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    Yeeehaaa, fitba's back Hibernian v St Mirren. Close season has seen a lot of transfer activity in sunny Leith with a number of players leaving the club and half a team of newcomers arriving. Pre season has been decent, coming through the League Cup group with ease while rotating the squad and looking stronger with each passing game. Looking at the squad as a whole I think we look stronger than last season and with 1 or 2 more additions before the transfer window closes, I think we'll be challenging for 3rd/ 4th place. There's chat online about St Mirren struggling to put a full team together today, I also think they're relegation candidates this season. This looks a straight forward home win for the Hibees and I think they'll do it comfortably. Hibs @ 1.47 - 3 pts. Hibs -1 @ 2.37 - 0.5 pts.
  2. 2 points
    Great start to the season last night @StevieDay1983 I'm like a little kid at Christmas when the season starts, can't wait to get stuck into it.
  3. 2 points
    While the championship can be unpredictable I think Blackburn are a shoe in for a win against Charlton. I know you have to factor in the promotion bounce for Charlton but the Blackburn team has experience throughout the team and a lot of players who have played at a higher level. They are the home team, experienced manager and they will score goals today. They also had a good end to last season and have kept the squad together. I will include them with Celtic at home and an easy to double to double your money with a season opener.
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    I´m also on backing the Both2Score for today. But i´m also on Team Goals for Luton. Here i think Luton Team Goals Over 1.5 are a nice bet. Luton offensive very strong and didn´t lose any important offensive Player. Also with the New Coach i didn´t think that they will change too much. So first Game for Luton since 12 Years in Championship at Home against such a big Club on Paper. Motivation will be big and i think that can help Luton today.
  5. 2 points
    Luton vs Middlesbrough The new Championship season kicks off on Friday night with division new boys Luton hosting seasoned second tier side Middlesbrough in a 7:45pm BST kick-off at Kenilworth Road. There's a long season ahead but this will be an important campaign for both of these sides as they look to make positive ground after their contrasting campaigns last season. Luton stormed to the League One title last season. The foundations set by former manager Nathan Jones were built on by caretaker gaffer Mick Harford. Former Swansea, Wigan, and West Brom coach Graeme Jones has been handed the reigns for this season and it's very much unknown territory for the new man. The summer has seen the Hatters make a number of signings on a budget with Simon Sluga from HNK Rijeka the only fee paid. The departure of Jack Stacey to Bournemouth was a blow but they'll be hoping his loss doesn't affect the team too badly. Middlesbrough come into this season with the inexperienced Jonathan Woodgate at the helm. The former Boro centre back has not managed a team before and the wish of owner Steve Gibson to see the side play a more expansive style of football after the restrictive regimes of Aitor Karanka and Tony Pulis is a gamble in the least. A number of big names have departed the club including Aden Flint, Stewart Downing, John Obi Mikel, Martin Braithwaite, and Andy Lonergan with lesser known fresh faces coming in. Some fans would be forgiven for being a bit pessimistic about this upcoming season without a few more additions to the squad before next week's transfer deadline. It's always a tall order trying to call these games. I think if Luton had stuck with Harford after the way he got them over the line following the departure of Jones I'd really fancy them to do something here. I don't think either of these clubs are where they'd have hoped to have been come the start of the season. Pre-season has been inconsistent at best, neither of their squads are without their flaws, and they both come into this campaign with new unproven managers at the helm. I think a draw seems the best option and it's a result that neither team would be overly disappointed with. Draw @ 3.40 with Unibet BTTS @ 1.85 with William Hill @waynecoyne, @sajtion, @arvee, @canaries91, @Mindfulness, @betcatalog, @Magic0024, @malabgd, @CloughandTaylor, @Tiffy, @Gidds, @chris50, @PokerWolf1, @teddybear3011, @skyblues88, @allyhibs, @Icongene, @KikoCy, @willie82, @Neubs, @Papa Lazarou, @kulikTS, @Valkovets, @Pipoca, @padman, @Marek76, @silver fox, @neilovan, @HastGill1, @jazzman02, @andypaps28, @Kenton Schweppes, @rangers234, @newjack, @Kane91, @yossa6133, @The Sexless Innkeeper, @Xcout, @branskie, @Wanderer89, @Hitch, @four-leaf, @trevor8, @OppoArchitizerLady, and @the bastardian, what are you all betting on for this first weekend of Championship matches?
  6. 1 point
    Xtc12

    Win Both Halves

    Going to give this a whack for the new season. Starting Bank £100. Bet 2% bankroll. First Bet will be a Saturday double, made up of a UK game and a European Game. If it is successful winnings will be put on a single on Sunday. Double Celtic @ 5/4 VVV Venlo @ 9/2 £2 Double
  7. 1 point
    BillyHills

    2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

    Hungarian GP (2.10 Sunday) No rest for the wicked, Hungarian Grand Prix is on this Sunday Hamilton has a 41pt lead in the Championship (1/33 bet365) 15/33 Pole sitters have won the Hungarian GP (45%) 5/15 Safety Cars (38%) since 2006 We had 2 Virtual Safety Cars last year Average retirements here is 3.5 per race Of todays drivers Hamilton has the best record here winning 6 times (Vettel 2, Ricciardo 1) Hamilton is Even money to win the 2019 race with bet365 Stats
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    BillyHills

