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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunderland drop into the bottom three after being thumped by Bolton

Sunderland are now 11/4 (3.75) to be relegated from the Barclays Premier League after Saturday's 1-4 home defeat by Bolton.

Sunderland drop into the bottom three
The loss sent Sunderland catapulting into the bottom three and Boyle Sports offer 3.75 about them still being there at the end of the season.

West Brom are still favourites for the drop at just 1/4 (1.25) at VCBet with Stoke City also odds on at 4/6 (1.67) at Bet365.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cesc Fabregas is new Arsenal captain

Cesc Fabregas has been named as the new Arsenal captain by manager Arsene Wenger.

William Gallas's leadership skills have been questioned since his infamous sit-down sulk at St. Andrews last season, and last week's decision by the Frenchman to go public with criticisms of his team-mates prompted Arsene Wenger to drop him for Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

Fabregas also missed that match through suspension, but Wenger today revealed that the captaincy has been handed to the young Spaniard on a permanent basis.

Gallas will return to the side to play Dynamo Kiev at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Round 14 : Village side Hoffenheim stand top of the Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Hoffenheim went three points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.

Hoffenheim, the village team with multi-millionaire backing, went ahead through Demba Ba and clinched victory as Vedad Ibisevic struck his 15th and 16th goals of the season.

It was enough to take them back to the top ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat away to Arminia Bielefeld.

Bayern Munich beat Energie Cottbus 4-1 helped by another goal from Franck Ribery who scored with a terrific 20 yard free kick making it his sixth league game in a row that he's scored.

Round 12 : Barcelona held by Getafe but still three points clear

Spanish football standings
Barcelona needed a second half equaliser from Seydou Keita to rescue a point as the leaders were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Getafe in the Primera Liga on Sunday.

Barca have 29 points from 12 games, which leaves them three points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid and four in front of Villarreal.

Real Madrid beat Recreativo Huelva 1-0 at the Bernabeu while Villarreal were upset 0-3 at home by Real Valladolid.

Fourth-placed Valencia are ahead of Sevilla on goal difference with 24 points after thew two sides drew 0-0 at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.

Round 13 : Inter Milan clear at top of Serie A

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AC Milan were held 2-2 at Torino on Sunday, leaving city rivals Inter Milan three points clear at the top of Serie A.

Torino's Alessandro Rosina scored a 78th-minute penalty, which was conceded for handball by Kakha Kaladze, to earn the hosts a draw.

Napoli are 3rd with Juventus on 24 points after being held 2-2 at home by Cagliari earlier on Sunday. Daniele Conti scored a stoppage-time equaliser for the Sardinian side after Ezequiel Lavezzi thought he had won it for Napoli with a superb late free kick.

Lazio are fifth after grabbing a 1-1 home draw with Genoa thanks to Ousmane Dabo's powerful strike that slipped through keeper Rubinho's hands 10 minutes from time.

Fiorentina round out the top six after they beat visitors Udinese 4-2 on Saturday.

AS Roma continued their return to form after a miserable start to the season with a 3-0 win at Lecce courtesy of first-half goals by Mirko Vucinic and Juan plus captain Francesco Totti's delightful chip four minutes after the break. Roma are in 15th spot.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rugby League World Cup Final Result : New Zealand 34-20 Australia

New Zealand celebrate winning the Rugby League World Cup
New Zealand came from 10-0 down to gain a stunning 34-20 victory over Australia and lift the World Cup for the first time in the 54-year history of the tournament.

A 50,550 crowd at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium were shocked into disbelief after watching the Kangaroos relinquish their grip on the trophy they had held since 1972.

After leading 16-12 at the break, Australia wilted in the face of a Kiwi onslaught and Slater turned from hero to villain midway through the second half by gifting a try to New Zealand stand-off Benji Marshall with a wild pass into no-man's land.

That enabled Kearney's men to turn a slender two-point lead into a more comfortable 22-16 advantage while a defensive blunder from winger Joel Monaghan led to a penalty try awarded by Ganson to outstanding full-back Lance Hohaia.

