Football betting tipsby Ben, last updated 2007-09-19 23:53:30
Premiership Betting - Week 6 Preview
Chelsea visit Old Trafford on Sunday for the first major showdown of the Premiership season, without Jose Mourinho, who walked out on the club. The Special One dropped the bomb-shell in the early hours of Thursday, sending shock waves around the world of football, and putting Premiership betting in a spin. He will be replaced by little known Israeli, Avram Grant, whoís presence as Director of Football on Roman Abramovichís recommendation, seems to have been a factor in Mourinhoís decision. This incident underlines that nothing can be taken for granted in football, though bettors can always rely on PinnacleSports.com for up to 60% better odds on Premiership betting.
Even before Jose Mourinho - the architect of the clubís recent success - had walked out on the club, Chelsea were in bad shape to visit the Theatre of Dreams. The Londoners have taken just one point from their last two league games, without even finding the net and face mounting injury problems, such as the absence of Didier Drogba. The Blues also need to put behind them the demoralising midweek draw with Norwegian minnows Rosenborg, in front of a half-empty Stamford Bridge.
Though they pale into insignificance compared to their rivals, the reigning Premiership Champions have some issues of their own. The Red Devils havenít scored more than a single goal in any game this season, suffering from the absence of attacking players, though Rooney and Ronaldo are reunited. Games between these clubs are always tense, but this match will have an added edge given the turmoil at Chelsea. The last four meetings in all competitions have ended drawn, and produced an average just one goal. Everything points to a similar scenario on Sunday, and PinnacleSports.com price UNDER 2 & 2.5 goals total at 1.769, while on Asian Handicap United have hardened as favourites on the back of Mourinhoís exit, priced 1.746 (0/scratch & -0.5) with Chelsea 2.24 (0/scratch & +0.5).
Premiership newcomers, Derby, have already conceded 11 goals from three early adventures on the road, without reply. Six of those came at Anfield where they were given a lesson in the harsh realities of life in the Premier League. Though the Rams will be boosted by gaining their first victory, at home to Newcastle, manager, Billy Davies, still has a huge task to avert another heavy defeat visiting the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wengerís young and ambitious squad, are starting to deliver on their undoubted potential much earlier than anticipated. On the back of some outstanding performances by Cesc Fabregas, the unbeaten Gunners top the league, having shown a fluidity of play in last weekís North London derby, and midweek against Sevilla, that should will inspire plenty of bettors to take advantage of PinnacleSports.comís Asian Handicap 1.952 (-1.5 & -2).
Having witnessed the six goal demolition of Derby in the last league fixture at Anfield, the Kop will be expecting another half dozen against fellow league newcomers, Birmingham on Saturday. Fernando Torres began to pay back the club record fee Rafa Benitez paid for his compatriot, scoring twice against the Rams, taking his tally for the season to three. Benitez rested him last weekend for most of the draw at Pompey, where the Pool were fortunate to remain unbeaten.
Birmingham boss, Steve Bruce, managed to contrive two draws against Liverpool in their last Premiership season, but the 7-0 FA Cup thrashing by the Reds at St.Andrews sticks in the memory. That day Jermaine Pennant played in blue, but his transfer was a consequence of demotion. Though Bruceís rebuilt team fought their way out of the Championship, he has had limited resources to build a side capable of visiting venues like Anfield - where Liverpool have lost just two league games in two seasons - with any real confidence.
La Liga Betting - Week 4 Preview
The shock waves of Jose Mourinho's exit from Chelsea will be felt keenly in Spain. With the Special One on the market, coaches failing to deliver in La Liga will feel Mourinho's shadow on them, as the most eligible free-agent in football management. Despite some famous run-ins with Barcelona, it wouldn't be a great shock for Jose to be linked with the Catalans. Visit PinnacleSports.com for up to 60% better odds on La Liga.
