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  • Australian Open In-Play Betting » The Profits | The Profits
    7 4 Youzhny traded out to 4 90 again during the fourth set with the Australian Open app even listing Ebden having won the match Once winning that fourth set it was all but over with Youzhny serving the match out winning 6 3 The second was a little riskier but provided you with a very good reward Fernando Verdasco seeded number 22 was facing unseeded and little known David Goffin Verdasco was able to win the first set fairly easy 6 4 There were two main factors in the first set that were to follow Goffin only won 15 of first serve returning points while Verdasco won 40 and 60 of his own first serve points while Verdasco won 85 At this stage Goffin was performing below his average and if you were gutsy a lay of Verdasco could have been on the cards we wouldn t have In the second set Goffin switched on and picked up to 31 and 68 winning the set 6 3 The figure was even more damming in the third winning 35 and 81 David Goffin in the 4 th went up 2 games to 0 and there is where we look at the in play markets Verdasco traded out to 11 here with Goffin trading at a low of 1 10 with more than 38 000 matched at that price 430 000 at 1 20 or less There was one key statistic from our write up that made anything around the 10 price value at this stage to back Verdasco This statistic was that in his last game Goffin had 5 break points against him against a lesser opponent and he was unable to save any of them He is a solid player but ends up choking in these types of positions Verdasco had the ability to come back on his best form shown in the first set Luckily he was able to not only win his next service game but also break Goffin s next serve to go on and win the set 6 3 and the final set 6 4 You will never get all of your in play bets correct and yes it is annoying having to call up to place a bet but there is some serious cash to be made especially early in these Grand Slams to jump on seeded players who trade out to big odds in bad positions Just remember if you are taking odds that are over what they should be you will end up profiting in the long run Follow Ace TheProfits on twitter who will be discussing all things Tennis throughout the Grand Slam Please Note All of the above are the opinions of the author and are not recommendations or advice The author may not be taking every bet listed above Bet at your own risk All of our information is provided free If you want to show your support if you are wanting to join a new bookmaker please use

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  • Australian Open Men's Draw Day 1 Predictions and Betting Options | The Profits
    is in the middle of a horror run He defeated Bjorn Phau in Doha in 3 tight sets Phau then lost 0 6 1 6 to Nieminen in Sydney before he was comprehensively outplayed by Lukas Lacko 3 6 5 7 Suggested Bet Will be curious to see if this match goes ahead If backing Troicki I suggest doing so somewhere where they pay out on retirements after the first set eg Betfair If backing Stepanek do so somewhere where you will be refunded if he retires This is a match I am avoiding altogether Match 5 Tobias Kamke vs Flavio Cipolla H2H Kamke leads 3 1 Kamke 2 0 on hardcourt Notable Trends Cipolla has lost 4 of his last 5 at Grand Slam level Kamke has lost 4 in a row at Grand Slam level Kamke has won 4 of last 5 matches Cipolla has lost 4 of last 5 matches Summary Both players made it to the second round last year but one player was certainly more impressive Tobias Kamke has showed glimpses of late He lost 6 8 in the fifth set to Dolgopolov in what would have been a massive upset Here is one of the key reasons why Kamke is going off favourite Their last three head to heads all since 7 11 11 have gone the way of Kamke all in straight sets The main one to look at is their last hardcourt matchup on 9 1 12 What stands out most here is Kamke was able to win comfortably even with Cipolla serving at a sensational 77 of first serves in Of those first serves he only won 54 of points and 42 on second serve That suggests that