THE golden oldies are rolling back the years at the Welsh Open as John Higgins and Mark Williams both swept through to today's semis.

Higgins is now just two wins away from claiming a record fourth Welsh title and after sinking compatriot Stephen Maguire the Scot now faces young upstart Luca Brecel in the last four. The 19-year-old Belgian has already shocked world No.1 Mark Selby and is 8-5 at Sportingbet to reach the Final at the expense of Higgins, who's chalked up at 1-2 by Betfred.

In the other semi-final Welshman Williams – now joint title favourite with Higgins at 7-4 at Skybet – is 1-2 at Betfred while his opponent Ben Woollaston is the 7-4 outsider at bet365.

At the Cricket World Cup it's Afghanistan v Sri Lanka and in the early hours a clash that could be a cracker as India (13-8 at bet365) take on South Africa (4-7, Stanjames).

Simona Halep is favourite for glory at the Dubai Tennis Championships where she faces Karolina Pliskova in today's final. The Romanian is 2-5 at William Hill against the Czech ace, a 9-4 underdog at Skybet.

There's also plenty more sporting highlights on a packed Saturday of action so post your tips and chat here and good luck with your bets.


  1. Ellis 4 years ago

    Fognini going to fluff my out of my big treble!!

  2. BRIAN 4 years ago


    Will be

    Level Stakes-

    Juventus (Football)
    Standard Leige (Football)
    Hawks +3.5 (NBA)

    0.97/1 Bet365

    *LOST* (7 out of 10) hawks letting it down badly

    Just too much to choose from on a Saturday on every sport, so im putting this on early so i dont start over thinking things.
    I on double stakes to cover for last night

    Double Stakes (40)

    Benfica (Portugal Football)
    Hibs (Scottish Football)
    Man City (EPL)

    1.05/1 Bet365

  3. ticketyboo 4 years ago


    Superb picking again mate a full house plus a banker your the man to follow thanks.

  4. Ellis 4 years ago

    Big Boom !!!

    Treble around 3/1

    Ferrer win vs Monaco 1/6 WIN
    Fognini win vs Delbonis 4/9 WIN
    West Indies win vs Pakistan 13/10 WIN
    £60 returns £250 Happy Days for anyone who was on

  5. Ellis 4 years ago

    Has to be a double I’m lining up today!

    Karlovic Win vs Mannarino 4/7
    Monfils Win vs Bautista-Agut 2/5

    1.19/1 £40 stake for me

    • Ad 4 years ago

      Decent shout indeed Ellis. And well done with the treble yesterday. A bumpy ride but got there in the end!

      I’m always a little wary of Karlovic re-producing match after match but he seems to be in great form this week and should have too much for Mannarino. Monfils will win if he doesn’t have a wobble.

  6. Harry 4 years ago

    Disappointing collapse from Pakistan to kill both my bets. Only needed four 6’s from them but could only manage 2

  7. Harry 4 years ago

    Cricket World Cup

    India v South Africa

    Total boundaries – over 48.5

    5/6 williamhill

    5 points

  8. Ellis 4 years ago


    Seen great value in windies last night but think the favourites (SA) will win today. Any thoughts?

  9. Harry 4 years ago

    Cricket World Cup

    Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
    Team of top batsman – Sri Lanka

    England v Scotland
    Team of top batsman – England

    West Indies win v Zimbabwe

    Treble 0.93/1

    5 points

  10. Harry 4 years ago

    I’d have to agree, really fancied SA to do well before the tournament and I think this should be the match they show their intent. Only bet I’m having on this one though is over 48.5 boundaries, as both teams have incredible batting lineups and I fancy the bat to dominate this one

  11. Harry 4 years ago

    Reason being is that you can never rule out kohli and Dhoni etc of getting big scores against anyone, so I’d rather not back a winner, although I feel SA should be too strong

    • BRIAN 4 years ago


      Which bookie are you getting SA boundries line on ?


