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SEP 16: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS
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SEP 16: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

IT’S a massive night of football but remember to go with level stakes and don’t be tempted to bust the bank because there are so many games. I’ve posted a separate Champions League preview and will put some top tips here. I’ll be away most of Tuesday golfing so will have another look at the […]

SEP 16: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW
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SEP 16: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW

IT’S the night many punters have been counting down the days to – the start of the Champions League group stage. Results are generally friendly but of course bookies aren’t giving too much away with the likes of Liverpool, Juventus and Real Madrid extremely short – so as far as results go that leaves five […]

SEP 15: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT
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SEP 15: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

IT was a poor day for Johnb with neither of his selections – who both went off as favourite – contending. Let’s hope for stronger runs by his Tuesday picks and the man is confident. He says: “September’s stats move to a 20.52 point loss but that will be cut after Tuesday’s tip runs. Although […]

The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Friday.
Commentator Pete Farries preview the Championship, while Sam Ashoo from www.the72.co.uk lo…

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast, concentrating on the Premier League clubs in the top flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and international action.

Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps are with you every Monday and Friday, with a special guest ahead of the weekend games.

This week it’s the Champions and Europa League group stages, with Mark Walton deputising for DK.

 

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Champions League Opta Facts – 16-17 September
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Champions League Opta Facts – 16-17 September

Olympiakos – Atletico Madrid

o Atletico Madrid and Olympiakos met in the quarter-finals of the 1992/93 Cup Winners Cup. The Spanish side drew 1-1 in Greece and won the return leg 3-1 in Madrid.
o Olympiakos have lost five and won none of their last six matches against Spanish teams in European competitions (D1), failing to score in four of the last five.
o Olympiakos are making their 16th appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Greek side. Their best performance came in 1998/99 when they reached the quarter finals.
o Only one of Olympiakos’ last 23 Champions League games has ended in a draw (W11 L11).
o Olympiakos have only failed to score once in their last nine Champions League games (away against Manchester United last season).
o Olympiakos have won seven of their last nine Champions League games at home (L2).
o Atletico Madrid are taking part in their fifth Champions League campaign. Their best performance was reaching the final last season before eventually being beaten by local rivals, Real Madrid.
o Atletico Madrid remained unbeaten in the Champions League last season until the final, when they eventually lost 4-1 after extra-time against Real Madrid (W9 D3 L1).
o They also failed to score in only one of their 13 CL games last season: against Chelsea in the semi-final first leg (0-0).
o Atletico Madrid have only lost six of their 35 games in the Champions League (W16 D13).
o Kostas Mitroglou has scored eight goals in his last 12 Champions League games and was one of only eight players to score a CL hat-trick in 2013-14.

Juventus – Malmö

o This is the first competitive meeting between Juventus and Malmö.
o Juventus’ only previous encounter with a Swedish club was against Djurgaardens in the 2004/05 Champions League qualifiers. The Torino side drew 2-2 at home and won the return leg 4-1 in Sweden.
o Malmö have won none of their four European away games against Italian sides (D2 L2).
o Juventus are making their 15th appearance in the Champions League. Only AC Milan have made more appearances among Italian sides (17).
o Juventus have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions (1985 and 1996). Only Benfica and Bayern Munich have lost as many finals as the Old Lady (5).
o Juventus have picked up the most red cards in the Champions League: 20 (since 1992/93).
o Juventus have only won one of their last eight Champions League games (D3 L4); this coming against Copenhagen last season. They have not kept a clean sheet in those eight games.
o Malmö’s best performance in the Champions League/European Cup was reaching the final in 1979 where they were beaten 1-0 by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.
o Malmö are taking part in the Champions League for the first time in their history since the new format was set up in 1992/93. They are the fourth Swedish side to play in the competition and the first since Helsingborgs in 2000/01.
o Malmo beat Ventspils, Sparta Prague and Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o Swedish clubs have only won four of their last 27 Champions League games (L17 D6).
o Carlos Tevez has failed to score in his last 944 minutes in the Champions League, his longest drought in the competition. His last CL goal was for Manchester United v FC Porto in April 2009.
o Massimiliano Allegri’s best performance as manager in the Champions League was a quarter final with AC Milan in 2011/12 before being knocked out by Barcelona. He’s recorded as many wins (10) as defeats (10), plus 12 draws.

