Football

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Resilient Gunners Host Flakey Blues It has been a topsy-turvy season. Who could have divined that it would be Arsenal – reliable, defensively-resilient (apart from at the Etihad) – who lead the table in the run up to Christmas? And even more surprisingly, who could have guessed that a Mourinho-managed Chelsea of all teams would be frail at the back, unable to get that killer second goal, and thus forever conceding late equalisers/winners. Well the two flawed beasts meet in the final match before Christmas this Monday, in what could be the most significant fixture of the season so far. A Chelsea defeat could prove fatal for their title hopes, whereas a win would take them above the Arse, and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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World Club Cup

A competition so pointless, Iran were very nearly the hosts Who do you think are the best club side in the world right now? Is it Bayern Munich, led by the greatest manager of the modern era in Pep Guardiola, with Ballon D’or candidate Franck Ribery in their ranks, as well as the world’s best defender in Philipp Lahm, the most reliable keeper in Manuel Neuer and the world’s best midfield duo of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez, the team who are setting records for the longest unbeaten run in the most competitive league in the world, who just broke the Champions League record for most consecutive wins, and who just the other day hammered a close rival 7-0 away... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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World Cup Draw – Talking Balls

It hasn’t taking this long to remove some balls from a bag, since the days when slow castration was used as an implement of torture. But never mind all that – what of the draw itself? What have we learned from the events of Friday afternoon, other than that Sepp Blatter likes the company of sexy, young women? Which we could probably have guessed anyway. Whilst many have already written England’s obituary, we at Oggs are far more positive. If the three Lions can hold Italy 0-0 (as we did in Euro 2012) and repeat the trick against Uruguay, then a win in our final match against Costa Rica will see us qualify, possibly even as group winners. Now that... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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Premiership Preview – 8 December 2013

Super Sunday – Arsenal vs Everton Our bet for this match is to back the Arsenal clean sheet at around 2.8 with Betfair, despite Everton scoring this season both at Old Trafford, and three times against Liverpool a week before. Arsenal maintained their position at the Premier League’s summit with another solid ‘to-nil’ victory in midweek against Hull. While the attacking prowess of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud have been getting most of the plaudits this season, it is the Gunners’ new-found defensive solidity that has been the biggest improvement. In fact, the addition of Mathieu Flamini has arguably given Wenger’s boys more than Ozil has – Arsenal have been crying out for a ‘roll-your-sleeves-up/cut-the-sleeves-up’ for a while.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, December 8th, 2013
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Premiership Preview – 3 December 2013

4 to Watch Arsenal vs Hull City The Tigers/City/whatever that crazy bloke fancies may have had their own way against Liverpool on Sunday, but Arsenal are the real deal this season – contenders more than pretenders – even if they still have some tough tests to pass this month. Particularly impressive of late has been their defensive form, where they have picked up four clean sheets from their last five, and haven’t conceded more than one goal since the opening day and that defeat to the Villa. Back them to win to nil with our good friends at Betfair at 1.57. Crystal Palace vs West Ham United Ah, one for the purists. The return of Tony Pulis was good news... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Premiership Preview – 29 November 2013

4 to watch Aston Villa vs Sunderland: Aston Villa’s 6-1 walloping of Sunderland last April, marked Paul Lambert’s men coming of age. And although they haven’t been flying too high this time around, they are yet to lose against a side in the bottom half of the table. Christian Benteke hit a hat-trick in that game, and is certainly due a goal having not scored since mid-September. Back the Villans to win big – we like the ‘Villa to win’ with a -2 handicap, available at 7.4 with our good friends at Betfair. Everton vs Stoke City: Roberto Martinez’s men may have got off to a flyer, with all their sexy, silky football, but they haven’t won in three now.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 29th, 2013
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Premiership Preview – 22 November 2013

With English ambitions at the World Cup in Brazil firmly placed back into the box of realism, we can at least comfort ourselves with the thought that we have the best League in the world, with Van Persie, Aguero, Oscar and Ozil all once again ready for action. Oh and some of those English Internationals like Jay Rodriguez and Chris Smalling. First up on Saturday is the Merseyside derby, giving Liverpool the chance to go top for at least a few hours. We don’t think they will however. Liverpool for all their early season form have dropped off on the road of late – it’s just one win in five in all competitions. That Everton go looking for a fourth... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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European qualifiers – 4 to watch

Iceland have never had it so good. A hit TV series on BBC1 and now a genuine chance of making the World Cup. Expect discounts in the frozen aisle section come Wednesday morning if events in Zagreb go their way. And so they might. The tiny country with a population of roughly 11 people fought bravely (including 40 minutes with ten men) to keep Croatia at 0-0 in the first leg and we think that’s a good enough platform for them to mount a serious shock. The Croats have just two goals from their last five competitive games and with a new coach and a nervous home crowd we wouldn’t go anywhere near the 4/11 best priced offer on the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013
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African World Cup Qualifiers 2nd Legs

4 to Watch Nigeria v Ethiopia (2-1) The Nigerians didn’t have it all their own way in Addis Ababa, but an Emmanuel Emenike penalty has probably put this one to bed. Ethiopia will welcome back striker Getaneh Kebede, but the Super Eagles are the African team best able to keep a match tight. And that will be plenty. Take the Unders at 1.83 with our good friends at Betfair. Senegal v Ivory Coast (1-3) Now you’re talking – a true heavyweight tussle. Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse’s late goal in the first leg gives Senegal some hope, however they won’t even have the benefit of home advantage, being forced to play this match in Casablanca because of the riot in Dakar,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013
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Premiership Preview – 8 Nov 2013

After a superb 9/1 winner last week when ‘No Goalscorer’ came good in the Hull City v Sunderland game (own goals do not count) we’re as confident as Aaron Ramsey in front of goal as we head into the 11th round of games in the Premier League. Talking of Ramsey, his side head to Old Trafford in the game of the weekend. Arsenal haven’t won there since September 2006, but a poor start to life under Moyes means The Gunners go with more hope than in many a year. Since losing at home to West Brom and drawing with Southampton, United have won three consecutive home games, but at 2.32 it’s a lay for us on Betfair. We expect a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013
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