Archive May 2012

Who is Graeme Jones | New Swansea City Manager?

With the emerging news that bookmakers have suspended betting on Graeme Jones replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager of Swansea City, many football fans up and down the UK will be asking, “Just who is Graeme Jones?“.

Jones previously worked under Roberto Martinez at Swansea, and more recently, Wigan Athletic. This is the 42-year-old’s first managerial job and what a way to start – in the Premier League!

He began his career with Bridlington Town, before earning a £10,000 move to Doncaster Rovers.

After scoring 30 goals during his spell at Doncaster, he made the move to Wigan Athletic (playing alongside a certain Roberto Martinez) and helped them secure promotion to Division 2 in 1997; scoring 31 goals for the side along the way – a Wigan record which still stands today. [Read full article »]

Holloway 6/1 to succeed Brendan Rodgers | Next Swansea Manager Betting

Now that Brendan Rodgers looks all set to take on the Liverpool hotseat, bookies Paddy Power have been quick to price up the betting on who is likely to succeed him at the Liberty Stadium, with Alan Curbishley the early 5/1 favourite.

Its no surprise to see him up there, but perhaps the Swansea fans will be looking for someone to play the attractive style of football that Rodgers has become famous for.

With that in mind its no surprise that names like Gus Poyet (6/1) and Ian Holloway (6/1) appear high up the list in the next Swansea manager betting. [Read full article »]

England 17/2 to be knocked out by Germany at Euro 2012

With just 10 days to go until the start of Euro 2012, Roy Hodgson has named his 23-man squad and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are less than impressed – so much so they offering just 6/4 for England to fall at the first hurdle and return home immediately after the group stages.

Not only that but they are also going 12/1 for the Three Lions to actually go on and win the tournament, whilst a more realistic Quarter Final exit is a 7/4 chance.

Should England make it through their group, there is a decent chance of them meeting their old rivals Germany at some stage in the tournament and Paddy Power are offering 17/2 for England to be knocked out by them at any stage. [Read full article »]

Hazard 5/6 to score 5 or less in debut Premier League season

He comes not only with a huge reputation, but an even bigger ego to match.

Belgian international Eden Hazard finally announced, after weeks of delay, who he was intending on joining yesterday – with Chelsea looking like his club of choice.

Hazard had offers from a host of top European clubs with Manchester City and Manchester Utd keen to bag his signature. Even Zinedine Zidane, now Director of football at Real Madrid was quoted as saying he would love to bring him to the Bernabeu.

He won player of the year in France for the last 2 years and scored 20 goals for Lille last term, claiming 16 assists along the way. Despite that, bookmaker Victor Chandler fancy him to struggle to make the step up to the Premier League in his first season, offering just 5/6 for him to score 5 goals or less!  [Read full article »]

All-time Premier League Table

45 teams have played in the Premier League since it was launched in 1992 and it is no surprise to see that Manchester United top the leaderboard in terms of points, given that they have won a record 12 of the 20 titles.

And during that time the Red Devils are the only side to have averaged more than 2 points per game; an incredible teat from a team who has played 772 games in such a tough league.

Fergie’s side have won over 1600 points during that time, over 200 more than Arsenal and Chelsea have achieved. (Full table below) [Read full article »]

Joey Barton 4/1 to be snapped up by Big Sam

After the news that QPR’s Joey Barton was handed a 12-game ban by the FA last night, bookmakers Victor Chandler are betting on where he will be come the start of the 2012/13 season, with West Ham 4/1 favourites to bag his signature.

The odds also suggest that a move down to the Championship may be on the cards, with Blackpool (9/1), Wolves (16/1), Bolton (20/1) and Blackburn (25/1) all being priced up.

Some more unlikely clubs in the betting include Tottenham and managerless Liverpool, both at 50/1. [Read full article »]

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