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Premier League Specials

Blackpool Set the Tone With Blackpool having already parted company with Gary Bowyer, the football league seems intent on showing the big boys how its done. None of this ‘time to bed in’ nonsense – if the manager needs to go, he needs to go now. All of which leads us nicely to the Premier League sack race, where big egos get big payoffs for big failures. Unsurprisingly given his every action right now seems designed to induce a swing of the axe, Jose Mourinho starts as a hot favourite. He has not only lost the dressing room, but it appears he doesn’t even wish to find it. Chuck in a fraught relationship with the suits above him, and his... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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USPGA Championship

If nobody watches, is it happening The average age of the chap who watches golf on television is probably in the 40s, at a minimum. So what better platform to launch Eleven Sport’s bold new world than Facebook, streaming the USPGA to an audience more slender, than Katie Price’s bank balance. Assuming you are one of the lucky few to watch it on Facebook, it always ranks as a decent betting event, and this year should be no different. Having changed his putter last week, Dustin Johnson returned to form after a missed cut at Carnoustie by finishing third in the WGC, and will go off as favourite. Nobody has more wins on the tour this decade, and Bellerive is... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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Premier League Outrights

Who Goes Where? No bets suggested for the title, as Manchester City simply aren’t value, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal, has yet to prove it is a Premier League symphony, as Alan Partridge might say. Is there any value in the top four being gatecrashed? We believe there absolutely is. Unai Emery needs to add serious value to a fading Arsenal, who knows what Jose Mourinho is doing at United, whilst there is only so many times Poch can turn water into wine. There is definitely at least one place up for grabs. Leicester City (40/1) and West Ham United (50/1) seem the wise picks – both managed by men who know all about the upper reaches of league tables.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
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EFL Preview League 2: The popular selection here is Lincoln City, under media favourite Danny Cowley. John Akinde from relegated Barnet may be a little long in the tooth and injury prone, but Shay McCartan on a season-long loan from Bradford City is a quality performer at this level. Having been done twice in the play-off final, Exeter City must hope for third time lucky without both Paul Tisdale and Steve Perryman. Few fancy them this time around, although with a front two of Tristan Abrahams and Jayden Stockley, they could make the play-offs again. The Grecians have also lost three players to Tisdale’s new side, relegated MK Dons. Only one of the four relegated sides immediately rebounded last season... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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La Liga 2018/19

Bad Timing Sky Given that Sky Sports have now lost the rights to the Spanish league, fewer people will get to enjoy the, lets face it, two decent games a year the league throws up. Ironically however, they may have lost the rights at just the wrong time, with the big two in unusually tricky shape. As the World Cup emphatically showed, la Liga is no longer where it’s at. There could also be a really Messi hangover at Barca from the summer’s events, and Real Madrid are in genuine transition, a fact that will not be assisted by players arriving back for pre-season in bursts. And although he may have been of an age, 41 goals will be missing... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
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England vs India Test Series

More Weather Chat Having thrown county cricket under the bus in their selection of Adil Rashid, enormous pressure now mounts on Joe Root, Ed Smith and co for the upcoming series against India. Two things spring to mind – the first, that this will be a common occurrence fairly soon, with players opting to ignore red ball cricket, knowing they are too good for the England test side to ignore (a similar gamble in rugby to play abroad has not yet come off for the rebels.) Second of all, Adil Rashid is no Murali or Warne – this may prove to be a silly hill for Smith to die on. The real reason for this absurd decision, is the heatwave.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018
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Transfer Specials – Manchester United

Sagas set to become more tiresome than weather conversations Harry Maguire If you had said twelve months ago that not only would Harry Maguire be the subject of a £65m bid, but that most pundits thought he was good value at that, even the local nuthouse would bolt their doors. Yet here we are – Mourinho’s search for a centre-half that has previously seen Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof disappoint, now turns up at Leicester. Rumours of the bid seem solid enough, but it baffles us that Mourinho would sign a player on the basis of one good world cup match against Sweden. If he rated Maguire, why not put a bid in two months ago, and get him on... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018
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Brexit Betting

No Deal Noel Highly-paid psychiatrists will tell you that there is never a good time to divorce, but quite frankly, it is hard to think of a worse time for Britain to be attempting to leave the European Union. The natural ally in case of a rupture, the United States of America, is run by an orange lunatic. The Government here, is run by a weak leader with no majority. The opposition is run by a racist and an anti-Semite. Nevertheless, the trigger has been fired, Brexit means Brexit, and we are all set to be free and out of it all by April 2019. Many pundits would have added the extra item to the list of chaos above, pointing... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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Tour de France Update

Sir, I’ve Forgotten my Inhaler After a rest day, we begin again with Stage 16, a long climby one, saying a quick hola to Spain, with the three most brutal coming in the final 70k. If Chris Froome is to get back into Yellow Jersey fashion, this would an appropriate place to start. In 2016, on the way down from the Col de Portillon, he took 13 a staggering 13 seconds off his rivals. Adam Yates is the favourite to win the stage – currently out of the running for glory in 30th place, the peloton will be happy to let him get on with it. His price (around 10/1) indicates how open this stage is however. Julian Alaphilippe and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
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World Cup Final – France vs Croatia

Whats the French for Apres le Deluge And so it is. After a wonderful tournament full of great games, huge shocks and terrific open football, we are left with a fairly uninspiring final. Perhaps you can have too much of a good thing. At least we aren’t expecting too much. Previous finals have promised excitement with two juggernauts going head-to-head, only for tedium to flourish, punctuated by a solitary goal. France to be fair, usually give a good final – their previous two remarkable for the antics of Zinedine Zidane – but he cant be relied up on to brighten up this one. Croatia have taken the ‘Germany 2002’ route to the final, although they did at least emerge with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018
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