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“Most Competitive Blah Blah Blah”

The Sky Bet Championship 2015/16 Often decried as the, “most competitive league in Europe,” little wonder that the Championship is nowadays sponsored by a bookmakers. Naïve punters pour their cash every August on to one of the sleeping giants (Hello again Leeds and Sheff Wed) or perhaps a side that has just been relegated, only to see some crazy outfit like Bournemouth romp away with the title. It is indeed the league the bookies love. It is also said, a league that is, “very tough to get out of,” although some would note Blackpool managed it last season with consummate ease, often not even relying on a full squad players. Yet the truth is, for all the buzz and hype,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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League 2 Preview

Play Up but with they Go Up Signing a young striker on loan from AFC Bournemouth, going big on a 31 year-old from Chesterfield and swooping for a (failed) product of the Aston Villa youth system may not quite be the dream summer for many fans, but if the bookmakers are to be believed, Pompey fans should begin preparing for League 1 already. Just as last season under Andy Awford, Portsmouth are hot favourites to win League 2, for no other reason than the fact they were in the Prem not too long ago. Paul Cook, who led Chesterfield to the title in 13/14 is now the gaffer, having also taken the Spireites to the play-offs last campaign… Defensive issues... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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SPFL Betting

One Word required here That’s the problem with generic word limits. It is all well and good dusting off 250 words about the Open Championship (as I write, we are in the dying minutes and there are still about 14 players who could win it,) but what about the editor screaming for the same amount on paint drying. Or even worse, the Scottish League (now rebranded as the Scottish Professional Football League, in case the action itself wasn’t enough to convince you of its professionalism.) Rangers demise not only did for competition, but it also effectively cut off Scotland’s coefficient benefits, that included a Champions League qualifying spot for the runner-up. Even finishing second now is rewarded solely by a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Summer Transfer Window Specials

4 to Watch… Will he? Wont he? Is it on? Is it off? Who cares…time to cash in. Christian Benteke to leave Aston Villa: This one has everything on paper that suggests the player is off. A release clause in the contract. An agent in the papers every day. And a player with a history of agitating for a move. But but but. If there is one thing that could be said about Aston Villa this summer, it is that they have inspired a bizarre degree of loyalty. Delph turned down Manchester City to stay. Micah Richards said no to Inter Milan to sign. Could Benteke make it a hat-trick whom Tactics Tim has worked his magic on? Thus ‘No’... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015
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U21 Euro Championships 2015

If neither the Women’s World Cup or the Copa America have proven enough to satisfy your footballing interest during the summer then you’ll be glad to know there is another option in the coming fortnight – the Under 21 Football Championships in the Czech Republic. Eight teams (Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Serbia, Czech Republic and Sweden) are divided into top groups of four, from which two sides will emerge from each to make the semi-finals before the final on June 30th. With just seven teams joining the hosts there are some notable absentees for this latest instalment, with Spain and Netherlands the two most high profile. Germany are 9/4 favourites with Bet365 and will have a strong core led... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
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Euro Home Nations

The 2014/15 curtain falls down this weekend for the elite European players with one final Euro 2016 qualifier before the players can jet off to Spain to be pictured alongside a supposedly overweight, mid cigarette Wayne Rooney. England have the simplest assignment of the home nations when they travel to Slovenia, but even they are priced at a tempting 17/20 with Betfair. England will look to repeat their 3-1 success from earlier in the campaign on what was a comfortable night at Wembley. It’s almost six years since England lost either a Euro or World Cup qualifier on the road (Ukraine, 2009) and we can’t see it happening here. Slovenia have won six of their last seven however on home... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
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Copa America 2015

You may have mistakenly thought that Barcelona lifting the Champions League trophy in Berlin on Saturday night was the culmination of the great sporting action this summer, but think again, because Thursday sees the Copa America kick off in Chile with the South America nations, (plus guests Mexico and Jamaica) battling to become champions of the continent. Argentina are the 2/1 favourites with Ladbrokes, which if we look back to Brazil 2014 is fairly understandable. The best player in the world is in their ranks and their coach Gerardo Martino is well respected and has endured a successful start to his reign. Brazil are 10/3 second favourites with Paddy Power and will have their backers. Dunga has tried to put... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
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Champions League Final 2015

The pinnacle of European Club Football will be played out in Berlin on Saturday night as Juventus and Barcelona meet, both of the hunt of a treble and the chance to crown themselves the kings of Europe. Juventus haven’t been to the final since 2003 – Barcelona by comparison have won the trophy on three occasions since then. The Italians were the surprise victors of their Semi Final with Real Madrid and their defensive prowess (how unusual for an Italian side) has been key. It’ll need to be outrageously good however to keep the Spanish side shut out on Saturday night – the Neymar, Messi and Suarez trio have an absurd 120 goals between them this campaign. Barca’s route to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015
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3 Rules for Betting on the Womens World Cup

Like the mens one just less corrupt Lets face it feminists – nobody would pay a shilling to host the Womens World Cup, let alone stuff an envelope full of gold and send it off to some corrupt octogenarian in a third-world country, for him to use as a mattress. So yes, womens football is great blah blah. As well as sanctimonious PC claptrap, here are three other things you should be talking about, when taking a punt on the ladies. 1) Never Write off the Germans Champions in 2003 and 2007, the Germans exited in the quarter final four years ago, folding under the relentless pressure of hosting the whole jamboree. With no such problems this time around, and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015
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FA Cup Final 2015 – Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Tactics Time against the Grand Master A season that has disappointed domestically at both top and bottom, with Chelsea tediously lapping up the Capital One Cup, and all sides bringing shame on the nation with their European antics, has just one game left to play. And it is up to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, to salvage something from the wreckage that has been 2014/15. In great contrast to the shenanigans at FIFA HQ, the FA Cup remains one of the purest forms of the game. No seeding, no second chances, no prize money really. This is all about the glory, fulfilling that childhood dream (not that one Adam Johnson,) and shaking old Wills hand to see... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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