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Cricket Betting

England are heavy underdogs in their Cricket World Cup 2015 opener, as they take on Australian at the MCG on Valentine’s Day.  England go as 9/4 underdogs for the match, against the 4/11 quote on Australia for the Pool A fixture which starts in the early hours of Saturday morning in the UK.

Australia are 2/1 outright favourites to land the title and given England’s pretty poor record in ODI’s against their old enemies, it is hard to back Eoin Morgan’s men to cause an upset. Even though Morgan insists England are not going to be intimidated in Melbourne, it’s going to be an intimidating atmosphere under the eyes of the 90,000 crowd for them.

Morgan is under some scrutiny with his form with the bat and is a 5/1 quote to finish the game as England’s top batsman, a market lead by 3/1 shot Ian Bell, with Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Taylor and Alex Hales all 4/1 quotes. The top Australian Batsman market is split between joint favourites David Warner and Steve Smith who are 3/1 options at the head of the market.

England played Australia in the International Triangular Series as a warm up and lost all three encounters with them, the Aussies winning by 3 wickets in the first two meetings, and then cruising to a 112 victory in the final.

That run of form against Australia has made it thirteen defeats for England in their last 15 one day international clashes against Australia on Australian soil. England’s overall form in one day internationals is pretty shocking, having won just 10 of their last 29 ODI’s.

Despite England being the 5th best ODI side in the world at the moment, they have just a 34% win percentage running, and that is going up against Australian’s 77% win percentage in the format and only Zimbabwe have hit a lower average of fours per ODI game than England have done. Of the Test nations, England are 8th in the lowest run rate per over in the format of the game.

Australia captain Michael Clarke isn’t back to full fitness in time to face England the host nation is expected to cruise to another win over England and are a 5/1 quote to win by 10 wickets or 90+ runs.

Tough to see how England can dig deep enough to really get close to Australia in what will be in front of a hugely partizan and passionate crowd. England haven’t proven that they handle the rigours of the one day format well enough yet, let alone beat the best side in the world at the moment in their own back yard. England should enjoy the day, scratch the game off before it starts and just look forward to more winnable matches in Pool A.

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13th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cricket Betting

Sports Betting

Wales v England Six Nations betting kicks off the 2015 championship on Friday night. It is a massive confidence booster to open the championship with a win, and for England, taking one on the road in South Wales would set them up nicely and confirm them as front runners alongside Ireland to win this season’s Six Nations.

England (6/4 at Paddy Power for the win) have been struggling with injuries during their build up (with around a dozen players out, such as Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt) and coach Stuart Lancaster has had to replace six of the starting fifteen who beat Australia in their last match of the Autumn Series last year. Five of England’s starting fifteen in Wales will be lining up for their first ever Six Nations start. Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph have the new look role in the centre for England.

Wales (8/15 at Paddy Power) have received a boost in their starting lineup, as big George North comes back onto the wing. Coach Warren Gatland called him out for not having played that well for his country recently, so he will be expecting a lot from the powerhouse on his return. The Welsh may have an advantage, especially early on the in the game, as they have a settled back row to call on, with captain Sam Warburton earning his 50th cap for his country of Friday night.

England won the showdown with Wales in last season’s Six Nations at Twickenham , but that snapped a three match losing streak against the Welsh. England have lost their last two trips to Wales without having managed to get into double figures. They were trounced 30-3 there on their last Six Nations visit in March 2013.

Wales v England Six Nations 2015 Odds

Wales 8/15, England 6/4

Overall, the head to head in Wales v England Six Nations betting is tight. England have won 57 of 125 previous meetings, the Welsh having taken 56 wins with 12 drawers in there. England have averaged 13 points per game against Wales, while the Welsh have averaged 11.6 points per game against the English. Very tight margins and online betting site Paddy Power have a Wales -4 Handicap at a quote of 10/11.

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4th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Cricket Betting

There is a tough, testing time for England cricket as they head into their latest challenge of an exhausting year in taking on Sri Lanka in a ODI series. This is a seven matches series so a lot to try and play their way through, and England are looking far from a confident side as they return to action next week. During the summer England were easily second best in trials against Sri Lanka and India.

