UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 (Thursday)

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The Thursday morning matches feature both Madrid sides along with English giants Arsenal and Liverpool. Bayern Munich and Chelsea were able to win yesterday but Barcelona suffered a surprise defeat away to PSG. What will the morning’s results bring…

UCL Betting

Atletico Madrid v Juventus - Thur 4:30am AEST Live SBS
Recommended Bet:
Juventus WIN ($3.60)

Predicted Line Ups:
Atletico Madrid: Moyà; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Ansaldi; Koke, Tiago, Mario Suárez, Arda; Raúl García; Mandžukić.

Juventus: Buffon; Cáceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Liechtsteiner, Pogba, Marchisio, Vidal, Evra ; Tévez, Llorente.

Preview: Atletico has a lot going for them. They were finalists in the UCL last year, won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup and they currently sit third in the league, ahead of Real Madrid.

If their is a problem, it is their opponent in this match, Juventus. The Serie A Champions have been in amazing form and are undefeated in their last 15 matches! Even more incredible is the fact that they have kept 12 clean sheets along the way!

After losing on the road to Olympiacos on Matchday 1 Atletico Madrid will be desperate for a result in this one and that may just play into the hands of Juve. Both sides play a controlled tempo so expect a physical battle with very few goals. Juventus to win by a single goal and really put the pressure on Atletico to make it out of the group.

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Arsenal v Galatasaray – Thur 4:30am Live ESPN 2
Recommended Bet: Teams to Score – Arsenal Only ($2.60)

Predicted Line Ups:
Arsenal: Szczęsny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Santi Cazorla, Özil; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sánchez, Welbeck.

Galatasaray:  Muslera; Semih, Melo, Chedjou; Tarık, Selçuk, Sneijder, Dzemaili, Alex Telles; Burak, Olcan.

Preview: Today marks 18 years since Arsene Wenger was appointed as Arsenal manager and a win would be the perfect way to celebrate. Winning is something they have not done well in recent times with only one win out of their last six matches.

Galatasaray have struggled away from home and have earned just a single point from their last 6 away games in the UCL. They have scored only 3 goals along the way which is a huge concern when making such a tough away trip.

Although Arsenal will be without Aaorn Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud, their line up will still boast Ozil, Carzola, Sanchez and Welbeck. The key for the Gunners is in defence where the pillars of Mertesacker and Koscielny will both be starting. After losing to Dortmund this is a must win meaning nothing but a win is acceptable.

UCL Betting

Basel v Liverpool – Thur 4:30am Live ESPN
Recommended Bet: Double Chance – Basel or Draw ($1.70)

Predicted Line Ups:
Basel: Vaclík; Suchý, Schär, Safari, Frei; Elneny, Serey Die, Xhaka; Gashi, Streller, Gonzalez.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Manquillo, Škrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling, Lallana, Coutinho; Balotelli.

Preview: A late winner against Ludogrets means that Liverpool head into this match with minimal pressure. Daniel Sturridge is yet to recover from his injury while Mamadou Sakho has joined him on the sidelines.

The absence of Sakho could be a blessing in disguise as he has out of form and all over the shop at the back. His game has been marred by poor positional play and inaccurate passing. Skrtel and Lovren should prove to be a more solid pairing for Brendan Rodgers but playing on the road in the UCL is tough.

Basel should not be underestimated as they are clear at the top of the Swiss Super League and always play well at home. They have beaten Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United at home in recent years and have scored in 9 out of the last 10 UCL matches at home. The way Liverpool has struggled to score we have to take Basel in the double chance market!

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Other Matches

Zenit St Petersburg v Monaco: Correct Score – Zenit 2-0 ($8.00)
Anderlecht v Dortmund: HT/FT – Draw/Dortmund ($4.40)
Leverkusen v Benfica: Over 3.5 goals ($2.75)
Ludogrets v Real Madrid: Team To Score – Madrid Only ($1.90)
Malmo v Olympiacos: Olympiacos WIN ($1.90)

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Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Thursday October 2

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

1) Teams To Score – Arsenal Only

UEFA Champions League – Arsenal vs Galatasaray (4:45 AM AEST)

Today marks 18 years since Arsene Wenger was appointed as Arsenal manager and a win would be the perfect way to celebrate. Galatasaray have struggled away from home and have earned just a single point from their last six away games in the UCL. They have scored only 3 goals along the way which is a huge concern when making such a tough away trip. Although Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud, their line up will still boast Ozil, Carzola, Sanchez and Welbeck. Gunners  to cruise to victory.

