The WTA French open starts tomorrow, you can get all our WTA tips for the next two weeks for €60, or a full month for €100. To get started, firstname.lastname@example.org -----------With the French Open beginning tomorrow, we are a little surprised to see these two players in the final. With that said, both appear to have easy first-round opponents in the grand slam, and no doubt their respective matches will be moved forwards to Monday or Tuesday. The other thing is it's just a two-hour journey to Paris! Two very different styles going head to head in this one, and no prior head to head to consider. Elena Rybakina is a top 10 player in the making, and she made 4 finals this year. The one she won was Hobart, whereas Shenzhen, St Petersburg, and Dubai she was beaten at the final stage. With that said, Halep needed a third-set tiebreaker (Dubai), and she’s beaten most top players on tour. Elina Svitolina is much more defensive, and one of her tactics is to keep the ball in play. In yesterday's semi-final, that tactic worked against Sabalenka, but maybe the difference on the day was her opponent serving 9 double faults. From watching the matches this week, we would suggest Rybakina impressed the most. The danger is she might get the ‘’finals’’ jitter, but with no crowd, some of the pressure is gone!
Betis are still without Dani Martin, Victor Camarasa, and Francis Guerrero through injury. Andres Guardado remains a doubt for the home side, but Fekir who picked up a knock against Valladolid should be alright to continue!. Betis have taken 6 points from two games without conceding a goal. With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine new season coach Manuel Pellegrini making any changes. Expect to see Joaquin and Sergio Canales supporting Fekir and Borja Iglesias in the attack, it looks a solid formation! As for Madrid, Zidane could again be without a number of key players for today's match. Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio are making progress in their recoveries from ankle and knee injuries respectively, but they are unlikely to be fit enough for today. Mariano Diaz is out recovering s from tonsil surgery! Zidane could call on previously injured trio Eder Militao, Isco, and Lucas Vazquez at some stage, and Odegaard is also available after a coronavirus scare. Betis beat Real Madrid in this fixture last season, and they even drew with the champions on the road. That makes it the last three meetings without a win for the Champions, and two of them were defeats. Now Zidane’s team is playing an improved opponent who is high on confidence. Team news also favors the host, and that half a goal start is too much of an enticement!
Here is a 2nd syndicate pick for free users — After finishing 10 points runner-up to Armenia Bielefeld in last seasons 2nd league, Stuttgart are back in the top division of German football. No doubt that will be a relief for the fans, but last weeks defeat to Freiburg was a reality check. With all due respect to the team coached by Mattarazzo Pellegrino, in that season opener they looked extreme naive in defence and it was game over by the 48th minute. By that stage, Freiburg had established a 0-3 lead. While that eroded to 2-3 by the end, Mattarazzo Pellegrino’s team didn’t deserve anything! Mainz must have been shuddering when they saw the Bundesliga program would open with a trip to Leipzig. The game itself was damage limitation for the then visitors,and getting out with a 3-1 defeat wasn’t a bad effort. The Nullfunfers did struggle a bit last season, but at least they retained league status. Achim Beierlorzer has been able to strengthen his defence, and it’s that department which makes us optimistic today!
Syndicate bet - We have 10 today, and we are giving two for free. If you want the weekend football (17 bets), you can have it for a special deal price of €30. We pay for our betting, and we believe serious gamblers should share some of the cost. The €30 is heavily discounted and just a show of will, to get the rest of todays and tomorrows email@example.com ——— The biggest issue for Brighton is believing in themselves. In the first game of the season Graham Potter’s men gave Chelsea a good go, but at the end of the day they failed to convert goals and where beaten 3-1. On a more upbeat note, in the last round the Seagulls took apart Newcastle (0-3). The then visitors kept the ball well, and scoring two goals in the opening 7 minutes helped the cause. From what we have been watching, Brighton are much improved. Last weeks win must give a lot of confidence, and they can play like they have nothing to lose. The Red Devils couldn’t find the answer to breaking Crystal Palace. In our opinion, United looked lethargic and clueless. Even the normally reliable Bruno Fernandes struggled to get going, and watching club captain Harry Maguire at the back was a head shaker! The visitors did win a midweek cup match in Luton, albeit two of the three goals came after the 88th minute. However, it was against a lower league side, and this will be tougher! We see the Seagulls making life hard for the visitors, it’s enough to call this bet!
