iBet: Expect another close encounter of the Lions kind

Gareth Purnell

Australia V The Lions, kick off 11.05am

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I was confident that the Lions would beat a seemingly under-cooked Australia in the first Test but although our bet won, we were lucky. Australia missed 14 points with the boot, including a last gasp penalty that would have won them the game. That was tough as Kurtley Beale slipped on the very poor ground in the centre area, but he should have nailed the one a few minutes earlier from a much easier position.

One bookmaker has already paid out on a Lions series win to the tune of £100,000, but that looks massively premature. The Lions go into the second Test this morning evening stronger favourites than they were for the first (as short as 8/15) but it’s hard to fathom why. Due to a number of injuries the Aussies were at times playing with a flanker at centre and a scrum half on the wing, but they still hung in there and should have been victorious. They will be more balanced today and in Will Genia and Israel Folau they have two of the most dangerous backs in world rugby.

Betfair Sportsbook will double the odds on a correct bet in the First Tryscorer market if you winning selection scores again in the game. The Lions are struggling to work out the referee’s interpretation of the laws of rugby. I expect it to be very close again.

Kimi Raikkonen is odds on at a best price of 1/3 to be the replacement driver at Red Bull following Mark Webber’s decision to leave. Jean Eric Vergne can be backed at 8/1 with Paul Di Resta 14/1 and Daniel Ricciardo 12/1.

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