MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Saturday Selections – your three sporting tips!

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And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Saturday, March 28…

Football: Belgium v Cyprus

Benteke

Cyprus test: Benteke

Belgium have made a sluggish start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, taking just five points from a possible nine. They need to get back on track quickly and they should easily account for Cyprus on Saturday evening.

Cyprus have been hit hard by injuries and the youngsters that have been bought in by boss Charalampos Christodoulou are on a hiding to nothing.

Belgium may have lost Romelu Lukaku to injury, but they still have the likes of Premier League stars Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini, plus Kevin Du Bruyne.

The only danger is that the World Cup quarter-finalists will take the Cypriots too lightly and they should be capable of winning by two clear goals or more. They should also win to nil at odds of 1.63.

BET: Belgium to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.62

Racing: Rely on Brocklesby Bill

Bill Turner knows a thing or two about sharp two-year-old sprinters. There is arguably no finer trainer of juveniles, given the right ammunition.

The Dorset handler is not in the same league as those who are backed by Arab owners, with money that can buy the best bloodlines.

However, Turner knows a bargain and can get the best out of them.

He has a happy knack of farming the traditional turf-racing opener, the Brocklesby Stakes and hopefully the race will be named after him in due course. The Brocklesby Bill Turner Handicap has a nice ring to it.

Turner has saddled the winner five times since 2002 – The Lord (2002), Spoof Master (2006), Sallys Dilemma (2008), He’s So Cool (2011) and Mick’s Yer Man (2013).

Today he relies on Just That Lord, who is making his debut in the hands of Turner’s grandson, Ryan While, who takes 5lb off his back.

The son of Avonbridge is bred to better over slightly further in time, but the Flat season opener does not look a hugely competitive race and he may be capable of extending Turner’s great record in it.

SELECTION: Just That Lord (1:25 Doncaster)

Boxing: Kell Brook v Ionut Dan Ion

Kell Brook bids to defend his IBF World Welterweight title and there is going to be a lot of pressure on him in Sheffield.

This will be the first defence of his title, a return after serious injury, a pressure-cooker atmosphere and the prospect of a money-spinning fight next.

Brook (33-0, 22KOs) is looking at a clash with the winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao, but he cannot afford to underestimate Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 28Kos), who is a southpaw and live underdog coming off five consecutive wins. The 33-year-old has also never been stopped and looks vastly over-priced at 6.80.

Brook, who earned an unlikely points decision when beating Shawn Porter to claim the title in Carson, California, suffered an horrific leg injury in a machete attack when on a family holiday in Tenerife soon after.

There were fears that the 28-year-old might never walk again, so serious was the wound to his left leg.

However, as long as the occasion does not get to him – he fights in front of 10,000 expectant home fans – Brook should win by a stoppage between rounds seven and 12.

SELECTION: Brock to win @ 1.07

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Friday Trio – your three sporting tips for today

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Friday, March 27…

Rugby League: Hull KR v St Helens

Mark Flanagan St Helens

Adding experience: Flanagan

This really should not be a closely-contested game. In short, this could be buying money.

St Helens are a class above Hull Kingston Rovers with six rounds of the Super League season played.

Saints are considered eight-point favourites, despite missing Joe Greenwood, their young back row, but Mark Flanagan comes in as an experienced replacement.

Hull KR have not been quick starters in their games this term and that is a concern against a Saints side who have played good defence and who remain unbeaten.

This looks the bet of the day to us, although the odds reflect this.

BET: St Helens to win @ 1.37

Football: England v Lithuania

While there is still a Euro 2016 qualifier to be won, the spotlight will understandably be on Harry Kane, who is set to win his first senior cap, having notched 29 goals for Tottenham this season.

Lithuania hold no fears for Roy Hodgson’s outfit. England have won all four of their Group E games and have conceded one goal.

Lithuania have won two of their four games thus far, but in beating San Marino 2-0 and Estonia 1-0 they achieved little and should be cannon-fodder for the hosts.

With few significant injuries and qualification all but guaranteed, a sell-out Wembley crowd can expect to see Roy Hodgson experiment with an attacking line-up.

Harry Kane is a fair bet to score if making his senior debut and England can roll to a 4-0 or 5-0 success.

BET: England to score in both halves @ 1.59

Trust Thomas

Our last few racing selections have all won, so the pressure is on today and we tackle one of the most competitive races of the afternoon, the Surgo Construction Handicap Chase at Newcastle.

