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Apr 6, 31 mins ago

2016/17 Champions League quarter finals preview

2016/17 Champions League quarter finals preview

78 teams who entered the Champions League have been whittled down to eight, and this year’s quarter finals feature the last six finalists, the leaders of Ligue 1 and the English champions.
Leicester City’s bid for an unlikely Champions League final continue as they face Atletico Madrid while there are also three other mouthwatering fixtures. Keep reading for our Champions League betting preview.

Leicester still going strong in Europe

At the beginning of the season I suggested that the 100/1 available on Leicester City winning the Champions League might soon look like a terrific price. The Foxes are now in the last eight, and while still the 33/1 outsiders, their European adventure could well continue at the expense of Atletico Madrid.
There may have been a range of fortunate factors that helped Leicester overcome Sevilla in the last round, but if they can win that tie then they ought to have no nerves in facing a side that has been weaker than Sevilla in La Liga this season.
After a shaky start to the New Year, Diego Simeone’s side have been on a decent run in recent weeks. Their only defeat in their last eleven matches was a 2-1 home reverse to Barcelona and they have only failed to score once since the start of February – and that was in the 0-0 second leg of their last 16 match with Bayer Leverkusen when they were already 4-2 up.
Leicester’s form has turned around under new boss Craig Shakespeare and there’s no reason that they can’t upset the recent finalists in the last eight. The Foxes are an enormous 8/1 to win at the Vicente Calderon, but the 7/2 on them qualifying for the next round looks like a decent bet.
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Bayern and Real top the billing in the last eight

Considering the strength of the two sides, a Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich match-up would make a dream final but instead the two European giants have been drawn against each other in the last eight.
Bayern hammered Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the last round and come into this tie in superb form. Their last defeat was a 3-2 reverse to Rostov in November, when they had already qualified for the Champions League knockouts, and they have scored 28 goals in their last eight matches in all competitions.
Madrid are the defending champions, of course, and also come into the fixture in good form having won nine of their last eleven matches.
This should be a terrific game, and Bayern are the favourites. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are 7/10 to win the first leg at home, and 4/6 to qualify for the last four.
No-one is still quite sure how Barcelona managed to overturn a 4-0 first leg defeat to make it to the last four, although conspiracy theorists suggest that the officials were helpful in their 6-1 victory over PSG.
Luis Enrique has announced that he will leave Barca at the end of the season and his side face a tough task against Serie A champions Juventus. Juve haven’t lost a home match since August 2015 and so should be backed to win at 13/8 (the double chance ‘Juventus and draw’ is just 2/5).
A young, exciting Monaco team look as if they could win the French title this season and they were good enough to knock Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of the Champions League in the last round.
They face another young side in Borussia Dortmund in the last eight and this fixture could be full of goals. It is just 2/5 that both teams score in the opening leg in Germany, although the 5/4 on Monaco qualifying for the semi-finals looks like decent value.
Champions League betting on Paddy Power

Feb 24, 41 days ago

EFL Cup Final Preview

EFL Cup Final Preview

It has been 41 years since Southampton won their one major trophy and the Saints return to Wembley this weekend to beat the team they overcame in the 1976 FA Cup Final.
Manchester United are favourites to win their fifth League Cup, but will be wary of a Saints side with decent pedigree in this year’s competition. Keep reading for our EFL Cup Final betting preview.

United the EFL Cup final betting favourites

It has been seven years since Manchester United last competed in the EFL Cup final but a win on Sunday would see the Red Devils become the tournament’s second most successful side.
Jose Mourinho has already won the EFL Cup three times and has played strong sides throughout this season’s competition. With United going strong on four fronts, a win at Wembley would be Mourinho’s first silverware at United and the club’s second major trophy in just nine months.
United’s defeat to Hull City in the second leg of the semi-final was actually their first in any competition since 3 November and they have been on an excellent run of form. Having knocked Northampton Town and reigning Cup holders Manchester City out of this year’s EFL Cup, they then saw off West Ham before a somewhat nervy win over the Tigers over two legs.
With Champions League qualification still the priority, Mourinho is likely to make some changes for the match although perhaps not as many as you may expect. The Portuguese is a manager who takes knockout football seriously, evidenced by the strength of the team he sent out at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup last weekend.
United have a few injury problems ahead of the game, with Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney expected to miss the match through injury. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick also limped out of United’s 1-0 win over St Etienne in midweek and Jose Mourinho expects the pair to miss Sunday’s final.
United are just 8/11 to win with a 2-0 victory available at 7/1.
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Southampton looking to win their first EFL Cup

