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2018 Men's Australian Open Preview

Jan 7th, 2018 at 21:07 Tennis 0 comments

2018 isn't even a week old and already the attention of tennis fans is focused on one of the biggest events in the calendar. There are four Grand Slams in the year, and the first one takes place over the last two weeks of January at Melbourne Park in Australia. The big players of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are being held together by sticky tape, whilst there are …

Peach Bowl Preview: Auburn vs UCF

Dec 30th, 2017 at 22:07 American Football 1 comments

Peach Bowl Central Florida (12) vs Auburn (7) UCF representing the Group of Five and the only undefeated team left in the country Can Auburn pick themselves up after being just one win away from the playoffs? Will Scott Frost sign off from UCF with a bowl win? Match Preview UCF finished the season ranked 12th in the polls and as the only undefeated team left in the country, they were a shoe-in for …

Orange Bowl Preview: Wisconsin vs Miami

Dec 29th, 2017 at 22:11 American Football 0 comments

Orange Bowl Wisconsin (6) vs Miami (10) Miami back in a New Year’s Six Bowl game for the first time since 2005 Wisconsin fell at the final hurdle again. Can they bounce back? Two turnover prone QBs face off against two turnover hungry defenses Match Preview Just one win was all Wisconsin needed to push themselves into the playoffs, but just like 2014 and 2016, they failed in the Big Ten Championship. Like …

Fiesta Bowl Preview: Washington vs Penn State

Dec 28th, 2017 at 21:41 American Football 0 comments

Fiesta Bowl Washington (11) vs Penn State (9) Penn State looking for a seventh Fiesta Bowl win Chris Petersen returns to the scene of one of his greatest coaching accomplishments Will Saquon Barkley sign off from College Football with a first Bowl win Match Preview Both these teams had playoff aspirations heading into the 2017 season but crucial losses down the stretch put paid to those chances. For Washington, it was road losses at …

Cotton Bowl Classic Preview: USC vs Ohio State

Dec 27th, 2017 at 22:49 American Football 0 comments

Cotton Bowl Classic USC (8) vs Ohio State (5) Will this be Sam Darnold’s last game at USC? Both teams with a point to prove to the College Football Playoff Committee USC looking for their most wins in a season since 2008 Match Preview The first of this year’s New Year’s Six Bowl games pits two Conference Champions who failed to make it into the playoffs thanks to what some may perceive as SEC bias. …

ATP Season Preview 2018: Four players to watch

Dec 26th, 2017 at 21:40 Tennis 0 comments

It only seems like yesterday that Grigor Dimitrov was becoming the first ATP Tour Finals debutant to win the end of season finals in 19 years. Despite attempts to lighten the load on the big players, they dropped like flies in the second half of 2017 and the Australian Open participation of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic is still in doubt. But Australian Open talk is for another day, and …

College Football: Bowl Season Preview with Tips

Dec 13th, 2017 at 21:35 American Football 2 comments

After another enthralling College Football season, Bowl season is upon us. 40 Bowl games will be played out between December 16th and January 8th, when one of Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia or Alabama will be crowned the 2017 National Champion. Generally, a team needs to win at least six games to become Bowl eligible, and the various bowl games have tie-ins with different conferences. For example, the Las Vegas Bowl usually …

Davis Cup Tennis Tips and Preview For France v Belgium Final

Nov 21st, 2017 at 20:45 Tennis 0 comments

After my winning tennis tips on the ATP in London next up we have the Davis Cup Final. As has become tradition, the Davis Cup Final will bring an end to the tennis season in terms of the major events and this year will see France host Belgium. The French are looking for their first title since 2001 having been runners-up three times since with Belgium looking for a …

Tennis Tips for The ATP World Tour Finals London 2017

Nov 9th, 2017 at 19:14 Tennis 2 comments

We're at the end of another long tennis season and one that has taken its toll on some of the top players. Incredibly, only Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem from the 2016 season ending top eight are in London this year. Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori amongst a host of players who ended their 2017 campaign early through injury. But we are where we are, and there …

Three takeaways from the opening to the College Football season

Sep 17th, 2017 at 23:41 American Football 0 comments

Clemson keep on rolling The Big Ten East continues to be impossible to predict Can the American Athletic Conference roll with the big boys? It's been an electric start to the season in College Football. We've had big games, big finishes and big plays. We've had surprise wins and not so surprise wins whilst we've also had a 3rd & 93! With three weeks in the book, and the bulk of conference play …

