For the Patriots, OL Jermaine Eluemunor and DL Carl Davis have been ruled out for this game. DL Adam Butler, DB Kyle Dugger, WR Julian Edelman, OL Shaq Mason and DE Derek Rivers are all listed as questionable. C David Andrews is expected back after being activated from the Reserve/Injured list. For the Niners, DB Jimmie Ward, LB Kwon Alexander, RB Raheem Mostert and S Jaquiski Tartt have all been ruled out for this game. OT Trent Williams and RB Jeff Wilson Jr. are listed as questionable. The Niners have been completely obliterated this season due to injuries. Not even counting what's been mentioned on the injury report, they are missing their entire secondary, most of their defensive line and for good measure, their top linebacker is also out in addition to their starting quarterback still hobbled with an ankle injury. The Patriots aren't quite up to their elite standards this season but we expect a good enough game plan from the brilliant head coach Bill Belichick that should win in all 3 phases of the game. Covering a field goal isn't asking too much under the circumstances.
For the Chargers, OG Trai Turner has been ruled out for this game. OT Storm Norton is listed as doubtful. OT Bryan Bulaga, WR KJ Hill, RB Justin Jackson and QB Tyrod Taylor are all listed as questionable. DE Melvin Ingram and DT Justin Jones were activated from the Reserve/Injured list and both are expected to play. For the Jaguars, RB Chris Thompson, TE Tyler Eifert, LB Myles Jack and S Jarrod Wilson have all been ruled out for this game. OG AJ Cann is listed as questionable. Since Herbert has taken over the quarterback postition for the Chargers, LA has shown more pace and the ability to really push the ball downfield. This has led to impressive offensive showings despite nothing in the win column since Week 1. Nevertheless, they get a soft Jacksonville defense that can't defend the run or pass so we expect plenty of points for the hosts here. On the other side, the Jaguars' receiving corps is probably the highlight of their team and we expect QB Gardner Minshew to have success against a soft pass defense. We see only one way to bet this.
For the Football Team, OT Saahdiq Charles, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, James Smith-Williams and WR Isaiah Wright have all been ruled out for this game. OT Geron Christian is listed as questionable. For the Cowboys, OT Brandon Knight and OG Zack Martin have both been ruled out for this game. OT Cameron Erving, LB Sean Lee and CB Chidobe Awuzie have all been designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list. DE Randy Gregory is back on the active roster as well and is expected to play. The Cowboys' first game without their quarterback Dak Prescott proved to be an absymal failure as backup Andy Dalton was horrific in a beatdown from the Cardinals. Dalton simply doesn't have the arm strength to take advantage of the weapons around him and the beaten and battered Dallas OL will face a stern test against one of the best defensive front 7s in the league. We're not too thrilled with Washington head coach Ron Rivera's decision to go for 2 last week that probably cost us a win on the moneyline but nonetheless, the Football Team has a capable offense and is no worse than their NFC East Division foe in our opinion. Hosts to get their second win of the season.
For the Jets, OL Alex Lewis, WR Jamison Crowder and PK Sam Ficken are listed as doubtful. OT George Fant, OT Mekhi Bekton, QB Sam Darnold and OT Chuma Edoga are all questionable though Darnold is expected to start at quarterback again. and Bekton is expected back as well. WR Denzel Mims was activated off the Reserve/Injured list and is also expected to make his first start of his career. For the Bills, WR John Brown, LB Tyrel Dodson, OG Cody Ford, TE Dawson Knox and CB Josh Norman have all been ruled out for this game. CB Cam Lewis, LB Matt Milano and CB Tre'Davious White are all listed as questionable. The Jets look like a JV team at this point in the season but we can't ignore the favourable matchup here as they face a Bills team that struggles to generate pressure. Getting starting QB Darnold back should provide a lift as well as the talented rookie Mims making his first start. The Bills are also playing their 3rd game in 13 days and have more than a few key defensive injuries they are dealing with as well. Fatigue could set in late but at any rate, we expect the Jets to put up their share of points. Over is the only way to be this in our opinion.
For the Texans, TE Jordan Akins and LB Peter Kalambayi are both listed as questionable for this game. For the Packers, RB Tyler Ervin, DL Tyler Lancaster and OT David Bakhtiari have all been ruled out for this game. S Darnell Savage and CB Kevin King are listed as doubtful. TE Robert Tonyan and LB Preston Smith are listed as questionable. RB Aaron Jones is not expected to play despite being listed as questionable. While many are expecting the Packers to bounce back after their horrendous loss to the Bucs last week, it will be rather difficult without their workhorse back Aaron Jones on the field. QB Aaron Rodgers appears to be in a funk at the moment and the strong Texans' pass rush should trouble the Packers' OL that's missing one of their starting tackles. The Texans' defense has been an abject failure but their offense has shown explosiveness and should be able to keep up with the Packers here in our opinion.
