Oddschecker News and Tipshttp://www.oddschecker.comFree news and tips from our team of Oddschecker experts, offering professional advice on a range of sports. Get the best insight with which to beat the bookies!en-gbSun, 23 Oct 2016 10:45:44 GMTSeattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/mls/20161023-seattle-sounders-v-real-salt-lake-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/mls/20161023-seattle-sounders-v-real-salt-lake-betting-previewSun, 23 Oct 2016 10:37:12 GMTSeattle should have too much for a toothless Real Salt Lake on Sunday night.

Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake Betting Preview

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Seattle should have too much for a toothless Real Salt Lake on Sunday night.

After four straight wins, Seattle have picked up just one point from their last two to drop down to 5th in the Western Conference and aren’t guaranteed a playoff spot as Portland are just a point off them in 7th. Salt Lake are a point ahead of Seattle in 4th in what is a tightly packed middle of the table with just one game of the regular season remaining.

Seattle have won five of seven unbeaten home games and have kept a clean sheet in their last three at CenturyLink Field. Indeed, high-flyers Galaxy, New York City and Colorado are the only sides to beat them in their last 14 at home and since they beat Salt Lake themselves 2-1 not long ago, we expect them to repeat the trick and are backing them to win.

Indeed, RSL are winless in their last five, scoring just once in that time and since Seattle are in excellent defensive form at home, we’re backing them to win to nil and climb above Salt Lake to finish in 4th in the Western Conference.

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Bury v Bolton Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/league-one/20161023-bury-v-bolton-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/league-one/20161023-bury-v-bolton-betting-previewSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:35:29 GMTMonday night's live League One offering might not be a particularly entertaining affair.

Bury v Bolton Betting Preview

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Monday night's live League One offering might not be a particularly entertaining affair.

Bolton haven’t won a league game at Bury for 87 years (14 visits) but let’s just stick with 2016 for the biggest pointer ahead of this Lancashire derby. Managers David Flitcroft and Phil Parkinson locked horns three times earlier this year and all three matches finished 0-0, so take the 9/1 available on under 1.5 goals at 13/5.

Parkinson, of course, was in charge at Bradford then and probably considers himself better stocked with match-winning talent at the Macron. But the Bantams were favourites each time and they were unable to overcome the stubborn resistance of Flitcroft’s men, the Shakers dumping them out of a marathon FA Cup tie on penalties having played most of the replay with ten men.

Sometimes it just happens that one manager has another’s number and Flitcroft teams generally stand up well to the demands of Parkinson’s direct approach, pace and guile is normally their undoing. Without Tom Pope, though, the home side do struggle to get their attacking game together and James Vaughan probably won’t get much change out of Mark Beevers and David Wheater.

The tactical battle aside, this does have the makings of a low-scoring encounter. Bolton come into the game on the back of four clean sheets. Their last eight matches have produced a grand total of ten goals, half of which have arrived after the 75th minute. The shot data after 14 rounds sets the total goals expectancy at 2.17, around 0.3 goals fewer than the market.

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]]>LA Galaxy v FC Dallas Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/mls/20161023-la-galaxy-v-fc-dallas-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/mls/20161023-la-galaxy-v-fc-dallas-betting-previewSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:16:51 GMTA Stalemate looks on the cards in tonight's live MLS game in Los Angeles (SS5).

LA Galaxy v FC Dallas Betting Preview

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A Stalemate looks on the cards in tonight's live MLS game in Los Angeles (SS5).

The last round of the regular season is upon us as the teams look to secure their playoff status and jostle for position. However, Galaxy’s win at Houston means that they’ve secured 3rd spot in the Western Conference but can’t catch Colorado in 2nd. Dallas, meanwhile, have won their last two to top the division by two points from Colorado and as a result a point here will ensure they lift the Supporters’ Shield.

Galaxy suffered their first home defeat of the season against Seattle a couple of weeks ago but they have drawn quite a few games, with a W8-D7-L1 home record overall. Indeed, they’ve drawn all three of their home games against top-four sides so far.

Since Dallas have drawn their last two on the road and are yet to beat a top half side away so far this season and with that in mind we’re backing the draw, particularly with Galaxy having little left to play for, whilst Dallas need just a point to pick up the Supporters’ Shield.

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]]>PSG v Marseille Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/ligue-1/20161023-psg-v-marseille-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/ligue-1/20161023-psg-v-marseille-betting-previewSun, 23 Oct 2016 07:59:16 GMTPSG are yet to really blow a side away as they haven’t scored more than three times at home.

PSG v Marseille Betting Preview

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PSG are yet to really blow a side away as they haven’t scored more than three times at home.

PSG remain unconvincing so far under Unai Emery, despite the fact that they’ve won four of their last five, as they could only win 2-1 at bottom of the league Nancy and trail Nice by four points already. Marseille, meanwhile, have managed two wins in three unbeaten games to climb up to 12th but they look some way off the side that were runners-up to PSG in 2012/13.

PSG have won three of their four home games so far whilst conceding just one goal and have now kept clean sheets in six of their last seven at the Parc des Princes going back to the end of last season. Indeed, PSG have won their last six at home to Marseille in all competitions since 2012/13, with five of these victories 2-0’s.

