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Wickmayer v Vinci
Tennis - St Petersburg Russia Open Women's)
2016-02-10 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-10 14:02:36)
Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium won a lot of matches towards the end of last year, winning the Carlsbad Classic and reaching the semi in Guangzhou in September. She won the Japan Open as well, although not a strong field. Hard courts are definitely her favourite surface, however she has lost her only 2 matches this year.
Roberta Vinci did brilliantly to get to the final of the US Open and also the semi-final in Wuhan but has suffered a refusal of fortune since then. Not getting any younger and may struggle to raise her game for the smaller events. Vinci has won the previous 6 head to heads, the last being in 2014. Wickmayer won their first 2 encounters back in 2009 and 2010
Summary: Slight value for Wickmayer at 2.66 on this Petersberg indoor hard court.
Wickmayer 2.66 v Vinci 1.50
Schmiedlova v Garcia
Tennis - Dubai Open ( Women's)
2016-02-15 14:05:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-15 12:47:33)
Anna Schmiedlova did well in 2015 winning 2 tournaments in Bucharest and Katowice, then reached the final in Rio. However these tournaments were all on clay which is quite a bit different to hard courts. She won 3 matches in the Wuhan Open beating Wozniaki along the way, then lost in the 1st round in Australian this year against rising star Kasatkina.
Caroline Garcia recently won 2 matches in the Fed Cup. She won a tournament in November last year in France on indoor hard courts and was in the final in Monterey losing to Bacsinszky. She also lost the Bacsinszsky in the final of Acapulco. In other tournaments she tends to lose in the second or third rounds. She is a bit of a " hit and hope" type of a player unlike Schmiedlova who is more of a percentage player.
Summary: They have only played once before when Schmiedlova won in 2013 on carpet. Slight value for Schmiedlova at 3.10.
Schmiedlova 3.10 v Garcia 1.44
Banfield v Quilmes
Argentina Primera Division
2016-02-16 22:15:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-16 16:31:02)
Quilmes have problems on and off the pitch. They have lost both of their opening games of the season, conceding 9 goals.
They also have injury problems as Brana (mf 21/1 last season), Delmechori (att 2/0),Uglessich (df 22/2), Romero (mf 28/3),Hipperdinger (att), Noguera (df 4/0) and Ereros (att) are all missing.
Banfield 1.76 Draw 3.28 Quilmes 4.68
Santa Fe v Cerro Porteno
2016-02-17 02:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-16 17:31:44)
Independiete Santa Fe are full of confidence after last season's Copa Sudamerican success. They are also unbeaten in their last 6 games, starting off well in the Colombian league.
Cerro Porteno hasn't had the best of starts to the league season in Paraguay (W2, D2, L1), it's not terrible but the fans demand better and coach Cesar Farias has come in for quite a bit of criticism. Cerro Porteno have played their strongest team in the league matches so far, so fatigue could play a part. Also Santa Fe plays in Bogota which is at an altitude of 8,660 ft. Cerro's Porteno squad flew out to Lima in Peru for a couple of days before heading to Bogota to try and acclimate to the higher altitude, but I still think they'll suffer a bit.
Santa Fe 1.52 Draw 3.60 Cerro Porteno 6.77
Sporting Gijon v Barcelona
Spain La Liga
2016-02-17 18:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-17 14:47:09)
Sporting Gijon coach Abelardo told the Spanish media that his team doesn't stand any chance of stopping Messi and co tonight, it's a case of how many Barcelona score.
He is resting Hernandez (df 22/0), Carmona (mf 10/1) and Alvarez (mf 16/1), also Ndi (mf 9/1), Espinosa (df 16/1) and best player Sanabria (att 16/10 top scorer) are all injured.
Sporting Gijon 18.29 Draw 8.33 Barcelona 1.13
Comercial v Gremio Barueri
Brazil Paulista A3
2016-02-17 22:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-17 15:03:48)
GREMIO BARUERI PROBLEMS!!
