The betting suggests that batsmen will be to the fore in the Second Test due to start in Adelaide on Thursday. There is a possibility of a shower or two on day one, but the weather thereafter is expected to be clear. However, the draw has been well supported – from $2.75 into $2.35 before easing slightly to $2.50.
It’s extremely rare in the modern era for the draw to be so short unless the weather is expected to play a part for the entire match, so punters clearly think the Adelaide Oval will prove a batsmen’s paradise. In the last 48 hours, Australia have firmed from $2.75 into $2.65 with England the drifting outsider at $3.40.
Eighteen of the world’s best players will battle it out in the Northwestern Mutual World Championship this week at Thousand Oaks in California. Tiger Woods hasn’t played very often recently but is the $3.25 favourite and it is worth noting that he has won this event five times previously, the most recent in 2011. Second pick Rory McIlroy ($6.50) bounced back to form with a last-hole victory over Adam Scott at Royal Sydney last week and provided that he can overcome jetlag, should be hard to beat after scoring his first win of 2013.
One of the most scenic golf courses in the world is Sun City in South Africa and that venue will host Nedbank Challenge. Henrik Stenson won the Race to Dubai and the Fed Ex cup and is a deserved $3.75 favourite. Punters have been keen to take that price but there has also been some support for local hope Charl Schwartzel at $6.50 and Justin Rose at $8. There has also been a little bit of support for last year’s winner Martin Kaymer at $13 and Sergio Garcia ($12) who won here in 2001 and 2003.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is the $8.50 favourite to win this week’s Hong Kong Open and the Spanish veteran has the form on the board to justify that quote having won last year as well as in 2004 and 2007. Aussie Marcus Fraser is on the second line of betting at $17 along with Thorbjorn Olesen.
The final round of the V8 Supercar season will be held this week in Sydney and it has turned out to be a promoters dream with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes still battling it out to win the title. Whincup currently holds a 20 point lead over Lowndes and is the $1.38 favourite to take the title but he is yet to win at the Olympic Park street circuit. Whincup and Lowndes share favouritism in Race One this week at $3.75 from Mark Winterbottom at $5.50 then Garth Tander and Will Davidson both at $10.
Two races will be held - both of 250kms - the first on Saturday, the other on Sunday. Sunday’s race will have a separate qualifying session on Sunday morning. Lowdnes has won the first race in Sydney for the last two years with Davidson and Winterbottom winning the other two, so clearly there isn’t a lot between the top four in the betting this week.
After losing to New Zealand in the last two NBL grand final series, Perth looks to well and truly have the upper hand on their Trans-Tasman rival in the fight for the minor premiership this season. It’s not great surprise to see the Wildcats firing on all cylinders with a 10-1 record, but the Breakers have really struggled and already shed an import in their first campaign under new coach Dean Vickerman. Championship-winner Gary Wilkinson is yet to hit stride since replacing fellow American Darnell Lazare in the line-up.
The teams meet in the west on Friday night in One HD’s televised game. The Kiwis have won their last two, but both of those came on their home court in Auckland. Beating the Wildcats at a raucous Perth Arena is a different story and the Breakers have managed just a solitary win in Australia this season. Only one team has kept the losing margin to single digits in Perth to date and last time out the ‘Cats dumped the Kings by a whopping 43 points. If the team from across the ditch can lose to the Crocs in Townsville by 10 and 13 points in two games this season, it’s hard to see them getting any closer to a rampant Perth side. The fortunes of the two sides has fluctuated wildly since the last finals series but Perth’s form will see them go in as warm $1.22 favourites.
It might seem like the 2013 season just finished, but before we know it the 2014 Summer of Tennis will be upon us. The season kicks off a few days earlier this time around, with the Brisbane International getting underway on 28th December. A stellar field has been assembled on the women’s side with three of the world’s top four appearing. Naturally, world number one Serena Williams ($1.75) is on the top line of betting with Victoria Azarenka ($4.25) and Maria Sharapova ($7.50) rounding out the single-figure quotes.
On the men’s side, Roger Federer has already been backed from $3.25 into $2.75 after a flurry of bets as soon as the market was opened last week. The former world number one is the only top-10 player in the line-up, so the betting does drop off thereafter with top-20 players Kei Nishikori ($11), Giles Simon ($13) and Kevin Anderson ($13). Recent winner of the John Newcombe Medal, Lleyton Hewitt is being kept safe at $13 and is sure to be popular with local punters.
Tattsbet will also be offering betting on next week’s Australian Open Wildcard Playoffs from Melbourne Park.
Tonight (Wednesday) the Ballarat Cup for greyhounds will be held and all eyes will be on favourites Ronan Izmer ($2.70) and Paw Licking ($2.90) to see whether one of them can win and bag a $50,000 bonus for winning three cups in one year. These two speedsters have drawn beside each other and that may well be their undoing with Deadly Vane ($7) and Dark Warrior ($5.50) both capable of coming from behind to win.
Betting is already up on Thursday night’s Brisbane Cup at Albion Park and Victorian’s dominate the betting with the first four in the market. National sprint champion Xylia Allen is the $2.30 favourite and only needs a clear run to be the one to beat.
A further reminder that Tattsbet has now extended fixed odds betting on greyhounds to five nights a week – check out the website for a list of venues covered.