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Fulham v Newcastle United Betting Tips: 2 AH-0.25, 2016-08-05

Championship Tips

FULHAM v NEWCASTLE UNITED

Friday 5th August 2016 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Friday night marks the return of the long-awaited English domestic season, and the Championship kicks things off with an intriguing fixture between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage with both teams looking to improve upon last season’s campaigns.

Fulham finished a very disappointing fifth from bottom at the end of last season but it could have been worse had current manager Slavia Jokanovic not steadied the ship; former manager Kit Symons was sacked back in November last year as he failed to build upon a promising start at the helm.

The Cottagers finished with a home record of  8-5-10  36/36 and will again be relying upon their leading goalscorer Ross McCormack who should get support from former Hull City marksman Sone Aluko.

Newcastle United start August back in the Championship following their disastrous Premier League campaign which ended in relegation at the end of last season. It’s been six years since The Magpies were in the English second tier and they’ll be desperate to bounce back up into the big-time at the first time of asking.

Rafa Benitez has stuck around to oversee promotion or bust, but if things don’t go their way early on, it’ll be interesting to see which comes first – Benitez leaves or gets sacked! Most of last season’s Premier League squad are still around, and former Coventry City striker Alan Armstrong (20 goals last season) has joined the club.

Striker Mitrovic is strong in the air and he should make more of an impression at this level, particularly against a fragile defence such as Fulham’s.

Pick: Newcastle United AH-0.25 @ 1.77 Bet Victor

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Fulham v Ipswich Betting Tips: 2 AH0, 2015-12-15

Championship Tips

FULHAM v IPSWICH TOWN 

Tuesday 15th December 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Fulham were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw at home by Brentford on Saturday afternoon but Stuart Gray’s side have now gone six matches without a win in the Championship as they’ve lost three and drawn three.

This recent spate of defeats and draws have resulted in Fulham dropping down the league table to 17th place and another defeat tonight could have the Cottagers starting to look nervously over their shoulders at the teams below them.

Fulham’s home record reads an ordinary  3-4-3  18/18 with just one home win from their last six at Craven Cottage which was a 4-2 win over Reading towards the end of October. Draws with Leeds United, Preston North End and Brentford have not been enough to lift Fulham into the top half of the Championship.

Visitors Ipswich Town bounced back from their recent defeat at home to Middlesbrough with a 1-0 win away at MK Dons which has lifted the Tractor Boys into sixth place and a play-off position as we head into the Christmas period.

Ipswich will now not only be keen to cement their current play-off position, but also to make up ground on the rest of the pack as they are four points adrift of Burnley ahead of tonight’s set of fixtures.

Ipswich’s away record stands at a reasonable  5-2-3  16/16 and they’ve also won their last there away matches on the trot with wins at Rotherham United, Charlton Athletic and of course MK Dons, while forwards Pitman, Sears and Murphy could cause a few problems here tonight.

I’ll back Ipswich with the draw no bet option here as they look the more likely to take the points.

Pick: Ipswich Town AH0 @ 1.88 Bet Victor

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Burnley v Fulham Betting Tips: 1, 2015-11-02

Championship Tips

BURNLEY v FULHAM

Tuesday 2nd November 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Burnley continued their pursuit of automatic promotion in the Championship on Saturday when they grabbed all three points in a 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town to move within two points of league leaders Brighton.

Burnley now boast an impressive home record of  5-1-1 13/7 as a result and seem to be reaping the rewards of sticking with manager Sean Dyche despite relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season – a decision many bigger clubs would perhaps do well to follow instead of a knee-jerk reaction.

The Clarets are now unbeaten in their last five matches with earlier wins over Rotherham United, Bolton and Blackburn Rovers while forward Andre Gray (8 goals) has been a fine capture from Brentford and may notch again tonight.

Fulham have again been a little disappointing this campaign as they sit in 10th spot and some way off their expectations of challenging for a play-off spot. However, the Cottagers have put together a useful five-match unbeaten run recently which includes back-to-back wins over Reading and Bristol City.

