Saturday, 25 October 2014

College Football Week 9 Picks 2014 (October 25)

To say it has been a disappointing College Football season for my picks is an understatement to this point and I just can't seem to get out of my own way with some weeks looking positive before late turnarounds.

That happened again in Week 8 which has proved to be yet another week with a negative for the picks, but I do also feel that I have been close to a turn in fortunes. The season has proved to be a tough one for me, but I am hopeful that a big week to spark things for me isn't too far away.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick: I backed the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to keep it close against the Ohio State Buckeyes last week, but they couldn't even play Special Teams right and were blown out convincingly by one of the favourites in the Big Ten.

One big concern for Rutgers this week is going up against Ameer Abdullah considering their run Defense has been giving up 4.7 yards per carry and Nebraska could ride their Running Back to a big win.

The Cornhuskers crushed Northwestern in the second half in Week 8 and the pressure will be on Gary Nova to keep Rutgers in the game. Nova has missed, for the most part, the multiple Interception games he has come to be known for and he has to play efficient football again from Quarter Back. However, Nova could feel he needs to force things a little more with Nebraska being able to move the ball consistently and I think the Cornhuskers will find a way to cover three Touchdowns.

Minnesota Golden Gophers @ Illinois Fighting Illini Pick: Minnesota only just got through a game against Purdue last week, but they might just have overlooked that team and I expect them to be more focused on Saturday. The Golden Gophers should be able to run all over the Illinois Defense and that should set them up for their fourth win in a row in the series.

They have also won four in a row in Illinois and all but one of those has come by at least a Touchdown and I do like Minnesota to do that in Week 9.

The Fighting Illini can throw the ball to stay competitive, but Minnesota should control the clock and dictate the tempo of the game and come through by seven.

Texas Longhorns @ Kansas State Wildcats Pick: So Kansas State won in Oklahoma and Oklahoma beat Texas on a neutral site so I am guessing most people will be picking the Wildcats to easily beat the Longhorns on Saturday?

Kansas State have beaten Texas three times in a row at home and the last two of those have been comfortable wins, but you can't deny that the Longhorns have been much more competitive lately. The stats also point to this being closer if looking at the games against the Sooners as Texas outgained them easily, while the Wildcats were outgained despite winning.

This game shouldn't produce a drop of intensity from Kansas State, but you can't deny they are in a different emotional place as a fairly big favourite after being a big underdog last week and Texas' Defense is certainly capable of making this a close game where taking the points is vital.

Florida Atlantic Owls @ Marshall Thundering Herd Pick: Rakeem Cato set a new record for 39 consecutive games with a Touchdown pass last weekend, but for a long time the Marshall Thundering Herd were in a surprisingly competitive game.

They are clearly the best team outside of the Power 5 Conferences in my opinion, although unlikely to be invited to have a place in the Play Offs, but Marshall are still pounding teams and just trying to run the table as effectively as possible. Last season the Thundering Herd only just escaped from a game against the Florida Atlantic Owls on the road and I think they will be far more focused for this game.

Marshall should be able to do what they like with the ball in the Offenses hands and they have been a covering machine through the season and even four Touchdowns to cover might not be enough for the Thundering Herd to be stopped.

Mississippi State Bulldogs @ Kentucky Wildcats Pick: The Mississippi State Bulldogs may have appreciated the timing of the bye week as that should keep the team focused on the games ahead after going through a really tough run of games. The additional rest would be welcome, but an emotional let down may also be less of an issue with the players likely to be itching to get back to action after a successful opening to the season.

In the SEC West, one defeat could be critical for Mississippi State's chances of reaching the Play Off and so they have to remain focused on the Kentucky Wildcats who have been much better this season as a team.

Patrick Towles should be able to produce a bounce back game after the Wildcats were blown out by the LSU Tigers last week, especially against this Bulldogs Secondary that has given up over 300 yards per game through the air.

However, I can't help but think Kentucky may have found their level in their blow out at LSU and it might be tough for them in this one. Dak Prescott should be able to help Mississippi State move the chains effectively for much of the afternoon and I think their Defense can force a couple of turnovers that lead to a big win where the Bulldogs cover the number.

Michigan Wolverines @ Michigan State Spartans Pick: Rivalry games can be very tough to get a feel of, although it does look like the Michigan State Spartans are playing at too high a level on both sides of the ball for the Michigan Wolverines to deal with.

However, the fact that this is a rivalry does concern me with what is a big spread at first glance, but I still like the Spartans because I don't see how the Wolverines will move the ball effectively against this Defense.

Connor Cook has to play a clean game at Quarter Back for the Michigan State Spartans though as any short fields will be tough for the Defense to deal with, but the Spartans should be able to move more consistently when they do have the ball.

Michigan State's Defense shut down Michigan last season and won this game by over three Touchdowns and the feeling is that they will come close to repeating that with the Defense playing as they are. Michigan have struggled Offensively and Devin Gardner is turning the ball over too much and I can see the Spartans earning extra possessions that will result in another big win in this rivalry and all comments about them being the 'little brother' once again haunting Michigan.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs @ Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Pick: Louisiana Tech haven't won a game on the road at Southern Mississippi since 1982, but they did blast them at home last season.

The Bulldogs have won their last two games and look to have the Offense that should have more consistent success through this game. The balance they will have to run and pass the ball should pose too many problems for the Southern Mississippi team to deal with although it could be competitive for a while as long as the Golden Eagles continue throwing the ball effectively.

Teams have hurt Southern Mississippi by establishing the run and I like Louisiana Tech to do that and that should eventually lead to a double digit win.

Arizona Wildcats @ Washington State Cougars Pick: The Arizona Wildcats haven't been that good against the spread this season, but they have a strong record at Washington State by winning their last 3 road games at the Cougars. This is also a legitimate revenge game for the Wildcats having lost at home to the Cougars as the favourite last season.

The Pac-12 title is still very much up for grabs for the Arizona Wildcats to keep them focused on this game and they have outgained every team they have played this season to suggest they have a worthy record and are perhaps unfortunate not to be unbeaten.

Arizona should be the more balanced Offense and the expected showers in Washington State may play into their favour as the Cougars have struggled to run the ball. If this becomes a game where it is tough to throw consistently, the Wildcats should be a much bigger favourite.

