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3 reasons for Liverpool’s mid-season meltdown

Despite the rocking start to this season under Jürgen Klopp during the Christmas and January period they have suffered from an embarrassing run of form which must be rendering Liverpool fans insane. How can Klopp’s players go from brushing team to team aside with a bundle of goals to struggling to hit the barn door? Their recent loss against Hull has further highlights the problems Liverpool have. But what are the real reasons behind their demise? Let’s take a look.

Pressure Overload

It’s no secret that Klopp loves to play high intensity football from the top of the field. We saw this at Dortmund and we have seen him successfully implement this tactic at Liverpool up until recently. The only weakness to this tactic is player fatigue. Arguably Liverpool do not have the same squad depth that Dortmund did when Klopp was in charge which means the key players are becoming tired much quicker than they should. The busy Christmas period means this has taken its toll on the squad. Up until recently Liverpool were both domestic competitions. They had two legs in the league cup semi-final against Southampton which almost all clubs don’t have to deal with as well as the FA Cup and a replay which saw another extra game added to their already congested fixture list. It’s only possible to play high intensity football for a certain amount of time and that time has certainly ended. Klopp must resort to other ways of playing football or rotate the team more efficiently to let key players rest. [Read more…]

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Explore the Differences Between Sports Betting and Online Gambling

Sports betting. Online gambling. It goes without saying that the two concepts have a great deal of overlap. After all, money is still changing hands, and there’s a thrill in the air. When risk is involved, reward quickly follows…if you dare. But many people aren’t sure what the differences are between the two. If you’re going to develop into a seasoned punter, you’re going to need to understand your environment. The more that you can understand, the easier things will be in the long run.

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Online Gambling

If you’re not interested in doing the analysis of sports teams before you bet on them, you can always stick with traditional online gambling. This would include things like slot games, poker, bingo, keno, blackjack, baccarat, craps, and more. Scratch card games are popular because you know right away whether you’ve won something, and you can usually pick up games very cheap if you get them in bulk. Online casinos are the perfect gateway to a weekend full of entertaining experiences, and it’s available on more devices than you might imagine. Don’t think that you’re going to be chained to your laptop. If you have a recent smartphone, you can take the fun on the go. This is something that you can do with sports betting as well, but online gambling has had this functionality for a lot longer.

Sports Betting

The online revolution has made sports betting completely easy to slide into. All you have to do is find a sportsbook, sign up, place your bets, and look for the results. Every bookmaker will have slightly different odds, so research before you get too invested. The main difference with sports betting is that you’re making money on a particular outcome, which can be as broad or precise as you want. Obviously, the more precise the bet, the more money at stake if you win. For example, if you’re putting on American style football, you want to bring the final score into the picture, not just which team will win ultimately. One has a substantially higher payout than the other.  Another difference is that sports betting isn’t really competitive. You’re not going head to head against other gamblers, which is nice. And the future for sports betting is very bright. There are even big acquisitions going on in this space, a classic sign that things are going very well.

Which path will you choose? It’s completely up to you. There’s nothing that says that you can’t choose both, of course. Other people like to focus on some casino game that they’re good at, and then build from there. We recommend that if you’re going to go the sports betting route, that you take the time to do all the necessary analysis before you start placing bets heavily. While it’s true that it’s not a true requirement, we’ve found that our bets were stronger when we started looking at the quality of each team involved.

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Top 5 football clubs in the world

There are a lot of top clubs in the football industry today and it’s not easy to say who’s on top in terms of being the best football club around. Many of the best teams in the world go through stages of being the best for a while until another team steps up to the plate. All of the clubs have their good and bad days but the below list displays 5 of the current top football clubs this world has to offer in terms of recent success and form.

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1) Barcelona – You can’t deny the fact Barcelona have been one of the best teams in the world for years now thanks to the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Saurez. Any team that has to go up against Barcelona will know full well what they are up against and the chances of getting 3 points out of the game is always going to be come with a lot of hard work, and most teams fail in that respect. With that in mind, Barcelona are of course beatable but with their recent form in years it’s hard to find any better team than them out there. Barcelona always play attractive football which is another reason for their success, and it’s a reason why they are loved by many fans across the world.

