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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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HullShaker’s Tips: It’s Pari-ty time in Bolivia

BEEN a good weekend and hoping to keep the momentum going into Monday with a trip to Bolivia.

It pays to be fickle in this betting lark and loyalty to struggling teams will get you nowhere but the poorhouse.

As Wilstermann continue to wilt since the return of the Clausara, it may well pay to give them a wide berth. I’ve officially dumped them (for now) and I’m having the tattoo covered up – possibly by one with 3 stars and a lion rampant.

ROYAL PARI v NACIONAL POTOSÍ (8pm)

Just like Jorge came out of nowhere to blitz the table last year, Royal Pari have found a run of form matched only by the The Strongest – it’s a run that sees them in 2nd place and that’s no mean feat for a newly-promoted side playing in a division that has always had it’s pre-ordained favourites.

With just 1 loss and 1 draw in their last 9 games, Pari head into this looking to make it 5 back-to-back wins. Tthe level of their achievement is reflected well in those last 4 scorelines – 4-2, 0-2, 3-0 and 0-3!

Despite form that could be worse Nacional Potosi have lost their last 5 games away from home and I’m not sure whether a trip to the Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera will be top of their ‘places we want to visit’ list.

Two selections to consider but I’d not recommend anything other than humble stakes.

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  • Royal Pari -1 (8-5, b)
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Championship 2018/18: Middlesbrough v Sheffield United Betting Tips

After a storming week of Championship football, we have two midweek games on Tuesday - one of which is at the Riverside with promotion favourites Middlesbrough take on Sheffield United. Neither side got their season off with a win meaning that both sides will be chomping at the bit for their first three points of the season. In the past, this fixture might not have sprung up a lot of goal-mouth action, but there is plenty of betting value to be found in our Championship tips.

Jonathon Hague runs us through the match and where the Championship betting value lies in the odds for Middlesbrough v Sheffield United.

Middlesbrough v Sheffield United

(Tues, 19:45)

Who Are The favourites?

Middlesbrough to Win @ 13/10 – BET NOW

Boro had to work hard for their draw against Millwall who once again proved to be a stubborn opposition at this level. Two late goals from Martin Braithwaite and George Friend earned the North Yorkshire side a point as they failed to get a hold on the game until the final 10 minutes. The Smoggies only managed a single shot-on-target prior to their first goal concerding for Tony Pulis as they looked lacking in ideas and uncharacteristically messy at the back.

With Ben Gibson looking to be heading to Burnley for £15m and Adam Traore on his way to Wolves, Boro look a number of players short from a promotion winning side, something which Tony Pulis himself noted in his post-match press conference.

Sheffield United to Win @ 13/5 - BET NOW

Sheffield United lost their opening day fixture to newly relegated Swansea after failing to hold on to their 1-0 lead for the final twenty minutes of the game. A concern for Chris Wilder is that his Sheffield United team appeared exhausted towards the end of the game allowing the Welsh side to quickly pick apart their overcommitted defence.

Creativity proved to be a sticking point with the midfielder three of Fleck, Evans and Lundstram unable to create as the Swans packed the centre of the pack with men. Build up play was slow and stodgy with the aforementioned Lundstram and new boy David McGoldrick unable to put away the chances they did created in the second half to kill the game off.

Boro will keep a similar team to the one that drew at The Den as they look short of men with the next couple of days of transfer activity crucial for Pulis to strengthening his squad. Sheff Utd, on the other hand, could see Mark Duffy and Billy Sharp enter the fold as they look for their extra spark in the final third they lacked on Saturday

What Middlesbrough v Sheffield United Betting Tips Do You Recommend?

Under 1.5 Goals @ 43/20 – BET NOW

Historically, this fixture provides very little goal mouth action with six out of the last eight times these two sides have met only offer over 1.5 goals twice – both 2-1 victories for the Boro. In all eight of these games, the game has been settled by just one goal meaning we should expect a cagey match yet again on Tuesday night.

The Championship odds of 43/20 for under 1.5 goals is a decent price considering the way both sides played at the weekend. Tony Pulis isn’t known for his attacking flair, while Chris Wilder’s side struggle to create key chances shown by the Blades’ expected goal tally of 0.53 for Saturday’s loss at Bramall Lane.

Middlesbrough to Win to Nil @ 13/5 – BET NOW

With this in mind a Middlesbrough win to Nil looks like strong value here as the North Yorkshire side do have the more attacking threat as shown by their performance on Saturday to grab those two late goals. In addition to that, defender Aden Flint has caused the Blades’ havoc last season, scoring the winner in Bristol City’s win at Bramall Lane last year and could cause the Sheffield United back line a few problems when it comes to set pieces.

Away records for Sheffield United in the Championship last season weren’t positive with Chris Wilder’s men only winning seven times on the road losing 11 of those 22 matches – including a 1-0 loss at the Riverside in the second week of the 2017/18 season.

Form

Middlesbrough

Match Result Date
Millwall v Middlesbrough 2- 2 04/06/2018
Hatlepool United v Middlesbrough 0 -5 28/07/2018
Rochdale v Middlesbrough 3 - 2 24/07/2018
Accrington Stanley v Middlesbrough 4 -3 21/07/2018
SV Sandhausen v Middlesbrough 0 -1 14/07/2018
Spennymoor Town v Middlesbrough 0 - 2 10/07/2018

Sheffied United

Match Result Date
Sheffield United v Swansea City 1 - 2 04/08/2018
Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield United 0 - 2 27/07/2018
Sheffield United v Inter Milan 1 - 1 24/07/2018
Mansfield Town v Sheffield United 0 - 0 21/07/2018
Bradford City v Sheffield United 2 - 3 17/07/2018
Marítimo v Sheffield United 0 - 1 12/07/2018

Predicted Line Ups

Middlesbrough Predicted XI: Darren Randolph, Ryan Shotton, Aden Flint, Dael Fry, George Friend, Adam Clayton. Grant Leadbitter, Jonny Howson, Ashley Fletcher, Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite

Sheffield United Predicted XI: Dean Henderson, Jack o'Connel, John Egan, Chris Basham, George Baldock, Enda Stevens, John Lundstram, John Fleck, Mark Duffy, Billy Sharp, Leon Clarke

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Astros vs. Giants MLB Pick – August 6th

The Houston Astros came a couple of runs short of sweeping the Dodgers over the weekend, but they still took two of three in Los Angeles. The Astros took a 3-2 loss on Sunday as their sweep attempt was blocked by the Dodgers. Gerrit Cole pitched a nice game, but Walker Buehler was able to outduel Cole on this occasion. If everything goes according to plan for these teams, they will be seeing one another again in the World Series.

