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Saturday, December 29, 2012

FT - Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle United - Video Highlights

Arsenal and Newcastle United played out a crazy 10-goal match at the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners scoring 4 times in the last 15 minutes to run out 7-3 winners.

Theo Walcott swept Arsenal in front but Demba Ba equalised with a deflected free-kick.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's low shot put Arsenal 2-1 ahead afgter 51 minutes, but Sylvain Marveaux tapped in soon afterwards to level, before Lukas Podolski nodded home for Arsenal to regain the lead.

Ba levelled again, only for Walcott to score twice more, either side of a brace from substitute Olivier Giroud.

Giroud hit the bar as Arsenal pushed for an eighth, but the result was secure and Arsenal extended their winning run to four games.

Here are 12 minutes of video highlights taken from an Arabic feed - and although I can't understand a word the comentator is saying I think that it's a definate improvement on ESPN's Tommy Smythe
;-)



EPL: Arsenal vs Newcastle 7-3 by MRLooka

I love his enthusiasm for the game - What do  you think?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - Round of 16 Draw

The draw for the last 16 of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League has been made - as four-times winners Barcelona take on seven-times champions AC Milan.

Ther will also be a high profile clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid.

FULL DRAW.
Galatasaray v Schalke
Celtic v Juventus
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Manchester United
Valencia v Paris Saint-Germain
FC Porto v Malaga

The first legs will be played on either February 12/13 or 19/20, with the return matches on March 5/6 or 12/13.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Five young internationals sign new contracts with Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club announced that five of its young internationals have today signed new long-term contracts.

The quintet of Kieran Gibbs (23), Carl Jenkinson (20), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (19), Aaron Ramsey (21) and Jack Wilshere (20), who are all full internationals, and between them have already made more than 350 first-team appearances for the Gunners, have all committed their long-term futures to Arsenal.

Midfielder Ramsey has played 24 times for Wales and has also captained the side while the other four players who have put pen to paper on new deals, are all full England internationals.

Defender Jenkinson is the most recent to win his first cap, making his full England debut in November in the friendly international in Sweden. Defender Gibbs was a regular under-21 international and has now won two England caps, with midfielder Wilshere representing the Three Lions on nine occasions.

Manager Arsène Wenger said: “We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the Club."

See the full press release and video at Arsenal Football Club

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0 to lift Club World Cup

BRAZILIAN club Corinthians have won the Club World Cup in Japan, overcoming European champions Chelsea 1-0 in an untidy match.

The match at the 68,000-capacity International Stadium in Yokohama was frenetic, with several chances at both ends, but much of the action was down to individual skills and defensive mistakes rather than flowing team play.

Striker Guerrero got the only goal of the game for Corinthians in the 69th minute heading in from close range - and the Sao Paulo club secured its second intercontinental title - it won the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000.

Chelsea's Fernando Torres missed the best chance to equalise when he shot straight at the goalkeeper from the edge of the six-yard box with only four minutes to go. Torres had the ball in the net in injury time, but it was ruled offside and Corinthians held on.

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CONCACAF champion Monterrey of Mexico took third place by defeating Egypt's Al Ahly 2-0 through goals from Jesus Corona and Cesar Delgado.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

College Football Bowl Season Kicks Off with Arizona-Nevada Clash

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, NCAA football bowl season, and college football’s finest are coming up with their best ways of striking it rich in the hardware department before programs retire for the offseason.

Kicking the festivities off are Nevada and Arizona in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl this Saturday.

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Although the early sportsbook odds are heavily in Arizona’s favor (with a 9.5-point spread), the Nevada Wolf Pack generated enough momentum in the first half of the season to turn some heads. Whether they can capitalize on that, as opposed to the 1-4 finish they ended with, is what will determine how well balanced the matchup is come the weekend.

The Arizona Wildcats, in contrast, were more consistent playing in the Pac-12, and Arizona did manage to pick on the #9 ranked USC Trojans amid the Trojans infamous free fall. That win, along with another against #18 Oklahoma State and a 7-5 record overall, tilts the scales in Arizona’s favor heading into the matchup.

The Gildan New Mexico Bowl ushers in the beginning of a blissful month of NCAA line action.



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Thursday, December 06, 2012

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BETSSON closes all Spanish registered accounts

I received a note in my email inbox today that European betting giant Betsson is closing all accounts for players registered in Spain.

Registrations from Spain have already been closed and removed from the Betsson signup forms.

And all player accounts from Spain will be closed at Betsson as of 28th November 2012.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chelsea sack Roberto Di Matteo as manager after defeat at Juventus

BBC Sport are reporting that manager Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked after just six months in the job.

Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup as caretaker manager last season and was given a two-year deal in June.

BBC are reporting that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made contact with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez to gauge his interest in taking charge at Chelsea on a short-term basis - and that he made contact with Benitez even before the defeat in Italy as he assessed his options.

"The club will be making an announcement shortly regarding a new first-team manager," a statement said.

A list of Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich
Claudio Ranieri : Sep 2000 to May 2004
Jose Mourinho : Jun 2004 to Sep 2007
Avram Grant : Sep 2007 to May 2008
Luiz Felipe Scolari : Jul 2008 to Feb 2009
Guus Hiddink : Feb 2009 to May 2009
Carlo Ancelotti : Jun 2009 to May 2011
Andre Villas-Boas : Jun 2011 to Mar 2012
Roberto di Matteo : Mar 2012 to Nov 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Betfair pulls out of Germany over 5% gambling tax

The Betfair betting Exchange has withdrawn its online sports product from Germany, blaming a 5 percent turnover tax for making its main product unviable in Europe's largest economy.

Betfair released an announcement saying "The company is disappointed that to date the tax authorities have not been able to agree to an interpretation of the law that would allow Betfair to continue to offer the exchange product ... Consequently, Betfair has decided to withdraw its exchange product from the German market".

