Sportingbet has a created a Moonee Valley Trainer Challenge for McKenzie Stakes Day with Darren Weir and David Hayes going head-to-head.
Everyone knows that the Darren Weir stable is flying and he appears to have plenty of strong chances once again.
Not to be outdone, David Hayes brings the likes of Girl Guide and co. to Moonee Valley in what is shaping up as a great battle between two of the in-form trainers.
Like the jockey challenge it works on a 3,2,1 point scoring systems based on where their runners place.
Odds as of 5pm Friday 22/8/14
We now turn to the women and the competition has been fierce. Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep have had some epic battles so far this year but Serena remains the one to beat. Here is our US Top 10 women’s picks!
10. Sloane Stephens ($41): The US Open is where she has always played her best tennis. In her three appearances she has always made it to the 3rd round and beyond. She can over power all of the other women in her quarter of the draw and is a genuine roughie. Back her throughout!
9. Samantha Stosur ($41): The Aussie media have been hard on Sam but she pushed Serena all the way last week losing in two tie-breakers. She is a former champion here and her kick serve is a huge asset on this surface. Consistency from the back of the court will determine how far she progresses in the tournament.
8. Agnieszka Radwanska ($21): Carrying good form into the tournament but has traditionally struggled in the later stages of the slams. Doesn’t have the ability to go toe to toe with the big hitters and is often blown off the court. Back her early on in the handicap market.
7. Caroline Wozniaki ($23): Former world number one and a much improved player this year after a big drop off a couple years back. She has played fantastic tennis over the last month with her last two losses at the hands of Serena Williams. Both matches went to three sets and she is striking the ball very cleanly!
6. Victoria Azarenka ($11): She made the final here last year but has played very little tennis this year and is not carrying the form to go deep. A lower seeding also mean a tougher run. Stay away.
5. Ana Ivanovic ($34): This is the value bet of the tournament. Ivanovic made it all the way to the final in Cincinnati, beating Sharapova on the way only to lose to Serena. With three titles already this season she is a genuine dark horse.
4. Euginie Bouchard ($12): After a fantastic runner up performance at Wimbledon Euginie has been disappointing in her last two tournaments losing her opening match in both. There is no doubting her quality as a player but her mental strength is a definite question mark. She is a player on the up and if she can get a roll on she can really challenge the top women.
3. Simona Halep ($8): Perhaps the in-form player this season she has stormed to number two in the rankings. She has had some epic battles with Sharapova this year but come out on the wrong end, including the French Open final. They are on a collision course again in the quarter finals.
2. Maria Sharapova ($7): She has become the ultimate competitor on the WTA Tour and picked up her 5th Grand slam earlier this year at Roland Garros. Sharapova has been involved in a lot of tight encounter this season and has been able to get the better of most of her opponents, in particular, Simona Halep. Last week she played a handful of long matches and that will put her in good stead moving forward.
1. Serena Williams ($2.75): With 5 US Open titles and a win last week there is a reason why Serena is a short priced favourite. The 17 time Grand Slam winner is hitting her straps at the right time with a dominant win in Cincinnati last week. She has the experience, the ability and the home crowd behind her. Serena Williams will be very hard to beat.
Champion: Serena Williams
Roughie’s: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Quarter Finals: Sloane Stephens
The final Grand Slam of the year is upon us and we have have a new US Open Tennis Champion after last years winner Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament due to a right wrist injury. Will one of the new young guns finally step up or with the old faithful continue their dominance at Grand Slam level? There is only one way to find out!
Sportingbet has done a full analysis of the draw and our expert traders have taken into account a host of factors in predicting the winner. We have analysed each section of the draw and come up with out top 10 chances, an eventual champion and a couple of roughies.
10. Nick Kyrgios ($101): The young Aussie sneaks into our Top 10 for a number of reasons. He has a huge game: booming serve, huge forehand and the swagger to boot. His experience at Wimbledon and victory over world number 1 Rafael Nadal will give him the confidence over five sets. Nick knows that he can go the distance and if he can improve his consistency and net play he can make his way to the top end of the rankings. Most importantly the other guys in the locker fear him as they know how dangerous he can be!
