Blog – Mikael Landa looks value in the Tour De France

Blog from Roy The Boy with bets on Mikael Landa in the Tour De France and a few Darts selections.

Good shape at LeTour

We are in a good spot with the Tour de France.  Roger Latour, recommended at 10/3 is in to 11/10 to win the ‘young riders’ white jersey and Peter Sagan is already in to 1/6 for the green jersey.

While disappointed Nairo Qunitana’s race looks a lost cause following a catastrophe on the opening stage  – our 10/1 each-way selection is still just 14/1 – I’m starting to love the prospects of Mikel Landa making the podium and even winning LeTour.

The Spaniard can and should be backed at 14/1 each-way for outright victory ahead of Wednesday’s mountain stage; the next few days are all flat stages and there is also a rest day before the mountains beckon.

Darts jet-setters to burn out

Darts’ big guns were in action in Las Vegas last weekend and this weekend they are in China. These darts players don’t seem to burnout quickly albeit Michael van Gerwen was beaten by James Wade last week in a massive shock.  Isn’t it always a shock when he is beaten?  The Dutch player also tasted defeat at the end of May, losing 8 legs to 3 against Dimitri Van den Burgh in the German Darts Masters.

Next weekend it’s the start of the BetVictor World Matchplay where the ‘big four’ are the only players trading at single figures:  MVG, Anderson, Cross and Wright.  I think, jet-lag ‘n all, they are opposable.

As we all know Wright could lose a major final to a pub qualifier.  MVG has failed to progress to the semi-finals of half of the last ten major competitions he has played during the past ten months.  For me it’s easy to put a line through both at 9/1 and 8/11 respectively.

I agree Anderson and Cross are maintaining their form well.  And I’d like to point out it is 12 years since a non-seeded player made it to the final of the World Matchplay.  That’s an additional 16 players you can dismiss.

Therefore I’m opting for two, the 2007 Matchplay winner James Wade and two time world champion Adrian Lewis.  Both have been a shadow of their former selves for a few seasons but both have shown clear signs of returning to form in recent months.

Recommended Bets

Tour de France:        Mikel Landa               14/1 each-way with BetVictor or 11/4 for a podium finish

World Matchplay:     James Wade             33/1  each-way         Betvictor*

World Matchplay:     Adrian Lewis             40/1  each-way         Betvictor*

*Betvictor are going 1/2 odds places 1-2 while other forms are 1/3rd odds with their each-way terms.