US Open Tennis – Aussie Assault (Day 4 Preview)

After a terrible run yesterday our top players look to put the Aussie Assault back on track. With Kyrgios, Stosur and Dellacqua all starting strong favourites we are sure to get our fair share of Aussies into the 3rd round!

US Open Betting

Nick Kyrgios v Andreas Seppi 
Has the power to blow Seppi off the court. May be tired after playing double with Tomic and is sure to have a lapse at some point. Will reload the guns and take down Seppi in four.
Recommended Bet 4 set match ($2.46)

Samantha Stosur [24] v Kaia Kanepi
Stosur didn’t serve a single double fault in her opening match and that is a great indicator of her form and confidence. When Sam is confidence she wins, and wins quite comfortably.
Recommended Bet Total – Under 20.5 games ($1.87)

Casey Dellacqua [29] v Qiang Wang

Casey’s will start a strong favourite in this match but her opponent Qiang Wang is coming off a title win in a second tier event and hitting the ball very cleanly. Casey is the better match player and when they get into pressure situations it will be the Aussie who comes out on top!
Recommended Bet Total Games: Over 20.5 ($1.87)

Mathew Ebden v Leonardo Mayer [23]

Mayer is a clean ball striker coming from a clay court background. Matt will have his work cut out for him if he leaves his rally shots short. This will be a sea-sawing affair.
Recommended Bet Totals games – over 38 ($1.87)

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Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Saturday August 30

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

1) Burning Passion

Rosehill Race 1 (12:40 PM AEST)

He’s racing very well at present and the heavy track won’t be a problem after his last start victory at Canterbury with the sting out of the ground. Strong formlines around Diamond Valores. Big contender in the opener.

2) Lorna May

Caulfield Race 2 (1:00 PM AEST)

Ran second to the smart Rock Sturdy last start and is a strong chance if the track is not rain-affected. She’s been placed twice second-up but there’s no reason she can’t go one better and record the second win of her career.

3) Fremantle 1-39

Fremantle vs Port Adelaide (3:10 PM AEST)

This shapes up as a big game with the winner finishing fourth. Freo’s midfield is back in town along with Walters and Ballantyne and they should win at home. They won’t have it all their own way, Port are up and running and are on the charge. Freo to win in a close one. 

4) Boban

Caulfield Race 8 (4:40 PM AEST)

He produced an encouraging first-up performance in the Group 2 Missile Stakes. Was hitting the line strongly and will appreciate the step up to the 1400m. Definite winning hope.

5) Roosters 1-12

Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm (7:30 PM AEST)

Are the Roosters of 2013 back? They’re starting to score points and bringing back the toughness to their defence. You can never write off a Storm side with Slater, Cronk and Smth but liking the Roosters at home in a tight contest as they push for the minor premiership.

6) Manchester United

Burnley vs Manchester United (9:45 PM AEST)

It hasn’t been a happy start to the season for Man Utd or new coach Louis van Gaal. They’ve lost to Swansea and MK Dons, and drew with Sunderland to begin the season behind the eight ball. The Red Devils face a tricky trip to Burnley but we’re predicting they’ll galvanise and put in a big effort against The Clarets.

NFL Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know!

The NFL season kick off on Friday September 5 at 10:30am (AEST) when the Green Bay Packers take on the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Sportingbet will be running a series of Top 10′s to get you pumped up for what is set to be another massive season of American Football.

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We kick it off with the Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know about the NFL.

10. No Tapes of Super Bowl I: There are no TV broadcast tapes of the first ever Super Bowl as NBC and CBS are said to have taped over the film.

9. TV Deal Worth US$5 Billion Per Season: The new TV deal that will run from 2014-2021 (8 years) is worth a total of US$39.6 Billion. That’s $5 billion a season!

8. NFL has a 53 Man Roster: The NFL uses a 53 man roster:

  • 2 quarterbacks
  • 4 running backs
  • 6 wide receivers
  • 3 tight ends
  • 9 offensive linemen
  • 9 defensive linemen
  • 7 linebackers
  • 10 defensive backs
  • 1 kicker
  • 1 long snapper
  • 1 punter

 

 

7. Every Football Made in Tiny Town: Every single NFL football is made in a Wilson factory in the village of Ada, Ohio. The population is only 6,000.

