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It’s Time for The Super Bowl – Get Your Bets In!

The Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday, and it’s going to be between the Seahawks and the Patriots. Super Bowl ads are already being discussed, and people are already hitting the grocery store for all of the snacks necessary for the big game. It’s going to be a very long Sunday, and glory rests with the team that can truly pull ahead to the big win.

But what about the betting crowd? It’s time to get your bets in, and there are a few things that you might want to think about.

First and foremost, you want to see whether you’re going to bet on the favorite or not. There are so many different bets to choose from in the world of NFL betting, but the Super Bowl tends to cloud people’s judgment. Instead of looking at the numbers, they go immediately to “gut feelings” of who will win and who will lose. That’s a bad idea, on a wide variety of levels. Of course, if you don’t plan to have a lot of skin in the game, you can probably get away with just doing a few prop bets. But if you’re trying to think like a serious gambler, you need to think about as much data as possible to reap the rewards you deserve.

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One, betting on the favorite isn’t always a good idea. But looking at this year’s Super Bowl underdog yields some strong disadvantages. It can be summed up in one word: Deflategate. The fact that there is an ominous cloud of confusion, cheating, and misdirection around the Patriots means that they could be at a strong disadvantage in the actual Super Bowl. Morale is going to be a lot lower than it would be otherwise, giving you the opportunity to either bet on how much the Pats will lose by, or how much they will win by if they manage to do an upset.

Big money can ride on these games, making it very tempting to bet the farm on the outcomes. Be sure that you’re still not risking so much money on the Super Bowl that you cannot afford to replace later on. If you can stick to that rule, you’ll be better off than people that feel the need to throw everything they have on the “big game” so they can get the “big win” that they’ve been chasing all season. Do you know what real punters call people that do this?

Broke. :)

Be sure that you’re staying as strategic as possible on this game. Strip away the hype and what do you get? A football game, like any other football game. NFL guidelines will still have to be observed, even though the stakes on the game are so high. We will still have a winner and a loser. Life will go on after the Super bowl, and both teams will still make a lot of money in the long run. Make sure that when you sit down to make your bets before the game that you know not just who you’re going for, but why you’re going to put hard earned money on their outcome. That’s the difference between real betting and just throwing your money into the wind. Good luck!

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5 biggest flops in Premier League season 14-15

With £835 million spent in the summer transfer window, it was yet another influx of big signings and talented prospects. Big name signings like Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez have flourished while bargains such as Diafra Sakho have shined. However, there have been plenty of flop signings as well as we take a look at some of them.

Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna

Joining from Arsenal on a free transfer, the French international has only made 6 appearances in the Premier League so far. With Pablo Zabaleta ahead of him in the pecking order, Sagna seems to be a little rusty as well as whenever he has played, he hasn’t impressed and looks miles from the player he was while at the Gunners.

While he may win more trophies with Manuel Pellegrini’s side, one wonders why he decided to leave Arsenal right when they broke their trophy drought and could have pushed on for better things, especially with him as their starting right back.

Brown Ideye

Brown-Ideye

West Bromwich Albion’s record signing at £10 million, the Nigerian international hasn’t impressed at all for the Baggies.

After scoring 33 league goals in 74 games for Dynamo Kyiv, Ideye has only managed one goal in 10 league games in the Premier League and considering he’s their biggest ever signing, the fact that he can’t even get in the starting eleven nowadays only further highlights how bad a signing he’s been.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

What is there to say about the controversial Italian other than aside from the headlines, he is not even close to a valid replacement for Luis Suarez. While the Uruguayan chased the ball, putting his heart and soul into every game, Balotelli is lazy and expects the ball to come to him.

At £16 million, Liverpool fans expected better from a player who has shone in the Premier League before but with not a single league goal scored after 11 games, many have already been frustrated with the Italian who has found himself behind Rickie Lambert in the pecking order.

