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On to the soccer and it’s all Premier League teams this week and we start at Villa Park where we are banking on Arsenal (4/5) bouncing back from that Champions League defeat on Tuesday with three points against Aston Villa.
Liverpool (3/4) just about won in midweek in their return to the Champions League and can get back to winning ways in the Premier League with a win at West Ham.
On to Sunday and we start with Man Utd (8/13) who should grab another three points at Leicester while Spurs (1/2) look too strong for struggling West Brom.
Everton (1/2) got a win on the board last weekend and can grab another win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park to make the 10/1 bankers bet up.

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Let’s rattle a weekend quad out and we start in League One and relying on Gillingham (11/8) to make it two wins in four days with victory over Walsall as can Sheffield Utd (6/4) who hopefully can win at Swindon. Notts County (13/10) can bank all points at home to Oldham and making the weekend quad up are AFC Wimbledon (1/1) who can add to that easy midweek victory over leaders Burton with a win against Morecambe.

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The PG Bankers

On to the soccer and we start with the PG Bankers bet and start at St Mary’s and we are banking on new-look Southampton (8/11) to see off Newcastle while in the Championship Wolves (4/5) can win at winless Blackpool who have lost all five games this season.
Sheffield Utd (8/13) look too strong for Rochdale and can kick-start some kind of winning run going while leaders Peterborough (4/6) can make it six wins from seven against Notts County.
We head to the SPL to make up the bankers bet and are relying on Dundee Utd (8/13) to do the business against Hamilton.

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Punter hits bookie for £29,000

bookmakers where rocked on Saturday night after a Whiterock punter took them for close to £29,000 with a bet we can only dream off.
The canny punter placed a £1 Lucky 15 along with a £1 each-way quad so in total he spent £17.00 on his bet.
The bet outlay was paid for right away when the game Safety Check got the verdict in a five-way photo finish in the first race at Ascot winning at 8/1 - his luck seemed in.
His next race was the 3.30 at Ascot and his selection Battersea went off the as one of the 8/1 co-favourites. The race was that wide-open but he scooted home and our punter had bagged a brace of 8/1 winners.
He had a few hours wait before his next selection was due to run and Algar Lad went off at a massive 20/1 and just held on and our punter had just registered a 1700/1 treble with one leg to come.
Again he had to wait as his selection Equally Fast wasn’t due to run until the 7.50pm race and he did not let our punter down, making all and winning a five-furlong sprint with a bit in hand at 5/1 odds to deliver a massive knock-out blow to Sean Graham bookmakers.
He picked up £18,478.80 off his Lucky 15 with a built-in bonus of £3,079.80 and picked up £10,314.00 off his each-way quad - lifting a total of £28,792.80.

A great piece of punting from the Whiterock punter.

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The PG Bets of the Week

A local golfing punter had the sweat of his life at the weekend and what a sweat it was.
He placed a £10 each-way bet last Wednesday and first up he took Welshman Jamie Donaldson at 10/1 to win the Czech Masters and he did just that on Sunday afternoon with a two-stroke win.
The sweat was on as he was waiting on 50/1 shot Hunter Mahan who was in the mix going into the last round of the Barclays Open and was just two shots behind leaders Jim Furyk and Jason Day.
The American produced a round of 65 to ease to victory in the end to the delight of our punter who scooped an amazing £6085.00 for his £20 stake - what a double.

Punter grabs York Treble
Over at York on Saturday a North Belfast punter was also celebrating after grabbing a £5 treble at the Ebor meeting.
Custom Cut (11/2) got the bet off to a flyer winning the first race by a neck and when Muhaarar (7/1) won the 3.15 our punter had £260 riding on his last selection.
Our punter had an anxious hour ahead before his final selection ran but it was well worth it as his horse Mind of Madness (4/1) got the verdict in a three-way photo.
He lifted £1,300 off the docket - not bad for a Saturday afternoon punting.

