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The Road to Riches Weekend of 13th-14th April

Posted on 12 Apr 2019 10:31 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, Premier League fixtures include Liverpool v Chelsea

- Racing, Flat racing at Newbury and Thirsk. Also over the jumps at Ayr and Bangor. All weather racing at Wolverhampton.

- Formula One, the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

- Cricket, the 2019 IPL continues

- Golf, The Masters at Augusta.

- Tennis, the US Clay Court Championships in Houston and ATP Morocco


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Free tip: IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Capitals Sunday 3.30pm BST

Sunrisers lost at Kings XI on Monday failing to defend 149 and losing their third game out of six so far this season.

Last season on their run to the IPL final Sunrisers relied on a superb bowling attack headed by Rashid Khan to take them deep in the competition but Kane Williamson and David Warner aside the batting line up was quite fragile and cost them when it really mattered in the play offs. This season the bowling attack has yet to hit the heights of 2018 but what has them still squarely in contention to go deep in the tournament even despite the injured Williamson is the blistering achievements of Warner and Bairstow at the top of the order. Through their first six games the openers have combined for 612 runs, the pair are the top run scorers in the competition and have scored 67% of their team’s runs. Their brilliance has left the middle of the batting order short of time in the middle which could be an issue further down the line but for now the figures are as follows

Warner 349 runs at a 146 strike rate with three fifties and a hundred

Bairstow 263 runs at a 161 strike rate and a hundred

Warner has faced 75 balls more than Bairstow in the six games after Bairstow’s early dismissal against Kings XI in the last game.

Next for Sunrisers is a home game against the Delhi Capitals on Sunday.  Delhi beat RCB by 4 wickets last weekend chasing 150 to win with Rabada taking 4-21 and Iyer scoring 67 to also take their record to 3-3 after six games and I am writing before Delhi’s game with KKR on Friday.

In the Sunrisers top batsman market understandably Warner and Bairstow are favourites for this match. Warner’s scores so far in this IPL are 85,69,100*, 10,15 and 70*. In truth the last of those innings was slightly odd as he batted through in a modest total but the consistency of his form is striking and he remains a solid prospect in this sub market.

The game is on Sunday after noon and most of the market will be up on Saturday so best to wait til then for a wider range of firms to be up and looking for 2/1 plus. Just taking what is available at the time of writing

8 points David Warner Top Sunrisers batsman v Delhi Capitals 9/4 Skybet 9/5 BetfairSportsbook/PaddyPower.


Open to Offers

The Six Nations are considering three competing investment offers; one from the CVC Capital, another from IMG, and the other organised by World Rugby

The CVC deal, with the company that took a stake in Premiership rugby last December and is also interested in the Pro 14, is seen to be the front runner and they would like to buy a 30% stake in the Six Nations that it is believed could provide a windfall of more than £100m to each union and £500m in total but would mean partly surrendering control of the competition with CVC then overseeing the commercial rights. As with other similar deals (such as F1), it would seem likely the sums work only if the Six Nations comes off free-to-air TV.

In their decision the Home Unions will need to balance the sums on offer with the need for mainstream accessibility of the sport and in that the example of English cricket is applicable.

The ECB sold its rights to Sky in 2004. It used the windfall to invest in international teams and build up a reserve that has since been used on various initiatives designed to increase participation in the game. Also with that aim The ECB is currently in a long process trying to get cricket back on to mainstream TV via the new Hundred format, designed in part to appeal to the BBC.

From 2006-16 the number of adults who played cricket at least once a week dropped by almost 20%, from 195,200 in 2006 to158,500 in 2016. Over that same period, weekly participation in rugby union rose from 185,600 to 199,000. Rugby’s two top competitions, the Six Nations and the World Cup, are on free-to-air TV and it wouldn’t appear that these dual trends are a coincidence. With the BBC getting viewership per game over Six Nations weekends of over 6m, in some cases in the top five most viewed programmes on the network over that week, it would be a brave administrator that gave up that exposure and the benefit it has on the long term heath of the game no matter the short term financial rewards for doing so.

For sports aside from football specifically the Premier League which nevertheless has Match of the Day each weekend for terrestrial viewers, free-to-air has long ignored as part of the marketing strategies and any CVC/Six Nations deal will be an interesting test of the foresight, or not, of Rugby’s administrators.

