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  1. 4 points
    BillyHills

    World Cup Comp - Final Table

    Well done to Vangovin on lifting the PL World Cup He won on countback due to his correct score predictions from Mr Toffee. Bluemal and Piekny filled the places. Can the winners contact team@punterslounge.com sending their PayPal address, PL name and what prize you are claiming. The top 3 also receive a Punters Lounge Mug & Pen set so will need to send their home address if wishing to claim those. Please allow 14 days for the money to be sent to PayPal. Prizes: £80: Vangovin £60: Mr Toffee £40: Bluemal £20: Piekny Many thanks for supporting the competition
  2. 4 points
    FabioTennis

    Tennis Tips - July 16 - July 22

    Gerald Melzer to beat Corentin Moutet at 1.96 with Pinnacle I am simply going against Moutet here due to a lot of matches played in last few days. This will be his eight match in eight days. He played in Finals of Bastad Challenger on Saturday and he had to play in qualifications on Sunday and Monday. Last 6 matches all took around 2 hours. Even tough I rate Moutet as bigger talent, I think Melzer has better chances here.
  3. 3 points
    Results NM: Won 15/2, Won 7/4, Won 6/1, 3rd 9/1 EW: 196.50 CR: Won 7/2 : 45.00 Stakes: 140pts Returns: 241.50pts Totals: +489.24pts
  4. 3 points
    harry_rag

    Final Predictions > Jul 15th

    Some similar haphazard number crunching for the last 10 finals as posted already for the 3rd place game. Only 3 games saw >2.5 goals, West Germany losing 3-1 to Italy in 1982 and 3-2 to Argentina in 1986 and France beating Brazil 3-0 in 1998. Those games aside we've had 3 goalless draws (including the last 2 finals), 1 game with a single goal and 3 with 2. Average total goals were 1.9 and the average goal rush make up on the spreads was 22.3. 5 games were drawn, including the last 3 finals. There were the 3 0-0s and 2 1-1s. Only 2 went to penalties, 3 being won in extra time. BTTS landed in just 4 of the 10 games. The record of the 7 teams who had an extra day's rest is 2-5 and those teams who were taken to extra time/pens in the semis went 1-3. Cards wise, the average bookings make up for the last 10 games was 51.5. Most recent first, the bookings totals have been 40, 90, 30, 20, 65, 40, 90, 60, 50 and 30. Just 6 goals were scored in the first half (31.58%) and 13 in the 2nd (68.42%). The 1st half has been the highest scoring on 2 occasions, the 2nd half on 4 with 4 ties. 3 games saw a goal (or more) in both halves, there were 6 half time 0-0s with 2 games seeing 1 goal before the break and the other 2 seeing 2. The halftime/full time results (from the perspective of the winning team) have been as follows: Draw - Draw x4 Draw - Win x3 Win - Win x2 Win - Draw x1
  5. 3 points
    Brighton Results 6 winners! Won 2/11, Won 6/1, Won 9/4, Won 5/1, Won 11/4, Won 9/4 Stakes : 70pts Returns: 244.30pts Total: 403.99pts
  6. 2 points
    The new Tipsters Challenge season begins on the weekend of August 10th As usual we will have four mini-seasons, details to follow. For the meantime this thread is open to any player NOT currently involved in the TC New Divisions here; If your on this post you do not need to register. Have a look at the rules before committing yourself to the competition
  7. 2 points
    yogg

    Tennis Tips - July 16 - July 22

    Sramkova R. - Martic P. this looks to me like a good opportunity for Sramkova to advance her career against a clearly out of form Martic who seems to prefer hard courts as opposed to Sramkova who's won two lower level tournaments and been runner up in two others on clay so far this year. Sramkova to win 2-0 @ 4.60 with WilliamHill with a saver on Sramkova to win @ 2.90 with Betfair good luck all
  8. 2 points
    Baracca

    Racing Chat - Mon July 16th

    Great day. Treble wins!!!!
  9. 2 points
    Bronxie

    Racing Chat - Mon July 16th

    Tremendous tipping from PL (Billy?) today! Thanks lads. Shame I’m on diddly stakes.
  10. 2 points
    Appreciation directed towards Billy Hills for all his hard graft and congrats to those who won.
  11. 2 points
    Valiant Thor

    % of favourites winning recently

    It sometimes looks that way as results tend to come in clusters and over a small sample can look that way. As the sample size increases you will find results tend to revert back around the mean. 19 year Fav win rate by month 156,898 races in total
  12. 2 points
    Darran

