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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Midweek Football Picks 2017 (April 25-27)

This midweek is reserved for a number of 'make up' fixtures from the Premier League and the television companies haven't missed a beat by arranging five League games over three days to ensure they have a live game every day this week from either the Premier League or Championship in England.

The top four race was reignited by Liverpool's loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday and that means it is a big week for Arsenal to close the gap as well as for the two Manchester clubs who play in the third Manchester derby of the season on Thursday.

That and the title race provide the main storylines from the midweek Premier League games and the three games picked for television have huge implications for both of those situations.

Chelsea v Southampton Pick: The FA Cup Semi Final win over Tottenham Hotspur should give Antonio Conte and Chelsea the momentum to go on and win the Premier League title despite some recent wobbles which have allowed Tottenham Hotspur back into the title race.

The 4 point lead over Spurs still looks too big considering who Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have left on the fixture list, but points are only earned on the pitch. Chelsea have to show they are ready to kick on in the Premier League after the setback at Old Trafford ten days ago, but returning to Stamford Bridge where they have won 14 of 15 games in all competitions should aid them very well.

They are facing a Southampton team who can produce some big performances as they have shown when beating Liverpool 1-0 in both Legs of their English Football League Cup Semi Final. However they have struggled when facing the top seven teams in the Premier League who have shown they are ahead of the rest of the Premier League with a 13 point gap between 7th and 8th.

Southampton have lost 4 and drawn 1 in the Premier League when visiting teams in the top seven and they have yet to play at Stamford Bridge and Anfield. The Saints have also hosted 5 of the top 7 and won just a single game against them while losing 3 of those games and it is hard to see that change here.

They are well rested which may give Southampton a chance against a Chelsea team who had that emotional and physical win at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. I can see them causing some problems with the pace Southampton do have in the final third, but Chelsea have been able to give Eden Hazard and Diego Costa a little more rest and both should be raring at the bit to go from kick off in this one.

Ultimately I do think Chelsea will reverse the trend of a recent poor record against Southampton at Stamford Bridge and I think the Blues win this one by a couple of goals on the day.

Arsenal v Leicester City Pick: The FA Cup Semi Final win over Manchester City in a new system being employed by Arsene Wenger has to have given Arsenal a boost in their challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League. Later on Sunday Liverpool were beaten by Crystal Palace which means Arsenal can finish above them by winning all of their remaining games and improve their goal difference.

The next two weeks are huge for Arsenal in the race for a Champions League place with little room left for error. They face Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in that time, but those matches won't have the same importance attached if Arsenal fail to beat Leicester City on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have remained solid enough at home during a really poor patch of the season for them and they have won 7 of their last 10 at home in all competitions. There are still some vulnerabilities in the side and the tension from the stands is not helping, but Arsenal should be able to create enough chances to beat this Leicester City team.

As well as Craig Shakespeare has Leicester City playing, The Foxes have remained a work in progress away from home where they are conceding too many goals. Leicester City have played 3 away Premier League games under Shakespeare and while they are 1-1-1 in those games, they have conceded at least twice in each at West Ham United, Everton and Crystal Palace.

Arsenal have been strong at home and I think those goals being conceded by Leicester City are going to be tough to protect. While I do think Leicester City could score here, I do think Arsenal will prove too strong and another 2-1 home win could be on the cards with that being the result the last 3 times these teams have met at Arsenal.

I will back Arsenal to win a game where there are at least three goals shared out and that looks a decent price at odds against with the goals both teams are capable of scoring and conceding.

Middlesbrough v Sunderland Pick: Usually the term 'relegation six pointer' would be reserved for fixtures like this one, but it actually feels like both Middlesbrough and Sunderland have already got more than one foot in the Championship. Pride will still be important between these North East rivals who both would have watched on enviously as Newcastle United earned promotion back to the Premier League on Monday evening at Middlesbrough and Sunderland's expense.

Both teams need to win their remaining games to have any chance to survive, but both Middlesbrough and Sunderland have been in a long poor run of form which has seen them effectively relegated with a whimper.

Goals have been a big problem for both Middlesbrough and Sunderland and that looks to be an issue that won't be resolved until next season at the earliest. Neither defence has been in great form, but Middlesbrough might have the slight edge in that department and you can understand their position as the favourite.

I can't pick a winner myself, and the better angle is picking one, or both, of these teams to fail to score. Sunderland have failed to score in 9 of their 15 away games in the Premier League this season, while Middlesbrough have had 3 goalless draws in their last 7 home Premier League games.

I have a feeling Middlesbrough might earn a narrow win because Sunderland have only had a single clean sheet away from home this season, but confidence is low with both clubs which makes them hard to trust. The goalless draw is a real possibility and so backing one or both teams not to score at odds against looks a big price.

Maybe the inevitable relegation for Sunderland and Middlesbrough will allow both teams to play with a freedom they have struggled to find all season. That could see them produce more fireworks in front of goal than these teams have for much of the 2016/17 campaign, but statistically the price on one or both teams failing to score is too big and one I will take.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Pick: Regardless of what Chelsea do in their fixture against Southampton on Tuesday night, this is going to be a big test for Tottenham Hotspur to prove the FA Cup Semi Final loss is not going to break their season.

It was a disappointing afternoon for Tottenham Hotspur who may feel they were the better team on the day, but it was Chelsea who showed more clinical finishing in front of goal. Seeing their 8 game winning run come to an end will dent some confidence, but Tottenham Hotspur can't allow that to spiral with home games against Arsenal and Manchester United to come in the next three weeks and still some work to do to confirm a top four spot.

Tottenham Hotspur did end the season poorly twelve months ago and they need to show they have learned from that experience as they get set to take on a tough Crystal Palace team. It does have to be said that Tottenham Hotspur have not been as strong away from home as they have been at White Hart Lane, but they have won back to back games on their travels in the Premier League.

On the other hand Crystal Palace have been in fine form of late with just 1 loss from their last 8 games, but that did come when they had to play a midweek game days after winning at Stamford Bridge. This time Sam Allardyce has to prepare a team who had to play a day later than Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and are off another strong effort when winning at Anfield.

I think that is where Tottenham Hotspur may just have the edge in this important Premier League game and I think they can rely on having a little more in the tank in the second half. In the loss at Southampton a few days after beating Chelsea, Crystal Palace became a little tired in the second half and I imagine something similar happens here.

