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Newcastle to win
Norwich to win
Bury to win
Aberdeen to win

A massive 8.69/1

Meaning a £10 stake will return you £86.90

Were so confident our tipster @a1deniro is placing £40 on this acca for a return of a whooping £347.60

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Tom’s Treble Treble

3 star difficulty – Man United, Preston, Bury to win – 4.08/1 – £20 returns £81.60

4 star difficulty – Norwich, Newcastle, Mk Dons to win – 5.22-1 – £10 returns £52.20

5 star difficulty – Blackburn, Barnsley, Southend to win – 24.88/1 – £15 returns £124.40

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BTTS & Win

Blackburn to win BTTS
Cardiff to win BTTS
Bradford to win BTTS

£1 stake returns you £247.50 on bet365

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New £10 to £1000 challenge

£10 on Man City to win be winning at half time returns £15.33 which be rolled over to another bet hopefully until we reach £1000

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Saturday’s Footy Tips

Junior’s Banker –

Arsenal to win
Chelsea to win
Newcastle double chance
Southampton double chance
Swansea double chance
Derby to win

£10 stake returns – £111.10 on Bet365

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Tom’s 3 stage difficulty

3 stars – Nottingham Forest & Southampton – £20 stake returns £50

4 stars – Newcastle, Mk Dons & Wigan – £10 stake returns £71.81

5 stars – West Ham, Doncaster & Plymouth – £5 stake returns £195

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Tim’s cheeky fourfold

Dundee United to win
Sheff United to win
Luton to win
Wigan to win

£25 stake returns £187

£10 to £1000 challenge

Celtic to win £10 returns – £15.33

If Celtic wins £15.33 would be staked for another bet as we try to reach £1000

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021 – Should The Transfer Window be scrapped?

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A Weekly Football Debate show. This week the guests will discuss whether The Transfer Window should be scrapped entirely, as well as answering all of your listeners questions.

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Morayo – @WhoDeKnee
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Sterling stepping out of Suarez’s shadow


Raheem Sterling got the breakthrough, courtesy of a beautiful ball from Jordan Henderson, as he set the scene for Liverpool to edge out Southampton 2-1 in a tightly contested affair in their Premier League opener.

But after forcing his way into the Liverpool first-team setup under Brendan Rodgers two seasons ago, the youngster was restricted to limited minutes last campaign, as Philippe Coutinho rotated with him, in Rodgers’ unconventional, yet effective 4-4-2 diamond formation.

However, he was introduced back into the first-team frame towards the run in of last term. Unfortunately they finished 2nd on the final day, with Manchester City triumphant.

But Rodgers’ faith in the 19 year-old was highlighted, because putting a fledging player like Raheem into the deep end can cause nervousness and ultimately failure to thrive under the pressure. Sterling did not crumble; instead he netted a couple of times, (notably a fantastic finish against Norwich tops the lot), and got some assists to his name, as his emergence as a key player was confirmed.

His exquisite execution against the Saints at the weekend was calm, composed and collected. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but when put through on goal, others have a propensity to “bottle it”. Sterling is not one of those players and with Suarez departed to Barcelona; he’s the main man now.

Of course some may beg to differ, saying Daniel Sturridge is their most important player due to his goal scoring records and that is fine, so long as you can give a credible argument. But the 24 year-old’s penchants for regular niggles and knocks are evident and as far as I’m concerned, I haven’t witnessed Sterling suffer injury often.

Sterling is stupendous, a genuine intimidation to the opposition. The intensity in his game, how he presses the ball and technically; he’s very conscious for a young player. When he runs at the opponent he fashions many opportunities. At 19 years of age he’s a true talent and getting better all the time.

Rodgers system benefits Sterling. Whether on either wing in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, or deployed in the Number 10 role in the diamond, his flexibility means he will be a permanent fixture in the Reds starting XI.

With the likes of Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Emre Can settling into life at their new club, Sterling has the weight of expectation thrust upon his nimble shoulders and I believe he will handle it effortlessly.

