The 98th Tour de France gets underway on Saturday 2nd July, as the best cyclists in the world embark on the most prestigious event in cycling and one of the most gruelling physical and mental challenges in sport. The 2011 tour will see 198 racers cover over 3,400km in 21 stages across 23 days. It is always a popular betting market and provides a range of opportunities for punters, ranging from the Outright Winner to King of the Mountains market.

It will come as no surprise to anyone with even only a limited knowledge of cycling to learn that the three-time champion, Alberto Contador, is the major odds-on favourite, with Bet 365 pricing the defending champion at short odds of 7/10 to win what would be his third-straight title. The Spaniard is the best climber in the world and also a nifty time trialist, thus giving him a huge advantage. However, the 28-year-old has been plagued by a long on-going doping investigation, having tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in the 2010 Tour de France, which could prove to be a nasty distraction.

Contadors main challenge comes from Luxembourgs Andy Schleck, who has finished runner up in the past two years, and is priced at 9/1 with Bet 365 to go one step better this year. Schleck is one of the best climbers on the tour but unfortunately he is not much of a time trialist, which could be a key factor preventing him from toping the podium.

With Contador such a huge favourite, it may be best to focus on the Tour De France 2011 Odds without Alberto Contador market (see odds below). Ivan Basso and Cadel Evans have a wealth of experience and know what it takes to finish on the podium. The racers are 9/1 and 15/1 respectively to win the tour without Contador. After finishing sixth last year the young Dutchman, Robert Gesink, is definitely in with a shout as is the 40/1 the American! long sh ot Chris Horner. Horner finished in 10th place in 2010 and has had a fantastic year to 2011, winning the Tour of California ahead of Schleck.

As usual the main British hope is Bradley Wiggins. After an array of excellent performances in France two years ago he came away with an excellent 4th place overall, although he did struggle last year, finishing in a disappointing 24th place finish. Bet 365 offers odds of 14/1 on Wiggins to win the race without Contador, which is well worth a punt. Elsewhere Mark Cavendish starts as big 7/5 favourite for the green jersey.

Tour De France 2011 Outright Odds:

Tour De France 2011 Odds without Alberto Contador:

King of the Mountains Odds:

  • 3/1 Alberto Contador
  • 11/2 David Moncouti
  • 11/2 Andy Schleck
  • 7/1 Anthony Charteau
  • 9/1 Damiano Cunego
  • 11/1 Thomas Voeckler

Tour De France 2011 Points Classification Odds:

  • 7/5 Mark Cavendish
  • 7/2 Alessandro Petacchi
  • 7/1 Phillipe Gilbert
  • 8/1 Thor Hushovd
  • 9/1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil
  • 11/1 Edvald Boasson Hagen
  • 16/1 Tyler Farrar
  • 22/1 Andre Greipel
  • 33/1 Ben Swift
  • 33/1 Mathew Goss

All odds supplied by Bet365


The role of James Bond is perhaps the most famous in the world of film, and the speculation about who the next actor will be to play 007 continues to build pace amid rumours that Daniel Craig will bow out after the next movie is released in 2012. Craig has been lucky enough to fill the role of James bond for the last two movies while he has signed on to star in a third which is about to go in production, it could be his last adventure as 007 though and Paddy Power have a lively market open on who they believe will step into the breach and take on the iconic role.

The name of Sam Worthington has been linked with James Bond for some time now and the Australian born Avatar actor is priced as the 5/2 favourite with Paddy Power to replace Daniel Craig and be announced as the next James Bond. Worthington is certainly an actor on the rise at the moment with his turn in Avatar winning rave reviews and he could have the ideal look for a modern and edgy Bond which is reflected in his price. His closest challenger for the role according to the betting is Tom Hardy who is a young actor on the rise, he was part of a massive smash recently when he starred in Inception and is English making him a front runner for the high profile role. His relative inexperience in a leading role may harm his chances but again he could have the ideal look making his price of 4/1 with Paddy Power a nice looking bet.

