Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
The new season is almost upon us. Clubs have been going on a spending fest and this will continue right up to the end of August. Arsenal have finally decided to join in and I expect the Gunners to be in with a more realistic chance of success this season.
Manchester United under Van Gaal will be much stronger but I can’t see Van Gaal winning the premiership at his first attempt. United certainly are going to build a very strong and talented squad.
Liverpool have been equally busy. With Suarez moving to Barcalona I cant see any player coming anywhere near Suarez’s influence. I still expect Liverpool to make a top 4 finish.
Chelsea at 9/5 and ManCity at 17/10 to win it will both always be up there. Out of the 5 mentioned I think Chelsea will miss out on a top 4 finish.
I’m going to tip Arsenal for the title this season, who are 11/2 right now on www.irisheyesbet.com/sports to take it..... spending the big money will finally put Arsenal on top.
Regarding relegation I’m tipping new boys Burnley and Leicester with Swansea.
The Championship is notoriously difficult to predict.
Cardiff City (33/5) have bought a number of players. Guerra, Le Fondre, Burgstaller, Macheda and with more to follow they will have the strongest squad in the Championship. I would expect Norwich (9/1) to press them hard with Reading Forest and Brighton all at 27/2 to take the honours chasing these two.
It's difficult predicting who will struggle but I'd say Millwall, Blackpool (off field problems too) and possibly Bournemouth.
In my opinion Sheffield United (53/10 = just over 10 1/2 to 1) will do well. They are a massive club (as are Wednesday) and belong in a higher division. With their fan base and a few more players they will do well. I also expect Preston North End and Coventry will be in the top 5 also. I would be more confident of Coventry if they could get back to their home ground. Playing their home games in a different town is ridiculous.
I can't see any obvious clubs who will struggle. I'll avoid any mention of teams that will struggle.
Tranmere Rovers look a likely team that will do well. I think Luton could surprise a few people after being out of the league for a few seasons. Portsmouth, Plymouth and Exeter could improve too. Particularly Plymouth. When it comes to tipping results I believe the lower leagues are more predictable.
Whichever club you follow, I hope you have a good season.
Posted by Irish Eyes Poker at 9:49 pm
Monday, July 07, 2014
The World Cup Semi-Finals are here already. What will we do when this amazing event is over?
All eyes on Belo Horizonte for the first semi -final.
Germany are my red hot favourites. The injury to Neymar is massive. The loss of Thiago Silva is equally big. Germany’s threat going forward will be even bigger without Brazil’s top defender. But there is a chance that Brazil will get the suspension overturned.
I am very confident of Germany progressing to the final , particularly with the absence of Neymar and Silva.
Current prices with Irisheyesbet.com are both Brazil 17/10 (2.70) and the same for Germany. The draw is currently 21/10 (3.10)
Germany progressing to the final for me, though it might take longer than the 90 minutes.
The second semi final, Argentina v Holland is the most unpredictable of the two games.
I recently tipped Argentina to lift the trophy but I am becoming less convinced the longer the competition goes on. Has the time finally arrived that Holland become World Champions?
Di Maria is out and will be missed. Messi is playing superbly and could win the game single-handed. At times Argentina looked very strong against Belgium....a team I rate highly.
Holland with RVP, Robben and others can win this game and I think they will. In fact they are my new tip to life the trophy.
I believe both games will be exciting and hopefully it will lead to a memorable World Cup Final.
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Posted by Irish Eyes Poker at 2:36 pm
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Its already been an exciting World Cup with many great matches. However we are now into the potentially really exciting stages as we get to the Quarter-finals. The teams remaining are much more evenly matched and the results are much tougher to call.
France v Germany (4th July)
Brazil v Colombia (4th July)
Argentina v Belgium (5th July)
Holland v Costa Rica (5th July)
I do believe there will be a surprise in store for one of the supposedly bigger countries.
My first tip is Holland to beat Costa Rica. The Dutch are priced at 1.49 to win over 90 minutes. The draw is currently 4.15 with IrishEyesBet.com. Although I've been massively impressed with the Costa Ricans I think this hurdle will be just too big for them.
France and Germany could go either way. The Germans are favourites but I am going to go for a French victory. The French have flair and I do believe Deschamps now knows his best starting XI. Karim Benzema could have a huge say in the outcome of this game, he oozes class. It’s France for me over 90 minutes and IrishEyesBet.com price a French victory at 3.15 the draw is 3.10 with a German victory at 2.42.
Brazil v Colombia. Will Brazil continue to struggle? I believe Neymar will drag them through yet again. For the life of me I can’t understand why Scholari continues using Fred. He obviously sees something in him that I don’t. Colombia have done well and will certainly match the Brazilians in most departments. The home factor will probably settle this. Brazil are priced at 1.82 the draw is a generous 3.55 with a Colombian victory at 4.55.