With the Cricket World Cup coming up next year, then England simply confirmed that they are probably not going to get anywhere near the title because, simply put, they are not a good one day side. They were dealt some big blows in losing Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott and to make issues worse for the pressure that is on the shoulders of the under-fire captain Alastair Cook, is that they will be without their best ODI bowler, Stuart Broad.

England go as heavy 2/1 underdogs in Series Betting with online bookmaker Bet365, and are 6/4 outsiders to land a victory in the opening match on November 26th in Colombo.

So while England are looking to find a settled side, with the particular duel for a spot in the side between Moeen Ali and Alex Hales, and need someone like Steven Finn to really step up in replacement of Broad, England will also be facing the dreaded spin. Facing spin on the subcontinent usually leads to embarrassments for England and in the summer they lost half of their wickets to spin, and that coming on tracks built for seam.

England have taken just six wins from their last 16 matches the collective Asian powerhouses away from home, and they have struck up just a 37.5% win percentage in Asia over the last five years, whereas Sri Lanka have a 71% win percentage at home against non-Asian teams.

But Sri Lanka haven’t been without their issues. They go into this series off the back a dreadful time in India, where their bowlers were smashed by Rohit Sharma as the Indian batsman hit a world record 264 just last week. That tally incidentally, is more than England have put together in nine of their last 12 ODI’s. Sri Lanka lost all five of their ODI matches against India recently and that may just at least give England some kind of opportunity to get stuck in.

The numbers aren’t with England in terms of them winning the series, certainly not backable at a price of 2/1 to nab a series win. The best that England may be able to make of this is a close series and in the Series Correct Score market a Sri Lanka 4-3 victory is trading at a quote of 9/4 favouritism, with a Sri Lanka 5-2 victory behind at 5/2. An England 4-3 victory is a 3/1 shot with online bookmaker Bet365.

22nd November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cricket Betting

Oxlade-Chamberlain (England)

Following their sixth win in a row with a 3-1 victory at Parkhead over Scotland, England have been building up the hype already ahead of the next major championship. Euro 2016 is the next target for England, who do look to be rehabilitating themselves a bit, after a shockingly bad collective performance the 2014 World Cup.

Roy Hodgson’s men have landed four wins from four in Euro 2016 qualifying and are cruising to France in the summer of 2016. But is the hype around their forward apparent forward progress too much already, as England have seen themselves gain plenty of support to land a win at Euro 2016? Six games on from that miserable World Cup in Brazil and suddenly England are the fourth best team in Europe.

The Three Lions are currently 11.0 fourth favourites to win Euro 2016 at online betting site Betfair, following their six wins on the bounce since exiting the World Cup in the summer. While that does make impressive reading, having conceded just the one goal in those six games too, it’s fair to say that their level of opposition hasn’t been great.

Since the World Cup, the Three Lions have beaten Norway, Switzerland, San MArino, Estonia, Slovenia and Scotland.

So they’ve not exactly gone through any major tests apart for their opening Euro 2016 qualifying match in Basel against the Swiss. The results read well, but punters have to re-asses the fact that they only beat Norway at Wembley thanks to a spot kick from Wayne Rooney, and they had to come from behind to beat Slovenia on home turf as well. Only a Rooney effort in Tallinn saw England edge past Estonia in the France 2016 qualifiers as well.

So to believe that the only nations better than England in Europe at the moment are Germany 4.7, Spain 7.8 and hosts France 5.1 is a bit of a stretch. Italy are four points back of England at 15.0 and that is a nation who were runners up at Euro 2012, who beat England in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and who haven’t lost a game under Antonio Conte.

20th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Sports Betting

Can England snap their five match losing streak as they take on Samoa at Twickenham on the weekend? With big questions being asked of them in defeats against New Zealand and South Africa, Stuart Lancaster’s troops are a side under some pressure. They are struggling against the southern hemisphere sides having lost all three tests against New Zealand in the summer, and then losing against the All Blacks again at Twickenham before being toppled by the Springboks. 

The points margins in both games would suggest that England aren’t that far away. They lost by three points against the All Blacks and three against theBoks. But England were a non-resistant force against New Zealand in the second half of their match, and again just lacked the ruthlessness and composure, and couldn’t get any kind of foothold of control in the game against the Springboks.

Still, given their 100% record against Samoa, England fans will be expecting a comfortable win.

