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Punters can put the forthcoming clashes between the Auld Enemies in their diaries. England and Scotland were drawn together in Group F of World Cup 2018 qualification and the first match between them will be Friday, November 11, 2016, with a 7.45pm kick-off at Wembley. The return match will take place at Hampden Park on Saturday, June 10, 2017, with a kick-off time of 5 pm. England can be backed at a price of 2/1 at bookmaker William Hill to win both of the games against Scotland and the Three Lions are 4/11 favourites to win their group.

The Three Lions will open their World Cup qualification campaign on the road in Slovakia, then host Malta at Wembley before hitting the road to go to Slovenia and then will come the first meeting with Scotland from Wembley. The Scots open their account on the road in Malta.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland, who were drawn together in qualification Group D will meet in Dublin on March 24, 2017, and the return match will be in the final round of games on October 9th. Wales are 3/1 to win Group D behind favourites Serbia, with Ireland at 6/1. Ireland can be backed at 3/1 to qualify, with Wales at 6/4.

Northern Ireland, who have landed a tough draw, travel to face world champions Germany on October 11, 2016, and will host them in Belfast on October 5, 2017. Northern Ireland at 10/1 outside shots to qualify.

World Cup 2018 winner Odds

Germany 5/1, Argentina 8/1, Spain 9/1, Brazil 10/1, France 12/1, Netherlands 16/1, Belgium 16/1, Italy 20/1, England 20/1, Colombia 20/1, 33/1 bar

27th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

England and Scotland will be contesting World Cup 2018 qualification in the same group after being drawn together on Saturday. The pair will also face Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Lithuania in Group F of World Cup 2019 qualification.

England and Scotland faced each other twice since the 2013/14 season with England winning both of those friendly international encounters. The last time that they met in competitive qualification, England won 2-1 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off to reach Euro 2000.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland have also been drawn together as they go in Group D along with Austria, Serbia, Moldova and Georgia. The Welsh go as top seeds in that group while Northern Ireland have a tough qualifying campaign ahead of them as they were drawing Group C alongside Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino.

Wales and Ireland were together in qualifying for Euro 2008 with Ireland winning at home and taking a draw in Cardiff. Each has won five of their last thirteen meetings. Germany are 5/1 favourites to win World Cup 2018, followed by Spain and Brazil at 7/1 and Argentina at 8/1. England are a 20/1 quote with Bet365.

25th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Sports Betting

England got off to a flyer in the Ashes claiming the first match on day four of the opening contest in Cardiff. England had set Australia a pretty daunting total of 412 to win the first Ashes, and after closing in on one hundred for the loss of just one wicket on Saturday, England turned the screw after Moeen Ali got a crucial wicket of David Warner just before lunch leaving the tourists on 2-97.

Then England came out firing after lunch in brilliant spells of attacking, accuracy bowling as Stuart Broad and Mark Wood left Australia in tatters at 151-7. Despite a flourish of resistance from the tail-enders, notably Mitchell Johnson who fired off a 77, Joe Root (who finished as man of the match) cleaned out two of the final three wickets to leave Australia on 242 all out.

Now the series may well have shifted in favour of the underdogs, as 15 of the last 17 Ashes series have been won by the team who claimed the first Test. England have now clawed their way to even money favourites in the Series Winner market, with Australia who had been odds-on prior to the start of the series, on the drift to a price of 13/8.

The second Test goes at Lord’s on July 16th. Online betting site Paddy Power are running an Ashes special where you can pick up double odds. Back a winning Top Team Run Scorer in any innings and if the player scores a century then they will pay you out at DOUBLE your original odds.

11th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Football News

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.

Follow the Ashes 2015 betting with Bet365’s live in-play betting service. There will be many great market open for punters as the action rolls on through each day of play. New customers opening an account with Bet365 can enjoy a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome.


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

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