UFC 229 – All you need to know

It has finally arrived! The most anticipated clash in the history of the UFC between two of the sports leading lights in Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Both fighters bring in impressive profiles in which there key attributes can be viewed in more detail in the infographic below. How about the fight? We list all you need to know below:

Contest: UFC 229 Main event – Lightweight title fight

Date: October 6th (7th in the UK)

Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

How to watch: Live on BT Sport in the UK

Time of fight: Starts at 1am with the main event scheduled for around 4 or 5am

Odds on the McGregor Khabib fight:       Khabib Nurmagomedov (4/7)       Conor McGregor (6/4)







The 2018 edition of the Ryder Cup is quickly approaching us and it is shaping up to be a fiercely contested one. The United States are the current holders of the competition following their 17-11 victory over Team Europe at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016, and will want to retain the trophy for the first time since the 1993 Ryder Cup. However, if history repeats itself then it’ll be unlikely the Americans will retain the cup as their last victory in Europe came in 1993.


This year’s tournament will be held on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in France for the first time in the tournaments history, and will be the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe.


Despite the United States team having an awful record in Europe over the years, they surprisingly head into the tournament as favourites according to the Ryder Cup odds available on numerous bookmaker sites. From an outsiders perspective this might seem shocking, but if you look more closely into it then you get a clearer picture of why the Americans are rated so highly this time around. Since their Ryder Cup victory in 2016, American golfers have dominated in the following eight Major tournaments. Six of the previous eight Major winners have all been from America, with half of those titles going to Brooks Koepka.


Although the United States team might come into the tournament as slight favourites, the Ryder Cup is always difficult to predict, and considering the American teams form in Europe in the past couple of decades, it is just as likely the European side are likely to regain the trophy from the Americans.


With the tournament just around the corner, this infographic has been created which gives you a run down on the golf course, giving you all the information you need to know about each hole including its length and par. Check it out!


Le Golf National Golf Course







We are all familiar with those situations when you hear someone lamenting their ‘luck’ at the races. Not bad luck in the traditional sense, such as a horse falling at the last fence, but ‘luck’ in a sense of questioning a series of random events like “the favourites just weren’t at it today.”  The idea here is that, on a given day, some hand of providence has decided that the favourites, each competing independently, have somehow collectively decided or been prompted to perform badly.

This all feeds into one of the most interesting ideas of betting psychology, termed apophenia, where we see connections in random events or numbers. The simplest example is the roulette wheel. If, for example, number 12 has come up, we might change the next number that we bet on, because we feel that it is less likely to come up twice in a row. Of course, the irony is that some people might think that number 12 is more likely to come up because it is ‘hot’.



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Consecutive winners can feel ‘out of place’

Going back to racing, there are lots of ways this apophenia filters into our decision-making. Consider this question: How many punters would have been, even unconsciously, put off by backing Frankie Dettori after the third or fourth race during his famous seven-winners day at Ascot in 1996? Surely by mid-afternoon some would have felt that Dettori had already used up his ‘quota’ of wins for the day? We must remember that only two of those horses, Diffident and Decorated Hero, went off at odds greater than 4/1. The collective result was remarkable, but each individual race wasn’t.



Apophenia stops us from judging each race on its merits. Consider Willie Mullins, uncharacteristically, having no winners on Day One of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. How many of us would have begun to blindly back the Irish trainer because we felt his luck was due to turn? Now, as it turned out, Mullins’ did bounce back with four stunning wins on St Patrick’s Thursday, but this was down to the merits of each individual horse, and some fine riding by Ruby Walsh. None of it was down to Mullins’ being ‘due’ a couple of winners to satisfy the precedence of his marvellous Cheltenham record.



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Wasting free bets is bad psychology

It is, of course, a given that having a cold detachment can help with your betting, but the psychology of it permeates everything we do. Using free bets, for example, and you can follow the link to find the best free bet no deposit offers to use now,  we are more likely to plump for something as a longshot, because ‘it’s not our money’. At the very least, we put less thought into it than we do for our own money. Bookies know this. They know that we are less likely to bet on Manchester City, at odds-on with all bookmakers to win the Premier League this season, than a team like Liverpool (5/1, William Hill) or Manchester United (7/1).

