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15th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Diego Costa is a man on a mission this season it would seem. The big Chelsea striker has been back to his brilliant self, prowling around, annoying defenders and sticking the ball in the back of the net. He has four goals in four league games under new boss Antonio Conte and he looks ready to terrorize a vulnerable Liverpool defence on Friday night at Stamford Bridge.
The Reds, who have been playing with a makeshift backline with James Milner in it, could come under some heavy pressure from Costa, who will get under their skin. Costa is running at a quote of 9/2 in the first goalscorer market. But will he be out shone by Liverpool’s powerful attack? The Reds bring with them Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as attacking threat and all let’s not forget Chelsea’s other threats of Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.
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18th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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So now we have the rare feature of Friday night football having arrived in the Premier League and we get entertained by Manchester United v Southampton this week to kick off the big weekend of Premier League football. This is a great looking match as well because the Saints have cared a W2 D1 record on their last three visits to Old Trafford.
But Manchester United are looking like a much more menacing side this term with big Zlatan Ibrahimovic already having made a huge impact at the club. So will Jose Mourinho be able to march his troops on in the right direction after an opening win at Bournemouth last weekend? Or will the Red Devils find themselves stumped by the Saints again?
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24th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Euro 2016 Betting
The draw for the round of sixteen at Euro 2016 is all set in stone now with the group stage of the tournament having been concluded. While there were some surprises and upsets in the group stage including four of the Group Winner favourites failing to deliver, all of the stronger nations in Euro 2016 betting are still in the mix. The line up for the Euro 2016 Last 16 Betting, Odds & Predictions though probably won’t have gone as planned and predicted for a lot of punters though, with Italy, England, Belgium and Spain all having failed to win their groups.
Switzerland v Poland – June 25th
This should be one of the easier games to call in the round of sixteen betting at the Euros. Switzerland bundled their way through Group A in second place behind France, without looking a threat to anyone, scoring just the two goals in their three games. They were lucky to beat ten man Albania and then played out draws with Romania and France. Poland finished level on points with Germany in Group C, coming home second only on goal difference. The Poles look more than solid enough, not having conceded a goal yet, to win this to nil. One of the easier options in Euro 2016 Last 16 Betting, Odds & Predictions.
Croatia v Portugal – June 25th
The threat of Cristiano Ronaldo is always there to potentially inspire Portugal to grind their way through a game. They played some good attacking football in the group stage, but it was against weak opposition, all of it, and they still only managed three draws. Croatia are slick, organised and will be full of confidence after having beaten Spain 2-1 in their final group stage match to pip top spot from the reigning Champions. Croatia have better quality in most department and should edge the victory in this one, the key for them, challenging Portugal down the flanks. Croatia to win.
Wales v Northern Ireland – June 25th
A fantastic home nation clash on the cards for the round of sixteen. Wales beat out England to to spot in the group and totally tore Russia apart in their final group stage match. That should set them up well for this clash. The Welsh are unbeaten in their last five games against the Irish and will be favoured to make their way through this. Northern Ireland have grit and posted a good win over the Ukraine in the group stage, but may not have enough going forward to beat out a Welsh defence which can be tough to break. Wales to win.
Hungary v Belgium – June 26th
One of the surprise match ups because no-one really gave Hungary much hope of getting out of their group. They did and they were unbeaten too in the process. They have been surprisingly offensive and were the joint top scorers along with Wales in the group stage. There’s great spirit there from them and in a tournament which looks wide open, they may be worth a flutter to edge this. Belgium are just failing to click often enough in games and they can look pretty limp at time and indecisive in the final third of the pitch. Hungary are just direct and get on with it. Draw at 90 minutes.
Germany v Slovakia – June 26th
Just before Euro 2016 started, Slovakia went to Germany and posted a 3-1 victory over Die Mannschaft. That was a shock result and now the two of them are paired back together at Euro 2016. Germany haven’t hit their top stride at all so far in the tournament, scoring just the three goals in their Group and they could easily have lost against Poland. They haven’t conceded though and the big worry about them was their defence going into the tournament. They are in tournament mode and even with their forwards misfiring a little, they should win this one. Germany to win.
