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May 5th 2005
The Rugby League representative season kicks off on
Friday night with the City vs Country game. Country
has selected a very strong forward pack and the early
money has been for them. It is traditionally a very
close game but punters have warmed to Country this
of the NRL games this weekend will depend on how players
back up from the Friday night game and punters have
warmed to the sides with little representation in
the game. Brisbane has been heavily backed against
Canterbury with money coming both straight out and
at the line. There has also been good money for the
Warriors who take on Cronulla in Perth.
In other games, the Cowboys have been well backed
to beat Parramatta and Canberra have had some support
as outsiders against Penrith who do have a number
of players backing up.
The upsets continued in the AFL last weekend and there
a number of interesting clashes again this weekend.
Friday night sees Melbourne taking on Adelaide at
the MCG and all the early money has been for the Demons
despite their loss to the Dockers last weekend. Punters
have forgiven the Demons loss in what was a Goalathon
last weekend and have backed them both straight out
and at the line.
The match of the round looks to the clash between
Geelong and St. Kilda at the Telstra Dome. Geelong
has been backed into slight favourites following Fraser
Gehrig's suspension for a 'love tap'. The Cats have
looked impressive all season and the punters have
certainly stuck with them this week to down the hot
and cold Saints.
other games, the Kangaroos have had some support to
maintain their stellar record against Port while punters
haven't warmed to the Tigers as favourites with some
support coming for Carlton.
This season has seen the transformation of the Waratahs
from pretenders to contenders. While the Reds have
not been able to produce consistent performances through
the Super 12, they always lift to beat the old enemy.
This could be the year the Waratahs turn it around
and finally beat Queensland and prove they are the
real deal. Or they could just falter again. The Waratahs
have been sensational this year and surely if they
are to ever beat Queensland this is the year. They
have been installed as short price favourites and
with Queensland missing some key players, the money
has been all for the Waratahs with few giving Queensland
a chance. But that is how the boys in red love it.
The Spanish Grand Prix is on at Catalunya this weekend
and after a slashing drive through the field to finish
second at the last GP, Michael Schumacher has been
installed as favourite despite the fact Fernando Alonso
has won the last three races. Schumacher and Alonso
have certainly been the two best backed but there
has also been some money for Giancarlo Fisichella
and Kimi Raikkonen.
May 12th 2005
Geelong take on Carlton at the Telstra Dome on Friday
night and punters believe the Cats are the way to
build the bank for the weekend. Geelong are ruling
favourites in the game but they do look near good
things to take care of the out of form Blues.
Coast has also been well supported to down the Saints
and stay top of the table after another convincing
performance against the Hawks last weekend.
has also been well backed this weekend to down Hawthorn
following their return to top form against Adelaide
other games, the Kangaroos have been well supported
against the Bulldogs and there has been good early
money for Sydney who host Port Adelaide.
The Dragons take on the Panthers on Friday night and
both teams are desperate for a win following indifferent
starts to the season. Both sides look to be returning
to top form with a number of key players returning
and the early money has been for the Dragons to maintain
their excellent record at WIN Stadium.
The match of the round looks to be the clash of the
Queenslanders with the Cowboys hosting the Broncos.
Punters have not been able to split the two sides
at this stage but the Cowboys have a great record
at home and will be keen to bounce back after a very
disappointing display against Parramatta last weekend.
However, the Broncos have won their last five and
tend to produce their best form as State of Origin
produced another courageous win last weekend but they
have gone up as outsiders against Cronulla and despite
the fact the Raiders keep winning, the early money
has been for the Sharks.
other games, there has been good money for the Roosters
to beat the Warriors and for the Bulldogs against
There is an important weekend of Rugby this weekend
with the final round of the Super 12. The Waratahs
finally broke their hoodoo with a clinical win over
the Reds last weekend and have been well supported
to beat the Blues and secure the minor premiership.
The Reds and Brumbies do battle at Lang Park with
both sides desperate to salvage something from disappointing
seasons. The Brumbies have been well supported as
favourites with the Reds in terrible form and without
key playmaker Elton Flatley and possibly backline
spark Chris Latham. The Brumbies will be without Stephen
Larkham but should have the depth to cover his loss
and get over the top of the Reds.
There is a big weekend of racing in Adelaide this
weekend with the Goodwood Handicap the feature on
Saturday and the Adelaide Cup on Monday. There are
plenty of interstate raiders who have come to take
on Adelaide's best sprinters with the Matthew Ellerton
trained Foreplay the favourite. Glamour Puss has also
attracted support while there has been plenty of money
from the West for star Perth sprinter Ellicorsam.
Concinero has been specked at big odds and probably
represents the best of the local hopes. Of the roughies
there has been some support for old timer Bomber Bill
and last year's winner Super Elegant.
19th May 2005
This week's NRL action is complicated by the absence
of a number of star players due to Origin duty. Parramatta
host Manly on Friday night. The Sea Eagles will be
without key forwards Ben Kennedy and Anthony Watnough.
Parramatta are an improved side and they have been
the subject of good early support both straight out
and at the line.
Newcastle has their best chance of recording a win
for a while with St. George losing many of their best
players to the Blues. However, Newcastle have been
terrible all season and without their first choice
halves and Danny Buderus it is hard to see them breaking
their duck and recording their first win for the season.