    Naps - Saturday Aug 3rd

    8/1 at the time of post
  9. 1 point
    vikki37

    Goodwood Comp - FINAL Leaderboard

    Well done all. Thanks, BH.
  10. 1 point
    waggy

    2020 Finish

    6 result: Park 68, Boutier 73. Won £40 7 result: Blackburn 1-2, Exeter 1-0. Lost £50 Profit to date £994.99
  11. 1 point
    kroni

    Goodwood Comp - FINAL Leaderboard

    well done winners, thanks BH for the comp
  12. 1 point
    bluemal

    Goodwood Comp - FINAL Leaderboard

    Thanks Trotter and congrats Jazzy Jasper and Sirspread filling other two winners , Also Thanks Graham for running the comp and just missing out , I can even get a new mug to drink my tea in 😄
  13. 1 point
    Tennis Picks

    Tennis 2.0

    1 more for this evening.
  14. 1 point
    Can't argue with that. Toyed with opting for his season goal minutes at 300 (logic being he might score a few late goal if he is used as a sub) but decided to keep it simple and follow you. Hopefully he's first choice given he's their record signing (so far).
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    Stoke stuffed my acca, so carrying on the same as last season!
  16. 1 point
    Beaten 2nd ....nnooooo
  17. 1 point
    it's seem's away teams are having a real go. i guess they have nothing to lose
  18. 1 point
    Top 20 after 4 races
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    stuboy43

    Fantasy Football Classic League

    Count me in.
  20. 1 point
    UBET10

    Naps - Saturday Aug 3rd

    PERSUASION---4.15---GOODWOOD 12/1---SKYBET---EACH WAY
  21. 1 point
    mr.benn

    Naps - Saturday Aug 3rd

    Hope to come back with a few winners. Good 2.25 King's Advice 9/2 Bet365
  22. 1 point
    Darran

