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Friday, 28 October 2016

WTA Finals Picks 2016 (October 28th)

The Red Group in the WTA Finals was completed on Thursday and it might be something of a surprise to see Dominika Cibulkova make it through to the Semi Final having begun the day with two defeats in the Group. She can thank a focused Angelique Kerber for coming out and playing with total professionalism too as Madison Keys just needed to win a set to make it through to the Semi Final at Cibulkova's expense, but Kerber recovered a second set break deficit to come through in two straight sets.

This is a big achievement for Kerber, even though she has won two Grand Slam titles in 2016 which is a much bigger achievement. However it can't be ignored that Kerber had never made it past the Groups in the WTA Finals before and she clearly arrived in Singapore with huge focus behind her.

Kerber will find out her Semi Final opponent on Friday as the winner of Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova will make it through as second place in the White Group. Svetlana Kuznetsova won that Group on Wednesday and will play Cibulkova in the other Semi Final, although it is unclear as to how focused a clearly tired Kuznetsova will be in her final meaningless Group match.

Friday will see the WTA Finals Semi Final line up put together and will also see the ATP Basel and ATP Vienna Semi Finals decided. It is another big day on the Tour with eight Quarter Finals across those two tournaments and two Group matches in Singapore to get through.

The picks had an awful Wednesday when little to no luck was received for so many of the picks. I was just hoping to have a little more of that on my side and did get some of that back with the picks going 4-1 on Thursday.

It gives me a chance to produce a third week in a row with a winning record over the next three days and I will be looking to do that.

Agnieszka Radwanska - 4.5 games v Karolina Pliskova: I have no interest in trying to pick a winner from the first match in Singapore on Friday as it is a dead rubber in which I can't see a reason for either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Garbine Muguruza to really want to push for the win. That looks like it could be a case of who can 'tank' the most effectively, but the second match has plenty on the line.

Both Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova have a chance to be the last Singles player to make it through to the Semi Final in the WTA Finals and that means plenty of motivation for both. Radwanska is the defending Champion here and has a very strong 6-0 record against Pliskova and is yet to drop a set against this opponent, and it has to be said that these head to head records have proved quite decisive in a couple of the matches.

That isn't a sole reason you can pick anyone to win a match, but I do think there has to be some concern about Pliskova's ability to produce her best serves. That is imperative for her whole game but Pliskova struggled against Svetlana Kuznetsova to get the pop we are used to and being dragged into long rallies with Radwanska is only going to lead to one winner.

Pliskova has admitted to having some issue with the shoulder which would also have been a little more sore having played in the Doubles Quarter Final. It would take something special for the issue to have cleared up in time for this Group match and I think Radwanska can take advantage, while she is also capable of extending rallies to wear down her opponent who has already had a lot of tennis in the legs this week.

The conditions are ones that Radwanska should enjoy having won the title here last season and I think she will be able to battle through a couple of tight service games for big holds at big moments. Pliskova will be dangerous if she decides she has no choice but to hit out, but I still think Radwanska can earn her way to a 64, 63 win and a place in the Semi Final.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 4.5 games v Albert Ramos-Vinolas: The head to head might read 4-0 in favour of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but that doesn't tell you how competitive matches between the Frenchman and Albert Ramos-Vinolas have been the last two times they have played on the Tour. Both of those matches have gone the distance before Tsonga has gotten the better of Ramos-Vinolas, but I am backing Tsonga to have a slightly more routine day in Vienna on Friday.

I have to respect the fact that Ramos-Vinolas was willing to dig as deep as he did to beat home favourite Jurgen Melzer on Thursday. It also can't be ignored that while the Spaniard might not be as keen on this time of the season on the Tour and has struggled for wins, he did reach the Final in Chengdu when he picks up some momentum, while the lefty serve is automatically going into the weaker Tsonga wing.

Those are all factors that are pointing to Ramos-Vinolas, but you have to appreciate how close he came to losing to Melzer on Thursday. Someone like Tsonga is unlikely to let him off the hook and I think the conditions will favour the heavier game Tsonga has which will allow him to push the Spaniard backwards.

If Tsonga is serving well he can also put some pressure on Ramos-Vinolas from a mental standpoint and I think it will be Tsonga who has the majority of break points in this one. Some of the Ramos-Vinolas losses since the US Open have come in comfortable fashion and I think Tsonga is capable of making life easier than usual against this opponent with a 75, 63 win.

John Isner + 3.5 games v Andy Murray: The chase to become World Number 1 for the first time in his career means Andy Murray is perhaps playing more tennis at the moment than even he would like to be doing. 2016 has been a long season for Murray and overcoming Novak Djokovic's lead to become World Number 1 is a distinct possibility in the next couple of weeks, but it will mean winning more tennis matches.

There have been a couple of signs that perhaps Murray is feeling all that tennis and this might be a rare occasion when he is happy to be facing someone like John Isner. The serve is a difficult shot to deal with, but Murray won't be taxed too much from a physical standpoint as the rallies are unlikely to develop into the long ones he had to face against Gilles Simon.

I am of the belief that Isner has lost a little bit around his game, but the indoor hard court conditions should be just about perfect for his serve. He might be even more dangerous if Murray is serving as poorly as he did on Thursday, but I think Murray is one of the smarter players on the Tour who will take something off the first serve to make sure he keeps the pressure on Isner.

I do think there is potentially a chance that Murray is going to just have some troubles again in this one and a break of serve for Isner could be crucial with the number of games he is being given. Even without that break, Isner has the kind of serve that might be tough for a mentally tired Murray to break down twice and this could easily end 76, 64 in favour of the British player and I can't help this is too many games at odds against for Isner to have.

Federico Delbonis + 3.5 games v Gilles Muller: A battle between two big serving lefty players takes place in the Quarter Final at Basel today and I think Gilles Muller looks a vulnerable favourite outright, let alone one that is being given as many games as he is here to cover.

Muller is being asked to cover 3.5 games which feels a lot when you think how competitive Federico Delbonis has been over the last six weeks even if he has struggled to get over the lines with wins. Delbonis is trying to show the Davis Cup team that he is going to be capable to back Juan Martin Del Potro in the Final against Croatia next month and this week he has finally got back to winning ways after those tight losses I mentioned.

