Archive for February, 2011

Roger Federer Vs. Somdev Devvarman Match Analysis

February 26, 2011

Roger Federer faced Somdev Devvarman of India, who received a wildcard into the main draw, in the first round at the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The young Indian was heavily favored in this part of the world and that is not a surprising fact. At South Africa earlier in February, the 80th ranked Indian’s last match was a loss in the final. Between the two this was the first ever meeting.

Over Somdev Devvarman Roger Federer enjoyed a routine victory. In front of a packed Centre Court full of an evening crowd, it took Federer only 75 minutes to comfortably claim the match 6-3 6-3. while also holding serve and avoiding break points, Federer broke his opponent three times. By playing his idol, Devvarman was perhaps overwhelmed by the occasion. Federer expressed satisfaction and said that he didn’t want to underestimate his opponent, who is not well known on the tour yet, after the match.

The world’s top men are ready to play at the 2011Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the women’s competition ended last week. As the world’s number 1 Rafael Nadal is still recovering from a hamstring injury, Roger Federer, who is currently ranked number 2 in the world, is the first seed in Dubai. Since a complete beat down loss at the Australian Open semifinals, this was Federer’s first match.

Federer, who often takes several weeks a year to practice in the scorching sun of this oasis, Duabi is familiar territory for him. Federer has held the trophy in Dubai four times before which is also worth mentioning. The last time Fed claimed the title was back in 2007 though.

When Federer lost to Andy Murray in the second round of the 2008 tournament, as well, he doesn’t have a sweet memory of his last match in Dubai. As he arrived early and visited the new Dubai Fountain, from which he could take some inspiration, three years later, the Swiss Maestro is ready to make a statement.

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Weekend Clash Between Colorado Avalanche And San Jose Sharks

February 17, 2011

This weekend in a game between two Western Conference teams, the San Jose Sharks will battle against the Colorado Avalanche. With a record of 31-21-6 on the season, the Sharks are the 7th best team in the league in terms of record this season. This season, the Avalanche are the 2nd worst team in the conference.

While Colorado is way back at 100-1, San Jose is at 16-1 in NHL betting lines Odds to win the Stanley Cup this season.

Despite the fact that they are near the cellar of the conference, interestingly enough, the Avalanche are not all that bad. On the season, they are actually just one game under .500 at 25-26-6. They have been outscored by their opponents by 24 goals this season while their record isn’t terrible.

Even though the Sharks are not very dominant in many aspects, they are a pretty solid team on all fronts. By limiting the Shark’s power play opportunities is the key to limiting the productivity of their offense. By converting 21.9 percent of the time, the 4th best average in the league, they are a very effective team on the power play.

As the Western Conference playoff picture is extremely crowded, the Sharks need to pull out wins against weaker teams like Colorado. Even though the Avalanche can definitely play the role of a spoiler this season, they may not be able to make a run for the playoffs with so many teams in contention.

Although the Avalanche are allowing 3.4 goals per game, they are excellent offensively. If the Sharks allow the Avalanche to set the pace of this game, this game could turn into a shootout.

Vancouver Canucks Will Clash With Calgary Flames This Weekend

February 9, 2011

This weekend the Vancouver Canucks will take on the Calgary Flames in Vancouver.  The Canucks have been the superior team even as both of these teams have had solid seasons to this point. With a 35-10-9 record this season the Canucks are atop the conference.

Closer to game time, at online sportsbooks, check out NHL Betting.

It seems the Canucks are solid in every aspect of the game. They allow just 2.3 goals per game on defense as averaging 3.4 goals a game they have the 2nd best offense in the NHL.  In the league, this is the 3rd best average. In terms of power play percentage and penalty kill percentage, they are also one of the best teams.

At Left Wing the Canucks are led by Daniel Sedin. He has been a key facilitator for the Canucks on offense as he has 69 points on the season.  In order to limit the impact that Sedin has on the game, the Flames will need to try to find a way. To stop up and make plays this will force another player.

Even though the Flames seem to find a way to win games they are pretty much a middle of the pack team in most statistical categories. For the Flames Jarome Iginla is the main offensive force. Having dished out the most assists of any player on his team, he is the leading scorer. To have a big game against the Canucks, the Flames will need him.

The Canucks are certainly favored in this game even as the Flames do have an opportunity.

