Formula One betting returns as the paddock moves to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix on October 9th. Last time out defending world champion Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in the drivers’ championship after securing his ninth win of the season, and now requires just one-point to retain his title.
The Formula One paddock moves from Singapore to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix on October 9th.
The Japanese circuit is truly unique; it is the only circuit to cross over itself, in a figure of eight, and is also the only track that runs both clockwise and anti-clockwise.
The Japanese Circuit is an extremely fast and technical track, and is popular with spectators and drivers.
Last time out in Singapore, defending champion Sebastian Vettel scored his ninth victory of the season at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and now needs just one more point to become the youngest back-to-back and double world champion. Read more
There’s been a score to settle for the last nine months in the UFC Lightweight division, and on Saturday, October 8th at UFC 136 MMA fans will finally find out who is the 155-pound top dog as Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard go head-to-head in the first of two title matches that night. The other is Kenny Florian battling Jose Aldo for his Featherweight title. For the best UFC 136 odds, bet now with Pinnacle Sports.
UFC 136 Betting – Edgar to Defend Lightweight Title?
Frank Edgar will once again put his Lightweight strap on the line against wrestling standout Gray Maynard in the main event of a stacked card that includes another UFC title fight.
Despite beating and drawing with the champ, Maynard (2.360*) will go into the fight as slight underdog. Edgar’s strong finish in their second fight has been enough to list him as (1.667*) favourite to retain his title once again.
The other title fight on the UFC 136 fight card will be yet another attempt for Kenny Florian to finally win a UFC belt. He’s come up short twice in Lightweight title fights and now gets a shot at Jose Aldo’s Featherweight championship. Read more
La Liga returns at the weekend as week 6 of the La Liga season sees surprise package Real Betis take-on Levante, Barcelona host Racing Santander at the Nou Camp, and Real Madrid travel to play Espanyol.
La Liga Betting – Real Betis vs. Levante (October 2nd)
Surprise package Real Betis remain top of La Liga despite suffering their first defeat of the season 1-0 against lowly Getafe.
Prior to this loss Betis had won four on the bounce, and they will be adamant to get back to winning ways against Levante at the weekend.
Levante have also made a dream start to their La Liga season and currently reside in third place.
After beating Espanyol 3-1 at the weekend thanks to goals from Jose Barkero and Ruben Suarez, Levante are undefeated having drew two and won three on the trot.
Last season Betis beat Levante 4-0, however the season before saw Levante take the points away from home with a 1-0 win.
La Liga Betting – Barcelona vs. Racing Santander (October 2nd)
Barcelona got back to winning ways last time out as they beat Atletico Madrid 5-0 at the Nou Camp.
After the champions drew 2-2 with Valencia in mid-week, the way they responded will please manager Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona currently sit second in the league, after collecting 11 points from five matches.
Their opponents Racing Santander are yet to win in La Liga and reside in 18th place, following three draws and two defeats.
Last weekend they played out a 0-0 draw with Sporting Gijon, as both teams failed to spark any creativity.
In the corresponding fixture last season Barcelona ran-out 3-0 winners. A Racing win is unlikely this time out, as they have never won at the Nou Camp.
La Liga Betting – Espanyol vs. Real Madrid (October 2nd)
Jose Mourinho saw his side return to winning ways last weekend with the 6-2 demolition of Rayo Vallecano.
Despite going behind after a minute and seeing Angel di Maria receive Real Madrid’s 17th red card under Mourinho’s stewardship, they produced a typically ruthless performance to move up-to third in La Liga.
Espanyol are 10th in La Liga despite being beaten at the weekend against high-flying Levante.
Espanyol will be without Walter Pandiani and Jordi Amat who were both sent off in the game against Levante.
Last season Real won 1-0 despite having goalkeeper Iker Casillas sent off after just two minutes.
*All odds subject to change
The Super Six tournament finals bout between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch go toe-to-toe at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 29th.
Both fighters come into the match-up freshly prepared and eager to unify the super middleweight division. With the explosive Froch and the quick, technically gifted Ward, going head-to-head, this fight could prove to be an instant classic.
British fighter Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) (3.650*) made his way to the final by winning three of his four tournament bouts.
He defeated Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson by unanimous decisions; however, the 33-year-old suffered his first career defeat in a dubious decision victory for Mikkel Kessler.
Against Ward, Froch will need to utilise his strong mental state and must look to hurt, and ultimately knock Ward out. Froch will look to pressure Ward and take him away from his game-plan by staying busy on the inside and turning the fight into a brawl.
On his way to the final, American Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) (1.339*) was victorious in all four fights with against Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika and Abraham.
Ward’s style is crafty and quick and if he can keep his cool he could cause Froch real problems.
Ward’s game-plan will be to use his polished skills, craftiness and fast combinations to stop Froch from advancing.
The undefeated champion will move around the ring quickly and box behind the jab to keep Froch on the defensive.
(*All odds subject to change )
Serie A betting returns this in midweek as three teams put their 100% records on the line. Udinese take-on defending champions AC Milan at the San Siro, while Juventus host Bologna and Cagliari look to continue with their excellent form away at Palermo.
AC Milan vs Udinese (September 21st)
Udinese travel to the San Siro in excellent form after winning both of their opening Serie A games.
