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  1. Goal feast – six to check out

    by , 4th December 2014 at 08:24 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    My mate Goal-den Jon swears by the ‘both teams to score’ betting market, so on the theory that if you can’t beat them join them, I’ve tried to identify six matches where there is a good chance of both keepers having to pick the ball out of the back of the net this weekend:

    Manchester City v Everton
    Reading v Bolton Wanderers
    Wigan Athletic v Norwich City
    Bury v Luton Town
    Wycombe Wanderers v AFC Wimbledon
    Colchester United v Peterborough United

    The evidence behind these selections – some of it scanty but some more convincing:-

    Manchester City – Sergio Aguero has 17 goals so far this season so if he’s fit and shows the form he did in scoring a hat-trick against ...

    Updated 5th December 2014 at 10:45 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    Betting , football league , premier league
  2. FA Cup – Giants against minnows; Scunthorpe United v Worcester City

    by , 3rd December 2014 at 11:23 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I decided to feature the Scunthorpe United v Worcester City FA Cup game as soon as the balls came out of the pot.

    I remember as a teenager regularly going across the newly opened Humber Bridge on a Friday night, astride my first motorbike, to travel the 23 miles down the A1077 to Scunthorpe’s Old Show Ground.

    This would be in the early 1980s when the likes of Steve Cammack, Chris Cowling and Neil Pointon were playing for the Iron in the old Fourth Division.

    I particularly remember one occasion coming back across the Bridge in the middle of the most stunning of electrical storms - memories indeed.

    And Worcester has always been one of my favourite places to visit, although more for the ...

    Updated 4th December 2014 at 07:59 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Competitions , FA Cup
  3. Title: 5 telling stats from the Premier League

    by , 1st December 2014 at 05:29 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Keith Hedden (11v11 guest contributor)

    With 13 match weeks now behind us, we're roughly one third of the way through the English Premier League season, and the league has begun to take shape. A lot can happen between now and spring 2015, but we still have some strong indications as to which players and which clubs are performing at a top-caliber level along with those who are in for disappointing campaigns. With that said, here are five of the most interesting and revealing statistics from the first 13 games of Premier League action.

    Sergio Aguero Leads Scoring

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    Diego Costa owns most of the scoring-related headlines this season due to his red hot start (more on that later), but Sergio Aguero currently ...

    Updated 1st December 2014 at 07:36 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Football statistics , Betting , premier league
  4. Mine’s a treble – three to watch.

    by , 27th November 2014 at 09:20 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    This week’s plan of attack is to try and identify three potential away wins from the weekend’s fixture list – three games that could make an interesting treble.

    As a caveat, it’s important you know that I’m not writing from a luxury hotel in the Caribbean! Just before you get too carried away with any investments.

    From the Premier League – Sunderland v Chelsea
    Alright I admit it, my first choice isn’t the most ambitious of selections, as the table topping Blues travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side who seem to be heading for another battle against the drop.

    However, Saturday’s late game (5.30 pm kick-off) isn’t necessarily a forgone conclusion. You only have to think back ...

    Updated 27th November 2014 at 09:57 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Football statistics , Betting
  5. My blogging journey to date

    by , 20th November 2014 at 10:38 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    In celebration of ten weeks, 20 blogs and 25,000 page views, here is a quick recap and update on the topics I’ve covered.

    Blyth Spartans
    The road to Wembley continues with Blyth’s live televised trip to Hartlepool on Friday 5th December with a 7.55pm kick off. In the meantime the Spartans have league games against Kings Lynn Town, Ilkeston and Witton Albion to concentrate on before their big day.

    Booing
    The Spurs fans seem to have decided booing your own team can have a positive affect!
    However, Emmanuel Adebayor recently told the Guardian that Tottenham’s players are struggling with the pressure of a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane “Instead of booing people, which will make it even worse, ...

