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Betting weekend preview (Premier League, Doncaster, Newbury)


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We have some fantastic Premiership football this weekend, with Man City v Wigan, Bolton v Liverpool and Everton v Portsmouth. We also have the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster and the Connaught Gold Cup at Newbury


Saturday's Premiership Football

Man City v Wigan - Live on Setanta Sports 1, k/o 5:15pm

This Saturday's big match sees fourth-place hopefuls Man City take on Wigan at the City of Manchester Stadium. Man City suffered a major setback to their Champions League ambitions last weekend with the 2-0 defeat to rivals Everton. Having won only twice out of the last seven Premiership games, City will be desperate to get three points from Wigan, as missing out on European qualification would be bitterly disappointing. Wigan's recent record is only slightly better than City's, having won three games out of seven. However, with the threat of relegation still looming, a result for Wigan will go a long way to securing their Premiership status. Considering City's league form this season, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Better offering 4/6 on a home win, while Wigan have been priced at 7/2 (VC Bet) to upset the rulebook and get all 3 points.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Man City v Wigan if Darius Vassell scores at anytime in this match.*


Sunday's Premiership Football

Bolton v Liverpool - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 1:30pm

Gary Megson has done well to steady the ship at Bolton, having guided them from the foot of the table when he took over, but Bolton will be aware that there is still much to do to guarantee their safety. Bolton have been able to get results against other relegation candidates, but have struggled against the better teams in the league. However, there is never a better time to play Liverpool than now. Although Liverpool have produced good performances to see off both Boro and Inter, anything can happen against a team Benitez puts out. Having seen their grip on the fourth Champions League place slip in recent weeks, Liverpool will be determined to get three points that will keep them on the heels of high-flying Everton. With the gulf in class between these two teams, bookmakers have placed Liverpool as favourites, pricing them at 8/11 (Centrebet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Bolton at 10/3 to reinstall some pride at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton to Win 2/1 VC Bet
Draw 13/5 Centrebet
Liverpool to Win 8/11 Better

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Bolton v Liverpool if Steven Gerrard scores at anytime in this match.*


Everton v Portsmouth - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 4:00pm

After Everton's fantastic performance in the 2-0 win over Man City, David Moyes' team are in serious contention for the fourth Champions League place. Everton have really developed this season, with players such as Yakubu, Jagielka and Cahill looking sharp, the Toffees have match winners all over the pitch. David Moyes will be hoping to continue their recent impressive performances which has seen them win five of their last seven games in the Premiership. Portsmouth have also defied expectations this season, recently winning four out of their last seven games in the league. Portsmouth seem especially dangerous when playing away from home and are capable of getting a result in the most difficult of fixtures. Whatever the end result should be, this promises to be one hell of a game. Everton have been priced as favourites at 9/10 (Centrebet), meanwhile Portsmouth have been priced at 10/3 by Better to take all 3 points.
BGbet are offering to refund all losing correct score bets on Everton v Portsmouth match if the game finishes 0-0.*


Weekend Racing

This Saturday sees the exciting Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster, with 18 top runners in this event, you can be sure this will be a tremendous race. With the Cheltenham Festival only a couple of weeks away, the Grimthorpe Chase is an excellent trial for those horse hopeful of making an impression at the 2008 gala.

BGbet are running two great racing offers this weekend. If your horse falls in the

- Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster
or
- Connaught Gold Cup at Newbury

BGbet will refund your stakes in the form of free bets.**

In preparation of the 2008 Cheltenham Festival, VC Bet are offering fantastic antepost odds on some of the strongest contenders at this year's event, such as 14/1 on Zaarito, L'Antartique and Chomba Womba to all be placed at the Champion Bumper, Ryanair Chase and Mares Hurdle respectively.

Better are also running a tremendous antepost Cheltenham offer. Better are now betting "Non Runner No Bet" on all Grade 1 races at the Cheltenham Festival - 1/4 odds 1,2,3. So if your horse doesn't end up running in the chosen event, Better will refund your stake!***

Open an account with any of the following bookmakers and receive a free bet:
VC Bet 100 in Free Bets BGbet 100 Free Bet
Betterbet 25 Free Bet Centrebet 20 Free Bet


Odds subject to fluctuation - Odds taken at 9.00am 18/02/2008

* Refunds are in the form of free bets. Max stake 100

** T&C's
? Also applies if your horse was brought down, unseated or refused
? Min Stake 5 Max Stake 50
? Bets must be placed after 10am Saturday
? Singles only
? Win Or Each Way
? Web Customers only
? Free bets will be available from Monday 10am

*** Non Runner No Bet on all the Grade 1 races at Cheltenham, and the place terms for all these are 1/4 1, 2, 3. (Except Triumph Hurdle 4 places). All other races will be Non Runner No Bet when the declarations are made. Standard Better rules apply. See www.betterbet.com for details.

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Premiership Betting - Matchday 28 Preview by Pinnacle Sports


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Premiership Betting - Matchday 28 Preview (Mar 1-2)

The first silverware of the English season was settled last weekend, as Spurs ended a nine year trophy drought, winning the League Cup. Tottenham?s players partied hard after the extra-time win over Chelsea, but then it was back to work, as the Premiership is far from over. There are eleven more weeks of Premiership action for punters to bet on, which means elven more reasons to get up to 60% better Premiership betting odds at PinnacleSports.com.