New Zealand captain Nathan Cayless thanked the 5,000 British fans who cast aside the disappointment of England's failure to reach the World Cup Final to cheer the underdogs to victory, just as they did at Elland Road in 2005 when the Kiwis won the Tri-Nations final.

"It's going to take a time to sink in," said Cayless. "It's just unbelievable. The boys worked so hard for it. That's my grand final, it's the biggest thing for me."

Tri-Nations rugby teams continue to beat Six Nations opponents

The string of winning results for the Southern Hemisphere Rugby nations continued on Saturday as South Africa, New Zealand and Australia kept their winning runs intact in the November test series.

England 6 South Africa 42
South Africa inflicted a record home defeat on England at Twickenham as they romped to a 42-6 victory on Saturday.

The world champions secured their sixth straight win over England with tries from Danie Rossouw, Ryan Piennar, Adi Jacobs, Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana.

Pienaar finished with a total of 20 points while all England could muster were two penalties from Danny Cipriani.

The 36-point margin smashed the previous record, which New Zealand set in November 2006 with a 41-20 win.

Wales 9 New Zealand 29
New Zealand overturned a half-time deficit to beat Wales 29-9 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts had led 9-6 at the interval after Stephen Jones kicked three first-half penalties. The Six Nations champions Wales gave it their all, yet they had no answer once New Zealand stepped up a gear.

The All Blacks dominated after the break with centre Ma'a Nonu and flanker Jerome Kaino scoring tries and fly-half Dan Carter kicking the other points to finish with a personal haul of 19.

France 13 Australia 18
France fly-half David Skrela endured a desperate night with the boot as a below-par Australia earned a smash-and-grab win in Paris to stay undefeated on their European tour.

Toulouse number 10 Skrela was barracked by the Stade de France crowd after missing five penalties that ultimately decided a tight, nervy contest.

Australia's opportunistic finishing was deadly, hooker Stephen Moore and winger Peter Hynes scoring their tries either side of half-time.

Fly-half Matt Giteau kicked two penalties and a conversion as the Wallabies made it three wins out of three in November, following on from victories over Italy and England.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gallas dropped from Arsenal squad and loses captaincy.

William Gallas has been dropped and stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, according to reports.

France Football claim that the outspoken defender has paid the price for his verbal attack on his Arsenal team-mates and will not appear in Saturday's trip to Manchester City and will be forced to relinquish the armband to either Gael Clichy or Manuel Almunia.

The reports have not been confirmed by the Gunners, but it would not come as a surprise if Arsene Wenger had run out of patience with the 31-year-old after a series of incidents have brought Gallas' leadership qualities into question.

Gallas has recently publically criticised his Arsenal team mates, and followed that on Friday with a fierce critique of his international team-mates in his autobiography.

In October Gallas reacted angrily when Arsenal surrendered a 4-2 lead with just two minutes remaining in the north London derby and drew the game 4-4.

His antics were reminiscent of his behaviour at the end of last season's away game at Birmingham City when striker Eduardo broke his leg and the Gunners conceded a late penalty to draw 2-2.

Simply, William Gallas is a fine player, but one who is rapidly losing his touch, and is unable to display the leadership qualities required of a captain.

This move is the correct one by Mr Wenger

Monday, November 17, 2008

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Las Vegas feels the pain as US economy tanks

Latest figures from the Nevada Gaming Control Board show a further decline in revenues on both The Strip in Las Vegas and across the gambling state -- the ninth consecutive month in which revenues have gone downhill.

Gaming revenues across Nevada were down 5.4 percent to a billion dollars compared with September 2007, officials reported. On The Strip, revenues dipped 5.1 percent to $525.1 million over last year's equivalent.

The bottom line was that Nevada was $10 million in tax income down from the same period last year, receiving only $63.5 million.

A statistician with the Board described the decline as "alarming" and predicted that the October 2008 figures are unlikely to show a better picture.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chelsea bundled out of Carling Cup - United new favourites

There was a Cup shock at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as Burnley knocked out favourites Chelsea on penalties and that caused a re-order of the betting favourtism.

