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Lazio v Varese

Coppa Italia

2014-12-02 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-02 13:39:34)

Team News:

Lazio without keeper Marchetti (9 apps), defenders Gentiletti (2 apps), Novaretti (2 apps), Ciani (7 apps), Pereirinha (1 app) and Cavanda (7 apps), midfielder Biglia (10 apps/1 goal), winger Candreva (13 apps/2 goals).

Varese without midfielder Corti (14 apps/1 goal) who is suspended, while defender Dondoni, midifielders Cornacchia (1 app) and Cristiano (4 apps), striker Falcone (14 apps/1 goal) are all out injured. Also defender Rea (15 apps/1 goal), midfielders Zecchin (10 apps/1 goal) and Capezzi (13 apps/1 goal) are all doubtful.

Probable Line-ups:

Lazio: Berisha, Konko, Cana, Radu, Braafheid, Onazi, Ledesma, Lulic, Anderson, Klose, Keita.

Varese: Perucchini, Luoni, Simic, Borghese, Fiammozzi, Barberis, Blasi, Scapinello, Rivas, Lupoli, Neto.

Info: Lazio are 7th in Serie A and have won 3 of their last 4 home matches. Varese are 4th from bottom in Serie B and have failed to win away in this season.

Odds:  Lazio 1.25  Draw 5.50  Varese 11.00

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Real Madrid v Cornella

Spain Copa del Rey

2014-12-02 20:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-02 15:04:37)

Market Information

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has rested most of his star-name players when he picked his squad for tonight's Spanish cup game. Regular keeper Casillas (11 apps), defenders Marcelo (12 apps), Ramos (12 apps) and Pepe (10 apps), midfielders Modric (10 apps) and Kroos (13 apps), winger Bale (10 apps/6 goals), striker Ronaldo (12 apps/20 goals) and Benzema (11 apps/8 goals) are missing.

Real Madrid (squad):

Goalkeepers: Navas, Pacheco.

Defenders: Varane, Coentrao, Carvajal, Nacho, Arbeloa, Llorente, Noblejas.

Midfielders: James Rodriguez, Illarramendi, Isco, Khedira, Munoz, Medran.

Forwards: Jese, Hernandez

Odds: Real Madrid 1.02 Draw 13.00 Cornella 55.00

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Burnley v Newcastle

England Premiership

2014-12-02 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-01 17:02:56)

Early Team News:

Newcastle are missing midfielder Sissoko (13 apps) and winger Colback (13 apps) who are both suspended, also regular goalkeeper Krul (12 apps), defenders R.Taylor (2 apps) and Santon, midfielder De Jong (2 apps), wingers Obertan (6 apps/1 goal) and Gutierrez are all out injured. While defenders Williamson (10 apps), Janmaat (13 apps) and captain Coloccini (11 apps), midfielders (Abeid (2 apps) and Aarons (3 apps) are all injury doubts.

Newcastle (possible): Eliott, Dummett, Taylor, Williamson, Haidara, Tiote, Gouffran, Anita, Cabella, Perez, Cisse.

Odds:  Burnley 2.85  Draw 3.25  Newcastle 2.65

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Man Utd v Stoke

England Premiership

2014-12-02 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-02 12:51:23)

Team News:

Man Utd missing defenders Shaw (7 apps), Rafael (6 apps), Evans (3 apps) and Jones (4 apps), midfielder Blind (8 apps/1 goal), winger Di Maria (11 apps/3 goals).

Stoke without midfielders Sidwell (6 apps) and Whelan (8 apps), winger Moses (10 apps/1 goal), striker Odemwingie (2 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Herrera, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Van Persie.

Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Cameron, Shawcross, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Bojan, Crouch, Diouf.

Info:   Man Utd have won their last 6 home matches against Stoke in all competitions. Man Utd have also won 5 of their last 6 home matches in the Premier League.

Odds: Man Utd 1.40   Draw 5.00   Stoke 8.00

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Swansea v QPR

England Premiership

2014-12-02 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-02 12:57:37)

Team News:

Swansea missing defender Fernandez (7 apps).

QPR without midfielders Sandro (8 apps) and Faurlin (2 apps), winger Taarabt (2 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Bartley, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Bony.

QPR: Green, Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun, Henry, Barton, Fer, Vargas, Austin, Zamora.

Info: Swansea are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against QPR in all competitions. QPR have lost their last 7 away matches in the Premier League and in the process they have failed to score in 7 of their last 9 away matches in the Premier League.

Odds: Swansea 1.70   Draw 3.60   QPR 5.00

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Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

England Premiership

2014-12-02 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-02 12:45:05)

Team News:

Crystal Palace missing defenders Delaney (10 apps) and Mariappa (6 apps), while striker Gayle (9 apps/2 goals) is a doubt.

Aston Villa without defenders Vlaar (7 apps), Senderos (8 apps) and Baker (7 apps), midfielder Delph (7 apps)

Probable Line-ups:

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Ward, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Puncheon, Chamakh, Campbell.

Aston Villa: Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Weimann, Cole, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Info: Aston Villa have drawn their last 3 matches in the Premier League.

Odds:  Crystal Palace 2.10  Draw 3.40  Aston Villa 3.75

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West Brom v West Ham

England Premiership

2014-12-02 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-02 13:01:35)

Team News:

West Brom missing defenders Yacob (4 apps) and Olsson (4 apps), also defender Pocognoli (11 apps) and midfielder Morrison (10 apps/2 goals) are doubts.

West Ham without striker Sakho (8 apps/6 goals - top scorer), also midfielder Noble (11 appps/2 goals) is doubtful.

Probable Line-ups:

West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Gamboa, Dorrans, Gardner, Mulumbu, Brunt, Berahino, Anichebe.

West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Amalfitano, Downing, Zarate, Carroll.

Info:  West Brom have lost their last 3 matches in the Premier League, also they have failed to score in their last 3 matches. West Ham have scored in all six of their away league matches this season but haven't kept a clean sheet in 12 matches.


Odds: West Brom 2.40 Draw 3.25 West Ham 3.00

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Atalanta v Avellino

Coppa Italia

2014-12-03 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-03 10:29:24)

Team News:

Atalanta without defender Del Grosso (3 apps), midfielder Grassi (1 app), wingers Raimondi (6 apps) and Estigarribia (6 apps/1 goal), striker Rosseti who are all out injured. Also wingers Gomez (5 apps) and Moralez (9 apps/1 goal), striker Denis (13 apps/1 goal) are not named in Colantuono's squad.

Avellino without defenders Bittante (14 apps) and Visconti (12 apps), midfielders Regoli (7 apps), Schiavon (9 apps) and Zito (14 apps)

Probable Line-ups:

Atalanta: Avramov; Cherubin, Benalouane, Biava, Dramé; Molina, Migliaccio, Baselli, D'Alessandro; Boakye, Bianchi.

