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Brighton target fifth game without defeat
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Stoke City - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Monday 20th November 2017, 6:26pm.
Brighton & Hove Albion host Stoke City on Monday evening with both sides hoping to build on an encouraging start to the season and move further away of the bottom three.
Ahead of the visit, Stoke sit in 15th place, three points clear of West Ham United in the final relegation spot. Monday's hosts, newly-promoted Brighton are three points better off and currently sit in a credible 9th position.
Stoke City have the upper hand in recent meetings between the two sides, winning eight successive games in all competitions but the pair have not met in the top flight since February 1983.
After beating Watford at Vicarage Road last time out, Mark Hughes' Stoke City are chasing back-to-back Premier League wins since October 2015. Standing in their way are a Brighton side that have not tasted defeat in the Premier League in their last four games. The Seagulls have not won five top-flight games in a row since April 1983.
Ahead of Stoke's visit, Brighton manager, Chris Hughton, said "Going into the international break winning at Swansea was massive because we knew the schedule that was coming up over the next six weeks and into the Christmas period and new year."
He continued, "There'll be a period that will test us and give us an indication of where we are, but we knew that was coming and we have to be prepared for it - whether that is over the upcoming weeks or in the latter half of the season."
Match Odds (courtesy of William Hill)
Brighton & Hove Albion - 7/5
Draw - 2/1
Stoke City - 12/5
Back France to win the World Cup at 11/1 with Unibet
FIFA World Cup odds
by Abi Moses on Thursday 9th November 2017, 5:20pm.
With just seven months until the FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia next summer, bookies and punters alike will have one eye on this week's friendlies in an attempt to gauge how the major nations are progressing in the buildup to Russia.
Here at Betting Codes we're always on the lookout for the best odds available to our members and if you fancy France to mark the 20th anniversary of their maiden World Cup triumph then we have an incredibly generous opportunity available via Unibet.
The odds offered via the popular bookmaker are almost double those available anywhere else! Commonly France are available at between 5/1 and 6/1 but Unibet have priced the 1998 champions at a very tempting 11/1.
This isn't a promotional offer, or an 'enhanced odds' offer, available exclusively to new customer but, quite simply, Unibet do not fancy Les Bleus.
Why France could be a solid bet
France unexpectedly fell at the final hurdle last summer when the Euro 2016 hosts lost the final in extra-time to Portugal but Didier Deschamps has plenty of reasons to be confident his side can go one better in Russia. Many key players from the ill-fated European Championships remain, including Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris, but next summer they will be joined by the latest superstars off the French production line.
Since losing to Portugal the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Tiemoue Bakayoko have burst on the scene whilst the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial and Adrien Rabiot will be better for the two years extra experience gained since the Euros.
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Unsworth tipped for permanent Everton role
Next Everton manager odds
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 8th November 2017, 7:22pm.
Premier League strugglers, Everton, remain without a manager today but the bookies' latest odds suggest it is now a straight fight for the Goodison Park hot seat between caretaker manager, David Unsworth and former England boss, Sam Allardyce.
Earlier this week bookmakers saw a flurry of bets on Diego Simeone becoming Ronald Koeman's successor after the Atletico Madrid boss was named as the top managerial target of Everton owner, Farhad Moshiri.
The Everton supremo is believed to have drawn up a four-man shortlist and is expected to meet with his fellow board members before the weekend.
If Everton are to prize Simeone away from Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid then a summer appointment may be more realistic than the possibility of the Argentine leaving mid-season. That, makes the current caretaker boss, Unsworth an attractive prospect for both Everton and potential bettors.
Unsworth's chances will also be improved by the tremendous character his side displayed when coming back from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2 last weekend. Although many at the club will be disappointed by the 3-0 loss to Lyon that prompted their premature exit from the UEFA Europa League, which could of course count against Unsworth.
Sam Allardyce has previously insisted he isn't interested in a return to club management, citing "unfinished business" on the international stage. But, he is believed to have held talks with the Everton hierarchy and the experience he brings to the table could see Mr Moshiri wave a sizeable cheque in Big Sam's face.
Next Permanent Everton Manager odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):
David Unsworth - 11/10
Sam Allardyce - 5/4
Marco Silva - 7/1
Sean Dyche - 8/1
Diego Simeone - 16/1
Guus Hiddink - 20/1
Thomas Tuchel - 25/1
Big guns in action on Super Sunday
Premier League - Match Previews and Odds
by Abi Moses on Sunday 5th November 2017, 9:14am.