College Football: Clemson (3) @ Louisville (14) Betting Preview and Best Bet

Sep 15th, 2017 at 22:55 American Football 2 comments

Clemson (3) @ Louisville (14) An early ACC Atlantic decider? Is Lamar Jackson on course for another Heisman season? Match Preview Going into this season the outlook for these teams was pretty much the same. They'll go close but Florida State will be too strong. Clemson will struggle to replace DeShaun Watson immediately whilst Lamar Jackson won't be able to put up his gaudy 2016 numbers. . Just one game into the season, that …

College Football: Oklahoma (5) @ Ohio State (2) Preview and Best Bets

Sep 7th, 2017 at 22:45 American Football 0 comments

Oklahoma (5) @ Ohio State (2) Is this a potential play-off preview? How will the post Bob Stoops era start for the Sooners? Are J.T Barrett and Baker Mayfield future NFL stars? Match Preview This is an early chance for revenge for the Sooners after last year's 45-24 loss at home to Ohio State. Oklahoma had the much easier task last week, and came through pretty unscathed against UTEP, winning 56-7. Ohio State began …

College Football: Auburn (13) @ Clemson (3) Preview and Best Bets

Sep 7th, 2017 at 19:50 American Football 2 comments

Auburn (13) @ Clemson (3) Will a win over Auburn propel Clemson to the National title again? How will two inexperience QBs fare against elite defenses? Match Preview Big games come thick and fast in College Football, and after a cupcake to open for each of these teams, they both get a chance to stake an early claim for a playoff spot by claiming a big win. Life after DeShaun began in decent …

College Football: Alabama (1) vs Florida State (3) Preview & Best Bets

Aug 30th, 2017 at 22:48 American Football 0 comments

Florida State (3) vs Alabama (1) Do the winners of this game have one foot in the playoffs? Will Nick Saban finally lose on opening weekend? Does Jimbo Fisher own the SEC? Match Preview So here we are, after months of waiting, the College Football season is finally upon us. Ignore the fact that a handful of games were played last week. This is Week One, and ever since the schedule was released, only …

Three non-Power Five schools to watch in 2017

Aug 27th, 2017 at 22:26 American Football 0 comments

Each season, the highest ranked school from outside the Power Five gets to mix it with the big boys at one of the New Year's Day Bowl games. Last year it was the 13-0 Western Michigan Broncos from the MAC whilst in 2015/16 it was the 12-1 Houston Cougars from the American Conference who were the last non Power Five school to win a New Year's bowl game when they …

Potential Carabao Cup 2nd round shocks

Aug 20th, 2017 at 23:15 Other Football 8 comments

The League Cup has gone through plenty of sponsors since the now defunct Milk Marketing Board became the first sponsor in the 1981/82 season. This year it's the turn of Carabao Energy Drink from Thailand to sponsor the event which is now known as the Carabao Cup. This week sees those Premier League teams who haven't qualified for Europe enter the competition in the 2nd round. A popular train of thought …

Promoted Clubs on Premier League Opening Weekend

Aug 10th, 2017 at 21:31 Premier League 0 comments

If the bookmakers are correct, the three promoted clubs won't be celebrating a first Premier League point of the season at the weekend. All three of their opponents are currently odds on for the win. This blog looks at the performances of the promoted clubs over the past decade on opening day, and searches for any trends that may pick out a winning bet or two. 2016/17 Champions Burnley lost 1-0 …

US Open Tennis Outsiders

Aug 2nd, 2017 at 19:15 Tennis 0 comments

2017 is flying by and we're just a few weeks away from the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadow in New York. This year was supposed to be the year that the next generation of tennis superstars finally made a breakthrough and took over the mantle from the Big Four. However, despite the relative struggles of both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the Grand Slams have been shared between …

2017 Heisman Trophy Preview

Jul 19th, 2017 at 20:58 American Football 0 comments

The Heisman Trophy is awarded at the end of each College Football season to the most outstanding player in College over the previous season. As with any long term betting, the market can be quite volatile with things like injury or a couple of poor performances in a big game causing a player's Heisman stock to plummet. Likewise, a couple of standout performances in big games can suddenly see a player …

Two Qualifiers to watch at Wimbledon

Jun 30th, 2017 at 21:46 Tennis 0 comments

When Wimbledon starts on Monday, 128 men will be hoping to make it through seven rounds to lift the coveted trophy. Whilst the usual suspects such as Andy Murray, Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic head the betting, there are sixteen players who have already had to fight tooth and nail to get here. The week before The Championships, The Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton plays host to the qualifying …