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

While he has scored 3 goals in 11 league games, it’s still not good enough for the Colombian who set the world on fire just a few years earlier.

Loaned in from Monaco for a £6 million fee, Falcao will have to do much more – especially fitness wise – if he expects Louis van Gaal to pay over £40 million more to make the deal permanent

Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala

When you pay £32 million for a defender, you expect him to be calm and composed on the ball even if it’s a debut season but Mangala has not shown that he is worth his fee at all.

While he is quick, strong and can be a presence, he has made many key errors which have cost City more than a few times this season while his positioning could use a lot of work. If he was signed for half the fee, maybe his performances would be more acceptable but for a player who cost more than Cesc Fabregas, City have definitely been hung dry by Porto.

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Add Some Fun to Your NFL Betting with Season Wins

Season betting is something that’s always been around, but more punters are taking notice of it. As the name implies, they give you the power to take a stand on the number of games a team will win throughout the season. Keep in mind that these are regular season wins, rather than preseason or playoffs. It covers a much narrower window than you might imagine.

Those that love season bets tell us that there’s value in them because they are heavily influenced by market sentiment. People bet with their emotions rather than win numbers and logic. So if you’re a numbers/logic punter, then you have the upper hand. If you have a team that has a strong brand name and reputation, they’re actually weaker than the underdog teams. Good teams are made up of players that do a fantastic job of getting things done, but those players can be traded to other teams. With free agency, players don’t even have to wait on trades anymore. They can do the trading themselves, moving to where they feel the grass is greenest. If a team can’t afford a player, they will move on. So your good team can turn sour, if it’s riding on the wave of one or two key players.

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One of the easiest ways to take advantage of the season wins wager is to get terrible teams that were awful last season and see if they’ve done any shopping of their own. This is the first line defense for a bad team that has a bit of money to spend. They will spend it getting players that they feel have the most value in raising the team’s profile and hopefully, their winning records as well.

Don’t get too tied up into season wagering. It’s supposed to be the type of bet that you do with your friends in order to tease each other for the rest of the season. Every “W” in your camp makes you feel good, and every “W” in their camp gives them something to tease you about. Good friendly bets are part of the camaraderie found in NFL betting, but you have to play in order to win!

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A Few Overlooked Statistics In NFL Football

Ready to jump right into betting on all of the big NFL football games? Then you need to make sure that you understand NFL statistics. Some punters aren’t big on learning all of the stats, preferring to just look at which teams look good for betting on. That’s a whimsical approach to what could be serious money. Are you sure that you want to give it any less than your most focused effort? It can take some time to learn the stats, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. We’ll go over a few stats with you, and then see about giving you the best advice to get you started.

1. Number of Touchdowns

Touchdowns

At first, it might not sound like this is an important statistic. But you would be off base on that. Remember that touchdowns are part of scoring, and scoring is how we determine the point spread. Touchdowns are worth of a lot of points, and that’s always something to think about.

Case in point: Look at Denver with Peyton Manning. Denver knows that Peyton Manning puts up a lot of points. Pitted against a weak defense, they’re going to have a higher point spread because of Manning’s sheer ability to put up a lot of points. But against a strong defense, you’re going to deal with a much tighter spread. It’s really all about the spread when it comes to betting on NFL football.

2. Yards

running attacks

Teams that have good running attacks when they play against a team that doesn’t have good run defense will rack up a ton of yards. So studying the number of yards your chosen team is known to collect can lead you to find whether the team is worth betting on or not. What if the underdog listed in the matchup has great yardage abilities, but is overlooked by the crowd? This is just one more reason why “the wisdom of crowds” might not be to your advantage as a punter.

3. Defense

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A lot of people pick their teams based on offense, but what if you looked at your picks through the lens of good defense? The Pittsburgh Steelers have had great defense over the years, but their defense has suffered as players have been traded to other teams. The Detroit Lions have a great defense this year. Defense is an overlooked factor, and it really shouldn’t be. The right defense can stop an aggressive offense more than people think.

