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Old Foes Meet In League Cup

August 29th, 2013

Manchester United have been drawn at home to Liverpool in the third round of the Carling Cup. The tie is one of five all-Premier League fixtures which came out of the hat on Wednesday evening.

Brendan Rodgers’ side made it through their opening game of the competition after seeing off League One Notts County in extra-time on Tuesday.

After holding a 2-0 lead going into the second half of normal time, the Magpies pegged Liverpool back to force an extra half an hour.

In-form Daniel Sturridge popped up with a goal just before the change around, while a late Jordan Henderson strike sealed a 4-2 win for the home side.

United are set to travel to Anfield on Sunday in a Premier League tie, in which they will start surprise underdogs in the football betting. Both sides are unbeaten so far after two games with Liverpool still holding a 100% record after 1-0 victories over Stoke and Aston Villa.

The Merseyside club will still be without banned striker Luis Suarez for this weekend’s game, as he is still sitting out a ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, but he will be available for the trip to Old Trafford on the week commencing September 23.

Manchester City were also handed a home tie in Wednesday’s night draw. They will take on last season’s FA Cup winner Wigan, who now compete in the Championship.

Last year’s winners Swansea open their defence against Birmingham at St Andrews. The Swans beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley back in February before wins over Liverpool and Chelsea to reach the final.

Jose Mourinho’s Premier League leaders travel to the County Ground to take on Swindon of League One, while Arsenal are on the road to West Brom, in what many fans who bet on Premier League expect to be an easy win for the Gunners.

Football fans forking out unfair fees

October 25th, 2012
Football fans forking out unfair fees
The BBC has released details of its extensive survey into the price of watching soccer games in the UK [http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/football] – and it reveals plenty. However, one over-riding fact stands out – going to watch games on a regular basis is very costly for the average fan.
This is hardly new, however, as most fans will already be aware of how much it can hit them in the pocket if they are planning to follow their side home and away across the whole season. It’s pricey enough for someone to do that on their own but if they wanted to do the same with a partner or young family in tow, it becomes almost scandalously expensive.
Some statistics from the survey, which listed the cheapest and dearest match-day tickets, season-ticket prices and also compared how much a ‘day out’ at the match costs for all 92 League clubs, particularly stand out with various ticket prices for the top Barclay’s Premier League clubs eye-wateringly high [http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/football/premier-league/oneill-pleased-for-in-form-fletcher].
For example, Arsenal have the most expensive matchday ticket costing a staggering £126 while the Gunners’ are also guilty of selling the most expensive season ticket at a whopping £1,955. No doubt the north London club will point to the fact that they do also sell some matchday tickets for £26 – very reasonable in the top flight – and their ‘cheapest’ day out’, which includes the price of a programme, pie and cup of tea, is also relatively good value at £34.30.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea’s ‘cheapest day out’ is the most expensive in the league at £49.60, with Liverpool only marginally behind on £47.70, while so-called smaller clubs like Reading (£45) and Swansea (£42.80) are also expensive for fans to take in on a day trip in the same category.
There are some findings that will please supporters, such as Newcastle offering a cheapest matchday ticket of just £15, while Aston Villa’s is only £5 more expensive. But, on the whole, the survey proves fans are continually being hit in the pocket just to go and watch their side on a regular basis.
The research’s headline finding was that the cheapest adult ticket in the top four divisions of English football has risen by 11.7% – over five times the rate of inflation. Naturally, clubs will defend the figures and many will point to the fact they offer heavy discounted prices for Cup and European games.
But the price to watch the bread and butter – the league games – just keeps on rising and football fans seem to be getting asked to pay unfair sums to follow their team.
The Football Supporters Federation, in the wake of the study, say they fear football fans “being alienated” by rising prices. Again, this is nothing new and many traditional fans, plenty who used to purchase season-tickets on an annual basis, can simply no longer afford to pay the sums of money being asked.
The die-hard fans will say football is no longer a working class game (and hasn’t been for the last 10 years or more) while the different demographic breakdown of the weekly football crowd is affecting the atmospheres at stadiums and helping turn the matchday experience into a soulless, watered-down version of what it used to be.
However, because of the mass appeal of the sport, there will always be other, perhaps wealthier, fans to come in and take the place of those who have decided they can no longer afford it and while the stadiums are, for the most part, full, sadly it seems prices will just continue to rise.

