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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were ten close matches in the opening weekend of this season’s Premier League, including a seven goal thriller at Arsenal and a late winner for 2015 champions Chelsea.
There are some great games to look forward to this weekend, including a North East derby and a clash between last season’s top two. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
After four years of scrapping against relegation, the appointment of David Moyes as manager was designed to see Sunderland move into mid-table and to establish themselves as a decent top flight side.
The Moyes era at the Black Cats began with a slightly unlucky defeat to Manchester City last weekend, with substitute Paddy McNair handing City a win with an unfortunate late own goal. Sunderland play their first home match of the season on Sunday and it looks set to be a cracker, as they welcome North East neighbours Middlesbrough.
Aitor Karanka’s side secured a point against Stoke in their opening match and look to have a squad which could stay up this campaign. It’s early to judge the quality of either side, but with home advantage Sunderland look terrific value at 6/4 to secure three points this weekend.
There is an intriguing match in Saturday’s early kick-off as Stoke City host title favourites Manchester City.
City followed up their opening day win with a 5-0 thrashing of Steaua Bucharest in midweek and are just 4/6 to win. Stoke can be a frustrating team to back at times, but the 9/2 on them to get their first win of the season will tempt many.
It took Burnley until November to secure a Premier League win last time they were in the top flight and the Clarets face a tough match this weekend against free-scoring Liverpool.
Sean Dyche’s team went down 1-0 at home to Swansea in their opening match; a disappointing result considering it was a fixture they perhaps should have won. Liverpool looked excellent in putting four past Arsenal at the Emirates and are 4/7 to make it six points out of six.
Swansea City and Hull City were both unfancied winners on the opening day of the season and they meet at the Liberty Stadium. Despite their win over the champions, Hull’s problems have not gone away in the last seven days and the home side should be backed at 5/6. Tottenham are just 4/9 to beat Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane while Watford played well last week and are a standout 7/2 to beat Chelsea at Vicarage Road.
West Bromwich Albion began their campaign with a very Tony Pulis-esque 1-0 win at Palace and they welcome Everton to the Hawthorns on Saturday. This is a tough one to call but the Baggies are tough to beat and the 19/10 on a home win looks decent value.
Saturday’s late kick-off features last season’s top two, both of whom started the season with a disappointing defeat. Leicester City face Arsenal at the King Power Stadium and considering the visitors’ defensive woes this could be a great opportunity for the Foxes to grab a win. Claudio Ranieri’s side are 19/10 with Arsenal available at 7/5.
There’s a rare Friday night fixture this weekend and it sees Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford in Jose Mourinho’s first home league match.
United top the table after the opening weekend thanks to their comfortable 3-1 win at Bournemouth. Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened his league account with an excellent strike and with world record signing Paul Pogba available, it could be an attacking side that takes to the field on Friday night.
Southampton were held by Watford in Claude Puel’s first match in charge and may need to add to their ranks, particularly up-front where they look a little short of goals. Mourinho has enjoyed a superb home record at all of his clubs and so it’s just 4/9 that United make it two wins out of two.
West Ham United start their league era at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday as they welcome bottom of the table Bournemouth. Both teams lost their opening fixture last weekend and with the Hammers in midweek Europa League action there could be some value in the Cherries at 7/2.
The 25th Premier League gets under way this weekend and there are ten intriguing fixtures to look forward to.
The Manchester sides are the favourites for the title and have winnable fixtures while Arsenal take on Liverpool in the weekend’s big match. Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
The Premier League season begins at the KCOM Stadium this Saturday lunchtime as new boys Hull City take on the champions Leicester City.
It’s been a tough summer for the Tigers who lost their manager Steve Bruce last month after the former Manchester United defender become frustrated with the lack of investment at the club. With a number of the players having also departed, Mike Phelan will struggle to put out a full senior side on Saturday lunchtime and so the smart call has to be to back the champions to get their season off to a winning start.