  12. Ellis 4 years ago


    My thoughts exactly. I also feel as with Pakistan last night that 1/2 is a bit short for two team which on there day could beat anybody

  13. leecunliffe 4 years ago

    Jordan just read the Peterston interview from yesterday and looks like he will be on his way, if he had his way he would end up at Dallas wonder if they fancy giving us de Marco Murray as a transfer. Trust me you will be backing Peterston over 100 yards every game next season and winning 80% of the time

  14. Harry 4 years ago

    Williamhill as quoted mate ^

    • BRIAN 4 years ago

      Cheers Harry

      Working offshore, Will Hill wont let me log into my account from my location.

      Stuck with 365, skybet neither have that line unfortunately.

      Dont really want to do SA outright as no value.

      Have to give it a miss

      • GaryEdinburgh 4 years ago

        fit like = VPN to UK (pay $8 a month to express VPN – tunnelbear give free 500 meg

  15. Harry 4 years ago

    That’s unlucky, willhill only bookies with that market at the moment, keep an eye on it though as one of them might open the market later. Only other bet I could suggest for you would be for a century to be scored in the match which I’ve seen tipped and talked about in a few other places too. The thinking is along the same lines as the boundaries bet to be honest with both teams have very strong batting lineups. It’s currently 10/11 with bet365.

    • BRIAN 4 years ago

      Yeah i see that one. Not sold on it though so ill just wait for a better spot.
      Im sure theres some tennis today
      i can loose on lol !

  16. Jordan 4 years ago

    SS Minnesota Timberwolves ML @ 8/11 **WIN**

    20% Bonus 5 fold @ PP


    @ 42/10 **WIN** Bonus paid out @ 51/10 (my maths was incorrect)

    Cheers tickety mate!

    Lee I know mate I’ve seen enough highlights on AP to know what a back he is! Will be good to see him in action if he’s eligible though. Wish I was watching in the Randy Moss days too! DeMarco would be a more than decent replacement mate haha, who knows what will happen. I’ve seen the Packers have got rid of another Linebacker so he’ll be in a Vikings jersey soon :D

    Initial NBA thoughts tonight but haven’t got prices for all

    THUNDER @ Hornets
    Suns @ CHICAGO
    Kings @ CLIPPERS
    CAVS @ Knicks
    Sixers @ MAGIC

  17. Harry 4 years ago

    Vicenza DNB
    Ternana DNB
    Swindon over 1.5tgs
    Barcelona over 2.5tgs
    Benevento -1AH
    MVV v Helmond Sport over 2.5mgs

    6fold 12/1 bet365

    0.5 points

  18. OriaZ 4 years ago

    Jordan, awesome tips mate yesterday! Spot on!
    Glad you made me back off the Hawks :)

    • Jordan 4 years ago

      Cheers Oriaz it was a shock result but I left them out of the 5 fold for a reason mate.

  19. Harry 4 years ago

    Wrong thread

  20. The bookie sniper 4 years ago

    Gennady golovkin v Martin Murray Golovkin to win rounds 1-6 at evens lump on. Golovkin to win rounds 1-3 at 4-1 seems like great value. Or do 10 point staking plan 5 points on each Good luck

  21. Ad 4 years ago

    Rolling Acca Leg 3:

    Halep d Pliskova
    Errani d Larsson

    I didn’t think i’d be backing Halep to win at any point this week, so unconvincing did I find some of her performances. However, she has lots going for her here. She played her best tennis of the week in her last two sets to take Wozniaki down. She will be fresher than Pliskova, who has played a lot of tennis over the last two weeks. While Pliskova is the sort of player who can trouble Halep due to her placement and weight of shot, she must be knackered. Her serve has deteriorated a little as the week’s progressed, and she has been playing aggressive baseliners all week. Halep will make her hit a ton more balls that any of those did, assuming she plays a decent match, and I’d be surprised if Pliskova had the energy or movement around the court to hang with her for the duration of this one. If she serves well it could be close for a while, but Halep’s extra energy, consistency and experience of winning finals should help her get over the line. I also have Pliskova’s performance against Suarez Navarro last week fresh in my mind, where she absolutely crumbled against a steady player late in the week. There’s a chance we could see the same again, and that’s what’s ultimately pushed me towards backing Halep for the win ahead of backing over 20.5 games.