Liverpool – Ludogorets Razgrad

o This is the first competitive meeting between Liverpool and Ludogorets.
o Liverpool have won six of their eight encounters with Bulgarian sides but lost the last one; a 0-1 defeat at home against CSKA Sofia in the 2005/06 Champions League qualifiers. That’s the last time a Bulgarian side won an away game against an English side in European competition.
o Ludogorets have only lost two of their last eight away games in European competition (W4 D2), both one-nil defeats (against Valencia and Steaua Bucharest).
o Liverpool are taking part in the Champions League for the ninth time. Their last appearance in the competition was in 2009/10.
o Liverpool have won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005. Only Real Madrid (10) and AC Milan (7) have been more successful.
o In their last group stage appearance (2009/10), Liverpool never scored more than one goal in a game (five goals in six matches).
o Liverpool have only won two of their last eight Champions League games (L4 D2), both were against Hungarian side Debrecen (2009/10).
o Ludogorets are one of two clubs to make their first Champions League appearance this season (since 1992/93), alongside Malmö.
o The only previous Bulgarian side to take part in the Champions League were Levski Sofia in 2006/07. They lost all six of their games, scoring one goal and conceding 17.
o Ludogorets beat Dudelange, Partizan Belgrade and Steaua Bucarest in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o Ludogorets won all three of their away games in last season’s Europa League group stages (against Chornomorets Odesa, Dinamo Zagreb and PSV Eindhoven).
o Penalties excluded, Mario Balotelli has only scored four goals in 29 Champions League games.

Real Madrid – Basel

o Real Madrid and Basel’s only previous encounter was in the first round of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup. The Spanish side won both games by a 2-1 scoreline.
o Real Madrid have won all 10 of their home games in European competition against Swiss sides, scoring 34 goals and conceding only two.
o Real Madrid have won the European Cup/Champions League on 10 occasions, a record.
o Real Madrid are playing in the Champions League for the 18th consecutive season, the longest current run. They have always made it out of the Champions League group stages.
o Real Madrid have made it at least to the semi-finals in each of the last four Champions League campaigns.
o Real Madrid have won more games than any other club in the history of the Champions League (116, since 1992/93).
o Real Madrid have won 12 of their last 14 Champions League games (D1 L1).
o Since taking over at Real Madrid last season, Carlo Ancelotti has seen his side score at least three goals in eight of their 13 Champions League games. The only team to stop them from scoring – and to beat them – were Borussia Dortmund.
o Real Madrid have scored in their last 32 Champions League games in the group stages, the last team to keep a clean sheet against the Merengues being Juventus in November 2008 (0-2).
o Basel are taking part in their sixth Champions League campaign, more than any other Swiss side. They’ve only made it out of the group stages once, in 2011/12 when they were eventually knocked out by Bayern Munich in the last 16.
o Basel have won only four of their 19 Champions League games away from home (D6 L9).
o Basel have conceded 44 goals in 19 Champions League away games and only kept one clean sheet (v Spartak Moscow, November 2002).
o Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 38 goals in his last 30 Champions League games.

Monaco – Bayer Leverkusen

o Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen’s only previous encounter was in the group stages of the 1997/98 Champions League. The French side won 4-0 at home and drew 2-2 in Germany.
o Borussia Mönchengladbach are the only German side to beat Monaco at their Stade Louis II, it was in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup (1-0).
o Bayer Leverkusen have won only one of their six away games against French sides in European competition, it was versus Lyon in the 2001/02 Champions League group stages.
o Monaco are making their 6th appearance in the Champions League, their last one coming 10 years ago in 2004/05.
o Monaco were beaten finalists in 2004 against José Mourinho’s Porto, their best performance to date in the competition.
o Monaco have won 16 of their 21 Champions League games at home (76%). It’s the joint-best ratio for clubs with minimum 10 home games in the competition alongside Real Madrid (74 wins out of 98 games at the Bernabeu).
o Bayer Leverkusen are taking part in their ninth Champions League campaign. Their best performance dates back to 2002 when they reached the final only to be defeated by Real Madrid.
o Bayer Leverkusen have only scored two goals in their last five Champions League games.
o Bayer Leverkusen won 7-2 on aggregate against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Dimitar Berbatov has only scored one goal in his last 23 Champions League appearances. He’s netted more goals with Bayer Leverkusen (7) than with any other club in the competition (5 with Manchester Utd).
o Leonardo Jardim has taken charge of six Champions League games as manager (with Olympiakos in 2012/13). None of them have ended in draws (W3 L3).