Since PSG are yet to really blow a side away at home as they haven’t scored more than three times in any of their games, with Cavani struggling to fill Ibra’s shoes, we think it could be a similar story here against Marseille. With that in mind, we’re backing 2-0 correct score is worth a punt at 8.0.

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]]>Andy Holding's Sunday Horse Racing Tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20161023-andy-holdings-sunday-horse-racing-tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20161023-andy-holdings-sunday-horse-racing-tipsSun, 23 Oct 2016 07:38:08 GMTAndy hit the board with a 20-1 winner yesterday and he's got four more to get your teeth into today.

Andy Holding's Sunday Horse Racing Tips

Andy Holding

Andy hit the board with a 20-1 winner yesterday and he's got four more to get your teeth into today.

HIBISCUS (best price 9-1) ran a good deal better than her finishing position suggested at Naas last week and she's taken to build on her general progression and earn herself some more valuable black type. Off the mark at the fifth time of asking when landing a Curragh maiden, Aidan O'Brien's charge was pitched into the deep end in listed company back at the same track on her next start - a decision which was handsomely rewarded with a second place finish behind Alveena. In a much more competitive heat seven days ago, the daughter of Galileo probably would have justified her position in the market had her pilot not taken his mount on the swamp down the inside and now back on a better surface, she should be capable of a more positive result. 

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BORN SURVIVOR (best price 5-1) has always been held in the very highest regards by connections and this looks to be a decent starting point for this potential top-class prospect. Dan Skelton’s charge first sprung to prominence when he landed a Warwick maiden hurdle with plenty of panache and such was the style of the performance that day, he was pinched into the deep end of Graded event back at the same track on his start. Although he failed in his attempt put his name in lights, he still came out of the race with great credit and following a confidence-boosting win back in ordinary novice company at Wetherby on his final start, the son of King’s Theatre begins this campaign off a fair handicap mark for a horse of who has all the right attributes to land a big pot one day.

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The combination of a funereal gallop over an inadequate trip counted against I’M IN CHARGE (NAP) (best price 2-1) over today’s course last time out, but now racing back up in distance, Grant Cann’s inmate is strongly fancied to add to his impressive C&D victory here last season. As it turned out, it was a good tactical ride on the winner, Present Man, nine days ago, but the same can’t be said for young Cobden on his mount who seemed to let the race pass him by as he sat passively out the back door twiddling his thumbs. Had the son of Rakaposhi King been put in the race sooner to allow his stamina to come into play it might well have been a different story, but least his pilot gets an immediate chance to put matters right on their return visit to the West Country venue.

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AARED (best price 4-1) has yet to run a bad race all season and looks booked for another positive display over a C&D he created a favourable impression two starts ago. The combination of good ground and the stiff uphill finish clearly played into his strengths that evening and under similar conditions, the son of Shamardal went on to run a blinder when a solid third in the Irish Cambridgeshire on his latest outing. Likely to be fresher than most following a 56-day break, this improving and consistent four-year-old rates a rock-solid each-way wager.

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]]>Roma v Palermo Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/serie-a/20161022-roma-v-palermo-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/serie-a/20161022-roma-v-palermo-betting-previewSat, 22 Oct 2016 11:50:21 GMTPalermo shouldn't have enough to trouble in-form Roma on Sunday night, live on BT Sport.

Roma v Palermo Betting Preview

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Palermo shouldn't have enough to trouble in-form Roma on Sunday night, live on BT Sport.

Impressive wins at home to Inter and at Napoli in their last two games has seen Roma climb up to 2nd and they’ve been in good scoring form, with Edin Dzeko having netted seven times already. Palermo, on the other hand, look set for another relegation battle as they’ve won just once so far to leave themselves down in 17th.

Roma have now won their last seven at home, scoring 20 goals in the process, while their overall record at the Stadio Olimpico is W17-D5-L1 since the start of last term. When hosting bottom-six sides they’re W8-D1-L0 in that period as they led at the break in six of these games, with four of their victories by more than three goals.

Palermo have managed just five goals this term and since Roma have kept clean sheets in four of their last six at home, we’re backing them -3 handicap at 5.0.

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]]>Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/la-liga/20161022-real-madrid-v-athletic-bilbao-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/la-liga/20161022-real-madrid-v-athletic-bilbao-betting-previewSat, 22 Oct 2016 11:38:20 GMTExpect goals goals goals when Real Madrid host Bilbao on Sunday night, live on Sky.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview

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Expect goals goals goals when Real Madrid host Bilbao on Sunday night, live on Sky.

After three consecutive draws, Real Madrid have bounced back in emphatic style, scoring 11 goals in successive victories over Real Betis and Legia Warsaw. They’re now unbeaten in 24 in all competitions and are a short price to extend that run as Athletic Bilbao come to town.

