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Football Betting

While Jose Mourinho is a 9/4 second favourite option in the next Premier League manager to leave market, it’s worth considering the scenario if Chelsea do sack him. It is is heading towards mid-season and all the top managers around are pretty much tied up at the moment. So if Mourinho gets the push now then it’s likely that they will run with an interim boss until the end of the season.

It would make sense therefore that Guus Hiddink could be the one to step into the breach after becoming such a popular figure there in rescuing Chelsea’s 2008/09 season in winning the FA Cup and eleven of the thirteen league matches which he coached with the Blues.

But looking further ahead in the next Chelsea manager betting market, There hasn’t been much said about Carlo Ancelotti making a return, the former Chelsea boss was somewhat unceremoniously booted out of Stamford Bridge the season after winning the double with the club. He at least is a man out of work at the moment after having stepped down from his Real Madrid role in the summer.

But all the hype and rumours seems to point to Chelsea getting their hands on Pep Guardiola for the start of next season, which would throw fuel on the fire of Chelsea not actively looking for a direct replacement right now for Mourinho. It also hints that they may just let Mourinho run through to the end of the season.

Guardiola is a 6/1 favourite in the next Chelsea manager betting with Sky Bet, with Carlo Ancelotti at 12/1. Current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been trimmed a little bit into a price of 8/1 and makes for an interesting name in the hat, as he would team up with former striker Diego Costa and may be able to get the best out of the Spaniard.

26th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

Aston Villa appear to be wasting little time looking for a successor to Tim Sherwood, who was sacked by the club on Sunday following a seventh straight Premier League defeat.

Villa are currently bottom of the table but there have been no shortage of managers and ex-players prepared to put their names forward for the post.

Remi Garde is currently top of the short-list, according to some sources. The ex-Arsenal midfielder, who had talks with Newcastle United last year, is ready to take up a managerial role again having taken a break since leaving Olympique Lyonnaise in 2014.

Garde is a respected tactician and has a reputation for developing young players so would be an attractive proposition for Villa. But word of their interest has leaked out and most bookmakers have the Frenchman at odds-on to be Next Aston Villa Manager.

Coral are currently the biggest price on a Garde appointment at 8/15 but he is by no means the only man to have attracted the interest of punters. Real Sociedad head coach David Moyes is only 7/2 with the same firm but the former Everton and Manchester United boss can be backed at twice those odds in other places. Nigel Pearson is 12/1 while former Aston Villa player Dwight Yorke has thrown his hat into the ring.

Yorke has no managerial experience and is 50/1 in most lists but makes the point that people with experience have had a go to revive Aston Villa’s fortunes and struggled to make an impact. The former Manchester United striker still has close links with Villa and knows the club inside and out. Unfortunately, the Midlanders need both a quick fix and a long-term strategy and it’s most unlikely to club’s owners would take a gamble on an unproven manager.

After yet another defeat at West Ham on Saturday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is only 23/10 with 888sport to be the Next Premier League Manager To Leave His Post. Mourinho was also sent to the stands at the weekend as the stuttering champions finished the game with 10 men following the first-half dismissal of Nemanja Matic.

But Newcastle’s Steve McLaren continues to head this market at 11/10 having seen his side crushed by Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby. Newcastle have still only managed one victory so far this season.

Next Premier League Manager To Leave His Post

11/10 Steve McClaren, 23/10 Jose Mourinho, 9/1 Garry Monk, 14/1 Eddie Howe, 16/1 Alex Neill

26th October 2015 / paul - Category: Football Betting

Champions League Betting

The Premier League has its full contingent competing in the group stages of this season’s Champions League but some have fared better than others in the draw.

While the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona will always be expected to top their sections, no matter which teams they are paired with, for others it’s a question of survival with just the outside chance of progressing.

One would imagine that it’s a make-or-break season for Manchester City. They got through the group stages last season by the skin of their teeth but found eventual champions Barcelona much too strong in the last 16. Their mega-rich owners need to see their team up there challenging the best and have laid out the cash again this summer. Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and, latterly, Kevin De Bruyne have been among the big-money signings and Manuel Pellegrini says he won’t make excuses if his team fail again.

However, the early Premier League leaders could hardly have had a tougher draw in Group D. They’ve got Serie A champions Juventus, Europa League holders Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach. City have been made general 11/10 favourites because of the signings they’ve made but Monchengladbach are always tough to beat and, though Juve have lost Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez, they’ll still be competitive. Sevilla have brought in Yevhen Konoplyanka, Ciro Immobile and Fernando Llorente, from Juventus, and could the danger to City topping Group D at 11/2 with Ladbrokes. Sevilla are a general 80/1 to win the 2016 Champions League while City are a best 14/1 with Boylesports, Stan James, sportingbet and 10bet.

