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Grand National 2016 Preview

Many Clouds is favourite to win the Aintree Grand National for a second successive season when he lines up on April 9th.

Aintree Grand National

Many Clouds bids to emulate Red Rum at Aintree

Oliver Sherwood’s nine-year-old only ran in the race on the insistence of owner Trevor Hemmings last year following a disappointing run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Racing off a mark of 160, he ran on gamely to hold off Saint Are by a length and three-quarters at odds of 25-1.

Many Clouds and Leighton Aspell on their way to a clear-cut victory in Betbright Cup at Cheltenham

His entire campaign has been geared to a repeat victory this season. He needed the run at Wetherby in October before chasing home Don Poli at Aintree in December. He was then beaten 12 lengths by Smad Place at Cheltenham in heavy ground in January before completing his preparation with an easy victory at Kelso.

Although only 5lbs higher this year, he will still have to carry top weight of 11st 10lbs. The last horse to win the Grand National in successive seasons was Red Rum in 1973-74.

Paul Nicholls won the Grand National for the first time when Neptune Collonges beat Sunnyhillboy in a dramatic photo-finish in 2012. He saddles Silviniaco Conti this year, twice a winner of the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park. The chestnut was pulled up when attempting a third victory in December but bounced back to win impressively at Ascot. Nicholls decided to by-pass the Cheltenham Gold Cup in favour of a tilt at the Grand National this year.

The Last Samuri enjoys perfect Aintree preparation

Kim Bailey has rarely hit the headlines since winning the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup back in 1995. Harry Topper won three Grade 2 races for the stable in recent seasons while Darna won at the 2015 Cheltenham festival. He has a leading Grand National contender in The Last Samuri, an eight-year-old gelding by Flemensfirth.

The Last Samuri

He has improved with every run this season and was particularly impressive when beating The Druids Nephew by ten lengths in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. He is a safe jumper who likes good ground so he has to be on the short-list with only 10st 8lbs to carry at Aintree. [Read more…]

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Sports bet tips to help You be a Winner

These are common techniques used by sports handicappers. Handicapping sport games means just what it implies. Trying to find which team has an advantage for any reason whatsoever. The teams who are at the highest advantages are the ones you bet on.

Injuries


Key injuries to key players is very significant. Obviously if a star player on any team goes down it’s going to hurt the team. However, some teams have many star players and even though it still affects them, they can still win. On the other hand some teams look for that lone player to win them games.

An injury to key positions is probably the most important kind of injuries. In most sports there’s always that one position that can make or break a game for you. For Football it’s your quarterback, for Hockey it’s your goaltending and for Baseball it’s your pitcher. Injuries to these positions are important. Let’s say that an NHL goalie gets hurt which is a reasonable assumption. The team resorts to putting a rookie playing his first ever game in net. They are playing the highest scoring team in the league next. This is a horrible situation for the team and the goalie. The end result would be a very lopsided game. The same can be said about a 2nd string quarterback who must face a very tough defense. These are major disadvantages that should be taken advantage of.

Traveling


You want an easy winner for the night? Any teams traveling schedule can be extremely helpful. There are long 5, 6 or even 7 game road trips all the time in every sport by every team. You have to catch teams when they are most vulnerable.

If you look at the stats, you will find that home teams are a much more reliable bet. Few years ago, in the NBA, 65% of games won were by the home team, and only one team had more wins on the road then at home. In the NHL 60% of all games won were on home ice with only 2 teams in the entire league with a more road wins then home wins. The MLB produced 59% of all wins at home, with 2 teams having more road wins. In the shorter NFL season 57% of all wins were at home and 8 teams had better road records. The numbers don’t lie.

