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John Barnes

John Barnes – Celebrity Big Brother 2018

After the 8 female contestants started the week in the house, the first man to enter will be John Barnes, Liverpool & England hero, on Friday 5th. He will be followed by other male participants in the coming days. John Barnes is an accomplished footballer who played successfully for Watford and Liverpool. He also boasts 79 caps and 11 goals for the England team. You can follow John Barnes on Twitter. Furthermore, John Barnes is Bonus Code Bets’ Ambassador.

John Barnes Celebrity Big Brother

John Barnes – Celebrity Big Brother 2018 Betting Odds

We wish John all the best and hope that he will win this year’s Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. Usually bookmakers like bet365, ladbrokes, and coral offer odds for Celebrity Big Brother. Here are the best odds to back him.

EventSelectionBest OddsBet Now
Celebrity Big Brother 2018John Barnes Win16* ladbrokes logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018John Barnes Win16*Coral Promo Code

*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.

John Barnes’ Liverpool Years

John Barnes had a ten year run with Liverpool from 1987 till 1997. He appeared 407 times on the pitch and scored 108 times. He won with his teammates the Football League First Division twice in 88 and 90. It was then the top league in England before the creation of the FA Premier League. He also won the FA Cup, the FA Charity Shield and the League Cup. In his first season with the Reds, John Barnes was crucial in securing a 29 victory run. He was named PFA player of the year. After ten amazing years at Anfield, he left to join former teammate Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle.

Let’s listen to the Anfield Rap:

John Barnes’ Rap

John Barnes, in addition to being a great footballer, is also a prolific rapper.

 World In Motion

John Barnes rapped on New Order’s 1990 World In Motion. The song was created for the England football team for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. It is the song for England:

John Barnes Goal v Brazil

The man was introduced in the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He is a proper British football legend. His very first goal as an international was against Brazil. Moreover, it is possibly his most famous one. We’re treating you with some good memories here:


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Celebrity Big Brother

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 – United Kingdom

The Celebrity Big Brother 2018 started on January 2nd. It is the 21st occurence of the tv-show in the United Kingdom! The Celebrity Big Brother 2018 start date was an unusual one: to mark the 100th anniversary of voting rights for women over 30 in the UK; Channel 5 decided to launch the show with only female participants. There are 8 Celebrity Big Brother female contestants this year! They will be joined by male co-stars from Friday 5th, starting with our very own ambassador, Liverpool legend, John Barnes. We’re looking forward to watching the Celebrity Big Brother: Year of the Woman!

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 John Barnes

You can watch Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. However, if you have missed one episode you can always catch up and watch it online at my5.tv.

Celebrity Big Brother Betting

You can already start betting on who you think will win the Celebrity Big Brother 2018. On January 4th, the best odds for Maggie Oliver to win, the clear favorite in the first week of the show, were of 3 with Betfair. At the moment, Malika Haqq seems the least likely to win with odds of 25 at Betfair.

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 cast

The first announced line up for the Celebrity Big Brother 2018 was all women. Eight of them to be precise. Those first contestants of Celebrity Big Brother will later be joined by men.

Celebrity Big Brother’s Maggie Oliver

Maggie Oliver is a former Detective Constable whose role was crucial in dismantling the Rochdale Child Grooming Ring. She was portrayed by Lesley Sharp in Three Girls a BBC drama that shone light on the events. She resigned from the Greater Manchester Police to bring more attention to the case and denounce inaction from the police force.

Jess Impiazzi

Jess Impiazzi is no beginner in the realm of reality tv. She rose to prominence with MTV’s Ex On The Beach. She also made an appearance on TOWIE. Last year she featured in the thriller Dangerous Game.

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe is a former Conservative MP who served for 23 years. She was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald. Since retiring from politics she appeared in Stricly Come Dancing and in several pantomimes across the UK.

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is a British journalist who worked for the Financial Times and the BBC. She was the ninth editor of the Lady. Her brother is Boris Johnson, former London mayor and current foreign secretary in Theresa May’s government. She is also an accomplished writer and has published several novels including Noting Hell.

Malika Haqq

Malika Haqq is this year’s American contestant. On the other side of the pond she was Khloe Kardashian’s best friend and appeared in Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She is not the first from the Kardashian entourage to enter the show. In 2016, Jonathan Cheban entered the competition but left quickly.

India Willoughby

India Willoughby is a television newsreader. She was first a presenter with ITV and recently hosted Loose Women. She was Britain’s first transgender newsreader.

Ashley James

Ashley James is a radio host on Hoxton Radio. She rose to fame while appearing on Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea.

Amanda Barrie

Amanda Barrie is famous for portraying Alma Sedgewick for twenty years on Coronation Street. She also has had a prolific film career and it is not her first foray in reality TV. In 2004, she participated in Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay.

Bonuscodebets.co.uk’s Ambassador John Barnes

Our very own Ambassador John Barnes will enter the house on Friday January 5th. Read our John Barnes portray.

Odds for Celebrity Big Brother

Here we strive to keep you updated with the best odds on each contestant to win the Celebrity Big Brother 2018.​ More often than not, bookmakers like ladbrokes, bet365, and betfred, are offering odds for Celebrity Big Brother.

EventSelectionBest OddsBet Now
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Jess Impiazzi Win14*Betfred logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Ann Widdecombe Win20*ladbrokes logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Amanda Barrie Win12*Winner Logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Ashley James Win25*william hill logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Maggie Oliver Win3*betfair logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018India Willoughby Win12*william hill logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Rachel Johnson Win16*Coral Promo Code
Celebrity Big Brother 2018Malika Haqq Win25*Paddy Power logo
Celebrity Big Brother 2018John Barnes16*ladbrokes logo

*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.

Celebrity Big Brother News

You can keep up with all the Celebrity Big Brother news through different channels. Here’s a link to the Celebrity Big Brother Twitter. There’s also a Celebrity Big Brother app! Finally, the best way to get your CBB digest is to watch Celebrity Big Brother Bit on the Side with Rylan Clark-Neal.


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World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018

On July 15th, 2018, we will know which is the best football team in the World. Germany is still ranking first for FIFA, however, many contenders are hungry for the trophy. France, Brazil, Belgium, England … They all want to celebrate in Moscow and come home victorious. In this article, we strive to provide you will all the important details about the World Cup. The teams, the stadiums, the schedule, etc. We’ve got it all covered.

World Cup Draw

The World Cup trophy is placed on stage during the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) @Polfoto

World Cup Groups

Eight groups have been drawn for the first stage of the World Cup. The process took place in Moscow, on December 1st. Each group has four teams, for a total of 32 teams competing.

