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Next Conservative Party Leader

Green, Amber and errr…Redwood Political myth states that the Conservatives often turn to the outsider on these occasions, with the examples of Thatcher and Cameron the two recent citings. But both of those surprise wins were on the back of more than one election defeat; with the country having repeatedly rejected their offering, it was clear the Conservatives had to do something radical. In office however, the Tories are much more, well Conservative, often grabbing at the first thing that looks like keeping them in power. All this is good for the ‘safe pair of hands’ candidates supposedly jockeying for the leadership – the likes of Amber Rudd, Dominic Raab or Damian Green. The truth is that were it not... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017
(Posted in: Articles, Betting, Oggsblog, Politics)

NBA Championship 2017/18

Eastern Conference In the sort of shenanigans that would raise eyebrows in other sports (aside from Serie A perhaps), the two top teams in the East decided to swap big names. Kyrie Irving had enough of playing number two to Lebron James, and headed to Boston, who to the surprise of some, were willing to allow their star point guard Isaiah Thomas to go the other way. He is out until the new year with a hip injury anyway, and there are whispers a flaky health record is the reason he was ushered so swiftly out the door. Gordon Hayward also moves to Boston from Utah after an elongated spell in the departure lounge. So with Cleveland not getting any... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
(Posted in: Articles, Basketball, Betting, Oggsblog)

NBA Championship 2017/18

Western Conference An extraordinary off-season (much better terminology than the English football close-season – at least they acknowledge there is NOTHING TO SEE HERE…FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH YOUR DAMN LIVES) has left lips moistened in anticipation of this week’s tip-off in NBA. And that is before we find out who is planning to kneel down for anthems, and be attacked by the President on his twitter feed. The Golden State Warriors will certainly remain the team to beat. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both signed contract extensions, and they managed to retain a host of supporting players, including Andre Iguodala and David West, whilst also deepening their bench. Who can challenge them? Perhaps the big turnaround at Oklahoma... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
(Posted in: Articles, Basketball, Betting, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: Articles, Award Shows, Betting, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: American Football, Articles, Betting, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: Articles, Betting, Football, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: Articles, Betting, Football, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: Articles, Award Shows, Betting, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: Articles, Betting, Boxing, Oggsblog)

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
(Posted in: Articles, Betting, Football, Oggsblog)
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