Benfica – Zenit St Petersburg

o Benfica and Zenit’s only previous encounter was in the last 16 of the 2011/12 Champions League. The Lisbon side qualified, losing 3-2 in Russia before winning 2-0 in Portugal.
o Zenit have won their last two away games against Portuguese sides, both were last season (v Paços de Ferreira in the Champions League play-offs and Porto in the group stages).
o Benfica have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions, in 1961 and 1962. Only Bayern Munich and Juventus have lost as many finals as the Lisbon side (5).
o However, Benfica have never made it any further than the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 1992/93.
o Only Porto (19) have played more Champions League campaigns than Benfica (10) among Portuguese sides.
o Benfica have scored more than two goals only once in their last 24 Champions League games (v Anderlecht last season).
o Zenit are taking part in their 5th Champions League campaign – they have never gone further than the last 16 (2011/12, 2013/14).
o Zenit beat AEL Limassol and Standard Liège in this season’s qualifiers to reach the group stages.
o Zenit have played 28 games in the Champions League but have never managed to win back-to-back.
o Zenit have never scored more than two goals in their last 15 Champions League games.
o Hulk has scored four goals and delivered two assists in eight Champions League games for Zenit St Petersburg since last season.
o André Villas-Boas didn’t win any of his four away games during his only previous managerial experience in the Champions League with Chelsea in 2011/12 (D2 L2).

Galatasaray – Anderlecht

o Anderlecht won 10-2 on aggregate the only previous time they faced Galatasaray. It was in the second round of the 1976/77 Cup Winners Cup. The Belgian side won both games 5-1.
o Galatasaray have never beaten a Belgian side in European competition (2 defeats v Anderlecht in the 1976/77 Cup Winners Cup; 1 draw and 1 defeat v Club Brugge in the 2002/03 Champions League).
o Anderlecht have scored 17 goals in five European home games against Turkish opposition.
o Galatasaray are taking part in their 13th Champions League campaign, the most among Turkish sides. Their best performance dates back to 2000/01 and 2012/13 when they reached the quarter-finals.
o Galatasaray have lost only one of their last eight home games in the Champions League (1-6 v Real Madrid, September 2013).
o Galatasaray have only scored three goals in their last five Champions League games.
o Anderlecht are making their 11th appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Belgian side. That’s the most appearances for a team in the history of the competition without ever reaching the knockout stages.
o In fact, no Belgian side has ever qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
o Anderlecht have won only two of their last 31 Champions League games (D7 L22), against Real Betis in December 2005 and Zenit St Petersburg in November 2012, both with a 1-0 scoreline.
o Anderlecht have conceded 22 goals in their last eight Champions League games.
o Wesley Sneijder has scored three goals and delivered two assist in his last five Champions League appearances at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena.
o Cesare Prandelli took charge of 14 Champions League games as Fiorentina manager in 2008/09 and 2009/10 (W7 D3 L4), topping his group in the latter campaign ahead of Lyon and Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund – Arsenal

o Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal have been drawn in the same Champions League group for the fourth time in total. It’s the third time in the last four seasons.
o The Champions League record between Dortmund and Arsenal at the Westfalenstadion is balanced: one win each, one draw and three goals each.
o Borussia Dortmund have never kept a clean sheet against Arsenal (6 games).
o The Gunners are unbeaten in their last six away games in Germany (W3 D3), including one win and one draw in the Westfalenstadion.
o Borussia Dortmund are making their 10th appearance in the Champions League, only Bayern Munich have more among German clubs (18). They won their one and only title in 1997.
o Borussia Dortmund have won nine of their last 11 Champions League games at home, losing twice (v Arsenal & Zenit St Petersburg).
o Arsenal are playing in the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season, only Real Madrid (18) can boast a longer current streak.
o Arsenal won 1-0 on aggregate against Besiktas in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Arsenal have made it past the group stages in the last 11 seasons but have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last four campaigns. Their solitary Champions League final ended in defeat against Barcelona in 2006.
o Arsenal have only kept three clean sheets in their last 28 Champions League games away from home.
o Arsenal have never scored more than two goals in their last 14 Champions League games.
o Arsenal have had a player sent off in four of their last five matches in European competition, qualifiers included.
o Marco Reus has scored four goals and delivered two assists in his last five Champions League games.
o Arsène Wenger has taken charge of 160 games in the Champions League, more than any other current manager. Only Alex Ferguson has more (190).

