Cagliari started the campaign well, but more recently injuries have got in the way and they are now 8 league games without a win. In the last round, a red card didn’t help the Islanders cause in losing 1-4 to Napoli. Nevertheless, that alone can’t be blamed on a performance which lacked conviction. The fact is the team from Sardinia managed just one shot on target and they were trailing the Partenopei 2-1 when Lykogiannis saw a 2nd yellow card on 65 minutes. In our opinion, Di Francesco’s team should have lost by a much bigger margin and they where fortunate that the other 8 on-target shots from Napoli didn’t find the back of the net! The hosts are without Carboni (Covid), Godin, Klavan, Rog, Farago, Ounas, and Luvumbo, while Lykogiannis is suspended. Benevento is a mid-table tenth, not a bad effort from a newly promoted team. The way this team are performing suggests they are comfortable in this league, so now it’s just a matter of keep pointing! Former Italian international Filippo Inzaghi is the boss of the visitors, he’s clearly doing a great job. To be fair, he’s receiving plenty of assistance from the ambitious owners who invested in the right players. While the visitors lost in the last round to league leaders AC Milan, a missed penalty didn’t help their cause. Prior to that, they had won back to back in Udinese and Genoa, and there was also a recent draw against Lazio! Benevento won’t have Letizia, Volta, Caldirola, Tello, Iago Falque, Viola, or Mancini available, in our opinion, they still gel without those absentees! The Islanders used to be a force at home, but with no fans, they don’t seem to have the same advantage. We have no hesitation in going all-in with Benevento!
Every tipster in the racing post as gone for the favourite CASTLEBAR. He’s improved since being gelded, and a mark of 84 looks about right. His trainer Charlie Appleby is 3/3 over the past fortnight, albeit none of his runners won by more than 0.5L and they were odds of 10/11, 6/4, 2/1. BOOK OF SECRETS is receiving 10 pounds from the jolly, and the son of FREE EAGLE improved since joining Amy Murphy.
TOURNAMENT WINNER - Great to have WTA back. We are sending 6 first round bets to subscribers, two have already been sent for tomorrow. For Free users we are adding this tournament winner pick!!—————Not a big prize money tournament ($565,530 up for grabs), but it’s attracted a quality field. With regards to the principals, in our opinion Karolina Pliskova is beatable. While she’s a former number one, her last year finished with a moderate 16/10. To be fair, the Czech is usually well prepared for season openers, but from our experience getting married seems to take away the edge from WTA players. Aryna Sabalenka is a powerful player who looks good when winning. However, she’s not the most consistent and would need everything to go right. WTA number 4 Sofia Kenin is the top ranked at this tournament, and she gets a bye in the first round. From past experience, she usually needs a tournament or two to find her best form. Maybe this season will be different, but she’s too much of a stuffy player to come out flying. Elina Svitolina as Jessica Pegula in the first round, that could be a lot more difficult than the betting suggests. We considered Elena Rybakina because she’s capable of flying out the traps. However, she will need to improve on last seasons efforts, and as with Anett Kontaveit she’s got something to prove. An outsider who could do well is Karolina Muchova, and Cori Gauff is in good hands and can be expected to improve further.With that said, if we did have a back-up bet it would probably be Jennifer Brady, she’s ultra competitive and will be more confident than ever. With all that said…. For the winner we want a punt on Elise Mertens. While she’s got a tough first round opponent (Alize Cornet), the 25 year old is one of the most professional players on tour. The Belgium players rank of 20 doesn’t represent her true ability, and we can be sure she’s fully wound up for the season opener.
For the Colts, OT Will Holden, S Khari Willis and CB Rock Ya-Sin have all been ruled out for this game. WR Michael Pittman Jr. is listed as questionable. For the Jaguars, WR DJ Chark Jr., WR Collin Johnson and RB James Robinson have all been ruled out for this game. RB Nathan Cottrell is listed as questionable. The Jaguars' defense is in shambles at the moment and can hardly stop a poor offense let alone a good efficient one as they will face today. the Colts will play all their starters as they are still fighting for a playoff spot and we expect them to leave nothing to chance here and put points on the board early and often. The Jaguars, despite starting their 3rd string quarterback and having a few skill position players out have still shown competency through the air and we expect them to carry their share of the scoring as well. Final game of the season we tend to see fireworks in these situations where one team has nothing to lose against a division fival so that's how we're going to play it!
For the Bears, CB Jaylon Johnson and CB Buster Skrine have both been ruled out for this game. TE Demetrius Harris, S Deon Bush, TE Cole Kmet, S Tashaun Gipson and WR/RB Cordarrelle Patterson are all listed as questionable. For the Packers, DL Kingsley Keke and OT David Bakhtiari have both been ruled out for this game. OG Simon Stepaniak is listed as questionable. The Packers were dealt a major blow this week as their LT David Bakhtiari tore his ACL in practice and will miss the remainder of the season. Bakhtiari's absence opens things up for the fierce Bears' pass rush which can really make QB Aaron Rodgers uncomfortable in the pocket as evidenced by his numbers under pressure. The Bears have really come on strong late in the season and it's in no small part due to their improved run game that gives them much more balance. The stars are aligning for the head coach Matt Nagy's team to sneak into the playoffs and we believe they can win this game outright. Nevertheless, we will take the safety of the 4.5 point head start!
