History suggests a home win but can Lyon defeat Toulouse tonight?

Clément Grenier opens the scoring in Lyon's 3-1 home win over Toulouse last season.

Clément Grenier opens the scoring in Lyon’s 3-1 home win over Toulouse last season.

Lyon v Toulouse brings the 16th round of Ligue 1 football to a close this evening at the Stade de Gerland with Toulouse looking to bring an eight year run of either home wins or the sides sharing the spoils to an end and after ending their own losing streak at the weekend they will be full of confidence this evening. Both teams have had poor starts to the season as they sit 13th and 14th in the league, with just Lyon’s four more goals scored separating the teams, so will this confidence be the deciding factor this evening? GR88.com do not think so as they favour another home win for Lyon and their match odds shape up as follows:

Lyon v Toulouse Betting Odds:

Lyon to win – 1.83

Draw – 3.10

Toulouse to win – 4.10

(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)

Last season saw Lyon record an impressive 3rd place in the league to equal their best league finish in three seasons and secure a place in the Champions League, but defeat to Real Sociedad without a goal scored in the playoff round and sitting in the bottom half of the league at almost the halfway stage of the season has seen things fail to go to plan for the seven time Ligue 1 champions. They have slightly redeemed themselves by booking a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, despite some subpar performances, and victory this evening could see them move as high as ninth in Ligue 1 which is a place higher than they started this round of matches. They need to bounce back quickly after a 4-0 beating at the hands of the league leaders PSG at the weekend and with them unbeaten in nine at home, including three wins and three clean sheets in their last four home games, they will fancy their chances of doing so and continuing this eight home unbeaten run for both themselves and Toulouse in meetings between the teams.

While Toulouse secured all three points at the weekend with a heavy 5-1 win over bottom of the table Sochaux, but they have been much better in front of their own fans this season as they have taken three of their five wins at home with 12 of their 19 points collected on home soil. Away from home they have been beaten in both of their last two matches with 16th position Evian taking a 2-1 win before title challengers Lille won 1-0 and Toulouse are now five weeks without a win away from home. That win came against Créteil, currently mid-table in the second tier of French football, in the Coupe de la Ligue and they have beaten only Reims on their travels in Ligue 1 action since the end of September, losing all of the other three matches. Toulouse know they must chance this if they are to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle, but can they upset the betting odds and history to take all three points this evening?

With the way that Lyon have secured points at home in their nine game unbeaten run and, after drawing four of the first five of those matches, they have started to win games, and do so while keeping clean sheets, I feel that Toulouse are going to continue to have a tough time of things away at the Stade de Gerland. The visitors this evening do not have a great away record this season and with the weight of history on their shoulders adding to the pressure of both sides desperate to move up from their bottom half of the table positions I can see only one victor in this Lyon v Toulouse clash tonight.

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AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog.

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Matchbook Offering 0% Commission on Soccer Bets

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Betting exchange Matchbook has announced that it will be offering 0% commission on all soccer bets until 1 April, setting a new standard for the industry.

Unlike traditional sportsbooks, Matchbook’s exchange betting system means you bet against other punters rather than against ‘the house’.

Normally these exchanges will take a small commission from bettors’ net winnings (the win amount, but not the stake), or for losing bets from the stake or the potential win amount, whichever is lowest. However for the next four months Matchbook will be waiving this figure on soccer games.

Even on other sports, Matchbook’s commission is lower than the industry standard – it charges just 1%, so for a $50 bet at odds of 3.76 (around 11/4) you would pay $1.38 in commission if the team you back wins, or 50 cents if they lose.

Matchbook offers markets on a range of different sports, including NFL, NBA, cricket, boxing, and of course soccer. You can bet with them online at Matchbook.com, or on their new iPhone app.

West Ham full of confidence – but expect a home win tonight at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace meet West Ham at Selhurst Park tonight.

Crystal Palace meet West Ham at Selhurst Park tonight.

Tonight’s Crystal Palace v West Ham match at Selhurst Park sees the Hammers travel across London looking to claim their first win in four games and more than a decade against Palace, and with their fine 3-0 against another London side, in Fulham, at the weekend they will be full of confidence for this evening’s game. The last visit to Selhurst Park came two years ago when both of these teams occupied places in The Championship and West Ham had to fight back from a goal down on two occasions to claim a 2-2 draw but can the Hammers go one better this evening and take all three points?

Will West Ham live up to their favourites billing or can Palace upset the odds? The odds favour the away win in this match tonight, although these Crystal Palace v West Ham betting odds show the oddsmakers believe this game will be a tight and edgy affair.

