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Monday, April 30, 2012

MLB & NBA : Monday betting action - six games covered

It's the start of a new betting week and the guys have been busy on Monday with SIX free betting previews online and available for basketball and baseball.

Auls covers two playoff games in the NBA as the New York Knicks look for a bit of redemption after getting absolutely dominated in Game 1. Or will the Heat continue to run the court?
NBA Basketball New York Knicks at Miami Heat
NBA Basketball Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, Addicted is continuing on with his detailed coverage of MLB Baseball with 4 games tonight, and the man is on a good profit run this month, going 29-21 with a mixture of runline and moneyline betting meaning a very impressive +29% yield on 55 bets this month.
MLB Baseball Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies
MLB Baseball Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres
MLB Baseball Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays
MLB Baseball Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels

Click on any of the preview links to see the tipsters views and recommended bets.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

FOOTBALL : Ajax win Dutch Eredivisie title on Sunday

Ajax have claimed the 2011/12 Dutch Eredivisie title with a 2-1 victory at FC Twente on Sunday afternoon.

Gregory van der Wiel scored the winner 12 minutes from time to take Ajax to 70 points and effectively wrap up the league championship with two rounds remaining.

While Feyenoord are six points behind with two games to go, the Rotterdam club have an inferior goal difference that means Ajax have a 24 goal advantage over Feyenoord so even two defeats will not deny Ajax the title.

With PSV Eindhoven sitting in 3rd position, it appears that the traditional "big three" of Dutch football are starting to re-assert their place at the top after 3-4 years of suffering at the hands of FC Twente and AZ Alkmaar.

Sunday's Results

1 - 0
AZ Alkmaar
1 - 2
NEC Nijmegen
1 - 1

Netherlands - Eredivisie - Top Six Standings

3PSV Eindhoven3219677946+3363
4AZ Alkmaar3218776234+2861

FOOTBALL : West Brom's Roy Hodgson approached to become England manager

Roy Hodgson has been approached by the England Football Association over the vacant England manager's and his club West Bromwich Albion have given the Football Association permission to talk.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had been heavily linked with the job ever since Capello left the post in February, but has overseen an awful run of form with his club side Tottenham Hotspur while appearing to do nothing more than hold media briefings about the possible England job and that inaction combined with Redknapp's complete lack of international experience leave large question marks about the Spurs boss.

Instead, the FA has decided to discuss the position with Hodgson, who has previous international experience from his time in charge of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland. FA chairman David Bernstein said: "Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out."

The four-man panel which will decide who takes over from Capello are Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne, FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington.

Bernstein approached West Brom on Saturday and was immediately given permission to speak to Hodgson, who is likely to be appointed within days in a long-term role. Hodgson's contract with West Brom ends on 30 June.

It is expected any contract will cover the three tournaments up to and including Euro 2016, at which point he will be two months short of his 69th birthday.

bet365 have Man City v Man Utd Free Bet Offer

UK Bookmaker Bet365 has a free bet offer for all punters as Man City welcome rivals Man Utd to the Etihad Stadium in what promises to be a pivotal game in the title race.

All you have to do is place a pre-match bet on the Manchester derby on Monday 30th April at Bet365 prior to kickoff and you will receive a free In-Play bet to the same stake on the big match.

Once the game starts place another bet on any In-Play market. If your FIRST In-Play bet loses then Bet365 will refund this stake, up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet.

As always, Bet365 have plenty of markets to choose from with over 60 In-Play markets available throughout the game including Next Goal, Match Goals, Total Corners, Half-Time Result, Full-Time Result and much more.

With an extensive range of pre-match and In-Play markets and a good free bet offer, Bet365 is the number one place for your bets on the Manchester derby on Monday night.

Friday, April 27, 2012

FOOTBALL : Pep Guardiola steps down as Barcelona manager

Pep Guardiola will step down as the Barcelona manager at the end of this season after deciding not to renew his rolling one-year contract.

The 41-year-old, who was appointed in 2008 and has led the Catalan club to 13 trophies, will handover to current assistant Tito Vilanova. It is understood Guardiola will take a year away from football after relinquishing his duties to Vilanova.