    Non-League Ante-Post 2019/20

    It seems to come around quicker every year, but it is again that time where I try and predict the winners of 7 leagues from the National League at Step 1 to the 4 leagues now sponsored by BetVictor at Step 3. Last season was just under 20pts profit following on from the previous two seasons which were over 20pts. Only one season in the 11 seasons I have done online has seen me make a loss on the ante-post bets. I feel it right to put a disclaimer at the start. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will probably have seen it hasn't exactly been a great summer wise for me after complications with my new-born son and for obvious reasons I haven't felt quite on top of things as I would be in an ideal summer. Therefore I have to thank former member of this forum Shipsupstreets or Paul as he is also known for providing me with his intensive notes so I could get up to speed. I obviously did have some teams in mind, but certainly Step 3 was one I really needed more research on and he has saved me a lot of time. With that out of the way lets move on to the preview itself. National League Two things to note when it comes to the National League is that favourites have a pretty rotten record and that teams coming down from League 2 really struggle to go back up at the first time of asking. Cheltenham won the title and Bristol Rovers went up via the play-offs, but that is it. Notts County have to defy both those stats although I just don't understand why they are market leaders. They are a team who have had well documented off the field issues and are lucky to not have been wound up, but fortunately for fans new buyers have been found. The club have been unable to sign any players due to a transfer embargo although they have had players playing in friendlies in the hope of signing when things are sorted out. The problem is though how on earth can any wage budget been set so how does Neil Ardley know what he has got to play with so who knows how many he will be able to sign. On the pitch they have done pretty well in pre-season friendlies which did surprise me I must admit, but I stopped using them as a pointer to the season ahead long ago. They look really poor favourites for me and I just can't see them winning the title as I write this. After that it is hard to be confident about how they will go with so many unknowns, but it would be a hell of an achievement for them to win the title and they help make the market. To be fair Notts County aren't favourites with every bookie (9/1 with Betway and BetVictor who have them as 3rd in the betting) with Chesterfield and AFC Fylde heading some bookies lists although both are also as big as 9/1. Starting with Chesterfield and I can certainly see them going much closer to getting back to the Football League than they did last season. You may remember they became the draw specialists under Marten Allen which became an easy way to make money for a good few weeks. They did improve under John Sheridan and they look to have a solid squad ahead of the season. What you have to ask yourself though is they are basically attempting to do what Leyton Orient did last season and are they actually as good as them? In my view they have a lesser manager and not as strong a squad and for that reason they look play-off hopefuls rather than possible title winners. AFC Fylde were one of my bets for the title last season, but they were really frustrating. They hardly lost a game, but they continually drew games away from home that they needed to win if they were going to win the title. Dave Challinor needs to change that this season. What he also needs to change is the reliance on Danny Rowe. They have been very lucky that he hasn't had a mid-long term injury as without his goals they would struggle. They play-off final and FA Trophy Final highlighted that perfectly for me. To be fair to Challinor he has certainly tried to address that issue so it might not be as big an issue as it has been the last two seasons. The other big issue is how play-off final losers always seem to suffer from a hangover. I thought Tranmere would get away with it two seasons ago and it was their slow start which stopped them from winning the title as they were the best team in the league by a mile that season (something highlighted by the fact they went up again last season whereas Macclesfield were nearly relegated). The interesting thing with Fylde though is that winning the FA Trophy might just help them get over that hangover, because they ended the season winning a trophy rather than losing a play-off final. I will be kicking myself a bit if they did win the title, but in what is a wide open league this year I want to be backing teams at double figures and as much as I think they will be in the play-offs at least I think the juice has gone from the price. Having said I want to be backing a team at a double figure price Wrexham just creep into being 10/1 and they are my idea of the champions this season. I don't need to be telling Wrexham fans that they have been in this division for way too long and they really have had a rollercoaster of emotions trying to get out of the league including bumping in Fleetwood when they probably had their best ever season at this level. What they have really lacked in the last two seasons is goals and to a lesser fact having a manager poached from them during the season. Hopefully this season they will score plenty of goals and Bryan Hughes won't be tempted away from the Racecourse Ground. The fact their leading scorer had six last season tells a story, but Hughes has gone all out to rectify that and I really think he has. What they have been very good at is keeping the goals out at the other end of pitch and their defence has basically stayed intact which is very good news. They clearly haven't been far away from title winners the last two seasons and they now look to have the potential to be champions with the squad they have and they are my main bet. Torquay are next in the betting and I just don't get it. I know Paul has them as possible play-off contenders and they might be capable of sneaking into 7th especially as they have a superb manager in Gary Johnson who got a Cheltenham team who weren't the best squad in the league to win the title 3 years ago. Maybe he is the reason why they are so short, but I would be amazed if they won the title. Given my own side have been in the National League South the last two seasons I have watched a lot of it and the standard has been shocking especially last season. Havant and Braintree went up two seasons ago and both came straight back down last season which tells you all you need to know. Now I certainly don't think Torquay will be going down and they were certainly the best team in the division over the last two years. For Johnson to take them from where they were when he took over to winning the league in a canter was impressive stuff, but the fact the league was so bad really helped with that. Johnson hasn't added too much to that squad, but for me they are top half/outside play-off hopefuls and no more than that. Harrogate are next in and they had a surprisingly good first ever season at this level reaching the play-offs. They do actually look stronger than last time around and I do think they will be in and around the play-offs again, but they really faded in the 2nd half of the season and I have always had my doubts about Simon Weaver as a manager which for me will stop them from being possible title winners. We then come to Barnet. I was confident of them having a good season last year with them getting John Still in as manager and him then building a really promising