Cricket World Cup 2015 Final Preview

Cricket World Cup 2015 Final Preview

Australia set to win the World Cup for a fifth time

The 2015 Cricket World Cup is set to finish on a thrilling high as New Zealand take on Australia at the Melbourne Cricket ground in the tournament’s final. The Black Caps will travel to Australia for the first time in this year’s global event having hosted all of their eight World Cup games on home soil.

Cricket fans were glued to their screens as proceedings unfolded in Auckland on Tuesday as the co-hosts dramatically triumphed over a powerful South African side in the first semi-final.

It took a six off the penultimate ball from Grant Elliot, who finished on an unbeaten 84, to clinch a four-wicket victory over AB de Villiers’s side.

The Black Caps have won their last 10 ODI’s and they’ve been wonderfully led by Brendon McCullum. The Kiwi skipper’s strike rate is the highest of any batsman …

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Weekend Euro 2016 Qualifiers Preview

Wales will struggle to break down disciplined Israel

Wales will struggle to break down disciplined Israel 

Football fans will turn their attention to the next round of the European Championship qualifications this weekend with England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland all in action. Wales travel to Israel tomorrow knowing that three points would take them to the summit of Group B, albeit having played an extra game.

Both teams go into the game unbeaten and although Israel have won all three of their fixtures, Chris Coleman has the luxury of calling upon Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey again to help assert real pressure on their hosts.

This is the pair’s first meeting since 1989, when they played out an exciting 3-3 draw. But with home advantage, and having won their last four on the trot, Israel start as favourites. Israel/Wales is currently trading at 0.35-0.55 which is worth a small buy considering they have scored 13 goals …

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Parliament dissolved and the campaigning begins, but is anyone listening?

Parliament dissolved and the campaigning begins, but is anyone listening?

Parliament dissolved and the campaigning begins, but is anyone listening?

After five years of a coalition that few people – if any – thought would last five months, the race towin  the General Election is very much on following Parliament’s dissolving this week.

After last week’s budget, in which sellers of Osborne’s ‘tax’ mentions cleaned up, the Conservatives failed to see the ‘bounce’ in the opinion polls that they were hoping for. For what seems like months now, David Cameron and Co. have predicted they’d comfortable pull away in the polls but we’ve yet to see that happen.

One place the Tories have separated from Labour however is on our General Election Seats Market. Labour opened on a lofty 294 seats, but a surge in support for the SNP has left Ed Miliband’s party hovering around the 271 mark, 14 seats behind the Conservatives.

It seems increasingly likely that …

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England v Lithuania Euro 2016 Preview

Lithuania powerless to stop Three Lions mauling

Lithuania powerless to stop Three Lions mauling

England continue their Euro 2016 qualification mission on Friday evening when they welcome Lithuania to Wembley.

The Three Lions’ qualification campaign so far has been spot on as they have won four from four. Friday’s clash is the first time the Three Lions have met Lithuania at senior level and Roy Hodgson will be confident of maintaining his 100% record in Group E.

England are one of only four nations that have won all their games, the others being Slovakia, Israel and the Czech Republic. It’s been six years since England last lost a qualifying game for either major international competition and that came against Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk. During that unbeaten run there have been 16 victories and seven draws. A 3-2 Croatian reverse back in November 2007 was the last time England lost a competitive game on home soil.

In stark contrast, Lithuania …

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Champions League 2014/15 – Update Part Two

Champions League 2014/15 - Update Part Two

Be wary of backing Bayern or Barcelona 

Part one opposed Real Madrid in their search for successive Champions League crowns and part two will take on the other big-hitters Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

There are signs the Barcelona machine is purring once again. They absolutely dominated Manchester City in the last round and again bossed Real for large periods in Sunday’s El Clasico, particularly the second half. Luis Suarez gave notice of how well he’s playing of late with a brilliant winner that day and Lionel Messi is back on song.

However, despite their superiority over City and Real lately, Barca only won each of those games by a single goal. Considering Sergio Aguero missed a penalty at the Nou Camp and Real had a least three clear chances that they could have scored, the final results could have been a lot different.

