Archive | December, 2015

Premier League: West Ham v Liverpool Preview & Betting Tips

Slaven BilicLiverpool aim to close the gap on the Champions League places when they take on West Ham United at Upton Park (12.45pm, Saturday on BT Sport 1).

Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories over the festive period, defeating Leicester City at home on Boxing Day and Sunderland away on Wednesday night. Those six points were more …

Premier League: Leicester v Man City Preview & Betting Tips

Manuel PellegriniTwo sides separated by just three points at the top of the table meet when surprise league leaders Leicester City host third-placed Manchester City on Tuesday (7.45pm live on BT Sport).

Leicester will be keen to regain momentum after seeing their 10-match unbeaten run come to an end with a more …

Horse Racing: King George VI Chase Preview & Betting Tip

Colin TizzardThe King George VI Chase is not only the highlight of Kempton’s spectacular Boxing Day card but the most interesting prospect for punters of the day (3.10pm, Channel 4). The betting market for this three mile contest is headed by Irish raiders but they are far from certain to take home the spoils.

Gordon Elliott’s stable star Don Cossack narrowly leads the more …

Premier League: Southampton v Arsenal Preview & Betting Tips

Theo WalcottSouthampton are in the midst of a poor run of results and could really do with a morale-boosting victory when they host in-form Arsenal at St Mary’s on Boxing Day (7.45pm live on BT Sport).

Saints have endured a relatively difficult first half of the season and find themselves down in 12th place on more …

Premier League: Stoke v Man Utd Preview, Betting, Tips

Louis Van GaalReports suggest that Louis van Gaal’s future as Manchester United head coach will be on the line when his side travel to Stoke City on Boxing Day (12:45pm live on Sky Sports).

Last weekend’s 2-1 loss at home to Norwich City consigned United to their third consecutive defeat. They have failed to more …

Premier League: Chelsea v Watford Preview, Betting, Tips

Guus HiddinkIn this most open and unpredictable of Premier League campaigns, Chelsea and Watford’s contrasting fortunes are two of the best examples of how the usual order has been turned upside down. Surprisingly, it is the recently promoted visitors who go into this Boxing Day encounter as the form team (3pm, Saturday).

Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland last time out was more …

Premier League: Arsenal v Man City Betting, Tips, Preview

Sergio AgueroAs Leicester march on at the top, second-placed Arsenal aim to extend their one-point margin over Manchester City in their Premier League match on Monday night (8pm, live on Sky Sports 1).

Eleven months ago, Arsenal suggested they had taken a step closer to becoming a title-challenging side by more …

Premier League: Watford v Liverpool Preview & Betting Tips

Quique Sanchez FloresWatford have been one of the surprise packages of the season and come into Sunday’s match at home to Liverpool one point and two places ahead of their visitors in the Premier League table (1.30pm, live on Sky Sports).

The Hornets have been by far the most impressive of the three sides promoted from the Championship at the more …

Horse Racing: The Ladbroke Hurdle Preview & 12/1 Betting Tip

Gordon ElliottThe Ladbroke Hurdle is a hugely competitive 2m handicap run at Ascot, but interestingly Irish trainer Gordon Elliot (pictured) has won two of the last three renewals (3.35pm Saturday live on CH4 Racing).

So Elliot’s four-year-old Vercingetorix (33/1) is worth more than a cursory glance. The Dylan Thomas gelding won a more …

Premier League: Newcastle v Aston Villa Preview & Betting Tips

Steve McLarenOn the back of two consecutive victories, Newcastle United have a good opportunity to put further distance between themselves and the bottom three when they host basement-dwellers Aston Villa at St James’ Park on Saturday (5.30pm, live on Sky Sports).

Things were looking pretty grim for Newcastle and their more …

Premier League: Leicester v Chelsea Betting Tips Preview

Claudio RanieriSurprise league-leaders Leicester City will be desperate to maintain their position atop the Premier League table with a good result at home to the beleaguered reigning champions Chelsea (8pm Monday, live on Sky Sports).

Given that Leicester finished 14th in the Premier League last season it would have seemed far-fetched at more …

Horse Racing: Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Preview & 8/1 Betting Tip

Alan KingThe 2m4½f Caspian Caviar Gold Cup features five of the first six home in Paddy Power Gold Cup so is an understandably tight betting heat (1.50pm Cheltenham, Saturday live on CH4).

Winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Annacotty (8/1) appears an obvious starting point. The Beneficial gelding was more …

Premier League: Bournemouth v Man Utd Preview & Betting Tips

Louis Van GaalManchester United need to bounce back from their disappointing early exit from the Champions League with victory away to Bournemouth on Saturday (17:30 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

Louis Van Gaal’s (pictured) side were knocked out at the group stage of the competition after giving up an early lead to more …

Champions League: Chelsea v Porto Betting, Tips, Preview

Diego CostaChelsea likely need to take all three points from their final Champions League group stage fixture at home to FC Porto on Wednesday if they are to make it through to the knockout rounds (7.45pm, live on BT Sport).

Group G is delicately poised coming into the final round of matches. Chelsea and Porto are joint leaders on more …

Champions League: Olympiacos v Arsenal Preview & Betting Tips

Olivier GiroudThe task awaiting Arsenal as they travel to Olympiacos for their final Champions League group stage game on Wednesday is both simple and difficult (7.45pm on BT Sport).

The Gunners will progress to the knockout phase with any victory by a two-goal margin or a win by more …

Premier League: Newcastle v Liverpool Preview & Betting Tips

Jurgen KloppSteve McClaren will see his position as Newcastle head coach come under further scrutiny if his side fail to secure at least a point from the visit of Liverpool on Sunday (16:00 GMT, live on Sky Sports).

McClaren was very disappointed with his side’s showing in their humiliating 5-1 defeat away to more …

Strictly Come Dancing Preview with 10/1 Betting Tip

Anita RaniThe Wanted’s Jay McGuiness is now the last celebrity man standing in Strictly Come Dancing and he is the red hot favourite to lift the glitterball on December 19. But is he the certainty that his odds of 4/7 suggest? I don’t think so.

There’s another slight anomaly in the Strictly betting market. Why is the actress Helen George an 18/1 outsider when more …

Premier League: Chelsea v Bournemouth Preview & Betting Tips

Eddie HoweIf Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (pictured) and the south coast club’s supporters had been told in the summer that they would move within two points of champions Chelsea with victory at Stamford Bridge this weekend, they would have been envisaging an unlikely top-six placing (5.30pm Saturday on Sky Sports 1).

Unfortunately for both sides, that is not the case. While the more …

Premier League: Stoke v Man City Betting, Tips & Match Preview

Xherdan ShaqiriStoke City have struggled on home soil this season and will do well to avoid dropping further points when they host league-leaders Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday (12:45 GMT, live on BT Sport).

Mark Hughes’ side are solidly placed in mid-table but will need to improve on their haul of seven points from more …