Mississippi Rebels @ LSU Tigers Pick: There are a few things that are concerning me for the unbeaten Mississippi Rebels coming into this game at the LSU Tigers- the first is that the game is being played at night in Death Valley where so many teams have struggled in the past.

Secondly, LSU are a much stronger home team than they are on the road and third is that Bo Wallace is yet to have a truly horrific game which has been something of a feature of his career.

However, Ole Miss have arguably the best Defense in the nation and they can use that unit to bamboozle a couple of Quarter Backs that don't have much experience. That unit can set up the Offense with good field position and Mississippi can play efficiently with the ball in their hands to win this game.

Mississippi State came to Death Valley and were leading big going into the Fourth Quarter before a furious comeback fell short for LSU and I think the Rebels will underline their potential to win the National Championship by securing a huge win on the road in this evening game.

South Carolina Gamecocks @ Auburn Tigers Pick: It does feel there is a marked difference between the teams in the SEC West and the SEC East and I do think Auburn are going to show that this week with a convincing win over the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks have struggled to defend the run all season and they are giving up 5.3 yards per carry which is an area that the Auburn Offense is likely to take full advantage of.

It is still a large amount of points for Auburn to be asked to cover against another SEC team, but they should have enough success shutting down the South Carolina Offense to overcome the number and win this by at least three Touchdowns. The Tigers Defense should keep South Carolina in third and long situations and force Dylan Thompson to make plays with his arms which is where the ball-hawking Secondary can set up the Auburn Offense in short field situations to pull away from the Gamecocks.

Auburn crushed the LSU Tigers here to improve to 7-3 against the spread as the home favourite under Gus Malzahn in their latest home game and I think they prove too strong for South Carolina and cover.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ Tennessee Volunteers Pick: This game looks a really tough one for the Tennessee Volunteers who were being physically manhandled by the Mississippi Rebels last week and now face an Alabama Defense that just secured the most sacks in a single game under Nick Saban.

With 18 sacks given up in three games and with a Quarter Back who is banged up to say the least, the Tennessee Volunteers could struggle to move the chains all day and the Alabama Defense may have another big game getting into the backfield. The Volunteers can't even rely on establishing a running game to ease the pressure on Justin Worley as their young Offensive Line has found it hard to open consistent holes and Alabama have been strong in this regard anyway.

You have to think Lane Kiffin is going to be rubbing his hands together leading the Alabama Crimson Tide in a stadium and State where he seems to be universally disliked.

His team opened big holes for TJ Yeldon last week and Tennessee have struggled against the best teams when defending the rush- Blake Sims also showed off his ability a week ago when running the ball and I think Alabama can have another big Offensive outing. Kiffin is unlikely to stop running up the score if he gets the chance and the Crimson Tide could definitely roll this weekend.

They have won 4 in a row in Tennessee and their last 3 wins here have come by more than 20 points each time. With the way this game should go, Alabama have every chance of surpassing a 20 point win again this season.

Ohio State Buckeyes @ Penn State Nittany Lions Pick: There is little doubt that the Penn State Nittany Lions Defense have played very well this season and are likely to make it difficult for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but I think Penn State will struggle to move the ball consistently themselves.

James Franklin did an excellent job making Vanderbilt a really competitive team in the SEC and the Commodores were never overawed about playing schools that were supposedly 'superior' in the talent departed. That would worry me in this game as he could make Penn State play better than they have shown in recent weeks while coming off a bye.

In saying that, the team have scored just 19 points in their last two games and they have to find more Offense if they are to keep this competitive. As well as the Penn State Defense have played against the run, JT Barrett could provide more problems as a dual-threat Quarter Back, while he has thrown well enough to hurt the Secondary.

Penn State are in a revenge spot after being embarrassed by the Ohio State Buckeyes last season, but I do think they are not quite as talented. Coming off a bye makes them more competitive, but the Buckeyes are winning their last four games by an average of 33 points per game and I like them to win this by a bit more than a couple of Touchdowns.

USC Trojans @ Utah Utes Pick: The Utah Utes have not beaten the USC Trojans since they were both part of the same Conference and I think they will just fall short of breaking their duck against them this week.

The Utes might have won 3 of their last 4 games, but they have been outgained in all four of those games and I do think the USC Trojans have more talent on both sides of the ball.

Both teams have been strong against the number, but I can't see Utah continuously getting away with giving up more yards than their opponents while I also believe USC can have a lot of success throwing the ball in conditions where the temperature will suit the Trojans. USC have enjoyed being the underdog on the road this season and they can win another game in that position.

Arizona State Sun Devils @ Washington Huskies Pick: The Arizona State Sun Devils could have a returning Quarter Back this week and they have covered the spread in 8 games in a row against the Washington Huskies.

The biggest concern could be the fact that the Sun Devils are coming off some tough games and may overlook Washington, but the only comparable team that both have played as seen the Sun Devils outgain Stanford while the Huskies were comfortably handled by them in terms of yards.

Arizona State's Offense looks the more balance of the two taking to the field and I think they have plenty of momentum behind them to come to Washington and cover the Field Goal number that has been set.

MY PICKS: Nebraska Cornhuskers - 20.5 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Minnesota Golden Gophers - 5.5 Points @ 2.00 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Texas Longhorns + 10 Points @ 1.92 Ladbrokes (1 Unit)
Marshall Thundering Herd - 28 Points @ 1.95 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Mississippi State Bulldogs - 14 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Michigan State Spartans - 17 Points @ 2.00 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - 9.5 Points @ 1.92 Ladbrokes (1 Unit)
Arizona Wildcats - 2.5 Games @ 1.92 Bet Victor (1 Unit)
Mississippi Rebels - 3.5 Games @ 2.00 Ladbrokes (1 Unit)
Auburn Tigers - 19.5 Points @ 1.95 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Alabama Crimson Tide - 18 Points @ 1.92 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Ohio State Buckeyes - 13.5 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
USC Trojans @ 2.00 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Arizona State Sun Devils - 3 Points @ 1.85 Bet Victor (1 Unit)

