Confederations Cup Final – Preview With Advice

After a thrilling tournament in Brazil, the final has came down to the two, pre-tournament favourites, Spain and the host national Brazil.

It is the final of dreams for the neutrals, with the level of football on offer set to be sensational, as arguably the two best footballing nations battle it out.

Brazil have home advantage, and that can’t be underestimated as the lively Brazilians cram inside the Estadio Maracana to escape the reality of their protest-hit nation, for ninety minutes of sweet footballing salvation.

They have no injury worries, and Luiz Felipe Scolari looks set to name an unchanged side, from their 2-1 victory over Uruguay last week.

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Fred seems to be hitting a bit of form, bagging three goals in the tournament, including the opener against their south-american rivals in the semi’s.

Brazil have score 22 goals in their last 8 games, and certainly offer the most fire-power going forward, and with Spain’s defence looking slightly vulnerable throughout the tournament (Casillas kept them in it early on v Italy), it may be worth taking a punt on the out and out striker, Fred, to bag the first goal at 15/2.

Spain have looked their usual classy selves, often dominating in terms of possession, but falling short in front of goal (with the exception of Tahiti), often wasting chances that they should have stuck away.

They are content to pass the ball around the midfield, and keep the game in their own hands, but against Brazil that will be hard to manage, with Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho working tirelessly to break up the play, and free the creative talents of Neymar, Hulk and Oscar to launch attacks.

The sides surprisingly haven’t met since 1999, when the result was a mundane 0-0 draw, but with Spain likely to have been affected by the 120 minute marathon with Italy on Thursday evening, in the tough climate, Brazil look set to exploit any signs of fatigue and the over 2.5 goals market looks a definite play.

Surprisingly over 2.5 goals is odds-against, with the layers seeming to think there will be a maximum of two goals. Yet, if Brazil manage to get a goal early on (or vice-versa), the opposition will have to attack, and it will free up plenty of space all-over the pitch, for the quality players to exploit and this is a certain recipe for plenty of goals.

The 6/5 with Coral looks very fair, and should accompany a Brazil win, which is currently trading at 13/8. They are 10/11 to lift the trophy, which of course covers a win in extra-time or penalties, and could be the safer option.

Elsewhere, the third place play-off will be an interesting affair, with the disciplined Italian side, taking on the creative flair of the South-Americans, in the shape of Uruguay.

Italy are often content to sit and pass around their half of the pitch, before attempting to play the killer-pass late on, whereas Uruguay are often a brilliant counter-attacking side.

It should be a really entertaining game, but ‘open’ isn’t one way I would describe it, and the under 2.5 market could be a play here, with the current 11/10 on offer looking great value.

Italy drew a blank against Spain, and without Gilardino or Ballotelli, they look set to come up short in the attacking third once more.

El Sharaawy looks an intriguing talent, but I wouldn’t be entirely confident on him as a lone striker, at this stage in his career, and the attacking trio of Cavani, Suarez and Forlan look set to have things their on way on Sunday evening.

Uruguay to win 2-0, looks a likely scoreline, and it 16/1 it may be worth a small punt.

South Americans look set to reign supreme on an evening that will captivate the audience, and provide a much needed football fix to the millions around the world, who can’t wait for the football season to get back underway.

Advice:

Brazil & Uruguay double: 1 point @ 5.56/1 (Coral)

Fred to score first: 1 point @ 15/2 (BetVictor)

Over 2.5 (Brazil), Under 2.5 (Uruguay) double: 3.62/1 (Coral)

Brazil 2-1, Uruguay 2-0: 0.5 points double @ 186/1 (William Hill)

 

 

 

Wimbledon Preview – With Tips

It’s that time of year again, when the strawberries and cream suddenly take a sharp increase in price, as the best of the best gather in SW19 for Wimbledon.

But here we will hopefully be able to earn some pennies back, to pay for our Pimm’s and Strawberries! (Just kidding, I’m Northern, I don’t drink Pimm’s..)

First up is the men’s singles, and Britain’s hopes lie on the broad shoulders of Andy Murray, who enters the tournament with arguably his best chance yet.

He managed to break his major voodoo when landing the US Open in September last year, and has since gone from strength to strength.

He sat out of the French Open, due to a back injury and this could prove sensible, as it allows him to arrive in peak condition.

He has reached the final of the last three Grand Slam events he has appeared in, and he looks set to make it a fourth next month.

