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-gbWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:19:52 GMTWest Ham v Middlesbrough Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-west-ham-v-middlesbrough-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-west-ham-v-middlesbrough-betting-previewWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:14:45 GMTCan the out of form West Ham kick start their season with a win at home against Middlesbrough?

West Ham v Middlesbrough Betting Preview

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Can the out of form West Ham kick start their season with a win at home against Middlesbrough?

West Ham are a shambles at the moment and have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last nine matches, and there is a worrying parallel to be drawn with the plight of Stoke. Like Mark Hughes, Slaven Bilic took over from a more defensive minded coach and added some style to their play, fashioning a more attacking outfit. However, for all the plaudits both managers initially received for their success, it has come at the cost of defensive stability. Payet and Lanzini are key creative players for the Hammers but don’t do much defensive work and as a result the team has become disjointed, leaving far too much space between the lines for their opponents to exploit.

At left-back Bilic has a difficult decision to make. With both Cresswell and Masuaku out injured, the experienced but ageing Alvaro Arbeloa deputized against Southampton. The speedy Adama Traore impressed for Boro in a half hour cameo from the bench at home to Spurs and his direct running could cause all sorts of havoc against the Spaniard, even if his end product remains erratic. West Ham’s problems though are not just restricted to the back, with Simone Zaza virtually anonymous so far as he adjusts to English football. They didn’t force a single save out of Fraser Forster against Southampton and Bilic could desperately do with the return of either Andy Carroll or Diafra Sakho to supplement his forward line.

Middlesbrough were uncharacteristically poor during the first half against Spurs, the defending in particular, and they struggled to string passes together. They put in a combative performance during the second half, pulling a goal back, but it was a case of too little too late as Spurs have an excellent defensive record. With West Ham on the slide though, we think the value lies in Middlesbrough to win and both teams to score at 6.8.

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Watford v Bournemouth Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-watford-v-bournemouth-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-watford-v-bournemouth-betting-previewWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:10:33 GMTWho will take the spoils at Vicarge Road? Football Form Labs weigh in with their prediction

Watford v Bournemouth Betting Preview

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Who will take the spoils at Vicarge Road? Football Form Labs weigh in with their prediction

Watford followed up their superb victories over West Ham and Man Utd with a thoroughly disappointing loss to Burnley last week. Walter Mazzarri has made a decent start to his tenure overall, but Watford have conceded at least two goals in nine of their last 11 matches and so the return of Younes Kaboul at the back will be welcomed, though Daryl Janmaat remains out injured.

Bournemouth were excellent against Everton in what was their best performance of the season, controlling the game with a tight midfield three of Andrew Surman, Jack Wilshere and man of the match Harry Arter. Eddie Howe will see no reason to change the balance of his side, with Jordan Ibe and Junior Stanislas providing pace out wide. The challenge for the Cherries is to raise their game to this standard more consistently and so Wilshere lasting 76 minutes against Everton will have been a welcome sight.

Speaking after the loss to Bournemouth, Ronald Koeman said “you can’t win if you play like we did in the first half. We lost every second ball, we lost every battle.” The comments were reminiscent of those made by Troy Deeney about being “bullied to a man” after Watford’s own defeat to Burnley, and the Cherries seem to be battling their way into form, picking up seven points from their last four matches. However, with combative players like Deeney and Capoue, this shouldn’t be a recurring theme for the Hornets. With both sides relatively evenly matched in what looks a tough game to call, we’re backing the draw at 3.4.

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]]>Swansea v Liverpool Betting Tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-swansea-v-liverpool-betting-tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-swansea-v-liverpool-betting-tipsWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:07:49 GMTLiverpool are the league's highest scorers so far this season and that trend looks like continuing when they take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday lunchtime.

Swansea v Liverpool Betting Tips

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Liverpool are the league's highest scorers so far this season and that trend looks like continuing when they take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday lunchtime.

Swansea put in arguably their best performance of the season against Man City and did well to get back into the game within four minutes of conceding in the early stages, keeping things level until the hour mark. They worked diligently to win back the ball, even creating some decent football of their own and possibly should have capitalised by taking the lead during the second half before Sergio Aguero's penalty. Francesco Guidolin will also have been pleased with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s movement and composure, Fernando Llorente's well-taken goal and the fact that he looked less isolated up front than in previous games. However, despite the improvement, this leaves Swansea with just one point from their last five games and it is difficult to imagine them building any momentum with upcoming matches against in-form duo Liverpool and Arsenal.