Gremio Barueri are quite simply the worst team in Brazil. The club have financial problems, with staff and players not being paid any wages for months. Their squad have only 13 players available for most games. Gremio Barueri are bottom of the league, having lost all 5 games, without scoring a single goal and conceding 21 goals. Last week they lost 0-8.
Comercial 1.12 Draw 7.26 Gremio Barueri 13.78
Vandeweghe v Svitolina
Tennis - Dubai Open ( Women's)
2016-02-18 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-18 12:21:09)
Coco Vandeweghe hits the ball very hard and tends to go for her shots. She has a strong serve which has been helped by the courts and conditions in Dubai. Last year she had a good run at Wimbledon winning 4 matches before losing to Sharapova in the 1/4 final. In the first round of this tournament she beat Pliskova and seems to fear no one. In head to heads they have played once before in this tournament last year in which Vandeweghe retired early on.
Elina Svitolina played very well in 2015 but seems under-rated. She won 4 matches in Cincinnati, losing to Serena Williams in the semi-final. She was also in the semi-final in Stanford and the 1/4 final in the French Open. In May of last year she won a tournament in Morocco although that was on clay. In the previous round of the tournament she had a good win against Muguruza in straight sets.
Summary: There have been lots of upsets in Dubai with the top 8 seeds having gone out but Svitolina should progress. Slight value with Svitolina at 1.54.
Vandeweghe 2.76 v Svitolina 1.54
Midtjylland v Man Utd
UEFA Europa League
2016-02-18 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-17 12:11:28)
"EARLY" TEAM NEWS
Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney (att 22/7 top scorer) has been left out of the squad. Man Utd are also missing Matteo Darmian (df 21/0), Luke Shaw (df 5/0), Marcus Rojo (df 6/0), Phil Jones (df 10/0),Marouane Fellaini (mf 15/1), Guillermo Varela (df 3/1), Antonio Valencia (mf 6/0), Ashley Young (mf 16/2), Bastian Schweinsteiger (mf 17/1) and Adnan Januzaj (mf 4/0).
Man Utd (squad): De Gea, Romero, Love, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Poole, Riley, Carrick, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Pereira, Weir, Mata, Memphis, Martial, Keane.
Midtjylland 5.38 Draw 3.67 Man Utd 1.65
Pliskova v Gasparyan
Tennis - Doha Qatar Open (Women's)
2016-02-21 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-21 12:18:42)
Carolina Pliskova only won one tournament last year in Prague being on clay and with home advantage. She was a finalist in Dubai where she lost to Halep. This year she has not won more than 2 matches in any of the tournaments she has played in. This is the first meeting between these two players which favours the under-dog .
Margarita Gasparyan is an up a coming young Russian ranked 41 in the world. She won 3 matches in the Australian Open losing to Serena Williams. Last year she won the Baku Cup although that was with a fairly weak field.
Summary: Slight value on Gasparyan at 2.90
Pliskova 1.50 v Gasparyan 2.90
Chelsea v Man City
England FA Cup
2016-02-21 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-21 15:47:06)
As predicted in the OCI Report earlier, Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini sticks to his word by naming a very youthful line-up. He has picked academy players Alex Garcia, Manu Garcia, David Faupala, Bersant Eduar Celina and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Man City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Adarabioyo, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, A.Garcia, M.Garcia, Celina, Iheanacho, Faupala.
Chelsea have named their strongest line-up available:
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba, Fabregas, Mikel, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Costa.
Info: This is now the highest OCI of the day ( 134.89 OCI ), Chelsea have gone from 2.10 down to 1.45.
Lisicki v Niculescu
TENNIS Doha Qatar ( Women's )
2016-02-22 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-22 11:42:57)
Sabine Lisicki has not started the year that well only winning one match at Sydney then one match in the Australian. However she started last year badly also but then improved rapidly. She was in the final in Indian Wells and the semi in Birmingham and won 3 matches in the US Open. After that she didn't play for the rest of 2015. Likes fast courts where her powerful serve can come into play.
