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Swansea May Be Able To Cause Upset Against Champions Man Utd

Published on 18/11/2011 16:33

Pre season relegation favourites Swansea host pre season title favourites Man Utd in the Saturday evening kick off and since the beginning of the season the bookies have had to review their odds on both teams, Swansea have started very brightly and sit in a comfortable tenth place whilst Man Utd trail five points behind rivals Man city in the title race. Swansea are now given a good chance of staying up by the bookies whilst Man Utd have been relegated to second favourites in…

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Chelsea Home Form Enough To Take Care Of Liverpool

Published on 18/11/2011 16:33

Both of these sides will be slightly disappointed with the season so far, Chelsea would have at least been expecting to be in the title race but are already nine points off the pace in fourth place whilst Liverpool had high hopes of at least finishing in the top four but they are currently in sixth place after winning just one of their last four matches in the Premiership. A win here is imperative for both sides but perhaps more so for Chelsea who could go below Liverpool if the …

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Everton More Likely Winners Than Wolves On Saturday

Published on 18/11/2011 15:34

Everton are yet to put a run together this season and as a result they sit one place above the relegation zone in seventeenth. Everton regularly start the season slowly for whatever reason and they will be looking to improve their results sooner rather than later. Wolves aren't doing much better though, they are just one point ahead of Everton and the pressure is still very much on Mick McCarthy who has been the subject of criticism from the fans all season. Everton will…

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Man City To Put End To Newcastle's Unbeaten Run

Published on 18/11/2011 15:33

The only remaining unbeaten teams in the Premiership meet on Saturday, many would have predcited that Man City could go this far without being beaten but few would have predicted they would have dropped just two points. Meanwhile Newcastle are definitely the surprise package of the season so far, after they sold several key players in the summer many predicted their downfall but they actually seem to have improved for it. Man City forward Sergio Aguero is likely to be…

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Stoke Good Value To Inflict Another Away Defeat For QPR

Published on 18/11/2011 15:28

Stoke have established themselves as a solid midtable side in recent years but this is the first season where they have had to balance a European campaign with Premiership football and it has looked to be catching up on them recently after they lost their last four domestic games. The international break came at a good time for Stoke. QPR continue to be one of the more inconsistent teams in the Premiership but they have been unlucky to come up against Spurs and Man City, the two …

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Sunderland And Fulham Look Ready To Play Out A Draw

Published on 18/11/2011 15:23

Sunderland and Fulham are two sides that most people would have said are guaranteed to have a mid table finish this season but both teams have made extrmely slow starts and as a result are involved in an early season relegation scramble. Both teams have so far managed just ten points from their eleven games and they will need to pick up some form before the busy Christmas period. Craig Gordon and Simon Mignolet remain out for Sunderland so once again Kieren Westwood will play …

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Are Wigan Or Blackburn Good Enough To Beat Each Other?

Published on 18/11/2011 15:22

The bottom two sides in the Premiership go head to head on Saturday in a game that looks sure to be a relegation six pointer by the end of the season. Wigan are undoubtedly going to struggle for goals this season, no side has scored fewer and a ratio of 0.63 goals per game isn't going to save them. Blackburn seem to be having problems at the other end of the pitch, only Bolton have conceded more, but at least Blackburn have been performing well recently and if they continue…

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West Brom And Fulham Likely To Settle For A Point

Published on 18/11/2011 15:21

West Brom seemed to have finally hit form a couple of weeks ago when they won back to back games and went four games unbeaten but tough games against Liverpool and Arsenal have set them back a little and they are back down to fourteenth place, just two wins above the relegation zone. It looks as though the relegation battle is going to be extremely tight this season and no team can afford to go too many matches without picking up points. Bolton are playing catch up on the rest…

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Republic Of Ireland Can Progress To Euro 2012 In Style

Published on 14/11/2011 15:54

Ireland have ensured that the pressure has largely been taken off for this second leg, not only do they carry a four goal advantage into this second leg from an away first leg but they also face an Estonia side with three of their starters from the game in Tallinn. Republic Of Ireland have not qualified for a European Championships since 1988 (their only appearance at the finals) and we could see a cautious start to the game with Ireland keen to avoid giving up any of their four …

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Sturridge, Rodwell And Walker Ready For England Starts Against Sweden

Published on 14/11/2011 15:27

England proved they can still cut it at the top level on Saturday evening when beating Spain, no one expected England to dominate posession so the way the game panned out was no surprise and it is the result that counts against teams such as Spain. England need to prove that they can also win easier games comfortably, which is just as important a skill, and Sweden represent decent but very beatable opposition at Wembley on Wednesday. Sweden are 80/1 to win Euro 2012 whilst…

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Lampard To Skipper England Against Spain With Terry On The Bench