6. Dallas Cowboys Don’t Play in Dallas: The Dallas Cowboys haven’t played in Dallas since 1971. The Cowboys stadium is located in Arlington, Texas.

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5. Logo on Helmets: The St. Louis Rams were the first NFL team to use their logo on their helmets.

4. Green Bay Packers Publicly Owned: The Green Bay Packers are a publicly owned corporation. They are the only team in the NFL to have this status. So much for the Dallas Cowboys being America’s team!

3. Minimum Wage is $420,000: The league minimum wage for a rookie is $420,000, and yes, that American dollars!

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2. Players go Bankupt! A massive 78% of NFL players are bankrupt just two years after finishing their careers. They should stop ‘poppin bottles’!

1. NFL Pays NO TAX!!! The NFL is considered a non-profit organisation and thus is tax exempt.

Stay tuned as tomorrow the cash keeps flying when we look at the Top 10 highest paid players in the NFL.

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Billy Brownless’ AFL Round 23 Preview

Billy Brownless has been hard at work for Sportingbet and has done all the form for the week’s AFL. Check out our Round 23 preview and get on Billy’s recommended bet in every game this weekend!

 


 

Collingwood Magpies vs Hawthorn Hawks

Friday 29th August, 7:50pm AEST

MCG

The last chance for Collingwood to play finals footy and they’ll need to pull off one of the upsets of the year.  For Hawthorn, a win here will confirm a second place finish for the club.

The Pies, will be relying on other results to go their way, but look for them to put their best foot forward.  Hawthorn have had the edge on Collingwood, racking up 30+ point wins in each of their last 6 matches.

Collingwood fell in against the Giants last week, which caps off three weeks of lean form for the biggest club in Australia.  With injuries to key pieces, Brent Macaffer and Clinton Young as well as the elusive Dane Swan, this might be one battle too many for the black and white.

 

Brownless Says: If you can walk into Westpac Centre this week you will get a game! Collingwood have 16 players on their injury list and they can start planning Mad Monday after the Hawks belt them by 10 goals.

Recommended Bet: Hawthorn Wins Match By 60 Points or More – 10 Goal Hiding ($2.40)

 


 

Carlton Blues vs Essendon Bombers

Saturday 30th August, 1:45pm AEST

MCG

Essendon are one game clear of the scrap for eighth, but will want to tack one last win on before attacking September.  Carlton have been due for a let down after playing some outstanding football since being mathematically ruled out, and they didn’t disappoint, going down by 103 points to the Power last week.

This looks a tough outing for the Blues with the Dons picking up the up the last 3 matches against them.  Carlton have also struggled at the MCG this year, winning only one of their six games at the venue.

Despite being subbed off with concussion last week, Carlton captain Marc Murphy is confident he will play, while Brock McLean looks to be a positive inclusion for the Blues.  In good news for the Bombers (and a few Brownlow punters!) Dyson Heppell is expected to be fit after injuring his hand at training.

Brownless Says: What happened to Carlton last week? Again injuries have wrecked there year and they don’t look like doing more than showing up at this one. Nothing too special in this one, Essendon to win by 4 goals.

Recommended Bet: Essendon -17.5 ($1.91)

 


 

Fremantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide Power.

Saturday 30th August, 1:10pm AEST

Patersons Stadium

Two teams that have found form at the right time of year and a match up that couldn’t mean more.  In the current finals system, there is a massive difference between 4th and 5th and this match will determine who finishes where.

After a lean trot, the Power got their mojo back at home with a 103-point thumping of the Blues.  They’ll be highly unlikely to do the same in this game, with the Dockers winning 22 of their last 24 games at home, while only giving up an average of 64 points a game.  All that aside, in their last game in Round 8 this year, it was Port Adelaide who came out 3 goal winners.

With no outstanding injuries, look for Ken Hinkley to keep the same line up that dismantled Carlton least week, while for the Dockers, last week’s late withdrawal, Matthew Pavlich will have to pass a fitness test to get a jersey this week.