The key for Delbonis in this entire match is going to be serving well and making sure Muller is not able to put the scoreboard pressure on him. Muller has been enjoying his best season on the Tour and has two impressive wins behind him this week, but a loss to Dustin Brown in Stockholm might suggest a long season is perhaps getting the better of him.

He was perhaps a little fortunate to beat Grigor Dimitrov earlier this week and Muller can be put under some pressure by Delbonis if the Argentinian is serving well himself. Delbonis would have got within this number of games in his last five losses on the Tour in a best of three match and I think he has enough quality to do that here.

Kei Nishikori v Juan Martin Del Potro: The head to head reads 4-0 in favour of Juan Martin Del Potro but this is the first time these players will meet one another since Kei Nishikori has earned his way into the top echelons of the men's game. The last time they played one another was in the London Olympic Games in 2012 and Del Potro has yet to drop a set against Nishikori.

This has been another good week on the Tour for Del Potro who has no Ranking points to defend over the next few months which can see him get very close to being back inside the top 10 on his current form. Winning the title in Stockholm last week and following that up with a couple of impressive wins in Basel continue to show that Del Potro is on the right path on his return from injuries.

In saying that, there has to be some tiredness in the Del Potro game having played a lot more tennis over the last two weeks than he has perhaps got used to. He was given a scare by David Goffin on Thursday and that is the kind of match that can sap some energy, while Nishikori will play with a similar style to try and take the big man into deep waters in this Quarter Final.

The Del Potro serve is a potent weapon though and can get him out of a jam or two like it did on Thursday, but I can feel the number of matches begin to wear on Del Potro. Nishikori will always have some sticky moments on serve, but if he can stay with Del Potro early in the match, I can see him wear him down over three sets and I will back Nishikori as the underdog to win outright.

Marcel Granollers + 4.5 games v Marin Cilic: This looks like a lot of games to give Marcel Granollers in this Quarter Final in Basel and I think he can make them count against Marin Cilic, even if the Croatian is finishing this season with some solid form behind him. Cilic has every chance of making it to the World Tour Finals again while he also has a big Davis Cup Final to look forward to, but he has been focused with two solid wins behind him.

However Cilic almost made things difficult for himself when being pushed to a tie-breaker by Pablo Carreno Busta on Thursday after initially winning the first set with a bagel to his name. That remains an issue for Cilic who can fluctuate in form and then suddenly lose a run of points out of nowhere.

Someone as steady as Granollers can make hay at that point and the Spaniard is coming in off an impressive win over Jack Sock in the Second Round. He has also beaten Tomas Berdych since the US Open and his 1-6 record against Cilic on the head to head won't concern him too much as many of those matches have been competitive.

A Marin Cilic who is at the top of his game would win this match and fairly comfortably too, but I am not sure he can reach those levels for long enough. Instead I would not be surprised if Granollers is able to steal a set during one of the Cilic down moments and that makes this number of games very appealing.

MY PICKS: Agnieszka Radwanska - 4.5 Games @ 2.10 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 4.5 Games @ 2.00 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
John Isner + 3.5 Games @ 2.25 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Federico Delbonis + 3.5 Games @ 2.10 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Kei Nishikori @ 2.20 Boyle Sports (2 Units)
Marcel Granollers + 4.5 Games @ 1.80 Bet Fred (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 13-13, - 2.88 Units (52 Units Staked, - 5.54% Yield)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

College Football Week 9 Picks 2016 (October 27-29)

Another College Football week is in the books and I was on the wrong side of the nine pick split for the second week in a row. It was a poor start and looked to be a really poor week coming up, but it might have been turned around completely if the Oklahoma Sooners had even a semblance of Defensive play in their unbelievable shoot out with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

It still means the season is in a solid enough position to get things turned around and finish with a positive record, but I would love to get a few wins on the board in Week 9 and start moving back in the direction I want.

Some of the problems have partly been my own fault by not quite sticking with the belief in a couple of teams, but I've also avoided some bad losses so it all comes in swings and roundabouts.

Once again I will begin my picks from Week 9 from Thursday as a host of games are scheduled to begin earlier in the week although most of the picks will come from the Saturday schedule which will be added in the next couple of days.

California Golden Bears @ USC Trojans Pick: Losing Jared Goff to the NFL was always going to make life difficult for the California Golden Bears and they are going to need a couple of upsets if they are going to become Bowl eligible. California have a 4-3 record for the season but their remaining five games come against some of the best teams in the Pac-12 Conference.

The first of those is the USC Trojans who are still in a position to win the Pac-12 South and earn a spot in the Conference Championship Game in what has been an underachieving season for them. This is a big game for the Trojans when it comes to remaining competitive in the South as they trail the leaders by a game, but also could be very important when it comes to becoming Bowl eligible as they are at 4-3 with games at Washington and UCLA to come.

There is a question of potential fatigue affecting the California Golden Bears as they have to play on a short week while the USC Trojans have been on a bye. The powerful Offense is also going to be facing a Trojans Defensive Unit which has played well but having been forced to go to Overtime in each of their last two games is difficult.

On the other hand this still looks a lot of points for the Golden Bears to be given with an experienced Quarter Back in Davis Webb leading the way. It might be down to Webb to move the chains for the Golden Bears unless Khalfani Muhammed comes in with something to prove against the USC Trojans having not been given an opportunity to play there.

Muhammed is facing an improved USC Defensive Line, but the Golden Bears have been able to open running lanes for him and it is important for California to establish the run to take the heat off of Webb.

Justin Davis might not have recovered in time to take the starting Running Back spot for USC, but it shouldn't be an issue for the Trojans to establish the run in this one. They have managed to do that without Davis and California have allowed far too much on the ground which should give Sam Darnold some breathing room at Quarter Back.

The California Secondary hasn't played badly, but a lot of that is down to the fact that they haven't been able to stop the run. It should mean USC have a comfortable time moving the chains, but this is a lot of points to give up to this California Offense.

The fatigue issues have to be a concern, but the Golden Bears have given USC all they can handle the last two seasons and Davis Webb has the experience at Quarter Back to keep California in touch, although they ultimately will likely come up short.

Connecticut Huskies @ East Carolina Pirates Pick: Neither of these teams has much hope of making it to the Conference Championship Game, but there are still some goals to achieve, most notably becoming Bowl eligible. Both the Connecticut Huskies and East Carolina Pirates will have circled this game as a big one to get on that path with the regular season beginning to wind down.

