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European Football Podcast – Episode 15

European Football Podcast – Episode 15

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett return with a look ahead to some of the opening games in the biggest leagues across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thought on Serie A, the Bundesliga, the Eredivis…

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The Punt Podcast

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 weekend William Hill tarder Marc Burton joins the guys to preview all 10 top flight matches.

 

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AUG 23: SPFL FIRST SCORER TIPS & CONTEST

AUG 23: SPFL FIRST SCORER TIPS & CONTEST

THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com. It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues. Also, if leave a first-scorer prediction at the end of this article you will have [...]

Friday 22/8/14 Free Tips

Friday 22/8/14 Free Tips

Today’s Premium Tip can be found here with 4 x Treble’s that has a potential Returns of £388+ @ 4 x £10.00 Stakes _________________________________ We have our other Free Tip’s listed Below. _________________________________ Multi Accumulator (Full Time Result) Treble Argentina – Primera Division – 22:15 – Arsenal vs. Olimpo – Home Win (EVS) Austria – Regionalliga – 18:00 – SAK […]

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Friday 22/8/14 Premium Tips

Friday 22/8/14 Premium Tips

Yesterday’s Premium Tip was: Premium Treble’s Treble Bet 1 Iceland – Women’s WC Qualification Europe – 20:30 – Iceland vs. Denmark – Away Win (7/5) Qatar – Stars League – 16:30 – Al Ahli vs. Al Sailiya – Home Win (5/4) Qatar – Stars League – 18:45 – Al Arabi vs. Al Khor – Draw […]

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Friday 22/8/14 Premium Tips

Friday 22/8/14 Premium Tips

Yesterday’s Premium Tip was: Premium Treble’s Treble Bet 1 Iceland – Women’s WC Qualification Europe – 20:30 – Iceland vs. Denmark – Away Win (7/5) Qatar – Stars League – 16:30 – Al Ahli vs. Al Sailiya – Home Win (5/4) Qatar – Stars League – 18:45 – Al Arabi vs. Al Khor – Draw […]

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AUG 22: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

AUG 22: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

IT was a day of near misses on the Europa League with my btts treble being a goal short and the Top Treble needing one goal from Torino. My Super Single St Etienne flopped at Qarabag on a night when I could have taken the likes of Legia Warsaw or Bruges who I flagged up. [...]

AUG 22: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

AUG 22: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

IT wasn’t Johnb’s day on Thursday and it certainly wasn’t a good one for any backers of Taghrooda at York. The 1-5 favourite was beaten into second to save bookies a fortune and it was a day of near misses all round for Johnb who had two seconds and a third at the Ebor meeting. [...]

The League Podcast.

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…

The League Podcast.

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…

Bundesliga Opta Facts 22-24 August

Bundesliga Opta Facts 22-24 August

FC Bayern München – VFL Wolfsburg

  • FC Bayern have won their last seven competitive matches against the Wolves, scoring 21 goals in the process (an average of 3 per game) and conceding just two.
  • The Wolves are without a win against FCB since April 2009, when VfL thrashed Bayern 5-1 on their way to the title (D1, L10).
  • Wolfsburg have lost 19 of their 20 competitive away games against Bayern, the only time they have managed to avoid defeat in Munich was in December 2001 (3-3 draw in the Bundesliga).
  • 11 current FC Bayern players were at the World Cup in Brazil, with eight of them there until the final weekend. The Munich club provided the biggest contingent in Joachim Löw’s World Cup winning squad with six players.
  • FCB failed to win the league title in the seasons following the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Bayern also haven’t won the German Championship in any campaign following a World Cup win for Germany (1954, 1974 and 1990).
  • Robert Lewandowski, who will turn 26 years old one day before the game, is set for his Bundesliga debut for his new club. The Pole scored 74 Bundesliga goals across four years for BVB, the most of all players in that timeframe.
  • Thomas Müller scored his 100th competitive goal for Bayern in their DFB Cup game in Münster. The Germany international has been involved in eight goals in nine Bundesliga matches against Wolfsburg (5 goals + 3 assists).
  • World Cup participant Ivica Olic is set for his 200th Bundesliga game. 55 of those came for FC Bayern (13 goals), who he left for VfL in 2012.
  • Luiz Gustavo played 64 times in the Bundesliga for FCB (6 goals), before joining Wolfsburg one year ago. He is set to face several Bayern players who were part of the Germany team that inflicted a 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat on him and the Selecao.
  • Jerome Boateng is suspended for the Bundesliga opener as he was sent off against Hamburg on matchday 33 last season and was suspended for two games – the suspension carries over to the new season.