The BBC has released details of its extensive survey into the price of watching soccer games in the UK – and it reveals plenty. However, one over-riding fact stands out – going to watch games on a regular basis is very costly for the average fan.

This is hardly new, however, as most fans will already be aware of how much it can hit them in the pocket if they are planning to follow their side home and away across the whole season. It’s pricey enough for someone to do that on their own but if they wanted to do the same with a partner or young family in tow, it becomes almost scandalously expensive.

Some statistics from the survey, which listed the cheapest and dearest match-day tickets, season-ticket prices and also compared how much a ‘day out’ at the match costs for all 92 League clubs, particularly stand out with various ticket prices for the top Barclays Premier League clubs eye-wateringly high.

For example, Arsenal have the most expensive matchday ticket costing a staggering £126 while the Gunners’ are also guilty of selling the most expensive season ticket at a whopping £1,955. No doubt the north London club will point to the fact that they do also sell some matchday tickets for £26 – very reasonable in the top flight – and their ‘cheapest’ day out’, which includes the price of a programme, pie and cup of tea, is also relatively good value at £34.30.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea’s ‘cheapest day out’ is the most expensive in the league at £49.60, with Liverpool only marginally behind on £47.70, while so-called smaller clubs like Reading (£45) and Swansea (£42.80) are also expensive for fans to take in on a day trip in the same category.

There are some findings that will please supporters, such as Newcastle offering a cheapest matchday ticket of just £15, while Aston Villa’s is only £5 more expensive. But, on the whole, the survey proves fans are continually being hit in the pocket just to go and watch their side on a regular basis.

The research’s headline finding was that the cheapest adult ticket in the top four divisions of English football has risen by 11.7% – over five times the rate of inflation. Naturally, clubs will defend the figures and many will point to the fact they offer heavy discounted prices for Cup and European games.

But the price to watch the bread and butter – the league games – just keeps on rising and football fans seem to be getting asked to pay unfair sums to follow their team.

The Football Supporters Federation, in the wake of the study, say they fear football fans “being alienated” by rising prices. Again, this is nothing new and many traditional fans, plenty who used to purchase season-tickets on an annual basis, can simply no longer afford to pay the sums of money being asked.

The die-hard fans will say football is no longer a working class game (and hasn’t been for the last 10 years or more) while the different demographic breakdown of the weekly football crowd is affecting the atmospheres at stadiums and helping turn the matchday experience into a soulless, watered-down version of what it used to be.

However, because of the mass appeal of the sport, there will always be other, perhaps wealthier, fans to come in and take the place of those who have decided they can no longer afford it and while the stadiums are, for the most part, full, sadly it seems prices will just continue to rise.

Heskey follows Fowler advice

September 28th, 2012

It turns out all that was needed to convince Emile Heskey to move to Newcastle Jets and a new life in Australia was a quiet word with Robbie Fowler.

The former England target man, a favourite of the Premier League betting community, told Fox Sports News he was intrigued by the prospect of sampling culture Down Under once he had spoken with the former Perth Glory and North Queensland marquee signing.

Heskey is best remembered for his first full season with Liverpool when he scored 22 goals in all competitions to help the Merseyside giants collect the treble of the League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup.

Either side of that spell at Anfield he has endured peaks and troughs in front of goal, but Gerard Houllier, Sven Goran Eriksson, Martin O’Neill and Fabio Capello all decided he was worth the plunge.

Now, the 34-year-old is charged with the task of helping Newcastle Jets take that next step forward.

He brings with him a wealth of top-flight experience and, with no language barrier, the transition at which he settles in should not become an obstacle.

He may not bring the swagger and panache of Alessandro del Piero but his contribution could be equally as important.

Jets coach Gary van Egmond has now assembled a young and exciting squad – think James Brown, Josh Brillante, Ben Kantarovski, Adam Taggart and Mitch Cooper – and the arrival of Heskey, viewed as the older head, could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business.

The word in and around the Hunter is that anything less than a top-five position and Finals appearance will be deemed a failure.

Heskey must quickly latch on to that expectation if the Jets are to prosper and achieve success in the AFC Champions League.

Mourinho Backing Chelsea ‘Heroes’

April 27th, 2012

Jose Mourinho wants his former Chelsea “heroes” to beat Real Madrid’s conquerors, Bayern Munich, in the Champions League final, even though the football bookie odds consider a Blues win unlikely.

