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Chelsea to visit Atletico Madrid's new state-of-the-art arena
Champions League Match Day Two Preview
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 27th September 2017, 3:20pm.
The UEFA Champions League resumes tonight with another sixteen teams in action across the continent. Wednesday's fixtures have thrown together some of the heavyweights of European football, including Chelsea's trip to Atletico Madrid and a huge clash in France between Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich. Here are Betting Codes we preview some of the night's biggest games as another eight Champions League group stage fixtures take place.
Atletico Madrid will play their first ever Champions League game at their new home, the state-of-the-art Estadio Wanda Metropolitano when English Premier League champions, Chelsea, visit on Wednesday.
Ateltico Madrid have the upper hand in recent meetings against Chelsea and are unbeaten in four against the Londoners, winning two and drawing two. This evening's tie has an added edge after Chelsea forward, Diego Costa, finally ended one the summer's biggest transfer sagas and secured a return to Atletico Madrid three years after leaving them for Stamford Bridge.
Madrid's transfer ban means that Costa cannot play until January, but several players are set to face their previous employers with ex-Atletico goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois set to start in goal for Chelsea whilst Madrid could line up with former Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Felipe Luis in their starting eleven.
Chelsea aren't the only English side in action this evening as Manchester United aim to maintain their perfect start to their Champions League campaign with a potentially tricky visit to CSKA Moscow. The Russians have finished bottom of the Champions League group in each of the last four seasons and lost home and away to Spurs a year ago. But, started their current campaign with a morale-boosting 2-1 win away to Portuguese champions, Benfica.
United, last year's Europa League winners, got their Champions League campaign off to a flying start, winning 3-0 at home to Basel, but how they fare away from Old Trafford remains to be seen.
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Paddy Power apologise for tipping deceased Ugo Ehiogu for Birmingham City job
"Genuine error" led to bookies offering 66/1 on the former Villa defender to success Harry Redknapp at St Andrews
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 19th September 2017, 12:23pm.
Bookmaker, Paddy Power, have been forced to issue an embarrassing apology after accidently offering odds on Ugo Ehiogu to become the next Birmingham City manager – five months after his untimely death.
The former Aston Villa and England defender tragically suffered a cardiac arrest back in April but in what has been described as a "genuine error", Paddy Power offered its customers odds of 66/1 on Ehiogu taking up the manager's job at St Andrews following the sacking of Harry Redknapp.
Although Paddy Power claim that the error only allowed customers to place a bet on Ehiogu for "less than five minutes" and that nobody did actually place such a bet, the bookmakers have issued an apology to Ehiogu's relatives. A statement explained, "This was a genuine error, a trader re-used an old market as a template for this one, and didn't notice that Mr Ehiogu was included. Obviously, that was a mistake, one which was rectified as soon as it was spotted, within minutes."
Harry Redknapp was sacked after a fifth successive Sky Bet Championship defeat to Preston and the weekend left the Blues languishing in 23 in the league table, with just four points from their opening eight games.
Redknapp only took charge for the remaining three games of last season, winning two to save Birmingham from relegation to League One and going on to sign a one-year contract earlier this summer.
Former Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka, has been installed as Paddy Power's favourite to take over from Redknapp, whilst former player, Lee Carsley, has been placed in temporary charge at St Andrews.
Next permanent Birmingham City manager (odds courtesy of Paddy Power):
Aitor Karanka - 15/8
Lee Carsley - 21/10
Steve Cotterill - 11/2
Gus Poyet - 9/1
Alan Pardew - 14/1
Tim Sherwood - 16/1
Paul Robinson - 16/1
Nigel Pearson - 16/1
Wayne Rooney set for Old Trafford return
Manchester United vs Everton - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 17th September 2017, 12:49pm.
Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday with much of the pre-match build up focusing on a return to their respective former clubs for Manchester United forward, Romelu Lukaku and his Everton counterpart, Wayne Rooney.
Since returning to his boyhood club, Manchester United's record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, has made a modest start to life back at Everton. Rooney is yet to find the net in the Europa League but has scored two goals in four league games.
On his return to the Theatre of Dreams, current United manager, Jose Mourinho, expects the Old Trafford faithful to give their former captain a warm reception on Sunday. Mourinho said, "I think he will get a welcome he deserves. Sometimes in England the word legend comes too easy. Not in this case. Trophies, goals, one of the most important players at Man United. The stadium will show him the respect he deserves."