All of the Premier League's current top five are in action on Sunday with four mouth-watering games set to take place across the country.
Tottenham Hotspur will be back at Wembley Stadium just four days since recording a famous 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. Their opponents on Sunday will be the Premier League's bottom-club, Crystal Palace.
Kicking off at 12:15pm gives Spurs the opportunity to put pressure on the sides immediately above them, especially with Manchester City and United facing huge games later on Sunday.
League leaders, Manchester City, host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium at 14:15pm and can equal a club-record of nine consecutive league wins with another three points. Pep Guardiola's side have been in irresistible form so far, this season, with their 1-1 draw at home to Everton the only blemish on an otherwise perfect start. City have earned 28 points from a possible 30 in their first ten Premier League games. Only twice before have a side earned 28 points at this stage with both Chelsea in 2005 and City in 2011 going on to win the title from a flying start.
Second-placed Manchester United face a massive challenge on Sunday afternoon with Jose Mourinho returning to his old club, Chelsea. En route to claiming the Premier League title, the Blues ran out comfortable 4-0 winners when the sides met at Stamford Bridge last season, a defeat that Mourinho and his team will be aiming to avenge.
Chelsea have lost two of their first five home league games this season, matching the total defeats that they suffered at Stamford Bridge in the whole of their title-winning 2016/17 campaign. They do however, have a fine record against the Red Devils. Chelsea have lost just one of their last fifteen home league games against Manchester United.
In the final game of a super Sunday, manager-less Everton will aim to climb out of the relegation zone when Watford arrive at Goodison Park. Ronald Koeman was dismissed by Everton after the Toffees got their Premier League campaign off to a woeful start. Everton's return of just eight points from ten games represents their worst start to a season in eleven years.
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Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam - Fight Preview and Odds
Joshua aims for the perfect end to a great 2017
by Abi Moses on Friday 27th October 2017, 2:54pm.
Cardiff will host its biggest boxing match in at least decade on Saturday as heavyweight king, Anthony Joshua, takes on challenger, Carlos Takam, in front of a near-75,000 sellout crowd for the WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles.
There's no doubt that Joshua's stock is rising with every fight and April's win against ring legend, Wladimir Klitschko, has catapulted the former Olympian into superstardom. 'AJ' is now arguably the biggest name in sport and will hope to cap off fine 2017 with a stellar performance in front of another sold out British stadium.
Joshua was initially set to fight Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium but the Bulgarian was forced to pull out with a shoulder injury. The IBF's mandatory replacement, Carlos Takam, will offer a very different challenge to what Pulev would've brought to the ring. Standing at little over 6", Takam is considerably smaller than your average heavyweight, with his stature drawing comparisons to Mike Tyson.
Takam has a very respectable professional boxing record of 35 wins from 39 fights. The French-Cameroonian fighter has only been stopped once, losing to Alexander Povetkin in 10 rounds just over three years ago. That fight against Povetkin was named as the heavyweight division's 'Fight of 2014'.
In contrast, Takam's opponent, the formidable Anthony Joshua, has won all 19 of his professional bouts within the distance. If, as expected, Joshua can make it a perfect 20 wins, 2018 could turn out to be a sensational year for AJ and for heavyweight boxing. A unification fight with WBO champion, Joseph Parker and/or WBC title holder, Deontay Wilder.
Fight odds (courtesy of Betfair):
Anthony Joshua - 1/50
Carlos Takam - 18/1
Draw - 50/1
Method of Victory
Anthony Joshua by KO, TKO or Disqualification - 1/12
Anthony Joshua by Decision or Technical Decision - 10/1
Carlos Takam by KO, TKO or Disqualification - 20/1
Carlos Takam by Decision or Technical Decision - 80/1
Carabao Cup win could boost Unsworth's chances of bagging Everton job
Chelsea vs Everton - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Wednesday 25th October 2017, 6:19pm.
Manager-less Everton make the long trip south to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday hoping to put their poor recent form behind them against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
The Toffees are currently bottom of their Europa League group and stuck in the Premier League's relegation zone as they struggle for both form and results. Ronald Koeman has been dismissed as manager after a poor run of form accumulated in Sunday's 5-2 defeat at home to Arsenal.
David Unsworth has taken temporary charge of The Toffees and a win against Chelsea will certainly increase his chances of being offered the job on a permanent basis. Unsworth has been backed to be named as Koeman's permanent replacement and is currently the favourite with most bookies.
