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:
Don’t forget forget to check out our EPL Big Guns Tracker!
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!
With the kick off to the NFL season just over a week away we continue out Top 10 countdown. Yesterday we had a look at the ‘Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know’ about the NFL but today we turn our attention to the top money earners as we reveal the Top 10 Highest Paid Players in the NFL and the amount they make each season.
In Australia sport our top players are said to be on pretty good coin. Rugby League’s Johnathon Thurston is on $1 million a season, while Gary Ablett Junior of the AFL and Rugby’s Israel Folau are on similar amounts.
Let’s just say that the top dogs in the NFL are on just a little bit more. All of the men in the top 10 bar Calvin Johnson are quarterbacks. They are the men in control and the man you receive all the glory for victory and the loads of criticism that come with defeat. So let’s quarterback this thing and start the countdown!
10. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions): US$17.7 million
9. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys): US$ 18 million
8. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears): US$ 18.1 million
7. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions): US$ 18.8 million
6. Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers): US$ 19 million
5. Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos): US$ 19.2 million
4. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): US$ 20 million
3. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens): US$ 20.1 million
2. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): US$ 20.8 million
1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): US$ 22 million
There you have it people. Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers makes just enough to crush us with his wallet!
Tomorrow we look at the Top 10 Best Quarterbacks. You will surprised to see that many of these names don’t make the list!
Chelsea again showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season while Man City flexed their muscles against Liverpool handing them a post-Suarez reality check. Arsenal made a fantastic comeback against Everton to pinch a draw while the saga that is Man Utd continued to write an unplanned script. On another note, Spurs showed that they may be a top four threat sending a warning out to the Big Guns with a thumping 4-0 win over QPR. Here is this weeks EPL Big Guns Tracker!
Burnley v Man Utd – Sat 9:45pm
Recommended Bet: First half result – DRAW ($2.20)
Predicted Line Ups
Man Utd (3-4-1-2): De Gea; Jones, Evans, Blackett; Young, Fletcher, Clverly, Valencia; Mata; Rooney, Van Persie
Burnley (4-4-1-1): Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Arfield, Marney, Jones, Taylor; Ings; Jutkiewicz
Head to Head: Played 3
Man Utd: 3-0
Man Utd: 2-0
In what has been another huge week for the Red Devils they could manage only a draw at Sunderland, got knocked out of the League Cup by MK Dons and spent over AUD$100 million to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid. All that and still no win! There is question whether Di Maria will get the start this week and he is likely to make his first appearance off the bench. If Van Gaal is to play Mata, Di Maria, Rooney and Van Persie there may be a shift to a 4-3-3 system. This will be pleasant news to United fans as they have clearly struggled defensively, conceding in both games this season.
Newly promoted Burnley may not have picked up a point but there have been good signs for them so far. In their opening home match they entertained Chelsea and showed that they will be very competitive at home. They also put Man Utd’s first game conquerors all the way last week losing by a single goal. Until Man Utd show us otherwise we have to assume that they will continue to struggle!
Man City v Stoke – Sat Midnight
Recommended Bet: Teams to score – Man City Only ($1.75)
Predicted Line Ups
Man City (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov; Fernando, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri; Jovetic, Dzeko
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Sidwell, Whelan; Odemwingie, N’Zonzi, Arnautovic; Mame Biram Diouf
Head to Head: Last 5
Man City: 1-0
Man City: 1-0
Man City: 3-0
Man City started the season exactly how they finished last, WINNING! Edin Dzeko is in doubt for the clash but after last weeks performance Stevan Jovetic showed that City have more than enough depth up front bagging a double against fellow title rivals Liverpool. This could also mean the first start of the season for Sergio Aguero or a more advanced position up the field for the inspirational Yaya Toure.
On the other side of the fence it has been a disappointing start to the season for Stoke who were fancied to finish well inside the top half of the ladder this season. A loss at home to Aston Villa and a draw at Hull signal a less than impressive start to the season for the Potters. The problem this season will not be in defence for Stoke. They have a very strong backline and substantial depth with usual regular starters Marc Wilson and Geoff Cameron unable to break into the starting XI. They will battle hard against Man City and even though Man City is riding high we are not expecting a blowout in this one.
Everton v Chelsea – Sun 2:30am
Recommended Bet: Total Game Score – Over 2.5 goals ($2.05)
Predicted Line Ups
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Schurrle, Oscar; Diego Costa
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; McGready, Naismith, Mirallas; Lukaku
Head to Head: Last 5
There have been contrasting starts to the season for both these sides. Everton have been in a position to win both their opening matches but conceding late goals in both games and managed only draws. Chelsea on the other hand have been in control and dominant. Cesc Fabregas has slotted right back into the EPL while Diego Costa has made the transition comfortably netting in both matches.
