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Who ate all the pies?
Gambling Commission opens an investigation after goalkeeper's pie-eating stunt
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 21st February 2017, 2:09pm.
Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw, may have landed himself in hot water this morning after news that the new cult-hero amongst football fans is being investigated by the Gambling Commission and Football Association.
Millions of viewers watched last night as the larger-than-life character was seen eating a pie whilst sat on the substitutes bench towards the end of the Sutton vs Arsenal FA Cup fifth round tie, screened live on the BBC.
Shaw has this morning revealed that he was aware that Sun Bets were offering odds of 8/1 on him being caught by the TV cameras eating a pie. Sun Bets have revealed that one lucky punter bagged a five-figure win following the stunt.
Shaw claimed, "A few of the lads said to me earlier on: ‘What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?’ I said: ‘I don’t know, I’ve eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on. Sun Bets had us at 8-1 to eat a pie. I thought I would give them a bit of banter and let’s do it. All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down. I went and got it at half time from the kitchen, I had it all prepared and ready to go. It was meat and potato."
He was then asked if he knew of anyone that had backed the bet, to which he replied, "I think there were a few people. Obviously we are not allowed to bet. I think a few of the mates and a few of the fans. It was just a bit of banter for them. It is something to make the occasion as well and you can look back and say it was part of it and we got our ticket money back."
His light-hearted view of the situation is not one shared by either the Football Association or in particular, the Gambling Commission. Richard Watson, enforcement and intelligence director for the Gambling Commission, said, "Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened. As part of that we’ll be looking into any irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its licence requirement to conduct its business with integrity."
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Bristol De Mai Back on Track for the Gold Cup Despite Recent Injury
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by Abi Moses on Tuesday 21st February 2017, 12:22pm.
Despite his knock in Newbury, Bristol De Mai is set to race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The six-year-old was favourite to win in his last race, but jumped awkwardly resulting in injury.
Following a knock on the third fence in Newbury it was obvious Bristol De Mai was lame. Despite the knock back the team have said he will be running regardless of the fact that the distance is still unknown, which is said to be a risk regarding the names the racer will be up against. Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede have said they are looking forward to seeing the grey thoroughbred back in action despite having to perform next to Top Notch, who is set to be the winner.
“We’re still going to have a go at the Gold Cup,” said Bromley about the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai. “The general feeling was he took more out of himself in his previous race at Haydock than we realized.
Speaking about the Gold Cup he added: “It’s a big roll of the dice. Even the distance is still an unknown and there are some very smart horses in there. He’s a lovely horse but he is an outsider, don’t get us wrong.”
Bristol De Mai’s biggest competitor, Top Notch, has previously won three races out of four starts, and is said to have the best chance of a win out of all the owners at the coming festival. Other names set to be racing in the festival are Messire Des Obeaux , Calett Mad and L'Ami Serge.
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Grand National Weights have made Vicente the Top Pick of the Bunch
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by Abi Moses on Wednesday 15th February 2017, 5:47pm.
National Hunt Champion Trainer Paul Nicholas was delighted to receive a Valentine’s card Tuesday from the handicapper setting an allocation of 10st 9lb.
Nicholls’ five Irish-trained horses are set to be the head weights to run in the Grand National this year. Along with the amount of entries the handicapper’s weight will indubitably give the trainer a lead-start in the odds to win the £1m race. This report is being especially highlighted due to The Last Samurai’s handicapper, Phil Smith, is said to be weighing 11st 5lb for the race.
Vicente’s past reputation has proven he would be capable of an extra lap at Aintree. At the age of seven he won a four-mile race at Ayr which has been compared to the excellence of 2013 National champion, Auroras Encore. Failures in The Hennessy, the Welsh National and the Great Yorkshire chase for Vicente will need to be overcome during this race in order to regain credibility. The trainer is hoping for a good result due to the softening fences in this race. The Grand National also has a reputation for quality ground, giving runners a better quality to perform and endure stamina throughout.
Trainer Kim Bailey has released her opinions on her runner, The Last Samurai, being ranked the top-weight at 11st 5lb and having to go against the likes of Vicente.
She’s said: "I can do nothing about it and Phil (Smith, handicapper) has made his opinion on what I've got. The downside is we might end up with top-weight. I spoke to Phil last week and asked if there was any chance of 10st - he told me to take a running jump!”.
As for the other handicappers to take part in the Grand National on the 8th of April, the majority’s weights range from 10st 4lb-10st 12lb. The race will commence at approximately 17:15pm at Aintree.
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Arsenal vs Hull City preview and odds - Can Arsenal return to winning ways after two consecutive losses?
by Abi Moses on Friday 10th February 2017, 12:01pm.
With Manchester City not playing until Monday and Liverpool hosting Tottenham at Saturday teatime, Saturday's early kick-off will give Arsenal an opportunity to keep the pressure on their rivals for Champions League qualification.
Arsenal, currently in fourth position, are at home to a relegation threatened Hull City side in the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday.
With 14 places and 27 points between the sides, many will expect a comfortable home win, but Hull City look a different proposition under new coach Marco Silva. Since his appointment in early January, Hull City have come through a tricky set of fixtures against Bournemouth, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool with 7 points from a possible 12 – astonishingly, the same amount of points earned in their previous 18 games.
Whilst in the last two games, Hull City have enjoyed a 2-0 win against Liverpool and a deserved 0-0 draw away to Manchester United, Arsenal by contrast have faltered badly. Their 3-1 defeat against leaders Chelsea flattered the Gunners, preceded by their shock 2-1 loss at home to mid-table Watford.
A win for Arsenal would be enough to see the Gunners go level with second placed Tottenham Hotspur, for a few hours at least, whilst an away win would lift Hull City up to 15th in the Premier League. An incredible achievement when you consider Silva took over less than one month ago, with Hull City rock-bottom of the Premier League and three points from safety.
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Arsenal - 2/7
Draw - 5/1
Hull City - 10/1
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O'Sullivan off to a flyer in the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix
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by Abi Moses on Wednesday 8th February 2017, 2:39pm.
The 2017 Ladbrokes World Grand Prix got underway this week at The Guild Hall in Preston, with defending champion Shaun Murphy safely through to the last 16 after victory against Michael Holt in the first round.
Murphy could face a tough task in the last 16 with a likely showdown with second seed Ding Junhui, providing he can make it past Chinese compatriot Yu Delu.
The third instalment of the annual snooker tournament, is played out between the world's highest ranked 32 players with a prize of £100,000 available to the winner.
Welsh duo Ryan Day and Michael White will meet in the last 16 after both players defied the tournament's seedings with surprise first round wins against Stuart Bingham and John Higgins.
The pair find themselves in the bottom half of the draw – the half that is arguably the easier of the two, with world number one, Mark Selby, recent German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton and the mercurial talent of Ronnie O'Sullivan all in the top half of the draw.
The Rocket looked in fine form in his opening round, carving out a magnificent break of 137 against China teenager Yan Bingtao on his way to a 4-2 win in their best of seven tie.
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Jesus the saviour for Manchester City?
Super Sunday match previews and odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 5th February 2017, 10:09am.
Manchester City host Swansea City at lunchtime on a Sunday, where a win will be enough to take Pep Guardiola's side up to third in the Premier League.
Their recent 4-0 rout of West Ham United was a first league win in three games. Their own 4-0 drubbing at the hands of an in-form Everton side was followed by a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, despite taking a 2-0 lead.
