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.SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
Currie Cup final time!
WP hosting the Sharks at Newlands. Can't get much bigger than that, folks!
have the home side as 4-point favourites. We tend to agree at Sport24 HQ that WP will hold on for a narrow win.Bet of the Day:
WP to lift the trophy
TBDTUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Saturday sees the culmination of the 2013 Rugby Championship - and the title is still up for grabs. Well, sort of...
The Springboks have a mountain to climb and will need to beat the All Blacks by eight points or more, score four tries in the process and deny their opponents scoring four tries of their own.
A tall order indeed!
In their favour however is that Ellis Park represents something of a fortress for the Boks - and the All Blacks have had to travel from New Zealand to Argentina and then on to Johannesburg, so jet-lag could play a role.
Leading SA bookmakers, Sportsbet
, however, don't give Heyneke Meyer's Boks much chance of doing what's required.
The All Blacks are on offer at 7/100 to lift the trophy, while the Boks can be backed at 7/1.Bet of the Day:
New Zealand to be crowned championsOutcome: WON! New Zealand were crowned 2013 Rugby Championship champions
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Tomorrow sees the Springboks take on the mighty All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland - a venue at which the visitors haven't won a Test since 1937!
The bookies don't see that trend changing - despite the Boks currently topping the Rugby Championship standings.
Leading SA bookmakers Sportsbet have installed the All Blacks as 7.5-handicap point favourites.
Although the 'experts' at Sport24 believe the Boks may well fall short, we don't think the All Blacks will win by eight or more...
Bet of the Day:
New Zealand not
to win by eight points or more...Outcome: LOST! New Zealand won 29-15PREVIOUS MONTHFRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Tomorrow sees the playing of Round 2 of this year's Rugby Championship.
Both the All Blacks and Springboks are coming off comprehensive victories over Australia and Argentina, respectively, and victories again on Saturday - over the same opponents - will make it a two-horse race for champion honours.
Expect far closer margins in both matches.
The All Blacks are down to their fourth-choice flyhalf - Tom Taylor - but are playing at home and can wrap up the Bledisloe trophy for yet another year with victory in Wellington.
The Boks are in Argentina and have kept the same starting XV as the one that did duty in Soweto last weekend. The Pumas have made five changes, and will be a different proposition at home.
The Boks tend to be a different team away from home - evidenced by their 16-all draw in the corresponding fixture last season. So we'll rather shy away from betting on Heyneke Meyer's team this week and rather sit back and enjoy the match (kick-off 21:10 SA time).SportsBet
have the All Blacks at 9/10 to win by 15 points or more. We believe they may well win, but not by that many...Bet of the Day:
New Zealand not
to win by 15 points or more...Outcome: WON! New Zealand won 27-16
PREVIOUS WEEKTHURSDAY, AUGUST 8
The year's final golf Major starts today at Oak Hill CC in New York.
Rory McIlroy is the defending champion, but has been in woeful form of late.
Tiger Woods, fresh off a whopping seven-stroke victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, is the 4/1 favourite to land his 15th Major title.
Golf - and Majors in particular - are difficult to predict. In a field of 156 of the top players, picking the winner is a tough proposition.
So... the 'experts' at Sport24 are instead going for a Top 6 finish for Keegan BradleyBet of the Day:
Top 6 finish for Keegan Bradley (1/4 odds at 33/1
)Outcome: LOST! Bradley finished in a tie for 19th
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
Saturday's sees the paying of the 2013 Super Rugby final (09:35 SA time) between the defending champion Chiefs and the Brumbies.
The Chiefs topped the Overall standings, giving them the right to host the final, while the Brumbies, the Australian Conference winners, had to beat the Cheetahs (home) before travelling to Pretoria to knock-out the Bulls - and then head to Hamilton. A tall order indeed!
Interestingly, the two teams didn't meet in the regular season.Sportsbet
have the Chiefs at 33/100 to defend their title, while the Brumbies can be backed at 28/10. The draw is on offer at 25/1.