Borussia Dortmund – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

  • Dortmund have lost just two of their last 14 meetings with Leverkusen (W7, D5), although they failed to win against Bayer 04 last season (1-0 loss at home, 2-2 away).
  • Leverkusen vs. Dortmund was the last late Saturday kick-off of the 2013/14 campaign; BVB had a positive record in that timeslot last season (W3, D1, L2) whilst Leverkusen are without a win in four Saturday evening games and won just one of their seven matches in that timeslot during 2013/14 (D2, L4).
  • Dortmund have won each of their last three Bundesliga openers, with matchday 1 last season producing a 4-0 win away at FC Augsburg.
  • Bayer 04 have lost the last two of their opening games of the season that have been away from home. However, their last away win on matchday 1 came in Dortmund (2010, 2-0 win).
  • Dortmund are undefeated in their last nine Bundesliga games (W7, D2). Leverkusen are currently on a five-game unbeaten run in Germany’s top flight (W4, D1).
  • BVB scored an impressive 34 league goals from set-pieces in 2013/14, the highest amount since Opta started collecting this statistic in 2004.
  • Dortmund secured the first title of the campaign thanks to a 2-0 win over Bayern in the DFL Supercup, before winning their DFB Cup match against Stuttgarter Kickers too (4-1). BVB won their first seven competitive games last season.
  • Roger Schmidt will make his Bundesliga debut in the Leverkusen dugout. He won the double in Austria with Salzburg during 2013/14. He had a spell in charge of Paderborn in 2011/12.
  • Jürgen Klopp is entering his seventh season at BVB, a club record since the Bundesliga was founded. He has collected the most BL wins of all Dortmund coaches (120), despite Ottmar Hitzfeld managing the club in more Bundesliga games (208, Klopp 204).
  • Bernd Leno could make his 100th Bundesliga appearance during the game in Dortmund (all for Leverkusen). He has kept 29 clean sheets in his 99 games so far (all in the starting XI).
  • Leverkusen’s Heung-Min Son has scored five goals in five BL games against Dortmund, more than against any other team. Last season, the South Korean scored the only goal in Bayer 04′s 1-0 win in the Signal Iduna Park.

Eintracht Frankfurt – SC Freiburg

  • Against no other current BL team have Frankfurt secured as many points on average as they have against Freiburg (1.5 per game). SCF and Gladbach are the only current Bundesliga sides that the Eagles have a positive head-to-head record against.
  • Thomas Schaaf will celebrate his Bundesliga debut in charge of Eintracht. Schaaf was last in the dugout at a BL game on 11th May 2013 for Bremen. His final game in charge of Werder was a 1-1 draw against Frankfurt.
  • Freiburg are entering their sixth Bundesliga campaign since being promoted in 2009. SCF had previously failed to spend more than four consecutive seasons in the top flight.
  • Frankfurt suffered a 6-1 loss at Hertha BSC on matchday 1 last season and consequently sent them to the bottom of the league. It was the heaviest opening-day defeat in their club history and was also the biggest ever win for a promoted side on the opening matchday.
  • The last time Freiburg won their first game of a Bundesliga season was in 2001, when they secured a 3-0 victory against a Bremen side coached by Thomas Schaaf. Since then, they have recorded four draws and three defeats on the opening day in the top flight.
  • SCF had to wait until their game vs. Nürnberg on matchday 11 last season before they could celebrate their first victory of the campaign – they had never had to wait as long before.
  • Freiburg have collected just six of a possible 30 points from their last 10 away games. Their only victory in that run was a 4-1 win at Frankfurt in March.
  • Schaaf failed to win any of his last 12 Bundesliga games with Werder (D6, L6). His last win in the top flight was a 4-1 victory at Stuttgart on 9th February 2013. It’s the longest winless run of his managerial career.
  • Matthias Ginter has joined Borussia Dortmund for 10 million euros, making him the second-most expensive sale in Freiburg’s history. More money has only been paid for Papiss Demba Cisse (signed by Newcastle United for 12 million euros).
  • Marc-Oliver Kempf switched sides in the summer, the Germany U19 international made five Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht and all five games ended in defeat.
  • Hannover 96 – FC Schalke 04
  • This fixture has been played 50 times in the top flight and has never ended in a goalless draw. Schalke have won 25 times, Hannover 15 (10 draws).
  • 96 have lost just one of their last six home games against the Royal Blues (W3, D2) and are unbeaten in their last three meetings in Hannover.
  • The Lower Saxony club have collected 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five Bundesliga matches – no other BL side has collected more points in that timeframe.
  • Schalke have secured direct qualification for the Champions League group phase for the third time in a row – twice under Jens Keller.
  • The Royal Blues kept 14 clean sheets last season – only Bayern kept more (17); Ralf Fährmann recording 11 of those 14.
  • Hannover had to make do without a player due to suspension 15 times in 2013/14 (9 yellow-card suspensions, 6 sending-offs) – a league-high last season. Marcelo was shown a red card in the first round of the DFB Cup.
  • In Szabolcs Huszti (10 goals + 7 assists) and Mame Diouf (8 goals + 3 assists), the club’s two top points-scorers from last season have left. The Hungarian and the Senegalese players were involved in the most goals for 96 during the 2012/13 campaign too.
  • Jens Keller’s first BL game in the Schalke dugout was in January 2013 – during the spectacular 5-4 home win over Hannover.
  • New Hannover signing Joselu could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance. He has good memories of playing Schalke 04 last season, bagging a brace for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-3 draw.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored eight times in his last 10 Bundesliga games. His tally of 12 goals made him S04′s top scorer last season despite only featuring in 18 games.