Manchester City aren't the only side to have made a stuttering start to 2017, the form of Liverpool has been extremely concerning. Sitting comfortably in second place at the turn of the year, Liverpool will drop out of the Champions League places of Manchester City can win a second successive game.
One player responsible for City's upturn in form of late has been January signing Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian forward was impressive on his debut in their FA Cup win at Crystal Palace. His performance enough to see him preferred to Sergio Aguero last time out at West Ham United. Jesus duly obliged by opening his goal scoring account.
Another side who can put pressure on the stuttering top four is City's rivals Manchester United. Mourinho's side are currently on the league's longest unbeaten run having gone 14 games without defeat.
The catalyst of their upturn in fortunes has been a solid defence. Since their 4-0 loss at Chelsea in October, no side has managed more than one goal in any game against United since then.
The Red Devils travel to last year's champions, Leicester City on Sunday. The goal-shy Foxes are yet to register a single goal in 2017, so a home win against one of the league's meanest defence looks a tough ask.
Like neighbours City, a win for The Red Devils will see them put pressure on the top four. Three points will see them go within a single point of Liverpool and just two short of Arsenal.
Current match odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):
Manchester City vs Swansea City
Manchester City - 2/9
Draw - 6/1
Swansea City - 12/1
Leicester City vs Manchester United
Leicester City - 9/2
Draw - 3/1
Manchester United - 4/6
Egypt vs. Cameroon match odds and preview
Cameroon defy the odds to reach the African Cup of Nations final
by Abi Moses on Friday 3rd February 2017, 3:34pm.
Cameroon defeated Ghana 2-0 to set up showdown with Egypt in the final of the African Cup of Nations, a repeat of the 2008 final.
The Indomitable Lions' run to the final of this year's tournament is quite remarkable given their label as the "worst Cameroon side of all time" before the competition started. After losing that 2008 final 1-0, they will now be out to avenge that defeat of nine years ago.
Sunday's clash is not just a repeat of the 2008 final but a showdown between the tournament's two most successful ever sides. Egypt and Cameroon have won 11 titles between them, including six wins in seven tournaments between 1998 and 2010. Neither side, however, have even reached the semi-final stage since then.
With Cameroon set to host the 2019 competition, there is an extra incentive for Hugo Broos' side to go into that tournament as defending champions. His squad were in disarray leading up to the start of the tournament, with a host of late withdrawals, including the debacle caused by the inclusion of defender Joel Matip. Liverpool's Matip, claimed he had previously retired from internationally duty and refused to travel. After FIFA intervention, Matip resumed club duties.
The Belgian coach of Cameroon is confident his youthful group of underdogs can finish a remarkable tournament by winning a fifth continental trophy. Broos said "In the 29 years I've been a coach, I've never worked with a group like this. It's a fantastic group of players both on and off the field and they deserve the final. We've shown from the start that we are getting better but it's still a dream that we've got to the final."
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by Abi Moses on Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:08pm.
The 2017 Six Nations championship will get underway this weekend in what is potentially the toughest competition to call in years.
With the British Lions' tour of New Zealand on the horizon, the home nations seem to have upped their game over the past twelve months.
England can break their national record for consecutive wins if they beat France at Twickenham on Saturday. Their 37-21 win over Australia at the end of last year was their 14th straight win, equalling the record set by Clive Woodward's World Cup winning squad back in 2002/03.
Incidentally Eddie Jones' side are now just four games short of New Zealand's world record, another Grand Slam will be enough to surpass that record.
The All Blacks recorded 18 consecutive wins between August 2015 and October 2016 before that run came to abrupt end as Ireland recorded a famous 40-29 victory in Chicago, a first ever Irish win against New Zealand.
Like England, Ireland enjoyed a memorable 2016 as they completed a clean sweep of wins of the Southern Hemisphere 'big three'. Their historic win against New Zealand coming either side of wins against giants South Africa and Australia.
Wales also claimed a major scalp as they defeated South Africa in their final match of mixed 2016. The Welsh narrowly lost out on a Six Nations title after losing 25-21 to England at Twickenham. England raced into a 19-0 lead before Wales almost completed the greatest comeback in Six Nations' history.
A much-improved Scottish side have much to be encouraged by in 2016. Although the record books will show they lost four out of their ten games, that only tells half the story. Their 23-22 loss to Australia, despite leading 22-16 with just six minutes to go was typical of their luck in 2016. Their three Six Nations losses were all by a small margin, losing by six points to England, four points to Wales and by ten points to Ireland – twelve of Ireland's points were scored whilst Scotland had a man in the sinbin.
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"Unlucky" Liverpool must win as they welcome league leaders Chelsea to Anfield
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by Abi Moses on Tuesday 31st January 2017, 5:05pm.
Liverpool welcome league leaders Chelsea to Merseyside tonight knowing that only a win will be good enough, as they look to stop their poor run of form.
After an impressive start to the season, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side have endured a nightmare start to 2017. Having taken just two points from their three league games since the turn of the year, Liverpool have dropped from second to fourth in less than one month. Their miserable January was compounded after being dumped out of both domestic cup competitions last week; losing in the semi-final of the EFL Cup to Southampton before their embarrassing loss to Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round.
Tonight, league leaders Chelsea are the visitors to Anfield in what is a must win game for hosts Liverpool. If Liverpool lose they will find themselves 13 points behind the league leaders, their title chances will be all but over and their Champions League spot will come under threat the Manchester duo, City and United who currently occupy fifth and sixth positions.
Given their early season promise, Liverpool's sudden and significant dip in form has come as a shock to both managers. Chelsea manage Antonio Conte said "Liverpool's recent results are difficult to explain and I feel they have been unlucky".
Liverpool manager, Klopp was in a positive mood claiming "losing three home games in a row feels less than average. But losing in three competitions is better than losing three in just one".
The transformations in both side's fortunes since their meeting at Stamford Bridge in September is staggering. Liverpool completely outplayed Chelsea in the reverse fixture, earning a 2-1 win. Chelsea then lost a second consecutive game away at Arsenal but since then have been almost invincible with 17 wins in 18 league games.
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League Cup semi-final odds
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 24th January 2017, 10:38am.
Liverpool take on Southampton this evening in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.
Jürgen Klopp's side are up against it if they are to set up a potential Wembley showdown with fierce rivals Manchester United.
An early Nathan Redmond goal in the first leg at St Mary's means Southampton will take a slender 1-0 lead to Anfield this evening.
Such was The Saints' dominance a fortnight ago, many people believe that Southampton are unlucky to only have a one goal advantage going into the second leg. This view is shared by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp who has suggested that Southampton may regret not capitalising on an under-par performance by his side.
Klopp said "If we had been down 3-0 we would have to think about a few things but it is only 1-0 and so still everything is possible for us."
Liverpool are likely to be boosted by the return of defender Joel Matip. The former Cameroon international has been unavailable for selection after being caught up in a bizarre club vs country battle. Cameroon named Matip in the squad for the African Cup of Nations, despite claims that he had retired from international football back in 2015. Matip can now return to the heart of the Liverpool defence following FIFA clearance.
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Tottenham looking for record sixth consecutive league win
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by Abi Moses on Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:34am.
Tottenham will hope to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea when they host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League's early kick-off.
A win today will leave Spurs just four points off top spot, for a few hours at least. Chelsea visit holders Leicester City in the evening kick-off. If Tottenham do manage to seal three points at White Hart Lane they will equal a club record sixth straight Premier League win.
Their upturn in fortunes has in no small part been down to the form of England international Dele Alli. His seven goals in four games have certainly not gone unnoticed, with the former MK Dons midfielder being courted by Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to several media sources.