Gunners to Win Title for Eduardo

Arsenal players have vowed to maintain their position at the top of the Premiership table, and win the title for striker, Eduardo, who suffered a horrible broken leg on Saturday at St.Andrews. The Gunners made that objective a little bit harder for themselves, by conceding in the 90th minute to draw 2-2 with Birmingham. The home side had played 86 minutes with ten men, following Martin Taylor?s red card for the tackle on Eduardo, who now faces nine months on the sidelines.

Arsene Wenger now goes into Saturday?s home game with Aston Villa, one striker down, and with Tuesday?s visit to the San Siro to consider. Arsenal are unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium this season, but Villa have lost just once in eleven league games. The concern for the Villans is that their run without a clean sheet stretches back even further ? over 13 games. With Arsenal scoring 31 times at home so far this term, this should be an entertaining game, but as Villa haven?t beaten the Londoners in 19 attempts, PinnacleSports.com make Arsenal favourites 1.826 (-0.5 & -1)* with Aston Villa 2.110 (+0.5 & +1)* - a market priced to only 102%.


United Look for Five More Against Fulham

Manchester United coasted to victory last weekend, beating sorry Newcastle 5-1 at St.James? Park. Rooney and Ronaldo grabbed two goals each, as the Red Devils returned to winning ways after the disappointment of their defeat in the Manchester Derby. United are now just three points behind Arsenal, and will expect to maintain the pressure with a win over struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Fulham, second from bottom, are struggling badly for form, winning just one of their last seventeen games, despite changing manager at the very end of last year. Roy Hodgson is a vastly experienced coach, but he has his work cut out with the Cottagers. Despite the return of influential midfielder, Jimmy Bullard, from injury, Fulham are struggling for goals, drawing blanks in five of their last six games. Brian McBride comes back into the reckoning for this game, and though he will add aerial threat, it is hard to see the West Londoners getting anything out of this game, though United may be distracted by Tuesday?s Champions League tie. PinnacleSports.com price Man Utd favourites 1.901 (-1 & -1.5)* with Fulham 2.030 (+1 & +1.5)*.


*All odds subject to change


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Betting weekend preview (Premier League, Six Nations, Kempton)


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We have some fantastic sport this weekend, with the Carling Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham and Premiership action featuring Newcastle v Man Utd and Man City v Everton. We also have more Six Nations action with France v England and the Racing Post Chase at Kempton


Saturday's Premiership Football

Birmingham v Arsenal - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 12:45pm

After last weekend's 4-0 drubbing to Man Utd in the FA Cup, Arsenal will be determined to get over that defeat straight away, and they will have their chance at St. Andrews on Saturday. The Gunners were dreadful in their FA Cup fifth round tie at Old Trafford. All of the Arsenal team were awful, with dependable players such as Fabregas and Gallas looking totally off their game. The last time Birmingham faced Arsenal, they came away from the Emirates Stadium with a very respectable point. On that occasion, some great saves from Maik Taylor combined with resolute defending from Liam Ridgewell and Co ensured Birmingham held on for a 1-1 draw. Given the Blues need points desperately to starve off the threat of relegation, a repeat of that result would be welcome. Considering Arsenal's league form this season, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Better offering 8/15 on a win, while Birmingham have been priced at 6/1 (VC Bet) to upset the rulebook and get all 3 points.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Birmingham v Arsenal if Eduardo scores at anytime in this match.*


Newcastle v Man Utd - Live on Setanta Sports 1, k/o 5:15pm

After the 6-0 humiliation at the hands of United in December, Newcastle have much to prove in front of their fans. Results since Keegan took over have been disappointing, with the second-half surrender to Villa, resulting in a 4-1 defeat, only the latest in a catalogue of poor performances. Newcastle will have had two weeks to prepare for when Man Utd, and old sparring partner Sir Alex Ferguson, turn up at St James' Park. The Red Devils will, no doubt, be expected to hand out a routine thumping and the likelihood is they will, especially after trouncing Arsenal 4-0 in the FA Cup. If Newcastle can somehow engineer a win it could just rescue their season. A glance at the Magpies squad would suggest they have several players - Damien Duff, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins - capable of troubling Ferguson's side. Unfortunately, Newcastle's defence is shambolic to say the least and with United's attacking threat, it looks like it will be too much for the Magpies to take. With Man Utd in lethal form, the bookies have priced them as firm favourites at 4/9 (VC Bet), meanwhile Newcastle have been given long odds of 11/2 by Better to get the first win of King Kev's reign.

