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NFL 2017 Week 3 - TNF - Rams @ 49ers - Expert Picks

Sep 19th, 2017 at 23:42 American Football 0 comments

Things are warming up nicely in the NFL and we move swiftly on the Week 3.  It sees more exciting clashes and also the first visit this season of an NFL game to these shores.    However, in this blog we’ll take a look back at Week 2 and also preview the opening game of the week on Thursday Night which features an all-NFC West clash.    WEEK 2 REVIEW: After a tricky …

NFL Week 2 - OLBG Expert Picks

Sep 15th, 2017 at 12:57 American Football 5 comments

Here we go again!  Once the games get going for real the NFL delivers thick and fast - Thursday, Sunday’s and Monday’s!.  We’ve already covered the Thursday Night Game featuring the Texans @ Bengals and whilst the slight majority were against the winners (The Texans) the recommended bet of going under on 38 points came home with considerable ease so we start Week 2 on a very positive note.   In …

NFL Power Rankings - Post Week 1

Sep 13th, 2017 at 22:53 American Football 2 comments

Week 1 is in the book and we finally have some real information on what each NFL team looks like.  However, we also know that an extremely small sample size has to be treated with caution.   Still, the OLBG NFL Experts Panel has put its heads together and delivered it’s second set of power rankings.    It brings a mixture of movement.  Some violent, some subtle.  In other cases the movement is …

NFL 2017 Week 2 - TNF - Texans @ Bengals - Expert Picks

Sep 12th, 2017 at 22:54 American Football 2 comments

Well, Week 1 brought the expected thrills and spills in a way only the NFL can deliver and as per usual, some things that you couldn’t really see happening...happened!    The shock defeat of the defending Super Bowl Champions in the Kickoff Special on Thursday was the warning shot across the bow and the rest of the opening weekend seen a full on attack of our previously held thoughts and convictions.   Week …

NFL Week 1 - OLBG Expert Picks

Sep 7th, 2017 at 14:31 American Football 1 comments

It’s finally here!  After seven long months of waiting the NFL is back!  We’ve had the Thursday Night Season Kickoff game to wet our appetites but this is the main course...the feast...what every NFL fan lives for.  Opening Sunday!   As the NFL is back, so are the OLBG Experts Panel, ready to offer more words of wisdom and selections (or educated guesses!) in order to give readers a feeling for each …

NFL 2017 Week 1 Thursday Kickoff Game - Chiefs @ Patriots - NFL Expert Picks

Sep 4th, 2017 at 12:54 American Football 2 comments

On the 5th February this year, the New England Patriots finished off the 2016 NFL season with victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.  Those same Patriots now get to start the 2017 season in an attempt to defend their title.   Yes folks, the NFL is back!  The full Week 1 program is this coming weekend on Sunday and Monday but the traditional NFL Thursday Night Kickoff game is …

OLBG NFL 2017 Preseason Power Rankings

Aug 31st, 2017 at 14:53 American Football 3 comments

As we enter the final round of preseason games and look forward to the NFL kicking off for real this time next week, the OLBG Experts panel is back but with a new addition - Power Rankings!   Think of power rankings as an unofficial form guide mixed with a bit of gut feeling.  At this stage, with no real bullets fired, it’s no more than a rough guide to how all …

The NFL 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award - Betting Guide and Tips

Aug 24th, 2017 at 02:01 American Football 0 comments

Following on from my other NFL Preview blogs regarding individual awards and stat leaders,  I’ve now turned my attention to the new blood that will infiltrate the NFL in 2017...namely rookies! Since 1957, the Associated Press has annually named the player it regards as the league's best offensive rookie player - The Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Assessing the impact of rookies is hard because whilst we can read reports about …

2017 NFL Defensive MVP Betting Guide and Tips

Aug 15th, 2017 at 15:44 American Football 0 comments

I’ve previously blogged about the NFL MVP Award (and will be looking to offer an update on that award soon from a betting perspective). Whilst in the past there has been the odd exception, that award is generally the domain of Quarterbacks and to a lesser degree, Running Backs. Since 1971, the Associated Press has annually named the player it regards as the league's best defensive player - The Defensive Most …