Barcelona coach, Frank Rijkaard, is starting to feel the backlash from the club's unsatisfactory start to the new Primera Division campaign. Two of the Catalans three league games have ended 0-0, despite the array of striking talent at the club, including £16 million signing, Thierry Henry. The club's directors and Spanish media have Rijkaard in their sites, questioning his ability to motivate his personnel, and find a formation that gets the best out of Henry, though that decision is made easier with Samuel Eto'o sidelined for several months.
In Rijkaard's defence Henry is some way off full fitness and is quoted in L'Equipe as saying "I still feel like I am playing on just one leg". Nevertheless, with the knives being sharpened, Rijkaard needs a big performance in Saturday's home game against Sevilla. The Sevillistas have no such scoring problems netting 18 goals in their last five games, including a 5-3 Spanish Super Cup win over Real Madrid. Juande Ramos's side are yet however, to play on the road in the league. Last season's away form was patchy, with only six wins, and Barca won the corresponding fixture last October 3-1. Despite the bad vibes, the strength of Barcelona at home - their last league defeat at the Nou Camp was February 2006 - have led PinnacleSports.com to price them favourites 2.11 (-0.5 & -1) with Sevilla 1.826 (+0.5 & +1).
Real Madrid take their 100% record on the road making the short journey North West to Valladolid's Estadio Jose Zorila. Pucela (as the team are known) spent three seasons in the Segunda Division before gaining promotion last term as Champions. They have made a reasonable start to this season's campaign, opening with a victory at Espanyol, drawing at home to Deportivo, and were only denied a point at the Mestalla last week by virtue of a 90th minute David Villa goal.
On reputation and this season's bare results, Real Madrid would start as favourites for this game. Los Blancos are reigning La Liga champions, have won all three league games, and began their Champions League campaign with a win. Scratch beneath the surface, and the Galacticos aren't as smooth as their results might suggest. Their pre-season was woeful, and they were more fortunate last week against Almeria (another newly promoted side) than the 3-1 score-line suggests. Coach, Bernd Schuster, has been cautious in his appraisals, stressing that the side is a long way from where he would like them to be. With four goals already, Wesley Sneijder could be the key man while Arjen Robben's availability adds another option. PinnacleSports.com price Real Madrid 1.962 (-0.5 & -1) with Valladolid 1.962 (+0.5 & +1).
Serie Betting - Week 4 Preview
This must have been an uncomfortable week for supporters of Juventus, as the Champions League kicked-off without them. Much like Bayern Munich, absence from Europeís biggest club competition is a bitter pill to swallow, but nothing in football is forever. The Old Ladyís game at Roma on Sunday, could signal a changing of the guard in Italian football. Check PinnacleSports.com for up to 60% better Asian Handicap prices on the game.
Roma are out to prove that last seasonís second place finish and Coppa Italia win were no fluke. They have already defeated Inter Milan in the Italian Super Cup, won their opening Champions League group game, and are the only team in Serie A with a 100% record, and no goals conceded. That position will be severely tested with the visit of Juventus on Sunday. Coach, Luciano Spalletti, fielded his strongest eleven for Romaís midweek win over Dynamo Kiev, while Juve players should be fresh having had no European commitments.
After the euphoria of the return to Serie A and two opening victories, Juve were brought down to earth last week. Claudio Ranieriís side lost at home to Udinese, a result that illustrates how far they have to go to regain their former position among Italy and Europeís elite. As if the defeat wasnít bad enough, Ranieri lost midfielder Mauro Camoranesi with a muscle problem which could sideline him for several months. The Old Lady looked far less threatening after the Italian internationalís exit, and will need a much improved performance at the Stadio Olimpico, still missing Zebina and Boumsong in defence. PinnacleSports.com price them underdogs 2.35 (0/scratch & +0.5) with Roma attracting strong support 1.690 (0/scratch & -0.5).
For the first time since 1995, Genoa and Sampdoria, will meet for a Genoese Derby at the Marassi, the stadium shared by the neighbouring clubs. The fixture reappears in the Serie A calendar after Genoa gained promotion behind Juventus and Napoli. Known as the Derby Della Lanterna (Derby of the Lantern) the game is a notoriously heated affair, for which form is likely to go out the window.