Bet of the Day: Chiefs to win at 33/100
Outcome: WON! Chiefs were crowned 2013 Super Rugby champions
PREVIOUS MONTHTHURSDAY, JULY 25
You thought Saturday's Super Rugby semi-finals were big, try Friday night's promotion-relegation match between the Kings and Lions for size!
The winners will play Super Rugby in 2014. The losers will potentially fade into obscurity next season.
The first leg will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium on Friday, with the return leg scheduled for Ellis Park next Saturday.
If the Kings don't at the very least take a lead into that second leg, the 'experts' at Sport24 believe they will end up being 'one season Super Rugby wonders'.Sportsbet
have the Lions as 13/20 favourites, while the Kings can be backed at 13/10. The draw is on offer at 25/1.Bet of the Day:
Lions to win at 13/20Outcome: WON! Lions won 26-19PREVIOUS WEEKTUESDAY, JULY 9
The much-anticipated Ashes series between hosts England and Australia gets under way at Nottingham on Wednesday.
Australia are the underdogs after a series of retirements to key players and injuries.
England on the other hand have added Kevin Pietersen to their squad, and will be confident of retaining the urn in front of their vocal Barmy Army fans.Sportsbet
have England as 4/10 favourites to win the series, while Australia can be backed at 4/1. A drawn series is on offer at 6/1.Bet of the Day:
England to win the AshesOutcome: WON! England won the Ashes with victory in the fourth Test
PREVIOUS WEEKWEDNESDAY, JULY 3
Chaos and carnage reigns at Wimbledon - especially in the women's draw.
The semi-finals have thrown up two 'who would've predicted that' match-ups, between Sabine Lisicki and Agnieszka Radwanska, and Marion Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens.Sportsbet
have Lisicki - who knocked out world No 1 Serena Williams in the fourth round, as the 12/10 favourite.
However, the 'experts' at Sport24 are backing last year's losing finalist Radwanska to win her maiden Grand Slam title.Bet of the Day:
Agnieszka Radwanska to win Wimbledon at 5/2Outcome: LOST! Marion Bartoli won the ladies Wimbledon title
PREVIOUS WEEKFRIDAY, JUNE 28
The 100th edition of the Tour de France starts on Saturday.
Bradley Wiggins won't be defending his title, having withdrawn through injury. Instead, his Sky team-mate Chris Froome is expected to battle it out for Yellow jersey honours with Alberto Contador.
The Green jersey battle also looks to be a two-man race between holder Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, while the King of the Mountain category is wide open, with Frenchman Thomas Voeckler the odds-on favourite.Bet of the Day:
Chris Froome to win the Tour de France at 13/20Outcome: WON! Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de FranceMONDAY, JUNE 24
Wimbledon starts today, with the locals firmly behind Andy Murray to ends British tennis' 77-year wait for a men's singles champion.
Murray has been handed something of a horror draw, with the second seed scheduled to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals, then the winner between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the semis, and then a possible final showdown against world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final.
have installed Djokovic as the favourite (11/10), followed by Murray (7/2), then Nadal (9/2) and Federer (9/1).Bet of the Day:
Andy Murray to win WimbledonOutcome: WON! Andy Murray won the men's Wimbledon title
PREVIOUS WEEKFRIDAY, JUNE 21
Saturday sees the first Test between the Wallabies and British & Irish Lions in Brisbane (kick-off 12:00 SA time)
The Lions suffered their first defeat of their tour in midweek against Jake White's Brumbies team, but their Test line-up looks far superior.
Robbie Deans has named a strong looking Wallaby side, but the 'experts' at Sport24 reckon it will be the Lions who take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.Sportsbet
have the Lions as 6/10 favourites, with the Wallabies on offer at 15/10, while the draw can be backed at 22/1Bet of the Day:
Lions to win the first Test in Brisbane at 6/10Outcome: WON! The Lions beat Australia 23-21PREVIOUS WEEKFRIDAY, JUNE 14
The Boks face Scotland - minus their British & Irish Lions representatives - in Nelspruit on Saturday. Kick-off is at 17:15.