 

Brownless Says: Great game, whoever wins here finishes 4th. Freo’s midfield is back in town along with Walters and Ballantyne and should win at home. Though they won’t have it all their own way, Port are up and running and are on the charge. Freo to win at home.

Recommended Bet: Fremantle 1-39 ($2.05)

 


 

Sydney Swans vs Richmond Tigers

Saturday 30th August, 4:40pm AEST

ANZ Stadium

These two teams have been flying in the second half of the season so neither team will be looking for a speed bump for their matches to come.  For the Tigers, they’ll need a win here to complete a fairytale run to the finals, while the Swans, have been the best team all year and have already secured their best home-and-away record ever (17 wins), with one game to play.

The Swans have won the last two match ups against the Tigers and have a commanding edge in recent history with an 11-3 winning record against Richmond since 2006.  In their last outing earlier this year, it was a tough, low-scoring game with Lance Franklin’s four goals pushing the Swans over the line.

Richmond will look to bring back some ‘x-factor’ to its lineup for this game, with Dustin Martin and Ty Vickery set to return from injury and suspension respectively.  The Swans have been spoiled at the selection table all year and have some decisions to make with regular starters, Josh Kennedy, Ben McGlynn, Craig Bird and Sam Reid, all likely to put their hand up for a game this week.

 

Brownless Says: If the Tigers win they play finals! Who would have thought when they were 16th earlier this year, sitting on 3 wins and 10 losses. Unfortunately, it will be the one that got away as the Richmond Express will run into the Sydney Swans brick wall.  Swans in a close one, 3 goals.

Recommended Bet: Richmond +22.5 ($1.91)

 


 

North Melbourne Kanagroos vs Melbourne Demons

Saturday 30th August, 7:40pm AEST

Etihad Stadium

North will come into this one with little to play for, but will look to continue their 3-game winning stretch into September.  The Demons put the cue in the rack long ago and need an off season.  They’ll be looking to avoid another loss here which will end their season on a 10-match losing streak.

With a strong win against the Crows last week, the Roos have 6th spot all but sewn up going into this match.  Daniel Wells will come back from his one-week suspension for this game and will be looking to get some touch and fitness.

For the Demons, Paul Roos looks likely to wield the axe during the off season, so many players will be having their last audition for a job in this match.  Defender, Colin Garland is likely to miss with a bone-bruising injury.

Brownless Says: North are playing finals and Melbourne are not. There are plenty of reasons why. North by 60 plus.

Recommended Bet: North Melbourne Wins Match By 60 Points or More – 10 Goal Hiding ($2.80)

 


 

Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions

Saturday 30th August, 7:40pm AEST

Simonds Stadium

The streaking Brisbane Lions, fell back down to earth when they ran into the Fremantle Dockers last week.  The Cats also had a let down last week, without trying to play their best footy against the Hawks, so look for them to tune up for this match.

Simonds Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Cats, their last win at the venue coming in 2003. In 2013, the teams had two games for the ages, with the Lion’s Ash McGrath kicking an after-the-siren goal to steal the win for Brisbane in Round 13, while the Cats got their revenge in the last round with a one point win.

Lion’s coach Justin Leppitsch will look to continue his youth experiment and is unlikely to change the side.  For the Cats, Steve Johnson is unlikely to be rushed back for this contest, while young gun, George Horlin-Smith is more likely to play.

Brownless Says: Last week, the Cats looked so good for half a game then stopped to a halt, so hard to pick that form.  You wouldn’t have thought it, but this was a close game last year! Geelong to win but take Brisbane at the line. CARN THE CATS!

Recommended Bet: Brisbane +41.5 ($1.91)

 


 

Gold Coast Suns vs West Coast Eagles

Sunday 31st August, 1:10pm AEST

Metricon Stadium

If Collingwood and Richmond get knocked over before this game, the West Coast Eagles have a chance to move from 12th to 8th in the space of two weeks.  The Gold Cast have watched their season slip out of their hands falling down to 12th after holding a spot inside the top 4 for part of the year.

