Premiership Preview – 14 October 2016

4 To Watch Arsenal vs Swansea City Twenty years ago, another bonkers foreign bloke strolled into the Premier League, few expecting him and his ways to last too much longer. Arsene Wenger is still here of course, although for every Wenger, there has been several Christian Grosses or Jacques Santinis (strange foreigners appointed by clubs other than Spurs are available.) Which will Uncle Bob be? Too early to say of course, but this is a real hiding to nothing fixture. We like Arsenal -2 in the first half, available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes. Manchester City vs Everton A blip or a wobble at the Etihad? We may be about to find out. Amongst all the talk of thrilling games, the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Liverpool vs Manchester United – October ’16

Mourinho, Rooney, Anfield, Violence – A Match for the Ages It is a good time to be a nostalgist – (is that a word? It is now!) Liverpool riding high at the top, the great entertainers, whilst United, despite having spent an absolute fortune, are a laughing stock. And what is this – the two meeting in an evening kick-off, the sort of thing that used to be outlawed due to the proportionate relationship between hours until kick-off, and pints sunk by skinheaded rotters. Ah the good times are back. There are of course some outrageously interesting sub-plots to this match too. Wayne Rooney – you remember him – used to be good at football. What will his role be?... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016
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European Champions Cup 2017

Saracens not expected to Brexit It would be folly to back against the Sarries, especially given this tournament has been retained three times in the four years prior to their triumph last season. They are the favourites and with good reason, free from any weaknesses, currently leading the way domestically even without Owen Farrell. The XV they dispatched in the final last season, Racing 92, have of course been in the news for the wrong reasons recently, and given the extraordinary nature of the allegations, nobody can possibly know how it will affect them. Their domestic form has been poor too, losing half their matches including a tanking from Clermont last month. Elsewhere in France, Toulon remain in transition, although... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
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Slovenia vs England

The King is Dead…Long Live the King For almost twenty years now, the Football Association have been nothing if not predictable. Following Kevin Keegan’s lavatorial resignation, the FA wanted the opposite of King Kev – someone calm, demure, foreign. Enter dull old Sven, although it soon turned out that he was a bit of a mercenary, groping for gelt with Fake Sheikhs and the like. Of course, proud old English bosses would never do that, so Steve McLaren fitted the bill. But Steve (aside from being terrible) was far too matey with the players. Enter cold old Fabio Capello, but he was far too single-minded, standing up to the FA on issues such as whether his captain was a racist.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
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International Week – October 2016

5 to Watch – Woof! Ecuador vs Chile The opening fixture in this weekend’s South American qualifying, and it is a big one for Chile. Ecuador are currently two places above them in the table following a good start. Much is always made of the home side’s strength at altitude but with so many foreign-based players these days, even the Ecuadorians need to acclimatise. This could be a dull 0-0, and at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, that is good enough for us. Uruguay vs Venezuela Kicking off at midnight tonight, top versus bottom of the qualifiers, although its no shoo-in given Venezuela knocked Uruguay out of the Copa America just four months ago. Yet there should be no such problems here... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016
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Highbrow above the Eyebrow

Man Booker Prize 2016 It isn’t all Celebrity Big Brother and smut here at Oggs Towers. It mainly is of course, but once in a while, we like to curl up with a good novel. Yet we’re busy folks (see intro line,) so don’t waste our time with any trash. To help us along, the good folk at Man Booker, cleverly tell us the six best of the year, and then give one of them a prize of 50 large. The betting reveals why bookmakers ironically, don’t often make odds about books. With the favourite at 11/4 and the outsiders at 4/1, even Paddy Power doesn’t have an inside steer on this one. In this time of Brexit-induced national racism... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 30 September 2016

4 to Watch Hull City vs Chelsea As Antonio Conte begins to realise that this Chelsea gig is going to need to be more akin to his efforts with a feeble Italian side last Summer, than an all-conquering Old Lady for many years in Italy, motivation of players will be key. Hull City have hit the ropes after a promising start, and we foresee a grimy Chelsea victory. 1-0 is 6/1 with Ladbrokes and we will take that. West Ham United vs Middlesbrough When you’re down on your luck, you need a bit of fortune the other way, and with West Ham really struggling right now, who better than Brad Guzan to pitch up in the opposition goal. Quite literally.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Ryder Cup 2016

4 Bets to Watch Sergio Garcia to be Europe’s Top Scorer Much has been made of the six rookies in the European ranks, and perhaps rightly so. But given over half the points could be won by just eight players, it may instead be worth focusing on the incredible experience in the rest of the European ranks. Given this, one expects that those half dozen will get more than their fair share of game time. At 6/1 with our good friends at Ladbrokes, Sergio Garcia has to be the bet to net the most blue points. Dustin Johnson to be America’s Top Scorer Perhaps a surprise favourite ahead of Mr Spieth, DJ had a wonderful year on the PGA, winning... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 23 September 2016

4 to watch Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur With the injury to Harry Kane, Spurs will have to battle away for the rest of the year without their talisman. Yet one could certainly make a case that an injury woolrich online outlet to Kane is nowhere near as damaging as an injury to Lloris or Eriksen, whilst the loss of Mousa Dembele through suspension saw Tottenham get mullered by Newcastle. They should battle on, and the man signed in the summer to back up Kane could help them. At 9/2 Vincent Janssen is our pick to score the last goal, probably the winner in a 1-0 drab affair. Get right on it at Ladbrokes Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion As... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016
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Strictly Come Dancing 2016

The Real Reason we all pay our License Fee Bloody Bake Off. We quite frankly hate everything about it, from the irritating innuendo-filled presenting Woolrich Uomo style, to the fact that given it is all pre-recorded, you can’t have a bet on it. Go to Channel 4 you fiends. Even better – go to Sky One and never darken our door again. Strictly on the other hand. Good old Brucie. They’ve what!! Ah but they will never take Len Goodman alive. I see! Well at least we can bet on it. Having survived the launch episodes (the Charity Shield of Strictly if you please) and done the usual tabloid publicity with speculation as to whose marriage may be the first... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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