Betting Guide And Tips For The 2017 NFL Receiving Leaders

Aug 14th, 2017 at 21:57 American Football 2 comments

Following on from the passing and rushing markets that I have already looked at it’s now time to turn attention to the receiving markets. I’ve decided to offer thoughts on both the receiving yards and total reception markets and have looked at the past twenty years of history to see what the stats tell us and if there are any trends to look out form. I’ll then talk through some …

Betting Guide And Tips To Who Will Win The NFL Rushing Title In 2017

Aug 9th, 2017 at 23:09 American Football 0 comments

In this blog I will continue with my look at the betting markets for individual NFL player statistical leaders.  Last time out I looked at Passing Leaders, but now it’s time to look at the players the Quarterback hands the ball off to if he isn’t going to pass - the Running Backs. Who are the main players to consider for the league's rushing yardage championship?  What makes this category a …

Betting Guide And Tips For The 2017 NFL Passing Yardage Leader

Aug 8th, 2017 at 00:49 American Football 0 comments

As the NFL season approaches, one of the aspects of the build up I enjoy is looking at the individual player markets and trying to predict who will lead the league in their respective stat. With that in mind I want to present a series of blogs aiming to look at the individual categories and pick out some potential bets. In doing this I’ll look at the history, trends and …

NFL 2017 Preseason Update and Betting Notes - Part 1

Aug 7th, 2017 at 01:58 American Football 1 comments

All 32 NFL teams are now in training camp and preparing for the first full set of preseason games this coming week. Whilst the real action doesn’t start until the second week of September this is a vital time for NFL fans and those who would like to take a punt on the NFL as we start to get a feel for players who could be ready to break out …

NFL 2017 Preview - Most Valuable Player Award Tips And Betting Guide

Jul 30th, 2017 at 23:44 American Football 0 comments

American Football may be a team game but there are plenty of individual statistics and awards that players can aspire to win in the NFL.  The most prestigious of those awards is the NFL MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award.  It’s also an intriguing betting market so my aim here is to take a look at the history and trends the award has, see what we can learn from that and …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC West - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 30th, 2017 at 16:36 American Football 0 comments

With NFL teams now at training camp and heading towards preseason this series of blogs going through the players to watch from each team on a division-by-division basis enters it’s final furlong. The finishing straight belongs to the AFC West, a division that looks really wide open this coming season. Which players are the superstars that need to perform to their best? Which rookies can make …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC West - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 27th, 2017 at 10:09 American Football 0 comments

NFL teams have been reporting to training camp this week and in effect this is the start of the season. Whilst we won't see any meaningful action until the begining of September, the hard work for teams starts now. With this in mind I felt it would be a good time to assess each team's roster and offer some thoughts and opinions on players who will be key …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC South - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 25th, 2017 at 13:15 American Football 0 comments

As NFL teams open training camps and the preseason approaches, the 2017 finally feels like it is getting closer. With this in mind I felt it would be a good time to assess each team's roster and offer some thoughts and opinions on players who will be key to their team’s chances in the 2017 season. Who is each team's key player? Who have they added that can …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC South - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 24th, 2017 at 19:27 American Football 0 comments

We’ve had five months of the NFL offseason but the wait for action is starting to feel like it is coming to an end with teams starting to report to camp over this coming week or so. With this in mind I felt it would be a good time to assess each team's roster and offer some thoughts and opinions on players who will be key to their team’s …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC North - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 23rd, 2017 at 00:03 American Football 0 comments

This past week has seen the first NFL teams report to training camp and by the end of July all 32 teams will be taking the first steps towards their build up to the start of the 2017 NFL season. With this in mind I felt it would be a good time to assess each team's roster and offer some thoughts and opinions on players who will be key …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC North - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 19th, 2017 at 21:03 American Football 2 comments

