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EFL Championship Odds and Preview – Football Betting

Championship Betting

It was underlined at this time last year in a Championship title preview how much money talks in England’s second tier nowadays. The tip, Middlesbrough, eventually found Burnley too good but the Lancashire side were able to utilise the Premier League parachute payment to good effect and play-off winners Hull City had the same advantage.

Clubs not able to claim an inflated share of the TV money really are at a massive disadvantage in the EFL Championship unless they have a mega-rich benefactor who doesn’t mind gambling part of his fortune on a bid for the top flight. NEWCASTLE UNITED have both and they are strong favourites to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking as champions.

They did it in 2010 and sportingbet‘s 19/10 to win the Championship title will look very big if Rafa Benitez’ men get off to a flyer.

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The Magpies have done very well to persuade Benitez to stay in charge. The Spaniard has managed at the highest level and should really find the Championship a breeze. United are really a Premier League side masquerading as a Championshipclub with their squad. Internationals Grant Hanley and Ciaran Clark should help shore up their defence and Tim Krul should be fit again soon. Mohamad Diame, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle were other expensive summer signings and the race is probably on to finish second.

Brentford are hard to beat at Griffin Park and could be worth a bet at the 11/1 with bet365 for promotion. You can get 9/2 with the same firm for Dean Smith’s Bees to finish in the top six. There are no real stars among the Brentford ranks but they have a togetherness fused by having a settled squad who know each other’s game. Last season’s play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday should be in the mix if starting a bit quicker than last year and are a general 5/1 for promotion. Brighton were just pipped to an automatic promotion place last year and were also unlucky in the play-offs so should also be buzzing around the promotion places and are a general 7/2 to gain elevation this time.

If Newcastle look good things for the Championship title, the same can be said regarding BURTON ALVION and relegation. Back-to-back promotions may have left the tiny Brewers ill-prepared for a season in with clubs who have recent Premier League history. Their home support will probably be outnumbered by visiting fans on most occasions and it’s hardtop see Nigel Clough’s men scoring enough goals to make a fight of it. Get on the 11/10 with Skybet for an immediate return to the lower leagues.

EFL Championship Title Latest Odds

Newcastle (19/10), Norwich (10/1), Aston Villa (12/1), Derby (13/1), Brighton and Wolves (16/1), Sheffield Wednesday (17/1), Brentford and Cardiff (33/1), Leeds, QPR, Fulham, Reading and Ipswich (40/1), Huddersfield and Wigan (45/1), Nottingham Forest and Bristol City (50/1), Birmingham (66/1), Blackburn, Barnsley and Preston (100/1), Rotherham (200/1), Burton (250/1)

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EFL League Two Odds and Preview – Football Betting

Football Betting

There is no doubt that Portsmouth manager Paul Cook will have had the biggest transfer budget in League Two this summer.

Pompey (9/2 with bet365) were favourites for the title last season but inconsistency, especially at Fratton Park, cost them dear and meant they had to settle for a place in the play-offs. Expectations are high again this year and their squad has several players who are probably better than League Two standard. Summer signing Curtis Main is one as his goals more or less kept Oldham in League One in the spring. Main was not wanted at parent club Doncaster and will be looking to prove a point when his new side face newly-relegated Rovers this season.

Bet365 also have the best odds on Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster (9/1) but the South Yorkshire team, who have also been busy in the transfer market and quality in their ranks, received a huge blow this week when Northern Ireland international Luke McCullough was ruled out for the entire campaign. Fergie junior’s managerial record since leaving Peterborough is a real worry considering his team’s odds and the same could be said about Andy Hessenthaler at Leyton Orient.

Another club with a big budget, the O’s should cause teams problems in the basement division with forwards like Jordan Bowery, Jay Simpson, Harry Cornick and Armand Gnanduillet but are priced accordingly for the League Two title (11/1 is the biggest) and Hessenthaler’s teams are often vulnerable at the back.

NOTTS COUNTY are a general 25/1 but pulled off a real coup in persuading John Sheridan to leave Oldham and take over the reins at Meadow Lane.

