For the Cowboys, CB Jourdan Lewis has been ruled out for this game. CB Chidobe Awuzie, LB Luke Gifford and WR Amari Cooper are listed as questionable. The Rams have no injury concerns. The Rams should be one team that's happy about the absence of fans as their stadium is frequently taken over by the visiting teams' fans and with America's team in town, this would have been a road environment for the hosts. Nevertheless, it's also the new stadium that interests us as it's built with extremely fast turf that should benefit both sides' offenses. The Cowboys fired longtime head coach Jason Garrett and replaced him with another veteran Mike McCarthy. While we have a rather low opinion of McCarthy from an X's and O's standpoint, he is a good hire in our opinion as a motivator in a new environment. McCarthy kept much of the previous staff and this Cowboys' offense put up some eye-popping numbers last season. Both teams should play this one fast!
For the Saints, DE Marcus Davenport and OL Cesar Ruiz have been ruled out for this game. S PJ Williams is listed as questionable. For the Buccaneers, WR Mike Evans is questionable. The Buccaneers made the big splash signing in the offseason as longtime Patriots' QB Tom Brady decided to join forces with HC Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay. Brady will have one of the most talented group of receivers to work with but we're not sure the 42 year old is anything more than a league average quarterback at this point of his career as his lack of mobility and declining arm strength are significant handicaps in today's game. While Saints' QB Drew Brees is also up their in age, Brees will not have a new system to work with as Brady does and with no preseason games to work the kinks out, we have to give the edge to the hosts despite the dampened home field advantage. The Saints usually start the season slow but this is a different story facing the 6 time Super Bowl champion and a team with division crown aspirations themselves. We expect the hosts to be focused and ready!
For the Cardinals, OL Josh Jones and KeeSean Johnson have been ruled out for this game. Of note, the Cardinals made a blockbuster trade for superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins and Hopkins will be making his first start with his new team. For the 49ers, CB Jason Verrett and WR Deebo Samuel are both out for this game. WR Brandon Aiyuk, OL Ben Garland and RB Tevin Coleman are questionable. The Cardinals were one of the few teams that gave the Super Bowl runners up some issues last year and much of it was due to their lightning quick QB Kyler Murray. We expect Murray to take another leap this season and with new weapons at his disposal, the Cardinals should be able to keep within striking distance in this game. The Cardinals' defense should improve with new personnel and the 49ers' odds are a bit inflated here in our opinion.
For the Ravens, RB Justice Hill, WR Chris Moore and DT Justin Badubuike have all been ruled out for this game. OG Tyre Phillips is listed as questionable and LB Pernell McPhee is expected to play despite not practicing during the week. For the Browns, OT Chris Hubbard, CB Kevin Johnson, CB Greedy Williams and LB Mack Wilson have all been ruled out for this game. DB MJ Stewart and C JC Tretter are listed as questionable. With no preseason games this year, the advantage definitely goes to teams with continuity and a simplistic offense that doesn't need much practice. The Ravens fit this to a tee as they bring back most of their players on that side of the ball and they ran the ball at the highest rate in the NFL last season. The Browns are on the opposite end of the spectrum as they bring a new coach in Kevin Stefanski who's also responsible for installing a brand new offense. The Browns also have been bit by the injury bug and both their secondary and offensive line are very thin. Despite minimal home field advantage, we expect the Ravens to win this one by double digits!
In the first Sunday NFL slate of the season, we get a marquee matchup between division rivals Vikings and Packers. The Packers won both meetings last year en route to a 13-3 season and a division crown. For the Packers, LB Randy Ramsey is out with a groin injury. DE Montravius Adams and G Billy Turner are both listed as doubtful. S Raven Greene is questionable. The Vikings reported no injuries however they will miss a few key players as DE Danielle Hunter was placed on IR and DT Michael Pierce opted out for the season. While the Packers' 13-3 record from a season ago was arguably a bit of a smokescreen, they showed dominance in this matchup, especially the Packers' defense against the Vikings' offense. We see even more of an advantage for the visitors this year as the Vikings won't enjoy their unusually strong home field advantage (no fans). The Vikings as a team overall should regress in our opinion as they lost some key players on defense and we expect the Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers to play with a little extra motivation after the Packers drafted a QB in the first round. We like their chances to win this outright.
Antwerp is usually great travelers, and they are capable of bouncing back from the last round defeat in Charleroi. Since making it to the top league, The Great Old has done exceptionally well. We have no reason to believe they can’t continue progressing for new manager Ivan Leko because they are a progressive club and two back they did beat Gent. Before the new season starting Antwerp won the Belgium Cup. While the last season was aborted, they where credited 4th place, just two points behind 2nd placed Gent. The only issue for the visitors is handling this artificial surface, because when St Truiden point it’s usually at the Stayen. However, the Kanaries has become a disappointing club, and drawing against a ten-man Eupen suggests this bunch of players isn’t ruthless enough. Before that, they were fortunate to get a point out of Oostende (0-0) because that team missed a penalty. While this match was only drawn last season, but the then visitors started at odds of 1.55 and they won the reverse match!