Ante-Post betting across Europe

Jun 21st, 2017 at 23:14 Other Football 0 comments

It's no secret that I like to look at stats when it comes to my betting. Statistics play a major part in sport nowadays and everywhere you turn it seems someone is throwing some sort of stat at you (some useful and others less so). The idea of this blog is to take a look at some of the markets offered on the major European football leagues and see if …

A look at the Champions League & Europa League Qualifying rounds

Jun 21st, 2017 at 22:22 Other Football 0 comments

It was only a few weeks ago that Real Madrid were lifting the Champions League Trophy at the end of the 16/17 season but the 17/18 season is just around the corner, and the draws for the opening qualifying round of the Champions League and Europa League took place earlier this week, with the 1st legs to be played next week. I'm not going to pretend to know anything about …

5 NFL rookies to watch in 2017

Jun 14th, 2017 at 22:47 American Football 0 comments

For the last 3 years, I've taken a look through the NFL Draft and picked out a player from each round who I thought was capable of having a long career in the NFL. This year, I'm changing the format slightly and instead of pigeon holing myself into picking a player from each round, I'll be looking at rounds 2-7 as a whole to identify the five players who I …

NHL Game Seven stats & trends

May 10th, 2017 at 22:32 Ice Hockey 0 comments

Tonight (May 10th) sees the NHL Playoffs play host to two Game Seven deciders in the Conference semi-finals. Washington host Pittsburgh in the East whilst Anaheim host Edmonton in the West. With so much on the line, game seven makes for great viewing for the neutral but are there any stats that can help pick out a bet or two? I've gone back over the last ten years and the 47 game …

Three players to watch ahead of the French Open

May 10th, 2017 at 09:27 Tennis 1 comments

The European clay court season is well underway and all roads lead to the French Open at the end of this month. We've already had the first of the three clay court Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo whilst the second in Madrid is in progress this week. Attention turns to Rome next week before a final tune up and then the second Grand Slam of the year. This blog looks at …

Weekend Accumulator: Spurs to end 22 year wait to finish above Arsenal by beating their North London rivals

Apr 27th, 2017 at 19:36 Other Football 0 comments

Another week with two of three selections coming in and it was Liverpool who let me down, falling victim to the resurgence of Crystal Palace. Leagues One, Two, and the National League come to a close this weekend so this will be the final accumulator of the season and for the second year in a row, the blog has ended in profit overall. It will be nice to go out …

Weekend Accumulator: Crystal Palace to miss Sakho in visit to Liverpool

Apr 20th, 2017 at 22:28 Other Football 0 comments

After have just one team let me down last Saturday, I had just one team let me down on Monday as Dagenham & Redbridge blew a 2-0 lead at home to Sutton. At 14 points in profit with just a few weekends left of the season, the blog is going to end up in profit, but another winning bet or two wouldn't hurt as the season draws to close. Leagues …

2017 A League Playoff Tips & Trends

Apr 19th, 2017 at 23:05 Other Football 3 comments

The A-League is now in its 12th season and with the regular season over, the playoffs are just around the corner. The current playoff format was introduced in the 201/13 season and sees the top six teams extend their season. The top two teams in the regular season receive a first round bye and a home game in the semi-finals. The first round of the play-offs sees the third placed team host …

Bank Holiday Accumulator: Rotherham's away woes to continue

Apr 16th, 2017 at 22:00 Other Football 0 comments

Games are running out and now that we've reached Easter, we have just a few of these blogs left for the 2016/17 season. It was close but no cigar again at the weekend as Nottingham Forest let me down for a winning four-fold, and with all the leagues bar the Premier League back in action on Bank Holiday Monday, I have a bonus treble on the blog. Running Totals Singles: 70/122 (57.38% …

Weekend Accumulator: Everton to continue their push for fifth with another strong home performance

Apr 12th, 2017 at 20:44 Other Football 0 comments

Just a treble last week but it was always going to be an uphill struggle once Barrow were reduced to ten men and whilst they battled back for a 2-2 draw, it wasn't to be and it was another ‘close but no cigar' moment. Once again, I can't come up with anything from League Two, but there's a four-fold to get stuck into, starting with the Good Friday action in …