The match of the round looks to be Sunday's clash
between Penrith and Cronulla. A number of Panther's
players have been snubbed by Origin selectors and
will be keen to prove a point with a big performance.
The Sharks are in good form but without playmaker
Brett Kimmorley all the early money has been for the
The AFL action kicks off this weekend with the Saints
hosting Adelaide at Telstra Dome on Friday night.
St Kilda have some key players retuning to form but
there has been plenty of punters sticking with Adelaide
after a game performance against Brisbane last weekend.
St Kilda are clear favourites but the early money
has all been for the Crows to cause the first upset
of the weekend in a season of surprises.
were shock losers to Hawthorn last weekend and there
has been plenty of money to suggest they could go
down as favourites again this weekend. They take on
Carlton who play their last ever game at Optus Oval
this weekend and with a number of their legends present,
the Blues will have plenty to play for. There is an
argument that it is hard to pull your socks up if
you aren't wearing any but the Blues will surely be
up for a big performance this weekend.
has also been some support for Richmond who take on
Brisbane at the Gabba. The Tigers have already won
more games this year many thought they would win all
season but they looked like a team who knew how to
win against Collingwood last weekend and Brisbane
are still struggling a little.
The Super 12 semi-finals are on this weekend and the
Waratahs will be looking to secure their first Grand
Final appearance. The Waratahs are clear favourites
for the game but the Bulls are also in good form and
this game will definitely be a true test of whether
the Waratahs are the real deal or the pretenders of
the other semi, the Crusaders are dominant favourites
over the Hurricanes. The Crusaders accounted for Wellington
comfortably last week and punters don't see this week
being any different with all the money being for Canterbury.
The racing focus shifts to Brisbane this weekend with
the Doomben 10,000 being the feature. Boom sprinter
Takeover Target is the favourite for the race and
if he is at full fitness it is hard to see him being
beaten. He has clearly been the best backed runner
at this stage. Of the other runners, there has also
been good money Doncaster winner Patezza, St Basil
and champion mare Regimental Gal who looks to have
returned to her true form.
The FA Cup final is on this weekend with fierce rivals
Manchester United and Arsenal fighting for glory in
Cardiff. Arsenal has been in sensational form late
in the season and have been well supported as favourites.
However, United have proven time and again they cannot
be written off and will certainly provide the Gunners
with a challenge. The Champions League final is also
on next weekend with Liverpool taking on AC Milan.
AC are clear favourites for the game but Liverpool
have played above themselves right through the tournament
and if they continue to do so could cause an upset.
However, all the money has been for AC and they certainly
deserve to be favourites for the game.
26th May 2005
The in form Richmond take on Melbourne at the Telstra
Dome in Friday Night Football this weekend and there
has been good early money for the Tigers as outsiders.
The Tigers have consistently been outsiders this year
and have provided plenty of loyal punters with some
very nice results. However, Melbourne has also been
traveling well and with some key players returning
to full fitness do deserve to be favourites.
Hawks caused a boilover last weekend by thrashing
the heavily supported Dockers at Subiaco and they
take on the other conquerors of the West in Collingwood
who provided one of the shocks of the season by rolling
the Eagles. Hawthorn has been well supported early
as favourites and their form this season looks good
enough to take care of the Pies who have been terrible
for much of the year.
other games, there has been support for the Bulldogs
against Essendon and Sydney against St. Kilda while
West Coast, Adelaide and Geelong have all been very
popular with multi punters.
The Bulldogs take on the Cowboys in Friday night's
NRL action and with the Cowboys having six players
backing up from Origin, the Bulldogs are slight favourites
with Sportingbet Australia despite giving up home
ground advantage to play the game on the Gold Coast.
The Bulldogs produced a courageous victory over the
Storm last week and despite still being without a
number of key forwards punters have come for them
won their fourth consecutive away game last weekend,
defeating a very disappointing Panthers outfit and
they take on the improving Parramatta this weekend.
There has been good early money with Sportingbet Australia
for the Sharks who welcome back key playmaker Brett
Kimmorley from Origin duty.
have also been well supported to maintain their outstanding
record at Brookvale with a win over the hopelessly
out of form Panthers this weekend. They have been
well supported both straight out and at the line with
other games, Wests have had some support to beat the
Warriors while St. George have been backed as outsiders
against the Storm despite having a large contingent
backing up from Origin 1.
The Super 12 Final is on this weekend with the Crusaders
hosting the Waratahs in Christchurch. The Crusaders
are deservedly ruling favourites for the game as they
have been there and done it before while the Waratahs
are looking to shred their pretenders tag once and
for all. The Crusaders smashed the Hurricanes in their
semi while the Waratahs put in a courageous performance
to down the Bulls who had a first half lead. All the
smart money has been for the Crusaders to cover the
line with Sportingbet Australia and there is plenty
of value for Waratahs supporters who believe their
team can do the job.
Kostya Tszyu has arrived in England for his clash
with Manchester hero Ricky Hatton for the Undisputed
Light Welterweight Title next weekend. Kostya is the
reigning champion and as such deserves in mantle as
a well fancied favourite. The Poms have big wraps
on Hatton but he may not have the firepower to take
care of Tszyu and Sportingbet Australia expects the
money to keep coming for the Aussie.
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