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The Ultimate Sporting Bucket List

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Which sporting events make the ultimate to-do list? We asked you for your favourites…

  1. The World Cup Final

All those goals we scored in our back gardens as children won us countless World Cups, yet it seems that as adults we’re still enthralled by football’s ultimate prize. Top of our Bucket List is the World Cup Final, so if it’s your lifelong dream, then look into tickets for Russia 2018.

Expect tickets to go on sale in the autumn via a lottery on the FIFA website, and start saving: the cheapest available Final ticket for non-Russians will set you back £350. The ultimate experience doesn’t come cheap!

  1. The FA Cup Final 

The FA Cup is football’s oldest competition and, even now it has to compete with the moneybags Premier League, remains a showpiece sporting event – hence it’s place on this list.

Sure, you could wait until your team makes it all the way to Wembley, but some of us have to accept that it may never happen. So why wait? While tickets are not easy to come by, around 30,000 are made available to neutrals through charities, corporate sponsors and football groups throughout the country every year.

  1. Wimbledon

There are tennis tournaments, and then there’s Wimbledon. Whether it’s the green, green grass, the ice-white playing kits or the crowds that pack into Court 18 as giddily as they do into Centre Court, Wimbledon is must for a tennis fan.

What’s more, it’s easier to go than you might think. While you can buy in advance, Wimbledon is also one of the few major sporting events where tickets are kept back for public sale on the day of play – all you need is a bit of queue commitment!

  1. European Championship Football Match Switzerland England Euro qualifier

If absorbing yourself in the passionate, intense atmosphere of a major international tournament is on your list, UEFA Euro 2020 gives you a great chance to tick it off.

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the Championships, rather than being hosted entirely in one country, games will be hosted in 13 different countries.

While group and knockout games will take place across the continent, from Stockholm to Skopje and Munich to Minsk, the semi-finals and final will all take place at Wembley.

  1. The Olympics

The Olympics is a festival of sport unlike any other, where the best athletes in the world compete for the biggest prize in sport: not money, but an Olympic gold medal and sporting immortality. Throw in plenty of national pride and more sports than you can shake a stick at, and you’ve got a spectator event you’ll never forget.

If you want to tick the Olympic Games off your bucket list, keep your eye out for the announcement of ticket sales for Tokyo 2020 – you can be sure they’ll sell quickly!

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  1. F1 Grand Prix (Any)

While the best place to see all the action of an F1 race is in front of your TV, the live experience is something every motorsport fan should try at least once. All the HD TV and slow-mo replays in the world can’t convey the sheer speed and bone-shaking noise that F1 cars produce.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone typically produces an atmosphere unlike any other on the calendar, but if you’re feeling adventurous look at some of the European races, such as the Belgian Grand Prix at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

  1. Club Team Playoff Final Wembley Stadium London football

If your team is involved, there can be no greater joy, or greater pain, than watching them battle it out at Wembley in a playoff final. If you’re a neutral, there may be no greater spectacle.

Some are cagey affairs, at least to begin with, but as desperation and nerves set in, strange things begin to happen. The Championship Playoff Final in particular, with its promise of hundreds of millions of pounds of reward for gaining promotion to the Premier League, is regularly one of the standout games of the season for drama and excitement.

  1. Club Team European Game 

If you really want to find out what a city is all about, then go to a football match: better still, a local derby.

What better way to experience Rome than through the lens of Roma v Lazio? Or a balmy night in Lisbon watching Benfica vs Sporting? Don’t be afraid to stray away from the big names, either. Anyone who has seen Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke in Germany’s Ruhr derby will recommend it, and you’ll find tickets for games abroad are a lot kinder to your wallet.

  1. El Clásico

Speaking of derbies, this is the biggest one going – Barcelona vs Real Madrid is more than just a football match between the two biggest teams in the world.

The rivalry has its roots not only on the pitch, but with politics and Catalonia’s desire for independence from Spain. The cities talk about El Clásico for weeks beforehand and weeks afterwards, and the atmosphere in the stadium is electric. It’s a game that will sell out but if you’re committed you can get there – Barcelona’s Camp Nou has the bigger capacity.

  1. Grand National

The ultimate ‘Day at the Races’, the Grand National has so cemented a place in British culture that it still today prompts people who know nothing about horse racing to start reviewing the form, placing bets, and jumping up and down shouting at horses on the TV.

The race itself, held at Aintree just outside Liverpool, is considered to be the ultimate test of horse and jockey, making a powerful visual spectacle as they thunder down the course tackling those huge fences. It’s an unforgettable scene – win or lose.

Wimbledon 2017 Player Vs Player Guide | Ladbrokes Sport

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Wimbledon Tennis Player Vs Player Guide 2017

Welcome to the Ladbrokes Sport Wimbledon tennis player vs player guide 2017. Here, we’ve put together the top 10 men and top 10 women tennis players and pitted them against each other so you can see who’s most likely to come out as a Wimbledon winner this year! There’s plenty of stats, facts and fun to be found throughout our Wimbledon tennis guide, and with our Wimbledon odds ready to help you determine who the winner is likely to be of this year’s tournament, you can be sure that our player guide will help you every step of the way. So, are you ready to find out everything you need to know about this year’s Wimbledon Tennis Tournament before you take a look at our Wimbledon odds? Then read on!