The Boks are coming off a 44-10 win over Italy, while the Scots were humbled 27-17 by Samoa last weekend.Sportsbet
have the Boks as 27.5-point favourites to record their second win of the season.
The 'experts' at Sport24 will be very
disappointed should the Boks not thrash Scotland by more than 27.5!Bet of the Day:
SA to win by 28 or more at 9/10Outcome: LOST! The Springboks won... but by only 13 points (30-17)WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
Thursday sees the start of the 113th US Open at Merion Golf Club.
Eight South Africans - Ernie Els, Rory Sabbatini, George Coetzee, Louis Oosthuizen, Tim Clark, Charl Schwartzel, Jaco van Zyl and Branden Grace - will fly the SA flag in Pennsylvania.Sportsbet
have Schwartzel as the 17/10 favourite to be the leading SA contender when all is said and done.
While the 'experts' at Sport24 agree Schwartzel will have a good tournament, we're leaning towards Tim Clark at 55/10 to offer the best value. Bet of the Day:
Tim Clark to be the top South African at 55/10Outcome: LOST! Ernie Els ended up as the leading South AfricanMONDAY, JUNE 10
Do-or-die time for AB de Villiers' Proteas as they face Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.
The Proteas, who lost their opening match to India, face an equally desperate Pakistan side who went down to the West Indies in their first game.Sportsbet
have the Proteas as 13/20 favourites, while Pakistan are on offer at 5/4Bet of the Day:
SA to beat Pakistan
Outcome: WON! The Proteas beat Pakistan by 67 runsPREVIOUS WEEKTUESDAY, JUNE 4
The IRB Junior World Championship starts in France on Wednesday, with the Baby Boks the defending champions.
The Dawie Theron-coached side open the tournament against the USA (20:45).Sportsbet
have the New Zealand side as overwhelming 5/10 favourites, with the SA side second-best at 7/1.Bet of the Day:
Baby Boks to defend their title
Outcome: LOST! The Baby Boks were beaten in the semi-finals by Wales
FRIDAY, MAY 31
The Cheetahs welcome the Bulls to Bloemfontein in a top-of-the-table South African Conference clash on Saturday (kick-off at 19:10).
The Bulls are currently five points ahead of their hosts having played one fewer match.
Sportsbet have the Bulls as 6/10 favourites, with the Cheetahs on offer at 15/10. The draw can be backed at 25/1.Bet of the Day:
Bulls to beat the Cheetahs at 6/10Outcome: WON! The Bulls beat the Cheetahs 30-25THURSDAY, MAY 30
A big weekend of Super Rugby action in store, especially in South Africa as the Stormers host the Kings (Saturday at 17:05) and the Cheetahs welcome the Bulls to Bloemfontein in a top-of-the-table South African Conference clash (Saturday at 19:10).
Neither of those matches offers too much value betting-wise, but the one match in Round 16 that does jump out if the very first one on Friday morning between the Crusaders and Waratahs (09:35 SA time).
The Crusaders are currently second in the New Zealand Conference and sixth in the Overall standings, while the Waratahs find themselves in third and eighth in the Australian Conference and Overall log, respectively, some three points adrift of the seven-time champion Crusaders.Sportsbet
have the Crusaders as 11.5-point handicap winners.
The 'experts' at Sport24 feel the Waratahs will be 'desperate' enough and the scoreline will be closer than that.Bet of the Day:
Waratahs to NOT
lose by 12 points or more at 9/10Outcome: WON! The Crusaders beat the Waratahs 23-22TUESDAY, MAY 28
One round into the 2013 French Open and Kevin Anderson is the lone SA singles survivor after Chanelle Scheepers was sent packing on Monday.
Anderson faces unheralded Russian Evgeny Donskoy
in his second round match at Roland Garros.
Anderson has enjoyed a stellar season to date which has seen him rise to a career high 29th world ranking.Ladbrokes
have Anderson as a 1/9 favourite to progress to the third round, with Donskoy a 5/1 underdog to cause the upset.
