Premiership Preview – 23 September 2016

4 to watch Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur With the injury to Harry Kane, Spurs will have to battle away for the rest of the year without their talisman. Yet one could certainly make a case that an injury to Kane is nowhere near as damaging as an injury to Lloris or Eriksen, whilst the loss of Mousa Dembele through suspension saw Tottenham get mullered by Newcastle. They should battle on, and the man signed in the summer to back up Kane could help them. At 9/2 Vincent Janssen is our pick to score the last goal, probably the winner in a 1-0 drab affair. Get right on it at Ladbrokes Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion As we all pat... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016
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Strictly Come Dancing 2016

The Real Reason we all pay our License Fee Bloody Bake Off. We quite frankly hate everything about it, from the irritating innuendo-filled presenting style, to the fact that given it is all pre-recorded, you can’t have a bet on it. Go to Channel 4 you fiends. Even better – go to Sky One and never darken our door again. Strictly on the other hand. Good old Brucie. They’ve what!! Ah but they will never take Len Goodman alive. I see! Well at least we can bet on it. Having survived the launch episodes (the Charity Shield of Strictly if you please) and done the usual tabloid publicity with speculation as to whose marriage may be the first to collapse,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 16 September 2016

4 to Watch Leicester City vs Burnley It has long been a staple of this column that any half-decent Premier League outfit could easily navigate their way through 95% of Champions League groups, such as the poor calibre of most sides in that pointless phase of the European Cup. Leicester certainly haven’t been as regal as last season thus far, but proved our point by absolutely shellacking the Belgian champions away in midweek. Back to the bread and butter this weekend however, perhaps even just dry bread (maybe even crusts alone), as Burnley visit the KP. Take the visitors at +2 on the Ladbrokes handicap at 8/15 – this is very much after the Lord Mayor’s show, and if the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016
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Mercury Music Prize 2016

Not the Dead Bloke It would take an organisation as perverse as the Mercury Music Prize not to give their annual award to Bowie this year. An album has never been released in such astonishing circumstances, the video alone is a statement of art that hasn’t been topped in some time. Plus everyone is giving everything to Bowie this year. Hell – it was a surprise that he didn’t pip Riyad Mahrez to PFA Footballer of the Year. But he has no chance, because this prize loves to tease and tantalise, and then give it to someone nobody has ever heard of. In fairness, it is a pretty strong list this time out; seven of the 12 have been previously... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 9 September 2016

4 to Watch With the transfer window shut, windows at home beginning to close due to weather, and the nights slowly drawing in, the football season is truly only now beginning to get under way. On the pitch, the end of the first international break, and the imminent return of the Champions League, is another sign that the phoney war is over, and the serious business is about to get underway. Away from the Manchester derby, here are four matches worth examining over the weekend. Arsenal vs Southampton Arsenal traditionally wake up around now, often kickstarted by giving some hapless side, managed by a confused foreign type, a good shoeing at home. Hello Southampton, and take the draw at Arsenal... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016
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Head2Head – Mourinho vs Guardiola

English Football’s Biggest Ever Club Game It has already been widely acclaimed as the match that will feature the collective 22 most expensive footballers ever to take to a field in this country. Chuck in the tale of one city, the high-profile nature of the two managers (more of whom shortly), and it is probably safe to call this the biggest ever football match to take place in this country between two clubs. It is Anfield ’89 without the drama, it is el Classico without the Pigs Head. It is Manchester United vs Manchester City. Media attention has been laser-focused on the two coaches (as is erm, this article), and one could be forgiven for thinking that players might have... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016
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Kell Brook vs Gennady Golovkin

Not Kelly With Eubank Jr stalling, Eddie Hearn didn’t want to risk losing a heap of cash, with the O2 and Sky Box Office contracts already signed. Enter another of Hearn’s fighters, Kell Brook. But it is a panic move by all involved – many seasoned boxing authorities have warned that with Brook having to move up almost a stone and two weight divisions, it could be a dangerous mismatch. After all, Brook isn’t even the best Welterweight in the world, and is giving away two inches in height and reach. Recent precedents aren’t great either. Amir Khan’s brave fight in May against WBC middleweight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ended with sickening force, when the put Khan into Lala Land (although... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
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Champions League Preview – 2 September 2016

This entry was posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 26 August 2016

4 to Watch Chelsea vs Burnley Its been plus ca change at Chelsea so far this season. Gritty, dull football seasoned with a tad of Diego Costa mayhem has ground out two victories against two weak teams. Burnley however, will provide by far their sternest test so far, and we can see them running Chelsea close. Burnley +2 at 11/10 with Ladbrokes is a terrific handicap with our good friends at Ladbrokes. Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth It never rains in the Pardew household – it is either 40 degrees in the shade, or absolutely tipping it down. And right now, he is under pressure. Christian Benteke is a wonderful player, but not one for an immediate impact; he takes a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016
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US Open 2016

The year of the Outsider For the first time, Andy Murray should be going into an Open as the favourite. A 22 match winning streak was only halted in the final at Cincinatti last week, whilst Novak Djokovic has crashed out of the last two big tournaments early, and wasn’t fit enough to play in the ATP event. The betting may still have him as a slight favourite over Muzza, but the betting is wronger than slapping on your burkini in Nice high street. Both men may be knackered however, whilst the best player on the circuit right now, Juan Martin del Potro, also cannot last the distance. Although in the last 11 years, only three men outside the Big... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
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