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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.

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. Learn more about how to bet on football and other sports in our online betting guide

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What is The FA Cup draw?

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Draw:

The act of selecting names randomly to decide opponents in a sporting contest.

The FA Cup draw is the fair and open method used to organise the various fixtures of this fiercely-contested tournament.

Teams from the first 10 tiers of the English football pyramid are paired off against each other at random. In theory, the first team drawn in each pair has the advantage as they play at their home stadium.

How does the draw work?

Qualifying Rounds

All of the teams in the six qualifying rounds are drawn against each other on a regional basis. The FA does this to reduce travel costs for the smaller clubs in these preliminary stages.

Competition proper

From the First Round of the FA Cup, all teams are each allocated a number. The Football League teams that enter in the First Round are allocated numbers 1-48 in alphabetical order. So, for example, Bristol City will have a low number, whereas York City will be at 48.

The winners from the Fourth Qualifying Round receive a number (49 onwards) as they come through, rather than in alphabetical order.

Teams that make it through to the Quarter-Finals receive new numbers related to how they were drawn in the Fifth Round. So if Arsenal are in the Quarter-Finals and get the number 1, it’s not because the club’s name begins with the first letter of the alphabet. Instead, it’s because their old number came out of the bowl first in the previous round.

Before every ‘proper’ round, numbered balls representing each team in the competition are placed in a spinning bowl.

A celebrity (usually an ex-footballer) will take out the balls, one at a time, from the bowl. The team whose number is taken out first in each matchup plays their match at home to the team whose number is taken out second.

System of byes

None of the teams in the FA Cup are seeded, which makes for some interesting draws. Yet a system of byes ensures that teams in the top tiers don’t go into the draw before the Third Round.

The ‘magic of the FA Cup’

The fact that the FA Cup draw is random means that you will often see non-league teams with tiny grounds and hardly any supporters play huge Premier League clubs with global fan bases.

Results do usually go as expected, with the bigger teams winning and going through to the next round, but on occasion, the smaller teams beat the larger teams.

In fact, the FA Cup is well-known for the many ‘giant killings’ that have occurred in its history, and this draw system helps create these opportunities.

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The Premier League winners list

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At the point where the whistle blows for the season’s curtain raiser, all teams in the league are equal. Each club wants nothing more than to have their named etched upon the Premier League trophy come the curtain call, sending a signal to the rest of the country that they’re the ones to beat.

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Premier league winners list since 1992

 

Year         Winners Runners-up Third place
2016-2017  Chelsea  Tottenham Hotspur  Manchester City
 2015-2016  Leicester City  Arsenal  Tottenham
 2014-2015  Chelsea  Man City  Arsenal
2013-2014  Man City Liverpool  Chelsea
2012-2013  Manchester United Man City Chelsea
2011-2012 Man City Manchester United Arsenal
2010-2011 Manchester United Chelsea Man City
2009-2010 Chelsea Manchester Utd Arsenal
2008-2009 Manchester United Liverpool Chelsea
2007-2008 Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal
2006-2007 Manchester United Chelsea Liverpool
2005-2006 Chelsea Manchester Utd Liverpool
2004-2005 Chelsea Arsenal Manchester Utd
2003-2004 Arsenal Chelsea Manchester Utd
2002-2003 Manchester United Arsenal Newcastle Utd
2001-2002 Arsenal Liverpool Manchester Utd
2000-2001 Manchester United Arsenal Liverpool
1999-2000 Manchester United Arsenal Leeds Utd
1998-1999 Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea
1997-1998 Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool
1996 – 1997 Manchester United Newcastle Utited
1995-1996 Manchester United Newcastle United Liverpool
1994-1995  Blackburn Rovers  Manchester United Nottingham Forest
1993-1994 Manchester United Blackburn Newcastle utd
1992-1993 Manchester United Aston Villa Norwich City

Who has won the Premier League  most times?

In its short history, just five teams have emerged victorious in the Premier League. Here, we take a look at those five, and the managers and players involved in their famous wins.

Here the teams with more Premier League titles since 1992

  1. Manchester United – 13 Titles
  2. Chelsea – 4 titles
  3. Arsenal – 3 titles
  4. Manchester City – 2 titles
  5. Blackburn Rovers – 1 title

Manchester United

Seasons won title (13): 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13.

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson.

Top scorer (overall): Wayne Rooney – as of March 2016, Rooney has scored 192 goals in the Premier League, making him second highest scorer in the Premier League behind the now-retired Alan Shearer.

