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3 Biggest Mistakes that Newly Promoted EPL Teams Make

When Championship clubs get promoted to the English Premier League they get a huge amount of money from TV rights and other types of revenue. Some clubs invest this money smartly, just like punters who regularly check the best sports picks invest their money on the right picks.

However, there are also clubs, which after getting promoted, decide to either keep the money or to spend them in a variety of wrong ways. Sometimes their owners get greedy and use the club as a money making machine, and sometimes the board splashes the money on a number of bad investments in the playing and coaching staff.

In this article we will take a look at the 3 biggest mistakes that newly promoted EPL clubs make.

Buying Championship Quality Players

This is probably the biggest mistake that newly promoted clubs make. In the past these clubs have been working with a restricted transfer budget and probably had a lot of difficulties in recruiting the Championship players that they wanted.

However, after getting promoted to the top tier and receiving a financial injection from the FA and their sponsors, these clubs suddenly have more money to operate with than they had ever had. So what do they do? Buy all the Championship players they had ever wanted of course.

Clubs such as Hull, Sunderland, Burnley and Norwich have all done this in recent years and all of them got promptly relegated in the same season they used this transfer tactic.

Championship players are Championship players for a reason. They score goals and look terrific in the second tier of English football, but when they need to make the step up they just couldn’t do it. And if you assemble a squad of Championship talent you inadvertently prepare for Championship football in the following season.

Buying Journeymen

Just like with the previous entry, buying journeymen, free agents and players with nomadic past is a common transfer tactic employed by newly promoted clubs.

The problem with this one however, is that these players have been moving clubs so often that they show no sense of loyalty to their club and as soon as things start to go wrong they will start pining for a move away.

In addition, they are rarely better than average and clubs try to get rid of them as soon as they realize this. To move and uproot your family every year if you had a chance to stay with the same club and in the same city is not the ideal situation we are sure you will agree.

Bad Managerial Choices

The best way to survive in the EPL is to hire a manager such as Tony Pulis or Sam Allardyce. These bosses have experience of saving relegation candidates from drowning and should always be the first choice.

The best way to get relegated from the EPL is to hire a former star player such as Gianfranco Zola or Alan Shearer who has been a great player, but is a terrible manager with limited experience.

Are free bets really free?

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These days, in the era of technology and speed, we all are gifted. One of the booming industries in today’s era is gambling and betting industry. These industries spend and earn millions and billions of dollars. Most of us have tried our luck on online sports betting or casino games. We must have seen the words “free bets”. But are these really free? Let’s find out the answer in this article.

Most of the new players tend to sign up on the basis of free bets provided by that company. However, how true is the free bets, we will explore. The most important and tricky part involved in this situation is the terms and conditions section. This is however written in very small fonts and is the most tricky part where all the terms and conditions are described and on the basis of those terms and conditions its determined that how many free spins player will get or even if he qualify to have one free spin. The companies very cunningly make you feel it’s a good deal but is that true.

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Online casino companies offer promo cash as part of free spins.But you actually never get these promo cash; you can only use them as stakes. Only your winnings will be reflected in your account not your promo cash. Free bet is also one of the tricky part that company uses to trick your mind and make you feel you are getting something for free. But always remember you have to bet from your own money if you want to qualify for the same. In simple words, your money will always be involved and you are getting nothing for free.

Either you are an experienced person or a newbie in this online gaming industry, you should always be careful and read all the terms and conditions in detail. To be on a safer side you should always check the license for that company. Do not get excited reading free bonus, spins, free bets etc.  They are meant to trick you, so that you sign up.

In some cases, free spins or bonus does not mean it’s a bad place. It could be the best place to place your bets. Just be careful and bet safely.

Football betting types

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What’s football betting and why so many people all over the world like it? Now a days betting is very popular, not only in the UK, the “country of football”, but all over the world. People bet in future games, or in live games trough betting sites. Live betting becomes hit last years and in biggest bookmakers, there are sometimes more than 100 live betting options per match. There are many types of Football betting and we will make review for the most popular below:

Full time result /FT/

Bettors use this type of football betting regular. This is one the most common type of bets and is usually based on the match result / total 90 min /. Here you have 3 options: 1 /home wins/, X/draw and 2/away win/.

