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Next Wolves Manager Betting Odds

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Alan Curbishley, who graciously counted himself out of the running to be next England boss, looks ready to take over in the hot seat at Wolves. After getting thumped 5-1 by West Brom at home last weekend, the Wolves board had had enough and booted McCarthy out. It really was only a matter time, after all McCarthy had managed to do last season was avoid relegation by just one point. With just one league win in their last eleven matches, Wolves are just two points away from the bottom of the league. They are fully embroiled in a relegation battle, as they aren’t scoring enough goals and have a terrible defence. So it is going to take a lot of work to turn around the fortunes at the club, in order to ensure that they maintain their Premier League status. The popular Alan Curbishley, who was last in work in 2008 at West Ham, has always been a good option for teams like this, simply because of his experience and the way he likes to play football. Wolves do have the luxury of a little bit of time because they don’t have a match this weekend because they are out of the FA Cup, and so they don’t get back into action until February 25th in the Premier League. Curbishley has a good track record and he seems to be the firm favourite for Wolves Chairman Steve Morgan. Curbishley has reportedly been set up for an interview at the club. So it is no great surprise that Curbishley is trading so well in Next Wolves manager betting odds, with a best market price at 1/5. Curbishley has held his ground after being linked to a number of clubs in the past few years, but it is interesting why he would have passed up other options to return to Premier League management for a struggling team like Wolves. There are still a couple of other very good names in the running for Next Wolves manager betting, and no, Fabio Capello is not one of them. Ex Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is trading at 2/1 with Stan James in the market, and he has the fighting abilities to get the best out of players. However, Wolves probably need a bit more forward thinking that just trying to survive in the Premier League this season. They need to get out of perennial strugglers mode and get a bit of forward thinking in there. That doesn’t totally sit hand in hand with the hiring of Steve Bruce. Sacked QPR boss Neil Warnock is trading at 6/1 with SkyBet as he will be itching to get back into work and prove himself. You can just picture his face if he ended up at Wolves and survived relegation while QPR went back down to the Championship. That would totally be in the model of Neil Warnock headlines. Ian Holloway at 25/1 with Stan James is a bit of a long shot, but he would be a superb fit at the club. He would drag the club up by the scruff of the neck, but Wolves want proven Premier League experience and that is why everything is going to point back to Alan Curbishley. Next Wolves Manager Betting Odds Alan Curbishley: 1/5 at SkyBet Steve Bruce: 2/1 at SkyBet Neil Warnock: 6/1 at SkyBet Ian Holloway: 25/1 at Stan James Darren Ferguson, Rafa Benitez, Roy Keane, Chris Hughton 25/1 at SkyBet Online bookmaker Bet356 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first deposit on a new account, with a 100% bonus. This means that on your new Bet365 account, you can get £200 worth of free bets, as they match your initial deposit. Bet365 provide superb Champions League football betting their live in play services, and with their 0-0 Bore Draw Special, they offer some insurance as well. Place a pre match Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bet on any football match listed on the site, and if any bets in those markets lose because the game ends in a 0-0 draw, Bet365 will refund those lost stakes.
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Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup Replay Betting Odds & Preview – 18.01.12

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It is round two of Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup betting, as the two Midlands rivals go at it again in a replay for a place in the fourth round. The two sides scrapped out a 0-0 draw at St Andrews at the first attempt, in what was a far more dreary than dynamic affair. It was fair result in the end though, with neither team looking as if they really wanted to go on and take the game by the scruff of the neck and actually win it. Neither side were really helped by a pretty terrible pitch as well at St Andrews, so hopefully we have a better affair here, because it should be a heated and passionate affair a Midlands derby. Chris Hughton’s Birmingham are actually doing a pretty decent job in the Championship, in an attempt to get back up to the Premier League. After dealing with exploits in the Europa League and catching up on league matches because of it, the Blues are looking in decent shape. They are just outside the play off zone in the Championship, and haven’t lost in the league for five matches, and fired off a thumping 6-0 away victory at the struggling Millwall, just to give themselves a nice bit of confidence for the rematch against rivals Wolves. You can’t ignore Birmingham’s away form this season though, which hasn’t been great in truth. They have won just three out of thirteen attempts in the league, racking up seven defeats (although they are on a two game streak with no defeat). But after having the lions share of the few spoils there were at St Andrews in the FA Cup Third Round match, they will fancy their chances against Wolves, who can’t seem to buy a win at the moment. Mick McCarthy’s men are hovering perilously close to the relegation zone again in the Premier League, although they are showing that usual grit and fight, as opposed to flair. Wolves have drawn four of their last five league matches, including their recent showing against the in form Tottenham. In total, Wolves haven’t won in eight matches now in all competitions. Boss McCarthy looks to have decided to give their most obvious route to goal, Steven Fletcher a rest, clearly with one eye on Premier League survival no doubt. In will come Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle as McCarthy looks to balance a cup run with stayi8ng alive in the Premier League. Clearly there is a major preference out of those two options. Wolves aren’t a side which knows how to win games very well. They have a pretty woeful defence and that certainly doesn’t help out their somewhat limited attack. They will go without captain Roger Johnson, who was signed from Birmingham in the summer, as he limped out of the match at St Andrews after launching a crunching tackle. Probably going to be much changed sides from both managers, and it should be another tight match. But hopefully there is a lot more to cheer about on Wednesday night in this replay than there was in the first match. Wolves lead the Midlands derby head to head against Birmingham 61 to 38 (with 31 drawn matches) and a place in the fourth round against Sheffield United awaits the winner of Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup Betting. Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup Betting Odds Wolves to win: 11/10 at Bet365 Draw: 12/5 at Totesport Birmingham to win: 29/10 at Stan James Online bookmaker BetFred are running their Double Delight football betting promotion for the Wolves v Birmingham FA Cup replay on Wednesday. If you back a correct First Goalscorer in the match, and that same player then goes on to score a second goal in the game, then you will be paid out at double your original Goalscorer odds. So a pretty good Goalscorer promotion to look at. In the market you have Kevin Double and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at 5/1 so you can imagine either of those nice prices doubled! Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50.
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Tottenham v Wolves Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 14.01.12