However I do believe Tottenham Hotspur might have a few mental scars to overcome after losing the FA Cup Semi Final and I anticipate Crystal Palace will cause problems too. They are strong at set pieces and have looked defensively strong at Selhurst Park, but I think Tottenham Hotspur possibly wear them down and I will look for this game to feature at least three goals as both teams have their chances.

Manchester City v Manchester United Pick: The two Manchester derbies were expected to be a couple of huge Premier League games prior to the start of the season, but perhaps not for the reason it is come April. These two teams were the favourites to win the Premier League title with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho coming in to take over as manager of Manchester City and Manchester United, but instead they are fighting for the Champions League places in the League table.

Both have been short of the Premier League leaders, but none of that matters on Thursday as Manchester City get ready to host the third Manchester derby of the season. Instead the focus is on earning what could be a vital three points for one of these teams as both try to find the right blend in the starting line ups and overcome injury issues.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero could both be missing for Manchester City, while Jose Mourinho's injury problems at Old Trafford are well documented.That does make it harder to get a really good read on this fixture, but I am anticipating a good one.

Manchester City might be odds on favourites, but Manchester United have a little more momentum behind them. Being at home does give Manchester City an edge in the fixture, but these are the kind of situations in which Jose Mourinho teams have thrived in the past especially with the pace Manchester United will likely employ in forward areas to attack what is a vulnerable defence.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner here last season and I do think he has the speed and movement to make Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany really worry about how much space they are leaving behind them. However Manchester City are going to play one way and they should create chances, even if both Silva and Aguero are missing, against a Manchester United team who will have some fatigue in the muscles.

With the pace Manchester City have, Manchester United will have to stay focused and teams have had to ride their luck to earn results here. The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have scored and conceded here and I think the same will happen in this fixture, but it will be important for Manchester United to not allow Manchester City to push forward without the threat of the counter like they employed so effectively at Burnley.

I am anticipating goals on the day in a fixture that has traditionally not produced as many as when these two meet at Old Trafford. However there is enough to like about the attacks both possess to think there will be at least three goals shared out here and I do think Manchester United have a chance of earning the 'upset' if they get their counter attacks right.

It will be entertaining for the neutrals and very nervous for the fans of both supporters in a fixture that could go a long way to deciding which Manchester club finishes in the top four.

MY PICKS: Chelsea - 1.25 Asian Handicap @ 2.02 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Arsenal to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.10 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Middlesbrough-Sunderland Both Teams to Score- NO @ 2.10 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Crystal Palace-Tottenham Hotspur Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.67 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Manchester City-Manchester United Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.83 Betfair Sportsbook (2 Units)

April Update: 34-26-1, + 14.96 Units (121 Units Staked, + 12.36% Yield)

March Final39-40-3, + 6.64 Units (157 Units Staked, + 4.23% Yield)
February Final31-50, - 29.34 Units (157 Units Staked, - 18.69% Yield)
January Final32-47-1, - 30.88 Units (164 Units Staked, - 18.83% Yield)
December Final38-40, - 7.93 Units (153 Units Staked, - 5.18% Yield)
November Final40-38-3, + 5.76 Units (159 Units Staked, + 3.62% Yield)
October Final29-41-2, - 21.23 Units (139 Units Staked, - 15.27% Yield)
September Final43-28-1, + 35.17 Units (133 Units Staked, + 26.44% Yield)
August Final31-38-2, - 9 Units (124 Units Staked, - 7.26% Yield)
Season 2016/17243-272-9, - 57.45 Units (1029 Units Staked, - 5.58% Yield)

Season 2015/16133-174-2, + 0.89 Units (669 Units Staked, + 0% Yield)
Season 2014/15159-208-5, - 20.22 Units (647 Units Staked, - 3.13% 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 2017 (April 25th)

You are never far away from a reminder of what really matters in life and missing out on two tennis picks from Barcelona is so insignificant to other events one may have to deal with.

Those picks could have easily gone my way on Monday but it was not to be with Jeremy Chardy having the majority of the better play but unable to break the Kyle Edmund serve, while Thiago Monteiro was up a set and a break before falling apart in the second set against Daniel Evans.

For a brief moment it still looked like Monteiro could potentially cover as he moved 4-0 up in the third, but it was not to be and all credit to Evans for fighting back from that deficit to win the match, his first Tour win on a clay court.

On Tuesday the majority of the other tournaments being played this week get going including in Stuttgart where the big story is the return of Maria Sharapova this week. Players and fans have been split about the Sharapova return and I am interested to see the reaction she gets on Wednesday, although her showing a little bit of contrition rather than playing a 'victim' would mean she is received with more sympathy by the majority of people.

That's for another day now and this thread will focus on the Tuesday tennis picks from the three tournaments I am focusing on today. I didn't really like anything from Istanbul and the WTA matches there, but I have picks from the other three events in Stuttgart, Barcelona and Budapest.

Barbora Strycova - 3.5 games v Jennifer Brady: This tournament in Stuttgart is one of the few on the Tour that is an indoor clay court event with the majority of the events at this time of the spring being played outdoors. The indoor element does change the feel of the court but you would still expect Barbora Strycova to get the better of Lucky Loser Jennifer Brady.

That has nothing to do with the fact that Brady has already been beaten here this week because she played well in the Qualifiers before finding Jelena Ostapenko a little too good. It has more to do with the fact that Brady has not played a lot of clay court tennis at this level and is going up against someone who is very comfortable on the surface.

In saying that, Strycova has not played here in Stuttgart since 2015 when she was beaten very easily by Garbine Muguruza and this is her first foray onto the clay courts in 2017. That will take an adjustment period and perhaps Brady has a chance to cause an upset with familiarity with the conditions in Stuttgart having played those three Qualifiers.

Last season was the first time since 2012 that Strycova was able to win her first match back on the clay courts coming out of the hard court swing. The Czech player performed well in Biel last time she was on the court a couple of weeks ago, but she will have to quickly get used to playing on the clay.

Her serve can be a weakness which is exposed on this surface, but big hitting Brady does not have the same level of movement and I would expect Strycova to work her way into a positive position in rallies. There will be breaks of serve, but I expect Strycova to come through with a 7-5, 6-4 win in the First Round.

