IPL - Lucknow Super Giants vs Rajasthan Royals -
Total Sixes Over 15.5 @ $1.90
The top two batsman in this seasons competition will face-off: Jos Buttler for Rajasthan, and KL Rahul for new team Lucknow.
Both batsman averaging 45.00+ and striking at an incredible 140.00+.
With the likes of Quinton de Kock and Ravichandran Ashwin (watch for his bizarre batting stance) also featuring this game, it has all the hallmarks of being an explosive game.
Interestingly the odds have moved slightly away for the Overs - Sixes selection, so we will pounce on this market and back runs on a ground which has produced high scores in the past couple of matches.
Dota 2 ESL Stockholm Major - Evil Geniuses vs Boom Esports - 1st Map Winner Boom Esports @1.66
With the first day of the Stockholm major done, we see Evil Geniuses at the bottom with no maps won while Boom Esports managed 2 draws.
Evil Geniuses was poised for a draw with T1 but couldn’t close the 2nd map even after a huge 10k+ gold lead, showing Evil Geniuses is off to a cold start.
Boom Esports on the other hand is one of the surging teams in the SEA region, coming in 1st 5 times out of the last 6 tournaments that they participated in.
We’re going to ride the momentum and back a relatively safe bet for Boom Esports to come out swinging on the 1st Map.
English Championship Playoffs – Sheffield United - Nottingham Forest - Draw No Bet Nottingham Forest @ 2.42
Forest are favourites to go up via the Playoffs, and it looks like rightly so.
They lost out on automatic promotion after losing an old clichéd six-pointer away to Bournemouth.
However, this will not leave a sour taste, in fact quite the opposite.
You have to remember Steve Cooper, Forest manager, took control 8 games into the season with just 4 points.
Looking at the standings from that day, you'd see they'd be top of the league ahead of 2nd placed Fulham by 4pts and a 10pt gap to Sheffield United.
Their form meant they took the opportunity to rest players against Hull, whereas Sheffield United had to field a full team to secure a Playoff spot.
MLB - New York Mets vs Seattle Mariners - Handicap: New York Mets -1.5 @1.98
The Mets have been in solid form lately and will take to the field at home against the Mariners with Max Scherzer pitching.
The right hander only gave up 3 runs in his last outing against the Phillies and should do well here. Furthermore, the Mets have scored the fifth-most runs in the league this season.
The Mets are 21-12-0 against the spread this season. Taking the Mets on the handicap against the Mariners.
UFC - Aleksandr Rakic vs Jan Blachowicz - Blachowicz to win @ 2.45
It's fair to say Aleksandr Rakic has been on quite a run recently with wins over Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith but he takes a step up in competition to face the ex-Light Heavyweight Champion of the world in Jan Blachowicz.
In fact it's far less likely he'll be able to implement a wrestling heavy game plan with Blachowicz likely to be the bigger, stronger fighter in the cage.
And quite honestly, the former champion is being utterly disrespected by the oddsmakers in this fight. Yes he was bested by Teixeira last time but his body of work suggests he is still one of the best in the world.
We're backing him to repel the challenge of the up and comer in a fight where he really doesn't deserve to be the outsider.
A-League - Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners FC - 1x2 Adelaide United FC @2.30
Elimination Final time in the A-league, and I am backing the Hindmarsh faithful to come out in droves and cheer their team onto victory here without the need for extra time.
Both teams come into this in top form, with both teams having won each of their last five games of the season.
While the Mariners did win 3-0 the last time these two played back in March, that was in Gosford, and took three late goals after United's keeper was sent off in the first half.
Adelaide's late season form came on the back of having five of their last six matches at home.
They won the previous encounter at Hindmarsh, and the Red Army will prove the difference here, as Adelaide progress, winning in 90 minutes.
Serie A - Cagliari Calcio vs FC Inter Milano - 1x2 & Total FC Inter Milano & Under 3.5 @ 2.31
Inter Milan faces a struggling Cagliari in what is set to be one of the most exciting ends of the top soccer leagues.
With inter just two points behind leaders Milan, their chances of stealing the title in dramatic fashion are still alive.
A match against third last Cagliari is just what they needed at this last stage of the season.
However, Cagliari will be putting their heart and soul to stay in Serie A and considering their last 10 games, they’ve managed to score in 6 with one of those being against Juventus.