Roma – CSKA Moscow

o Roma and CSKA Moscow’s only previous competitive encounter was in the 1991/92 Cup Winners Cup. Both games ended in away wins – the Italian side went through thanks to the away goals rule.
o Roma have won five of their six encounters with Russian clubs in European competition, the only exception being their home defeat against CSKA Moscow in the 1991/92 Cup Winners Cup.
o Roma are making their 8th appearance in the Champions League, the previous one coming in 2010/11. Their best performance to date is a quarter-final in 2006/07 and 2007/08 under Luciano Spalletti.
o Roma have never kept a clean sheet in their last eight Champions League games. The last one was against Arsenal in March 2009 (1-0).
o Roma’s last three Champions League games at the Olimpico have produced 14 goals (6 scored, 8 conceded).
o CSKA Moscow are taking part in their 8th Champions League campaign. Their best performance was in 2009/10 when they reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Inter Milan, Leonid Slutsky’s first season as CSKA manager.
o CSKA have only won three of their last 16 Champions League games. They have lost their last four.
o CSKA Moscow have conceded 21 goals in their last seven Champions League games.
o CSKA Moscow have won only four of their 24 away games in the Champions League.
o Seydou Doumbia has scored seven goals in nine career Champions League games, all with CSKA.
o Francesco Totti has scored 15 goals in 50 Champions League games, all with Roma.
o Rudi Garcia has only won two of his 12 Champions League games as manager (D3 L7), all with Lille.

Bayern Munich – Manchester City

o Bayern Munich and Manchester City have been drawn in the same Champions League group for the third time in the last four seasons. Their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with two wins each.
o Bayern Munich have won only one of their last five Champions League games against English clubs at the Allianz Arena (D2 L2). It was against Manchester Utd in last season’s quarter finals.
o Manchester City’s win at the Allianz Arena last season was only the third time an English side beat Bayern Munich on their own ground in European competition, after Norwich City (1993/94 UEFA Cup) and Arsenal (2012/13 Champions League).
o Bayern Munich have reached the Champions League final three times in the last five seasons.
o Bayern Munich have won five European Cup/Champions League titles. Only Real Madrid (10) and AC Milan (7) have been more successful.
o This is the 17th time in the last 18 seasons that Bayern Munich will play in the Champions League, the only exception being in 2007/08.
o Bayern Munich have lost three of their last seven Champions League games, which is as many defeats as in their previous 24 games in the competition.
o Manchester City are taking part in their fourth Champions League campaign. They have never made it past the last 16.
o Manchester City have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last five Champions League games.
o None of Manchester City’s 20 Champions League games has ended goalless. They have only kept three clean sheets in these 20 games.
o Manchester City’s games were the most prolific in last season’s Champions League group stages: they produced 28 goals (18 scored, 10 conceded).
o Thomas Muller has scored in his last two Champions League games against Manchester City.
o Robert Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in 22 games in the last two Champions League seasons. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has netted more over that period (29).

Barcelona – APOEL Nicosia

o Barcelona are unbeaten against Cypriot sides in European competition, winning twice at home and drawing their two away games. They have scored 11 goals and conceded only one.
o APOEL have played a Spanish team 12 times in European competition and have never won (D5 L7). However, their first ever Champions League group stage game ended in a goalless draw away against Atletico Madrid (September 2009).
o Anorthosis Famagusta are the only Cypriot side to beat Spanish opposition. It was in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup (2-0 at home). However, no team from the Mediterranean island has ever won in Spain.
o Barcelona have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in six of the last seven campaigns. The only exception was last season, when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid.
o Barcelona have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight Champions League (away against Manchester City last season).
o Lionel Messi has netted 67 goals in the Champions League, only Raul (71) has more goals to his name in the competition.
o APOEL are making their 3rd appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Cypriot club. Their best performance to date is a quarter-final in 2011/12 when they were knocked out by Real Madrid.
o APOEL beat HJK Helsinki and Aalborg in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o In 12 Champions League group stage games, APOEL have never scored or conceded more than two goals.
o APOEL have never scored more than two goals in their 16 Champions League games. They’ve only kept three clean sheets in those 16 games.
o Xavi (141) is one game short of joining Raul as the player with the most appearances in the history of the Champions League (142).
o Lionel Messi (67) is four goals short of joining Raul as the player with the most goals in the history of the Champions League (71). He has scored 37 goals in 39 Champions League games at Camp Nou.