    Non-League ante-post 2018/19

    National League South Now I usually wait until the week before the leagues start before I put my preview up, but this division I had two clear teams that I wanted to back (I may add a 3rd nearer the start of the season) and as a few more bookies have gone up with prices, and good ones at that, I am starting my tips a little earlier than usual. Now the 10/1 with BetVictor did not last long once I put it up this morning, but the 8/1 with Betway is still there to take at the time of writing. Now either Betway are happy to stand it for a few quid or the people who follow me don't have Betway accounts! I was in a bit of shock when I saw BetVictor go 10/1 because I was expecting bookies to be really cautious in pricing up Billericay. I thought we would see no bigger than 5/2 and in which case I would have looked to have taken them on, but at the prices they are I have to back them. First and key thing is that Tamplin is no longer manager so hopefully he will stay in the background. I certainly think he realised he was getting in the way during their massive dip in form and I don't think it was a coincidence that once he wasn't around performances improved a hell of a lot. Everyone was expecting them to walk away with the league last season and fair play to Dulwich for pushing them so close. The other issue last term though was the fact they over stretched themselves with cup runs and winning two of them and of course the bad weather which meant a huge backlog in fixtures. This time around they won't have a league cup to play, you would hope they don't take the County Cup so seriously and surely the weather can't be as bad as last season. Tamplin has gone on record saying the wage budget has been cut for this season as he doesn't have to offer so much money to players to play for the team. I also think there will be less players in the squad this time around which will also bring the cost down. The budget though is still massive for the division and there is little doubt in my mind that they have the best squad. Jake Robinson who scored over 50 goals for them last season is a proven scorer at this level having got 24 in the league for Hemel Hempstead the season before in just 30 games. Mosses Emmanuel has been added and he is proven in the National League and he will score plenty at this level. They have added well in other areas of the pitch as well and there is plenty of experience in the team not only at this level but above as well. Last season they proved on their cup runs that they can beat teams at this level and they beat a team in Harrogate who of course won promotion last season so that just went to show that they had the basis of a team who could already battle it out at the right end of the table at Step 2. This division was not very strong at all last season and although it might be a bit stronger this time around I think their squad last season would have been in the play-offs and this stronger side should be capable of winning the title. I think at the very least they will be in the top 3 though and at the price they look a great e/w bet. 5/1 and 11/2 is available with other bookies and I still rate that a good price. Obviously there is one concern with backing them and that is if anything should happen to Tamplin. I certainly can't see him getting bored if they are contending for the title and anything that might happen off the pitch is a bigger worry. At the end of the day though I think it is pointless second guessing anything and going on the facts we have now and that is they look to have the best squad in the league. I will add to this preview when I write the full one in a couple of weeks and I will talk about some of the other sides who look contenders, but there is one other team who I am going to put up as a bet now because 25/1 (William Hill and BetVictor) is way too big a price. I am staying in Essex as well as Concord are the team in question. They were in a relegation battle last time around and only finished 17th so it might seem odd to want to back them to be in promotion contention this time around, but they have made plenty of statements of intent since the season finished. First of all they got Sammy Moore and Jack Midson in as manager and assistant manager from Leatherhead. They of course had great success there last season and the backlog in fixtures due to the weather and FA Cup run meant they just missed the play-offs. They were quick to announce signings as well and they were pretty impressive and you also have the management team who should be more than capable of still being able to hold their own at this level. Betway are only 14/1 and that would still be on the right side of value so the 25s has to be taken. I will add to this preview when I write the full one closer to the season starting although if anything takes my eye before then I will of course put it up. Billericay National League South 1.5pts e/w at 10/1 with betvictor (Now gone but 8/1 is available with betway) Concord Rangers National League South 0.5pts e.w @ 25/1 with William Hill & BetVictor
  13. 2 points
    four-leaf