Rooney’s tally in all competitions stands at 244 goals, putting him second on the all-time Manchester United scorers list, behind Bobby Charlton with 249.

Notable players: Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others!

Blackburn Rovers

Season won title (1): 1994-95.

Manager: Kenny Dalglish.

Top scorer: Alan Shearer – scored 34 goals. Shearer formed a lethal strike partnership with Chris Sutton who scored 15. Shearer was also top scorer in the Premier League this season.

Notable players: Shearer, Sutton, Tim Sherwood, Tim Flowers.

Back in the mid-1990s, Blackburn were the big money club thanks to a seemingly endless supply of cash from owner and lifelong fan, Jack Walker.

They broke the British record transfer fee to sign Shearer from Southampton in 1992. This move clearly paid off: by 1995, they became league champions for the first time in 81 years.

Arsenal

Seasons won title (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04.

Manager: Arsène Wenger.

Top scorers: Dennis Bergkamp, 16 (1997-98), and Thierry Henry, 24 (2001-02), and 30 (2003-04). Both of these players formed a fearsome strike partnership during the 2003-04 season, during which Arsenal went a whole season without losing a single match.

Notable players: David Seaman, Tony Adams, Henry, Patrick Viera.

Chelsea

Seasons won title (4): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15.

Managers: José Mourinho (3), Carlo Ancelotti (1).

Top scorers: Frank Lampard, 13 (2004-05) and 16 (2005-06), Didier Drogba, 29 (2009-10), and Diego Costa 20 (2014-15).

Notable players: Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba.

Chelsea won the Premier League for the very first time in 2004-05 when José Mourinho became manager. He led Chelsea to a run of 75 home games without losing once. They also won a record 95 points in Mourinho’s first season at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City

Season won title (2): 2011-12, 2013-14.

Managers: Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini.

Top scorers: Sergio Agüero, 23 (2011-12), and Yaya Touré, 20 (2013-14).

Notable players: Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero.

In the 2011-12 season, City won the league title for the first time since 1968 (44 years).

There have been 47 teams to play in the Premier League, yet just five of those teams have won the title. This is proof the dominance of the richer clubs in the league, and showing just how demanding a competition it can be.

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What are the different types of ‘specials’ in football betting?

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You know the score – literally: betting in football largely revolves around predicting which team will outscore the other.

When it comes to the specials market however, you’re able to do more than pick a winner. Have your say on the potential score line, pick which manager’s next in the sack race, or who’s going to miss a penalty at the weekend; there’s everything to play for.

Winning margin

As its name suggests, this bet requires you to guess the winning margin during a particular match.

Fancy Leeds United to beat Charlton Athletic by two goals? If you place a two goal winning margin bet and either Leeds or Charlton win 2-0, 4-2, 5-3, 12-10, or by any other two goal margin, you will see a return on your stake.

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Clean sheet odds

For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a team gets a clean sheet when it manages not to concede a single goal during the course of a match. Arsenal were renowned for incredible defensive play back in the 1980s and 1990s, so the odds of a clean sheet may have been 1/6 around that time.

However these days, they’re known for lacking strength in defence, and that will mean that the odds of them getting a clean sheet are higher.

Penalty/Missed penalty

Penalties are often the cause of heated discussions between pundits and punters alike both during and after football games.

As a result, it’s perhaps no surprise that bookies allow you to bet on whether a spot kick will be awarded and whether the taker will score or miss.

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Results minute markets

If you want to be really specific, you can place a bet that applies for exact portions of a match. This means you can bet on whether there’ll be a goal or a booking between the 10 and 20th minutes, for example.

You can even bet on how many corners will be awarded during that period. In fact, there’s virtually no limit to the precise predictions on which you can place bets.

Red card

We know that some footballers are more passionate than others and get booked more often as a result.

Some get booked for over-zealous celebrations, whereas others get yellow cards for getting a bit carried away during disagreements with the referee.

The precise reasons for the double booking or straight red card don’t matter; as long as you’ve placed that winning bet, you’ll see a return.

Next manager

This is another popular special bet. With managers coming and going so frequently, there is always speculation as to who will be taking over, so punters can have a go at making predictions.

The specials market gives you the chance to add an extra flair to your football watching, allowing you to have your say on both the on- and off-field antics that surround the beautiful game.

From red cards to clean sheets, the list of specials on which you can bet is practically endless.