Avellino: Frattali, Ely, Fabbro, Vergara, Petricciuolo, D'Angelo, Pisacane, Arini, Filkor, Castaldo, Comi.

Info:  Atalanta are 4th from bottom in Serie A and have failed to win their last 6 matches. Avellino are 4th in Serie B and are unbeaten in their last 3 away matches. Avellino supporters have been banned from travelling to the game.


Odds: Atalanta 1.85  Draw 3.40  Avellino 4.00

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Arsenal v Southampton

England Premiership

2014-12-03 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-03 09:15:28)

Team News:

Arsenal missing goalkeepers Szczesny (13 apps) and Ospina, defender Dubuchy (4 apps), midfielders Arteta (7 apps) and Wilshere (9 apps/1 goal), wingers Walcott (2 apps) and Ozil (6 apps/1 goal), also both left-backs Gibbs (10 apps) and Monreal (10 apps), winger Oxlaide-Chamberlain (13 apps) are doubts.

Southampton without midfielders Schneiderlin (13 apps/3 goals) and Ward-Prowse (5 apps).

Info:   Arsenal are unbeaten at home against Southampton in the Premier League and are also unbeaten in their last 9 Premier League games against Southampton. Southampton have only won 2 of their 37 league games at Arsenal.

Probable Line-ups:

Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Cork, Tadic, Mane, Long, Pelle.

Odds: Arsenal 1.85 Draw 3.60 Southampton 4.50

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Everton v Hull City

FBENG Premier League-14

2014-12-03 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-03 09:28:35)

Team News:

Everton missing defenders Alcarez (3 apps), Oviedo (2 apps) and Stones (5 apps), while midfielder McCarthy (11 apps) and striker Naismith (12 apps/4 goals) are doubts.

Hull without midfielder Ramirez (7 apps) and striker Hernandez (8 apps/3 goals).

Probable Line-ups:

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Besic, Osman, McGeady, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.

Hull: McGregor, Chester, Dawson, Davies, Elmhoamady, Robertson, Diame, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Aluko.

Info:  Everton have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Hull in all competitions. Hull have lost their last 4 matches in the Premier League and have failed to score in their last 3 away matches in the Premier League.

Odds: Everton 1.55 Draw 4.00 Hull 7.00

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Sunderland v Man City

England Premiership

2014-12-03 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-03 09:32:10)

Team News:

Sunderland missing defender Aanholt (10 apps) and winger Giaccherini (3 apps).

Man City without defenders Kompany (12 apps), Kolarov (6 apps), Mangala (6 apps) and Nastasic, winger Silva (9 apps/2 goals), striker Dzeko (10 apps/2 goals).

Probable Line-ups:

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, O'Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Cattermole, Rodwell, Johnson, Larsson, Wickham, Fletcher.

Man City: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Lampard, Nasri, Navas, Aguero.

Info: Sunderland have drawn their last 3 matches in the Premier League, they have also lost just one of their last six Premier League games against Man City. Man City have lost just one of their last 10 league matches, their best run of form this season.

Odds: Sunderland 7.00 Draw 4.00 Man City 1.50

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Huesca v Barcelona

Spain Copa del Rey

2014-12-03 22:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-03 12:55:48)

Market Information:

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest most of his star-name players when he picked his squad for tonight's Spanish cup game. Missing from the squad are goalkeeper Bravo (13 apps), defenders Alves (10 apps), Pique (8 apps) and Alba (10 apps), midfielders Mascherano (9 apps), Busquets (12 apps) and Xavi (10 apps), strikers Messi (13 apps/10 goals), Neymar (12 apps/11 goals) and Luis Suarez (5 apps) who are all rested for the trip.

Barcelona (squad):

Goalkeepers: Ter Stegen, Masip, 

Defenders: Adriano, Montoya, Douglas, Edgar Ie, Mathieu, Bartra,

Midfielders: Sergi Roberto, Samper, Iniesta, Rakitic, Rafinha, 

Strikers: Pedro, Munir, Sandro.

Odds: Huesca 36.00  Draw 10.00  Barcelona 1.05

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B.Dortmund v Hoffenheim

Germany Bundesliga

2014-12-05 20:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-05 10:06:55)

Team News:

B.Dortmund missing injured defender Sokratis (11 apps) and key midlfielder Reus (7 apps/3 goals).

Hoffenheim without striker Szalai (11 apps/3 goals) who is suspended.

Probable Line-ups:

B.Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Schmelzer, Subotic, Ginter, Durm, Bender, Sahin, Gundogan, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

Hoffenheim: Baumann, Beck, Kim, Bicakcic, Sule, Polanski, Schwegler, Zuber, Firmino, Schipplock, Volland.

Info: B.Dortmund have failed to win 9 of their last 10 matches in the Bundesliga.  Hoffenheim have failed to win 9 of their last 10 away matches in the Bundesliga. 

Odds: B.Dortmund 1.55  Draw 4.00  Hoffenheim 6.00

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Fiorentina v Juventus

Italy Serie A

2014-12-05 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-05 09:47:31)

Team News:

Fiorentina missing injured defender Pasqual (6 apps), midfielder Bernardeschi (5 apps), striker Rossi.

Juventus without defender Lichtsteiner (13 apps/2 goals) who is suspended, also injured defenders Barzagli and Caceres (4 apps), midfielders Romulo (2 apps) and Asamoah (6 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Fiorentina: Neto, Savic, Rodrigues, Basanta, Joaquin, Fernandez, Pizarro, Valero, Alonso, Cuadrado, Gomez.

Juventus: Buffon, Padoin, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Pereyra, Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal, Tevez, Llorente.

Info:  Fiorentina have won their last 2 Serie A matches. Juventus have won 18 of their last 20 matches in Serie A, also they have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 away matches in Serie A. 

Odds:  Fiorentina 4.00  Draw 3.20  Juventus 2.05

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Newcastle v Chelsea

England Premiership

2014-12-06 13:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 11:17:51)

Team News:

Newcastle missing goalkeeper Krul (13 apps), defender Santon, midfielders Aarons (3 apps/1 goal) and De Jong (2 apps), wingers Obertan (6 apps) and Gutierrez are all out injured. Also defenders Williamson (10 apps) and Janmaat (13 apps) are doubts.

Chelsea without midfielder Matic (14 apps) who is suspended.

Probable Line-ups:

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Haidara, Colback, Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko, Perez, Cisse.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Costa.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (11 matches/41 yellows/0 reds).

Info: Newcastle have won their last 3 home matches in the Premier League and kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches. Chelsea have won 12 of their last 15 matches in the Premier League and kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches.

