Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

The Road to Riches: Weekend of 12-13th June

Posted on 11 Jun 2021 07:36 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

  • Football, The start of Euro2020 including England v Croatia on Sunday.
  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Bath, Chester, Leicester, Sandown and York and over the jumps at Hexham and Worcester
  • Cricket, the start of the Vitality T20 Blast this week
  • Golf, next week the US Open at Torrey Pines.
  • Tennis, The French Open finals and from Monday the Queens Championship

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UEFA Euro Championships - 11th June - 11th July 2021

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All the ante-post write ups and bets are available now, incude groups, special bets, outrights, top scorer and Player of the tournament and write ups for the first games of the tournament

Stattobets record in 2021

January staked 705 profit +180.28 ROI +25.57%

February staked 800 profit +153.82 ROI +19.23%

March staked 525 profit + 201.21 ROI+ 38.32%

April staked 889 profit +371.18 ROI +41.75%

May staked 325 profit +114.25 ROI +35.15%


Free tip

This week the T20 Vitality Blast returned with a 14-match group-stage format with all the 18 First-Class Counties split into North and South Groups.

North Group: Birmingham Bears, Derbyshire Falcons, Durham, Lancashire Lightning, Leicestershire Foxes, Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Notts Outlaws, Worcestershire Rapids.

South Group: Essex Eagles, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent Spitfires, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex Sharks.

Each county will therefore play seven matches at home, and seven matches away, with the top four counties in each group progressing to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals will be seeded with the higher-seeded team set to host their quarter-final. So, as an example, the top team in the North Group will host the fourth-ranked team from the South Group in the quarter-finals.

The four winners of the quarter-finals (24-27 August) progress to Finals Day. Finals Day will be staged at Edgbaston on 18 September.

The usual reminder that this is a high variance format and lots of teams will be in contention. I tend to focus on the lower end of the betting market looking for unfashionable and overlooked teams.

One such is Gloucestershire. They won the central group in the competition last year winning 7 of 10 games, thrashed Northants in the quarter final to reach finals day and lost in a reduced over semi-final.

Essentially the same team returns plus New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Glenn Phillips. He holds the New Zealand record for the fastest T20I hundred, needing only 46 balls against West Indies and boosts an already strong batting line up whilst as it turns out covering for James Bracey behind the stumps too. At prices up to 16/1 they are decent value in a wide-open heat. A bit more luck than last year (albeit a finals day in mid-September introduces plenty of weather variance)

10 points each way (1/2 odds, 1,2) Gloucestershire to win the Vitality T20 Blast at 16/1 Skybet, 14/1 Bet365 and 12/1 generally


 

Brown Sugar

The Cleveland Browns, perennial basement dwellers are now one of the best teams in the NFL and a legitimate SuperBowl contender.

The Browns reached a low point when they finished with a 0-16 record in 2017, but their rebuild was already underway towards AFC contender. The Browns jumped to 7-8-1 in 2018 before stumbling to 6-10 in 2019 and then making a big leap in 2020 with an 11-5 regular season -- followed by a playoff win over the division-rival Steelers. It was their most wins and first playoff victory since 1994.

Cleveland will need to overcome Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Kansas City in order to reach Super Bowl LVI but there are grounds for optimism.

Firstly a productive and talented offense was the primary reason for the Browns' 2020 emergence. Cleveland's offensive line was top in the NFL by most objective measures last season, and all five starters will be back in 2021.

Cleveland also has a deep group of offensive skill position players. Odell Beckham Jnr. has missed significant action due to injuries in recent years, but the 28-year-old is still one of the league's best wide receivers when healthy. We saw that last season when he accounted for 391 yards and four TDs in six full games. Jarvis Landry returns as the slot man, too. The 28-year-old has never finished a season with fewer than 72 receptions and ranks third in the category since he was drafted in 2014.

Cleveland has built a roster with quality talent and depth at running back featuring Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Fourteen offensive skill position players handled at least 70 snaps for the Browns last season, and all 14 of them remain on the 2021 roster.

At quarterback Baker Mayfield is entering a critical season of his career. The 2018 first overall pick has had his ups and downs, and Cleveland will need to decide whether or not he deserves a long-term contract extension. Mayfield will have no excuses this season, as he'll benefit from arguably the league's best supporting cast.

Mayfield has looked good in two of his first three NFL seasons. As far as rookie QBs go, he was outstanding in 2018. 2019 was a mess across the team. In 2020 Mayfield was arguably one of the league's most effective quarterbacks. Perhaps the biggest reason for optimism is the way he finished the 2020 season. In the team's final eight games (two during the playoffs) he threw 16 TDs and two Interceptions while averaging 270+ yards per game. Mayfield was already establishing himself as a capable NFL starter, but his finish to 2020 suggests he can be even more.

