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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Boxing Picks 2017- Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko (April 29th)

There is plenty to suggest this is the biggest Heavyweight fight we have seen in a generation since Lennox Lewis beat Mike Tyson back in 2002 as Anthony Joshua tries to underline his status as the future of the Division.

Of course he can't really count himself as the Number 1 fighter until he takes on two others who feel entitled to walk around and call themselves the best Heavyweight in the world. The first is Deontay Wilder, who will be at ringside but likely setting up a WBC defence against Tony Bellew for Autumn, while the other is Tyson Fury, the lineal World Champion, who is back after a long fight against depression and other personal decisions.

Those fights are for another day though as a defeat in this one will reset the Joshua bandwagon, while his opponent Wladimir Klitschko is trying to prove that his defeat to Tyson Fury was nothing more than a 'bad day in the office'.

It makes it an intriguing fight on Saturday with the two men both having plenty on the line, while you can't argue against the interest in the fight which has seen 90,000 tickets sold to event at Wembley Stadium.

The undercard isn't much to write home about and the main event is expected in the ring no later than 10pm UK time in what should be another huge boxing occasion for fans in this country.

Luke Campbell vs Darleys Perez
The most important fight on the undercard has to be the one between Luke Campbell and Darleys Perez with the winner moving on to the big fights like Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia in this Lightweight Division.

In all honesty this fight is very much about Luke Campbell continuing his progress to a World title shot as his career has been rebuilt after a surprise loss to Yvan Mendy. He has won four fights since that shock loss and Cool Hand Luke has won three of those by KO/TKO while this is a chance for him to prove he needs to be moved up to the next level.

His opponent is one that people in the United Kingdom will recognise in Darleys Perez who fought Anthony Crolla twice. The fist time he got away with a very controversial Draw before being stopped in a rematch and the Colombian has been struggling to make weight which can't help his cause.

It was the left hook to the body which put Perez away in his rematch with Crolla and that is a punch that Campbell enjoys throwing and could be a difference maker if weight issues have been affecting Perez.

I very much expect Campbell to produce an impressive win and that means earning the stoppage as Crolla did against Perez. The latter is a tough customer, but I do wonder if he has the belief to win this fight and Campbell will want to show the watching Linares, who will be at ringside on Saturday, that he is ready to take that fight next if Linares is unable to make a deal to fight Mikey Garcia in a Unification fight.

The left going into the body is likely going to be the punch that wins this fight for Campbell and I will just look for him to earn the stoppage. I expect that to happen at some time in the middle Rounds, but it's not easy to pinpoint exactly when so I will back Campbell to secure the stoppage at some point over the twelve Rounds.

Scott Quigg vs Viorel Simion
A broken jaw in his first professional defeat to Carl Frampton in February 2016 means this is only the second fight Scott Quigg has had in that time. He had enough time to evaluate where he wanted his career to go and that meant making a big decision to join Freddie Roach in the Wild Card Gym in California and now Quigg is looking to improve and perhaps work his way into a position to have a rematch with Frampton.

That is the fight that will be the one Quigg wants to the most, but Roach will be looking to remind him that he has to keep putting the wins together to get into that position.

This is a tough fight against a rugged Romanian Viorel Simion who has only been beaten once when being comfortably outpointed by Lee Selby in his one and only career loss. He doesn't really have the names on the record that will intimidate Quigg though and it is up to the British fighter to prove he belongs at a higher level by surpassing the style of win that Selby produced against Simion.

That fight was in July 2013 and Simion is now 35 years old and Quigg is the kind of fighter who can step on the gas and finish this fight inside the distance. 24 of his 32 wins have come inside the distance and I think Quigg will put the pressure on Simion and eventually wear him down regardless of how tough the Romanian is.

The pressure is likely to tell in the second half of the fight, and Quigg did stop Jose Cayetano in his last fight. Cayetano had previously not been stopped and I do think Quigg hits harder than perhaps some think with his record indicating power, while he has the energy to keep working throughout the 12 Rounds.

I do think Quigg is going to want to earn the stoppage where Selby failed and I think it would be a big surprise if Simion is broken down early. A small interest on the stoppage coming in the second half of the fight looks to be worth backing with the points being the most likely outcome.

However I could see Quigg just turn up the gas on Simeon in the final three or four Rounds to force the referee to intervene as he looks to take another step forward on his comeback from the Frampton setback.

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
This is a huge Heavyweight Unification fight between a man many consider could be the face of the Division for the next few years in Anthony Joshua facing the man who has been the face of the Division for the last few years in Wladimir Klitschko.

Well it is Wladimir Klitschko coming off a seventeen month lay off and off his first defeat in 11 years when he was bamboozled and outpointed by Tyson Fury. A stunning win for the British fighter in Germany was followed by Fury suffering with personal problems and yet to fight again, while the Heavyweight title was fractured.

