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The Sky Bet trading desks give us their views ahead of this week's major sporting events.
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We've seen a pretty even spread of money across all our markets so far.
As we stand both San Francisco and Baltimnore are break even across the ante-post, match result and handicap books. 90% of the money is yet to come in however, so it'll be interesting to see who punters side with.
In terms of our markets, we try to offer as many as possible on the game. If you want to bet on anything from Joe Flacco total completed passes to Ray Lewis' number of tackles we have markets on them.
In the coming days we plan on adding even more, so hopefully we will keep the punters happy. I think we may even be betting on the duration of Alicia Keys' performance of the National Anthem!
My view of the match itself is that it should be an entertaining encounter, though I'd ultimately think San Francisco will have too much for the Ravens.
Baltimore struggled a little with Washington's offense a few weeks ago, with the read option allowing Alfred Morris to have a big day.
Baltimore were missing a number of defenders that day, including Ray Lewis, but I think Greg Roman's attack will prove far too creative for them.
Lewis' motivational skills are undisputed, but he has looked a liability in coverage since returning and San Fran's tight ends could feast on passes over the middle.
An interesting bet would be Joe Flacco to throw an interception at 4/6.
He hasn't thrown one for 5 games (though this includes a one-drive game in week 17). I expect him to regress a little versus a decent defense, so 4/6 seems value.
St Helens (-12) have been heavily backed to cover in the Sky fixture against Huddersfield but it's holding firm at the moment as both teams are at full strength.
Bradford have been popular on Sunday to give up a start of eight against Wakefield, mainly due to Tim Smith possibly missing for the Wildcats. This is probably the best bet of the weekend.
England, Wales, France match betting multiple at 5/4 is proving very popular with the punters.
Promising Danish wonder-kid Thorbjorn Olesen has been well backed at 22/1 pre-tournament for the Dubai Desert Classic and goes into the weekend one stroke behind South African Richard Sterne.
Olesen is a 4/1 chance with Sky Bet to land his second European Tour title.
Over in America, at the raucous Waste Management Phoenix Open, Phil Mickelson shot an unbelievable 60 on Thursday narrowly lipping out for a 59 in the first round.
He is now a 15/8 shot to earn victory after being well backed pre-event at 25/1 and throughout Thursday's in-play book, as "Lefty" express train really hit full speed!
This Saturday will see Sky Bet wanting to avoid the Arsenal and Everton double at 1500GMT as most customers will be looking to add Manchester United into their bet slips with a 1730GMT kick off away at Fulham.
Sky Bet have seen early money for Newcastle to heap more misery on Rafa Benitez and are currently 3/1 the Geordies to beat Chelsea (10/11).
The double on those two currently pays just over 9/1.
Sunday has seen early money aat Sky Bet for Manchester City in the biggest game of the weekend against Liverpool.
This is something that does not concern the firm too much as they are struggling at the back with the persistent injury problems to Vincent Kompany and the ANC claiming Yaya Toure.
Liverpool were also impressive for 60 minutes in midweek away at Arsenal and a similar high tempo approach could prove dividends.