The midway point of the 2018 NCAA Football season has arrived and after a week of big upsets, the top teams in the country will be on guard this week in their quest for a BCS berth.
BettingPlanet has given in-depth analysis of two of the biggest games on the weekend:
Let’s check out a three-game parlay at 888 Sportsbook that has a great payout.
College Football Week 8 betting tips:
All games in parlay are on Saturday, October 20
Oklahoma to cover -7.5 at -111.11
LSU to cover -6.5 at -111.11
Oregon vs. Washington State Over 66.5 at -111.11
Combined parlay total at +470 with Bovada
Leg 1 – Oklahoma vs. TCU vs. Texas A&M
Oklahoma is coming off their first loss of the season facing Texas in the Red River rivalry and they will likely have to run the table and get help to get a BCS berth. OU lost to Texas because their defense, which gave up 48 points in the loss. Still, they have a great passing attack and an offense that ranks fifth in the nation in points per game.
TCU has lost three of their last four games and they are only 1-2 in Big 12 play. They have a balanced offense that ranks over 28 points per game, but the defense is still the strength of the team. They will have a tall task facing an Oklahoma team that is averaging 48 points per game. Kyler Murray is in the Heisman race as the Sooners’ quarterback and he has passed for over 300 yards in three of his last four games.
The big matchup in this game is TCU and their 20th ranked pass defense facing Murray and the OU passing attack. Have to go with the Sooners in this one facing a TCU team that has been a disappointment this season and is only 3-3.
Tip: Oklahoma to cover -7.5 at -111.11 with Bovada
Leg 2 – LSU vs. Mississippi State
LSU is riding high after their huge win over, then, 2nd ranked Georgia in their last game. They lost their previous game, but they have their fate in their hand, as if they run the table, including beating Alabama, they will snag a BCS berth. The Tigers can run the ball and they have a solid defense that held Georgia to 16 points in their last game. LSU had 275 rushing yards in the win over Georgia and they face a MSU run defense that ranks 19th in the nation.
After two straight losses, the Bulldogs won their last game facing Auburn where they held the Tigers to only 90 rushing yards. Can they contain the LSU Tigers on the ground in this SEC contest? On the other side of the coin the Bulldogs racked up a ton of yards on the ground in their last game with duel threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald leading the way with 195 rushing yards. LSU ranks 26th in the nation in run defense and they held Georgia in check on the ground in their 36-16 win over them in their last game.
LSU will run the ball and play better run defense in this game, which is why they will win and cover the spread.
Tip: LSU to cover -6.5 at -111.11 with Bovada
Leg 3 – Oregon vs. Washington State
Oregon is coming off a big 30-27 win over a top 10 Washington team in their last game and Washington State moved into the top 25 with their fifth win in their last game. Both teams can light up the scoreboard ranking in the top 15 in the nation in points per game.
The total has gone Over in 11 of the last 15 games between these teams and why go against the grain. These teams combined to score 86 points in their last game and look for that type of total in this Pac 12 game, so the smart money has to be on the Over.
Tip: Oregon vs. Washington State Over 66.5 points at -111.11 with Bovada
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US-friendly online betting company Intertops has some great promotions surrounding the bumper MMA fight between Irish star Conor McGregor and the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas on Sunday.
McGregor, in one of the rare occasions in the octagon, will start the outsider with Intertops having him at $2.45 to defeat Nurmagomedov, who is unbeaten after 26 fights and is priced at $1.62 to continue his run.
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Get your stake back – up to $100
Intertops is giving punters who lose a head-to-head bet on the super-bout up to $100 back as a free bet. To qualify for the bonus offer all you need to do is place a head to head bet of $50 or more. When the fight finishes will determine how much bonus you receive back with $10 awarded if it finishes in round 1, $20 in round 2 and right up to $50 for a round 5 stoppage. If the fight goes the distance punters will be awarded with the $100 maximum. This bonus is only available to US and Canadian residents.
Reduced Juice – McGregor v Nurmagomedov
The online sportsbook has also reduced its “juice” on this particular MMA fight which means that you can maximise your winning, while the betting site takes less than they normally would.