Hertha BSC – SV Werder Bremen

  • None of the last 15 BL meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw, with Werder winning 10 of them. The last time they shared the spoils was in a 1-1 draw in Berlin on 6th November 2004. Hertha have won three of their last four home games against Werder (1 defeat).
  • After being in sixth at the winter break, Hertha BSC placed 17th in a table representing the second half of the season with just 13 points. Only Hamburg have collected fewer points in 2014 (11 points).
  • Hertha have won just one of their last 12 Bundesliga games (D4, L7) and also just one of their 8 BL home matches in 2014 (D2, L5). They beat Braunschweig 2-0 at home on matchday 32.
  • Werder lost their final three away games of last season. Their last win on the road came in Hannover on 30th March (2-1). The last time Bremen suffered three consecutive away defeats within a BL season was in the first half of the 2011/12 campaign.
  • Werder averaged just 41.9% possession in 2013/14 (only Braunschweig’s figure was lower, 41.8%). Bremen had previously averaged more than 50% possession in every season since Opta started collecting detailed statistics in 2004/05.
  • With seven goals, Nils Petersen was Bremen’s top scorer last season together with Aaron Hunt – the top scorers at every other club had more goals to their name.
  • Werder’s top points-scorer last season, Aaron Hunt (7 goals + 6 assists) has left the club. The Bremen youth product was with the club for 10 Bundesliga campaigns and made 215 BL appearances for SVW.
  • The capital club will have to deal with the departure of top goalscorer Adrian Ramos (16 goals), who was involved in 53% of Hertha’s goals in 2013/14 (21 of 40). Julian Schieber, who has joined from BVB, has been tasked with filling the Colombian’s boots up front.
  • Jos Luhukay lost the 2010 cup semi-final to Bremen whilst with FC Augsburg (2-0). Apart from losing in his last meeting with the side in May 2014 (2-0), that is his only defeat to Werder (W2, D4).

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – FC Augsburg

  • On matchday 3 of the 2011/12 season, Augsburg were beaten 2-0 by Hoffenheim – their first ever Bundesliga defeat. The overall head-to-head record after six BL games is even (2 wins each plus 2 draws).
  • There were 49 shots in this fixture on matchday 30 last season; a BL record since Opta started collecting detailed statistics in 2004/05.
  • Hoffenheim secured a 9-0 win in the DFB Cup first round against USC Paloma, with Sven Schipplock bagging five goals in the process. FC Augsburg suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Regionalliga side 1. FC Magdeburg.
  • 2013/14 was FCA’s best Bundesliga season in their history. Their tallies of 52 points, 47 goals scored and 47 goals conceded were also club records. On top of that, their eighth-place finish was a new best too (previously 14th in 2011/12).
  • Only Stuttgart (30) dropped more points from winning positions than Hoffenheim (27) and Augsburg (21) last season.
  • Augsburg have won their last three Bundesliga games – four BL wins in a row would set a new club record. However, FCA have never recorded a victory on matchday 1 of a Bundesliga season before (D1, L2).
  • Hoffenheim have lost just one of their last 10 home games in the Bundesliga (4-2 against Mainz) and are unbeaten in their last four matches at home (W3, D1).
  • There were 142 goals in Hoffenheim’s 34 Bundesliga games in 2013/14. The last time there were more goals in BL matches involving a single team was in 1983/84 (Offenbach: 154, Uerdingen: 145).
  • Markus Weinzierl and Markus Gisdol completed their DFB coaching course together in 2010/11.
  • Hoffenheim’s director of football, Alexander Rosen, was born in Augsburg and played for the club’s youth side, as well as for the first team during the 1999/2000 Regionalliga campaign.
  • After having a hand in 27 goals, Roberto Firmino finished the 2013/14 season as the second top points-scorer behind Dortmund’s Marco Reus (29 scorer-points). Augsburg’s top points-scorer, Andre Hahn (19 scorer-points), transferred to Gladbach in the summer.