Italy v Spain – June 27th
The mouthwatering clash of the Round of Sixteen which not many people will have seen coming. This has all come about because Spain lost a 1-0 lead in their final group stage match against Croatia, ending up losing 1-0. That has raised some questions about their defence, which wasn’t good on the day. Italy were gritty and professional through their group success against Sweden and Belgium, but with chances, lost their final game against Ireland. Spain’s possession game could take the sting out of Italy, who aren’t great in the final third and chances for them could be at a premium. Spain to edge a tight battle in what is a repeat of the Euro 2012 final of course. This is the highlight of Euro 2016 Last 16 Betting, Odds & Predictions.
France v Ireland – June 26th
The host nation weren’t in top gear at any point through the group stage and needed late goals to secure wins over both Romania and Albania before playing out a dull 0-0 draw with Switzerland. Arguably they have the best squad at the Finals and still have room to improve. Ireland were aggressive against Italy in their final group stage match when they had nothing to lose and had to win to get through. Will we see that same fire and enthusiasm come the knockout stage? France are likely to have more control with Ireland probably going a little more cagey. France to win as Ireland don’t have the attacking options Les Bleus do.
England v Iceland – June 27th
So to the Three Lions who tore up the script and ended up only finishing second in their group. Like all of the major teams, they haven’t been overly convincing at any point. What they do have is attacking options and if it clicks they should progress in this one. Iceland have been gusty and they are the underdog story of the entire show (taking some limelight away from Hungary). That’s twelve consecutive games that they have scored in now and while they are likely to be on the back foot for long periods, will take some breaking down. England struggled to break down a defensive minded Slovakia and this will be a test of their creativity again. England to win though.
With all of the home nations having managed to make their way through to the knockout stage of Euro 2016, there is some further good coverage then to enjoy at online betting site Stan James. They are offering the top price on each of the home nations to win any of their respective matches at Euro 2016, so you know that you are getting the best value around on England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales to win games. Register an account with Stan James and earn a free £20 bet as a welcome bonus.
23rd June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Euro 2016 Betting
The chase for the honour of the Euro 2016 Top Scorer title is well underway of course. Two men jointly lead the charge after the close of the Group Stage of the Euros, with Wales’ Gareth Bale and Spain’s Alvaro Morata having raced to the head of the pack with a three goal haul. That of course has led to a bit of a shake up in Euro 2016 Top Scorer Odds and so it is a good time to revisit the newly priced-up market.
Will it be Bale or Morata who go on to edge their way to the title or will one of the other big guns like French duo Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud or Germany’s Thomas Muller start firing their way to success. A lot of the big names really didn’t show up too well in the group stage, but for some there will be another four games to come at the Euro’s to try and catch and even overhaul Bale and Morata. Our Euro 2016 Top Scorer Odds & Preview takes a look at the main contenders still in the running.
Gareth Bale 5/1
Well, Wales needed him to turn up and have a big tournament for them and he has delivered. The Real Madrid man netted a goal in each of his three group stage matches. He hasn’t done a great deal during the tournament, with two of his goals coming through direct free kicks, but he has stuck the ball in the back of the net and that’s the most important thing at the end of the day, right? He gets to face off against Northern Ireland’s defence in the next round and will fancy his chances of winning the title with Wales having landed on their feet in the easier top half of the draw. Bale is 9/2 to lift the Golden Boot.
Alvaro Morata 9/2
Have Spain finally found their answer to a number nine? Young Morata has slotted in well, forming a good partnership up front with Nolito. He has been in the right place at the right time and delivered the goods for the Spaniards. Spain could always use a little more clinical directness when it comes to just putting the ball in the back of the net, but as a team you know that they will create chances in the game. Spain though have a tough round of sixteen game against Italy and then may have to go through France and England to get a shot at defending their title in the final. That’s a tough route, will his chances be more limited than that of Bale? He has looked good though.
