EPL Preview Apr29

EPL Preview

The season continues to wind down and Leicester City has a chance to finish the impossible dream on Sunday.  A club flirting with relegation just a season ago is damn near close to finishing the season atop the Premier League table having opened the season with odds as high as 5000-1. This is why we love sport; just when we think we’ve seen it all something beyond our realm of comprehension unfolds.  Jimmy is back to provide analysis on every single weekend fixture Everton v Bournemouth Everton -0.5 and 2.75 goals The style with which Roberto Martinez managed teams play requires a huge amount of bravery and confidence from his players and that will be a problem this weekend. Patience is running thin at Goodison Park and every pass that goes astray will be met with howls of derision. Bournemouth travel north in party mood knowing the beaches of their summer holidays are within touching distance. Give me the away side to put a good showing in at what’ll be a nervous tense and fractious atmosphere on Merseyside. Bournemouth all the way for me. Newcastle v Crystal Palace Newcastle -0.5 and 2.5 goals This is a massive game for Newcastle and after recent positive showings they should be very confident of getting a result here. Alan Pardew will want his side to put in a good performance traveling to his old stomping ground but surely their attentions are beginning to turn to that FA Cup Final. This should be a very tactical encounter as Pardew is in many way very similar to Rafa Benitez in how he sets his teams up. Give me a piece of the under 2.5 goals in this game as a pretty solid looking proposition. Stoke City v Sunderland PK...

Season 6 Props

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television…and it just got better.  Offshore sportsbook Bovada opened up a handful of wagering propositions to make your viewing of Season 6 that much more enjoyable and hopefully profitable. These props naturally take low limits since there are people who know the winners and are more for entertainment purposes than anything else. However there’s nothing wrong with plunking down a $20 spot just to keep yourself even more engaged Here’s the list of what’s currently available Which character will perish next? Jorah Mormont                          4/1 Alliser Thorne                            15/2 Ramsay Snow                           8/1 Sansa Stark                              8/1 Theon Greyjoy                           8/1 Podrick Payne                          10/1 Brienne of Tarth                         11/1 Daario Naharis                          18/1 Grey Worm                               18/1 High Sparrow                            18/1 Ellaria Sand                              22/1 Jaime Lannister                         25/1 Loras Tyrell                               25/1 Margaery Tyrell                          25/1 Tommen Baratheon                   25/1 Drogon                                     30/1 Lady Melisandre                        30/1 Missandei                                 30/1 Olenna Tyrell                             30/1 Lord Varys                                33/1 Bronn                                       40/1 Petyr Baelish                             40/1 Arya Stark                                 50/1 Cersei Lannister                         50/1 Davos                                      50/1 Samwell Tarly                            50/1 Tyrion Lannister                         50/1 Daenerys Targaryen                   75/1 Jaquen H’ghar                           75/1 When will Arya Stark regain her sight in Season 6? Episode 2                     10/1 Episode 3                      5/1 Episode 4                      5/1 Episode 5                     3/1 Episode 6                     2/1 Episode 7-10                7/4 Who will be the ruling King or Queen of Westeros at the end of the series? Jon Snow                                 5/2 Daenerys Targaryen                   3/1 Aegon VI Targaryen                   6/1 Tyrion Lannister                         7/1 Petyr Baelish                             15/2 Bran or Rickon Stark                 16/1 Margaery Tyrell                          18/1 Sansa Stark                              20/1 Varys                                        20/1 Euron Greyjoy                           25/1 Night’s King                              30/1 Stannis Baratheon                     33/1 Arya Stark                                 50/1 Cersei Lannister                         50/1 Ramsay Bolton (Snow)              66/1 Hodor                                      ...

Weekend Preview Apr23

Weekend Preview

Even with an abridged slate of fixtures our man across the pond James Kempton is here to share his thoughts for the weekend Bournemouth v Chelsea Chelsea -0.25 and 2.75 goals If ever a game offered zero betting appeal then this is probably it. Bournemouth had that famous 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last December which drove one of the final nails into Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea coffin. If the Blues’ high profile big name players had any pride then they would travel down to the south coast and pick off the Cherries in this game. The problem is that all season long they’ve shown they don’t have much pride and now the rotation of fringe squad and youth players makes it a lottery at even picking their team, let alone their performance level. Liverpool v Newcastle United Liverpool -1 and 3 goals If the endless fan montages and singing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ began to make you feel bilious before the Europa League tie against Borussia Dortmund then look away now. Rafa returns to Anfield and there is sure to be an outpouring of love for the ‘Spanish Waitor’. There have been at least two goals in eighteen of the last nineteen EPL meetings of the sides. Liverpool have won nine and drawn one of the last ten EPL meets at Anfield and this game back on April 1996 saw the Premiership’s finest ever game! Liverpool are 8-2–3 against the bottom third placed teams but I can’t trust them laying a full goal ahead of the big Europa League Semi Final. I will take a piece of the overs though on the goal line as it seems the more Klopp changes his team the more the goals fly in! Sunderland v Arsenal Arsenal...