Two of those belts are on the line here and the question is whether Klitschko has anything left in the tank. Being rocked by Kubrat Pulev before finishing him off, having a boring Decision against Bryant Jennings and then the loss to Fury in his last three fights doesn't exactly inspire confidence in Klitschko even if he is saying all of the right things in the build up to the fight.

However this is going to be a different kind of fight for Klitschko as AJ is not going to try and confuse him as much as Fury did nor will he look to move and defend for 12 Rounds as Jennings did. Klitschko has come in light and you can imagine that he is looking to stay out of the way of Joshua for at least the first four to six Rounds and then try and take control of the fight with his experience.

I am a Joshua fan and I do like the way he has been developing, but there are still some questions for him to answer. The movement is not always the best and Joshua has yet to go beyond seven Rounds in any fight he has had professionally, while his record doesn't have anyone close to the level of Wladimir Klitschko on it.

However this could be all about timing and I think Eddie Hearn has put in his man because they do feel Klitschko has lost something. The heaviness that Joshua comes in at suggests he is going to come forward and look to land something on Klitschko very early in this fight and I have had a feeling about the fight for a few months since it was announced.

That feeling was simply either AJ is going to win this one relatively early or Klitschko did have more than anticipated and can walk Joshua onto something very big in the second half of the fight when the younger man potentially tires a little bit.

Nothing has changed in the weigh-in to make me change my mind and I think this is a fight that Anthony Joshua has to get done very quickly or he could be in a whole heap of trouble. Klitschko can punch and I think he will be looking to stay out of the way early and see whether he can out-vet AJ in the second half of the fight.

I'm going to back both situations here with a couple of units on Joshua getting this done inside the first six Rounds and a unit on Klitschko getting it done in the second half of the fight. I really think it is either Joshua early or Klitschko late and backing both will produce a profit if one of the two situations come through.

Early on the punching power of Joshua is going to be very dangerous and we will quickly see how much the younger Klitschko has left in the tank. However I still think Joshua's movement will be a liability in the second half of the fight if he hasn't got Klitschko out of there and the punching power of the latter could prove to be much more dangerous at that time and so picking both options looks the way to go.

I can't wait for this one.

MY PICKS: Luke Campbell by KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 1.73 Sky Bet (2 Units)
Scott Quigg Win Between 7-12 @ 4.00 William Hill (1 Unit)
Anthony Joshua Win Between 1-6 @ 3.30 Betfair Sportsbook (2 Units)
Wladimir Klitschko Win Between 7-12 @ 9.00 Betfair Sportsbook (1 Unit)

Friday, 28 April 2017

Weekend Football Picks 2017 (April 29-May 1)

Every round of domestic football fixtures in April and May are going to have some major implications at the top and bottom of any Division and that is no different in the Premier League this weekend.

The race for the top four and the Premier League title could have a big couple of days, while there is beginning to be some issues determined with teams potentially being relegated this weekend depending on the results we see.

That means pressurised situations which can see players respond both positively and negatively and that itself can see some strange results produced. It is a really fun part of the season as the determination of whether this is going to be seen as a season of success or failure is going to be produced by the results over the next month.

Southampton v Hull City Pick: The games are beginning to run out and Hull City remain just outside the bottom three- make no mistake about it, Marco Silva would bite your hand off if you offered him a 17th place finish and would have done as soon as he took charge of The Tigers.

At some point Hull City will have to produce a big performance away from home to ease their worries, but they have handle the pressure at the KCOM Stadium to remain outside of the bottom three.

This week may not be the week for a positive away result for Hull City as they have continued to defend poorly on their travels and conceding at least two goals in 9 of 10 away games in all competitions is not very good. Facing a Southampton team with pace in the final third and a proven goalscorer in Manolo Gabbiadini is not really where Hull City would want to be.

Southampton will look to get forward at home and they do create chances, while they have beaten Hull City 4 times in a row at home. As well as Marco Silva has performed as manager of Hull City, he has yet to find the right balance away from home and I think this is a game that Southampton can win.

I imagine Hull City will cause some problems too for a Southampton defence that has struggled, but they concede too many and I am going to take The Saints on the Asian Handicap to move past them by at least a couple of goals.

Stoke City v West Ham United Pick: At this time of any League season, there will be games that are beginning to lose a lot of meaning outside of the financial success a club can achieve. The players aren't always that concerned about the difference between finishing 11th and 12th though and that can see some unmotivated performances being produced.

However both Mark Hughes and Slaven Bilic will believe a strong end to the season over their last four or five League games could see Stoke City and West Ham United challenge to finish in the top half. That is an achievement that can't be ignored and might release any pressure that the two managers could be feeling in their job.

For Hughes it looks less critical, but Bilic is trying to show the West Ham United board he is the man to take them forward. However the players haven't always responded to his tactics and that has been a big reason West Ham United have been so inconsistent this season.