    Errani might have had a scare in her last match but I’m really finding it hard to see how Larsson can hurt her. Haddad Maia is a six foot lefty who has more power than Errani and was no doubt spurred no by the confidence of youth. Larsson doesn’t have any of those advantages, and Errani just does everything better than her. The pair have met 5 times before and Errani has won comfortably 2-0 every time. Those were all on hard courts, and While Larsson is a better player on clay, so is Errani.

    Staked: £22.34
    Potential returns: £38.72
    (with BV, will be slightly more or less depending on your bookie)

    Good luck!

  22. OriaZ 4 years ago

    On it AD! Fingers crossed.

  23. Ad 4 years ago

    yep! was really close to putting Brengle to beat Barthel as the bet so i’ll be kicking myself doubly hard my double doesn’t land.

  24. Ad 4 years ago

    Kozlova to beat Barthel I mean.

  25. leecunliffe 4 years ago

    Yeah randy moss was like megatron is today he could go up with 3 defenders and still come down with ball and has blistering pace. We had jarred Allen too you want watch YouTube video of him where he gets in scrap with think it was Tampa Bay guard next play despite being bloodied up he smashed passed same back and took the qb down, crowd went crazy

  26. Ellis 4 years ago


    I’m an honest gambler and really on form at the minute pal. Just hope people are on!

    I would say I was lucky with Fognini but he bottled 7 match points. Definitely the Fognini of old and he was getting way too angry for my liking. Back on the avoid list!

  27. Jordan 4 years ago

    OKC Thunder ML
    Chicago Bulls ML
    LA Clippers ML

    11/10 @ Skybet

  28. Harry 4 years ago

    I know little about NFL but just seen randy moss mentioned and bought back memories of hours and hours on madden ’09. He was ridiculously overpowered haha

  29. leecunliffe 4 years ago

    Ha ha am sure moss was ten foot tall and wore wicketkeeper gloves

  30. Ad 4 years ago

    Halep wins it 2-0. Just about. Need Errani to do her bit now. I think she might make me sweat a bit, but as long as she comes through in the end it’s all good.

  31. Juan 4 years ago

    Anyone fancy Young to beat Tomic in the tennis later? Won their only previous meeting just last week & seems to be in very good form

    Any thoughts Ad??

  32. Ellis 4 years ago

    Juan ,

    Im not Ad but I’ll give my advice. I won’t be backing either player but personally I prefer the look of Tomic. He seems focused and he is finally making his surge towards the top 20 after years of being spoken about as the next aussie big thing

    He is very effective behind his first serve and his confidence is high. He should have enough to get past brown

  33. Ellis 4 years ago

    Young sorry

  34. Juan 4 years ago

    Thanks Ellis will maybe steer clear of that one, do you think Fognini can keep it close against Nadal? Or will he blow his top & suffer a good thrashing?!

  35. Ad 4 years ago

    I agree. I like Tomic in that one. It’s never guaranteed that he will produce his best but he’s looked really good this week and I fancy him to get revenge for last week’s defeat. Fabio could keep it close against Rafa if he is on it but he probably won’t be. He has a pretty woeful record against the top players. But Rafas not been at his best this week and didn’t finish till the very early hours this morning so you never know. I doubt Fog believes he can win, but he’s looked quite fired up this week.

  36. Ad 4 years ago

    If you do bet on the Rafa v Fognini match go for over 19.5 games rather than fognini handicap. I made that mistake with Cuevas last night. Thought he would make a game of it but because he got beat 6-0 in the third my bet lost. Fab is more than capable of completely collapsing for a set or two even if he nicks one.