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Tottenham v Wolves betting looks as if it could be a one sided affair with the way things are going. Spurs capitalised on their game in hand over Manchester United and Manchester City in the week, firing off a comfortable home win over Everton, which drew Spurs level on points in second place with United, just three back of leaders City. Now with another home fixture to come on the weekend, against struggling Wolves, will Spurs be able to keep up the pressure at the top? Spurs really need to pick up all three points here and take everything available until they start a very tough sequence of matches starting at the end of January in which they have to face Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool in a short period of time. That is the big period which will likely ultimately decide whether or not they have the staying power in the title race. But the fluidity, confidence and style that Spurs are playing with at the moment, they look a strong bet to take another three points. Spurs have a solid defensive outset to their game play now, and that added bit of grit and fight has added the attacking flair they are able to produce. Having the big target of Emmanuel Adebayor up front, a great pick up by boss Harry Redknapp, has paid dividends for Spurs, as he has added an extra dimension to their attack. So Spurs have fired off eight wins, one draw and one defeat at home this season, and haven’t lost in nine. They have managed to find the perfect combination of defence and attack, and they scored in each of their home games this season at a rate of two per game, and they are conceding on average, less than one a game. So very strong stats to back up a home win again for Spurs as they are on such a rich vein of form. They way they took advantage of their game in hand against Everton in the week, showed a lot of determination to prove that they are genuine title contenders. With 60% of their matches at White Hart Lane having produced clean sheets in the Premier League this season, is there going to be any way through for Wolves? Is another valuable three points going to be added to Tottenham’s total as they push upwards and the belief of something big happening gets stronger and stronger. Wolves need some of what Spurs are doing as the Midlands club are floundering badly. Mick McCarthy has yet again, another fight on his hands to keep Wolves in England’s top flight. After failing to pick up a win in their last six league matches, it isn’t looking too bright for them. There has been just four wins for Wolves this season in total and just one of them have been on the road. There have been six defeats out of ten road trips, so Wolves are clearly in trouble, as they just can’t stop conceding goals. They have earned themselves three draws out of their last six league matches, the most surprising at the Emirates against Arsenal, and while they battle away and work hard for points, it always seems an uphill struggle for them. Heading to White Hart Lane to face one of the most in form and impressive teams of the season, isn’t the type of fixture Wolves need right now. After scoring just eight away goals all season, but conceding nineteen, if the flood gates open at White Hart Lane, then Wolves are going to be sucked deeper into the relegation battle. They are only a point clear of the drop zone at it is, and with struggling to find wins, the only thing keeping them afloat really is the worse form of the likes of QPR and Wigan, which is handing them a lifeline. Wolves conceded a limp 2-0 defeat at home against Spurs earlier in the season, right back in September, and in last season’s corresponding fixture, Spurs ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. It is hard seeing Wolves take three points away from home against one of the Premier League’s elite teams right now and therefore that is why the bookies are putting Wolves back at long odds in Tottenham v Wolves betting. Anything other than a home win in this fixture will be something of a turn up for the books. Tottenham know what is ahead, and yes, while Wolves are fighting for their Premier League survival, there really is no substitute for class at the end of the day. Spurs v Wolves Betting Tottenham to win: 1/4 at Bet365 Draw: 5/1 at Victor Chandler Wolves to win: 12/1 at Bet365 This is all expected to go one way, as clearly illustrated by the odds above. Spurs are expected to be amongst the gaols, and that makes Victor Chandler’s VC Double Up promotion a worthwhile look. If you select a winning First Goalscorer bet in Spurs v Wolves betting, and that same player then goes on to score a second at any time during the match, then VC Bet will generously pay you out at double your original First Goalscorer odds. So well worth looking at. In the First Goalscorer market for Spurs v Wolves betting we have Jermain Defoe at 15/4 favourite, with Emmanuel Adebayor at 16/5 and Gareth Bale down at 19/4. So imagine jumping on these odds but doubled. The highly rated online bookmaker Victor Chandler offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of  your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £25, giving you some great free betting cash to enjoy.
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Man Utd v Wolves Betting – Money Back Special

