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Welcome to the free sports betting tips for Monday, October 3rd, 2016.
All eyes were on the Ryder Cup this weekend, and being a staunch supporter of the European side, the 17-11 defeat was not good. In fact, Graeme and I both agreed that Europe looked a great bet at the odds, but it wasn’t to be. Was it the partisan crowd? Well, it probably helped. But the fact is, the American team is filled with unbelievable talent, and with the right captain at the helm, picking the right pairings, it makes things that little bit easier for them. American had lacked good captaincy over the past few years, as Phil Mickelson had pointed out prior to the tournament, and he seems to have been proven right. Will Europe get the job done in Paris in 2018? Well, if the American team can click like they did this year, Europe might find themselves on the back of a dry spell, just like America have done.
In NFL, there are a couple of talking points, not least the Patriots’ 16-0 defeat at the hands of the Bills. Still, Tom Brady will be back next week and Deflategate will be done and dusted. At least for now. The other big talking point is in Carolina, where the Panthers continue to struggle. Carolina are 1-3 so far and now there is a huge question mark over the health of their superstar QB Cam Newton. Without Newton, it’s hard to see where Carolina will get that spark from, and they might already have to consign their season to the bin if things don’t turn around. Sure, they met an inspired Matt Ryan on Sunday, but things just don’t seem to be going the way of last season’s Super Bowl runners-up.
And in the English Premiership, Manchester United came back down to earth with a bump, drawing 1-1 with Stoke, after thumping Leicester City 4-1 the week previous. Arsenal continued to win, albeit in dubious circumstances. Manchester City just looked tired after their 3-3 draw against Celtic, and Tottenham took them apart, winning 2-0 and missing a penalty in the process. Maybe this season in the EPL isn’t going to be as cut-and-dry as I and many others had thought?
Let’s get onto the free sports betting tips for October 3rd, 2016.
Giants vs Vikings Betting Tip
The key words here are ‘second string’, which really applies more to the Vikings than the Giants, as at least New York still have a few Eli Manning at the helm, while the Vikings are without their talismanic running back as well as their first choice QB. Still, the injuries don’t seem to have bothered either team, and the Vikings are on some crazy run at the moment that few would have predicted. In fact, few would have predicted such a strong start for the Giants either.
The game is going to be one for the purists, with both sides probably going to try and eke out a tight win, which is why although the Vikings are big favourites, the line is a low -4 points. Now, the Vikings are going to be playing a very tight D and will try and shut the Giants down. Of course, the same will be said for the Giants, and without Adrian Peterson, things will be easier for the Giants’ D. New York Giants +4 is the obvious and sensible play here. It should be tight, and I can’t see a blow out here, so although I can see the Vikings winning, I like the chances of the Giants keeping it to within a field goal.
World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips
The World Grand Prix Darts started last night in double, with its unique double-in, double-out format. We saw defeats for James Wade and defending champion Robert Thornton amongst others, while Adrian Lewis and Jelle Klaasen put on a bit of a darting masterclass, which Jackpot eventually won 2-1 in a game that saw some incredible finishing. Tonight, we see the second lot of first round matches, and the game’s biggest names, Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen start their bid to win the 2016 World Grand Prix.
Daryl Gurney to score most 180s vs Mensur Suljovic. I love Suljovic, as fans of the site will know, but he’s not a prolific 180 scorer, while the young Northern Irishman is. While I think the Austrian will win, Gurney is sure to batter in a few maximums.
Over 4.5 180s in Smith vs Norris match. This is simple – we should get a lot of legs, and both men can hammer the treble 20 for fun. This line looks easily beaten, especially as King and Barney beat it last night, and they were throwing utter junk at times.
Simon Whitlock to beat Joe Cullen. I don’t understand Whitlock’s big price here. Whitlock is coming into this having won the Players Championship event in Dublin on Saturday, beating Ronny Huybrtechts 6-5 in the final. He beat Michael van Gerwen 6-3 on his way to the title, and Whitlock is a player that thrives on confidence. I could see a 2-0 win for the Aussie, but his price for a win is just too good to pass up.
Steve West to beat Phil Taylor. You might think I’m mad, but I’m advising a small bet on Steve West to beat Phil Taylor. The Power has been on the receiving end of some big shocks in Dublin, and he’s playing a man who is in form, having reached the semi-finals of the Players Championship event on Saturday, losing to eventual winner Simon Whitlock. I think West’s price is too big in what is a short format, and which has seen Taylor be shocked in the first round more than once. If West wasn’t in such great form, having gone deep in several tournaments recently, I wouldn’t advise it, but it’s worth a small bet, in case Taylor is feeling the effects of a hectic Champions League Darts tournament two weekends ago.