It is Friday and that means only one thing: it is time for the weekend sports multi.
Last week, if you had a bet on the multi you received a return of just over $10 (per dollar invested) after Sauber’s Sergio Perez limped home to be 9th in the European Grand Prix. I don’t know what I was cheering more loudly: Mark Webber’s charge through the field to pick up 4th or Perez holding on to put Shumpty’s Punt fans in the cash.
Off the back of that result, I have come up with a 5 leg multi that I am again pretty confident will see followers laughing all the way to the bank. All odds have been sourced from sportsbet.com.au.
The multi this week kicks off tonight with the Reds visiting the Rebels at AAMI Park. The Reds need to keep winning to keep their finals hopes alive however the Rebels will be farewelling some of their star players who will be donning the Rebels’ jersey for the last time at home. I think the Reds have too much firepower in this one and will cover the line.
Leg one: Reds to cover the line (-9.5) at $1.92
For the second leg, attention turns to the Texas and MLB where the Texas Rangers host the Oakland As. The Rangers send their in form Matt Harrison to the mound and have an offence that is firing on all cylinders (save for their superstar Josh Hamilton who has hit .200 in June). I think the Rangers will score a heap of runs off Oakland’s rookie starter A.J. Griffin whilst restricting the opportunities for the As to score. That all means that I am tipping the Rangers to cover the line in this one.
Leg two: Texas Rangers to cover the line (-1.5 runs) at $1.89
Leg three comes from the AFL and the Bombers v Bulldogs game from Etihad Stadium. James Hird has his young Bombers side flying at the moment while the Western Bulldogs have been more than a bit pedestrian this year. Like the Baby Bombers of the early 90s, the Bombers are winning games through speed in the mid field and tough defence. The Bulldogs will not score enough points to challenge the Bombers and I expect them to run away with the game in the fourth quarter. Again I am tipping the Bombers to cover the line.
Leg three: Bombers to cover the line (-28.5 points) at $1.92
At the same time as the Bombers will be taking on the Bulldogs, the fourth leg of our multi will be kicking off at nib Stadium in Perth where the Western Force will be hosting the Brumbies. The Brumbies have been the form Australian team in Super 15 rugby this year and I expect them to rise to the challenge of the Western Force’s blue army to win this game in what could be a tight one. I am tipping the Brumbies to cover the line.
Leg four: Brumbies to cover the line (-4.5 points) at $1.92
This week’s final leg sees me break one of my cardinal rules and place a bet on the NRL. The Cowboys will be without their talismatic leader in Jonathan Thurston as well as their key forward Matt Scott for their visit across the ditch to take on the New Zealand Warriors. The Warriors are enigmatic at the best of times but I expect them to put a score on the Cowboys in this one and cover the line.
Leg five: Cowboys to cover the line (-14.5 points) at $1.92
This week I have not tipped any particular banker and am happy with the five legs which, if successful, will return $25.68 for every dollar invested.
Good luck to all if you are having a punt and remember, as always, if you can not afford to make the bet: don’t. Is pretty simple really.