Archive for August, 2017

25 Aug
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(26 & 27 Aug)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing six of the last eight finalists in the Champions League, as well as six of the last nine winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last six editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

One of the key stories on the opening weekend of the newborn Spanish top flight campaign was victory for newly promoted Levante, the Valencian side who spent a single season in the Segunda before bouncing back in May.

A few eyebrows were raised by their gritty display in seeing off Villarreal on Monday, making home advantage pay when Jose Luis Morales kept his nerve to convert an 88th minute penalty.

That’s the same Villarreal who finished fifth last season with a tidy 67 points!

With confidence high there must be a serious chance Levante can do a Huddersfield, and make it all six points from a possible six by seeing off Deportivo La Coruna in another home encounter this weekend (Sat, 7.15pm).

I envisage this being tight and scrappy, especially as the home team are missing Roger Marti long term due to a knee injury, the man who bagged a whopping 22 goals last season.

They also can’t play loan man Rober Pier as Depor are his parent club, but Levante probably still have enough quality in their ranks having made nine signings over the summer months.

Depor for their part began in bright and industrious fashion against Real Madrid last Sunday, but were quickly worn down by the superior quality of Zinedine Zidane’s winning juggernaut.

This could also be a hard night’s work, especially given their lack of goals, and I think Levante will prevail in a tight game – they are 5/4 in a place to maintain their unblemished record.

Having mentioned the Champions, it’s to Madrid we’ll go next for a recommendation for their home clash with Valencia (Sun, 9.15pm).

Both started with a win, Valencia toiling to a 1-0 scoreline against Las Palmas, but Madrid ought to have significantly too much here.

Rarely have they looked better than right now, with fantastic young players being blended in alongside astonishing quality.

They can win this without conceding, and its appealing that Real are 13/10 with Stan James to win to nil.

Elsewhere, one game that might end up all square is at the Ipurua Municipal, as tiny Eibar welcome Athletic Bilbao (Sun, 5.15pm).

Bilbao were frustrated at home in a goalless draw against Getafe on Sunday, whereas Eibar fashioned a classic smash and grab by taking all three points north from their visit to Malaga, leaving with a cherished 1-0 victory.

This is last season’s 10th against 7th, but a draw would be far from a disaster for both as we approach next weekend’s international break in the infancy of the campaign.

The stalemate is 9/4 in several places.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

7.15pm Sat – LEVANTE v Deportivo La Coruna (Home Win) @ 5/4 (Hills)

5.15pm Sun – Eibar v Athletic Bilbao – DRAW @ 9/4 (Betway, Sportingbet or Unibet)

9.15pm Sun – REAL MADRID v Valencia (Madrid to win to nil) @ 13/10 (Stan James)

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23 Aug
2017

Twist Again With Romanee

Heavy rain, thunder storms, plus generally atrocious weather conditions mean there has to be a degree of concern about backing anything at York on day one of the Ebor Meeting, a fixture which year on year has a habit of throwing up huge shocks.

The ground has already changed once there today, and may well do so again, so rather than get too carried away with how that may or may not impact upon the likes of Cracksman, Mirage Dancer, Barney Roy, Churchill and Ulysses, enjoy the action there but keep your powder dry for Worcester this evening.

It’s possibly significant that Dr Richard Newland didn’t run his handicap debutant, Vosne Romanee, at Southwell on Sunday, waiting instead for today’s extended two mile Startin Honda Handicap Chase (5.30pm).

A handicap off a mark of 133 looks realistic for a six-year-old who is rated slightly higher over hurdles, and won two over fences before a highly creditable second behind the talented Bagad Bihoue at Newton Abbot a month ago.

A left-handed track clearly suits him and it won’t matter how fast they go for the Sam Twiston-Davies’s mount.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s best bet:

5.30 Worcester – Startin Honda Handicap Chase – 3 Vosne Romanee (win)

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18 Aug
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(19 & 20 Aug)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing six of the last eight finalists in the Champions League, as well as six of the last nine winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last six editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

It’s a case of tread carefully as we welcome La Liga back from its summer siesta, seemingly just a few sleeps since domestic champions Real Madrid swept through Cardiff to win their third European Cup in just four years in early June, demolishing Juventus 4-1 in the Millennium Stadium.

Their 12th win in Europe’s Premier competition overall, Zinedine Zidane’s team warmed up for the season with the small matter of a two-legged Clasico stroll against Barcelona this week, sweeping Ernesto Valverde’s team aside 5-1 on aggregate in the Super Cup.

If complacency was a possible issue, you might want to find a different reason to doubt the Bernabeu side.

They open up their league season with a Sunday night journey to play Deportivo La Coruna in the North West (9.15pm), an early season treat for the patrons of the Riazor.

Depor finished last season anxiously in 16th spot, with a goal difference of minus 18.

With that in mind, and with Real’s Isco flying and playing the best football of his career, and the champions already looking mean, I’m drawn to the half time odds offered by Ladbrokes.

They go 4/5 that the goal happy Madridistas will be a leading at the interval, a decent price when you consider the same firm are 3/10 about the away win overall.

Elsewhere, way down south it’s Sevilla who catch my eye in the late slot on Saturday (9.15pm), entertaining Espanyol at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla came through a Champions League first leg qualifier in Istanbul unscathed earlier this week, emerging with an important 2-1 advantage.

That means they’re match fit and ready to go against an Espanyol side who aren’t always the greatest travellers.

They’re 4/6 for the home win.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

9.15pm Sat – SEVILLA v Espanyol – Home Win @ 4/6 (BetVictor, Coral)

9.15pm Sun – Deportivo v REAL MADRID – Madrid to be winning at half time @ 4/5 (Ladbrokes)

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03 Aug
2017

Galway Festival 2017 – Thursday Tips

Thursday’s Best Bets From Galway

4:35 – Tigris River @ 13/2 with bet365

5:15 – Camlann @ 5/2 with bet365

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02 Aug
2017

Galway 2017 – Wednesday’s Best Bets

Wednesday’s Best Bets at Galway

4:25 – William B @ 5/1 with Skybet

5:35 – Sandymouth Duke @ 14/1 with Paddy Power

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01 Aug
2017

Galway 2017 – Tuesday’s Tips

5:20 – Housesofparliament @ 11/4 with Paddy Power

7:40 – Windsor Beach @ 7/1 with Betfred

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