Week 8: 5-7, - 2.26 Units (12 Units Staked, - 18.83% Yield)
Week 73-8, - 5.31 Units (11 Units Staked, - 48.27% Yield)
Week 62-7, - 5.13 Units (9 Units Staked, - 57% Yield)
Week 54-5, - 1.13 Units (9 Units Staked, - 12.56% Yield)
Week 46-5, + 0.58 Units (11 Units Staked, + 5.27% Yield)
Week 33-7-1, - 4.18 Units (11 Units Staked, - 38% Yield)
Week 25-6, - 1.18 Units (11 Units Staked, - 10.72% Yield)
Week 16-4, + 1.77 Units (10 Units Staked, + 11.7% Yield)

Season 201434-49-1, - 16.84 Units (84 Units Staked, - 20.05% Yield)
Season 201365-49-2, + 8.49 Units (124 Units Staked, + 6.85% Yield)
Season 201254-59-1 - 7.11 Units (114 Units Staked, - 6.24% Yield)
Season 201163-36, + 23.25 Units (99 Units Staked, + 23.5% Yield)

Weekend Football Picks 2014 (October 25-27)

I don't know what it is about this week, but I do feel that time has run away from me- I didn't get a chance to put down my Champions League picks, which was a shame, but hopefully this last weekend in October can start changing some of my fortunes.

The late goal for Crystal Palace against Chelsea killed a pick last week which could have made the week at least a positive one, but that was the way things have been going for me. I do need a bit of luck to go my way to change things around as it looks like being three straight losing months after only going through two losing months during the whole of last season.

West Ham United v Manchester City Pick: Last weekend, Manchester City were involved in a high-scoring game at Saturday lunchtime to open the weekend Premier League action and it seems that a similar pattern could emerge from this game.

Manchester City have scored plenty of goals away from home and have proven to be very effective on their travels in the Premier League and in Sergio Aguero they have arguably the top striker in the Premier League. To be honest, I can't imagine too many will argue with that assertion about Aguero and I think he will give West Ham United some problems having scored three times in two games at Upton Park last season.

On the other hand, West Ham United are a much improved team from last season and are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. Beating Liverpool here has shown the team what they are capable of and they have a 5 game unbeaten run to protect.

The Hammers are attacking and scoring goals and Manchester City have been vulnerable at times when teams have attacked them so there is every chance that West Ham will have their chances in this one.

However, the issue might be at the other end and keeping Manchester City from scoring the goals that gives them the edge in this game. I am expecting goals in this early game, but it is also a game I believe Manchester City will edge and I will back them to win a game that has at least three goals scored.

Liverpool v Hull City Pick: There has been a lot of criticism for Mario Balotelli in the face of his recent performances for Liverpool and you have to say that the gamble Brendan Rodgers made in signing him looks to have backfired. I personally believe the Italian is a decent player, but his lack of effort at times is infuriating and I would not be surprised if he is left out of the starting eleven for this game.

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their heavy Champions League loss and keep their Premier League form going in the right direction, but they look an uneasy favourite in this one.

I do expect Liverpool are going to win the game, but their defensive vulnerability is likely to be exposed, especially if they continue to 'defend' set pieces in the manner they have. Hull City are a side that are capable of putting decent balls into the box and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they were to score in this one.

Hull City have scored in their last 7 away Premier League games and 10 of their last 11 and the set pieces are likely to cause some panic for Liverpool who only have a couple of days to work on them having conceded twice from that avenue against Real Madrid. On the other hand, Hull City have conceded at least two goals in 6 of their last 7 away Premier League games, including their last 3 in a row, and Liverpool will be looking to expose those issues even in the absence of Daniel Sturridge.

The side have rode their luck in a couple of League games to earn the three points and I think Liverpool are likely to find a way to the three points in this one with the attacking threat they do pose. However, it should be far from straight-forward and I expect Hull City will play their part in the game too as they showed when pushing Manchester City and Arsenal in recent League games.

Sunderland v Arsenal Pick: After the heavy beating that Sunderland took at the hands of Southampton, you have to feel there will be something of a response from the side in this one. The defending last week was disgusting once the side fell into a big hole and the last three or four goals were absolutely embarrassing, but Gus Poyet will have had a week to work on this and to get a real response from Sunderland.

This isn't the best game for Sunderland considering their recent set of results against Arsenal and I do think the attacking capability that the Gunners have are going to be tough to deal with.

However, Sunderland will also get some joy when they go forward against an Arsenal team that haven't had many clean sheets this whole season and that should make this a much closer match than the layers believe.

Arsenal scored twice in the last 25 minutes last season to beat Sunderland 1-3 at the Stadium of Light and games here have been far from easy for the men from North London. I think this one will be closer, although it is a game that I feel Arsenal can win, and I think backing them to win by a single goal margin may prove to be far more of a run than simply backing Arsenal to win at short odds this weekend.

MY PICKS: Manchester City to Win and Over 2.5 Goals Scored @ 2.10 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Liverpool to Win and Both Teams to Score @ 3.00 William Hill (1 Unit)
Arsenal to Win by One Goal @ 3.60 Bet Victor (1 Unit)

October Update7-13, - 8.63 Units (37 Units Staked, - 23.32% Yield)
September Final12-18, - 2.28 Units (41 Units Staked, - 5.56% Yield)
August Final8-22, - 19.92 Units (51 Units Staked, - 39.06% Yield)

Season 2014/1520-40, - 22.20 Units (92 Units Staked, - 24.13% Yield)
Season 2013/14164-185-3, + 15.84 Units (577 Units Staked, + 2.75% Yield)
Season 2012/13+ 4.42 Units (415 Units Staked, + 1.07% Yield)

Tennis Picks 2014 (October 25th)

I was beginning to think Rafael Nadal was going to at least finish his season with a performance at the O2 Arena in the World Tour Finals, but he has decided to end his 2014 season after being beaten in Basel.

That shouldn't really be a surprise as it was clear on Friday that Nadal was far from his usual self and he has made it clear that he wants a full recovery in time for the 2015 season which begins in two months time. Nadal will get his back looked at which caused some many problems all those months ago at the Australian Open as well as going in for surgery on his appendix, but the feeling is that he will have enough time to be more than ready for the Australian Open.

