"Oscar Whiskey is rightful favourite based on what he has achieved, but he is worth taking on. Wonderful Charm has the best form in the race. He has yet to taste defeat as a chaser and hails from the very much in form Nicholls stable. The figures show he has class and he offers a touch more value than the old pro. "
"A lot of these stayers would have preferred a bit of cut in the ground, but the dry weather has played right into Quentin Collenges hands. He won the Grimtborpe and sandown gold cup last season on firm ground and he will be hard to overturn if finding a bit for his first outing this season. "
"Sire Collenges is one of the youngest on the field and he should therefore have a fitness advantage. He wasn't disgraced on his cross country debut last month and with Nicholls horses now bang in form he has to have a great chance here despite giving up a lot of weight. "
"England need to win and as matches here tend to finish early it id likely to be a bowler who takes this market. Stuart Broad is by far englands best bowler at the moment. He is regularly taking the most wickets and can chip in with valuable runs down the order. He looks very overpriced. "
England (Win Match)
"I honestly don't think there is too much between the batting lineups of these sides and England still have the better bowling attack. There will be a result here and the toss is crucial as we have seen over the two series this year that whoever wins the toss doesn't lose the match. England therefore are effectively 3.6 for an even money coin toss. That's enough value for me. "
"Nothing between these two on first glance as they are 1-1 on head to head, but upon further inspection Dean won the most recent meeting 6-1 earlier this year. He is excellent on doubles whereas Richie can wobble at times and that's enough for me to side with last years 9 dart man. "
"Dilshan missed out in the last match, but he is the most consistent limited overs runscorer for tge Sri Lankans and i would be surprised to see him fail twice against a less than potent Pakistan attack. "
"John Part is one of the most experienced players in world darts. He is one of the few players to actually win a world title and one of the fewer to win both the bdo and pdc events. He may not quite be at that level now, but has the experience an knowledge of how to win on the big stage. "
Part to win 3-0 (Leg Betting)
"Prelims can be a tough ask for even the top pros and part has had his struggles in the early rounds here, but he is the class act and his big stage experience should really see him through with the minimum of fuss. "
"This is one of the better first round ties with both players more than capable of winning, but it is wright who has had a fantastic year. He is a regular in the latter stages of events and one of the most consistent high scorers and finishers. I really fancy him to win this comfortably, but Cullen is more than capable of getting on the scoreboard. "
"The wheels have come off of Blackpool's season in spectacular fashion. They cant buy a win at the moment and could really do without facing one of the leagues too teams. QPR are right un the promotion hunt. They have a very strong squad with a lot of premier league experience and really should win this especially with Blackpool missing a whole host of players through suspension following 5 sendings off in their last two matches. "
"Derby look a cracking bet here away at struggling Charlton. The Londoners have lost 4 out of 9 at home already this season and look set to struggle against a team in fantastic form. Derby are top dogs on the road having won 6 from 9 so far and thumped a Blackpool side with a lot more quality than Charlton at the weekend. "
"This looks one of the closest matches in this years first round. McDine holds a 3-2 head to head lead winning the last 3 meetings and deserves a bit more respect in the match odds. I will side with a very close 5 setter though as in their 5 encounters McDine leads 22 legs to 21 in total. "
"Paul Nicholson is the more experienced player and holds a head to head lead 2-1. He has triumphed on the last two meetings the latest of which was a 5-2 win at last months grand slam. The longer sets format will suit him more and i cant see him losing this one. "
"Newport look well worth siding with here. They have a solid away record with a win and six draws. Portsmouth are very inconsistent at home and have lost 5 times already so with the draw onside in the form of a push it is well worth siding with Newport on the handicap. "
"1.4 looks a steal here. There have been 59 goals scored in Stenhousemuirs 15 league games this season at a shade under 4 a game. Rangers have seen 66 in their 15 at nearly 4.5 so everything points to at least 3 goals here. "
Rangers -1.75 (Asian Hcap)
"Rangers are looking increasingly good as the season progresses they have an amazing +52 goal difference from just 15 games suggesting an average winning margin of 3.5 goals.
Stenhousemuir admittedly do keep things tight with most of their games being decided by the odd goal, but Rangers are far better than the rest at this level and won the home fixture 8-0 in September. They should be able to win by at least two here. "
"Hopp has shown in the past that he has ability, but Thirnton really is playing well and is a top class pro. He us one of the highest scorers on tour and us consistently good on doubles. He should take this out to nil. "
"Osborne only got in to this event due to a withdrawal and i am sure he will want to make the most of the opportunity. He has had his struggles for a few years, but on his best form is a top 20 player and his experience will be invaluable and he should prove far too good at the prelim stage. "
"Schwartzel is in great form of late winning and placing with great regularity. Stenson is running on empty and rose is not quite at top speed yet so the SA has to be the pick when you look at hus double figure winning margin here last year. "
Charl Schwartzel (1st Round Leader)
"Schwartzel is the form horse. He is scoring low and has a tremendous record of fast starts here (led all the way last year) and everywhere recently. Cant see him being out of the top 5 on day 1. "
"Mervyn is a quality player who rarely puts in a bad display. He nearly always averages in the 90's and is capable of pushing the 100. Darin has had some good performances here over the years, but ultimately has only won once and Merv should have too much quality. "
"Vincent simply looks overpriced here. He has a strong record at this event in the early stages. He has won 6 out of 9 matches at the event which is a stark contrast to Clark who has lost his last 5. Vincent is a big scorer who can trouble the best and Clark who has struggled all year doesn't look good enough to trouble the experienced Dutchman. "
"Simon and Ross have had some close contests with the Aussie leading the head to head 2-1. He is the far more experienced player though and generally averages a good 10 points more than Smith. He is a fantastic finished and should progress comfortably. "
Whitlock to win 3-1 (Leg Betting)
"Whitlock should be winning this quite comfortably, he won the most recent meeting at last months grand slam 5-2.