Bear in mind, Sterling had scored more goals from open play from match day thirteen onwards than any other midfielder in the league last term. He has undoubtedly grown since 2012/13 in front of goal.

He’s definitely far more clinical when 1-v-1 with the shot-stopper. With his dribble rate also improving, it’s observable that, as the years proceed, he’s increasing his productivity, becoming an imposing figure and remaining confident under Rodgers’ leadership.

England boss Roy Hodgson was also impressed. After the former QPR academy player cemented himself in Liverpool’s first team, he was quickly promoted from the England U-19s to the senior England squad and made his World Cup bow, as one of the bright spots in a rather dismal outing for the Three Lions.

Certainly it took a while for the faithful to get over last season’s collapse, but with the Champions League on the horizon they are mentally prepared and looking forward to the future. Sunday’s victory demonstrated the team’s resolve and ability to grind out results when needed and now the stage is set for Sterling to be successful.

By @VanChosenJuan

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Top 10 PL Signings of the Summer

This is usually a thorny issue since every fan wants their team to have done the best business and slaughtered I will be for the controversial list I am about to reveal, warning Arsenal fans Cheick Tiote won’t make this list.

10. Bojan Krkic – I can already hear you baying for my blood. No, I haven’t included him just because I have him in my FPL. He is seemingly and against all odds striving at Stoke On Trent for some weird reason as if he just got bored of Tiki Taka and mutated to long ball mentality, to be fair Mark Hughes has tried to make Charlie Adam and his band of thugs play football ‘the right way’, and Bojan is loving being the main man and something of a rare object around those parts- someone who has actually completed more than 200 ground passes in his whole career, and so young!


9. Mame Biram Diouf, yes two Stokees make my list and no the title isn’t a mistake and neither did I intend to write a flop of the season article. Mame is actually a wonderful footballer in that his physicality doesn’t seem to affect his thinking and concentration power, technically very good see his bicycle goal against Schalke and he has the arrogance to make that centre forward position his own alongside Bojan.


8. Dusan Tadic, for the stats manic fanatics he should be the most exciting thing since Olivier Giroud having better scoring stats than Diego Costa. His chance creation rate in the Eredivisie last season was off the charts, created 114 odd chances for his team mates, Southampton should spray him with Anti-Scouser spray and sprinkle Holy water on him and hope the scent doesn’t carry to Anfield. Grazianno Pelle looks to be the main beneficiary of his chance creation and Jay Rodriguez is already salivating at the prospect and so is my FPL.


7.Diego Costa, he certainly looks like a Pablo Escobar reincarnate but he is no slouch infront of goal, and for a big man has extremely good feet and even when he doesn’t score he riles defenders and makes a living out of being despised by fellow footballers. He is rugged and the only man who scares the living bejeezus out of the Pepe-Ramos double act, I doubt he’ll get along with Koscielny and co but a 30 goal season isn’t beyond him if he doesn’t stay up too late watching Nando Torres’ tapes.

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6. Enner Valencia, fresh from the Liga MX Valencia is confident that Upton Park will soon welcome Real Madrid to it’s hallowed grounds and Allardyce can do nothing but chew his gum and try to play attacking football to suit the aerial prowess of this ultra confident young man, with Downing to spray those crosses that would require Andy Carroll to stand on Shaqueal O’Neal’s shoulders to reach them no problem then. Back him to upset a few aerially challenged defenders and bag a couple.


5. Francesc Fabregas, this Blue Gunner is a star no matter if he’s a Barcelona reject his output is phenomenal, scores goals and assists and looks like a serial killer and kisses the blue badge, everything you’d expect from a former Arsenal captain. I’m not sure how Mourinho explains his philosophy to him, what Jose believes in is the very anti thesis of what this La Masia chap believes in. Expect a few tense derbies and pizza hidden behind that number four on his back, maybe Fergie had a premonition that this lad was coming back and retired and sits so far away from the pitch Cesc would need Rory Delap to help him throw a pizza that far.