City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United are 20/1 with Skybet having made it safely through qualifying. They look to have an easier draw in the group stages against Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow and are 10/11 with bet365, Skybet and Coral to top their section.

Chelsea appear to have fared even better in Group G. The Blues may have started the Premier League in unconvincing fashion but it would be a shock of epic proportions if Jose Mourinho can’t guide his side safely through against former club Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Londoners are a best 6/17 with Unibet and 888sport and 10/1 with Skybet, Paddy Power and betfair to win the Champions League.

But Arsenal are out to 25/1 with BetVictor and 10bet having drawn Bayern Munich in Group F. The Gunners are a general 11/4 to pip the Bundesliga champions to top spot in the group with Bayern at 2/5 with Boylesports, Paddy Power and sportingbet. Olympiakos are 25/1 with Betfred while Dinamo Zagreb are 100/1 with BetVictor.

The Germans are a best 19/4 with sportingbet to win Champions League with reigning champions Barca at a general 3/1. Real Madrid are 11/2 with most bookmakers.


31st August 2015 / paul - Category: Champions League Betting

Champions League Betting

And then there were eight!

The quarter-finals of the Champions League has thrown up few, if any, surprises and have emphasised, yet again, that it’s imperative that you win your qualifying group. Manchester United‘s name is probably the only unexpected one in the last eight after the first leg of the last 16 ties. They became only the sixth side in Champions League history to overturn a two-goal deficit. Robin van Persie becoming only the fifth Manchester United player to score a hat-trick in the competition. But their victory over Olympiakos came at a price with the Dutchman stretchered off with a knee injury near the end of their game against the Greek champions – at the time of writing, the damage still had to be assessed. It says much about United’s season that their victory was inspired by a recalled 40-year-old and their hopes of getting their hands on the trophy still look remote ahead of the quarter-final draw. Bookmakers concur and David Moyes‘ beleaguered squad are 20/1 with BetVictor, Coral and sportingbet as their possible rivals looks like a who’s who of European football.

It’s no surprise that Bayern Munich remain hot favourites (2/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James). The Germans have terrific strength-in-depth with several options should they lose a key player. The defending champions have had a couple of hiccoughs at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League season but only when the pressure was off. Generally, they win their home games and are able to adapt their tactics to keep things tight on the road so whoever meets Bayern will have their hands full. Only a calculator button is keeping them from being confirmed as Bundesliga champions again.

Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in fantastic form, look the biggest danger and are a general 4/1 with Barcelona 17/4 with bwin. The Catalans are unaccustomed to not being favourites but layers have realised that this is not the Barca of a couple of years ago and their defensive fragility is likely to be exploited now that they’ve reached the latter stages of the competition. But you underestimate Jose Mourinho and Chelsea at your peril. ‘The Special One’ is a master tactician and the Blues will make life tough for whoever they meet from now on. Stamford Bridge is certainly a difficult place to go in Europe and I’d rather have a punt on Mourinho’s men at the general 12/1 than on PSG at the same odds (BetVictor), who are so reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

20th March 2014 / paul - Category: Champions League Betting

Champions League Betting

Has the balance of power in European football shifted? The Bundesliga provided both finalists in the Champions League last year with the Primera Liga‘s big guns both coming up short and showing that having a brilliant attack alone is not enough if they concede too many goals.

There were certain salutary lessons to be learned at Barcelona and Real Madrid – but have they been addressed? Madrid look on the verge of capturing Gareth Bale for a world-record fee and he’ll grace the Bernebeu with his skills. But they’ve lost centre-back Raul Albiol and replaced him with a right-back in Daniel Carvajal and may still be vulnerable under pressure. Real, now under Carlo Ancellotti, will still have high hopes of ending their wait for another European triumph at 11/2 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Skybet while Barcelona are pinning their hopes on Neymar to climb back to the top. The Brazilian looks a superstar but Lionel Messi has been picking up a few injuries lately and it could be the punishment that he takes, week-in week-out, is beginning to take its toll. Barca are 9/2 with Skybet to recapture the European crown but they’ll need to progress to dethrone Bayern Munich.