OTHER BOOKMAKERS ALSO PULL OUT :
William Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker, said it no longer offered any kind of service to German residents because of the tax situation.

Bwin has amended its business model in Germany, its largest market, by no longer accepting very short-odds bets on sports events there.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

FOOTBALL : Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-2 again - video highlights

Emmanuel Adebayor made a nightmare return to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, scoring and then being sent off as Arsenal cruised to a 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

Spurs opened the scoring, beating the Arsenal offside trap, for Emmanuel Adebayor to eventually score from the rebound after a good save by Szczesny. From hero to zero, Emmanuel Adebayor was then sent off for a late, high two-footed tackle.

Per Mertesacker atoned for his offside trap fail with a looping header to make it 1-1.

Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners the lead going into the half-time break. Olivier Giroud made it 3-1 right on half-time.

Santi Cazorla finished off a great move between Arsenal’s front 3 to make it 4-1. Gareth Bale pulled it back to 4-2 in the 71st minute.

Theo Walcott put the gloss back on the scoreline in injury time to make it 5-2 - to repeat last seasons North London derby scoreline for Arsenal.


Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Bill | Myspace Video


English Premier League, November 17, 2012 - Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

FT : Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United - video highlights

OK - so there were "only" nine goals in this Captial One Cup tie - another cracker of a game as Chelsea beat Manchester United 5-4 in extra time.

Ryan Giggs Opened the scoring for ManYoo, and David Luiz equalised from the spot before Javier Hernandez put United 2-1 up at the halftime break.

Gary Cahill made it 2-2 but it appeared Nani's chipped finish would win it, before Eden Hazard scored in the 94th minute from another spot-kick to make it 3-3.

Daniel Sturridge and Ramires both scored for Chelsea in extra time before Giggs grabbed a late penalty in the last minute.

This video has 10 minutes of highlights from Match-of-the-Day


CHE by unitedzonetv

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FT : Reading 5-7 Arsenal (AET) - Video highlights of all the goals!

Arsenal have stormed back from 0-4 down to beat Reading 7-5 after extra-time in a Capital One Cup tie.

Jason Roberts, a Laurent Koscielny own goal, Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt put Reading 4-0 up after 35 minutes.

Theo Walcott found the net before the break, before Olivier Giroud and Koscielny scored with headers from corners, and Walcott grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of normal time.

Marouane Chamakh scored in extra-time before Pavel Pogrebnyak levelled, but Walcott and Chamakh had the final word.


Reading v Arsenal by dm_5090bf3966cbe

Arsenal had 32 shots (21 on target) while Reading also managed 17 shots in a game that started with goals and just went mental. WTF was this? A header tennis match? ;-)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

FT : Arsenal 1-0 QPR - Video highlights

Mikel Arteta's late goal gave Arsenal a much-needed win over struggling QPR at the Emirates Stadium.

It was not a vintage Arsenal display against a hard-working QPR side, with Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar producing a series of good saves to keep Arsenal at bay.

The Gunners dominated with 66% possession and 22 shots to 6 but when Santi Cozorla blazed over the bar from 12 yards out with 15 minutes remaining it looked like it was gonig to be another frustrating day.

Arsenal finally went ahead via Arteta's scrambled effort with eight minutes left after QPR full-back Stephane Mbia had been sent off for kicking out at Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen.

Here are some viudeo highlight's that I found on the net after the game.


а 1-0 к by footyroom

FT : Arsenal 1 (Arteta 84) beat QPR 0

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nevada sports book director arrested - how are PinnacleSports.com involved?

Online gambling forums have been buzzing in the last 24 hours after a Nevada Sportsbook director was arrested, and mention of top online sportsbook PinnacleSports.com has subsequently been made in reports.

Cantor Gaming sports book director Mike Colbert was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas by state gaming agents in connection with a warrant filed by the district attorney in Queens County, N.Y.

Cantor Gaming has leased space in seven Las Vegas-area casinos - M Resort, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Venetian, Palazzo, Tropicana, Hard Rock and Palms - where it operates race and sports books -  but legal sources say that this arrest has nothing to do with Cantor Gaming's activities.

Instead, it appears that stories are circulating that law enforcement officials are trying to tie Colbert and seven other men arrested in Las Vegas on New York warrants as acting as agents for bookmaking activity associated with an operation dubbed "World Wide Wagers".
( SOURCE : Nevada Gaming Control Board Release )

Seven homes were searched, and accounts and safe deposit boxes frozen and seized. Approximately $2.8m in cash and chips has been nabbed by the Feds.

Now, major sports network ESPN are reporting that "the owners of Curacao-based Pinnaclesports.com, one of the most prominent sports betting websites, were named in the indictment."  ( ESPN source )

WTF? PinnacleSports are active in the United States? That doesn't ring true.

Online sports bettors will know the PinnacleSports stopped accepting US players on their website in January 2007, shortly after UIGEA was enacted, and in December 2008 stopped offering odds on US Horse races. Additionally, PinnacleSports.com closed their poker room in June 2011 over concerns about US poker players playing on the nework.

Furthermore, PinnacleSports.com has a significant list of countries that are excluded from playing including the United States, France, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands - all potentially lucrative markets that were turned away by the company as different national gambling regulations were passed.

PinnacleSports seem to have tried hard to remain compliant with the various laws and regulatory issues around the globe.

So if PinnacleSports are not accepting wagers from United States based players directly, then what is this all about?

It appears that a third-party "Agent System" offered by PinnacleSports.com to dozens of agents around the world may be the cause. These agents use the system to take bets from players using PinnacleSports lines - but the betting and the money stays between the agents and the player.

Agents pay a fee to use the software and the bets taken have nothing to do with the company providing the software.