The Washington Capitals had the best regular season record, but they won't win the Stanley Cup

Apr 10th, 2017 at 21:34 Ice Hockey 2 comments

The NHL playoffs are back and for the third straight year, I'm updating this blog to highlight why the President's Trophy winners may not be the best team to side with to grab Stanley Cup glory. For the second straight year, the President's Trophy has gone to the WASHINGTON CAPITALS. Read on to find out why your money should be spent elsewhere this spring. The President's Trophy is awarded to the …

A fun weekend of NHL action with one final playoff spot up for grabs in the East

Apr 8th, 2017 at 20:30 Ice Hockey 0 comments

After another long, gruelling season, the NHL regular season comes to a close this weekend and whilst the eight teams vying for the Western Conference title are already known, the Eastern Conference still has one spot up for grabs. That spot will be taken by either the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Islanders and could actually be decided on Saturday night, leaving the Sunday games fairly meaningless. Current …

Weekend Accumulator: Can Tottenham to put pressure on Chelsea with yet another home win?

Apr 7th, 2017 at 08:05 Other Football 0 comments

It definitely felt like April Fool's Day last weekend as the accumulator fell way short with just one winner from the five picks. There's no point dwelling on a poor week though and the action comes thick and fast at this time of the season. League One and League Two have been too tight to call most of the season and I can't find anything I like this weekend so …

Davis Cup 2017 Quarter-Final Preview

Apr 5th, 2017 at 22:51 Tennis 2 comments

We're already a quarter of the way through 2017 and after the first Grand Slam of the season in Australia, and the first two Masters Series events in the United States, we're at the quarter-final stage of the Davis Cup with some intriguing matchups to look forward to this weekend. Belgium vs Italy Belgium caused one of the upsets of the first round when they eliminated Germany despite the absence the …

Weekend Accumulator: Chelsea to continue their march to the title against London rivals

Mar 29th, 2017 at 21:05 Other Football 0 comments

Just a double last week but it came up short as Torquay frustrated Wrexham, and probably deserved to win the game. The International break is over and this week's blog has found a decent priced five-fold to get stuck into.... Running Totals Singles: 64/110 (58.18% strike rate), 0.42 pts profit (0.38% roi) Accumulators: 5/27 (18.52% strike rate), 18.11 pts profit (67.07% roi) The idea is to pick one bet of the week for each …

Weekend Double: Portsmouth to strengthen their promotion hopes and send Newport a step closer to the drop

Mar 23rd, 2017 at 21:19 Other Football 0 comments

It's rare that an accumulator will win without a bit of luck and I returned to the winner's circle last week after receiving more than my fair share of luck. Whilst Everton, QPR and Doncaster all record comfortable wins, I got a 90th minute winner from Gateshead whilst Bolton survived thanks to a disallowed Northampton goal in the 96th minute! That brought the singles back into profit whilst the accumulators …

Weekend Accumulator: Hull & Rotherham's away woes to continue

Mar 17th, 2017 at 20:52 Other Football 0 comments

A short priced treble came up just short last week as a Norwich red card cost them the victory and this blog, the treble. Back to it this week with a five-fold as I'm opposing some teams who are in rotten form.... Running Totals Singles: 58/103 (56.31% strike rate), 2.17 pts loss (-2.11% roi) Accumulators: 4/25 (16.00% strike rate), 8.89 pts profit (35.56% roi) The idea is to pick one bet of the week …

March Madness: Breaking down the bracket

Mar 15th, 2017 at 08:28 Basketball 0 comments

On Thursday March 16th, the first round of the NCAA Tournament will begin and 64 teams will start their quest for glory. Before that, we have the First Four to negotiate, four play-in games that will whittle us down from 68 teams to 64. But the real fun is in breaking down the bracket and trying to beat odds of around 1 in 128 billion to complete the perfect bracket and …

Weekend accumulator: Can Liverpool strengthen their grip on 4th place?

Mar 9th, 2017 at 20:51 Other Football 1 comments

It was a big priced acca last week and it performed admirably with three winners and two scoreless draws. But it still goes down as a loss and it's onto this week. I can't find anything I like in League One or the National League for this weekend so it's just a short priced treble on the table...... Running Totals Singles: 56/100 (56.00% strike rate), 2.74 pts loss (-2.74% roi) Accumulators: 4/24 (16.67% …

Three players to break the Big 4 dominance at Masters level

Mar 8th, 2017 at 23:40 Tennis 2 comments

When it comes to betting on the Masters events in recent years, there hasn't been too far to look with 71 of the 81 titles since the start of 2008 being won by one of Novak Djokovic (28 wins), Rafael Nadal (19 wins), Andy Murray (14 wins) or Roger Federer (10 wins). Whilst Nadal and Federer could be perhaps considered in the twilight of their careers, it shouldn't be lost on …

Can we crack the correct score market in the NHL?

