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Tottenham Hotspur versus Bournemouth, Saturday, April 15 (12.30)

Tottenham Hotspur versus Bournemouth, Saturday, April 15 (12.30)

Tottenham remain seven points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, despite an impressive 4-0 win over Watford, but can close the gap to four points, at least temporarily, by beating Bournemouth at White Hart Line on Saturday afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has won its last six matches in the Premier League and remains unbeaten at home – having failed to collect maximum points just twice in 16 outings at White Hart Lane – this season. The timely return of top scorer Harry Kane, who played for half an hour against the Hornets, is a boost for the Lilywhites, who’ve scored a total of 39 goals at home this season and conceded just eight.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, have picked up just six points from a possible 24 in their last eight away matches, six of which have involved at least three match goals. However, the Cherries have scored in 11 of their 16 away matches, so while they may ultimately succumb to Spurs’ superior firepower, let’s try Tottenham to win 3-1 at 12/1 with bet365.

Selection: Tottenham to win 3-1 (12/1 with bet365)

April 10, 20170 commentsRead More
Race Day Jargon

Race Day Jargon

If you’ve ever considered taking a day at the races but are concerned you don’t know any of the lingo don’t worry – we’re here to help. We’ve compiled some of the more prominent words from the horse racing scene and given a small description to help you out:

Antepost

For most major races you can put your bet on well in advance of race day. For the Grand National you can put a bet down a year before the race is due to kick-off. The price you get with an Antepost bet could well be much bigger than waiting until closer to the day.

Board prices

The generally available odds displayed on the boards of on-course bookmakers. It is from these that the starting price (SP) is derived. “Taking board price” means taking the last price shown against your selection at the time you strike the bet.

Betting Ring

The main area within a race course where the bookmakers are situated.

Colours

Silks are worn by jockey to identify a horse. A horse runs in its owner’s colours which are registered with the governing body, Weatherbys. The colours worn by each jockey are shown on race cards.

Distance

The margin by which a horse has won or has been beaten OR in Jump racing, if a horse is beaten/wins by a long way it’s said to have been won by a distance.

Furlong

220 yards (an eighth of a mile).
Gallops

These are the training grounds where horses are exercised. Many trainers have private gallops of their own.

Gelding

A male horse that has been castrated. Nearly all of the male horses that compete over the jumps have been gelded, and a Flat horse could be gelded.

Handicap

A race where each horse is allotted a different weight to carry, according to the official handicap ratings determined by the BHA Handicappers. The theory is that all horses run on a fair and equal basis – the ‘perfect’ handicap being one where all the runners finish in a dead-heat.

Lay

To take a bet on: a bookmaker’s offer quoting the price at which he wishes to trade. ‘I’ll lay 6-4 this favourite.’ Betting on a horse to lose

Non Runner

A horse that was originally meant to run but for whatever reason has been withdrawn from the race.

Names

Horse names have to be registered with Weatherbys, racing’s administrative body, and are subject to approval. Names cannot be longer than 18 characters (including spaces) and must not be the same, in spelling or pronunciation, as a name already registered. In addition, there is a list of ‘protected’ horse names that cannot be used – these include past winners of big races such as the Grand National and the Classics on the Flat.

Rating

A horse’s ability is measured and it is then given a rating on a scale starting at zero and going into three figures. Flat Jump racing use different scales. The highest-rated Flat horse is usually in the 130s and the top-rated jumper in the 180s.

Starting price

This can be abbreviated to SP. The starting prices are the final odds at the time the race starts and are used to determine the pay out to winning punters if it was placed against the starting price.

The “Tote”

Introduced in Britain in 1929 to offer pool betting on racecourses. All the stakes on a particular bet are pooled, before a deduction is made to cover the Tote’s costs and contribution to racing. The remainder of the pool is divided by the number of winning units to give a dividend that is declared inclusive of a £1 stake. Odds fluctuate according to the pattern of betting and betting ceases when the race starts.