Nadal's withdrawal means an extra place as opened up at the Tour Finals and there are four places up for grabs going into the last ten days of the regular Tour. Kei Nishikori is almost certainly to have one of those which means Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic are fighting for the remaining three places.

Murray takes on Ferrer in the Semi Final in Valencia on Saturday and the winner of that is likely to be the sixth player booking their place in London, while Berdych looks to have enough points already with Paris still to be played. Milos Raonic has faltered the most of these players over the last few weeks and he will need a big week in Paris to overcome one of the other three players I mentioned, while Grigor Dimitrov's Quarter Final loss in Basel is likely going to cost him.

Those issues will be cleared up over the next few days, but the WTA Tour has seen their Finals reach the Semi Finals which are to be played on Saturday. Serena Williams somehow managed to move through and she will be the favourite to win the tournament now, especially if she can beat Caroline Wozniacki in that Semi Final which I do believe she can do.

Agnieszka Radwanska owes Wozniacki a lot for her place in the Semi Final as her close friend beat Petra Kvitova in straight sets on Friday even with her place already booked in the next stage. Radwanska takes on Simona Halep in a tough second Semi Final, but I think the Romanian has been playing well enough to reach the Final.

Serena Williams - 3.5 games v Caroline Wozniacki: These two players are very close off the court, but that didn't stop Serena Williams obliterating Caroline Wozniacki in the Final of the US Open after a couple of very close matches between them during the summer hard court swing.

Serena Williams has now won six matches in a row against Wozniacki and she has to be feeling much better having survived in the tournament despite and absolutely awful performance in her loss to Simona Halep. She did bounce back to dismiss a disinterested Eugenie Bouchard and I think Williams will need to play as well as she has at any point this week if she is to see off Wozniacki.

There seems to be a new confidence in the way Wozniacki has been playing and it has certainly impressed me- I have been a critic of Wozniacki in the past, but I actually think she is playing better than when she was World Number 1 with more aggression leading to more positive results.

The Dane will need to be aggressive if she is going to win this match, but she also has to find the balance between attacking and defending considering how much more power Williams possesses. If Wozniacki can extract the unforced errors from Serena, she can cause the upset, but I don't imagine the World Number 1 playing as poorly as she did against Halep again this week and I like her to find a 75, 64 win in this Semi Final.

Simona Halep - 3.5 games v Agnieszka Radwanska: It must be a strange situation for both of these players who are coming into the match off of losses- Agnieszka Radwanska can't have played too many tournaments where she has lost twice yet still has the chance to win a title, while Simona Halep was beaten in three sets by Ana Ivanovic in what became a dead rubber after the Romanian took the second set.

I was surprised Halep put in as much of an effort to win that match with Ivanovic as she did as she had a real chance to earn some rest without putting in a full effort, but it is clear her game relies on the rhythm that means she can't take a moment off.

Even after that tough match, Halep should still be in better physical condition than Radwanska who has played two long matches in a row and has to be a little short of confidence that comes from back to back losses. She might look at this as a chance to play with 'house money', but Radwanska wasn't in great form to end the season and Halep won't make a host of unforced errors that Petra Kvitova did in the Pole's only win in the Group.

These two players have split their two previous matches one each earlier this season, but I like Halep's consistency and added power to be too much for Radwanska in a 63, 64 win.

Andy Murray - 2.5 games v David Ferrer: Over the last month, David Ferrer and Andy Murray have split two matches with one win apiece and the winner of this one is likely to take the title in Valencia on Sunday and come very close to booking a place in the World Tour Finals.

They have both shown their form at different times this week, but I think the edge should go to Andy Murray who has the bigger first serve and can earn a few 'cheaper' points than Ferrer who will have to work for everything he gets.

With Rafael Nadal pulling out of the Tour Finals, there is slightly less pressure on both of these players with that extra place opened up. However, I think Ferrer will likely be the slightly happier with how the draw has panned out in Paris and Murray might be more desperate for the points on offer this week.

Expect long drawn out rallies as has been the case in both matches over the last month, but I think Murray can win the second match in a row against Ferrer and move into the Final behind a 46, 75, 63 win.

MY PICKS: Serena Williams - 3.5 Games @ 1.85 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Simona Halep - 3.5 Games @ 1.92 Boyle Sports (2 Units)
Andy Murray - 2.5 Games @ 2.17 Pinnacle (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 8-13, - 9.78 Units (42 Units Staked, - 23.29% Yield)

Friday, 24 October 2014

Tennis Picks 2014 (October 24th)

We have reached the Quarter Finals of the two ATP tournaments that are being played this week and it looks like Grigor Dimitrov is going to become the latest player to fall out of contention in the Race to London.

That is nothing against Dimitrov who is still involved, but the likes of Milos Raonic, David Ferrer and Andy Murray have enough points in hand and haven't been knocked out this week which suggests the Bulgarian will need a lot to go in his favour for him to make the Tour Finals. He'll probably prefer to finish outside the top 10 so he can have a break and not go to London as an alternate too and that might be the situation he finds himself in with just one tournament to go after this one.

Of course, Dimitrov can win the the title this week and next week in Paris to prove me wrong, but I think that is increasingly unlikely and I believe both Murray and Ferrer are playing well enough to stay in front of a player that will be looking to play in the Tour Finals for years to come.

We will also determine the final four of the WTA Finals and it has highlighted why the Round Robin format was not used for too long on the ATP Tour- a few years ago some of the smaller tournaments attempted to begin their event with Groups, but it makes it much more likely that players will tank matches and I think the final round of matches in the WTA Finals look a little dangerous for that to happen.

A couple of years ago Victoria Azarenka was criticised for not trying in a dead rubber and a couple of players on Friday may actually benefit from losing a match.

Ivo Karlovic - 1.5 games v Benjamin Becker: I backed Kenny De Schepper to keep it close against Ivo Karlovic on Thursday and I think I would have been very much on the right lines if he had taken his only break point opportunity in the first set.

However, Karlovic was comfortably the best player on the court and he fully deserved his win and I do think he has every chance of backing that up with another win on Friday in this Quarter Final.

