Australian Open: Day four bets

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 10:29 GMT

Our very own Andy Schooler and Sky Sports' tennis pundit Barry Cowan will be providing their tips for each day's action at the Australian Open.

Davydenko: Backed to cause a stunning upset
Davydenko: Backed to cause a stunning upset

Here are their thoughts on Thursday's action in Melbourne.

Andy Schooler,

Shahar Peer to beat Kimiko Date Krumm at 5/2

Japanese veteran Date Krumm scored arguably the victory of the first round when she crushed 12th seed Nadia Petrova. However, she looks very short here. Peer is no mug and odds of 5/2 seem a little disrespectful, especially when you consider Date Krumm has not back-to-back matches on the main tour since June 2011. Recovery at the age of 42 could be behind that and hot conditions in Melbourne could well prove to be an advantage to her younger foe. The head-to-head is split 1-1 with Peer's win being convincing and her loss narrow. Worth a shot at the price.

Barry Cowan, Sky Sports

Gasquet, Tsonga, Monfils, Simon & Chardy all to win at 7/2

Nikolay Davydenko to beat Roger Federer at 8/1 (previously advised)

Having landed a 6/1 winner on Wednesday with Maria Sharapova winning her first set 6-0, a French accumulator looks the way to go on Thursday - all five should prevail.

Meanwhile, I was over in Doha watching Davydenko and he looks in top form, cruising past David Ferrer en route to the final, which is obviously no mean feat. 8/1 looks a big price and, if Federer is off his game at all, then the Russian has a real chance of causing an upset.

  • All Barry's selections are with Sky Bet, who are donating all winnings to his chosen charity, Cancer Research.

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