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College Football Betting Trends

August 31st, 2006

It’s opening weekend in the 2006 College football season – and sports punters are wasting no time in backnig the favourites in big numbers.

The opening game on Thursday is Boston College v Central Michigan. Boston College have taken around 75% of the cash but still the line stayed at around -11. 

One game where there is movement is in the Iowa State v Toledo game. Iowa State are taking about 85% of the money and have moved from -7.5 to -8.5 as a result.

There is also an awful lot of money going on Wisconson to cover the -10 spread in their game against Bowling Green. As much as 90% of the action so far has been on the Wisconsin Badgers.

Another huge favourite is Penn State who have taken about 80% of the action to beat the -17 point handicap in thier game against Akron. You can still have Penn State at -16 1/2 at some books.

MANSION Offer a USD $1100 risk free bet on Steelers in the NFL

August 30th, 2006

You’ve heard the rumours of a massive FREE Bet offer !?!

You’ve seen it over at GoonersGuide.com FREE Bets page too.

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UK Gamblers : £23 per week

August 30th, 2006

A new report has found that many UK punters enjoy gambling online and that the office is often the place where they do it.

Office gamblers are estimated to wager around £2 billion online each year.  

A study by the online odds comparison service BetRescue has found that around three million people in Britain use office hours to bet and gamble over the internet.

The average gambler in the workplace is thought to be wagering around £23 a week in a variety of forms, including at online casinos, as well as on horse and dog racing and of course football.

It works out that the average online gambler is wagering just under £1,200 each year, of which only about 28% is ever won back.

The figures are evidence of the passion for gambling, which has been boosted in recent years by the introduction of online firms that has meant that punters are no longer required to head down to the bookies or the casino for their action. 

Ladbrokes bookmakers not going into US market

August 28th, 2006

British bookmaker Ladbrokes has decided to postpone its entry in the US market, and has instead invested in the Italian market by way of a €100 million (£68 million) joint venture investment with Italian betting company Pianetta Scommesse.

Ladbrokes chief executive Chris Bell, had conceded that the predicament of BetOnSports affected the company’s review of the US market for Internet gambling. Bell admitted that any potential to provide the US market with online casino and poker games hinged on the outcome of the forthcoming Bill, with the chief executive claiming “it remains a wait and see situation.”

Ladbrokes venture into the Italian market is believed to be the first step in a planned investment programme of €100 million over five years, with a strong focus on both Internet and terrestrial betting models. Ladbrokes has acquired a 51% share in Pianetta Scommesse for an estimated €1.3 million, making Ladbrokes an accredited operator with the future option to buy out its partner.
The move comes after Ladbrokes gained independence through the sale of the Hilton International hotel chain in February, and comes prior to the expected deregulation of the Italian gambling market.

RELATED LINKS :

The BookieLabRat.com Review of Ladbrokes Sports Betting
Go directly to the Ladbrokes Betting Website.

Italian Season 2006-07 starts on Sept 10th

August 25th, 2006

The Italian Football League have confirmed that the new Serie A 2006-07 season will now kick off on September 10.

The season was originally scheduled to start on August 27, but that date has been deemed as unrealistic given another summer of controversy in Italian football.

Due to the various appeals with regard to the initial Calciopoli sentences and the threat of another tribunal hearing involving more clubs, the new season’s start date has been delayed by two weeks.

RELATED LINKS :
GoonersGuide.Com Italian Football Betting Previews.

Aug 22nd – Tuesday night football

August 22nd, 2006

After the boredom of preseason we’re getting the action coming all the time with plenty of midweek action including Premier  League and Champions League action on Tuesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back  from an opening day loss at Bolton when they nost new-comers Sheffield United. It will be a bit of a physical battle – but I think that the North London side have too much class and will edge the match.

 In Europe we see 3 UEFA CL ties on Tuesday night, with SPain hosting two of them as Osasuna face Hamburg (0-0 after first leg) and Valencia play Austria Salzburg with the Austrian side scoring a shock 1-0 win in the first match.

Again, I think that the home sides have the edge here and with both host teams needing to win in order to progress then there will be a fully focused effort.

We should see a pair of Spanish victories at the end of the night.

For match previews and a detailed odds list see:
GoonersGuide.Com – English Football Betting Previews 
GoonersGuide.com – UEFA Champions League Betting Previews.

 

English Premier League : Opening Weekend

August 18th, 2006

The 2006-07 English Premiership season begins this weekend with champions Chelsea looking to win the title for the third year in succession.

