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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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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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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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World Cup Qualifying Group F

England & Scotland Malta vs England: England players in qualifying mode are always very much keen on just getting the job done and getting the hell back to their club sides’ ice baths. 2-0 home wins to Malta and Lithuania attest to that. Away it has been even worse. A 95th minute winner in Slovakia under Sam Allardyce (who he) was a highlight compared to a draw in Slovenia and a late equaliser at Hampden. Indeed, Gareth Southgate is yet to win away as England manager. Malta have lost all six matches so far including a shellacking at home to Scotland (albeit their only defeat by more than two goals), so at least that record should go tonight. Yet the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 1st, 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 motorup.com.au 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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