The Dodgers just have to worry about reaching the postseason at this point. They will have to fight for it, either by fending off the Diamondbacks or getting in as a wildcard. The Dodgers didn’t trade for Manny Machado to not even get a crack at the postseason, and the way it’s looking now, they’re currently on the fence. Don’t underestimate the Diamondbacks who could ultimately sneak it. On paper, the consensus is going to be that the Dodgers elude the D-Backs and pull away, but that’s why they play the games on the diamond.

The Astros are sitting pretty in the AL West with a 4-game lead on the Athletics. The Athletics? Oh, yeah, the A’s have done a magic trick and stormed all the way back to snatch the lead for the final wildcard, and still have an outside shot of winning the division. Unlike the gutless Yankees at the moment, the Athletics are showing a lot of effort and heart. That can take a team far, but we’ll see how far it can actually take them. There are a lot of intriguing storylines as we head into the final stretch of the regular season, and the A’s run is another one that is worth keeping an eye on. The Giants are still alive, but are treading water in the NL West. They’re 5 games behind the Astros for the divisional crown, and another 5.5 back for the final wildcard. Both scenarios look highly unlikely for the Giants to pull off. Head below for our free Astros vs. Giants pick.

Houston Astros vs. San Francisco Giants Pick

Charlie Morton (12-2, 2.90 ERA) vs. Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.59 ERA)

The leading pitcher on the Giants is not Madison Bumgarner. While he’s been good, Dereck Rodriguez has led the way with his 2.59 ERA. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs since June 19th against the Marlins. That was eight starts ago. Rodriguez has held down some good offenses as well, including the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Athletics, and Brewers. The Brewers were the only team of the group that were able to score more than a run off Rodriguez. Yes, Dereck is Pudge Rodriguez’s son. He isn’t a catcher like his old man, but his career has been excellent thus far, just like Pudge’s throughout his entire career. He has a LONG road ahead of him if he wants to be a Hall of Famer like his father, but he’s done everything right up to this point. Nevertheless, I really think the Giants have something special with him.

In his last three appearances, he’s been on point with a 1.86 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Besides the 14 runs they put up Saturday night and 8 against the Mariners, the offense has been stale for the Astros since the break. It coincides with the loss of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Altuve hoped to see the field against the Dodgers, but ended up back in Houston getting revaluated yesterday. He will be out again for this series.

The Astros’ pitching has been the catalyst, with guys like Charlie Morton, Justin Verlander, and Dallas Keuchel spearheading the pitching staff. Morton enters with an ERA of 2.90 and 2.92 ERA on the road. In 112 at-bats, the Giants have failed to hit a long ball off Morton. They’ve done an average job with a .259 batting average, but getting the ball up and deep has been an ongoing challenge for them. This game should be dominated by pitching with Morton and Rodriguez dueling on Monday in the Bay. I’d take a look at the UNDER in San Francisco if you are looking for some late baseball action.

The Bet: UNDER 7.5 (-110)

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Nottingham Forest v West Brom – Set-pieces could settle tight clash

FOOTBALL LEAGUE expert Ben Levene (@benlevene96) shares his verdict from Tuesday night’s live Championship fixture between Nottingham Forest and West Brom.

Nottingham Forest v West Brom | Tuesday 7th August 2018, 19:45 | Sky Sports

A new-look Nottingham Forest came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw away at Bristol City on Saturday.

Aitor Karanka is still looking to boost his squad. Over the last day or two Sam Byram and Sheyi Ojo have been linked with moves to the City Ground.

Forest ended last season with a W3-D3-L1 home-record. Under Karanka they drew six of their last 15 games at the end of the last campaign. Interestingly, five of those draws were 0-0, while the other was 1-1. On the opening day of course, the Tricky Trees were held 1-1.

Baggies off to a slow start

West Brom struggled in their first game down a tier as they lost to Phil Parkinson’s Bolton. Darren Moore’s task is not easy with so much uncertainty around his squad.

Earlier on Monday, Salomon Rondon departed to Newcastle, with Dwight Gayle moving to the Baggies. Jay Rodriguez is a target for Burnley but Moore opted to start him at the weekend and round-ups of that game indicate he was off the pace.

It’s unlikely Gayle is thrown straight in, so West Brom could be workmanlike up top with Hal Robson-Kanu.

Hegazi can cause havoc

It was loanee Harvey Barnes who produced for WBA with a stunning long-range strike. However, on another day Ahmed Hegazi could have stolen the headlines.

The Egyptian defender had three good chances from set-pieces, including an effort against the crossbar. Chris Brunt targeted him from dead-ball situations.

Bristol City’s opener against Forest at the weekend come via a header from a cross so if Hegazi was a threat against set-piece specialists Bolton, who boast defensive-duo David Wheater and Mark Beevers (both in excess of 6”3), then there’s no reason he won’t cause trouble against the hosts here.

It’s 28/1 (Bet365) Hegazi scores the opening goal. We get paid a healthy 1/3 of the odds if he bags anytime.

West Brom accumulated 10 corners at the weekend and they also attempted more crosses than any other side at the weekend. Moreover, the likes of Matt Phillips, Barnes and Oli Burke take on players in wide-areas, so the Baggies can notch-up a fair few corners.

The draw a runner

Regading the result, both sides are better defensively than they are going forwards, and so the draw is a runner here.

The game to end level with Under 2.5 Goals is 56/19 (188BET). That indicates just a slim 25% chance.

Best Bets

Nottingham Forest v West Brom – Draw and Under 2.5 Goals (56/19 188BET)

Nottingham Forest v West Brom – Ahmed Hegazi to score first (28/1 each-way Bet365)

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Cardinals vs. Marlins MLB Pick – August 6th

It’s crunch time for the Cardinals in St. Louis. They’ve done a decent enough job to give themselves a chance to reach the postseason, and now they must get hot down the stretch. A 4-game gap is doable but they can’t go sideways the rest of the way. There are four teams they are going to need to overcome, including the Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Braves who are all ahead of them. The Braves are currently up by half a game over the D-Backs and Dodgers.