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Weekend Soccer
We start with the match of the weekend at Goodison Park where Everton host Chelsea in what looks a cracking game.
Everton threw away a two-goal lead againstArsenal last week and will face a Chelsea (6/5) team who have coasted through their first two games albeit against newly-promoted sides but we think they Jose Mourhino’s team can make it three from three on Merseyside.
Need two teams to add to the weekend treble and Norwich (1/1) catch our eye at home against Bournemouth.
Cheltenham (5/4) have started the season on-fire and can collect all the points at home to Hartlepool.
On to the Goalrush and we suggest you take both teams to score in the following games at the weekend: QPR vSunderland, Leeds v Bolton, Wolves v Blackburn, Rochdale v Bradford and finishing with the Yeovil v Barnsley game.
On to the draw treble
and they are all Sunday games and it looks honours even at Villa Park where Hull pay a visit to take on the unbeaten Aston Villa.
We think Liverpool can get over that Man Cty defeat and pick up a point atWhite Hart Lane against leaders Spurs.
We head to League One to make the XXX up and we are banking on Bristol City taking a point atNotts County.
Remember that Trixie bet folks, a 10/1 winner better than no winner.
Finally the Overs bet and hoping for at least a sweat in this bet.
Take over 2.5 goals in the following Premier League games staring with Wigan v Birmingham, Nowich v Bournemouth, Colchester v Peterborough, Gillingham v Crewe and finishing with the Portsmouth v Newport County game.

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We had been threatening a winning soccer bet after the first few weeks and we duly delivered last week wih the PG Bankers bet after Man City did the business against Liverpool on Monday evening to deliver a 15/1 accumulator.
We also delivered at the York Ebor meeting as well with Tiggy Wiggy and Pale Mimosa doing the business and our online followers were treated to a winning weekend.


We start with our Bankers of the weekend bet and let’s hope we can follow up on last week and we start at St James Park and we think hosts Newcastle (8/11) can get their first win on the board against Crystal Palace.
Into the Championship and Watford (4/6) look too strong for Huddersfield while Wigan (8/13) can collect the points at home to Birmingham.
Into Scotland’s Championship and we think there will be wins for the Edinburgh clubs with Hibs (10/11) at Alloa and Hearts (4/6) at home to Falkirk.
The Bankers bet pays around 14/1.

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Weekend Selections

Tough start for punters last weekend with 1/3 on shots Manchester United letting us and a lot of punters down losing 2-1 at home to Swansea. We grabbed a 11/1 double in our draw treble and it could have been a lot better if Charlie Austin had scored that late penalty for QPR while we just missed out on the over 2.5 Goals bet with the Manchester City v Newcastle game thwarting us - but not a bad opening weekend.

Watford 4/6 to down Leeds


We start with our Bankers of the weekend and start in the Championship and Watford (4/6) can make home advantage count against Leeds to get the ball rolling.
Barnsley (8/11) can build on that weekend win at Crewe with another three points against Gillingham while Swindon (8/11) look too strong for Crewe and should take maximum points at home.
Dundee Utd (1/2) can put that 6-1 Celtic mauling behind them with a win over bottom team Ross County and hoping that we have the first four in the bag as we head to the big match of the weekend on Monday night.
Champions Manchester City (5/6) host runners up Liverpool and what a game this looks and we are siding with the champions who did a professional job at Newcastle on Sunday and can make it two from two come Monday evening.


On to the Goalrush and we suggest you take both teams to score in the opening games at the weekend: Southampton v West Brom, Derby v Fulham, Wolves v Cardiff, Hull v Stoke, Norwich v Ipswich, Kilmarnock v Motherwell and finishing with the St Johnstone v Aberdeen game.


We just failed last week but still banked a 11/1 double and we start in the Premier League Crystal Palace v West Ham game looks a tough one to call and we like the draw at 11/5 in this one.
The Hull v Stoke Sunday game looks another tight encounter and again the easiest way out looks the draw.
We finish the draw treble at the Reebok and take Nottingham Forest to grab a point against Bolton in the Championship. Remember that Trixie bet folks, a 10/1 winner better than no winner.

