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May 20, 1052 days ago

World Cup 2014 – Group E & F preview

World Cup 2014 – Group E & F preview

Groups E and F kick off on 15 June and are two of the more intriguing pools in the tournament. While each group boasts a clear favourite – in each case a former winner – predicting who might join Argentina and France in the knockout stages is much more difficult.

Keep reading for our betting preview of Groups E and F.

Switzerland struggling to justify World Cup seeding

Switzerland are the seeded team in Group E and romped through qualifying without losing a match. Managed by the experienced Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Swiss have a strong defence and boast some good young talent.

Scoring enough goals could be Switzerland’s problem. The oldest of their four strikers is 24 year old Mario Gavranovic and the top international scorer in the squad is Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta with 10, more than the four strikers combined.

Solid, organised and talented, the Swiss will be looking to justify their seeding with some good performances. Remember that they beat eventual champions Spain in 2010.

France have rather flown under the radar as far as this tournament is concerned, having only just qualified after overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat to Ukraine in their play-off. Coach Didier Deschamps is not a man to shirk a difficult decision – the omission of Samir Nasri from his squad caused ructions – although he has built a solid team that could do better than many expect.

With a hugely impressive midfield three of Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye and the world class attacking talents of Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema the French should be solid and organised.

Ecuador’s qualification for the tournament was built on an impressive home record in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. They beat Colombia, Uruguay and Chile en route to securing fourth place in South American qualifying and will be led by Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia.

The issue with Ecuador is that they didn’t win any of their eight away fixtures in qualifying. If you’re considering backing them to qualify from the group, remember that they are nowhere near the same side when playing outside their own country.

Honduras have yet to win a match at the World Cup finals although recent wins over Mexico and the USA show that they are no pushovers. They play an organised 4-4-2 although perhaps don’t have the quality to trouble the top sides.

Considering Ecuador’s away form and Honduras’ limited talent I’d be backing France and Switzerland to qualify at 6/5.

Three differing styles bidding to join Argentina in the last 16

Argentina are the second favourites for the tournament and boast arguably the strongest attacking line-up. Coach Alejandro Sabella prefers a 4-3-3 system that appears finally to have got the best out of Lionel Messi, flanked by two of Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero or Gonzalo Higuain.

Argentina were unbeaten in 18 months prior to losing their final qualifying match – a dead rubber against Uruguay – and are certainly ones to watch this summer. Whether their defence is strong enough to carry them all the way remains to be seen – their regular choice goalkeepers have not been first choices this season – although they should easily qualify from Group F.

Bosnia and Herzegovina are the only debutants at this summer’s World Cup and in a wide open group could mark their first appearance by reaching the knockout stages.

With just two regular strikers – Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibsevic played every qualifying game – Bosnia’s is a simple midfield diamond featuring Roma’s masterful Miralem Pjanic. With squad members playing in top leagues across Europe, Bosnia will expect to do better than simply make up the numbers.

Iran were a shambles when ex-Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz took over as boss in 2011. Three years later they have qualified for the World Cup and have risen to 37 in thr FIFA world rankings.

Expect Iran to be organised and defensive but aim to hit opponents on the counter-attack through the pace of Fulham’s Ashkan Dejagah.

The current African champions, Nigeria, arrive in Brazil with a mixture of home and foreign based players under coach Stephen Keshi – a cult figure in the country.

There is experience right through the side from 89 cap goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama through Joseph Yobo to Chelsea’s John-Obi Mikel. With Premiership stars Victor Moses and Peter Odemwingie to call on, Nigeria could well be the leading African nation at this summer’s tournament.

Back Argentina and Nigeria to qualify at 6/4.

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May 14, 1058 days ago

2014 French Open Tennis Preview

2014 French Open Tennis Preview

This year’s French Open promises to be one of the most keenly contested tournaments in years. Two of the leading men are having mixed seasons while seven different women have won the tournament since 2007. Can Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams retain their crown? Or will there be a new name on the trophy?

Keep reading for our preview of this year’s French Open tennis.

The Men

In years gone by there would have only been one man you’d ever choose to back on clay. Rafael Nadal is the evens favourite to secure an astonishing ninth title in Paris and is a worthy favourite having won the last four French titles. Nadal’s fourth round defeat to Robin Soderling in 2009 remains his only defeat at Roland Garros.

This year has been a little different, however. Nadal lost on clay in Barcelona for the first time in eleven years (beaten by Nicolas Almagro) while David Ferrer beat him in the Monte-Carlo quarter finals. And, he only took the recent Madrid title by default thanks to an injury to Kei Nishikori in the final.

It’s also been far from a vintage year for Novak Djokovic. The Serb has won just two titles in 2014 – in Indian Wells and Miami – and a wrist injury contributed to a recent straights set defeat to Roger Federer.

In truth, Djokovic’s record at Roland Garros isn’t terrific. He has reached the final on just one occasion – in 2012 – and has lost at the semi-final stage on four occasions. I’m not sure he is great value at 5/2.

The only other man in the draw to have won the French Open title is 2009 champion Roger Federer and the Swiss player is 12/1 fourth favourite. Federer has won a title in 2013 and was a beaten finalist on clay in Monte-Carlo. Recently the father of a second pair of twins, the former world number one could go well here.

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese-born player to win a clay-court title on the ATP World Tour when he won in Barcelona. The 24 year old then followed up this win by reaching the final in Madrid where he’d probably have beaten Nadal were he not forced to withdraw with a back injury.

