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Swansea City begin life after Sigurdsson with a home clash against the league leaders
Premier League - Match Previews and Odds
by Abi Moses on Saturday 19th August 2017, 11:52am.
The Premier League returns on Saturday with another seven games taking place. Leaders, Manchester United visit Swansea City whilst newly promoted, Brighton & Hove Albion will hope to get their season going when they travel to 2015/16 champions, Leicester City.
Manchester United impressed on match day one, sweeping past West Ham United at Old Trafford, 4-0. Next up for the Red Devils is a trip to Paul Clement's Swansea City side. The Swans begin life after Sigurdsson, after their talisman completed a £45m switch to Everton.
West Ham United will look to bounce back from that crushing opening day defeat when they take on Southampton at St Marys. The Athletics World Championships means that West Ham's will not play a Premier League game at the London Stadium until September 11. Southampton started the season with a frustrating draw at home to Swansea City.
With Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all playing on Sunday, Liverpool and Arsenal will have the chance to put the pressure on their title rivals when they play Crystal Palace and Stoke City respectively. Both games have some recent history, with Liverpool's capitulation at Selhurst Park in May 2014 effectively ending their chances of winning the league that season. Stoke, meanwhile, represent something of a bogey team for Arsenal. The Gunners have only won once in their last seven visits to the Bet365 Stadium and will again be without contract-rebel, Alexis Sanchez this weekend.
Saturday's Premier League Fixtures and Odds (courtesy of Bet365):
Swansea City vs Manchester United
Swansea - 10/1
Draw - 4/1
Man Utd - 4/11
Bournemouth vs Watford
Bournemouth - Evens
Draw - 13/5
Watford - 3/1
Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion
Burnley - 31/20
Draw - 21/10
West Brom - 11/5
Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester - 3/4
Draw - 27/10
Brighton - 9/2
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Liverpool - 2/5
Draw - 4/1
Palace - 8/1
Southampton vs West Ham United
So'ton - 3/4
Draw - 29/10
West Ham - 4/1
Stoke City vs Arsenal
Stoke - 10/3
Draw - 27/10
Arsenal - 10/11
Advantage Madrid in Super Cup
Real Madrid vs Barcelona - Match Preview
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 16th August 2017, 3:13pm.
Real Madrid take a commanding 3-1 lead into the second leg of their Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona, but talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, will sit out Wednesday's game as he serves the first of a five-game suspension.
Ronaldo restored Real Madrid's lead in the first leg but received a booking for removing his shirt during the celebrations and just two minutes later he was off! The referee adjudged Ronaldo to have dived in a come-together with Barcelona defender, Samuel Umtiti. A disgruntled Ronaldo proceeded to shove the ref and received a five-game ban.
Even without their star forward, Madrid will go in to Wednesday's game at the Bernabeu as firm favourites to lift the Super Cup. In-form Isco is likely to be joined by Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, whilst local favourite, Marco Asensio, is also pushing for a starting berth.
Barcelona struggled as they began life without Neymar. Gerard Deulofeu, re-signed from Everton, started on the left of the front three but was mainly ineffective throughout.
With confidence low at Barcelona, Deulofeu may get another chance up front as Barcelona look to ease the pressure ahead of the new season. The visitors are expected to field a full-strength team at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday whilst the hosts could choose to rotate their squad slightly. Theo Hernandez is expected to start at left back and Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and Nacho could all feature from the start.
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Premier League returns to the Emirates
Arsenal vs Leicester City - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Friday 11th August 2017, 5:12pm.
After weeks of anticipation, the Premier League returns tonight, as Leicester City travel to Arsenal.
Fresh from their Community Shield victory over reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, Arsenal will be buoyed to kick off their season with a win at the Emirates. Despite the prolonged contract saga looming over Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez’s heads, Arsène Wenger has done well to retain his star performers’ services while also bolstering his attacking options with compatriot Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman netted 28 times in Ligue 1 last season and will hope this prolific form translates across the Channel. Elsewhere on the field, the powerful frame of Sead Kolašinac should strengthen an arguably fragile backline as Arsenal commit to last season’s pioneering 3-5-2 formation.