But if this system was being used to facilitate gambling from US players even remotely via proxies, phone calls to "robot" clients that enter the bets or any other means, then I could see a possible connection that is not legal according to current United States UIGEA laws.

What do PinnacleSports say?

Pinnacle released a statement asserting that ”No Pinnacle Sports employees have been arrested or charged, and Pinnacle Sports itself was not charged in the indictment. We expect no interruptions to our day to day business activities at this time.” ( Pinnacle statement at PokerNews.com )

What should bettors at PinnacleSports do with their accounts?

It's the first time that I've even heard a whisper about the Agent system being used in the United States - I was pretty sure that PinnacleSports had decided to get completely out of the US betting action.

With the details of the "Agent System" in mind - WHO REALLY KNOWS what the ramifications might be for Pinnacle in the long-term.

I think that any player who is worried about their Pinnacle funds should probably take action to reduce their balance. There is no harm in using your free monthly withdrawal to reduce your balance to a level you feel comfortable at.

Bring back 50%, 75% or even 100% of your bank at PinnacleSports if you are uncomfortable with the current situation - there is nothing wrong with being cautious and minimizing risk - that's part of being a good punter.

I have the word from a couple of players that they got paid out today via e-wallets and it only took 10-20 minutes ... so right now liquidity is still good.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NCAAF Betting – Are the Gators Primed to be Upset?

South Carolina Gamecocks (7) @ Florida Gators (2)
Saturday, October 20th, 2012 3:30PM EST

BetOnline.com

This weekend marks the beginning of the second half of the college football season, and the second half gets kicked off with a bang when South Carolina heads to Florida.

The college football betting fans are watching the Florida Gators and Oregon Ducks battling back and forth for the number two spot in the country and the likely matchup against Alabama in the BCS championship game. That means that every game in the second half of the season is critically important to the Florida Gators, which could cause problems if the Gators get upset by the Gamecocks.

Steve Spurrier has taken the South Carolina Gamecocks and turned it into a top 10 program. Just two years ago, no one would have bet that South Carolina would be in a position to challenge for the BCS title, but that is the opportunity that this game presents.

Considering the instability in the top five (with the exception of number one Alabama), this game could help the Gamecocks to leapfrog several teams and thrust itself into the national championship discussion. A win over the Gators would do wonders for the Gamecocks standing in the national rankings.

Florida Gators (6-0)

The online betting experts know that the Florida Gators are winning games primarily on defense with just 60 points conceded in 5 SEC conference games. The 14-6 masterpiece that the Gators put together against fourth ranked LSU in week five is the game that helped to thrust the Gators into the second ranked position in the country.

The dominating win 31-17 at Vanderbilt the following week was just icing on the cake. The weakness with the Gators is in its passing game with the Gaters ranked just 118th. The running game and the defense more than make up for a lackluster passing game, but that may not be enough to hold off the Gamecocks.

South Carolina Gamecocks (6-1)

The thing that separates South Carolina from Florida in the standings is that South Carolina lost its game to LSU last weekend 21-23, but the Gamecocks did keep the game close.

South Carolina qrguably has a better defense than Florida, and the Gamecocks have the potential to score more points than Florida. But Florida can be so dominating on defense that it is able to smother other teams.

The Gators are also proficient at scoring points on defense and the Gamecocks are not. But with all of that, the South Carolina Gamecocks are still in a good position to pull off the upset if it can avoid the mistakes that cost it the LSU game last week.

The Bottom Line

The sports betting sites are all over Florida (-3½ points) in this game, but that may not be the bet to make. The Gamecocks are getting the points, but South Carolina has a shot at winning this game straight-up.

This will be South Carolina’s last chance to get into the BCS National Championship discussion, and the Gamecocks are ready for the challenge.

Pick: South Carolina with 3½ points start

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Monday, October 15, 2012

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NFL : Green Bay beat Houston 42-24 - The Pack are back!

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally put it all together by beating previously unbeaten Houston 42-24 on Sunday night.

Rodgers, the reigning MVP set a career high with six touchdown passes and the Packers played their best game of the season in dominating Houston. Rodgers completed 24 of 37 passes for 338 yards, 6TDs and no picks.

Jordy Nelson caught three touchdown passes and James Jones had two, including a diving one-handed catch in the 4th quarter for the Packers.

Tom Crabtree had the other TD, a 48-yard catch that Rodgers threw just before taking a hit from Texans' outside linebacker Brooks Reed.

The Packers sill have plenty to do - they're just 3-3 and site behind the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North - but it was a very solid performance against the AFC's best with Houston leading the AFC South at 5-1, and it shows that Green bay have the weapons to beat any side.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Pros and Cons of NHL Players Playing During the Lockout

As the battle between millionaire players and billionaire owners rages on in the NHL collective bargaining agreement talks, many fans have been noticing that many of their favorite players are opting to play overseas rather than sit things out and wait.

Since the previous collective bargaining agreement expired on September 15, the players have been free to sign with any team they want from any other league. This raises some interesting questions.

NHL players appearing in other leagues raises the interest in those leagues from hockey fans. ESPN has already capitalized on that interest by broadcasting games from the Russian KHL while the NHL is locked out.

ESPN has been largely ignoring the NHL since the 2005 lockout and having a competing league being broadcast on ESPN definitely does not help improve the NHL’s negotiating stance with NBC Sports and other television networks.

From a fan and team perspective, there are benefits and drawbacks to having the NHL players on teams overseas. The most obvious problem is the potential for injury. The last thing that the fans want to see is an NHL player’s career end because of an injury suffered during the lockout.