Burnley held their Premier League rivals 1-1 after extra time and then won a dramatic shootout - and the Clarets can be backed at 40/1 at Centrebet to lift the trophy ahead of the quarter-final draw.

Holders Tottenham marched into the next round of the Carling Cup after defeating Liverpool 4-2 and are now 7/2 chances with Centrebet to hold onto the Cup.

The favourites currently are Manchester United at 2/1 (3.00) at BoyleSports with Arsenal as second favourites at 3.75 at Paddy Power despite their stated intention to keep on "playing the kids".

Blackburn are 8/1 (9.00) at Bet365 after they defeated Sunderland 2-1 while the rest of the market sees Stoke at 20/1 with Derby and Watford at 40s.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bet365 asks whether Carling Cup side will start in the League?

How Many Wenger Boys Will Face Wigan In The Premier League?

Arsene Wenger's young guns tore apart Wigan on Tuesday and bet365 are betting on how many of his Carling Cup kids will start when Steve Bruce re-visits The Emirates on December 6th.

bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth says : "It could have been a cricket score if it wasn't for Chris Kirkland and Wenger could be tempted to blood a few youngsters in the Premier League after the way they dismantled Wigan in the Carling Cup."

Arsenal v Wigan - Premier League - 6th December
How Many Of Carling Cup Starting XI v Wigan Will Start?

0 ------ 6/4 (2.50)
1 ------ 7/4 (2.75)
2 ------ 7/2 (4.50)
3 ------ 8/1
4+ ----- 16

Check the markets out at bet365

Monday, November 10, 2008

Chelsea favourites to win Premier League

English Premier League BettingChelsea are the clear favourites to win the Premier League after they reclaimed top spot with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn on Sunday.

Chelsea's superior goal difference sees them ahead of Liverpool, who had a comfortable 3-0 triumph over West Brom.

Chelsea are available at a best priced 4/5 (1.80) at VCBet, while Liverpool are 3rd favourites at 5.00 at Betfred.

Manchester United are eight points behind Liverpool, but are still second favourites and can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) also at Betfred

Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday, and that's had the bookmakers cut the price on the Gunners from 20s down to 13.00 - again at Betfred.

Live betting odds for English Premier League at
Bet365 Bookmakers
Betfred Bookmakers

Know the #1 Game for Christmas? Bet on it!

With the continued talk of economic turmoil, the US Election and Russell Brand's nocturnal activities, the Christmas hype machine has been a little slow to kick into gear.

As PaddyPower Bookmakers look forward to the embarrassingly funny Christmas Party and dodgy shenanigans at the photocopier, they're once again speculating what Video Game will be number one at Christmas.

Slapping a picture of Cliff Richard on the front of FIFA 09 may increase sales in the 70+ demographic, but, as a marketing strategy, it'd be doomed to fail.

Instead, EA's best selling franchise has been the subject of a price war and has been cut to £19.99 in some outlets. If you don't back FIFA09 to be the Christmas No 1 Video Game, it could cost you money!

Christmas No.1 Video Game - Odds at Paddy Power*
Call of Duty: World at War 5 - 2
FIFA Soccer 09 4 - 1
Need for Speed Undercover 5 - 1

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Leverkusen on top of the Bundesliga - but watch out for Bayern !

Bayern Munich moved to within a point of leaders Bayer Leverkusen when Luca Toni and Franck Ribery gave them a 2-1 win at Schalke 04 on Sunday, while Hoffenheim lost 1-0 away to Hertha Berlin.

German Bundesliga standings
Toni, back after a rib injury, supplied a cool finish to give Bayern an early lead at one of their least favourite grounds.

Schalke were level almost immediately through Jefferson Farfan but Ribery, a different class to everyone else, scored his fourth goal in four league games to earn the champions a fifth successive league win.

Hoffenheim have surprised everyone this season but the wealthy village team slipped up on Sunday as their five-match winning run came to an end at the Olympiastadion losing 0-1 to Hertha Berlin.

The much-vaunted trio of forwards Vedad Ibisevic, Demba Ba and Chinedu Obasi had a collective off-day and Hertha nicked a win when Andriy Voronin beat the offside trap and scored with 20 minutes to go.