They are deadlocked at 62-51 in the standings. The Dodgers needed a win to avoid getting swept by the Astros and they got it. They may have thought the Diamondbacks were just going to fade away and they’d take the division over. However, Arizona have been like a pesky fly that they can’t get rid of. Sometimes the fly gets killed, and other times it gets away. It’s going to be an interesting finish in the NL West, with the Dodgers having more to lose than the Diamondbacks.

We will see if the Cards can creep up and steal one in the wildcard race. It won’t be easy but a solid three-game series against the Marlins would help. After that, they play another losing team in the Royals. It gets awfully tricky after that, as they have meetings with the Nationals, Brewers, Dodgers, and Rockies. With that said, the Cardinals might want to consider playing well against the teams they should beat. Those four aren’t of the auto-win variety. All of them are jockeying for position so they’re all going to want to win. Luke Weaver will get the nod tonight, while Wei-Yin Chen gets the start at home for the Marlins. Head below for our free Cardinals vs. Marlins pick.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins Pick

Luke Weaver (6-9, 4.75 ERA) vs. We-Yin Chen (3-8, 5.86 ERA)

The Cards have played hot and cold baseball all season long. It’s been some good and some bad in St. Louis. That’s what makes this season so frustrating for Cardinals fans. They’ve shown that they have the ability to play solid baseball, but it’s been difficult for them to build on anything. In any event, it’s do-or-die time in St. Louis. Sweeping the Marlins would help them out greatly, especially given the schedule I noted above. Head into the teeth of that schedule down 6 or 6.5 down for a wildcard and it could be goodnight time for the Cards.

Weaver enters with an ERA of 4.75 and 4.97 ERA in his last three starts. That number would look a lot better if he got through his last start. He was bounced after allowing 2 runs in 2.2 innings against the Rockies. His was averaging 27.8 pitches per inning, a much different picture from his start before that against the Cubs. Weaver flew through the Cubs lineup in 13.5 pitches per inning pitched. He gave up 2 runs in 6 innings of work.

In his previous seven innings pitched, Weaver has given up more than 3 runs on just one occasion. Weaver has been slightly better on the road with an ERA of 4.43 compared to 5.13 at home. Wei-Yin Chen has been a liability for the Marlins this season. He has just 1 win in his previous seven starts. Not helping has been the offense who are averaging just 3.79 runs per game for 28th in the majors.

They’ve scored just 3 runs per game in their last six games, which resulted in six losses. The Cardinals seem to like playing in Miami, where they are 9-2 in their last eleven trips here. If the Cards can’t come out of Miami with at least two wins, good luck making it up over the next month against some quality competition. Nevertheless, they are likely to score a win against Chen and the Marlins on Monday evening.

The Bet: CARDINALS (-150)

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Champions League – Turkish delight for Portuguese giants

ROSS CASEY (@Rosscasey24) scans the Champions League qualifying coupon. Here he picks out three selections from some of the lower profile games with a focus on finding the value.

Astana v Dinamo Zagreb | Tuesday 7th August 2018, 15:00

Astana are quite the competition at home. In fact, they are undefeated on home soil in the Champions League, with a 4-3 thriller against Celtic probably the highlight. They face-off with Dinamo Zagreb on an 11-match unbeaten streak at home and a 10-game winning streak at their own ground across all competitions.

That is not music to the ears of Zagreb, who have won just two of their last five on the road and the bookies make Astana the favourites here at 61/50.

Considering the home and away form of both these sides, that is a price I am happy to get behind. Go with the home win here.

Slavia Prague v Dynamo Kiev | Tuesday 7th August 2018, 18:30

This is a massive game for Slavia Prague as they look to make home advantage pay. They have not made the Champions League for 11 seasons and will be pretty annoyed they have pulled out a side as good as Dynamo Kiev here, for they have been in excellent form.

The Czech Republic side have won 11 of their last 14 matches, including picking up five victories in a row heading into this fixture, where they have scored 15 goals. The goals are absolutely flying in, they are playing with confidence and they have been made favourites to win thanks to this form with a best price of 41/25.

However, their incredible attack will be tested here against a Kiev side that are unbeaten in 13 and have kept seven clean sheets in a row. That sequence has included two 1-0 wins over Shakhtar Donetsk too.

Therefore, I actually think that Kiev will prove a tough nut for Slavia to crack and I like Dynamo Kiev in the Draw No Bet market at 111/100 with Marathon. This is a meeting of two in-form teams and with the draw returning our stake I will go with the underdogs.

Benfica v Fenerbahce | Tuesday 7th August 2018, 20:00

This is a meeting of two big sides in European football and Benfica head into this Champions League qualifier having faced some stiff competition, where they have played Juventus, Dortmund, Sevilla and Lyon in recent weeks.

They have only lost one of those matches over 90 minutes and considering their immense home record you can understand why they are a best price of just 3/5 to win this encounter.

Fenerbahce haven’t played anywhere near the quality of side that Benfica have of late, but they have been picking up very good results. The Turkish side have lost just one of their six pre-season friendlies, meaning they have now lost just two of their last 16 matches in all competitions.

For me, 3/5 is way too short to support, but I do fancy Benfica to win, so my selection will be Benfica to win and Both Teams To Score at 10/3 with Bet365. Whilst I don’t think Fenerbahce will win, you cannot overlook the fact they have netted in each of their last 17 games.

Best Bets

Astana v Dinamo Zagreb – Astana to win (61/50 Marathon)

Slavia Prague v Dynamo Kiev – Dynamo Kiev draw no bet (111/100 Marathon)

Benfica v Fenerbahce – Benfica to win and Both Teams To Score (10/3 bet365)

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National League – Ammies expected to prove too strong for Heed

NON-LEAGUE expert Paul Maddison (@LouthBigDog) shares his favourite fancies from   night’s National League season.

Barnet v Braintree | Tuesday 7th August 2018, 19:45

Neither of these teams started the season the way they would have liked. Barnet were held to a 0-0 draw at Aldershot – a game in which they created enough chances to win two games of football – but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing cost them in the end. The Bees did look solid in defence though.

Braintree kicked-off with a 2-0 loss at home to Halifax. I think it’s fair to say manager Bradley Quinton wasn’t too impressed with what he saw. In an interview after the game he said, “They need to learn fast otherwise they’ll be finding another club.”

Quinton continued, “We’ll be honest with ourselves, we played some good football for long periods but it’s not effective really if you don’t come away with proper shots on goal and that’ll be changing.” Pretty strong words after just one game of the season.