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How to Bet on Rugby! Learn Everything about Rugby Betting

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Rugby is a popular sport that is quickly making its name in the betting world, offering many opportunities for punters to place a bet and make a profit. As a comparatively high-scoring game, rugby betting differs from other sports as there is usually a greater deal of markets available. From straight-match bets to handicap markets and First Scoring Play, we’ll guide you through the rules and bet options and become your go-to guide for rugby betting.

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The Origins of Rugby

Rugby history stems all the way back to 1823, where it is believed the actions of William Webb Ellis sparked the concept of what is now one of the nation’s favourite sports. During a football match at Rugby School, Webb Ellis ran towards the goal with the ball in his hands. Although there is speculation as to whether this actually happened, Webb Ellis is still highly regarded as the inventor, so much so that the winner of the Rugby Union World Cup wins the acclaimed Webb Ellis trophy.

Throughout the early 19th century, it is thought that many schools up and down the country were playing at least a version of football where handling the ball was allowed. The original set of rules for Rugby Football, as it was known back then, was produced in 1845. As Blackheath Club became the first team to move from the Football Association over to rugby, it generated the founding of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 1871.

By 1895 rugby had split into two factions over payment disagreements, where teams based in the north formed their own code titled the ‘Northern Union’ and split from the Rugby Football Union. As it became apparent that there were two codes of rugby, spectators needed to distinguish the two. As the Northern Union code included the ‘league championship’, the teams were often referred to as those who ‘play in the league’, hence rugby league. Those who remained affiliated to the RFU were known as playing ‘rugby union’.

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Rugby League and Rugby Union Rules

The predominant betting events in rugby are usually the major rugby union tournaments  such as the World Cup, the rugby Championships and the Six Nations. You’ll find you have a lot more betting options for these events. However, in between these tournaments you will also find rugby betting available in the Rugby League  code as well.

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Rugby League

  • Each team has 13 active players and 10 available substitutions
  • To win, you outscore the opposing team
  • The match consists of two halves of 40 minutes, 80 minutes in total.
  • Points are awarded for tries (4 points), conversions (2 points), penalty kicks (2 points), and drop goals (1 point)
  • The six-tackle rule means each team can only have the ball for a period of 6 plays.
  • A scrum, traditionally consisting of 6 people, is used to re-start play after knock-ons or forward passes.

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Rugby Union

  • Each team has 15 active players and 7 available substitutions
  • To win the match you outscore the opposing team
  • The match consists of two halves of 40 minutes, 80 minutes in total
  • Points are awarded for tries (5 points), conversions (2 points), penalty kicks (3 points), and drop goals (3 points)
  • A scrum, usually consisting of 8 players, can be used to restart play. After knock-ons or forward passes. If the ball goes out of play, a line out is used to resume play, and in all other restart events a free kick is taken.

In both codes, the main objective is to score tries by advancing the ball down the length of the pitch. For the try to be given the player must be considered to be in control of the ball, applying a downward pressure.  Conversions are then given to the team who made the try after the try is given. A try is ‘converted’ when a player kicks a dead ball in between the opponent’s goalposts and above the crossbar.

If the opposing team commits an offence then a penalty will be awarded. To win points from the penalty, the player will need to kick the dead ball between the opposition goal post, similar to a conversion. However, a penalty is taken from the spot where the offence happened.  Drop goals are taken during play when a player kicks the ball over the crossbar of the opposition goalpost. The points will only be awarded if the ball hits the ground before it is kicked.
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Rugby Betting Rules

As with all sports betting, you’ll need to check the bookmaker’s individual rules. All bets are settled during the 80-minute time frame of the match, which usually includes additional or extra time. In the event of game abandonment, usually all bets will be settled void and refunded. You will need to check whether your bet still stands for the re-arranged date in the event of a pre-game postponement.  Additionally, it is worth noting that penalty tries do not count in the First Try Scorer market.
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Common Rugby Bets

The most common rugby bets apply to both codes. Usually, the bigger the game, the more betting options there will be. So for the World Cup or Six Nations tournaments you’ll probably find more available bets. However the more popular bets will be available for most matches.

Handicap

Before diving in to the bet options, it’s important to understand the rules of the handicap. Handicap betting affects the way that odds are presented, so a firm understanding of this type of betting is key in order to be able to interpret those odds and place effective handicap bets.

When bookies offer the handicap it is best thought of as levelling the playing field in terms of the teams involved.  When there is an overwhelming favourite, particularly in points-based sports such as rugby, a handicap market is presented to make it a more even contest.

Handicap betting works by giving one selection a virtual deficit to overcome at the start of the match. You may also find that another selection in the same market, generally the underdog, will receive a virtual start. If your chosen selections score is greater than it’s opponents after the handicap has been applied, your chosen selection is deemed the winner.

For example, if the England rugby team are favourites to beat Scotland then a +point advantage would be given to Scotland (in this case, let’s say +7). If you bet on Scotland +7 to win, and England won the game by 6 or fewer points then you have won the bet in the handicap market.

