Eurovision 2017 Tips: Making dough from the cheesiest event of the year

Eurovison is undoubtedly a guilty pleasure, but still a very intriguing event to gamble on. With the eyes and ears of Europe watching, who will be victorious in Kiev.

Win – Bulgaria (10/3)

Kristian Kostov’s renedition of ‘Beautiful Mess’ is a good price, considering it has all the makings of a Eurovision winner.

It’s a well written song by the same writers who helped Bulgaria scoop fourth prize last year.

Bulgaria’s fourth place finish last year was their best result, however this year they have little competition from neighbouring countries.

Italy and Portugal are the main rivals in the market, and will battle it out with the Western European countries; whilst Bulgaria may scoop up points from a large portion of Eastern Europe.

This is a good song, and suits Kostov excellently well. The choreography is simple, yet effective, whilst the act as a whole is striking.

Every Eurovision winner has something unique and different, Kostov celebrated his 17th birthday this week. Eurovision loves a story, a power-ballad and effective lights. I’ll be suprised if this is beaten.

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Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision Contest for Norway in 2009 with ‘Fairytale’.

Top Ten Finish – Norway (13/2)

According to the bookies JOWST (and Aleksander Walmann) are big outsiders, but I don’t think the Norwegian entries is that bad.

‘Grab The Moment’ is a modern, catchy pop-song which is quite easy to listen to.

Not a serious contender to win the competiton, but good enough to make the top ten.

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Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester United

Arsenal host Manchester United today in what could prove to be a vital game for both teams. Arsenal in 6th have been in poor form, this has seen them slip away from the top four. Whereas United have been in fine form, yes they have had more drawn more than an artist, they have given themselves a really good chance of being in the top four.

This game could either go one way or the other. Either the Gunners are going to be ruthless in attack and put United to the sword, or it will be a tight affair which will see the outcome of the game being defined by moments of individual quality. Both teams have that quality in their ranks, the home side have Sanchez and Ozil. United have Rashford and Pogba, there are plenty of subplots to this game that could define the outcome.

I think United will play in a defensive shape today, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were to draw. I predict a 1-1 draw at 6/1 from Bet Stars. In terms of a goalscorer, I fancy a Paul Pogba goal today, you can get him to score anytime at 4/1 from BetBright.

 

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All to play for in League 2

Three times vying for the title, seven teams with a shout of the playoffs, and two teams battling to avoid relegation. A day set to be full of drama, what do we think will happen?

The Title Race:

We are now on the final stretch of the marathon that has been the League 2 season, Plymouth Argyle sat top on 86, Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth the other candidates on 85 and 84 respectively.

Doncaster Rovers travel to relegation-threatened Hartlepool United. I find it very difficult to look past the Rovers, with it all to play for at the top they will be keen to send their fans off with a trophy. Doncaster will win this, spelling trouble for the Pools.

Plymouth travel to Grimsby Town, a side who have only pride to play for now. Argyle fans would love to see their side win the league after the heartbreak of losing in the playoffs last year. With the excellent Graham Carey in their side, I think we will see a dominant Plymouth display.

Portsmouth play Cheltenham Town, Pompey will be happy with promotion, especially given the size of the club. The are well supported and could this be the beginning of a Pompey revival? I think they will win on the weekend but that won’t be good enough to see them win the league.

I think Plymouth will win the league. You can get them at 4/5 from Betfred.

The Playoff places:

As many as six teams could finish in the playoffs on Saturday, the spaces are currently occupied by Carlisle and Blackpool.

Blackpool face Leyton Orient and with their far superior goal difference, I fancy them to take up one of the spots.

As for the other position, it is between Carlisle, Stevenage and Colchester. I think Colchester will just sneak in. Carlisle just haven’t been good enough as of late and need to improve on Saturday

You can get Blackpool at 2/7 from Paddy Power.

You can also get Colchester at 10/3 from SkyBet.