For the Rams, QB Jared Goff, WR Cooper Kupp, RB Darrell Henderson and LB Micah Kiser have all been ruled out for this game. LB Leonard Floyd and RB Cam Akers are listed as questionable. QB John WOlford is expected tos tart in place of Goff. For the Cardinals, S Budda Baker, RB Chase Edmonds, WR Larry Fitzgerald, TE Darrell Daniels and TE Maxx Williams are all listed as questionable. QB Kyler Murray is expected to play. WR Christian Kirk will miss this game. Murray is battling through injuries but the Rams have major issues with their starting quarterback, top wide receiver and top running back all forced to watch this game from the sidelines. We have very little faith in the backup John Wolford and this is a matchup the Cardinals have fared extremely well the past few seasons under the current Rams' regime. We can see this going only one way!
For the Patriots, C David Andrews, OL Shaq Mason and RB Damien Harris have all been ruled out for this game. LB Terez Hall, LB Anfernee Jennings, DB Devin McCourty, LB JaWhaun Bentley, DL Adam Butler, LB Shilique Calhoun, LS Joe Cardona, DL Byron Cowart, OL Jermaine Eluemunor, PK Nick Folk, DL Lawrence Guy, OL Justin Herron, DB JC Jackson, WR Donte Moncrief, WR Matthew Slater and DB Justin Bethel are all listed as questionable. For the Jets, CB Blessuan Austin, CB Javelin Guidry and WR Jeff Smith are questionable. The Patriots are expected to rest some key players as seen from the lengthy injury report but this is a bargain price facing one of the worst teams in the league. Furthermore, Jets' head coach Adam Gase is expected to be let go at the end of the game today regardless of the result as leaked in a report and this type of information can have a negative effect on not just Gase but the entire football team. Nevertheless, the Jets while on a hot streak of 2 consecutive wins are still a dysfunctional unit and we believe the well coached players on the Patriots will do enough to get the victory.
For the Bills, WR Cole Beasley and TE Reggie Gilliam have both been ruled out for this game. TE Tyler Kroftt was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will also miss this game. For the Dolphins, WR Jakeem Grant, OG Solomon Kindley, DE Shaq Lawson and WR DeVante Parker are all listed as questionable. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss this game. QB Tua Tagovailoa will start again after being benched late in last week's game against the Raiders. The Bills are suspected to be resting some players today with a playoff spot sewn up but this is still a top offensive team in the league and we believe they still have dynamic playmakers that can move the ball and put up some points. This total is simply too low for this Bills team even with an excellent defense on the other side. The Dolphins are still fighting to ensure a playoff berth and should have a good matchup against a Bills' defense that struggles to generate pressure. We see points for both sides!
HIGHWAY ONE won his first race last time out. The 7-year-old was a super game in fending off the opposition in that flat race at Lingfield. Prior to that, he had run really well to be 4th of 9 at Fontwell for today's jockey. That race was over an inadequate trip, so stepping up to 2M4F should be more beneficial. RJ is booked again, and the former champion isn’t here for a day out!
Aaron Anderson won on OLIVER’S ISLAND at Wetherby. He’s unpenalised for that, and his jockey gets to take off an additional 3 pounds today. While the 9-year-old at least knows how to win, he really wouldn’t be better than this mark of 79. Ten times raced maiden NOTHING MAN jumps out on his recent Huntingdon 2nd. That was his first run for Sam Allwood, and the winner followed up next time out. Chances are the 7 years old will do better again, so why not!
Parma has a very good record against today's opponent Torino. In fact, they lost just two from the last 16 meetings, and they were back in the 2014/15 season. It’s interesting to see that the bookmakers opened up with the visitors has favourites. After all, they are bottom of the table and only won one from 14 games this season. Maybe the recent 1-1 against Napoli is one of the reasons for these odds because it can’t be down to team news! With regards to the host, Parma failed to win any of their last 5 league games, and losing in Crotone doesn’t auger well. With that said, we believe Fabio Liverani’s team were a bit unfortunate that day, and to be fair they only lost twice at home. The hosts are likely to give Juan Brunetta a start because he made a difference when coming on against Crotone. Gervinho is likely to miss out through injury, but outside of that, we are not seeing any player issues with Vincent Laurini and Matteo Scozzarella available again. Giampaolo will be able to call back last round suspended Lyanco, so expect him to replace Alessandro Buongiorno. Like with the host, Il Toro can’t use missing players as an excuse! At these odds Parma every time!
Chelsea has been struggling of late, and Frank Lampard needs to get it sorted out. On a more upbeat note, the Blues are usually up for big games, and we are expecting to see the best XI today. The hosts are 4-3-1 at home, and they can usually be relied upon to find the back of the net at Stamford Bridge. In fact, Chelsea is the 2nd highest scoring home (18) team in the league, and they are facing a team who managed just 7 goals from 7 away games. According to the coach, playmaker Hakim Ziyech is available following a recent injury. Whether he starts or participates for the whole match remains to be seen. Surely the Chelsea boss will be considering big summer signing Kai Havertz again, although his countryman Werner wouldn’t be guaranteed a first-team start. Giroud or Abraham will lead the line, and considering to opposition Kante is likely to play a bit deeper today. Either Silva or Zouma could be facing competition from Rudiger for the centre back spots, he did well in the last game. With that said, a couple of players could be shipping out during this transfer window, and we are not privy to the internal politics of Chelsea. On paper, only defender Reece James is sidelined because of a minor hamstring problem. Citizens have the same amount of points has Chelsea and two games in hand. However, Pep Guardiola’s side is missing several key players for this match, and they had their last match called off following an outbreak of coronavirus. What we do know is right-back Kyle Walker, and striker Gabriel Jesus are injured. Goalkeeper Ederson tested positive for Corona, and there are three other unnamed players with the same issue. Gundogan and Garcia are doubts, the rest remains to be seen! We trust Chelsea to bounce back today, and we have no doubt about which team will be fully fired up for this game. Considering home advantage and the current situation, Lampard’s men should be shorter odds than this!