The reigning Scudetto champions AC Milan have made a sluggish start of defending their crown after losing 3-1 to Napoli and drawing their first game of the season 2-2 with Lazio.
Last season the two teams drew twice, firstly 4-4 in a thrilling tie at the San Siro and then 0-0 in the return fixture.
Juventus vs Bologna (September 21st)
After spending €85 million in the transfer window, Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been ordered to bring success to the Turin club.
So far, so good, as Juventus won both of their opening games of the season. Firstly they smashed Parma 4-1 on the opening day of the season, and then followed it up with a 1-0 win against Sienna.
Opponents Bologna have endured a poor start to their Serie A season after losing their opening two games. They lost away to Fiorentina 2-0 and then at home by the same score against Lecce.
However, last season Bologna beat Juventus in Turin 2-0 and held the Italian giants at home in a 0-0 draw.
Palermo vs Cagliari (September 21st)
Cagliari have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and hold a 100% record after winning both games. Firstly they beat Roma 2-1 away from home and then new boys Novara 2-1.
Palermo shocked Italian football on the opening day of the season when they beat Inter Milan 4-3, but then lost 1-0 away against Atlanta.
Last season the teams drew 0-0 at Palermo but Cagliari won the return leg 3-1.
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Tottenham finally got their season underway last week with a 2-0 win against Wolves, who had previously been unbeaten.
The hero of the day was debutant Emmanuel Adebayor, who kept up his record of scoring on every Premier League debut he has made.
Harry Redknapp will be without key players Michael Dawson, Rafael Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas due to injury.
Spurs currently sit 14th in the league having won one and lost two. With this said they have played both Manchester clubs and will be tested again against Liverpool.
Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season last week against Stoke – who find themselves in the top four after a 1-0 win.
Kenny Dalglish welcomes back influential captain Steven Gerrard for the first time this season. Despite injury keeping Gerrard out for the opening four games, he is expected to go straight into the starting line-up.
Last season Spurs did the double over Liverpool winning 2-0 and 2-1.
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Manchester United and Chelsea lock horns for the first time this season as Sir Alex Ferguson and Andre Villas-Boas go head-to-head for the first time.
Andre Villas-Boas’ Chelsea remain firmly in touch of the top two as they maintained their unbeaten status with a 2-1 win at Sunderland.
Chelsea currently sit in third place and two points behind United after winning three and drawing one of their opening four fixtures.
However this will certainly be the first test for Chelsea under their new manager and will show how seriously they can be thought of as title contenders.
Michael Essien remains on the sidelines, yet Didier Drogba may be in-line for a return following the concussion he suffered against Norwich.
United on the other hand have been in scintillating form, winning four from four and scoring 18 goals in the process.
Wayne Rooney scored his second hat-trick of the season last week in United’s 5-0 romp over Bolton at the Reebok stadium.
Ahead of the game with Chelsea, United have fresh injury worries as Tom Cleverly, Danny Welbeck and Rafael are all out. However, Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased to welcome back experienced centre-half Nemanja Vidic.
Last season United won four of the five games played between the teams in all competitions.
*All odds subject to change
The Formula One season leaves Europe for the last time in 2011 as the paddock heads off to Singapore for the Singapore Grand Prix on September 25th.
The Singapore Grand Prix is the only race to be held at night and is held in the Marina Bay area.
The Grand Prix became an instant hit with fans and is renowned for being one of the most dramatic and atmospheric races on the calendar.
Sebastian Vettel claimed victory at the Italian Grand Prix, his eighth such success of the 2011 Formula One season.
Vettel, who now leads Fernando Alonso by 112-points in the drivers’ championship, claimed his 18th victory of his F1 career.
Moving on to Singapore and Vettel can win his second successive drivers’ championship if he finishes on the podium and other variables go in his favour.
However, the young German has never won in Singapore after finishing second in the last two years and seventh in his season with Toro Rosso.
Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber has had to sit in the shadows at Red Bull this season and the Italian Grand Prix was no different.
As Vettel crossed the finishing line for another victory, Webber was watching in the pits after retiring early in the race.
The Australian lost his front wing after hitting Felipe Massa’s car and then spun off the track as he hastily attempted to return to the pits.
Webber dropped points in the race for second and ultimately resides in fourth place level on points with Jenson Button.
Red Bull have all but won the constructors’ championship for a second season in succession. They currently hold a 126-point lead over second place McLaren.
Red Bull’s dominance is evident as they have claimed every pole position and won eight from 13 races.
McLaren endured another mixed performance in Italy. Jenson Button finished second despite slipping to eighth at one point in the race, while Lewis Hamilton was left frustrated by Michael Schumacher before finishing fourth.
Hamilton has however won at Singapore in the past and will be confident of securing the 25-points this weekend.
The McLaren driver is fifth in the drivers’ championship on 158-points, while Button is third with 167.
Last time out Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso could only manage a third-place finish despite leading the race after a fantastic start.
However, with the Ferrari car not coping well with warring tyres, the Spaniard was overtaken by Button and had to settle for third place.
With this said, Alonso will fancy his chances in Singapore after winning the inaugural Grand Prix in 2008 – despite being disqualified after the race – and in 2010.
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