Tottenham aren’t in a lull, Manchester United haven’t turned the corner

Nani scored the pick of the goals in Manchester United's midweek win

Nani scored the pick of the goals in Manchester United’s emphatic midweek win

One match is seemingly a long time in football. Whereas teams used to be allowed weeks to get up a head of steam, players were allowed months to return from injury and everyone tried to avoid too many kneejerk reactions; that is no longer the case.

Tottenham Hotspur are a club in apparent turmoil after their 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday. The fact that Spurs had conceded only six goals in their previous 11 league games or that they went into the match ahead of Manchester City in the table after a steady start has been forgotten.

On the flip side, Manchester United – just two places and one point ahead of Tottenham – are a club that have finally “turned the corner” under their new manager David Moyes after their 5-0 win over a disappointing Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

(It’s at this point that we would like to clarify that the Europa League doesn’t count. We don’t know why; but it just doesn’t.)

Both reactions to recent results are kneejerk; plain and simple. Manchester United are not back to the “team of old” nor are Tottenham Hotspur a club in disarray with a buffoon for a manager. They are two teams with Champions League ambition and as such, victories over each other are necessary.

Despite a comprehensive win on the opening day, David Moyes’ Manchester United have failed to sparkle so far. After many years under the control of Sir Alex Ferguson, the change to a new boss was always going to take time. The players are still getting used to the change in system and the change in management style. Wednesday was the first sign of a “United team” still remaining at the club.

The selection was under-strength but they went out and got the result they needed. Leverkusen failed to show up and United profited with swift, attacking moves. It marked the first occasion since the beginning of last season that the Red Devils scored more than four in the Premier League or Champions League without needing Robin van Persie on the pitch. Fixed? No; but showing signs that Moyes has what it to takes the keep the players performing.

The same problems are affecting Spurs; and only a string of confidence boosting performances will help matters. After spending the summer improving the overall quality of the squad, Andre Villas-Boas is having a tough time integrating the new bodies into his system. It doesn’t help that he can no longer call on Gareth Bale to haul the club through a tricky situation.

Instead, he has to continue to work with the attacking players at his disposal and hope they can finally piece together their abilities. Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli are far too good to be part of a squad that has contributed just nine goals in 12 league matches. However, it may simply be that Tottenham aren’t quite playing to their individual strengths.

Soldado doesn’t come alive until inside the penalty area. He doesn’t make runs beyond the defenders or into the channels. As such, Eriksen’s vision and ability to thread a pass is rarely seen by the Tottenham faithful. Instead, the former Valencia comes alive when presented with wide deliveries that he can put himself on the end of. Sadly, the only “out-and-out winger” that Tottenham possess is Aaron Lennon and he’s only played 500 minutes of Tottenham’s season so far.

The rest prefer to cut inside and look for the movement ahead. For now, that isn’t Soldado’s game. His scoring figures are only able to remain relatively impressive thanks to the three penalties that he has dispatched.

As for Sunday, it’s unlikely both teams will continue to fulfil the apparent narrative based on their last result.

We’d expect goals. Manchester United have kept three clean sheets in their last four games (all competitions); but two of those results were in the Champions League. Seven of their last eight league games have seen both teams find the back of the net.

At home, Tottenham aren’t going to concede six goals as they did last week but they’ll be feeling the pressure to respond with a strong performance for their fans. That’ll mean scoring goals against Manchester United, which hasn’t proved tricky to do so far this season for other teams.

Betting Instinct tip: Both teams to score is 1.71 with Bulldog777.com, while over 3.5 goals is 3.30

Ryan avatarRyan Keaney is a huge sports fan who spends most of his week toying around with sports data. He is the editor of www.thefootballproject.net and a co-editor for In Bed with Maradona.

Advertisements

Ligue 1 football kicks off tonight with the clash of Marseille v Montpellier

Image

The 15th round of Ligue 1 football kicks off this evening with the clash of Marseille v Montpellier at the Stade Vélodrome. Will it be the 2010 champions or the 2012 winners that takes all three points in the weekend opener?

