Australia Day Long Weekend 5 Best Bets
This Australia Day long weekend's 5 best bets cover the Australian Open, horse racing, the FA Cup plus Triple J's Hottest 100.
FA Cup – Arsenal v Man United
The Tip: Over 2.5 Goals
Why: Don’t expect either manager to field weakened teams; Unai Emery played a strong side against Spurs in the EFL Cup (before getting knocked out), while Solskjær would be a fool to throw away his winning streak by not taking this seriously.
78% of Manchester United’s matches in the Premier League have seen over 2.5 goals this season, and while the figure is a slightly leaner 61% for Arsenal, they’ve only failed to score once at The Emirates (against Manchester City); Solskjær’s United have 19 goals in their seven matches, so we’re certain they will score as well.
Horse Racing – Randwick Race 3
The Tip: Sylvia’s Mother
Why: Looks to be a filly with a bright future and will take a power of beating here today. Looked impressive when storming home to defeat Alassio by a length at Canterbury three weeks back, with that form franked when the runner-up won a metro race last start. Looks to be a star in the making.
Tennis – Australian Open Ladies Final
The Tip: Naomi Osaka
Why: Osaka’s 26-9 hard court record in 2018 plus her appreciation for the big stage, highlighted by her performance against Serena Williams in last year’s US Open Final, should be enough for Osaka to cause a slight upset.
Osaka has the form over Kvitova too, having come through four top 30 players in the world to reach the Final. Keep an eye on whether Osaka win’s the first set of the Final – in every match (38) she won the first set in 2018, she went on to win the match.
Triple J Hottest 100
The Tip: Confidence – Ocean Alley
Why: Currently favourite to take out the top song as voted by the Australian public, Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ gained instant popularity after its release and was soon peaking in the top 20 of the ARIA charts and received regularly rotation on the airwaves of Australian radio.
Locals have taken home the number one spot in four of the past five years and this certainly fits the bill to continue that trend.
Tennis – Australian Open Men’s Final
The Tip: Rafael Nadal
Why: After dismantling Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, Nadal progresses to his 5th Aus Open Final where he will face either Novak Djokovic or Frenchman Lucas Pouille on Sunday, enjoying an extra day’s rest than his opposition.
The 2009 Australian Open champion has not lost a set this campaign and hasn’t been broken since his opening-round clash with wildcard Australian James Duckworth, five matches ago.