Brighton v Arsenal Prediction (25.Jan)

Brighton v Arsenal Prediction
Chris Hughton was appointed Brighton boss at the end of last month and had seen his side win 3 of their 4 games since taking over. That run has seen them climb out of the Championship relegation zone, but he's set for his hardest test yet as the Gunners come to town. Arsenal have won 10 of their last 13 games in all competitions and they shouldn't have any problems extending that run here. The Gunners' magnificent 0-2 win at Man City last weekend moved the north London club up to 5th in the Premier League table, just one point behind Man United in 4th and 8 points behind last season's champions. Arsenal last played a football match 7 days ago, and they don't play again after the trip to Brighton for another 7 days - a home game against goal-shy Aston Villa - so there's absolutely no reason for Wenger to risk a cup upset by fielding a weakened side.

Brighton will see staying in the division as their main objective for the season but will not want a decisive defeat to effect confidence.

Despite Champions League qualification being a priority, the Cup is still an important competition for the Arsenal manager and club. And only George Ramsay (6) has won the FA Cup as a manager more times than Arsene Wenger.


Arsenal have drawn Brighton 4 times in the FA Cup winning all 4 matches. The Gunners have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 games in FA Cup, but they have conceded exactly 2 in 5 of their last 6 away from home (including games at Wembley). The Seagulls have scored in 5 of their last 6 league and cup games and put 3 past in-form Ipswich on Wednesday night.

Giroud has scored 5 goals in his last 7 FA Cup games and he also has 4 in his last 5 Arsenal appearances.

Posted on 24 Jan 2015, 12:25 GMT

Bristol City v West Ham Prediction (25.Jan)

Bristol City v West Ham Prediction
Bristol City are enjoying an excellent season - they have won 10 out of their last 12 fixtures in all competitions and have lost just once all season at home, but that is "only" in League One. Manager Steve Cotterill has stressed that a promotion push remains the top priority and this will be a match just to enjoy. West Ham are flying high as well with them in the mix for a European berth, sitting 7th in the Premier League, and manager Sam Allardyce feels he can afford to pay full attention to the FA Cup now, so expect a strong line-up to take the field.

Bristol needed a replay to overcome Doncaster in the previous round, prior to which they beat Telford and Gillingham respectively.

West Ham also needed a replay and penalties to settle their third round clash with Premier League rivals Everton. That result ended a run of 5 games without victory which was followed up with the 3-0 home win over Hull last weekend.


Carroll looks lean and much fitter now, and shows the value of an old fashioned target man.

Matt Smith has scored 9 goals in his last 7 appearances for Bristol.

Both teams have scored in 10 of the Hammers' 11 away matches in all competitions so far this season, something which has also occurred in the last 11 head-to-heads when Bristol have been at home.

Posted on 23 Jan 2015, 21:40 GMT

Lyon v Metz Prediction (25.Jan)

Lyon v Metz Prediction

Olympique Lyon are top of Ligue 1 by a point coming into Week 22 and are chasing a 7th straight league win as well as a 10th at home. Fournier's side have scored 28 goals and conceded just 5 in front of their own fans. OL have lost just one of their last 17 Ligue 1 games and have scored a leading 45 goals in 21 games so far this season. Relegation-threatened Metz have collected a mere 2 points from their last 9 league games. Les Grenats have conceded 30 goals so far, only 5 teams have conceded more. Cartier's side have the worst away record in Ligue 1, losing 8 of their last 10 games on their travels.

Lyon coach Hubert Fournier hopes his players have heeded the "warning" of Tuesday night's Coupe de France exit at Nantes with just the league to play for until the end of the season now.

Metz were taken to 120 minutes by Avranches of the 3rd tier before prevailing 3-0 in midweek Cup display.


Lyon have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 home matches in Ligue 1.

Lyon have won by more than one goal in 7 of their 11 home games in the league.

OL have kept 9 clean sheets this term, including in each of their last 4 league games, while Metz have scored just 19 goals so far (only Lille have scored fewer). Lyon have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Metz in all competitions.

Lacazette is the leading scorer in Ligue 1 with 20 goals and he has scored doubles in 6 matches this season.

Posted on 23 Jan 2015, 20:30 GMT

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The FA Cup provided me with some of my best days in the game – most obviously the 2001 Final – and I just wish that all managers would treat the competition with the respect it deserves and play full-strength sides, whenever possible. And it would certainly make life easier for punters too! Nobody likes to back a side, and then find out that a string of players are being rested when the team sheets come out an hour before the game.

