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The Punt Podcast
By February 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The Punt Podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast.
On this edition, Alex Dunn, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin offer their best bets in the Premier League, and also look ahead to the EFL Cup Final.
*Just a note – this podcast was recorded prior to …

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FWA Podcast
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FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week.
This week, Sam Wallace joins Mark Walton to talk about this weekend’s televised Premier League games and the League Cup Final.
They also chat ab…

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best Lea…

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European Football Podcast
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European Football Podcast

Mark Walton, Alex Dunn and Sam Norris go through the best of the action across Europe.
Enjoy.

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The League Podcast – 26th-27th December
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The League Podcast – 26th-27th December

Pete Farries, Gav Puszczalowskyi  and Al Ross offer their best selections from the Championship, Leagues One and Two.

Pete takes a look at the televised ties including Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton v QPR.

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European Football Podcast – Episode 99: 7th December
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European Football Podcast – Episode 99: 7th December

Alex Dunn and Sam Norris go through three top European games on Sunday this week.
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The League Podcast
By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best Lea…

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The League Podcast
By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best Lea…

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European Football Podcast – Episode 98: 24th November
By November 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

European Football Podcast – Episode 98: 24th November

Dave Kelner and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend, including Saturday’s El Clasico.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November

Steve Harrison and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November

Steve Harrison and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 95: 3rd November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 95: 3rd November

Alex Dunn, Steve Harrison and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend.
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The League Podcast
By November 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best League …

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The Punt podcast

The Punt podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast.

On this edition, Dave Kelner, Thom Kirwin and Derek McGovern preview all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.

 

 

 

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International Opta Facts – Home Nations
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International Opta Facts – Home Nations

Slovakia v England
o This will be Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England – he is the 14th full-time manager of the international team.o The last eight England managers have all won their first game in charge of the Three Lions. In fact the onl…

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Andy Holding – Tipperary Preview: 25th August

Andy Holding – Tipperary Preview: 25th August

Tonight’s Irish action comes courtesy of a 7 race card at Tipperary and our Irish Racing expert Andy Holding has a selection in each race.
Listen to Andy analyse all 7 races before offering his picks.
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Europa League Playoff Second Leg Opta Facts

Europa League Playoff Second Leg Opta Facts

West Ham v Astra Giurgiu


o   West Ham have won only one of their last six European games, all Europa League qualifiers (D2 L3).

o   Although Astra Giurgiu have lost five of their last seven away European games (W1 D1), their two unbeaten games were on British soil, winning 1-0 at Inverness and drawing 2-2 with West Ham in 2015.

o   The Hammers have won three of their last four Europa League home qualifiers (D1), although those games were all played at Upton Park.

o   Astra Giurgiu have only qualified for the Europa League once before, in 2014/15. They were eliminated in the group stage.

o   The Hammers’ last participation in a European competition proper was in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, when they were eliminated in the first round by Palermo.

o   Mark Noble has scored a penalty in two of West Ham’s three Europa League qualifiers in 2016/17, including one in the first leg of this tie.

Astra Giurgiu have shipped 26 goals in their last 12 away European games, keeping only one clean sheet (1-0 v Inverness).

 

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Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

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Manchester City – Steaua Bucharest

o   Manchester City’s 5-0 win in the first leg qualifier equalled their biggest ever European win (also 5-0 v Lierse in 1969/70 Cup Winners’ Cup and 5-0 v The New Saints in 2003/04 UEFA Cup qualifying).

o   City’s 5-0 advantage is the biggest first leg lead recorded since the introduction of the Champions League playoff round in 2009/10.

o   The Citizens have won all three of their previous games against Romanian opposition, scoring eight and conceding none.

o   Steaua Bucharest have lost their last four games against English sides, failing to score in the last three.

o   Steaua have played in England on nine previous occasions in European competition, losing seven and drawing twice. Their highest profile trip on English soil was in the UEFA Cup semi-final v Middlesbrough in April 2006, losing 4-2 on the night.

o   Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in the first leg, but also missed two penalties. The last player to miss two spotkicks in a Champions League qualifier before him was Ivica Vrdoljak for Legia Warsaw v Celtic in July 2014.