Liverpool are flying at the moment. Jurgen Klopp described the display his side put on against Hull as “world class” and it is difficult to argue with that assessment. They had 75% of possession and a total of 30 attempts on goal, with nine of these on target. Across all competitions they have now scored 24 goals in eight matches and hit at least four past their opponents on four separate occasions. Liverpool’s fluid attack essentially consists of a front four that interchange positions at will, leaving the opposition baffled and ultimately beleaguered. Given Swansea’s own record of late their fans should probably embrace themselves for an onslaught this Saturday. We think the value lies in backing Liverpool to Win and Over 3.5 Goals at 4.2.

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]]>Sunderland v West Brom Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-sunderland-v-west-brom-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-sunderland-v-west-brom-betting-previewWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:02:05 GMTFootball Form Labs give us the preview to this potential season defining clash

Sunderland v West Brom Betting Preview

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Football Form Labs give us the preview to this potential season defining clash

Sunderland contrived to lose from a position of strength last week in demoralising circumstances, and need to get back to basics if they are to stop the rot. David Moyes will have torn out his hair wondering why his players allowed Palace’s main aerial threat a five-yard unmarked run at a set-piece. This is obviously something they would have worked on in training and the defeat leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table with a meagre one point from six games. Indeed, Moyes can’t take any real comfort from the performance leading up to that dreadful moment, with Sunderland rather fortunate to have been two goals up in the first place.

The situation for West Brom looks far rosier as they moved into the top half of the table, even though a draw against Stoke would have been the minimum Tony Pulis expected from his side. Nacer Chadli has already made his impact felt with creativity and end product, whilst Salomon Rondon is having a great season so far with three goals and an assist to his name already. Albion fans disgruntled by the style of their team will also have been partially appeased by a 4-2 thriller they won at home to West Ham the previous week.

Pulis, as always, will seek to keep the game a tight affair, with the recent head-to-head record between these teams also hinting at a dour game. In their last three encounters only a solitary goal gave the fans anything to be excited over and the last two at the Stadium of Light have both ended goalless. With the Black Cats’ attacking impetus limited after Adnan Januzaj was ruled out for six weeks, we think West Brom to win 1-0 represents great value at 9.5 as it’s been the scoreline in six of their seven away wins under Pulis.

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]]>Everton v Crystal Palace Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-everton-v-crystal-palace-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/premier-league/20160928-everton-v-crystal-palace-betting-previewWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:18:41 GMTEverton look likely to come out on top when two in form sides go head to head on Friday night, with goals on the agenda at Goodison Park.

Everton v Crystal Palace Betting Preview

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Everton look likely to come out on top when two in form sides go head to head on Friday night, with goals on the agenda at Goodison Park.

Everton's unbeaten start to the season came to a grinding halt against Bournemouth and Ronald Koeman will have been disappointed with his team’s overall performance. Questions have been asked of Ross Barkley's contribution over the last couple of games and here the England international was guilty of pushing too high up the pitch. The result was an isolated front four with wingers Bolasie and Mirallas also pushing up to join Lukaku in attack, leaving Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye outnumbered by Bournemouth's tight midfield three of Surman, Wilshere and Arter.

Palace continued their upward trajectory against a poor Sunderland team with their third consecutive victory, the first time they've accomplished this in over a year, fighting back from two goals down to win the game in the dying moments. The Eagles cannot expect many opponents to give Benteke a free run in the box from set-pieces, but in truth they deserved to win that game. Sunderland were very poor in the early stages and their opener came very much against the run of play, whilst Defoe's second of the game was the result of Palace pushing forward in search of the equaliser.

Alan Pardew's side look much more cohesive and are now enjoying the fruits of a successful transfer window. The effect on the team has been evident not just in points accumulated, but in having seven different players scoring in their last three matches. Conceding goals remains an issue, with their only clean sheet so far this season coming against League Two Blackpool in the Cup. This will be encouraging to an Everton side that has been boosted by Lukaku’s return to form, so we’re siding with Everton to win and both teams to score as we expect Palace to continue their good scoring form but for the Toffees to cause their leaky defence too many problems.

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]]>Ryder Cup 2016 Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/golf/20160928-ryder-cup-2016-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/golf/20160928-ryder-cup-2016-betting-previewWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:23:28 GMTIn-form tipster Niall Lyons has an early look at where the value lies at Hazeltine.

Ryder Cup 2016 Betting Preview

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In-form tipster Niall Lyons has an early look at where the value lies at Hazeltine.