They have had some real up and down performances on their travels and Stoke City have remained solid enough at the Bet365 Stadium to think they can edge this match. It won't be easy but Stoke City have the players in the final third to expose West Ham United's defensive issues, while the absence of Andy Carroll takes away a big goal threat from the visitors.

I imagine this will be a tight match at times with chances at both ends, but being able to back Stoke City at odds against looks a big price and one worth taking.

Sunderland v Bournemouth Pick: I really don't know what kind of atmosphere the Sunderland players can expect at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with relegation almost certainly confirmed after a 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough on Wednesday. Losing to their local rivals to be put on the brink of relegation is one thing, but the lack of real fight offered by the players will have hurt the fans.

Realistically I can see this fixture being played in front of a sparse crowd and that won't really help Sunderland who need to win their remaining five Premier League games and hope for help if they are going to create a miracle escape. Unlike previous seasons, the current manager David Moyes hasn't exactly inspired with his leadership and this is a much more difficult home game than it may initially seem.

Usually you would circle this kind of fixture as a 'must win' for a team in dire straits as Sunderland, but Bournemouth are going to challenge them fully with their ability to play strong football on the ground. This is a team who have shown they can score goals at tough grounds in recent weeks and Bournemouth have two strikers in Benik Afobe and Josh King who are helping create chances and finish them off.

I would be surprised if Bournemouth don't score here and the problems Sunderland have had in front of goal makes it easy to see why the away side are the favourite. They are a pretty big price because Bournemouth have not had a lot of success away from home in the Premier League this season but I did back West Ham United to win here recently and was only undone by a late Sunderland equaliser.

That's the only game in the last 10 in which Sunderland have scored and while Bournemouth will give you chances, I am not sure the home team have enough in the final third to really trust.

At the prices Bournemouth are a tempting price here and I am going to back them to come away with the three points after winning for the first time in Sunderland against a home team who may be feeling a little sorry for themselves.

Crystal Palace v Burnley Pick: There were some criticisms for the fixture organisers from Sam Allardyce this past week, but his Crystal Palace side have played twice in the time since Burnley last took to the field and I wonder if that is going to play a part in this one.

Allardyce and Sean Dyche have both got a few injury issues to deal with ahead of this fixture and this could be a decent game between Crystal Palace and Burnley as both try to earn the three points that can keep them in the Premier League for another season.

I still think both will ultimately be safe, but Crystal Palace have a bit more momentum behind them and can make home advantage tell in this fixture.

Most will know all about the poor Burnley away record in the Premier League and losing the likes of Ben Mee and Stephen Ward would be a blow for them. They also have just hit a poor patch of form in recent weeks with 1 win from their last 12 in all competitions and I am not sure Burnley can do enough to prevent Crystal Palace taking advantage of them as they did against Hull City, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Crystal Palace have shown more quality in the final third and Allardyce should set his team up to avoid giving too much away from set pieces. They will look to take advantage of any issues Burnley have without the influential Mee at the heart of the defence and I think the home team can win this by a narrow margin.

It will be tough for both teams and at times the quality might not be there, but eventually I am looking for Crystal Palace to do enough to win the game.

Manchester United v Swansea City Pick: Jose Mourinho has stated for a number of weeks that he will continue to play his strongest team in both the Premier League and Europa League to make sure Manchester United have two shots to make the Champions League next season. Improved results in the Premier League coupled with slips from teams above them has meant Manchester United are having to keep fighting on two fronts and they have a chance to end Sunday in the top four.

All of that depends on whether Manchester United can find a way to turn draws into wins at Old Trafford and they will have to expect that Swansea City will come to defend in numbers and make life difficult for the home team.

Every point Swansea City earn at this point of the season could be vital for their chances to avoid relegation, but you can't ignore their 6 game losing run away from home in the Premier League. This is a team that doesn't do clean sheets which should give Manchester United opportunities to score goals, although it all depends on how clinical Manchester United feel on the day.

The likes of Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw can come into freshen the starting eleven ahead of the Europa League Semi Final with Celta Vigo, while Paul Pogba will need to pass a fitness test. Marouane Fellaini's suspension shouldn't be a big issue here as it will see Manchester United play an attacking line up at Old Trafford and I do think they will be too good for Swansea City on the day.

Defensively Manchester United have been strong and they do create chances at home with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford more than capable of providing a goalscoring threat. Wayne Rooney will likely be used in some capacity too and I think Manchester United will win this game and I will look for them to cover the Asian Handicap.

When Manchester United have won their home games, they have tended to come by a comfortable margin so I will look for them to secure a three points that will move them into 3rd for at least a couple of hours and into 4th for at least twenty-four hours.

Everton v Chelsea Pick: This is the second live Premier League game on Sunday and this might be the last chance for Chelsea to really slip up in the Premier League title race and give the television networks something to promote.

