Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans Handicap Betting Preview – Sat 9th Jan by @DarkDyson

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – NRG Stadium at 21:35 live on Sky Sports 1

I love Wildcard Weekend, we get to see teams in clutch situations with the season and often jobs on the line. Plus, we get an indication of which teams are building up that Super Bowl momentum as we get stuck into the ‘main course’ of the 2015/16 season.

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First up is the AFC clash between the 9-7 AFC South Champion, Texans and the 11-5 Wildcard Chiefs. For me this game is the most one sided of all the games this weekend, although the bookies do make the Seattle Seahawks a shorter priced favourite than the Chiefs, because the Texans really only have two star players and very little to offer on offence.

Despite having a great defence led by double Defensive Player of Year, JJ Watt and in my opinion the leagues number one WR this past season, in DeAndre Hopkins. They simply do not have the weapons on Offence to trouble Andy Reid’s Chiefs.

 

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Andy Reid

They do have home field advantage, which as we all know can make or break a playoff run, however they are up against a team which ranks third in Opponent Points Per Game and on top of that, the Chiefs are on an incredible 10 game winning streak right now.

Over that streak the Kansas City Defence has given up just 12.8 PPG and although the only high powered offence they faced over this period was the Pittsburgh Steelers, they limited Big Ben and co to just 13 points.

The Texans ranked a lowly 22nd in the league, with just 21.2 PPG and it really is hard to see how they will be able to score enough points to win this contest on Saturday night. They have notched over 30 points in their last two games, but the combined defences of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans, would not put up as much resistance as the Chiefs D.

To top it off, QB Alex Smith has got his Offence into a nice rhythm during this amazing winning run. They have averaged 27.8 PPG during their 10 game streak and all without superstar RB Jamal Charles in the backfield.

Coming into the game, there is one key injury which could have a huge impact on which way this game goes. Houston’s left tackle Duane Brown tore his quad in the final game of the season and with the Chiefs potentially welcoming back sack master Justin Houston from injury, it could be a long and painful night for Texans QB Bryan Hoyer.

The Chiefs have improved on Offence that is clear from their rushing stats of 127.8 YPG on the ground, which is good enough for 6th best in the NFL. However, with JJ Watt leading the Texans D this should be a low scoring and close contest to the end.

Ultimately, the Chiefs are a better team in every area except for Watt and Hopkins but it would take a performance for the ages from both of them and a stinker from all the Chiefs for this game to go to the home side.

It is the playoffs and anything could happen, plus you have to respect the Texans in their own building, but I am happy to back the Chiefs to continue their streak and win their 11th game in a row this weekend.

I would also not put people off backing Under 40 Points in this one, as the defences should dominate but two things hold me back from taking that bet are, both defences are capable of scoring points of their own and with the season on the line, both teams might have to open up their offence if they want to win.

The other teams I like to progress to the Divisional round of the playoffs are: Steelers, Seahawks and Redskins. Plus, they should all cover their handicap lines.

Handicap Betting Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -3 at 1.82 with Matchbook

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DarkDyson

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ATP Chennai Handicap Betting Preview – Fri 8th Jan by @DavAulak

Roberto Bautista Agut v Borna Coric

When Roberto Bautista Agut and Borna Coric finish their careers, I do think the latter would have had the bigger impact on the Tour. However, at this stage of their careers I still give the former the edge in the head to head and I expect Bautista Agut to show that off in this Quarter Final in Chennai.

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There is a lot of hard work that Bautista Agut puts into his game on the court, but he has an under-rated first serve that can help him set up the points. His defensive work will extract errors from players outside of the top ten in the World Rankings and I expect Bautista Agut to do that against Coric.

 

Borna Coric

Borna Coric

I like what Coric is able to do on the court and the potential he shows, but this is still a learning curve for him and a player like Bautista Agut can frustrate him. The Spaniard won’t give up anything easy and that can be a mental issue for a younger player who has the big expectations that Coric has on his shoulders.

In 2015 Bautista Agut won both the matches played against Coric on the clay courts, a surface that might suit the latter better than Bautista Agut. This should be an interesting match to see how far Coric has come, but I think he might still be frustrated by the opponent he faces and I expect the higher Ranked player to move through 64, 64.

Handicap Betting Pick: Roberto Bautista Agut -3.5 Games at 1.92 with Matchbook

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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ATP Chennai Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Tue 5th Jan by @DavAulak

Vasek Pospisil v Aljaz Bedene

There is every chance that Great Britain will have two players Seeded at Wimbledon this year if Aljaz Bedene can kick on to open 2016. Depending on how quick the ITF can come to a decision this year, there is every chance Bedene is leading the line for Great Britain as they defend the Davis Cup which was won in December.

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For now he will concentrate on his first match of the 2016 season as he looks to improve on his Number 45 World Ranking, but it looks a tough match against Vasek Pospisil who is still trying to find his consistency on the Tour.

What Pospisil does possess is a pretty good serve and decent volleying skills, although he can be a little erratic off the ground from the baseline. The Canadian will look to use his weapons to put some scoreboard pressure on Bedene and try and crack the latter that way, although he is likely to be assisted by Bedene who can be a little sloppy protecting his serve at times.

 

Vasek Pospisil

Vasek Pospisil

The Pospisil return game can be a little poor at times, but he is likely to get enough balls back in play through his sheer wingspan which can extract errors from Bedene. I expect it will be a tight battle that will take a couple of points here and there to make the difference between winning and losing, but I like Pospisil’s chances of getting out of tougher spots behind the big serve and I believe he will eventually prevail in this one 76, 64.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Vasek Pospisil – 2.5 Games @ 1.87 with UNIBET

Prices correct at time writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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