Pre-match Market News & Information
Stosur v Pironkova
TENNIS French Open ( Women's )
2016-06-01 15:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-01 11:36:57)
"Stosur to pile on the pressure on Pironkova"
Samantha Stosur coped very well with the difficult conditions against Halep, coming through in straight sets. She won 2 matches in Strasbourg but then withdrew with an injury as a precaution before the French. She won 3 matches in both Madrid and Prague on clay and remains very fit at 32. Seems to play better in Grand Slams, other than her own Australian. Her kick serve works well on clay.
Tsvetana Pironkova is from Bulgaria, aged 28 and ranked 102 in the world. She has 2 good wins in the last 2 rounds against Stephens and Radwanska. Her best surface is grass but plays reasonably on clay. Apart from this tournament where she has won 4 matches she has not won more than 2 matches in any tournament this year, losing 3 times in opening rounds. Last year in the French she made the third round where she last to Stephens.
Info: In head to heads Stosur leads 4-1, losing their previous meeting last year at Eastbourne on grass.
SUMMARY: Value for Stosur at 1.45.
Stosur 1.45 v Pironkova 3.28
Bertens v Bacsinszky
TENNIS French Open ( Women's )
2016-06-02 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-02 11:22:41)
"Bacsinszsky to go for a Berten"
Kiki Bertens is now on a 9 match winning run and seems to have a very positive attitude. She is tall and physically strong which is needed on clay and should be able to hit through the wind. She won her second WTA singles title in Nurnberger and is good at the net (being an accomplished doubles player). She also won her first match against a top 10 player beating Vinci on her way to winning that tournament.
Timea Bacsinszsky has won all her matches so far in the French open and in straight sets. She won the clay court tournament in Morocco with the loss of just 1 set. However in the Fed Cup she lost all 4 of her matches. She has a very strong 2 handed backhand but has a weakness on her forehand side.
Info: In head to heads they have only played once which Bacsinszsky won in 2014 but Bertens had to retire .
SUMMARY: Value for Bertens at 2.80.
Bertens 2.80 v Bacsinszky 1.55
Muguruza v Stosur
TENNIS French Open ( Women's )
2016-06-03 13:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-03 10:18:04)
"Stosur to drive Muguruza Caracas"
Garbine Muguruza was born in Caracas, Venezuela, she is 22 and ranked 4 in the world. Her father is from Spain and she has chosen to play there. She is a very elegant player but has an aggressive style which may have come from practicing with her older brothers when she was young. Apart from the last 2 tournaments she has only had an average year. She has had some surprising loses earlier in the year to McHale, Petkovic, Svitolina and Lepchenko.
Sam Stosur seems to like the cooler conditions in Paris. The cloudy skies may suit her better as in the sun she wears sunglasses (because of having light coloured sensitive eyes). She is having a good year, winning 3 matches both in Madrid and Prague, both on clay . Last year she won the Gastein Ladies tournament on clay. Stosur has already won a Grand Slam (The US Open), whereas Muguruza has yet to achieve that although she has been in the final of Wimbledon.
Info: In head to heads Stosur won their only meeting in 2014 in Madrid on clay .
SUMMARY: Value for Stosur at 3.85.
Muguruza 1.35 v Stosur 3.85
Serena Williams v Muguruza
TENNIS French Open Final ( Women's )
2016-06-04 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-04 10:59:09)
"Serena to reign supreme"
Serena Williams is the greatest woman tennis player of all time. She does not need to win the French for a fourth time to prove it but she probably will. She has been in 27 Grand Slam finals and has only lost 5 of them with one pending. Her first Grand Slam win was in 1999 when she beat Martina Hingis in the final of the US Open. Then there came 6 Grand Slam finals against her sister Venus, in which she only lost once. Clay is not her best surface but still wins 84.3 % of her matches on the red stuff. She has had ideal preparation for the French by winning in Rome without dropping a set. She wont under-estimate Muguruza as she may have done with Kerber in the final of the Australian earlier in the year.
Garbine Muguruza is a very determined player but has not won a Grand Slam tournament yet. She is very emotional and may find it difficult winning the first one. In this tournament she was taken to 3 sets in the first round but has not dropped a set since.
Info: In head to heads Serena leads 3-1 and all their meetings have been in Grand Slams. Serena beat Muguruza in the final of Wimbledon last year and in the 4th round of the Australian. Muguruza can take heart from her win against Serena in the French 2 years ago.
