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  • Sometimes we all get tempted to bet on an accumulator, even in International midweek.

    Earlier in the week I did that. Time was too tight before the first match was played so I tweeted the 9 teams to win, 15/1 accumulator via @VGTIPS1

    All the International sides won - albeit Hungary left it late to score. So now I pray for weekend wins by Chelsea, Manchester City and Shrewsbury Town. I know some members of VG Tips picked up on the late in the day bet. They follow me on Twitter @VGTIPS1 for football and @betonsportstips for racing.

    Please feel . . .

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    By on 12th October 2017
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  • We were so unlucky with the maginificent 7 accumulator last weekend.   Earlier on the Saturday, four clubs won for us but then Chelsea failed to score against Manchester City. So it was that the 19/1 bet fell down before the two matches were played in Spain. Close, but no cigar.

    I am forever banging on about how important it is for punters to be patient. It is always tempting to try and win a big pay acca on one particular weekend. But what if you are prepared to wait over a week for a potential pay out? That’s . . .

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    By on 4th October 2017
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  • It's a conspiracy! I am more and more convinced that those who run football clubs are getting my tips, then deciding to sack a failed manager, all to ensure that their team wins the first match without that boss, and so guarantee my accumulator falls down. It never ceases to amaze me how often a manager is fired within 24 hours of my placing such a bet.

    This past midweek it was John Sheridan. He was sacked (not for the first time) as manager of Oldham Athletic, a team propping up League 1 and without a win since dinosaurs . . .

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    By on 27th September 2017
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  • Manchester City are scoring goals for fun. Will their star names continue to do so in the depths of winter? So often in past years, when the weather going gets tough, the fancier overseas players go missing. City do look to have enough strength in depth to win the Premier League with something to spare.

    But the experience of Jose Mourinho in this league is sure to be a bonus for Manchester United. They are keeping pace with their noisy neighbours. There is no love lost between Mourinho and City boss Pep Guardiola. They often clashed when rivals in La . . .

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    By on 24th September 2017
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  • Football is so often about passion. And no games come more passionate than big city derbies.

    This weekend we have the Rangers v Celtic fixture in Scotland. At odds of 4/6, many punters will fancy backing Celtic to win.

    On Sunday, in Sheffield, we have the Steel City derby. In May of 2016, Sheffield Wednesday were one match away from putting two divisions between them and neighbouring United. But now, following the Blades promotion to the Championship, the so called Steel City Derby is back.

    Over many years I have more often than not backed the draw in matches . . .

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    By on 22nd September 2017
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  • The winning midweek tips included all four correct predictions in the Championship. Sheffield Wednesday at 21/20, Leeds at 8/11, Sheffield United at 29/20 and the draw between Wolves and Bristol City at 14/5. In League 1, Shrewsbury won for members of VG Tips at odds of 11/8.

    In total it was 5 winning tips from 8 selections. That'll do nicely, especially at those odds.

    After some European action in midweek, Premier League teams return to domestic action this weekend and football welcomes back Roy Hodgson. He's the new boss at Selhurst Park. 

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    By on 14th September 2017
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  • So the first Premier League manager to be sacked award goes to....Frank De Boer. He's been fired by Crystal Palace after only four games (and no goals). The Chairman wanted to change the way Palace played football. A club famed for its 'up and at 'em' style of play was put in the hands of a coach who believes in total football.

    That's like asking me to place bets on the plethora of TV shows bookies want you to bet on. I don't even know who the people are on so called 'reality' shows. So I . . .

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    By on 11th September 2017
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  • The transfer window was its usual bizarre self. The sooner clubs cannot sign anyone after the start of the season, or at least until January, the better for all of us. Especially us punters. We make predictions before a ball has been kicked in August and then, a matter of weeks later, some clubs buy like there is no tomorrow while others sell the family silver. All of a sudden, the likely fortunes of those clubs change dramatically.

    I found it interesting that a few players turned down the chance to join the current Premier League champions Chelsea. Do they . . .

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    By on 7th September 2017
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  • It's funny how you can have a brilliant time of things betting on one sport on one particular weekend, only for bets on the other sport to let you down.

    Last weekend members of VG Tips had a good time of things at the races. A hat trick of big price winners. When it came to the football my selections were few in number. But were all rubbish.

    This may not be what new annual members Riki and Henru want to be reading right now, they having wisely just taken advantage of the cut price one year offer that . . .

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    By on 29th August 2017
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  • Some weeks there are plenty of prices to attract a punter who loves betting on football. You can be spoilt for choice. On other weekends, there might be very little to entice you, largely due to the odds on offer. This weekend falls into the latter category, at least for me.

    I have to look a little deeper, perhaps for some other bets rather than which team might win a particular game. Which player is in scoring form and is a decent price to score anytime? Which player has a good 'assist' record and might be a bet to lay . . .

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    By on 25th August 2017
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