4.Remy Cabella, Joe Kinnear must be turning in his kebab filled grave at how that wee club in the North are signing players left, right and centre. Cabella is a star, creates chances, scores goals and has that guile that entrances you, glides with the ball and just as well because if he played for any other team Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote the two man Mob would cripple this beautiful player.


3. Ander Herrera, he can pick a pass can’t he. What makes him so special isn’t his Spanish roots or the fact that he is a terrier in the middle of the park, no. It is the fact that he is a Marcelo Bielsa pupil and as a result he is a student of football and understands tactics, space and control. Any student of El Loco is good with me, isn’t quite like all the other Spanish lads at all the other clubs in that he isn’t a classic 10, can be a central midfielder or one part of a double pivot and Louis Van Gaal is his new teacher, how lucky can one get in one lifetime?


2. Alexis Sanchez, I love this guy, runs his fullback ragged and when he cuts inside the centre backs act injured, his evasive running ties defenders in knots, Me thinks Mertasacker was a huge factor in trying to lure him to the Emirates, Per might have even contributed to pay his buy out clause, the prospect of playing against Alexis wasn’t one that appealed to Per at all. Finally a wideman who can score goals in big games for Arsenal, big game player to boot and he makes his shorts short, extremist this one.


And FINALLY, the big one:


1. Muhamed Besic.Where to start, in a few years this lad with a HUGE temper might be a transfer target for Real Madrid when they get bored of Toni Kroos, he has excellent technique, quickest feet you will ever see and a tenacity that would make Gennaro Gatusso shy, disciplinary problems aside he is a genuine master piece in the middle of the park and at only 21, him and McCarthy and Barry will make Everton rock solid and Merseyside derbies will be a tad more interesting now, hope Stevie tries to mess around. He is a Diamond in the rough and I can only doff my hat to Roberto Martinez for scouring the market and literally stealing this Gem from under Europe’s eyes.


I’ll do another top 10 piece when the window closes, Honourable mention to Bafetimbi Gomis, Grazianno Pelle, Fernando the Octopus, impending Matteo Mussachio and David Ospina if he can dislodge that annoying selfie taking guy at the Emirates.

By @CJSonOfAnarchy

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Tuesday’s Betting Tips


3 Star Difficulty –  Arsenal, Steaua Bucharest & Southend all to win – 6.67/1 (£20 stake wins you £113.40 – Bet365)

4 Star Difficulty – Notts Forest, Bristol City & Morecambe to win – 23.37/1 (£10 stake wins you £233.70 – Bet365)

5 Star Difficulty – Blackburn, MK Dons, Wycombe to win – 25.40/1 (£5 stake wins you £122 – Bet365)

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Arsenal, Napoli, Steaua Bucharest (all to qualify), Brentford double chance, Norwich double chance – 4.55/1 (£20 stake wins you £91 – Bet365)

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BTTS and win Trixie – Bristol City & Yes, Cardiff & Yes and Cheltenham & Yes – (4x£5 stakes wins you a maximum of £872.50 – Bet365)


The Premier League Kick Off


[Ladies and gentlemen, this is the last call for, ‘The Premier League Kickoff]


People start to roll into the theatre, desperately scrambling for their seat. The lights off their phones illuminate the once pitch black theatre. “Excuse me”, “Pardon me”, “That’s my seat!”. If eagerness had a physical form, it would be on show tonight, but that’s not what we are here for. For tonight is a big spectacle: the Premier League is about to begin.

The excitement encompasses the air, not completely though. Though optimism still monopolies the mood of the theatre, pessimism has found a small home within this establishment. Murmurs beget murmurs, which begets more murmurs. If you listen closely, you may be able to pick up on a few “inaudible” conversations:

“We’ve bloody sold a cow for some magic beans with that Suarez deal”. Ah! Liverpool fans. I wonder how this show will fair without the antagonist? Every story needs a villain, but who will take on the mantle, or will it be unlawfully bestowed onto someone by the media?