Although they were the Ligue 1 champions just two seasons ago in the 2011/12 season, Montpellier have not had the best start to this season as they sit 16th place in the table having taken just 15 points from 14 games as they sit just five points above the drop zone. Marseille are at the opposite end of the table as they sit fourth and although they cannot move any higher in the table with a win they will be looking to strengthen their grasp on this position, but can they claim victory in front of their own fans in this Marseille v Montpellier clash? Bookmakers seem to think they can make the home win in this match:

Marseille v Montpellier Betting Odds:

Marseille to win – 1.74

Draw – 3.25

Montpellier to win – 4.30

(Odds are provided by GR88.com and are subject to change.)

______________________________________________

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Race for NFL playoffs hots up in the cold

Can Larry Fitzgerald help the Cardinals keep up their playoff chase?

Can Larry Fitzgerald help the Cardinals keep up their playoff chase?

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally where the NFL switches into a higher gear as the race for the playoffs heats up. This year is no difference and two games this weekend will decide the shape of the post-season in the NFC.

Cardinals @ Eagles

Three weeks ago, this game looked like being a boring irrelevance as both teams slid towards winter mediocrity, however recent bursts of form have seen Arizona and Philadelphia enter the last few weeks of the season with the playoffs in sight.

Despite an inferior record, the 6-5 Eagles have a smoother road to the knockout stage than the Cardinals. Consecutive wins over the Raiders (featuring 7 (seven – such a ridiculous number that it demanded double brackets) Nick Foles touchdown passes), Packers and Washington Professional Football Team (no place for that nickname), have put them atop the NFC East alongside the Cowboys, even before Dallas’ traditional wintery demise. Their offense is moving the ball nicely, with Foles playing the best football of his young career alongside the league leader in rushing, LeSean McCoy. The Chip Kelly offense has breathed new life into the slumbering DeSean Jackson. After a quiet couple of years, Jackson has the sixth most receiving yards in the league thus far this season, and alongside the controversial Riley Cooper, he makes up one half of a fearsome duo.

The real question mark for the Eagles is their defense. Yes, they’ve restricted teams in their last three wins, but with all due respect Terrell Pryor was barely fit, Scott Tolzein continued to be Scott Tolzein and RG3.0 yards per attempt is a different beast to last year. The newly invigorated Carson Palmer will be a trickier test.

Or will he?

There’s no doubting Carson Palmer’s upside. The former Heismann Trophy winner and number one overall pick in 2003’s talent is not in doubt, but his decision making occasionally is. There’s no QB in the league who throws into double or triple coverage with more regularity, but very few are able to do so with such accuracy. It’s that aspect of Palmer that makes him both frustrating and exciting, and with a pair of receivers such as the legendary Larry Fitzgerald and the breakout Michael Floyd he’s able to take more risks than many signal callers in the league. The Cardinals sit at 7-5 and in with a good shot at the final NFC wildcard spot, but face tough competition from divisional rivals, the San Francisco 49ers.

Unlike the Eagles, Arizona’s defense has been the real star this season. They restricted Andrew Luck and the Colts to just 11 points last weekend, and will go into this game confident of a similar performance, with their dominant defensive front backed up by the star power (and talent!) of Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary.

It’s a tough one to call and both teams will know that a win is crucial to keep them in the playoff hunt, but I fancy the Cardinals defense to make the difference in this one.

Betting Instinct tip: Cardinals +3  is 1.91 with Intertops Sportsbook

Saints @ Seahawks

The matchup between possibly the two best teams in the NFC will go a long way towards determining the playoff hopes of these two sides. Both New Orleans and Seattle probably hold the two best home-field advantages in the league and a number one seed in the NFC for either side will make them very tough to beat. Seattle go into this one with a single game lead over the Saints and the winner of this one will see it as a huge step towards the Superbowl.

For the Saints, there was never any doubt about the productivity of their offense going in to the season – the combination of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and a myriad of receivers meant scoring points wasn’t going to be the issue. But New Orleans has stepped up on the defensive side of the ball this season. Rob Ryan has been the brains behind the revival from last year’s historically bad unit, and without adding any spectacular pieces (rookie Kenny Vaccaro has been impressive) there has been a huge improvement in that unit – enough to keep them in games when their offense has spluttered.

