Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Third ashes test preview

England’s comprehensive victory inside four days in the second test means Australia have to win to keep their Ashes hopes alive.

Anything over than an Aussie victory will at least see England retain the Ashes, however with the real possibility of a 5-0 whitewash on the cards, England will certainly be going gung ho!

Team News
England have called up Monty Panesar to the 14 man squad ahead of the test match at Old Trafford with the pitch likely to spin more than the previous two.

James Taylor and Chris Tremlett have also both earned recalls for the game, however both will only start should others fail fitness tests.

Taylor has been selected due to the calf injury Kevin Pietersen sustained during the second match, with the Surrey batsmen’s selection for the third test still up in the air.

With both Steven Finn and Graeme Onions dropped for the third test match, Tremlett has been called up for cover for the trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan.

After making two changes for the second match, Australia will once again change their starting XI come Thursday.

The series ending injury to James Pattinson means another quick will have to come in, with the decision to recall Mitchell Starc from the first test or Jackson Bird the dilemma Australia are facing.

David Warner scored a fantastic hundred for the Australian B squad against South Africa last week and many feel he’ll be selected.

Warner, who lost his place for disciplinary reasons, has previously opened for Australia, however may have to do with batting in the lower regions of the Aussie line up.

Betting Tips
England once again are favourites and can be best found at 33/40 with Bet Victor.

After the way the Australian batting line up crumbled at Lords, it’s hard to look past another England win.

The break will certainly have favoured the Aussies though, as they were given another chance to impress in a warm-up match with numerous batsmen scoring runs at Hove.

Steve Smith and Phillip Hughes both failed at Lords, however between them nearly scored 200 in the first innings against Sussex, with Smith scoring an impressive ton.

At 4/1 with the majority of bookies, this is the longest you’ll find Australia to win a test match, however only the way they’ve been bowling this series gives you any justification as to backing them!

England to win the 3rd test match – 33/40 with Bet Victor

Top Batsmen
Alastair Cook has so far failed with the bat this series, scoring just one half-century to date.

The England captain however usually does score big at least once in a series and at 5/1 with Coral, there is a lot of value in backing him to be England’s top run scorer at Old Trafford.

As for the Aussies the only world-class batsmen in their line-up is as short as 3’s and I suggest looking elsewhere especially given how he gave his wicket away to Joe Root last time out.

When Hughes has got in he has scored runs this series (granted was only once) and on the back of a good knock against Sussex, I suggest a small wager on Hughes at 6/1.

Alastair Cook to be England’s top run scorer in the match – 5/1 with Coral
Phillip Hughes to be Australia’s top run scorer in the match – 6/1 with numerous bookies

Other bets
Ryan Harris top Australian Wicket Taker – 5/2 with majority of bookies
Graeme Swann top English Wicket Taker – 3/1 with bet 365

Monday, 1 July 2013

Wimbledon quarter-final tips

Wimbledon Quarter-Final previews
Whatever happens from here, the 2013 Wimbledon Championships will be forever known as one of the most entertaining, with so many shock defeats.

In the first week alone the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova all bit the dust, before the dominant force of Women’s tennis Serena Williams was incredibly beaten yesterday.

Up next is the quarter-final stage of the women’s tournament, whilst half of the men’s quarter-finals will have to wait till Wednesday.

Not sure who to back to make the semi-finals, then here is a few gambling tips to help you!

To view the Quarter Final tips and read the rest of the article, click the Mega Gambling Tips link

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Confederations Cup Group B preview

The World Cup warm-up event the Confederations Cup starts this weekend with critics still questioning the tournaments existence.

Some see event as an end of season waste of time especially when you consider the majority of sides at the tournament have rescheduled important World-Cup qualifiers to be here.

Despite the complaints, the 2009 tournament was an excellent event which saw numerous shocks and some amazing matches.

After looking at the first group yesterday, here is a preview of Group B, where there are two clear favourites to progress.

The sides (odds of winning whole tournament next to name)

Spain – 7/4 with William Hill
Three successive major tournament victories is an incredible return for the golden Spanish generation and unsurprisingly they are on the favourites to win here.

Vincente Del Bosque, who has masterminded two of the three tournament triumphs, hasn’t sprung my shocks in his squad selection. Apart from the obvious qualities, the Spanish squad is also vastly experienced, with no less than 11 of the 23 already owning over 50 caps for their nation.

Of all the sides at the Confederations Cup Spain are certainly the best and they will want to make up for their 2009 semi-final shock defeat to the USA.