There is some similarities with the way these teams are going to approach this game as they will look to take to the air to get the chains moving, and the bare statistics might say the East Carolina Pirates are the right side to pick. The Connecticut Secondary have been a shambles through the season but they might have a couple of ways to slow down what the Pirates are able to do against them.

First the Connecticut Defensive Line have actually played pretty well and keeping East Carolina in third and long is going to be huge for the Huskies. While the Pirates will be able to make plays against a Secondary that have allowed over 290 passing yards per game on the season, the Huskies Defensive Line will be able to get pressure on Philipp Nelson whose Offensive Line have struggled at times in pass protection, and that should especially be the case if Nelson needs time for his routes to develop in long passing situations.

Nelson has also been guilty of turning the ball over which will be music to Connecticut Defenders ears as that has been one area where the Secondary have had some success.

Like East Carolina, Connecticut have struggled to get the run established this season but they might find more joy against the Pirates who have really had issues up front. Even getting a little bit going should open things up for the Huskies passing Offense and they will be encouraged by the way Arkeel Newsome ran the ball last week to get that going.

It will make life easier for Bryant Shirreffs at Quarter Back as he looks to have a decent match up against an East Carolina Defensive unit that have struggled to get to the Quarter Back or turn the ball over. Shirreffs having time to make plays could see him have a really big game and the Quarter Back is also mobile enough to move away from any pressure he sees and then pass downfield.

The extra possessions I anticipate Connecticut getting in this game could be huge to the outcome of it and I think there is a real chance the Huskies win this one outright. Either way they look to be getting too many points with the whole Touchdown and conversion worth of points and I am going to back the Huskies as the underdog.

Kansas State Wildcats @ Iowa State Cyclones Pick: The Iowa State Cyclones are coming in off a bye week and have Homecoming in Week 9 but their run of years without being Bowl eligible looks set to continue. The Cyclones are 1-6 for the season and 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference games which means needing to run the table to reach the six games that are required to take part in a Bowl.

Teething problems under new Head Coach Matt Campbell had to be expected for the Cyclones and that has proved to be the case for a school that has nine wins in the last three and a half seasons. It all begins with the difficulty to run the ball as getting little from the Offensive side makes it more difficult for the Defensive unit to make the plays to keep the Iowa State Cyclones in games.

It won't get easier for them this week when they host the Kansas State Wildcats who are now just two wins from playing in another Bowl game. Kansas State held off the Texas Longhorns for a home win last week and they look to match up well with Cyclones and can improve on their 22-4 record against this Conference rival.

Jesse Ertz is still playing with a sore shoulder for Kansas State and it was a couple of costly turnovers in the Fourth Quarter that helped spark the Texas comeback in Week 8. The Wildcats might not need Ertz throwing the ball and getting into trouble this week though as they should be able to move the ball on the ground with big chunk plays against a Defensive Line who have allowed 5.1 yards per carry.

The Wildcats ran the ball very well against a stronger Defensive Line that the Texas Longhorns have and they should be able to get going with Ertz and Charles Jones able to rip off big gains. Ertz was able to make some plays with his arm with the run established last week and I think the Quarter Back will be able to do the same in Week 9 when he needs to or when Kansas State decide to surprise with play-action.

It will be much more difficult for Iowa State to run the ball which is only going to increase the pressure on the Offensive unit when they are in third and long spots. The Cyclones might have some success throwing against the Secondary, but it is extremely difficult when you see the Sack numbers from the last three games.

Of course these are issues that would have been worked upon in the bye week, but Kansas State can get pressure on whichever Quarter Back gets the start in this one which can only lead to drives stalling and mistakes being made. It will be difficult for Iowa State to move the chains with the same consistency as the Wildcats and I am leaning very much towards Kansas State earning the win on the road.

They might not have done that so far this season, but the Iowa State Cyclones don't really compare to Stanford, West Virginia and Oklahoma and the Wildcats have a very strong record against them. Keep the turnovers down and I like Kansas State to win this one by double digits on the road so I will take them to cover this number.

Michigan Wolverines @ Michigan State Spartans Pick: The Michigan State Spartans have dominated this rivalry in recent seasons, but this looks like an ideal time for the Michigan Wolverines to really put together a big win over their rivals. The Wolverines are unlikely to take their foot off the pedal if they get in front in this one and it could be a long day for the Spartans who have been struggling.

Another loss in Week 8 dropped Michigan State to 0-4 in the Big Ten Conference just a season after making the Play Offs. Even reaching a Bowl is beginning to slip from the Spartans control and their last remaining goals might be to ruin Michigan and Ohio State's seasons with home wins over both.

In fact I am sure Michigan State would gladly accept a loss the rest of the season if it meant winning this weekend and this could be the biggest effort the Spartans put in for any remaining game. That makes them dangerous, but I am not sure Michigan State are going to find the Offense to really make a game of this one.

The Quarter Back play has been a big letdown for Michigan State having seen Connor Cook leave for the NFL at the end of last season and neither Tyler O'Connor nor Brian Lewerke have made a strong claim to the start. It looks like being O'Connor this week but he is facing a Michigan Defensive Line that have generated plenty of pressure on the Quarter Back and a Secondary who have been able to turn the ball over which is a concern for the home team.

Michigan State would love to lean on LJ Scott to control the clock and ease the pressure on O'Connor, but the Wolverines have only allowed 2.9 yards per carry on the season and have been improving that number to 2.1 yards per carry over their last three games. With the Offense stuck in third and long more often than they are going to like, Michigan State will have to hope the Defensive unit can step up against this level of competition to keep in touch with the Wolverines.

That simply doesn't look like a realistic possibility though as the Michigan State Defensive Line have been worn out and are now giving up huge chunks per play on the ground. With the Wolverines conjuring up almost 300 yards per game on the ground over their last three games, Michigan State could see another huge game going against them.

Chris Evans is the leading rusher and might not be available for this one, but Michigan won't anticipate that being a big problem and should still establish the run. That should only make life easier for Wilton Speight at Quarter Back who should be able to make plays with his arm when he wants to as he will be faced with limited pressure in the passing game as the Wolverines continue being in third and short or using play action to their advantage.

