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13th January 2005
Australia A and Pakistan play the second ever 20/20
game in Australia after a sold out crowd in WA earlier
this week at the Adelaide Oval tonight. Both sides
have some big hitters capable of amassing big totals
in the 20 overs. Australia A are slight favourites
with a few quick scoring players at the top of their
batting line up including Brad Haddin and James Hopes
capable of getting the Aussies off to a flyer.
first VB series match is played tomorrow with Australia
taking on the West Indies at the MCG. The Aussies
are clear favourites but the Windies are a very good
one day side more than capable of causing an upset.
The Windies will be reliant on a couple of their top
order batsmen making a big score with Chris Gayle
and Brian Lara both in very good form. The Aussies
deserve to start favourite just about every time they
go around but the Windies are definitely going to
give the Aussies a run for their money.
The Australian Open begins on Monday and the money
has come for the big guns in the men's draw. Roger
Federer has clearly been the best supported and is
a clear favourite. However, there has been some support
for a number of other players. Andy Roddick and Lleyton
Hewitt are the next two in the market and both have
come in for solid support while Andre Agassi and Guillermo
Coria have both been supported at bigger prices.
the women's draw, the bulk of support has been for
Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport while there
has also been good support for Alicia Molik who represents
Australia's best prospect in many years in the women's
There are some very important games for the top sides
in the English Premiership this weekend. Liverpool
take on Manchester United with both sides desperate
to stay in touch with Arsenal and Chelsea who have
pulled a gap at the top of the League. Two other teams
in the chasing pack, Middlesbrough and Everton, meet
at the Riverside in what should be a close encounter.
Both sides have exceeded expectations so far this
season and will be keen to keep the run going.
January 20th 2005
Australia take on the West Indies in the fourth VB
series match at the Gabba on Friday. Australia are
ruling favourites and their form certainly justifies
their short quote. The Windies have been well beaten
in their first two games while the Aussies have won
both of their games convincingly. The West Indies
best chance of an upset looks to be batting first
and hope the likes Gayle, Lara and Sarwan can post
a big total the Aussies may struggle to run down.
The smart money has all been for the Aussies at this
stage and it is difficult to see them being beaten.
The Buick Invitational is on this week and all the
big guns have come out to play. Tiger Woods, Vijay
Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson are amongst the
top class field. Singh is in the best form of his
life and does look to be the value with Tiger retaining
favouritism after strong support early this week.
The best supported roughies have been Luke Donald
and Shigeki Maruyama.
Chelsea look to have taken a stranglehold on the English
Premier League for the season and if Arsenal are to
apply any pressure for the remainder of the season
they cannot afford any more slip ups following last
week's shock loss to Bolton. The Gunners take on Newcastle
this weekend and the Geordies will also be desperate
for a win to keep them in contention for a place in
Europe next season.
United take on Aston Villa and the Red Devils must
win to have any hope of staying with the top two.
Villa has been disappointing lately but did have a
good win last weekend and United will have to be at
their best to get all three points.
The NFL playoffs are upon us and this weekend sees
the Falcons taking on the Eagles and New England playing
the Steelers. The Eagles have been well supported
and certainly look hard to beat in the NFC game. New
England and Pittsburgh are the two favourites to take
out the Superbowl and this game looks a little harder
to pick. Both sides have been in great form and despite
the Patriots being well supported favourites, the
Steelers will certainly take it to them.
27th January 2005
There have been few surprises at this year's
Australian Open with the men's semi-finals containing
the four early favourites for the tournament. Roger
Federer has looked near unbeatable through the whole
tournament but faces his toughest test yet in the
semis against the in form Marat Safin. In the other
semi, Aussie Lleyton Hewitt takes on Andy Roddick.
Hewitt has come through a marathon match against David
Nalbandian and will need to be back at the top of
his game to challenge Roddick. Federer is a ruling
favourite to win the tournament and it is hard to
see anyone beating him.
Pakistan take on the Windies at the Adelaide Oval
on Friday. Pakistan are favourites for the game and
have been well supported following some good performances
from their batsmen. Both sides have been largely outplayed
by Australia but have shown enough to suggest they
can pull a big performance out. Both sides have struggled
to chase large totals and the side that bats first
may well have a big advantage for this game.
The FA Cup continues this weekend and there are a
number of top class games being played. Manchester
United take on Middlesbrough and both sides will be
keen to get a good cup run going following good recent
league form. Portsmouth take on Southhampton in a
south coast derby and with both sides struggling in
the Premiership, they will be looking for a Cup win
to build some momentum for their relegation battle.
The Superbowl is just around the corner and New England
are strong favourites to beat Philadelphia. The Patriots
defeated Pittsburgh in what looks a stronger form
line than Philadelphia's win over the Falcons. The
Patriots are the defending champions and the money
says they will be hard to beat again this year.