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There is a great promotion running at Boylesports for Manchester United v Wolves betting on the weekend. What will the fall out from United’s shock Champions League exit be? They have already lost centre half Nemanja Vidic for the length of the season, with the in form Javier Hernandez out, and with an apparent need for a playmaking midfielder, Sir Alex Ferguson has told fans of the Red Devils not to expect any January signings. So where does that leave Manchester United? They are trailing neighbors Man City by five points in the league, are staring at the Europa League, they have to face their bitter rivals in the third round of the FA Cup and all this after a shock Carling Cup defeat at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace. Following their heaving 6-1 defeat at the hands of Man City in the Premier League, Man Utd have gone into a very mundane mode of scrapping for points. They are five league matches unbeaten since that humiliation, but four of their last five matches have ended in just 1-0 wins, with a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle breaking up that sequence. United have failed to score more than one goal in seven league matches now, and Wayne Rooney is now without a league goal in nine. But surely a chance at redemption is on offer on Saturday against Wolves, who are struggling down near the relegation zone. After a decent start to the season, Wolves have struggled to find their way, but with two wins in their last four matches, they are showing a bit of fight. Naturally at home the Red Devils are strong favourites to win the match at 1/4 with Boylesports and Wolves way out at 12/1, with a draw trading at 9/2. The First Goalscorer Market is the focus of Boylesports Man Utd v Wolves betting promotion. Back a player in the First Goalscorer market, and if they fail to open the scoring in the match, but hit the second goal of the game, the bookie will refund your lost First Goalscorer stake. So a nice bit of coverage on your Man Utd v Wolves First Goalscorer betting. In that Market, Wayne Rooney is 9/4 to open the scoring, with Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck behind him at 3/1. So good options in the market, especially with the bit of football betting insurance placed on the match with the Boylesports offer. Will United rebound from their Champions League disappointment? Will the likes of Rooney and Ferdinand stand up with other influential absences creeping into the squad? Can Wolves cause a huge upset at Old Trafford? This great First Goalscorer Cash Back offer also applies to Sunderland v Blackburn, Stoke v Tottenham and Chelsea v Man City games in the Premier League this weekend. Also included in the offers, is Hibs v Rangers and the massive La Liga clash of Real Madrid v Barcelona. Online bookmaker Boylesports offer a free £20 bet for new customers registering an account as a welcome bonus. The bookie will match the value of your first bet on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £20. Some great free betting cash for you to enjoy!
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Wolves v Sunderland Betting Money Back Special – 04.12.11

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Sunday’s Premier League fixture of Wolves v Sunderland betting throws up an interesting match. The Black Cats have a new man in charge, as Martin O’Neill accepted the job opening there following the sacking of Steve Bruce. Sunderland have been stuttering along for most of the season and after a poor defeat against Wigan in their last match, it was time for a change at Sunderland. O’Neill won’t be at the helm on Saturday, as assistant boss Eric Black will be overseeing things until O’Neill gets his teeth into the club next week. So the Sunderland players will no doubt be looking to impress their new, on looking manager. The Black Cats are hovering close to the relegation zone and so need a big boost, but Wolves are really not much better off, starting the match level on points with Sunderland. Just like Sunderland, Wolves have only managed one win in their last eight matches and are on a two match losing streak. So there is definitely a big three points at stake in your Wolves v Sunderland betting and online bookmaker Paddy Power have a great online betting promotion running for it. If the Wolves v Sunderland match ends in a 0-0 draw, then Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets placed on the match. Interestingly, Sunderland have not had back to back results of the same nature this season, meaning that haven’t won, drawn or lost back to back games. As they lost last time out, they should be good for a draw or a win on Sunday. Wolves though will be looking to history to back them up, as they have won their last three home league fixtures against Sunderland. But with both sides struggling for goals, if the match does end up in a 0-0 draw, then at least you will get some insurance on your football betting. Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers as a welcome bonus. The highly popular bookie will match the value of the first stake on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50. This gives you a great opportunity for some free betting cash to get started with on your new account. Wolves v Sunderland Betting Odds at Paddy Power Wolves 11/8, Draw 9/4, Sunderland 2/1
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Wolves 2011/12 Premier League Betting Preview