They might have the best away record in the Premier League this season with 11 wins behind them, but Chelsea have won just 4 of their last 8 on their travels in the League. In that time they have lost at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United while failing to win at Liverpool and Burnley and now they face an Everton team who have played with a lot of confidence when they have been at home.

Everton have won 8 in a row at Goodison Park in the Premier League and have scored at least twice in each of those wins. They are up against a Chelsea defence that has been conceding more goals than they did in the middle of the season and who haven't had a clean sheet in the Premier League since the end of January, a run of 11 League games in a row.

Romelu Lukaku is going to want to show off his goalscoring record against his former club and potential future employer and Ronald Koeman's Southampton had a decent record against Chelsea. With the goals Everton can score, I expect they will pose problems, although one word of caution has to be their 8 game home winning run in the League has seen them face only one team from above them in the League table.

Everton have beaten Arsenal and Manchester City here and drawn with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, while Liverpool needed an injury time goal to win here. That will give them confidence against a Chelsea team that have a 1-1-3 record away from home against the teams directly below them.

I do think Chelsea will score goals here though and they have scored in 13 of 16 away games this season even if those exceptions have come at top six teams. Everton have conceded in their last couple of games here and have some defensive issues which should be exploited by Chelsea, and 3 of the last 4 League games here between these teams have ended with at least three goals shared out.

The home team have nothing to lose and Chelsea will be looking for a big three points which should mean an entertaining Sunday afternoon game and I think backing at least three goals to be shared out is the call.

Middlesbrough v Manchester City Pick: This Premier League fixture was pushed back twenty-four hours after the Manchester derby was rescheduled for Thursday night and it is a big one for both Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

Middlesbrough gave themselves a chance of surviving with a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday, although it was a tense game where neither team played with a lot of confidence. They are going to need to be a lot better to challenge Manchester City who have been able to play much more effectively away from home where they can expose more spaces that the home teams have to leave behind.

That could be an issue for Middlesbrough this weekend with a point not really doing a lot for them, and they have begun to look weaker defensively as they have tried to be more proactive going forward. Against a team like Manchester City, ineffective balance could be a real problem and I am expecting a similar result and performance from both teams that was seen in the FA Cup Quarter Final.

That game was won 0-2 by Manchester City who scored at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half to take control of the match. Manchester City have scored at least twice in 5 of their last 6 away Premier League games and I do think Middlesbrough have just had a few issues against the top teams in the Division.

Only Everton from the top seven have failed to win here and all the others except Chelsea have scored more than once. I would expect Manchester City to have Gabriel Jesus playing more minutes here and they have the attacking players who can be very good away from home where their hosts have to play with a little more attacking intent.

With Middlesbrough chasing the three points that are so important to their survival bid, I am expecting Manchester City to pick them off and come away with a win by at least two goals. 8 of their 11 away Premier League wins this season have come by a least two goals including each of the last 5 away League wins Manchester City have secured and I am going to back them to do that here this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Pick: The North London derby has some major implications for both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal with one chasing the Premier League title and the other a top four place where they look like they are going to fall short.

For the majority of the Arsene Wenger years at Arsenal, they would have been the one in the title race while Tottenham Hotspur would be chasing the top four, but things have changed this season.

The three points are so important for both at the time I am writing this, but they could be even more important depending how results have gone earlier in the day when the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all play. Both North London clubs will be hoping those three teams have dropped points in their earlier League games, but regardless there is going to be plenty on the line in the North London derby.

I have to give the edge to Tottenham Hotspur in the fixture with their 15 straight wins at White Hart Lane in all competitions and 8 straight Premier League wins overall behind them. Even though Arsenal won at Middlesbrough last time out, they were not that impressive and had lost 4 straight away League games at Chelsea, Liverpool, West Brom and Crystal Palace while conceding three times in each game.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both laboured to wins on Wednesday, but the home advantage is likely to be vital in this one. Tottenham Hotspur have won 3 of the last 5 League games between these North London rivals at White Hart Lane and goals generally flow when these teams meet.

Tottenham Hotspur have scored plenty of goals at home and Arsenal have been conceding goals for fun on their travels and their recent away games have tended to feature goals. There is every chance there are three or more goals in this one and the feeling is Tottenham Hotspur will earn the win.

Putting those options together produces a big price and I am going to back that to be the outcome from this Premier League live game on Sunday afternoon.

Watford v Liverpool Pick: The result last Sunday has just helped the Liverpool rivals for a top four spot and has heaped some real pressure on Jurgen Klopp and his players on Monday night. The defeat to Crystal Palace coupled with a win for Manchester United has closed the gap between those rivals to just 3 points, but Manchester United will have played twice by the time this one kicks off.

That could mean Liverpool are kicking off outside of the top four and mentally that could be a huge blow for a club who are desperate to return to the Champions League.

This does look a fixture from which they can bounce back from the surprise defeat to Crystal Palace, but underestimating Watford at Vicarage Road would be a big mistake. The Hornets have won 3 Premier League games in a row here and have performed better on their home patch for the majority of the season while also trying to earn revenge for an embarrassing 6-1 loss at Anfield.

