Category: Sports Betting

EURO 2012

You may not yet know who is going to win it or what player will finish as top scorer but you know it’s definitely going ahead and Tomasz and Dimitriy above have been training for it for years.

If you’re worried about the imminent threat of racist lunatic Eastern Europeans upon your arrival in Poland and Ukraine then you’ll agree with the words of an ex-England international because I think Sol Campbell has a point.

In an attempt to either make some money off the bookies or help you justify to your mates why you advised them to pick that losing selection, I’ve undertaken the arduous task of copying and pasting these stats from *another site but added a personal touch of some pics for extra visual effect.








Kept six clean sheets in their 10 qualification games, and averaged 1.8 goals per game – however, a third of their tally came from two games against whipping-boys Malta.

They’ve played in the competition three times and have never lost their opening match – that sequence includes two 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw.

Two of their three World Cup openers have also ended 1-0, albeit to the opposition. This includes defeat to Brazil in 2006, and the only game that doesn’t adhere to the low-goals trend is their 3-1 win over Jamaica in 1998.






If we include their play-off, they kept a clean sheet in exactly half their qualifying matches – five from 10 – while both teams scored in just three.

Scored first in seven of those 10 games, which includes away in Spain.

Defender Michal Kadlec was their top-scorer with four, three of which came from the penalty spot. No other player scored more than twice in qualifying.






Scored in every one of their qualifying games and indeed have found the net in 17 of their last 19 internationals.

However, in their last four European Championships, they’ve scored just once in their opening game, and Denmark also failed to score in their first game of the last World Cup.

Their qualifying goals were almost equally spread – eight of 15 came in the first half and seven in the second






As shown below, England top the charts when it comes to entertainment in this competition since 1996, with both teams scoring in 75 per cent of their games and an average goals total of over three.

Unbeaten in qualifying, but failed to win having scored first in two of their last four games, both of which ended in 2-2 draws.

Failed to beat all three of their group opponents when last they met in either a qualifying campaign or major tournament.






France’s unbeaten run (prior to facing Serbia) stands at 19 games, the longest active streak of any international side.

Won five of their 10 qualifying games to nil, and have 11 clean sheets in their last 19 games.

Their last three opening games at major tournaments have ended 0-0, that’s since they beat this year’s opening opponents England 2-1 in 2004, and they’ve not won any of their last seven games in summer finals.






Won each of their 10 qualifying games and scored three or more goals in eight of them.

Have failed to score in just one of their last 21 internationals and average three goals per game across their last 10.

Unbeaten in their opening game of the tournament since unification, winning six of those 10 contests without conceding.






Since the 2010 World Cup, Greece have lost just one of their last 20 internationals and prior to that defeat had gone 17 matches unbeaten.

Thirteen of their last 15 wins have been by exactly one goal, while only once in their last 20 games have Greece conceded more than once.

Since winning this in 2004, they’ve played in two major tournaments, winning one of six games and failing to get out of their group both times.






Won their first nine qualifying games before losing their final match to Sweden, despite leading 2-1.

Have won eight of their last nine games in the group stages of major tournaments and have not lost their opening match in this competition since 1988.

Beaten after extra time or penalties three times in their last five major tournaments, including the 2010 World Cup final.






Nine of their last 10 international victories have been to nil.

Eliminated in the group stage of the last World Cup despite being drawn with Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia, and indeed failed to beat any of the trio.

Have won just two of their last nine games in the finals of this competition.






Have lost just one of their last 11 international matches, but have won just three of their last 13 in major tournament finals.

Six of their last nine victories have been by a goal to nil and each goal came courtesy of a different scorer.

In 13 games against their Group A opponents, they’ve lost just three times, while they’re unbeaten against Greece who they play in the tournament curtain-raiser.






Seven of their 10 qualifying games provided three or more goals, while six of them saw Portugal score three or more on their own.

Lost the first and last game of Euro 2004 to Greece, the champions.

Indeed, their last five eliminations from this tournament have been to either the eventual winners (four times) or the eventual runners-up (once).






Eleven of their last 12 internationals have provided three or fewer goals, with 10 of those providing two or fewer.

At their last major competition in 2002, three of their four games ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

First appearance in this competition since 1988, when they beat England in their opening game but finished third in the group despite also drawing with the USSR.






Unbeaten in 12 internationals, with six wins and six draws.

Just four of their last 24 have provided three or more goals.

Have lost their opening game in each of their three European Championship finals, two of them to Spain, who also knocked them out in the 2008 semi-finals.