9. Marin Cilic ($101): Since hiring fellow Croat Goran Ivanisevic as his coach Marin’s game has improved significantly. Goran highlighted that Marin was playing very passive allowing his opponents to move him around the court. At 6’6″ the last thing you want is to be running around all day! He is now playing more aggressive from the baseline and shortening the points by approaching the net. He won titles in Zagreb and Delray Beach earlier in the year, pushed Djokovic to 5 sets at Wimbledon and almost beat Federer a couple of weeks ago. Has a tough draw but has winning records against the main threats in his section early on.
8. Stan Wawrinka ($11): Most people will think that ‘Stanimal’ should be higher up the list following his Australian Open triumph. He has a relatively easy run but has been in poor form over the last few weeks. He has been far too inconsistent to warrant a price of $11 but there is no doubt that he has the game to beat anyone.
7. Andy Murray ($4.50): He may be a former champion here back in 2012 but you will be shocked to hear that Andy Murray is yet to beat a top 10 player this year. It is a remarkable statistic for a player of his quality but is a reflection of what has been a poor season. In addition he has failed to even make a final this year and his price of $4.50 is purely on name and not form!
6. David Ferrer ($67): This man is the energizer bunny on tour. Ferrer has been in very solid form making the final at Cincinnati only to lose to Roger Federer. The big question mark on this man is his ability to beat the top four guys on tour (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray) in Grand Slam matches. Don’t be alarmed though as Nadal is out and the duo of Djokovic and Murray are in the same quarter. This means he would potentially only have to beat a maximum of two of them. He always manages to get the job done against the other guys so look for him to make a deep run.
5. Milos Raonic ($26): This man could well be a future number one and has the serve to dominate anyone but there is one major hurdle he must overcome and that is his ability to play his best against the top ranked players. His only win against a top 10 player this year was back in March against Andy Murray. He has played Novak and Roger twice this year losing all four matches, winning only one of eleven sets. Will need to avoid the big guns if he is to stand any chance!
4. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga ($21): This man looms as a massive threat in the top half of the draw. He beat Djokovic, Murray, Dimitrov and Federer to win the Toronto Masters and will be fresh after his early exit the following week. He blew Novak off the court 6-2 6-2 and has shown that he is the one man than on his day can take the game away from his opponent. Throughout his career he has registered wins against all of the top ranked players and done so at Grand Slam level over five sets. The tough draw is not a concern and he has proven that he can beat anyone. If he’s on, hold on!
3. Grigor Dimitrov ($15): The Bulgarian can thank Roger Rasheed for his meteoric rise towards the top of the rankings. The Aussie coach has altered his game style and incorporated a more aggressive style that involves approaching the net to take advantage of good shots. He has earned a favourable draw up until the quarters where he is likely to take on Roger Federer. The pair have never faced off and although he has played well against the top players at the slams he has failed to get over the line in some crucial matches. This could be his big chance!
2. Novak Djokovic ($2.20): The world number one may be the favourite in betting but at the short price of $2.20 we cannot have him on top spot. His form is questionable as he heads into the final slam of the year with straight set losses to Tommy Robredo and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. He also struggled against Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon raising questions about his physical and mental state. Novak will say he is fine but we say proceed with caution.
1. Roger Federer ($4.20): His arch rival and nemesis Rafel Nadal is out injured leaving Federer with the taste of Grand Slam number 18. Clearly the in-form player this American summer with a win at the Cincinnati Masters and a runner up showing the week before in Canada. He may have turned 33 just a few weeks ago but he is revitalised and re-energised! He has proven to be extremely tough to beat at the slams and with the men around him struggling for form he is the pick of the bunch. An easy run early should ensure he is fresh for the later stages of the tournament. At that point he will draw on all of his experience and lift his 18th Grand Slam.
Champion: Roger Federer
Roughies: David Ferrer, Jerzy Janowicz
Quarter finals run: Nick Kyrgios, Feliciano Lopez
Saturday’ss 6th race at Randwick, is the 1400m Warwick Stakes. Check out our Race Preview, straight from the Sportingbet Trading Floor:
‘Tiger Tees will be the one to set the speed. He has a great record in the wet, but yet is to win over 1400m. Messene will be on the speed also, but unproven in the wet as he’s only start was a failure in the Doncaster when at the end of his preparation. Weary could be the horse that gets over them late’
The Warwick Stakes, is Sportingbet’s Racing Refund Race of the Day, with Sportingbet refunding bets if your horse finishes within a length of the Winner!
