England vs Australia – the Showdown

Michael Cheika vs Eddie Jones Where once rugby coaches simply sat high up in the stands, chins slumped on arms, looking pissed quite frankly, it has all changed. As football has set the trend with mega managers, forever working on new touchline routines (although interestingly not at international level as much,) international rugby has followed suit. Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika won’t just be sat in the stands, cameras watching their every move, earpieces connecting them to the bench, a screen full of data in front of them. No sir! They have also been front and centre to the build-up of this week’s England – Australia international, playing mind games in the press conferences, and generally grabbing the headlines away... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – 26 November 2016

Seconds Out… In the midst of a fight between these two at Stamford Bridge last season, a game of football broke out, a game marked by a wonderful goal from Eden Hazard that gave the title to Leicester City, and meant we all got to see Jamie Vardy’s kitchen. Great days! That contest was between Tottenham and the Chelsea who had sacked it off for the past few months. Can you only imagine what sort of violence the Chelsea of 2016, under the feisty Antonio Conte, can provide. Everything points to a home victory here. Chelsea’s terrific form against stuttering Spurs, the Blues great record against their London rivals, and of course, Spurs players being a little leggy after their... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 18 November 2016

4 to Watch Everton vs Swansea City A walloping by Chelsea meant that the international break perhaps fell at a good time for Ronald Koeman’s Everton, his halo-slippage now forgotten amidst headlines of Rooney, Alexis etc. Meanwhile Bob Bradley was probably enjoying Jurgen Klinsmann’s continued destruction of the United States soccer team. There may not have been much to enjoy for him in Wales of late, but we fancy the Swans to get something at Goodison. Both teams to stop the rot and share the spoils is 16/5 at Ladbrokes which will do us nicely. Middlesbrough vs Chelsea The in-form team before the break, up against a Boro side who aren’t going too badly thank you very much either. Yet... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Manchester United vs Arsenal – 19 November 2016

Them again In a world of gegenpressing, and sexy new foreigners, it is important once in a while to remember the Premier League’s ultimate grudge match of the last decade – Jose vs Wenger. One of just two men who have lured the Frenchman into violence during his tenure (the other being Alan Pardew so Arsene clearly has good taste), Mourinho for once finds himself on the back foot against Wenger, shorn of an all-conquering side, shorn of Didier Drogba or above big physical specimens to bully Arsenal’s back-line, and above all, shorn of his old self-confidence. The run-up to Saturday’s match has been dominated by mass kvetching over who has the bigger injury problems, not to mention snaps of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Make Betting Great Again…

Donald Trump Specials So as the world recovers and quite frankly takes cover following the most astonishing election result in the history of the west (or something like that,) punters the world over have only one question to ask – how can we profit from this imbroglio? And as ever, our good friends at Paddy Power are here to help supply us with the answers. PP offer an array of Trump specials starting with the destination of his first state visit. Russia and Mexico are the joint favourites at 15/8 here, but surely even Trump isn’t stupid enough to head straight to Moscow, given the allegations of Russian interference in his election that are still swirling. He has also been... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Saturday’s International Football (12 November 2016)

4 to Watch USA vs Mexico Of course football would have the final say. Just four days after the Don gets elected to high office by nigh on 60m Americans, along come his personal whipping boys, the Mexicans, to play a game of football. The setting – Ohio – is equally apposite, being the main blue-collar state that swung to Trump. It is the sort of build up to a fixture, where football men like Jim Smith would invariably declare, “they don’t need a teamtalk.” Whether the Mexican gaffer will be pinning up Trump speeches onto the dressing room walls is at this stage unknown, but expect them to come out firing. Take the 6/4 on the away side with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016
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England vs Scotland – November 2016

Head2Head: Gareth Southgate vs Gordon Strachan We live in a golden age of ex Middlesbrough managers. There they are, these masters of the universe, bestriding the footballing globe like they won multiple trophies at Real Madrid, rather than were dire failures at Middlesbrough. Terry Venables, Bryan Robson and Steve McLaren have all parked their bottoms on the Wembley dugout in the past two decades, whilst Big Jackie Charlton was a massive hit with Ireland. And lo and behold, this Friday night, the Battle of Britain will be contested between two failed ‘Boro bosses, Gareth Southgate’s England against Gordon Strachan’s Scotland. And it is a big game for both. If there is a loser on Friday night, they will be out... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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England in India

Whitewash Ahoy Having struggled to a draw in Bangladesh, you wont find too many punters optimistic about England’s chances in India – what Donald Trump would probably call Bangladesh x10. Turning wickets, batsmen incapable of hanging around for more than a few shots, and a raucous atmosphere, all ensure that for all the talk of the Ashes and despite some IPL experience, it is India where the biggest challenge meets our cricketers. It was a challenge Alistair Cook met head on last time, but those were the days of Swann and Pietersen. So can a case be made for this England side. Well the old pace attack of Broad and Anderson should be around for much of the series, and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
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Arsenal V Tottenham – Winter 2016

Tottenham in ‘failing to live up to expectations’ shocker A terrific example of the bias of the London media can currently be found following the work of Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. Having fought for the title for the first time in living memory, the Foxes were tipped to slide back into mediocrity, get back in their box as it were, and normal life shall resume. Their shaky Premier League start has surprised nobody. By contrast, having fought for the title for the first time in living memory (and finished a terrific 11 points behind the Champions, beating them just once in four attempts last season), Tottenham Hotspur were fully expected to ‘kick on,’ challenge for the title this season,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016
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2016 Strictly Come Dancing Update

Ed Balls If there is one thing the British public never tire of being repeated, its repetition. Year after year we witness similar storylines on Strictly, and the British public lap it up. This year in what will always be known as the Widdecombe role, is Ed Balls, who continues to survive and thrive in the show, although almost certainly will politely bow out / find a by-election, before he becomes a true contender. In the meantime, the Beeb will lap up the free press coverage, and of course, the extra highbrow viewers that Balls bring. Not to mention the bookmakers of course, all of whom have been perfectly happy to quote outlandish odds on the Balls, and take innocent... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016
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