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In this weeks Paper
Belfast Sport covering all the weekend's Championship action featuring all the local sides in action: St Teresa's v Rasharkin, Rossa v Cargin, and St Gall's v Ahoghill in Senior Football Championship.
We have Sarsfields v Dunloy, Davitt's v Glenavy and O'Donnell's v Portgleone in the Intermediate Championship and also Junior Football Championship action featuring St AGnes' v Eire Og, Mitchels v Pearses and Ardoyne v St Malachy's.
We report on the Minor Hurling Championship semi-final derby between O'Donovan Rossa and St John's and also preview the weekend's All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final when Antrim face Clare in Semple Stadium.
Reports and pics from all games in this week's bumper Belfast Sport supplement

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Weekend Selections

Thank the Lord for Rory McIlroy and Arsenal last weekend or it will would have been a complete wash-out for us.
Let’s hope we get at least a sweat this weekend at the soccer, and we do play it safe a little with the bankers bet.

On to the first weekend bet, the Hot Treble and we head to the first day of the Premier League to fill this bet.
First team down are Stoke (1/1) who host Aston Villa and we are siding with Mark Hughes’ team to hit the gorund running on Saturday.
He has brough in quality over the summer with Phil Bardsley, Mame Biram Diouf, Bojan Krkic, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira all coming in and go into the weekend in good heart after a good pre-season work out and can bag three points against aVilla team who could well struggle again this term.
We head to the King Power Stadium next and are banking on Everton (11/8) hitting the ground with win over Premier League newcomers Leicester.
Spurs (11/10) are another team we think can get the perfect start when they travel to West Ham for their opening game.
The Hot Treble pays just over 9/1

On to the Goalrush and we suggest you take both teams to score in the opening games at the weekend: Birmingham v Brighton, Bolton v Nottingham Forest, Reading
v Ipswich, West Brom v Sunderland, QPR
v Hull and the finishing with the Peterborough v MK Dons game.

Let’s hope for better luck in the draw trixie and we have opted for honours to be shared in the following games.
The Premier League QPR v Hull game looks a tough one to call and we like the draw in this one while Sunderland can grab a point at the Hawthorns where they take on West Brom.
We finish the draw treble at the Reebok and taking Nottingham Forest to grab a point against Bolton in the Championship
Remember that Trixie bet folks, a 10/1 winner better than no winner.

On to the Bankers of the weekend and the Top 5 teams in the Premier League are all napped to win in the opening weekend but you will not get rich punting on them as the 5 teams to win pays only 4/1 which is dismal.
Manchester United (4/9) can get the ball rolling with a win at Saturday lunchtime against Swansea at Old Trafford while Arsenal (1/3) can also make a solid start against Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
On to Sunday and champions Man City (8/15) can make a winning start at Newvastle as can Liverpool (1/3) who entertain Southampton at Anfield.
Hopefully the first 4 in the bag as we head into the first Monday night game of the new Premier League season and we are taking a Chelsea (2/5) win at Turf Moor over new-boys Burnley.

Finally the new Overs bet and we stick to the Top 5 in the Premier League where we will betting on a game to have over 2.5 goals so 3 goals needed in the following games.
Man Utd v Swansea, Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Newcastle v Man City, Liverpool v Southampton and finishing with that Monday night game Burnley v Chelsea.
Remember folks, bet within your means, don’t chase it and no matter how good of a punter you think you are - the bookie always wins.