Bilbao are in good form having won five of their last six league matches to move up to 6th, but traditionally the Basque club travel very poorly to the league’s top teams. They’ve gone W0-D1-L11 on the road versus the ‘Big Three’ since 2012/13 and they’ve also lost their last 23 trips to Barca and Real, despite finding the net in 15 of these. In the latest eight of these, Athletic have conceded an average of 4 goals per game, while their last seven visits to the Bernabeu have finished 4-2, 5-0, 3-1, 5-1, 4-1, 5-1, 5-1.

On this basis, the 3.28 available on Real to Win and Both Teams to Score as Los Blancos have failed to keep a clean sheet at home this season and have Sergio Ramos and defensive midfielder Casemiro sidelined. As a side bet we’ll also have a punt on the 4-1 correct score at 15.0.

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]]>Villarreal v Las Palmas Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/la-liga/20161022-villarreal-v-las-palmas-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/la-liga/20161022-villarreal-v-las-palmas-betting-previewSat, 22 Oct 2016 10:53:42 GMTUnbeaten Villareal should be too hot for Las Palmas to handle on Sunday evening.

Villarreal v Las Palmas Betting Preview

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Unbeaten Villareal should be too hot for Las Palmas to handle on Sunday evening.

Villarreal remain unbeaten this season and thumped Celta Vigo 5-0 at home last time out to remain in 5th as they’ve conceded just four goals in their eight games so far. Las Palmas are up in 7th, but they’ve drawn their last three and haven’t won on the road since they beat Valencia on the opening day of the season.

Villarreal have won their last three at home and their record at El Madrigal is W15-D5-L3 since the start of last season, with clean sheets in 11 of their last 16 there. When hosting sides between 5th and 10th they’re W5-D3-L1 in that period as they led at the break in each of those victories and kept a clean sheet in five of the last six of these.

Las Palmas have already been beaten at Sevilla and Real Sociedad this term and they’ve lost 14 of their 23 road games since the start of last season. They’ve trailed 3-0 and 2-0 at the break in their last two on the road and since Villarreal have been ahead at half time in their last three at home, we’re backing win to nil also worth backing at 2.9.

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]]>Andy Holding's Saturday Horse Racing Tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20161022-andy-holdings-saturday-horse-racing-tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20161022-andy-holdings-saturday-horse-racing-tipsSat, 22 Oct 2016 07:57:00 GMTIt's a busy day of action on the Flat and over Jumps, and Andy Holding has the best bets.

Andy Holding's Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Andy Holding

It's a busy day of action on the Flat and over Jumps, and Andy Holding has the best bets.

The day that ROSIE BRIAR (best price 20-1) and Comedy School won their respective divisions of the 6f fillies’ maiden at Haydock a month ago, they posted identical overall and split times (1.12.5 and 35.4 for last 3f) in victory, so even though the ratings suggest the former has it all to do against the latter, the findings of the clock readings point towards her being overpriced compared to the market leader. Improving significantly from her debut effort over 5f at Windsor back in June, Andrew Balding’s charge exhibited a fair turn of foot off the back of strong fractions at the Lancashire venue and hailing from a yard that know the price of fish, the thought process of coming here to try and gain some black type rather than exploit a lenient mark of 76 in handicap could well turn out to be a shrewd one.

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MEMORIAL DAY (best price 11-2) clocked a big set of numbers when scoring off the back of an 11-month layoff at Pontefract 30 days ago, and providing he doesn’t bounce to the moon like some of his stable mates can do after such a startling performance, Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate has a chance of following up on his first attempt outside handicap company. The way he travelled and quickened up smartly to pull eight lengths clear in a short space of time suggests he certainly deserves to take his chance in pattern company and having already run well over today’s C&D in the past, the son of Cape Cross can continue his progression.

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HUMIDOR (best price 16-1) is clearly no spring chicken at the age of nine, but based on his recent performances he still retains all his enthusiasm and qualities and it would come as no surprise to see him haul his Zimmer frame into the thickest portion of the race over a track where his stats read 23511. Not only did George Baker’s charge run off his face when second in the Portland Handicap from a bad draw, he went on to finish a creditable third in a strongly-run handicap at Leicester last time out and with the form of the race at the Midland venue franked by the fourth-placed Dougan here yesterday, 16-1 looks too big to resist a few units each-way on the son of Camacho.

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Knowing that IMPERIAL AVIATOR’s (best price 9-2) two best career performances have come over today’s C&D makes Roger Charlton’s charge an obvious starting point for this competitive handicap and he should be confidently backed accordingly to get back on the winning trail. A ready victory over subsequent Gordon Stakes hero Ullyses at Leicester back in April got his season off to the best possible start and he duly followed up that performance with a display of total authority in a hot handicap here on his next outing. Not good enough for Almanzor and Co in the Group 1 French Derby next time out, the son of Paco Boy bounced back to form when returning to the Berkshire venue on his latest outing and with the form of that quality handicap advertised by the likes of Scarlet Dragon and Autocratic subsequently, there's every reason to believe this un-exposed three-year-old will run a big race against his elders.

