Nao Hibino leads Eugenie Bouchard 2-0, and one of those matches was this month in Hiroshima. However, we should point out that it was a close match, and Hibino was playing in her own country. Suffice to say, we believe Bouchard was disadvantaged then, but that won’t be the case in Tashkent. We all know that Genie is one of those players who didn’t train on. By that we mean she was a teenage wonder and reached a career high rank of 5, and that compares to 115 going into this match. Nevertheless, she’s shown some signs of improving, and we believe she can get the better of an average Hibino today!
Tatjana Maria seems to play more tennis than anyone, and she’s alright when the level is low. However, we can’t understand why she’s such short odds against Natalia Vikhlyantseva, because the 21 year old is much more talented. While it’s fair to point out that Vikhlyantseva isn’t that reliable, she’s got a much deeper game than that of Maria. The biggest question facing the Russian will be confidence. If Natalia can stay focused, she real is the better player!
For those of you who don’t know much about WTA, Su-Wei Hsieh is very different to all the other girls. By that we mean she plays double handed on both the fore and backhand. On a positive note the 32 year old is having a really good season (37/20), and she will certainly expect to do well in front of her own fans. Nineteen year old Sofia Kenin is getting it together, and she recently ranked at a career high 62. Two qualification wins here have given Kenin a taste of the court, and Beating Monica Niculescu is a decent standard. The biggest challenge for the American could be staying focused, because her opponents game does have a tendency to throw certain players. Nevertheless, Kenin is improving and looks an interesting contender.
Daria Gavrilova is usually well prepared for tournaments, and she will want to do well here. Last week in Tokyo the 24 year old got the better of Kristyna Pliskova, but she couldn’t get past her sister Karolina in the next round. To be fair, Dasha had a very hard first match, and maybe that left it’s mark. All the same, she did well under the circumstances. On a good day Jelena Ostapenko could hit through most players, and she’s certainly got a stronger game than her opponent. However, the Latvian has a tendency to mess things up, and she’s not been at the same level this year. We are keen on Dasha, because we are not convoked that Jelena will be fired up for this!
Starting pitchers are Trevor Richards for the hosts and Michael Lorenzen for the visitors. Michael Lorenzen is making another start as the "opener" after throwing the first 4 innings against the Brewers on Tuesday, allowing just 1 unearned run. Nevertheless, we weren't too convinced by Lorenzen's performance and believe he was a bit lucky with batted balls. In addition, we still believe Lorenzen adds a hitting threat from the pitcher's spot as well as he has proven to be more than capable in that regard. Trevor Richards enters this game with a 4.95 ERA and an xFIP not too much better at 4.48. Richards does strike out a batter an inning but his walk rate is an astronomical 4.07 BB/9 and his home run rate is high as well at 1.20 HR/9 despite pitching half of his games at Marlins Park. Richards has really struggled down the stretch and hasn't shown the ability to last deep into games, exposing their NL-worst bullpen. Despite the pitcher-friendly venue, we see runs for both sides.
Starting pitchers are JA Happ for the hosts and Alex Cobb for the visitors. After a brief stint on the DL, Alex Cobb was cleared to pitch again after a succesful bullpen session and we believe there's really no reason Cobb wouldn't be pitching unless he's completely over the blisters, as the Orioles clearly have no postseason hopes. Cobb suffered through a disastrous start of the season but he did show progress in the 2nd half and was on a terrific run of form before being sidelined due to the blisters. Not much of a strikeout threat, Cobb relies on his offspeed stuff and his ability to generate ground balls at a high clip should suit him well in hitter friendly Yankee Stadium. On the other side, JA Happ has been a fantastic pickup for the Yankees midseason but with the clinching of a playoff spot, we have to wonder if they are fully invested in this game, even as they would like to secure the home wild card game. At any rate, the Orioles have been competitive in this matchup this season in our opinion and their bullpen was terrific yesterday in an extra innings loss. We believe odds are a bit inflated!
The Seahawks have put up valiant fights in Week 1 and 2 but both games ending in losses have highlighted the complete disarray this team is in, especially with respect to injuries. WR Doug Baldwin remains out as well as LB KJ Wright LB Mychal Kendricks and CB Byron Maxwell on the defensive side of the ball. LB Bobby Wagner appears to be a go after missing last week but now S Earl Thomas is questionable. The Seahawks poor OL will again be tested today from the dangerous Cowboys pass rush and Russell Wilson's M.O. in these situations has been a high risk high reward style of playing, leading to either big plays or turnovers. The Cowboys, despite winning Week 2 against the Giants, have still shown an anemic offense but we believe they should get a boost tonight as the Seahawks' decimated defense shouldnt' provide much resistance. Getting RB Ezekiel Elliot is really all the Cowboys have to do to set up hard play action for QB Dak Prescott who has struggled in the pocket this year due to pressure. We don't believe the Seahawks' makeshift defense is in any position to match what the Panthers did or even what the Giants did and so with all things considered, this looks like a higher scoring game than as suggested by the low total!