If the teams are deemed to have equal chances, you may come across the term ‘scr’ or ‘scratch’ in replacement of a handicap being applied. This means no handicaps are applied to final scores and that the winner of the market will be the outright winner of that market.
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Match Betting

Match Odds

You place a simple bet on which team will win the match, with a draw option given also. In the event of a draw in 2-way market, your bet will be void. A handicap market is usually presented to make bets more appealing.

Totals

This is a 2-way overs and unders market whereby bets are placed on how many points there will be in a match.

First Scoring Play

For this market, you are predicting the first scoring play, either penalty, try or drop goal. For some bets, such as this one, the punter can gain a slight advantage by waiting to see who starts the match with the kick-off.

Double Result Bet

Rugby is a physically demanding game where it is not uncommon to see the score line change drastically from the first to the second half. Technically a double bet, the first part is predicting who will be ahead at half time, then predicting the outcome at full time.

Highest Scoring Half

Here you can bet on a 3-way market in which you decide which half will contain the highest number of points- first half, second half or tie. You can also place on the team to score the highest number of points in either half of the match.

First try Scorer/Team

In this market you can bet on which team will score the first try. At larger odds you can also name the player to do so.

Winning Margin

Bets are placed on how much one team will beat the opponent at full time. This is a popular bet when there is a strong favourite between the two teams. Although harder to predict, it can potentially be a very lucrative market.

Number of Tries

This is a 2-way market in which you predict the number of tries within the full 80 minutes. The bookmaker will set a line/number of tries and you can decide either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ based on the amount stated. You can also have a ‘total team tries’ market.

Depending on the bookmaker, you can often find a number of other markets available. These often include the more self-explanatory ‘team to score first’, ‘to win both halves’ and ‘last try scorer’.
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Tournament Betting

Outright Winner – A popular bet for most sports, this is placing a bet on a team to win a tournament on championship, each-way betting is usually always available. This market depends on the variation in the tournament, so there may be a short priced favourite or a very tightly bunched group at the head of the market. Common selections are ‘win only’, although many may bet on a bigger priced selection each way simply for the place payout if that team reaches the final or finishes placed in a league competition.
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Top Try Scorer-  This is whereby a bet is placed on the player to score the most tries of the tournament or championship. The result is often hard to predict as there are many factors to consider i.e. player and team form, injuries, suspensions etc.
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Spread Betting

With rugby spread betting you are predicting the outcome of an event but the pay-out is based on the accuracy of the bookmaker, rather than a simple win/lose scenario. Essentially, the more you are right, the more you win.

Time of First Try

Simply predict how long it will take either team to score a try. The maximum selection here is 80 minutes. By making this selection you would be predicting a zero-try match.

Team Performances

Here you are betting on the overall team performance in a match. There are set points awarded for wins, draws, tries, conversions, penalties, and drop goals. Points will be deducted from the total for missed penalties and drop goals, as well as for sin bins and red cards.

Supremacy

This market involves predicting how much the selected team dominates the opposition. Your bet is based on how many more points one team will get over their opponents.

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Betting Strategy and Tips

Understand the markets

Betting on rugby  is, in a lot of ways, similar to betting on most sports.  With a wide breadth of knowledge and plenty of time taken conducting research, you can analyse the odds and look for value in the markets presented.  However, some markets, even though based on the same principal, can differ greatly for rugby. For example, the ‘first try scorer’ option in rugby is not the same as the ‘first goalscorer’ option in football. This is because you generally favour only one or two strikers in football, whereas a rugby team holds many more player options including many attacking backs as well as the forward power. It is then a lot harder to call the ‘first try scorer’.

Consider the selections usual type of play

Understanding the type of rugby a team tends to play puts you at an advantage for alternative markets. If a team is known for their defensive kicking strategy or forward oriented game, then tries may come few and far between. With this knowledge, it might be worth having a punt at the ‘first scoring play’ market.

A game of two halves

The points scored in a rugby match can differ drastically between the first half and fulltime. It may be a team’s strategy to start softly in the first 40 mins to wear the opposition out, then come out strong for the second. This can create some excellent opportunities in the ‘halftime/full time’ and ‘totals’ markets.

Check the weather

It may seem a bit simple but the weather conditions can play a huge part in the outcome of outdoor pursuits, especially for rugby. Dry conditions tend to lead to fast paced, expansive matches where the backs see a lot of the ball. Conversely, during wet and muddy conditions you’ll see dour, forward dominated encounters. Consider which teams are playing; some are more suited to certain weather conditions. In this instance, be cautious in handicap markets, where teams may have to cover big handicaps in unfavourable conditions.
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Rugby Facts & Trivia

 numbers-01 Originally a try was worth 0 points, but instead the player who touched the ball down in the ‘in-goal area’ was allowed to ‘try’ to score a goal, hence the name. Goals were scored by kicking a dead ball over the crossbar and through the posts, converting the try into a goal, a goal being worth 1 point. Nowadays, points are earned for both the try and conversion.
 numbers-02 The first national anthem sung before a rugby match was a spontaneous rendition of the Welsh national anthem, ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’. This happened on the 16th November 1905 just after the New Zealand team performed the Haka. Wales responded by singing their national anthem, where the crowd soon joined them.
 numbers-03 The exact same whistle is used to start off every single opening match of the Rugby World Cup and is named the Gil Evans whistle. It was first used by Welsh referee Gil Evans in 1905 during an England Vs. New Zealand match.
 numbers-04 The highest number of combined points ever scored in a Rugby World Cup match was 162. This came on 4th June 1995 when New Zealand faced Japan, beating them 145-17.
 numbers-05 USA are the reigning Rugby Olympic Champions. They won the title in 1924 during the Paris Olympics, but rugby union has not been included in the Olympics since.  However, the 2016 Rio Olympics marked the debut of Rugby 7s where Fiji beat Great Britain 43-7 in the men’s tournament and Australia beat New Zealand 24-17 in the women’s tournament.

