Blackpool v Burnley Prediction (18 Apr)

Blackpool v Burnley

Blackpool have won just twice in 26 games, losing 4 of the last 5, and they have been dragged right into the relegation battle. Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leeds, who had been in pretty horrific form themselves, left the Tangerines just 2 points above the relegation zone.

Burnley kept their fine form going all the way through the season and stand on the verge of automatic promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 2010. The Clarets have the best defensive record in the Championship and they haven't lost on the road since December 26 (10 games).

Posted on 17 Apr 2014, 22:15 GMT

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Posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:35 GMT

Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim Tip (19 Apr)

Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim Tip

Werder Bremen still aren't entirely safe from relegation, and their porous defence is largely to blame for that - only Hoffe and Hamburg have conceded more than them (58 goals shipped in just 30 games).

Hoffenheim's play is entertainment at both ends, but last week's 2-0 win over Augsburg was an unusually controlled performance from them. Still the victory served up the most attempts on goal of any game this season - 49 in all (26 for Hoffenheim, 23 for the visitors).

In 8 of Hoffe's last 9 matches, backing Over 1.5 First Half Goals has paid out as well as in 3 of Bremen's last 4.

The two teams drew 4-4 earlier in the campaign (2-2 HT) and expect this to be an open game from the outset too.

Posted on 18 Apr 2014, 13:05 GMT

Owen's Tips for the English Premier League & Championship (19-21 Apr)

Tips by Michael Owen
I got a decent hat-trick up at the weekend. Thanks to all those who sponsored me in the London Marathon – I finished, and in a decent time too! – and I added to my fundraising pot with wins on Colossus’s HDA5 and HDA8, winning over a thousand pounds for my three charities on the latter pool, even after cashing-in half of the ticket after the first few legs. Better safe than sorry!

In fact, on Monday night, we got the third winner up courtesy of Reading drawing with Leicester, which saw me also net £930 on the Colossus consolation pool for getting all seven results right, if not the correct scores. So sometimes it is good to hold your nerve and let the bet ride, too!

So let’s hope that we can continue the good work here, although Cardiff - Stoke is a tricky one to call.

A 3-0 defeat at Chelsea aside, Stoke are in great form at the moment, winning five of their last seven matches.

They are more than capable of getting a point at Cardiff, but I think if there is to be a winner I have to favour Cardiff, especially after their morale-boosting 1-0 win at Southampton. So I am going 1-1 as my first choice, but also 1-0 and 2-1 to the home side.

Chelsea weren’t too impressive yet again when struggling past 10-man Swansea 1-0 at the weekend, but they get the job done more often than not – especially at home obviously – and they can put another nail in Sunderland’s Premier League coffin with a comprehensive win.

They won the reverse fixture 4-3 and I am going Chelsea 3-0 here, with 2-0 and Any Other Home (AOH) as back-ups.

Norwich are another side whose top-flight status is in serious doubt, especially with their horrendous run-in, and the last team they want be facing at the moment is Liverpool.

Liverpool have scored five goals in each of their last three matches against Norwich, so I am going 3-0, 3-1 and AOA (Any Other Away Win) for the league leaders.

Hull will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final, and they meet in the league this weekend. I have to say that if any side are going to nick the three points it is Hull.

Arsenal are clearly not playing with much confidence or swagger at the moment, even though they beat West Ham on Tuesday, and Hull are a fair side at home where they have only conceded 16 goals in 17 games, so I am going 1-1 here, and 1-0 to Hull.

Going into the midweek fixtures, Everton were my bet to get fourth spot ahead of Arsenal, and they can continue their charge to Champions League football by beating Man Utd 2-1 at Goodison, where they have won 12 matches and lost only one, in 16 games this season, even after that shock 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. They also won 1-0 at Old Trafford in December.

United are clearly shorn of some top players but they have actually played better away from home all season, so a draw isn’t totally ruled out, and I will include 1-1 as a saver.

Burnley sit second in the Championship but they are another side struggling with injuries to strikers, so I think that fifth-placed Wigan, who played so well against Arsenal at the weekend, may nick this 2-1 away from home. But, again, I have to throw in 1-1, too. The league table rarely lies at this time of the season.

The Colossus is rounded off by Man City v West Brom. City have injuries to big players and may be deflated by their 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland on Wednesday and their loss to Liverpool, where they may have deserved something I gather – I was pounding the streets of London for my charities, so I wasn’t watching! - but they can still blow away West Brom, who they beat 3-2 in the reverse fixture.

Put it this way, if West Brom can concede three goals at home to Cardiff and Tottenham, as they have done recently, then you have to fear for them against City. I am going with AOH.

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Posted on 17 Apr 2014, 18:15 GMT

Hull v Arsenal Prediction (20 Apr)

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Hull City are still not safe sitting 6 points above the relegation zone, but they do have a game in hand over many of their fellow strugglers.

The Tigers have lost 5 of their 7 home matches this season against the current top nine.

Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates on Tuesday and a day later their 4th place rivals, Everton, suffered a shock 2-3 home defeat against Crystal Palace. There’s now just one point separating the pair.

