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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Game of Thrones Slot Game Promotion at Casino Rewards this weekend - 6/7th December

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bookmaker offers Chelsea Festive Fivers - Free Bets for UK and Irish punters

Leading UK bookmaker Coral is giving UK and Irish Chelsea fans an early Christmas present as they try to attract customers with £40 in free bets if you join up and deposit £5 or more.

New customers that stake £5 or more on the Sunderland v Chelsea game this Saturday (29th November) will earn a £5 free bet for every Chelsea game in December. That's eight free bets to eight matches.

Once you've placed the first bet you will become eligible for the next bet, on Chelsea’s next fixture at home to Tottenham on Dec 3rd. And so it will continue throughout December.

Of course - you don't HAVE to be a Chelsea fan to take this up - you can bet on any option on any market for those games - so you could take the opportunity to oppose Chelsea in every game - or bet on a red card - or anything - as long as the bet odds at 1/2 (1.50) or greater.

Click the Chelsea Fivers Advert to visit Coral and claim the bets.

Coral Terms and Conditions:
1/ Offer applies to £/€ online and  mobile customers only aged 18 years or over whose accounts are registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland through the following url :
Chelsea Festive Fivers

2/ To qualify, place a £/€5+ Win Single bet at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater on any market in the Sunderland vs Chelsea match.

3/ Applies to first real money bets struck on Sunderland vs Chelsea match

So get along to Coral - and take up the NEW CUSTOMER OFFER today

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Arsenal v Man United - Bookie offers Moneyback if it ends in a draw

Irish bookmaker PaddyPower is offering punters their money back if the Arsenal v Man United game ends in a draw- up to €/£50 per customer.

It really is as simple as it sounds - place a single bet on the win / draw / win market at PaddyPower, and a draw gets your stake back.

Latest odds at PaddyPower are : Arsenal 2.20 - Draw 3.50 - Man United 3.20

It's only available "virtually" - if you wander into a shop you can't get it. And this money back option means that betting at PaddyPower on this game ON EITHER TEAM is the +EV play of the weekend.

Here are the T&C's at PaddyPower:
1/ Applies to first bet only
2/ Applies to Win-Draw-Win market only.
3/ Applies to singles placed before kick-off only
4/ Max Free Bet Refund €/£50 per customer.
5/ Free bet will be available to use on football matches for 7 days from when it is credited.
6/ Applies to Online, Mobile, Phone, Text and PP Messenger bets only. Not available in Retail.

No prizes for guessing that I'll be on the Arsenal to win - but whichever way you are betting on the Arsenal v Manchester United game - this Paddy Power offer is the market for your €/£50 bet.

Get your bet on at Paddy Power now !

Friday, October 17, 2014

German fans try to help their team find their way to goal .. funny video!

If your team hasn't scored for five games in a row - perhaps they need some help? Take a look at some German fans "helping hand" to their team in this short video!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Will Qatar host the World Cup in 2022? Bet on it at MyBet!

There's been a lot of controversy after the FIFA's decision to give the World Cup 2022 to Qatar and chances are it won't ever take place in the country of the sheikhs.

MyBet have stepped in and are offering odds on whether Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022 - and also offer a second market on exactly which country will host the event.

The interesting thing is that despite FIFA Dictator err ... "President (for Life?)" Sepp Blatter coming out and saying he will move the 2022 event to January to make it slightly cooler ... the price on Yes Qatar will host in 2022 is set at 3.00 for Qatar to be the host!

Financial Website recently wrote a piece quoting a FIFA Ex-Co member as saying he personally thinks that the tournament will be moved from Qatar.

Current Odds at MyBet as at 14 October - Click on the image to visit MyBet.
So what do you think? Will Qatar remain the 2022 host?
WHERE will YOU be putting you money on the bet at MyBet ?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PinnacleSports close door to UK punters from 30 Sept 2014

Closed for UK Business from 30th Sept
PinnacleSports are top close their doors to UK gamblers from September 30th - citing a UK amendment to gambling laws and requirements to hold a UK license.

This amendment will also include a 15% profit based remote gambling tax based on the point of consumption - effectively a levy on offshore sites serving UK customers.

A Q&A page on Pinnacle provides details on what will happen to UK registered accounts.