Is it possible to be truly objective when placing a bet? Perhaps not. Betting fills us full of emotion. We may come to unconsciously dislike a horse or jockey because they scuppered a bet before. Or, indeed, we could be drawn towards a horse because of the good times delivered in the past. However, the more we move towards objective reasoning, the better our ‘luck’ should become.






The Premier League is one of the biggest and most watched leagues in the world, with some of the finest football clubs in world football competing against each other. The top flight of English football is the most lucrative league in the world, with multi-billion pound TV deals being signed every few years and being distributed evenly across all twenty Premier League clubs. Considering that every Premier League is guaranteed at least £100 million in TV deals and prize money every season, it is no surprise that every club in the league can afford to spend large sums of money every season in order to improve their squads. There is a fear amongst some fans that the money from TV deals will eventually ‘dry up’ due to the increasing costs, but with television deals worth around £8.4 billion being secured in the past year, there seems to be no end to the amount of money which is being pumped into the league for the time being.


Last season, there were a number of impressive performances from players from all twenty Premier League clubs. Some players managed to put in one or two world class performances, whilst others were in sensational form all season. One of the most consistent players this season was Mohamed Salah. At the start of the season, Salah wasn’t the favourite to be the top goalscorer according to the football odds, but the Egyptian was in sensational form all season and managed to score 32 goals throughout the Premier League season to end up winning the ‘Golden Boot’ trophy. The Egyptian forward stole the headlines all season thanks to his impressive goal tally, but there were other players which were just as impressive. Two-time ‘Golden Boot’ winner Harry Kane narrowly missed out on the award for the third time in a row, finishing just two goals behind Salah. Whilst Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne racked up an impressive 16 assists.


These performances throughout the season have meant that a number of players in the league were in the final World Cup squad for their respective countries. In this quiz, it is your job to figure out how many players from each Premier League club will be competing in Russia this summer. Current champions Manchester City have the most players competing out of any Premier League club, but are you able to figure out the specific number. Take this quiz and find out.


The biggest international football tournament in the world, the World Cup, has finally arrived! Every four years, the best national teams from around the world get together and compete against each other to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. The World Cup odds to win that are current available suggest that current world champions Germany are the favourites to win the trophy for the second consecutive tournament. However, five-time winners Brazil are just behind them on the odds market. Like the previous World Cup tournament, these two are the favourites to face off against each other in the final. However depending of their results in the group stage, the two nations could potentially face each other in the ‘Round of 16’ if Brazil win their group and Germany finish in second place in their group. Similarly, the teams could also face each other in the same round if Brazil finish second and Germany finish third. However, the most likely scenario is that both teams will win their groups. If this is the case then a final between the two sides is likely as it will be the earliest they will be able to ‘meet’ each other.


The average age of all 736 players is almost 28 years old, which will be the oldest in the tournament’s history. As you would expect, world class players such Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Edinson Cavani will all be competing at the tournament and adding to their 100+ caps despite reaching the later stages of their career. They’ll also be looking to add to their international goal tally. Meanwhile there will be players such as Dele Alli, Leon Goretzka, and Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? who are relatively new to international tournaments and will be making their debut at the World Cup this summer. Although these players have very little experience on the international stage, they have to ability to produce moments of magic which could help their teams in the later stages of the tournament.


In this quiz, you are required to guess each individual player from their record for the national team. Some of the players mentioned should be instantly recognisable, but other may be slightly more difficult to guess. Take this quiz to see how many you can get correct, and let us know your score.




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It is undoubtedly a great time to be a sports fan
at the moment. While the likes of the Cheltenham
Festival, the Six Nations and the Grand National at
Aintree have already been and gone, there
remains a host of top sporting events still to
come across the rest of 2018. From the World
Cup to Wimbledon and even a new football
season, there are a host of opportunities for
people to get betting on their favourite sports.