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So the 2016 Ryder Cup is nearly upon us and a lot is being second guessed by pundits and tipsters alike as we try to figure out which way this match will go. It is a difficult task. Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota is the host course and given a lot of rain recently it will play very long. This is a tree lined layout with plenty of hazards along the way to add to the drama which will no doubt unfold over the three days. I won't delve too much into the course, because as usual it will be set up quite easy. Plenty of birdies and excitement is what makes the Ryder Cup what it is and I expect the golf to be of the highest quality from both teams.

Let's weigh up the gaffers. Darren Clarke has a fair bit of history with the Ryder Cup and who can forget the scenes at the K Club all those years ago. It was written back then that Clarke would captain this team and the time has arrived. Personally, I am a little underwhelmed by his captaincy. He is a marmite character who I believe behind closed doors will split opinions. I'd like to hear the pillow talk between the lads to see if they really warm to him. I am doubtful. The 'Chubby Chandler' group can be seen living it up at race courses and sporting events across the world and while I'm partial to a bit of partying myself I question whether a Chandler groupee is the most professional man for the job. McGinley, although quite drab to listen to, was without doubt a professional captain whose attention to detail won the match. Clarke so far has enlisted the help of the magician Dynamo, and Rugby star Paul O'Connell. I say 'star', as a non-rugby fan I am unaware of who he is (even as an Irishman) and I wonder if the likes of Bello, Stenson and Pieters will be overly bowled over by his 'inspirational' words. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it doesn't even matter. Clarke has a wealth of experience under his belt but I can't help but feel his character is questionable.

Davis Love seemed to galvanise the USA team back in 2012 before succumbing to a final day charge by a Europe inspired by Ian Poulter. Everything was going swimmingly until that final day when they absolutely drowned under the pressure. This time around a military like 'task force' has been implemented over the last year or so to come up with the best possible system to win the trophy. If this goes belly up, what will they do next? So much has been talked about this task force that I fear what the yanks will do next if they lose this game. It seems to me this is a must win game and I worry for them with that pressure. That being said they have a better team on paper this time around and in Dustin, Fowler, Spieth, Reed they have a proper backbone that will form an allegiance for the next 4 Ryder Cups. Phil Mickelson retains his place in the line up and for me is a total negative. Not only does he have an average Ryder record, but he seems all to willing to speak his mind whenever it holds no benefit to the team. The media might portray Phil as the All American Boy, but dig closer to the surface you can find evidence of his rudeness and financial misgivings. Tiger's presence is questionable also, I don't know what way that will go. There are a lot of things to weigh up, and most of us are guessing, and none of us know if it evens matters. It will come out with the washing.

Regarding the outright market, the match is closer than what the bookies would make you think. Europe's rookie contingent is rather large but who's to say they won't come out fighting. Europe have enjoyed the underdog tag before. Either way, I've been impressed with Team Europe's performances over the last few weeks. The question marks surrounding Wood, Willett, Fitzpatrick, Kaymer have been lifted by some solid rounds of golf. Sullivan probably remains the weakest link, and I believe he will go out with Rory on day one because of that. Across the water, having looked solid all year, question marks now surround Koepka, Zach Johnson, Walker, Mickelson as they head to Hazeltine. The 'gamble' on the yanks from around 8/11 to 4/7 and 8/15 was warranted a number of months ago, but now the match should be closer to 4/6, 13/8. That makes Europe a shade of value in the outright market, but I won't be backing them because it is a tall order. I'll happily leave the outright market alone.

The most enticing bet of the week is Danny Willett to be Top European Rookie. He looks set to play 4 games and the same can't be said for any of the other rookies. He will partner Westwood at some point or other over the first two days and they will make a tough team to beat. He has gained a wealth of experience over the last year or so and having won the Masters in impressive fashion will certainly have the hunger for this fight. I can only see Wood and Sullivan playing two matches over the first two days so that makes this bet very appealing.

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Top European isn't an easy bet to land in this event and you need an awful lot to go for you, but Justin Rose is certainly value at almost double the price of McIlroy. Justin Rose has won 9 out 14 Ryder matches in his career and looks set to play a part in all five matches. Him and Rory may be the only ones to play five matches. Rose loves this battle and who can forget his gaze at Mickelson whenever he holed that tramliner across the 17th green at Medinah. His partnership with Stenson at Gleneagles was spectacular also although I'm not convinced that partnership will stay intact throughout this event. Stenson has had injuries plaguing him this past while and may need a rest. If he does, Rose can partner a rookie and will be tough to beat once again. With three places on offer each-way he holds every chance of returning our money at the very least. That's all the bets for now. I'll be in touch later in week with other bets should they arise.