Two 0-2 teams face off as the Texans host the Giants at Houston. The Texans as expected lost their Week 1 matchup against the Patriots but lost a winnable game against a Blaine Gabbert led Titans last week that was highlighted by an excruciatingly bad decision by DeShaun Watson on the final play of the game. The Giants looked lifeless on Sunday night as they fell to the Cowboys after their Week 1 loss to the Jaguars. Neither team inspires much but we've been extremely impressed by Giants RB Saquon Barkley and believe he will be a force to be reckoned with here against a Texans defense that's struggled to stop the run in their first 2 games, allowing over 300 yards of rushing. QB Eli Manning is well past his prime but he does appear to fare much better on the road, perhaps as there is less pressure and glare of the New York media. At any rate, we believe a heavy dose of Saquon Barkley will open things up for Manning and keep the pressure off from the Texans dangerous pass rush which will in turn allow him to use play action to get the ball to Odell Beckham and TE Evan Engram. On the other side, Watson is a QB we rate highly despite the poor decision making from last week but we believe he's still shaking off some rust and will be facing a solid Giants' secondary. We actually believe the hosts are on upset alert here but for the sake of this bet, we'll play it safe with the points!
Both teams enter this game on a bit of a letdown as the Redskins lost in tame fashion to the Colts at home 21-9 and the Packers raced out to a 20-7 lead before a furious Vikings 4th quarter rally took the game into overtime where it eventually ended in a 29-29 tie. The major injury news involves QB Aaron Rodgers who suffered a sprained MCL in their Week 1 game against the Bears and he is listed as probable. We believe Rodgers will of course suit up but as seen last week, his mobility was severely limited and he was sacked 4 times by the Vikings defense. The Redskins' defense doesn't quite have the name recognition as a stout defense as the Vikings but they were a top 10 unit last season and have a terrific pass rush that should pose issues to the Packers front line. As bad as the Redskins looked last week, they still have a dangerous offense in our opinion with Chris Thompson out of the backfield and a solid receiver corps to go along with one of the best tight ends in the league in Jordan Reed. We expect Jay Gruden to employ an aggressive style of defense to force the issue with an injured Aaron Rodgers and we have very little faith the Packers secondary can hold up here. We like the hosts to win this one outright!
The Bengals enter this game riding high off their Thursday night victory over the Ravens that saw their team go to 2-0 on the season, winning both their games by the exact same 34-23 score. The Panthers began the season with a 16-8 win over the punchless Dallas Cowboys but dropped their game last week to division rival Atlanta 31-24. TE Greg Olsen remains out along with LB Thomas Davis who is serving his suspension. In addition, the Panthers are a little thin on their OL as Trai Turner is out with a concussion in addition to Daryl Williams and Matt Kalil who are on IR. However, we like the emergence of the Panthers' passing game with Devin Funchess and dynamic slotback Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. While the Bengals do have a decent pass rush, we are still not believers in their secondary and believe they will be exposed today. On the other side, Bengals QB Andy Dalton has looked fantastic but he is still a quarterback that struggles on the road and outside of a dome, we feel he won't have the same success as in Weeks 1 and 2. LB Vontaze Burfict remains out with a suspension and RB Joe Mixon is also ruled out, leaving the Bengals a bit one-dimensional in our opinion. Hosts to win this somewhat comfortably.
The Eagles will welcome the return of a familiar face today as franchise quarterback Carson Wentz will make his first start since tearing his ACL nearly a year ago. In addition, the visiting Colts will also have a familiar face in that of head coach Frank Reich, who was the Eagles' offensive coordinator for the past two years. While Wentz should provide a boost for an Eagles offense that's been lackluster to start the season, we're tempering our expectations as we're not fully convinced that he is completely healthy and at the very least, believe his mobility will be limited. While welcoming back Wentz, the Eagles will miss RB Jay Ajayi as well as Darren Sproles and WR Mike Wallace and WR Alshon Jeffery is doubtful. In our opinion, the Eagles will have to rely on short to intermediate balls to Nelson Agholor and their TE Zach Ertz which matches up poorly against a Colts' secondary that's been surprisingly stout this year, limiting Tyler Eifert in week 1 and Jordan Reed in Week 2, 2 of the better tight ends in the league. On the other side, QB Andrew Luck appears to be back in form but he faces a much more formidable defense and in some inclement weather as well. All things considered, we believe the total is a tick too high.
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