1.FC Köln – Hamburger SV

  • The last competitive meeting between the two sides was in last season’s DFB Cup, when Hamburg progressed to the quarterfinals courtesy of a 2-1 home win over 1. FC Köln.
  • The Rhineland club have won just one of their last six home games against HSV (D1, L4) – a 3-2 victory in October 2010 (3 goals from Milivoje Novakovic).
  • Köln had their best ever second-division campaign last season, accumulating 68 points and securing promotion to the Bundesliga from the second tier (in its current format) for the fifth time (1999/2000, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2013/14).
  • After finishing 16th with just 27 points, 2013/14 was Hamburger SV’s worst ever Bundesliga campaign. It led to them playing in the relegation play-off for the first time (0-0 draw at home, 1-1 draw away against Fürth).
  • HSV conceded more goals last season than ever before in their Bundesliga history (75), also giving them the leakiest defence in the division.
  • Köln set a new second-division record last season, conceding just 20 goals in total. No side had ever conceded fewer than 26 goals after 34 games in the 2. Bundesliga in its current format.
  • Hamburg have lost each of their last nine Bundesliga away games. Manager Mirko Slomka’s baron run away from home stretches to as many as 15 BL matches – only Udo Klug has suffered a longer losing streak on the road in the history of the top flight (21 consecutive defeats between 1982 and 1986).
  • Köln wasted 81 clear-cut chances (of 114) last season – more than any of the other teams had in total. They also missed five of their seven penalties in 2013/14, a league high since the 2. Bundesliga took on the 18-team format in 1994/95.
  • HSV chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer ended his playing career at 1. FC Köln (16 Bundesliga games in the second half of 1995/96). His first BL goal led Hamburg to a 1-0 win against Köln on 15th November 1986.
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored 10 of his 13 goals last season away from home and he only required 11 games for them. The striker also scored HSV’s decisive away goal in the relegation play-off against Fürth. The former Hertha loanee signed a permanent deal with Hamburg this summer.

Borussia Mönchengladbach – VfB Stuttgart

  • Mönchengladbach haven’t won any of their last eight home matches against Stuttgart (D4, L4) – Borussia have only been waiting longer for a BL home win against Leverkusen (22 games). Their last home victory against VfB was a 2-0 win on 30th April 2005.
  • Against no other Bundesliga club have Borussia lost as many home games as they have against VfB (14). Stuttgart are also the only BL side that Gladbach have a negative home record against.
  • VfB ended the 2013/14 season with 32 points, equalling their worst ever record from 1974/75, which ended in relegation (converted to the 3-points-per-win system). 15th place was Stuttgart’s worst finish for 13 years.
  • Gladbach have collected 10 points from their last four Bundesliga home games. Their last defeat in their own stadium came against Augsburg at the start of March (2-1).
  • Stuttgart are without a win in their last 10 away games and have collected just three points during that run. The last time VfB went longer without winning on the road was between 2000 and 2001 (18 games).
  • VfB have started four of the last five seasons with a defeat. Their only opening-day win in that time was a 3-0 home victory against Schalke three years ago; 2013/14 began with a 3-2 loss in Mainz.
  • Borussia have collected 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five Sunday matches. In fact, they have won 10 of their last 12 home games on a Sunday (2 draws). Their last home defeat on a Sunday was a 3-1 loss to Leverkusen in January 2011.
  • Stuttgart dropped 30 points from winning positions in 2013/14. The last side to do that was 1899 Hoffenheim in the 2010/11 campaign (32 points squandered).
  • There were only 16 different players in Gladbach’s starting XIs last season, the lowest amount in the top flight (as was their total of 21 different players that played at all).
  • Stuttgart have only won one title in the last 17 years – the 2007 German Championship under Armin Veh, who starts a second spell at VfB this season. His only BL games as a player came with Gladbach between 1979 and 1985 (65 games, 3 goals).
  • Ibrahima Traore faces his former club on matchday 1. He played for Stuttgart from 2011 to 2014, scoring 6 goals in 75 BL games (12 assists).

SC Paderborn 07 – 1. FSV Mainz 05

  • The only competitive matches between the two sides took place in the 2007/08 second-division campaign. There was a 1-1 draw in Paderborn, before Mainz won 6-1 at home.
  • Mainz suffered a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat (5-5 a.e.t.) to Chemnitz in the DFB Cup and came unstuck against Tripolis in the third round of Europa League qualifying (1-0 win at home, 3-1 loss away).
  • Mainz haven’t lost any of their last eight season openers (BL and 2. BL), collecting an impressive 18 of a possible 24 points (W5, D3). Their last opening-day defeat in the league came in 2005/06 in Köln (1-0).
  • Six of the last eight Bundesliga debutants have survived in their first season in the top flights, including Mainz in 2004/05. Fürth failed to do so in 2012/13 though.
  • SC Paderborn have lost five of their eight season openers in the second division, collecting just five of a possible 24 points.
  • Mainz have lost their last four Bundesliga away games, conceding 12 goals in the process (3 per game on average). FSV’s last point on the road came in a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on matchday 25 of the 2013/14 season.
  • SCP scored in each of their last 10 second-division games, racking up a total of 20 goals in that time. Only Fürth (64) scored more goals than SCP (63) in 2013/14.
  • In total, Paderborn’s squad has 202 games of Bundesliga experience and six top-flight goals. Mainz 05′s Nikolce Noveski alone has made 247 appearances, scoring eight times.
  • This is Mainz’s Kasper Hjulmand’s first managerial post outside of Denmark. The Dane, who is Thomas Tuchel’s successor, joined from FC Nordsjaelland, who he won the Danish Cup with in 2010 and 2011, as well as the league title in 2012.
  • Breitenreiter made 144 BL appearances for Unterhaching, Wolfsburg and HSV during his playing days, scoring 28 goals. That means he has more BL appearances and goals to his name than the whole of his squad that was promoted in 2013/14 (112 BL games, 5 goals).
  • Breitenreiter returns to the Bundesliga stage after a 4,845-day absence. His final match as a player was on 19th May 2001, scoring in Unterhaching’s 5-3 loss to Schalke and thus being part of S04′s infamous “four-minute championship”.

