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Football: Champions League Groups E-D Barcelona, Chelsea & Man Utd Begin Their Campaign

September 19, 2012
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Wednesday night Champions League action from groups E-H A mixed bag of results from Groups A-D last night, we now look at the completion of the first round of matches as groups D-E play their first games Champions League GROUP E Chelsea v Juventus What a mouth watering first game at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea. Both sides top their respective domestic tables after at this early stage of the season, both looking solid enough at this stage. Noted though, Chelsea’s poor display v Athletico Madrid in the Super Cup going down 1-4 here a couple of weeks ago. Last season, en route to winning this competition, Chelsea were victorious in each of their home games and will be looking to replicate that form this time around. Juventus have little recent Champions League experience which could count against them, but it should be noted that they have not been beaten on the road...

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Football: Champions League Groups A-D Real Madrid can Beat Manchester City in round 1

September 18, 2012
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Tuesday 18th September sees the first round of Champions League matches from Group A-D I took a hugely statistical route the first round of matches last season and caught a bit of a cold in doing so. That strategy is shelved this time round so no blind betting Champions League GROUP A Dinamo Zagreb v Porto Zagreb offered nothing in this competition last season and they once again look like they will be the whipping boys of Group A. They have been doing well domestically but will not have had to face anything like to opposition of Porto up till now. Home advantage may count for something in this game. Porto do not have the strongest away form in this competition as losses to Zenit and more surprisingly APOEL last season with testify. Evens for the Porto win however, are good enough to get involved. Zagreb will probably be happy enough...

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Frankel – The Best Ever? Could Brigadier Gerard have taken him on?

August 25, 2012
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Is Frankel the best ever Flat Race Horse the World has ever seen, or are we caught up in the moment? I can be very certain of my answer. Whilst I am not the springiest of chickens, I can honestly say I have never seen a race horse of this calibre; so comfortably able to dispose of top class quality opposition with such aplomb, in my lifetime. I would be quite surprised if I were to witness something of this greatness ever again. Indeed, I would be truly blessed. Perhaps others may be considered better, from “before my time”, I’m sure there are some staunch fans of Brigidier Gerard, Sea Bird, Mill Reef, or more recently Dubai Millenium. Shergar would make many peoples top 10 Just over the past few years we have had the likes of Sea The Stars and  Harbinger but would either of those two, or...

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Football: English Premier League Game Week 2 Preview – Liverpool v Man City Top of the Bill

August 23, 2012
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Liverpool play host to Man City on Sunday whilst  5.30pm Kick off on Saturday Features Chelsea V Newcastle Chelsea, coming into the weekend sit atop the table with 6 points, and may very well remain there after Saturdays action, which would make things interesting at Stamford Bridge 5.30. Wednesday night saw them take all three points in a topsy-turvy game at home, when taking the lead only to fall 1-2 behind to newly promoted Reading. But in a carbon copy of Manchester City’s game against, again, Newly promoted Southampton last week, the home side found a brace of goals, and in fact a fourth to run out comfortable 4-2 winners on the night, and with 5 assists already this season, a wonder-buy in Eden Hazard. Let’s preview each of the top flight games: Swansea City v West Ham United Swansea, if taking all three points in their first home...

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Football: League One Midweek Previews – MK Dons and Doncaster Rovers

August 21, 2012
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Football: League One Midweek Previews – MK Dons and Doncaster Rovers

League One midweek action could include wins for Doncaster and MK Dons Again a quick eye on the three teams relegated from the Npower Championship will demonstrate just one win for those sides in the opening weekends games. That went the way of Doncaster who also managed the feat on the road, travelling to Wallsall and completing a comfortable 0-3 reverse. They face Bury who couldn’t score in a 0-0 draw on Saturday at home to Brentford. First bet of the season in League one then: Doncaster HOME WIN at 1.85. The two sides have not met since 2004 in the league when Doncaster run out 3-1 winners, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar scoreline on Tuesday night. Bournemouth managed to save a point at Fratton Park versus Portsmouth on Saturday, and they face another tough task on Tuesday with Milton Keynes Dons visiting Dean Court, or...