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

World Cup Betting Odds*

Most of the bookmakers already offer odds to bet on the outright winner of the World Cup. For example, Ladbrokes offers 11/2 for France to win the World Cup. However, according to bookmakers, the one team that has the most chances is Germany. William Hills odds are 9/2. This is not the only market already available to bet on! You can stake on which team will come on top of each group. Unibet offers 6/1 if you think that Egypt will come on top of Group A! Finally, you can obviously start betting on individual matches’ results. Will Spain best Portugal? Will England do well against Belgium? We’ll find out this summer.

Russia 2018 – The Stadiums

Russia World Cup 2018 Stadium

In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, workers play football outside the construction site of the World Cup stadium in Samara, Russia. (AP Photo) @Polfoto

Twelve modern coliseums will host the 64 World Cup 2018 football games. Some are still being built, as the Samara one, whereas some have got legendary status like the Luzhniki Stadium. Eleven of those stadiums are in mainland Russia and one is in Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave nested between Lithuania and Poland. Furthermore, there’s only one stadium beyond the Ural; the under construction Ekaterinburg Arena lies in the Asian part of Russia.

  • Luzhniki Stadium / Moscow / 80,000 Seats
  • Saint Petersburg Stadium / Saint Petersburg / 67,000 Seats
  • Fisht Stadium / Sochi / 48,000 Seats
  • Ekaterinburg Arena / Ekaterinburg / 45,000 Seats
  • Kazan Arena / Kazan / 45,000 Seats
  • Nizhny Novgorod Stadium / Nizhny Novgorod / 45,000 Seats
  • Rostov Arena / Rostov-on-Don /45,000 Seats
  • Samara Arena / Samara / 45,000 Seats
  • Mordovia Arena / Saransk / 45,000 Seats
  • Volgograd Stadium / Volgograd / 45,000 Seats
  • Spartak Stadium / Moscow / 42,000
  • Kaliningrad Stadium / Kaliningrad / 35,212 Seats

The main stadium of attention will obviously be Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It is by far the biggest and will host the opening game, Russia v Saudi Arabia, as well as the final.

England at The World Cup

England, in the bookmakers’ eyes, holds the sixth best chance to win the world cup with odds around 15/1 at Betfair for example. England will have to face off Tunisia, Panama, and Belgium to extract themselves from group G. Nothing too hard but Belgium will be a hefty opponent. Let’s not forget that England got kicked out of the last Euro Cup by Iceland. It is a team that needs work to retrieve its former glory. Gareth Southgate’s job will be a tricky one. However, the answer might lie with the young ones who have won the U-20 World Cup last year: Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook, and Angus Gunn. We hope they will make a difference.

Betting On England
England vs Tunisia
England vs Panama
England vs Belgium

World Cup Qualified Teams

In the lead up to the 2018 World Cup, we are providing you with an overview of the qualified teams.

DateTeam
December 18th, 2017Belgium
December 11th, 2017Argentina
December 6th, 2017Brazil
December 4th, 2017Portugal
November 27th, 2017Germany
November 21st, 2017Russia

World Cup 2018 Dates & Fixtures

The 2018 World Cup will take place from June 14th, 2018 to July 15th, 2018. There will be a massive 64 fixtures played. Here’s a comprehensive schedule of all the matches announced so far. All the times are for the UK.

Group A

DateTeamsWhere
June 14th, 4PMRussia v Saudi ArabiaMoscow
June 15th, 1PMEgypt v UruguayYekaterinburg
June 19th, 7PMRussia v EgyptSaint Petersburg
June 20th, 4PMUruguay v Saudia ArabiaRostov-on-Don
June 25th, 3PMSaudi Arabia v EgyptVolgograd
June 25th, 3PMUruguay v RussiaSamara

Group B

DateTeamsWhere
June 15th, 4PMMorocco v IranSaint Petersburg
June 15th, 7PMPortugal v SpainSochi
June 20th, 1PMPortugal v MoroccoMoscow
June 20th, 7PMIran v SpainKazan
June 25th, 7PMIran v PortugalSaransk
June 25th, 7PMSpain v MoroccoKaliningrad

Group C

DateTeamsWhere
June 16th, 4PMFrance v AustraliaKazan
June 16th, 5PMPeru v DenmarkSaransk
June 21st, 1PMDenmark v AustraliaSamara
June 21st, 4PMFrance v PeruYekaterinburg
June 26th, 3PMAustralia v PeruSochi
June 26th, 3PMDenmark v FranceMoscow

Group D

DateTeamsWhere
June 16th, 4PMArgentina v IcelandMoscow
June 16th, 8PMCroatia v NigeriaKaliningrad
June 21st, 7PMArgentina v CroatiaNizhny Novgorod
June 22nd, 4PMNigeria v IcelandVolgograd
June 26th, 7PMIceland v CroatiaRostov-on-Don
June 26th, 7PMNigeria v ArgentinaSaint Petersburg

Group E

DateTeamsWhere
June 17th, 1PMCosta Rica v SerbiaSamara
June 17th, 7PMBrazil v SwitzerlandRostov-on-Don
June 22nd, 7PMBrazil v Costa RicaSaint Petersburg
June 22nd, 7PMSerbie v SwitzerlandKaliningrad
June 27th, 7PMSerbia v BrazilMoscow
June 27th, 7PMSwitzerland v Costa RicaNizhny Novgorod

Group F

DateTeamsWhere
June 17th, 4PMGermany v MexicoMoscow
June 15th, 1PMSweden v South KoreaNizhny Novgorod
June 23rd, 7PMSouth Korea v MexicoRostov-on-Don
June 23rd, 7PMGermany v SwedenSochi
June 27th, 3PMSouth Korea v GermanyKazan
June 27th, 3PMMexico v SwedenYekaterinburg

Group G

DateTeamsWhere
June 18th, 4PMBelgium v PanamaSochi
June 18th, 7PMTunisia v EnglandVolgograd
June 23rd, 1PMBelgium v TunisaMoscow
June 24th, 1PMEngland v PanamaNizhny Novgorod
June 28th, 7PMEngland v BelgiumKaliningrad
June 28th, 7PMPanama v TunisiaSaransk

Group H

DateTeamsWhere
June 19th, 1PMColombia v JapanSaransk
June 19th, 4PMPoland v SenegalMoscow
June 24th, 4PMJapan v SenegalYekaterinburg
June 24th, 7PMPoland v ColombiaKazan
June 28th, 3PMJapan v PolandVolgograd
June 28th, 3PMSenegal v ColombiaSamara

En Route To The World Cup 2022

What’s next once the winner is crowned? Well, four long years of preparation to take his crown away. On December 2010, FIFA officials voted to elect Qatar as the host nation of the 2022 World Cup. It will be the last World Cup with 32 teams before its planned expansion to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup.

*All Odds are subject to change


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Grand National Betting Offers 2018

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Horse racing has a long association with betting. Therefore, it’s no surprise that punters are already on the look out for some of the most enticing Grand National betting offers for 2018. Many will have even made an ante-post bet already; with odds for the big day shaping up at the bookmakers. As a quarter of the UK adult population place bets on the riders of the Grand National, and with the majority of us selecting a horse simply on their name alone, we take a look at some of the favourites and outsiders to draw a clearer picture. The full festival will take place from April 12th, till April 14th 2018 just after the Cheltenham Festival 2018. The main race will take place on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 5.15pm.