    Tennis Tips - July 16 - July 22

    Laslo Djere to beat Pablo Cuevas at 2.50 with bet365 Pablo is in freefall, the uruguayan is going down and has been all season long. Saw him play this week against Jozef Kovalik in the Braunschweig quarterfinals and he was plain awful. Really the worst I've seen from him in a long time. Laslo won a challenger title on clay the week before Wimbledon and should be able to handle this. It's as close as he can get to home playing in Umag so he should be full of motivation to do good in Umag and he has the quality to win this match. Benoit Paire to beat Marton Fucsovics at 1.83 with bet365 Benoit was 2.20 to beat Marton in Pune earlier this season and I had a bet on him then and will have another bet on him now. I still say Benoit is better than Marton which explains why he has a 2-0 record in this matchup. Benoit should reach the Umag quarters at least where he probably will face Damir Dzumhur. Alex de Minaur to beat Ivo Karlovic at 1.72 with bet365 This youngster can do big things in the future and knocking out dr. Ivo should be no problems. Ivo at 39 years old finally has started to slow down while Alex at 19 years old only has begun to pick up speed.
  14. 2 points
    CzechPunter

    Wimbledon 2018

    Well, five missed set points in the end I believe. Too bad, but, personally, I'm happy with how the tournament went. Thanks to everyone who contributed and see you...tomorrow!
  15. 2 points
    BillyHills

    Naps : Sunday July 15th

    220 Southwell Master Sunrise 7/2 PP Going to take a chance on this former pointer in what looks a very weak contest. He was backed as if defeat was out of the question at Worcester the other day but nevr got competitive and stayed on through beaten horses to finish 6th of 13. Richard Johnson has been called in to see if he can wake the 9yo up and i'd be surprised if he cant win in this sort of grade.
  16. 2 points
    liquidglass

    Wimbledon 2018

    Djokovic Vs Anderson If ever there was an apt definition for the word conumdrum then this is it - Djokovic vs Anderson on the verge of untangling what to all intents and purposes is a "tennis conumdrum". The head to head record stands at 5-1 Djokovic with a seemingly obvious chance of making it win number 6 in a matchup that has not been totally one-sided despite the h2h stats. If Djokovic is going to win this, then he will do so by the "obvious" that we already know about - Kevin Anderson's irrecoverable fatigue problem. On the other hand, if the punter is going to end up losing this, then he would have done so handicapped by this same knowledge of what is assumed to be the human being at his physical elastic limit. Being one who has been exposed to almost all the possible permutations of surprises in this game, you will never see me attempt to solve such an enigma without the aid of my spiritual binocolas. Tennis is tennis - a game played by humans where natural laws must apply. There are also times when one needs to slightly disregard the natural and give room to the supernatural. What Mr Anderson is trying to achieve is by no means common place or natural. Trying to etch the name of South Africa in tennis history certainly has to require some supernatural intervention, the sort that would suddenly propel the gears of the human mind into neutral. I will expect Anderson to run on adrenaline for a long way giving me enough room to cash out on my expectation which is for him to win a set at 4/6. In adrenaline mode Anderson will have enough time to rewind to the good times of his past, and more in particular to Wimbledon 2015 when he had Djokovic on the ropes by being 2 sets to love up till he lost his way and lost that match in five sets. I really think that the difference between that version of Anderson and this version, is mental conditioning and resilience. This version looks rugged and pruned for robotic excellence. I also think the cryptic hands of nature has a hand in this final too. She certainly did not create the scenario where the Djokovic/Nadal match was stretched over two days for nothing, or did she? Djokovic on the other hand does not look in perfect physical shape. He looked a bit ragged and frustrated at times in that match with Nadal plus the list of unknown physical worries with him. In summary, this tip is made in line with expecting a positive from Anderson despite the presumed fatigue. I really think he has a good chance of winng. I really do. However, I will be sticking the wise money on him winning a set at 4/6. Good luck everyone. I hope you enjoy the game!!!!
  17. 2 points
    waynecoyne

    Final Predictions > Jul 15th

    According to the racing post 3 of the 5 left backs to have faced mbappe have been booked. Mark Langdon has tipped strinic to be shown a card and also the first card. I will buy his card minutes at 16 with spreadex. Market settles on time of cards (if two, times added together and second doubled). I have also backed varane at 33/1 first goal scorer continuing the set piece/goals from centre halves trend.
  18. 2 points
    Trotter

    £20 Daily Challenge - All Welcome

    the NR has messed this up a bit as it was the Favourite in a small field …. I'll just take the SP on the other horse to save working out R4 I also get a win single though because of the NR returns 62.00, profit 42.00 Bank + 1174.30
  19. 2 points
    Donnyflyer

