Crystal Palace sack Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace have sacked Alan Pardew, after a dreadful run of just 26 points in the last 36 Premier League games. The London club is now 17th in the Premier League table and is only one point above the relegation zone. One can dare say that Pardew cannot be surprised with only one win in the last eleven games.

Crystal Palace hired Alan Pardew in January 2015, on a three and a half year contract, based on the conscious decision by the Palace board to focus on a more expansive football style. However, Chairman Steve Parish admitted that in hindsight, this direction did not bring about the desired results; and in spite of the players supporting the manager and giving their all, the decision was taken to revert back to the style of play which historically have brought them stability in the Premier League.

It will be a painful time for Alan, with Christmas quickly approaching and him having such great relationship with the club. Pardew was a Palace player from 1987 to 1991, making more than 100 appearances for the club. There were high hope from everyone associated with the club, that Alan would be able to rekindle his love affair with the club and bring success to the club. However, this was badly, not to be.

There is speculation that Sam Allardyce is being considered and online sports betting on the appointment seems to bear this out. One would assume that a replacement is near, with Crystal Palace in action on Boxing Day Monday, playing against Watford.

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Spreadbetting is the way to go


When one hears spreadbetting, what comes to mind is something complicated, relating to the complex financial world of buying and selling shares and/or commodities. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and when one actually takes some time to understand the topic, it is surprisingly quite easy to comprehend and utilise.

Spread betting has nothing to do with buying or selling of actual shares or futures contracts. What it actually entails is making a bet as to which way one thinks the market will move. The punter is either wagering per penny or point movement in the underlying market, with the amount being wagered being the stake. Please note, players involved in this activity, do not make any physical purchase or sale, so there is no duty or Capital Gains Tax incurred.

When dealing with this type of betting, one will often come across the terms like ‘the spread’. This refers to the difference between the SELL and BUY price. Therefore, if one thinks the price is about to go up, then one has to BUY or ‘go long’. However, if one believes the price is about to fall, then one has to SELL, or ‘go short’.

Once this is understood, the stake needs to be confirmed, which is basically the amount that is being wagered per point. For every point the market moves up or down, one will win or loss by this amount. So, for example, if a player BUY £10 per point, and the market goes up by 5 points, then the player collects £50.

In order to get in on the action, one needs to submit a deposit to cover any potential losses, which is commonly referred to as ‘margin’. A word of caution here, just as one’s profit can go up quite quickly, when the market moves in the direction desired; so to can losses accumulate very quickly, when the market turns against one’s predictions.

Spread betting is very common in financial markets, and now, after some convincing, it is beginning to take hold in the sports betting arena. There are various betting sites that also cater to players who want to see some action in the sports spread betting world.

There is good money to made in this sphere of betting, especially when one is well informed and reads the market and/or sporting event correctly. Start cautiously, and gain some experience, and when one gains the confidence and feels completely comfortable; that’s the time to see where it goes!


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Red Kings has Instant Poker Rewards

RedKings Poker have launched the exciting new Ongame Instant Rewards real-time achievement tool, a real money instant reward engine for online poker. It allows players to win a host of Cash and Tournament tickets as Rewards for accomplishing a number of poker challenges.

RedKings Instant Rewards are real time, hand based, poker tasks based on each player’s unique characteristic. Rewards will be set up based on a variety of parameters such as time period, stake level and game types, opening up great segmentation possibilities.

Commented Jani Kontturi, RedKings Marketing Manager “Instant Rewards focuses on player achievement and is all about fun and entertainment. It’s just the perfect thing for our many recreational players and is probably the most exciting new feature to be introduced in online poker for many years. Well done Ongame, the players will love it”

On offer will be Rewards like ‘A pocketful of pairs’ ‘Poker Cowboys’ and the ‘Night Owl’ and players will not only be able participate in them all but will also be able to track their progress through their own special web dashboard which updates in real time and the accompanying prize is paid directly to their accounts.