Premier League Betting

The Club:
After surviving by the skin of their teeth last season in the Premier League, Wolves will be hoping for better this season. The backbone of the club remains the same, and for all their grit and determination, the big question surrounding Wolves Premier League betting, is whether or not they can actually get any better. There is no question over their fight, it is over their quality. It was something that was lacking for long periods of last season, which saw them rooted in the bottom three for most of the season until they pulled themselves together for a survival charge. Can they get off to a more convincing start this season, get some confidence under their belt and push forward rather than just surviving?

Players/Manager:
Boss Mick McCarthy was treated like a hero again after keeping Wolves in the Premier League. There is something so misleading about the scenes of a manager being praised so much for securing Premier League status at the death, when it was that same man who led them into so much trouble. But the end result seems to be all that counts, and for all of Mick McCarthy’s failings during the season, he gets another shot because fans and the board see him as the man upon which the club depends. There were a lot of poor performers in the Premier League last season, and on a whole, Wolves were probably among the worst. It was their really uncanny ability to pull out the stops and beat the big teams in the league, points which should never have been coming their way, which helped them to survive. But one minute they are beating Chelsea and the next they are losing, completely underperforming against teams around them. Not sure exactly where Mick McCarthy can take Wolves in football terms, to make sure that they do more than survive another relegation battle. Their big summer signing has caused controversy, all because of McCarthy. They signed defender Roger Johnson to bolster the squad, and immediately McCarthy handed him the captaincy of the club. That means long serving Karl Henry was stripped of the armband causing a bit of a riff and controversy and head scratching amongst fans. For a man who has never played for the club to be handed the captaincy is a bit of a slap in the face and not the greatest move of management by McCarthy. Granted Henry didn’t have a great season last year, but his is Wolverhampton born and bred, who has just been discarded. Whether Henry will be happy staying at the club or not remains to be seen. McCarthy wants Johnson to captain from the back, leaving Henry in what may be a bit of a midfield wilderness. Other moves by McCarthy to try and improve the squad has to bring in Jamie O’Hara. There have also been other names on the hit list of McCarthy, with Michael Johnson a target from Manchester City, Jay Spearing from Liverpool and taking a good look at Thomas Hitzlsperger who is a free agent. There remains the same problems at Wolves, perhaps a lack of solid guidance for the future, and a lack of quality.

Last Season:
Wolves struggled for most of last season. Yep, they managed to beat Manchester United and Chelsea along the way, but it was nowhere near enough. There was not too much attractive football being played by Wolves, it was all spit and sawdust type stuff, borne out of hard work. Nothing much looks to have changed so far. They didn’t have the firepower up front to compete, and a softness in defence let them down badly as well. Will probably see more of the same.

2011/12 Projection:
Wolves failed to impress many last year. In fact they drew a lot of criticism throughout season for being bully boys and concentrating too much on the physical side of things. With the attractive football being played by the promoted Championship sides of QPR, Norwich and Swansea, Wolves may actually find themselves lagging behind them. Mick McCarthy really can do nothing more than get Wolves to scrap and fight for every point they can this season. They will make life as physically demanding as possible for teams heading to the Midlands, but they will struggle away from home again because there is not the quality there in the squad to put their foot on the ball and play football. Not enough chances will be created and not enough goals scored. They really look to be one of the main relegation candidates this season, despite the optimism of their great escape last season. When a team who fights hard for points at the foot of the table all long can’t win with brute force, then there isn’t much they can do to change it. We are not going to see slick football from Wolves and they will likely struggle badly again. At the end of the day, their experience in the Premier League and fighting spirit may be the thing which saves them again, but they are serious relegation candidates. They need at least half a dozen new players coming in to change things, and probably a change in the managerial seat as well. They are not one of the more progressive clubs in England’s top flight and they will pay the price for it sooner or later. Looking at their first few fixtures, they have been handed an easy start. If they don’t get points out of those matches, then they will be in for a very long season.

Finishing Position Wolverhampton Wanderers: Threat of Relegation

Premier League Relegation Odds:
11/4 at Bet365

First Three Fixtures
August 13th: Blackburn v Wolves
August 20th: Wolves v Fulham
August 27th: Aston Villa v Wolves

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Sunday’s British betting preview

Football Betting

Delving into the lower leagues in Scotland for the first of two bets on Sunday as Ayr United travel to Brechin for the second leg of their play-off final.