The Foxes were excellent in last weekend’s Community Shield and really should have got something out of the match. Claudio Ranieri has made some shrewd additions to his squad and Leicester should have too much for Hull at an excellent price of evens.
The favourites for this season’s Premier League title look to have a winnable opening fixture and the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City begins with a home tie against Sunderland.
Having spent heavily in the summer much is expected from City this season and they face a Sunderland team who will be looking to avoid a fourth successive relegation battle. The home side should win this at 2/9.
Two of the European contenders meet at Goodison Park on Saturday as Everton meet Tottenham.
Ronald Koeman is the new man in charge of the Toffees who are likely to improve their squad in the coming weeks after the departure of John Stones. Spurs have been quiet over the summer but have added Vincent Wanyama and Dutch striker Vincent Janssen to their squad.
This could be an interesting match and the home side are 9/5 to win.
The last time Burnley were in the Premier League they had to wait until November for their first win of the season. They could get up and running much sooner this time around as they face Swansea City at Turf Moor.
Neither club has spent heavily in the summer and both are expected to spend most of the season in the bottom half of the table. Sean Dyche has done a great job at the Clarets and they look great value at 13/8.
Stoke City look terrific value at 5/2 to win at promoted Middlesbrough while Southampton should beat Watford at St Mary’s.
Crystal Palace started last season really well and have a squad that should be able to secure a comfortable mid-table finish. They face West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park and are 10/11 to win.
After three disappointing campaigns, much is expected of Manchester United this season under new boss Jose Mourinho. The club have broken the world transfer record this week to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus and he joins big-name signings Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Old Trafford.
United head to Bournemouth in Sunday’s early kick-off where they lost 2-1 last season. Eddie Howe has spent wisely this summer and it will be a tough job to improve on last season’s finish. United are 8/11 to win and the home side are 4/1.
There’s a huge fixture at the Emirates on Sunday as Arsenal take on Liverpool. Arsenal can often be guilty of starting the season slowly – they have lost to Aston Villa and West Ham on the opening day in the last three years – and so the visitors look decent value at 2/1.
After last season, the only way is up for Chelsea and Antonio Conte’s side take on West Ham United in Monday evening’s match.
Both sides have spent heavily over the summer and this could be a really entertaining match. Chelsea are 8/13 to win with the Hammers available at 9/2.
Two of the world’s best managers go head-to-head in this year’s Premier League at clubs just a few miles apart. Pep Guardiola is the new man at Manchester City and City are the 21/10 favourites to win the title in the Spaniard’s first season.
With plenty of money already spent and an almost bottomless war chest for new signings, City are worthy favourites. There might be a question mark about where the goals would come from in the event of an injury to Sergio Aguero, but City fans should expect a decent campaign both domestically and in Europe.
Jose Mourinho is a serial winner and his Manchester United side are the 7/2 second favourites to win the title for the first time since 2013. United have also spent heavily, with the Portuguese manager strengthening the spine of the team with the arrival of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.
After a couple of seasons of dull underperformance it might be too soon for Mourinho to transform United into a title-winning side and so a better bet might be Chelsea at 13/2. New boss Antonio Conte has an excellent managerial record and he inherits most of the squad that cruised to the title two seasons ago.
With the additions of Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante Chelsea look like a stronger side than last season and look a decent each-way bet. London rivals Arsenal were last season’s runners-up and are 6/1 to win the league in what could be Arsene Wenger’s last season at the club.
Tottenham were the closest challengers to Leicester City last season but there is a feeling that Spurs may have stood still while their rivals have all improved. Spurs are 10/1 while the Foxes are 33/1 to retain their title.
Can Jurgen Klopp lead his Liverpool side to their first title in 27 years? The German has spent heavily in the summer and with a full pre-season behind them the Reds look decent value at 11/10 to secure a top four finish this season.
The promoted clubs are often the favourites to make an immediate return to the Championship but after a difficult summer it’s hard to see Hull City retaining their top flight status. Manager Steve Bruce left the club after a lack of investment and the club have a threadbare squad going into the first couple of weeks of the campaign.