Crystal Palace v West Ham Betting Odds:

Crystal Palace to win – 2.80

Draw – 3.05

West Ham to win – 2.48

(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)

Palace had their resurgence that saw them collect four of their seven points of the season in the two games following the departure of Ian Holloway from the London club ended at the weekend as they were beaten 1-0 at Carrow Road by Norwich. This defeat saw the first goal in three matches conceded by Palace and ensured that new manager Tony Pulis did not get off to a dream start in his new job, but he’ll want to correct that this evening but with them averaging just over a goal every two games with seven in 13 this season will Palace record just their third win of the season?

The Hammers will be surely boosted by their thumping win at home to Fulham that saw Martin Jol relieved from his position as manager at the West London side but they will be cautious as well as they have, apart from a few bright points, had a season almost as bad as their hosts up to this point. The win at the weekend was just their third win of the season and these three victories have brought three quarters of their goals scored so far. They have hit the back of the net on 12 occasions this season, with eight of them coming in the wins over Cardiff, Tottenham and Fulham while when they have failed to secure all three points they have scored just four goals in ten matches. Will the three goals, including two in the last ten minutes, against Fulham be the turning point for their season and can West Ham kick on and move up the table with another win today?

Close outright odds on this evening’s Crystal Palace v West Ham match suggest we’ll see a close encounter at Selhurst Park. I predict there will be few goals and lots of edginess around the ground. Neither of these sides score particularly well with the goals for columns showing 7-12 for the teams at this point, but with Palace having conceded just one of their last three matches there may be an upset on the cards this evening. I’m backing a home win in tonight’s football.

I predict a home win in this Crystal Palace v West Ham clash tonight @ 2.80.

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AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Up for the cup in Germany

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Midweek soccer action in Germany sees the round of last 16 in the national cup competition. DFB Pokal take center stage. Still being in with a chance of getting to the final in Berlin is a massive confidence booster for every team during the upcoming winter break and so thrilling action should be guaranteed.

The draw has provided fans with three all-Bundesliga clashes: Schalke vs. Hoffenheim, Freiburg vs. Leverkusen and Augsburg vs. seemingly unbeatable Bayern Munich. Neutral fans across the country always have an eye on the underdogs, but with most top teams enjoying home advantage over lower-ranked opposition, surprises might be few and far between.

Borussia Dortmund faces a potentially tricky game at third-tier Saarbrücken, but should have the class to move on. One team that will have to be on its toes is inconsistent Hamburg which welcomes second division leader Cologne to the Imtech Arena. The home outfit has been leaking goals at an alarming rate all season, whilst the visiting “Goats” have impressed in all aspects of their game under new coach Peter Stöger in the last few months and will have no fears about taking on a renowned Bundesliga side.

An amazing atmosphere is always guaranteed when these two big clubs go toe to toe, but who will stay in the race for the final?

 DFB Pokal Betting Odds

Hamburg 1.80     Draw 3.40     Cologne 4.0

Saarbrücken 11.0   Draw  5.50   Dortmund 1.20

(Quoted odds are provided by AllYouBet.ag and are subject to change.)

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chrisives-50CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.

Ligue 1 football kicks off tonight with the clash of Marseille v Montpellier

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The 15th round of Ligue 1 football kicks off this evening with the clash of Marseille v Montpellier at the Stade Vélodrome. Will it be the 2010 champions or the 2012 winners that takes all three points in the weekend opener?

Although they were the Ligue 1 champions just two seasons ago in the 2011/12 season, Montpellier have not had the best start to this season as they sit 16th place in the table having taken just 15 points from 14 games as they sit just five points above the drop zone. Marseille are at the opposite end of the table as they sit fourth and although they cannot move any higher in the table with a win they will be looking to strengthen their grasp on this position, but can they claim victory in front of their own fans in this Marseille v Montpellier clash? Bookmakers seem to think they can make the home win in this match:

Marseille v Montpellier Betting Odds:

Marseille to win – 1.74

Draw – 3.25

Montpellier to win – 4.30

(Odds are provided by GR88.com and are subject to change.)

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AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Tottenham looking for Manchester revenge at White Hart Lane on Sunday

Lots of Premier League action this weekend but the match to watch is in London on Sunday.  Tottenham took a beating on  Man City turf last weekend and this week the North London team hosts Man United at White Hart Lane.

Bookmakers seem to think the home team will prevail with odds on Tottenham at 2.60 and Man United 2.56.

 

(Quoted odds were posted by GR88.com and are subject to change.)

It’s turkey treats all round for NFL fans this Thanksgiving

Family get-togethers, turkey, mashed potato, pumpkin pie – and of course top-quality American football! For NFL fans across the United States, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year with excitement on the field guaranteed from midday through to prime-time in the evening. America’s number one sport serves up a three-course menu with plenty of intriguing story lines this Thursday.

For starters it’s NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit getting it on from 12:30 Eastern. The Packers (5-5), inked in by many as a hot preseason Super Bowl tip, have struggled in recent weeks without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, completely opening up the division’s title race. A home win for the Lions (6-5) would take them a big step towards sealing what would their first division triumph since 1993!

