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The Houston Rockets might just be the real deal
by Epic on 17 Dec at 15:38
Before the new NBA season started the Houston Rockets were the team, which basically made all the negative lists of the off-season. They were judged to be the losers in the free agency market and were also listed among the teams expected to take a step back during the season. It's turned out completely different though. The Rockets visit Denver tonight holding the third best record in the league. There were a number of coveted free agents on the market this summer and much like the previous years, the Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was very ambitious in his approach to go after them. Chris Bosh turned out to be the most realistic target and seemed to be in the bag until the Miami Heat power forward changed his mind and stayed in sunny Florida. To make the deal happen Morey..
Gameweek 17 - Liverpool vs Arsenal
by ibfm23 on 18 Dec at 07:02
One of the worse results of the season turned up to be the best gameweek for the blog. Rooney and Van Persie were both on target and as expected Manchester United were easy victors. Ironically though, for the first time since the Tottenham match in gameweek 2, I was intrigued by the Reds. Intrigued by what appeared to be a sign of life. Intrigued by Sterling who ran ragged the United defense all afternoon. Intrigued by the returning Balotelli who arguably had his best Liverpool game only to be denied by MOM De Gea. The Spanish keeper was forced into 9 saves most of which were one on one situations. I followed the match with my fellow OLBGers through the forum and whilst I was initially annoyed that Rodgers opted for a false 9 approach, I quickly swallowed back my words..
Goose is getting fat, wallet getting thin, three Christmas crackers for a Yuletide grin!
by Randy Rann on 17 Dec at 22:49
Three longshots to hopefully bring a bit of festive cheer. Well it's that time of year when giving rather than receiving is the right thing to do, and that giving comes at a price! The real festive period is nearly upon us and after a last minute present shopping spree, enough food purchased to feed an army, a booze run and the dreaded tax bill that needs attention.......the cup doth not runneth over! The yuletide extravagances mean punting takes a backseat, but with a host of big races on the horizon, a little bit of what you like never hurt anyone, and if you can find some value, then have a dabble. That's the trouble, finding value as the bookies tighten up the prices on all the talking horses and squeeze the juice out of some tasty oranges! That said though, Christmas needs..
Newcastle v Sunderland (Derby Day)
by Micko70 on 19 Dec at 19:14
This is Newcastle's biggest game of the season, against their fierce north east rivals, in recent seasons Sunderland have had the upper hand and got the best results. Newcastle come into this game on the back of a 4-0 loss at Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday They lost their last league game 4-1 at Arsenal last weekend. Prior to that loss at Arsenal, they had only lost 1 of their previous 9 games. Sunderland come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham. They have only won once in their previous 9 games. That was a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in November OLBG Blogger Thedog1983 has also written a blog on the match, this can be found by clicking HERE RECENT FORM Looking at each teams last 10 games we can see the following - Newcastle..
by Thedog1983 on 15 Dec at 17:02
Make Money with Top scoring Black Cats Top Sunderland Scorer this season It's really interesting to look at the odds available for Sunderland's top scorer this season. Whilst the bookies have pinned all hope on Steven Fletcher at 1/4 (bet victor) I see value lying elsewhere. Sunderland don't score many goals and this season Sunderland's goals have been pretty evenly spread amongst a few players. Current goals scoring table Steven Fletcher 4 Jordi Gomez 3 Connor Whickham 3 Adam Johnson 2 Seb Larsson 2 Whilst Fletcher is currently the top goal scorer the odds are not in any way attractive or necessarily reflective of his chance of winning. He is without doubt the most natural..
Goal Difference, does it matter?
by bobslay13 on 19 Dec at 00:02
Many would argue that goal difference (GD) is just a statistic and at the end of the day the position in the league table is all that matters. A lot of emphasis is put on the wins and losses of recent form but I believe that goal difference can go a long way to showing a side’s potential. I always look at GD when predicting 1X2 results. A team with a good goal difference that has not necessarily got the results to show for it is probably an indication that the team has been unlucky. As we know, football is a very unpredictable sport and anything can happen, teams can dominate games and lose to one shot on target from their weaker opposition. Usually the tide turns on sides with bad luck and they get their rewards in the long..
Capital One Cup Quarter Finals
by Micko70 on 15 Dec at 00:27
The Capital One Cup (Football League Cup) is now at the last 8 stage and the 8 teams left know that they are just 1 win away from a 2 legged semi final and a possible trip to Wembley. The 8 sides left in the competition are Bournemouth, Chelsea, Derby County, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Southampton & Tottenham Hotspur. 2 of the ties will be played on Tuesday 16th December and 2 will be played on Wednesday 17th December. Tuesday 16th will see Derby host Chelsea & Sheffield United host Southampton. Wednesday 17th will see Bournemouth host Liverpool and Tottenham host Newcastle DERBY v CHELSEA Derby have played 4 matches in the Capital One Cup this season, they started in round 1 with a 2-0 win at Carlisle, in round 2 they beat Charlton 1-0 at home. In round 3 they were also at home and..
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