Men's Wimbledon Championships
It is really difficult to oppose the big two in the betting in the Men's draw at Wimbledon which starts at Midday on Monday as World number one Novak Djokovic 5/6 and second seed Andy Murray 7/2 will be mightily tough to beat on current form and on what is a surface they both play excellent on.
The best of five set Grand Slam format is another reason to suggest the best two players in the World should clash in yet another showpiece final.
Can anyone come out of the pack to prevent this happening? Well Roger Federer is at 9/1 and this price represents the task in hand for the greatest player on grass the World has seen and a fairytale eighth Wimbledon looks beyond him at almost 35 years of age and with a recent back injury that ruled him out of the French Open and had him looking laboured in his semi-final performances in Stuttgart and Halle on grass over the past three weeks, the latter is a tournament he has dominated throughout his glittering career.
Big servers Milos Raonic now guided by John McEnroe is one of the most improved players on tour this year and a run to the Queens final two weeks ago saw an instant improvement to his grass game with more frequent visits to the net and more serve/volley tactics.
He should reach the quarter-finals but over the best of five formats will then come unstuck against Djokovic in three or four tight sets.
It should be noted I feel Raonic can win the most aces in the tournament at 9/4 with Paddy Power despite an expected quarter-final exit.
Nick Krygios always comes into the reckoning but is another that fails to fire against the best two players in the World over this format and is easily opposed from a very difficult draw.
Stan Wawrinka is on his weakest surface with the grass being too quick for the duel Grand Slam winner and Juan Martin Del Potro is the value at 8/1 with Ladbrokes & Paddy Power to win a wide open 3rd Quarter.
So it's a very predictable but solid 'Name the Finalist' market that appeals most with another Djokovic & Murray meeting expected at 7/4 with Bet365 & Paddy Power.
Serena Williams goes in search for a 22nd Grand Slam to eventually tie Steffi Graff's record tally, but at 6/4 is no appeal considering she has flopped at the latter stages of the last three Grand Slam latter staged tournaments.
I do feel she will be difficult to stop at her favourite Grand Slam but better value lies in the 'Name the Finalist' market with her if fancying a punt on Williams with Angelique Kerber at 14/1 with Ladbrokes and a saver on Williams & Keys at 8/1 with the same firm to join Serena in the final.
The bottom half I can see Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber going well from the third quarter with Madison Keys the likely danger in reaching the Semi-finals. The fourth quarter has recent French Open Champion and last year's runner-up Garbine Muguruza as the jolly to make the final but this might have come too soon for the Spanish future World number one and the gritty Kerber is taken as best value to make the final at least where Outright Each-Way odds of 25/1 General is on offer in terms of half the odds to make the final appealing most.
Name the Finalists - Djokovic & Murray @ 7/4 Bet365 & Paddy Power.
Angelique Kerber to win Outright Each-Way @ 25/1 General. (Each-Way terms 1/2 odds 1-2 Finish). GREAT 2ND FROM CARL - WELL DONE