I fancy Barnet to be too strong for Braintree here but the odds look on the short side, especially with their inability to finish the chances they’ve created, a problem they have had in pre-season too. Dave Tarpey is a major doubt after picking up a knock in the warm-up on Saturday and he looks the most likely player to be scoring the goals they need.

So with both teams having problems in the opposition’s box, I really fancy Both Teams To Score ‘No’ at 17/20 with BetVictor.

Gateshead v Salford | Tuesday 7th August 2018, 19:45

Gateshead made a great start to the season with a 3-1 win at Maidenhead, but they should be in for a much tougher game on Tuesday night as they take on Salford. Despite the win, Gateshead are joint favourites for relegation and I feel they will be in for a long season.

I was more impressed with Salford’s performance against a strong Leyton Orient side than I thought I would be – Danny Lloyd and Danny Whitehead looked particularly impressive in spells (as they probably should for the money they’re being paid).

I know I’ve banged on in other previews about how Salford are going to find it a lot harder than people expect, but this a game the title favourites really should be winning. I wouldn’t have backed them when they opened up at odds-on, but the price has drifted quite a bit and at 63/50 with Marathon I’m keen to get with the Ammies.

Best Bets

Barnet v Braintree – Both Teams To Score ‘No’ (17/20 BetVictor)

Gateshead v Salford – Salford to win (63/50 Marathon)

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Golf – Simpson fits the trends at the PGA Championship

GOLF journalist Matt Cooper (@MattCooperGolf) writes for ESPN and Golf365 and has previewed the upcoming PGA Championship from Bellerive.

PGA Championship | 9th-11th August 2018 | Eleven Sports

The PGA Championship has always been the odd one out.

In its earliest incarnation it was a match play event and throughout the 1950s and 60s its positioning on the calendar made it impossible for golfers to play both it and the Open Championship, a wilfully stubborn act of decision-making, determined to be as awkward as possible.

In another phase of its history, the tournament had a habit of being hosted by the most humid locations the committee could find, perhaps one reason it threw up apparently random winners, as if major champions were plucked from a tombola stall whilst a wet-through and crimson Colin Montgomerie chuntered in the background like a melting lollipop.

In a desperate attempt to create itself an identity, there was a short-lived period when the event was subtitled “Glory’s Last Shot”, but it always had the whiff of an ill-advised tattoo and it didn’t last long. There were “internal conversations” and it was quietly dropped.

And so, to this year, the final time it will be the fourth major of the year. The latest rescue act is to return the Players Championship back in its March slot and pop the PGA Championship in its place, becoming the second major of 2019, the theory being that the US Open and Open are strong enough to sit alone whilst the FedEx Cup can rattle along a little sooner.

You sense the change will work and the event can finally put its neediness to bed.

Pointers

Major player #1: Xander Schauffele has played just six major championships and already boasts four top 20 finishes, three of them in the top six. He was also a winner of the Tour Championship at East Lake last year, a track renovated by Rees Jones, just as this week’s host has been.

Major player #2: Tony Finau has seven top 30s from ten major championship starts. Six of them are top 20s and four top tens, including three this season alone.

Picks

This is a good week for trends, one of the strongest being the remarkable difficulty chasers have on the final day. In fact, 18 of the last 22 winners were tied second or better after 54 holes and not one winner in that spell was worse than tied fourth.

None of this is currently too much help unless you can see into the future (and if you possess that knack you’d do even better to glance forward another 24 hours in order to land a coup), yet we can glance at a few other constants in our quest to back the victor.

First up: event form (eight of the last ten winners already possessed a top 20 finish in the PGA Championship). Secondly: seasonal record (eight of the ten were already winners that year and seven had ticked off a top ten in the majors). Finally: recent form (seven had a top 20 in their previous four starts).

Unsurprisingly, that leaves us with plenty of the favourites, but it also draws out three names with valid chances above and beyond the numbers game.

Webb Simpson (50/1 Unibet)

First up is Webb Simpson (50/1 Unibet), whose Players Championship win in May was one of the most comprehensive of the season and fits in nicely with a very solid year of major championship campaigning. In fact, he’s notched top 20s at Augusta National, Shinnecock Hills and Carnoustie.

In his last three starts, he’s had the look of a player ready to contend again. He opened The Greenbrier with a 61, a third round 67 got him into contention in The Open and there was a second round 65 last week at Firestone Country Club.

He’s still only 32 years old, yet won the US Open back in 2012 and a second major looks something he is well capable of.

Bubba Watson (66/1 Unibet)

Back in 2008, Bellerive hosted the BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup play-offs and Bubba Watson (66/1 Unibet) opened with a dreadful pair of 73s which left him last but three in a 68-man field.

However, he then shot 66-65, a weekend tally only one man bettered. Admittedly, he had little to play for other than pride, but those two rounds should provide good memories.

His most recent form is far from great (MC-MC-T31), yet he did card a 67 in the third-round last week and his medium range form is fantastic. In fact, he’s notched three wins this season.

Remember also, that back in 2010 he lost this tournament in a play-off. Given that he’s a two-time major champion, fits all the trends, has a trio to titles for the year and a touch of course form he’s a really nice price.

Patrick Reed (40/1 Unibet)

Finally, Patrick Reed (40/1 Unibet) gets a vote. On the one hand, I don’t think he’s finished with the business of winning majors after the success in Augusta this April. There’s a sense that some recent winners of the big ones were satisfied with their catch. If they were an animal in the wild they’d caught their prey, fed on it, and wandered away for a snooze under a shady tree.

Reed, on the other hand, looks like the kind of animal who’s tasted game once and is hungry for more. It wasn’t entirely surprising that he struggled at Carnoustie (he’s yet to notch a top ten on the linksland), but crucially he didn’t sulk when a first day 75 left him T110th. In fact, he spent the rest of the week fighting his way through the field, eventually landing T28th.

Moreover, he was fourth in the US Open and tied second in this tournament 12 months ago. Three top fours in his last year of major golf is exceptional stuff and better than quite a few players available at much shorter prices.

Best Bets

PGA Championship – Webb Simpson (50/1 each-way Unibet)

PGA Championship – Bubba Watson (66/1 each-way Unibet)

PGA Championship – Patrick Reed (40/1 each-way Unibet)

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Cubs vs. Royals MLB Pick – August 6th

The Chicago Cubs had to settle for a split with the Padres at Wrigley over the weekend. Against a team like the Padres at home, you would hope to win three of four with the upcoming pennant race approaching. The Cubs took it on the chin with a 10-6 loss Sunday. They head into Kansas City with a .500 record in their previous ten games. Right about now would be about the time to ratchet it up and surge ahead.

