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  1. 6 points
    yogg

    French Open 2018

    Buzarnescu M. - Svitolina E. will this be a shock result? why not? Buzarnescu is having a great season and, in my view, is being very underestimated by the bookies. Svitolina has stuttered in both her matches so far going 5-1 down in the first set to Tomljanovic and getting broke twice in the second set against Kuzmova. She wont be able to do that and get away with it against Buzarnescu. Buzarnescu to win @ 5.60 with Unibet with the usual saver Buzarnescu +1.5 sets @ 2.60 with 10Bet good luck all
  2. 6 points
    yogg

    French Open 2018

    Van Uytvanck A. vs Wallace I. Wallace makes her Grand slam debut and has never faced a top 50 player! Van Uytvanck -7.5 games @ 2.65 with 10Bet Van Uytvanck -10.5 games @ 12.00 with PaddyPower I think Wallace will be lucky to get zero!
  3. 5 points
    Call me bonkers, but the Saudis at 9/1 (10.00) is nothing short of outrageous! Take out the Peru match and they lost 2-1 to both Italy and Germany, and beat Algeria and Greece 2-0 - that's decent form! Russia are sooooo over-estimated in my opinion, they are hopeless and winless in 7 matches (last 4 being atrocious) now and they'll be bang under it come kick off. This isn't about historical trends of shocks in opening matches, this is just a match that is horrendously priced and I wouldn't back Russia against Barnet right now. Saudi Arabia Win @ 9/1 (10.00) Bet365
  4. 5 points
    BillyHills

    Naps - Wed June 6th

    **Breaking News** Added prizes this month Punters Lounge Mug & Pen will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the Naps Competition (Only one set per member can be won, next place offered if one set already claimed.) You know you want one
  5. 5 points
    Hey, Just a heads-up to check your Party Poker accounts and opt in to the DTD 8 max series promotions to get a free card which contains different prizes. I just opened mine and won a £250+25 seat into this weeks main event! Just registered for the online day one in a couple of days... Have no money to get to and do a weekend in Nottingham, but will go for the day 2 on Sunday if make it!
  6. 5 points
    bobix

    French Open 2018

    Back Stefanos Tsitsipas (AH +2.5 sets) to beat Dominic Thiem at 1.70 with Pinnacle Did not really understand why Thiem "forced" himself to the final last week in Lyon, rather than saving his energy for the next (two?) week(s), but at least he got his reward and won the tournament. It was no surprise he went through the first round quite easily but will face a tricky opponent in the next turn. The Greek guy already caused him plenty of problems in their previous meetings, at these odds I definitely have to give it a try. Back Benoit Paire (AH +2.5 sets) to beat Kei Nishikori at 1.65 with Pinnacle Once again staying on the safe side and playing set handicap. Kei did not really impress me in the first round, in all honesty, I expected a stronger performance from him. He might have played good tennis in Rome, but at the same time is used to make matches difficult for himself. Stats are also on my side, Paire should be well able to take at least (!) one set in front of the home crowd. Back Federico Delbonis to beat Pablo Carreno Busta at 3.00 with Bet365 The set handicap seems to be obvious for me here, but now I will risk an play the money line. I am not at all impressed with the Spaniard recently. Shaky performance in Rome, not to mention Madrid and Estoril. Ok, Delbonis is not in a hell of form either, but he holds a decent H2H record, so let's see. Back Martin Klizan to beat Gael Monfils at 2.45 with Marathonbet Even if probably his main focus from the beginning of the season was to get in good shape for these weeks, I am not really sure about Monfils. Not because he dropped a set in the first round against an unknown player on the big stages, but the French fun-maker is no longer the player he used to be. This match can definitely go into 5 sets, maybe worth to risk a small amount on that, but I definitely think the Slovak has a good chance here.
  7. 5 points
    four-leaf

    May 21 - May 27

    I got to take this bet to Diane Parry to beat Rebecca Sramkova at 6.00 with bet365 Another 15 year old player, french girl Diane Parry with no WTA experience or ranking. Her first match was beating Jana Fett which is very impressive considering how good Jana has been going this season. Gonna be interesting to see if we can have another Marta Kostyuk here. Diane is junior no.27 and Rebeccas career high as junior was 200 4 years ago. Rebeccas favourite surface is hard and we have a 15 year old home player here. Smells upset to me!
  8. 5 points
    four-leaf

    May 21 - May 27

    Ok this is the last bet for today Marta Kostyuk to beat (-1.5 sets) Martina Trevisan at 2.20 with bet365 The great big talent of this 15 year old ukrainean girl is available to see for everyone and yet she's as high as 1.50 to beat this italian because she dropped a set to Eri Hozumi in first round. I don't think she'll drop a set this time and it comes to me as a nobrainer since Marta is way more talented than Martina. It's 9 years between them and Marta is already ranked top 150, the question is only when she will break top 100. Martina has been top 150 last season for a short period at 144 which is her career high ranking but losing on clay in straight sets to players like Silvia Soler Espinosa in Rabat qualies, Michaela Honcova in a italian 25k ITF and getting destroyed by Marie Bouzkova in Lugano qualies doesn't look good. That 3 set final loss in another 25k italian ITF to Manon Arcangioli 23 years old ranked career high 268 (2015) doesn't look good either. Based on those matches I'd be surprised if Marta drops a set here. In round 1 Martina defeated Francoise Abanda in 3 sets and that's nothing special as well as Martas 3 set win over Eri Hozumi is nothing special. Anyway now I think it's not impossible that Marta will raise her game and likely take this in 2. I better be right about this risky bet since I've already lost a lot of risky bets this week.
  9. 4 points
    BillyHills

