The Perth Wildcats hit the road to take on the Adelaide 36er’s tonight and are the $1.67 favourites with the home side paying $2.20.
The Wildcats have dropped 2 of their last 3 on the road and I am prepared to stay out of this one.
On Sunday the Wildcats return home to play New Zealand. I am more bullish about this match and I will take my bet for the Wildcats to cover the line.
My strategy to take the Wildcats at home to cover the line and win regularly by 25 plus points at big odds is working out nicely so far but this is not actually a match I see being a completely one sided contest.
I am limiting my spend at the top end of PYOL knowing that New Zealand have a history of stretching the Wildcats and won’t be getting too heavily invested.
My NBL multi for this week requires Melbourne United to beat South East Melbourne Phoenix, the Wildcats to defeat New Zealand and South East Melbourne Phoenix to beat Adelaide. The multi is paying $2.68.
TEST SERIES AUSTRALIA v PAKISTAN
On Thursday next week the First Test between Australia and Pakistan gets underway at the GABBA and at a ground where Australia have dominated for decades it is hard to make a case for it being anything but a one-sided contest in favour of the home side.
There are no fancy odds being offered anywhere for the Aussies to win the series at $1.50 but it appears highly likely.
In series most runs betting for their respective sides the Steve Smith into Babar Azam double appears the money play – two class performers in splendid touch heading into the series.
Barry Hall and Paul Gallen square off in a much hyped contest between the former AFL and NRL Stars tonight.
From a betting perspective the money has been very strong for Gallen with the more experienced of the two fighters trimming in from $1.68 to $1.56. Hall has drifted from $2.05 out to $2.40.
I have always thought Barry Hall could handle himself – tonight I will have something on at the $2.40 to find out if my hunch was correct.
My best bets of the weekend are as follows :
Sandown Saturday Race 5 Number 2 Faatinah (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $6.50) : In his last three starts has won the McEwen Stakes, run 4th in a Moir Stakes beaten half a length behind Nature Strip and last start finished 8th in a Manikato after working hard in the run. Five starts ago this horse ran second in Dubai behind one of the world’s best sprinter’s in Blue Point. Drops back to listed company here and looks a solid each way play.
Sandown Saturday Race 10 Number 4 Setting Sail (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $2.25) : European stayer having his first start in Australia for Trainer Charlie Appleby and on what we have seen in his career to this point you would suggest this race would be right up his alley. Drawn nicely in barrier three and should make a winning debut in this nation. Very hard to stop.
Newcastle Saturday Race 6 Number 9 Bon Amis (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $12) : Talented 6 year old who excels fresh having had 5 tries for 3 wins and a second. Has had 2 runs at this track for a win and a second placing and although this is a smart lineup he has shown that his best would be right in the mix here at lovely odds.
Ascot Saturday Race 5 Number 7 Platoon (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $3.30) : Has steamed to the line at both runs back from a break and he looks set to bring up the winning hat trick here. Appears to have taken his game to another level and I think the $3.30 available about a galloper in his sort of form is enticing.
Cannington Saturday Race 2 Number 8 Kiss Me Linda (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price Not Available) : Aiming up at a winning hat-trick and actually drops in grade. She maps to lead and be hard to run down. Other nice bets look to be 3-2 Quara’s Zade and 10-4 Verne Allen.