Argentina v Belgium. There could be an upset here. I am going to go for Belgium. I like their overall shape and they are quick and dangerous going forward. It could be heartbreak for Messi and co. I’m certainly sticking my neck out for a Belgian victory but I do believe they can deliver.
Belgium are 3.75 the draw is 3.30 and an Argentinian victory is priced at 2.08. A game not to be missed as there could be a good few goals in this game.
Best of luck
Posted by Irish Eyes Poker at 2:26 pm
Friday, June 27, 2014
I believe most fans would say this has been a hugely successful tournament so far. With the exception of the “Suarez incident” and an overly reliance on theatrics by certain players, I've been very impressed.
Now we get down to the knock out stages.
I expect France, Germany and Argentina to progress. Brazil v Chile is a tricky game but with Neymar in top form, I expect them to get past Chile. Having said that, Chile will be much more formidable than Cameroon.
My tips involve the other 4 games.
Colombia v Uruguay
With Suarez now banned, I think the Uruguayans will find it tough against Colombia. I could see this game going beyond the 90 minutes. The draw is priced at 3.35 with a Colombian victory at 1.98. I’m tipping Colombia over 90 minutes.
Holland v Mexico
Both teams have done very well in their respective groups. Holland have been very impressive, and the Mexicans have surprised quite a few fans. History, form and an excellent price of a Dutch victory at 2.08, is enough for me to tip Holland to win over 90 minutes.
Costa Rica v Greece
To say Costa Rica have surprised many would be an understatement. They have reached the second round the hard way and luck was not involved at all. The Greeks have done well to reach this far. They are solid defensively but lack goals. I’m tipping Costa Rica over 90 minutes at 2.44.
Belgium v USA
I can’t see anything but a Belgian victory in this game. The U.S.A. can counter attack and are dangerous. I do feel the Belgians will be to strong for them and I am tipping a Belgian victory over 90 minutes. IEB offer an excellent1.84 with the draw at 3.40
Best of luck
Posted by Irish Eyes Poker at 11:56 am
Monday, June 23, 2014
Last week’s tips were quite successful. Going into the last round of group matches can be a little trickier. If teams have already qualified do they put out full teams? Do you they put in 100% effort? I’ll stick to games that teams have something to fight for.
Croatia v Mexico
This looks a very tough one to call. Mexico have played well and were unlucky against Brazil. I believe Croatia to be the better all round team and with this in mind I am going with them.
Croatia are priced at a generous 2.65 (as are Mexico) and I expect them to shade it……just.
Costa Rica v England
Costa Rica have qualified but I’m sure they want to ensure they finish top of the group. However, I do believe England will want to win this game. Hodgson will hopefully start with Barkley. I have mentioned before that I believed he should of started both previous games. The pressure will be off England now. I fully expect them to win this game.
England are priced at 1.84 to win the game, and I expect a few goals too.
USA v Germany
This game “could” be a tad controversial. The USA need a draw to ensure they progress to the second round. Germany would be happy with the same result with the minimum of effort. I wouldn’t suggest that both teams would come to an understanding as such.
The USA team have a strong German influence….. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and several players also. Interestingly German coach Joachim Low worked under Klinsmann in 2006. It’s a tough call. Im going to stick my head out and predict a not surprisingly drawn game.
The draw is priced at Irisheyesbet at 2.50.
Uruguay v Italy
Posted by Irish Eyes Poker at 12:47 pm
Friday, June 20, 2014
This weekend I am not going for the usual home , draw or away result.
In my tips I am including the amount of goals. For those not used to this form of betting I will explain.
Switzerland v France
I have gone for over 2.5 goals in the match. Quite simply this means there must be 3 goals or more in the match. It does not matter who scores the goals. The price at Irish Eyes Bet is currently 2.06.
I fully expect Karim Benzema to add to his total in this game.
Argentina v Iran
When you look at Argentina’s line up nothing but a comfortable victory can be predicted.
I’m pushing the boat out on this as I am tipping over 4.5 goals. Again, this means 5 goals or more must be scored. A 4-1 victory will win the bet. A generous price of 4.30 is currently quoted at Irish Eyes Bet.
I have also gone for 2 regular tips.
Honduras v Ecuador
Both teams put in creditable performances in their opening game. I felt Ecuador were unlucky to lose to the Swiss. Ecuador are priced at 1.66 to win and if they put in a strong performance I expect them to come out on top.
Belgium v Russia
Russia didn’t look that good against the Koreans. They are physically strong but lack that flair for me. The Belgians have flair in abundance and I can only see them getting stronger. I’m not sure if their nerves got to them against Algeria. However, after gifting the Algerians a goal they did enough in the second half and indeed they could of won by one or two more. Belgium will not find it easy against Russia but they should prevail.
The one game I am looking forward to seeing is that of Holland v Chile. It’s a tough one to call ……..I believe both teams would settle for a draw.
This group has been the most entertaining one for me. Australia’s courage and indeed skill has earned many admirers. As for Spain, the less said the better.
Posted by Irish Eyes Poker at 11:32 am