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Premier League
Football

The Race for 3rd and 4th Place in the Premier League

Realistically, only Tottenham can now catch Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. But just below, 5 big teams are battling it out for those final two Champions League places. The race is on. Liverpool – Played 34, 66 points Remaining Fixtures: Watford (a), Southampton (h), West Ham (a), Middlesbrough (h) The Reds sit third for now but Sunday’s defeat to Crystal Palace was a major setback. Their fate is no longer in their own hands because Manchester City,

Ayr Scottish Grand National
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Ayr Scottish Grand National Tip

Scottish Grand National Tomorrow sees the Scottish Grand National take place at Ayr.  The race takes place at 3.55pm and is run over 3m 7f.  Whilst it does not have the same allure as the Aintree Grand National a winner is a winner.  Let’s see if we can find it! Paul Nicholls v Nicky Henderson Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have both sent up horses with solid intentions of winning the race.  Nicholls needs the prize money to try and

FA Cup
Football

The Top Clubs Are Taking The FA Cup Seriously Again

Chelsea vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Manchester City – this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals couldn’t get much stronger. Chelsea knocked out Manchester United, while Everton were knocked out by Leicester City. In fact, of the Top Seven, only Liverpool have fielded a weakened side and taken the tournament lightly. Is the FA Cup becoming an important trophy again? It is now 5 years since Didier Drogba’s strike helped Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley. The FA Cup final has become the

Improved Players
Football

Most Improved Premier League Players Part II

Which Premier league players have really improved this season? Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace Three years ago, many dismissed Zaha as an arrogant, luxury player. Surplus to requirements at Manchester United, the tricky winger was sent on loan to Cardiff City and then back to Crystal Palace. But now, Zaha is really proving his critics wrong. The Ivorian is having a break-out season with 9 assists and 6 goals. His partnership with Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend has rescued Crystal Palace’s

Manchester Utd v Ajax
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Europa League QF Preview Man Utd v Anderlecht

Thursday sees the Europa League Quarter Final 2nd leg take place.  Manchester Utd take on Anderlecht having drawn 1-1 in Belgium.  Utd dominated for the first hour of the match but Anderlecht came into the match in the last thirty minutes. Both teams come into the game on the back of league victories, Anderlecht had a 1-0 win against Oostende who currently lie 5th in the Juliper league whilst Manchester Utd had a 2-0 victory over the Premier League leaders

British Lions rugby squad
Rugby Union

British & Irish Lions squad announced

It’s the debate that’s been raging in pubs across Britain and Ireland since the culmination of the Six Nations.  Warren Gatland has now confirmed the 41 players who make up his Lions touring party to New Zealand this summer. Thankfully wild rumours about Jamie Roberts being included were wide of the mark.  Gatland has unvelied a more conventional, albeit bloated squad to take on the Kiwis in their own backyard. The squad sees a large English presence, unsurprising given the

Improved Players
Football

Most Improved Premier League Players Part I

Which Premier League players have really improved this season? Victor Moses, Chelsea Premier league player development. When Roberto Di Matteo signed Moses from Wigan back in 2012, there seemed little hope of regular first-team football. And so it turned out at first. After a decent debut season at Stamford Bridge, the Nigerian joined Chelsea’s huge loan brigade. With solid spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham, Moses’ career seemed to be stalling. But then along came Antonio Conte. With his heart set

Madrid Derby
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Champions League QF Preview Tuesday 18th April

Leicester City v Atletico Madrid Tuesday sees the return leg of the Champions League quarter finals.  Leicester will consider themselves unfortunate to be be behind after the away leg.  Now having to score against Atletico Madrid will mean that they may have to change their game-plan. This will allow Atletico to let Leicester to come onto them and then hit them on the break.  Leicester are not a team that like to attack teams and the longer the game goes

manchester united betting
Football

Manchester United vs Chelsea: The Key Battles

José Mourinho vs Antonio Conte Focus on Manchester United and Chelsea. While both of their teams are still on for trophy doubles this season, there is no doubt who has been the more successful manager. With a simple switch to a 3-4-3 formation, Conte has turned Chelsea back into a Premier League title-winning machine again. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are performing even better than they did under Mourinho in 2014-15. The Special One’s reign at Manchester United has got

Championship
Football

EFL – Championship Friday 14th April

There is a full program of matches in the Championship on Good Friday.  As usual the games comes thick and fast over the Easter period in the Championship, promotion and relegation issues can quickly be be decided or in some cases forgotten about altogether! After our last tip coming in at 6/1 once again I am going to look at at an away win for a team against a high flying opponent.  The team we are looking to back this