SUMMARY: Value for Serena Williams at 1.85. Plus already advised ante-post at 3.50.
Serena Williams 1.85 v Maguruza 2.45
France v Romania
Euro 2016 - Group A
2016-06-10 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-10 08:09:37)
France missing Varane (df 29/2), Sakho (df 28/2), Debuchy (df 27/2), Diarra (mf 34/0), Valbuena (mf 52/8), Lacazette (att 10/1), Gameiro (att 8/1) and Benzema (att 81/27 top scorer).
Romania are without Papp (df 18/3), Goian (df 59/5), Tamas (df 65/3), Gardos (df 13/0), Maxim (mf 28/2) and Rusescu (att 10/1).
France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Payet, Griezmann, Giroud.
Romania: Tatarusanu, Sapunaru, Chiriches, Grigore, Rat, Pintilii, Hoban, Popa, Stanciu, Stancu, Andone.
Info: France are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Romania (W5, D5). However, four of their last five encounters have ended in draws. Romania's last victory against France was a 2-0 friendly win in Bucharest in April 1972. Romania have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 8 matches
France 1.33 Draw 4.81 Romania 10.73
Germany v Ukraine
Euro 2016 - Group C
2016-06-12 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-12 14:51:12)
Germany won their qualifying group by 1 point from Poland. But form in friendlies as been poor, with defeats to France, England and Slovakia. They are current World champions. They are missing Rudiger (df 11/0), Reus (mf 29/9), Bellarabi (mf 10/1), Kramer (mf 12/0), Gundogan (mf 16/2) and Kruse (att 14/4)
Ukraine finished 3rd in their group behind Spain and Slovakia. They have been in fine form in friendlies beating Cyprus, Wales, Romania and Albania. They are missing Selin (df 15/1), Morozyuk (df 13/1), Husyev (mf 98/3), Oliynyk (mf 12/0), Kravets (att 13/4) and Hladkyi (att 11/1).
Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Mustafi, Boateng, Hector, Kroos, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Gomez.
Ukraine: Pyatov, Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Garmash, Yarmolenko.
Info: Germany are unbeaten against Ukraine in five previous encounters (W2, D3) and the last two games have produced 11 goals (7 for Germany, 4 for Ukraine). This is Germany and Ukraine's first meeting at a major tournament. Germany have never lost their opening game of a European Championship (W6, D5). Ukraine did not concede more than one goal in their 12 qualifying games, in total they let in only five goals in a dozen matches.
Germany 1.52 Draw 4.06 Ukraine 6.78
Bencic v Begu
TENNIS - Birmingham ( Women's )
2016-06-14 16:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-14 12:13:02)
Belinda Bencic is aged 19 from Switzerland and ranked 8 in the world. After Carleston she didn't play for 2 months with a back injury, returning last week in Holland on grass. She won 3 matches against easy opponents before losing to Mladenovic in the semi-final. She is probably not back to her best yet but does have a good record on grass, having won 74.1% of her matches.
Irina-Camelia Begu has shown a marked improvement this year. She is 25 from Romania and ranked 26 in the world and has had a good clay court season, although that is the surface least like grass. In Miami on hard courts (which are closer to grass), she won 3 matches. She has only won 5 career matches from 14 on grass but at 5 foot 11 her serve should be quite effective.
Info: This is the first time the two players have met.
Summary: Slight value for Begu at 3.10.
Bencic 1.46 v Begu 3.10
France v Albania
Euro 2016 - Group A
2016-06-15 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-15 10:46:13)
France beat Slovakia 1-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but several players had poor games and it took a wonder goal from Payet late on to take all 3 points. They are missing Varane (df 29/2), Sakho (df 28/2), Debuchy (mf 27/2), Diarra (mf 34/0), Valbuena (mf 52/8), Ben Arfa (mf 15/2), Lacazette (att 10/1) and Benzema (att 81/27 top scorer).
Albania lost their first game 0-1 to Switzerland but can certainly be encouraged by their performance and will feel disappointed they didn't take anything from the game. Albania are without Bulku (mf 56/1), Rama (mf 15/3) and Salihi (att 50/11), also captain Cana (df 93/1) is suspended.
France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Payet, Giroud.
Albania: Berisha, Hysaj, Lila, Mavraj, Agolli, Abrashi, Kukeli, Xhaka, Roshi, Sadiku, Lenjani.
