28th May, 5pm
The final ball of the domestic season has been kicked, and we finish the season with Real Madrid winning the biggest club competition. They beat their arch and city rivals Atletico Madrid after extra time, running out victors by a flattering 4-1 scoreline. It was harsh on Atletico, who simply ran out of steam in extra time after a superb 100+ minutes of defensive work. Once Bale put Real ahead, there was no way back, and it was a shame that Atletico capitulated somewhat, with the Real putting them to the sword in the last few minutes. Worthy winners though, and congratulations must go to Ronaldo, Bale and co.
Whilst the domestic football season has now finished, this year we don’t have long to wait until the next top class action. It is of course the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and all the action kicks off in just a couple of weeks, Thursday 12th June being the date for your diary. We’re currently putting together a World Cup page, which will be live shortly.
Meanwhile, check back to the betting diary in June and we’ll be previewing one of the early group games and placing a bet or two!
18th May, 5pm
So it’s congratulations to Man City and Arsenal! City completed the formality of beating West Ham to claim their second crown in 3 years, in what ended up as a rather low key end to the season. A mention must go to Liverpool, who’s stunning sequence of wins took them so close, but they just ran out of steam towards the end. City really got the job done in the earlier part of the season, with the run-in a solid if sometimes unspectular series of results. Worthy champions nonetheless!
Congratulations also go to Arsenal, who have finally ended their 9 year trophy doubt. It was a little harsh on Hull, who’ll head home with the plucky loser tag. Having lead 2-0 after just 8 minutes, they were pressed back for much of the rest of the game by Arsenal, and the pressure eventually told, with a fine winner coming from Ramsey in extra time. A decent reward for Wenger, who is now the longest serving manager in the Premier League and was arguably overdue some success.
We’ll be back later in the week for a look at the Champions League final, stay tuned!
10th May, 3pm
A few massive results have left the Premier League very close to a conclusion. Perhaps the biggest of them all was the 3-2 win Man City picked up at Everton, a notoriously difficult place to take 3 points from. This left it looking likely that the title would be won on goal difference, but then we saw a stunning Crystal Palace fightback to draw 3-3 with Liverpool and the writing was on the wall. City duly beat Villa in the week, and now all they need to do is draw or beat West Ham and the title will be theirs. I won’t be betting against it.
We were hoping for a more open end to the season, but instead its all formalities now. We’ll hold off a bet for this week, but be sure to check back next week and we’ll be looking ahead to the FA Cup final and Champions League conclusions.
2nd May, 2pm
We had a couple of decent football bets in April, making up for the two bets on the Grand National that came up short. Our man does know his football though, and perhaps we’re best sticking to that for now. The Grand National is a bit of fun once a year, but it is best to keep the stakes low, given how hard we have to try to turn a profit with our football betting!
May is crunch time in all things football, and the end of the season is shaping up to be an absolute corker! A potential 3 way battle at the top of the Premier League could well go right to the wire, plus there are relegation issues to settle, play-offs and European finals! A month of football to savour. Check back soon for our first bet of the month.