 


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The Road to Riches 6th-7th April

Posted on 4 Apr 2019 16:09 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, The FA Cup Semi Finals

- Racing, the Aintree Grand National Festival. Also over the jumps at Chepstow and Newcastle. All weather racing at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

- Cricket, the 2019 IPL continues

- Golf, The Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.


 

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Free tip

The Masters

The 83rd Masters starts next Thursday.

The aim here is to complement Neil Channing’s work where he will look at a whole range of markets in a write up typically out 24 hours before the event and I will look beyond the top 15 in the outright and attempt to identify some “live” outsiders. 

In previous years I’ve gone into a number of the factors that influence how the Masters plays out. Just briefly:

  1. Fairways are mown against the hole direction to minimise driving distance, effectively meaning the course plays close to 7,700 yards. This length puts shorter hitters at a big disadvantage.
  2. Putting surfaces can rate at anything up to 14 on the Stimpmeter, assuming the weather is ok.
  3. A player must be aggressive on the four par-5s and minimise bogeys across the rest of the course via greens in regulation, scrambling and solid short to medium distance putting.

Key features of recent winners have been

  1. Since 2011 in-form players have dominated with Adam Scott in 2013 being the only player to feature with as little as a single top 10 in the season’s events prior to the Masters.
  2. Every winner since 2008 has been in the top 35% in terms of power hitting on Tour measured by Distance to Apex (Distance in yards from the Tee to the Apex on measured Par 4 and Par 5 tee shots)
  3. Reach the Par fives in two. Last year Reed topped par-5 scoring, with a score of -13 across the 16 Par fives.

My shortlist of players outside the top twenty of the betting is as follows, from biggest price down:

Charles Howell III won the RSM Classic late in 2018 his first USPGA win for 11 years. Since then he hasn’t missed a cut, has six top 20 finishes and three top tens. He is inside the top third in five of the six major stats categories, including second on tour in greens in regulation. He is from Augusta, and has five top 30s in 8 Masters appearances, and is back in the field for the first time since 2012. A decent each way prospect at a three figure price.

Cameron Smith tied 5th in the Masters last year on his second appearance. He has three top tens in 2019 and is a good scrambler and putter, helping him to be competitive here last year despite not being the longest hitter. Pretty much overlooked at 80-1.

Tony Finau finished 2nd in the WGC HSBC Champions this season and is a “bomber”: top 15 on the PGA Tour in driving distance and top third in the putting stats. He finished tied for 10th on one leg on his Masters debut last year after being hobbled in the Par three competition and had three top tens in four majors last year. Hasn’t been in great form recently, which gives us a price outside the top 20 in the betting. If I backed one of my three, it would be him.

Writing over a week before the event the standard terms across the mark are five places one quarter the odds, and this is before the announcement of any industry promotional offers which I would wait for the extra each-way places.

6 points each way Tony Finau 45/1 each way (1/4 1,2,3,4,5) Bet365 and Betfred

4 points each way Cameron Smith 80/1 each way (1/4 1,2,3,4,5) Bet365 and BetVictor

3 points each way Charles Howell III 125/1 each way (1/4 1,2,3,4,5) Bet365 and William Hill

 


Compensation

With a fortnight to go until the 2019 NFL Draft the role of compensatory picks is being looked at again. The original idea behind league awarded draft picks was to help maintain parity in the NFL: The compensatory pick formula gives additional picks to teams that have lost high-priced free agents to other teams in the off-season.

However in the years since the NFL started awarding compensatory picks, they’ve actually helped the best teams stay on top. That is again the case this year where the two Super Bowl participants the Patriots and Rams were the only teams that received two third round compensatory picks.

Compensatory picks have gone to good teams who lost good players that signed high-priced contracts elsewhere.

Also benefiting the best teams is the fact that their success gives job security to their decision makers, and a front office that is secure in its job is willing to play the long game and wait out free agency this year to get compensatory picks next year and thus stockpile young talent on rookie contracts. On bad teams, the General Manager often knows he’s on thin ice and might lose his job without a winning season, so he needs to sign free agents who can help this year, not wait for compensatory picks next year. It’s no coincidence that the Ravens, who had the league’s longest-tenured General Manager in Ozzie Newsome, are also the team that has acquired the most compensatory picks since the system started. Newsome knew he had job security, which made him feel comfortable building for the future with compensatory picks, which in turn help his job security.

So while compensatory picks were implemented for the sake of parity in theory, in practice they’ve had the opposite effect: Compensatory picks help the top teams stay on top and work against parity.