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]]>Strictly Come Dancing Elimination Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/tv/strictly-come-dancing/20160928-strictly-come-dancing-elimination-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/tv/strictly-come-dancing/20160928-strictly-come-dancing-elimination-previewWed, 28 Sep 2016 11:08:57 GMTWho will be the first celebrity to get the boot on Sunday night?

Strictly Come Dancing Elimination Preview

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Who will be the first celebrity to get the boot on Sunday night?

After just one week of the show it already looks like this series could be the highest quality one to date. A combination of uncharacteristically high scores from all the judges, including a 9 from Len for Daisy Lowe's waltz, and strong performances from a number of the celebrities meant four couples achieved a score of 30 points or more. There was an 11 point difference between the top pair of Daisy and Aljaz (32) and bottom pair Ed Balls and Katya (21) with the trio of Naga, Lesley and Melvin also receiving low scores. On Saturday night, the scores from the judges from the first two nights and the public vote will be combined 50-50 to determine which two couples will go head-to-head in the first dance off of the series.

Common sense would dictate looking at those at the bottom of the table (namely Ed Balls) when trying to determine who will be the first to go. However, public votes rarely have any common sense and with Balls just 4/5 to go we'll be looking elsewhere.

Moving away from common sense and applying what we will call 'Strictly logic'. Normally, anyone who can't actually dance becomes a fan's favourite which delays the inevitable until everyone (the press, social media etc) starts complaining that although it was funny at the start, that person is now taking the place of celebrities who can actually dance. So based on this, Ed Balls (4/5 fav to be eliminated first) should be fine for a good few weeks yet.

Instead, we need to look in the no-man's land of mid-table. The couples who haven't earned enough points from to judges to not worry about the public vote, but who have scored enough points for the public not to worry about voting for them. With this in mind our first selection will be Anastacia Newkirk.

The American singer actually received pretty decent scores from the judges (28) despite nearly falling over at one point. She wasn't bad, but she wasn't great either and with this in mind I can't see her scoring a huge score when she tackles the salsa on Saturday which should in turn leave her bang in the middle of the pile. Without a massive fanbase to rely on, I can't see the British public voting for her in huge numbers which could leave her vulnerable and at 25/1 I think it's definitely worth a small investment.

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The second selection comes down to a choice between three.

Melvin Odoom struggled in his first dance and managed just one more point than Ed Balls. He'll be dancing the tango on Saturday and will need to show a huge amount of improvement if he's to avoid finishing towards the bottom of the leaderboard again. However, I think he has a strong enough fan base to make it through the first public vote and at 2/1 is a bit too short for me.

At a much bigger price is Greg Rutherford who will also be dancing the tango on Saturday. The tango is a notoriously difficult dance for male celebrities and although Greg surprised many with his ability last week, I'm still not convinced he's a complete natural which could lead to a low score this weekend. With this in mind the 40/1 on offer is tempting, but you get the feeling his competitive nature would see him through if he was to face a dance off.

Which leaves us with our second selection for the boot, Lesley Joseph. The actress scored 23 points for her waltz in week one, a dance that suited her much more than the cha cha she will be attempting on Saturday which has the potential to be a low scorer. If this was the case, it would leave her languishing towards the bottom of the table and although she may receive some support from the public, if that wasn't to prove enough, I can't see her cha cha being strong enough to survive a dance off.

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]]>How to win big on Man City beating Celtic tonighthttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/20160928-how-to-win-big-on-man-city-beating-celtic-tonighthttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/20160928-how-to-win-big-on-man-city-beating-celtic-tonightWed, 28 Sep 2016 10:20:21 GMTWin up to £150 tonight on Man City beating Celtic, from just a £30 stake.

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Man City are back in action in the Champions League tonight and will be keen to build on their perfect start to the season. Pep Guardiola’s men have won every game since the start of the season, which equates to 10 matches in all competitions. Their opponents this evening are Celtic, who suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona a fortnight ago. A missed penalty by Dembele was the only sign of goal for the Scottish outfit, in a game where they rarely threatened Barcelona.

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]]>Andy Holding's Wednesday Horse Racing Tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20160928-andy-holdings-wednesday-horse-racing-tipshttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/horse-racing/20160928-andy-holdings-wednesday-horse-racing-tipsWed, 28 Sep 2016 08:07:02 GMTAndy has three selections for today's racing at Salisbury and Wolverhampton

Andy Holding's Wednesday Horse Racing Tips

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Andy has three selections for today's racing at Salisbury and Wolverhampton

DELANNOY(best price 14-1) shaped a good deal better than his final finishing position suggested at Sandown on his debut and he may well turn out to be a little more competitive second time around providing he can handle today’s easier terrain. Nibbled at in the market at the Esher venue, the son of Le Havre was staying on well enough to suggest he may have finished placed but for being hampered inside the final furlong and although the form doesn’t look anything special at this stage, it’s not as if today’s contest appears anything out of the ordinary either.

