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Reading– Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 31/07/2011 09:01

Many thought, including Valuechecker, that the momentum reading brought into the play-offs last seaosn that they would progress to Wembley and untimately return to the Premier League. As it is, winners Swansea City saw them off in emphatic styel and Reading had to start looking at another promotion push for 2011/12. Platers that will not be contributing to this seaosna effort include, Julian Kelly and Scott Davie who have moved to Notts County and Crawley repectively. Dave …

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Portsmouth– Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 31/07/2011 09:00

New owners have come in yet again to Portsmouth to settle the luckless club who have had a succession of owners over the past two seasons. This time, things looks to be more stable and there has been some transfer activity that Steve Cotterill will have enjoyed. He has stated he has yet to finish and expects to sign a couple more players before the window closes. With a squad of just 15 full time professionals, he will have to!! Greg Halford has made his deal a permanent…

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Nottingham Forest – Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 31/07/2011 08:02

Nottingham Forest ended up missing out on promotion going down to eventually promoted Swansea City through the play offs in 2010/11. They will offer another challenge this season as long as Steve Maclaren can maintain the momentum built by Billy Davies. Worryingly, there has been a clean out of sorts since last season finished, with eight players going out and just three coming in with just a week to go to the start of the season. Robert Earnshaw has moved on a free to…

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Chelsea Set For More FA Cup Success Under New Boss Andre Villas-Boas

Published on 28/07/2011 15:33

The FA Cup has been a punters paradise for many years now with the bigger clubs dominating the competition, in the last 17 seasons on only two occasions has a team who has finished outside of the top four won the FA Cup. The only problem with that statistic this season is that the top four is unlikely to be that clear cut so perhaps it is best to narrow it down just to the ‘big six’ this year which will include last year’s top four as well as Spurs and…

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Man Utd A Good Bet To Retain Premiership Title

Published on 28/07/2011 11:09

The start of the Premiership is getting very close and this season could be even more competitive than last season but it still looks as though Premiership favourites Man Utd are the most likely winners of the Premiership and that would make it 20 league titles for Man Utd. It would take a huge leap of faith to back any side to win the league who finished outside of the top four last season, even if the league was more compressed last season than it normallly is. That is bad…

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Ipswich Town – Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 27/07/2011 12:51

The biggest trouble Ipswich had last season was consistency. They would have good runs picking up points, such as 3 wins and 2 draws in the first five games of last season, or the 4 wins and 2 draws at the end of January through February. These runs were more than counter-balanced by poor runs like the 6 consecutive defeats in November/December and four losses in six games in February March. Whilst there is much optimism surrounding Portman Road for 2011/12, much more is…

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Leeds United – Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 27/07/2011 12:49

Leeds United are a best priced 6/1 to get promoted to the Premier League this season. Whilst laying is for the brave only, Valuechecker would have confidence in making a lay of this outcome. Leeds United spent most of last season in the play off positions, only to blow it late on and fall out of promotion contention with Reading making the late charge to gain a place. Eventually they finished three points shy of Nottingham Forest in 6th position. So, the 2011/12 season…

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Hull City – Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 27/07/2011 09:30

Hull City, had an abject beginning and end to their season in this division last year. It was a season of three thirds so to speak. Very inconsistent and poor in the first and final thirds did all the damage, but the Tigers showed what they were capable of in an 18 match run between 9th November and 22nd February where they lost only once game. The team had a brilliant record on the road last term, in fact they gained more points on the road than they did at the KC. If the…

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Doncaster Rovers – Transfer News & Npower Championship Preview

Published on 27/07/2011 09:13

Doncaster finished the 2010/11 season in the final safe position in the Championship, although they were by the final day clear on points and in no danger. Just 2 wins since the turn of the year did not help their cause. For most of the season they were doing no more than holding their own against better sides. But they found enough to survive and get a second bit of the cherry in 2011/12. Very little activity transfer wise thus far for a club on a budget. Waide Fairhurst…

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Celtic not going to slip up at Hibernian in SPL opening match

Published on 24/07/2011 08:16

TeamNews: Hibernian (from):Stack, Wotherspoon, Hanlon, Stephens, Booth, Murray, Thornhill, Galbraith, Stevenson, Palsson, De Graaf, O'Hanlon, O'Connor, Sproule, Crawford, Horner, Taggart, Brown. Absentees:Akpo Sodje (knee), Sean Welsh (cheekbone), Martin Scott (achilles), Michael Hart (ankle) Celtic (from):Zaluska, Matthews, M Wilson, K Wilson, Loovens, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ki, Wanyama, Kayal, Maloney, Mulgrew, Commons, Forrest, Samaras, Stokes, Hooper, …

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Scottish Premier League 2011/2012 kicks off this Saturday!