Overall, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking at the numbers. The numbers can pull you away from your token favorite, but you have to ask yourself this: do you want to make money, or do you want to claim so much loyalty that it ends up crippling you? Think about it and try to make better bets!

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NFL Season Is Here – Bring on the Parlay Bets!

The NFL season is off to a running start, with plenty of teams going head to head. We love watching all of the big games, but betting on them is even sweeter. If you’ve already done some point spread betting, then you’re ahead of a lot of other people. But what about when you’re ready to take on a little bit more risk than the standard bet brings?

Remember that with higher degrees of risk, we have higher areas of value. We can get bigger hits to our bankroll when we take on calculated risks.

Here’s what happens with a parlay bet: you are placing two or more bets together, and you have to have all of those bets win as a GROUP. That’s the reason why parlays are risky: you have to have all of your teams win, or you don’t get any money back.

Parlay Bets

So if it’s so risky, why do people bet this way? The odds can be a lot higher, sometimes nearly 3 to 1! If you were to bet on the Packers, the Eagles, and the Steelers, you would have to have all of them beat the spread on their individual games. If that happens, when you get the parlay odds. But what happens if one of your teams has a tie game? That’s a “push”, and you get lower odds. But if one of the teams above doesn’t beat the point spread, then you’re in for trouble. You don’t get any money for that bet at all.

Parlay betting is for advanced punters, in our opinion. If you want to take on a little more risk and add some flavor to your betting, then this is definitely a great way to do that. But if the idea of losing money turns making you turn green, then maybe you need to stick with straight bets. critics of parlay betting say that they don’t care for the system because it doesn’t give you great odds, and you would be better off making a bunch of straight bets. Sure, but where’s the thrill? There’s a psychological rush in knowing that we’re doing something a bit risky. We’re drawn to risk, and we always will be. [Read more…]

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The Glorious Rise of NFL Football Betting in the UK

ESPN recently posted about the rising popularity of NFL betting. However, serious punters have been taking on NFL bets for a very long time, and many sportsbooks are already set up to handle these bets with no problem. What the reporter fails to realize is that betting is betting. If there’s a hungry market, there will surely be bets.

Do people really believe that only Americans watch the NFL games? Football by American rules is a completely different game from European football, but it still represents a huge market that’s only going to grow. Football has a time honored tradition in the United States, with plenty of people lining up to bet on the games that matter to them. It would be a very smart decision to look very closely at the NFL games playing this season, if you haven’t already. You always want to make sure that you’re looking at new opportunity to spread your bankroll around. Betting on the same teams that you’re used to can get really boring. Expanding out into NFL betting gives you something new to think about, and new is always good.

NFL Football Betting

If you want to jump in on the growing trend, here are a few tips on what you should do.

First and foremost, going to a great sportsbook is critical. Going to the wrong sportsbook can leave you with bad odds, bad support, and a world of terrible options. But if you go to a reputable sportsbook or online casino that offers sporting bets, you’ll be in the best position to make money. Odds will be different across the board. Looking at who has great odds and great support is the best way to go. Itís tempting to limit yourself only to physical sportsbooks, but that wouldn’t be a good idea either. What if you’re not feeling well and you don’t want to show up? It’s better to look at going with an online sportsbook where you know that you don’t have to leave home at all to get what you want.

Building the right foundation from the beginning is really important. If you’ve never played at the sportsbook before, you can usually collect some free bets. While they aren’t much on their own, they’re a great way to stretch your bankroll. Looking over at your options gives you plenty of chances to win real money. [Read more…]

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Why Ignoring the Underdog in Sports Betting is a Terrible Idea

No matter what sport you’re tuning in to watch right now, one thing is clear: there will be a favorite, and there will be an underdog. The natural inclination is to bet on the favorite, because that will lead to money in your pocket, right?