Fulham remain inconsistent on their travels though as their overall away record of  2-3-2  13/10 indicates while their successes on the road so far have been limited to wins at Rotherham United and Bristol City who are both situated in the bottom four of the Championship.

To put it bluntly, I expect another Burnley win here, and until the Clarets let me down at Turf Moor, I’ll continue to back them as their momentum continues on home turf.

Pick: Burnley straight win @ 1.95 Bet Victor

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Fulham v QPR Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals – 2015-09-25

Championship Tips

Fulham v QPR
Friday 25th September – Kickoff: 1945hrs
Football – England – Championship

This may not be the biggest or most glamorous of London derbies, but it will mean plenty to both sets of supporters. In terms of the Championship – and league placings – Fulham come into this game four points behind QPR, but they have played a game less, so a win for them on Friday would see them right on the heels of their rivals.

Kit Symons has been in charge of Fulham for just over a year, and has done a reasonable job – most notably guiding them to safety last season. The expectation was that the Cottagers would kick on and look to challenge for a play-off spot this time around. A slow start to the new campaign had people questioning whether or not Symons is the right man to take them forward, but the last few weeks have been a bit more encouraging. Back-to-back wins in the league against Rotherham and Blackburn followed on from a comfortable success in the League Cup against lower league opposition. Since then, they have lost away to Sheffield Wednesday, in the Championship, and at home to Stoke in the Cup. There were positives to take from both performances, however.

Having previewed QPR’s recent home game with Blackburn, not much has changed in terms of the inconsistencies that have plagued Rangers’ season. They drew that particular match 2-2, having gone behind twice. Their weekend fixture saw them draw again, but it will have been looked on more positively as it came away to Hull – a team who are currently fourth in the table. What may have frustrated manager Chris Ramsey is that his team failed to build on a winning position having taken the lead through another Charlie Austin goal. On a positive note, it is another game without defeat and means they have lost just once in their last seven league games. If they can start to turn some of those single points into three, they will certainly be capable of challenging for the play-offs – at they very least.

This has the makings of a very entertaining and open contest between two clubs whose strengths lie in attack. Fulham have yet to keep a clean sheet in any of the their seven championship games this season, but they have managed to score in every game, too. Their opponents on Friday have also been involved in games with plenty of goals, racking up 27 in the eight games they have played to date.

Fulham v QPR Betting Tips

Interestingly, this is the first time these two clubs have met each other at this level since 2001. The four meetings in-between have occurred in the top-flight which is an indication of the ambition and success that both Fulham and QPR have had in the last decade or so. If they are to be competing in the Premier League in 12 month time, these are the type of games they will be looking to win. I have alluded to the attacking nature of both teams and I think that’s the best place to look for a wager on Friday.

Charlie Austin is sitting tip of the top scorers list, and could have a terrific campaign if kept fit. He will be a massive threat for the home defence – one which I doubt they will be able to stop. At the other end, QPR have kept only one clean sheet in four away games, and have struggled for the majority of the season in defence. Both teams to score is a little on the skinny side for my liking, so opt for Over 2.5 goals instead – a bet that has been successful in five of QPR’s eight games, and five of Fulham’s seven.

Over 2.5 goals 4/5 @ Coral

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Hull City v Fulham Betting Tips: 1, 2015-08-19

Championship Tips

HULL CITY v FULHAM

Wednesday 19th August 2015 – Kickoff: 1945hrs

Football – England – Championship Betting Tips

Hull City have started their new Championship campaign in promising fashion as they registered a first-day-of-the-season win at home over Huddersfield Town 2-0 which they then followed up with a valuable point away at Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Hull’s point away at Molineux could prove to be a good result over the course of this season as Wolves are expected to be one of the challengers for at least a play-off place this term, while Hull now return to their KC Stadium to entertain Fulham this evening.

Hull are unbeaten in their last four on home turf at this level having registered a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough back in 2013 along with draws against Bristol City and Cardiff City. Look to striker Jelavic to perhaps score tonight as he latches onto the work done by Huddlestone and El Mohamady pulling the strings in midfield.