    Latest Tables - June

    Roll of Honour Added prize from this month: Punters Lounge Mug & Pen will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the Naps Competition (Only one set per member can be won, next place offered if one set already claimed.)
  10. 4 points
    Day 4 All to play for on the final day, good luck all
  11. 4 points
    Argentina vs Croatia I, personally, am super excited for this one! This is, in my opinion, one of the three biggest fixtures in this round of the group stages, the other two being Serbia vs Switzerland (bias or not, this one will be bloody!) and Colombia vs Poland (because one of the two will be packing their bags early after this one). I'll start off by saying that this game is really hard to predict, as I believe we haven't seen the true potential of neither of the teams involved in their opening fixtures. Argentina was held to a draw by the brave Iceland team, who have once again demonstrated how disciplined and hard working they are able to be, especially in the games against huge favorites. On the other hand while the Argentinian team didn't necessarily play that bad, I felt like some of the players were seriously hindering the play - rare, well-built plays that had the potential to throw off the opposition's defense and create a chance for a goal were frequently sabotaged by the moments of individual silliness, causing further frustration for the Argentinians as the game progressed. Ever Banega was leading the pack in this, and I don't know whether it was lack of flair or play vision or just plain frustration caused by the disciplined Iceland players, but in my opinion, his playtime should be seriously reconsidered after that performance, as now Argentina do not have the luxury to waste goal opportunities. I also wonder why Paulo Dybala wasn't given a chance to play in place of (or as a substitute for) Mazza, but then I've heard that there's some disagreements with Messi (which I am yet to confirm to be true). If this rumor turns out to be true, it could mean that the atmosphere in the Argentinian team is not ideal, and that could cause problems later on, especially if the team starts underperforming. Could Argentina turn out to be a loose cannon? It should be noted that disciplined defensive teams like Iceland and Iran are a nightmare to play against and demand an entirely different approach to the game for the favorites, as was demonstrated by Argentina, and Spain last night (and will be by Portugal next week, but that's another topic). If they're not opened up early, the attackers will get more and more frustrated causing their chances of snatching a win to drop as the game progresses. The game vs Iceland may turn out to be the hardest pill to swallow for the Argentinians, or any other team in Group D for that matter, and they may end up being happy they got to do so early on. Speaking of loose cannons, let's move on to Croatia, a team of amazing individual quality with one serious drawback - they're a team from the Balkans. Trust me, as a person from another Balkan nation, every single team from this region suffers from the same illness, which is oscillatory mental approach to the games by the players. You just never know if and when a fight between some of the players on the team may break out, leading to forming of the several groups in the national team, which shows on the pitch and hurts their play. Or, the team may win and decide to spend the night in a club getting drunk and partying with escorts. Another recognizable trait for this region is that teams tend to get extra motivated and perform great in big games where they're labeled as the underdogs or even given no chance, while they can every now and then get complacent against weaker opposition, expecting that they'll win just by showing up and dropping points as a consequence. This means that the form (perhaps consistency is a more appropriate term) of the teams may be very unpredictable. I wouldn't at all be surprised if Croatia was to beat Argentina with relative ease, only to lose to Iceland (or Nigeria, but this didn't happen) the next day. On a good day, they're more than capable to cause all sorts of upsets vs any given opposition. This is why people from the Balkans believe that their team needs a safety factor of 2.0 when it comes to the quality of their team, if they're to expect a result with confidence. Nigeria was a team which I almost labeled as the potential dark horses in my books based on their squad and form before the World Cup, but seeing them play against Serbia (who, at the time, just appointed an inexperienced coach and were struggling with choice of a formation and lineup from game to game) gave me an insight in what was likely to happen in their WC campaign, and was later confirmed in their game against Croatia - they're uninspired and not very creative, and I see them struggling to do well in this group. Actually, Nigeria finishing with 0 points in this group wouldn't surprise me at all, unless something changes drastically in their subsequent games. One drawback from this is that we cannot be certain how strong and cohesive Croatia is in this tournament yet - a similar case to Argentina, but for different reasons. As I've already mentioned, Iceland and Nigeria aren't really representative measurements of what Argentina and Croatia are able to do. However, I do believe that the current prices given by most of the bookies favor the Argentinians too much over Croatia with no arguments to back that up yet. I'd be surprised if Croatia didn't put in a good effort, just like they tend to usually do against the biggest teams. I see both teams scoring in this game. The hardest battle will be fought in the midfield and will be exciting to follow, but both sides have players who are more than capable of producing a moment of brilliance, which in these games is often enough to lead to a goal. I expect Croatia to be stronger on the defensive end, and Argentina up front. Argentina will be looking for a win, which would allow them to enter their final game vs Nigeria more relaxed and play their game to the fullest, while Croatia will be satisfied even with a draw, but do not be fooled for a second to think that they'll settle for it if they're given a chance to grab all three points. Plus, they have played Iceland twice in their qualifying group and are, by now, most certainly aware of how tricky that game could be if they end up needing to fight for their playoff spot in their final game. I think I'll stay away from betting on a winner on this game, but if I had to, I would take the value in odds on Croatia DNB or double chance. BTTS @ 2.0 sounds too good not to take. To make it an even more interesting game to watch, I'm considering HT CS 0:0 and BTTS in the 2nd half
  12. 4 points
    yogg