Half time /HT/

Half time option predicts the outcome at half-time. There is matter what will be the FT result. Bettors only predict first 45 minutes of the game. Sometimes in HT results, there is an additional time, mainly 1, 2 minutes and they also count in bets. There are also HT/FT predictions, which is for professionals. It’s very difficult to predict half time and the final result at the same time, but odds here are big and with small stake you can get big profit. Extremely big odds are for probability of the half time home team to win and full time away team to win the match. Its offer over 21.00.

Goals

Mainly here players put stakes on over/under 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 and more in a football game. In over 0.5 for FT result, chance is big, but the odds are small. For example, 1.05/1.10. Most players try over 2.5 and under 2.5, it’s mostly used for goals in football betting. Here there is no draw possibility for the over/under bet, like FT result and player will win or lose his stake.

Asian Handicap

It’s kind of bets in a football match, where for 2 teams are given a handicap. It can be positive or negative. You have 2 options to beat and there is no draw. For example, +0.5, +1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2,5 or -0.5, -1.0, -1.5, -2.0, -2.5. Your options here are betting on home or away win. Nowadays there are a lot of Asian handicap lines, so you will carefully read all explanation of each of them.

England’s Depth Issues Create Worrisome Long-Term Picture

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England have a striking crisis heading into their friendly clash against Germany and their World Cup qualifier with Lithuania following Harry Kane’s injury setback.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was expected to lead the line for the Three Lions for the two matches after being previously unavailable at the end of the last year due to an ankle injury.

However, the 23-year-old suffered ligament damage to the same ankle just minutes into Spurs’ FA Cup quarter-final clash against Millwall after falling awkwardly at White Hart Lane.

Kane was in outstanding form, dramatically rising to lead the Premier League goalscoring charts with 19 strikes, including two hat-tricks and two braces since the turn of the year.

As a result, Gareth Southgate has a tough time to replace the forward, with injuries to Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge further limiting his options.

England are still comfortably backed in the latest international football betting to beat Lithuania, but the issues surrounding the squad are worrisome looking ahead to the 2018 World Cup.

Encouragingly Jamie Vardy has shown signs of life since Leicester parted company with Claudio Ranieri, although he still only has seven goals to his name this term.

The 30-year-old has not done a great deal to disprove that his 24-goal campaign was not a flash in the pan, failing to display the same clinical edge in front of goal.

Marcus Rashford has an abundance of ability, but he has seen his first-team opportunities limited at Manchester United by the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He played well in his side’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea, but has not scored a Premier League goal since September, and only seven in 36 appearances in all competitions this term.

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Danny Welbeck has returned from his injury layoff, but his injury history is a major concern as there is always worry that his next fitness issue is only one game away.

The 26-year-old is an incredible talent and has proved it in the Premier League and for the Three Lions. His presence would be a major lift for Southgate, but whether he could be trusted for the long-tem future is another matter.

Those three players have been included in recent squads and are not entirely solid options, but alternatives are thin on the ground, highlighting England’s lack of depth in the striking department.

Gone are the days when the Three Lions were blessed with so much talent – high-calibre players could not break into the starting line-up ala Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Matt Le Tissier and Robbie Fowler.

Jermain Defoe could provide short-term relief for Southgate, especially for the double-header against Germany and Lithuania.

The 34-year-old has been nothing short of sensational this term for Sunderland – scoring 14 goals in a side that would have a truly embarrassing points total without his presence. He has lost none of his old spark in front of goal and arguably is playing the best football of his career.

Sadly for England there are no better alternatives in the Premier League – which is no slight on Defoe.

Andy Carroll’s fitness record is also poor, and although he scored an impressive goal in his side’s win against Crystal Palace – he has only six strikes in the Premier League this season.  

