New Zealand vs British Lions 2017

Excitement Mounts for the Dead Rubber Strange old business the Lions. The bizarre idea that gelling together four nations (or three – good work Warren) of fierce rivals who spend much of the season smashing each other up for club and country, will supposedly prove a tougher test than merely facing the best single XV of these countries, who would have at least played with each other occasionally. Questioning the quality of international sport, and its absence of cohesion relative to the club game, is not limited to rugby. But at least in for example, the football World Cup, all the teams face the same problem. Not so here – you spend a few weeks together, and before you know... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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Royal Ascot 2017

4 to Watch Tuesday 15:40 King’s Stand Stakes A high quality Group 1 sprint, and probably the pick of the festival’s duo. Signs of Blessing ran at six furlongs last year, but his early speed hinted that five would prove even better. Take him at 7.8 on the Betfair exchange. Wednesday 16:20 Prince of Wales’ Stakes Highland Reel is the tip here, despite arguably being better over 12 furlongs (aren’t we all…). The danger could come from Queen’s Trust who is better than she showed on her first run of the year at York, but the favourite shouldn’t let you down at 3.6 on the Betfair exchange. Thursday 16:20 Ascot Gold Cup If you are planning to take on a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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European Under-21 Championships 2017

Cauley Woodrow anyone? So to Poland for another European tournament that UEFA have needlessly dicked around with – three groups now instead of two, with only the winners guaranteed semi-final spots, alongside the best runner-up. Bona fide global stars Gianluigi Donnarumma, Saul Niguez and Renato Sanches will be there, but of course, this tournament isn’t quite good enough for Marcus Rashford. Enough said about England’s chances, and we expect them to struggle against the holders Sweden in Group A, despite Aidy Boothroyd’s tactical prowess. Given the weakness of the rest of that group however, they may just squeeze into the last four. Germany go off as favourites following a 100% record in qualifying, and the fact that they are managed... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 16th, 2017
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US Open 2017

4 to Watch 1st Round Leader – Aaron Rai Rai performed solidly at Walton Heath in qualifying, taking medallist honours at -14. All this without a caddie, and having never seen the course. He hits pretty straight too, so why not have a patriotic punt that doesn’t involve Justin Rose. Betfair will give you 200/1 on Aaron Rai being the leader through 18. E/W Punt – Thomas Pieters Following a brilliant masters on debut (=4 including six birdies in his final round), the lanky Pieters will be amongst the shrewdies’ dark horses to make an impact in 2017’s second major. Erin Hills favours those who can whack it, and the Belgian proved in the Ryder Cup that he is the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
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Summer Qualifiers 2017

4 to Watch Latvia vs Portugal: Second in Group B to Switzerland (who beat them in the opening round), European Champions Portugal, have now begun to click into gear. Winning their last six matches by at least three goals, they now face Latvia, who most recently got honked 5-0 by Georgia. Even the Faroes won in Riga, and having dealt with Cyprus 4-0 at the weekend, we expect another big Portugal victory. After a long, old season, Latvia may hold out for a while, but take Ladbrokes 2/1 on 3+ goals in the second half. Belarus vs Bulgaria: Belarus have struggled so far, confounding those who predicted they would be the next Eastern bloc nation to break through at a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 9th, 2017
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Scotland vs England

I thought the Season was Over A curiously low-key build-up to the ‘Battle of Britain’, possibly due to the ICC Trophy or the General Election, neither of which would have come close to eclipsing this fixture back in the good old days. Perhaps however, with Wales and Northern Ireland performing so well of late, it is indeed tricky to muster up too much enthusiasm for the second best versus the worst team in Great Britain. Media coverage so far has focused on Nathaniel Clyne getting held underwater by an aggressive military type, although quite how that is going to help him when getting embarrassed by Saúl Ñíguez next summer is unclear. Maybe the reservoir will offer him a place to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017
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General Election 2017

FA Cup Final, Wimbledon, Election… So here we go again. Add to Wimbledon and our one hot day as annual British summer treats, an election. 2014 was Scotland, 2015 was Cameron’s triumph, last year was of course Brexit, and now we have May vs Corbyn. The polls suggest a comfortable Tory victory. The bookmakers suggest a comfortable Tory victory. But where is the betting angle? If the polls are coalescing around a figure, it is for a Tory lead of around seven, similar to David Cameron’s ratings last time. But many are predicting that as with Brexit, Trump, 2015 et al, the polls could be very wrong and we are in for a surprise hung parliament. However, the important thing... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017
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General Election 2017

Constituency Betting Bedford An interesting place. Well politically at least. Bedfordshire Council is pretty much split between the three main parties; the Lib Dems have had success at Mayoral level, whilst the Conservatives have done well in the Police Commissioner Elections (us neither). It is something of a modern bellwether, swinging to the Tories in 2010, albeit now with a majority of just over 1000. Its EU Referendum vote also mirrored the country exactly 52-48. So it is a tough one to call, although important to note that in the latest boundary changes (nerdiness alert), many of the rural, naturally Tory areas have been moved into the constituencies of Mid Bedfordshire and North East Bedfordshire. Even Jeremy Corbyn has pitched... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 31 January 2017

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace The powers that be in the football world have managed to both antagonise and bring rapture to Big Sam in the last few days. Fjallraven Kanken No.2 Giving a freebie to play a weakened team in the FA Cup, the Premier League cunningly arranged a crunch clash at Bournemouth three days after his 4th round dalliance with Man City. Nike Store But Sam – put the champagne away my old son. Look what they have done to you. Nike Air Max 2017 Goedkoop Rather than spend the night of the 31st January, going through your phone contacts to find Joey O’Brien, you have a game to play. soldes nike air max 1 pas... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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Champions League Final 2017 – Real Madrid vs Juventus

No Clattenberg, no Bale, but plenty of pounds As we wail, and lament the absence of any British clubs (hi Celtic fifty years on) in the final of the Champions League yet again, a crumb of comfort is typically taken in either the referee’s nationality, or the ball-maker’s factory base or even a Welsh player appearing (hi Gareth Bale). Sac À Dos Kånken Fjällräven This year however, we can trace the impact of our isles in a far clearer manner – the absurd sum of money Manchester United gave Juventus for Paul Pogba has allowed the Bianconeri to rebuild, and finally produce what they hope will be a European Cup winning side, for the first time since 1996. Soldes Under... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
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