    Tennis Tips - June 18 - June 24

    Goerges J. - Barty A. Barty's on a great run at the moment but this is her 8th match, including one doubles match, in ten days and that could prove too much against her strong German opponent today. Barty's 1st round opponent, Dodin, gifted her 31 unforced errors and she won't get that today! She also made 16 unforced errors of her own. Goerges beat Sakkari easily in her 1st round match, not even facing a break point. She's also the ace queen. All things considered I think Goerges will have too much for Barty today. Goerges to win @ 2.80 with BetVictor
  13. 4 points
    Very happy! Congrats on your predictions, you were spot-on with your bets on this game! It was nice to finally see a cohesive midfield on our team and I personally am glad to see Sergej Milinković-Savić put a solid performance and work well with Matić and Milivojević, being a very late addition to this squad (due to the issues with the former manager, unfortunately). It's been a long time since we've had a solid midfield lineup, and our defense seems solid as well, though not ideal. Overall, people here are very happy with our first performance, though most of us have been preparing for a much worse outcome, so there's also that. The biggest problem in my opinion (which I mentioned in my first post) still remains an issue, however - our striker isn't the brightest fish in the sea, and he needs plenty of chances to make one count, and there won't be plenty versus the much tougher Brazil and Swiss squads. For this reason, one of the guys behind him will need to step up and shine in those two games if we're to hope to get something out of them. Some of them definitely have the potential to do so, and it will definitely be interesting to see if they will. However, that draw between Brazil and the Switzerland was a rain on our parade. It all comes down to the Friday clash with Switzerland now which, from what we've seen so far, could be anyone's game, and will likely be a tight contest with only a few opportunities to make a difference. I am undecided on what to bet on at the moment. However, for those interested in doing so, it is worth noting that this will be an emotional match for both sides. This is because of the well-known Kosovo dispute. As some of you may have noticed, plenty of players on the Swiss team were born in, or originate from Kosovo (and some from Albania), and will surely be extra motivated for this game. On the other hand, Kosovo is, obviously, a very emotional topic for the Serbs as well, so any good result in clashes versus any team related to Albania or Kosovo always counts as a double. I am certain that this will be almost as big motivator for both sides as points and the prospects of advancing to the next round for those who snatch a win. The atmosphere in the stands could likely be heated and not short of provocation from both sides. We are likely to see plenty of Kosovo and some greater Albania flags among the Swiss fans (as was the case in quite a few events in the past, probably the most famous one being the drone incident in the Euro 2016 qualifiers). Serbs, on the other hand, will likely respond with some well-known chants, backed by the local Russian fans with whom we have brotherly relations. Our first-choice striker Aleksandar Mitrović has a reputation for being hot-headed and being prone to doing something stupid out of nowhere, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he allows some attempts at provocation to get to his head. I haven't checked the odds yet, but having a small stake on a red card in this game might be a worthwhile consideration, with him being the first choice. Other than that, I'll let the things settle some more before deciding on any serious bets on this game. I'm inclined towards a low-scoring game, but that could be risky if our team decides to risk and go all in instead of hoping for a result from a game vs Brazil, which I'm sure will try to step up their game in the next two fixtures. So, perhaps a goalless first half instead. I'll post my picks at a later date, should I find anything worthwhile.
  14. 4 points
    I will post a full leaderboard every couple of days. Any probs just let me know via PM and i'll check it out After 4 games
  15. 4 points
    Well done Dan, on top pretty much all game, took some knocks but still came back strong, near as damit the perfect game!
  16. 4 points
    Well done @staffy and @teaulc for taking down the trophies and well done to all of you for dealing with a drunken me at the tables for 5 hours! Thanks to all the staff and Rich, especially our scary friend below...
  17. 4 points
    yogg

    June 11 - June 17

    Witthoeft C. - Schoofs B. - WTA Hertogenbosch This looks like a good opportunity for an upset. Witthoeft has lost her last six matches, the last five without winning a set including one against her opponent today just four weeks ago and also against WTA 256 Fiona Ferro at the French Open. Wildcard Schoofs is playing quite well, will have home advantage and a mental edge so worth a punt I believe. Schoofs to win @ 3.25 with Bet365 Good luck all
  18. 4 points
    Rainbow

