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Can Wales take a huge step towards Euro 2016 with a win in Cyprus on Thursday night? The Welsh, after taking a draw and a win over group favourites Belgium are in the driving seat in Group B and just now need to continue on their way to the finish line. They face a Cyprus side who are well out of form at home having won just one of their last nine and so another good three points should be heading the way of Chris Coleman’s Dragons.

Belgium will try to keep up the pressure on Wales as they host Bosnia and Herzegovina in a big match for them at home. The Red Devils need to produce and step things up to not only try and top the group but to keep Israel, Cyprus and Bosnia all off their backs in a tight race for the top two places.

Holland are the biggest name so far who are in danger of missing out on the Euro 2016 finals. With four games to go in Group A, they are in third place and three points back of second-placed the Czech Republic. The Netherlands have a crack at group leaders Iceland next though at home and a win there would really pull the Oranje back into the automatic qualification picture.

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2nd September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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Wales v Cyprus Betting Preview

Big night for Wales on Thursday as they hit the road in search of a big three points that will see them take another giant step towards next summer’s finals. Chris Coleman’s troops really have to dig in and consolidate all the great work that they have done against group favourites Belgium already. A tricky away night, but with Wales in good form and running in high confidence there is a great chance of them of securing the win.

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Wales v Cyprus Betting Tips

It’s been a hugely positive campaign by the Welsh who are now ranked ninth in the world. They travel to Cyprus on Thursday night with the high hopes of picking up another valuable three points and they do have the head to head lead over the Cypriots. There have only been the six previous meetings between the two clubs and it is Wales who hold a 4-2 lead. They have met three times before in European Championship qualifiers and the Welsh hold a 2-1 lead there thanks to their home victory over Cyprus last October.

The Welsh banked that 2-1 win in the first meeting with Cyprus in Euro 2016 qualifiers, racing out to a 2-0 lead early on but had to play pretty much all of the second half with ten men. Even though they ended up taking just 40% possession in the game, Wales still managed far more shots on target than their opponents did. A hard-earned away draw and a home win over Belgium has really set Wales on the path to France 2016 and Gareth Bale netted the winner over the Red Devils. The Real Madrid man is 11/10 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for Wales v Cyprus betting.

Aaron Ramsey and Sam Vokes are 9/5 pokes behind him and Wales are in great form having posted four wins and two draws in their last six played. Not only that they haven’t conceded in any of their last three and have banked four clean sheets in their last six. Wales are even money to take a clean sheet from the game. Cyprus have lost four of their last seven, winning three. Two of those three wins were over Andorra though, which really doesn’t count. They were smashed 5-0 by Belgium in March, but have scored in six of their last seven games played and took a qualifier win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both teams to score can be backed at a price of 6/5.

Wales v Cyprus Betting Odds

Wales 7/10, Draw 5/2, Cyprus 4/1

Wales v Cyprus Predictions

Cyprus may make it tricky for Wales because they have scored at an average of two per game during qualifying. However, Wales look pretty strong and resilient enough to get through this without suffering a defeat and it’s just worth pushing the boat out on them to find a winner which would be absolutely huge for them.

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31st August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Sports Betting

Ireland banked an international win over Wales on the weekend, as part of their Rugby World Cup 2015 preparations. Joe Schmidt’s men are a 7/1 quote at Ladbrokes to walk away with the title despite never having made it to the semi-final of a World Cup. But they head into the tournament as reigning Six Nations Champions and their 35-21 win over Wales in Cardiff on the weekend, will have given them confidence ahead of their World Cup campaign.

It could be the basics which are at the root of the Irish game which gives them a good run at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They are very good at doing the basics right (most of the time) and while there were a lot of fringe players on show in Cardiff, they actually looked to be boasting some great strength in depth, looking far more composed and together than what Wales, semi-finalists four years ago, were in the match.

Ireland compete in Group D of the Rugby World Cup 2015 against France, Italy, Canada and Romania. The top two teams from each group go through to the knockout stages of the competition, so there is little danger of Ireland missing out on the latter stages of the competition. While the French are in there, of all the Six Nations sides heading to the World Cup, the Irish have the easiest group to compete in. ireland are 8/13 to top Pool D at the World Cup, with France at 8/5.