Genoa would love to record their first league win of the season in this fixture, having drawn twice and lost heavily at home to AC Milan. Sampdoria lost last week in Naples, their first away fixture, and second consecutive blank. They also have a home UEFA Cup fixture on Thursday, having already played four qualifying games to get to that stage. That means they have played twice as many games as Genoa, which can be interpreted in both a negative and positive light by bettors. PinnacleSports.com make Sampdoria slight favourites 1.877 (0/scratch & -0.5) with Genoa (0/scratch & +0.5).
Bundesliga Betting - Week 6 Preview
This week Bayern Munich found themselves in the unaccustomed position of sitting back and watching Stuttgart, Bremen and Schalke in the Champions League, having failed to qualify for the competition for the first time in ten years. Instead they play on Thursday in the UEFA Cup along with Nurnberg and Leverkusen. Bundesliga bettors should keep the demands of European football in mind when checking out up to 60% better Bundesliga betting odds at PinnacleSports.com.
Bayern Munich Running Out of Steam?
Bayern Munich flew out of the blocks at the start of the new Bundesliga season, reeling off three straight victories, with an aggregate score of 10-0. In the last few weeks they have recorded consecutive 1-1 draws, suggesting that maybe they are running out of steam, or that opponents are raising their game. The Bavarians play Portuguese side, Belenenses in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, for which Miroslav Klose is banned, and Luca Toni an injury doubt. Both should however be available for the visit to Karsruhe on Sunday.
Willy Sagnol, Jose Sosa and Philipp Lahm remain sidelined, but Mark Van Bommel, Christian Lell and Lucio have all resumed training, which isnít good news for Karlsruhe. KSC are so far, doing the best of the newly promoted sides, thanks in great part to Tamas Hajnal, with three goals and two assists. Bayern boss, Ottmar Hitzfeld, will also be wary that Karlsruhe have the most offensive defenders in the league, providing three goals. The home side should also be at an advantage due to der FCBís UEFA commitments but PinnacleSports.com price Bayern Munich favourites 1.855 (-1) with Karlsruhe 2.08 (+1).
After their midweek Champions League defeats, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart must focus their attention on this important Bundesliga clash. Both sides have seven points after moderate starts to the new campaign, though Werder boss, Thomas Schaaf, will be concerned about their leaky defence which has already conceded 10 league goals, but at least he has an extra day to prepare them.
This is an historically entertaining game, as in 41 meetings of the sides at Bremenís Weserstadion, there hasnít been a single goalless draw. Last seasonís meetings produced ten goals, with Stuttgart doing the double on the way to winning the title. The champions are in fact unbeaten in five games against Bremen, and four away meetings. However, so far this season they have seemed muted on the road scoring just once; only the bottom club have a worse away scoring ratio. PinnacleSports.com price Werder Bremen 2.27 (-0.5) and Stuttgart 1.73 (+0.5).
Sven, I'm 6 to 4
by Gerry McDonnellPolitical correctness is an admirable concept. I warmly applaud any school of thought that helps keep Jim Davidson off the telly.
But while the PC philosophy is sound in theory; in reality, it's beginning to spiral out of control. My youngest won't be allowed to compete in his school's sports day this year, as the headmistress frowns upon the notion of 'losing'. Even fun events like the three-legged race have been cancelled, for fear of offending the McCartneys.
The policy-makers fail to realise the importance of competition. If i play 'I Spy' with little Goliath, and I can't get the answer, I ground him for two weeks. There's an important lesson here, if there are no winners in life, we may as well all pack up and move to Scotland.
The insanity of PC has also reached the catering industry. Some bright spark decided to change the name of a popular pudding to 'Spotted Richard' in order to 'protect' the bashful. There's nothing amusing about 'Spotted Dick', but then again, it was my own fault for meeting up with Ulrika.
