Man Booker Prize 2017

Golden Times for Temp Agencies Every betting shop in the country will be desperately hiring extra staff in a bid to deal with the frenzy of builders and plasterers having a punt on the Booker. For the uninitiated few, the Booker is the big one in English literature, although the opening up of the prize to foreign authors (provided they write in English) in recent years has made it the book-prize equivalent of the 48-team World Cup. Let us start with the favourite George Saunders. Saunders has been the man for the smaller occasion thus far in his career, but ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is what we in the trade call, a proper piece of work. Set in a graveyard,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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NFL 2017/18

Better Late than Never Apologies for waiting until the season got under way last weekend kids, but with the (real) football season sizzling away across Europe, there simply wasn’t the time to examine the broad sweep of American football until now. In addition of course, the draft system that makes American sports far more competitive than our own, means that it is often wise to check the form before having a spritz either way. The early money was certainly going on the Patriots, with some even questioning whether they could replicate the 2007 team in going through the schedule undefeated. Yet an opening night defeat at home to the Chiefs (whose price for the Super Bowl has reactionarily plummeted), has... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Chelsea vs Arsenal

“Bouldy, where’s that bus we once went on?” A fixture that has swayed and swung with the changing of the London guard. The late 90s and early 00s tended to see Arsenal victorious at the Bridge, often scoring extraordinary goals in the process (take a bow Messrs Kanu, Silvinho and Nigel Winterburn.) Yet as the first Mourinho titles were being wrapped up, Chelsea became a tougher task, their physicality and in particular the work of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, serving to undo Arsenal time and time again (with one rather bizarre RVP 5-3 interlude). If Stoke was Wenger’s Agincourt, Chelsea was his Siege of Harfleur. And indeed, it has been the silk of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas that... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 15 & 16 September 2017

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Brighton & Hove Albion Ah, the joy of using the word ‘seaside’ in a football preview. It can really hide the fact you’re stuck in a sweaty office churning out clickbait transfer stories and moronic lists. It just conjures the outside world, the breeze, the waves – ah bliss to be alive. 1-1 is 5/1 with Ladbrokes, and we fancy the Cherries to finally break their points duck for the season, but Brighton to feel at home by the, erm, seaside and steal a late equaliser. Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City Harry Kane is some player, but even he can’t do everything on his own. Having broken 1V0-603 the Wembley hoodoo on Wednesday against Borussia... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017
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Mercury Music Prize 2017

Not you this time Sheeran On paper, a wonderfully unpredictable award this one, yet as with any decision made by human beings, a careful application of logic should help narrow down the field. Supposedly, the favourite never wins, yet Katie Tempest (Let Them Eat Chaos) is as well-placed as any favourite in recent years to mock that adage. A solid Glasto performance is always enough to send the middle-class bandwagonners into ecstasy, and Tempest certainly wowed the crowds in June. The obvious rival to Tempest is Corbyn-loving, brain-the-size-of-a-marble, Stormzy (Gang Signs and Prayer), who has appeared in the Guardian more often than Kim Jong-Un over the summer. He also had a strong Glastonbury, but two grime winners in a row,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017
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Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez

Its Salad Time After the circus, comes the greatest show on earth. At least, that is what real fight fans will be hoping for, following the bizarre events in Vegas at the end of August. Whether the paying public are equally excited about what is on paper, the biggest fight for a long time, we can only speculate. Never give the people what they want… Big punchers with big reputations – this is a big fight alright. Unbeaten Golovkin, against whom only one opponent has lasted 12 rounds (in his last fight against Daniel Jacobs. But Alvarez is no mug either – the younger man has amassed more fights, with 49 wins from 51 fights and only one defeat (against... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 8 September 2017

4 to Watch Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Bromwich Albion: One of the longest fixtures in Premier League history, and safe to say when people were wishing away the likes of France vs Holland & Italy vs Spain from their international breaks, it wasn’t this fixture they had in mind. Whilst West Brom’s style will be more familiar to Brighton from the Championship than Manchester City’s was on the opening day, we suspect scoring against the Baggies will prove even harder than against City (who in any event won to nil.) West Brom are 7/2 to win to nil at Ladbrokes, and that is our bet of the weekend. Leicester City vs Chelsea: Some bigwig at Sky clearly thought... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017
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Manchester City vs Liverpool

Over-priced Bread meet Over-hyped Butter Nothing says ‘sticking two fingers up to international week’ like shlepping back all your players on a private jet from South America, and forcing them to play in an over-hyped Premier League fixture in the early kick-off. And indeed, that is where we are, as the bread and the butter returning this weekend starts at the Etihad, although in City’s tunnel-view, super-pricey seats, there probably isn’t a Hovis roll, let alone some Tesco value butter, in sight. City haven’t really got going yet, although their ten man effort to subdue a hitherto impressive Everton was probably one of the more impressive performances from any Prem side to date. No doubt we will be told that... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 7th, 2017
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Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Nice to Earn From You No television show has been resurrected as successfully as Strictly. Exactly why the nation suddenly went nuts for minor celebs, dancing and judges camper than Christmas is unclear, but a big factor must be Bruce Forsyth RIP. No wonder the tributes to the old boy from his SCD cohorts were so fulsome. Many a pound has been earned thanks to the old duffer. And what of our chance to earn some bunce, and raise a drink to old Brucie. Well Strictly certainly sits at the more predictable end of the Reality show betting, with even the unpredictable acts (Ed Balls,) fairly easy to foresee. The bookies like Aston Merrygold as favourite, the first time in a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Champions League 2017/18

Time for some Germans So with the draw for the group stages finally made, it is time to assess the Champions League betting. The English clubs have had mixed fortunes, with Manchester United picking up where they left off by having an incredibly easy group, and Spurs already discussing whether the Europa League will be their swiftest route back to the big time next season. Neither of those two are likely winners, in what in recent years has become a Barcelona-Real Madrid duopoly, with every final of the past nine years featuring one of those or Bayern (but never any combination of the three.) Will the holders make it three in a row. Certainly whoever stops them will need to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
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