Leverkusen moved top the top of the table on goal difference following their 3-3 draw away to Karlsruhe on Saturday.

Leverkusen and Hoffenheim each have 25 points from 12 matches, with Bayern third on 24.

Inter Milan top of Serie A table after late goals

Julio Cruz headed home in injury time to give Inter Milan a 1-0 home win over Udinese on Sunday and send the Serie A champions top of the table.

Serie A Standings
AC Milan, a point behind Inter on 23, were held 1-1 at Lecce in the late game after conceding a late equaliser.

Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 to be on the same points as Milan while Lazio defeated Siena 3-0 at home thanks to a brace by Tommaso Rocchi and Mauro Zarate's goal.

Alessandro Del Piero celebrated his 34th birthday by scoring a third free kick in a week to help Juventus to a 2-0 win at lowly Chievo which puts them level with Udinese on 21 points.

Genoa are a point further behind in an extremely tight top half of Serie A after Diego Milito's hat-trick sealed a 4-0 home victory over bottom side Reggina.

Fiorentina are also on 20 points following a 2-1 triumph over Atalanta.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

UEFA Champions League Results from Wednesday night

Lyon, Porto, Zenit St Petersburg and Juventus were winners on matchday four, with half of the games finishing all square.

UEFA Champions League results

The results mean the Manchester United and Villarreal (both 8 pts) sit atop Group E, and are all but mathematically through, while Lyon and Bayern Munich (8 pts) have a similar position in Group F.

Group G sees Arsenal (8 pts) on top but still needing one more good result, while Porto (6) have leapfrogged Dynamo Kiev (5).

Finally in Group H Juventus (10 pts) have qualified, and Real Madrid (6) and Zenit St Petersburg (4) are likely to battle for the second spot on matchday 6.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Wolves and Reading take over favouritism in Championship race

Birmingham City suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Coventry on Monday night and have lost their position as favourites for the Coca-Cola Championship title.

Clinton Morrison struck for the Sky Blues against his former club, heading home from a corner eight minutes after the half-time break.

But Coventry's man of the match was undoubtedly goalkeeper Keiren Westwood who made several superb saves in the second half to deny Birmingham and leave them four points behind league leaders Wolves.

So now it is Wolves and Reading who now share favouritism for the title at 11/4 (3.75) with bet365, with Birmingham eased to 3/1 by Ladbrokes and Sheffield United at 14/1 at BoyleSports.

The bookies then have teams like Cardiff City, and QPR at 22/1 and 25/1 respectively.

Live betting odds on the English Championship

Monday, November 03, 2008

Stoke City still favoured for relegation

Stoke CityThe relegation market has drastically seen a shake-up after the weeeknd with Tottenham the big movers now at 14/1 to go down with Boylesports, who offered 11/4 (3.75) just one week ago.

Tottenham are now the same price as Portsmouth to go down, as Harry Redknapp's former club suffered a 1-2 loss at home to Wigan.

Stoke are still favourites for the drop, but after beating Arsenal 2-1 at home they are now 8/15 following their 4th home of the season.

Live betting odds for relegation from the English Premier League.

Chelsea Favourites Again after Liverpool Lose

Chelsea are odds-on favourites for the Barclays Premier League title following Liverpool's 2-1 loss at Spurs on the weekend.

The Blues beat Sunderland 5-0 earlier, but it took Liverpool's 1-2 defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane to send Chelsea under even money for the title.

Rafa Benitez's side went 1-0 up inside three minutes through Dirk Kuyt and controlled the majority of the game for the next 70 minutes, hitting the bar three times but couldn't find the killer second goal.

And Harry "houdini" Redknapp's charmed life as Spurs new boss continued as a late Jamie Carragher own goal was followed by an injury-time winner from Roman Pavlyuchenko to leave Benitez's side second in the table on goal difference.

Liverpool are now 9/2 for the title, with Manchester United 15/8 second favourites following their narrow 4-3 win over Hull City.

Arsenal are out to 20/1 for the league title after they lost 2-1 at Stoke City.