The German champions were deserving winners last season after several near-misses. They’ve strengthened again with the younger Mario Gotze looking an excellent replacement for the departed Mario Gomez and Pep Guardiola has raided former club Barcelona for Spanish international midfielder Thiago. Bayern will be a threat to all at the general 7/2 while last season’s losing finalists Borussia Dortmund (25/1 with BetVictor, Boylesports and Skybet) will again be expecting Robert Lewandowski to fire them into the latter stages.

Chelsea are rated the pick of the Premier League teams this season under Jose Mourinho, despite only finishing third in their domestic league last season. They’ll be harder to beat this season and having been handed a good draw in the group stages. They are a best 11/1 with Paddy Power while Manchester City are 16/1 with bwin despite failing to make it past the group stages since returning to Europe’s top table and being paired with Bayern. English champions Manchester United are 14/1 with BetVictor and bwin but this year will be a steep learning curve for new manager David Moyes and Arsenal, so far, haven’t made the big signings everyone expected. The Gunners are 40/1 with Boylesports, Ladbrokes and Skybet to lift the Champions League.

French football is undergoing a renaissance and big-spending Paris St Germain are 18/1 with Skybet while Marseilles are available at 250/1 with bwin, Coral and Skybet. Juventus head the Italian challenge and are 20/1 with Paddy Power ahead of AC Milan and Napoli, and you can  have 1000/1 with Skybet and William Hill on Celtic after the Scottish champions were drawn alongside Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax, though qualifiers Austria Vienna and Victoria Plzen are rank outsiders at 1500/1 with Skybet and Boylesports respectively.

29th August 2013 / paul - Category: Champions League Betting

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

It’s not always the case but, this year, we seem to have been blessed with the best four teams in Europe in the last four of the Champions League and the Europa League has also come up trumps.

Spain and Germany dominate the latter stages of the continent’s premier club competition and bookmakers are almost united in making La Liga leaders Barcelona favourites. BetVictor are as short as 7/4 against Lionel Messi and company, even though they were just 20 minutes away from going out against PSG before being rescued by their Argentinian maestro and the away goals rule. Barca have the recent pedigree, of course, but it may be written in the stars that Jose Mourinho gives Real Madrid the European crown before he moves on and several firms can’t split the great rivals at 2/1.

But you just can’t rule out the two Bundesliga teams, who also have quality in abundance. Bayern Munich (3/1 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power) have twice reached the final in recent years and have vast experience. They’ve not quite been able to get over the line but nobody would begrudge Jupp Heynkes‘ side a change of luck and they’ve already wrapped up their domestic title. Borussia Dortmund were undoubtedly lucky to beat Malaga in the quarter-finals and it’s no surprise that they are the outsiders of the four remaining teams (13/2 in several places). But they showed what they could do in the group stages and a return to that kind of form would make them a threat to all.

The Europa League is a two-horse race according to bookmakers, who expect Chelsea and Benfica to contest next month’s final. The Blues’ terrific record at Stamford Bridge has kept them afloat so far but they’ve not been as effective on the road and, though they are bidding to be the first Champions League winners to win the following year’s Europa League, I wouldn’t be rushing to back Rafa Benitez‘ men at the 13/10 with bwin and Ladbrokes. Benfica, 15/8 with Ladbrokes, BetVictor and Paddy Power look a bit more resilient and may be more motivated but are no certainties to get past Fenerbache (a general 6/1). But the fact that Basel needed penalties to beat an under-strength Spurs, who played extra time in the second leg with only 10 men, suggests they might have reached the limit of expectations. The Swiss team are 8/1 with bet365 and 888sport to win the final.

15th April 2013 / paul - Category: Champions League Betting

Football Betting

With Pep Guardiola making a return to football management with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga next season, it has left Chelsea in a bit of limbo. Guardiola was one of the favourites in Chelsea Next Permanent Manager betting, but with the Spaniard dismissing a move to Stamford Bridge, it has left a confusing situation for Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire is a big fan of Guardiola and wanted him at his club, but he has suffered rejection. With Rafa benitez on only temporary assignment in West London, where the leader for next Chelsea manager going to come from.

The speculation over a return for Jose Mourinho won’t go away. The Special One is having a tough season in La Liga, with reports over dressing room fallouts. However, he only signed a big new contract last year after securing the Spanish league title, so will he tough it out there? It is an interesting situation, and what makes Mourinho favourite is how much he was admired at the Bridge. The Portuguese manager knows what life is like at the club under Roman Abramovich and while he would be welcomed back by the Chelsea faithful, questions over his relationship with Abramovich may cause some hesitation in backing Mourinho in next Chelsea boss betting. It was fractured when he left, how much has it been repaired?