Bet of the Day:
Anderson to beat Donskoy at 1/9
Outcome: WON! Anderson won in four sets
MONDAY, MAY 27
This afternoon sees the playing of the Championship final between Crystal Palace and Watford (16:00 SA time).
Billed as the 'richest match in world football' - estimated at a whopping £120m for the winner - the teams will do battle at a sold-out Wembley, looking to join Cardiff and Hull in the English Premiership next season.Sportsbet
have listed Watford as 13/10 favourites, with Palace available at 9/4.Bet of the Day:
Watford to beat Palace and cash in on the millions next season!Outcome: LOST! Palace won 1-0PREVIOUS WEEK:THURSDAY, MAY 16
SA's No 1 tennis player, Kevin Anderson, takes on Czech Tomas Berdych in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia later today.
Anderson, despite showing impressive form of late on clay, doesn't have a good record against the sixth-seeded Berdych, having lost all seven of their previous encounters.Sportsbet
don't see Anderson winning his first match - and neither do we at Sport24...Bet of the Day:
Tomas Berdych to beat Kevin Anderson at 6/25Outcome: WON! Berdych beat Anderson 7-5, 6-2WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
Tonight sees the playing of the Europa League final between Benfica and Chelsea - in Amsterdam.
Both teams will be looking to finish the season with some silverware - albeit in Europe's second-tier competition.Sportsbet
have installed Chelsea as 13/20 favourites to lift the trophy, while Benfica can be backed at 12/10.Bet of the Day:
Chelsea to win at 13/20Outcome: WON! Chelsea won the Europa League final 2-1TUESDAY, MAY 14
Wigan's relegation from the English Premiership will all-but be confirmed if they don't win at Arsenal in tonight's clash. However, even a victory at the Emirates Stadium may not be enough to save the FA Cup champion's fate as they currently lie four points adrift of "safety" with two matches remaining.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are fighting for a Top 4 Champions League spot next season, but currently lie fifth, two points behind Spurs, but they do have a game in hand.Sportsbet
have Arsenal to win at 7/20, Wigan are on offer at 76/10, while the draw is on offer at 43/10.Bet of the Day:
Arsenal to win at 7/20Outcome: WON! Arsenal won 4-1MONDAY, MAY 13
Quiet day sporting-wise, but big night if you're a Brighton or Crystal Palace fan!
It's the second leg of their Championship playoff. The first leg finished 0-0.Sportsbet
have Brighton to win at 8/10, Palace are on offer at 79/20, while the draw is on offer at 51/20.Bet of the Day:
Brighton to win at 8/10
Outcome: LOST! Crystal Palace won 2-0PREVIOUS WEEKFRIDAY, MAY 10
Big weekend of Super Rugby action - and do-or-die matches for several teams looking to make the playoffs.
The Cheetahs, fresh off a bye last weekend, host the Hurricanes - fresh off a mauling by the Bulls at Loftus!
Teams returned from bye weekend's usually take time to settle, while those coming off a comprehensive hiding usually arrive with added motivation NOT to be embarrassed again...Sportsbet
have the Cheetahs as 8.5-point handicap favourites to win in Bloemfontein.
The 'experts' at Sport24 believe the Cheetahs could well win, but it WON'T
be by 9-points or more...Bet of the Day:
Hurricanes +8.5-point handicap at 9/10Outcome: WON! Cheetahs lost 39-34THURSDAY, MAY 9
Today sees the start of golf's 'fifth Major' - THE PLAYERS Championship in Florida.
A stellar field has assembled, but world No 1 and 2 - Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy - haven't enjoyed great success around the famed TPC at Sawgrass in the past - making for a wild-open tournament.
Picking a winner out of the 145-man field isn't easy, but thankfully, when it comes to golf odds, one can predict who will finish in the Top 5 for a 1/4 of the full odds on offer.