But after a stunning reign it has been a disappointing season this year for Barca, who look set to miss out to Real Madrid in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea just 3 days ago.

"The reason is simple: four years is enough," said Guardiola. "I'm drained and I need to fill up. The demand has been very high and a manager must be strong."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HOCKEY : Washington Capitals win game 7 to eliminate defending champion Boston Bruins

Joel Ward scored at 2:57 of overtime to give Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over Boston in Game 7, sending the Capitals to Eastern Conference semifinals and ending the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins' hopes of a repeat.

The Capitals squeaked into the NHL playoffs as the #7 seed in the East this year but after struggling to make an impact in the playoffs in the last two seasons despite topping the regular season standings, this time the Caps seem to have saved their best performances for the playoffs.

It was the first time in NHL history that a playoff series had seven games determined by one goal. Four of the games went to overtime, and two others were decided with less than two minutes left in regulation.

The Boston stadium fell silent as the Capitals celebrated just their third postseason series win since a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid to reach final

German club Bayern Munich edged out Real Madrid on penalties at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening to qualify for the final of the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final on May 19th.

Real Madrid had edged Bayern Munich 2-1 on the night with all the goals coming in the first half, a result that was the reverse of Bayern Munich's 2-1 win in the first leg, leaving the score tied 3-3 on aggregate,

After 30 minutes of extra time failed to seperate the teams it was left to the penalty shootout to decide the tie and who claimed a place in the Champions League final.

The shootout was a dramatic way to decide the match with Real Madrid seeing their first two penalty kicks saved, before forcing a way back into the contest after Bayern Munich missed kicks three and four.

Then Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos failed to handle the big occasion, sending his penalty kick high over the crossbar, and Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his kick to send the German side through.

Bayern Munich will host the final at the Allianz Arena, the first club to do so in the modern Champions League era, and will face English club Chelsea who defeated Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday night.

RESULT : Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (agg. 3-3) Bayern win 3-1 on penalties.
Goals : Cristiano Ronaldo 6(p), 14, Arjan Robben 27.

Monday, April 23, 2012

HOCKEY : Philly Flyers beat Pittsburgh Penguins in game six to wrap-up series

The Philadelphia Flyers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins that wrapped up their Eastern Conference quarter-final series 4-2.
The Penguins had receovered from 0-3 down in the seires by winning the last two games needed a win to force a decisive seventh game, but Pittsburgh fell behind just 32 seconds into the game when Claude Giroux put the host Flyers up 1-0 with his sixth goal of the playoffs.
A power-play goal by Scott Hartnell 13 minutes later and Erik Gustafsson's first goal of the postseason in the second period put Philadelphia in control 3-0 up, much to the delight of the orange-clad fans roaring them on in Philadelphia.
The Penguins got on the board when Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal as the Flyers' Danny Briere responded 34 seconds later with a shot from the side of the net that ricocheted past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Flyers' Brayden Schenn capped the scoring when he put the puck into an empty net with eight seconds to play and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal for the win.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

EPL : Manchester City close gap to Man Utd to 3 points

The forthcoming Manchester derby between City and United on April 30th has regained it's title importance again after Everton stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford coming back to draw 4-4.

Manchester City closed the gap to just three points on Sunday after they beat Wolves 2-0 as goals in each half at Molineux from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri sealed a routine victory, and condemed Wolves to relegation in the process.

Earlier in the day, Man United lost a two-goal lead in the final seven minutes as Everton salvaged a point when Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar scored late to claim a share of the points.

Liverpool's league season continues to disappoint as former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson took West Brom to Anfield and the Baggies snatched their first win at Anfield since 1967 with Peter Odemwingie scoring the only goal of the game.

Barclays Premier League Results
Liverpool0West Brom1FT
Odemwingie 75  
Attend: 43,660
Half-time: 0-0 
Manchester Utd4Everton4FT
Rooney 41 , 69 
Welbeck 57 
Nani 60 
Jelavic 33 , 83 
Fellaini 67 
Pienaar 85 
Attend: 75,522
Half-time: 1-1 
Wolverhampton0Manchester City2FT
Aguero 27 
Nasri 74 
Half-time: 0-1

BUNDESLIGA : Borussia Dortmund win German League title again

Borussia Dortmund retained the German Bundesliga title after a 2-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund grabbed the lead after 23 minutes through Ivan Perisic, with Shinji Kagawa adding the second goal in the 60th minute. The victory gave Dortmund an 8 point lead over Bayern Munich with just two games left to play.