Visitors Fulham lost 2-1 at home to high-flying Brighton at the weekend which means the Cottagers have taken just one pont from the first two matches of the Championship season, following an opening day 1-1 draw away at Cardiff City.

But the pressure is now on manager Kit Symons this season following his appointment to replace former boss Felix Magath which saw an immediate improvement – at first. But just two away wins from their last 13 away matches is not the kind of form the fans are used to, and a few more disappointing results for the London club could see Symons’ position come under fire.

Fulham’s away record ended up on a disappointing  5-5-13  26/45 and they could find it difficult to match the better teams in the division on their travels again unless striker Ross McCormack starts firing.

Hull City with home advantage and a quality striker in Jelavic at this level should be too much for a Fulham outfit who are still trying to find more consistency under Symons. Hull to take this perhaps 1-0.

Pick: Hull City straight win @ 1.75 Ladbrokes

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Wigan v Fulham Betting Pick 1 – Saturday 22 September 2012

Premier League Tips

Wigan have just the one win to their name thus far this season but they have performed admirably at some point of all four of their league games this season. The challenge for Roberto Martinez and his men is to inject a bit more consistency and concentration to their game from the beginning. They were 2-0 down in 10 minutes on the opening day of the season against Chelsea; led twice at home to Wigan before drawing 2-2 and were 0-0 at half time away from home against Manchester United before capitulating in the second period. Consistency is what separates side in the bottom half of the table to those in the top 10 and it’s a position which Martinez is striving for. One thing that is certain is that their defenders need to cut out the individual mistakes which have blighted their season at crucial times. Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell have both been at fault for goals and should it continue, Wigan and all concerned with them can expect another battle to avoid the drop.

Fulham enjoyed another home victory when brushing aside West Brom 3-0 last weekend but it’s their performances on the road which Martin Jol will be thinking most about. For as long as Fulham have been in the Premier League they have been strong at Craven Cottage and it’s a trait which has continued under the tutorship of Jol since he came into post last summer. As good as they have been at home they have been equally bad on the road. From their last 55 away games in the Premier League, the cottagers have won only seven. It is a deplorable record but it does highlight how well they have done at home as they are an established Premier League side who rarely flirt with relegation at the end of the season. Jol has slowly but surely been stamping his mark on the squad and has moved on several of the old guard. Two losses against West Ham and Man United suggest that it’s not quite had the effect he would have hoped.

There is little doubt that Wigan play an attractive brand of football and are very entertaining. You could argue that it is to their downfall at times as the overplaying – especially in the defence – has saw them be their own worst enemies. That being said, Martinez’ is unlikely to be deterred by the odd error even if it led to a goal because it’s his philosophy. As much as they will give teams plenty of chances, they will also create plenty of problems for them because of the way they play the game.

It will be interesting to see if Jol continues with the same set of players away from home as he does at home. So often when a side is playing on the road they tend to change either certain personnel or the system and tactics they are deployed in. Jol normally refrains from doing that and approaches away games as though they are home games. The 3-0 thrashing at the hands of West Ham could be the turning point, however, and he may well opt to go with one up and stiffen up the midfield.

Both sides play an expansive style and it’s likely they will produce an entertaining match with so many good football players. Wigan have been unlucky at home this season and I fancy them to get their first win against a side who have shown little improvement in away games against teams of similar ability.

Wigan 6/4 @ William Hill

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Fulham V West Brom – Tip: Both Teams to Score – 15 September 2012

Premier League Tips

Fulham V West Brom – Saturday, 15 September 2012 (Kick-Off: 15:00)

Betting Selection: Both Teams to Score @ 8/11 (Bet365)

 

On the opening day of the season, Fulham looked awesome as they consummately swept aside the challenge from Norwich at Craven Cottage. Martin Jol’s men were given rave reviews in the national newspapers the following morning, all of which were justified following an emphatic 5-0 win. Since then, however, the Cottagers have been anything but impressive – which is the very word I would use to describe the start opponents West Brom have made to the new term. So it’s easy to find a case for the visitors here, who will appeal to some at 3/1.

