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Monday, May 25, 2009

Early bookmaker odds for 2009/10 Premier League race

Manchester United ended the 2008/09 season as Premier League champions on 90 points after beating Hull 1-0, and they are 11/8 chances to retain their crown next season.

Liverpool finished four points behind United in second. The Reds are 100/30 to win the league next season.

Chelsea are 4/1, Arsenal are 10/1, Manchester City are 50/1 and it's 100/1 bar those five.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Barcelona favourites for Champions League Final

Barcelona have been installed as favourites to win the Champions League final following their dramatic qualification at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Andres Iniesta's injury-time goal - Barca's only shot on target all night - equalised Michael Essien's early effort and sent the Spanish side through on away goals with a 1-1 draw.

Barcelona will now face Manchester United in Rome on May 27 and it's Barca who are the 8/11 favourites with Ladbrokes to lift the trophy they last won in 2006.

Defending champions Manchester United are available at 2.10, with bet365 prepared to go odds-against largely because they have big liabilities on Barca in their outright book.

bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said: "Bookmakers don't mind draws, but we stopped patting ourselves on the back when we looked at the ante-post liabilities on Barcelona. We'll be more than happy to see Sir Alex retain the trophy."

Boylesports disagree with bet365 and Ladbrokes and and offer both Barca and ManYoo at 10/11 each.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Manchester United qualify for the Champions League Final in Rome

In the end it finished 1-3 to Manchester United on the night, 1-4 overall and despite my disappointment there's no doubt in my mind that the best team won.

Apart from the goals tally, over the course of the two games Arsenal's keeper Manuel Almunia also must have made 7 or 8 extremely good saves while Edwin van der Sar was hardly pressured at all.

United played the best football, they made the most chances, they scored the most goals, they deserve to go through. We Gooners can't feel hard done by in any shape or form.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Paddy Power refunds all losing bets on Cardiff Blues

Paddy Power are refunding all losing bets on Cardiff to beat Leicester following their gut-wrenchingly dramatic defeat in the Heineken Cup final semi-final at the hands of Leicester yesterday.

Martyn Williams sudden death penalty miss left punters feeling sick to the stomach having witnessed an incredible Cardiff comeback to take the game to extra time.

Cardiff were 3/4 favourites before kick off with Paddy Power and the bookie reports heavy support for the Welshmen.

Paddy Power punters who staked just over £80,000 on the Cardiff Blues either to qualify for the final or beat Leicester will have their losing stakes refunded.

The bookie can't split the two sides and have priced up the final with both Leinster and Leicester at 5/6.

Paddy Power said: "That was the least enjoyable penalty shootout ever - even the most ardent Leicester fan must feel for Martyn Williams. Cardiff's comeback was awesome and it was bad enough to see them lose like that without doing your dough as well.

"It doesn't seem right that punters should lose in that fashion so we're giving them their money back. As for the final itself, your guess is as good as mine - it's got to be a toss of a coin and maybe that's how they should have decided the semi-final!"

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Middlesbrough relegation from Premier League almost certain

Middlesbrough are priced about 1/7 to be relegated from the Premier League following their 2-0 defeat by Manchester United.

Goals from Ryan Giggs and Ji-Sung Park helped United open up a six-point lead over Liverpool at the top but it's looking bleak for Boro.

The defeat leaves Boro in 19th place and likely to be playing in the Championship next season as they're 3 points adrift with an inferior goal difference and only three games to play.

Middlesbrough's next match will go a long way to determining their fate as they make the short journey to St James' to take on Newcastle.

The Magpies, who are in action against Liverpool on Sunday, have been eased slightly for the drop on the back of Middlesbrough's defeat, but are still priced at 1/3.