Monica Niculescu prefers slower courts where her slice is more effective, although she had a good run at Wimbledon, winning 3 matches. She was in the final in Birmingham beating Konta and Radwanska along the way. However she can struggle against big hitters like Lisicki .
Info: They have played 6 times before and stand at 3-3, although Lisicki has won the last 2 meetings in straight sets.
Summary: Slight advantage to Lisicki at 2.04
Strycova v Kvitova
TENNIS - Doha Qatar - ( Women's )
2016-02-23 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-23 11:29:17)
Barbora Srycova has started the year very well, reaching the final in Dubai in which she may have been too nervous to play her usual game and lost easily to Errani. She won 3 matches in the Australian beating Muguruza in the third round. In 2015 she again started the year well in Auckland and Antwerp where she reached the semi-finals in both tournaments. She is no longer married and has a new coach .
Petra Kvitova has begun the year poorly having won only 1 match and lost 5. She lost both her matches in the Fed Cup recently and lost in the first round last week in Dubai. She fared better last year when she made the final in Singapore and the semi in the US Open. She was in the final in New Haven and won the the Madrid Open although that was on clay .
Info: Kvitova has a bye in this tournament so is not yet familiar with the courts. In head to heads Kvitova leads 5-1 although they have not played since 2014 .
Summary: Value for Strycova at 2.50.
Strycova 2.50 v Kvitova 1.66
Radwanska v Suarez Navarro
TENNIS - Doha Qatar Open ( Women's )
2016-02-26 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-26 11:23:22)
Agnieszka Radwanska is the most skilful player on the women's tour. She has all the shots in the book and more. She has had a good start to the year winning the tournament in Shenzhen although quite a weak field and winning 5 matches in the Australian. She has dealt with 2 tricky customers with Niculescu and Vinci in this tournament. Last year she won in Tianjin and Japan and was in the semi-final of Wimbledon .
Carla Suarez-Navarro has also started the year well winning 4 matches in the Australian and 3 matches in Brisbane. She began 2015 very well also but lost her way later on. She has a very stylish one-handed back-hand which is quite a rarity now. In head to head Radwanska leads 3-1 having beaten her recently in the Australian, easily .
Summary: Radwanska has more experience in semi-finals so slight value at 1.35.
Radwanska 1.35 v Suarez Navarro 3.80
Cibulkova v Stephens
TENNIS - Acapulco Mexico Final (Women's)
2016-02-28 23:59:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-27 12:57:28)
Dominika Cibulkova has started the year well winning 3 matches in Hobart and should be higher than her ranking of 66. Last year she reached the semi-final in Tokyo having beaten Suarez-Navarro and Ivanovic. She won 4 matches in the Australia in 2015 losing to Serena Williams in the 1/4 final .
Sloane Stephens is an improved player under very good coach Nick Saviano. She won her first WTA tournament last year in Washington and has already won a tournament this year in Auckland beating Wozniaki in the semi-final.
Info: In head to heads it is 1-1, with Cibulkova having won their last meeting in 2015 in the Rogers Cup 6-3 6-4. There only other meeting was in 2012 which Stephens won but that was a long time ago. Cibulkova had a walk-over against Azarenka so is more rested coming into the final and she has stronger nerves should things get close .
SUMMARY: Value for Cibulkova at 2.46.
Cibulkova 2.46 v Stephens 1.65
Audax Italiano v OHiggins
Chile Primera Division - Clausura
2016-02-29 01:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-02-28 12:55:36)
Audax Italiano squad has been hit by a stomach bug. Coach Jorge Pellicer said that 6-7 players have been affected by the sickness virus and have not trained this week. Other players were told to avoid the training ground in order to not pick up the virus. Audax Italiano are already missing star winger Bryan Carrasco.
Audax Italiano 2.17 Draw 3.38 OHiggins 2.94
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