Mourinho had just watched his side beaten on penalties by the German outfit, following a tight and tense encounter at the Bernabeu, 24 hours on from Chelsea’s shock victory over Barcelona.

“I obviously want Chelsea to win; they were heroes to beat Barcelona with 10 men”, said the former Blues boss. “I’m proud of my players, and we have to be strong, but we were lacking freshness in an enormous game.”

Real enjoyed a season-defining victory at Barcelona, on Saturday, and carried that form into the early stages of the last-four tie, in Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice inside 15 minutes to hand Real a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

The home side did not hold the lead for long, though, as Arjen Robben converted from the penalty spot to restore parity, much to the reilef of fans who had picked Bayern in Betfred betting.

The second half was in sharp contrast to the first, with both sides less-inclined to take risks. The game followed a similar pattern in extra-time and the tie went to penalties.

Ronaldo and Kaka had penalties saved in the shoot out, before Sergio Ramos fired over to hand Bastian Schweinsteiger the chance to book Bayern’s place in the final. He made no mistakes, gifting Bayern a dream spot in the Munich final.

Mourinho, who was looking to win his third Champions League with a record third club, was gracious in defeat. “You have to stay balanced when you win and when you lose.

“The lads were fantastic, with an incredible mentality against a great team, against a team that, last weekend, were on holiday [Bayern rested players in the Bundesliga]. We lost, we are sad, and they are happy, but that’s football.”

GreenEdge Name Giro Line-up

April 26th, 2012

Australian team, GreenEDGE, have announced their maiden Gro d’Italia line-up, with the focus being very much on stage wins; Matt Goss will go for the sprint victories.

Goss will be supported in his quest by an exciting looking roster, containing Brett Lancaster, Tomas Vaitkus, and Jens Keukeleire, who will all play roles in the Goss’ sprint lead-out team.

The 25-year old is highly thought of in the sport, and GreenEDGE are backing him to challenge for stage victories in the Tour de France warm-up event. Check out the Tour de France odds for more information on the riders.

While the team have admitted they won’t be challenging for the general classification, director of sport, Matt White, has revealed the team will have a good chance of picking up some stage victories.

“We’re solely focused on stage wins”, said White. “We’ve said that from the beginning. We definitely don’t have anyone for the general classification.

“Most of our riders will have a chance for individual stage wins, and Matt Goss is our leader for the sprints. The Giro is an important race for Matt Goss”, added White.

Also named in the GreenEDGE team are Svein Tuft, Jack Bobridge, Fumiyuki Beppu, Christian Meier, and Daryl Impey.

Tuft and Bobridge are expected to play key roles in the time trail sections of the event, as well as the important job of looking after Goss during the peloton.

Reading are Just Champion

April 22nd, 2012

Having secured promotion to the Premiership, last week, Reading rounded off a superb season by securing the Championship title, with a draw at home to Crystal Palace.

With one game remaining, The Royals are now nine points clear of their nearest rivals, Southampton, who slipped to defeat away at Middlesborough. After narrowly missing promotion through the play-offs, last year, manager, Brian McDermott, said that this year’s success was “meant to be”.

After a slow start to the season, following their play-off final defeat to Swansea, last May, Reading have gone on to win 15 of their last 18 matches, and have climbed from 16th in the Championship, in early November, to its summit, some six months later. The side’s progress will have delighted those who placed a football bet with Youwin.com.

One of the main catalysts in Reading’s improvement was the acquisition of veteran forward, Jason Roberts, in January. Roberts, who signed from Blackburn, netted six times in 15 games, and he is relishing the prospect of playing top-flight football again. “I’m 34 years old, and may never get an opportunity like this again, so it’s an absolute pleasure”, he said.

Reading return to the Premiership after a four-year absence, having been relegated from the top flight in 2008. McDermott is already looking forward to next season. “It’s an exciting time and a great night for the club”, said the 51-year-old, who has been in charge at the Madejski stadium since December 2009.

Reading chairman, John Madejski, was full of praise for McDermott, following his side’s promotion. He said: “Brian has been here for 12 years, and he knows the squad inside out. He’s a first-class gentleman and a first-class pro. He’s honed the team in the right way and that’s why we are where we are today.”

At the other end of the table, Coventry City and Portsmouth joined Doncaster in being relegated to League One.