Another problem for NHL franchises that have players playing overseas is, with the raised public awareness of these other leagues, those league revenues will go up. The reason players come to North America to play in the NHL is money. If a league closer to home can offer decent money to a star player, then that player may decide to stay home and make a very comfortable living without having to deal with the aggravation that the NHL can sometimes create.

Despite the challenges, there are some perks to having NHL players play overseas. For one thing, the players get to play and stay in shape and the NHL does not have to pay them. In an NHL lockout, no one wins. The NHL has already lost an estimated $250 million because of the lockout. Any more losses will be catastrophic.

Another advantage to having the NHL players playing overseas is that they get game experience as opposed to just working out in a gym or skating in drills. It is a little easier for players to get their chemistry back with NHL teammates when they have already been playing in overseas leagues.

With ESPN chiming in and broadcasting KHL games, maybe the NHL owners will feel the pressure to get a deal done and get the international hockey spotlight focused back on the NHL.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

St George's Park: A tour of England's new training base

Former Gooner and ex-England defender Martin Keown goes on a tour of St George's Park, the English FA's new national football centre at Burton.

Costing around £100m, the centre is a 330-acre site which includes a grass replica of the Wembley surface with exactly the same mix of grass and artificial fibres, a full-size indoor pitch, and 11 outdoor pitches as well as an altitude chamber to mimic a variety of playing conditions.

The FA is hoping St George's Park will provide the basis for England success at future international tournaments.

It certainly is an amazing facility.

Check out the 3 minute video tour on BBC's website now

Monday, October 08, 2012

VIDEO : Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid - 3 minutes of highlights

Barcelona and Real Madrid battled to an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Nou Camp on Sunday evening.

Not surprisingly it was the two stars who dominated the game wth Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both scoring two goals apiece.

Ronaldo scored midwat through the first half, but Messi equalised for Barce before halftime. In the second half Messi gave the home side the lead with a stunnign free-kick, before Ronaldo equalised with a clinical finish.

The final 15 minutes was end-to-end action, but neither side could grab a winner.


Barcelona 2-2 R.Madrid by footyroom

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Bodog ends UK and European Sportsbook operations

The Bodog brand has decided to cease sportsbook operations in UK and Europe, but it will be an orderly withdrawal with all players funds secured.

Bodog.co.uk announched that it was going to target the Asian market in the UK in future and will re-launch with a new Asian-optimised website later in the year.

IN the meantime, Bodog.co.uk will remain in operation as a standalone Casino brand. Players will have the option to request a cash out or continue playing on the casino product as usual

There are also changes to Bodog.eu which is no longer serving players directly and Bodog.eu players will have their balances paid out in full.

Bodog continue to serve Canadian players through it's website at Bodog.ca, while players based in the United States are welcomed at the special spinoff site Bovada.lv.

Also, Bodog88 offers sports and casino gambling for players in China, Thailand, Korea, vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NFL : Paddy Power refund losing bets on Green Bay Packers

Top Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has decided to refund losing handicap (ATS) and match bets (ML) on the Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks game in one of their well known "Justice Payouts".

The problem was ultimately caused by the regular NFL referees going on strike over a pay dispute with team owners. This league were forced to call in back-up officials for the first three weeks of the season.

These "replacement referee" guys have been doing their best but it has been painfully clear many of them are out of their depth - with most of them having previously officiated in College Division II and III only.

Many poor calls have been made in the first three weeks but this is the worst one so far.

With seconds to go, Seattle were in possession but needed to cover a lot of ground in a very short time. Quarter-back Russell Wilson launched a Hail Mary pass in to the end zone and several players went for the catch. Green Bay’s MD Jennings came down in possession of the ball but Seattle’s Golden Tate was also clinging on to it for dear life. One referee gave a touchdown; the other didn’t.

So we went to a replay.



Not only does the replay show Jennings got full control of the ball first, which would have resulted in a turn-over and won the game for the Packers, it also shows Tate clearly shoving Green Bay’s Sam Shields in the back before making his jump.

Paddy Power determined it was a clear offensive foul and again should have been enough to nullify the touchdown and hand Green Bay the win.

Despite going to the replay, the touchdown was somehow allowed to stand - and thousands of punters everywhere found themselves out of pocket.

So Paddy Power has made the call to refund losing customer bets on the Green Bay Packers - a top guesture - and one that just underlines why they are one of Europe's top bookmakers ... are you betting at Paddy Power?

(Sorry no US customers accepted).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NFL : Seahawks win 14-12 on bad call - up to $1 billion lost by punters.

Monday night's controversial touchdown call on the last play of the game that gave the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers had an impact of around $1 billion on gamblers.

The favoured Green Bay Packers were leading by 5 points, covering the spread, until the replacement refs called that Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate had possession, giving the Seattle Seahawks victory and turning all moneyline (ML) and against-the-spread (ATS) bets to the underdog Seahawks.

Estimates suggested that the game result shifted $15 million in Nevada, and estimates of the online action range from $150 million up to $1 billon - with about 80% of it on the packers ..

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

VIDEO : Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City

Cristiano Ronaldo's 90th-minute strike won an engrossing game as the nine-time champions Real Madrid scored twice in the last four minutes to snatch a 3-2 victory.

Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes, Real Madrid were stunned when substitute Edin Džeko put Manchester City ahead midway through the second period.

That brought the game to life, with Marcelo equalising with 14 minutes left, only for Aleksandar Kolarov to restore Man City's advantage in the 85th minute.

Karim Benzema quickly levelled matters again before Ronaldo provided the winning goal.


szólj hozzá: REAL MADRID 3 - 2 MAN CITY 2012-09-18

VIDEO : Montpellier 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal fought back from conceding an early penalty to beat Montpellier 2-1 and claim victory in their opening UEFA Champions League Group match.

Arsenal scored twice in the first 20 minutes to take the lead and then were content to sit back and counter-attack, but had to weather some late pressure from the French side.