Wednesday could be the perfect time to come up against five-time League Cup winners, Chelsea. The Blues' relatively small squad has come under increased pressure with the demands of both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League starting to take its toll.
Manager, Antonio Conte, would ideally like to rotate his squad with crucial league and European games to come over the next seven days but, The Blues are short of numbers. The continued absence of midfielders N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater means that Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas will continue in the centre of the park whilst Davide Zappacosta is likely to deputise for the injured Victor Moses.
One player that could be afforded a rest is striker and top scorer, Alvaro Morata. Chelsea's record signing is just overcoming an injury of his own and could be replaced by Michy Batshuayi in the starting line-up. Batshuayi has staked a claim for a starting berth with two goals from the bench in Chelsea's 4-2 win at home to Watford at the weekend.
Match odds (courtesy of ComeOn):
Chelsea - 10/19
Draw - 3/1
Everton - 11/2
Pressure eases on Bilic ahead of Brighton game
West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Match Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on Friday 20th October 2017, 1:16pm.
West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion meet at the London Stadium on Friday evening where a win for either side will be enough to lift them into the top half of the Premier League table, for 24 hours at least.
West Ham look to have finally turned the corner after a difficult start to the season, easing the pressure somewhat on manager, Slaven Bilic. The World Athletics Championships were held at the London Stadium this summer which meant West Ham did not play a home fixture until September. By the time The Hammers took to the London Stadium pitch for their 2-0 against Huddersfield Town they had already lost three consecutive games on the road. Summer signing, Joe Hart, was singled out for intense criticism from many supporters, whilst Bilic looked set to be replaced as manager by Carlo Ancelotti.
Their early-season struggles now seem just a distant memory after recording eight points from their subsequent five matches. Their only defeat in that run came against title-challengers, Tottenham Hotspur.
On his future, Bilic explained, "It's calm at the moment but it can change tonight. Whoever gets three points tonight, or after the weekend, is going have a calm week. But then you have those hurricanes, there's no point trying to think about that."
Like West Ham, Friday's opponents, Brighton, have put a difficult August behind them to adapt to the Premier League fairly well. The Seagulls, in their maiden Premier League season earned just one point from a possible nine in August but their point at home to Everton last weekend took their tally to seven points from the next five games.
Brighton's Achilles heel this season has been their away form. Chris Hughton's side are yet to record a single win in any competition on the road this season, scoring just once in five games.
Match odds (courtesy of Betfair):
West Ham United - 17/20
Draw - 5/2
Brighton & Hove Albion - 4/1
Shakespeare sacked as Leicester City manager
Sam Allardyce tipped to take over at the King Power Stadium
by Abi Moses on Tuesday 17th October 2017, 5:07pm.
After a run of six Premier League games without a win, Leicester City have sacked manager, Craig Shakespeare, just four months after appointing him as a permanent replacement for title-winning boss, Claudio Ranieri.
Monday night's draw at home to West Bromwich Albion has left the Foxes in the bottom three with just six points from their opening eight league games. The 2015/16 champions have won just once in the league this season, but, their 2-0 win at home to Brighton & Hove Albion back in August is now just a distant memory.
Despite leading Leicester City to the Premier League title the season before, Claudio Ranieri was dismissed in February because, like Shakespeare, he had gone six consecutive league games without a win. Ranieri's assistant, Shakespeare, was initially given the manager's job on a temporary basis but after staving off the threat of relegation to eventually finish 12th he was confirmed as the permanent Leicester City manager in the summer.
Shakespeare's sacking further emphasises the ruthlessness of the modern day Premier League. It could be argued that Leicester City's currently Premier League position is not a fair reflection of their potential. No team outside of the top eight has scored more goals this season than Leicester City and their four defeats have been at the hands of four of the league's biggest teams; Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Shakespeare has seemingly paid the price for three draws against Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and most recently, West Bromwich Albion.
Former England manager, Sam Allardyce, has been installed as the bookies' favourite to take over at the King Power Stadium, whilst Wales boss, Chris Coleman, could be tempted into a return to domestic football following his failure to lead Wales to next summer's FIFA World Cup.
Next permanent Leicester City manager (odds courtesy of SkyBet):
Sam Allardyce - 7/4
Chris Coleman - 5/2
Nigel Pearson - 4/1
Michael Appleton - 7/1
Roberto Mancini - 10/1
Alan Pardew - 12/1
Sean Dyche - 12/1
Carlo Ancelotti - 14/1
David Moyes - 16/1
David Wagner - 16/1
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