On the back of their thumping opening day victory over the Canaries came a couple of away defeats for Fulham, at Manchester United and West Ham. Hardly surprising considering the West London club have never been particular positive on the road. The 3-2 reverse at Old Trafford was slightly harsh on them I felt, but they got precisely what they deserved for an abject display against West Ham in their final league game before the international break, with a comprehensive 3-0 loss occurring less than 24 hours after the club completed the sales of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey to London rivals Tottenham. A coincidence? Certainly not.

I had predicted that Fulham would struggle to maintain the high standards they had previously set in the first two weeks of the season without arguably their two greatest assets. Both Dempsey and Dembele have been fantastic servants in recent seasons; Dempsey was Fulham’s leading marksmen last season, while Dembele possessed a real touch of class in the middle of the park. The team will recover, of that I am confident, but there are concerns that the Cottagers may fall back into their mould of being heavily reliant on results at home now – the 3-0 loss to West Ham, who were devoid of attacking threat in their first two matches, possibly an ominous indication of what might be to come away from home this season.

Perhaps it was a knee-jerk reaction to losing two influential figures, the poor performance at West Ham? I’m inclined to think it was, as there is a nice balance to this Fulham team. For me, the loss of Dempsey isn’t too detrimental. I mean, it isn’t as though the club are short of forwards. Bryan Ruiz, Hugo Rodellega, Mladen Petric and Dimitar Berbatov will all contribute this season. The loss of Dembele, however, will more than likely be felt for a long time.

There isn’t a ready-made replacement for the Belgian midfielder currently on the Fulham books, a player who was supremely confident on the ball; not only could he retain possession so well, his distribution was outstanding. Therefore without him, there is every chance Fulham will struggle to retain possession this season. And when you don’t have the ball, you’re vulnerable to attacks yourselves. Their defence is decent on paper though, without jumping out the page at you, so it could be a mixed campaign once again on the clean sheet front for Mark Schwarzer.

Inform West Brom will be the first team to put my theory to the test, and they are a team – as we’ve seen in their first three games under their new chief tactician – that can make full use of the ball. Manager Steve Clarke is already being lauded for the early work he has done at The Hawthorns, where both his team’s two victories have been earned so far – beating Merseyside duo Everton (2-0) and Liverpool (3-0) in impressive fashion – yet it was possibly the point registered at White Hart Lane which impressed me the most.

I thought the Baggies were exceptional against Tottenham. The home side bossed possession yet it was West Brom who created the better opportunities, ruthlessly counter-attacking their hosts only to be confronted by an inspired Brad Friedel in goal. The draw, which was earned via a stoppage-time equaliser from James Morrison, was the very least they deserved. We have every right to expect more of the same at another London ground, Craven Cottage, where they had lost on all five visits before a 1-1 draw there last season. I’m anticipating a few more goals this time around, although the final outcome may well be the same.

Prediction: Fulham 2-2 West Brom (16/1 with WilliamHill)

Match Odds: Fulham 21/20; Draw 5/2; West Brom 3/1 (Odds with BetVictor)

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West Ham V Fulham (Live Match) – Saturday, 1 September 2012

Winston Reid (West Ham)

West Ham V Fulham – Saturday, 1 September 2012; 12:45 kick-off

Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Fulham (Correct Score is 14/1 with Ladbrokes; Draw 23/10 with Bet365)

Recommended Bet: Both Teams to Score @ 8/11 with Bet365

 

We begin the third week of the season with a local derby as West Ham, trounced by Swansea last time out, host a Fulham side who provided last season’s runners-ups, Manchester United, with an almighty scare at Old Trafford last weekend. And it is perhaps their encouraging start to the new term which has persuaded firms to quote the Cottagers as marginal favourites (@ 15/8 with PaddyPower) for this all-London affair, with the Hammers only slightly shorter in price (@ 13/8 with 888Sport) despite boasting home advantage at what will be a raucous Upton Park come lunch-time Saturday.

