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Thursday June 3rd

AFL

It should be easy pickings for AFL tipsters this weekend. All games have short priced favourites with Essendon the shortest at $1.10. Many punters will bet at the $1.90 line but Sportsbet have listed a pick 4 and two pick fives. Simply select AFL-Round 11 matches and then select pick 4 or pick 5 from the Bet Type Box. You may of course pick your own multi with any combinations as usual.

NRL

The big betting game of the round 13 should be Fridays nights clash between the top of the table Roosters and fourth placed Canterbury. Roosters are firm favourites at $1.48 but there will be big betting action at the line of 6 @$1.90 for both teams. Value of the round may be the Warriors $2.10 at home to Canberra after the exit of Warriors coach Daniel Anderson. Teams who change coaches mid season have a habit of playing above themselves next game.

Rugby League - Bulldogs Out For Revenge

The match of round 13 will be the clash between the Bulldogs and the Roosters in Friday night football. When Canterbury and the Roosters met in round three, last year's finalists held the Bulldogs to nil while scoring 35 points before the game was plunged into anarchy as fans rioted at Aussie Stadium. Officials will be hoping the scenario won't be repeated this Friday. The Bulldogs could be without Braith Anasta and Tony Grimaldi as both are struggling to recover from injury. The Roosters have no such concerns and will have Craig Wing and Anthony Minichiello back in the side after their suspensions following the infamous Origin One bonding session.

Meantime, the Rabbitohs have the bye this weekend following another week of turmoil which has seen the sacking of coach Paul Langmack. Premier league mentor Arthur Kitinas has been named as caretaker until the end of the season.

In upcoming games, the Storm meets the Tigers, St George-Illawarra takes on the Cowboys, Newcastle is at home to Parramatta, the Warriors play Canberra, Manly hosts the Panthers and Brisbane tackles Cronulla.

AFL - Barry, Not So Big and Bad

Full-forward Barry Hall will suit up for the Swans when they meet front-runners St Kilda at the SCG this Sunday. Hall has been cleared of striking at the AFL tribunal because of a lack of evidence and will take his place in a Sydney side looking to break St Kilda's unbeaten run so far this season. Swans forward Nick Davis is in doubt for the match with an ankle injury while the Saints have no notable injury worries although fatigue could be an issue. Coach Grant Thomas called off training earlier in the week believing many of his players were tired. Thomas says the small SCG will also prove a challenge for his big forwards.

Meantime Collingwood has the chance to move further up the ladder after a horror start to the season when it takes on West Coast on Friday. The Magpies are going for three wins in a row but will probably be without skipper Nathan Buckley as team management doesn't want to risk Buckley's hamstring again.

Also playing: Hawthorn and Essendon, Adelaide and Carlton, Brisbane and Port Adelaide, the Kangaroos and Richmond, the Western Bulldogs and Geelong and Fremantle and Melbourne.

Tennis - Coria on Track at Roland Garros

The Argentines have shown their prowess on clay with three making it to the men's semi-finals of the French Open. Argentina is guaranteed of at least one countryman in the men's final at Roland Garros as three are contesting the semi-finals with Great Britain's Tim Henman the odd man out. Henman, the number nine seed, takes on Guillermo Coria who is arguably the favourite to win the title. The number three seed beat Carlos Moya in straight sets to advance while Henman only needed the three sets against Juan Ignacio Chela to go through. Gaston Gaudio takes on ninth seed David Nalbandian in the other semi after easily disposing of Australia's Lleyton Hewitt. Nalbandian had the toughest quarter final of them all, taking four sets to defeat former champion Gustavo Kuerten.

Argentina is also still represented in the women's draw with 14th seed Paola Suarez playing Russia's Elena Dementieva (9) for a berth in the finals. Another Russian, Anastasia Myskina, is the highest seed still left in the draw after the quarter final departure of Serena and Venus Williams and Amelie Mauresmo. The sixth seed takes on America's Jennifer Capriati (7) in the other semi.