Ajax – Paris SG

o This is the first competitive meeting between Ajax and Paris SG.
o Ajax have won only one of their last seven games against French sides, in European competition (D3 L3). It was a home game against Auxerre in the 2010/11 Champions League group stages.
o Auxerre are also the last French team to win an away game against Ajax, it was in the Champions League back in November 1996.
o Paris SG’s only previous game against Dutch opposition was in December 2008 when they beat FC Twente 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in the UEFA Cup.
o Ajax are making their 13th appearance in the Champions League (since 1992/93), the joint-most for a Dutch side alongside PSV Eindhoven.
o Ajax have won the European Cup/Champions League four times (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995), more than any other Dutch side.
o Ajax have only kept two clean sheets in their last 13 Champions League games, conceding 27 goals in the process.
o Ajax have won only three of their last 14 Champions League games (4 draws, 7 defeats).
o Paris SG have won 53.7% of their Champions League games (29 out of 54), the best ratio by a French team in the competition.
o Paris SG have only failed to score once in their last 18 Champions League games (v Chelsea last season).
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic has netted 41 goals in the Champions League, only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo (67) and Didier Drogba (42) have been more prolific among players in this season’s competition.
o Ibrahimovic’s first game and goal in the Champions League was with Ajax in the Amsterdam Arena (September 2002 v Lyon).
o Laurent Blanc has won 65.4% of games in the Champions League as manager (17 out of 26). Only Jupp Heynckes (67.6%) has a better ratio among managers with at least two seasons in the competition.

Chelsea – Schalke

o Chelsea are unbeaten against Schalke. They’ve met four times in the Champions League, with the Blues winning three games and the other encounter ending in a goalless draw. They met in last season’s group stages, with Chelsea winning both games 3-0.
o Schalke have never scored in their four games against Chelsea. They’ve conceded eight goals in the process.
o Schalke’s only away win against an English side was against Arsenal in the 2012/13 Champions League group stages. They’ve drawn one and lost five of their others trips to England in European competition.
o This is Chelsea’s 12th consecutive participation in the Champions League. They’ve reached the semi-final seven times, including the final twice, winning it for the first time in their history in 2012.
o Chelsea were the winners the last time the Champions League final took place in Germany (2012 v Bayern Munich, in Munich).
o Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in their last 11 Champions League games.
o Schalke are playing in the Champions League for the seventh time in their history. Their best ever performance in the competition is reaching the semi-finals in 2010/11.
o Schalke have won one of their last six Champions League games (D1 L4).
o José Mourinho is one of five managers to have won the European Cup/Champions League with two different clubs, alongside Ernst Happel, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Jupp Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.
o Since winning the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010, Mourinho has been knocked out in the semi-finals in each of the last four seasons (three times with Real Madrid, once with Chelsea).
o Diego Costa has scored eight goals in nine career Champions League games.
o Didier Drogba is the top scoring African player in the history of the Champions League (42 goals). He’s also Chelsea’s top scorer in the competition (34 goals).

Maribor – Sporting Lisbon

o This is the first competitive meeting between Maribor and Sporting Lisbon.
o Maribor’s only previous encounter with a Portuguese side was in the 2011/12 group stages of the Europa League when they faced Sporting Braga. The Slovenians drew 1-1 at home and lost 1-5 away.
o No Slovenian side has ever beaten Portuguese opposition in European competition (D2 L4).
o Maribor are the only Slovenian side to reach the group stages of the Champions League.
o This is Maribor’s second Champions League appearance, 15 years after their first (1999/00). They failed to make it past the first group stages, winning only one of their six games (v Dinamo Kiev).
o Maribor beat Zrinjski Mostar, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Celtic in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o Maribor lost all three of their home games during their only previous Champions League appearance, scoring one goal and conceding eight.
o Maribor have only scored two goals in their six Champions League games, both were against Dinamo Kiev.
o Sporting are making their 6th appearance in the Champions League group stages. They hadn’t featured in the competition since 2008/09 when they were eventually knocked out in the last 16 against Bayern Munich (1-12 on aggregate).
o Sporting have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven Champions League games in the group stages. Both exceptions were against Barcelona.
o However, they have conceded 17 goals in their last four Champions League games (12 v Bayern Munich, 5 v Barcelona).
o Sporting have won only three of their 16 away games in the Champions League, it was in Ukraine (Dinamo Kiev & Shakhtar Donetsk) and Switzerland (Basel).