Wrong. There are favorites that lose all the time. Underestimating the underdog can actually cause you to lose a lot of money. We talk to people that wouldn’t even dream of having the underdog in the lineup for betting, and we can’t understand that perspective. You see, it makes complete sense to think about the underdog as more than just a lamb going to the slaughter.

There could be weaknesses with the favorite that no one is looking at. For example, if the favorite has had players with injuries, they might not fully be back to the same standard they were playing at before they got hurt. Getting hurt changes your mental focus a great deal. So it’s possible that the body is healed but the mind needs a little more time. There can be incredible pressure to perform. Even though a team gets paid whether they win or lose, some players worry about getting traded to other teams, or losing their contract altogether. So the stakes have never been higher.

Underdog

One other thing the underdog might have are new players. New players can be hit or miss. If they’re good, then they can raise up morale across the team very quickly. However, if they’re not doing so well, you might have to wait for future evaluation until you know that they’re a solid pick.

Everyone picks their teams differently. Sometimes the favorite really deserves to be the favorite, but often times you could make a lot of money by looking at the underdog a bit more closely. Some people just bet on what’s popular and never think any deeper than that. But if you’re trying to really stand out, then you have to go beyond what other people are doing at every turn.

If you already have a system that’s working for you and making you money, then this guide may not sound like much. But if you’re stressed out that you’re not making as much pocket money as you would like, then these tips may serve you better.

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4 things we learned from Atleti’s win

1) Atletico are no pushovers

After the departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and David Villa, many expected Atletico to still be up there in the La Liga race but eventually finish behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, based on their recent league win and Spanish Super Cup triumph over Los Blancos, it looks like they’re more than just one season wonders.

With some impressive signings, it’s even possible that this Atletico team could achieve more than Diego Simeone’s side of 2013/2014, staking a claim as one of Europe’s best sides.

2) Squad depth

When Diego Costa got injured in the Champions League final back in May, Koke aside, Atletico really lacked a player who could create something out of nothing. Squad depth however, isn’t an issue anymore at the Vicente Calderon.

At the Bernabeu, Atletico were able to call on Antoine Griezmann and Arda Turan off the bench – both of whom who made decisive impacts in Atletico’s first ever back-to-back win at Real Madrid. Simeone was notably happy:

“What I am most pleased about today is that the players who came off the bench did what we were expecting of them and did it well.”

And with the likes of Alessio Cerci, Jesus Gamez and Cristian Ansaldi still to make their debuts, Atletico are well packed.

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3) Moya taking his chance

In what was seen as a backup signing, Miguel Moya has certainly taken advantage of Jan Oblak’s injury problems. The Slovenian – the most expensive goalkeeper signed in La Liga for €16 million – was seen as the eventual successor for Thibaut Courtois but it could be that Moya, the former Getafe man, is Simeone’s new man between the sticks.

With some great performances, a quick acclimatization, and a confident voice, Moya has settled in well at Atletico and it would be harsh for him to have to relinquish the starting spot if Oblak were to be fit and ready to go.

The Spaniard made impressive saves against Real Madrid and as it stands, has conceded 3 goals in 5 games.

4) Atleti could actually be Real Madrid’s kryptonite

Before the game, Raul Garcia made a claim that Atletico Madrid knew how to beat Real Madrid:

“Atletico know how to play against Real Madrid and we can beat them. We have shown that. The only time in recent history where we took the wrong approach was in the Copa del Rey last season.”

It was a risky thing to say – perhaps with the intention of phasing Los Blancos – but Garcia was proved right as Atletico made it yet another win over their rivals. It just shows what a great job Simeone has done with this team that they are finally a thorn in their neighbour’s side.

The funny thing is, Real Madrid fans held a banner in 2011 saying “Derby rival wanted,” and since then, Atletico have won 3 out of the last 4 games at the Bernabeu. Lesson? Be careful what you wish for.

