Banker - Tom Bowles


For this week’s banker, I’m taking the three most nailed-on selections from our tipster Will Rook’s Brazilian and MLS five-folds.

With all three matches being played over the course of the weekend, it’s a nice opportunity to wake up on Monday morning with a tidy profit.

Flamengo have won 19 of their last 26 home matches – losing just once – and are poised to return to winning ways against Coritiba.

The visitors come into the game on the back of two successive defeats, including a 4-0 drubbing at Ponte Preta last time out.

Back Flamengo to win at .

Next up is Toronto, who top the MLS’ Eastern Conference.

They should ease to victory over Colorado Rapids, who have lost three of their last four and are second bottom of the Western Conference.

Back Toronto to get the job done at .

Finally, Seattle Sounders should ensure this treble comes in by beating San Jose Earthquakes.

Seattle are unbeaten in their last five home matches, three of which have been wins.

San Jose, meanwhile, have four of their last five away matches, including a 5-1 honking to New York Red Bulls last time out. Back the Sounders to win the match at .

Value bet - Tom Clee


We’ll kick things off with the coveted Asia Cup.

I thought Liverpool were relatively impressive against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, with Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and an apparently-fit Daniel Sturridge all looking sharp.

Combined with a regular front three of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, the Reds should have too much for Leicester (who needed penalties to make it past West Brom).

Jurgen Klopp's side are to lift their first silverware of the season. *coughs*

Moving over to rugby union, the Stormers have won just one of their eight Super Rugby Finals Series fixtures to date.

Taking on a Chiefs side who have won five and drawn one of their seven away matches so far – and who also beat them 60-21 at the same stage last year – I don’t expect that record to improve.

The South African outfit have conceded the most points of all the quarter-finalists this season, so backing the Chiefs to lead at both half time and full time at makes sense.

Finally, we’ll go for a slow-burner in the darts while there is still a bit of value to be had.

Michael van Gerwen has won the World Matchplay for the last two years and has already defended both his Premier League and Masters titles this season on the way to 10 tournament victories.

Playing over such a long format, the occasional wobbles that have crept into his game will prove far less costly.

It’s well worth backing him at to triumph in Blackpool once again and bring this value bet home by the time next weekend comes around.

Long shot - Adam Drury


Bayern Munich missed several big chances against Arsenal in the week, before conceding an equaliser that was totally out of the blue.

Back them to bounce back with a big victory over AC Milan at .

In the Women’s European Championships, I see little evidence that either Iceland or Switzerland are capable of winning this one.

Neither side have won either of their last three matches – that run extends to four for Iceland – so a draw is on the cards at .

Finally, back Barcelona to avenge – well, y’know – last season’s Champions League defeat to Juventus with a pre-season win at .

The Italians have lost Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves in a turbulent pre-season, while all of Barcelona’s top players should come back refreshed after a decent break.

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