Thursday, 1 February 2018

Celebrity Big Brother Winner

I have a love-hate relationship with Big Brother. When it started 'back in the day' it really was something new and different. Sure there was a novelty value, but a fascinaation too with the likes of 'Nasty Nick' becoming a villian to the whole nation over the period of a few days. On top of that, nobody taking part knew the first thing about how to approach the show, so there was an innocence to it. Now of course it's very much for the fame hungry, and as such it just bores me. The one version of the show that is perhaps worth watching though, is one where those taking part have already previously achieved a certain degree of fame, namely Celebrity Big Brother.

The year of the woman theme has certainly had an impact on how it's panned out and this years show has seen a really interesting bunch of people come and go. It's been rather harmonious in its own way, which has made it subtle at times, not something you'd usually say about Big Brother. But now we're down to the final five, with what appears to be two main challengers for the win, though with the exception of the entertaining Wayne Sleep I'm not sure we can truly rule anyone out 100%. Perhaps the 20-1 on offer for Shane Lynch and Jess Impiazzi is about right.

Big Brother did us a favour of sorts the other day by revealing that the two housemates with the most votes to save were Courtney Act (4/7) and Anne Widdcombe (7/4). This echoed what the odds were telling us and what many already assumed to be the case. Courtney has been up for the public vote on more than one occasion, though both have now demonstratable public support. Anne is now without her seemingly immortal gal pal Amanda Barrie, but is a one woman army so thaat won't bother her. one bit.

It's very much a toss up in my view, and Courtneey and Anne both represent the opposite ends of the issues, politically speaking, quite well in their own way. They're certainly splitting the audience and when we take previous winners into account, such as Jim Davidson, it's not really possible to go with the assumption that a young audience will be the ones making the decision. Rather than have a bet I'm going to enjoy the show, but if you were to twist my arm I'd say that second favourite Anne is really the more likely winner.

Monday, 1 January 2018

PDC World Darts - Rob Cross vs Phil Taylor

This year's PDC World Championship has without a doubt been full of surprises, but perhaps Phil Taylor making the final in his farewell year is something that shouldn't really be all that shocking to darts fans. He's won the competition a staggering 14 times from 24 appearances including 8 times in a row between 1995 and 2002. Certainly he's not always at the top of his game nowadays (hence why retirement beckons) but when he needs to he tends to put in a performance. We saw this in his game against the new kid on the block Jaime Lewis which Taylor won 6-1 by hitting what he needed to, when he needed to. It's all about the margins in darts, and keeping your cool in the handful of moments that truly define a match.

His opponent in the final would certainly not have been listed as the most likely of contenders beforehand, but has had something of a meteoric rise over the last year plus. Cross has moved from darting obscurity to a major final in no time at all. This certainly makes him a formidable opponent, as we got to see when he ground out a dramatic 6-5 against tournament favourite Michael Van Gerwin the other day. The match had gone to 5-5 in sets and 5-5 in legs but Cross managed to keep his cool and bring home the win despite Van Gerwin's obvious ability.

Current odds for today's final tell the tale of how hard it may be to call this one with Taylor at 4/5 and Cross 21/20 with most bookmakers. It will definitely be one to watch, and not a result I really fancy calling to be honest. If forced to though, I think by default I would tend to go with experience, and Taylor of course has that in spades. Good luck to both players!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

I'm a Celebrity 2017 voting percentages

Better late than never!










 
 
Vote 1 - Bushtucker Trial Critter-Cal Rescue:
Toff - 19.72%
Amir - 18.09%
Stanley - 16.06%
Jack - 13.43%
Becky - 12.77%
Jamie - 4.88%
Dennis - 4.5%
Vanessa- 4.41%
Jannie - 3.32%
Shappi - 2.81%
 
Vote 2 - Bushtucker Trial Flushed Out (Becky and Stanley were exempt):
Amir - 41.64%
Jack - 17.53%
Jamie- 12.47%
Toff - 11.1%
Dennis - 5.49%
Vanessa - 4.88%
Jennie - 3.73%
Shappi - 3.16%
 
Vote 3 - Bushtucker Trial Worst Dates:
Becky - 22.21%
Toff - 18.29%
Stanley - 12.47%
Jamie - 11.21%
Amir - 10.39%
Vanessa - 8.58%
Dennis - 7.03%
Jennie - 5.68%
Shappi - 4.14%
 
