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Just in time for January: The Premier League’s best reinforcements

Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton (£17million) With Charlie Austin out injured and Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long out of form, The Saints were struggling for goals by January. Enter Gabbiadini with 6 in his first 4 games, including a brace in the EFL Cup final. Southampton really missed their new Italian hitman in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bournemouth. James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond need a clever finisher in front of them. Manolo is that man. Mamadou Sakho – Crystal

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Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Betting

Boat race betting 2o17. This Sunday on the river thames sets the stage for the 163rd occurrence of the Annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race. Last year Cambridge won, breaking a series of Oxford victories. This year it looks to be be a different story. The races are scheduledfor Sunday 2nd April with the women’s race at 4:35 and men’s race 5:35. Of the mens crews, Cambridge are slightly heavier which gives a small advantge in choppy weather. The forecast

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Alexis vs Agüero: The Battle of the Sulking Superstars

Ryan Giggs was recently asked about the world-class players in the Premier League. The Manchester United legend chose only two: Alexis Sánchez and Sergio Agüero. The South American stars meet on Sunday as Arsenal face Manchester City at the Emirates. This could now be the final season in England for both attackers. But who will go out on a high? Arsene Wenger ‘hopes’ that Alexis will stay with The Gunners next season but Sánchez told the media last week that


Is Sunderland’s Relegation Fight Over?

Optimists will point to the maths. With 30 points still to play for in this Premier League season, Sunderland could even reach the dizzy heights of the top-half. But ‘could’ is the key word here. Pessimists will point to probability and form. The Black Cats are bottom of the league with just two wins since early December. Their recent goalless draw at home to Burnley felt like another chance wasted. After nine years of scraping through, is Sunderland’s Premier League


The Rise and Rise of Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana was one of England’s few shining lights during the disaster of Euro 2016. No, he wasn’t at his best but he also wasn’t at his worst either. In the frustrating draws against Russia and Slovakia, he was at the centre of England’s fluid new attacking game. And in the abject defeat to Iceland, the team certainly missed his busy movement. The main problem with Lallana was goals. But not anymore. With three goals in his last seven international


Wales Beyond Bale – What else is there?

2016 was a truly golden year for Welsh football. Reaching the Euro semi-finals was a remarkable achievement but was it a one-off miracle? Chris Coleman’s players think not but Wales could miss out on a place at World Cup 2018. In Group D, they sit four points behind Republic of Ireland and two points behind Serbia. A record of 1 win and 3 draws is just not good enough. Wales need wins desperately, starting tonight against Ireland. Coleman has his


England vs Germany and Lithuania – The New Faces

There were six ‘surprises’ in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad to face Germany and Lithuania: a returning veteran, a one-cap wonder and four potential debutants. Jermain Defoe deserves his first recall since 2013, and Jake Livermore looks a completely different player at West Brom. But what about the new faces? West Ham’s Michail Antonio withdrew from the squad with a hamstring injury last week. Sam Allardyce first called up Antonio back in September 2016 but he didn’t feature then either. He will get his opportunity soon.


Mouth-watering Toffees – How High Could Everton Finish This Season?

With Saturday’s 4-0 trouncing of Hull, Ronald Koeman’s Everton joined Arsenal on 50 points. The Gunners have two games in hand but they’ll be feeling more than a little anxious. And they won’t be the only Top Six team feeling that way. Everton are one of the Premier League’s in-form teams, with a 2017 record of seven wins, three draws and just the one narrow defeat at White Hart Lane. All of the signs are there for a very strong

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Goals, Goals, Goals – The Race for the Golden Boot

Who will be top goalscorer? Romelu Lukaku (19), Harry Kane (19), Alexis Sánchez (17) and Diego Costa (17) – the Premier League’s top scorers are all very familiar faces. Between them, they have hit the net 207 times over the last three league seasons. Enjoying his first year at Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimović (15) is the bold new contender in the race. Sergio Agüero (12) is the fallen champion who could still make a late charge up the charts. Who

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Tip of the day – Cheltenham Gold Cup

It’s Cheltenham Gold Cup day and fresh from our successful tipping yesterday we have another tip today. It’s time to keep Irish eyes smilig and Outlander looks to be a good each-way bet. Currenty at 10/1. Many are piling on to Cue Card, but I shall stay away. For those of you wanting a bit of an edge of your pants punt, and glory in a last minute dopamine rush, then Saphir Du Rheu is my rank outisder pick for


