Champions League preview: Liverpool v Real Madrid – Wednesday, 22 October

The Champions League returns this week with two of European footballs most decorated teams going head to head. Five-time winners Liverpool will welcome ten-time champions Real Madrid to Anfield in what promises to be another great European night on Merseyside.

On the face of it, this game looks to be rather one-sided with the Spanish side enjoying a decent run of form while Liverpool have stumbled disappointingly out of the blocks this season. But this is European football; and this is Anfield: There have been some dramatic results in this stadium over the years and these big home games seem to bring out the best in the Reds.

Madrid will be without the world’s most expensive footballer as Gareth Bale is set to miss out through injury but they still have an impressive line-up of world class talent at their disposal. Ronaldo has already bagged an incredible 17 goals in the league and Europe this season which is in stark contrast to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli who has managed just one. Brendan Rodgers will still be without Daniel Sturridge, who has had a setback in his recovery from injury, and will be hoping that some of his new signings can find form in this game.

Another worrying stat for Brendan Rodger’s team will be the fact that Los Blancos have scored a total of 37 goals this season with 19 of those being scored away. That is an average of 3.8 goals per away game in all competitions. Liverpool have managed just 16 goals all season – which is less than Ronaldo. Combine this with the fact that Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet at Anfield this year and things do not look great for the home team.

However, Liverpool do have history on their side and will be boosted by the fact that Real Madrid have never beaten them or scored a goal against them in their previous meetings. On their last visit to Anfield, the Spanish giants were cut down to size after being humiliated 4-0 by a Liverpool team coached by Rafa Benitez. It is for this reason that Real Madrid may approach this game with more caution than usual and employ a counter-attacking approach. The absence of Karim Benzema could also offer a glimmer of hope to the team in red.

The stats point to a Madrid win but the bookies will not do you any favours with the price. To find any value, a braver approach is needed and with Madrid already coasting in this group and a meeting against Barcelona looming on Saturday, they may just be happy to take a draw from Merseyside.

Match prediction: Draw 31/10 with Boylesports

Champions League preview: Liverpool v Real Madrid – Wednesday, 22 OctoberunratedNeil2014-10-21 02:19:52The Champions League returns this week with two of European footballs most decorated teams going head to head. Five-time winners Liverpool will welcom…
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Barclays Premier League 18 -20 October – Corner and goal betting round-up

As we enter week 8 of the Premier League season, the sample size for data increases and we start to see some clear patterns emerging.

If we apply the statistics for corners (won and conceded) and goals scored (for and against) to this weekend’s games, we may find some opportunities worth backing.

Corner betting

If you are a fan of the corner betting markets, there a couple of games that stand out. First up is the Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur match. Here, the stats tell us that the home side win an average of 10.3 corners per game at the Etihad and the away side win an average of 5 corners on the road. Therefore, this game has a very high chance of producing over 10.5 corners. The Sky Blues concede an average of 4.3 corners at home, so a corner count of over 14 is very likely.

Another game with a chance of a high corner count is Arsenal vs Hull City. The Londoners win an average of 8 corners at home while the Tigers win an average of 6 corners per away game. Both teams are good at restricting the number of opposition corners but this game should still break the 10.5 corner count.

There are also a couple of games that may be lacking when it comes to corners. Southampton will take on Sunderland at St. Marys and both teams have struggled when it comes to corners so far this season. The Saints win an average of just 4 corners per home game while Sunderland only manage to notch up a tally of 3.3 on their travels. This game has a very high possibility of a producing fewer than 10.5 corners with the final figure likely to be below 9.

Stoke vs Swansea also stands out as a low corner game with the home side averaging 5.7 per game and the away team averaging a pitiful total of just 1.7. Stoke have conceded quite a few corners at home but Swansea are the worst in the league by a distance when it comes to winning corners. Expect a corner count of below 10 in this game.

Goal betting

The goal betting statistics are also starting to reveal some trends and there a couple of games worth looking at this weekend.

