Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

The Road to Riches Weekend of 9th-10th December

Posted on 6 Dec 2023 09:39 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Aintree, Chepstow, Sandown and Wetherby and on the all-weather at Newcastle and Wolverhampton.
  • Football, Premier League fixtures include Tottenham v Newcastle United.
  • -NFL, Week Fourteen.
  • Rugby Union, the start of the European Rugby Champions Cup Pools
  • Cricket, ODI between West Indies and England in Barbados and the start of the Big Bash League in Australia.
  • Golf, the Mauritius Open on the DP World Tour

Free Tip

European Champions Cup Ante-Post

In this column a fortnight ago I described the shape of the 2023-24 ERCC which begins on Friday night with the first of the Pool round matches. This write-up deals with Outright market prices.

With each-way terms of one-third the odds, two places the top of the Outright market is as follows:

Leinster 5/2

La Rochelle 100/30

Toulouse 4/1

Saracens 9/1

Munster 12/1

Racing 92 18/1

Bordeaux 18/1

Bar 28/1

Understandably enough most of the market is taken out by recent winners of the competition, including La Rochelle in each of the last two years, Toulouse and Leinster, nine-time winners combined.

You’ll notice the top of the market is dominated by French top 14 teams and the two leading Irish provinces, the exception being Saracens the only English Premiership, Welsh or Scottish side to feature. This is because of the comparative financial strength in the French game and the squad depth at Leinster. The disparities in salary caps and finance across the ERCC countries make it highly unlikely that the winner will come from outside France and Ireland, not even the South African sides are featuring as contenders yet.

I’ve been searching for an alternative to the top three in the betting and I think there is a clear each-way option. Under ex-England coach Stuart Lancaster Racing 92 from Paris are top of the French league after nine rounds. They had a huge recruitment round this summer, notably the South African captain Siya Kolisi, to build on the team that finished as losing semi-finalists in this tournament last season.

The result is they probably have the best set of second choice players, hence squad depth, in Europe apart from Leinster and whilst their first XV might be behind Toulouse and La Rochelle they are definitely going to be challenging in both their major competitions this season.

So far this season they’ve beaten La Rochelle 32-10 in Kolisi’s first game a fortnight ago, albeit La Rochelle played 50 minutes with 14 men and are well ahead of Toulouse in 6th and La Rochelle in 9th.

Their pool contains Toulouse and their fixtures are against Bath, Harlequins, Ulster and Cardiff. At a minimum I would expect them to finish second in the pool.

At 18/1 they are more than four times the price of the top three in the market, and represent one of the better rugby ante-post bets I have seen in a while.

20 points each way (1/3 1,2) Racing 92 to win the European Rugby Champions Cup at 18/1 Betfred and SkyBet, 16/1 generally


A new cycle.

Whatever people think about England’s approach at the Rugby World Cup it delivered a third-place finish and 6 wins and just the sole loss to South Africa in the semi-final, by a point, in seven matches. It was a far healthier return than seemed likely in the dog days of the August warmups.

Aside from that one-point defeat against the Springboks, when they were overhauled in the closing minutes, England stubbornly found ways to win most notably when down to 14 men early in their first game against Argentina.

Their defence was mostly excellent with only nine tries conceded in those seven games. On the flip side they registered the most average kicks per game of any team, the most box kicks and the slowest attacking ruck speed. It was a perfectly valid strategy for the strengths and weaknesses of the current squad but at some stage between now and the 2027 competition England will be required to play more expansively to have a realistic chance of beating the best teams in major games.

England’s biggest winners in France were Ben Earl and Alex Mitchell. George Martin was immense, against the Springboks. If the quietly excellent Joe Marchant was not now playing for Stade Francais in the Top 14, he would be in the same category.

Looking ahead, the 2024 Six Nations looks highly competitive with Ireland and France the favourites, Wales resurgent and Scotland a danger on their day particularly with ball in hand. England have to travel to Edinburgh and Paris in the 2024 competition.

England’s squad for the tournament will look different in a couple of major respects. Firstly, as is typical at the end of a World Cup cycle there have been retirements, of which Courtney Lawes is the major loss but also the list includes Youngs, Marler and May.

Secondly there are injuries where already Tom Curry and Ben Earl are ruled out of the Six Nations, meaning a completely new back-row will be needed come February

Finally Owen Farrell’s recently announced absence for the Six Nations leaves the side seeking a new captain, as well as robbing the side of another very experienced player.

Henry Arundell has been given temporary clearance to play in next year’s Six Nations despite having joined Racing 92 following London Irish’s demise. If no-one in an England jersey is going to pass to him he might be better off staying in France though and it is to be hoped firstly that is selected and secondly if so the playing style begins to evolve to make the most of his talents with several years to develop and refine a more rounded approach, preferably under a stable coaching set-up, than was seen in the World Cup.