Sheridan took the Latics’ top scorer, Jonathan Forte, with him and has also inherited the free-scoring Izale McLeod as well as former Premier League strikers Jon Stead and Alan Smith. County are simply too big when you consider that Blackpool, a club in turmoil and freefall, are only 20/1 to win the title. Plymouth Argyle, last season’s play-off final losers, are 16/1 with Skybet who have newly-promoted Cheltenham and Grimsby at 25/1 in the market.

For probably the first time since regaining their league status, ACCRINGTON STANLEY aren’t favourites for relegation.

They reached the play-offs last season and would have achieved automatic promotion had they not slipped up on the final day. However, the heart has been ripped out of their squad over the summer and club legend John Coleman has almost had to start again. He was still trying to bring players in on the eve of the campaign and now may be the time to back Stanley for the drop at a massive 12/1 (Skybet).

EFL League Two Title Best Odds

Portsmouth (9/2), Doncaster (9/1), Luton (10/1), Leyton Orient (11/1), Plymouth (16/1), Carlisle and Cambridge (18/1), Blackpool (20/1), Colchester (22/1), Notts County, Cheltenham, Grimsby and Wycombe (25/1), Accrington, Crewe and Mansfield (33/1), Exeter (40/1), Barnet, Hartlepool, Stevenage and Yeovil (33/1), Crawley (80/1), Newport (100/1), Morecambe (150/1)

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Euro 2016 Update – Football Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

It may still be 10 weeks until the start of Euro 2016 but national coaches have to confirm their 23-man squads by the end of May and the last few days has seen the participants having their final warm-up matches before decisions are made regarding personnel.

Northern Ireland stretched their unbeaten run to 10 matches with a narrow victory over Slovenia just days after coming with 90 seconds of beating Wales in Cardiff. Manager Michael O’Neill expects his players’ unity will ensure they are far from disgraced in France this summer in what looks a very competitive group. But Northern Ireland are 33/1 with Coral to win Group C and a best 15/4 to qualify for the knockout stages.

Germany are only a best 2/5 to top a section that also includes Poland, whom they also met in qualifying, and the Ukraine. The world champions scored four times against Italy on Tuesday but threw away a two-goal lead against England in Berlin at the weekend. They remain 7/2 joint favourites with France to win Euro 2016 with the hosts beating Russia in their latest friendly and scoring four times in the process.

Russia are one of England’s opponents in Group B and second favourites for the section behind Roy Hodgson’s men at a general 7/2. Paddy Power still have England at 10/11 to win Group B, despite that impressive Berlin success which has seen their odds tumble to win Euro 2016 to a best  9/1.

A subsequent defeat for the second string at Wembley by an equally understrength Netherlands wasn’t ideal but was more than partly down to some eccentric decision-making by the Spanish officials. Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling should be fit again by the time critical preparations begin, though England will be will be without number two goalkeeper Jack Butland.

What we learned from Wales’ draw with Northern Ireland and a subsequent defeat in Ukraine is, without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, they will struggle to compete in France. The fitness of the Real Madrid forward and the Arsenal midfielder will be paramount if they are to get beyond the group stages but Chris Coleman will have to accept that opponents will target the pair. Wales are a best 11/2 with Coral to win Group B but only a best 19/20 to qualify for the last 16 – they are a general 80/1 to win Euro 2016.

The Republic Of Ireland are a best 150/1 to win the competition and 12/1 to top Group E ahead of Belgium, Italy and Sweden but the injury problems are mounting up for Martin O’Neill, who had only one fit striker when they drew 2-2 with Slovakia on Tuesday.

