Boks’ price is look­ing a lit­tle tasty

The Mercury - - SPORT - Sanele Tsha­bal­ala

BOY, there is a lot go­ing on this week­end. First things first: af­ter the Boks “kissed their Oz sis­ter” in Perth last week, ex­pect a tough game against the All Blacks in Al­bany.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, the Boks haven’t beaten these chaps in eight years, but are tasty at 11/2. All Blacks are un­der 1/10 with the draw (imag­ine that) at 33/1. The hand­i­cap is 19 points.

Ex­pect an almighty scrap, but our bench is not nearly as strong as theirs. Aus­tralia against Ar­gentina could be a bel­ter, es­pe­cially if the Pu­mas put in a shift sim­i­lar to last week. Ar­gies at 4/1 and Aus­tralia at 2/10, and a hand­i­cap of 13 points.

Bones says go with the away team on the spread.

Pro14 brings Euro flavour to African shores. Kings will see flames against Le­in­ster – even with help from Home Af­fairs – and Chee­tahs should squeak in against Ze­bre. Look at the spread for both Le­in­ster and Chee­tahs. The EPL re­turns af­ter mid­week mad­ness for those for­tu­nate five in the Cham­pi­ons League. Strange hear­ing that tune with Arse­nal not in it, I must say. Any­hoo … Hud­der­s­field will look to keep liv­ing the dream against Le­ices­ter.

Have a look at home team win +draw at 6/10. Liver­pool host Burn­ley, who are at a lu­di­crous 8/1 – I may take a dip at that price! over this.

Then we have Watford host­ing a red hot Man City, who will keep bang­ing them in.

On Sun­day, we wake up to box­ing: Gen­nady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) v Saul Al­varez (41-1, 31 KOs) in what should be a real box­ing match, rather than that fixed farce a cou­ple of weeks ago.

We have a real bust up be­tween heavy punch­ers, with GGG as 6/10 favourite, while the Mex­i­can spice is at 13/10. GGG holds the IBO, WBC, WBO – keep up – and then Goals writ­ten all there is a new WBC, Mex­i­can themed belt to com­mem­o­rate their na­tional vakan­sie. Strange, ne? But it’s Ve­gas.

Lunchtime brings Chelsea v Gun­ners at The Bridge. Man United host Ever­ton and a Rooney re­union, and that alone will be worth the watch. I’d take a sneaky look at Rooney as an any­time goal scorer.

Both Sun­day’s vis­it­ing teams are play­ing a sec­ond game in four days, so that fa­tigue fac­tor makes home teams a sen­si­ble punt. How­ever, write off the hurt­ing Gun­ners at your peril. The draw is at 5/2. Bones, over and out.

The Golovkin v Al­varez fight will be broad­cast on from 2am on Sun­day on SS2.

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