He has importantly avoided the warm favourite Novak Djokovic, and should be able to navigate his way through to meet the Serbian and aim to become to first Briton to land the prize since Fred Perry.

However the nation’s hope cautiously raise each year, with bitter disappointment seeming inevitable, and this year it could happen once more, as Djokovic looks an extremely strong favourite to regain the Wimbledon crown he won in 2011.

Although Novak arrives at the tournament on the back of a roller-coaster five-set defeat by Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros, in the semi-final of the one major that has eluded the 26 year-old his entire career, he has enough mental fortitude to put it behind him.

His mental resilience has always been a major positive, and there is no real need for punters to put much emphasis on his recent clay form.

He is more than 3000 points clear than the second placed Andy Murray, and should be able to prove his class once more, back on grass.

His side of the draw is relatively simple compared to Murray, Federer and Nadal who are all drawn on the same side.

Djokovic will hypothetically meet Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final, and then David Ferrer in the semi-final. Both great players in their own right, but a much simpler task than either Murray, Federer or Nadal.

At odds of 5/4, he is a little on the skinny side, however if you take a chance on Andy Murray to reach the final, alongside Novak Djokovic, the price is currently 7/3 on Betfair.

Nadal and Federer both warrant big respect, yet I feel they will feel slightly short against Murray, and they are both short odds to land their quarter’s.

So if we look elsewhere, we can find extreme value in the shape of Juan Martin del Potro.

The 6 foot 6 giant, is the only other man apart from the big four (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Federer), to land a Grand Slam title since 2005, when he landed the 2009 US Open.

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Persistent injury troubles had initially brought a halt to del Potro’s blossoming career, but he bounced back last year when pushing Federer all the way in the Olympic semi-final, at SW19.

He has form at Wimbledon, and arrives in high hopes of a big performance. He has the ability to worry the big quartet on his day, and if he turns up, his current 55/1 will look massive.

Yet to ensure we have a better chance of making a profit, take a chance of del Potro to win his quarter at 100/30 with Coral.

His main competitor is David Ferrer, who is the current favourite, but if the Argentine’s troublesome wrist holds up, he has more than enough in the locker than to take down Ferrer.

Ladies Championship:

Serena Williams looks nailed on to land the Ladies prize at SW19, but at odds of 4/9, there is no value in having a single on her.

So we look elsewhere, and number two seed Victoria Azarenka fits the bill as a decent value bet to reach the final.

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The Belarusian is extremely consistent at Wimbledon, and has reached the semi-final in the last two years.

She lost to the eventual winner both times, yet she doesn’t meet Serena Williams until the final this year, so if she is to continue her trait, the 9/4 for her without Serena Williams looks much better value than the 5/4 for Sharapova.

Advice:

2 points win double: Djokovic & S.Williams (Outright) @ 2.25/1 (youwin)

1 point: Djokovic v Murray final @ 7/3 (Betfair)

0.5 points e.w: Del Potro @ 55/1 (youwin)

2 points: del Potro to win his quarter @ 100/30 (Coral)

2 points: Victoria Azarenka (w/o Serena) @ 9/4 (youwin)

Royal Ascot – Day Four Advice

We were left with only one selection on Thursday, as our single, Alive Alive Oh, was declared a non-runner.

However we yielded a decent profit, as Top Trip who was advised each-way at 20/1, was backed into 7/1, finishing a close third behind favourite Estimate in the Gold Cup. It was a great run from Top Trip, and he’s one to keep an eye on for the future, along with Altano who was given a rather strange ride to say the least.

Friday opens with the ever competitive Albany Stakes, for which Joyeuse will be of particular warm order for Lady Cecil, who is in great form.

The half-sister of Frankel overcame greenness to land a Lingfield maiden in great fashion. She is open to massive improvement, and should put in a bold performance.

However I am extremely keen on Richard Fahey’s filly Sandiva, who looked a real classy type when landing a listed race at Naas last time out.

He is a shrewd trainer and doesn’t send runners to Ireland without thinking they are going to go extremely close. She backed up her trainer’s confidence in tremendous style, and this, to go with her maiden victory, is the best form in the book.

That was on good-to-firm ground, the current going at Ascot, so the ground is no worries for he daughter of 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand.

The 3/1 currently on offer looks great value, although I do expect a gamble on Joyeuse, so bet with a BOG (Best Odds Guaranteed) firm.