The Seahawks are known for their tough, uncompromising defense, and this season has been no different. They’ll be without a couple of key pieces from their secondary on Monday after (MORE!) suspensions for substance-related misdemeanours but it still remains a team strong on that size of the ball. That’s not to suggest that the Hawks will struggle to score points – Russell Wilson has continued to impress in his second season, and will be delighted to have Percy Harvin alongside him, after a small debut cameo in their game before the bye week. Add that to Marshawn ‘Beast mode’ Lynch and you have an offense that will go toe-to-toe with the Saints.

There’s much to love about both of these teams, but the line is too high here to back the Seahawks.

Betting Instinct Tip: Saints +5 is 1.91 with AllYouBet.ag

Jamie avatarJamie Cutteridge is a journalist for a real magazine, but spends an inordinate amount of time writing about NFL. He’s the editor-in-chief of anygivensundaynight.co.uk and its associated twitter feed @UKNFL

Tottenham looking for Manchester revenge at White Hart Lane on Sunday

Lots of Premier League action this weekend but the match to watch is in London on Sunday.  Tottenham took a beating on  Man City turf last weekend and this week the North London team hosts Man United at White Hart Lane.

Bookmakers seem to think the home team will prevail with odds on Tottenham at 2.60 and Man United 2.56.

 

(Quoted odds were posted by GR88.com and are subject to change.)

It’s turkey treats all round for NFL fans this Thanksgiving

Family get-togethers, turkey, mashed potato, pumpkin pie – and of course top-quality American football! For NFL fans across the United States, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year with excitement on the field guaranteed from midday through to prime-time in the evening. America’s number one sport serves up a three-course menu with plenty of intriguing story lines this Thursday.

For starters it’s NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit getting it on from 12:30 Eastern. The Packers (5-5), inked in by many as a hot preseason Super Bowl tip, have struggled in recent weeks without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, completely opening up the division’s title race. A home win for the Lions (6-5) would take them a big step towards sealing what would their first division triumph since 1993!

This year’s main course sees Dallas host Oakland in another game that could prove important in deciding the destination of a division title. The Cowboys moved into pole position in the NFC East after beating the resurgent Giants on the road last weekend and start a strong favourite to underline their ambitions against a 4-7 Raiders team that no longer harbors hopes of being around in the playoffs.

One team that blew its chances of a division title by losing its first four games is Pittsburgh, but a recent upturn in form has lifted the gloom from the record Super Bowl champion and suddenly put a playoff Wild Card within sight. Thanksgiving’s dessert serves up one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL when Ben Roethlisberger and Co. pay a visit to Baltimore. Both the Steelers and the Ravens have identical 5-6 records and both need to win to bolster their playoff hopes – how about that to wash down a fine football feast?

Intertops Sportsbook adds to the holiday fun with special Stake Back offers on all three Thanksgiving games, allowing you to claim up to a total of $300 in Free Bets.

Packers 3.2                  Lions 1.38

Raiders 4.65                Cowboys 1.21

Steelers 2.3                  Ravens 1.67

___________________________________

chrisives-50CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on American sports, especially NFL football and NBA basketball.

Juventus set take 2nd in group and move into the last 16 of the Champions League

Juventus v Copenhagen – Champions League

While Juventus have been in excellent form in Serie A their Champions League campaign has been poor so far as they sit bottom of Group B. Can they turn things around in this Juventus v Copenhagen clash tonight?

Image

Although they sit bottom of Group B in the Champions League there may be light at the end of the tunnel for Juventus this evening as they are just a single point away from Copenhagen in third and Galatasaray in second and a win this evening will likely put them in prime place to take the second position in the group and move into the last 16 of the Champions League. Galatasaray were beaten 6-1 at home by Real Madrid and are in the Spanish capital this evening so are unlikely to increase their points tally, but can the Italians take advantage this evening and win this Juventus v Copenhagen clash to move into the top two of the group? GR88.com certainly believe so as they lean heavily towards the home win this evening and their Juventus v Copenhagen betting odds reflect their thoughts on this match.

Juventus v Copenhagen Betting Odds:

Juventus to win – 1.13

Draw – 9.00

Copenhagen to win – 23.00

(Odds are provided by GR88.com. They are current as of publication date and subject to change.)

