Saturday’s sole Stobart Super League game is between 10th placed Salford and bottom-placed London Broncos, with the latter trying to improve on a haul of just six points from 22 games. Moreover they are trying to avoid a seventh successive loss to their Northern rivals.
In fact the Broncos have only won three of their last ten encounters and in their current form - they have won just two of ten league games – look up against it. Salford are in marginally better shape, winning four of their last ten league matches.
Only two of the last ten head-to-heads between the sides have seen a team score less than 14 points. That was in an unusual low-scoring 5-2 Salford win back in 2007 and their last encounter saw Salford run out 44-12 winners.
Overall, during Salford and Broncos last ten games the average winning margin has been 11.6 points, which might be a fact worth noting for win index and supremacy betting.
The long wait is nearly over as David Haye and Dereck Chisora will finally get to fight in the ring at Upton Park this Saturday. It’s the clash that everyone has been talking about ever since the infamous Munich press conference in February that resulted in Chisora losing his boxing licence and plenty of self-respect.
Haye is firm favourite on Sporting Index’s win index market, but the Hayemaker might not have it all his own way. In his last fight Haye was beaten after 12 rounds on a TKO by Wladimar Klitschko and he’s had to go the distance twice in his last four fights. The other 12 round fight was against Nikolay Valuev in Nuremburg.
Dereck Chisora is no stranger to long fights and has proven in the past he can stand up against better fighters. Before the incident in Munich Chisora had fought bravely against the better Klitschko, but eventually lost on a UD. In fact three of Chisora’s previous four fights have gone the distance and that will bring Sporting Index’s fight minutes and total round market s into play on Saturday.
England have won both their games under Roy Hodgson’s guidance without conceding a goal, but it’s off-field issues that are threatening the Three Lions’ chances at Euro 2012. As the John Terry/Rio Ferdinand saga continues to grow, England’s biggest test is just around the corner. France smashed Estonia 4-0 in their final warm-up game and they also have a superb record against the Three Lions.
Anyone brave enough to buy England’s win index on Monday may think twice after learning that Les Bleus have not lost against the Three Lions for five internationals. At Wembley two years ago, the French recorded their third consecutive win over England with goals from Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena. Further concern for England’s spread supporters is that the side have been knocked out at the group stage four times in their last six European Championships.
Tottenham’s season is threatening to fall to pieces as the 1-0 defeat at QPR left them three points off Newcastle – who currently occupy the final Champions League spot. Spread bettors that have bought Spurs’ Championship Index will be praying that Harry Redknapp can side get his up for one final push for the fourth place as time runs out.
Blackburn are next to visit White Hart Lane and they finally ended a run of five straight defeats by beating Norwich 2-0 last weekend at Ewood Park. Rovers’ spread supporters won’t need reminding that they have lost five times in their past six away league games. There’s also further concerns for anyone buying the visitor’s win index as they have a shocking recent record against Spurs.
Spurs have won their previous five games against Blackburn and they lost 4-2 on their most recent visit to White Hart Lane.
Scott Williams’ superb individual try at Twickenham handed Wales a 20th Triple Crown title in an extremely tight contest with England. The 19-12 victory kept Wales’ dream of a Grand Slam alive, although France remain in the running for the ultimate prize this year.
France could say goodbye to their Grand Slam dreams on Sunday as the two sides prepare to meet in Paris. Two weeks ago Ireland’s game in France was postponed due to the freezing weather and Ireland will finally have a chance to end their dismal run against Les Bleus on Sunday.
Ireland have really struggled against Les Bleus recently and last year’s 26-22 loss at Lansdown Road was the fourth straight defeat against Sunday’s opponents. The Emerald Isle last beat the French in 2009 following a 30-21 triumph and that was their first in 12 internationals playing France.
Spread bettors with an interest in the match supremacy market might like to know that the past two France victories have been close affairs. The average winning margin for those two contests stands at 5.5 points.