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4th August 2005
The Cowboys take on the Dragons at Dairy Farmers on
Friday night to kick off this weeks NRL action. The
Dragons have been on fire in recent weeks and are
now clear second picks for the premiership. However,
the Cowboys look to be returning to top form and have
a great record up in Townsville. Punters have struggled
to split the two sides at this stage but the majority
of early money has been for the Dragons to continue
their hot run.
Warriors and Roosters should be out of finals calculations,
but other results going their way last weekend mean
they both still retain slim finals hopes if they win
this weekend. The Warriors take on Parramatta and
the Roosters play the struggling Panthers and both
sides have been well backed to keep their seasons
In other games, Newcastle has been well backed at
the plus against the Bulldogs and Brisbane have had
support both straight out and at the line against
AFL's Friday night game sees two sides going in opposite
directions on the ladder. St Kilda have been well
backed to win the flag this week following their drubbing
of the Demons last weekend, while Geelong are unloved
following a succession of losses. Punters don't think
anything will change this weekend with all the money
being for the Saints at this stage.
Kangaroos have been the best backed side this weekend
with a number of large bets coming for them to beat
the struggling Collingwood.
In other games, the Bulldogs have had some support
to upset West Coast and Sydney has been well backed
to beat the Bombers.
The second Tri Nations match is on this weekend with
New Zealand taking on the Springboks. All the money
has been for the All Blacks at this stage despite
the convincing manner in which the South Africans
disposed of the Wallabies. The Kiwis have also been
very heavily backed to win the Tri Nations following
the Wallabies loss.
11th August 2005
The 3rd Ashes Test starts tonight at Old Trafford.
The traditionally spin friendly pitch has been rolled
as flat and hard as possible so the expected showing
of McGill is looking unlikely. Lee has declared himself
fit for the Aussies and McGrath is being given until
the last minute to prove his fitness.
the Pommies their success in the nail-bitting finish
to the Edgbaston Test will give them a great deal
of confidence going into this test. They will most
likely field the same team that pipped the Aussies
at the post.
their close loss in the 2nd test the Aussies have
had good backing not to have a repeat performance,
with a draw also having some early support. In the
Special markets Justin langer and Ricky Ponting are
both well backed to have the highest score for the
Australia while Kevin Pietersen has been backed to
get the highest English batting Score.
For Shane Warne's 600th Wicket Michael Vaughan, who
has not had a good series with the bat so far, has
been the punters choice.
Parramatta take on the Bulldogs in Friday night Football.
With Canterbury missing a number of key players, there
has been an avalanche of early money for the Eels.
Parramatta recorded a good win against the Warriors
last weekend while Canterbury were again disappointing.
The Bulldogs will be desperate to win as a loss will
see their finals hopes plummet; however, they may
not have the cattle to down the Eels.
match of the Round sees Premiership favourites St.
George and Brisbane clash at Suncorp Stadium. The
Dragons have been well backed as slight outsiders
and if they can manage to play for 80 minutes, it
is hard to see anyone in the competition matching
In other games, Souths have had some support to upset
Canberra and the Roosters have been heavily backed
The battle of the West kicks off this weekend's AFL
action and all the early money has been for the Eagles
to down the hot and cold Dockers. The Eagles have
been the best side all season; but the Dockers are
capable of beating any side on their day.
Old enemies Carlton and Collingwood clash at the MCG
on Saturday and all the early money has been for the
In other games, Geelong has been well backed to continue
Melbourne's misery while the Lions have had some support
as outsiders against Sydney.
The English Premier League is on again with Manchester
United travelling to Eveton for what looks like an
easy match. There has been some long money betting
on Everton beating United, though the majority of
the money is for a Manchester win.
travel to Riverside to play Middlesbrough, with a
very even split in money in early betting.
The Wallabies and All Blacks have both suffered losses
in South Africa recently and will be desperate to
stay in Tri Nations calculations with a win on Saturday
night. The All Blacks have clearly been the best backed
side with money coming both straight out and at the
line. The Aussies have lost some key players but will
surely lift in Sydney against the Kiwis and that home
ground advantage will count for something.
The US PGA kicks off tonight withTiger Woods favourite
yet again. There has also been money for a number
of other players. Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and
Ernie Els have all come in for support but there has
also been plenty of money away from the usual suspects.
Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk and Englishman Luke Donald
have all been well backed at big prices. Of the Aussies,
Mark Hensby has been the best backed with support
coming for him to finish in the top ten and also the
as best of the Aussies.
August 18th 2005
St. Kilda put in another great performance last weekend.
This weekend the new flag favourites take on Fremantle
on Friday Night at Subiaco. Despite St. Kilda being
in sensational form, there has been very good early
support for the Dockers to cause an upset at home.
The Grand Final replay is on this weekend and it is
hard to see either Brisbane or Port featuring again
this year. Brisbane are slight favourites despite
last weekends thrashing from the Swans. There has
been some good support for the Port following a courageous
performance in the Adelaide Showdown last round.
other games, the Kangaroos have been backed as outsiders
against Sydney and the Bulldogs have been well backed
straight out and at the line against Melbourne.
