Chelsea City

Much has been made of Diego Costa’s first few months in England but there’s no question he really stamped his authority on our shores with his thug like tactics on Tuesday night against Liverpool. It’s a near certainly he misses the clash on Saturday between the two top in the table and there’s no question The Blues will miss him. He’s scored 17 Premier League goals this season, exactly a third of their total. City though, would have to drastically improve from below par performances against Arsenal and Middlesbrough where they didn’t even register a goal. Mourinho’s approach in big games often strangles the opponents and under 2.5 goals must be played at 9/10 with Bet365. The Ivory Coast’s successful... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015
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FA Cup 2015

Just when Arsenal had thrown the title firmly back into Chelsea’s hands, with their magnificent win at Manchester City, we all have to stop and take a breather as the FA Cup swings back into town. It all begins on Friday night and won’t end until Monday evening so even if you’re drunk most of the weekend, you’ll do well to avoid it entirely. Our first selection this week is to back Premier League side Swansea at 2.42 on Betfair as they travel to Championship opponents Blackburn. Yes, Bony may have departed South Wales and it’s certainly fair to say being hammered by the best team in the country 5-0 isn’t good for confidence, but even so, we think their... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 16 January 2015

It doesn’t fit the narrative Manchester United fans want to tell, but the fact is that the much-maligned David Moyes was equally as successful as Louis Van Gaal has been in his first 21 Manchester United Premier League matches. Indeed Moyes didn’t even spend anywhere near the sums the Dutchman has. We here at Oggs HQ continue to think that Man United are being overpriced and we will oppose them for much of the season. For us they are a lay at 1.5 on Betfair to get a Champions League spot. This weekend they travel to QPR and look ridiculously short at 8/13 with Bet365 to record the win. QPR have taken all their points at home and will be... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015
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African Cup of Nations 2015

4 bets to Watch 1. Group A is the simplest to call: Containing as it does the two weakest teams in the tournament. Equatorial Guinea are only there because Morocco chickened out due to Ebola (they were originally thrown out of qualifying for fielding an ineligible player but their participation in even the final group stage was hugely unlikely), whilst Congo have absolutely no pedigree in CAF football at all and are only here because Rwanda were hurled out of qualifying too. Gabon are one of Africa’s coming forces, whilst Burkina Faso looked great in qualifying and have an excellent coach – could go all the way. Back them at 1.9 and 1.5 respectively to qualify. 2. Ivory Coast to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 9 January 2015

Hurrah for the return of Premier League football in 2015! Everyone is trying to tell us that this season is different to all other seasons because of what Southampton and West Ham have been up to, but we here at Oggs HQ of course know better and you can be rest assured that come May normality will be restored. Chelsea will win the title and Arsenal will get in the top four. Don’t worry, we don’t like change either. This weekend we expect Chelsea to start getting their title bid back in commanding shape with an easy win over a Newcastle side that may start to feel the loss of their manager. John Carver apparently thinks he’s got a chance... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015
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4 to Watch – 2 January 2025

European League Winter Break In Germany, the only real surprise is that Bayern haven’t already notched up the title. There hasn’t been this big a divide in the country since the Berlin wall fell. Which means the only real question left to answer is what will happen to Borussia Dortmund, currently languishing down the bottom. Paddy Power offer 9/2 on them still making the top 4, and whilst we can’t tip it as value, if Klopp buys well in January, we would certainly have das nibble. France could see the tightest title race, with Marseilles and PSG going at each other from now until the finish line. Bielsa’s team dedicate an extraordinary amount of energy to their matches, often leaving... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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New Years Day Football 2015

New Year’s Day means two things for the British public – hangovers and football. Fans of Stoke and Manchester United may have to arise a little earlier than they’d like for their 12.45pm kick off, but for the rest of us, 3pm will hopefully be enough time to have got ourselves in shape to support our teams. The Manchester United faithful are far happier than they were upon entering 2014 under David Moyes. They arrive at Stoke on the back of an impressive nine game unbeaten run and only Manchester City have beaten them since they lost spectacularly 5-3 at Leicester in late September. However, fortunate wins at Arsenal and Southampton followed by draws at Villa and Spurs perhaps reveal... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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FA Cup Preview – 30 December 2014

The FA Cup gets underway for the Premier League and Championship teams this weekend and so begins the ‘long road to Wembley’ although if you’re a fan of Blyth Spartans of the Northern Premier Division the road to Wembley actually began with a 0-0 draw at Darlington 1883 back on September 13th and in all likelihood the journey involved no roads that actually led to North London. Birmingham City and a further potential five ties lie between them and FA Cup glory. Unfortunately for Blyth Spartans and the like, we’ll soon forget about them as the elite whittle down the competition. Only one final (Portsmouth v Cardiff in 2008) in the last 24 years hasn’t featured at least one of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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Capital One Cup 2014/15

With illustrious finalists such as Cardiff, Swansea, Bradford and Sunderland in the last three years it’s fair to say that the approach some top teams take to the League Cup has left the door open for some less traditional visitors to Wembley. With three sides from outside the Premier League still left in the Quarter-Finals there’s every chance to think there could be another set of unlikely fans in with a chance of a trip to North West London. Or it could be Chelsea v Liverpool. Derby perhaps have the hardest task of the three non top level clubs as they welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea who are the 11/8 favourites with Paddy Power to lift the trophy. They didn’t... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014
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European Champions League Review

One down, three to go Liverpool’s terrifically amusing attempt to make the most easily navigable Champions League group appear like a Group of Death, means we are down to three British contenders, who will attempt to take on the big three of Europe; Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But can any of them go all the way? Manchester City were convincing at Roma, but one glance through the Roma side reveals that they aren’t all that much cop. At least City will, despite finishing runners-up avoid Bayern in the next phase by virtue of already having faced them. Yet such is their fragility in this competition, only ties against Porto or Monaco guarantees advancement. Expect them to bow out... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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