Newcastle to Win 6/1 VC Bet
Draw 3/1 Centrebet
Man Utd to Win 1/2 Better

BGbet are offering to refund all losing correct score bets on Newcastle v Man Utd match if the game finishes 0-0.*


Sunday's Premiership Football

Reading v Aston Villa - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 12:30pm

The big Premiership game on Sunday sees last season's wonder Reading take on this year's form team Aston Villa at the Madjeski Stadium. Reading have been fighting against the ?second season syndrome' all campaign and unfortunately it looks like they might end up on the losing side. There's something unfamiliar about Reading sitting in the bottom three, such has been the speed they've found their way there. But then that's what happens when you lose seven straight league games. Boss Steve Coppell will have spent much time soul searching over this shocking run, but he'll know that now is not the time to go over what's happened. It's time to start collecting points. Unfortunately for the Royals, Aston Villa are also on a run, but theirs is of a different kind. Martin O'Neill's team have lost just once in ten league matches and are earning rave reviews for playing exciting, expansive football. Villa are in with a real chance of finishing in the top four and will see this game against struggling Reading as a great opportunity to seal another victory. Bearing this in mind, bookmakers have placed Villa as favourites, pricing them at 7/5 (Centrebet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Reading at 7/4 to reinstall some pride at the Madjeski Stadium.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Reading v Aston Villa if Gareth Barry scores at anytime in this match.*


Sunday's Carling Cup Final

Chelsea v Tottenham - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 4:00pm

Sunday sees the first big final in the domestic football calendar, it's the Carling Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham at Wembley. Given that Spurs have only beaten Chelsea twice in the last 18 years, it's not surprising that the north London club go into their first cup final appearance since 2002 as underdogs. However, over the last few weeks Tottenham have improved markedly. January signings Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Hutton have helped make the defence less porous, while academy product Jamie O'Hara has stepped up from the reserves and impressed with a string of good performances in midfield. Ramos has masterminded impressive results against two of the big four recently - his side gave Arsenal a 5-1 mauling in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final, while they were unlucky not to take three points from their league game with Man Utd at the beginning of the month. But Chelsea rarely lose - in fact they're unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions. In their league meeting in January, Avram Grant's side beat Spurs 2-0, and with Frank Lampard and John Terry now back to full fitness, it would take an outstanding performance to prevent the Blues from lifting the trophy for the second time in as many seasons. Chelsea have been priced as favourites at 21/20 (Centrebet), meanwhile Tottenham have been priced at 12/5 by VC Bet to win the Carling Cup.


Monday's Premiership Football

Man City v Everton - Live on Setanta Sports 1, k/o 8:00pm

The big match on Monday night sees a battle between the Champions League hopefuls when Man City take on Everton at the City of Manchester Stadium. If Sven-Goran Eriksson's side win at home they'll draw level with the Toffees on 47 points and, potentially, with Aston Villa and Liverpool, if both win at the weekend. Which means the race for fourth place is almost as exciting as the battle for the title. Everton go into this match on the cusp of a six match unbeaten run in the Premiership. Sven will hope his side's two-week lay off won't have put them in a holiday mood, because an Everton team hardened by two UEFA Cup matches will be quick to punish them. With Man City at home, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with VC Bet offering 7/5 on a win, while Everton have been priced at 1/1 (Better) take all 3 points.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Man City v Everton if Andrew Johnson scores at anytime in this match.*


Weekend Racing

This Saturday sees the exciting Racing Post Chase at Kempton, with 15 top runners in this event, you can be sure this will be a tremendous race. With the Nicholls team having such a great National Hunt season, Gungadu will be hoping for a fine performance in preparation of the Cheltenham Festival in over 19 days time.

BGbet are running a great refund offer on this race. If your horse falls during the Racing Post Chase, BGbet will refund your stakes in the form of free bets.**


Rugby Six Nations Tournament

This Sunday sees a repeat of the Rugby World Cup Semi Final when France take on England at the Stade de France. An England win looks even more unlikely than the one in the World Cup, due to England's inability to maintain their performance for 80 minutes. If there is one side in this competition that you have to perform against, it's France. France have been priced as favourites for this match, with Better offering 2/5 to capitalise on England's inconsistent form, while England have been priced at 15/8 (VC Bet) to bounce back and give a solid performance.

BGbet are running a fantastic 6 Nations special - Place a bet on the first or last tryscorer for any of the following 6 Nations matches this weekend and if the player listed below scores a try at anytime in the 80 minutes BGbet will refund all losing first and last tryscorer stakes on that match.*
Wales v Italy - T Shanklin
Ireland v Scotland - R O'Gara
France v England - T Flood

Open an account with any of the following bookmakers and receive a free bet:
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Betterbet 25 Free Bet Centrebet 20 Free Bet


Odds subject to fluctuation - Odds taken at 9.00am 18/02/2008
* Refunds are in the form of free bets. Max stake 100

** T&C's
? Also applies if your horse was brought down, unseated or refused
? Min Stake 5 Max Stake 50
? Bets must be placed after 10am Saturday
? Singles only
? Win Or Each Way
? Web Customers only
? Free bets will be available from Monday 10am

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Premiership Betting - Matchday 27 Preview by Pinnacle Sports


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Premiership Betting - Matchday 27 Preview (Feb 23-25)

Those Premiership clubs still involved in European competition, and the FA Cup, will have fallen victim to their own success, facing their third game in seven days this weekend. Conversely, those sides with just the Premiership to consider, will have enjoyed a 14 day break, which is an important point to note ahead of this weekend's English top flight action, where PinnacleSports.com will be offering up to 60% better Premiership betting odds.


Red Devils Set to Heap Further Pressure on King Kevin

The return of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle United football club was greeted with euphoria, bordering on hysteria. Unfortunately for King Kev, he has been unable to make any positive impact on the pitch, still searching for his first victory after five games in charge, which have produced an aggregate deficit of 11-2. The visit of Man Utd on Saturday evening is the start of a tough spell of fixtures (including a visit to Anfield) that could conceivably push the Magpies into the relegation zone, and prompt mass suicides on Tyneside.