The Iceman Cometh – Gylfi Sigurdsson

In the final months of the Premier League season, the relegation battlers look to their superstars more than ever to save the day. But who is the best player in the Premier League bottom half – Michail Antonio? Wilfried Zaha? Jermain Defoe? Jamie Vardy? Riyad Mahrez? No, my vote goes to Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson’s importance for The Swans is undeniable. With 8 goals and 11 assists, the Icelandic playmaker has been directly involved in over 50% of his team’s

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Top tip today at Cheltenham

Top tip today is… Top tip today: hooray! Hats off to Ben Keith of Star Sports Bookmakers.  At the Cheltenham Festival yesterday he  showed what a real bookmaker truly is when he took a bet of some £375,000 from a customer on Douvan. Ben’s nerve will surely hold today. He won’t be  phased by my top tip today for Sub Lieutenant in the 2:50. Currently at 7/1 you could always have an each-way bet. Where are the best odds? Finally.

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Life Without Ibra – Manchester United’s Goal Struggle

Manchester United’s woes continue. This weekend, José Mourinho’s side travel to Middlesbrough. They are a team deep in the relegation mire. They have only two Premier League goals to their name in 2017. On paper, you’d say it’s an easy away win. But star striker Zlatan Ibrahimović is serving the second of his three-match ban for elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings. So where will United’s goals come from? Ibrahimović’s total of 26 goals is 17 more than the club’s second top

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Hull City of culture, seemingly not of football

What the Hull is going on? Hull City, Premier League  relegation candidates have sacked head coach Mike Phelan. This, just as the the City itself takes on the role of City of Culture 2017. Phelan was previously the former Manchester United assistant coach, There is no sortage of ironies, as Hull drift to the bottom of the table. Phelan has proven unable to halt the slide begun under Steve Bruce’s tenure, and when Bruce left last summer Phelan was handed

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Swansea to glide away from troubled waters

At last it’s getting close to decision time for Swansea City. With the departure of Bob Bradley, the Swans have two top-flight managers now in contention to become the club’s new coach. Almost either man could help lead them back from a shambolic run of performance. The current choice appears to be between the favourite Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs. It may probably prove very hard for Coleman to prize himself away from his role managing Wales, irrespective of the

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Tip of the day 28th December

Tip of the day for today 28th December 2016 comes in the 15:40 Leicester race. Timeform suggest that a case can be made for Sleepy Haven. He did well to finish as close as he did in a poorly-run race at Lingfield last month. His run there suggests he is back in excellent condition. Other contenders like Perseid may yet have more to offer but he requires a very good test at this trip, while Timoteo is an interesting handicap

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Horse racing

Pitt on horseracing against the odds

Having kindly been invited to contribute a blog on horseracing, I thought I’d better start by introducing myself to those of you out there in the blogosphere who share an interest. I’m Chris Pitt, freelance racing journalist and historian. I discovered racing when betting shops were legalised and my mom and dad would place their sixpence each-way doubles with the local bookie. They then came home to watch the races on TV in varying moods of elation or dejection as


Betway Premier League Darts – Finals Night

Betway Premier League Darts – Finals Night After a long tournament, we have finally reach the climax. His final round win over Phil Taylor ensured that Michael van Gerwen qualified in 1st place and will face Adrian Lewis. Lewis took the final spot last week with his 7-2 win over Gary Anderson who had already secured 3rd place. Phil Taylor faces Anderson in the other best of 19 semi-final. It’s hard to see anything other than a Taylor-van Gerwen final.

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European Rugby Finals

European Rugby Finals Friday night sees Harlequins take on Montpellier in the Challenge Cup final. They met in the pool stages with Harlequins winning their home game 41-18 in November in the first round and Montpellier winning their home game 42-9 back in January when Harlequins had already qualified for a home quarterfinal. The match has an emotional edge with the untimely death of Harlequins 20-year-old loose head Seb Adeniran-Olule on Monday and the Quins squad will be wearing black

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Betway Premier League Darts Round 13

Betway Premier League Darts Round 13 Peter Wright v Phil Taylor Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson Adrian Lewis v Robert Thornton James Wade v Michael van Gerwen Peter Wright v Gary Anderson As the darts heads towards the finals night at the O2, no one is looking unbeatable. Tonight could see the line-up for the semi-finals all but decided with Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright hoping for the results to go their way to keep them in the

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