December 2009 wrap up

January 31st, 2010

We’re a bit late wrapping up December’s events but we’ve both talked via email and just haven’t had a chance to get blog posts up. To cut a long story short, i ended the month with a balance of over €240 and set a new record in the process :smile:

Since then, i’ve banked approx €350 and still have about €200 in my betfair account, so things are still going well :-)

Unfortunately, none of it is being recorded or means anything for my head to head battle with Enda. We’ve decided to change the rules for 2010 because it was just too time consuming to blog about every single bet we were placing.

It meant betting actually became a chore because we knew we had to bet AND then blog about it.. So stay tuned for then new rules. Once we get time to sit down and agree on them, we’ll be sure to let you know and we also have plans to revamp the site and get you guys more involved ;-)

€200 mark SMASHED!

December 20th, 2009

This is an historic day on lucky.ie. My December 2009 balance stands at a whopping €207.19.

Rage Against the Machine have just been crowned Christmas no.1 and at the time it was announced, i was ‘all in’ on betfair with a balance of around €90. Enda has been destroyed this month and i end 2009 with a bang – earning more this month than my previous 4 months combined.

xfactor bets

It all started on Monday when i backed Joe to win with €50 at 1.27. Had i stuck with that original bet, my balance would now be about €40. But i didn’t. I changed my mind and did so about 10 times throughout the week.

I backed Joe, then backed Rage, then seriously considered redding out on both, then eventually went all in on rage. Crazy stuff. But it worked ;-) In total, i placed 19 bets on this market over 4 days, totalling €248.

I backed & layed for profit, i backed and layed for loss and eventually, to be perfectly honest, i didn’t know how much exactly i was going to win if RATM won. All i knew is that i had everything but €43 involved in this market and once the results were leaked i bet that €43 on Rage at 1.06 (which was obviously great value!).

I had worked out that i should have ended up with a balance of about €150, but couldn’t be sure – i had so many bets on the market that it was just too much hassle to work out exactly what i’d win or lose in different situations. So it was a nice surprise to log in and find my balance at over €200!!!!

At one stage RATM drifted to over 6.4 and you’ll see i placed a few bets at that amount. They never really dropped below odds of 3.00 until this morning when obviously people in the know started getting official figures. A few days ago, i also won a few quid when Everton lost 1-0 to BATE – i’d backed BATE with €5 at 4.7 (great odds) so i won about €14 on that.

dec 17th bets

So a massive win, a great day for me and a great day for lucky.ie – i’ve now set a new record balance and one that i think that will stand for a long time to come ;-) I may have lost the monthly head to head battles with Enda in 2009 (3-2), but after this month, i’ll end the year having earned way more profit :-)

I wonder if Enda will now do a Benitez and claim it’s not over until December 31st ;-) As things stand, there’s ONLY a €200 gap for him to close before the month’s end :mrgreen:

running away with it

December 14th, 2009

Enda’s 3 month winning streak WILL be broken this month and in emphatic style. My new tactical approach to gambling is really paying off and right now my betfair balance stands at €77.34.

december 13th bets

Exactly 14 days ago, it stood at €20. So i’ve almost quadroupled it, with a bit of luck along the way but mainly thanks to discipline, structure and good judgement. My target for the month was to increase my balance by 5% per day, every day.

So far in December, i’ve increased it by almost 10% per day on average. It means i’m now just over €9 short of my target. When i reach my target i’ll be cashing out and banning myself from placing any more bets this month.

almost there

Snooker has proven to be a really strong area for me. In total, i’ve made €41.68 on it in the last 7 days (in the UK open). A large chunk of that was ‘accidentally’ won, but i’ve proven that wasn’t just a fluke by going on to win more with risky tactics.

In tonight’s final however, my tactics would have lost me everything had i been quicker to place a bet. Higgins needed a brown to win a frame and i placed €60 on him to win the frame at 1.02, meaning i’d win €1.20 if it went in. It was a straight forward brown which no professional should ever miss – i could have made it time and time again.

He did miss it much to my horror as my bet was just being processed as the ball bounced around in the jaws of the pocket. Luckily, because it was a ‘dead cert’, the odds shortened to 1.01, so my 1.02 bet wasn’t accepted, leaving me with literally a couple of seconds to cancel the bet… (otherwise it would have been automatically be accepted). Higgins eventually lost the frame meaning a 1.01 shot lost. Proving my tactics aren’t bulletproof.