Watford may have lost to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur here, but they have beaten Manchester United and Everton so they will believe they can pose problems for Liverpool. Their visitors have also been a little inconsistent when facing those teams in the bottom half of the table and have lost at Bournemouth, Leicester City and Hull City this season while failing to win at Sunderland.

That makes picking a winner tougher, but backing at least three goals could be the way to go. All of Watford's home games against the top seven this season have ended with at least three goals shared out, while Liverpool have visited 9 of the teams currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table and 7 of those finished with at least three goals.

Both teams have every chance of scoring in this one and I think there will be plenty of chances created which should see goals in this Monday night football encounter. The more likely winner is clearly Liverpool, but I hope Watford can cause a surprise or two themselves although the overriding feeling is that this game will produce at least three goals and I will back that to occur.

MY PICKS: Southampton - 0.75 Asian Handicap @ 1.86 Bet365 (2 Units)
Stoke City @ 2.15 William Hill (2 Units)
Bournemouth @ 2.40 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Crystal Palace @ 1.80 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Manchester United - 1.25 Asian Handicap @ 2.01 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Everton-Chelsea Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.83 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Manchester City - 1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.84 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Tottenham Hotspur to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.45 Coral (2 Units)
Watford-Liverpool Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.73 Bet Fred (2 Units)

April Update36-29-1, + 13.20 Units (131 Units Staked, + 10.08% 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 28th)

The tournaments this week have reached the Quarter Final stage and there have been some big upsets in the events being played. I am not sure why that has been the case, but you do get these weeks when some players overachieve and others are not able to produce their best so you just have to take it for what it is and move on.

Reaching the Quarter Final of events means there are not as many matches taking place through the day, although there do look to be a few options when it comes to the tennis picks. My focus is on the ATP Barcelona and WTA Stuttgart events and my picks come from those two tournaments.

Dominic Thiem - 5.5 games v Yuichi Sugita: I might be making a mistake in opposing Yuichi Sugita on a second day in a row after seeing him upset Pablo Carreno Busta on Thursday. For a player that had no previous success on the clay courts, Sugita's run through the draw has been very surprising, but I am looking for Dominic Thiem to be too good for him on the day and that to show up on the scoreboard.

All credit has to be given to Sugita as he has managed to hold onto his own service games far more effectively than I would have imagined on Thursday. An early hold after facing two break points changed the momentum of the match and I think that was important for Sugita, but another strong serving day could see him surprise Thiem who is one of the better clay court players on the Tour.

Thiem has played well this week in seeing off a couple of British players in his two matches and I do think the Austrian can be a real threat at the French Open. He has had more rest heading into this tournament than he is perhaps used to and that can see him really build up his form heading into Roland Garros over the next month and I do think he has enough about his game to find his way to break points in this one.

The manner of the way Thiem plays does mean he will give up some chances to Sugita in this one and I wouldn't be surprised if the latter is able to break the serve unlike Kyle Edmund and Daniel Evans who missed their break point opportunities. However I am not going to be sold on Sugita being able to maintain the level he has played at so far this week and I am looking for Thiem's heavy groundstrokes and ability to get up to the net to force mistakes from Sugita.

It is a big number when you think of the way Sugita has been playing, but I am going to back Thiem at odds against to do that in the same way I did back Pablo Carreno Busta on Thursday and was on the wrong side.

Maria Sharapova - 4.5 games v Anett Kontaveit: So far so good for Maria Sharapova on her return to the Tour when lesser players might have been worried about what people think of her. Mentally Maria Sharapova has always been amongst the best on the Tour and the last fifteen months seems to have strengthened her resolve to return to the Tour and she really couldn't care less what other players think of her.

She has produced a couple of really solid wins so far this week and now will be out on the court for a third competitive match in three consecutive days. Wins over Roberta Vinci and Ekaterina Makarova have seen Sharapova produce some strong tennis at key moments and then she has taken control of the match to pull away with a relatively straight-forward win.

Things could be tougher on Friday in this Quarter Final when Sharapova takes on Anett Kontaveit who has beaten Garbine Muguruza already here this week and won a number of matches to come through the Qualifiers and main draw into the Quarter Final. This tournament comes after reaching the Final in Biel two weeks ago and Kontaveit is clearly playing with some confidence.

However she doesn't have a lot of previous success on the clay courts and at 21 years old she could easily be someone who would have looked up to Sharapova. Facing her for the first time can be really difficult mentally and I do wonder if that can be a factor in the outcome.

The Sharapova serve has been a key shot for her all week and I think Sharapova will be getting more and more confident with the draw opening up for her. Imagine if she goes on and wins the title after a fifteen month lay off- that could see Sharapova arguably move to the head of the queue when it comes to market favouritism for the clay court events coming up.

