English Premier League: Betting Preview 21-22 September

2013-09-20 08:00:01 - Week five of the Premier League gets underway when Aston Villa travel to Norfolk for the Saturday lunch time game. The hosts, Norwich, spent well over the summer period most notably signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel for a club record fee. But it's his opposite number that I am interested in from a goalscoring perspective. Christian Benteke has been an absolute...

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Tennis: US Open 2013 Review

2013-09-10 05:04:42 - Men's US Open Review The final grand slam of the season is now behind us as Rafael Nadal saw off Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in an enthralling US Open final. The Spaniard dropped just two sets during the whole tournament and looked imperious throughout. Djokovic, on the other hand, looked like only 90% of the player we've seen in recent years....

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Serie A: Catania v Inter Milan Odds and Betting Preview

2013-09-01 10:14:07 - SICILY, ITALY - Inter Milan make the trip to Sicily looking to make it two wins on the bounce after a routine 2-0 home over Genoa last weekend. But it's a tricky test for Walter Mazzari and his new side. Catania have often been the thorn in many of the top sides in recent seasons and the bookmakers have seen a steady stream of money on the hosts taking...

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Serie A: AC Milan v Cagliari Odds and Betting Preview

2013-09-01 09:02:10 - MILAN, ITALY - AC Milan made it through a sticky tie against PSV in the UEFA Champions League midweek but now they switch back to domestic duties. The Rossoneri opened their campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat at newly promoted Verona so they need to get back on track against Cagliari. The host are chalked up at an industry best price of 1.44 with Bet Victor...

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Serie A: Juventus v Lazio Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-31 07:56:39 - TURIN, ITALY - The defending champions play their first home game of the season against Lazio on Saturday as both sides look to maintain their 100% record. Lazio beat Udinese 2-1 at home on the opening day while Juventus travelled to Sampdoria, who beat them twice last season, and recorded a 1-0 win. It's a repeat of the Italian Super Coppa match when the...

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UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea v Bayern Munich Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-29 11:21:32 - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - The UEFA Super Cup takes centre stage this weekend when Chelsea and Bayern Munich travel to the picturesque city of Prague. It's the first time UEFA have staged the game outside of Monaco as the one-off match undergoes somewhat of a revamp. Neither side has lifted the Super Cup and Bayern will be particularly keen to buck this...

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UEFA Champions League: AC Milan v PSV Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-28 06:37:01 - MILAN, ITALY - We are edging closer towards the Champions League group stages as AC Milan welcome Dutch side PSV to the San Siro this evening. The first leg finished 1-1 and the Italians must feel confident of finishing the job off at home. The bookmakers have chalked up Milan as odds on favourites for victory in 90 minutes. Bet Victor and Paddy Power have...

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Serie A: Inter Milan v Genoa Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-24 19:00:02 - MILAN, ITALY - Walter Mazzarri will take charge of his first Serie A game in the Inter Milan dugout when Genoa roll into town. The former Napoli coach will be keen to make a winning start although the Nerazzurri fans are well aware the season ahead represents the beginning of a rebuilding phase for the club. The hosts are available at a top price of 1.70...

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Serie A: Sampdoria v Juventus Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-23 20:57:36 - GENOA, ITALY - Juventus begin the defence of their Serie A crown with a tricky looking opener against Sampdoria. The hosts completed a league double over the champions last season but the bookmakers expect the Bianconeri to have little trouble in exacting revenge. Juventus are chalked up at an unbackable price of 1.55 with Bet Victor for victory, perhaps a...

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Serie A: Verona v AC Milan Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-23 17:02:48 - VERONA, ITALY - Serie A kicks off with an intriguing battle when newly promoted Hellas Verona host the scuddeto chasing AC Milan. It's been over a decade since Verona were in the top flight and, following an impressive summer of recruitment, I am certain they can avoid relegation and take a scalp or two along the way. But beginning their season with three...

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UEFA Champions League: PSV v AC Milan Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-20 07:24:42 - EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - Seven time Champions League winners AC Milan have the unenviable task of facing PSV, who have won their opening three games in the Eredivisie, for a place in the Champions League group stages. It was arguably the toughest draw for the rossoneri as this game wouldn't look out of place at the business end of the tournament. The...

