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The Weather as a Sports Betting Factor

The matter of sports betting is as delicate as it gets, even though it might seem like nothing more than harmless fun to the untrained eye. Sports bettors go through a lot of trouble in their process of determining the best way to approach a sports event and guess its outcome on the basis of pre-set knowledge. In this regard, opinions are split regarding the level of difficulty – some bettors claim to have it harder than others due to the particular sports they choose and all the potential factors that could affect player performance, while others take a more general approach and bet here and there, all to the purpose of covering more games.

When it comes to factors influencing the outcome of relevant games, the weather is usually one that doesn’t get much recognition on the whole. Some sports bettors don’t even factor it in as a relevant influence on the whole, while others consider it a minor inconsistency. Regardless of the different positions, weather is largely applicable on outdoor sports, and can drastically misbalance the odds in someone else’s favor with rain or wind in the forecast.

Football Betting & the Weather

When betting on football, you need to take the weather under serious consideration. While the wing wouldn’t affect the ball trajectory too much off its determined course, and snow is most likely to stop the game altogether, rain is footballers’ greatest enemy.

A little rain can make the ball difficult to operate with – it is likely to start slipping off of people’s hands and through your feet during game play, which may be fatal during passes and strategic moves set to include some ball maneuver.

Should the raining turn stronger, football bettors will need to calculate more than the ball misdemeanors if they wish to hit the game’s exact outcome. Pouring rain is known to affect the pitch, especially that of lower league football clubs that may prove to have a hole or two.

Tennis Betting & the Weather

In tennis, opponents face each other directly, knowing that the entire outcome lies in their hands, or in the hands of their partners (should they have any). So, sports bettors willing to predict the outcome of such a battle is definitely invited to watch the afternoon forecast.

The tennis ball isn’t one that’s likely to get affected by the rain, as they normally get changed as frequently as possible. Still, the players’ performance on the slippery court and the risk of getting them injured should be incorporated in your betting ticket – learn if your players prefer retreating or fighting the odds throughout the game. This is particularly important for situations that call for a closed court, as some players do excellent in controlled environments while others cannot get around to the lack of air circulating on their sides while playing tennis.

Ultimately, there is a number of sports that can be affected by the weather, and these are only parts of them.

Juventus vs Real Madrid Champions League Preview

Juventus vs Real Madrid Champions League Preview

There will be a repeat of last season’s Champions League Final in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League as Juventus take on Real Madrid. The match is a crucial one for both teams as Juventus are keen on avenging their defeat to Real Madrid in the final last season while for Real Madrid, it’s the only trophy for them to redeem their season as they are far off the pace in La Liga and it’s also the last possible route for Zinedine Zidane to save his job, i.e. if he still wants to continue as Real Madrid manager beyond this season. Over the years, this has been a tightly contested match and it’s perfectly highlighted in the way that online casinos have almost even odds for both teams.

Betting Odds

Real Madrid goes into the match as slight favourites. It’s less than a year since Real Madrid comfortably beat Juventus in the final of the Champions League on their way to lifting the double. The sweet victory is definitely still in the minds of the Real Madrid players and coaching staff, therefore, they go into the game with some confidence that they can repeat the same performance as last season.

Juventus and Real Madrid have faced each other 19 times in European competition with Real Madrid just edging Juventus on the number of victories recorded. Real Madrid has won on 9 occasions while Juventus have won on 8 occasions and they have drawn twice. The slight head to head advantage may just inspire Real Madrid to another Champions League win.

While Juventus are now in pole position in Serie A with Napoli giving them a good fight, Real Madrid finds themselves out of the title race. That means the Champions League is the only trophy left for Real Madrid to fight for. With all their eggs in one basket now, Real Madrid may just want this tie more than Juventus who still have it all to do in Serie A if they are to win the league. There also has been a nice and close relationship between the Real Madrid players and the manager, Zinedine Zidane. Knowing how Real Madrid operate and how ambitious they are, the players know anything short of Champions League success would herald the end of the Zidane era at Real Madrid and the motivation going into the match is to fight for their manager.

In addition, Real Madrid players are starting to hit form at just the right time. Cristiano Ronald has been superb in 2018 scoring 18 times in 11 appearances while the likes of Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Isco (hat-trick hero over the international break) are enjoying a good run of form.

Team News

Both teams play league matches this weekend before facing mid-week. Counting out the possibility of both teams picking up injuries over the weekend, Real Madrid goes into the tie with Juventus with a full squad to choose from. Juventus, on the other hand, will be without Mehdi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic. They also have to assess the fitness of Alex Sandro and Georgio Chiellini before the match.

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Premier League Betting Preview

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Premier League Betting Preview

The biggest match of match week 31 will arguably be at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on Tottenham in a match both teams need a win in order to boost their chances of finishing in the top four. Coming straight after the international break, many questions will linger on the quality of the match but with three important points at stake, there can be no doubt that this game is going to live up to the hype.