The Red Devils' derby defeat, two weeks ago, allowed Arsenal to slip five points clear at the top of the table. Having been distracted by an easy FA Cup win and hard-earned Champions League draw, coach, Alex Ferguson, can now turn his attention back to the Premiership, while Newcastle will have benefited from 14 days rest. There is history between Fergie and Keegan, going back to 1995/96 when the Geordies under Keegan let a 12 point lead slip, allowing Man Utd to pip them to the title. That rivalry may lift the home side, but is unlikely to bridge the gulf in class between the sides. PinnacleSports.com price Man Utd favourites 1.826 (-1)*, with Newcastle 2.110 (+1)* - a market priced to less than 102%.


Positive Reaction Expected at Anfield After Inter Win

Rafa Benitez openly admitted that Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan on Tuesday was critical to his future at the club. The Reds were helped by the harsh sending off of Marco Materazzi with just half an hour gone, but it is the result that counts. Liverpool & Benitez, must now carry the positive momentum into the Premiership starting with Saturday's home fixture against Middlesbrough. The Pool have slipped out of the automatic Champions League qualification spots, at the expense of city neighbours, Everton.

Gareth Southgate has made really progress with Boro after a shaky start, remaining unbeaten in their last seven games in all competition, and tightening up markedly in defence, despite the loss of Jonathan Woodgate. They have an excellent chance of progressing in the FA Cup, so morale at the club is high. The sides met at the Riverside in mid-January, drawing 1-1, one of three identical stalemates in their last five Premiership games. History is however, against a win for the Teessiders, as they last silenced the kop in 1976. PinnacleSports.com make Liverpool favourites 1.862 (-1 & -1.5)* with Middlesbrough 2.070 (+1 & +1.5)*.


*All odds subject to change


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Champions League and Uefa Cup betting preview (Feb 19-21)


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We have some fantastic sport this week, with the first knockout stage of the Champions League featuring Liverpool v Inter and Arsenal v AC Milan. We also have the second leg of the UEFA Cup matches with Tottenham v Slavia Prague and Everton v SK Brann.

Tuesday's Champions League Football


Liverpool v Inter - Live on ITV 1, k/o 7:45pm

The first knockout round kicks off in fine style, with two of the most successful teams in European history, Liverpool and Inter, face off for a place in the quarter-finals. The last few seasons have seen Inter take a stranglehold over the rest of Italian football, as the Nerazzurri have won back to back titles in the last two seasons, along with back to back Coppa Italia trophies in 04/05 and 05/06. This season has been no different, as Inter appear to be well on their way to a third straight championship, and are in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals. However, that same success hasn't occurred in Europe, having not reached the Champions League final since '72. While Inter are dominant domestically, it's the complete opposite for Liverpool, who have excelled in Europe the last few years, becoming the champions of Europe in 2005 and finishing runner-up to Milan in last season's competition. With the likes of Luis Figo, Ibrahimovic and Veira, Inter will look to terrorise the Liverpool defence. And, as ever, Benitez will be relying on Gerrard and Torres to inspire the Reds to victory. Bookies have priced Liverpool as favourites for this home leg of the tie, with Centrebet offering 13/8 for a Reds win. However, with VC Bet pricing Inter as favourites at 1/1, this tie could go to either side.

Liverpool to Win 11/8 Better
Draw 2/1 Centrebet
Inter to Win 1/1 VC Bet

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Liverpool v Inter if Steven Gerrard scores at anytime in this match.*

Olympiakos v Chelsea - Live on ITV 4, k/o 7:45pm

After their FA Cup victory over League One Huddersfield on Saturday, Chelsea face a trip to Athens for the Champions League clash with Greek giants Olympiakos. The Champions League will be the main focus of the Blues this season, after falling behind in the Premiership title race. With John Terry back at the heart of their defence and the threat of Anelka and Drogba up front, Chelsea should have enough quality over the two legs to qualify for the quarter-finals. However, Olympiakos shouldn't be underestimated, as the likes of Belluschi and Kovacevic will look to take full advantage of their home leg of this tie. Bearing in mind Chelsea's consistency this season, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Centrebet offering 21/20 for a Blues win, while Olympiakos have been priced at 16/5 (VC Bet) to break the rulebook and defy the odds.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Olympiakos v Chelsea if Joe Cole scores at anytime in this match.*

Wednesday's Champions League Football


Arsenal v AC Milan - Live on Sky Sports 2, k/o 7:45pm

Wednesday's big match sees Arsenal take on last year's champions AC Milan, a clash of the energy and youthful exuberance of Arsenal against experience and class of AC Milan. After the 4-0 drubbing against Man Utd on Saturday, which saw the Gunners dumped out of the FA Cup, Wenger's men will be desperate to recover quickly and establish a foothold in this tie. With Arsenal having home advantage, expect the young Gunners to come out all guns blazing. AC Milan on the other hand have experience in bundles, with the majority of their squad still performing brilliantly in their mid to late thirties. Kaka and co. will be looking to play this first leg safe and then look to pounce in the return leg in Milan. With Arsenal at home, the bookies have priced them as firm favourites at 11/10 (VC Bet), meanwhile AC Milan have been priced at 5/2 by Better to get the away win.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Arsenal v AC Milan if Eduardo scores at anytime in this match.*