Sven Goran Eriksson has been there and done that, and I expect the smooth Swede to put up another fine performance away from home. Most bookmakers have Fulham as warm favourites for the visit of Manchester City, but I make this an each-of-two match. This one could really go either way; I'll play the draw at 9/4.
The PC brigade have also demanded that 'gingerbread men' are renamed 'gingerbread people', to avoid upsetting the sensitive biscuit. Steve Coppell has the gingerest team ever put together outside of Ireland; I'll be seeing red if Reading fail to do the business against Wigan at 6/5.
I'm going to have to try to adapt to this new PC environment. After all, if you can't beat 'em, Stan Collymore will lose all interest.
Mark Viduka is not fat, he's merely got tremendous upper body strength. Newcastle look a touch big at 11/10 to see off the Hammers.
While Arsene Wenger was waxing lyrical over his in-form team, he used the phrase 'very playerish'. As far as I'm aware, that doesn't actually exist, like 'bouncebackability' or 'a G-spot'. I can definitely find 1/6 for an Arsenal win over Derby.
I'm certainly not a philatelist, but i believe that Roy Keane has an impressive stamp collection. The 11/10 for a Middlesbrough win over Sunderland sticks out like Alf-Inge Haaland's knee.
They say that curiosity killed the cat, but I refuse to rule out the McCanns at this stage. I'm seriously looking in to the 13/10 for an Aston Villa win over Everton.
I fancy Blackburn at 10/11 to win at home to Portsmouth. With Bentley, Dunn and Savage in the side, the Rovers definitely have the tools to get the result.
I hope that Pascal Chimbonda wins his race to be fit to face Bolton; he was reportedly a little bunged up. A Tottenham win is in the bag at 8/5.
Sir Alex has reported Liverpool to the Premier League for allegedly making an illegal approach to Gabriel Heinze. How surprising, someone's getting tapped-up and a Sweaty and a bunch of Scousers are on the scene. I'm going to be all over the 1/4 for a Liverpool win over Birmingham.
A run of three matches without a win was enough for Roman Abramovich to sack Jose Mourinho. It would be fair to say that Jose's eggs have been well and truly poached; probably by Liverpool. Manchester United are now unmissable at 5/4 against a shell-shocked Chelsea.
Peter Crouch is reportedly seething as a result of becoming a bit-part player at Anfield. One might say it's a case of PC gone mad; if one was a pretentious nause.
My level of confidence in the 13/1 accer of Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Manchester United is so high; I'm going to recommend that we all bet like men. On reflection, perhaps we ought to bet like non-specific gender-neutrals.
Arsenal v Derby Saturday 22nd September 15:00
Get on: Arsenal
Fabregas to score from outside the penalty area 15/2
Liverpool v Birmingham Saturday 22nd September 15:00
Get on: Liverpool
Torres to score with a header 9/2
Middlesbrough v Sunderland Saturday 22nd September 15:00
Get on: Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough to win and keep a clean sheet 13/5
Reading v Wigan Saturday 22nd September 15:00
Get on: Reading
Reading to score three or more goals 4/1
Fulham v Man City Saturday 22nd September 17:15 Live on Setanta
Man City 9/5
Get on: Draw
No goalscorer in the match 17/2
Newcastle v West Ham Sunday 23rd September 13:30 Live on Sky
West Ham 3/1
Get on: Newcastle
Viduka to score in a 2-0 Newcastle win 12/1
Aston Villa v Everton Sunday 23rd September 14:00
Aston Villa 13/10
Get on: Aston Villa
Young to score at any time 7/2
Blackburn v Portsmouth Sunday 23rd September 15:00
Get on: Blackburn
Santa Cruz to score the first goal 6/1
Bolton v Tottenham Sunday 23rd September 15:00
Get on: Tottenham
Berbatov to score two or more goals 12/1
Man Utd v Chelsea Sunday 23rd September 16:00 Live on Sky
Man Utd 5/4
Get on: Man Utd
Ronaldo to score the only goal of the game 33/1
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