Trust Thomas (3:40), has finished second on his last five starts since landing a novices’ handicap chase on his jumping debut here in November.

He was three-quarters of a length behind Montoya’s Son (who re-opposes today) last time but is 2lb better off. Although he has been tricky to win with, at least you know you are going to get a good run for your money and the odds will be bigger than they perhaps should be.

Bet: Trust Thomas (Newcastle 3.40)

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Thursday Trio – your three sporting tips for today

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Two out of three again on Wednesday. Must try harder!

Here’s our offering for Thursday, March 26…

Rugby League: Salford v Widnes

Danny Tickle

Missing: Danny Tickle

Two wins, a draw and three defeats. Those are the numbers that both these side possess heading into their Super League round seven clash on Thursday evening.

Widnes gained their second win with a 20-16 win over Hull KR last week, while Salford fell to a disappointing 30-16 defeat at Castleford.

The Vikings have suffered a major setback with the loss of injured Danny Tickle. He played in 30 of the Vikings’ 32 league and cup matches in 2014 and has been an ever-present so far this season, but is ruled out. The goal-kicking forward will undergo groin surgery and misses the busy Easter period.

Widnes also be without Tickle’s second-row partner Danny Galea for the game against the Red Devils after he was concussed in Sunday’s 20-16 win over Hull KR, while winger Patrick Ah Van is out for an indefinite period after failing to recover from a head knock.

Salford will be without half-back Theo Fages. The France international admitted a grade C charge of making dangerous contact on Castleford hooker Adam Milner during the Red Devils’ defeat by the Tigers and has accepted a two-game ban.

Widnes won five of last eight meetings but are underdogs for the televised clash.

However, they have a fair record at the AJ Bell Stadium and Salford made plenty of defensive mistakes at Castleford. In spite of the injuries, we reckon the Vikings might well upset the odds.

BET: Widnes to win @ 3.0

Tennis: Marcos Baghdatis v Simone Bolelli

The Miami Open continues today and we are looking at a first-round upset.

Simone Bolelli, ranked 47 in the world, has one verdict over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, whom he defeated in three sets in the French Open, albeit seven years ago.

Baghdatis, who is ranked 58, reached the quarter-final of the Irving Challenger event last week, losing to Aljaz Bedene in straight sets, having lost to Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells the week before.

He is a short price at 1.80 to beat Bolelli, who has struggled for form in recent weeks, since making the quarter-final in Marseille.

However, there is no disgrace in being defeated by Tomas Berdych (Dubai) and Milos Raonic (Indian Wells) subsequently.

We see this clash as a pick ‘em. The odds-makers see this as an easy passage to round two for Baghdatis.

The value, therefore, appears to lie with the Italian.

BET: Bolelli to win at 2.02

Racing: Devil in the detail

We go to Ffos Las in search of a winner this aftern0on, where Red Devil Lads (3:15) can account for six rivals in the 3m handicap chase.

On the face of it, Rebecca Curtis’s six-year-old has plenty to do, despite winning two of his last three, the latter success coming in limited company at Exeter earlier this month.

He was able to dominate, despite jumping left at times, and is still learning over the bigger obstacles. This flat track should suit and the small field will give him time to get organised over his fences.

Veteran Paddy the Oscar, a winner of two of his last three outings, takes a hike in the weights and though lightly-raced for a 12-year-old, soft ground is crucial to his chance. He rates the biggest danger.

BET: Red Devil Lads (3:15 Ffos Las)

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Wednesday Wager – a trio of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find a couple of bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Wednesday, March 25…

Tennis: Kyle Edmund v Robin Haase

Robin Haase

Get stuck in: Haase

It does seem a little unpatriotic to oppose one of our own, but that’s what we will do when the hard-earned is on the line. Head over heart, and all that.

Robin Haase, while not in great form, is still a cut above Britain’s Kyle Edmund and the pair square off in the Miami Open today.

The 27-year-old Dutch right-hander is ranked 98th in the world, 46 places above the 20-year-old Edmund. And at this level, that’s a gulf.

Edmund has shown decent form of late. Though defeated by Aljaz Bedene in the Irving Challenger event last week, the Slovenian went on to beat Marcos Baghdatis and then Tim Smyczek in the final.