Lyon v Man Utd - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 7:45pm

After the mauling of Arsenal in the FA Cup, the big games come thick and fast with a tough tie against Lyon in the Champions League. United's Champions League form has been fantastic this season, remaining unbeaten and only conceding four goals. With Ronaldo leading the Champions League scoring charts, he'll be determined to continue his wondrous form and against a fragile Lyon defence. Although Lyon are traditionally strong Champions League participants, they have not been impressive this year, with Lyon recently losing to Le Mans in Ligue 1. However, with wonderkids such as Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa both in red hot form, expect the resilient United defence being tested. Bookies have placed Man Utd as favourites, pricing them at 13/10 (Centrebet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Lyon at 15/8 to take advantage of this tie.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Lyon v Man Utd if Ryan Giggs scores at anytime in this match.*
VC Bet have 2 fantastic offers for all Champions League matches this week:

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Thursday's UEFA Cup Football


Tottenham v Slavia Prague - Live on ITV 4, k/o 7:45pm

Tottenham take on S. Prague in the return leg of this UEFA Cup tie, with Tottenham taking a 2-1 advantage into this match. Having withstood a second-half rally from S. Prague in the first leg, Tottenham go into this match confident in the knowledge that as long as they keep it tight, they will progress to the next round. Bookies have priced Tottenham as favourites for this home leg of the tie, with VC Bet offering 4/11 for a Spurs win. S. Prague have been given long odds of 8/1 (Better) to beat Totteham.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Tottenham v S. Prague if Darren Bent scores at anytime in this match.*

Everton v SK Brann - Live on Five, k/o 8:00pm

The 2-0 first leg defeat of Brann in the UEFA Cup was the kind of performance that would have pleased hardened European campaigners. And having negotiated the away half of the tie in Norway with ease, David Moyes will be confident his side can wrap things up at Goodison Park and progress to the last 16.Bearing in mind Everton's consistency this season, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Better offering 1/4 for a Toffees win, while SK Brann have been priced at 17/2 (VC Bet) to defy the odds and progress to the last 16.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Everton v SK Brann if Andrew Johnson scores at anytime in this match.*

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Odds subject to fluctuation - Odds taken at 9.00am 18/02/2008
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** Maximum refund 100 per person per match per offer. Applies to singles only, placed via internet, telephone or VC Mobile. Free bets credited by 11am following day. Does not include in-running bets.

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Champions League First knockout round preview by Sportingbet


The greatest competition in football resumes on Tuesday as the finest 16 club sides in Europe take each other in the Champions League. For the best value odds, bet with us at Sportingbet. Here is the lowdown on all eight ties taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Arsenal EVS - Draw 21/10 - AC Milan 18/5
Arsenal's run in the English Premier League just continues to flourish and they will fancy their chances of grabbing a home win here against the defending champions.

Liverpool 6/4 - Draw 2/1 - Inter Milan 17/10
It's not been a vintage season for Liverpool in the English Premier League and under-pressure manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping the Reds can get past runaway Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

Roma 6/4 - Draw 21/10 - Real Madrid 33/20
Real Madrid have had an excellent 2008 so far and they sit well clear at the top of La Liga ahead of Barcelona. Roma, meanwhile, sit second in the Serie A at present.

Lyon 2/1 - Draw 2/1 - Man Utd 13/10
Lyon sneaked through to the Last 16 of the Champions League after a 3-0 win away from home against Rangers. Now their task is harder as they take on English champions Man Utd.

Celtic 7/2 - Draw 9/4 - Barcelona 3/4
Celtic's impressive home record will come under assault here against Frank Rijkaard's free-flowing side. Will Ronaldinho find a way past the Celtic defence?

Olympiakos 3/1 - Draw 21/10 - Chelsea 9/10
Olympiakos finished above Werder Bremen and Lazio to reach the Last 16 and they'll look for more glory here against Chelsea. Can Avram Grant's win away from home?

Fenerbahce 8/5 - Draw 21/10 - Sevilla 31/20
Sevilla have won the UEFA Cup the last two years but now it's about the Champions League and they face a tough trip to Turkey in this Last 16 tie. Can Fenerbahce win on home soil?

Schalke 04 11/10 - Draw 21/10 - Porto 23/10
Porto finished above Liverpool in the group stages last year and will fancy their chances of reaching the Quarter-Finals. Schalke 04 sit third in the Bundesliga at present.

