Col Scotts previews the big clashes in NFL Week 13 featuring the Saints v Seahawks and Giants v Redskins
Saints (9-2) @ Seattle (10-1)
The Saints have had 3 great wins against 49ers, Cowboys and the Falcons in 12 days. Its now the real test against the Superbowl favourites away from home. Traditionally the Saints struggle outdoors in the cold on the road against physical opponents. The Seahawks are coming off the bye week and have the second ranked defence in NFL conceding only 273 yards per game. They also have 3rd ranked rushing offense at 147 yards with running back Marshawn Lynch is top form. All is on the line for the NFC’s top seed so I expect the Seahawks to be too good at home.
Seattle by 7
Giants (4-7) @ Redskins (3-8)
After winning 4 games in a row the NY Giants lost a close game to Dallas. Eli Manning is having his worst year of his career, leading the league in interceptions and turnovers. Redskins just got thrashed on MNF to the 49ers 27-6. They have no offense with QB Robert Griffin a complete flop carrying a knee injury. This game is a no brainer, with the Giants defence to destroy this Redskin offense.
New York by 8
Michael Sullivan gives his best bet and racing tips for Saturday’s racing at Caulfield & tip for the Listed Festival Stakes at Rosehill.
Festival Stakes – Number 14 White Sage – Bad barrier just means a better price. Has raised the bar each start and while this is the biggest test to date, she looks to have the class to win. Bet Now
Best Bet – Caulfield Race 2 Number 2 Girl In Flight – Top looking filly whose breeding suggests she’ll see the trip out. Impressive win last start and expect her to remain undefeated here. Stable firing. Bet Now
Value bet – Caulfield Race 6 Number 2 Cascabel – Ran well second-up over the Flemington carnival behind Richie’s Vibe. Hasn’t won for a while but was unlucky in the corresponding race last year and has strong each-way claims. Big odds. Bet Now
Lay – Caulfield Race 7 Number 8 Multilateral – Dour win last start but this is a very competitive race and is well under the odds due to the Chris Waller factor.
Best Backed – Caulfield Race 2 Number 2 Girl In Flight – Has been smashed from an opening quote of $2.70 into even money and if this trend continues will start in the red. Bet Now
The 2013 Emirates Australian Open returns to Royal Sydney after last being held there in 2008.
This year’s tournament has been given an immense boost with the likes of Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day teeing up. In form Scott heads the betting after taking the Australian PGA and Australian Masters crowns this year and is looking for the triple Crown in a calendar year. Last and only person to do so is Robert Allenby who achieved this in 2005.
Scott finished 3 shots back of Jason Day last week in the World Cup of Golf, you could say that if he takes out the 9 he had on the first day he would have gone on to win the event. Nevertheless Jason Day was impressive in his first start back since the Tour Championship in September. McIlroy has had a year to forget after signing on with Nike, with his only win coming in the matchplay event against Tiger if you can call that a win.
Royal Sydney has produced the best of the best when the Australian Open has been held there. Last winner was South Africa’s Tim Clark. With others such as Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Mark Calcavecchia, Gary Player, it’s easy to see that the cream rises to the top. The par of the course is 72, and will prove to be a true test of skill.
Top Of The Market. Recent Form is last 4 starts.
Adam Scott – $3.75 – Bet Now
Course Form – 5
Recent Form – 3/1/1/14
It is not hard to see why Scott is the favourite for this tournament. Having only one start at this course for a 5th. Scott’s form in the Australian Open reads 1 win from 9 starts, 4 top 5’s from 9 starts and having not missed a cut. Scott will be right up there with the leaders if not leading come Sunday.
Rory McIlroy – $7.00 – Bet Now
Course Form – 59
Recent Form – 5/6/27/2
Former World number 1 McIlroy is coming into the Aussie Open after his 5th finish in the final of the Race 2 Dubai. McIlroy has had 2 starts in the Aussie Open for a 59th and missed cut in 2005. Will be there abouts.
Jason Day – $8.00 – Bet Now
Course Form – N/A
Recent Form – 1/14/4/13
Jason Day performed magnificently last week to capture the Individual World Cup trophy as well as the team event with compatriot Adam Scott. I don’t see the fact that he has not played this course as a deterrent. Day came 4th in the Australian open two years ago at The Lakes. He is one of the best in the world and will be there come Sunday.
John Senden – $26.00 – Bet Now
Course Form – 18/1/MC
Recent Form – 65/4/53/MC
Senden has had less than an impressive year having missed 10 cuts and only managing one top 10. This came 2 starts ago in the McGladrey Classic where he finished 4th. Senden is a winner at this course and you could say is coming into form at the right time. Let’s not forget what happened to Senden in last year’s Australian Open. He held the 54 hole lead only to implode on the final day with an 82 in horrible conditions.
Aaron Baddeley – $29.00 – Bet Now
Course Form – 9/1
Recent Form – 40/5/MC/43
Baddeley has had a very poor year having missed 15 cuts which included 10 in a row. Tends to produce when he comes back to Australia and has a win to his name at this course, albeit in 1999.
It is hard to go past the top 3 in the market. They are a class above the rest and should be fighting out the finish come Sunday. Weather looks like it might prove to be challenging come the weekend, so the players will need to get out the first two days and make their mark on the tournament.
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