squad. Still left at Christmas as things hadn't quite gone to plan and Darren Currie took over. What was especially frustrating was their FA Cup run showed they had serious potential in that squad last season and they were superb against Brentford in one of the best games I have seen in a long time. They also went on a decent run towards the back end of the season again showing what might have been. If Currie can get them to be consistent then they could be in for a very good season and I am tempted to go in again, but ultimately I just wonder if they might need another season before being true title candidates so I am passing at this stage. Can Solihull go one better than last season? In a word no. Fair play to Tim Flowers as although I certainly thought they shouldn't have been relegations favourites, I didn't think they would be capable of finishing 2nd. When they signed Paul McCallum from Eastleigh I thought it was a real sign of intent, but then nothing else really happened as far as really strong signings went so to me they look weaker than last season. Possible play-off contenders again, but hard to see them making that step up to winning the title. Peter Taylor's Dagenham & Redbridge are next in the betting and they certainly look a more promising prospect than at this stage last season when they had no money and looked real relegation candidates. A takeover meant money could be spent and they did enough to comfortably survive. I had them as a possible team to back at the end of last season given money was to be spent, but it then looks like they haven't actually got that much too spend as I am a bit underwhelmed by the signings. I am also doubtful about Peter Taylor being the right man for the job so I am happy to look elsewhere. Stockport finally got themselves out of the National League last season after getting the better of Chorley in a case of the slow starters (they went out to at least 25/1 for the title having been favs) beating the fast starters. They still aren't fully full time and that is always going to be a hindrance in this league. Top half maybe but hard to see anymore than that. Yeovil are also back at this level for the first time in even longer although of course coming in the other direction. Like Notts County they weren't in great shape, but their takeover happened in mid-June which has helped them. I always like a manager to have non-league experience and Darren Sarll doesn't have that. They look solid enough but I think it will be a year of mid-table obscurity for them. That's every team at 20/1 or shorter mentioned and I have two at bigger prices worth backing. First up is Hartlepool who look a massive price at 33/1. They have suffered badly with picking the wrong manager in their first two seasons at this level, but Craig Hignett looks the right man for the job and he certainly improved them when he took over last term. Based on that and the squad he has I think they should be around half that price and I expect them to have a much better season than their last two. I am also having a small investment in Bromley. One of the smaller teams in the league tend to be surprise promotion candidates and it could well be Bromley this year. They just missed out on the play-offs two years ago when a FA Trophy run got in the way a bit and then they went backwards last season finishing 14 points off the play-offs. I have however been really impressed with their signings over the summer and they look a club on the up having just opened up their brand new stand. They look to be building for life as a possible Football League club and it wouldn't be the biggest surprise if they were that in a years time. They certainly make more appeal at 25/1 than a few teams shorter than them in the betting. Some people might fancy Dover, but I think Hessenthaler needs another season to completely change them around although they maybe sniffing around the play-offs. McCallum choosing Solihull over Eastleigh spoke volumes for me and I find it hard to see them reaching the play-offs again. Gary Hill did a wonder job when he took over at Ebbsfleet last season given the off the pitch issues. They won't be getting promotion, but they should go better than their outsider tags. I can also see Boreham Wood having a better season. They really struggled last term after losing the play-off final to Tranmere last May and they look stronger this time around. Bet365 have a handicap market and I think Hartlepool getting 18 points and Bromley getting 15 points are worth a small bet e/w at 18/1. I love getting involved with the relegation market and there looks come cracking value again this year. Aldershot are odds on after being reprieved thanks to Gateshead and they will more than likely be in for another season of struggle, but make no appeal at the price. Alan Devonshire continues to defy the odds at Maidenhead and I wouldn't want to back against him doing the same again this season. I mention above that Boreham Wood should improve and I'm surprised to see Dover so short as well. Chorley could struggle, but I think they are capable of getting the right side of the line. We have the bizarre scenario of Notts County not being listed with Paddy's and Betfair and only 5/2 with BetVictor. In my view they will either go bust or be capable of surviving so I certainly wont be backing them. Another team with issues Ebbsfleet are the same price, but like Maidenhead the manager is more than capable of keeping them up. The two teams I like are Woking and Halifax. As I mention above the National League South was very low on quality last season and the bet on Braintree to come straight back down always looked like being a winner last term. Woking could well do exactly the same as them having been relegated and then winning the play-offs at the first time of asking. Granted they finished 2nd to Braintree's 7th, but I don't think there was a great deal of difference between the teams in the play-offs last season. They didn't really push Torquay close as they were only as close for so long because of Torquay's poor start before Johnson came in as manager. They don't look to have a strong side and I will be shocked if they don't struggle. They should be much shorter than 5/2 to go down. The other team I am backing is Halifax at 2/1. Jamie Fullarton resigned as manager a couple of weeks ago in very mysterious circumstances. That suggests something might not be right at the club and it is hardly ideal for your manager to leave so close to the season starting. With August being such a busy month the new manager Pete Wild who is not only going to have missed out on a pre-season, but is going to have little time in between matches to work on things and get new players in. Granted that will still give them plenty of times to sort things around, but they have a weak squad and things might not be right at the club. Also Pete Wild's knowledge of Non-League football is unlikely to be strong and he is very inexperienced. This is going to be a very tough first full time managerial job Finally I usually leave the top goalscorer market alone as it is always tricky and has seen some surprise winners, but if Danny Rowe stays fit it is almost impossible to not see him in the top 4 at the end of the season. If he was ever going to leave Fylde it would have been over the summer and given he hasn't (they don't exactly need the money) he will be there until April. Fylde will be up there and he will be scoring 20+ goals if he stays fit. Not only are BetVictor top price at 6/1, but they are also going 4 places which looks an e/w steal to me. Bet365's 11/2 first 3 is also more than acceptable. NB Notts County take over confirmed on Friday 