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…

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Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Two accumulators for punters to get stuck into
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Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Two accumulators for punters to get stuck into

We’re now heading full-steam for the Kiev Major event. The production will be immense, the atmosphere deafening and the Dota 2 scintillating. We’ve previewed the overall tournament, but now it’s time to put the first four individual match-ups under the microscope. Invictus Gaming v mousesports Greek squad mousesports provided the story of the Boston Major recently. They were the underdog backer’s dream as they ploughed through the tournament to finish eventual runner-up to Dota juggernaut OG. Invictus Gaming shoulder the weight of Chinese expectation as an emphatic win at the Dota 2 Asia Championships leaves them among tournament favourites in…

Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Team Secret the one to be with for the main event
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Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Team Secret the one to be with for the main event

Four months after OG seemingly breezed past the competition on their way to winning the Boston Major, Dota 2 major action is back underway – this time in Kiev, Ukraine. The past two days have seen each of the sixteen teams fight it out in a Swiss format group stage to ultimately decide the seeding for the main event. Now that’s done and dusted, the single elimination main event is set to get underway tomorrow. What this effectively means is that there’s no second chances. It’s a straight knockout tournament, and should a team lose in a best of three,…

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,…

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