We've found video highlights on the internet (German commentary) with good quality coverage.


Enjoy !

Monday, September 17, 2012

VIDEO : Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1

Arsenal hit their straps on Saturday afternoon - producing a slick passing performance and a lot of dangerous movement to beat Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates.

The scoreline was a little hard on Southampton who did have some moments in the game, but the Saints were far too hesitant in the first half and let Arsenal get into a lot of dangerous wide positions - with two such crossings creating "oggies" from deflections of retreating defenders.

Gervinho grabbed a couple of goals - his first Arsenal goals since December 2011 - but this was an overall team performance very much in the preferred style of Arsene Wenger.

Here is a five minute highlights video of the match that I found on the net - ENJOY :-)


Arsenal 6-1 Southampton by Futbol2101

Thursday, September 13, 2012

USC Visits Rival Stanford In Headline NCAA matchup

The #2 ranked USC Trojans have a pair of wins under their belt, but will get their first taste of Pac-12 action this weekend against the #21 Stanford Cardinal.


USC may already be favorites on the NCAA futures with 3/1 odds of winning the National Championship, but if Week 2 taught us anything, it’s that college football odds are far from guaranteed.

Stanford might be at home - but USC are heavily favoured and are giving up -9 points in the spread. Can USC cover? Weigh in on the conference rivalry today.

 
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

FOOTBALL : Michael Owen transfer to Stoke City approved

The Premier League has ratified Michael Owen's move to Stoke City.

Michael Owen, who has played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Newcastle United, and England, as was realeased at the end of last season agreed a one-year deal with Stoke City on Tuesday.

But Stoke required the Premier League's approval to include the 32 year old striker in their 25-man squad for the current season.

Following Wednesday's announcement, Owen wrote on Twitter: "It's official! Deal done. I'm a Stoke player. Can't wait to get going."

Owen has won 89 caps and scored 40 goals for his country, although he has not played internationally since 2008.

He spent the last three seasons at Manchester United but played in only 52 games, netting 17 times. He made just four club appearances last season.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

FOOTBALL : Hulk signs for Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit St. Petersburg signed Brazilian striker Hulk to a five-year deal and paying a €40m transfer fee to FC Porto.

The 26-year-old Hulk joined Porto from Japanese side Tokyo Verdy and scored 54 goals in 103 league matches after signing in 2008.

Zenit also signed Alex Witsel, a 23-year-old midfielder from Benfica.

The deal reflects the increasing influence of corporate owner and sponsor Gazprom - a natural gas giant that seems to make the final decisions about player transfers

"We were trying to sign them before the Sept. 3 deadline for the Champions League so they can play for us in that competition as well as the Russian league," Zenit spokesman Dmitry Tsimmerman told Reuters.

Zenit was drawn into Group C of the UEFA Champions League along with AC Milan, Anderlecht and Malaga.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

FOOTBALL : Cristiano Ronaldo "unhappy" at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo was scoring goals for fun again on Sunday for Real Madrid, bagging two goals in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Granada - but all is not well in his life apparently.

Goal.com are reporting that Ronaldo did not celebrate because he is "not happy about a professional issue".

The Portuguese player was the driving force behind his side's first win of the new Liga season but his lack of emotion on the back of both goals was the main talking point after the game.

Ronaldo has always been a bit of a precious piece, and he looked decidedly annoyed to be alongside Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi in midweek, especially to see Iniesta winning Uefa's Best Player in Europe award.

The Portuguese star pointedly mentioned that he had an issue with things at Real Madrid but deliberately did not elaborate why - leaving plenty of speculation as to why he's behaving like a spoiled little boy on the pitch.

It's too late to be aggitating a transfer move now with the window closed, so perhaps it's as simple as Ronaldo tryong to negoiate another pay rise, or perhaps he's tired of playing under Jose Mourinho's strait-jacket style of football.

Whatever the reason, you can be sure that the big spending sides of Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain will be watching how events unfold and whether things are resolved by January.

Despite the obvious past association, I cannot see Manchester United spending the estimated €100m price tag that Ronaldo would command. Can you?

Watch this space ...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012-13 Champions League Group Stage Draw

Premier League holders Manchester City have received the toughest draw, facing Real Madrid, Ajax, and Borussia Dortmund.

Defending Champions Chelsea have some work to do as well, as the Blues will play Juventus, with Shaktar Donetesk a tough task as well, and little FC Nordsjaelland completing the group.

Barcelona have drawn Iberian neighbours Benfica, as well as having to travel across Europe to face Spartak Moscow, and Scottish side Celtic.

Arsenal will play German side Schalke, French Champions Montpellier, and Greek team Olympiakos.

Finally, Manchester United appear to have receive a favourable draw with two of their opponents being sides that had to go through qualification, with Portoguese side Braga, Turkish team Galatasaray and Romanians CFR Cluj.

Champions League groups:

Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier

Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland

Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj


The first Chmapions League group games will be played on September 19-20th.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

NCAAF : USC Trojans take #1 spot in pre-season poll

The USC Trojans are #1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings.

USC earned the top spot in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out #2 Alabama and #3 LSU.

The Trojans, who were banned from postseason play the past two seasons, received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. USC received 1,445 points.

Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and 1,411 points while LSU, the Crimson Tide's SEC rival, got 16 first-place votes and 1,402 points.

Oklahoma was fourth with a single first-place vote and Oregon was fifth. Michigan, at No. 8, received the only other first-place vote.

