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  • World Cup 2018 Qualifying - Europe Group A

    undertherobe on 27 Aug at 14:59

    Following on from the success of OLBG’s Euro 2016 blogging assignments, fellow blogger Micko70 came up with the idea of something similar for the European World Cup qualifying campaign which gets underway in the first week of September. I’ve been tasked with looking at Group A and as well as a look at the six teams involved, this blog will be updated before each matchday to identify any new long term bets and to briefly preview the matches ahead. So can France kick on from reaching the final of Euro 2016, was The Netherlands Euro 2016 qualifying campaign a blip and can the likes of Bulgaria or Belarus emulate Iceland and provide a surprise package during this qualifying campaign? Netherlands The Netherlands were seeded 1st in the qualifying draw, courtesy of being ranked 5th in the world and 3rd in Europe at the…

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  • Celebration Mile

    Micko70 on 23 Aug at 15:48

    The Celebration Mile is a Group 2 race run at Goodwood over a mile at the end of August for horses aged 3 or older. I have looked at the last 10 runnings of the race and looked at the following 7 trends, Age, Official Rating, Recent Runs, Last Run, Year Runs, Year Wins & Group Form Each horse passing a trend will score the points for that trend, the horse/s with the most points will be the selection/s 5 day decs - 15484 Toormore(31) 5 9-7 Richard Hannon 115 00-300 Arod(13) 5 9-4 Peter Chapple-Hyam 114 32-341 Breton Rock(63) 6 9-4 David Simcock 112 513544 Gabrial(7) 7 9-4 Richard Fahey 113 10721- Hathal(344) 4 9-4 William Haggas 111 30-369 Lightning Spear(13) 5 9-4 David Simcock 117 13472 So Beloved(8) 6 9-4 David O´Meara 112 1-1121 Thikriyaat(29) 3 8-12 Sir Michael Stoute 110 5-6181 Zonderland(16) 3 8-12 Clive Cox 112 Age 6 of the last 10 winners were aged 3 Positives (6 Points) = Thikriyaat & Zonderland Official Rating 8 of the last 10 winners had an official…

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  • UEFA Champions League; where’s the value now the draw is complete?

    bobslay13 on 26 Aug at 22:26

    Champions League; where’s the value after the draw? Group A PSG; 16/1 BetStars Paris St. Germain made the quarter finals last season. They only conceded one goal in Group A, a joint record in Champions League history. This was a very impressive feat considering they were grouped with Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk, both teams who are capable of scoring heavily in Europe. They also arguably outplayed Real in Madrid despite losing 1-0. PSG have bought well again this summer in the shape of Jese Rodrigues, Thomas Meunier and Grzegorz Krychowiak whilst landing Hatem Ben Arfa on a free is also a great coup when considering how well he played for Nice last season. More exciting than all of this though is the rise up the ranks of Jean-Kevin Augustin and Presnel Kimpembe. The big question looming over PSG is how they…

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  • Four things to watch at the US Open

    undertherobe on 28 Aug at 12:59

    We've reached the end of August which means only one thing on the tennis calendar, the final Grand Slam of the season. Monday August 29th sees the start of the US Open at Flushing Meadow. Here's my four things to watch over the next fortnight.... The British Charge As ever, Andy Murray leads the British charge but he has a decent supporting cast behind him who are more than capable of making some headway in the draw. Dan Evans loves the hard courts and famously reached the 3rd round here back in 2013, defeating Kei Nishikori along the way. Evans is the British number two and he has the most favourable draw of the challengers, as he faces off against Rajeev Ram in round one. Aljaz Bedene faces Nick Kyrgios whilst Kyle Edmund takes on Richard Gasquet. In the women's event, Johanna Konta…

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  • Premier League Relegation 2016/17. End of August update, predictions, and betting tips.

    davidg3907 on 28 Aug at 19:00

    Premier League Relegation 2016/17. This is the first of this season’s series of updates. It will analyse (as much as possible) how teams have fared to date, and their prospects before the next international break in early October. Early pre-season thoughts were posted on both the systems forum and main forum but now it is time to post the first in-season update. The next is planned to coincide with the next international break at the beginning of October. Relegation diary HULL Hull did nothing to impress me during the play-offs, and with only minor adjustments to their squad look certain to struggle. Time, and probably finances, are not on their side in an attempt to really take the team away from the relegation battle. The one saving grace is that with several teams potentially involved, they should be able to prevent themselves getting detached. Current mid-point…

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  • US Open Value Tennis Tips For Flushing Meadows Grand Slam

    PompeyJim on 26 Aug at 15:30

    Before we get onto some value tips for the Men’s and Ladies US Open Outright markets, it’s worth noting who will and who won’t be at Flushing Meadow in 2016. Absent : - Men’s world number four and multiple champion Roger Federer (knee injury) - Men’s world number eight Tomas Berdych (appendicitis) - Ladies world number seven Victoria Azarenka (mum to be) - Last year’s Ladies Champion Flavia Pennetta (retired) Will Be Here : - The last five US Open Mens Winners, Djokovic (x2), Cilic, Nadal (x2), Murray and Del Potro dating back to 2009. - Serena Williams will be bidding for title number seven and there are three other previous champions here Sam Stosur (2011), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009) and Venus Williams (2001 & 2000). My approach on tennis betting is to look for value and rarely would I back odds on tips unless I consider them to be ‘value’. At the same time,…

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  • The Team I'm Backing For This Years Super Bowl Is...

    Gman84 on 27 Aug at 20:27

    After a seven month wait the 2016 NFL season is almost upon us. We have one more week of preseason games to go and then the time for talking will be done and the real games will begin in earnest. So it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. Last year in the OLBG American Football Discussion Forum I did make a post in preseason pointing out that the Denver Broncos were the team I felt were worth backing so let’s try and repeat that trick this season with my preseason Super Bowl prediction. There are many things to consider when making this kind of bet/prediction. Do I believe it offers value? Do I have valid reasons to believe it can be successful? Will it fall flat on its face early? The last statement…

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