Casumo's NFL Conference Playoff Preview

The NFL play-offs are down to the final four teams, and we’re about to discover which teams will be heading to the Super Bowl on 7 February. There’s so much at stake, and it will be fascinating to see how things unfold. In the Conference Championship games, the Green Bay Packers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas Chiefs face the Buffalo Bills.

Packers’ offence shines after strong showing against the Los Angeles Rams

While Aaron Rodgers normally runs the show and is the Packers’ undisputed superstar, it was the franchise’s offence and running line that caught the eye. Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon came to the fore as they produced almost 200 yards on the ground, with the trio managing an average of 4.5 yards or more.

Although the offensive line was bereft of David Bakhtiari, his absence didn’t weigh them down. The Rams were barely able to lay a glove on Rodgers and the Packers’ offence put in more yards on the Rams and their star-studded defence than any other side has done this term. Rodgers, though, produced some fantastic plays and he even ran in for a score.

  • Green Bay Packers to win including Overtime @1.52 with Casumo
  • Green Bay Packers to score first touchdown including Overtime @1.67 with Casumo

Tom Brady back in familiar territory for the Bucs

For Tom Brady, Conference Championship games are hardly unfamiliar to him. Indeed, he will be making his 14th appearance in such a fixture this weekend and he is in touching distance of the Super Bowl, which he’ll be looking to lift for the seventh time. Brady will take heart from his display against the Saints, where he kept his adversary Drew Brees quiet.

Bucs ready to land another knockout punch

The Packers go into their clash against the Bucs as the NFL’s highest-scoring team. However, it was against the Bucs where they suffered a low point of their campaign when they crashed to a 38-10 defeat last October. Avenging that defeat will be firmly on the Packers’ mind and they boast a 14-3 record for the campaign.

Matt LaFleur eager for ‘great challenge’

While defeat to the Bucs in week 6 was undoubtedly a low point of their season, Matt LaFleur insists his side has made massive strides since that point. Prior to the game, he said: “Everything’s just words at this point. You’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to go earn it on the field.”

Can Chad Henne repeat heroics against the Bills?

Perhaps one of the most unlikely storylines that emerged from last weekend revolved around Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne, who replaced Patrick Mahomes. Although he only threw for 66 yards and made an interception in the dramatic 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, he had a third-down run late on in the fourth quarter and he threatened throughout.

It is arguably no accident that the Chiefs, who are the reigning Super Bowl champions, are staging the AFC title game for the third year on the bounce. The only other team to achieve that feat were the Philadelphia Eagles (2002-04) and both franchises were coached by Andy Reid, which underlines their pedigree in the play-offs.

  • Chiefs to win including Overtime @1.64 with Casumo
  • Bills and Under 53.5 points @4.25 with Casumo

Meanwhile, Reid is sweating on whether Mahomes will be passed fit in time to face the Bills. Mahomes took a hit against the Browns and he was left concussed. Now it is a question of whether Mahomes will satisfy the concussion protocols so he can be cleared to play. Regardless of whether Mahomes is fit, Reid will have a plan should Henne start instead.

Brian Daboll staying put with the Bills

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks over the future of Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. There had been suggestions that he was interested in a coaching position with the Los Angeles Chargers, but that quickly fizzled out. General manager Tom Telesco hired former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, who will be formally unveiled on Thursday.

Under the tutelage of Daboll, the Bills have really come on in leaps and bounds. While there are still positions available with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans, Daboll looks set to stick with the Bills for the 2021 campaign. And with the chance to reach the Super Bowl this term, Daboll will feel his job isn’t finished yet.

 

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Reading Coventry Casumo Preview

Way back in October it was Coventry that inflicted Reading’s first defeat of the season and the Royals are keen to gain revenge.

  • Get Reading to beat Coventry at 6/5 or 2.2
  • Reading are also priced to beat Coventry 2-0, at 17/2 or 9.5

The good news is that Reading have not lost at home to Coventry in five and with the away side 17th in the league, supporters will be hopeful of a victory. Coventry’s form is rocky, with three defeats in their last five games, but a win in their last outing against Millwall was a significant step in their fight for survival.

Reading are unbeaten in their last three Championship games and a win tonight would see them make further progress as they chase a top six finish.

The main threat

Lucas Joao remains to be Reading’s main threat. He’s scored 13 goals in 17 games so far this season and looks unstoppable.

