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Premier League: Business end of the season
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Premier League: Business end of the season

We are finally reaching the business end of the season and, with no more than seven games left to play for any Premier League side, teams will be looking to put good runs together in order to achieve their objectives. The race for the top four is currently wide open with most of the teams stretching down to 7th believing they have a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. The top two of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the only ones all but guaranteed to finish in the Champions League spots this season. Beyond that though,…

Champions League: The time is now for Italian giants
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Champions League: The time is now for Italian giants

Having won each of the last five Serie A titles, Juventus are well and truly the big boys of the Italian game and have been for some time now. With a sixth consecutive league title looking very much on the cards as they hold an eight point advantage at the top of the table with just five games left, the Old Lady’s dominance domestically cannot be questioned; however, it’s been a long time since the Italian giants were considered a dominant force on the continent. During the early 1980’s, under the stewardship of legendary Italian manager Giovanni Trappattoni, Juventus boasted…

Scottish Premier League: Playing for 2nd place
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Scottish Premier League: Playing for 2nd place

As another season in Scotland’s Premier division draws to a close, another inevitable Celtic title has already been sealed. Having secured their 1st place finish with any amount in hand, Celtic have now come out on top in each of the last six seasons. Even though it’s widely known that the Scottish top flight is lacking in competition, six in a row is still impressive. Of all their recent titles, the first of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure is likely to be remembered as both the easiest and the classiest. Right from the word go, it was clear that the Celts were…

Everything’s Going According to Plan: How the ban changed demand for Russian bookmakers
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Everything’s Going According to Plan: How the ban changed demand for Russian bookmakers

History of blocking online bookmakers without a Russian license The first wave of the blocking in Russia came back in March 2014. At that time, the government considered amendments to law No. 244-FZ, which regulates the gambling business. These amendments legalised online sports betting (so-called interactive bets) on a Russian bookmaking license, however, they also demanded that these bookmakers were based in the Russian Federation and were members of the Self-Regulating Organisation of Bookmakers (SRO). On 21st March, Roskomnadzor (the Russian executive body which oversees media and mass communications) blocked the websites Betcity, Fonbet, Liga Stavok, Parimatch, Olimp, Baltbet, Favbet…

Can Brighton beat Newcastle and the bookies to the Championship title?
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Can Brighton beat Newcastle and the bookies to the Championship title?

With just six games to play in the Football League season, Newcastle and Brighton are gearing up to go to battle in Championship title race and appear to be the two teams who’re Premier League bound, but who will be heading there in pole position? Both Newcastle and Brighton, who play their football at opposite ends of the country, have been occupying the top two spots for the vast majority of the season with the former being in the automatic promotion places since match-day 12 and the latter being there since match-day 14. It is currently Brighton who top the…

Leicester, Brexit, Trump, Spurs? Can Tottenham join the list of victorious underdogs?
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Leicester, Brexit, Trump, Spurs? Can Tottenham join the list of victorious underdogs?

Even before Father Christmas started dropping down our chimneys all those months ago, it looked like Chelsea had this season’s Premier League title in the bag as they continuously stretched their lead at the top of the table. However, there may well have been a defining twist in a title race that appeared to be over at the weekend as relegation-threatened Crystal Palace snatched a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to inflict Chelsea’s first home defeat since 16th September. This loss against Palace means that the current table-toppers are now only seven points clear at the summit of the Premier…

Transfer News: Where is Quincy Promes heading?
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Transfer News: Where is Quincy Promes heading?