Info: France have won four of the six matches they have played against Albania but have failed to win either of the last two meetings. Albania beat France when they last met in June 2015, but have never scored more than once in a game. France have won their last six games on home soil in the European Championship finals. Albania have lost their last two internationals - they've not lost three in a row since October 2013. Goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made six saves against Switzerland, more than he did in any of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
France 1.23 Draw 5.79 Albania 15.07
France have left key players Pogba and Gruezmann on the bench.
France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Kante, Matuidi, Coman, Martial, Payet, Giroud.
Suarez Navarro v Petkovic
TENNIS - Birmingham ( Women's )
2016-06-16 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-16 12:04:11)
"Calling it for Carla"
Carla Suarez-Navarro is a Spanish player aged 27 and ranked 15 in the world. She is having a good year winning a tournament in Qatar on hard courts, beating Radwanska in the semi-final. She also won 4 matches in the Australian and in the first round of this current tournament she had a good win over Svitolina in 3 sets giving her plenty of practice on grass.
Andrea Petkovic is a German player aged 28 and ranked 33 in the world. She is not having a particularly good season losing to a number of lesser known players. She was in the semi-final in Qatar but apart from that she has not won more than 2 matches in any tournament this year. Her career record on grass is a bit better than Suarez-Navarro at 57.7%.
Info: In head to heads Saurez-Navarro leads 4-2 having won their last 3 meetings. In their last match in China in 2015 Saurez-Navarro double bageled Petkovic (6-0 6-0).
Summary: Value for Suarez-Navarro at 1.71.
Suarez Navarro 1.71 v Petkovic 2.37
Germany v Poland
Euro 2016 - Group C
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-16 15:55:45)
Germany beat Ukraine 2-0 in their opening game, it was was tougher than the scoreline suggests, only a last minute goals for the Germans sealed the deal. A win tonight would see them qualify. They are missing Rudiger (df 11/0), Reus (mf 29/9), Bellarabi (mf 10/1), Kramer (mf 12/0), Gundogan (mf 16/2) and Kruse (att 14/4).
Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0, they dominated the game and in all fairness they should have scored a few more goals. It was a easier win than the 1-0 score. Poland are missing Rybus (df 41/0), Szukala (df 17/1), Olkowski (df 13/0), Komorowski (df 13/1), Wszolek (mf 8/2), Mila (mf 38/8), Kucharzcyk (mf 9/1), Borysiuk (mf 12/0) and Sovviech (att 13/2).
Germany: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Boateng, Hector, Kroos, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Gomez.
Poland: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Kapustka, Milik, Lewandowski.
Info: Poland ended their 18-match winless run against Germany when they won 2-0 in Warsaw in Euro 2016 qualifying. But the Germans won the return fixture in Frankfurt 3-1, their 13th win in 20 games against the Poles (D6, L1). Germany are unbeaten in four meetings with Poland at major tournament finals. Germany have kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 games against Poland.
Germany 1.56 Draw 4.06 Poland
Wickmayer v Konta
Tennis - BIRMINGHAM ( Women's )
2016-06-17 13:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-17 11:22:49)
Yanina Wickmayer is from Belgium, she is 26 years old and ranked 49 in the world. At 6 foot she has an advantage on grass with her serve and has won 60.4% of her career matches on this surface. She has had mixed fortunes this year losing 7 times in opening rounds. In only one tournament has she won more than 2 matches and that was in Mexico in February on clay.
Johanna Konta is aged 25 and ranked 19 in the world. Although born in Australia of Hungarian parents she is now very much a British player. She is psychologically very strong these days and has played very well in the last 2 years. In January this year she made the semi-final of the Australian, losing to eventual winner Kerber. Then later in Miami she won 3 matches but after that came 2 first round loses and nothing much since. Her record on grass is only 47.8% but she was impressive in her first match in this current tournament.
Info: In head to heads, Konta leads 2-0 having won in Monterrey this year in 2 tie-break sets. She also won their match in an ITF tournament in Vancouver last year.
Summary: V.alue for Konta at 1.47.
