GERARD DAFFY'S UBET NEWS – THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER
The third test gets under way today (Thursday) in Perth, and although Australia has only won once from their last four appearances at the WACA, punters expect them to go 3-0 up in the Ashes Series. A 5-0 whitewash is now in to $3.25 after opening $11 when first markets were issued, and even though the Perth wicket is probably at its tamest ever, England's brittle batting attack has frightened betting fans away. The Aussies opened at $1.60 to win this match as soon as the second test was over, shortened in to $1.55 and are now back out to $1.75 after the toss. England are out to $4.50 with late support for the draw, now $3.75. Steve Smith ($3.40) and Joe Root ($3.25) did open as favourites to top the respective team run totals. If England are looking for a faint glimmer of hope, Australia were beaten by 177 runs in Perth at their last start by South Africa, but the Poms are right down on confidence. England are batting first and they're hoping one of their batsmen will be able to score a ton in this match. UBET have live betting available throughout the game on 138 238.
Can anyone stop Sydney FC from securing back-to-back A-League titles? Well, after their 5-0 demolition job (which could quite easily have been 7 or 8-0) of the crosstown rivals Western Sydney last Saturday, it would appear the answer is no. Our traders are certainly taking no chances with the 'Big Blue', trimming them from $2.75 to $2.55 for the Premiership following the thumping. A win over the third-placed Melbourne City this Friday in the Round 11 opener would see Sydney increase their lead atop the table to nine points and, at $1.65, the odds are certainly in their favour. For all the risk-takers out there, Melbourne is $5.25 and the Draw $3.80.
For an athlete, injuries are just about the lowest thing in pro-sports. So, with that in mind, spare a though for young quarterback sensation Carson Wentz, who this week lead his team to a 43-35 over the LA Rams but also picked up a season-ending shoulder injury. Wentz has been a revelation this year, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC East crown and becoming one of the most dominant and dynamic shot-callers in the competition in the process. Despite his injury, he could still take out the MVP trophy, which speaks volumes for just how successful he and the Eagles have been. Still, without him, Philly could be sitting ducks, especially when it comes to the playoffs. $4.50 prior to him going down, their Superbowl 52 odds have ballooned to $9.00 and, unsurprisingly, no one wants to back them at the price.
On the back of the 2018 Supercars season being opened by UBET, the 2018 Formula 1 Drivers Championship is also open. There aren't too many surprises with Lewis Hamilton clear fav at $2.20 ahead of Sebastian Vettel ($4.00) and Max Verstappen ($5.50). Daniel Ricciardo had a stack of issues in his Red Bull this year so the $6.50 on offer is based on Red Bull getting their cars back to their best. Of the rest, Valtteri Bottas has been the most popular at $15.
With the European and US PGA Tours in recess, the focus here this week is on the Asian Tour with the Indonesian Masters. Justin Rose is the standout in a handy field and deservedly is the clear $4.25 favourite. Kiradech Aphibarnrat is on the second line of betting at $10, just ahead of Brandt Snedecker ($12), and punters have been focussing primarily on that trio. The shortest of the big Aussie contingent is Lucas Herbert at $41, and he travels to Jakarta with some pretty solid form behind him.
The Super Netball 2018 season is open for betting now, and the Giants have opened as the leading contenders at $4.00. The Sunshine Coast Lightning and Collingwood share the second line at $4.25 with the Melbourne Vixens next at $4.75. The Lightning won the inaugural title after opening at a similar quote, and have been one of the best backed sides in early action, along with the Vixens and the Firebirds at $8.00.
There hasn't been a lot of change to the market to win the Sydney to Hobart yacht race which of course will get under way on Boxing Day. Comanche remains the solidly backed favourite at $1.90 while Wild Oats X1 has eased from $2.10 out to $2.40. Infotrack is a mover, in to $6.00 from $6.50, and Blackjack has held her place at $7.50. The form experts expect the winner to come from that quartet and UBET punters see it the same way, as there is very little interest in any other yacht. Other markets will begin to open later next week.
* Prices are correct midday Thursday.