English football team betting
Football

Trepid Travellers – English Teams in Europe

Between 2005 and 2012, eight English clubs made it all the way to the Champions League final. Three of those clubs – Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea – went on to lift the trophy. But in the five years since, English teams have struggled. Only two – Chelsea and Manchester City – have made it as far as the semi-finals. With Leicester City facing Atlético Madrid in this season’s quarter-finals,this could be another barren year. What’s gone wrong and what hope is

Madrid Derby
Football

Champions League Quarter Finals- Wednesday 12 April

Two Champions League quarter final first leg games take place on Wednesday. They are polar opposites in terms of styles of football.  I am expecting a battle of attrition in the game between Atletico Madrid and Leicester City. I can also foresee a much more open and expansive game when Bayern Munich welcome Real Madrid to the Allianz Arena. First of all we will look at the the match between Atletico Madrid and Leicester City. This pitches the two lowest

Liverpool betting
Football

Coutinho & Firmino – Liverpool’s Brazilian stars to the rescue

When Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Sadio Mané would miss the rest of the season, Liverpool fans feared the worst. Their team hadn’t won a game without the Senegalese attacker all season. With Adam Lallana also out through injury, could The Reds really hold on for a Top 4 finish? After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth, Liverpool were losing 1-0 at Stoke at half-time. With his team under pressure, Klopp made an inspired double change. Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto

Arsenal v Man Utd
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Tip of The Day -Premier League 10 April

Premier League London derby. Tip of the day comes from Sky’s Monday night English Premier League offering of a London derby of Crystal Palace v Arsenal. Palace come here on the back of a defeat to Southampton (3-1). Prior to that they had a fantastic 2-1 victory at champions-elect Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  They had been on a run of 4 consecutive victories in the Premier League. And, had conceded only 1 goal prior to that defeat at Southampton. Finally

Grand National 2017
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Tip of The Day – Aintree Grand National Meeting

Grand National Day tip. Finally we arrive at the day all bookmakers love and loathe, Grand National Day! 40 horses go to post. Whilst some have little or no chance this is one of the most wide open Grand Nationals I can recall in recent history.  The usual suspects head up the front of the market. The value may lie elsewhere, so for my tip I am going to look for a bit of EW value. Paul Nicholls has 5

West Ham
Football

What’s happened to West Ham?

At 9:29pm on Wednesday 5th April, things were looking very bad indeed for West Ham. Not only were Slaven Bilić’s team losing their fifth straight game, but Hull were beating Middlesbrough and Swansea were beating Tottenham. That would leave The Hammers just 3 points above the relegation zone with 7 games to go. A few minutes later, Swansea eased a few East London nerves by losing 3-1, but West Ham are still at least 5 points away from Premier League

Aintree betting 2017
Betting Tips

Tip of the Day – Day 2 Aintree 2017

After yesterday’s successful Aintree betting 8/1 winning tip, once again we are going to look at the main meeting at Aintree for our tip on Thursday. This time the race the racing is at least more competitive, so we have to be slightly more conservative with our choices.  Therefore I am looking at a horse that has a consistent thread of form. Aintree betting tip day 2. But but for uncharacteristic mistake 2 fences out at Cheltenham in The Champion

US Masters 2017
Golf

Masters 2017 Preview

There are some fascinating storylines set to play out when the most famous tournament in golf tees off today. But who will wear that green jacket when 81st edition of The Masters is all said and done. The big 3 of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy head the betting. Each man believes that it’s their year. Johnson in particular has been in scintillating form, winning 7 of his last 17 tournaments. He tied for 4th in 2016. This

Aintree Pertemps Hurdle
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Tip of The Day – 06 April Day 1 Aintree 2017

Day 1 of The Grand National Aintree 2017  meeting sees plenty of so called “certainties” running. We are therefore going to look outside of these for our betting opportunity. Brian Hughes has had the best riding season of his career so far this year.  Currently he stands on 137 winners. Our betting tip. In the 4.40 at Aintree he is riding a horse called Double W’s. This horse can still be picked up at a general 8/1 although it is

Tottenham
Football

Can Tottenham really win the Premier League this season?

This time last year, a 3-0 win over Manchester United left Spurs 7 points behind league leaders Leicester City. The fans dared to dream. But two draws and two defeats later, they finished 11 points adrift and back in third place, behind North London rivals Arsenal. Classic Tottenham, the football world said. After four consecutive wins, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now in that exact same position again. Chelsea will take some catching but Tottenham look more mature this time around. So what

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