 

 

Hapoel Be’er Sheva – Celtic

o   Celtic have qualified from eight of their last nine European qualifiers in which they’ve taken a lead into the second leg – the exception was last season’s Champions League play-off against Malmo.

o   Hapoel Be’er Sheva are unbeaten in their last four home European games (W2 D2).

o   Leigh Griffiths has scored five goals in his last four European games for Celtic.

o   Since the Champions League play-offs were introduced in 2009/10, no side has ever recovered a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

o   The Bhoys have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 European games, conceding 21 goals.

o   Should Hapoel qualify, they would be the fourth Israeli side to play in the Champions League proper after Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

 

 

Legia Warsaw – Dundalk

o   Legia are unbeaten in their last seven home Champions League qualifiers (W3 D4).

o   Dundalk have won only two of their last 19 away European games, both in the Europa League qualifying phase in 2014/15 (D3 L14).

o   Warsaw have conceded only one goal in this season Champions League qualifiers and are on a run of four consecutive clean sheets.

o   The only side to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg of a Champions League play-off qualifier was Celtic in 2013/14 against Shakhtyor Qaraghandy.

o   Should Legia Warsaw qualify, they will be the first Polish side to qualify for the Champions League since Widzew Lodz in 1996/97 and the first time Warsaw have qualified since their sole participation in 1995/96.

If Dundalk qualify, they will be the first ever Irish team to play in the Champions League.

 

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EFL Cup 2nd Round Opta Stats

EFL Cup 2nd Round Opta Stats

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QPR v Rochdale

o   QPR’s only win in their three previous meetings with Rochdale was a 3-0 victory back in April 1959 in Division Three, drawing one and losing the other.

o   Rochdale won the last meeting between these sides, 2-0 at Loftus Road at this stage of the League Cup in August 2011.

o   The Hoops have fallen at this stage in each of the last three seasons, each time against opposition from a lower tier.

o   The only time Rochdale have reached the third round of the League Cup since they reached the 1962 final was in 2011-12 – after beating QPR in round two.

 

Scunthorpe v Bristol City

o   Scunthorpe have only progressed from two of their last 12 League Cup ties against higher ranked opposition (vs Blackburn in 2014-15 and Derby via penalties in 2012-13).

o   The Robins have won their last four meetings with Scunthorpe in all competitions, winning each game by a 2-0 scoreline.

o   The Iron haven’t reached the third round of the League Cup since the 2010-11 season, where they eventually lost to Manchester United.

o   Bristol City have reached the third round of the League Cup in just one of the last 12 seasons (2013-14).

 

Watford v Gillingham

o   The last meeting between these sides was their only previous meeting in this competition – Watford won 3-0 in a first round tie in August 2007.

o   Gillingham’s last win at Vicarage Road in all competitions came in a second tier league meeting in March 2003 (1-0), losing two and drawing one since then.

o   The Hornets have reached the third round of the League Cup in just one of the previous seven seasons (2013-14).

o   Meanwhile, Gillingham haven’t progressed past the second round since 2005-06, beating Portsmouth 3-2 at Priestfield – which was also the last time they beat Premier League opposition in the competition.

 

Peterborough v Swansea

o   This will be the fourth tie between these sides in the League Cup, with the Posh progressing on two of the previous three occasions.

o   However, Swansea won the last meeting between the sides, 3-1 in the third round in September 2010, thanks to a Scott Sinclair hat-trick.

o   Peterborough have lost seven and drawn one of their last eight League Cup games against top-flight opposition, seeing them eliminated from six ties. Their last win came against Liverpool in 1991-92.

o   Meanwhile, 2013 winners Swansea were knocked out by lower league opposition in last season’s tournament, going down 1-0 against Championship Hull.

 

Everton v Yeovil

o   This will be the first meeting of any kind between these two sides.

o   Since beating Sunderland in the 1949 FA Cup fourth round, Yeovil have lost all 12 of their meetings with top flight opposition in all competitions.

o   Everton have progressed from 15 of their last 17 League Cup ties against lower tiered opposition, losing out only to Brentford in 2010-11 and Leeds in 2012-13.

o   The Glovers have never progressed past the second round of the League Cup.

 

Millwall v Nottingham Forest

o   These sides have played each other four times across three League Cup ties previously (one replay), with Millwall progressing on two occasions.

o   However, Forest won the last such meeting, winning 2-1 at this stage in the 2013-14 campaign.

o   The Lions have lost their last two Round 2 ties, last reaching the third round back in 2011.

o   Nottingham Forest have won their last four away League Cup ties against lower ranked opposition.