Over the next couple of weeks NFL teams will report to training camp and begin their preparations for the upcoming NFL season. With this in mind I felt it would be a good time to assess each team's roster and offer some thoughts and opinions on players who will be key to their team’s chances in the 2017 season. This blog will look at the NFC …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC East - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 18th, 2017 at 16:12 American Football 0 comments

NFL teams and players will be gearing up for the start of training camp in the next couple of weeks and for teams, fans and the talking heads of the media, now is a time of specualtion and guesswork. Who will improve? Which teams will struggle? By looking at each teams roster and some of the additions they've made we can at least get a feel for what …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC East - Five Players To Watch From Each Team

Jul 17th, 2017 at 14:38 American Football 0 comments

With the NFL Season less than two months away teams will open training camps soon and we’ll start to build up the hype towards the new season. With this in mind I felt it would be a good time to assess each team's roster and offer some thoughts and opinions on players who will be key to their team's chances in the 2017 season. Who is each team's …

NFL 2017 Preview - Five And Ten Year League Trends

Jul 7th, 2017 at 00:06 American Football 0 comments

Over the past couple of weeks I have posted a series of blogs looking at each NFL division and the teams that make up each division, going over their won-loss records and breaking them down further into categories such as home, road and divisional record. You can check out each division from the links below: NFC East AFC East NFC North AFC North NFC South AFC South NFC West AFC …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC West 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jul 6th, 2017 at 17:53 American Football 0 comments

As we reach the last part of our look at each NFL division over the past five and ten years we turn to the AFC West. How has this division performed in recent times? Is there anything the overall and individual records can tell us that we can use going forward? Read on to find out. It’s another tale of two halves at first …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC West 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jul 6th, 2017 at 17:44 American Football 0 comments

It’s time to head out west in this continuing series looking at the records and trends of each NFL division. This blog turns to the NFC West, a division that has always been competitive but has also seen (or is still seeing) some teams have to weather some troubled times. What can this study tell us and how does the betting look for each team within the division at …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC South 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jul 4th, 2017 at 19:21 American Football 0 comments

This series of blogs moves on to the AFC South. A division that has seen some of the best players in the NFL grace it in recent years. Whether it’s been Peyton Manning throwing the football or JJ Watt stopping Quarterbacks getting their passes off, it’s a division where one dimensional teams have been able to succeed. What does the past ten years tell us about …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC South 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jun 30th, 2017 at 12:12 American Football 0 comments

Part five of this series of blogs investigating the five and ten year trends of each NFL division continues with a visit to the NFC South. It’s a division featuring some of the most exciting and prolific players in the NFL and for the last two years, has delivered the NFC’s representative for the Super Bowl. What do the last ten years tell us though? Is …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC North 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jun 28th, 2017 at 00:51 American Football 0 comments

In the fourth of a series of blogs looking at five and ten year trends patterns regarding won-loss records of NFL teams on a division-by-division, we move on the AFC North. It’s a division that has delivered lots of winning football, but has also seen one of the worst franchises of the past ten years. What can we learn from each team's individual records and the division as a …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC North 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jun 26th, 2017 at 20:18 American Football 0 comments

In the third of this series of ten year trends regarding NFL divisions we move on to the NFC North. It appears, in some ways, to be the closest division the NFC can offer to the AFC East in terms of how one team has had the most success from it but it is also notable that all the other teams have been involved in competing at one point …

NFL 2017 Preview - AFC East 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jun 25th, 2017 at 10:46 American Football 0 comments

With the NFL season just over two months away I’m continuing a series of blogs looking at all NFL teams’ most recent ten year record on a division-by-division basis. Is there anything we can learn going forward into 2017? What is obvious and what surprises? This blog will focus on the AFC East which contains the most dominate team in the entire league in recent memory but also …

NFL 2017 Preview - NFC East 10 Year Trends and Betting Tips

Jun 24th, 2017 at 10:14 American Football 0 comments

Right now we are in the middle of the NFL offseason and this is pretty much the quietest time of the year for NFL happenings. Training camp is still approximately five weeks away and the season itself still just under three months from starting. However, for NFL fans like myself, there’s no reason not to use this calm before the storm to try and prepare. As even …