2) Double Chance – Basel or Liverpool

UEFA Champions League – Basel vs Liverpool (4:45 AM AEST)

Liverpool were lucky to escape with a win against Ludogrets on Matchday 1 and it means that there is little pressure heading into this one. Basel should not be underestimated as they are clear at the top of the Swiss Super League and always play well at home. They have beaten Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United at home in recent years and have scored in 9 out of the last 10 UCL matches at home. Liverpool have had trouble finding the back of the net and it is hard to see them scoring more than once.

3) San Francisco Giants (Bumgarner)

San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates (10:05 AM AEST)

Madison Bumgarner has been flying in recent times, winning 6 of his last 7 starts and is definitely the hot hand in the Giants rotation. In two starts this year against the Pirates, Bumgarner has given up just nine hits and a single run over 13.0 innings. The Giants won their last two games of the regular season, including 9 runs against the Padres.  Look for them to be running hot!

4) Excitement

Race 1 Bendigo (12:30 PM AEST)

He was swamped late in a blanket finish at the track last start. The horse who ran second (Savage Coup) won well at Sale yesterday. Not only has the form been franked but the step up in distance will suit. Tough to beat.

5) Rebel Force

Race 6 Bendigo (3:20 PM AEST)

He hit the line strongly last start and should relish the step up to 2400m. He’s racing in great heart and will be pouncing when the whips are cracking. The one to beat.

6) Lukey

Race 8 Wyong (5:23 PM AEST)

He’s racing well this prep and was not disgraced at Canterbury last start. The 3kgs off for apprentice Samantha Clenton will help. Right in the mix.

 

 

 

Royal Descent New Epsom Handicap Favourite

Professional placegetter Royal Descent is favourite to win her first race in nearly 18 months in Saturday’s Group 1 The Star Epsom at Royal Randwick.

Sportingbet.com.au installed Royal Descent a $4.60 favourite following this morning’s barrier draw, with He’s Your Man ($5.50), Boban ($6.50), Toydini ($6.50) and Laser Hawk ($7) the other runners in single figures.

“We’ve gone up Royal Descent as favourite but it looks a great betting race and she’s no guarantee to be at the top of the market on Saturday,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“The likes of Toydini and Laser Hawk have a nice weight pull on her from their recent clash and we also expect Boban and He’s Your Man to attract plenty of interest.”

He’s Your Man is Sportingbet’s worst result in the all-in book, after a number of punters piled on at odds of $51 when it looked more likely the horse would go to The Metropolitan.

For Sportingbet’s latest odds for the 2014 The Star Epsom Hcp visit https://www.sportingbet.com.au/horse-racing/9291907/randwick-7

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Royal Descent $4.60 (was $4.60)

He’s Your Man $5.50 (was $6)

Boban $6.50 (was $8.50)

Toydini $6.50 (was $7.50)

Laser Hawk $7 (was $81)

Ninth Legion $12 (was $17)

Star Rolling $15 (was $18)

Hooked $17 (was $16)

Liberty’s Choice $26 (was $23)

Honorius $31 (was $101)

Pheidon $31 (was $51)

Woodbine $31 (was $31)

Lucky Chappy $51 (was $51)

Spy Decoder $61 (was $101)

Jetset Lad $81 (was $101)

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs

Sunday 5th October, 7:20pm AEST

ANZ Stadium

Big Marn Says:  As much as I would love my old club the Bulldogs to win this one, I can’t tip against the Bunnies. They are the form team of the competition and what a time to find their best.

Ben Teo had the best game of his career last weekend, Luke Keary is a gun and has fought his way back into the starting side, Sam Burgess is a champion and his brothers are hitting their straps.

They have a tremendous mix of youth and experience and I think they’ll simply wear the Bulldogs down.

For the Bulldogs to win, they have to outmuscle the Bunnies forwards and hope they can get some points through kicks and a bit of James Graham magic around the rucks. I also think Tony Williams has to have the game of his life to win.

I expect Moses Mbye to replace Michael Ennis which is a big gamble but the Bunnies have their own problems with Issac Luke out as well.