Even so, Haase looks a decent price at 1.60 to see off the youngster and we are also tempted to take the bigger price of 2.38 to win in straight sets.

BET: Haase to win @1.60

Racing: All the right moves

The 2m3f National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle at Newton Abbot this afternoon is a competitive one.

The market is headed by Otago Trail, a winner of three of his last five starts, including a Class 3 Novices’ event at Wincanton in January.

Upped in class at Ascot last month, he was held by Thistlecrack, failing to make it a suitable test of stamina over the minimum trip.

Back up in trip today, he looks the one to beat.

However, the ground is crucial and if it dries out, Otago Trail is very opposable.

Of the two market rivals, the Paul Nicholls-trained Earthmoves looks the value pick. A half-brother to the stable’s Ptit Zig, he found the heavy ground against him when well backed and well beaten at Wincanton last time.

He is best judged on his extended 2m3f novice hurdle success at Taunton in November and will appreciate the drying ground.

BET: Earthmoves (Hexham 2:50)

Football: Germany v Australia

We are in one of those ‘find-a-bit-of-value’ moods today with all three of our selections.

If in the same mind-set yesterday afternoon, we’d have clearly done our money betting on the nags at Wolverhampton, as all seven of the favourites obliged.

The International Friendlies are hardly inspiring tonight and it is difficult to find a bet that satisfies.

Germany are a class above Australia and while the Socceroos won their previous meeting in 2011,we fully expect the hosts to cruise to victory.

The odds are loaded against the bettor, however.

So, instead, we will let the trend be our friend. The last three meetings between these nations yielded three goals or more.

A Germany win and over 2.5 goals won’t get us rich, but if it looks like a kangaroo, bounces like a kangaroo and answers to the name of Skippy, then it probably is a kangaroo. Go with the obvious.

BET: Germany win & Over 2.5 goals @ 1.55

Previously advised: Tennis: Del Porto to beat Popisil @ 1.72

 

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Tuesday Twosome – a duo of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find a couple of bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Two out of three again on Monday, but you would have made money backing all of them. Here’s our offering for Tuesday, March 24…

Tennis: Vasek Popisil v Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin De Potro

Big Price: Del Potro

The Miami Open starts today and Juan Martin del Potro makes a comeback and is a big price to see off Vasek Popisil in the first round.

The 2009 US open champion has been sidelined by wrist problems since January, when he returned from surgery in Sydney and reached the quarter-finals.

But he pulled out of the Australian Open when injuring his wrist again and has been rehabbing since.

The Argentine had surgery on his right wrist in 2010 and on his left wrist in March last year.

But he is well and truly on the mend and would be a much shorter price than he is were it not for the fact he has to knock off some ring-rust. He is our best bet of the week!

Bet: Del Porto to win @ 1.72

Racing: Great Scott

Our racing selection was a winner yesterday and we go jumping again this afternoon.

Brother Scott (Hexham 4:45) may just need the run in the 2m3f SIS Handicap Chase, having been given a break since early December.

However, Sue Smith’s eight-year-old is worth chancing in a competitive heat.

He has not won since May 2103, when taking a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield (off 10lb lower), but has gone well at this track in the past and has a couple of decent placed efforts since unseating here in October. On that occasion, he was going well in front when taking the last in the back straight a bit too quickly, causing him to lose balance and unship his 7lb claimer.

Callum Bewley gets the opportunity to put that right today.

Bet: Brother Scott (Hexham 4:45)

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Monday multi-bet – a trio of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Monday, March 23…

Cricket: New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa cricket

Semi-final hex: South Africa

The Cricket World Cup is drawing to a close after what seems like months of one-sided games.

The final three games are expected to be far more exciting than the quarter-finals which pitched over-matched sides against the big guns.

The first semi-final, which takes place in the early hours of Tuesday morning, ensures that there will be at least one new finalist in Sunday’s showpiece.

South Africa and New Zealand have played in nine World Cup semi-finals between them and lost the lot.

The sentiment will be for New Zealand, who are marginally odds against. The neutrals will hope that they get through as it could well set up a final against rivals and hosts Australia.

South Africa have had their troubles at the top of the order and do not be surprised if the new-ball partnership of Trent Boult and Tim Southee make an early breakthrough.

However, South Africa have a better pedigree and have won 36 of the 61 previous One-Day International meetings. They have plenty of match-winners and at least one of them should step up when it matters.