Arsenal vs Hull is once again in the spotlight as we look at the over 2.5 goals market. Home games involving the Gunners have averaged 3 goals per match and Hull’s away games have produced an average of 2.7. Arsenal score an average of 1.7 at home and Hull have managed to net an average of 1.3 pr away game. This game has a good chance of producing over 2.5 goals.

Aston Villa will travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday with Paul Lambert’s men hoping that the Toffees continue their generous habit of shipping goals at home. Visitors to the blue half of Merseyside have scored an average of 3.7 goals per game this season and Everton themselves have averaged 2.3 per home match – making a total average of 6 per game. Even if Villa only manage to score their current away average of 0.7, this game still has a decent chance of producing over 2.5 goals.

The third standout game in the over 2.5 market is West Bromwich Albion against Manchester United. On average, the Baggies have netted twice per home game this term while United have a decent return of 1.3 per away game. With an average total goal count of 3.3 for both teams in their respective home and away games, a goal count of over 2.5 looks like a decent bet.

If you are looking for a game that will have a low goal count, look no further than Stoke vs Swansea. The Potters have recorded an average of just 0.3 goals per game at home this season compared to Swansea’s 1.3 on the road. Stoke are pretty tight at conceding at home too (an average of 0.7), so this one should be considered for under 2.5 goal bets.

Barclays Premier League 18 -20 October – Corner and goal betting round-upunratedNeil2014-10-16 09:23:35As we enter week 8 of the Premier League season, the sample size for data increases and we start to see some clear patterns emerging.

If we apply t…

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Premier League – Arsenal v Hull, match preview Saturday 18 October 2014

Premier League – Match preview Saturday 18 October 2014
15:00 Arsenal v Hull – Emirates Stadium
Arsenal and Hull sit just a point apart in the Premier League table with both teams having won just one of their last six matches. This game catches the eye from a betting point of view due to three standout statistics.  Full goal, corner and form stats can be found at the end of the post.

Firstly, this game rates highly for those interested in the Both Teams to Score (BTTS) market. This bet has paid out in 100% of the Gunners home games so far and in 66.7% of Hull City’s away games. This can be taken as a standalone bet at evens with William Hill or added to your an accumulator.
In the goals market, home games involving Arsenal and away games featuring Hull have both have a 66.7% chance of finishing with over 2.5 goals. You can back the combination of both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 6/5 with Bets365.
In the corners market Arsenal are likely to come out on top with an average home corner dominance of +4.3 compared to Hull’s away figure of +1. For handicap and spreads, back Arsenal to have corner supremacy statistics of over +2.
For the overall result, the home win looks like the most favourable result. Arsenal have only played three home games so far: a 1-1 draw against rivals Tottenham, a 2-2 draw against current champions Man City and a win against Crystal Palace. Hull won away at struggling QPR, drew at third-from-bottom Newcastle but lost away at Aston Villa.

Arsenal vs Hull goal and corner bets

Premier League – Arsenal v Hull, match preview Saturday 18 October 2014unratedEditor2014-10-14 03:58:58Premier League – Match preview Saturday 18 October 2014
15:00 Arsenal v Hull – Emirates Stadium
Arsenal and Hull sit just a point apart in the Premi…
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Men’s Tennis: Race to London update – Murray & Ferrer take Vienna wild cards

In an attempt to boost their chances of appearing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November, both David Ferrer and Andy Murray have taken wild card entries to the Erste Bank Open in Vienna this week. The move shows how keen the players are to grab a place at the season finale that will be held at London’s O2 arena.

Both players are currently outside of the eight automatic qualification places and will be hoping to gain ground on Canadian Milos Raonic who currently holds the final spot. Ferrer will start as top seed in Vienna and will need to progress to the finals to gain additional points due to the number of matches he has already played this season. A quarter-final place would be enough for Andy Murray to earn some valuable extra points.

Murray is currently in tenth spot just 95 points behind Raonic and will be hoping to bounce back from his disappointing performance in Shanghai when he lost to Ferrer after going a set up. Meanwhile, Raonic will be travelling to Moscow to compete in the Kremlin Cup as the top seed.

