Bunyard face ban because of betting

Nick Bunyard has been banned from all footballing activities after having found betting against his own club.

He was until recently the manager of Frome Town and has been sacked after an inquiry revealed that he was involved in betting activities.

He has been banned until 2019 from all activities involving football and he will have to pay a fine of around 3000 pounds. It is believed that Bunyard had betted against his own side in more than 45 occasions including when he was managing Paulton Rovers.

Nick Bunyard has made more than 95 bets during the period from September 2014 to April 2016. The Football Association has clear guidelines concerning betting, and they are not allowed to place any bets while they are playing or managing a club.

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Barton wants more time

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton who has been charged for betting has asked the Scottish Football Association to extend his appeal date.

The player was guilty of placing 44 bets on football games from the period of July to September.

It is believed that Barton placed bets on a variety of matches and only one game concerned Scottish football directly. The Rangers player put bet on the match between Celtic and Barcelona. Apparently, the midfielder believed that Celtic would be hammered by Barcelona in the Champions League match.

This is not the first time that Joey Barton has issues since his arrival at Rangers. Indeed he is currently serving a ban by his club for fighting on the training ground. He is currently barred from playing and training with the club.

The Scottish Football Association will assess the request, and a decision will be made by Thursday. It is believed that there is a big amount of documentation to be considered and that Barton would want his lawyers to have enough time to review the case before appearing before the Scottish Football Association committee. Read more »

Draw Preferred by Bookmakers in Chelsea vs Manchester United

One of the top soccer betting events this weekend will be between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The contest will take place at Stamford Bridge and there is not expected to be much difference in United’s approach to the one that they adopted in the game against Liverpool a fortnight ago. United had the sole intention of stopping the opposition from getting a stranglehold in the match. They did not concentrate much on going forward and had only one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes. A similar approach is expected for the Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge by bookmakers.

Manchester United have been going to a poor patch of form in the last five matches and they have managed only one league victory in these games. As a result, they are backed at just 12/5for a win, which would see manager José Mourinho celebrating upon his return. Mourinho is coming back to Stamford Bridge seven months after being sacked by the club, but with Manchester United. After losing in the big matches against Liverpool and Arsenal, Chelsea have recovered to win back-to-back games in the league. This form coupled with the home advantage sees them backed at 6/5 for the win.
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Should emotions cloud your FA Cup betting strategy?

With the riches of the Premier League making top-flight football ever more important, the FA Cup has been relegated in terms of priority over recent years. Yet, as the competition commences its 3rd qualifying round this weekend, for many clubs it represents their primary opportunity to achieve glory and create memories to remember for their devoted fans.

You don’t need to rummage through the archives to find proof that the competition still matters; just ask Bradford City fans. In 2015 their giant-killing escapades saw them beat eventual Premier League winners Chelsea 2-4 at Stamford Bridge and take another Premier League scalp in the form of Sunderland.

The possibility of unlikely victories in the earlier rounds of the competition is much anticipated by fans and is an integral part of the tradition and prestige of the FA Cup today. Alongside the giant-killing, there are sporadic moments, like Wigan’s win in 2013, where an un-fancied underdog actually goes on to win the competition. These rare occasions offer the opportunity to make a killing by investing a small amount of cash or even a free promotional bet on an outsider with long odds going all the way and lifting the trophy. Read more »


Senegal international Sadio Mane has allayed fear regarding his fitness in time for the clash against Leicester City.

The Liverpool summer transfer addition was on international duty, and there were concerns that he picked up a slight knock. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp enquired about his fitness after the game. He received a report that he was substituted during the game against Namibia, adding that he was “fit and well.”

Mane is poised to make a return to England on Monday to start training ahead of the clash with defending champions of the Premier League – Leicester City. Mane has been in good form since his £34 million switch from Southampton this summer. He has surely given the Reds an edge this campaign. His start is similar to that of Luis Suarez, causing anxiety among the fans about what might happen in the title challenge as the season wears on.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana are cover for Mane, while options like Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are available. His versatility and work rate has definitely impacted on his teammates in such a short time.
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On April 9 this year, a game played between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl ended 5-0 in favour of Rhyl, forcing investigation into the game by the South Wales police.

The police had received information regarding the soccer betting pattern of the game, as it ended with surprising results. Rhyl had nothing to lose as they were already relegated, yet they thrashed their rival with that huge goal margin. Ordinarily, nothing would have been suspected as things happen in football regularly. However, Port Talbot replaced them by dropping out of the Premier League at the season’s end due to financial problems.

According to reports from Wales Online, the police made a move to arrest ten people on Wednesday. The ten suspects include seven males and three females. The case was sent to the Gambling Commission by the Football Association of Wales. The Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said regarding the case:
“These arrests are as result of a thorough process of evidence gathering and close co-operation between the FAW, South Wales Police and the Gambling Commission. The FAW remains committed to our Integrity Education Programme which began in 2014, as well as the monitoring and reporting systems we have in place which have contributed to these arrests. The FAW will not bring any sporting sanctions against any individuals while the police investigation is ongoing.”
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