Even with Bruce at the helm and significant investment in the squad the Tigers would be one of the relegation favourites and with neither being the case, the 4/6 on City being relegated looks too good to ignore.
Burnley were relegated after just one season last time they reached the Premier League and they are another club that hasn’t invested heavily during the summer. Sean Dyche is a great manager and they won’t be a pushover but the 10/11 on the Clarets to make an immediate return to the Championship looks tempting.
Middlesbrough have attracted some quality signings in the summer and could be the one promoted team to survive. That could mean trouble for Watford who have yet another new manager and could suffer from ‘second season syndrome’ having finished in mid-table last season. Ex-Inter Milan and Napoli boss Walter Mazzari is the new boss at Vicarage Road but the Hornets look value at 21/10 to go down.
Swansea City flirted with relegation for the first half of last season before Francesco Guidolin came in to steady the ship but the Swans could struggle this season and are 7/2 to finish in the bottom three. Sunderland have been flirting with the drop for a few years now and are 9/4 to go down while there will be a few takers on Leicester City to follow up their fairytale league title by coming down to earth with a large bump. The champions are 14/1 to go down.
Despite playing around a thousand less minutes than his two English rivals last season, Sergio Aguero finished just one goal behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in the top goalscorer table.
If he can stay fit than Aguero should be there or thereabouts this campaign and he is the 7/2 favourite.
With each-way bets paying out on the top 6, it’s worth looking at some of the candidates at longer odds. Last season you’d have benefited from a payout on Lukaku, Mahrez and Giroud if you’d backed them each-way and so there is value in some of the longer priced forwards.
Daniel Sturridge has suffered with injury problems over recent seasons but if the England forward stays fit he could easily bag 20 goals for Liverpool at tasty odds of 25/1. Charlie Austin is likely to be the focal point of Southampton’s attack after the departure of Graziano Pelle and looks good value at 50/1 while if Christian Benteke signs for another Premier League outfit he could suddenly be a big price at 33/1.
We’ve all heard the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Pelé and Sir Bobby Charlton – who are considered some of the greatest players in footballing history, but what if you’ve got some hidden talent in the form of your own pampered pet pooch?
With an estimated 8.5 million, 30 million and 42.5 million owned in the United Kingdom, United States and Brazil, it’s clear we’re a serious bunch of dog lovers; meaning you could have the next four-legged football star right under your nose.
Thanks to wonderful world of the internet, many of that undiscovered canine talent has been unearthed and shared for our eyes to see. From keepie uppies to headers and even saving goals, it seems there’s no limits to the intelligence of our delightful doggies. Who knows, perhaps we could have a dog team in time for Euro 2016?
Check out some of the most amazing hounds that have mastered ball play beyond a mere dribble.
Purin the Super Beagle All the way from Japan, Purin the Super Beagle is certainly a contender to knock Iker Casillas off his goalkeeping throne. Sporting a fabulous football shirt, Purin impressively manages to save all the shots her owner takes at the goal, she even catches some of the balls in per paws. Recently, Purin also broke the Guinness World Record for the most balls caught by a dog’s paws in one minute – reaching a whopping total of fourteen! She’s got her own Facebook page too with over 9,000 likes.
Irie and Julio Brazilian duo Julio Precioso and his dog Irie have taken Sydney’s Bondi Beach by a storm with their epic paired passing skills. Irie – a Staffordshire Terrier/Australian Kelpie cross was rescued seven years ago as a puppy by Julio from a dog pound where she was facing certain death. Her talent of hitting the ball back without it falling on the floor has earned her over a million views on the original footage and a hoard fans along the beach. Apparently they can last for up to five minutes without dropping the ball.
Man vs Dog Street performer Séan Garnier is notoriously known for his freestyle football abilities, but even he was blown away by four-legged Chien’s energetic and highly competitive skills. Whist performing in London, Séan and Chien seemed to engage in a football-off; depicting man against his best friend. Much to his surprise, Chein the dog actually managed to retrieve the ball from Séan several times. It was certainly a crowd pleaser, for the video has managed to receive a phenomenal eleven million views.
