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Mark Hughes sacked by Stoke City
Republic of Ireland manager, O'Neill, tipped for Bet365 Stadium hotseat
by Abi Moses on Sunday 7th January 2018, 12:22pm.
Stoke City were sensationally dumped out of the FA Cup by Sky Bet League Two club, Coventry City at the weekend. The result seemed to be one poor performance too many and the board made the decision to dismiss manager, Mark Hughes.
Stoke City have slipped into the Premier League's relegation zone after a run of five defeats in seven league games. With Hughes' contract up in the summer and the current transfer window offering a new manager the chance to bring in new recruits, the Stoke City hierarchy feel that now is the time for change.
Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O'Neill, has been installed as the short-priced favourite by William Hill with suggestions the former Leicester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland manager could be ready for a return to domestic football. O'Neill's Ireland suffered play-off heartache in their attempts to reach the summer's FIFA World Cup and the lure of Premier League management could be too hard to turn down.
In fact, the bookies' list of potential replacements for Hughes is dominated by ex-international managers. Ex-England boss, Steve McClaren and former Scotland boss, Gordon Strachan join O'Neill and current Northern Ireland boss, Michael O'Neill are all strongly fancied for the Stoke City job.
Meanwhile, outgoing manager, Mark Hughes, is now priced at 6/1 to make a dramatic return to the Welsh international team. Hughes was in charge of his country between 1999 and 2004 before leaving to take charge of Blackburn Rovers.
Next Permanent Stoke City Manager (odds courtesy of William Hill):
Martin O'Neill - 7/4
Steve McClaren - 8/1
Michael O'Neill - 10/1
Gordon Strachan - 10/1
Slaven Bilic - 12/1
Ronald Koeman - 12/1
Ryan Giggs - 12/1
Rafa Benitez - 16/1
Garry Monk - 20/1
Sean Dyche - 20/1
Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Match Preview and Odds
Newly-promoted duo aim to end win-less run
by Abi Moses on Saturday 30th December 2017, 8:06am.
Chris Hughton will return to his former club on Saturday as Brighton & Hove Albion make the long trip north to take on Newcastle United at St James Park.
Despite making an encouraging start to their respective Premier League campaigns, both sides are now looking anxiously over their shoulders as the sides at the bottom of the league start to make ground up on them. The two teams that were embroiled in a battle for the Sky Bet Championship title for most of last season are now edging nearer to a relegation dog-fight.
Brighton have managed just one win in their last nine league games whilst for Newcastle it is one win in eleven.
The Seagulls won 1-0 in the reverse fixture at the Amex back in September but have not won at St James Park since 1992. This is only the second top-flight meeting between the two sides, with this season seeing Brighton play in the Premier League for the very first time.
Newcastle United will be hoping to end a run of five consecutive home defeats in the top-flight. A sixth defeat when Brighton visit will equal the club record, set back in 1953.
Toon boss, Rafa Benitez, is aiming to become just the third foreign manager to claim 150 Premier League wins after Arsene Wenger (468) and Jose Mourinho (171). In his pre-match press conference, Benitez said, "We want to win and we think we can win, but Brighton will be thinking exactly the same. We'll try to score goals and play at the level we did at West Ham. These are the games where people expect us to compete and to win, so my concern is to approach the games with the belief that we can win."
Former Newcastle boss and current manager of Brighton, Chris Hughton, said "Newcastle are a team we know very well, we know they have a lot of quality. They haven't had the best of times of late but we know on a good day for them they can be a fairly formidable team, they have enough quality to make them very dangerous opponents."
Match odds (courtesy of William Hill):
Newcastle - 21/20
Draw - 11/5
Brighton - 16/5
Burnley vs Watford - Match Preview and Odds
Premier League high-flyers meet at Turf Moor
by Abi Moses on Saturday 9th December 2017, 12:06pm.
The Premier League's two surprise packages, Burnley and Watford meet at Turf Moor on Saturday with both sides hoping to maintain their fine start to the current Premier League campaign.
Burnley have made their best ever start to a Premier League season and currently sit seventh in the league table with 25 points from their 15 games. Saturday's visitors, Watford are also flying high after making their best start to a top-flight season since finishing second under Graham Taylor more than 30 years ago. Watford have 22 points from 15 games and can leapfrog Burnley into seventh if they win by two clear goals at Turf Moor.
Watford arrive in Lancashire having scored two goals in each of their seven away games so far, equalling the English top-flight's record. Burnley's ferocious rear-guard will provide a stern test to Marco Silva's side. The Clarets have conceded just three goals at home this season and kept four clean sheets.
Burnley manager, Sean Dyche, said "We're written off every year and we're used to that. When you have such a strong start people will find surprise in that. I've made it clear I think we're in a very healthy position, probably more so than I thought we'd be. Not because I doubt my group but because we're honest about how tough the league is."
Opposing manager, Marco Silva, added "I think both teams are having fantastic seasons. Very good starts. Of course, myself and Sean Dyche want to continue in the same way. We have a lot of Premier League games [still] to play."
In the two league games between the sides last season all three points went to the home side and Saturday's hosts, Burnley, are slight favourites with the bookies.
Match odds (courtesy of Ladbrokes):
Burnley - 6/4
Draw - 21/10
Watford - 2/1
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.
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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