To go with this selection, making our Friday a bet, a win-double, we add Battle of Marengo from the Aidan O’Brien stable.

The highly rated colt lost his unbeaten record in the Derby, when he faded late on, losing two places five yards from the line.

Friday’s field is a lot less competitive than the Epsom Derby, and he should take all the beating, if given a patient ride by Joseph O’Brien.

His main competitor is Greatwood, who was a leading Derby hope, before he flopped in the Dante, missing the race completely. He will arrive at Ascot, and should run into the places if he can put his last run behind him.

Hillstar will go close if he manages to settle early, but Battle of Marengo should have far too much class, and the current shade of odds-on may be subject to an even bigger gamble as he looks to be one of the ‘bankers’ of the week.

Advice:

2 points win double: Sandiva & Battle of Marengo @ 6.63/1

Royal Ascot – Day Three Advice

It’s been a rather ‘near-miss’ week, with only one of our each-way doubles getting placed each day.

However, it shows we’re in the right ball park, and you have to keep the faith as my favourite day of the week comes up!

The first main selection comes in the shape of Alive Alive Oh, in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

The filly has only raced three times, and has become more and more impressive with each passing run.

She began with a respectable third behind Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician, before going on to notch two wide-margin victories, with the last being in a listed race.

The daughter of Duke of Marmalade has the pedigree to suggest she will stay the distance, and if she does, the forecast rain will be no problem.

The Lark will be a big danger, after a solid run in the Oaks, arriving late on the scene under a typically patient Jamie Spencer ride. She is a guaranteed stayer, and should be fighting out the death, yet she was beaten fair and squad previously by Winsili who re-appears on Thursday.

The form of that race has worked out well, and with John Gosden’s filly bypassing the Oaks for a crack at Royal Ascot, you can be assured she will arrive here fresh.

The best-priced 11/2 does appeal from an each-way perspective, but it looks as though Tommy Stack’s filly Alive Alive Oh, will have enough of a turn of foot to safely see off the field, providing she does stay.

That is the win single sorted, so now for a bigger priced potential surprise package in the big race of the day, the Gold Cup.

There is sure to be plenty of support for the Queen’s filly Estimate, who is currently a very warm favourite.

However I’m taking a punt on the very aptly named Top Trip, who is an unknown over the longer distance, but looked every inch a stayer when just going down a nose in the Yorkshire Cup.

Francois Doumen initially stated he would look after his colt, and shy away from Ascot, so the U-turn intrigues me, and clearly suggests he thinks his charge can land a blow.

He finished his race very well over an inadequate distance last time out, and the extra six furlongs will hopefully allow the 4yo to settle early on, and ensure he doesn’t get outpaced like he did for a stage last time out.

Mickael Barzalona has form in the race, having finished runner up on Opinion Poll when un-fancied in 2011, so he knows how to get the best out of underdogs.

In what looks a very open race, the 20/1 looks a fair price, on a classy sort firmly on the upgrade.

Advice:

2 points win: Alive Alive Oh @ 5/2 (Various)

1 point e.w: Top Trip @ 20/1 (Ladbrokes)

 

 

 

Royal Ascot Day Two – Advice

Day two of the five-day Royal Ascot festival looks like a punting minefield, with a number of very competitive handicaps.

However, there are still plenty of classy horses on show for us to get stuck into, yet I am very keen on the chances of two fillies.

The first comes in the shape of Chigun, from the Lady Cecil stable. It would be a very poignant victory, in memory of her former trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who sadly passed away recently.

He was always a dab hand when it came to training fillies, and no doubt his wife will have picked up many of his tricks and techniques, as-well as understanding how to treat individuals.

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Chigun was last seen cosily landing a Group three in Ireland, under the expert guidance of Tom Queally. She has came on since her defeat earlier in the season, to Dank who also re-appears on Wednesday.

Chigun looks one still firmly on the upgrade, and with Lady Cecil’s stable being in great form, the 7/2 looks tremendous value.

Her main challenger looks set to be from the favourite Duntle, having already had a course and distance win to her name, after landing the Sandringham last year. She will strip fitter from her last run in Ireland, and another bold run is expected. Yet, at the odds, I am more inclined to side with Chigun, who is nearly double price at the minute.

Our other main selection of the day is classy filly, The Fugue.

She lines up against the males in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, having had a lengthy lay-off since her third in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare’s turf.