Exotic & prop bets markets
When Conor McGregor fights the media is never short of headlines and his latest bout is no exception, with Intertops opening a range of prop bet or exotic markets. These include whether McGregor will turn up to the octagon with a hand dolly or whether Russian President Vladmir Putin will accompany Khabib to the ring.
Week two of the 2018/19 NCAA Football season brings with it a number of tantalising options for parlay punters. We combine our best bets of the week and throw them in our parlay of the week.
Sparks are set to fly at the Theatre of dreams when Manchester United lock horns with Tottenham Hotspurs in the English Premier League.
The match, which will be a Monday night spectacle albeit as part of this weekends’ round of fixtures will see the Red devils back in action at Old Trafford after a disappointing outing on the road last weekend.
United’s title credibility was heavily dented after Jose Mourinho’s charges suffered a shocking 3-2 defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion last Sunday. The Red devils went to Brighton hoping to make it two wins out of two, but that was not to be as the Seagulls had other ideas of their own.
The Old Trafford side started the game on the front foot as they looked to make their presence felt but Brighton soon took control of proceedings, as they heavily exposed United’s defensive frailties. The hosts made the first stab through Glen Murray who latched onto a Solomon March cross for the opener in the 25th minute.
Matters however moved from bad to worse for United as they fell behind to a second goal just two minutes later through Shane Duffy. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back to reduce the deficit to one goal, but what could have been a potential comeback went south as Brighton scored a penalty through Pascal Gross to restore the savory two-goal cushion right before the break.
Chris Hughton’s side held on for the better part of the second half, with United’s lack of creativity and adventure upfront working to his advantage. Paul Pogba scored from the spot at the very tail end of the match but the goal proved to be a little too late, as Brighton clinched a well-deserved win against the 20-time champions.
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The loss added to Mourinho’s woes at the club as recent off field scuffles have taken center stage at the Manchester club. Rumors of a rift between Jose and Pogba have refused to go away while the lack of the much needed additions during the English summer transfer window has led many pundits to believe the club’s hierarchy is not fully behind the Portuguese.
Spurs on the other hand head into the match on the back end of a convincing 3-1 win against newly promoted Fulham, with goals by Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane proving enough to secure three vital points at Wembley – the highlight of the game however being when Harry Kane finally broke his August goal drought.
Spurs have made a strong start to the season, even with renewed talks of a possible title clinching season, although Mauricio Pochettino will face a stern test from both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the race.
Manchester United have a few injury doubts in the build up to the match. Alexis Sanchez could be out for a second consecutive game after picking a “small” knock right after the first week of EPL action while Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are also doubts for the match.
Spurs in stark contrast seem to have a clean bill of health with all of the first team available for selection.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham betting predictions
The match unequivocally promises to be an interesting one with an in-form spurs taking on a struggling Manchester United.
History however seems to be on United’s side, as Spurs have only won twice at old Trafford in the Premier League era, with the last victory coming in 2014.
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Man United vs. Tottenham Hotspur recent results
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Man United 1-0 Tottenham (October 28, 2017)
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Tottenham 2-1 Man United (May 14, 2017)
Victor Wanyama 6′
Harry Kane 48′
Wayne Rooney 71′
Man United 1-0 Tottenham (December 11, 2016)
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Tottenham 3-0 Man United (April 10, 2016)
Dele Alli 70′
Toby Alderweireld 74′
Erik Lamela 76′
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The World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 caped three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) its newest victor at Oceanside after a captivating finals day performance. Moore took on the clean, inconsistent two-to-three foot swell in brilliant fashion and overcame 16-year-old phenom Caroline Marks (USA) in a gritty Final bout. This notes Moore’s first-ever Supergirl Pro victory in her fourth attempt at the coveted cape.
“I’m so excited to have my first cape and this is such a great win which I haven’t been able to get all season,” Moore said.
“This is huge for confidence and I think I’ve just been over-complicating things in my mind so it’s nice to simplify things. I was happy to play the game a little bit better than I have this season. It felt good to keep making heats and I just wanted to keep my head down, and just enjoy the competition. When conditions are tougher like that, it’s a more about the game then the performance so I just tried to embrace that.”