As the January transfer window begins to gather pace, Premier League teams are currently in for Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes, who has offers from three English clubs. It’s become known to BR that Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Promes, as well as both Everton and Stoke City, have expressed concrete interest in the Dutchman. Another of the Premier League’s elite in Tottenham were also in the running to sign the forward but it appears that their interest has now faded. Spartak bought Promes in August 2014 for £10 million and managed to sign…

Francesco Baranka – Working at the Football Federation of Ukraine is a big challenge
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Francesco Baranka – Working at the Football Federation of Ukraine is a big challenge

How long ago was it that you received the offer to become the Chairman of the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play at the Football Federation of Ukraine? The offer came in about two or three weeks ago directly from Mr Pavelko. I made my decision very quickly and we decided to start. What was your initial reaction to the proposal? Of course I had to think about it but I immediately thought of the FFU’s attitude to this problem. I was sure about the offer and, additionally, I trust the people at the federation and hope they trust me. The…

Bookmaker Ratings helps resolve 30,000 euro payout delay
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Bookmaker Ratings helps resolve 30,000 euro payout delay

At Bookmaker Ratings, not only do we provide bookmaker reviews and regular betting tips, but we also liaise with both bookmakers and punters – acting as an intermediary to solve any issues that arise. One such recent case saw our team help a punter recover a sum of 30,946 euros from 1xbet. A dispute between punter and bookmaker was brought to our attention. Having won a series of bets the punter was hoping to withdraw their winnings. However, they were informed that a verification problem was preventing this. Having contacted the bookmaker several times, the punter failed to reach the desired…

Betfred Chief Executive leaves his post
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Betfred Chief Executive leaves his post

The Racing Post reports that John Haddock has left his post of Chief Executive at Betfred. Co-owner and co-founder Fred Done said: “I would like to thank John for his 30 years of loyal unblemished service and I wish him well for the future. For the time being I shall be assuming all of John’s duties.” Mr Haddock began his career in the bookmaking industry as a betting shop manager for Ladbrokes in Altrincham. In 1986 he joined Betfred, which at the time only had 25 outlets, becoming CEO of the company. He played an important role in the expansion…

Claudio Ranieri: “I don’t have a good relationship with the bookmakers”
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Claudio Ranieri: “I don’t have a good relationship with the bookmakers”

Sam Allardyce was sacked as England manager after a corruption scandal. Claudio Ranieri appeared on the list of applicants for the vacancy, the chances of which are rated by the bookmakers. The manager of English champions Leicester City, who is a specialist in response, says he does not have a good relationship with the bookmakers. AFP journalist Tom Williams wrote on his Twitter account that when Ranieri was told that he was on the bookmakers’ list of candidates to become the next England boss he said: “The bookmakers? You know I have not a good relationship with the bookmakers!” Note…

Jurgen Klopp doesn’t understand betting odds
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Jurgen Klopp doesn’t understand betting odds

When asked about betting in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp remarked: “I don’t understand the numbers! “Where I come from you keep your money… you don’t do something like this. “It’s not too important for me but it’s better we have something like an optimistic mood around. “I think in this moment Liverpool feels good. That’s how it is, they’ve seen us playing, we had this very important game now against Hull and we did it in a really impressive way.” “It’s nice to see [the table] but the one problem is the number, it is six games now so it’s…

Betfred win battle to purchase 360 outlets from Ladbrokes & Coral
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Betfred win battle to purchase 360 outlets from Ladbrokes & Coral

As expected, Betfred will soon acquire 360 shops from Ladbrokes and Coral, say The Irish Independent. Betfred, based in Manchester, were the main contenders for the purchase of the betting shops and, back in December 2015, the founder of the company Fred Dawn explained how his company were ready to take around 500 new outlets on board. At the start of August 2016, Irish bookmaker Boylesports filed an application to acquire the 360 outlets from Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, offering them £100m (more than $132m). Betfred currently has a total of 1370 outlets in the UK and in 2011 the…

Bookmakers make Ryan Giggs favourite for Swansea job
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Bookmakers make Ryan Giggs favourite for Swansea job

Despite the fact that Francesco Guidolin is still in charge of Premier League club Swansea, bookmakers have started to take bets on the next head coach of the Swans. The main contender for the job according to Betfair is former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs. Odds on the Manchester United legend leading the Swans are as low as 11/25. Second in the list of contenders to be the next head coach of the Welsh side is Wales national team coach Chris Coleman, with the odds on him being appointed standing at 11/2. In third place is another Manchester United player,…

Manchester Derby Offer – 8/1 United OR 10/1 City!
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Manchester Derby Offer – 8/1 United OR 10/1 City!

