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Cardiff Well Backed To Knock Blackburn Out Of Carling Cup

Published on 29/11/2011 16:46

Cardiff take on Blackburn on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup and although many might have overlooked this fixture with Arsenal v Man City and Chelsea v Liverpool on the same night it seems punters have latched on to this game more than the others with Cardiff's odds of beating Blackburn being cut across the board. The Football Steamers on Valuechecker show that the bookies have been quick to cut the Cardiff odds and that they are amongst the best backed teams today with…

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Leeds to continue their climb with a visit to Forest.

Published on 29/11/2011 10:12

Leeds United have got themselves into play-off contention with a good run of results made up of some solid away form. Winning four of their previous five on the road, Simon Grayson has his side organised when on their travels. Wins against teams around the middle of the Championship table has helped them make up ground on those above and break into the top six positions and they currently sit in 5th place on 28 points before this game. There is a four point gap to Middlesbrough…

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Young Chelsea Side Should Give Liverpool Tough Test In Carling Cup

Published on 29/11/2011 10:03

Chelsea take on Liverpool in the Carling Cup Quarter Final just nine days after Liverpool won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premiership and whilst Liverpool will be hoping for a repeat result, Chelsea need to to start putting some wins together after some very poor recent form which has seen them win just two of their last eight matches. Liverpool have no European football this season so have been fielding a very strong side in this competition whilst Chelsea have been giving…

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Hammers travel to the Riverside in a Tricky Tie that can Produce Goals.

Published on 29/11/2011 10:00

West Ham United make the long trip north to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside in the Npower Championship. They do with an unbeaten run of six matches under their belt, and although Boro are unbeaten in four, they have drawn the last two games whilst wins have come against only lowly Doncaster and Watford. Sam Allardyces' side will fancy their chance of three points and need them if they are to catch runaway leaders Southampton who entertain Hull City at St Marys on…

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The Tigers can hold Southampton at St Mary's on Tuesday night

Published on 29/11/2011 09:48

Southampton suffered what might considered a shock defeat on Saturday when travelling to Bristol City with a 2-0 reverse. It was another game that shows that the side on top of the Championship table do have their frailties. At home Southampton have been amazing however with an unbeaten run that goes right through the majority of last season in League One too. They have won all nine of their home games so far but the feeling is, the Saints might be getting giddy after spending…

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Stars Expected To Be Left Out Of Arsenal v Man City

Published on 28/11/2011 16:35

Carling Cup fourth favourites Arsenal host second favourites Man City on Tuesday night in what should be a competitive match despite the fact that neither side is expected to field their strongest line up. Arsenal's winning run came to an end on Sunday when Fulham went to the Emirates Stadium and grabbed a draw whilst Man City got the same result as that when they went to Anfield, a game in which their unbeaten start to the Premiership could have easily ended. Arsenal need…

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Majestic marksman Mario Gomez can continue fine form against Mainz on Sunday

Published on 26/11/2011 12:44

Mainz made a cracking start to their Bundesliga campaign last season, heading the table for many weeks, but they’ve found the going much tougher this time around, and while Bayern Munich were turned over in their latest domestic match at home to reigning champions Borussia Dortmund last weekend, Jupp Heynckes’ men should prove too strong for Mainz at the Coface Arena on Sunday. Die Roten bounced back from the defeat on home soil against Dortmund by brushing aside…

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AC Milan can soar above the Flying Donkeys at the San Siro on Sunday

Published on 26/11/2011 12:30

Reigning Scudetto champions AC Milan lost little caste in defeat when going down 3-2 against Barcelona in their midweek Champions League match, and bid to continue their impressive domestic form when hosting Chievo at the Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday. Indeed, the Rossoneri have won five of their last six Serie A matches, and it’s little surprise that a home win is no bigger than 1.36 across the board. Antonio Cassano, Mathieu Flamini and Gennaro Gattuso all remain on the…

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Inter Milan desperately need three points against Siena on Sunday, but a draw is the likely outcome

Published on 26/11/2011 12:16

Despite having played 10 times of the Serie A season, Inter Milan has yet to secure successive victories, and currently languish in sixteenth place in the table. On the upside, they’re unbeaten in their last five in all competitions, and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League as winners of their group during the week. However, Claudio Ranieri will know that anything less than a victory at the Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi against Siena on Sunday…

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Hull City Hovering around the Play Offs

Published on 26/11/2011 10:47

Hull City were Valuecheckers EW tip for the Championship title. Although they currently occupy 6th place in the division, they have yet to convince that they could go on a run that would see them threaten the top two places in the division. Indeed, West Ham came to the KC just a few weeks ago and took away all three points. If the Tigers have visions of gaining an automatic return to the top tier they will have to beat sides when they come north. Burnley are the visitors today …

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Leeds on the comback trail as Barnsley come to Elland Road

