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  • Pardiola For England?

    garethp1981 on 30 Nov at 18:25

    The Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew faced his old club Newcastle on Saturday and for a while he must have been fearing the worst. His team were big favourites, way above the Magpies in the league on nearly double the points tally, despite having been beaten in the previous game by their local rivals Sunderland. Newcastle scored the first goal of the game through Papiss Cissé after ten minutes, but Alan Pardew need not have worried. His team were level in the 14th minute and led in the 17th, by half time they were 3-1 up and they coasted to a 5-1 victory by the end of the game. McClaren’s Newcastle were totally outclassed by their old manager’s new team. The story of Crystal Palace since Pardew took over has been almost an unmitigated success; of course, there has been the…

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  • Coral Welsh Grand National Big Race Trends - An Alternative Approach

    Robmull on 28 Nov at 19:40

    The Coral Welsh Grand National is a Grade 3 Handicap Chase which is run over 3 miles, 5 furlongs and 110 yards at Chepstow racecourse and is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 27 December, although it should be noted that twice during the past decade the race has been rescheduled to January, due to the course being unfit to race on the original day. The Coral Welsh Grand National always presents a difficult puzzle for punters to assess with an average field size of over 18 runners taking part, especially as the last 9 renewals of the race have been run on ground officially described as either soft or heavy, which makes this marathon steeplechase a real test of stamina that only the bravest of horses are capable of winning. At the time of writing this blog, there are…

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  • Finding Edges in a curvy race

    ToofanExpress on 30 Nov at 23:11

    When I was introduced to sports betting, I was asked to lay a high priced non-favourite in a football match. The person who introduced me sweared that it has never failed him. If I look back now, it is amazing to see the journey I have taken. Markets, People opinion and Favourites We often see favourites in racing. We do see non-favourites winning. There used to be days when the result pages are crowded with Fs and 2Fs. There were days when I see the score screen in my local bookmaker was void of Fs and 2Fs. Often I left these shops wondering what makes the favourites/non-favourites tick. Those were the days when I used to mindlessly bet just by reading the descriptions on the betfair timeform page or a racing post description that comes on the tv screens. Its not rocket…

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  • A first glance at Euro 2016

    ibfm23 on 01 Dec at 05:28

    I am one of those International competitions lover and come June I'll be sitting nervously in front of the TV whenever the Three Lions are on show. I was born in 1982, so one can imagine the heartaches and disappointments that this passion has brought to my life. The qualification stage was quite uneventful and Holland missing the cut was the only real shocker. The competition has now been extended to 24 nations and whilst this will possibly increase the viewership of the final stages, it has undoubtedly reduced the relevance of the qualification stage. I strongly believe that UEFA should come up with a better way to select the 24. Euro 2016 will have 5 debutants; Albania, Iceland, Slovakia, Northern Ireland and Wales whilst Hungary return following a 44-year absence. The draws are scheduled for 12 December 2015. Nations have been…

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  • The NFL Underdog Blog - Week 12

    Jim Brown on 29 Nov at 05:41

    Last week With no picks last week I hope ya'll found the information on the blog about what goes into coming up with an underdog pick useful reading. Performance on the week 0 Performance on the season 9 from 23 (49.1% strike rate), +1.15 pts This week This week's list of games sees a lot less of them closely matched compared to last week, so there's some underdog play this week for sure. If the Bills (11/5) had been meeting the Chiefs earlier in the season this would have been a bet for sure, but the Chiefs have really turned around their season and have kept opponents to an average of under 10pts at home recently. The Chargers 21/10 should fare better this week than last week's 3 pts, but their overall form is abysmal and no matter how you look at it there's not…

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  • Anytime Scorer Pointers 5 Dec

    LustForLeith on 29 Nov at 14:53

    Wile E Coyote And The Anytime Scorer Bet Week 3 Week 2 wasn't too bad. Due to the Scottish Cup I didn't include lower league Scottish teams, limiting the selections to five. Of those five highlighted scorers, four of them scored at anytime in the game with three of them (Vardy, Armstrong and Simpson) scoring first. I can't stress enough that I'm going to concentrate on any time scorers but it's an interesting point that those selected are also on occasion netting first. I'm going to keep a note of how it's going so far. Week One 8 Selections 5 Scored at Anytime 2 Scored first Week Two 5 Selections 4 Scored Anytime 3 Scored first This week there's no League 1 or League 2 in England so I've highlighted the following selections. Also, due to Scottish cup replays, it cuts down the selections north of…

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  • Over 2.5 Goals Pointers 5th Dec

    LustForLeith on 29 Nov at 17:59

    Somewhere Over The 2.5 Goals Rainbow Week 3 So there I was working this out. If team A averages more than 2.75 goals and team B is the same and they're playing each other then this will guarantee that a game featuring both will feature more than 2.5 goals. Boy, was. I wrong. Especially when St Johnston drew with Dundee 1-1 on the Friday night and Sheffiled United had the same score with Barnsley in the early kick off on Saturday. It was at this point I thought about sacking this, admitting defeat and doing something else. But what the heck. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. In theory, it didn't work out too badly after that. Of the nine games selected in the league six produced over 2.5 goals which wasn't too bad. My reservations about picking cup games was justified when only one selection came…

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