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Thursday August 3rd 2006

The Saints will take on the Eagles in a cracking match on Friday night. West Coast will be backing up after their easy win over competition leaders Adelaide whilst the Saints are coming off a thumping victory against the hapless Tigers. The Eagles mid field worked a treat last week in an ominous sign for the remainder of the season. The Saints are fast becoming the Victorian pick to challenge for the flag and if Fraser Gehrig can manage to score at will like last week they are serious contenders.

On Saturday night the first placed Adelaide outfit will take on the fourth placed Collingwood. The Crows showed last week that they can be vulnerable, especially against a strong midfield, with inaccurate kicking also contributing to the Crows large loss. For the Pies their last up win against the Hawks will have been good for team morale which they will need this week as the Crows will bounce back hard in front of their home crowd.

The fast finishing Eels will take on the Dragons in Friday night NRL action. The Eels have won their last six matches and a home win this week could see them inside the top eight. The Dragons went down in a close match to the competition leaders Storm last weekend and will be looking to atone for that loss. The Dragons will have to come to terms with the fact that they will not have Mark Gasnier in the team. Momentum is certainly with the Eels at the moment.

The Roosters had a very promising win over the struggling Cowboys last week, turning around a 16 point deficit. This week they will take on the unpredictable Knights at Central Coast Stadium. The Roosters looked a different team when the forwards made good yards. With the extra room to operate, Brett Finch had his game of the season so far. The Knights have had an up and down run of form lately and will be looking to put back to back wins together as well. Both teams have very good play makers so the team that dominates up front should win the match.

Tri Nations Rugby
Last week's much hyped clash between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at times did not live up to expectations. The All Blacks dominated at the break down and the Aussie scrum still looks highly suspect. The Aussie forwards did win the line out contest though which will give the pack something to build on. John Connolly is opting for yet more size in the forwards, bringing in West Australian Tia McIsaac at hooker and New South Welshman Wycliff Palu at number 8. South Africa will be smarting after their last loss to the Wallabies and will come out this Saturday night with plenty to play for. The Springbok pack will not want another repeat performance. Aussie supporters will hope that the Australian pack has learnt some lessons out of last week's loss.

The Buick Open Golf tournament kicks off tonight in an event that should see some low scoring golf. Tiger Woods is the current pick to take out the event, he is currently quoted as a $3.00 favourite. Past winners Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk follow in the betting. Australian Geoff Ogilvy is currently quoted at $17.00.

Thursday August 10th 2006

On Saturday the match between the Demons and the Swans could almost be the start of their finals campaign. The teams are sitting at third and fourth respectively on the table. There is a lot of pressure from lower placed teams, so a win this weekend could mean the difference between a top eight spot and the all important home semi final. The Swans team is slowly finding the form that won them the flag last year with the Swans defence back to their best. The Demons have lost some key personnel and with their disastrous loss to Carlton last week, the team will really need to lift if they are to be a force in September.

This Sunday, Premiership leaders the Adelaide Crows will take on the eighth placed Dockers. The Dockers have been in great form lately winning their last five matches. The Dockers squad will be almost back to full strength this week which is just as well when taking on the Crows. The Crows have been less than convincing in the last two rounds. In round 16 they were beaten soundly by the Eagles and then last week they just snuck home against Collingwood. Out of last weeks win there have been two key injuries to the Crows with the loss of Brett Burton and Ben Hart. This week the Dockers could achieve another upset over the competition leaders.

Premiership Season On Friday night the Knights will host the Sea Eagles. This match is important for both teams as they are sitting at fourth and fifth on the ladder and a slip up by either team could see them at the bottom half of the final eight. This week, the Sea Eagles start a difficult run with both the Bulldogs and Storm to be played before the end of the season. The Knights have found a bit of form and are looking good to make the finals this year and with a relatively easy run home a win this round will set them up.

On Sunday the grudge match between the Bulldogs and the Dragons will be played at Telstra Stadium. The Dogs are coming off the back of a very strong win over the Cowboys and are looking in premiership winning form. For the Dragons they have slumped to a four game losing streak and with an uncertain run home they will need to start finding some wins to stay in the top eight.

The US Open kicks off this month. In the men's draw World number one Roger Federer will start the tournament as favorite. His nemesis Rafael Nadal is on the next line of betting even though the hard American courts will favour other players. The Americans Blake and Roddick will be well fancied as their form has been good leading into the tournament. The inconsistent Safin and the out of sorts Hewitt are also ranked highly in the betting.

In the Women's draw World number 2 Kim Clijsters will head into the event as favourite followed by Justine Henin-Hardenne, Maria Sharapova and World number one Amelie Mauresmo.

Thursday August 24th 2006

For the 2006-07 A-League season Sydney FC is once again favourites heading into the competition with last years minor premiers Adelaide United on the next line of betting. Last years runner-up Central Coast Mariners are rated third pick and they have history of being there at finals time. Back the Winner and get a Free $10 Bet. Place a minimum $20 bet on the A-League winners market now and we will give you a free $10 bet to place on any available Soccer market.