Integrity of Sports

Yesterday marked another landmark day in the ongoing quest for sports gambling legalization.   The American Gaming Association hosted a summit on Capitol Hill bringing in some of the industry’s most respected voices working to protect the integrity of sport.  One of the biggest obstacles national legalization continues to combat is circulation of misinformation.  With decision makers improperly informed on the topic progress is tough to come by but thanks to the AGA things are changing. Here’s the press release provided by the AGA offering a brief synopsis of the day’s events and their ongoing mission Experts Gather on Capitol Hill to Protect the Integrity of Sports Illegal, unregulated, untracked sports betting estimated to exceed $100 Billion in United States annually Washington, D.C. – As the United States nears 25 years with a federal law that has driven trillions of dollars in sports betting to the black market, experts from around the globe gathered at a standing-room-only event on Capitol Hill today to discuss the threat unregulated gambling poses to the integrity of professional and amateur sports. The event, “The World of Sports Betting and Safeguarding Sports Integrity,” highlighted how technology is used in regulated sports betting markets to detect nefarious behavior and featured luminaries such as the former CEO of the Liverpool Football Club and a former United Kingdom sports minister. Led by Genius Sports Group, a technology company that monitors and identifies suspicious betting patterns, and the American Gaming Association (AGA), the trade group representing the casino gaming industry, experts from law enforcement, academia, professional sports leagues and government highlighted a broken federal law that encourages illicit activity and threatens the integrity of sports. Current law prohibits traditional sports betting outside of Nevada. “The lack of data collection, information sharing and transparency in America’s...

EPL Mid Week Report Apr19

EPL Mid Week Report

It’s time for a little bonus EPL with relegation races and the title chase heating up with only a few fixtures left.  James Kempton offers a few thoughts on where you can find value with the mid-week games. Newcastle United v Manchester City Manchester City -1 and 2.75 goals It was 6-1 to City back in October and they’ve won each of their last six trips to St James’ Park by exactly two clear goals. Despite all that’s happened this season the home team will see this as an opportunity for them to gain momentum that they can then use on the relegation run in and they will be cheered on by a forgiving home crowd. City just look too potent going forward though so if the Geordies are going to get anything then they will have to be expansive in their style of play. I expect big man Mitrovic to play and for the Black & Whites to be direct and play on the sometimes shaky City backline. Give me over 2.75 goals and I lean to the away team to take this maybe 3-1. West Ham United v Watford West Ham -0.75 and 2.5 goals Watford won 2-0 at Vicarage Road when the sides met back in October but you have to believe this will be a much changed Hornets team that takes the field for this game. All of their focus is quite rightly, whatever Qiques Sanchez Flores may say to the contrary, is on that Sunday FA Cup Semi Final against Crystal Palace.  West Ham will carry the momentum from that game at Leicester on Sunday into this fixture and I believe they will win and cover this line comfortably. Liverpool v Everton Liverpool -0.75 and 2.5 goals Everton have...

EPL Round 34 Apr15

EPL Round 34

Football action is heating up all over Europe…just at the same time a lot of the drama we’ve come to expect in the Premiership come April is subsiding.  That being said our EPL insider James Kempton is back to share his thoughts on all the big matches this weekend while offering up some strong investments Norwich City v Sunderland Norwich -0.25 and 2.25 goals Norwich won 3-1 in the north east back in August and they’re undefeated against the Mackems in the last five EPL meets between the clubs. This is a real leave alone game for me as although Norwich have won two and drawn one of their last four games you cannot trust them to beat a Sunderland side who’ve not lost to a bottom half placed team since mid December. I’m not sure Sunderland would view a point as a good result though so I’m wary of taking them with a quarter goal on the handicap. If the game is tight late into the game the away team may leave themselves open as they search for the winning goal. Everton v Southampton Everton -0.25 and 2.25 goals Internal turmoil has beset Everton for the first time in a very long time. The Goodison Park crowd have turned on Martinez and to be honest I’m just surprised it’s not happened sooner. Everton won 3-0 at St Marys earlier this season and they’ve won the last three EPL meetings of the teams at Goodison Park since the Saints returned to the top flight. However, the atmosphere is not great on Merseyside and Everton are 3-6-8 against the top half placed sides so it’s a brave man who backs the Toffees here despite that convincing win at Southampton. Give me the Saints to at...