Karlovic has lost the most recent match against Benjamin Becker, but he had previously won 6 in a row against the German and I have to say I have been impressed that the big serving Croatian has found as many breaks of serve as he has in recent weeks.

Scoreboard pressure may play a part in that and I think that could be the case in this Quarter Final as Karlovic moves through with a 76, 64 win.

Rafael Nadal - 5.5 games v Borna Coric: Borna Coric has taken advantage of his Wild Card to reach a Quarter Final in Basel as he has recorded two impressive wins over players ranked much higher than he is.

The Croatian will be confident, but will now be facing a huge challenge in Rafael Nadal who has dismissed his first two opponents while giving up just 6 games. You can't really tell how healthy Nadal is feeling with Simone Bolelli and Pierre-Hugues Herbert very much out of his league, but it also suggests Coric will have a tough afternoon.

A lack of knowledge about Coric may give the youngster a chance to surprise a little, but Nadal plays every point so hard that he is likely to wear down his opponent and it might be a bit of a tennis lesson for the young player.

Nadal has been brutally efficient so far this week and I think he will prove too good in a 64, 62 win.

Jeremy Chardy - 3.5 games v Pablo Carreno Busta: Jeremy Chardy made it hard work for my pick on him to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov as he took the break advantage in all three sets played, but had to come from one set down to win the match.

It was a solid win for the Frenchman, but I am hoping he didn't leave everything out on the court ahead of this Quarter Final against one of the Spanish contingent left in the tournament in Valencia.

Pablo Carreno Busta has had a couple of surprising wins already this week and it would be something of a surprise if he can put together another solid performance on a surface that isn't the best for his game. He did reach the Quarter Final here in Valencia last season and the feeling is that Chardy's first serve is the more effective weapon and could determine the outcome of the match.

The first set could be another tight one, but I expect Chardy to put his stamp on the match eventually and come through with a 76, 63 win.

Petra Kvitova - 1.5 games v Caroline Wozniacki: Regardless of what happens in the first match in this Group, Caroline Wozniacki is in a strong position to qualify for the Semi Finals after winning her first two matches in straight sets.

In fact, unless Wozniacki's friend Agnieszka Radwanska wins in straight sets against Maria Sharapova, she will definitely be through to the Semi Final regardless of her result in this match and I am not sure where she will find the motivation to really push for the win.

Winning the Group might not be the best decision as there is a strong chance that player will have to face Serena Williams who will finish second in the Red Group in three out of four possible outcomes of the Simona Halep-Ana Ivanovic match. A straight sets win for Petra Kvitova would mean Wozniacki is second in the White Group unless the aforementioned scenario where Radwanska beats Sharapova in straight sets occurs.

Kvitova played well enough against Sharapova to think she would give a strong account of herself even if Wozniacki was fully motivated, but this seems a good chance to back the Wimbledon Champion in a match where her opponent might already be looking to conserve energy for the business end of the tournament.

Ana Ivanovic v Simona Halep: I mentioned that Serena Williams will go through in three out of four possible outcomes from this match with the one exception being a straight sets win for Ana Ivanovic against the in-form Simona Halep.

That form and momentum is very high for the Romanian and it is going to be interesting to see how she approaches this match as she will know exactly who she can play in the next round by finishing first or second in the Group. An easy straight sets win for Ivanovic will give the Serb top spot in the Red Group, while anything competitive will give Halep the edge and she is in the fortunate position of determining that depending on how much she puts into this match.

I hate to think of sports stars as machines- there is little doubt to me that Halep losing this match in straight sets is the best thing for her if she wants to win this tournament. She has nothing to prove by beating Serena Williams in the Final, but everything to lose to give the American a 'second shot' at her later in the event.

I don't think Halep will come out 'wanting' to lose, but I'd be surprised if there is a huge effort to fight in the match with a Semi Final to come on Saturday and her position at the top of the Group virtually secured. My concern would be that Halep wants to stay mentally competitive and wins a set, which eliminates Ivanovic even if she wins in three sets, and that might see the Serb decide to check out of the match.

MY PICKS: Ivo Karlovic - 1.5 Games @ 1.92 Sky Bet (2 Units)
Rafael Nadal - 5.5 Games @ 2.14 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Jeremy Chardy - 3.5 Games @ 2.10 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Petra Kvitova - 1.5 Games @ 1.92 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Ana Ivanovic - 1.5 Games @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 6-10, - 7.82 Units (32 Units Staked, - 24.43% Yield)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

NFL Week 8 Picks 2014 (October 23-27)

By far and away, Week 7 was the best week of the season for the picks so far with all but one pick being successful. Stunning week, but one that will be almost impossible to match, and the hope is that I am not going to hit a long losing run to make up for that wonderful Week 7.

Week 7 Thoughts
Peyton Manning smashes Brett Favre's Touchdown Passes thrown record: You have to give credit to Peyton Manning for breaking Brett Favre's 508 Touchdown passes thrown record last weekend, although it has to be said the League is vastly different from the one that Favre started in.

Manning still deserves a lot of credit, although I do find it interesting that less people are concerned with how much he throws the ball as they were back in 2007 when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were doing just that.

There definitely seems to be more leeway given to Manning in that regard, but I do think that has something to do with the fact that Brady has won three Super Bowl rings compared with Manning's one.

One thing that stood out from last week and the win over the San Francisco 49ers was what looked like a cool move by the Receivers to keep the 509 Touchdown ball away from Manning- however, it has since transpired what a control freak Manning is that he actually planned the whole thing on Friday even if it still looks pretty good.

Is the NFC South the worst Division in the NFL? The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons were both beaten very easily again last week, while the New Orleans Saints somehow blew yet another game in the final two minutes and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were likely beaten by the 'bye' week.

None of the teams in the Division have a winning record and the heavy losses they have taken at various times are embarrassing and I don't think any team coming out of the South is likely to be a contender for the Super Bowl.

I am still convinced the Saints are better than they have shown, although Drew Brees has not played well, but the Falcons, Panthers and Buccaneers have looked nothing but poor.