Juventus may be the heavy favourites to win this match this evening, but they will not be confident of taking all three points until they lead at the final whistle following a disaster of a campaign so far. They have played four matches in Group B at this point and they have taken zero victories, drawing three and losing one of the games so far. Both home matches against Galatasaray and Real Madrid have ended 2-2 with the Turkish side scoring late on to claim a point after the home side had come back from a goal down while the exact opposite was true in the Juventus v Real Madrid game. Overall these two draws are the only times they have failed to win in eight on home soil this season, so Juventus certainly have the capacity to win, as shown by them recently going top of Serie A after Roma win all of their opening ten matches, but will they be able to bring this form into the Champions League and take their first win of the season in this Juventus v Copenhagen match?

The Champions League away days have not been comfortable for Copenhagen this season as a 4-0 bruising away at Real Madrid was followed up with a 3-1 defeat in Turkey at the hands of Galatasaray, but they will be confident of avoiding defeat against the winless Italians this evening despite their massive underdog status. They are in reasonable form of late with four wins and two draws in their last six games in all competitions, but will they be able reverse their away form in this game? They have lost three and drawn two of their last five games on the road and have not kept a clean sheet since May, 14 away games ago. Can they upset their away form and the GR88.com Juventus v Copenhagen betting odds to claim something from this match?

Despite Juventus’ winless form in the Champions League this season and the 1-1 draw secured at home by Copenhagen this season, our football expert does not see Copenhagen being able to take anything from this match. Juventus are too big of a club and too good to continue going without winning in this competition, especially as their overall home form suggests they can do much better. As such, our man in the know is backing a comfortable home win in this must win Juventus v Copenhagen match.

GR88.com predicts Juventus will win by at least three goals (Juventus -2.25) @ 1.87.

______________________________________________

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

No guarantees for Arsenal ahead of must win Champions League clash

André Ayew

Arsenal will have to deal with the threat of Marseille star André Ayew (right)

 

It continues to be a fine season for Arsenal, despite the earlier pessimism among supporters, and tomorrow night they have the chance to put one foot into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

That word pessimism can be heavily associated with the Gunners in recent seasons and when they were drawn against last seasons’ runners-up Borussia Dortmund and big spending Napoli back in August, many feared the worst.

However Arsène Wenger has again proved many wrong, and victory at home to winless Marseille on Tuesday night could insure the North London club’s spot in the last 16.

Arsenal (1.22 with Bulldog777.com) are top of Group F after their superb victory in Dortmund last time out. They are expected to breeze past Marseille (15.00) who have found it tough at both domestic and European level this season, with even a draw (6.00) unlikely.

The French club are yet to pick up a point in the ‘group of death’ and are straggling behind big spending Monaco and Paris St Germain in Ligue 1.

But it may not be as straight forward for Aaron Ramsey and co as many people think.

While Les Phocéens have failed to make a mark on Group F, they have not been outclassed in the manner that many would assume.

Only once have they been beaten by more than one goal in their four games (away at Dortmund) and they should have got something from both of their clashes with Napoli, before being overpowered by Rafa Benitez’s side.

Forward Andre Ayew has three goals in four Champions League games this season and the Gunners may well rotate their stretched squad with the fixture list looking swamped from now until the new year.

Arsenal are favourites and for good reason, but keep the champagne on ice as Marseille would love to cause an upset at the Emirates and it should not be disregarded.

In the other fixture of Gameweek 5, Borussia Dortmund (1.62 with AllYouBet.ag) host Napoli (4.75) in a crunch game that could still massively affect Arsenal’s progress. A draw in Dortmund (4.00) would be the perfect result for Wenger’s side leaving Dortmund in real trouble of not qualifying, just months after reaching the final at Wembley.

Napoli beat 10-man Dortmund in Naples and sit three points clear of the Germans with two games to go.

A Napoli win would end Dortmund’s hopes of qualifying but if the hosts and favourites come out on top, Group F will be wide open.

Come Tuesday night Arsenal could be safely through to the knock out stages and highly rated Dortmund could be Europa League bound, but I have a feeling it may all go down to the final gameweek when the Gunners travel to Napoli and Marseille host Dortmund.

Betting Instinct tip: Arsenal 2-1 Marseille is 8.80 with GR88.com

______________________________________________

BRAD PINARD loves all things sport related, with a marinade of betting.

 

Fired-up Patriots Could Edge Out Denver in NFL Game of the Week

Tom Brady

Can Tom Brady lead the Patriots to victory?