I have to stick with Sharapova having backed her twice already this week and seen her cover this number. If Kontaveit is perhaps a little overawed early, she may allow Sharapova to move away and that can see the Russian to come through with a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Laura Siegemund + 3.5 games v Karolina Pliskova: Over the course of a season, Karolina Pliskova is clearly going to win a lot more matches at this level than Laura Siegemund. On most surfaces I would expect Pliskova to cover this number against the German, but the clay courts may be the great equaliser and this could be enough games for the home favourite to keep this competitive.

In fact I think there is a chance that Siegemund is going to have enough to perhaps even earn an upset outright with her best results produced on the clay courts throughout her career. She made her breakthrough on the main Tour by reaching the Final here in Stuttgart last season during a run where Siegemund came through the Qualifiers and beat the likes of Simona Halep and Agneiszka Radwanska before finding Angelique Kerber too tough in the Final.

That run sparked a good time for Siegemund on the clay with a decent run in Madrid before reaching the Semi Final in Bucharest and winning the title in Bastad. Only a poor showing at the French Open might have been a disappointment, but Siegemund looks like 2017 is finally getting going now she is back on clay after a poor first three months.

Her opponent has had some good runs on the clay courts in the past, but Pliskova is a little more inconsistent on the surface because I think her movement is not the best. That is what Siegemund has to expose and she has to try and make plenty of balls back off the powerful Pliskova serve to force the higher Ranked player to not feel she is completely in control of the match.

I do think Siegemund is a decent enough clay court player to cause problems for Pliskova and she could sneak a set which will make this number of games very tough for the latter to cover. A good start by the home player is key to make Pliskova feel in an uncomfortable match and doing that will give her a chance to at least cover and possibly secure the upset.

Simona Halep - 5.5 games v Anastasija Sevastova: The head to head might read 3-2 in favour of Anastasija Sevastova, but there are going to be some mental demons to exorcise in this one having been beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Simona Halep when they last played one another in the Final in Bucharest last season.

It would be a huge surprise if this Quarter Final sees Sevastova fail to win a game, but I do think Simona Halep has played well over the last week and looks to be in decent form. 2017 has been an inconsistent season so far for Halep, but she might be going into the French Open as one of the favourites to win that Grand Slam event and I do think she is one of the better clay court players on the Tour.

Halep will always be challenged on the surface because her serve is not one of the better ones when she is feeling nervous, but it also shows off her returning skills and I think there will be some quality rallies played by these two players. Sevastova is a decent player and showed that in her win over Johanna Konta, but Halep is much more comfortable on the clay courts than Konta and I expect that to show up here.

The key for Halep to cover this handicap is to make sure she can save a few of the break points she is going to face. If Sevastova is clinical with the chances she creates, then it will be very difficult for Halep, but I do think the Romanian will earn plenty of break points of her own.

After a tough first set, I think Halep can take control of the match and move into the Semi Final behind a 6-4, 6-2 win.

MY PICKS: Dominic Thiem - 5.5 Games @ 2.00 William Hill (2 Units)
Maria Sharapova - 4.5 Games @ 1.91 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Laura Siegemund + 3.5 Games @ 1.85 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Simona Halep - 5.5 Games @ 2.10 Bet Fred (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 6-8, - 5.10 Units (28 Units Staked, - 18.21% Yield)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Tennis Picks 2017 (April 27th)

No one will be surprised that the tennis headlines on Thursday morning were going to be made by the return of Maria Sharapova as the WTA Stuttgart event garnered the most attention it probably ever has before. There is no denying the size of the story as Sharapova returned from a fifteen month suspension for failing a drugs ban.

The press conference after the match was more interesting than the actual performance on the court with a journalist taking the brave option of asking Sharapova whether she is taking something new for the 'heart condition' that had seen her using meldonium past the date it had been added to the 'banned list'.

While Sharapova wouldn't say what she is using now, it was interesting to hear some of her thoughts about her fellow professionals who have been very negative about her return to the court. Eugenie Bouchard was the latest to voice her feelings against the return of Sharapova, although the Canadian went a step further than most when suggesting Sharapova should have been banned for life.

This sounds like a controversy that is not going anyway any time soon with the profile Sharapova has and more heat will be added to it depending on what the French Open organisers do with the Wild Card decision for the Russian in the next couple of weeks.

On Thursday Sharapova will be back on the court for her Second Round match and I am going to back her again, while I also have two picks from Barcelona which you can read below.

Maria Sharapova - 4.5 games v Ekaterina Makarova: This will be the seventh time Maria Sharapova and compatriot Ekaterina Makarova meet on the Tour and so far it is Sharapova who has won the previous six matches. Four of those have come by a wide margin and I am looking for Sharapova to back up her impressive win on her return to the Tour by seeing off Makarova in the Second Round.