Michigan State are 8-0 against the spread in their recent games with Michigan, but that is only going to pump up their visitors more. Don't think for a second that Jim Harbaugh has forgotten the way his team lost to the Spartans last season and seeing Michigan State in the Play Offs would have irritated him no end.

I don't anticipate Harbaugh calling the dogs off if they build a big lead and I am backing Michigan to put a statement win on the Spartans who have won seven of the last eight games in this rivalry.

Penn State Nittany Lions @ Purdue Boilermakers Pick: The Penn State Nittany Lions produced their first statement win under Head Coach James Franklin when they beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in Happy Valley in Week 8. That win came as an underdog of close to three Touchdowns and the win puts them in contention to play in the Big Ten Championship Game by surprising both Ohio State and Michigan to top spot in the East Division.

There is plenty of work before that can happen and the focus for Penn State is to avoid the letdown spot when they visit the Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilermakers were also facing an unbeaten Division rival last week but they couldn't come up with the upset despite covering the spread.

Purdue will have to be given the respect they deserve from the Nittany Lions if Penn State are going to avoid falling in this trap game. Defensively they do look to match up well with the Boilermakers and I think that is important for Penn State, while Offensively they should have more consistent joy than they did against the much vaunted Ohio State Defense.

Darrell Hazell has been fired by Purdue who will have an interim Head Coach for the second game and they are a team that likes to pass the ball. It is going to be tough for the Boilermakers to get David Blough into third and short spots because they haven't been able to run the ball as effectively as they would like and now face a Nittany Lions Defensive Line who have restricted what teams have been able to do on the ground.

Blough has helped Purdue average over 300 passing yards per game through the air and is coming off a huge performance against Nebraska, but now faces a Secondary that haven't allowed 200 passing yards per game. The Nittany Lions showed a really good pass rush in the win over Ohio State so should be able to pressure the Quarter Back who hasn't been able to avoid big turnovers at times.

While Purdue will have to take some risks through the air, Penn State should be able to lean on Saquon Barkley this week much more than they could in Week 8 against Ohio State. Where the Buckeyes Defensive Line have been stout, Purdue's Defensive Line have allowed almost 250 yards per game on the ground and have struggled more and more as the season has worn on.

Now they are giving up 6.2 yards per carry over their last three games and Barkley should be able to find some big gaps behind his Offensive Line to expose those vulnerabilities. It will ease the pressure on Trace McSorley at Quarter Back despite the impressive performance he showed against Ohio State with some big time throws made. With Barkley running the ball as I imagine, McSorley might not be asked to do too much but just enough to keep the Defense off balance.

The road team has improved to 4-1-1 against the spread in this series and Penn State have won the last two in the series by big margins, although this is the first they have played since 2013. The letdown spot is an absolute concern, but Penn State have the chance to win the Division and I think they have an edge on both sides of the ball which can make all the difference in the contest.

While I can see Purdue making some big plays in this one too, I think the Nittany Lions create a couple of turnovers which can be turned into points and I like them to win this one by two Touchdowns on the road.

Washington Huskies @ Utah Utes Pick: There is every chance that the Washington Huskies and the Utah Utes will meet again in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game in December as the two leaders of their respective Divisions clash in Week 9. Neither Head Coach will be thinking about that with some significant hurdles to overcome before the regular season is concluded, but don't be surprise if some mention is made of that in the build up to this game.

The layers are much more convinced about the Washington Huskies than the Utah Utes if the spread is anything to go by this week. Asking a team to cover double digits on the road against a solid 7-1 team shows a lot of respect to Washington, but this has to fuel the Utah players to produce their very best game.

You might think that is also encouraging me to lean towards the points and the home team, but actually I think the Washington Huskies are going to put another statement win up. It is important they do as Washington might feel they are being disrespected having still been outside the top four of the Rankings and that means style points could be all important going forward.

Myles Gaskin might not be as recognisable a name at Running Back as some of the others in the College Football ranks, but he has been performing at a high level for Washington. He should be relishing the match up against the Utah Defensive Line which has allowed 4.2 yards per carry over their last three games and face a Washington Offensive Line who have paved the way for 270 yards per game on the ground over their last three games.

There has also been a slip in the way the Utah Secondary have been performing and Jake Browning at Quarter Back is more than capable of adding to those problems. Browning looks to have a good match up throwing the ball in this one, while Washington being able to run the ball has made it that much more difficult for a pass rush to get to the Quarter Back when he does step back to throw. The one concern for Browning will be being aware of the ball-hawking nature of this Secondary, but he has thrown only 2 Interceptions all season and Washington should move the chains with some consistency.

Running the ball for the Utah Utes will be tasked to Joe Williams who is back from a retirement having only retired last month, but injuries to the Utah Running Backs has brought him back. The Running Back can get himself established as Utah have opened holes effectively for him, while the Huskies have perhaps not been as stout as they would have wanted in recent games.

The absence of Joe Mathis may make it even more difficult to stop the run, but Washington may load the line of scrimmage and instead dare Utah to beat them through the air. Troy Williams is Quarter Back for the Utes and is playing against his former school having transferred from Washington in 2014. The dual-threat Quarter Back has helped Joe Williams get the run going, but he has found it more difficult to pass and is dealing with a Washington Defensive Line that have gotten to the Quarter Back a lot in recent games.

Troy Williams has looked after the ball, but it is going to be tough to keep the chains moving if Washington are looking to stop Utah running the ball. The Huskies Defense has been playing very well and also have a keen eye for stripping the ball and creating fumbles which is going to be an issue for Utah if they insist on running the ball.

There does feel like there will be more Offensive output from the Washington Huskies and they can win the turnover battle to just begin to pull away in the second half. A home upset to Utah means Washington come here with revenge on their minds and the Huskies have dominated opponents since the narrow escape against Arizona. I think Washington will be able to eventually put together another impressive win by at least two Touchdowns and I am backing them to cover on the road.

Kansas Jayhawks @ Oklahoma Sooners Pick: The Kansas Jayhawks can win this one outright... Ok, they can't really expect to do that, but I am not sure they are getting a little disrespected with the amount of points they are going to Norman with. This is more than a Touchdown worth of points that the Jayhawks were given when they visited the Baylor Bears recently and I am keen to take the points and see what the Sooners can, or want to do about.