NCAAB March Madness Betting

February 2, 2011

The college basketball season is already two thirds of the way through which means it’s time to look at picks for March Madness.

The last four years have seen a top seed in one of the brackets prevailing with the Duke Blue Devils in 2010, the North Caolina Tar Heels in 2009, the Kansas Jayhawks in 2008 and the Florida Gators in 2007 all entering the tournaments as top seeds in their respective brackets.

If you want to make any money on March Madness odds in the futures market, you need to pick teams that are in a good position to finish in one of the top seeds. With the college basketball betting season already two thirds of the way done, we’re in a good position to look at the March Madness futures for teams that are likely to finish as top teams. In particular, we look for teams that are in position now to qualify as a top team and teams in position to make a late charge and take top spot.

Top Teams Right Now

The Duke Blue Devils may not be the top team in the League, but at +320 they have the best odds. While the Blue Devils are the defending champions, it is hard to justify taking them at this number. The ACC is down this year and they really haven’t proven that much. They do have a win over a number two team Kansas State, but Kansas State has since fallen hard.

They don’t have any big tests on the horizon, so don’t be surprised to see them enter the tournament as one of the top seeded teams which means you can almost book them in the Elite Eight which is a big advantage, but their odds are just too low to justify spending any money in an event as unpredictable as March Madness.

The number one team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes, comes in next at +420. A good case can be made for the top team in the nation. They have overcome a number of tests including overcoming an 18-point deficit against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They have a number of big tests left, so don’t be surprised to see them lose a game or two, but the competition will be good for them once the spring tournament starts.

The Kansas Jayhawks look tempting at +1000 because of their one-loss record and strong play annually, but they haven’t faced a lot of tests and seem like the best candidate for falling off with three more games against ranked teams.

A better bet is the lone team to beat the Jayhawks, the Texas Longhorns at +2000. The Longhorns have faced more ranked teams and, in most cases, prevailed. They also don’t have any ranked teams left on their schedule which puts them in a pretty good position to take the Big 12.

Teams Making a Late Charge

The Pittsburgh Panthers +2000 are the strong bet to take a top seed from one of the four aforementioned teams. The Panthers have a win over Texas and have played well despite a fairly strong schedule. The biggest challenge for the Panthers will be the Villanova Wildcats who were one of the top teams for most of the season before falling off badly last week. If they get their game back together, they will be a big threat as these two teams have two meetings left.

A strong alternative to the Panthers, depending on how worried you are about Villanova, is the UConn Huskies at +2000 who have already proven themselves against a number of ranked teams, but their remaining schedule is full of pitfalls starting tomorrow with another team that has dropped precipitously, the Syracuse Orange.

Conclusion

Texas is by far the best college basketball bet based on risk and reward. Their path from here to the Elite Eight is the easiest and they have enough wins over quality opposition to believe they have a chance to go all the way once they get there.

UConn and Pittsburgh both pay the same as Texas, but Texas has a much easier path from here forward and represents a better value.

Duke and Ohio State are solid choices, but not worth the investment in my opinion while Kansas still has a lot to prove.

UFC 126: Preview – Forrest Griffin Vs. Rich Franklin

February 1, 2011

At this Saturday’s UFC 126 event, in a light heavyweight bout Forrest Griffin will fight with Rich Franklin.

In UFC betting odds Franklin is a -170 moneyline favorite.

They are still relevant in the sport, what both of these fighters are out to prove. Many people are questioning whether or not they are still truly contenders for the title as each of them has lost 2 fights recently.

Each managed to turn things around with wins in their most recent fights even as they have both lost 2 fights recently. Yet, Franklin’s fight was definitely more impressive than Griffin’s. By split decision over Tito Ortiz, Griffin won. Griffin still was unable to put him away as Ortiz is getting older.

Even though Franklin was able to knock out his opponent, he also fought against an aging fighter. Franklin pushed him closer to retirement with a knockout victory as Chuck Liddell was considering retirement already.

It is clear that Franklin has the advantage in most categories when looking at the stats from these two fighters. His skills appear to be more developed as he has the better career record at 28-5. He gets more takedowns than Griffin as he is rated as a better striker. Griffin’s age will be the biggest advantage. When a fighter will get pushed over the edge and will not perform at a high level anymore, you never know. Compare to Franklin, Griffin is 5 years younger.

While the loser likely to fall from the limelight, the winner of this fight will expected to jump back into fame.