It has been 38 years since Southampton‘s only appearance in the EFL Cup Final and, despite their long history, one solitary FA Cup remains the Saints only major trophy.
Of course, their 1-0 win at Wembley in 1976 was as an underdog against Manchester United and so the Saints have the chance to emulate the team of 41 years ago and bring some silverware back to the South Coast.
It’s hard to say that Southampton don’t deserve their place in the final considering they have beaten Premier League opposition in every round of this season’s competition. While they may have been expected to see off Crystal Palace and Sunderland, victories against Arsenal and Liverpool were against the odds, and their excellent performance at Anfield in the semi-final secured their place at Wembley.
Despite their Cup run, Claude Puel’s side have been in indifferent form in the league. The Saints have won just two of their last 8 league matches – and those were against struggling Sunderland and Leicester City – and so they don’t go into the match in any sort of confidence.
Their absence from the FA Cup has given them a couple of weeks to prepare for the final and that could be an advantage. They have beaten United in each of the last two seasons – both times by a single goal – and a 1-0 victory would mirror their upset in the 1976 FA Cup final.
However, injury problems in defence have taken their toll, and Puel may be forced to give a debut to former Juventus defender Martin Caceres who hasn’t played since rupturing an Achilles tendon a year ago.
Saints are 7/2 to win in 90 minutes and 12/1 to nick a 1-0 victory.

EFL Cup betting

Feb 24, 41 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 25-27 February 2017

Premier League preview weekend 25-27 February 2017

After a mixed bag of results in the FA Cup, the Premier League returns this week with eight intriguing matches.

Chelsea can cement their lead at the top of the division with a home win while there are also some vital games at the bottom of the table. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Hull City looked all but doomed at the turn of the year but despite still being in the top three, the Tigers have been more impressive in recent weeks and could lift themselves out of the relegation zone this weekend.
City have beaten Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks and were a little unfortunate to lose 2-0 at Arsenal last time out. They have a great chance to grab a vital three points this weekend as they welcome Burnley.
While they may sit comfortably in mid-table, Burnley have secured just one point away from home in the league this season, scoring just five away goals. The Clarets have the worst away record in the division and come into this match with injury problems and on the back of an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Lincoln City in the FA Cup.
Hull have improved under Marco Silva and have won their last four home matches in all competitions. They look terrific value to win at 6/5.
See all the prices here.

All Saturday’s action

With just 13 matches to go, Chelsea sit eight points clear at the top of the league and they have a chance to consolidate their lead as they face Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
A few weeks ago this would have looked like a nailed-on home win but the Swans have been in good form under new boss Paul Clement. They have won three of their last four matches to climb to 15th in the table and were unlucky to lose at Manchester City earlier this month.
It’s no surprise that the Blues are just 1/4 to win but on current form the 12/1 on Swansea looks very long.
There’s a relegation six-pointer at Selhurst Park on Saturday as Crystal Palace welcome Middlesbrough.
Palace have taken just four points from the last 30 available in the league and have dropped to 19th in the table. Boro have won just one of their last ten league games and so this is a match between two out-of-form sides.
Aitor Karanka’s side have scored the fewest goals in the division but they also boast the fourth best defensive record. The 0-0 draw is available at 11/2.
Despite their poor run Sunderland are just two points from safety although they face a tough task this week at Everton. Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in eight matches and should win this at 2/5. West Bromwich Albion look absolutely exceptional value at 21/20 to beat Bournemouth while improving West Ham United look decent value at 9/5 to win at inconsistent Watford.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

With just one league win in four, it’s been a rocky few weeks for Tottenham who now sit ten points behind league leaders Chelsea. With other teams breathing down their neck for a Champions League berth it is a vital few weeks for Spurs and they can secure a much-needed win this Sunday as they face Stoke City.
The Potters’ last nine matches have seen them win three, draw three and lose three which rather underlines their inconsistent form. Considering Stoke have precious little to play for I expect Spurs to win this at 4/11.
Five consecutive defeats have seen Leicester City fall to just a place above the drop zone and the champions are in serious relegation trouble. The Foxes can’t buy a result currently and they still haven’t scored a league goal in 2017. They welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Monday night with the away side having ended a poor run with a 2-0 win last time out.
Jurgen Klopp’s side can consign Leicester to a sixth successive league defeat at 6/10.