The Brewers lost a tough one in the 11th inning on Sunday, so the Cubs remain a game up in the National League Central. Milwaukee are 2-3 in August, as we wait for somebody to put the foot to the pedal in the division. It’s up for grabs at the moment, with the Cubs missing an opportunity to at least get out of the weekend with a 2-game lead. It’s hopefully a warning as they go into Kansas City to play a down Royals squad.

Following a 6-5 loss to the Twins on Sunday, the Royals fell to 34-77. The Royals don’t expect their team to win many baseball games over the next two months. They traded away fan favorite Mike Moustakas to signal the exit of another member of their World Series winning team. Fans have a little more patience with this rebuilding process as a result of the World Series they won in 2015.

However, if losing this badly just keeps up for the next five years you’ll start seeing some frustration. To their benefit, the Cardinals haven’t been a contender, so they can’t say anything. The Royals had three straight years of 100 loss seasons and four of five resulted in 100 losses from 2002 to 2006. The Royals went ten years between 2003 to 2013 without a season above .500. They look like the same team without any clutch hitting or pitching. Basically, everything they weren’t in 2015. Second-year pitcher, Jakob Junis, will take on veteran Cole Hamels to get the week started Monday. Head below for our free Cubs vs. Royals pick.

Chicago Cubs vs. K.C. Royals Pick

Cole Hamels (6-9, 4.53 ERA) vs. Jakob Junis (6-11, 5.12 ERA)

Cole Hamels had an electric debut with the Cubs, blanking the Pirates over 5 innings of work. He allowed just 3 hits and had 9 punchouts to aid the Cubs in a 9-2 victory. If Hamels can be remotely that good, the sting of losing Yu Darvish wouldn’t hurt as badly. Darvish says he feels optimistic after a bullpen session but interpret that how ever you wish.

We expected him back by now, so who knows by this point. Hamels looked like a completely different pitcher than he did in Texas. He posted an ERA of 4.72 in 114.1 innings as a Ranger. Maybe Hamels needed a change of scenery. Getting traded to a contending team could have helped out, but we’ll see how he follows his debut up against a bad offense like the Royals. Pitch badly here, and that debut could be seen as more of a fluke.

Hamels has been terrific against this lineup, holding them down for a batting average of .205 and 2 long balls in 132 at-bats. Note that the Royals are tied for last with 3.71 runs per game. The team they’re tied with is the Padres, so they will look to avoid two bad days against the worst offenses in the majors. Junis enters with an ERA of 5.02 and 1.81 WHIP in his previous three starts.

He’s allowed at least 5 runs in five of his last eight appearances. Home hasn’t helped him much, as he holds a 5.37 ERA and .335 OBA at Kauffman. Junis is backed by the worst bullpen in baseball, 30th with an ERA of 5.41. Conversely, the Cubs are 4th with an ERA of 3.27. That was an ugly display put on by the Cubs at Wrigley on Sunday. However, I expect the Cubs to turn it on soon. Will it begin against the Royals? I don’t know, but they should at win this one by at least 2 runs.

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Nottingham Forest v West Brom Predictions & Betting Odds – 7th August 2018

Nottingham Forest v West Brom Betting Tips – Championship, 7th August 7.45pm

This fixture was originally pencilled in for August 22nd, but that was going to clash with the Trent Bridge cricket Test Match between England and India, so it gets moved up. Forest was out on the road at Bristol City on the weekend, earning a 1-1 draw. West Brom, pre-season favourites for promotion, failed to collect a point in their opener, surprisingly losing at home to Bolton.

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Daryl Murphy equalised for Forest out at Bristol City on the weekend just after halftime but Forest couldn’t push on and settled for the 1-1 draw. That’s a solid enough start on the road in what was a tricky fixture and if they can add three points to their tally from this game, then that’s a nice start. Last season Forest recorded a W10 D3 L10 record on home soil in the Championship and only averaged just over a goal per game. Because of that, we are going under 2.5 goals for our Nottingham Forest v West Brom prediction in this one at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.). Forest looked pretty solid through pre-season and have now returned three clean sheets in their last five games including pre-season. What we like about Forest is the positive moves last month in the transfer market that they made with Lewis Grabban, Costel Pantilimon, Jack Colback and Luke Steel coming into the club.

West Brom News and Form

West Brom, after their drop from the Premier League, got the worst start possible to the second tier as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Bolton. The Baggies were the preseason favourites to win the Championship outright but conceded an 89th goal which sunk them. So that was the last thing they needed after all the frustrations of the last term and now there is pressure on them ahead of this game out on the road. No points after two games would be a horrible return for them. The Baggies were pretty solid through their pre-season as they were scoring well, but there do appear to be question marks over their attack, whether or not it is good enough really to get them as far as they want to go. 20-year-old midfielder Harvey Lewis Barnes upstaged his established teammates by scoring their goal on the weekend. West Brom has a lot of experience in their squad and they need to call on all of that in this one. This is no easy game now for them and we are going to back both teams not to score actually at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.) considering the quick turnaround in games.

Nottingham Forest v West Brom Head to Head

This is the first meeting between the two sides since the 2009/10 Championship season when they traded away wins. Actually five of the last six meetings have been won by the away game, but that is looking back a fairly long way.

Nottingham Forest v West Brom Betting Odds*

Notts Forest 11/8
West Brom 9/4
Draw 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.)

Nottingham Forest v West Brom Predictions

Nottingham Forest to win: We are going with the home side to come up with the goods in this one. That loss on the weekend will have rocked the Baggies and Forest are at least good enough to avoid defeat. We like the option of a -0.25 Asian Handicap on Forest at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 5th, 2018 at 11:02 p.m.) as that is only a half stake loss if they draw.


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Hull v Aston Villa – Tame Tigers to be exposed by Claret & Blue

FOOTBALL LEAGUE fanatic Ryan Wilson (@ryanjameswillo) shares his verdict from Monday night’s live Championship fixture between Hull and Aston Villa.

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Losing play-off finalists Aston Villa begin the new season mirroring last term – facing Hull City, away from home this time around.

Villa stuck with Steve Bruce after a summer of uncertainty in many aspects, including serious financial issues and strong links to rookie coach Thierry Henry. New owners arrived to save the day and bail the former Premier League mainstays out, possibly keeping star man Jack Grealish at the club in the process.