With this in mind, you may have already started
to assess your options in terms of which specific
events you want to have a flutter on. You might
have also had an early glance at odds to see
where you may eventually choose to put your
money. However, another important issue you
then have to consider is just how much cash you
ultimately plan to stake on your upcoming bets.
Should you always play it safe and keep amounts
modest or are there actually moments when you
could go big and really dig deep into your betting

In this article, we are going to take a look at the
so-called act of ‘high-rolling’ and whether there
are standout moments in sports betting where
high stakes are the only way to go.

A roll of the dice

For the uninitiated, the idea of a ‘high-roller’
has its roots in rolling the dice in casino gambling
but it has been adopted and used in a range of
other different areas across the decades.

As the Collins English Dictionary outlines, the basic
definition of a high roller in gambling is an
individual who puts down large stakes – a
strategy that clearly not only offers significant
potential for winning big but plenty of risks too.
However, it is a relative misconception to say
that people take the high-roller approach without
care, as, quite often, a lot of thought and
strategy goes into it. For example, according to an
article by Betway, high rollers in roulette in the
past have tended to use an adapted version of
the famous Martingale strategy in order to try to
maximise their winnings. In addition, such
individuals – who can also be referred to as
‘whales’ – often undertake a lot of research into a
game before deciding it is for them. As Business
Insider highlights, many involved in gambling are
drawn to baccarat as it is a game which offers
only a small advantage to the house when
compared to others.


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But while high-rolling is a major established
concept in gambling, is there ever a time when
putting down a high stake makes sense in the
sports betting world?

Key issues

While there are never any guarantees of success
when it comes to betting, one of the most
obvious times when high stakes may be the way
to go could be when there is a competitor or
team who is seemingly an absolute dead-cert for
victory. Alternatively, such an approach may be
an option in a scenario when backing a prolific
striker to finish as the top goalscorer in a football season.
Take La Liga for example, where the likes
of Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the scoring
charts for years.

Of course, it should also be said that – as with
any other form of betting – there are always key
issues to bear in mind when planning to put big
money on an outcome.

A great place to get started with sports betting
is to get the basics right and try to strengthen
your position with a bit of research. Whether it is
horse racing or football, take time to consider
form and the potential for upsets so that you can
make an informed decision on where to put your
money. It is also worth bearing in mind that
inspiration can from a number of unlikely places,
with research even hinting that Twitter can prove
useful when trying to predict the outcome of a
football match.

Furthermore, as in any betting situation, it is
always important to make bankroll management
a top priority. It is always useful to put limits in
place in terms of how you intend to bet, with the
ultimate aim of avoiding any risk of damaging
losses and ensuring your betting always remains

Exciting action

This year looks set to be an absolute classic for
sporting action and that means there are a host
of opportunities for you to have a bet on the
outcome of a range of competitions. While there
may only be a handful of occasions when it is
suitable to put down a high stake, it is worth
keeping the betting basics in mind to ensure you
stay on track for some success.





Picking a Cheltenham Festival 2018 Winner

Picking a Cheltenham Festival 2018 Winner

Many punters will spend lots of time going through the cards looking for the value at the Cheltenham festival. We can help you further! Check out this horse generator which will hopefully select you a winning horse at the 2018 Cheltenham festival. The Gold Cup again has an open look to it with the latest Cheltenham betting odds making the Nicky Henderson trained Might Bite as the 10/3 favourite.

The 9 year old son of Scorpion has always had an incredible amount of ability but has not always had his head firmly on the game. His record under rules now stands at 9 victories in his 14 starts that have included his last 5. He has put in some breath-taking performances in the last few seasons so his position at the head of betting is justified.

Back in December 2016 and the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices Chase, Might Bite was sent off at 11/2 but put in a jaw dropping performance. He pulled 18 lengths ahead before falling at the last in which he was about to clock a very fast time. This performance was the first time Might Bite firmly establish himself as one of the most exciting horses around. This was also another indication of the horse not always have his mind on the job in the finishing stages of a race.

