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All credit to Wales as they have broken into the top ten in the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in their history. They sit 10th in the new rankings and that is just one place behind England who climbed six places to occupy 9th. Wales were 22nd in the previous rankings so it has been a massive move up from Chris Coleman’s men.

That 22nd spot was the previous highest that the Welsh had ever found themselves, but Gareth Bale’s recent winner over Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers saw Wales on the climb. After picking up four points from their two games against Belgium in Group B of Euro 2016 qualification, Wales are in the driving seat in the group, sitting three points clear of the Red Devils at the top of the pile with just four games left to play.

That has left the Welsh as 11/10 second favourite to actually top the group and 1/12 to qualify for next summer’s finals. It has been a successful campaign for them and they can look behind them in the new FIFA rankings and see that reigning European Champions Spain are three places behind them.

Despite their recent loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America 2015, Argentina are the new top-ranked side in the world, climbing up three places to replace Germany who drop to second. Belgium, who were sitting second in the previous rankings also drop one place down to third. Northern Ireland are up seven places to 37th in the world, while Scotland drop one place to 29th.

9th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

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The big kick off in the Ashes 2015 arrives on Wednesday and online betting site Betfair have ramped up the interest by launching off a free bet offer for the First Test. England will be hoping to get a strong, firm foothold in the series with a positive result in Cardiff. Home side England are underdogs to pick up a win in the Welsh capital, trading as 19/10 underdogs and drifting at Betfair.

Australia are in as short as 2/5 for the 1st Test victory in Ashes 2015, with the drawn outcome sandwiched in between at 9/4. Australia pounded out a 5-0 victory over England in the last Ashes series and the tourists will be hoping to get their title defence off to bright start by at the very least avoiding defeat.

There are plenty of markets to enjoy for the 1st test betting and there will be even more open when in-play betting kicks off.

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The minimum qualifying bet is £5 and the promotion applies to the 1st Test of the Ashes 2015 series only. There is also a maximum £5 free bet per customer per day in the deal. Multiple bets on the same selection in the same market won’t qualify. The offer applies only to bets in the Betfair sportsbook too, not on the exchange and all four bets must be placed on the same day.


7th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

Well, just think back to the last Ashes meeting between England and Australia. The English crumbled at the sight of Mitchell Johnson at the Adelaide Oval in the second Ashes Test, the fast bowler taking 7/40 as the Australians went on to crush England 5-0 in the series. The Australians are red hot favourites to hold on to the Urn as they head to England in the summer and Mitchell Johnson could be the key to destroying England again.

Johnson took 37 wickets in the last Ashes series for an average of 13.97 runs. He also racked up 51 maidens across the series, his highest ever tally in a series by a long shot. He went at just 2.74 runs an over (66-Test average of 3.27) and his 37 wickets came at a rate of one every 30.5 (50.5) balls and at an average 13.97 (27.58) runs per wicket.

Back in 2009, his last visit to England, Johnson was pretty expensive from an Australian point of view, taking just the 20 wickets in the series for a 4.01 economy rate. But he is looking fast and very dangerous again as Australia warm up for their Ashes defence. Johnson is a 5/2 quote with online betting site Bet365 to finish the Ashes as Top Australia bowler, but that is only a notch shorter than Mitchell Starc at 3/1 and John Hazelwood and Ryan Harris who are both at 4/1.

1st Test: 8-12 July, Cardiff
2nd Test: 16-20 July, Lord’s
3rd Test: 29 July-2 August, Edgbaston
4th Test: 6-10 August, Trent Bridge
5th Test: 20-24 August, The Oval

Australia are 4/11 odds on favourites in Ashes 2015 betting, with England trailing a long way back at 7/2 on home turf. You can back Australia to post another 5-0 whitewash at a price of 8/1 with Bet365 in the Series Correct Score, while the shortest priced option in the market is Australia 4-0 at a 5/1 quote, just allowing for a draw in there somewhere. The shortest priced England victory in the Series Correct Score market is 2/1 which is trading at a  price of 10/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

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30th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Football Betting

England U21 lost their opening game of the European Championships to Portugal and now the English could be looking for a new boss while the Portuguese have marched their way impressively to the final. Portugal U12 are 2/5 favourites to win the title after hammering Germany U21 5-0 in their semi final match up. They will face Sweden U21 in the final after they beat out Denmark 4/1.