First things first, I do think I have to point out that the Sooners have battered Kansas in recent meetings including a 55 point win on the road, while their last two wins over them at home have come by 45 and and 37 points. So the 40.5 points being given to Kansas might not look a lot when you think of it that way.

However, I think the Jayhawks have shown some improvement this season even if their 1-6 record doesn't indicate as much. They were only outgained by 28 total yards by the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Week 8 and actually outgained TCU in another loss, but taking that kind of attitude on the road is the next step for their progress.

The problem for Kansas has to be the fact that they are a little one-dimensional when it comes to the Offense and they are not able to control the clock for long periods which is so important against the best teams, especially for an underdog. Being unable to run the ball will make life tough for Montell Cozart who is expected to get the start at Quarter Back but he must feel he can make some plays against a Secondary that have had a tough time for much of the season.

No one is going to confuse the Kansas passing game with that of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but the Sooners Defense was still an abomination in Week 8 and has plenty of work to do. You do have to imagine a much stronger performance from them against a weaker Offense, but Cozart should be able to make some plays when throwing the ball. Interceptions have been a problem and giving Oklahoma extra possessions will be almost impossible to overcome, but I do think Kansas can move the chains and score some points.

There is absolutely no doubt that Oklahoma will be able to do the same as they can punish the Jayhawks with the run and Baker Mayfield should be able to have his way when he does step back to throw. It is hard to see any real consistency in the stops for Kansas, but the Sooners might not be as focused on the Offensive side of the ball as they look to show improvement Defensively.

The Sooners have a short week so could bring in the back up players if they are ahead by thirty odd points which gives Kansas the chance for a backdoor cover here. All in all I just feel the Sooners aren't worried about blowout the Jayhawks but might easily be concentrating on showing improvements and getting ready for a big three weeks ahead. Oklahoma are also just 2-3 against the spread when being asked to cover 30 points or more and I will take the points with the Jayhawks in this one.

Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Wisconsin Badgers Pick: The Big Ten West Division is in the control of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and you might even say they have won the Division and play in the Conference Championship Game if they can win in Week 9. It won't be easy as they travel to the Wisconsin Badgers who have been unfortunate with the scheduling that they have had to play Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State from the East.

The Badgers are far from done though even with 2 losses in the Conference and a win in Week 9 might make them the favourites to progress to the Championship Game. The importance of this game will not be lost on either team when they take to the field for this huge Big Ten Conference game.

There are some similarities between the teams as both will believe their Defensive unit has the edge over the Offense they are facing. Both teams have controlled the line of scrimmage with their Defensive Line and made it difficult for teams to establish the run against them and that is going to be a key to their success in this game.

One of the key differences between two stout Defenses against the run might be the injuries and attrition the Wisconsin Linebackers have faced. They've lost another starter on that unit and Terrell Newby has been running the ball very well for Nebraska over their last three games which could prove to be a game opener.

I also think the Cornhuskers have the edge when it comes to the Quarter Back position. Tommy Armstrong has been well protected by his Offensive Line and his ability to move the chains with his legs as well as his arm could be crucial. With the Wisconsin Defensive unit missing starters on all three levels, it could be a big day for Armstrong to announce himself and his team as a genuine Play Off contender having really feasted on weaker teams for the most part this season.

The Quarter Back position is definitely more muddy for Wisconsin who have seen Alex Hornibrook play a little inconsistently which has to be expected for a Freshman. Hornibrook will be under some pressure from the Nebraska pass rush if the Badgers are not able to put together an effective rushing plan, and they won't really want the young Quarter Back throwing from third and long spots too often.

The pressure up front has helped the Nebraska Secondary restrict teams to under 220 passing yards per game on the season and they have also been able to turn the ball over. That has been an issue for Wisconsin through the air and the key will be to keep Hornibrook in third and manageable spots and not ask him to take too many risks when throwing the ball.

All in all this looks a really tight, potentially low-scoring game and that makes me wonder how Nebraska are being given as many points as they are. I hate the fact that this is a publicly backed underdog, but getting close to double digits in points for the road team looks too many even if the Cornhuskers have taken some beatings in past games against the Badgers.

I don't buy into the fact that Nebraska could potentially look ahead of the Ohio State game because this one is arguably more important, while the wear and tear on the Wisconsin Defensive unit is perhaps not getting the attention it should. Having this many points looks too good to be true, but I will take the points and back the Cornhuskers to keep within the number in Week 9.

MY PICKS: California Golden Bears + 16.5 Points @ 2.00 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Connecticut Huskies + 7 Points @ 1.91 Sky Bet (1 Unit)
Kansas State Wildcats - 6.5 Points @ 1.95 Bet365 (1 Unit)
Michigan Wolverines - 24.5 Points @ 2.00 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Penn State Nittany Lions - 13.5 Points @ 1.91 Ladbrokes (1 Unit)
Washington Huskies - 10 Points @ 1.91 Sky Bet (1 Unit)
Kansas Jayhawks + 40.5 Points @ 1.91 Ladbrokes (1 Unit)
Nebraska Cornhuskers + 9 Points @ 1.91 William Hill (1 Unit)

Week 8: 4-5, - 1.27 Units (9 Units Staked, - 14.11% Yield)
Week 74-5, - 1.28 Units (9 Units Staked, - 14.22% Yield)
Week 67-1-1, + 5.35 Units (9 Units Staked, + 59.44% Yield)
Week 52-7-1, - 5.14 Units (10 Units Staked, - 51.40% Yield)
Week 46-3, + 2.59 Units (9 Units Staked, + 28.78% Yield)
Week 34-6, - 2.23 Units (10 Units Staked, - 22.3% Yield)
Week 24-5, - 1.32 Units (9 Units Staked, - 14.67% Yield)
Week 16-5, + 0.58 Units (11 Units Staked, + 5.27% Yield)

Season 201637-37-2, - 2.72 Units (76 Units Staked, - 3.57% Yield)

Season 201587-77-2, + 2.77 Units (166 Units Staked, + 1.67% Yield)
Season 201475-82-2, - 13.39 Units (172 Units Staked, - 7.78% Yield)
Season 201365-49-2, + 8.49 Units (124 Units Staked, + 6.85% Yield)
Season 201254-59-1 - 7.11 Units (114 Units Staked, - 6.24% Yield)

Season 201163-36, + 23.25 Units (99 Units Staked, + 23.5% Yield)

WTA Finals Picks 2016 (October 27th)

I cannot begin to say how frustrated and irritated I was with the way the tennis picks went on Wednesday.