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Improving, lightly-raced three-year-olds are always dangerous against their elders in staying handicaps at this time of year and UAE PRINCE (NAP) (best price 2-1) looks no different on his first start in his new discipline. Nicely backed at fancy prices for the Derby prior to his debut at Leicester back in May, Roger Varian’s charge failed to live to those lofty heights when only third behind Imperial Aviator, but given the exploits of the winner, second, fourth and fifth subsequently, it wasn’t too bad a run after all. Off the track for five months in the interim, the son of Sea The Stars returned to the fray to make light work of an average field back at the same track a month ago and although his opening mark of 93 surely has to contain a certain amount of guesswork from the official assessor, it still may turn out to be on the lenient side given connections see their charge as one of their big middle-distance pattern hopes for next season.

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FOX NORTON (best price 9-2) rounded off a fine first season over fences with a game all-the-way victory over the useful Dormello Mo and this looks to be a decent starting point towards what should be another lucrative campaign. Good enough to finish within striking distance of the mighty Douvan in the Arkle over today’s C&D back in March, that’s the sort of level of competition Neil Mulholland’s charge found himself against on several occasions last season and having also proven that he goes well fresh courtesy of a success at Market Rasen this time last year, everything looks set fair for a big performance from the six-year-old with plenty seemingly in his favour.

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]]>Saturday Channel 4 Racing Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20161021-saturday-channel-4-racing-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20161021-saturday-channel-4-racing-previewFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:24:41 GMTIt's a bumper day of TV racing and the Daily Mail's Sam Turner has the action covered.

Saturday Channel 4 Racing Preview

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It's a bumper day of TV racing and the Daily Mail's Sam Turner has the action covered.

The opener at Prestbury Park is an interesting heat for a number of reasons, not least whether or not a resurgent Tim Vaughan can end a Cheltenham hoodoo which stretches back an incredible 140 runners. Bucking The Trend, the beneficiary of a summer breathing operation, would arguably be the most appropriate winner of the year if he can get the job done in the curtain raiser and there seems no reason why he shouldn’t run a massive race on the back of an excellent performance at Uttoxeter over hurdles. However, he is reluctantly overlooked in preference for HENRYVILLE (Best price 15-2) who has run well twice over hurdles here and could be the answer to a tricky event. The selection doesn’t always find what is expected off the bridle, but has run well twice with the hood and tongue tie applied and should appreciate a patient ride and a step up in trip today.

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SCEAU ROYAL (Best price 11-2), Adrien Du Pont and Leoncavallo resume hostilities in an intriguing heat which also features Gibralfaro, a fine third at Chepstow on his return. The selection was a length too strong for Adrien Du Pont on their running here last December when Leoncavallo was still challenging before unseating his rider Aidan Coleman at the last. I’m not convinced there should be as much disparity in the morning prices as there is, especially as Sceau Royal also beat Adrien Du Pont at Chepstow in October before being disqualified and is 4lb better off today.

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Neil Mullholland harbours hopes that FOX NORTON (Best price 9-2) could end up in the Champion Chase in March so he has to be competitive in a handicap here for those hopes to be realised. The selection was well beaten in the Arkle by Douvan, but was far from disgraced in suffering an 11-length defeat that day and the likelihood of a strong pace here courtesy of last year’s winner Boondooma and stablemate Minella Definitely is likely to play to his strengths. A recent dry spell should ensure there are no excuses ground wise and Mullholland boasts a good record prepping handicap chasers for races of this nature.

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There is always a danger that connections will see March as the bigger prize with a race of this nature but, in the hope that Charles Byrnes wants to complete the job with TOP OF THE TOWN (Best price 13-2) before handing the eight-year-old a winter break, the Irish raider is fancied to make his mark on today’s event. Byrnes will have winced when his gelding was raised 19lb by the Irish assessor for his facile Bellewstown win last time but that looks understandable given the form has worked out well and he ran out such an emphatic winner. His mark of 128 wouldn’t be enough to see him take a place in the final of this series in March so victory here would see him take the necessary climb in the handicap. Rather than back the selection each-way, risk a saver GOLDEN DOYEN (Best price 8-1) who ran well on the level at Ascot last time and looks like he has been crying out for this trip.

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The fancy prices about COMEDY SCHOOL (Best priced 7-2) have disappeared, but the daughter of Distorted Humor still makes plenty of appeal. The selection posted a sparkling display to rout a decent field at York earlier this month and looks ready to step into Listed company. Although raised 10lb for the emphatic victory, a rating of 88 still leaves her with something to find on the book however she is improving at a rapid rate and can see off Hilario and Timeless Flight.

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With five places on offer in the village, it could be worth having a couple of modest stabs at the five furlong handicap. Although consistency has never been the main attribute of ROBOT BOY (Best price 11-1) he appreciated the drop into Class 3 company at York to see off Kibaar, Bogart (4th) and Shipyard (5th) last time. The selection moved to the lead with ease that day before looking to hang around in front and there could be more to come off his revised mark.

In-form veterans CONFESSIONAL (Best price 16-1), an excellent second in a warm Catterick sprint last week, Mirza and Humidor (1st and 3rd at Leicester) all make appeal in an open race with narrow preference for the former who looks nicely drawn in seven.