if he isn t getting cheap points on his first serve he is going to consistently pressured to hold serve Predicted Winner Tobias Kamke Suggested Bet Tobias Kamke 1 5 sets at 1 72 at Sportsbet Why Recent form plus recent head to head success all points to this being a Kamke win The 1 5 sets options allows Kamke to drop a set but still cover the bet Confidence 60 Match 6 Juan Monaco 11 vs Andrey Kuznetsov H2H Never previously met Notable Trends Monaco has lost 4 of the last 5 matches Monaco has lost 5 of the last 6 matches on hardcourt Kuznetsov has lost 4 in a row on hardcourt Summary The money in this match has come for Kuznetsov in from 5 76 to 4 20 I find that a bit strange considering he has only ever beaten two players in the top 100 Baghdatis on clay and Granollers on Hard While Monaco hasn t had the best preparation you d think if he didn t think he was up to playing he wouldn t have made the trip out Prior to this losing streak vs Tipsaravic Hewitt Verdasco and Baghdatis Monaco did win the ATP Kuala Lumpur tournament in September defeating Nishikori and Benneteau along the way Predicted Winner Monaco or retirement Suggested Bet Monaco may prove a solid multi leg component at around 1 27 Match 7 Kevin Anderson vs Paolo Lorenzi H2H Anderson leads 1 0 1 0 on hardcourt Notable Trends Kevin Anderson has won 11 in a row when priced at under 1 20 Lorenzi has lost 5 in a row at the Australian Open Lorenzi has lost 5 in a row at Grand Slams Summary If Anderson is feeling good off his finals appearance in Sydney you d anticipate this to be one way traffic Their previous head to head meeting was in July of last year with Anderson getting the crucial break in both sets on the way to a 6 4 6 3 victory Something to keep in mind is the performance of players who have reached the final of the previous tournament Anderson will be coming into this having played a whole week of tennis in Perth and in Sydney The emotional fatigue that comes with making a final may cause Anderson to start a little flat on Monday Suggested Bet No bet Match 8 Xavier Malisse vs Pablo Andujar H2H Malisse leads 2 1 2 matches finished in retirements Malisse won completed match on hardcourt Notable Trends Andujar has lost 9 in a row Andujar has lost 5 in a row on hardcourt Andujar has lost 5 of his last 6 in Australia Summary Malisse has started his season off in solid fashion defeating 7 th seed Klizan and Giraldo in Auckland before losing a tight 2 setter to Kohlschreiber an eventual finalist Andujar He hasn t won an ATP level match since the US Open where he beat Thomaz Belluci The most concerning loss there was a 2 6 6 7 loss to Lukas Rosol in Doha on New Years Eve Taking Benneteau to 3 sets was an improvement but losing his serve 8 times was not Go back to their previous meeting the 2011 Australian Open Andujar had a higher first serve percentage however Malisse was comprehensive in his victory winning 92 161 points breaking Andujar 6 times and dropping serve only once winning Suggested Bet Malisse 3 0 at 2 Saver 3 1 at 3 60 Multi leg Malisse H2H Confidence 65 Match 9 David Goffin vs Fernando Verdasco 22 H2H No previous meetings Notable Trends Goffin has lost 4 matches in a row vs Left Handers Verdasco has lost 4 matches in a row Summary To be fair to Verdasco on the losing 4 matches in a row they have been against Anderson Tsonga Djokovic and Istomin 3 at Hopman Cup an exhibition event Verdasco actually won for Spain When you break down the career hardcourt record of Goffin it isn t sensational He boasts only 5 career wins over top 50 players Isner 11 Troicki 30 Andujar 40 Young 46 and Malisse 49 mixed amongst 10 comprehensive losses He also lost 7 times to players outside the top 100 on hardcourt in 2012 Looking at a different perspective Verdasco went a solid 10 3 on hardcourt in 2012 against players ranked 21 and above with one loss a retirement However Goffin did the same although Verdasco s victories read to be more impressive Suggested Bet Verdasco H2H 5 set refund if applicable and make a minimum size bet Why Early 2013 form tells a story here Verdasco has been getting some matches vs high quality opponents