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Premiership preview – 19 January 2017

Manchester clubs in peril Stoke City vs Manchester United Perhaps forever scarred by being overlooked for the Manchester United job (in truth his peak was a few years before Fergie packed it in), Mark Hughes has responded not only by managing their nearest rivals, but also by consistently raising his side’s game against them. Their fast start last season in this fixture undid LVG, and make no mistake, he will be at it again on Saturday. 5/1 is a huge price on a home win given this United side may be in form, but they are hardly Brazil 1970, and their run of wins has been based on a very kind fixture list. Back the home side at Ladbrokes. Manchester... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 13 January 2017

4 to Watch Of course in the good old days, the fixture list would be decimated by this wild wintry weather. The games that did survive would be chaotic, broadly unwatchable, and above all, replete with an orange ball. Most of the below are likely to survive – only if the ground’s surroundings are dangerous for punters do matches bite the dust these days. Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion Whilst looking likely to pick up the best of the rest tag, Tony Pulis will have done so by adopting the flat-track bully tactic. The Baggies haven’t troubled the big clubs too often this season. The home win is only 3/10 with Ladbrokes, but it is our bet of the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017
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African Cup of Nations 2017 Part 2

4 to Watch Group C: Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo Having finally managed to win an ACN last time out, the golden generation of the Ivory Coast, have at last said goodbye. No Toure. No Drogba. And one must conclude no chance. Bailly, Aurier and Kodja should all shine, but the Elephants are still a work in progress – the call-up of Wilfried Zaha attests to that. Morocco have gone for an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ strategy, poaching Herve Renard, manager of Zambia and the Ivory Coast in their winning tournaments. Both should qualify from this group, ahead of a dangerous Congo dramatically weakened by the absence of Yannick Bolasie, and a Togo for whom Emmanuel... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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African Cup of Nations 2017

4 to Watch (Part 1) Group A: Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau Whilst the hosts usually get an easy ride in international competition, Gabon have, on paper at least, procured a tougher assignment. Guinea-Bissau may be the virgins of ACN 2017, but even they qualified at the expense of 2012 Champions Zambia, whilst Burkina Faso reached the final in 2013. And Cameroon, are of course Cameroon. It is in that latter clause where the hosts may have lucked out. With many senior players (amongst them Liverpool’s Joel Matip) opting to stay with their clubs, and those that are travelling traditionally never more than a funny look away from a row about cash, it may be instructive to note that one... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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4 to Watch – European Leagues Part 2

Has it been worth the wait? You’re about to find out… Ligue Un: If there is to be an upset in one of Europe’s three most predictable major leagues, it looks like coming in the one with the most submissive field of them all. PSG under new management are incredibly not even second in Ligue Un, and with a brutal tie against Barcelona ahead in the last 16 of the Champions League, this could be their worst season since their takeover. Monaco lie second, although they too have Champions League business to contend with – their recent success against English clubs should mean they have no fear against Manchester City. All of which leaves Nice, or Mario Balotelli’s Nice as... Continue reading...

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

4 to Watch Crystal Palace vs Chelsea No Hazard for Chelsea, and Palace still reeling from a real hard-luck story against Manchester United – suddenly this match isn’t the walkover it may have appeared a week ago. Can we see a Palace win? Perhaps – it is their turn for a bit of luck, and maybe Diego Costa’s turn to lose the plot. Take 2-1 Palace at 14/1 with Ladbrokes, but perhaps not the mortgage this week. Middlesbrough vs Swansea City Another team whose luck is probably due to expire fairly soon is the ‘Boro, quietly avoiding relegation struggles until now. It certainly isn’t atypical for a newly promoted team to accrue far more points in the first half of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016
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Manchester City vs Arsenal – 18 December 2016

Xenophobia then and now Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose as one of these coaches may say. Over twenty years ago, a funny looking foreign chap arrived on these shores, replete with funny advice for his players such as use a fork to stir your tea, and don’t drink the contents of a Heineken factory on the way home from matches. Fast forward to 2016, and along comes another foreign chap – less funny looking but even worse; suave and smooth – replete with funny advice for his players such as use your feet goalkeeper, and don’t tackle whatever you do. Ultimately, Arsene Wenger rode the wave of xenophobic vitriol by being super nice and open to the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 14 December 2016

4 to Watch Sunderland vs Chelsea A rainy old evening in Leicester did for old Pep last time out, and it will be interesting to see what a freezing night up on the River Wear does for Antonio Conte. This will be no walkover – Moyes has got Sunderland going again, and the Stadium of Light is a tough place to go when the Black Cats gander is up. 2-1 Sunderland is 22/1 at Ladbrokes, and we will have a piece of that. Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Another team who will be put through the ringer in the North East are Liverpool, whose manager got off quite lightly with his Neville Brothers rant yesterday. There are other gaffers, not least previous... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 9 December 2016

4 to Watch Arsenal vs Stoke City Having survived November, and even won their Champions League group ahead of PSG for goodness sake, there are surprising rumblings of content coming out of North London right now. Luckily, there has been some hysteria over two ageing players’ contract expiries in two seasons time to keep everyone on their feet. Yet what would be more Arsenal than following a stunning week with problems at home to Stoke. Exactly. Back the draw at Ladbrokes at 17/4. Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Freezing his goulies off in Odessa the other night, Jose Mourinho at least showed he has the heart and passion for this job still. And if anyone can carve out a drab... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 9th, 2016
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European Leagues

4 to Watch – Part 1 With our former friends on the continent gearing up for their mid-winter break, what better time to cast our eye over the channel, and take a look at the best bets for the second half of the season. Serie A Current Leaders: Juventus Gap: 4 pts to Roma and Milan One of the bizarre side-effects of the whole calciopoli embroglio, was that it has ultimately resulted in the central offenders, now dominating Italian football to an extent that no club has every previously managed. Juve have done the hard work over course and distance many times before, and although an enormous focus will be on the Champions League from March onwards, the two months... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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