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SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME
by wildbillsghost on 25 Jan at 20:45
SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME It hardly feels like any time at all since St Helens were running around Old Trafford holding aloft the Super League Grand Final trophy, off the back of ‘The Punch’ and a 14-6 beating of their fierce rivals, but in just a couple of weeks the new season will be upon us and it promises to be something special. As suggested by the header this is a season with plenty of changes from the last campaign. Gone are former powerhouse Bradford Bulls as well as, not quite so great, London Broncos. Both were relegated under the new rules which sees both Super League and the Championship lining up with twelve teams each and a brand new format that will see not only promotion and relegation but a whole new Super League play-off system. Under the..
Special Teams in the NHL
by undertherobe on 24 Jan at 20:05
My first blog on OLBG looked at how important special teams is in the NHL. Over the last five seasons, 20 of the teams finishing in the Top 5 in Powerplay percentage have reached the playoffs whilst 20 of the teams finishing in the Top 5 in Penalty killing have also reached the playoffs. An impressive 80% strike rate and not surprising given that scoring goals (and stopping them) is the name of the game on the ice. In stark contrast, just six of the teams finishing in the Bottom 5 in Powerplay percentage have gone to the playoffs and of the teams finishing in the Bottom 5 in Penalty killing, again just six have gone on to extend their season. That’s a less than impressive 24% strike rate. Of course, things can change massively once a team gets into the postseason...
by pompeybuster12 on 24 Jan at 12:22
FLOYDS ZERO HOUR CONTRACT It’s finally going to happen by the look of it, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to lock horns, unfortunately for us and to the shame of boxing it is four years late, yes it will still be a spectacle but in its pomp this would have been the greatest fight of all time. Floyd is no longer as good as he was (though still a great fighter) , the recent talks with Amir Khan give an indication of what he is after, simply opponents with names who are handpicked for harmlessness. Pacquiao four years ago was tearing through the division and he wasn’t just knocking people over , every Manny fight ended up with doctors and stretchers all over the place, however Manny like Floyd is no longer the fighter he was , despite being two..
by Micko70 on 24 Jan at 20:30
As i write this there are still 16 games to go and still 48 points to play but realistically only the top 8 (Chelsea, Man City, Southampton, Man Utd, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham & Liverpool) have enough points to come themselves out of the relegation scrap. Liverpool are currently in 8th place on 35 points and will grab themselves enough points to stay up with still 16 games to go. Swansea are currently sitting in 9th place on 30 points and looking at their fixtures, you would fancy them to get at least 10-12 points which should see them safe but in all honesty, you just never know. The bottom 12 sides are their current point totals with matches played home and away are as follows - POS TEAM PL W D L GF GA PTS 09 Swansea 22 8 6 8 26 30 30 10 Stoke 22 8 5 9 23 27 29 11 Newcastle 22 7 6 9 26 35 27 12 Everton 22 5 8 9 30 34 23 13 C Palace 22 5 8 9 25 33 23 14 West Brom 22 5 7 10 20 29 22 15 Aston Villa 22 5 7 10 11 25 22 16 Sunderland 22 3 11 8 19 33 20 17 Burnley 22 4 8 10 21 36 20 18 Hull 22 4 7 11 20 30 19 19 QPR 22 5 4 13 23 39 19 20 Leicester 22 4 5 13 20 34 17 PREVIOUS MEETINGS Let's look at how each of those 12 teams has got on..
Football Betting - Using Statistics
by arniehi on 23 Jan at 12:44
Much tends to be made about the value of statistics in betting - how feasible it is to place bets solely based on statistical analysis; strike rates and LSPs when it comes to systematic betting; and in my mind most importantly, which statistics are actually relevant. In a time where we now seem to be inundated with various football statistics - be it through commentary during a game, punditry after a game, or social media feeds and websites of stat compilers, it's fairly easy to get caught in a mindset whereby statistics may be the only thing that matter when it comes to placing your bets. Having trialled a few different statistic models to help my football betting in particular, and someone who will almost always find reasoning in statistics when placing my bets (often times to either back up my..
Manchester United to outfox the Foxes
by tbuckley on 25 Jan at 16:32
Manchester United to outfox the Foxes Hello there fellow OLBG bloggers, members and users, I really hoped that you've enjoyed and benefitted from the blogs I've done so far covering Manchester United against QPR and then Cambridge United in the F.A. Cup. I won't go into full detail explaining my allegiance to Manchester United again as I did that last week in the QPR match blog, but suffice to say I've followed them since I was 8 years old, that's 30 years being a Red Devil, and I'm a former season ticket holder who went all the country watching Manchester United home and away. With these series of blogs on Manchester United, I'm aiming to combine my passion, knowledge and views on Manchester United to cover each Manchester United league match as it comes along, also F.A. Cup ties while they remain..
Mitchell v Estrada - Saturday - Sky Sports
by FrankieMonkhouse on 26 Jan at 16:24
We extend a very warm welcome to the return of big-time British boxing to our screens this weekend as Matchroom Sports kick-start 2015 with their star-studded show at London’s 02 Arena on Saturday night with the Sky Sports cameras in attendance. Kevin Mitchell’s bid for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title headlines a fantastic bill on Saturday but there’s little value about so we’re polishing off a couple of the undercard gems that look to be priced in our favour. First up Tommy Martin should get the better of Ricky Boylan in their English light-welterweight tussle. Undefeated Martin is an improving fighter and being a former gym-mate of mine in East London I can tell you he has what it takes to succeed at this level. Regular readers of my column will remember we had an incredible win when opposing Boylan last..
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