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

The Road to Riches: Weekend of 5th-6th February

Posted on 3 Feb 2022 10:11 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing Over the jumps at Musselburgh, Sandown and Wetherby and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Kempton
  • Rugby Union The start of the Six Nations
  • Football, the FA Cup Fourth Round
  • Golf The Ras Al Khaimah Championship in the UAE and on the USPGA the Waste Management Open
  • Tennis ATP events in Dallas and Rotterdam

Free tip

Gallagher Premiership rugby Bristol v Newcastle Falcons 2pm Saturday

The Premiership continues coinciding with the start of Six Nations. All clubs operate within a salary cap, so the following two months require the depth and youth within squads to be used during the international tournament.

Bristol finished 1st in the regular season league table last two years and lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to eventual winners Harlequins. This season has been disappointing though, they have won only 4 of 12 league games. Often scintillating in attack, as shown when beating Sale 32-15 in their last league game scoring 5 tries, they have been highly inconsistent and having to turn to younger players in this season’s reduced salary cap environment they have struggled.

Like all sides they’ll miss their internationals for most of February and March, in their case Sinckler, Sheedy and Randall.

Newcastle Falcons have a 5-8 record this season following their 22-32 home loss to Gloucester last Saturday night. This follows on from a 10th place finish last season. They’ll be missing Jamie Blamire and winger Adam Radwan, just called up to the England squad.

I expect a bonus point win for Bristol here, but this is reflected in the spread of -13 which has Bristol winning by a couple of scores but their inconsistency is an issue. The value is the other way

11 points Newcastle Falcons +12 points at Evens Bet365, 10/11 elsewhere    

 


Last sixteen

The Champions Cup round of 16 first-leg games will take place between 8-10 April, with the return legs scheduled for 15-17 April.

The four highest-ranked clubs in each pool - Racing, Ulster, La Rochelle, Leinster, Leicester, Harlequins, Munster and Bristol - will have home advantage in the second leg matches.

Here is the last-16 first-leg line-up.

  • Stade Francais v Racing 92
  • Toulouse v Ulster
  • Bordeaux-Begles v La Rochelle
  • Connacht v Leinster
  • Sale v Bristol
  • Exeter v Munster
  • Montpellier v Harlequins
  • Clermont v Leicester

The ties have an unusual feel as a series of COVID related cancellations and subsequent 28-0 score-line forfeits during the pool stages meant that the final tables were topsy-turvy. For example Ulster won all four pool games but Cup holders Toulouse had two cancellations and only finished seventh in their pool. The result is a very tough last sixteen tie for both. The same applies to both of the all French encounters. Bordeaux are top of the French top 14 but had to forfeit their game at Leicester and they ended up creeping through the Pool where their “reward” is a tie against last season’s losing finalists La Rochelle. 


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The Road to Riches: Weekend of 29th-30th January

Posted on 27 Jan 2022 09:20 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing Over the jumps at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Uttoxeter and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Kempton
  • Football, a full schedule of Football League matches
  • Cricket, the England T20 Series in the West Indies continues in Barbados
  • NFL Play offs, the Conference Championships
  • Golf The Ras Al Khaimah Championship in the UAE and on the USPGA the Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • Tennis the final weekend of the ATP Australian Open

Free tip

West Indies v England 4th T20 International, Barbados Saturday 8pm GMT

The fourth match in a five-game series in Barbados ahead of three test matches in March, with the series standing at 2-1 to the West Indies after their high scoring win on Wednesday.

Back in the 2021 T20 World Cup the West Indies only won one of five Pool games whilst England won 4 out of 5 only to lose to New Zealand in the semi-finals. The West Indies are introducing less experienced players for this series whilst the core of England’s long term T20 squad is intact, only minus those players who participated in the Ashes series.

Kieron Pollard is the West Indies captain and bats number 5.  Since 2019 he has top scored in 9 of 33 West Indies T20I’s with a strike rate in the 140s. The pitch for the first game of the series was very two paced and the match low scoring, for the second and third games different surfaces were much truer so that’s a main variable here. There is a risk of a low scoring match, as we go to the later stages of the series the likelihood of playing on use pitches increases. Also the risk of earlier wickets and the mid-to-late batting order getting more time at the crease than prices suggest.

In any case getting price about a dangerous hitter here looks attractive

10 points Kieron Pollard Top West Indies run scorer at 6/1 with Bet365, Betfred and William Hill

 


What next?

Joe Root spoke about his suggestions to improve the fortunes of the England test cricket team in the wake of their 4-0 Ashes series lost including the following ideas.

His ad-hoc blueprint included the following ideas:

  • Revised Championship schedule, with more first-class games in high summer
  • Greater emphasis on producing spin bowlers and high pace
  • Change to the points system to incentivise high scores
  • Experiment with the Kookaburra ball
  • Truer batting patches and less extravagant seam movement

For the first point, with the 2022 summer season fixtures just out it is encouraging to see four four day matches to be played in June and July, compared to one last year. Aside from that though it is less obvious how a new consensus that change is required to address the imbalance between a priority on one day formats and the red ball game will be addressed.