Odds: Newcastle 6.50 Draw 4.00 Chelsea 1.55

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Hull v West Brom

England Premiership

2014-12-06 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:10:19)

Team News:

Hull missing midfielders Ramirez (7 apps) and Diame (10 apps/4 goals).

West Brom without defenders Olsson (4 apps) and Yacob (4 apps), midfielder Brunt (14 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Hull: Harper, Chester, Dawson, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Robertson, Hernandez, Jelavic.

West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Baird, Dorrans, Morrison, Gardner, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anichebe.

Referee: Michael Oliver (11 matches/48 yellows/1 red).

Info: Hull have failed to win their last 7 matches in the Premier League. West Brom have lost their last 4 matches in the Premier League.

Odds: Hull 2.40 Draw 3.20 West Brom 3.00

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Liverpool v Sunderland

England Premiership

2014-12-06 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:12:54)

Team News:

Liverpool without strikers Balotelli (9 apps) and Sturridge (3 apps/1 goal).

Sunderland missing defender Aanholt (10 apps) and winger Giaccherini (3 apps), also winger Johnson (11 apps) and striker Fletcher (12 apps/4 goals) are doubts.

Probable Line-ups:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Enrique, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Lallana, Sterling, Lambert.

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, O'Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson, Alvarez, Wickham, Fletcher.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (6 matches/31 yellows/1 red).

Info: Liverpool are undefeated in their last 12 home matches against Sunderland in all competitions.

Odds: Liverpool 1.50 Draw 4.00 Sunderland 7.00

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Stoke v Arsenal

England Premiership

2014-12-06 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:16:35)

Team News:

Stoke missing midfileders Whelan (8 apps) and Sidwell (6 apps), wingers Moses (10 apps/1 goals), striker Odemwingie (4 apps), while defender Huth, midfielder Ireland (5 apps), striker Walters (9 apps/3 goals) are doubts.

Arsenal without goalkeepers Szczesny (12 apps) and Ospina, defenders Monreal (11 apps) and Dubuchy (5 apps), midfielders Arteta (7 apps) and Wilshere (9 apps), wingers Walcott (2 apps) and Ozil (6 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Cameron, N'Zonzi, Assaidi, Bojan, Arnautovic, Diouf.

Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (11 matches/42 yellows/0 reds).

Odds: Stoke 3.75 Draw 3.40 Arsenal 1.95

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Mouscron Peruwelz v Anderlecht

Belgium Pro League

2014-12-06 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:41:08)

Market Information:

Anderlecht could be missing 7 regular players!!!

Anderlecht are already without important defender Nuytinck (7 apps), key midfielder Defour (11 apps/3 goals), midfielder Njar (15 apps/2 goals), strikers Suarez (13 app/4 goals) and MItrovic (17 apps/8 goals). Now defender Van Borre (5 apps) and midfielder Praet (15 apps).

Info: Anderlecht also play B.Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.

Odds:   Mouscron Peruwelz 4.75  Draw 3.60  Anderlecht 1.75

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Man City v Everton

England Premiership

2014-12-06 18:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:21:00)

Team News:

Man City missing defender Kompany (12 apps), winger Silva (9 apps/2 goals), striker Jovetic (9 apps/4 goals), while Man City have a very important Champions League with Roma in midweek.

Everton without midfielder McCarthy (11 apps) and striker Naismith (12 apps/4 goals).

Probable Line-ups:

Man City: Hart, Sagna, Mangala, Demichelis, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Aguero.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Besic, Osman, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku.

Referee: Andre Marriner (4 matches/19 yellows/0 reds).

Info: Man City have won 21 of their last 25 home matches in the Premier League. Everton have won one of their last five league games but only lost one of their last seven.

Odds: Man City 1.50 Draw 4.50 Everton 6.50

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Olympiakos v PAS Giannina

Greece Super League

2014-12-06 18:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:49:50)

Market Information:

Olympiakos resting players!!

Olympiakos coach Miguel will rest several players ahead of the game with Malmo in the Champions League in mkidweek. Defenders Abidal (7 apps), Masuku (10 apps) and Elabdellaoui (9 apps), winger Afellay (6 apps) and striker Mitroglou (8 apps/4 goals) will be rested, also midfielders Durmaz (7 apps) and Dominguez (10 apps/5 goals) are both out injured.

Odds: Olympiakos 1.10  Draw 8.50  PAS Giannina 20.00

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Torino v Palermo

Italy Serie A

2014-12-06 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-06 13:32:04)

"Small" Market Move on Torino (5.49% OCI)

Torino without midfielder Gazzi (10 apps) who is suspended, while defender Masiello, midfielders Basha, Nocerino (5 apps) and Benassi (7 apps), strikers Larrondo (5 apps) and Victor Barreto (1 app) are all out injured.

Palermo without midfielder/captain Edgar Barreto (11 apps/1 goal) and striker Vazquez (13 apps/3 goals) who are both suspended, while defender Bamba (1 app), midfielder N'goyi (5 apps) and striker Makienok (4 apps) are all out injured.

Probable Line-Ups:

Torino: Gillet, Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti, Peres, Vives, Farnerud, Darmian, El Kaddouri, Quagliarella, Amauri.

Palermo: Sorrentino, Munoz, Gonzalez, Andelkovic, Morganella, Bolzoni, Maresca, Chochev, Lazaar, Belotti, Dybala.

Info: Torino have failed to win in his last 6 matches in all competitions, also they will play at Copenaghen on Thursday (Europa League). Palermo are unbeaten in his last 5 matches in Serie A.

Odds:  Torino 1.90  Draw 3.25  Palermo 4.00

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Melilla v Arroyo

Spain Segunda B

2014-12-07 12:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 10:18:45)

Market Information:

Arroyo are missing 8 players including defender Bayon (12 apps), midfielders Armero (15 apps) and Campins (10 apps), striker Rojas (12 apps/3 goals). Also Arroyo played a Copa Federacion in midweek and was unable to name a full squad. The coach had said he will be forced to call up some youth team players to make up the numbers. 

Odds: Melilla 1.90  Draw 3.20  Arroyo 3.75

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Dinamo Moscow v Amkar Perm

Russia Premier League

2014-12-07 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 09:57:31)

Market Information:

Amkar Perm have a poor away form and not won an away game all season, the club have financial problems and the staff & players are without any wages. Today they are missing defenders Belorukov (5 apps), Phibel (11 apps) and Wawryzniak (6 apps), midfielder Peev (8 apps/2 goals) who are also injured, also midfielder Ogude (12 apps) is suspended.


Odds: Dinamo Moscow 1.25  Draw 5.50  Amkar Perm 

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West Ham v Swansea

England Premiership

2014-12-07 14:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 09:34:01)

Team News:

West Ham have a major doubt with midfielder Noble (11 apps/2 goals).