    Updated 21st November 2014 at 08:11 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    11v11
  6. This weekend's football fixtures - four to follow

    by , 19th November 2014 at 02:05 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    A quartet of Saturday games to keep an eye on – all with the traditional 3pm kick-off, so if you have a punt you’ll know if you’ve been successful by 5pm on the day, rather than having that agonizing wait to see if the one Sunday game you’ve predicted busts your accumulator.

    From the Premier League – Stoke City v Burnley
    Fresh from their first Premier League win of the season against Hull City at Turf Moor last time out, the bottom of the table Clarets travel to the Britannia Stadium with renewed optimism. Sean Dyche's men had been the only team in the top four divisions of English football without a win prior to their victory over the Tigers.

    Burnley’s problem still looks to be a lack of goals, with only ...
  7. Shelley Kerr – ground breaker

    by , 16th November 2014 at 09:14 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    Looking forward to what will be an historic occasion when the England Women's team make their Wembley debut against Germany on Sunday 23 November, I also pondered why there is still a distinct lack of women in key coaching roles.

    To help investigate this issue, I spoke to one of the real trail blazers for women in sport - Shelley Kerr.

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    Shelly in thoughtful mood on the touchline -photo courtesy of Zoe Birkbeck Photography

    Back in August, the University of Stirling made history by appointing Shelley as the first female manager in British men’s senior football. The University’s 1st XI play in the Scottish Lowland League, in effect the fifth tier of Scottish football. ...

    Updated 16th November 2014 at 10:46 AM by Veritas

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    Uncategorized
  8. BBC’s FA Cup focus – Hull, Hartlepool and howay the lads

    by , 13th November 2014 at 02:04 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (Hull correspondent)

    Recently, I put forward the argument that Hull was the true centre of the football universe. Right on cue, further evidence emerged this week to back up this assertion as the BBC announced that live coverage of the Third Round draw of the FA Cup will be coming live from the fair city of Hull.

    The draw will take place on Monday 8 December at 7pm on BBC Two and will be hosted once again by Mark Chapman. Cup excitement will hit fever pitch as the remaining League One, League Two and non-League clubs desperately hope to land a glamour tie against one of the big boys.

    To add a Newcastle theme to the event, the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer will be on hand to draw the balls. I’m sure he’ll be ...

    Updated 14th November 2014 at 06:10 PM by 11v11

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  9. England v Slovenia preview - free 11v11 Bet

    by , 12th November 2014 at 02:15 PM (11v11 blog)
    11v11 has teamed up with TailorBet, the first peer to peer betting network, to create 11v11Bet which allows you to create your own bets. As part of the promotion for this new way of betting, TailorBet are offering a number of "free" £5 bets and "guaranteed odds" on certain outcomes which are better than you will find elsewhere.

    No better time to try this new service out than now - so let's take a look at the upcoming England Slovenia game to see what is on offer.

    England march in to this Group E qualifier full of confidence. Sitting top of the group with three straight wins and nine points they play a Slovenian side that have already stumbled once. Although the Three Lions had a narrow win against 10 man Estonia in their last game, their record now reads Won 3, Lost ...

    Updated 12th November 2014 at 02:20 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Betting , international games
  10. Hartlepool United will play... number 39, Blyth Spartans

    by , 11th November 2014 at 05:21 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    You only have to think of the FA Cup and you are immediately transported to a world of clichés, a land inhabited by giants and minnows, where cup fever is always on the boil and the magic of the competition is constantly in the air.

    I started this series of FA Cup blogs by picking a team to follow in the early rounds of the competition. That team was Tooting and Mitcham United, who were subsequently beaten by East Thurrock United. The ‘Rocks’ were then in my spotlight as they thrashed Bath City, before the plucky boys from Essex were knocked out by Hartlepool United last Saturday.

    At 1,000-1 to win the Cup, Hartlepool may not be the pick of this week's football bets, but I am now following the Pool into the Second ...

    Updated 11th November 2014 at 07:57 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Competitions , FA Cup
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