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Ligue 1 Opta Facts 22-24 August

Ligue 1 Opta Facts 22-24 August

Evian TG – Paris SG

o Evian TG have only won once in their six league encounters with PSG (D1, L4).
o However, Evian TG have only lost once in their four home competitive games against PSG (W1, D2).
o Five red cards have been given in the last three league encounters between Evian TG and PSG (two for Evian TG, three for PSG).
o Evian TG are the first team to concede nine goals after two games in Ligue 1 since Rennes in 2001/02 (nine as well).
o Evian TG are the only team to have beaten PSG by more than a one goal margin in Ligue 1 last season.
o None of PSG’s last 58 league games has ended in a 0-0 draw; the longest current run.
o Daniel Wass has scored seven of Evian TG’s last 11 goals in Ligue 1.
o PSG have won 71.6% of their league games with Zlatan Ibrahimovic starting since his arrival in 2012/13, 45.5% without him.

Guingamp – Marseille

o Marseille have won their last six competitive encounters with Guingamp.
o Guingamp have lost their last two home league games against Marseille after being unbeaten in their previous five (W3, D2).
o Guingamp have only won three of their last 12 home league games (D2, L7).
o Marseille have only won once in their last nine away league games (D6, L2).
o Marseille have scored in their last six away league games; a best current run.
o Marseille have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 15 away league games; the longest current run.
o 10 of Mustapha Yatabaré’s 13 goals in Ligue 1 have been scored at home.
o André-Pierre Gignac has scored three goals in his last three competitive games against Guingamp.

Bastia – Toulouse

o Toulouse have only won once in their last 11 encounters with Bastia in Ligue 1 (D3, L7).
o Bastia are unbeaten in their last six home league games (W2, D4).
o Toulouse have lost their last four away league games, conceding 2+ in each of those games.
o All four of Toulouse’s goals in Ligue 1 this season have been scored in the 1st half.
o Toulouse’s last three league games have produced 12 goals (seven for, five against).
o Toulouse have only kept a clean sheet once in their last 13 Ligue 1 games.
o Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 13 goals in Ligue 1 in 2014, joint-highest tally alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
o Seven of Martin Braithwaite’s eight goals in Ligue 1 have been scored away from home.

Lille – Lorient

o Lille have won their last three encounters with Lorient in Ligue 1 (10 goals for, one against).
o Lille have only lost once in their nine home league encounters with Lorient (W5, D3).
o Lille have only lost once in their last 17 league games (W9, D7).
o Lorient have only lost once in their last 10 Ligue 1 games (W4, D5), against Lille.
o Lorient are unbeaten in their last five away league games (W3, D2) for the 1st time since 2011.
o Lille are the only team yet to concede a goal in Ligue 1 in 2014/15.
o Salomon Kalou has scored four goals against Lorient in Ligue 1, joint-highest tally against a top-flight opponent alongside Ajaccio.
o René Girard has only lost twice in his 10 meetings against Lorient as a manager in Ligue 1.

Montpellier – Metz

o Metz are unbeaten in their last seven competitive games against Montpellier (W5, D2).
o None of the 16 encounters between Montpellier and Metz at La Mosson in Ligue 1 have ended in a 0-0 draw.
o Montpellier’s last four home league games against promoted teams have ended in a 1-1.
o Metz have only won once in their last 12 league games (D5, L6).
o Metz have only won four of their last 56 away league games (D19, L33).
o Six of Metz’s last seven league goals have been scored in the first 33 minutes of play.
o Lucas Barrios could be the first Paraguayan player to score in Ligue 1 since Federico Santander in March 2011.
o Rolland Courbis have lost his last three encounters with Metz in Ligue 1 (with Lens and Ajaccio).

Nice – Bordeaux

o Bordeaux have beaten Nice 45 times, more than any other current Ligue 1 team.
o Bordeaux are the team who have scored the most goals against Nice in Ligue 1 (165).
o Nice have only won twice in their last 11 league games (D3, L6).
o The Allianz-Riviera has only seen one draw in the 18 league games played in this stadium.
o Bordeaux have only lost once in their last 12 league games (W4, D7).
o Nine penalties have been awarded in the last 16 oppositions between Nice and Bordeaux in Ligue 1 (5 for Nice, 4 for Bordeaux).
o Henri Saivet has been involved in three of Bordeaux’s last five goals against Nice en L1 (2 goals, 1 assist).
o Willy Sagnol could become the first Bordeaux manager to win his first three Ligue 1 games.