Romelu Lukaku 6/1
The big Belgian will make an interesting proposition for punters. He is a class act but he has looked isolated and destined for most of the tournament. The problem for him is that Belgium as a team, really haven’t clicked in the final third where they have looked very indecisive about how to create chances. That will hamper Lukaku’s progress overall because they aren’t playing to his strength. Still, as his brace against Ireland showed, he has the finishing power when he does create chances. Will he get enough of them though? A tempting flutter at 6/1 in Euro 2016 Top Scorer Odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo 6/1
Much the same can be said about Ronaldo as about Lukaku. Ronaldo is Portugal, without him they aren’t going to get far. He was grumpy and disinterested in putting up a fight in draws against Austria and Iceland in the group, even missing from the penalty spot. But what has raised his stock was the brace that he scored in Portugal’s final group stage match against Hungary. He finished brilliantly for his two goals and if that has given him a shot of confidence, he will of course be a threat. His chances will all depend on whether or not they get past Croatia in a massively difficult round of sixteen match. With three draws from three games in the easy Group F, Portugal may not have the legs to go too far.
Dimitri Payet 12/1
The Frenchman has been one of the stars of the show so far. A couple of late goals for the French has put him in the hunt for the GOlden Boot. Everything he does is with great talent and passion and he gets the rewards that he puts into the game. Obviously he’s not going to get as many chances as some of the forwards on this list, but if France are going to get through their tough half of the draw, then they may need some more magic from the West Ham man.
Ivan Perisic 14/1
If there is one star of the tournament so far who would be capable of stealing the Golden Boot title from the bigger-named stars, then it will be Croatia’s Ivan Perisic. Is there a better, more powerful runner in the competition than him? He is a workhorse, direct and has the patience on the ball and a touch of finishing class. Croatia have a very favourable draw in the competition and Perisic, as part of a very good Croatia team, could have a big say in things and has to be worth an each way flutter.
Olivier Giroud 18/1
Gets a lot of stick from his own supporters does Giroud. That doesn’t particularly make a happy camper, but it could also fire him into silence his critics. He has had a lot of chances at Euro 2016 so far and could easily be leading the Golden Boot charge at the moment. It hasn’t quite gone to plan for him though, but he has been there getting himself in good positions and shouldn’t be counted out of the picture. Big each way option at that price.
25/1 bar options
So no goals for big guns Thomas muller, Robert Lewandoski or Harry Kane, three great options ahead of the tournament but they are still in there. So too England’s Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy who may get chances against Iceland in the round of sixteen. You have a bunch of players on one goal still in the tournament and things can change quickly. A brace from someone in a game, like Morata and Ronaldo have both delivered in the tournament, can change the complexion of things quickly in this market.
Take a look at the draws ahead and which player has the best chance of going the furthest against the least-difficult defences. For that, we would say that Lukaku and Perisic make great options.
Euro 2016 Top Scorer Odds
Gareth Bale 4/1, Alvaro Morata 9/2, Romelu Lukaku 6/1, Cristiano Ronaldo 6/1, Dimitri Payet 12/1, Ivan Perisic 14/1, Olivier giroud 18/1, Mario Gomez 25/1, Antoine Griezmann 25/1, Thomas Muller 26/1, Nani 25/1, Jamie Vardy 28/1, Daniel Sturridge 33/1.
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19th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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The Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer market is packed full of talent. You have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Jamie Vardy, Olivier Giroud and Thomas Muller all heading out to France 2016 and so the Golden Boot market is going to be offering a lot of value for punters to get their teeth into.
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Here is the cracker of a deal: Place a £20 bet on the Euro 2016 – Top Goalscorer market and get a £5 free bet every time he scores during Euro 2016!
So if you are backing one of the big guns then you could rack up the free bets, especially with an extra game being played in this year’s tournament because of the expanded format with 24 starting out. It is unreasonable to expect Cristiano Ronaldo to bag at least three goals, perhaps even in the group stage alone? Robert Lewandowski was the Euro 2016 qualification top scorer and looks likely to bag a few.
Euro 2106 Top Goalscorer Betting Odds
Thomas Muller 7/1, Cristiano Ronaldo 7/1, Antoine Griezmann 8/1, Robert Lewandowski 14/1, Olivier Giroud 14/1, Harry Kane 12/1, Romelu Lukaku 12/1, Anthony Martial 18/1, Alvaro MOrata 20/1, Marco Reus 25/1, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 33/1, 40/1 bar
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19th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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There are a couple of newly launched promotions available at online betting site Stan James that you are probably going to go out and enjoy. If you are looking for a patriotic bet on one of the home nations to go and win the tournament, or even win one of the matches that they are involved in at the tournament, then you will want to head over to Stan James.
