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Mike Richardson - Competitions don't get much bigger than the Champions League and the clash between Chelsea and Napoli doesn't get much crunchier for Chelsea, who desperately need any form victory.
 
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Mike Richardson - There is no such thing as a sure thing in the last 16 of the Champions League, but when Real Madrid take on CSKA Moscow I'm expecting the usual Madrid victory. Jose "Special One" Mourinho will now focus on another Champions League title.
 
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Mike Richardson - Barcelona could do with a softer opponent than third place Valencia as they look back to domestic affairs and they try to claw back Real Madrid’s lead in the Spanish Premier division.
 
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Mike Richardson - Real Madrid look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they take on a side 17 places behind them in the table; Racing Santander who haven't won in their last four games.
 
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Champions League Betting

02/16/2012 12:53 PM
Mike Richardson - With four of the first leg ties already played in the Champions League last 16 we’re getting a real sense of just WHO are the teams worth backing in this competition.
 
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Mike Richardson - After a surprise exit from the Champions League, Manchester United have the chance of silverware in the runners’ up competition, that is the Europa Cup. They start their chase for a trophy against Ajax on Thursday night.
 
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Mike Richardson - Two medium longshots for the Champions League crown meet when Zenit St Petersburg host Benfica, but as this is Europe’s league of champions you should be guaranteed some tasty football and an 'anything can happen' atmosphere.
 
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Mike Richardson - Two European giants, who have gone through a somewhat pygmy period in recent years, face-off in their first leg match of the last 16 of the Champions League when AC Milan host Arsenal. Get ready for goals!
 
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Mike Richardson - Two teams with league problems look to the Champions League for glory and victory as long shot Leverkusen take on favourites Barcelona. Barca have fallen further behind Real Madrid with an upset loss to Osasuna on Sunday.
 
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Mike Richardson - Two sides, who are very popular in their home countries face off in the elite European football competition, the Champions League when French side Lyon host Cyprus’ APOEL Nicosia in their  first leg of the last 16 stage match.
 
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Mike Richardson - With just 16 clubs left in the Champions League and some heavy hitters out of contention, the stage is set for a thrilling knockout stage. Lets go over the matches and discuss some of the best soccer betting options.
 
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Mike Richardson - There is everything to play for when the Vancouver Canucks take on the Flames at Calgary in what should be scorchingly good encounter on Saturday night. See what the sportsbooks have on offer as we look to cash in.
 
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Mike Richardson - Don’t bet on any long shots in this weekend’s stone cold banker in Spain’s top flight. Osasuna versus Barcelona is your opportunity to make the bookies pay. Even with Champions League action next week Barca will be too strong.
 
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Mike Richardson - Expect more misery to be heaped on Aston Villa and their under-fire manager as they face the league leaders, Manchester City on Sunday. With United performing their usual second half of season miracles, City need to get three points here.
 
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Mike Richardson - Two teams with similar recent runs, but different positions on the table meet on Saturday in the Premier League when Everton entertain Chelsea. All the recent talk in England, however, has been about the national team manager.
 
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Mike Richardson - If you ignore the last two results; we should be in for a cracking ice hockey match when the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. What are the sportsbook odds makers offering us tonight?
 
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Mike Richardson - We’re past the half-way point in the Premier League 2011-12, but there’s no room for boredom and there’s still nothing definite about the table. The only constant is the quality of the football on offer.
 
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Mike Richardson - Manchester United tries to colse the gap between themselves and Manchester City as the Premiere League winds down. A win over Liverpool this week could get the Red Devils closer to taking over the league from their cross town rivals.
 
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Mike Richardson - After the excitement and goals of the weekend, the EPL gives us a yet another potential belter of a game as third place Tottenham take on seventh place Liverpool at Anfield.
 
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Mike Richardson - Can Aston Villa take Newcastle down a peg or two and back to earth, or just take revenge for last season’s 6-0 drubbing?
 
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Mike Richardson - With the Premier League table set as it is, it’s a bad time for Chelsea and a good time for Manchester United to take on the Blues. If City draw or lose then Manchester United can reclaim their place at the top of the table.
 
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Mike Richardson - Just how far can the Chicago Blackhawks’ losing streak stretch? The spluttering Calgary Flames will be hoping just one more game ahead of their Friday night clash. Can the once mighty 'hawks get it together at last?
 
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Mike Richardson - Two previous Premier League champions, with different but immediate problems meet at lunchtime on Saturday in a massively important game for both the sides that are involved; it has to be Arsenal vs. Blackburn Rovers.
 
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Mike Richardson - We could well be in for a mid-table cracker when Sunderland and Norwich, two teams separated by just two points, take to the pitch on Wednesday night in the English Premier League. What soccer betting options do the bookies have on tap?
 