Premier League odds

Feb 10, 55 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 11-12 February 2017

Premier League preview weekend 11-12 February 2017

Chelsea tightened their grip on the Premier League last weekend with yet another win and the Blues now sit nine points ahead of their nearest rivals. Antonio Conte’s side can continue their winning run at the weekend with their nearest rivals facing a tough away trip to a team looking to cement their Champions League spot.
At the bottom of the table just two points separate the bottom six sides in an intriguing relegation battle. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

If Leicester City weren’t in a relegation battle before last weekend’s matches, they are now. After four straight defeats, the champions sit just a point above the drop zone and are in grave danger of becoming the first title winning side to be relegated the following season since 1938.
The Foxes’ main recent problem is a lack of goals and they haven’t scored a league goal in 2017. And, with confidence low, it’s a bad time to be travelling to a side in good form. Swansea City have improved markedly since Paul Clement took over and were unlucky not to take a point at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
The Swans have won three of their last five – against better opposition than Leicester – and can continue their climb towards safety this weekend. On current form the 11/8 on a home win at the Liberty Stadium looks like exceptional value.
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All Saturday’s action

Considering Marco Silva’s record as a manager, it’s perhaps no surprise that his early matches in charge of Hull City have seen his side take points off both Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Tigers have taken seven points from the last five matches to lift themselves to within a point of safety, but face another difficult game on Saturday as they travel to Arsenal.
The Gunners’ title challenge is all but over after two successive defeats and they now need to ensure they qualify for the Champions League. They should win, but the 1/4 on a home victory looks less tempting than the massive 10/1 available on in-form Hull.
Five defeats in the last six matches has prompted extra training and an intervention from the Chairman at Crystal Palace. The Eagles were awful last weekend, conceding four goals to fellow strugglers Sunderland in the first half of their match at Selhurst Park, and they face an awkward away day at Stoke City.
Stoke have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six which rather neatly sums up their inconsistency. On their day they are good, but seemingly safe in mid-table there’s hardly a lot to play for. If the Potters score first then Palace could fall apart, and the home side should be backed at 21/20.
Sunderland were excellent last weekend and look a very good bet to make it two wins out of two this weekend as they welcome struggling Southampton to the Stadium of Light.
The Saints have tumbled down the table after six defeats in seven league matches and have been beaten at both Burnley and Swansea in recent weeks. The bottom club look good value at 13/5 to grab a vital win.
Depending on other results Manchester United can climb into the top four this weekend after a run of 15 league matches undefeated. Jose Mourinho’s side have hit a decent run of form in recent weeks and had they turned a number of draws into wins they could be the main challenger to Chelsea at the top of the league. They should beat Watford at Old Trafford at 1/4.
Everton look decent value at 21/20 to win at Middlesbrough while improving West Ham United are the same price to win at home against West Bromwich Albion.
Saturday’s late kick-off looks as if it could be a lively encounter. Second place Tottenham travel to Liverpool who have endured a dreadful run of just one win in 10 matches.
Spurs have taken 23 points from the past 27 available and should be backed at 11/5 to continue Liverpool’s poor run.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Another week, another win for Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s side continued their apparently unstoppable march towards the title with an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend and they maintained their nine point lead at the top of the table.
They face a trip to Burnley this Sunday and it could be a trickier match then it looks. The Clarets have made Turf Moor something of a fortress this season and sit mid-table having accrued most of their points in front of their own fans.
Chelsea are worthy 2/5 favourites but there will be plenty backing a home win at 7/1.

Jan 18, 78 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 21-22 January 2017

Premier League preview weekend 21-22 January 2017

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a fine win over the champions last weekend. At the other end of the table, just a point separates the four bottom sides in a tight relegation battle.

Two London title challengers have straightforward looking fixtures this week against promoted sides while there’s a terrific fixture on Saturday evening as Manchester City host Spurs.
Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Everton‘s 4-0 win over Manchester City last Sunday represented Pep Guardiola’s biggest defeat as a manager. It was also a timely win for the Toffees who have now taken 10 points from the last 12 available after an indifferent run.
Outside the top six Ronald Koeman’s side are proving to be the ‘best of the rest’ and they can continue their excellent run this weekend as they travel to struggling Crystal Palace.
Sam Allardyce’s arrival seems to have failed to galvanise the Eagles who sit outside the bottom three on goal difference and who have lost five of their last six league matches. Only Hull and Swansea have conceded fewer league goals than Palace this season and this match starts a crucial run of matches against sides around them in the table.
Everton are in good form and look superb value to win this at 5/4.
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All Saturday’s action