    Naps : Saturday July 14th

    Euchen Glen. 3.40y. 25/1@bet365
  20. 2 points
    Belgium vs England Oh my God, hold the excitement levels! It's only the bloody 3rd place play-off game between Belgium and England this Saturday afternoon in a 3pm kick-off at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. OK, so this might not be the most appealing game ever but it's another game we can bet on! These two sides have already met in this competition in the group phase and that match ended in a narrow 1-0 win for Roberto Martinez's side. Both nations fielded their back-up sides and it could be a case of that again. Southgate has already admitted he'll give fringe players a chance to impress again with one eye already on the Nations League and Euro 2020 Qualifiers. Belgium were looking like potential world beaters after beating Brazil in the Quarter-Final but fell short against France. No doubt Martinez will have Europe's top clubs demanding that their star players are rested for this game but coming home from the World Cup with a bronze medal instead of nothing has got to be a priority. England perhaps have more reason to change things up. Their performance against Croatia was flat and it was clear that a few of their younger players had become jaded after a long season and tournament. Once again, club teams will certainly be asking Southgate to rest the big names and with Harry Kane almost certain to win the Golden Boot it's unlikely he'll kick up a fuss about being rested. I'm expecting a free-flowing game. The previous encounter was flat because neither side wanted to take risks and, if we're being cynical, neither side really wanted to win due to the way the knockout round unravelled. I imagine both teams will go for it with fringe players keen to impress. Previous 3rd place play-offs have been high-scoring affairs. Every 3rd place play-off since 1974 has had over 2.5 goals scored. In those past 10 games there have been six occasions where there have been over 3.5 goals scored. So there is a high chance we could be in for a thrilling game. I still think Belgium have a better back-up side so think they'll win it. If I had to pick a correct score I'd lump for 2-1 to Belgium. Belgium to win @ 2.20 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.65 with MarathonBet
  21. 2 points
    keef75

    Historical Results System Generator

    Amazing, thanks, Thor, I'll give that a go. The site is now ready, with two years' worth of data. The saved parameter sets are basically tests but they are all valid. Those named 'all time' etc. will become inaccurate as I add more historical data. I'm going to have to find a way of allowing an edit of a set without forcing a log in based system. Historical Racing Data and System Generator I'd welcome any comments.
  22. 2 points
    dak

    Final Predictions > Jul 15th

    Certainly, France has the better roster. Yes, on paper they should be favourites. However, odds of about 1.90 are a bit short for a World Cup final. I am going to dismiss the fact that Croatia has more play time as a factor. At this level and given the stakes these type of considerations are probably insignificant. Both teams. I think, are going to be very careful and not risk much. This gives the the draw result, I believe, an increased likelihood. I think Croatia will win in extra time or in penalties. France has the better roster, but the momentum is with Croatia. In all three of the knockout matches, Croatia came from a goal down to qualify. This could be read as "when is their luck going to run out?", but I think it reflects focus, resolve and determination. The Bets: Draw: 5 units Draw / Draw (halftime / full time): 5 units 0-0 exact score: 1 unit 1-1 exact score: 1 Unit Win Croatia in extra time:5 units Win Croatia in penalties: 5 Units Croatia to win outright: 10 units Good luck to all in their bets.
  23. 2 points
    Trotter

    Naps : Friday 13th July

    3.25 Asc - Machine Learner - win at 9/1 bog PP
  24. 2 points
    BillyHills

    Naps - Thursday July 12th

    635 Epsom Juneau 2/1 betfair Improving sort who won at Haydock the other day and looks to have found a very good opportunity to carry on the good work under a penalty. He's only run one bad race all season when down the field on the AW at Kempton. Won three races now and jockey Franny Norton has been on board twice and he rides Epsom well.
  25. 2 points
    Trotter

    £20 Daily Challenge - All Welcome

    both finished 2nd ….. Ekitall drifted to 10/1 returns £ 102.00 profit £ 82.00 bank + £ 1152.30
  26. 2 points
    Obviously an odd match and one that neither team particularly wants to play. I've just had a look back over the last 10 World Cup 3rd place play off games. All 10 saw >2.5 goals, 6 went >3.5 and 3 went >4.5 (all 3 finishing with a 3-2 scoreline). Average total goals were 3.9 and the average goal rush make up on the spreads was 49.2. Only one game was drawn, France beating Belgium 4-2 after extra time in 1986 after a 2-2 scoreline in 90 minutes. BTTS landed in 8 of the 10 games, the exceptions being Holland beating a dispirited Brazil 3-0 in 2014 and Sweden beating Bulgaria 4-0 in 1994. Of the 7 teams who had an extra day's rest following their semi final defeat, 3 won and 4 lost. Of the 3 that won, 2 also had the advantage of being hosts (Germany 2006 and Italy 1990). 2 hosts also lost with the benefit of an extra day's rest (Brazil 2014 and South Korea 2002). Obviously home advantage is irrelevant this year but, all in all, there's certainly no suggestion of an extra day's rest being of much benefit. There were 4 games where just one of the teams had gone to extra time/penalties in their semi final with 2 losing and (the most recent) 2 winning. Cards wise, the average bookings make up for the last 10 games was 32, rising to 46 for the last 5. Most recent first, the bookings totals have been 50, 40, 50, 30, 60, 20, 0, 10, 30 and 30. Make of that what you will, I haven't looked at the available prices yet.
  27. 2 points
    Skittle