Wickmayer 3.25 v Konta 1.47
Italy v Sweden
Euro 2016 - Group E
2016-06-17 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-17 12:05:58)
Italy beat Belgium 2-0 in a surprise result. It was a perfect performance from the Italian's, even if Belgium offered very little..They are missing Astori (df 11/1), Ranocchia (df 21/0), Antonelli (df 12/0), Criscito (df 22/0), Pasqual (df 11/0), Montolivo (mf 62/2), Verratti (mf 15/1), Marchisio (mf 54/5), Cerci (att 14/0), Gabbiadini (att 6/1), Giovinco (att 23/1) and Quagliarella (att 25/6).
Sweden drew 1-1 with Rep of Ireland, nicking a point thanks to an own goal. They need a result today. They looked tired and failed to attempt a single shot on goal. Sweden are without Antonsson (df 28/0), Bengtsson (df 24/0), Wendt (df 25/0), Nilsson (df 16/0) and Toivonen (att 45/9).
Italy: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Candreva, Florenzi, De Rossi, Giaccherini, El Shaarawy; Pelle, Eder.
Sweden: Isaksson, Lindelof, Granqvist, Johansson, Olsson, Larsson, Lewicki, Kallstrom, Forsberg, Guidetti, Ibrahimovic.
Info: Italy have lost only six of 22 meetings with Sweden (W10, D6). However, their record against the Swedes in competitive games is four wins, two draws and four defeats. Seven of Italy's last nine goals against Sweden have come in the first half. Italy are unbeaten in 11 competitive games under Antonio Conte (W8, D3). Their last defeat came against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup (under Cesare Prandelli). Sweden have only won three of their last 15 games at the European Championship (D5, L7).
Italy 1.98 Draw 3.09 Sweden 4.57
Vandeweghe v Strycova
TENNIS - Birmingham ( Women's )
2016-06-18 13:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-18 09:13:59)
"No clowning about for in-form Coco"
Coco Vandeweghe is aged 24 from the USA and at 6 foot 1,she is tall and also one of the strongest women players on tour. She took up tennis quite late having been more interested in basketball. She comes from a very sporty family and has been taking tennis seriously for about 2 years. Before that she relied on her natural talent. She is now on an 8 match winning run which started by winning the tournament in Holland. Her record on grass is excellent with a 71.8 career percentage on the surface.
Barbora Strycova is having a good year , having won 22 matches to just 13 lost. She is from the Czech Rep, aged 30 and ranked 30 in the world. She has won her 3 matches so far in this tournament in straight sets beating Pliskova in the first round. She has an all court game being equally at home at the net as the base-line. Both players play a high risk strategy resulting in very short rallies.
Info: In head to heads they stand at 1--1 with Vandeweghe winning their last meeting in Wuhan last year.
SUMMARY: Slight value for Vanderweghe at 1.69
Vandeweghe 1.69 v Strycova 2.36
Strycova v Keys
TENNIS - Birmingham Final ( Women's )
2016-06-19 14:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-19 09:54:33)
"Madison holds the key"
Barbora Strycova is an unusual player in that she is quite unpredictable. In the semi-final in this current tournament she came from a set down to beat a tearful Vandeweghe. Earlier in the year she made the final in Dubai and won 3 matches in the Australian. She has won 62.5% of her career grass court matches.
Madison Keys is very good on grass with a powerful serve, winning 71.9% of her matches on that surface. She came back well in both the quarter and semi-finals, from a set down against Ostapenka and Suarez-Navarro. She made the final in Rome this year losing to Serena on clay, and won 3 matches in Miami on hard courts. With the win over Suarez-Navarro she will break into the top 10 in the rankings for the first time. She will be the first American to do that since Serena in 1999 when Keys was 4 years old.
Info: In head to head record, Keys leads 2-1 having won their last 2 meetings this year on clay in Madrid and Rome.
SUMMARY: Value for the improving Keys at 1.55
Strycova 2.83 v Keys 1.55
Watson v Vesnina
TENNIS - Eastbourne ( Women's )
2016-06-20 13:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-20 09:16:13)
Heather Watson has been slipping down the rankings for a while now and although she won a minor hard court tournament in Monterrey in March, she has only played averagely this year. She has lost 6 times in opening rounds and is now coached by her mother. She has won less than 50% of her matches on grass during her career although she has improved her serve of late.
Elina Vesnina is Russian, she is 29 and ranked 53 in the world. There has been an improvement in her form since November of last year when she got married. In March of this year in Charleston, she made the final having won 5 matches in the process. In February she won 3 matches in Qatar against Garcia, Halep & Wozniaki. She has experience on grass having won 22 matches to 20 lost during her career.
