Wednesday 22nd December 2010
In Sports Betting Xtra:
- Hussey to take Ashes honours?
- Carlos Tevez u-turn...
- A 4/1 bet on the darts...
- 4 winners in a row - don't miss these Christmas bets...
The snow and bad weather has caused mayhem with sports this past
week - but it's certainly reminded us how much sport contributes to
our lives - it's not as much fun without it, is it?
In a moment I'm going to point you towards a bet on a tournament
guaranteed not to be snowed off - but first...
I'd like to take the opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas,
and a peaceful and prosperous New Year - certainly, I'll be doing my
best to make the last part of that come true.
Hussey to take Ashes honours?
The fourth Ashes Test starts next week, and the result is tough to
call. England were heroic in the first Test, superb in the second -
and a shambles in the third - so which England is going to turn up
One thing we can count on however is another solid performance from
Aussie batsman Mike Hussey - who has kept Australia in the series
after a string of fine innings. A very talented bat and a fine
professional, Huss has terrific powers of concentration and the will
power to leave 'dangerous' balls alone that others would be hacking
- Hussey is the leading contender for top batsman in this Test,
and he must have a great chance of being voted top player in the
Ashes series too.
Latest Ashes odds here >>
Carlos Tevez u-turn...
Could the Carlos Tevez affair at Manchester City be the latest
example of the 'Manchester shuffle?'
First Man United's Wayne Rooney announces he wants away from Old
Trafford - but the offer of a big wage increase convinces him that
he really loves the club and doesn't want to leave after all.
Then Carlos Tevez declares that relations with Man City have broken
down and he wants to leave - only to be convinced after a little
chat that he wants to stay on too. Is there something we're not
being told about the Tevez about-face?
And despite Carlos' recent protestations of high regard for City,
the bookmakers price him at Even money to leave the club this
Talking of Manchester football....
The bookmakers, who are not usually far off the mark in these
things, make Sir Alex Ferguson as short as 5/4 to cease to be the
Manchester United boss in 2011.
That's mighty short for a man who continually laughs off questions
about retirement - it makes you wonder whether the bookies have
picked up something from WikiLeaks.
A 4/1 bet on the darts
It's that time of the year when the grand old sport of 'arrers steps
into the limelight again...
Darts's BDO World Championships start on January 1st - and I'm
taking the in-form Scott Waites to put away the field that's led by
reigning champion Martin Adams - and at around 4/1 the newly crowned
Grand Slam champion looks decent value.
The key here for me is the draw... Martin Adams - drawn in the top
half - might have to play Joint 3rd favourite Tony O'Shea, and the
other Joint favourite Dave Chisnall if he is to reach the final -
and once there, he's drawn to meet 2nd favourite Scott Waites.
At a best price of just 7/2, Adams looks awful value to me -
potential backers would be far better off backing him round-by-
Waites on the other hand, has his toughest match straight up - where
he's drawn to meet 2000 champion Ted Hankey, whose form of late has
been quite impressive
In September Hankey landed the British Open with 6 impressive wins -
albeit over some pretty mid-ranked opposition. Next up Hankey won
through to the quarter finals of the World Masters, narrowly losing
out to Stuart Kellet.
Most recently of all Hankey gained what was probably his most
impressive scalp of all - the scalp of Phil Taylor in last months
Grand Slam of Darts. You have to question Phil's motivation though -
as it was a group match and he didn't necessarily need the win to
qualify for the knockout stages - but a win is a win, and it's
indicative of his improved form over the past few months.
I think Waites will beat Hankey - but I'll be having a saver on the
match just in case
From there on in, the road through to the final looks smooth -
Stuart Kellet is a potential quarter final banana skin, but there's
plenty of darts to be played before that match becomes a reality.
4/1 about Scott Waites will do me - his 3 dart average in 2010 has
been better than any of his BDO rivals, and I'm expecting him to
have a really good run at the Lakeside this coming January.
- My advice would be to back Scott Waites each way to win the
tournament - and have a small 'saver' bet on Ted Hankey to beat
Waites if they meet.
Find the best odds on the BDO World Championship darts here >>
Four winners in a row - don't miss these Christmas bets...
Members of my Bet Bank Alerts service celebrated another winning bet
last night - defying the weather to land a winner in the Celtic v
Celtic 1 Kilmarnock 1
Bet: 'Both Teams To Score' @ 13/10 - WON
That follows our winners at the weekend, when we swerved the snow-
hit English fixture list and headed to Spain for two winning bets...
Malaga 0 Athletico Madrid 3
Bet: 'Over 2.5 Goals' @ 5/6 - WON
Real Sociedad 1 Valencia 2
Bet: 'Over 2.5 Goals' @ 19/20 - WON
That's four winners in a row now, after our successful bet on the
Ashes 3rd Test last week, too.
I'll be emailing members with my next Bet Bank Alerts tips this
week, ready for the busy Christmas football, rugby and cricket
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