Tennis again dominates today. The Irish Premier Division has only a couple of matches. My day is disrupted today. Apologies. I have had 2 long sessions under the belt and really enjoying it. I was looking forward to the same today. I will try and tweet @drtclub but may miss the 11:30 am openers.
Sorana Cirstea v Garbiñe Muguruza - 1.29 Muguruza
- 66th v 6th.
- Straight sets Muguruza win in 2017 Australia Open.
- Cirstea is through because of Sands' misfortune.
- The Strycova win 6-1 6-0 v Garbine at Eastbourne has me scratching my head. Where did that come from and what was the cause?
- Cirstea should not be winning this from what I saw of her at Eastbourne, provided Garbine has rebooted since Eastbourne.
David Ferrer v Tomas Berdych - 1.21 Berdych
- 32nd v 13th.
- 7-7 head to heads. Berdych won the 2 in 2016 at about 1.7 odds.
- Ferrer is here thanks to a Darcis retirement. I think this is a step too far for Ferrer.
- He may be a thorn in the side but not win.
- Ferrer should not be winning 3-0 if he goes 1-0 or 2-0 up.
Grigor Dimitrov v Dudi Sela - 1.11 Dimitrov
- Obvious win for Grigor v Baggy. Sela delighted to have taken John Isner out.
- On that basis, 1.11 is far too short for Grigor.
- 4 consecutive head to head wins for Grigor though.
- Sela took advantage of tie break king Isner.
- Semi finals for Dimi at Queens where he lost to Lopez. He should eventually win. Why lay him at 1.11? For me it is too short off the bat.
- Sela is a Challenger player and should be outclassed but if he can only do what he did v Isner we will have some occasions where Dimi's odds will rise.
Ernests Gulbis v Djokovic - 1.09 Djokovic
- 169th v 2nd.
- Novak tends to win head to heads but dropped a set last 2 set to heads.
- Del Potro seemed to carry a hip injury, undisclosed beforehand. This will be the first test for Novak.
- I will lay Novak at 1.1 here today. If Gulbis plays to yesterday's level, he will test Novak.
Alljaz Bedene v Gilles Muller - 1.4 Muller
- 68th v 28th.
- 3 setter on grass this year was won by Muller.
- 5 setter and 4 setter so far for Bedene tells us if he wins first set here (and he could) he will not be winning 3-0.
- Muller had an almighty tussle with Luke Rosol and I thought he was doomed. He hit a high of 7 and won the final 2 sets.
- Look out today for high odds on Muller and him seemingly backed into a corner. As a grass court tournament winner and semi finalist, he is adept on grass. Do not forget that if all looks doomed today.
Kei Nishikori v Roberto Bautista Agut - 1.43 Kei
- Kei is like Del Potro. He is prone to injury and in not disclosing said injury before a match.
- 7th v 18th. Agut will be a strong opponent.
- It is 4-0 Kei though in head to heads so he seems to have Agut's number.
- 4 setter for Kei v 101st saw 2 tie breakers. He seems to be another player who, if fit, is backable if his odds drift out.
- Kei retired in Halle. This goes back to my Del Potro mention above. If you can, watch this match to see if Kei is in good nick.
- Comfortable for Agut to date.
- Kei fits into the type of player Agut has trouble beating. Recent victors have included Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
- I could see Agut maybe getting a set but not winning.
Victoria Azarenka v Heather Watson - 1.47 Vic
- Guernsey's Finest takes on an Azarenka on the come back trail and on that basis, Azarenka is tough to read.
- 319th v 111th. Ignore the rankings for Azarenka.
- 26th ranked Sevastova was the latest victim of Guernsey's Finest.
- I would be a layer of Azarenka if Az wins the first set here today. Heather did look solid v a solid Sevastova. This may be a lay the first set winner match as Heather's 6-0 first set saw a far more competitive 2nd set.
Steve Johnson v Marin Cilic - 1.17 Cilic
- 25th v 8th.
- Last year at Queens SJ won the first set but lost the match.
- Semi Finalist and Finalist on grass for Cilic prior to Wimbledon.Yet to drop a set so far.
- SJ won in 4 sets v 81st.
- I cannot see an SJ win.
Johanna Konta v Maria Sakkari - 1.17 Konta
- 7th v 96th.
- The shortest odds for Konta in some time today.
- Her win over Donna Vekic is very impressive given Vekic beat her at Nottingham.
- No head to heads.
- 57th and 38th the players Maria has beaten. This is a leap.
- Be with Konta here today. Collateral form? Sakkari lost to Vekic in straight sets in Nottingham.
Rafael Nadal v Karen Khachanov - 1.09 Nadal
- I like Karen and will lay Rafa at 1.1 despite his highly likely win today.
- 5th v 56th.
- No head to heads.
- 5 sets and 4 sets for Karen suggests if he wins the first set he will not win 3-0.
- Karen has lost to Murray and Federer (taking last set to tie breaker) so is likely to end up a loser but has the game to test Nadal today.
Andy Murray v Fabio Fognini - 1.08 Andy
- If we were in Roma, I would give Foggy a solid chance here. But we are in Andy's back yard.
- 1st v 29th. Foggy won in Rome this year in 2 straight sets and with that fresh in his memory, Andy is an automatic lay at 1.09.