Tony Pulis already looks like he has put his stamp on this West Brom side, beating Hull 1-0 and then getting a goalless draw at Everton on Monday night. It may not be pretty but it is proving effective once again and I think WBA could just nick a tight game at Birmingham 2-1 or 1-0. But while Birmingham may not be the most consistent of sides and are only in mid-table in the Championship – they were thrashed 8-0 by Bournemouth back in October – they are a fair team at home and I wouldn’t rule out a 1-1 draw. Mind you, if Birmingham play like they did in the first half against Blyth Spartans in the last round – when they were losing 2-0, only to turn it around and win 3-2 – even a Pulis side may put a few past them!

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Alan Pardew is another Premier League manager immediately making his mark at a new club - Crystal Palace, following up a 4-0 win at Dover in the last round with league defeats of Tottenham and Burnley. But in Southampton they are meeting a side that continue to really impress, for all their injury problems, and for whom Champions League football next season is becoming a real possibility. The concern is that Koeman does take the opportunity to rest some players, given his injuries, but they seem to have a system that works whoever the personnel. So I take Saints to win 2-1 or 2-0, but I will add in 1-1 as a safety net.

I think Liverpool’s game at home to Bolton will be more straightforward. Okay, they may not be consistently at their best, but the fact is they have only lost one of their last 15 games – and they were the better side in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday – and in Bolton they are playing a mid-table Championship side who have lost eight of their 13 away league games. I go Liverpool 2-0, or Any Other Home win (AOH).

Milan beat Lazio 3-1 back in August but they aren’t in the best of form, and I think Lazio can get their revenge at home, either 2-1 or 1-0. Lazio sit three places higher in the league and Milan have only won two from nine away from home, though in fairness they have only lost one of those games.

I take West Ham to win 2-0 at Bristol City, but I wouldn’t rule out them winning this even more easily, so I will add in Any Other Away win (AOA). They looked very good in the second half against Hull at the weekend and, while Bristol City are flying high in the league with an excellent home record, that is “only” in League One.

I fear that Arsenal could be one team that could rest some players on their trip to Brighton, but you’d hope that Arsene Wenger would see the obvious benefit of keeping up the momentum following their superb, if unexpected, 2-0 win at Man City on Sunday. Brighton are really struggling in the Championship, and you can easily see Arsenal running away with this, so I have to include AOA. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they had to work a little harder too, so I will include 2-1.

Valencia v Seville complete the Colossus. Valencia have won eight of 10 home games, including a defeat of Real Madrid earlier in the month, and drew 1-1 at Seville earlier in the season. So I take Valencia 2-1 here, though Seville are on a roll and unbeaten in their last 10 games, so I have to add in 1-1, too.

Posted on 22 Jan 2015, 17:30 GMT

Watch Australian Open live!

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The first tennis tournament of the year begins with the Australian Open and bet365 will be live streaming the entire event, which kicks off on the 19th January and last until the 1st February.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are still the top players in the world but last year we saw Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic win a major and new younger players, such as Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic are coming through the tennis world to show they are ready to also be contenders in this tournament.

However, we are still speculating around Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray who are still on the comeback from injury and depending on their forms, the outcome of what happens in Australia will be determined by this.

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Posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:20 GMT

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Posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:00 GMT

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Posted on 8 Jan 2015, 18:55 GMT

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Posted on 8 Jan 2015, 15:00 GMT

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Posted on 8 Jan 2015, 14:50 GMT

Goals Predictions: January 2015

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Picks: 52 (WIN: 33, loss: 19)
Success Rate: 63%
Net Profit: +£8,20 (stake: £10/pick)
Average Odds: 1,65

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Sunday, 25.Jan
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
HOL J NAC Breda - Willem II OVER 1,83
POR Sporting - Academica OVER 1,68
FRA Evian TG - Toulouse UNDER 1,53

Saturday, 24.Jan (Profit: -£25,70)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
FRA Lille - Monaco UNDER 1,43 WIN +4,30
SCO Kilmarnock - Partick UNDER 1,70 loss -10,00
ENG CUP Man City - Middlesbrough OVER 1,57 loss -10,00
ENG CUP Sunderland - Fulham OVER 1,88 loss -10,00

Friday, 23.Jan (Profit: +£10,90)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
HOL Twente - Heracles OVER 1,44 loss -10,00
HOL J Helmond - Emmen OVER 1,40 WIN +4,00
HOL J Oss - Almere City OVER 1,48 WIN +4,80
HOL J Den Bosch - Volendam OVER 1,60 WIN +6,00
SCO St Johnston - Aberdeen UNDER 1,61 WIN +6,10