Broncos @ Patriots

The marquee matchup of week 12 of the NFL season is the 7-3 New England Patriots (2.04 with GEObet.com) taking on the 9-1 Denver Broncos (1.73). Or more pertinently, it’s the 14th instalment of Tom Brady v Peyton Manning.

They are two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, happen to have played against each other for almost all of their careers and in the same way people will debate Messi v Ronaldo, The Beatles v The Stones, De Niro v Pacino, Hypno Disc v Chaos 2 (Not sure our American readers will get that one – ed.), who is better out of Brady and Manning will be argued for decades to come. Brady has the more Super Bowls, the super model girlfriend and an appearance on Entourage, while Manning has the better stats, the sibling rivalry (brother Eli has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants) and the scowl of a Supervillain.

This year Manning is winning their particular duel, the Broncos scaling new heights when it comes to their offense, with him on pace to break records for touchdowns, passing yards and quarterback rating. To break those records, aged 37 and just two years after neck surgery which stopped him playing for the whole of 2011 and nearly ended his career would even by his lofty standards be the zenith of his career to date.

But as awesome as the Broncos are on offense, their defense is fallible. They rank 21st out of 32 in points against and are 28th against the pass. The secondary in particular is weak and prone to collapse when pressured. While they may have the most potent offense in league history, there are obvious weaknesses. And if there’s a team good at targeting a weakness, it’s the Patriots.

The Patriots are not the team they were a few years back, but in Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have the smartest, brawniest, most cunning player-coach combination in perhaps all of sports. If you wanted a coach to concoct a plan so cunning you could brush your teeth with it, Belichick’s your man.

The Broncos with their awesome offense will be favoured to win. But the Patriots are as tough and cunning an opponent as you can get, and will be fired up after a controversial loss to Carolina last week. Don’t be surprised if they win this one.

Betting Instinct tip: Patriots to win by 1-6 is 5.00 with AllYouBet.ag

49ers @ Redskins

These are troubled times for the nation’s capital NFL team. For a start, a story that has been rumbling in the background this season has been the realisation amongst certain people (it’s only taken a couple of centuries) that naming a team ‘Redskins’ might just be a teensy bit offensive towards Native Americans. The team was named the Redskins in 1933 by owner George Preston Marshall – the “Leading racist in the NFL.” Quite something to win this award decades before the Civil Rights Movement. Nonetheless, current owner Daniel Snyder is refusing to change the team name, despise protests by demonstrators and calls ranging from writers to ex-players for the name to change.

On the field, Washington (3.05 with Bulldog777.com)  is having a miserable season, 2-8 with one of the league’s worst defenses. They are also squabbling in the media, with a botched play in last week’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles the catalyst for this game of claim and counter-claim. Star quarterback Robert Griffin III said after the game the Eagles defense ‘kind of knew what was coming’, a supposed barb at the almost certainly soon to be fired head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan a day later refuted this. Then veteran wide receiver Santana Moss stuck his oar in, saying Griffin III should take more accountabilitybut that he has ‘no issues’ with the young QB. Issues, schmissues – Washington are currently a band where none of the members are happy talking to one another.

All the dirty washing Washington are hanging out in public for all to see is taking attention away from the 49ers (1.36) who themselves are in the middle of a slump in form. Amongst the Super Bowl favourites before the season, they are currently only 6-4, coming off two consecutive losses and have an offense looking more and more anaemic by the week. The defense frankly looks more likely to score points a lot of the time than the offense.

But that defense of theirs is still amongst the NFL’s finest units, and should comfortably be enough against Washington. Even without Aldon Smith they possess a boatload of talent on that side of the ball and last week, with little help from the offense, kept New Orleans down to only 23 points and almost won them a game they had no business winning.

Expect a 49ers victory.

