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Monday, May 25, 2015

Real Madrid sack their manager ...

Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after two seasons in charge of the Spanish club.

The Italian, 55, led Real Madrid to victory in the Spanish Cup before claiming the club's 10th European Cup last season.

But this year Real Madrid were knocked out by Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals, while Barcelona won La Liga.

Club president Florentino Perez told a news conference it had "not been an easy decision" before thanking Ancelotti and adding that a new manager would be appointed "next week".

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Bayern Munich win 3-2 but Barcelona move onto the Final

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 3-2 in the second leg of their semi-final, but it is Barcelona that win the tie 5-3 overall - and earn a place in the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6th.

Read our pre-match preview and assessment on the main GoonersGuide site

Sunday, May 03, 2015

American Pharoah wins the 2015 Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah won the 2015 Kentucky Derby, held Saturday under clear skies and the twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville. Firing Line finished in second, with Dortmund third.

Minds now turn to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, which will be run May 16 at Pimlico in Baltimore.

You can see coverage of the race at SB Nation

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao Betting At Bovada and Bet365

There is a huge amount of hype surrounding the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight and it seems that punters are  getting on board on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the UK, top online bookmaker Bet365 is leading the charge and is seeing plenty of action.

To Win Fight
Floyd Mayweather         1/2
Manny Pacquiao           15/8

Fight Outcome
Mayweather by KO, TKO or Disqualification        6/1
Mayweather by Decision or Technical Decision   8/11
Pacquiao by KO, TKO or Disqualification           5/1
Pacquiao by Decision or Technical Decision       4/1
Draw or Technical Draw                                     14/1

"The wait for Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao is nearly over and it’s the Pac-Man that has been attracting the money in the run-up to the eagerly anticipated bout.

Some punters may be surprised to see Pacquiao around the [15/8] mark in a fight that he’s not without a chance in and we’ve seen some lumpy wagers at such prices.

Punters are in no rush to smash into the odds-on about Mayweather just yet, but the draw price has seen a fair bit of speculative interest (22/1 into 14/1)."
    - Steve Freeth,

Leading offshore sportsbook Bovada is serving the US market and they are seeing just as much action, and once again there is plenty of money going on the draw. The percentages shown below is the amount of money going on each betting line as at Friday afternoon.

MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States  
Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr                  -210       (49%)
Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao                        +170       (51%)

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr vs. Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao  
Over Rounds                                      O 11½ (-310)       (35%)
Under Rounds                                   U 11½ (+240)      (65%)

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr vs Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao - Fight Outcome 
Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr by KO, TKO or Disqualification                    +550       (17%)
Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr by Decision or Technical Decision              -130       (24%)
Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao by KO, TKO or Disqualification                         +425       (17%)   
Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao by Decision or Technical Decision                   +375       (21%)   
Draw or Technical Draw                                                                                       +1000    (21%)

"We expected this to be our highest bet fight in recent memory but as of today the rate that bets are coming in is astounding and may surpass our expectations, we expect to take 50% of the bets on the fight on the day but could be even higher.

Even though action is pretty even on the fight itself our liability on Pacquiao is steadily growing since he is paying just under 2/1.

Best case for the book a Mayweather decision, no surprise there, worst case is an early Pacquiao KO or even a draw which I am without words on how much love it is getting from our bettors."

    - Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager,

It is clear that the experts and boxing pundits expect the undefeated Mayweather to win, but the betting public are not having a bar of that and the big prices on the "Pac Man" of +170 or 15/8 are attracting a lot of money.

Mayweather is 47-0 (26 KOs), while Pacquiao is 57-5-2 (38 KOs), but there is little to separate these great welterweights in reality with just 1 pound between them in the weigh in with Mayweather at 146lb and Pacquiao tipping the sfcales at 145lb.

To make your own choice - and punt on YOUR favourite.