Reims – Caen

o This will be the first meeting between these teams in Ligue 1.
o Caen have only won once in their nine competitive trips to Reims (D2, L6).
o Reims have only won once in their 10 league games against promoted teams since 2012/13 (D5, L4).
o Caen have lost four of their last five Ligue 1 games (W1).
o Caen could register their 2nd away win in a row in Ligue 1 for the first time since December 2007.
o Reims have already lost five points from winning position in Ligue 1 2014/15, a highest.
o Prince Oniangué has scored 11 goals in Ligue 1 since 2013/14, more than twice more than any other Reims player.
o Caen have averaged 1.9 points/game in Ligue 2 without Mathieu Duhamel starting between 2012/13 and 2013/14, only 1.6/game with him.

Lyon – Lens

o Lens have lost 11 of their last 12 trips to Lyon in Ligue 1 (D1).
o Lyon have won 32 of their last 41 home league games against promoted teams (D7, L2).
o Lens have lost their last four league games without scoring a goal.
o Lens have only won once in their last 19 away games in Ligue 1 (D9, L9).
o Lyon’s three goals in Ligue 1 this season all came after the 64th minute.
o Lens are the only team yet to score a goal in Ligue 1 this season.
o None of Alexandre Lacazette’s seven shots in Ligue 1 2014/15 has been off target (5 on, 2 blocked).
o Antoine Kombouaré has only won three of his previous 13 oppositions against Lyon in Ligue 1 (D4, L6).

St Etienne – Rennes

o St Etienne have only won three of their last 17 league encounters with Rennes (D7, L7).
o St Etienne have won their last six league games; the best current run.
o St Etienne are unbeaten in their last 11 league games (W8, D3); best current run.
o St Etienne are unbeaten in their last 13 home league games; the longest current run (W10, D3).
o St Etienne have only conceded five goals in their last 13 home league games.
o Mevlut Erding has scored 10 goals in his last 11 Ligue 1 games, finding the net in each of his last five league games.
o Ricky van Wolfswinkel has failed to score in his last 1325 minutes of play in the league (Premier League + Ligue 1).
o Paul Georges Ntep has scored six goals in his last six Ligue 1 games.

Nantes – Monaco

o Nantes have only won three of their last 14 league encounters with Monaco (D4, L7).
o Monaco have only lost once in their last seven trips to Nantes in Ligue 1 (W3, D3).
o The last six league meetings between Nantes and Monaco at La Beaujoire have only produced five goals.
o Nantes have only lost twice in their last 13 league games (W4, D7).
o Monaco have only kept a clean sheet twice in their last 15 league games.
o Monaco have conceded three penalties in Ligue 1 this season ; one more than in 2013/14.
o Michel Der Zakarian has won none of his previous four encounters with Monaco as a manager in Ligue 1 (D1, L3).
o Dimitar Berbatov has been involved in seven of Monaco’s last 11 away league goals (4 goals, 3 assists).

 

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La Liga Opta Facts 23-25 August

La Liga Opta Facts 23-25 August

Malaga v Athletic Bilbao

Malaga have only won one of their last five league meetings with Athletic (D1 L3).
Los Boquerones have scored exactly once in each of their last five league clashes with the Basque side in La Rosaleda.
Malaga have only started…

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Premier League Opta Facts 23-25 August

Premier League Opta Facts 23-25 August

Aston Villa v Newcastle United

  • Aston Villa have scored exactly one goal in six of their last seven Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle.
  • Newcastle have taken 13 points from their last five Barclays Premier League encounters with Aston Villa.
  • Aston Villa have won only nine of their last 31 Premier League home games.
  • Newcastle drew only one of their 19 Premier League away games last season (W7 L11).
  • Newcastle have lost each of their last five Premier League away games. They last lost six in a row in March 2008.
  • Only one of Newcastle’s 43 goals in 2013-14 was scored by an English player.
  • Newcastle were the only team not to hit a shot on target on the opening weekend.
  • Andreas Weimann, who scored for Villa at Stoke last weekend, has scored the club’s last two Premier League goals at Villa Park.
  • Four of Villa’s last five Premier League goals at home have come before half-time.
  • Newcastle debutant Rémy Cabella created three goalscoring chances last weekend, more than any of his team-mates.

Chelsea v Leicester City

  • Chelsea won four Barclays Premier League games in a row against Leicester before the Foxes were relegated in 2004.
  • The Foxes have only ever won one of eight Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (W1 D2 L5).
  • Chelsea are top of the Premier League after the first matchday. None of the previous three instances (1999, 2008, 2010) have seen them go on to win the title.
  • Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
  • But Chelsea won neither of their final two Premier League home games in 2013-14 (D1 L1).
  • Only once has Jose Mourinho gone three Premier League home games without a win (April-May 2007).
  • Cesc Fabregas has assisted 50 goals in his last 104 Premier League appearances.
  • Fabregas assisted only one goal and failed to score in six Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge for Arsenal.
  • Leicester won 14 of their 23 away games in the Championship last season, three more than any other side.
  • The Foxes’ last away defeat in the league came last December v Brighton.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United