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Serie A: Season 2013/14 Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-19 08:00:00 - Winner Juventus are clear odds on favourites to make it three scudettos in a row. Coral and William Hill offer an industry best price of 1.83 on Juventus winning the league - but I see very little value in backing the Old Lady. Next in the market is AC Milan who are chalked up at 6.5 with Bet Victor to win their first scudetto since 2010/11, when Zlatan...

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Super Coppa: Juventus v Lazio Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-18 08:45:53 - ROME, ITALY - The first competitive action in Italy gets underway on Sunday evening when Juventus, who are chasing a third consecutive scudetto, cross swords with Lazio in the Super Coppa. Lazio, winners of the Coppa Italia last season, will hope the fixture being held at the Stadio Olimpico gives them a significant advantage. However, the Old Lady are...

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Pre-Season Friendly: Chelsea v Roma Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-10 14:33:08 - WASHINGTON DC, USA - With the Premier League season just over a week away Chelsea face Roma in their final pre-season friendly tour of America. The West London club have had a very productive pre-season although Mourinho will be licking his wounds after losing to a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid in the final of the International Champions Cup. The...

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International Champions Cup: Real Madrid v Chelsea Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-07 12:36:13 - MIAMI, USA - The final of the International Champions Cup pits Real Madrid against Chelsea in a glamour tie that will please the sponsors and entertain the American fans. The Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida is the location of this fascinating matchup that has several interesting subplots as both managers are facing their former clubs.  Carlo Ancelotti,...

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International Champions Cup: Juventus v Inter Milan Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-06 12:08:37 - MIAMI, USA - Italian champions Juventus face their domestic rivals Inter Milan in the 7/8th place play off in the International Champions Cup - technically the 'wooden spoon' match as, surprisingly, both teams lost consecutive games in the eight team strong tournament.  As expected, Juventus are strong favourites to beat Inter Milan and you can pick up a...

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International Champions Cup: Chelsea v Inter Milan Odds and Betting Preview

2013-08-01 08:29:04 - INDIANA, USA - Chelsea and Inter Milan face off in Indianapolis in the latest game of the International Champions Cup - an elite friendly competition taking place stateside. The winner will face AC Milan in the semi finals whilst the loser will meet Valencia in a ranking game. The bookmakers have chalked up Chelsea as odds on favourites to progress, you...

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Pre-Season Friendly: Juventus v Everton Odds and Betting Preview

2013-07-31 09:12:12 - SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A - The International Champions Cup 2013 is an eight team knockout tournament taking place in America. It gives the American audience a chance to see some of the biggest names in European football do battle as well a money-spinning trip for the clubs involved. AC Milan saw off Valencia in the opening game and up next is the Italian...

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2013 FIFA Confederations Cup: Tahiti v Nigeria Odds and Betting Preview

2013-06-16 08:00:00 - BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - Tahiti face an uphill battle as they make their Confederations Cup bow against African champions Nigeria. The mostly part-time squad qualified for the competition by finishing top of the pile at the 2012 Oceania Nations Cup. Nigeria, meanwhile, lifted the African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 final victory over Burkina Faso, and in the...

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World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Czech Republic v Italy Odds and Betting Preview

2013-06-07 07:09:37 - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - European Championship runners-up Italy travel to the Czech capital for a crunch game in Group B. Italy win and they can think about booking their accommodation in Rio next year and defeat for the Czechs will leave their chances of a playoff spot hanging by the slimmest of threads. Italy sit top of the group with four wins a draw and...

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World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Austria v Sweden Odds and Betting Preview

2013-06-07 07:03:47 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA - The race to Brazil 2014 is beginning to take shape as Austria welcome Sweden to a packed out Happel-Stadion in a crunch Group C encounter. Both sides are jostling for second position and a play-off spot as Germany, who are eight points clear of the rest, look assured of qualifying in first place. Austria hold a slender lead over the...

