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July 7th 2005
In form sides Parramatta and St. George kick off this
week's NRL action at Parramatta Stadium on Friday
night. The Eels have been the surprise packet of the
season and deserve to hold favouritism for this clash
with the star studded Dragons. Despite having a number
of players backing up from Origin, there has been
some good early money for the Dragons.
best backed team early has been the Tigers who are
running hot at the moment. They take on the Roosters
at Telstra Stadium and with the Roosters also having
a strong Origin contingent, the Tigers do look good
value as outsiders.
In other games, Cronulla have been heavily backed
at the line against the Rabbitohs and Manly have had
some support against the Panthers.
The Kangaroos will attempt to continue their giant
killing form against ladder leaders, West Coast, at
the Telstra Dome on Friday night. The Kangaroos have
won plenty of games as outsiders this year but all
the early money has been for the Eagles to continue
their great run with another win.
Tigers have been well backed against Essendon in what
looks to be a hard game to line up. Both sides have
had their problems recently but the Tigers look to
be coming out the other side and a win would be a
huge boost to their Top 8 hopes.
other games, Port Adelaide has had support against
Melbourne despite a dismal display last weekend and
Geelong has been well backed against Sydney.
The British Grand Prix is on this weekend and Kimi
Raikkonen is the clear favourite following a recent
run of hot form. Next in the market comes championship
leader Fernando Alonso who has been the best backed
driver at this stage. There has also been good support
for Juan-Pablo Montoya and Giancarlo Fisichella at
The first NatWest Challenge game is on Thursday night
and Australia are clear favourites despite failing
to close out the last game against the Poms. England
would have grown in confidence through the triangular
series and will be ready to take it to the Aussies
before the Ashes. However, all the early money has
been for the Aussies to establish their dominance
early with a win in the first game. There has also
been good money for Andy Symonds and Mike Hussey in
the Australia high bat. Both players have been in
good form and with the top order not firing, they
should get the chance to bat some overs.
14th July 2005
There a couple of blockbusters in the AFL this weekend
with West Coast hosting Brisbane and Geelong taking
week's action gets underway with the clash between
Essendon and Collingwood. Both sides have struggled
this season and are playing for nothing more than
pride. There has still been plenty of interest from
the punters with the majority of money coming for
Essendon as outsiders.
The game of the week is undoubtedly the clash between
the two favourites for the flag. West Coast are clear
favourites to win the game and punters have backed
them strongly both straight out and at the line.
other games, Geelong has been well backed against
Port and Sydney has had some early support against
The struggling Panthers take on the Bulldogs at Penrith
Stadium on Friday night. All the early money has been
for the Bulldogs to continue their revival. The Panthers
just scraped past Manly last weekend and the Bulldogs
look to be returning to top form. The punters are
counting on that form to be good enough for the win.
Broncos take on Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday
and the Storm have come in for good support as outsiders.
Melbourne has a good record against Brisbane and the
punters have responded by backing them both straight
out and at the plus.
other games, St George have had early support against
Manly and Parramatta has been well backed at the line
against the Raiders.
The British Open starts tonight at St. Andrews and
Tiger Woods is again a clear favourite. Woods has
been very heavily backed but there has been support
for a number of other players. There has been good
money for usual suspects Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson
and Vijay Singh while Jim Furyk and Davis Love have
been backed at big prices.
Of the Aussies, Adam Scott has been the best backed
but there has also been money for Mark Hensby and
Rod Pampling at huge odds.
Australia take on Argentina in the Davis Cup this
weekend and despite being depleted by injury and the
retirement of Todd Woodbridge, the Aussies are still
favourites to take out the tie. Australia will be
relying heavily on Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs.
Australia's big advantage is the surface, with the
Argentinians not too comfortable on the grass although
David Nalbandian has made a Wimbledon final.
21st July 2005
The NRL action kicks off with the blockbuster between
the Broncos and the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on
Friday night. Both sides are back to near full strength
and this promises to be one of the games of the season.
The Broncos have come in for good early support after
a number of clinical displays in recent weeks while
the Bulldogs have run a little hot and cold.
have also come in for good early support for their
clash with the Roosters who suffered a bad loss to
the Warriors last week and are now in some danger
of missing the eight. In other games, the Warriors
have been well backed against the Raiders and Souths
have had some early support to upset the Tigers.
West Coast have cemented their position as outright
favourites for the Flag with a convincing win over
Brisbane last weekend. This week they take on the
Swans, who have moved into the top four after their
win last week, at the SCG in what looks to be the
match of the round. There has been good money for
the Eagles but the Swans do have a good record at
home, so the two sides have remained very close in
round kicks off with St. Kilda taking on Collingwood
at the Telstra Dome. The Saints are raging favourites
and the moment, being the only team punters have backed
at this stage. In other games, Fremantle have been
well backed against Melbourne and the Hawks have been
backed to down Carlton and probably condemn them to
finish with the Wooden Spoon.
The Ashes series begins with the First Test at Lords
on Thursday night and despite mixed lead up form,
the Aussies have been very heavily backed. The Aussies
are clear favourites for The Test and The Series and
since the conclusion of the one day matches, there
has been very little support for the Poms to cause
the exotic markets, Andrew Strauss has been well backed
for the English high bat and Ricky Ponting has come
in good support for the Australians. Marcus Trescothick
has also been well backed to be Glenn McGrath's 500th
test wicket, hopefully early on day one.
The German Formula 1 Grand Prix is on this weekend
with Kimi Raikkonen the favourite following his recent
good run of form. Championship leader Fernando Alonso
is the second pick and has come in for good support
to extend his lead at the top. British Grand Prix
winner, Juan Pablo Montoya and Giancarlo Fisichella
have also had some support while defending champion
Michael Schumacher has largely been left alone by
punters at this stage.
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