Matchbook on the ball with charity football tournament

Right_To_Play_MatchbookMatchbook, the leading sports betting exchange, is supporting a corporate charity football tournament this Wednesday, June 3, at Stamford Bridge – the west London home of newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea FC.

Matchbook is sponsoring the Plate Trophy at the Right To Play World Cup – an event that raises money for sports and play activities that teach youngsters from around the world essential life skills to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease.

The tournament will feature 24 teams of up to 12 players each competing in five-a-side and then seven-a-side group games before an 11-a-side final takes place on the famous pitch.

Matchbook’s senior campaign manager, Danielle Desroches, said: “Through our sponsorship, we are supporting 1,000 extra children taking part in Right To Play programmes twice a week for a whole year.”

Desroches said that the sponsorship of the good cause tallies with Matchbook’s core values – namely to deliver the purest betting experience to the customer, with low commission rates, attractive odds and high volume liquidity.

“Every day at Matchbook we strive to deliver the best betting experience to our community of sports lovers, by committing to our goal of giving you more,” Desroches added. “On June 3, through our support of the Right To Play World Cup, we want to give more to those who need it most.

“As an organisation that experiences the importance that sports can play in everyone’s lives, we have a responsibility to ensure everyone can experience those joys.”

Members of the public, as well as the families of those competing, are invited to attend the event.

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Can Chelsea do the double over Man City at the Etihad tonight?

 Fernando Torres celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge this season

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge this season

Although a horrible mistake by defender Matija Nastasic and ‘keeper Joe Hart right at the end of the 90 minutes in the Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge earlier this season gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory with Fernando Torres taking advantage, things are likely to be very different in this evening’s clash between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium.

Torres is out injured for Jose Mourinho’s side and much has changed for Manchester City in the three months since their last meeting with Chelsea. Will City gain revenge for that defeat in front of their own fans tonight? The GR88.com betting odds for this game certainly suggest so and they are as follows.

Manchester City v Chelsea Odds:

Man City – 1.86

Draw – 3.30

Chelsea – 4.00

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Chelsea will struggle in this match tonight as many have done at the Etihad Stadium as City have won 17 of their 18 home matches in all competitions this season. Only the champions of Germany, Europe and the World in Bayern Munich have managed to leave this stadium located in the blue half of Manchester with anything this season when the claimed a 3-1 win in the Champions League. Since then City have won 13 straight home matches in all competitions, as well as gaining revenge on Bayern in Munich, and have scored 56 goals in front of their own fans in these games at home.

They have also won each of the last four meetings with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, scoring seven goals and conceding just two, but Chelsea will take confidence from the fact that no other side has matched the amount of wins (ten) that they have taken on the road against City and that they are missing their top scorer in Sergio Aguero through injury for this match.

Chelsea have won all three away games in the Premier League and FA Cup in 2014 without conceding a goal with Southampton and Hull seen off in the league and Derby beaten in the cup. They are, in fact, without conceding a goal in four away games following a 0-0 draw at the Emirates at the end of December and they will believe that their defensive abilities will be able to overcome the overwhelming firepower of City.

I, on the other hand, feel that City are more than good enough to win this match and move to the top of the Premier League ahead of Arsenal with another victory at home this evening. I also feel that City offer great value and I am backing the home win at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

I am backing Manchester City to take all three points at home tonight by beating Chelsea @ 1.86 with GR88.com.

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.

Chelsea Favoured to Win the Big Game this Super Sunday!

Juan Mata celebrates the winner at Old Trafford as Chelsea won 1-0 last season.

Juan Mata celebrates the winner at Old Trafford as Chelsea won 1-0 last season.

The big game in the 22nd round of Premier League football comes from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea welcome the defending champions Manchester United. This season has been a massive change for both teams with the return of Jose Mourinho at the London based side seeing them become realistic title challengers again, while United are in freefall as they sit seventh in the table and 11 points behind the league leaders before the weekend’s action has begun.

Chelsea are the favourites to win this home clash with the champions thanks to a home record that has seen them win nine and draw one of their last ten matches in a run that has seen them unbeaten in domestic action and lose only once to FC Basel in the Champions League. The match odds for this Chelsea v Manchester United match from GR88.com make the hosts the odds on favourites, but can they live up to this favourites billing and go a sixth game unbeaten against David Moyes’ men?

