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Autumn Internationals Final Round: Betting Preview

November 29th, 2012 by Jamie Hosie

england v new-zealandLast weekend Ireland hammered Argentina to provide a rare ray of sunshine in what has been a crushingly disappointing Autumn series for the home nations. Scotland finished with no victories from 3 matches, ending with an embarrassingly inept performance to a Tongan side that has vastly fewer resources to draw on. This weekend, Wales and England are in action, looking to salvage something from the wreckage of their respective autumns.

England vs New Zealand

After two disappointing defeats to Australia and South Africa, England’s final game sees them face New Zealand, the world’s no.1 side. England fans will be hoping to see plenty of precocious young talent Freddie Burns, who has been called into the squad after injury to first choice fly-half Toby Flood. Owen Farrell, a far more conservative choice, is likely to start, however. Courtney Lawes will also be welcomed back into the squad, after Mouritz Botha’s costly lapse in concentration last week has seen him ruthlessly sent back to his club.

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Forwards are the First Line of Defence for AVB Sides

November 28th, 2012 by Michael Cox

spurs attackers tackling woesWhen Emmanuel Adebayor was dismissed against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this month, it seemed particularly unfair that some blamed Andre Villas-Boas for selecting him in the first place.

Yes, Villas-Boas had taken the decision to start Adebayor in a potentially fiery battle against his old club, when he was likely to be jeered throughout the match – but he could hardly be accountable for such a reckless, unnecessary tackle on an opponent. In that kind of situation, the player must take responsibility for his actions – and besides, in opening the scoring, Adebayor had shown there was some merit to Villas-Boas’ selection decision.

But what if Adebayor’s tackle was a natural result of Villas-Boas’ gameplan? The Portuguese coach wants his team to be compact, and his players to be all-rounders. Defenders must start attacks, attackers must be the first line of defence. Under Harry Redknapp, Tottenham’s attackers had few defensive instructions – Defoe sometimes occupied an opposition holding midfielder when fielded alongside Crouch, but Rafael van der Vaart was hardly a winning runner. Now, they must chase, harry and tackle – and that doesn’t come naturally to strikers. Why else is ‘a forward’s tackle’ an established football cliché?

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Memo To Ricky Hatton – Comebacks Can Succeed But Most Fail

November 23rd, 2012 by Paul Wilson

After a 3 year absence from boxing, Ricky Hatton makes him comeback tomorrow night against decent opposition in the form of Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Boxing is synonymous with comebacks, it is after all what kept the ‘Rocky’ franchise in business producing feature films for 30 years.

Many boxing fans get teary-eyed when they reminisce of their heroes in past glories. There’s the Sugar Ray Leonard – Marvin Hagler epic or you could choose Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez as your preferred comeback battle.

But for every boxing comeback success there’s twice as many failures.

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European Tour Race to Dubai Preview

November 19th, 2012 by Benjamin Coley

This week, the 60 biggest earners on the European Tour in 2012 tee it up at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

It’s an event designed to provide a thrilling climax to a lengthy season and struck precisely the right chord in year one when Lee Westwood stormed to victory, in the process passing Rory McIlroy and taking the inaugural Race To Dubai title.

A year later, joint-players of the year Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer battled long and hard for the Race To Dubai, the German ultimately prevailing when McDowell failed to finish inside the top three, eventually sharing 13th alongside Kaymer in a fittingly tight finale. While all that was happing, a dramatic play-off between two European stalwarts ensured an entertaining end to the season.

2011 saw Luke Donald enter the week needing a top-nine finish to guarantee success, although with sole rival McIlroy under the weather it was known early on that Donald would take the glory, in the process becoming the first man in history to win money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year. Meanwhile, Alvaro Quiros made a stunning eagle to beat Paul Lawrie to the tournament title.

So far, so good.

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“Look at that! Oh, look at that!” – An Ascent to VHS Football Heaven

November 19th, 2012 by Adam Hurrey

saves galoreFootball nostalgia clings to the belief that football was better in the old days. Everything after 1992 has become the new “post-war”, which is apparently BSkyB’s evil doing, leaving the backpass rule – the most important development in football since they outlawed killing each other – criminally overlooked.

So, I won’t pretend that being able to watch pretty much all the football my heart desires (by hook or by illegally-streamed crook), involving the most finely-tuned athletes the game has seen playing the game more quickly than ever before, is less appealing than the coverage of twenty years ago.

What football’s saturation point has done, though, is remove much of the sheer mystique. The “crack East European outfits” are no longer the unknown quantities of yesteryear, while the continent’s top leagues dominate the weekend schedules on ESPN and Sky Sports, enabling any Tom, Dick or Javier to pronounce themselves a #europeanfootballexpert.

