After a mixed round two, we’re still front and the majority of our outright bets are looking good. The seeded players start meeting in round three so we finally get some value in match betting markets.

Having opposed Dominic Thiem in the previous round - spectacularly unsuccessfully - we will do so again with David Goffin. The Belgian has been a bit up and down so far this week but he is destined for the top and boasts an impressive head-to-head record with Thiem. I genuinely thought this would be 5-6 each of two so Goffin is a must-bet at 6-4 or bigger and 11-4 about Goffin -1.5 sets on the handicap is similarly tempting.

I am looking forward to seeing Nick Kyrgios take on sixth seed Tomas Berdych. The Australian often starts well and, while I think the match itself will be closer than the odds suggest, I am confident he can take the first set of what should be a cracking encounter.

Andy Murray has been out of the blocks quickly this week and now he faces Joao Sousa for the third time in four Australian Opens. In six meetings, Murray has dropped just one set - on clay - to the Portuguese and another comfortable win looks on the cards. The odds are largely prohibitive but I can’t resist a go at Murray to win the first set 6-0 and 6-1, bets which would have landed in the first two rounds.
David Goffin to beat Dominic Thiem - 4pts @ 18/11
Goffin -1.5 sets v Thiem - 1pt @ 11/4
Nick Kyrgios to win first set against Tomas Berdych - 2pts @ 6/5
Andy Murray to win first set 6-0 against Joao Sousa - 2pts @ 18/1
Murray to win first set 6-1 against Sousa - 2.5pts @ 13/2
Kateryna Bondarenko was simply superb against Svetlana Kuznetsova and a repeat of that performance would see her past Belinda Bencic. The Swiss was too good for Alison Riske in round one before beating the wayward Timea Babos. This looks set to be much tougher and the 29-year-old Ukrainian is good value at 3-1 or better.

Yulia Putintseva is one of the more temperamental players on tour but her first-round defeat of Caroline Wozniacki showed she is talented as well. She is priced up as a slight underdog against Margarita Gasparyan but I think she has the game to beat the Russian and make it through to round four.

There are still some one-sided affairs at this stage of the competition and we will back Victoria Azarenka to win her first set quickly again. She faces Japan’s Naomi Osaka who stunned Elina Svitolina this morning but the 18-year-old will find life far harder against Azarenka’s extra power. The former world number one is well and truly on it this week and she should scorch through.
Kateryna Bondarenko to beat Belinda Bencic - 2pts @ 17/5
Yulia Putintseva to beat Margarita Gasparyan - 2pts @ 17/12
Victoria Azarenka to win first set 6-0 against Naomi Osaka - 2pts @ 8/1
Azarenka to win first set 6-1 against Osaka - 2.5pts @ 7/2