Today’s Best Bet: Wednesday, January 29
Dave Kuzio: Back Liverpool to beat West Ham United by two goals @ 11/4 Paddy Power
Liverpool travel to London to take on West Ham United as the look to win their game in hand and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 19 points.
The Reds are still unbeaten in the Premier League and they have won 14 consecutive league matches. They were pushed all the way when they needed a late goal from Firmino in their 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last Thursday.
Shrewsbury Town gave everyone in the Premier League a bit of hope and a lot to think about when they pushed them all the way in the FA Cup. Granted, Liverpool did have a young side out, but the League One side refused to bow down and they fought back from 2-0 down to earn a replay thanks to two second-half goals from Jason Cummings.
West Ham United are still finding their feet under new manager David Moyes. Since his return to the club, the Hammers have won one, drawn one and lost two. Their last Premier League outing saw them hammered 4-1 away at Leicester City, while they were dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend by Championship side West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool should have no real problems extending their winning run to 15 successive Premier League matches. We are backing the Reds to win this one by two goals.
Today’s Best Bet: Thursday, January 30
Dave Kuzio: Back Warrington to beat Wigan Warriors by 6-10 points @ 6/1 William Hill
Super League returns on Thursday with Wigan Warriors playing host to Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium in what should be a thrilling contest.
Wigan ended the weekly rounds in 2019 in second place – 16 points behind St Helens – and they fell at the final hurdle as they lost at home to Salford Red Devils in the play-off semi-finals. Warrington had a mixed season. They won the Challenge Cup at Wembley but they failed to reach the Grand Final after crashing out in the week one eliminator against Castleford Tigers.
These two local rivals have recruited well in the off-season. Wigan should be handing debuts to Jackson Hastings, George Burgess, Mitch Clark and Jake Bibby. Warrington, on the other hand, are expected to be without marquee signing Gareth Widdop with an ankle injury, but fellow new signings Anthony Gelling and Matty Ashton should all feature.
This game will be won in the pack and we feel the likes of Ben Murdoch-Masila, Ben Currie, Daryl Clark and Jason Clark will hold the key for the Wolves. They will set the platform up the middle of the park to allow the likes of Blake Austin and Stefan Ratchford to take control near Wigan’s line. All eyes will be on ex-NRL halves Austin and Hastings and we think the former will have the edge in this one and we are backing the Wolves to take this one by 6-10 points.
Today’s Best Bet: Friday, January 31
Dave Kuzio: Back St Helens to beat Salford Red Devils by 16-20 points @ 9/2 Betvictor
This is a rematch of the 2019 Grand Final between St Helens and Salford. The Saints won the Grand Final with a 23-6 success at Old Trafford and we expect a similar points margin win in this one for the champions.
St Helens are still the benchmark in Super League for 2020, they were streets ahead of everyone last season and we are backing them to get off to a flying start when they entertain Ian Watson’s men at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
They may not have recruited any new players for the upcoming season, but they have a new coach in Kristian Woolf who is determined to improve on the work done by former boss Justin Holbrook. Woolf has admitted he does not want to change a lot, his main goal is to improve the team as a whole.
An improved Saints side is a frightening thought and we believe we will get glimpses of that on Friday evening. Salford have made a lot of changes to their squad with a couple of big names players leaving the club, such as Josh Jones, Jackson Hastings, George Griffin, Josh Wood, Logan Tomkins and Jake Bibby. Red Devils fans need to be patient, yes they reached the Grand Final but it’s going to take time for this team to gel with so many different changes. Kevin Brown is their number one signing of the off-season, if he keeps fit and hits top form, then Salford will go well. If he doesn’t then they could struggle.
Saying that, a lot of teams will struggle going to St Helens this season. Their back line of Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace, Mark Percival and Kevin Naiqama is one of the best in the competition. We are backing them to shine on Friday with Saints recording a 16-20 points victory over the Red Devils.
Today’s Best Bet: Saturday, February 1
Back Bayern Munich to win to nil against Mainz @ 13/10 Unibet
Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga matches. They are currently second in the table with a points total of 39 thanks to 12 wins, four draws and three defeats. They find themselves just one point behind current leaders RB Leipzig.
Munich have not tasted defeat in the league since going down 2-1 away at Borussia Monchengladbach on December 7. Since then, they have won five games in succession, scoring 20 goals and conceding just two. Their last game was a 5-0 hammering of Schalke on home soil with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Thiago and Serge Gnabry all getting on the score sheet.
Mainz, on the other hand, find themselves down in 15th position with 18 points having just won six games all season. They are just one point above the Bundesliga danger zone. Their current form has seen them lose three consecutive matches.
They have not picked up three points since they hammered Werder Bremen on the road 5-0 on December 17 with Robin Quaison grabbing a first-half hat-trick, while an own goal from Jiri Pavlenka and a late goal from Jean-Philippe Mateta sealed the win.
They come into this Bundesliga encounter on the back of a 3-1 away loss against Borussia Monchengladbach depite taking the lead through Quaison after 11 minutes.
Bayern Munich have scored 55 goals already this season and conceded just 22. We are expecting them to hit the goal trail once again and also not concede a goal for their fourth straight league game.
Today’s Best Bet: Sunday, February 2
Back Castleford Tigers to beat Toronto Wolfpack by 13+ points @ 6/4 Paddy Power
All the talk ahead of the start of the Super League is the signing of former All Black and ex-NRL star Sonny Bill Williams by Toronto Wolfpack. It is like everyone has forgotten they have an opponent to play.
Toronto Wolfpack coach Brian McDermott has already admitted he will only throw Sonny Bill Williams in for his Super League debut if he feels he is 100% fit. Having said that, we cannot see SBW not taking to the field for this one. Williams is arguably the biggest signing in the history of Super League. Everyone wants to see him play.
This game is the Wolfpack’s first in Super League, but it won’t be held in Canada. Due to the harsh winters in Canada, Toronto will be playing their first three ‘home’ games on the road. This was is being held at Leeds’ Headingley ground as part of a Super League double header.
There has been a lot of hype around the Wolfpack and SBW, many have forgotten that they are kicking off their campaign against a very dangerous side.
Castleford will be quietly seething that they are being overlooked in this game and we believe they will do all their talking on the field. Daryl Powell is an excellent coach and he likes to turn things to his advantage. He will have told his team that everyone is more interested in SBW than them and that they should go out and prove that this competition is bigger than just one player.
We have backed Toronto to finish in the top five, but the Tigers will be too strong for them in week one. We are backing Cas to come out on top by 11-15 points.