It’s such an important position that both sides will be severely affected by their top hookers being absent.

Souths do look to have more points in them but I can’t write off a side as resilient as the Dogs

However, I think the Bunnies will break a 43 year drought and win the big one! 

Recommended Bet: South Sydney Rabbitohs 13+ ($2.50)

Clive Churchill Medal Tip: Luke Keary ($17)

 

 

UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 (Wednesday)

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Is there anything better than setting your alarm to 4:30??? Not for football lovers! This week the Champions League takes us to Paris, Moscow, Manchester and Lisbon just to mention a few. Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Man City and Chelsea all feature in the Wednesday matches and although it is only the second matchday, a poor result can lead to teams falling behind in their group.

Paris st Germain v Barcelona – Wed 4:30am AEST Live SBS
Recommended Bet: 
Barcelona Win ($2.00)

Predicted Line Ups: 
PSG: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, David Luiz, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi; Pastore, Cavani, Lucas.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Mathieu, Piqué, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitić; Pedro, Messi, Neymar.

Preview: The big news leading into this one is the absence of PSG striker and former Barcelona star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If that wasn’t bad enough Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi and Thiago Silva are also in doubt.

Against a quality opponent such as Barcelona goals are very difficult to come by and a lack of strike power up front is very concerning for the French side. The defence of the Spanish giants has been excellent this season and they are yet to concede a single goal.

They have also been super impressive in attack with 17 goals in just 6 matches to start the season. Neymar and Messi are finally starting the combine well and that is a dangerous sign for opposing sides in the months to come.

If PSG had a fully fit squad we could really see them pushing Barcelona but with key attacking players out they will be unable to disrupt the Barcelona defence. PSG will have to rely on set pieces as their main source of attack and it won’t be enough to get them over the line. Barcelona to WIN.

UCL Betting

Man City v Roma – Wed 4:30am LIVE ESPN
Recommended Bet: First Half Result – DRAW ($2.25)

Predicted Line Ups:  
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Touré, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Milner; Agüero.

Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Manolas, Torosidis; Pjanić, Keita, Naninggolan; Florenzi, Totti, Gervinho.

Preview: Surprisingly the two sides have never met before in a competitive match. There is no doubting the class of Man CIty but Roma are currently in a massive purple patch. They have won their opening five league games and absolutely thumped CSKA Moscow on Matchday 1.

Gervinho has continued the for that he displayed at the World Cup and the backline which features Greek duo Torosidis and recent signing Kostas Manolas has been a fortress, conceding only one goal this season.

Man City coach Manuel Pellegrini has not taken the Italian lightly having brought off both David Silva and Sergio Aguero early in their weekend win over Hull City. He will also be without Nasri and Jovetic meaning James Milner and Jesus Navas are likely to again start.

The real highlight in this one will be the combination of Aguero and Dzeko against a tall, strong and stubborn Roma defence. They will look to draw Roma out to create space in behind but the Italian defences are smarter than that. This one will be very tight early on and Man City may score a late winner.

UCL Betting

Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea – Wed 4:30am Live ESPN 2
Recommended Bet: 
Under 2.5 goals ($1.70)

Predicted Line Ups:
Sporting Lisbon: Rui Patrício; Cédric, Maurício, Sarr, Jonathan Silva; William, Adrien, João Mário; Carrillo, Nani, Slimani

Chelsea: Čech; Ivanović, Terry, Cahill, Luis; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.

Preview: All of the teams in Group G find themselves on one point. A win for either side in this one will send them to the top of the group. Sporting will be disappointed that they could not beat Maribor on Matchday 1 and likewise Chelsea who were at home to Schalke.

Chelsea have another huge game on the weekend when they take on Arsenal and Jose Mourinho would have liked the luxury of resting some of his players. With Drogba and Ramires both unavailable this is unlikely but we may see more of Loic Remy and Andre Schurrle. We have seen in the past that burning players out so early in the season can lead to further injuries ad that is the last thing any title contender would want.

Sporting are undefeated in the Portuguese League this season but find themselves in 7th place with 2 wins and 4 draws. They have had difficult turning dominant performances into wins and it is largely due to a lack of goals with only 9 in 6 games. Chelsea have not had such a problem with 19 in the same amount of goals. Diego Costa has been a huge reason for this but he may not play out the 90 minutes in this one.