Punters wanting to take a bit more of a gamble on picking Daniel Craigs successor may want to take a closer look at Michael Fassbender who made his name recently in Inglorious Basterds, he is another up and coming star and although he is not English he did grown up in Northern Ireland which would stand him in good stead. Fa! ssbender may not be a household name just yet but his odds look attractive at 14/1 with Paddy Power, he looks to have the ideal profile for a potential Bond with his look and age seemingly ideal. Whoever takes over the role from Daniel Craig will have big boots to fill, Craig has proven a big success as 007 despite some initial doubts from the traditionalists and the powers that be will be hoping that can repeat that trick with their next selection.

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River Plate relegated for the first time in history, fans riot

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River Plate and Belgrano faced off this weekend in a match to determine who would be relegated to the Argentinian second league. As Second Division 4th place Belgrano won 2-0 in the first-leg, River Plate had a mountain to climb to stay in the top tier. Sundays second leg 1-1 draw on the 15th anniversary of River Plates second Copa Libertadores win saw the giants relegated in a heap of tears and riots. River Plate, with a record 33 league titles was relegated in front of home fans for the first time in their 110-year history. Fans were obviously distraught and the aftermath left at least 89 people injured, 55 arrested and 15 vehicles destroyed in and around the El Monumental stadium.

The 60,000 fans in attendance showed their distaste and the referee did not even allow stoppage time to allow people to leave the mayhem. Riot control used high-powered fire hoses to try and keep fans from jumping the fence and storming the pitch. Players had to dodge a constant barrage of objects while the humiliated River Plate players had to be protected through a human shield as they waited in shame.

River Plate hooligans known as Los Borrachos del Tablon (the Drunks in the Stands), cut through the gates in the previous match and on Sunday, tested themselves against 2,200 police, the largest police force to ever patrol an Argentine football match. Fans were seen ransacking concession stands and ripping the covers from seats to use as weapons against police. Outside, cars and trash cans were set ablaze while many shops were vandalized.

Relegation has left the club in turmoil as players, coaches, and staff watch their careers collapse. Coach Juan Jose Lopez quit on Monday. The police will examine and take evidence from ! the stad ium and facilities in preparation for the Copa America, where the final is to be played in the Monumental stadium.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes for River to rejoin the top flight. Considering the clubs financial difficulties and instability, it does not look like that will be happening anytime soon.


There are thousands of American soccer fans whod like to see the back of national team manager Bob Bradley as soon as possible. The teams star player Landon Donovan might even be one of them as he refused to back his coach publicly after losing to Mexico 4-2 in the Gold Cup Final after holding a 2-0 lead. Its no wonder that Donovan didnt back his coach after he was left on the bench in some of Americas most important games only to save their skin when coming on as a substitute.

Donovan basically told the press that hes not concerned if fans want to see the 53-year-old Bradley removed as manager. However, some players, such as goalkeeper Tim Howard, backed Bradley to the hilt and said he shouldnt be blamed for the loss to Mexico.

Donovan was left on the bench when the USA kicked off their semi-final match against Panama and he questioned Bradleys decision to the press. Donovan came on in the second half and set up the winning goal. Leaving your teams best player on the bench is all too common in soccer and Bradley is playing with fire by doing so. He would have been crucified in the press and by fans if he didnt start Donovan against Mexico and thats likely why he started the game.

The problem with Bradleys American squad at the moment is they arent playing consistent football. Theyre an exciting bunch to watch, but are quite unpredictable. Theyll need to get their act together though once World Cup 2014 qualifying starts next summer. This means Donovan and Bradley will have to be on the same page if theyre to succeed.

Donovan is seen as a team leader by the players and they think highly of his opinion. If push comes to shove between him and the coach, there will be a division in the dressing room, especially with Bradleys son Michael on the squad.

Theres no shame in losing to Mexico! , but fa ns are worried that the rest of the CONCACAF teams are getting stronger while the Americans are slipping. They point to a lost to Panama in the group stage of the Gold Cup as a perfect example of this. This could cause some huge problems in world Cup qualifying as there are only three guaranteed places up for grabs in CONCACAF with the fourth-place team having to play off against one of the South American nations.