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Betting weekend preview (FA-Cup-Betting)


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We have some fantastic sport this weekend, with FA Cup Fifth Round fixtures such as Bristol Rovers v Southampton, Man Utd v Arsenal, Sheffield Utd v Middlesbrough & Preston v Portsmouth. We also have the fantastic Red Square Vodka Gold Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

Saturday's FA Cup Football

Bristol Rovers v Southampton - Live on BBC 1, k/o 12:30pm

The Fifth Round of the FA Cup kicks off with Bristol Rovers hosting Southampton at the Memorial Stadium in the early kick-off on Saturday. The FA Cup always throws up one or two shocks and this fixture could provide the shock of the round. Bristol Rovers have already defied the odds once this season by beating Fulham on penalties at Craven Cottage no less. Rover's league form has been somewhat disappointing compared to last season's fantastic promotion from League 2; another high profile scalp will help boost confidence. Southampton's fortunes have been bleak since their relegation from the Premiership in the 2004/05 season. After selling top players such as Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, Southampton have struggled. Combined with George Burley leaving for the Scotland post, these are hard times for the Saints. Southampton are currently lying 18th in the Championship and six points from the relegation zone. Considering the 19 league places separating the two teams, bookies have priced Southampton as favourites for this match, with Centrebet offering 7/5 for a Saints win. With Bristol Rovers priced at 15/8 (Better), this may be worth a bet for the more adventurous punter.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Bristol Rovers v Southampton if Stern John scores at anytime in this match.*

Man Utd v Arsenal - Live on BBC 1, k/o 5:15pm

The big match of the FA Cup Fifth Round sees Premiership titans Man Utd and Arsenal meet at Old Trafford in a Saturday evening kick off. After last weekend's shock defeat to Man City, United find themselves five points adrift from title rivals Arsenal. Sir Alex will be determined to beat the Gunners and you can be sure that Ronaldo and co. will be fired up for this match. Arsenal on the other hand can only be described as majestic this season, with a first and second team capable of winning honours this season. Two years ago Arsenal beat United 5-4 on penalties at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in the first FA Cup final to be settled by a shoot-out. Both teams look capable of winning the FA Cup so playing at home could be a defining factor for Man Utd. A win for either side could deal a considerable psychological blow to the others title ambitions. Bearing in mind United's home advantage, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with VC Bet offering 11/10 for a Red Devils win, while Arsenal have been priced at 12/5 (Centrebet) to deal a huge blow to Man Utd's confidence.

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Man Utd to Win 11/10 Better
Draw 9/4 Centrebet
Arsenal to Win 11/5 VC Bet


Sunday's FA Cup Football

Sheffield Utd v Middlesbrough - Live on BBC 1, k/o 2:00pm

After bursting Manchester City's balloon in the last round, the Blades will be looking to cut down another Premier League team at Bramall Lane. Under-pressure manager Bryan Robson faces his old club and the United defence will have to keep an eye on new Brazilian signing Afonso Alves. Middlesbrough have experienced an upturn in form in recent weeks, having won four and drawn three of their last seven games. With a number of lower league teams still in the competition, Gareth Southgate will view the FA Cup as Boro's only viable route into Europe next season. With Boro in good form, the bookies have priced them as firm favourites at 11/8 (VC Bet), meanwhile Sheffield Utd have been priced at 1/1 by Better to get a priceless win.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Man Utd v Man City if Ryan Giggs scores at anytime in this match.*

Preston v Portsmouth - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 4:00pm

Portsmouth have a tough draw at Preston, who scalped Premiership side Derby 4-1 in the last round. Harry Redknapp will be grateful that many of his African stars will have returned from the African Cup of Nations. Preston old boy David Nugent hasn't had the best of starts for new club Portsmouth, but you can bet that if he plays this match, he'll terrorise the Preston defence. Bookies have placed Portsmouth as favourites, pricing them at 9/10 (Centrebet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Preston at 2/1 to claim another Premiership scalp in the FA Cup.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Preston v Portsmouth if David Nugent scores at anytime in this match.*


Weekend Racing

This Saturday sees the exciting Red Square Vodka Gold Cup at Haydock, with a guaranteed prize fund of 125,000. This Grade 3 BBC-televised race is one of the most valuable races of the National Hunt calendar and attracts the very best long distance steeplechasers from around the country. With the Nicholls team having a great National Hunt season, Opera Mundi, Geeveem and L'Aventure will be looking to make an impression in this race that is often billed as the trial for the Grand National.

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Betting weekend preview (Premier League, Rugby Six Nations, Newbury)


Bet on this Weekend's Sport

We have some fantastic sport this weekend, with Premiership fixtures such as Aston Villa v Newcastle, Man Utd v Man City & Chelsea v Liverpool. We also have Italy v England in the RBS 6 Nations Tournament and the fantastic totesport Trophy Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

Saturday's Premiership Football

Aston Villa v Newcastle - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 12:30pm

The first match between these sides this season ended in a goalless draw at St. James' Park. Both teams will be keen to avoid a similar result this time. Despite continuing to be in contention for fourth place, Villa have hit a dodgy patch of form and, like Newcastle, have managed just two points in three Premiership matches. Newcastle finally scored their first Premiership goal in over 7 hours against Middlesbrough; the goal from Michael Owen would have gone a long way to restoring his confidence. Considering Villa's consistency this season, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Centrebet offering 4/5 on a win, while Newcastle have been priced at 19/5 (VC Bet) to upset the rulebook and get the first win of King Kev's reign.