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GLORIOUS LEGEND(best price 15-2) has shaped several times that he could turn out to be a bit better than his current handicap mark and he gets a chance to prove that theory correct racing over a track that should play into his strengths. Unlucky when denied a clear run at Redcar two starts ago, Ed Walker’s charge might have just found the ground a little quick for him at Lingfield last time out so today’s underfoot conditions should enable him to stride out to better effect in the closing stages.

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CHARLIES MATE(NAP)(best price 4-1) has been in deep waters up against some real improvers on his last two starts and while that might well turn out to be the case once again tonight, he still rates a fairly reliable proposition from an each-way perspective. Fourth to the improving three-year-old Athlon over tonight’s course two starts ago, John Best’s charge had the misfortune to bump into another from the same generation in the shape of Charlie Bear back here the last day, but with the time figure good and the winner going in again since, the form couldn’t be any stronger.

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]]>Newcastle v Norwich Betting Previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/championship/20160927-newcastle-v-norwich-betting-previewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football/championship/20160927-newcastle-v-norwich-betting-previewTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:07:49 GMTThe stalemate looks the best bet in Wednesday's big Championship clash at St James’s Park.

Newcastle v Norwich Betting Preview

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The stalemate looks the best bet in Wednesday's big Championship clash at St James’s Park.

In the ninth game of last season, Norwich suffered a humiliating 6-2 defeat at then-winless Newcastle. According to many who follow the Canaries closely, it was a result that had lasting ramifications. Tactically speaking, Alex Neil went into his shell from thereon and the season became one long - and ultimately costly - damage-limitation exercise.

Now the Canaries return as a top-of-the-table side, having recorded five straight wins since the international break, and one assumes the trip to St James’s Park will be approached with mixed emotions. Norwich will be conscious of themselves, neither wishing to be too adventurous nor too inhibited. If you offered them a point now, they’d undoubtedly snatch your hands off.

So that’s probably what they will play for. And that’s where the value lies here, in the draw at around 5/2. Given all the upheaval at St James’s Park over the summer, it’s too soon into the season for Newcastle to be considered a solid proposition at 11/10. Most of this Norwich team have been together for a whole four-year cycle, in some cases much longer.

If the Magpies had swept all before them in the first six weeks, then it might be a different story. But they haven’t, and defeats at home to Huddersfield and Wolves will serve as a reminder that opposition at this level need to be respected. A point isn’t always a bad result at difficult moments in such a long season. For added interest, stick a point on no goalscorer at 9/1.

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]]>Will the FA turn their back on English managers?http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160928-will-the-fa-turn-their-back-on-english-managershttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160928-will-the-fa-turn-their-back-on-english-managersWed, 28 Sep 2016 12:11:42 GMTThe FA may opt for a foreign manager as the search for a new England boss begins.

Will the FA turn their back on English managers?

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The FA may opt for a foreign manager as the search for a new England boss begins.

Sam Allardyce's tenure as England manager is over before it ever really got going. The search is now on for his replacement and it could be a foreign manager that takes the helm once again.

Sven-Goran Eriksson was the first non-Englishman to be appointed England manager in 2001. Despite the move being criticised at the time, Eriksson guided England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2002 and 2006 as well as Euro 2004.

Fabio Capello followed later and after four years in the job, his departure in 2012 prompted the call for an English manager to return.

Roy Hodgson and Allardyce have now been and gone, and the option of a foreign manager once again leading England may appeal to the FA. Now could be a good time to take advantage of the value available before any rumours surface.

Arsene Wenger is the immediate name to be linked as reports suggest the FA are keen to speak to the Arsenal manager. Since the news of Allardyce's departure Wenger has shortened from 20/1 to 8/1.

Jurgen Klinsmann at 16/1, was previously linked to the role before Allardyce was appointed and may be considered by the FA once again. Having a former German striker in charge of the England team may not appeal to some fans but he fits the bill as a coach who has had experience at international level.

With a wealth of international experience, Guus Hiddink is someone the FA could turn to. The Dutchman, priced at 33/1, has had spells in charge of South Korea, Holland, Australia, Russia and Turkey.