Info: In the head to head record, they stand at 2-2 with Vesnina winning their last meeting in a qualifying match in Toronto last year. 3 years ago they played here at Eastbourne when Vesnina won in 3 sets.
SUMMARY: In spite of home advantage for Watson. "good value" for Vesnina at 2.37.
Watson 1.66 v Vesnina 2.37
Brengle v Vesnina
TENNIS - Eastbourne ( Women's )
2016-06-22 15:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-22 12:34:48)
Madison Brengle is American, she is 26 years old and ranked 62 in the world. She won 3 matches in Holland last week on grass, losing to her fellow countryman Vandeweghe who went on to win the tournament. Before that this year Brengle had not won more than 2 matches in any tournament. Her career record on grass is 7 wins to 7 loses. Last year she made the final in Hobart and here in Eastbourne she lost in the first round to Hercog.
Elena Vesnina from Russia and 29 years old, should be higher than her ranking of 53 suggests. She had a good win against Bencic in the previous round winning 2 close tie-break sets. She had beaten Bencic before on her way to the final in Charleston. Her record on grass stands at 54.5% and in this current tournament she has not dropped a set yet.
Info: In head to head record, Vesnina won their only meeting in the French open this year, winning in straight sets.
SUMMARY: Value for Vesnina at 1.50.
Brengle 2.88 v Vesnina 1.50
Radwanska v Cibulkova
TENNIS - Eastbourne ( Women's )
2016-06-23 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-23 11:04:12)
Agnieszka Radwanska is from Poland and ranked 3 in the world. Her best surface is grass as she showed when reaching the final of Wimbledon in 2012. Her career win percentage on grass is 72.4% and she manages to use the pace generated by her opponents to her advantage. She beat an improving Bouchard in the second round in straight sets and was well on the way to winning in the first round when her opponent Lucic-Baroni retired. In Birmingham conditions were so difficult with rain delays she had a surprising loss to Vandeweghe.
Dominika Cibulkova is from Slavakia and the same age as Radwanska 27. She is ranked 21 in the world and is now fully recovered from an injury which kept her out of the game for a few months last year. Grass is not her best surface, winning 62.5% of her matches. On other surfaces she has done well this year making the final in Madrid on clay and winning a clay court tournament in Poland in March.
Info: In the head to head record, Radwanska leads 7-4 although Cibulkova won their last meeting in Madrid this year going the distance.
SUMMARY: Slight value for Radwanska at 1.50.
Radwanska 1.50 v Cibulkova 3.00
Konta, Johanna v Makarova, Ekaterina
TENNIS Eastbourne England ( Women's )
2016-06-24 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-24 05:59:51)
"Konta to continue her winning ways"
Johanna Konta has been a great British success story. She attributes her change in fortune to a more positive mental approach. In the last round she came back from a set down to 2 times Wimbledon champion Kvitova and eventually ran away with the final set 6-0. Her parents who are Hungarian live in Eastbourne so it is a very convenient venue for her. Last year in this tournament she won 3 matches, losing to Bencic in the 1/4 final. Her career record on grass is only 50% but there has been a big improvement in her form in the last year.
Ekaterina Makarova is from Russia, aged 28 and ranked 39 in the world and is left handed. Her best surface is grass on which she enjoys a 62.5% career record. She also came from a set behind in her last match winning the deciding set 6-0. In the second round she also came from a set down against Vinci. She has had quite a good season, winning 3 matches in Miami and the Australian.
Info: In the head to head record, Konta leads 2-0 having beaten Makarova in Eastbourne last year and in the Australian this year. Konta has no fear of lefties as she showed by beating Kvitova.
SUMMARY: Value for Konta at 1.60.
Konta 1.60 v Makarova 2.50
Switzerland v Poland
2016-06-25 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-25 12:26:14)
Switzerland and Poland are in the knockout stage of a EURO for the first time. The Swiss came in runners-up behind hosts France in Group A. Poland did not concede a goal in finishing second to Germany in Group C. Switzerland have won only one of the nations' ten encounters. The winners will face either Croatia or Portugal in the quarter-finals. Switzerland have Behrami, Embolo, Schar and Xhaka on a yellow card. Poland have Grosicki, Maczynski, Peszko and Piszczek on a yellow card.
Poland missing Szczesny (first gk 27/0) is out injured and Kapustka (mf 10/2) is suspended.
Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodríguez, Behrami, Xhaka, Dzemaili, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Mehmedi.
Poland: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Grosicki, Milik, Lewandowski.
Switzerland 3.13 Draw 2.86 Poland 2.63
Wales v Northern Ireland
2016-06-25 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-25 13:07:20)
Wales are unbeaten in the last 8 games against Northern Ireland since 1980. The teams drew 1-1 in March. Wales won Group B from England in their first EURO finals campaign. Fellow debutants Northern Ireland qualified as a best 3rd-placed side. Wales striker Gareth Bale is joint top scorer at EURO 2016. The winners will face Hungary or Belgium next. Wales have Vokes and Davies on yellow cards. Northern Ireland have Cathcart, Dalas, J.Evans and Ward on yellow cards.
Both Wales and Northern Ireland have fully-fit squads to choose from.
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Williams, Davies, Taylor, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Bale, Robson-Kanu.
Nothern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, McAuley, Cathcart, J.Evans, Baird, Davis, Norwood, Ward, Dallas, Lafferty.
Wales 2.01 Draw 2.95 Northern Ireland 4.68
Cibulkova v Pliskova
TENNIS - Eastbourne ( Women's Final )
2016-06-26 02:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-25 10:15:39)
"Dominika to dominate and keep Pliskova in check"
Dominika Cibulkova is only 5 foot 3 but full of energy and never stops moving. She seems to win her matches on a wave of enthusiasm. Although very short she plays surprising well on grass, winning 64.3% of her matches. In May she reached the final in Madrid on clay and went one better in Poland in April when she won the tournament in Katowice. In this current tournament she won a hard fought match against the skilful Radwanska in the third round.
Karolina Pliskova is from the Czech Rep, aged 24 and ranked 17 in the world. Grass is her best surface, winning 66.7 of her matches and at 6 foot 1 her serve is a powerful weapon. She is enjoying a good season, having recently won the grass court tournament in Birmingham. Earlier in the year she won 3 matches in her home tournament in Prague and 4 matches in Indian Wells.
Info: In the head to head record, Cibuilkova won their only encounter in 2014 on hard court.
SUMMARY: Value for Cibulkova at 2.66.
Cibulkova 2.59 v Pliskova 1.60
France v Ireland
2016-06-26 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-26 11:47:24)
France finished top of group A ahead of Switzerland. They are unbeaten in their last five games against the Rep of Ireland (W2, D3). The last five games have produced just four goals in total. They are unbeaten in their last 15 games at major tournaments at home, winning 13 and drawing two. France have not allowed their opponents a shot on target in their last 205 minutes of action at Euro 2016. The Rep of Ireland are in the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time in their history. They finished 3rd in group E behind Italy and Belgium.
France have no injuries or suspensions. They have had a week to prepare and rested key players in the last group game.
Rep of Ireland have doubts with Ward (df 35/2) and Walters (att 40/10).
France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Giroud, Payet.
Rep of Ireland: Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Duffy, Brady, McClean, Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick, Murphy, Long.
France 1.47 Draw 3.84 Rep of Ireland 9.40
Germany v Slovakia
2016-06-26 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-26 12:03:12)
Germany won group C ahead of Poland. They have played Slovakia 10 times before (Germany have won seven times and Slovakia three). Germany have won 13 of their last 16 games at major tournaments. They are one of two teams, along with Poland, not to have not conceded a goal so far.
Slovakia finished 3rd behind Wales and England in group B. This is the second time that Slovakia have reached the knockout stages of a major tournament in two attempts. Slovakia beat Germany 3-1 in pre-tournament friendly in Augsburg on 29 May
Germany will give a late fitness test to Boateng (df 62/0). They have Boateng, Khedira and Ozil on a yellow card.
Slovakia have doubts with Svento (df 42/1) and Hubocan (df 46/0). They have Durica, Hrosovsky, Kucka, Mak, Pecovsky, Weiss and Skrtel on a yellow card.
Germany: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector, Kroos, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Gotze, Gomez.
Slovakia: Kozacik, Pekarík, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan, Pecovsky, Mak, Kucka, Hamsík, Weiss, Duda.
Germany 1.45 Draw 4.01 Slovakia 9.20
Hungary v Belgium
2016-06-26 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-26 12:22:33)
Hungary won group F ahead of Iceland and Portugal. Hungary have lost just one of their last eight internationals (W3, D4). They have made it out of the group stages at a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup. It's also the first time Hungary have remained unbeaten in the group stage at a major tournament since the 1962 World Cup.