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Ante-Post Predictions

Gunning for title value at 6/1

It’s BACK! Yes folks the Premier League is back this weekend and it’s shaping up to be one of the best and closely fought battles for many a year and very tough to call.
Champions Manchester City again set the bar in this league and thus far have added more quality in the shape of the experienced Frank Lampard along with Willy Caballero, Fernando, Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala and Bruno Zuculini and that makes them even stronger than last year and Sean Graham price them as the 9/4 second favourites behind Chelsea who lead the betting at 15/8.
Jose Mourhino has aslo added wisely in the summer bringing in Diego Costa, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Felipe Luis, Mario Pasalic to his already world class squad that has prompted layers to make them their favourites.
Arsenal get a price off 6/1 for the title this year and the Gunners look a value bet after Arsene Wenger at last invested some cash bringing in Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Alexis Sanchez thus far and with Theo Walcott due back from injury soon they look to have a squad with enough quality to push the whole way this season.
If they keep Aaron Ramsey fit then the Gunners will be right in the mix and the 6/1 a hell of a lot better value than the front two in the Premier League betting.
Think there will be a battle on for fourth with Liverpool and Manchester United fighting it out.
We think the appointment of Louis Van Gaal is an excellent one for Manchester Utd but the Dutch maestro needs time to build ‘his’ team and there are United supporters I know think he will win the title in his first season.
Their chances depend on who he brings in in the next few weeks after summer signings of Vanja Milinkovic, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera who looks a great signing and they are priced at 9/2 with Sean Graham.
Liverpool get a 10/1 quote after losing Luis Suarez and he will be a massive loss and for me Brendan Rodgers has done something of a Spurs job in the summer.
They lost Bale last year and bought a whole new team with the money - the Reds have done something similar and with Champions League football also on their agenda this year I can see 13-time Premier League winners Manchester United reclaim that Top 4 spot.
So our top FOUR 1. Arsenal 2. Manchester City 3. Chelsea 4. Manchester United.
The Top 3 pays 60/1 for the tri-cast.
So who goes down? Burnley are 7/4 to finish bottom but West Ham for us could struggle and 20/1 to finish bottom of the pile looks a solid bet. Our three to go down this season are West Ham, Burnley and West Brom.
The Golden Boot betting is led by Sergio Aguero and Robin Van Persie at 9/2 who both were injury-prone last season and look no value at that price. Chelsea new-boy Diego Costa has attracted money at 7/1
Arsenal new-boy Alexis Sanchez has his supporters at 20s as does Manchester City Edin Dzeko also a 20/1 punt. Here’s hoping it’s a memorable 2014-15 season and you get a run for your dosh.

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Premier League Eve


On to the first weekend bet, the Hot Treble and we head to the first day of the Premier League to fill this bet.
First team down are Stoke (1/1) who host Aston Villa and we are siding with Mark Hughes’ team to hit the gorund running on Saturday.
He has brough in quality over the summer with Phil Bardsley, Mame Biram Diouf, Bojan Krkic, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira all coming in and go into the weekend in good heart after a good pre-season work out and can bag three points against aVilla team who could well struggle again this term.
We head to the King Power Stadium next and are banking on Everton (11/8) hitting the ground with win over Premier League newcomers Leicester.
Spurs (11/10) are another team we think can get the perfect start when they travel to West Ham for their opening game.
The Hot Treble pays just over 9/1

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Weekend Soccer Selections

The Premier League season is just one week away but we have the lower leagues in England along with the SPL nad Irish League starting back this weekend along with the Commuinity Shield on Sunday to whet our appetite.
There are a few changes to the Punters’ Guide this year with the Hot Treble replacing the PG Quad and we introduce the ‘Bankers Bet’ where we give out our five weekend banker bets. The PG Overs is where we predict over 2.5 goals in four games over the weekend, the only thing that stays is the PG XXX Trixie and the Goalrush Bets.
So let’s get started...

On to the first of our new bets, the Hot Treble that replaces the quad and we start with our weekend banker and we are siding with Wigan(1/1) to get their campaign off to a winning start with victory at home to Reading.

We have tipped Fulham (9/5) up for League honours and they can send a message out to Championship riivals with a big win at Portman Road against Ipswich.
Making the weekend Hot Treble up are Barnsley (1/1) who can get off to a winning start in League One at home to Crawley Town. The HotTreble pays just over 10/1

On to the Goalrush and we suggest you take both teams to score in the opening games at the weekend: Watford v Bolton, Bradford v Coventry, Accington Stanley v Southend, Carlisle v Luton, and finishing with the Port Vale vWalsall game.

