Chael Sonnen versus the country of Brazil has always been an interesting narrative. Whether the tussle has been with Anderson Silva or mooted bouts with “Lil Nog” and Wanderlei, Sonnen is a wanted man and for good reason. This weekend’s sumptuous main event between the loud mouthed Oregonian and thoroughbred striker Mauricio Rua poses the real prospect of Sonnen being forced to eat his words (again) in front of a worldwide audience.
Back Spurs with a +16 start at 14/1In this market the bookmakers give teams varying starts based on their assessment of who many points they will accumulate over the whole season, and they all go off at a similar price, usually about the 16/1 mark.
We are always on the lookout for markets with possible false favourites as that means there is value elsewhere, and this could be one such occasion.
With painful slowness, the Brasileirão season has finally worked its way clear of Confederations Cup snarl-ups and Libertadores bottlenecks and hit the open road that will carry it through to December’s finishing line.
Chelsea’s Juan Mata won the Most Assists market last season with 18 after going off at 22/1. He’s the 11/1 favourite this year, with the market settled on the basis of statistics from the Premier Leagues official site, and with rumours persisting that Jose Mourinho isn’t entirely convinced by him and a possible move to Spain, he has to be passed over.
After The Ballad of Paul Tierney, more sport-inspired songs.
I’m going to concentrate on ante post bets this week in the run up to the start of the Premier League Season and we’ll start with the Golden Boot betting, which goes to the player that scores the most goals.
Poignant tribute song reminds us of the beautiful game’s fickle nature… and puts superstar tantrums into perspective.
Chester Le Street hasn’t hosted many Tests, but the last time it did so in 2009, England forced the West Indies to follow on after winning the toss and posting a first innings total of 569 for six declared, with Cook and Bopara both scoring centuries.
It never rains; but it pours. Just as Coventry fans were trying to compute having to play home games at Northampton’s ground, their historic club gets plunged into receivership and deducted 10 points.
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