Wednesday, 21.Jan (Profit: -£6,40)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
SCO Celtic - Motherwell OVER 1,36 WIN +3,60
SPA CUP Barcelona - Atl Madrid OVER 1,75 loss -10,00

Tuesday, 20.Jan (Profit: +£11,50)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
FRA CUP Avranches - Metz UNDER 1,58 WIN +5,80
SCO Inverness - St Johnston UNDER 1,57 WIN +5,70

Monday, 19.Jan (Profit: -£1,70)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
CHI Barnechea - Audax It. UNDER 1,83 WIN +8,30
GRE Ergotelis - AEL Kalloni UNDER 1,45 loss -10,00

Sunday, 18.Jan (Profit: +£19,40)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
INT Shakhtar - Flamengo UNDER 1,83 WIN +8,30
ITA Parma - Sampdoria UNDER 1,61 WIN +6,10
POR Moreirense - Arouca UNDER 1,50 WIN +5,00

Saturday, 17.Jan (Profit: +£12,30)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
HOL J Graafschap - Emmen OVER 1,48 WIN +4,80
ITA B Trapani - Pescara OVER 1,70 WIN +7,00
ENG 2 Oxford Utd - Southend UNDER 1,60 loss -10,00
GRE AOK Kerkyra - Xanthi UNDER 1,65 WIN +6,50
ENG CH Rotherham - Bournemouth OVER 1,80 loss -10,00
ENG CH Norwich - Cardiff OVER 1,85 WIN +8,50
FRA Lorient - Lille UNDER 1,55 WIN +5,50

Friday, 16.Jan (Profit: -£10,00)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
INT FC Wil - St Gallen UNDER 2,30 loss -10,00

Thursday, 15.Jan (Profit: +£4,40)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
GRE Platanias - Atromitos UNDER 1,44 WIN +4,40

Wednesday, 14.Jan (Profit: +£7,10)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
POR CUP Benfica - Arouca OVER 1,50 WIN +5,00
SPA CUP Sevilla - Granada OVER 1,73 WIN +7,30
GRE Panathinaikos - Levadiakos OVER 1,65 loss -10,00
FRA CUP Lille - Nantes UNDER 1,48 WIN +4,80

Tuesday, 13.Jan (Profit: -£6,00)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
SPA CUP Levante - Malaga UNDER 1,60 loss -10,00
POR CUP Porto - Uniao Madeira OVER 1,40 WIN +4,00

Saturday, 10.Jan (Profit: -£7,50)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
ENG 2 Southend - Plymouth UNDER 1,65 WIN +6,50
ENG 2 Carlisle - Cambridge OVER 1,95 loss -10,00
ENG CH Bournemouth - Norwich OVER 1,75 WIN +7,50
FRA Bastia - PSG UNDER 1,75 loss -10,00
GRE Asteras - PAOK UNDER 1,65 loss -10,00
ITA P-B Savona - Ancona OVER 1,85 WIN +8,50

Friday, 09.Jan (Profit: +£11,30)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
FRA N Dunkerque - Istres UNDER 1,60 WIN +6,00
POR Estoril - Moreirense UNDER 1,53 WIN +5,30

Wednesday, 07.Jan (Profit: -£10,00)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
ENG C Gateshead - Woking OVER 1,68 loss -10,00

Tuesday, 06.Jan (Profit: -£10,00)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
ITA Genoa - Atalanta UNDER 1,58 loss -10,00

Monday, 05.Jan (Profit: -£10,00)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
SCO Kilmarnock - Celtic OVER 1,53 loss -10,00

Sunday, 04.Jan (Profit: +£8,10)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
GRE Atromitos - Kalloni UNDER 1,63 WIN +6,30
FRA CUP Nimes - Monaco OVER 2,05 loss -10,00
POR 2 Porto B - Guimaraes B OVER 1,80 WIN +8,00
ENG CUP Man City - Sheff Wed OVER 1,38 WIN +3,80

Saturday, 03.Jan (Profit: +£10,50)
League Match Pick Odds Res. Profit
N IRE Ballymena - Glenavon OVER 1,45 WIN +4,50
SPA Sevilla - Celta UNDER 2,07 WIN +10,70
SPA Deportivo - Ath Bilbao UNDER 1,53 WIN +5,30
ENG CUP Brentford - Brighton OVER 1,93 loss -10,00