Let’s hope we can hit the ground running in the draw trixie and we have opted for honours to be shared in the following Championship games.
Brentford v Charlton, Huddersfield v Bournemouth and finish with the highly-charged Millwall v Leeds game at the New Den. Remember that Trixie bet folks.

On to the Bankers of the weekend and to be honest it was tough to get five on the board as it looks a tough looking weekend for punters.
We start in the SPL and Motherwell (8/11) can hit the ground running against St Mirren while Hibs (1/2) can make the perfect start in Championship against Livingston.
Preston (1/2) will be there or thereabouts in League One this year and should beat Notts County in their opener while Newport (4/5) can also make a winning start against Wycombe in League 2.
Making the Bankers bet up are Derby (8/13) who will be big players this season and they should beat Championsip new-comers Rotherham.

Finally the new Overs bet where we will betting on a game to have over 2.5 goals so three goals needed in the following games; Derby v Rotherham, Nottingham Forest v Blackpool, Ipswich v Fulham and finsihing with Wigan vReading.
Good luck folks, the first weeks are difficult for punters as teams find their feet and form.

Here's to a lucky profitable season

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Fulham at 9/1 have Championship look

The Sky Bet Championship campaign kicks off at the weekend and it’s a wide-open betting heat at top of the outright market.
The leading five contenders - Derby, Cardiff, Fulham, Wigan and Norwich - are all priced up between 7/1 and 10/1 by Sean Graham Bookmakers and to be honest I think it will be three from that five who will go up this season.
It’s like a long hard slog in this league and you need to have a big squad along with fitness and that wee bit of quality.
Fulham (9/1) are our tip to win the Championship this season with manager Felix Magath splashing out £11 million on Leeds striker Ross McCormack - a real sign of intent and thus far he has held on to the bulk of his Premier League team.
They will pushed hard by Wigan and Cardiff with Norwich and Derby also in demand for ante-post punters.
League One is another tough one for punters to work out and there has been a lot of summer money for Sheffield United and they are around 5/1 for title honours and will be thereabouts but we are taking a chance with Doncaster (12/1) and taking them to bounce straight back up this season.
In League 2 it’s as wide-open as the Championship and again we are taking a chance in this one and going for Stevenage (14/1) to upset a few in this league and to go straight back up.
In Scotland the betting in the SPL looks as usual one-sided with Celtic long odds-on but Aberdeen (7/4) without the champions looks a solid punt and we suggest you double-up with Hibs (5/1) who could push and even clicnch the Scottish Division 1 title from the grasp of Rangers.
We are back next week with European competitions and who we think will make Top 4 in this season’s Premier League

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Can anyone stop red-hot Rory?

We have enlisted the help of our golfing tipster Kevin Oficer who tipped up 16/1 winner Rory McIlroy to win the Open a few weeks back - can he follow up?
Today (Thursday) sees the start of the fourth and final Golfing Major of 2014, the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
The big question on everyone’s lips is, can anyone stop the red-hot Rory McIlroy?
The young golfing sensation McIlroy, whose father Gerry is originally from West Belfast, has soared to the top of the world rankings with his Open win two weeks ago and his Bridgestone invitational last weekend.
His prize money for 2014 thus far is $5.1 million dollars in USA and a further £3.7 million in Europe - he nearly earns as much as the PG wins.
He’s quite simply the best golfer on the planet right now by a long way and although he is a terrible price, 5/1 you cannot look past the in-form Rory. As always we give out readers a few good each way bets.
Firstly American Keegan Bradley is way overpriced at 33/1 with Sean Grahams.
Bradley may not have won since 2012 but has a great record at the PGA Championship - he hits it miles off the tee, makes lots of birdies and tends to keep his best golf for the second half of the season.
Our second each way nap is another player on form at the minute, Scottish Open winner, Justin Rose who has two wins and a second place from his last four starts. The 20/1 on offer is a massive price for the brilliant English golfer.
Rose ticks all the boxes for a top six finish and may even challenge for the famous Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday night.