Euro 2016 Latest Best Odds

France and Germany (7/2), Spain (11/2), England (9/1), Belgium (12/1). Italy (18/1), Portugal (25/1), Croatia (33/1), Austria (40/1), Poland and Switzerland (66/1), Russia and Wales (80/1), Sweden and Turkey (100/1), Czech Republic and Ukraine (125/1), Iceland, Republic Of Ireland and Slovakia (150/1), Romania (250/1), Hungary (400/1), Albania and Northern Ireland (500/1)

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Keys to Half Time/Full Time 1/X betting

Betting Advice

The Lucky 15 is a type of full cover bet, which has singles included in it. It is a very popular wager because it only requires punters to pick out four selections and it is something that you will hear many horse racing punters trying to chase town. Included in the Lucky 15 will be 15 separate bets. Along with the four singles, included are 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a big four-fold accumulator. What makes the Lucky 15 such a popular form of betting is that you would only need just one of the four selections to win in order to get some kind of return (because of the included singles). A lot of bookmakers will even pay out at double odds if just one winner is landed in a Lucky 15, which is where the term “lucky” comes from.

But a Lucky 15 can just as easily be utilised in football betting as it can be on the horses. The natural, straight forward option here would be just to have a look at a weekend coupon for example and pick out four winnings selections (which offer some value of course). You don’t have to go too big, or stray too far from odds on favourites for a Lucky 15. Landing four correct selection at odds of 1/2 on each would return over £25 worth of profit for you if they all came up, which is largely down to the accumulator odds included in the bet.

Of course, remember that you are placing 15 separate bets in a Lucky 15 and you have to pay for all of them. Asking for £1 stake on a Lucky 15 will mean that you have to stump up a total of a £15 stake.

Here we are going to look at the Half Time/Full Time 1/X option to build a Lucky 15 with. The Half Time/Full Time market of course, is a lot richer for punters than just backing an outright selection. If Chelsea were at home to say a relegation threatened Norwich, the outright market could be around 1/5 on the Blues to bag the win, while in a Chelsea/Chelsea Half Time/Full Time bet, you could get the home side at around 4/6 to be winning at half time and at full time.

But the bigger value in Half Time/Full Time bets is seeing a team throw away a lead at half time to end up drawing (Half Time/Full Time 1/X). It is tougher to call of course, but that will be reflected in bigger odds.

So what kind of games would you be looking for in this scenario? You certainly wouldn’t look at a Chelsea/Draw option, because the game would be looking far too lopsided. Instead you are going to want to look at games where the teams are relatively evenly matched. This could generally focus on teams who don’t score a lot and don’t give much away at the back either. The chance of a draw is far more likely to happen than in a lop-sided scenario.

An example here is that a Chelsea/Draw Half Time/Full Time against Norwich being priced up at 22/1, while a Hull/Draw scenario against Aston Villa returns around 14/1. The latter, even though at the shorter odds, naturally makes the better value because there is a higher chance of a draw. Don’t chase the outrageous odds for a Lucky 15, track the sensible ones instead.

There is a general rule of thumb in soccer stats, and that is around 1/3 of the games for an entire season, will end in a draw. That is not a high return, because look at it the other way, two third of games don’t end in a draw, so in trying to back a draw you are immediately going against the odds. At the time of writing, the Premier League had only returned draws in 20% of all games (357 in total). So this season has been decidedly short of draws, with the 2012/13 season resulting in 28% of its matches being drawn.

The natural starting point would be to look for the teams who do draw more games than others. This season’s highest tallies have come from West Brom, Stoke and Southampton. There are two elements to the Half Time/Full Time bet of course and so you will want to be looking at teams who have a higher percentage of winning games at half time. Most of the time this will be the top clubs, but look outside of the likes of Liverpool and Man City and you will find gems like Southampton who have been winning a third of their games at half time. It is mid table teams like that which you want to look at.

The biggest stat though you want to consider, is the number of games an away team has been winning at half time. Why? Because you will get a lower percentage of away wins in a season than you will home wins. So if an away team gets an early advantage on the board at half time, it is plausible to expect the home side to come back into it. Think of it the other way around, if you look at strong side winning at half time on home turf, then the likelihood that they will let a lead slip and fall to a draw is far less.

So that is where you look to try and pick out the best teams for your Half Time/Full Time 1/X betting. Look for teams who have drawn a high percentage of games already in the season, those generally around the mid table area, and then look for them on the road in non-lopsided games. If someone like Southampton is on the road at Old Trafford, then there is less of a likelihood of them getting ahead in the first place than if they are playing at somewhere like Villa Park, against a team who are a way below them in the league.

