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The purpose of Betting is to equip the betting novice (or indeed add to the armoury of the established punter) with the kind of information that will hopefully help him (or her) navigate a path to that place in betting heaven. Although this is a resource provided by those nice people at Betfair, we value the independence of our users. We like them to make up their own minds about what is or isn’t good value. We could bombard users with facts like: at Betfair you can get upto 20% better odds (which is true!), or that Betfair allows you to bet on something right up until the finishing line or final whistle (which is also true!) - but we won’t do that. The only thing we ask is that you allow us to educate you in the way of decimal odds (actually far more sensible and easy to use than the more traditional fractional odds) and that you find what you read at the site useful. Feel free to leave comments in the blogs, whether you agree with what’s said or even if think our contributors are talking total claptrap. Happy Hunting!

Owen will be back for England

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There's been a...

Vote of no confidence for Tottenham and Newcastle

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This season has already had its fair share of talking points and as a neutral, watching Newcastle and Tottenham struggling so badly is one...

Arsenal prove that West Ham money won’t help Sheffield United

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What a strange week it's been for Sheffield United fans. Well over a year since their controversial relegation from the Premiership, an independent tribunal...

An end to the boo-boys?

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There's a sense of euphoria about the England team following the result against Croatia in Zagreb, a much-needed and timely boost to our game....

Dutch are red-hot for Euros

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The Euro 2008 group stages are at an end with a few surprises thrown out, but on the whole my initial predictions have been...

Euro 2008 free-kick and penalty takers

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"Set Pieces: for and against - ignore them at your peril", so said former England manager Graham Taylor in a quote immortalised in the...

No friendly fun for Three Lions quartet

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Fabio Capello took his 22-man England squad all the way to play a friendly international against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday, but left four...

Over-30s set to shine at Euro 2008

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Top-level international football is a young man's game these days, but try telling that to this lot. I've scoured the 16 squads at Euro...

Euro 2008 Scout – 5 young stars to watch for

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The Euro 2008 shop window opens in a week's time - managers across Europe will have their scouting scopes trained at the 8 Euro...

Euro 2008 Countdown – less than 2 weeks to go

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With just 2 weeks to go now the cream of Europe's footballing nations are gearing up for the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland. The...

Euro 2008 Countdown: Group D – Holders Greece won’t slip up in ‘08

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Group D at Euro 2008 sees Greece, the shock winners of four years ago, pitched in alongside perennial under-achievers Spain, middle of the road...

Euro 2008 Countdown: Group C – Dracula’s Boys to struggle in ‘Group of Death’

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As always in a big tournament draw there is always several highly-fancied teams thrown together which ultimately leads to a big-name first round casualty...

Should Keegan throw Barton out of Newcastle?

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Newcastle are considering just what to do next with 25-year-old England international capped midfielder Joey Barton after his latest off-the-field antics cost him his...

Euro 2008 Countdown: Group B – German efficiency to lead the way

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Euro 2008 betting punters looking to pull out a few shocks should probably steer clear of Group B as co-hosts Austria and Poland, both...

Will Berbatov or Barry be transfer villian of 2008?

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"Judas, Judas", that evocative biblical name could be applied and regularly chanted at either Gareth Barry or Dimitar Berbatov next season if they are...

Do English referees give England players favourable decisions ?

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Paul Scholes's non-sending off in the title climax on Sunday has confirmed a suspicion I've held for a while - Premiership referees are biased...

Euro 2008 Countdown – Group A: Swiss to get rolled on home turf

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Don't expect the goals to fly in when the Group A fixtures get underway at the European Championships this summer. Czech Republic had an...

What constitues a football hotbed? Newcastle fans look away now…

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The North East of England is often described as a 'football hotbed' — an area that is widely accepted to be rich in the...

UEFA U-17s 2008 potential stars – who are the future Kaka, Messi and Henry?

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Uefa's Under-17 Championships have revealed many a burgeoning young talent to a wider audience in the last six years. It is the stage where...

Pato, Krkic, Balotelli or Kroos the European Rookie of the Year ?

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In US sports they call it the 'Rookie of the Year' award, but there doesn't appear to be an equivalent honour in European football....

‘Squeaky metatarsal time’ for stars six weeks out from Euro 2008

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Two years ago (well, actually it was April 29, 2006) England's chances of winning the World Cup went splat. Or should that be crack! I'll...

Fergie’s 1994 Nou Camp humbling – Where are they now ?

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Without suspended inspiration Eric Cantona and crippled by the three-foreigners rule, Manchester United lost 4-0 to FC Barcelona on a memorable night in 1994....

The mark of Za-Ro ? A new Argentinian partner for Rooney ?

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I have to admit I didn't know much about Mauro Zarate before he joined Birmingham City on loan in January. In truth, I didn't know...

Six of the Rest — League One players who could hack it in the...

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From Coca Cola kid to Kazim Kazim. Whether you know him as the player who Brighton fans won in a fizzy drinks promotion or...

Cardiff deserve better from the English FA

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When the full-time whistle blew at Wembley on Sunday afternoon and Cardiff City booked their place in an FA Cup final for the first...

Football bosses are hypocrites over dodgy ref decisions

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It always amuses me how football managers can have selective eye sight when decisions either go for or against their respective teams during big...

Carlos Queiroz – indespensible to Manchester United and the most respected assistant in the...

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  Benfica are so serious about prising Carlos Queiroz away from Old Trafford to become their next permanent coach that they are reportedly willing to...

Do Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool really want Schalke 04 on Friday?

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If Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson or Rafael Benitez could hand-pick their clubs' quarter-final opponents in Friday's Champions League draw, it's likely they would take...

Can England’s Under-17s become the new ‘Golden Generation’ ?

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Unbeaten in ten matches, winners of the prestigious Algarve Tournament and among the favourites to land the Uefa Under-17 championship this summer — are...