On defense the Browns cleaned house during the offseason. Of the team's top 10 players in terms of defensive snaps played last season, only two remain on the 2021 roster: stars Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. Cleveland upgraded at nearly every position.

One of Cleveland's most impactful offseason moves was the addition of former first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. Both Garrett and Clowney should expect to see fewer double-teams when on the field together.

Another strength for Cleveland is its overhauled secondary. Ward has emerged as one of the league's top corners and will be joined in the starting line-up by Troy Hill, who played 95% of the snaps for the Rams' elite 2020 defense. Hill has the ability to play the slot which opens the door for either first-round rookie Greg Newsome or 2019 second-round pick Greedy Williams to step in as the team's third corner.

Though the Browns made the playoffs last season, they finished third in the AFC North. That's notable for the 2021 schedule. The division-champion Steelers' unique games will be against the Bills, Titans and Seahawks, and the second-place Ravens' uniques are against the Dolphins, Colts and Rams. The Browns, meanwhile, draw the Patriots, Texans and Cardinals.

Top to bottom, the roster is one of the best in the NFL. The Browns are 16/1 to win the Superbowl, so there is something already baked into ante-post prices, but a season as a genuine contender awaits.


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The Road to Riches: Weekend of 5th-6th June

Posted on 4 Jun 2021 13:46 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Thanks very much to Simon Williams for the weekly articles in my absence over the last month. Welcome back any time!


Coming up this weekend

  • Football, England v Romania amongst a host of pre-Euros International Friendlies
  • Horse Racing, On the flat at Chepstow, Doncaster, Epsom, Lingfield, Musselburgh and over the jumps at Hexham and Worcester
  • Cricket, the first Test match between England and New Zealand continues at Lords
  • Golf, next week the Palmetto Championship on the USPGA and the Scandinavian Mixed tournament on the European Tour.
  • Tennis, The French Open continues
  • Formula One, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku

UEFA Euro Championships - 11th June - 11th July 2021

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Dave writes

The Euros, 'Euro 2020 (?!)' begins on the 11th June 2021, and after a couple of weeks to recharge my batteries, I'll (@Stattobets Dave) be back to cover all of the action.

I'd expect to put out a pre-tournament preview sometime towards the end of the first week in June a few days before things kick off. It obviously depends when firms publish their markets but I would be surprised if the majority of markets aren't priced up by the start of June.

After that, I'll be publishing regular previews with all the bets I fancy.”

Stattobets record in 2021

January staked 705 profit +180.28 ROI +25.57%

February staked 800 profit +153.82 ROI +19.23%

March staked 525 profit + 201.21 ROI+ 38.32%

April staked 889 profit +371.18 ROI +41.75%

May staked 325 profit +114.25 ROI +35.15%


Free tip

The Epsom Derby by Neil

 
I won't start off by spending too much time moaning about the fact that they watered all week when rain was expected and now we are looking at good to soft ground after it tipped it down for hours on Friday. I have no idea how the clerks are allowed to disregard the direction to get good to firm ground for flat racing without any sanction. I'm working on good to soft ground now and hopefully we won't get a load more rain in the run up to the race.
 
 The good news is that we have a short-priced favourite in Bolshoi Ballet and with three runners over 50/1, that I can't make a case for, and a field of twelve, we have a good race for each-way punters getting 1/5th 123. The even better news is that several firms are offering 1/5th 1234 and one is doing 1/5th 12345 so the edge is massively in our favour and we really should get involved.
 
 I will start by saying that I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bolshoi Ballet wins. He had three runs as a two year old winning his maiden after a quiet start and then running down the field in a Group 1 on horribe ground. This year he has won two Group 3 races and the most recent was a Derby trial over ten furlongs where he was extremely impressive. The thing to note about that race was that Mac Swiney was 2nd favourite and he returned a sick horse with mucus in his lungs. With the each-way shape we just have to oppose the favourite although it could easily go off evens and bolt up. Another negative would be that he hasn't yet raced at this trip even though he is obviously bred to stay.
 
 Having knocked out the three big outsiders and the favourite we have eight to choose from and I'm going to focus on ones without stamina doubts and eliminate those who look doubtful to stay. One Ruler is the first one I'd cross off on that basis. He has run six times and never been further than a mile and it's easy to see him getting his one shot at trying this trip today and then dropping back to a mile. After him it gets a bit hard as we have quite a lot of horses that have won at ten furlongs who look like they'll stay further but we just don't know.
 
