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Carl Frampton v Horacio Garcia Boxing Winner Odds & Predictions – November 18th, 2017

Sports Betting
Carl Frampton returns to the ring for the first time since losing against Leo Santa Cruz back in January. He takes on Mexico's Horacio Garcia at the Odyssey in Belfast on Saturday night and “The Jackal” needs a big, convincing performance in this one, especially with the eyes of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez watching on from ringside as he supports his fellow countryman Garcia. Frampton’s loss to Leo Santa Cruz was the first loss of his professional career and the Northern Ireland star is the massive odds-on favourite at 1/100 with bet365 to collect a win in this one. It certainly won’t be the toughest opponent that Frampton has ever met, but now this is just a rebuilding process to get back to the top. There is no belt, nothing at stake in this one other than a reset victory that Frampton needs. After that majority decision defeat to Santa Cruz, Frampton is now 23-1 in his career record with fourteen knockouts in that sequence. Frampton can be backed at 4/9 with bet365 to win by KO TKO or Disqualification on Saturday night in what is a big bill in Belfast. Frampton believes that the presence of Alvarez will just heap more pressure on Garcia instead of him. Alvarez lost that epic famous bout against Gennady Golovkin just back in September, suffering his first professional fight of his career. Garcia holds a professional career record of 33-3-1 from his 37 fights and he is just a bit of a journeyman more than anything not really ever looking close to getting to the top of the sport. His big success was winning the WBC World Super Bantamweight title back in 2010. He has had a busy year though as this will be his fight of 2017. He rattled off wins over Josu Veraza and Fernando Vargas in the first half of the year, the latter on the big stage at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. He then suffered a loss against Diehl Olguin in July before getting revenge over the same opponent in mid-September with a TKO. He must know that he is being used as nothing more than a stepping stone by Frampton and Garcia is massive 16/1 underdog at bet365. Frampton, of course, has bigger plans. He really wants another crack at Leo Santa Cruz as it is one each between the two fighters now. The Other name that Frampton has mentioned as a target is Lee Selby but first things first, he needs to rebuild confidence with a positive win in this one. He’ll likely deliver it too and Frampton can finish this under 7.5 rounds for a quote of even money easily.

Wales v Australia Rugby Betting Odds & Preview – 11th November, 2017

Rugby Betting
It’s a big opener to the Autumn Series of internationals for Wales as they welcome Australia. Owen Williams is going to get a chance to show off his attacking skills as he comes into the centre to face the Wallabies for the first time. While this is a game in which there is going to be a lot of pressure on Williams now, it is the defensive midfield area which is more likely going to be the key factor in Wales winning this one. There is no Justin TIpuric, Sam Warburton or Dan Lydiate around for the Welsh in this one and they are going into the game with a new look back row, Gatland rewarding form from his players. Wales will have seen how much Japan recently disputed Australia at the breakdown and that will be a great area for the Welsh to get under the skin of the visitors in. That is where Toby Faletau and Josh Navidi are going to have a chance to shine. Wales had a disappointing Six Nations campaign this year winning just two of their five matches and finishing second from bottom of the table. They have produced a W4 L3 record for the calendar year in their internationals and the defeats were against France and Scotland out on the road in the Six Nations while suffering a home loss at the Millennium Stadium against England. In their short summer tour, they took wins over Tonga and Samoa. They are a price of 17/10 at bet365 to pull of the home win. In the Wales v Australia head to head, there have been 40 previous matches and the Australians have won 29 of those and have drawn one. The Wallabies are currently on a record winning streak against the Welsh, having won each of their last twelve against them, a run stretching back to 28th November 2009. That's some pretty strong form them and Australia are 1/2 odds on favourites with Bet365 to win this game. Australia found New Zealand too much to handle in the Rugby Championship this year, losing both games against the All Blacks, while drawing their two matches against South Africa and winning both against Argentina. So in the 2017 calendar year, Australia have gone W6 D2 L3. Two of those defeats were against New Zealand as mentioned and the other was a shock loss at home in Sydney against Scotland in the summer, the Wallabies going down 19-24. But they do have the form against Wales and on their last visit to Wales, back on November 5th, 2016, they ran out easy 32-8 winners. They will have a battle on their hands but they will still be expecting to deliver a win. The Wallabies get Will Genia and Bernard Foley for the game, who both sat out their win over Japan last weekend. Australia beat the Japanese by 33 points, but they were under huge pressure at the breakdown with Japan doing a fantastic job of disrupting their play. Marika Koroibete goes as 8/1 bet365 First Try scorer favourite.