Published on 26/11/2011 10:38

Leeds United have not won a home match at Elland Road in three but will be looking at the visit of Barnsley as the perfect opportunity to turn things around. Simon Graysons side sit in fifth position in the Championship, in a play off place, somewhere they certainly want to be in May. Defeats by Blackpool (0-5) and draws against Coventry and Cardiff (both 1-1) have netted just two points from a possible nine in the last three matches here. As is usually the case, Leeds will…

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Boro face Difficult Trip to Peterborough

Published on 25/11/2011 22:37

Middlesbrough currently sit in fourth place in the Npower Championship. Unable to hold onto a lead against Blackpool who came from behind twice in the game to draw 2-2, Cardiff went above them and took the third spot and have a nasty little fixture at Peterborough United on Saturday. “The Posh” have maintained their entertaining, gung-ho style of football and have conceded a goal in each and every one of their games this season. In total they have let in 30 goals…

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Cardiff back in Contention – What do Nottingham Forest have to offer

Published on 25/11/2011 21:49

Malkay Mackay may have taken a little time to gel with Dave Jones squad after the summer switch from Watford, but things certainly look to be working now as Cardiff City occupy third position in the Npower Championship table. Whilst things may have started off slowly in South Wales for the side left behind when Swansea got the promotion to the Premier League, and with a little blip in between, the Bluebirds have now put together an unbeaten run of seven games which includes no …

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West Ham Keep Up The Chase as Derby Visit The East End

Published on 25/11/2011 21:36

West Ham United under Sam Allardyce will continue to chase Southampton at the top as Nigel Clough brings his Derby County side to the Boleyn. Just a few weeks ago Derby were going against all expectation by finding themselves challenging Southampton for top spot before a run of 9 games with just a single win against Portsmouth has seen them slip out of the play off places and down to 11th. Quite what has gone wrong is a mystery. Three successive defeats could become four as…

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Who can stop Southampton from running away with the Championship

Published on 25/11/2011 21:21

The task falls to Bristol City on Saturday, and being as they sit third from bottom of the division with only a single home win all season, and that coming to Burnley who sit only one place above them in the division, one would have to suggest that they are not the most likely to halt the runaway that is Nigel Adkins side. Southampton have dumbfounded me. Whilst they got off to a magnificent start as Championship new boys, I certainly would not have backed them to be…

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Magical Messi must be backed at 3.75 to open the scoring against Getafe

Published on 25/11/2011 16:57

Getafe have won just three of their last 15 La Liga matches – the club’s worst ever starts to a Spanish top-flight campaign – and the Madrid-based side’s record against Barcelona (Getafe have won just one of their 14 previous league matches against Barca) suggests that they will do well to turn the corner on Saturday night, with Pep Guardiola’s men visiting the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. That Barca are second in the league at present is more a…

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Man City Fancied To Bounce Back From Napoli Defeat At Decent Odds

Published on 25/11/2011 16:40

Undoubtedly the match of the weekend takes place on Sunday with Liverpool looking to follow up a great win against Chelsea by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Man City. Liverpool's problems this season have come when drawing at home against teams like Sunderland, Swansea and Norwich, when playing against the bigger teams they have done well with wins against Arsenal and Chelsea and a draw against Man Utd. Playing in this sort of game could suit Liverpool and they…

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Bank on Benzema to maintain goalscoring hot-streak when Atletico visit the Bernabeu

Published on 25/11/2011 16:39

Real Madrid are going great guns on all fronts this season and are have won every match they’ve played on home soil in the Spanish top-flight so far this term, averaging 4.25 goals per game in the process, and they’re unsurprisingly long odds-on ahead of Atletico Madrid’s visit to the Bernabeu on Saturday evening. It’s been over 10 years since Atletico managed to beat their local rivals, and the chasm between the two sides is perfectly illustrated by…

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Swansea Home Form Makes Them Good Bet To Beat Villa

Published on 25/11/2011 16:20

Swansea have come through their tough fixtures with plenty of credit recently, gaining a draw at Anfield before being beaten 1-0 at home to Man Utd, a result that could have been very different had Scott Sinclair had his shooting boots on early in the game. That was Swansea's first home loss this season but they remain very strong at the Liberty Stadium, Javier Hernandez is still the only opposition player to score there this season. Aston Villa were taught a footballing…

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Fulham Could Be Next Victims Of Van Persie Goal Express

Published on 25/11/2011 16:19

Arsenal look to continue their strong form against Fulham on Saturday, after a few games many were writing Arsenal off but the form of Robin Van Persie has fired them up the league table and they now look realistic top four contenders once again, they just need to be sure that the keep the Dutchman fit as he doesn't have a great injury record. Fulham continue to flatter to deceive, they have been unlucky with some of their results recently but the fact that they have won…

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