Mamba Props Apr13

Mamba Props

Tonight the NBA sends a legend off into retirement.  Whether you believe that Kobe should have hung up his sneakers years ago is neither here nor there.  However the proper tribute for any great is to immortalize him with some unique betting props for his final game.  Thanks to Dave Mason at BetOnLine there are plenty of ways to get your money in action for the final act of his illustrious career. Utah @ LA Lakers Crying Kobe 10:35 PM 2501 Kobe Bryant Cries During Game +350 2502 Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Cry During Game -500 Utah @ LA Lakers Dunk Made by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2555 Yes +400 2556 No -600 Utah @ LA Lakers Exact Pts by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2409 0 to 10 Pts +800 2410 11 to 15 Pts +500 2411 16 to 20 Pts +325 2412 21 to 25 Pts +275 2413 26 to 30 Pts +325 2414 31 Pts or More +350 Utah @ LA Lakers Fadeaway Shot Made by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2553 Yes -175 2554 No +145 Utah @ LA Lakers First 3pt field goal attempt by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2423 Make +175 2424 Miss -220 Utah @ LA Lakers First Field Goal Attempt by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2401 Make +130 2402 Miss -160 Utah @ LA Lakers First Points Scored by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2415 2 Point Field Goal +100 2416 3 Point Field Goal +450 2417 Free Throw +150 Utah @ LA Lakers Last 3pt field goal attempt by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2425 Make +190 2426 Miss -240 Utah @ LA Lakers Last Field Goal Attempt by Kobe Bryant (LAL) 10:35 PM 2421 Make +130 2422 Miss -160 Utah @ LA...

Round 33 Apr08

Round 33

Another round of fixtures are in the books and Leicester City is one step closer to doing the unthinkable.  City is now an overwhelming favorite to go from after thought to champion in just one season.  However there are other opportunities to make a few bucks on the pitch this weekend and James Kempton is here, like always, to offer his complete thoughts. West Ham United v Arsenal Arsenal -0.5 and 2.5 goals It was that opening day win at The Emirates that put us on notice about the ability of this Hammers side as before that they had lost nine straight to the Gunners. West Ham are 5-2-2 against the top third so I should take the Hammers here but I just get the feeling that Arsenal will tease their fans once more by winning this game to ultimately fall short in the title race. It’s only history and my guys that makes me lean to Arsenal here as all sane reasoning suggests the home side are a good bet. Aston Villa v Bournemouth Bournemouth -0.5 and 2.25 goals This game intrigues me from a pricing perspective as if ever there should be a value spot to back Villa in then this should be it after that 4-0 TV loss to Chelsea last week. The home crowd have turned on their players though and it’s a poisonous atmosphere at Villa Park for the home team to play in. Opening day seems a very long time ago now as on that day Villa won 1-0 away to Bournemouth and since then Villa have gained just thirteen points in thirty one games. If it’s a tight game I’m sure the home team will find a way to lose and Eddie Howe will be looking for...

Odds to win 2017 Title Apr05

Odds to win 2017 Title...

Villanova is still basking in the glory of their historic victory last evening.  However oddsmakers have already hung prices on teams to win the 2017 Mens College basketball Championship.  Here are the opening lines courtesy of the Westgate Superbook 2016-17 MENS NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM — GLENDALE, AZ MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017  DUKE 9-2 KENTUCKY 6 VILLANOVA 8 LOUISVILLE 10 KANSAS 10 MICHIGAN ST 12 NORTH CAROLINA 15 INDIANA 20 VIRGINIA 20 XAVIER 20 OREGON 20 ARIZONA 20 WISCONSIN 30 WEST VIRGINIA 30 MARYLAND 40 PURDUE 40 U CONN 40 IOWA ST 50 MIAMI FL 50 SETON HALL 50 TEXAS 60 GONZAGA 80 SYRACUSE 80 UCLA 80 TEXAS A&M 80 BAYLOR 80 OKLAHOMA 80 UTAH 80 BUTLER 100 IOWA 100 MICHIGAN 100 WICHITA ST 100 FLORIDA  100 ARIZONA ST 100 MISSISSIPPI ST 100 SMU 100 CINCINNATI 100 VCU 200 NOTRE DAME 200 FLORIDA ST 200 CREIGHTON 200 GEORGETOWN 200 OHIO ST 200 COLORADO 200 USC 200 DAYTON 200 SAN DIEGO ST 200 SOUTH CAROLINA 200 ST MARY’S  200 VANDY 200 TENNESSEE 200 HARVARD 200 CALIFORNIA 200 AUBURN 300 OREGON ST 300 BYU 300 RHODE ISLAND 300 CLEMSON 300 PITTSBURGH 300 PROVIDENCE 300 TEXAS TECH 300 ILLINOIS 300 UNLV 300 NC STATE 300 NORTHWESTERN 300 NEBRASKA 300 COLORADO ST 300 LSU 300 OLE MISS 300 GEORGIA 300 ARKANSAS 300 ALABAMA 300 VIRGINIA TECH 300 GEORGIA TECH 300 WAKE FOREST 300 MINNESOTA 300 FRESNO ST 300 MEMPHIS 300 MARQUETTE 300 KANSAS ST 300 OKLAHOMA ST 300 PRINCETON 300 BOISE ST 300 HOUSTON 300 TULSA 300 DAVIDSON 300 OAKLAND 500 WASHINGTON 500 TEMPLE 500 ST BONNY’S 500 DEPAUL 500 ST JOHN’S  500 PENN ST 500 NEW MEXICO 500 MISSOURI 500 STANFORD 500 VALPO 1000 GEO WASH 1000 RICHMOND 1000 ST JOE’S 1000 U MASS 1000 RUTGERS 1000...