If Alli finds the back at the net against West Bromwich Albion he will equal Rafael van der Vaart's record by scoring in his fifth consecutive Premier League game.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Sam Allardyce will return to West Ham with his Crystal Palace side in a mouthwatering London derby.
Another side under a new manager is Hull City. A disappointing defeat against West Bromwich Albion left The Tigers rock bottom and Mike Phelan was swiftly dismissed and replaced by former Sporting and Olympiakos coach Marco Silva. Silva' first game in charge is at home to Bournemouth. Eddie Howe will be hoping his Bournemouth side can bounce back after throwing away a three-goal lead in their last game, drawing 3-3 at home to Arsenal.
Complete Saturday fixture list:
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion
Burnley vs SouthamptonHull City vs Bournemouth
Sunderland vs Stoke City
Swansea City vs Arsenal
Watford vs Middlesbrough
West Ham United vs Crystal Palace
Leicester City vs Chelsea
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2016 Boxing Day fixtures
Chelsea hoping to make it 12 from 12
by Abi Moses on Monday 26th December 2016, 10:41pm.
Boxing Day will see four of the Premier League's top six sides in action.
Leaders Chelsea are chasing a club record 12th consecutive league win when they welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge.
Conte's side have been unstoppable in recent weeks and start the day six points clear of the chasing pack.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are all in action on Boxing Day ready to capitalise on any potential Chelsea slip up.
Manchester United's game at home to Sunderland will see David Moyes return to Old Trafford for the first time since his disappointing spell in charge of the Red Devils.
Moyes has had his say ahead of the game and was critical of the new United regime. The Sunderland boss claims that United's "great traditions have gone", referring to large transfer fees paid since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes claimed "They were a football club who enjoyed traditions with the way they spent. They didn't try to compete with all the other clubs. They did what they thought was the right thing to do and spent the right way."
Boxing Day match odds (courtesy of Bet365):
Arsenal - 7/20
Draw - 17/4
West Bromwich Albion - 10/1
Burnley - 15/8
Draw - 21/10
Middlesbrough - 9/5
Chelsea - 2/5
Draw - 4/1
Bournemouth - 8/1
Leicester City - 31/20
Draw - 23/10
Everton - 2/1
Manchester United - 2/9
Draw - 6/1
Sunderland - 14/1
Swansea City - 29/20
Draw - 12/5
West Ham United - 21/10
Hull City - 8/1
Draw - 9/2
Manchester City - 4/11
Cue Card and Thistlecrack set for Kempton Park showdown
King George VI Chase preview
by Abi Moses on Monday 26th December 2016, 2:04pm.
The traditional Boxing Day King George VI Chase will take place at Kempton Park this afternoon with last year's winner Cue Card favourite to win again.
After the disappointing late withdrawal of Coneygree, the race will be contested by just five runners.
Whilst Josses Hill, Tea For Two and Silviniaco Conti all have the ability to win, the race looks set to be a fascinating head-to-head between the Colin Tizzard trained duo Cue Card and Thistlecrack.
Both horses are incredibly talented with opinions split on who will come out on top. Cue Card carries a wealth of experience, running in the King George for a fifth time and comes into the race in supreme form after his Betfair Chase win last time out.
As for Thistecrack, his potential is huge. Nobody doubts that he will win a King George Chase at some point, but can he stop his stablemate retaining his title and win this year?
With little to choose between the leading pair, bookmakers are obviously cautious about offering a big price and leaving themselves exposed.
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by Abi Moses on Saturday 10th December 2016, 12:32pm.
Manchester City travel to Leicester City in the late kick off on
Saturday aiming to close to within a single point of league leaders Chelsea.
Guardiola's side will need to bounce back after they surrendered
a one goal lead, allowing Chelsea to take all three points away from The Etihad
Stadium in their crucial game last weekend.
Leicester City have themselves been struggling domestically with
manager Claudio Ranieri choosing to prioritise the Champions League over
defending their Premier League title.
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BetStars launch exciting new 'Spin & Bet' feature
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by Abi Moses on Thursday 1st December 2016, 11:05am.
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West Brom take on Burnley live on Sky
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by Abi Moses on Monday 21st November 2016, 2:01pm.
Bromwich Albion host Burnley on Monday evening and manager Tony Pulis will hope
his side can build on their win away to Leicester last time out.
Brom's 2-1 win at The King Power Stadium ended a run of five league games
without a win. Albeit that winless run coincided with a tough run of fixtures,
including home ties against Manchester City and Tottenham as well as a visit to
Anfield and an in-form Liverpool side.
Burnley however are in a rich vein of form, taking seven points from their past
three games. Home wins against Everton and Crystal Palace came either side of
an encouraging 1-1 draw away to Manchester United for Sean Dyche's side.
two sides go into the game with just a single point separating them in the
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Middlesbrough vs Chelsea preview
by Abi Moses on Sunday 20th November 2016, 7:46am.
After yesterday's results, Chelsea can go top of the Premier League with a win against Middlesbrough this afternoon.
Antonio Conte's side currently sit in third position in the league but are on a superb run of form at the moment. Winning each of their last five league games without conceding a goal.
A run that has coincided with a change of tactics and personnel. Adopting a 3-4-3 formation has benefitted new wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses, whilst the solid platform provided by playing three centre backs as well as two holding midfielders has seen Eden Hazard excel with less defensive responsibilities.
If Chelsea are to continue that run however, they cannot afford to underestimate Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough side.
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last three league games, a win at home to Bournemouth sandwiched in between two equally impressive draws away at Arsenal and most recently at Manchester City.
Chelsea's chances have improved after both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both came through late fitness tests. Both players picked up knocks on international duty and were doubts for the Riverside clash.
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by Abi Moses on Saturday 12th November 2016, 2:10pm.
Saturday's World Cup qualifiers could prove to be crucial in the group as the big four; Wales, Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Austria go head to head.
Wales, buoyed by the return of talisman Aaron Ramsey will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing draw at home to Georgia as they look to keep with the early pacesetters in a tough looking group.
The game in Cardiff will see two of international football's in-form players go up against each other as Wales' Gareth Bale and Dusan Tadic of Serbia take to the field. Both players have already clocked three goals apiece in the opening three qualifiers.
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Weekend football preview
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by Abi Moses on Friday 11th November 2016, 7:19pm.
With the final internationals of the year now complete, our attention turns back to domestic football this weekend.
Liverpool go into an action packed weekend of football on top of the Premier League and visit Southampton in one of six 3 o'clock kick offs.
The fixture has had an extra dimension in recent years with Liverpool's continuous raid of Southampton stars. Adam Lallana will miss out against his former club through injury but former Saints stars Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne are all expected to be in the Liverpool starting eleven.
In the other Saturday 3 o'clock games, Manchester City, who travel to Crystal Palace, will need to improve their recent domestic form, with one win in their last four league games Guardiola's side cannot afford to fall further behind Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Here is a full list of the weekend's Premier League fixtures (kick off 3pm Saturday unless stated)
Manchester United vs Arsenal (12:30pm)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
Everton vs Swansea City
Southampton vs Liverpool
Stoke City vs Bournemouth
Sunderland vs Hull City
Watford vs Leicester City
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Conor McGregor out to make history in Madison Square Garden
UFC 205 preview
by Abi Moses on Friday 11th November 2016, 3:37pm.
In a much anticipated fight this weekend, Irishman Conor McGregor can make UFC history and become the first fighter to simultaneously hold two world titles in two different weight classes.