Liverpool‘s draw with Manchester United last Sunday means they have lost a little bit of ground in the title race although they should be able to return to winning ways this weekend as they host bottom side Swansea City.
The Swans have lost five of their last six in the league although it is so tight at the bottom that a win could see them climb out of the relegation zone. Paul Clement’s side are an enormous 12/1 to win at Anfield while the home side are just 1/5.
There’s a brilliant-looking fixture on Saturday tea-time as Manchester City host Tottenham.
City were awful in the second half against Everton last Sunday and their 4-0 hammering was their second defeat in three league matches. They face a Spurs team on a great run, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side having won six in a row, scoring 19 times in the process.
Spurs sit second in the table and look set to be the main challengers to the league leaders for the second season in a row. On current form they look terrific value at 5/2.
No wins in six have seen Watford slip down the table and their slide could continue this Saturday as they face Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s side have won just one of their last five but this is a fixture they should really win at 4/5.
Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the division and so the 2/1 available on a West Ham United win at the Riverside will tempt many. West Bromwich Albion are just 7/10 to beat struggling Sunderland at The Hawthorns while Manchester United are just 8/13 to win at Stoke City.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Chelsea have won 14 of their last 15 league matches and sit seven points clear at the top of the table. Despite the absence of top scorer Diego Costa the Blues were still too good for Leicester last weekend and they should have no trouble continuing their excellent run this Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side face Hull City who dragged themselves off the foot of the table with a vital win last weekend. You can get a massive 16/1 on a Tigers win while Chelsea are just 1/6 to prevail.
Burnley have secured all but one of their Premier League points this season at Turf Moor and so it’s perhaps no surprise that they are also 16/1 to win in London this weekend. Sean Dyche’s side travel to Arsenal who are unbeaten in four and just 2/11 to win here.
Four consecutive defeats have seen Southampton slide down the table and they face a tricky match at St Mary’s against the champions Leicester City. The Foxes’ form isn’t particularly good – one win in six – but they face a Saints side on a bad run of form. Claudio Ranieri’s side will leapfrog Southampton in the table with a win and they look good value at 10/3.

Premier League betting

Nov 8, 149 days ago

International match preview 11 November 2016

World Cup qualification continues this weekend with vital matches across the globe. The oldest football rivalry in the world is resumed at Wembley on Saturday as England face Scotland while there’s also a mouthwatering match between Brazil and Argentina to look forward to.
Keep reading for our international football betting preview.

International bet of the weekend

They may not be one of the most well-known sides in European football but Montenegro have improved markedly since their first official match in 2007.
They lost in a play-off to qualify for Euro 2012 and while they have fallen down the FIFA rankings in the last couple of years they were as high as 25th just three years ago. Under coach Lubisa Tumbakovic the Brave Falcons have started their World Cup qualification campaign in fine style and they sit at the top of Group E after three matches.
Montenegro travel to Armenia this week who sit bottom of the group with no wins and eight goals conceded. They were hammered 5-0 at home by Romania in October with Monetenegro putting the same number of goals past Kazakhstan.
If you consider that Montenegro have only conceded one goal in qualifying and that they beat Denmark in Copenhagen last month, they look absolutely terrific value at evens.
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All eyes on Wembley as England face their auld rivals

The oldest rivalry in international football is reignited this Friday night as England take on Scotland at Wembley.
England sit at the top of Group F despite a difficult start to their qualifying campaign. The departure of Sam Allardyce has left Gareth Southgate in temporary charge of the side who were largely uninspiring in a 2-0 win over Malta and a goalless draw in Slovenia.
A disappointing home draw with Lithuania and defeat in Slovakia mean that Scotland already face an uphill task to qualify for Russia and another defeat here could end Gordon Strachan’s time in charge of the Scots.
Scotland have only beaten their old rivals once in the last 30 years (although that was at Wembley). England are just 1/3 to win with Scotland available at a massive 8/1.

The pick of the international matches

Group A is one of the trickier European qualifying pools and the top two meet in Paris this Friday. France can consolidate their place at the top of the table with a win over Sweden who are unbeaten after three matches.
The pair may both be on seven points but the home side should win this at 1/5.
Holland sit third in the Group A table after a difficult couple of years and are desperately in need of a win in Luxembourg. The minnows are not the pushover they once were – they were a minute away from grabbing an impressive draw in Bulgaria last month, conceded just once to Sweden and then earned a draw in Belarus.
The Netherlands are 1/8 to win with the home side 18/1 to pick up a huge scalp.
Switzerland and Portugal lead the way in Group B and should have no trouble in beating the Faroe Islands and Latvia respectively.
Northern Ireland continue their efforts to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 as they welcome Azerbaijan. Michael O’Neill’s side are just 4/7 to win but this could be a trickier game than they expect. The visitors have yet to concede in Group C qualifying and while they are not full of goals themselves, the 11/2 looks like a very, very decent price.
Group D is another close group and both Ireland and Wales are in action on Saturday. Wales have a tough match against group leaders Serbia while Ireland are away in Austria.
These are two difficult games to call. Serbia look decent value at a standout 23/10 while Ireland can take a huge step towards qualification if they can win in Vienna at 11/4.
There’s a massive match in Belo Horizonte on Thursday night as two giants of world football meet. Brazil top South American qualifying and they face Argentina who currently sit outside the qualification berths.
Just six points separate the top 7 in the table and so this is a contest that is going down to the wire. Argentina haven’t won any of their last three qualifiers and are 5/2 to grab a much needed three points, while Brazil are 21/20.
Elsewhere Uruguay are 8/15 to beat Ecuador while Chile are 11/4 to win in Colombia.