Meanwhile, Leicester looked rejuvenated under the permanent appointment of Craig Shakespeare in the second half of last season. Performing with the tenacity that won the 2015/16 Premier League title, the Foxes recorded five straight Premier League wins after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. As they strive to challenge the top of the table again, the shrewd signing of defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra looks like a masterstroke while big money transfer Kelechi Iheanacho will hope he can maintain the bountiful Premier League scoring record he initiated at Manchester City.
After recording some dubious pre-season results, Arsenal's torrid opening game record in recent seasons – one win in the last seven years - will be a cause for concern for Wenger. However, he will be comforted by the fact that Leicester are winless in 21 top-flight games against the Gunners, 14 of which are losses.
Match odds (courtesy of Bet365):
Arsenal - 1/2
Draw - 18/5
Leicester City - 6/1
Usain Bolt aiming for another sprint title
World Championships - Men's 100m Final - Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Saturday 5th August 2017, 8:55pm.
Usain Bolt will defend his World Championship 100m title in London this evening as the world's greatest sprinter closes in on retirement.
Aside from his 100m disqualification in 2011, Bolt has won individual gold in the 100m and 200m at every World Championship, since smashing both world records in the 2009 competition in Beijing.
Success this evening at the venue of his 2012 Olympic triumph will give Bolt an unprecedented twelve World Championship medals, further cementing his place as the greatest sprinter of all time.
However, the gold medal is far from guaranteed for 30-year old Bolt and he surprisingly qualified for the final as runner-up in his semi-final behind American, Christian Coleman.
In an ageing 100m final field, including 35-year old, Justin Gatlin and 2011 winner, Yohan Blake, Coleman is seen by many as the heir to Bolt's sprinting throne. Can Bolt bow out on a high or will the young American dethrone Bolt in his last World Championship?
A season's best of 9:95 for Jamaican fans' favourite, Usain Bolt is considerably slower than his world record-setting personal best of 9:58 and has proved that Bolt is now beatable.
World Championship - Men's 100m Final odds (courtesy of Paddy Power):
Usain Bolt - 1/3
Christian Coleman - 7/2
Yohan Blake - 20/1
Justin Galtin - 33/1
Akani Simbine - 66/1
Reece Prescod - 100/1
Bingtian Su - 500/1
Jimmy Vicaut - 500/1
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Premier League 2017/18 - Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Saturday 5th August 2017, 8:49pm.
The start of the 2017/18 Premier League season is now just one week away and after a busy summer in the transfer market, it could be one of the most exciting, competitive Premier League seasons yet. Here at Betting Codes, we provide a round-up of all the likely challengers for this season's Premier League title.
Champions, Chelsea, smashed their transfer record with the signing of Real Madrid forward, Alvaro Morata as well as the big-money signings of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger from Monaco and Roma respectively.
Crucially, Chelsea, have also managed to keep star player and alleged Real Madrid and Barcelona target, Eden Hazard, at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City are the bookies' favourites to win a first league title in four years after manager, Pep Guardiola's £200m+ summer spending spree. City's first recruit was midfielder, Bernardo Silva from Monaco before Guardiola set about shoring up his defence.
Ederson Moraes became the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history when brought in from Benfica for £34m before City smashed the record transfer for a defender, twice. First, Kyle Walker joined from rivals, Tottenham Hotspur for £43m then Monaco's Benjamin Mendy was reunited with Bernardo Silva after completing a £50m switch. City also beat Chelsea to the signature of Brazilian full-back, Danilo from Real Madrid.
Manchester rivals, United, have also been active during the summer as manager, Jose Mourinho, starts to put his own stamp on his Red Devils. Long-term target, Victor Lindelof was brought in from Benfica before United raided Premier League rivals, Everton and Chelsea to sign Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
Mourinho is reportedly still looking to being in a wide-man with Ivan Perisic and Gareth Bale both touted as potential signings.
Bookies odds suggest Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal are all set for another challenge this season. But, whilst Arsenal and Liverpool smashed their transfer records with the respective signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Mohamed Salah, Spurs are yet to sign a single player.
Reports continue to link Mauricio Pochettino with want-away Everton midfielder, Ross Barkley, but after finishing third, then second in the last two seasons, Spurs may again rely on the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli as they look to finally land a Premier League title.
