Archive for November, 2016

Britain’s Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic

tenis-10Andy Murray is having his best season ever and finally, reach his lifelong    dream of becoming the world’s number one player after the French Open. The Scotsman cemented his place at the top of the ranking and was able to increase his lead by beating Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals. At the start of the season, tennis betting tips sites did not predict that the British player would be in such fine form this campaign. He was a big outsider with most sports betting odds bookmakers to make it but he has managed to do it playing the best tennis of his life. The player now 29 years old is going through his best winning streak of 24 games unbeaten.

It was not as easy for Murray in the semi-finals against Milos Ranic. The match took over three and a half hours and set a record for the longest match ever played in the tournament. Most tennis betting tips sites had Djokovic as the favorite due to him spending a lot less energy in getting to the final along with his far superior record over the Scot. Murray though was able to beat the betting odds by beating the former number one 6-3 6-4 at the O2 Arena in London.

It was a close battle between the two best players in the world and Djokovic gave it his all as he was chasing to equal the record of Roger Federer’s total of six trophies. The result has enabled Murray to increase his lead over the Serb and has been head and shoulders above the competition this season.

Djokovic has been out of form this season but will be back stronger than ever before  determined to claim back his title as best player in the world. Over recent years he has managed to dominate Murray and out of 34 encounters Djokovic had won 24 of them. The Scot has managed to prove this campaign that he can beat the previously unbeatable Djokovic and it is going to be interesting to see if he can claim back this throne.

The O2 Arena was packed to the brim with 17,000 tennis fans watching the battle for not only the trophy by also the number one ranking. Murray had the home advantage and it helps him raise his game needed to beat the great Djokovic. After the match, he was extremely courteous and said:  “Andy is definitely number one in the world, he deserved to win. He is the best player.”

Murray managed to beat Djokovic by making far less unforced errors. The Serb was slightly out of form and made a total of 30 unforced errors. You could tell that the Scotsman was in form and he has been unbeatable for the season’s second half.

It was not a great start by the British and world number one as he started with serving a double-fault. Murray was at his resilient best and managed to break Djokovic at 3 – 3. He then went on to win the set along with the match to make sure he would be the first ranked player going into 2017.

How to do Your Own Horse Race Handicapping

racetipsWith most of Europe’s major races in the books for 2016, the attention now focuses on the Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia and the Breeders Cup in America. While there are currently plenty of race tips for Melbourne Cup day being offered by tipsters and online bookmakers, it’s always preferable for race-goers to learn how to do their own handicapping. That way, all a handicapper needs is access to Melbourne Cup odds and a place to wager.

Handicapping a Race Like the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is scheduled to be run on November 1 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This is a great race to handicap because of the size of the field, usually 20 horses, and the staying distance of 3200 meters.  This year’s race might include horses from Australia, England, France, Germany and perhaps Japan. After looking through the list of past winners and the associated winning Melbourne Cup odds, this is not a race on which someone would want to take short odds.

Tools of the Trade

Racing fans and gamblers are not expected to pick winners in a vacuum. Throughout the world, there are publications available that provide statistical information about the horses, trainers, jockeys and even racetracks. It’s foolish to attempt to handicap without the necessary data, keeping in mind that things like race tips for Melbourne Cup day can be unreliable and arbitrary.

In Europe, the most popular publication for handicappers is the form guide. On a race-by-race basis, data is provided for each horse entered, along with selected data provided about trainers and jockeys. By employing one of several handicapping methods, this information is very useful for the purpose of at least identifying contenders and pretenders.

Handicapping Methods

Most experienced handicappers fall into one of three categories: class handicappers, speed handicappers or trip handicappers. Here’s a brief description of each betting strategy.

Class Handicapping: Based on a horse’s proven level of ability, horses can be rated by class. From best to worst, the classifications are stakes horses (levels 1, 2 and 3), overnight handicap horses, allowance horses, high-level claimers and low-level claimers. As horses move up and down in class, the can create wagering opportunities as improving horses, or signal they are out of form as they move down the ladder. In some cases, horses moving down in class might improve given the chance to run against lesser competition. Class handicappers use these class moves to help isolate horses that could provide wagering value. The Time Form ratings provided in the form guide can provide insight about a horse’s true level of ability.

Speed Handicapping: Speed handicappers are interested in how fast horses have shown the ability to run at certain distances. In some cases, experienced handicappers will develop their own speed figures to be used as a basis of comparison between horses that have been running in different races, at different racetracks, racing at different distances. If a horse runs consistently faster speed figures than a majority of the other horses in a field, they would certainly have to be considered contenders.

Trip Handicapping: Trip handicappers like to focus on horses that appear to have run poorly in a recent race, but might have been compromised by circumstances. If a horse was making a move and got blocked while trying to accelerate, the effort might have been compromised, indicating they might be better than the data suggests. If a late closer appears to have been unable to use their closing kick, it might have been because of a slow pace upfront. The running style was compromised. Trip handicappers love wagering on horses next-out that might have been compromised the race before.

Learning to handicap races on your own takes time and experience. However, the rewards you gain by successfully picking winners on your own makes it worth the effort. By employing one or more of the methods listed above, you can take a big step towards being a good handicapper.

Soccer Predictions for November 2016

Here you can find free soccer pick:

01.11.2016 Benfica – Dinamo Kiev – home win /  02.11.2016 Jeonbuk – Sangju – home win

03.11.2016 Sassuolo – Rapid Wiena – home win / 04.11.2016 Wisla Plok – Arka – home win

05.11.2016 Tumen – Baltika – home win / 06.11.2016 Stuttgart – Arminia Bielefeld – home win

07.11.2016 Southport – Fleetwood – away win / 08.11.2016 Colchester – Charlton – home win

27.11.2016 Beroe Stara Zagora – Slavia Sofia – home win

28.11.2016 Midtjylland – Odense – home win

29.11.2016 Petrojet – Smouha – over 2.5

30.11.2016 Speranta – Milsami – over 2.5