Belgium finished 2nd in group E behind Italy. Belgium have made it to the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time since 1980. They have won back-to-back games for the first time at the European Championship. Only Spain (83%) and Germany (82%) have recorded a better passing accuracy than Belgium (80%) at Euro 2016.
Hungary are missing Fiola (df 16/0), also Korhut (df 5/0) is a doubt. They have Dzsudzsak, Gera, Guzmics, Juhasz, Kadar, Kleinheisler, Nagy and Nemeth on a yellow card.
Belgium have a major doubt with Dembele (mf 66/5). They have Meunier, Vermaelen, Vertonghen and Witsel on a yellow card.
Hungary: Kiraly, Kadar, Guzmics, Juhasz, Lang, Nagy, Gera, Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak, Szalai.
Belgium: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, Nainggolan, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku.
Hungary 6.28 Draw 3.36 Belgium 1.69
Italy v Spain
2016-06-27 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-27 09:26:02)
Italy won group E ahead of Belgium and Ireland. Although their defeat to the Rep of Ireland was their first in 13 competitive games under Antonio Conte, albeit with a weakened line-up. Italy Italy have failed to score in three of their last four knock-out games at the European Championship. They used more players (22) than any other side in the group stage.
Spain finished 2nd in group D behind Croatia. Losing to Croatia in the final group game. They have lost three of their last six games at the World Cup and European Championship - as many defeats as in their previous 31 major tournament games. Spain have lost just one of 11 games against Italy (including friendlies), winning four matches and drawing six.
Italy are missing Candreva (mf 40/4). Italy have 10 players on yellow cards, Barzagli, Bonucci, Buffon, Chiellini, De Rossi, Eder, Insigne, Motta, Sirigu and Zaza.
Spain have no injuries or suspensions. They have named the same starting line-up in all three games so far. They have Ramos on a yellow card.
Italy: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Florenzi, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, Darmian, Pelle, Eder.
Spain: De Gea, Juanfran, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas, Silva, Iniesta, Nolito, Morata.
Italy 4.17 Draw 2.94 Spain 2.13
England v Iceland
2016-06-27 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-27 09:48:35)
England finished 2nd behind Wales in group B, despite beating the Welsh in the 2nd game. This is the first time England have reached the knockout stages in two consecutive European Championship tournaments. England had 46 more shots than their opponents (Russia, Wales, Slovakia) in the first three games at Euro 2016 but scored one more goal.
Iceland finished 2nd in group F, behind winners Hungary, with Portugal 3rd. Iceland have only lost once in their last nine competitive matches (W4, D4). All three of Iceland's group games at Euro 2016 have seen both teams score. They were the only team, along with Spain, to start with the same line-up in all three of their group games.
England have no injuries or suspensions. They have Cahill on a yellow card.
Iceland have no problems and started with the same line-up in all three of their group games. They have 7 players on yellow cards: Kari Arnason, Birkir Bjarnason, Johann Gudmundsson, Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ari Skulason and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
England: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Rose, Dier, Alli, Rooney, Sterling, Sturridge, Kane.
Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Bodvarsson, Sigthorsson.
England 1.50 Draw 3.82 Iceland 8.20
Riske v Vinci
TENNIS - Wimbledon ( Women's )
2016-06-28 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-27 18:22:25)
"Veni Vidi Vinci - She came, she saw and hopefully Vinci will conquer Riske"
Alison Riske is from the USA, aged 25 and ranked 80 in the world. She is a good grass court player having won 61.9% of her career matches on that surface. She made the final in Birmingham on grass although her opposition was quite weak. She has lost 7 times in opening rounds this year and seems to be lacking in confidence. She seems either to do very well or very badly as in her first tournament of the year she reached another final in Shezhen in which she lost to Radwanska.
Roberta Vinci is more of a clay court player but has still won 56.4% of her career matches on grass. She was the surprise runner-up in last years US Open and may be able to raise her game for Wimbledon. Her very recent form has not been that good but in February in St.Peterburg she won a hard court tournament. The courts at Wimbledon should play fairly slowly, given the cooler humid conditions which should suit her .
Info: This is their first meeting.
SUMMARY: Value for Vinci at 3.00.