Could this be the Division that we see a team with a losing record win it? I don't think that'll happen, but it won't surprise me if eight wins is enough to win the South and I wouldn't fancy any of these teams to win a road game in the Wild Card Round of the Play Offs in a season where so many believed potentially three teams could be making the Play Offs from this Division.

The Chicago Bears are on the cusp of imploding: Another home loss, the third of the season, has left the Chicago Bears looking up at the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North and it seems enough is enough for some players.

Jay Cutler was awful again as his personal turnovers are beginning to kill the Bears and Brandon Marshall decided to effectively call out his Quarter Back, despite saying they are 'brothers'.

Marshall made a point of mentioning all of the playmakers on the Offense except Cutler and said it is 'unacceptable' that the Bears are 3-4.

Shooting themselves in the foot on Offense has made it extremely difficult for a Defense that has struggled to get teams off the field anyway. I can understand Marshall's frustrations too with the mistakes Cutler has been making and the Bears are going to do very well to turn this around and force their way back into NFC Play Off contention.

Percy Harvin traded to the New York Jets: I doubt I was the only person surprised to see Percy Harvin traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the New York Jets last Friday (which screwed one of my Fantasy Football teams) and it was a trade that really did come out of left field.

There weren't any rumblings that Harvin was unhappy in Seattle or that the Seahawks were unhappy with him, but it looks a move that had to be made after some of the stories coming out. Clearly the Seattle Seahawks felt they need to do something to get their season back on track at 3-3, although this move didn't go down all that well with all the rest of the team including Marshawn Lynch who almost decided to pull out from playing in St Louis.

It obviously is a move that Seattle think won't affect them adversely, but the big question is whether Harvin can give the New York Jets a spark.

With Erik Decker and Harvin, Geno Smith won't have a better chance to prove he is the franchise Quarter Back for the Jets future, although at 1-6 it is unlikely to impact their season. I think Harvin can be someone effective in the NFL and I think he will do well at the Jets, but he has to prove his output is worth some of the off field hassle that has followed him from Minnesota to Seattle and will be highlighted in the Big Apple.

Top Ten
1) Denver Broncos (5-1): Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's record last week, but importantly the Broncos moved to the head of the AFC West ahead of a huge Divisional game against San Diego.

2) Dallas Cowboys (6-1): The Cowboys overcame a 14-7 deficit to beat the New York Giants as DeMarco Murray makes it a new NFL record of 7 straight 100 yard rushing games to open a season.

3) Indianapolis Colts (5-2): Been playing very well and have made a statement the last couple of weeks with comfortable wins over Cincinnati and Baltimore.

4) Green Bay Packers (5-2): R-E-L-A-X... The Packers have looked great since Aaron Rodgers said that after a Week 3 loss to Detroit.

5) Philadelphia Eagles (5-1): Were on a bye last week, but can't drop them much further than this.

6) Arizona Cardinals (5-1): Defensively they still look suspect, but can't argue with the team leading the tough NFC West.

7) New England Patriots (5-2): New England have been playing some good football over the last three weeks, but they were fortunate to hold off the New York Jets in Week 7.

8) Baltimore Ravens (5-2): The Ravens have looked stronger on both sides of the ball and have a chance to put a stamp down on the AFC North this week with a win in Cincinnati.

9) San Diego Chargers (5-2): Feel a little harsh dropping San Diego so far down the list after one loss, but injuries to key Defensive players will be tough to overcome over the next few weeks.

10) Detroit Lions (5-2): Matt Stafford and co head to London and will be hoping that Calvin Johnson is back sooner rather than later, but the Lions still have control of the NFC North even if holding off Green Bay is going to be tough.

Bottom Five
32) Oakland Raiders (0-6): They are now the only team without a win in the NFL and are in prime position to finish with the Number 1 Draft Pick.

31) New York Jets (1-6): Another loss for the Jets means they, along with Oakland, are the only teams that have lost six straight, although New York can bounce out if they can ride the positives of the Percy Harvin trade.

30) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5): Despite being in my bottom five at the moment, Tampa Bay can still make some waves in the awful NFC South.

29) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6): The Jaguars had a huge Defensive effort to beat the Cleveland Browns although some poor play-calling from the Browns contributed to their downfall.

28) Minnesota Vikings (2-5): I think the Vikings are doing the right things playing some of their younger playmakers, but that was a heartbreaking loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 7.

Week 8 Picks
After some of the disappointment of Week 6 picks, I couldn't have asked for a better Week 7 as all but one pick came in as a winner and even that one had half a chance except for Larry Donnell's two fumbles for the New York Giants.

I took the points with three underdogs as the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Kansas State Chiefs all covered with the last three of those teams actually winning outright.

Green Bay, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Arizona all did the business as favourites and Week 7 is going to be very difficult to match for the rest of the season if I am being honest. I would love to say that will be the norm, but I think even the most professional player in Vegas would be over the moon with a 8-1 record in one week and my bigger concern is not to pat myself on the back, but to try and remain vigilant and avoid a big setback.

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos Pick: I have dropped the San Diego Chargers in my 'top ten' rankings after their loss last week to the Kansas City Chiefs and the fact their two starting Corner Backs are likely to be missing this game. It is no surprise that the public are pounding the Denver Broncos to the point that this spread has increased by two points, especially after Peyton Manning garnered all the headlines last week.

Manning should be able to have another strong showing, but San Diego have found a decent pattern to make them competitive against Denver in the last fourteen months, including a win in Colorado last season. Philip Rivers is playing at a very high level and he will likely use the clock for as much as possible to limit what Manning is able to do as he did last season.

Rivers will make the quick short passes to keep the chains moving as well as sustaining drives, something that San Diego did very well when beating the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, and that could see Manning left on the sidelines. Denver do get more pressure up front than last season, but Rivers can use Brandon Oliver coming out of the backfield as well as a decent set of Receivers that should be able to win their battles against the Denver Secondary.

The difficulty will be stopping Manning from having his way throwing the ball against a Defense that hasn't got a lot of pressure up front and is missing Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker are too many weapons for the Chargers to deal with, especially if Ronnie Hillman continues to shine from Running Back.

However, I think the Chargers have been looking forward to this game and thus overlooked Kansas City in Week 7. They covered twice here as the underdog last season and I think Rivers and the Offense can sustain long drives that helps them keep this close, even if I think the Broncos will eventually prove too good and win.