Why? Because the online bookmaker are running a promotion where you get the Top Price on all Home Nations to win Euro 2016.
So you can throw a patriotic bet at England, Wales, Ireland or Northern Ireland with the knowledge that you would get a bigger payout anywhere else! So you can celebrate with your face paint and your replica shirt at getting the biggest odds possible on your selection in the outright winner market on one of the home nations.
England are 8/1 to win the tournament, with Wales at 50/1, the Republic of Ireland 150/1 and Northern Ireland 500/1.
But the value in Euro 2016 betting on the home nations doesn’t stop there because there is even more on offer. You can also get the top price on the home nation to win each of their matches played in the tournament! So looking at the first round of matches for the Home Nations you have:
Wales (31/18) – Draw (11/5) – Slovakia (11/5)
England (19/17) – Draw (52/21) – Russia (3/1)
Poland (10/11) – Draw (28/11) – N. Ireland (43/10)
Rep of Ireland (26/11) – Draw (9/4) – Sweden (6/4)*
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17th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Europa League Betting
England or Spain? Liverpool or Sevilla? Who will win the Europa League Final 2016 at the close of the game on Wednesday night? It is the first European final of the season and it pits LIverpool against the Europa Kings, Sevilla. The Spaniards have won the competition for the last two seasons running and are the record holders in the UEFA Cup/Europa League with four titles to their name. But Liverpool aren’t that far behind with three successes in the tournament. But the current form is with the Spaniard whose four titles have come in the last decade alone.
Will Sevilla win the Europa League Final 2016?
There is a decent case here for them. They dropped from the UEFA Champions League this season back to the UEFA Europa League but that hasn’t taken them out of their stride at all. They seem to have a big pedigree in cup competitions because as well as having triumphed in the Europa League four times since 2006 they have won the Copa del Rey twice since then as well and are back in the final of that competition as well, where they will face Barcelona on the weekend.
Current Form Sevilla (most recent first in all competitions): LLWLDW
Despite their UEFA Champions League campaign this season not going well, finishing third behind Manchester City and Juventus (losing four games on the bounce as well), the silver lining is that they made it back to the place they love. They have played eight games in this season’s competition therefore and have averaged 1.8 goals per game in that spell, posting a W4 D2 L2 record in that sequence of games. The big goalscoring threat that they carry is through Kevin Gameiro who has netted in each of their last three Europa league games. In total he has netted seven goals in eight Europa League games this season. Gameiro is a quote of 15/8 in the anytime goalscorer market.
Sevilla’s head to head record against English opposition: W3 D2 L3
Despite his impressive return of goals, the Frenchman hasn’t managed to book himself an international call up for Euro 2016 but he has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona. They are big game specialists because their domestic season has been poor and they have won just four of their last fourteen games across all competitions and three of those wins were in the Europa League. That shows where their focus is, but they also took notable wins over Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villarreal in La Liga this season and did beat Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.
Will Liverpool win the Europa League Final 2016?
The Reds are looking to pull level on UEFA Cup titles with Sevilla, which they will do with a victory on Wednesday night in Basel. Liverpool’s progress through the group stage was just about as dull a it could get, topping their group with only ten points from their six matches played. They drew five of their first seven games in the competition this season and managed just the six goals in total in those seven games. So it wasn’t an explosive entry in the UEFA Europa League this season from Liverpool and in fact, Adam Lallana is their top scorer in this season’s tournament with a three goal haul. Daniel Sturridge is 3/2 to score in Wednesday’s Final and the England man has two goals in seven appearances in this season’s Europa League.
Current Liverpool form (most recent first, all competitions): DDWWLL
After getting past Augsburg 1-0 on aggregate in the round of 32, the Reds were handed a cracker of a tie against Manchester United in the round of 16. That’s really when the Merseyside crew started to come to life, completing dominating the Red Devils in the first leg and winning out 3-1 on aggregate. But there was an ever bigger test for Liverpool to come as Jurgen Klopp got a rematch against his former employees Borussia Dortmund, who were outright favourites to win this season’s Europa League at the time. After a 1-1 draw at the Westfalenstadion, Liverpool netted three goals in the final thirty minutes of the return leg to card a dramatic 4-3 comeback win on the night and to move through to the semis 5-4 on aggregate.
