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5 ½ Reasons Why England Are Going To Win the World Cup

After sampling the ‘delights’ of a packed out Elland Road for the final friendly warm-up match against Costa Rica, the Three Lions faithful should be absolutely buzzing. Not only did they beat Costa Rica 2-0 but they showed everyone in attendance and the millions watching around the world  that there are five-and-a-half reasons why England are going to win the World Cup.

1.    Marcus Rashford

Coming off the back of a campaign where Marcus Rashford has been asked to play as a wing back by Manchester United Dictator Manager Joseph Mourinho, it looks as though Rashford has been storing all of his skill and guile in reserve for the World Cup.

Not only did the explosive young forward delight the crowd with a ‘Flip-Flap’ so good it sent the entire Costa Rica backline for a hot dog…

…he scored an absolute worldie that Cristiano Messiahimovic would have been proud of:

(Currently 150/1 on the Betfair odds to win world cup market to finish top goal scorer – free money anyone?)

2.    Formation

There has been a debate raging for years about how you fit all of our top-tier players into an effective starting line-up. Fans have been arguing Lampard over Gerrard, the benefits of Scholes and Carrick and whether we can afford to get a plane with wheelchair access to accommodate Jack Wilshere at the tournament.

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At first glance England’s 3-3-2-2 formation against Costa Rica looked like someone was trying too hard to show they’ve got tactical nous but it actually worked. England played a team that wasn’t 472nd or below in world rankings and didn’t lose. Not only that, they’ve solved the conundrum of slotting the best of the best into a starting line up with Fabian Delph, Eric Dier and Danny Welbeck all playing together and bossing the proceedings. Continue reading

Europe’s premier race; the Prix de L’Arc

Europe’s premier race; the Prix de L’Arc inaugurated back in 1920 and has continued to grow in statue. It has established itself as the most prestigious horse racing event and is a targeted group 1 as many of the top horses across the world are brought over to France to take part. With this in mind it has been won by a long list of the top horses ever to race. One that must come to mind is the mighty Mill Reef.

Mill Reef had an amazing career in which he won 12 times and finished runner up in 2 others in his 14 race career. He won a list of awards throughout his career that included the English 3 year old Champion Colt in 1971 and the English Champion older horse in 1972.

In his two year old campaign he won a list of the top races such as the Coventry stakes at Royal Ascot and the Dewhurst at Newmarket. He followed this up the following years by winning the Epsom Derby, King George and of course the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe. He won the Arc impressively by beating star French filly Pistol Packer by 3 lengths. Mill Reef will forever be remembered as one of the top horses to have ever raced. This infographic will cover the stats and facts on Europe’s key race and why it is the best. The latest horse racing betting odds can be found here ahead of the huge Champions day meeting at Ascot later this month.

Tottenham striker troubles

Although Tottenham vs West Ham may not be the fiercest of rivalries, their proximity to each other means it can still be considered a derby. Whilst there have been a lot of goals and drama in recent seasons alone, there have also been some misfiring strikers that have played for both teams throughout the year. It’s no secret that West Ham are struggling for goals at the moment, and it has been a while since they signed a goalscoring striker – hopefully the signing of Javier Hernandez will fix this. Although Harry Kane has been firing in the goals in the last few seasons, Tottenham have also had their fair share of misfiring strikers. If you’re a football betting fan who has bet on Spurs to win, you’ll be glad that you won’t be seeing any of these misfiring Tottenham strikers on the pitch:

Roberto Soldado

The best place to start for misfiring Tottenham strikers is Spaniard Roberto Soldado. After selling Gareth Bale for a then-world record fee of £85 million in 2013, Tottenham reinvested the money in their playing squad. One of the incoming players was Soldado who was brought in for a then-club record £26 million and came with high expectations. The Spaniard did manage to get off to a good start at his new club, scoring the winning penalty in the first game of the season, and then scoring a brace four days later in the Europa League playoff round. Although Soldado had an impressive goal-scoring record in Europe, where he scored five goals in seven games, it was in the Premier League where he struggled badly. The striker only managed to score six league goals in his debut season, and only two on them were from open play. His next season was even worse, only scoring five goals in 40 appearances in all competitions. After his two disappointing seasons, Soldado ended up returning to Spain. However, he has yet to gain his goal-scoring form which earned him the big money move to White Hart Lane in the first place. Continue reading

Champions league odds

Real Madrid have started this year’s champions league as favourites again as they go to break more records in becoming the first team to triumph in Europe’s premier competition for the third year in a row. They started the competition as 7/2 favourites to do so with the nearest challenges being the big spending PSG at 13/2.

PSG have spent a staggering amount ahead of this season bringing in the likes of Neymar so are expected to be a force against any of the big teams. Group B is one of the most competitive with two of the top 3 favourites fighting it out. Continue reading

Be Different and Bet For the Underdog

Losing a bet is a terrible thing for the mind. When we lose, we feel like we ought to stop betting completely. But that wouldn’t be the best way to use our time. It makes more sense to turn things around and bet for the team that’s expected to lose, especially if the numbers work in your favor.

You see, a favorite team might be the fave for very superficial reasons. This is why using data to drive decisions can be extremely lucrative. Instead of it being just about getting your emotions connected with the team, you’re getting your passion for winning connected with the team that can deliver the most on your expectations.

Underdog betting

There are a few classic tips that will help you along the way:

First and foremost, you need to have intimate knowledge of this team. Notice that we didn’t say insider knowledge, but intimate knowledge. You need to know who the players are, who the old players were, the coaches, the way they tend to play. Looking at past games will help you get an eye for the team’s playing style better than listening to all of those news shows. In fact, skip over any player interviews or coach interviews or commentator stories. The coaches aren’t going to really reveal too much on TV, where their competition could learn things. The players are also under the same pressure to keep quiet. So if you’re really trying to learn something, you’re going to have to look at other ways to get the information. Continue reading