Premier League Preview

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Swansea City v Chelsea

League leaders Chelsea are in action tomorrow, crossing the border to take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. After Manchester City drew with Everton last weekend, Jose Mourinho’s side were able to re-open the gap at the top of the table by two points, having been reined in over the Christmas period. With City facing the potential points-dropping visit of Arsenal, the Blues will see this as a great opportunity to pull out further in front.

For their part, Swansea aren’t doing too badly at all. Though they’re down in ninth, the Swans are just seven points away from Manchester United in fourth place, and within closer touching distance of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, having splashed far less cash.

That last point might be soon to change, however, after the South Wales side sold star striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for a …

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General Election 2015 – Political Betting Preview

General Election 2015 – Political Betting Preview

General Election 2015 – Political Betting Preview

This week we’ve seen a man dressed in a chicken suit, a media debate over who is winning the debate about having TV debates, and all manner of political polls released which can mean only one thing – political betting season is finally here.

The fixed term parliament act introduced by a beaming Nick Clegg in 2011 means that there is no second guessing anymore, the election will take place on 7 May. With that date just over 100 days away, the electioneering has started in earnest. This May’s General Election will be one of the more interesting in memory, especially for political spread bettors.

The days of a straight choice between two parties at UK General Elections are well and truly over. There were three main parties in 2010, with the inclusion of the Lib Dems backed by the curious case of …

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Manchester City v Arsenal Preview

Manchester City v Arsenal

Manchester City v Arsenal

A draw with Everton meant Manchester City allowed Chelsea to eke out a two point gap at the top of the table, while Arsenal capitalised on defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham to throw themselves right back into the mix in the race for fourth place.

The two sides meet at the Etihad this Sunday, the scene of a thrilling 6-3 City win in the corresponding fixture last season. The last seven league match-ups between these two sides have laid on 28 goals, so buying total goals even at 3.35 looks like it could be of value.

Another statistic from their Premier League head-to-heads worth noting is the six dismissals meted out in the last nine matches. Keep an eye on the first red card minute market, with a view to selling.

After losing ground on Chelsea, City immediately responded by diving into the transfer market …

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Australian Open Tennis Preview

Australian Open Tennis Preview

Australian Open Tennis Preview

No sooner than we’ve turned over the first page of our 2015 calendars, than the first Grand Slam of the year is upon us. There was something of a changing of the guard last year in the Slams, with Marin Cilic winning the US Open and Stan Wawrinka defeating Rafael Nadal to claim his first Slam victory. It will be difficult for the Swiss to repeat this feat, but he has been given a favourable draw, meaning a semi-final is very reachable. Buying the defending champion’s outright index at 17 could be profitable.

It’s of little surprise that Novak Djokovic comes into the tournament as red hot favourite. The world number one has a terrific record Down Under, notching four Open wins in Aus. He’s in the same half of the draw as Wawrinka, and his index is available to buy at 42.

You can’t talk about …

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Africa Cup of Nations Preview

AFCON Preview

Africa Cup of Nations Preview

The European clubs rarely look forward to it, for the tournament sees many forced to release key players slap bang in the middle of a season, but there’s plenty of reason to get excited about the Africa Cup of Nations from a neutral’s perspective. 

The competition is now in its 30th edition, since starting in 1957, and offers a decent alternative to the football that Premier League fans are used to.

There has been a surge in interest in AFCON across the globe in recent years, partly due to the fast and furious end-to-end displays, and also because no team can ever feel assured of victory. As an indication of just how open the competition is; the last four finals have been contested by seven different nations – a far-cry from the monopolies we’re used to in other international tournaments. Nigeria, the champions of …

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NFL Preview: Broncos v Colts

NFL Preview: Broncos v Colts

NFL Preview: Broncos v Colts

This AFC divisional clash at Mile High is all about the quarter-backs. That’s because it’s Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning verses Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck. The former is a Hall of Fame lock-in and the latter has begun his mission to Canton in near perfect fashion.

It’s Manning’s third match-up against a Colts team with which he spent the first 14 years of his career before being released after a neck injury in 2011. Luck helped the Colts to a 39-33 win on Manning’s return to Indy, before reversing the result in Denver 31-24 at the start of this season. His numbers are certainly impressive. Manning has thrown for 655 yards with six touchdowns against his former employers, while Luck has hit 598 yards and five TDs in those games.

The Broncos earned a week off when taking the conference’s number two seed. It has given …

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La Liga Preview: Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

La Liga Preview: Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

When Barcelona and Atletico Madrid last met at the Nou Camp in La Liga, it was the final game of the Spanish season and both sides had a chance at clinching the title. As it was, the 1-1 draw on the day was enough to seal an extraordinary league title for Atletico, effectively ending Tata Martino’s tenure as Barca manager. 

His replacement, Luis Enrique, could similarly find himself out of a job if this Sunday’s result goes against him. Though the Catalans are but a point off Real Madrid at the top (though admittedly, have played a game more) an alleged rift between Enrique and Barcelona poster boy Lionel Messi has caused internal turmoil at the club.

Enrique’s decision to bench the Argentinian against Real Sociedad, a match Barca lost 1-0, thus forfeiting their chance to go top, has been interpreted as the …

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Sunday Premier League Preview

Manchester United v Southampton and Arsenal v Stoke

Manchester United v Southampton and Arsenal v Stoke City

Sunday’s game between Manchester United and Southampton is a scrap between third and fourth place, something which has seemed incredibly unlikely at different points of the season, but we’re now 20 games in and it’s something we’re going to have to get used to. United got off to an even more disastrous start under Louis van Gaal than David Moyes, while the Saints’ summer exodus seemed to preclude a year of struggle, but the former have rapidly improved, while the latter have been steadily going strong.

While they’ve been susceptible to upset on the road, Old Trafford has been something of a fortress for United this year. Manchester United have suffered just one defeat from ten, stacking up eight wins along the way, and haven’t been beaten by their opponents in any of their last eight match-ups.

The Saints were almost …

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Premier League Weekend Preview

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Newcastle and Everton v Manchester City

Chelsea v Newcastle United and Everton v Manchester City

A rare hiccup for Chelsea against Tottenham on New Year’s Day has really put the cat among the pigeons at the top of the Premier League. The Blues’ 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane has seen Manchester City remarkably pull exactly level on points, goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded, an extraordinarily unusual phenomena 20 games into a season.

Having carved out an early gap and looked in such a strong position, to have been reeled in so precisely might come as something of a morale dampener to Jose Mourinho and his side. They’ve got a very decent opportunity to prove they haven’t been ruffled as they welcome Newcastle to Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Caretaker John Carver will take control of the manager-less Geordies again this weekend, and it’s a very big ask to expect him to come away with anything …

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FA Cup Preview: Everton v West Ham

FA Cup

FA Cup Preview: Everton v West Ham

Despite the winter winds, Everton boss Roberto Martinez will definitely be feeling the heat if his side fail to overcome West Ham in their third round FA Cup fixture tonight. 

The Toffees have been abject in the Premier League, currently occupying an uninspiring 13th spot, whereas their opponents have been enjoying something of a purple patch. The Hammers have flirted with the Champions League spots, and still find themselves within touching distance in seventh.

That being said, the FA Cup is no respecter of league form. Looking at the two side’s form in the tournament, Everton have been triumphant in each of the sides’ last four clashes in the competition. They’ve also carved out a rather impressive unbeaten streak against their opponents, which now stretches back 14 games, including ten victories.

Home advantage has seen the Sporting Index traders make the Toffees …

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