Bet: South Africa to win @ 1.72

Basketball: Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

We have to take a trip across the pond for our next sport selection. The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of a classic battle for the final NBA playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics (30-39) are half a game behind eighth-placed Charlotte after losing to Detroit 105-97 on Sunday, while Brooklyn (29-39) is a game out of eighth place.

Boston has lost three straight and the Nets won their last five and it is worth taking a chance that both runs to come to an end this evening.

The Nets won 123-111 at Indiana on Saturday but the Celtics have won two of three meetings this season, including an 89-91 win at Brooklyn on January 7.

Boston will miss guard Isiaih Thomas (back), who has sat out the last seven games and this is significant. Hwever, the Nets are odds-on to win, despite having lost seven of the last 10 meetings with the Celtics, and are no certainties. We’ll take the four-point dogs, more in hope than confidence

Bet: Boston Celtics +4 @ 1.95

John takes spotlight

As the Jumps season draws to a close, it is understandable that the fare is very much bread-and-butter.

However, there are a couple of good betting heats each day and we start the week with Shy John (Taunton 4:50), who appears to have a fair chance in the C&S Electrical Wholesale Handicap Chase.

Unseated a week ago at the same track, the multiple point/hunter chase winner had hardly put a foot wrong at Ludlow previously, when chasing home a subsequent winner.

The danger is Barton Heather, who found one too good at Exeter last time, having made a winning start over fences at Uttoxeter previously. However, there is no guarantee she will handle the quicker ground.

Bet: Shy John (Taunton 4:50)

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Saturday Selections – a trio of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

We went two out of three on Friday, but you would have more than doubled your money. We’re hitting 66% winners this week.

Here’s our offering for Saturday, March 19…

Poet and you know it!

Venetia Williams

Quick wit: Venetia Williams

We will let you into a little secret: Venetia Williams has a habit of flirting with our racing correspondent and putting him down at the same time.

Our man complimented her fur hat at Sandown recently. Asking where she got it, Venetia replied: “I can’t remember. I think it was road-kill… and the rest was a nice casserole!”

And after winning a race, leading the questions afterwards, our man asked about the improvement in the eight-year-old she had saddled to victory.

With a twinkle in her eye, she quipped: “The thing with racehorses there is no limit to how much they can improve… until they get as old as you and me!”

And that’s probably the reason he keeps a closer-than-average eye on her runners these days.

Ms. Williams runs Eminent Poet (3:45, Newbury) in a competitive renewal of the Doom Bar Novices’ Hurdle and should run well at a big price.

The four-year-old was held by Bishop Wulstan here last month in soft ground over two miles, but the extended 3m 2f trip and faster ground should suit Eminent Poet. He is taken to reverse the tables and make the frame.

BET: Eminent Poet e/w (3:45, Newbury)

Rugby Union: England v France

The destiny of the Six Nations Championship will go down to the last game of the tournament.

Wales will need a landslide win in Rome to have any chance of pipping Ireland and England to the title, and England top the table on points difference from Ireland, who have an easier task against Scotland.

France, who have yet to really turn up in this tournament, have lost six of the last nine meetings with England including their last three visits to Twickenham.

The French always seem to raise their game against England, but the hosts have won 30 and drawn five of the past 46 meetings at home.

England’s finishing against Scotland last weekend was poor, but they are creating plenty of chances and can beat the handicap. We look for a more optimistic bet of England to lead at half-time.

BET: England to lead at half-time @ 1.53

Tennis: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

‘Britain’s most prolific male player of the Open era’ is a bit of a mouthful.

Yet that’s the title bestowed upon Andy Murray, who moved into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after beating Feliciano Lopez. It gave Murray win 497 career wins, moving him past Tim Henman.

But it is just Murray’s luck that he meets a rested Novak Djokovic. The world No.1 had a walkover against Bernard Tomic, who suffered a back injury.

Djokovic has won the last five meetings with Murray and has beaten the Scot in straight sets in each of their last three best-of-three-set clashes.

Murray was also defeated by Djokovic in four sets in this season’s Australian Open Final.

We think Murray might give the Serb a few early problems and this may well go the distance.

However, the outcome should be the same.

BET: Djokovic to win in three sets @ 3.45

All odds quoted from Shoreham FC’s betting service Shorehamfc.myclubbetting.co.uk

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