So they are on the road and tired. Does that mean they are going to lose every game? No, not necessarily. What if they are playing back to back road games, game 4 and 5 of a 7 game trip? I will bet them to lose game 5. They have already played 4 road games, been in 4 different cities and just played the night before. They have a lot of things going against them. You could also check there opponents schedule. What if the home team hasn’t played in 3 days? They have been at home in their comfortable beds just waiting for this tired battered team to enter their building. And believe me the home team knows the other team is tired and want to capitalize on it. That is one of the reasons that teams home record is usually much better then their road record.

There are a few long road trips and tired teams every week, so you must be on the lookout. You must be careful about a few things when looking at a teams traveling situation. Gambling trends usually indicate a team will usually win in its first game of a long road trip. The reason for this is they know the trip will be tough and they are going to run into some disadvantages along the road. So they try to get that first win so that they can get at least something from the road trip and the first one is their best chance.
Finding a really tired team on a long road trip is only half the battle. Make sure you check out what the opponent has been up to. A lot of times you see a team playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and you make the bets. Then you find out the team you bet on has also played 3 games in 4 nights and now there are no advantages.

You don’t have to always look for the tired road team. Home teams get tired too. Playing a lot of games in a lot of nights, even if at home can be tough. Especially against a team that has been off a couple of days. Another gambling trend is that home teams usually lose their first game back home after a long road trip. It makes sense. You are away from your wife for a couple of weeks; you waste all your energy on taking care of her rather then the game. [Read more…]

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A look at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival

With less than one month until the 2016 Cheltenham Festival gets underway, it’s time to start checking out the form guides, betting markets and runners and riders for each and every race. The festival itself will span four days and plays host to a number of Group One races – including the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Champion Hurdle.

In 2015, almost a quarter of a million people passed through the famous gates of Cheltenham and officials are estimating over 250,000 to attend this year’s festival. The event is growing at a rapid rate and avid racing fans from all over the world now travel to Cheltenham to see the best horses on the planet compete against each other in some of the biggest races in the sport.

2016 Cheltenham Festival

This year, many punters will be hoping the Ruby Walsh-Willie Mullins combination strikes gold again. In 2015, the duo combined for a treble on the opening day of the festival, which has since been labelled as “Ruby Tuesday”. The nine-time Cheltenham top jockey is looking for yet another accolade this year and stands a great chance with Mullins’ horses.

Walsh will be riding the likes of Faugheen, Douvan and Annie Power once again and his mounts’ odds have shot in considerably in recent weeks. In fact, Coral now price a Min, Douvan, Faugheen and Annie Power quadruple at just 6/1. As the betting markets heat up, so does the excitement and anticipation for the event – we simply cannot wait! [Read more…]

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Top Tight Ends for NFL Wild Card Games January 9

You’ve just completed the rest of your lineup and it comes down to Saturday’s four tight ends. Who do you believe is going to have the biggest game? Here’s a few considerations before deciding:

#1 Tyler Eifert’s Huge Game

Tyler Eifert

Every big game Eifert had this year, the team’s he played decided to blitz more often. The Steelers have a plethora of blitz packages, and in order for A. J. McCarron to keep the sack totals down, he’s going to have to throw a bunch of dump-off passes and screens. The two biggest benefactors will be Giovanni Bernard and Tyler Eifert. If the Bengals fall behind big, Eifert’s typical 4-6 target game could balloon to 8-10 targets.

The only problem with this choice is he will be an easy target for most GPP entries (probably topping 65%). However, sometimes you have to go with the flow and this could be the day to do it.