Full AP Top 25 Rankings

1 USC
2 Alabama
3 LSU
4 Oklahoma
5 Oregon
6 Georgia
7 Florida State
8 Michigan
9 South Carolina
10 Arkansas
11 West Virginia
12 Wisconsin
13 Michigan State
14 Clemson
15 Texas
16 Virginia Tech
17 Nebraska
18 Ohio State
19 Oklahoma State
20 TCU
21 Stanford
22 Kansas State
23 Florida
24 Boise State
25 Louisville

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

FOOTBALL : Man City beat Chelsea 3-2 to lift Community Shield

Manchester City held off a late surge from 10-man Chelsea to lift the Community Shield with a 3-2 win at Villa Park.

Three goals in 12 minutes early in the second half from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri ensured the Premier League champions came from a goal down to lead 3-1 and eventually win the season's traditional curtain-raiser in a quality game.

Fernando Torres had given Chelsea the lead shortly before half-time only for Roberto Di Matteo's side to lose the initiative when Branislav Ivanovic was sent off for a rash tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov moments later.

Ryan Bertand gave Chelsea hope with 10 minutes remaining but City clung on to lift their second trophy of 2012.

COMMUNITY SHIELD FINAL SCORE :
Chelsea 2 (Torres 40, Bertrand 80)
Man City 3 (Toure Yaya 53, Tevez 59, Nasri 65)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

OLYMPICS : Mexico shock Brazil to win football gold medal

Mexico stunned favourites Brazil 2-1 to win the men's Olympic football gold medal at Wembley Stadium.

Oribe Peralta opened the scoring for Mexico after just 32 seconds, scoring from the edge of the 18-yard box, and midway through the second half Fabian Marco hit the Brazil crossbar to come close before a completely unmarked Peralta headed his second goal from a free-kick with just 15 minutes left.

Brazil who were aiming to win the football gold medal for the first time, pulled a goal back through Hulk in injury-time, before Oscar headed wide when well positioned.

Friday, August 10, 2012

FOOTBALL : BetVictor offer free EPL treble bet

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OLYMPICS : Germany beat Brazil to win mens Volleyball GOLD medal

Germany stunned world champions Brazil to take gold in the men's Beach Volleyball as they became the first European team to win the Olympic Games title.

Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann won by two sets to one, 23-21 16-21 16-14, but it took them five match points to settle the contest.

It meant there was no fairytale for Brazil's Emanuel Rego - the 39-year-old who won gold at Athens 2004 and bronze at Beijing 2008 and was competing in his fifth Olympic Games - and Alison Cerutti.

Latvia's Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins took bronze - their country's first medal of London 2012 - in a surprise 2-1 victory over Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of the Netherlands.

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Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won gold in the all-American final of the women's Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards Parade.

The duo claimed their third consecutive Olympic Games title after they defeated number six seeds Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in straight sets.

SPACE : Paddy Power offers bets on Martian Life

As NASA's Curiosity Rover begins it’s trip on the Martian surface, Irish betting firm Paddy Power are taking bets on whether the $2.5-billion science probe will find conclusive evidence of past life on the Red Planet.

Paddy Power are offering short odds of 5/6 (1.83) that Curiosity will indeed be successful in finding evidence of past life on Mars before the end of 2020. However, proof of intelligent life being found is considered a far less likely 20/1 shot according to their odds.

Will NASA's Curiosity Rover prove past life on Mars?

>> 5/6 Yes
>> 5/6 No

(Applies to proof of any organism existing on Mars. Must be confirmed by NASA by the end of 2020)

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Will NASA's Curiosity Rover prove past intelligent life on Mars?

>> 20/1 Yes
>> 1/80 No

(Applies to proof of any extra-terrestrial intelligent life on Mars. Must be confirmed by NASA by the end of 2020)

Note - that the picture to the right is not proof - it's fake :-)

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In other extra-terrestrial betting news, USA remains the 4/1 favourite, ahead of both Russia and China, to be the first country to establish direct ‘first contact’ with an intelligent alien civilisation.

Which country will have first contact?

4/1 USA
5/1 Russia
5/1 China
7/1 Finland
8/1 Sweden
14/1 Canada
14/1 UK
16/1 France
20/1 Brazil
20/1 Spain
20/1 Australia
20/1 Germany
25/1 Ireland
25/1 South Africa

A spokesperson from Paddy Power said “We’ve been inundated with requests over the past 48-hours for betting on whether the Curiosity Rover proves past life on Mars. It may be just wishful thinking but 100% of all bets placed so far have been on a positive outcome.”

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

FRIENDLY ROUND-UP : Chelsea, Villa, West Ham struggle to get pre-season started.

Chelsea's pre-season continued with a 3-1 defeat to Brighton.

Frank Lampard gave Chelsea the lead in the first half after he finished a Ramires cross before the hosts struck back after 36 minutes through Vicente.

An error from Raul Meireles let in Will Buckley and although Petr Cech saved his effort, Giles Barnes was on hand to put the south-coast side 2-1 up, before Andrew Crofts sealed the victory late in the second half as the Blues slipped to their third defeat of pre-season.

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Championship side Nottingham Forest recorded a 3-1 win over Premier League club Aston Villa at the City Ground.

After a goalless first half, Lewis McGugan netted from the edge of the area after 71 minutes to put the home side in front before captain for the day Barry Bannan equalised for Villa with a free-kick two minutes later.

Marcus Tudgay was on target after 77 minutes to put Forest back in front before McGugan rounded off the scoring with five minutes left.

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West Ham travelled to Ipswich and suffered another defeat, their 4th of the pre-season.

West Ham fell behind after 15 minutes when Michael Chopra netted from the spot for Ipswich Town. Summer signing from Nottingham Forest Luke Chambers put the hosts two goals up four minutes later with a header.

Matt Taylor pulled one back for the visitors after 73 minutes with a long range effort, but Jason Scotland sealed a 3-1 win for the Suffolk side seven minutes from time.