I sketched out a sample Six Nations XV as follows:

Steward

Arundell

Lawrence

Slade

Daly

Ford

Mitchell

Genge

George

Stuart

Itoje

Chessum

Martin

Underhill

Willis

On the face of it this doesn’t look like a side capable of competing with Ireland and France but the manner of play will be key to show early progress for the 2024-27 cycle.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 2nd-3rd December

Posted on 1 Dec 2023 08:56 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Bangor-on-Dee, Doncaster, Newbury and Newcastle.
  • Football, Premier League fixtures include Manchester City v Tottenham and Newcastle United v Manchester United.
  • -NFL, Week Thirteen.
  • Cricket, ODI between West Indies and England in Antigua on Sunday
  • Golf the Grant Thornton Invitational on the USPGA and the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the DP World Tour.

Free Tip

Gallagher Premiership

Bristol v Gloucester Saturday 2pm

As both sides have only two wins this season and lie 8th and 9th in a ten-team table this is a match where both directors of rugby under pressure.

Bristol won their first two matches against Leicester and Northampton but have now lost five in a row, most recently last weekend running Saracens close away from home losing 39-31 scoring four tries.

In their other four losses they’ve had a two point and a one-point loss, to Harlequins and Bath respectively.

This follows on from a very inconsistent season last time with results far less than the sum of the talents of their individual players.

Inconsistency, far less than the sum of their parts with Vakatawa and Malins in the backs, Sheedy and Randall a very effective half-back partnership and able to call on the likes of Genge and Sinckler up front.

Gloucester also had two wins to start the season against Harlequins and Newcastle and the latest of their five successive losses was 14-31 at home to Leicester last weekend. Gloucester have now only won five of their last 22 Premiership matches going back a season and a half.

In the Leicester match their forwards lacked power and the game-plan was naïve. They are missing Mercer and Ackermann in the back row and Hastings at fly half, all important losses.

There are rumours that Louis Rees-Zammit, the Welsh winger who represents their main attacking threat, is shortly off to France.

Bristol are 7 or 8 point favourites on the handicap, and I would expect them to cover.

11 points Bristol -7 at 10/11 William Hill and Betfair Sportsbook


Hundreds and Thousands

Tied into a Sky deal until 2028 that seems to have precluded more radical changes to the Hundred, the competition is expected to expand to ten teams with ownership of the franchises opened up to private investors.

Buyers are already showing interest in the current eight teams on the basis that the competition remains a closed league without promotion and relegation.

Five options were presented to counties at the end of last season. The options ranged from status quo to a total overhaul of the tournament through a pyramid which would have involved a promotion and relegation structure involving all 18 counties. The proposal to transform the Hundred into an 18-team competition such as the Blast with promotion and relegation has been rejected. 

Expanding to 10 teams would happen in the next five years. The likeliest locations are the south-west, in Bristol and Taunton, and the north-east, at Durham, which would provide a greater geographical spread.

That the competition would not be overhauled appears unlikely to upset Sky with whom the ECB has a lucrative broadcast deal until the end of 2028. The new model is expected to be in place for the 2025 season. 

The game feels it needs private investment for a couple of reasons including the feeling that they are unlikely ever to sign a broadcast deal as lucrative as the current one with Sky with rights declining in value. The game therefore needs new revenue streams at a time of rising costs. The Hundred men’s competition exists in a tough franchise market globally, with US Major League Cricket and the Caribbean Premier League both of which feature teams backed by IPL owners also taking place during the English summer.

Private ownership is the only way the competition will be able to keep up with the player wages being paid elsewhere allowing teams to pay players more which, along with the obvious benefits of them spending summer at home for domestic players and will make the Hundred desirable for the world’s best players.

Premiership rugby stands as a template for the risks of having private investment involved, but much like rugby cricket is not coming from a position of funding strength in its future funding and ownership arrangements.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 25th-26th November

Posted on 23 Nov 2023 09:44 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Ascot, Haydock and Huntingdon and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
  • Football, Premier League fixtures include Manchester City v Liverpool.
  • -NFL, Week Twelve.
  • Formula One, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Golf the Hero World Challenge on the USPGA and the Australian  and South African Opens on the DP World Tour.

Free Tip

Gallagher Premiership

Newcastle v Exeter Sunday 3pm

Newcastle Falcons continue to struggle this season, now winless in their first six league games after an away loss to Sale last weekend 40-22. Predominantly a young side, there are flashes of talent but in a ten-team league where after the demise of Wasps, Worcester and London Irish talent is concentrating in the remaining teams it is a tough outlook for Newcastle, this time with the threat of relegation into the second tier Championship looming. With only 18 rounds of games this season the schedule is already a third complete and the side has scored the least points in the league and conceded nearly 200 already.