    Naps - Sunday June 10th

    5.15 Nottingham FORT JEFFERSON 0.5pts EW 14/1 Ladbrokes BOG
  19. 4 points
    All competitions now have PL merchandise to be won as well as cash - you lucky buggers!
  20. 4 points
    Omg ..crapped my pants ....1st 2nd and 4th .......just missed tricast probably paying well over grand ......winner and forecast returning 145 pts ....so near
  21. 4 points
    Let me continue Mladen Krstajic,the new head coach,was a decent player with the decent professional career. His best days as player were in German Bundesliga where he played for clubs like Werder Bremen and Schalke 04. He was also playing for Serbia and was the part of the team which had that catastophic tournament in WC in Germany 2006. As coach hi has no experience of what sort ever! Zero! Nothing! And this is the first and most important reason why i think this tournament will be another dissapointment. Krstajic has no coaching expirience,no right attitude and no authority over players i'm affraid. And this something that cost us a lot in the past. Our shameless FA sacked a coach who maybe didn't was that popular but who delivered and put another man in his place. You simply DON"T do that ahead of WC Our captain (Branislav Ivanovic,ex Chelsea now Zenit) was stripped of the captain's tape without any explanation.Rumors said that this was done because he was loyal to Muslin. After so many years in the national team as a captain and right before WC? You DON'T do that! Further, Because of everything I mentioned in the first post, it's clear that the new coach is set up to do something else. This something is to be quiet and to not make trouble.For example that means that he "has to take" some players to WC. We have this joke in Serbia that even head coach was suprised when he saw final list/cut for the tournament (don't know if you get the joke - it means that someone else made the list,not him) You assume correctly that on the list is Sergej, but also several other players who did not play in the qualifications, and many standard players were dropped. Matija Nastasic (Schalke04) (ok,he's injured), Jagos Vukovic(Verona), NIkola Maksimovic(Napoli/Spartak Moscow),Ivan Obradovic (Anderlecht), Ljubomir Fejsa (Bennfica), Nebojsa Gudelj (Guangzhou), Nemanja Maksimovic (Valencia), Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht Frankfurt),Nikola Milunovic (BATE Borisov), Stefan Mitrovic (Gent)..all left out from WC squad. You DON'T do that after they made it through the campaign. In order to make things look even worse, our new coach used some of these players in friendly matches in March and now they are not in the team. If he already wanted to make changes, then in March against Morocco and Nigeria should be played by those who will travel to Russia. You DON'T to that! Now in the team we have several complete debutants and players who are for the first time in the team. And there are also those managerial players that I wrote about and who are heading to the WC just to be to sell after it..Two of them are from my favorite club - Red Star - Nebojsa Rodic and Nemanja Radonjic. I love them very much,but they didn't deserved to be called up. Especially the first. Then Tosic from Besiktas who played some role in the qualis,but nothing special. Grujic from Cardiff (you know him @StevieDay1983 ) had a horrible season and played a bit.. a youngster from Fiorentina - Milenkovic who is completely unexpirienced at this level,Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt..etc Of course that some of these guys are very talented,some of them were part of this golden generation from New Zealand, but the World Cup does not serve to play young players for the following qualifications. And we'll exactly do this. It's WRONG! If I analyze our system and the positions of individual players it is clear that we will be in huge problems. From 3-5-2 wi'll switch to 4-3-3 E.g. Defenders Rukavina (which is a weak link anyway) has no substitute on the right back. Of course, that can be played by Bane Ivanovic, but the problem is that he did not play at all in the qualifications as full-right back, only the position of central defender. No matter who will start on the positions of central-defenders the fact is that it's gonna be combination of two centre-backs who never played with each other before. And with Kolarov on left side and who is more wing-back player and very attacking-minded i really fear what can happen. Vladimir Stojkovic is our no.1 goalkeeper. On good day he can be fantastic,but on the bad day..well - let's say that he can do "wonders" like Karius. Midfield In the midfield we have this dynamic duo from the EPL - Matic (Man Utd) & Milivojevic (Crystal Palace). They are the spine of this team,but literally don't have the substitude. Grujic is not at this level unfortunately. If one of them gets injured or suspended we're in deep,deep trouble. This is the part of team where we lost the most,i would say. No Gudelj,no Fejsa, no Gacinovic (who is more all-round player) and no Maksimovic from Valencia. I gotta feeling that we're gonna suffer defensively..huge Wingers,offensive midfield Our most creative players are Sergej,Tadic and Ljajic. Sergej,like I said,wasn't part of team during qualification time. And because of injury he was not in the squad for the International friendlies back in March. So,this preparation period is actually only chance for him to get with team-mates. He's still very young but because all the rumble with previous coach Muslin,there is h-u-g-e pressure on his sholders to deliver what is expected. I think that if we don't going to get a decent result in Russia,the greatest critics will be thrown at him. And i really don't know how he will cope with this pressure. He can easilly under-perform Ljajic (Torino) is a talented player i'll give you that,but a player with very problematic mentality and additude. He has long,long history of various behavioral and incident problems with the national team and in his club career as well. Because of this he have joined the team at the very end of qualifications. Frankly - don't know what to expect from him. Tadic was convincingly our best player during qualifications. He opened the campaign in an impressive manner, and later he slightly dropped in the game. It was not unexpected. After all, he is not really a world class, otherwise he would play in a much better team than Southampton. I expect a lot from him, but I'm not sure how much he will succeed in the new formation and the new role .. And what is more important no one actually knows what is Krstajic's idea with this three players and does he think to put them on the pitch in the same time? Maybe the following match against Bolivia will give us some answers.. Zivkovic is a very interesting player, but it seems that our coach's idea is to use him deeper in the midfield, which I think he can not play. He's very poor in defense. Kostic&Radonjic - i see both of them as a players from bench Forwards Mitovic,Prijovic,Jovic Jovic is new here. Mitrovic is supposed to start every match,Prijovic is simmilar type..the only thing that matters about these guys is that they all lack creativity and heavily depending on their team mates. Conclusion I really smell a disaster here. As you can all see from my analysys there is simply too much of YOU DON'T DO THAT here. Almost half of team is new,coach is new,not a happiest selection...this is simply not the best squad. More the most popular choice,a team gathered to be loved by the fans. And there is a big problem beyond every other that i mentioned. It is a question of mentality and behavior. Our teams in the past have already shown such weaknesses. Even at the World Cups. Personally I feel the lack of the right motive even though this is the biggest competition. I do not see the idea that this is the climax of the season and even career. There are signs of a feverish relaxation, as if there is not enough focus ... like going on a vacation, not a big competition. The team lost the discipline that adorned him with the previous coach and I struggle to see how Krstajic gonna handle this. If we lose the first match against Costarica i think that we will completely fall apart Betting angle Serbia not to qualify @1,70 Serbia total points 0-2 @3,0 (or even 0-1 @5,0) Serbia total points 0 @15
  22. 4 points
    I'm sorry i'm late but better late than never i suppose. Also i apologize for my English which is not the best. I'll try not to make too many errors. Post will be a long one because i feel that everyone should have a clear picture about things in Serbian football. You guess is wright - I'm Serb. I would like to start with our FA. More precisely with the FA President - Slavisa Kokeza. Kokeza was, as it is said in a mafia jargon, a tiny fish. He held a security agency and a brothel on the Serbian-Bosnian border. He was close to the notorious Serbian Radical Party who had an active role in the wars of the nineties. Their leader Vojislav Seselj was tried at the Hague war crimes tribunal for which he was sentenced to ten years in prison. In 2008, this party organized a rally of support to another convicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic. Kokeza secured this gathering during which there was a conflict with the police. In riots, he was beaten by the police. I'll try to post the link with the picture from a press conference after the rally. Kokeza is at the right in the picture, in the middle is Tomislav Nikolic, former president of Serbia, and left Aleksandar Vucic, current president of Serbia. https://www.danas.rs/sport/serdari-i-vojvode-ponovo-jasu/ Next year, Nikolic and Vucic split the Serbian Radical Party and form their own with which they won elections in 2012. Kokeza remains close to them and after 2012 begins his rise in Serbian football. I have to give you another note here and I will no longer be interested in politics. Although President Vucic in recent years, since he is in power, says that he has changed - in fact, he is not. He continues to reject any personal and responsibility of Serbian politics for wars from the past. An autocrat who has crushed all democratic freedoms in the country and institutions as well. This is important to know and understand because it is directly linked to Kokeza. With the direct support of Vucic, Kokeza first becomes vice president of our biggest football club - Red Star from Belgrade. After a short period and after the protest of the fans, he resigned and left the club. It turned out to be in an even better position - president of Serbian FA. Our football federation is completely corrupt. All his bodies. Unfortunately, now I can not find one picture from a few years ago when the Steering Committee held. All members arrived at the headquarters of the federation accompanied by personal bodyguards, and each bodyguard was armed to the teeth as we have a saying in Serbia. (to the teeth it means fully) It's a strange combination of politics, football agents and underground (mafia,mobsters if you prefer these phrases). Everyone has interests because in a poor country like Serbia, football has a lot of money and plenty of opportunities for enrichment. And president of the FA is almost like a Don,head of the footbal mafia and he is loyal only to the politicians who put him there. President Kokeez's first move was somewhat unexpected. He proposed Slavoljub Muslin for the head couch of our national team. Muslin was once a very solid player of the Crvena Zvezda and Yugoslavia. As a professional player he played in France. Muslin began his coaching career at the club where he finished his playing career, Brest. He moved to Bordeaux in 1995. With a team that had great potential and players such as Bixente Lizarazu, Christophr Dugari and the future world champion Zidane, Muslin had good results in the UEFA Cup season 1995/96. securing a place in the 1/4 finals. However, he got fired in 1996 due to bad results in the championship, which means he did not lead the team in the 1/4 finals, where the Girondins won the Milan tie and came to the final in which they were defeated by Bayern Munich. After Lans and Le Man he finally came back to Red Star,this time as head coach. His time in the Red Star was very successful. We won three titles and played well in Euro Cups.After a split with Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) he was coach of Lokeren in Belguim and several clubs from Eastern Europe. Last appotment he had was in Krasnodar i think. He came to be head coach of natioanl tema in a tricky moment. Behind us was an unsuccessful campaign for the Euro 2016. The players were left without morale and without the support of the fans. Muslin decided to build a team from the ground. He completely changed the system and formation. As a Crvena Zvezda fan I knew exactly what I could expect from Muslin. Tough game,very well organised team and a discipline players. It was a footbal philosophy where only result counts and only points are important. We all knew that Serbia not going to play some attractive football,no "joga bonito". Team started to play in 3-5-2 formation and and from the beginning it started to produce results. At the beginning of the qualification campaign, our most important player was Dusan Tadic, who himself participated in all goals of Serbia as a scorer or assistant. Muslin decided to rely more on experienced players and younger ones to get a chance from the bench. Some of your may know. Serbia was the champion of the world in New Zealand in the U-20 and this generation had many talented players. But for coach only important thing was the team to qualify for Russia, not young players to develop through important matches. This kind of thinking was a correct one for the majority of fans but not for the some part of players agents. A special problem was created with Sergei Milinković-Savić and his agent, Mateja Kežman. Sergei is probably the most talented player of the younger generation and is already a star in Lazio. He's regular in the team and is one of the best players for which his price has risen and why he is on the radar of the biggest Europeans clubs. Coach Muslin did put him on the list for the beggining of the qualification, but he wanted to Sergej start from the bench. His intention was for him to be the first substitute and to be some kind of "secret weapon" against our rivals. Sergej refused this and started to demand place in starting 11 and a guaranteed minutes. The coach did not allow this and Sergej left the team saying,and i quote:"i will not play for Serbia untill Muslin is head coach". And this raised a lot of dust in Serbia media's and this is going to become a excuse for all the attacks on Muslin which will follow. Of course, Muslin did not care too much about this incident and continued to do the best he could. As a result, we qualifiled for the World Cup even though our team did not played some beatifull football,but it was an efficient one and probably the only way we could do it with this group of players. So what went wrong then? As the qualifications came to an end, and as it became clear that we would succeed, those corrupt pieces in our football began to put pressure on Muslin and sought a way to get him out. Muslin, in fact, was never the part of this story. He spent most of his coaching career in foreign countries, in countries of a different football culture. He has never become bound in such activities. He kept himself and his principles and did not want to give up to football criminals. This football mafia saw the chance for big money. Because spot in the World Cup brings big money directly from FIFA. And then there are other possibilities. As an opportunity for managerial players to push themselves into the team and then sell for better contracts ..and coach Muslin was an opstical for this kind of activities. And that's why they had to get rid of him. And although Muslin achieved what he came for, he was sacked.With the pretext that the matches were unpredictable, we played bad football, that the fans wanted a more attractive game and the best players in the team. Of course - none of this happened accidentally, on the contrary. It was all part of the well-planned plan of Slavisa Kokeza. Muslin went with dignity, and instead of him, his assistant Mladen Krstajic became new head coach. Since this post is too long, I will now publish it. And in the next, I will explain the current situation within the team and why exactly I think that Serbia will experience another disappointing tournament. The next post will not be this long, I promise.
  23. 4 points
    DanV89

