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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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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Premiership Preview – 25 August 2017

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Manchester City Expect following an away shellacking, bewildered pundits on Match of the Day shaking their heads solemnly and remarking how “unbelievable” it is that Eddie Howe should be under pressure at Bournemouth – thereby of course introducing to the nations’ skulls the idea that he is. Well done Lineker! Back City to win 4-0 at Ladbrokes, and pile on the pressure on Eddie Howe, at 12/1 with Ladbrokes. Crystal Palace vs Swansea City It won’t be pretty Ajax football, but we fancy Frank de Boer to edge a win in this one against the Gylfiless Swans. Crystal Palace -1 to end as a tie is 5/2 with Ladbrokes handicaps, and that is our... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Wem-ber-ley “Wemberley, Wemberley, We’re completely removing the magic from it by not only playing semi-finals there but now allowing a team to play every week (for financial gain of course) at Wemberley.” You can’t beat the classics. Pretty soon of course, it will be more exciting for teams not to play at Wembley, and for their fans not to pay prohibitive prices for a hot dog, and sit miles from the pitch. Yet for now, there remains a smidgen of novelty about this opening game for Spurs at their temporary home, and what a belter it promises to be. The top two in the league from last season going head-to-head would be enough. The top two in the league from... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, August 19th, 2017
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Weekend Preview – 18 August 2017

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Watford: With the intense inquest into Jurgen Klopp’s inability to coach his side how to defend set pieces, Watford’s decent performance in their first game of the season, went largely ignored. A new coach plus the usual turnover of new players might have proven tricky. But despite being slightly overhyped merely as a backlash to Paul Merson / Nikki from Big Brother’s “Who is he???” comments, Marco Silva looks like he knows what he is doing. The Hornets to sting the Cherries 2-1 is 11/1 with Ladbrokes. Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Liverpool tend to whack someone at Anfield early on in the season, and also lose surprisingly to a rather feeble team at home too.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 18th, 2017
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Super Sunday

4 to Watch Guingamp v PSG 19:45 BT Sport 2 It isn’t every day that you can watch a £200m footballer make his debut, although pretty soon it will be. If he does start, expect a bumper global audience, certainly the biggest cheap windows 10 product key online ever for a French fixture, largely justifying the Qatari splurge that has caused all this. Last weekend, they dealt with Amiens pretty easily – a 2-0 score could have been far more. Guingamp were 3-1 winners at Metz last weekend. Encouraged by a sell-out crowd at Stade du Roudourou, they’ll take the game to PSG rather than sitting back and playing for a draw. This could be a big mistake, and we... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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