    Haggis Big One

    Make sure you have plenty of fuel in the tank. It's a very long road.
  28. 2 points
    Why dont you use Data > From Web in excel from SLY Sports > racing > racecards, comes out nice and tidy . Then format to your liking Following day just Right Click > Edit Query and tick the boxes for the races you need
  29. 2 points
    four-leaf

    Wimbledon 2018

    Tom Jomby to beat Tom Fawcett at 2.75 with bet365 I'm having trouble seeing Tom Jomby going out after he's clinically sent out Reilly Opelka. This Winnetka challenger is full of upsets but having Jomby as underdog to wild card Tom Fawcett is something I can't understand. 27 year old Tom Jomby playing at protected ranking with current ranking 501 and career high 337 achieved 2015 meets Tom Fawcett 22 year old wild card ranked 764 and career high 725 achieved in april this season after a successfull winter. With semifinal in Calabasas F8 futures losing to Marcos Giron and before that qualifying for Newport challenger after beating Jason Jung, Chris Eubanks and Marcos Giron and at the time Eubanks were ranked 323 and Jung 235. Now both are or have been top 200 since Eubanks have fallen a few spots off his career high 183. But even though Fawcett has been on the move this season I have to try a bet on Jomby. Also Fawcett is coached by experienced former ATP player Paul Goldstein with 11 hardcourt challenger titles and career high 65 in 2006 and 85 wins and 115 loses on the regular tour.
  30. 2 points
    allyhibs

    Final Predictions > Jul 15th

    I thought England already won it. Chortle.
  31. 2 points
    FabioTennis

    Wimbledon 2018

    ATP Challenger Winnetka - R16 Tommy Paul is playing only his second tournament after coming back from injury. Two weeks ago he played in Winston-Salem futures, where he lost in the Finals against Michael Redlicki. He beat some unknown players, so it is hard to judge his form. King is in quite bad form, but the truth is that he played on clay and grass in last few months. Paul beat Smyczek in R1 on Monday, but he again needed some treatment on his right elbow (the same injury that put him away for six months this year). Tommy Paul collapsed on court after the end of the match and was down on the ground for several minutes. I recomend 2/10 bet on Evan King @ 2.82 Pinnacle ATP Wimbledon QF. Isner vs. Raonic I am going with Isner and over here. Both are big servers with limited return game. Raonic was broken 3 times so far in Wimbledon, while Isner did not lose his serve at all. This is best Wimbledon tournament for Isner. Before this year he never passed third round and now he is in Quarter-Finals. Conditions do have some role in this, as this year we have very hot conditions and very little rain, which made surface a bit harder and balls are jumping a bit higher and those conditions are much better for Isner. They have met 4 times, with Isner leading 3-1 in H2H. Last two matches between them ended with tie break in all sets with only 5 break points in 5 sets (none converted). I recomend 2/10 bet on Isner @ 2.3 Pinnacle I recomend 2/10 bet on Over 47.5 games @ 1.81 Pinnacle
  32. 2 points
    bluemal

    Naps - Wednesday July 11th

    CATTERICK 4:45 Robben Rainbow @ 12/1 bet365 e/w thanks Robben Rainbow....from David Barron yard the 4yo only had the one win as 2yo but showed sign 17 and 2 days ago at Ayr when 4th and 3rd that a win could be not far away as the yard bring him out so soon after at Ayr last race was going well in mid division and going to challenge at furlong pole when checked well inside final furlong losing by 1.25 lengths with Ben Robinson in saddle, The yard bring in Ben Curtis to be in saddle off same 57 mark,
  33. 2 points
    Sorry to Edit this so much...Croatia would be worthy winners also, beat Argentina 3-0 .. Lets face it we all have opinions, but now its the last 4 its anyones, all teams have their strengths weaknesses..Its down to bottle, luck etc..oh and VAR.. Having seen the line up, Ive just taken Fellani red card at 28's Good luck to all and great to see the Thai lads got out today...Im so happy that they get to go home...probably the best story through the world cup...Their Going Home..
  34. 1 point
    Bronxie