[The murmurs continue]


“We might as well enter a 5-a-side league”. The exodus at Southampton has a distasteful gory horror ring to it. At times it has almost been unbearable to watch. Flowers delicately natured, only for vultures to swoop in on their defenceless prey.

The murmurs are halted by an outbreak of chants in the upper tier.

Ceremonious cheers breakout, as the curtains finally start to part like the Red Sea.

The Film Previews

Gunning For the Title

Arsenal stunned the current champions, City with a 3-0 scoreline. Promising yes, but like all previews, you can’t invest all your hope into it. You can’t guaranteed that it’ll be a hit movie. Both teams were missing leading cast members, so we’ll just have to wait until September 13th, when two sides meet in the league at the Emirates. Nevertheless, the dress rehearsal was promising.

The Flying Dutchmen

Man United can now be mentioned in the same short asthmatic breath as Arsenal’s “Invincibles”. Van Gaal’s appointment has ensured that United went through the whole preseason unbeaten, beating some high-profile teams along the way.  He has already imposed his mark on the club with a tactical shift in formation. However, the lack of personnel brought in, not just to replace the vast experience that just left, has ensured that this Transfer window farce can compete with he who shall not be named’s (David Moyes) first transfer window.

Mourinho’s March

If  we had a transfer spectrum that registered the amount of transfer activity a team is involved in then, United will be at the very lowest point, and Chelsea will be at the very top. Jose Mourinho finally has a championship winning team, though he had one last season too, but even more so now. No falling around was done, as Chelsea’s transfers were wrapped up very early in July. Expect to see a great on-screen relationship between Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Sleeping Giant

A sleeping giant is not dormant, and current champions, Man City have for once behaved sensibly in the transfer window, whilst their rivals below them have grabbed all the headlines. City have spent this summer working on  solidifying their infrastructure, with a few additions of defensive cover and tying down their key players to new contracts. No doubt, City will be the team to beat.

Bite Another Day

The Champions League welcomes back an old foe. Liverpool finally mark their return back to the European competition that has been quite faithful to them, although, they will be without a notable absence. Liverpool were without European football last season to deter them from fiercely challenging for the title. All eyes will be on them to see if they can balance the burden of both competitions. Watch out, for Coutinho who in preseason has shown that he has entered his name in the ballot for the main role of, protagonist.

[The murmurs have subdued, the curtains rescind further, and movie is about to start]

I wonder how this movie will end… I’m switching off my phone now, so until then.

By @Yvevolution

Saturday’s Betting Tips

After we have gave you our first winner on Wednesday, the boys will be trying to replicate that this weekend as the Premier League starts & the Football League opening day lottery is over. We also start our exciting £10 – £1000 challenge, where tipster @A1deniro will try to turn £10 into £1000 with a series of bets (hopefully daily).


£10-£1000 CHALLENGE 

We start with Manchester to beat Swansea at 4/11 (Bet365). £10 returns £13.60. If Manchester United wins the £13.60 will then be placed on another bet, and there on so forth until we reach the £1000 magic number, where hopefully we will all be £1000 richer!

@A1Deniro also has a home team 4 fold

Man United, Cardiff, Bournemouth & Bristol City all to win – 7.15/1 (£20 stake wins £143.09) – Bet365



3 Star Difficulty – Stoke & Blackburn to win – 3.30/1 (£20 stake wins you £66.09) – Bet365

4 Star Difficulty – Bournemouth, Bristol City & Southend to win – 6.46/1 (£10 stake wins you £64.63) – Bet365

5 Star Difficulty – MK Dons, Sunderland & Derby to win – 31.24/1 (£5 Stake wins you £156.19) – Bet365


Cazorla Gunning for goals & glory


Santi Cazorla broke the deadlock to set Arsenal on their way to a straightforward 3-0 victory over Manchester City, in the Community Shield on Sunday. That strike is contributing to initial hints that he could find his tread rapidly this campaign, as opposed to the previous season.

