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Thursday 25-11-04

Rugby Union

The Rugby World Cup Final replay is on this weekend with both sides missing a number of key players. The Wallabies have been pretty poor in their last two matches and England are deservedly strong favourites and have been well supported. The Wallabies have lost half their backs from last weekend and the understudies will need to produce some big performance if they are to compete with the World Champions.

However, the Poms are also without plenty of their big names, most noticeably Johnny Wilkinson who is still injured. The Kangaroos will also need to rebound after losing to Great Britain a fortnight ago and struggling past the amateurs from France last week if they are to take out the Tri-Nations final. The Kangaroos have been below par all series and a couple of big names need to start producing the goods if they are to stop Great Britain producing another upset. Australia has been boosted by the return of key playmaker Darren Lockyer and all the money has been for them to turn the tables this weekend.

Cricket

The second test between Australia and New Zealand starts in Adelaide tomorrow with the Aussies ruling favourites after the Black Caps collapsed dismally in Brisbane. Australia do look too good for the Kiwis but the more sedate Adelaide Oval may be more to the New Zealanders liking and the possible return of Franklin may add a touch of bite to the attack that allowed Glenn McGrath to score 61. But unless rain comes, it is hard to see any result other than another Aussie victory.

Premier League Soccer

Arsenal face a crucial test as they look to stay in contact with leaders Chelsea when they travel to Liverpool this weekend. Arsenal have not been themselves of late while Liverpool are showing signs of improvement under their new manager. Chelsea should take care of Charlton and anything but a win for Arsenal could see the Blues develop a small buffer. Newcastle take on high flying Everton in what should be another interesting clash. Everton have exceeded all expectations after selling Wayne Rooney while Newcastle recorded a much needed win over Palace last weekend and this could be an important game in the race for spots in Europe come the end of the season.

Boxing

Eric Morales defends his Super Featherweight title against fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Berrera in Las Vegas this weekend. This is their third bout with it one win a piece after both fights went to the judges decision. Their last two fights have been entertaining encounters and while Morales deserves to be favourite there has also been plenty of support for Berrera.


Thursday December 2nd 2004

Soccer

Chelsea have pinched a small gap on the champions Arsenal in the English Premiership and will be keen to extend the gap leading into the busy Christmas period. The Blues have been heavily supported both straight out and in multis for their clash with the hot and cold Newcastle this weekend.

Aston Villa has had support to maintain their good record at home against Liverpool despite a poor performance against Manchester city last week. Everton has also had support against Bolton following another solid performance last week.

Motor Racing

Marcos Ambrose will once again try to sew up the V8 Supercar championship this weekend in the final round at Eastern Creek. Ambrose basically only needs to finish without any major problems to secure the championship and there has been support for a number of other competitors with some speculation that Ambrose may take a cautious approach. The best supported have been Greg Murphy, Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.

Miss World

While there are always plenty of good sorts on the V8 Supercar grid, they will almost certainly be overshadowed by the contestants at the Miss World contest in China this weekend. Miss America is favourite and has had support while there has also been support for Miss Germany and Brazil at odds. Miss Australia, Sarah Davies from Brisbane, has also had good support and should be in with a very strong chance. The girls from the South and Central American countries have all had support and it isn't hard to see why.

Cricket

After getting pumped by the Aussies in the Test series, the Kiwis will be keen to fight back strongly in the three game one day series which starts on Sunday. The Kiwis are definitely a better one day side and should be able to give the Aussies a much tougher game than they could manage in the tests. Veteran all rounder Chris Harris and Andre Adams should bolster their fire power a little but the Aussies do bring in the explosive Andy Symonds who make the Aussies an even scarier prospect for New Zealand. The Aussies are favourites and have been the only team punters have wanted to back so far.


Thursday December 9th 2004

Cricket
The third and deciding one day game between Australia and New Zealand is on at the Gabba on Friday and the Aussies will be keen to send the Kiwis home without any silverware. The Kiwis have showed a lot more fight in the one day games than they did in the tests and have given the Aussies very stern competition. The Aussies have been very heavily supported in the first two games and money has already started coming for the Aussies for the third game. The Kiwis have been good in the field but have struggled with the bat and with the Aussies likely to produce their best bowling attack, another upset does appear unlikely.

Soccer
The top of the table clash between Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League is certainly one of the highlights of the weekend's sports action. Chelsea are flying and have looked near unbeatable in recent games while Arsenal looked to have returned to form with a couple of good wins. Arsenal are slight favourites but Chelsea have to be a huge chance despite the Gunner's imposing home record. Two of England's best derby games also take place this weekend with the high flying Everton taking on the improving Liverpool. Liverpool have been well supported despite failing to put away a below par Aston Villa last weekend. Villa take on Birmingham in the second city derby and despite a less than convincing performance last weekend, Villa have been well backed to take care of Birmingham who have been poor all season. But anything can happen in derby games.

Golf
The Target World Golf Challenge is on this weekend and some of the biggest names in Golf are taking part. On paper, it does look like a shoot out between Tiger Woods and Vijay who are probably the two best golfers in the world at the moment. Woods is a slight favourite over Singh but Singh has had one of the most successful seasons ever had on the US PGA Tour. There are plenty of other chances in the field with Padraig Harrington, Davis Love and Chris Dimarco all in good form.

Boxing
Aussie Vic Darchinyan is preparing for his world title fight against Columbian Irene Pacheco in Florida next weekend. Both fighters are putting their undefeated record on the line with Columbian Pacheco a strong favourite to keep his alive. He has a sensational record and while Darchinyan is an outstanding boxer, Dacheco does deserve to be favourite.


Thursday December 16th 2004

Cricket
Pakistan gave Australia some early scares in the cricket but the Aussies have fought back well on the back of a brilliant innings by Justin Langer and are again clear favourites to take out the first test. Sportingbet is betting in the run on the cricket. In the Pakistan hi-bat, there has been good support for opener Salman Butt and veterans Inzamam Ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana.

Yachting
The Sydney to Hobart is not far away and there is a very impressive list of Yachts lining up for this year's race. Konica Minolta and Skandia are fighting for favouritism in the race for line honors but there has also very good backing for Nicorette.

Soccer
In the English Premier League, Liverpool and Newcastle meet this weekend in a must win game for both sides. In recent seasons, they have battled each other for the fourth Champion League spot but both will need to get a major wriggle on if they are to be in the mix this season. Aston Villa travel to the Riverside to take on Middlesbrough and a host of their own former players after an awful display in the second city derby last weekend. Middlesbrough have been playing very well and do deserve to be strong favourites.

Basketball
In the NBL this weekend, Townsville host Woolongong tonight and the Crocodile's need a win to keep their final's hopes alive. Woolongoong have been in good form and the Croc's will need to be at their best if they are to turn their season around.


 

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