England v Argentina Rugby Betting Odds & Preview

Rugby Betting
So the excitement of the Autumn Series of Rugby internationals starts at Twickenham for England on the weekend as they play host to Argentina. Head Coach Eddie Jones has given a rest to Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje for the match. There was a suggestion from him that he was going to rest some of the players from the British and Irish Lions Tour but he has thrown in some of them like Mako Vunipola and Elliot Daly into the mix. Henry Slade after his performance on the tour of Argentina earlier this year has seen in him in ahead of Alex Lozowski at 12. Whichever way you look at it, there is going to be a strong England side out on Saturday and Dylan Hartley will again captain the side. While this, of course, is not the toughest match that England are going to be playing this year, it is a good opener for them and they can warm up for their big clash against Australia the following weekend, before finishing off their Autumn action against Samoa. This is all building towards the Six Nations early next year of course. England won the 2017 Six Nations, despite losing their final match against Ireland. That loss is their only one of 2017 and they have suffered only the one defeat in their last twenty one internationals now. So they will be heavy favourites for this one of course and beat Argentina twice in the summer. Overall these two nations have come into contact 22 times before and England have won seventeen and drawn one of those. Argentina’s last success over England was in June 2009 and have lost their subsequent eight games against them. Eddie Jones had a great look at the depth that is available to him as a second string England went out to Tour Argentina and they beat the Pumas in both Tests, the first one a 34-4 win and then finishing with a 25-10 victory over the South Americans. There doesn’t look to be much danger of England not winning this one and so it’s to the handicap market where an England -20 at bet365 is a price of 10/11. Argentina once again failed to make an impact in the Rugby Championship this year as they lost all six of their matches and took a defensive hammering. The Pumas have completed nine matches this year so they have been busy and they have been busy losing in most of them. They have lost all of those fixtures this year and their only triumph was a victory against Georgia. Each of their last six defeats have been by a margin of seventeen points or bigger. The Pumas are 8/1 price at bet36 to pull off an almighty shock in this one.

ATP Next Gen Finals 2017 Tennis Winner Odds & Preview

Tennis Betting
The ATP World Tour Finals will be coming up soon, but before that, this week features the ATP Next Gen Finals which is a 21-and-under tournament for the rising stars in the men’s game. This is an eight man field and this rewards the best singles players from over the course of the season who are 21 and under. This is the inaugural tournament and it is being hosted in Milan and presents a good look at the future of the game.


Qualification for the ATP Next Gen Finals was through the Emirates ATP Race to Milan throughout the season. Points were earned for performances throughout the regular season at events and the top seven players amassing the most points automatically qualified for the ATP Next Gen Finals. The eighth spot at the tournament was held back for an Italian wildcard to add a bit of home interested into the event (which is rank outsider Gianluigi Quinzi). The tournament will stay in Milan for five years.

Qualified Players and Withdrawals

Alexander Zverev was the clear front runner in qualification, amassing over 4,000 points and being ranked number four in the ATP Tour anyway, he was going to cruise to a place in the Next Gen Finals. But he has passed it up for preparations ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals instead. Andrey Rublev and Karan Khachanov are the only two players then to have qualified for this tournament with more than 1,000 points in the Race to Milan. Qualified players (world ranking in brackets) Andrey Rublev (35), Karan Hahanov (44), Denis Shapovalov (49) Borna Coric (51), Jared Donaldson (54), Chung Hyeon (55), Daniil Medvedev (64), Gianluigi Quinzi (56).

Rules and Technology

The rules are a little different for this tournament because these matches will be the best of five sets but only the first to four games in each set. There will be a tie break if a set goes to 3-3 and in a tiebreak it will be a No-Ad format (no advantage) which means that it is a race to just four points instead of the usual having to win a tie break by two clear points and the receiver will choose which side of the court he wants to return from should the tie break get to deuce. There will be just a five minute pre-match warm up on the court before the game starts, there will be a 25-second shot clock and a limit on medical timeout and coaching. This is all done to speed up the game and make it more intense and entertaining for the fans. There will also be no line judges at the tournament either, with all line calls being made by hawk-eye technology. There will still be an umpire. Only foot fault calls can be challenged by players.