Prediction: 7 receptions, 84 yards, 2 TDs, 27-30 fantasy points

#2 Heath Miller

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Dealing with Miller is kind of like a love/hate relationship. Just when you think he’s going to have a big game…he lays an egg. Then when you’re sure he’s bound to struggle, Roethlisberger throws to him 8-11 times. Oddly enough, in both matchups with the Bengals, Miller had 10 catches in each game. Even though he didn’t score a touchdown, he racked up 16.8 and 23.5 fantasy points respectively. It seems the Bengals are willing to give Miller his stats in order to contain the wide receiving corps. [Read more…]

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Top Wide Receivers for NFL Wild Card Games

Saturday’s games offer plenty of options at the wide receiver position. Most daily fantasy sports strategists will be looking to grab the top 3 choices: Antonio Bryant, A.J. Green, and DeAndre Hopkins. However, there are plenty of other choices that could give your lineup a boost. When you reach the playoffs, most teams, especially rivals, look to take away the number one receiver. Then again, some teams will give the opponents #1 a free pass, but eliminate all other aspects of the game. We have to decide and decipher who will do what and how it will affect our lineups.

#1 AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu

AJ Green

If Andy Dalton is a go, there is more of a chance he will spread the ball around. If A.J. McCarron is at the helm, you can pretty much rule out Sanu. Actually, since week 6, Sanu hasn’t caught any more than 3 passes (this only happened twice). The rest of the time he had 0, 1, or 2 catches. He hasn’t scored a touchdown all year either, so he’s not worth adding to your lineup.

Marvin Jones isn’t fairing much better in the touchdown department. He only has two on the year, and none since A.J. McCarron has started at quarterback. The good news is that Jones has at least 4 catches in four of his last five games. Another benefit is that McCarron has been building a rapport with Jones, which benefitted the wide out the last time the Bengals played the Steelers (6 catches 61 yards).

You have to love A.J. Green as one of your lineup’s wide receivers. His last line against the Steelers was 6/132/1. He was targeted 9 times. The first game he was targeted a massive 17 times for an 11/118/1 line, so it’s easy to believe he will have a similar game Saturday.

Prediction: AJ Green – 7 receptions, 98 yards, 2 TDs, 25-28 fantasy points
Marvin Jones – 4 receptions, 46 yards, 0 TDs, 5-10 fantasy points
Mohamed Sanu – 1 reception, 6 yards, 0 TDs, 1-2 fantasy points

#2 Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Marcus Wheaton, Darius Heyward-Bey

Martavis Bryant

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger will throw the ball to any wide out on the field, so it’s possible for any of these players to have a big day. If you want to spend your salary on the wide receiver position, Antonio Brown will take a huge chunk ($9300 on Draft Kings) of it. The only problem I see here is that the Bengals try to contain A.B every time they play. The first time they played, Antonio only had 6 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. The second time around he had a line of 7/87/0.

Regardless of the past two contests verse the Bengals, Brown will still get his fair share of targets. In fact, he hasn’t been targeted less than 10 times except for weeks 4-7 when Michael Vick and Landry Jones were the starting QBs. If Cincinnati spends most of their time on Brown, it might be a good idea to look at Bryant or Wheaton as secondary wide outs and utilize your higher value on A.J. Green.

I like Bryant this weekend, because Big Ben called him out earlier in the week. Bryant even admitted that when Roethlisberger said; Bryant needs to toughen up, Bryant himself woke up. The last two games Martavis vanished in the passing game with one catch per contest. The only problem is that Bryant hasn’t seen a multiple touchdown game since week 6. The good news is; if Ben has to throw 50+ times and the defense is focused on Brown, Bryant could get behind the secondary for a couple of huge plays.

Wheaton didn’t look good in either of the contests against Cincinnati, nor did Heyward-Bey. If either of them do anything, it won’t be enough to add them to your lineup, or they will only take away from Brown and Bryant’s fantasy points.