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Warwick Stakes (Betting order)
Sacred Falls $5.50
Royal Descent $6
Tiger Tees $6.50
My Kingdom of Fife $126
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Count Encosta
Moonee Valley Race 2 (1:00 PM AEST)
Has been very consistent with two wins and two seconds from his past four starts. The Weir stable is flying and looks very suited in this race. Has been the bridesmaid the past two but can get the win at The Valley.
Randwick Race 5 (3:05 PM AEST)
Resuming and races well fresh. He is three from three first-up and unbeaten at the track and distance. Placed in two recent trials and is primed for a big return. Will be extremely hard to beat.
Randwick Race 6 (3:45 PM AEST)
Ran well in the Group 2 Missile Stakes and was coming home strong late. Will appreciate the step up to the 1400m. Races well second-up and won’t mind the sting out of the ground. Looks a very good chance.
4) Brisbane Broncos 13+
Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights (5:30 PM AEST)
Knights coach Wayne Bennett returns to Brisbane and gets an up close preview of the side he will be coaching next year. The Broncos will be desperate for the victory to keep their finals hopes alive. Last time they played at Suncorp Stadium they thumped the Bulldogs. The Broncos will want to put on a show to impress their incoming coach and should be too strong for the Knights.
5) Wallabies +10.5
Bledisloe Cup – All Blacks vs Wallabies (5:30 PM AEST)
The Wallabies appear like they’ll be up against it at Eden Park, a venue they haven’t won at since 1986. The Wallabies dominated last week’s clash and despite finishing level at the end of 80 minutes, will take plenty of confidence across The Tasman. Won’t be winning at the Auckland graveyard but it’ll be another tight contest.
6) West Coast Eagles -60.5
West Coast vs Melbourne (7:40 pm AEST)
The Demons are coming off an embarrassing loss to GWS last week and a trip to WA is the last thing they’ll want to be doing. Melbourne have not won at Patersons Stadium since 2002 and look up against it again on Saturday night. The Eagles won’t have to get out of second gear in this one.
The Rugby League Week Mole gives us all the ins and outs ahead of NRL Round 24.
Steve Matai’s dodgy shoulders shape as the punters’ biggest dilemma coming into tonight’s big Manly – Parra clash out west.
Manly are rightly $1.55 favourites on Sportingbet and they have the big name players in the right positions that should make them too strong for the Eels.
But Matai is returning to the Sea Eagles’ side and Parra coach Brad Arthur is well aware he has a problem.
Matai is as tough as they come but he has chronic shoulder issues and you can bet Arthur will be aiming his big wide-running back-rowers straight at the Kiwi international.
Matai has been forced off the field several times this season with shoulder problems – which screws up Manly’s rotation and leaves their bench a man short.
If Parra can exploit his – and Manly’s weakness – an upset is a chance.
The word out of Brisbane is that coach Anthony Griffin is set to try Justin Hodges in the troublesome fullback role against the Knights tomorrow night.
It’s a gamble – Hodges has played little fullback in his career and isn’t the most mobile of runners these days. It could work spectacularly – but it could also backfire.
The Broncos start as $1.30 favourites on Sportingbet – but the Knights have surprised in a few games of late and could be value with the ten points start at $1.91.
The Titans have lost their strike weapon Dave Taylor with a calf injury for the clash with the Dragons on Sunday. Taylor is a massive loss – he can turn a game on its head with his power running – but all is not as bad as it seems for the Titans.Tryscoring ace David Mead hasn’t been named but could be a late inclusion and I’m hearing and classy hooker Paul Carter – a real prospect – is over a shoulder problem and should play. The Titans have sprung some upsets this year and with 6.5 points start on Sportingbet at $1.91, could be a chance.
Lastly – a couple of HOT tips…
Paul Gallen will NOT play for Sharks v Raiders in the big wooden spoon battle – so get on Ricky’s men.
And a big-name Rooster – not Sonny Bill – is set for a surprise return against the Warriors on Sunday.
Billy Brownless has been hard at work for Sportingbet and has done all the form for the week’s AFL. Check out our Round 22 preview and get on Billy’s recommended bet in every game this weekend!
Port Adelaide Power vs Carlton Blues
Friday 22nd August, 7:50pm AEST
Carlton comes into this game on the back of losing another close match against the Cats last Friday night. The extra day back up may help the Blue boys, while Port Adelaide back up after a tough slog in the rain against the Suns.