The Heat took a 3-1 series lead on Wednesday and the Celtics must be kicking themselves for letting it get to this point. Boston has the superior players 1-5 but lack of focus, lack of execution and poor coaching has them on the brink of elimination. The Heat haven't been fazed by anything or anyone but the underlying points remain and as long as the Celtics can cut down on their astonishing turnover rate and give better effort rebounding the ball, they should have the edge in any game they play against Miami. The market usually adjusts when a team goes down 3-0 or 3-1 but it's rather telling that the odds have remained firmly in the Celtics' favour. Despite every game being close, 3.5 points is easily achievable for this team.
BENBATL is clearly very good, but I doubt he will run to a mark of 125 today. KAMEKO found it hard since winning the Guineas, and he’s penalized 5 pounds for winning the classic. The lightly raced TOP RANK won 5 from his 6 races to date, despite being up in class he gives the impression there is a lot more to come!
Nantes fought from 2 goals down to draw (2-2) with last round opponent St Etienne. For the 2nd game in a row, VAR cost the team coached by Christian Gourcuff. Nevertheless, in the circumstances, the Canaries showed a lot of guts, and the boss will be happy with the draw. Prior to that Nantes had lost 2-1 in Monaco, which based on the play was probably a fair result. The 2-1 win over Nimes was ok, and no one will complain about the opening draw in Bordeaux! Lille collected €53 million from recent player trades, and they will be ecstatic to have taken €70 million from Napoli for Victor Osimhen. The other big sale (€26m) was for Gabriel to Arsenal. On a positive note, the owners forked out €32M for Jonathan David from Gent, and they look to have found some talented youth to fill in the squad! Les Dogues are 2-2-0 since the start of the season. Last week's draw in Marseille (1-1) should have really been a win, but other than that it’s so far so good. With all due respect to the 6 hour traveling visitors, Les Dogues have a touch of class and should win.
Yuki Naito did win their only prior meeting, but on this occasion we expect Astra Sharma to get revenge. We rate Sharma much better than her current rank of 134, and bare in mind she didn’t start playing proper until 2017. The Aussies record on clay is a solid 75%, and last year she made the final of Bogota. To do that she got the better of Linette, Rogers, Erani, and Arruabarrena, and only lost to Anisimova in three! Naito is a 19-year-old. She can certainly play clay, and yesterday's win over Hesse was a fair effort. However, despite beating Sharma once, that was in her own country and against a player who was injured (retired). Sharma every time!
Rostov games are usually low scoring affairs, although they did win the weekend league match by 3-0 against Volgograd. Valeri Karpin’s team are yet to play in this competition, but they are fit from playing 8 domestic games. On that note, the Tough Guys (Muzhiki) are unbeaten in five, and only one team in the Russian Premier league conceded less goals (5)! Back in 2016/17 Rostov made the cut for the Champions league. In the group stage they beat Bayern Munich (3-2) at home, and by finishing an highly creditable 3rd they where given another chance in the Europa league. They didn’t disappoint, in R32 they beat Sparta Prague (5-1 aggregate) and only Manchester United stopped them (1-2 aggregate) in R16. Israeli teams are known for being solid at home, but poor travellers. Both of Maccabi Haifa’s qualification wins where at home, this will be tougher!
Motherwell eventually came good in the 5-1 win over Glentoran. However, they didn’t start scoring until that team had a player sent off, and in the next round the Well needed penalties to get past another Northern Irish opponent Coleraine. Considering Scotland is the bigger football nation, we would have expected Stephen Robinson’s team to be more impressive. On a more upbeat note the visitors on the back of successive league wins, but ow for a trip to a tough Hapoel Beer Sheva. The Israeli outfit needed two injury time goals to progress by last round opponent Laci (1-2), and that was made easier by the opponent being reduced to 10 men. Earlier on in qualification HBS beat Dinamo Batumi 3-0, and lets take into consideration the hosts made the cut for the Group stage in 2 of the last 5 years. In fact, in 16/17 they made R32, and a year earlier they beat Celtic at home (2-0). Looks a good chance for the hosts!
POPPA POUTINE cost 100k, he could be anything. However, I want to see his stable find a bit of form first. ARCHI’S AFFAIR is a decent type who will win races, it’s just that 115 is unlikely to be good enough for today. The penalty counts against CHECK MY PULSE, but I can’t wait to see the promising PERCYS WORD. The Skelton’s have a good one here, if he’s in the zone he should take this!
It’s about this time of the year when Nigel Twiston-Davies comes out with all guns blazing. The Naunton based trainer does will with his jaunts to this track, and in NYE BEVAN he’s got one nicely handicapped. The 5 year old is nicely bred, and he’s the type to improve this season. Good ground and 2M4F should be ideal, and it’s not the best of races!