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Saturday, January 10, 2009


aston villa look set to welcome gareth barry and luke young back from injury. they are unbeaten in too many games for me to remember, while west brom have had a mini-revival of their own in recent times. on paper this looks pretty straight-forward, as villa should win this at a canter. however, it looks a little too simple in my opinion. west brom will have confidence from a good run, while aston villa, at home, might be over-confident against a relegation battler. also, arsenal went to villa park and almost got a win, by playing intricate, nice passing football. west brom play a similar style, just not quite with the same calibre of players, but i fancy them to be able to keep it tight.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on west brom +1/1.5 @ 2.01 = $10.05


qpr look set to start wayne routledge against coventry. routledge was once a bright prospect of english football, but has faded somewhat after failing to get games at the clubs he went to, like spurs and villa. however, at qpr, he's likely to be the main man and this will clearly be a boost to qpr's hopes of promotion. coventry have been on a small winning run, but i don't see it continuing against a good rangers side.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on qpr -0.5 @ 1.90 = $9.50


swansea have drawn their last 8 league matches and another one would see them set a league record for consecutive draws. i don't see it as a particularly glorious record to hold, so i don't think the swansea players will be going all out to draw this game. burnley have been playing good football in the championship, and kevin mcdonald is set to start tonight's game due to joey gudjonsson's injury. kevin mcdonald is a tricky little customer, and i think his introduction to the starting 11 will provide more creativity in between the strikers and the midfield. that is key to unlocking swansea and condemning them to a loss.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on burnley -0.5 @ 2.09 = $10.45


on paper, it looks like nottingham forest are definitely capable of overcoming charlton athletic, even away from home. however, nottingham forest are gunning for their 4th away win IN A ROW. can u imagine forest doing that? i sure as hell can't. also, charlton have not won for 17 games. as u know, i believe all streaks come to an end, and as such, i think charlton are great value to back on level ball.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on charlton level @ 1.77 = $8.85


blackpool have done well in their last 4 matches for a team of their quality, drawing all 4 of them, although their opponents included table-topping wolves and potential banana skins like forest and wednesday. now they come up against a birmingham side chasing promotion. kevin phillips and james mcfadden have recovered from injury and virus respectively, while they will also be boosted by the loan signings of speedy personnel in hameur bouazza and scott sinclair. being an away match, i see this injection of pace being crucial, and i think birmingham can hit blackpool on the break.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on birmingham -0/0.5 @ 1.81 = $9.05


Martins and Viduka are out, meaning that Newcastle will partner Andy Carroll with Owen or play a 4-5-1. I highly doubt that that strikeforce is going to be effective. Nicky Butt has been the ballwinner for Newcastle and his suspension means that their defence will be more exposed than the time they leaked 5 goals to Liverpool. West Ham have found it easy to score goals so far and Scott Parker will be back from his suspension, so I think West Ham should be able to at least draw this match, keeping in mind that they have a terrible record at St James Park. I just don't think Newcastle can win it.

Roland's prediction: $5 on West Ham +0/0.5 @ 1.950 = $9.75

Also, here's a small Serie A multiplier:

Milan (0) @ 1.925 (ROMA vs MILAN)
Napoli (-1) @ 2.000 (NAPOLI vs CATANIA)
Inter (-1.5) @ 1.850 (INTER vs CAGLIARI)

$5 pays $35.61


Well, everyone's going for Bolton and we know why. Fabregas, Gallas, Silvestre, Walcott are all out for this match and they aren't the dominant force they used to be anymore. However, I think that Gallas's injury will mean that Djourou plays and he is more than capable of dealing with Kevin Davies in the air. Bolton is the heavy boat from odds movements and I think the heavy boat will sink this time, as Bolton have been awful the last few matches, and their chances are worsened as Nolan and Steinsson are suspended for this match. Arsenal matches against Bolton always result in goals and Arsenal are due a big win, so Arsenal on the handicap for me.

Roland's prediction: $5 on Arsenal -1/1.5 @ 1.880 = $9.40

well i'm pretty sure of an arsenal win as well, because it would be an absolute disaster for us to get anything less. kolo toure, gael clichy, denilson and song will be back for arsenal. while nolan, steinsson and cahill are out for the wanderers. the only problem arsenal might face is kevin davies and his imposing physique, but i think we'll do enough to win, just win.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on arsenal to win @ 1.35 = $6.75


Everton have done very well after their unlucky last minute loss to Aston Villa, winning 4 and drawing against Chelsea. They have coped very well with Louis SuckHard, Yakubu and Vaughan out and I think this game won't be too hard either. After not conceding for 5 games, I doubt they will start to leak goals against a Hull side who haven't been playing too well these few games. I think Everton will definitely win this one, though I'm not too sure about them clearing the handicap, so I'll stick with a straight win for this game.

Roland's prediction: $5 on Everton @ 1.65 = $8.25


Fulham have been awesome at home and have amassed 21 points from home games, equalling Man Utd and Liverpool so far. They have yet to lose in their last 10 games and their last gasp equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge shows that they are a side brimming with confidence and working hard for each other. Hangeland has been immense in the Fulham defence and I think he should be able to cope with McCarthy and Roberts. Even if Bullard is out (he's "doubtful"), I still think Fulham can win this one as Blackburn haven't been great all season even with Big Sam back.

Roland's prediction: $5 on Fulham -0/0.5 @ 1.880 = $9.40

Friday, January 9, 2009


reading have had a poor run of late, not winning any of their last 3, and getting dumped out of the fa cup. however, one feels that steve coppell never wanted to win the fa cup anyway, and i think this is the match he had in mind. he wants promotion, and to do that, you have to beat teams like the hornets. i am backing reading to snap out of their poor streak with a win at home.

Eddy's prediction: $10 on reading to win @ 1.45 = $14.50

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


hearts have failed to score in their last 3, and as a result, have also not won in 3. motherwell manager mark mcghee has repeatedly expressed his desire to qualify for europe again, and realistically, if he is to do that, he must avoid defeat against hearts, who are currently in 4th. i am of the opinion, though, that hearts will go all out to win this one, and at level ball, represent good value, especially seeing that lee wallace and marius zaliukas are back from suspension.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on hearts level ball @ 1.86 = $9.30

Sunday, January 4, 2009


gillingham vs aston villa (aston villa win @ 1.35)
cordoba vs sociedad (sociedad level @ 1.975)
novak djokovic vs ernests gulbis (djokovic @ 1.20)
agustin calleri vs jo wilfried tsonga (tsonga @ 1.14)

$5 on above multiplier pays $18.28


aris will be the 8th team trying to beat levadiakos at their home ground this term, something which hasn't happened this season. levadiakos have somehow managed to be unbeaten at home, and winless away from home. however, aris is a quality team and they will not be pleased that they drew their last two. i fancy aris to be the team that ends levadiakos's record.

Eddy's prediction: $5 on aris level @ 1.96 = $9.80


benfica head into this clash after a disappointing home draw with 10-man nacional last time out. their form in the league has been patchy so far. they have only won 2 of their last 5 games in the league, and 1 in their last 5 for all competitions. if they're gonna be able to keep the rest of the chasing pack away from them, it's game like these, against trofense where the must look to win. i think they are safe to back considering they will go all out for a win.

Eddy's prediction: $10 on benfica to win @ 1.44 = $14.40