Some fans feel Bradley will struggle in qualifying matches because he tries to protect leads instead of adding to them. This defensive approach is seen as negative and usually backfires more often than not. If Bradley is on a short leash, there are several qualified candidates to take over his job as WCBetting.com has been informed. These include Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake), Carlo Ancelotti (former Chelsea manager), Bruce Arena, (former U.S. national team manager), Marcello Lippi (Former Italian national manager), Marco Van Basten (former Holland manager) Guus Hiddink (current manager of Turkey), and Jurgen Klinsman (former manager of Germany).


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There are thousands of American soccer fans whod like to see the back of national team manager Bob Bradley as soon as possible. The teams star player Landon Donovan might even be one of them as he refused to back his coach publicly after losing to Mexico 4-2 in the Gold Cup Final after holding a 2-0 lead. Its no wonder that Donovan didnt back his coach after he was left on the bench in some of Americas most important games only to save their skin when coming on as a substitute. Donovan basically told the press that hes not concerned if fans want to see the 53-year-old Bradley removed as manager. However, some players, such as goalkeeper Tim Howard, backed Bradley to the hilt and said he shouldnt be blamed for the loss to Mexico.Donovan was left on the bench when the USA kicked off their semi-final match against Panama and he questioned Bradleys decision to the press. Donovan came on in the second half and set up the winning goal. Leaving your teams best player on the bench is all too common in soccer and Bradley is playing with fire by doing so. He would have been crucified in the press and by fans if he didnt start Donovan against Mexico and thats likely why he started the game.The problem with Bradleys American squad at the moment is they arent playing consistent football. Theyre an exciting bunch to watch, but are quite unpredictable. Theyll need to get their act together though once World Cup 2014 qualifying starts next summer. This means Donovan and Bradley will have to be on the same page if theyre to succeed.Donovan is seen as a team leader by the players and they think highly of his opinion. If push comes to shove between him and the coach, there will be a division in the dressing room, especially with Bradleys son Michael on the squad.Theres no shame in losing to Mexico, but fans are worried that the rest of the CONCACAF teams are getting stronger while the Americans are slipping. They point to a lost to Panama in the group stage of ! the Gold Cup as a perfect example of this. This could cause some huge problems in world Cup qualifying as there are only three guaranteed places up for grabs in CONCACAF with the fourth-place team having to play off against one of the South American nations.Some fans feel Bradley will struggle in qualifying matches because he tries to protect leads instead of adding to them. This defensive approach is seen as negative and usually backfires more often than not. If Bradley is on a short leash, there are several qualified candidates to take over his job as WCBetting.com has been informed. These include Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake), Carlo Ancelotti (former Chelsea manager), Bruce Arena, (former U.S. national team manager), Marcello Lippi (Former Italian national manager), Marco Van Basten (former Holland manager) Guus Hiddink (current manager of Turkey), and Jurgen Klinsman (former manager of Germany).

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Tre Fiorilast 5 matches: lostlostwinwinwin
Tre Fiorilast 3 away matches: lostwinwin
Vallettalast 5 matches: drawdrawdrawwinlost
Vallettalast 3 away matches: windrawwin
Champions League preliminaries for the 2011-2012 begin this Tuesday with San Marino champions Tre Fiori welcoming Maltas top team Valletta.
Its hard to believe that any of these teams will make it the preliminaries let alone get near the final qualifying stages. San Marinos Tre Fiori is theunderdoghere and its statistic bares little relevance here as its domestic league is ! composed of amateurs.
They managed to place 1st in the complicated model of the San Marino league winning Group B in the regular season and no less than 6 playoff rounds.
Valletta is a clear favorite for this match and of course the qualification as Maltas championship is no doubt superior to theiradversaries.
They managed to win both the Regular Season and the Championship Group comfortably to enter in this early stage of the Champions League.
My pick: Valletta to win ( over 2.5 goals )
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Germany short price favourites to win Women's World Cup

Host nation have won the last two tournaments and the bookies have priced a three-peat at thin odds following the opening matches.

27 Jun 2011 13:22:00

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Germany have cemented their status as favourites for the Women's World Cup after winning their opener against Canada.

The tournament hosts are now a short 1.75 with myBet to make it three in a row on home turf. Goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi gave Germany the perfect start in front of a huge crowd in Berlin's Olympiastadion.

