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Betting weekend preview (Premier League)
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Despite the season being only three weeks old, this weekend's Premiership fixtures are the last before a two week international break for the World Cup qualifiers. Chelsea and Liverpool will aim to cement their place at the top of the Premiership, while Arsenal and Spurs look to kick start their season. Meanwhile at Sandown, as the flat season draws to a close they play host to the Solario Stakes at 2:35pm on Saturday.
Arsenal v Newcastle, Saturday, Setanta Sports 1, 5:30pm
Arsenal and Newcastle return from mid-week cup duty as they meet at the Emirates on Saturday. Both sides were victors in their respective ties, although Arsenal were much more comfortable in victory.
The Gunners 4-0 win over Steve McLaren's FC Twente completed a 6-0 aggregate win as they eased into the group stages of the Champions League. However, this impressive European form has not yet translated to the Premiership, as they followed up a slim 1-0 win over new boys West Brom with a 1-0 defeat to Fulham last week. Newcastle survived a scare in the Carling Cup as they needed extra time to overcome a Coventry side that twice came from behind. It was once again Michael Owen who sealed the game for Keegan's side as they were taken all the way by Chris Coleman's Championship outfit.
If Theo Walcott scores at anytime during Arsenal v Newcastle, BGbet will refund all losing first goalscorer stakes on the match.¹
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 1:30pm
Chelsea will be aiming for their third straight win to open the new campaign as they host a deflated Tottenham side looking for their first points of what was supposed to be a break through year. Phil Scolari will be urging his team to put in a performance similar to the one that overwhelmed Portsmouth on the opening day. However, they were less inspired in their next game against Wigan as they scraped a 1-0 win, similar to those seen in the Avram Grant era. Although disappointing Chelsea showed they can win even when playing poorly, a skill Spurs need to learn if they are to truly challenge the top four. They have lacked a crucial cutting edge as Dimitar Berbatov's absence has left them light up front, and his public spat with the club has left the team in turmoil. Consecutive 2-1 defeats to Middlesbrough and Sunderland has left Spurs hovering above the bottom three, and Spurs fans worried about the prospect of another season of unfulfilled promise.
If Florent Malouda scores at anytime during Chelsea v Tottenham, BGbet will refund all losing first goalscorer stakes on the match.¹
Aston Villa v Liverpool, Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 4:00pm
Fresh from their midweek European exploits, Villa and Liverpool meet at Villa Park where Gareth Barry may find himself a target for both sets of fans. Following his public courting of Liverpool this summer that angered many Villa fans, Barry this week pledged to stay at Villa till at least the end of the season. Villa will be hoping their early season scoring spree of seven goals in two games continues, although they will want to tighten up at the back having also conceded five goals in that time. Three of those goals came in the defeat to Stoke last week, and it will be that inconsistency Martin O'Neill will look to eradicate as they aim to challenge for a Champions League spot. Liverpool made the most of their Champions League place as they qualified for the group stages on Wednesday. However, they made hard work of it, leaving it until the last minute of extra time to see off Belgian underdogs Standard Liege as Dirk Kuyt's late goal ensured their place in the competition for the fifth straight year.
If Aston Villa v Liverpool finishes 0-0 BGbet will refund all losing correct score bets on that game.¹
If Gareth Barry scores at anytime during Aston Villa v Liverpool, BGbet will refund all losing first goalscorer stakes on the match.¹
Celtic v Rangers, Sunday, Setanta Sports 1, 12:30pm
The Old Firm square up for the first time this season at Celtic Park on Sunday, as Celtic look to defend their championship for the fourth consecutive year. Home advantage played a big part in last year's derby games, as the home side were triumphant in all four games. Two of those games were at Celtic Park over eleven days in April, and were the turning point in the championship as the home side opened up a five point gap following consecutive victories. Celtic left it late in the first of those victories, as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored the winner in injury time as Celtic won 2-1 to close the gap to then leaders Rangers to a single point. Celtic carried the momentum of those victories through to the end of the season to claim the title again, and Rangers will be keen to start this season better than they finished the last one. Rangers have Kenny Miller returning for his seventh Old Firm game, having played for both sides of the Glasgow divide, scoring for Celtic against the Gers in 2006. He can expect a lively reception form both sets of fans in what is billed as the worlds most fierce derby rivalry.
If Aiden McGeady scores at anytime during Celtic v Rangers, BGbet will refund all losing first goalscorer stakes on the match.¹
1st goalscorer 2nd chance
Place a first goalscorer bet on any Premier League match this weekend, and if your player fails to score first but scores at any other time in the match, VC Bet will refund your stake as a free bet on any future match.2
Can you beat Victor?