Added Kontturi, “Instant Rewards will, for the first time, create incentives for casual players, a large and important group that until now lacked reachable and effective triggers. We foresee improved loyalty, increased lifetime rake and consequently better margins”


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Manchester United Home Win


Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0, to give David Moyes and the Old Trafford faithful their first English Premier League home win of the season. The game saw a Manchester United team struggling to find a way through a resilient Palace team, even when they were down to ten men. However, goal from the penalty spot from Robin van Persie and a free kick from Wayne Rooney ensured The Red Devils first win of the season.

A soft penalty decision was awarded to the host team, when the referee judged Kagisho Dikgacoi to have fouled Ashley Young inside the box. A decision that looked questionable, and Ian Holloway would have thought it was a bit harsh. Robin van Persie scored the penalty in the 45th minute of the game and online sports betting punters would have been lining up to place their bets on Manchester United taking full advantage, with referee Jon Moss red carding Kagisho for the foul.

However, Crystal Palace did themselves proud with a very disciplined and solid performance in the back. It was obvious that the visitors planned to soak up as much pressure from Man United and try to get something on the break, and Palace coped with the pressure well. Even in the second half with 10 men, Ian Holloway’s team gave a brilliant display. The team performance was so good, that in spite of the loss, Holloway went so far as stating it in his post match interview saying ‘I am disappointed in the fact that we lost but not in the manner we lost it, behaved and applied ourselves. It was as good a performance with 10 men as I have seen for a long time’.

Moyes did bring on Marouane Fellaini early in the second half for his United debut, but he could not make any headway through the Palace defence. In the end it was Wayne Rooney that made the scoreline look respectable as he scored with a 25 yard free kick in the 81st minute of the game. The Manchester United manager will be happy that both his main strikers scored ahead of their Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, especially since his team has failed to score in their last two English Premier League games.


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Liverpool beat United to make it three wins


Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 to make it three wins from three games, the best start to a Premier League season the club has experienced since 1994/5. Brendan Rodgers would have been pleased with his team’s performance and enterprise, especially without their star striker Luis Suarez. The Anfield faithful appreciated their team’s third straight victory at the start of the English Premier League, which leaves them on the top of the table with nine points, two more than Chelsea. Online sports betting operator bet365 have Liverpool as joint fourth favourites to win the League outright, together with Arsenal, priced at 12/1.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge was on fire, yet again, with another winner in less than five minutes of the match starting. The one goal was enough to see Manchester United and Moyes go back to Old Trafford with nothing to show for quite a lot of possession. Robin van Persie missed United’s best chance, but the Dutch striker was frustrated and unusually more interested in getting into arguments with most of the Liverpool team. Wayne Rooney suffered a head injury in training and was not able to be involved in the game,and he was sorely missed, in a lack lustre performance from Manchester United. The loss highlighted their desperate lack of creativity and purpose, especially in the middle of the pitch.

Moyes will be disappointed as Manchester United had a lot of possession, but could not capitalise on it. It was yet another loss at Anfield for the Scottish Manager, who also struggled to overcome The Reds when he managed Everton.

It has to be said that Liverpool deserved the win, as they kept a high pace to the game and always pressured Manchester United. It was quite telling that it took United seventy six minutes to eventually get Mignolet to make a serious save, as he punched away a shot from Nani, who came on for Young. The new goalkeeper for Liverpool has yet to concede a goal in the English Premier League and reflects the solid performance by the Liverpool back four. Let’s hope The Reds can use the good start to their advantage and make the battle for the title even more interesting, and who knows, with Suarez yet to join in on the fun!


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Usain Bolt shines at World Championships


Usain Bolt has become the most decorated and successful athlete of the World Championships, with a present grand total of eight golds and two silvers. The 26 year old Jamaican won gold medals for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Moscow, to cement his name in the history books as not only being the fastest, but the ease at which the athlete dominates the sport. The frightening aspect is that he didn’t seem to be under pressure at the World Championships, even with the heavy rain, and him admitting not being 100% fit and all the media focus on drugs in the sport. Sports betting fans would have been satisfied with the high level of performance from all the athletes, even if we didn’t see all of them due to injury etc, like Jessica Ennis-Hill. 

