Rogers Cup Men’s Tennis Preview – Toronto 2014

Defending champion Rafa Nadal has pulled out of this year’s Rogers Cup with a wrist injury. The news has also cast doubt over the Spaniards chances of defending his US Open crown later this month. His absence means that Novak Djokovic will be the clear favourite ahead of Roger Federer as the Croatian attempts to win his fourth title in Toronto.

Number one seed Djokovic has yet to play a tournament since his gruelling Wimbledon victory against Federer last month and has been handed a tricky draw on his return. He could potentially face Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the way to the quarter-finals where he could face Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet, Bernard Tomic or Nick Kyrgios to name a few. Despite the tough draw, Djokovic has the form to make it to the final but the 4/7 from Bet365 is the best price you will get.

Roger Federer is back at the tournament after a two year absence and has a more favourable draw. The Wimbledon finalist looks in great shape and can be backed at a decent price of 6/4 with Bet365 to make this year’s final.

Murray has not performed well in Toronto since 2010 and a combination of his current form and a tough draw makes it hard to fancy him in this tournament. However, he needs points in order to push for a top eight seeding in New York and, with just a couple of tournaments left to play, this could be just the incentive the Scot needs to regain some focus and form.

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Rogers Cup Men’s Tennis Preview – Toronto 2014unratedWilliam Webb2014-08-10 07:30:24
Defending champion Rafa Nadal has pulled out of this year’s Rogers Cup with a wrist injury. The news has also cast doubt over the Spaniards chance…
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Spanish La Liga Title Preview 2014/15

Is there any value in backing Atletico Madrid?

Atletico Madrid’s success last season raises a couple of obvious questions. Firstly, can they win the title again? And secondly, what can Real Madrid and Barcelona do to stop them. An early glance at the outright betting market suggests that the bookies consider Diego Simeone’s team to be a one hit wonder – so, what are their chances of winning the title again?

The first thing to remember is that Diego’s Simeone’s team also triumphed in the Copa del Rey and made it to the Champions League final last season – clearly demonstrating that they are serious contenders on more than one Level. The year before, the Argentinean led them to Europa League glory in only his first full season in charge.

After that Europa League victory, Atletico lost their star player and top goal scorer Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco. It was suggested that they would be a weaker team and would struggle without him but this was not the case. In fact, as Atletico have proven before – with Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan and Fernando Torres – they are not afraid to let go of world class striking talent.

Diego Costa is the latest striker to depart and his €32m transfer to Chelsea has sparked the same debate about how Atletico will cope without him. The answer could be Mario Mandzucic; the Croatian striker scored 33 goals in his 54 appearances for Bayern Munich – including a goal in the Champions League Final – and bagged a total of eight trophies in two seasons. His overall goal scoring ratio is far superior to Diego Costa’s and at 28-years-old, he is in his prime.

Simeone has also secured the services of highly-rated midfielder Antoine Griezmann. The23-year-old scored 16 goals for Real Sociedad last season and also featured for France at the World Cup in Brazil.

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Spanish La Liga Title Preview 2014/15unratedWilliam Webb2014-08-09 03:49:20

Is there any value in backing Atletico Madrid?

Atletico Madrid’s success last season raises a couple of obvious questions. Firstly, can they …

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2014 FA Community Shield preview – Arsenal v Man City

The 92nd FA Community Shield match will take place between Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Wembley Stadium. The last time the teams met in this tournament was in 1934 when Arsenal enjoyed a 4-0 triumph over the Manchester side.

The game will raise the curtain on another season of Premier League football and is a good chance for both teams to lay down a marker ahead of the new campaign.

The Sky Blues are becoming regulars in this competition and will be making their third appearance in four years while Arsenal will be competing for the first time since their 2005 loss to Chelsea at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

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Arsene Wenger has previously led the Gunners to four Community Shield victories in seven appearances and will keen to add another trophy to the cabinet after their FA Cup triumph in May. That trophy finally brought an end to a nine year spell without any silverware. Victory in this game would give Arsenal their 13th title in this competition – a record only bettered by Manchester United and Liverpool.