    Naps - Wed June 6th

    3.00 Hamilton - Mitcd - 18/1 Bet365
  24. 4 points
    Trotter

    Latest Tables - May

    Great stuff ! …… I haven't won a month's comp for a few years but keep plugging away ! thanks BH for the comp and the terrific admin and updates...…..
  25. 4 points
    Destroyer

    Racing Chat - Friday June 1st

    Hi guys. Was searching for friendly horse racing forums where I could share my daily selections and forget I had this account. Hope you don't mind. Epsom: 2:35 - High Acclaim 7/1 EW B365 3:45 - Not So Sleepy 8/1 EW SkyBet 4P 5:50 - Shared Equity 9/1 EW Coral 4P Goodwood: 7:45 - Tricksy Spirit 3/1 8:50 - Why We Dream 10/1 EW When I become a little more confident about posting on here, i'll provide a few reasons for selections. Good luck.
  26. 4 points
    yogg

    French Open 2018

    Frech M. - Stephens S. this is going to be very tough for Frech who wont get 64 unforced errors from her opponent like she did in her previous match and I think Sloane will get through this without losing more than six games. Stephens -5.5 games @ 2.10 with Bet365
  27. 4 points
    four-leaf

    May 21 - May 27

    One more bet from me for today Caroline Dolehide to beat (-1.5 sets) Marie Bouzkova at 2.37 with bet365 19 year old Caroline is one of the better american next gen players coming up right now and she should be top 100 very soon, maybe before Wimbledon. She's a big hitting player with the obligatory big first serve so she can throw in an ace from time to time and she's capable of blowing her less good opponents of the court even on clay and I think Marie is one of those less good opponents. I'm confident Caroline will win so why not try her in straight sets since she's just 1.57 to win outright and I like taking that extra risk. From what I've seen of Caroline since last year in august when I saw her first time on bet365 livestream she's extremely or just very talented at serving and can put big pressure on her opponents serve. She often goes to tie-breaks if needed and is strong in that department. Currently she's not just in form as she is consistently as good as she's been showing lately.
  28. 4 points
    Trotter