Inter on the other hand, have managed to score in 12 out of 12 of their last games but have only managed to score more than three in just two of those 12 occasions.
It is set to be a great defining match with certain goals, where I see Inter taking the win and keeping the scoreline under 3.5.
We have an interesting angle on this game as the favourites have only covered ONCE in the five game series thus far.
So siding with the Bucks runs against the trend here but back at home in an elimination game, it's hard to look past Giannis and the reigning champs taking care of business.
If the Bucks fall to underdogs don't be afraid to back them even harder!
NRL - Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos - 1x2 & Total Brisbane Broncos & Over 36.5 @ 4.20
It’s Magic Round in the NRL this weekend with all eight matches to be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in what can only be described as three days of Rugby League heaven.
Saturday’s top of the table clash between the Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers may have all the attention, but the second game on Friday night is what we’re going to focus on.
Brisbane have the luxury of being down as the ‘away team’ in their own stadium when they face Manly on opening night of Magic Round.
The Broncos have been in red hot form of late and find themselves in the top eight after their impressive 32-12 win away to South Sydney, their third win on the trot.
Manly on the other hand have been up and down having returned to the winners list last weekend after two defeats in a row.
With two attacking teams on show in front of an anticpated packed house, you can expect a high scoring affair in this one.
Five of the last six meetings between these two have seen over 36.5 points lob while the Broncos have seen over 36.5 points in four of their last five games.
Brisbane are currently enjoying the best run of form they’ve produced in three years and we’re backing them to make it four wins in a row to kick off Magic Round in style.
English Premier League - Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - Over 2.5 goals @ 1.86
The Premier League season is coming to an end, and with three games to go both sides are sitting in a position where there is nothing to play for.
With the Villans in 12th and the Eagles in 11th, any hope of European football qualification is out the window; however, the silver lining is that both clubs are in no danger of a late-season relegation battle.
This situation provides the opportunity for an open game of football, where we may see a boost of offensive firepower from two sides that have the personnel to be efficient in front of goal.
Aston Villa’s recent goalscoring form at home against mid-table teams prove my point, scoring a total of 11 goals in their last four games at home against clubs who sat between 5th and 17th place at the time.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace’s last 4 away games against teams within the same table positions have averaged 2.25 goals per game.
Furthermore, the over 2.5 has hit the last three times these two teams have played each other, with the last game at Villa Park in December finishing 3-0 to the home side.
With players like Philippe Coutinho, Wilfred Zaha, Danny Ings, Ousmanne Edouard and Ollie Watkins potentially playing this weekend, there is enough offensive potential here to see quite the goal-fest.
FA Cup Final - Chelsea v Liverpool - 1x2 Liverpool @ 2.01
Chelsea and Liverpool meet in the FA Cup Final this weekend with The Blues looking to avoid the unwanted record of becoming the first team to ever lose three finals in a row in this competition.
They have been defeated by Arsenal and then Leicester and on paper this is their toughest assignment of the three.
They may be buoyed though by the fact that Liverpool also have a modest recent record in the FA Cup, not winning it since 2006, but not by The Reds' recent form, with Jurgen Klopp's side having lost once this calendar year.
Although the league now looks to be all but wrapped up for Manchester City, Liverpool are still hunting a historic cup treble and their abundant attacking options will strike fear into a Chelsea defence that has been creaking in recent weeks.
They have also had a day longer to recover for this and Chelsea were dealt a severe blow when losing Mateo Kovacic to injury in their midweek trip to Leeds.
Any opportunity to back Liverpool at evens or more should be gobbled up and this match is no different, they defeated Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final and are favoured to get the job done in 90 minutes on Saturday to equal their opponents tally of eight FA Cup victories.
AFL - Hawthorn vs Richmond - Handicap: Richmond -20.5 @1.88
Richmond have been able to square the ledger at 4-4 after a disappointing start to the season.
They've done so through a healthy list which seems to be the first time in years, a returning Dustin Martin, and the most in form player in the comp in Tom Lynch.
An already excellent record against Hawthorn, I actually think this could be a huge blowout.
Hawthorn lost the unthinkable last week considering their situation with ten minutes to go, and this was against an Essendon team who had won just once all year, who had half a team on the park.
Have Hawthorn given this one up already?
They've rested their best player in Tom Mitchell, and one of their most experienced in Jack Gunston.
I firmly believe this line is way too low.