side firing on all cylinders. Allianz Stadium will be romping and if the match against Sydney United is anything to go by, The Cove will be in full voice. Fatigue may be a factor will only a few days to recover and this should favour Sydney who will have the home crowd support. We could see extra time in this one but Sydney FC will have enough depth and crowd support to scrape through.

Recommended Bet: Sydney FC to Qualify ($1.80)

The action will continue tomorrow morning with the Champions League. Check out our full preview and tips.

UCL Odds

Racing Tip Sheet For Muswellbrook

Oracle’s Tips for Muswellbrook

Race 1 – No.1 Space Invader

Race 2 – No.3 Star Of Legs

Race 3 – No.5 Tamburello

Race 4 – No.1 Mercurian

Race 5 – No.8 Lady Moura

Race 6 – No.1 Ice Chiller

Race 7 – No.1 Pitt Street

Race 8 – No.1 Autumn Nights

Best Bet – Tamburello

NBA Top 10: 3-Point Shooters

In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 11 days to go, we look at the Top 10 shot blockers in the League.

10.Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs)
Australian ace Patty Mills has shot better than 40% from long range in his three seasons with San Antonio, finishing ninth in the entire League last season.

9.Mike Miller (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Veteran spot-up shooter Mike Miller, a favourite teammate of LeBron James, rejoins his old partner in crime in Cleveland this year. Miller has shot better than 40% in 10 of his 14 seasons in the NBA and comes off a year shooting 45.9% with Memphis.

8.Anthony Morrow (Oklahoma City Thunder)
A Top 10 three-point shooter for his first three seasons in the NBA, Anthony Morrow bounced back last year after a couple of down seasons to shoot at 45.1% and rank fourth from downtown. Morrow this offseason shifted from the Pelicans to the Thunder.

7.Marco Bellinelli (San Antonio Spurs)
Lethal Italian shooter Marco Bellinelli enters the 2014-15 season off a career-best three-point shooting season where he shot at 43% and finished seventh in the NBA from long range.

6.Ray Allen (Free Agent)
The greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, Ray Allen has drained more long balls in his decorated 19-year career than any other player, shooting at a better clip than anybody else in the top eight. He is likely to sign with Cleveland before the season starts.

NBA Futures

5.Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Clippers)
Underrated Clippers signing Jordan Farmer has made his living on the long ball, finishing top 10 in two of the last three years, shooting 43.8% from downtown with the Lakers last season.

4.Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs)
Spurs marksman Danny Green has been lethal with the three ball over the last three seasons, shooting at over 41% each year and finishing top 15 in each year.

3.Jose Calderon (New York Knicks)
Newly acquired Knicks point guard Jose Calderon ranked fifth in three-point shooting last season, a year after leading the NBA in the long ball.

2.Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)
One of the best pure shooters in the NBA, Steph Curry is coming off his worst three-point shooting year – where he ranked 10th, hitting them at 42.4%. Curry has finished Top 10 in three-point shooting in all five of his seasons in the League.

1.Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)
Atlanta wingman Kyle Korver led the NBA in field goal percentage last year, draining 185 long-balls at an incredible 47.2%. He has finished top 10 in three-point shooting the last three seasons and in four of the last five years.

NBA Futures

Racing Tip Sheet For Mornington

Oracle’s Tips for Mornington 

Race 1 – No.10 Upham

Race 2 – No.1 Corcovado

Race 3 – No.6 Distraught

Race 4 – No.1 Artie’s Gold

Race 5 – No.4 She’s Pretentious

Race 6 – No.11 Kazemi

Race 7 – No.3 Huncha Duncha

Race 8 – No.4 Rusty Ruler

Best Bet – Artie’s Gold

Sportingbet Cox Plate Market

LATEST MARKET FOR THE SPORTINGBET COX PLATE

Please find below Sportingbet’s latest market for Saturday’s Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, following this morning’s final field and barrier draw.

Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate

Odds from Sportingbet.com.au

Fawkner $4 (was $4.20

Adelaide $5.50 (was $5)

Sacred Falls $6.50 (was $5)

Criterion $8 (was $8.50)

Happy Trails $10 (was $10)

Silent Achiever $13 (was $11)

Royal Descent $13 (was $11)

The Cleaner $15 (was $12)

Foreteller $17 (was $19)

Side Glance $26 (was $26)

Almalad $41 (was $31)

Wandjina $41 (was $34)

Sweynesse $51 (was $41)

Guest Of Honour $51 (was $41)

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Tuesday October 21

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

1) Over 22 (Total Game Score)

Simone Bolelli vs Rafael Nadal (3:40 AM AEDT)

Nadal has won each of the three match ups between these two but two of those matches have gone over, stretching into a 3rd set. Nadal is coming off a first round loss at the Shanghai Masters and is battling injury.  He should win but it will be a stretch.

3) David Goffin 2-1 Sets

David Goffin vs Dominic Thiem (5:10 AM AEDT)

David Goffin comes here after taking out the Metz and the Mons Challenger and is a rightful favourite here.  He has also won all three games played between these two.  Thiem is coming off two tough loses, one that went to three sets in Vienna, while he was bundled out by Novak Djokovic at Shanghai.  Recently he has taken sets of Gilles Simon and Thomas Berdych and the last meeting between these two went to a third.