Porto – BATE Borisov

o This is the first competitive meeting between Porto and BATE Borisov. It’s also the first encounter between a Portuguese and Belarusian side in the Champions League.
o Teams from Belarus have won their last four games in European competition against Portuguese sides, qualifiers included.
o Benfica are the last Portuguese side to beat a team from Belarus, it was against BATE in the 2009/10 Europa League group stages.
o Porto have qualified for their 19th Champions League campaign (since 1992/93), the joint-highest tally with Barcelona, Manchester Utd and Real Madrid.
o Porto won 3-0 on aggregate against Lille in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Porto have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions: 1987 & 2004.
o Porto have never scored more than one goal in their last nine Champions League games.
o Porto have lost more games in the Champions League than any other team (50).
o This is BATE Borisov’s 4th Champions League appearance, their last dating back to 2012/13. They are the only Belarussian club to have featured in the competition.
o BATE beat Skënderbeu, Debrecen and Slovan Bratislava in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o BATE have never made it out of the group stages in their three previous Champions League appearances.
o BATE have only won two of their 18 Champions League games (5 draws, 11 defeats), it was against Lille (away) and Bayern Munich (home).
o BATE have also only kept one clean sheet in 18 Champions League games, it was against Juventus in December 2008 (0-0).
o BATE have conceded 15 goals in their last five Champions League away games.

Athletic Club – Shakhtar Donetsk

o This is the first competitive meeting between Athletic Club and Shakhtar Donetsk. It’s also Athletic’s first encounter with a Ukrainian side.
o Shakhtar’s last four away games against Spanish sides in all competitions have produced 17 goals.
o Shakhtar won 6-0 on aggregate against Basque side Real Sociedad in last season’s Champions League group stages (2-0 and 4-0).
o Athletic Club are making their second appearance in the Champions League, 16 years after their first (1998/99). They were knocked out in the group stages.
o Athletic Club won 4-2 on aggregate against Napoli in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Athletic Club were unbeaten at home during their only previous Champions League appearance (W1 D2). Those three games only produced three goals.
o Athletic Club never scored more than one goal in their only previous Champions League appearance (5 goals in 6 games). Their only win so far in the competition was against Galatasaray (1-0).
o Shakhtar are making their 10th appearance in the Champions League, only Dynamo Kiev have made more among Ukrainian sides (14).
o Shakhtar have won only three of their last 11 Champions League games.
o Shaktar’s best performance in the Champions League was a quarter-final in 2010/11 – they were subsequently knocked out by Barcelona.
o Shakhtar Donetsk have only played out one goalless draw in 60 Champions League games (against Bayer Leverkusen last season).
o Athletic Club are Ernesto Valverde’s third club in the Champions League as manager after Olympiakos and Valencia. His record reads three wins, one draw and four losses.

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Monday 15/9/14 Free Tips
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Monday 15/9/14 Free Tips

Today’s Premium & Free Tip’s can be found here with 7 x Bets that has a potential Returns of £4990+ @ 7 x £1.00 Stakes _________________________________ We have our other Free Tip’s listed Below. _________________________________ Multi Accumulator (Full Time Result) Treble Sweden – Superettan – 18:00 – Varnamo vs. Angelholm – Draw (5/2) Sweden – Allsvenskan – 18:00 – Orebro vs. […]

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Premier League preview, 15/9/14
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Premier League preview, 15/9/14

Hull v West Ham, 20:00 There has been some unwanted attention on Hull and Steve Bruce this week with the owner talking about potentially selling the club and the manager linked to the poison chalice that is the Newcastle United top job in the wake of Alan Pardew’s side getting thrashed on Saturday, and it […]

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Monday 15/9/14 Premium Tips
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Monday 15/9/14 Premium Tips

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SEP 15: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS
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SEP 15: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

SUNDAY was better than Saturday but that wasn’t difficult. My Super Single, Hannover, won at 6-5 and while Porto beat the Top Treble I noticed some quite rightly cashed out when they were leading following wins by Inter Milan and Man United. My best tip of the day was Angel di Maria at 11-2 with [...]

