The Race for the Champions League Places (Part 1 – 2017)

Fixture by Fixture As it Stands: Tottenham Hotspur 74 Liverpool 66 Manchester City 65 Manchester United 64 Arsenal 60 Sunday 30th April Midday Manchester United vs Swansea City A (insert correct collective noun here) of plucky Swans fighting for their lives head to Old Trafford, where similarly innocuous teams have managed to come away with a point this season. Yet despite an incoming Celta Vigo, United should have enough, particularly now boosted by the absence of Marouane Fellaini. A narrow home win, to add the Mourinho box set of them. 2pm Middlesbrough vs Manchester City Their victory over Sunderland in midweek served only to deliver Boro the league’s tallest dwarf prize. Fact is that they remain garbage, and the type... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Premiership Preview – 17 March 2017

4 to watch West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Having shown that they are far too good for Lincoln City, but nowhere near good enough for Bayern, Arsenal now get a fair test at the Hawthorns. This is exactly the time of the season when Wenger’s men step up a gear and make their push for the top four, whereas Tony Pulis’ sides have a predictable habit of sacking it off once they hit 40 points, a tally they have now reached (last year they didn’t win any of their final seven games having hit that landmark.) Ladbrokes will give you 7/10 on an away win, and we would take that right now as our bet of the weekend. Stoke City... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Roly Poly Goalie on the Doley

The extraordinary over-reaction to the Sutton United goalkeeper eating a pie on the bench, during Monday night’s embarrassing home defeat to the part-time defenders and attackers of Arsenal, has cast betting on specials into the spotlight. We here at Oggs occasionally stray into such territory, but generally one is advised to stay clear unless, like Wayne Shaw, you possess inside knowledge. However, there is easy money to be made too. Yesterday, perhaps ironically, marked ten years to the day since Craig Bellamy celebrated the fact that he had got involved in an golfclub altercation with Jon Arne Riise, and also that he had scored at the Camp Nou, by getting out his virtual 5iron and having a swing. The odds... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
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2017 Title Decider

Liverpool vs Chelsea So the most open Premier League season EVER!!! could well be done and dusted by the 4th February. If Chelsea can avoid defeat at Anfield tonight, and at home to Arsenal on Saturday, surely the game is up for whomever we deem the chasing pack these days. It is of course worth casting minds back to the corresponding fixture in the early days of 16/17, when it was Jurgen Klopp who was the continental genius, working his players to the bone in a jolly fashion, on his way to glory. Whereas of course, Antonio Conte just didn’t get English football, and his physical methods were simply inappropriate for our game. The lesson – believe nothing kids. A... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 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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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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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – 26 November 2016

Seconds Out… In the midst of a fight between these two at Stamford Bridge last season, a game of football broke out, a game marked by a wonderful goal from Eden Hazard that gave the title to Leicester City, and meant we all got to see Jamie Vardy’s kitchen. Great days! That contest was between Tottenham and the Chelsea who had sacked it off for the past few months. Can you only imagine what sort of violence the Chelsea of 2016, under the feisty Antonio Conte, can provide. Everything points to a home victory here. Chelsea’s terrific form against stuttering Spurs, the Blues great record against their London rivals, and of course, Spurs players being a little leggy after their... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 14 October 2016

4 To Watch Arsenal vs Swansea City Twenty years ago, another bonkers foreign bloke strolled into the Premier League, few expecting him and his ways to last too much longer. Arsene Wenger is still here of course, although for every Wenger, there has been several Christian Grosses or Jacques Santinis (strange foreigners appointed by clubs other than Spurs are available.) Which will Uncle Bob be? Too early to say of course, but this is a real hiding to nothing fixture. We like Arsenal -2 in the first half, available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes. Manchester City vs Everton A blip or a wobble at the Etihad? We may be about to find out. Amongst all the talk of thrilling games, the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Premiership Preview – 30 September 2016

4 to Watch Hull City vs Chelsea As Antonio Conte begins to realise that this Chelsea gig is going to need to be more akin to his efforts with a feeble Italian side last Summer, than an all-conquering Old Lady for many years in Italy, motivation of players will be key. Hull City have hit the ropes after a promising start, and we foresee a grimy Chelsea victory. 1-0 is 6/1 with Ladbrokes and we will take that. West Ham United vs Middlesbrough When you’re down on your luck, you need a bit of fortune the other way, and with West Ham really struggling right now, who better than Brad Guzan to pitch up in the opposition goal. Quite literally.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016
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