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Football: Npower Championship Midweek – Blackpool v Leeds Utd

August 21, 2012
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Football: Npower Championship Midweek – Blackpool v Leeds Utd

The Npower Championship season may only be but a few days old but this is the time of year when the games come thick and fast. And so we move on to the second game for most clubs in the second tier of English Football. Nothing to read into the first weekend of matches; it’s surely too early, but of note was but a combined single point for the three clubs relegated from last seasons Premier League. All three had away fixtures to be fair as Blackburn were held to a draw at Ipswich thanks to a late own goal, whilst Bolton were beaten by a goal in each half with no return in their opening derby match at Burnley and Wolves suffered a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road versus Leeds United. Leeds are one of nine sides in the division who recorded wins in their opening game and...

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Football: Premier League 2012/13 Opening Games

August 18, 2012
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Football: Premier League 2012/13 Opening Games

A quick look at this weekends opening games of the season in the Premier League and what we might expect to find for a betting angle In all honesty, it doesn’t seem a moment go Aguero was sticking the most unlikely of goals in the back of the QPR net to clinch the most ridiculous of Premier League titles to date. Only a blink away from Reading, Southampton and West Ham making the leap from Championship to top flight English football, the former as Champions, the latter through the Play-0ff lottery. With the Euro’s and the Olympics squeezed in between, it seems the break has been short and the talk about everything but the Premier League. (with the exception of the “will he-wont he” RVP saga, which has thankfully come to a close with a move to Manchester United). Onto Match Day One then…………. HOME WIN OF THE WEEKEND My interest...

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Football: It’s very nearly here!!!

August 10, 2012
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The English and European Football seasons 2012/13 are nearly here. So time to get writing again. After a nice summer break and a fantastic Olympic games, the wheeling and dealings of the Football world have not gone unnoticed and I am about ready to start concentrating on the first sport once again. The Scottish Premier has begun already, as has, the Third Division which includes Rangers NEWCO now. The English Premier League is upon us, as is the Championship, Football League and European Leagues. The Champions League and EUFA Cup qualifying rounds are well under way, I will once again be looking to target specifically the Champions League proper to gain a nice pot in which to blow on the latter stages. Lots of news, views, previews and betting opportunitites to come then, so welcome back, and here’s to a great season of Football. Marc.

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Football: Champions League Final – Bayern Munich v Chelsea

May 18, 2012
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Football: Champions League Final – Bayern Munich v Chelsea

Bayern Munich can lift the trophy on home soil. Bayern can prove to organised and strong for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final when the two teams meet in the Allianz Stadium in Munich on Saturday night. Home advantage will be a huge advantage for the Germans; a look at the stats backs up the view. Whilst my view is that Bayern will ultimately lift the trophy on Saturday, most probably by winning withing the 90 minutes, they could also finish off Chelsea in extra time or even if the match emulates Bayerns Semi final against Real Madrid and goes to penalties. English teams have one only one of the last eight European finals they have contested, and Chelsea have played thier own part in that Statistic in recent years. Expect some celebration from the Chelsea fans though as I do expect them to get on the score...

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Horse Racing: MAYBE Aiden O’Brien has the POWER to Land Guineas Double

May 5, 2012
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Horse Racing: MAYBE Aiden O’Brien has the POWER to Land Guineas Double

Aiden O’Brien will be looking to score a Guineas double across Saturday and Sunday. He may do as well, but perhaps not in the most obvious fashion. All eyes and expectation falls onto the shoulders of Montjeu’s son CAMELOT to write a fitting tribute to the classic producing sire who died just a few weeks ago. Trained at Ballydoyle by Aiden O’Brien he is a short priced favourite to add to his Racing Post Trophy win at Doncaster last season. Many would suggest that through his breeding perhaps further might be better for him. Montjeu is more likely to produce winners over 1m4f than the Guineas 1m trip. O’Brien is double handed coming into the race with POWER his other representative. Power is partnered by Ryan Moore today and has had a fair amount of racecourse time already with six outings. Winning four of those, the two defeats came only by...

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