The purchases of Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack show Chelsea mean business and Manchester City are the visitors to Stamford Bridge. Most of the attention will be on Shevchenko and Ballack but the German captain went off early in Cardiff with a hip injury. Still Chelsea should have too much for City.

Liverpool will kick off the season with the lunchtime match away to newly promoted Sheffield United and Rafael Benitez’s side will be confident of making a good start. They received a big boost by beating Chelsea 2-1 in the Community Shield last weekend.

Arsenal face Aston Villa at their new Emirates Stadium on Saturday with Ashley Cole not in their plans for the new season. The England full-back looks on his way out (most probably to penny pinching Chelsea) and manager Arsene Wenger is likely to leave him out . Thierry Henry may have to start on the bench after playing full game for France.

Villa are attracting almost as much media attention these days due to the arrival of the much coveted Martin O’Neill as manager and the impending takeover of the club, but it is asking a lot for the Irishman to gel the team quickly enough to take on Arsenal.

Manchester United will make their start as the last game of the round on Sunday afternoon at home against Fulham. Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, who picked up three-match bans for red cards in pre-season, are both free to play.

RELATED LINKS:

GoonersGuide.com’s English Football Preview Page.

Chelsea – an unloved rich mans play-thing ?

August 16th, 2006

Chelsea Football Club are an enigma. Successful – but almost completely unsupported.

Financially they were in ruins until along come Russian “business man” ( read mafia goon ) Roman Abramivich who bought the club – lock, stock and debts – and has subsequently pumped over £700m into it.

Now Chelsea have won two English Premier League titles in a row – while leaking money everywhere – and brought in some genuinely world class players – but still they cannot sell their seats for people to watch.

Chelsea appeared to sell less than half their ticket allocation for this season’s Community Shield game against Liverpool and now they’re struggling to sell out little Stamford Bridge for their opening league game of the season.

IF any other club in England had bought Andrei Schevchenko (and Michael Ballack) then it would have been a FULL HOUSE months ago. And remember that this is a game that opens their title defence, and has always been a sellout at Anfield, Old Trafford or Highbury (and probably even Emirates 60,000 seater too). 

But despite Chelsea’s media spin doctors saying that they had record number of memberships we now see that tickets for Chelsea’s home game against Man City have now gone on general sale!! General sale?!!

Sure, shirts will sell in Asia and the US, we know the bandwagon “success culture” that drives those two continents – but it appears that Londoners are voting with their feet.

Once the Russians go – and the money departs – Chelsea will be left as a debt ridden shell – completely unable to trade their way out of this financial hole.

Chelsea – a big club? You’re ‘aving a laff. 🙂

Liverpool v Maccabi Haifa – to be played in ….

August 14th, 2006

Liverpool will travel to Ukraine next week to defend their 2-1 lead against Maccabi Haifa after UEFA confirmed the second leg of the Champions League qualifier will be held in Kiev.

Mark Gonzalez scored a late winner in the opening leg at Anfield against the Israeli side, with the return leg unable to be held in Haifa due to the current armed conflict in the country.

The match will be played at Dynamo Kiev’s stadium, where Liverpool won five years ago in a Champions League group game courtesy of goals by Danny Murphy and Steven Murphy in a 2-1 victory.

A statement on uefa.com read: “The second leg of Maccabi Haifa’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against Liverpool FC will be played in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday, August 22, with no European competition matches permitted to be staged in Israel in light of the ongoing troubles in and around the country.”

Mansion offer GBP 100 Risk free Bet on Spurs

August 12th, 2006

All punters can get a £100 risk free bet on the opening weekend of the English Premier League at Mansion Sports Exchange.

Mansion are a BookieLabRat recommended betting exchange and they’ve recently begun a sponsorship of London side Tottenham Hotspur.

So to celebrate this fact, Mansion are offering people their money back if a bet on Tottenham to beat Bolton on tha Asian handicap system doesn’t win.

That’s right this is a no lose bet.

Simply :
1) Click on this Mansion SportsBook and Exchange link.
2) Join up (if you are not already a member)
3) Go to their Sportsbook section (important not to go to the exchange)
4) Place a bet on Tottenham on Asian Handicap @ a price of 1.84

What that means is that if Tottenham win then you’re GBP £84 up – and if they don’t you get your cash back !

You cannot turn this offer down – get on it today!

Place an Asian Handicap bet on Tottenham - if it loses you get your stake back up to GBP100

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