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Bet of the Day: Wednesday, July 17


Each day the Bettingpro.com team will pick out the bet we consider to be the 'banker' bet for that day. Check our profitability for the week and get our latest Bet of the Day betting tips & predictions.

Back Nigeria to beat Tunisia in African Cup of Nations 3rd Place Play-off

It is the game nobody who competes in the African Cup of Nations wants to take part in, but before Nigeria and Tunisia can head home they must go head-to-head in the Third-Place Play-off. So who will sign off on a positive note?

Nigeria suffered supreme heartbreak as they were beaten by Algeria in the semi-finals. The Super Eagles looked to have taken the tie to extra-time when Odion Igahlo’s penalty cancelled out a William Troost own-goal that had given the Algerians the lead, but there hopes of making the final were destroyed deep into added time when Riyad Mahrez produced a sublime free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game to snatch a 2-1 victory for his nation.

That left the stunned Nigerians facing up to a third-place play-off against a Tunisia side who did not go down without a fight when they faced outright favourites Senegal in the semi-finals. Both sides saw penalty kicks saved before the match went into extra-time, and it was during this extra period that the decisive moment came as Tunisian defender Dylan Bronn put past his own goalkeeper to hand Senegal a 1-0 victory. Just like the Nigerians, it was a devastating semi-final loss for the Tunisians, but can they now lift themselves?

The bookmakers are making this a close contest in the Match Betting market and that is no real surprise because neither side will have a great deal of motivation heading into this one, and the two coaches could perhaps opt to give some fringe players a run-out. However, it is hard to ignore the fact that Nigeria are the better team with better individual talent, so I am going to back the Super Eagles to wrap things up with a victory in 90 minutes on Wednesday. 

Bet of the Day: Thursday, July 18

Back Kilmarnock to beat Connah’s Quay 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0

Kilmarnock left it late, but they were able to return home from Wales with a first-leg lead and they will now look to complete the job, and book their place in the next round of Europa League qualifying, when they welcome Connah’s Quay to Rugby Park for the return meeting on Thursday night.

The Welsh club produced a stubborn resistance in the first leg and stunned the visitors from the Scottish Premiership when they edged ahead on 75 minutes. At that point Kilmarnock’s first match in Europe for almost 20 years looked like it could end in a shock loss, but they showed their battling qualities seven minutes later when Eamonn Brophy converted a penalty after Chris Burke had been brought down in the box, and they then completed the comeback in added time when Stuart Findlay headed home.

Killie will be hoping to avoid similar drama in this second leg clash and I believe they will, although I am not convinced that they will run away with this one. They had a real tough time getting to grips with the physicality of their hosts in the first leg tie and while they do still possess a strong squad, they have been weakened by the loss of Jordan Jones to Rangers and the departure of the man who put it all together for them last season, Steve Clarke.

They may not be at full speed yet, but they should have enough about them to get the job done here and I do expect a clean sheet to come with the win. While Killie have changed managers in the summer, it is hard not to believe that new chief, Angelo Alessio, will look to adopt the same approach as his predecessor. They will be well-drilled and organised at the back, while grabbing a decisive goal or two at the other end to advance to the next round.

Bet of the Day: Friday, July 19

Back Algeria to beat Senegal in African Cup of Nations Final

As expected Algeria and Senegal will go head-to-head in Friday night’s African Cup of Nations Final, and the bookmakers are having hard time separating the two sides that have headed up the upright betting ever since the tournament got underway.

Algeria have enjoyed a flawless run to the final of this competition, winning all six of their matches so far. They cruised through the group stage without conceding a single goal and then swept aside Guinea in the last-16 before battling past the Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals. The Algerians needed a penalty shoot-out to settle that fixture, but they managed to avoid repeat scenes in the semi-finals when a last-gasp free-kick from Riyad Mahrez snatched a 2-1 victory over Nigeria. So can they complete a perfect campaign with one more victory on Friday night?

Senegal may not have been flawless in their run to the final, but they have won five of their six fixtures while conceding one solitary goal. That rock-solid defence has made some bookmakers give them the slight edge in the outright betting market, but there are two things that have me questioning that decision. For starters, Senegal may have won five games without conceding a single goal, but those matches were hardly against top-tier opposition. Algeria are easily the toughest team they will face in this competition, and that brings me to my second point.

These two teams have already gone head-to-head once in this year’s African Cup of Nations and it was Algeria who came out on top, becoming the only team to take points off Senegal and score against them during this tournament when Youcef Belaili struck early in the second half. It was Algeria’s fourth victory in their last five meetings with Senegal and they have not lost to their fellow African nation since a 1-0 defeat during World Cup qualifying over a decade ago, so I am backing them to come out on top once again here to be crowned kings of the continent.

Bet of the Day: Saturday, July 20

Back David Allen to beat David Price in Rounds 1-6

Saturday night sees two more British heavyweights go head-to-head, with David Allen and David Price going head-to-head on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s clash with Oscar Rivas as the o2 Arena in London. The winner will move a step closer to possibly challenging new British champion Daniel Dubois, while the loser could find themselves having to deal with a career-ending loss. So who takes it?

Price made his professional debut a decade ago and big things were expected of the giant Liverpudlian, with many proclaiming him the next big heavyweight star in British boxing. He looked like living up to that billing when he embarked on a 15-fight win streak that included an impressive 73-second knockout of John McDermott. However, his stock nose-dived in 2013 when he suffered shock TKO defeats at the hands of Tony Thompson, and it never truly recovered as he developed a reputation for having a week chin. Price has been stopped several more times since then, leading to calls for him to retire, but he soldiers on and he will be desperate to put himself in the British heavyweight title picture with a victory here.

His opponent, Dave Allen, is another man who has become something of a journeyman in the heavyweight division, compiling a 17-4-2 record since turning professional almost seven years ago. He does have a couple of big-name defeats on his record having previously lost to Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz, but he goes into this bout on the back of an impressive three-round stoppage of Lucas Browne back in April and with a 61% knockout percentage he will almost certainly fancy his chances of testing Price’s questionable chin.

I like his chances too. Allen is available at backable odds for a KO/TKO, but I am looking for a price that is a little bigger in this fight and that is why I am backing him to win in the first six rounds. All but one of Price’s six stoppage losses (including the bout with Erkan Teper that was turned to a No Contest) have come inside the first six rounds, and all it will take is for Allen to land one big shot that scramble his opponent’s senses and bring the fight to a close.

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Bettingpro's writers cover a huge amount of sports every single day but, with so many different matches happening across football, tennis, darts, rugby, cricket and many other sports, the best bets of the day can get lost. This means that the diamond of a bet in League One could get buried under the tips for Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, The Championship and so on. Therefore, we endeavour to bring you the best bets all in one place, giving you the ultimate one stop place for the best bets on that particular day. 

These best bets will generally come form a lower profile football or tennis match, while they may differ from the opinions espoused elsewhere on the site. 

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This is because the object of the Bet of the Day is to be something of a banker, a selection that can be taken with confidence based on the opinion of our writers and the statistical evidence. It may not always be a fantastic priced selection but the aim is to provide a winner and thus ensure a profit at the end of the week.

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