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International Friendly: Brazil v England Odds and Betting Preview

2013-06-01 19:00:02 - RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 2014 World Cup hosts welcome England to the famous Maracana stadium on Sunday evening as these two International giants clash for the second time inside four months. Brazil, who lost at Wembley 2-1 earlier this year, will be looking to build some much needed momentum as next summer's showpiece gathers pace. The bookmakers have...

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International Friendly: Italy v San Marino Odds and Betting Preview

2013-05-31 07:53:49 - BOLOGNA, ITALY - International minnows and perennial whipping boys San Marino make the short trip to Bologna to take on the European Championship runners-up this evening. The Italian fans will be expecting to rack up a cricket score against FIFA's lowest ranked side - San Marino sit in 207th position - and the odds clearly reflect this. The bookmakers...

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Coppa Italia: Roma v Lazio Odds and Betting Preview

2013-05-25 07:00:02 - ROME, ITALY - The Italian season culminates this weekend as city rivals Roma and Lazio go head-to-head in the Coppa Italia final and the stakes couldn't be higher. The victors, as well as condemning their neighbours to a cup final defeat, will also collect a place in next season's UEFA Europa League, adding extra spice to Sunday's Roman showdown.  The...

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UEFA Europa League: Benfica v Fenerbahce Odds and Betting Preview

2013-05-02 07:42:51 - LISBON, PORTUGAL - A place in the final of the UEFA Europa League is at stake when Benfica welcome Turkish outfit Fenerbahce to the Estádio da Luz this evening. The Turks take a slender 1-0 lead to the Portuguese capital and will be confident of progressing if they can snatch a vital away goal.  In the 90 minute match winner market Benfica are chalked...

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Serie A: AC Milan v Catania Odds and Betting Preview

2013-04-28 09:39:12 - MILAN, ITALY - AC Milan play host to mid table side Catania this evening as the rossoneri look to solidify their Champions League position over Fiorentina; however, by the time Milan kick off they could find themselves in fourth place if Fiorentina win at Sampdoria this afternoon. The hosts know knowing less than a win will do.  You can back AC Milan to...

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Serie A: Torino v Juventus Odds and Betting Preview

2013-04-28 08:17:05 - TURIN, ITALY - The Juventus scudetto celebrations have been put on hold this weekend following Napoli's 3-0 over Pescara yesterday. The bianconeri still require four points to be certain of back-to-back league titles but nevertheless it's just a matter of time before Antonio Conte wins another title as Juve manager. The bookmakers have priced up hosts...

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Serie A: Juventus v AC Milan Odds and Betting Preview

2013-04-21 08:00:34 - TURIN, ITALY - Juventus are on the verge of retaining the Scudetto as they welcome AC Milan to town this evening. The bianconeri are 11 points clear of Napoli in second place and a further 15 points ahead of the rossoneri in third place. The bookmakers have priced up Juventus at odds on for another victory in front of their own fans - they have won 12 out...

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Coppa Italia: Inter Milan v Roma Odds and Betting Preview

2013-04-17 06:58:51 - MILAN, ITALY - The final of the Coppa Italia awaits for the victors in tonight’s semi final second leg. Roma make the trip to Milan holding a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg that was played at the back end of January. Roma have the added incentive of neighbours Lazio waiting in the final after they dispatched league leaders Juventus 3-2 on aggregate....

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Serie A: Lazio v Juventus Odds and Betting Preview

2013-04-15 07:02:59 - ROME, ITALY - Monday evening sees a blockbuster between Lazio and Juventus as both sides look to bounce back from European exits. Juventus were outclassed against European heavyweights Bayern Munich while Lazio kissed their Europa League dreams goodbye against the resolute Turkish outfit Fenerbache.  Nevertheless, the stakes couldn't be higher as Juventus...

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Mark is a sports writer based in Prague, Czech Republic. He is currently studying the NCTJ Sports Journalism diploma and has written for The Prague Post, IBWM and Goal.com among others. He has interviewed Czech international footballer Theo Gebre Selassie and golfing star Klara Spilkova. He is a massive Liverpool fan and an avid Twitter user.

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