MLB World Series 2014 – Guide and Preview

World Series

MLB World Series 2014 – Guide and Preview

What is it?

The World Series is essentially the annual final of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season, contested between the respective champions of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), with the winner taking home the coveted Commissioner’s Trophy.

The storied New York Yankees have won the world series a record 27 times, more than double the 11 titles of next nearest side, the St. Louis Cardinals, and dwarfing the eight won by bitter rival, the Boston Red Sox. 

How does it work?

Unlike normal finals, the result isn’t decided in a one-off game, rather a best-of-seven game series over the course of a week, from tonight (1am GMT) to next Thursday (October 30th.). The games are played in both sides’ home field, in a 2-3-2 format.

How do you qualify for the World Series?

The …

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Champions League 2014/15 – Group Games Round Three Preview

Ronaldo - Supremacy

Read our preview of Week Three of the 2014/15 Champions League 

CSKA Moscow v Manchester City

Manchester City travel to face Russian league champions CSKA Moscow in tonight’s earlier kick-off. The two were drawn together in the group stages last year, with City victorious in both games. They are favourites again tonight, with their supremacy trading at 1.2.

Sergio Aguero bagged a brace in the 2-1 win in Moscow, and the striker’s form hasn’t shown any signs of diminishing since. The Argentinian struck all four of City’s goals in their 4-1 rout of Tottenham at the weekend, so have a small buy of his goal minutes at 36.

Chelsea v Maribor

Tonight also sees Chelsea take on Slovenian opponents Maribor – a side that were defeated by Wigan in the Europa League group stages last year. To their credit, the Slovenians have so far managed entirely respectable 1-1 draws in their group games against Sporting …

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West Brom v Man Utd Preview

West Brom v Man Utd

West Brom and United to play out tight clash at the Hawthorns

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United haven’t exactly been tearing up trees this season, and he has this week admitted that it was “stupid” to say he should be judged on his first three months when he joined. They have dropped points to the likes of Burnley, Sunderland, Leicester and Swansea, yet a plodding start to the season from all but Chelsea and Manchester City means that the Red Devils aren’t anywhere near as adrift as might be expected.

If they can take the win from tonight’s game against West Brom, United will be back in the Champions League spots, while Sporting Index’s Premier League 60 Championship Index now makes them third favourites, with a spread of 21-24.

That being said, West Brom could themselves catch up to United’s 11 points if they take the spoils tonight, and a 1-0 …

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Diary Of A Spread Bettor – 1st – 13th March 2014

Sunday 2nd March

The new arrival of our Pug puppy has somewhat dominated the majority of the Esdaile’s week. From feeding the little bugger to clearing up its mess, he’s already made himself right at home.

Tuesday 4th March

With all the buzz surrounding this year’s World Cup, it was hard not to take an interest in Roy Hodgson’s troops at Wembley – even if they had been disappointing for their last two matches there.

With a number of new faces looking to impress and get their name on that final list of 23 for Brazil, I thought we’d win but you can never be too confident and I left alone the supremacy markets.

Instead I sold total goals at 2.4. Unsurprisingly, it was a total snoozefest and I would have fallen asleep in the first 45 had my homemade chicken casserole not been slow-cooking in the oven.

A late, …

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NFL: Colts to edge out Bengals

Andrew Luck Colts

Colts to edge out Bengals in Indy shoot-out

Two division leaders meet on Sunday when Indianapolis Colts (4-2) welcome Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1) to the Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts are gunning for a fifth straight win, while the Bengals haven’t won in two games following their record-breaking 37-37 tie with Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

The Bengals started the season on fire, but have run into trouble after their bye week. Since then they have been hammered by the New England Patriots and then tied at home to an average Carolina Panthers, missing a simple chip-kick in overtime from 35 yards. They have now given up 80 points across their past two games and Colts QB Andrew Luck will be licking his lips at the prospect of taking on this leaky defense.