It’s interesting to note that we’ve seen some of Carlton’s best footy this season, since they dropped out of finals contention. Port Adelaide are trying to keep their top-4 hopes alive and will want to be hitting their straps before they face Fremantle in the last round.
The Blues have a strong record in South Australia winning five of its last six matches at AAMI Stadium but are still yet to venture to the new Adelaide Oval. The Power will be looking to have 50,000+ Port Adelaide supporters at home as they attempt to rebuild ‘The Portress’ before the finals.
Brownless Says: Must win game for Port who still have a chance to make to top 4. Carlton are in their best form of the year which should make this a great contest. The home crowd advantage should be enough for the Power .
Recommended Bet: Port Adelaide 1-39 ($2.05)
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Adelaide Crows
Saturday 16th August, 1:45pm AEST
It will be a crucial match up for the makeup of the eight, as the unpredictable Adelaide squad (8th) going up against the Kangaroos (6th) in Tasmania. The Crows will likely drop out of the eight with a loss here, so they won’t need any more motivation for this match.
The Roos will be down some major firepower with both Daniel Wells and Brent Harvey missing through suspension. This should allow Adelaide as the top ranked centre-clearance team in the competition, to have first use of the ball throughout the match.
Andrew Swallow will be key for the Kangaroos as he looks to build on his 10 clearance, 11 tackle performance from last week, while for the Crows, Patrick Dangerfield will need to start living up to his lofty standards if the Crows are going to get on a roll.
Brownless Says: Big game this one, the Tasmanian public will be losing their minds! North at ‘home’ missing a few of their stars while the Crows are on a mission to cling onto that 8th spot. Another close game this one, Adelaide for me.
Recommended Bet: Adelaide ($2.12)
Essendon Bombers vs Gold Coast Suns
Saturday 23rd August, 2:10pm AEST
The Dons have had the measure of the Suns in their only three head-to-heads and will be looking to continue that trend at Etihad.
The Gold Coast played one of their best games without Ablett against the Power last week but were unable to get the win. It was taxing game in the driving rain, so the young Suns may have trouble running out this game.
The Bombers won a similarly close game against West Coast and stringing some strong wins together will do wonders for their finals credentials. Departing veteran Jason Winderlich has found new life since announcing his retirement and will provide a dangerous target up front for Essendon.
Brownless Says: Another must win game for the Bombers if they want to lock in a finals appearance. Losing Heppell during the week will be massive for the Dons, his clearance work is exceptional. Gold Coast have been very disappointing after showing so much promise. Bombers by 5 goals.
Recommended Bet: Essendon -32.5 ($1.91)
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Collingwood Magpies
Saturday 23rd August, 4:40pm AEST
These young Giants will be packed full of confidence after they throttled the Demons last week, with only 19 fit players for a large part of the game. Collingwood on the other hand are still trying to pick themselves out of the ground after they were steamrolled by the Lions.
Injuries continue to hold back the Pies. While Lumumba and Pendlebury could return this week, Cloke, Beams and Reid are key players who will not be seen again this season and bring Collingwood back to the field. For the Giants, the tall timber is being chopped down, with Jonathon Patton joining Jeremy Cameron on the injury list.
Collingwood have won both match ups between these clubs by 40+ points on both occasions, but book yourself in for a much tighter affair here. GWS have a respectable 3-4 record at home and should be able to push the Magpies.
Brownless Says: All of a sudden this becomes a very interesting game! The Giants are full of confidence while Collingwood are losing players left, right and centre and there would be plenty of players losing belief now. Surely the Pies win. Don’t they? What’s the line?
Recommended Bet: Collingwood -11.5 ($1.91)
Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats
Saturday 23rd August, 7:40pm AEST
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Should be match of the round but we may get let down here. With the finals race so tight at the top of the ladder, don’t expect to see anything ground-breaking from either coach here.
Jarryd Roughead is a big plus for the Hawks who will benefit greatly for the extra path way to goal the big man provides. Stevie J and Jimmy Bartel are possible scratchings for the Cats, who won’t be showing all their cards in this match.
It’s always a cracker when these two go at it so don’t expect anything different this time around. There may be a few key outs but it’ll be close!