She is a ten-furlong specialist, having won two of her three starts over the distance, her only defeat coming at the Breeders Cup.

Her mix of high cruising speed, and a magnificent turn of foot will come into play on Wednesday, as there is set to be a strong gallop set by Windsor Palace.

Her two main rivals look set to be favourite Al Kazeem and last year’s Derby winner, Camelot.

The pair locked horns at the Curragh last month with Al Kazeem coming out on top in a tactical affair.

However tomorrow Camelot’s staying ability will come more into play with a truly run race, and a stiff galloping track. I expect Camelot to reverse the placings, however he may find one too good if The Fugue is wound up to her full potential.

Of the other races on the card, there are very few that really interest me from a betting perspective, as there looks to be many races that are just too close to call.

If I was pushed to select one more on the card, it would have to be Garswood in the opener, who looks set to appreciate the step back to 7f.

He landed a 7f listed handicap very comfortably at Newmarket before going on to disappoint slightly in the Guineas, when he was never really in the race.

Richard Fahey is in good form, and the current 5/1 does appeal in what looks an open race.

Advice:

2 points win: Chigun @ 7/2 (Various)

1 point e.w double: The Fugue & Garswood @ 41/1 (Paddy Power)

Royal Ascot – Top Trainer/Jockey

It is usually a procession at Royal Ascot, for Aidan O’Brien to sweep up the top trainer prize, as he dominates the Group fields, usually mob-handed.

However BetVictor are taking no chances this year, going 1/3 about the Irishman landing the prize, which he has done four times in his career so far.

However, there may be cause to look elsewhere, as although O’Brien is coming over with plenty of horses, as he usually does, it is arguably his weakest crop for a good few years.

He is likely to have only one favourite on day one (Stubbs), and that’s in a competitive 16-runner field.

In the past he would have a plethora of talent, with a good few starting at odds-on. Yet this year, he looks set to scrape a few winners, but lacks the bankers of years gone by.

This is why it is sensible to take a chance on the in-form Richard Hannon, who is currently trading at 4/1.

He has plenty of smart juveniles, and is mob-handed in most 2-y-o races, which is where you want to have the most possible chances.

His stable have hit top form, and Richard Hughes is riding out of his skin, which only add to his chances of being top trainer, as Hughes is his retained stable jockey.

The 4/1 is definitely a bit on the large side, and I would definitely suggest it is worth chancing, at a bit of value, as opposed to the 1/3 about O’Brien.

So.. if Hannon is to have a great week, it will pay to desert Joseph O’Brien, current favourite to be top jockey for the week, to also back Hughes at 4/1.

BetVictor claim there has been plenty of support around for Hughes, as they originally opening him up at 6/1, before plenty of support has seen him clipped in to a more than respectable 4/1.

He has top pick of all of Hannon’s horses, and know which are going best of all at home on the gallops. He is very rarely wrong, and as-well as Hannon’s backing, he is also set to pick up a few very exciting spare rides.

He is riding out of his skin at the moment, and has clawed the deficit back to only one, behind Ryan Moore in the flat jockey’s championship.

The 4/1 looks a solid investment, and if Hughesy pips your horse to the line, it will ease the pain, every so slightly.

Another thing that will ease the pain, is our friends at BetVictor are REFUNDING UP TO £25 AS A FREE BET, IF HUGHES MAKES THE FRAME.

This is a real offer, and one that you should all definitely take advantage of.

If Hughes is riding a fancied runner in the race, but you’re keen on another, have a bet with BetVictor and they’ll refund your losses of up to £25, as a free bet if Hughes makes the frame.

Advice:

Richard Hannon to be top trainer @ 4/1 with BetVictor

Richard Hughes to be top jockey @ 4/1 with BetVictor

 

 

 

Royal Ascot – Day One Tips

It’s finally that time of year, where the Royal’s descend to Berkshire to get involved with five of the greatest flat racing days of the year.

Opening Day Double:

Five days of brilliant Group One action kicks off on Tuesday with the Queen Anne Stakes.

Animal Kingdom is the odds-on favourite, and it seems impossible to oppose the Breeders Cup Mile runner-up, who went on to land the Dubai World Cup in tremendous fashion, destroying a classy field.

He has been working well since coming over to England, and the straight mile should cause no problems for the International raider.

Elusive Kate and Trade Storm are interesting contenders at a price, but Animal Kingdom looks nailed on, and is the beginning of our opening day double.