Group A

Andrey Rublev The Russian has had some season, winning his first ever ATP World Tour title at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag after getting in as a lucky loser. He has an 18-16 win/loss record for the season and had a notable run to the quarter finals at the US Open, but has done very little since then. Denis Shapovalov The Canadian has shown up well down the back stretch of the regular season in having reached the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Masters Rogers Cup, beating Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal along the way. He got to the fourth round at the US Open a well. Definitely, a threat in the field and has an 11-11 win/loss record for the season. Chung Hyeon Hyeon goes off as tournament favourite at a price of 7/2 with bet365 and carries a 24-18 win/loss record for the season. So he has been busy but is still awaiting his first ATP Tour title but has made it to three quarter finals this term, Munich, Barcelona and Winston Salem. Gianluigi Quinzi Rank outsider and not likely to raise much of a challenge in the tournament at all. A low way below the ranking quality of everyone else in the field. He’s only played two matches on the ATP World Tour this season, winning one, losing one.

Group B

Karen Khachanov Another strong Russian in the field and he got his first ATP Tour Title last year at the Chengdu Open. He has been consistent through all season with a 25-29 win/loss record with notable runs to the quarter finals at Barcelona and in Lyon and he went to the semi finals at the Gerry Weber Open, beating Rublev along the way. Borna Ćorić Croatia’s Coric has an ATP World Tour title, gained back in April in Marrakech and he got the best ever match win of his career when he beat Andy Murray at the Mutua Madrid Open, with Murray world number one at the time of the match. Coric is 21-25 for the season. Jared Donaldson The American has had a very solid season and could turn out to be a decent threat in the field. He has been working hard for consistency, but really has produced more of it than anyone else in this field. He has reached the quarter final of the Western & Southern Open and the Chengdu Open in the last couple of months. He’s improving all the time and is 21-22 this year. Daniil Medvedev Medvedev is 22-24 for this season and one of those wins was over Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon. He has actually been to six ATP World Tour quarter finals, while his best effort was a semi final at the Aegon International. The Russian may just struggle against the opposition in this group though.

ATP Next Gen Finals Winner Odds

Hyeon Chung 7/2, Borna Coric 9/2, Denis Shapovalov 4/1, Andrey Rublev 5/1, Karen Khachanov 13/2, Daniil Medvedev 15/2, Jared Donaldson 9/1, Gianluigi Quinzi 25/1

ATP Next Gen Finals Predictions

These are players that a lot of punters probably won’t have followed the seasons of all that closely which makes it tricky. There's a couple of strong Russians in the field with Karen Khachanov having produced some good stuff this term and has appeal while compatriot Rublev is right there. Perhaps the most mature looking player in terms of performance level is Shapovalov and looks good value to sting the field. He's also carrying strong end of season form as well and is a 4/1 value at bet365. The dark outsider should be Donaldson.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Boxing Preview and Odds – 28th October 2017

Sports Betting
This isn’t the match that WBA and IBF World Champion Anthony Joshua had been planning, but he takes on Carlos Takam on Saturday night in Cardiff. Takam was a late replacement for the injured Kubrat Pulev, who withdrew less than two weeks before the scheduled fight. So the plans have changed slightly for Joshua but he seems to be determined to treat this with respect. Joshua weighed in at 18th 2 lbs on Friday, his heaviest weight for a fight ever and there is importance on this bout for the champion because it is a stepping stone to much bigger things next year when he could have WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder on his radar. It’s also a big payday still for Joshua who will pocket around £10 million for the fight. So far in his professional career, he has won all 19 of his bouts, each of them by a knockout. Joshua is an overwhelming favourite at 1/66 with bet365 to win this bout with the challenger out at 12/1. The fight against Pulev was expected to have been easy for Joshua and this one, even easier still. Takam had been on standby for the fight, so he was in training and won’t be coming in totally cold. He’s not a serious challenger who is going to really have Joshua troubled, but he did have a bout against Joseph Parker back in 2016 and lasted the distance, losing on points. So that would be a good precursor to any potential future showdown been Joshua and Parker. Cameroon-born Takam has a W35 D1 L3 record from his 39 professional fights and this is going to be the biggest night of his career. Takam has demonstrated a general penchant for fighting on the inside close up to wear down the opposition, but Joshua is going to have a major height and reach advantage over his opponent so should be able to keep him at a fair distance. With there being no value in the match outright you have to look elsewhere for some value. Takam has shown, both against Parker and in a great fight against Alexander Povetkin in 2014 that he make a real nuisance of himself and over 5.5 rounds at a price of 6/4 with bet365 looks some value. That should be around the point that Joshua can start making his extra class and quality count.