Karolina Pliskova blew a set and a break lead to eventually go down against Svetlana Kuznetsova, while the Fabio Fognini pick just never got off the ground.

However it was the other four picks that fell apart that absolutely got under my skin... Garbine Muguruza was up a break in the second set but ended up losing 6/7 games to miss the cover by one game and that became an ugly theme of the day.

Feliciano Lopez decided he would throw in his double faults during this two tie-breakers with John Isner to effectively give up those to the big American. In fact I think he lost his first two service points in both tie-breakers to give up the match for all intents and purposes.

Things didn't improve with both Kei Nishikori and Robin Haase missing their own covers by single games. Nishikori had 15-40 on Paolo Lorenzi's opening two service games and couldn't break and missed all 6 break points he earned in set one to eventually win 76, 62 to miss his cover, while Haase broke the Juan Martin Del Potro serve three times in the second set and still couldn't at least get to a tie-breaker which is pathetic when you consider that.

I can pretty much say that is the way my 2016 season has gone with little luck at the very crux of matches far too often and that has meant I haven't been able to pick up the momentum I should have done. In all honesty even a little bit of luck at the big moments would have seen at least half of those losses come back as winners and keep the positive run going, but instead every single one looked to have landed on the wrong side because the players I've picked have lost those big points.

Frustration is putting it mildly.

The WTA Finals Red Group is going to be decided on Thursday and things have become fairly clear in the Group. Dominika Cibulkova has to win in straight sets and hope Angelique Kerber beats Madison Keys in straight sets to have a chance of getting through to the Semi Final.

That is the only way Cibulkova can get through, but a straight sets win for Simona Halep will put her through to the Semi Final regardless of what happens in the other match. A straight sets win for Keys over Kerber would put her through to the Semi Final and it does feel that both matches are going to have some importance attached unlike in the White Group where Garbine Muguruza has been knocked out and Svetlana Kuznetsova has already booked her place in the Semi Final.

Thursday will also bring Second Round action from the ATP events in Basel and Vienna as the Quarter Final line up is set for Friday.

Simona Halep - 3.5 games v Dominika Cibulkova: The first set is going to be critical to the outcome of this match and it might be difficult for Dominika Cibulkova to stay focused if she drops that and is ultimately out of the tournament. Now the Slovakian is one of the biggest fighters on the Tour and unlikely to give up in any match she plays, but it can be difficult to motivate when at the end of a long season in which she has surpassed expectations.

For Simona Halep taking at least a set in this one, even in a losing effort, will give her a chance of progressing through to the Semi Final but she will then be reliant on Angelique Kerber beating Madison Keys. However a straight sets win for Halep will put her through to the Semi Final regardless of the outcome of the final match in the Group.

The match up is a difficult one to weigh up because Halep looks to have the consistency, but I think the Cibulkova firepower and desire makes her hard to stop. Neither player has a big serve and it could easily come down to which of them perhaps takes a few more chances that pay off with the short ball, particularly on the second serve, which could prove to be the difference.

That is an area I think Halep can be stronger and I believe she is going to make the big plays at the big moments to push ahead in this tournament. It should be a couple of tight sets being competed by these two players but Halep can win this one 64, 64 for a place in the Semi Final.

Angelique Kerber - 2.5 games v Madison Keys: Both of these players are going to know their exact situation in the Group heading out onto the court and that might play a part in how this match goes. I am not going to read too much into what I expect to happen in the first match of the day, but instead focus on how I think this match will go.

You can't ignore the fact that Angelique Kerber has won all five previous matches against Madison Keys and I think this is the kind of opponent that the American has to learn to deal with to take the next step in her career. Like Simona Halep, Kerber has the tools to negate the big Keys serve and force the younger player to try and beat her with consistency off the ground.

While Kerber can accept that Keys will be able to penetrate the defences with the power she has, the World Number 1 will also know she can force mistakes from the Keys game by getting as many balls back in play as possible. Going into the Keys backhand from the Kerber forehand should also be a productive play to open up the court for Kerber and having to play as many balls as Keys is likely going to have to can be mentally draining.

These players have met twice in 2016 and Kerber has won all four sets and I think she will have enough of an edge in the longer rallies to wear down Keys in this one. If Madison Keys can get 75% of first serves in and just play with virtually no unforced errors she could win this match, but that is a big ask and I am looking for Kerber to put up her third win in Singapore in a 75, 63 win.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 3.5 games v Philipp Kohlschreiber: You cannot look past the fortune that Philipp Kohlschreiber got in this win over Stephane Robert on Wednesday and he will need a lot more of that to snap his nine match losing run to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It will be interesting to see if Kohlschreiber has had the time to recover physically from what was a testing match against Robert and the Frenchman he faces on Thursday is a lot more powerful and consistent.

The recent run of results have shown Kohlschreiber might not be at his full confidence level and that has seen him struggle on the serve. On another day he would have been beaten easily by Robert and being as loose as that against Tsonga is only going to result in yet another defeat to this opponent.

Tsonga hasn't played a lot of tennis since the retirement at the US Open but he has looked solid enough in the limited time he has been on court. He was an easy winner in the First Round in Vienna where he has won the title before and I think the indoor hard courts suit his game just fine as he is able to dictate points comfortably behind the heavy forehand.

If Tsonga is serving well it will only increase the pressure on Kohlschreiber to stay with him and I think that will ultimately prove too much for the German to do. I like Tsonga to build the pressure and crack Kohlschreiber in a 63, 64 win.

Andy Murray - 5.5 games v Gilles Simon: When these players met in Shanghai it was a poor day serving from Andy Murray that allowed Gilles Simon to remain competitive against him. The courts in Vienna may help Murray get a little more out of his first serve which had not been as productive as he liked in Shanghai and I think the match up is one that Murray will know exactly what to expect.

Simon is going to battle hard and he will extend rallies with his defensive movement and ability to put the ball in some awkward spots for Murray to try and do something with. The Frenchman is able to get to the net and stop Murray from just chipping the ball into play, but his weakness remains the serve which should see the World Number 2 be able to get into the rallies.