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LvG already under big pressure

Former Liverpool player and manager, Kenny Dalglish said it perfectly:

“Louis van Gaal may have had difficult starts at Bayern Munich and Barcelona – but nothing like this. I don’t know how much pressure the Dutchman was actually under at those clubs but this, at Manchester United, might just be the most extreme pressure he has ever experienced.”

While some United fans would want to disagree with that, Dalglish hasn’t said anything wrong. After the disaster year that followed David Moyes’ managerial stint, Old Trafford was crying for a saviour. After rejecting Jose Mourinho a year earlier, who better than the Chelsea manager’s old mentor, Louis van Gaal to rectify all that’s gone wrong?

While the Dutchman drew plenty of plaudits and did well to steer Holland to a third place finish in the 2014 World Cup – when many were expecting them to finish behind Chile and Spain in the group – it has also massively increased the expectations on the former Bayern manager.

Louis van Gaal

It’s fair to say many expected him to hit the ground running – with no Champions League football either, van Gaal could solely focus on the league; something which has helped Roma, Juventus and most recently last season, Liverpool, with the decrease in fixtures.

However, it’s been anything but. United lost their opener at home against Swansea City while drawing with Sunderland away after taking the lead. To add insult to injury, League One side, MK Dons thrashed United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup.

It was always going to take time but not even the most pessimistic United fan would have expected a winless first three games of the season. To make matters more worrying is the fact that United have spent quite a lot this season – £59.7 million for Angel di Maria, £30 million for Luke Shaw and £28.5 million on Ander Herrera. And they might even spend more with the rumours of Arturo Vidal.

With these transfers, it’s interesting to note that Moyes never got his targets or spent this much in the summer preceding his first season, having an inferior squad to van Gaal. Sir Alex Ferguson also once mentioned £34 million being too much for one player – Eden Hazard in particular.

Of course, di Maria hasn’t played yet and the 3-5-2 formation could take time, but do United really have time on their side? With just two games in, they’re already 5 points behind the leaders and face a tricky away tie to Burnley. Confidence is already pretty low and another setback could have big consequences – van Gaal is already under big pressure.

Moyes never lost a game by more than 3 goals and van Gaal has already done that in his third game. He has the mentality, experience and personality to get United back on track but if things keep going this way, at what point do we stop defending the Dutchman?

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Who Will Claim The Super Bowl Ring This Year – Bet and Then Find Out!

The NFL preseason is almost over, giving us plenty of excitement. Sure, preseason is fun because you get to see who’s really taken summer training to heart and who hasn’t, but let’s be honest: there’s nothing like the official season. This year, the official season starts up right on September 4th, a few days after Labor Day. So, how do you get ready for an excellent season of football? You need to start by looking at all of the teams that are playing. But what does that really mean?

Well, you have to step back and look at how football teams are organized during the official season. You have two conferences and multiple divisions within the NFL league. The two conferences are the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference). When you start looking at statistics, being able to narrow things down by conference and later by division will help you make better bets. Spreading your bets around is a good strategy when you get started, to increase your chances of winning. The worst thing that you can do is to get to a sportsbook and just “throw it all” on one team and hope for the best. Sharp football betting fans know better than that.

Super Bowl Ring

You also have different divisions within each conference. This keeps things pretty organized. You can lay out your bets per division, or you can focus on multiple divisions. It’s really up to you. You have four divisions within each conference: North, South, East, and West.

Sounds good, right? This can add quite a bit of spice to your normal NFL season, but you still need to pick a quality sportsbook. Going online for your sportsbook needs is good because you get to skip all of those office pools that usually don’t pay out very well. There are always a few hurt feelings when the results come in. Working with a professional sportsbook cuts all of the hurt feelings out of the picture entirely. We recommend allpro sportsbook, because they go above and beyond to make sure all players are comfortable. Support is only a few clicks away, and they strive to resolve any problems quickly. The interface is slick enough to meet your needs, but you can’t see any winnings if you don’t dive in and place your bets.