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April 7, 20170 commentsRead More
Swansea City versus Tottenham Hotspur, Wednesday, April 5

Swansea City versus Tottenham Hotspur, Wednesday, April 5

Tottenham beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor last Saturday, while Premier League leaders Chelsea lost by the same score to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge to make the title race “more interesting” in the words of Blues’ boss Antonio Conte. Spurs still trail by seven points but, with Chelsea hosting Manchester City on Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has a chance to close the gap still further when it travels to relegation-threatened Swansea.

At the time of writing, only goal difference separates Swansea from the relegation places. Paul Clement’s side has won five of its last eight matches at the Liberty Stadium, but continues to leak goals and that’s likely to be the problem against a free-scoring Spurs side with plenty of attacking options, despite the continued absence of top scorer Harry Kane. The Swans have kept just three clean sheets in 14 matches at the Liberty Stadium this season and Spurs have kept just four in as many matches away from White Hart Lane, so let’s try both teams to score and Tottenham to win at 3.4.

Selection: BTTS and Tottenham to win (3.4 generally available)

April 2, 20170 commentsRead More
Arsenal versus Manchester City, Sunday, April 2

Arsenal versus Manchester City, Sunday, April 2

manchester cityManchester City boss Pep Guardiola described the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield two weeks ago – three days after going out of the Champions League – as “one of the most special days of my life” and the Spaniard will clearly be in buoyant mood for the visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, on the other hand, is contemplating his future at the club after the Gunners suffered their fourth defeat in five Premier League matches against West Brom at the Hawthorns. His side went into the international break five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand, and the pressure on the beleaguered Frenchman is increasing.

In fairness, the Gunners have lost just one of their last eight home matches and scored in all but one of the 13 matches they’ve played at the Emirates Stadium this season. Nevertheless, the Sky Blues have accumulated more points away from the Etihad Stadium than at home this season, so let’s try both teams to score and Manchester City to win at 3/1 with bet365, William Hill or Paddy Power.

Selection: Both teams to score and Manchester City to win (3/1 with bet365, William Hill and Paddy Power)

March 27, 20170 commentsRead More
Stoke City versus Chelsea, Saturday, March 18

Stoke City versus Chelsea, Saturday, March 18

Stoke City take on Chelsea at the be365 Stadium on Saturday, as the Blues seek to consolidate their seemingly unassailable 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. Antonio Conte’s side has lost just twice in 14 games away from Stamford Bridge this season, failing to score just twice and keeping six clean sheets. The Potters will need to be at their very best to contain the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro, who have scored a total of 36 goals between them in the Premier League this season.

However, Mark Hughes’ side is unbeaten in its last eight home matches, winning four and drawing four. Overall, they’ve failed to score in just three home matches this season and kept six clean sheets, so this fixture might not be as one-sided as the odds suggest. The Potters gave the Blues one of the toughest tests of the season at Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Eve, albeit eventually succumbing 4-2, so let’s try an equally entertaining 2-2 draw at 20.0 with NetBet or 10Bet.

Selection: Correct Score 2-2 (20.0 with NetBet and 10Bet)

March 12, 20170 commentsRead More
Liverpool versus Arsenal, Saturday, March 4

Liverpool versus Arsenal, Saturday, March 4

liverpoolWith Chelsea not playing until Monday, their nearest rivals in the Premier League, Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal, have an opportunity to make some headway against the Blues, albeit temporarily. Fifth-placed Liverpool versus fourth-placed Arsenal at Anfield looks the tie of the weekend and, having won five and drawn two of their last eight home matches in the Premier League, the Reds are clear favourites at 2.05. The return of Senegalese striker Sadio Mane, who scored twice in two minutes against Tottenham at Anfield, is a godsend for Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp and, with the Gunners’ title aspirations effectively ended by the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge two outings ago, Liverpool may just have the edge. Interestingly, Liverpool have scored in 92% of their home matches in the Premier League, while Arsenal have scored in 92% of their away matches, so let’s try both teams to score and Liverpool to win at 3.95 with 188Bet.