Marcelo Bielsa is regarded as one of the best coaches in the game and would certainly be a bold appointment. After leaving Lazio after just two days in charge because of a disagreement over transfers, he is available. Priced at 35/1 with NetBet, he would certainly bring a fresh approach but as a strong character the FA may have their reservations and warrant him too much of a risk.

The on-going debate of whether the manager of England should be English or not has divided fans for years. The results from our Twitter poll this morning suggest that a foreign coach could now be the way to go.

]]>Could Norwich leapfrog Newcastle as Championship title favourites?http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160928-could-norwich-leapfrog-newcastle-as-championship-title-favouriteshttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160928-could-norwich-leapfrog-newcastle-as-championship-title-favouritesWed, 28 Sep 2016 09:59:30 GMTTonight sees the pre-season favourites Newcastle host high-flying Norwich.

Could Norwich leapfrog Newcastle as Championship title favourites?

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Tonight sees the pre-season favourites Newcastle host high-flying Norwich.

Newcastle were every pundit’s favourites for the Championship title at the start of the season and little has changed in that respect so far. 2/1 before a ball was kicked on 5th August, Newcastle, after taking a couple of games to find their feet, managed to grind out win after win resulting in bookies slashing the price to 4/5 following a 6-0 thrashing of QPR. Now however, after a couple of unconvincing performances against Wolves at home and Villa at the weekend, they are back out to best price 13/8 to lift the trophy.

Norwich on the other hand have seen a big change in price since the start of the season. Best priced 10/1 to finish top was quickly snapped up after the first fixture against Blackburn away which they won impressively 4-1, with bookies cutting them to as low as 9/2 immediately. Currently on a 5-game winning streak and with a trip to the pre-season favourites tonight, the Canaries are now as short as 2/1 to beat Newcastle to the Championship title.

The outcome of tonight’s match could swing the odds even further in Norwich’s favour if they come away with the three points. Should Alex Neil’s men win tonight, there will be a seven point gap between the two sides and you shouldn’t be surprised to see bookmakers install Norwich as new favourites to win the league. However, if Newcastle manage to halt their winning streak and win the game, the 13/8 on Newcastle will disappear and Benitez and his men will become even shorter favourites.

]]>Harzand among 19 confirmations for Sunday's Archttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160928-harzand-among-19-confirmations-for-sundays-archttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160928-harzand-among-19-confirmations-for-sundays-arcWed, 28 Sep 2016 09:57:35 GMTIt's 'all systems go' for Dermot Weld's dual Derby winner.

Harzand among 19 confirmations for Sunday's Arc

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It's 'all systems go' for Dermot Weld's dual Derby winner.

Harzand looks set to take his place in Sunday's Prix de lArc de Triomphe after recovering sufficiently from the injury he sustained during the Irish Champion Stakes three weeks ago.

Jockey Pat Smullen, who has ridden the 3yo in all of his six races, confirmed the news to At The Races on Tuesday.

"Harzand's in tremendous form, I'm really happy with him," Smullen said. "I rode him (Tuesday morning) and he felt well, it's all systems go.

"It looks like the ground is going to be on the quick side but you never know, they might get a drop of rain between now and raceday. Hopefully it's not an over-big field, you don't want to be out on the wing."

Roger Varian's Postponed continues to top the ante-post market after an unbeaten season that has seen him land the Sheema Classic in Dubai, the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Juddmonte International at York.

The only other potential runner for Britain is Kevin Ryan's The Grey Gatsby while Aidan O'Brien has left in Found, Order Of St George and Highland Reel for Ireland.

]]>Willie Mullins to lose Gigginstown horseshttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160928-willie-mullins-to-lose-gigginstown-horseshttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160928-willie-mullins-to-lose-gigginstown-horsesWed, 28 Sep 2016 09:40:55 GMTThe champion owners have removed their horses after a disagreement over training fees.

Willie Mullins to lose Gigginstown horses

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The champion owners have removed their horses after a disagreement over training fees.

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins confirmed this morning that the Gigginstown operation will be removing up to 60 horses from his stable including the likes of Don Poli and exciting hurdler Apple's Jade. Mullins told At The Races: "Yes, we're parting company, I've just put up my fees for the first time in 10 years and Gigginstown chose not to remain. That's it. We're just parting company. I'm not willing to try and maintain the yard I have and the standards I have for... that's just the way it is. "Everyone who comes into my yard is treated the same and that's it. I see enough people going to the wall all the time in Ireland and we're not prepared to sacrifice that. "I'm happy to wrap it up at that. Somebody is going to get some fantastic horses. This has all come about in the last few hours and that's the way it is - that's all I'm prepared to say. "They're hard horses to replace. Even with all the money in the world, you can't replace them. We put together a fantastic team, me and Michael O'Leary, but that's it - they are someone else's to train now." Bookmakers were quick to react, pushing Mullins out to 3/1 from 5/4 for the British Champion trainers' title.
]]>What next for Big Sam having left his England post?http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160928-what-next-for-big-sam-having-left-his-england-posthttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160928-what-next-for-big-sam-having-left-his-england-postWed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:59 GMTAllardyce said this morning that he was going abroad to reflect but will he stay there or will he make a return to the Premier League?