Betting Odds

Sportsbooks such as casinobet.com do not have a clear favourite going into the match as the teams are evenly balanced therefore the odds are evenly spread out. If history is to be taken into account, then the match is Chelsea’s to lose. Gary Lineker was the lost player to score a winner for Tottenham away at Chelsea in the league, and that is before the Premier League era came into existence. Tottenham have not won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era meaning Spurs have it all to do if they are to leave Stamford Bridge with all the three points.

Going into the match, Chelsea will also take pride in the fact that it’s the only team to win at Spurs’ temporary home, Wembley Stadium this season courtesy of a Marcos Alonso double. Though things have taken a bad since then for Chelsea, the past couple of weeks have showed signs of improvement with Alvaro Morata ending his goal drought and scoring his first goal of 2018 in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City while Olivier Giroud also got his name on the scoresheet for France during the international break.

Tottenham, on the other hand, knows that there is no better time to get their first away Premier League win over Chelsea than this weekend as they face a team short on confidence that is also having some players who are terribly out of form such as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Andreas Christensen. Not only counting on the shortcomings of Chelsea, Spurs have a reason to be optimistic in Heung-min Son who is in a rich vein of form.

Team news

The upcoming match is crucial for both teams and as such they need their top players fit and firing from all angles. If Chelsea lose this game, then it becomes a daunting task to force their way back into the top four while a loss for Spurs will bring Chelsea back into the top four race while possibly widening the gap between them and the teams above the i.e. Manchester United and Liverpool; not counting runaway leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea has Ethan Ampadu out for the rest of the season while David Luiz and Ross Barkley are not expected to feature due to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. Question marks however still linger over the fitness of Thibaut Courtois (hamstring) and Andreas Christensen (fatigue).

Spurs absentees are Harry Winks (ankle), Harry Kane (knee) while Toby Alderweireld's continues his rehabilitation. Harry Kane’s absence means that either Fernando Llorente or Erik Lamela will get the nod to start at Stamford Bridge.

The 2018 Grand National

Following the Cheltenham festival, many punters will be looking for the latest on the Grand National bets and which horses to follow. The race is as always looking very difficult but following the domination at Cheltenham, the Irish may be able to win it again.

They have won it just two times in the last ten runnings of the race just showing how notoriously difficult it is for the visitors to take home the prize. The first of those successes was with Silver Birch in 2007. This was also the first victory in the race for Gordon Elliott who has quickly become one of the best in the business winning the leading trainer title for the last two years at the Cheltenham festival. They then followed this up in 2016 as Rule the World came with a strong late run to land the spoils.

Looking ahead to the 2018 race and the two key Irish challengers heading in look to be Total Recall and Tiger Roll. Total Recall joined maestro Willie Mullins at the start of the season having moved from Sandra Hughes.

He won his first three starts showing a huge amount of improvement on each occasion. He then headed in to the Gold Cup at Cheltenham quietly fancied by many and was traveling well before falling. If this has not dented his confidence and he can continue to improve then he must have a solid chance in providing another winner of the race for his leading connections.

Tiger Roll, on the other hand, was an eye-catching winner at the Cheltenham festival. He contested the Cross Country Chase on unsuitable ground but showed his class in winning by 2 lengths having looked the winner from a long way out. This meant that he also became a three-time Cheltenham festival winner which is an incredible achievement in itself. If he can hold his jumping together round the tough test that Aintree provides then he must have a solid chance of success. He has endless amounts of stamina having won the 4 miler at Cheltenham back in 2017 so this is another key attribute that will be a huge asset heading in to the race. When looking for the winner of the race it normally pays to follow the trends of past winners. We have you covered! Check out the infographic below which covers all you need to know about the previous winners of the famous race.

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U.S. Masters - Golf Betting - Predictions for the 1st 8 places

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US Masters 2017 | Golf Betting Guide & Tips

The 2017 U.S. Masters - Golf Betting - Predictions for the 1st 8 places

Golfers are getting their clubs out of winter storage before hitting the course, failing to warm up, shanking a couple of the first and pulling a muscle on the 2nd tee whilst trying to strike it like Dustin Johnson. There is every chance a biting northerly wind is cutting you in half into the bargain and then you get home to watch the 2017 U.S. Masters. The world’s most neatly maintained course in all its warm spring glory.

This year looks to be a little different as Augusta–Richmond County US is currently being hit by very heavy rain and high winds. Practice rounds have been canceled and the course even had to be evacuated at one point. This will make the course, already a long one, play even longer than usual, suiting the big hitters even more than normal.

US Masters is the only major tournament that is played on the same course every year. Course form is important but coming into the competition in good form is every bit as relevant. Freshmen do not have a good record and Augusta National is a course where a player must learn where he should and should not land the ball. Simply going for the pin isn’t going to work at Augusta National, the better option may be to leave it 15ft away but with a straighter uphill putt. Freshmen playing this season will further be handicapped by the lack of practice rounds due to the poor weather.