  37. Harry 4 years ago

    Cricket World Cup

    India v South Africa

    Total boundaries – over 48.5

    5/6 William Hill

    5 points


    Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
    Team of top batsman – Sri Lanka

    England v Scotland
    Team of top batsman – England

    West Indies win v Zimbabwe

    Treble 0.93/1

    5 points


    Scotland win v England

    8/1 Betfred

    1 point


    England to be eliminated in group stage

    9/2 Skybet

    1 point

    • Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      Harry, England have been shocking but surely they can’t lose to Scotland. There are only about 20 guys in this country who actually play cricket.

  38. leecunliffe 4 years ago

    Wigan warriors v brisbane

    Chance for revenge for the wigan boys tonight after last year’s disaster down under and whilst wigan coach wane has been talking up the importance of this game brisbane on the other hand have turned up with a lot of injuries and a coach saying the result isn’t important it’s all about game time for him. So am going with my wigan boys

    Wigan to win -4 10/11
    Gelling first try 11/1
    Wigan over 3.5 tries
    Tomkins anytime 17/10

  39. thechief 4 years ago

    Anyone fancying Wigan tonight, they are sponsored by Coral and they offering evens Wigan win max stake 20 quid

  40. honda 4 years ago

    I reckon Ireland could beat England right about now. Scotland might be a bit of a push but good luck Harry ano its only small stakes. Not to quailfy tempting after the wash out

  41. thechief 4 years ago

    Evening Guys Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos

    It is leg 2 of the world club series, and Wigan are fancied slightly by the bookies. They are a 2 point favourite at 5/6 Coral. I think even though Wigan will be without their leader Sean O’loughlin, that will be a huge miss. Dan Sargion is back and so to is playmaker Matty Smith, his dual with Broncos Ben Hunt could be pivotal tonight. Its a big night to for Wigan scrum half George Williams, the Warriors youngster as a ton of potential and it is a big stage for him to show case is talents.

    Brisbane have had a few injuries and have left the talented Darius Bryd, Great Britain centre Jack Reed, Matt Gillett and Dale Copley at home. Justin Hodges, Josh McGuire and Corey Parker are just some of the star names who have travelled. Brisbane are fancied to bounce back from a poor season last season and be serious contenders in the NRL.

    With the Warriors three quarters all playing together for the first time this year, I will be on the two Warriors flyers Josh Charnley 1/1 and Joe Burgess 11/10 skybet. Charnley was the competition top try scorer last season and Joe Burgess is one of the game bright young stars and with his centre partner Sarginson back can score in this club series for the second year in a row.



    Good luck if your having a bet

  42. Ad 4 years ago

    Larsson now 15/1 if anyone wants to cove the acca for £2. i wont be!

  43. Shotty 4 years ago

    Im not so confident on a wigan win, these aussies are class, but i do think we will see a lot of points tonight so im on over 38.5 total points at 8/11

  44. thechief 4 years ago

    Shotty, I thought St George were value getting a 6pt start last night, but Wigan if they don’t have a man sent off in the first 2 mins like the last time they played a big match, can win this. I think they will wear them down physically and get the win, hopefully. Sick of losing to the Aussies. Good luck mate enjoy.

  45. nexus 4 years ago

    Looking forward to the Gennady Golovkin fight.

  46. Ad 4 years ago

    Errani takes it 7-5, 6-3. The acca rolls on!

    £38.72 is the current state of play. I’ll be back tonight or tomorrow morning with the next play. Let’s make it 4 on the spin!

    • Punting For Fun 4 years ago

      Nice 1 Ad and i admire your enthusiasm on tennis betting i really do m8

  47. huggybear 4 years ago

    tonights only bet 4 me is miami -2.5 , good luck guys…

  48. nexus 4 years ago

    Gennady Golovkin v Martin Murray is on CH5 from 10PM.