Luck has arguably been the best QB in the NFL since September. He’s already rushed for 59 first downs and …

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Premier League Weekend Betting Preview

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Premier League 2014/15 – Weekend Betting Preview

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City’s clash with Tottenham will be this weekend’s standout Premier League game. Reigning champs City have struggled to recapture the sort of dominance that saw them take the title last year, while Spurs are still adjusting to life under Mauricio Pochettino.

The Etihad will play host to this early kick-off on Saturday, and City’s home advantage certainly stacks the odds in their favour, as seen in their 1.25-1.45 supremacy spread. Aside from a 3-1 win over Liverpool in their second game, they haven’t exactly sparkled when facing an opponent around their level. Indeed, they might even count themselves lucky to have earned draws against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Spurs have a lot of ground to make up if they’re to achieve their top four aspirations this season. They headed into the international break after beating high-flying Southampton …

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Ten Footballer Autobiography Quotes

Autobiography

Footballers’ autobiographies have a justifiably bad reputation these days, but they sometimes have a habit of throwing up the odd diamond in the rough. For those of you who would rather not wade through the 200+ other pages of anodyne anecdotes and checklists of possessions, we’ve compiled a list of our ten favourite quotes from recent times.

Roy Keane – The Second Half

The midfield hardman released a follow-up to his 2003 memoir this past week, and was far less reserved this time round. Sir Alex Ferguson, Peter Schmeichel, Alf-Inge Haaland and a host of others all come under fire, but his account of the time he tried to sign Robbie Savage as Sunderland manager tops the lot: 

“I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t

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Diary of a Spread Bettor – 2nd-16th October

October Diary

Spread Bettor, Bill Esdaile reveals the latest diary chapter tackling the big sporting events with Sporting Index

Saturday 4th October

My fortnight got off to a very promising start as Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, solidifying the Blues’ favouritism for the title and ruling the Gunners out of it for me.

Arsenal have looked shakier than a jenga set in an earthquake this season, and an away day to Stamford Bridge against the most in-form side in the league meant Chelsea’s supremacy had to be bought at 1.1. I’ve given up feeling treasonous by betting against my old team now.

The day got even better as I sold Australia’s supremacy at 4 against Rugby Championship rivals Argentina, and the South Americans picked up their maiden victory in the competition 21-17. Australia had been either scraping wins or getting absolutely battered this tournament, while Argentina are quietly …

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Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Euro 2016

Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland face biggest Euro 2016 tests

The Home Nations enjoyed a successful weekend, with all five remaining unbeaten and four picking up wins from their Euro 2016 qualifiers. Though England were less than impressive in scraping past ten-man Estonia 1-0, the Republic of Ireland smashed Gibraltar, Scotland earned a hard fought victory over Georgia, Northern Ireland overcame the Faroe Islands and Wales picked up a potentially crucial point against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tonight will be massive in shaping the complexion of Group D. Poland’s historic 2-0 triumph over world champions Germany 2-0 on Saturday certainly makes things interesting. It was the Poles’ first win over their neighbours in their entire history, and one that blows the group wide open.

Poland host Scotland in what could now be a crunch decider for both nations’ qualification hopes. The Scots may consider themselves unlucky not to have …

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England v San Marino Euro 2016 Preview

San-Marino

Three Lions to tear part-time San Marino to shreds

Roy Hodgson bought himself a great deal of breathing space with England’s confident 2-0 win away to Switzerland in their first Euro 2016 qualifier. On paper, that fixture was the most difficult of Group E, and to have the advantage over the Swiss going into two eminently winnable fixtures against San Marino and Estonia is a reason to be cheerful.

Wembley plays host to the Sammarinese this Thursday, and traders are understandably giving the visitors no chance, with England’s supremacy pitched at 6.1-6.3 and Win Index at 24.5-25. To not win here would be a virtually sack-worthy offence on Hodgson’s part, but it is still possible for spread bettors to profit from their near-certain victory.

England have won by a margin of five or more in each of the nations’ four previous meetings, so a buy of England’s (-4) Handicap at …

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