Top 6 Grand National Betting Offers 2018

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With an estimated viewership of 500 to 600 million across more than 140 different nations; there is no other horse race that quite captures the imagination of the general public like the Grand National. Held at the famous Aintree racecourse in Liverpool; the race is over 4-miles and 514 yards. Treacherous fences make this meeting one of the most entertaining and exciting races in the calendar. As with every year, bookmakers have a number of Grand National Betting Offers for punters to take advantage of in 2018.

The Chair, Becher’s Brook and Canal Turn are just a few of the famous spots throughout the circuit. They have caused many big names problems in the past, and they are once again set to test the favourites in April 2018. The race is often decided on the Flat over the final furlong. In 1956 Devon Loch, owned by the Queen Mother, slipped up after looking like a certain winner. In 1973 Red Run overhauled Crisp 50 yards from the finish after Crisp 50 had led from the start for almost the whole four miles of the race. With a maximum field of 40 runners, it is easy to understand why the Grand National 2018 will provide punters with so much excitement.

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Grand National 2018 Preview

The 2018 Grand National will once again take place at 5.15pm. This time on the 14th April! There will be an audience of over 70,000 sampling the unique atmosphere at Aintree; while over 10 million will be tuning in from the comfort of their own homes in the UK. The Grand National is famed for its unpredictability, however it is still important to check out the form guides before selecting your horse. Just five 100/1 shots have triumphed at Aintree in the past century, with Rule The World two year ago providing one of the biggest shocks in recent history.

Grand National Thursday

The 2018 Grand National promises to be the biggest and most populated in history, with so much happening both on and off the circuit. Drama, passion and all the thrills and spills you can imagine will take place over three days at Aintree. From Grand Opening Day one (also known as Liverpool Day) to the main event itself. The opening day offers some high-quality horse racing action, with four Grade 1 races featuring some of the best jockeys, horses and trainers.

With significant prize money on offer, as well as well as outstanding entertainment and live music to enjoy, Grand Opening Day is starting to gain in popularity. As for punters, the opening day is actually one of the best for placing a bet. Many bookmakers will stop offering bonuses and free bets on the day of the Grand National, Saturday 14th 2018, while on Thursday you can still make full use of those available!

Ladies Day

Day two at Aintree is famously known as Ladies Day. As well as the high-class entertainment on the track, a ladies fashion event has women from across the globe competing for the most stylish race goer. With prizes such as a top of the line Range Rover or £8,000 worth of shopping vouchers, it is easy to see why some take it so seriously. Along with the smarter dress code on day two comes a heightened level of seriousness on the racing front. Classic races such as the Topham Chase, Melling Chase and the Sefton Novices Hurdle provide plenty of opportunities for punters to win big, with the latter a Grade 1 race ran over 3 miles and 110 yards.

Grand National

Finally, the big day!. The Grand National race itself receives substantially more money for a single betting event than any other in the world. Everyone wants to get in on the action. 70,000 lucky people taste the unique atmosphere at Aintree every year. Furthermore, millions of others watch it at home! The whole world seemingly stops for ten minutes while the National gets underway.

With 40 jockeys lucky enough to line up for the race on the famous course, the real question is how many will be able to last the 30 fences and over 4 miles? Whether you have just a £1 each way on the outsider or £100 on the favourite, the excitement of backing a possible winner of the Grand National is indescribable. A win in the National will earn legendary status for the jockeys, horses, owners and trainers! Prize money of up to £1 million for the main race alone justifies such infatuation.

With the 2018 chasing season soon getting underway in the UK, many of the leading candidates for the 2018 Grand National will be taking part in races over the coming months in order to get back into the swing. The Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree, along with the King George VI Stakes at Kempton on Boxing Day could well give us a better indication of the chances of many horses. Trainers will anxiously wait in the wings to select their riders for the big day.

Previous Winners

There was much jubilation north of the border in the UK as Scottish trained horse One For Arthur became the first horse to win the Grand National in 38 years. At 14/1, One For Arthur was well fancied, despite his trainers admitting they didn’t think he had much chance. They had only bought him three years previously for £60,000 because they wanted a new hobby. What a hobby it turned out to be!

One For Arthur’s victory, at 8 years of age, meant the last 3 horses to win the national have been either 8 or 9. In fact, the average age of National winners is 8.8, meaning you should always look at horses around this age. Definitely avoid horses that are 7 or younger, as the last horse in this age group to win the race was in 1940.

Older horses so have some success though. Between 2010 and 2014, the winners were more mature. 10 and 11 year olds Don’t Push It, Ballabriggs, Neptune Collonges, Auroras Encore, and Pineau De Re won the race. Only eight winners since 1950 have been older than 11 though, with Amberleigh House in 1995 at 12 years old being the last.

Unfortunately, previous winner One For Arthur picked up an injury that will keep him out of this year’s Grand national. So we will once again have a new winner of the iconic race in April. With not long to go the big day at Aintree, owners and trainers alike are preparing their star assets for the race, while punters will be looking to take advantage of some of the betting offers and bonuses on offer from the bookmakers.

Trainer & Jockey Records

Just three trainers have won the Grand National a record four times. George Dockeray was the first to do so between 1839 and 1852. Next was Fred Rimell between 1956 and 1976. Finally, Ginger McCain! He famously trained Red Rum, the only triple National winner (1973, 1974 and 1977), as well as Amberleigh House most recently in 2004.

As far as jockeys are concerned, George Stevens still leads the way with five wins in the 19th century. In the modern era, Ruby Walsh and Leighton Aspell are the only multiple winners. Respectively on Papillon and Hedgehunter, and Pineau Du Re and Many Clouds. Even the much acclaimed Sir Anthony McCoy could only manage one Grand National win, back in 2010 with Don’t Push It. He does however hold the record for the most Nationals ran, with the Irishman competing in 20 races before his retirement.

10 Year Grand National Trends

With the first ever Grand National taking place back in 1839, the history of the famous race is there for all to see. It has gone on to be run every year since, aside from five years during the Second World War, along with the 1993 race being declared void due to problems at the start. For those who like to look into the statistics of the iconic race meeting, here are some of the most relevant trends from the last ten years at Aintree:

  • Average age of winner: 8.8
  • 26 of the last 27 runners raced no more than 55 days previously.
  • 26 out of 27 runners were officially rated 137 or higher.
  • Best trainer record: Nigel Twiston-Davies is the only trainer to have more than one winner in the last 20 winners, with Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree in 2002.
  • Best jockey record: Leighton Aspell and Ruby Walsh both have two wins to their name.