26th July. National League South I am writing this on Thursday evening and it is probably a good thing I am as otherwise I would have had to rewrite the preview as big news came out which has changed my view point on the league a bit. I have been very keen on Havant & Waterlooville all summer. Paul Doswell was a good appointment as manager back in May and it is clear from the signings he has made that the club want to be back in the National League at the first time of asking. Given Torquay and Woking managed that last season it is very easy to see them following suit as their squad looks a cut above all bar one team in the division. Doswell has taking some Sutton players with him and I would say they look a stronger side than they did last season. I still think there is some juice in the price at 9/2. They were going to be one of my biggest ante-post bets and Billericay were just going to be savers, but all that changed when Matt Rhead was announced on Thursday evening. That is a huge signing at this level and although he isn't a prolific scorer, they have Jake Robinson for that, he will help create plenty of goals and he will be able to boss so many defences in this league. He isn't the only good signing either with the likes of Ronnie Henry also joining. Now I obviously have to mention the owner and as he calls himself joint-manager Glenn Tamplin. I really wish he wasn't anywhere near the dugout as I think he is a hindrance there having witnessed it for myself last season. That was in October before the bizarre actions off the pitch. The Non-League Paper ran a story saying they money had run out and they were up for sale and Jake Robinson left amongst others. I never really believed the story though as they still had a good squad although in the end they couldn't recover from a bad spell and even getting Robinson back wasn't enough to see them in the play-offs. I put them up as my strongest bet last season as I couldn't see them out of the 3 and obviously there is a concern that Tamplin could mess things up again, but they have the best squad in the division in what is still a weak league, Havant aside and I honestly can't see anyone else other than the above two teams winning it so I am having the same amount on both teams. Maidstone are next in the betting, but they don't excite me and I am not sure John Still is the right man for the job. No doubt Chelmsford will be up there again as they nearly always are. One year they will gain promotion, but they are going to have to attempt it via the play-offs for me. Sammy Moore left Concord in mysterious circumstances, but ended up at Hemel and has taken Concords best players with him. Concord finished 7th last season and Hemel should be play-off contenders. Bath look solid enough again and should be in and around the play-offs. Welling lost out in the play-off final, but Steve King has left and the budget cut so I can't see them finishing anywhere near the 3rd place King got them to last season. Braintree have got no chance and quotes of 12-14/1 is ludicrous. They have slashed the wage budget and signed a load of young players from leagues below. They will be nearer the relegation zone than the play-offs. Dartford blew a play-off place with a woeful end to the season, but they will be going for one again this term. I can see Eastbourne going better than their big odds suggest as they seem to be giving new manager Lee Bradbury money to invest. I am going to throw in a 3rd small e/w bet to the Havant and Billericay bets and that is my local team Dulwich Hamlet. I actually think Dulwich would have pipped Billericay to the Ryman Premier title two seasons ago had Dulwich not had to move grounds during the season. They were allowed back home half way through the season and were regularly getting crowds in the high 2000's on their return. I went to one game in January and didn't get into the ground until 30 minutes in because of the queues to get in. I am fully expecting them to be the best supported team in the division and with the off the field issues looking better they clearly have money to spend based on the players they have been signing. Gavin Rose is a superb manager and he got his eye in last season and has said he is wanting a play-off place this time around. He has signed well and although on paper they aren't as strong as Havant or Billericay I think they will be capable of pushing them close and at 20/1 they offer each/way value. National League North I have made a right mess of this division the last couple of seasons. Choosing York over Salford two years ago and then getting nowhere near with my 3 picks last season. Hopefully I can do better this time around and having initially thought York were poor favourites I am now tipping them to win the title at 5/1. Steve Watson came in during last season and steadied the ship, but he has made some impressive signings and Steve McNulty is a huge one in defence. I don't think the league looks quite as strong as it has in the last couple of seasons and they look more than capable of making that step-up from their first two disappointing seasons at this level. The main dangers for me are Spennymoor and they look a very fair price at 10/1 to go along side York in the portfolio. They would have been in the play-offs two seasons ago, but for having to play a huge number of games in the last couple of months. Then last season they lost in the play-off final to Chorley in a penalty shoot-out. The squad looks strong again and they really ought to be challenging for the title. Chester are 2nd in the betting, but I am just not sure about them this season. Johnson and Morley had an OK first season in charge, but they seem to be talking down their chances a bit and I'm not sure the squad is strong enough to be going for the title. It could be that the managers need another season to get things right. Altrincham look pretty solid again and they should be in the play-off mix. Brackley might drop back a bit as they look weaker than their last couple of seasons. Hereford have strengthened well and Marc Richards will be hoping they will be in the play-off hunt otherwise he will be out a job. Kidderminster had a poor season last time around and I don't really see it getting much better for them this time either. I backed both Boston and Southport last season and I was tempted by both again as Boston look to be better and Southport showed glimpses of how good they could be last season. They are still full time and I think with another summer behind him Liam Watson has strengthened again. I think at 20/1 they are worth a small e/w bet. Darlington also were half tempting as Alun Armstrong did a superb job at Blyth and I think he will get Darlington in the play-off hunt this time around. BetVictor Northern Premier League The only step 3 league I didn't get the winner off last season as South Shields' dreadful early away form stopped them from beating Farsley for the title and then they failed in the play-offs. They are the team to beat for sure and the signing of Jason Gilchrest was very eye-catching. The problem is with BetVictor being first up and also heavily promoting (understandably) their prices it has meant some of their big prices have long gone and it has meant that the other two bookies, Hills and 365, who have priced up the Step 3 leagues have had their card marked. South Shields are priced up at 7/4 and as much as I think they will win it I can't put them up as a single bet at that price. I do suggest sticking them in any multiple bets you do which is what I will be doing. Instead I will be putting up 3 e/w against them looking to get at least some e/w money back. Warrington have been strong the last 2 