Agnieszka Radwanska - 3.5 games v Ekaterina Makarova: After being described as a 'journeyman' by Maria Sharapova's agent earlier this week, you have to think Agnieszka Radwanska is more motivated than usual to try and set up a potential Second Round match with the Russian who is back from her drug ban this week.

It will be interesting to hear Radwanska's take on Sharapova's agent's statement, but she has to focus on matters on the court to get her 2017 season going. It has been a really difficult first four months of the season for Radwanska who looks like she is going to miss reaching at least 50 wins for only the second time in six seasons.

Radwanska is just 4-5 in her last nine matches and has not won back to back matches in a tournament since January when reaching the Final in Sydney. All of her losses have come when she has been a considerable favourite to win which has to be really alarming for her fans, and she hasn't had much success in Stuttgart in her career nor on the clay courts in general over the last two seasons.

While it has been a tough season for Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova has had a difficult time too. Her game doesn't really feel like it should work effectively on the clay courts and for the most part it hasn't, while Makarova has lost six of her eight matches against Radwanska in the past.

It is hard to trust Radwanska when you know how poorly she has played in 2017, but that motivation to potentially play Sharapova could inspire her. The match up with Makarova is one that she has enjoyed and I like Radwanska to work her way to a 6-4, 6-4 win after recovering a few breaks of serve over the course of a couple of hours.

Dominic Thiem - 3.5 games v Kyle Edmund: On Monday I opposed Kyle Edmund and I was a little unfortunate not to be rewarded in backing underdog Jeremy Chardy to win that match. Over the course of two sets, Edmund won a total of just 5 more points than Chardy, but somehow that equated to 5 games and the British player will need to ride his luck to that extent to beat Dominic Thiem.

This is a rare situation for Thiem in that he should be well rested having had short weeks in Miami and Monte Carlo and that might see him produce a big week in Barcelona. The clay courts are the favoured surface for Thiem who will go into the French Open as something of a dark horse to win the title if he can build up some form in the coming month.

The clay courts give Thiem a little more time to get his big swing coming through the court and it certainly makes him feel comfortable. He can be a little loose behind serve at times, which can be a problem for him, but I do think he will be too good for Edmund in the Second Round in Barcelona.

Edmund is a decent player on the clay courts, but I am not sure Thiem should be favoured by three games less than Rafael Nadal was when he faced Edmund last week in Monte Carlo. I am not suggesting Thiem is better than Nadal on the clay courts, but he can certainly challenge the Spaniard these days and I think he will show the level of difference he should have over Edmund at this moment of their career.

As long as Thiem is more clinical than Chardy when the chances come his way, I think the Austrian comes through Edmund with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Alexander Zverev - 4.5 games v Nicolas Almagro: There was an important lesson learned by Alexander Zverev last week in Monte Carlo as he was blown away by Rafael Nadal, but there is no doubt the German is going to enjoy a bright future in the sport. I don't think the Nadal loss will be a damaging one long-term and I am looking for Zverev to beat the veteran Nicolas Almagro in this First Round match.

I am also expecting Zverev to win with a level of comfort on the scoreboard despite the clay courts being the best surface for Almagro. However I think the latter is still finding his feet back on the Tour after being absent for a couple of months following the Australian Open and he was dismissed by David Goffin fairly easily despite a strong start.

Zverev himself is comfortable on the clay courts and I don't believe he will make as slow as start as Goffin did last week against Nicolas Almagro. The youngster has a decent serve and some heavy shots from the ground which will give Almagro something to think about, while I also think the Spaniard is lacking a bit of consistency with his play at the moment.

I do anticipate Almagro having his moments at times in this one too, but I think that lack of consistency could cost him at key moments.

The home support will help Almagro, but I think Zverev will break down his game and just have a little bit more all around which sees him move into the Second Round behind a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Pablo Carreno Busta - 4.5 games v Andreas Seppi: These two players met on the clay courts in July 2016 and it was Pablo Carreno Busta who won the match in two sets as a narrow favourite. He was pretty dominant in key statistical areas on that day and it says something about his improvement in that time that he is a much bigger favourite when they meet in Barcelona in April 2017.

I also think that says something about where Andreas Seppi is at this moment in his own career as the veteran Italian looks to be on the slide. His performances on the clay courts have become more inconsistent too and even his First Round win against Mikael Ymer is going to be needed to be improved upon if Seppi can challenge Carreno Busta.

I do think Carreno Busta showed enough in Monte Carlo to believe he is going to have a big week in Barcelona and the narrow loss to Novak Djokovic shows this Spaniard is well worth his top 20 World Ranking.

He is serving well enough and feeling confident with his groundstrokes and I think that becomes tough for Seppi to deal with. The Italian can be decent in the rallies, but I think Carreno Busta will get some real joy from attacking his serve, particularly the second delivery and that can see Carreno Busta win this one with relative comfort on the day.

You have to accept that Carreno Busta is likely to be broken in this match too, but I think he can hold onto enough serves and create plenty of break points of his own. That can help him come through with a 7-5, 6-3 win to move past the veteran into the Third Round here in Barcelona.

Borna Coric - 2.5 games v Jiri Vesely: Any time a youngster makes their breakthrough on the Tour, you have to imagine that it is something of an eye-opener for them and it can be tough to find the consistency that people outside the camp would want. There is still plenty to like about players like Borna Coric who are finding their feet amongst the best players in the world while still growing into their bodies.

His title win in Marrakech two weeks ago could be the turning point on the season for Coric as he has been struggling for form and he will feel he can get his run off to a good start in Bucharest on Tuesday. Facing Jiri Vesely is far from a straight-forward match for anyone on the clay courts, but Coric has beaten him three times on the Tour and twice on the clay courts including in Marrakech just a few days ago.

That is the second time in a row that he has beaten Vesely in Morocco, but this season Coric's win was better from a statistical point of view. It was a tight match again, but Coric had the majority of break points and he won a higher percentage of return points and he can frank that win by being the stronger player at critical points in this one.

It will take a few points here and there to make all of the difference but I do think Coric comes onto the court with more overall belief in what he wants to do than Vesely. Out of the two players I think it is more likely that Vesely will make a couple more big mistakes at big moments and that can prove to be enough for Coric to come through a tough encounter.