World Cup qualifiers betting on Paddy Power

Nov 4, 153 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 5-6 November 2016

Premier League preview weekend 5-6 November 2016

Ahead of the next international break this weekend sees some crucial Premier League matches at both ends of the table.
Sunday sees the 163rd league North London derby while the bottom three sides all face tricky fixtures. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

Arsenal sit second in the Premier League table after a nine-match unbeaten run that has seen them take 23 of the last 27 points available.
It’s been an impressive run of form for Arsene Wenger’s team who could go top of the table this weekend if they beat Tottenham at the Emirates.
Spurs remain the only unbeaten side in the division although they have drawn their last three matches. Goals have been at a premium for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Spurs have found the net just 14 times in 10 matches – the same number of league goals as Watford.
Arsenal are in excellent form and can be backed to win at a tempting price of evens.
See all the prices here.

All Saturday’s action

After several years of narrow escapes, could this be the season that Sunderland are finally relegated? David Moyes’ side have taken just two points this season and sit rock bottom of the table having won none of their opening ten league fixtures.
Things are getting desperate on Wearside and the Black Cats face a long away trip this weekend at mid-table Bournemouth. The Cherries defeat to Middlesbrough last weekend was their first loss in five and a win this Saturday could see them overtake Manchester United in the table. Eddie Howe’s team can win at 8/13.
Only Sunderland have scored fewer league goals this season than Burnley who have a winnable home match this weekend against Crystal Palace.
The Clarets somehow kept Manchester United at bay last weekend and their defensive record is on a par with Liverpool and last season’s champions Leicester. Sean Dyche’s team are 21/10 to win while you can back Palace at 13/10.
After their win over Barcelona in midweek, Manchester City should have no trouble seeing off Middlesbrough at 1/4 while Chelsea have won four in a row without conceding and are 17/10 to beat Everton to nil.
West Ham and Stoke have begun to climb the table after disappointing starts to the season and the pair meet at the London Stadium this weekend.
The Potters are unbeaten in five and have won three in a row. They look good value to take advantage of the Hammers’ poor home record at 23/10.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Six successive defeats have seen Hull City drop into the bottom three and the Tigers have by far the worst defensive record in the division. Mike Phelan’s side need to arrest the decline but will find it hard against a talented Southampton side this Sunday.
The Saints’ defeat to Chelsea was their first defeat in six and Claude Puel’s side are just 4/6 to win at the KCOM Stadium.
Manchester United have taken just three points from the last 12 available in the league and are falling further and further behind the title contenders. Jose Mourinho’s side have scored fewer goals this campaign than Watford and Crystal Palace and they travel to Swansea City desperate for a win.
Swansea’s opening day win against Burnley seems like a long time ago and they have lost seven of their last nine league matches. Bob Bradley’s side are a huge 5/1 to record a home victory.
Title chasing Liverpool are 1/4 to win at home against Watford while champions Leicester City‘s league form has improved in recent weeks and they are 3/4 to beat West Bromwich Albion>/strong>.

Nov 4, 153 days ago

FA Cup First Round preview

FA Cup First Round preview

It’s the 136th edition of the oldest Cup competition in the world this season, and the first round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend.
39 non-league clubs take their place in the first round, hoping for their moment of FA cup glory. Keep reading for our FA Cup first round betting preview.

Non-league sides looking to cause an upset

This year’s FA Cup first round begins on Friday night as National League side Eastleigh take on League One’s Swindon Town.
Eastleigh sit 8th in the fifth tier of English football and are as short as 13/8 to win.
The story of this year’s first round is the debut appearance of Merstham, the Surrey village team who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. The minnows face Oxford United at home in front of the TV cameras and are 7/1 to knock out the league side.
Southern League Chesham, also from the seventh tier, are 7/1 to win at League One club Peterborough United while Spennymoor Town of the Northern Premier League are 10/1 to win at League One side MK Dons.
The lowest ranked team left in the competition are ninth-tier Westfields from the Midlands League Premier Division. They face Curzon Ashton and are 4/1 to win.
“We are delighted we are at home,” Westfields chief executive Andy Morris told BBC Sport before the Curzon Ashton result. “I’m quietly confident with a home draw. Getting this far is a huge bonus – we have earned enough money so far to get us through this season and keep us going into next season.”
There are certain to be some non-league sides in round two, with Lincoln City just 1/3 to beat Altrincham while Whitehawk are 8/13 to beat Stourbridge. Braintree Town can beat Eastbourne Borough at 8/11 while famous Cup giantkillers Sutton United are 11/10 to win at Dartford.

