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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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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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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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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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Premiership Preview – 20 August 2016

Four to Watch – Sunday Service Sunderland vs Middlesbrough In the absence of Newcastle United, this is as good as it gets for North East derbies this season, as David Moyes’ opening home match sees Aitor Karanka in the opposing dugout. Moyes had a pretty good record at Everton in terms of derby victories, regularly getting under the current Newcastle boss’s skin, so we fancy a home victory in this one. At 2.62 with Betfair, it is unquestionably our bet of the weekend. West Ham United vs Bournemouth It was in this fixture last season, at a pretty similar time, that Bournemouth made us all realise they were not just in the top flight for the joy of being the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, August 20th, 2016
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La Liga 2016/17

All that? Whilst the Premier League is the home of the great manager, we are always told la Liga is the home of the great player. And having dominated Europe to a phenomenal level over the past few years, there would seem to be no doubt of the veracity of such a claim. Yet with Ronaldo pretty much a happy bunny after his Euro exploits, and Messi beginning to reach the downhill slope, the transfer business of the big three in Spain was remarkably lacklustre. Real Madrid exchanged Jese for Alvaro Morata, Barcelona compensated for the departure of Dani Alves, bringing in Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and midfield dynamo Andre Gomes, while Atletico managed to held on to their key... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 12 August 2106

4 to Watch Hull City vs Leicester City Predict a year ago that this fixture would be opening Sky Sports flagship coverage of the new football season, and the assumption would be that having lost the top flight to our new BT overlords, Sky were now pumping the Championship for all it is worth. Not the case of course, and with Hull managerless, fanless and with players eyeing the exit door faster than the queue to leave Aleppo, this is quite literally the perfect opening fixture for the Champions. Betfair will give 7.4 on Hull +2, and that is a punt we fancy, with Vardy and Musa set to run riot. Bournemouth vs Manchester United Having humiliated old Mourinho at... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016
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Premier League 2016/17

4 Bets for the Season Top Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy showed in the Community Shield that he hasn’t lost his goalscoring touch, and with the brilliant Ahmed Musa alongside him, Leicester could be more cavalier, and go for more goals, than last season. 21 on Betfair for him to be the top scorer is an extraordinary price, and one we will lump on with relish. To Finish in the top 10: Both Bournemouth and Watford are over 5s on Betfair in this market, and both strike us as good value. The Cherries survived comfortably last season, and it doesn’t look like the second season will be much tougher (none of the promoted clubs looks threatening at all for example.) Watford meanwhile,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
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