February 10th 2005
The US PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach this weekend
and Vijay Singh is favourite to continue his dominance
in a strong field which also includes Phil Mickleson,
Davis Love, Jim Furyk and Mike Weir. Singh's current
form and previous Pebble Beach record has seen him
attract a lot of support from punters. The best backed
of the others are Luke Donald and young gun Charles
The English Premiership has a few crack games this
weekend with the Manchester derby attracting plenty
of interest from punters. City put up a very good
performance against champions elect Chelsea last week
but the Red Devils will be very keen to keep the pressure
on Chelsea with a win and punters have certainly backed
United strongly this week. Chelsea take on Everton
this weekend and the Blues will be keen to ensure
they do not slip up again which could give the chasing
pack a sniff of hope. Arsenal take on Crystal Palace
which they should win comfortably and a Chelsea loss
could reignite the Premiership race.
The ING Cup finals are just around the corner and
there is a full round of games this weekend. Queensland
has been well backed to beat Western Australia and
with the likes of Maher, Hayden, Bichel, Hopes and
Kasprowicz all in the side they certainly look hard
to beat. In other games, NSW has been heavily supported
to beat Victoria and there has been some support for
Tasmania as outsiders against South Australia.
17th February 2005
Footy season is already back with the Wizard Cup kicking
off on Friday night. St Kilda has a nice draw and
have been well supported favourites to take out the
Wizard Cup. There has also been support for Melbourne
and the Kangaroos at good odds. Sportingbet will be
betting on all the Wizard Cup games on match day with
head to head, line and margin betting available.
The one day series between Australia and New Zealand
starts in the Shaky Isle on Saturday with Australia
hot favourites to take out the series. The Aussies
consistency over the five games should see them take
the series but the Kiwis are a formidable one day
outfit and are more than capable of surprising Australia.
The ING Cup final is on this weekend and Queensland
has been well backed to beat Tasmania. The Bulls started
the season in fine fashion but have been hit by injuries
and a number of players on Australian duty. Queensland
remain strong favourites but Tasmania are certainly
not out of it with the likes of Bevan, Marsh and Di
Venuto all in good form.
Aussie Robbie Peden takes on America's Nate Campbell
for the vacant IBF Super Featherweight title in Melbourne
next week. Campbell dominated Peden in their last
bout but Peden caught Campbell off guard to record
a surprise victory. Campbell is unlikely to showboat
again and his dominance in the previous bout has seen
him be well supported as favourite.
The Blue Diamond market has turned on it's head following
some upset results in the preludes last weekend with
a number of the favoured runners now looking unlikely
to line up in the race. The Mick Price trained Perfectly
Ready is now favourite for the race following his
impressive win last weekend. The John Hawkes trained
The Rhine who followed Perfectly Ready home last weekend
has been well supported and is on the second line
of betting. The Colts and Gelding Prelude does look
to be the best form line for the Blue Diamond but
there is certainly some value for the fillies with
the Prelude winner Doubting in double figures at this
stage to take out the big one.
There is also Rugby league action this weekend with
the Charity Shield between St. George and South Sydney
doing battle at Aussie Stadium. St. George have a
star studded line up despite missing a few players
due to injury and are favourites to take care of perennial
cellar dwellers Souths.
February 24th 2005
The Super 12 kicks of this weekend and all three Aussie
sides have a good chance to get the season off to
a winning start. The Brumbies host the Crusaders and
have been well backed despite losing Matt Giteau to
injury. The Waratahs are favourites to take care of
the Chiefs who have had some support at odds after
a much improved season last year. Mat Rogers is in
doubt for the game and with inexperienced inside backs,
the Waratahs will need to be at their best to beat
the Chiefs. The Reds take on the Hurricanes at Ballymore
and the market points to a tight encounter. The Reds
can run hot and cold but with close to their best
side on the park should give the Hurricanes a big
run for their money.
The Blue Diamond is on at Caulfield on Saturday and
there are a host of hot youngsters in one of the more
open fields in recent years. The Tony Vasil trained
Opportunity has been the best backed runner and is
now outright favourite ahead of Perfectly Ready and
The Rhine. The Rhine, trained by John Hawkes, has
also had good support this week. Of the roughies there
has been money for Doubting, Line Account and Red
The Aussies gave the Kiwis another hiding in the second
one day international and are clear favourites to
maintain their dominance in the third match on Saturday.
Australia may be without second game hero Matt Hayden
but with Michael Clarke replacing him at the top of
the order they do not lose a great deal. The Aussies
have been well backed and will be keen to wrap the
series up as soon as possible.
The WGC Match Play Championship starts tonight and
Sportingbet will be betting on the head to head clashes
as well as the tournament winner. Tiger Woods is the
favourite to take the title but he faces a tricky
first up match against veteran Nick Price. The Aussies
have done well in match play in the past and Peter
Lonard, Adam Scott and Stuart Appleby are all in good
form and could give the tournament a real shake.
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