Should Ireland (who have climbed to the second in the rugby world rankings) top their group, they will face the runner-up of Pool C which will most likely be Argentina. The Irish won’t want to slip up in their quest to top their Pool, because the runner-up from Pool D will have to meet New Zealand (Pool C winners) in the quarter-finals. The All Blacks, despite losing the Rugby Championship on the weekend to Australia, are trading as 6/4 favourites to walk away with the World Cup.

Host nation England are in as 9/2 second favourites, with South Africa at 6/1. The Springboks are on a three-match losing streak over the summer, recently being toppled by Argentina in the final round of the Rugby Championship. New Zealand’s 27-19 defeat against Australia raised a few eyebrows and proved that the All Blacks can indeed be beaten, the Wallabies are 7/1 at Ladbrokes alongside Ireland to lift the title.

Australia and England will square off in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup 2015, with Wales also going in the group. The Welsh are 14/1 quotes to win the tournament outright, with Scotland at 200/1 as they compete with South Africa and Samoa in Pool B

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10th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

With a nod towards the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Wales v Ireland rugby betting is a feature of Saturday’s sporting action. This is only an international friendly and both camps will be looking at their squads ahead of starting to make cuts for their respective final World Cup squads. Still, a welcome return to some big international rugby betting and when the two met at the Millennium Stadium in their 2015 Six Nations, it was Wales who came out firmly on top in a 23-16 victory.

The two nations have clashed 121 times before in their history and Wales are on top in the head to head with 66 wins to the 49 posted by the Irish. Of the last six comings-togethers, Wales have won four of them, including that 2015 Six Nations clash. Wales have averaged 11.91 points per game against Ireland, while the Irish have averaged 11.01 points per game against the Welsh. So pretty tight, just a 0.9 average points difference.

In four of the last five meetings, the winning team has posted between 22 and 26 points in the match, so that should give you a decent indication of handicaps and totals for the Wales v Ireland rugby betting clash on Saturday.

This is all a pre-cursor, just a warm up ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup of course, where Six Nations champions Ireland are trading as 9/1 fourth favourites behind outright favourites New Zealand (5/4), hosts England (7/2) and South Africa (5/1). Wales, who made it to the third placed play-off game in the 2011 World Cup, are trading as 18/1 quotes to win the tournament which starts in September.

5th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Football Betting

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

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

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

Euro 2016 Betting

Thanks to Gareth Bale, marking his 50th cap with a goal, Wales took a huge win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. The 1-0 win wasn’t big on the scoreline, but in terms of importance for Wales in trying to reach France 2016 it was. The victory over the Red Devils saw Wales take command at the top of Euro 2016 qualification Group B, now holding a three-point lead over Belgium.

It was hero Bale who bagged his fifth goal of the qualifiers, who struck in the 25th minute of the game, and the Welsh had to dig in to protect that valuable goal against some intense pressure from the visiting Belgians, who were boasting big game players like Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke. The win for Wales puts them five points clear of third-placed Israel, and the home nation now look a sure shot to be in next summer’s finals.

Wales are 11/10 second favourites to win Group B behind the 10/11 quote on Belgium at online betting site Skybet. No-one else is going to get in the picture to win the group, and Wales are now 1/16 odds on to qualify for Euro 2016.

Wales have four qualification matches left now, two of them at home against Israel and Andorra while they hit the road for trips to Cyprus and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Friday night’s victory saw Wales extend their unbeaten Euro 2016 qualification record to W4 D2 L0.

Online bookmaker Bet Victor are offering a quote of 9/4 on all 4 home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) all to qualify for the finals and 33/1 that England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all make it.

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

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It is all eyes on Cardiff on Friday night to see if Wales can take a massive step towards appearing at the Euro 2016 finals next summer. They are well on course as they head into this game level on points with group leaders Belgium in Group B of Euro 2016 qualification. So a big three points at home would put the Welsh in the driving seat to back themselves an automatic qualification spot.

They go up against a powerful Belgium side of course, but Wales put in a gusty performance out in Belgium to earn a 0-0 draw. More of the same, or even better, would be nice. Gareth Bale makes his 50th appearance for his country and if he scores first in the game then you would be getting lost stake refunds back, as long as you picked him as your insurance trigger with Betfair.

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12th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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