Featherweight world champions McGregor heads to New York City where he will take on current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez as UFC takes place at the iconic Madison Square Garden for the first time ever.
There is no doubt that Conor McGregor is now UFC's star attraction and records are certainly going to tumble at UFC 205. The fight is expected to beat the $3m disclosed purse at UFC 202, an all time record. The all-time gate record of UFC is expected to be beaten at the weekend and by doing so, the bout will also beat the gate record for Madison Square Garden, eclipsing the €13.5m gate set by heavyweight boxing's unification bout between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield back in 1999.
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Double your winnings if Austria or Ireland hit the cross bar
World Cup qualifiers preview
by Abi Moses on Friday 11th November 2016, 7:11am.
When the draw was made, most people would've made Group D as the toughest to call and so it is proving.
The 'big four' of Wales, Republic of Ireland, Serbia and Austria are all capable of winning the group and qualifying for the World Cup in 2018.
After three games only three points separate the top four and with all four sides going head to head this weekend, that could decrease further.
Ahead of Serbia's visit to the Cardiff City Stadium, Wales are boosted by the return to international football of Aaron Ramsey. The Arsenal midfielder, named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament has missed all of Wales' qualifiers so far through injury but will go straight back into the starting line up on Saturday.
With Wales and Serbia not kicking off until 7:45, both Austria and Republic of Ireland have the chance to lay down a marker earlier the same day.
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Champions League preview
Leicester and Tottenham hoping to take inspiration from Man City and Arsenal heroics
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 1st November 2016, 6:22pm.
Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City will play in the Champions League tonight and will undoubtedly take inspiration from fellow English clubs Manchester City and Arsenal.
Arsenal pulled off a heroic great escape, coming from 2-0 down away to Ludogorets to win 3-2 thanks to a fabulous solo goal by in-form Mesut Ozil.
Whilst in Manchester, Pep Guardiola's City avenged their defeat in Barcelona a fortnight ago by recording a historic 3-1 win against the Spanish giants.
In tonight's games, a win for Leicester City away to FC Copenhagen will be enough to see the Premier League champions join Arsenal in the knockout phase; an incredible achievement in their debut season on the competition.
Tottenham, however, like Manchester City yesterday, face a must win game at home to Bayer Leverkusen. With a disappointing return of four points from their opening three games, Spurs are in danger of being eliminated at the group stage. A win for Leverkusen will see them leapfrog tonight's opponents.
Below is a full list of Wednesday's Champions League fixtures:
Monaco vs CSKA Moscow
Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund vs Sporting Lisbon
Legia Warsaw vs Real Madrid
FC Copenhagen vs Leicester City
FC Porto vs Club Brugge
Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb
Juventus vs Lyon
Champions League match odds
Guardiola dubs Barcelona match as a "cup final" for City
by Abi Moses on Monday 31st October 2016, 6:18pm.
Manchester City will welcome Barcelona to The Etihad Stadium tonight, hoping to bounce back from their 4-0 humbling in The Nou Camp two weeks ago.
After the loss at Barcelona, coupled with City dropping points against Celtic, Pep Guardiola's side are now just one point ahead of German club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Group stage elimination would be disastrous for Manchester City and for Pep Guardiola in particular. Fears which have led to Guardiola calling tonight's game a "cup final" for Manchester City.
There is English representation elsewhere this evening as Arsenal travel to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets.
The Gunners find themselves in a much stronger position than City, with 7 points from their first three matches. If Arsenal win and results go their way in Paris they will qualify for the knockout stages tonight for the 17th consecutive season.
Below is a full list of Tuesday's Champions League fixtures:
Basel vs Paris Saint Germain
Ludogorets vs Arsenal
Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev
Besiktas vs Napoli
Manchester City vs Barcelona
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Celtic
PSV Eindhoven vs Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid vs FC Rostov
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Melbourne Cup odds
Will we see another 100/1 winner or will bookies' favourite Hartnell triumph?
by Abi Moses on Monday 31st October 2016, 12:47pm.
The Melbourne Cup, one of the most prestigious annual horse races in the world will take place on Tuesday 1st November.
Run at Flemington Racecourse as part of the Spring Festival, the Melbourne Cup is the world's richest handicap run over two miles and one of the world's richest turf races.
The current bookies' favourite is the John O'Shea trained Hartnell. Hartnell disappointed in last year's race from a high draw but has proved to be a top class performer since then with an impressive hat-trick over rivals Grand Marshal, Who Shot Thebarman and Jameka.
Last year's winner, Prince of Penzance, was a 100/1 shot before the race, which suggests the race is as unpredictable as any other in the horse racing calendar.
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Super Sunday - Chelsea vs Manchester United match odds
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by Abi Moses on Sunday 23rd October 2016, 7:17am.
Chelsea play Manchester United Sunday afternoon with current United boss Jose Mourinho likely to steal all the headlines as he returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being dismissed less than a year ago.
Mourinho is Chelsea's most successful ever manager, guiding them to three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cup victories in his two spells in charge.
Mourinho deserves a good reception
Current Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte feels that Mourinho deserves a good reception when he returns but made it clear that he will not receive any preferential treatment once the game has started.
In his pre-match press conference Conte said "When you have won three titles you remain in the hearts of the fans. He was an important manager for Chelsea and a big part of the story. He deserves a good reception but when the whistle goes he becomes an enemy, like the other players of Manchester United."
United looked a much improved proposition when they easily swept Fenerbahce aside in their midweek Europa League game and will need to once again rediscover their early season form of they are to overcome a rejuvenated Chelsea side.
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Chelsea vs Leicester City match odds
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by Abi Moses on Friday 14th October 2016, 11:47am.
With another international break over, football fans everywhere will once again focus on domestic football this weekend.
The first Premier League game of the weekend will see the last two league winners go head to head as holders Leicester City visit Stamford Bridge to take on 2015 champions Chelsea.
Chelsea's form "indifferent"
Chelsea's start to the season has been indifferent to say the least. After winning their opening three games they then went three games without a win before their 2-0 defeat of Hull.
Their stuttering start has seen rumours circulate over the past few days that manager Antonio Conte is on the verge of the sack just three months after taking charge. In fact several bookmakers suspended bets on him losing his job.
Kante up against old teammates
Saturday afternoon's match will see N'Golo Kante go up against the side he helped lift the Premier League title last season. Although a mass exodus of players was expected, Kante was the only senior player to leave Leicester City in the close season.
Conte said "Kante is an important player. He is a fantastic player with good stamina, technique and personality. He brought a great will to fight and he is a humble man. I like him and these types of players, those who put the team before himself.
Current match odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):
Chelsea - 4/7
Draw - 16/5
Leicester City - 5/1
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Weekly sports roundup
Ennis and Fury dominate headlines
by Abi Moses on Thursday 13th October 2016, 11:38am.
was a dramatic day for British sport as we saw heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill
retire followed by the news that Tyson Fury has had his boxing licence
suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Ennis-Hill’s retirement come somewhat as a shock, as many had expected her to
carry on until after next year’s World Championships in London.
The Championships would’ve seen
Ennis-Hill return to the city of her greatest achievement, an Olympic gold
medal for Great Britain in 2012. The Sheffield-born athlete took time out from
athletics when she gave birth to her first child in 2014, but returned to the
sport in time to take a silver medal at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
In a statement left on her social media page Ennis-Hill wrote “Amazing memories...from my first world title in Berlin 2009 to Rio
2016 I'm so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I
love and this has been one of the toughest decisions I've had to make. But I
know that retiring now is right. I've always said I want to leave my sport on a
high and have no regrets and I can truly say that. I want to thank my family
and incredible team who have spent so much of their time supporting me and
enabling me to achieve my dreams. Also a huge thank you to all those people who
have supported and followed my career over the years x”.