Bookmakers get quite competitive for a slice of the first big golf event of the season and we have a few offering each-way terms for the 1st 8 places, which is good news in what is a small field by tournament golf standards, especially when you consider that places are taken up by Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Mark O’Meara and Ian Woosnam.

2 points e/w Jordan Spieth @ 7/1 with SkyBet

Jordan Spieth has become the forgotten man of World Golf in the wake of the rise of Jason Day this year, Dustin Johnson. Jordan Spieth's record at Augusta is excellent. 3 starts with finishing positions of 2/1/2 is the class of the field. Of course but for a rare mental meltdown on the 12th in the final round last year Spieth would have 2 wins and a 2nd place. Many think Jordan Spieth doesn’t have the distance off the tee to win here. Jordan Spieth won this in 2015 with a score of -18, hammering the rest of the field and the conditions then. Jordan Spieth handled the windy conditions here last year well so he will not be fazed by the weather forecast for a wet and windy start to the US Masters tournament.

Jordan Spieth knows how to play this course, when to attack and when to know that par is a good score and be conservative. Jordan Spieth came back to play a couple of practice rounds late last year. Jordan Spieth birdied it on both occasions and he doesn’t seem as a player that is prone to a lack of self-belief.

Rory McIlroy needs a Golf Masters title to complete his career grand Slam, Rory McIlroy has had his own nightmares at Augusta but he has had 3 top 10’s in the last 3 years and his experience should hold him in good stead. As will his distance off the tee, especially with soft fairways and even less run than usual. His very high ball flight is normally a help at Augusta but if we get the strong winds that are forecast, maybe not. Rory McIlroy real weakness is putting. It is hard to have any great confidence in Rory McIlroy when he is over a gettable sub 10 footer or even shorter. A lack of confidence on theses greens will be found out soon enough.

Phil Mickelson has an enviable record around Augusta but it has tailed off a bit now that age is catching up with his arthritic bones. Phil Mickelson's recent form has not been bad but it’s far from his best and odds @ 33/1 seems a bit short. Jason Day has become a regular feature in Golf Majors in recent years but with his recent form of 64/23/55 isn’t very impressive.

Dustin Johnson comes here on the back of 3 consecutive wins which sits well with his last 2 Masters finishes of 6th and 4th. Dustin Johnson can overpower the course with his power game but he can struggle with the finer points of the game and a four-putt in his final round last year ended up costing him dearly. Dustin Johnson's odds @ 7/1 are perfectly reasonable.

Justin Rose will have plenty of backers this weekend. He has learned how to play Augusta over the years with the runners-up spot in 2015 and 10th place last year. Justin Rose is long and straight and he now believes that he is in the elite group that can win the really big events. Justin Rose's recent form has been good rather than stellar but it will be no surprise to see another high finish come Sunday.

Hideki Matsuyama has developed into a good Augusta player with back to back top 10’s in the last two years but his recent form of 25/45/51 suggest he is coming here not in great form and that makes the 25/1 a lot less attractive.

Bubba Watson (2-time champion) is twice that price in places and while his form this year hasn’t been great, a top 10 in his last event means he shouldn’t be ignored, especially on a course that will play long.

Recommended bets:

1 point e/w Bubba Watson @ 40/1 with Bet365

2 points e/w Jordan Spieth @ 7/1 with SkyBet

PL Darts - James Wade vs. Michael Van Gerwen

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James and Michael played each other in the Darts - Premier League two weeks ago and Michael ran out the 7-4 winner.

Michael Van Gerwen has won his last 5 matches and he has hit some top-notch form while Wade has suffered a dip in form, winning just 4 of his last 10 matches.

Michael Van Gerwen played in the Players Championship qualifiers in Milton Keynes last weekend, winning 1 final and losing just 1 match in 13 (5-6 to Adrian Lewis).

Michael Van Gerwen won 77 legs and lost 25 over the weekend, James played one, lost one and he has now lost 4 matches in a row.

James Wade has the lowest PL average of the players that are left in the Darts - Premier League, 95.2 compared to Michael Van Gerwen’s 104.5, James Wade has the worst checkout rate at 34.6% compared to Michael Van Gerwen’s 41.2% and he has the lowest high check out at 121, normally his party piece.

Michael Van Gerwen is a very difficult player to oppose at any time but he’s just about impossible here, given James Wade’s form. Michael Van Gerwen won 7-4 two weeks ago in a game in which James Wade played well with a good + average, Michael Van Gerwen has managed that in 9 PL games this season. Van Gerwen may play as well again and this should be a comfortable win for him.

Recommended bets:

1 point 7-3 win to Michael Van Gerwen @ 7/2 with Bet365

1 point 7-2 win to Michael Van Gerwen @ 5/1 with SkyBet

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