Assuming UK bookmakers offer sufficient markets, which has become trickier year by year recently, I will write up the NFL draft markets in advance of the start of the draft on Friday 26th April.

 


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The Road to Riches weekend of 30th-31st March

Posted on 29 Mar 2019 07:44 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, Premier League fixtures include Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

- Racing, the start of the new flat season at Doncaster. Over the jumps at Stratford and Uttoxeter. All weather racing at Kempton and Southwell.

- Cricket, the 2019 IPL continues, and the start of the English County Championship next Friday

- Golf, WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay in Austin and the Hero Indian Open on the European Tour

- Tennis, ATP Miami


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Free tip

European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final

Saturday 12.45pm Edinburgh v Munster (Channel 4)

Edinburgh won Pool 5 with five wins out of six ahead of French sides Montpellier and Toulon to earn the fourth seed in the Quarter finals. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow made the quarter finals, a sign of the growing strength of Scottish franchise rugby. Edinburgh probably won the weakest pool though, with Toulon not the force they were and Montpellier lost three games in the pool.

Edinburgh warmed up for this game with an impressive 24-11 Pro 14 victory over Leinster last weekend. They provide the majority of the national side pack, and Barclay and Watson, both injured for much of the season are fit to give them a back row that is likely to be a real nuisance alongside the very powerful Bill Mata.

Munster reached the semi finals last season and qualified for the quarter finals this season by winning a tough pool including Exeter and Castres with four wins, a draw and a single loss. That record was only good for the fifth seed hence they are the group winner with the away quarter final. Crucially here they have Peter O’Mahoney and CJ Stander to counter the Edinburgh back row threat and in 23 year old Joey Carberry at fly half they have a burgeoning talent and the top point scorer in the competition this season.

Munster are a tough experienced outfit in knockout rugby and are 4/7 favourites outright to win this tie and -5 on the handicap at 10/11. I do feel they are likely to win in what could be a close contest and the 6/4 Betfred offers about a Munster 1-12 point win in the winning margin market is the favoured bet.

10 points Munster to win by 1-12 points 7/4 Betfair Sportsbook, 13/8 PaddyPower, 6/4 Betfred, Ladbrokes/Coral


Racing to the Top

This weekend the column’s ante-post European Rugby Champions Cup Club Racing 92 host Toulouse in the quarter finals of the competition.

Racing won their group to finish as second seeds for the quarter finals, and therefore a home tie against one of the three group runners up, with a path to the final that would probably involve beating defending champions Leinster (again at home) were they to beat Toulouse this weekend, which is a tough fixture as Toulouse are hugely on the way back up, top of the French Top 14 and playing with huge confidence.  

Whether or not Racing succeed this season, the building blocks are now in place for them to succeed the likes of Saracens, Toulon and Leinster as the powerhouse and perennial favourites of these European competitions.

One of the final off the field staging points on this transition was the move to a new stadium at La Defense in Paris. The previous stadium hosted the 1924 Olympics and was a hindrance in terms of facilities and attracting players, whilst it didn’t provide the passionate atmosphere seen to good effect at Toulon, Clermont and Montpellier. The new stadium has a capacity of 40,000, the largest indoor arena in Europe, and it is like playing rugby in a rock venue with dark stands, strobe lighting and big screens. The artificial turf is short and suits the desired quick, expansive playing style.

Racing are a terrific offloading side, and the recruitment of the brilliant Finn Russell at fly half has taken that to the next stage. Russell replaced Dan Carter, who was a name to help to build the brand towards the end of his career but the Scotland fly half could be more valuable to Racing.

Recruitment is now key. Racing no longer need to chase the older big names. Having also built a state-of-the-art training facility to go with their space-age stadium, they should be in a position to attract players in their prime, not just those looking for a final payday.

Like a lot of French teams, built to withstand the rigours of the Top 14 where every week is a battle, Racing had a massive pack of forwards which lumbered from set piece to set piece and delivered ball to individual (often imported) talents in the backs. That style has evolved with the forwards now looking to off-load and this is developing through their home grown players. This has developed a team that isn’t too consistent domestically (sixth in the top 14) but is more attuned to winning European matches.

Racing are great to watch, are only going to get better and are a team to be “onside” with in betting markets in seasons to come until such time as they overtake the likes of Saracens and Leinster at the head of markets as competitions start.