Even if Chelsea are to take the lead in this one Jose Mourinho is likely to give his team the signal to slow the tempo and conserve energy for the big weekend clash. Heading back home to Portugal Mourinho will manage to take the three points but it will be a much closer encounter than expected.

UCL Betting

Other Matches

CSKA Moscow v Bayern Munich: Team Total – Bayern Munich Over 2.5 goals ($2.30)
Schalke v Maribor: Teams To Score – Schalke Only ($2.25)
APOEL v Ajax: Under 2.5 goals ($1.70)
Shakhtar Donetsk v Porto: Draw ($3.00)          
BATE v Ath Bilbao: HT/FT – Ath Bilbao/Ath Bilbao ($2.70)

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Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Wednesday October 1

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

1) First Half Result – Draw

Paris St-Germain vs Barcelona (4:45 AM AEST)

It is heavyweight time in the UEFA Champions League as Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes on former club Barcelona. The sides have drawn in three of their five meetings. Both sides are undefeated in their domestic leagues where Barcelona is yet to concede a goal after six games. In a statistic that may shock many, Barcelona has won only three of its last 10 away from home in the UCL. PSG on the other hand are undefeated in their last eight UCL matches at home. Don’t expect a fast tempo in this one!

2) Savage Coup

Race 3 Sale (2:10 PM AEST)

She flew home for second last start when she finally got clear running and the step up in distance will be to her liking. Very solid light-weight chance and will take some beating.

3) Chez Harmony

Race 4 Canterbury (3:05 PM AEST)

She was better suited back on top of the ground last start at Kembla Grange when she recorded a solid win over 1600m. Gets the inside draw and will take some running down.

4) Taddei Tondo

Race 6 Sale (3:55 PM AEST)

He’s coming off a very good win at Mornington and the step up in distance suits (2: 2-0-0). Gets the nice draw and will be running on over the top of them again. The one to beat.

5) One Direction

Race 6 Canterbury (4:15 PM AEST)

He’s aiming to make it four wins on the trot and deserves his shot at this. Last two victories have been impressive and looks like he can make the transition to city grade. 

6) Draw

Western Sydney vs FC Seoul (7:30 PM AEST)

The Western Sydney Wanderers continue to create history. On Wednesday night a win will send them into the Final of the AFC Champions League Final. Following a 0-0 draw in Seoul a victory of any kind will be enough. The Wanderers have shown how great they are defensively and in front of a sell-out crowd they will be even harder to break down. 

 

 

 

Sportingbet Six-Pack – Daily Tips Tuesday September 30

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

1) BCM Gravelines Dunkerque -4.5

Som Boulogner-Sur-mer vs BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (4:00 AM AEST)

Gravelines have won back to back league titles and look set to continue on their roll against lowly Boulogner.  The game should not be that close.

 

2) Kansas City Chiefs

New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs (10:30 AM AEST)

The Patriots might be 2-1 but their form hasn’t been anything to get too excited about.Quarterback Tom Brady is looking a shadow of his former self and could be in for a tough night against the Chiefs D.Reports that running back Jamaal Charles could be back this week which will give the home side a boost.The Chiefs look like great value at home and the $2.50 looks like a great price or back them with the 3.5 start.

 

3) David Marrero / Fernando Verdasco

David Marrero Santana/David Marrero vs Jean-Hulien Rojer/Horia Tecau (12:00 PM AEST)

Marrero and Verdasco made it to the US Open Final where they went down in three sets to the Bryan Brothers.  On their way they knock out Rojer and Tecau and can do it again today.

 

4) Chemistry

Mornington: Race 3 (2:40 PM AEST)

Just missed last start when coming up a head short after being held up at the turn. Worked to the lead early in the straight before being run down so will appreciate the shorter run.  Two solid trial wins are a good indication.

5) Senor Gold

Warragul: Race 3 (7:27 PM AEST)

Yet to miss a place here and has fantastic early speed.  Main danger is Jake’s A Devil.

6) Punk Panther

Warragul: Race 7 (8:50 PM AEST)

Stamped his claim as one to watch after dealing with traffic and getting up for the win last start.  15 placings in 24 starts, 6 wins from his last 13 starts and ran second here earlier in the year.  Failed here when $1.45 favourite earlier in the month but bounced back so should be there abouts.

 

 

 

 

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