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  • MLB Review - We 23.04.16

    undertherobe on 24 Apr at 16:33

    After seven no-hitters in 2015, this past week saw the first of 2016 with Jake Arrieta tossing his second no-no in less than twelve months and it was the first April no-hitter since 2012. Arrieta has firmly established himself at the top of the game and is featured in my pitchers to watch below............ Picks Review After two scoreless performances, VINCE VELASQUEZ was well off on Tuesday night, giving up five runs and recording just four strikeouts in an 11-1 thrashing by the Mets. Although he wasn’t helped by his teammates and he finished with 4.1 IP, 5 H. 2 ER, 4 SO. Whilst Velazquez couldn’t continue his hot start, MAT LATOS could as he shutdown the Angels in a 5-0 win for Chicago. Latos has been something of a journeyman over the past few years but he’s off to a red…

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  • Athasi Stakes at the Curragh Key Race Trends - 2 May 2016

    Robmull on 27 Apr at 17:00

    The Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes is a Group 3 race for Fillies and Mares aged 3 years and older, which is run over 7 furlongs at the Curragh on Monday, 2 May 2016. With an average field size of 8 runners during the past decade, the Athasi Stakes often provides an interesting puzzle for punters to assess, with many of the participants making their seasonal debut. During the past decade, 4 market leaders have obliged for a LSP of 2.50 points, whilst a further winner was sent off at 9/4, although there have been some surprise results with the remaining 5 winners starting at 9/1 x 2, 10/1, 25/1 and 33/1. Readers of my previous Key Race Trends blogs will be aware that I often concentrate on early closing races where the key trends for the race have been…

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  • Kentucky Derby Key Race Trends - 7 May 2016

    Robmull on 26 Apr at 15:24

    The Kentucky Derby is scheduled to be run on Saturday, 7 May 2016 over 1 mile and 2 furlongs on dirt at Churchill Downs, in the state of Kentucky, USA. This Grade 1 race for 3yos is also known as ‘The run for the Roses’ and is the first leg of the US Triple Crown, which is completed by the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. With an average field size of over 19 runners during the past decade, over what we in Britain would class as a tight oval track of approximately 1 mile in circumference the Kentucky Derby often presents an interesting puzzle for punters to assess. During the past decade, 5 market leaders have obliged for a LSP of 13.20 pts (based on US pair mutual dividends), whilst a further 2 winners have…

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  • England's Euro 2016 striker situation; how do we solve it?

    bobslay13 on 27 Apr at 22:01

    England's Striker Situation; how do we solve it? Roy Hodgson faces a number of difficult decisions this coming month. Thankfully for once they are good problems rather than bad, but problems nonetheless; which forwards make the final 23-man squad for Euro 2016 in France? The 2015/16 season has been a new chapter in the rise of the English forward. We now have at least 8 strikers with genuine claims to a squad place. Many of these players have been prolific in this season’s Barclays Premier League with two or three especially coming to the fore in recent weeks whilst others have tournament experience; Harry Kane Age 22, England caps 10, Goals 4. Career Appearances; 198, Goals 83. Total goals per game; 0.42 This time last season I was one of the nay-sayers when it came to Harry Kane. Like Stuart Pearce I had seen him…

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  • Should You Avoid Betting Against Relegated Football Teams?

    LustForLeith on 26 Apr at 22:59

    Should You Avoid Betting Against Relegated Teams? It’s that time of the season when things can go a bit wrong. Nerves get to players and managers, mistakes get made and results don’t quite go to plan. One thing I’ve often wondered about is if a team is already relegated from a league, are they more likely to cause an upset? The team in question have nothing to play for but pride. There’s a chance that they’re at the bottom end of the table due to not being good enough (or maybe if they’ve received some sort of points deduction!) What you also need to consider is will the team they’ll be playing relax a bit and think that all they need to do is simply show up to get a result and in doing so underestimate their opponents? It’s…

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  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Betting Tips

    Epic on 27 Apr at 17:48

    After a couple of predictable years, the Stanley Cup playoffs started with many surprises this Spring. For the first time in 10 years, none of the Original Six teams made it into the 2nd round. Also for the first time since 2011, we'll have a Cup winner that isn't the Chicago Blackhawks or the LA Kings. Picked 3 of 4 1st round series winners correct in the East, but could end up picking every series winner wrong in the West if the Anaheim Ducks don't manage to win Game 7 tonight. But I'm hopeful that the 2nd round results will be much better. EASTERN CONFERENCE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS The Islanders ruined the chance of two Florida teams meetings in the playoffs, which would've been a very special occasion. They beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 with three games needing overtime. It's…

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  • #IPL 2016 - what have we learned so far?

    nellberg1 on 26 Apr at 13:05

    We've now had 21 of the 60 scheduled games of IPL 2016, so as we're a 3rd of the way through the season now is a good time to reflect on what we've seen. What teams are under-performing? what players are key? what have the trends been and will they continue? how can we profit from here on in? Delhi Daredevils - played 4 won 3 lost 1 * lost by 9 wickets v KKR * won by 8 wickets v Kings Xi * won by 7 wickets v RCB * won by 10 runs v Mumbai Delhi did well to turn around a horror start against KKR to win their next 3 games. Their best win was chasing down 192 v RCB, with De Kock's century the jewel in the crown. They've still made some strange decisions (no Duminy in their 1st game, no Tahir…

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