Q. What does Great Britain include?
Great Britain includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Q. I am a British account holder. What will happen? What do I need to do?
All your account options other than withdrawal will be blocked after 11.59pm (BST*) September 30th, 2014.

Any of your bets placed up to and including 11.59pm (BST*) September 30th, 2014 will be honoured. Funds remaining in your Pinnacle Sports account may be withdrawn at any time free of charge.

Accounts that withdraw their funds prior to September 30th, 2014 will be disabled from making further deposits.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bet365 - On the Move Bonus for Mobile betting

Whether you’re a new or existing bet365 customer, did you know that you can get an EXTRA 100% bonus when you place your first mobile bet using a mobile phone or tablet?

To claim your bonus, simply place a qualifying bet at Bet365 on your mobile phone or tablet of at least $2* or more and you will be entitled to a 100% bonus, up to a maximum of $100*.

Once you have placed your qualifying bet, you will receive an email with your Offer Code to your registered email address. You can then enter your Offer Code by entering the Members area on site or through the bet365 On The Move application.

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Existing Customers :

Step 1/ Just place a bet via mobile phone or tablet at Bet365.
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New Customers
(You can double your bonus by following these steps)  :

Step 1/ Open an account with bet365 today (via that link) and qualify for a fantastic 100% Initial Deposit Bonus, up to £200, Eur100, $100 (depending on where you live).

Step 2/ Place a few bets via you PC to get the feel of the site.

Step 3/ Just place a bet via mobile phone or tablet at Bet365.
(You will see confirmation of the special on the move offer when you land there on a mobile)

Bet365 Joining Bonus

T&Cs : There are a few terms and conditions which you can check out at the bet365 site but I'll run through the main ones here.

a) The bonus is between $2 and $100.
b) Offer closes 31st August 2014.
c) Available for these countries - Australia, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and United Arab Emirates.
d) When you get the bonus code please claim it within 7 days!
e) You need to rollover initial bet + bonus 3 times via mobile before withdrawing, so a $100 bonus is a $100+$100 * 3 = $600 rollover. And bets need to be at 1.50 (1/2) or higher to count.
f) Asian handicap, goal line (over/under) and baseball bets don't count for rollover. Don't ask me why - it just IS that way ;-)

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Paddy Power Offers Twist on Top GoalScorer Market

The English Premier League season starts in two weeks time and recommended bookmaker Paddy Power has come up with a way to make the Premier League Top Goal Scorer bet a wee bit more interesting.

Here's the deal ... Simply place a €20 bet on the Premier League Top Goalscorer and every time your player scores in the league Paddy Power will give you a €2 free bet.

This deal is open to new and existing customers - and while it's not going to put you in the millionaires club - it is a good example of how Paddy Power do give punters good value for their punts.

Paddy Power is Ireland's largest bookmaker and one of our recommended places to bet for UK and Irish punters.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Luis Suarez banned for 4 months - too short - too long - or just right?

So FIFA have reached a verdict :

Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity

Could it have been longer? Yes - especially as it's a 3rd offence.
Could it have been different? Yes - it might have only affected international football - but FIFA has jurisdiction over ALL football.

Looking at the ban :
1/ The 9 international matches part of the ban is about a year - and prevents any more action at this World Cup which will definitely hit Suarez hard given the 4-year gap between events.

2/ The 4 month total football ban is really just 2 competitive months (as July and August are layoff months) but is probably also appropriate as it prevents the player slinking back to Liverpool and surrounding himself with sycophants that tell him he did nothing wrong.

There may be an element of cultural clash. It seems that areas of South American football (and Uruguayan football in particular) has fashioned itself on the do anything it takes to win mentality, and there is little "shame" in being caught by the referee or cameras if it works. The "clever gaucho" that outwits a bigger opponent is often the image used.

I'm thinking here about Maradona's "hand of god" goal for Argentina to beat England, and Suarez's double handed last minute goalkeeper save in the last world cup that eventually sneaked Uruguay past Ghana. They succeeded and the actions are lauded positively as sneaky examples of beating an opponent with trickery.

With that background, and seeing the blanket denial by the Uruguayan team, manager and Uruguayan newspapers that the bite even occurred at all I really think there is/was a huge disconnect in certain areas about what is deemed as acceptable gamesmanship.