So after yet another disappointing U21 European Championship campaign by England’s youth, where next for them? Gareth Southgate has said that he wants to stick around as manager but after seeing how poor England played during their group matches, netting just the two goals and finishing up with a -2 goal difference from their three games, there isn’t a lot of promise that he will entrusted to carry the squad forward.

So if the brass at England HQ wants to change things up, who will they likely turn to. One name has been Alan Curbishley, who seems to only want a big, top job to pull him out of exile. He hasn’t managed since back in 2008 but wherever there is managerial vacancy anywhere, Curbs is always mentioned for some reason.

A stronger contender is likely to be Harry Redknapp, and for a man who was always overlooked for England’s senior role, then if the U21 opportunity landed on his doorstep, he may snap it up, because it is as close now as he will ever get to managing the full England squad. He would probably bring a lot of positive assets to the organisation, and so too, in his own way, would Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce was released by West Ham at the end of the Premier League season and while he has said that he wants a break from the game, he is a proud enough man to likely snap up the job. It wouldn’t be as heavy of a workload for him either and while he isn’t a man of great tactical style, he may give England’s youth just what they need, a reminder that they are English and to play to their strengths and not try and emulate continental european football.

28th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

European Football

England U21 v Italy U21 Betting Preview

Group B is still wide open here with all four sides in with a chance of making the knockout stage going into the final round of matches. For England U21, they have to equal what Sweden do in their game against Portugal to make it to the semi-finals. So they can’t rest on their laurels as they take on bottom side Italy, and the only way that Gareth Southgate’s men would guarantee a spot in the next round would be to produce a victory for themselves.

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England U21 v Italy U21 Betting Tips

Well, it is going to be a nervous finish to Group B at the U21 European Championships. They go into the final match in second place, but level on points with third-placed Sweden. So there is still some pressure on because they could be passed by both if they lose this one. Group leaders Portugal have to face Sweden and they need a draw to confirm that they will be in the semi-finals, so that should help England get through because Portugal will probably get that. Still, England have to take fate into their own hands and push for a win. They looked a lot better in their 1-0 win over Sweden than they did in their opening defeat against Portugal, that’s for sure. Still, the points against Sweden only came from an 85th-minute lone goal from Jesse Lingard.

With that being England’s only goal of the tournament so far, Harry Kane is still looking to open his account and he is running at a 7/4 quote in the anytime goalscorer market, and frankly he should have scored against Sweden. Overall, England U21’s performance against Sweden was good, they owned possession and created some good chances up front. An improvement in accuracy inside the box would help, but there should be enough positives from that second performance to go and take on Italy, who have to come out and play anyway. However, England U21 have struggled to put wins on the board against Italy U21 recently.

England U21 have lost two and drawn two of their last four against Italy U21 and both of those defeats were by a 1-0 scoreline. You could have a crack at an Italy U21 1-0 Correct Score for a price of 7/1 with Betfred for this game. They have met twice before at the U21 European Championships, which have produced a win for Italy and a draw. Expect this clash to be tight, as England U21 haven’t been leading at half-time in any of their last eight games played but are good enough to hold level. Italy created some good chances in their 0-0 draw with Portugal in their second group match but have scored just one goal in their last three games played. Still, it was a much more balanced and positive performance than what they showed in their opening defeat against the Swedes.

England U21 v Italy U21 Betting Odds

England U21 7/5, Italy U21 19/10, Draw 9/4

England U21 v Italy U21 Predictions

Hard to see the goals flying around in this one, so go under 2.5 goals which looks more than likely. Italy have to win to have a hope of qualifying so they should show plenty in attack, but they are lacking in the final third, and if they are open, England should be able to pick them off for a narrow win.

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23rd June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football

Euro 2016 Betting

It was some late drama needed by England in their sixth match of Euro 2016 qualification to bag them all three points, but the late effort from Wayne Rooney kept up England’s 100% qualification record. Now they are just four more wins from winning all ten of their matches. England’s 3-2 victory over the Slovenians saw online betting site Bet365 move the Three Lions to 7/4 (from 7/2 prior to the match) to stay 100% perfect in the group.