    Racing Chat - Tuesday July 17th

    Back to back daily trebles!! Such a buzz - thank you (I chose not to increase my stake ).
  35. 1 point
    YSM

    Racing Chat - Tuesday July 17th

    BEVERLEY Win bets: 3.00 Foxy Boy 7-2 4.00 Mywayistheonlyway 5-2 5.30 Island Song (nap) 13-8 E/W bets: 4.00 Zebulon 12-1 5.00 Kenmare River 9-1
  36. 1 point
    BillyHills

    Racing Chat - Mon July 16th

    320 Ripon Rosina 4/1 bet365 I think Rosina is ready to strike after two starts on turf this season. Her first run was at York in a big handicap behind El Astronaute, she fluffed the start but was up against it in that field anyway, Franny Norton looked after her afterwards. Last time out at Beverley she was a never nearer 4th and looked one for the notebook. Franny is back on top, she's a C/D winner which I like at Ripon as its a quirky track, signs look good if she can get away on terms.
  37. 1 point
    BillyHills

    Latest Tables - July

    July 15
  38. 1 point
    CzechPunter

    Wimbledon 2018

    Well, seems like Anderson is following Berdych instead of Cilic. Not sure what he was doing on Saturday. Edit: If you can't break in a game in which your opponent makes three double faults, it's rather hopeless . Come on though !
  39. 1 point
    BillyHills

    IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MATHS

    Fair point VT and I have no problem with you at all, I'm all for saying it like it is. its just I try to encourage new members to stick around for more than a week or we will just end up a Competition based forum. We get enough guys that just pop in when a bit of cash is on offer. Nobody has time for a discussion anymore, or to afraid to stick their chest out. By the way, Its funny how that Bob disappeared the same time as GT
  40. 1 point
    StevieDay1983

    Final Predictions > Jul 15th

    France vs Croatia Finally, it's here! The 2018 World Cup Final. Did anyone even possibly consider that France would be playing Croatia in this 4pm BST kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium today at the beginning of the tournament? I know I certainly didn't. I predicted France would be there but definitely not Croatia. It's hard to see anything other than a France win here on paper but football isn't played on paper is it? Didier Deschamps has defied my negative opinions on him to get his side playing effective football as a team. It's not always been pretty but in Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kante, Raphael Varane, and Hugo Lloris they have one of the best spines in international football. This will be the third World Cup Final the French have reached in the past 20 years. One win and one defeat in the previous two appearances has left mixed emotions. The nation is also seeking vengeance after the 2016 European Championship Final defeat to Portugal on home turf. Proof that when this side has been labelled favourites for a game before that it's not always gone as expected. It can be argued that this Croatia side is far more dangerous than that Portugal side of two years ago. The warning signs are there. Croatia are looking to make history. It's a fairytale story for a nation born out of war and blood shed. Luka Modric himself a shining example of a boy who endured the toughest of childhoods as he was orphaned by conflict after his grandfather was gunned down by enemy fire. He somehow turned his life from such tragedy into something so great. Modric was not the only player in this team to be affected by the Bosnian War of 1992-1995. A number of players were displaced with their families including Ivan Rakitic who almost represented Switzerland had it not been for a conversation with former head coach Slaven Bilic. A country that was only formed on 8th October, 1991, Croatia has punched above its weight. Its population of 4.5 million has already witnessed its national football team reach the Semi-Finals of the 1998 World Cup and now the Final of the 2018 World Cup. Its fans have named their team "the fiery ones" due to their resilient spirit and it would be naive to write them off. I'm buzzing for this game. Either the team I predicted to win the tournament before it even began will be crowned world champions and it will be a new dawn for one of the most exciting football sides for generations with so much attacking and technically gifted talent. Even the great Spanish side of 2008-2012 didn't possess as much potential attacking flair as this French side. Or we will witness the landscape of international football change forever with the crowning of maiden world champions for the first time since 1998 and the second smallest nation to ever lift the trophy. World Cup Finals are always tough to predict and this one is no different. The money appears to be going all behind France. I have a feeling that the comeback against England in the Semi-Final was Croatia's defining moment. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. They have proved time and time again that they will fight until the end so it won't be easy but it just feels that this is the time for this brilliant France side. A narrow win for Deschamps and his men in what is likely to be quite a turgid game to be honest. France to win @ 1.95 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.55 with MarathonBet
  41. 1 point
    Pete1971

