English Premier League

George's Premiership Predictions March 29 2014

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Arsenal v Manchester City and Liverpool v Spurs are this week's big Premier League games as the season reaches its climax at top and bottom. On Monday Sunderland face the Hammers at the Stadium of Light and we predict a nailed-on nil-nil as Big Sam parks a very big bus. Everton should be too good for Fulham and Chelsea to edge Palace in other games affecting the bottom of the Premiership.

George's Premiership Predictions 22 February 2014

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George is back with a few tasty tips for this weekend's Premiership action. With only around a dozen games to go things in one of the most keenly contested Premier league seasons in years are hotting up at both ends of the table. We tip Pepe Mel's WBA team to record their 4th 1-1 home draw against a Felix Magath-inspired Fulham.

George's Premiership Predictions Boxing Day 2013

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George has some sure-fire tips for the full round of Premiership fixtures on Boxing Day. Manchester City, undefeated at home, take on leaders Liverpool in the tie of the round. George is going for a high-scoring draw with Luis Suarez to get his name on the score sheet.

Thursday 26 December 2013

Hull City 1 v Man United 2
Everton 2 v Sunderland 1
Newcastle 2 v Stoke City 1
Norwich City 1 v Fulham 0
Aston Villa 2 v Crystal Palace 0
Chelsea 2 v Swansea City 0
Tottenham 2 v West Brom 0
West Ham 0 v Arsenal 2
Cardiff City 1 v Southampton 1
Man City 2 v Liverpool 2

Sensational Suarez 2/1 To Break PL Goalscoring Record

bet365 make Luis Suarez 2/1 to surpass Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole's record Premier League goals tally of 34 during 2013/14.

Top five Manchester United vs Chelsea betting tips

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The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can't believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign). So, we'll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead [.

Is Simon Mignolet really the difference between Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League or not?

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Liverpool completed the £9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.

Will late transfers ruin Arsenal’s Premier League chances?

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The real reason for Arsenal's late deals? by AH

In recent years Arsenal seem to have done the majority of their summer shopping towards the end of the transfer window, most notably two years ago which saw five players sign with the club in a desperate deadline day. In fact it turns out that three out of the five signings that day have actually gone on to become good servants for the club.

Is Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson about to quit?

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Sir Alex Ferguson is odds-on to step down as Manchester United manager before the end of the week. Both bookies and the rumour mill are confident that Fergie will end his 26-year reign at Old Trafford. The rumours seem to have their source with information leaking out of a United players versus coaches golf day [.


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With the Premier League now firmly underway we are starting to see glimmers of what we might expect for the new season.

We should know by now that any early judgements we make are likely to be rubbished by Christmas, but there are signs of alarm for certain clubs.

QPR have little hope against Man City

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QPR have little hope against Man City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City look bankers at a general price of 1.2 to beat QPR at the Etihad.

They won the the title in this fixture last season, becoming the first team to ever be losing a Premier League game at 90 minutes and come back to win the match, and everything suggest they will come out on top once again.

Swansea tough nut to crack for Sunderland

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Swansea tough nut to crack for Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Swansea look one of the bets of the weekend at 2.2 with Boylesports to beat Sunderland.

Despite the fact that they have won all three of their games this season by an aggregate of 11 goals to one, and have a tremendous record at home bookmakers still seem to take them on.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 24-26 August

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Looking to continue a winning start last week (although Arsenal failing to beat Sunderland cost me £93), and firstly going to the Premier League for a treble. Despite both sides beginning the season with a win, Swansea were far more assured than West Ham last weekend, and are available at odds against to win their [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 24-26 August

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Looking to continue a winning start last week (although Arsenal failing to beat Sunderland cost me £93), and firstly going to the Premier League for a treble. Despite both sides beginning the season with a win, Swansea were far more assured than West Ham last weekend, and are available at odds against to win their [.

Wenger needs a guarantee that young Gunners on loan are playing

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There comes a time in every footballer's life when they need to play regularly if they hope to develop or retain their skills. But in reality this isn't always possible to do, especially for youngsters because there are so many more players than positions available. This is why we see players loaned out to other teams on a regular basis.

Betting and Robin

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The start of the new Barclays Premier League season is almost upon us and betting is well underway on who will be next to lift the coveted trophy.