The first leg of this match took place on Wednesday at Somerset Park when Ayr dominated for much of the match but were made to pay for a plethora of missed chances as the visitors scored late on to ensure that the clubs head into tomorrow's match level at 1-1. The teams were nip and tuck for much of the season in the league with two points separating them at the end of the campaign. United have already seen off thrid place Forfar in the semi-final of the play-off's whilst Brechin got the better of Cowdenbeath, the side who finished second bottom of the First Division.

Brian Reid, Ayr United's manager, has already guided his side to the First divison during his reign so has the experience of what it takes to get promoted. He has had to work with a small squad all season which is the major reason as to why their challenge for automatic promotion faded in the middle to latter part of the season. Reid has called on for one last big effort from the Ayr United support who have shown themselves to be one of the best travelling sets of fans in the lower divisions, if not all of Scotland. Being one of the largest towns in Scotland, Ayr can call on big numbers for away matches, so much so that they will have nearly double the amount of fans compared to Brechin tomorrow.

Brechin have done well to sustain a challenge for promotion all season considering they are working with even smaller resources than Sunday's opponents. Jim Weir deserves a lot of credit for churning out more and more from his players which was evidenced in the semi-final as they turned in a fantastic performance in the second leg against Cowdenbeath when they won 2-0 away despite drawing the first leg at home. Weir has experience of the SPL and First division as a player but has never managed in it so Sunday is a massive day for him personally. He will look to his top scorer Rory McAllister for the goals once again as the hitman was the difference when these two sides last met earlier this month. McAllister has been the subject of strong interest from other teams and it's no surprise as is average for Brechin is much better than a goal every other game - tomorrow could be vital in Brechin's attempts to keep him at the club.

Brechin have not played in the First Division since 2006 whilst Ayr were relegated two seasons ago. There is not much between the sides as emphasised in the odds for the match tomorrow but there was enough about Ayr on Wednesday night to suggest that they are in the better form and are more threatening going forward to side with them.

My Selections: Ayr United to beat

Best odds available: 9/5

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English Premier League

Wolverhampton v Blackburn

It's survival Sunday in the Premier League this weekend and two sides right in the thick of it are Wolves and Blackburn who clash at Molineaux.

Wolves have put back to back victories together at the exactly right stage of the season after beating both West Brom and Sunderland. To get maximum points from two games at this point in the season makes all the difference and it looks as though it will be enough for them to survive for another season. What has been particularly impressive has been the style of their victories. They haven't been lucky or negative, they have played excellent football, scored plenty of goals and been thoroughly deserving of both. It's even more of a feat considering they have been without their best player in Kevin Doyle who was injured on international duty eight weeks ago. Mick McCarthy is a realist and will not be accepting that his side are safe until it is mathematically impossible for sides below them to reach or surpass their point's total.

Blackburn are level on points with Wolves but have a significantly better goal difference than them and the rest of the teams fighting against relegation. Steve Kean will have been happy with the point they gained last weekend against Manchester United but he know's there is still some work to do to ensure he leads Rovers to safety. Blackburn have lost just three of their last nine games which is relatively good form for a side so close to the bottom and looks as though it's making the difference between staying up and going down. They have been slightly less adventurous than tomorrow's opponents having scored just six goals in eight games but every team's approach and style is different - if it's enough for the fans to be able to look forward to another season in the Premier League, nobody will be caring.

If either of these sides win they are guaranteed to stay up whilst defeat would mean they would at the mercy of other sides in the league. It would mean that two out of Blackpool, Wigan and Birmingham would have to win for the defeated side to drop into relegation zone. All three of those sides face difficult away fixtures which increases the chances for both Wolves and Blackburn. Blackpool have to visit the Champions, Birmingham are away to Spurs, chasing fifth placed, whilst Wigan have to travel to Stoke who always provide a stern test no matter what the circumstances are.

The odds seemed stacked in both Wolves and Blackburn's favour tomorrow for staying up. Chances are that all three of the sides below them could fail to win which would almost ensure safety. We've all seen it before in every country when results elsewhere dictate's what happens in this kind of game. Should two of Blackpool, Birmingham and Wigan be losing with 20 minutes to go then there is very big chance of the game at Molineaux coming to a standstill and the clock running down whilst one of the sides play keep ball. It's not nice to see but we're not naive enough to think it doesn't happen.

With that in mind, the draw looks the safest option on such an important day.

My Selection: Wolves to draw with Blackburn

Best price available: 9/4 available with Totesport

Brechin

 

Sunday 22nd May

Scottish Division 1 Play-Off

Brechin City v Ayr United

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Premier League relegation latest odds – the not so Magnificent Seven

Premier League Betting

Four teams beginning with the letter ‘W’ and three teams beginning with the letter ‘B’ make up the seven sides that will be scrapping against relegation between now and the end of the season.

