Your Best Bet
Sky Bet's tipsters pick out the best odds on this weekend's Super League, Test Cricket and Super Sunday
Last Updated: 28/02/13 6:00pm
As ever, Sky Bet's tipsters are on hand to guide you through the weekend's biggest sporting events, and how you can win money on them.
Rugby League expert Jordan Fiddes is on a roll as he bids for a hat-trick of winning picks, so overlook his tip on St. Helens v Leeds at your peril.
Steve Bramley produced a winner on his debut last week and offers his cricket knowledge this time around, while Tim Clement returns to the column to offer his best bet on Super Sunday.
St. Helens v Leeds
When it comes to Grand Finals, Leeds certainly have the upper hand over St. Helens, winning all four meetings between the two sides at Old Trafford. In the league, however, it's a completely different story as the Rhinos haven't won in St. Helens' back yard since March 2008.
In the corresponding fixture last year, the Rhinos lined up with dyed red hair in aid of Sport Relief and were comfortably beaten 46-6. This week, however, Leeds will have a completely different attitude coming off the back of a bruising encounter against Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge.
A marginal loss against the best club side in the world can bring teams and players together and I'm expecting a Rhinos backlash at the home of the Saints. It will be a closely fought contest for sure but a lot will depend on who gets on the front foot first.
In their two previous games at Langtree Park, St. Helens have conceded a try to the opposition's left winger and that's why I'll be going for Ryan Hall to score on Friday night. Widely regarded as the world's best winger, Hall has already scored two Super League tries and, more crucially, scored Leeds' first try last weekend against the Melbourne Storm.
With Ben Jones-Bishop and Zak Hardaker injured and Kallum Watkins' subsequent move to full-back, Leeds are heavily lopsided on Hall's right-hand side.
The Champions will be looking to move the ball to his side as often as possible and, with Joel Moon's offloading talents inside him, Hall has a great chance of scoring a try. He is 15/2 to score the opening try of the game, which works out at just under 2/1 to be on the score sheet within the first four scores.
India v Australia
While England ready themselves for the Ashes with a Test series in New Zealand, Australia face a gruelling examination of their credentials to retain the urn in the heat of India.
Things didn't get off to the best of starts for Michael Clarke's side as they suffered an eight-wicket hammering in the 1st Test and I expect much of the same when the sides clash in Hyderabad on Saturday.
MS Dhoni laid the foundations for an easy win in Chennai with a brilliant double hundred, highlighting the frailty of Australian attack, and then India's spinners cashed in on a dust-bowl pitch to wrap up victory.
India are now even money to make it 2-0 and that looks a seriously good bet to me on what is certain to be another turning track, while a series whitewash is now 5/1 - before the 1st Test it was a massive 25/1!
Ravi Ashwin, who took 12 wickets in the 1st Test, looks too short to consider to take the most wickets in the first innings for India but slow left-armer Ravi Jadeja at around 11/2 could be the value bet in conditions that will definitely suit.
Tottenham v Arsenal
"How good is Gareth Bale?" was the rhetorical question rolling round offices on Tuesday morning after another phenomenal display against West Ham on Monday night. While an answer is not necessary, backing the Tottenham winger to continue his fine form in the north London derby most certainly is.
The Welshman has scored an incredible nine goals in his last seven games, including three braces from his last four appearances - making backing him to score anytime at 5/4 a license to print money.
It is not simply the Welsh winger's sensational form that leads us towards this punt, but the free-scoring nature of this fixture, having contained 33 goals from its last six editions. The openness of the north London derby in recent years means the under/over mark is placed higher than your average Premier League clash, with the standardised mark of under 2.5 goals available at 11/10.
All of the last eight meetings has cleared that marker and five of the last six has seen over 3.5, which is priced up at a tempting 13/8. Another trend, which the regular residents of White Hart Lane will not be looking to see a repeat of, is the Gunners coming from behind to win the last two, which is priced up at 8/1 in Sky Bet's 'Match Specials'.
Arsene Wenger's men have also gone on to put five past their neighbours in the last two clashes, but as 2/1 outsiders just to secure another win, the Gunners are considered 66/1 shots to repeat that feat.
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