What next for Big Sam having left his England post?

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Allardyce said this morning that he was going abroad to reflect but will he stay there or will he make a return to the Premier League?

Despite the embarrassment caused by the scandal that put an end to his England career, there should be no shortage of suitors for Allardyce, given his managerial record in the Premier League.

Given The Telegraph's continuing investigation into corruption and the nature of comments made by Allardyce Premier League clubs may be weary of taking him on at the moment. As such, a move to another international team is the favourite at 2/1, with any Middle Eastern club and any MLS club following closely behind.

With the Premier League sack race hotting up, there will surely be plenty of clubs that will be considering making a move for Allardyce should the situation at their cubs worsen, even after his comments about third-party ownership. With the sheer amount of TV money available for staying in the league, clubs will be making to look changes even earlier this season.

Swansea are the lowest price Premier League club to appoint Allardyce, with Guidolin the 1/3 favourite to lose his job after reports that he lost the dressing room. Couple that with their bad start to the season and their difficult run of fixtures, Guidolin could leave his post sooner rather later.

Should West Ham's start to the season worsen any further, a return to the club could conceivably be on the cards for Allardyce. They are the second favourites to land him at 10/1 and given his previous positive experience there that could be a good fit.

Should the Premier League shun Allardyce for his comments, Derby could also be a likely destination at 14/1. Nigel Pearson seems like he is on the way out after being suspended and Allardyce's experience in winning promotion from the Championship could assist them greatly. Having just missed out on promotion to the Premier League in recent years he could be the man to take them to promotion.

]]>Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko mega-fight '99% done'http://www.oddschecker.com/insight/boxing/20160927-anthony-joshua-v-wladimir-klitschko-mega-fight-99pp-donehttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/boxing/20160927-anthony-joshua-v-wladimir-klitschko-mega-fight-99pp-doneTue, 27 Sep 2016 12:50:12 GMTWith Tyson Fury pulling out for a second time, Anthony Joshua has emerged as Klitschko's next opponent

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko mega-fight '99% done'

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With Tyson Fury pulling out for a second time, Anthony Joshua has emerged as Klitschko's next opponent

Well, well, well… it looks like it’s happening sooner rather than later. Reports are circulating that Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko is a done deal, with the pair set to fight on November 26th. Tyson Fury pulled out of his rematch with Klitschko for a second time last week and it is believed that the governing bodies are ready to strip Fury of his belts, leaving them open to be contested for by Klitschko.

The WBA and WBO both want their belts to be active and with no action for almost 12 months now due to Fury’s injuries, they are keen for a fight to take place as soon as possible. Eddie Hearn has stated in the past few days that there has already been contact between himself and Team Klitschko about the fight, with both parties extremely keen for the matchup.

AJ has already confirmed the date of his next fight, November 26th, with the Manchester Arena being the venue of choice. However a fight of this magnitude is likely to fill much bigger stadiums and therefore Hearn may be looking to book out Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Is it too soon for Joshua? People were saying that before the Charles Martin fight and that ended up being routine for AJ. All we do know is that it will be a fight that will grip the whole country and one that we can’t wait to see. An official announcement is expected in the coming days but Oddschecker sources have told us it's '99% done'.

Early Joshua v Klitschko prices can be found here.
]]>A month in the life of Alan Pardewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160927-a-month-in-the-life-of-alan-pardewhttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160927-a-month-in-the-life-of-alan-pardewTue, 27 Sep 2016 11:15:42 GMTPardew was 4/1 to leave Crystal Palace but only a few weeks later he is 4/1 favourite to become the next England manager.

A month in the life of Alan Pardew

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Pardew was 4/1 to leave Crystal Palace but only a few weeks later he is 4/1 favourite to become the next England manager.

Alan Pardew has been backed to become the next England manager if the FA decide to remove Sam Allardyce from his position.

Pardew is currently on a three match winning run with Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Before that run Palace began the season in terrible form, losing three of their first four games. Pardew was the 4/1 favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post but today he has emerged as the 4/1 favourite to become the next England manager.