Swansea missing defender Taylor (14 apps) who is suspended, also defender Fernandez (7 apps) is still out injured.

Probable Line-ups:

West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Zarate, Carroll, Valencia.

Swansea: Fabianski, Amat, Bartley, Williams, Angel, Britton, Ki, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Montero, Bony.

Referee: Chris Foy (9 matches/27 yellows/3 reds).

Info: West Ham are undefeated in their last 5 home matches in the Premier League. Swansea have failed to win their last 5 away matches in the Premier League.


Odds: West Ham 2.30 Draw 3.25 Swansea 3.00

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Genoa v A.C Milan

Italy Serie A

2014-12-07 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 11:04:34)

Team News:

Genoa without defender Burdisso (10 apps/1 goal) who is suspended, while midfielder Mandragora (1 app) is out injured.

A.C Milan without midfielder Essien (7 apps) who is suspended, while defenders Alex (8 apps), Abate (10 apps) and De Sciglio (11 apps), midfielder Muntari (9 apps/2 goals) are all out injured.

Probable Line-Ups:

Genoa: Perin, Roncaglia, De Maio, Marchese, Edenilson, Sturaro, Bertolacci, Antonelli, Perotti, Matri, Iago.

A.C.Milan: Lopez, Bonera, Rami, Mexes, Armero, Montolivo, De Jong, Bonaventura, Honda, Menez, El Shaarawy.

Info: Genoa have 23 points and are unbeaten in his last 8 matches in Serie A. AC Milan have 21 points and have failed to win in 5 of his last 6 matches in Serie A, but are unbeaten in his last 8 matches against Genoa.


Odds: Genoa 3.00  Draw 3.20  A.C.Milan 2.50

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Santa Clara v Leixoes

Portugal Segunda Liga

2014-12-07 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 10:43:16)

Market Information:

Leixoes have the worst away record in the division with just 1 away point all season. They also had a tough game in midweek against Porto B, while Santa Clara did not play so all the players are fresh. Leixoes are missing defenders Pedro Ze (14 apps), Pedro (9 apps) and Viana (9 apps), midfielder Cadinha (15 apps) who are all suspended.

Odds: Santa Clara 2.00  Draw 3.20  Leixoes 3.75

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Vitoria v Santos

Brazil Serie A

2014-12-07 20:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 15:47:12)

Another game in the last week of the Brazilian league where the bookies have priced up the game on Vitoria needing at least a point and other results going their way. Vitoria are currently trading at 1.73, which is no reflection on a team who haven't won in their last 3 games and are 4th from bottom and need a result to avoid being relegated. They are also missing goalkeeper Wilson (24 apps), defenders Nino (22 apps) and Luiz Gustavo (23 apps), strikers Dinei (31 apps/9 goals - top scorer) and William Henrique (22 apps). 

Santos have nothing to play for and are without midfielders Geuvanio (24 apps/4 goals) and Arouca (32 apps), strikers Rildo (22 apps) and Robinho (16 apps/4 goals).

Odds:  Vitoria 1.73  Draw 3.53  Santos 4.39

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Inter Milan v Udinese

Italy Serie A

2014-12-07 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-07 11:10:33)

Team News:

Inter Milan without defender Jonathan (2 apps) and midfielder Hernanes (11 apps/2 goals) who are both out injured, while defender Vidic (9 apps) is doubtful.

Udinese without defender Domizzi (4 apps) who is suspended and injured striker Muriel (11 apps).

Probable Line-Ups:

Inter Milan: Handanovic, Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Jesus, Dodò, Guarin, Medel, Kuzmanovic, Palacio, Icardi, Kovacic.

Udinese: Karnezis, Widmer, Heurtaux, Danilo, Piris, Badu, Allan, Guilherme, Kone, Thereau, Di Natale.

Info: Inter Milan have 17 points and have failed to win in his last 4 matches in Serie A. Udinese have 18 points and have failed to win in his last 5 matches in Serie A, scoring just 1 goal in his last 4 away matches in Serie A.


Odds:  Inter Milan 1.50  Draw 4.00  Udinese 6.50

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Cagliari v Chievo

Italy Serie A

2014-12-08 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-08 17:25:19)

Team News:

Cagliari without keeper Colombi (2 apps) and topscorer Sau (11 apps/4 goals), while important striker Ibarbo (11 apps/2 goals) is doubtful.

Chievo ok.

Probable Line-ups:

Cagliari: Cragno, Pisano, Ceppitelli, Rossettini, Balzano, Crisetig, Conti, Ekdal, Farias, Longo, Cossu.

Chievo: Bizzarri, Frey, Dainelli, Gamberini, Zukanovic, Izco, Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Birsa, Pellissier, Meggiorini.

Info:  Cagliari have failed to win at home in this Serie A. Chievo are unbeaten in his last 4 matches in Serie A.

Odds:  Cagliari 1.83  Draw 3.48  Chievo 4.32

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Galatasaray v Arsenal

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-09 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-09 11:29:52)

Update:

Arsenal without defenders Monreal (11 apps), Gibbs (11 apps) and Koscienly (13 apps), midfielders Arteta (7 apps), Wilshere (9 apps) and Rosicky (3 apps), wingers Walcott (2 apps), Ozil (6 apps) and Cazorla (14 apps), strikers Giroud (6 apps/2 goals), Welbeck (12 apps/6 goals) and star man Alexis Sanchez (14 goals - top scorer).

Arsenal (confirmed): Szczesny, Dubuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo.


Juventus v Atletico Madrid

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-09 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-09 12:29:03)

Team News:

Juventus missing defenders Caceres (4 apps) and Barzagli, midfielders Coman (6 apps), Romulo (2 apps) and Asamoah (6 apps).

Atletico Madrid without defenders Miranda (10 apps/3 goals) and Ansaldi (7 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal, Tevez, Llorente.

Atletico Madrid: Moya, Juanfran, Godín, Gimenez, Siqueira, Arda, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Raul Griezmann, Mandzukic.


Info: Juventus have 9pts, while Atletico Madrid have 12pts. Juventus will be through with a draw or if Olympiacos do not win. A win by a margin of two goals or more would give them top spot. Atletico Madrid are through and will win the group as long as they do not lose by a margin of two goals or more.

Odds: Juventus 2.15 Draw 3.03 Atletico Madrid 3.79

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Olympiakos v Malmo

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-09 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-09 12:37:02)

Team News:

Olympiakos missing midfielders Durmaz (7 apps) and Milivojevic (10 apps).

Malmo without defender Hammar (7 apps), midfielders Nazari (10 apps) and best player Molins (11 apps/8 goals).

Probable Line-ups:

Olympiakos: Roberto, Elabdellaoui, Botía, Abidal, Masuaku, Fuster, Maniatis, N'Dinga, Afellay, Domínguez, Benítez.