If Lens can do it, so can Marseille. By that, we mean to beat a badly handicapped PSG. While this match returns to Paris, the problem remains the same for the team of Thomas Tuchal. All of Neymar, Di Maria, Icardi, Marquinhos, Mbappe, Navas, and Paraedes are quarantined. Draxler also missed the last match with a minor muscle injury, he’s also doubtful for today. In that Thursday match, PSG still managed 78% possession, but it was their opponents who pulled off 3-1 shots on target. Six of the players missing all started the recent Champions League final, and we should also mention club captain Silva went off to join Chelsea. Thanks to club owner Frank McCourt, Marseille has the financial resources to compete with the best. Top coach Andre Vilas Boas has a strong 36 man squad, and Les Phoceen’s have just the same three players missing from the team which won the season opener against Brest (2-3). The visitors where 12 points 2nd last season, so a win here would give them a great opportunity to get even closer this term. In any case, +1 gives insurance! If PSG wins by one goal - the bet is void. Understand Asian handicaps!
This is a top quality sprint. To be honest I didn’t expect A’ALI to train on this year, he certainly has and I was proven wrong. However, he’s giving weight to the year older GLASS SLIPPERS, and Kevin Ryan’s filly looks like she’s ready to bounce back. Last time out she chased home the best sprinter in the country and had a few of these behind. This is her time of the year, lets go!
ROSA GOLD keeps winning, but a 10 pound rise and no 5 pound claiming jockey today. The handicapper appears to have caught up with SINGING THE BLUES, and PRINCE IMPERIAL needs to prove he gets the trip. BRIGHT EYED EAGLE was a disappointing favourite at Newbury. However, the ground that day was testing and he shouldn’t be written off on the back of one bad run. Other than that he’s the one with the most scope!
Danuel House is out for the Rockets and for the rest of the season after violating league rules on campus. Dion Waiters is doubtful for the Lakers. The Rockets put up a listless performance in Game 4 as the Lakers jumped out to a large lead before cruising to a 110-100 win. To be frank, we expected more from this veteran team but perhaps House was too big of a distraction for the team to focus. With a seemingly insourmountable 3-1 series lead, the Lakers are expected to move on but the Rockets showed they are close to their level in Game 1 and we still believe this is a team that can compete with the top seed provided they are focused on the task at hand. With the distraction gone, there really shouldn't be any more excuses and as they simply can't play any worse than they did in Game 4, this line move isn't really warranted in our opinion. We expect the Rockets to get one back here but also prefer the safety of the handicap.
US WTA open final - We have this bet here and another in Istanbul. We've been having excellent results, and next weeks WTA Rome will start tomorrow. If you are betting like a pro, you can sign up to our WTA premium service for Roma (€40), or a full month (€100) - Do it now if you want the big stuff email@example.com ------------ Naomi Osaka again showed her resilience in beating Jennifer Brady. The 22 year old didn’t play her best tennis, but she hung in there and used her experience to get past her opponent in three sets. From watching Osaka over the past two weeks, we would say she’s shown a lot of mental toughness. However, she hasn’t always impressed, and the fact is she needed three sets on 3 occasions! Osaka leads head to heads 2-1, and one of those wins was at last years French open. The argument from many is if she can beat Azarenka on clay, she should be able to do the same on hard court. With that said, Victoria Azarenka wasn’t at her best since giving birth to her son, and it’t taken until the last couple of months to find herself again. The 31 year old is in the form of her life, and yesterdays win over Serena Williams tells us she will be very confident!
These two teams met in a recent friendly, Twente landed odds of 1.66 to win 2-1 that day. If we go back to the last aborted season, the teams only met once in Sittard and again the Tukkers (2-3) won. About that match, they played half the game with a man less. The two goals from Sittard where an ‘’own-goal’’, and the other was the last kick of the game (95th min). The hosts have appointed a new manager in Ron Jans, and the squad size is 22. For now, no major injuries are reported! Sittard has changed a large part of their squad, and they cashed-in €1.8M for player trades. A new manager arrived in the shape of Kevin Hofland, and they won their other two pre-season friendlies against 2nd league teams! It’s surprising to note Sittard only played 3 friendlies compared to 5 for Twente (3-2-0) because the visitors made massive changes to infrastructure. Maybe the new man in charge believes friendlies are a waste of time, it’s just that we see it slightly different!