    Sandown Evening Card on ITV4

    6.35 Vintage Brut - 5/1 bet365 - plum draw, won maiden by 7 lengths on debut, trainers horses usually improve from debut run 7.05 Gabr - EW 11/1 PP - 5th in Racing Post Trophy, highest rated of the runners with marks 7.35 Mount Moriah - 11/2 PP - won Listed race on reappearance, looks a proper stayer, should relish 2 miles 8.10 Laraaib - 8/1 PP - only 4yo in the line up, won 3 of 4 last year, hopefully will progress past the older established and more exposed types he's up against I hope this is a success though I can't see ITV making evening racing a regular feature ....... this is probably the best evening meeting of the year
  29. 4 points
    The 2018 World Cup starts on June 14th and concludes with the Final on the 15th of July The Punters Lounge will award cash prizes totalling £200 via Paypal First: £80 Second: £60 Third: £40 Fourth £20 *Deadline for any entries therefore is 4pm on June 14th.* *If any multiple registrations are found to try and manipulate the competition they will not receive any prizes* Format 1) Entrants will be required to predict the Correct Score of the 48 group matches 2) Players will also nominate four teams from the competition in order of with their main fancy being the No 1 choice. Scoring In the group matches by predicting a correct score you are in effect forecasting 3 main outcomes; - the actual result, whether or not both teams will score and if the game has under or over 2.5 goals. Points will be awarded as follows for all of the 48 group matches; 3pts for the correct result of the game (1,X,2) 1pt for correctly predicting if both teams score (or not) 1pt for correctly predicting under or over 2.5 goals 1pt Bonus for every correct score predicted Eg: Prediction 2-1 - Actual result 3-0 = score 4pts (3pts for home win, 1pt for over 2.5) Prediction 0-0 - Actual result 0-1 = score 2pts (1pt for under 2.5 goals, 1pt for BTTS No) Prediction 3-1 - Actual result 4-2 = score 5pts (3pts for home win, 1pt over 2.5, 1pt BTTS) Prediction 1-3 - Actual result 1-3 = score 6pts (3pts away win, 1pt over 2.5, 1pt BTTS, 1pt CS) Knock Out Phase 5pts if any of your nominated teams win their group 5pts if any of your nominated teams win a Last 16 match 5pts if any of your nominated teams win a Last 8 match 5pts if any of your nominated teams win a Semi Final 5pts if any of your nominated teams wins the World Cup Bonus 5pts if your number 1 nominated team wins the World Cup Any ties will be decided by how many Correct Scores predicted, then how top 4 teams nominated performed. Rules Please post the matches in the order given in the selection thread, easy just to copy and paste. If games are out of order they may be miscalculated. Pease use the format given. All predictions must be in the same post (before deadline) Only 1 entry accepted per member, any duplicate entries will not count towards prizes. No editing of posts, once you have posted your predictions they will be transferred to the master sheet so i will NOT see any edits. Any mistakes contact me by PM or post on the forum (ie; if you have missed a game out or something) Latest tables will be published on a regular basis throughout the journey Good luck ENTER HERE >> https://forum.punterslounge.com/topic/164881-world-cup-2018-competition-prediction-thread/ .
  30. 3 points
    Crespo