Tyson Fury’s potential retirement has come in stark contrast to
Ennis-Hill’s. One day after forfeiting his WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles
yesterday, the BBBC has announced he has had his licence suspended to focus on
mental health problems. The decision has been made after Fury had admitted he’d
taken drugs as a way of dealing with depression.
Fury’s uncle and trainer, Peter Fury has today confirmed that Tyson is
being treated for a “form of manic depression”. In an interview with BBC Sport,
Peter Fury continued “He acknowledges there’s an issue, that’s the start to
recovery. But maybe it is a blessing in disguise he is taking some time out and
getting this treatment, as it has been lingering on for quite a while."
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World Cup qualifiers preview: Tuesday 11th October
Henderson to captain England as Rooney is dropped for "tactical reasons"
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 11th October 2016, 8:47am.
Manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has been dropped for England's game away to Slovenia this evening.
Many had predicted that Rooney would make way for Eric Dier after experiencing a tough match against Malta last time out.
Rooney booed at Wembley
Rooney was booed by sections of his own fans at Wembley on Saturday and not has admitted in his pre-match interview that's he's in difficult period. Rooney has started on the bench for Manchester United's last three matches and now will be handed the same role for England.
Southgate has claimed that the decision to drop Rooney was tactical. He said "We have looked at he way Slovenia play and I knew in my mind the profile of the midfield I wanted to play in this game. In no way is it a reflection of Wayne's performance on Saturday."
Henderson will captain England
In the absence of Wayne Rooney, Southgate has confirmed that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will lead England out this evening.
England's game away to Slovenia is one of nine games being played on another action packed evening of international football.
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Draw - 11/4
England - 4/6
Kazakhstan - 5/1
Draw - 13/5
Romania - 4/6
Slovakia - 6/5
Draw - 11/5
Scotland - 13/5
Lithuania - 1/4
Draw - 9/2
Malta - 14/1
Poland - 1/7
Draw - 7/1
Armenia - 22/1
Denmark - 4/7
Draw - 3/1
Montenegro - 11/2
Norway - 1/100
Draw - 28/1
San Marino - 66/1
Germany - 1/10
Draw - 17/2
Northern Ireland - 33/1
Czech Republic - 2/7
Draw - 9/2
Azerbaijan - 11/1
World Cup Qualifiers update
Accumulator bets becoming increasingly popular
by Abi Moses on Saturday 8th October 2016, 1:39pm.
The latest round of World Cup qualifiers got off to a flyer
last night with no less than 30 goals in the 9 matches played.
With wins for Iceland, Serbia, Albania, Ireland and Croatia all
proving popular choices with bettors, an accumulator bet, proved a very successful
Accumulator bets becoming more and more popular
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Scotland (vs Lithuania) – 4/9
Wales (vs Georgia) – 3/10
Croatia (vs Finland) – 8/15
World Cup qualifiers: preview and updates
Ladbrokes launch "game-changing" new feature
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 4th October 2016, 8:16pm.
This week will see the return of international football with more World Cup qualifiers taking place, with 54 games played around Europe over six days, starting on Thursday.
The standout fixture on Thursday will see Spain visit Italy in a repeat of their Euro 2016 second round match. Italy came out on top on that occasion and head to Turin unbeaten in 51 qualifying matches, a sequence stretching back over ten years.
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New Ladbrokes feature "a game-changer"
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Di Matteo sacked by Aston Villa as owner calls his appointment "a mistake"
Steve Bruce the bookies favourite to be the next boss
by Abi Moses on Monday 3rd October 2016, 11:36am.
Aston Villa are looking for their fifth manager in less than a year after sacking Roberto Di Matteo.
Di Matteo, a Champions League winning coach with Chelsea, was only appointed manager at Villa Park on the 2nd June, shortly after Villa's takeover by Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia.
Xia invested over £50m on new players to help fire Villa back to the Premier League at the first attempt. But Di Matteo, who had previously led Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion to promotion in 2010, managed only one win in eleven league games.
*** Villa are currently without a win in nine league games ***
That win, a 3-0 win at home to bottom club Rotherham was back in August, with Villa currently on a nine game winless run.
One major cause of this is their habit of conceding late goals. Villa have conceded after the 85th minute in five or their eleven league games so far this season.
Owner has his say on social media
Owner Xia took to Twitter this morning and said "A difficult decision 4the board. But rather sooner than later we'd make the decision. All need learn & not repeat mistakes again & again. #UTV"
The early favourite to replace Di Matteo is former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce. Bruce has an impressive record at Championship level, winning promotion twice with Birmingham and twice with his last club, Hull City.
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Sam Allardyce - 8/1
Steve Clarke - 8/1
Steve McClaren - 8/1
David Wagner - 8/1
Dean Smith - 8/1
Simon Grayson - 8/1
Lee Johnson - 12/1
Ryan Giggs - 14/1
Mick McCarthy - 16/1
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Football League preview
Fantastic odds available with all the big guns playing away
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 27th September 2016, 7:31am.
There is a full Football League program this week, with all 72 clubs playing over the next two days.
In the Championship, the game of the week will be tomorrow as league leaders Norwich City host promotion favourites Newcastle United.
This fixture last season, a 3-2 win for Norwich, arguably ended Newcastle's hopes of Premier League survival. A win this week will certainly reignite their promotion push.
After a shaky start, with two consecutive losses, Newcastle looked to have adjusted to life in the second tier. They climbed to the top of the table with five consecutive league wins, scoring 15 goals and conceding just one.
Since then however, they were disappointing at home to Wolves, losing 2-0 before throwing away 3 points at Villa Park. Newcastle should've been out of sight at Aston Villa but couldn't find a second goal, finally conceding a last minute equaliser as the relegated duo drew 1-1.
Aston Villa hoping to kickstart their season
Aston Villa will be hoping that late equaliser will be enough to kickstart their season. Currently sat in 17th position, Di Matteo's side need to start turning draws into wins, 6 stalemates in their last 7 games is the reason for their lowly league position.
Next up for Villa is a trip to Oakwell to take on one of the season's surprise packages Barnsley. Amongst the favourites for relegation, Barnsley sit just one point behind Newcastle and Birmingham in seventh place.
Two consecutive defeats however have left fans concerned that they'll find themselves sliding down the table, especially when you consider Derby County, one of the sides occupying the relegation spots will almost certainly be pushing for a play-off place when they finally kickstart their season.
Derby head to another of this season's underperformers tonight when they visit Cardiff City. Buoyed by their win at the weekend, and new signing Rickie Lambert finding the back of the net twice, Cardiff will have their own play-off aspirations.
Tight at the top in League One
League One could see wholesale changes at the business end this evening with four of the current top five facing tricky away fixtures; Scunthorpe, Bury, Bolton and Northampton. Not one of those four sides have won more than two games on the road this season.
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Under pressure Wayne Rooney affected by recent criticisms
Coral offering enhanced odds on United vs Leicester
by Abi Moses on Friday 23rd September 2016, 2:40pm.
Saturday's early Premier League kick off will see last season's Premier League champions Leicester City visit last season's FA Cup winners Manchester United.
United manager Jose Mourinho is expected to ring the changes as he looks to avoid a third consecutive league defeat for only the second time in his career.