I will be looking for Coric to frank his win in Marrakech by recording another one against Vesely by a very similar margin here in Budapest. Covering the spread won't be easy but Coric can do that with a 7-6, 6-4 win and I will back the Croatian in this First Round match.

MY PICKS: Barbora Strycova - 3.5 Games @ 1.80 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Agnieszka Radwanska - 3.5 Games @ 1.85 William Hill (2 Units)
Dominic Thiem - 3.5 Games @ 1.80 Coral (2 Units)
Alexander Zverev - 4.5 Games @ 2.00 Bet365 (2 Units)
Pablo Carreno Busta - 4.5 Games @ 2.00 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Borna Coric - 2.5 Games @ 1.80 Bet Victor (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 0-2, - 4 Units (4 Units Staked, - 100% Yield)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tennis Picks 2017 (April 24th)

The first Masters tournament on the clay courts is in the books with a familiar name picking up the title as Rafael Nadal cemented his place as the favourite to win the French Open for many people.

There are still some big events to play prior to Roland Garros this season which could see that opinion changing and this week all of the event have some significance before we move into May where the Madrid and Rome Masters are played and the French Open begins.

Monday is usually a quieter day for the tennis picks at the beginning of a new set of tournaments, but this week we have a pretty solid schedule in Barcelona and I am opposing a couple of British players in that tournament.

Jeremy Chardy v Kyle Edmund: I have to say I am a little bit surprised that Kyle Edmund is coming into this First Round match as a fairly strong favourite to beat Jeremy Chardy. I accept that Chardy has yet to really spark consistently in 2017, but he has had a couple of solid weeks on the clay courts and did beat Kyle Edmund in the Davis Cup Quarter Final on this surface at the beginning of the month.

That did come in a dead Rubber so I wouldn't read too much into that, but Edmund is an inconsistent performer as he is trying to work out the best way to put his game together on the court. There are some nice aspects of his game, but I do think Edmund is still capable of throwing in too many errors at key times of a match and I think he may have been over-rated by his performance against Rafael Nadal last week.

Losses to Chardy and Lucas Pouille at the Davis Cup without winning a set is more concerning and Edmund has had inconsistent performances on the clay courts over the last twelve months.

Chardy is hard to trust, but he is the underdog and I am not sure that is the right way this match should be priced up. He hasn't exactly put together a long stretch of wins on any surface in recent weeks nor has Chardy had a deep run in a clay court tournament over the last twelve months, but I think the Frenchman is comfortable on the surface and he can 'upset' Edmund in this First Round match.

Thiago Monteiro - 2.5 games v Daniel Evans: Coming through the Qualifiers will give Thiago Monteiro some confidence, but the Brazilian has not really pushed on in his career as he may have expected. Monteiro has some power and he should feel at home on the clay courts and I do think that can give him the edge against Daniel Evans.

You have to credit Evans for starting to fulfil his potential on the Tour, but the clay court season is not exactly going to be his favoured part of the season. He looked upset on the surface in his loss to compatriot Kyle Edmund in Monte Carlo and playing a specialist like Monteiro could be another troubling experience for Evans.

I do think Evans can be decent on the clay if he played with a bit more belief, but he can be someone who loses his focus and I do wonder if the British player is already thinking about the grass court season and beyond.

Evans has beaten Monteiro once this season, but that was on the hard courts in Sydney and it was a tougher than expected match for the higher Ranked player. Monteiro has had some disappointing losses on the clay courts this season, but winning back to back Qualifiers will give him a boost in confidence that he can take into the First Round.

After a struggle and a number of breaks of serve, I can see Monteiro coming through with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win.

MY PICKS: Jeremy Chardy @ 2.37 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Thiago Monteiro - 2.5 Games @ 1.91 Paddy Power (2 Units)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Picks 2017 (April 23rd)

The Final of the Monte Carlo Masters takes place on Sunday and the organisers will be hoping to avoid the controversy that affected the second Semi Final on Saturday.

David Goffin looked to have moved into a 4-2 lead in the first set against Rafael Nadal after a long service game, but the umpire Cedric Mourier came out of his chair to pick out the wrong mark and force a replay of the point. All that despite the ball being shown to have landed almost six inches out on the hawkeye system seconds later.

The fact Goffin won just one of the next eleven games from the moment that call was made can't completely be blamed on the terrible, terrible call Mourier made, but it did produce the turning point as the Belgian could not get back into the match.

It will lead to more questions as to why hawkeye, which has been a tremendous success on the tennis court, is not used on clay when mistakes are made that can be cleared up in seconds. I don't even mind if it is used for those marks that are being disputed, although opening the door will likely see hawkeye employed the exact same way on the clay as it is on other surfaces.

The fact the ball leaves a mark on the clay courts is why there has been a resistance to using hawkeye which is said to have a very minimal error margin, but at this point I think most players accept what the machine tells them that even a mark on the court may not be enough to change their belief in the system.

The other option is for someone working behind the scenes to check hawkeye when something like the Goffin-Nadal situation comes up and just allow the umpire to know whether the mark being checked is the correct one. Again it would likely open the door for hawkeye to be used in full, but that seems a much better idea than the situation we saw on Saturday.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas + 5.5 games v Rafael Nadal: I have opposed Rafael Nadal twice this week and twice I have paid for going against the best clay court player of all time. In the other two matches he has won, Nadal has struggled a lot more, but I am going to the well for the third time in what has been a solid week for the tennis picks before we head to more big events beginning on Monday.

Opposing Nadal hasn't been good for me, but I can't help feel that Albert Ramos-Vinolas is being under-rated here with his strong clay court player over the last eleven months beginning at the French Open in 2016.

His serve can be a weakness at times and that is the worry here as Ramos-Vinolas could easily drop a set 6-1 or 6-2 which will put him in a very difficult position to cover even with this number of games. However Ramos-Vinolas is capable of playing some very strong tennis of his own and I do think he can trouble Nadal if the latter is perhaps not feeling his very best tennis from the off.

The key for Ramos-Vinolas is to win a few games early to show to himself that he can compete with Nadal. He has won some big matches already this week, but Ramos-Vinolas has to accept there will be times when Nadal is playing to a level he can't compete with. Instead Ramos-Vinolas has to keep playing his steady game and not push to stay with Nadal in those moments but look to play at his own pace and look to take advantage when Nadal does make the slips he didn't used to on the clay courts.