 The next thing I thought I'd use to knock a couple out was the draw. Particularly stall one is bad in this race but two really isn't too much better as these horses start on a nasty bit of camber and they need to burn early energy to get a position. Three is obviously bad too but not quite so bad. I'd already ruled out Adayer who comes from box one but I will rule out Third Realm who won the Lingfield trial easily enough and who possibly might have been a bet from an easier draw. I'll also rule out Southern Lights from three especially as he has just a maiden win in three starts and although he was unlucky behind Bolshoi Ballet in his trial he was still a long way behind.
 
 Finally there are two horses here who are making a massive jump in class and I hate backing those types each-way as they are quite likely to win or finish right out the back. Mohaafeth improved a lot over the winter and two runs ago he won a handicap off 85 and then last time won a listed race again over ten furlongs, this time in a canter. He looks like he'll stay and he could easily improve a load more here but this kind of horse is not the type you want to bet each-way. He really isn't that likely to come 3rd or 4th. He also really wants fast ground and it's still raining at Epsom while I'm writing this and it has been for a while. The other one taking a big step forward is John Leeper who was a massive eye-catcher on his two-year-old debut, who won easily at Newcastle on his seasonal debut and then who finally ran in a real race last time when winning easily at Newmarket last time but it was still just a listed race and it was over ten furlongs again so it's a proper step up in both class and trip and the single-figure price doesn't compensate for the guesswork.
 
 We are left with three possibilities...
 
 Youth Spirit will definitely stay as he won the Chester Vase over trhe trip and he definitely won't mind the ground as that was on good to soft. He may be a rather small horse with less potential than some of these but given he has won a recognised trial on the ground it's impossible to not back him.
 
 I think the best trial is always the Dante and this year it was won by Hurricane Lane. As a two-year old he won on his debut on heavy ground, this year he stayed on strongly over ten furlongs at Newbury and then won the Dante after looking outpaced two out when he suddenly started to stay on strongly. He really ought to see out the trip and this ground should be a help as it might mean he'll find it easier to get a position in the early stages.
 
 Mac Swiney has won on soft and heavy so he'll have loved the rain but the doubt must be the trip. I'm very happy ignoring his run behind Bolshoi Ballet when he obviously wasn't right but to then drop down for a Guineas makes me worry about staying this far. I think I can't take the risk over the trip.
 
 
 I'm having 8 Points each-way Youth Spirit at 33/1 1/5th 1234 with Hills, Betfred, VC Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook.
 
 
 I'm having 13 Points each-way Hurricane Lane at 8/1 1/5th 1234 with Hills, VC Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook (it's 17/2 1/5th 1234 with Betfred).

 


Hundred Up

The England and Wales Cricket Board has invested nearly £100m to support the current domestic cricket structure since the start of the pandemic before the start of last season but meanwhile continues to make long term plans that put the future of that structure in doubt.

In a recent survey half of the 18 first class counties fear they won’t be playing the first-class game in a decade. Meanwhile cricket fans reported by a large majority that they won’t be attending one of the fixtures in The Hundred starting this summer.

The ECB is in the middle of a huge marketing campaign to support The Hundred. Meanwhile The Championship, the primary route for developing talent for Test cricket is mostly played at both ends of the season when the weather is poor and unreliable. At the start of the season big names are in the IPL, at the end they are often rested after an International summer.

If the Championship ultimately contracts because some counties feel they no longer have a commercial reason to play it, or if the ECB decides to reduce the number of counties participating in it, then the effect on Test cricket will be felt with a smaller pool of players to choose from.

The domestic 50 over game of the Royal London Cup is already marginalised, shunted around the schedule in differing formats and we could be on a path to the only professional cricket played in this country being the T20 or The Hundred.

The current World Test Championship has not captured the imagination, it is difficult to understand the ranking process for a start.  In most Test playing countries little or no effort is made by the local boards to promote Test cricket.

The Hundred, which is not to be played on a county but a franchise basis, will be the thin edge of the wedge for the current first-class game, its supporters and perhaps ultimately the England test team.


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I won't start off by spending too much time moaning about the fact that they watered all week when rain was expected and now we are looking at good to soft ground after it tipped it down for hours on Friday. I have no idea how the clerks are allowed to disregard the direction to get good to firm ground for flat racing without any sanction. I'm working on good to soft ground now and hopefully we won't get a load more rain in the run up to the race.
 
