Amanda Anisimova won two tiebreakers against Donna Vekic to progress into this 2nd round. However, while the 19-year-old showed better mental strength than her opponent, we didn’t see anything special in her play. Dayana Yastremska needs to take a ‘’be sensible’’ pill. The 20-year-old Ukrainian is either excellent or stupid, there doesn’t appear to be any middle with her. Needing three sets and 2:36 to get past Giorgi was not an ideal start, but at least she got through! The thing is she bounced back from missing a match point in the 2nd set, so that tells us she wants it! Neither player is bombproof, but Yastremska is in better form!
GLOBAL HERO is returning from a two-year absence, he’s got something to prove. NICKLAUS represents a good partnership, it’s just that his form wouldn’t be good enough. GLEN FORCE is consistent, while KING RAGNAR finds this a bit far. I’m with VIA SERENDIPITY because he should settle better on this turning track and he was forced to race wide last time out. Hayley on board is enough!
Good race for the track, and we should get some betting value here. Afterall, CHAPMANSHYPE is carrying a massive weight, the favourite is worth taking on. TIGHT CALL looked really fit for his seasonal return, in my opinion he’s unlikely to improve enough to defy his new mark. SKIDDAW VIEW is entitled to go close, and BEANO is a great credit to his trainer. All that said, WEATHER FRONT is the bet, and we like him moving up in trip. His recent runs on the flat where sound enough, and he’s a late maturing improver who can live with a mark of 129.
Vincent Poirier and Javonte Green remain out for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward has also been ruled out for Game 1 though the expectation is that he will return at some point in this series. For the heat, Gabe Vincent and Chris Silva remain out. First off, we'd like to recommend a series bet on the Celtics as this is a relatively good matchup for them and we rate them a fair bit better than their opponent. The Celtics are the more complete team in our opinion with versatile 2-way players whereas the Heat are a bit more gimmicky and overly reliant on their 3 point shooting. Both coaches are excellent and this should be a real chess match in Game 1 as neither side wants to show their hand too much. Nevertheless, we expect a good offensive output from both sides and fresh legs should give an edge to the Heat's 3 point shooting. Boston should wear them down eventually but for Game 1, we expect the Heat to put up a good shooting effort and the Celtics overall scoring talent at every level should allow them to keep up and run out in transition at every opportunity. While both teams also play excellent defense, we believe the offenses will show out in Game 1!
Despite not being the slickest of jumpers, BERING UPSUN improved over fences. Returning to hurdles with a 3 pound lower mark is a good starting point, and he’s the type to go particularly well fresh. Conditions won’t be an issue, and he comes from a stable which had two winners from their last five runners. The Champion jockey is on board, and receiving weight from the other principals are bonus factors!
WTA Premium pick - We sent 6 to subscribers, this is the one from them we are giving free users. The Daria Kasatkina boat as been sinking pretty fast. The 23-year-old went 14/21 in 2019, and her balance this season is just 12/11. The former number 10 in the world dropped to rank 74, so it’s probably best not to get excited about qualifying wins this week! Vera Zvonareva is a returning to work mother. In our opinion, she’s been applying herself well, and recent wins over Siegemund, Linette, Kovinic, and Sharma are positive results. If we go back to 2019 Vera beat Kasatkina in the QF of St Petersburg, and if anything she’s improved since. The winner of $14.2M prize money and former finalist of Wimbledon and the US Open is expected to be competitive here! Vera to punish her opponents serve!
PREMIUM PICK - You are getting both of our subscribers picks for free today. If you want a whole season of football the price is €1200 to the end of July 2021. To get on board and bet alongside a top betting syndicate - firstname.lastname@example.org As you may or may not know, AZ Alkmaar was sharing first place with Ajax when last seasons Dutch league was abruptly canceled. It was a real shame because the Cheeseheads had already beaten the reigning champions. Furthermore, they also stuffed PSV (0-4) on the road! That brings us to the next point, AZ where the best travelers in the league, and that’s something we are very familiar with. If you look back over the past ten Eredivisie seasons, Alkmaar has always ended higher in the away chart than at home. They have always deployed tactics to get the ball up the field quickly (counter-attack), and that’s why they are so effective on the road. Arne Slot has managed to keep the core of his team for the new season, and AZ was not asked to play the opening round at the weekend! 75-year-old Romanian Mircea Lucescu is the new boss of Dynamo Kyiv. His team has played two league matches, and in the last one, they could only draw at home to Desna. The appointment of the new manager is probably down to how far Dynamo has fallen behind Shakhtar Donetsk in the league. Last season, the distance to the champions was a whopping 23 points, and they only had 1 + 3 point advantages over the next pair in the table! The hosts have a history in this competition, but based on our knowledge they are behind this level for now!