There are some question marks around Sharapova despite her strong performance in the win over Roberta Vinci in the First Round. Tiredness, both emotionally and physically, could be a real factor in this match with Sharapova playing for the second day in a row in a competitive environment for the first time in fifteen months, while emotionally Wednesday would have been huge for Sharapova.

Those two issues could see her produce a sub-par performance here, although I was impressed with some of the serving under pressure and her general consistency off the ground. That will be tested by Makarova who will hit the ball back with a lot of power and has a decent serve of her own to get herself out of trouble.

However, Makarova can't be feeling that confident mentally having had a difficult four months to open 2017, while she is not at her best on the clay courts. Makarova is just 15-15 on this surface since the beginning of 2014 and that might mean she is unable to expose any vulnerabilities that Sharapova is feeling.

Sharapova's movement was not at its best on Wednesday, but she will be better for having had a match on the surface. Her previous performances in Stuttgart is another positive and I think Sharapova can get the better of her compatriot with a similar looking win to the one she produced in the First Round and cover the same number.

Pablo Carreno Busta - 5.5 games v Yuichi Sugita: One of the players I have to expect to have a really good clay court season over the next few weeks is Pablo Carreno Busta and I am looking for him to record a dominant win in the Third Round in Barcelona. That isn't being disrespectful to Yuichi Sugita, but there should be a clear advantage in the Spaniard's favour and I would look for him to show that on the court.

Before entering the draw as a Lucky Loser, Sugita had not won a clay court match in a main Tour event in his career. This week he has snapped that run with two impressive wins over Tommy Robredo and Richard Gasquet, but there are reasons you can make for both results.

Robredo is a veteran who has lost his consistency on a day by day basis these days and Gasquet is back from an injury lay off and that was his first match on clay and the first in two months overall. None of those issues should be ones that Carreno Busta is going to be dealing with and that makes this a considerably tougher match for Sugita than the last two have been.

I do like the way Carreno Busta has been able to put pressure on opponents on the clay courts by making sure he makes plenty of returns and then shows the stamina and patience to outwork them in rallies. That has led to a number of sets where he has won it with a couple of breaks of serve more than he gives up and I would expect Carreno Busta to be the dominant player the longer the rallies develop in this one.

The Spaniard has also been serving effectively enough to think he can get himself into a strong position in rallies when defending his own serve and I am looking for Carreno Busta to wear down Sugita and produce a 6-3, 6-3 win on the day.

Alexander Zverev - 4.5 games v Hyeon Chung: There is a lot of expectation of these two 20 year olds and how their careers are supposed to progress, but so far it is Alexander Zverev who has shown more consistency at a higher level than Hyeon Chung.

This has been a good week for Chung, but he has not had the best start to 2017 and playing Zverev will be a tough test for him. Chung has a couple of upset wins behind him but I am not sure he is going to be the kind of clay court player that I expect Zverev to become and the latter has shown signs of improving on the surface all the time.

Last season Chung took some relatively comfortable losses on the clay courts to players like Malek Jaziri and Marcel Granollers and I think Zverev is ahead of those two veterans. Zverev did come through a tough Second Round match against Nicolas Almagro, but the latter has shown plenty of clay court successes in the past to think he just played better than he has for much of 2017 on his return from injury.

In this one it is up to Zverev to put the pressure on Chung early in the match and I think that might see the South Korean just struggle to stay with him mentally. I do think Chung will have some chances too because Zverev still shows some inconsistencies at time and can lose a bit of focus, but the majority of the aggressive play should come from Zverev.

I can see a situation where Zverev has to overcome dropping serve a couple of times, but I still think he will have enough to see off Chung with a 7-5, 6-3 win on the day.

MY PICKS: Maria Sharapova - 4.5 Games @ 1.85 William Hill (2 Units)
Pablo Carreno Busta - 5.5 Games @ 2.00 William Hill (2 Units)
Alexander Zverev - 4.5 Games @ 2.10 Bet Fred (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 5-6, - 2.80 Units (22 Units Staked, - 12.72% Yield)

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tennis Picks 2017 (April 26th)

Today is the day that Maria Sharapova returns to the Tour and she is going to be an even more divisive figure than she ever was before the drugs ban.

A Wild Card into Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome gives Sharapova a very good chance to pick up some significant Ranking points, especially with the top of the WTA not as strong as when she left. Back then Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams would all have been amongst the favourites to win the big events, but none of those players will be around until the summer and a healthy Sharapova could fill a big void.

A lot will depend how the now 30 year old Russian gets back up to speed on the court. Sharapova will have plenty of motivation to make up for lost time, but I can imagine her presence will make her rivals raise their levels against her too and the next few weeks could be difficult.

The reaction of the crowd to Sharapova's return can play a big part in whether she is able to produce some of her best tennis very quickly, but entering three relatively big events with a Wild Card certainly help as long as Sharapova can pick up the right draw.