The recent acquisition of Robin Van Persie by Manchester United has not been enough to throw Man City off the top of the odds leaderboard.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Ante-post football betting tips for 2012/13

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Premier League winner Manchester United's move for Robin Van Persie has shortened their odds to 2/1, and that does look inviting . City have not improved their squad (I see Rodwell as more of a squad player initially), and the fact that Roberto Mancini will be pressured to fight on two fronts with the Champions [.

Adkins right to be confident of Saints survival

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Southampton boss Nigel Adkins says his players will not be intimidated by the Premier League and is confident they can avoid relegation. But is this wild pre-season optimism or foolish naivety?

A couple of years ago, the three teams who were promoted to the Barclays Premier League were virtual certainties to go straight back down as smaller clubs struggled to keep up with the big boys when the going got tough.


Florentino Perez says Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale from Spurs on the cheap

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reckons he got a bargain when he signed Gareth Bale from Spurs. The deal was drawn out while Perez and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy haggled over the figures. Despite breaking the world transfer record, Perez thinks he paid under the odds for the 24-year-old. He told a Spanish radio station: [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale is too expensive, says Real Madrid legend Raul

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Legendary Real Madrid striker Raul has indicated that he believes his former club is being asked to pay over the odds for Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer, but Raul has expressed his concern about the transfer fees being quotes. He told the official website [.

World Cup qualifiers: Jamaica beat USA for the first time, 2-1

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The USA celebrated a historical win over Mexico beating them for the first time in Mexico about three weeks ago. Today, it was the Reggae Boyz recording their first win ever against the USA in nineteen meetings as they took advantage of a midfield without Michael Bradley and his potential link up with the men on top.

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Newcastle star Papiss Cisse training alone over Wonga sponsorship row

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been forced to train on his own following a row over the club's shirt sponsorship deal with payday loan company Wonga. The Senegal international says the company's business practices are at odds with his Muslim faith and refuses to wear its logo. He only returned from an extended summer break [.

Newcastle Must Be In Hat For Tomorrow’s Europa League Draw

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Ryan Taylor joined his manager Alan Pardew at the press conference for our important game tonight against Atromitos at St. James' Park (8:00 pm KO), and it comes just over 24 hours before the transfer window finally closes, but the odds are that no player will leave and none will come in before 11:00 pm [.


Man Utd hot favourites to get Cesc – while Arsenal will get Ashley Williams

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Those in the know say Cesc is a no go. by NS

Ive just been checking some odds relating to transfers. I don't gamble (and neither should you), but the bookies sometimes are on to something.

Arsenal odds of signing:

Fellaini 16/1 (Utd 4/7 Chelsea 7/2)
Ronaldo 50/1 (Utd/Chelsea 13/8 PSG 7/2)
David Villa 4/1 (Spurs 6/4!

Spurs vs. Arsenal betting preview

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People say that the form book goes out of the window in a local derby, although the last two games between Arsenal and Tottenham have been remarkably similar, with the Spuds taking the lead, getting a man sent off and losing 5-2. There would be a lot of happy Gooners if that was to happen for an amazing third derby in a row.

Arsenal Can Continue Good Start To Season With Victory Over Chelsea At The Emirates

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Arsenal take on London rivals, Chelsea, at the Emirates on Saturday in a game that is already the proverbial "six pointer" at the top of the table. After five games, Chelsea sit top of the Premier League on 13 points, unbeaten, with four wins and a draw to their name. Arsenal are also unbeaten but having only won two and drawn the other three, they are four points behind their opponents.

Arsenal 14/1 to win the league

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Well they probably won't win the title this season, as City will romp it by at least 5 points this time around... but backing 14s on Betfair will definitely give you the chance to lay off at much lower prices for a freebie or a all green book.

Paddy Power offer 33/1 for Cazorla to be PFA Player of the Season.


Man Utd Can Add To Brendan Rodgers Woes With Victory Over Liverpool

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TweetManchester United will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to compound Brendan Rodgers miserable start to life at Liverpool, who are without a win in the former Swansea manager's first four games at the helm. Despite a return of just two points from a possible 12, it would appear that bookmakers are finding it [.