Rooney position under threat
One player whose starting position has been a hot topic of discussion is Wayne Rooney's.
The United and England captain has struggled with form recently, and many journalists believe his inclusion is detrimental to the team, with suggestions he slows down the play too often.
Jose Mourinho claimed that the captaincy does not protect Rooney from being dropped but was keen to blame Rooney's critics for his recent slump in form.
Mourinho claims his player has been affected by the criticism that has intensified since England's recent win over Slovakia. Mourinho said "Honestly I think there was a Wayne before the Slovakia-England game and a Wayne after the Slovakia-England game.
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Current odds on today's game (courtesy of Coral):
Manchester United - 4/6
Draw - 11/4
Leicester City - 5/1
Champions League of Darts odds
Competiton sponsor Unibet announce fantastic new customer offer
by Abi Moses on Thursday 22nd September 2016, 1:40pm.
This weekend Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena will host the inaugural Champions League of Darts, sponsored by Unibet.
The new tournament will feature the top eight players from the PDC's Order of Merit. The likes of world number one Michael van Gerwen, Phil "The Power" Taylor and 2016 world champion Gary Anderson will all be involved.
The eight players taking part will be split into two groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to Sunday's semi-finals.
The winners of each semi-final will then go head-to-head later that evening in the final. The winners will take home the first prize of £100,000 and the distinction of winning darts' first ever Champions League.
Michael van Gerwen will go into the tournament as the odds on favourite. His recent Players Championship victory was his 18th tournament win of the year so far.
The Dutchman is in fine form and that 18th tournament win, including his last 5 events, means he has already matched 2015's tally of wins.
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Michael van Gerwen - 8/11
Gary Anderson - 5/1
Phil Taylor - 11/2
Adrian Lewis - 16/1
Peter Wright - 16/1
James Wade - 18/1
Michael Smith - 28/1
Robert Thornton - 66/1
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Chelsea vs Liverpool match odds
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by Abi Moses on Friday 16th September 2016, 1:32pm.
Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge tonight in this season's second Friday night Premier League game.
Both sides go into the tie in great form with Chelsea still unbeaten this season and Liverpool arriving on the back off an impressive 4-1 win over defending champions Leicester City.
For Chelsea, David Luiz is set to make his first appearance tonight since re-signing from Paris Saint Germain.
Luiz will replace captain John Terry who's set to miss out through injury. Terry suffered ankle ligament damage in the draw at Swansea and will not only miss tonight game but is also a doubt for both Tuesday's EFL Cup game at Leicester and next weekend's Emirates Stadium showdown with Arsenal.
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Current match odds (courtesy of Bet365):
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Draw - 5/2
Liverpool - 12/5
Fan Duel to change to way you play fantasy football
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by Abi Moses on Wednesday 14th September 2016, 6:22pm.
If you're a fan of Premier League football the likelihood is not only do you enjoy a weekly flutter but you're registered with one of the many fantasy football leagues available.
Now you can combine the two with a fantasy football competition paying out in cash, every week. Not only can you play in the Premier League but Fan Duel also run competitions in the Champions League and more!
will give you an introduction to Fan Duel. Each week you will select a team of 11 players, consisting of 1 goalkeeper, 3-5 defenders, 3-5 midfielders and 1-3 forwards. When you're happy with your team selection, simply press submit and sit back and watch the winnings roll in.
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* Shot on target - 5 points
* Successful tackle - 2 points
* Chance creates - 3 points
* Interception - 1.5 points
* Clearance - 1 point
* Shot blocked - 2 points
* Foul drawn - 0.5 points
* 5 successful passes - 0.25 points
* Missed penalty - -5 points
* Own goal - -5 points
* Yellow card - -1 point
* Red card - -5 points
* Clean sheet for GK - 10 points
* Saved penalty for GK - 6 points
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Champions League 2016/17 odds
Tournament favourite already firing on all cylinders
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 13th September 2016, 2:37pm.
The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League will get underway this evening and unsurprisingly Spanish duo Barcelona and Real Madrid join German giants Bayern Munich at the head of the betting.
This season's competition is arguably as open as it had been for many years with at least 8 teams in with a realistic chance of lifting the trophy in Cardiff next summer. Many of the favourites have flown out of the blocks domestically with plenty of goals and Europe's top forwards picking up where they all left off last season.
Favourites Barcelona get off to indifferent start in La Liga
Pre-tournament favourites Barcelona have had an indifferent start to the season. After opening their La Liga campaign with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis, which included a brace for Messi and a Luis Suarez hat-trick. They were however, less convincing in their 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, before a shock 2-1 defeat to Alaves last time out.
Real Madrid have started the domestic season in ominous form with three consecutive wins, scoring ten goals in the process. Current UEFA player of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo played his first game since limping out of Portugal's victorious Euro 2016 final and was on the scoresheet after just six minutes.
Lewandowski fires 7 goals in just 4 games
Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have been just as impressive in front of goal as their Spanish counterparts with eight goals scored and none against in their first two Bundesliga games. Robert Lewandowski has a personal haul 4 goals in 2 leagues games and an incredible 7 in 4 in all competitions.
Juventus have started this season a lot better than they started they last. Three consecutive wins sees them sat on top of Serie A with 9 points from 3 games. Last season they didn't reach 9 points until late October after losing 3 of their first 6 games. Record signing Gonzalo Higuain has chipped in with 3 goals in as many games.
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Current odds to win the 2016/17 Champions League (courtesy of SunBets):
Barcelona - 7/2
Bayern Munich - 4/1
Real Madrid - 5/1
Juventus - 10/1
Manchester City - 12/1
Paris Saint Germain - 14/1
Atletico Madrid - 14/1
Borussia Dortmund - 16/1
Manchester derby odds
United favourites as Mourinho goes head to head with Guardiola again
by Abi Moses on Friday 9th September 2016, 6:46pm.
A massive weekend of sport kicks off this Saturday lunchtime with the Manchester derby.
Both sides will go into the game with a 100% record in the Premier League this season which further emphasises the magnitude of the game.
Players will be playing not only for local pride but also an edge in the title race. As if the match needed any more hype, it will also see Jose Mourinho go head to head with his old adversary Pep Guardiola.
Mourinho, hurting from being snubbed by Barcelona before Guardiola himself was offered the managers job, took over at Barca's biggest rivals Real Madrid.
In his two years in Spain, Mourinho's relationship with Pep rapidly disintegrated. Touchline spats, mind games in their interviews, and a massive rivalry on the pitch turned 'El Clasico' into a grudge match.
Fast forward two years and here we are again. The same two managers, managing two massive local rivals at the top of the game.
Aguero out for City
City were dealt a massive blow in the build up to the game with the news that Sergio Aguero will miss the game.
Aguero was charged with violent conduct following an elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid in City's last match and will now sit out three games through suspension, starting with the Manchester derby.
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Gatland announced as Lions coach again
Can the Lions triumph down under?
by Abi Moses on Thursday 8th September 2016, 2:24pm.
As expected Warren Gatland has been announced as head coach for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand next summer.
Four years ago, Gatland led the Lions to their first series win in 16 years but leading a first tour victory in his home country since 1971 will be arguably his greatest achievement.
Howley to lead Wales in the autumn
Gatland has passed his Welsh coaching duties to Rob Howley for the autumn internationals and will focus on his Lions role with immediate effect.
During the press conference in Edinburgh, Gatland seems full of confidence ahead of the tour. He said "I know from having been in New Zealand recently (for Wales' summer tour) how much excitement there is ahead of next year. For the All Blacks, a Lions series is the ultimate test, but I'm 100% confident that we can go and win in New Zealand."