3) Draw

West Brom vs Man Utd (6:00 AM AEDT)

 The Baggies have only lost one of their five home games this season in all competitions and United are without a win in their past five away league games – their worst run since 2001.  It’s been a stage of rebuilding for Manchester lately but this is one game where a slip up is definitely possible.

4) Steelers -3.5

Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers (11:30 AM AEDT)

The Steelers were blown off the park by their divisional rivals Cleveland last start and will be looking to bounce back when the Texans come to town.The Texans have been playing some good football but still have issues with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is clearly not the answer.Both teams can run the ball and the battle between Le’Veon Bell and Arian Foster could go a long way to deciding this clash.Expecting a bounce back performance from Big Ben and his Steelers. Take them at the line.

5) Chicago Bulls

Charlotte Hornets @ Chicago Bulls  (11:05 AM AEDT)

The Bulls put out a good showing when these teams faced off earlier in the week, holding a strong lead into the half.  They can back up and look a better play here with superior depth.

6) Sydney FC

Sydney FC vs Adelaide United (7:30 PM AEDT)

Adelaide United are running low on troops and will not be able to call on their young squad who have made appearances for Adelaide City earlier in the tournament.  Sydney FC should be running on a high after their win in the Derby and could welcome back Shane Smeltz for this game.

 

 

 

 

NBA Top 10: Shot Blockers

 

In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 11 days to go, we look at the Top 10 shot blockers in the League.

10.Pau Gasol
New Bulls big man Pau Gasol joins Chicago averaging 1.6 blocks per game over the course of his decorated career. He ranked 11th in the NBA in 2013-14.

9.John Henson
Second-year Milwaukee Buck John Henson emerged as one of the top shot blockers in the NBA last year, averaging 1.7 blocks per game in just 26.5 minutes.

8.Joakim Noah
Chicago Bulls centre Joakim Noah averages only 1.5 career blocks per game but the fierceness of his defence and his ability to get a key block has been central to the success of the Bulls in recent years.

7.Andrew Bogut
Oft-injured Australian big man Andrew Bogut has seen his blocks per game drop with his minutes in Golden State but his final three seasons with Milwaukee saw him average over two blocks per game while he finished sixth in blocks last year.

6.Dwight Howard
With 2.2 blocks a game over the course of his decade-long career, Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard ranks 20th on the all-time list of blocked shots. His 1.8 blocks per game last season was his lowest number since 2005-06.

NBA Rim Protector Odds

5.Roy Hibbert
At 7 foot 2 inches Hibbert is a mighty anchor in the middle of arguably the best defensive team in the NBA in the Indiana Pacers. Hibbert was one of four players to average more than two blocks a game last year and has achieved the feat for three straight seasons despite averaging less than 30 minutes per game over that time.

4.Tim Duncan
‘The Big Fundamental’ Tim Duncan sits seventh all-time in blocks, averaging 2.2 per game, and ranked fifth in 2013-14 at the age of 38. Duncan has long been the heart of the Spurs’ rabid defence.

3.DeAndre Jordan
Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan is part of a formidable one-two defensive punch with Blake Griffin. Girffin gets the headlines but Jordan is the better shot blocker, ranking third last season with 2.5 per game.

2.Serge Ibaka
Ranking eighth all-time with 2.6 blocks per game, Oklahoma City big man Serge Ibaka is a defensive force whose star sometimes goes unnoticed in a team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

1.Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis led the NBA in blocks with 2.8 per game in just his second year in the League. His average of 2.3 blocks per game has him tied for 15th all-time with Shaquille O’Neal.

 NBA Rim Protector Odds

UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 (Wednesday)

UCL BIG GUNS TRACKER The Champions League is back and the clash between Roma and Bayern Munich will have an enormous bearing on Group E. Man City travel to Moscow while Barcelona and Chelsea should be able to grab maximum …

The Oracle’s Geelong and Randwick Racing Guide

The Sportingbet Oracle’s Geelong and Randwick Racing Guide. Good Thing Race 6 Geelong – No.4 Preferment The VRC Derby appears to be the target for the three-year-old colt trained by Chris Waller and with those aspirations, he should be taking …

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Wednesday October 22

The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport. 1) Roma Or Draw (Double Chance) UEFA Champions League – Roma vs Bayern Munich (5:45 AM AEDT) Things are getting very …

FFA Cup: Sydney FC v Adelaide United

A-League Giants Clash in FFA Cup Quarter Finals Sydney FC and Adelaide United have both got off to flying starts in the A-League and are coming off emotion-charged matches over the weekend. Sydney FC made a remarkable comeback against cross …

Racing Tip Sheet For Muswellbrook

Oracle’s Tips for Muswellbrook Race 1 – No.1 Space Invader Race 2 – No.3 Star Of Legs Race 3 – No.5 Tamburello Race 4 – No.1 Mercurian Race 5 – No.8 Lady Moura Race 6 – No.1 Ice Chiller Race 7 – No.1 Pitt Street Race 8 …

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