TIW blog (for September 17-23)

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Updated: September 17, 2015

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Inspired by the Last At Cannington, the blog that was the precursor to The Inside Word, the TIW blog features breaking news, betting whispers, market updates, late mail & other items that have piqued our interest – we might even find a funny cat video or two!

 

Wales to win, but by how many? (September 20)

There are three games scheduled for Sunday in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and we’re confident of continuing out strong start to the tournament with two selections. Uruguay take on the might of Wales and while the hosts should win handsomely, 68 points looks way too many for the Welsh to cover, especially with several key players expected to be rested. We’re also keen on Samoa to defeat the USA but expect this to be a much closer affair than the Wales v Uruguay battle. Confirmed bets: Wales @ Uruguay +68 (one unit @ $2.00); Samoa (by 1-12) v USA (one unit @ $3.20).

 

QB Crompton returns for Alouettes (September 20)

With Hamilton’s shock loss to Edmonton, the Montreal Alouettes can claw back to within three games of the East Division leaders with victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to complete week 13 in the CFL. After a shocking run of injuries among their quarterbacks, Jonathon Crompton returns under centre today and, with the support and on excellent defensive unit, the Als will do this in style and crush the nine-point line on offer. Confirmed bet: Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Montreal Alouettes -9 (one unit @ $1.91).

 

Sparks, Liberty to bounce back (September 20)

We’re going with a pair of zig-zag plays as the WNBA playoffs continue tonight. After a shock loss of Washington in game 1, Eastern Conference top seeds New York should bounce back against the Mystics, especially as 1.5-point favourites. Likewise, the Los Angeles Sparks head home one game down against Western Conference powerhouse Minnesota but we expect them to square the series at 1-1. Confirmed bets: Minnesota Lynx @ Los Angeles Sparks -3 (one unit @ $1.92); New York Liberty -1.5 @ Washington Mystics (one unit @ $1.91).

 

Seminoles aiming to make it 25 ACC wins in a row (September 19)

Three games featuring ranked schools are scheduled in College Football today with the headline affair in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where the Boston College Eagles will host #6 Florida State. The Seminoles haven’t lost an ACC game since October 6, 2012, winning 24 in a row in league play. Boston College outscored FCS members Maine and Howard 100-3 and has allowed only 102 yards of total offense in its first two games but this is a massive step up in class. That said, the line on offer here looks too big for the visitors to cover. Confirmed bet: Florida State Seminoles @ Boston College Eagles +9 (one unit @ $1.91).

 

Day poised for shot at a stunning 59 (September 18)

Only the weather could stop Jason Day on the opening day of the BMW Championship (scores here) earlier today. The Australian began his latest quest to reach No. 1 in the world by holing out from a fairway bunker for eagle and powering his way to nine birdies. The PGA champion was 10-under par through 17 holes when the first round at Conway Farms in Illinois was halted because of approaching storms. Day had just hammered a tee shot 346 yards with the wind at his back, leaving him 44 yards to the hole at No. 9. He needed to hole that shot for a 59, and but will to wait until Friday morning (local time) for that. But the highlight of the day belonged to Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth (below).

 

Professional sports won’t survive illegal betting (September 18)

We’re not quite as bearish as Chris Eaton, who has claimed that professional sport will not last another 10 years if governments do not intervene in illegal sports betting and match-fixing. Chris Eaton, the head of the Qatar-based International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has executive director, said the illegal gambling and match-fixing was controlled primarily by organised crime gangs in Eastern Europe and betting syndicates in Asia. Our evidence of the money flowing through illegal betting markets in east Asia is still very alarming (more here).

 

In-play betting feature faces challenge (September 18)

William Hill’s first major advertising campaign since February is firmly aimed at taking on the monopolistic retail operators, challenging the way people bet and imploring them to ‘own the moment’ through their innovative live betting product, In-Play. CEO William Hill Australia, Tom Waterhouse, said: “Thanks to William Hill’s In-Play, our customers are no longer forced to bet offshore with illegal operators. We have an In-Play betting solution that is 100% legal and fits within the IGA (Interactive Gambling Act).” Not everyone is as enthusiastic as Waterhouse though, as this story reveals.

 

Short MLB card on offer (September 18)

The Washington Nationals season didn’t pan out the way that most fans and pundits expected, but they’ve been doing the right thing for punters playing the totals. In the Nationals’ past 26 home games, the over is playing 19-4-3, including the past five in a row. In those 26 games teams are scoring a combined 10.11 runs per game with the Nationals doing the most damage, scoring 5.73 runs per game over that stretch. We hope the trend continues when the Nats open a home series with the Miami Marlins tonight. Tanner Roark (4.38 ERA, 5-3 O/U) starts for Washington while Jared Cosart (4.58 ERA, 4-5 O/U) is handed the ball for Miami. Confirmed bets: Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals +8 (one unit @ $1.99); Los Angeles Angels @ Minnesota Twins WIN (one unit @ $1.83).

 

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