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Yet again we have enlisted the help of our golfing tipping expert as the third Major of the season, the Open Championship is already underway.
We’re looking forward to what should be four fabulous days of brilliant links golf on the superb Hoylake Course in Liverpool.
Royal Liverpool as its known has hosted the Open Championship 11 times previously, most recently in 2006 when Tiger Woods won his third Claret Jug when only using his driver once in four rounds. The former World No.1 is back from spine surgery this week and is priced around 20/1 to win his 15th career major.
He's probably not in the best physical condition to win this week but as the old saying goes beware of the injured golfer. The Tiger will have plenty of supporters this weekend on and off the course.
Our NAP to win this year is Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy who is priced around 14/1 with Sean Graham. McIlroy broke the course record last week at the Scottish Open in the first round and if not for a bad second day he would have run away with the tournament. If he can manage to stay focused Rory could be in the mix come Sunday evening, having already won a staggering £1.9 million in USA this year already and add the £1.4 million he’s picked up in Europe. Rory seems to have put his off-course distractions behind him and at last is back focusing on his golf. As always we offer each-way hungry punters a few each way picks to follow. Links specialist Paul Casey has eventually found some form after two years in the wilderness after a string of injuries and loss of form.
Casey is priced at 50/1 with and is a great place bet this weekend.
Our second each way nap has to be another local player, former US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell.
G-Mac was brought up playing on the tough links at Portrush, he’s probably the best on tour at plotting his way around tricky courses and avoiding bunkers off the tee and if his putter gets hot he may be hard to stop at the weekend
This Liverpool course will hold no fears for McDowell and at 28/1 may be too good a price to turn down, especially with Sean Grahams paying 1/4 odds on the first SIX places this weekend.

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A few teams that have impressed me thus far are Chile who will give Brazil a game on Saturday night while Colombia have also caught the PG’s eye and I have to admit that I invested a few pound on them at 25/1 after they saw off Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
They could meet Brazil in the quarter-finals if things work out that way and what a game that would be.
On to the weekend quad and we start with the first of the last 16 games with hosts BRAZIL (8/13) taking on Chile on Saturday evening (5pm) and expect a tough game for the favourites but we expect them to book a quarter-final place but only just - that man Neymar and a 2-1 scoreline catches the eye.
The 9pm kick-off is another gem and COLOMBIA (6/4) as I said above have caught the eye and will be tough to beat and face Uruguay who will be no pushovers but the pace of the Colombians will be too much for Uruguay with the outstanding James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado in top form.
MEXICO (5/2) are another team that have impressed, only conceding once in the group stages and holding Brazil and we are taking them to grab a surprise win over Holland in the 5pm Sunday game.
We head to Sunday night to fill the quad and I think many of the pre-filled wallcharts would not have predicted Costa Rica taking on Greece at this stage.
It looks a banker draw at 11/5 to us and even more we suggest you back both teams to win on penalties at 9/1- think this game will that tight.

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11.00 Game
First Goal A Sanchez (9/2)
Chile to win 3-1 (10/1)
Scorecast 40/1 #freefiverbet