Stamina is clearly the number one requirement for any horse hoping to challenge at the front in the Grand National, as the course is longer than the vast majority of races held throughout the season. As well as this, with some of the most hazardous fences in the business, a solid jumper is also a must, while luck is sure to play some part along the way. There is also rare that the winner is the race favourite. Only 3 times since the turn of the millenium has the favourite, or joint favourite won the race.

Form/Tips

Grand national betting tips

The much anticipated ante post market for the Grand National is available almost immediately after the previous race, with bookmakers updating their odds throughout the year as a result of trials, races and the publication of the weights. The Grand National is a handicap race, meaning that each horse is allocated a weight based on previous form. With little to separate many of the favourites at this stage, here is a run through of some of the names to look out for.

The Last Samuri

He finished as the runner-up back in April! The Kim Bailey trained The Last Samuri is unsurprisingly among the early favourites with the bookmakers this time around. The best betting odds are of 20/1* with Coral for the eight-year-old at present (*odds at time of writing, subject to change). Should he get his preferred ground this time around, as opposed to the soft ground at Aintree just a matter of months ago, then he could well finish first. 

Native River

This talented staying chaser trained by Colin Tizard won the Hennesy Gold Cup, Denman Chase and Welsh National last season before finishing third in the Gold Cup. Native River has now proven himself to be one of the most versatile horses around. He has performed in races with larger fields, and at some smaller events too. He is familiar with the circuit at Aintree. He won there in 2016. While Blaklion, the current favourite is rated at 169, Native River is rated at 170 over fences, which can only be bettered by four other chasers. He has also beaten current favourite Blaklion in a meeting in April 2016. He is definitely one to watch.

Minella Rocco

Minella Rocco is a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner-up and was ante-post favourite for the 2017 Grand National until his was withdrawn from the race. This was probably due to the fact that no 7 year old has won the race since 1940. He was surely kept back for another year. Minella Rocco is a horse that stays the distance, as shown by his win in the 4m National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and that was as a 6 year old.

The Jonjo O’Neill trained horse was also running on strongly at the finish of his runners-up performance in the Gold Cup. This suggests there is plenty more in the tank.

Blaklion

The Nigel Twiston-Davies camp loves winning the Grand National. They’ve taken the top prize twice before with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002). So they certainly know what’s required. In Blaklion, they’ve got a great chance of making it three. This 9 year-old is another that adds a bit of class to the race. Don’t forget he landed the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016! He was also a close third in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at this meeting last season and fourth behind Thistlecrack in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle back in 2014. He also showed that he is capable of a big run in the Grand National after finishing 4th last time out. Could this year’s early favourite go even better in 2018?

So, he’s got plenty of experience of this meeting, but one thing he does lack is a previous run over these fences. Having said that, he’s normally a safe jumper and since falling on just his second chase start, he has since completed on his next 9 runs. We recently saw him in an epic battle with another National fancy, Vieux Lion Rouge, up at Haydock in the Grand National Trial. He eventually finished second.

Nigel Twiston-Davies certainly fancies his chances. He has recently compared his horse to the greatest Aintree runner ever, Red Rum.

Our Duke

The Irish Grand National winner Our Duke, is hotly tipped to feature and run well in this year’s race. His form in that race demonstrates that he should be able to step up and stay well on the slightly longer Aintree track.  His regular rider, Robbie Power, along with trainer Jessica Harrington showed some excellent results towards the back end of the the 2016/17 National Hunt season. This bodes well for this campaign. In the Irish National, he took up the running four flights out, before majestically asserting himself in the home straight to come home with a comfortable 14 length victory.

Vicente

Vicente is a dual winner of the Scottish National. He won it in 2016 and 2017. These two wins over 4m shows Vicente is a horse with the credentials to win this race. However, Vicente fell at the first at Aintree last year, so it’s difficult to read anything into the performance. Vincente’s previous record also suggests that he is a spring horse, so there is a good chance he could come good again and perform better at Aintree.

Vicente is trained by champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who has a National winner to his name. So he knows what it takes to train a winning horse in this race.

Cause of Causes

Finally, a Grand National preview would not be complete without mentioning the legendary owner J P McManus. The Irishman looks to Cause Of Causes for a first win since 2010 with Don’t Push It. This horse already proved its stamina by winning the National Hunt Chase in 2015, and was just pipped at Aintree by eventual winner One For Arthur.

But Cause of Causes second place finish shows that he can go one better in 2018.

Further 2018 Grand National Betting Offers

With the Grand National attracting over £150 million in wagers from every corner of the globe, punters are always on the look out for attractive offers to lend a helping hand. Free bets, money back guarantees and enhanced odds are all available in the build up to the big day. Many bookmakers offer some enticing bonuses for you to utilise.

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Grand National Betting Markets

In the week leading up to the Grand National, a whole host of markets will open up that are unique to the famous race. You can bet on the following markets:

  • Race winner
  • Each way one quarter the odds for the first six places
  • Top 4 finish
  • Age of winner
  • Trainer of winner
  • Number of finishers
  • To complete the course
  • To complete the course accumulators from groups
  • Lady jockey to win the race
  • Lady jockey to be placed
  • Winner to carry under 11 stone
  • Winner to carry 11 stone or more
  • All horses to clear the first fence
  • Irish trained winner
  • Woman to train the winner

Taking a punt on one of the more uncommon betting markets is very entertaining. Bets such as all horses to clear the first fence, or the age of the winner often carries much more competitive odds.

*Odds at publication. Subject to change.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers 2018

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Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season. It attracts attention from all corners of the globe. To help punters maximise their entertainment, we have compiled some of the best Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers available from the top bookmakers in the UK. You can see our top four offers below. However, there are many further welcome offers available here with other bookmakers. This year the festival will take place from March 13th till March 16th 2018

Top 4 Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

BookmakerOffer TypeBonus OfferGet the Bonus
ladbrokes logoFree Bet (T&Cs Apply. +18)100% up to £50Go to Bookie
Paddy Power logoCash Back (T&Cs Apply. +18)£20 Risk Free BetGo to Bookie
william hill logoWelcome Bonus (T&Cs Apply. +18)Bet £10 Get £30Go to Bookie
Betfred logoWelcome Bonus (T&Cs Apply. +18)Bet £10 Get £60Go to Bookie

Cheltenham Betting Offers Explained

The Cheltenham Festival is an extremely important week for bookmakers. The famous British meeting brings in a far wider audience than the normal racing audience. Therefore, a fierce rivalry takes place in order to attract new customers. Betting offers! Promotions! Bonuses! They are all fighting to provide you with the best one. While welcome bonuses are the most common; other promotions reward loyalty. It can be especially attractive during such a hectic week of wagering.