This year’s main course sees Dallas host Oakland in another game that could prove important in deciding the destination of a division title. The Cowboys moved into pole position in the NFC East after beating the resurgent Giants on the road last weekend and start a strong favourite to underline their ambitions against a 4-7 Raiders team that no longer harbors hopes of being around in the playoffs.

One team that blew its chances of a division title by losing its first four games is Pittsburgh, but a recent upturn in form has lifted the gloom from the record Super Bowl champion and suddenly put a playoff Wild Card within sight. Thanksgiving’s dessert serves up one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL when Ben Roethlisberger and Co. pay a visit to Baltimore. Both the Steelers and the Ravens have identical 5-6 records and both need to win to bolster their playoff hopes – how about that to wash down a fine football feast?

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Packers 3.2                  Lions 1.38

Raiders 4.65                Cowboys 1.21

Steelers 2.3                  Ravens 1.67

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chrisives-50CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on American sports, especially NFL football and NBA basketball.

Juventus set take 2nd in group and move into the last 16 of the Champions League

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While Juventus have been in excellent form in Serie A their Champions League campaign has been poor so far as they sit bottom of Group B. Can they turn things around in this Juventus v Copenhagen clash tonight?

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Although they sit bottom of Group B in the Champions League there may be light at the end of the tunnel for Juventus this evening as they are just a single point away from Copenhagen in third and Galatasaray in second and a win this evening will likely put them in prime place to take the second position in the group and move into the last 16 of the Champions League. Galatasaray were beaten 6-1 at home by Real Madrid and are in the Spanish capital this evening so are unlikely to increase their points tally, but can the Italians take advantage this evening and win this Juventus v Copenhagen clash to move into the top two of the group? GR88.com certainly believe so as they lean heavily towards the home win this evening and their Juventus v Copenhagen betting odds reflect their thoughts on this match.

Juventus v Copenhagen Betting Odds:

Juventus to win – 1.13

Draw – 9.00

Copenhagen to win – 23.00

(Odds are provided by GR88.com. They are current as of publication date and subject to change.)

Juventus may be the heavy favourites to win this match this evening, but they will not be confident of taking all three points until they lead at the final whistle following a disaster of a campaign so far. They have played four matches in Group B at this point and they have taken zero victories, drawing three and losing one of the games so far. Both home matches against Galatasaray and Real Madrid have ended 2-2 with the Turkish side scoring late on to claim a point after the home side had come back from a goal down while the exact opposite was true in the Juventus v Real Madrid game. Overall these two draws are the only times they have failed to win in eight on home soil this season, so Juventus certainly have the capacity to win, as shown by them recently going top of Serie A after Roma win all of their opening ten matches, but will they be able to bring this form into the Champions League and take their first win of the season in this Juventus v Copenhagen match?

The Champions League away days have not been comfortable for Copenhagen this season as a 4-0 bruising away at Real Madrid was followed up with a 3-1 defeat in Turkey at the hands of Galatasaray, but they will be confident of avoiding defeat against the winless Italians this evening despite their massive underdog status. They are in reasonable form of late with four wins and two draws in their last six games in all competitions, but will they be able reverse their away form in this game? They have lost three and drawn two of their last five games on the road and have not kept a clean sheet since May, 14 away games ago. Can they upset their away form and the GR88.com Juventus v Copenhagen betting odds to claim something from this match?

Despite Juventus’ winless form in the Champions League this season and the 1-1 draw secured at home by Copenhagen this season, our football expert does not see Copenhagen being able to take anything from this match. Juventus are too big of a club and too good to continue going without winning in this competition, especially as their overall home form suggests they can do much better. As such, our man in the know is backing a comfortable home win in this must win Juventus v Copenhagen match.

GR88.com predicts Juventus will win by at least three goals (Juventus -2.25) @ 1.87.

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AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Nadal v Djokovic Clash at ATP World Tour Finals

The world’s top two tennis players, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovicm battle it out in the ATP World Tour Finals at London’s o2 Arena this evening. Who’ll win this Nadal v Djokovic match?

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I give Nadal quite an edge having taken 22 wins to 16 for Djokovic.  The world number one leads 3-2 in the five games so far this year, but Djokovic did win the last meeting of the two in Beijing to take the title. I think he can win back to back matches against the Spaniard to claim the World Tour Finals title.  So does Bulldog777.com sportsbook which favors the Serbian in this Nadal v Djokovic clash.  Their odds on Nadal v Djokovic are:

Rafael Nadal to win – 2.44

Novak Djokovic to win – 1.52

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The BulldogThe Bulldog is a sportsbetting blogger with a passion for Champions League and Russian Premier League football.  Read his regular sportsbetting blog at Bulldog777.com