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The Road to Riches: Weekend of 12th-13th December

Posted on 10 Dec 2020 09:50 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Football, the Premier League returns including Manchester United v Manchester City
  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Cheltenham, Doncaster, Hereford and on the all-weather at Newcastle and Wolverhampton
  • Rugby Union, the start of the 2020-21 European Champions Cup tournament
  • Formula One, The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Cricket, The Big Bash League in Australia
  • Golf,  the DP World Tour Golf Championship
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European Champions Cup Rugby Pool A: Bath v Scarlets 3.15pm Saturday

The first weekend of this season’s flagship European club rugby tournament. Due to COVID-`19 delaying the end of the previous tournament twenty-four clubs from the three major European domestic and regional leagues will compete on a one-year exceptional basis.

 

These twenty-four teams, seeded into tiers, will be broken down into two pools of twelve. Four rounds of inter-pool play will be followed by a knockout stage. The four teams from each pool with the best points will qualify for the knockout stage. Teams finishing 5th through 8th after pool play will join the Challenge Cup at the round of 16 stage (joining eight qualifiers from the Challenge Cup pool stage)

 

In the game I am featuring here Bath finished fourth in the Gallagher Premiership last year and lost heavily to eventual winners Bath in the play-off semi finals and have had a difficult start to the new Premiership season, losing their first two games at home to Newcastle and at Exeter before getting off the mark with a win at Worcester. They have a second tier seeding for this competition amongst the English sides and post the Autumn International season can call on seven internationals, five of them in the forwards including Sam Underhill.

The Scarlets have a third tier seeding amongst Pro 14 teams having finished 3rd of 7 teams in the pool behind Munster in the season postponed in March and resumed in truncated fashion in August. In the new season they are also in third place. They also welcome many internationals back

 

Bath are 1/4 outright and -11 on the handicap here having begun the week 1/3 and -8. I expect them to win by up to two scores.

10 points Bath to beat Scarlets by 1-12 points at 6/4 with Betfred

 


What’s for  Wentz?

In the NFL we've watched former second overall draft pick Carson Wentz of the Eagles play at a high level for three consecutive campaigns between 2017 and 2019 including most of the season the Eagles won the Super-Bowl prior to his injury. He led his team to the playoffs with an injury-riddled wide receiver group last season, but the Eagles also had the 11th-ranked rushing offense and a relatively consistent offensive line.

This season’s performance is a far cry from those levels, which eventually saw him benched for second round draft pick Jalen Hurts during the loss to the Packers on Sunday Hurts has since been named the new starting quarterback and the rookie will start on Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints.

 

Wentz was completing just 58% of his passes (worst in the NFL among starters) and, of most alarm, led the league in interceptions (12) and total turnovers (16).

Across the franchise there are other issues affecting this performance notably big losses from Injuries. Before Week 1, the Eagles lost left tackle Andre Dillard (torn biceps) and right guard Brandon Brooks (torn Achilles) for the year. The front office re-signed Jason Peters to fill the latter position, but the 38 year old has been inconsistent at best and has also missed four games injured.

A fortnight ago Eagles lost three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson and Philadelphia rolled out its 11th offensive line combination last weekend

Secondly Wentz has suffered from his receivers form. They’ve dropped 29 passes this season, the most in the league and few of them win on the outside of the field consistently. Play calling has been an issue such as the Head Coach has publically contemplated handing over those responsibilities.

The biggest issue of all that the Eagles face is a financial one. Wentz signed a 4 year $109m contract extension last year, fourth highest in the league. If he is not on the roster in 2021 the cost to the franchise from the salary cap is $60m under the guaranteed component of the contract. For 2022 the cost would be $24m. There is an argument that this contract is a “sunk cost” and if its wrong, you should move on but in practical terms

Next year’s salary cap could be as low as $175m ($198m this year) due to falls in league revenue in a COVID year and the Eagles have $264m in committed contract liabilities for players next year. So it looks as if Wentz is on the roster to stay, but a number of other expensive players probably won’t be.

It could be a rough time ahead for a franchise that only won the Super=-Bowl three years ago.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 5th-6th December

Posted on 4 Dec 2020 11:04 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Football, the Premier League returns including Tottenham v Arsenal
  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Aintree, Chepstow, Sandown and Wetherby and on the all-weather at Wolverhampton
  • Rugby Union, the final games of the Autumn Nations Cup
  • Formula One, The Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain  
  • Cricket, An ODI between South Africa and England in Paarl
  • Golf, on the PGA Tour the Mayakoba Golf Classic and on the European Tour the South African Open.

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Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Final England v France 2pm Sunday

England as expected made it to the final of this competition with wins against Ireland Wales showing similar characteristics. Lots of defence, plenty of kicking and playing territory and a dominant forward pack that is terrific at the breakdown. A very difficult side to beat, only South Africa in the World Cup final beat them up front, at which point we saw the absence of a Plan B.