On the flip side, Hull’s summer has seen a weak squad hit hard. Ten first team players exited the Yorkshire outfit on frees with a handful remaining in the Championship.

While the Tigers have drafted in six, they’ve also lost four loan stars who were vital to their survival last term, including exciting winger Harry Wilson. From their last meeting with Villa, only four of the starting 11 and eight of the 18 in the squad remain.

Villa are technically six players light themselves, with the losses of Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass and John Terry likely to him them hardest. Nevertheless, the Villains arrive on the back of a very strong pre-season campaign where they won four of six contests and scored 15 times.

What to expect

We know exactly what to expect from Steve Bruce after 20 years in management. The former Hull gaffer’s pragmatic approach has seen him promoted from the second tier to the Premier League on four occasions.

Opposing manager Nigel Adkins has seen his stock plummet with poor spells at Reading and Sheffield United and he may have considered himself lucky to get the opportunity at the KCOM Stadium.

Adkins could be without six players on Monday, including central defenders Ondrej Mazuch, Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke, giving him a major selection headache. Villa will be without Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis upfront, but the return of talisman Jonathan Kodjia will relieve any pressure.

The betting angle

Hull earned most of their points on home soil last term with W7-D8-L8, but that record becomes W2-D4-L6 when up against top =0half finishers. The Tigers played out a stalemate with Villa when they last met, taking two points from them in total.

Despite a weak away record where only 10 of their 23 trips ended in victory, Villa bore a travelling record W7-D2-L3 against bottom-half sides last term. While odds of 8/5 (Betfred) on an away win appeals, I’m happy to play it safe and take the 83/100 (Marathon) on Villa in the Draw No Bet market.

Villa’s away matches against bottom 12 sides last term would’ve seen us win 58% of times with 17% resulting in a refund. Of those 10 wins, eight were successful in the win to nil market. Expanding that, Villa kept clean sheets in 15 of their 24 wins, winning without conceding in 63% of triumphs.

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Mr Fixit’s Top Tips: Gers & Hibs looking sharp

AFTER a Super Saturday I just put up one bet on Sunday and unfortunately it was beaten by Motherwell not scoring.

I was lucky to keep the btts double alive with Aberdeen’s last-gasp equaliser against Rangers.

Steven Gerrard was unlucky not to start with a win and I was impressed by the display but reckon he needs another striker.

I suggested there would be a red in the match but thought 23-10 was a little short. Alfredo Morelos walked early and while it was harsh he was silly enough to give the ref a decision to make.

Well done to all the winners including Greg, HullShaker and Jordan and good to see Johnb back with winners on Hibs. I was at a beer festival all day but I reckon Johnb must have been drinking more than me if he’s advising bets on his side to win the Premiership.

Hibs are a breath of fresh air with the way they attack and second place is a possibility but not first.

I hope Rangers, Hibs and Aberdeen can give Celtic a title race but at the moment Brendan Rodgers’s side remain a level above the rest.

Didn’t see any of the Chelsea v Man City game but from what I heard City will again be tough to pin down.

Hull v Aston Villa’s the pick of the bunch on Monday and when I’ve got a clearer head in the morning I’ll see if anything jumps out from that game or any others.

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WLB Season Preview 2018/19 | Premier League: Team Verdicts

PREMIER LEAGUE expert Ben Levene (@benlevene96 ) delivers his team-by-team verdicts on all 20 clubs ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, as well as revealing how he feels the end of season table may look come May.

1) Man City (4/6 Coral)

Man City stormed the Premier League last season, and there is no reason they won’t do so again. While the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero are a year older, so are Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and John Stones.

Benjamin Mendy will be available and will add a further attacking-threat, not that he was overly missed.

Once PFA Player of the Year, Riyard Mahrez has undoubted ability. Having seen the progression of wide-men Sane and Raheem Sterling under Pep Guardiola, the Algerian can reach new heights.

There are few marks to put against the Citizens, and therefore it is difficult to oppose the same side that ran away winners by a huge 19-points.

2) Liverpool (4/1 Bet365)

If a team are capable of rivalling Man City, it’ll most likely be Liverpool. Last season’s Champions League finalists have kept hold of their best players while adding depth.

Dynamic midfield duo Naby Keita and Fabinho could prove hits in Jurgen Klopp’s high-intensity system. Xherdan Shaqiri adds to the squad massively and is an upgrade on the likes of Danny Ings and Dom Solanke who were often called upon from the bench.

A goalkeeper change was necessary, and the big-money spent on Alisson could solve that issue.

Only Man City scored more goals in the league last season, with Guardiola’s side the only team to find the net more times on the road.

The Reds were unbeaten at Anfield too. They can run City close.

3) Spurs (20/1 Blacktype)

Tottenham have improved year-on-year under Mauricio Pochettino and are now one of the country’s most consistent sides.

An underwhelming transfer window means it’s unlikely they’ll kick-on to the next level this time around, but that consistency can carry them comfortably into the Champions League for another season.

Settling into a new stadium and late returns of World Cup stars are two reasons why they may not be able to compete with City and Liverpool, but as mentioned, the level of performance Spurs are capable of means they’ll accumulate enough points to finish third.

4) Man Utd (12/1 Blacktype)

Manchester United finished second last season but will find life a whole lot tougher this time around.

United’s transfer priority has been a centre-back, and that speaks volumes. Record-breaking fees have been rumoured about a side who boasted the divisions second-best defence yet were outscored by four of the top-six. That alone is indicative of Jose Mourino’s approach.

In reality, the three most impressive Premier League sides last time out were City, Liverpool, and Spurs. Those three sides are brave in their styles.

Mourinho will also be without his right-hand man Rui Faria, and the Portuguese pragmatist has been downbeat for a lengthy period of time now.

Although the title might be out of reach, their pragmatic style means they won’t lose many matches. United may just have enough at their disposal to maintain a top-six spot.

5) Arsenal (25/1 Marathon)

Unai Emery took the reigns at Arsenal and immediately aimed to stamp his authority.

What’s promising for the Gunners faithful, is the swiftness with which he brought in a centre-back and a holding-midfielder – two positions that had needed addressing for a long-time.

Emery will encourage his charges to press and an improved showing is expected, but we cannot underestimate the magnitude of his task.

The likes of Spurs and Everton have shown us that too many additions can be counter-productive, while United in the post-Alex Ferguson era is comparable to Arsenal’s unique situation.

Arsene Wenger’s 22-year imprint is deeply entrenched into the club, so Emery’s opening season needs to be viewed as part of a bigger picture.

