What to bet on today - bookies odds for 20th April

So, have you got money on the cricket matches ending as a draw yet? I personally made sure I backed several of them to a draw, so at least the rain will make someone happy. Even if it’s raining its arse off at an empty ground, it’s still more interesting than the IPL. If you want to argue with me on that count, go for it. I ain’t listening. Today’s looking quiet, as we’ve got a busy weekend ahead of us, but there’s still some action to look forward to.

First of all, bottom club Newcastle have it all to do in the rugby union, and they take on Saracens at home. Saracens, however, have some terrific away results under their belt this season, with wins at Bath, Leicester, London Irish, Sale and Wasps. They should be able to turn over this weak Newcastle side, with 6 points to spare and you’ll get 10/11 with Paddy Power.

There’s potential value to be had in Germany, with struggling - yet improving Wolfsburg travelling to Mainz, and they’re 11/4 - have a look at Vitibet for the stats and delve right in there. It’s all free, and I love it. If you’re into the Belgian Second Division, Vitibet is recommending that you back Red Star Waasland - who have won 13 of their last 16 home games, scoring over 2 goals per game in the process. They’re taking on SK Sint Niklaas who are shipping at least two goals per game away from home, having won just three games in 16. Come on, Red Star!

Over in the MLB, it’s Yankees at Red Sox, and the Sox are in no mood to enjoy the celebrations - 100 years at Fenway Park - but so far, they’ve been appalling. Bobby Valentine may have taken the useless Mets to the postseason, but so far, not so good and the players don’t like him much.

Yes, I’m a Sox fan, so I declare my interest right here. I have no interest in seeing the detested Yanks win at Fenway, and perhaps - just perhaps - the Red Sox will overturn the form book and do what they did to the Yanks so regularly last season - i.e. win. It’s not one I’d bet on, though. The team to back at the moment is the Washington Nationals - and we haven’t said that very often in recent years. The Nationals have slowly accumulated some real talent, from Jayson Werth to the young pitcher Strasburg. They host the Miami Marlins on Friday, and are worth a little tipple.

Finally, casting our eyes to the weekend, I mentioned elsewhere here in my French election betting blog, that the polls have been pointing to a narrow Sarkozy lead in the first round, but for Hollande to trounce him in the run-in. If you want to follow those polls (they have been wrong in the past in France), and say Sarko to win the first half, Hollande to win the second, Paddy Power are offering odds of 11/4.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at the weekend betting. In the meantime, come on Red Sox, sort it out for chrissakes.

published: 19th April 2012 by Free Bet Bookmaker

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