Interestingly it does look like the French Open will not be offering Sharapova a Wild Card into the main draw regardless of how she plays in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome. Instead it sounds like a decision has been made to offer her a Wild Card into the Qualifying event and that will mean Sharapova has to play three matches to enter the main draw.

While I don't agree with the tournaments falling over themselves to offer Sharapova a Wild Card, I can understand why the tournament organisers feel they are adding a huge attraction for the fans. Grand Slam events are not going to be affected as much by some big names missing out, because those tickets will sell regardless so I would love to see the French Open refuse a Wild Card into the main draw and force Sharapova to earn her spot.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - 1.5 games v Kristina Mladenovic: This First Round match should highlight the kind of standard of player that is taking part in Stuttgart which is one of the top WTA tournaments in the lead up to the French Open. Both Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Kristina Mladenovic have had solid runs in a number of events over the course of 2017 and should provide a strong match.

The layers are not giving anything away with a very close match expected and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni narrowly favoured. That might be in part down to the fact she has beaten Mladenovic in all three previous matches with all of them being played on the clay courts within the last twelve months, although it is Mladenovic who has played more indoor tennis this season and thrived in that spot.

I am not sure that will be enough for her to beat Lucic-Baroni who played well in Charleston a couple of weeks ago and reached the Semi Final there. This has been a big year so far for Lucic-Baroni who is going to finish with her best year on the Tour at the age of 35 and that confidence coupled with her strong head to head against Mladenovic might be enough to see her edge out the Frenchwoman.

Mladenovic had two comfortable wins in the Fed Cup for France this past weekend, and she only dropped three games in two matches. She didn't have a great clay court season last year and those losses to Lucic-Baroni at this time of the season has to play a part in this one.

I wouldn't be surprised to see this one needing three sets to separate them, but I am looking for Lucic-Baroni to come through 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Simona Halep - 4.5 games v Barbora Strycova: The Fed Cup tie between Romania and Great Britain has been overshadowed by racial slurs, and offensive behaviour which has taken all of the headlines. It has also meant that Simona Halep's impressive wins over Heather Watson and Johanna Konta have not really been garnering too many headlines and perhaps that is the way she would like it.

With some of the big names due to miss out at the French Open, there looks to be a genuine void to be filled with Kristina Pliskova and Halep leading the way in terms of those players chasing their maiden Grand Slam title. Halep is very strong on the clay courts and has had deep runs in Roland Garros before and I think she could play herself into favouritism with some big wins over the next month.

It does have to be noted that Halep has not had a lot of success in the indoor clay tournament in Stuttgart, but I think she has a decent Second Round draw. That is no disrespect to Barbora Strycova, but I think the Czech player will allow Halep to dictate the rhythm of the match and that is where I would expect the Romanian to be too good.

On her day, Strycova can be a handful because she works hard for every point and returns hard enough to give Halep some problems with her relatively poor second serve. A first match on the indoor clay courts is also another issue that Halep has to deal with, but I do think she will fashion enough break points of her own to have a chance to cover this number.

The first set is likely to be very competitive with breaks both way as Halep finds her feet. From there I would expect her to be a little stronger than Strycova and move into the next Round with a 7-5, 6-3 win.

Maria Sharapova - 4.5 games v Roberta Vinci: For many this match will be about taking a watching brief and seeing where Maria Sharapova is about her fifteen month lay off from the WTA Tour. The return from the drug suspension is clearly the biggest headline in tennis this week and Sharapova will be leading the evening session in Stuttgart which won't surprise anyone.

I can't wait to see what kind of reception she gets from the crowd, although I am anticipating it will be more welcoming than anything else. That should settle Sharapova somewhat, but don't be surprised if there are early nerves and some tight shots in her first competitive match since the Australian Open Quarter Final in January 2016.

Sharapova is playing a tough opponent in terms of Roberta Vinci being a very competent clay court player and one who has played well in a really tense atmosphere before. Remember it was Vinci who beat Serena Williams in the US Open Semi Final when Serena was going for a calendar Slam so the Italian will focus on her side of the court and hope the overall occasion gets to Sharapova.

The Sharapova who left the WTA Tour on her ban would have been able to have plenty of joy attacking the Vinci serve and would have felt her power would overawe the Italian's backhand. That might not be so evident on Wednesday as Sharapova deals with nerves and match rustiness although I am looking for her to make the headlines for the right reason by returning with a victory.

The key for Vinci might be to try and out-last Sharapova where she can in the rallies, and see whether the fitness and consistency is there. That should work for her, but it is about dealing with the initial big blows that Sharapova will put on Vinci that may be a problem and I think eventually Sharapova will show off a 6-4, 6-3 win on her return to the Tour. 

MY PICKS: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - 1.5 Games @ 2.00 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Simona Halep - 4.5 Games @ 2.00 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Maria Sharapova - 4.5 Games @ 2.00 Bet365 (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 3-5, - 4.80 Units (16 Units Staked, - 30% Yield)

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)