Nishikori is the form man on clay and can be backed at 25/1. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka who won on clay in April and is the 6/1 third favourite.

The Women

Seven different women have won the French Open title since the last seven years and so choosing a winner is a tough task.

The form player on clay approaching Roland Garros is Maria Sharapova. The Russian won recent clay court titles in Madrid and Stuttgart and won the French Open title in 2012. In an open contest she is the 4/1 second favourite.

Before winning the title in 2013, it was over a decade since Serena Williams reached the final at Roland Garros. Williams hadn’t got past the quarter final stage at this tournament since 2003 before her triumph in 2014 and, having missed recent matches with a thigh injury, the 7/4 looks very skinny.

A better bet may be 2011 champion Li Na at 5/1. The Chinese number one won the Australian open in January and also reached the final in Miami where she lost to Serena Williams. The 32 year old is a tough competitor and could win her second title at 5/1.

Simona Halep’s rise up the world rankings has been astonishing. The Romanian is now the world number 5 and the 22 year old recently took Maria Sharapova to three sets in the Madrid final having won in Qatar earlier in the season.

She also reached the quarter final of the Australian Open and could go well here at 9/1.

Victoria Azarenka was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2013 and the two tine Grand Slam winner is a 16/1 chance here. If you want a rank outsider to follow then French number one Alize Cornet is a 100/1 chance. Cornet has reached two ATP finals in 2014 – winning one – and is now in the world’s top 25 players.

She has only won 8 matches in 9 visits to Roland Garros but the 24 year old could be one to watch this year at long odds.

Tennis Betting

 

May 13, 1789 days ago

What Are Double And Treble Bets?

A ‘double’ and a ‘treble’ bet are two examples of ‘accumulator’ bets which are extremely popular with punters.

An ‘accumulator’ is a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together.

Sep 7, 2403 days ago

Football Accumulator Bets Explained

Multiple Bets – The Accumulator

An ‘accumulator’ bet is one of the most common football wagers made by punters.

An ‘accumulator’ is a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those bets winning together. The benefit of an ‘accumulator’ bet is that there are much higher payoffs than placing each individual bet separately although the likelihood of all the selections winning is much lower.

Accumulator bets can be made on a variety of sports or events or even a combination of different sports/events. You can include a large number of selections in your accumulator bet if you wish.

Sep 7, 2403 days ago

Paddy Power Accumulator Bets

The Football Accumulator

With hundreds of football matches taking place around the world every week, the sport is one of the most popular with punters. One of the most common ways to wager on football is to place an ‘accumulator’ bet.

An ‘accumulator’ is a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together. The benefit of an ‘accumulator’ bet is that there are much higher payoffs than placing each individual bet separately because the likelihood of all the selections winning is much lower.

Sep 7, 2403 days ago

Reverse Forecast Explained

Explained – Forecast and Reverse Forecast Betting

One of the most popular types of bet available for horse racing and greyhound racing is the ‘forecast’ bet. This involves making two selections in any given race. In a ‘forecast’ bet, your two selections must finish first and second in that race.

There are two main types of ‘forecast’ bet available:

Sep 7, 2403 days ago

Tricast Bet – An Explanation

Tricast Betting

One of the most popular types of bet available for horse racing and greyhound racing is the ‘tricast’ bet. This involves making three selections in any given race. In a ‘tricast’ bet, your three selections must finish first, second and third in that race. The payouts on ‘tricast’ bets are generally higher as it is difficult to pick the first three finishers in an event.

There are two main types of ‘tricast’ bet available:

Sep 7, 2403 days ago

Match Handicap Betting Explained

Handicap Betting Explained

Handicap betting is increasingly popular in football. In simple terms, one of the two sides is generally given a ‘head start’ in terms of the number of goals. Odds are then offered based on that ‘head start’. This sort of betting is often called ‘Asian Handicap’ betting, after the region where it originated.

Example

Manchester United (-2.0) 10/11 v Wolves (+2.0) 5/6

You are probably wondering what that all means. Let us explain it to you.

Sep 7, 2403 days ago

Betting Returns – How To Work Out Your Winnings

Working out Bet Returns

As punters, most of us have one aim – to profit from our bets. Working out the returns from a bet doesn’t need a degree in applied mathematics and by following some simple steps it is easy for you to work out the returns from your wagers.

Mar 22, 2572 days ago

How To Bet On The World Cup

A Guide to Betting on the World Cup

The World Cup is the globe’s biggest sporting event with television viewing figures outstripping even the Olympic Games. With 32 teams, 64 matches and over 700 of the world’s best players there are countless betting opportunities for the armchair punter.

There are various types of World Cup bet generally available:

Mar 22, 2572 days ago

How To Bet On Horse Racing

How to Bet on Horse Racing

Horse racing remains one of the world’s most popular betting sports with over £12billion wagered in Britain alone in 2008. The Grand National, Derby and Cheltenham Gold Cup are three of the most watched and attended sporting events in the calendar.

There are many different types of horse racing bet widely available. The most common are:

Feb 24, 2598 days ago

How To Bet On The Grand National

The Grand National

The Grand National is the most valuable and popular National Hunt event in Great Britain, held every year on a Saturday in early April.

It is the most popular horse race of the year with punters wagering an estimated £300m on the event in 2009. An estimated TV audience of 600 million watch the race across the world.