Neill's inclusion spices up Sky Blues-Heart clash

There will be plenty of feeling at AAMI Park on Sunday night when Lucas Neill dons a Sydney jersey for the first time against the team in direct competition for his services. The home form of Melbourne Heart ($2.35) has been strong after four straight wins and five victories in their last six while Sydney FC ($2.75, draw $3.35) have failed to record a victory in their past five away matches. Support for the Sky Blues since Neill's signing and marquee man Alessandro Del Piero's re-signing has resulted in Sydney closing from $15 to $10 to claim the A-League title.


Having lost their past seven games and with the NBL finals looming, the Sydney Kings ($3.35) are desperate to get back on the winners' list against the Wildcats ($1.33). Sydney will be without point guard Colin Henry and were soundly beaten by 34 points last time the two teams met and will rely on their typically strong performances at the King Dome.


South Sydney's comfortable win over St George Illawarra confirmed their top-three favouritism to claim the NRL title. The Rabbitohs are at $8 behind Melbourne ($5.50) and the Bulldogs ($6) with the Sharks a close fourth ($9). Penrith should start the competition as rank outsiders at $67. Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis will start the season as Dally M favourite ahead of last year's winner, Bulldog Ben Barba, with Johnathan Thurston third favourite at $9.


Football has provided some huge returns for those willing to back their European league knowledge. One punter turned a $20 12-leg multi at $1108.76 into a massive $22,175.20. After opening at $1501 to win the Capital One Cup, Bradford City's fairytale run to the Capital One Cup final will reach its climax on Monday morning when they face Swansea City at Wembley Stadium. The Bantams' run in the English League Cup was cemented by a 4-3 aggregate win over Aston Villa in the semi-final with Wigan and Arsenal also being knocked out by the League Two giant-killers. The Swans booked their passage to the final with a 2-0 aggregate win over Chelsea.

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