Blackpool’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night means that the Tangerines are now the second favourites for the drop, with the bookies quick to slash the odds on Ian Holloway’s team. A few weeks ago, you could have got 3/1 about the seaside club and now the best price is even money (bet365).

Blackpool’s next Premier League match is a trip to Ewood Park to face another side who are firmly at the wrong end of the table and Rovers have lost four of their last five matches. Perhaps they will be made to pay for sacking Sam Allardyce midway through the season and Steve Kean has been given the dreaded vote of confidence.

Blackburn were available at 12/1 for the drop when Allardyce was relieved of his duties, although those odds have now shrunk to 10/3 with bet365 and the Lancashire side are just two points above the relegation zone.

The third ‘B’ in a pickle is Birmingham City, the Carling Cup winners who seemed drained when it came to facing West Brom last Saturday and their 3-1 defeat means that Alex McLeish’s team now occupy a berth in the dreaded drop zone.

McLeish is worried that a long season might be taking its toll, especially as they remain in the FA Cup with a quarter final match at home to Bolton taking place this weekend. Wednesday’s trip to Everton is more important and City are 5/2 (Sportingbet) to be relegated.

However, it is the four teams beginning with the letter ‘W’ that are among the first five in the Premier League relegation betting and the writing appears to be on the wall for Wigan Athletic.

Roberto Martinez’s team are now four points adrift of safety with an inferior goal difference to the teams directly above them and the Latics will need to win five of their remaining nine matches to stand any chance of survival. The best odds about them being relegated is 2/7 with bet365.

It was West Ham United that seemed doomed at the start of 2011 and the board allegedly tried to bring in Martin O’Neill to replace Avram Grant, although the latter remains in charge and has seen his team comprehensively beat Liverpool and Stoke.

The Hammers aren’t out of the woods by a long stretch and a Birmingham draw / win at Goodison Park would leave them back in the bottom three. Perhaps they are a value bet to go down at odds of 13/8 (Coral).

Then we have the two Black Country teams – West Brom and Wolves. The Baggies have made a decent start under Roy Hodgson, having collected five points from three matches and they are out to 15/8 (Skybet) for relegation. Wanderers are shorter at 5/4 (Skybet).

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Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Saturday, February 12th

Premier League Betting

Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tip & Odds: It is important not to get swept up in all the romanticism surrounding Wolves’ triumphs over Chelsea and Manchester United recently. The fact of the matter is that Arsenal are clearly the better side and should win. This is an away match for Wolves, who have proven to be pretty terrible on the road this season, suffering ten defeats and picking up just one draw and one win. It’s not good reading for Wolves fan, and with the destructive force which Arsenal can produce at home, it should be an easy three points for the Gunners, even though they won’t be at full strength. The passing game should easily crack what is still a shaky Wolves back line, and you expect plenty of clear cut chances to come the way of the home side. Wolves will huff and puff, but Arsenal will blow them away, just as they did in the comfortable 2-0 away win at Wolves in November. Arsenal -1.5 Asian Handicap for 3/4 at Bet365 looks decent value.

Arsenal to win: 1/4 at Boylesports
Draw: 5/1 at Bet365
Wolverhampton Wanderers to win: 14/1 at Bet365

EPL Match Preview: Well, worth a little look at this match after the heroics of Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, as they ended Manchester United’s unbeaten run from the start of the season. After also beating Chelsea recently, it is Arsenal’s turn to try and take points off the struggling Wolves, who only seem to fulfill potential when playing against top sides in the league. Granted, this may be a different kettle of fish, because those two major Wolves triumphs came at home, and on the road, they have won just one match all season. So, that all points to a strong three home points for the Gunners, who missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on United after Wolves had done Arsene Wenger’s men a huge favour. Arsenal blew a 4-0 lead away at Newcastle in a remarkable game, giving away two penalties and handing a huge second hand comeback to the Andy Carroll-less Newcastle. That was a shocker for Arsenal and their title ambitions, in what was a pretty crazy goal fest of a weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal have been going well at home this season, but they have had three slip ups at the Emirates this season, and can Wolves perform another of their major heroic efforts? Despite the euphoria of the United win, you would still bank on Arsenal pulling out the stops and firing in a comfortable victory here. The gap at the top between the Gunners and United is down to four points, and if they hadn’t have blown that 4-0 half time lead when Abou Diaby got sent off, a two point gap going into this match would have made for great reading for Arsenal.

