British Open 2017

4 to Watch Top Australian: Three big names, all of whom know their way around the leader board at a Major, dominate the betting. But Jason Day is certainly not what he was a couple of years ago, and there is no harm taking on Adam Scott and Marc Leishman. Enter Andrew Dodt, who finished 4th in Scotland to reach his first ever major. With nothing to lose, and with a nice, straight drive off the tee, Dodt at 16/1 with the Betfair Sportsbook is a tasty punt. First Round Leader: By all accounts, Jordan Spieth has been on fire in the practise rounds, and although his nerves have been questioned at the crunch, there wont be too much pressure... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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Womens Euro 2017

4 to Watch (Part 2) Group B: Germany, Sweden, Italy, Russia Six titles in a row for Germany – turning this competition into the international equivalent of the SPL. Anja Mittag, Mandy Islacker, Marozsán, Leonie Maier, Isabel Kerschowski, Almuth Schult – need we go on. They are almost certain to win it again. Sweden boss Pia Sundhage will always have a strong affinity for this tournament, having tucked away the winning penalty in the very first final, back in 1984. The runners-up to Germany in the Rio Olympics will be hoping to at least reach the final once more. The incredible strength of this group means that Italy, quarter-finalists in every tournament played, will struggle to keep that record up.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Tour de France 2017 – Stage 17

Not that we’re saying its a quiet sports week but… It is either a stage in the Tour de France, womens cricket or disabled athletics (great viewing but seems really wrong to punt on.) No choice really. Another mountain stage without a summit finish, with the line coming nearly 30km after the Col du Galbier is crossed. Thus those who go down well must be factored in here, although of course it is still a massive advantage to be a big climber. Not least because of the long climb up to the high Col de la Croix de Fer, before the ghastly double-climb of the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier, which twill see riders hit the highest altitude... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Womens Euro 2017

4 to Watch (Part 1) Group A: Holland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium Hosts Holland have sold out all three of their group games, and hope is certainly high that the ladies can make up for a massively under-performing chaps team. Yet Norway will certainly be competitive in this group; the last team not called Germany to win it, have fierce striking power in Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen. They may miss Isabell Herlovsen who is obviously in China. Oh, women. Scandi neighbours Denmark are no pushover either, having reached the semis in 2013, and with that rarity in the womens game, a goalkeeper who isn’t a complete clown in Stina Petersen. Belgium are likely to bring up the rear in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Love Island 2017

<Sigh> In 1967, Star Trek became the first series in which the word “hell” was uttered. Now we know there are very few obsessives who enjoy that series, but just in case, and for completion, it comes when Captain Kirk says, “Let’s get the hell out of here” at the conclusion of the ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ episode. But it wasn’t until 1999, when the word “shit” was first used in a U.S. network series. Progress used to be slow kids. A decade ago, copulation on television was still frowned upon. When a lady appeared on Big Brother both naked and worse for wear, it was on the front page of every paper the next day (maybe not... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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Summer Transfer Window 2017

4 to Watch Alexis Sanchez Speak to Gooners of all hues, and they will be adamant that Alexis Sanchez may leave Arsenal, but that they would never sell to rivals Manchester City. Of course, the same thing was said about Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Adebayor, and that funny old chap Arsene Wenger even sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Another funny creature Mr Pep, seemingly needs another creative midfielder like Bernard Tomic needs to relax more on court. Even more reason why it will probably happen. The request for £400,000 per week in the knowledge Arsenal have one of the least flexible wage budgets of all the super clubs, seems like an attempt to blame Arsenal for... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 6th, 2017
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England vs South Africa

Cant be Arsed Having barely got out of first gear in the One Day series, the Champions Trophy and the T20, it remains to be seen which South Africa will show up for the upcoming test series. After all, if you can’t be buggered for a 20 over game, what chance five days of intense cricket on a dry wicket. Little surprise therefore that England are such a short price to win this series, despite a new captain, and a pretty ropey formbook. The big names don’t seem overcommitted either. Faf du Plessis will miss the first test to attend the birth of his first child (just don’t tell Boycott,) whilst AB de Villiers didn’t even make the squad, with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 6th, 2017
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Wimbledon 2017

The World’s Most Famous Postcode After her victory in Birmingham last week, Petra Kvitova is the marginal favourite for the Ladies singles title. But it is last year’s defeated finalist, Angelique Kerber, who really catches our eye at the big price at 20/1. This is the world number one we are talking about, and another beaten finalist, French Open 2017 runner-up Simona Halep is also surely too long at a similar price. Can she recover mentally from that bruising final in time however? Wildcards to keep in mind are Sabine Lisicki, Kristina Mladenovic, Magdalena Rybarikova (try and place these bets online rather than over the phone,) and Victoria Azarenka, back from six months (unpaid) maternity leave. What about the gentlemen?... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 30th, 2017
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Tour de France 2017

Froome to Sweep Up (Again) You wait a lifetime for British success in the Tour de France, and then it becomes so inevitable, we all get bored of it. “Enough, enough. Get off your bike and win something truly historic for Britain. Like the Super Bowl Chris Froome has now won three of the last four Tours, and goes into Saturday’s race as the hot favourite. Yet Froome has been without a win since last September and if he does go on to Tour glory, it will be the first of his victories not preceded by a win at the Criterium de Dauphine, a race where Richie Porte even took 47 seconds out of him in the short time-trial. In... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
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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
(Posted in: Articles, Betting, Oggsblog, Rugby)
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