Betting Instinct Tip: 49ers -6 is 1.91 with Intertops Sportsbook

Rest of the league

8-2 New Orleans should thump a 2-8 Atlanta team torn apart by injuries…the New York Jets record so far is WLWLWLWL so by that token should see them win against 4-6 Baltimore…4-6 Cleveland have lost four of their last five while the also 4-6 Pittsburgh have won four of their last six and will surely make that five wins in seven…6-4 Detroit are inconsistent but even they surely can’t lose at home to 2-8 Tampa Bay…6-4 Green Bay may have a quarterback’s no one heard of in Scott Tolzein but have you heard of 2-8 Minnesota being good enough to win at Lambeau Field? Me neither…2-8 Houston were so bad last week they booed their own coach in his first game back after suffering a mini-stroke in the middle of a game, so it’s good they take on human punching bags 1-9Jacksonville…9-1 Kansas City have a monstrous defense which should ease them to victory at home to 4-6 San Diego…6-4 Chicago should have too much for 4-6 St Louis…6-4 Indianapolis with their laughable power running game are up against one of the NFL’s best defences as they take on 6-4 Arizona in a genuine pick ‘em matchup…McGloinmania may heat the NFL if undrafted rookie Matt McGloin leads 4-6 Oakland to victory against collapsing 4-6 Tennessee…5-5Dallas’ quest to be the most entertaining ever .500 team in NFL history sees them take on division rivals, the 4-6 New York Giants.

______________________________________________

avatar-jackhowes-50JACK HOWES (debaser92) is an avid sports fan who writes about football and Asperger’s Syndrome. The only things he loves more than Mars Bars are his family and Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Brandon Rios Could Upset the Odds and End Manny Pacquiao’s Career

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is looking to avoid a third successive defeat

This coming Saturday in Macau, the unremitting Manny Pacquiao (1.20 with Intertops Sportsbook) will line up against Brandon Rios (4.30) for the vacant WBO International Welterweight Title.

The announcement of the fight was somewhat surprising to many seeing as Pacquiao is well established as one of the top Welterweight fighters of the last decade, whilst Rios is unfamiliar to this weight and hasn’t fought anyone of the same calibre as Pacquiao, but nonetheless it promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Pacquiao comes into the bout after losing an epic clash against Juan Manuel Marquez, giving a resolute account of himself but ultimately coming undone in the face of Marquez’s excellent counter-punching. Marquez scored the knockout in round 6, and Rios is 41.0 with AllYouBet.ag to win in six himself.

Before that fight Pacquiao had suffered a controversial defeat to Timothy Bradley, ending a run of 15 straight victories. The Filipino fighter will have a point to prove against Rios, who himself suffered his first defeat at the hands of Mike Alvarado in March.

The alluring beauty of boxing is of course that a split-second strike can turn the fight onto its head, but even so Pacquiao has to be the unequivocal favourite for this bout.

This is a fantastic chance for Rios to prove himself at a high-grade and will certainly look to use his slugger style to cause an upset.

Pacquiao, the smaller of the two men, is a relentless attacker but Rios has a habit of happily taking a punch in order to allow himself to land a couple in retaliation, but this could play into Pacquiao’s hands. Pacquiao will thrive on Rios’ usual style, seeing it as an invitation for a knockout

If he wants to avoid defeat, Rios would be well advised to adjust his style accordingly and try to box a little more intelligently than he has to against his usual calibre of opposition.

For Pacquiao, another loss here could well be the end of his career. With a mouthwatering fight with Mayweather looking more and more unlikely, he’ll need to produce here to show he is still to be venerated by the other world-class Welterweights.

Rios really has an opportunity to win another world title after losing his WBA Lightweight Title to John Murray two years ago. Pacquiao will be a huge favourite – and rightly so – but he is at an unpredictable stage of his career and this could be the final nail in the coffin.

______________________________________________

Jake CollinsJAKE COLLINS is passionate about literature, music and sports. He currently works in London and lives in Essex. Read more of his sports betting commentary in Jake’s blog.

Home Team Australia Favored in The Ashes 1st Test

Ashes 1st Test

What I wouldn’t give to be in Brisbane, Australia tonight as The Ashes series gets underway at the Gabba. England claimed a 3-0 victory over the five matches in the summer and would like to make it four in a row tonight. But can they start with a win in the Ashes 1st Test?

There is usually 18 months between series between Australia and England but the schedule has been changed due to the World Cup being played in Australia next summer. This could help Australia to bounce back and reclaim The Ashes or the English could push forward. The Ashes 1st Test will be a close match being a close match, but tthe odds favour a narrow home win for the Australians:

Ashes 1st Test Betting Odds*

Australia to win – 2.36

Draw – 2.68

England to win – 2.76

* Quoted odds are posted by GR88.com as of today.

————————————————————-
AntonyANTONY is a British football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite spots as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.