League sides looking to progress

Two former FA Cup winners meet at Gigg Lane on Saturday as Bury take on AFC Wimbledon. Just three points separate the two sides in League One and the Dons won the recent league meeting between the sides 2-1. Neal Ardley’s side are 7/4 to win.
Bolton Wanderers are also former Cup winners and are just 4/9 to beat Grimsby Town. Notts County were upset by non league opposition in the first round of the Cup last season and face a tricky tie at Boreham Wood who are 11/4 to win.
Hartlepool United are as short as 1/6 to beat non-league Stamford while Rochdale are 4/6 to win at Maidstone United.
Sheffield United are 2/5 to beat Leyton Orient at Bramall Lane while Morecambe look excellent value at 4/1 to beat Coventry City. Alfreton could cause an upset on Sunday and are 13/5 to beat struggling Newport County while Plymouth Argyle are excellent value at 7/5 to win at Mansfield Town.

Oct 28, 160 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 29-31 October 2016

Premier League preview weekend 29-31 October 2016

There are some vital matches at both ends of the table this weekend, with the pick of the bunch being the champions’ visit to White Hart Lane.
Elsewhere, there’s an attractive looking match at St Mary’s while Burnley are a massive 16/1 to win away at one of the league’s biggest clubs. Keep reading for our Premier League betting preview.

Premier League bet of the weekend

After profiting on the exploits of Stoke City over the last two weeks – including a tidy 8/5 bet on the Potters winning at Hull last week – I’m going to once again tip Mark Hughes’ side at tempting odds.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s two excellent goals carried Stoke to victory over Hull last time out and his side are now unbeaten in four matches. They welcome struggling Swansea City on Monday night who remain in the bottom three and are seeking their first league win under new boss Bob Bradley.
The Swans have taken just two paints from the last 24 available and so it could once again pay to back Stoke, this time at 10/11.
See all the prices here.

All Saturday’s action

According to the newspapers it was a ‘humiliating’ experience for Manchester United last Sunday as they were roundly beaten at Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s team should bounce back this weekend, however, as they welcome Burnley.
The Clarets sit 14th in the table after a last-gap win over Everton and are a massive 16/1 to win at Old Trafford. United can be backed at just 1/6.
Sunderland are still searching for their first league win of the season and are already five points adrift of safety after taking one point from the last 18 available. It gets no easier for David Moyes’ side this weekend as they welcome Arsenal to the Stadium of Light.
The Gunners’ goalless draw with Middlesbrough last Saturday ended a six match winning run but Arsene Wenger’s side can bag all three points here at 2/5.
With no win in seven and just one Premier League victory this season it could be a tough campaign for Middlesbrough although they were dogged in taking a point at title challengers Arsenal last week.
Boro welcome in-form Bournemouth who sit in the top half of the table having taken 8 points from the last 12 available in the league. Eddie Howe’s side look good value to win this one at 19/10.
Leicester City‘s form has improved over recent weeks and I tipped them to beat Crystal Palace last weekend. The Foxes duly obliged at 19/20 although they are as long as 5/1 to win at unbeaten Tottenham on Saturday.
Spurs haven’t lost in the league this season and this could be an entertaining match. The home side boast the best defensive record in the division by some distance and are an attractive 9/5 to win to nil.
Watford are just 3/4 to beat Hull City who have lost five in a row, while Manchester City/strong> are just 4/9 to win at West Bromwich Albion despite no wins in their last three league outings.
Saturday’s late kick-off sees Crystal Palace welcome Liverpool. The Eagles sit mid-table but have lost two on the bounce and Jurgen Klopp’s side can win at Selhurst Park at 8/11.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

Three wins and three clean sheets have seen Chelsea move into the top four and the Blues face a tricky away tie on Sunday as they travel to Southampton.
The Saints have put together a good run and are unbeaten in five Premier League matches, taking a well-earned point from Manchester City last weekend. Antonio Conte’s side are the 5/4 favourites but there will be plenty of backers for Claude Puel’s men at 21/10.
After an excellent start to the season, Everton haven’t won in four league matches but they have a chance to get back to winning ways on Sunday as they welcome West Ham United.
Two narrow wins have helped the Hammers climb the table after a dreadful run and it’s 14/1 that Slaven Bilic’s side make it three 1-0 wins in a row in the league. Everton are just 3/4 to take three points.

 

Oct 7, 181 days ago

International match preview 7 October 2016

International match preview 7 October 2016

With less than two years to go until the World Cup heads to Russia, there are 31 places up for grabs as qualification continues this weekend.
There are some mouthwatering matches to look forward in Europe including a fixture between two previous World Cup finalists. Keep reading for our preview of all the international football action.