To take advantage of this offer and back either United or City to win at 8/1 or 10/1 click here.   

Manchester Derby Betting Preview
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Manchester Derby Betting Preview

At 12:30 on Saturday, the Premier League is back with a bang as the Manchester Derby kicks off the weekend’s top-flight action. Not only will the derby be a first for new managers Mourinho and Guardiola, this renewal is also set to be the most expensive ever, with the combined fees of both line-ups said to be around the £672 million mark. In the betting it is Mourinho’s side who come in as the 5/4 favourites, while Guardiola’s City can be backed around the 12/5 mark. Considering that both sides have made perfect starts to the new campaign, this disparity…

CEO of 888 Holdings says purchase of William Hill failed because of press leaks
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CEO of 888 Holdings says purchase of William Hill failed because of press leaks

A few hours before the 888 Holdings and Rank Group announced their interest in buying William Hill on July 24, the details of the deal were reported in the British Sunday Times newspaper. As a consequence, companies are under constant pressure and are unable to avoid attention from the public and the media. “The leak didn’t allow us to have a conversation behind closed doors. That’s one of the root causes of why we couldn’t progress it. Before we could make a call to William Hill, it was all over the press. That is very unfortunate.” said Itai Frieberger Recently,…

PaddyPower Betfair’s profits increase by 40% in first half of 2016
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PaddyPower Betfair’s profits increase by 40% in first half of 2016

In the first six months of this year the company’s revenue grew by 18% to £759m ($1bn), while the company’s net profit increased by a fantastic 40% and reached the £105m mark (about $140m), according to Irishnews. PaddyPower Betfair stated that this impressive performance was helped by Euro 2016, the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National. This was in addition to the 16% and 17% increase in sales in the United States and Australia respectively. Chief executive Breon Corcoran said: “Due to the strong market position, scale, and advanced features we have all the chances to continue to show stable…

What is the Checkatrade Trophy?
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What is the Checkatrade Trophy?

On Tuesday 30th August, English football welcomes a new trophy to it’s game – the Checkatrade Trophy. Now, first things first, the ‘Checkatrade Trophy’ isn’t exactly the most eye-catching name for a football competition, or, rather, it’s eye-catching in the wrong way. It has more of a “Mickey Mouse” feel to it than anything. But such is the power of sponsorship in football nowadays – the naming rights to pretty much anything seem to be up for sale to the highest bidder. So, what is this new competition? Well, the Checkatrade Trophy isn’t exactly a new competition, it’s simply a…

Isco could be on his way to Tottenham
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Isco could be on his way to Tottenham

According to Skybet, Isco’s most likely destination is fancied to be Tottenham Hotspur – a move that has been priced up around the 3/1 mark. Spurs have recently showed an interest in Isco and the Spanish play-maker has in turn expressed a desire to move away from Madrid (on-loan) for the time being. It is thought that a lack of regular first team opportunities is the reason for this. Tottenham aren’t the only team in the hunt, some of Europe’s other top clubs are also reportedly interested in pursuing the 24 year-old. Isco moving to Italian giants Juventus by the…

Bookies make Djokovic & Williams favourites for US Open
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Bookies make Djokovic & Williams favourites for US Open

According to bookmaker William Hill, the favourite for US Open 2016 in the men’s singles is Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic who won the tournament in both 2011 and 2015. The odds on him picking up another US Open title are as short as 5/4. Andy Murray’s isn’t far behind in the betting and the chances of the Brit winning the trophy are estimated around the 7/4 mark. Whilst the third favourite is Canadian Milos Raonic at much bigger odds of 12/1. Behind Raonic is Argentine Juan Martin del Potro who is rated as a 14/1 shot. The favourite for…

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