If England frankly lose this one, then there rightly should be big questions thrown at them. Samoa aren’t a great side, winning just four of their last ten, their only notable win coming against Scotland back in June of 2013. Their autumn kicked off with a defeat in Italy before taking a ten point win over Canada. Absolutely nothing to write home about apart from being a big physical outfit.  

There have been six meetings between them before and England have won all of them. They haven’t faced off since back in 2010 and England have posted an average of 36 points per game against Samoa, with the Samoans averaging just 15 against the English on average.

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19th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Football Betting

Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney was the man of hour as he netted a brace at Parkhead for England as they beat Scotland 3-1 in Tuesday night’s international friendly. Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring after being beautifully played in by team mate Jack Wilshere.

The Ox had been up as a 14-1 shot to score first at online bookmaker Bet365, and put the Three Lions ahead just after the half hour mark, producing a delicate touch with his head to convert an excellent deep cross from Wilshere.

Rooney got on the scoresheet just after the halftime break, and after Hull’s Andy Robertson had briefly pulled the Scots back into the game with the final whistle looming, captain Rooney quickly quashed all hopes of a late Scottish revival by firing in a late second goal for himself. England and Scotland to both qualify for Euro 2016 can be taken at a price of 11/8.

The brace from Rooney took his international tally to 46, just three shy now of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s 49-goal record. Rooney won’t get a shot at the record until next year now, but he is priced up at 2/9 with online bookmaker Bet365 to become England’s all time leading goalscorer, and just 1-6 to end his career with more caps than Peter Shilton.

Bet365 – will W Rooney (101 caps) break Peter Shilton’s appearance record (125 caps)? Yes 1-6, no 7-2.

What year will W Rooney scored his 50th England goal? 2-9 2015, 3-1 2016, 33 after 2016, 25 never.


19th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have all made reasonably positive starts to their respective campaigns in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and online betting site William Hill are offering odds of 25/1 that there will be a full house of Ireland and the UK nations at France 2016.

England look to be certain attendees as Roy Hodgson’s men have posted four wins from four so far in their group, have Danny Welbeck as the joint top scorer in qualifying and have conceded just the one goal so far.

Scotland eased some qualification pressure of themselves by digging out a 1-0 win over Ireland in Group D on the weekend. That was a big three points for Gordon Strachan’s men and it has left both Ireland and Scotland level on seven points with Germany (three points behind leaders Poland) in Group D. The top two from each group qualify automatically, with the third placed sides going to a play off round.

Even though Northern Ireland suffered a defeat in Romania over the weekend, it was their first loss of the campaign, and they are still in the top two. The Irish posted three wins from three to open their qualification account, so Michael O’Neill’s men have a solid foundation to work off towards qualifying.

Wales did themselves a favour as they overcame a big roadblock in holding out for a draw under heavy pressure in Belgium. That keeps the Welsh undefeated and in second place behind Israel in Group B.

So will all five make it through to the finals?

It is perhaps the precarious and tight scrap in Group D which could scupper that. You would expect world champions Germany to come good and Poland are looking a decent threat as well, running unbeaten and taking a win over Germany. In a four way race, it could leave Scotland and Ireland scrapping it out for third place.

It is 7-1 at William Hill that none or one of them qualifies, 7-4 that exactly two do, 6-4 about three and 4-1 four.

After the boisterous spectacle that the Scotland v Ireland fixture produced on the weekend, and with the Scotland v England international friendly being revisited this week, William Hill are also betting on the chances of the Home International tournament returning. The bookie is offering 5-1 that a tournament involving at least four of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland is introduced by the end of 2020.

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Football Betting

With Roy Hodgson’s men making it four wins from four in Euro 2016 qualification, online betting site William Hill have priced up the Three Lions at 4/5 to remain unbeaten through qualifying. England came from behind to beat Slovenia  3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney joined the hundred-club, making his 100th appearance for the Three Lions, but while he was backed heavily as First Goalscorer, and he duly deliver in the 59th minute from the penalty spot. The own goal that England’s Jordan Henderson sent past Joe Hart didn’t count in the First Goalscorer market, so the Rooney goal stood to pay out still.

After Henderson’s own goal, England were available at 100-30 in-play but that price didn’t last long, as just two minutes later, Rooney got himself free in the penalty box where he was dragged down for the spot kick which he converted. He cost bookmakers as a 4/1 first goalscorer price.

