FREE PREMIUM BET ----- Both of these clubs had to change managers before they found their true form. When Sam Allardyce took over Everton they were just above the relegation zone. That was until four wins and a draw from their next five matches took them into midfield and away from the danger zone. However, that initial injection of points stopped with a defeat in Bournemouth (2-1), and the fact is the Toffee’s haven’t now won any of their last seven competitive matches. Claude Puel wasn’t an instant hit at Leicester. Nevertheless, they are up into seventh following a decent run, and they come into this match on the back of six matches unbeaten (4-2-0). At the weekend the Foxes thrashed Peterborough (1-5) to advance to the next round of the FA cup, but the display that impressed us most was the 0-0 in Chelsea. On that occasion they had to play the last 22 minutes without red carded Amartey, but they clung on determinedly. On a point of note, Man City are trying to sign Riyad Mahrez so the chance of him playing tonight are remote. Other than that the Foxes only have Wes Morgan on the sidelines, so they are good to go! Take Leicester to continue winning, although we go ‘’draw no bet’’ for a bit of insurance.
Just has we thought Roberta Vinci was heading into early retirement she finds her form. In fact, the 34 year old has stated she will call it a wrap in mid season after playing Rome. Nevertheless, the Italian was a late developer and she didn’t start to play her best tennis until nearing her thirties. As the winner of every woman doubles grand slam tournament and a former finalist of the (2015) US Open we believe Vinci can tick the been there and done it box. Unfortunately injury left her short of her best in 2017 and 2018 didn’t start well. However, more recently she bounced back to win three rounds of qualifying here and the first round proper against Martincova. Vinci is the former winner of this tournament (2016), and she leads Julia Goerges 3-0 on head to heads. Their is no doubt that the German girl deserved to win the end of year Moscow, because she had gone close in many other tournaments. The 29 year old started the new campaign by winning Auckland, so it was a bit disappointing to see her lose to Cornet at the Aussie open. We can also add she didn’t close out like expected against Sakkari in the first round here, and she will need to be much sharper here.
STRONG ECONOMY is half the age of BUFFALO BALLET, but he was still 12 lengths behind the Alexander’s runner last time out. Suffice to say a 4 pound turnaround in the weights doesn’t give him the right to reverse that form. We also believe if anything the selection could do better again here, because it was jumping mistakes which cost him his chance in that CD race. This smaller field will at least give Lucy Alexander a better chance to get him into a good rhythm, and it’s that which could count here. KNOCKNAMONA might struggle at the weights, so SHANROE STREET is next best.
HARTSIDE isn’t a premium bet for one reason, he hasn’t won for a while. Nevertheless, he’s been running consistently well and receiving weight from the principals could put the ball in his court. In our opinion THE DARK INVADER needs further and he’s not particularly well h’capped, and the drop back in trip is also a worry for the fav CHANDOS BELLE. Interesting that Zoe Davison is willing to run GEORGIESHORE with a pound extra, because he’s carrying a 7 pound penalty today and he was only due to go up 6 for his win. ARDMAYLE would be my other choice for the placepot, although we feel HARTSIDE is almost certainly in the top three!
BRAVISSIMO is officially the top rated in this small field, but he hasn’t won in nearly a year and he ran poorly last time out. ROBIN DES MANA has a lot to do with his 11-10, while INIS MEAIN won’t be improving at the age of eleven. GOOSE MAN is lightly raced and open to plenty of improvement now he’s chasing. While Tom Taaffe’s six year old is giving 4 pounds to the Mullins runner his slick jumping should hold him in good stead.
Georgia Tech were lucky to get the cover against Clemson but were more or less dominated for large stretches of the game en route to their 4th consecutive loss. It won't get much easier against Syracuse as the Orange bring their vaunted zone defense that plays into Georgia Tech's weaknesses. The Yellow Jackets do not shoot well from the outside and will likely suffer on the boards as well. The Orange haven't really been tested during their recent 3 game winning streak we see them posing a serious match up problem for the hosts. In fact, we would recommend this as a MAX Bet!
#2 ranked Virginia sits at 20-1 on the season and is a perfect 9-0 in conference play after their terrific road win over Duke on Saturday. The Cavaliers' pack line defense has proven to be extremely tough to crack but they will face a Louisville team that brings a very good defense in their own right. The Cardinals have snuck under the radar a bit but after a blowout loss to in-state rival Kentucky, they have won 6 of 8 in conference play and only failed to cover once in that span. The Cardinals should look to play a slowed down game where points come at a premium and with the Cavaliers coming off a massive win, we believe a double digit win will be hard to achieve for the hosts.
It's been a fantastic season for Auburn thus far as they enter tonight's game at 19-2 on the season. On the other side, Ole Miss has been treading water at 11-10 on the year but have been outperforming the market at 6-3 ATS in conference play. The reverse fixture was won by Auburn 85-70 but the score wasn't quite indicative of how the game played out as the Rebels were competitive for much of the game. We expect the hosts to push the pace tonight and pressure the Tigers from the get go. The Rebels have the offense and we expect a shootout as this is their best chance to pull off the upset. On the other side, Auburn is coming off back to back 90 point performances and we expect much the same against a poor Rebels defense that ranks in the bottom half of the country.
The Sky Blues won their last four league matches at home, and at the weekend they knocked league higher Milton Keynes out of the FA cup. In fact, Mark Robins out foot also knocked premier league side Stoke out of that competition, and if we include cup matches they won six in succession at the Ricoh Arena. With only two players sidelined Coventry will fancy their chances of beating a moderate traveller in Cambridge, a team who haven’t won any of their last eleven road games! Normally we would be sceptical about betting any team at short odds in this league, but all arrows point to an home win!
Middlesbrough are close to the play-off places, but they lost back to back at home and are not the most reliable team to be betting at short odds. Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a cup win over Reading at the weekend, and signs are the Owls are improving under their new coach Jos Luhukay. In fact, the visitors are now unbeaten in five matches, and it has to be noted that they only conceded one goal in those games. Team news is another positive aspect and travelling to the Smoggies is just a short drive up the M1!
The Tuckers have already knocked Ajax out of this competition, so they are hardly going to be phased by by playing second division Cambuur. Despite struggling a little in the league, the Tukkers have won the cup twice in the past 17 years and that alone suggests they want it. Cambuur are mid table in the second league, and they won six from their last 8 games. However, they are not particularly good travellers and that theory is supported by a 4-2-6 on the road in the league. Take Twente to win this by more than a goal, because they will want to make sure!
CUT THE MUSTARD was a big let down last time out, and based on that his odds of around 5/4 are a major insult. Yes he’s a Mullins horse thus should improve, but in MOONLIGHT ESCAPE he should at least have a challenge. Davy Russell should be tempted to hold on to this fella a little longer because he wobbled in front last time and was caught on the line. Nevertheless, it’s decent if not spectacular form and he looks a decent bet at 9/4.