Selection: Both teams to score and Liverpool to win (3.95 with 188Bet)

February 27, 20170 commentsRead More
Chelsea versus Swansea City, Saturday, February 25

Chelsea versus Swansea City, Saturday, February 25

Swansea City have won four of their six Premier League matches since Paul Clement replaced Bob Bradley on January 2 and currently lie 15th in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone. However, Clement, who spent two spells on the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, acknowledges that his side faces a ‘big task’ on his return to his former club.

The Blues’ have been beaten just once at home in the Premier League this season, scoring 33 goals and conceding just seven. Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro have contributed 31 goals and 13 assists between them, home and away, it’s not hard to envisage a torrid afternoon for the visiting defence.

Swans’ chairman Huw Jenkins recently revealed that the club rejected “substantial offers” for the influential trio Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fernando Llorente and Federico Fernandez in the January transfer window but, while the Jacks should continue to improve under Clement, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge may be a step too far at this stage. Let’s try a routine 2-0 home win at 6/1 with bet365, William Hill or BetVictor.

Selection: Chelsea to win 2-0 (6/1 with bet365, William Hill and BetVictor)

February 21, 20170 commentsRead More
Chelsea versus Arsenal, Saturday, February 4

Chelsea versus Arsenal, Saturday, February 4

Arsenal may have dismantled Chelsea in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium in September, but the Gunners’ 3-0 victory proved a road to Damascus moment for Blues’ boss Antonio Conte. His subsequent switch to a 3-4-3 formation, with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso operating as wing-backs, has seen his side beaten just once since and they are currently nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Second-placed Arsenal are no mugs, of course, but having won just one of their last four away matches in the Premier League, not to mention a shock home defeat by Watford in midweek, this is a make or break fixture for Arsene Wenger’s. Defeat on Saturday would leave the Gunners 12 points behind Chelsea with 14 games – including trips to Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane and Anfield – left to play and, with Wenger once again banished to the stands, the pressure is all on the away team.

Diego Costa wasn’t at his best against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday, including missing a late penalty, but expect the Blues’ top scorer to be back to his snarling best for this crucial tie. For a spot of value, let’s try Chelsea to win 3-2 at 28/1 with bet365.

Selection: Chelsea to win 3-2 (28/1 with bet365)

February 2, 20170 commentsRead More
Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday, January 21

Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday, January 21

tottenhamEverton managed to score four goals from four shots on target against Manchester City at Goodison Park last Sunday, effectively ending the Sky Blues’ Premier League title challenge, if manager Pep Guardiola is to believed. Centre half John Stones continues to carry the can for City’s ragged back four, but Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy and Yaya Toure all made individual mistakes that cost their side dearly against Everton.

Spurs, on the other hand, arrive at the Etihad Stadium on the crest of a wave, having won all six Premier League fixtures since a 1-0 reverse against Manchester United at Old Trafford in mid-December. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has scored 19 goals and conceded just three in that period and can, once again, expose the Sky Blues’ defensive frailties and lack of threat going forward.

Tottenham make no little appeal at 3.6 with Bet365, but Pep Guardiola has questions to answer, so let’s try Tottenham -1 in the handicap market at 8.0 with Ladbrokes.

Selection: Tottenham -1 (8.0 with Ladbrokes)

January 17, 20170 commentsRead More
Manchester United versus Liverpool, Sunday, January 15

Manchester United versus Liverpool, Sunday, January 15

liverpoolLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp freely admitted that his side was lucky to come away from St. Mary’s with just a 1-0 deficit after a shocking performance against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday. That said, the Reds have lost just twice in the Premier League all season and currently lie second, five points ahead of sixth-placed United. Indeed, both sides have been in cracking form in the Premier League in recent weeks; United have taken 24 points out of the last 30 available, including 18 out of the last 18, while Liverpool have taken just three fewer.

Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho should be able to welcome back top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic so, hopefully, a repeat of the uneventful goalless draw at Anfield in the reverse fixture back in October seems unlikely. Interestingly, United have conceded just six goals in the first half in their 20 Premier League fixtures so far this season so, for a little variety, let’s try Draw/Manchester United at 5.8 with 188Bet in the Half Time/Full Time market.

Selection: Draw/Manchester United (5.8 with 188Bet)

January 12, 20170 commentsRead More