Finding The Longshots - A Guide

May 14th, 2017 at 22:23 Strategy 1 comments

The aim of placing a bet is to win. Punters may throw about terms like “it’s a bit of interest” but ultimately if you part with your hard earned cash you are hoping the selection you make will provide you a profit. Any winner is satisfying but nothing feels better than a long odds shot that you’ve backed goes in. You’ve gone against the grain, you’ve upset the …

NFL Draft 2017 - Round 1 Impact And Review

Apr 28th, 2017 at 13:31 American Football 2 comments

Last week I wrote a blog piece previewing the NFL Draft. Last night seen the first round of the draft take place and whilst there are still six rounds remaining and plenty of options left for teams to add some exciting young talent, nothing compares to the drama that round one supplies so let’s take a look and see who improved, who surprised and who has put their neck …

NFL Draft 2017 - Preview And Betting Tips

Apr 21st, 2017 at 14:44 American Football 0 comments

The highlight of the NFL offseason is upon us next week when the NFL draft takes place over three days (April 27th - 29th). This is the time for all 32 NFL teams to attempt to upgrade their rosters with the best of the college ranks. I’m not here to provide a mock draft. There are plenty of those all around the internet and anyone hitting more …

NFL Offseason Update - The AFC

Apr 14th, 2017 at 20:03 American Football 0 comments

Last time out the rule was run over the NFC teams. This time I’ll go over the AFC teams and see what they’ve been up to, how it might affect them going forward and what they could well be hoping to acquire in the upcoming NFL draft. Baltimore Ravens The big news is…Nose Tackle Brandon Williams has been re-signed to a 5 year contract. Williams has been …

NFL Offseason Update - The NFC

Apr 13th, 2017 at 19:17 American Football 0 comments

It’s still over 3 months until NFL teams return to full training in late July and over four months until the 2017 season gets underway but despite being bang in the middle of the offseason it doesn’t mean nothing has been happening. Teams are rejigging their roster, moving players on, bringing other players in, changing their front office and coaching staffs and most importantly, gearing up for the NFL draft. In …

Grand National 2017 Tips And Pinstickers Guide

Apr 5th, 2017 at 14:53 Horse Racing 6 comments

Late on Saturday afternoon forty brave jockeys will line up with their hardy mounts to bring us one of the most entertaining and wonderful sights in the racing calendar - The Grand National. It’s the race where the nation traditionally has a bet so whether you’re a regular follower and gambler on the horses or if this is your one trip into the bookmakers for the year then hopefully this …

Road To The Champion Hurdle 2018

Mar 27th, 2017 at 19:37 Cheltenham 1 comments

Cheltenham 2017 is less than two weeks old but as long as we waited for it and as quick as it flashed by, thoughts can already turn towards next years festival. Whilst we still have some more of the spring festivals to go such as Aintree, Ayr, Sandown, Fairyhouse and Punchestown - which will offer some more ingredients to the overall form of all horses involved there …

Cheltenham Festival Tips - Day 4 - OLBG Tipster Panel

Mar 17th, 2017 at 05:37 Cheltenham 0 comments

Day 4 and the end is in sight already. You wait for what seems like forever then it’s gone in the blink of an eye. Despite a lot of good horses having to miss out with injuries it’s been a superb week so far full of brilliant performances, high drama and all the things that make the festival the special event it always is. The final day …

Cheltenham Festival Tips - Day 3 - OLBG Tipster Panel

Mar 15th, 2017 at 22:44 Cheltenham 0 comments

We hit the half way point through the Cheltenham Festival and as we enter the bottom of the hill which is Thursday we must make sure we keep something in reserve to get up the hill on the last day, Friday. The Thursday gets a bit of an unfair rap from some. It’s not considered as strong a card as the other three days but I personally disagree. …