Exeter needed a last kick of the match penalty to creep past Gloucester 25-24 last weekend for their fourth win of the season to go third in the table with the best defensive record of all ten sides to date. This was the sort of late win their vintage side of 2019 would produce.

As written a few weeks ago when they featured here the side is a more expansive one than the Title winning version pre-Covid. Henry Slade apart it’s a young side with plenty of talent, featuring several of the next generation of Welsh international players who impressed in the World Cup. Probably not a contender for the title this season but rebuilt and going in the right direction for 2024 through 2026.

Exeter are 2/5 outright favourites for the game, Newcastle 2/1+ and 7-point handicap underdogs.

11 points Exeter -7 points at 10/11 widely available


Spurred

The 10th season of the European Rugby Champions Cup begins on 8th December, for the second time featuring teams from South Africa following their inclusion in the United Rugby Championship. The final takes place at Tottenham’s stadium next May.

Holders La Rochelle win their second European title last season and alongside Leinster French sides are expected to dominate the competition this season too.

Outright odds are currently

Leinster 5/2

La Rochelle 100/30

Toulouse 4/1

Then a big gap to Saracens 10/1 Munster 12/1, Stormers, and Racing92 at 20/1 with Each way odds 1/3 two places available.

24 teams will compete in four pools of six, each side playing four pool matches against sides of other nationalities and the top four from each pool will go into a knockout phase of a round of sixteen after the Six Nations.

Teams are awarded four points for a win, two for a draw one bonus point for scoring four tries in a game and one bonus point for losing by less than eight points.

The rules of the draw stipulated that the 2022–23 champions of the three European domestic leagues (Saracens, Toulouse and Munster) alongside holders La Rochelle would be drawn into separate pools and the draw was as follows:

A Saracens, Bulls, Bordeaux, Bristol, Connacht, Lyon

B Toulouse, Cardiff, Bath, Racing 92, Harlequins, Ulster

C Munster, Bayonne, Glasgow, Exeter, Toulon, Northampton

D La Rochelle, Stade Francais, Leicester, Stormers, Leinster, Sale

As is often the way this produced a “group of death” in Group D featuring the holders, the top side season to date in the French Top 14, last season’s URC finalists the Stormers and perennial European contenders Leinster and two of the three ante-post favourites.

I’ll have an Outright ante-post preview in this column.

 


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 18th-19th November

Posted on 16 Nov 2023 12:02 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, Over the jumps at Cheltenham, Uttoxeter and Wetherby and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
  • Football, European Championship Qualifying Matches including England v Malta.
  • -NFL, Week Eleven
  • Cricket, the ODI World Cup Final between x and y.
  • Formula One, the Las Vegas Grand Prix
  • Tennis the Davis Cup Finals
  • Golf the Australian PGA and Joburg Opens on the DP World Tour.

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Gallagher Premiership Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints Saturday 3.05pm

The sixth round of games sees “Derby Weekend”, the first in a series of themed weekends this season including this game in the East Midlands. Northampton sit fourth in the early league table with three successive wins after two defeats to open the season, most recently 24-18 against rejuvenated Bath and then last weekend 34-19 at home to Exeter with Lawes, Ludlam and Mitchell back into the squad from World Cup duty. Traditionally a side with an attacking open style a focus this off-season has been to tighten up their defence

Leicester Tigers are in a transitional phase having lost their coaching set up to England last season and under new Coach the Australian Dan McKellar. With only one win in five matches so far this season they are 9th of 10 in the table and have conceded 24 or more points in each game including in the home 25-29 loss to Harlequins last weekend.

That display, which I watched in person, demonstrated this transitional phase well with issues in the line-out (usually a strength of the team from which they launch their driving game in the forwards) and in defence, particularly out-wide where Harlequins were in the ascendancy.

This despite the return of the World Cup players. Pollard, Wiese, Steward, Youngs, Cole and Chessum all started, Reffell, Martin and Montoya are yet to come but these players have to integrate with a new coaching team from a standing start and whilst I don’t regard a slow start as something that will cause serious problems this season in terms of final finishing position, Leicester are certainly vulnerable for now.

Odds for this game are Leicester 2/5, Northampton 2/1+ and 6-point underdogs. Northampton are decent value outright here. Saints won by a point at Welford Road in January, which was their last Premiership win on the road against teams not called Newcastle Falcons. I think they should be close to favourites here.

10 points Northampton to win at 9/4 with BetVictor and Betfred, 21/10 Bet365


Expansion

The NFL Network’s broadcast of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 21-14 win over the Dolphins from Frankfurt a fortnight ago averaged 9.6m American viewers. That was up 66% from the comparable 5.8m for Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Munich last year.