"Alfie Ronaldog" On me ‘ead son. Nicknamed ‘Ronaldog’, Alfie, who was recently rehomed by Dogs Trust with the Simpkins family from Cheltenham could easily play for many positions in a team. His repertoire ranges from the basic dribble to the more advanced keepie uppies and headers; with his owner Pete Simpkins stating: “He’s incredible, especially as we’ve never trained him. It’s all natural skill”. Learn more about the one and only Ronaldog here.
So, who is your favourite? Who do you think has a chance at the big leagues? Or, perhaps you have a waggy companion yourself that could give these a run for their money.
This summer sees the 15th European Championships and 24 teams will head to France in an extended tournament. From 10 June to 10 July there will be 51 matches to look forward to, and our preview looks at the main Euro 2016 betting markets.
This year’s tournament favourites are France and while they are a talented side, the fact that they are hosts seems to have shortened the odds beyond what might be expected. Home advantage is not a huge factor at this tournament, with only one home nation reaching the final since 1968 (coincidentally, that was also France). The 3/1 looks very short.
World champions Germany look to have a decent draw and the last eight should be a minimum requirement. Their recent form has been mixed but they boast a talented squad and look decent value at 4/1. Spain are 5/1 to win their third consecutive European Championships while England are fourth favourites at 8/1.
The tournament looks as close as ever and so I have a real feeling a team may emerge from the pack, just as Greece did in 2004 and the Czech Republic did twenty years ago. I fancy Austria to make the knockout stages and they could be an interesting pick at 40/1 while Turkey look hugely underpriced at 75/1.
The opening matches of a major tournament can be cagey and nervous affairs and the favourites are often overpriced in the betting. Romania have a terrific defensive record and the 4/1 available on them drawing with France in the opening match looks great value, as does the 5/1 on Albania to upset Switzerland.
The Czech Republic are an enormous 13/2 to beat Spain in Toulouse while Ireland look well priced at 2/1 to beat Sweden which, in a tough group, could be a crucial win.
Italy look absolutely terrific value at 2/1 to beat Belgium while Slovakia are a very underrated side and represent good value at 19/10 to beat Wales.
Top Goalscorer betting
With goals coming from all over the pitch these days, the top goalscorer market is wide open this year. It’s worth also remembering that it may not take a hatful of goals for a decent each-way payout in this market, considering that the top scorers at Euro 2012 scored just three apiece.
Picking an attacking player from the side you expect to win the tournament is always a decent place to start, and so it’s no surprise that Olivier Giroud is one of the favourites this year. The Arsenal striker has 17 goals in 49 internationals including a brace in their most recent friendly win. Antoine Griezmann is a 9/1 chance but it could pay to consider the talented youngster Kingsley Coman.
The Bayern Munich star is just 19 but has already scored a senior goal for France and could become one of the players of the tournament. A couple of goals could grab an each-way payout at 100/1.
Thomas Muller averages just under a goal every other game for Germany and is an 8/1 chance while Portugal look to have one of the more straightforward groups and Cristiano Ronaldo could grab a few goals at 13/2.
Croatia will expect to qualify for the knockout stages this summer and so it could pay to back their big striker Mario Mandzukic. The Juventus striker has 24 international goals and was the joint-leading scorer at the 2012 tournament with three goals. The 33/1 looks good value.
Manchester City’s impeccable start to the season came to an unexpected end last week as they conceded their first goals of the campaign in a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham. The two Manchester clubs lead the way after United’s win at Southampton while the two North East clubs are still without a win and prop up the table.
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.
Hard to beat and winning by the odd goal has long been the Tony Pulis way and his West Bromwich Albion side climbed to mid table last weekend with a win at Midlands rivals Aston Villa. With Saido Berahino seemingly reintegrated into the set-up it should be a comfortable season for Baggies fans and they can grab another three points on Monday night when they welcome Everton.