International bet of the weekend

Since reaching the World Cup semi final in 2014, it’s been a torrid couple of years for the Netherlands national side. The Dutch failed to qualify for Euro 2016 – despite the expanded competition – and were recently beaten in a friendly by Greece.
They managed to grab a point in the first of their Group A matches in Sweden but will find it tough on Monday night as they welcome France.
In a group where just one team goes qualifies automatically, Danny Blind’s team are going to find it tough to make it to Russia. As well as France they face Sweden and Bulgaria while Belarus will be no pushovers either.
France stumbled to a goalless draw against Belarus in their opening match but showed some excellent form in the European Championships this summer. Les Bleus can capitalise on Holland’s poor form and win at 7/5.

Six points up for grabs for both England and Scotland

The end of Sam Allardyce’s short reign hasn’t been the best preparation for England but with Gareth Southgate in temporary charge the Three Lions should have no trouble winning their two matches this weekend.
They face Malta on Saturday teatime and are just 1/40 to win at Wembley. Tuesday’s match is a trickier fixture though as they head to Slovenia. Despite being ranked 67 in the world, Slovenia have punched above their weight in the last 15 years or so, reaching the World Cup in 2002 and 2010 and the European Championships in 2000.
Srevko Katanec’s side had to come back from 2-0 down in Lithuania and only an injury time Bostjan Cesar goal spared their blushes. England should win but there isn’t a lot of value at 8/13.
Of course Scotland are in the same qualifying group as England and they will need maximum points from their matches against Lithuania and Slovakia.
An excellent 5-1 win in Malta was a good start to the Scots’ campaign and I fancy their chances of beating Lithuania at 4/9. The trip to Bratislava looks like a much tougher proposition, however, and the home side – remember they beat Russia in the Euros this summer – look terrific value at evens.

The pick of the international matches

Wales twice led in Austria on Thursday evening and despite being pegged back both times they still lead Group D on goal difference. It could scarcely be closer, though, with four teams on four points including Serbia and the Republic of Ireland who beat Georgia 1-0 to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Both teams have vital matches on Sunday as they play the two teams yet to score a point in the group. Chris Coleman’s side are just 2/7 to see off Georgia while Ireland are 8/15 to win in Moldova
Northern Ireland continue their mission to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 as they face the easiest and toughest matches in their group. They should beat minnows San Marino on Saturday before heading off to face world champions Germany.
Just one goal separated the two sides when they met at the Parc des Prices in June but you’d have to be brave to back the Green and White Army at 16/1 on Tuesday evening.
Roberto Martinez’s competitive debut as the manager of Belgium got off to a solid start with a 3-0 win Cyprus and they are as short as 4/9 to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday and 1/50 to win in Gibraltar on Monday. Group H rivals Greece should beat Cyprus at 4/11.
Hungary showed in this summer’s European Championships that they are a solid side and so there will be many tempted by the 12/5 available on them to beat Switzerland in Budapest. Sweden should be backed at 1/4 to win in Luxembourg while European champions Portugal are 1/50 to beat Andorra.
After Japan‘s unexpected home defeat to the United Arab Emirates in the Asian qualifying competition, they have bounced back with two wins but face a tough trip to table-topping Australia on Tuesday.
The Socceroos lead their group after coming from behind to draw with Saudi Arabia on Thursday and it looks like being a close group with the UAE also performing well. Australia can take control of the group at 7/5.

Sep 29, 189 days ago

Premier League preview weekend 30 September – 2 October 2016

Premier League preview weekend 30 September – 2 October 2016

The top two meet in this match of the weekend with unbeaten Manchester City travelling to high-flying Tottenham. Elsewhere there are tough matches for the struggling sides, and could see the first managerial casualty of the season if West Ham, Swansea or Stoke were to lose?
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

It may not be pretty to watch at times but Tony Pulis’ style of football is pretty effective and his West Bromwich Albion side sit in the top half of the Premier League and look absolutely terrific value to win this weekend.
They face a Sunderland side who sit bottom of the table having lost their last three league matches and who look set for another difficult season.
West Brom boast the fourth best defensive record in the league and came from behind to grab a point at Stoke last weekend. Sunderland, meanwhile, were throwing away a two goal lead to lose at home to Crystal Palace.
I don’t imagine this will be an entertaining game and goals look likely to be a premium. Still, the Baggies can grind out results and look terrific value at 2/1 to win. A 1-0 away win looks highly tempting at 8/1.