The second horse in the double is Epsom Derby flop Dawn Approach.

The son of New Approach looked a superstar in the making during his unbeaten 2yo career which included a win in the Coventry Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago.

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He carried this form into his 3yo career, landing the 2000 Guineas with sumptuous ease at Newmarket, before going on to disappoint in the Derby, after failing to settle early on.

A drop back to a mile is sure to suit, and he should arrive to the race fresh, after Kevin Manning eased the colt down a long way from home at Epsom.

His magnificent cruising speed and turn of foot make him a worthy favourite, especially with doubts over Magician’s fitness, following reports of bruising on the colts’ shin.

He looked a special horse when landing the Irish 2000 Guineas, and will prove stiff opposition, as will Toronado from the Richard Hannon stable.

Richard Hughes has always maintained confidence in his mount, and said in his Racing Post column this week, if they can get over their own problems, they will win.

However, they now face a bigger problem in the face of Dawn Approach, whose course form, unbeaten record over a mile, and the shrewdness of his trainer Jim Bolger, suggests 11/8 is too big to ignore.

If he arrived here without stepping out at Epsom, he would be around the 1/2 mark, so if you can forgive him that one run, he seems a worthy bet.

Don’t Abandon the Reckless:

Overseas raiders have a brilliant record in the Kings Stand Stakes, but this year, the short priced favourite Shea Shea, does not appeal at the odds.

Instead, we should turn to Clive Cox’s raider, Reckless Abandon at 5/1. He won over course and distance at last year’s Royal meeting, and has since gone from strength to strength.

He’s notched up three group wins, two of those group one’s, since last June, and went very close to making it four, when finishing a narrow third behind Kingsgate Native at Haydock last time out.

That was his first defeat on a racecourse, and he was extremely unlucky, having been stranded down the far side before finishing with a flourish, but Kingsgate Native and Swiss Spirit, who both re-appear at Ascot, having the benefit of the stands side rail.

Spirit Quartz and Morawij have both been out since and franked the form, having both raced with Reckless Abandon on the far side, they have both gone on to land pattern races, which provides a timely boost.

He faces stiffer competition today, but with the weight allowance for three-year-old’s, and a decent draw, the 6/1 looks a solid each-way bet.

Arise Sir John:

The Coventry is as competitive as ever this year, with sixteen quality 2yo’s going to battle it out over a stiff six at the Berkshire track.

The favourite, Stubbs from the Aidan O’Brien stable, looks an interesting prospect, and landed the same prep race as last year’s winner Dawn Approach.

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However, he has a tendency to hand left under pressure, and the fact he’s coming from stall 1, means that is arguably the worst draw possible for the son of Danehill Dancer.

This leads us to look for a bigger priced raider, and one who fits the bill perfectly, is O’Brien’s supposed second-string, Sir John Hawkins.

The pedigree of the colt is simply superb, with the four-time Group One winner, Henrythenavigator being his sire, and his dam being none other than former Irish Oaks winner Peeping Fawn.

He showed great promise on debut, when showing great natural speed, beating a fairly competitive field with a tad in hand.

He will come on massively for the run, and with Ryan Moore on board, the confidence can only increase.

The 13/2 looks a solid each-way bet, and it would be no surprise to see the colt emulate his father, by winning the Group Two on Tuesday.

Advice:

2 points win double: Animal Kingdom & Dawn Approach @ 3.12/1 (Paddy Power)

1 point e.w double: Reckless Abandon @ Sir John Hawkins @ 51.5/1 (William Hill)

 

Royal Ascot 2013

It’s that time of year again, when the Royal’s pay a visit to the Berkshire racecourse, and the country comes together to toast champagne, and chow down on fresh strawberries as they watch the greatest thoroughbreds around battle it out.

Many see it as a day out, an important date in the social calender.. but for many, it’s five of the greatest racing days around, with Group One action taking place every day.

There are plenty of trends to follow, and dress-codes to abide by, so our good friends at BetVictor have very kindly pulled together a graphic, highlighting the big race trends, and important facts to take into consideration when having a punt.

I will be previewing all of the big races the evening before each-day, and hopefully we can make it a profitable week.

http://horseracing.betvictor.com/royal-ascot-2013/

Royal Ascot Graphic

2013 US Open Tips

Another great spectacle in the Golfing calender tees off this week, with the second major of the season, the US Open, taking centre stage at Merion.