Andre Gray has eight goals to his name, although his off-the-field digression earlier in the term could ward off interest from the Three Lions, while the same could be said for Troy Deeney – along with the fact that neither of those players are truly quality options.

Given England’s desperation Carroll and Defoe may have to be the men selected, proving that English football’s long-term prospects are not great – should injuries to key players persist.

Top Tips for the EPL

The English Premier League is in its final third. Chelsea are sure to win the title and betting on the winner of the EPL will give you the lowest possible odds. Bookmakers have even got a market called ‘Without Chelsea’ where the second placed team in the EPL is actually the winning bet.

However, just like the horse racing tips at SBAT.com Cheltenham Festival infographic there are some absolute cracker of betting tips for the EPL as well. Here we look at three value bets which could fill your coffers if properly backed.

Liverpool to Finish in Top 4

If you can put your house on this bet you should do it without thinking twice. Liverpool started the season magnificently and many tipped them for the title because of the spectacular fashion in which they dominated matches.

However, a barren run at the start of the new year, which many pundits said was down to the players being exhausted, resulted in Jurgen Klopp’s men being in danger of missing out on Top 4 and Champions League football next year.

That period seems to be over now, and victories over Top 4 contenders Arsenal and Tottenham signaled a change in the club’s fortunes. The fixture list is also much more relaxed and there is more time between matches. This is essential for Klopp’s high tempo, high intensity pressing game.

The Reds also have only one remaining fixture against a Top 6 side, Manchester City away. This means that all they have to do to finish in Top 4 is to keep their focus and not to drop points against lesser opposition.

Sunderland to Finish Bottom

There is only one team bound to finish in the last position of the EPL and that’s Sunderland. David Moyes is not as bad a manager as people make him out to be, but the squad that he has at his disposal is by far the worst one in the top tier.

With the exception of the veteran striker Jermain Defoe, all of Sunderland’s players would be happy if they made the starting eleven of a Championship side.

And seeing how Defoe is 34 years old and is very likely to suffer from fatigue as the season draws to a close, it seems that Sunderland’s chances of avoiding the drop and finishing bottom are not looking good.

Top Goal Scorer – Diego Costa

This is a riskier bet than the previous two, but with odds of around 4/1 it’s worth a try. Of course Harry Kane is the current favourite for the Golden Boot in the EPL; however, Diego Costa seems to have again found his scoring boots after a short dry spell at the beginning of the year.

The Brazilian with a Spanish passport obviously lost his focus during the winter transfer window when astronomical sums of Chinese money were offered for his services.

However, he decided to stay and has rekindled his partnership with the likes of Hazard, Pedro and Fabregas. This means that the goals should start pouring down once again for Diego.

Britain’s Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic

tenis-10Andy Murray is having his best season ever and finally, reach his lifelong    dream of becoming the world’s number one player after the French Open. The Scotsman cemented his place at the top of the ranking and was able to increase his lead by beating Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals. At the start of the season, tennis betting tips sites did not predict that the British player would be in such fine form this campaign. He was a big outsider with most sports betting odds bookmakers to make it but he has managed to do it playing the best tennis of his life. The player now 29 years old is going through his best winning streak of 24 games unbeaten.

It was not as easy for Murray in the semi-finals against Milos Ranic. The match took over three and a half hours and set a record for the longest match ever played in the tournament. Most tennis betting tips sites had Djokovic as the favorite due to him spending a lot less energy in getting to the final along with his far superior record over the Scot. Murray though was able to beat the betting odds by beating the former number one 6-3 6-4 at the O2 Arena in London.

It was a close battle between the two best players in the world and Djokovic gave it his all as he was chasing to equal the record of Roger Federer’s total of six trophies. The result has enabled Murray to increase his lead over the Serb and has been head and shoulders above the competition this season.