Indeed, Fulham do appear slight favourites according to my interpretation of the odds. You would expect to find odds of 2/1+ on most travelling teams in the Premier League, particularly those not considered to be top-six material. We should also remember that this is Fulham, notoriously poor travellers, so to see quotes as short as 6/4 on an away triumph – those same odds are the best you will find on a home win – is perhaps indicative of where these two teams are at present, with one (Fulham) setting their sights on a top-half finish and a possible assault on the European places while the other will do well to remain in the division following promotion last season as runners-ups in the Championship.

However, West Ham did open their accounts with an opening day success at home – Kevin Nolan’s scruffy goal was enough to give his side the win over a very, very ordinary Aston Villa team who were convincingly beaten 3-1 at home by Everton the following weekend. That was almost as comprehensive a defeat as West Ham’s at Swansea, where Sam Allardyce’s charges went down 3-0 courtesy of some horrific errors at the back. Yet more inadequate defending will no doubt be punished by a Fulham side who obliterated Norwich on the opening day, notching five in a 5-0 whitewash, and whom were a little unfortunate to leave Old Trafford last Saturday without a point to show for their valiant efforts after a 3-2 loss.

It should, though, be noted that for the first 45 minutes of last week’s Old Trafford contest, Fulham were completely outplayed. They were 1-0 up within a matter of minutes through Damien Duff yet ended the half 3-1 behind. They were deservedly trailing. Martin Jol’s men rallied superbly after the break, with midfielder Moussa Dembele almost single handily conducting the Fulham offensive. He was sublime, as he has been throughout his time at Craven Cottage, earning rave reviews most post-matches. So to lose a player of his quality, someone with so much ability on the ball, has to be hugely detrimental to the team’s chances of success this season, especially with the end of the transfer window looming, with the West London club accepting an offer in the region of £15million for the Belgian international from capital rivals Tottenham.

I feel for Fulham fans, who are rightly devastated at the loss of Dembele. Their woes could be compounded further should last season’s top goalscorer depart as well, with Clint Dempsey reportedly on strike in a bid to push through a move to Liverpool. Recruiting like-for-like replacements won’t be easy, either. In the meantime they do have the personnel to remain competitive: Bryan Ruiz still has much to prove; Damien Duff still has much to give, while Croatian Mladen Petric is a predatory striker who already has a couple of goals under his belt.

The loss of Dembele is likely to tell at the end of the season for Fulham. Securing a top-half finish will be a massive ask without him, such is his talent. In the short-term however, and in this match specifically, I believe they have enough about them to cause a West Ham defence which was torn apart on so many occasions by Swansea in Wales numerous problems – though it is their own defence, one which went missing for the opening 45 minutes of last week’s contest with Man Utd, and which isn’t the strongest on paper, that worries me even against a Hammers side which hasn’t come across as the most threatening thus far.

I am not envisaging defences coming out on top here, in a fixture that in recent times has had a habit of producing a healthy tally of goals – each of the previous seven Premier League contests between the two at Upton Park have ended with both teams on the scoresheet, with five of those producing a minimum of three goals. Furthermore, the most recent two finished without a winner; the draw, then, does look appealing at 23/10 with Bet365.

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Fulham v Norwich City Betting Tip 1 – Saturday 18th August 2012

Premier League Tips

Martin Jol is in his second season as Fulham boss after guiding the Cottagers to ninth place last season. He’s had to contend with the troublesome issue of Clint Dempsey this summer as the American has virtually gone on strike and stated that he will never play for the club again. The Club’s most prized asset who was top scorer last season with 17 goals has been linked all summer with a move to Liverpool but as yet, he remains in London. Away from that, the club have signed two new strikers with Mladen Petric and Hugh Rodallega joining to bolster their attack. Both are likely to feature tomorrow and will be expected to form the sort of partnership that Dempsey had with Bobby Zamora for the last few seasons.