Published on 20/07/2011 22:36

The Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League kicks off on July 23rd which is notably early. In fact, it almost caught me out with regards to posting my pre-season thoughts! Last season was a highly memorable one but mostly for the wrong reasons. The Old Firm Derby matches were famously ill-tempered affairs, so bad in fact that the Scottish Parliament became involved in trying to sort things out. In addition, Celtic boss Neil Lennon was targeted with letter-bombs, assaulted and…

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Sheffield Wednesday the pick of League 1 promotion hopefuls

Published on 17/07/2011 09:30

With the football season is getting very close now, it is time to pick a League 1 team to get promoted this year. Huddersfield are favourites in many books after going so close last year but my money is on Gary Megson’s SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY. The Owls were disappointing for sure last season, with off the pitch financial problems rendering the club effectively bankrupt and manager Alan Irvine parting company with the club following defeat at Peterborough in the new year. …

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Will Wesley Sneijder’s likely transfer to Manchester United spell trouble for Inter Milan?

Published on 14/07/2011 21:07

Following a prolonged spell of Serie A supremacy, Inter Milan were dislodged as the Scudetto’s No 1 side by city rivals AC last season, and the Beneamata’s prospects of wresting back the title from their San Siro co-habitants could take a big blow if, as seems likely, their playmaker-in-chief Wesley Sneijder completes a £35.2million move to Premier League champions Manchester United. All in all, the 2010/11 campaign was a disappointing one for the Nerazzurri. …

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Npower League 2 – Swindon the Promotion Pick for 2012

Published on 09/07/2011 14:34

The football season is soon to be upon us and it is time to consider which teams are likely to be celebrating promotion from the lower leagues come next May. League 2 by necessity of it’s status, does not enjoy the media coverage of the higher leagues but than can only lead to more opportunity for the punter, with the lesser focus on League 2 allowing a much greater scope for finding a value opportunity. My advice to football bettors this season is to keep watching…

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Next Birmingham Manager Could Be Steve Cotterill Or Billy Davies

Published on 13/06/2011 12:13

On Sunday night there was a shock for Birmingham with Alex McLeish, who won the Carling Cup just a few months ago, resigning from his job by email. On the same day Nottingham Forest sacked Billy Davies and he became the early favourite to replace McLeish although Steve Cotterill has quickly emerged as the leading contender. Billy Davies was a short priced favourite early on but quickly drifted when the interest in Steve Cotterill emerged and it could no be between the pair.…

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Mark Hughes Looking Most Likely Choice In Next Aston Villa Manager Odds

Published on 02/06/2011 11:08

The Next Aston Villa Manager Odds became popular on Tuesday morning when news first broke about Gerard Houllier's impending departure from Villa Park and the early favourite was Fulham boss Mark Hughes and he has remained the favourite since, it is looking increasingly likely he will leave Craven Cottage to join Aston Villa before long. Things look to be moving extremely quickly, he was odds on favourite almost as soon as odds were offered on Gerard Houllier's…

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Pep Guardiola An Interesting Choice To Be Next Arsenal Manager

Published on 04/05/2011 14:26

Another season without a trophy has gone by for Arsenal and more and more fans are beginning to ask questions about Arsene Wenger, it could be that he leaves Arsenal or is moved upstairs sooner rather than later and speculation has begun about who will replace him at the Emirates Stadium. It seems likely that in the summer of 2012 Pep Guardiola will leave Barcelona and will probably end up in the Premiership. given that Arsenal have been compared to Barcelona because of their…

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Is Harry Redknapp Nailed On To Become Next England Manager?

Published on 04/05/2011 13:29

We know that Fabio Capello is set to leave England after Euro 2012 (at the latest) and that the Next England manager is very likely to be English, or at least British. There have been murmurings that all candidates that are suitable will be considered but after some disastrous appointments in recent years the FA seem likely to go for a more 'crowd pleasing' choice this time around. The man most fans seem to want and the man who most will have you believe is nailed on…

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