4 to watch (2 January 2012)

Arsenal start the new year against Fulham in the late kick off on Monday and we’d be surprised if their magical Dutchman doesn’t strike again. Van Persie has 17 goals for the season whilst Fulham have 20 so the 2.18 price with Betfair on another goal today appears to be a good price, it’s as low as 8/13 elsewhere. The Gunners have four wins and one defeat (at Man City) in their last five league away trips and we expect them to extend that good form today. Their most recent three wins have all been by a single goal and the 3/1 with Ladbrokes about them repeating that seems a generous price. That it can be considered a slight loss... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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4 for the Weekend (31 December 2011)

Liverpool look very skinny to beat a Newcastle side who have managed more away wins this season than Liverpool have done at Anfeild. With Luis Suarez serving part 1 of his bans, this all makes Alan Pardew’s men a tasty looking 7.0 on Betfair to record a victory. Benayoun, Sessegnon and MG Pederson – not a trio especially known for their aerial prowess, but they have all scored headed goals against Aston Villa this season. The Midlands outfit have conceded an astonishing 57% of their goals this season from set pieces. John Terry already has four Premier League goals to his name this season and is an attractive 25/1 with Ladbrokes to further exploit Villa’s weakness in the air and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 30th, 2011
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Boxing Day 4 to Watch

It may well be the season to be jolly, but not if you support Blackburn Rovers. Next up for Rovers is a trip to BNP FC Liverpool at Anfield, and whilst the Reds haven’t overly impressed at home so far, (drawing five of their eight games,) they should have enough to edge Kean Out’s men. Blackburn have lost 11 in the league so far – seven of those have been by a single goal so we think the 1-0 Liverpool win at 7/1 with bet365 is good value. Equally, under 2.5 goals looks a fair investment at 11/8. Manchester United don’t win titles by dropping points to Wigan – in fact they barely concede a goal to them, winning seven of the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, December 26th, 2011
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Premiership Preview – 20th December 2011

The two bottom clubs face off at Ewood Park tonight, in a match that should signal a sack to rival Santa’s, for whichever manager gets beat. Such is the enormous pressure on both these clubs, playing at home may in fact be a disadvantage and the only value is in backing Bolton at 5/2 with Ladbrokes. Wednesday sees Arsenal travel to Aston Villa on the back of their defeat at Manchester City – their first in eight Premier League games. Even with Darren Bent’s possible inclusion after taking time off to go shopping, Arsenal should be confident given the frontman can’t buy a goal right now. The Gunners to win is an attractive enough price at 8/11 with Bet365, but... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
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4 For the Weekend (17 December 2011)

Premier League Preview. Stoke travel to Wolves on Saturday afternoon, as the only English club to have advanced from the Europa League Group Stages, and we think their fans will have more to cheer this weekend. Having won three on the bounce in the League, Pulis’s men will be hopeful of beating a Wolves side who haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet since August. Whilst Wolves have won their two previous home matches (v Wigan / Sunderland), we still like 1-0 Stoke at 17/2 with Bet365. Fulham were fifteen seconds away from joining Stoke in the latter stages of Europe, but like David Cameron, left at the last minute. We reckon Bolton may prolong a frustrating week for Fulham... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011
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Premiership Weekend – 10 December 2011

4 for the Weekend – Premier League Betting. Back home this weekend, Manchester United will have to put their midweek disappointment behind them, and concentrate on the bread & butter. United face lowly Wolves at Old Trafford but it’s hard to justify an investment at a best priced 1/4. Fergie’s men haven’t scored more than once in a Premier League game since October 1st, and Wolves nabbing a point at 5/1 with Ladbrokes is good value. Swansea, with one home defeat in seven, welcome Fulham, who have recorded just one win in seven on their travels. Swansea’s home record, conceding just two goals, is the best in the Premier League, and we fancy them to have another shut-out on Saturday. The... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011
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Premier League Weekend – 2nd December 2011

4 to Watch.  It has been another miserable week for Chelsea, as a second defeat to Liverpool in 12 days heaped further pressure on Andre Villas Boas. We think it is going to get worse for the Chelsea pensioners this weekend as the Blues travel to Newcastle, a side yet to lose at home this season. Back Newcastle in the draw no bet market, 7/4 with Ladbrokes. Whilst it wasn’t a full strength United team that went out to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup this week, nine internationals featured for the Red Devils and Sir Alex will be looking for a response. However, we feel Aston Villa, who have drawn seven of their opening 13 Premier League fixtures, will... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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Euro 2012 Draw

5 things that will happen.  1)      Pundits will proclaim a group of death: Given the typically bizarre UEFA seedings, all sorts of nasty possibilities lie in wait. Imagine a group of Spain, Germany, Portugal and France – four World Cup semi-finalists since 2006. Like with all forecasts of doom surrounding Europe these days, it will happen. Just pray it doesn’t happen to us. 2)      The hosts will get an easy ride: It is very much in Michel Platini’s interests (having awarded this entire shebang to Eastern Europe and in the process gone out on a limb further than Heather Mills running a marathon), for at least one of them to progress. A tournament in Poland/Ukraine without either sounds pretty bleak. Think of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
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Four Bets for the Weekend – 25 November 2011

Premier League Preview. In a week in which we found out what type of money-grabbing louts represented England at the Rugby World Cup, what a pleasure to focus instead on the altruistic, monastic world of the, ahem, Barclays Premier League. Stoke have lost their four league matches on the bounce, but welcome generous old Blackburn Rovers to the Britannia on Saturday. Steve Kean’s men have however scored three in both of their last away fixtures, so a good bet could be to back both sides to score at 1.8 on Betfair. Sir Alex did his annual walkout of a press conference this week, taking offence to a question suggesting the Manchester clubs were struggling in Europe. He’ll walk at Old... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 25th, 2011
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4 to watch – Premier League / Racism Weekend

–          Saturday sees the battle between the two unbeaten sides left in the Premier League as Manchester City host the surprise package of the season, Newcastle United. Newcastle have only conceded three in their five away games to date, so this may be a match where City need to be patient. We think Newcastle will hold out until half time but ultimately lose 2-0. Back Draw/City in the half-time/ full market with Ladbrokes at 7/2. –          In-form Arsenal travel to Norwich for the lunchtime game on Saturday, having lost just once in the last eleven, although that includes only two away wins. The relentless RVP is surely destined to score again, although the best price is the even money Blue Square offer.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011
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