They met a further 2 times in 2012 with honours even with Ross winning 6-4 and losing out in a decider 5-6. Thus shows he can compete and i would expect him to win a set, but the Aussie is a class act and should win the rest. "
"The head to head on this one is misleading as Wade only leads 3-2, but websters 2 wins came prior to 2007 when he was a much better player. Wade is one of the worlds best and has made the semis here the last two years. On all known recorded averages over their careers Wade is a full 9 points higher and ge win the only relevant head to head last year 6-3. He is simply too good and will win. I also suspect it will be in straight sets as if playing to career averages he will have a lot more break opportunities and is lethal on double ten which he leaves in most legs. "
"Mensur is a great player who loves the Ally Pally stage. He has big wins to his name here in the form of Manley, MVG and James Wade and arrives in good form having a recent QF to his name and 10 wins in his last 12 matches. Mark Webster is a very experienced player, but his form isn't great over the last couple of years and he could be vulnerable in the early rounds. The Welshmsn leads the head to head 3-2 which shows Mensur can compete and he simply has to be backed on price alone given recent form and past history. "
"I am firmly of the opinion that only Bunting or Waites can win this title and although Waites is the reigning champ his record here is pretty poor. Bunting is probably the most consistent player on tour. He just doesn't throw bad darts and it could well be his time to shine. "
Christian Kist (Win Tournament)
"Kist is the only player to appeal outside the top two. Admittedly his form has been pretty bad for the last couple of years, but he won thus two years ago and he is way overpriced as a return to Lakeside could inspire him. "
"Ade looks overpriced here. He is scoring the best in his career and has won this title twice in the last three years. He has been playing very well leading up to this which he failed to do on both occasions he won the title and everything seems to be falling into place. "
"Australia won the first test in very convincing fashion, but England always struggle in opening tests and Australia just don't lose at the Gabba. England are still the better side and once they work out a plan to negotiate the short bowling will soon get back on track. They now look a very reasonable price to win the series. "
England to win 2 - 1 (Series Score)
"England are the better side winning the last 3 ashes series and 4 of the last 5. They won 3-0 in England in the summer and look the most likely victors. Australia will be much more competitive at home and i can see a couple of draws like in the English series, but i really fancy the Aussies to win one this time round they are still excellent on their day and 2-1 looks fair. "
MJ Clarke (Australia) (Top Series Team Batsman )
"Michael Clarke scores mountains of runs in Australia and will have a point to prove following a largely indifferent tour of England. He is the best Aussie batsman by a distance. "
RJ Harris (Australia) (Top Series Team Bowler)
"Harris was excellent in England in the summer taking plenty of wickets. Native conditions will suit him better and if staying fit he should comfortably claim this market. "
AN Cook (England) (Top Series Team Batsman )
"England have a very good batting lineup and runs are generally shared, but Captain Cook has scored a big ton on tour already and scored well over 700 runs on his last tour of Australia. He simply has to be the selection in this market. "
JM Anderson (England) (Top Series Team Bowler)
"This looks a 2 horse race. Jimmy and Swanny have been englands top wicket takers on recent years. Broad is in for a lot of abuse and could suffer while i expect Finn and Tremlett to be rotated. I will plump for Anderson simply because he will bowl in every innings with a new ball and if the Aussies fail with the bat the spinner may not always be required. "
MJ Clarke (Top Series Batsman)
"Michael Clarke destroys most attacks in Australia. He is a run machine and capable of scoring double and even triple hundreds. He has to at least figure in the place part of this bet. "
GP Swann (Top Series Bowler)
"I think there are only 3 realistic winners here and an each way bet looks safest. Anderson is too short and Harris has an injury cursed past do it is Graeme Swann who makes most appeal. One of the top spinners in world cricket he will bowl plenty of overs and that will mean wickets. "
"I expect my tent or yours to come on a lot this year and if he gains a bit physically he could arrive at the festival as a real contender. He already has pace and class and a bit more experience and some muscle should see him get up the hill and be in amongst the challengers. "
"This relies on him recovering his fitness after a long layoff through injury, but if he comes back well then he will be much shorter than this in afew months. His form says it all. Last time out he beat Bob's Worth who went on to win this race so 40/1 represents huge value IF he gets to the festival in one piece. "
"If Soll makes the race next year he will be a lot shorter than this. He ran a great race in 2013 despite being hampered quite badly at the chair and with another year under his belt he gas to be a threat. He went well on the good ground, but will be even better if there is more give and he looks tremendous ante-post value. "
"Brazil are the home nation and despite not being in great form at the time of writing they have time to put that right. They are extremely hard to beat in Brazil with no one beating them since 2002 and no European side winning in Brazil since England in 1984. If Brazil win this months confederation cup they may shorten, but i doubt they will get any bigger if they don't. "
"McIlroy looked to be regaining form at the end of the season and looks good value to repeat the success of 2012 as when playing well he is by far the best in Europe. "
Ian Poulter (Win Tournament)
"Ian Poulter has had a cracking spell of golf since the 2012 Ryder Cup and really is becoming one of the worlds elite. He was well in contention for the Race this year and can go a step further in 2014 as he will be up for all challenges in yet another Ryder Cup year. "
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