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West Brom needed a late equaliser from Peter Odemwingie to salvage a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

The hosts took the lead through Nejc Pecnik after 34 minutes with a cross-cum-shot which looped over Ben Foster before the Nigerian international scored in the 88th minute.
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Premier League newcomers Reading drew 2-2 at Bournemouth.

Adrian Mariappa headed home a Nicky Shorey free-kick before the Cherries equalised through Wes Thomas, who converted a Matt Tubbs cross.

Hal Robson-Kanu put the visitors in front from the penalty spot but Miles Addison rescued a draw for the home side.
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Meanwhile the other Premier League new boys, Southampton, beat last season's top flight basement boys Wolves 2-0 at St Mary's.

Saints took a first half lead when Billy Sharp converted an Adam Lallana cross for his fourth goal of pre-season, before Jason Puncheon doubled the lead midway through the second half when he drove into the net from the edge of the area.

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Sunderland followed up a 1-0 pre-season defeat to Hartlepool with a 0-2 loss against Helsingborg in Sweden.

After a goalless first half the hosts took the lead after Alfreo Finnbogason's strike hit the post then rebounded off goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.

The Helsignborg lead was doubled after 73 minutes when a low strike eight yards out by May Mahlangu went under the Belgian.

COMMUNITY SHIELD : Chelsea v Man City at Villa Park

The traditional opener to the English football season kicks off next Sunday at Villa Park with the big money clubs Manchester City taking on Chelsea in the FA Community Shield.

The traditional curtain raiser for the new English football season will take place in Birmingham as the Olympic football final is being played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.


TRANSFER ACTION

Manchester City have been basking in the glow of their first Premier League title it seems, with no names coming in, and only Wayne Bridge and Owen Hargraves departing. The expected lead stories at Eastlands about Carlos Tevez, Mario Ballotelli and of course the potential capture of Robin Van Persie's signature have failed to occur.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have signed Eden Hazard (and his little brother), Marki Martin and Brazilian Oscar while releasing Jose Bosingawa, Salomon Kalu and seeing Didier Drogba leave on a free.


RECENT FORM

Pre-season form is a complete waste of time as both clubs have trapsed around the world playing exhibition matches using a wide variety of players with most of the international players involved in Euro2012 taking an extended break.

Both sides played friendly games on Saturday 4th of August, with Manchester City beating Wolfsburg 2-0 with goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, while Chelsea were beaten 1-3 by Brighton - Frank Lampard getting Chelsea's goal.


Meanwhile a look at recent league matches between these two clubs shows that the results have been evenly split in the last two seasons, with both teams using home advantage to win their home fixtures.

2011-12 Head to Head Results
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

2010-11 Head to Head Results
Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City
Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea.


WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN ?
Chelsea were a little off the pace last season domestically, finishing 5th in the league with much of that put down to the inability of young manager Andre Villa-Boas to control a dressing room full of stars with big paypackets and even bigger egos.

The Blues did win the Champions League of course, with new manager Roberto Di Matteo coming in and creating a solid defensive platform that relied a lot on counter attacks and Didier Drogba upfont.

But it seemed to me that Manchester City looked at stronger side over the course of the season, and a when I look over the two squads, I feel that City have youth and talent in depth.

Those prices of 2.30+ for a Manchester City win in 90 minutes look good to me.

Best Betting Prices :
Chelsea to win at 3.28 at Pinnacle, 3.20 at BetVictor, and 3.10 at Bet365
Draw at 90 minutes at 3.50 at Pinnacle, and 3.40 at BetFred
Man City to win at 2.34 at Pinnacle, 2.30 at BetVictor, and 2.30 at Bet365

Friday, August 03, 2012

FOOTBALL : Liverpool and Inter Milan win Europa League first-leg matches

Liverpool and Inter Milan had winning starts in qualifying action in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Stewart Downing scored the only goal of the goame for Liverpool as the Premier League team struggled to beat Gomel of Belarus 1-0 in Brendan Rodgers' first competitive match as Reds manager.

Inter Milan was a 3-0 winner at Hajduk Split in the first leg of the third qualifying round. Wesley Sneijder opened the scoring in the 18th minute, and Yuto Nagatomo and Philippe Coutinho added goals.

FC Twente (2-0), Hannover 96 (3-0) and SC Heerenveen (4-0) all established good leads. The second legs take place on 9 August.

UEFA.com has all 29 third round results here.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

OLYMPICS : Spain knocked out of mens football after two games

Spain are out of the Olympic men's football competition after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat by Honduras.

Striker Jerry Bengtson scored for Honduras with a seventh-minute header and it was the only goal of the game - a result eliminated Spain, following an opening defeat by Group D leaders Japan.

The match became ill-tempered with 13 yellow cards shown, as Spain became increasingly desperate, with Iker Muniain hitting an upright, and substitute Rodrigo the crossbar amid a second-half Spanish onslaught.

But Honduras battled heroically to keep Spain's star-studded side at bay and earn an important win.

Group D Standings
RkTeamMPPts
1
 Japan
26
2
 Honduras
24
3
 Morocco
21
4
 Spain
20

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

OLYMPICS : Brazil target mens football gold medal

It's not the World Cup, but the mens and womens Olympic football tournaments are still high quality events and will sell more Olympic tickets than any other Olympic sport.

Mens Olympic Football :

In the mens event, Spain are looking very strong as a nation with wins in European Championships at senior level, U21 and U19 and with a strong side selected that Spanish team are probably the best value at 3.50.

However, Brazil have never won the mens football olympic gold medal and as brazil are still considered the kings of football that fact hurts and Brazil have selected a very strong side to make a big effort this time.

African sides have done well at the Olympics in recent years at big odds, with Nigeria winning in 1996, Cameroon in 2000, Mali 5th in 2004, and Nigeria 2nd in 2008. Nigeria did not make it this time - and Gabon, Morocco and Egypt do not look to have the same force.