 

 

 

Review at the Races: Newcastle Racecourse

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Saturday 18th March was a day of gold, silver and green as Newcastle Racecourse celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style. The specially-held ‘Pot of Gold’ party delivered heart-pumping action, Irish dancing and green fizz for our bloggers, who enjoyed the day from the luxury of the Grade II listed Brandling House hospitality suite.

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Some got lucky with a bet, some just sat back and enjoyed the atmosphere, and everyone had a smashing time. Get an inside peek into a day at Newcastle Racecourse as the North East’s top bloggers break down their Review at the Races.

Facilities

Surrounded by the greenery of High Gosforth Park, our bloggers spent most of the day in Brandling House, a beautiful manor house that dates to 1762, where they ate and watched the horses whiz by:

“We were that close to the track we could see it from our table, and the bar, betting station and toilets were just a stone’s throw away, which was handy in the heels I was wearing, let me tell you!” – Vanessa, Lipstick and Linguistics

“The Gosforth Park suite was excellent, it accommodated a lot of people without being overcrowded, great views of the racecourse and easy access to seating and the public areas.” – Stephanie, Stephaniefox

“Our table was in a great place, as we had a great view of the course through the spanning windows while being able to see the monitors showing us not only our races, but, of course, Cheltenham too!” – Abbie, Chronically Inspired Life

“I felt like we had the ultimate experience here; greeted by Irish Buck’s Fizz, gorgeous table display and a panoramic view of the full race course from out seats. What more could you want?” – Beth, Polished Couture

Food and Drink

In true St. Patrick’s Day spirit, the menu featured a host of festive, Irish-inspired options. Our bloggers tucked in to a three-course buffet:

“The best bit for me is serving your own gravy – I like plenty, there’s nothing worse than a dry Yorkshire!” – Stephanie, Stephaniefox

“The food was delicious and of a far higher quality than I have previously experienced as part of corporate hospitality days. There were a lot of choices, and on this occasion had an Irish theme. Portion size was good and the presentation was beautiful.” – Debbie, My Boys Club

“Looking at the menu, it was quite Irish themed, and I decided to go with salmon for starters, pork, veggies and a Yorkshire pudding for my main, and then a super indulgent white and dark chocolate torte for dessert. The food was amazing and I can say with confidence that I enjoyed every bite!” – Lucy, Just Lucy’s Life

Dress Code

Half the fun is in the race day fashion, and our bloggers enjoyed dressing up and taking in the wide range of stylish ensembles:

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“It was a lush little day – all the lads were suited and booted and the lasses were in their fascinators and fancy frocks.” – Vanessa, Lipstick and Linguistics

“The men were dressed smartly in suits and the women had nice dresses on. It was a smart, dressy occasion. Ideal if you like to get glammed up for the day.” – Chloe, Chloehxx

“I love getting glammed up and, of course, the races are the perfect excuse for it! Everyone looked so lovely, with most women in dresses and the men were either in suits or in smart trousers and shirts.” – Abbie, Chronically Inspired Life

“Although it was quite cold everyone was in high spirits, the men were all dressed up in suits and the girls were in their best dresses. I loved feeling so glam!” – Lucy, Just Lucy’s Life

Atmosphere

Hooves a-blur, clutching race cards, throwing your hands in the air in victory – few things can measure up to the race day atmosphere:

“It was exciting and thrilling especially when people’s bets came in!” – Shannon, Cycles With Wolves

“Everyone was in great spirits and happy to be there. The staff were really welcoming, friendly and helpful.” – Chloe, Chloehxx

“There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the day. The racegoers were having a good time but were also respectful, especially when watching the young Irish dancers. It was a very enjoyable, informal occasion and one that I’d be quite happy to repeat.” – Debbie, My Boys Club

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Value for Money

For £102, our bloggers enjoyed a great view of the track, filled their boots at a gourmet buffet and were granted access to the winner’s enclosure. All of which amounted to an incredible experience:

“Given that you get a full three-course meal and speedy waiter service when required, as well as access to all parts of the racecourse, to me it seemed a justified price for that added little bit of luxury to your day at the races!” – Shannon, Cycles With Wolves

“In my opinion it was really good value for money and a small price to pay for all it included: our admission ticket to the premier enclosure, reserved seating in the race day restaurant, our welcome drink, our three-course meal, and our racecard.” – Vanessa, Lipstick and Linguistics

“I’ve been to Newcastle races before but I’d definitely think about doing this sort of package next time, because to me it was worth it if you want to have a great day out.” – Beth, Polished Couture

Review at the Races: Cheltenham Ladies Day

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One of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar, the sun shone generously on the fascinators and hats that moved gracefully around the grounds during Cheltenham Ladies Day 2017.