Offering much better value is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp. He made Dortmund into a European force, fending off Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title last season. There is a lot of promise in a move for Klopp, who are highly unlikely to retain their league title this season. They are also in a tight scrap for a Champions League place as well. If that fails this season, a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer would be a good new challenge for him. Klopp is forward thinking and adventurous enough with his football philosophy to fit Abramovich’s plans.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. This is an interesting one. No doubt the Argentine has done a superb job, with limited resources compared to the might of Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, he has had the benefit of having Radamel Falcao in his ranks. Should Chelsea make a move for Simeone, it may bring the factor of being able to lure Falcao to the Premier League. Germany’s Joachim Loew has also started to get linked with a move to the club as well. He again, is another who would bring the flair and style that Abramovich wants.

After bringing in the highly unpopular Rafa Benitez though, if that doesn’t yield any success, there may be a diplomatic move by the club to bring back a favourite. Gus Poyet has made a solid name for himself in managerial circuits and would be a familiar face back at the Bridge. So too Gianfranco Zola, regarded as the best player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt. Odds on Zola have been trimmed over the past week or so, as speculation mounts that a move will be made for him.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Jose Mourinho 15/8, Jurgen Klopp 7/2, Joachim Low 9/1, Diego Simeone 14/1, Michael Laudrup 14/1, Gianfranco Zola 20/1, Frank Rijkaard 25/1

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21st January 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Jose Mourinho

It could well be worth visiting some Jose Mourinho betting as the rumours that he won’t be at Real Madrid until the end of the season mount. Madrid fell a massive 16 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Malaga on Saturday. It was the second match in a row which Madrid had failed to win in the Spanish top flight, their second defeat in their last five league outings. So with their slim hopes of retaining their Spanish league title rapidly slipping away from them, Jose Mourinho’s position at the Spanish giants is looking more and more fragile.

Despite signing a new contract back in May to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2016, Mourinho is continuously linked with a move back to the Premier League. But now, with performances from his expensive team falling flat on the playing field and ever growing rumours of discord in the dressing rooms, will Mourinho and Madrid be together for much longer? In a recent Copa del Rey defeat at Celta Vigo, Mourinho called out some of his players saying “There are players who have disappointed me,” he said. “Some didn’t want to play because it was cold, raining.”

Mourinho himself has said that it is “practically impossible” for his side to retain the Spanish league title, following the draw with lowly Espanyol recently. Leaked rumours from the club say that the dressing room atmosphere has been tense too, including a spat between Mourinho and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. But over the weekend, Mourinho was quick to dismiss rumours that his departure from Madrid would come sooner rather than later, as well as starting another war of words with interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez.

So be on alert for Jose Mourinho betting odds at the moment, most notably, the destination of his next club. It is not going to be easy for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to find a replacement, certainly not half way through a disappointing season. But the links and rumours of the former Chelsea boss heading back to the Premier League don’t go away, the man himself also hinting that he would like to return for another crack.

But where? What would be Jose Mourinho’s next club? Trading as favourite at online bookmaker Stan James is the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. With current boss Roberto Mancini failing to make any ground in Europe, Mourinho would be an immediate attraction to them. It looks far more likely for that would happen than him turning up to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement at Old Trafford, an unlikely option which is trading at 7/2 with Stan James.

Sandwiched in between those odds is Chelsea at 5/2. While the Chelsea fans would love the Special One back at the Bridge, the fractious atmosphere that was created by Mourinho and owner Roman Abramovich before, makes this hard to see, really leaving Man City as the best option in the Premier League. But of course, Benitez is only in temporary charge at the Bridge.

Across the Channel, the Paris St Germain movement is gaining pace and with Carlo Ancelotti yet to secure anything with them, Mourinho would be a good fit there, with the French club trading at 10/1 to be Mourinho’s next club. Rumours will persist all season about The Special One, but where will he end up?

Jose Mourinho Next Job Betting Odds at online bookmaker Stan James
Man City 6/4, Chelsea 5/2, Man United 7/2, Arsenal 8/1, Paris St Germain 10/1, Any National Team 16/1, AC Milan 20/1, Bayern Munich 20/1, Inter 20/1, Juventus 20/1, Liverpool 20/1, Porto 20/1, Spurs 20/1, Barcelona 20/1

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22nd December 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Champions League Betting

Manchester City didn’t get the rub of the green when the draw for last season’s Champions League group stages was made and the fates haven’t been kind to Roberto Mancini’s Premier League champions this year either. Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and Ajax await and City open their campaign against Real Madrid at the Bernebeu. Jose Mourinho‘s team pipped Barcelona to the Primera Liga last season but have made a disastrous start to their new campaign and their defence of the league crown may already be over before it’s begun with Barca already clear at the top. You could argue that Ronaldo, Modric and company can now focus almost solely on the Champions League, which is Mourinho’s Holy Grail at Real, and that’s bad news for City who showed themselves to be vulnerable on the road in Europe last season and have hardly been firing on all cylinders, domestically, so far. A couple of early setbacks and  they may struggle to make up lost ground in Group D.