 


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 23rd-24th March

Posted on 22 Mar 2019 09:42 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, European Championship Qualifying starts, England v the Czech Republic on Friday night

- Racing, Over the jumps on Saturday at Bangor, Kelso and Newbury. All weather racing at Kempton and Lingfield

- Cricket, the start of the 2019 IPL on Saturday

- Golf, On the USPGA the Valspar Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on the European Tour

- Tennis, ATP Miami


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Free tip

County Championship Division Two 2019

In common with recent years this remains a good market for ante-post betting this year. Ten sides are in the division with as many of six of them unlikely to win. They don’t spend up to salary cap limits and don’t have the finances (from membership numbers to sponsorships) of those at top of Division two of whom play on test grounds (Lancashire and Middlesex, notably, this season)

The attractiveness of the betting market next year reduces substantially when it moves to an eight team competition in a re-organisation of domestic cricket

There is a big difference in standard and resources between Division one and most Division Two sides and in 2018 one of the “big hitters” Lancashire were relegated putting another perennial Division one side in the division.

The shape of the betting market for 2019 is as follows:

Lancashire 9/4

Middlesex 3/1

Sussex 9/2

Worcs 8/1

20/1 bar the top 4

Last season’s division two finished as follows:

Warwickshire 242 points

Kent 221

Sussex 186

Middlesex 179

No other side achieved more than five wins and all were more than 20 points behind the top four sides. Each side plays 14 matches, so only plays five of the nine other teams twice

Again this year it is a two tier division and again this is exacerbated by some of the best young players in the division being poached by Division one clubs including Aneurin Donald (from Glamorgan), Ben Duckett (from Northants) and Joe Clarke (from Worcs).

Each way odds this time again are 1/5 1,2,3

Lancashire and Middlesex are obviously warm favourites, Lancashire in particular should win the division, but they are not the betting prospect that Sussex are with a talented young squad under the excellent coach Jason Gillespie, albeit one that might be without Jofra Archer for the World Cup period. This is a squad that should compete for the title and would be very disappointed if they were outside the top three ( for the each way return ). Sussex only play Lancashire once and of the sides they play twice, three are Durham, Northants and Gloucestershire so the fixtures have fallen relatively kindly.

10 points each way Sussex at 9/2 (1/5 1,2,3) Bet365, Betfair Sportsbook/PaddyPower 

Hundred Up

There is a lot of scepticism about the new English domestic cricket competition The Hundred. In a recent survey only 12% of county members supported the new competition, the PR has been ineffective and its far from certain that the new audience to whom the competition is aimed will be enthused by it.

As its latest stage of progress the ECB has unveiled the main playing conditions for the new 100-ball format.

While the eight grounds for the tournament were confirmed 12 months ago, and a player draft has been scheduled for the autumn, there is no further detail yet on news of the teams or whether they will incorporate cities or regions. The event will take place during a five-week period in the summer of 2020.

The format will be 100 balls per side, with a change of ends after every 10 deliveries. Bowlers will deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls but are restricted to a maximum of 20 per match, while each fielding side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.

A 25-ball powerplay will start each side's innings, where only two fielders will be allowed outside the initial 30-yard circle.

Many of these innovations were piloted across six days last September at Loughborough and Trent Bridge.

The Hundred is an attempt to reach into fans who otherwise have not been engaged by the game for reasons of accessibility, perception or cost. It will bring the sport back from behind the Sky paywall, too. Whether that can succeed while abandoning the core of existing fans remains a moot point.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 16th-17th March

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 12:19 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the FA Cup Quarter Finals. Premier League fixtures include Everton v Chelsea

- Racing, Over the jumps on Saturday at Fontwell, Kempton, Newcastle and Uttoxeter including the Midlands Grand National. All weather racing at Wolverhampton

- Rugby Union, the final weekend of the Six Nations

- Formula One, the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2019 season

- Golf, On the USPGA the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the Kenya Open on the European Tour

- Tennis, ATP Indian Wells


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Free tip

2019 IPL Ante-Post Preview

The IPL begins its twelfth season next Saturday and runs until 12th May. Chennai Super Kings are the defending champions.

Best odds for the tournament at the time of writing are as follows

Sunrisers Hyderabad 9/2

Chennai Super Kings 11/2

RCB 6/1

Mumbai Indians 6/1

KKR 6/1

Rajastan Royals 6/1

Delhi Capitals 8/1

Kings XI Punjab 10/1

The group stage results in 2018 showed how evenly matched many of the sides in the competition were. CSK topped the league table with 9 wins, the bottom side had 5. Each side has potential match-winners and all sides tend to be competitive and consistency is difficult to come by.