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Amid the excitement and glamour, eight of the UK’s top lifestyle bloggers enjoyed the luxury and hospitality of the Gold Ticket Festival Package.

They basked in exclusive club admission, tote betting service, gourmet courses at the Festival Restaurant and a hospitality team at their beck and call.

Facilities

On the doorstep of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a world-famous ground that delivers thrilling sport in breath-taking surroundings:

“We had a warm and friendly welcome from all of the staff and were offered coffee and cookies on arrival – a perfect start to the day. During our meal, the restaurant manager came over and surprised us with a complimentary bottle of champagne for looking so fabulous! The hospitality team really did go above and beyond for us during the day and made the experience even more enjoyable.” – Kate, Katie Charlotte Blogs

“We had a table where all the bloggers sat together for a gorgeous three-course meal, afternoon tea and a few glasses of wine. We watched the races during lunch on the big screen and placed our bets. We then ventured outside to experience the race atmosphere and we watched the races in the sunshine – perfection.” – Hayley, Hayleyjoann

Food and Drink

Our ladies were treated to tea or coffee with biscuits upon arrival, followed by a four-course á la carte lunch and rounded off with afternoon tea and a selection of fine cheeses:

“The Festival restaurant was impeccable; clean, fresh, light and bright, buzzing with lots of people excited for the day ahead. The table was beautifully set; white table cloth, with blue napkins, good quality silverware, and enough wine glasses to sink a ship!” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“I couldn’t have eaten one more thing at Ladies Day if I’d tried! I’m not exaggerating when I say that the food provision was immense.”- Abbey, Abbey Louisa Rose

“The restaurant itself was lovely, with big screens set up for us to watch the races on and a very neutral theme. The orders for our lunches were taken and then promptly delivered and the food was lovely.” – Rachel, The Inelegant Wench

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Some come to Cheltenham Ladies Day for the horse racing, and some come for the fashion. Our bloggers were charmed by tweed and fascinated by fascinators:

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“The majority of men opted for tweed or suits, the standard ‘racing attire’, which fitted the occasion (I have to say the men did look very smart). However, as it was Ladies Day, to see an abundance of colours, outfits, fashion in all its glory from the ladies, was a wonderful sight.” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“Some ladies went all-out with insanely beautiful fascinators and hats whilst others looked subtly beautiful. I also didn’t know where to look with all the handsome men in suits and tweed…” – Hayley, Hayley Joann

“Being Ladies Day, there were some phenomenal hats on show and no shortage of tweed around.” – Joelle, Just Joelle

Atmosphere

Race day can be a rollercoaster, as punters are swept up in the anticipation, thrill and exuberance of the Cheltenham spirit:

“The atmosphere at the races was incredible, our hospitality pass allowed us to access the parade paddock to see the horses and jockeys up close. There must be something about the sunshine, winning bets and a day of drinking that makes everyone you meet at the races super friendly.” – Joelle, Just Joelle

“Everybody was so friendly, and what I enjoyed most was the fact that people would just randomly talk to you; whether they know you or not, sharing tips, friendly banter, what bets have been placed, you name it, it was up for discussion.” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“But we did take a walk around to really take in the whole atmosphere, and you can’t help but really get into the ‘races’ feeling when you’re there – it’s pretty contagious.” – Emily, Emilybecca

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Value for Money

The Gold Ticket Festival Package cost £370 per person, but the bloggers agreed it was an unforgettable experience that was worth every penny:

“The Festival Package allows you to be wined and dined with a great view of the parade ring, as well as access to the bathroom that only those in the hospitality suites can use (no queuing for the toilet!). Of course, you have the freedom to venture outside and watch all the action from the stands, but it’s a great feeling when your feet start to hurt from wearing heels and you know you can stumble back up to the restaurant and rest for as long as you want – without missing any of the action!” – Kate, Katie Charlotte Blogs

“Being able to access other areas of the racecourse, such as the paddock and winner’s enclosure, made the package that more exclusive, enabling you to really get a good vibe and enjoyment from a day at the races.” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“The races always offer good value for money and the Festival Restaurant package allows you to enjoy the races in luxury.” – Emma, Emma & 3

Football Transfer Tips: Who’s going where?

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Which players are going where? That’s the question every footy fan wants answered during the summer transfer window. Bale to Man United? Mahrez to Arsenal? Pogba to leave Juve?

To keep on top of the transfer news, we’ve collected Premier League transfer tips from a host of experts, giving you the upper hand when it comes to making football betting predictions on which teams will be splashing the cash on football’s hottest talents.

Although we can’t see into the cunning minds of the savviest football agents, managers, and owners, our tipsters may just be able to reveal how starting XIs in the Premier League will look next season.

Football facts

Did you know that Stoke City’s most expensive signing ever – Giannelli Imbula at £18.3 million earlier this year – cost them £3.6 million more than it did to build their entire stadium in 1997?

Total transfer spend

£1,170,778,000: This is the amount that Premier League clubs have spent on players so far, during the summer transfer window.

Most valuable player this summer

Jose Mourinho spent a reported £89.25 million on French midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, coming to Manchester United from Juventus.