In Sunday's other game France (21.0) beat Nigeria 1-0 (251.0) and the action continues this week the opening group games in the 16-team tournament.

Second favourites Brazil (5.25) get their campaign on Thursday against Australia. Unlike the national men's team the Selecao have never won the Women's World Cup and lost the 2007 final to Germany.

Star player Marta has won a host of individual awards but the Brazilan ace, who has been compared to Lionel Messi, now wants the game's ultimate honour.

"I want to get a team medal, not just for me, but for the entire team, the athletes, the coaches and everyone. And for Brazil," she told the media.

Twice champions the USA have finished t! hird in the last two tournaments after lifting the World Cup in 1991 & 1999. America are still considered long shots with the bookmakers @ 6.50 to upset the German victory parade.

Women's World Cup Winner Odds (myBet.com)
Germany @ 1.75
Brazil @ 5.25
USA @ 6.50
Sweden @ 19.0
France @ 21.0
England @ 23.0
Norway @ 26.0
Japan @ 34.0
North Korea @ 34.0
Canada @ 34.0
Australia @ 101.0
Colombia @ 201.0
New Zealand @ 201.0
Mexico @ 201.0
Nigeria @ 251.0
Equatorial Guinea @ 501.0


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The 2011 Womens World Cup got underway yesterday when hosts Germany beat Canada in front of a jam-packed crowd of 75,000. This years tournament is expected to be the biggest womens only sporting ever and as a result the bookmakers Bet365 have a couple of betting specials available for you to get involved in. If you place a pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bet on any match and that game finishes 0-0, then Bet365 will refund all losing bets on these markets.

Germany are the hosts, holders and odds-on favourites for the tournament and with the last two World Cups and seven European Championships to their name they are certainly the team to beat. As expected the Germans got off to a winning start on Sunday after they beat Canada 2-1, courtesy of goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi, with Christine Sinclair scoring a spectacular free-kick for Canada.

With odds of 9/2 with Bet365 Brazil are the second favourites in the betting. The Brazilians have surprisingly never won the Womens World Cup but they will be eager to create a new slice of history and come away from Germany victorious this time round. They have in their ranks the five-time defending FIFA Womens World Player of the Year, Marta, and are likely to avoid the fellow big guns Germany and the USA until the final.

The USA come into the tournament as the number one side in the world and third favourites at 6/1. However, they struggled to qualify for the tournament, needing to win a two-match playoff against Italy, and have suffered surprise defeats to Mexico, Sweden and England over the last 12 months. The USA have already won two World Cups (1991 and 1999) and have never finished below third place, and with a relatively easy group which includes North Korea, Columbia and Sweden, they have an excellent chance of winning their third World Cup.

Other t eams to keep an eye on include Canada and England, who both have the talent and determination to spring an upset. Canada come into the World Cup fresh off the back of winning the CONCACAF last year, which will have filled them with confidence. Canada have been drawn in arguably the most difficult qualifying group which features Germany, France and Nigeria, and must be on top form if they are to progress through to the quarter-finals.

England are available at 25/1 outsiders to win the 2011 Womens World Cup. England have a number of good players in their ranks, including veteran striker Kelly Smith, Fara Williams and Rachel Yankey. Hope Powells team know they can beat the best teams in the world following their confidence boosting win against the USA earlier this year and after an impressive qualifying campaign they will be looking to make an impact in Germany.

England have been drawn with Japan, Mexico and New Zealand in Group B. Their first game is against Mexico tonight at 5pm in Wolfsburg, and Bet365 have England as the clear 4/9 favourites to win, while Mexico are priced at 6/1 and a draw is at 10/3. Mexico upset the USA in qualifying and will definitely be a tough opening fixture. England will also have to do battle with the group favourites Japan, who are currently ranked fourth in the FIFA womens world rankings. New Zealand arent expected to pose much of a threat, and have suffered heavy defeats to both Netherlands and fellow Group B competitors Mexico in recent times.