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Three-year-olds have dominated the recent renewals of this event so UAE PRINCE (Best price 7-4), Huge Future and To Be Wild all catch the eye given their progressive profiles. The former was talked of as a possible Derby horse early in the season but a setback halted those plans, causing him to spend most of the turf season on the sidelines. However, an emphatic Leicester victory last month served notice he could be ready to make up for lost time and he is taken to continue his upwardly mobile progression. Ffos Las winner To Be Wild coped with easy ground on his comeback and is hugely respected.

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The wheels may have come off Capri, but Aidan O’Brien looks to have an able replacement for today’s Racing Post Trophy in YUCATAN (Best price 5-4). Unsurprisingly given the betting patterns and, despite being an intended runner, Capri wasn’t declared on Thursday, leaving Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore to team up with the son of Galileo on Town Moor. A good ground maiden win at the Curragh preceded a tilt at the Beresford Stakes last time, but heavy ground didn’t look the ideal surface for the selection who still dug deep to take the runners-up berth behind Capri. Hopefully, the chance to tackle some decent ground will induce further improvement from Yucatan and he can account for Rivet who looks a chief danger given his predilection for a flat track.

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]]>Honey G can go all the way in X Factorhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/tv/20161022-honey-g-can-go-all-the-way-in-x-factorhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/tv/20161022-honey-g-can-go-all-the-way-in-x-factorSat, 22 Oct 2016 10:20:00 GMTWill Honey G 'shut it down' again tonight on X Factor? Get behind the UK's latest rap sensation by using the hashtag #ShowMeTheHoney

Honey G can go all the way in X Factor


Will Honey G 'shut it down' again tonight on X Factor? Get behind the UK's latest rap sensation by using the hashtag #ShowMeTheHoney

After smashing last week's Motown performance, Honey G looks set to go one step further on tonight's live show.

The latest rap-phenomenon will be performing a mash-up of Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby and Queen's Under Pressure, and we cannot wait!

Honey G's shortest price to win the X Factor is 14/1. But following tonight's mega show we are predicting that will shorten even more after the crowd have bounced along to her beats.

Even Simon Cowell was forced to admit Honey G 'shut it down' last week and we are fully behind the former tennis champion with a music technology degree to win this year's show!

While Honey continues to cause some controversy, the bookies are beginning to take her seriously. Following last week's show she shortened to 12/1. Since then she has drifted to 14/1 and while some are angered by her involvement in the show, she still has plenty of supporters out there. With us being her biggest!

If “Rage Against The Machine” can do it, so can we… H to the O to the N to the E to the Y to the G, it’s Honey G!

]]>What is the probability of your team winning this weekend?http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161021-what-is-the-probability-of-your-team-winning-this-weekendhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161021-what-is-the-probability-of-your-team-winning-this-weekendFri, 21 Oct 2016 13:03:21 GMTWe've worked out the percentage chance of each Premier League result this weekend.

What is the probability of your team winning this weekend?


We've worked out the percentage chance of each Premier League result this weekend.

At Oddschecker we love odds and statistics, so we've combined the two to see what we can expect from the games in the Premier League this weekend. These percentages might help you decide which teams you feel are over/under-priced and could give you an advantage when it comes to building your weekend accumulator.

According to the bookies, Arsenal are the biggest banker of the weekend in the Premier League as they host Middlesbrough with a 78% chance of victory. Liverpool are marginally behind on 77% as they take on West Brom at Anfield in the late kick-off. Check the rest out below...

Home Draw Away
Bournemouth 24% 27% 50% Tottenham
Arsenal 78% 15% 7% Middlesbrough
Leicester 48% 29% 25% Crystal Palace
West Ham 59% 25% 17% Sunderland
Hull 31% 29% 39% Stoke
Swansea 42% 29% 29% Watford
Burnley 16% 26% 59% Everton
Liverpool 77% 16% 8% West Brom
Man City 67% 21% 13% Southampton
Chelsea 44% 29% 26% Man Utd

*percentages based on best-priced odds on 21/10/16

]]>Five players to keep an eye on this weekendhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161021-five-players-to-keep-an-eye-on-this-weekendhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161021-five-players-to-keep-an-eye-on-this-weekendFri, 21 Oct 2016 11:32:15 GMTWe’ve taken a look at five players that can't stop scoring for their club.

Five players to keep an eye on this weekend


We’ve taken a look at five players that can't stop scoring for their club.

The season may only be two months old but, we’ve seen several players start the season in fine form. We’ve taken a look at five players who we expect to do well this weekend.

Diego Costa - Chelsea

Diego Costa is currently the Premier League's top scorer with seven goals in eight games. After a disappointing season last year, he’s back to the form which prompted Chelsea to pay £32 million for him. The Spaniard scored the first goal against Leicester last weekend and he's best priced 4/1 to do the same against Man Utd.

Theo Walcott - Arsenal

After missing out on Euro 2016 with England, Theo Walcott began pre-season early with Arsenal and his hard work has paid off. Walcott has managed five goals in the Premier league which included a brace against Swansea last week. He faces Middlesbrough next and Football Form Labs have tipped him at 13/2 to score two or more for the second league game running.

