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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 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 back the Overs 3.5 goals at... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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Premier League Specials

4 to Watch Relegation: The pre-season pundits will always select at least two of the promoted clubs, and whilst we don’t love following herds, we suspect they may be bang on this time. Huddersfield will be fun, have a go, but should just fall short. Brighton are doomed however, so the 9/2 Ladbrokes offer on them finishing bottom should be gobbled up. No team with Steve Sidwell anywhere near it, let alone patrolling the midfield, can lay claim to be one of the top 20 in the land. Which leaves one spot, and we suspect it will be between Burnley, Crystal Palace and West Ham United. For a bit of fun however, why not back Tottenham at 1000/1. Apparently a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017
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Premier League 2017/18 Outright

Down Down you bring me Down Amidst a tremendous deal of blabber and hoo-ha, truths can get understated. And yes, it is said too often. And yes, it is said too often by terrible people (looking at you Keys.) But we are lucky with our Premier League. Six teams could win the Premier League this season, all priced within 10/1. In France, the third favourites are 22/1 (and watch Monaco, currently 13/2, soar once Mbappe goes,) whilst in Germany, 20/1 is available for their third pick, RB Leipzig. But with such an open race comes a difficult gamble, and we think momentum and mood could be vital this season. Never have footballers been as keen on downing tools as the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, August 7th, 2017
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Championship 2017/18

Blah Blah Blah The most-competitive league in the world. The hardest to predict. The most gruelling league in the world. Yes, the Championship really does come free with some of the most-cliched crap in football speak (a pretty stiff contest all things considered). Given the favourites won it last year, it makes sense to look at the betting, where Middlesbrough and Aston Villa loom large. The former are managed by Garry Monk, a manager rated vastly higher than his track record suggests he should, possibly due to the fact he dresses like football journalists think cool people should dress, and that he is a very nice man. They should be good for a play-off berth, but no higher. Likewise Aston... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 4th, 2017
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League 1

Go Up Pompey Winners: The betting is dominated by two of the teams who have joined us from the Championship. Blackburn Rovers are a mess, but surely the Venky’s won’t want to fall any further. They have birds to sell after all. Tony Mowbray appears to have been backed, and the combination of Peter Whittingham’s delivery and Danny Graham’s finishing should not be understated. Paul Cook had great success with Pompey last year, and he has now returned to Wigan, in the manner that only an ex-player can. His signings however of Terrell Thomas, Gavin Massey and Chey Dunkley don’t inspire confidence, and Rovers look the better equipped of the two favourites. Speaking of Pompey, Kenny Jackett has been brought... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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League 2 Betting

The Man City of League Two Winners: We like evidence here at Oggs; nice, hard evidence. In May, a document surfaced showing the playing budget for League 2 clubs. The top of it, very nicely correlated to the top four league positions, and thus it is to the big spenders that we must look, if we are hunting the titlewinners. Yes, even in League Two <sigh>. Mansfield and Luton seem to be the main culprits this summer, with Luton pumping the money they have received for Cameron McGeehan and Jack Marriott into their wage bill. All pales into comparison to the stags however. 11 new signings, and a boss in Steve Evans who has done course and distance before. It... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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Womens Euro 2017

4 to Watch (Part 2) Group B: Germany, Sweden, Italy, Russia Six titles in a row for Germany – turning this competition into the international equivalent of the SPL. Anja Mittag, Mandy Islacker, Marozsán, Leonie Maier, Isabel Kerschowski, Almuth Schult – need we go on. They are almost certain to win it again. Sweden boss Pia Sundhage will always have a strong affinity for this tournament, having tucked away the winning penalty in the very first final, back in 1984. The runners-up to Germany in the Rio Olympics will be hoping to at least reach the final once more. The incredible strength of this group means that Italy, quarter-finalists in every tournament played, will struggle to keep that record up.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Womens Euro 2017

4 to Watch (Part 1) Group A: Holland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium Hosts Holland have sold out all three of their group games, and hope is certainly high that the ladies can make up for a massively under-performing chaps team. Yet Norway will certainly be competitive in this group; the last team not called Germany to win it, have fierce striking power in Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen. They may miss Isabell Herlovsen who is obviously in China. Oh, women. Scandi neighbours Denmark are no pushover either, having reached the semis in 2013, and with that rarity in the womens game, a goalkeeper who isn’t a complete clown in Stina Petersen. Belgium are likely to bring up the rear in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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