While Manchester United will be embroiled in a tough Manchester derby on Saturday, Arsenal have another chance to capitalise on any loss of points from either side. Naturally they would want a City win, and with victory over Wolves, that would bring Arsenal to within one point. It all sounds very feasible. Despite the upsets Wolves have caused, there is still such an immense gulf in class between Arsenal and Wolves. The Gunners have over twice as many points as Wolves have managed to pick up, plus over twice as many goals scored. Arsenal’s fluent, free flowing passing and attacking movement off the ball is usually more than enough for any defence to cope with, and Wolves, still struggling against relegation, will likely come unstuck again. There’s strong stats to back up an Arsenal home win here, as they haven’t been defeated by Wolves in the last sixteen encounters between the two sides. That run of good form against the Midlands side includes seven straight league wins. There really isn’t a lot of expectancy that it won’t continue on the weekend. The game at Newcastle was a bit of anomaly and can be wiped off the slate come kick off here. The Arsenal defence and system is a lot stronger than that, and they have been ruthless when playing teams from the bottom half of the league, winning 12 out of 14 matches this season. They’ll miss Diaby with his ban, and again will be without top scorer Nasri in the side. However, Robin Van Persie has come into a fine run of form in front of goal, firing in eight goals in his last six Premier League matches.

So will there be another fairy tale result on the cards for Wolves? Unlikely. Winning away from home is a lot different from trying to scrap for points in your own back yard with your fans behind you. The Emirates is a daunting place to go, because Arsenal have the ability to tear fragile defences apart. It is Arsenal who go into this match with all of the firepower at their disposal, and with Wolves’ inability to even hang on for draws away from home this year, it points to nothing but an Arsenal win in this match. If Wolves were capable of beating Manchester United and Arsenal in back to back games, then they wouldn’t be in the position which they are in right now. That is fighting against relegation, and still remain one of the favourites to take the drop. Manager Mick McCarthy hasn’t managed to pick up a victory against Arsenal in his career, in fact, has lost all matches against them. While there are some signs of hope for Wolves, it is important to not forget that the Manchester United win came after a streak of three straight defeats for Wolves, with Bolton, Liverpool and Manchester City seeing them off. They are also on a run of three straight away defeats, started by a loss at West Ham, the only team beneath them in the league at the moment. Note: Arsenal have not conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes of play in the league all season

It is highly unlikely that Wolves will be good enough to go to the Emirates and take three points, so is it worth looking at them for a draw? Not really, as Wolves have picked up the fewest amount of draws of all Premier League teams this season, so that pretty much rules that one out. They clearly raise their game when they are playing top opposition, which begs the question why they can’t put that same heart into playing weaker opposition. That’s one for McCarthy to figure out. Wolves record at Arsenal is pretty miserable in the head to head statistics, as the Midlands side has won just eight matches of 53 played there. The last time Wolves picked up a point off Arsenal was back in the 81/82 season with a draw at Molineux. Following that, there have been eleven straight wins for Arsenal over Wolves in all competitions, with the Gunners putting almost twice as many goals as Wolves in those meeting. Three points to Arsenal it really should be.

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Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Wolves 0, Arsenal 2
Arsenal 1, Wolves 0
Wolves 1, Arsenal 4
Wolves 1, Arsenal 3
Arsenal 3, Wolves 0

Arsenal have an 67% win percentage at home in the league this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers have an 8% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Arsenal are on a streak of 5 home matches with no defeat
Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a streak of 11 away matches with no draw

Arsenal have scored 27 goals, and conceded 12 at home
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 9 and conceded 24 goals in their away matches

Arsenal average 2.2 goals per match at home this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers average 0.7 goals per match away from home this season

Arsenal have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored the majority of their goals in the 31-45 and 76-90 minute brackets

Arsenal have opened the scoring in 64% of their matches
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored first in 40% of their matches

Arsenal 2010/11 top scorer: Nasri, 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 top scorer: Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 4

Arsenal 2010/11 Season Form: P25 W15 D5 L5 GF54 GA27 Pts 50 (2nd)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 Season Form: P25 W7 D3 L15 GF26 GA43 Pts 24 (19th)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Saturday, February 5th

Premier League Betting

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Betting Tip & Odds: Away win. Nothing too much more to say about it really. Wolves have dug a little deeper when facing the big teams this season, but you don’t expect slip ups from Manchester United, and when the Red Devils have an off day, they still manage to scrap at least a draw. United have had their problems on the road this season, but you still have to look at them as favourites to win the match here. It is what they do. Just get the job done, no need for all that pretty football and flair, just get the points and go home. A Manchester United -1.5 Asian Handicap for 7/5 at Victor Chandler looks like a decent prospect.