Many bookies offer extra money and bets when opening a new account, here are some of the most rewarding Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers:

Ladbrokes

Established bookmaker Ladbrokes offers all new customers up to £50 in extra bets. Stake your first bet after signing up, and Ladbrokes will match this amount with an extra bet. They will do so from £5 to £50. With some of the favourites in ominously good shape heading to Cheltenham, backing one of the frontrunners with an extra bet could be a relatively simple way to double your entertainment.

Paddy Power

Paddy Power offers a first risk free bet of £20. As well as this, throughout the Cheltenham Festival, Paddy Power offers more specials than any other bookmakers. Users are likely to receive enhanced odds, extra bets, and bonuses to wager on the biggest racing extravaganza of the year.

William Hill

William Hill has a new customer offer in place ready for the festival. Stake you first £10 and William Hill will credit you with £30 in extra bets. They come as three bets of £10 each. In addition, William Hill does offer some of the most competitive odds around.

Betfred

Betfred is another bookie with a vested interest in horse racing. They are offering a welcome offer of bet £10 get £60 when you sign up as a new customer. Once you stake your first £10, Betfred will credit you with £30 in extra bets for the sportsbook and £30 in extra money for the casino.

Please remember that all those offers are for new customers only, that you have to be over 18+ to gamble and finally that specific T&Cs for each offer apply. 

Cheltenham Festival Betting Specials

Aside from the aforementioned Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers, there are a number of other promotions running for the races. We have picked our top two available below:

BookmakerPromotion NameDescriptionGet the Offer
CoralNew Customer Offer (T&Cs Apply. +18)Bet £5 Get £30Go to Bookie
BetfairNew Customer Offer (T&Cs Apply. +18)Up to £100 in Free BetsGo to Bookie

As soon as the Cheltenham Festival 2018 Betting Specials will be announced, we will display them here. 

Cheltenham Festival Betting Markets 2018

As previously mentioned, the Cheltenham Festival is the biggest week of the year for bookies, and as a result, many will make a whole new set of markets available for the event. For punters looking to get the better of the bookmakers, using some of the more diverse markets, rather than simply backing the favourite, can often turn out to be more entertaining. Here are just a handful of the available markets ahead of the Festival:

  • Race winner
  • Each way 1/4 odds for the first 6 places
  • Finish in top 4
  • Age of winner
  • Winning Trainer
  • Number finishing the race
  • Completion of the course
  • Accumulators – to complete the course from groups
  • Female jockey to win

Cheltenham Festival Schedule

The Cheltenham Festival kicks off in style with Champions Day on Tuesday 13th March 2018. It starts with the Novices’ Hurdle which will for sure unleash the famous Cheltenham roar! Then the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy and the Mares’ Hurdle will make for a great opening day.

Wednesday, Ladies Day,  sees the jockeys battle it out for victory in the 2018 Queen Mother Champion Chase. Furthermore, the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, the RSA Steeple Chase and the Weatherbys Champion Bumper will offer a jam-packed day of high octane racing.

Meanwhile, the World Hurdle takes priority on St Patrick’s Thursday in Cheltenham. There is a whole host of top class stayers looking to join an illustrious group of previous winners. The JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the St. Patrick Derby also offer plenty of opportunities for punters to beat the bookies.

Finally, Friday, “Gold Cup Day” plays host to horse racing’s most prestigious contest, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. With the likes of Denman, Kuato Star and Coneygree having come out on top in recent years, it remains to be seen who will follow in such famous footsteps. The Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle also bring the curtain down on an incredible four days of action.

Day One, Tuesday 13th March 2018 – Champion Day

Time: Race:
13:30Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
14:05Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
14:40Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase
15:20Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16:00Mares’ Hurdle for the David Nicholson Trophy
16:40National Hunt Chase
17:15Novices’ Handicap Chase

Day Two, Wednesday 14th March 2018 – Ladies Day

Time: Race:
13:30The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
14:05 The RSA Steeple Chase
14:40The Coral Cup
15:20The BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
16:00Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
16:40Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
17:15Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Day Three, Thursday 15th March 2018 – St Patrick’s Thursday

Time:Race:
13:30JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase
14:05Pertemps Final
14:40Ryanair Chase
15:20Ladbrokes World Hurdle
16:00Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase
16:40Full Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
17:15St. Patrick’s Derby

Day Four, Friday 16th March 2018 – Gold Cup Day

Time:Race:
13:30JCB Triumph Hurdle
14:05Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle
14:40Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
15:20Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
16:00Foxhunter Steeple Chase
16:40Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
17:15Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase

 

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Cheltenham Festival Tips and Trends


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Gordon Elliot and Ruby Walsh dominated proceedings at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, as the two were crowned leading trainer and jockey. Elliot dominated the meeting with six successes, equaling Mullins but with more second places, he took home the award. Laibak won the opening race; Tiger Roll the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase, securing a delightful hat trick; and finally Champagne Classic bagged the sixth win of the week.  Meanwhile, in what was his 11th win as leading jockey during his career, and 5th consecutive one, Walsh also registered a landmark 56th win at the Festival, more than any other jockey in history.

On Tuesday, Special Tiara won the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Special Tiara’s jockey was Noel Fehily. On Friday, the Gold Cup was taken away by Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power. It was a very good week for Ireland.

Cheltenham Betting Trends

cheltenham betting trends

With 14 Grade 1 races over the four days at Cheltenham, each day features its own championship race, and with little to choose between the frontrunners at this stage, it is well worth taking a look at some of the trends from previous races before placing a bet.

Champion Hurdle

As the most prestigious hurdle race of the season, the race consists of horses navigating their way round the two-mile-long course, with eight hurdles over a circuit and a little of the Old Course at Cheltenham. With the first race being ran back in 1927, here are some of the most important trends to look for when placing a bet.

  • Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 8/1
  • Winning favourites or joint favourites since 2007: 5
  • Range of starting prices of winners: 4/5 to 22/1
  • Best trainer record: N. Henderson 6 wins (SYT 85, 86, 87, Punjabi 09, Binocular 10, Buveur D’Air 17)
  • Best jockey record: Ruby Walsh 4 wins (Hurricane Fly 11, 13, Faugheen 15) & Tim Molony, 4 wins.

Champion Chase

The Champion Chase is the most prestigious steeplechase race in the calendar, and with 12 fences over the two-mile-long circuit, it is one of the most exciting of the whole Festival. The first Champion Chase was run in 1959, and the following are some of the most important statistics from races since then.

  • Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 6/1
  • Winning favourites or joint favourites since 2007: 3
  • Range of starting prices of winners: 1/4 (1.25) to 16/1
  • Best trainer record: Tom Dreaper 6 wins
  • Best jockey record: Pat Taaffe and Barry Gerghty with 5 wins each

World Hurdle

Run over three miles, the World Hurdle is the most eagerly anticipated long-distance hurdle event of the season, taking place in almost two circuits of the New Course at Cheltenham. Having been re-branded from the old Stayer’s Hurdle back in 2005, there have been many fantastic races over the history at Cheltenham.

  • Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 11/1
  • Winning favourites since 2007: 5
  • Range of starting prices of winners: 5/6 to 14/1
  • Best trainer record: Paul Nicholls 4 wins (Big Buck’s 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Best jockey record: Ruby Walsh 5 wins (Big Buck’s 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, Nichols Canyon 2017)

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Undoubtedly the most anticipated race of the entire festival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most illustrious chasing event of the whole season. Run over three miles, two and a half furlongs and 22 obstacles, ever since its first outing in 1819, it has been a firm favourite among the punters.

  • Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 6/1
  • Winning favourites since 2007: 5
  • Range of starting prices of winners: ¼ to 20/1
  • Best trainer record: Tom Dreaper 5 wins
  • Best jockey record: Pat Taafe 4 wins

Cheltenham Betting Tips

cheltenham festival tips

The Festival will soon take place in March 2018. The bookmakers have compiled their ante-post markets for those looking to make the most of some enticing odds from races across the four days.

Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is one of the most popular races with the punters. The Champion Hurdle is the highlight for many on day one of the Festival. Unsurprisingly, it is 2017 Champion Buveur D’Air that heads the betting among many of the bookies. Trainer Nicky Henderson looks to have the strongest entry for the Champion Hurdle. Willie Mullins won the race twice out of the four last years. He’s no beginner and a sure man in the racing world.

Neptune Novices’ Hurdle

Perhaps one of the most competitive looking races on paper at this early stage, with no clear favourite, the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle on day two of the Festival could well be one of the most wagered on. Samcro, an Irish horse trained by the leading jockey of last year, Gordon Elliot, seems to be the bookmakers first choice as the event closes in.

Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is certainly one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival. The ante-post odds for 2018 already have an exciting look to them. Former Arkle winner Altior has proved unbeatable during his career to date, and the seven-year-old is the overwhelming favourite with the bookies for this one. Nicky Henderson is once again looking to be in prime position for another Cheltenham win after his last 2016 trophy.

World Hurdle

It is 2017 World Hurdle winner Nichols Canyon that currently heads the betting, in what would be yet another win for Mullins in the South-West.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The betting market for the Gold Cup in 2018 has already gained much attention, largely due to the emergence of World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack as a genuine contender. Having embarked upon a chasing career under trainer Tizzard, and having won his first two races with relative ease, the nine-year-old is unsurprisingly in the favourites in the ante-post odds.

However, 2017 winner Sizing John will return to mount another serious threat for the title. He is the leading horse for the bookmakers! He is trained by Mrs Jessica Harrington and was ridden by  Robbie Power.

About Cheltenham Festival

Some of the best and most successful horses from the UK & Ireland line up to battle it out in the most iconic meetings in the British racing calendar. Punters anxiously await the final stages of races, hoping that their pick comes home a winner. The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in the South-West of England is held over four fantastic days of racing. Trainers and owners prime their star assets for the most important races of their careers. Although luck in-running plays a role in such races, given the quality and size of the field, contests are often run at a far greater speed than normal. Some of the best in the business hope to write their names into the record books.

With 28 races, the Cheltenham Festival offer a total prize money of over £6.12 million. It is little wonder that some 500 horses compete for their share. With only the Grand National able to compete in terms of prize money, punters too see the Festival as the perfect opportunity to get in on the action. Bettors will be on the look out for the best Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers to start their betting journey during this great event.

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The First Day

The first Tuesday of the Festival will be on March 13th, 2018 in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. With over 200,000 pints of Guinness consumed by spectators over the four days, it is safe to say that emotions run high throughout the event. The clash between top English, Irish, and French horses only adds to the excitement for many. The Irish contingent is well backed each year.

Any horse racing fan will be able to recall their favourite Cheltenham Festival moment. Shocks, photo finishes and falls add to the drama of the event over the years. Looking back, and still one of the most famous Cheltenham Cup memories is the epic Gold Cup contests in the 1960s between the incomparable Arkle and brave Mill House. Meanwhile, many will look back with fondness to the popular grey Desert Orchid’s Gold Cup triumph in 1989 or, more recently, Best Mate’s third Gold Cup in 2004. It remains to be seen who will write themselves into the history books in March next year.

Don’t forget to check the Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers on top of our review to maximise your entertainment in March 2018.


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Premier League Teams

Premier League Teams

Your One-Stop Guide to Premier League Teams

Following the latest Premier League statistics can be challenging to say the least. Those who are fans of sports betting or who simply want to know what to expect during the upcoming season need to be provided with the latest and the most up-to-date information. We have tried to take the guesswork out of this equation by providing you with the most pertinent details of these 20 teams as well as some of their primary strengths to take into account. Without any further delay, let’s begin.

Premier League Teams

AFC Bournemouth

Based out of Bournemouth, this team was first created in 1899 and it is primary associated with third-tier football. Still, we should mention that they have performed impressively since their entrance into the Premier League in 2009. AFC Bournemouth completed the 2016-2017 in 9th place. Forward Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic are considered to be their top players and considering that “The Cherries” have been steadily moving up in the league rankings, their main goal is to further cement their position as well as to break into the top five spot during the 2018 season.

Arsenal

Also known as “The Gunners” Arsenal is arguably one of the most well-known football clubs within the Premier League. It can trace its roots back to 1886 (as dial Square) and this team holds the distinction as being the first club from the South of England to join the league. Thanks to no fewer than 13 championship titles, Arsenal has always been a force to be reckoned with. Names such as Thierry Henry have become synonymous with unsurpassed talent and players including Alexis Sanchez (24 goals between the 2016-2017 season) continue to define Arsenal as one of the top contenders. This is no doubt partially due to the fact that their 2017 valuation has been predicted to be just over 1.5 billion pounds. If all goes as manager Arsene Wegner hopes, the team might just be able to pull off a 14th championship title in the coming season.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion can trace its roots back to 1901 and since this time, the team has been colloquially referred to as The Seagulls or simply “Albion”. The team has used three stadiums during its history and the newest addition (Falmer Stadium) can seat more than 30,000 fans. In terms of statistics alone, the top players who wear Brighton & Hove colours include Anthony Knockaert (the EFL Championship Player of the Year) vice captain Lweis Dunk (having conceded only 36 goals in the recent season) and Dale Stevens (49 tackles and a pass accuracy of an astounding 86 per cent). The 2016-2017 season was their sixth season within the Championship and while losses late in the season to Bristol City and Norwich City may have left fans with a bad taste in their mouths, the fact that Brighton & Hove enjoyed a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic shows that they are indeed contenders for the upcoming year.

Burnley

Burnley FC have been in the Premiere League since the 2015-2016 season and they have played at Turf Moor since 1888. One interesting fact in regards to this team is that it has experienced its share of ups and downs over the years. After falling into near oblivion between 1976 and 1987, they came back to enjoy success from 2000 to 2009. However, Burnley has seemed to suffer from poor results during away games (this is in direct contrast to a majority of home wins). Some feel that their performance during the 2016-2017 season mirrored the rather disappointing 2009-2010 season. The team hopes to break this cycle and considering that they have already celebrated their first win against Chelsea, the upcoming year should be interesting indeed. Players to watch include defender Ben Mee and Midfielder Jeff Hendrick.