France have played this tournament operating within the terms of an agreement with the Top 14 club sides that has meant that players have only been available for three fixtures this autumn so France coach Fabien Galthie named 11 uncapped players last weekend when beating Italy to make the final. Scrum-half Antoine Dupont, captain Charles Ollivon and centre Virimi Vakatawa are among those who have already played three Tests this autumn, whilst fly half Ntamack is injured. The squad for this game did not include any of the starting XV that beat England in the opening Six Nations match in February.

Back in 2018 France were the U20 World Cup winners, and players from that squad have been emerging into the senior side in 2020. This fixture is going to be a major test of France’s depth and emerging talent given the enforced absences. Meanwhile England's top-flight clubs have agreed to make their players available for the extra internationals this year.

So all this is reflected in prices for the game. England are 1/6 outright and -16 on the handicap. However their style, and the ability of teams under the modern game rules at the breakdown to restrict quick ball, mean that really comprehensive wins are difficult to achieve and England have tended not to run up scores against Tier 1 opposition in 2020.

In essentially taking France on the spread we are taking the prospects of a young team on trust of course.

10 points England to win by 1-12 point at 5/2 with Betfair Sportsbook, 23/10 Paddy Power,21/10 Betfred


Trade Winds

Sam Darnold was drafted with the third pick in the 2018 NFL draft by the New York Jets and has been on a series of bad rosters, in dysfunctional coaching situations and at times dealing with injury ever since. He has two years of his rookie contract remaining.

Now the Jets have a 0-11 record this season and are odds-on to select first in the 2021 draft, in a year where by all accounts a generational QB talent awaits, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, with the assumption that a rebuilding (again) Jets organisation almost certainly with a new coaching staff will draft him leaving Darnold surplus to requirements.

This means that for a player who is still only 23 whose situation has been so bad and with the premium on finding a Quarterback that some teams are going to view him as a potential starter for them.

This has a recent precedent. Ryan Tannehill, coincidentally coached by Adam Gase for part of his NFL career as Darnold has been, was at Miami for 7 years and was traded for a 4th rounder to the Titans who he took deep into the play-offs last season and received a $91m contract for doing so.

In terms of what a potential trade return would be for the Jets, no doubt they would try for a first round selection. This has to be viewed as unlikely though as they don’t have much leverage. If they get the no. 1 pick, everyone around the league will know they’ll have to trade Darnold.

Then we turn to the question of who would want to acquire Darnold? In no particular order a few candidates might be

Washington might win enough games to remove them from contention for a top five pick in the 2021 draft and after the failed selection of Haskins have no long term solution on their roster, and a defense stacked with top draft picks to build around on the other side of the ball

Both the Lions and Falcons have coaching changes ahead with 30+ year old quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan

At the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Ben Roethlisberger is 38, the roster is loaded and a starter/successor via the draft seems unlikely.

At the Chicago Bears it’s possible that the Bears could look to hit the reset button following another miserable season from the team’s offense.

For the 49ers, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a $26.9 million cap hit in 2021, but only $2.8 million guaranteed.

Perhaps the option that makes the most sense is the Indianapolis Colts who are currently operating under stop gap veteran Philip Rivers and both he and 2019 starter Jacoby Brissett are free agents following this season. Indianapolis has a good roster and and a lot of cap space to use were Darnold to work out and a big second contract be required.

So there are no shortage of teams who might be interested and plenty of potential for Darnold, away from the Jets to succeed in the league.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 28-29th November

Posted on 27 Nov 2020 10:17 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Football, the Premier League returns including Chelsea v Tottenham
  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Bangor, Doncaster, Newbury and Newcastle and on the all-weather at Wolverhampton
  • Rugby Union, the third weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup
  • Formula One, The Bahrain Grand Prix  
  • Cricket, the Second T20I between South Africa and England in Paarl
  • Golf, on the PGA Tour the Bermuda Championship and on the European Tour the Cyprus Open.

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Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Group A Wales v England 4pm Saturday

This game will be played in Llanelli, which I begin with as it is a significant difference to playing in a packed-out Principality Stadium for this Welsh team, especially against England.

England beat Ireland 18-7 last Saturday. They defended well, they kicked a lot and in the second half when England had established a decisive advantage, they did not get out of third gear in terms of attacking because they were just determined to put pressure on their opponent. England made 255 tackles in the game compared to Ireland's 84.

Wales rested most of their first choice side and beat Georgia for their first win in seven games. Here of course their major challenges are going to re-emerge. Can they compete up front (they have selected their strongest scrummaging front five)? What are their plans in attack (appear to lack midfield options in particular)? Can they pressure England sufficiently? I doubt it.