Current holders of both this title and the World Cup, and won all eight qualifying games despite keeping just three clean sheets.

Have lost just one of their last 40 games in either qualifying for major tournaments or the finals of them, which was a 1-0 defeat in their first game of the last World Cup.

Spain were the top-scoring team at Euro 2008, David Villa was the top-scoring player, and nine of their squad made the team of the tournament.






Just four of their last 38 international matches have ended all-square.

Nine of their 10 qualifying games provided three or more goals, despite the fact that both teams scored in just six of them.

Unbeaten in the first game of their last four major finals, and have advanced from the group stage in three of those competitions.






This will be their debut in the European Championship, having failed to qualify in three attempts.

Ukraine have played just one major tournament but reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.

Their last 19 games show six wins, six defeats, and seven draws.






Qualifying total goals per game

Holland 4.50
Sweden 4.20
Germany 4.10
Portugal 4.10
Spain 4.00
England 2.75
Denmark 2.63
Croatia 2.33
Republic of Ireland 2.33
Czech Republic 2.30
Italy 2.20
Russia 2.10
France 1.90
Greece 1.90
Poland and Ukraine qualify as tournament hosts

Qualifying both teams score percentage

Spain 62.50
Germany 60.00
Portugal 60.00
Sweden 60.00
Denmark 50.00
Greece 50.00
Republic of Ireland 50.00
Holland 40.00
England 37.50
Croatia 33.33
Czech Republic 30.00
France 30.00
Italy 20.00
Russia 20.00
Poland and Ukraine qualify as tournament hosts

Tournament total goals per game

England 3.08
Russia 2.82
Holland 2.67
Czech Republic 2.59
Denmark 2.50
France 2.44
Sweden 2.40
Portugal 2.37
Spain 2.35
Croatia 2.27
Germany 2.22
Greece 1.89
Italy 1.88
Poland 1.67
Republic of Ireland n/a
Ukraine n/a
Since competition switched to current format in 1996

Tournament both teams score percentage

England 75.00
France 61.11
Spain 58.82
Czech Republic 52.94
Germany 50.00
Sweden 50.00
Russia 45.45
Greece 44.44
Holland 44.44
Portugal 42.10
Croatia 36.36
Poland 33.33
Italy 26.67
Denmark 20.00
Republic of Ireland n/a
Ukraine n/a
Since competition switched to current format in 1996

*Statistics courtesy of BettingZone

Better Than Black Caviar? Hopefully We’ll Get To Find Out At Ascot.

After Black Caviar went 21 from 21 in her last race, the horse in the spotlight now is the wonderful Frankel. The pair seem to be on a collision course for a meeting at Ascot if the stars align but in the meantime, Frankel needs to keep his winning streak going if the race is to be as epic as we hope.

The colt is the odds-on favourite to win the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury after coming out on top of the nine confirmations for the race.

The closest you’ll get odds-wise is 5/2 for Aidan O’Brien’s Excelebration. We’re taking William Hill’s offering of 4/11 for Frankel to take the win and continue the unbeaten streak. The odds given are nothing special but we’ll be combining this with some other selections in an accumulator for the weekend so keep posted for that soon.

It’s All Over Bar The Shouting. That’s What You’ll Hear From The Noisy Neighbours

The final day of the Premier League season is almost upon us and there are some games that have no significance and some that are the complete opposite. For that reason there are some that we won’t be touching but we’re going to go out on a limb and pick a juicy accumulator.

I don’t expect either of the Manchester Clubs to slip up. City’s record is imperious at home and United know that they have to win if they are to have any hope of capitalising on an improbable City misfire. There are some other games that will be profitable such as Tottenham at home to Fulham, Swansea vs Liverpool and Everton against Newcastle.

For the accumulator we’re taking Man City -1, Man Utd to win, Tottenham -1 and both teams to score in the Swansea/Liverpool and Everton/Newcastle games.

This accumulator with William Hill  offers just under 9/1 on this and we’ll take that.

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The final game of the Championship play-off semi finals takes place tonight at St Andrews as  either Birmingham or Blackpool will book their place in the final against West Ham later this month for at promotion to the Premier League.

Blackpool hold a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg thanks to a cruelly deflected goal. Birmingham had chances at Bloomfield Road, hitting the post on a couple of occasions and they won’t be phased at home.

They’re league record at St Andrews is formidable, where-as Blackpool’s away form is the polar opposite. William Hill are offering 10/11 for Birmingham to win in 90 minutes and I’m fairly certain this will hold firm.