under his belt even if it was an exhibition tournament Goffin on the other hand has only beaten Matt Ebden this year He lost to Thomaz Bellucci in Auckland even though he served 76 of first serves in The worst statistic 0 5 break points saved Confidence 70 Match 10 Jurgen Melzer 26 vs Mikhail Kukushkin H2H No previous meetings Notable Trends Kukushkin has lost 6 of last 7 vs Left Handers Melzer has lost 5 of last 6 at Grand Slam level Summary Kukushkin hasn t played since he underwent hip surgery He is lucky to have even scraped into the tournament with a ranking of 107 He didn t intend on playing until the middle of February and this is backed up with Kukushkin not even registering to try and qualify before being given a spot So that should suggest a win for Melzer then Melzer has been in average form of late That combined with Kukushkin having 4 th round points to defend from last year makes this unpredictable Is Kukushkin here purely for the paycheck Suggested Bet No Bet Match 11 Fabio Fognini vs Roberto Bautista Agut H2H Fognini leads 2 0 2 0 on indoor hardcourt Notable Trends Fognini has lost 4 in a row at the Australian Open Summary Completely disregard Fognini s win over Dimitrov in Sydney Dimitrov was drained from his final in Brisbane and couldn t get to Melbourne to be with his girlfriend Sharapova quick enough Again you can pretty much disregard the win over Raonic at Kooyong too Watching parts of the match you could tell they didn t really want to be there keeping it very simple on a 39 degree day Take away those two wins and you get yourself a 0 7 hardcourt run vs rankings 29 46 187 11 155 55 and 34 He only won three sets amongst those seven matches Bautista Agut is arguably in the best form of his career The 24 year old has started the year with a bang reaching the final in Chennai not two weeks ago Highlights along the way in Chennai include 3 sets wins over Tomas Berdych and Benoit Paire before falling to Janko Tipsaravic after taking the first set Going back to August Bautista Agut won back to back Challenger circuit titles including one of hardcourt in Pozoblanco Bautista Agut is the value here Fognini isn t at his best on hardcourt and I am of the belief that if he can get off to a great start Bautista Agut could put Fognini to the sword here Suggested Bet Bautista Agut h2h at 1 95 at Sportsbet 5 set refund better odds elsewhere Confidence 60 Match 12 Julian Reister vs Guillaume Rufin H2H Reister leads 1 0 on clay Notable Trends Rufin has lost 4 in a row on hardcourt Summary Going to keep this one short Recent form has this game going to Reister Dominant in qualifying he will be ready to fire come Monday The biggest worry for Rufin is his form to start 2013 Losing to the 551 st ranked Prakash Amritraj home court qualifier in Chennai before being trounced 2 6 1 6 by Joao Sousa For those unaware Sousa then preceded to be wiped off the court in the R32 by Florian Mayer 1 6 2 6 Not flattering for Rufin at all Suggested Bet Reister 1 5 sets at 1 91 at Sportsbet Confidence 70 Match 13 Michael Russell vs Tomas Berdych 5 H2H Berdych leads 2 1 most recent meeting 2010 all on hardcourt Notable Trends Russell has lost 4 of the last 5 at the Australian Open Berdych has won 12 of the last 13 rated at less than 1 20 Summary Michael Russell hasn t played solid ATP level tennis for some time now What does become apparent looking at the playing activity of Russell is he has played on nothing but hardcourt since mid July It has been a solid run but he hasn t beaten anyone ranked in the top 140 in that time An interesting look at Berdych s first round matches at the Australian Open since 2010 shows that 4 6 matches have had at least one reach 5 5 meaning Berdych will win at least 19 games This makes Berdych over 18 5 games tempting but the form of Berdych and the recent withdrawal in Auckland due to illness from Russell makes this a game to avoid Predicted winner Tomas Berdych Suggested Bet Nil Match 14 David Ferrer 4 vs Olivier Rochus H2H Ferrer leads 7 2 5 2 on hardcourt Notable Trends Rochus hasn t beaten Ferrer since 2006 Ferrer has won 10 in a row when priced at 1 20 or less Rochus