6) Chelsea (20/1 Blacktype)

Adjusting to the Premier League is a tough task and that’s playing it down. There’s the old-wives’ tale that Jose Mourinho wins the league in his second-season and even the great Pep Guardiola required a bedding-in period before taking Man City to extortionate heights.

In fact, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri this week stated that Guardiola has warned him of the Premier League’s difficulty.

Sarri’s preferred style of play is not comparable with his predecessor Antonio Conte’s, and yet the squad remains the same.

His tenure at Napoli was a long-term project, and that might be the case again. Sarri’s Napoli finished five points and one-place better off in their second season compared to their first. Moreover, during his first season in charge, Napoli dropped 19 points in their first 19 games compared to just seven in the latter.

There is still uncertainty over the future of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, two instrumental stars. With this in mind, a transition period could be on the cards, with the Stamford Bridge supporters finally seeing some homegrown talent.

7) Everton (300/1 10Bet)

There is a significant gulf between the top-six and the rest, and Everton have historically been the side to fill the void. The Toffees have finished inside the top-seven in nine of the last 14 campaigns.

Last time out they were just five points off doing so again, and that was amidst a season of shambles.

Marcos Silva has accumulated advocates in his short-time at Hull and then Watford before having his head turned.

Everton boast a gifted squad and Silva is screwed on enough to drive a decent 2018/19.

8) Crystal Palace (1000/1 Blacktype)

Roy Hodgson won hearts as he helped Crystal Palace to an 11th-placed finish. The former-England boss reverted to basics after taking over a pointless Eagles side who were trying to force an incompatible style.

Palace have recruited the likes of Cheikou Kouyate, Max Meyer and are close to bringing in a striker. Pessimists will argue that means the departure of star-man Wilfried Zaha but Steve Parrish has held firm for two-years now.

If the Ivorian does leave, Palace will get in excess of £50m, so they’d be able to make moves if Roy felt necessary.

The Eagles ended the season accumulating 17 points from a possible 24. They’ll be organised and have every reason to be optimistic.

9) Leicester (500/1 Blacktype)

Former champions Leicester might just have undergone the necessary overhaul to bring back a spark to the King Power.

Claude Puel was on the brink of departure throughout the second-half of last season and yet the Foxes finished ninth.

Harry Maguire has grown into a star in his own right, and with Riyad Mahrez finally moving on, an element of uncertainty has been removed.

Demarai Gray showed signs of improvement under Puel and will no doubt further improve with minutes. Likewise, Wilfried Ndidi and Ben Chilwell can continue their organic growth.

In Adrien Silva and new signing James Maddison they have quality on the ball that few outside the top-six possess.

Jamie Vardy is still one of the divisions must feared strikers and he’ll be helped by Kelechi Iheanacho and Fousseni Diabate who have shown promise in 2018.

10) Brighton (2000/1 Blacktype)

In their first Premier League campaign Brighton performed consistently, losing just seven of 26 games to non-top-six sides. Chris Hughton’s troops enjoy playing under him.

Much like Brentford in the Championship, Brighton’s data-driven recruitment has worked wonders over the years.

Brighton are well-drilled and defensively sound. Pascal Gross and Jose Izquierdo proved massive hits and with the likes of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Florian Andone they could reach a new level in attack.

The Seagulls can soar.

11) Fulham (1000/1 William Hill)

After an impressive two seasons, Fulham have finally returned to the top-flight.

Slavisa Jokanovic has implemented an attractive style of play and this summer they have added the quality to take them to the next level.

Andre Schurrle has scored goals at the highest-level and midfield maestro Jean-Michael Seri was a target of some of Europe’s finest.

In their last 112 league matches Fulham have scored 164 goals, losing on just 18 occasions. The Cottagers can make a seamless transition into the top-flight.

12) Wolves (300/1 Blacktype)

Controversial Wolves took the Championship by storm last season. Dubbed the greatest ever Championship side by some, Nuno’s charges accumulated 99 points.

Ruthless business this summer has seen further Portuguese additions, with the likes of defensive mainstay Barry Douglas moving on.

A black mark against Wolves could be the success of the current regime. The Nuno era has not yet experienced a barren run, and should any occur in the Premier League, they’ll have no respite.

When much changed, Wolves competed well with the likes of Southampton, Man City and Swansea in cup competitions. Their depth is impressive and like Fulham they can bypass the divisions strugglers.

13) Burnley (2000/1 Blacktype)

Valiant Burnley were the Premier League’s surprise package last season and this time around will have to balance league commitments with Europe.

But last campaign Sean Dyche’s team were without the likes of Tom Heaton, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Stephen Ward and Steven Defour at times. Nonetheless, Nick Pope, Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Charlie Taylor, and Ashley Westwood proved able deputies. They have more depth than they get credit for.

The Clarets have this summer added Ben Gibson while Aaron Lennon is enjoying a new lease of life. Sam Clucas and Jay Rodriguez are rumoured targets.

Burnley are no weaker than they were last season. While extra-commitments and expectation will no doubt take their toll, Dyche’s outfit have enough to hold their own once again.

14) Newcastle (1000/1 Blacktype)

Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez’s long-running tiff has shown no signs of boiling over. The Magpies manager has publicly criticised the clubs transfer business in the build up to the new season.

Much like Antonio Conte last season, Benitez won’t resign and miss-out on a pay-off. Likewise, Newcastle won’t sack Benitez because of the pay-off due.

Luckily for the Toon faithful, under the Spaniard the Magpies have enough to muster another top-flight survival. Jamal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey were last season’s stars, and both have been retained.

Salomon Rondon could prove ideal for Benitez’s negative style while keeper Martin Dubravka really impressed last season. Benitez knows his sides’ limitations and will adapt accordingly to get results

15) West Ham (500/1 Betfair)

West Ham have been busy this summer as they aim to progress as a club. By the close of the window, spending could have hit in excess of £100m.

Manuel Pelligrini looks an impressive appointment but I still have my question marks over the Hammers. No side conceded more goals than West Ham last season, and that was under a fairly defensively minded manager for the most-part.

We’ve seen how toxic the London Stadium can get. West Ham begin the campaign with games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea, Man Utd, and Spurs inside their opening nine matches. If things don’t start well, they probably won’t end well either.

Goals are often at a premium at the bottom-end of the table, so having the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko and Javier Hernandez around could save West Ham from a truly chaotic campaign.