West Coast have done the job in the only four match ups between the clubs to date, but the Suns have got closer on each attempt, losing by only 3-points when they met earlier this year.  Over those four matches, the Eagles have averaged over 120 points, so expect a high scoring affair.

Gold Coast coach, Guy McKenna has stated that he will not be trying to blood new players, promising to play the best 22 this weekend.  Sam May looks likely to return for the Suns, providing a big target.  For the Eagles, Scott Selwood , Elliot Yeo and Xavier Ellis are all in the conversation to come back in, while Nic Naitanui will be a certain starter after pulling out late last week.

Brownless Says: If it all falls the Eagles way they need to win this to play finals.  The Suns haven’t showed much in recent outings so West Coast should win regardless.

Recommended Bet: West Coast 1-39 ($2.15)

 


 

Adelaide Crows vs St Kilda Saints

Sunday 31st August, 3:20pm AEST

AdelaideStadium

Adelaide can still fall into the 8 despite their up-and-down form for the majority of the season.  After giving up a real winning opportunity last week, expect their best efforts this week.  The Saints are looking to put this season behind them and say farewell to Lenny Hayes.

The Crows have won the last 3 matches between the clubs, stretching the margin of victory each match, up to an 86-point win earlier this season.  The Saints gave Richmond their best last week and still fell short.  Their is definite class lacking from this St Kilda squad.

Despite clearly injured, Lenny Hayes will lace up the boots one last time for the Saints, though they’ll need to find cover for Sam Gilbert who suffered an ankle injury against Richmond.  For the Crows, impressive form from Brent Reilly, Lewis Johnston, Matt Crouch and Sam Kerridge in the reserves will push their claims.

 

Brownless Says: Again, pretty simple one. Adelaide to win easy to finish off a terrible year for the Saints. Crows by 60+

Recommended Bet: Adelaide -60.5 ($2.10)

 


 

Western Bulldogs vs Greater Western Sydney Giants

Sunday 24th August, 4:40pm AEST

MCG

The last game of the home-and-away season, and unfortunately, the AFL’s new flexible scheduling means we weren’t left a treat for the very end.  Despite being only two wins ahead of the Giants, the Bulldogs will come into this match as a pronounced favourite.

In their only three previous encounters, the Bulldogs have run out winners, including a 27-point win in Round 4 this year.  The Giants are also yet to get a win at Etihad, with an average losing margin of 70 points.

For the Giants, O’Rourke and Davis are unlikely to play but there should be plenty of talent to pick from with the Giants Reserves winning the minor premiership this week.  The Western Bulldogs have stated that retiring champ, Daniel Giansiracusa, will not be donning the green vest this week.

Brownless Says: The young Giants have run out of legs again and have shut up shop for the year.  A lot of potential in this Bulldogs side for next year, they’ll be one to watch. The Dogs will win this and finish with 8 wins for the year.

Recommended Bet: Bulldogs 1-39 ($2.20)

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BILLY’S BEST BET: BRISBANE LIONS+41.5 ($1.91)

US Open Tennis – Aussie Assault (Day 3 Review)

It was a tough day in The Big Apple as the Aussie’s struggled across the board. The only winners were the double’s duo of Guccione and Groth. The newly formed partnership of Kyrgios and Tomic came up short at the first hurdle after winning the first set. Let’s hope tomorrow we can get the Aussie assault back on track!

Tomas Berdych def Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 6-3
Hopes were high for Lleyton Hewitt as he came up against an out of form Tomas Berdych. The giant Czech looked far from it though in a dominating display blowing Lleyton off the court. Hewitt battled bravely but his serve let him down. He was successful when he pushed forward to the net but Berdych simply didn’t allow him to get there by pinning him deep with some huge groundstrokes. The Aussie looked dejected after the match and the end of his career is definitely fast approaching.

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Lopez/Granollers def Kyrgios/Tomic  7-6 5-7 6-4
The big serving was on display in the opening said but the boys faded as the match went on as Lopez and Granollers made light work of their weak second serves. They on’t have much time to recover either as they both play their second round single’s matches tomorrow. Tomic takes on Ferrer while Kyrgios face off against Andreas Seppi.