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Froch Vows To Mack It Happen

November 16th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

Carl Froch steps back into the ring on Saturday evening, ready to defend his IBF Super Middleweight World Title against challenger Yusuf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

It’s nearly six months since Carl Froch (31F-29W-21KO-2L) brutally punished the previously undefeated Lucian Bute to win the Super Middleweight World Title. There were stirrings of a rematch against Bute (Froch is contracted to fight the Romanian-Canadian in a rematch in Montreal) but after such a beating, it’s doubtful he’ll want anything to do with the Nottingham fighter for some time.

This has given American Yusuf Mack (37F-31W-17KO-4L-2D) the chance to step-up from the light middleweight division and challenge Froch for the IBF Super Middleweight World Title.

The bookies don’t fancy the American much and Sportingbet are offering odds of 14/1 of a Mack victory. There’s not much temptation in backing ‘The Cobra’ to win this fight when the best bet going is 1/20 from Ladbrokes. Even the draw is 40/1 from Boylesports. Head to our dedicated boxing free bets page and choose a free bet from our selected bookmakers.

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I’m A Celebrity FREEbets Preview

November 8th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

G’Day!

Strewth, is it that time of the year already? Here I was, cracking open a couple of cold tinny’s and going over reruns on the ol’ VHS of Scott and Charlene’s wedding day, as you do, when I noticed the TV listings for this Sunday night (11th of November). Those two blokes out of Byker Grove are back in the ‘Jungle’ with “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! ”

Bailing out of a helicopter that’s dangling over Oz will be Dr Who, a former World Heavyweight Champ, a Tory MP, a couple of Soap Stars, a pop songstress, a comedian, an actress, a reality TV soap member from thingamajig and the Crafty Cockney himself all wanting to be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle.

So let’s meet these fair dinkum blokes and sheila’s who’ll soon find out why its called a Bushtucker trial as they get plastered in creepy-crawlies before swallowing a plate of appetising cockroaches, worms and dead dingo’s dongers!

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Taylor to Unslump as Zombies Storm Ally Pally

November 8th, 2012 by Lenny Boyle

zombie philDarts is tough to predict at the best of times. But the Grand Slam of Darts throws a real spanner in the works with its combination of BDO and PDC players. I have an irrational fear of the BDO website, I don’t have a scooby what those characters are doing over there; so probably best I concentrate on the PDC guys. One of them will win it anyway.

Although former champ, and runner up, Scott Waites, of Her Majesty’s British Darts Organisation, is available at an intriguing 50/1. He has a great record in the competition, even if he failed to get out of the group stages last year.

It’s easy to follow the current form of the stars of the PDC circuit. It helps that the PDC site doesn’t make you feel dirty when you click on it.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 Free Bets Preview

November 2nd, 2012 by Phil Haigh

After what has been one of the greatest years in history for British sport, the often slightly inane Sports Personality of the Year award has become a huge debating point and the 2012 winner will be the most deserving ever.

It is safe to say that there are at least a dozen candidates that in any other given year they would be odds-on favourites to win, but given the outrageous success of British sportsmen and women some are not even being considered.

Here at Freebets.org.uk we have assessed the leading candidates for the award.

Bradley Wiggins – 5/6 Favourite with Betfred

What seems an age ago before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, there stood pretty much one man alone in any sort of discussion to be the Sports Personality of the Year this time around, that man being Bradley Wiggins. After becoming the first Britain in history to win the Tour de France he was a strong odds-on favourite, but when he backed this up with a gold medal in London, his fourth in total and seventh of any colour, surpassing Steve Redgrave’s record he seemed an absolute shoe-in.

At this point the best odds on the cyclist were around 33/1 but given the exploits of his compatriots since then have seen him to come all the way in to a whisker away from evens. In Wiggo’s favour as well is his actual personality as he won legions of fans either side of the Channel thanks to simply being pretty cool; this might just give him the edge over his fellow nominees if he even needed it.

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Chelsea’s Need For Falcao is Greatest

November 2nd, 2012 by Phil Haigh

With the dynamic duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo around, it takes something special to grab any headlines in Spanish football, but one man is creating a few of his own thanks to his goal scoring exploits, that man being Radamel Falcao.

Having now scored in eight consecutive games for Athletico Madrid, the Colombian has taken his season’s tally so far to 13 goals in nine games for his club and 17 in 13 if you include his strikes for Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers this season. Unsurprisingly, big clubs from around Europe have begun to make gentle enquiries into his availability with the two financial giants of the English game Chelsea and Manchester City leading the way in terms of odds for his signing.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are the strong favourites to land the prolific South American and are odds-on with Paddy Power to do just that. However, they are not expected to do so this season with the price stretching to 3/1 for them to bring him in during the January window.

It is easy to see why Roberto Di Matteo would want the forward in his ranks given the Blues’ lack of depth in that department and especially when you compare Falcao’s figures to those of Chelsea’s premier striker Fernando Torres.

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