Belgian powerhouse, Romelu Lukaku went in the opposite direction this summer, leaving Everton for Manchester United in a £90m transfer and Lukaku has certainly hit the ground running at the Red Devils. Lukaku was on target on his competitive debut against Real Madrid in the Super Cup and before making a goal-scoring start to his Champions League campaign in midweek, Lukaku managed to find the net four times in four Premier League matches.
Incredibly, if Manchester United win on Sunday, it will be the first time they've started a Premier League campaign with three successive home wins since under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011/12. The last three league games between United and Everton have ended in a draw.
Match odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):
Manchester United - 1/3
Draw - 19/5
Everton - 17/2
Arsenal aim to end miserable record at Chelsea
Chelsea vs Arsenal - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 17th September 2017, 11:36am.
The Premier League's 'Super Sunday' has thrown up two huge games this week as champions, Chelsea, host London rivals, Arsenal, before Everton travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. Here at Betting Codes we preview the earlier kick off between title challengers, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Stamford Bridge has not been a happy hunting ground recently for Arsenal and they arrive in west London looking to stop a run of five consecutive defeats away to Chelsea. Another defeat will equal Arsenal's club record of six successive away defeats against the same team; previously achieved in losing six in a row to Liverpool between 1981 and 1988.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, continues to come under intense pressure after a far-from-convincing start to the season and another defeat will see his Arsenal side record several unwanted records. As well as becoming a record-equalling sixth away defeat to the same opposition, a loss for Arsenal will also mean that for the first time ever the Gunners would have lost their first three away games of a Premier League season. In fact, you have to go back to 1954 for the last time Arsenal achieved that unwanted distinction.
After a slow start to their Premier League campaign, Arsenal are already seven points behind leaders, Manchester City so cannot afford another defeat. Opponents, Chelsea, have bounced back well from their shock opening day defeat at home to Burnley to win three successive games. Another three points on Sunday will move them up to second in the Premier League table, just a point off leaders, Manchester City.
Match odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):
Chelsea - 8/11
Draw - 14/5
Arsenal - 10/3
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Las Vegas prepares for the 'fight of the decade'
Golovkin vs Alvarez - Fight Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Friday 15th September 2017, 2:27pm.
The recent super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor may have captured the public' imagination but this weekend's fight between Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is the fight real boxing fans have been waiting for.
The two big-hitting fighters are both ranked amongst the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and those in attendance at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena could be treated to a classic.
The 'Supremacy' billing is certainly justified with Alvarez's defeat on a split points decision to Floyd Mayweather the only time in a combined 88 professional fights that either fighter has tasted defeat. Golovkin has a perfect 37 wins from 37 fights (33 by KO), whilst Alvarez has 49 wins (34 by KO), 1 draw and 1 loss from his 51 professional bouts.
The winner will become the unified WBA (Super) WBC, IBF, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight champion but with both fighters at the very top of the sport, for many, this could be a career-defining fight.
Golovkin's commitment to training for the fight forced him to miss the birth of his second child. The 35-year old said, "I want to win this fight because for me this win will be like a history fight, like so many fights, like Sugar Ray Leonard vs Marvin Hagler and others from that era. Right now, I think new stories, new times for us."
Mexican, Alvarez, has been labelled a "knockout artist" by his promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, ahead of the fight, set to take place on Mexico's Independence Day. Former six-weight world champion, de la Hoya, was a major critic of the recent Mayweather versus McGregor bout, dubbing it a "circus" and fearing for the future of boxing in the aftermath of the fight. He has warned his fighter, Alvarez, that this weekend's opponent, Golovkin, is a "monster".
British fighter, Billy Joe Saunders, is the WBO world middleweight champion and could be set to fight the winner in a unification fight, should he make it through his own fight this weekend unscathed. Saunders will fight American, Willie Monroe Jr in London.
Golovkin vs Alvarez - Fight odds (courtesy of Betfair):
Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin - 4/6
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez - 6/4
Draw - 20/1
Method of Victory
Golovkin by KO, TKO or Disqualification - 13/8
Alvarez by Decision or Technical Decision - 15/8
Golovkin by Decision or Technical Decision - 10/3
Alvarez by KO, TKO or Disqualification - 8/1
Draw - 20/1
Derby County vs Hull City
Sky Bet Championship - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Friday 8th September 2017, 3:49pm.