 

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The final relegation spot.

It is the most dreaded spot in the Football League, once you drop out it is very hard to get back in, as Tranmere and Luton found out. Newport County are sat in the commanding position knowing that anything but a Hartlepool United win will see them safe.

The Exiles take on Notts County on Saturday in what is expected to be played in front of a bumper crowd of 7,500. I think they will finish the #MissionFlynnpossible job and remain in the Football League. However, I think they will find it hard to beat Notts County I can see a draw.

You can get a draw in the Newport County game at 23/10 from Sporting Bet.

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The final day of Championship action

It has been a long hard season for some in the Championship, and there is still a couple of things left undecided; which way will the title swing? Who will be joining Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic in League One next season? Here is what we think will happen.

Championship Title:

Newcastle United are only one point behind Brighton and Hove Albion, the Seagulls have taken their foot off the gas since achieving promotion to the Premier League. However, The Toon Army have been slowly catching up with Brighton, could we see some last day drama?

With Brighton playing away at Aston Villa, the Midlands club would be more than delighted to round off a poor season by denying South Coast outfit the title. As for the Magpies, they take on Barnsley at home which they would be expected to win comfortably.

I think Newcastle will snatch the title from under Brighton’s nose, they are available at 11/10 through NetBet.

Championship Relegation Battle:

There are three teams battling it out to avoid the final relegation spot from the Championship; Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

Blackburn travel to an inconsistent Brentford . I expect the Bees to win, despite having only pride to play for, I think they should have enough to see off the Rovers.

Birmingham go away to Bristol City after beating a weakened Huddersfield last week . Surprise managerial addition Harry Redknapp will be keen to keep the Blues up, I can see them just sneaking it at Ashton Gate.

Finally, Nottingham Forest, the two-time European Cup winners, need to stay up to make a takeover on the cards much easier. They take on an out of form Ipswich who are another team with pride to play for. I think Forest will have enough to beat Mick McCarthy’s men.

Blackburn are the current bookies favourite, it is hard not to agree with them. You can get them at 4/7 from Betfair, but expect a lot of drama.

 


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Monaco vs Juventus preview

The Champions League is coming to approaching its Finale in Cardiff, with Real Madrid all but through, the final space is still in contention.

Monaco the free-scoring and exciting side, will need to break down a resolute side in Juventus, this is no easy feat, as Barcelona found out in the last round.

The Turin-based side come into the game as the bookies favourite and rightly so, a side who are tough to break down and have the attacking prowess to give any defence headaches.

The home side, Monaco, are not to be underestimated. They have scored 95 goals in 35 matches and sit pretty at the top of the Ligue 1.

In terms of the direction this game is going to go in, I can see Juve just sneaking it. With that said the Red and Whites will score. I can also see Pablo Dybala getting on the scoresheet having been in fine form in this competition.

Juventus to win 2-1 at 9/1 from SkyBet

Pablo Dybala to score at anytime at 21/10 from Betfair

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Lewis Hamilton gunning for gold in Sofia.

The Formula One season so far has seen a change in power, Sebastian Vettel currently leads the way heading into this weekend’s Grand Prix in Russia.

It has been a year since we saw Daniil Kyvat’s first lap crash, which in turn lead to the promotion of a very exciting Max Verstappen.

Despite Ferrari’s Vettell leading the way, I can see Mercedes taking the initiative in the event, it is a track that will suit their car down to the ground with cold temperature’s expected this will be perfect for them.

In Sofia, Mercedes have experienced some superb form; they have won their last three events, with two-pole positions, which surely would have been three if it weren’t for technical issues with Lewis Hamilton’s car last year.

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Graphic: Mercedes have unsurprisingly contributed to the most wins in Russia

In terms of betting, I think, Lewis Hamilton, to score a hat trick (11/4 on SkyBet). He will be keen to take the top spot from Vettel on the weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dominate all round in Sofia.

*Odds correct at time of writing.

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