New Zealand lost several players to retirement after retaining the World Cup last autumn, some of the greatest players in world rugby - Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith to name just a few, all bowed out after becoming the first nation to retain rugby union's World Cup.
New look All Blacks in ominous form
Despite the mass retirements, New Zealand started this year's Rugby Championship in ominous form, twice sweeping Australia aside, 42-8 in Sydney before an equally impressive 29-9 win in Wellington.
Gatland will name his coaching team later this year before his squad is announced next spring.
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Wales vs Moldova preview
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by Abi Moses on Monday 5th September 2016, 12:52pm.
Wales begin their quest for World Cup qualification at home to Moldova tonight as they look to end 60 years of disappointment and failure in their attempts to qualify for a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.
Just to put into context how long the Welsh have waited to reach the World Cup, the last tournament they entered saw them eliminated by Brazil, thanks to a goal by a little known 17 year old called Pele.
Wales, no longer the underdogs
Under Chris Coleman, Wales look hungry, organised and most importantly united. Their heroics in reaching the semi finals of Euro 2016 has certainly enhanced their reputation. They now find themselves in the unfamiliar position of fans expecting rather than hoping they can get to Russia in two years time.
As usual, their key man will be Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, however with Aaron Ramsey missing out this evening through injury, Bale will have even more responsibility on his shoulders.
One concern for Chris Coleman will be match fitness, several of his Welsh squad have had little or no game time this season. In fact many of the squad will not have played a competitive game since losing to Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi final.
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Draw - 5/1
Moldova - 18/1
Aviva Premiership title odds
Champions Saracens hoping for a third consecutive title
by Abi Moses on Friday 2nd September 2016, 3:26pm.
Today will see the return of rugby union's Aviva Premiership.
Current champions Saracens get their defence underway tomorrow when they host Worcester Warriors at Twickenham.
Saracens hoping to match Wasps three in a row
After winning back to back titles, Saracens are hoping to become the first side since Wasps in 2005 to win three consecutive Premiership titles.
Last season's English and European champions have strengthened an already formidable squad with the signing of South African flanker Schalk Burger.
Naturally, Sarries boss Mark McCall was delighted with the signing of a player capped 86 times by the Springboks and named as world player of the year in 2004.
Schalk burger, "one of the world's finest players"
McCall said "Schalk will add a huge amount of experience and quality to our young pack. To be able to add one of the world's finest players to the group is really exciting. He is a man who has achieved everything there is to achieve in rugby."
Burger is not the only high profile arrival to the Premiership this season, he will be joined by Kurtley Beale (Wasps), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Louis Picamoles (Northampton) and Willie le Roux (Wasps) in what should be another fascinating season.
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Transfer deadline day recap
The done deals of summer 2016
by Abi Moses on Thursday 1st September 2016, 1:41am.
With the transfer window closing overnight, Bettingcodes.uk round up all the Premier League signings.
In a summer that saw Manchester United break the world transfer record when Paul Pogba returned. United were just one of 13 Premier League clubs to have broken their own transfer record this summer. Premier League spending surpassed an eye watering £1.1 billion.
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Takuma Asano (Hiroshima Sanfrecce)
Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers)
Kelechi Nwakali (Diamond Football Academy)
Lucas Perez (Deportivo la Coruna)
Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Nathan Ake (Chelsea, loan)
Lys Mousset (Le Havre)
Mikael Ndjoli (Millwall)
Jordan Ibe (Liverpool)
Lewis Cook (Leeds United)
Brad Smith (Liverpool)
Marc Wilson (Stoke City)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, loan)
Mihai Dabre (Viituril Constanta)
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic)
Nick Pope (Charlton Athletic)
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool, loan)
Steven Defour (Anderlecht)
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, loan)
Jeff Hendrick (Derby County)
Michy Batshuayi (Marseille)
N'Golo Kante (Leicester City)
Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb)
Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina)
David Luiz (Paris Saint Germain)
Andros Townsend (Newcastle United)
Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
James Tomkins (West Ham)
Christian Benteke (Liverpool)
Loic Remy (Chelsea, loan)
Bassala Sambou (Coventry City)
Chris Renshaw (Oldham Athletic)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa)
Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Yannick Bolasie (Everton)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Sheffield United)
Enner Valencia (West Ham, loan)
Will Mannion (AFC Wimbledon)
David Marshall (Cardiff City)
Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur)
Will Keane (Manchester United)
James Weir (Manchester United)
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev, loan)
Markus Henriksen (AZ Alkmaar, loan)
Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon)
Raul Uche Rubio (Rayo Vallecano)
Nampalys Mendy (Nice)
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow)
Bartosz Kapustka (KS Cracovia)
Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon)
Joel Matip (Schalke 04)
Loris Karius (FSV Mainz 05)
Sadio Mane (Southampton)
Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg)
Alex Manninger (Augsburg)
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle)
Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
Nolito (Celta Vigo)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (FC Ufa)
Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
Leroy Sane (Schalke 04)
Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras)
Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional)
John Stones (Everton)
Claudio Bravo (Barcelona)
Eric Bailly (Villarreal)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund)
Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Viktor Fischer (Ajax)
Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon)
Marten De Roon (Atalanta)
Jordan McGhee (Hearts, loan)
Victor Valdes (Manchester United)
Antonio Barragan (Valencia)
Álvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan)
Gaston Ramirez (Southampton)
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Fabio da Silva (Cardiff City)
Calum Chambers (Arsenal, loan)
Adama Traore (Aston Villa)
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich)
Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace)
Jeremy Pied (Nice)
Sofiane Boufal (Lille)
Papy Djilobodji (Chelsea)
Paddy McNair (Manchester United)
Donald Love (Manchester United)
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United, loan)
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, loan)
Steven Pienaar (free)
Didier Ndong (Lorient)
Jason Denayer (Manchester City, loan)
Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers)
Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax)
Tyler Reid (Manchester United)
George Byers (Watford)
Mark Birighetti (Newcastle Jets)
Fernando Llorente (Sevilla)
Borja Baston (Atletico Madrid)
Alfie Mawson (Barnsley)
Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar)
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Marseille)
Pau Lopez (Espanyol, loan)
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)
Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool)
Christian Kabasele (Genk)
Isaac Success (Granada)
Juan Camilo Zuniga (Napoli, loan)
Brice Dja Djedje (Marseille)
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland)
Roberto Pereyra (Juventus)
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle)
Stefano Okaka (Anderlecht)
Kenedy (Chelsea, loan)
Ramadan Sobhi (Al Ahly)
Joe Allen (Liverpool)
yan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon)
Lee Grant (Derby County, loan)
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, loan)
Bruno Martins Indi (Porto, loan)
West Bromwich Albion
Matt Phillips (Queens Park Rangers)
Brendan Galloway (Everton, loan)
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Allan Nyom (Watford)
Hal Robson-Kanu (free)
West Ham United
Toni Martinez (Valencia)
Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
Gokhan Tore (Besiktas, loan)
Ashley Fletcher (Manchester United)
Arthur Masuaku (Olympiacos)
Andre Ayew (Swansea City)
Jonathan Callieri (Deportivo Maldonado, loan)
Edimilson Fernandes (FC Sion)
Simone Zaza (Juventus, loan)
Álvaro Arbeloa (free)
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European Ryder Cup team announced
Rookie Pieters named as a wildcard alongside Westwood and Kaymer
by Abi Moses on Monday 29th August 2016, 1:35pm.