seasons in this division making the play-offs both times and Paul Carden again looks like he has built a squad that look set to challenge for the top spot. 12/1 is a big price about them. Ashton look like they have an increased budget this season and have attracted some good players from the league above and at 12/1 they look worth backing as well. The final team is Gainsborough. I thought they disappointed a bit last season, but they look to have built a decent squad and at 16/1 they look overpriced. BetVictor Southern Premier League Central BetVictor made a massive rick when putting Tamworth in at 16/1 and no I wasn't in a position to take advantage at the time. Still I think they are just about value at 4/1 with Hills and Bet365. They did pretty well in the 2nd half of last season and they have made some really impressive signings over the summer and look to have the best squad in the division. With Kettering and Kings Lynn gone this league looks weak and Tamworth look by far the most likely winners. Nuneaton nearly went bust last season, but have had investment and have signed well. They should be play-off contenders, but last season was so bad I just wonder if winning the title is beyond them and they look a bit short in the betting. Stourbridge have a new manager this season in the first time in a long time. They tried to keep with Kettering last year, but were always going to come up short. They should go well again though. Royston and Peterborough Sports warrant mentions as being possible play-off clubs as well. I am going to back a couple of others though. Now this is one bet that really has been led by Paul as I wouldn't be putting them up without him, but he fancies Bromsgrove Sporting and he has sold me on them as well. They were promoted last season and look capable of going up again this term. 16/1 is on the big side. The other team is Rushall Olympic. I put them up last year and they were a bit disappointing, but were much improved in the 2nd half of the season. I like Liam McDonald as a manger and they have a 3G pitch this term and Liam has built his side around that fact. They could pick up plenty of points at home and at 20/1 they are worth a small bet e/w. BetVictor Southern Premier League South I think this could be the most competitive section with some strong looking teams going for the title. The main bet for me are Weston-Super-Mare who are looking to bounce straight back up. They were woeful last season and deserved to go down, but they have got Scott Bartlett in as manager which I think is a good move and he has signed really impressively. I actually think they have a stronger squad than last year and would be capable of doing OK in the National League South. 10/1 looks a big price to me. Taunton nearly pipped Weymouth to the title and it is no surprise they are in single figures. They should be a play-off team again, but they don't really look like they have progressed as a squad and they might pay for that. Gosport were woeful last year, but suddenly some money seems to have been found as they have signed pretty well. They look rather short to me in the betting though. Hayes & Yeading walked to the title last season and although they have lost some players, they still look strong and should go well as should Poole. I haven't mentioned the favourites Salisbury yet and they are the 2nd team I am going to back at 5/1. They had a good first season back at this level and they look capable of progressing past Taunton who have finished above them the last two seasons. The other bet has been that Paul has pointed me in the direction off and that is Chesham. Had a season very much of two halves last time around, but the 2nd half was good. I know I say I don't pay too much attention to pre-season friendlies, but something about one of their games caught my eye. They thrashed Hampton & Richmond a couple of weeks ago and the Hampton Twitter feed mentioned Chesham were playing the game at the sort of intensity you would expect from a league game. That bodes well for the season ahead and at BetVictor's 16/1 they are worth a small e/w bet. BetVictor Isthmian Premier Division The scene of the biggest ante-post winner I have ever had as Dorking won in a canter at 33/1. I also put up Margate, Kingstonian and Enfield and they are the same 3 teams I am going to put up again this year. Margate were very average until Jay Saunders came in as manager and they improved massively. They went straight to the top of my teams to back for the following season until he then left. A few weeks later however he was back and that is huge. He has already won this league and really should still be Maidstone manager and don't forget last summer Macclesfield tried to get him. He has signed well and I would have them as favourites so 10/1 is a big price. Kingstonian had a bizarre season last time around. They were terrible, then really good climbing to 2nd and then only got 4 points in 2019 just missing out on being relegated. They have got Merstham manager Hayden Bird in and after he got them to a play-off place last season he has taking 10 of the team with him. That should be to their advantage and they look to have a squad capable of pushing for the title. Enfield also threatened to play a part in the play-offs at least, but disappointed in the end to finish mid-table. Andy Leese has kept the best of the squad though and looks to have added well to it. They really ought to be capable of being in the play-offs at the very least. Hornchurch (they have dropped the AFC now) have been backed into market leaders. They were favourites going into last season as well and looked poor ones at that. It proved to be the case as they were miles off the pace from the start. Mark Stimson came in and improved things a bit to be fair. They seem to have a bit of cash and made some decent signings, but quite why they are as short as 7/2 baffles me as I would have them in double figures myself. Outside of that Bognor, Folkestone, Carshalton and Lewes should be capable of being in the play-off hunt. Wrexham 1.5pts e/w @ 10/1 with Bet365 Hartlepool 0.75pts e/w @ 33/1 with Bet365 Bromley 0.5pts e/w @ 25/1 with Bet365, William Hill, Marathon and Betway Hartlepool 0.5pts e/w on the handicap @ 18/1with Bet365 Bromley 0.5pts e/w on the handicap @ 18/1 with Bet365 Woking to go down 2pts @ 5/2 with BetVictor, Paddy Power and Betfair Halifax to go down 1pt @ 2/1 with BetVictor Danny Rowe 1.5pts e/w to be top goalscorer @ 6/1 with BetVictor (4 places) Havant & Waterlooville 2.5pts @ 9/2 with Bet365 Billericay 2.5pts @ 5/1 with Bet365 Dulwich Hamlet 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1 with Bet365 York 2pts @ 5/1 with Bet365 Spennymoor 1pt e/w @ 10/1 with Bet365 Southport 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1 with Bet 365 Warrington 1pt e/w @ 12/1 with Bet365 Ashton 0.75pts e/w @ 12/1 with Bet365, William Hill and BetVictor Gainsborough 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1 with Bet365 and William Hill Tamworth 2pts @ 4/1 with Bet365 and William Hill Bromsgrove 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1 with BetVictor Rushall Olympic 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1 with Bet365 and BetVictor Weston-Super-Mare 1pt e/w @ 10/1 with Bet365 Salisbury 1pt @ 5/1 with Bet365 Chesham 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1 with BetVictor Margate 1pts e/w @ 10/1 with Bet365 Kingstonian 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1 with BetVictor Enfield 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1 with Bet365 Total points - 41 NB price on Rowe now gone with BetVictor but still 11/2 with Bet365
  23. 1 point
    mickyftm32

