Posts tagged with ‘league’

  • No sooner had Arsenal won the FA Cup for me at odds of 14/1, the owners of the club disgrace themselves by making 55 employees redundant. The scouting staff, who have discovered so many good players going back years, to the likes of Cesc Fabregas, have been fired. Clearly the billionaire owner of the club is putting all his eggs in the basket of agents finding Arsenal the best players of the future.

    This redundancy plan was clearly planned before the triumph at Wembley. Lots of office staff have been let go. I feel for them. Especially when they . . .

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    By on 7th August 2020
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  • It seems like a lifetime ago when we last witnessed Champions League action.  It was actually 11th of March. That ill fated night when, incredibly, 3000 Atletico Madrid supporters were allowed to travel to Liverpool, despite the fact that Coronavirus was already prevalent in Madrid.

    Atletico won 2-3 at Anfield, knocking out the cup holders. Liverpool must have wished that game had been called off.

    It was late February when Manchester City had travelled to Madrid and won 1-2. Much has changed since then. Real Madrid have been in better form and won the La Liga title in . . .

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    By on 6th August 2020
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  • ARSENAL WIN the FA Cup. My 14/1 tip back on the 3rd of January pays off. Although no Arsenal fan, I was obviously pleased to win that bet. Also pleased to see how delighted Mikel Arteta seemed to be when lifting the trophy

    Too often these days the FA Cup is undervalued and some managers and coaches pay lip service to the tournament. Arteta, however, was clearly very happy to win the competition and ensure Arsenal qualify for the Europa League next season.

    Doing so means his squad will play more matches next season. It's going . . .

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    By on 2nd August 2020
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  • So the domestic English Premier League season is over. At last.

    Manchester United and Chelsea secured the two remaining Champions League places. The players of Leicester City thought they had done enough to finish in the top four. They took their foot of the pedal and tried to coast along post lockdown. They should be almost as ashamed of themselves for this capitulation as they should for shafting the man who helped them win the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri.

    Thirty years from now they will be showing their Premier League winning medals to their grandchildren. A medal they would not . . .

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    By on 29th July 2020
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  • It has been the longest football season any of us can remember. Games played between August and December of 2019 feel like they were played light years ago. Football returned from suspension and is played without any crowds in the stadium. That has suited some teams more than others. As has the lockdown. Some players returned with a spring in their step, others clearly unfit to resume playing.

    Take Michail Antonio for example. He has twice won bets for myself and members of VG Tips bu scoring anytime in games for West Ham. He's been in superb form. I . . .

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    By on 25th July 2020
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  • Two more crazy decisions by those who run football clubs. Huddersfield Town sack the Cowley brother management team despite them keeping Huddersfield up in the Championship. Despite them winning thirteen more games than their predecessor. Despite Huddersfield beating second in the table West Brom the day before they were fired. Despite them being promised a five year plan to revolutionise the way football was played and the business was run at the West Yorkshire club. Given their marching orders after just ten months. Promises, promises. Worthless when it comes to many a football club owner.

    Perhaps we should be less . . .

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    By on 20th July 2020
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  • As this stop start football season nears his eventual end, it is clear some players have switched off already. Mentally, they are on their summer holidays. At least those with nothing to play for. Even the Liverpool squad appear to have taken their feet from the accelerator. Since securing the Premier League title, their performances have been underwhelming. Last night they lost 2-1 to Arsenal.

    Teams such as Crystal Palace and Newcastle United also seem to be going through the motions. The danger with this, of course, is that you carry the form of now into the next season . . .

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    By on 15th July 2020
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  • So Manchester City will be able to take part in the Champions League. The two year ban imposed by UEFA has been overturned. That's where being able to pay for very expensive lawyers can get you.

    The ruling today must surely also mean that the so called Financial Fair Play system imposed by UEFA is dead in the water. If so, that will be good news for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County. Their respective legal disputes with the English Football League have been prolonged. The EFL charged Wednesday on November 14th 2019 and Derby on January . . .

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    By on 13th July 2020
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  • As punters we can all be tempted to chase the dream win and there's nothing wrong with that. Providing, as always, that we only bet with sums we can afford to lose and we never chase our losses. Just two of the golden rules of betting on sport.

    When it comes to football accumulators, longer serving members of VG Tips know that we have enjoyed some massive wins over the years. But they come along rarely, inevitably so. But double figure price accumulator wins pay for the other accas that might flop during any season. Look upon football accumulators . . .

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    By on 9th July 2020
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  • Just when you think you have a handle on how certain football teams are doing, they spring surprises on you.

    Last weekend, a Luton Town side fighting for their survival in the Championship, were at home against Reading. The home side, Luton, came into the game in confident form, being unbeaten since resumption, including a draw at top of the table Leeds.

    Reading, meanwhile, had not won since resumption. They travelled to Luton and returned home with a 0-5 victory.

    That defeat for Luton brought down my 6 teams to win accumulator. The other five teams won. But, as . . .

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    By on 5th July 2020
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