Brownless Says: Both sides might go into this game resting some key pieces for bigger battles down the track. These two look likely to face each other in the first round of the finals. Always a close one, pains me to say, but Hawks by a feather.
Recommended Bet: Hawthorn 1-39 ($2.20)
West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons
Saturday 23rd August, 7:40pm AEST
Whether West Coast are flying high or low, they always seem to be able to put a score on the Demons. Victories by 93, 94, 108 in there last three games show that the Eagles are able to turn it on against Melbourne.
The Demons are coming off one of the worst losses in recent history and the consensus is that they have taken an obvious step backwards. It’s dark times at the club and Melbourne have not won at Patersons Stadium since 2002.
The Demons will struggle to get any of the ball, coming into the match as the bottom ranked team in centre-clearances. They’ve also struggled to trouble the scorers, kicking less than 5 goals in 6 outings this year.
Brownless Says: Easy one here. West Coast to bounce back hard and tear shreds off the Demons. Should put 60 on them still in second gear.
Recommended Bet: West Coast Wins Match by 60 Points of More – 10 Goal Hiding ($1.85)
Brisbane Lions vs Fremantle Dockers
Sunday 24th August, 1:10pm AEST
Spirits will be high for the baby Lions after they picked their teeth with the Crows last week. With nothing to lose against the Dockers this weekend, expect them to try the same run-and-carry they used to put the Pies to the sword.
Fremantle still have so much to play for going into this one, so we should see their best. With a top-four spot still on the line, don’t expect Fremantle to do anything but look to crowd the stoppages and have players behind the ball.
The immense pressure that Fremantle can heap on will make it hard for the outside-running Lions, who are ranked last for contested possessions. Fremantle have claimed the last six match ups between the clubs and this should be nothing more than a tune up for them.
Brownless Says: Brisbane keep making it hard for Finals aspirants so look out Freo! Having said that, the Dockers are nearly back to their defensive best and they’ve got the great Pavlich kicking goals. When the front and the back ends are both working, there aren’t many better than the Dockers. Fremantle to win.
Recommended Bet: Fremantle 40+ ($2.70)
Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans
Sunday 24th August, 3:20pm AEST
On paper, it’s 1st vs 14th, but it’s never that easy. Question marks everywhere on whether the Swans will bring a full team to play against the Dogs, the injury scare to Brownlow Medal contender, Josh Kennedy, will surely be playing on the minds of the Sydney coaching staff.
While Kennedy will likely miss the game, the Bulldogs will have their hands full with the tall forward line the Swans boast. The likes of Franklin, Tippett, Reid and Goodes should be licking their lips looking at the Bulldogs small back line.
The Western Bulldogs had a let-down performance last week but have been popping up with the odd solid performance so don’t write them off completely. The young Dogs team, led by Marcus Bontempelli, is showing good signs for the future but will be giving away a definite class advantage in this one.
Brownless Says: The Dogs were disappointing last week and Sydney keep on keeping on. There’s too much class in this Sydney line-up and they’ll cover any changes they’re forced to make. Swans far too good.
Recommended Bet: Sydney 40+ ($2.10)
Richmond Tigers vs St Kilda Saints
Sunday 24th August, 4:40pm AEST
One team on the rise, the other on the slide. The Saints were well held by the Swans last week, while the Richmond Express just keeps on moving, with 7 wins on the trot.
After grinding out a courageous win against the Crows in Adelaide, the Tigers come into this match, having claimed the last 5 matches between the two teams. Compounding this, the Saints only other appearance at the MCG this year was a 145 point demolition at the hands of the Hawks.
While there is a big gap between Hawthorn and Richmond, the red-hot Tigers should be able to take care of business here. While their finals destiny is not completely in their own hands, they should win well.
Brownless Says: Richmond will make it 8 in a row with a good win over the Saints. They’ll keep the smiles going down at Punt Road. Tigers will do a job here and win by 40+.
Recommended Bet: Richmond 40+ ($1.74)
BILLY’s BEST BET: ADELAIDE CROWS @ $2.12
Most of the big guns got of to a great start, all but Manchester United of course who crashed to yet another home defeat. This week is our first taste of Big Gun v Big Gun action as Arsenal take on Everton and Man City play host to Liverpool. We say bring it on!