has lost 5 of his last 6 on hardcourt Rochus has lost 7 in a row vs top 10 players Summary Ferrer got more than he bargained for from Rochus last time they met grinding out a 7 5 7 5 victory Looking deeper into that match it shouldn t have been that close Ferrer is generally solid at capitalising on break point opportunities Rochus afforded him 18 opportunities of which Ferrer broke 5 times All this with Ferrer only serving at 48 Besides being outplayed comfortably by Davydenko in Doha Ferrer has been on a rampage to start the season He dropped only 3 games vs Lacko in the Auckland QF 3 games vs Monfils in the SF and defeated Kohlschreiber 7 6 6 1 in the final If Ferrer turns up from the first point this should be over in straight sets and quite comfortably If you look at the last 2 first round Australian Open appearances for Ferrer he has gone 6 0 6 0 2 0 RET and 6 1 6 4 6 2 I predict more of the same here today Look for Ferrer to outplay Rochus in every facet of the game Suggested Bet Total games under 27 5 Confidence 65 Match 15 Ivo Karlovic vs Tim Smyczek H2H No previous meetings Notable Trends Karlovic has played a tiebreak in each of his last 11 games and 19 of his last 21 matches Karlovic has lost 4 in a row on hardcourt Summary Bit of a strange match Out of form Karlovic up against Lucky Loser Smyczek The only way to correlate their recent form is Karlovic was knocked out in three sets by young Aussie Matt Barton in Sydney qualifiers and Smyczek beat Barton in three sets in Australian Open qualifying Two out of form players is generally a no go zone Who knows who will turn up here Suggested Bet If anything tiebreak to be played at 1 30 at Bet365 could be a suitable multi leg Confidence 65 Match 16 John Millman vs Tatsuma Ito H2H Ito leads 3 1 all on hardcourt Notable Trends Ito has lost 4 in a row at Grand Slam level Ito has lost 8 of last 9 matches when priced between 2 and 3 Summary Two things have changed since Ito defeated Millman in Japan in November 1 Millman has hit home soil 2 His confidence levels has boosted immeasurably Sometimes all it takes is a home crowd and a night match against a top 10 player for you to realise just what you are capable of achieving Millman pushed Andy Murray to the absolute limit in Brisbane not long after defeating Ito 6 4 6 1 The telling statistic Ito won only 29 of points on his second serve Millman outplayed Ito in every area that day We are still playing in Australia Millman is still confident so I can t see a big turnaround here on Monday Suggested Bet Millman 1 5 sets at 1 72 gives you a bit of breathing room in case the nerves get the better of Millman early Confidence 75 Match 17 Albert Ramos vs Marcos Baghdatis 28 H2H No previous meetings Notable Trends Ramos has lost 5 in a row on hardcourt Ramos has lost 6 of the last 7 at Grand Slam level Baghdatis has won 4 of his last 5 vs Left Handers Baghdatis has won 12 in a row when priced at 1 20 or less Summary From a personal point of view this year we have seen Baghdatis the fittest he has been for some time When he is fitter he gets into position earlier and becomes a more attacking player Don t stress about the fadeouts of Baghdatis in the second set of each of the last 2 AAMI Classic matches It is an exhibition tournament there is no point pushing yourself when you have already got enough time on court under your belt Ramos has started the year poorly Losses to Paolo Lorenzi and wildcard Olivier Rochus are not what Ramos would have had in mind to start the year Margaret Court Arena Monday Night Baghdatis will have his Cypriot cheersquad out in full force Everything points to a very solid win for Baghdatis especially if he plays to the level he has throughout the first fortnight of 2013 Suggested Bet Under 31 5 games at 1 80 at Sportsbet Confidence 65 Match 18 Mikhail Youzhny 23 vs Matthew Ebden H2H Youzhny leads 1 0 on hardcourt indoor Notable Trends Ebden has lost 4 in a row on hardcourt Ebden has lost 4 of his last 5 at Grand Slam level Summary Another one of the matches that is hard to get a solid read on This is mainly due to Mikhail Youzhny On his day he is sensational to watch