Djokovic has been out of form this season but will be back stronger than ever before  determined to claim back his title as best player in the world. Over recent years he has managed to dominate Murray and out of 34 encounters Djokovic had won 24 of them. The Scot has managed to prove this campaign that he can beat the previously unbeatable Djokovic and it is going to be interesting to see if he can claim back this throne.

The O2 Arena was packed to the brim with 17,000 tennis fans watching the battle for not only the trophy by also the number one ranking. Murray had the home advantage and it helps him raise his game needed to beat the great Djokovic. After the match, he was extremely courteous and said:  “Andy is definitely number one in the world, he deserved to win. He is the best player.”

Murray managed to beat Djokovic by making far less unforced errors. The Serb was slightly out of form and made a total of 30 unforced errors. You could tell that the Scotsman was in form and he has been unbeatable for the season’s second half.

It was not a great start by the British and world number one as he started with serving a double-fault. Murray was at his resilient best and managed to break Djokovic at 3 – 3. He then went on to win the set along with the match to make sure he would be the first ranked player going into 2017.

How to do Your Own Horse Race Handicapping

racetipsWith most of Europe’s major races in the books for 2016, the attention now focuses on the Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia and the Breeders Cup in America. While there are currently plenty of race tips for Melbourne Cup day being offered by tipsters and online bookmakers, it’s always preferable for race-goers to learn how to do their own handicapping. That way, all a handicapper needs is access to Melbourne Cup odds and a place to wager.

Handicapping a Race Like the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is scheduled to be run on November 1 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This is a great race to handicap because of the size of the field, usually 20 horses, and the staying distance of 3200 meters.  This year’s race might include horses from Australia, England, France, Germany and perhaps Japan. After looking through the list of past winners and the associated winning Melbourne Cup odds, this is not a race on which someone would want to take short odds.

Tools of the Trade

Racing fans and gamblers are not expected to pick winners in a vacuum. Throughout the world, there are publications available that provide statistical information about the horses, trainers, jockeys and even racetracks. It’s foolish to attempt to handicap without the necessary data, keeping in mind that things like race tips for Melbourne Cup day can be unreliable and arbitrary.

In Europe, the most popular publication for handicappers is the form guide. On a race-by-race basis, data is provided for each horse entered, along with selected data provided about trainers and jockeys. By employing one of several handicapping methods, this information is very useful for the purpose of at least identifying contenders and pretenders.

Handicapping Methods

Most experienced handicappers fall into one of three categories: class handicappers, speed handicappers or trip handicappers. Here’s a brief description of each betting strategy.

Class Handicapping: Based on a horse’s proven level of ability, horses can be rated by class. From best to worst, the classifications are stakes horses (levels 1, 2 and 3), overnight handicap horses, allowance horses, high-level claimers and low-level claimers. As horses move up and down in class, the can create wagering opportunities as improving horses, or signal they are out of form as they move down the ladder. In some cases, horses moving down in class might improve given the chance to run against lesser competition. Class handicappers use these class moves to help isolate horses that could provide wagering value. The Time Form ratings provided in the form guide can provide insight about a horse’s true level of ability.

Speed Handicapping: Speed handicappers are interested in how fast horses have shown the ability to run at certain distances. In some cases, experienced handicappers will develop their own speed figures to be used as a basis of comparison between horses that have been running in different races, at different racetracks, racing at different distances. If a horse runs consistently faster speed figures than a majority of the other horses in a field, they would certainly have to be considered contenders.

Trip Handicapping: Trip handicappers like to focus on horses that appear to have run poorly in a recent race, but might have been compromised by circumstances. If a horse was making a move and got blocked while trying to accelerate, the effort might have been compromised, indicating they might be better than the data suggests. If a late closer appears to have been unable to use their closing kick, it might have been because of a slow pace upfront. The running style was compromised. Trip handicappers love wagering on horses next-out that might have been compromised the race before.

Learning to handicap races on your own takes time and experience. However, the rewards you gain by successfully picking winners on your own makes it worth the effort. By employing one or more of the methods listed above, you can take a big step towards being a good handicapper.