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Champions League Final – Too close to Call ?

June 1st, 2017

Arguably,  the two best club football teams in the world will meet this Saturday in the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

The defending champions Real Madrid will face Juventus in a rematch of the 1998 final with Real are slim favorites in this matchup, priced at +150 (2.50) on the moneyline with Juventus at +175 (2.75)  and the draw in regulation very much in play at +205 (3.05).

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Real Madrid have won the Champions League 11 times including recently in 2014 and 2016, and they come into Saturday’s final as Spanish La Liga champions, led by the incomparable four-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristian Ronaldo.

But Juventus are a good match, featuring legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal, having won Italy’s Serie A for the sixth straight year. Juve have allowed just one goal in their last seven matches combined.

Scoring could be even more difficult for Real Madrid if reports on Gareth Bale’s health are accurate. Bale suffered a right ankle tendon injury in November and had to leave last month’s Clasico against Barcelona after tweaking his calf. The Welsh national is still expected to play in front of what should be a pro-Real crowd in Cardiff.

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Atletico Madrid Hosts Bayern Munich in Champions League Semifinal

April 26th, 2016

After eliminating their fierce Spanish rivals Barcelona in the quarterfinals, Atletico Madrid have another big task in the Champions League as they host German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the first leg of the semifinals on Wednesday.

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Atletico has been on a roll since they edged Barcelona 3-2 over two legs in the quarterfinals, winning their last five games, including a 2-0 win over Barcelona in Game 2 of the quarter-finals at home. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in that game, sending Atletico to the semifinals for the second time in three years.

Bayern held on for a tough 3-2 aggregate win over Benfica, including a nail-biting 2-2 away draw in the second leg. Arturo Vidal scored in both legs and Thomas Muller added one in the second leg; Bayern has won three in a row since that game. They return to the semifinals – where they lost to Barcelona last season.

This is the third time that these two teams have met. They faced each other in two legs of the 1974 European Cup Final. The first leg resulted in a 1-1 draw, and Bayern scooped up a 4-0 win in the second leg.

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Stake-back Betting a major bonus at BetFred Bookmaker

December 3rd, 2010

It is surprising how often bookmaker specials are a load of Cr#p. We’ve found that that is not the case at Betfred – this popular online sportsbook has recently had to pay out big bucks several weeks running to punters who took advantage of it’s “Money Back Specials” or “Cash Back Offers”.

…And while we are confident Betfred won’t be bleeding cash as the result of the payouts, it certainly leaves a losing punter with a far better feeling to at least get their stake back.

Click to visit Betfred BookmakerHere’s the special offers on this weekend’s games at Betfred Bookmaker (weather dependent as it looks like many won’t play!!):

Ipswich Town v Swansea City Cashback  –  Saturday 12:45
If JK Scotland scores the last goal of the game, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goalscorers, Correct score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

Millwall v Scunthorpe Utd Cashback  –  Saturday LIVE on Sky Sports 2, 17:20
If Steve Morison scores the last goal of the game, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goalscorers, Correct score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

AC Milan v Brescia Cashback  –  Saturday LIVE on ESPN, 19:45
If the match ends in a goalless draw, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goal Scorers, Correct Score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

West Brom v Newcastle Utd Special Offer  –  Sunday LIVE on Sky Sports 1, 13:30
Double Delight: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score again, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price.
Hat-trick Heaven: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score a hat-trick, Betfred will treble your first goalscorer price.

Sunderland v West Ham Utd Special Offer  –  Sunday LIVE on Sky Sports 1, 16:00
Double Delight: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score again, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price.
Hat-trick Heaven: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score a hat-trick, Betfred will treble your first goalscorer price.

Nurnberg v Dortmund Cashback  –  Sunday LIVE on ESPN, 16:30
If the match ends a 1:1 draw, Fred will refund all losing correct score and double result bets up to £200.

Catania v Juventus Cashback  –  Sunday LIVE on ESPN, 19:45
If the match ends in a goalless draw, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goal Scorers, Correct Score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

Napoli v Palermo Cashback  –  Monday LIVE on ESPN, 19:45
If the match ends in a goalless draw, Fred will refund all losing First and Last Goal Scorers, Correct Score and Scorecast bets up to £200.

Liverpool V Aston Villa Special Offer  –  Monday LIVE on Sky Sports 1, 20:00
Double Delight: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score again, Betfred will double your first goalscorer price.
Hat-trick Heaven: If your player scores the first goal of the match and then goes on to score a hat-trick, Betfred will treble your first goalscorer price.

>>Daily register of bookmaker money back special bets 

Spain favourites to reign at World Cup

July 8th, 2010

Spain are the favourites to win the World Cup after they defeated Germany 1-0 in their semi-final clash on Wednesday night. The Spanish side will face Holland at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Both sides are looking to win the World Cup for the first time, and so it’s likely to be a tight and cagey encounter.

Spain looked very comfortable against Germany and it’s no surprise to see them trading as shorter-priced favourites but it’s going to be a close match.

Spain can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) at Bet365 to win the match in 90 minutes, with Holland priced at 14/5 (3.80) at BetVictor, and the draw 23/10 (3.30) at Bovada Sportsbook

World Cup Semi-final : Betting Pick : Uruguay v Holland

July 6th, 2010

Holland face Uruguay in the opening semi-final with the Dutch buoyant after a superb fightback from 1-0 down at half-time saw them knock favourites Brazil out of the tournament.