As it stands England still has four separate domestic competitions, with The Hundred allocated a dedicated window in the season following last year’s launch. Resistance from counties meant the new city-based tournament was layered on top of the two existing limited-overs competitions and the crowded schedule ensures most red ball cricket is played early or late season.

The squad for the next Test tour in the West Indies will be named next month and whilst we should expect changes in batting especially there aren’t too many options with domestic records better than those selected for the Ashes tour. The problems are considerably deeper than selection policy.


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The Road to Riches: Weekend of 22nd-23rd January

Posted on 19 Jan 2022 13:39 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing Over the jumps at Ascot, Haydock and Taunton and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Wolverhampton
  • Football, Premier League fixtures include Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
  • Cricket, the England T20 Series in the West Indies begins
  • NFL Play offs, the Divisional Round
  • Rugby Union, European Champions Cup Pool matches
  • Golf The Dubai Desert Classic on the USPGA the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines
  • Tennis ATP Australian Open continues

Free tip

European Rugby Champions Cup Pool B Leicester v Bordeaux-Begles Saturday 3.15pm

Leicester beat Bordeaux 16-13 in the reverse fixture before Christmas ahead of two tight victories over Connacht, including 29-28 with the last play of the game in Galway last weekend. They have only lost once this season, at Wasps a fortnight ago and under coach Steve Borthwick are a formidable prospect up front with a strong kicking game led by George Ford and plenty of gas out wide if conditions allow

Bordeaux’s game at the Scarlets was cancelled due to COVID travel restrictions and in round 2 and in the reverse fixture they scored seven tries beating the Scarlets at home 45-10 last Sunday

Bordeaux are top of the French Top 14, eight points clear at the head og the table with 11 wins and a draw in 14 matches to date. They are also very strong up front with a reliable kicker in Jalibert.

This has the feel of a tight contest again, likely to be one score either way with two strong packs, strong defences and kicking games to the fore, on balance taking Bordeaux with the points getting more than a score looks the best approach

11 points Bordeaux-Begles +8 points at 10/11 generally


 

System down.

Since beginning of December the Premier League has seen 22 successful postponement requests as the Omnicron COVID variant has moved through the country. Aside from that, there is widespread disquiet the clubs are gaming the system. Premier League clubs know that system now and nothing concerns them more than the possibility rivals might have spotted a competitive advantage.

Arsenal were missing “nine or ten players” for their Carabao cup semi final at Anfield. Less than 24 hours later, with the full extent of their problems clear, five further injuries in that game, African Nations absentees and perhaps as little as one Covid positive, the club decided to ask for the postponement of the North London derby. No matter that Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Florin Balogun had been allowed to leave on loan earlier in the week. By Saturday afternoon the game was postponed.

Leicester City and Watford have had three successful postponement applications and nine more clubs have had one or more. Some clubs have argued that their willingness to keep playing through previous Covid outbreaks has put undue stress on their core of available players whose workload would otherwise have been reduced had a full squad been at the manager’s disposal. This, they say, has in turn lead to injuries, not strictly Covid infections, but Covid injuries. Some had to play when they could have done with more recuperation. Arsenal’s position was that this exacerbated the situation and resulted more injuries which ultimately played into last weekend’s situation.

If you consider how desperate the Premier League were to keep the Christmas schedule going, because of the audience advantage it gave them over every other major European league, this really was the last thing they wanted. The first thing to say is that all sides came together to vote on this. The clubs are only subject to the rules and protocols they themselves agreed, and subsequently adapted for the spread of Omicron.

While it has been mooted in some quarters that they should have another vote to change the rules, that simply isn’t going to happen mid-season. It would mean one part of the campaign is played under different conditions to another. It is described as a “non-starter” that would create “integrity issues”.

The Premier League board are presented with the thankless task of adjudication, especially now the reasons for postponement have moved far beyond the relative simplicity of the number of COVID positive cases in the squad.


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The Road to Riches: Weekend of 15th-16th January

Posted on 12 Jan 2022 10:28 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing Over the jumps at Kempton, Warwick and Wetherby and on the all-weather at Chelmsford City and Lingfield
  • Football, Premier League fixtures include Manchester City v Chelsea
  • Cricket, the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart continues
  • NFL Play offs, wild card weekend
  • Rugby Union, European Champions Cup Pool matches
  • Golf The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and on the USPGA the American Express Championship
  • Tennis ATP Australian Open

Free tip

European Rugby Champions Cup Pool B Wasps v Toulouse 1pm Saturday

Toulouse, last season’s Champions in this competition, are the favourite again this season. Currently second in the French Top 14 with 9 wins from 13 matches they kicked off their defence of this title with a 39-7 win in Cardiff, against a weakened side at the time recently out of COVID isolation in South Africa.