Usain Bolt is set to be the very best of the best. He has already equaled medal totals of Carl Lewis and Allyson Felix. And in fact, the Jamaican has actually surpassed these two great athletes as Usain has two silvers, compared to the Americans silver and bronze. I never thought that anyone would ever be able to better Carl Lewis, but Bolt has defied all odds and kept true to the sport. There is absolutely no question that Usain Bolt is the best the sport has ever seen. What is the most significant fact is the effortless way he has been able to continue to dominate two events – the 100m and 200m – over such a long period of time.

They maybe some who will argue that he was never really pushed in Moscow, with some of the world’s best runners not in the picture. But it was not Bolt’s fault for Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell being in trouble for testing positive for banned substances. And it was just Yohan Blake’s bad luck to be injured. But one would still have to admit that Usain still had to turn up and do the ‘business’, and in the 100m there was the rain to contend with, and the fact that he was not fully fit, and he still managed to see off the competition in impressive fashion.

The future will most certainly see the young man achieve more that we can ever dream. It maybe that he runs fewer races as he gets older, and it maybe that he will never be able to beat his best times, but I am not going to make the mistake of betting against him!


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No to Manchester United as Fabregas stays at Barcelona


Cesc Fabregas has finally put an end to speculation of where he would like to be next season, as the midfielder confirmed his love and devotion to Barcelona. It means the end of any hopes of Manchester United and David Moyes being able to tempt the midfielder to a life at Old Trafford, not to mention a lot of happy online betting bookmakers being quite pleased as there was quite a lot of money on Fabregas joining Robin van Persie. At a press conference Fabregas confirmed that he never spoke to any other clubs in his two years at Barcelona, that he was ‘very happy’ and being with the club has been his dream since he was a child. He further stated that he spoke to Barcelona’s President and Vice President in person, and they both wanted him to stay.

Manchester United fans will be hoping that the club will be able to sign a few players, but as the transfer window deadline draws closer, there is a real chance of David Moyes not being able to strengthen his squad for the new campaign. There has always been the rumours of Cristian Ronaldo coming back to the club, but most pundits agree this would only have a chance of happening if Real Madrid landed Gareth Bale. It has even been mentioned that Ronaldo would only be able to make the move in time for next season, which still leaves ManU relatively weak in the middle of the pitch.

There is also the impact of Fabregas’ decision for Wayne Rooney. Manchester United has repeatedly told Chelsea the striker is not for sale, but it was thought that if Cesc had signed for the Red Devils, it would have made Rooney’s departure easier and more likely. Now, it looks as if the England striker will have to put in a formal transfer request to force the issue, especially as it seems that his relationship with the club has deteriorated further with him not being included in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial, Community Shield and has been asked to train with the reserves.

It does seem the start of the new season is destined to become messy and unsure for United. Let’s hope Moyes gets off to a flying start with Community Shield and the first couple games in the Premier League, to steady the ship and gain the supporters confidence.


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Winsili wins the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood


Glorious Goodwood had a shock winner in the form of 20/1 betting outsider Winsili claiming the Nassau Stakes in superb style. Winsili and her jockey, William Buick, saw off challenges from Thistle Bird (33/1) and Hot Snap (5/1) to earn trainer John Gosden consecutive win at this event. Punters betting on the 7/4 favourite Sky Lantern, would have been sadly disappointed as she struggled in his first race beyond a mile and to make matters worse, couldn’t get a clear run in the home straight. Sky Lantern’s jockey Richard Hughes would have thought this would have been a great opportunity to add to the horse’s 1,000 Guineas and Royal Ascot wins, but sadly it was not to be on this occasion. The bookmakers would have been grateful for the 20/1 result, as was jockey William Buick, as he commented after the race that it was nice to finish the week ‘on a high’.

In other news at Goodwood, Moviesta won the King George Stakes. The 5/1 chance is part owned by QPR manager Harry Redknapp, trained by Bryan Smart and was ridden by Paul Mulrennan. The horse will most likely be seen next at the Nunthorpe Stakes at York and punters should take note and be ready to try their luck at bet365 as they always offer the best prices and new customers can cash in on up to £200 Welcome Bonus! Harry was not the only football related celebrity to to part of the excitement, as Michael Owen’s Brown Panther won the Goodwood Cup. It was only the second time that Brown Panther did anything over two miles and the 13/2 bet won by three and half lengths from Ahzeemah and Altano. The favourite for the race, Mount Athos, never really came close as Richard Kingscote rode Brown Panther through a gap in the last stages of the race to win in impressive fashion.

