Andrew Hughes is back with another weekend multiple and he’s backing Houston to kick off his Saturday treble with a point against LAFC.
“Bob Bradley’s side were involved in a 1-0 US Open Cup defeat on Wednesday and have had very little time to prepare for this trip to Houston.”
In their second season in, LAFC have set a strong pace. They go into this weekend’s round of fixtures with a nine-point lead over their nearest challenger in the West and a seven-point lead over Eastern leaders Philadelphia.
But although they are up against a Houston side that has hit a rough patch with five defeats in their last seven, the unique travel and scheduling demands of MLS could count against LA in this one. Bob Bradley’s side were involved in a 1-0 US Open Cup defeat on Wednesday and have had very little time to prepare for this trip to Houston.
The BBVA Compass Stadium is also one of the tougher venues to visit in this competition, and in the circumstances, a point on the road wouldn’t be a bad result for LAFC against opponents who’ve held them to 2-2 and 3-3 draws in the last year.
Serena Williams stands on the brink of history, being just one victory away from equalling Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record of 24 titles, but she has shown signs of vulnerability in recent months and her opponent looks the better bet here.
Simona Halep has lost her last six matches against Williams, but knows that she can beat the dominant American, having won 6-2, 6-4 at the WTA Finals in 2014, and is a much stronger player on grass these days, as demonstrated by her impressive performance in getting past Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.
Williams will obviously be the favourite as she aims for her eighthtitle, but she has lost her last two Grand Slam finals, while Halep won hers and also took Williams to three sets in each of their last two meetings, and at the current odds, I think the Romanian offers some value.
South Sydney Rabbitohs have been treading water in the NRL in recent weeks, but they can grab a much-needed win against Manly on Saturday.
A run of one win in five has seen them lose ground and the Rabbitohs are now six points behind leaders Melbourne Storm, so they may not relish facing a Manly side that beat them in Round Four and comes into this match in good form.
But the Rabbitohs remain a strong side, and coach Wayne Bennett will know exactly what he needs to do to get the likes of Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds firing again. The fact that the Sea Eagles will be resting Tom Trbojevic will also remove the visitors’ main threat, so I’m backing Souths to edge this one.
Total Odds for this multiple: [16.7] Remember, multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.
2019 Weekend Multiple P/L
Staked: 54 pts
Returned: 44.39 pts
P/L: -9.61 pts
2018 P/L – 0.61 pts
2017 P/L: + 0.99 pts
2016 P/L: + 20.99 pts
2015 P/L: – 0.51 pts
2014 P/L: + 12.69 pts
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