Tuesday 13 December 2022

World Cup 2022 Semi Final: France vs Morocco

For many Africans, this will be the game for the ages. Morocco become the first side not only from North Africa, but the entire continent, to make the last four. Their defensive solidity, though, will be tested against the best attack in the competition. A defensive miserliness has made Morocco a nightmare to play against, with clean sheets against elite teams like Croatia, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal.

France, the world champions, are a different prospect entirely It is hard to say where this one will go, but the defensive solidity of Morocco will be tested like never before.

France News

Although Aurelien Tchouameni, with his stunning goal against England to help knock out the Three Lions, missed training in the build-up to this game he should be fit for the semi-final. As such France come in with no real selection dilemmas, and no real problem.

With Olivier Giroud finding form at the perfect time and Kylian Mbappe still terrorising defences, France will be extremely confident coming into this one. They have nothing to worry about, nothing getting in the way of selections, and no reason to fear Morocco.

Morocco News

The Atlas Lions meanwhile are missing a gluttony of players. Romain Saiss and Nayef Aguerd, their left-handed defensive pairing, are out barring a miracle. Walid Cheddira misses out after being sent off in the Portugal game. Even more worrying, though, is the potential loss of Noussair Mazraoui. The full-back is expected to miss out, meaning that three of Morocco’s first choice back five are missing.

For a talented but shallow team so focused on defensive zeal, that will be too much. The fact that Abdelhamid Sabiri might miss out, too, means that Morocco are down a gluttony of their most important players. Hakim Ziyech should make it, though, giving them an impetus in attack once again.


France may well have too much for the team of the tournament. If Morocco were fully fit then they might make it, but it looks like they will come up short in the end-up. The injuries are simply too many, leaving a defensively focused team with one hole too many to fill-in.

Score: 3-2 France

Sunday 27 November 2022

World Cup Preview - England v Wales

The Three Lions will, just as they did in UEFA Euro 2016, play Wales in a major tournament. Having had Scotland in the last Euros and now Wales in this FIFA World Cup, England are getting used to a little domestic punch-up at competition level. This game, though, could prove the most challenging of the group for two reasons. One, they will face Wales who might already be in a qualification position – and two, they will be facing Gareth Bale.

Is the LAFC star in his vintage? Absolutely not. But, as his goal in the MLS Cup Final showed, he can still do it when it matters. And if you don’t believe that a passionate Welshman would not love to cap his only World Cup with a goal against England? Well, what do you believe?

Wales will be 100% up for this, and given it is the last game of the group they need to win and for a draw in the Iran vs USA game to make it into the knockout match. It's doable, but approaching longshot territory for both to happen.

Who will win this tie?

Both teams will be up for this, as much as they were in 2016. Yet while Wales have regressed to an extent since then, England have improved, but have had recent rocky form. They crashed out of the 2016 tournament in joke circumstances, but have since reached at least the Semi Finals of both tournaments since.

Wales are a good team – well-structured and capable, and have an immense team spirit. Expect them to be up for this, but in my view to just fall short.


Saturday 5 November 2022

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Saturday 8 October 2022

Royal Ascot - Seven-fold accumulator


Friday, June 22, the penultimate day of Royal Ascot 2022, proved eventful, for contrasting reasons, for two punters who placed through-the-card, seven-fold accumulators. You may have already read about the unfortunate Bailey Grant, who missed out on £83,638.75 by cashing out his £1.06 each-way accumulator for just £463.75 after his first four selections were successful.

However, there was better news for an anonymous William Hill punter. Like Grant, John Doe correctly selected the first four winners, Meditate, Perfect Power, Candleford and Inspiral, in his £2.50 each-way accumulator. Unlike Grant, though, he kept faith in his remaining selections and gained just reward when Heredia, Changingoftheguard and Latin Lover all prevailed, making his bet a winner at accumulative odds of 122,889/1; for the record, those are longer odds than for dying in a skydiving accident or aliens landing on Earth. In any event, for his modest outlay of £5, the plucky punter received £307,464.02. The lucky winner was unavailable for comment but, no doubt, felt a sense of satisfaction that he had held his nerve and prospered in a situation where others had come unstuck.

Tony Kenny, Head of External Communications at William Hill, said, 'Many of our customers try going through the card at the bigger meetings like Royal Ascot or Cheltenham, but few manage it. However, one pulled off the incredible feat of successful choosing all seven winners on the penultimate day of the Royal Meeting at a frankly ridiculous price of 122,889-1.' In the words of Mandy Rice-Davies, 'Well, he would, wouldn't he?'