Riske 1.45 v Vinci 3.00
Wozniacki v Kuznetsova
TENNIS - Wimbledon ( Women's )
2016-06-28 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-27 18:47:45)
"Svetlana too strong for sweet Caroline"
Caroline Wozniaki has only had an average season which has been marred by injury. After Miami in March where she lost to Svitolina in the second round she was side-lined for 10 weeks and didn't reappear again until Nottingham where she lost surprisingly to Kontaveit in the second round. She then lost to Wickmayer in the first round in Birmingham and although she won 2 rounds in Eastbourne after winning the first set against Puig she went on to lose. Her career record on grass is 67.9%.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is having a good year which started well with a tournament win in Sydney on hard courts. Then in March she made the final in Miami having beaten Serena in the third round and in the French she won 3 rounds before losing to eventual winner Muguruza. She has won 2 Grand Slams and may be able to raise her game here at Wimbledon. Her career record on grass is 62.5%.
Info: In the head to head record, Kuznetsova trails 5-6 but has won 3 out of the last 4.
SUMMARY: Given Wozniaki is not back to her best, there is value in betting Kuznetsova at 2.35.
Wozniacki 1.69 v Kuznetsova 2.35
Watson v Beck
TENNIS - Wimbledon ( Women's )
2016-06-28 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-28 12:23:12)
Heather Watson is British, aged 27 and ranked 55 in the world. She has more experience on grass than her opponent but has only a 46.1% record on this surface. In the 3 warm-up tournaments before Wimbledon she has only won 1 match (against Giorgi). In March she won 3 matches in Miami on hard courts, beating Stephens in the second round. Before that she won a tournament in Monterrey where she beat some strong players including Garcia and Wosniaki.
Annika Beck is German, aged 22 and ranked 43 in the world. She has only played 15 matches on grass but has won 8 of them. She won 2 matches in the French but has not played any of the warm-up tournament on grass. However in January she won 3 matches in the Australian beating Bacsinszky in the second round and last year she won a tournament in Quebec although on quite average company.
Info: In the head to head record, Watson leads 1-0 but that meeting was 5 years ago.
SUMMARY: With her quiet German discipline Beck is the value in spite of the home advantage for Watson. Bet on Beck at 3.00.
Watson 1.46 v Beck 3.00
Errani v Cornet
TENNIS - Wimbledon ( Women's )
2016-06-29 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-29 12:19:12)
"Alize nowhere near wonderland"
Sara Errani is from Italy, she is 29 years old and ranked 21 in the world. Errani has not done well recently, losing 5 first round matches leading up to Wimbledon. However in Charleston she won 3 matches and in Dubai in February she won the tournament. She is not known for her grass court play but has still won 42.4% career matches on this surface. She had a much better year in 2015, making the final in Bucharest. She always gives a 100% and never gets discouraged.
Alize Cornet is French, she is 26 years old and ranked 61 in the world. She has also done badly recently, losing in the first round in Eastbourne and other early defeats. In January she won a grass court tournament in Hobart but since then the only tournament in which she has won more than one match was the French. Her best surface is clay and on grass her record is only 37%.
Info: In the head to head record, Errani leads 4-1 although they have not played since 2014 and never on grass.
Summary: Value for the diminutive Italian Errani at 2.45.
Errani 2.45 v Cornet 1.62
Stosur v Lisicki
TENNIS - Wimbledon ( Women's )
2016-06-30 13:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-06-30 10:49:50)
"Stosur to out muscle Lisicki"
Samantha Stosur is Australian, she is 32 years old and ranked 16 in the world. She is having a good year reaching the semi-final in the French. She also won 3 matches in both Miami and Prague all on clay. Grass is not her best surface having only won 49.1% of career matches. However with the cooler damp conditions the courts are playing slower.
Sabine Lisicki is having a poor season having won only 8 matches from 21. She is from Germany,,aged 26 and has slipped down to 81 in the rankings. She has not played any of the warm-up tournaments on grass before Wimbledon and has lost to a number of weak players recently. Her best surface is grass, with a win percentage of 75.5 and still holds the record for the fastest serve. She reached the final of Wimbledon in 2013 but has always been emotionally unstable.
Info: In the head to head record, Stosur leads 5-2 and is 2-1 up on grass.SUMMARY: Value for Stosur at 2.55.
Stosur 2.55 v Lisicki 1.59
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