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Aston Villa to Win 17/20 VCBet
Draw 12/5 Centrebet
Newcastle to Win 2/1 Better

Sunday's Premiership Football

Man Utd v Man City - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 1:30pm

This Sunday sees two of the fiercest rivals in club football clash when Man Utd face Man City at Old Trafford. This will be the 149th time these two teams have faced each other in a competitive fixture, with United having won 59 games and City having won 40, with the most recent game resulting in a 1-0 win for City, courtesy of a Geovanni goal. United have recovered brilliantly from their early season slump to be within two points of league leaders Arsenal, whereas seventh placed City find themselves 17 points adrift of United. City new boy Benjani, a transfer deadline signing, will be looking to continue his fantastic goalscoring form for his new club against their ferocious rivals. With United at home and in great form, the bookies have priced them as firm favourites at 3/10 (VC Bet), meanwhile City have been priced at 8/1 by Better to get a priceless away win.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Man Utd v Man City if Ryan Giggs scores at anytime in this match.

Chelsea v Liverpool - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 4:00pm

The second big match on Sunday sees title challengers Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in what looks to be a make or break game for both sides. After a disappointing 1-1 draw at Portsmouth last weekend, Chelsea are now 6 points behind leaders Arsenal and now face a mammoth task to regain the title they last held in 2006. Despite dropping points last week, Chelsea's form is still red hot and the side has only tasted defeat once in 30 games. After so much promise and talk pre season to deliver a serious title challenge, Rafa's men have disappointed and find themselves in fifth place and a huge 17 points behind Arsenal. At the moment the club is struggling to hold down a Champion's League spot for next season as it seems the off the field troubles concerning the owners is having an effect on the club. Bearing this in mind, bookmakers have placed Chelsea as favourites, pricing them at 1/1 (Centrebet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Liverpool at 10/3 to reinstall some pride at Stamford Bridge.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing correct score bets on Chelsea v Liverpool match if the game finishes 0-0.*


Monday's Premiership Football

Arsenal v Blackburn - Live on Setanta Sports 1, k/o 8:00pm

Arsenal ended Man City's 12-game unbeaten run in the Premiership last week. Given the performance of their two strikers, Emmanuel Adebayor and Eduardo in that 3-1 victory, it's easy to see why the Gunners have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight. Mark Hughes' side can make life very difficult for the opposition on their day and if they can limit the time Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini have on the ball in the centre of the park and create a few chances of their own for Roque Santa Cruz, they could stand a chance of repeating the draw they achieved at home to Arsenal earlier in the season. With Arsenal playing at home, the Gunners have been priced as favourites at 2/7 (Better), meanwhile Blackburn have been priced at 10/1 by Centrebet to get a priceless away win.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Arsenal v Blackburn if Cesc Fabregas scores at anytime in this match.

Weekend Racing
This Saturday sees the exciting totesport Trophy Hurdle at Newbury, with 24 top runners in this event, you can be sure this will be a fantastic race. With the Nicholls team having such a great weekend at Sandown last weekend, Five Dreams, one of the favourites for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham this year, will be hoping for another good performance in preparation of the Festival in over 5 weeks time.

BGbet are running a great refund offer on this race. If your horse falls during the totesport Trophy Hurdle, BGbet will refund your stakes in the form of free bets.**

Rugby Six Nations Tournament

This Sunday sees England take on Italy at the Stadio Flaminio. After last weekend's shock 19-26 defeat to Wales, with England at one point leading 16-6, the Three Lions have much to prove and none more so than Johnny Wilkinson. England have been priced as favourites for this match, with Better offering 1/6 for England to bounce back, while Italy have been priced at 4/1 (Centrebet) to take advantage of England's inconsistent form.

BGbet are running a fantastic 6 Nations special - Place a bet on the first or last tryscorer for any of the following 6 Nations matches this weekend and if the player listed below scores a try at anytime in the 80 minutes BGbet will refund all losing first and last tryscorer stakes on that match.***
Wales v Scotland - T Shanklin
France v Ireland - C Heymans
Italy v England - T Flood


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Premiership Betting - Matchday 23 Preview by Pinnacle Sports


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It has been a busy week on the international scene with a full midweek schedule of friendly fixtures, while the African Cup of Nations is reaching a climax with the final on Sunday. Premiership bettors should check to see whether players return safely from national duty, then got to PinnacleSports.com for up to 60% better Premiership betting odds.

Sunday Grand Slam Part One ? Manchester Derby

Manchester United were this week fined 25,000 by the Football Association after picking up seven bookings in their 1-1 draw with Spurs last Saturday at White Hart Lane. They got out of jail in the 90th minute of a bad tempered game, and there could be plenty more cautions at Old Trafford this Sunday as they face their City rivals, in the first part of a Premiership Grand Slam. The Laser Blues shocked the Red Devils with a 1-0 win at Eastlands earlier in the season, so victory at the Theatre of Dreams would give Sven Goran Eriksson an unlikely double, in his first season in charge.

The odds are stacked against that as United are in much the better form, having won twelve successive Premiership home games, conceding just three times. City have settled into a familiar pattern of struggling on the road, winning just two away games so far this term. Key playmaker Elano ? the one individual who could hurt United - has gone off the boil, Of course this isn't just any game, and both sides will raise their performance levels, but United are at virtually full strength, and last at home in Manchester Derby back in 1974. There is the added intensity of Wednesday's 50th anniversary of the Munich Air crash which killed eight Man Utd players, which will fire up the home crowd. On the last two meetings Alex Ferguson's side have run out 3-1 winners, and PinnacleSports.com make them favourites 1.826 (-1.5)* with Man City 2.110 (+1.5)*.