At the weekend, Montpellier where good (3-2) winners against Nice. Michel De Zakarian’s team had just 37% possession, but other stats stood up well. La Paillade had 20-9 goal attempts, and more to the point 13-1 shots on target. We should point out Montpellier’s goal tally would have been better again if the opponents goalkeeper hadn’t pulled-off some stunning saves. However, at the same time, we need to point at the performance of Nice and say it had nothing to do with professional football! One thing is certain, todays opponent Lyon are going to be a much tougher opponent. While Rudi Garcia’s men couldn’t find a winner (0-0) in Bordeaux, they where the much better team. In fact, they limited that opponent to 45% possession, and just 5 goal attempts of which none where on target. Lyon on the other hand had 20 attempts, so it was disappointing when just three tested the opponents GK. Nevertheless, Lyon have already beaten Dijon 4-1, and this team was recently competing in the semi final of the Champions league. Beating Man City 1-3 is the only thing we need to point at!!
PREMIUM PICK - Norrkoping started the season well, but one win in the last 9 league games is a worry. What happened to the supposed Championship challenge of Beijing is anyone's guess? although coach Jens Gustafsson suggested confidence is affecting his players. On that note, we believe the Norrkoping boss is partly to blame for continually changing his starting XI. In that recent 2-2 with Ostersunds Gustafsson made 5 substitutions, and the team looked very disjointed! Kalmar is better league positions suggest, and they were a tad unfortunate to lose the reverse game (1-2). A recent 1-1 in Helsingborg and 3-3 in Hammarby tell us the hosts can handle such an opponent, and they need to start pointing! Odds for the Beijing are attractive!
WTA PREMIUM - We continue to kill it with our WTA picks. To join this better than ever service, you can sign up for WTA Rome for €40 or a full month (French open included) for €150. ——We have 5 picks today, this is one we are giving for free users! ——— email@example.com ———— We find these odds biased. At last years French open, Anna Blinkova won through qualifying followed with wins against Garcia and Gasparyan. In the end only Madison Keys could stop the Russian, and she needed all three sets. A week earlier Blinkova was making the final of Trnava, and she just qualified here past Stefanie Voegele. While the 22 year old has a negative season balance, she’s decent on clay. Jil Teichmann came back from the enforced break with a final in Lexington. She beat both Rogers and Collins at the Cincinnati classic, but at the US open she was ejected in the first round by Aliona Bolsova. The Swiss girl has her highest proportion of wins on clay (67%), and last year she was 25/6 on the surface. Nevertheless, she shouldn’t be such short odds.
For the Steelers, OG David DeCastro didn't practice Saturday and has been ruled out for this game. QB Ben Roethlisberger also didn't practice but is fully expected to start his first game since missing most of last season due to elbow surgery. For the Giants, LB Tae Crowder, WR Golden Tate and TE Levine Toilolo are listed as questionable. It's been almost a year away from football for Roethlisberger and there are legitimate questions surrounding his elbow and if he will have the same arm strength moving forward. Nevertheless, all reports from training camp seem to be positive and his mere presence should provide a massive morale boost to the Steelers who had some of the worst starting quarterbacks in his absence. The Steelers are one of the more complete teams in the league with no one that opted out due to COVID-19 and their defense in particular should create all kinds of problems for the Giants who have struggled moving the ball for going on 3 seasons now. The Steelers simply have all the favourable matchups as the Giants struggle to defend the run and to pressure the quarterback, two key areas that will allow Roethlisberger to get into a rhythm and back into form. The Giants have a new coach at the helm and while he's made some noise going back to old school tactics in practice, all we see is a lot of bluster and nothing proven from the former special teams coach. It's been 2 long years out of the playoffs for the proud Pittsburgh franchise and we expect this year to start off with an emphatic victory.
PREMIUM RACING - We have 4 bets today, and the big money is going down on one on France at nice odds. We have two places for new Racing subscribers for €150 per month (circa 130-140 tips), or €400 to end of 2020.......... Be quick to join the big winners firstname.lastname@example.org -------- VIADUCT is reappearing rather late, he’s got decent form but absence suggests something was wrong! The likes of MEDIEVAL and POETIC FORCE appear exposed, the opposite is true of CAPTAIN CLARET. Georgia Dobie gave the 3 year old a good front running rider at the last meeting here, he can only get better and CD form is always a positive at this tricky track!