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Premiership Preview – 21 August 2015

4 to Watch Manchester United vs Newcastle United With all the mayhem and slapstick surrounding Chelsea, little has been made of some other team’s less than impressive start to the season. A big hello then to Steve McLaren, still awaiting his first Newcastle win, heading back to Old Trafford as a manager for the first time. We expect a typically routine United (red one) win here, and Betfair offer 11/10 on United to win to nil. West Ham United vs Bournemouth One fantastic and one dreadful result, has left West Ham with pretty much the three points they were expecting after the opening two games. Yet now comes the test. Fail to beat the goalless and pointless Cherries at home,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015
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Prem Preview – 14 August 2015

4 to Watch Watford vs West Bromwich Albion West Brom arguably got the rum draw of the weekend, with the once in a blue moon form of Yaya Toure tearing them to pieces. A 0-3 defeat clearly wasn’t great, but it is no way to judge their season. Watford should have won at Goodison, and we expect them to fare well this campaign, perhaps the odd flirt with relegation but certainly no unwanted groping. Tony Pulis didn’t get to where he is today by losing these sort of games however. 2-1 Albion all day long. Betfair offer 6 on both teams to score and the Baggies to bag the three points. Sunderland vs Norwich City Even the very sound of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Manchester City vs Chelsea

Dr Who? In its capacity for the surreal, the Premier League never disappoints. Ahead of the knockout fixture of the early part of the season, last January’s edition being the most watched fixture in Premier League history, all focus is on the Doctor. Nobody could have seen this coming – the most exciting league in the world never disappoints. If it was a deliberate ploy by Jose to distract attention from his team’s shortcomings ahead of a vital match (defeat would leave the Blues already five points adrift of City), then the man is a genius. Albeit an evil genius. One would barely know there was a game on this week, let alone its potential for framing the early part... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Premier League Preview 2015/16

The Global Game When historians of sport look back at the summer of 2015, they will pinpoint the exact moment when the Premier League ceased to become the top flight of English football, and instead became the global league, the NFL of soccer. This summer has seen even the most tedious of Premier League clubs seduce the likes of Wijnaldum, Payet and Cabaye from title-chasing (and in some cases winning) clubs from Europe. The Premier League is the only league in town these days, and once the Ronaldo-Messi show is over, that will only become ever more apparent. So that’s enough about how much money they are all making. How about we make some gelt too? The bet of the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 7th, 2015
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Premiership Preview – 7 August 2015

4 to Watch 1) Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur No Di Maria, no RVP, and all the focus on Wayne Rooney, who typically comes back from his hols fatter than a professional athlete should be. Mauricio Pochettino meanwhile knows how to organise a backline, and his teams tend to start the season well. We like the 0-0 on Betfair and you should too. 2) Bournemouth vs Aston Villa Villa have a dreadful record against promoted teams on the opening day, failing to win in any of their three Premier League encounters. We don’t expect that to change here, and feel this could be the game of the day in the top flight. 3-2 Bournemouth is available at 28 on Betfair... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 7th, 2015
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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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