    Fantasy Football Classic League

    I've give it a go
  24. 1 point
    StevieDay1983

    Fantasy Football Classic League

    I've entered mate. Good job. Kevin McNaughton FC.
  25. 1 point
    I have a fancy for Peterborough, always a team that could score goals over recent seasons just lacking one or two additions. George Boyd coming back is a big plus and I fancy them to go well. Opening game is at home to Fleetwood and I fancy them to get off to a good start. Burton vs Ipswich is an interesting game. Ipswich will be favourites to bounce back to the Championship and will have to much firepower for this division, that said Burton will proved a tough test at home and with the likes of Boyce and Adkins and a few good additions I fancy it to be an open game today and will go for both teams to score. Random punt of the day is for Cheltenham to get something away to Leyton Orient, decent odds the draw or the win. While Orient stormed to promotion and should win on paper Cheltenham have a couple of experienced strikers in Varney and Reid and I expect them to capitalise against a forward looking orient. Good luck everyone
  26. 1 point
    Tennis Picks

    Tennis 2.0

    Two matches today.
  27. 1 point
    Just one from me today: Coventry v Southend (average price at time of writing 2.16) There is no way this would be at over evens if Coventry were not having to play down the Road at Birmingham's St.Andrews as from a purely footballing perspective they should be at much lower odds considering: a) They have signed 11 players in close season. 7/8 of them have genuine experience and pedigree at this level and as such their is a bit of a buzz around the place after several years of 'issues'. b) In comparison cash strapped Southend were going public all close season about how they need a couple of defenders still (they signed an ageing Liam Ridgewell yesterday who is unlikely to be match fit) and hardly added to a squad that stayed up on the last day of last season after going into absolute freefall sincce Xmas. Probably the only genuine 'value' in the English lower leagues this weekend if it keeps the happy side of 2.00's. I also took Exeter at 2.05 yesterday to beat Macclesfield...but those odds have dropped to an average 1.80, which still might appeal to some, but would be the wrong side of value for me now.
  28. 1 point
    Tennis Picks

    Tennis 2.0

    Overall stats: Staked: £44,674 Profit: £859 ROI: 1.9% Just higher odds which is what I am now focusing on for 99% of bets (usually around 2.8 and higher) Staked: £9859 Profit: £2286 ROI: 23.1%
  29. 1 point
    Oli mcburnie scored 22 in 42 for Swansea last year. Following a £20m move to Sheffield united, he has been added to spreadex's season goals market at 6 to buy which seems attainable.
  30. 1 point
    150 Gd: Somewhere Secret 225 Gd: Top Tug 300 Gd: Peach Tree 340 Gd: Raucous 415 Gd: Gold Souk 450 Gd: Warning For 525 Gd: Wind In My Sails Cheers for running the comp! 👍
  31. 1 point
    Newport County vs Mansfield League Two is certain to be a closely contested division this season with big teams coming down, strong teams coming up, and a wealth of potential dark horses waiting to build on last season. My focus here is a clash between two play-off sides from last season when Newport County play Mansfield in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon at Rodney Parade. The two sides drew 1-1 in this fixture in the first leg of their play-off semi-final back in May. Newport County have undergone a summer of changes. Michael Flynn remains in charge at the South Wales club but they've lost key players such as goalkeeper Joe Day and full back Dan Butler are big blows. However, the arrivals of Tom King, Daniel Leadbitter, Lazar Stojsavljevic, Kyle Howkins, and Tristan Abrahams leave them in a much stronger position than last term. Mansfield will be wondering how they're still in League Two after the way their season ended. Narrowly missing out on automatic promotion and then play-off failure. How do David Flitcroft's men recover from such a gut-wrenching experience? Their squad from last season remains largely in tact with the additions of Andy Cook, Aiden Stone, Nicky Maynard, Dion Donohue, and Kellan Gordon making them a much more complete outfit this time around. This is being touted as a potential early indicator of how well-equipped these two sides are for promotion. You would be a fool to rule either out. They couldn't be separated in open play over the two play-off games and they've adopted a similar approach to each other during the summer with transfer activity. It's almost impossible to separate these sides on paper so I have to back a draw. 0-0 or 1-1 seems a fair shout. I'd be surprised if these two weren't competing for the play-offs at the very least come May. Draw @ 3.60 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.73 with BetVictor
  32. 1 point
    Wigan vs Cardiff Well, what a start to proceedings in the Championship that was tonight. A cracking game and both tips came in. The next preview focuses on my own club Cardiff and our trip to Wigan for this 3pm kick-off at the DW Stadium on Saturday. We're back down in the second tier of English football which is disappointing but it's a strange feeling because most of our fan base are feeling quietly confident we can make a strong title push this season. Wigan narrowly avoided relegation to League One last season thanks to a late burst of results. Paul Cook is struggling to get given the funds to really push the team on as he'd like. A few shrewd dealings in the transfer market have seen the squad strengthened with the stand-out one being ex-Cardiff keeper David Marshall being snapped up. Other noteworthy additions include Everton's Joe Williams, Portsmouth's Jamal Lowe, and Chelsea's Dujon Sterling. Latics fans have every reason to feel they can fight for a solid mid-table position this term. Cardiff fans are chirping about what is being seen as a great transfer window. What began as a very negative one with the free transfer departure of Aron Gunnarsson plus the returns to loanees Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter was made worse with the exits of Bruno Ecuele Manga and Kenneth Zohore. However, Neil Warnock and his team have moved fast to bring in a swathe of new signings including Will Vaulks from Rotherham, Aden Flint from Middlesbrough, Gavin Whyte and Curtis Nelson from Oxford, and Robert Glatzel from Heidenheim. The old saying goes that there are no easy games in the Championship. This group of Cardiff players have the experience to know that well. The crux of the team that nearly stayed up in the Premier League remains but the additions of proper Football League workhorses means the squad has the right mix of talent and work rate. Wigan will relish this game. A fresh start after last season's strife. I'm actually worried we might be held to a draw here. Glatzel is ruled out so that leaves us without an out and out striker with Bobby Reid playing more of a second striker role in pre-season. I still think we can grind out a win but it'll be hard going. Cardiff to Win @ 2.55 with Betfred Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.80 with Betfair
  33. 1 point
    Marmalade