Malmo: Olsen, Tinnerholm, Halsti, Helander, Ricardinho, Thern, Adu, Eriksson, Forsberg, Rosenberg, Thelin.


Info: Olympiakos have 6pts, while Malmo have 3pts. Olympiakos will be through if they win and Juventus lose due to their head-to-head record. A draw would ensure 3rd place. While Malmo will finish in 3rd place with a win.

Odds: Olympiakos 1.36 Draw 4.75 Malmo 8.71

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Real Madrid v Ludogorets

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-09 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-09 12:40:00)

Team News:

Real Madrid missing defender Ramos (13 apps/2 goals) who is suspended, also midfielders Modric (10 apps) and Khedira (4 apps), striker James Rodriguez (14 apps/5 goals) are out injured.

Ludogorets without striker Bezjak (7 apps/2 goals), also midfielder Aleksandrov (11 apps/1 goal) is a doubt.

Probable Line-ups:

Real Madrid: Navas, Arbeloa, Varane, Nacho, Coentrao, Illarramendi, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Hernandez, Ronaldo.

Ludogorets: Stoyanov, Junior Caicara, Moti, Terziev, Minev, Dyakov, Espinho, Abalo, Marcelinho, Misidjan, Junior Quixada.


Info: Real Madrid have 15pts, while Ludogorets have 4 points. Real Madrid are through as group winners. Ludogorets are out of the UEFA Champions League but will finish 3rd if they win, or if they draw and Liverpool lose.


Odds: Real Madrid 1.10 Draw 9.74 Ludogorets 19.73

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Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:13:22)

Group Info:

Chelsea have 11pts, while Sporting Lisbon are on 8 pts.

Chelsea have already qualified as group winners, while Sporting Lisbon will qualify with a draw or if Schalke do not win.


Maribor v Schalke

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:17:43)

Group Info:

Maribor have 3pts, while Schalke have 5pts.

Schalke must win and hope that Sporting Lisbon lose, while Maribor are out of the UEFA Champions League but will finish 3rd with a win and a Europa League spot.


Ajax v APOEL

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:21:22)

Team News:

Ajax missing defender Boilesen (12 apps) and striker Sigthorsson (14 apps/5 goals), while triker Ghazi (13 apps/5 goals) is a doubt.

APOEL without defender Guiherme (11 apps) who is suspended, also injured midfielders Vincenti (8 apps) and Charalambidis (2 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Ajax: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Viergever, Klaassen, Serero, Andersen, Schone, Milik, Kishna.

APOEL: Pardo, Antoniades, Carlao, Papazoglou, Sergio, Aloneftis, Morais, Vinicius, Efrem, Sheridan, Manduca.

Odds: Ajax 1.61 Draw 3.83 APOEL 5.53

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Group Info:

Ajax have 2pts, while APOEL have 1pt. Ajax can finish 3rd with a draw and a Europa League spot. APOEL must win to pip Ajax to 3rd place and a Europa League spot.


Porto v Shakhtar Donetsk

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:26:06)

Team News:

Porto missing goalkeepers Fabiano (11 apps) and Helton, defender Danilo (11 apps/2 goals), midfielder Brahimi (11 apps/2 goals).

Shakhtar Donetsk without defender Kuchar (6 apps), midfielder Srna (14 apps/2 goals) and striker Adriano (13 apps/4 goals) who are all suspended, also injured defender Ordets (8 apps). While striker Gladkiy (11 apps/7 goals) is a doubt.

Probable Line-ups:

Porto: Fernandez, Ricardo, Marcano, Maicon, Alex Sandro, Ruben Neves, Quintero, Evandro, Quaresma, Aboubakar, Adrian Lopez.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Ilsinho, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Fernando, Teixeira, Bernard, Gladkiy

Odds: Porto 1.83 Draw 3.88 Shakhtar Donetsk 4.40

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Group Info:

Porto have 13pts, while Shakhtar Donetsk have 8pts. Porto have already qualified as group winners, while Shakhtar Donetsk have already qualified in 2nd place.


Barcelona v PSG

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:32:54)

Group Info:

Barcelona have 12pts, while PSG have 13pts. 

Barcelona have already qualified and can win the group with a victory, while PSG have already qualified and can win the group with a win or a draw. 


Ath Bilbao v BATE Borisov

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:43:23)

Team News:

Ath Bilbao missing midfielder Gurpegi (10 apps) who is suspended, also injured defender Etxeita (6 apps) and midfielder Benat (12 apps), also strikers Aduriz (11 apps/5 goals) and Guillermo (6 apps) are doubts.

BATE Borisov without defenders Polyakov (28 apps) and Mladenovic (26 apps) midfielder Pavlov (28 apps).

Probable Line-ups:

Ath Bilbao: Iraizoz, De Marcos, Laporte, San Jose, Balenziaga, Mikel Rico, Iturraspe, Muniain, Susaeta, Ibai, Viguera.

BATE Borisov: Chernik, Khagush, Tubic, Filipenko, M.Volodko, A.Volodko, Yablonski, Karnitski, Baga, Gordeychuk, Rodionov.

Odds: Ath Bilbao 1.28 Draw 5.45 BATE Borisov 10.34

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Group Info:

Ath Bilbao have 4pts, while BATE Borisv have 3pts.

Ath Bilbao will finish 3rd with a win or a draw to claim a Europa League spot, while BATE Borisov must win to pip Ath Bilbao to the Europa League.


Roma v Man City

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 09:49:22)

Team News:

Roma missing defender Holebas (6 apps) and Torosidis (7 apps).

Man City without important midfielder Yaya Toure (14 apps/5 goals) who is suspended, also best striker Aguero (15 apps/14 goals - top scorer) is out injured.

Probable Line-ups:

Roma: De Sanctis, Maicon, Astori, Manolas, Cole, Pjanic, Keita, Nainggolan, Gervinho, Totti, Ljajic.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Odds: Roma 2.59 Draw 4.52 Man City 2.66

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Group Info:

Roma have 5pts, while Man City have 5pts.

Roma will qualify with a win or a draw if CSKA draw with Bayern Munich, also CSKA Moscow lose the Roma can qualify with a goalless draw but would be eliminated with a score draw. Man City must win and hope that CSKA Moscow don't win or get a score draw and hope that CSKA Moscow lose, while Man City will be out of Europe if they lose.


Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow

UEFA Champions League

2014-12-10 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-10 10:03:51)

Team News:

Bayern Munich missing defender Benatia (6 apps) who is suspended, also injured defenders Alaba (10 apps) and Badstuber (3 apps), midfielder Lahm (11 apps/2 goals), striker Pizarro (5 apps).

CSKA Moscow ok. 

