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4 Bets 4 the Weekend – 10th/11th September 2011

Premier League betting. After the national team only managed to thrash Wales by a single goal, it is a good job the Premier League returns this weekend, so we can forget what a mess English football is in. Here are four tips for you whilst the cracks are being papered over: – Arsenal, with their panic new signings, welcome Swansea to the Emirates looking to put right their 8-2 mauling at Old Trafford. In each of the last four seasons, Arsenal have thumped at least five goals past someone before the end of September, and tomorrow it could be the turn of the Swans. Van Persie and new signing Park have been heavily amongst the goals during the international break and whilst... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011
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England v Wales September 2011

Not even old Frank Lampard (not to be confused with Frank Lampard senior) had been born when a Leighton James goal gave Wales their last win on English soil, but the rebirth under Gary Speed is finally underway following a 2-1 victory against high-flying Montengro last Friday. Enjoy it whilst you can Welsh fans – said rebirth will end on Tuesday night at Wembley. England strolled to a 2-0 victory with embarrassing ease in the reverse fixture in March, and the bookies are expecting a similar level of comfort on Tuesday night. The last two victories Wales have recorded on their travels have come against the big duo of European football – Liechtenstein and Azerbaijan – so it is fairly... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011
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European Championship Qualifying Group G – Bulgaria vs England 2011

England must be strong in September or face being gone by November. England haven’t played in a European Championships for eight years, and should they fail to win in Sofia on Friday night, that could swiftly become a twelve year lapse. The dangers England are in have not been sufficiently documented. Assuming both England and Montenegro smash Wales (as what else is Wales for) and that Montenegro defeat an already-out Switzerland in their final match, England could have to win a tough match in Podgrenica to secure automatic qualification. One way around this problem would be to win on Friday night, against a Bulgarian side England trounced last September. A Jermaine Defoe hat-trick saw to Bulgaria that night, and there... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011
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Premier League Weekend

4 Bets to Watch. It is one big Premier League weekend ahead of us, and not just for the soppy BBC man trusted to put anodyne questions to Sir Alex. Here are our four tips: Arsenal have amassed a pitiful five points from the last 27 available to them at Old Trafford. Additionally, they’ve struggled for goals away to United – scoring just once during their last five visits. The Red Devils meanwhile have won 21 of their last 22 home league games and should be too strong again. Back Fergie’s men at 1/2 with Ladbrokes. Bolton travel to Liverpool on Saturday for the late kick off, but history suggests they’ll return empty handed. They’ve picked up just one point... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Premier League Football

Four bets for the Weekend. Riots may have dominated the news last week, but with Alex Song now suspended, we’re all free to focus on the football. Here are 4 bets to boost your bunce over the weekend: 1) Having seen their match postponed last Saturday, Spurs opted to run riot in midweek, taking out their frustrations on the poor old Jambos. Tottenham however, haven’t won at Old Trafford since Gary Lineker scored the winner in December 1989, and failed to score home or away against the Champions last year. Back United to win the game at 8/13 with BlueSquare. 2) It is over a decade since Liverpool won away at Arsenal in the League (Titi Camara anyone) and we... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 19th, 2011
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4 Bets for the Premiership Weekend

13-15th August. Hurrah – it’s back! Here are a few tips for the opening weekend just in case you didn’t cash in during the riots. 1) Fulham kicked off their 2011/12 campaign back on June 30th, and six games later are still without defeat, having conceded just one goal. Their opposition on Saturday, finished just behind them last year, but Villa have since lost three of their best players from the last campaign; Brad Friedel, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing. The claret n blue won just four times on the road last year and we think Fulham will open with a victory at 6/5 with Bet365. 2) Swansea will arrive at Manchester City on Monday evening as the first Welsh... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011
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Premier League Golden Boot 2011/12

Looters need not apply. In the current financial crisis, it appears gold is just about the only commodity still retaining its value. Even your average Premier League footballer would be keen to have a boot made of the stuff. And here is our lowdown on who will snaffle this year’s version. Amazingly, no English striker has top-scored in the top league for over a decade (Kevin Phillips did it in 1999/00). That is surely bad news for current favourite Wayne Rooney. Lay him at 9.6. In addition, no striker from a club finishing outside the top four at the end of the season has been top scorer for a decade either, so unless you’re mentally deficient, or a close relative... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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5 things to watch for – Premier League 2011/12 Preview

Strap yourselves in for the ride ahead. The Emirates Cup last weekend saw Arsenal fail to land a trophy. And although not everything can be quite as predictable as that these days, don’t be surprised to get a sense of déjà vu when the following happens in the Premier League this season. 1) One of the promoted teams will ‘catch everyone by surprise’ by winning a few games before the end of October. A reporter on Match of The Day will chuckle heartily when asking the manager if he is dreaming of Europe. They will then go 18 games without a win from January and get relegated. Swansea are the most likely candidates. Back them to go down at 1.62... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011
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Two Guays, One Cup

Copa America Final. Not since Homer Simpson pronounced it U r gay, have Uruguay caused such confusion on the global stage. The 2011 Copa America final was meant to be Argentina-Brazil of course – the entire tournament structure was virtually rigged to that effect. Yet Sunday night will see the battle of the Guays, as Para attempt to topple Uru, and possibly become the first side ever to win a tournament without winning a single match in it. For the first time since 1987 (when both have entered), the Copa America final is lacking a Brazilian or an Argie. Judging from Paraguay’s semi-final however, there should be no shortage of argie-bargie at least. But even a hearty dose of mindless... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2011
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Trannys

Premier League big boys kick off their own debt crisis. Given the tabloid press don’t have much actual football to discuss over the summer, it has always struck us as somewhat of a stroke of fortune that the back pages can be filled with the potential comings and goings at all the top Premier League clubs. These days, football transfers are all about making money, so it is little surprise the big betting companies are keen to take their slice of the pie. Here are four markets to watch for: Cesc Fabregas: Rivalling only the T20 in annual tedium, the ‘Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona’ transfer, is back once more this year. And this time it appears to be happening. However,... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011
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