Vote 4 - Bushtucker Trial The Fright House
Amir - 20.77%
Iain - 19.23%
Stanley - 18.68%
Dennis - 17.73%
Jennie - 12.54%
Shappi - 11.05%
 
Vote 5 - Bushtucker Trial Temple of Gloom (Becky and Stanley exempt):
Iain - 24.51%
Jamie - 16.88%
Amir - 15.15%
Dennis - 11.13%
Toff - 9.96%
Jennie - 6.55%
Kez - 6.11%
Vanessa - 5.27%
Shappi - 4.45%
 
Vote 6 - Bushtucker Trial The Hole (Stanley exempt):
Becky - 22.41%
Jamie - 16.48%
Iain - 14.52%
Amir - 11.29%
Dennis - 9.95%
Toff - 8.61%
Vanessa - 4.95%
Kez - 4.62%
Jennie - 4.45%
Shappi - 2.71%
 
Vote 7 - Prime Minister Vote (Iain and Shappi exempt):
Stanley - 29.37%
Toff - 22.04%
Jamie - 15.08%
Amir - 10%
Jennie - 8.6%
Dennis - 6.5%
Becky - 4.63%
Kez - 1.95%
Vanessa - 1.82%
 
Vote 8 - Bushtucker Trial Space Your Fears (Stanley exempt):
Iain - 21.86%
Becky - 14.26%
Amir - 11.13%
Kez - 10.3%
Toff - 8.78%
Dennis - 8.58%
Vanessa - 7.76%
Jamie - 6.55%
Jennie - 5.91%
Shappi - 4.87%
 
Vote 9 - Bushtucker Trial The Fear Factory
Stanley - 30.92%
Becky - 13.65%
Kez - 11.61%
Amir - 8.21%
Dennis - 7.04%
Vanessa - 6.45%
Toff - 6.25%
Jamie - 4.81%
Jennie - 4.62%
Iain - 3.84%
Shappi - 2.6%
 
Vote 10 - Prime Minister vote (Stanley and Toff exempt):
Jamie - 24.68%
Jennie - 16.66%
Amir - 15.22%
Becky - 15.22%
Dennis - 13.3%
Vanessa - 5.11%
Kez - 4.55%
Shappi - 3.35%
Iain - 1.91%
 
Vote 11 - Bushtucker Trial Kiosk Keith's Refreshment Shack (Becky exempt):
Amir - 13.77%
Toff - 13.61%
Jamie - 12.37%
Dennis - 12.22%
Stanley - 10.7%
Jennie - 9.17%
Vanessa - 8.29%
Iain - 8.17%
Kez - 7.54%
Shappi - 4.16%
 
Vote 12 - Bushtucker Trial Grot-Holing (Amir, Toff, Dennis and Vanessa immune):
Becky - 24.1%
Jamie - 15.27%
Jennie - 15.06%
Stanley - 13.86%
Iain - 13.85%
Kez - 10.86%
Shappi - 7%
 
Vote 13 - Vote-off (Dennis, Iain and Amir immune):
Toff - 31.51%
Jamie - 18.47%
Stanley - 11.28%
Jennie - 10.77%
Becky - 10.44%
Vanessa - 6.34%
Kez - 6.24%
Shappi - 4.95%
 
Vote 14 - Prime Minister (Jamie and Jennie exempt):
Toff - 31.26%
Dennis - 21.12%
Becky - 16.31%
Amir - 15.12%
Vanessa - 7.5%
Stanley - 3.46%
Iain - 2.63%
Kez - 2.6%
 
Vote 15 - Vote-off:
Toff - 31.82%
Jamie - 14.36%
Amir - 9.22%
Jennie - 8.65%
Iain - 8.1%
Dennis - 8.05%
Stanley - 7.57%
Becky - 6.06%
Vanessa - 4.5%
Kez - 1.67%
 
Vote 16 - Vote-off:
Toff - 33.29%
Jamie - 11.88%
Jennie - 11.48%
Iain - 8.62%
Amir - 8.57%
Dennis - 7.24%
Stanley - 6.96%
Vanessa - 6.42%
Becky - 5.53%
 
Vote 17 - Vote-off:
Toff - 38.29%
Jamie - 11.33%
Iain - 10.17%
Jennie - 9.81%
Stanley - 8.37%
Amir - 8.36%
Dennis - 7.69%
Vanessa - 5.99%
 