Let's look at how foul play is treated within the game :
- Diving and faking injury seems to be acceptable - occasional yellow card. 
- Foul language amongst players is common, but yellow/red cards if aimed at officials.
- Racial abuse has recently been targeted with severe 8-10 match bans.
- Pulling shirts is a yellow card (if spotted).
- Denying a goal scoring opportunity. Red card and 1 match ban.
- Using elbows and/or committing gross foul tackles causing injury (or potential to hurt) are a red card offences and subsequent 2-3 match ban
- Headbutting (even a gentle tap) also is a red card at this level, as is fighting (even in retaliation for a bad foul).

So where does that put more calculated actions like spitting or biting? Is it worse? Yes - I think so as there is some premeditation, but exactly how much worse is quite hard to quantify because of the different attitudes.

Put in the context of the more common fouls - the ban does seem to be severe - but I think FIFA have accurately positioned the ban to reflect the biting must NOT occur on a sporting field.

And to me the 4-month ban appropriately reflects that it's a 3rd offence.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Real Madrid wins 2014 Champions League Final

Real Madrid has secured its 10th Champions League trophy, equalising in injury time before scoring three times in extra-time goals to beat Atletico Madrid 4-1.

Atletico Madrid took the lead with Diego Godin's 36th-minute header when Real keeper Iker Casillas blundered badly, coming off his line allowing Godin's header to gently lob over him.

Real Madrid attacked relentlessly in the second half as Atletico dropped back to defend the lead, and it took until the third minute of stoppage time before central defender Sergio Ramos headed in powerfully from a corner to equalise at 1-1.

Atletico looked a spent force in extra time and Real completed the comeback win when Gareth Bale put Real ahead in the 110th minute before Marcelo slammed in the third and Christiano Ronaldo put scored from a penalty in the final minute.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watch the 2014 FA Cup final - 12 mins highlights.

Arsenal came from 2-0 down to win a dramatic FA Cup final 3-2 with a goal from Aaron Ramsey in extra-time.

Arsenal TV and the online Media Player have released high quality video coverage - including 12 minutes of highlights - showing all the action from Wembley - and all five goals.

Check out all the action as Arsenal finally get their hands on some more silverware - doing it the hard way of course - and win their 11th FA Cup.

Check out all the FA Cup Final Highlights here.

(NOTE : The Arsenal media player and highlights of every Arsenal game are available for free to Digital Members - but a signup at the Arsenal site is required for viewing. It's one-off process and at ZERO cost.)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Football World Cup 2014 - Outright betting thoughts with 1 month to go

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us - with less than a month to go - and it's probably time to take a look at the chances of the various teams involved from a betting point of view.

Football wisdom has it that a South American team must win as it is a South American tournament - maybe - but it's based on stats from 3 tournaments in 1930, 1950 and 1978 ... and in the last 35 years the world of conditioning has moved on since then.

South America (COMNEBOL)

Argentina have some great attacking players, but still look suspect on defence, and I'm not sure that Brazil's great local rivals will actually get huge support from Brazilian fans when playing against European opposition.

Brazil look solid, but not exceptional. Brazil's figurehead player is Neymar who has looked a wee bit ordinary in his first season in La Liga - starting 25 games for 9 goals in a Barcelona team that dominates 80% of the games they play.

Brazil won the Confederations Cup a year ago, and will look good again when they are winning - but may suffer stage fright in the knockout stages.

Chile might be a dark horse, they finished 3rd in COMNEBOL qualifying, but they did their best work at home, and lost twice to Argentina. Ecuador and Uruguay have variable teams, some world class players, some players of average level.

Europe (UEFA)

Europe's main threat will come from the usual sources with Spain 6-2-0, Germany 9-1-0 and the Netherlands 9-1-0 all looking dominant in qualifying and they should go deep into the competition.

Belgium 8-2-0, England 6-4-0, Switzerland 7-3-0 and Italy 6-4-0 also finished the qualifiers unbeaten but with lower scoring victories and a handful of draws against the lessor teams. There could easily be a deep run from one of these teams.

