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Sport on Saturday: Our trader runs the rule over today’s fixtures

| 20.03.2020

Though most sports remain on hold, there is plenty to tuck into on Saturday.

And to run through the best of it, our trader Andrew Wildig has looked across the key points…

Essendon Bombers Vs Fremantle Dockers (Aussie Rules, 3:10)

Two teams that showed promise last year. Fremantle started the season well sitting in second after six rounds before slipping out of the eight and ending the season thirteenth.

Essendon started slowly last season eventually creeping into the top eight and making the playoffs in round 18.

New Zealand Warriors Vs Canberra Raiders (NRL, 4:00)

New Zealand Warriors are staying permanently in Australia now and start this match big underdogs at 3/1.

It doesn’t get any better for the Warriors this week with Kiwi international Peter Hiku missing from the squad to take on the unchanged Raiders.

Adelaide Crows Vs Sydney Swans (Aussie Rules, 6:05)

A down year for both these teams last year as they play behind closed doors at the Adelaide oval.

Adelaide will be looking to return to the form of 2017 that saw them clinch their second minor premiership, while Sydney will be desperate for a better start than last season that saw them sit last after seven rounds with one win in seven games.

Both these teams missed the playoffs last year and Adelaide rightly start as favourites for the match.

6:30 Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles (NRL, 6:30)

Premiers Sydney will be looking to improve to the slow start last week – they lost to Penrith – against the unchanged Sea Eagles.

The Roosters have lost a few players in the off-season with Cooper Cronk retiring and Latrell Mitchell going across town to Souths and will be confident of inflicting more pain on Manly who lost 18-4 to Melbourne last week.

Cronulla Sharks v Melbourne Storm (NRL, 8:35)

Regular season winners Melbourne looked impressive last week when hammering Manly 18-4 and both teams are unchanging for this week’s clash.

Cronulla started slowly last week vs the Rabbitohs, losing by four points after being 16-2 down in the first half. It’ll be a tough game for Cronulla behind closed doors at the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium and they start as six-point underdogs vs Melbourne.

Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide Power (Aussie Rules, 8.40)

Gold Coast finished bottom of the ladder last year and start as underdogs for their home opener against Port Adelaide Power.

Port Adelaide narrowly missed the finals last year and will be expected to open the season with a win on the Gold Coast.

GWS Giants v Geelong Cats (Aussie Rules, 8.40)

Geelong Cats will be desperate to make amends after last year. Leading the competition for all but two weeks they will be desperate to make amends and win a premiership this year.

Geelong however start as underdogs for this game as they travel to Sydney to play Grand Final runners-up Giants in the primetime game.

Candidates Chess Tournament (11:00)

The Candidates Chess Championship to play Magnus Carlson for the world title continues with Ian Nepomniachtchi 4/1, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 6/1, and Wang Hao 6/1 all tied for the lead after 3 rounds.

Fabiano Caruana, winner last time out, is currently tied fourth but remains overall favourite at 7/4.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication


Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.