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2014 FA Community Shield preview – Arsenal v Man CityunratedWilliam Webb2014-08-09 04:13:47
The 92nd FA Community Shield match will take place between Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Wembley Stadium. The last time t…
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ATP Tennis Rankings and US Open 2014 Preview

The top 5 of the ATP tennis rankings list remained unchanged this week with Novak Djokovic heading the list ahead of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych.

There was only one change in the top 10 as David Ferrer jumped ahead of Canadian Milos Raonic into sixth place. The Spaniard made it to the final of the ATP 500 clay-court event in Hamburg on Sunday but was beaten by the Leonardo Mayer from Argentina. Mayer’s first ATP World Tour title has lifted him 19 places up to No. 27 in the world – an all-time high ranking position for the 27-year-old.

Last year’s champion in Hamburg, Fabio Fognini, only made it to round two in 2014 and the Italian has now slipped to 20th in the world. Argentine Federico Delbonis also suffered an early round exit in Hamburg – at the hands of German wild card Tobias Kamke – and the 6-3 6-4 defeat cost him a twenty place drop to 56th in the world. The clay court specialist will now be hoping to bounce back in Gstaad this week.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut and Tommy Robredo were the only other players to move up in this week’s Top 20 but no one made a significant move towards the top ten.

The biggest mover in the top 100 was Australian Bernard Tomic who jumped 54 places to World No.70 after victory in the Claro Open in Colombia. This was a significant victory for the controversial 21-year-old who had double hip surgery in January and was dropped by his management company last week.

As the US hard court season begins, all eyes will now be on the upcoming US Open which takes place in New York at the end of August. As this final Grand Slam event approaches, it seems more and more likely that we may be treated to another Djokovic v Nadal final. Andy Murray is out of form and still not fully fit while Roger Federer has the form but may just lack the stamina to endure a gruelling five set match against either of the top two.

Nadal has had a few blips this season but he is due another big performance and he will be keen to defend this title. He has a chance to win his third US Open in five years and leads Djokovic 2-1 in US Open head to heads. An early price of 18/5 for the Spaniard looks very good value.

ATP Tennis Rankings and US Open 2014 PreviewunratedWilliam Webb2014-07-21 06:32:30

The top 5 of the ATP tennis rankings list remained unchanged this week with Novak Djokovic heading the list ahead of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, …

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The Netherlands path to the FIFA World Cup Final

The Netherlands have started the FIFA World Cup in style.  Combining the experience of Arjen Robben and Robbin Van Persie with a youthful defense, the manager Louis Van Gaal has produced a team that has topped Group B in style.

Another high scoring game against Australia show cases the attacking partnership.  Allowing the Australians to score two goals cast some doubt on their World Cup chances.  We don’t buy this.  It can only serve as a wake up call to the teams less experienced (defensive) players.

The Netherlands where 14/1 on Betfair at the start of the tournament.  (I was lucky enough to get a sneaky 100 GBP on The Orange.  Odds of 10/1 are still available on Betfair.  As The Netherlands progress their odds will drop, allowing punters to ‘Cash Out’ early before the final (after placing a bet on the Betfair exchange, members get a big yellow button giving the profit or loss to ‘cash out’ early).  Let’s reach into the future to see what may happen.

A look into the future with Holland’s permutations; who will The Netherlands play at the quarter finals?

Mexico play The Netherlands next, 29th June 13.00.  If they win this match they will play the winner of the match between Costa Rica and Greece in the Quarter Finals.  Costa Rica have been a surprise success in Brazil beating Italy and Uruguay; LetsCompareBets expects it will be Costa Rica that will meet The Netherlands at the quarters.

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The Netherlands path to the FIFA World Cup FinalunratedEditor2014-06-26 13:41:29The Netherlands have started the FIFA World Cup in style.  Combining the experience of Arjen Robben and Robbin Van Persie with a youthful defense, …
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