The Toffees have lost just once this season and are unbeaten away from home in all competitions. It’s been a bright start to the season for Roberto Martinez’s men but I fancy West Brom to win this in front of their home faithful at a standout 2/1.
Manchester City‘s 100% record fell last week and they face a tricky away tie this Saturday as they travel to Tottenham in the early kick-off. Spurs have kick-started their season with a couple of wins and there will be plenty of interest in the 3/1 about the home side. City are 10/11 to win.
West Ham United ended City’s unbeaten run last weekend, climbing to third in the Premier League table as a consequence. Slaven Bilic’s side have won at the Emirates, the Etihad and Anfield this season and if they can start to replicate that form at home they could be set for a great season.
The Hammers welcome Norwich City this weekend and look terrific value at 6/5 to continue their excellent start.
Manchester United should beat struggling Sunderland at 1/4 while Chelsea ought to see off struggling Newcastle United at 4/6 in Saturday’s teatime kick-off. Liverpool are desperately in need of a win and are 4/9 to beat Aston Villa at Anfield.
Leicester City‘s impressive start to the season continued with a hard earned draw at Stoke last time out but the Foxes face a real test of their credentials this Saturday as they welcome Arsenal. A win for the home side would leave them five points ahead of the Gunners in the table and they look terrific value at 3/1. Arsenal are just 5/6 to win.
There’s an attractive looking fixture on the South Coast as Southampton meet Swansea City. Both teams have aspirations of European qualification and this could be an entertaining draw at 12/5. Stoke City sit in the bottom three after a poor start but can get their season up and running with a win over Bournemouth at 13/8.
There’s just one match on Sunday this week and it sees Watford take on Crystal Palace. Promoted Watford have made a very solid start to their Premier League season and come into this fixture sitting 10th in the table after two successive wins. They have been pretty strong defensively, conceding fewer goals than Liverpool and Southampton – and in Odion Ighalo they look as if they have a real goal threat.
Palace have been inconsistent this season so far – three wins and three defeats – and this is the sort of match the Eagles need to win if they are going to push on for a top 10 finish. The visitors are 15/8 but I fancy the home side to win again at 6/4.
Five matches, five wins and no goals conceded. Manchester City fans could barely have wished for a better start to the Premier League season although their European challenge has already faltered with defeat to Juventus in midweek.
Manuel Pelligrini’s side can put that defeat behind them and record another win this weekend while there’s a big London derby as Chelsea face Arsenal.
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At the start of the season there were many people that believed Stoke City would be challenging for a European place. Some exciting arrivals at the Britannia Stadium have raised expectations but things haven’t quite gone to plan for Mark Hughes’ side yet this campaign.
The Potters are one of three teams yet to win this season but they can bag their first three points this weekend as they welcome Leicester City.
Leicester sit second after their excellent comeback last Sunday and are the league’s joint highest goalscorers. Unbeaten this season, the Foxes arrive in excellent form but I think that Stoke will get their season up and running sooner or later and look good value to win at 7/5.
Chelsea sit 17th in the early season table and face another tricky match this weekend as they welcome London rivals Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off. Arsene Wenger finally got the better of Jose Mourinho in this season’s Community Shield and the Gunners will believe it is a good time to play their title rivals considering Chelsea’s poor form.
Chelsea put six past Arsenal in this fixture in 2014 but that looks unlikely this Saturday. The home side are 7/5 and you can back Arsenal at 19/10.
Aston Villa haven’t won since the opening day of the season and welcome Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion this weekend. Villa looked comfortable for the first 70 minutes against Leicester last time out before contriving to lose the match while West Brom have been hard to beat but low scorers. The 0-0 is available at 13/2.
Sunderland look a huge price at 9/2 to get their first three points of the season as they travel to Bournemouth while their North East rivals Newcastle United can register their first win of the season against Watford at 13/10.