I wouldn’t argue that Sunrisers are the favourites, they were finalists last season with Rashid Khan, a leg spinning match winner across a number of global T20 competitions, back again this year but at 9/2 their prospects are now well discounted. CSK is a powerful squad and a team that has never missed reaching the play-offs. RCB once more looks batting heavy and KKR are always competitive especially with their slower bowlers at home.

At the prices I think there is value outside the few favourites.

Kings XI Punjab haven’t made the play-offs since 2014. They started the 2018 competition brilliantly and were on course for a top four finish, but fell away after the first month losing five matches in a row. They eventually finished seventh in the competition. Why might it be different this year?

The main reason I am interested is not the presence of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul (third highest scoring batsman in the tournament last year) and the South African hitter David Miller but the options in the bowling line up and its typically bowling depth and options that are crucial in making a difference in these long competitions.

AJ Tye the Australian was top wicket taker in the competition last season with 24 wickets and he is back for 2019. Alongside Tye, options include Ashwin, Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Hardus Viljoen amongst the established players. As well Afghan teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman developed fast in the last IPL. An off-spinner, he took 14 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 20.64 and an economy rate of under 7.

There is also a broader Investment in youth. Varun Chakravarthy was bought in the auction. He is a leg-spinner who showed potential in the Tamil Nadu Premier League where he picked up nine wickets at 20.88 and an economy rate of just 4.70. Also, in the 50-over domestic tournament in India he picked up 22 wickets at 16.68 finishing as the tournament's second highest wicket-taker. He is meant to have seven variations and will be an unknown quantity in the IPL for many opponents.

They have also invested heavily on Prabhsimran Singh, about to turn 19 this year, largely due to good performances with the India Under-19s/India Emerging team. Finally the young West Indian batsman Nicholas Pooran was recruited. He scored 379 runs in 11 matches at an average of 47 in the recent BPL and scored three half-centuries in the competition.

This doesn’t look like a team that should be outsider of 8 teams and 10-1. There is more depth than last season, and reasonable chance of making play-offs and therefore giving us a run in a  wide open competition at a price.

10 points Kings XI Punjab to win the 2019 IPL 10-1 Betfred and SkyBet.


Rule the World

Recently World Rugby proposed a new annual 12 team World League. Under the original plans which were widely criticised Fiji, Samoa and Tonga would have been excluded from top level international rugby for 12 years from 2020. So would Georgia (ranked 12th in the world), Romania, Canada with no promotion or relegation.

Details released were as follows:

   Six Nations: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales

   Rugby Championship: Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa,Japan and USA‚Äč

   July: Three Tests against three of the six teams from the opposite hemisphere

   November: Three Tests against the remaining three sides from the opposite hemisphere, plus a semi final and final hosted in Europe.   

The impact on the Pacific nations would be profound. Ever since professionalism was introduced to the sport, Pacific Island players have faced the lure of bigger contracts from European and Super Rugby clubs if they give up international eligibility. With no games to be played against the likes of New Zealand, England and Ireland under the plans those decisions have become even easier. The money in England and France will become too good to turn down, leading to the end of their respective international sides.

This is all before addressing the concerns voiced by leading Test players about the added impact having to play up to five Tests in November.

In an age where player welfare is often cited as important, Jonny Sexton's comments in particular are apposite

"To suggest that players can play five incredibly high-level test matches in consecutive weeks in November, is out of touch and shows little understanding of the physical strain this brings.”

Meanwhile All Black captain Kieran Read said

“Fans want to see meaningful games; they don’t want to see fatigued players playing a reduced quality of rugby as part of a money-driven, weakened competition that doesn’t work for the players and clubs.

“With new technologies, new broadcast deals and new money coming into the sport, this is a crucial moment for rugby and one that many players are generally excited about. However, we have to make sure that the integrity of the game and welfare of the players is protected.”

Writing ahead of Thursday’s (yesterday as you read) meeting in Dublin there were already signs of back-tracking on these issues, such as removing the semi-finals from the competition. If this occurred the maximum number of games a team would play in the autumn block would be four - with a maximum total of 12 over the course of the year.

The Tier One countries have a clear question to resolve. Are you going to look after yourselves or are you going to look after the wider game?


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