 

Sunderland v Shrewsbury

o   Sunderland have never lost against Shrewsbury, winning six and drawing two of their eight second tier league meetings between 1979 and 1989.

o   This will be Shrewsbury’s 31st consecutive League Cup tie against higher ranked opposition. They’ve won five of their last seven, with both defeats coming against Premier League clubs.

o   The Black Cats have reached the third round in seven of the last eight seasons, including reaching the final in 2014.

o   Indeed, David Moyes’ last games in the League Cup were with Man United in the 2014 semi-finals – losing out to Sunderland on penalties.

 

Luton v Leeds

o   This will be the fourth meeting between these sides in the League Cup, with Luton winning the most recent clash 2-0 back in November 1988, en route to reaching the final (L2).

o   Leeds haven’t won at Kenilworth Road since December 1991, in a top-flight clash the season Leeds were crowned champions (D2 L1 since).

o   The Hatters have won five of their last seven League Cup ties against Championship sides, with both defeats coming against Reading (2005 and 2008).

o   The Whites are unbeaten in 13 League Cup ties against fourth-tier opponents, winning the last 11 in a row (D2). Their last defeat was against Mansfield in September 1994.

 

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers

o   This is the first time Chelsea have played in Round 2 of the League Cup since the 1996-97 season, where they beat Blackpool 5-4 on aggregate before losing out to Bolton in Round 3.

o   The Pirates won the last meeting between these sides, in a Division Two match back in March 1981 (1-0).

o   The Blues have won their last eight League Cup ties against lower ranked opposition, since losing on penalties to Burnley in November 2008.

o   Bristol Rovers haven’t reached Round 3 of the League Cup since 2000-01, where they eliminated Premier League side Everton at this stage via penalties.

 

Burton v Liverpool

o   This will be the first ever meeting between these sides.

o   Liverpool have lost none of their last 12 League Cup games against lower ranked opponents (W8 D4), though one of those draws ended in a shootout loss to Northampton in September 2010.

o   Burton have faced Premier League opposition in two of the previous three League Cup campaigns, beating QPR in 2014-15, but losing out on penalties to Fulham in 2013-14.

o   Liverpool have reached the semi-final in three of the last five League Cup campaigns, including reaching the final twice (winning in 2012 but losing on penalties to Man City last season).

 

Blackburn v Crewe

o   Blackburn won the only previous League Cup meeting between these sides, 1-0 back in October 1998 courtesy of a Chris Sutton goal.

o   Crewe have scored just one goal in their last six meetings with Blackburn in all competitions.

o   Rovers have been eliminated from five of their last six League Cup ties against lower ranked opposition, the exception being their first round win against Mansfield.

o   The Railwaymen haven’t won a Round 2 League Cup tie since 2008-09, when they beat Bristol City before being knocked out by Liverpool in Round 3.

 

Burnley v Accrington

o   This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides.

o   Stanley have never beaten Premier League opposition in any competition (D1 L3). They also lost on penalties following the solitary draw, against Watford in the League Cup in September 2006.

o   Burnley have failed to score in their last three League Cup games. They’ve never gone four games without a goal in the competition.

o   Accrington have never progressed past the second round in League Cup history.

 

Crystal Palace v Blackpool

o   Palace have never lost a League Cup match against Blackpool (W2 D1), winning the most recent meeting 3-1 in October 2003.

o   However, since that defeat, Blackpool have lost just one of their 10 meetings with the Eagles in all competitions (W3 D6).

o   Alan Pardew’s men have won their last three League Cup games lower tiered opposition, netting 11 goals in the process.

o   Blackpool have progressed from three of their last five League Cup ties against Premier League opposition.

 

Morecambe v Bournemouth

o   Morecambe have faced Premier League opposition on two occasions in the League Cup, losing both encounters in the second round of the competition, 2-0 at Sunderland in 2012 and 2-0 at home to Newcastle in 2013.

o   Bournemouth reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 2015; their best ever run in the competition before losing 3-1 at home to Liverpool.

o   This will be the first time Morecambe and Bournemouth have met in a domestic cup competition.

o   Morecambe’s Jack Dunn is the current League Cup top goalscorer with three goals.

Preston v Oldham

o   Preston have never made it beyond Round 4 of the League Cup.

o   Oldham reached the final of the League Cup in 1990 but were defeated 1-0 by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.

o   These sides have met once before in the League Cup, in 1969, when Preston progressed to the second round after beating Oldham 1-0 in a first round replay.

o   Preston won both League One meetings between the two sides in 2014/15, with an aggregate score of 5-0. PNE also defeated Oldham 10-9 in the EFL Trophy on penalties.