  49. Capone31 4 years ago

    Anyone know what happened the David Price fight? Under 6 rounds was 4/5

  50. Rafael 4 years ago

    Nba moneyline acca for tonight:
    OKC @ hornets
    pelicans @ HEAT
    kings @ CLIPPERS
    suns @ BULLS

    Pays around 3/1. Looks good, doesnt it?

  51. Harry 4 years ago

    Mr F, Honda, you’re both right but it’s only 1 point and I’ve been watching England cricket for years and not seem them in this state of mind. The worst thing about it is they’ve gone from world beaters and ranked #1 so they don’t know how to react in these situations and the mentality is all wrong. I still think at 8/1 it’s worth 1 point as weirder things have happened. Also, as bad as the Scottish attack is, if they do skittle us then there could be a point where the cash out or cover is tempting

  52. Juan 4 years ago

    Should have gone with my gut! Didn’t see the game, did Young step it up a level or did Tomic throw it away?

    • Ad 4 years ago

      I only saw bits and pieces but my impression was Tomic should have won 2-0. He should have broken at 4-4 in the second but ended up missing his chance then playing sloppy and getting broken himself next game. He had chances to break back in the final set but couldn’t convert them. Played to passively. I’m glad I didn’t bet on it.

  53. V P 4 years ago

    Harry I don’t agree, England have never been good at ODIs

  54. V P 4 years ago

    Although I can’t judge what their quality was before my time I’m 20

  55. Harry 4 years ago

    VP I’m 22, and firstly I was talking about England cricket in general as it’s the same people running it and the same players more or less across all three platforms, so the mentality is the same.
    Secondly, were you not watching us in 2012 when we were ranked number 1 in the world in all 3 platforms of the game and smashing Australia and India etc? As well as finishing runners up in 3 ODI world cups over the years and winning the t20 world cup in 2010. Wouldn’t say they’ve never been good mate

  56. dave 4 years ago

    last time I can remember england getting to the ODI final was in the 90’s

    they will probably beat Scotland but will never win tournament

    they don’t know who their best team is

    play guys better suited to test cricket

    don’t play a specialist spinner

    are tactically light years behind the other teams

    bets to avoid this game for betting

  57. Shotty 4 years ago

    TheChief.. was a really tough game as expected but my god the quality was terrible, that pitch didnt help either! Thought there would be a few points but turned into a scrappy game gutted wigan lost too!

  58. V P 4 years ago

    Ok I said it wrong, I’m talking specifically ODIs, they’ve done ok in short periods and never usually away from England. They’ve never been consistently good in ODIs because they lose to everyone outside of English conditions. Don’t worry I remember them taking the number one test ranking off India in that series

  59. V P 4 years ago

    It hurt

  60. Ad 4 years ago

    Classic Fabio!

  61. Punting For Fun 4 years ago

    I know this has been talked about in cricket circles a few years back and it involves Malingas bowling, no way can this be considered a legal bowling technique by malinga.

  62. OriaZ 4 years ago

    AD! Awesome tip, the bank is starting to build up nicely.
    Keep it up!

    Jordan and Huggy I’m on your NBA tips, fingers crossed!

    • Ad 4 years ago

      Cheers Oziaz, just hope I can keep it going a little while longer.

  63. Don_Corleone 4 years ago

    OKC Thunder -4.5 spread @ 10/11 with Betfair

    only one for me tonight guys.

    good luck with whatever you pick.

  64. Don_Corleone 4 years ago

    another one im on actually

    Phoneix Suns +12.5

  65. Harry 4 years ago

    Punting, the Slinger Malinga debate has been going on for a good 7-8 years haha. It’s technically legal though as he doesn’t bend his arm more than the 15° allowed and his arm is straight at release. In fact it’s almost impossible to bowl the way he does with the same accuracy, it takes a lot of skill not to keep firing down wides. It just looks illegal as it’s so unique and unorthodox

  66. sah1991 4 years ago

    NHL: St Louis Blues ODDS: 2.1

    The Blues are going to have to contend with some quality scorers in this game, but coming off of a strong game against Boston they should be primed for it. The Blues are averaging 3 goals per game as a team while giving up 2 to the opposition.