The next bug race to look forward to will be the BetFred Ebor, with a huge field to choose from, and where Opinion is 10/1 favourite.



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Hamilton wins Hungary GP for Mercedes


Lewis Hamilton won his first race for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after starting in pole position and in spite of his doubts of competing with the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari on Pirelli tyre wear. The Englishman has always had a good record in Hungary and this is his fourth win from seven starts, but it was a very emotional win for him. It was his first win for his new team Mercedes, and his expectations of being on the podium before the race were next to nil as he was not satisfied with the car and was concerned about the new tyres being introduced; so the win would have been a shock coupled with the joy of winning his first race for Mercedes. In addition, in his personal life it has been a bit rocky as he and Nicole Scherzinger spilt up again and it was obvious that he was not over the singer as he dedicated the win to her. Sports betting operators would have been grateful for the result as the odds on betting favourite Vettel came in third. 

Hamilton did well for the first time this season to manage his tyres well, as others struggled and were involved in quite a few incidents during the course of the race. Lewis got everything right whilst it all went wrong for the other drivers and teams. Hamilton started off in pole position and dominated, whilst Lotus’ Romain Grosjean created havoc for drivers like McLaren Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Red Bull’s Mark Webber was having a nightmare of a time, starting off in 10th position, and was clearly dissatisfied with his team for a series of blunders. Vettel experienced issues with his front wing as it was damaged as he tried to pass Button, and his Kers power boost system started to overheat and that spelled the end of him winning the race.

In the end, Hamilton showed what he can do for Mercedes when everything goes well, with tyre issues and system malfunctions. In addition, it was not just the fact that all the other teams had issues that killed their chances of winning the race, as Lewis displayed his superb driving skills as he overtook Webber and Button in Turns Two and Three. Bet365 has Hamilton now 10/3 second favourite for the Belgian GP after pricing Lewis 9/1 to win in Hungary, so why not take advantage of the £200 Deposit Bonus being offered and bet on Hamilton having back to back wins!


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Phil Mickelson wins The Open 2013


Phil Mickelson won The Open 2013 at Muirfield in dramatic fashion, in one of the most competitive and exciting golfing tournaments ever witnessed for quite some time. It was the American’s fifth Major and one that he will remember for the rest of life, as he did the unthinkable and came back from a five stroke deficit on the final day to win the tournament three under par. It was definitely a great tournament for online sports betting operators, as they cashed in on the surprise winner and welcomed Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods going backwards on the last day along with other big names like Adam Scott, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. In the end it was admittedly Phil Mickelson’s best round he ever played in his career, and it was his near perfect putting that got him the title.

Although one must congratulate Phil and be in awe at his self belief and will to overcome such odds in very trying conditions, one must also naturally feel sympathy and despair for Lee Westwood. The Englishman could not have asked for a better position to start on the last day, with a two shot lead at the start of play, which quickly turned in a three shot lead after the first five holes. Everyone was expecting that it would be his time to win his first Major title after countless near misses, but yet again, Lee faded towards the finishing line. It did not seem like nerves or him not coping with the pressure, as he started off very well on the last and indeed, throughout the tournament. It was just a series of poor decisions which landed him in the bunker a few times, saw the player finishing the day on 75.

Tiger was another player that started the last day in a strong position, and it was on the cards for the American to prove that he can come from behind on the last day to win a Major. Tiger started the day two behind Lee Westwood, but struggled to improve his position and in fact went backwards. The frustration and disappointment was clearly visible on the tournament favourite, but one would hope that he will take the positives and know that it is really just a matter of time when he will win his 15th major title.

In the end, it was a great weekend for golf, and only shows that with all the big names competing till the very end at Muirfield, golfing fans have all to look forward to as the season progresses. Phil Mickelson will be hoping that he still has some titles to win after his success at Muirfield and The Scottish Open, and I suspect that’s a fair expectation!

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