I have little doubt that Murray is going to be in a position to break serve a few times and the key will be to make sure he takes a solid percentage of those and not allow them to slip past. What is harder to guess is whether Murray is going to be able to serve well enough to prevent Simon from continuously battling back like he did when these players met in Shanghai and it does have to be said that plenty of their previous matches have been competitive affairs.

The form Murray has been in definitely gives him an edge though and I think he has taken the chances that have come his way when he does get into break point positions. He has at least been serving decently enough to help himself to a 64, 62 win in this one barring another late break when serving for the match as he had in Shanghai.

Marin Cilic - 3.5 games v Pablo Carreno Busta: There is still a really big opportunity for Marin Cilic to reach the ATP World Tour Finals with two big weeks under his belt and that would be a nice way to end his Singles season before heading into the Davis Cup. This gives him a strong chance to reach the Quarter Final in Basel as Cilic is playing Pablo Carreno Busta in the Second Round, a player who has played a lot of tennis of late.

The Spaniard is in a position to be Seeded at the Australian Open and Carreno Busta has shown some improvements on surfaces other than the clay courts. His title win in Moscow last week has to be respected, but Carreno Busta didn't have to beat anyone of the quality of Cilic in that run and this is a big test for him.

Carreno Busta has suffered a couple of one-sided losses to Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon on the hard courts prior to the win in Moscow and Cilic is certainly more equivalent to the qualities that those two players can bring. I think an aggressive return will put Carreno Busta under some pressure and the heavier groundstrokes should come from the Cilic racquet although he will have to control the unforced errors.

There are going to be some sticky moments on the Cilic serve because of the way that Carreno Busta is playing, but I think the Croatian can keep alive his chances of making it to London with a 64, 64 win.

MY PICKS: Simona Halep - 3.5 Games @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Angelique Kerber - 2.5 Games @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 3.5 Games @ 1.80 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Andy Murray - 5.5 Games @ 2.00 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Marin Cilic - 3.5 Games @ 1.73 William Hill (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 9-12, - 7.76 Units (42 Units Staked, - 18.48% Yield)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

WTA Finals Picks 2016 (October 26th)

The WTA Finals continue on Wednesday as the line up for the Semi Final begins to take shape, although we are yet to get an official Semi Finalist. That might change on Wednesday when the White Group gets through their second round robin of matches after two tight opening matches in the Group.

We will also see the ATP Basel and ATP Vienna move onto the Second Round on Wednesday while also completing the First Round action with players who reached the latter stages of the tournaments last week given a little more time to prepare for these tournaments. It is another packed day of tennis which will be played through the day.

The picks on Tuesday might have had a decent day if Joao Sousa hadn't been the beneficiary of a Pablo Cuevas retirement. Sousa was only three games from winning the match when Cuevas pulled out, while the likes of Grigor Dimtrov and Lucas Pouille may have lost outright, but could easily have covered from the positions they had been in.

A bit more luck could really see the week developing very nicely and I am hoping that might be the case in the coming few days.

Karolina Pliskova - 1.5 games v Svetlana Kuznetsova: I don't think Svetlana Kuznetsova would be able to explain how she managed to win her opening Group match against Agnieszka Radwanska which saw her save a match point in the decider. There has been a lot of tennis being played by Kuznetsova over the last month and it looked to have taken a toll when she was struggling for energy in the third set against Radwanska.

Another win on Wednesday would see Kuznetsova put one foot into the Semi Final before the second match in the White Group is played, but it looks a big task to knock off Karolina Pliskova. The Czech player had to dig deep to beat Garbine Muguruza in her first match having blown a big second set lead before finding herself 2-5 down in the decider and two breaks down.

Some how Pliskova managed to battle back for five games in a row to beat the French Open Champion and I think she will the better of Kuznetsova in the first match in Singapore on Wednesday. The Pliskova serve is a huge weapon that can just ease some of the pressure at the big moments and I can see that shot being a difference maker in this match as well as the fact that I am not sure Kuznetsova has had enough time to recover both physically and mentally.

That will make it difficult for a player who left a lot on the court emotionally on Monday and I think Kuznetsova is going to struggle against the weight of shot that Pliskova can produce. These two players met in Cincinnati in August and you can't disguise the importance of the Pliskova first serve and I believe that will be the decider in this one too. It also wouldn't be a surprise if Kuznetsova perhaps saves something for the final match if she gets behind and I like Pliskova to win this one 64, 62.

Garbine Muguruza + 3.5 games v Agnieszka Radwanska: Agnieszka Radwanska has an awful record against Svetlana Kuznetsova but that doesn't really work as an excuse for not beating the Russian in the first match in the White Group. There isn't any real need to panic though as Radwanska lost her first two matches in Singapore last year before going on to win the WTA Finals, although another defeat here coupled with a win for Karolina Pliskova in the earlier match would see Radwanska being the first player out of the tournament.

There is pressure on Garbine Muguruza too having blown a big lead herself against an opponent who has given her plenty of problems in recent matches. The second half of the season has been difficult for Muguruza since winning the French Open, but there has to be some encouragement from her performance against Pliskova.

It is a clash of styles between Radwanska and Muguruza with the movement and variation on the former's side and the power coming from the Spaniard's racquet. In all honesty most of the match will be dictated on the Muguruza racquet who will feel she can win the match if she can find her consistency on the ground as she should also have a slightly more comfortable time when serving.

These two players met in the Semi Final here last year and Radwanska was able to negate the Muguruza serve in the three set win. That snapped a run of four straight losses to the Spaniard and I think this will be a competitive match between these players which makes the games being given to Muguruza look appealing. She is capable of winning at least a set in this one which should give her every chance to cover and I will take the games at odds against.

Stephane Robert + 4.5 games v Philipp Kohlschreiber: At this stage of the season and with the form as it has been, I am not sure Philipp Kohlschreiber should be favoured to beat anyone by this number of games. The fact that Stephane Robert is coming in off a Semi Final run last week should mean the veteran is able to make this a very competitive First Round match and I want to take what looks a lot of games in his favour.

It does have to be said that Robert had not been showing a lot of positive results before the Semi Final run in Moscow last week, a tournament where Kohlschreiber was also beaten in the Semi Final.