Chelsea v Manchester United Match Odds:

Home Victory – 1.70

Draw – 3.50

Away Victory – 4.80

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

Last summer Jose Mourinho had his heart set on taking over the hot seat at Old Trafford following the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson that he was taking his retirement from the sport, but the Portuguese manager who has won everything possible in football was overlooked for David Moyes by the Manchester United board. You can be sure that Mourinho will want to show these people what they missed out on by having his boys in blue put in one of their best performances of the season to pile more pressure on Moyes and the Red Devils.

United have struggled against Chelsea recently and are without a win since October 2012 when a controversial goal from Javier Hernandez saw them snatch a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge and with Chelsea’s form in front of their own fans this season being massively impressive United will need to work hard if they are to upset the odds this weekend. As well as having won 11 of their 13 home matches this season Chelsea are unbeaten in 70 matches at Stamford Bridge when Mourinho has been in charge of the team so they will confident of victory this weekend and with United’s recent performances I am confident of Chelsea winning this match as well.

United may have ended their three match losing streak last weekend as they claimed revenge against Swansea with a 2-0 win in the Premier League following their defeat in the FA Cup at Old Trafford by the same opponents. However, United very hit and miss this season and with them missing both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney this weekend I cannot see them getting anything at Stamford Bridge like so many other sides this season. As a result, my pick of the day from this Chelsea v Manchester United match is back the home win.

Back the home win in this Chelsea v Manchester United match at Stamford Bridge @ 1.70 at GR88.com.

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.

Arsenal Favourites to Return to the Top of the EPL by Beating Chelsea Tonight

Theo Walcott celebrates his goal in Arsenal's 5-3 win over Chelsea in 2011

Theo Walcott celebrates his goal in Arsenal’s 5-3 win over Chelsea in 2011

The final Premier League match before Christmas sees a top of the table meeting between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates as the sides meet for the second time this season after Chelsea’s 2-0 win in North London at the end of October. That victory saw Chelsea progress in the Capital One Cup against a weakened Arsenal side, as Arséne Wenger tends to do in cup competitions, but this evening’s clash of these two sides at The Emirates is sure to be a much more difficult task for Jose Mourinho’s men.

GR88.com certain believe that Chelsea will fail to claim all three points at The Emirates Stadium this evening as they make the team in blue the outsiders for all three points this evening while favouring the home team. Having said that their Arsenal v Chelsea betting odds see the match being a difficult one for both teams and that we should see a close match tonight.

Arsenal v Chelsea Outright Odds:

Arsenal victory – 2.26

Draw – 3.15

Chelsea victory – 3.05

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

Victories for Liverpool and Manchester City over the weekend as well as failure to win two games in a row for Arsenal have seen them slip to third position in the Premier League before kick off this evening, but since losing 2-0 to Chelsea at the end of October in the Capital One Cup they have been in excellent form in front of their own fans. They have won four and drawn one of their five matches, conceding just a single goal against Everton in a 1-1 draw, so they will be confident of this ground tonight. However, they have been beaten away at Napoli in the Champions League and at Man City last weekend in their last two games with eight goals conceded but which Arsenal side will we see emerge from the tunnels this evening?

I am with GR88.com in thinking that we’ll see the Arsenal side that has gone unbeaten in almost two months on home soil, and with Chelsea having had a poor run of results away from home since winning at The Emirates two months ago. They have won just two of their six away games since sending Arséne Wenger’s charges out of the Capital One and these came against two of the bottom four of the Premier League in West Ham and Sunderland. The other four games in this time have seen losses to Newcastle, Stoke and FC Basel in the Champions League while they were held at Sunderland in the League Cup last week too. That game saw Chelsea spurn plenty of chances before the hosts levelled in the 88th minute before seeing Mourinho’s men off in extra time to reach the last four of the competition. They’ll need to bounce back this evening against a much better side than Sunderland, but can Chelsea manage this?

Although Chelsea have the better recent head-to-head against Arsenal with wins in each of their last three matches against their fellow Londoners and are unbeaten in four, but Arsenal are much more fearsome this season than in many a year. They are missing Jack Wilshere after his crude gesture to the Man City fans, but will be boosted by the return of Lukas Podolski up front and with Chelsea making headlines with Jose Mourinho’s dropping of former Arsenal left back Ashley Cole for Cesar Azpilicueta the hosts are sure to be more settled for tonight’s match.. As a result of this I feel that Arsenal will be the side that makes all the running tonight and returns to the top of the league with all three points at The Emirates tonight.

Back Arsenal to beat Chelsea this evening and return to the top of the Premier League table @ 2.26 with GR88.com!

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.