The South Australian showdown could appear a mis-match on paper with the Crows 32 competition points ahead of the Power. However, all this could go out the window as neither team will want to lose this local derby. These two teams last met in round 6 this year with the Crows winning convincingly. Over the last month the Crows, who were highly fancied for the flag, have dropped off the pace losing three of their last four matches. Port are not travelling much better, getting their first win since round 13 against the Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago. The Crows will head into this match as favourites, though if they have an off night Port will pounce.

One of the greatest rivalries in AFL will take place this weekend when the West Coast Eagles host the Fremantle Dockers at Subiaco Oval. This game should be one of the biggest Western Derby matches played as there is so much at stake. The Eagles are sitting first on the ladder while the Dockers have moved into fourth after their seventh win in a row. A win by either team will go a long way to cementing their position on the ladder while a loss could see them drop a spot. The Dockers task will be made difficult due to the strength of the Eagles midfield, there is so much talent there for the Eagles that it will be hard for the Dockers to shut down this area of play. For the Eagles it will be a priority to stem the goals scored by the Dockers as they have scored a least 95 points in their last seven games.

Friday night NRL action will see the Bulldogs take on the Eagles at Brookvale Oval. The teams are sitting at second and third place on the table so this match will be a good measure for both teams heading into finals footy. The Dogs were looking great until their match last week when the team fell apart in their loss to Brisbane. The match was also terrible for the Dogs fans as they lost Willie Tonga and Roy Asotasi to injury while prop Willie Mason is out through suspension.

The Sea Eagles are travelling well winning five of their last six matches. The Sea Eagles haven't lost to the Dogs at home since 1996 and this match will go right down to the wire, though Manly are in with a great chance of maintaining that record. On Sunday the resurgent Eels will host the Broncos. The Broncos spectacularly snapped their losing streak with a 30-0 win over the Dogs last week. This week the Broncos have the opportunity to move into outright fourth position on the ladder if they can halt the Eels run. It is hard to believe that the Eels were sitting second last on the ladder after round 17 as they are now fighting for a home semifinal appearance. The loss of Nathan Cayless is a blow to the Eels especially since the Broncos boast some exceptional forwards.

After Tiger Woods won the US PGA last week, it is hard to see anyone challenging him when he is in top form. He will head into the Bridgestone Invitational as the clear favourite. He is followed in the betting by Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson. Australian Adam Scott is currently quoted at $26.00 after his fourth position at the US PGA.

The US Open kicks off this month. In the men's draw World number one Roger Federer will start the tournament as favourite. His nemesis Rafael Nadal is on the next line of betting even though the hard American courts will favour other players better. The Americans Blake and Roddick will be will fancied outsiders as their form has been good leading into the tournament. In the Women's draw the field is wide open with any number of players capable of taking out the event. Maria Sharapova is the current pick with Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo following in the betting.

Thursday 31st August 2006

The Eagles were looking like the team to beat heading into the AFL finals series, even though their four game winning streak was ended when the Dockers beat them last week. The Eagles will play the Tigers this week and while the Tigers can't make the finals, early money suggests they could prove a headache for the Eagles. The Eagles have struggled to score goals for parts of this season relying on their strong mid-field to protect this weakness. If the Eagles stumble again this week, they could potentially meet the Dockers in the first week of the finals and with the Dockers already winning both games against them this season the Eagles will have plenty to play for this weekend.

A win for the Crows could see them win back the minor premier position from the Eagles, though after losing four of their past five matches and some of their best players to injury, this may be a hard task. The Demons are sitting in fourth position on the ladder at the moment. A loss for them this week will see them slip out of the top four and into a sudden death situation in the finals. The injury plagued Crows will be looking to find some form heading into the finals though the Demons have much more to play for at the moment and should be too good on the day.

Before last weeks loss to Brisbane the Eels were sitting in fourth place and looking forward to a home game in the first week of the finals. Now, even if they win against the Cowboys they will still face a sudden death match. The question in the win or loss will be who they will play. After a intense nine week winning run the Eels went down 23-0 last week whilst their opponents this week, the Cowboys, snapped a four-match losing streak to beat Souths 34-12. Interestingly, it was the Cowboys who ended the Eels 2005 campaign and this year they can seriously dent the Eels 2006 title aspirations.

For Manly the chance of playing a home semi-final will come down to them beating minor-premiers Melbourne this Saturday. Manly won last week with a great 78th minute field goal to beat the second placed Dogs and they are also one of the four teams who have beaten the Storm this year with a 34-12 point win in round 11. The Storm beat the eight placed Raiders last week by four points, so they will need to be on their game in this match which could be considered a finals match come a week early.

Tri Nations Rugby
When the Springboks and All Blacks take the field in Rustenburg this Saturday night both teams will have a number of changes in their line-ups. For the Boks these changes are an attempt to end a five game losing streak, while for the Blacks it is a chance to give players a run while resting some of their big names.

Tiger Woods has clearly been the dominate Golf player this year. This weekend he will head into the Deutsche Bank Championship as a strong favourite. Australian Adam Scott, who has performed well at his last two appearances, is on the next line of betting along with world number four Vijay Singh. Will anybody be able to challenge the consistency of Woods this weekend?


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