Chelsea

When we think of English football, The Blues always come to mind. Chelsea is one of the most famous teams within the Premier League and since 1955, they have featured prominently in many championship bouts. In fact, they are the only London club to have ever won the UEFA Champions League. Arch rivals such as Arsenal and Leeds always make for an exciting game. Recent examples of their success include an 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic and the same score against Aston Villa in 2012. Modern names including Fabregas and Pedro have been essential to help Chelsea’s continued rise to a potential cup double and the addition of N’Golo Kante (from Leicester) should help to bolster the team’s defence during the 2017-2018 season. Considering that Kante has made an incredible 289 tackles, fans should be ready for a year which places a greater emphasis on defence. As of 2016, Forbes has ranked Chelsea FC as the seventh most valuable football club in the world (an estimated value of 1.15 billion pounds). This puts them on par with rivals such as Arsenal. Let’s see if owner Roman Abramovich can capitalise upon this worth during the coming year.

Crystal Palace

Otherwise known as The Eagles, Crystal Palace FC was first founded in 1905. Although never having reached the top of the Premier League, Crystal Palace is known for its long-standing rivalry with Manchester United (having lost during both the 1990 and the 2016 finals to this team). They have enjoyed the position of second-tier champions twice and besides Manchester, their traditional competitors have been Brighton & Hove. In terms of the 2017-2018 season, Players to watch out for include Wilf Zaha, Christian Benteke (for goal-striking prowess) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a bit of a dark-horse edge.

Everton

Everton FC has been in existence since 1878 and they are one of the oldest clubs within the country. Otherwise known as The Toffees, this team was First Division champions in the 1986-1987 season and they most recently won the FA Cup in 1995. It is also interesting to note that Everton holds the record as the team with the most top-tier appearances over the years (114 seasons out of a total of 118). Naturally, forward Wayne Rooney will be a player to watch during the 2017-2018 season as will Oumar Niasse. Having recently lost to rivals Chelsea, we should be looking for Everton to solidify their defence while simultaneously allowing the top scorers to take the fight to their opponent.

Huddersfield Town

Known as The Terriers amongst their fans, Huddersfield Town held the distinction of being the first team which won three consecutive league titles in 1926. However, this club is also somewhat of a dark horse; having gained acceptance to the Premier League only recently. This signifies that they will likely struggle during the 2017-2018 season as they find their footing within a much more competitive environment. Still, players such as Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre are expected to perform well regardless of the circumstances. The question is whether or not captain Tommy Smith can hold the rest of the team together against opponents such as Manchester City and Arsenal.

Leicester City

Leicester FC was formed in 1884 and while having been finalists within the FA Cup no fewer than four times, they have yet to claim a victory. However, this is not to say that Leicester is less than formidable; their recent 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League appearance clearly illustrates that Leicester should never be taken lightly. Some strengths of this team include strong counter attacks and the ability to come back from a losing position. Top scorers such as Vardy and Okazaki should be able to capitalise upon this edge although it needs to be said that possession has been an issue with Leicester for some time. If they can address this demon, the 2017-2018 season should keep fans coming back for more.

Liverpool

Nicknamed The Reds, Liverpool FC has been in existence since 1892. Although their last First Division win was in 1990, this squad has won the Football League Cup no fewer than eight times; a record. Known for very strong counter attacks and maintaining possession of the ball, Liverpool needs to up its game in terms of wing defences and through-ball attacks. Forward Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are definite strengths in terms of goals. They will be able to come in handy if Liverpool is able to increase its level of aggression during gameplay during the 2017-2018 season. We should therefore expect them to adopt a more proactive stance during gameplay so that they will be able to maintain possession of the ball; particularly against the more formidable Premier League teams.

Manchester City

Manchester City is know for being associated with some of the most die-hard fans in the game, and for good reason. While it can be argued that their so-called “golden years” took place throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the fact of the matter is that this team is extremely formidable in more modern times. This is evidenced by their 2015-2016 Football League Cup title as well as their title within the first division of the Premier League in the 2013-2014 season. With an average rate of possession of 66.5 per cent and no fewer than 3.5 goals scored per game, Manchester City is not to be taken lightly by any domestic team. A Pass accuracy of 89.4 per cent is likewise quite impressive and other teams often have difficulty matching this prowess. During the 2017-2018 season, we should see the team continue to capitalise upon these strengths and players including Sergio Aguero alongside the aggressive Nicolas Otamendi should bring much to the table in terms of raw competitive power.

Manchester United

Manchester United has enjoyed the nickname “The Red Devils” since its formation in 1902. They are perhaps best noted as being the only club in English history to have won the FA Cup, the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. During their 2016-2017 season, this team walked away with the UEFA Europa League title; an impressive achievement indeed. To put this into perspective, it was reported that Manchester United had a total revenue of more than $765 million dollars; more than Real Madrid and Barcelona combined. So, it should be no surprise that some truly great players call this club home. Amongst those to watch in the upcoming season are Lukaku and Martial (for their goals) and Young for his aggressive gameplay. It is also interesting to mention that currently this team has very few known weaknesses. Their strengths include excellent chances to score at the last minute, an ability to protect the lead and flexible counter attacks. Expect to see more of the same from this impressive team during the 2017-2018 season.

Newcastle United

Newcastle United (also known as The Magpies) first came into existence in 1893. While this team might not possess as illustrious of a past as Manchester United, they have nonetheless won the league on four different occasions. The 1980s and 1990s were particularly impressive decades, as Newcastle United took home the Football League Championship during the 1992-1993 as well as 2009-2010 and 2016-2017. Some of the metrics which set this team apart include superior long shot capabilities and their talent at created chances to score during seemingly impossible circumstances. Top players such as J. Lascelles and I. Hayden should enjoy a lucrative upcoming season. However, we need to keep in mind that Newcastle United will need to address a few key areas of concern such as maintaining possession of the ball and improving aerial duels in order to stand a chance against other teams such as Manchester United.

Southampton

Southampton have been in existence since 1885 and they are known as having enjoyed a streak of 27 consecutive years within the Premier League before losing this position in May 2005. However, they have once again risen to these ranks and if the players have anything to say about it, they are here to stay. Sometimes referred to as The Saints, Southampton are not particularly known as being a strong team from a statistical point of view. Indeed, areas for improvement include the number of shots taken per game (approximately 14.4 at the moment) as well as a rather poor possession rate of just above 56 per cent. In the coming season, it makes sense to expect the team to focus upon defensive tactics (particularly in reference to long shots) as well as cutting down on the number of individual errors per game. If they can hold it together, players such as Gabbiadini and Romeu could perform quite well. The question is whether or note these demands can be met while still maintaining their standing within the Premier League.