Joe Allen - Stoke

The Welshman is currently the man-of-the-moment which has seen him score four goals in the last three Premier League games, which is the same tally he managed at Liverpool in 91 games over four years. Stoke are unbeaten in three whilst their opponents Hull have lost their last three games and conceded 13 goals. Allen is currently best priced 7/2 to score anytime which will bring his scoring run to four consecutive games.

Dwight Gayle - Newcastle

Newcastle paid £10 million for Dwight Gayle following their relegation to the Championship. He’s currently the Championship top scorer with 11 goals in 13 games. After scoring seven goals in four games, which includes five goals in his last two home games, we expect Gayle to continue his goal scoring form against Ipswich. You can get 4/1 that Gayle will score two or more goals for the fifth time this season.

Sam Baldock - Brighton

Brighton missed out on promotion to the Premier League by goal difference to Middlesbrough last season. Since then, the Seagulls have made a solid start to the season where they are currently three points behind leaders Newcastle. Sam Baldock has found the back of the net on his last three appearances and he’s best priced 8/1 to score the first goal against Wigan.

]]>Five Horses to watch this weekendhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20161021-five-horses-to-watch-this-weekendhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20161021-five-horses-to-watch-this-weekendFri, 21 Oct 2016 09:45:21 GMTThere is top class jumps action from Cheltenham, Punchestown and Aintree

Five Horses to watch this weekend


There is top class jumps action from Cheltenham, Punchestown and Aintree

The jumps season kicks into action this weekend with Cheltenham taking centre stage. There will be plenty of returning heroes and those hoping to become the stars of the future with 79 horses in total being declared. Couple that with an attractive looking cards at Punchestown and Aintree on Sunday and NH fans have quite the few days to look forward to!

We've gone through the cards and found five intriguing runners worth a follow at the weekend and through the rest of the season.


Successful in three of his four starts last season for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, including a Grade 1 juvenile contest at Chepstow, the 4yo is still lightly raced and unexposed over hurdles. He certainly falls into the category of 'could be anything' especially when you consider his powerful connections.


A Grade 1 winning hurdler last season, he mixed it with the best of the best over 2 miles including when finishing 6th in the Champion Hurdle. Last seen finishing second to the mighty mare Vroum Vroum Mag at the Punchestown Festival, Henry De Bromhead's 6yo could be an exciting addition to the chase ranks this season and is already as short as 14/1 for the Arkle in March.


Pulled up in the Albert Bartlett when 7/2 favourite, Neil Mullholand's 6yo was last seen hacking up in a novice chase at Fontwell back in August. Saturday will be a good test of his credentials as a chaser with connections dreaming of a return to the track in March for either the JLT.


Highly rated by his trainer Dan Skelton, the 5yo is another who is still lightly raced and unexposed. A winner of two of his three starts last season, connections have confirmed he will have another campaign over hurdles before going chasing next season. Sunday could be the start of his progression through the handicap ranks and into graded company.


Tom George's 8yo finished last season in the form of his life, winning two Grade 1's in the form of the Melling Chase at Aintree and the Champion Chase at Punchestown (where he overcame Willie Mulins' aeroplane Vautour). Saturday could see him take on some old foes in Sire De Grugy and Vibrato Valtat at a venue he clearly enjoys. If he can show anywhere near the form he did towards the end of last summer, connections will be eyeing up more top level success this season.

]]>Has Trump blown his Presidential campaign once and for all?http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/politics/20161020-has-trump-blown-his-presidential-campaign-once-and-for-allhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/politics/20161020-has-trump-blown-his-presidential-campaign-once-and-for-allThu, 20 Oct 2016 09:56:58 GMTFollowing last night's Presidential debate, Hillary Clinton is as short as 1/7 to win the US Election.

Has Trump blown his Presidential campaign once and for all?


Following last night's Presidential debate, Hillary Clinton is as short as 1/7 to win the US Election.

It’s amazing to think that at the start of this year, reality TV star and billionaire businessman, Donald Trump was as big as 350/1 to become President of the United States.

Now we’re in October and he’s the nominee for the Republicans/GOP – albeit he doesn’t exactly have the full backing of the party itself. In the middle of September, he was as a short as 6/4 to become the President but now he’s drifted all the way out to 9/2.

That price is reflective of the polling as the third and final TV debate with Hillary Clinton took place in Las Vegas last night. The latest of polls has Trump with a 12.6% of chance of becoming President of the United States. The best forecast to look at is the one from Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.

Last night at the debate, Donald Trump refused to say whether or not he’d concede should Hillary Clinton win. His reason being is that he believes the entire election process is rigged against him. Hilary Clinton says that Donald Trump is just saying anything to create chaos, when things aren’t going his way.

Paddy Power have already paid out on Clinton winning the 2016 US Presidential Election and the odds suggest that Clinton all but has it in the bag, she’s as short as 1/6.

With only three weeks until polling day in the United States, we here at Oddschecker can’t see Trump clawing his way back.

