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Riske v Vandeweghe - Dubai Championships Women

TENNIS Dubai Championships Women

2017-02-20 10:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-19 21:30:07)

Riske v Vandeweghe 

"Alison worth the risk"

Alison Riske is American, aged 26 and ranked 38 in the world. She is at her highest ranking and last year was 41 and 25 overall. The courts in Dubai will be faster than Qatar which will favour Riske as she plays an all court game and sometimes serves and volleys. Last year started well for her when she made the final in Shenzhen. In June she made another final in Birmingham, losing to Plskova. In October she reached her third final of the year in Tianjin having beaten Kuznetsova in the semi-final. This year also started well when she was in the final again in Shenzhen, having beaten Radwanska in the 1/4 final.

Coco Vanderweghe is also American, aged 25 and ranked 20 in the world. She is also at her highest ranking but was only 23 and 18 overall last year. She won a grass court tournament in Holland last year and won 3 rounds at Wimbledon. Her form tailed off towards the end of last year, losing her last 5 matches. This year started very well when she reached the semi of the Australian Open, losing a close match to Venus Williams.

Court surface:  Dubai hard courts.

Head to Head:  Vanderweghe leads 4-3 but has lost the last 2. In Stanford last year Riske won when Vanderweghe suffered an ankle injury early in the 2nd set, having lost the first. 

Summary:  Value for Riske at 2.70.

2.70 Riske v Vandeweghe 1.55

Manchester City v Monaco

FBECUP UEFA Champions League > 8th Finals-16

2017-02-21 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-20 13:29:36)

The bookmakers are overestimating Man City, at least in my opinion. If you have a shrewd coach City can be stopped and Jardim, the Monaco coach, is that man and his Monaco have not been beaten often this season.

If City had faced PSG then the odds on the home win would have been, say 2.00 so why this paltry 1.65 vs the Monegasques? Monaco are far from being a defensive team and they will attack City as often as they will get a chance. I have seen them pulverise teams away from home, but I admit, their opponents have not been as strong as Man City.

Bakayoko, a midfielder, should be fit to play for Monaco, but they will miss their suspended defender Jemerson and the injured Boschilia.

No G Jesus for City meaning that K Aguero will start upfront. I do not think Vincent Kompany will be involved.

Cannot stand the odds on the home win.


Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid

FBECUP UEFA Champions League > 8th Finals-16

2017-02-21 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-20 13:31:23)

These two teams have not really impressed me this season, but I accept Atletico as the favourite, despite the away disadvantage.

Coach Simeone has more or less reverted to his tactics from last season, as their “more attractive” passing game never worked for Atletico. Now they are supposed to play their pressing game and they will be tough to break down for Bayer.

Leverkusen came second in their qualification group ahead of Tottenham and they never lost at home. Did they impress? Not really, but I recall that they were clearly the better side away to Monaco (1-1). Tottenham were so poor in the group matches that finishing ahead of them was not a big deal.

I get the feeling that they are on their way up in form, but I would not bet on it.

Chicharito scored twice in their last league game. A very young player, born 1999, K Haiwertz is playing in the supporting role behind Chicharito and he is quite some talent, but I have never seen him in action. O Toprak, defender, was suspended, but he will be back for this game. The influential L Bender is considered a serious injury doubt, but I expect to see him line up for the home side. Calhanglou is suspended.

J Oblak, the Atletico keeper, is back in contention, but they have to manage without the injured Godin, Tiago, Juanfran and Augusto. D Godin, their key defender.

It is about the odds and I just cannot resist the odds on the home win.


Huddersfield v Reading

FBENG Championship > Regular Season-16

2017-02-21 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-20 13:34:25)

A very big game in the Championship and I am on the side of Huddersfield. They played out a 0-0 draw against Man City in the FA cup at the weekend and then you should know that their successful coach had changed his line up in seven positions. A daring approach you would think, but Huddersfield obviously have a very big and strong squad.

Reading were without a game and they will come rather fresh for this match, but this advantage will not be that significant, as Huddersfield fielded so many reserves vs City.

Huddersfield have just one defeat and twelve wins in their last thirteen competitive games, but Reading are also on a very good run.

J Hogg, S Scannell and K Palmer have been missing for a while for the home side and they will miss out again. H Bunn also risks missing this match, but C Löwe and A Mooy will be back.

Reading hope to have P McShane and S Quinn ready for this game, but T Ilori and C Harriott are major doubts and Van den Berg will definitely be missing.

The odds are what could be expected. I mean Huddersfield are after all 11-2-2 in their home games.

Backing Huddersfield.