Stoke City

Founded in 1863, Stock City (known as The Potters) is one of the oldest football clubs in existence. This team has enjoyed a long rivalry with West Bromwich Albion as well as the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The team won the league cup once in the 1971-1972 season while they enjoyed the runner-up position in 1963-1964. While these statistics are not necessarily that impressive, it is important to keep in mind that Stoke City have recently signed a man who many consider to be one of the best midfielders in the league. Darren Fletcher was acquired in September and many fans are hoping that this presence will help to break the deadlock that seems to have plagued Stoke City in recent times. Other rising stars to watch out for include Xherdan Shaquiri (a quality passer) and Kurt Zouma (known for his strong possession skills).

Swansea City

Swansea City was founded in 1912 and as of the 2016-2017 season, they are in 15th place out of 20 within the Premier League. It could be argued that this poor standing partially arises from the fact that they only first reached this status in 2011 and they might not yet have the composure to compete with the big boys. Indeed, manage Paul Clement will be hoping to improve the rankings during this season. Swansea City is known for being able to protect the lead although they still need to work on defending against counter attacks as well as keeping possession of the ball during high-pressure moves. This will involve both strategy and psychology. Still, players such as T. Abraham are known for their scoring capabilities if given the chance. So, it will be a team effort and the use of assists from teammates such as J. Ayew should hopefully increase the standing of Swansea.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham was formed in 1882 and as they play out of Wembley Stadium, they are able to host more fans than any other team within the Premier League. Having coming in second place within the league, their 2016-2017 season was quite impressive. This is partially due to a passing accuracy of 83.8 per cent alongside nearly 18 shots per game (about 2 goals every match). Their only real weakness involves aerial duels and if they can address this metric, the 2017-2018 season could see them walking away with the title. They are excellent at attacking set pieces as well as emphasising the strengths of individuals such as Kane and Alderweireld. Known for short passes as well as controlling the opposition’s half of the pitch, Tottenham could be in for a great year if all goes as planned.

Watford

Watford FC was created in 1881 and they are currently in 17th place out of 20 within the Premier League. In terms of statistics, this team is in the “middle of the road”. 12 shots per game, 1.5 goals per match and an average possession of 49.1 per cent all have room for improvement. They need to be particularly aware of counter attacks and defending their set pieces (a known weakness in recent years). Still, these are balanced out with other strengths including the ability come back from a nearly certain loss. Players including Doucoure (goals) and Britos (aggression) should help to provide the balance that Watford requires to rise out of the Premier League doldrums. Considering that they were runners-up during the 2014-2015 season, the taste of victory is likely to still be fresh on their tongues.

West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion can trace its history back to 1878. Often simply referred to as West Brom, this team is in 10th place out of its 20 Premier League competitors. As if a perfect example of black and white, this team spent 24 years enjoying a presence within the Premier League (1949-1973) before experiencing a hiatus between 1986 and 2002. Their rivalry with Aston Villa is well documented and they also enjoy regular passionate (but sportive) feuds with Manchester City. It can be argued that their most pronounced strength is their ability to shoot from direct free kicks. Still, head coach Tony Pulis has much on his plate if he hopes to break into the top-ten league standings. We should expect him to focus upon areas such as protecting the lead, keeping possession of the ball and (above all), cutting down on the amount of fouls committed by his players. This means aggressive players including H. Robson-Kanu will have to tone their gameplay down while still protecting top scorers such as J. Rodriguez.

West Ham United

West Ham United was first formed in 1895 and they play out of London Stadium (with a capacity of 60,000, one of the largest venues behind locations such as Wembley). They fall just behind West Bromwich in terms of placing (currently 11th out of 20 in the Premier League). This is actually interesting, for the team averaged only one goal per game in the 2016-2017 season. Their possession of 49.3 per cent was less than stellar as well. However, their ability to create incredibly long shot opportunities may be able to compensate for such shortcomings on occasion. They need to address certain weak areas including protecting their lead as well as countering against long shots from the other side. Chicharito (goals) and A. Carroll (aerials won) should be watched carefully this year. If the team can pull their weaknesses together, these top players could do some real damage to other formidable opponents. The question is whether or not West Ham can breach the top-ten threshold during the 2017-2018 season.

Premier League

Barclays Premier League 2017 / 2018

The 2017 / 2018 Premier League begun on August, 12th and will resolve on Sunday, May 13th! It’s a clash of titans with the best teams in the United Kingdom contending for the title and world recognition. Chelsea won last year and will try to succeed another time with Antonio Conte at the helm. The UEFA Europa League incumbent winner Manchester United will also drive hard for a shot at the title. They have not won since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and José Mourinho will be pushing his players.  The current FA cup holders, Arsenal, and their 21 year long manager Arsène Wenger will try to do better than a 5th place and possibly get on the podium. Finally, it will be interesting to see what newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United, and Huddersfield Town will do to avoid relegation, cling on to the league and push other teams back into the EFL Championship. 

Premier League Betting Tips

We strive to provide you with the best premier league betting tips to enhance your experience.

Barclays Premier League Table 2017 / 2018

Follow the race to the title with our live Premier League table! With 19 English teams and a Welsh one, who will be able to be consistent and resilient enough to finish the year on top?

Premier League Tips Articles

We provide you with tips to bet with every week for the Barclays Premier League 2017 / 2018.

Premier League Betting

In the United Kingdom, it is pretty easy to find a good bookmaker in order to bet on the Premier League. For example, you can do so with Ladbrokes or Betfair. Premier League betting is a great source of entertainment, with dozens of games each month. Premier League betting odds are easily accessible on almost all operators we review. It is also possible to do some Premier League outright betting. On November 29th, William Hill offered odds of 20/1 on Chelsea winning the English Premier League outright.

Premier League General Articles

We strive to provide you with interesting information about the 2017 / 2018 Premier League.

DateArticle
September 4th, 2017Transfer Window Index
August 24th, 2017Arsenal’s History of Transfers

Premier League Top Scorers

Who are the top scorers this year? Look below to check who are the most proficient players so far! For more information on the Premier League, visit the official website.

PlayerTeamGoals Scored
Harry KaneTottenham23
Mohamed SalahLiverpool22
Sergio AgüeroMan City21

Premier League Teams

We wanted to give you a comprehensive overview of all the English and Welsh teams involved in this year’s Premier League. From their top players and their pre-season results to their nicknames and net spend. Newcastle United is back, and it’s the most northern club in the league! There are five teams in London! Facts, facts, facts: you’ll get to read it all in our special article.

Check Our Premier League Teams Overview!

Premier League Scores & Results

Who won? Who’s leaning towards a league win? Manchester City, for the first time after four years? Keep and eye on the table below to stay updated!



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