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How to read football betting odds

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Football betting odds can be expressed as decimals or fractions. If you’re confused by one or the other (or both) – never fear! Here at Ladbrokes, we aim to make it all easier to understand.

How to understand betting odds?

Well, there isn’t any monetary difference between decimal and fractional odds. They are quite simply two different ways of expressing the same thing.

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Fractional odds

Examples of fractional odds include 1/4 and 7/2. There are many ways to understand the way they work, but the easiest is: [how much will you win] / [how much you stake].

So, if you have odds of 10/1, you stand to win £10 for every £1 you bet. If you bet 7/2, you will receive £7 in winnings, plus your £2 stake.

Odds-on selections

Fractional odds can appear the wrong way round, for example, 2/7 or 1/10.  These are known as ‘odds-on selections’. So in the case of a 1/7 selection, you would have to stake £7 to win £1.

You will see these types of odds when the team you’re betting on is strong favourite to win (or sometimes lose).

Decimal odds

Many punters and even bookmakers consider decimal odds to be much easier to understand than the fractional equivalent. Indeed, for most punters, knowing which is the greater number between 10/6 or 8/5 takes some mental arithmetic (or a calculator).

On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to see straight away that 3.90 is a bigger number than 3.85.

How do I calculate decimal odds?

To work out your winnings, all you need to do is multiply your stake by your decimal odds.

So, if you stake £10 at decimal odds of 4, then your winnings will be £40.

In the case of decimal odds, your stake is included automatically in your returns. In addition, odds of 2.0 represent even money (the same as 1/1). Any decimal odds of less than 2.0 constitute an odds-on bet.

Being able to read and interpret odds will give you a great foundation for picking which team you want to back, as well as how much you’re willing to bet.

Take some time to get to grips with how odds work, and you will be able to choose your stakes quickly and with more confidence.

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England’s most glorious football moments

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Over the years, England has been one of the most dominant countries in shaping and developing the football world, producing some world-class players, and hosting one of the most prestigious domestic leagues around.

Both on an international and club level, England has seen some incredible football moments, and we’ve listed four of our all-time favourites.

England wins the World Cup in 1966

Back in 1966, England was widely considered to the best national team in the world.

The fact that the tournament was held in England made the national team outright favourites. Despite an uninspiring draw in the first group match, England looked almost unstoppable for the rest of the tournament.

The final itself against West Germany was held at Wembley and was a thrilling match. Finishing 2-2 after 90 minutes, the match exploded in the half an hour of extra time. A dubious second goal from Geoff Hurst – the source of controversy ever since – put the hosts 3-2 in front.

Finally, a third from Hurst in the dying seconds of the game made England world champions for the first – and as yet – only time. Hurst remains the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

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Nottingham Forest wins back-to-back European Cups

While Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968, Nottingham Forest remains the only club in the country to achieve the feat twice in a row (1979 and 1980).

What makes the feat even more remarkable is the fact that Nottingham Forest was a relatively small, provincial club that had only won promotion to the top tier of the domestic league in 1977.

This period of unprecedented success means that Brian Clough can lay claim to be one of the greatest English club manager of all time.

Manchester United wins the treble 1999

Manchester United have dominated English football for most of the being the Premier League winners 13 times, and the club achieved its greatest feat in 1999: the year it won the league title, FA Cup and Champions League in a single year.

The thrilling FA Cup semi-final match against then arch-rivals, Arsenal, saw Dennis Bergkamp miss a penalty. Most memorably, it was the match in which Ryan Giggs scored a wonder goal that made a mockery of one of the best defences in the game.

In the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, the Red Devils trailed 1-0 for most of the match. It wasn’t until the last few minutes that substitute Teddy Sheringham equalised at short range, before Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored the winner less than a minute later.

United were the first club to achieve this treble. Such was the scale of this feat that some pundits predict that it is one that will never be repeated.

Liverpool wins the Champions League for a fifth time

After dominating European football in the 1970s and early 1980s, Liverpool FC was a shadow of its former self by 2005.

Having not won the domestic league title since 1991, the Reds got into the Champions League by the skin of their teeth, after finishing fourth in the 2003-04 season.

Liverpool’s form in Europe in 2004-05 contrasted sharply with that in the league. But after getting to the semi-final, they managed to scrape past Premier League champions Chelsea to face AC Milan in the final.

