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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BOVADA discusses SuperBowl XLVIII odds movement.

Kevin Bradley the Sports Book Manager for offshore betting site discusses the pattern of money coming for the Super Bowl XLVIII futures ahead of the wildcard playoffs.

Kevin says : “It seems that every year the last weeks leading up to the playoffs we see an influx of money on a trendy team, a team that is usually coming in hot, and we saw that with the Packers who a few weeks ago were at 50-1 now all the way down to 14-1."

"The Packers are right now a big liability for the book and after taking a beating the last two years on Super Bowl Future odds with the Giants and Ravens I am hoping the third time is not a charm."

"Aside from Green Bay, Philadelphia have seen some money at 16-1 while a team like New Orleans at an interesting 22-1 are not being touched.”

Betting Lines to win 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII at BOVADA.LV :
+275 Seattle Seahawks
+275 Denver Broncos
+700 San Francisco 49ers
+900 New England Patriots
+1000 Carolina Panthers
+1400 Green Bay Packers
+1600 Cincinnati Bengals
+1600 Philadelphia Eagles
+2200 New Orleans Saints
+2500 Kansas City Chiefs
+2800 Indianapolis Colts
+4000 San Diego Chargers

Monday, December 30, 2013


There is another round of Premier League football on New years Day in England. Arsenal and Liverpool have winnable home fixtures, Man City are on a tricky trip to Swansea.

Man United host Spurs - normally a home banker, but Tottenham won 3-2 at Old Trafford last season, and United have already lost a couple at home this season ... so a possible surprise draw?

How do you think your favourite side will go? 

12:45 Swansea v Man City

15:00 Arsenal v Cardiff, Crystal Palace v Norwich, Fulham v West Ham, Liverpool v Hull, Southampton v Chelsea, Stoke v Everton, Sunderland v Aston Villa, West Brom v Newcastle.

17:30, Man Utd v Tottenham

Friday, December 20, 2013

Luis Suarez signs Liverpool deal through to 2018

Luis Suarez has signed new long-term Liverpool deal that will take him through to 2018.

The striker, who is now 26 and in the best form of his life, joined the Reds in January 2011 and has scored 17 goals in 11 Premier League starts this season.

Suarez will earn around £160,000 a week until the end of this season and then £200,000 per week over the final four years of the contract for a total value of around £12 million.

Full details on the BBC Sport Website

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ladbrokes raise sports betting offer to GBP 50 in time for Christmas punts.

ladbrokes sports betting free 50 bet Ladbrokes have JUST upped the sportsbook joining bonus for UK punters to a GBP £50 matched free bet.

You get the freebie when you join up, deposit and bet £50, then Laddies will credit a matching free bet to your account.

The promo code is F50 ... and you can get it via this link ... or by simply clicking on the banner over there on the right.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Andre Villas-Boas sacked by Tottenham - Glenn Hoddle angling for another shot ...

Tottenham have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 Premier League thrashing by Liverpool.

The loss was Tottenham's worst at White Hart Lane in 16 years and left Spurs seventh in the table - eight points behind leaders Arsenal.

Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas, 36, took over at Tottenham in July 2012. Villas-Boas was dismissed by Chelsea in March 2012 after just over eight months in charge at Stamford Bridge, and he was hoping to rebuild his reputation at Tottenham.

Technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood will take charge of the Capital One Cup tie against West Ham on Wednesday.

Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle is keen to become Tottenham manager for a second time in a short-term or long-term capacity. Hoddle managed Spurs between 2001 and 2003 and is among those tipped to replace Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked on Monday.

2013-14 Premier League managerial changes so far :
Paolo Di Canio (sacked by Sunderland)
Ian Holloway (left Crystal Palace)
Martin Jol (sacked by Fulham)
Steve Clarke (sacked by West Brom)
Andre Villas-Boas (sacked by Tottenham)

Monday, December 16, 2013

FT : TOTTENHAM 0-5 LIVERPOOL : No shots for Spurs, AvB under pressure

Liverpool grabbed their biggest ever victory at White Hart Lane, as Spurs lose without registering a shot on target.

Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool dominated 10-man Tottenham to move second in the Premier League table.

The Uruguayan's 16th goal of the season took him past the total for the whole Spurs side when he found the bottom corner from Jordan Henderson's flick. Philippe Coutinho hit the bar before the excellent Henderson volleyed in.

Paulinho was then sent off for a high kick on Suarez before goals from Jon Flanagan, Suarez (again) and Raheem Sterling completed Spurs' humiliation.