16) Watford (2000/1 Blacktype)

The Pozzo’s strange strategy has ensured survival for many a year now. Each change of manager has scope to go wrong. However, the Hornets have enough talent within their ranks to ensure survival yet again.

Javi Gracia may not pull-up any trees but with a squad as deep as Watford’s he can ensure survival once again.

Abdoulaye Doucoure starred last campaign, so his retention is a massive plus. In addition, Will Hughes showed glimpses throughout the season and along with Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu, Etienne Capoue and a fit-again Nathaniel Chalobah, Watford have impressive variety and quality in midfield.

All four of Gracia’s wins last season came at Vicarage Road, so their away form will need to improve.

17) Southampton (1000/1 Blacktype)

After countless seasons punching above their weight, Southampton found themselves in trouble.

The appointment of Mauricio Pelligrino failed to mimick the success of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman but thanks to Mark Hughes’ late impact, the Saints survived.

The loss of Dusan Tadic is a blow – he’d been their main creative spark over the last few seasons. Goals were an issue last season and that has to be a worry for the St Mary’s faithful.

18) Huddersfield (2000/1 Blacktype)

Huddersfield survived against the odds last season but this time around it could prove a bridge too far.

David Wagner’s side evolved as the season went on. The Terriers went from playing on the front-foot to defending much deeper.

Premier League football was new to everyone at Huddersfield last season. They are bettered prepared mentally this time around as they’ve experienced it before, but they were the division’s lowest scorers last campaign and financial limitations mean they haven’t kicked-on.

Six of their nine wins came before Christmas and they produced a record of W3-D6-L10 thereafter. Bar three anomalies, the side who has won the fewest or joint fewest games has been relegated in all 18 Premier League seasons this century.

Huddersfield face Chelsea and Man City in their opening two games, so could be playing catch-up from very early on.

19) Bournemouth (2000/1 Blacktype)

I’m convinced this season could be one too far for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Much of the squad remains from their Football League days, and their xG data was less than convincing last-season.

There is a reliance on the unreliable Callum Wilson up-top, and defensively they look suspect. No Premier League side kept fewer clean sheets than the Cherries last season.

Nine of 11 wins last season came by the single-goal, and if margins go against them, Bournemouth could be in trouble.

20) Cardiff (3000/1 Blacktype)

In true Neil Warnock fashion, Cardiff earned promotion while ruffling feathers along the way.

The Bluebirds were negative and pragmatic, but unlike their promoted counter-parts, Cardiff have done little to convince they can bridge the gap. Warnock has spoken of his frustration at the Welsh side’s summer business.

When discussing Huddersfield we drew reference to the importance of winning matches and the same applies to Cardiff. Warnock’s side will be tough-to-beat and competitive but churning out wins could be a struggle.

Warnock has himself admitted he prefers the “muck and nettles” of the Championship. He could be back there again come this time next year.

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Alan Thomson’s Racing Tips: Rally the Troops at Ripon

A QUIET start to the week but MERCER’S TROOP (4.30) looks overpriced in the 1m 4f handicap at Ripon.

Archie Watson’s gelding appeared to find 1m 6f beyond him when sixth at Chelmsford City but the second, third and fourth have all won since, so it was probably quite a hot event. The handicapper has dropped Mercer’s Troop 2lb and if all eight runners go to post he is the each-way alternative to favourite Eyecatcher.

POUCOR (5.30) makes his handicap debut off a 59 rating and that could prove lenient. Mick Channon’s gelding has had the obligatory three runs to qualify for a mark and his last effort behind the William Haggas-trained Klassique wasn’t totally devoid of promise as he finished just over four lengths behind the 89-rated Arcadian Cat. Poucor is a son of Derby winner Pour Moi and his progeny usually progress as they get older. William Muir has his horses in great heart and course and distance winner Miss M will help make the market.

LE MAHARAJAH (7.30) is another three-year-old having his first start in a handicap and Tom Clover’s gelding has shown definite signs of promise behind two winners at Goodwood last week, Desert Path and The Night Porter.

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MrFixitsTips.co.uk started in 2010 and has grown to become a really huge and active betting community on the web. Provide daily tips and previews from English, Scottish and international football, racing tips, NBA basketball tips and NFL American football tips. With more than 20 years of experience writing tips for the Daily Record, Scotland’s biggest newspaper, Mr Fixit brings you tips and betting news every day.

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Thesportsgeek.com was founded in 2008 and provide betting picks and different kinds of betting strategies. With a team of five expert tipsters they offer picks from NBA, NFL, College Basketball, NHL and Golf.

We Love Betting
Welovebetting.co.uk is a site providing tips and insights from many football markets, such as Premier League, English football, Scottish football, International football but also other sports such as Golf, Horse racing and NFL. We Love Betting is updated daily with tips and betting previews.

FootyAccumulators
Footyaccumulators.com began in 2010 and provide betting news, match previews and recommended bets. FootyAccumulators write betting previews on over nine football leagues as well as internationals. They do not just focus on the Premier League, they also provide betting tips and previews for clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Sports Betting Tips
Sportsbettingtips.org is a website with the ultimate aim to cover as many sports as possible. Each day they will provide at least one post with sports betting tips but they aim to provide at least 3 separate betting tips every day. All betting tips are free, and always will be so they say. Sports Betting Tips also provide other topics such as sports trivia, betting challenges and they have a “sports betting for dummies” section to help people new to sports betting.

Oddschanger
Oddschanger.com started in 2012 and provide betting tips and previews on over 10 different sports. They don’t just focus on the most popular Football and Horse Racing events, they provide tips from a wide variety of sports including; Golf, Tennis, Cricket, NFL, Boxing, MMA, Darts, Snooker, Rugby League and Rugby Union. Oddschanger´s daily bets (including trebles, long shots and challenge bets) brings you the best value for every sport, every day.

Betcraft
Betcraft.co is run by Gavin, a professional tipster who has a deep understanding of the mathematical and statistical side to betting which has allowed him to identify value. He explains why Martingale system is a long term loser and provide betting tips and preview purely based on value.

Betting Directory
Established in 2004 Betting-directory.com has grown in to a team of 10 expert writers, covering all major sport events. And with weekly celebrity guest columnists Betting Directory provide daily free betting tips and previews.

Accutipster
Accutipster.com is an informative betting website with writers that cover a variety of sports looking to find the best value possible in markets spread across Europe, and in terms of International football or NFL – the world. On a day-to-day basis, Accutipster pick out a selection of bets – with the aim of winning more than they lose.

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