The Wolf’s Sporting Guide – June 22
The World Cup is in full swing and The Wolf is loving every second if it! Don’t miss his previews & recommended bets for the World Cup, State of Origin, International Rugby League, AFL, Rugby, Tennis and MLB.
AFL: Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne – (Sat 7:25pm)
You’d bet the Bulldogs are wishing they had the bye right now. They have been utterly decimated with injury and they are a shadow of their former 2016 selves. The Wolf is expecting the Kangaroos to pile on the points in the second half and heap more misery on the poor Dogs.
Best: North Melbourne 2nd Half Line -15.5 ($1.87)
Rugby League: England v New Zealand – (Sun 6am)
England look like the way to go here. New Zealand have named seven debutants in their squad, and will be missing the experience and class of players like Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Tohu Harris. England could have very easily beaten Australia in last year’s World Cup Final and should be too strong for an understrength Kiwis side.
Best: England WIN ($1.70)
World Cup: Germany v Sweden – (Sun 4:00am)
Germany have been to 19 World Cups and failed at the opening hurdle just once! They have made the semi’s or better in their last 4 appearances and The Wolf says not to be discouraged by their loss to Mexico. They dominated possession and created enough chances to win three football games. The last two clashes between them have produced an incredible 14 goals with Germany registering 17 goals in their last 6 against the Swedes. There will be goals!
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.85)
Rugby Union: Australia v Ireland – (Sat 8pm)
The scene is set for a pulsating third Test decider in Sydney after Ireland’s series-levelling 26-21 win last weekend. The Wallabies drew first blood with a gritty 18-9 victory in the first Test, but the tourists showed excellent poise to get the job done in the second encounter. Jonny Sexton’s return at flyhalf proved crucial, booting 16 points for Ireland. The Six Nations champs’ ability to shut down fullback danger-man Israel Folau was crucial to their success and Australia need to work out how to free him up again on Saturday – as well as improving their work at the breakdown. Ireland have the monkey of a 39-year Test win drought in Australia off their back now, but eight of the nations’ last nine clashes have been decided by nine points or less and this shapes as yet another cliff-hanger.
Best: Triple Margin 1 – either team by under 7.5 or draw ($2.25)
Rugby League: Papua New Guinea v Fiji (Sat 4pm)
Both teams have key troops out, with Fiji missing Api Koroisau, Viliame Kikau and Taane Milne from their 2017 World Cup squad, while PNG will be without the likes of Nene Macdonald and David Mead. The Wolf has his concerns around the Fiji halves pairing of Jarryd Hayne and Henry Raiwalui in the absence of Koroisau, while the flashy brilliance of Watson Boas and James Segeyaro will ensure that the Kumuls will be able to test Fiji’s defence throughout the 80 minutes. The upset is on the cards.
Value: Papua New Guinea ($4.20)
State Of Origin – Game 2: New South Wales v Queensland (Sunday 7:40pm)
The Wolf felt that NSW always had Game 1 in control despite trailing by 12-8 at one stage during the contest. They looked to have more points in them than Queensland, and the Maroons attack offered little, with one try off an intercept and the other off a kick. The selection of Ponga and the return of Slater will help Queensland’s ability to score points, but the Blues have strike all over the park and will be able to use their outside men to their advantage, with Queensland sure to focus on slowing down the ruck and keeping Blues hooker Damien Cook quiet after he tore them apart in Game 1. NSW to wrap up the series with a win by 1-12 points.
Best: New South Wales 1-12 ($2.80)
Value: New South Wales 21-30 points/Queensland 11-20 points ($5.25)