    Tennis Tips - June 18 - June 24

    Hello all. An in-play tip for Betfair again. In the Canada ITF Futures tournament, the match between Kwiatkowski and Ore got suspended. It got suspended at 1-1 in set and 0-15 at for Kwiatkowski at the Ore serve. Kwiatkowski was the big favorite, and remained favorite even after losing the first set. After winning the second he became a below 1.3 favorite again. At the 0-15 point which was last played he was backed around 1.25 at Betfair and I saw he was even 1.17 at BWin. It seems people betting at Betfair now are not aware of these odds, because some people are laying Kwiatkowski at 1.4 or higher at the moment. So backing these 1.4 or higher will make for a very good trading option. And maybe trading isn't even necessary, because normally Kwiatkowski should win and Ore also got a medical timeout after the second set. So the question is also how fit he still is. Good luck! An update: The remainder of the match has moved to tomorrow. Some people are even laying close to 1.5., which is even more than double the real odds. Looks like they don't have a clue about those odds because of the matches dissappeared from the bookies till tomorrow.
  31. 3 points
    Excuse the lack of write-ups, it's been a manic week on my end. Incoming research with some potential value picks as I have yet to throw any money on them yet. Serbia - Switzerland I find value in Switzerland win simply due to their organization and resistance to conceding goals. fivethirtyeight have Switzerland at 42% chance of winning and the odds of 3.1 indicate value in backing Switzerland. Of course, this is football and the stats don't always explain the performances (Croatia, Iceland and many more 'upsets'). This is simply sniping for value. I reckon this game can go either way and it will be a midfield battle. Serbia's midfield edges Switzerland's, personally, and it would be interesting to see how they match up. Behrami (MOTM for Switzerland vs Brazil) might be out due to a knock vs Brazil. Zakaria is a capable player of filling that role but starting Behrami is a no-brainer. Should he get a yellow card and the Swiss pick up a result here, he will be available for the second round. Lots of value in the cards here. I personally took Shaqiri @ 3.4 and Kolarov @ 3.6 to be carded any time. Shaqiri can be petulant and of course, we have the historical tension between both teams. Furthermore, both teams attack predominantly on the right (42% for Switzerland vs Brazil) as Xherdan is their talisman and playmaker. Tadic vs Rodriguez will be a good battle too but unfortunately Tadic has been erratic over the past two seasons. He came into form during the end of the season and I can see him linking up with SMS in midfield nicely. He also is an excellent distributor of the ball into the box but alas, Mitrovic needs to find his scoring boots again. Lichsteiner made me some money vs Brazil but I think he might be a bit more careful here. Matic, Dzemaili and Xhaka also candidates to get booked. Dzemaili had the 'destroyer' role vs Brazil, looking to disrupt passing lanes and get into the players. I can see him getting carded again should he be trusted with this role again. Xhaka has made me a decent penny in EPL, with his yellow cards and another booking tonight would not surprise me, @ 2.6 anytime card. The U2.5 is 1.53 with some of my mates calling it a 'banker' and I would agree. Both teams have solid defenses and poor attacking strengths. I would prefer waiting for the first goal and then playing the U2.5, provided it comes in the first half which is also unlikely. The average height of the Serbs could very well see them score from a set piece and negate Switzerland. I like the look of HT X @ 1.83 and @betcatalog's footballing nous speaks for itself; tailing this. This game can go either way and I will be scrutinizing it mainly due to the score predictor game I am playing where I am currently top 500 in the world and it's games like these that separate the boys from men. Brazil - Costa Rica Not a lot of value in this game for me so this write up will be short. I am secretly hoping Neymar doesn't play as predicted due to injury, allowing Coutinho to slot into his role on LW where he thrives for me. He can draw quite a few fouls here and Gamboa and Acosta will have a handful to deal with. Acosta anytime booking @ 2.9 is decent. Looking at the odds, Watson @ 1.8 to be booked is one of the lowest prices I've come across. Finally, Casemiro to be booked is 2.5. This came through last game and he might pick up a card to miss the final game as Brazil should wrap this up in a tidy fashion. Casemiro also made me a lot of money in CL with his tendency to pick up cards but this would depend on Costa Rica possession and as such I may abstain from this. For me, Brazil are winning this 2-0 with Neymar and perhaps more without him. Their sheer reliance on him is annoying as it's one dimensional and they don't move the ball quick enough. Belgium have the same problem with Hazard. No value in EH markets, HT markets or even the over/under as anything could happen but I see Costa Rica parking the bus and Brazil killing off the game between 45-60th minute.
  32. 3 points
    Lottner Antonia vs Sevastova, Anastasija I know Sevastova is previous year champion, and needs to defend points. On the other hand, Lottner is in crazy form, and to keep in mind - Sevastova isnt heavy hitter, big server etc. Her offense is very limited, thats why i back up Lottner. Lottner to W @2.98 with marathonbet
  33. 3 points
    We're back for June with the Punters Lounge £150 added Poker League. All games are played in the PokerStars Home Games PL Poker Club. Leg 1 : Wednesday 6th June at 20.00 GMT in the PL Poker Club Home Game. Leg 2 : 13th June Leg 3 : 20th June Leg 4 : 27th June Buy in is $5.50 per leg. The £150 added will be split between the top 3 players of the league end, with £75 to the league champion, £45 to 2nd and £30 to 3rd. This will be payable via PayPal at the end of the league. Big thank you to SirPuntalot and Punters Lounge for the added funds. Your top 3 scores of the 4 legs will count towards your league total. We will be using the usual PL league format, which will be updated in this post. (The PokerStars own league scores will not be used.) Formula is -Log(position/Entrants)x100 All members are welcome, however you must post in this thread if asked to let us know your forum username, otherwise your placings and scores cannot be included in the league. Please spread the word and invite your friends so we can get the weekly numbers to keep this league viable. New players always welcome to join in. To join the PokerStars PL Home Games Club: club id = 744199 password = PLPokerClub We also have a PL Poker Club Facebook group where regular reminders are also posted. Please request to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/524375907722928/ Good luck! League Table
  34. 3 points
    Agree that Russia should score a tight win here but don't see any worth in them outright nor do I trust this Russian team. Under 2.5 goals looks a decent shot.
  35. 3 points
    Trotter

    £20 Daily Challenge - All Welcome

    Result ! … both won returns 135.50 for a profit of 115.50 running total - 1013.75
  36. 3 points
    KennyDelight

    June 11 - June 17

    Ashleigh Barty 6.00 to win WTA Nottingham Bet365 Barty twice in a row quarter finalist at Nottingham, only losing to Konta and Karolina Pliskova in the past. The draw has been very kind to her, with Konta/Vekic/Rybarikova/Giorgi on the opposite side of the draw. Looking at the half of the draw Barty is in, it seems pretty average. Seeded players on her side are Naomi Osaka, Diyas and Buznarescu. Naomi Osaka is in there but I don't see her as a potential threat on the grass and Buznarescu has no record on playing grass. Last year Barty pushed Kvitova and Mugaruza on grass and I think her style and patient style of play will be why she will succeed. She'll mix up her shots and her slice backhand will be a weapon once again. Konta has been in average form the whole season thus far and with Vekic and Rybarikova, I hardly see her having an easy run to the final if she makes it Further Edit 11/06/2018: Barty is not playing doubles in Nottingham Seeded singles players Konta, Diyas, Vekic, Buznarescu all playing doubles
  37. 3 points
    Will arrive around 11 and staying in Holiday Inn Express. Will make to casino around 1. Cant wait to see the gang .
  38. 3 points
    richard-westwood

    Racing chat -friday 8th june

    1st and 2nd .....good start ...drifted to 14/1 so around 110 pts returned ...forecast paid about 200 notes ...gutted ....I even thought about it ....sighs
  39. 3 points
    BillyHills

    £20 Daily Challenge - All Welcome

    Returns £59.41 To Date Trebles 33 Winners 11 Profit 320.04
  40. 3 points
    mihaiv93