A slow start to a highly anticipated Final kept spectators anxiously awaiting the opening exchange, but it was fireworks from then on. Moore opened up with her signature power surfing and earned a near-excellent 7.67 (out of a possible 10) to start, which Marks nearly matched with a 7.00 of her own. But, the Hawaiian added a 6.17 and put the pressure on which the young talent was unable to overcome — though getting close with a 6.10 when needing a 6.85.
Moore showed her veteran experience throughout the day, taking down fellow CT competitors Bronte Macaulay (AUS) in Round 5, Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Quarterfinals and, one of Supergirl Pro’s most consistent competitors, Malia Manuel (HAW) in the Semifinals. But, the 25-year-old knows the work is just beginning.
“Caroline [Marks] was a stand out that whole event and I knew the judges were liking what she was doing so it was going to be a tough Final,” Moore added. “I just needed to do my own thing and hopefully the ocean was on my side — which it was so I was stoked. I think the key is to stay present and know what you’re doing. Everything past the first exchange you’re surfing against yourself.”
Marks’ 2018 continues to be the best in women’s QS history — already accruing 22,200 points — and still has two more QS 6,000 events left. The San Clemente, California, resident, formerly of Melbourne Beach, Florida, blasted through finals day with incredible performances over former CT competitors Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 5 and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. But, a heavyweight bout with former Supergirl Pro winner Coco Ho (HAW) highlighted her day before the Final and is enjoying every second of time spent in the jersey.
“I have an amazing family behind me, a great coach and some incredible surfboards under my feet right now along with just having fun,” Marks said. “That’s been the most important thing and being so young, there’s no pressure which helps me just want to surf my best. I absolutely love competing and I’m having a blast this year. I was really close in that heat, but sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t, and I was really happy with the way I surfed so I’ll carry that confidence into next week.”
“To have a heat with Carissa [Moore] is great, I just had one with her in J-Bay and she’s one of my idols, but now I’m trying to beat her which is funny,” Marks added. “This whole event’s been so much fun and she’s an incredible surfer to end it against.”
Nearly all the pieces fell together for Ho, former Supergirl Pro QS and two-time junior winner (as amateur event), toward yet another Supergirl cape. A strong start in her Semifinal match was met by an overpowering, in-form Marks who eventually took the win. Ho’s impressive run started with a massive win over current CT No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) in Round 5 before taking one of the QS’s top threats Philippa Anderson (AUS). Now, the North Shore, Oahu, native is ready to keep the momentum going as she now sits at No. 2 on the QS rankings to fall back on.
“It’s crazy to think of the history when they say 2008 was my first victory, but I’m settling into being on Tour for eight years nowadays,” Ho said. “To have someone like Caroline [Marks] so fresh and exciting, I’m just happy to be amongst it. We were really lucky again with waves this year and it’s so blessing to have this event leading up to a big week in Huntington is it’s own little secret to success. Every event you enter you want to make sure you’re getting something from it and to get those valuable points was really important for me.”
“This was a heavy one with a lot of the CT surfers here, more than the norm, with Lakey [Peterson] and Steph [Gilmore] it made everyone surf even harder — makes a third-place feel that much better,” Ho added.
Manuel’s track record at the Supergirl Pro is one of the event’s finest alongside Ho, earning a finals day appearance every year since she’s competed — and a win in 2013. It was a Hawaiian battle as Manuel and Moore went wave-for-wave in a tight Semifinal bout, but Manuel found herself on the wrong side of .23 difference. But, the Kauai, Hawaii, native put together a brilliant run to her finish that included big wins over fellow Hawaiian surfer Brisa Hennessy (HAW) and upcoming talent Mahina Maeda (JPN).
“It was nice to get that Semifinal even though the Final would’ve been great for those extra, much-needed points,” Manuel said. “With Carissa’s wave, it allowed her to do more of a closeout section hit whereas mine didn’t so I think that was the difference there. It’s great to see those next surfers and Brisa [Hennessy] comes to mind right away and I think she’ll qualify soon which helps keep me motivated. But, I’m happy with this result and hopefully it’s good rhythm to bring into Huntington where another positive result there would be great.”