Time will tell…

]]>Find out where the value lies in the Championship this seasonhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161019-find-out-where-the-value-lies-in-the-championship-this-seasonhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161019-find-out-where-the-value-lies-in-the-championship-this-seasonWed, 19 Oct 2016 12:49:31 GMTCheck out our league table showing the over/underachievers in the Championship so far, according to the bookies and where some value might lie in the outright market.

Find out where the value lies in the Championship this season


Check out our league table showing the over/underachievers in the Championship so far, according to the bookies and where some value might lie in the outright market.

It's said that the Championship is the most unpredictable and competitive league in the world, where any team, on their day, can beat anyone else. That's certainly true this season, with a number of big teams expected to do well not performing to expectations and some smaller teams unexpectedly challenging for promotion at the top of the table.

Some of those teams are still being over and underrated by the bookies, even though we are nearly one-third of the way through the season.

Championship Odds Table  

Two teams that come straight to mind when looking at our odds table are Birmingham and Aston Villa. The two West-Midlands sides are at opposite ends of the table but Aston Villa's odds to win the Championship (66/1) are still lower than Birmingham's (100/1). That fact alone shows how much the bookies are fearing and favouring the teams that spent big in the summer, with Newcastle and Norwich out on their own in terms of odds, despite only three points separating the top four teams.

It also shows the competitive nature of the league, in that Aston Villa are 12 places below Birmingham but only nine points behind them. Indeed, there are only six points between Villa and Bristol City, currently occupying the last play-off place in sixth place. Winning the league looks a little far off but despite having only won two matches, Villa still have a good chance of making the play-offs, at 5/2.

Aston Villa Birmingham
Fulham (H) Burton (A)
Birmingham (A) Aston Villa (H)
Blackburn (H) Huddersfield (A)
Brighton (A) Bristol City (H)
Cardiff (H) Brentford (A)

Looking at their respective fixtures, both teams should come out of that five-game period with a respectable amount of points. With Bruce newly at the helm though, the match between them on 30th October could prove decisive in whether Aston Villa charge up the table and maybe even mount a title challenge. For Birmingham, it could be the difference between them maintaining their top six position or slipping into mid-table obscurity.

]]>Leicester more likely to win Champions League than finish in top fourhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161019-leicester-more-likely-to-win-champions-league-than-finish-in-top-fourhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161019-leicester-more-likely-to-win-champions-league-than-finish-in-top-fourWed, 19 Oct 2016 11:14:00 GMTFollowing last night's 1-0 win, Leicester are more likely to win the Champions League than finish in the Premier League's top four this season, according to the bookies.

Leicester more likely to win Champions League than finish in top four


Following last night's 1-0 win, Leicester are more likely to win the Champions League than finish in the Premier League's top four this season, according to the bookies.

Leicester maintained their 100% record in the Champions League with a 1-0 victory against FC Copenhagen. They are only the fifth Champions League debutants after AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Juventus and Malaga to win their opening three games. However, in the Premier League they are struggling and after eight games they have managed only two wins and eight points.

Before this season's Champions League got underway, Leicester were best-price 100/1 to win the competition. After an impressive start including a victory against former champions Porto, the English champions are now best-price 40/1 to win the Champions League. Claudio Ranieri has declared that his priority lies with the Champions League and his side can guarantee a place in the knockout round with a win, or two draws, from their final three group games.

As a consequence of their European success, Leicester's league form has suffered. Having said that, they have had a tough start to the season, including games against Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea. Ranieri believe his players have a “psychological” problem and admits the contrasting European and Domestic form makes him angry. The Foxes currently sit 11 points behind Man City and nine points adrift of fourth place. The bookies believe after a difficult start, they may struggle to finish in the top four and are now best-price 45/1 to do so.

]]>A grand on Rummani to win at Newmarket is the biggest bet todayhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20161019-a-grand-on-rummani-to-win-at-newmarket-is-the-biggest-bet-todayhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20161019-a-grand-on-rummani-to-win-at-newmarket-is-the-biggest-bet-todayWed, 19 Oct 2016 10:55:35 GMTOddschecker's man in form, Andy Holding, features twice in today's 5 biggest bets!

A grand on Rummani to win at Newmarket is the biggest bet today


Oddschecker's man in form, Andy Holding, features twice in today's 5 biggest bets!

Godolphin-owned Rummani runs in this afternoon’s 15:05 and a bet of £1,000 has been placed on him to deliver the goods. At best-price 11/10, Rummani is the clear favourite to win the race and has been backed heavily on Oddschecker throughout the morning.

In at number two we’ve got an Andy Holding tip. The profit-making machine is back with three tips today which includes Florencio in the 19:50 at Kempton. The 3-year-old is the current 9/2 second-favourite having been 6/1 this morning. He’s been backed far-and-wide but the biggest of the bunch currently sits at £300.

The Champions League features next and we’re off to Naples, where Napoli host Turkish champions Besiktas. Napoli are 1/2 to win the game with the Napoli/Draw double chance best-price 1/8. One punter didn’t have the faith to bet on Napoli outright so opted for the latter with a stake of £280.