Norwich surprised many with a terrific 12th placed finish, after two consecutive promotions, in their first season in the Premier League since 2005. The manager responsible for all that success – Paul Lambert – is no longer at the club however after taking over at Aston Villa. Chris Hughton is the man tasked with building on the foundations laid by Lambert, and the former Newcastle and Birmingham manager has won his first battle by keeping hold of Grant Holt. The striker was looking to move at the beginning of the summer but has since signed a new contract following the arrival of his new coach. The Canaries have brought in several new players including Robert Snodgrass from Leeds. The Scottish forward brings further pace and attacking intent to the club which suggests that Hughton is going to continue where Lambert left off by employing two wingers and taking games to the opposition.

Fulham have been very strong at home in recent seasons and it has been the basis of their consistent league form. Jol has, however, change the style of their play by taking a more patient and technical approach to each game. The likes of Brian Ruiz and Moussa Dembele will be all the better for their first season in England but the signs were there last season that they are very able players.

It’s also difficult for sides to maintain the same level of performance in their second season since promotion. Hughton is a very sensible manager who is only too well aware of how ruthless the Premier League can be so he will be motivated to succeed to prove a point of his own. As a club, Norwich have to adapt to not being the ‘new boys’ and that could prove difficult.

Despite the impending loss of Dempsey Fulham look very strong this season and there seems to be a growing appreciation amongst the fans of what Jol is trying to do. They often start the season well at home and I believe they have enough to secure all three points tomorrow.

Fulham 17/20 @ BetVictor

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Everton v Fulham Betting Pick 1 – Saturday 28 April 2012

Tim Howard (Everton)

Everton v Fulham

Both Everton and Fulham are ending the season strongly and will want to continue their good form when they meet at Goodison Park on Saturday.

It would have been very easy for Everton’s players to feel sorry for themselves and just want the season over with after losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi final but they have done anything bet. When Davie Moyes is your manager, players understand that they need to give everything they have in each and every game, no matter what is at stake. To their credit, the players have responded really well and last weekend’s come from behind 4-4 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford typified the spirit and attitude which is abundant at the Toffee’s. It was their fourth, unbeaten league game in a row and was even more incredible because of the manner it came in. Despite taking the lead, Everton found themselves 3-1 and 4-2 down in the game, the latter with only 7 minutes to go. Not only did it put a massive dent in United’s title hopes, it means that the blue half of Merseyside are in with a real chance of finishing ahead of Liverpool for the first time since 2005. Moyes will be hoping they can end the season on a high over the next four matches, starting with a home win on Saturday.

Fulham have had a strong first season under manager Martin Jol and are currently enjoying their best run of the season which has seen them when six and draw one of their last 10 league matches. It’s a run which has lifted them into the top half of the table, level on points with Liverpool and just a couple behind this weekend’s opponents. Jol has changed the style of Fulham’s play by introducing a more flexible approach as opposed to a rigid formation. It seems to be working as last weekend’s victory over Wigan came against a side who had recently defeat Arsenal and Manchester United. At home they are a match for anyone as they have the ability to pin in under a lot of pressure but also being able to break quickly. This is highlighted in their record at Craven Cottage this season which has seen them win nine and drawn five of their 18 matches to date. It’s one of the best points return of any side in the division and when you consider that there has been quite a bit of upheaval in terms of management and players over the last couple of years, the consistency they continued to show has been excellent.

Everton have an excellent record in this fixture over the years. The Toffee’s have won each of their last 10 meetings in the Premier League at Goodison which is a fantastic achievement by any club. It’s a statistic which get’s churned out every time they sides meet and one I can imagine that Fulham supporters are sick of hearing about.

Clint Dempsey has been a revelation for Fulham under Martin Jol. Since Bobby Zamora moved in January, the US Internationalist has taken on even more responsibility and he has relished it. With 16 league goals to his name already, he has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal amongst others.

Records are there to be broken and eventually, Fulham will win at Goodison Park. But Everton are really strong at the moment and will be on a high after last weekend’s excellent performance at Old Trafford – they can make it 11 in a row at home to Fulham.

My Selection: Everton to beat Fulham

Best odds available: 5/6 with Ladbrokes

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