For the Titans, OT Taylor Lewan was placed on IR and will miss the rest of the season. DE Jadeveon Clowney, TE MyCole Pruitt, OT Isaiah Wilson, DL DaQuan Jones, OT Dennis Kelly, TE Jonnu Smith and WR AJ Brown practiced in full and have been removed form the injury report. DB Dane Cruikshank was activated from the Reserve/Injured list and OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates were elevated from the practice squad. For the Steelers, CB Mike Hilton, LB Devin Bush and FB Derek Watt have all been ruled out for this game. QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Diontae Johnson, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, C Maurkice Pouncey, OG David DeCastro and DE Stephon Tuitt are all expected to play. Both teams are undefeated entering this game but we believe both are a bit overrated. The Titans have skated by with narrow wins and they finally face a team with one of the top defenses in the league. We expect the Steelers to shut down the Titans' ground game and QB Ryan Tannehill's play action game will have less of an effect as a result. The Titans' defense hasn't shown much of an ability to stop anyone but nonetheless, we expect the Steelers to play conservatively as their offense hasn't shown much of an explosiveness to it. This number is a touch too high in our estimation.
Two Yellow Submarines going head to head, that’s the nickname of both! What a revelation newly promoted Cadiz has been this season. The Atlantic town team has already won in Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, and Huesca. The only thing remaining for the Andalusians is to win at the Ramón de Carranza, today could be the day! Villarreal must be happy with the season to date since they come into this match 2nd in the league. For those who don’t know, the hosts won three games at the Ceramica. However, on the road, they have only been able to draw and lose. The defeat was in Barcelona (4-0), and that was the 2nd time they failed to score on the road. The visitors do at least come into this having won a Europa League game against Sivasspor. The result was fair and square, albeit they were expected to win easily. The Villarreal worry from watching that last match is how easy the defense was opened. That’s something we expect Cadiz to exploit! Having longer to prepare is a valuable commodity, here’s hoping it pays off!
From 5 games to date, Sparta Rotterdam managed to take just two points. On that note, at least the hosts come into this following back-to-back draws against AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord. The 4-4 against The Cheeseheads (AZ) was remarkably from 4-0 down. In the last round, Sparta trailed Feyenoord before recovering for a 1-1 draw. We can report Henk Fraser’s men were fantastic that day, and if anything they should have won. While it’s true to say Sparta is at the bottom of the table, this is the easiest opponent for a while. Heracles won the season opener with Den Haag, and they also recorded a draw against PSV. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t get excited about the prospect of this team, because they are very average. In fact, a 4-0 defeat to Willem, and a 3-0 in Vitesse show limitations. Even worse was losing at home to Waalwijk, albeit like that team Heracles is a candidate for relegation, If Sparta doesn’t win, we will be a bit shocked!
All Belarus final, at least the dictatorship will have something to celebrate today! Politics aside, this is old school vs new guard. For the record, head to heads is 1-1, with Victoria Azarenka winning the latest at this years US Open! Despite being beaten by Azarenka just 7 weeks ago, we give the 9 years younger Aryna Sabalenka a better chance than the odds suggest. The 31-year-old Azarenka came through yesterday's match against Sakkari with a 6/1 6/3 victory. However, she didn’t have it all her own way, and that 2nd set was very tight indeed. In fact, we would even suggest that Sakkari played stronger tennis, but Azarenka was more pragmatic and kept the ball in play! It goes without saying a similar tactic could work against an aggressive opponent like Sabalenka, but if the 22-year-old is in the zone she would have too much power for her older opponent. In short, what we saw yesterday would suggest Azarenka is beatable, it’s down to Aryna to take her chance!
VISION DES FLOS needs to improve, while OLDGRANGEWOOD looks h’capped to the hilt. I’m not looking further than the highly progressive ITCHY FEET, because he’s potentially one of the better chasers in training. This lightly raced 6 year old is sure to be fully wound up for this valuable prize, and a mark of 154 should be within his scope. Aidan Coleman is the perfect booking, and conditions are spot on!.
DANNY KIRWAN is rated a lofty 139, but he needs to prove that he’s back. TORN AND FRAYED come from a good yard, and he’s relatively consistent. However, he would need to improve again, and I’m surprised to see him stick at hurdles. KILLER KANE cost a lot of money (300K), but Colin Tizzard runners are needing a race. I really like the look of highly regarded BUTTE MONTANE, he gives the impression of being high class!
TIGER VOICE is a CD winner, and his hurdles mark of 126 suggests he’s more than decent. However, he’s an ex flat horse, and he did fall last time out. I’m simply not convinced he’s a natural chaser, and these odds are short enough. PAKENS ROCK was even better over hurdles, and he too is a CD winner. I prefer lightly raced BRACE YOURSELF, he’s simply my idea of a chaser!