Chelsea v Leicester – Saturday midnight
Recommended Bet: First half over 1.5 goals ($2.25)
Predicted Line Ups
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Schurrle, Oscar; Diego Costa
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel; de Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Knockaert, Hammond, King, Mahrez; Nugent, Ulloa
Head to Head: Last 5
Chelsea were super impressive after going down an early goal to Burnley last week. They were in total control and took the foot off the pedal in the second half cruising to victory. This will be their first EPL fixture at home and the new signings will look to put on a show in front of their home crowd. There is no better side to do so against than Leicester who have just been promoted. They have a dominant record against Leicester scoring 18 goals in their last 5 matches against them!
Leicester will be hoping that it doesn’t end up like a cricket score but Chelsea are looking ominous this season and captain John Terry highlighted that the Premier League is the title they will be chasing most this season. After a season with no trophy manager Jose Mourinho would have stressed to his players that every result counts. They currently sit on top of the ladder on goal difference and another big win here could really set them up for the coming weeks. Chelsea will be on a rampage from the opening whistle!
Everton v Arsenal – Sunday 2:30am
Recommended Bet: DRAW ($3.50)
Predicted Line Ups
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Stones, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; McGready, Naismith, Pienaar; Lukaku
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Szeczhny; Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal; Arteta; Sanchez, Ramsey, Wilshere, Carzola; Giroud
Head to Head: Last 5
Everton were unable to hold on to a lead against Leicester while Arsenal were able to find a late winner at home to Crystal Palace. Arsenal have consistently edged their way into the top four in recent seasons and Everton have been the side to miss out on most occasions.
Goodison is a very tough place to travel to and Arsenal have had their trouble there in recent times highlighted bu a 3-0 thumping last season. Arsenal were far from spectacular last week and are coming off a mid week champions League qualifier against Besiktas. The second leg of that match is only a few days after the Everton match so Arsene Wenger may look to share the work load in order to keep a fresh squad.
The Toffees are looking to bounce back after failing to take all three points at Leicester and will come showing plenty of intent in front of their home fans. Striker Romelu Lukaku is a man for the big occasion so look for him to get on the score sheet in a tight match ending in a draw.
Sunderland v Man Utd – Monday 1:00am
Recommended Bet: Over 2.5 goals ($1.80)
Predicted Line Ups
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt; Cattermole; Johnson, Larsson, Rodwell, Wickham; Fletcher
Man Utd (3-5-2): De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blackett; Young, Fletcher, Herrera, James, Mata; Rooney, Van Persie
Head to Head: Last 5
Man Utd: 2-1
Man Utd: 1-0
What can we say about the Red Devils??? Old Trafford used to be a fortress with Sir Alex Ferguson but in recent times it has become a playground for visiting sites with a handful of cellar dwellers managing to win at the famous ground. Louis van Gaal expressed his disappointment after the loss to Swansea in all aspects of their game. He demands a lot more from his players and is looking to inject Robin van Persie into the starting line up.
They have more problems to solve though as they lacked fluency in attack and were found chasing Swansea players down the flank when Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard were getting caught out of position. For the 3-5-2 formation to work the Man utd players will have to buy into the system. Several of them looked slightly lost out there last week and in order to bounce back they will have to control the middle of the park.
Herrera and Fletcher were outplayed by Jonjo Shelvey and Sigurdsson last week and will have to lift their game. They have more than enough fire power in front of goal but the new formation will need time to get used to. Until then Man Utd will be conceding regularly and this week will be no different. They will have to score at least twice to win!
Man City v Liverpool – Tue 5:00am
Recommended Bet: Double Chance – Over 2.5 goals($1.60)
Predicted Line Ups
Man City (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy; Fernando, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri; Aguero, Dzeko
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson; Lucas, Gerrard; Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling; Sturridge
Head to Head: Last 5
Man City: 2-1
This is our ‘Big Guns’ match of the round and we will have to wait until Tuesday morning. Liverpool have had a good record against Man City in recent times but will have to improve on last weeks performance where things were looking a bit shaky at one point in the second half. Both teams will be pushing for a win so we can expect a open encounter similar to a Cup game. For our match of the round preview, CLICK HERE.
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Andreas Seppi
ATP Winston Salem – Andreas Seppi vs Yen-Hsun Lu (2:10 AM AEST)
Seppi is good value as the outsider head to head. He has a more consistent game from the baseline and the shot making ability to get past any net rushes from Lu.