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2) Bayern Munich – Bayern Munich have always been big fish in terms of the best in the world, even back when Manchester United beat them 2-1 in 1999 to go on to win the treble. Bayern Munich have always been world class and still continue to dominate the German league in front of the likes of Borrusia Dortmund. They have the team and the experience to win any competition they enter and have won the European Cup 3 times in a row before which just goes to show what a to team Bayern Munich is.

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3) Real Madrid – Another world class team that has been high in the ranks for season after season is Real Madrid. They are top of the list when it comes to the most Champions League trophy wins, they have won it 11 times which establishes themselves as one of the top teams Europe and the rest of the world has to offer. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, James Rodrigues and Gareth Bale on their roster, they will certainly give any team in the world a run for their money on a good day. [Read more…]

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The Golf Course – A Beginner’s Guide

So you have learnt the basic swings and you think you are now ready to hit the golf course. Well not quite. The golf course in itself is deserves another lesson. It is not, as many people assume, just a big green field with holes where your golf ball should land, there would not be fun in playing the game if the only point was to get the ball in the hole now, would there?

The golf course is intricately designed to, as the name suggests, chart out a course that you ought to follow as you play, and you cannot proceed to the next hole if you have not succeeded in the previous one.

The following guide simply explains to you the basic elements of the course, so that when you do go there, you will know what you are doing (hopefully).

Golf Course

The tee boxes

Almost all golf courses have at least three tee boxes, although many have four. These act as a starting point from where you will take your swing. The four types of tee boxes are distinguished by their distance from the hole. They are marked in different colours to differentiate them.

The red tee boxes are closer to the hole. They are the ones that are used by women (as it is generally accepted that women are weaker in terms of physical strength), children and beginners.

The tee boxes marked by white on the other hand are a bit further away and are the tee boxes that are generally expected to be used by the average player.

The tee boxes that are marked in blue in most golf courses (although there are some that mark them in black) are further away than the white tee boxes and are for players that are above average and do not suffer from most of the common golf handicaps.

Black tee boxes finally (for the golf courses that have four of them) are reserved for championship players. They are much further away from the hole and require a very experienced and skillful player. You should not attempt teeing from a black marked tee box if you are a beginner as you will not get very far, literally!

Holes

Most golf courses have either 9 or 18 holes, although the standard ones have 18. These holes are usually divided into segments of 9, with the first 9 holes being referred to as the front 9, while the other 9 holes being referred to as the back 9.The holes run across the entire span of the golf course, usually starting and ending right by the club house.

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There are usually signs right next to the holes. These signs tell you just how far the hole is from each tee box and include other information including the design features of the course that might affect your game, such as hazards that might be in the way and sand dunes.

Hazards

These are obstacles that are placed in the golf course to increase the difficulty level of the game, and the fun as a result. These include trees, ponds, streams and extremely long grass along the path of the hole you are supposed to play.

Sand traps are also a common obstacle found in most golf courses. These are pits that have sand in them, located somewhere along a particular hole. This specific type of obstacle is especially challenging because the player, once they land in a sand trap, is required to make a specific kind of swing in order to be able to get out of it.

Cuts of grass

There are four basic cuts of grass along a golf course which define it. The fairway refers to the region that runs along the hole. The grass here is cut very short and close to the ground. The rough has much longer grass. It usually runs along the sides of the fairway.

The green is the area around the hole. This is the target the player is aiming for when he tees. The fringe on the other hand is the area that surrounds the green. To make the play more challenging it usually has longer grass and even trees and small bushes in some courses.

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Grand National 2016 Preview

Many Clouds is favourite to win the Aintree Grand National for a second successive season when he lines up on April 9th.

Aintree Grand National

Many Clouds bids to emulate Red Rum at Aintree

Oliver Sherwood’s nine-year-old only ran in the race on the insistence of owner Trevor Hemmings last year following a disappointing run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Racing off a mark of 160, he ran on gamely to hold off Saint Are by a length and three-quarters at odds of 25-1.