Joao is priced at 4/1 or 5.00 to score the game’s first goal

Veljko Paunovic has urged his troops to “switch to competition mode” as he calls for focus and determination to dispatch a tricky opponent. The break provided by the Brentford game’s postponement was used to sharpen the tools and Reading are raring to go.

We’re excited about this game and feel a disciplined performance can be the key. A clean sheet is the order of the day and we’ve priced Reading to win to nil at 12/5 or 3.4

Casumo's Cheltenham Preview

The Cheltenham Festival is a horse racing event steeped in tradition. Its origins date back to 1819 and the undoubted highlight of the week is the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is presented on the final day of the Festival, which is on the Friday. There have been so many iconic champions over the years. The all-time most successful horse is Golden Miller, who won the Gold Cup five times on the trot from 1932 to 1936. Since the turn of the century, there have been multiple champions.

Best Mate achieved a three-peat between 2002 and 2004, while Kauto Star was a two-time champion in 2007 and 2009. Kauto Star was a class act in his day and he is widely regarded as the greatest steeplechaser of all time. The Gold Cup holds a lot of prestige within the National Hunt calendar and it excites the British public and racegoers in a way few other horse racing events do. Indeed, the Cheltenham Festival usually sees over 250,000 racegoers flock to see world-class racing action over the course of the week.

Cheltenham 2021: Picking a Gold Cup winner

  • Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup @4/1 with Casumo
  • Minello Indo to win the Gold Cup @7/1 with Casumo
  • Champ to win the Gold Cup @9/1 with Casumo

Known as the Blue Riband of steeplechasing, the Gold Cup is a test of stamina. Run over three miles and two-and-a-half-furlongs, there are usually lots of twists and turns. The 2020 edition of the Gold Cup was pulsating for the neutrals as Al Boum Photo claimed back-to-back wins. Striking for home, Al Boum Photo was neck and neck with Santini before he managed to hold him off. Santini was making his sixth start over fences and he came very close to causing an upset, but Al Boum Photo took the spoils.

For Willie Mullins, Al Boum Photo’s victory 12 months ago only served to further cement his place as one of the best trainers in Cheltenham Festival history. Mullins has saddled four winners at the Gold Cup and Paul Townend has been on board three of them, which has highlighted the effectiveness of their partnership. Mullins will be looking to emulate the feat of esteemed trainer Henrietta Knight this year, as she guided Best Mate to three Gold Cups on the bounce. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is unlikely there will be patrons at the course this time around.

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Past history and surprise winners

There have been many memorable Cheltenham Gold Cup moments over the years and there have even been some surprise winners in horses that were considered outsiders. For example, the biggest-priced winner in the past decade was Lord Windermere, who was a 20/1 shot when he triumphed in 2014. Since then, there have been a raft of fine winners. One of the most evocative races was that of 2018, when Native River held off the attentions of Might Bite in an exciting finish for his first Gold Cup victory.

For some jockeys, Cheltenham has been a home from home. 20-time Champion Jockey Sir AP McCoy – who retired in April 2015 – rode 31 winners at Cheltenham and secured two Gold Cup wins. His second Gold Cup triumph came on board Synchronised in 2012 – a full 15 years after his first triumph. While Synchronised needed some encouragement during the race, McCoy came up trumps as he seized the initiative over the final fence to keep 50/1 outsider, The Giant Bolster, at bay. McCoy thrived at Cheltenham, unlike the Grand National where he suffered a lot of heartache.

Townend eyes hat-trick bid with Al Boum Photo

For Paul Townend, he will only have to wait a couple more months to make his bid to claim a hat-trick of Gold Cup wins on Al Boum Photo. Few people win the Gold Cup more than once, but Al Boum Photo is a special horse. Townend was keen to emphasize this after last year’s win. He said: “This is the one, the icing on the cake. The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and I’ll have to wait a year for another one.”

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Friendly Terms and Conditions – Casumo’s most important do’s and don’ts

To start the New Year fresh, we decided to write a blog post about Casumo’s most important do’s and don’ts. Whether as a quick reminder to our existing players or for new players to know how we roll at Casumo Casino.

With just one glance at these two lists, you’ll understand exactly what we expect from you as a Casumo player. 

Read on for all of Casumo’s most important do’s and don’ts!

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