All Saturday’s action

After a poor start to the season Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin is one of the early favourites for the sack race with Ryan Giggs the favourite to replace the Italian. It gets no easier for the Swans this weekend as they welcome free-scoring Liverpool in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Swansea have picked up just one point from the last five league matches while Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their last three, scoring ten goals in the process. Liverpool are just 4/9 to win.
Chelsea‘s strong start to the season has come to a grinding halt after two consecutive defeats, perhaps linked to David Luiz’s return to the Blues defence. They have struggled in the last couple of matches but should find things easier this weekend and Antonio Conte’s men are just 4/9 to win at freefalling Hull City.
Watford‘s form has been inconsistent this season and they followed up an excellent win over Manchester United with defeat to Burnley. Backing the Hornets could be a risky business this season as it’s hard to predict exactly which Watford side will turn up.
They face Bournemouth on Saturday who were excellent in their win over Everton last week. This is a tough match to call, with the home side perhaps shading it at 5/4.
It’s been a torrid start to the campaign for West Ham United who have shipped 14 goals in four consecutive league defeats. They do have a chance to turn things around this weekend if they can overcome their terrible home form against Middlesbrough.
Boro have lost three in a row after a decent start and are 5/2 to heap more woe on the Hammers. The home side look a decent punt at 11/10.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

There’s an entertaining match to look forward to on Friday night as Everton welcome Crystal Palace.
Everton’s good run came to an end last week with a defeat at Bournemouth (destroying many coupons in the process) while I tipped Palace to overcome Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The home side have the second best defensive record in the league and are 8/11 while all the value looks to be in the Eagles at 4/1.
Manchester United ended their losing run with an emphatic win over champions Leicester last weekend and they should be far too strong for struggling Stoke City at 1/4. Arsenal are in good form and should beat Burnley at Turf Moor, although there’s not much value in the 4/11 available.
While Leicester City have made an excellent start in their first Champions League campaign, their league form has been inconsistent. They face a tough match this weekend as Southampton are the visitors to the King Power Stadium.
The Saints have hit their stride after a difficult start under new boss Claude Puel and come into this one off the back of two straight wins. I like the away side’s chances at 12/5.
The match of the weekend sees the top two meet at White Hart Lane. Tottenham are the strongest challengers to the league leaders for the second season in a row and will be hoping to inflict Manchester City‘s first defeat of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 11/5 while City can be backed at 6/5.

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Sep 7, 211 days ago

2016/17 Champions League preview

2016/17 Champions League preview

78 clubs from 53 countries entered this season’s Champions League and after some big names were eliminated in the play-offs, 32 teams now remain in the group stages.
Leicester City and FC Rostov make their debut in the competition and they join the usual suspects in this season’s group stages. Keep reading for our preview of this season’s Champions League.

Spanish giants head Champions League betting

Considering that La Liga provided three of last season’s Champions League quarter finalists and the Europa League winners, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Spanish clubs feature highly in this season’s betting.
Despite changing their manager mid-season, Real Madrid won their 11th European Cup title, eventually overcoming their city rivals in a penalty shootout in Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 16 goals on the way to the title and Real have been given a decent draw this year.
Their matches against Borussia Dortmund should be a highlight and they should overcome Legia Warsaw and Sporting Lisbon in Group F. Real Madrid are 11/2 third favourites.
As ever, Barcelona are this year’s favourites having reached the semi-finals or better in seven of the last nine years. The 2014 champions continue to boast the best forward line on the continent and have an excellent recent record in the tournament.
Luis Enrique’s side have a slightly tricky draw – they face Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic – but are worthy favourites at 11/4.
A better bet may be the team that has ended Barca’s chances in two of the last three seasons. Atletico Madrid have reached two of the last three Champions League finals, losing to their city neighbours on both occasions. Diego Simeone’s side have excellent European pedigree and look good each way value at 14/1.

English sides looking for good European run

One of the main reasons that Manchester City appointed Pep Guardiola this summer was to pursue an elusive first Champions League title. City reached the semi finals last season and will be hoping that the Spaniard’s experience will be enough to see them reach this season’s showpiece at the Millennium Stadium.
City face one of Guardiola’s former clubs in the group stage and they will also have to overcome strong German opposition and the Scottish champions. City do offer decent value at 11/1.
Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are regular fixtures in the Champions League knockout stages and the pair will meet in Group A of this season’s competition. Both will be expected to qualify ahead of FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad although PSG offer better value at 14/1 than Arsenal at 20/1.
Tottenham have a tricky group but will be hoping to reach the last 16 although a better bet may be Leicester City whose style of football may suit European competition.
The draw has been kind to the Foxes, pairing them with Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen and Claudio Ranieri’s side should be confident of reaching the knockout rounds. They look a decent bet at 50/1.
In many ways Sevilla might prefer to be in the Europa League, having won that tournament for three years in a row. They were in a tricky group last year but could well overcome Juventus, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb this year and their experience of winning tough European ties could stand them in good stead. Los Rojiblancos are 66/1.

Champions League betting

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