But he is just so inconsistent Ebden is another up and down player In all honest Ebden should have beaten Granollers in Sydney It was a choke Suggested Bet Both plays too unreliable to get a read on this match No bet Match 19 Evgeny Donskoy vs Adrian Ungur H2H Donskoy leads 1 0 on clay Notable Trends Donskoy has lost 4 in a row at Grand Slam level Ungur has lost 5 of last 6 at Grand Slam level Summary Not a game to have your money on If anything follow the money of Donskoy h2h as this will be Ungur s first match since November Suggested Bet No Bet Match 20 Maxime Authom vs Carlos Berlocq H2H No previous meetings Notable Trends Berlocq has lost 4 of last 5 in Australia Berlocq has lost 6 of the last 7 on hardcourt Summary Will keep this one short Berlocq has gone 2 9 on hardcourt since mid March 2012 with the two wins over Giraldo and Matosevic The losses haven t been great at all Authom on the other hand has just breezed his way through qualifying The most impressive win of the three would have to be vs Dustin Brown winning 7 5 6 1 with a 1 st serve below 50 Berlocq pulled out of qualifying in Auckland due to an unknown reason No lead up play for a player that prefers claycourt is not a good sign at all Suggested Bet Authom 1 5 sets at 2 20 at Sportsbet Confidence 60 Match 21 Victor Hanescu vs Kei Nishikori 16 H2H Nishikori leads 1 0 on clay Notable Trends Hanescu has lost 4 in a row at Grand Slam level Summary Nishikori is playing some magnificent tennis He is systematically breaking down opponents and it is stunning to watch You only need to look back to how he took care of Dolgopolov placing around 70 of his shots onto

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  • Tennis | The Profits - Part 4
    open mens draw analysis Jan 10 Australian Open 2013 Top 10 Men s Seeds Preview Categories Tennis by TheProfits January 10 2013 The Profits resident Tennis expert takes a look at the top 10 seeded players of the 2013 Australian Open and provides you with in depth analysis and statistics to help you pick a winner during this Grand Slam Leave comment Permanent link to this article http www theprofits com au 2013 01 australian open 2013 top 10 mens seeds preview Jan 10 Australian Open 2013 Men s Seeds 11 20 Preview Categories Tennis by TheProfits January 10 2013 The Profits resident Tennis expert takes a look at the men s seeds ranked 11 20 of the 2013 Australian Open and provides you with in depth analysis and statistics to help you pick a winner during this Grand Slam Leave comment Permanent link to this article http www theprofits com au 2013 01 australian open 2013 mens seeds 11 20 preview Jan 10 Australian Open 2013 Men s Seeds 21 32 Preview Categories Tennis by TheProfits January 10 2013 The Profits resident Tennis expert takes a look at the men s seeds ranked 21 32 of the 2013 Australian Open and provides you with in depth analysis and statistics to help you pick a winner during this Grand Slam Leave comment Permanent link to this article http www theprofits com au 2013 01 australian open 2013 mens seeds 21 32 preview Oct 08 Tennis Shanghai Masters Round 1 Categories Tennis by Mr X October 8 2012 The ATP season is coming to a close and as a result all tennis bettors have to be wary of a few extra factors The main factor with the last month or two of the season is fatigue You only need to look

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  • The Profits - Turning Gamblers into Traders - Part 6
    a look over the Women s draw giving his Day 1 predictions and betting options including predicted quarter winners Suggested Plays for Day 1 J Goerges 3 5 vs V Dushevina at 1 67 at Sportsbet Confidence 70 A Kerber under 12 5 Continue reading Leave comment Permanent link to this article http www theprofits com au 2013 01 australian open womens draw day 1 predictions and betting options Jan 12 Australian Open Men s Draw Analysis Categories Tennis by TheProfits January 12 2013 What an interesting draw that has been dealt Social media has been buzzing with who ended in what quarter or half who got the tough first round matchup and who could potentially be playing who Rather