Mar 5th, 2017 at 14:19 Ice Hockey 3 comments

The three main markets when betting on the NHL are the money line (match winner including any overtime or shootout), total goals (usually set a 5 or 5.5) and puck line (backing a team +/- 1.5 goals). But there are many more markets available and I want to look at one that whilst gets very little attention in the NHL, is very popular with those betting on football (or soccer …

A look at some key NHL trades at the deadline

Mar 2nd, 2017 at 18:52 Ice Hockey 1 comments

At 8pm UK time on March 1st, the door shut on yet another NHL trade deadline day. Impending free agents were let go in order for their team to recoup some investment, teams decided to go all in for a Stanley Cup run, whilst others decided that 16/17 just isn't going to be their year. As is always the case at times like these, everyone wants to predict the future and …

Weekend accumulator: Leicester to continue to improve without Ranieri

Mar 1st, 2017 at 21:45 Other Football 0 comments

If ever there was a week to win the acca then this is the week with odds of over 30/1. Last week was another dud with just two winners from the five selections bringing another loss to the singles, however, the blog is still showing a profit over the course of the season and hopefully I can add to that profit this weekend...... Running Totals Singles: 53/95 (55.79% strike rate), 4.08 pts …

NCAA Tournament Trends

Feb 24th, 2017 at 23:39 Basketball 0 comments

The College Basketball regular season is coming to a close over the next two weeks as we head towards the conference tournaments and the season finale with the NCAA Tournament. It'll be a few weeks before we know the 68 teams who will participate in the end of season tournament but I've gone back over the last fifteen years to look to see if any trends can help us identify the …

Weekend accumulator: A perfect ten at home for Chelsea?

Feb 23rd, 2017 at 21:43 Other Football 0 comments

A week to forget last week as only one winner could be found from the three matches, an early Dagenham & Redbridge red card effectively ending any chances of the acca coming in. It's back to a full house this week with a decent priced five-fold from all five leagues..... Running Totals Singles: 51/90 (56.67% strike rate), 2.47 pts loss (-2.74% roi) Accumulators: 4/22 (18.18% strike rate), 11.89 pts profit (54.05% roi) The idea …

Weekend accumulator: Who will come out on top in the League One top of the table clash?

Feb 16th, 2017 at 20:24 Other Football 0 comments

Another week with three winners from the five picks and a small loss on the singles with the three shortest selections being the ones that obliged. The FA Cup returns to action this weekend so there's no Premier League whilst I can't find anything in League Two that takes my fancy so this week's acca is reduced to a short priced treble..... Running Totals Singles: 50/87 (57.47% strike rate), 1.02 pts loss …

NFL Offseason: Should the Cleveland Browns stick or twist?

Feb 15th, 2017 at 21:47 American Football 0 comments

As a New York Jets fan, disappointment is something I've become accustomed to when watching the NFL. Bad ownership, bad management, bad play, and of course, that pesky Brady/Belichick partnership over in New England that has pretty much made the AFC East a one-way ticket to an early end to the season for the last 15 years. However, as bad it sometimes gets for Gang Green, spare a thought for the …

Super Bowl LII: Early Trend Picks

Feb 13th, 2017 at 22:09 American Football 1 comments

The 2016 NFL season may have ended just a few days ago, but it's never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Now of course we still have free agency and the draft still to come, and there will be plenty of personnel changes ahead of us that will affect the dynamics of the 2017 season. But with the bookmaker's already offering odds on the winner of Super …

Weekend accumulator: Arsenal to bounce back from a tough week

Feb 8th, 2017 at 22:20 Other Football 0 comments

Another losing acca last week but three wins from the five picks, including Watford's win over Burnley gave the singles a small profit to bring it closer to showing an overall profit for the season. After a successful Christmas, the accumulators are still showing a healthy profit and I look to add to it with another five-fold this weekend...... Running Totals Singles: 47/82 (57.32% strike rate), 0.54 pts loss (-0.66% roi) Accumulators: 4/20 …