PLENTY of sport about this weekend.
We’re going to try and pick out a few of the best bets in a Saturday special to see if we can turn a little into a lot with a multi leg wager.
Let’s see how we go.
MMA – Bellator 138: Ken Shamrock to defeat Kimbo Slice @ $3.05
NRL – North Queensland Cowboys to defeat Canberra Raiders @ $2.05
AFL – North Melbourne to cover the line of -13.5 against Greater Western Sydney @ $1.92
MMA: Bellator 138 – Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock
Saturday, June 20, 10am AEST, Scott Trade Centre, St Louis, Missouri, USA, watch on Spike.com.
Prediction: Ken Shamrock wins ($3.05)
Bear with us here.
Kimbo Slice is a monstrosity, but have you seen Ken Shamrock these days?
Watch this youtube clip of a guy who is 51 years young and you tell us he can’t beat Slice.
Have a look at those arms!
They’re ready to break something.
It’s the good old fashioned slugger Slice, 41, versus the technically talented veteran, dubbed ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World’.
Shamrock clearly needs to avoid Slice’s devastating stand up game, otherwise it will be lights out, but it’s clear he is the more technically gifted fighter.
Does 10 years between two geriatrics make a difference?
Slice is a monster on the street and he doesn’t lose those fights, but stepping into the MMA competition is a lot tougher.
With no ground game to speak of, he has to rely on his striking game and that could play into the hands of Shamrock.
The MMA legend will do everything he can to use his brilliant grappling and submission game to end this fight. And he’s at juicy odds.
Neither of these men have fought in MMA competition since 2010.
If this gets up, your multi is looking real juicy.
NRL: Canberra Raiders vs. North Queensland Cowboys
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 3pm AEST, TIO Stadium, Watch on Fox Sports
Prediction: North Queensland Cowboys win ($2.05) with Sportsbet
Yes, several of North Queensland’s stars were in action in State of Origin two last night and Canberra have won their last two clashes in the capital – and 13 of 17.
But the Cowboys are on a 10 game winning streak and will be keen to test their mettle against the surprise packet Raiders.
We’re always on the look out for better than evens on teams in the top four.
Yes the Raiders are seventh, they’re at home and they’re coming off a crushing win over the Newcastle Knights, 44-22, but they haven’t been competitive against sides in the upper echelon, going 2-5 against the top eight, losing to St George Illawarra twice and suffering defeat at the hands of the Brisbane Broncos, the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters – all in the top five.
We’re on the Cowboys’ bandwagon after their inspiring come from behind 36-30 win over Parramatta last time out.
They have a guy called Johnathan Thurston who is a virtual lock-in for the Dally M and many believe is the best player in the game.
We reckon he will lead his charges to victory in the capital, despite having to back up from Wednesday’s Origin game with less than three day’s break and the trip from Melbourne to the capital.
He’s been joined on the team sheet by fellow Origin reps Matt Scott, James Tamou and Michael Morgan. It will be interesting to see what coach Paul Green decides to do with those boys.
The Cowboys have been tough on the road, doing what they’ve had to do to eke out wins, with five in a row coming by less than 10 points.
It doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you do it.
Cowboys by a try.
AFL: Greater Western Sydney vs. North Melbourne
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 4.40pm AEST, Spotless Stadium, Watch on Fox Footy
Prediction: North Melbourne Kangaroos at the line of -13.5 ($1.92) with Sportsbet
BIG Greater Western Sydney ruck man Shane Mumford is out for the season with an ankle injury.
Key Defender Joel Patfull is gone for a long time with a punctured lung and wrecked ribs after a sickening clash with a team mate against Collingwood on the weekend.
Captain Phil Davis won’t play for two months after ruining his ankle in the same match and spritely running man Stephen Coniglio has also gone down for two to three weeks with a shoulder injury.
And the Giants were absolutely smoked by 48 points by the Magpies on the weekend, 18.11 (119) to 11.11 (71).
It’s ugly viewing for the Giants, who started the season brightly and still sit fifth with a decent 7-4 record.
But they’re a young side who was always going to hit the wall, even without the injuries and we’re writing them off.
Against the Pies, things were looking ok until the injuries killed them, with four guys unable to finish the game. Davis was doing a stand up job on Pies spearhead Travis Cloke, who, in the end, finished with five goals – four of those after the GWS captain went down.
Taylor Adams killed the Giants with 36 disposals and Dane Swan did as Swanny does with 30.
Giants midfielder Dylan Shiel continued his brilliant season with 34 possessions and tough man Callan Ward had 30, but Cam McCarthy, with four goals, needed more support up front from the likes of Jeremy Cameron, who had just six disposals for the match.
It’s not like we trust North Melbourne by any stretch of the imagination, after they followed up a hard fought win over the West Coast Eagles with a gallant, but ultimately futile effort against Sydney at Etihad Stadium, 14.7 (91) to 10.15 (75).
But surely they can hit the road and cover a measly 14 points against a club missing half of its side, including its two best defenders and its number one ruckman.
Expect Todd Goldstein to have a field day and give the North Melbourne midfielders plenty of first purchase on the footy.
Against the Swans, North gave it everything, but they just were not good enough to with stand a four goal night from Lance Franklin and 33 touches from Luke Parker.
The possession count was very low for the Roos, with Ben Cunnington the highest earner with 23 and veteran Brent Harvey had 22. The improving Sam Gibson was the only other player to reach 20 touches.
They’ll need more contributors in this one, but North have long been down hill skiers, so there should be plenty of perceived stars ready to come out of the wood work and feast upon the Giants.
They must win this game and win it well if they want to induce any kind of fear in sides in the top eight. Hard to believe they’re sitting 12th with a five and six record, but they’re only one win out of sixth spot. They have work to do and it has to start here.
The Kangaroos have never lost against the Giants, the four games between these two sides yielding wins by 129, 28, 86 and 75 points, respectively.
We’re going to go with history and we reckon this one will be a similar spanking and the line should not be a worry.
We’re going to call it the bet of the weekend, but we’ve been burnt by North before.
Don’t let us down.
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