than get caught up in the emotion of it all and start making outlandish comments and statements a Continue reading 2 comments Permanent link to this article http www theprofits com au 2013 01 australian open mens draw analysis Jan 12 Horse Racing Form Flemington Rosehill and Gold Coast Saturday 12 January 2013 Categories Racing by TheProfits January 12 2013 Welcome to The Profits write up for Magic Millions day It also happens to be my birthday 27th so I won t be as active on twitter as normal due to some birthday party commitments The card at Flemington looks to be fairly straight forward but there isn t really much confidence to be had about any Continue reading 5 comments Permanent link to this article http www theprofits com au 2013 01 horse racing form flemington rosehill and gold coast saturday 12 january 2012 Jan 11 English Premier League Week 22 Game Predictions Tips and Bets Categories English Premier League by TheProfits January 11 2013 The Premier League returns this weekend after a short break to allow for some

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  • Big Bash League Semi Final Match Predictions, Tips And Bets » The Profits | The Profits
    by 6 wickets The Melbourne Renegades provided many answers against the Sixers after question marks surfaced when Finch was called up to the ODI squad and Marlon Samuels was ruled out for the rest of the tournament But the recruitment of Alex Hales was underrated and that was shown immediately when he began belting Sixers bowlers to all parts of the SCG including the roof of the Ladies Stand Skipper Aaron Finch has been dropped from the ODI squad and will create one of the most ominous partnerships with Hales the Big Bash has ever seen It will be must watch cricket The Brisbane Heat have scraped into the top four and won t want to stop at that They will surely go into the game full of confidence not just because of the convincing win against Hobart but also due to being the only team to have pushed the Renegades at Etihad Stadium The Heat were well on top before a well structured partnership between Rohrer and Cooper guided the Renegades to victory The Heat will be pleased to retain Ben Cutting from ODI duties as he has been a timely wicket taker and run scorer Pomersbach has been one of the more damaging players of the tournament and an inspired pick up for Darren Lehmann after most states and franchises refused to go near him He has the sixth most competition runs 248 and will need to significantly add to that to see the Heat be competitive The home advantage of Etihad has been well documented for the Renegades The spinners especially rarely fail I have no reason to suggest that this won t continue They are still the team to beat for the title at 3 20 in my eyes despite the Perth Scorchers now 3 00 outright favourites Prediction Melbourne Renegades by 30 runs 6 wickets Confidence 80 Semi Final 2 Perth Scorchers 1 65 vs Melbourne Stars 2 25 at the WACA Ground Wednesday January 16 th Starting Time 17 00 local Perth Scorchers lead all encounters 2 1 Previous Encounter December 12 th 2012 Perth Scorchers all out for 69 from 15 2 overs Malinga 6 7 Faulkner 2 16 Melbourne Stars 0 29 from 2 overs Wright 23no Melbourne Stars won by 24 runs D L method The Perth Scorchers go into this semi final as the new title favourites But they ll have to erase the demons of this season s previous encounter when bowled out for a horrendous 69 This will be made much easier with chief destroyer Lasith Malinga no longer part of the Stars squad His 6 7 would still be creating nightmares but in saying that his exclusion in itself is sure to draw a large amount of confidence Mike Hussey is an important inclusion for the Scorchers depth but he is likely to be brought in at the dispense of another batsman perhaps Marcus North in order to keep the successful bowling structure The Stars are in

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  • Big Bash League Round 6 Match Predictions, Tips and Bets » The Profits | The Profits
