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Premiership Preview – 28 February 2014

Twitter was rife with rumours that David Moyes was on his way from Old Trafford earlier this week, but even a 2-0 abject defeat to Olympiakos wasn’t enough to knock the former Everton boss from his perch. The good news for Moyes is that it cannot get any worse this weekend… for Manchester City’s involvement in the Capital One Cup Final means they have no fixture. Liverpool’s bid for the title challenge continues at Southampton this weekend in the late Saturday kick off. We like the look of goals as Liverpool’s League away games have seen over 2.5 goals in seven of their last eight, with five of those going over 3.5. The Saints have gone over 2.5 in four... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 21 February 2014

It was a midweek of despair for English clubs in Europe as Arsenal and Manchester City were humbled by the great and the good of Barca and Bayern to leave their European hopes looking thinner than Victoria Beckham. Meanwhile Tim Sherwood’s European adventure, whilst sounding like an exciting movie, was in fact a poor 1-0 defeat in Dnipro. Thank heavens for English Welsh European giants Swansea gaining a 0-0 draw with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli for a silver lining this week. It’ll therefore be a relief for many to get back to domestic action and Manchester City are perhaps the team with most to prove this weekend, having failed to really take the game to their Spanish opponents. Stoke are one... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014
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Euro 2016 qualifiers

No Good Anymore… The old cliché of ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it,’ clearly has a different meaning for the fools who run football. Of course for FIFA, everything is ‘fixed’ from World Cup venues to Presidential elections. But even at UEFA, it seems endemic and pointless meddling is very much trending. This Sunday throws up (literally) the draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, a traditionally dull event occurring at a time of the season when most football fans cannot see beyond their next match, let alone beyond the summer World Cup. Yet this time around, there will be some interest in the draw, given it launches the new 24 team ‘in-no-way-diluted-standard’ Euros. There will be nine groups, with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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Champions League preview – 17 February 2014

If Hull v Brighton isn’t enough to turn you to your television set on Monday night, then perhaps Tuesday’s offering will whet the appetite. Manchester City v Barcelona – two sides which have already scored over 100 goals this season, battling it out for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. If there’s a downside, it’s that it is on ITV. Both City and Barcelona had encouraging wins on the weekend. City got revenge against Chelsea with a 2-0 FA Cup win, whilst Barca hammered Rayo Vallecano 6-0. The Spanish side have surprisingly only won one of their last six on the road in Europe (1-0 at Celtic in October) whilst City, since being beaten by Munich at home in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
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FA Cup roundup – February 2014

Ah, the magic of the cup is back and of course we’re truly delighted. All the managers involved are unquestionably going to select their strongest sides whilst all the teams who have been knocked out are cursing their luck at the opportunity for their players to have a rest. Well, something like that. One such manager with selection dilemmas is Gus Poyet, whose Sunderland side are back in the relegation zone and with one visit to Wembley already secured, there’s an uncertainty over how strong a team the Uruguayan will select. Our gut feeling is he’ll likely leave a few of the first team out and as such you should back Southampton at 2.34 on Betfair now before the price... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 11 February 2014

4 to Watch Surely Arsene Wenger falling over was plenty enough for all you entertainment-seekers out there. No? Well how about another Premier League midweek offering. Get involved in these four beauties. 1) First up is the visit to the Emirates of Arsenal’s traditional rival down the years – Manchester United. The Champions have looked anything but under David Moyes and we fancy Arsenal, although at a best-priced 6/5 with PaddyPower, we’re not sure it’s big enough to tempt us in. Instead, we like under 2.5 goals at 2.1 on Betfair. Both sides are short on confidence, and Arsenal are on a run of nine successive home league matches with two goals or less. 2) Southampton find themselves in a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 7 February 2014

The January transfer window saw Arsenal sign a Swede with a dodgy back whilst Liverpool’s hierarchy travelled in vain to the Ukraine and signed nobody at all. With that being the case, it’s very much as you were for the big match of the weekend at Anfield. Gooners can hardly believe they are top of the table so deep into the season and the next few weeks are pivotal to any hopes of ending the near nine-year wait for a trophy. That they’ve won on three of the last four Premier League visits to Anfield and avoided defeat in each of their last six, must give them real hope of another success on Saturday lunchtime. With Liverpool available to lay... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 31 January 2014

4 to Watch It may be Superbowl Weekend in the United States of America, but we all know that the ‘greatest show on earth’, is right here on our doorstep. CARDIFF CITY vs NORWICH CITY! They’re even both called City – what more do you want man? Bruno Mars? Well we love you Premier League, just the way you are. Ahem Newcastle United vs Sunderland A crazy, crazy finish to the last game saw Fabio Borini emerge as an unlikely derby hero. And after another triumphant transfer window from Joe Kinnear, which saw their star player leave, Newcastle morale may be low. We have a sneaky suspicion for the Black Cats once more – Ladbrokes offer 10/3 and that is... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Premiership Preview – 28 January 2014

4 to Watch It is going to be a very busy week for Premier League managers; not only do they have to make six loan signings on Friday afternoon, but they also have a football match to win. Crazy demands. Not all will manage it though… Norwich City vs Newcastle United Hmmm…an embittered former manager up against his old club. Tick. Said old club in turmoil due to star player departing. Tick. Everything points to a home win, and that is exactly the time when we love to back an away victory. 3-1 Newcastle is a 17/1 shot with Paddy Power – not a great price but we’ll take it. Southampton vs Arsenal It feels like Southampton haven’t won since... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
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FA Cup 2014

4 to Watch Wednesday was an extraordinary day in the gambling world, as a 4-timer saw bookies stung up and down the country. But let that not be a one-off kids. Here are another four bets to ensure Mr Bookmaker’s children go hungry tonight. Stevenage vs Everton The tie of the round for those who fancy a potential upset, as glamour-puss Robbie Martinez mucks down, and heads for League One’s bottom side. Stevenage manager Graham Westley is no stranger to scything down giants and we think they could get something here. Lay the Toffees to be ahead at HT, at a lovely 1.69. Sunderland vs Kidderminster Surely exhausted after the best semi-final since that Arsenal Manchester United one in 1999,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014
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