Englands Group B matches:

Monday 27th June: v Mexico (Wolfsburg, 5pm).
July 1: v New Zealand (Dresden, 5.15pm).
July 5: v Japan (Augsburg, 5.15pm)

Womens World Cup Outright Odds

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All odds supplied by Bet365


Aidan OBrien always has a strong hand when it comes to the classic races in the UK and Irleand and the latest star from his yard Treasure Beach could be aimed towards the St Leger following his impressive win in the Irish Derby recently. The horse ran a blinder at Epsom in the English Derby and franked that form with his win at Curragh as he finished ahead of stable mates Seville and Memphis Tennessee. The horse looked like he wanted further and the final classic of the season could now be his aim and the bookmakers agree, Boylesports have slashed Treasure Beach into 5/1 for the Doncaster race and he could prove a nice piece of value.

At this stage of the flat season attention now turns towards the St Leger at Doncater with those top class three-year-olds with an extra bit of stamina likely to be aimed towards the race in September. Aidan OBrien is always cagey about confirming future plans for his horses which is a worry for Treasure Beach fans and that looks to have been taken into account with his current price. The one the bookmakers are most wary about at this stage is Nathaniel who looks ideally suited to the trip following his recent Royal Ascot win, the John Gosden horse was second behind Treasure Beach in the Chester Vase in May and seemed to improve for that when winning the King Edward Stakes at the Royal Meeting.

The St Leger has to be the likely destination for Nathaniel and he is currently available at 3/1 with Boylesports to pick up the win at Doncaster and he could prove to be the one to beat. Another interesting contender in the St Leger Betting is the excellent Brown Panther who was also particularly impressive when winning last time out at Royal Ascot. The Tom Dascombe trained horse is a highly progressive type as he showed when winning the K! ing Geor ge V Stakes and he could be one on the upward curve, Boylesports rate the Michael Owen trained horse as potential winner of the St Leger and is priced at 7/1 to do just that.

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Wimbledon: Mondays Best Bets

Sunday, June 26, 2011

After a rain-affected first week at SW19 its down to the serious business of week 2 at the All England Club and the temperature is rising on and off the court.

All eyes will be on Andy Murray, first up on Centre Court, as he bids to secure a berth in the quarter finals. Hell have it tough against Richard Gasquet but should have enough in his locker to progress at the Frenchmans expense. Odds of 2/9 (Bet365) arent for me however.

The other big three should also make it smoothly through to Wednesday, with Nadal looking the most likely to have to go beyond three sets against Del Potro. Back him to win a four-setter at 5/2 (Bet365, Paddy Power).

Here are a few other games that catch the eye from a betting perspective

Bernard Tomic v Xavier Malisse

The young Australian has had a fantastic couple of weeks that has seen him rise to number one slot in his home country ahead of Lleyton Hewitt. Since negotiating 3 qualifying rounds hes seen off players ranked 27th, 79th and 5th in the world, not bad for an 18-year-old who came into the tournament in a lowly 158 rank himself. Its now 11 wins from 14 in a matter of weeks on the grass and his confidence must be sky-high, particularly after disposing of an admittedly under-the-weather Robin Soderling in straight sets on Friday.

His opponent Xavier Malisse also enjoyed a good first week at Wimbledon but hes been a habitual one-weeker in previous years. His semi-final appearance here in 2003 is the only time hes made it to the last 8 in a slam event and his record on the grass in London since reads like a DJ testing his mic (1, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 3).

Both men are on the cusp of one ! of their best tournament performances but Id rather be on the emerging talent of Tomic than back a player who hasnt cut here in the past.

Marion Bartoli v Serena Williams

Serena Williams remains my pick for the womens title but shes not had it all her own way so far. Shes dropped a set in 2 of her 3 matches to date as she feels her way back to full fitness. She remains the powerhouse that has seen her dominate this tournament along with her sister but shes far from 100%.

In Marion Bartoli she faces a former Wimbledon finalist and winner of the warm-up event at Eastbourne and if theres to be an upset in Round 4 it might just be found on COurt Number one. The Frenchwoman is 7/2 (Sportingbet) to upset the odds.

But it would be foolish to bet against either of the Williams sisters at their favourite tournament and so I expect Serena to win a tough test over three sets.


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