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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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017

Get Right on It Potential stories are aflowing at this Gold Cup, and perhaps none more so than the possibility of Cue Card capping  terrific career with a third win at Cheltenham, and a tenth Grade One in all. Two strong recent victories, at the Betfair and Ascot Chases (the former by some distance) sandwiched a poor performance at the King George. But questions will be asked over his stamina – last year, like Paris Saint Germain, falling fatigued three from the end. Boom Boom. Others will strongly fancy their chances. Djakadam, runner up in the last couple of years to Coneygree and Don Cossack, will hope to this time be the bride rather than bridesmaid. He was only a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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Thursday @ Cheltenham 2017

4 to Watch 13:30 JLT Novices Chase A super-hot favourite in Ruby Walsh’s Yorkhill, but at around 11/8, it is hard to get too excited in what is a strong field. For example, Top Notch’s Triumph and Champion Hurdle form mark him out as a horse who could have a run, although the caveat is that he has yet to prove it at a Festival pace over fences. Flying Angel e/w at 2.44 with Betfair simply requires him to finish in the top half of the field, and that will do us. 14:50 Ryanair Steeple Chase Sponsored by Ryanair, you can bet your measly food voucher due to a four hour delayed flight that this race won’t get off on... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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Cheltenham 2017 Day 2

4 to Watch 13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle Rave If you fancy spending one race getting right on it in the Guinness Tent, this could be the one. Whilst Neon Wolf will rightly have his fanciers (even at 2.92 with Betfair in a deep field,) we can’t encourage that sort of thing so early in the day. Go for a pee. 14:10 RSA Steeple Chase Alpha des Obeaux was 12/1 for this year’s RSA as long as fifteen months ago, yet in fact, the excitement about him over jumps dates back to March 2014 and a maiden point at Tinahely. But like a young English player at Arsenal, the potential hasn’t kicked on. Still, now at 7.4 with Betfair,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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FA Cup Quarter Final 2017 – Chelsea vs Manchester United

I say oy Lineker…..Noooo The big Quarter Final tie of the weekend, bizarrely pilfered for a Monday night by the Beeb. Yes folks – let us not forget that the next time Gary Lineker poses as the people’s champion, he is the bloke who this week has taken Champions League football away from the poor, and who on Monday, will stop young children from watching the biggest live match of the season on terrestrial television. A modern day Pol Pot. Although both of these sides have bigger fish to fry (as one is contractually obliged to write in football journalism) in the coming weeks, neither gaffer would mind this trophy in the bank. For Antonio Conte, he could potentially ape... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017
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Roly Poly Goalie on the Doley

The extraordinary over-reaction to the Sutton United goalkeeper eating a pie on the bench, during Monday night’s embarrassing home defeat to the part-time defenders and attackers of Arsenal, has cast betting on specials into the spotlight. We here at Oggs occasionally stray into such territory, but generally one is advised to stay clear unless, like Wayne Shaw, you possess inside knowledge. However, there is easy money to be made too. Yesterday, perhaps ironically, marked ten years to the day since Craig Bellamy celebrated the fact that he had got involved in an golfclub altercation with Jon Arne Riise, and also that he had scored at the Camp Nou, by getting out his virtual 5iron and having a swing. The odds... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
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2017 By-Elections

Super Thursday A crucial week ahead, with two by-elections on Thursday evening, and both are undoubtedly in-play for two, possibly three parties. Nil holds for Labour, and Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt may have achieved by upping and outing, what current Labour MPs have failed in doing – dislodging the leader. Two victories for Corbyn however, and perhaps his dismissal of the polls and the media distaste for him as fake news, could have some credence. Stoke: Defeat in Copeland would be directly attributable to the Labour leader’s stance on Trident. Yet bizarrely, since it is a tight seat, defeat there would be less damaging than failure to hold Stoke, which has voted Labour since the days of Clement Atlee.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
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FA Cup 2017 Preview – 5th Round

4 to Watch Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City Amidst the fury and the mayhem, old Pep may be calmly putting together a reasonable season for City, whilst at the same time completely ripping apart the spine of a team that had been together since the days of Mark Hughes. Expect them to progress here too, and with the way Huddersfield play, expect lots of goals and excitement. Ladbrokes will give you 15/2 on over 5.5 goals, and we will have a little nibble at that. Milwall vs Leicester City The Den one day, Sevilla the next. Such is the extraordinary tale of Leicester City these days. Typically, a side struggling in the league and with Europe to cope with wouldn’t... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Tonight’s Football – 15 February 2017

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal / Real Madrid vs Napoli Once More Unto the Breach… If Charlie Brooker hasn’t yet written about a future dystopian environment in which all arguments are reduced to whether Arsene Wenger should be sacked or not, he’s selling his audience a little short. In fact, the famous Godwin’s Law that asserts every argument eventually culminates in a reference to Nazi Germany, could easily apply to the Frenchman’s hold on his current job. With Barcelona suffering a walloping last night, perhaps Arsene could well and truly silence the critics by winning the Champions League, a competition he hasn’t truly threatened in for over a decade now. In so doing, this could be their toughest challenge – the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
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Premiership Preview (& Rugby!) – 10 February 2017

4 to Watch Sunderland vs Southampton The Saints are a wildly inconsistent bunch these days, which goes a long way to explaining their mid-table place in the Prem, but their fantastic run to Wembley in the League Cup. The final of which is now only a couple of weeks away, and players’ minds will surely be focused on that. Sunderland on the other hand are flying following their banging of Palace last time out, and at 13/5 at Ladbrokes, are our bet of the weekend. Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur For those who missed our piece earlier (WHERE WERE YOU!!!), we fancy a 0-0 here, which Ladbrokes will offer you a nice 15/2 on. Bournemouth vs Manchester City Having correctly called... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017
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