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Pick your secondary team in the WC

There’s no denying the big teams at the World Cup this year. Out of the whopping 79 teams that have made it to the World Cup over its long history, only 8 teams have ever won it! However this year’s exciting yet controversial event in Russia is set to break some new ground, with underdog nations Panama and Iceland making their debut at the World Cup. Iceland themselves are setting a new record as the smallest nation to ever play at the tournament! To help you make the most of this year’s event, this quiz put together by Betfair World Cup odds gives you your second team to pick, just in case your guarantee isn’t such a sure bet! Let us know what team you landed on, and most importantly, if they won!

Good luck!

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Predicting the Premier League’s Top 10 Next Season

At times, football can be very difficult to predict. Everyone remembers Leicester’s ridiculous run to the Premier League title in 2016, but very few fans would have backed the dream to come true (odds of 5000/1 were available).

While Man City’s charge to the title was much more predictable last season, there were plenty of shocks: Burnley nicking a Europa League place and Crystal Palace escaping relegation were among the unpredictable outcomes.

Below is an attempt to list next season’s Top 10 (in reverse order), with some reasoning thrown in for each. The latest odds are supplied by William Hill. If you want to back any, check the latest bonuses for some extra value.

  1. Wolves

A team transformed in recent years and one with big ambitions for the future. Not everything is without controversy, including Wolves’ links to agent Jorge Mendes. But they are going to spend and build something lasting at Molineux. At 11/10, Wolves to finish in the top half looks decent value.

  1. Crystal Palace

Has any manager redeemed his reputation as quickly as Roy Hodgson? He deserves more recognition for the job he did at Palace last season. They had no points when he joined and looked certain to be relegated, but ended up in 11th. 9/4 they finish in the Top 10 looks a steal. One caveat though: they must keep hold of Wilfred Zaha.

  1. West Ham

Despite tumultuous times at the club, the Hammers will spend big in the summer. They have also appointed one of the world’s most underrated managers in Manuel Pellegrini. Should the fans, unlike last season, get behind the team, the a Top 10 finish (9/4) is within sight. [Read more…]

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Sports Betting and Your Horoscope

The stars have long held a special place in human lives. While the provide light in the night and navigation to sailors, it is in divination that they have found a permanent home. Technology has come and wiped away the need for the use of stars in navigation. GPS keeps getting better as most ships now have the ability to steer themselves to their intended destination. And for the night lights, the cities of this planet look like galaxies with millions of lights after sundown.

Progressing with Technology

The latest casino games can be played online. That is why we see many online casinos in Australia securing their websites with SSL certificates to protect their gamblers. Making bets on sporting events from remote locations has been around a lot longer. But the all through these transformations man has looked to the stars to see what the future holds. [Read more…]

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Spectator Rules at Wimbledon!

Over 141 years old, Wimbledon (based in South West London) is the world’s most prestigious and respected tennis tournament in the world, with an estimated viewership of one billion people across 200 territories.

Considering the size and scope of Wimbledon, it’s no real surprise to see the volume of work that goes into hosting the iconic tournament every year. For example, it’s thought that around 54,000 balls are used each year, while 40 miles of string is used to fit 2,000 rackets across the tournament. It’s also thought that Wimbledon has one of the largest catering capacity of any other annual sporting event in Europe. With over 2,000 catering staff in total, the average food and drink quantities supplied include:

  • 330,000 cups of tea and coffee
  • 320,000 glasses of Pimm’s
  • 234,000 meals (e.g. sandwiches)
  • 86,000 ice creams
  • 76,000 sandwiches

As many Brits know all too well, the iconic dish Strawberries and cream is one of Wimbledon’s most consumed snacks, and when laid end-to-end, the volume of strawberries served at Wimbledon would stretch to almost 37 miles – that’s the distance from Wimbledon to Reading! Furthermore, in 2017, 28 tonnes of strawberries were consumed alongside 10,000 litres of fresh cream. That works out at 125 bath tubs worth! [Read more…]

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Manchester United vs Arsenal

Although neither Manchester United nor Arsenal have much left to play for in the Premier League, expect not a single inch to be given in what is the last act of one of the greatest managerial rivalries of the modern day.

In the large scheme of things, this game is perhaps nothing but a dead rubber. Manchester City have already won the league title, so Manchester United have nothing but a 2nd-place finish over bitter rivals Liverpool to contend for. On the other hand, Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top 4 are all but over – they will have their eyes on the Europa League as their route to the Champions League. However, when Man Utd take on Arsenal, the stakes are always high – and if this fixture needed a fresh lease of life, it has been accorded just that, in light of Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down at the end of this season.

Man Utd will go into this game as heavy favourites – 8/17 on Betfair Premier League odds. They are certainly the side that can afford to take this fixture more seriously. Man Utd’s potential FA Cup final is after the end of the league season. For Arsenal, this fixture is sandwiched between two crucial Europa League semi-final ties against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Arsenal would need nothing short of a miracle to finish in the top 4, according to Betfair Premier League Predictions, With that in mind, Wenger could opt to rest key players for this clash, but don’t expect Jose Mourinho to show similar nicety towards his arch-nemesis as they clash for the final time. [Read more…]

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Test your general knowledge of football

There is no doubt that football is the most popular sport on the planet. Millions of people across the planet are involved in football one way or another, whether that is by playing the game or placing bets on online football betting sites. Considering that there are fans being involved in different ways, it should come as no surprise that there are also fans with different levels of knowledge. The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world and as a result, has the biggest ‘fan-base’. This means that there are a lot of casual football fans following the league, but also some fanatic football fans as well.

With the ‘invention’ of the sport dating back to the 19th century, the difficulty of football questions can vary depending on how invested in the sport they are. Some of the more casual questions such as guessing the name of England’s top division should be an easy question for any fan. However questions such as naming the 1930 World Cup champions will probably suitable for some of the more knowledge football fans.

This quiz will test your general knowledge of football. Are you a football fanatic, or are you a casual football fan?

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Cheltenham Festival 2018

As all the horse racing fanatics will know, Cheltenham Festival 2018 is just around the corner. The annual event attracts thousands of viewers and visitors worldwide, and is well known for its atmosphere – most notably the “Cheltenham roar”. The horse racing odds available also means that hundreds on millions of pounds are expected gambled during the week.

This year’s Cheltenham Festival is a momentous one for the event as its prize pool of around £5 million means it has the largest prize pool of any Cheltenham festival. Although there are numerous reasons why the prize pools have increased over the years, the main reason is due to the investment from the Jockey Club. Since the 18th century, the club have invested in the sport by opening new racecourses, improve existing ones, and investing in training and racecourse facilities in order to bring them to the highest standard possible. These investments and improvements have led to the sport becoming very popular and, as a result, the prize pool has also improved because of this investment. [Read more…]