The weekend has finally rolled around again and it’s a big one for the summer sports.
From the A-League to WBBL, we’ve got you covered for the best bets over the next few days.
Home-ground advantage simply does not exist when it comes to clashes between the Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets.
The away side has won four of the past five clashes but it is not a new trend by any means.
Newcastle will start Sunday afternoon’s clash with the Roar as $2 favourites with Ladbrokes.
But that could be under the odds considering the Jets have won just four of their 19 home games against Brisbane at Hunter Stadium.
It is not the only fixture in the A-League this weekend where the visiting side has the edge over their rivals.
The Western Sydney Wanderers have not beaten the Central Coast Mariners at home since 2016 and the away side has won four of the past six games played between the two rivals.
However, the market suggests that streak will end this weekend.
Western Sydney have been installed as $1.60 favourites and the Mariners are $5 to record their first victory of the season.
There will be some extremely short-priced favourites in the NBL this weekend and none shorter than the perennial powerhouse Perth Wildcats.
The Wildcats will take on Cairns in Perth on Sunday afternoon and they are currently $1.22 favourites while $4.30 is available for a Taipans upset.
This is the shortest that a team has started in the NBL this season and there is an argument to be made that Perth should be wound in further given the Wildcats won seven games in a row before Round 8 started and Cairns have lost their past eight.
The Adelaide 36ers are $1.33 to beat the Illawarra Hawks ($3.35) in the second game on Sunday and Melbourne United are the same price to take care of the Brisbane Bullets on Monday.
Easily the most competitive betting match of the week is the encounter between the New Zealand Breakers and the Sydney Kings.
Auckland’s Spark Arena is no longer the fortress that it once was for the Breakers. They have lost eight of their past 13 games at the venue and Sydney will start as $1.80 favourites.
We are set for one of the biggest games of the year in the English Premier League this weekend as Chelsea host Manchester City in a top-four clash.
City have been dominant over the past couple of months and, even though this game is being played at Stamford Bridge, they are $1.87 favourites with Ladbrokes.
The Sky Blues have won their past six games by a combined total of 22 goals to three and they are yet to lose a game this season.
Add in the fact that they have won two of their past three at Stamford Bridge and it really is tough to bet against the Manchester City juggernaut.
They are now $1.17 fancies to win back-to-back titles for the first time in their history.
Given the talent possessed by the Sydney Sixers in the women’s Big Bash, their opening-round loss to the Melbourne Stars was a major shock.
A two-time reigning champion with the likes of Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashlee Gardner, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanna Kapp, up against a team in the Stars who have never finished better than fifth.
But punters need not lose faith.
While the Perth Scorchers possess more than a couple of match winners – Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani – the Sixers are dripping with talent. While they have fallen behind the Scorchers in the title market following the opening week results, it merely means better value.
We see it time and time again in the Australian football codes – the new coach bounce.
It’s when a long-time mentor is sacked mid-season and all of a sudden the new voice in the top job has an immediate effect.
The Green Bay Packers became the second NFL franchise to part ways with their coach mid-season when, after 13 years at the helm, Mike McCarthy was punted following Sunday’s loss to lowly Arizona.
The Cleveland Browns sacked Hue Jackson after a dismal two and a half seasons in charge and have subsequently gone 2-2, including back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014.
The post-McCarthy era starts for the Packers against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, a team who has been almost as disappointing this season.
Green Bay is $1.40 to salute. It helps that the game is at home, against a pretty ordinary team and your quarterback is one of the best to have ever played the game.
Kingston Town Classic – Material Man @ $9.50
Material Man went into the Railway Stakes first-up, with a big weight on his back, and produced a tough effort to finish third. The return to weight-for-age suits him and the step up to 1800 metres is ideal. He finished second behind Pounamu in this race 12 months ago and he can go one better in 2018.
A-League – Melbourne Victory To Beat Adelaide United @ $1.90
The Melbourne Victory have won four on the trot after a slow start to the season. They should be able to extend their winning streak when they take on Adelaide United. Melbourne have won five of their past seven games against Adelaide and they have won nine of their past 13 as home favourites.
NFL – Buffalo Bills To Cover The Line (-3.5 Points) Against New York Jets
The Buffalo Bills have found some form in recent weeks and they really should be going into this clash on the back of three straight wins. They have won and covered the line in their past two games as home favourites, while the New York Jets have won only one of their past nine games as away underdogs.
EPL – Crystal Palace To Beat West Ham @ $3.20
Crystal Palace ended a tough run of results with a strong win over Burnley and they are a better side than their position on the table suggests. They have won three of their past five games against West Ham as underdogs and the Hammers have won only four of their past 10 games as home favourites for a clear loss.