The alternative route to this, would be too look at the stronger teams on the road against mid table position. This are also games which tend to offer a bigger chance of a draw happening. Another key stat to consider would be to look at sides who have a high percentage of their goals being equalising ones. It suggests a team with a good battling quality, where heads don’t drop after falling behind in a game. Looking at Southampton this season, 48% of their goals have been equalising ones. The reverse of that, marry it up with sides who have conceded the highest percentage of equalising goals. There are plenty of teams around this season like Stoke, Swansea, West Ham and West Brom, who have conceded over 40% of their goals as equalising ones.

Keys to Half Time/Full Time 1/X bets
Mid-table teams playing away at teams who are below them
Stronger teams playing against mid-table teams
Teams who have been winning a fair share of games at half time
Teams with over 40% of their goals for the season being equalising ones

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USA v Panama Gold Cup Final Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Juergen Klinsmann (USA)

USA v Panama Betting Preview 
The conclusion of the CONCACAF tournament will be played on Sunday, July 28th and the expected showdown between rivals USA and Mexico did not pan out. That was because the Mexicans were upset in their semi final against Panama and the Americans, as host nation of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, go off as strong favourites.

USA v Panama Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes 
USA 1/2, Draw 3/1, Panama 11/2

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It has been a bit of a strange tournament for the Americans. It’s hard to say that they have played really, really well and outclassed everyone else, but they have just been quality in front of goal. They have really capitalized well on defensive errors by other sides in particular. But the Americans can be gotten at, especially through the midfield, but they are favourites here for the final.  The USA have only kept one clean sheet in their five matches en route to the final of the Golf Cup, but they have punished opposition. In the quarter finals against El Salvador, once the opposition had gone down to ten men, the USA just ran riot.

In their semi final against Honduras, there was some massive gaps at the back in the Honduran defence early on, and the pace and power of the USA saw them make the most of things and take what was a much more comfortable win than was expected. But the fact that they have scored so much along the way, with Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson looking particularly sharp, it will be an upset if they don’t get the job done in the final. As for Panama, they have been quietly impressive in their Gold Cup endeavours this time. They had already topped their group over Mexico in the first stage, beating the Mexicans 2-1. It was the same scoreline by which Panama progressed over Mexico in the semi final when they met again.

Panama have kept two clean sheets through the tournament so they should put up some resistance, however their record against the USA isn’t great. In twelve previous matches between the two nations, there has only been one win for Panama against nine from the USA. They have already met this year as well, as they faced each other in the CONCACAF 2013 World Cup qualification zone. That was a comfortable 2-0 win for the USA in Seattle on that occasion and Panama’s only win came back in 2011 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage. They met again in the semi finals and the USA won 1-0.

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2013/14 Conference Premier Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Football Betting

2013/14 Conference betting gets under way on August 10th, 2013 with two days worth of top betting action to enjoy. The race to get back into the football league tier begins again for many of the sides, but those who took the drop down from League Two last season will probably be the most desperate to enjoy the sweet taste of promotion. In a tough league, with just one automatic promotion spot up for grabs, gaining the promotion isn’t easy. Four sides go into the Conference Play Offs to try and make the step up in level as well.

2013/14 Conference Premier Outright Winner Odds at Skybet 
Luton 4/1, Forest Green 4/1, Kidderminster 7/1, Wrexham 9/1, Grimsby 9/1, Barnet 10/1Cambridge 11/, Chester 14/1

So who is leading the way when it comes to 2013/14 Conference Outright Winner Betting? Well, two teams have been at the head of the pack ever since the new market was opened for this one. They are Luton Town and Forest Green Rovers. Luton went well last season, even though they just missed out on the play offs. They proved themselves to be a pretty solid all round team and they have taken a lot of backing throughout the off season to muscle their way into the promotion spot.

So too has Forest Green Rovers, who collapsed at the end of last season. They stumbled over the finish line taking five defeats in a row, leaving the Gloucestershire side down in 10th. They are actually the longest serving side in the Conference, so surely their luck has to change sooner or later and that is perhaps why people are drawn to them. They really should have been in the play off picture last season, but then they only managed two wins in their last fourteen matches in the season and just fell, inexplicably, away. So their season will be based on resilience to a large degree.