Wasps meanwhile had the result of their season last weekend narrowly holding on to beat previously unbeaten Leicester in the Gallagher Premiership, to record their fifth win of the season in 12 matches and their first win in the last 8 in all competitions. Quite the shock result as they were missing 17 squad members through injury and illness. They began this tournament with a hope loss to Munster, 35-14.

The match between these two sides in Toulouse before Christmas was postponed due to French COVID travel restrictions. Toulouse are clearly the better side and deserved favourites, 1/3 outright and -9 on the handicap. To be frank, I expected the handicap to be in double figures.

They have only played one game since the 11th December (a narrow league loss to Clermont on New Year’s Day) and will be fresh here and I would expect them to win by two scores plus

20 points Toulouse -9 at 10/11 generally


You can never tell

With fans dressed as clowns in the stands and the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL draft in their grasp with another loss, the Jacksonville Jaguars flipped the expected script at the end of a trying season, pulling a massive upset over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday to win 26-11. Amazingly, it was the seventh straight season the Colts have failed to win their road game against the Jaguars, with six losses in Jacksonville and another in London.

Sunday's result was disastrous for the Colts, who entered the game needing to win or tie to secure a playoff berth. With the Steelers beating the Ravens in overtime, the Colts officially were eliminated from the playoffs.

 Even with the win, the Lions victory over the Packers guaranteed that Jacksonville still own the top overall selection for the second straight year and go into the offseason interviewing for another new coaching staff and one of the best cap positions in the league with nearly $60m available for the free agency market

This unexpected loss for the Colts is compounded by them not having their 2022 first round draft pick, traded to the Eagles as part of the deal to bring Quarterback Carson Wentz to the franchise. He played the required 75% of season snaps that meant they lost the pick.

As 16 point favourites going into the game against a one win team, one of the more surprising NFL losses of this or any other season!


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The Road to Riches: Weekend of 8th-9th January

Posted on 4 Jan 2022 09:37 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Horse Racing Over the jumps at Newcastle, Sandown, Wincanton and on the all-weather at Kempton and Lingfield
  • Football, the FA Cup 3rd Round
  • Cricket, the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart next Friday
  • NFL Week 18
  • Golf On the USPGA the Sony Open in Hawaii
  • Tennis ATP Events in Adelaide and Sydney

Free tip

Squad rotation and differing priorities are always a feature of FA Cup teams that take the pitch for Premier League teams and this season with Omnicron/COVID and many re-arranged fixtures pending the challenges are more complex still. At least there are no replays in the 3rd/4th rounds this year. This column takes this weekend of this year to try and identify some ante-post value for the FA Cup and last season reached the semi-finals with Southampton at 33-1.

The aim is to avoid those Premier League teams that might be in a relegation battle, on the grounds that if push comes to shove the FA Cup will be secondary in importance to Premier League games. Also avoid the top end of the market. As in every other year the “big six” are 16-1 or shorter.

Instead look at sides each way that are mid table to lower half of the top ten and, whilst any selection is going to need luck with the draw in later rounds, at least a favourable third round draw preferable at home. My shortlist before starting writing, with current odds in brackets, was as follows

West Ham (22-1)

Wolves (40-1)

Brighton (33-1)

Aston Villa (33-1)

Crystal Palace (50-1)

I think the stand-out is Wolves, who helped by one of the stand-out summer purchases goalkeeper Jose Sa have only conceded 14 goals in 19 Premier League games, the second best defensive record in the league behind Man City.  A very solid side, with Sheffield United at home in the third round on Sunday at 2pm. Wolves of course will rotate, and aren’t prolific in front of goal but 40-1 seems fair to me for this type of side who could go deep

10 points each way (1/2 1,2) Wolverhampton Wanderers to win the FA Cup at 40-1 with SkyBet, 33/1 generally

 


The Six Nations is coming

2022 appears to be the most competitive Six Nations in a long time, and the next pre-cursor to 2023 World Cup. For England the attacking ambition, pace and talent in the domestic Premiership is at an all-time high. The top teams play fast, open rugby with plenty of width and try-scoring. Whilst the space in Test rugby is more limited, England beat South Africa and Australia in the autumn by getting outside them and attacking space and major challenge for the upcoming tournament will be to continue this in what is usually mixed weather and tight games.

At the moment, England’s first choice back row trio average a try only every 26 Test matches, well short of the very best which is a key area for team selection. Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry are the best defensive trio but it will be interesting to see who is selected with 2023 around the corner. England also need to find a centre alternative to the frequently injured Manu Tuilagi.

One bright spot will be the continued emergence of fly half Marcus Smith and we should see Eddie Jones continuing to use positional fluidity. Expect to see only one wing selected, with three centres and the use of Slade at 15 more often than in the three-quarters and allow Smith to ease into leading the team’s attacking structures.

In this Six Nations England have 3 of their 5 matches away from home including Scotland, who beat England away last year, first up and favourites France at the end of the tournament. 9/4 England looks skinny to me and there is more value probably around Ireland 9/2 and Wales 6/1 (not sure which yet though!) if opposing France who look to have matured into solid favourites in the last two years.


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