- Remember with these short lays we might not get much scope for profit. Laying Cilic at 1.05 yesterday saw a get out at 1.3 and that is what I would look for, for these shorties.
- Some of you might want to stay in as liabilities are low and potential profits are great.
Kevin Anderson v Ruben Bemelmans - 1.14 Kevin
- Anderson seems back up and running and has a serve to work with on grass.
- 66th v 133rd.
- 3 tie breakers in 2 matches for Kevin so he may give Ruben a shout here.
- 5 setter for Ruben v Medvedev saw a successful trade as Ruben won the first 2 sets, lost the next 2 sets.
- More of that please today Ruben as Kevin should not be losing 3-0.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Sam Querrey - 1.4 Jo
- 11th v 27th.
- 4-1 Tsonga head to heads. At Wimbledon 2014, we had a 5 setter and 14-12 last set. Remember what Sam did to Novak last year here.
- 3 setter (tie break first set), 4 setter for Sam suggests if he is to win it will not be 3-0.
- I don't have an ultra strong angle bar laying any leader 2-0 /0-2 sets up.
Gael Monfils v Adrian Mannarino - 1.25 Monfils
- 17th v 51st.
- These 2 met in Wimbledon 2015 and saw a 3 setter with the first set a tie breaker.
- Mannarino is lucky to be here. Lopez would have beaten him first round but retired. Sugita gave him the 5 set battle you'd expect of a 1.83 pre match favourite.
- Monfils should be winning here. A final at Eastbourne, and yet to drop a set here. Mannarino is living on borrowed time after dodging the Lopez bullet.
Naomi Osaka v Venus Williams - 1.36 Venus
- It seems we get some trading angles with our Venus.
- 46th v 12th.
- No relevant head to head.
- Similar form so far in Wimbledon. Both players 2 set opener included a tie breaker. Then a 3 setter.
- 7 losses in 9 for Osaka suggests her Wimbledon ends today.No warm up tournament for Venus.
- I hope we see an Osaka opening set win. Venus looks reliable from behind.
Dominika Cibulkova v Ana Konjuh - 1.95 Dom
- The odds tell you this will be Dominika's first test.
- Slight drop in her odds from the 110 I backed her at in the outright winner market. Down to 90 now.
- If she wins this, the odds should drop further.
- 4th v 34th.
- 3 set win for Dom at the French Open head to head in 2016.
- 76th and 78th the rankings Dom has beaten so far at Wimbledon. In her 3 warm up events on grass, she was dumped out in the first round.
- 115th and 33rd the rankings Ana has beaten.
- The market cannot split these 2 players which usually indicates a 3 setter so lay the first set winner.
Shuai Peng v Simona Halep - 1.38 Halep
- 37th v 5th.
- No head to heads.
- It took 3rd ranked Pliskova to beat Peng at Eastbourne. The first set was a tie breaker.
- She also beat 22nd ranked Bacsinsky.
- In 3 of her last 4 grass court matches, Peng has seen a tie breaker first set.
- I would hope for that today, only for Peng to win it so we get better odds on Halep.
- 3 3 setters for Halep at Eastbourne. 2 2 setters so far at Wimbledon and she was tested by Maia who threatened to take a set but did not manage it.
Alison Riske v Coco Vandeweghe - 1.52 Coco
- 39th v 23rd.
- Riske has won the last 3 head to heads, albeit Coco retired in one of those.
- Riske's beating of Mladenovic is a solid bit of form for me and suggests Coco is layable if Coco wins the first set.
- 103rd and 81st so far beaten by Coco this Wimbledon. At Eastbourne she did beat Johanna Konta.
- I do think this match has the feel of a lay the first set winner about it. Ready preference for a Coco first set win as her odds will be shorter to lay.
19:45 - Drogheda v Finn Harps - 2.82 Finn Harps
- 0-2 Drogs the last time these 2 met.
- This is 11th v 9th in the Irish Premier Division.
- Only 4 wins.
- Failed to score in 7 of their last 8 matches.
- Failed to score last 4 at home.
- Only 4 home defeats.
- Unbeaten at home v 8th and lower - scored 2 v 10th and 12th at home.
- 5 wins only.
- Failed to score last 3 matches.
- Only 2 clean sheets.
- No win in 5 away.
- 2-1 1-2 v 10th and 12th away.
- Clearly these 2 are meeting teams at their level and we could see an end to the inabilities to score.
- I would back 2-2 here or 2-1/1-2 and trade out if 1-1.
- I will opt for the former today, 2-2 as the odds will be big given both sides' failure to score recently.
19:45 - Galway v Limerick- 2.56 Limerick
- 1-1 in the last head to head.
- This is 6th v 12th in the Irish Premier Division.
- Only 2 wins all season.
- Only 1 clean sheet.
- v 6th and lower, 8 score draws, a 2-1 win and a 1-2 loss and a 0-1 loss. Tend to see both teams score.
- 2 wins this season were 2-1 at home.
- Only 4 clean sheets.
- Unbeaten v 10th and lower scoring 2 goals at least on 4 occasions.
- 2-2-5-1-2-2 goals scored in recent matches.
- No 0-0's.
- This is another match where I would back 1-1 and 2-2 as trading angles.
- Both teams tend to score in Galway matches, albeit without them winning. I include the 2-2 because Limerick have been scoring 2 goals of late at least in recent matches.