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Mike Richardson - After the All-Star break the Chicago Blackhawks will be hoping for a decent road trip, starting with a grudge match against the Vancouver Canucks. Which way are we leaning with our NHL picks in this matchup?
 
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Mike Richardson - Tuesday night sees Manchester United take out their FA Cup frustrations on Stoke city in the Premier league. Now that the excitement of the FA Cup has passed (for at least a little while) we can get back to the serious matter of the Premier League.
 
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Mike Richardson - With Manchester City being knocked out of both domestic cups, the Premier League takes on added significance for the team in sky blue, which puts all eyes on their match against Everton on Tuesday night.
 
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Mike Richardson - With last weekend's football action confined to the FA Cup you get double the pleasure of Premier League matches this week, with a set of mid-week games as well as next weekend's fixtures.
 
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Mike Richardson - The Serie A table should be all the evidence you need to pick the winner when second place AC Milan take on mid-table Cagliari this Sunday. The Milanese Giants are second behind the Old Lady of Serie A, Juventus.
 
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Mike Richardson - After knocking City out of the Carling Cup, Liverpool face their second Manchester cup tie. They take on Manchester United in Saturday lunchtime's FA Cup fourth round match.
 
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Mike Richardson - After the thrills of the of an El Classico clash in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona get back to the immediate matter of generating league points when they take a trip to faltering Villarreal.
 
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Mike Richardson - The best league in the world didn't disappoint this weekend with shock and awe; and goals galore. The 22nd round of games in the English Premier League threw up 35 goals, two draws, three clean sheets and just a single goalless game.
 
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Mike Richardson - There are several Premier League clashes that try and lay claim to being the match of the season, but the way things stand at present Arsenal versus Manchester United might just be the game that defines 2012.
 
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Mike Richardson - When a highflying Northern side travels down South and faces a struggling London club, an away win should be on the cards but expect a shock when Fulham host Newcastle United and The Cottagers show their mettle.
 
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Mike Richardson - In the clash between Premier League favourites, Manchester City and the dark horse for the title, Tottenham Hotspur, it should be a real thoroughbred of a match. Can Spurs show some teeth and blow the top of the League wide open?
 
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Mike Richardson - Usually it would be a safe bet and a foregone conclusion when the high rollers of Chelsea take on the newly promoted kids from Norwich, but this Premier League season has been anything but usual.
 
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Mike Richardson - There was another classic weekend in the Barclays Premier League, with a big change at one end of the table.
 
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Mike Richardson - After Manchester United's victory over Bolton Manchester City can't afford to slip up when they face Wigan on Monday night.
 
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Mike Richardson - Sunday sees Arsenal make their first ever Premier League visit to Swansea's Liberty Stadium in what should be an entertaining scrap. With Chelsea and United winning on Saturday, Arsenal need all three points.
 
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Mike Richardson - Barcelona have the thrilling prospect of their Copa del Rey showdown against Real Madrid to look forward to, but first they have to take care of league business against Real Betis on Sunday.
 
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Expect Valencia to make hay and raise Cain after edging out Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, especially against Real Sociedad, a side who are hovering just above the relegation zone.

 
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Mike Richardson - Neither Norwich nor West Brom will be bothering the top of the table (both are at approximately 2,500/1 to win the league) but they’re both in the bunch of eight who make up the filling for the table, somewhere where every point counts.
 
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Mike Richardson - Two teams desperately in need of a league win meet on Saturday, but you'd be a fool to bet on relegation zone Bolton against second place Manchester United.
 
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Mike Richardson - The Premier League game that "never was" finally gets played on Wednesday night, as the Tottenham Hotspurs take on Everton in their all-important game in hand. See what soccer betting options are on tap at the bookies.
 
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Soccer Betting Catchup

01/09/2012 11:04 AM
Mike Richardson - Here’s a quick catch up on the biggest games in the FA Cup Third Round and an analysis of what it means to the Premier League. The biggest game of the weekend was the Manchester Derby, how will it affect the table come the end of the season?
 
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Mike Richardson - Expect grand opera in the FA Cup Third Round when the two Manchesters (that’s City and United for anyone who doesn’t know) meet on Sunday. There is plenty at stake here for both teams, not just in the cup but also in terms of the League.
 
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Mike Richardson - The two teams at the top of the Premier League face off in the FA Cup on Sunday in what should be an absolute belter of a game.
 
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Mike Richardson -

What a Christmas break it was in the Premier League with shocks and shake-ups, misbehaviour and controversy, not to mention goals and Christmas cheers. It's amazing to think we’re only just halfway through the season.

 
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Mike Richardson - Two Uniteds face off on Wednesday night looking to bounce back after disappointing final games of 2011, however everything points to Manchester United starting 2012 brighter than Newcastle United.
 
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After Manchester City’s “unbelievable” 1-0 loss to Sunderland Liverpool have a chance to shake up the Premier League further.

 
 
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