Darren Clarke has named his European Ryder Cup squad with Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters named as the three wildcards.
The trio will join the nine players who qualified automatically based on their performances.
Four rookies in 12 man European team
With Thomas Pieters the fourth Ryder Cup rookie selected to represent Europe, the experience that Westwood and Kaymer will bring could be crucial. The pair have 14 Ryder Cup appearances between them.
The inclusion of Westwood and Kaymer sees Scottish player Russell Knox miss out. With only nine automatic picks, Knox, ranked 10th in the World Points list will be disappointed to miss out.
Clarke explains his decision to include Westwood and Kaymer
When explaining his decision, Clarke said:
"in Lee Westwood I have one of the most experienced Ryder Cuppers of all time - it's his 10th appearance."
He continued "Martin Kaymer is somewhat of a Ryder Cup stalwart and another man I have enormous trust in."
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Draw - 11/1
Europe - 15/8
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Champions League draw
Pep Guardiola to return to the Nou Camp
by Abi Moses on Friday 26th August 2016, 8:17am.
The Champions League draw was made in Monaco yesterday and has thrown up some mouth watering group stage clashes.
Arsenal will take on French champions PSG in group A and whilst holders Real Madrid meet German giants Borussia Dortmund, their neighbours Atletico face an even bigger obstacle in current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Pep to return to Barcelona
The "Group of Death" has thrown together an intriguing contest with Pep Guardiola taking his new Manchester City side back to where it all began with two colossal games against Barcelona.
Another former Barcelona man, City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, seemed in a very spirited mood when interviewed after the draw, he said "it is not a nightmare draw because we are in a wonderful competition - but it is a very tough group. Pep knows the group very well, obviously Barcelona but also Borussia Monchengladbach from his time in Germany."
In addition to a third trip to the Nou Camp in four years, City will meet Brendan Rodgers' Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn in City's group last season with the English side winning both home and away.
Leicester given favourable draw
There were contrasting fortunes for the two competition debutants when the draw was made. Whilst English champions were given a favourable draw alongside Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen, Russian side Rostov will take on European superpowers Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven.
Current odds to win the 2016/17 Champions League (courtesy of Bet365):
Barcelona - 3/1
Bayern Munich - 4/1
Real Madrid - 5/1
Juventus - 12/1
Manchester City - 12/1
Atletico Madrid - 14/1
Paris Saint Germain - 14/1
Borussia Dortmund - 16/1
Arsenal - 25/1
Tottenham Hotspur - 33/1
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U.S. Open Women's Singles Preview
Can outsider Puig upset the odds and add a Grand Slam to her Olympic gold?
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 24th August 2016, 8:21am.
The U.S. Open will get underway next week and unsurprisingly Serena Williams is favourite to win the women's singles title.
Whilst Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have between them won 42 of the last 46 Grand Slam titles, stretching back to the 2004 French Open, the women's Grand Slam events have always been a lot less predictable.
The women's singles has been far more open with 18 different winners in the same 46 competitions.
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Current odds to win the U.S. Open women's singles title:
Serena Williams - 7/5
Simona Halep - 9/1
Angelique Kerber - 10/1
Garbine Muguruza - 10/1
Madison Keys - 18/1
Petra Kvitova - 22/1
Belinda Bencic - 33/1
Karolina Pliskova - 40/1
Monica Puig - 40/1
Agnieszka Radwanska - 40/1
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Olympic 2016 round up
Great Britain enjoy unprecedented success
by Abi Moses on Monday 22nd August 2016, 12:16pm.
The Olympics has drawn to a close for another four years, signing off in traditional Brazil fashion, with a carnival in the Maracana Stadium.
After London 2012, Rio de Janeiro had a lot to live up to and didn't disappoint.
The highlight for the Brazilians was without doubt be the gold medal in the men's football. Neymar's decision to pull out of their Copa America squad and focus on the Olympics was justified as he led the home nation to victory, scoring the deciding penalty in the final against Germany.
Bolt lived up to star billing
The star attraction at the games was once again sprint icon Usain Bolt and he certainly lived up to his billing. Bolt created history on the track by completing the "treble treble", adding three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to the three won in both London and Beijing.
From a British point of view, Rio 2016 was a huge success with their biggest medal haul in more than a century, surpassing the achievements on home soil four years ago. Great Britain finished second in the medal table, ahead of usual superpower China with only the USA ahead of them.
Great Britain enjoyed most success in the Velodrome winning a total of 11 cycling medals, including 6 gold. Half of those were won by Jason Kenny, his three gold medals made him the most successful British competitor in Rio.
Wiggins and Trott - Britain's greatest ever Olympians
Kenny's fiancé Laura Trott won two golds, her overall tally of four gold medals means she is now Britain's greatest ever female Olympian whilst fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins is the greatest ever male Olympian, his victory in the team pursuit gave him an unprecedented eighth Olympic medal.
Whilst the Olympics is and always will be the pinnacle for most competitors, the likes of Justin Rose (golf) will hope their gold medals will act as a springboard to go onto to achieve further success in the same way that Andy Murray's 2012 success lifted him into tennis' elite.
Rose may well be a part of Europe's Ryder Cup team next month and will hope to take his Olympic form to Hazeltine.
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La Liga season set to get underway this weekend
by Abi Moses on Friday 19th August 2016, 8:47am.
Spanish football will see the new La Liga season begin this weekend with the big three teams expected to dominate once again.
Holders Barcelona have spent big in the summer to bolster their squad. Andre Gomes was a big money signing from Valencia, arriving at the Nou Camp for £47m along with the return of fellow midfield Denis Suarez from Villarreal.
French defensive duo Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne joined from Lyon for a combined cost of over £35m and will hope to put pressure on the current Barcelona backline.
'MSN' the key for Barcelona
Despite a summer investment of more than £100m, Barcelona's chances will again depend on the form of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the most prolific frontline in world football.
Real Madrid have also improved their frontline after re-signing Álvaro Morata from Juventus. Morata left the Bernabeu in 2014 but after a successful two years in Italy, Madrid have decided to activate his buyback clause.
Morata to put pressure on front three for starting spot
Morata returns to his boyhood club to put pressure on their front three, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but remains their only summer signing to date.
For Atletico Madrid, the key was keeping hold of star forward Antoine Griezmann and more importantly manager Diego Simeone. With a managerial merry-go-round that saw some of the biggest clubs in world football searching for a new manager, Simeone would've near the top of most clubs wanted list.
Although retaining their key men was vital to Atletico's chances, splashing out in excess of £60m on Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla, £27m), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica, £21.5m) and Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo, £14m) was certainly a signal of intent.
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Formula One back from summer break with Hamilton hoping to pick up where he left off
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 17th August 2016, 4:25pm.
The Formula One summer break will come to an end next week as the drivers head to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The break could not have come at a worse time for new championship leader Lewis Hamilton. After winning six of the last seven races, the momentum was certainly with the British driver, hoping the break has not had a bearing on his incredible form.
Hamilton overtakes Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton has overturned a 43 point deficit and is now leading the driver's championship from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton will take a 19 point lead into the next race.
Rosberg would've be disappointed to see Hamilton win in his own backyard last time out. Whilst Hamilton cruised to victory in Germany, Rosberg had to settle to fourth place with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen on the podium in first and second respectively.
Hamilton won from pole last year
The Mercedes rivals finished first and second in Belgium last year with Hamilton winning from pole. Rosberg needs to recapture his early season form and will be determined to win in Belgium with qualifying likely to be just as tight as the race itself.
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