Liverpool’s head to head record v Spanish opponents: W14 D10 L10
Liverpool’s only loss so far in the Europa League happened in the semi final first leg when they were shot down in injury time on the road at Villarreal in a 1-0 loss. But the Reds were comfortable winners in a 3-0 aggregate triumph back at Anfield, helped by their opponents going down to ten men. You can tell that Liverpool have placed a higher importance on this than their league positioning in the Premier League, as they have rested players on the domestic front, so they are geared up for this. They can take some incentive from the fact that Sevilla have picked up only one clean sheet in their last thirteen games played, so the Reds could get some good chances to secure this win and their last UEFA Cup success was against Spanish opposition (2001, Deportivo Alaves).
Europa League Final 2016 Prediction
This is such an open game because both have their respective strengths and weaknesses. Sevilla are a powerful home side, but not so much out on the road and they didn’t win a single league game on the road in La Liga this term. Liverpool stuttered their way through much of the Europa League until the latter stages and were a long way short of title winning quality in the Premier League.
So a toss of a coin in this one, and the deal maker could be Kevin Gameiro. The Frenchman is in top form and while Liverpool’s goal output has improved towards the end of the campaign, their main man Daniel Sturridge just has the two goals to his name. This is a match which Gameiro can strengthen his case to move to a big club. Regardless of their domestic form, Sevilla seem to turn it on when they need to in the big matches and in the Europa League. This should be tight, but the experience of Sevilla in this situation may just given them the edge.
Europe League Final 2016 Odds
Liverpool 7/5, Sevilla 2/1, Draw 23/10
Europa League Final 2016 Stats
Both sides have won all of their previous appearances in the UEFA Cup/Europa League final.
Sevilla’s first Europa League title came against Middlesbrough in the 2006 Final
Liverpool’s last UEFA Cup success was against Spanish opposition in 2001
Liverpool have failed to win both previous visits to St Jakob Park (D1 L1)
Sevilla drew at the ground against FC Basel in the round of sixteen this season
Spanish clubs have won four of the last five Europa League Finals
The last Spain v England Europa League final saw Atletico Madrid beat Fulham 2-1 in 2010
Europa League Final Promotion
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17th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Wednesday night will see the kick off in the first European final this season. The UEFA Europa League Final contest between Liverpool v Sevilla should be a fantastic match up. The Reds head to Basel for the final having lost just one of their Europa League matches this season and they have knocked out some big opponents in Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund along the way as well. This would be a massive coup for Jurgen Klopp in his first season in charge of the Merseyside giants.
Liverpool could match Sevilla’s four title haul in the UEFA Cup if they beat the Spaniards on Wednesday night. However, Sevilla are the experts in this competition having won it the last two seasons. They dropped down from the Champions LEague to contest again and get a shot at another title defence. The winner of the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday will earn a place in the UEFA Champions League next season so there is a huge prize up for grabs here alongside the trophy of course.
The last time Liverpool won a European trophy was back in 2005 but their last UEFA Cup title came against a Spanish side in 2001, so that maybe a good omen. Liverpool have never lost a UEFA Cup final, but then again, neither have Sevilla, so something has to give. The Spaniards have won only four of their last fourteen games in all option and have kept one clean sheet in thirteen.
That should give Liverpool a decent shot at this and maybe Daniel Sturridge will be the one to open up the fragile Sevilla defence? But Liverpool’s own back line will have to be watchful of Kevin Gameiro who has scored in each of Sevilla’s last three Europa League matches. Overall, Gameiro has netted seven Europa League goals this season.
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So just to reiterate, Stan James are offering money back as a free bet up to £25 on all losing Correct Score and First/Last Goalscorer bets if Kevin Gameiro or Daniel Sturridge scores first. This promotion is open until kick off and applies to pre-match single bets of £5 or more on the first or last goalscorer or correct score market.
9th May 2016 / paul - Category:
For neutrals, they are arguably the most exciting stage of the season. For supporters of the clubs involved, they are a nerve-wracking climax to a gruelling campaign during which dreams will be either fulfilled or shattered.