Vote 18 - Vote-off:
Toff - 36.78%
Iain - 14.96%
Jennie - 11.44%
Jamie - 10.87%
Dennis - 10.51%
Amir - 7.74%
Stanley - 7.7%
 
Vote 19 - Vote-off:
Toff- 40.55%
Iain- 21.51%
Jennie- 12.23%
Jamie- 9.86%
Amir- 8.96%
Dennis - 6.88%
 
Vote 20 - Vote-off:
Toff - 43.49%
Iain - 21.01%
Jennie - 14.88%
Jamie - 11.1%
Amir - 9.52%
 
Vote 21 - Vote-off:
Toff - 49.49%
Iain - 19.53%
Jamie - 15.85%
Jennie - 15.12%
 
Vote 22 - Vote-off:
Toff - 65.22%
Jamie - 17.44%
Iain - 17.35%
 
Vote 23 - The Winner:
Toff - 71.41%
Jamie - 18.53%

Monday, 4 December 2017

X Factor 2017 voting percentages

As has by now become customary, below I've listed the X Factor voting percentages week by week, this time for the 2017 competition. Unusually this time I wouldn't say that the results are exactly full of surprises. Rat-Su and Grace Davies were right up there for the entire competition. Another fan favourite Lloyd Macey was somewhat unlucky not to make the final, just missing out to Kevin Davy White by 0.7% (18.9% vs 18.2%) in week five. Full results below:


Week 1

Week 1 Saturday
 Grace Davies - 21.9%
 Holly Tandy - 15.9%
 Lloyd Macey - 15.0%
 Alisah Bonaobra - 11.8%
Rai-Elle Williams - 11.5%
 Leon Mallett - 9.3%
Sam Black - 8.5%
 Spencer Sutherland - 6.1%


Week 1 Sunday
 Rak-Su - 22.2%
 The Cutkelvins - 17.3%
 Matt Linnen - 11.9%
 Kevin Davy White - 11.1%
 Sean & Conor Price - 10.6%
 Tracyleanne Jefford - 10.3%
 Jack & Joel - 9.2%
 Talia Dean - 7.4%

Prize Fight Week 1
 Grace Davies - 53.5%
 Rak-Su - 46.5%


Week 2

Week 2 Saturday
 Rak-Su - 32.3%
 The Cutkelvins - 15.1%
 Lloyd Macey - 14.4%
 Sam Black - 12.5%
 Sean & Conor Price - 10.6%
 Jack & Joel - 8.6%
 Leon Mallett - 6.5%


Week 2 Sunday
 Kevin Davy White - 21.9%
 Grace Davies - 18.5%
 Holly Tandy - 15.4%
 Rai-Elle Williams - 14.3%
 Matt Linnen - 13.6%
 Alisah Bonaobra - 9.5%
 Tracyleanne Jefford - 6.8%

Prize Fight Week 2
 Kevin Davy White - 53.6%
 Rak-Su - 46.4%


Week 3

Week 3 Saturday
 Kevin Davy White - 25.8%
 Rak-Su - 25.7%
 Matt Linnen - 14.1%
 The Cutkelvins - 13.5%
 Sean & Conor Price - 11.2%
 Jack & Joel - 9.7%


Week 3 Sunday
 Lloyd Macey - 26.4%
 Grace Davies - 20.1%
 Holly Tandy - 19.7%
 Rai-Elle Williams - 14.4%
 Sam Black - 11.1%
 Alisah Bonaobra - 8.3%

Prize Fight Week 3
 Lloyd Macey - 64.3%
 Kevin Davy White - 35.7%


Week 4

Week 4 Saturday
 Rak-Su - 36.7%
 Lloyd Macey - 22.8%
 The Cutkelvins - 18.9%
 Sean & Conor Price - 15.4%
 Sam Black - 6.2%


Week 4 Sunday
 Grace Davies - 26.1%
 Matt Linnen - 22.5%
 Kevin Davy White - 21.4%
 Holly Tandy - 16.1%
 Rai-Elle Williams - 13.9%

Prize Fight Week 4
 Rak-Su - 61.5%
 Grace Davies - 38.5%


Week 5 / Semi-Final

Week 5 Saturday
 Rak-Su - 26.1%
 Kevin Davy White - 19.5%
 Lloyd Macey - 19.2%
 Grace Davies - 17.2%
 The Cutkelvins - 10.1%
 Matt Linnen - 7.9%