But i knew that. Gambling is gambling. There are no certainties. The only thing that is certain is that you will lose if you keep gambling. But that’s what we’re trying to prove wrong of course here on lucky.ie.

Provided i hit my target this month, i’ll be in profit and placed hundreds of bets over a 5 month period – so too will Enda – which shows that you can defy the odds…

closing in on my target

December 11th, 2009

At the start of the month i set myself a target of changing €20 on betfair in to €86.44.

The biggest overall winning balance so far on lucky.ie has been €74.16, so if i can hit my target, i’ll have well and truely smashed Enda’s record. So far, my plan is working beautifully.

It requires nerves of steel but i’ve always been happy to take on big bets. In the last few days, the riskiest odds i’ve taken on have been 1.31 and i stuck €30 on that. It was on over 2.5 goals in the Barcelona -v- Dinamo Kiev match. I placed that bet when the match was 1-1 in the first half.

Easy money i thought because Kiev had to win by 3 goals to qualify for the champions league knock out stages and Barcelona are just Barcelona – they can’t play any other way than all out attack. But the game was really poor. Kiev were happy with a draw and Barcelona were happy just to knock it about and treat the match as a training session. So i was left sweating on this right up until the last 5 minutes until Messi scored a free kick.

That won me €9.30 but more importantly saved me from losing €30 :smile: Since then, i’ve been placing sensible bets at lower odds and they’re all coming in. Snooker mainly. One of these days i’ll get burned on snooker because the BBC keep changing schedules and cutting off midway through frames which means i lose my ability to predict how shots will go and am just left to make decisions based purely on the fluctuating odds.

Anyway, my new betfair balance is €64.95.

masterclass betting

Add my paddypower balance of €5.12 to that and it means i now have an overall balance of €70.07.

betting tactics

So i’m on course to hit my target of €86.44 on betfair and if all goes to plan i could well end the month with a balance of €90+. The stakes are very high now though. I’m reluctant to bet 100% of my balance on any one event, but i have to if i’m to hit my target whilst minimising the risk of losing. I look like a genius if i pull it off and everything goes to plan. If i bet my entire balance on a 1.01 shot that loses, then i look like a complete idiot :mrgreen:

Still, fortune favours the brave and i’m determined to crush Enda this month and lay down a marker for 2010.

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  • Monthly Stats – December

    Sean
    Betfair - Bet: €1349.12 - Balance €202.07
    PaddyPower - Bet: €1.00 - Balance: €5.12
    Total - Bet: €1350.12 - Balance: €207.19

    Enda
    Betfair - Bet: €55.98 - Balance: €8.95
    PaddyPower - Bet: €0.00 - Balance: €0.00
    Total - Bet: €0.00 - Balance: €8.95

  • Monthly Stats – November

    Sean
    Betfair - Bet: €136.05 - Balance: €0.00
    PaddyPower - Bet: €5.00 - Balance: €0.00
    Total - Bet: €141.05 - Balance: €0.00

    Enda
    Betfair - Bet: €31.88 - Balance: €20.11
    PaddyPower - Bet: €3.72 - Balance: €1.18
    Total - Bet: €35.60 - Balance: €21.29

  • Monthly Stats – October

    Sean
    Betfair - Bet: €20.00 - Balance: €0.00
    PaddyPower - Bet: €6.00 - Balance: €17.16
    Total - Bet: €26.00 - Balance: €17.16

    Enda
    Betfair - Bet: €25.68 - Balance: €19.28
    PaddyPower - Bet: €1.28 - Balance: €3.72
    Total - Bet: €26.96 - Balance: €23.00

  • Monthly Stats – September

    Sean
    Betfair - Bet: €141.50 - Balance: €71.91
    PaddyPower - Bet: €5.00 - Balance: €1.17
    Total - Bet: €146.50 - Balance: €72.91

    Enda
    Betfair - Bet: €30.71 - Balance: €62.54
    PaddyPower - Bet: €10.73 - Balance: €11.62
    Total - Bet: €41.44 - Balance: €74.16

  • Monthly Stats – August

    Sean - Bet: €901.57 - Balance: €50.58 Sean Wins!
    Enda - Bet: €89.86 - Balance: €49.95

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