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Cheltenham’s Biggest Gambles

The Cheltenham Festival is here! There’s a long, long list of the star horses attending Cheltenham Festival, but there are only a few that stand out from the crowd, one in particular being Samcro. Due to his intense training, from his trainer Gordon Elliott, he has become one of the most discussed horses to enter this year’s festival. The Paddy Power odds for Samcro on Tuesday’s Supreme Novice Hurdle are 6/4, close behind Getabird on 11/8, keep your chances nice and flexible. Then on the Wednesday for the Ballymore Novices, Samcro can been seen leading the way on 8/11. The Cheltenham Festival betting scene is looking pretty intriguing with plenty of chances for a cheeky flutter.

Considering Samcro has not raced at Cheltenham Festival before and yet received such good odds, it bodes very well for his chances of winning. He’s coming into this season after winning his first three bumpers, one of which included an impressive 17-length victory.

Other leading horses, such as Faugheen, who has the best Paddy Power odds at 2/1 for the Champion Hurdle, has managed to attract considerable attention. Having only just returned to racing this season after following a long break due to injury, he’s only been beaten once, in 2015 by stablemate Nichols Canyon and for many is looking like a definite banker.

The Cheltenham race course is a tough track, the horses will have to tackle eight fences, hurdles and ditches, and beat the race if they want to bring home the crown. With so much at stake, you can bet that there’s going to be some daredevils taking on some risky bets in the hope of profit. Other examples of Cheltenham’s biggest gambles can be found below:


Biggest Gambles - PP








Cheltenham Gold Cup Tip

Cheltenham Gold Cup Tip

I have for you today a reasoned longer odds shot for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

It is a copy of an official bet from Guy Ward’s excellent Mathematician Service.

How many racing services do you know off that are good enough to

have had clients stay with them for more than ten years continuous membership

You could probably count such services on one hand.

Perhaps even on the hand of a crocodile feeder that is missing a few fingers.


The below Guy sent to his members on Sunday so odds on

offer right now may differ slightly to what he spoke about then.


NB This is Part 1 of his Gold Cup Betting.

50% of his usual stake he invested on Sunday March 11th

The rest he will decide upon closer to the race itself.

His Part 2 day of race thoughts will probably include a lot of extra stat analysis
of the race.

This Part 2 analysis you can actually get for FREE from him if you so wish.

See here Free Gold Cup Tip


1 Account bet

This is Ante Post

In the Cheltenham Gold Cup


Partially staked to 50% stake


Account Bet

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Friday – Cheltenham 3.30pm

EDWULF 20/1 +

£3 Win

£2 Place


Half Stakes Today

The remaining £5 Stake

Will be given nearer the race


25/1 Hills

22/1 Sportingbet Betfair

20/1 Ladbrokes Skybet Unibet Corals

20/1 Boyles Betbright

Cheltenham Gold Cup


EDWULF is 25/1 with Hills

He is 20/1 with most firms

He is around 22/1 on Betfair


Last night I backed him to win


The last review I did on this race

I had him on a list of 5 horses

Of potential shock winners

Minella Rocco 33/1

Edwulf 25/1

Road to Respect 10/1

Definitely Red 20/1

Double Shuffle 40/1



EDWULF has made the staking

I want to bet him now at the price

This horse is lucky to be alive

I spotted him earlier than most

Blew me away at Navan in February 2017

He was my Cheltenham Banker in 2017

Had every chance in the 4 miler

Before he collapsed in spasms

Looking like he might even die

He lost his eyesight which has returned

No reason why he can’t win this

Just done a career best Racing Post Rating

He seems to have been unfairly overlooked

As a horse lucky to be still alive and racing

Perhaps people might see him as weak and soft

Having had such a horrible experience

That could well be a big mistake

It could be a collectively false assumption


He’s just won the Irish Gold Cup

Having hardly had a race all season

Maybe he is the horse I always felt he was

His last win was really impressive

He has a lovely Gold Cup profile as well

EDWULF will be part of my staking plan

I think we should bet him now at 20/1






How much would a Premier League Team
spend each year on washing it’s football kit?

I am sure that is a question that has been
keeping you awake at night for many a year now?


Well even if not, now that it has been posed I am
sure you are semi curious as to the answer.

All is revealed in the info graphic below
courtesy of Paddy  Power football bets