In the summer transfer window last year, the marquee acquisition of Mesut Özil for a club record deal in the region of £42.5 million pounds hindered Cazorla’s self-assurance. The Spaniard was evidently distressed that he had been virtually replaced and following rumours of a return to his native country he knuckled down and eventually fought for a spot in the starting line-up.

However, to begin with, he was relegated to the bench as Özil was integrated as the main man. The German had a dream debut day against Sunderland, where he claimed an assist with a deft touch and incisive pass for Olivier Giroud to steer home.

But, it’s worth noting, Santi’s significance to Arsenal should not be underestimated. No other player had been selected as often for the Gunners first-team in the 2012/13 term. In his debut season for the North London outfit, he was present in all of his side’s 38 leagues fixtures, with 37 starts and one feature off the bench.

Also, his unrivaled set-piece capability and ambidextrous nature is a sporadic facet of his game, that very few can boast of (Christian Eriksen comes to mind).

It’s noticeable that his purpose to get more goals this season is apparent. Therefore, I trust he can kick start his Premiership tally when Arsenal face Crystal Palace on Saturday 16th August at the Emirates Stadium.

It’s an aspect of his game he’s always tried to progress. In his final season at Malaga, he netted eleven times and it was palpable that his target was to surpass that minor feat.

Mind you, that’s a fine accomplishment for a midfielder. But I believe he can score more and improve in that characteristic of his game, this season.

Various circumstances affect how many goals you can score, and with players the caliber of Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere establishing a triumvirate with the 29 year-old, you get the feeling Cazorla will improve as an individual and ultimately that will lead to the team making him better too.

They’ll all work in tandem and they must come together to become a collective unit. All the above-mentioned will result in Cazorla finding the net frequently.

Cazorla’s canny passing and eye for goal from distance continuously leaves Arsenal fans elated. Moreover, you need a type of player like him in your team to unlock the tightest defences.

With Özil yet to return to full match fitness following his triumphant World Cup and Theo Walcott currently still sidelined, Cazorla can inflict mayhem in the final third, at least for the opening few games. Only time will tell if he can make the most of this blessing in disguise to cement a starting role this season.

In fact, it is his versatility that saved him last term when the former two suffered injury in the second half of the season, after winter. How ironic is that?

Deployed on either flank or through the middle at No. 10, he got many games under his belt as he pulled the strings as the Gunners’ key creator, as well as scoring some goals on the road to 4th place.

Cazorla regained confidence and was relishing his combination with the recovered Ramsey, (who also got injured in January).

His negative attitude reverted to an enthusiastic outlook and intrepid approach – and when Özil returned to the fray and recaptured his early season form, their partnership was also joy to behold for those connected with the side.

He has already expressed his desire to stay at the team, amid interest from Atletico Madrid in Spain and he is fully focused on the tests they will come across, which only bodes well for the near future. Not to mention the backing he has from everybody.

If Arsenal is to hit the ground running and mount a serious title challenge this time round, the former Villarreal man has the astuteness and aptitude to be immensely instrumental.

By @VanChosenJuan 

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020 – 14/15 Season Preview Podcast


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A Weekly Football Debate Show. This week we try to attempt organised chaos as we invite fans onto the show to give us a preview into how their club is shaping up heading into the upcoming season. We’re also joined by Bristol City Star, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas as he gives us an insight into how he thinks his second season with The Robins could go, we also stick our necks on the line with some predictions to kick off the season.

Host – @Lewbob91
Leroy – @PatternOfPlay (Arsenal)
Ayo – @UncleD1su (Man United)
Mickey – @TheRegista_ (Arsenal)
Aaron – @AaronDPM9 (Arsenal)
Junior – @JuniorXVII (Man United)
Era – @Trial_N_Era (Spurs)
Ife – @MrMeeds (Chelsea)
Daniel – @Swagadore (Chelsea)
Faruk – @BenjaminKasani (Liverpool)

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