Published on 11/11/2011 14:17

England face European and World Champions Spain at Wembley on Saturday night in a game that should be very informative about England's chances at Euro 2012, if England have any pretensions of being involved in the latter stages of the tournament next summer then they will at least have to put up a good show against Spain with home advantage. England will also have to prove they can do it without Wayne Rooney, the Man Utd striker will be suspended for the opening three…

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Republic Of Ireland Should Win Very Tight Playoff First Leg

Published on 11/11/2011 11:22

Republic Of Ireland travel to Estonia on Friday night knowing that qualification for Euro 2012 is just two games away but few teams have had as much playoff heartbreak as Republic Of Ireland so they will be giving Estonia maximum respect. Anything but a defeat would be classed as a decent result with Republic Of Ireland very much expected to win the return leg on Tuesday but Republic Of Ireland have to get used to wearing the favourites' tag ahead of this tie. The main…

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Craig Brown Names His Scotland Side To Face Cyprus

Published on 11/11/2011 10:46

Scotland travel to Cyprus tonight for their international friendly match and with neither side heading to Euro 2012 it will be a chance to start the rebuilding process as attention begins to turn the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Scotland will face a tough task in qualifying with no easy games in their group, the opposition will be Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Macedonia and Wales. This means beating the likes of Cyprus becomes very important with a view to tougher games coming…

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Can Barcelona be considered good value at around 7-4 to win the 2011/12 Champions League?

Published on 07/11/2011 19:48

Despite the strength of the Premier League, which is widely perceived as the most competitive league in world football, the first three clubs in the betting to prevail in this season’s Champions League are all based outside of England. In terms of strength in depth, it’s hard to argue that the Premiership isn’t the most hotly-contested league, but equally it’s hard to argue with the odds compilers’ unanimous assessment that Barcelona, Real Madrid…

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Barcelona likely to have too many guns for Basque outfit Athletic Bilbao tonight

Published on 06/11/2011 15:51

Barcelona face a trip to San Mames this evening as they attempt to keep tabs on Real Madrid, who went four points clear at the summit of La Liga with a resounding 7-1 victory over Osasuna earlier today. In facing Athletic Bilbao at the Basque Barca won’t have things all their own way, but they should ultimately have too many guns for their hosts. Indeed, the Blaugrana have made a couple of minor slip-ups this term – the most recent being when held to a goalless…

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Bayern Munich out to extend advantage at Bundesliga summit against Augsburg

Published on 06/11/2011 14:09

Augsburg gained promotion to the Bundesliga last season, but Jos Luhukay’s charges are finding life in the German top-flight tough, having accrued just eight points following 11 matches, and they could be in for a hiding when league leaders Bayern Munich visit the SGL Arena this afternoon. The Bavarians have failed to win in their last three on the road overall, but they are flying high otherwise, currently two points in advance of champions Borussia Dortmund at the top…

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Birmingham will pass their Reading test on Sunday

Published on 06/11/2011 10:38

Birmingham sit three points above today's hosts in the Npower Championship table, and have played no fewer than three goals less than Reading but they will need to find something special to get past the Royals on home territory. Reading have a proud record at home and have seen off the toughest of visitors already this season. Southampton, Derby and Middlesbrough have all come and failed to go away with a the full prize on offer and Chris Houghton knows that a draw will be …

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All square at King Power for Leicester and Leeds

Published on 06/11/2011 10:24

Sunday sees three games in the Npower Championship and the 10th and 11th place clubs meeting at the King Power Stadium as manager-less Leicester City host Simon Graysons entertaining Leeds United. Leeds are entertaining simply from a goals perspective, not just those they score but also those they concede too. An average of 3.33 goals per game is bettered in the division by only runaway leaders Southampton and Peterborough United who were again involved in a 5 goal game on…

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Punters should get on Gonzalo to strike first for Real Madrid against Osasuna!

Published on 05/11/2011 16:33

Real Madrid have only beaten Osasuna twice in their last five encounters, but their overall record against that side is compelling, winning 26 of the 33 matches between the two clubs in La Liga. And Los Blancos should have little trouble in dispatching with Jose Luis Mendilibar's men at the Bernabeu on Sunday morning. Following 10 fixtures in the Spanish top-flight this season, Madrid leads the way with a point in hand of reigning champions Barcelona. It’s still…

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Martin Jol And Fulham Can Hold Tottenham To A Draw

Published on 04/11/2011 16:42

Both these teams were in Europa League action on Thursday night but Tottenham only fielded their fringe and youth players in Russia whilst Fulham fielded a near full strength side at Craven Cottage. Fulham have not yet had many problems balancing the Europa League and Premiership, they drew with Man City and beat QPR 6-0 after midweek games but have generally been inconsistent in the Premiership so far. Spurs are still unbeaten in the league since the signings of Emmanuel…

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