Australia v England Rugby League World Cup – 27th October 2017

Rugby Betting
The Kangaroos are massive odds-on favourites to win the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and it’s really hard to find an issue with that at all. For example they smashed new Zealand in the 2016 Four Nations Final and they did the same in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final as well against the Kiwis. So England get the toughest opening match they could ever have wished to avoid. This is a huge opening game of massive importance as well because the winner of the Australia v England game will have a much easier route to the final because it will mean avoiding New Zealand until then. Unfortunately for England, the harsh reality of the situation means that it probably won’t be them opening with a win in the group, which also contains non-contests pretty much against Lebanon and France. England go as huge 5/1 underdogs in their duel with the Kangaroos on Friday, with Australia at 2/13 with bet365. It’s a hugely lopsided market but that is down to the brilliance and dominance of Australia in the game. England failed in their Four Nations campaign last year, finishing behind both the Aussies and the Kiwis after having lost to both of them. They lost 36-18 against the Kangaroos and only narrowly by a point against the Kiwis in the tournament. At the last World Cup, England fell against New Zealand in the semi finals and that is a big concern again that they will have to face the second-toughest match that they could before getting a crack at the final. That is unless Wayne Bennett's men pull off huge shock in this opening fixture, but then realistically they would have to go on and beat the Kangaroos again in the Final to lift the trophy. There will be a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Leeds Rhino winger Ryan Hall who has 34 tries in 33 appearances for England. The last time that England played at the AAMI Park in Melbourne, was back in the 2014 Four Nations. England lost that game 16-12 but Hall controversially had a last minute match-winning try ruled out. That is part of a ten match losing streak that England are on against Australia since their last win over the Kangaroos in Sydney over a decade ago in 2006. England will have to show tremendous guts in this one to keep the tournament favourites in touch but an England +16 handicap for Even money at bet365 looks pretty solid to have a crack at.

PDC Darts European Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The European Championship of Darts starts up on October 26th and runs through to the 29th. This latest edition of the tournament, which is still somewhat in its infancy as this will be just the tenth edition of it, is being contested out in Belgium with the winner walking off with £100,000 in prize money. There are some notable names missing from this line up though with Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld not taking part. That is because they either didn’t compete in the qualifying tournaments, or they didn’t do well enough in them to get to the Championships. The European Championships is a rewarding final tournament for those who have performed the best over the twelve European Tour events across the season. The top 32 players, sorted by prize money from the twelve events get to take part at the European Championships and heading up the somewhat weakened field is Michael van Gerwen who is a price of 4/5 at bet365 to win the event outright.

European Championship Darts Odds

Michael van Gerwen 4/5, Peter Wright 4/1, Daryl Gurney 16/1, Rob Cross 18/1, Mensur Suljovic 18/1, Michael Smith 25/1, Dave Chisnall 28/1, Simon Whitlock 33/1, bar 66/1

Michael van Gerwen

The big Dutchman is the market leader and with good reason because he has won the last three editions of the European Championships. Between him and Phil Taylor they have won seven of the previous nine editions of the tournament, so you would imagine that without Taylor, he should have a clear run. However, Mighty Mike has been having some performance issues in the game recently. It sort of all started after he had failed to defend his Premier League title. After that, MVG suffered a heavy loss against Phil Taylor at the World Matchplay, and then surprisingly failed to get out of the group stage at the Champions League of Darts to follow that up with, taking a heavy hit against fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld as well as suffering another loss against Taylor in that group stage. He then suffered his first first-round exit of the World Grand Prix since 2009 as he was dumped out by John Henderson. He's Not been on point, but he has tournament form.

Peter Wright

The Scotsman has had a great season, particularly on the European tour. One of his big moments this year came in the Premier League Final when he had a 7-2 lead over Van Gerwen, but couldn’t hold out as MVG came back at him. Wright missed some crucial doubles under pressure in that game. He won the UK Open this year and was runner up to Taylor at the World Matchplay too and claimed the Players Championship. Wright won five European Tour titles this season two of them against Michael Van Gerwen in the final. It’s been a great season from Snakebite and will seriously oppose Van Gerwen on the opposite side of the draw as the second seed.


