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 31…

Football: Italy v England

Wayne Rooney England
England’s greatest: Wayne Rooney

Revenge for the 2-1 World Cup defeat, the latest goal-scoring escapades of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney potentially becoming England’s all-time top scorer – there are plenty of talking points ahead of tonight’s friendly.

Italy (Odds: 2.42) have won 10 of the last 17 meetings, including three of the last five and England’s record against the Italians is not a good one – just two wins since 1977 (12 meetings).

Since the 2-1 World Cup defeat, England (Odds: 2.96) have won all seven of their matches but Italy away is the toughest test since the debacle of Brazil 2014. And no, we will not forget another one of Steven Gerrard’s finest hours against Uruguay.

Wayne Rooney is on course to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 all-time England goals, many of which were accumulated in the Home Internationals. It is unfair to compare the two – England were a greater force in World football in Charlton’s era, and the Three Lions rarely played minnows outside of the Home Nations as they do now.

No English player has scored 50 goals in international football. A Rooney hat-trick can take him to the magical half century of goals for England. He has 47 goals in 102 internationals, so his statistics suggest he is slightly odds against to score in any match for England.

Harry Kane scored the fourth-fastest goal as a debutant for England in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday evening and is set to make his first start. We would not be backing him to score at any time, however.

A glance at his scoring record this season will show that he gets his goals in bursts and can go three or four games without netting. While he has 30 goals to his name, the majority of them have come against weaker teams than Tottenham.

He has notched five goals in 10 games against the top sides – Chelsea (2), Arsenal (2), Manchester United (0), Liverpool (1), Manchester City (0) and Southampton (0). While his confidence is high and he has a happy knack of being in the right place at the right time, Kane still looks something of a flat-track bully.

The Italian defence is unlikely to give him any quarter.

As for the result, we are still patriotic souls and it might be worth backing England to gain at least a draw.

Selection: Double Chance – England and Draw @ 1.55

Tennis: Juan Monaco v Fernando Verdasco

World 46th-ranked Juan Monaco takes on 34th-ranked Fernando Verdasco in one of the more enticing clashes at the Miami Open this afternoon.

Verdasco has won three of the last five meetings, the last of which came at the Shanghai Masters three years ago.

Monaco holds an 8-5 all-time series advantage and five of those eight wins came in two sets, and we think he is a value punt to upset the odds again.

The asterisk with backing Monaco is the surface. Verdasco has lost six of the nine meetings with Monaco on clay courts. Miami is a hard-court surface the pair have split both hard-court meetings.

Verdasco saw off Rafael Nadal in three sets in the last round, following another three-setter with James Duckworth. Monaco’s two wins have both come in straight sets.

And the value lies with the underdog.

Selection: Juan Monaco @ 2.36

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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 30…

Gone for a Burton

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Injury woes: Hasselbaink

Burton are five points clear at the top of League Two but have a serious list of injuries as they take on Stevenage tonight.

Stevenage are three points off the play-off places and have won five of the last six meetings with Burton, including the last four.

However, their form has suffered a wobble in recent weeks, failing to win any of their last three (drawing twice and losing at home to Dagenham last week.

In contrast, Burton have lost just two of their last 19 league games. Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is set to hand debuts to three new loan signings against Stevenage – the arrival of Liverpool pair Jack Dunn and Kevin Stewart from Liverpool and Birmingham striker Denny Johnstone will help short-term.

However, given Burton’s injuries and suspensions, and while we think it may be worth taking the visitors to upset the odds at 4.20, we look for a few goals. There have been three goals or more scored in 10 of the last 13 meetings and that is a trend to follow.

BET: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.14

Racing: Dive in with Heron

Heronshaw (Warwick, 4:00) may not be a popular winner with some punters, as he would be denying the better-fancied hat-trick-seeking duo Capard King and Saint John Henry in the 3m1f handicap hurdle.

Henry Daly’s runner looks to have a bit to find on the book with that pair and he was on and off the bridle when struggling to get off the mark here in soft ground in February.

Tis was not his first good effort, however. He was running a big race at Wetherby previously when coming down.

Though he takes a class hike today and shoulders 7lb more, he has been given a generous amount of time to recover and could follow up.

BET: Heronshaw (Warwick 4:00)

Tennis: Thomaz Bellucci v Alexandr Dolgopolov

The Miami Open offers plenty of betting opportunities today and we take a chance that Alexandr Dolgopolov can see off Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets.

Dolgopolov reached the quarter-finals at Delray Beach and Acapulco, before going out to Milos Raonic in the last 32 stage at Indian Wells.

Brazilian Bellucci, a year older at 27 and ranked at 81 in the world (16 places lower than his opponent), has been taken to three sets by both Lleyton Hewitt and Pablo Cuevas in this tournament.

That is an improvement on some recent form, which has seen him disposed of in the first round at both Indian Wells and at the Irving Challenger event. Indeed, before winning twice in Miami, he had lost his last eight matches.

Dolgopolov is no great shakes, but he should be able to make light work of Bellucci.

BET: Dolgopolov to win in two sets @ 1.71

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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 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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