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Ali Carter Showing Ronnie Where To Go To Collect The Trophy For This Year’s Final

It’s been a fantastic tournament at the Crucible in terms of excitement and high-scoring and with The Rocket in the final, it’s always going to make for great viewing. The most naturally talented player the game has ever seen looks to make it four wins from four finals when he comes up against Ali Carter for the second time in a Crucible final.

The last time these two met the final finished 18-8 in O’Sullivan’s favour. While I can’t see a mauling of that magnitude again, I just can’t look beyond Ronnie. When in the balls he’s look unstoppable and Carter has shown that he is prone to errors, which will be jumped upon by the three-time champion.

Earlier in the week we jumped on the odds offered for Ronnie to win the event and we’re putting all the eggs in one basket and taking the William Hill offerings of 8/13 for O’Sullivan -4.5 frame in the handicap market.

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The picture says it all. Thankfully it’s a description of a crucial Premier League game and not a re-make of the 2003 film with Mancini playing the role of Diane Keaton and Pardew taking Jack Nicholson’s place. As hilarious as it would be to see it, I don’t quite fancy it.

Instead we’re hopefully going to be treated to a cracking game as St. James PArk where City look to go one step closer to winning their first Premier LEague title while Newcastle try to keep the momentum going from their 2-0 win at Chelsea to land a fourth place spot.

Both teams can play football and they know they need to win. Cisse has been lethal in front of goal and City aren’t too shy about putting the ball in the back of an opponent’s net. For this reason we’re going to take Willam Hill’s offerings of 4/6 for both teams to score

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Expect Floyd’s ”0” Not To Go And Something Mexican To Be Worn Give The Days That’s In It

Pretty Boy Mayweather. Where do I begin? We’ve been documenting the fight via the HBO 24/7 episodes here on CCC and I feel that I may have been a little hard on the man above.

He is ridiculously talented, harder to lay a glove on than the front of a Spinal Tap album and I can’t see Cotto causing him too much trouble tonight. That’s how slick an operator he is.

I can only hope that Cotto’s new Cuban trainer has hatched up some super plan to take down the Money Man but odds are he hasn’t.

Floyd isn’t the biggest banger you’ve ever seen and Cotto is tough. I expect another tactical approach and William Hill are offering 8/11 for Floyd Mayweather Jr to win on points and I’m taking that all night long.

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Sheffield Wednesday Can Secure Promotion Today

It’s a huge day in League One, as both Sheffield clubs will be looking to show some steel as one only one point and place separates them going into the final game of the season.

Wednesday have the advantage of being in the last of the automatic promotion places and hosting Wycombe at Hillsborough. They’ve won 16 at home, losing only two and coming up against a Wycombe that can’t over-turn a four point deficit on Leyton Orient, I can see this being a one-sided affair.

Expect it to be tense to begin with but William Hill are offering 1/2 on Sheffield Wednesday -1  and I’ll gladly take that. Wednesday trumped Wycombe away from home the last time these two met.


Expect To See This Again

Okay, so it’s the semi-finals but there’s a bit of value remaining in grabbing Ronnie now to win the World Championship. He looks unbelievably focused at this point and I can’t see Matthew Stevens trumping him.

In the other semi we have Stephen Maguire and Ali Carter, the latter of whom Ronnie beat 18-8 in their last World Championship final clash.  Neither opponents can live with The Rocket in this form.

Paddy Power are offering 4/9 for Ronnie to win the tournament and that has to be added to a double or treble for the weekend of sports bets. We’re grabbing it now.

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The Premier League of darts is really starting to heat up as only Phil Taylor has guaranteed his place in the play-offs. 2009 winner James Wade and World Champion Adrian Lewis sit on 12 points in the current top four, with Raymond van Barneveld one point behind, while Hamilton, Kevin Painter and reigning champion Gary Anderson must all at least avoid defeat in Birmingham to keep their hopes alive.

Wade, who reached the final of the weekend’s Austrian Open has one win and two draws in his last 3 games. He’s had good results against Taylor in the past and I like Paddy Power’s offering of 4/9 for Wade +4.5 legs  as I fancy Wade to push Taylor and be within that distance by the end.

The other game we’re looking at is the clash between Kevin Painter and Adrian Lewis. Lewis is in flying-form at present and is making 180’s look effortless again. He is the current world champion and knows how to get things done. While Painter has done admirably well in his first season in the Premier League I expect Lewis to come through. He is in fourth place and realises the importance of this game.

Paddy Power are offering 2/5 for Lewis to win the match and we’re going to take that with the Wade selection in a double.

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