Derby County v Hull City
Heading to Pride Park Stadium for the return of the Sky Bet Championship tonight, Derby County host Hull City as the two sides look to improve their fortunes following less than impressive starts.
Despite the two sides sharing seven points each, their fans would have expected better starts, given they are both eight points adrift from the top. Derby’s latest performance, a defeat to newly promoted Sheffield United, was enough to encourage manager Gary Rowett to make changes to his side. Since then, Sam Winnall has been signed on loan from Sheffield Wednesday to improve The Rams’ attacking threat. However, their deadline day signing of Birmingham City midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld recently fell through after the EFL refused to authorise the transfer because of issues with paperwork. Derby will be hoping to find the net in the fixture, having only scored five times in five league games so far.
Meanwhile, Hull look more rejuvenated after their convincing 4-0 win against a forlorn Bolton side. Despite suffering back-to-back defeats, Leonid Slutsky will hope that his side’s recent performance will spark a renaissance in his team. Since then, The Tigers have added some quality to their squad, including the signing of defensive youngster Tomori from Chelsea. Also, bringing in Jackson Irvine from Burton Albion and Nouha Dicko from Wolves, Hull have looked to bolster their options following the high-profile departures of Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson to the Premier League. However, Hull will be buoyed by the fact that they have beat Derby in four of their last five home matches in all competitions, while The Tigers’ winger Kamil Grosicki has provided the most assists in the league so far.
Derby manager has said that winger Tom Lawrence will make his first start after joining from Leicester, while Hull’s Frazier Campbell is doubtful with a groin injury.
Match odds (courtesy of Bet365):
Derby County - 6/5
Draw - 12/5
Hull City - 13/5
Title rivals aim for top spot as the Premier League returns
Manchester City vs Liverpool - Match preview and odds
by Abi Moses on Friday 8th September 2017, 12:42pm.
The Premier League returns with a bang this weekend with Manchester City hosting Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday's early kick-off.
Both sides go into the game with seven points from their first three games and a win will be enough to elevate either side to the Premier League's summit, for a few hours at least.
Jurgen Klopp will look to continue his impressive record against Manchester City, the German is so far unbeaten in four meetings with Saturday's opponents since taking over at Anfield, recording three wins and one draw.
As Liverpool make the relatively short trip east along the M62, Jurgen Klopp may be able to call upon the services of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian was at the centre of a summer-long transfer battle between his current club and Spanish giants, Barcelona. Despite Barcelona making three huge bids for the 25-year old, Liverpool stood firm and Coutinho will remain at Anfield.
In his absence, Liverpool's new-look front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and new record signing, Mohamed Salah, have been in scintillating form. The fluidity and raw pace of the front three have made Liverpool a huge counter attacking threat, something Manchester City will be more than aware of ahead of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool could also give a debut to new signing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the England international completed his deadline day move from Arsenal.
Manchester City have been dealt a blow with the news the captain, Vincent Kompany, has yet again been struck down by injury. Kompany injured his calf on international duty for Belgium and if he misses the visit of Liverpool, he could be replaced by former Everton man, John Stones, at the heart of the City defence.
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World Cup Qualification - Previews
by Abi Moses on Friday 1st September 2017, 12:53pm.
This weekend marks the return of international football, as the anticipated World Cup Qualifiers kick off across the globe.
Montenegro travel to Kazakhstan in Friday’s early kick-off, where they will hope to continue their push for World Cup qualification given they currently sit second in Group E. Elsewhere in the group, Denmark host an in-form Polish side that is yet to lose a game, while Romania play Armenia in an arguably fruitless match, given they are both ten points adrift from the top.
Meanwhile in Group F, England will be looking to continue their undefeated start to their World Cup qualifying campaign against a Malta side in torrid form, having conceded fifteen goals in six losses. However, the marquee matchup for the group will be between Slovakia and Slovenia. With only a point between them in the group, both will be desperate for victory to keep their qualification hopes alive. Lithuania will also face Scotland, as both are succumbed to mid-table obscurity in the group.