Throughout this Premiership season VC Bet are running a fantastic promotion. You have to predict the correct score from the following four matches which will be played on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August. You are up against Victor, whose predictions are shown in blue;
Everton v Portsmouth - Victor Predicts: 1-1
Arsenal v Newcastle - Victor Predicts: 2-1
Chelsea v Tottenham - Victor Predicts: 2-0
Aston Villa v Liverpool - Victor Predicts: 1-2
You will receive a mythical £1 win on each correct score you choose. If your prediction is correct your mythical £1 will be settled at the VC Bet price on that correct score.
Every one who beats Victor?s total score from the four matches wins a £5 free bet. If you are the tipster with the largest overall return you win a £500 free bet!
Entry is free, simply register and open an account to take on Victor today!3
Weekend Racing from Sandown, Live on Channel 4, Saturday, 2:00pm
This weekend's big race is the Solario Stakes on Saturday from Sandown (2.35pm).
The Cheka is the clear favourite in what is an otherwise open race, thanks to his win at Ascot. That was an impressive display on debut for the 2 year old, and associates will be hoping for a repeat performance. There are four previous winning jockeys in the race, including last year's winner Jimmy Fortune aboard Parisian Art. That win was Fortune's third in six years; can he continue his fantastic record in this race?
Frankie Dettori saddles Cry of Freedom this year, looking to repeat his 2004 victory on Windsor Knot, while Richard Hughes and Phillip Robinson are also looking for repeat victories here. King's Ironbridge was Hughes' ride back in 2000 when they cam home at 10/1, this year he is aboard the similarly large priced Instalment. Phil Robinson's win nine years ago came at an even larger 20/1 on the aptly named Best of the Bests, he looks to have another good chance this year with Sri Putra.
BGbet are running a great refund offer at Sandown this weekend.
If your horse is beaten by a short-head or nose in the Solario Stakes at Sandown, BGbet will refund your losing stake in the form of free bets.4
Racing fans, get better odds than the SP every time guaranteed with Centrebet. SP+ offers you one roll over the official SP and is available on every meeting from the UK and South Africa, round the clock, 7 days a week.
Open an account with any of the following bookmakers and receive a free bet:
VC Bet £100 in Free Bets BGbet £100 Free Bet
Betwithred £100 Free Bet Centrebet £20 Free Bet
Odds subject to fluctuation - Odds taken at 12.00pm on 29/08/2008
1. Refunds will be in the form of free bets. Maximum Stake £50. Singles Only. Web Customers Only.
2. Maximum refund £100 per person per match. Applies to singles only, placed via telephone, internet or mobile. Does not apply to in-running bets. Free bets credited within 48 hours.
3. See www.vcbet.com or www.beatvictor.com for T&C's
4. 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.
Man United vs Liverpool betting preview
Man United v Liverpool - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 1:30pm
The first big match this Super Sunday sees fierce rivals Man United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford. United are strong at home and have lost just one of their 15 fixtures at Old Trafford in the top-flight this term, conceding just five times in the process. United boast plenty of strength in depth and the likes of Anderson and Hargreaves protect the back four just as effectively as Alonso and Mascherano do for Liverpool, while United's attacking options are unrivalled in the Premiership. The Red Devils have triumphed in their last four meetings against Liverpool. However, in recent seasons the Merseyside outfit has a better record at the Theatre of Dreams than most, having prevailed in three of their last eight league visits. Encounters between these sides are invariably tight - only one of their last seven matches has produced more than a solitary goal - and one goal may well again prove enough either way. Rafa Benitez's charges have won their seven fixtures in all competitions subsequent to the shock defeat to Barnsley and the club's most potent attacking weapons, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, have been in cracking form. Indeed, the dynamic duo are responsible for eight of Liverpool's last 10 goals overall and there should be more to come. Either an uncharacteristic mistake a moment of brilliance on the part of either of these giants of the game could prove the difference. Man Utd have been priced as favourites at 5/6 (Better), meanwhile Liverpool have been priced at 11/4 by Centrebet to dent United's title challenge.
Man Utd to Win 5/6 Better
Draw 21/10 Centrebet
Liverpool to Win 33/10 VC Bet
BGbet are offering to refund all losing correct score bets on Man Utd v Liverpool match if the game finishes 0-0.*
BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Man Utd v Liverpool if Michael Carrick scores at anytime in this match.*
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 20/03/2008
* Refunds are in the form of free bets. Max stake £100
Premiership Betting - Matchday 27 Preview by Pinnacle Sports
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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)*.
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