However it is the injuries that Kohlschreiber has been dealing with that left him coming up short in a couple of recent matches and he is going to be tested by Robert. Kohlschreiber does have the stronger indoor hard court form compared with Robert, but the latter has shown he can stay with opponents and certainly create some break point opportunities.

I do think Kohlschreiber will likely win the match, but I think Robert has every chance of winning a set and that would be enough for him to stay within this number. One of the issues Kohlschreiber has had in 2016 is preventing the sloppy drop of his service games and someone like Robert has enough quality to earn breaks here which could be all important in adding up the games to make sure the 4.5 game head start is enough to cover.

Fabio Fognini - 3.5 games v Albert Ramos-Vinolas: For the third tournament in a row Fabio Fognini and Albert Ramos-Vinolas will meet on the Tour and it is the Italian who has improved his head to head to 9-0. I backed Fognini to cover last week and this time he is being asked to cover another game but I can't ignore the match up and how much the Italian has seemingly enjoyed it against Ramos-Vinolas.

Last week showed Fognini is the stronger player when it comes to the rallies and he has a good read of what Ramos-Vinolas wants to do on the court with the serve. Negating that lefty serve and forcing Ramos-Vinolas to beat Fognini in the rallies has proven to be a huge edge for the Italian whose only serve is then backed up effectively by being the stronger player off the ground.

Fognini did reach the Final in Moscow where he came up short and he can't always be trusted to put in back to back big weeks on the Tour. That is especially the case on the hard courts where he is not at his best, but he has had a few days to recover from Moscow and Fognini's match up here can't be ignored in the First Round.

I'd be surprised if Ramos-Vinolas doesn't make this more competitive than the four games he won when they played last week. However I still think Fognini comes through with a 64, 64 win and move through to the Second Round while making it ten out of ten against Ramos-Vinolas.

Feliciano Lopez v John Isner: I have to credit Feliciano Lopez for playing the big points as well as he did in the final set win over Lucas Pouille on Tuesday. He did come close to falling out of the tournament, but I can see Lopez using his fortune to good effect by booking a place in the Quarter Final by beating John Isner on Wednesday.

We all know what is coming from Isner and what makes him so dangerous is the huge serve he possesses that helped him get out of trouble against Jan-Lennard Struff just in time on Monday. Coming back from 0-40 when trailing by a set already to hold serve and then break in the next game helped Isner turn the momentum of that match, but it doesn't disguise the fact that he has not been at his best over the last few months.

Someone like Lopez will take his time and be patient enough to try and stay with Isner and has the serve and the game to do that. He has previously shown he can keep himself in the moment even when a host of serves go flying past him and I do think the Spaniard can earn the upset in this one.

The key here for me is that Isner was regularly someone you could trust in tie-breakers with his 62% win record over his career in these shoot outs. That is an impressive number when you think he would have played plenty of the top names in those too, but in 2016 it has actually dropped to a 47% win record in tie-breakers. Recently Isner has lost a lot more than he has won with a 4-11 record in the last 15 tie-breakers he has played and Lopez is more than capable of adding to those numbers in the upset.

Kei Nishikori - 5.5 games v Paolo Lorenzi: The place at the ATP World Tour Finals has already been booked by Kei Nishikori and he is simply looking for some form to take into the tournament in a couple of weeks time. Having a strong showing in Basel would be a good start to that end and Nishikori was an impressive winner in the First Round.

The match up with Paolo Lorenzi should be a good one for Nishikori to continue to build his rhythm to take to London as that is what the Italian will give him. The first serve is actually working very effectively for Lorenzi, but he is facing a very solid returner in Nishikori and I don't really like his chances of winning a lot of the extended rallies against the Japanese star.

The issue for Lorenzi is going to be getting enough first serves in play to earn some short balls where he can begin to dictate the rallies from the beginning. The second serves will be much harder to protect against Nishikori and I do think we will see Nishikori get into a position where he will break serves around four times.

A key to this entire spread is Nishikori serving well enough to keep Lorenzi at bay and I think that has been an issue for him through his career. There are too many times sloppy service games means Nishikori is having to expend more energy than he would like to, but I think he should have enough to protect serve for long enough to record a 64, 62 win in this match.

Robin Haase + 4.5 games v Juan Martin Del Potro: It is so much fun to see Juan Martin Del Potro not only enjoying his tennis again, but getting back into a position to challenge the very best players on the Tour. A first title since 2014 was won on Sunday in Stockholm and Del Potro has every chance to end 2016 by adding to his Silver Medal from the Olympic Games with a Davis Cup win.

Del Potro is back as the Argentinian Number 1 and is likely going to be used for two Singles rubbers in the Davis Cup Final while he is back up to Number 42 in the World Rankings. He might not have enough to be Seeded by the time the Australian Open comes around, but Del Potro has nothing in terms of points to protect for a while and that would be a great achievement for him if he can do that.

It is going to be interesting to see how much he has in the tank both physically and emotionally having won the title in Stockholm. The organisers in Basel have been good enough to give Del Potro a few days to prepare himself for this First Round match against Robin Haase who had to come through the Qualifiers.

Haase has been putting together plenty of wins on the Challenger circuit on the clay courts to help him move up the World Rankings, but he is still very inconsistent. He should have a serve that offers him more, although the problem remains backing it up with the right plays at the right times and the Dutchman can sometimes collapse in matches.

I do think Haase might be facing Del Potro at the right time though and he can stay with the Argentinian. As long as Haase serves well, he can potentially steal a set if Del Potro is not completely focused in his opening match here and that might be enough for him to make these games count.

MY PICKS: Karolina Pliskova - 1.5 Games @ 2.00 William Hill (2 Units)
Garbine Muguruza + 3.5 Games @ 2.00 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Stephane Robert + 4.5 Games @ 1.80 Bet365 (2 Units)
Fabio Fognini - 3.5 Games @ 2.00 Paddy Power (2 Units)
Feliciano Lopez @ 2.10 Bet365 (2 Units)
Kei Nishikori - 5.5 Games @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Robin Haase + 4.5 Games @ 2.20 Bet Fred (2 Units)

Weekly Update: 8-6, + 2.64 Units (28 Units Staked, + 9.43% Yield)