SEP 15: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT
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SEP 15: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

SUNDAY’S tip was another second so this month now shows an 18.52 points loss. Johnb was consoled by the fact his NFL tips won at 13-8 and 10-11 after Dallas Cowboys won 26-10 and they will be the first of many NFL winning tips this season. Johnb’s Monday Tips Musselburgh 2.40 Spend a Penny 5-2 [...]

Forest, Man Utd and Sevilla to win gets price boost treatment!
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Forest, Man Utd and Sevilla to win gets price boost treatment!

All three teams are at home Sunday live on TV, starting with Forest

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Sunday 14/9/14 Free Tips
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Sunday 14/9/14 Free Tips

Today’s Premium & Free Tip’s can be found here with 7 x Bets that has a potential Returns of £670+ @ 7 x £1.00 Stakes _________________________________ We have our other Free Tip’s listed Below. _________________________________ Multi Accumulator (Full Time Result) Treble Austria – Regionalliga – 15:00 – Hochst vs. Wacker Innsbruck II – Away Win (6/4) Netherlands – Eredivisie – 15:45 […]

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Premier League preview, 14/9/2014
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Premier League preview, 14/9/2014

Manchester United v QPR, 16:00 Fifteenth meets sixteenth in the Barlcays Premier League this afternoon and this match means a lot for both sides, albeit for different reasons. With Chelsea going away at the top of the table United have already resigned themselves internally to not being a part of the title race but the […]

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Sunday 14/9/14 Premium Tips
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Sunday 14/9/14 Premium Tips

Yesterday’s Premium Tip was: Premium Treble’s Treble Bet 1 Slovenia – 1. SNL – 15:00 – Gorica vs. Celje – Home Win (29/20) LOSS Scotland – League One – 15:00 – Greenock Morton vs. Airdrieonians – Home Win (3/5) WIN England – FA Cup – 15:00 – Frome Town vs. Wimborne Town – Home Win (5/4) WIN 1 […]

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SEP 14: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS
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SEP 14: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

SATURDAY was a bad day and there’s no other way to sum it up. However, after two good Saturdays I can’t complain too much and it’s why I always play with level stakes. The Super Single is was a major letdown after Inverness took the lead at Partick and none of the sides on the […]

SEP 14: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT
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SEP 14: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

OUT of three Saturday tips Johnb had two thirds and one winner at 5-1. And of the Doncaster selections he put up there were winners at 7-5 and 5-1 with another couple placed so not a bad day for anyone who followed. Johnb says: “September’s stats are now at a 16.53 point loss. Most of [...]

SEP 14: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT
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SEP 14: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

OUT of three Saturday tips Johnb had two thirds and one winner at 5-1. And of the Doncaster selections he put up there were winners at 7-5 and 5-1 with another couple placed so not a bad day for anyone who followed. Johnb says: “September’s stats are now at a 16.53 point loss. Most of […]

SEP 13: GOLF AND OTHER SPORTS TIPS
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SEP 13: GOLF AND OTHER SPORTS TIPS

AS was the case last week myself and Ace Venturer have chances of picking up a golf winner at the halfway stage. My 25-1 antepost tip Billy Horschel leads the Fed-Ex Cup but is being hunted down by Ace’s main bet Rory McIlroy. It’s another busy day of sporting action so put your own golf, [...]

Saturday 13/9/14 Free Tips
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Saturday 13/9/14 Free Tips

Today’s Premium & Free Tip’s can be found here with 7 x Bets that has a potential Returns of £720+ @ 7 x £1.00 Stakes _________________________________ We have our other Free Tip’s listed Below. _________________________________ Multi Accumulator (Full Time Result) Treble England – FA Cup – 15:00 – Dunstable Town vs. Chesham United – Away Win (5/2) Serbia – Super Liga […]

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