There will be chances for Ramos-Vinolas and he has to capitalise on those if he is going to make this a competitive Final. I can see him doing that and I will take the games in this one.

MY PICKS: Albert Ramos-Vinolas + 5.5 Games @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)

Monte Carlo Update: 12-5, + 12.56 Units (34 Units Staked, + 36.94% Yield)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Boxing Picks 2017- Martin Murray vs Gabriel Rosado/Shawn Porter vs Andre Berto

There is just one week to go for one of the truly significant Heavyweight Title fights we have seen for a number of years when Anthony Joshua takes on Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. While most will be getting ready to make their predictions for that one, we do have some decent boxing fights this week from both the United Kingdom and the United States.

While I will be following a number of fights that are taking place this weekend, the picks come from the following ones.

Rocky Fielding vs John Ryder
The main undercard fight at the Echo Arena on Saturday is going to be between Rocky Fielding and John Ryder and I had Fielding down as a bigger favourite than the oddsmakers seem to think.

While Ryder has had some fights at Super-Middleweight, there looks to be a clear difference between the size of the two boxers coming into the fight. Rocky Fielding does look considerably bigger and he has been a regular at this weight compared with Ryder who has previously campaigned at Middleweight.

Fielding has suggested he will show Ryder the difference between fighting someone who might be blown up to this weight compared to one who is a natural and I am looking for the former to win this one with some style.

The loss to Callum Smith came in devastating fashion, and there might be some questions about how well Fielding can take a punch considering he was also put down by Christophe Rebrasse. He is facing someone who is not exactly known for a big punch at the lower weight and I am not sure Ryder is suddenly going to have enough to take out Fielding who had some big expectations before being derailed by Callum Smith.

Ryder does fight out of the southpaw stance which can be a problem for orthodox fighters and Fielding may take a bit of time working things out. However I think the punch power from the naturally bigger man is going to eventually make all the difference in this fight and that means Rocky Fielding coming through with win inside the distance.

Martin Murray vs Gabriel Rosado
Both Martin Murray and Gabriel Rosado are coming back down to Middleweight having had some recent fights at the Super-Middleweight, and they have a chance to earn the WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight Title which has recently been attached to this fight. The real ambition for both Murray and Rosado is to win this fight and put themselves in a position to win a World Tittle in this Division which is dominated by Gennady Golovkin.

Murray has gotten to the world level before and fallen short, a couple of times controversially, but he is well aware his career goes nowhere if he is beaten on Saturday. My concern for Murray is this change to return to Middleweight after moving up to Super-Middle especially as he did sometimes struggle with the weight drop.

However I think Murray is getting an opponent he should be beating at this stage of his career when Gabriel Rosado comes to town. Rosado has lost five of his last eight fights and one of the exceptions was another loss that was overturned into a No Decision contest and I am not sure how much Rosado has left.

Rosado has been in with some big names as he has campaigned between Light-Middle, Middle and Super-Middleweight over the last few years. I am not a fan of too many weight moves and I think it has taken something from the Rosado tank which has seen him stopped in three of his last five losses.

Someone like Murray is relentless and Rosado is going to come to fight which suggests there is every chance the home favourite can wear down his opponent. He will have to weather a storm that Rosado brings, but I can see Murray earning the stoppage in this one by overwhelming the American in the second half of the fight.

I am not sure either will ever be a World Champion, but Murray can take a step towards another World Title shot by earning a solid win with a late stoppage. Gabriel Rosado is tough enough to stand with some of the top Middleweight names in the world before being stopped and I think Murray is the kind of fighter who wins through sheer accumulation of punches rather than one shot and so looking for a stoppage between 7-12 Rounds is worth backing.

Tommy Langford vs Avtandil Khurtsidze
Both fighters have spoken about facing Billy Joe Saunders for a World Title, but neither Tommy Langford nor Avtandil Khurtsidze should be overlooking the other. The home fighter might be unbeaten, but it is Langford who comes in as a significant underdog against the big hitting Georgian.

Khurtsidze has been described as a 'mini Mike Tyson' and Langford has to know he can't stand and trade with a fighter who has won nine in a row since only the second loss of his career. There are other reasons for Langford to avoid getting involved in a fight other than the fearsome reputation as a big puncher that Khurtsidze has and that is the superior height the British fighter will have in this one.

He has to use his reach to box to a win and it is going to be difficult to stop the rugged Georgian coming forward, but outboxing him and using his youth compared with Khurtsidze has to be the game plan for Langford.

It might work for a while, but this is a big step up for Langford and we will get to know exactly where he can go in his career in this fight. It is a big test and he can come again even if Langford can't quite get the job done, but Khurtsidze has been on a long lay off and that might have taken something out of the veteran.

He destroyed Antoine Douglas in his last fight, but that was over twelve months ago and Langford could potentially be catching Khurtsidze at the right time. Of course the oddsmakers rarely get things wrong and the Georgian is a big favourite and has the punch power to knock out plenty of Middleweight fighters.

Langford is making a huge step up and Khurtsidze is likely to have some really strong moments in the fight. However if Langford can try and box in this one and keep out of range, he might just have enough to earn the decision in a tough fight. A year out for a 37 year old can be tough to recover from and I will back Langford to find a way to win this one on points.

Shawn Porter vs Andre Berto
This looks like the kind of crossroads fight that will leave one of these boxers scrambling as to where to go next in their career, while the other will be savouring the thought of taking on some of the biggest names in a loaded Welterweight Division.

Out of the two fighters, I certainly think Showtime has more left in the tank than Berto both physically and as a name in the Division. That despite what Berto has been saying in the lead up to the fight as he feels Porter might have had some steam taken away from him by some tough fights, but Porter's only two losses have come in close decisions against Kell Brook and Keith Thurman who are right up there when it comes to the best in this Division.

Thurman is arguably Number 1 and Brook Number 2 (ahead of his fight with Errol Spence Jr), while Porter has a draw on his record which he has overcome by beating Julio Diaz in a rematch. Porter is tough, but he has an ability to box as well as hit with power and I do think this is a fighter that will get at least one more shot against someone like Thurman after losing a close decision on the cards.