Pardew was being heavily backed only a few weeks ago to be the first Premier League manager to leave after a disastrous start to the season. He has since turned it around and after he once declared his interest in managing England, Pardew finds himself the front runner to replace Allardyce.

If Pardew is successful there is no doubt that we will be seeing plenty more of this in the near future at Wembley.

]]>Limato set to head for the Prix de la Forethttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160927-limato-set-to-head-for-the-prix-de-la-forethttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160927-limato-set-to-head-for-the-prix-de-la-foretTue, 27 Sep 2016 09:01:57 GMTHenry Candy's brilliant 4yo is a likely runner in the Group 1 contest over 7f on Sunday.

Limato set to head for the Prix de la Foret

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Henry Candy's brilliant 4yo is a likely runner in the Group 1 contest over 7f on Sunday.

Henry Candy has confirmed the positive weather forecast for Chantilly this weekend means his star 4yo is likely to take his place in Sunday's Group 1 Prix de la Foret.

Limato finished runner-up in the Foret at Longchamp 12 months ago and Candy is confident the race is ideal target for his stable star.

Candy said: "He's in good form and we're planning to run on Sunday.

"They're so confident of a dry week I believe they're putting some water on (the track), which isn't great news for me, but there you go.

"If we didn't go to France we could look at the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket. I know it's only a Group Two, but it might be of interest."

Limato has not been seen since finishing second to Mecca's Angel over five furlongs in the Nunthorpe at York in August with the July Cup winner missing a number of other potential engagements this year due to soft ground.

]]>Jim Crowley cut for jockeys title after Bath doublehttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160927-jim-crowley-cut-for-jockeys-title-after-bath-doublehttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/horse-racing/20160927-jim-crowley-cut-for-jockeys-title-after-bath-doubleTue, 27 Sep 2016 08:14:35 GMTCrowley now a 3/10 shot after pulling six clear of nearest rival.

Jim Crowley cut for jockeys title after Bath double

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Crowley now a 3/10 shot after pulling six clear of nearest rival.

The battle to become champion jockey took another twist on Monday as Jim Crowley rode a double at Bath to extended his lead over nearest rival Silvestre de Sousa.

Beginning the day four ahead of reigning champion de Sousa, Crowley rode a double on the day thanks to wins on Zlatan and Spring Jig to extend his lead as de Sousa drew a blank on the same card.

Crowley told the Racing Post: "I was a jump jockey so know it can all change in an instant, I have to keep the pedal to the metal right to the end and keep trying harder now I am in front."

Crowley is now backed at 11-4 having been 7/4 on Monday morning.

Both jockeys are off to Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening, with Crowley having five rides booked and De Sousa four.

There's now less than three weeks to go before the Stobart Champion Flat Jockey race concludes at Ascot on October 15.

]]>Pardew favourite for the England job with Allardyce out by October 1sthttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160927-pardew-favourite-for-the-england-job-with-allardyce-out-by-october-1sthttp://www.oddschecker.com/insight/football/20160927-pardew-favourite-for-the-england-job-with-allardyce-out-by-october-1stTue, 27 Sep 2016 06:58:58 GMTAlan Pardew is the 4/1 favourite to replace Sam Allardyce as England manager following allegations against the current boss.

Pardew favourite for the England job with Allardyce out by October 1st

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Alan Pardew is the 4/1 favourite to replace Sam Allardyce as England manager following allegations against the current boss.

Sam Allardyce is in hot water with the FA this morning after allegations over player transfers were made against him last night.

The Telegraph released a video of him meeting apparent businessmen from a Far East firm hoping to profit from the Premier League's billion pound market. In a series of meetings with these men, he is also said to have made fun of Roy Hodgson's speech impediment, criticised the England team's performance at Euro 2016 and the influence of then coach, Gary Neville.

The FA are understandably furious about this misdemeanor from their new manager and Allardyce is not expected to survive past October 1st or take charge of England's next match against Malta.

Alan Pardew has emerged as the favourite to take over from the beleaguered ex-Sunderland boss at best odds of 4/1. That's following an upturn in fortunes at Crystal Palace that has seen them win three Premier League matches on the spin.

Other candidates that could be likely to get the job are Eddie Howe and Steve Bruce. Howe has continued his excellent work at Bournemouth this season, while Bruce is currently available having left Hull in the Summer. It's relatively difficult to say where the FA will turn though with this story so unexpected and the perceived wisdom would be them appointing a safe pair of hands.

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