Probable Line-ups:

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Bernat, Schweinsteiger, Rode, Ribery, Gotze, Muller, Lewandowski.

CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev, Fernandes, V.Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov, Wernbloom, Tosic, Milanov, Eremenko, Dzagoev; Doumbia.

Odds: Bayern Munich 1.27 Draw 6.04 CSKA Moscow 9.92

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Group Info:

Bayern Munich have 12pts, while CSKA Moscow have 5pts.

Bayern Munich have qualified as group winners, while CSKA Moscow must win and hope that Roma do not beat Man City to finish in 2nd place..


Apollon Limassol v Villarreal

UEFA Europa League

2014-12-11 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-11 10:19:55)

Market Information:

Apollon Limassol have already been eliminated from the Europe League and are without several players: Grigore (mf,1 app), Meriem (mf, 12 apps), Robert (mf, 11 apps), Stylianou (mf, 4 apps) and Stojanovic (mf, 6 apps/2 goals) are all unavailable, while Sangoy (att,11 apps/6 goals), Lopez (mf,10 apps/4 goals) and Papoulis (att,10 apps/4 goals) are expected to be rested.

Info: Apollon Limassol are already out of the competition, while Villarreal will qualify with a victory or if Zurich fail to win due to their head-to-head superiority.

Odds:  Apollon Limassol 13.99  Draw 5.81  Villarreal 1.20

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Partizan Belgrade v Asteras Tripolis

UEFA Europa League

2014-12-11 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-11 14:02:18)

Market Information:

DEAD RUBBER GAME!

Both teams have been knocked out and have nothing to play for.

Asteras Tripolis missing first-choice goalkeeper Kosicky, defender Goian, midfielders Rolle and Usero.

Odds: Partizan Belgrade 1.81  Draw 3.47  Asteras Tripolis 4.31

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Club Brugge v HJK Helsinki

UEFA Europa League

2014-12-11 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-11 15:11:11)

Market Information:

HJK Helsinki missing several key players!!!

HJK Helsinki without first choice goalkeeper Tornes, defenders Lampi (23 apps) and Lehtinen (9 apps), midfielders Lassas (14 apps), Mannstrom (25 apps/4 goals), strikers Savage (24 apps/11 goals - top scorer) and Alho (22 apps/7 goals).

Info:  Club Brugge will qualify with a victory, a draw or if FC Copenhagen win. HJK Helsinki will qualify with a win unless Torino also win, in which case HJK Helsinski would have to win by enough to gain the head-to-head edge on Club Brugge.

Odds:  Club Brugge 1.30  Draw 5.01  HJK Helsinki 9.88

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Jahn Regensburg v Stuttgarter Kickers

Germany Bundesliga 3

2014-12-13 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-13 10:45:19)

Market Information

I expect the odds to drop on Stuttgarter Kickers.

Jahn Regensburg are bottom of the league with just 12 points from 20 games and have lost their last 4 games!!!  If that wasn't bad enough, they are missing several players for todays game: Lorenzi (DF, 5 apps), Nachreiner (df, 3 apps/captain), Velagic (df, 3 apps), Lienhard (mf, 12 apps), Gunter (mf, 19 apps/2 goals), Dressler (att, 4 apps), Franziskus (att, 11 apps) and Michel (att, 2 apps).

Stuttgarter Kickers are 5th in the league and unbeaten in their last 5 matches. They will be without Marchese (mf, 13 apps/4 goals - captain) and Fennell (df, 16 apps).

Odds: Jahn Regensburg 3.11  Draw 3.19  Stuttgarter Kickers 2.18

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Hallescher v Arminia Bielefeld

Germany Bundesliga 3

2014-12-13 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-13 11:03:47)

Market Information

Small Market Move on Hallescher, but I disagree.

Hallescher have the worst home record in the league having already lost 6 games. For today they are missing goalkeeper Konigshofer, captain Kruse (mf, 18 goals/2 goals), Lindenhahn (mf), Barnofsk (df), Krebs (df, 4 apps), Aydemir (mf, 7 apps), Pfeffer (mf, 20 apps/3 goals) and Ziegenbein (mf).

Arminia Bielefeld are in great form winning their last 4 games and have not conceded a goal.


Odds:  Hallescher 2.79  Draw 3.15  Arminia Bielefeld 2.40

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Arsenal v Newcastle

England Premiership

2014-12-13 18:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-13 12:32:04)

Market Information

Both teams have selection problems.

Arsenal missing Koscielny (df, 8 apps), Monreal (df, 11 apps), Wilshere (mf, 9 apps), Arteta (mf, 7 apps), Ramsey (mf, 14 apps/3 goals), Rosicky (mf, 3 apps), Ozil (winger, 6 apps) and Walcott (att 2 apps) who are all out injured, also Chambers (df, 14 apps) is suspended.

Newcastle without Krul (gk, 12 apps), Elliott (gk, 3 apps), R.Taylor (df, 2 apps), Santon (df), De Jong (mf, 2 apps), Gutierrez (winger) and Obertan (att, 6 apps) who are out injured, also S.Taylor (df, 7 apps) and Sissoko (mf, 14 apps) are both suspended.

Arsenal (possible): Szczesny, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Debuchy, Gibbs, Flamini, Cocquelin, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanchez, Giroud.

Newcastle: Alnwick, Janmaat, Coloccini, Dummett, Haidara, Colback, Tiote, Ameobi, Cabella, Perez, Cisse.

Info: Arsenal are undefeated in 24 of their last 25 home matches in the Premier League, they have also won their last 5 matches against Newcastle and in the process kept a a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Newcastle.  Newcastle have won their last 4 matches.

Odds: Arsenal 1.43  Draw 4.58  Newcastle 6.91

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TV Specials.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.

2014-12-14 00:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-14 14:13:57)

It’s almost Christmas so it’s time for all the TV awards ceremonies and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show is something of an institution, a very British institution run by one of the pillars of the establishment. Have a look at the list of past winners and you may be left scratching your head thinking ‘How did they win?’ I am a confirmed cynic but it is hard not to think that the establishment was at work when HRH Princess Ann won in 1971 (for looking like a horse?) and even more so when her daughter Zara won in 2006. Gongs all round chaps! You also have to wonder that as Football is the countries most popular sport why there are so few footballers who have won? Just three in the last sixteen years, there is something wrong there, or is it that we have so few genuinely great British footballers anymore. Perhaps it is the latter.

Perhaps in these days of greater transparency the BBC do not want to great embroiled in a ‘fix’ scandal and the winners more accurately represent the votes of the viewers rather than shady figures behind the scenes making sure the ‘right one’ won. However the shortlist presented to the public to vote for is open to manipulation. There must be a healthy number of women on the list (regardless of their achievement or impact on the nation’s consciousness) for fear of being labelled sexist. There must be at least one disabled athlete and they cannot all be white. It is an exercise in political correctness first, sport second.