I’m talking, of course, about the end-of-season play-offs. They’ve been a remarkably popular innovation since their inception and a dozen teams are still dreaming of promotion having missed out on automatic elevation from their respective divisions.
Promotion to League 2 to League 1 is probably worth about half a million pounds to the winners. That rises to five million for the League 1 play-off winners but the team that goes up from the Championship to the Premier League can anticipate almost untold riches.
The latest estimations, due to a new TV deal, suggests the Championship play-off winners will rake in £160million in additional revenue in their first season in the top flight alone.
Brighton could not have got much closer to automatic promotion, only losing out to second-placed Middlesbrough on goal difference after failing to beat the Teessiders on the final day of the regular season. The Seagulls are a best 5/2 with Stan James to win the Championship play-offs but are no shorter than Hull City with Derby also well regarded by bookmakers at a best 14/5.
It’s not long since the Tigers were winning a Championship play-off final at Wetherby and they have a squad littered with experienced Premier League players. But they’ve been inconsistent over the last month and so have the Rams, who lost the play-off final to a late QPR goal two years ago when favourites. Brighton have lost a little of their discipline lately and they’ll be tested by Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals.
Both matches between the sides in the regular season ended 0-0 and Brighton have not won any of their last seven meetings with the Owls, who are a big-looking 4/1 with Paddy Power to make their first appearance in the Championship play-offs a winning one.
Championship Play-offs Best Odds
Brighton and Hull City (5/2), Derby County (14/5), Sheffield Wednesday (4/1)
Like Brighton, Accrington blew their chance of automatic promotion from League 2 on the final day of the regular season and it remains to be seen if that has had an impact. Stanley are best 3/1 to go up via the play-offs but Portsmouth are favourites at 2/1 with Paddy Power.
Pompey will sell out their Wembley allocation if they get to the final but were ante-post favourites to win League 2 this season and fell well short. They face another well-supported side, Plymouth Argyle (a best 4/1), in the semi-finals and will be under a lot of pressure. AFC Wimbledon will be using the fact that they’ll be playing arch-nemesis MK Dons next season if they can win the play-offs and are also a best 4/1.
League 2 Play-Off Best Odds
Portsmouth (2/1), Accrington Stanley (3/1), Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon (4/1)
The League 1 play-offs look the hardest to call as all four teams have ended the season with a flourish. Walsall won 5-0 at Port Vale on the final day but fell just a point short. Barnsley won 4-1 at champions Wigan in their last match to secure their play-off spot and have already won the Johnstones Paint Trophy at Wembley this seasn. Millwall are a tough, uncompromising outfit who are looking to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking while Bradford City are no strangers to Wembley having played beneath the Arch in a League Cup Final and an FA Cup semi-final in recent years. The betting reflects bookmakers uncertainty about which of the four teams should be favourites.
Millwall (12/5), Barnsley and Walsall (13/5), Bradford City (11/4)
7th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
This for most, is the unofficial fifth major on the PGA Tour. The famous TPC Sawgrass in Florida is the scene for the tournament which will be contested starting May 12th. Because ti it such a coveted title you can expect a powerful field out in force including the reigning champion Rickie Fowler and the main Major players of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
This year is the 35th edition of THE PLAYERS and it goes as a 7,215-yard course with 144 players in the field. There is over a $10 million prize fund on offer and the winner of the event takes nearly $2 million of that. So huge, huge money and players will take on one of the most recognisable courses in the world which includes one of the most famous holes in the game, the 17th, also known as The Island Green.
Why would it be called that? Because players are trying to land the ball on a small path of island green across the lake. It can be a make or break hole and there were 45 balls fired into the water during last year’s THE PLAYERS. So that it is the kind of beast that it is and it is a nerve-wrecker. Imagine walking off the 16th hole with a one-shot lead in the tournament knowing that The Island Green is coming up. In the 2005 edition of the Players Championship, Bob Tway carded a 12 on the 17th hole.
What makes the betting on this one interesting is that neither Jordan Spieth, Jason Day or Roy McIlroy have won the event but that won’t stop them going as strong contenders at the head of The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting. It’s not necessarily a bad thing as there have only ever been six multiple winners, so first-timers come up a lot. McIlroy came home with a T8 at least year’s edition, putting in solid rounds, but just lacking that edge to drive on home for the title. Spieth actually missed the cut last year at THE Players after a horrid 75 in the first round. Jason Day suffered the same date as well with one of the most unprofitable round of his career coming on Friday last year when he carded 81.