Monday 6 June 2022

Britain's Got Talent 2022 - Voting Percentages

For those of you watching the BGT final this year, you may, like me, have been surprised to see the level of talent on display. I'm not typically all that into the programme to be honest, but found this year's finalists to be a professional and plucky bunch all giving it their all across the board. It was certainly a hard one to call, and sometimes the running order factors in to an extent, but in any case here are the voting percentage results for the final. Well done to :

The Final
Axel Blake - 19.7%
Jamie Leahey - 14.7%
Tom Ball - 14.2%
Maxwell Thorpe - 14.0%
Eva Abley - 8.4%
Flintz and T4ylor - 8.3%
Aneeshwar Kunchala - 6.0%
Ben Nickless - 5.7%
Loren Allred - 3.3%
Amber and the Dancing Collies - 3.2%
Five Star Boys - 2.5% 

Many congratulations to worthy winner Axel Blake, and a shout out to the super talented Jamie Leahey too, as he surely has a very bright future!

Friday 13 May 2022

Sam Ryder - UK Eurovision - Good luck Spaceman!

Who would believe that we'd actually have a good songs as our Eurovision entry  for once in 2022. Super talented Sam Ryder has certainly knocked the ball out of the park with this catchy and anthemic song, and social media feedback seems to suggest that many around Europe also view it as a favourite of theirs. In the betting odds, perhaps understandably, Ukraine's entry is odds on (2/5), so the outcome may be drifting towards a foregone conclusion, but the UK entry is currently second favourite (6-1), which is certainly at this stage an achievement in its own right. If we manage to put up a good or decent showing points-wise we can't complain, and it'll certainly made a change from the usual languishing in or near last place. Good luck, Sam!

Friday 6 May 2022

Derby 2022 Preview


At the time of writing, the Derby, which is due off at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022, is less than six weeks away. Even so, with the exception of the Sandown Classic Trial, the traditional Derby trials – 2,000 Guineas, Chester Vase, Lingfield Derby Trial and Dante Stakes – have yet to be contested, so there is still plenty of time for the ante-post picture to change, perhaps dramatically.

Incidentally, the result of the Sandown Classic Trial had only limited impact on the Derby market, with the first three home, Westover, Cash and Goldspur, quoted at 25/1, 20/1 and 50/1. respectively, for the Epsom Classic. Luxembourg, trained by Aidan O'Brien, remains favourite at 3/1, with the Master of Ballydoyle keen to point out that the Camelot colt, who is third-favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, looks 'like he's going to be a middle-distance horse for this year'.

Of course, O'Brien is the leading trainer in the history of the Derby, with eight winners since the turn of the century and also numbers 10/1 co-second favourite, Point Lonsdale, among his remaining 24 entries at this, still early, stage. Beyond the Ballydoyle 'battalions', Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby also holds a strong hand with New London (10/1), Native Trail (12/1) and Walk Of Stars (14/1) all inside the first half a dozen in the ante-post betting market.

The unbeaten Native Trail, who is clear favourite for the 2,000 Guineas after readily winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in mid-April, on his first attempt over a mile, is the one with the obvious 'star quality'. However, his sire, Oasis Dream, was a sprinter and his damsire, Observatory, was a miler, so his stamina for a mile and a half has to be taken on trust.

At much longer odds, Hannibal Barca (50/1) has 2 lengths to find with Luxembourg on their running in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster last October but, like the winner, seems sure to be suited by the step up to middle distances, He was transferred to Joseph O'Brien from Brian Meehan over the winter and looks a sporting wager against some better-fancied rivals.

Thursday 3 February 2022

Football player transfers

Football transfers are an exciting time for all involved with football with players looking to make the moves to different clubs around the world. Football player transfers are a popular topic to be discussed with a lot of rumours being spread around about what players are moving and to what club. Football transfers are an exciting and fun time just like bingo sites not on gamstop like the ones at CNOG which offers a fun and exciting experience for users as well.

What are football player transfers?

Football player transfers are when a football player moves to a different club due to another team wanting to buy them or the player handing in a transfer request and wanting to leave. Player transfers are a very common thing with there being two transfer windows available each season with one being in the winter and one in the summers and this is where clubs have a set period to make their new football player singings or to sell football players that they no longer want or need.

The transfer windows are an exciting time for all football fans around the world with them wanting to see their teams make new signings to help improve their current team or to sell players that they do no longer want to see playing for their clubs. The winter football player transfer window has just ended with a lot of clubs making new signings to help improve their squads for the rest of the season.

Is there a budget?

There are financial fair play rules put in place by FIFA and other footballing companies to ensure that clubs with more money than others do not sign too many players as it is unfair on teams that have a smaller and lower budget in the league.

There have been clubs in the past that have spent over the budget allowed to them and this has led to them getting a football player transfer ban sometimes for a whole season so they cannot sign new players or sell their players. This has helped to ensure that the league is fair and smaller teams can compete with bigger clubs within the leagues.

With the above information, you should have a better understanding of what football player transfers are and how they are operated and work. The summer window is not far off so make sure to keep your eyes peeled now you know exactly what is happening.