Cheltenham Festival Tips - Day 2 - OLBG Tipster Panel

Mar 14th, 2017 at 22:20 Cheltenham 0 comments

Day One of the greatest National Hunt festival is in the book. We had a few surprises but we also seen some of the shorter priced horses deliver as expected. On to day two and are we licking our wounds or counting our cash? Day 1 Review Picking winners at the Cheltenham Festival is as hard as it gets in the punting game but as individuals we’ve managed …

Cheltenham Festival Tips - Day 1 - OLBG Tipster Panel

Mar 13th, 2017 at 17:31 Cheltenham 2 comments

The wait is almost over. Open your war chest and prepare for battle!! The competitive juices of horses, trainers, jockeys, bookmakers and punters are ready to flow as the highlight of the National Hunt Calendar is about to be upon us. Yes, the Cheltenham Festival is so very nearly here! Here at OLBG, myself and three other members have already previewed the festival in two parts and now …

Cheltenham Festival Tips - The Retirement Bet!

Mar 8th, 2017 at 14:54 Cheltenham 6 comments

With less than a week to go before the Cheltenham Festival and the mist of which horse runs in which race starting to clear (a bit) the level of excitement and anticipation amongst punters is starting to reach fever pitch. Anyone who bets hopes to win and we all have that dream of landing that truly life changing bet full of amazing prices in multiple combinations. If we could land …

Cheltenham Festival Tips And Preview (Part II) - OLBG Tipster Panel

Mar 5th, 2017 at 17:38 Cheltenham 1 comments

Two weeks ago the first of our Tipster Panel Previews for Cheltenham Festival Tips was published and with now just over a week to go myself and the three other panel members felt it would be a good time to reconvene and take stock of the ongoing situations regarding runners, races and the now published handicap weights. It was also a chance to reflect and look back on …

NFL Offseason Preview - Free Agency 2017

Feb 26th, 2017 at 21:44 American Football 1 comments

For NFL teams the work towards competing starts now. Whilst the new season doesn’t start until September, the job of shaping the roster in order to improve or sustain a team’s competitiveness is an almost never ending process. One of the key tools to acquiring talent is the NFL’s official …

Cheltenham Festival Tips And Preview - OLBG Tipster Panel

Feb 23rd, 2017 at 17:57 Cheltenham 1 comments

In just under three weeks time all National Hunt racing fans - whether attending Cheltenham in person or watching at home - will be waiting for the starter to set them off for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and for the famous “roar”to ring around Prestbury Park signalling the start of the most exciting four days of the National Hunt calendar - the Cheltenham Festival. Trying to prove that …

Quarterbacks Will Be Wanted Men Once More

Feb 12th, 2017 at 17:38 American Football 0 comments

The NFL season may have only ended a week ago but for all 32 franchises in the league the race towards Super Bowl LII began the day their respective seasons ended. Teams will now be crunching data, reviewing film and making plans to add or remove players from their roster. For all teams though, stability and talent at the most important position on the gridiron - Quarterback - is what …

Super Bowl LII - A (Very) Early Look Ahead

Feb 10th, 2017 at 10:32 American Football 2 comments

They have barely finished sweeping up the ticker tape at Houston’s NRG stadium and the aftermath of Super Bowl LI is still being discussed as the New England Patriots pulled off an improbable comeback over the Atlanta Falcons to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy but already my mind is looking forward rather than back. The 2016 season is already history and whilst September and the start of the …

Super Bowl LI - NFL Experts Picks And Tips

Feb 2nd, 2017 at 20:36 American Football 3 comments

After 17 regular season weeks of battle followed by a three rounds of playoff action we are finally approaching the climax of the NFL season in what is arguably the best sporting event in the worldwide sporting calendar…SUPER BOWL LI. …

Super Bowl LI - MVP Award Betting, Preview And Tips

Jan 30th, 2017 at 17:33 American Football 0 comments

Super Bowl LI is less than a week away now and I’d like to continue with a series of blogs building up to the game by focusing on an individual aspect within a team game - the MVP Award. The Most Valuable Player Award is always a point of interest within the game and it’s also got a betting market to delve into. In this blog I’ll take …