And that's what we're going with this week!Sportsbet
have former world No 1 Luke Donald on offer at 20/1 - and the 'experts' at Sport24 are pulling for the Englishman this week.Bet of the Day:
Luke Donald to finish in the Top 5 at THE PLAYERS Championship at 5/1Outcome: LOST! Luke Donald finished in a tie for 19thWEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Somewhat overshadowed by the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, but there's a big English Premiership London derby at Stamford Bridge tonight (20:45) between Chelsea and Tottenham.
Both teams are fighting for Champions League spots next season, with Chelsea currently in third position in the standings (68 points after 35 matches) and Spurs in fifth (65 points after 35 matches).
A draw would suit Chelsea, while Spurs will look to Gareth Bale for inspiration - and three points - as they look to jump ahead of Arsenal and into that all-important Top 4 finishing spot which would guarantee Champions League soccer next season.Sportsbet
have Chelsea on offer at 9/10, the Draw at 51/20, while Spurs can be backed at 16/5.Bet of the Day:
Match to be drawn at 51/20Outcome: WON! Chelsea and Spurs drew 2-2TUESDAY, MAY 7
Not too much on the menu today for sporting enthusiasts, but should you fancy a sneaky bet, the 12:30 IPL match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils looks to offer some value.
The Royals (currently fourth in the standings with 14 points after 11 matches), hosts the Daredevils who are struggling in this year's tournament and find themselves down in seventh position with just six points after 11 matches.
The Royals, playing for a playoff spot, should be too good in Jaipur.
Sportsbet have the Royals on offer at 7/10 while the Daredevils can be backed at 12/10.
Bet of the Day: Royals to win at 7/10
Outcome: WON! Royals won by nine wickets
MONDAY, MAY 6
Monday night soccer in the English Premiership sees Sunderland host Stoke at the Stadium of Light (kick-off 21:00 SA time).
Sunderland are involved in a scrap for top flight survival, currently languishing in 17th spot - and only two points above the relegation zone.
Stoke meanwhile are 11th - with no chance European soccer next season, but also safe from relegation.
Paolo di Canio's Sunderland will be the more "desperate" team and should walk away with the spoils...Sportsbet
have Sunderland on offer at 23/20, Stoke at 11/4, while the draw is on offer at 23/10.Bet of the Day:
Sunderland to win at 23/20Outcome: LOST! Sunderland and Stoke drew 1-1
THURSDAY, MAY 2
Round 12 of this year's Super Rugby is upon us.
The first match up is the Blues v Stormers in Albany (Friday, May 3 at 09:35 SA time).
The Stormers will relish playing in the smaller venue of North Harbour Stadium rather than Eden Park in Auckland.
Sportsbet have the Blues as 3.5-point handicap favourites.
However, the 'experts' at Sport24 - who are on a roll of late - don't think the Stormers will lose by 4 points or more...
Bet of the Day: Stormers +3.5 handicap at 9/10
Outcome: WON! Stormers lost by 1 point (18-17)
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Tonight sees the second leg of the first Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund take a more-than-handy 4-1 lead to the Santiago Bernabéu and Jose Mourinho's men will be looking to capitalise on their away goal and pull off a remarkable upset.
One can see Madrid winning, but falling short in their quest to progress to the final.
Sportsbet have Madrid at 13/20, Dortmund at 4/1, while the draw is on offer at 17/5.
Bet of the Day: Madrid to win at 13/20
Outcome: WON! Real Madrid won 2-0
MONDAY, APRIL 29
One, lone English Premiership fixture scheduled for this evening - and it's a basement battle between Aston Villa (17th on 34 points) and Sunderland (15th on 37 points).
Both teams will be desperate for something out of the match to avoid being dragged deeper in the relegation quagmire with just four matches remaining this season.
The 'experts' at Sport24 are expecting a tight affair as is so often the case in matches where there is more to lose than be gained...
Sportsbet have Villa at 13/10, Sunderland at 9/4, while the draw is on offer at 24/10.
Bet of the Day: Match to be DRAWN
Outcome: LOST! Villa won 6-1
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
An injury-ravaged Sharks team begin their Australasian tour against the defending champion Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday (kick-off at 09:35 SA time).