Most active club this summer

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola has been one of the busiest gaffers so far, strengthening his squad with ten new recruits, most notably: Nolito, Ilkay Gündogan, Leroy Sané, and John Stones.

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Transfer tip: Eden Hazard – Chelsea to Real Madrid

“After a poor season at Chelsea last year, Real Madrid must be hot favourites to acquire the signature of the Belgian playmaker. They may have to pay top money for him, though, after his excellent display at Euro 2016.”

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Transfer tip: Olivier Giroud – Arsenal to Juventus

“Arsenal will be pleased with how Giroud has played at Euro 2016 – he seems a different player, but his performances will be sure to attract interest. We’re predicting a move to Juventus, as the Italian side offload several players themselves.”

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Transfer tip: Saido Berahino – West Bromwich Albion to Stoke City

“Interest in Berahino is high, with several Premier League clubs chasing the Baggies striker. Reports say a bid has been accepted, but West Brom are reluctant to sell until a replacement has been found. Will the deal go through?”

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NextBet provides expert football predictions based on its own statistical data. Its system highlights the best bets for the current day, which are then manually researched against information provided by sports news websites.

Transfer tip: Axel Witsel – Zenit Saint Petersburg to Everton

“Witsel has international teammates at Everton, which could prove pivotal if a move to England does materialise. He has been linked with Stoke, but the opportunity to settle in with familiar faces could lead him to favour Merseyside.”

About The Footy Tipster

The Footy Tipster is a widely-known tipster site, having been in existence for almost a decade, with its popularity stemming from the reality and logic it brings to football betting.

Transfer tip: Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid to Manchester United

“The only thing missing from United’s squad right now is a real match-winner; someone that can really make things happen. Griezmann would fit in at United with his pace – adding speed to a team that doesn’t have enough of it.”

About Mr Fixits Tips

Mr Fixit is the resident football tipster in Scotland’s biggest national newspaper, the Daily Record. He has built his reputation as one of the most trusted and consistent tipsters over a period of 25 years.

Transfer tip: Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Arsenal

“It’s no surprise that Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is on his way out of Everton. London is almost certainly going to be his new home, but will Arsène Wenger pay around £38m to team him up with Olivier Giroud?”

About EasyOdds

Easyodds.com is the first and original odds comparison service, aggregating the odds for any of your chosen betting selections. Its football betting tipster, Ross Casey, has over five years’ experience of sports betting writing.

Transfer tip: Yannick Bolasie to Arsenal

“An Arsenal fan from birth, Yannick Bolasie would be absolutely thrilled to join Arsenal. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott both rumoured to be surplus to requirements, if one or both of those players leave the club I can see Bolasie joining the Gunners. Palace have just bought Andros Townsend who will be a capable replacement for the Eagles and Wenger has been impressed with Bolasie’s performances – especially at the Emirates last season.”

About FootballTips.com

FootballTips.com provides daily expert opinions for the beautiful game. With 150,000 Twitter followers as part of a wide-ranging community across social media, a passionate debate on the beautiful game is never too far away.

Transfer tip: Hal Robson-Kanu – Unattached to Swansea City

“As soon as Hal Robson-Kanu scored THAT goal against Belgium in Euro 2016, his agent’s phone would have been going mental. Premier League champions Leicester City have been mentioned, but it could be Swansea City that snap him up.”

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Established in 2015, FBTAcca.com covers a range of markets, from the best ‘both teams to score’ bets, to tips on corners! It also covers the top five European domestic leagues with match betting tips, giving you opinions on every game.

Transfer tip: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus to Chelsea

“New Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, is a big admirer of the Italian centre back, having worked with him during his time as Juventus and Italy boss. Bonucci is keen on a move to Chelsea, replacing the ageing John Terry.”

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They say money won’t buy you happiness, let alone victory. But it could put you under the same piece of French sky as your home squad while they battle it out at Euro 2016. And we reckon that’s as close to euphoria as anyone on this sweet earth can get.

These dedicated supporters have gone the extra mile so they can be there to embrace the complete emotional experience, from the tragedy to the triumph, live at this year’s tournament. Read on to learn about the three superfans who will do whatever it takes in order to reach the dream of Euro 2016.

Parrish Walton, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Pictured: Parrish (left) and his brother Derek

It’s taken two and a half years of planning and saving, but Parrish Walton and his brother, Derek, will soon travel the 4,382 miles that lie between Atlanta and Paris to launch their Euro 2016 scheme.

“This trip came up in conversation in December of 2013, and we began putting away some money each month soon thereafter,” Parrish says. It’s been an epic countdown ever since.

“This trip came up in conversation in December of 2013, and we began putting away some money each month soon thereafter,” Parrish says.

Nearly 30 months later and they’ll be on their way, headed to France to watch four games live at the tournament: Spain vs Croatia, Portugal vs Hungary and two of the Round of 16 matches.

His loyalty lies with France, and Parrish says he’s hoping to see his team play in Lyon’s new stadium. However, he can’t help but admit a soft spot for Portugal’s star striker: “Ronaldo live and in person is something I can’t wait to see.”

Parrish, who works as a copywriter, says he has spent about half of his annual holiday leave on this trip – and that’s not all. Though the brothers booked their seats as soon as the airline released them and will be staying with family whilst they’re in Paris, Parrish says it’s a good thing they started saving early.