Germany’s Group C triumph now seems an almost foregone conclusion, given the 2014 World Cup winners have won all of their games. Scoring 27 goals and conceding only once in their six games, Germany have been deadly in front of goal, and look to sentence Czech Republic with the same fate. Northern Ireland will be looking to put pressure on the leaders though, when they visit a San Marino side that has only scored once in their qualification bid, while Azerbaijan also travel to Norway.
Friday's World Cup Qualification Fixtures (kick-off 19:45 unless stated)
Czech Republic vs. Germany
Norway vs. Azerbaijan
San Marino vs. Northern Ireland
Kazakhstan vs. Montenegro (17:00)
Denmark vs. Poland
Romania vs. Armenia
Lithuania vs. Scotland
Malta vs. England
Slovakia vs. Slovenia
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Chelsea hope to build on Spurs win when Everton visit Stamford Bridge
Premier League - Match Previews and Odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 27th August 2017, 12:11pm.
With the international break looming, eight more Premier League sides will hope to end August on a high when they take to the pitch on Sunday.
Champions, Chelsea, will hope to build on the impressive win away to Spurs when they welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge in one of two 1:30pm kick offs. The Blues bounced back from their shock 3-2 win at home to Burnley on the opening day of the season to topples Spurs at Wembley, thanks to a Marcos Alonso brace.
Everton come into the game just three days since a tough Europa League fixture away to Hajduk Split and will hope to avoid falling foul of the Europa League curse that has affected so many clubs in the past. Clubs playing in Europe's second-tier competition have a poor record when returning to Premier League action immediately after a European tie.
History suggests that Chelsea will claim all three points, with their unbeaten run against Everton at Stamford Bridge stretching back to 1994.
The other early game will see West Bromwich Albion look to extend their 100% record when Tony Pulis' old club, Stoke City, make the relatively short trip to The Hawthorns. In his pre-match interview, Tony Pulis was full of praise for his former employers. The Baggies' manager said, "Every team brings a different challenge and Stoke will be another difficult game. I have great respect for everyone at that football club and everyone associated with it, particularly the Coates family. My views on that club and Peter [Coates, Stoke City's chairman], a wonderful man, will never ever change."
The later games on Sunday will see Tottenham Hotspur look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Chelsea by beating Burnley at Wembley Stadium. Much has been made of Spurs' poor Wembley form and today's opponents, Burnley, have already claimed three points away to one of London's title challengers when Sean Dyche's side shocked defending champions, Chelsea on the opening weekend.
Spurs' North London rivals, Arsenal will also be in action on Sunday when they travel north for a huge game against Liverpool at Anfield. The Gunners will need to improve considerably from their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City if they are to get anything out of today's game against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Match Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power):
Chelsea vs Everton
Chelsea - 1/2
Draw - 16/5
Everton - 6/1
West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
West Brom - 7/5
Draw - 21/10
Stoke - 11/5
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Liverpool - 11/10
Draw - 13/5
Arsenal - 12/5
Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
Spurs - 1/5
Draw - 11/2
Burnley - 12/1
Paddy Power odds boost on Mayweather vs McGregor
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor - Fight Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 27th August 2017, 3:10am.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing history on Saturday as ring legend, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather takes on 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor.
Months of trash talking will soon be over when the two sporting icons meet in the Nevada desert, with the worldwide TV audience predicted to surpass one billion viewers.
American, Mayweather, is still the overwhelming favourite to win an unprecedented fiftieth fight, however the money continues to come in for outsider, boxing novice, Conor McGregor.
Irishman, McGregor, has developed a fearsome reputation as a mixed martial artist, first ending Jose Aldo's ten-year unbeaten run within 13 seconds and then becoming the first man to hold the UFC title at two different weight divisions simultaneously with a win against the ferocious, Nate Diaz.
But, despite his staggering rise to the summit of UFC, this is McGregor's first ever professional boxing match and many ex-fighters have dismissed his chances of causing an upset against a fighter that boasts a perfect 49-0 record.
Irish bookmakers, Paddy Power, caused a storm on Saturday after seemingly pledging their support not to compatriot McGregor but to Floyd Mayweather. 'The Money' stepped on the scales at the weigh-in adorned in Paddy Power branded underwear.
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