England are 15 point favourites here, and Wales 7/1 outright. If England are able to change gears and produce a more rounded game, it’s probable they will win well. Instead their pragmatic style full of kicking (selecting both Ford and Farrell points to a territory led game) and pressure from defence means the winning margin is likely to be slimmer than under a more expansive approach, albeit at far lower risk.

10 points England to win by 1-12 points at 9/4 with Betfair Sportsbook, 21/10 with PaddyPower, 11/5 Betfred


27 Days later

Under a month after Exeter achieved the domestic and European double by winning the Gallagher Premiership Final last weekend the new season got under way.

Exeter of course are favourites to repeat their win with a squad containing the depth to withstand the International and injury absences of Jack Nowell, Stuart Hogg, Jonny Hill and Henry Slade in part because of a consistent approach and low error rugby and in part because class players such as Joe and Sam Simmonds are not international regulars at this point so available every week.

Wasps, Bristol and Bath completed the top four last season, Bristol in particular displaying an exciting attacking style. Sale would have challenged them for a play-off place had they not had a number of COVID cases at the club leading them to forfeit their final match of the season.

At the other end of the table, Leicester and London Irish finished 11th and 10th respectively last season and their first priority, probably alongside Worcester and Newcastle, will be safety.

Former England assistant coach Steve Borthwick is now the Leicester first-team as head coach. For London Irish, they take up tenancy at Brentford's Community Stadium after 20 years at Reading's Madejski Stadium.

Saracens were relegated for breaches of the salary cap and their Championship season begins in January.  It will be a Premiership season without star players such as England captain Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Billy and Mako Vunipola , Elliot Daly and Jamie George.which is inopportune timing from a marketing viewpoint for a domestic game dealing with financial losses from no gate revenue.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 21st-22nd November

Posted on 19 Nov 2020 11:29 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Football, the Premier League returns including Liverpool v Leicester City
  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Ascot, Haydock and Huntingdon and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Wolverhampton
  • Rugby Union, the second weekend of the Autumn Championship
  • Tennis, ATP World Tour Finals  
  • Golf, on the PGA Tour the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort and on the European Tour the Joburg Open.

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Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Group A England v Ireland Saturday 3pm.

In the opening game of the competition Ireland beat Wales 32-9. They dominated a disappointing Welsh pack up front and squeezed their opponents in the manner we have become accustomed to seeing. The win came with a downside though as both fly-halves Jonathan Sexton and debutant replacement Billy Burns hobbled off. Sexton and centre Robbie Henshaw are out of this weekend’s game though Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale could feature from the bench.

In Dublin Ireland again showed an inability to react to the unexpected and were wasteful in possession, though clearly are trying to play a less structured game than they did in the Joe Schmidt era. They look happy to try things, to offload here and there and see where it takes them, but its early days for this change in style.

England meanwhile conducted a professional six try whitewash of Georgia showing impressive forward power against their renowned scrummaging opponents. In February England beat Ireland 24-12 in Round 2 of the Six Nations. It’s tempting to see England as a stronger side now than then, especially as they appear to have selected their strongest possible side. Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler are the starting props while Tom Curry and Sam Underhill come onto the flanks. In a positional change, Maro Itoje moves back to the second row from blindside.

Irealand meanwhile minus Sexton are a bit weaker than February in terms of available players except that with Ireland we know that they will be competitive up front and in the likes of O’Mahoney and Stander they have real battlers behind them. It is difficult to see Ireland cutting England open too much. Meanwhile England who only scored 18 tries in 14 Tests v Ireland from 2006-2017 have scored 18 tries 18 in 4 fixtures since 2018

England are -12 on the handicap which weather permitting I think they can exceed. A win by 2-3 scores seems most likely to me

Most effectively done by half stakes (5 points each) England to win by 11-15 and 16-20 points each at 11/2 with Betfred, or

10 points England to win by 11-20 points at 5/2 with Betfair Sportsbook and Paddy Power.


Flowering

A sixth bottom-half Six Nations finish in seven years may not indicate much progress for Scotland in 2020ble but a sign of the progress they have made since their early exit from the 2019 World Cup is that their win over Wales in Llanelli to end the tournament meant that they had recorded three successive victories in a Six Nations campaign for the first time.

They started the Six Nations in February with a defeat in Dublin after Stuart Hogg dropped the ball in the act of scoring and then came a close second to England in terrible conditions in Murrayfield Scotland’s head coach, Gregor Townsend, was under pressure for the first time since taking over in 2017 and had dropped one of his few world class players, fly half Finn Russell, for disciplinary reasons.

