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Sports round up archive


Reprinted courtesy of Sportingbet Australia

Thursday July 7th 2005

NRL
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.

The 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.

AFL
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.

The 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.

In other games, Port Adelaide has had support against Melbourne despite a dismal display last weekend and Geelong has been well backed against Sydney.

Formula One
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 big prices.

Cricket
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.


Thursday 14th July 2005

AFL
There a couple of blockbusters in the AFL this weekend with West Coast hosting Brisbane and Geelong taking on Port.

The 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.

In other games, Geelong has been well backed against Port and Sydney has had some early support against Melbourne.

NRL
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.

The 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.

In other games, St George have had early support against Manly and Parramatta has been well backed at the line against the Raiders.

Golf
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.

Tennis
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.


Thursday 21st July 2005

Rugby League
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.

Melbourne 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.

AFL
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 the market.

The 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.

Cricket
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 an upset.

In 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.

Formula 1
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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