Nick Kyrgios v Andreas Seppi

Bernard Tomic v David Ferrer

Groth/Guccione def J.Marray/Muller 6-4 3-6 7-6
The big serving Aussie duo were our saving grace on Day 3 and the only Aussie’s to taste success. The two will be a force to be reckoned with in the double’s as they are well accustomed to the fast surface and can serve anyone off the court, literally!

Sam Groth v Roger Federer Odds

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Sara Errani def Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 7-6
Anastasia played was terribly unlucky not to force a third set. After being down a break in the second she took the lead before making a few to many errors in the breaker. Errani was too consistent but is sure to get trounced in the next round against red hot favourite Serena Williams.

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Friday August 29

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

1) Texas Rangers (N Tepesch)

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros (10:10 AM AEST)

Texas’ Nick Tepesch is 2-0 in three career starts against the Astros and before having a complete meltdown last start against the Royals, Tepesch had posted 3 straight solid outings against the Angels, Rays and White Sox. The Rangers will come into this one fresh off a 12-run outing against the Mariners, where Leonys Martin posted a 3 hit, 3 RBI, 2 run outing from the lead off position. Both pitchers in this matchup haven’t shown much during the course of the year, but the Rangers batting should be too good here.

2) Seattle Seahawks -5.5

Oakland Raiders vs Seattle Seahawks (12:00 PM AEST)

It’s the final preseason game in the NFL and the last chance for players to push their claims for a starting spot. The Seahawks thumped the Bears last week and should have no problem dispatching the Raiders. Not sure how much time the 1st team will get but while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is out there the damage will be done. Can

3) Can’t Refuse

Geelong Race 6 (4:10 PM AEST)

He is looking to make it three wins in a row and there is no reason to say he can’t. Steps up to the 2200m which will suit, loves the track and will be flying late. Ticks plenty of boxes.

4) Running Bull

Geelong Race 7 (4:50 PM AEST)

Will appreciate the drop back in distance and has strong formlines around the smart Yesterday’s Songs. Luke Nolen jumps on. Plenty of positives about his chances.

5) Brisbane Broncos 1-12

Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons (7:45 PM AEST)

It’s a do or die clash between the Broncos and Dragons and Paul McGregor’s men can expect a hostile reception at Suncorp Stadium. There should be a finals-like atmosphere and we’re expecting the home side to lift in a tight one. Watch for Justin Hodges to have another big game from the fullback position.

6) Hawthorn wins match by 60 points or more (10 Goal Hiding)

Collingwood vs Hawthorn (7:50 PM AEST)

Collingwood have 16 players in their casualty ward and will be facing an uphill battle against the rampant Hawks. The Pies can start planning for Mad Monday after the Hawks belt them by 10 goals+

 

Kyly Clarke favourite to win 2014 Dancing With The Stars

Kyly Clarke has been installed the early favourite to win Channel Seven’s 2014 version of its hit reality series Dancing With The Stars.

Online bookie Sportingbet.com.au makes the 33-year-old wife of Australia’s cricket captain Michael Clarke a $3.50 favourite in front of singer Ricki-Lee ($5) and Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan ($7.50).

“Kyly did some tap, jazz and ballet when she was younger so we’re expecting to be bowled over by her ballroom moves,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“Ricki-Lee is the main danger as she’s already shown she can bust a move in her film clips.”

“Eamon may struggle a little but he’s bound to attract plenty of public support and could grow with confidence if he survives the first few weeks.”

Others towards the top of Sportingbet’s market include Olympic snowboarder Torah Bright ($10), model Ashley Hart ($10) and former NRL star Matt Cooper ($12).


Thoughts from the Trading Floor: 2014 Dancing With The Stars Winner

Kyly Clarke ($3.50) Arguably the most important mare in Australia, she was an easy top pick for this event. Formerly racing under the name Kyly Boldy, she will be remembered by the punters for her unforgettable 2003 campaign, where she had wins in the Miss Adrenalin Sports Model of the Year Plate, the Miss Hawaiian Island Stakes, the FHM Miss Snow Bunny Cup and the Miss Manly Sea Eagle Memorial.