It was a cracking fight and one the fans will pay to watch again, but all of that will come crashing to a close if he is to lose to Andre Berto. Once upon a time Berto would have been in a position to be considered amongst the elite of any Division he fought in, but his career has not really taken off as it perhaps should have.

Berto has lost four of his last eight fights and at the moment he is perhaps better known for being the forty-ninth name on Floyd Mayweather's record. The Haitian is tough too and has only been stopped in one of his four losses, but Berto has been knocked a few times in his last few fights and I do wonder if he is going to have enough in the body to hold off a relentless fighter like Porter.

There has been a lot of respect in the build up with Porter suggesting he can sense he will knock Berto down, but expects this to go to the judges. He admitted that could be down to the respect he has for Berto and Porter said he will be going for the finish, and I think there is a chance he can get that.

The smart choice is obviously picking Porter to win a comfortable decision on the cards, but I think he has made a solid point that he can wear Berto down in the first half of the fight. I do think Porter can do that and he does have the power to hurt Berto in the second half of the fight and perhaps become the second man to force a stoppage against him.

A classy win like that will increase the clamour for a rematch with either Kell Brook, if he beats Errol Spence, or the more likely choice of Keith Thurman. It is a risky pick, but Porter can use his strength to bully Berto through the first half and chip away at him with a second half of the fight stoppage.

MY PICKS: Rocky Fielding by KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 2.80 Betfair Sportsbook (2 Units)
Martin Murray Win Between 7-12 @ 4.33 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Tommy Langford by Decision or Technical Decision @ 4.75 Sporting Bet (1 Unit)
Shawn Porter Win Between 7-12 @ 5.00 Betfair Sportsbook (1 Unit)

Weekend Football Picks 2017 (April 22-23)

The Champions League and Europa League Semi Finals were drawn on Friday after a very entertaining week with the Second Legs of the Quarter Finals completed.

For the fourth season in a row, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet in the premier European competition, while the other Semi Final is between Monaco and Juventus as youth, speed and excitement get a chance to take on a veteran Juventus defensive unit with all the knowledge they have obtained over the last few seasons and fresh off preventing Barcelona score in either Quarter Final Leg.

Both Semi Finals should be really intriguing, but my initial thought is we may get to see Atletico Madrid and Juventus compete for the Champions League trophy in Cardiff in early June.

The Europa League draw was also made on Friday after a difficult Thursday night for Manchester United fans who saw the team miss a host of chances to win the tie in regulation time and also saw Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffer what looks like two long-term injuries.

Numbers are running out for Manchester United who continue to fight in the Premier League and Europa League and I am not of the same belief as a large amount of Manchester United fans who believe the draw against Celta Vigo is a very good one. At this stage none of the three potential opponents would have been 'easy' but Celta Vigo are perhaps being underestimated with a real attacking potential in the squad and with a full focus on trying to win the Europa League.

The other Semi Final is between Ajax and Lyon and the French side will be the favourites. At this time it would be a Lyon vs Manchester United Final that is favoured for Stockholm, but both Semi Finals look very much like one in which the underdog will come in with plenty of confidence of their own.

This weekend we have a few Premier League games as well as the two FA Cup Semi Final ties over Saturday and Sunday. During the week we will have a few make up games in the Premier League including a huge Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium and then there is another big round of Premier League fixtures next weekend which will begin to start deciding a few of the big issues.

Hopefully this can be a strong weekend for the picks after some difficulties during the midweek games and get this month moving back in a positive direction.

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough Pick: Every game at this stage of the season has some meaning attached to it and there is plenty on the line for both Bournemouth and Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday. For Bournemouth a win would put them on the brink of confirming their place in the Premier League for another season, while a win for Middlesbrough will give them a small chance of finding their way out of the bottom three in the table.

The problem for Middlesbrough remains the same issue that has bothered them all season and that is finding the balance between attack and defence. They have struggled for goals and any furthering of their attacking intent has seen the Middlesbrough defence, which has played well, look more vulnerable.

Steve Agnew played an attacking side at Hull City in the Premier League recently and Middlesbrough even took the lead in that game, but that left the backdoor open and they were battered 4-2 in what was a pivotal game for them.

Bournemouth don't have too many issues in front of goal, although their own defensive problems can't be ignored. Eddie Howe will want to rectify things in the summer by improving the defensive personnel, but much depends on Bournemouth securing another season in the Premier League and I think they will take a big step to doing that this weekend.

The goals Bournemouth score should give them a chance to make it 3 wins from 4 home League games having beaten Swansea City and West Ham United at the Vitality Stadium in recent weeks. Middlesbrough did earn a draw at Swansea City recently, but they have lost at the likes of Crystal Palace and Hull City around that result and I am going to back Bournemouth to win this game with the goals they have in the side being too much for Middlesbrough to match.

Hull City v Watford Pick: There has been something of a 'Jekyll and Hyde' scenario when describing Hull City performances under Marco Silva as they have been very good at home, but equally as poor when they head out on their travels. The home form is going to be the key to whether Hull City are still in the Premier League next season or not, but they are playing with confidence here and I think they can put another big three points on the board on Saturday.

The fixture list offers Hull City the chance to host a Watford team who have not played well away from home for much of the season and who have achieved their goal of avoiding relegation. Recent form has suggested Watford are still very focused on finishing as well as they can, but those positive results have mainly come at Vicarage Road.

On their travels Watford have lost 3 away Premier League games in a row since beating Arsenal 1-2 at the Emirates Stadium and the side have not scored in any of those losses. Defeats at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are forgivable, but Watford have also lost at Crystal Palace in that time, while they have played 6 of the bottom seven and only won 1 of those games.

Defeats at Crystal Palace and Sunderland will give Hull City confidence they can win this one too and the latter have won 5 of their 6 home Premier League games under Silva. It should be noted that 5 of those 6 games have been played against teams who are 13th or lower in the League table, but Watford are not much superior to those in a tight bottom half of the table.

Silva has got his Hull City playing with real confidence and belief at home and they have scored plenty of goals in his time with the club. Only Burnley have prevented Hull City scoring at least twice in their last 6 home Premier League games and Watford's lack of goals of late could be a problem.

Odds on quotes are not the most appealing, but Hull City are the more likely winner and I think they are just tempting enough to do that and put the pressure on Swansea City to get a result on Saturday too.

