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Bournemouth

Bournemouth

The Club

Arguably the smallest of the three South Coast clubs, Bournemouth – The Cherries – have been around since 1899 and in that time have yet to win a major trophy. They are a relatively well-liked club with a decent support and, with the investment put in by Maxim Demin in the last few years, has seen the club move forward in a rather impressive way.

While never a title challenger or even a second-tier club, their progress from the third tier to the top in a short space of time under player and manager Eddie Howe has been deeply impressive.

16-17 – How Was It?

Hit and miss. It started well, but a raft of the signings made – Jack Wilshere among them – failed to impress as expected and an expensive recruitment policy again looked flawed. Howe has been praised for his teams style time and time again, but not enough is made of his patchy record on the transfer market.

Signings such as Jordan Ibe and Brad Smith – not fair off £20m for the pair – were major flaws. The season was let down by a poor calibre of arrival, and a 9th place finish perhaps looks a touch flattering.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

Trouble. The summer window has been slow and the names linked do not look too impressive. Another scattergun season with lots of money on lots of potentially good players seems to be the most likely outcome. Howe has struggled in a serious way to build a cohesive transfer policy at the club since promotion and the links so far do not appear to be much better.

The 9th place finish was not expected nor, in many ways, deserved. Bournemouth could struggle next year if they don’t find a better balance to their squad and find more consistency on the field.

June 25, 20170 commentsRead More
Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town

The Club

Founded in 1908, The Terriers are a club with more history than many might realize. Having won league titles and the FA Cup in the 1920s, including three titles in a row, Huddersfield are a fairly big club in the land of Yorkshire. Many hard years have fallen upon the town, but now they look like they might be back to where, for many, they should belong.

Under the tutelage of the impressive David Wagner, there is one thing for sure: that next season is going to be barking mad!

16-17 – How Was It?

Amazing, really. The club managed to gain promotion to the Premier League for the first time, winning the play-off to get promoted. They’d previously spend the best part of life since the 1970s in the second, third and even fourth tiers, so to get back to the top level is a huge boost for the club.

With some good signings that have come in recently, too, the club now stands in a far more impressive position than it has arguably since their golden period in the 1920s. To that end, the club can convincingly say it’s reached a zenith.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

So, what lies ahead for the club? That depends. Signings so far in the summer include the likes of Aaron Mooy and also Laurent Depoitre. The former was excellent for the club last year on loan from Manchester City, while Depoitre had a hard time in Portugal with FC Porto. Their signings look to be a bit of a scatter at present, but they are by no means in a bad position.

Another couple of smart signings could take the club a little bit closer to where they might have realistically expected to go – preferably staying up!

June 24, 20170 commentsRead More
Burnley

Burnley

The Club

Probably one of the smallest and least-well funded clubs in the top-flight, Burnley have been immense since Sean Dyche came in. A relegation followed by an instant return seen the club taking scalps and really impressing at the top level of the game, avoiding relegation in the end. Given their exceptionally limited squad, relatively speaking, Burnley coming 16th is still an impressive feat.

They are a decent club at a historical level, but the fact the lkes of Matt Lowton, Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and Robbie Brady are among their star players says a lot. A club built on graft rather than sublime talent, much like their impressively organized coach.

16-17 – How Was It?

As good as any Burnley fan would likely demand. This is a club without the history or the budget to really expect anything other than staying up, so being able to avoid relegation with relative ease should be a very important factor for Burnley fans. Dyche, an ex-player at Turf Moor, is well liked and no doubt has the backing of the vast majority.

You get the feeling, though, that Burnley might well have peaked.

17-18 – What Lies Ahead?

At any point in the beautiful game, football clubs have had realistic limits. Burnley, a small-town community club, are the personification of a club that has hit the pinnacle of its ambitions. Top-flight football and survival is hugely impressive on its own, but it’s hard to see how anyone could take the club too much further.

A top half-finish would be remarkable, but another 16th place finish would likely be grabbed with both hands. Being truthful, just about every Burnley would probably take a 17th spot finish and just staying in the league once again, regardless of their relative progress.