Bookmakers have manager Andre Villas-Boas as ODDS-ON to get the sack now.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Manchester United striker RvP out for a month with thigh injury

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month with a thigh strain after picking up an injury while taking a corner against Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Van Persie has endured a campaign disrupted by injury so far after suffering toe and groin problems. Last weekend, he had returned from a month-long absence in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.

RvP arrived at Old Trafford for £24m from Arsenal in August 2012 and scored 26 goals while playing all 38 league games last season as United claimed the Premier League title.

Manchester United manager David Moyes said : "It's unfortunate, as our record is good with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team. We've not had them for quite a period recently."

However, Van Persie has a track record of injury, missing an average of 14 league games each season during his 8 season stay with Arsenal and only playing between 15-28  league games with the Gunners each season.

So Moyes had better come up with a "Plan B" for United.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Arsenal Champions League mission (half) accomplished.

Arsenal managed to ease into qualification for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League while resting key players - and I'm sure that manager Arsene Wenger will consider it a "job done" - despite a 0-2 loss to Napoli in Naples.

Arsenal rested Wilshere and Walcott, and only played Ramsey for 22 minutes, meaning that all three players are well positioned to face Manchester City and will be claiming that rotation is important.

But is it really a job done ? or is it only half done as Arsenal have only managed to qualify in runners-up spot, and will very likely face a very tough opponent in the round of 16.

Group winners are Barcelona (149), Bayern Munich (145), Real Madrid (144), Chelsea (132), Manchester United (124), Dortmund (76), Paris Saint Germain (72), and Atletico Madrid (104).

Group Runners-up are Arsenal (111) , Bayer Leverkusen (69), Galatasaray (54), Olympiakos (65), Manchester City (72), Schalke (94) , Zenit (71) and AC Milan (97).

(Number is brackets are the club UEFA Rating)

Arsenal's failure to take a point on the final day and win the group means that the Gunners will face one of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain or Atletico Madrid in the next round. The draw really doesn't matter - all the opponents are top drawer - as it's a choice of one of the top three sides in Spain, the top side in France or the top side in Germany (and defending champions).

Wenger might well be a top football manager, but I think that he needs to sit down and take a few more lessons in game theory, as in looking ahead to Manchester City, Wenger picked a side that failed to do the required job in Naples and Arsenal's path in Europe is likely to be very difficult indeed.

To my way of thinking Wenger has just created a new mountain to climb, and if / when Arsenal get knocked out again in the round of 16, he will have provided detractors ammunition to say that he still not able to maintain a squad of highest calibre.

Is Wenger thinking that Arsenal have to beat the best anyway - so it doesn't matter who Arsenal are drawn against? Is he thinking that competing in two fronts to too tough and domestic success is more important? Or is he simply being too clever for Arsenal's own good - and diminishing the chances of European success?

I feel it's a slice of all three - Arsenal's squad is small - and it is unlikely that they can sustain a challenge against the best in Europe and in England - but isn't that an indictment on the continued state of the Arsenal manager's approach to the transfer market?

Of course, if Arsenal avoid Barca and Bayern ... and then beat Manchester City on Saturday then Mr Wenger is a genius and I'm an amateur blogger again ... ;-)

We will see.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Florida State and Auburn to face off in BCS title game

NCAAF : #1 Florida State (13-0) and #2 Auburn (12-1) top the final BCS standings and will play for the national title in Pasadena, California on January 6th, 2014.

The Ohio State Buckeyes fell to #7 in the BCS standings but will still have the opportunity to play in a record 10th BCS bowl. Ohio State will face #12 Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Alabama is ranked #3, which guarantees it a spot in a BCS game. Alabama will play #11 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO will feature its traditional matchup between the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions: #4 Michigan State and #5 Stanford.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will pit #6 Baylor, the Big 12 champion, against #15 UCF, the American Athletic Conference champion.

ESPN has all the BCS Bowl match-ups here

Saturday, December 07, 2013

BETFRED offer 7/1 on Arsenal to beat Everton on Sunday

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New customers will also get a free 25 GBP matched bet!

To visit BetFred click here

Friday, December 06, 2013

2014 World Cup Final Draw completed - who is in the group of death?

WORLD CUP : Draw for Final groups has been made, and Spain will face Netherlands, while Italy will meet England and Uruguay.

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Côte d’Ivoire, Japan
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

There are three "groups of death" this time with Group B (Spain, Netherlands, Chile), Group D (Uruguay, England and Italy), and Group G (Germany, Portugal and Ghana) looking particularly tough.

Brazil and Croatia will play in the opening match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on 12 June 2014.

Read FIFA's round-up of the draw here