2013/14 Conference Premier Promotion Betting Odds at SkyBet
Forest Green 2/1, Luton 2/1, Kidderminster 4/1, Wrexham 9/2, Grimsby 9/2, Cambridge 9/2, Chester 9/2, Barnet 7/1, Hereford 12/1

You will naturally have to have a look at the options on the three teams who made the play offs last year without getting promoted. That was Kidderminster, Wrexham and Grimsby. They have all been showing up in the outright winner market, but could be better value in the Promotion market. Kidderminster just missed out on automatic promotion by a couple of points at the end of last season, producing some hot form, but just not enough at the end of the day to overhaul Mansfield’s supremacy. Grimsby’s defence last season was superb and Wrexham have the bitterness of losing the play off final to Welsh rivals Newport to inspire them.

It’s always worth looking at the teams who did take the drop down a level being in the promotion race as well. That was Aldershot and Barnet. The Bees, with former Dutch international Edgar Davids in their midst, almost managed to survive in League Two last season, but took the drop on the final day of the season. The Bees may have the confidence to build a better season with Davids in charge alone at the club, who are pretty forward thinking and confident of getting where they want to go.

What about Conference relegation betting? This is a tough pill to swallow for anyone who suffers it, because playing football league action looks a very long way off them. There are four devastating relegation spots open in the Conference and Aldershot, Hyde, Alfeton, Southport, Nuneaton and Tamworth are all the short price teams around 5/4 to take a drop out of the Conference.

Conference Premier Bottom Four Finish Betting Odds at Skybet 
Aldershot 1/3, Hyde United 13/8, Alfreton 13/8, Southport 13/8, Nuneaton 4/2, Tamworth 3/1

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2013/14 League One Betting Previews, Odds and Tips

Bakary Sako (Wolves)

2013/14 League One betting kicks off on Friday, August 2nd, with a match between Sheffield United and Notts County, before the bulk of the new season action gets underway on the Saturday. So the big battle to try and get up to the nPower Championship and for some, to avoid costly relegation will all begin in earnest again and here we take a look at some of the League One betting tips and prices ahead of next season’s action.

2013/14 League One Outright Winner Odds at Bet365 

After taking a brutal nose dive from the Championship last season, Wolves have been pencilled in as favourites to win League One this term. The Midlands club struggled so baldy last season in just putting together any consistency and they just couldn’t dig deep enough when it mattered most to them. To close out the season they lost five of their last six matches, dooming them to relegation. Kenny Jackett is now the fifth manager in the last eighteen months to have a crack at getting Wolves back in the big time. There is naturally going to be some pressure on Wolves to deliver. They are a club of high status and they have a pretty big wage bill as well. They have looked strong enough in the League One betting market to suggest that they have the tools in place to get back up. But are they going to be able to take the title? There is a pretty optimistic sense that they will be at least on the front runners. Heading into the new season as strong favourites really has to count for something, and they look as if they should be value on backing them for promotion one way or another.

Peterborough should be back in the mix as well, like Wolves having come down from the Championship. There is a gulf in class between the two divisions and Peterborough need to immediately capitalise on that. They, like Wolves should have a little extra in the tank and in the depth of their squad and resources to make a big impact this time. The defensive areas were the big weak point of Peterborough’s season last term and they will need to step up in the at department. Again, like Wolves, they should be up there pushing for promotion. Sheffield United too will take some backing as well after making it into the League One play offs last season. The Blades finished fifth in the league last term if they can just find a better balance. While they were fantastic defensively, they need to push on with trying to find some extra goalscoring power, as they were one of the lowest scoring sides in the division. Brentford, losers of the League One Play Off Final should be back around the promotion hunt as well, after blowing their lines dramatically on the final day of the season, missing out on automatic promotion.