Current Premier League odds (courtesy of BetBright):
Manchester City - 15/8
Manchester United - 10/3
Chelsea - 7/2
Tottenham Hotspur - 9/1
Liverpool - 11/1
Arsenal - 11/1
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Big Orange, 20/1 to win the Goodwood Cup with Paddy Power
Qatar Goodwood Festival Preview
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 1st August 2017, 10:14am.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival will get underway on Tuesday and the star attraction on the first day will undoubtedly be the Michael Bell-trained, Big Orange.
After beating Order Of St George to claim the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, Big Orange is aiming to become the first horse to win three consecutive Goodwood Cups and is set to go off as the hot favourite in the day's feature race.
Although Double Trigger won three races in four years between 1995 and 1998, no horse has ever, in the race's 205-year history, has ever won three in a row.
The Big Orange team will be boosted by the return of jockey, Frankie Dettori. The fans' favourite missed Royal Ascot through injury but proved his fitness at the weekend when he guided Enable to an impressive win in the King George.
The two-mile Goodwood Cup could possibly be the highlight on day one, but the entire week offers some fascinating races.
One of the most highly anticipated raced of the week is the Qatar Sussex Stakes. Dubbed the 'Duel on the Downs', racegoers will get the chance to see Ribchester and Churchill go head-to-head in the £1m Group 1 race.
Churchill won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and followed up by winning the Irish equivalent, he did however, fail to live up to the hype surrounding him at Royal Ascot, finishing well off the pace as Barney Roy clinched the St James' Palace Stakes.
The Aiden O'Brien-trained horse must now bounce back if he is to claim the Sussex Stakes, taking on, arguably his toughest opponent to date in Ribchester.
Ribchester, from the in-form Godolphin team, followed up his Lockinge Stakes success with a hugely impressive win in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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Vettel on pole for Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungarian Grand Prix - Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 30th July 2017, 10:28am.
Lewis Hamilton has ruled out winning the Hungarian Grand Prix after a strong showing by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying.
Mercedes are the team in form in Formula One with three wins in their last four races but they have been completely outpaced this weekend by the two Ferraris.
World championship leader, Vettel, will start on pole and is joined on the front of the grid by his teammate, Raikkonen.
British driver, Lewis Hamilton, has an impressive record in Hungary with five previous wins – an all-time high – but he has dismissed his chances of passing the Ferrari duo on the narrow Hungarian track. Hamilton will start in fourth on the grid with Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas in third.
Hamilton, 32, said ""We can't do anything in the race. We can't follow or overtake a car that is as fast or faster. It is going to be a battle to get on the podium - and unless something happens with the others that is probably going to be where we are."
Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, believes a disappointing display for his team in qualifying was more to do with the cars than the drivers. Wolff explained, "We are starting to see a little bit of a pattern that the DNA of our car just seems to be more suited to the faster circuits and Ferrari is doing very well on these twisty, slow circuits."
He added, "In Monte Carlo, we had much more severe problems. The car was new for us and we discovered a pattern we did not see while in Monaco. We solved that and this is what I take positive from the day, that we are much closer to Ferrari on these types of circuits."
Hungarian Grand Prix odds (courtesy of SkyBet):
Sebastian Vettel - 2/5
Kimi Raikkonen - 6/1
Lewis Hamilton - 8/1
Valtteri Bottas - 12/1
Max Verstappen - 28/1
Daniel Ricciardo - 28/1
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Spieth sets his sights on Grand Slam after Royal Birkdale heroics
US PGA Championship - Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Monday 24th July 2017, 2:41pm.
Jordan Spieth won The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in incredible fashion after coming back from the brink on day four to finish three shots ahead of fellow American, Matt Kuchar.
The two-time major winner had led from the first round but a woeful tee-shot at 13 on the final day looked to have handed Kuchar the Claret Jug. Spieth's tee-shot landed in deep rough, 120 yeards from the fairway. But somehow, Spieth incredibly escaped the thirteenth with just a bogey and bounced back to almost hit a hole-in-one of the fourteenth.
