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Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea – 26 April 2015

Jose Mourinho lines up for the 13th meeting of his career with Arsene Wenger on Sunday and he will be confident of continuing his unbeaten record against the Frenchman. The title is nailed on for the West London side but is there any hope that this could be a case of Lucky 13 for Arsene? First up, we can’t quite get our heads around the prices for the game. Arsenal are just 7/5 with Bet365 to beat a side, not only ten points ahead of them but who also spanked them 6-0 as recently as 13 months ago. It’s a price you’d be foolish to take, even if the Gunners have only lost one home League game this season –... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 17 April 2015

In years gone by the focus of the nation would have been on the FA Cup Semi-Final on such a weekend, but the decision to have Manchester United visit Chelsea at the same time means focus will be split between the two. In fact, for the majority of neutrals, they may choose to skip Arsenal against Reading altogether whilst Wenger himself has a genuine excuse to say ‘he did not see it’ if asked about the big Premier League clash. Those neutrals would surely be supporting Manchester United late on Saturday afternoon as the only realistic hope for the title race becoming competitive will be if the Red Devils can win in London. Chelsea are currently 1/33 with Betfair for... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015
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FA Cup 2015 – Semi Finals

The world and his brother seems convinced that Arsenal will face Liverpool in the 2015 FA Cup Final – indeed the column inches dedicated to what is perceived as a Gerrard farewell against the Gunners is becoming sickening, so much so that we’ll want to oppose it. First up we can’t back against the FA Cup Holders. Arsenal are in imperious form, with eight straight League victories – something they’ve not done since the incredible Invincible team of 2004. That Reading are winless in five and at the wrong end of the Championship won’t help matters. They do have attacking strength and will trouble Arsenal from wide areas but we can’t envisage an upset. The Gunners have shown a resilience... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015
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International Weekend – 28 March 2015

4 to Watch Montenegro vs Russia Group G certainly hasn’t been one for the purists so far, with only 22 goals in 12 games – perhaps a consequence of a group with four competitive teams who would all fancy qualification. Or perhaps it is just the curse of Fabio Capello, bringing misery and tedium wherever he hangs his hat. With ten matches serving up two goals or fewer thus far, we like the Unders at 1.53 with our good friends at Betfair. Israel vs Wales A huge match in Haifa, between two teams who haven’t been at a major tournament for a while, but can perhaps sense that this is their time. Israel are the current group leaders following their... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015
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Champion’s League 2015 – Final 8

The Champions League will be devoid of English representation for April and May as the final eight battle for European club glory. Spain (3), France (2), Italy, Portugal and Germany will all be hoping their representative(s) can go all the way. First up PSG will face Barcelona in a repeat of their Group Stage fixture. Ibrahamovic will be banned for their home leg which could be pivotal. We suspect it could be a stalemate in Paris (13/5 with Ladbrokes) but we can’t look anywhere but the 1/3 with Bet365 on Messi and co advancing. Juventus will face Monaco in a repeat of the 1998 Semi-Final and the French side will be hoping they can once again cause a shock as... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 20 March 2015

The supposed ‘Greatest League in the World’ lost all three remaining European hopes this week as French, Spanish and even Ukrainian sides said Au Revoir, adios and до побачення to Arsenal, Man City and Everton respectively. Good thing we can now all concentrate on the ‘Greatest League in the World’ again. Oh. Arsenal were perhaps the side that can hold their head most high of the European departures and we think they’ll continue their recent good form with their trip to Newcastle. The Gunners have won six in a row against the Geordies and they’ve put a run together of six consecutive league wins and thirteen wins in their last fifteen in all competitions. Incredibly Arsenal have had just one... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015
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FA Cup 2015 – Quarter Final Preview

Bradford City vs Reading With BT Sport putting this tie on free-to-air, the nation will finally get to decide just how much it wants to watch Bradford City. The absurd media hoopla surrounding their absence from our screens last round (and their supposed snubbing by the Beeb this time around), will hopefully now be resolved by an unflattering comparison with the viewing figures of the two ties BBC1 are showing, and this all football league affair. Last year’s appearance by Sheffield United in the semis was the first by a side from outside the top two tiers in 13 years, so expect Bradford to fall short. Back Reading -2 at 14/1 with Paddy Power, and rejoice as the Yak comes... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 3 March 2015

The first piece of silverware has been handed out and Jose Mourinho has got his hands on it and you’d have to imagine the League title will surely follow after Man City’s recent poor form. It means the battle for relegation and 4th spot are likely to be the main focus as late May looms large. Two sides battling to stay in the division meet on Tuesday night and Tim Sherwood is looking for his second goal and first point as manager of Aston Villa as they welcome West Brom. If ever a game looked nailed on for under 2.5 goals then this is surely it – so it’s no surprise under 2.5 goals is a best priced 1/2 with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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Capital One Cup Final 2015 – Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Cometh a Final, Cometh Mourinho If there was a manager in world football upon whose life one depended on him winning a football match, everyone would surely plump for Jose Mourinho. Cometh the big match, cometh the big man. In the course of an extraordinary 15 year managerial career, Mourinho has only ever lost two cup finals – a Portuguese affair two weeks before the Champions League final, and a Copa del Rey derby two weeks before he left Real Madrid. And whilst Chelsea do indeed have bigger fish to fry than Tottenham in the coming weeks, it is inconceivable that the Special One will go anything other than all out to win this Final. Often cited as the trophy... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 20 February 2015

4 to Watch Aston Villa vs Stoke City Arise Captain Bellend. Villa fans will be hoping that Tactics Tim will be able to steer the good ship Claret & Blue out of trouble over the next few weeks, possibly even throwing in a Wembley appearance for good effect. His squad is was too good to be third from bottom, and one suspects even a monkey could get more of a tune out of this Villa side, than Paul Lambert did of late. Stoke arrive with nothing to play for, without their centre-back pairing, and on the back of a 1-4 shellacking at Ewood Park last Saturday. And although they trounced Villa this time last year in similar circumstances, the general... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015
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