Mon, Nov 21, 4:58pm by Jake Equid
Each week, myself and the team at australiangambling.com.au put our heads together and I’m not going to name names but some heads are bigger than others. After we measure the size of our heads, we put our livelihood and our cold hard cash on the line with the hope of filling yours and our pockets.
Round Seven of the A-League kicked off on Friday night when Melbourne City travelled to Western Sydney and we correctly selected a draw or a win (double chance) for the home team at the odds of $1.50.
Unfortunately, that’s where our luck ended as we backed Sydney to beat Brisbane (draw) and Newcastle to beat Central Coast (draw).
Staying with the round ball code and we went at 50% in England on the two best bets. We had Manchester United to beat Arsenal but that match ended in a draw. Tottenham ($1.55) got us out of jail though with a come from behind 3-2 victory over West Ham at White Hart Lane which wasn’t in the books until the 91st minute when England striker Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot.
Onto a round ball of a different kind, in the NBA we bet on both Celtics games over the weekend, we bet against them on Saturday when the red-hot Golden State Warriors were in town and they saluted for us by 16 points to put $1.37 into the kitty.
On Sunday, we jumped back on the Celtics which paid off nicely at $2.20 as Boston won a thriller in Detroit 94-92.
Back on home soil, but still on the hard-court, our best bet of the week in the NBL and continuing our good run on the hardwood, the Wildcats beat Sydney as we correctly selected ($2).
The final day of the Spring carnival was held in Ballarat on Saturday. Our value bet (Chapel Road) came second in Race Six which gave us a return of $3.50, but unfortunately our best bet (Secret Agenda) was a late scratching.
Ballarat’s ten race card was highlighted by the Ballarat Cup but our tip in the main race of $8.50 chance, Lidari was nowhere to be seen.
We also had a flutter in Perth on Saturday for the Group One Railway Stakes, we were on the winner, each way, Scales of Justice ($8.30 and $2.70) and Heart Starter each way who finished a disappointing seventh.
On Sunday, Jordan Spieth won his second Stonehaven Cup in three years at Royal Sydney. In the last round preview, we selected him at a $3.50 shot but even more pleasingly, we had Aaron Baddeley to finish inside the top 10 ($2.63) as our early pick on Tuesday and he finished tied for fourth, one of his best results in a long time.
Our national Rugby League (Kangaroos) were in action this weekend in the UK. The Kangaroos were red-hot favourites at $1.20 and duly saluted against New Zealand to win the Four Nations title and regain the world number one ranking.
The Roos were far too strong at Liverpool’s Football Club’s home ground of Anfield, winning by 34-8. We correctly selected them to win by over 13 points for a nice $2.75 return.
At 7am on Sunday morning, The Wallabies were $1.65 favourites to beat France ($2.25) in Paris. They hung on to win by 25-23 with an understrength team to remain unbeaten on their European tour with three wins from three games. Unfortunately, we picked the French by 1-12 points ($3.25) will the aim of giving you some value.
In the tennis, we incorrectly picked Novak Djokovic to beat Andy Murray to win the final of the season ending ATP Tour Finals. It was a herculean effort from the Scot who had two tough matches leading into the final, Djokovic spent far less time on court but he couldn’t get it done in London on Monday morning AEDT.
Finally, in the NFL we went at 66% in the three games that have been played so far, we backed the Eagles to keep it close in Seattle but the Seahawks won 26-15 and they are starting to look dangerous.
We correctly picked the Redskins to win at home against the Packers for a $1.69 win that sunk Green Bay to 4-6 and two games behind both the Vikings and the Lions in their division, certainly not what was predicted in the pre-season.
The win also means the Redskins (6-3-1) are third in their division behind the Cowboys (9-1) and the Giants (7-3). On Friday AEDT, which seems like a long time ago now, we won with the Panthers ($1.55) over the Saints 23-20.
We have backed the Raiders to beat the Texans by over six points in Mexico City tomorrow. Kickoff is at 12:30pm AEDT.
Our overall result for the weekend was 13/21. Meaning a return of $352.40 if you bet $10 per selection. Not a bad weekend on the punt but we’ll aim to do even better for you next week!
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