Sporting Preview RSS news feed Sporting Preview News RSS Feed en Michael Owen's Weekend Football Picks Featuring Middlesbrough v Norwich City THE Pick 4 Rollover pool is estimated to hit a million pounds this weekend, so that is where we are heading for our main perm. Sun, 24 May 2015 14:00:50 GMT Middlesbrough v Norwich City: Big Match Stats And Facts Middlesbrough were promoted in their only previous second tier final appearance (over two legs) back in 1988 v Chelsea. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:46:14 GMT Stoke City v Liverpool: Big Match Stats And Facts Jonathan Walters has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances versus Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium (four goals). Sun, 24 May 2015 12:45:53 GMT Newcastle United v West Ham United: Big Match Stats And Facts Newcastle have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games versus West Ham at St James Park (W5 D5). Sun, 24 May 2015 12:45:32 GMT Manchester City v Southampton: Big Match Stats And Facts Manchester City have won their last three PL home games against Southampton, this after losing the three beforehand. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:45:14 GMT Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers: Big Match Stats And Facts Leicester have won only two of their last 33 Premier League games against London sides (L22 D9). Sun, 24 May 2015 12:44:57 GMT Hull City v Manchester United: Big Match Stats And Facts Hull have lost all seven previous Premier League encounters with Manchester United, conceding 21 goals in the process. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:44:39 GMT Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: Big Match Stats And Facts Everton have gone seven games unbeaten at home to Tottenham in the Premier League, winning three (D4). Sun, 24 May 2015 12:44:21 GMT Crystal Palace v Swansea City: Big Match Stats And Facts Crystal Palace have scored just two goals in their last seven matches against Swansea City and never more than once in a game (D3 L4). Sun, 24 May 2015 12:44:02 GMT Chelsea v Sunderland: Big Match Stats And Facts If Chelsea fail to win they will be only the second champions in the last 12 seasons to end with fewer than 86 points (Man Utd 2010/11, 80). Sun, 24 May 2015 12:43:44 GMT Aston Villa v Burnley: Big Match Stats And Facts Villa won their only previous Barclays Premier League home game against Burnley 5-2. Of their goalscorers that day, only Gabriel Agbonlahor remains at the club. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:43:25 GMT Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion: Big Match Stats And Facts Arsenal have won six and lost none of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches against West Bromwich Albion. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:43:11 GMT Liverpool Look To Stoke Keeper Again Liverpool fans may argue that their club need improvement in plenty of areas if they are to quickly revisit the form that saw them finish as Premier League runners up last season, but there is one section where strengthening is beyond debate. Fri, 08 May 2015 19:13:42 GMT Liverpool Desperate To Sign Aston Villa Hotshot Having seen his mainline striker sidelined yet again, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has no choice but to intensify his interest in Aston Villa's top scorer Christian Benteke. Fri, 08 May 2015 18:05:27 GMT Middlesbrough Captain Must Lead By Example Against Brentford Championship promotion front-runners for so much of the season, Middlesbrough had to settle for a play-off spot in the end after slipping to a thrilling 4-3 loss to Fulham. Fri, 08 May 2015 18:04:07 GMT Michael Owen's Weekend Premier League Picks Featuring Manchester United And Chelsea I'd like to be a fly on the wall in the Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton dressing rooms as we edge towards the end of the campaign, because two of these sides are highly likely to be in the Europa League next season. Fri, 08 May 2015 18:00:11 GMT Chelsea v Liverpool: Champions Could Switch Off Liverpool were denied the title by Chelsea last season, and this weekend will be forced to give their opponents a pre-match guard of honour. Can Brendan Rodgers' men get revenge once the game kicks off? Michael Cox provides the tactical analysis, while professional trader Alan Thompson offers expert betting advice... Fri, 08 May 2015 16:57:54 GMT Brentford v Middlesbrough: Expect Low Scoring First Leg There are strong trends in the first legs of Championship play-off semi-finals and Andy Tongue says that following them is the way to profit in Friday night's live game... Fri, 08 May 2015 16:49:50 GMT Unsettled Manchester United Star Could Move To Aston Villa News that Manchester United are adding PSV winger Memphis Depay to the payroll puts hopes of resurrecting a career at Old Trafford on ice for Nani, whose future is now very uncertain. Fri, 08 May 2015 16:25:26 GMT Chelsea Target Dybala Not The Only Striker Worth Looking At Chelsea fans can be forgiven for getting carried away when the Palermo president hinted that Blues target Pablo Dybala's time at the Sicilian club is coming to an end, but is he the right man for the Premier League champs to be pursuing? Fri, 08 May 2015 16:09:13 GMT Ipswich The Play-Off Outsiders With Middlesbrough The Rookies Michael Lintorn assesses the trends which will sway whether Norwich, Middlesbrough, Brentford or