There was also the small matter of the BBC changing from being the provider of the vast majority of televised sport in the UK to a mere bit player as SKY in particular simply out spent the BBC when buying media rights. It was clear for a while that the BBC was embarrassed even by the thought of having a winner whose sport was not on the BBC. God forbid having to pay those ghastly oiks to show a few clips of a sport they used to cover. They have gotten used to that now as the BBC’s sports department these days consists of Claire Balding and little else. However they still cover The Open, this year won by Rory McIlroy and they cover about half of the Formula 1 season, this year won by Lewis Hamilton, the two favourites for the 2014 title.

There are twelve names on the short list but if neither Hamilton or McIlroy wins then there needs to be an investigation for it is clearly a two horse race and the odds suggest that McIlroy will take the title. There was a time that Formula 1 was very high in the public’s consciousness with huge TV viewing figures and there have been eight F1 winners in the 60 year history of S.P.O.T.Y. (Mansell and Damon Hill got two each) but since the BBC lost the sole rights to cover the sport and the general interest in the sport declined, F1 has lost its lustre.

This year F1 has a British world champion, even better an English world champion (there has only been one English winner since 2006), to bring to the party and he is regarded as one of the most marketable sports personalities in the world never mind the UK. So why is he the 15/8 outsider of the two?

The demise of F1 is one reason as is the failure of F1 to market its personalities, to let the drivers be human rather than just going round thanking the ‘team’ and the sponsors. They live in a bubble, remote form us all because that is the way Bernie Eccelstone likes it. Exclusivity is part of his business plan as he really wants F1 audiences to be millionaires and movie stars rather than the great unwashed who can’t afford to buy a (real) Rolex. It is a shit business plan and it seems the world and his wife is waking up to that fact.

Hamilton has his fan base, a very loyal and passionate fan base, but 20 years ago he would have been the biggest sports star in the world. Sadly F1 is longer seen as being the sport it once was. He is a big star and has a famous girlfriend which gets him into Hello magazine to reach a different kind of audience to that of say Alonso or Vettel but there is something about him that many people do not take to. Maybe it is the pathetic ‘gangsta rappa’ persona or his tendency to sulk if things don’t go his way that puts people off him or perhaps the public do not really rate what he has achieved.

What exactly has he achieved? He beat 21 other Formula drivers over a nineteen race series. He did that in a car that was unbeatable, completely dominant, and in reality he beat Nico Rosberg and that’s it. It’s not a lot really.

In Rory McIlroy we have another supreme athlete and another very marketable young man. He is from Northern Ireland, a very small country compared to England, but does nationality really matter these days? Andy Murray won last year so we need to go no further with that. McIlroy also had a famous girlfriend and when he unceremoniously ditched her half way up the aisle he too was often found in the ‘popular’ press for matters other than golf. It was a little strange that rather than being labelled a Love Rat he was able to quickly make people forget that by winning two majors on the way to becoming the worlds number one golfer. People forgave him because people like him. He is personable, humble and much closer to you and me.

After winning the Open championship McIlroy was straight back to Belfast for a night out with his old friends, not off in an exclusive London nightclub, but just out and about with his mates. He is a well brought up person who hasn’t let fame and fortune turn his head. Hamilton has little choice but to be more remote and aloof because it is part of his job to be exclusive and unattainable, just the way Bernie likes it.

You can go to a golf tournament and literally be with in a few yards away and watch McIlroy execute his skills, and what a sight it is. With Hamilton all you can see his is helmet flashing past at 150 mph before he is whisked away to the VIP area’s to mix with Bernie’s millionaires. It is all rather remote to the fans.

Let’s think about being the Number 1 golfer on the planet. To get that far he has had to be better than the tens of millions of people that swing a golf club in the name of sport. He didn’t have the best clubs in the world, his ball wasn’t super charged, he got there because he is without argument, the very best exponent of his sport in the world. Hamilton became the number in his sport because 500 people at Mercedes spent hundreds of millions of pounds building him a car that was unbeatable save for the odd breakdown or accident. In terms of achievement there is only one winner.

Of course in this day and age you have to mention social media and the number of twitter followers these celebrities have is something approaching a measure of popularity. On this front it is Hamilton with his 2.53 million followers who holds the edge compared to a mere 2.22 million for McIlroy but there is not a lot in it and when those that can be bothered to vote make their choice I will be amazed if the majority don’t vote for McIlroy simply because he deserves it more than Hamilton.

That said the best odds of 11/20 are hardly mouth watering and there is better value in backing Man Utd to beat Liverpool this afternoon but if you do want a bet on S.P.O.T.Y. then do not look any further than Rory McIlroy. Hamilton is 8/11 with Ladbrokes to finish second which may be a better bet but you never know, the Beeb might just think that it would look better if we had a woman in the mix, maybe a disabled woman or an older woman who can still win despite having been round the track a few times…if you get my drift. However that might just be the cynic in me trying to get out.


Yeovil v Accrington

England FA Cup (replay)

2014-12-16 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-16 14:07:04)

Market Information

Big incentive for both of these lower league teams and the prospect of a £250,000 pay day with a match against Man Utd in the next round.

Accrington Stanley could be without 4 of their best players as loan players John O'Sullivan (mf, 12 apps/4 goals) and Sean Maguire (att, 12 apps/3 goals) have both been refused permission by their parent clubs West Ham and Blackburn to play. While Andrew Proctor (mf, 14 apps) and Rob Atkinson (df, 18 apps/3 goals) are major doubts.

Yeovil are 4th from bottom in League 1, while Accrington Stanley are 11th in League 2.

Odds: Yeovil 1.68  Draw 3.60  Accrington Stanley 4.70

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Lorient v St. Etienne

France Coupe de la Ligue

2014-12-17 18:40:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-17 11:46:59)

Market Information

Lorient resting several players!!

Lorient are missing Lecomte (gk, 18 apps), Le Goff (df, 10 apps), Kone (df, 16 apps), Mostefa (mf, 11 apps), Abdullah (mf, 12 apps), Mesloub (mf, 12 apps), Jouffre (mf, 9 apps), Sunu (att, 14 apps) and Lavigne (att, 12 apps/3 goals).

Odds:  Lorient 3.04  Draw 3.07  St Etienne 2.33

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Espanyol v Alaves

Spain Copa del Rey

2014-12-17 20:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-17 12:27:19)

Market Information

Espanyol resting several players!!!

Espanyol will be without Fuentes (df, 11 apps), Colotto (df, 14 apps), Arbilla (df, 7 apps), Victor Sanchez (mf, 13 apps), Salca Sevilla (mf, 13 apps), Canas (mf, 13 apps), Lucas Vazquez (mf, 14 apps), Sergio Garcia (att, 14 apps/5 goals) and Caiedo (att, 13 apps/3 goals).