The only other side with a 100% record so far in qualification is Slovakia, who head up Group by a three-point margin over Spain.

Group E has been plain sailing for the Three Lions and they are 2/7 to just go unbeaten over their remaining four fixtures. England face off against San Marino and Lithuania on the road while they will hold Switzerland and Estonia at Wembley.

England had fallen behind in Ljubljana before Jack Wilshere cracked in a brilliant equaliser, but then he surpassed himself with a second goal of an even higher quality before a late equaliser from the Slovenians looked to be sending the game to a draw. But then in the 86th minute, Rooney pounced on a gift and buried the win to equal Gary Lineker’s goalscoring record for England. Rooney now needs two more to because the country’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Online bookmaker William Hill have quoted odds of 5/6 that Rooney will break Bobby Charlton’s record in the game against San Marion in Serravalle on September 5th, 2015.

16th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England and Wales are looking set for a berth at France 2016 while Northern Ireland, thanks to a 0-0 home draw against Romania are still well in the hunt as well from their group. Scotland, who earned a positive 1-1 draw in their trip to Dublin to face Ireland on Saturday are also in a decent position to make it through to next summer’s finals.

Scotland still has some work to do in Group D, sitting three points behind group leaders Poland, with Germany sitting in second place two points ahead of the Scots. So Gordon Strachan’s men may have to scrap it out for third place at the end of the day and despite failing to win their home game against the Scots, Ireland are just two points back of third-placed Scotland.

The top two from each group qualify for Euro 2016, along with the best third-placed finisher. The eight remaining third place sides go into a play-off round.

So a lot still to do for Scotland and Ireland, while Northern Ireland sit in second place in Group F behind Romania, with Hungary two points behind them. Worst case scenario for the Irish there will be third place in Group F, so they are still looking in a decent position to at least make it to the play-offs.

Northern Ireland is 1/4 to bank an automatic qualification spot while Scotland are 10/11 to qualify for Euro 2016 while the Republic of Ireland is out at 13/5 with online betting site Skybet.

13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Paddy Power

England are running at a quote of 7/1 to make it a perfect ten in Euro 2016 qualification. They are halfway there and Roy Hodgson’s men have a shot at making it six from six as they travel to Ljubljana on Sunday to face Slovenia. England triumphed 3-1 against Slovenia when the two sides met at Wembley last November.

The two sides have only met three times before and England have won all three meetings. The Three Lions have only shipped the one goal during qualification as well and have averaged three goals per game. England are heavy favourites for the win at a price of 10/11, with Slovenia out at 10/3.

Place £20 or more in single bets before kick off on the Slovenia v England Euro Qualifier with online betting site Paddy Power and in return you will get  £10 in free bets to use in play on that match. The free bet will come back to you as two £5 free bets which will be credited to your account within five minutes of action, so there will be plenty of time to use them.


13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Paddy Power

England are running as odds-on favourites to win their Euro 2106 qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday. The industry average on them is at an odds-on 5/6 quote. But if you are a new customer registering an account with popular bookmaker Paddy Power, and register with them through the special links on this page, then you can take some huge enhanced odds.

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Are England likely to win? Well, yes frankly and with the home side out at 3/1 underdogs, then it’s clear to see where the supremacy is. England have won all five of their group matches in Euro 2016 qualification so far and have posted an average of three goals per game. They’ve also won their three previous games against the Slovenians as well, averaging two goals per game against them.

England have conceded just the one goal in the qualifiers so far and they stand unbeaten in their 24 qualification matches. Superb record and they aren’t likely to be tripped in Ljubljana on Sunday. Adding weight to an England win is the fact that Slovenia have lost three of their last four played, their only positive in that sequence a win over minnows San Marino.

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13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Back last November, England hosted Slovenia at Wembley and the Three Lions managed to pick up a 3-1 win. That made it three wins from three in games against Slovenia and it was, of course, part of England’s 100% record in Euro 2016 qualification so far. It’s been pretty plain sailing for Roy Hodgson’s men so far and they are being heavily backed to make it six wins from six in the group on Sunday.

England have averaged three goals per game in their Euro 2016 qualification group so far and have conceded just the one goal, which came in that match against Slovenia at Wembley. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson netted an own goal, the only man to have breached the England defence in qualification so far.

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13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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