“Between flight costs and hotels and tickets, it won’t be cheap,” he says.

They plan on making the most of their trip by taking in the sights as well as attending the fan zones. Parrish says he’s most looking forward to exploring France and spending some quality European time with his brother.

“And awesome soccer, of course,” he adds.

Whatever name you call it, we’re sure it certainly will be awesome.

Ostap Kukhar, living in — USA, originally from Ukraine

Pictured: Ostap Kukhar

Would you voyage across the Atlantic to cheer on a team with 80/1 odds?

Well, that’s exactly what Ostap Kukha, a student in the USA, is doing this year – from June 11-25, he’ll be in France, watching Ukraine battle it out against Northern Ireland, Germany and Poland at Euro 2016.

With plans to travel with his family, he’s been looking forward to it since they booked tickets in December. A cousin from Ukraine will make the trek across Europe to meet them at the tournament, provided he can obtain a visa to gain entry into France.

“I wouldn’t be able to afford the accommodation and I would probably stay in a hostel,” he says. “My tickets to the games would also have to be cheaper.”

“This trip was a gift from my parents,” Ostap says. “I always wanted to go to a major soccer tournament.”

Originally from Ukraine, Ostap says if he was still living there and had to fund the holiday himself it would be a completely different experience.

“I wouldn’t be able to afford the accommodation and I would probably stay in a hostel,” he says. “My tickets to the games would also have to be cheaper.”

“I think I would still go, though,” he adds.

He is most excited for the Ukraine vs Poland game, which is set to pit two evenly-matched sides against each other in their last game of the group stage.

“It will probably be win or go home for both teams. The two countries also have complex relationship,” he says.

Ostap plans to make the most of his long-haul journey, visiting Paris and Marseille, and taking a road-trip along the south coast during his stay. However, what he’s really buzzing for is the footballing experience.

“The fans, atmosphere, meeting people from all over the world,” he says. “I think the games will be close and I hope I will be celebrating victories with my compatriots.”

And what if those odds start to look a little bit friendlier?

“I would strongly consider coming back.”

Two journeys across the Atlantic in the space of a month? Now that’s a superfan.

And what about the rest of us?

We, who drink weak tea in leaky stadiums. Strain our necks to glimpse the screen through the jungle of heads in the pub. Get told off for being late to Sunday lunch.

We, who feel crushing disappointment and overwhelming joy in endless cycles. Who curse, cheer, cry, and then order another beer.

It has all led up to this.

Wherever you are, we hope you can make the most of Euro 2016. Odds are, it’s going to be a tournament to remember.

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An introduction to the UEFA European Championship

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The UEFA European Championship, also known as ‘The Euros’, is a competition contested by national football teams throughout Europe.

The Euros is held every four years, alternating in even-numbered years with the World Cup, and is one of the world’s most popular sporting events.

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Beginnings

A pan-European football tournament was first proposed in 1927 by Henri Delaunay, one of the early architects of the FIFA World Cup.

However, it was not until 1958 that the Euros (then called the UEFA European Nations Cup) came into being. The first of these tournaments occurred in 1960 and has been held every four years since then.

In 1980, the number of teams that could participate in the Finals was increased from four to eight. This changed to 16 teams in 1996 and as of Euro 2016, 24 teams will take part.

Host nations

Since the competition began in 1960, each tournament has been hosted in a different country, and the host nation for Euro 2016 is France. However, the 2020 competition will see a change in format.

Despite bids from Scotland/Wales, Turkey, Georgia/Azerbaijan and the Republic of Ireland, UEFA have decided that Euro 2020 will be hosted in several different cities across Europe.

Qualification

The host nation qualifies automatically. 53 other teams have to fight it out for the 23 remaining places in the competition proper.

These teams are drawn into Groups A-H (eight groups of six teams; one group of five). Each group winner and runner-up qualifies for the finals alongside the best-placed runner-up from all eight groups.

The eight remaining third-placed teams take part in two-legged play-offs to decide the four remaining places.

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Final tournament

The tournament begins with another group stage. The 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four. Every group winner, every runner-up and the four best third-placed teams progress to the final 16.

At this point, the Euros become a knockout competition with four rounds:

The Round of 16: Eight matches

Quarter-Finals: Four matches

Semi-Finals: Two matches

Final: The two winners of each semi-final play against each other. The winning team become the European Champions.

If any match ends in a draw after 90 minutes, an extra 30 minutes are played (in two 15-minute halves).

If the scores are still level after this period of extra-time, the winner is decided in a penalty shootout.

The Henri Delaunay Trophy

The Henri Delaunay Trophy – named after the competition’s creator – is awarded to the winner of the European Championship. Delaunay died five years before the first tournament in 1960.

Delaunay’s son, Pierre, created the original trophy in his father’s honour and in 2008, a slightly-modified version of the trophy was unveiled.

Former Winners

  • Spain – 3 (1964, 2008, 2012)
  • Germany – 3 (1972, 1980 as West Germany) (1996)
  • France – 2 (1984, 2000)
  • Denmark – 1 (1992)
  • Greece – 1 (2004)
  • Italy – 1 (1968)
  • Netherlands – 1 (1988)
  • Soviet Union USSR – 1 (1960)
  • Czechoslovakia (now credited to the Czech Republic) – 1 (1976)

The European Championships have been through many changes. From 1960 to 1980, only eight teams took part in the competition.