During the final, Liverpool were trailing 3-0 at half-time and it didn’t look good for the then four-time champions. But after clawing three goals back over a thrilling six-minute period, Liverpool went on to win the match in a penalty shootout.

As this was the fifth time that Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe, they were allowed to keep the European Champion Clubs’ Cup permanently.

With one of the most respected domestic leagues in the world, there is little wonder that English football has produced some incredible moments, from underdog clubs exceeding all expectations to ultimate national success.

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What is a football accumulator and how do I place a bet?

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Football accumulator betting has become very popular in the UK over the last two decades. In fact, they have become something of a ritual to many football fans across the land.

In some ways, accumulators have become as important as the games themselves (well, almost).

So what exactly is a football accumulator, and how do you go about placing a bet?

What is it?

A football accumulator is a bet that combines two or more selections into a single bet. It will only give you a return when all of your selections win.

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Why should I place an accumulator bet?

The main benefit of placing an accumulator bet is that your winnings will be much greater than if you placed a single bet since the risk of losing your bet is higher. In fact, just one of your selections needs to fall for you to lose your whole bet.

In the unlikely event that one of the teams you’ve bet on doesn’t play, you won’t lose your stake. Instead, we’ll recalculate your accumulator as though it hadn’t contained the selection. So if you have a 5-fold accumulator, it then becomes a 4-fold instead.

Of course, betting on so many games happening at the same time adds to the sheer thrill of it all. Almost every Saturday, when there are over 40 matches going at once all over the country, your options are almost limitless. This can transform any contest into a crucial game.

Many fans agree that no other type of betting matches the thrill of having that last-minute goal clinch your accumulator. And while accumulators play a part in all English football leagues and other sports too, they have become very much part of football culture for many punters.

How do I place an accumulator?

It really couldn’t be easier. Simply choose your bets and tick the winning team of the matches you want to add, and our system will add them to your online betting slip.

You can also make use of our Bet Calculator to help work out the potential profit on an accumulator bet.

The amount of money you can win with an accumulator is almost without limits: your winnings accumulate with each correct selection. But beware – the more teams you add to your accumulator, the less your chance of winning.

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 how to place a bet the form, 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.

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What are the different leagues in English football?

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The English football league system is a series of interconnected football leagues, each with their own divisions (commonly also referred to as ‘leagues’ in their own right).

Here is a guide to the main leagues and divisions in English football.

The Premier League

The Premier League is the top league in English football. Founded in 1992, the Premier League now consists of 20 teams.

The top three teams in the Premier League qualify automatically to compete in the UEFA Champions League. The team which finishes fourth has to take part in a preliminary play-off to enter the Champions League proper.

The team which places fifth at the end of the season qualifies automatically for the Europa League; they are joined in that competition by the winners of the FA Cup and League Cup.

The teams which finish in the bottom three of the Premier League table face relegation to the Football League Championship.

Check out here all the Premier League Winners since 1992.

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The Football League

72 teams from England and Wales play in the Football League. The system consists of three divisions in the form of the following:

The Championship: This is the highest tier of the Football League and second-highest overall. 24 club teams currently play in the Championship. At the end of each season, the two top teams receive direct promotion to the Premier League.

Teams which finish 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in the Championship take part in the play-offs. The winner of this mini-competition takes the third promotion place and joins the Premier League. At the end of the season, the bottom three teams in the division are relegated to League One.

League One: This is the second tier of the Football League and the third overall. 24 teams play in League One.

The promotion and play-off system is the same as in the Championship. However, those who gain promotion leave League One and take part in the Championship the following season. The bottom four teams are relegated to League Two.

League Two: This is the third tier of the Football League and the fourth overall. The teams which finish in the top three at the end of each season gain automatic promotion to League One.

Teams placed in the bottom two clubs are relegated to the National League.

The National League                                       

The National League System consists of 17 different levels immediately below the Football League.

Rather confusingly, the highest (and best known) tier of the National League System is also known as the National League (it was previously called the Conference Premier division).

There are 24 teams in the National League. Only the champions gain automatic promotion to League Two. A play-off draw between the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams decides which of them gains the second promotion place.

The teams which finish in the bottom four at the end of the season are relegated to one of two regional divisions: National League North and National League South.

The division into which a relegated team goes is based on geographical criteria.

As the national sport, there are many different football leagues in England, from the cream of the crop of professional football (Premier League), to smaller divisions mostly involving semi-professional players.

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 football 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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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.”

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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.”

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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?”

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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.”

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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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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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