Archive:  August, 2012

Ayumi Morita – Monica Niculescu [prediction]

August 27, 2012 0 Betting, Sports, Tennis

This time I am going to place a bet on a less predictable event. I’m referring to the match between Ayumi Morita from Japan and Monica Niculescu from Romania, the game is from the US Open’s first round. I say the result is more difficult to predict because in the only head to head confrontation between the two players, it was Ayumi Morita who defeated her opponent, even if now Monica is much better raked.

Monica Niculescu is currently number 33, and Ayumi is number 95 in the WTA ranking. Moreover, Monica’s performances have constantly and considerably improved in the last few years, which brought her more than $1825000 in her lifetime career , almost $700000 more than Ayumi. Monica won 310 matched out of 496, while Ayumi won only 210 out of 376.

Judging by the age and the physical condition, I would say that the two players are very close to each other. Monica heights 1.68m and weights 63 kg, while Ayumi heights 1.64m and weights 54 kg. Monica is 24 – 2 years older than her opponent- therefore she has 2 years more of experience., Still, she’s very young and I believe her best performances are yet to come.

All in all, I’m going to place a bet on Monica Niculescu’s victory. I bet 3 units at 1.86. The odds I used are from IBCBET.

Valencia – Deportivo La Coruna [Prediction]

August 26, 2012 2 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Prediction: Valencia to win 1st half and o2.5

Odds: 43/50 and 47/50

Match date: August 26

Stadium: Mestalla Stadium

 

 

Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna are against each other tonight in this Primera Division match. This match will be played in Mestalla Stadium of Valencia and in my opinion this must be a huge advantage for Valencia to make a good performance at home and to secure a positive result in front of their supporters.

Deportivo La Coruna just came this season from Segunda Division but this team is doing very well in this start of the new season as secured an important win at home against Osasuna with the result 2-0 in the opening match and is expected to play another match in high level in this weekend.

Valencia did also a great match in the opening match to draw with the result 1-1 in transfer against a great side Real Madrid and is trying very hard to get another positive result in this weekend that could be considered just a win at home.

In this situation Valencia would have to make another great performance at home and to secure another positive result so I’ll stake 3 units on over 2.5 goals to be scored in this match on 1.86 odds at IBCBET and another 3 units on Valencia to win the first half on 1.94 odds at IBCBET.

Arsenal-Sunderland [Recap]

August 20, 2012 2 Betting, Soccer, Sports

And yes, it was draw. As I have previously mentioned in my prediction, there were some chances for that to happen..and it did. Arsenal failed to break down Sunderland’s defense. It was quite a boring match, which ended up in a dramatic result (0-0).

It seems that the strong core of mid fielders that I was talking about in my prediction and the offensive attitude haven’t helped the “gunners” too much. In the first half, the home side turned on the style, and we could saw Abou Diaby coming close along other chances of Arsenal. On the break, Sunderland caused a few scares, but eventually, their outstanding defense proved to be the best feature of their performance. The second half was not too different from the first one. While opportunities for Sunderland lessened, Arsenal were almost about to score. The fact that they actually didn’t , was quite disappointing and also very surprising if you asked me.

The most dramatic thing is that Arsenal really wasted some thriving chances. For example, in the 90th minute, while they were still turning the screw, Carl Jenkinson wasted a great opportunity when he over-hit a cross from deep down the right flank. In fact, I think their whole performance was kind of astonishing, starting with the formation of the team (4-2-3-1). However, unexpected does not necessarily means “bad”, because Arsenal’s game was not bad overall. They were active and offensive as usual, it’s just that they weren’t able to fully use their opportunities. For example, the 21st minute, was characterized by a spectacular move, when a glorious passage played by Arsenal, ended up with Carl Jenkinson breaking down the right side of the defense and sending the ball in a near-post cross. After that, Theo Walcott went for goal twice, but his awkward attempts leaded to the ball’s ricochets.

But as I’ve mentioned, Sunderland’s performance was not to be neglected either. In fact, the first chance for scoring a goal belonged to them. Even from the 4th minute, Jack Colback was allowed into an almost one-to-one situation with Wojciech Szczesny. That didn’t last for too long, because the Arsenal’s keeper came out as a winner in this clash. Another breathtaking move took place in the 42nd minute, when Mikel Arteta exchanged a neat one-two with Santi Cazorla before finding Theo Walcott. He pulled back to Lukas Podolski whose shot took a deflection and went out for a corner. Another wasted chance belonged to Santo Cazorla, who collected the ball and drove forward. Eventually, he unleashed an effort that stroke Carlos Cuellar and bounced away from danger.

All in all, Arsenal seemed to be dominating the match, though the defensive strategy used by Sunderland made it impossible for them to score. Another golden opportunity, also missed by Cazorla in the 81st minute, when he provided a very nice slipped ball in for Olivier Giround, which emphasized the Gunner’s frustration and lead the match towards such a dramatic end. Their frustration also became my frustration because I lost the bet I made on Arsenal, this meaning 5 units down for me.

Arsenal – Sunderland [Prediction]

August 16, 2012 1 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Prediction: A 2-1 victory for Arsenal
Odds: 1.41
Match date: August 18
Stadium: Emirates Stadium, London, UK

With the inspired acquisition of Spaniard Santi Cazorla, Arsenal have definitely grown stronger. Moreover,I think they are currently possessing the best core of mid fielders from the Premier League.
Judging from the other spectrum, the guys from Sunderland, managed by O’Neil are unbeaten at home. Their portfolio is pretty impressive, containing nine wins and two draws. They have been defeated just twice, by Spurs and Chelsea. They continue playing without Lee Cattermole, David Vaughan and Wes Brown, which does not favor them too much. On the other hand, there is the young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose recent stunning performances (two goals against Blackburn) have impressed Martin O’Neill.

But what might interest you the most are the teams’ head to head confrontations. In the last 10 Premier League games, Arsenal has five wins against Sunderland, one loss and four draws. Therefore, it is not too difficult to predict the result from 18 August, especially if we take into consideration Arsenal’s strong offensive and Sunderland’s poor scoring.
Even if there might be a chance for a draw, I definitely lean towards a 2-1 Arsenal victory, so I’m going to bet 5 units at 1.41 at IBCBET.