Hello Interlull my old friend : thoughts on Diaby

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This morning I woke from a dream in which I was living in a dystopian future where the only food available to man was caviar which came in 15kg sacks, like dog food. There were fierce battles to procure said deliciousness and when I arrived at my place of 'work' one bag short the man in charge put a gun to my head and made me go through sewers and tunnels to get it.

Are Spurs really after this Manchester duo?

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While it's still hard to sort the real stories from the gossip, most of the players mentioned in connection with a move to White Hart Lane would be welcomed by fans into the club. There are exceptions however, and it was particularly worrying to see Charlie Adam's odds shorten to 6/4 on a move from Liverpool.

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State of the MLS Run In: 8 Weeks to Go

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Finally! We started publishing the odds over a month ago and since then the same roster of 10 playoff teams have been favored to make the playoffs, and by a pretty good margin. In the first edition I pointed out that the best chance at a shakeup was Columbus displacing Chicago.

State of the MLS Run In: 10 Weeks to Go

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It's been a week that would seem to dramatically shake up the playoff race, with the teams at the bottom of the playoff places in each conference struggling and teams just outside the playoff places going on great runs. And the commentary has certainly been on board. I must have read or heard at least 50 times on various media this week that Montreal, FC Dallas, Columbus, and even Chivas USA are poised at the edge of (or even, most breathlessly, odds on favorites for) the playoffs.

State of the MLS Run In: 11 Weeks To Go

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Despite the ESPN announcers perversely going on about Chivas making a run at the playoffs despite a heavy loss to the Galaxy, the jockeying at this point continues to be more about seeding than about the playoff participants. Chicago is starting to run away with the last slot in the East.

State of the MLS Run In: 12 Weeks To Go

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I'm going to start these a little sooner this season, in part because nothing else is going on this week (kidding!) and in part because the playoff race - at least the question of who is and who isn't in the playoffs - is resolving remarkably early this year. If we define a team as being in contention for a playoff spot if it has between a 20 and 80% chance of making it in, then our first State of the Run In last season in late August had 4 teams in contention - DC United, Houston, New York, and Chivas USA.

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Celtic players Post-It prank

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It must be pretty easy being a Celtic player right now. With the league title in the bag before a ball was even kicked (I'm not being presumptuous, look at the odds), it gives them time to play some elaborate ... Continue reading →

Celtic players play a Post-It prank on team mate Mohamed Bangura

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It must be pretty easy being a Celtic player right now. With the league title in the bag before a ball was even kicked (I'm not being presumptuous, look at the odds), it gives them time to play some elaborate pranks on their team mates. Joe Ledley and Kris Commons have both seemingly used their [...]

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Odds slashed on Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson becoming new Republic of Ireland manager

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An Irish bookmaker has slashed its odds on Sir Alex Ferguson being appointed as the Republic of Ireland manager after a flurry of bets. Boylesports has cut the former Manchester United boss' odds of replacing Giovanni Trapattoni from 66/1 to 20/1 after a series of bets were placed this afternoon. Martin O'Neill was thought to [.

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet set to reject Sunderland

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.

Johnson brace lifts Seattle over Chivas USA

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SEATTLE, Wash. - They play the games for a reason, and for 88 minutes Saturday afternoon swooning Chivas USA (7-12-7) looked like it might defy the odds and earn a draw with the Seattle Sounders (13-6-8).

But this late in the season there are also reasons why some teams are fighting for the Supporters' Shield while others watch their playoff hopes dwindle away.

92.8% Chance Portland Wins Cascadia Cup

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92.8% Chance Portland Wins Cascadia Cup

Portland 92.8%
Seattle 7.1%
Vancouver 0.1%

Swansea rough up comedic horror show West Ham, 3-0

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szólj hozzá: Swansea vs West Ham 3:0 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

What a shambolic display by West Ham! Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal just makes an unhloly mess as he reacts too late to Angel Rangel's shot allowing it to deflect off his hands straight to goal. Then more disaster as Michu steals James Collins's disaster of a chipped back pass and the rush is on but the Spanish midfielder beats Jaaskelainen for his third Premiership goal.

In Awe of David Moyes

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TweetYear after year Everton defy the odds with a team thin on the ground. But now they seem to have a side that is strong and settled. Can this be the year that David Moyes and the Toffees finally win the silverware they truly desire. Starting from the back and based on last year's record [...]