Mensur Suljovic after winning the Premier League in his debut season will be one of the dark horses in the field, his first success at a major TV event. He had quarter final appearances at the Masters and the World Matchplay and ran to the semi finals of the World Grand Prix as well recently. Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney will be another dark horse worth considering as he recently claimed his first ever PDC title in beating Kim Huybrechts to land the Players Championship against the odds. He can add a semi final at the UK Open and the World Matchplay as well to that.

European Championship Darts Prediction

The value appears to just be on Peter Wright to collect the title here. Michael van Gerwen has been out of sorts and therefore with an amped up Snakebite, who has done so well on the European Tour this season, chomping at the bit, the Scotsman can take this. He has already proven this season that he can get the better of the best in the game.

Bookmakers closer to launching GPS based in-play horse racing

Bookmaker News
There was an interesting report recently by the newspaper The Guardian as is suggests that the UK bookmakers are getting ready to roll out some new technology for horse racing. The report said that through GPS technology, bookmakers will be able to roll out real in-play horse racing odds. Apparently, this is an imminent move forward as well with a “leading online bookmaker” getting set to launch it “within weeks”. Paddy Power and Bet365 do actually offer live in-play racing but that is managed manually, so this would be a huge shift for the entire industry to get everything automated. GPS position will allow the accuracy of a horse’s position on the track to be within around four inches and the information will be relayed back, all importantly, with a minimal time lag of 0.1 seconds or less. So is this the next new big technology to shake up the world of online betting? Reports are that this could add an extra 10% of revenue to bookmakers by adding around a billion extra on top of the £5.6 billion that the industry took on horse racing last year. As well as being able to pinpoint horses with amazing accuracy in a race, the application of the technology would also open up a new arena of statistics as well, with heavy post-race data allowing punters to really assess how a horse performed tactically. Bookmakers will be looking forward to adding a new tool to their arsenal of their betting product lines, but there are some concerns that it could lead to questionability over the integrity of racing and just last year, the CEO of Racing Australia wanted a ban on all in-play betting Down Under because of concerns of opening up doors of opportunity to compromise the integrity of all sports.

Bet365 Tennis Accumulator Bonus offer

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ATP Beijing Tennis Winner Odds & Preview

Tennis Betting
Only two spots are filled for the ATP Finals through the Race to London and the only two certain to be heading there are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. So there’s a lot of other points to be made up by players taking part at ATP China this week. Nadal is the star attraction in Beijing this week and he trades as 6/4 favourite at bet365 in the field. This is the first time that Nadal has been out in competitive action since winning the US Open and he doesn't have the easiest of draws, probably one of the trickiest he could have gotten for the event with Lucas Pouille (who beat him at the 2016 US OPen) rising star Karen Khachanov could be a potential round of sixteen opponent while the big serving John Isner a potential quarter final opponent.

ATP Beijing Winner Odds

Rafael Nadal 6/4, Alexander Zverev 11/2, Nick Kyrgios 7/, Juan Martin del Potro 11/1, Girgor Dimitrov 11/1, Tomas Berdych 12/1, Roberto Bautista-Agut 14/1, John Isner 14/1, bar 25/1 So tricky work ahead for Nadal, but then, with the season that he has had, he isn’t going to be counted out here. Nadal did turn up last year but was stopped in the quarter finals by Grigor Dimitrov but he did win the event in 2012 and lost two subsequent finals against Novak Djokovic at the event. Given that he avoids the other real front runners at WTA Beijing until a potential meeting with Juan Martin del Potro in the semi finals, Nadal will be backed well. Del Potro, a wild card entrant, will have a tough opener against third seed Grigor Dimitrov. That early heavyweight clash, along with being in the same half of the draw as Nadal, has left both of them out around the 12/1 mark in the bet365 ATP Beijing tennis betting. Alexander Zverev is the 11/2 second favourite at bet365. Zverez is in the other half of the draw which means that there would only be a meeting between them in the title match if they both get that far. That should be something if it happens. Nadal has won all three previous matches against Zverev, including one at the Australian Open earlier this year. The German is looking for his sixth tile of the year and he himself has a tricky run too, including a potential showdown against Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals and then Nick Kyrgios in the semi finals. Kyrgios is the 7/1 third favourite for the tournament, only one of three going into the event in single figures. Zverev was on the wrong end of a major upset last week as he was dumped out by sixth seed Damir Dzumhur in the quarter finals.