Swansea City v Stoke City Pick: I hate when you get down to the stage of 'must win' games for teams because the oddsmakers love to shrink those prices. That looks to be the case with this fixture when you compare the Swansea City price with the one Burnley went off at against Stoke City earlier this month, especially as Paul Clement's side have not exactly been in great form themselves.

Being back at home is important for The Swans even if they have failed to win their last 2 Premier League games here. The draw with Middlesbrough was a really poor result, but Swansea City had their chances to win that one, while they were leading against Tottenham Hotspur right up until the end of the match when capitulating for a 1-3 defeat.

Prior to those results Swansea City had won 3 in a row at home and they were much better in a loss at Watford last week than the weekend before when they were beaten at West Ham United. With Fernando Llorente back to lead the line, Swansea City should have their chances to win this one too and at odds against they might just be appealing enough to back.

They are playing a Stoke City side who hadn't been showing a lot of form prior to the 3-1 win over Hull City last weekend, and one who have not been as effective away from home. In fact Stoke City have not scored in their last 5 away Premier League games and they have lost 4 of those including at West Brom, Leicester City and Burnley.

Now I will say that Swansea City have not been playing that well recently, but Burnley had not been in great form when beating Stoke City at home. Paul Clement's team have shown they can score goals here and are back at full health with only Jack Cork missing this weekend.

It is going to be a tight and tense atmosphere for Swansea City to try and excel in, but I do think this is the kind of fixture they will believe they can win. They have played well enough at home and created enough chances to do that, especially against a Stoke City team who have not convinced on their travels in recent weeks.

Stoke City are respected as they have won at Hull City and Sunderland this season, while drawing in Middlesbrough, but I will look for Swansea City to just have enough to take the three points against a team that haven't been scoring goals away from home.

West Ham United v Everton Pick: The four points West Ham United have earned in the last couple of weeks look like being enough to keep them clear of the bottom three in the Premier League, but there are still some questions for the owners this summer. The big decision is whether they stick with Slaven Bilic as manager or make a change, but the West Ham United players can make that decision easier with a strong end to the season.

This has been a year of underachievement for West Ham United after the successes of the 2015/16 campaign. Problems on and off the field have not helped their cause, but maintaining their Premier League status was important for them.

Playing in a new home has been difficult for West Ham United too, but games at the London Stadium have tended to be entertaining affairs. That should be helped by an Everton team who are trying to push for a late top four position and who have been scoring and conceding goals for fun in the last month.

It has been more difficult for Everton away from home compared with their form at Goodison Park, and that makes it tough to trust them as the favourite to win here. No wins in 6 away Premier League games will do that, although Everton have created chances in those away games and have been able to score goals.

The problem has been defensively for the most part and keeping clean sheets and Everton have just 4 clean sheets away from home in the League this season. West Ham United might be missing Andy Carroll, but they have shown they can score goals and fixtures between Everton and West Ham United have tended to be higher-scoring games.

7 of the last 10 at Upton Park ended with at least three goals shared out, while 6 in a row at the London Stadium had ended with that number prior to West Ham United's win over Swansea City. Both teams do play with attacking intentions and neither has been secure defensively which suggests there could be a few goals shared out on Saturday too.

Looking for at least three goals to be shared out is the pick from this Premier League game this weekend.

Burnley v Manchester United Pick: As long as there are two separate ways back into the Champions League, Jose Mourinho has stated he will play his strongest side in both the Europa League and Premier League despite this hectic April Manchester United are involved in. That decision by Mourinho will be tested to the fullest on Sunday in a game at Turf Moor just days after Manchester United were forced to play extra time against Anderlecht and days before the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

I am anticipating changes to the starting eleven, but Manchester United should still have a strong team on the field as they potentially move to within a point of the top four. That can only happen with a win at Turf Moor, but this has been a tough ground for many to visit this season.

Recent form has not been the best for Burnley, but they have tended to be hard to beat and have had a week to prepare for this fixture. However Burnley were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur here earlier this month and that does mean they have lost to the teams who are currently in 2nd, 4th and 6th place in the Premier League table.

Burnley did beat Liverpool and drew with Chelsea here this season too, but the defeats to the top teams has to be a concern. Couple that with Manchester United's much more impressive away form in the Premier League and I can see why the away team are favoured to win here.

Manchester United have won at Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Swansea City, Hull City, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace already this season and 4 of those wins have come by at least a couple of goals. Of course the players will be feeling some of the extra time period in their legs come Sunday afternoon, but Manchester United are used to the quick turnaround in games and can produce a solid result here.

Anything less than a win ends their top four hopes, and Burnley will feel the defensive injuries gives them a chance to hurt Manchester United when going forward. While this is a difficult place to play, I think the Manchester United pace in the final third could be a key here and they can match the Tottenham Hotspur win at Turf Moor by covering the Asian Handicap.

It won't be easy for Manchester United, but they can continue their successes against those teams in the bottom half when playing them as visitors. It will increase the importance of the Manchester derby on Thursday and I will look for Manchester United to produce the win.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Pick: This is a big 'Super Sunday' fixture with big implications at the top and bottom of the Premier League and I think it could be one that produces a few goals on Sunday. For Crystal Palace there is a chance to record another big win over one of the top six sides having recently beaten Chelsea and Arsenal, while Liverpool know another three points will put them on the brink of securing a Champions League spot for next season.

On the other hand a loss for Crystal Palace could be devastating, especially if Bournemouth, Hull City and Swansea City all win home games on Saturday. All of a sudden they will be back within touching distance of the bottom three and the absence of Mamadou Sakho is a big blow with him being an integral part of the defensive improvements made by Crystal Palace.

A defeat for Liverpool would also potentially open the door for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal to close in on a top four spot. However Liverpool will only play one way and that is to get forward, while Sam Allardyce will look for his Crystal Palace team to expose the vulnerabilities Liverpool have defensively by using the speed in the final third on the counter attack and also making sure set pieces are taken advantage of.

The manner of recent Crystal Palace performances suggest they can come to Anfield and cause problems and I fully anticipate both teams will score in this one. That has happened in 6 of the last 7 games Liverpool have played at Anfield including in their last 4, while Crystal Palace have scored in 4 of their last 5 away games and also have conceded in 3 of their last 4.