Ricki Lee Coulter ($5) An impressive 7th on debut in the 2003 Australian Idol Handicap, this 28-year-old has proven form in the entertainment game.  Not her first time round, she’s improved greatly since leaving the Young Divas stable.


Eamon Sullivan ($7.50) Don’t go to sleep on this bad boy, has form in these events having taken out the Celebrity Masterchef Plate in 2009. This bolter will love the wet so look for him to stay on top of the slop!


April Rose Pengilly ($8) A lively 26-year-old filly, out of the successfully Pengilly lineage, this one has the bloodlines to do damage.  Will be many of the punters’ best of the yard, the young model knows how to parade.


Lynne McGranger ($8) A tricky campaigner, she brings the class and experience to this field.  An absolute workhorse, has not spelled for over 21-years, appearing 5 days a week at the Home and Away circuit. Look for her to come out the winner in any photo finish, the Dancing with the Stars track usually favours runners from the local Channel 7 stable.


All Other Runners $10+
Click here for Sportingbet’s full 2014 Dancing With The Stars market.

The Big Marn’s NRL Round 25 Preview

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Thursday 28th August, 7:45pm AEST

ANZ Stadium

The race to the finals is starting to heat up and a loss by the Bulldogs could see them slip out of the Top 8.

Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds has been named but could be a late withdrawal with injury. Despite that, the Bunnies will be dirty about losing to the Cowboys last week and GI and co. could be in for a big night.

Dogs just aren’t going well enough and expect to see a fired up Bunnies outfit put them to the sword.

Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes

Big Marn Says:  Rabbits to bounce back big time. They now have speed out wide which is something the Dogs lack.

Recommended Bet: Souths 13+ ($2.40)

 


Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Friday 29th August, 7:45pm AEST

Suncorp Stadium

It’s a do or die clash with the loser saying goodbye for 2014.

The move of Justin Hodges to fullback and the form of Ben Barba has started to kick the Broncos into gear.

A big crowd should turn up at Suncorp Stadium to get the Broncos home and there is some uncertainty around the Dragons with injury clouds over Marshall and Dugan.

Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes

Big Marn Says: Broncos to win. Were impressive last week and the loser is gone for 2014. Dragons appear to have some injury problems.

Recommended Bet: Brisbane -6.5 ($1.91)

 


Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels

Saturday 30th August, 3:00pm AEST

Hunter Stadium

This is shaping up as a massive danger game for the Eels and with good reason.

The Knights have been a different side at home recently and will be keen to put an end to the Eels finals aspirations.

Going to need a big effort from the Hayne Plane and his Eels but the Novocastrians are a proud bunch and an upset is on the cards.

Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes

Big Marn Says: Knights have been very hard to beat at home and will be keen to knock the Eels off their perch.

Recommended Bet: Newcastle +4 ($1.91)

 


Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers

Saturday 30th August, 5:30pm AEST

GIO Stadium

Here is a case of two sides who can’t wait until the end of 2014 but we still need to find a winner.

The Raiders looked a lot sharper last week when Cornish played in the halves and McCrone moved to hooker.

The Tigers are shot ducks and struggling to get troops on the field. Look for the Raiders to put on a big score and Jarrod Croker to add to his point scoring and try scoring tally.

Major Outs from Rd 24:  Wests – Luke Brooks (Hamstring)

Big Marn Says: Raiders look good things here. They looked better last week when McCrone went to hooker.

Recommended Bet: Canberra 13+ ($2.45)

 


Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm

Saturday 30th August, 7:30pm AEST

Allianz Stadium

This should be an absolute beauty and arguably the game of the round.

Have been waiting all year for the Roosters to show the form that won them the competition last year and they look like they’re finally back!

The Storm won’t have enough points in them to trouble a Roosters side who is scoring points at will and brought back their iron defence.

 Major Outs from Rd 24:

Big Marn Says: Roosters are back. They will continue on here and win convincingly.