Many Clouds and Leighton Aspell on their way to a clear-cut victory in Betbright Cup at Cheltenham

His entire campaign has been geared to a repeat victory this season. He needed the run at Wetherby in October before chasing home Don Poli at Aintree in December. He was then beaten 12 lengths by Smad Place at Cheltenham in heavy ground in January before completing his preparation with an easy victory at Kelso.

Although only 5lbs higher this year, he will still have to carry top weight of 11st 10lbs. The last horse to win the Grand National in successive seasons was Red Rum in 1973-74.

Paul Nicholls won the Grand National for the first time when Neptune Collonges beat Sunnyhillboy in a dramatic photo-finish in 2012. He saddles Silviniaco Conti this year, twice a winner of the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park. The chestnut was pulled up when attempting a third victory in December but bounced back to win impressively at Ascot. Nicholls decided to by-pass the Cheltenham Gold Cup in favour of a tilt at the Grand National this year.

The Last Samuri enjoys perfect Aintree preparation

Kim Bailey has rarely hit the headlines since winning the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup back in 1995. Harry Topper won three Grade 2 races for the stable in recent seasons while Darna won at the 2015 Cheltenham festival. He has a leading Grand National contender in The Last Samuri, an eight-year-old gelding by Flemensfirth.

The Last Samuri

He has improved with every run this season and was particularly impressive when beating The Druids Nephew by ten lengths in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. He is a safe jumper who likes good ground so he has to be on the short-list with only 10st 8lbs to carry at Aintree. [Read more…]

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A look at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival

With less than one month until the 2016 Cheltenham Festival gets underway, it’s time to start checking out the form guides, betting markets and runners and riders for each and every race. The festival itself will span four days and plays host to a number of Group One races – including the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Champion Hurdle.

In 2015, almost a quarter of a million people passed through the famous gates of Cheltenham and officials are estimating over 250,000 to attend this year’s festival. The event is growing at a rapid rate and avid racing fans from all over the world now travel to Cheltenham to see the best horses on the planet compete against each other in some of the biggest races in the sport.

2016 Cheltenham Festival

This year, many punters will be hoping the Ruby Walsh-Willie Mullins combination strikes gold again. In 2015, the duo combined for a treble on the opening day of the festival, which has since been labelled as “Ruby Tuesday”. The nine-time Cheltenham top jockey is looking for yet another accolade this year and stands a great chance with Mullins’ horses.

Walsh will be riding the likes of Faugheen, Douvan and Annie Power once again and his mounts’ odds have shot in considerably in recent weeks. In fact, Coral now price a Min, Douvan, Faugheen and Annie Power quadruple at just 6/1. As the betting markets heat up, so does the excitement and anticipation for the event – we simply cannot wait! [Read more…]

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Top Tight Ends for NFL Wild Card Games January 9

You’ve just completed the rest of your lineup and it comes down to Saturday’s four tight ends. Who do you believe is going to have the biggest game? Here’s a few considerations before deciding:

#1 Tyler Eifert’s Huge Game

Tyler Eifert

Every big game Eifert had this year, the team’s he played decided to blitz more often. The Steelers have a plethora of blitz packages, and in order for A. J. McCarron to keep the sack totals down, he’s going to have to throw a bunch of dump-off passes and screens. The two biggest benefactors will be Giovanni Bernard and Tyler Eifert. If the Bengals fall behind big, Eifert’s typical 4-6 target game could balloon to 8-10 targets.

The only problem with this choice is he will be an easy target for most GPP entries (probably topping 65%). However, sometimes you have to go with the flow and this could be the day to do it.

Prediction: 7 receptions, 84 yards, 2 TDs, 27-30 fantasy points

#2 Heath Miller

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Dealing with Miller is kind of like a love/hate relationship. Just when you think he’s going to have a big game…he lays an egg. Then when you’re sure he’s bound to struggle, Roethlisberger throws to him 8-11 times. Oddly enough, in both matchups with the Bengals, Miller had 10 catches in each game. Even though he didn’t score a touchdown, he racked up 16.8 and 23.5 fantasy points respectively. It seems the Bengals are willing to give Miller his stats in order to contain the wide receiving corps. [Read more…]