At four, it’s Holding again. A bet of £230 has been placed on Kandahari to win the 16:55 at Navan this afternoon. She is the best-price 5/1 joint-favourite with Papal Parade, having been backed in heavily from 9/1 first thing this morning. Definitely one to keep an eye on!

A £200 bet on Bayern Munich to beat PSV in the Champions League tonight takes fifth place. The German giants are 1/4, with PSV as long as 14/1 to win at the Allianz Arena. The away side have drawn their last three in all competitions and will definitely be happy to make it four here.

]]>Punter places five grand in-play bet that lands within a minutehttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161019-punter-places-five-grand-in-play-bet-that-lands-within-a-minutehttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161019-punter-places-five-grand-in-play-bet-that-lands-within-a-minuteWed, 19 Oct 2016 09:20:02 GMTOne brave punter lumped a £5,000 in-play bet on Real Madrid to score a minute before Gareth Bale's opener and won just £16!

Punter places five grand in-play bet that lands within a minute


One brave punter lumped a £5,000 in-play bet on Real Madrid to score a minute before Gareth Bale's opener and won just £16!

Real Madrid to beat Legia Warsaw has to go down as one of the bankers of the season so far.

Come on admit it, how many of you didn't even bother putting them in your Tuesday night Champions League accumulator because the odds were so short. And with a best price of 1/20 to win we would side with you on that.

But there is one punter who went massive on Zidane's side last night with a bet at even shorter odds.

With the game under way and Real Madrid on top, one punter was so sure the home side were going to score that they put £5,000 on them at a ridiculous 1/300. To save you from doing the maths that meant the return was a measly £16.66.

Amazingly, before the punter could even feel a slight sense of regret, Bale had darted into the Warsaw area and scored within a minute of the bet being placed. Now that is some supreme psychic powers!

Whether you think it is brave or complete madness and stupidity you have to admire the extreme gamble taken.

Here in the Oddschecker office, we are torn between sending a knighthood to the punter in question or sitting them down for a serious chat.

]]>Is the Premier League the best league in the world?http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161018-is-the-premier-league-the-best-league-in-the-worldhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20161018-is-the-premier-league-the-best-league-in-the-worldTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:25:38 GMTFollowing Monday night's 0-0 draw we ask whether the Premier League really still is the best in the world in terms of entertainment.

Is the Premier League the best league in the world?


Following Monday night's 0-0 draw we ask whether the Premier League really still is the best in the world in terms of entertainment.

Red Monday – or ‘Dead Monday’ as it’s now known; was one of the most highly anticipated Premier League games in recent times. A contest involving two of the league’s giants (with a long-lasting, hate filled rivalry) and two of the most highly rated managers in the world. Not many foresaw the dull encounter which was to follow.

As it became apparent to those watching, this would become a tactical bore-fest with a serious lack of entertaining football and a strong hint of bus parking. Many took to twitter to mock the phrase that has long been associated with the Premier League by some – “The Best League in the World”.

Left disappointed by the match itself and doubting the quality of English football, we ran a poll to see how our followers ranked the Premier League, compared to the other Major Leagues in Europe/The World. The results were pretty interesting:

This convincing victory only confused the situation further, so we decided to look in more detail at which league should be considered ‘The Best League in the World’. All stats are based on the 16/17 season so far.

Premier League La Liga Bundesliga
Goals per Game 2.79 3.05 2.76
BTTS 60% 62.50% 55.60%
0-0s 5% 10% 7.90%
Top to bottom points range 17 16 16
Premier league

The Premier League only wins on one stat in our table and that’s the least amount of 0-0s. Widely considered the most competitive league on the planet, the unpredictable nature of it provides good entertainment year on year. That means betting is far more unpredictable and rewards are far greater with some longer priced matches between teams that can beat anyone on their day.

No club has managed to retain the Premier League title since 2008-09 season and the last campaign saw newly promoted Leicester City win the league, whilst defending champions Chelsea struggled in 10th.

La Liga

The Spanish top tier hosts the highest standard of football, produced by its top teams. Barcelona and Real Madrid have dominated European/World football for years. With the gap between the better teams in that league and everyone else, there are some very high scoring matches every week, allowing La Liga to come out on top when talking about goals per game.

That has meant bookmakers have become fearful of the top teams in that league, with a lot of short priced matches every weekend. It’s the handicaps or matches lower down the table where some longer odds come into play.


Dominant on the international scene but domestically the Germans are guilty of having somewhat of a monopoly; Bayern have won 9 of the last 15 Bundesliga titles and are the only German side to have won the Champions League in the last 15 years.

Betting on under 2.5 goals and both teams not to score would be most successful in Germany, though all three leagues average higher than 2.5 goals and 50% both teams scoring.

It’s in terms of fans where Germany comes out trumps. The Bundesliga has the best average attendance, arguably the best atmospheres in the world and you’re allowed beer in the grounds (winning).


Ultimately it depends what you deem to be the most important factor: how competitive and unpredictable the league itself is? Or how good the top teams and players in that league are? Both the Premier League and La Liga could be considered superior for the reasons highlighted above.

As lovers of the game and betting, we'd be inclined to say the Premier League nicks it but undoubtedly there will be many who side with Spain.