Odds:  Espanyol 1.66  Draw 3.58  Alaves 5.02

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UPDATE

Espanyol won the 1st leg 2-0.


Lyon v Monaco

France Coupe de la Ligue

2014-12-17 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-17 12:15:03)

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Monaco resting several players!!!

Monaco will be without Subasis (gk, 18 apps), Echijile (df, 7 apps), Carvalho (df, 13 apps) and Kurzawa (df, 10 apps), Kondogbia (mf, 11 apps), Dirar (mf, 13 apps), Berbatov (att, 12 apps/5 goals) and Traore (att, 5 apps).


Odds: Lyon 2.07  Draw 3.23  Monaco 3.43

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Emmen v Waalwick

Holland Eerste Divisie

2014-12-19 20:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-19 11:41:45)

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Waalwick with injury problems.

Waalwijk are missing defenders Mosselveld (14 apps), Verkoelen (16 apps) and Martina (9 apps), midfielders Zeelst (12 apps) and De Braal, strikers Rommedahl, Calabro (8 apps/2 goals) and Esajas (11 apps/3 goals).

Waalwick are bottom of the league after 18 games, in fact they've won only 2 wins all season, they've lost 13 games and conceded 37 goals!

Odds: Emmen 1.33  Draw 4.90  Waalwick 7.13

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Man City v Crystal Palace

England Premiership

2014-12-20 13:45:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-20 12:09:05)

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Man City missing their captain and all their strikers.   

Man City are without captain Kompany (df, 13 apps), strikers Aguero (att, 15 apps/14 goals - top scorer), Jovetic (att, 9 apps/4 goals) and Dzeko (att, 11 apps/2 goals). Manager Manuel Pellegrini looks like he has picked James Milner (mf, 14 apps/0 goals) to play as an emergency striker.

Man City (confirmed): Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Milner.

Odds: Man City 1.27  Draw 5.49  Crystal Palace 10.52

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Aston Villa v Man Utd

England Premiership

2014-12-20 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-20 10:41:13)

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Aston Villa missing 8 players!!!

Aston Villa will be without Baker (df, 7 apps), Senderos (df, 8 apps), Cole (mf, 4 apps/2 goals), Wetwood (mf, 14 apps) and Kozak (att) who are all out injured, also Huttton (df, 13 apps), Richardson (df, 14 apps) and Cleverley (mf, 13 apps) are all suspended.

Man Utd have won their last 6 Premiership matches.

Possible Line-ups:

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Sanchez, Delph, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Rojo, Carrick, Herrera, Young, Mata, Rooney, Van Persie.

Odds: Aston Villa 5.90  Draw 3.92  Man Utd 1.57

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Ilisiakos Zografou v Irodotos

Greece League 2

2014-12-21 14:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-21 12:25:57)

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Irodotos big troubles!!!

Irodotos have been docked 15 points and ordered to play 10 matches behind closed doors, it is one of the heaviest punishments ever given in Greek football, they have also been banned from all transfer activity until the end of the season.  A fan Kostas Katsoulis suffered serious head injuries and dies after clashes between fans at Irodotos ground.

Also for today's game they are missing Kaimakamoudis and Xaritos who are both suspended, also Xaliadakis, Kozyrakis, Zafeiris, Giapetzakis and Dermitzakis are out injured. So bottom of the league, minus points, no fans, no transfers and long journey to Athens for this match.

Odds: Ilisiakos Zografou 1.95  Draw 3.24  Irodotos 3.55

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Cittadella v Catania

Italy Serie B

2014-12-24 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-24 10:40:35)

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Catania missing several players!!

Catania will be without Gyomber (df, 7 apps), Monzon (df, 15 apps), Capuano (df, 13 apps), Peruzzi (df, 11 apps), Odjer (mf, 4 apps), Garufi (mf, 4 apps), Raphael (mf, 15 apps/4 goals), Almiron (mf, 5 apps), Sauro (mf, 16 apps), Rosina (att, 17 apps/6 goals - top scorer) and Barisic (att, 2 apps).

Odds:  Cittadella 2.72  Draw 3.02  Catania 2.59

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Swansea v Aston Villa

England Premiership

2014-12-26 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-26 09:54:17)

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Aston Villa missing several players!!

Aston Villa are without defenders Hutton (13 apps), Senderos (8 apps) and Baker (7 apps), midfielders Cleverley (13 apps), Richardson (14 apps), Westwood (14 apps) and Cole (4 apps,1 goal).

Swansea (probable): Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Richards, Ki, Carroll, Sigurdsson, Britton, Routledge, Bony.

Aston Villa (probable): Guzan, Lowton, Okore, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Delph, Sanchez, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Odds:  Swansea 1.74  Draw 3.53  Aston Villa 4.90

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Arsenal v QPR

England Premiership

2014-12-26 18:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-26 10:07:46)

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Arsenal are undefeated in 25 of their last 26 home matches in the Premier League. QPR have lost their last 9 away matches in the Premier League.

Arsenal missing defender Koscielny (8 apps), midfielders Ramsey (14 apps/5 goals), captain Arteta (7 apps) and Wilshere (9 apps/1 goal), winger Ozil (6 apps/1 goal).

QPR without midfielder Sandro (8 apps).

Arsenal (probable): Szczesny, Chambers, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanchez, Giroud, Welbeck.

QPR (probable): Green, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Hill, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Fer, Vargas, Austin.

Odds:  Arsenal 1.25  Draw 5.73  QPR 11.34

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Anderlecht v Westerlo

Belgium Pro League

2014-12-26 20:30:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-26 00:07:50)

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Anderlecht have severe selection problems!!!

Anderlecht are missing Nuytinck (df, 7 apps), captain Van den Borre (df, 7 apps), Suarez (att, 13 apps/4 goals) and Kabasele (att, 8 apps/1 goal) who are all out injured, also Dendoncker (df, 9 apps), Mangulu (df, 19 apps) and Defour (mf, 12 apps/4 goals) are all suspended.

Odds: Anderlecht 1.20  Draw 6.11  Westerlo 11.39

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Poland v Hungary

Handball International Friendly

2014-12-30 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2014-12-30 14:47:28)

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Hungary with "B" team!!!!!

Hungary arrived in Poland with a B team, most of players are unknown coming from mid-table teams from the domestic league, even coach Dushebajev didn't travel and the team will be led by assistant coach Juhaszem. Senior players Nagy, Gulyas,  Zubai, Lekai, Ilyes, Mocsai, Ivancsik, Csaszar and Tatai are not in the squad.

Odds:  Poland (-6.5) 1.85  Hungary (+6.5) 1.85

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