Wolves 4/1, Peterborough 9/1, Sheffield United 10/1, Brentford 11/1, Bristol City 11/1, MK Dons 14/1, Preston 16/1 

2013/14 League One Promotion Odds at Bet365 

The familiar names from above are all naturally going to be in the mix for this one. Naturally two of the favourites to win the league outright, Wolves and Peterborough are high up the list here. They are heading up things at short positive value as well, so are probably worth backing to just get promotion. There are two automatic promotion spots and a promotion spot through the play off final to look for here. One name not mentioned above, Bristol City, who were hopelessly adrift in the Championship last season have been trading fairly well to make a return. But there has been some big hesitations over them after a big confidence-denting season. But they are priced around the same mark as the likes of Sheffield United, Brentford and the MK Dons to be in the higher tier next term.

Wolves 5/4, Peterborough 11/4, Bristol City 3/1, Sheffield United 3/1, MK Dons 7/2, Preston 4/1, Rotherham 6/1 

2013/14 League One Relegation Odds at Bet365

There are some pretty clear signs as to who the bookmakers think are going to be struggling badly in next season’s League One. This is naturally a blend between the newly promoted clubs to the division, and those who just barely escaped the drop last term. Sitting firmly in the latter category are Colchester and Oldham, who were only three points clear of the drop zone at the end of last season, while Stevenage were a little more comfortable at six points clear. We are talking about four places in the relegation scrap here, and to their credit, Rotherham, Port Vale and Gillingham, who go promoted to League One last season along with Bradford (who came through the play offs), are trading at relatively long odds in this market. There is naturally a bit of an adjustment needed when stepping up a level, but based on some of the strugglers in the League One from last season, the newly promoted teams may get a good shot survival.

Shrewsbury 13/8, Colchester 13/8, Oldham9/3, Carlisle 9/4, Stevenage 9/4, Port Vale 10/3, Crewe 7/2, Tranmere 7/2 

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UEFA 2012/13 Best Player in Europe Award Betting

Bet Victor

A relatively new award it is, but the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award betting presents itself as an interesting market. This will be just the third edition of the UEFA away, and so far it has been ruled by Barcelona. Lionel Messi won the inaugural title back in the 2010/11 season, while his Catalan team mate Andres Iniesta beat him to the punch for the 2011/12 season. The voting for the award is done solely by journalists (which was what the Ballon d’Or used to be). There voting goes through rounds, whittling down the initial 26 players to the eventual winner, who will be announced on August 26th.

Who will it be? 

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Winner Betting at Bet Victor
Lionel Messi 11/10, Cristiano Ronaldo 6/1, Arjen Robben 8/1, Bastian Schweinsteiger 8/1, Gareth Bale 8/1, Robert Lewandowski 14/1, Robin van Persie 20/1, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 20/1, Franck Ribery 25/1

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In mid July, UEFA announced the ten man shortlist who had made it through the initial round of voting. Two Premier League players have made the top ten, namely Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United’s Robin van Persie. No Englishmen made the initial list. What are their chances of winning though?

Gareth Bale was in stunning form last season for Tottenham, netting 21 goals from 33 Premier League appearances and he gained huge recognition. His efforts won him the Barclays Player of the Season, The Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year and topped it off with a win of the PFA Player of the Year title as well. Hard to argue with him being in contention for the 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award betting. 

Robin van Persie also set the Premier League alight last season following his move from Arsenal to Old Trafford. The Dutchman secured the Premier League’s Golden Boot with a 26 goal haul in his first season in a Red Devils shirt, firing United to the League title. Out of the two Premier League players in the hunt for the title, Bale is the stronger option. But even the Welsh wonder is back at odds of 8/1 with online betting site Bet Victor, with Robin van Persie way back as a big outsider at 20/1.

There’s not too much surprise that four Bayern Munich representatives have made it into the top ten. The Bundelsiga and Champions League winners have Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery in contention. Robben and Schweinsteiger are at 8/1 alongside Bale, with Muller in at 6/1. Ribery is well back as rank outsider at 25/1.

Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski is at 14/1 and that leaves just two spots in the running for the UEFA Best Player In Europe 2012/13 betting. It is two spots filled with the most predictable names too, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the head and shoulders favourite at odds of 11/10 with Bet Victor to take the title, ahead of Ronaldo who himself is well back at 6/1.