A birdie at 14 was followed by and eagle at 15 and two more birdies at 16 and 17 as Spieth displayed huge mental strength to come back from the brink. Looking back on the final five holes, Spieth said, "That five-hole stretch is by far the best stretch of golf I have ever played. To have it be at a major championship in the final round on Sunday, I'll have to sit back and think about it later on."
In securing his first Open Championship, Spieth joins the great Jack Nicklaus as only the second player to win three different majors before turning 24. The American, world number three is now one of the three active players that are just one major short of a career 'Grand Slam'.
Phil Mickelson has won five majors but the US Open continues to elude him whilst only The Masters is missing from Rory McIlroy's haul.
The odds have been slashed on Spieth to complete the Grand Slam at next month's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Current US PGA Championship odds (courtesy of BetStars):
7/1 - Rory McIlroy
8/1 - Jordan Spieth
10/1 - Dustin Johnson
16/1 - John Rahm, Jason Day
18/1 - Hideki Matsuyama
22/1 - Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson
25/1 - Sergio Garcia
28/1 - Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose
Odds tumble on Conor McGregor
Mayweather vs McGregor - Fight Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 19th July 2017, 6:02pm.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor completed their four-city world press tour and the bookies' odds suggest it is advantage McGregor.
Ahead of the hugely anticipated 'super-fight' set to take place on August 26, the two fighters and their promotion teams took to the stage at Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and finally London.
With McGregor opening up as a 6/1 outsider to win in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, the odds of the Irishman winning has been cut to 4/1 with several bookmakers, with punters seemingly clamouring to take on these huge odds.
In the last leg of the world tour, in London, McGregor claimed that he will destroy his opponent's legacy and insisted the blame will then fall at the feet of Mayweather Promotions' CEO, Leonard Ellerbe. McGregor said, "I've got to be real, when his [Mayweather's] legacy is destroyed in six weeks' time, it will fall on you [Leonard Ellerbe] and Mayweather Sr's shoulders. He could've rode off into the sunset at 49-0. Instead, this is my first time in a boxing ring and in six weeks' time... I run boxing. How did they let me ride in here? They got greedy, that's what."
Despite McGregor seemingly getting the upper-hand over Mayweather on tour, the American is still tipped to win a fiftieth professional fight, surpassing the record of the late, great, Rocky Marciano.
Current Fight Odds (courtesy of Bet365):
Floyd Mayweather - 1/6
Conor McGregor - 4/1
Odds tumble on Federer to win a record eighth Wimbledon title
Wimbledon Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Thursday 13th July 2017, 11:53am.
Andy Murray's hopes of winning back-to-back Wimbledon titles are over after his problematic hip injury resurfaced as the world number one was dumped out in five sets by American, Sam Querrey.
Early exits for the likes of Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka seemed to have left Murray with a relatively straightforward passage to the final, but 24th seed, Querrey, came from a set and a break down to become the first American to reach the semi-final of a men's Grand Slam tournament since Andy Roddick was a losing finalist way back in 2009.
Marin Cilic beat Gilles Muller in five sets to set up a showdown with Querrey for a place in Sunday's final.
The odds on Federer to win a record eighth Wimbledon title have tumbled after yesterday's dramatic day of tennis. Federer avenged last year's semi-final defeat and eased past sixth seed, Milos Raonic, in straight sets. Surprisingly, next up for Federer is big-hitting, Tomas Berdych. Second seed and three-time champion, Novak Djokovic retired when one set down to Berdych after failing to overcome a niggling elbow injury.
Despite crashing out early at SW19, Murray will retain his number one position in the ATP world rankings, after Novak Djokovic's elimination.
Murray's shock loss leaves Johanna Konta as Britain's sole competitor left in any singles tournament. Konta will play five-time champion, Venus Williams, in her first ever Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday.
Ahead of another action-packed day of tennis, below are odds to win both the men's and ladies' single titles (odds courtesy of Bet365):
Men's Wimbledon Title outright odds
Roger Federer - 1/3
Marin Cilic - 4/1
Tomas Berdych - 12/1
Sam Querrey - 20/1
Ladies' Wimbledon Title outright odds
Garbine Muguruza - 6/4
Johanna Konta - 9/4
Venus Williams - 3/1
Magdalena Rybarikova - 7/1