Wolverhampton Wanderers to win: 15/2 at BetFred
Draw: 7/2 at SkyBet
Manchester United to win: 4/9 at Bet365


EPL Match Preview: Well, Manchester United just don’t look as if they are going to slow their pace at all. One wonders if they are going to emulate Arsenal’s last title winning triumph, and go all season remaining unbeaten? Certainly at first glance you wouldn’t expect Wolves to be standing in their way, and truthfully this match looks all a bit academic. You expect the teams at the bottom of the table to raise their game and take on the big boys, as they really have nothing to lose. Combine that with the fact that Wolves desperately need points to get away from relegation, you would they would put up some kind of defiance, especially at home. However, you just cannot see it happening against Manchester United. When Chelsea were in the midst of their terrible slump, Wolves beat the defending Champions in one of the shocks of the season. You just cannot imagine a repeat of that happening when Manchester United head to the Midlands. To their credit, Mick McCarthy’s men put on a brave front when they went to Old Trafford earlier in the season, and they put in a decent performance put still lost in a tight 2-1 result. Wins have been hard to come by for Wolves this season, and they are currently on a three game losing skid. They were edged out in a thrilling 4-3 defeat against Manchester City, were thumped 3-0 by Liverpool and then lost in dying seconds of their midweek game against struggling Bolton.

This is top v bottom. There is a difference of 33 points between the two sides, which is exactly the amount which Bolton have sat eighth place in the league, and that is the gulf between United and Wolves. Is there another shock on the cards though? Wolves have had their last five successes in the league (their only wins after beating Stoke on the opening day of the season) against Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland and Manchester City, so that is some good which they have taken down. No matter how romantically you may look at this, either as a Wolves fan, or a neutral, you just can’t see three points going to the home side. That is because Manchester United’s defence, which has been one of their highlights this season, should not have any trouble coping with the light weight attack which Wolves can offer. The other factor is that Wolves have one of the worst defensive records in the league, and taking on the top scorers really isn’t what they want right now. Wolves need points, and they are probably going to trudge back to the changing rooms at the end of 90 minutes here without a point and still rooted to the bottom of the league.

Yes Manchester United have been less than perfect away from home this season. That can’t be argued with, and they have cut most of their away fixtures pretty close. They have still won only three on the road, while drawing all other eight which they have played. Their last trip away was an uphill struggle against Blackpool, in which United found themselves two nil down at half time. Was that enough to stop them? No, they still found a way to grind out a win, running out 3-2 winners when their unbeaten run looked on the line. They have been held to 0-0 draws at Tottenham and Manchester City, but have yet to hit the Emirates or Stamford Bridge this season. But for the immediate time being, Manchester United just look as if they will roll on. Wayne Rooney found his scoring touch finally, netting a brace against Aston Villa during midweek. That was a timely contribution from Rooney’s barren season, as he was on the brink of being dropped from the starting line up in favour of the red hot Hernandez. So, Manchester United, primarily through Dimitar Berbatov, just keep scoring and just keep winning. Incidentally, Berbatov has scored just five fewer than Wolves have managed collectively all season. United have scored at least three goals in each of their last three Premier League matches. Who can stop them? They have lost the services of Gary Neville, who has decided to hang up his boots, but Alex Ferguson’s red machine just keeps on going and going.

Wolves have held their end up in matches played at Molineux against Manchester United looking at the head to head. The home side has won 48% of the encounters between the two teams there, where Manchester United have won on 31% of their visits. Looking at the average goals per game in this fixture, Wolves have hit 1.9, while United have hit 1.5. United have already beaten Wolves twice this season, once in the Carling Cup and once in the league, and you expect them to net the hat trick. They have now won the last six straight against Wolves. If United win this one, they will hit a new club record for an unbeaten run of games. For a team which has looked so ordinary on the road, it is quite astonishing.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Man Utd 2, Wolves 1
Wolves 0, Man Utd 1
Man Utd 3, Wolves 0
Wolves 1, Man Utd 0
Man Utd 1, Wolves 0

Wolverhampton Wanderers have an 42% win percentage at home in the league this season
Manchester United have a 27% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a streak of 8 home matches with no draw
Manchester United are on a streak of 11 away games with no defeat

Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 15 goals, and conceded 18 at home
Manchester United have scored 17 and conceded 14 goals in their away matches

Wolverhampton Wanderers average 1.2 goals per match at home this season
Manchester United average 1.5 goals per match away from home this season

Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Manchester United have scored the majority of their goals in the 31-45 minute bracket

Wolverhampton Wanderers have opened the scoring in 41% of their matches
Manchester United have scored first in 78% of their matches

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 top scorer: Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 4
Manchester United 2010/11 top scorer: Berbatov, 19

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 Season Form: P24 W6 D3 L15 GF24 GA42 Pts 21 (20th)
Manchester United 2010/11 Season Form: P24 W15 D9 L0 GF54 GA22 Pts 54 (1st)

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