    isn t much after those three before you start running into a lengthy tail end The Hurricanes are now second outright title favourites at 4 00 They are coming off consecutive wins against the two lowly Sydney sides so their form could be slightly exaggerated Ricky Ponting becoming a full time fixture for Hobart hasn t been a disappointment He has conjured twin 63s over the last two rounds and is looking difficult to get out Ben Laughlin is now joint leading wicket taker with Lasith Malinga gathering 10 wickets while still operating at 7 15 runs per over despite bowling at the death of the innings a large chunk of the time The long Perth tail is sure to be exposed again sooner or later and the Hurricanes are always strong at Bellerive Prediction Hobart Hurricanes by 25 runs 6 wickets Confidence 70 Melbourne Renegades 1 80 vs Adelaide Strikers 1 98 at Etihad Stadium Wednesday January 2 nd Starting Time 19 00 local Only Previous Encounter December 18 nd 2011 Adelaide Strikers 5 189 from 20 overs Harris 49 Klinger 46 Blizzard 30 Borgas 28no Heal 2 32 Melbourne Renegades all out 122 from 20 overs Maxwell 46 McDonald 35 Richardson 3 27 Botha 2 18 O Brien 2 34 Adelaide Strikers won by 67 runs The Renegades are coming off their first loss of the season after a humbling 51 run thumping from Perth The bowlers certainly appeared to struggle on the faster WACA track and weren t as immune from batsmen getting under the ball and clearing the boundary A strange decision from Finch to bowl himself instead of O Brien or Rimmington cost the Renegades any chance of reducing the total to something that could be chased They will enjoy returning to the comforts of Etihad Stadium although it will be the last home game so a win will be essential to ensure a home semi final is secured The Adelaide Strikers are statistically the best batting side in the competition They are averaging 165 8 runs per innings and have four batsman in the top 15 individual run scorers Ludeman 165 Klinger 147 Pollard 129 Reardon 116 the most of any other team Although runs won t come as fluently at Etihad Stadium In saying that other areas could suit for example Botha Young and Boyce should all benefit from the slower pitch like Murali Samuels and O Brien do A really tight game I m still interested to see the Renegades set a target before the finals Again check the toss Adelaide could be worth a nibble if the Renegades bat first Apart from that it s difficult to go against the Renegades at home Prediction Melbourne Renegades by 10 runs 5 wickets Confidence 60 Brisbane Heat 2 12 vs Melbourne Stars 1 70 at the Gabba Thursday January 3 rd Starting Time 18 30 local Only Previous Encounter December 20 th 2012 Melbourne Stars 7 177 from 20 overs Quiney 97 Hussey

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  • Big Bash League Round 5 Match Predictions, Tips and Bets » The Profits | The Profits
    28 Franklin 2 22 Melbourne won by 6 wickets When Phil Hughes was called up for national duties there were large question marks as to who would be able to partner Michael Klinger at the top of the order Former Carlton wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman was given the opportunity and he hasn t looked back He is now 2 nd in the league for runs scored with 135 and striking at 148 35 Michael Klinger isn t too far behind in 3 rd at 133 and Nathan Reardon 8 th with 109 suggesting that the batting is a greater strength than many realised The return to form and pace of Shaun Tait is forming an exciting partnership with up and coming fiery spearhead Kane Richardson The fast and full lengths have been impossible to get away and require innovation to be scored off The Stars just keep getting the job done Apart from the Malinga 6 7 and Maxwell 82 there haven t been any outstanding performances Each player seems to know their role and ensure they do it well This is a genuine blockbuster game that will have a large say to final table standings and home Semi Finals Extremely hard to split leaning slightly toward the Stars due to the deeper batting Prediction Stars by 5 runs 3 wickets Confidence 60 Sydney Thunder 1 98 vs Brisbane Heat 1 80 at ANZ Stadium Friday December 28 th Starting Time 19 00 local Only Previous Encounter January 17 th 2012 