Day and Spieth have been going along well in the FedExCup standings this year, which is a good indicator, but Adam Scott is also right up there along with Brandt Snedeker. That’s the thing with golf betting, it takes very little for the field to look wide open so you’re better off looking at alternative markets such the Top 4 finish and a Top 10 finish markets. It’s better to hedge your golf bets with a couple of players backed there than putting all of your stock in an outright winner.
The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Trends and Stats
Three of the last four winners of The Players have been Americans, with only Germany’s Martin Kaymer snapping that dominance. That having been said, four of the five editions prior to that were all won by non-Americans, so there’s been a fairly even split of winner nationality. Of the last ten editions, there have been 4 USA winners and one each from Germany, South Africa, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, and Canada.
There hasn’t been a win by more than two strokes in any of the last six editions of The Players Championship. Two of these editions in that sequence were settled by a play-off, while two were won by 2 Strokes and two were won by 1 stroke. So you can generally expect a pretty tight battle down the line to occur again. Interestingly of the last five editions of THE PLAYERS the winner has gone -13 to Par with the one exception there being Fowler’s win last year at -12. The lowest score to Par in the last twelve years by a winner was -16 by Tim Clark in 2010.
Going back to the 17th Hole, here is the number of balls hit in the water in The Players Championship editions since 2003 (when records started being kept).
2015 – 45
2014 – 28
2013 – 44
2012 – 39
2011 – 40
2010 – 29
2009 – 32
2008 – 64
2007 – 93
2006 – 67
2005 – 68
2004 – 30
2003 – 29
PGA Tour Players Championship Records:
Overall: 264 – Greg Norman, 1994
Tournament course record: 63 – Fred Couples, 1992; Greg Norman, 1994; Roberto Castro, 2013; Martin Kaymer, 2014
The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Odds
Jordan Spieth 13/2, Rory McIlroy 13/2, Jason Day 8/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Justin Rose 18/1, Rickie Fowler 18/1, Adam Scott, 181/, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Hideki Matsuyama 33/1, Sergio Garcia 33/1, Bubba Watson 33/1, Danny Willett 33/1, Phil Mickelson 35/1, Branden Grace 35/1, Louis Oosthuizen 40/1, Patrick Reed 40/1,
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The Players Championship History and Stats
This will be the 43rd edition of the Players’ Championship and it will be the 35th time that is has been held at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The first ever winner of the tournament was legend Jack Nicklaus who took a 2 stroke win back in 9174. That sparked a streak of USA winner right through to 1986 (the tournament was known as the Tournament Players Championship then). That was snapped when Scotland’s Sandy Lyle won in 1987.
By and large, it has been a USA dominated event (28 of the editions have been won by an American) including wins for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at the tournament during their careers. The only man to have won it three times is Jack Nicklaus who also was victorious in 1976 and 1978 along with his 1974 victory. Throughout the history of The Players Championship, there has never been a back to back winner. Overall there have only been six multiple winners of the tournament (Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, Hal Sutton, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods).
Back in 2014, the format of the play off changed from being a sudden death event to a 3-hole aggregate score format. The holes played in a play off are 16, 17 and 18 so if a player has to win the event through a play off , they must face that dreaded 17th hole again and just going back to that one more time, only one golfer in the entire history of THE PLAYERS have managed to birdie the 17thin all four rounds of the same tournament. That was Paul Azinger in 1987.
The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Predictions
It is pretty hard to nail down a winner here. No-one has won it back to back so that should push Fowler out of the picture and multiple winners have been so few and far in between that it is well worth throwing money at a first-time winner at the tournament. If you’re looking at the top of the field then you will be split with Spieth and McIlroy, but the latter probably just edges it after a solid top ten finish at TPC Sawgrass last year.
But it’s a wide open field and do not pass up the value that can be found in a Top 10 finish, which is one of the best The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting tips that we can offer. There is also plenty of betting and value around as well at the close of the first three days of action and don’t pass up live in-play betting action as well which can be found at Stan James.