June 14, 20170 commentsRead More
Stoke City

Stoke City

The Club

Now an established side in the Premier League with close to a decade of participation, The Potters have become a club of envy for many larger sides stuck in the lower divisions. Although never a big club or a trophy winner, Stoke has become a club that, under Mark Hughes, has seen a few big names move in and enjoy times in Staffordshire.

With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri wearing the shirt today, it’s no wonder this is seen by many as a Golden Era for the club.

2016-17 – How Was It?

Solid. A 13th place finish might not sound too great, but they were only 2 points off coming an impressive 8th place. However, they were also only 4 points clear of 17th, showing you just how tight the league was this year. With the gap at the top showcasing itself massively in 16-17, clubs like Stoke had to settle for a less ambitious season.

However, consolidation in the top flight and some nice football played at times has meant that, for the season to come, Potters fans probably have a bit more hope that another top-half finish may return,

2017-18 – What Lies Ahead?

It really is hard to say – Stoke, while backed by money via Peter Coates, lack the real ability to go any further than they have. Regular European football on their turnover is unrealistic, as is the determination to continue to find players like Shaqiri – who had to have his arm pulled to join the club in the first place.

Progression, then, would probably just be more of the same. It might be a disheartening for Stoke fans, but it’s hard to see them regularly breaking into Europe, or even the top half, with 17-18 promising little more ambition. A likely mid-table finish awaits, barring some great work by Hughes in the transfer market.

June 13, 20170 commentsRead More
West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

west bromich albionThe Club

The Baggies, once a yo-yo club, have established themselves as a Premier League club under the likes of Steve Clarke, Pepe Mel, Alan Irvine and Tony Pulis. League winners in 1920, the club has 5 FA Cup trophies and a League Cup, too, won in 1966. Today, fans cheer on the likes of Matt Phillips, Claudio Yacob and Nacer Chadli in a more continental looking West Brom side.

2016-17 – How Was It?

Solid – Pulis-level solid. They finished in 10th, having hit the magical 40-point barrier with a glut of games to go. However, ‘Pulisitis’ struck and the club enjoyed a horror end to the season, moving from the glimmer of hope that European football awaited followed by a solid but unspectacular 10th place finish.

Fans were happy with Pulis at first, but the sparkle appears to be dying out at West Brom in many ways. A proud fanbase seems to still expect their club to be able to compete higher up the league, so is Pulis safe?

2017-18 – What Lies Ahead?

That all depends on what awaits this summer. Transfer rumours for the club are thin on the ground, with more links to players of class leaving than coming in. forward Solomon Rondon is being linked with a move away after a disappointing season that seen 8 goals and 2 assists. If they sell Rondon and they cannot find a more suitable replacement, though, it’s going to be very hard for Pulis to keep improving the team.

With a rather tetchy fanbase for a club of their size, it’s likely that disharmony and expectation could hold back West Brom back. Top half would be an achievement again, but it’s likely to be mid-table obscurity once again.

June 12, 20170 commentsRead More
2016 – 2017 Season Over!

2016 – 2017 Season Over!

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The season seemed to fly by this year and today the 2016-2017 season has come to a close. Aside for a brief moment where Tottenham apppeared to be in with a chance of topping the table, it was certainly Chelsea’s year. At the beginning of June we’ll be casting an eye over the early 2017-2018 betting odds. Stay tuned!!

May 21, 20170 commentsRead More
Barton’s Bets

Barton’s Bets

Most of you will likely have now heard that Joey Barton has received a significant 18 month ban (and £30,000 fine) from football on account of his one time penchant for online betting. Whether or not you agree with the ban is of course down to the individual, but should you wish to see the bet history from Joey Barton’s Betfair account then feel free to take a look, as Joey was kind enough to post them for us on his site!

 

What this mostly tells us is that Joey didn’t have much luck with betting. Maybe he needed to follow a few tipsters ;). Of course this may well not be a full list of his bets. They might have just removed thee winners!! 😀

May 6, 20170 commentsRead More
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