Neighbours United failed to take opponents seriously last year and crashed out at the group stages. They’ll have no excuses for failing to make the knockout stages this year having been drawn out with Braga, Galatasaray and CFR Cluj but Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t like to show his hand too early in the competition and expect a few unexpected names on the team-sheet if they get qualification wrapped up early. For that reason, it could be worth having a speculative bet on Braga to win Group H at the 8/1 available with bwin, BetVictor and William Hill. The Portuguese side needed penalties to edge out Udinese in the qualifying round but are very strong at home and should qualify for the latter stages if they can pick up a few points on their travels. Historically, United don’t place that much importance on topping their group.

Another of Europe’s traditional power houses, last year’s losing finalists Bayern Munich, also face serious competition in their section from Valencia with Mauricio Pellegrino‘s side a general 3/1 to top Group F and Braga’s compatriots Porto will also have their supporters in Group A against favourites Paris St Germain. The French club have been splashing the cash all summer long and investors will be anxious to see an early return on their investment but there remain doubts about the overall strength of Ligue 1 in comparison to Spain, England, Germany and Italy and Porto’s recent European pedigree and squad strength looks at least the equal of PSG so there is no way the Portuguese champions, winners of the Champions League in 2004, should be rated as 15/8 chances by Boylesports, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill, though they will have to unearth a goalscorer to replace Brazilian Hulk.

17th September 2012 / paul - Category: Champions League Betting


There has been a lot of activity happening in the Next Permanent Liverpool manager betting market, after Kenny Dalglish saw the FA Cup slip away from him on the weekend. Liverpool lost 2-1 against Chelsea at Wembley, so Dalglish was unable to add any gloss to a disappointing season. They earned themselves the Carling Cup thanks to a penalty shoot out against Championship side Cardiff, but struggling to make a top seven finish in the Premier League, winning just one home game of the eight played in league since the turn of the year, hasn’t won Dalglish many fans over. Liverpool have been lightweight up front and un-creative in the middle of the park and don’t look as if they have the squad quality to take a step forward.

So they may need investment in the summer, will Dalglish be the one to spend the money? Will the owners stick with him for another season? The last big batch of big money signings haven’t worked. Will they trust him to spend more? The thing about Dalglish is that he of course has such a huge identity at Anfield, he is a firm fixture of Liverpool’s great history and therefore it may not prove to be a great publicity move if they get rid of him. But surely he isn’t untouchable? But out of interest, if the Liverpool board decide that they need a change at the top to drive forward, who are the leading candidates in the Next Permanent Liverpool manager betting?

Well, former boss Rafa Benitez is the man who has attracted all the attention. There were firm rumours about the Spaniard heading back to the Premier League with Chelsea after Andre Villas-Boas got the sack from Stamford Bridge. However, their rumours seem to have died down a bit, and some Liverpool fans have been calling for a return of Rafa. It would probably be a move that smoothed the transition if Dalglish goes. But there are other big names in contention as well, with Jose Mourinho, who just won the La Liga title with Real Madrid and short-lived Chelsea boss Andre-Villa Boas himself. Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers could be a major target for the Reds too, as he would bring the style and wonderful passing game with a purpose, that Liverpool are missing. But Rodgers has been hotly linked with Spurs.

Would Martin O’Neill be ready to step up to a bigger club after making a steady return to management with Sunderland this season? Would Pep Guardiola be tempted out of his decision to step away from the game at the end of Barcelona’s season? Weighing up the options, it all seems a little bit unlikely, but the odds have been trimmed so much on a return for Rafa Benitez as next Liverpool manager, it has hard to ignore the market momentum. He is the best fit for the club, a tactical thinker who did take Liverpool to European glory.

Next Permanent Liverpool Manager Betting Odds at SkyBet
Rafa Benitez 94/, Jose Mourinho 10/1, Andre Villas-Boas 12/1, Brendan Rodgers 9/1, Martin O’Neill 10/1, Pep Guardiola 12/1

7th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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