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Ryder Cup Betting 2014

We’ll see captains Paul McGinley (Europe) and Tom Watson (U.S.A) take each other on at Gleneagles when Scotland hosts the 40th Ryder Cup from September 26 through to September 28, 2014. McGinley and his side are the defending champions, who defeated the U.S. side in Medinah, Illinois in 2012. Watson, on the other hand, is the oldest man to have captained a side in Ryder Cup. He was also the captain back in 1993, when the American side won the Ryder Cup at Belfry. Though he is the non playing captain, the Scottish love him. Four of his five Open wins have been made on Scottish golf courses.

The European side seems to hold the trump card this season and could very well defend the trophy. For starters, the side hasn’t lost any match on its home soil for over two decades. Of the last nine Ryder events, it has won seven times. Further, they have the likes of Roy Mcllroy (world rank one) and Henrik Stenson (world rank two), who have been playing in from the whole season.

Stenson is, in fact, one of the most consistent golfers overall. When is he not in form? Martin Kaymer (world rank five) is another name worth mentioning here. If these men don’t drop their forms (remember Tiger Woods in consecutive Ryder Cup matches?), it is going to be very difficult for the American side. It’s not surprising, therefore, that a majority of wagers have been placed on a win for the European side.

However, Watson’s men are not to be underestimated. There is Rickie Fowler (world rank 10) and Bubba Watson ( world rank seven) along with Jim Furyk (world rank four) and Matt kuchar (world rank nine). Considering how close the matches have gotten in the last years (five in 11 Ryder Cup matches were won and lost with a one-point margin after a tie and two matches had a small two-point margin), counting on an easy win for the European side could be dangerous.

Further, the Ryder Cup is an event where underdogs often rise to the occasion. Compare both teams from the last five tournaments and you’ll see that the winners have always been the side with the lower best world average ranking! That’s definitely the U.S. side this year. The golf course layout is another thing that could help the Americans shake off the stress of playing on foreign grounds. The Scottish venue sports a design created by the U.S. golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

Ian Poulter makes a strong case for himself as the top points scorer this year. Considering all major games like the Presidents Cup, Eurasia Cup, WGC Match Play, Seve Trophy and others, Poulter’s match play form is the highest of all 24 players. Graeme McDowell (Europe) and Matt Kuchar (USA) stand a close second. However, Poulter takes a clear lead when considering Ryder Cup form alone. With 12 wins and only three losses, he has a winning percentage of 80. No wonder Poulter was McGinley’s pick for Ryder Cup 2014. On the American side, Fowler can be the top points scorer.


Manchester United v West Ham United Preview & Odds

The Premier League will set Manchester United against West Ham United on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27 at Old Trafford. Both sides are among the eight current clubs to have never gone below tier two of English football so you can expect a game that is thrilling by all standards. The Red Devils will be playing at home this Saturday afternoon. Comparing the two sides with respect to their larger league victories, we’d say Man United has the upper hand. Unlike Man U, West Ham have never won a Premier League title and have pretty much been the underdogs. In the League this season, they are unbeaten however, having won at Crystal Palace and tied at Hull.

Placing large wagers on Man United for this meeting could be risky however. The Red Devils are facing their worst start to the League in over a decade. They’ve been impaled by the Foxes last week, after an earlier defeat in a League game. After five matches this season, they have managed to score only five points and are currently 12th on the table. Manager Louis van Gall is desperate for a win.

The Irons on the other hand, head to Old Trafford with the momentous Upton Park victory where they slayed the Reds with a 3-1 win. The men of Sam Allardyce, who were largely invisible before their clash with Liverpool are now going to have a larger number of backers. Their confidence for Saturday’s game has also been bolstered by the injured Red Devils. The absence of Jonny Evans, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, Sam Johnstone, James Wilson and Phil Jones will weaken Man United’s defense and open up new opportunities for the Hammers to rise from the underdog status.

Again, choosing a favorite for a win at Old Trafford is going to be a tricky affair, because the Hammers don’t have home-playing advantage they had against Liverpool. West Ham will not be as adventurous and fast as they were against the Reds. Further, the Hammers couldn’t keep a clean sheet. United have won their last game at Trafford this season, which is also the only game they’ve won. If you compare their scores in all meetings and not just the League ones, the Red Devils have defeated the Hammers seven times in a row.

Expect the match to go over two and a half goals when the Hammers meet the Red Devils. While the former have averaged at one goal a match only, (for the last 18 games that were played at Man United’s home ground), the latter have a scored a total of seven goals in their two matches. They also have a strong lineup to master the attack and score.

Expect Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Falcao to score and take the total to three scores. One of Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho or Morgan Amalfitano can be expected to hit the target for the Hammers as well. The Hammers have never made more than one goal at Old Trafford. That would bring the game to a 3-1 win for the Red Devils.


Liverpool v Everton Preview & Odds

Barclays Premier League will see Liverpool host Everton for a big lunchtime clash on Saturday. Liverpool won famously against Everton in the last season (4-0). Will they repeat the same streak this Saturday at Anfield? Probably not. Both the teams have yet to perform to their full potential this season. Liverpool, for instance, have lost two of their five League games. The record of Everton is no good, either. They have won two and lost three of the last five matches played. Combine that weak form with the fact that both teams have quite an impressive attacking potential, and you can be sure this is going to be one thrilling match for both audiences and bookies.

The performance of both the Reds and the Toffees have left us wishing for more. Odds are in favor of a draw or a close win by Liverpool. Manager Brendan Rogers could use the four man defense, preferably diamond, which will help the Reds back their goals. Further, they have their confidence restored after the penalty shootout last week against Middlesbrough. Defense is a problem for both teams, but more so for the Toffees in comparison. Everton will need to play strong at the back and the front as well to drive results in their favor.

Comparison of the 181 games where the two teams have battled head on also show odds in favor of Liverpool. Apart from the 58 matches that ended in a draw, Liverpool have won 71 of the 181 games.

If stats from previous years are anything to go by, expect plenty of goals as the Reds take on the Toffees on their home ground. The Reds have conceded eight goals in their last five games. They put another seven goals in the net of the other team. The Toffees are no less. In their last five games, they’ve put 11 goals in the opponent’s net and 13 in their own targets.

Liverpool already make many shots at the target. Plus, they have the comfort of playing at home this Saturday. Another factor that could work to their favor is the considerably weak form that goalkeeper Tim Howard has been in, so far in this season. On the other hand, the Toffees, who have won nine times in the League Championship, can easily score another one or two goals. Their average this season has been 4.8 goals. Further, the record for the highest number of goals by any club in the Premier League rests with them.

In all of their last seven League matches, they’ve have made upwards from one goal. The same performance in one match more, and they’ll have a new Premier League record for their club. Isn’t it more than likely then that the Toffees will give all they’ve got in attacking and conceding goals at Anfield this Saturday? This brings us back to the probability of a draw or a Liverpool win by a very close margin. A safe bet would therefore be the waging on both Reds and the Toffees to score.