Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield United – 1×2 & Both Teams to Score – Wolverhampton & No @ 2.39
If it wasn’t already official, it is now. After a dismal 3-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend, the Blades have hit rock bottom. Chris Wilder’s departure seems to have left an even bigger hole in the change rooms than what anyone at Bramall Lane could have imagine. Now with nothing to play for other than pride, they travel to the Molineux to face a Wolves side who in spite of a fairly poor campaign, are on the back of a confidence-boosting win against Fulham. Adama Traore’s late winner all but excluded them from the relegation conversation, with the Cottagers now odds on to drop down to the Championship. With the visitors in first gear, expect this dead rubber to be a fairly one-sided affair. Wolves are a fair superior side and they should be able to find goals against a side who has conceded nearly two per game. The Blades themselves only have a paltry 17 to their name across the season, so the usually sturdy Wolves defence should have a day out. 1 unit.
Boxing – Ben Askren vs Jake Paul – Winner – Askren @ 2.38
Ben Askren is not a great striker, and is certainly not a boxer. Askren is smaller and less marketable than Paul, who has made a fortune talking trash and making jokes, which is essentially what this fight is. The difference in experience is vast. Askren, a career fighter, comes up against a kid who beat a FIFA Millionaire and a Retired NBA Star to get his 2-0 professional Boxing record. The fight is at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and live on pay-per-view, and will probably make millions of dollars for all involved, but will it be a decent fight? Probably not. Hopefully, for the integrity of the sport, Askren wipes the floor with him, grinding out what will probably be a comfortable decision victory. Paul has stated his intention to “end this guy’s career.” This could be Jake Paul’s last fight, so get in and make some money off the meme before it is too late. 2 Units.
Newcastle vs West Ham – 1×2 – West Ham @ 2.09
West Ham are flying at the moment, with their only defeats in the last ten games narrow losses to the two Manchester teams. They’re currently sitting pretty in the last Champions League spot, a point clear of Chelsea and three clear of Liverpool, and it’s hard to argue against them being there on merit. Jesse Lingard has been an absolute inspiration to this Hammers side, who were doing well enough before they added him to it. Newcastle will be buoyed by a recent upturn in form, having only lost one of the last six (although that was a 3-0 thumping at Brighton). They’ve managed to draw with Wolves, Villa and Spurs before beating Burnley in their last outing. They’re currently six points clear of the relegation zone having played a game less than Fulham in 18th and with seven games to go must fancy their chances of beating the drop this year. Overall, we think West Ham should be too strong for Newcastle. They’ll be desperate to continue their run going with a Champions League spot the ultimate prize and although Newcastle have improved recently they haven’t faced anyone as good or as in form as the Hammers. 2 units.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Handicap (incl. Overtime) – Atlanta Hawks +6.5 @ 1.82
Moving back to the NBA this week, we like the rejuvenated Hawks to at the very least run close to Giannis and the Bucks. Since Nate McMillan took over as head coach, the Hawks have a record of 15 wins and 6 losses; good for a fantastic figure of .714. Had they held this record since the beginning of the season, they’d be top of the Eastern Conference. This resurgence has been nothing short of remarkable; the talent was always there for Atlanta, they just needed a coach to help put it into practice. A deadline move for scorer Lou Williams has only strengthened an already deep squad – and here, they face a Milwaukee team that can be considered the opposite of deep. The Bucks have a 16-12 record on the road and have only won 5 of their past 10 matches, whilst their hosts Atlanta are 7-3 in their last 10.The question here revolves around star guard Trae Young; will he play? He’s currently listed as questionable for this matchup and is key to Atlanta’s success (despite the team winning their past two matches without him). Due to this, we’re going to play it safe and recommend backing the Hawks at a very generous handicap line, but we really wouldn’t be surprised to see them snatch a win here. 2 units.
LPL 2021 Funplus Phoenix vs Royal Never Give Up – Royal Never Give Up +1.5 @ 1.76
27th of February 2021, RNG clapped FPX 2-0 in the group stage. 7th of April 2021, this time FPX swept RNG 3-0 in a best of 5 match sending RNG to the lower bracket. The only thing different from those two matches was FPX’s jungler. Beichuan (FPX) clearly underperformed in their first meeting which probably prompted the switch to Tian, and boy did he deliver. Now, most probably FPX will play Tian again and I don’t expect RNG to stand idly by and let him play the game of his life. We’re still talking about RNG, the one who stood at the top after the group stage, and they should be fully capable of coming up with a game plan that could at least win them 2 maps. 2 units.
Middlesbrough vs QPR – Asian Total – Over 2.5 @ 2.04
QPR have turned a corner since the new year, and have gone from a side that may be in a relegation battle, to a side that can look forward to next season with a bit of optimism. With this has come goals. In their last 20 games, the R’s are the fifth best side in the Championship. They’ve also learned to score goals, with seven in their last two victories. Goals have indeed picked up between the two sides, hence the 2.04, which would probably be higher otherwise. Both teams are averaging over 2.5 goals in total (whole match) over their last 20 games each in the league, some of the highest in the league. Both can score, both have shaky defences, and both should be able to find the net a few times at the weekend.
This week’s community tip comes from JacksonPalmer who has chosen the following.
VFL Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich – Asian Total – Over 3.5 @ 2.29
The top game this week in the German Bundesliga. Bayern struggled in their last 2 games, especially with Gnabry and Lewandowski missing from the team, which might open up a bunch of goals for Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg just had a 3-4 loss against Frankfurt with a lot of goals and both teams average nearly 2 goals per game. Also in previous matches against each other they average 3.45 goals which is just extremely short of the 4 goals needed for this to hit. I can easily see a 3-2/2-2/2-3 in this match up.
Multi odds – 177.90*
*Odds are subject to change before the start of the events
Best of luck to JacksonPalmer this week for their community tip and happy punting all around!