MY PICKS: San Diego Chargers + 9.5 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)

Week 7: 8-1, + 11.20 Units
Week 62-3-1, - 2.46 Units
Week 53-4-1, + 0.84 Units
Week 44-4, + 0.02 Units
Week 38-2, + 9.82 Units
Week 25-3, + 1.50 Units
Week 13-6, - 3.18 Units

Season 201433-23-2, + 17.74 Units
Season 201386-70-2, + 22.27 Units
Season 2012- 4.78 Units

Tennis Picks 2014 (October 23rd)

If someone had told me that the match had finished 60, 62, there would have been absolutely no way I would have believed that Simona Halep was the victor over Serena Williams- I even had to look at the score twice again to make sure I wasn't reading it wrong as the World Number 1 was given one of her biggest beatings on a tennis court.

That result hasn't ended Williams' participation at the WTA Finals, but it does mean she needs to beat Eugenie Bouchard, preferably in straight sets, and hope Simona Halep can give Ana Ivanovic either a competitive match that goes into three sets or the Romanian can simply win the match and the Group.

With the Race to London taking centre stage on the ATP Tour, Tomas Berdych was the only player that has yet to secure his place in the Tour Finals that was beaten in competition which could have opened the door for the likes of Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov to make up some points on him if not overtake him.

With Rafael Nadal looking pretty good in Basel and Novak Djokovic admitting he is preparing for Paris after his wife gave birth to a baby boy, the top eight players may be ready to take their place in London after all. That means every point is going to matter in the bid to sow up those places with just two weeks to go until we know the final line up in London for the event which will begin on November 9th.

Caroline Wozniacki - 2.5 games v Agnieszka Radwanska: The winner of this match will likely have booked their place in the Semi Final of the WTA Finals and I think the Dane Caroline Wozniacki is going to have a little bit too much for Agnieszka Radwanska.

Of course one of the concerns is that Wozniacki had to dig really deep within herself to beat Maria Sharapova just two days ago and it would be interesting to see if she has left something on the court.

Agnieszka Radwanska had a much easier time in her win over Petra Kvitova, which was something of a surprise considering Radwanska's late season form.

Both players produce a similar style of tennis which should make this another competitive match, but I think Wozniacki is able to back up her win over Radwanska from the Cincinnati event, their only match of the year. That ended Wozniacki's three match losing run in the head to head and I think Wozniacki has the slightly better serve which could prove to be a difference maker.

I won't be that surprised if we did see a final set decider for the first time this week, but Wozniacki might just have the edge to come through with a 75, 46, 63 win.

Jeremy Chardy v Alexandr Dolgopolov: This Second Round match comes between two players who will be meeting for the fourth time this season as Alexandr Dolgopolov looks to level the head to head with Jeremy Chardy having won the last match between them.

Chardy is a player that can frustrate me as he can make a rash of errors to lose matches comprehensively, but I am surprised he has been set as the underdog in this match. It seems to be an overreaction to Dolgopolov's dismantling of Gilles Simon in the First Round, especially as that was his first win since coming back from surgery.

The indoor hard courts should really aid both of these players you would feel as they have decent first serves, but neither Chardy nor Dolgopolov have had a sustained success on the surface.

The Frenchman has been in better form of the two players of late with more wins to his name and I am interested to see how Dolgopolov will try to back up his first win in months with another match so soon after that one. I wouldn't be surprised to see this go the distance with both players sometimes very erratic on the court, but I think the underdog can come through with a win.

Roberto Bautista Agut - 3.5 games v Thomaz Bellucci: Coming through the qualifiers and winning a match on the main draw should have given Thomaz Bellucci some confidence ahead of this Second Round match against Roberto Bautista Agut and may also have eased a couple of my concerns in backing the Spaniard.

Bautista Agut was the far better player when seeing off Santiago Giraldo on Wednesday, but he had a long week in Moscow last week that saw him come a little short when losing in the Final. However, he had a couple of days to recover and Bellucci has played more tennis in the last few days than Bautista Agut so tiredness may affect the Brazilian more in this match.

The lefty serve will take some reading for Bautista Agut, but he can frustrate opponents with his defence as he did to Giraldo and I can see the same fate eventually befalling Bellucci. There are times I have watched Bellucci and been impressed with the talent he possesses, but Bautista Agut is having a great season and he looks like a man determined to end 2014 in the right way.

If Bautista Agut is protecting his serve as well as he did on Wednesday, he could wear down Bellucci in this one and eventually come through 75, 64.

Kenny De Schepper + 2.5 games v Ivo Karlovic: This isn't a lot of games to take to the bank, but Kenny De Schepper has a big enough serve to force a couple of tie-breaks even if he doesn't quite have enough to see off Ivo Karlovic. The veteran Karlovic has been playing well in recent weeks and has had a big 2014 season to move back into the top 32 in the World Rankings, but he doesn't get a lot of joy when it comes to return games and is still heavily reliant on his own big serve.

This match is likely to have a lot of quick games with both players much more effective when having the first strike of their serve and I think break points will come at a premium. It might take just one break for Karlovic for him to cover this number, but the opposite view is that one break for De Schepper may make it almost impossible for Karlovic to do that.

When they met a couple of years ago, it was no surprise that Karlovic needed two tie-breakers to win the match and De Schepper will have some confidence having won a couple of qualifiers to reach this Second Round match.

I'll be looking for De Schepper to use that confidence to keep this match very close and will take the games on offer.

Roger Federer - 5.5 games v Denis Istomin: The lure of finishing with the year end World Number 1 position is keeping Roger Federer focused for the final three weeks of the Tour ahead of his first appearance in the Davis Cup Final.

He was brutal in dismissing Gilles Muller in the First Round in Basel, but Denis Istomin showed twelve months ago that he can be a decent indoor hard court player when pushing Federer in a three set loss.

That was about as tough as Istomin has ever made it for Federer and my criticism of the Uzbekistan player is that he doesn't seem to give himself a real shot of beating the top players on the Tour. I am not convinced he believes he can win these kinds of matches and I think making it as competitive as last season would constitute a success for him.