Andre Schurrle and Diego Costa are both in doubt for the clash while Everton striker Romelu Lukaku may also miss out with a toe injury. With this being a marquee match up it is likely that they will all play. Both teams have displayed their attacking ability creating countless goal scoring opportunities in the opening weeks but defensively there have been leaks, especially from the Toffees. Chelsea have also been guilty of complacency and would have conceded multiple times against Leicester last week had it not been for the heroics of Courtois. This one will be full of action and could go either way.
Tottenham v Liverpool – Sun 10:30pm
Recommended Bet: Result – DRAW ($3.40)
Predicted Line Ups
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Moreno, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson; Allen, Gerrard; Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling; Sturridge
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghem, Rose; Capoue, Bentaleb; Eriksen, Lamela, Chadli; Adebayor
Head to Head: Last 5
Tottenham will be full of confidence following a 4-0 win at home over QPR. The same can not be said for Liverpool. They would have had high hopes this season but last week Man City showed that they are not in a position to replicate last seasons run for the title.
In an attempt to replace the loss of Suarez they completed the signing of Mario Balotelli. Liverpool fans are excited about the signing of the Italian and the fact that he is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League (previously played at Man City), is a huge upside. The concern though must be his attitude and application. Like Suarez he is known for grabbing headlines for the wrong reason and this is something manager Brendan Rogers will be hoping he can keep control of.
The newly appointed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with his sides start to the season, especially the expansive and free-flowing attacking football they have played. In addition, they are one of only two teams yet to concede a goal this season. Although they were demolished in both games by Liverpool this year they seem to have found new life under Pochettino. Both sides in this one have more to lose than gain and it could be much lower scoring than expected. Hard to go past the draw.
Leicester v Arsenal – Mon 1:00am
Recommended Bet: Double Chance: Leicester or Draw ($2.00)
Predicted Line Ups
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Szeczhny; Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal; Flamini; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Ozil, Carzola; Sanchez
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel; de Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Knockaert, Hammond, King, Mahrez; Nugent, Ulloa
Head to Head: Last 5
Arsenal scraped into the Champions League following a 1-0 win over Besiktas mid-week. They were forced to play the final 20 minutes with ten men following the sending off to Debuchy. Anyone who saw the game would have noticed that the Gunners were heavily drained, both physically and mentally.
A short turn around and a stash of games in the last two weeks means this will be a tricky tricky game for Arsenal. Leicester have shown plenty of fight in their opening games with a draw against Everton and a good display against Chelsea. They will definitely find the score sheet and with a reshuffled line up for the Gunners, thanks to a long term injury to Giroud, the going will be tough for them in this one.
Don’t be fooled by the name in this one and take the home side in the double chance market.
Head to Head: Last 5
The Rugby League Week Mole gives us all the ins and outs ahead of NRL Round 25.
CRONULLA’s record 30-point start against the Cowboys shapes as the punters’ biggest dilemma coning into this round of footy.
I have spoken to several Sharks players this week and they are filthy – they see the record start as an insult.
And several times this season, the Sharks have produced fine efforts against the odds despite being down on troops.
The Sharks are having a hell of a year missing more than a dozen players, including inspirational skipper Paul Gallen.
They couldn’t have picked a worse time to go to Townsville and Johnathan Thurston must be licking his lips at the prospect of cutting loose against them.
But beware the wounded Shark – they are telling me they will have a real dig and prove the books wrong.
BENJI Marshall has found some good form after a slow start to his Dragons career – but will need to be very careful tonight.
My Broncos spies tell me they are determined to work Marshall over in defence and will aim their big, wide-running forwards straight at him.
Marshall has had problems with his defence over the years and the Broncos are fully aware of this.
With that in mind, a back-rower or centre look good value for first try – and I would also get on the Broncos giving 6.5 start on Sportingbet – they still believe they can make the top eight and know they need to improve their for and against.
They will go out there determined to score a lot of points in their last home game at Suncorp for the year.
My special of the weekend comes in another game with a big start – the Warriors versus Titans.
Sportingbet gives the Titans 15.5 points start and I think the Warriors can overcome this.
The Warriors have their gun players Konrad Hurrell and Sam Tomkins firing – they have scored 11 tries each this year and if the weather is fine, they will cut loose.
The Titans have yet to win under caretaker coach Neil Henry and, talking to a couple of players, they are already thinking about Mad Monday and the off season.
Without key forwards Nate Myles and Greg Bird, they are lambs to the slaughter.
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport for Monday September 1. 1) Arsenal Leicester vs Arsenal (1:00 AM AEST) With Olivier Giroud going down for the Gunners, it …
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 …
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