    Naps - Saturday Aug 3rd

    5.25 Goodwood Rotherwick 20/1 EW bet365
  34. 1 point
    We do indeed start this week, with the following selection. Leyton Orient -0.5 Asian handicap corners v Cheltenham, 1pt at 1.9 with 365
  35. 1 point
    CzechPunter

    Tennis Tips - July 29 - August 4

    I think I'm just going to let Thiem run. A brilliant week no matter what happens there.
  36. 1 point
    Doncaster vs Gillingham The 2019/20 League One season kicks off tomorrow and the one game catching my eye is between last season's promotion chasers Doncaster and perennial mediocrity side Gillingham in a 3pm kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium. Both sides start this season with new managers at the helm so it'll be interesting to see how they perform in this opening match. Doncaster came close to going up last season under Grant McCann. Rovers finished 6th but failed to reach the promised land of the Championship via the play-offs. McCann has moved on to pastures new after taking over at Hull. Former West Brom gaffer Darren Moore has been appointed his successor in a shrewd move where one attack-minded manager has been replaced with another. Donny have managed to keep the crux of their side from last season but losing striker John Marquis to Portsmouth is a big loss. Still, the additions of the likes of Madger Gomes from Alaves, Brad Halliday from Cambridge, and Reece James from Sunderland are decent. The triple loan signings of Ben Sheaf from Arsenal, Seny Dieng from QPR, and Cameron John from Wolves are also exciting. Gillingham have appointed the controversial figure of Steve Evans as their manager for this upcoming season. There is no denying that with two promotions in the Football League and four promotions in non-league that Evans knows how to get results. However, his time spent at several clubs has been dogged by dressing room disharmony and bust-ups with players. It's a risk by Gills chairman Paul Scally but after treading water in League One for six seasons it's easy to see why they are taking a punt on Evans. Squad depth and quality remains a problem. The loss of star striker Tom Eaves and goalkeeper Tomas Holy is huge. Are the replacements worthy? It may take time before we find out. It's always tough to bet against an Evans side. They always seem to put up a fight. I just think the appointment of Moore is a wise one from Doncaster. The playing philosophy won't change much and the squad appears stronger on the whole than last season. They could arguably do with an extra striker. There's currently too much weight on Alfie May's shoulders. I think the home side may sneak this but it'll be close. Doncaster to Win @ 2.00 with BetVictor Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.95 with Bet365 @Papa Lazarou, @freestylerx, @allyhibs, @iBetting, @betcatalog, @Magic0024, @malabgd, @kulikTS, @golakeh1, @Unnamed, @willie82, @dogmeister, @TheEdge, @JJG, @allthethings, @Mindfulness, @the bastardian, @teddybear3011, @Marek76, @salmonman, @Unnamed, @mij0sim, @jazzman02, @Bobby Vegas, @Teodore, @Tiffy, @nenri981, @MangoTheThird, @Johnmccain, @Papa Lazarou, @VYA, @THEODORE-007, @Hitch, and @sajtion.
  37. 1 point
    bobsyerunkle

    Fantasy Football Classic League

    I'm in Team Sick Sick Six
  38. 1 point
    Trotter

    £20 Daily Challenge - All Welcome

    bank 1567.76 my bank is slowly diminishing ........ could do with winning ! Bang 3.20 - Illustrissime 6/5 and Sea The Sea 13/8 Bang 3.55 - Salto Chisco 4/1 and Civil Unrest 9/2 prices bog bet365 4 x £5 doubles
  39. 1 point
    thebestthere

    Naps - Friday Aug 2nd

    4.10 Goodwood Homespin 9/1 Ladbrokes
  40. 1 point
    Kingdom for

    Naps - Friday Aug 2nd

    Bangor 17:00 Chanceiton 5/1 Win Skybet
  41. 1 point
    That name seems familiar....the Woodgate that go to play for Real Madrid??...Yes it is...😯 when healthy he played well, sadly most of the time of his time there he was injured. I would never have figured he would end up as manager, never saw much of a character from him at Real Madrid, at least he got the help of Robbie Keane, who if I do not remember wrong does have a temper. An interesting experiment in Middlesbrough.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    PercyP

    Naps - Friday Aug 2nd

    Rum Runner 7.30 Newmarket (E.way 12/1 BetVictor) After a busy and successful week at Goodwood, Oisin Murphy in his bid to be champion jockey goes straight to Newmarket from Goodwood in his pursuit for more winners. He will have a chance on course and distance winner Rum Runner who has been running in higher grade races.
  44. 1 point
    Not had a bet yet, tempted by Stoke and Swansea at home. I think Reading may struggle but I'm not sure If I want to back Wednesday away. Interesting to see how Forest get on, could go either way, loads of new signings again so could be in for a slow start...and hopefully improve as the season goes on.
  45. 1 point
    Here you go mate, a list of all the ins and outs of Championship teams this summer... https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/transfer-guides/feature/championship-transfer-ins-and-outs-summer-2019_358850.html
  46. 1 point
    The 2019/20 FA Community Shield is set to take place this Sunday in a 3pm kick-off at Wembley. You cannot argue that the two teams contesting it are by far and away the most deserving. Not only is it 1st versus 2nd from last season's Premier League but it's also Champions League winners versus FA Cup winners. Liverpool take on Manchester City. Who will prevail victorious? Let us know your predictions!
  47. 1 point
    Sir Puntalot

    Acca Bet Advice Needed Please

    to PL @stealth s My head hurts just reading that!
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