  67. Ad 4 years ago

    Fabio Fognini….Unbelievable!!!

  68. Capone31 4 years ago

    Ad what were his odds to win when he went 6-1 down in the 1st?

    • Ad 4 years ago

      I’ve no idea Capone. Big! I imagine you couldve got around 15/1 but that’s a complete guess.

  69. V P 4 years ago

    I remember bowling a good length straight ball with a Malinga action in a net once it’s one of my great achievements

  70. JimJams 4 years ago

    Capone – The odds with William Hill were 16/1 at the time, and I snapped him up at that, but completely chanced it. Although, I did have a good feeling about him before the match started, that soon disappeared as soon as I saw Nadal had thrashed him in that opening set.
    Anyway, very happy about it; all I need now is for Tottenham, Everton and my mighty Reds (Liverpool) to win tomorrow, in addition to Raal’s overs goal tips in the European games, and I’ll have made a decent return.

    X; Here’s hoping! All the best with everybody’s tips for Sunday!

  71. Jordan 4 years ago

    Testing, testing 1, 2, 3 mic check.

  72. Jordan 4 years ago

    Oh christ I’m back! Haven’t been able to post since about 5. Thought I was banned! Huggy been trying to tell you about Bosh being out for the season for the Heat! Bit late now obviously!

  73. JimJams 4 years ago

    A commission by way of PayPal to you Raal if it comes in. Would be great if you could tag specific users on this forum, or can you already?

  74. Ellis 4 years ago


    Cannot believe what happened in the Fognini match. Shocker!! I didn’t back it so I’m happy

    My double for the day is still going strong. Cmon Karlovic

  75. Harry 4 years ago

    From what I’ve seen over their 2 innings I’ll definitely be taking Afghanistan to beat Scotland in a double With something. I think they could smash their attack around. Should be anywhere between 4/9 and 4/5 I guess

  76. V P 4 years ago

    Think I’d go closer to the smaller price Harry

  77. Capone31 4 years ago

    16/1 very nice,

    No valve in Karlovic service games, he needs to be playing Djokovic to win money off his serve

  78. Jordan 4 years ago

    Good shout on the Thunder spread Don.

  79. Harry 4 years ago

    VP it will be but can’t see it being any smaller, unless they keep up this start!

  80. JimJams 4 years ago

    Thanks Capone. By the way, which sport is your speciality when it comes to betting? Would be good to make an accumulator together which comprises of games from tomorrow, through until Wednesday; maybe a mix of 8 games from the PL, Champions League, Championship and League One. What do you think?


  81. V P 4 years ago

    They’ve been so good can’t believe he didn’t run him out

  82. Harry 4 years ago

    Sangakkara gone now too! Cracking delivery

  83. Don_Corleone 4 years ago

    OKC Thunder -4.5 spread @ 10/11 with Betfair


    Cheers Jordan

    Houston let me down last night but they’re looking good against the raptors

  84. Jordan 4 years ago

    If the Bulls hold on anyone on my treble can cover on the Kings @ 9/2 @ Skybet.

  85. Jordan 4 years ago

    Sorry 365

  86. V P 4 years ago

    This is impressive

  87. Don_Corleone 4 years ago

    another one im on actually

    Phoneix Suns +12.5


  88. Jordan 4 years ago

    Anyone wanting to cover if followed and didn’t before can now cover the Kings @ 22/1 @ Skybet for a free night.

  89. huggybear 4 years ago

    jordan on fire , gonna follow you for a week or 2 till i`m confident again.. well one mate

    p.s great btts shout in the man city game ?

  90. Jordan 4 years ago

    OKC Thunder ML
    Chicago Bulls ML
    LA Clippers ML

    11/10 @ Skybet **WIN**

    Cheers huggy I try my best mate! Haha yeah shout of the century :D

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