 

Oxford v Brighton

o   This will be the second League Cup meeting between the two sides. The first was a 2-0 first round home win for Brighton in 1968.

o   Oxford won the 1986 League Cup, beating Queens Park Rangers 3-0 in the final.

o   Brighton have never progressed beyond the quarter-final of the League Cup.

o   Oxford are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Brighton (W5 D3).

 

Reading v MK Dons

o   The only two previous meetings between these two sides came in the Championship last season. MK Dons were relegated but were unbeaten against Reading during the campaign (W1 D1).

o   MK Dons’ first ever League Cup match was a 3-0 away win against Peterborough in 2004.

o   Reading have never scored against MK Dons, in two previous meetings.

o   Reading 5-7 Arsenal in October 2012 holds the record for the most goals in a single League Cup match, along with Brentford 6-6 Dagenham and Redbridge in August 2014.


Fulham v Middlesbrough

o   Fulham and Middlesbrough have only ever met once in a cup competition, the final of the 1975 Anglo-Scottish Cup. Middlesbrough won 1-0.

o   Fulham have failed to score in four of their last five matches against Middlesbrough.

o   Middlesbrough reached back to back League Cup finals in 1997 and 1998 but lost both to Leicester City and Chelsea.

o   Middlesbrough won the League Cup in in 2004 with a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.

 

Newcastle v Cheltenham

o   Newcastle have played Cheltenham just once in their history, a 2-0 fourth round FA Cup win in 2006.

o   Newcastle have won their last nine consecutive League Cup Round 2 matches.

o   Cheltenham have never won a second round League Cup match (L5).

o   Cheltenham’s first second round League Cup match was a 7-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in 2002.

 

Exeter v Hull

o   The second ever meeting between Exeter and Hull was a second round League Cup match in 1963/64 (Hull won 1-0).

o   Hull have won five of their last seven matches against Exeter, dating back to 1999/00 (D1 L1).

o   Nine of Exeter’s last 11 League Cup games have been at home (W2 L7).

o   Exeter have never beaten a Premier League opponent in the League Cup (L2).

 

Derby v Carlisle

o   Derby are unbeaten in the last three meetings between these two sides, which have all been in the League Cup (W2 D1).

o   Derby have won just one of their last seven home matches against Carlisle in all competitions (D2 L4).

o   Carlisle have scored exactly two goals in four of their last five second round League Cup matches (W3 L2).

o   Carlisle lost 5-1 on aggregate to West Brom in the semi-finals of the 1969/70 League Cup.

 

Northampton v West Brom

o   Northampton have never beaten West Brom in a competitive match (D2 L4).

o   The last time Northampton faced Premier League opposition in the second round of the League Cup, they lost 4-1 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

o   West Brom lost three League Cup finals between 1966 and 1970, against West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City.

o   West Brom have won their last three second round League Cup matches away from home, scoring 10 goals.


Wolves v Cambridge

o   The first two matches between these two sides were second round League Cup matches in 1980/81. Cambridge won the first leg 3-1 and the second leg 1-0.

o   Wolves are unbeaten in their last six Round 2 League Cup matches (W4 D2).

o   Wolves won the League Cup in 1974 and 1980, beating Manchester City 2-1 and Nottingham Forest 1-0 respectively.

o   Cambridge United last reached the second round of the League Cup in 2002/03.

 

Stevenage v Stoke

o   This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides.

o   Stoke progressed from their last second round League Cup match by beating Luton 8-7 on penalties (after an initial 1-1 draw).

o   Stevenage have never gone beyond the second round of the League Cup.

o   The last time Stevenage drew Premier League opposition in Round 2 of the League Cup, they lost 2-1 away at Everton in 2013/14.

 

Norwich v Coventry

o   This will be the first ever League Cup fixture between the two sides.

o   Norwich have won just two of their last 10 meetings with Coventry (D4 L4).

o   Norwich have played lower ranked opposition in each of their last five Round 2 League Cup matches (W4 L1) with their only defeat coming against MK Dons in 2011/12.

Coventry’s win over Portsmouth marked the first time they have advanced past the first round of the League Cup since 2012/13.

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 86: 18th August

European Football Podcast – Episode 86: 18th August

It’s a brand new season for the European Football Podcast and William Hill Senior Football Trader Steve Harrison is the gues on week one.
Steve joins Sam Norris to preview matches in Serie A and La Liga on the opening weekend of their seasons.
Enjoy.

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