    Naps : Sunday July 15th

    Perth 2.00 Montana 5/6 win pp
  42. 1 point
    Trotter

    short priced dutched doubles and trebles

    Good luck twinny ! I'll watch with interest ……. instinctively I feel that if you're picking two horses in 6 or 7 runner races you 'ought' to be picking quite a lot of winners ………… so let's see how it goes !
  43. 1 point
    owenclass

    Wimbledon 2018

    Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber Over 21.5 games 4/5 paddy power This is going to be a close match as I can see Serena struggling against her opponent who is tough player to beat
  44. 1 point
    yogg

    Wimbledon 2018

    54 aces and an unlimited set to go! hope you backed it
  45. 1 point
    You know how it works at Chelsea @StevieDay1983 Change the manager- Win a trophy!
  46. 1 point
    BillyHills

    Latest Tables - July

    July 12
  47. 1 point
    BillyHills

    Latest Tables - July

    July 11
  48. 1 point
    chris50

    3rd Place Play-Off Predictions > Jul 14th

    belgium wins, their course was more impressive than the English. Technically they are superior and their workforce is more complete. they will also be less tired. Sorry for my bad english, I am French and I am not very good at English.
  49. 1 point
    padman

    My little value method

    Won 20/1 RT +60.60 pts No big handicaps tomorrow.
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    Hi, I've been using soccerway to collect statistics for my football systems for the past few years, but have no idea how to extract fixtures from the "TODAY's MATCHES" section. Problem, is that there doesn't seem to be a way to extract every single fixture for any particular day all in one go, which means the tedious job of clicking on each league title and copying all the fixtures and then clicking on the next league, etc.... time consuming to the nth degree - especially when i'm currently looking at over 290 of the leagues on their site! When looking at a much smaller number of leagues, i used to copy the fixtures from the league web pages (on soccerway.....in case you wondered - the fixtures MUST be taken from soccerway due to the way they name their teams). The only issue with that is cancellations and postponments, which screw up everything (unless you keep an eye on each league to check for things like that...which with 290 plus leagues is prety impossible). So......i'm looking for a way to extract EVERY SINGLE FIXTURE for ANY GIVEN DAY from their site. Preferably i'd like to know of the fixtures about 3 days before the match. Anyone know of a simple excel way to do this, or failing that, anyway at all...just need to be able to do it quicker than what it takes at the moment. Thanks in advance ******************************************************* As you'll find if you flip a few pages, ultimately it seems that BetExplorer is the site of choice at present for grabbing fixtures (AND results!) and i've attached a zipped module file to this first post which you just need to import into a new workbook. SETUP Once you have downloaded and unzipped the module, here is what you need to do: Open up Microsoft Excel (untested on other spreadsheet software) Create a new workbook (now, for the most complicated part of all...) Press ALT+F11 on your keyboard :eek Now a new window will appear, it will be named Microsoft Visuak Basic for Applications On the left of the window, under the heading VBAProject, there is another heading Microsoft Excel Objects Under Objects, right click on ThisWorkbook Choose the Import File option, find the module file you downloaded (it should be named "Module1.bas") and click Open [ATTACH]4074[/ATTACH] Save your new Excel workbook - whatever name you fancy Close the workbook, count to 3 or say Wolverhampton :) Open the Excel file again, if you see any messages about macros, accept them, if not, perfect. You will now see that your workbook has been set up Upon opening your workbook for the first time after saving it, you should find some new sheets and if you press ALT+F11, there will be some code too! [ATTACH]4075[/ATTACH] SCRAPING In A1 on HTTP, just put the http of the betexplorer results page (or fixture page) of the league in question, and then press the big SCRAPE button to get your DATA (which will appear on the DATA sheet). The format of the HTTP link in A1 should be as follows: for results http://www.betexplorer.com/soccer/england/english-conference-2010-2011/results/ for fixtures http://www.betexplorer.com/soccer/spain/spanish-primera-division-2010-2011/fixtures/ EXTRA'S / ODDS Some folks on here asked for odds (both for upcoming and past matches), so it's also possible to scrape odds: first make sure that you have the BetExplorer bookie name in A2 on the BOOKIE sheet, and