Belgium could be a dark horse, they have some talented players, but it's hard to see a winning World Cup bid although the bookies have them as 5th favourites. Italy are ranked 8th favourites, they have the historic pedigree but this time around the team does look a bit average.

England have decided to throw their lot with youth, a good idea as the climate will make it a young players environment, but the squad is too inexperienced, and England's history with losing penalty shoot-outs makes it a patriotic longshot bet at best.

Any European team will be expecting to make the knockout stages, but then you need to win 4 games in a row (or win the penalty shoot-outs) in order to lift the cup - and that's where the top tier of European sides with very competitive league structures have the advantage.

Africa (CAF)

Africa have long been touted as a continent of potential - even by legends such as Pele - but the truth is that African football lacks the structure to combine their talented players into a side that has the tactical nous to win at this highest level.

Ivory Coast and Ghana look the strongest sides to me ... while Nigeria have a favourable draw and I expect one of them to reach the quarter-finals and maybe the semi-finals ... but suggesting an outright win for Africa is just a longshot with sides rated at 125.00 and greater.

Asia (AFC), North and Central America (CONCACAF)

Most Asian and North / Central American teams are just there as part of the geographic distribution of players and largely there to make up the numbers in Group play.

CONCACAF teams are improving - Mexico is usually competitive against all but the best World teams but nearly missed out this time which shows a slow improvement in regional standards - but a less generous ranking system would have no CONCAF sides in the top 25 spots.

That sounds harsh but CONCACAF has just three nations in the top 30 FIFA rankings - the United States (14), Mexico (19) and Honduras (30) while Asia has none. And the presence of the United States so high in the rankings is purely down to the "politically correct" nature of the system that rates regional qualification matches equally right around the globe.

Mexico MAY qualify for the second round but will need to beat Croatia to get there, while the United States have a tough draw with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in their group and it will take an exceptional effort for Uncle Sam to get past that trio.

Asia continues to struggle to bridge the gap with the elite sides, Japan (47) and South Korea (55) both produce technically good players if a little robotic but at National level these teams lack the strength and outright football genius to beat the taller European and South American sides regularly.

Australia (59) also have a good regional pedigree and also the strength to physically compete. But the Aussies do not have enough (any?) World Class players to get past a group draw that has pitted them against Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.

Iran (37) is actually the top ranked Asian side is 37th spot and have a group draw that MIGHT allow them to spring a surprise and qualify, but it wouldn't be a shock to see all five Asian qualifiers going home immediately after the groups are finished.


If you are looking for an outsider bet, I'd like to see the Netherlands (34.00 at BetVictor and Coral) lift the cup. Just a country with a population of 16m - the Dutch play a good style of football - and have never won the World Cup - losing 3 finals now.

The Netherlands may have to face Brazil in the second round- but as I suggested earlier that might be just the right time to meet the Hosts and a shock Dutch win could be possible.

If push comes to shove and you are looking for a MOST LIKELY bet then I think that the winner will come from the top four teams :
- Brazil at odds 4.00 at BetVictor, PaddyPower and Ladbrokes
Argentina at odds of 6.00 at BetVictor and PaddyPower ,
- Germany at odds of 7.00 at Coral
Spain at odds of 8.00 at PaddyPower

That's no real surprise as the format rewards strong teams during the group phase with easier games, and group winners get a slightly easier time in the knockout stages. To win the FIFA World Cup - teams need to have skill, experience and a cool temperament to deal with tough situations.

As I rate temperament as being vital I think that Germany can do it - but a potential Semi-Final against Argentina looms as a big challenge.


So what do you think? Who is your favourite? IF you can write a comment without it including spammy links to porn sites or enlargement pills then I'd love to see YOUR views !

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tottenham sack Tim Sherwood

Tottenham have parted company with manager Tim Sherwood after the club finished sixth in the Premier League.

Sherwood took over in December 2013 with the White Hart Lane side outside the four Champions League qualifying spots and Spurs ended the campaign in 6th spot but 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.

"We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option," said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Leading contenders for the job are rumoured to be Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax boss Frank de Boer.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

FT : Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

Arsenal were already assured of their Champions League spot for next season, and coasted to a 1-0 victory over West Brom when Olivier Giroud's early first-half header gave them the three points at Emirates Stadium.