With Messi helping Barcelona regain the La Liga title, thanks to 46 goals scored in just 38 league matches, his tally eclipses that netted by Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid, a paltry 34. So, this market is pretty much just mimicking what is happening in the 2013 Ballon d’Or betting, with Messi taking favouritism over Ronaldo there (albeit by a much smaller margin). Messi’s efforts over last season will probably see him walk away with this one comfortably.

The award will be handed over on August 29th, when the Champions League Group Stage draw is made in Monaco.

2012/13 UEFA Best Player In Europe Shortlist 

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

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England Women v France Women Football Betting Odds and Preview

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Can England Women do something which they have never done under coach Hope Powell and beat France in their final group match of Euro 2013? The English women, a squad torn apart by injuries, are in a bit of a hole, really needing to beat France Women on Thursday in their Group C match if they are to progress through to the quarter finals. That’s a pretty tough ask, as Powell has never guided the national side to a victory over France during her fifteen years in charge.

With the Women’s Euro 2013 tournament being split into three groups, the top two sides from each go through, along with the two best runners up. So England will have to see what happens in Group A and Group B ahead of their match with France to see what they have to do. It isn’t a great situation for them though, after losing their opening match to a late Spain goal, and then needing a late goal themselves to take a point off Russia.

England women, going up against Russia, who are the lowest ranked side in the tournament, were expected to pull out a win, but it needed a late rescuing goal from Toni Duggan to just get a point. So there is disappointment in the England camp, and Hope Powell’s troops have been lagging with some pretty directionless, lackluster periods so far. On the plus side, that hasn’t stopped them creating a lot of chances so far.

If they can just find another gear, then they could yet be a threat, but England Women v France Women betting, sees the French go as favourite. France, as expected look one of the strongest sides in the tournament, powering their way to two opening wins. They have composure, they have flair and are living up to their billing as one of the favourites.

During Hope Powell’s time in charge, England Women have faced France Women five times in competitive action. In four World Cup qualifiers, there have been two draws and two French wins, and the French won their most recent meeting, a quarter final penalty shoot out at the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

England Women v France Women betting odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes 
France 3/5, Draw 13/5, England 5/1

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2013 Gold Cup Football Betting Odds and Preview

Juergen Klinsmann (USA)

Another summer football tournament is bringing plenty of football betting opportunities. This is the CONCACAF Gold Cup which will settle the issue of who is the champion of North American, Central America and the Caribbean. This is a bi-annual event and the current champions going into the 2013 edition is Mexico, who are also the most successful side in the history of the tournament having won it for the sixth time two years ago. The winner of the 2013 edition and the 2015 edition will play off to get their place in the next Confederations Cup.

This year’s edition is being hosted in the United States, with thirteen venues being used. The United States, Mexico and Canada come from the North American Zone, being joined by Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Martinique from the Caribbean Zone, and Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize and Panama from the Central American Zone.

The twelve competing nations are being split over three groups, with the top two from each and the best two runners up moving ahead to the quarter finals. There are some clear heavyweights in the field for this year’s edition, with the United States and Mexico leading the way. They both are going to carry a lot of weight in the competition, as they have the depth in squads and experience to really push forward to the title. Many will be leaning towards the United States, not only because they are in their own back yard, but because Mexico really failed to produce too much at the recent FIFA Confederations Cup.

El Tri lost against Italy and Brazil, and edged out Japan 2-1 in their three group matches at the Confederations Cup. Despite their talent, they don’t look to have a tremendous amount of potency up front. Are there many options behind the USA and Mexico for your 2013 Gold Cup betting? Not really, it will be a bit of a shock if one of them fails to win. Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica really make up the chasing pack, all being offered around 8/1 to win the tournament outright at online bookmaker Bet365.

Online betting site Bet365 are showing some live streams of the action from the 2013 Gold Cup. Registered and funded customers of the betting site can watch free live streams from the tournament in America, and this allows around 70 new markets to be opened with live in-play betting as well. The two big features of the Bet365 website really work well hand in hand. New customers registering an account with the online betting site Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus. The betting site will match the value of your initial deposit with a free bet.

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