I think Federer is playing better than he was twelve months ago and I don't think this match will go the distance although it would be less surprising if the score from the last two sets is repeated again.

Grigor Dimitrov - 2.5 games v Vasek Pospisil: A late bid for a place in the World Tour Finals means Grigor Dimitrov has played a lot of tennis in the last month and I am not sure if that contributed to some of his problems in the First Round against Alexander Zverev.

A bigger issue may have been a lack of familiarity with Zverev's game that allowed his opponent to dominate the first set before Dimitrov dug deep within himself to turn the match around and keep his hopes of reaching London alive.

Vasek Pospisil is less of a mystery and I think that will help Dimitrov in this Second Round match and I do think the layers have made a mistake with this spread. I figured it would be at least one game higher, while I never expected this to be at odds against.

Pospisil does have a serve that should work wonders on the indoor hard courts, and that showed up when he reached the Semi Final here last season. However, he found Roger Federer a little too good in that match and Grigor Dimitrov might be better placed after his First Round scare.

We will likely see at least one tie-breaker, but I think Dimitrov has an effective enough return to find a break or two which can help him cover the number.

MY PICKS: Caroline Wozniacki - 2.5 Games @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Jeremy Chardy @ 2.30 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Roberto Bautista Agut - 3.5 Games @ 2.05 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Kenny De Schepper + 2.5 Games @ 1.83 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Roger Federer - 5.5 Games @ 2.25 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Grigor Dimitrov - 2.5 Games @ 2.17 Pinnacle (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 3-8, - 10.66 Units (22 Units Staked, - 48.45% Yield)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tennis Picks 2014 (October 22nd)

It has been a pretty poor first couple of days for the tennis picks including the terrible Tuesday where all four picks went down the drain- it was one of those days when you couldn't even point to bad luck as all four picks were pretty terrible.

On Wednesday, the WTA Finals move to the second set of round robin matches, while the tournaments in Basel and Valencia both really get going. After the really poor Tuesday action, I am hoping that Wednesday proves to be a more productive day as some of the biggest names in the sport are all in action.

Rafael Nadal - 4.5 games v Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Any time a player comes through the qualifiers into the main draw, they have to be respected, especially when that player wins a match in the First Round too. Pierre-Hugues Herbert has had to battle hard to come through to this marquee match against Rafael Nadal, although he will need to hope that the latter is off his game somewhat for the shock result to have a chance of coming in.

Nadal was brutally efficient in dealing with Simone Bolelli in the First Round, although there remain some issues with his health that have yet to determine his participation in London for the Tour Finals. The Spaniard also admitted he was a little surprised with his performance in the First Round, but I still think Nadal should be far too good for a player ranked outside the top 100 and who spends the majority of his time on the Challenger Tour.

Of course a spread like this can be dangerous for Nadal who generally prefers serving second, while Herbert is someone that pushed Novak Djokovic fairly hard a year ago on an indoor court in Paris. However, Nadal won't give up any point and I think he will wear down his opponent in this Second Round match and come through with a 64, 63 win.

Roberto Bautista Agut - 3.5 games v Santiago Giraldo: The big problem at this time of the season is trying to work out the motivation of players with the end of the season fast approaching. I think Santiago Giraldo could be facing a problem in that regards as he has lost his last three matches and I think Roberto Bautista Agut is going to be a little too consistent for the Colombian.

As big as Giraldo can play at times, Bautista Agut has a decent enough defence to force him to try and hit closer and closer to the lines and eventually leading to the mistakes that the Spaniard will thrive upon.

One concern is that Bautista Agut had a long week in Moscow reaching the Final there on Sunday, but I also think this has been a career year for Bautista Agut and one that he would surely like to end on a high.

Eventually I look for Bautista Agut to just have a little too much for Giraldo which leads to a 64, 64 win.

Serena Williams - 4.5 games v Simona Halep: Both of these players won their first round robin match at the WTA Finals which has given them a great chance of reaching the Semi Finals and the winner will most likely have booked their place in the last four of the final tournament of the season.

Serena Williams battled deep within herself to see of Ana Ivanovic in her first match, while Simona Halep had a much 'easier' day in the office with a convincing win over Eugenie Bouchard that was very one sided.

As consistent as Halep has been, it will be very difficult for her to keep up with Williams who should be able to play first strike tennis which makes her so effective a player. Keeping Halep on the backfoot should allow Williams to dominate the match in terms of pace and eventually breaking down the Romanian who could potentially want to leave something in the tank for her final round robin match against Ana Ivanovic.

Williams has to serve better than she has since the US Open if she is to make this a match she can win with room to spare on the scoreboard, but her power should give her the edge. Keeping the unforced errors to a minimum should be achievable as I expect Williams to earn the short ball and that should be enough to see her come through with a 64, 63 win.

Eugenie Bouchard + 3.5 games v Ana Ivanovic: With both players losing the first round robin matches, this is a must win match for Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic and I do think we will see more out of the Canadian than we did a couple of days ago.

On that occasion, too many unforced errors from the Bouchard racquet made life very easy for Simona Halep as she fell behind very quickly in the first set and Bouchard made it clear that she realises she has to be more consistent when dealing with the competition in the WTA Finals.

Ana Ivanovic played Serena Williams very tough in her opening loss, but also went down in straight sets and her own inconsistencies make her a vulnerable favourite. Bouchard has won their two previous matches including coming from a set behind to beat Ivanovic at the Australian Open earlier this season and I think she can make this a competitive match.

The number of games given to Bouchard suggests that winning a set will be enough to help her cover as long as that set is won in any way other than a tie-breaker and this does look a three set match in the making. There should be a few breaks of serve each way, but I like Bouchard to at least keep it much closer than she did against Halep in a huge match for both players with ambitions of making it through to the Semi Finals.

MY PICKS: Rafael Nadal - 4.5 Games @ 1.92 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Roberto Bautista Agut - 3.5 Games @ 1.83 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Serena Williams - 4.5 Games @ 1.73 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Eugenie Bouchard + 3.5 Games @ 2.17 Pinnacle (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 1-6, - 10.16 Units (14 Units Staked, - 72.57% Yield)