After Everton's defeat by Manchester City on Saturday made the Gunners' top-four spot secure, the France striker grabbed the only goal of the game, rising in front of marker Craig Dawson to convert Santi Cazorla's corner.

Baggies keeper Ben Foster had no chance with that effort but the England World Cup hopeful was on his toes minutes later to push away Carzola's effort as it headed for the bottom corner.

Arsenal went close once more, after the break, when German Lukas Podolski hit a half-volley from 10 yards that bounced off the post and into the arms of Foster.

The Baggies' best effort of the match came in the first half - a Graham Dorrans 25-yard shot that Wojciech Szczesny patted down.

Arsenal finish their league campaign at Norwich before an FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley on May 17th.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BetFred Sportsbook offer £10 Free Bet – Mobile Only

Betfred Mobile BetFred are offering a special £10 Free Bet – for Mobile Users Only - from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Sign up now using a mobile / tablet device and you’ll receive a completely free £10 bet with no deposit required!

Here is the SPECIAL BetFred Free Bet Mobile Link -
only use it with a mobile phone or tablet if you want to get the no deposit free BET.

You will also still be eligible for the standard £50 Sports bonus afterwards.

As you'd expect there are a lot of TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the free bet :
1/ The £10 Free Bet offer is only available to new customers from the UK and Northern Ireland

2/ The Free Bet is only available to new customers registering through a Mobile or Tablet device, existing or previous customers will not qualify for the Free Bet. So new customers registering through via desktop or a laptop are not eligible for the Free Bet offer.

3/ The Free Bet will be awarded to the account within 24hrs of registration and cannot be withdrawn.

4/ The £10 Free Bet cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer; however customers who take up the no deposit £10 Free Bet are also entitled to the standard matched £50 Sports bonus on their first qualifying real money bet (with deposit).

5/ The Free Bet can only be placed on the Sports, Virtual, Numbers or Lotto markets. If the Free Bet selection is void or a non runner then the Free Bet stake will be returned as a Free Bet.

6/ The Free Bet is valid for 7 days, and will expire if not used within 7 days.

7/ The Free Bet will only be awarded to one customer per household. In the case of a customer opening more than one account, we reserve the right to suspend and close duplicate accounts, and make void any bets placed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Man City v Barcelona In-Play Bet Offer with bet365

Manchester City take on Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday 18th February – and Bet365 have got a fantastic In-Play bet offer.

Place a pre-match bet on the Man City v Barcelona game and Bet365 will give you a risk free In-Play bet to the same stake on the big match.

To qualify for your risk free In-Play bet, simply place a bet before kick-off, then once the game starts place another bet on any In-Play market.

If your FIRST In-Play bet loses we will refund this stake, up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet (max £25).

As always, there’ll be plenty to choose from with over 70 In-Play markets available throughout the game including Next Goal, Match Goals, Total Corners, Half-Time Result, Full-Time Result and much more.

Make sure your bet on this game is at Bet365 to take advantage of this offer!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sochi Olympics Odds: Betting Options For Winter Olympics Flutter

The 2014 Sochi Games will be officially underway this weekenmd, and that a spot of betting on the Winter Olympics is well within reason.

Bet on the Winter Olympics at Bovada and get a free 50% bonus.

When it comes to betting on the Sochi Games in general, sports fans are likely going to lean toward their home and native land. Oddsmakers, on the other hand, are unmoved by such biases. As a result, despite the US sending 230 athletes to the games (the most of any country), Norway is the favorite to win the most gold medals at the games.

Norway’s +120 odds of winning the most Olympic gold medals lead America’s +250 mark, Germany’s +700, Russia’s +900, Canada’s +900 and every other country in the world.

2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia) - Most Gold Medals

Norway +120
USA +250
Germany +700
Russia +900
Canada +900
Austria +4000
South Korea +4000
China +4000
France +5000
Sweden +5000
Switzerland +5000
Netherlands +10000

Betting on obscure Olympic events is much the fun of engaging with the Winter Games though, so betting lines exist for everything from the outright women’s luge winner to the probability of Jamaica’s fan favorite bobsled to win a medal (a ‘Yes’ bet currently pays +5,000).

In the means 500m speed skating you have the option of cheering on a "bum" at a tasty price for a favourite of +300 - and that's got to have some appeal.

Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia) - Speed Skating - 500m Men

Tae-Bum Mo +300
Michel Mulder +400
Jan Smeekens +500
Joji Kato +550
Ronald Mulder +650
Keiichiro Nagashima +1000
Jamie Gregg +1200
Dmitry Lobkov +1400
Pekka Koskela +1400
Tucker Fredriks +1400
Mika Poutala +2500

Most importantly, the Olympics serve as an opportunity for casual and diehard sports fans alike to give in to the temptation of watching event after event for the duration of the two-plus-week celebration. Don’t even leave the couch if you don’t want to – we won’t judge.

There are plenty of events and the European and North American sportsbooks is ready for all of them.

Get your Winter Olympic Odds at Bovada today.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Arsenal signs Puma kit deal after 20 years with Nike

Premier League leader Arsenal has announced it is changing kit maker to Puma from Nike, after two decades with the US sportswear firm Nike.

The German firm Puma has not revealed the exact value of the five-year deal, but it is worth more than £30m a year. Puma will officially become the kit supplier from 1 July. Until then, no official kit designs will be released.

Puma said the deal was the biggest ever, for both itself and the football club. "Arsenal represents a major commercial and marketing opportunity to reinforce Puma's credibility as a global sports brand," Puma chief executive Bjoern Gulden said.

Puma's biggest name athlete is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Monday, January 13, 2014


British bookmakers have suffered their heaviest losses ever on football over the weekend, losses estimated at over £25 million pounds, due to what has been described as a ‘perfect storm of football results'.

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Simon Clare, Coral spokesman, explained, “The football results on Saturday were absolutely shocking for bookmakers. Fourteen of the top fifteen best backed selections all won yesterday and by this morning thousands of small stakes punters across Britain had landed winning accumulators paying £500 or more.”

“Coral had fifty customers winning £2,000 or more for stakes of between £1 and £20 on football accumulators, but we knew there would be many more accumulators running on to Manchester City and Liverpool this afternoon and with City and Liverpool both winning our losses kept growing.”, said Clare.

“We estimate the bookmaking industry handed over £25 million over the weekend. These are the biggest losses that the betting industry has suffered since Frankie Dettori rode seven winners in an afternoon at Ascot in September 1996, and it’s not even over yet as there will be many more accumulators still running on to Arsenal tomorrow night,” added Clare.

One customer that is representative of hundreds more across Britain this weekend, is John Sinclair from Acklington, Northumberland. John, 31 years old, placed a £2 accumulator bet on Coral’s website with eighteen selections and all eighteen selections won netting him a return of £40,600 pounds.

John Sinclair, said this afternoon, “It was my birthday on Saturday and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better present. We’ve just had our second baby and thanks to this amazing win I will be able to pay off some of my mortgage and other debts and make life more comfortable. To be honest I’m still in total shock”.

Get yourself a good bookmaker for next weekend's round of football action by checking out the Gooners Guide Bookmaker Review Section.

Monday, January 06, 2014

FA Cup Fourth Round Draw - Arsenal home to League One Coventry in fourth round

Arsenal's reward for beating London rivals Tottenham on Saturday is a home tie against League One Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Chelsea will host Stoke, while Manchester City would play Bristol City or Watford if they defeat Blackburn in their third-round replay.

Swansea City's reward for beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday is a trip to either Championship side Birmingham City, Bristol Rovers of League Two or League One Crawley.

Holders Wigan Athletic will entertain Crystal Palace if they beat MK Dons in their replay after the two sides drew 3-3 on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez's Everton head to League One Stevenage, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City will travel to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool, who defeated League One Oldham 2-0 on Sunday in their third-round fixture, will travel to either Championship side Bournemouth or League Two Burton.

Ties will be played on 25 and 26 January.

Full FA Cup fourth-round draw
Sunderland v Kidderminster or Peterborough
Bolton v Cardiff
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield v Charlton or Oxford
Port Vale or Plymouth v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich or Preston
Southend v Hull
Rochdale v Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry
Stevenage v Everton
Wigan or MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke
Blackburn or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton v Liverpool
Birmingham, Bristol Rovers or Crawley v Swansea
Sheffield United v Norwich or Fulham