Dortmund who claimed their 8th Bundesliga crown with the victory, can win a domestic double when they meet Bayern Munich in the final of the DFB-Pokal on May 12.

Borussia Dortmund327548
Bayern Munich326750
Schalke 04315725
Borussia M'gladbach32560
VfB Stuttgart325018

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Chelsea beat Barcelona 1-0 (video)

Didier Drogba gives Chelsea a hard-fought 1-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Barcelona dominated possession (70%) as well as creating a succession of chances (25 shots to 4) - but Drogba struck in first-half injury time to give Chelsea an advantage to protect in Barcelona next Tuesday.

Chelsea were forced into heavy defance during the secoind half in the face of Barcelona's famous passing football, but Drogba converted their one clear chance to reward the outstanding defensive work of Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and captain John Terry in keeping Lionel Messi and co at bay.

Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona by footyroom

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 2-1 (video)

Mario Gomez's last-minute goal gave Bayern Munich the advantage over Real Madrid after the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Franck Ribery's powerful finish had given Bayern Munich the lead midway through the first-half, but Mesut Ozil's close-range effort just after the break gave Real Madrid a vital away goal and the visitors sat back after that satisfied with a potential draw.

Gomez missed a string of second-half opportunities but finally grabbed the vital goal in the 90th minute from just a couple of yards out to give the Bayern Munich a deserved lead for the second leg.

Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid by zamalektv

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Betting Preview on MLB and NBA games

It's Monday and we have six free betting previews from the US available on site.

MLB Baseball holding centre-stage with 5 games covered and we also have the NBA Basketball clash between the LA Clippers and Oklahoma.

NBA Basketball Betting Picks
- Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers

MLB Baseball Betting Picks
- Baltimore Orioles @ Chicago White Sox
- Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks
- New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves
- Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees
- Philadelphia Phillies @ San Franciso Giants

Sunday, April 15, 2012

US Sports Betting Previews on Site on Sunday

Our tipsters have been busy writing and have six betting previews with picks on site for Sunday April 15th, with baseball, Hockey and basketball all covered.

Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays and
Chicago Cubs @ St Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers and
Nashville Predators @ Detroit Red Wings and
New Jersey Devils @ Florida Panthers

Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets

Good luck with your wagers today!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

FA CUP : Liverpool 2-1 Everton : Andy Carroll's late goal wins it

Andy Carroll's late header sent Liverpool through to the FA Cup final as they came from behind to beat Everton at Wembley.

Nikica Jelavic took advantage of a mix-up between Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger to give Everton the lead midway through the first half and a halftime 1-0 lead.

But on the hour, Everton contrived to hand Liverpool an equaliser as Sylvain Distin's weak backpass was intercepted by Luis Suarez, who raced through and score.

Liverpool then missed a succession of chances, with Andy Carroll the main culprit, but CArroll redeemed himself with just 3 minutes remaining when he glanced substitute Craig Bellamy's free-kick past Howard to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory.

Friday, April 13, 2012

FOOTBALL : Reading beat Southampton 3-1 - Premier League beckons

Reading all but secured promotion to the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over their nearest rivals Southampton in an enthralling encounter at St Mary's.

Jason Roberts's header put Reading ahead with Rickie Lambert's deflected strike levelling before two goals from Adam Le Fondre sealed the win.

The win gives Reading a three-point lead over Southampton at the top of the Championship, and with three games to go, the Royals hold a nine-point advantage over third-placed West Ham, who have four to play.

It would take a monumental slip-up and some very unfortunate results elsewhere for Reading to miss out on automatic promotion now, while Southampton will battle with the Hammers for the second automatic place.

No Movement1Reading432985
No Movement2Southampton433482
No Movement3West Ham422576
No Movement4Birmingham422570
No Movement5Blackpool421567
No Movement6Cardiff42965
No Movement7Brighton42663
No Movement8Middlesbrough42063
No Movement9Leicester421262
No Movement10Hull42161