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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 3 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture Tottenham Hotspur 75 Manchester City 71 Liverpool 70 Manchester United 68 Arsenal 67 Saturday 13th May 12.30 Manchester City vs Leicester City Although Pep’s boys are one of the few teams Leicester have been arsed to show up against this season, lightning doesn’t strike twice. At least not if lightning were as lazy as Leicester City, although their places did show an impressive inclination to strike towards the latter end of Claudio Ranieri). Home win with certain City players fighting for their futures (hello Fabian Delph.) 5.30 Arsenal vs Stoke A trip to Stoke isn’t what it once was, rather like much of the midlands, a now decaying footballing force in what used to be a powerhouse.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 2 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture Tottenham Hotspur 74 Manchester City 68 Liverpool 67 (goal difference) Manchester United 67 Arsenal 63 Friday 5th May West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Draw Saturday 6th May Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Forget Leicester City’s title win – a big game in May being played on a Saturday is the biggest shock in Premier League history. Looking with hindsight at the Eagles run-in, it is extraordinary that Big Sam had the gall to leave their survival bid so late. But that he certainly did, and having secured another season of top-flight antics at the Palace, this may be a game too far. City, just. Sunday 7th May 1.30 Liverpool vs Southampton A fixture that has bizarrely... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 1 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture As it Stands: Tottenham Hotspur 74 Liverpool 66 Manchester City 65 Manchester United 64 Arsenal 60 Sunday 30th April Midday Manchester United vs Swansea City A (insert correct collective noun here) of plucky Swans fighting for their lives head to Old Trafford, where similarly innocuous teams have managed to come away with a point this season. Yet despite an incoming Celta Vigo, United should have enough, particularly now boosted by the absence of Marouane Fellaini. A narrow home win, to add the Mourinho box set of them. 2pm Middlesbrough vs Manchester City Their victory over Sunderland in midweek served only to deliver Boro the league’s tallest dwarf prize. Fact is that they remain garbage, and the type... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Premier League Title Run-In 2017

The Fixtures (Tuesday 25th April) Chelsea vs Southampton No walkover, but the Saints season was pretty much signed, sealed and delivered at Wembley two months ago. Home win to nil. (Weds 26th April) Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur Fresh from steamrollering Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, many will fancy Palace at home against Spurs. Yet perhaps Poch can coax one last big effort out of his men, and Allardyce is probably content to chillax with a pint of wine for the rest of the season. Surprisingly comfortable away win. Chelsea 78 Tottenham 74 (Sunday 30th April 2pm) Everton vs Chelsea A tough place to go, but the kind of place where titles are won at this time of year (think United... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017
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World Snooker Championship 2017 Update

The Curse of the Crucible With Judd Trump suffering a minor dose of the ‘curse of the crucible’ in Round One (speaking of which, let us end talk of Court Two at Wimbledon being the ‘Graveyard of Champions’. Former Champions don’t play on the outside courts, and the ones that frequent Centre and One are, generally speaking, still very good. So of course Court Two at Wimbledon is the most likely place for former greats on the wane to lose) against the first black man to enter the place without being part of security, the betting markets have had to sharply readjust since their antepost efforts. The big Quarter Final ahead of us is the Rocket against Ding Junhui, who... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Ladies Marathon 2017

The real London Marathon Race Although PR goons like to assert every year that London has assembled the strongest EVER line-up for a marathon, this year may be one of those rare occasions when public relations folk are telling the truth. Eight ladies in the field have gone below 2:22, making it a must-watch in an already bonkers tv weekend of sport, although it must be said, such competitiveness doesn’t serve the punter too well. Mary Keitany is 35 and this could be it for her in London. She may have even wanted to bow out last year, but after falling and finishing 9th, she will want to go out on a high this time. New York winner in November.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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Mens’ London Marathon 2017

Charity Begins at Home Yes yes, blokes dressed up as Smurfs running in aid of Osteoporosis Research (and that word doesn’t appear often on Oggs). But let’s face it – we could all do with someone dressed as a Minion running a marathon for us. Why should the do-gooder charities get all the money? What have they done to deserve it? Well luckily, as if to prevent too much thought going into the answer of those questions, one can always have a lovely punt on the marathon; the top end that is, not the bit on the telly with a lady dressed as a pantomime cow (or is she) trying to break ten hours. In truth, there isn’t much to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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FA Cup Semi Final 2017 – Arsenal vs Manchester City

Wenger Shooting for the Stars Written in the stars as that little scampster Tinie Tempah might have said – Arsene Wenger to bow out at Wembley with a cup final victory over the hated Tottenham, in the process becoming the greatest FA Cup manager in English football history. Two problems – for starters, it is becoming increasingly clear that as day follows night, Wenger has absolutely no intention of leaving Arsenal, possibly ever. It would be no surprise to discover that having lost his cache in discovering incredible French teenagers (hello the entire Monaco squad,) the Professor instead turned his arm into an elixir for eternal life. You read it here first. The second problem of course, is Manchester City,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017
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FA Cup Semi Final 2017 – Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sticks and Stones may even Hurt Kante The top two beasts, and the standout sides in this year’s Premier League collide at Wembley on Saturday, and strangely for a semi-final, the talk is all about psychological victories, rather than an opportunity for a first major trophy in years for Spurs, or the opportunity for a double for the Blues. Quite why is unclear – the sides don’t meet again, so any one-off victory surely won’t have any repercussions at all for the defeated XI. Perhaps of more significance could be potential injuries – a cheeky kick to Christian Eriksen or N’Golo Kante could have a far greater impact on the last six matches – sticks and stones etc. Neither side... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 17 March 2017

4 to watch West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Having shown that they are far too good for Lincoln City, but nowhere near good enough for Bayern, Arsenal now get a fair test at the Hawthorns. This is exactly the time of the season when Wenger’s men step up a gear and make their push for the top four, whereas Tony Pulis’ sides have a predictable habit of sacking it off once they hit 40 points, a tally they have now reached (last year they didn’t win any of their final seven games having hit that landmark.) Ladbrokes will give you 7/10 on an away win, and we would take that right now as our bet of the weekend. Stoke City... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017
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