the BetExplorer bookie http in B2 on the BOOKIE sheet, if you're not sure about finding those, please scroll down to the notes i've put next to [22-01-2013] then go to the EXTRA's sheet, and choose what odds you want, the current options are 1X2, Over/Under and Asian Handicap, and please put a CAPITAL "X" in the cell next to each type of odds you would like for each fixture/result You can also chose to include the match time for upcoming fixtures, and for leagues that have promotion/relegation playoffs, you should put an "X" in B2 on EXTRA'S (easier just to leave it with an "X" all the time, in case you forget) and of course - if you can't manage to run it, just post up a message on the thread and i'll see if i can help you out! :ok The most upto-date module is currently at the bottom of the updated module list below. I keep each module available in case you need to do testing on older modules. Follow the instructions above and everything should work ok :ok MAKE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS/NEW FEATURES IN THIS THREAD ############################################################################ [25-06-2012] [ATTACH]2721[/ATTACH] it's a pre-update, not complete yet, something for you to play around with though, go to the last post for an explanation... [03-07-2012] [ATTACH]2759[/ATTACH] this is an update requested by nightfire23, and it deals with leagues that have promotion and relegation playoffs (or any other knockout stage). you will notice an extra option on the extra's page, so if you want those extra (non-main) fixtures, just put an 'X' in. Just note that these extra fixtures are not labelled in any special way [03-07-2012] [ATTACH]2762[/ATTACH] right, so now i've attached some more to the module so that it can handle odds - although expect errors - this is the first version with odds, so post up any errors and i'll see what I can do [22-01-2013] [ATTACH]4050[/ATTACH] Some folks pointed out that the odds were no longer extracting from BetExplorer, so i've fixed that, but i've had to make a couple of changes to the code to cater for this. So from this point on: the ONLY odds that you will have the option to scrape, are 1X2, Over/Under and Asian Handicap you will have to specify the bookie that you wish your odds to be scraped from The first point is self explanatory, the second perhaps requires a few words - you will need to input your bookie name into the cell A2 on the BOOKIE sheet, and their HTTP into the cell B2 on the BOOKIE sheet. Now, the bookie name, is the name that BetExplorer uses when they are listing their odds. For example, go to this link, and you will see the Asian Handicap odds for Arsenal vs. Sunderland. If you wanted your bookie to be Bet365, you would simply COPY the name that BetExplorer use, LETTER FOR LETTER!!! This means that you type "bet365" into the cell, not Bet365. It is important to know that this is case sensitive. If you don't type the name in correctly, you will either get errors or no odds. The next part you need is the http address, all you need to do is right click on the name of your bookie (on the BetExplorer site), and select "Copy Link Location" (or something along those lines if you're not using Firefox). Paste this value into B2 on the BOOKIE sheet, and you are good to go. As usual, any errors, let me know as soon as possible ***this module needs to be inserted into a NEW spreadsheet. Run the Setup Macro once you have saved the spreadsheet and then continue to use as instructed [23-01-2013] [ATTACH]4056[/ATTACH] minor update [24-01-2013] [ATTACH]4073[/ATTACH] the module will now detect region to avoid any date related errors when scraping [24-01-2013] [ATTACH]4076[/ATTACH] I noticed while testing, that sometimes BetExplorer lists fixtures that are "awarded" (such as in the Iranian Division 1), these results will no longer bring up errors [31-01-2013] [ATTACH]4116[/ATTACH] a few updates: when scraping odds for fixtures (rather than results), you can choose the number of days that it will look for odds. This means that at the start of the season, when there are gazillions of games to be played, it will not try and scrape the odds for all those matches. The default number of days ahead it will scrape for is 3, but you can change this number in the EXTRA's sheet in B7 you can now add the HTTP for any future date (eg. http://www.betexplorer.com/next/soccer/?year=2013&month=2&day=1), and it will scrape the fixtures and odds for that day (as long as you have selected some kind of odds on the EXTRA's sheet) improved formatting on the DATA sheet autofilter automatically added to DATA sheet upon scrape completion ***IMPORTANT*** BECAUSE SETUP CHANGES ARE MADE TO EXTRA'S SHEET, YOU NEED TO RUN THIS UPDATED MODULE IN A NEW WORKBOOK