Guys, below is today's betting editorial for the UK, Australia and Canada:



Pearce bullish after bore draw

Stuart Pearce insists his England Under-21 side are capable of progressing in the European Championships despite their goalless draw against the Ukraine.

England will now have to beat the Czech Republic on Sunday if they are to go any further in Denmark and can be backed at 1/1 with bet365 to get the win they need.

Pearce believes his players will thrive under the pressure.

"We go into the game Sunday having to win to go through but our destiny is in our own hands," he said.

"This is why you bring players to tournaments, to perform under pressure."

Spain are the favourites to win the tournament at 8/11 while hosts Denmark are at 12/1.


Spurs braced for further Modric bids

Luka Modric’s agent says any club wishing to sign his client would need to better the £22million reportedly offered by Chelsea.

Spurs, who can be backed at 3/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League next season with bet365, have turned down one offer from the Blues for the 25-year-old but an increased bid seems inevitable.

Modric’s agent Nicky Vuksan insists the Croatian is settled at White Hart Lane but would consider his future should Spurs be willing to sell him.

He said: "The price that has been written greatly undervalues the price that the club values him at the moment.

"If an offer comes to the club that they are happy to accept, then he is willing to talk to the club. Let's see what happens."


Choi inspired by past memories

KJ Choi is hoping his happy memories of the Congressional Country Club will inspire him to his first Major title.

Choi is aiming to lift the US Open crown this week after winning on the Blue Course when it held the AT&T National Championship four years ago, and can be backed at 33/1 to go all the way.

Just one Asian player, YE Yang, has ever triumphed at a Grand Slam event and Choi is hoping to emulate his achievements. Yang is 125/1 to win the famous trophy.

The South Korean said: "It feels good to come back here.

"The course definitely plays different than when I won in 2007 but, having played both set-ups on this course, it gives me less pressure because I know where to hit it."

Choi will be full of confidence after some outstanding recent performances have moved him up to 16th in the world rankings.


Rugby Union

Brumbies star aims to go out on high

Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia, who are 4/1 with bet365 to win the Rugby World Cup, wants to sign off his Brumbies stint with a third consecutive victory.

The Wallabies ace has been a big part of the team’s resurgence late in the season, and aims to give his best against the Waratahs on Saturday night.

Ashley-Cooper is joining the NSW franchise for the next two seasons, and is one of at least 10 players preparing for their last game as Brumbies.

Besides Ashley Cooper, the group heading out of the club includes Matt Giteau, Mitchell Chapman and Patrick Phibbs.

The Waratahs beat the Brumbies in the capital in March with Sitaleki Timani scoring in injury time to lift NSW to a hard-fought victory.

Since Ashley-Cooper announced his move to Sydney, he has started to recapture the strong form he showed for the Wallabies last season.

“It's disappointing I couldn't have hit this form earlier on in the year. I'm sure I speak on behalf of a few of the players in the team collectively it's disappointing we didn't show this form earlier on,” Ashley-Cooper said.

“Knowing that it's my last game for the Brumbies is certainly important to me, and it's certainly a special game... It would just be a shame to go out and make the last two weeks a waste if we go out and perform badly this weekend.”


Tri-series reinstated

Australia, who are 11/4 with bet365 to win the 2013 Ashes series, have unveiled their schedule for the coming summer, with India and Sri Lanka having agreed to play a one-day tri-series.

Cricket Australia have also announced there will be 47 days of action with Test matches against New Zealand and India, at least 14 one-dayers and two Twenty20 clashes.

Sydney Olympic Park will host its first ever cricket international when Australia take on India in a Twenty20 night game on February 1.

“Fans will certainly have plenty of variety this summer,” said CA chief executive James Sutherland.

“ICC Cricket World Cup winner India is also the number one-ranked Test team in the world at the moment, while Sri Lanka has been in great form as we saw in the World Cup.

“We know New Zealand is always a formidable opponent that thrives when playing Australia.”

