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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…]

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The Most Testing Sports

It’s easy to forget just how difficult it is to be a professional athlete – when you’re sitting at home watching the game or betting online at Paddy Power, you may not be fully appreciating the countless hours of training that goes into preparation for a major event. In fact, some of the sports we take for granted are extraordinarily physically challenging, requiring muscles and abilities that we all possess but rarely hone to the required level of excellence. But which is the most challenging? Which sport demands the absolute most from its players and forces them to push through their limits in order to compete. Honestly, pretty much every sport could make a claim for the title, the one thing that’s uniform is the need for strength, stamina and a will to succeed, but there are a few that stand apart from the others as demanding intense focus and outstanding performance which earned them a place on this list. [Read more…]

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Understanding Betting Odds on Football

Betting on football in the United States is a favorite pastime for most bettors. It is actually the most popular sports for someone to place a bet on.

Before your start placing your football bets, however, you should understand what the football betting odds are and how they are made. I would also recommend that you read betting strategy articles and advice guides that will hopefully improve your chances to increase your bankroll when betting on football.

What Football Betting Odds Are Not

Before diving into explaining football betting odds, let me explain to you what they aren’t.

  • Football betting odds aren’t the sportsbooks’ opinion on who will win the game. They are set with the hope that 50% of the money are equally distributed on each outcome of the game.
  • Football betting odds are not always representative of the “better” or “stronger” team
  • Football betting odds aren’t always sensible.

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Choosing A Sportsbook

Choosing a sportsbook that fits with your wagering style and limits is paramount. There are a plethora of sportsbooks online – Each of them competing for your business.

Just as every bettor is different, sportsbooks set themselves apart from each other. From the high roller to the recreational bettor, it is important to find the right sportsbooks for your wagering style and wagering amount.

To see all of the available sports bookmakers in one place we’d recommend taking a look at The Winners Enclosure. They have a page dedicated to bringing you the latest bookmaker offers for horse racing so that you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Sign-up & Reload Bonuses

Since each sportbook is competing for your business, they all offer special promotions. Though these promotions might change from time to time in amounts and percentages, you can usually obtain free money for betting with you first sign up. Other sportsbooks also offer bonuses called reload bonuses when you reload your account after your initial deposit.

There a few stipulation that you will want to look at when review and comparing sign-up bonuses and reload bonuses.

Sign-up bonuses

Of course you want to look at the amount of the bonus offer. Typically a sign up bonus is a percentage of your initial deposit, usually around 20-50%. Some sportsbooks offer special 100% bonuses from time to time. But all these bonuses have stipulations called rollovers. A rollover is the amount you have to play before being allowed to withdraw the bonus from your account.

A rollover is usually so many times the bonus. For example, netbet.co.uk  is offering a 50% deposit bonus when you open a new account. The rollover for this bonus is 6x the deposit and bonus amount. If you deposit £100, you will need to place £900 in wagers (6 x £150 (£100 your deposit + £50 bonus)= £900), win or lose, before you can request to withdraw the bonus. [Read more…]

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38 Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018 Entries Announced

The top national hunt trainers across the UK and Ireland have declared 38 horses for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on 16th March. If you are not familiar with the system, this is a potential list of runners only, with the field for the race averaging around a dozen over the last ten years.

Still, with most bookmakers offering non-runner/no bet markets (your stake is returned if your horse does not compete in the race), there is some value to be found in this inflated field.

Before looking at some of the contenders, it should be pointed out that there are two notable absences from the list – Yorkhill and Thistlecrack. While both have been out of form recently, they would have figured prominently in the betting.

Below is a guide to some of the entries creating a stir with pundits and tipsters. If you agree with any of the selections, check out how you can claim a free bet from major bookies to bet on Cheltenham before you part with any cash. [Read more…]