The only worry I hold for Spain is in the centre forward department and they could struggle for goals. 

Fernando Torres and David Villa aren’t the same strikers they once were, meaning Valencia’s Roberto Soldado could feature more.

Gambling Tip: Back Spain to win the whole thing.

Uruguay – 11/1 with Bet Way
Despite struggling in South American World Cup qualification, their team is still an excellent one and it was only two years ago they won the Copa America.

Their 1-0 away win over Venezuela on Tuesday night has got them back into the play-off spot and was also great preparation for this tournament.

The duo of Suarez and Cavani have 45 international goals between them

In Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez they easily have the best centre forward partnership at the competition and should have no problems scoring goals.

Gambling Tip: Back them to at least make the semi-finals.

Tahiti – 5000/1 with Sky Bet
I’d be lying if I said I knew a lot about Tahiti. I don’t.

All but one of their players plying their trade in their domestic league and they won the 2012 Oceania Nations Cup to make this tournament.  

It’s hard to see the Oceania minnows claiming even a point from their three games; however it will be a great experience for the squad. 

Gambling Tip: There is a reason they have odds of 5000/1 to win the whole thing! Bottom of the group; expect a lot of goals to be conceded.

Nigeria – 40/1 with Bet Way
Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi appears to have one eye on the 2014 World Cup after picking a rather inexperienced squad for the Confederations Cup.

Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations final to be here

In comparison to Spain’s total of 11 players with over 50 national caps, Nigeria only have one and that’s the goalkeeper. Incredibly 12 of the 23 players selected haven’t even reached double figures in caps.

Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emineke haven’t been selected and without these two it’s hard to see the African Cup of Nations champions getting out of the group.

Gambling tip: They should beat Tahiti, but that’ll be it. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Group A Confederations Cup preview

The World Cup warm-up event the Confederations Cup starts this weekend with critics still questioning the tournaments existence.

Some see event as an end of season waste of time especially when you consider the majority of sides at the tournament have rescheduled important World-Cup qualifiers to be here.

Despite the complaints, the 2009 tournament was an excellent event which saw numerous shocks and some amazing matches.

Brazil came from two goals down to beat the US in the 09 final

Of the groups, the first one is the hardest to call. If you are unsure who’ll progress from the group here is a few gambling tips including a shock semi-finalists pick.

The sides

Brazil have only won twice this calendar year, failing to overcome England on a couple of occasions, means they hardly go into the tournament in the best of form.

Despite their questionable form, the bookies never overlook Brazil and the hosts are favourites to win the Confederations Cup for a third consecutive year.

Luis Felipe Scolari has selected a young squad, excluding previous Ballon D’Or winners in the form of Ronaldinho and Kaka. The former Chelsea manager clearly has more than one eye on next year’s World Cup as he looks to bled some of those tipped to excel come 2014.

Gambling tips: Back Brazil to make the final.

Japan became the first nation to qualify for the World Cup following a 1-1 draw at home to Australia last week.

They have taken a technically sound squad with them to Brazil, which includes no less than eight players from the Bundesliga. Their key players in the form of Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda have both been selected and their hopes of getting out of a daunting group could rest on these two creative players.

If Kagawa can fire then Japan shock a few at the tournament

Japan can be found as long as 50/1 to win the tournament which is surprisingly long. I don’t they Alberto Zaccheroni’s side have a decent chance of getting out of the group, which at  odds of 8/1 has real value.

Gambling tips: If Japan can get four points from Mexico and Italy I think they’ll get out of the group. Semi-finalists.

Mexico have not had the best of times lately and their place at the 2014 World Cup is far from assured.

The majority of the 23 selected for the tournament are home-based players and they’ve struggled to score goals of late, despite Javier Hernandez’s best efforts. Valencia’s Andres Guardado is their best player and he’ll have to be excellent to give them a chance.

I think they are the worse of the four sides in the group and I’m baffled as to why they are as short as 12/1 to win the whole thing.

Gambling tip: Don’t expect them to qualify from the group. 

Italy were embarrassed in a warm-up friendly with Haiti as the minnows came from behind to earn an amazing 2-2 draw.

While the majority of the infamous Italian old guard has gone, the class of Juventus duo Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon remain. Their lack of a real world-class striker has caused them problems for some time and it’s evident at this tournament. Although Mario Balotelli has all the ingredients to be exactly what Italy requires, their back-ups aren’t good enough.

Their game against Japan will be the big one for me and if they fail to win they may have to get something against Brazil.

Gambling tip: I feel they will narrowly be edged out of qualification and finish third.