Rugby Union - Sorry Scots

Test rugby returns to Australia in less than a fortnight's time with Scotland and England both touring ahead of the Tri-Nations in July. Scotland plays a test against Samoa in New Zealand then the Waratahs next Tuesday ahead of the first test against Australia on June 13 in Melbourne. So far, the Scots have been walloped by the Reds and while they did post a win over New South Wales Country, many believe the game showed the lack of confidence the side is feeling. Since the World Cup last year, Scotland has been decimated by both retirement and injury and since the team's arrival in Australia a number of players have gone home after suffering tour-ending injuries already. A win over Samoa in the test on Friday will provide a huge boost for Scotland as will a win over an under-strength New South Wales side. The Waratahs will be an unfamiliar team as many are away with commitments to the Wallabies, under-21 and sevens teams. Australia will play two tests against Scotland on Jun 13 and 19 before the World Cup final re-match against England on June 26.


Monday June 28th

Rugby League - Terrible Tigers

The Wests Tigers have been forced to go back to the drawing board, again. Tigers fans would have thought the team couldn't sink any lower after being thrashed by the Dragons but then came the game against the Roosters. The Wests Tigers have now conceded 106 points in two weeks and have recorded nil. They've slipped out of the eight and are facing a tough away match against the Raiders next weekend. Canberra produced the biggest upset of the round last weekend, beating the Broncos to sneak, once again, into playoff contention in eighth spot.

Meantime Newcastle was another side to put 50 points on a team in round 16, annihilating Manly. The Knights needed the win for self confidence as much as for their finals hopes as the side hadn't won a game in four matches. Newcastle meets Cronulla next weekend, the Sharks coming off the bye. All teams next week will be without their representative players ahead of the third State of Origin match as both teams will be selected this week.

Wimbledon - Henman in the Scud's way to the Quarter Finals

A tough year for Mark Philippoussis is a few Wimbledon games away from turning into one of his best. Coming into the third grand slam of the year, the Scud hadn't won a singles match in months. Philippoussis has now made it to the fourth round where he will meet British hope Tim Henman. The pair has played each other six times with Philippoussis winning four of those matches including their only other Wimbledon encounter in 2000. A win will set up a quarter-final match against either Belgium's Xavier Malisse or Mario Ancic from Croatia.

Lleyton Hewitt has also made it to the fourth round and has a very tough opponent in Spaniard Carlos Moya. They've never played against each other on grass and Hewitt should have the edge. The winner will play either defending champion Roger Federer or big Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the quarter finals.

There are no Australians left in the women's draw but still a number of big names. Fifth seed Lindsay Davenport takes on number twelve seed Russian Vera Zvonareva in the round of sixteen while Serena Williams (1) and Amelie Mauresmo (4) are still in contention after easy third round wins.

Euro 2004 - Greece Looks to Continue the Fairytale

The make-up of the Euro 2004 semi-finals has been determined with the biggest surprise being the inclusion of Greece. Greece hadn't won a game in a major tournament coming into this year's European Championships and now finds itself facing a semi-final against the Czech Republic on Thursday in Porto after beating France. The Czech Republic has made it to the final four after a convincing win over Denmark in the quarter finals. The Czechs are in fantastic form, winning all their games so far in Euro 2004 and with a host of players performing at their peak such as Milan Baros and Pavel Nedved. Greece will be boosted by the probable return of midfielder Stylianos Giannakopoulos who missed the quarter final with a calf injury.

Portugal plays the Netherlands in Lisbon on Wednesday in the other semi-final amid rumours of a rift in the host nation's team between coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and skipper Luis Figo who was angry about being taken off early in the win against England. The Dutch are likely to be without captain Frank de Boer who has suffered an ankle injury.

AFL - Soaring Swans

Things are going back to normal next weekend after the split round 13. Sydney's victory over Collingwood at Telstra Stadium finished round 13 and also possibly the Magpies hopes of a finals berth. The Swans travel to Optus Oval for Carlton next weekend with no injury concerns after the Collingwood game. In an added boost injured players Adam Schneider and Andrew Schauble could also return for either the Blues game or the match against Adelaide in round 15. Carlton will be without Brendan Fevola through suspension and Lance Whitnall who has been injured. The Swans are currently in eighth position while the Blues are sitting two spots behind in tenth.

Collingwood, still hopeful of making the finals despite the loss to Sydney, next takes on Hawthorn - a team having a more terrible season than the Pies. Collingwood don't have any injury worries ahead of the match. Meantime Adelaide takes on Melbourne in their round 14 match. It will be the Crows first game following the retirement of football great Wayne Carey.

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