Sunday Grand Slam Part Two ? Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea and Liverpool have become closely acquainted over recent seasons playing each other 17 times over the last four campaigns, thanks to regular meetings in the Champions League. All games between these sides are hard fought affairs, but Liverpool must overcome Chelsea's 78 game unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge, stretching back to 2004. The Pool's recent form at the Bridge doesn't suggest they are capable of that, failing to score in their last seven visits, starting at the beginning of the Jose Mourinho era. The Reds have been distracted by friction between club owners and manager, Rafa Benitez, which has unsettled players, and seen them win just one league game in 2008, dropping right off the title race.

Chelsea remain in the hunt, but have been struggling under the burden of injuries to John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho and Andriy Shevchenko, while Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salamon Kalou and Obi Mikel have been playing at the African Cup of Nations. All except Mikel will still be in Ghana over the weekend, so this is a good time for Liverpool to break their bad run away to Chelsea. The Scousers spirits will have been lifted by last weekend's 2-0 win over Sunderland, but they still seem like a side low on confidence, whereas Chelsea have rediscovered the siege mentality, grinding out results with a second XI. The return of Michael Ballack has been a huge boost while Brazilian defender, Alex, looks like a quality player. PinnacleSports.com make Chelsea marginal favourites 2.110 (-0.5)* with Liverpool 1.826 (+0.5)* ? a market priced to less than 102%.



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International Friendlies betting preview


Bet on this Week's Football

We have some fantastic football this week, with International Friendlies such as England v Switzerland, Wales v Norway, N. Ireland v Bulgaria and Ireland v Brazil.

Wednesday's International Football

England v Switzerland - Live on BBC1, k/o 8:00pm


Wednesday sees the first match under new England boss Fabio Capello, who's first match is against Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland at Wembley. After the dismal reign of Steve McClaren, the appointment of astute tactician Capello was a welcomed one, and you can be sure that he will be determined to win his first game in charge. With Capello's surprised selection policy, which has seen Aston Villa youngster Agbonlahor called up, and proven veteran Beckham dropped, just one game shy of his centenary cap, all eyes will be on Capello's new look England. Capello's opening night will feature opposition so short of players that they have been able to pick only two strikers, one of whom is an uncapped teenager normally used as a substitute by his club. The record of England and Switzerland matches shows they have played nineteen international games with England winning twelve and drawing four, with their last encounter finishing 3-0 to England. With all the England players desperate to impress, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Better offering 1/2 on a win for the Three Lions. Switzerland have been priced at 5/1 (VC Bet) to get an unlikely, but morale boosting win in preparation for Euro 2008.

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Wales v Norway - Live on Sky Sports 2, k/o 7:30pm

Wales' performance during the Euro 2008 campaign was woeful to put it mildly, putting in some truly terrible performances such as the 3-1 defeat away to Cyprus. The job for Toshack now is to raise the spirit and belief of the Welsh team in time for the World Cup 2010 Qualifiers. However, better performances towards the end of the competition by a team containing, of necessity because of injuries and suspensions of senior players, no fewer than five players who were eligible for selection for the Under-21 squad has been viewed as a hopeful sign of future progress for the team. Norway will very much be up for this game, as many of the players, such as Riise and Gamst Pedersen ply their trade in the Premiership. Norway will be looking to build confidence for the World Cup qualifiers in August. Considering Wales' poor form, bookies have priced Norway as favourites, with Centrebet offering odds of 7/5 on an away win, while Wales have been priced at 7/4 (Better) to win the game and restore some Welsh pride.

Wales to Win 13/8 VCBet
Draw 85/40 Centrebet
Norway to Win 11/8 Better

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N. Ireland v Bulgaria - Live on BBC Interactive, k/o 7:45pm

N. Ireland were one of the only Home Nation team to come away with any pride from the Euro 2008 Qualification campaign. Having notched up impressive victories against Sweden and Spain, N. Ireland have restored not only the country's faith in the team, but also the self belief of its players. Bulgaria have struggled to reach the heights of the 1990s, where the likes of Stoichkov and Balakov helped them reach the latter stages of both World Cup 94 and Euro 96. In modern times, the emergence of Dimitar Berbatov will pose a threat and he will be looking to terrorise the Irish defence. The bookies believe this will be a close affair, however Bulgaria have been priced as favourites at 11/8 (Centrebet), meanwhile N. Ireland have been priced at 8/5 by VC Bet to take another famous scalp at Windsor Park.

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Ireland v Brazil - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 7:45pm

One of the highlight of the week's international friendlies sees Ireland take on five times world champions Brazil at Croke Park. Ireland's lacklustre Euro 2008 qualification performances have seen them slip down the world rankings since their impressive performance in the 2002 World Cup, having not qualified for a major tournament since. With key members such as Stephen Carr and Richard Dunne retired and with no new replacement for the sacked Steve Staunton, the team is in transition. Brazil are also in a state of transition, with many new faces in the squad such as Anderson, Elano and new Tottenham signing Gilberto, this game will provide more experience for their young side. Bearing this in mind, bookmakers have placed Brazil as favourites, pricing them at 3/4 (VC Bet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Ireland at 10/3 to beat the Samba Boys.

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