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4 to Watch West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Having dealt with Manchester United last Sunday, Darren Moore now has an opportunity to pull off another shock, to complete the double against the two most successful teams in our game. And we think he could just do it. Liverpool will have one possibly both eyes on upcoming Champions League antics, and the Baggies are still mathematically alive. Ladbrokes offer 16/1 on a 1-0 home win, but given the most recent appointment as Baggies manager, expect the board to bring in Gary Megson, regardless of Moore’s heroics. Arsenal vs West Ham United The farewell tour begins, albeit with fewer fans and fewer hits than Mr Wenger probably envisaged a decade ago. And... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018
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World Snooker Championship 2018

Old Ronnie It has been five years now since Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan last walked away from the crucible armed with the trophy. He hasn’t even been to a final since losing to Mark Selby in 2014. And yet, like Tiger Woods in golf, all personal foibles are ignored by the watching millions, tuning in just to watch him, in the hope he can win one more big title. 26 years in Sheffield hasn’t diluted his star appeal. Or in Ronnie’s case, two more. Although it is obvious to everyone that he is the greatest player to ever hold a cue, the statistics say otherwise, with Steve Davis and Ray Reardon one ahead of Ronnie on six Worlds, and Stephen Hendry... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
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Cheer Up – It’s the World Cup soon

Midweek Prem Preview Monday – West Ham United vs Stoke City It is beginning to look increasingly like Paul Lambert was hired to get Stoke straight back up next year. Just one win since his appointment and four defeats in a rown has made this a must-win tonight (they also have a horrific goal difference.) Following the kerfuffle against Burnley, things seemed to have calmed down at the London Stadium, as the fans rallied to see them beat Southampton. There was also a creditable point at Stamford Bridge last time out. Just one defeat in six for the Hammers at home, and we fancy a draw in this one at 5/2 on the Betfair Sportsbook. Tuesday – Brighton & Hove... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Prem Preview – 13 April 2018

4 to Watch Southampton vs Chelsea As Conte’s men continue to limp rather lamely over the finish line, many would be of the view that this would be the perfect game for Southampton, and former Chelsea player Mark Hughes. But although Sparky used to be a safe pair of hands at this level, we suspect his hunger left him once he was sacked by City. Linked back then to jobs at Bayern or Manchester United, he is now the poor man’s Tony Pulis. We will opt to back the ambivalent team over the ambivalent manager – surely Conte will want to go out with a couple of wins, and at 5/6 with Ladbrokes, the away win is our bet of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018
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Major League Baseball 2018

Don’t Talk to me about Fixture Congestion The Superbowl is a distant memory, the NBA playoffs are just around the corner, so it must be time to fill that big gap in the US sports calendar with some ball game. Not just some either. Each side will play a quite frankly ludicrous 162 times, which means that hunting for statistics and trends is a tricky business indeed. So many matches also injects an element of randomness to the whole affair – rather like a one-day series in cricket. Teams will win. Teams will lose. Great. There was no crazy spending in the off-season, as owners potentially colluded to ensure they could keep their money to themselves. We aren’t sticking our... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018
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Champions League Quarter Finals 2018

4 to Watch Liverpool vs Manchester City The guarantee that there will be at least one English side in the semi-finals of old big ears, and the conventional reaction has been that City will be upset with the draw. They did of course lose their only league game so far at Anfield, but they also delivered an almighty spanking to the Reds at home, a result that if repeated, would certainly take City through. Crucially, the first leg is at Anfield, giving City the luxury of knowing exactly what they need to do at the Etihad. Pep’s men are 4/9 to qualify with Ladbrokes. Barcelona vs Roma Very tough to see anything other than the Catalans qualifying. They are even... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018
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Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker

Pugilism Two unbeaten fighters, putting their careers on the line, in an attempt to begin to unify the Heavyweight championship of the world. It is almost as if the good old days are back. The consequence of Joshua being the local hero, means that the verdict is already in that this should be comfortable victory for AJ (see the World Cup between 1970 and 2010 for further examples of where patriotic feeling usurps common sense.) Unlike with many of those tournaments however, there is some reason behind the thinking. In his victory over Klitschko, Joshua proved that he has the chin to take punches from the very best, the guts to get off the canvas, and the killer instinct to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018
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The Masters 2018

Eye of the Tiger And there we were thinking that Tiger Woods was the only comeback story in town. A week later, Rory McIlroy produced a storming final round to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and all of a sudden, we may finally get the Rory-Tiger match-up at Augusta that we never thought we would. Rory may now be favourite at 10 on the Betfair exchange, with Tiger in there behind Dustin Johnson at 14.5, and if it was any other major we would be more bullish. But McIlroy has yet to lay the ghosts of that extraordinary 2011 collapse on the back nine (similar questions surround Mr J Speith too), and for that reason we would give Woods the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
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Formula 1 2018

Anyone But Lewis F1 has its critics. Environmentally unaware, a little vulgar, all a bit Clarkson perhaps (despite the absence of ladies on the grid this season). But credit where credit is due. When football teams play friendlies, they charge you for the privilege of watching. If a tennis player is working their way back to fitness, they will do it in a tournament, cashing the cheque for a straight sets defeat. But F1 has a strict period called testing, where in their own time, all tweaks and changes can be made before the season begins. And so we start in Barcelona, where a fortnight has just finished, and now all that needs to be done is for a load... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
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FA Cup 2018 – Quarter Finals

Sunday Football Leicester City vs Chelsea After two pretty pedestrian affairs on Saturday, Sunday’s offerings should be far more to the casual viewer’s liking. Up first, a team who we first tipped up for the Cup back in January – no, not Chelsea kids – what do you take us for – but the foxy Foxes, who as proven two years ago, can beat absolutely anyone on their day. And what better time to play Chelsea than just after the Messi culmination of their season midweek. It wasn’t too long ago that Chelsea lost to Everton at this stage in the competition, fresh from a beating via the good folks at PSG. A home win at 13/5 with Paddy Power... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 18th, 2018
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