Argentina won in 2008 (with Lionel Messi, Juan Riquelme and and Sergio Aguero playing) beating Nigeria 1-0 in the final, while Brazil won the Bronze medal.

Gold Medal Olympic Football Odds from PinnacleSports :
Brazil 2.53 -- Spain 3.50 -- Uruguay 6.88 -- Britain 10.79

The knockout draw will keep the group winners from Group C (Brazil?) and Group D (Spain?) apart until the final - and I predict that we will see a Brazil v Spain final so your gold medal bets should probably be either one of these two sides.

Womens Olympic Football :

The womens event is dominated by the United States side who have three gold medals and a silver medal from the last four events.

With only twelve teams competing, qualification was fierce, and three countries which normally contest in the semi-finals at least, Germany, China and Norway were all eliminated and will not be at London.

That leaves the United States and Brazil as the two stand out sides with Olympic pedigree, indeed the last two Olympic finals have seen USA beat Brazil 2-1, and 1-0. So the United States are the standout side.

One team hoping to change Olympic history is Japan, who won the FIFA World Cup in 2011 for the first time, beat Germany 1-0 (AET), Sweden 3-1, and the United States in the final on penalty kicks.

Because this is only a 12 team competition, the kncokout draw is a little strange, and the winners of Group F (Japan?) will have an advantage of not meeting another group winner until the final, whereas the winners of Group E (Brazil?) and Group G (United States?) could meet in a semi-final clash.


Gold Medal Olympic Football Odds from PinnacleSports
United States 2.86 -- Brazil 4.54 -- Japan 4.97 -- France 7.03 -- Sweden 9.75 -- Britain 11.26

The United States at 2.86 are the favourites, but Japan has the favourable draw and their 4.97 odds are definately good value as well.

Friday, July 20, 2012

OLYMPICS : Brazil to win both Beach Volleyball gold medals?

Brazil will be looking to break the Beach Volleyball stranglehold that the United States has in the Olympics as they seek to emerge victorious in both the Mens and Womens Beach Volleyball at the London 2012 Olympics.

The beach volleyball at the London 2012 Oympics takes place between Saturday 28 July and Thursday 9 August at the Horse Guards Parade in central London.

Brazilian Women Gunning For Beach Volleyball Gold

In London 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball betting, Brazil pair Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca are priced at 3.71. So how good are the Brazilians? Look at this .. ;-)


Chinese pairing, Zhang Xi and Xue Chen are 4.55 for the gold, making them second favourites, they won bronze at the last Olympic Beach Volleyball event in 2008.

American duo Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are the defending champions, winning gold in Beijing and also in Athens 2004. But this time the US pair are third favourites to win in a third straight olympics at 4.62.

All Olympic Beach Volleyball Odds taken from PinnacleSports

Men play Beach Volleyball too? Really?

Apparently the men play beach volleyball as well - although that seems a bit pointless to me - and Brazil are also the favourites to win Men's Beach Volleyball in London too.

Current betting lines :
BRAZIL - Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego at 3.80
USA - Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser at 3.98
GERMANY - Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann at 9.60

The American duo are the defending champions, while Brazillian Rego won silver medal with a different partner in Beijing 2008, and the Germans are the only European team to have won a world championship title in Beach Volleyball, so are formidable opponents.

All Olympic Beach Volleyball Odds taken from PinnacleSports

Thursday, July 19, 2012

OLYMPICS : Will Usain Bolt win the 100m again?

The 100m sprint is the headline event of the Olympics track and field program and especially since the arrival of record-breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

WHO ARE THE CONTENDERS FOR THE MENS 100M RACE?

Usain Bolt is currently the fastest man in the world and holds the Olympic and World Records in the 100m. He shot to fame in 2008 by winning two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, setting a 100m world record in the process. He later beat his 2008 time of 9.69secs in 2009, which saw him lower the 100m to 9.58secs.

However, it has not been all plain sailing as Bolt was disqualified from the 100m final at the 2011 World Championships because of a false start. Despite that Bolt is the 1.78 favourite at PinnacleSports to defend his Olympic title and win Olympic gold at London 2012.

This year Bolt held his nerve and ran the year's fastest 100 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational. He ran 9.82sec in his first individual race of 2012, erasing the season‑leading time of 9.90 set by Yohan Blake.

But Yohan Blake is a major threat, as the current World Champion and training partner of Usain Bolt holds the national junior record for the 100 metres as is within 1/10th of second of Bolt this season.

Blake is priced as the 2.79 second favourite at PinnacleSports to win the 100m final at London 2012 and heads to the Olympics in fantastic form after beating Bolt in the 100m final at the Jamaican Olympic trials.

An outside contender to win the Men’s 100m sprint is American Tyson Gay, who is offered at 14.50(again at PinnacleSports) to win in London. Gay remains the only sprinter to have defeated Usain Bolt in a final since Bolt made his first world record run in 2008.

Will The 100m World Record Be Broken?

Despite the excitement around a Bolt/Blake face-off, bookmakers at Pinnacle Sports predict that the rivalry won't push either of the pair to break the existing 100m sprint World Record of 9.58 seconds.

It's no surprise that the existing 100m record is priced at a low 1.23 to remain in place after London – Bolt hasn't even come close to that time since setting it in China. He ran a 9.84 in Paris and a 9.97 at the DN Galan in 2010. 2011 saw him reach 9.79 in a Diamond League race – still over 0.2 seconds above his best.

Blake still only has a personal best of 9.75 seconds – a long way away from the World Record. Still, he has already shaved his 2012 time down from 9.84 seconds at the Cayman Invitational to 9.75 at the Jamaican Olympics trial – could he cut a further 0.18?

Check out PinnacleSports for the best betting lines on the 2012 London Olympics)