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.84 6,000 points
2 – Caroline Marks (USA) 13.10 4,500 points
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.23 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.20
SF 2: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.33 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.10
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.66 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.40
QF 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.83 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 6.00
QF 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.57 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 10.03
QF 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.67 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 9.44
Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS 6,000 Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.60 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 7.67
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.67
Heat 3: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 13.90 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 6.94
Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66 def. Mahina Maeda (JPN) 10.80
Heat 5: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.27 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.03
Heat 6: Philippa Anderson (AUS) 14.17 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.14
Heat 7: Caroline Marks (USA) 17.37 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.03
Heat 8: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.27 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 0.13
Updated Women’s Qualifying Series Rankings:
1. Caroline Marks (USA) 22,200
2. Coco Ho (HAW) 13,700
3. Keely Andrew (AUS) 12,850
3. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 12,850
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12,300
6. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,580
NFL fans looking for a betting angle on the upcoming season are advised to bet against Tom Brady’s age in the coming 2018/19 season.
A look at his game log from last season suggests that he could tire in the upcoming season more easily than in years gone by.
That should go without saying since Brady will turn 41-years old early next month. However, some betting odds that have a lot to do with Brady are so long that his relationship to New England’s success is worth an examination.
Last season, Brady started the season strong and threw for over 300 yards in four of his first five games. After that, he only threw over 300 yards in a game twice more.
American football is a sport where individual stats are related to a large degree to the performance of other players and coaching strategies.
The reason why Brady’s throwing yards declined in the 2nd half of last season is a tough question.
But his age can’t be ignored and it’s certainly worth taking note that his two worst games by throwing yards were the last two games of the season. That could be due to him fatiguing or New England management realising that they shouldn’t overuse Brady’s arm. Either way, it could be that the Patriots end up reliant on runningbacks — or even their back-up QB — a little more often in 2018/19 than in the past.
If you are anticipating that Brady might decline or pick up an injury in the next season then there is some value to highlight in some NFL markets. For instance, betway offers +1000 on New England Not To Make The Playoffs.
That’s a phrase that can’t be associated with the Patriots in most NFL-commentary circles. But it doesn’t sound so far-fetched when you remember that sometimes even 10-6 teams don’t make the playoffs in the competitive NFL.
What would it really take for the Pats not to get in? Brady, at the age of 41, misses a few games and the Pats go 0-3? They play well otherwise but still only go 9-4 in the other games for a below-the-cut 9-7 mark.
Betting against a 41-year old QB certainly isn’t a dumb move to make when working with odds as long as +1000.
Recommendation: New England Not To Make the Playoffs at +1000
KENYA is being eyed by many gambling companies as a potential growth area.
The African nation has the highest youth gambling rates in the region and is largely an untapped market, with many traders wary of entering it because of a high local tax rate.
A huge population, a growing economy and improving internet services has seen an explosion in online wagering are the positives Nazara Technologies decision to take the plunge into the Kenyan market.
The Kenyan government has floated a plan to impose a 20% tax on all gambling winnings and revise the current 35% tax on gambling revenues to 15%.
Indian media outlets reported that Nazara had decided to enter the Kenyan market on Monday. According to the reports, the company has formed a subsidiary called NZWorld Kenya Ltd for its operations in the country.
NZWorld Kenya Ltd has been licensed under the Kenya Betting Control and Licensing Board with Nazara holding a 70% stake and a local partner holds a 30% stake.
The CEO of Nazara, Manish Agarwal said even though real-money online gambling is illegal in India it is big in Africa. He described it as a “a very big market in Africa and is the main reason why we are setting up a new entity in Kenya.”
He said the company settled on Kenya for its expansion because of its attractive market and a “well laid out and clear licensing framework” despite other Kenyan operators not being enamoured by the regime.
With concerns raised by operators, the gambling laws in Kenya are about to undergo critical reviews.