Ipswich win promotion to the Premier League... Fri, 08 May 2015 15:57:48 GMT Brentford v Middlesbrough: Team News Brentford are likely to be unchanged from the side which beat Wigan 3-0 on the final day of the season for tonight's Championship play-off semi-final first leg clash with Middlesbrough. Fri, 08 May 2015 15:32:57 GMT Manchester City Star Toure Agrees In Principle To Inter Milan Move Speculation mounting that Yaya Toure could be on his way out of the Etihad... Fri, 08 May 2015 15:22:33 GMT One Of Louis' Van Gaalacticos Must Leave Manchester United News that on-loan striker Radamel Falcao could be granted a longer loan stay at Manchester United is sure to raise a few eyebrows among Red Devils supporters, and well it might. Fri, 08 May 2015 15:16:55 GMT Brentford v Middlesbrough: Big Match Stats And Facts Brentford lost both regular season meetings with Middlesbrough this season without scoring. Fri, 08 May 2015 14:36:27 GMT Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Barca Showmen To Prey On Wounded Bayern Two titans of world football are set to collide, but can Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich conquer the coach's beloved Barcelona? Kevin Hatchard isn't convinced they can... Wed, 06 May 2015 10:34:48 GMT Manchester City Want Celtic Star Ronny Deila had best enjoy the final few weeks of Celtic's season, because the Hoops boss could be forced into a major overhaul of his squad this summer. Tue, 05 May 2015 18:12:52 GMT Liverpool Want Lyon Star This Summer Liverpool's quest to put goals back on the menu next season after an uncomfortably lean return from their strikers in 2013/14 means links between the Reds and any potentially-available hotshot are here to stay this summer. Tue, 05 May 2015 18:12:24 GMT Manchester United Ready To Sell Last Season's Next Big Thing During the dreadful early days of David Moyes' reign at Manchester United last season, when the then-Premier League champions lost five of their first 15 games of the campaign, winning just six times during that run, one bright spot was the emergence of classy Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj. Tue, 05 May 2015 18:11:51 GMT Five Of The Best Election Gaffes Including Labour's Pink Bus To A Lib Dem Budget The election is shaping up to be a close one and as we enter a period akin to what Sir Alex Ferguson's once described as "squeaky bum time" we've decided to lighten the mood a little before we head to the ballots. Tue, 05 May 2015 17:56:48 GMT Chelsea Captain Terry Gets The Vote As Footballer Of The Year Chelsea celebrated their first Premier League title in five years after beating Crystal Palace yesterday. Ralph Ellis says it's time we gave their captain some credit. Tue, 05 May 2015 17:54:11 GMT Newcastle Decline Likely To Continue Into Next Season With Steve McClaren the latest to wash his hands of Newcastle, Michael Lintorn worries that this year's malaise will intensify after the summer... Tue, 05 May 2015 17:53:23 GMT Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Big Match Stats And Facts Bayern will make their 4th straight semi-final appearance in the Champions League which sets a new club record. Only two teams made more consecutive semi-final appearances in CL-history: Barcelona (6 from 2008-2013) and Real Madrid (5 from 2011-today). Tue, 05 May 2015 16:24:04 GMT Juventus v Real Madrid: Big Match Stats And Facts Juventus and Real Madrid have met in six editions of the Champions League (since 1992), with the Old Lady progressing to the final on the only previous occasion they faced the Blancos in the semi-final stage (in 2003). Tue, 05 May 2015 16:23:37 GMT Election 2015: Lie Back, Think Of England And Bet On David Cameron Whisper it, but the most open UK General Election in living memory may have started to shut up shop. Tue, 05 May 2015 15:56:32 GMT Russell Brand Backs Labour But Election 2015 Still Too Close To Call There's still practically no movement in the polls, with Ladbrokes still seeing Labour leader Ed Miliband as the marginal 4/5 favourite to be Prime Minister by the start of July, while incumbent David Cameron gets a quote of 1/1. Tue, 05 May 2015 12:46:34 GMT Manchester United Win The Derby In Style While Chelsea Grab Late Winner At Loftus Road Just two Premier League games on Sunday afternoon but one produced a late winner for the champions elect while the other was a breathtaking Manchester derby which went the way of United. Mike Norman has the day's In-Play odds details... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:48:03 GMT Many Clouds Wins 2015 Grand National At BSP Of 35/1 Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National at a Betfair SP of 35.9, denying AP McCoy a fairytale farewell to Aintree as well fancied Shutthefrontdoor came fifth... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:26:40 GMT Aston Villa And Leicester Produce Away Day Magic There were some big results at the bottom of the table with Aston Villa and Leicester picking up three points to give themselves a boost in the battle to beat the drop... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:26:04 GMT QPR v Chelsea: Interesting OPTA Stats It's a West London derby with plenty riding on it as relegation threatened QPR host title chasing Chelsea. Opta provides the statistics. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:25:07 GMT Middlesbrough v Rotherham: Interesting OPTA Stats Boro won the earlier meeting this season 3-0 at the New York Stadium in November. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:24:27 GMT Leeds United v Cardiff City: Interesting OPTA Stats Cardiff won the earlier meeting this season 3-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium in November. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:23:32 GMT Burnley v Arsenal: Interesting OPTA Stats Relegation threatened Burnley take on an Arsenal side honing in on second place in the Premier League. Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:22:48 GMT West Ham United v Stoke City: Interesting OPTA Stats Only goal difference separates mid-table West Ham and Stoke. Opta tries to prise them apart. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:22:10 GMT West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City: Interesting OPTA Stats It's a vital six-pointer in the relegation battle as West Brom host Leicester. Opta provides the vital statistics. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:21:23 GMT Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa: Interesting OPTA Stats Can Aston Villa get the result they need against Spurs as they fight against relegation? Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:20:30 GMT Sunderland v Crystal Palace: Interesting OPTA Stats Can Sunderland keep their distance from the relegation zone when they face Crystal Palace? Opta reveals all. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:19:37 GMT Southampton v Hull City: Interesting OPTA Stats Hull are in danger of slipping back into the relegation zone if they are beaten by Southampton. Opta are on hand with the vital statistics. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:18:49 GMT Swansea City v Everton: Interesting OPTA Stats Safe and secure in mid-table, can Swansea withstand the pressure from an improving Everton side? Opta rates their chances. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:18:14 GMT 2015 Grand National... And The Winner Is... There are a lot of historical trends bandied about before every Grand National. Here, the naturally sceptical Jack Houghton sees if there is anything to be gained from following those trends, which don't give Shutthefrontdoor much of a chance... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:57:31 GMT Michael Owen's Weekend Premier League Picks Featuring Tottenham Hotspur And Manchester United I don't think I've ever seen four such stunning goals in the space of 24 hours as I did last weekend in the Premier League, with Rooney, Zamora, Adam and Defoe all netting world-class strikes. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:56:53 GMT Premier League 3.00pm Kick-Offs Featuring Tottenham v Aston Villa "Tottenham's last six league games at White Hart Lane have resulted in scorelines of 5-3, 2-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, and 4-3 - that's an incredible total of 30 goals at an average of exactly five per game." Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:42:27 GMT 2015 Grand National Runner By Runner Guide "Rocky Creek travelled as well as any for much of last year's National and is worth siding with to come out on top having finally delivered... at Kempton off this mark last time." Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:40:53 GMT The Five Greatest Grand National Finishes Of All Time Recent renewals are responsible for some of most magical moments in the Aintree showpiece... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:58:34 GMT Manchester United v Manchester City: Team News Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will not play in Sunday afternoon's Manchester derby despite returning to first-team training. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:54:23 GMT QPR v Chelsea: Team News QPR will not have any of their injured players back in time to face west London rivals Chelsea on Sunday. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:52:59 GMT Middlesbrough v Rotherham: Team News Middlesbrough will be without midfielder Grant Leadbitter for Saturday's Championship clash with Rotherham at the Riverside Stadium. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:52:26 GMT Leeds United v Cardiff City: Team News Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci could be back in contention for Saturday's Championship clash with Cardiff at Elland Road. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:51:26 GMT Burnley v Arsenal: Team News Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny face fitness tests ahead of Saturday evening's Premier League match at Burnley. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:50:17 GMT West Ham United v Stoke City: Team News West Ham will have Ecuador forward Enner Valencia available for Saturday's home Premier League clash with Stoke City following a toe injury. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:47:08 GMT West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City: Team News Craig Dawson is set to return for West Brom when they take on Leicester at The Hawthorns on Saturday after serving a one-match ban. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:46:08 GMT Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa: Team News Tottenham will be missing Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris when they take on Aston Villa in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Saturday while Jan Vertonghen is a doubt. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:45:11 GMT Sunderland v Crystal Palace: Team News Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson is suspended for Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:44:15 GMT Southampton v Hull City: Team News Southampton midfielder Filip Djuricic has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier league clash with Hull because of an ankle injury. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:43:32 GMT Swansea City v Everton: Team News Veteran full-back Angel Rangel is in line for his first Swansea start for over two months at home to Everton in the early Premier League kick-off on Saturday lunchtime. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:42:32 GMT Spanish Champs Set To Beat Chelsea And Arsenal To Belgian Upstart Belgian is quickly developing a reputation as something of a hot-bed for young footballing talent and one of the country's brightest young prospects may be about to seal a move away - but it won't be to another Premier League club. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:06:42 GMT World Cup-Winning Defender The Best Buy For Tottenham There can be little doubt that Tottenham are on an upward curve under Mauricio Pochettino. No matter how much progression the Argentine has managed in his debut season in the White Hart Lane dugout though, some things are too ingrained to change overnight. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:04:01 GMT Liverpool v Newcastle United: Big Match Stats And Facts Newcastle United have not done a league double against Liverpool since 1993-94. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:44:31 GMT Manchester United v Manchester City: Big Match Stats And Facts Manchester United have lost their last four league games against Manchester City; they've never lost five in a row. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:43:23 GMT QPR v Chelsea: Big Match Stats And Facts QPR have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Premier League matches at home to Chelsea (W2 D1 L1). Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:41:55 GMT Middlesbrough v Rotherham: Big Match Stats And Facts The last three league meetings between these sides in Middlesbrough have ended in a draw, though they've not faced each other there since March 1987. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:41:07 GMT Leeds United v Cardiff City: Big Match Stats And Facts Leeds are winless in 15 league meetings with Cardiff (D5 L10), last beating them 1-0 in February 1984. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:40:16 GMT Burnley v Arsenal: Big Match Stats And Facts Burnley have let in 10 goals in their last four matches against Arsenal in all competitions (average of 2.5 per game). Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:39:21 GMT West Ham United v Stoke City: Big Match Stats And Facts West Ham are winless in three against the Potters, losing two and drawing the other. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:38:24 GMT West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City: Big Match Stats And Facts West Brom have won each of their last four competitive encounters with Leicester City. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:37:19 GMT Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa: Big Match Stats And Facts Tottenham have won their last five PL meetings with Aston Villa, netting two or more goals in each game. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:36:10 GMT Sunderland v Crystal Palace: Big Match Stats And Facts Sunderland have only scored more than twice in two Barclays Premier League games this season and one of them came in their 3-1 win at Palace in November. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:35:21 GMT Southampton v Hull City: Big Match Stats And Facts Southampton have won seven of their last eight against Hull City (L1), including each of the last five. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:34:18 GMT Swansea City v Everton: Big Match Stats And Facts Swansea have won just one of their previous 22 matches against Everton in all competitions (D6 L15), though it arrived in their last encounter at home in the League Cup this season. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:33:21 GMT Liverpool Could Squeeze £200m From Manchester City's Interest In Trio With a limping defence of their top-flight title and another harrowing experience in Europe maligning Manchester City this season, the end is nigh for many of their peak-approaching squad, not to mention their Chilean leader. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:17:02 GMT Liverpool Enter The Frame For Forgotten Arsenal Man Carl Jenkinson's place in Arsenal's defensive pecking order has never looked more fragile, but that hasn't prevented the right-back from piquing the interest of a top-four rival. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:00:59 GMT West Ham Battling Tottenham For Mirallas Tottenham haven't had a reliable winger since Gareth Bale departed. New faces like Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela have performed in fits and starts while veteran Lilywhites like Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend couldn't live up to the Welshman's mantle. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:39:47 GMT Arsenal Star More Likely To Move To Manchester City Than Gerrard Successor Manchester City's reported interest in England international pairing Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson could yet come to something, according to the latest Ladbrokes odds. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:19:47 GMT Manchester United Must Be Backed To Beat City For fans of backing the outsider in a two-horse race, there has never been a better opportunity, especially when one of the beasts has a galloping start on the other. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:11:01 GMT Everton Close In On The 'Bosnian Messi' Call him what you like, "the Bosnian Messi" or "the new Muhamed Besic", one thing is for sure, Everton will be hoping their current trialist turns into something special. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:21:31 GMT Arsenal Could Beat Manchester United To World Cup Hero Second in the table and in the midst of a fantastic run of form in the Premier League, it's fair to say things are going well for FA Cup semi-finalists Arsenal at the moment and they could be about to get even better this summer. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:42:57 GMT Has McCoy Made Grand National Error By Ignoring Cause Of Causes? Tony McCoy has a history in recent years for picking the wrong horse in big races. Who can forget the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, when hindsight showed that he selected the incorrect mount in both the Champion Hurdle and Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:31:32 GMT Celtic Could Hijack Rangers Vuckic Deal Haris Vuckic may have signalled his intentions to depart Newcastle United this summer with Glasgow Rangers one potential destination but would Celtic be wise to hijack any potential deal for the midfielder? Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:28:09 GMT Manchester United Join Premier League Big Guns Circling Leeds For 'New Scholes' Manchester United have joined Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in the race to sign an English midfielder dubbed in some circles as "the new Paul Scholes". Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:18:58 GMT Where Manchester United's Latest £150m War Chest Will Go This Summer It seems like only eight months ago since Manchester United splurged the best part of £150m trying to fix their squad but the tabloids have been out in force claiming Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal will be handed around the same figure to "revamp" the Red Devils this summer. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:29:02 GMT Manchester City Lead The Race To Sign Liverpool Contract Rebel Manchester City are leading the race to sign Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling, according to the latest odds. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:33:45 GMT Back Tottenham And England Star For Player Of The Year Glory "I got all sorts of abuse on Twitter back in February when I suggested backing Kane at 8.00 to be the PFA's Player of the Year. He's now the 2.50 second favourite and frankly that's still good value" Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:24:08 GMT Manchester United To Use Aston Villa Match To Scout England Star Aston Villa star Fabian Delph was recently glowing in his praise for England team-mate Michael Carrick but the 25-year-old could yet replace his international colleague at Old Trafford. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:13:36 GMT England Dropouts Give Tottenham Star Chance Of Italy Start After the important business of Lithuania was taking care of during this international break, a return to the normal routine of squad dropouts has returned to the England set up now friendlies are on the agenda. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:08:20 GMT Chelsea v PSG: The Big Match Tactical Preview Chelsea squeezed past PSG last season with a victory at Stamford Bridge - can they repeat the trick this time? Michael Cox looks at the tactical battle, while Alan Thompson provides the betting expertise... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:46:09 GMT Top Gear: The Contenders To Replace Jeremy Clarkson On The BBC Show With #BringBackClarkson, #TopGear and even #fracas among the top trends on Twitter at present, Ladbrokes is wading into the latest debate surrounding the BBC show. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:44:51 GMT Manchester United v Arsenal: Starting Line-Ups Manchester United make one change from the side which beat Newcastle - Luke Shaw replaces the suspended Jonny Evans. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:49:41 GMT Manchester United v Arsenal: Difficult Game To Call Neither side are competing at the sort of level they were during previous classic encounters, but in time this could prove to be a catalyst for the victors returning to former glories... Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:24:13 GMT Manchester United v Arsenal: Interesting OPTA Stats It's a clash of the titans in the last of the FA Cup quarter-finals as Manchester United host Arsenal. Opta provides the statistical analysis. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:15:54 GMT Liverpool Once Again Linked With Real Madrid Youth Star Rumours linking Liverpool to the continent's hottest prospects are two-a-penny thanks to Brendan Rodgers' laudable policy of developing young talent, so are there any legs in the latest whispers? Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:12:24 GMT