World Cup BettingIt’s been good and bad news for Holland during the build-up to this game with Joris Mathijsen and Robin van Persie declared fit, while Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong will have to miss out through suspension.

Uruguay have selection issues of their own with Nicolas Lodeiro, Jorge Fucile and, most crucially, Luis Suarez all suspended. The potential loss to injury of captain and defensive lynchpin Diego Lugano would also provide a massive blow for Oscar Tabarez’s men. 

Holland are rightly favourites at 4/6 to win the match but they should be made to work for the victory and a one-goal Dutch success looks like the likely outcome.

Bert van Marwijk’s men have won four of their five games at this World Cup by only a one-goal margin (against Japan, Cameroon, Slovakia and Brazil) so the 5/1 for a 1-0 win and 17/2 for a 2-1 win look worth an interest. 

Betting Pick : Uruguay 1-2 Holland

Brazil bomb out – providing Dutch delight for some punters !

July 3rd, 2010

The Betfair World Cup winner market has lost its short-priced favourite as Brazil crashed out at the quarter-final stages at the hands of the Netherlands.

Robinho opened the scoring after being matched at 10.00 and it all looked like plain sailing for Dunga’s troops who traded at just 1.23 to win on the match odds market.

An uncharacteristic mistake from the normally reliable Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar gifted the Orange an equaliser before a Wesley Sneijder header from a corner shocked football fans and punters alike and proved enough to see the outsiders through, a task made easier after Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo was sent off for a stamp on Arjen Robben shortly after the second goal.

The Netherlands were matched at a high of 48.00 on the match odds market sfter fgallnig behind, and at 9.40 on the “to qualify” market ; while Sneijder was matched at 19.0 to be the match’s last scorer.

The Netherlands share favouritism with Spain to go all the way, at odds of 3.40, though backers of Brazil’s victors may consider themselves to be in a better position given that Spain still need to beat Paraguay if they are to make the final four.

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England’s World Cup chances fade according to bookies.

June 1st, 2010

England’s World Cup odds have drifted to 7/1 from 6/1 with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power following their lacklustre performance against Japan yesterday – with England needing two late own-goals to scrape a 2-1 victory.

England are now joint third best with Argentina behind tournament favourites Spain at 4/1 and Brazil at 5/1.

World Cup Latest Outright Winner Odds

4/1 Spain,
5/1 Brazil,
7/1 Argentina,
7/1 England (From 6/1)
10/1 Holland,
14/1 Italy,
14/1 Germany,
18/1 France

Wayne Rooney is expected to be England’s star man and is a very likely 8/13 to bag 3 or more goals in the tournament and 11/1 third best in the betting to finish top tournament goalscorer behind Spain’s David Villa and Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

 World Cup Golden Boot Latest

8/1 Villa (Spain),
10/1 Messi (Argentina),
11/1 Rooney (England),
12/1 Fabiano (Brazil),
13/1 Torres (Spain),
16/1 Van Persie (Holland),
18/1 Higuain (Argentina),
20/1 Ronaldo (Portugal)

World Cup Top Goalscorer Betting – Robin Van Persie odds cut

May 27th, 2010

Dutch striker Robin Van Persie is now 18/1 with top UK bookmaker bet365 to win the World Cup Golden Boot after his brace against Mexico on Wednesday night.

The Arsenal man opened at 33s, and bet365 Steve Freeth said: “Van Persie looks to have put his injury problems behind him and punters have been quick to latch onto the Dutchman after his double against Mexico.

Spain striker David Villa remains the favourite at a general 9/1 ahead of Argentina’s Lionel Messi and England’s star man Wayne Rooney.

Selected Odds :
David Villa (Spain) 9.00
Leo Messi (Argentina) 10.00
Wayne Rooney (England) 11.00
Fernando Torres (Spain) 13.00
Clemente Luis Fabiano (Brazil) 13.00
Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) 17.00
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 19.00
Robin Van Persie (Holland) 19.00
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) 26.00
Vincenzo Iaquinta (Italy) 26.00
Thierry Henry (France) 26.00
Sergio Aguero (Argentina) 26.00
Miroslav Klose (Germany) 26.00

Victor Chandler (BetVictor) has Spain as FIFA World Cup Favourites

April 12th, 2010

2008 European Championship winners Spain and perennial favourites Brazil along with the are currently leading the way as favourites at BetVictor for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

England are currently third favourites to win the tournament, reflecting the home bias of the English football fans in BetVictor’s main market, meaning that some of the other sides are priced at good value.

To Win The World Cup

Team Price
Spain 7/2
Brazil 5/1
England 5/1
Argentina 8/1
Italy 12/1
Netherlands 12/1
France 16/1
Germany 14/1
Ivory Coast 25/1
Portugal 25/1
Paraguay 40/1
Chile 50/1
Serbia 50/1
Ghana 80/1
Nigeria 80/1

Check out all the latest prices at Victor Chandler bookmakers site.

What is the Gooners Guide to Football Gambling ?

November 28th, 2009

GoonersGuide.com provides independant gambling reviews, sports betting tips, previews, and bookmaker odds for club and international games played in Europe.

There are sections for English Premier League, Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga.

US sports are covered with NFL Football and College Football picks online as well.

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