Sunday Football – 14 January 2018

4 to Watch Bournemouth vs Arsenal After a week of tricky cup action, its back to the bread and butter for the Gunners, and what could be more bread and butter than a nice passing side who will go at Arsenal, leaving rampant spaces at the back to be exploited. We think this could end similarly to Wenger’s trip to Goodison earlier in the season, and 3-1 Arsenal with Sanchez to score a farewell goal at the end pays out at 30/1 with Ladbrokes. Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Following Thursday night’s Alba-Messi show, things should be tougher for Barca at a ground where they haven’t won in their last seven visits. Eusebio Sacristan will be keen to get one over... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, January 14th, 2018
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Liverpool vs Manchester City

Van Dijk in – Dyke Out The big game of the weekend, as the team secure in 4th hosts the team who have already won the title. Talk of a City blip has focused on them drawing a match at a rejuvenated Crystal Palace in the midst of a packed Christmas festival, as well as only narrowly winning the first leg of their League Cup semi-final. It is hardly Sunderland at home 2017 in its catastrophic nature. Teams reflect their managers’ personalities, and nowhere is this truer than at Anfield. The way they play mirrors their manager – when they are up, they are truly buoyant. But when they are down, they are truly dismal. They may have added a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
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FA Cup 2018 – 3rd Round

Friday Night Football Liverpool vs Everton: A game that Liverpool really don’t need (particularly considering their problems at this time of year twelve months ago,) in a competition that Big Sam has no track record of taking seriously. Yet it is a derby, its live on the telly on a Friday night, so at the very least, both Klopp and Allardyce are going to have to pretend they are interested. Previous meetings in this competition have been enough to see off Kenny Dalglish and whoever was in charge of cutting to adverts on ITV, but those were back in the days when this tournament meant something. 2-1 Liverpool is 15/2 with Ladbrokes, and that should be enough to keep both... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018
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World Cup 2018

Putin The balls have been plucked, the schedule has been announced, and we can all start preparing to make an enormous me-shaped hole in the couch for a month. With the Premier League looking as open as former Leeds star Carl Shutt, many footballing minds have already turned to the Jules Rimet. And ours has too. Where is the value? Well many have already identified Egypt as contenders to go far, particularly given the form of Mo Salah right now. They can also count on other Premier league talent, in the form of Mohamed Elneny and Ahmed Hegazi. Their progression from the group stage, could pole-axe Luis Suarez hopes with Uruguay. Other sides who could get to the last eight,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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Midweek Football Preview – 2 January 2018

3 to Watch Fulham vs Ipswich Town A team that looks all set to be the Championship’s late surgers into promotion contention, host the side who started so well, but have since faded badly. Both are currently on 36 points, but Fulham have won their last three at the Cottage and we cant see anything other than four in a row. Take the home side at 8/15 with the Magic Sign. Wolves vs Brentford Wolves host the poor man’s Wolves, with Dean Smith’s side playing arguably the best football in the division outside of what is going on at Molineux. Unbeaten at home since August, Wolves wont find it easy against a side who have won their last three, but... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
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Premier League Battle for Survival

Going Down like a Child on a Slide Was it just me, or was the old “bottom at Christmas” statistic given a slight rest this year by the punditocracy? Despite Swansea being five points adrift of safety, and pressing the button marked ‘gamble’ in their capture of Carlos Carvalhal, nobody can be sure they are doomed. Never has their been a season where teams have been written off as dead, only to eject their manager, appoint a grizzly old bear like Allardyce or Hodgson, and suddenly see their relgation fears entirely ameliorated. The bottom 11 are arguably still in the mix. This season has already showed the importance of having a decent manager, and for that reason, we think Stoke... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 30th, 2017
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Weekend football – 29 December 2017

4 to Watch Chelsea vs Stoke City Despite being wholly unimpressive for much of the season, Chelsea continue to stride competently along, with this season’s cliché – ‘were it not for Man City’ – particularly applicable to their excellent points tally thus far. Stoke seem to get beaten most weeks, yet seem to have notched up 20 points so far. How and when are mysteries for more intelligent people than us. We quite fancy them to nick a point here however, and at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, it is a value bet. Liverpool vs Leicester City We all know that Klopp’s Liverpool will administer a couple of firm spankings, before reverting to the mean and stumbling at home to a lesser... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017
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The Weekend’s Football – 8 December 2017

4 to Watch Burnley vs Watford Ah the big game of the weekend. Only joking Mancs and Mersey types – of course not!!! But this is an intriguing clash between the two surprise packages of the season. Often these types of game end in a draw – for once both sides do have something to lose – and given Burnley’s exceptional defensive record, a 0-0 at 7/1 with Ladbrokes is a decent punt. Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth With so many of the bigger sides playing on Sunday, Saturday 3pm might be the perfect time for Mr. Scudamore to start wondering why he ever allowed clubs like Villa and Leeds to get relegated. He will be even more puzzled when this... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Watford vs West Ham United

Gold for Silva. Mud for Moyes Has there ever been a more baffling managerial love-in than old Marco Silva (Paul Merson and Phil Thompson aside.) Relegation at Hull City (when Paul Clement managed to keep Swansea up comfortably from an equally doom-laden position) followed by an early-season run with Watford, as if the early season hasn’t been filled with all sorts of average clubs going well. Brighton are currently ahead of them in the table. They even lost to Everton! And yet Silva is the new Mourinho. Poor old David Moyes by contrast is a disaster, yet only four years ago, was seen as the natural successor to and by the greatest manager of all time. The football world is... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 19th, 2017
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Prem Preview – 17 November 2017

4 to Watch Burnley vs Swansea City Having already wracked up more than half the points they will require to survive, it will be interesting to see how Burnley manage to incentivise themselves through the winter. There is certainly a sense that Sean Dyche knows he has taken this team as far as it can go, and is looking for an escape route. Swansea have been pretty useless so far, but that can’t last forever. Can it? A shock 2-1 away win is 12/1 with Ladbrokes, and why not indeed say we. Crystal Palace vs Everton David Unsworth wasn’t even under his wife’s thumb when old Roy Hodgson began his managerial career, and the shambles prevalent at Goodison right now... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017
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