2) Los Angeles Angels (SHOEMAKER)
Los Angeles Angels (SHOEMAKER) @ Boston Red Sox (R DELAROSA) (9:10 AM AEST)
The Angels put the hurt on the Red Sox yesterday and that doesn’t look likely to stop with De La Rosa on the mound for Boston. Coming off a horror start against Houston, where he gave up 6 runs on 9 hits over just four innings, he looks likely to struggle against a much more powerful line-up like the Angels. The heart of the Angels’s batting (Hamilton, Kendrick, Freese) are seeing the ball well, each picking up a pair of hits against Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz.
3) Cumberland Range
Wagga Race 6 (3:50 PM AEST)
Coming off a good win at Canberra looks good enough to be saluting here. Stepping up to the 1600m shouldn’t be a problem. Could push forward to get a good position from a wide gate. Will be there when the whips are cracking.
4) Skip The Faith
Mildura Race 8 (5:30 PM AEST)
She enjoys racing at Mildura with a 1st and 2nd from two starts at the track. The distance won’t be a problem and looks like a very winnable race against some of these. Ready to win.
5) Port Adelaide 1-39
Port Adelaide vs Carlton (7:50 PM AEST)
Port Adelaide return home after a tough win against the Suns on the Gold Coast. Look for them to be feeling it towards the end of the match, and a resurgent Blues side should be able to make this a close encounter. Regardless, Carlton have a shocking close game record, going 2-7 in matches decided by 20 points or less so happy to bet the Power, lifted by 50,000+ at Adelaide Oval, should be able to sneak home.
6) Manly 1-12
Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles (7:55 PM AEST)
Parramatta desperately needs a victory to keep their finals hopes alive and Manly needs the win in their quest for the minor premiership. Two desperate footy sides generally means a close encounter and this should be no different. The Sea Eagles love an arm wrestle and should be able to hold off the Eels in a tight one. Watch for Cherry-Evans to have a big game.
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Maribor vs Celtic (4:45 AM AEST)
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Celtic is the obvious pick in this one. In the last qualifying round Celtic were beaten 4-1 and 2-0. Legia, their opponents were sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player. As a result Celtic were handed a 3-0 win and chance to play Maribor for a spot in the Champions League. The crowd in Slovenia will be loud and hostile and Maribor have shown that they are a quality side, especially at home. Needing to build a lead for the away leg in Celtic next week they will come out with intent and purpose, catching Celtic off guard. Maribor to win.
2) Under 8.5 Runs
Los Angeles Angels @ Boston Red Sox (9:10 AM AEST)
LA’s Garrett Richards has been lights out since the start of June, posting a 1.79 ERA in that time. He has also managed to keep the ball in the park, giving up just 5 long balls in 167 innings. Boston is a notoriously tough homerun park so don’t expect that stat to change. On the other side, Clay Buchholz, is the last man standing in the Red Sox rotation and while perhaps not living up to it, has been levelled with the ace role. He is however coming off back-to-back quality starts including a no-decision against the Angels where he struck out 8 and then 9 against the Astros.
3) Over 7.5 Runs
San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers (12:10 PM AEST)
Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults has struggled to keep the scoring down on the road, with a 5.11 away ERA to go with his 1-9 away record. San Diego totals have been streaking up in recent days with their last 3 game totals coming in at 14, 13, and 14. Similarly the Dodgers have been involved in some high scoring matches of late with their last 5 coming to 14, 9, 5, 9 and 10.
4) I’m Imposing
Rowley Mile – Race 6 Hawkesbury (3:45 PM AEST)
Was very impressive in the Listed Winter Challenge and recorded a good victory before that. Can’t be knocking the Waller stable at the moment. Barrier could be an issue but will be doing his best work late with the 1600m suiting him perfectly.
Race 10 Seymour (4:45 PM AEST)
Looks ready to break through for a win this prep. The extra 100m should work in his favour and has strong formlines around Awasita who won at Sportingbet Park yesterday. Has a fitness edge on a few of these resuming.
6) Canterbury 13+
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers (7:45 pm AEST)
The Bulldogs will have revenge on their minds when they take on the Tigers tonight. The Tigers hammered the Bulldogs 46-18 back in Round 19 but are a shadow of their former selves. Wests have conceded 112 points in the past two weeks and appear to be shot ducks. Canterbury to win comfortably.
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