Week 5 Sunday
 Rak-Su - 27.3%
 Grace Davies - 26.0%
 Kevin Davy White - 18.9%
 Lloyd Macey - 18.2%
 The Cutkelvins - 9.6%

Week 6 / Final


Week 6 Saturday Freeze
 Rak-Su - 41.7%
 Grace Davies - 35.4%
 Kevin Davy White - 22.9%


Week 6 Sunday Final
 Rak-Su - 51.7%
 Grace Davies – 40.1%
 Kevin Davy White – 8.2% (Left competition at freeze)

Monday, 27 November 2017

Five things we learned from Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea


Liverpool’s familiar defensive fallibility ruined what was otherwise an excellent attacking performance, which utterly mocked Chelsea’s now-fatally wounded hopes of winning the Premier League.





A 1-1 scoreline was considered par for the course by many neutrals ahead of Saturday’s evening clash, but five key talking points emerged from the maelstrom of Anfield.

Not worth the width without Moses

Antonio Conte’s tactics rightly came in for some scrutiny in the aftermath. Though finding himself with a lethal triumvirate of Liverpool attackers, Davide Zappacosta endured a torrid evening at Anfield. Ever faithful to his wingback system, Conte fielded a side that lacked the balance Victor Moses would typically provide, placing Zappacosta in Moses’ usual position.

Chelsea were, ultimately, very fortunate to escape Merseyside with a point. If the West London club was to have any realistic chance of closing the gap on the Manchester clubs above them, then three Anfield points were a must-have. Following Chelsea’s failure to take all three, the markets for spread betting with Sporting Index now show a further reduction in the buy/sell price of a Chelsea title win.

While Chelsea are sufficiently talented to use of that system without Moses in home against weaker sides, Conte must find viable alternatives for places like Anfield.

Conte must utilise depth sooner... and sell Drinkwater for his own good

Though not a key part of Chelsea’s latest setback, Conte’s hesitancy to make vital changes was cited as one of the reasons for his team’s below-par showing. It took seventy-four whole minutes of football for Conte to act upon Danny Drinkwater, who appeared a man utterly lost amongst a sea of high-tempo Liverpool midfielders.

Within ten minutes, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta had also exited stage left. It was a curiously close-knit sequence of changes for Conte, which ultimately reeked of desperation and belied his status as a reigning title-winning manager.
While some would argue that it is unfair to single Drinkwater out for criticism, especially when Bakayoko was culpable for Liverpool’s goal, his overall performance showed exactly why English players will never fit in at Stamford Bridge under the current regime.For the good of his career, Drinkwater must move to a club that will better benefit from the strengths he flaunted while at Leicester.



NEWSFLASH: Liverpool need a new centre back


As usual, Liverpool’s attacking players emerge from a failure to win with clear consciences. While it would be easy to focus on Chelsea’s weaknesses rather than Liverpool’s strengths, it was – once again – an avoidable defensive failure that caused Liverpool to drop two vital points.

The nature of Willian’s equalising goal further embossed the existing belief that Liverpool are nowhere near good enough to challenge for the title. As a result of their collective failure to avoid defensive mistakes at the worst moments, Liverpool continue to be linked with a number of centre-backs to improve the current situation.
Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk remains interminably linked to an Anfield move, and the rumoured £70m it will take to lure him to Merseyside appears to be a snip, when one considers how often Liverpool’s attacking prowess is nullified by avoidable errors.



Gomez is the future of LFC


Perhaps the only Liverpool defender to emerge with any credit, Joe Gomez became a man on Saturday night. Now, through thick and thin, Klopp must build a new-look backline around him over the next two years.

Dealing with a front three containing Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard is never an easy task, even on home soil. Yet, despite the glaring disparity in playing pedigree between Gomez and those decorated two, the Catford-born defender never once shirked his duty.


More clarity is needed on hand-ball offences.

Liverpool could easily have been out of sight long before Willian’s equaliser. Twice the Kop bayed for a penalty after a Chelsea handball in the area, but to no avail.
The subject of handballs – and how they differentiate from accidental ball-to-hand flashpoints – is an age-old debate, but it is a subject that now needs a clearer party line from the relevant authorities.



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A graduate of Staffordshire University, Tamhas Woods has a wealth of experience in sports writing and creating betting-related content.