Agarwal noted the company is currently assessing the opportunities in the markets of countries like Ghana, Cameroon, and Nigeria with an eye to further expansion.
Agarwal said the company would introduce existing products including the social prediction sports and fantasy sports apps into the Kenyan market. The real money product would be launched this month ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup kick-off.
ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Monday 8th June 2015, 4.00pm EST.
WHAT a game to cap-off the long weekend.
The Bulldogs welcome back captain courageous, James Graham, however lost Tony Williams for the season in a training mishap during the week. Canterbury’s coach Des Hasler is yet to name a replacement, with the news disappointing for fans as ’T-Rex’ had been exuding some good in his past few matches. Rumours are circling that talented fullback Brett Morris will make a return from injury, looking to boost his selection chances ahead of origin two.
St George Illawarra Dragons are flying high on top of the table, annihilating the Cronulla Sharks last week, 42 points to 6. Paul Mcgregor’s side have only gone down once this year – to South Sydney back in round nine – and William Hill are offering $11.00 for Dragons fans who believe they can take out the premiership.
These two sides have met on 28 occasions, with the Bulldogs leading the victory count 17 to 11.
Des Hasler’s men also have a slight better win percentage at ANZ Stadium of 56%, compared to the Dragons 52%.
The head-to-head markets are fluctuating with most betting providers, with Luxbet.com.au providing the best value for St George at $1.94 and Canterbury fans can secure $1.95 with sportsbet.com.au in the outright market.
The line is +1 to the Bulldogs at $1.92 with crownbet.com.au.
Bulldogs (1-12) $3.20 at williamhill.com.au
Bulldogs (13+) $4.35 at sportsbet.com.au
Dragons (1-12) $3.50 at williamhill.com.au
Dragons (13+) $4.50 at luxbet.com.au
If Brett Morris returns in this game, Canterbury’s back-line will be reignited to score plenty of points. Winger Curtis Rona is most favoured for the blue and whites at $10 with Luxbet.com.au and fellow winger Jason Nightingale is the Dragon’s most popular option at $11 with Williamhill.com.au.
Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) $15.00 at Crownbet.com.au, $3.25 to score at any stage
Corey Thompson (Bulldogs) $12.00
Josh Morris (Bulldogs) $12.00, $2.50 to score at any stage
Moses Mbye (Bulldogs) $17.00
Eto Nabuli (Dragons) $11.00, $2.20 to score at any stage
Josh Dugan (Dragons) $13.00, $2.50 to score at any stage
Euan Aitken (Dragons) $15.00
Peter Mata’utia (Dragons) $15.00
Other Exotic Markets:
The half and full-time doubles always provide great value for punters looking for options other than head-to-head and line markets.
Surprisingly, a majority of the money has come for the Bulldogs’ to lead from start to finish, paying $2.75 with Crownbet.com.au.
Punters who believe St George will make a comeback in the second-half can get $8.90 with Luxbet.com.au.
St George are paying $2.90 with Crownbet.com.au to win both halves and if Bulldogs fans believe they can make a comeback will get $8.70 from Luxbet.com.au.
As always, most betting companies offer individual score predictor odds for punters which can provide a far greater return than the 1-12 and 13+ margins.
With both teams fielding stunning back-lines, the winner/total points market is worth having a look at. For Bulldogs victory and >38.5 points, Crownbet.com.au are offering $3.60 and Dragons/>38.5 paying $3.70.
Crownbet.com.au also offer some enticing odds on first-try scorer and overall winner odds. For Curtis Rona to score the first-try and the Bulldogs to win is paying $12.00, while the best double the Dragons appears to be Josh Dugan to score the first-try, along with a Dragons victory at $21.00.
With origin two selection just around the corner, individual performances will be heavily scruitinized tomorrow, along with the all important two competition points on offer for the winner.
Scientific Games has declared its intentions to roll out the Delaware Lottery expansion into full-scale sports betting, following the Supreme Court decision on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
RENOWNED online bookmaker Pinnacle has lined up two big competitions to celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We take a look at how punters can win big.