The Weekend’s Football – 8 December 2017

4 to Watch Burnley vs Watford Ah the big game of the weekend. Only joking Mancs and Mersey types – of course not!!! But this is an intriguing clash between the two surprise packages of the season. Often these types of game end in a draw – for once both sides do have something to lose – and given Burnley’s exceptional defensive record, a 0-0 at 7/1 with Ladbrokes is a decent punt. Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth With so many of the bigger sides playing on Sunday, Saturday 3pm might be the perfect time for Mr. Scudamore to start wondering why he ever allowed clubs like Villa and Leeds to get relegated. He will be even more puzzled when this... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017
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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017

Not you James Vince In three of the past four years, this overhyped bauble has been lifted by Andy Murray. Tennis and the Beeb go together like Mary Berry and the Beeb; inoffensive, middle-class and old. And that is the clue as to how this vote will be decided. Think BBC heartlands, the shires, the soft Brexiteers. Above all, don’t think of big black men smashing each other up. Thus the 1/4 on Anthony Joshua looks slightly ridiculous. Boxing hasn’t been on the corporation (outside the Olympics) since the days of Des and Sportsnight, plus Joshua’s greatest moment of the year, the bout with Klitschko, took place in April. The second favourite is Lewis Hamilton, a man who won this... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, December 4th, 2017
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Rugby League World Cup Final – Australia vs England

The What….? Hang out the bunting – England are in yet another World Cup Final. And without wishing to bleat like a Northerner, it is of course wrong that far greater attention was paid to, for example, under-age football over the summer. But the general rule of British sport is that during the football season, nobody cares about anything else. Unless of course it is disability sport or womens sport, in which case it gets rammed down our throats by the Beeb, and we are forced to care. Thugs from Leeds. Less so. Of course, one could be less cynical and instead simply point out that there is very little chance of England actually winning this thing. Everyone expected them... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017
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The Ashes 2nd Test – Australia vs England

Pink Sphere to the Rescue And so to Adelaide. The ball will be a different colour. The game will be played at night in cooler weather. And Ben Stokes is at least in the right continent – a short hop away in case any fights break out that need an emphatic resolution. (It still seems unlikely that he will feature in Adelaide, although it is a little too convenient that he has shot off to New Zealand on a family visit, just as his international teammates are in urgent need of a major morale boost.) One thing that has been repeated again and again by the pundits, is that England must win this one if they are to stand any... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Watford vs West Ham United

Gold for Silva. Mud for Moyes Has there ever been a more baffling managerial love-in than old Marco Silva (Paul Merson and Phil Thompson aside.) Relegation at Hull City (when Paul Clement managed to keep Swansea up comfortably from an equally doom-laden position) followed by an early-season run with Watford, as if the early season hasn’t been filled with all sorts of average clubs going well. Brighton are currently ahead of them in the table. They even lost to Everton! And yet Silva is the new Mourinho. Poor old David Moyes by contrast is a disaster, yet only four years ago, was seen as the natural successor to and by the greatest manager of all time. The football world is... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 19th, 2017
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Prem Preview – 17 November 2017

4 to Watch Burnley vs Swansea City Having already wracked up more than half the points they will require to survive, it will be interesting to see how Burnley manage to incentivise themselves through the winter. There is certainly a sense that Sean Dyche knows he has taken this team as far as it can go, and is looking for an escape route. Swansea have been pretty useless so far, but that can’t last forever. Can it? A shock 2-1 away win is 12/1 with Ladbrokes, and why not indeed say we. Crystal Palace vs Everton David Unsworth wasn’t even under his wife’s thumb when old Roy Hodgson began his managerial career, and the shambles prevalent at Goodison right now... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017
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UEFA World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

4 to Watch (Part 1) Croatia vs Greece Who wouldn’t be enthralled at the prospect of the Greeks entertaining the millions at another World Cup. Exactly. Fortunately enough, Croatia are pretty good at these play-offs having got through them in each of the four times they have needed to reach a major tournament via this route. They finished just two points behind everyone’s favourites Iceland in Group I, and any midfield with Rakitic, Modric and Perisic should get to a Jules Rimet. Greece themselves have reached the last two World Cups through the playoffs, and lost only once in qualifying (to Belgium). One thing worth pointing out in this tie is that no away fans will be allowed in either... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 3 November 2017

4 to Watch Stoke City vs Leicester City The flipside of course, of having two absolute belters on Super Sunday, is that it leaves fewer teams to go round the other tv slots. And hence one is left with absolute filth like this to kick off the weekend. A match like this deserves to end 0-0, and at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, that’s exactly how we think it will finish. West Ham United vs Liverpool With Slaven Bilic under pressure, he will be looking at this one as a chance to secure his job until at least the next match… This fixture has traditionally been kind to the Hammers, but they seem to be in a mess right now. Ladbrokes offer... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017
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Interest Rates Betting 2017

Lose your house; Win a bet In the course of the lengthy, epic history of this site, an article on interest rate betting has never been suggested, let alone commissioned. Since the great crash of 2008 and beyond, interest rates have not only failed to budge, but the regular meetings to decide what to do with them, have had all the predictability and excitement of the Champions League group phase. Yet for the first time in a while, driven by a likely rise in wage inflation, there is the serious prospect of an increase in UK interest rates from 0.25% to 0.50%. All the leaks suggest a raise is coming. The crucial thing here is the process that the MPC... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 31 January 2017

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace The powers that be in the football world have managed to both antagonise and bring rapture to Big Sam in the last few days. ugg bailey bow for sale Fjallraven Kanken No.2 Giving a freebie to play a weakened team in the FA Cup, the Premier League cunningly arranged a crunch clash at Bournemouth three days after his 4th round dalliance with Man City. chaussure air jordan Nike Store But Sam – put the champagne away my old son. new balance black Look what they have done to you. ugg mens outlet Nike Air Max 2017 Goedkoop Rather than spend the night of the 31st January, going through your phone contacts to find... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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