The Hunter’s Weekend of Sports – 6 Dec
Tips, Tricks, Picks and Odds.
After a brief hiatus, The Hunter is back in full force.
And just in time, it seems, as we’ve got an absolutely epic weekend of sporting goodness in store. So many leagues around the globe are well underway, and it’s never been a more exciting time to be a sports enthusiast.
As always in this column, I’ll explore what Australians can look forward to in this weekend of sports – focusing on a different sport for each day – and provide the tips that I feel most confident in based on my research, analysis and expert intuition.
FRIDAY – A-League
We start the weekend in Australian football, where players around the country are going to be making their case for Socceroo selection in that mouth-watering 2020 Copa America draw.
Melbourne City v Perth Glory
Now, the fixture on Friday is between a league contender and a wooden spoon contender, but that’s not to say it won’t be interesting. The beautiful thing about the A-League is that, on any given day, the team ranked dead last can hand it to the league leaders. I’m not saying that’s going to happen here, but it is one of the beautiful things about the beautiful game.
For that reason, I’m going to actively avoid tipping a winner here. I feel like there are too many variables at play to make a good call. One thing I can be certain of is that, ever since that Copa America draw, all the players will be out to impress. Goals should be plentiful in the coming weeks, and I think that starts on Friday night.
The Hunter’s Hot Tip: Over 2.5 Goals
SATURDAY – NBA
Boy am I keen for this match. At the start of the season these two teams were both toted for finals glory, and (while only one has really lived up to that expectation so far) it’s a guaranteed thriller every time these two sides meet.
Portland Trailblazers v Los Angeles Lakers
This is a year of NBA that’ll be defined by the duos – and on Saturday, the prime-time Hollywood duo of AD and Lebron finally get to face off against the humble, loyal duo of McCollum and Dame Dolla.
The last time these two teams played saw Portland triumph by three points last season in March, and (while the rosters are drastically different) I have a feeling this is going to be equally as anxious an affair. The Lakers have been borderline unstoppable as they’ve marched through the early stages of this season, but Portland always have that intangible advantage when they play at home.
This is honestly another game impossible to split, so I’m going to make my pick based on form and form alone and I’ll have to side with the Lakers.
The Hunter’s Hot Tip: Lakers to Win
SUNDAY – WBBL
The culmination of an entire season of great cricket occurs in the WBBL Final on Sunday, and – with four teams still left in contention – it’s still anyone’s game. Of course, to get to the final each team has to first survive a semi-final, and when all four teams look like competitors, it’s nigh on impossible to pick a winner.
But, that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do.
At first on the table are the Brisbane heat. They’ve been all class this season and will be hoping to keep that going into the semis and finals. They come up against an in-form Renegade side and will have to leave it all on the line to walk away with the win. For some reason, I don’t think they have it in them. At fourth on the table, and looking statistically least likely to take the title, are the Melbourne Renegades. They’ve had an all-round decent season and come into this weekend having beaten their opponent already. Duffin and Strano are in hot form, they’ll be no easy match and, honestly, I think might surprise a few people by claiming the semi.
In third on the table are the Perth Scorchers. This is an interesting one. I think they’ve shown a lot of promise, but their embarrassing display in the second last game of the season showed they might just not be ready to win it all. I think they’ll be a tough challenge for Adelaide, but the strikers’ stars will be just too good. In second on the table are the Adelaide strikers, and I’m picking them as the team to beat this weekend. They’re facing a relatively good scorchers side, but with players like Sophie Devine guiding them through the finals, the Strikers look pretty unbeatable.
I think it’ll be a Strikers v Renegades final, and Adelaide will walk away with the trophy, but this is the closest the WBBL has been in years – and your guess is as good as mine.
The Hunter’s Hot Tip: Strikers to Win the Trophy
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