Now, with 24 teams taking part, the expanding nature of the competition is proof of its continuing popularity and prestige.

Despite a record number of teams vying to take part, there have only been nine winners since the competition began.

The unlikely wins of Denmark in 1992 and Greece in 2004 show that anything is possible. In fact, the competition can sometimes be a goldmine for savvy punters.

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How to place a bet on a football match online

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While some people still love going into their local Ladbrokes betting shop, our website now makes it easier and quicker than ever to place a bet.

So if you want to place a bet on a football match, this step-by-step guide shows you how…

Step 1: Visit the Ladbrokes website

Go to the Ladbrokes website to start.

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Step 2: Register an account

This step can put some people off, but our website is designed to make joining as painless as possible. Simply click “JOIN NOW” on the red bar in the top right-hand corner. This will open a registration screen. You can then enter your personal details, create a password and choose your betting currency. You must be 18 or over to register, and the whole process should take you no more than three minutes.

To join even quicker, you can link to your PayPal account via the yellow button in the top left-hand corner of the registration screen.

Step 3: Choose a payment method

The easiest way to deposit money in your Ladbrokes account is to use your credit/debit card. Yet we also offer a number of payment methods for your convenience. The minimum deposit and withdrawal times vary from one payment method to another.

You can then choose your preferred method and deposit the amount of your choice. Our website is very secure. With this in mind, you can be sure that your personal details and money are in safe hands.

Choosing your deposit amount

If you’re new to football betting, please be aware that you don’t have to deposit a large amount: it is crucial never to bet what you can’t afford to lose.

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Step 4: Find your bets

Now you’ve got the boring bit done and dusted, it’s time to have some fun placing your bets. If it’s your first bet, we’d suggest putting some thought into your selection. It may be wise to place on bets on teams and/or players whose form you know and understand.

Making your bets on the Ladbrokes site is easy. Just click on the bet you want and our system adds it to your betting slip. If you wish to deselect your choice, just click on it again. When you choose a bet, the rectangle containing the odds for that particular bet will turn green.

As you can see, the Ladbrokes website makes placing your football bets very easy. If you have any issues, our dedicated support team is on hand via phone and email to help whenever you need us.

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How are the odds calculated in football betting?

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All good punters need to have a solid grasp of odds when betting on football, or any other sport for that matter. And the more you know about odds, the more daring and elaborate you can be with your accumulators and or any type of bet.

So, just think how valuable it would be to gain a true understanding of the ways in which bookmakers calculate their odds! Here at Ladbrokes, we think it’s time we let you into the secret…

Bookmakers’ odds and their true value

Quite simply, all bookmakers need to make a profit to stay in business. So rather than calculating odds with true probabilities, bookmakers adjust them slightly to ensure they bring in a profit.

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Example:

Let’s say that following close analysis of statistics, injuries and so on, a bookie works out the following:

  • Team 1: has a 25% chance of winning
  • Team 2: has a 55% chance of winning
  • There is a 20% chance of a draw between the two sides

As the probabilities above add up to 100%, this means that the bookmaker will neither win nor lose any money.

So to make a profit, the bookmaker adjusts the probabilities, like so:

  • Team 1: has a 32.4% chance of a win after alterations
  • Team 2: has a 54% chance of a win after alterations
  • A draw between the two clubs: 21.6% chance after alterations

The percentages above add up to 108%, which gives the bookmaker an 8% profit margin. In European decimal odds, these odds are displayed as coefficients, like so:

54% = 1.85

32.4% = 3.09

21.6% = 4.63

At the odds stated above, the bookmaker pays out the punter’s stake x 1.85, or 3.09, or 4.63 (depending on the result).

So let’s say a punter splits a £100 stake to put £50 on a win by Team 1, £30 on a win for Team 2 and the remaining £20 on a draw.

In the event that Team 1 wins the match, the bookkeeper must pay out the £50*1.85 = £92.50.

In the event that Team 2 wins, the bookkeeper must hand over 30*3.09 = 92.70

If the game ends in a draw, then the bookie needs to pay out 20*4.63 = £92.60

You see how close the resulting pay outs are? For the example above, we distributed the £100 proportionately to show you how bookies make their money. In essence, they want you to bet this way so they can carry on making a profit no matter what the outcome.

To achieve this, bookmakers balance true probability with public opinion. You rarely see odds contrasting with public opinion. This is because doing so would result in punters making a disproportionate number of wagers on one side of the bet. This would increase risk of loss for the bookmaker, as well as for the punter.

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Balancing the books

A bookie’s job is to balance the books and to make a small amount of profit consistently. For this reason, they don’t look to fleece their customers. Instead, they want to keep them coming back again and again and to reduce the chances of losing money themselves.

The best bookmakers know they can’t balance their books for every single football match. To them, it’s all about spreading risk to manage small changes in profit margins.

Here at Ladbrokes, we understand that this is exactly the way that the most successful punters manage their betting money. By sharing some secrets about the way our industry operates, we also want to show how we’ve built up relationships with our best customers through mutual trust and understanding.

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