    French Open 2018

    Hi everybody. I´m Mike and I am betting o tennis for about 8 years now, but got in more depth for the past few months. Just started as a tipster on various domains and I am keen on sharing some thought with all you guys here so we can get together and beat the bookies more often than not. I´d like to share three picks for today´s women´s RG. A. Kerber - C. Garcia Over 21,5 games at 1.89 I´ve watched both players this tournament throughout their matches and I expect Garcia to have control over the game and we all know how Kerber performs when coming from behind. H2H we don´t get too much insight as the matches before were under different conditions and the players were on different levels of tennis than now. I don´t see any of these two having a mental edge from their H2H record. Kerber prevails in long sets and Garcia is a player who likes to battle in matches with high stakes as here. Needless to say both athletes motivation is maximum here. I see value in the overs here and anything above 1,80 for the over 21,5 is good value to me. G. Muguruza - L. Tsurenko L. Tsurenko +5.5 Games Handicap at 2.02 Interesting match on the weaker side of this quarter, where the spaniard is big favourite to progress.I have watched and backed Tsurenko against C. Vandeweghe and I was surprised by her solid serve. She got even better next round. It is clear that Muguruza performs well at the GS and can dominate this match with her strokes, but Tsurenko reached a carrer high performance at RG and showed some smart tennis in Paris. The handicap is solid for me and I believe there is a big chance we see a long set which will give us the necessary edge to profit from this bet. *Market is moving towards the spaniard and we will see an increase in prices for the handicaps as time goes by. S. Williams - M. Sharapova M. Sharapova to win at 2.20 Highlight of the day, the russian has the opportunity of winning against Serena since 2004. H2H 19-2 in favour of Williams. Needless to say who´s got the mental edge here. However, Sharapova displayed one of her best performances throughout the last 5 years on clay when she dismissed #6 seed Ka. Pliskova. I will not enter a discussion about Serena´s level as she is too big of a champion to assume anything that she is or not capable of doing. I can only say that she is not moving as well as Maria at this date in time and her movement towards the net is less solid than it was before. I see Maria making points with the drop shots here. Time to go 19-3 on that H2H. Price too juicy. Good bets for everybody.
  41. 3 points
    South_African_Punter

    French Open 2018

    Tailed you on this. Great stuff!
  42. 3 points
    BillyHills

    Latest Tables - May

    Final Table Trotter wins the competition for May Bymatrix, Dan and Bosou fill the places CarlosMc won the KO Cup Prizes: £80 Trotter £40: Bymatrix £20: DanV89 £10: Bosou £30 KO Cup: Carlos Mc Can all prize winners send their PayPal details to Paul along with the prize being claimed to; team@punterslounge.com We had 73 players and 1571 bets placed during the month! 26 players ended up in profit and will be eligible to play in the Cup which starts on the 9th of June.
  43. 3 points
    yogg

    French Open 2018

    omg, anyone seen what Serena's wearing? not even a pocket for a spare ball. I won't mention her arse
  44. 3 points
    divelloso

    French Open 2018

    Ebden M - Fabbiano T - Over 9.5 games in 5. set - 1.88 (rivalo) Really hard to guess who is winning this match, Ebden is a good sever and Fabbiano plays better on clay. The game will be rescheduled so the players will be rested for 5 set. I don't think any of the players will have the service broken twice.
  45. 3 points
    Well done both and congratulations to Carlos Mc who wins the Ko Cup
  46. 3 points
    liquidglass

    French Open 2018

    Kvitova probably has had a good recovery time and has done the smart thing. I think she can really be a live danger to the field. Agreed. Thiem is still frivolous and care free. staying out there in Lyon playing two three setters back to back was simply silly. Definately going with Vesely against Lajovic. (strong pick in my opinion). Gregoire Barrere ( home wildcard) should be able to take care of Albot. My last pick of the first round is a young player I love so much on clay and is also a home wildcard. Fiona Ferro. She currently has a horrible record and is playing against an opponent with an even worse record Witthoeft. Hard to see Witthoeft try to pull any weight here with the additional handicap of playing against the home crowd. Finally, I also think Italian joker Fognini looks. vulnerable against Andujar as well as Kasatkina looking dodgy against Kanepi. The latter leads the h2h 2-1 winning both on hard courts and convincingly so. Kanepi's game is bred for clay and I dont not see why she cannot repeat the feat with those heavy shots from her racket. She is in very good clay form too.
  47. 3 points
    four-leaf

    May 21 - May 27

    4 more bets from me for today Andrea Arnaboldi to beat Mitchell Krueger at 1.80 with bet365 Best bet from chellenger Mestres today I think. The american is nothing on a claycourt while Andrea has enough momentum and talent for clay to see this through. Steve Johnson to beat Marton Fucsovics at 1.80 with bet365 Odds could change here, Steve might drift to 1.90 or more or less than 1.80 so I'm taking this before anything happens because I think 1.80 is good enough on Steve. I don't think Steve will take this easily but he is better on clay than Marton so he should win. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to beat Ashleigh Barty at 2.50 with bet365 Pavs for me all the way here on this surface where she apparently also is on a roll right now. Ashleigh won their last meeting in straight sets in Zhuhai elite trophy last season but I don't think she's better than Pavs on clay but if it had been grass or hard I would have gone for Ashleigh. Peter Gojowczyk/Fabio Fognini over 21.5 games at 1.72 with bet365 Not the best of odds but I don't care, sticking with bet365 today. Peter and Fabio going head to head, interesting and most likely a hard fought encounter with 3 sets or at least one tie break because both are playing some excellent stuff right now so over 21.5 games seems reasonable.
  48. 3 points
    Ok, post 1 updated with all the info. Basically, PLO is £25 + fee, starts at 2pm, will finish at 6pm. 1 hour break. NLH is £50 + fee, starts at 7pm, scheduled to finish at midnight. Everyone that plays on the night gets PL branded mugs for free, and winner of each tourney gets a trophy. Next year, it will be NLH only.
  49. 3 points
    four-leaf

    May 21 - May 27

    Kiki Bertens is good but that 1.71 is just too low for me to be taken.
  50. 3 points
    four-leaf

    May 21 - May 27

    Andreas Seppi/Peter Gojowczyk first set tie break at 4.00 with bet365 Odds will not drop on this, it should stay at 4 and I think this is a very likely outcome of first set because both are serving very well and breaks will not come easy for anyone here. Since odds likely will not drop until match starts this can be backed until just before the match. Peter is yet to drop serve and Andreas are usually equally hard to break so why not a tie-break in first set. Edit: Just discovered that again Paddypower is higher on this bet with either player to win first set 7-6 at 5.00 so I'm taking the same bet on both bookies.