FREE PICK - Honka are much improved under the guidance of Vesa Vasara. Since the 42 year old took over at the start of 2017 they have been promoted to the Veikkausliiga, and then they followed up with an impressive fourth in last seasons championship. Two wins from their opening three matches. Squad improvement, and a recent 2-0 cup win over todays opponent suggests the hosts are a good bet here. Inter Turku are 1-1-2 from their opening four games. Interestingly, they won last seasons cup, meaning they will get a chance to player Europa league qualification. However, league positions of 11-9-7 over the past three seasons suggest they will need to improve, and we have no reason to believe that will be the case!
TWO PREMIUM BET WINNERS FROM YESTERDAYS THREE SELECTIONS, INCLUDING 7/1 MY LORD ——— We know we are the best and most profitable racing tipsters out there. If you want to join Premium and win big money like our other subscribers join PREMIUM —— email@example.com ——— It would take someone braver than me to bet MY CHARITY at odds of around 9/4. He’s both exposed and inconsistent, thus worth taking on. CHAMPAGNE NOIR was an expensive enough purchase, but he comes from a stable in quiet form and he might need the experience. FLOKI could improve for hurdles, and the same applies to our selection RUTHLESS ARTICLE. Rebecca Curtis’s five year old ran to a good level in bumpers, and he’s going to appreciate the step up in trip!
THIS IS THE SIXTH AND FINAL TIP FOR THURSDAY - FOLLOW THE BEST FOR MORE! ————We are not fans of either player. Angelique Kerber isn’t a natural top ten player, but she’s tough and will always win more matches than she loses. Andrea Petkovic is another player who was always over-rated, but with a rank of 71 that’s not the case anymore. We thought Kerber would be susceptible this week, and we where ready to take her on with Donna Vekic. However, that fixture was changed, but our opinion hasn’t changed! While Kerber leads head to heads 7-3, at least Petkovic is arriving into this in decent form. Beating Ostapenko in a FED cup match is a decent effort, and backing it up with a first round win here over Sorribes Tormo was another good effort! Petkovic should at least get within the h’cap, and she might surprise!
FULL WTA PROGRAM FOR FREE THIS WEEK - We are happy that Timea Babos at least won three matches this week, but we can’t imagine her having a chance against Veronika Kudermetova. The 22 year old Russian is in phenomenal form, and the way she dismissed Maria Sakkari was super impressive! Their should be a lot more to come from Kudermetova, but for now it’s a question of delivering more of the same. If she manages to do just that, she should out-hit a rather lethargic opponent!
WE GAVE YOU 5 WTA PREMIUM TIPS YESTERDAY - ALL WON! -- Bit surprised to report these girls have never played each other. Kristina Mladenovic is clearly trying to get back into the swing of things, and she did defy the odds to beat Dayana Yastremska. Or, should we say she progressed against the 18 year old, because the Ukrainian played a desperate match. In fact, nothing was going right for the teenie, and the French girl used her experience to see it through. Kateryna Kozlova has always been capable of playing to a good level, and she’s clearly at her best on clay. The 25 year old has built on Charleston, and she’s impressed in all three matches here. If this match plays to the same level we have seen from these two girls, it’s got to be Kozlova!
FREE WTA PREMIUM WEEK - We where court siding for the Kiki Bertens vs Anna-Lena Friedsam match, so let us tell you what we saw. An improved service game from Bertens, and she took the big points better. However, on paper it should have been much easier, and we are far from convinced that Bertens is at 100%! The Dutch girl is clearly on her favoured surface, but she will need to step up her game to beat Belinda Bencic. Afterall, the Swiss girl is fit again, and she’s 23/10 on the year. Winning Dubai suggests she’s nearly back at the level that took her to number 6 in the world, and she was fully in the zone when beating Mandy Minella in round one! This should be a tight match, that’s why we want Bencic with the start!
The Spurs dropped Game 5 of this series in a 117-103 loss and now trail the Nuggets 2-3 and have to stave off elimination against a team who appear to have figured them out fter making a lineup change before Game 4. Nevertheless, the Spurs have been an excellent home team all season, compiling a 32-9 record at AT&T Center this year. We believe the elevation factored into the Spurs' listless performance at Pepsi Center in Game 5 and they caught a break with the Blazers eliminating the Thunder early and giving a later start for the home fans in this game. We expect Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to make the necessary adjustments and they should get aggressive early and pound the paint with dribble penetration or post ups. The Spurs have typically started well and we expect them to shorten the rotation facing elimination and should be able to hold onto the lead. This one's going 7 in our opinion!
PREMIUM WTA PICK ——— These two never played against each other in public, so no head to heads. On the face of it, Darya Kasatkina did really well to bounce back and beat Else Mertens. In fact, it was the first top hundred ranked player the Russian had beaten this year. However, before reading too much into that win, we have to say Mertens was awful. Furthermore, Kasatkina still served 9 double faults, and the match lacked quality. Nothing wrong with Donna Vekic. We where ready to bet the Croatian against Angie Kerber, but withdrawals meant a reshuffle. We didn’t learn anything new from Vekic’s win over Monticone, but we do know she’s well equipped for this match!
PREMIUM BETTING TIP - No doubt you all benefitted from our 5 WTA PREMIUM bets and 5 winners on wednesday. We have six more lined up for thursday, and we will be adding them all. However, just two going up this evening, because it’s only right that PAYING clients get first odds option! ———— We feel sorry for any opponent of Laura Siegemund, because she’s one of the biggest wind-up players on tour. The 31 year old uses psychology to beat a lot of her opponents, and she’s sure to get the crowd on her side here. While we don’t like the German girls antics, she’s a decent clay player in her own right. Siegemund won the last meeting (Charleston - clay) , and the way she disposed of Tsurenko in the first round suggests she’s in top form. Furthermore, she’s a former finalist (2016) here, and on that occasion she won seven matches (3 qualifications) before losing the decider to Kerber. Sevastova is consistent, but she’s far from invincible!
PREMIUM BET - Atletico Madrid are much better odds than we had anticipated. The bookmakers seem to be pricing this has though the hosts won’t be playing a ‘’full game’’. And, while the team managed by Diego Simeone have already guaranteed champions league football for next season, they will still want to fend off Real Madrid from taking second place. With five games remaining Valencia will still be hopeful of making the top four. As it stands, Los Che are two points behind Getafe, and in La Liga they have a relatively easy run-in after this match. With that said, the team of Garcia are playing on three fronts. Afterall, they are in the semi final of the Europa league, and the final of the Copa Del Rey. While Atletico are without Giménez, Hernández, Garcés and Costa, the situation is worse for the visitors. Garcia won’t have suspended Rodrigo, nor injured Piccini, Cheryshev, Kondogbia and Lee. Atletico conceded just 7 league goals at the Wanda Metropolitano, and they are 13-2-1 at home. With due respect, that looks a lot better than the visors 6-6-4 (away). They also have negative goal balance (17-18), and a busy schedule ahead.
One on us———Aidan O’Brien can be ‘’hit & miss’’ at this time of the year, and we wouldn’t be interested in the 7/4 about his CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. While the son on Galileo finished in front of ARTHUR KITT at Newmarket, the Tom Dascombe colt didn’t run his race that day. Since then he’s been 4/14 in a GP1 at Churchill downs, and he’s got a bag of scope to improve!