The form at the back end of the Six Nations might not put them in the same territory as England and France but in the just started Autumn Nations Cup they will have home advantage against the French, the fixture that should decide who finishes first in the group. With Russell back into the fold when fit there is reason for more optimism but even more encouragingly this week Scotland’s forwards were described as “the best pack Scotland have had since the 84/90 Grand Slams” which for an outfight frequently regarded as lightweight up front is a big difference. Now they have a front five that compete with the big sides, a top class openside in Hamish Watson for the breakdowns and the fast developing Jamie Ritchie at 6.

Eyes on outright prices for the 2021 Six Nations maybe…


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 14th-15th November

Posted on 12 Nov 2020 14:54 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, on the flat at Lingfield and Wolverhampton and over the jumps at Cheltenham, Uttoxeter and Wetherby
  • Football, the International break including Nations League and European Championship Qualifying matches
  • Rugby Union, the first weekend of the Autumn Championship
  • Tennis, ATP World Tour Finals Doubles
  • Golf, the Masters continues at Augusta.
  • Formula One, the Turkish Grand Prix

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Autumn Nations Cup Rugby, Ireland v Wales Friday 7.45pm

The Autumn Nations Cup is being held place of the usual Autumn Internationals series typically held in the same period each year, as many teams are avoiding extended travel due to COVID-19. Eight teams will participate – the teams involved in the Six Nations plus Georgia and Fiji divided into two groups of four.

Each team will play the others in its group once to determine the final group standings; the teams in first place in each group will then play each other, as will the teams in second, third and fourth, to determine the overall standings. The tournament opens with a match between Ireland and Wales in Dublin on Friday night.

Ireland and Wales met at the same venue in the Six Nations back in February, Ireland winning 24-14. Ireland went on to finish 3rd in the Championship, a last game loss in Paris ending their hopes of the Championship. Wales meanwhile have now lost 5 matches on the spin, including in Llanelli to Scotland in a drab encounter over the last weekend of the Six Nations.

Ireland are transitioning from coach Joe Schmidt to Andy Farrell, and by no means the finished article and in the first year of a new World cup cycle have been introducing younger talent. This largely started in the back line but there is the beginnings of a changing of the guard up front too. The squad here is largely similar to the one that missed out on the Six Nations title in October, with Tadhg Furlong, Ryan Baird, Dave Kilcoyne, Garry Ringrose, Jordan Larmour and Will Addison not considered because of injury.

Wales have some decisions to make. Is this a full rebuild situation, or should it be? Removing the defence coach five days before this competition doesn’t inspire too much confidence. Both that coach and Wayne Pivac succeeded two coaches who were synonymous with the Welsh side of the previous decade in Gatland and Edwards. The Gatland style didn’t come with too many bells and whistles, based on low risk, rock-solid defence and levels of physicality that allowed Wales to beat Australia, South Africa, England and Ireland within the space of five months during Gatland’s final year.

By contrast the Scarlets under Pivac played expansive rugby with the opposition under threat from anywhere on the field. Skill levels were high and risks routinely taken. It’s taking the national team time to change the style and that becomes more difficult with results poor. Wales look underpowered up front and their attacking game unconvincing. There is only one change from the Scotland defeat, Tipuric is back, but its likely to be more of the same from recent games.

Whilst Ireland aren’t wholly convincing in attack and have made a few line up changes resting some experienced players they at least seem to be moving in the same direction as a squad, and ahead of Wales where I suspect confidence is low and there is some upheaval ahead.

I expect Ireland to win by up to two scores, and turn to the Winning margin market for better value that Ireland -9 on the point spread

10 points Ireland to win by 1-12 points at 7/4 Betfred, 13/8 with Betfair Sportsbook , 6/4 PaddyPower

 


Specialists

Cricket has three different formats all run by the same governing body.

Tests not involving one of Australia, England or India lose boards in the region of £500,000 each. Many one-day internationals and Twenty20s between less well supported Test playing sides also lose money. Most domestic T20 leagues also lose money.

Besides revenue they receive from the International Cricket Council, there is only one way for teams to be profitable and that is to host a tour by one of the Big Three sides and boards plan their entire four-year cycles around these. The proceeds of selling these matches to broadcasters dictate what other fixtures boards can afford to stage and when.

Recently there have been some indications of the big sides beginning to specialise. Australia announced that they will play a T20 series in New Zealand next February while simultaneously contesting a Test series in South Africa. Meanwhile England may play a T20 series in Pakistan second series in January, which is likely to take place while England are in Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series. Leading countries can no longer be sustained by one group of players. Cricket is in an age of growing player specialisation.

All bar a small number of elite cricketers, able to move between formats with minimal acclimatisation period, risk being left behind by the relentless demands the schedule imposes on all three formats. While separate national teams on tour in different countries at the same time is being justified as an emergency solution to aid ailing finances, it is accelerating what is already happening in the sport.


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