It ranks as NFLN’s most-watched international game on record. It’s the league’s second most watched (US time) morning game since the average 9.86m viewers for Dolphins vs. New York Jets from London back in 2015.

The game and it’s audience is viewed as a gateway to what is set to be a major expansion of international games coming in future years. We know we'll have three games a year in London, Germany is going to have a game and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in Germany that they will definitely go to a new market in 2024. That will be either Brazil or Spain. Paris is on the agenda as well, Dublin is being eyed by the Pittsburgh Steelers too.

Each NFL team is already set to play at least one international game over the next eight years and the league has an expansive Home Marketing Areas initiative that grants each team a specific country in which they can host events and promote their franchise. Pittsburgh for example has Ireland, hence the idea of them playing in Dublin.

In addition there are suggestions that before long an NFL team will host a month long training camp in Europe and ultimately the idea of a European franchise or potentially a European division under a league expansion remains in the agenda. In the short to medium term these plans have been delayed by tax issues on both sides of the Atlantic relating to the proposed domicile of players who would be playing for a European team but potentially based in the US outside blocks of time allocated for a series of European home games.

An International Super-Bowl may be a step too far, but nevertheless International NFL expansion is set to accelerate in the next few years.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 11th-12th November

Posted on 9 Nov 2023 11:58 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Doncaster, on the all-weather at Chelmsford City and over the jumps at Aintree, Kelso and Wincanton.
  • Football, Premier League fixtures include Chelsea v Manchester City.
  • NFL, Week Ten
  • Cricket, the ODI World Cup continues in India.
  • Tennis ATP World Tour Finals
  • Golf the RSM Classic on the USPGA Tour and the DP World Tour Championship on the DP World Tour.

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Gallagher Premiership Newcastle Falcons v Saracens Sunday 3pm

Four weeks into the new season the Newcastle Falcons are struggling having lost at Bath, at home narrowly to Gloucester and Northampton and then conceded 40 points at Harlequins last weekend in a heavy defeat, despite their four Argentinian players being back from the World Cup and in the match-day squad.

In the last three seasons Newcastle have finished 10th,12thand 11th fortunate that there has been no relegation to the Championship in operation. A play-off between the top team in the Championship and the bottom team in the Premiership has been introduced for the end of this season.

This week the Falcons have announced a coaching re-organisation including a new attack coach. Too early to have much impact for this week no doubt, but the aim is to help the team fire compared to season to date in their attacking plans.

Saracens were Premiership winners last season and runners up the year before having returned to the league following their relegation for salary cap irregularities. They started the season poorly, losing 65-10 at Exeter and 25-16 at home to Bath but have returned towards their normal form in the last fortnight, winning 24-3 at Gloucester and then beating Leicester at home 32-17 in a game in which a dozen internationals returned to the 23 straight back from the Rugby World Cup.

Even if they rotate the starting line-up here, they should have too much for Newcastle. A handicap line of Saracens -13 doesn’t look excessive with their squad and Newcastle’s poor form and as yet lack of points, 14, 14 and 12 scored in the last three weeks against weaker opponents than this.

11 points Saracens -13 points at Evens Bet365 and 10/11 generally.


Radical

In late October World Rugby ratified the concept of a biennial Nations Championship, triggering the most radical change to the structure of the sport since it went professional in 1995.

The new competition will begin in 2026 and feature two divisions of 12 teams. The fixtures will be played in July and November, culminating in a grand final and after 2030 (and potentially not until 2032 or 2034) a promotion/relegation play-off. The strategy is that this will create a narrative around the July and November fixtures which will drive up the broadcast and commercial revenues

The Nations Championship, which will be pitched as a north v south battle, paves the way for an expanded 24-team men’s World Cup from 2027, another of World Rugby’s long-held ambitions.

Japan and Fiji will be invited to join the ten nations from those Six Nations and Rugby Championship in the top flight. Criticism of the concept is widespread. The proposal required 75% approval from the World Rugby council, or 39 votes from 55. It was passed by 41 votes to 10.

Argentina had confirmed they would cast their three votes against the plan arguing that the plan would be the “death of rugby” because it was a structure which rewarded the “old boys’ club” rather than prioritising global growth. The Six Nations and SANZAAR appear to have no interest in funnelling their own revenue into the developing nations. The funding for the second division will all come from World Rugby.

The plan is for a 50% increase in the number of Tier One v Tier Two fixtures, rising from 18 to 27 over a four-year period. World Rugby will allocate those games and also hope to persuade nations such as England and New Zealand to play Tests in the Pacific islands. However sides such the up-and-coming Portugal will have only a sporadic chance of facing one of the home unions, for example, in games played in a British & Irish Lions tour year or if they are drawn in the same World Cup pool.

The Pacific Nations Cup will be expanded to include Canada, Japan and the USA. This will guarantee an additional three matches for the teams each year.


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