Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace – 1×2 & Both Teams To Score – Arsenal & No @ 2.65
After being the laughing stock of the EPL for most of the first half of the season, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been quietly turning the corner. They’ve now won four in a row with only one goal conceded against Chelsea in their 3-1 victory against their London rivals over Christmas. Arteta has given youth a shot and it seems to be paying dividends, with the likes of Saka and Smith-Rowe injecting some much needed urgency into their play. Palace on the other hand are in a bit of a rut, with their sole win in the last six coming against rock bottom Sheffield Utd. They also dropped out of the FA Cup last weekend, losing 1-0 to Wolves. Despite having Zaha and Eze (who on their day can be a threat against just about anyone) they don’t score too many goals, and have struggled to find someone to lead the line, with both Benteke and Batshuayi clearly not the answer for Roy Hodgson. They’re also struggling with injuries, especially at the back with both Sakho and Kelly out and Dann and Cahill both doubtful. Expect Arsenal’s recent form to give them the edge in this one, especially when factoring in the injuries that Palace have. 1 unit.
UFC Fight Night – Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar – Winner – Holloway @ 1.60
Jerome Max Keli’i Holloway, a former UFC Featherweight Champion, takes on the #6 Contender, Calvin Kattar. These two fighters have very similar records: Holloway has 10 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions, 9 Decisions, 6 Losses, 1 of which was by Submission, the rest by Decision. Kattar has 11 KO/TKOs, 2 Submissions, 9 Decisions, 4 Losses, 1 of which was by Submission, the rest by Decision. In fact, those records are nearly identical. Holloway has more experience in the UFC, and is regarded as the better fighter, and should win this in a closely contested battle. Look out for ‘The Boston Finisher’ to take some big swings, let his guard down, and be outclassed in the end. 4 Units here!
Kansas City Chiefs vs Cleveland Browns – Total (Incl. Overtime) – Over 59.5 Match Points @ 2.16
Cleveland Browns last week pulled off the upset of the Wild Card round by going all out attack vs 3rd best regular season defense in the Steelers. This resulted in an exciting back and forth match, concluding with the Browns putting up 48 and 85 in the match. Surely they need a repeat performance and need to fight fire with fire again, as they’re unlikely as 4.8 underdogs to to subdue a fresh and recuperated Kansas City offense, in Kansas. They’ll be hoping catch Patrick Mahomes cold after a 2 week hiatus (sat week 17 & a bye in Wild Card week). However, this is Patrick Mahomes… You imagine if there is a possibility Mahomes takes a while to get going, it’s just a matter of time until he orchestrates something. If not, the Chiefs have 2 premium running backs in Le’Veon Bell & rookie sensation Clyde Edwards-Helaire, or 6x Pro-Bowler Tight-End, Travis Kelce. Expect a show for the 16,000 allowed into Arrowhead, expect a high-scoring game. 1 unit.
Test Series – Australia vs India – 1st Innings – Marnus Labuschagne total – Over 36.5 @ 1.85
The Test series between Australia and India is reaching its conclusion with both sides desperate to get the series-winning victory in Brisbane. Australia will be determined to not see a repeat of 2018 and to make up for a poor Day 5 performance in Sydney where the Indians emphatically held out for a draw. One of Australia’s shining lights since the Sandpaper scandal, Marnus Labuschagne has proven that he was not a one summer wonder with a strong performance across all three previous Tests. He now flies with his teammates to Brisbane and to the Gabba, which is not just his home state, but a place where he has made runs for fun, both domestically and internationally. With his current line at 36.5 and a series average of 48, back him in to at least cover the line as well as potentially making a 50 (2.40 for that market). 1 unit.
Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur – 1×2 & Total – Spurs and Over 1.5 goals @ 1.87
Sheffield United have just got their first win of the season, moving their point tally up to five points. Almost already relegated, Sheffield United have struggled all year to score goals and to keep the ball out of their net. Nobody will dispute that. With 15 losses in 18 starts, 1.87 for Spurs to win and for the game to have at least two goals in it, seems like a great price. After dropping points at home to Fulham, I am backing Jose and his side to bounce back with a comfortable win at Bramall Lane. 1 unit.
New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Handicap (incl. Overtime) – New Orleans Saints -3 @ 1.86
This could be it. This could very well be one of the last times that we see two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time square off. Tom Brady and Drew Brees have both won a Super Bowl in their careers, but who comes out on top here on their road to another? We feel as though it’ll be Brees and the Saints. New Orleans came out on top in both of their meetings this season – notching a 34-23 victory in Week 1 followed up by a 38-3 thrashing a few weeks later. We don’t expect this score to appear again in a tighter playoff game, but the Saints are the better team and have the advantage of home field as well as week of valuable rest and recuperation from a long season – neither of which Tampa Bay can boast. 2 units.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors – Golden State Warriors to win @ 2.70 – 1 unit
The Warriors have been mostly underestimated this season due to Klay Thompson missing the whole season however, Steph Curry and company seems to be doing quite well, even pulling off some great upsets against the Raptors and the Clippers. Denver on the other hand has been terrible at home, losing 2 of their 4 home games and is now sitting 11th in the Western Conference. The Nuggets has also just finished a 3 game road trip and I don’t expect them to be in tip-top condition for their next match. 2.70 for the Warriors to win seems like a good price to take.
Multi odds – 159.11
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