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Beers in the fridge – check! Wallchart on the wall behind the widescreen TV – check! Ante-post bets placed – check! Non-football fans banished when all matches are on – check!
Yes, folks, we can only be talking about the start of the 2014 World Cup which gets under way in Rio where 32 teams battle it out in the most wide-open tournament ever.
The PG has got his crystal ball out and filled in the excellent Belfast Sport wallchart and hopefully we’ve come up a few winners. Let’s start with the various groups and who we think will reach the knock-out stages. We predict a South America-dominated event and have even tipped up a 150/1 shot to reach the quarter-finals.
We have rubbished the European challenge this year with holders Spain, Belgium, and France all falling before the semi-finals with only Germany catching our eye.
There’s money to be won, we hope. Here’s our wallchart in words...
Let’s get stuck in to Group A and we can’t see anyone stopping hosts and tournament favourites BRAZIL, who should win all their games, starting with Croatia on the opening night (Thursday, 9pm).
The race will be on for second place and we are siding with MEXICO over Croatia and Cameroon; the 1-2 forecast pays 7/4.
On to Group B and reigning World Cup champions SPAIN face a tough test against the likes of Chile and Holland.
It’s the Spanish to win the group for us and CHILE to shock the Dutch for xescond spot; the forecast pays around 11/8.
Group C is wide-open and we are banking on the South American factor in this one with COLOMBIA, who could win the group.
JAPAN could shock and join them in the last 16; the forecast pays around 4/1.
A fascinating round of matches in Group D, which could the Group of Death for England.
Again we are going with the South American theme and taking Uruguay to win the Group at 9/5 with ITALY to oust England and take second; the forecast pays 7/2.
Already halfway there and on we go...
Group E is another wide-open affair and we expect a shock in this one, taking ECUADOR to win it at 4/1.
A tight thing for second, but FRANCE to take it ahead of Switzerland; the forecast pays around 9/1.
Into Group F where second favourites ARGENTINA are as short as 2/9 to win it. Expect goals galore for Messi and co who should top the group at a canter.
Bosnia-Herzegovina can grab the second spot at the expense of Nigeria; the forecast pays a modest 5/4.
On to Group G and what a tough one this is to call. We have gone down the European route and are taking GERMANY to win the group with Portugal edging the second place from USA and Ghana.
The group forecast pays 13/10.
Finally Group H and we expect the European class to shine through and are taking RUSSIA (2/1) to win the group – just – from well-thought-of Belgium.
The forecast pays a handsome 10/3.
So group stages done and dusted it’s on to the knock-out stages this is the way our wallchart pans out.
Hosts BRAZIL will take on and hopefully beat Chile and book their quarter-final place while we are taking ITALY to oust Colombia.
SPAIN should see off the challenge of Mexico to book their last eight spot while URUGUAY can make it through with victory over Japan.
Our surprise side, ECUADOR, can bank a quarter-final slot with a win over Bosnia while GERMANY can win the all-European clash with Belgium.
ARGENTINA will be a step too far for the French and taking the final quarter final spot will be PORTUGAL who should take care of Russia.
Up first in the quarter-finals according to our wallchart are hosts Brazil taking on Italy and what a game this should be (if it happens). We’re taking the favourites to book their semi-final berth in what will be a tough game.
Our surprise package, Ecuador, will tackle the mighty Germany but we think it will be a step too far the South Americans and we expect this strong German side to progress to the semi-finals.
Next up, according to our wallchart, are URUGUAY against the holders Spain. We’re going for the outsiders in this one and taking Suarez and co to make the semi-finals while ARGENTINA should see off the threat of Portugal.
On to the semi-final and what game with BRAZIL taking on the only European team left in the competition Germany.
We expect the host country to book their place in the July 13 final but it will be a hard-fought win.
In the other all-South American semi-final ARGENTINA tackle Uruguay and it’s a tough game to call, but we think Messi and co can book a place in what would be a dream final.
The Brazil v Argentina final itself is priced at 9/1 with Sean Graham bookmakers and that has to be worth a fiver of anybody’s money.
If you have bet that special and both teams outright, like the PG, then you can sit back and enjoy what could be a epic final.
We are siding with hosts Brazil who have lost one game on home soil in 51 years and that stat, folks, is hard to shy away from.
Well, there you have it – 64 games later we have come up with our senario and it could be completely wrong or it could be very close.
The PG will be in Malaga for the first week of the finals and will be tweeting bets in every game, every day. But we will be back here in the hotseat next week with more World Cup bets and free bet giveaways.


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It’s not all about World Cup this week – we have the second Major of the season, the US Open, teeing off at Pinehurst, North Carolina today as well.
Justin Rose won the event last year and is priced at 25/1 to repeat the feat and with no Tiger Woods in the field it’s another wide-open event.
Form players ADAM SCOTT (14/1) and MATT KUCHAR (25/1) make our shortlist and a wee mention for JIMMY WALKER (50/1) who is a live each-way bet.

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