Brisbane Heat 4 195 from 20 overs Christian 75 Lynn 37no Forrest 33 Robinson 25 Bills 2 44 Sydney Thunder 6 104 from 20 overs Khawaja 37 Day 29no Abbott 22no McDermott 2 25 Brisbane won by 91 runs This isn t the prettiest game on paper but Brisbane is offering quite good value at 1 80 They could have easily had an extra one or two wins to their tally and pushed the Renegades at Etihad Stadium to the last over So the form still isn t as bad as it reads The batting is holding up with a majority of the top 6 averaging over 22 and striking at acceptable rates But the bowling has been a major disappointment having been mooted as one of the strongest pre tournament 15 wickets combined from the bowlers in 4 games will never win many games The seam based game plan has become predictable with only 6 overs of spin bowled all tournament and that s with Nathan Hauritz playing all four games There aren t many successful T20 teams around the world that are completely ignorant to benefits of spin bowling in this format It s time to get more overs into Hauritz The Sydney Thunder looks a long way off the rest of the competition Gayle was going to win games off his own bat but has so far been a major flop averaging just 11 and striking at an ugly 71 73 per 100 balls There just doesn

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  • Big Bash League Round 4 Match Predictions, Tips and Bets » The Profits | The Profits
    Melbourne as much as they can and chasing down a low total Prediction Melbourne Stars by 25 runs 7 wickets Confidence 80 Melbourne Renegades 1 70 vs Brisbane Heat 2 12 at Etihad Stadium Saturday December 22 nd Starting Time 19 00 Only Previous Encounter January 12 th 2012 Brisbane Heat 7 168 from 20 overs Vettori 40 van der Merwe 36 Lynn 34 Hayden 28 Afridi 3 35 Melbourne Renegades 9 156 from 20 overs Finch 72 Afridi 26 McDermott 3 18 Neser 3 31 Brisbane Heat won by 12 runs The Melbourne Renegades are still unbeaten and are certainly the form team of the Big Bash They have shortened from 11 00 pre tournament to be now second outright favourite at 4 00 The spin combination of Murali Samuels and O Brien has been outstanding on the slowish drop in pitches gathering 14 wickets and a combined economy rate of 5 52 The question mark remains to be if Aaron Finch fails but the only thing that s managed to stop him so is a roof beam Brisbane were stiff at their last start with the outdated Duckworth Lewis system giving Perth a generous target to chase considering the first innings circumstances The Heat look in good form with Christian Burns and Lynn all contributing well with the bat while the bowling has been solid despite the occasional expensive over Surprisingly Brisbane have blown out to 15 00 for the BBL02 Title which looks to be a premature reaction The Scorchers showed this week that circumstances can change quickly so it s worth keeping an eye on those prices over the coming days The Heat have better form than the 1 win 2 loss record suggests but it would take a brave man to tip against the Renegades in current form The Heat are good value and I wouldn t dismiss them completely Prediction Melbourne Renegades by 15 runs 5 wickets Confidence 65 Hobart Hurricanes 1 55 vs Sydney Thunder 2 46 at Blundstone Arena Sunday December 23 rd Starting Time 16 30 local Only Previous Encounter January 1 st 2012 Sydney Thunder 8 138 from 20 overs G ayle 53 Abbott 39 Naved ul Hasan 3 22 Krejza 2 29 Hobart Hurricanes 5 139 from 18 4 overs Shah 41 Birt 35 Wells 29 Coyte 2 14 Edwards 2 33 Hobart won by 5 wickets The Hurricanes will be pleased to be back in Tasmania after having two disappointing Melbourne away games They haven t been able to produce the same consistency that was so apparent over the BBL01 While Shah and Birt performed against Brisbane they were barely seen against the Renegades or Stars But they can t be expected to perform every game and of all the other batsmen only Tim Paine has shown any form The Thunder are the only team that still have a globe next to their name on the points table Chris Gayle is due for a big score after an

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