Prediction: Antonio Brown – 9 receptions, 111 yards, 1 TD, 25-30 fantasy points
Martavis Bryant – 5 receptions 78 yards, 1 TD, 18-22 fantasy points
Marcus Wheaton – 3 receptions, 36 yards, 0 TD,  5-8  fantasy points
Darius Heyward-Bey – 2 receptions, 26 yards, 1 TD, 7-10 fantasy points

#3 Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

The Texans have an easy task in the passing game; contain Maclin and keep him in front of the secondary. All other wide receivers are meaningless. Yep, even if Maclin can’t go, you’re taking a huge risk on Albert Wilson (no more than 4 catches and 87 yards all year), Jason Avant (who has been good for zero catches or 2 catches since week 7, and zero TDs), or Chris Conley (no more than 2 catches since week 7 and six games with 0 receptions in that span). The point is; if Maclin does play, he’s scored 6 touchdowns in his last 6 games and averaged 84 yards per contest during that time. [Read more…]

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3 Key Aspects of the Best Online Betting Sites

Going to place some bets to spice up your upcoming sporting events? You’ve come to the right guide. It’s best to make sure that you have the most current information before you put your hard earned money on the line. We didn’t want to limit your choices in terms of where you bet, so we came up with three common aspects you’ll find in the best online betting sites. Check out the guide below before you make a decision on where to play.

1. Ease of Navigation

Navigation

The best sites will also have the best ease of navigation, because if you can’t find where to place your bets with ease, chances are good that you won’t stay very long. We think that ease of navigation was worth listing first because it’s one of the top complaints that seasoned bettors have. They want to know the odds of every match they’re considering, and they also want to know how to access premium services. Knowing the sharpest numbers is critical to getting better outcomes. Just betting from the gut isn’t enough. In fact, emotional bets leave you with a very small bankroll…if you get to keep any bankroll at all.

2. Incentives Offered

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Not only do you need to find good odds, but it’s also nice to have some incentives. Free bets, bonus money…no matter what you call it, an incentive is an incentive. And when it comes to the best online sites, they all know one thing: it’s a tough, competitive world out there. This means that the sportsbooks need to compete for your business, and come out with ways to show that they appreciate you. Look for those bonuses carefully, as they change quite regularly. Free bets are definitely a wonderful thing.

3. Solid Support

Support

At the end of the day, you need to feel like the site that you’re going to frequent has solid support. This means that if you do run into problems, that there is someone that can support you at every turn. We think that the best online betting sites will give you clear support when you need it, and stay out of your way when you don’t need them.

Overall, the best sites all follow similar patterns. If you want to place bets at the top places online, these aspects will be incredibly valuable in your search. Good luck!

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What Can A Sports Handicapping Service Do For You

Are you looking at taking your betting action to the next level, but you just aren’t sure how to make it happen? Why not turn to a sports handicapping service? We think that a lot of punters make their lives harder by believing that they have to do everything by themselves. That’s a recipe for disaster, because you cut yourself off from serious knowledge. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of the information you need. Sure, you could just bet “from the gut”, the way many of your friends do. But ask yourself this: don’t you want better returns than everyone else? We think that you should look for the intel that’s going to help you make better plays consistently. That’s the mark of a truly sharp player, if you ask us.

Sports Handicapping Service

So what can a sports handicapping service do for you? First and foremost, they can let you know where to place your bets. Do you want to place bets randomly anywhere that seems good? That’s the way emotional players approach the situation. If you want to play like the sharp handicappers, then you need to know where the best action is. It should be a blend of the best odds without titling things too much in the house’s favor. The service professional knows where to direct you, because they take all of the time in the world to do the research.

Another reason to take their advice is that they’re also thinking about where the bonus action is as well. As you may imagine, bonuses help you get more time out of your initial funds. Who wants to place a lot of bets, only to find that they’re not as effective as they could be? This burns through good money, which isn’t what you’re aiming to do.

Let the handicapping service point you in the right direction. It combines the time you’ve spent doing research along with the time they’ve taken to find the best sportsbooks online. We always recommend going online because you can place more bets than those offline outfits. It’s been our experience that going the online route actually helps us refine our bets over time, because we can just use the notes we’ve saved onto our computer. What more could you want than that?

As we said earlier, there are two choices: you can go the emotional route and just bet randomly, or you can arm yourself with the best information possible. Like with anything else, the choice is yours!