The fact they have been surprised at …

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Champions League 2014/15 – Update Part One

Champions League 2014/15 - Update Part One

Favourites not as solid as market suggests 

History shows us that since the European Cup became the Champions League in the 1992/1993 season no club has managed to win it in consecutive years. That’s despite a number of big sides like AC Milan, Juventus and Manchester United making successive finals, not to mention Barcelona winning three titles in six years from 2006-2011 and Bayern Munich reaching three of the last five showpieces, only to lift the trophy once.

Of course there is no reason why a side cannot retain the crown and if you are opposing Real Madrid this year simply because of that stat then you should probably reassess your betting strategy.

But there are other good reasons for spread bettors to take on the defending champions. Since embarking on a stunning Spanish record of 22 consecutive wins from September to early January, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been on …

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Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi Final Preview

Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi Final Preview

Australia and South Africa set to meet in the 2015 World Cup Final 

The Cricket World Cup, which began on the 14th February, sees New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and India as the last four sides left in the record-breaking tournament.

The first semi-final is between New Zealand and South Africa which takes place in the early hours of tomorrow morning in Auckland. Cricket fans are expecting this result to go right down to the wire having witnessed both teams play in an aggressive yet entertaining format.

Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers will be desperate to guide their respective sides to their first World Cup final. The last time the pair played an ODI in New Zealand, South Africa came out on top and so the Kiwis will be wary of the threat the Proteas bring.

History hasn’t favoured the Black Caps in similar situations as they’ve …

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Six Nations Preview – 21st March 2015

Six Nations Preview - 21st March 2015

Title set to be decided on points difference

Wales’ heroics over Ireland last weekend meant that there will no Grand Slam winner for a third year in a row, suggesting a competitiveness that should be welcomed by fans of the sport, particularly as their sides shape up for the World Cup later in the year.

Stuart Lancaster’s England most probably need a comfortable win over France at Twickenham to land their first title in four years. If Chris Robshaw does manage to lift the trophy it would be a real confidence boost ahead of the World Cup and would go some way to making up for the disappointment of missing out on the Slam once again.

The 47-17 result over Italy could prove decisive if Ireland go and win against Wooden Spoon favourites Scotland. The Red Rose will go into the final game against France crucially knowing exactly what they …

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Sporting Index’s Ed Fulton talks Budget with Bloomberg TV

Sporting Index’s Ed Fulton talks Budget with Bloomberg TV

Sporting Index’s Ed Fulton talks Budget with Bloomberg TV

It was an early start for our spokesman Ed Fulton on Wednesday morning as he headed to the Houses of Parliament to talk about George Osborne’s Budget with Bloomberg TV.

Ahead of every big Budget our traders produce a number of novelty markets on one of politics’ most-eagerly awaited acts of theatre. For example, they predicted the speech would be 56 minutes long, that Osborne would take four sips of water, and that there would be 108 mentions of tax.

We saw a flurry of bets, but many were left disappointed as Osborne took just two sips of water.

However, with tax mentioned just 83 times, sellers were counting the cash. Surprisingly, there was also only one mention of euro – traders had anticipated three.

You can watch Ed Fulton’s interview here – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-03-18/u-k-budget-big-bet-spread-56-minutes-over-under.

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Liverpool v Manchester United Preview 22nd Mar 2015

Liverpool v Manchester United Preview 22nd Mar 2015

Liverpool to break into top four with victory of north-west rivals

Manchester United have a chance to pull off the league double over Liverpool when they clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Ironically, United’s 3-0 victory in December inspired the Reds to a superb run of form that has seen them avoid defeat for 13 straight domestic fixtures. Liverpool were actually unfortunate that day at Old Trafford as they came up against an unbeatable David de Gea. The Spaniard made a string of saves in the first half before United opened up an undeserved 2-0 lead heading into the break.

The keeper was not called upon anywhere near as much against Tottenham last Sunday as United posted one of their best performances of the season. The clean sheet was a third in a row, but Liverpool pose a far greater threat than Sunderland, Newcastle and an inconsistent Spurs.

Rodgers has …

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