  • Three of the last five Barclays Premier League meetings between Palace and West Ham have ended as 1-0 wins for the Eagles.
  • West Ham claimed one win from five London derbies away from home last season (D1 L3).
  • After going three entire Premier League seasons (& 97 games) without a goal, Brede Hangeland scored on his PL debut for Crystal Palace.
  • Marouane Chamakh conceded 11 fouls on the opening weekend of the season, more than 10 of the 20 Premier League teams did in total.
  • Palace conceded twice from set-pieces in their opening game, one more than they did in the whole of Tony Pulis’ regime (excludes penalties).
  • Palace (7) scored fewer goals in London derbies than any other Premier League capital club last season.
  • West Ham haven’t lost their opening two Premier League games since 2010/11, a season in which they were relegated from the division.
  • Palace have had fewer shots than any other Premier League team this season (2).
  • Keith Millen has taken only four points in five games as temporary manager of Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
  • Palace have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four Premier League games after conceding only five times in the previous nine.

Southampton v West Bromwich Albion

  • Southampton have only ever scored five goals in eight Premier League encounters with West Brom but three of those goals have resulted in 1-0 wins, including both matches last season.
  • With 13 goals in eight fixtures, matches between Southampton and WBA have averaged only 1.6 per game.
  • WBA’s Saido Berahino was the only player to score more than once in the opening round of Premier League games.
  • Dusan Tadic has provided three assists in his last three league games (2 for FC Twente, 1 for Southampton).
  • Saints have scored 11 goals in their last five Premier League home games.
  • The Baggies have scored a total of only two goals in their last nine Premier League away games in August.
  • West Brom have never won a Premier League game away from home in August.
  • Southampton and WBA have both been involved in three high-scoring draws (2-2 or higher) in 2014, no club has experienced more this year.
  • James Ward-Prowse’s only Premier League assist at St Mary’s Stadium came almost exactly a year ago (August 24 2013).
  • Three teams were awarded a penalty on the opening day of the Premier League season but WBA were the only ones to score.

Swansea City v Burnley

  • Swansea’s Ashley Williams scored an own goal in the last meeting of these sides back in 2011.
  • This will be the first time Swansea and Burnley have met in the top-flight; they have met previously in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football.
  • Only one of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s eight Premier League goals for Swansea has come at home
  • Swansea conceded the most fouls on the opening weekend (20), Burnley the fewest (6).
  • Swansea are looking to win three Premier League games in a row for the first time since August 2012.
  • The Swans have kept only one clean sheet in their last six Premier League home games.
  • Burnley lost fewer away games (3) than any other team in the Championship last season.
  • In their previous Premier League campaign (2009-10), Burnley took only four points away from home (W1 D1 L17)
  • Burnley’s record of 13% of their points coming away from home in 2009-10 is the lowest proportion in a single Premier League season.
  • Wilfried Bony has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances.

Everton v Arsenal

  • Everton’s victory against Arsenal in April ended a run of 13 without one against the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Arsenal are the only away team to score six goals in a Premier League game at Goodison Park (in August 2009).
  • Steven Naismith has scored four and assisted two in his last nine Premier League appearances.
  • Arsenal have now gone four games without a win against Everton, their worst such run in the Premier League.
  • The Gunners have never gone five league games without beating the Toffees in their history.
  • Arsenal have not won their opening two league games since 2009 (which included a win against Everton).
  • Last season Everton opened the season with two draws; they drew their opener last week at Leicester.
  • Everton have scored at least two goals in each of their last six Premier League home games.
  • But two of the Toffees’ last three Premier League home games have seen them lose 3-2.
  • Arsenal won more away games than any other Premier League team in 2013-14 (11), yet ended the season with a goal difference of only +2 on the road.

Hull City v Stoke City

  • 180 minutes of football between Hull and Stoke in the Barclays Premier League last season produced a total of just one goal (from Peter Odemwingie).
  • Stoke have lost just one of their last 10 games against The Tigers (W4 D5).
  • Hull have not won consecutive Premier League games since September last year.
  • Only relegated Cardiff and Norwich (two each) won fewer away games than Stoke (3) in the Premier League last season.
  • Stoke, along with Tottenham, were one of only two teams not to pick up a booking on the opening weekend.
  • Nikica Jelavic has scored only five goals in his last 48 Premier League appearances.
  • Peter Crouch is playing a fourth successive season with the same club for the first time in his career (played in three seasons for Villa, Liverpool & Spurs).
  • Crouch is the only player in Stoke’s Premier League history to reach double figures for away goals (he has 10).
  • James Chester has only ever had three shots on target in the Premier League but has scored two goals.
  • Hull conceded only 21 Premier League goals at home in 2013-14, the same number as Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers

  • Tottenham have won four of their last six Barclays Premier League games against QPR, with one of those wins masterminded by current Rangers boss Harry Redknapp.
  • In their last Premier League campaign (2012-13), QPR took fewer points from London derbies than any other side (nine in 10 games).
  • QPR have won just four of their last 40 Premier League games.
  • Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games.
  • Joey Barton has created more goalscoring chances than any other Premier League player this season (6).
  • Tottenham, along with Stoke, were one of only two teams not to pick up a booking on the opening weekend.
  • Tottenham have won each of their last four Premier League home games, scoring 14 goals in the process.
  • The Lilywhites have won all but two of their Premier League home games in 2014 (losing to Manchester City and Arsenal).
  • In 102 Premier League London derbies at home, Spurs have only won one more (38) than they have drawn (37).
  • Rio Ferdinand has not conceded a foul in any of his last 27 Premier League appearances.