Now William Hill are offering 4-1 that Group E leaders England, who have won all four of their qualifiers, also emerge victorious from their six remaining group matches. They are as short as 1/19 to top their group, with really only a fixture against Switzerland at Wembley looking like any kind or remote spanner in the works.  

England won’t be back in Euro 2016 qualifying action until next March, but they do face Scotland in a friendly at Celtic Park on Tuesday and are 11-10 to stretch their winning streak by seeing off Gordon Strachan’s men.

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

142 years ago, almost to the day in fact, the old rivalry in international football was born as England and Scotland squared off for the first time. The two home nations clash for the 142nd time on Tuesday as Celtic Park will come alight with the renewed old rivalry.

England boss Roy Hodgson has been insisting that he is going to take the match seriously, however, it is more than likely that he will satisfy some of his squad and utilise first team fringe players and youngsters.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is facing a dilemma about whether to throw out his strongest starting eleven, or give his squad players a chance. Scotland were embroiled in a breathless, exhausting 1-0 home win over Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers on the weekend.

One of those youngster likely to get a starting role for the Three Lions is West Brom’s scoring sensation Saido Berahino, who has scored eight in 14 matches for the Baggies this season. He is likely to get his debut against the auld enemy and online boilermaker Bet365 have his at 11/2 to net in the game,

That first ever clash between England and Scotland ended in a 0-0 draw and you can get a repeat of that as an 8/1 shot in the Correct Score market with Bet365. 

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

Scotland v England Betting Preview

A great old rivalry re-ignited. The recent Scotland v Ireland match in Euro 2016 gave a clear sign that the Home Nations (including Ireland) should get revisited again. This latest battle of Britain, played at Celtic Park, will be eyed up by the in-form Scots to get one over on the auld enemy from the south. Can Gordon Strachan’s men tame the Three Lions?

Will these two be so afraid of losing that the goals won’t come? There is 0-0 Bore Draw Insurance available at online bookmaker Bet365, who will refund lost stakes on the correct score, scorecast and half time/full time markets as a free bet if the game ends goalless. There is also superb live in play betting and an On The Move Bonus where you can get your first stake placed through a mobile/tablet matched 100% with a free bet.

Scotland v England Betting Tips

The Scots probably just about deserved their home win over Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers on the weekend. That eased a tremendous amount of pressure off their backs and keeps them firmly in the hunt for a place in the finals. There was a cracker of a match the last time they met England, as the Scots just fell short in a 3-2 loss at Wembley in 2013. The gap in the head to head between the two nations is not that wide apart, with England leading 46-41. The Scots will be in a buoyant mood for this one, as Strachan is really pushing the Scottish game forwards.

Scotland have lost just one of their last ten matches played, winning six, so they are definitely as side on the up. Their only defeat came against Germany in the Euro 2016 qualifiers during that run. In the anytime goalscorer market for them, Steven Naismith is the shortest priced option at 3/1 with online bookmaker Bet365. The Scots were embroiled in a real physical clash against Ireland, with tempers and tackles flying around the pitch. That is the passion that they have and with England generally looking a flat team, the host could really get at the visitors. Strachan has hinted that he may rest players after that exhausting encounter with the Irish.

England kept their 100% record to the start of Euro 2016 qualifying going as they secured a 3-1 win over Slovenia. They did have their five match clean sheet streak snapped there and they were so poor in the first half of the game, that had it been against an opponent of any kind of quality, the Three Lions probably wouldn’t have fought back from being the goal down. Some of the youngsters may just get a run at Celtic Park, and they’ll need to keep their cool in what is likely to be a hostile environment.

West Brom’s Saido Berahino is up as a 15/8 joint second favourite shot in the anytime goalscorer market alongside Danny Welbeck, with Wayne Rooney as even money favourite. England are carrying good for them, but they haven’t faced the kind of intensity that they will probably come up against from Scotland, so it’ll be interesting to see how they cope. England have won five of the last six against the Scots, four of those with clean sheets.

Scotland v England Betting Odds

England 21/20, Scotland 5/2, Draw 13/5

Scotland v England Predictions

Hard to see either keeping a clean sheet in this one, so back both teams to score for a bit of value. The Scots are a hard side to beat at the moment, and England are not the most expansive of sides around, so there could be value in a draw in this one because the Scots are good enough at the moment.

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17th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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