Also competing in Moscow will be US Open champion Marin Cilic who is looking to chase down fifth place Kei Nishikori who is not competing at all this week. As a Grand Slam champion, Cilic will automatically be invited to London but he looks set to qualify on merit via the points system.

Seventh place Tomas Berdych will be in Stockholm this week to challenge for the IF Open title he won in 2012. He has close to a 200 point cushion over Raonic and based on recent form, he should be capable of booking a fifth consecutive appearance at the ATP finals.

Grigor Dimitrov still has a slim chance of making it to London but he will need to overturn a 300 point deficit in the coming weeks and that looks unlikely at this stage. The Bulgarian travels to Sweden as the reigning champion and will need to progress to at least the semi-finals to gain any extra points.

With so much at stake and time running out, it promises to be an enthralling few weeks of Tennis for those following the Race to London.

Novak Djokovic is still the bookies favourite to lift the overall title with a best price of 6/4 available from SkyBet. Second favourite is Roger Federer who was struggling to even qualify for the finals this time last year. However, the Swiss players remarkable return to form continues and he can currently be backed at a tempting 10/3 with BetVictor.

Men’s Tennis: Race to London update – Murray & Ferrer take Vienna wild cardsunratedNeil2014-10-13 07:21:35In an attempt to boost their chances of appearing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November, both David Ferrer and Andy Murray have taken wild…
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Best trends in the Barclays Premiership

After investigating all 20 teams in the league we have compiled some standout stats and bets proven to payout most often on every team so far this premiership season…

These show just how many strong moneymaking trends there already are in the Premier League, just 7 games into the season.

The contributors to Let’s Compare Bets use these trends and stats to make informed predictions on premiership football games.  Take a look.

ARSENAL – Over 3.5 Card bets…
Over 3.5 Cards bets have paid out in 100% of Arsenal games (7 out of 7)

ASTON VILLA – opponents to win the Most Corners…
Villa have won the Most Corners in just 1 of their 7 games

BURNLEY – no wins…
Burnley are yet to win a game (W0 D4 L3) – with bets on their opponent to Win or Draw – Double Chance paying out in 100%.

CHELSEA – unbeaten and top of the league…
Chelsea have won 100% of Home games, and 6 out of 7 games overall (86%).
Time of First Goal – 27th Minute of Before bets have paid out in 5 out of 7 games (71%).
Diego Costa have landed Anytime Scorer bets in 6 out of 7 games (86%).

CRYSTAL PALACE – Over 10.5 Corners and Over 3.5 Cards bets…
Over 10.5 Corners bets have paid out in 100% of Palace Home games, and 6 out of 7 overall (86%).
Over 3.5 Cards bets have paid out in 5 out of 7 games (71%).

EVERTON – Goals galore – and just 1 win so far…
Everton have won just 1 of their 7 games so far (W1 D3 L3).
Both Teams to Score bets have paid out in 6 out of 7 games (86%).
Time of First Goal – 27th Minute of Before bets have paid out in 6 out of 7 games (86%).

HULL – the goals come late…
Time of First Goal – After 27th Minute bets have paid out in 5 out of 7 games (71%).
The average Time of the First Goal in Hull games is 37 minutes.

LEICESTER – unbeaten at Home…
Leicester are unbeaten at Home (W1 D3 L0) – with Double Chance Win or Draw bets paying out in 100%.
Carrying out their strong Home form from in The Championship last season – where Double Chance bets paid out in 91% of games at the King Power Stadium.

LIVERPOOL – Both Teams to Score…
Both Teams to Score have paid out in 5 out of 7 games this season (71%), and 14 of their last 20 Premier League games (70%).
Liverpool have kept just 1 clean sheet this season.

Barclays Premiership trends

Best trends in the Barclays PremiershipunratedEditor2014-10-12 06:13:57After investigating all 20 teams in the league we have compiled some standout stats and bets proven to payout most often on every team so far this pre…
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