The Test series will visit every state capital city, starting in early December with the Aussies taking on the Black Caps in two Tests for the Trans-Tasman Trophy in Brisbane and Hobart.

Rugby Union

Ralph eyes record

Caleb Ralph is set to reach a landmark if he is picked to play on Saturday for the Reds, who are available at 9/4 with bet365 to win the Grand Final.

The former Crusaders and All Blacks winger has been named in Queensland’s 23-man squad for the final round fixture against the Chiefs.

He is the sole change to the squad announced for last weekend's match against the Force, the 24-21 victory for the Reds securing either first or second place on the Super Rugby ladder and subsequently a home Semi-Final.

If he makes it on the field, it will be Ralph’s 136th Super Rugby appearance, putting him joint-second on the list.

He will join George Gregan on the 136-cap mark, behind only Nathan Sharpe who played 147 games.

Ralph is just one try short of the Super Rugby record, his total of 58 putting him behind only Doug Howlett.

“Playing the Chiefs in Hamilton is a tough assignment and there are a lot of reasons for them to play well,” Head Coach Ewen McKenzie said.

“At this stage of our campaign we are looking for an experienced outside back and Caleb fits the bill.

“He is a veteran who has no doubt played many times against the Chiefs in Hamilton and therefore we think he's a good fit.”


Baseball American League East

Beckett almost perfect in win

Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox and David Price of the Rays will face off in the deciding game of the three-game series between Boston and Tampa Bay after Josh Beckett dazzled in the second game of the series allowing just a single base runner. Red Sox are 5/1 to win by one run with bet365 while Rays are 7/2 in the same market.

Baseball American League Central

Indians rally to regain first

Max Scherzer will look to win his ninth game of the season and become just the second American League pitcher to reach that total, after Jon Lester of the Red Sox, when he goes to the hill in the finale of the three game series between the Indians and the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit against the Cleveland Indians. Tigers are 10/13 to score first with bet365 while Indians are at 10/11.

Baseball American League West

Seattle closes in on Rangers

The Mariners, who are 17/1 with bet365 to win the American League, will take a day of rest before welcoming in the National League East leading Philadelphia Phillies for three games in interleague play. Rookie sensation Michael Pineda will be going for his seventh win of the season as Seattle hopes to haul down the Rangers in the division after losing two of three to the Angels at Safeco Field.

Baseball National League East

Marlins slump continues

The Philadelphia Phillies, who are 10/11 to win the National League with bet365, will go for a four-game sweep over the slumping Florida Marlins in the conclusion of their series at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee will take to the mound for the Phillies, who have outscored the Marlins 22 to six in the first three games after edging the third game of the set in walk off fashion.

Baseball National League Central

Brewers alone in first after Wrigley field victory

The Milwaukee Brewers, looking for a split in their four-game series with the Chicago Cubs, send Zach Greinke to the mound in the afternoon finale. Losers of the first two, Milwaukee pounded Chicago in the third game of the set which saw Prince Fielder walk and score three
times. Brewers are now at 11/2 to win the National League with bet365 while Cubs are at 125/1.

Baseball National League West

Superior pitching leads Giants

Ryan Vogelsong goes for his fifth win of the year as the San Francisco Giants attempt to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix after Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner garnered victories in the first two games of the three game series.

Giants can be backed at 20/21 with bet365 to score last while Diamondbacks are at 20/27.

Ian Kennedy will oppose for the Diamondbacks and the right hander shoots for his eighth victory in a battle of the top two teams in the West.


Bruins break the heart of a nation

It will be at least another year before Canadian fans see one of their own teams win the Stanley Cup after the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to lift the cup for the first time in a generation. The Montreal Canadiens in 1993 remain the last Canadian team to have achieved the feat.

Farjestads BK are 3/1 with bet365 to win the Swedish Elitserien 2011/12 while HV 71 are 7/2.

Thanks, Nigel