Without Sakho and Scott Dann, Crystal Palace might find it hard to contain a Liverpool team that have been scoring plenty of goals at home in recent weeks.

The last 9 between Crystal Palace and Liverpool have featured at least three goals shared out and both teams have scored in all of those games. Backing at least three goals to be scored in this fixture is slightly smaller in price than backing both teams to score, but it covers the option of Liverpool scoring the goals to cover the number themselves and I am not sure I am expecting a 1-1 scoreline with the way both teams are playing of late.

I would love to see Allardyce mastermind a Crystal Palace win here, but I think Liverpool are the more likely winners. However I am going to simply back at least three goals to be shared out between them in the last game on Sunday afternoon and that looks a decent price when you think of how they have played in recent weeks and the history of games between them in recent seasons.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Pick: Both of the FA Cup Semi Final matches to be played this weekend look very good games on paper, but there is potentially more on the line in the first of those than simply which of the teams will be making it through to the FA Cup Final next month.

After the 2-0 loss at Manchester United last Sunday, there are only 4 points between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title race and the winner of this one will earn a huge mental blow on the other. Chelsea still have a strong lead and the better fixtures remaining, but a 3rd loss in 5 games will dent confidence and put some real pressure on their players to get over the line.

However a Chelsea win this weekend will end a strong run for Tottenham Hotspur and might make it hard for the players to pick themselves up for the games against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Manchester United to come.

It feels like it is all about momentum for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment and they are winning games with the strong confidence in themselves. The 1-3 win at Swansea City highlighted their belief having trailed 1-0 until the 89th minute of that game and Tottenham Hotspur won't fear Chelsea having beaten them 2-0 in the Premier League this season already.

The performances at Wembley Stadium in the European competitions could be a concern for Tottenham Hotspur fans though and the players have to show there is now lingering mental obstacles to overcome. If they can do that, Tottenham Hotspur certainly have the momentum to kick on and win this Semi Final although I am expecting a reaction from Chelsea to the defeat at Old Trafford.

They followed a recent home loss to Crystal Palace by beating Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge so these players are capable and I think this could be a decent FA Cup Semi Final to view for the neutrals. Both teams have shown some real attacking intent and I think both will believe they can create chances even though they are faced with statistically strong defences.

Tottenham Hotspur didn't keep a clean sheet in any of 4 games at Wembley Stadium, while Chelsea have conceded at least once in 6 of their last 7 away from Stamford Bridge. 8 of the last 11 between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have ended with at least three goals shared out and recent FA Cup Semi Final matches have seen 8 of the last 12 finish with at least three goals shared out too.

I am anticipating this one ending 2-1 either way and I will back at least three goals to be shared out at odds against.

Arsenal v Manchester City Pick: Everyone has an opinion on what has gone wrong for Arsenal this season and even the 1-2 win at Middlesbrough on Monday night was far from convincing. That has meant the oddsmakers have seen the price on Manchester City shorten throughout the week and they are now strong odds on favourites to win this FA Cup Semi Final.

In all honesty I had tabbed Manchester City as the more likely winner since the draw was made and also fancied them to beat Arsenal in the League at the Emirates Stadium. Better finishing may have resulted in the three points for Manchester City and they will be confident they can create the chances to win the Cup Semi Final on the wide open Wembley Stadium playing surface.

The problem with Manchester City is that Arsenal are more than capable of exposing their own vulnerabilities and that should mean we get an exciting Semi Final where both teams are better going forward and playing against weak defences. Even the return of Vincent Kompany is not enough to think Arsenal won't create chances, but the question remains as to how much belief these Arsenal players have in themselves and in their manager.

If they do let their heads drop, Manchester City have more than enough about them to not only win this Semi Final, but win with some comfort on the day. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero are full of goals and this Arsenal team will allow those players to express themselves.

While I expect Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to spark chances for The Gunners too, I think it will be difficult for them to stay with Manchester City who should really have won at the Emirates Stadium. On that day I backed at least four goals to be shared out and was rewarded, but that price has been shortened by the oddsmakers who recognise how poor both Arsenal and Manchester City can be defensively.

This time I still anticipate goals, but I want to back Manchester City to record the win and make it through to the Semi Final. You can back Manchester City to win a high-scoring Semi Final at a very attractive price and I think that is the best way to back Pep Guardiola's men if you do think they can win this game in normal time.

It is a Cup game so there are always the chance of spaces opening up later in the game and Manchester City have shown they can be ruthless when those spaces open up. I expect just a little more from Manchester City on the day and I will look for them to make sure they are taking part in the FA Cup Final next month.

MY PICKS: Bournemouth @ 1.86 Boyle Sports (2 Units)
Hull City @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Swansea City @ 2.20 William Hill (2 Units)
West Ham United-Everton Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.75 Bet Victor (2 Units)

Manchester United - 0.75 Asian Handicap @ 1.90 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Liverpool-Crystal Palace Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.67 Sporting Bet (2 Units)
Chelsea-Tottenham Hotspur Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.15 Betfair Sportsbook (2 Units)
Manchester City & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.50 Paddy Power (2 Units)

April Update28-24-1, + 7.58 Units (105 Units Staked, + 7.22% Yield)

March Final39-40-3, + 6.64 Units (157 Units Staked, + 4.23% Yield)
February Final31-50, - 29.34 Units (157 Units Staked, - 18.69% Yield)
January Final32-47-1, - 30.88 Units (164 Units Staked, - 18.83% Yield)
December Final38-40, - 7.93 Units (153 Units Staked, - 5.18% Yield)
November Final40-38-3, + 5.76 Units (159 Units Staked, + 3.62% Yield)
October Final29-41-2, - 21.23 Units (139 Units Staked, - 15.27% Yield)
September Final43-28-1, + 35.17 Units (133 Units Staked, + 26.44% Yield)
August Final31-38-2, - 9 Units (124 Units Staked, - 7.26% Yield)
Season 2016/17243-272-9, - 57.45 Units (1029 Units Staked, - 5.58% Yield)

Season 2015/16133-174-2, + 0.89 Units (669 Units Staked, + 0% Yield)
Season 2014/15159-208-5, - 20.22 Units (647 Units Staked, - 3.13% 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)