Round 32 Apr01

Round 32

The international break has come and gone (thankfully) so Jimmy’s hiatus covering the EPL came to a screeching halt.  Here are all his thoughts on the weekend’s fixtures Listen to his podcast here Aston Villa v Chelsea Chelsea -1 and 2.5 goals None of the last six meetings of the sides in the EPL have seen more than three goals. It was 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and I see a similar outcome here despite the midweek departure of coach Garde from Villa Park. Villa are 0-4-12 against the top half and have scored just nine goals whilst conceding thirty four goals. The fact that this is a live TV game should help focus the Chelsea players’ attention and we’ve seen all season long this type of exposure makes no difference to the shameful performance levels of Villa. Chelsea or pass for me. Arsenal v Watford Arsenal -1.5 and 2.75 goals Arsenal won 3-0 at Vicarage Road in October but the Hornets frustrated them for an hour in that game and Watford knocked the Gunners out of the FA Cup just three weeks ago. Watford struggle in this spot as they are 2-0-9 against the top third but they’ve only conceded sixteen goals in those eleven matches. Watford have lost by more than one goal just three times this season and tactically I can see them frustrating the Gunners once more. You can’t back Arsenal on this -1.5 line but these are the games they tend to win. I like the unders in this spot as Watford are sure to set up in a manner that the home team will have to work hard to break down. Bournemouth v Manchester City Man City -0.5 and 2.5 goals City hammered Bournemouth...

Ultimate NES Bracket

Inspiration for story ideas is drawn from unusual places.  While I won’t call myself a writer by any stretch (blogger probably a reach as well) I was hit by a creative bolt of lightning while watching the FIFA Interactive World Championships last week. My first thought was “holy shit, when did video games get so damn complicated and intricate?”  I know this makes me sound like an old man since I played plenty of PS2 in my college days but that truly feels like an eternity ago especially when all your friends are getting married and popping out kids.  Let’s be real; you’re still looking at a guy whose most cherished video game possession is a $20 Sega Genesis Plug and Play that allows me to stay crisp in NHL 95 (For the record anyone out there that would like to challenge me on that platform just let me know) just in case my prowess ever gets questioned.  Yet, I digress from my main focus here… The goal? Determine the undisputed single greatest sports game ever made on the original Nintendo Entertainment System My plan was to hearken back to a simpler time; one where 8 bit video games were the norm and we all lived in neighborhoods with front doors permanently unlocked.  To spare you the nostalgia, Ferne Dr in suburban Wheeling was a hot bed for video game activity…almost like a silicon valley for Nintendo.  The amount of anger, animosity, and pressure felt in those basements playing Little League Baseball and Tecmo Bowl rivals the intensity you’ll see on the biggest of sports stages.  Broken controllers, battered fingers, and the occasional black eye were par for the course if you sought video game glory. Thanks to some pretty passionate please from the...

Frozen Four

The college hockey world descends on Amalie Arena in Tampa (yes Tampa) on Saturday, April 9th to crown a national champion.  However before we get there games need to be played to see what four programs will punch their ticket to the Frozen Four.  Here are the brand spanking new odds on the 2016 NCAA hockey champion highlighted by a quartet of familiar names installed as co-favorites. (Lines courtesy of Westgate Superbook) BOSTON COLLEGE Eagles   4/1 QUINNIPIAC Bobcats 4/1 NORTH DAKOTA Fighting Hawks 4/1 ST CLOUD STATE Huskies 5/1 PROVIDENCE Friars 10/1 DENVER Pioneers 10/1 MICHIGAN Wolverines 15/1 YALE Bulldogs 20/1 MASS-LOWELL River Hawks 20/1 NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish 20/1 HARVARD Crimson 20/1 NORTHEASTERN Huskies 20/1 BOSTON Terriers 20/1 MINNESOTA-DULUTH Bulldogs 20/1 FERRIS STATE Bulldogs 300/1 RIT Tigers...