All the big players are in attendance, and whilst Tiger Woods is likely to be the pick of most, following his win in the Players Championship, but at 4/1 he looks a little too short for your average punter on what is a wide-open event.

Fortunately for us, BetVictor are very kindly offering a quarter of the odds, and placings down to seventh place, as opposed to the top five with other major bookmakers.

This means we can look for value, and there seems to be one player who is rather overpriced, at 22/1.

GRAEME MCDOWELL (22/1)

My main selection for the event is the in-form Northern Irishman, Graeme McDowell.

He is in tremendous form, having notched up victories in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, before going to land the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.

His record in the US Open is exemplary, having never missed the cut in seven appearances in the second major of the golfing calendar.

Since 2009, his record in the competition reads, eighteenth, first, fourteenth, second, so you have to question why the 33-year-old’s odds are as big as they are.

He was exuding confidence in a recent interview, which is important at such a course. Confidence is needed in your own game, if you are to be at home on what can be a difficult course.

“You could say I’m in the form of my life going into an event in which my record kind of speaks for itself.”

McDowell’s accuracy off the tee, as-well as his short game will be a major factor in his success this week, as the Merion course is renowned as short and tricky, at just  6996 yards.

The Heritage Pro-Am April 20, 2011 Hilton Head, SC

This means his recent quote, when he said: “I would say I’m quite good at acknowledging that par is a great score at the US Open. When that becomes a good score, I’m a decent scrambler. I drive it straight, my iron play is solid and I’m a good putter,” should instill confidence in any punters wanting to invest in GMac.

He rounded off a recent interview by saying: “I feel like I’m a substantially better player than I was three years ago (when he won at Pebble Beach).”

Which points you in the direction if thinking if he manages to step up on his performance at Pebble Beach, it will take something special to stop him. He looks a solid-bet each-way at 22/1 with BetVictor, and he could be a lot shorter come Sunday evening.

However, it often pays to back more than one in these sort of events, as if GMac just so happens to misplace a few on the first day, you don’t want to be having to watch the rest of the three days in angst, knowing you have no chance whatsoever.

My betting strategies always result in me having a ‘saver’ on one of the leading contenders to attempt to minimise any potential losses, however this year I am opposing Woods, McIlroy and Scott, which means that the next solid bet on a leading contender, will have to be Matt Kuchar.

MATT KUCHAR – 20/1

Kuch’s strong mentality will be a major strength over the four days at Merion, and his ability to put behind him any mistakes he will make is a great trait to have.

He arrives at Pennsylvania in great form, with a win and a second in his last two appearances on a golf course.

Tie that in with the six top-ten finishes in only fourteen starts in 2013, and you have yourself a real contender.

Verizon Heritage Pro-Am in Hilton Head, SC April 14, 2010

His record in majors is solid, with five top-tens and only a pair of missed cuts since 2010, and this could be a great place for the 35-year-old to finally break his Major duck.

His tee accuracy is what usually lets him down, but with the opportunity for his magnificent short game to take centre stage, he should be in his element, and with him currently sitting at fifth in the PGA Scoring Average (69.739), he looks set for a big week.

That means we have two leading contenders on our side, but like in the Masters when I put up Angel Cabrera at 125/1, it always pays to have a big outsider onside, to make the last couple of days that little bit more interesting.

One good round, and you would be able to lay your bet off, essentially meaning you have a profit/free bet regardless.

This year’s big-priced selection for the US Open is last year’s tied-second Michael Thompson.

MICHAEL THOMPSON – 100/1

The American’s calm demeanor and impeccable short-game mean he enters the US Open with a real chance of going one better than last year’s result.

He ranks top ten in putting from ten to twenty-five feet, which is key to his chances this week, as with the fast and tricky greens, this is a real chance to pick up shots on the field.

His win in the Honda Classic showed his performance last year was no fluke, and his recent performances when finishing top-ten in the WGC Cadillac, and eighth in the incredibly difficult conditions at Muirfield Village when last seen, suggests he is set for another big challenge.

A three figure price looks too big to ignore, and along-side our two leading contenders, they should all hopefully go close.

Advice (All with BetVictor):

1.5 points each-way: Graeme McDowell @ 22/1

0.75 points each-way: Matt Kuchar @ 20/1

0.25 points each-way: Michael Thompson @ 100/1

2013= +30.41

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US Open Graphic