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Thursday April 14th 2005

There were plenty of surprises in the AFL last weekend with a number of favourites rolled but all the early money this week has been for the favourites to return to the winners list. The Kangaroos have been well supported to continue their unbeaten run on Friday night against Collingwood, who recorded a much needed win against Carlton last weekend.

Melbourne has been heavily supported for the flag this week and have also come in for good support to beat St. Kilda who were disappointing against the Kangaroos last weekend. The Swans came in for good support as outsiders last weekend to beat Brisbane and punters have rallied to back them again to beat Adelaide who also caused an upset last weekend rolling Port in the Adelaide Showdown.

The NRL also saw its share of upsets last weekend there does look to be some value there for punters again this weekend. The Bulldogs have been well supported against the Roosters on Friday night but there has been a sprinkling of smart money to say the Roosters can turn around their disappointing start to the season. The Roosters did go down to the Raiders last weekend but there were some encouraging signs to suggest a win this weekend is not out of the question.

Canberra remain undefeated but are outsiders again this weekend as they travel to Manly, one of the other surprise packets of the season so far. Manly got flogged by St. George last weekend and Canberra may be the value of the weekend. St. George recorded their first win of the season last week and that may provide the impetus for them to get their season back on track with a few wins. Punters have been unable to split St. George and the Broncos but St. George are at home and back to full strength and that win may give them the confidence to get over the top of the Broncos.

The Waratahs take on the Brumbies in what is a very important game for both sides final's chances. The Waratahs are still sitting on top of the Super 12 ladder but have lost their last two games and another Waratahs mid season capitulation could be on the cards. The Brumbies have lost their last three games and are currently outside the top four but have shown time and again they know how to produce wins at critical times. The Brumbies are at home and they have been the team punters have come for in early betting.

The FA Cup Semi-Finals are on this weekend with Manchester United and Arsenal ruling favourites to progress to the final. Arsenal take on Blackburn who have struggled this season but with little else to play for they may be able to produce a surprise. United take on Newcastle who have been experiencing significant internal problems and it is hard to see them lifting to upset United.

The AFL Footy Show's Screamers is back again this year and tonight Russell Robertson from Melbourne is going head to head with former West Coast star Karl Langdon. Robertson has shown a bit of singing talent and with Langdon's form largely unexposed at this stage, Robertson is a clear favourite

Thursday April 21st 2005

Rugby League
The Rugby League representative season kicks off this Friday night with the Aussies taking on New Zealand in Brisbane. Australia have a class line up and do look near unbeatable on paper, however New Zealand has produced plenty of surprises in the past. All the money has been for Kangaroos at this stage but New Zealand are a very big price and if the Kangaroos show any complacency, the Kiwis are more than capable of causing an upset.

In the NRL, there has been some good support for Cronulla against the Broncos with a number of Brisbane's players having to back up from the test. In other games, St. George has been well supported against the Roosters, Melbourne has been well backed at the line against Canberra and both North Queensland and Souths have had support as outsiders.

Port Adelaide take on Geelong on Friday night at AAMI Stadium and despite having a disappointing result against Carlton last weekend, there has been plenty of early money for the premiers to get their season back on track. There has been good early money for Melbourne to beat the Swans up at the SCG. Both sides were very disappointing last weekend but Melbourne were the flag favourites a week ago and their early season form should not be discarded.

Essendon take on Collingwood in the ANZAC Day clash at the MCG and both sides are traveling poorly. Essendon blew a big lead against Geelong last weekend while Collingwood have been a little unlucky the last couple of weeks. The early money has been for Collingwood as outsiders but both sides are struggling to win games.

Horse Racing
Two Australian horses are shooting for greatness this weekend when Elvstroem and Grand Armee take on the world in the 2000m Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. Sportingbet will be offering fixed price betting on the race as well as head to head betting between the two Aussie horses. Grand Armee is Australia's present weight for age champion following a number of recent retirements and will be sure to give punters a site in what is a top quality field. Elvstroem is coming off the back off a sensational win in Dubai to prove that the Aussie form will hold up on the world stage and if he is allowed to get the same run as he did in Dubai, Elvstroem could certainly salute again.

Formula One
The San Marino Grand Prix is on at Imola this weekend and Fernando Alonso just retains favouritism after winning the last two races over Michael Schumacher who has been below par so far this season. Schumacher and Ferrari do have a great record at Imola and if their new car produces what is expected of it, then this may be the best price seen about Schumacher for the rest of the season. Alonso's form is sensational and he would be a lot shorter if punters failed to continue to support Schumacher who has rewarded so often in the past. There has also been good money for Melbourne winner Giancarlo Fisichella and McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen.

Thursday April 28th 2005

The Broncos scored a come from behind win over the Sharks last weekend and have been well supported to roll this seasons surprise packet, Manly, at Lang Park on Friday Night. The Broncos have lost Tonie Carroll and Barry Berrigan to injury but punters have still been keen to back them both straight out and at the line.

The best backed side this week has clearly been St. George who have attracted a number of large wagers for their clash with the Tigers at Telstra Stadium. The Tigers have been giant killers this season and despite the wave of support for the Dragons must have a chance.

In other games there has been good support for Newcastle against Canberra and Melbourne against Cronulla while the Warriors and Parramatta have attracted support as outsiders.

In the AFL, Carlton take on Hawthorn on Friday night and punters have been unable to split the two sides so far. Carlton opened the week as favourites but Brendan Fevola's suspension and some money for the Hawks has seen the market move to pick them.

The Lions are currently sitting at the bottom of the ladder but have had some support to beat Essendon who recorded a solid win over the struggling Pies on Anzac Day. Brisbane welcome back Jonathon Brown but he alone will not be enough to get the Lions back on track unless other senior players stand up alongside him.

Rugby Union
The Super 12 is reaching crunch stages and both the Brumbies and Waratahs will be desperate to record victories this weekend. The top of the table Waratahs travel to Otago to take on the Highlanders this weekend who have been in outstanding form, currently sitting third on the ladder. The Waratahs will be desperate to down the Highlanders to maintain their position and hopefully a home final. The Brumbies have slipped out of the top four and face a must win game against fellow final's contenders, the Hurricanes. The Brumbies are still without some key players and there has been plenty of support for Wellington.

The NBA finals series is in full swing and there are games on both Friday and Saturday this week. On Friday, the Houston Rockets take on the Dallas Mavericks at Houston and the Rockets are returning home with a 2-0 lead. The Mavericks must win to get themselves back in with a realistic hope of winning the series. On Saturday, Detroit travel to Philadelphia having won their first two games at home. Philadelphia have had some support to turn the tables at home and get back into the series.

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