The Chiefs have lost two matches on the trot while the Sharks are languishing in fourth spot in the South African Conference.
Sportsbet have the Chiefs as 11.5-point handicap favourites.
However, the 'experts' here at Sport24 think the Sharks will be better than that and that they won't lose by 12 points or more.
Bet of the Day: Sharks +11.5 handicap
Outcome: WON! Sharks lost by 8 (37-29)
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
The Stormers start their four-match Australasian tour against the Hurricanes in Palmerston North on Friday (kick-off is at 09:35).
The Stormers are currently fourth in the SA Super Rugby Conference and 11th in the Overall standings and will be looking to get their tour off to a winning start against a Hurricanes side third and eighth in the NZ Conference and Overall log, respectively.
Sportsbet have the Hurricanes on offer at 7/10, the Stormers at 13/10, while the draw is available at 25/1.
Bet of the Day: Stormers to WIN at 13/10
Outcome: WON! Stormers won 18-16
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24:
Tonight sees the playing of the first leg of the second Champions League semi-final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park (kick-off at 20:45 SA time).
Sportsbet have Dortmund on offer at 16/10, Madrid at 7/4 while the draw is available at 49/20.
Bet of the Day: Match to be DRAWN
Outcome: LOST! Borussia Dortmund won 4-1
TUESDAY, APRIL 23:
Tonight sees the playing of the first leg of the first Champions League semi-final between Bayern Munich and Barcelona at the Allianz Arena (kick-off at 20:45 SA time).
Bayern have already wrapped up this year's Bundesliga title while Barca are closing in on yet another La Liga victory.
Lionel Messi, key to Barca's hopes of success is "questionable" which leads the soccer 'experts' at Sport24 to lean towards a home win tonight...
Sportsbet have Bayern on offer at 23/20, Barcelona at 49/20 while the draw is available at 5/2.
Bet of the Day: Bayern Munich to win at 23/20...
Outcome: WON! Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 4-0
MONDAY, APRIL 22:
It's Champions League semi-final time as Bayern Munich host Barcelona (first leg on Tuesday) and Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid (Wednesday).
Germany precision v Spanish flair in both matches
Sportsbet have Barcelona and Madrid both at 2/1 to win overall, Bayern at 28/10 and Dortmund outsiders at 6/1.
We're going for the 'upset' overall victors this season...
Bet of the Day: Bayern Munich to win at 28/10
Outcome: WON! Bayern Munich won 2-1
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Manchester United have all but wrapped up this season's English Premiership title race with five matches to play.
They can go a long way towards dethroning bitter cross-town rivals Manchester City this weekend - and we at Sport24 believe they will!
City, who trail United by 13 points, visit Tottenham on Sunday (kick-off 14:30 SA time). Spurs, currently in fifth in the standings, are embroiled in a battle for a Champions League spot themselves, and won't roll over easily at White Hart Lane.
Sportsbet have Tottenham at 9/4, City at 19/10 and the draw on offer at 12/5.
Bet of the Day: Draw at 12/5
Outcome: LOST! Tottenham won 3-1
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
While the Stormers enjoy the weekend off, there are two South African Super Rugby derbies to look forward to in Round 10.
The Kings host the Bulls in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (kick-off at 19:10), but due to the unpredictability of the tournament newcomers, we feel that match is best left alone when it comes to wagering your hard-earned cash.
However, the match between the Sharks and Cheetahs in Durban on Saturday (kick-off at 17:05) is well worth a dabble.
The Cheetahs' five-match winning streak was halted by the Bulls last weekend, while the Sharks floundered at Newlands against the Stormers and have now gone two matches without scoring a try.
Sportsbet have the Sharks as 7.5-point handicap favourites.
The 'experts' here at Sport24 think the Cheetahs will be better than that and the Sharks won't win by 8 points or more.
Bet of the Day: Cheetahs +7.5 handicap
Outcome: WON! The Cheetahs beat the Sharks 12-6