Recommended Bet: Sydney -4 ($1.91)

 


New Zealand Warriors vs Gold Coast Titans

Sunday 31st August, 2:00pm AEST

Mt Smart Stadium

It’s now or never for the Warriors if they want to play in the finals this year.

Both of these sides were thumped last week but it should be the Warriors bouncing back with more on the line and playing in front of their home fans.

The Titans will have a dig but just don’t have the troops or points in them to trouble the Warriors.

Major Outs from Rd 24:  New Zealand – David Fusitua (Shoulder) Feleti Mateo (VB NSW Cup)

Big Marn Says: The Warriors must win this. Titans were smashed last week by the Dragons and the Warriors should win.

Recommended Bet: New Zealand 1-12 ($3.25)

 


Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers

Sunday 31st August, 3:00pm AEST

Brookvale Oval

Manly have been the forgotten side over the past month despite their position on the ladder.

They enjoy playing at Brookie and will want to make a statement against the Panthers in the lead up to the finals.

Plenty of punters have written off the Panthers and they’ve made them eat humble pie. They’ll put up a fight but the Sea Eagles have too much class and should run away with this late.

 

Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes

Big Marn Says: Manly will win this at Brookie. The Panthers are brave but too much backline class in the Manly outfit. 

Recommended Bet: Manly -12 ($1.91)

 


North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks

Monday 1st September, 7:00pm AEST

1300Smiles Stadium

This could get very ugly, very quickly for the Sharks.

No disrespect to the Sharks but the side they’re sending up to the Townsville won’t be up to it which is highlighted by the massive start the Cowboys are giving away.

JT and the Cowboys to have a night out on Monday and it’ll be a long trip back to Sydney for the wooden spooners.

 Major Outs from Rd 24: Cronulla – Jonathan Wright (Suspension), Fa’amanu Brown (Knee)

Big Marn Says: Cowboys look certainties. The poor old Sharkies can’t wait to be sunning themselves on Waikiki Beach mid September.

Recommended Bet: North Queensland -30.5 ($1.91)

Divan firms and drifts for spring features

Exciting three-year-old Divan’s impressive win at Sportingbet Park today resulted in online bookie Sportingbet.com.au trimming the Zabeel colt’s odds for two upcoming feature races but not all of his potential spring assignments.

Divan firmed from $26 to $13 third favouritism for the BECK Caulfield Guineas and from $19 to $12 for the Caulfield Classic.

However Sportingbet pushed out the price for Divan to win the Sportingbet Cox Plate from $31 to $51.

“We were probably a touch skinny at $31 for the Cox Plate and based on that performance we’re now happy to lay him at $51,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“It’s much tougher giving good horses a start at Moonee Valley as opposed to maidens at Sportingbet Park.”

For Sportingbet’s latest racing futures visit https://www.sportingbet.com.au/horse-racing-features

2014 BECK Caulfield Guineas

Sportingbet.com.au market

Almalad $9

Brazen Beau $11

Divan $13

Sarajevo $13

Nostradamus $14

Better Land $14

Get The Nod $14

Chivalry $16

Washington Heights $17

Rich Enuff $21

Ghibellines $21

Otherse $23+

US Open Tennis – Aussie Assault (Day 3 Preview)

Day three sees the conclusion of first round matches and Australia’s own Lleyton Hewitt will be on centre court in the match of the day against Tomas Berdych. Anastasia Rodionova takes on Sara Errani in a second round match while there are plenty Aussies involved in double’s action including the newly formed team of Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

 

Lleyton Hewitt v Tomas Berdych [6]

The tough draws continue for the Aussie’s. Matosevic had Federer now Lleyton faces Berdych. If he can grind out a win he will steal the easy draw and make a deep run. One thing we know is that Hewitt will fight to the end!

Anastasia Rodionova v Sara Errani [13]

After a fantastic come from behind win in the first round Anastasia will have her hands full against Errani. One positive for Anastasia is that she has the power necessary to beat the Italian but she will have to keep the unforced errors count to a minimum.

 

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic v Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez

The Aussie Assault goes tag team when out young guns team up to take on the Spaniards. Expect the unexpected in this one! Big serving, screaming, point penalties… Anything can happen. A must see!

 

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