Sunderland v Manchester United

  • Sunderland’s win at Old Trafford in May ended a run of 23 Premier League games against Manchester United without a win.
  • Manchester United have conceded just two goals in their last seven trips to the Stadium of Light in the Premier League.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 81 Premier League away goals, only six short of Alan Shearer’s all-time record.
  • Manchester United ended the 2013-14 season with exactly the same away record as Chelsea and Manchester City (W10 D4 L5)
  • After assisting a goal in each of his opening three Premier League appearances for Manchester United, Juan Mata has assisted only one more in 13 games for them.
  • Sunderland have scored at least once in 10 of their last 11 Premier League games.
  • The Black Cats have won four of their last six league games, including victories against Chelsea and Manchester United.
  • Manchester United have lost 13 Premier League games since September 1 last year.
  • Adnan Januzaj has assisted only one goal in his last 14 Premier League appearances.
  • Sebastian Larsson’s goal on the opening day equalled his haul in both 2013-14 and 2012-13. He scored seven times in his first season for Sunderland.

Manchester City v Liverpool

  • Manchester City have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have conceded as many goals in their last four league trips to the Etihad as they had in the previous 11 (10).
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored 32 goals in 44 league games for Liverpool.
  • Sturridge (136 mins) has the fifth best minutes-per-goal rate in Premier League history (minimum 50 goals), ahead of former team-mate Luis Suarez (139).
  • Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (115 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate in Premier League history.
  • Edin Dzeko has scored five goals and assisted one more in his last five Premier League appearances.
  • The last time Liverpool came from two goals down to win a Premier League game was in this fixture in October 2008 (0-2 down, won 3-2).
  • Man City scored 63 league goals at home last season, more than 15 of the 20 Premier League clubs managed in total.
  • Both City and Liverpool won only two of their six games against fellow members of the top four in 2013-14 (including a win apiece against each other).
  • City have conceded 98 goals at home in Premier League north west derbies.

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AUG 21: GOLF AND OTHER SPORTS TIPS

AUG 21: GOLF AND OTHER SPORTS TIPS

GOLF’S Czech Masters is underway and later it’s the start of The Barclays where we’ll see if Rory McIlroy can make it four tournament wins in a row. Our golf tipster Ace Venturer has gone against McIlroy this week believing he won’t be his sharpest after a mini break. His top tips put up on [...]

Thursday 21/8/14 Free Tips

Thursday 21/8/14 Free Tips

Today’s Premium Tip can be found here with 4 x Treble’s that has a potential Returns of £1150+ @ 4 x £10.00 Stakes _________________________________ We have our other Free Tip’s listed Below. _________________________________ Multi Accumulator (Full Time Result) Treble Russia – UEFA Europa League – 16:30 – Dinamo Moskva vs. Omonia Nicosia – Draw (23/10) Peru – Copa Sudamericana – […]

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Europa League qualifiers

Europa League qualifiers

The season is just about underway now, although the transfer window still gapes open tempting managers and boards to potential chase losses and throw good money after bad, and for a couple of English sides there is an interesting challenge coming up. Hull and Spurs both face Europa League qualifiers, in the case of the […]

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Thursday 21/8/14 Premium Tips

Thursday 21/8/14 Premium Tips

Yesterday’s Premium Tip was: Premium Treble’s Treble Bet 1 Portugal – Taca da Liga – 17:00 – Desportivo Aves vs. Trofense – Home Win (4/5) Portugal – Taca da Liga – 16:00 – Olhanense vs. Oriental Lisboa – Home Win (8/7) Iceland – Urvalsdeild – 19:00 – KR vs. Fjolnir – Home Win (1/3) 1 […]

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AUG 21: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

AUG 21: MR FIXIT’S TOP TIPS

I SAID Wednesday’s five Champions League qualifiers would be tight and that proved to be the case with three draws and two 1-0 away wins. My draws Trixie was a Lille goal short of landing but two out of three thanks to Aalborg-Apoel and Maribor-Celtic returned almost 11-1 and a decent profit. Lille’s failure to [...]

AUG 21: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

AUG 21: JOHNB’S RACING TIPS AND CHAT

IT was Australia Day on Wednesday but not Johnb’s day. He of course tipped the superstar to win at York but his main selections were losers. Australia coasted home but at just 8-13 so it wasn’t on for ordinary punters. Johnb’s Thursday tips Ffos Las 4.30 Weather Babe 3-1 NB William Hill Bath 5.15 Executrix [...]