The Gunners have won 7 of their 8 away matches against teams currently in the bottom half of the table.

Arsenal have won 9 of their last 10 games against Hull in all competitions, including the last 5.

Posted on 17 Apr 2014, 23:25 GMT

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This week, it is Atletico who make the first move with a Friday evening match at home against a relegation threatened Elche and they will be looking to cement their place at the summit of the table for another week before Barcelona welcome Champions League chasing Bilbao to the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Looking across the continent, we also have some great fixtures in Italy as Juventus look to all but seal their third Serie A title in a row. Although Roma will be hoping to keep their fight alive as they travel to Florence to face a Fiorentina side who are coming off the back of dramatic 5-3 victory over Verona last weekend. Also in Serie A, Inter travel to Parma as the battle for the last European place reaches its climax.

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Posted on 16 Apr 2014, 17:25 GMT

Brazil World Cup 2014: Match Schedule

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are to be played, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World title.

See the match schedule (UK time) for every 2014 World Cup game - dates for group matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final:

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
12 June 2014, 21:00: Brazil v Croatia
13 June 2014, 17:00: Mexico v Cameroon
17 June 2014, 20:00: Brazil v Mexico
18 June 2014, 23:00: Cameroon v Croatia
23 June 2014, 21:00: Cameroon v Brazil
23 June 2014, 21:00: Croatia v Mexico

Group B: Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia
13 June 2014, 20:00: Spain v Holland
13 June 2014, 23:00: Chile v Australia
18 June 2014, 17:00: Australia v Holland
18 June 2014, 20:00: Spain v Chile
23 June 2014, 17:00: Australia v Spain
23 June 2014, 17:00: Holland v Chile

Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
14 June 2014, 17:00: Colombia v Greece
15 June 2014, 02:00: Ivory Coast v Japan
19 June 2014, 17:00: Colombia v Ivory Coast
19 June 2014, 23:00: Japan v Greece
24 June 2014, 21:00: Japan v Colombia
24 June 2014, 21:00: Greece v Ivory Coast

Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
14 June 2014, 20:00: Uruguay v Costa Rica
14 June 2014, 23:00: England v Italy
19 June 2014, 20:00: Uruguay v England
20 June 2014, 17:00: Italy v Costa Rica
24 June 2014, 17:00: Italy v Uruguay
24 June 2014, 17:00: Costa Rica v England

Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
15 June 2014, 17:00: Switzerland v Ecuador
15 June 2014, 20:00: France v Honduras
20 June 2014, 20:00: Switzerland v France
20 June 2014, 23:00: Honduras v Ecuador
25 June 2014, 21:00: Honduras v Switzerland
25 June 2014, 21:00: Ecuador v France

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
15 June 2014, 23:00: Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
16 June 2014, 20:00: Iran v Nigeria
21 June 2014, 17:00: Argentina v Iran, Estádio Mineirão
21 June 2014, 23:00: Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina
25 June 2014, 17:00: Nigeria v Argentina
25 June 2014, 17:00: Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran

Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
16 June 2014, 17:00: Germany v Portugal
16 June 2014, 23:00: Ghana v USA
21 June 2014, 20:00: Germany v Ghana
22 June 2014, 23:00: USA v Portugal
26 June 2014, 17:00: USA v Germany
26 June 2014, 17:00: Portugal v Ghana

Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
17 June 2014, 17:00: Belgium v Algeria
17 June 2014, 23:00: Russia v South Korea
22 June 2014, 17:00: Belgium v Russia
22 June 2014, 20:00: South Korea v Algeria
26 June 2014, 21:00: South Korea v Belgium
26 June 2014, 21:00: Algeria v Russia

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28 June 2014, 17:00: Second-round 1: Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
28 June 2014, 21:00: Second-round 2: Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
29 June 2014, 17:00: Second-round 3: Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
29 June 2014, 21:00: Second-round 4: Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C
30 June 2014, 17:00: Second-round 5: Winner Group E v Runner-up Group F
30 June 2014, 21:00: Second-round 6: Winner Group G v Runner-up Group H
1 July 2014, 17:00: Second-round 7: Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
1 July 2014, 21:00: Second-round 8: Winner Group H v Runner-up Group G

4 July 2014, 17:00: Quarter-final 2: Winner Second-round 5 v Winner Second-round 6
4 July 2014, 21:00: Quarter-final 1: Winner Second-round 1 v Winner Second-round 2
5 July 2014, 17:00: Quarter-final 4: Winner Second-round 7 v Winner Second-round 8
5 July 2014, 21:00: Quarter-final 3: Winner Second-round 3 v Winner Second-round 4

8 July 2014, 21:00: Semi-final 1: Winner Quarter-final 1 v Winner Quarter-final 2
9 July 2014, 21:00: Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-final 3 v Winner Quarter-final 4

Third-place play-off
12 July 2014, 21:00: Loser semi-final 1 v Loser semi-final 2

2014 World Cup Final
13 July 2014, 20:00: Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2

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