Manchester City can make it six wins out of six with a victory over West Ham United at 1/4 while in-form Everton look a great price at 21/10 to beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Could Crystal Palace supplant Tottenham as London’s third club this season? Their initial form suggests that they can and the pair meet at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s early kick-off.
Palace were unlucky to lose to table-topping Manchester City last weekend while Spurs were fortunate to nick a 1-0 win at Sunderland. The home side are 19/20 favourites but there will be a lot of backers for Alan Pardew’s side at 14/5.
It’s been a mediocre start to the season for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers is the 6/4 favourite in the Premier League ‘sack race’ market. Having lost their last two league matches the Reds can steady the ship this weekend as they welcome Norwich City to Anfield.
The Canaries were comfortably beaten at Southampton in their last away match and Liverpool should win this at 8/13.
Sunday’s late kick-off sees Southampton face Manchester United. Both teams have struggled to find their best form this season and United were dealt a double blow in midweek when they were beaten by PSV and lost ex-Saints full back Luke Shaw to long term injury.
It could be an entertaining match at St Mary’s and the home side are 2/1 to win.
The Premier League is back and there were plenty of talking points after the first games of the new season. Arsenal and Chelsea’s title challenge faltered in the starting blocks while there were surprisingly good results for the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Watford.
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You’d struggle to find anyone other than a die-hard West Ham United fan who put big money on their side winning at Arsenal last Sunday. Just a few days after a limp exit from the Europa League, many pundits expected the Hammers to be on the receiving end of a big defeat at the Emirates but Slaven Bilic’s side capitalised on two Petr Cech errors to win 2-0.
West Ham have the opportunity to capitalise on the win on Saturday when they welcome Leicester City. Leicester were well worth their 4-2 win at the weekend and it was a positive result for another team that many thought will struggle.
However, Leicester’s win was against Sunderland – a team who ‘scared’ their manager with their performance – and I still expect the Foxes to struggle this season. With home advantage West Ham look terrific value to make it two wins from two at 13/10.
Could this be the season that Stoke City make a sustained European challenge? With the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke now boast five Champions League winners in their ranks and if Mark Hughes can find the right blend it could be an exciting season in the Potteries.
Stoke travel to Tottenham on Saturday, a side who looked far from Champions League challengers in their defeat to a very ordinary Manchester United side last Saturday. Stoke are an outstanding price of 4/1 to win at White Hart Lane.
Swansea City got their season off to a terrific start with a draw at Chelsea and they look excellent value at 10/11 to register their first win of the season at the Liberty Stadium with a win over Newcastle United. On the evidence of their first match Everton could be in for a tough season and Southampton can beat the Toffees at 10/11 while West Bromwich Albion look overpriced at 2/1 to beat promoted Watford at Vicarage Road.
Sunderland will need to pick up as many points as possible from the teams around them and they can start this Saturday with the visit of Norwich City. Dick Advocaat’s side were awful at Leicester and are 13/8 to win at the Stadium of Light while Norwich are 2/1 to record their first win.
Policing issues mean that there is an unusual Friday night kick-off in the Premier League this week as Aston Villa welcome Manchester United. Both sides started the season with a 1-0 win at the weekend although Louis van Gaal’s side will struggle to play worse than they did last weekend.
The home side are 4/1 to win but United have a great record at Villa Park and should outclass their opponents at 4/6.
The first big match of the season is at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manchester City take on Chelsea. After a comfortable win at West Brom it could be a great time for City to face the champions who will be without their first choice goalkeeper.
Manuel Pelligrini’s side look excellent value at 23/20 to inflict an early season defeat on the Blues.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat but they face a tricky away tie at Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew’s side won at Norwich last weekend and look terrific value at 7/2 to capitalise on the Gunners’ poor start and make it six points out of six.
Promoted Bournemouth face a daunting task in their second match in the top flight as they head to Anfield on Monday to face Liverpool. It would be a fairytale result if the Cherries could get something from the match but Liverpool should be too good at 4/9.