Surprise packets Wests take on the Bulldogs in Friday
Night Football. Few would have thought it would be
the Tigers trying to secure a top four spot while
the Bulldogs are battling to scrape into the eight.
All the early money has been for the Tigers this weekend
after the under strength Bulldogs were smashed by
Parramatta last weekend.
The match of the round looks to be the clash between
St. George and Parramatta at Oki Jubilee Stadium on
Sunday. St. George have confirmed that they are the
real deal with a good win over the Broncos last weekend.
They have been well supported to down the Eels who
were also impressive themselves when they played the
Bulldogs last round.
other games, the Warriors have been well supported
against Newcastle while Souths have had some support
to cause an upset against the Roosters.
The English Premiership kicked off last weekend and
there were no real surprises with the big three all
winning. Chelsea takes on Arsenal this weekend and
Chelsea have been heavily backed as strong favourites
to continue their domination of English Football.
In other games, Tottenham have been well backed against
Middlesbrough and Blackburn have been heavily supported
Australia produced a disappointing display last weekend
as they were outplayed by a heavily backed All Blacks
team. The task doesn't get any easier for the Aussies
when they take on the in form Springboks in Perth.
The Wallabies are without several key personnel. The
Springboks are making a rare appearance as favourites
away from home and have been heavily backed for the
The close nature of the 3rd Test saw huge betting
throughout the whole match with Sportingbet holding
a record amount on the Test. Australia held on for
a hard fought draw. Despite England's dominance throughout
the last two matches, they are clear outsiders for
the 4th which starts on the 24th at Trent Bridge.
The Aussies are clear favourites but the draw has
been the best backed result at this stage.
August 25th 2005
The Western Bulldogs take on Collingwood at the Telstra
Dome in Friday night AFL action. The Dogs are expected
to win this match, though the question the punters
are asking is by how much. There has been good interest
in margin betting on this match, with the Bulldogs
winning by 40 plus the punters choice.
have had two great wins in a row and will be looking
for another smashing game of footy this weekend when
they take on lowly Hawthorn. As Expected Sydney are
firm favourites to win this game, with the lion share
of backing going their way, especially through multis.
travel to Port Adelaide as the underdog, though there
has been some good support for them at the line.
other games West Coast has had strong support against
Adelaide in the match that decides the Minor Premiership.
The Kangaroos are well backed to account for Carlton
and St Kilda are backed to finish the Lions off for
this season. What once would have been considered
one of the games of the round is now not the blockbuster
it may have seemed six weeks ago.
The Roosters travel to Suncorp to take on a Brisbane
team that is heading for a home semi-final in September.
Both teams are coming of close losses to teams ranked
lower on the table. There have been some big backers
for Roosters to cause an upset, though most money
has headed towards Brisbane to win at home.
One of the hardest fought matches this round will
be between the fourth placed Tigers and the fifth
placed Storm. The Tigers are coming of a record win
against the Dogs and will be looking to continue with
this momentum. The Storm has been heavily backed to
win at home and consolidate fifth position.
other games Manly are expected to fight back at home
against a disappointing New Zealand. Penrith are well
backed to beat Canterbury in a tight betting affair
and there has been money for North Queensland to cover
the start against Souths on the Central Coast.
South Africa travel to Dunedin to take on the All
Blacks on Saturday night. One more win will see the
Boks retain the Tri nations Trophy for another year.
If the Blacks win they will have a chance of snatching
the series in Auckland against a lacklustre Australia.
There will be mountains of pressure on both teams
to put in a good performance. The Springboks have
been well backed at the line, though most of the straight
out money has been placed on the All Blacks.
Australian Idol has started again and there has been
some early activity in this market. Chris Luder has
had some good support including some large bets on
him to win the Idol competition. Other performers
that have been well backed at this stage include,
Milly Edwards and Roxane Lebrasse.
The 4th Ashes Test starts tonight at Trent Bridge.
Warne has an outstanding record at this oval and should
have been looking forward to bowl there, though yet
again the groundsman has prepared a glass-topped pitch
for the bowlers.
Jones to figure prominently for the English and expect
a good debut from Shaun Tait for the Aussies who,
has somewhat mastered the art of swing bowling.
is real pressure on the Pommies to win this Test.
They have been in such a commanding position in the
last two Tests and have only managed a 2 run victory
in the Second Test and a draw in the third. This fact
and the fact that the Aussies are expected to hit
some form, has seen alot of early money go the Aussies
way, with the draw also popular.
Despite a poor showing with the bat so far this series,
Adam Gilchrist has had good support to find some form
at Trent Bridge and score the Aussies 1st Innings
batting high. Langer and Strauss are the punters'
favourites to be the first man out for each team.
With the ball McGrath has been well backed to take
more 1st Innings wickets than Harmision. The punters
are unsure how Test newcomer Tait will cope in a high
pressure test situation, so have given their early
support to Hoggard.
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