 The good news is that we have a short-priced favourite in Bolshoi Ballet and with three runners over 50/1, that I can't make a case for, and a field of twelve, we have a good race for each-way punters getting 1/5th 123. The even better news is that several firms are offering 1/5th 1234 and one is doing 1/5th 12345 so the edge is massively in our favour and we really should get involved.
 
 I will start by saying that I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bolshoi Ballet wins. He had three runs as a two year old winning his maiden after a quiet start and then running down the field in a Group 1 on horribe ground. This year he has won two Group 3 races and the most recent was a Derby trial over ten furlongs where he was extremely impressive. The thing to note about that race was that Mac Swiney was 2nd favourite and he returned a sick horse with mucus in his lungs. With the each-way shape we just have to oppose the favourite although it could easily go off evens and bolt up. Another negative would be that he hasn't yet raced at this trip even though he is obviously bred to stay.
 
 Having knocked out the three big outsiders and the favourite we have eight to choose from and I'm going to focus on ones without stamina doubts and eliminate those who look doubtful to stay. One Ruler is the first one I'd cross off on that basis. He has run six times and never been further than a mile and it's easy to see him getting his one shot at trying this trip today and then dropping back to a mile. After him it gets a bit hard as we have quite a lot of horses that have won at ten furlongs who look like they'll stay further but we just don't know.
 
 The next thing I thought I'd use to knock a couple out was the draw. Particularly stall one is bad in this race but two really isn't too much better as these horses start on a nasty bit of camber and they need to burn early energy to get a position. Three is obviously bad too but not quite so bad. I'd already ruled out Adayer who comes from box one but I will rule out Third Realm who won the Lingfield trial easily enough and who possibly might have been a bet from an easier draw. I'll also rule out Southern Lights from three especially as he has just a maiden win in three starts and although he was unlucky behind Bolshoi Ballet in his trial he was still a long way behind.
 
 Finally there are two horses here who are making a massive jump in class and I hate backing those types each-way as they are quite likely to win or finish right out the back. Mohaafeth improved a lot over the winter and two runs ago he won a handicap off 85 and then last time won a listed race again over ten furlongs, this time in a canter. He looks like he'll stay and he could easily improve a load more here but this kind of horse is not the type you want to bet each-way. He really isn't that likely to come 3rd or 4th. He also really wants fast ground and it's still raining at Epsom while I'm writing this and it has been for a while. The other one taking a big step forward is John Leeper who was a massive eye-catcher on his two-year-old debut, who won easily at Newcastle on his seasonal debut and then who finally ran in a real race last time when winning easily at Newmarket last time but it was still just a listed race and it was over ten furlongs again so it's a proper step up in both class and trip and the single-figure price doesn't compensate for the guesswork.
 
 We are left with three possibilities...
 
 Youth Spirit will definitely stay as he won the Chester Vase over trhe trip and he definitely won't mind the ground as that was on good to soft. He may be a rather small horse with less potential than some of these but given he has won a recognised trial on the ground it's impossible to not back him.
 
 I think the best trial is always the Dante and this year it was won by Hurricane Lane. As a two-year old he won on his debut on heavy ground, this year he stayed on strongly over ten furlongs at Newbury and then won the Dante after looking outpaced two out when he suddenly started to stay on strongly. He really ought to see out the trip and this ground should be a help as it might mean he'll find it easier to get a position in the early stages.
 
 Mac Swiney has won on soft and heavy so he'll have loved the rain but the doubt must be the trip. I'm very happy ignoring his run behind Bolshoi Ballet when he obviously wasn't right but to then drop down for a Guineas makes me worry about staying this far. I think I can't take the risk over the trip.
 
 
 I'm having 8 Points each-way Youth Spirit at 33/1 1/5th 1234 with Hills, Betfred, VC Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook.
 
 
 I'm having 13 Points each-way Hurricane Lane at 8/1 1/5th 1234 with Hills, VC Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook (it's 17/2 1/5th 1234 with Betfred).

Road to Riches 28th May 2021 (with a guest write up) 'The Hassle of a HoF'

Posted on 28 May 2021 16:20 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

 

Whilst Rich 'Tighty' is convalescing one of our friends of BettingEmporium kindly volunteered a guest article that we have pleasure in publishing below.

 


 

 
 

The Hassle of a HoF

 

The Premier League isn’t usually slow to find ways to promote itself. As everyone knows, football began in 1992 and, so, it’s only right that there’s a record of the premier players in our premier league.

 

The eligibility rules for the new Hall of Fame are on the Premier League website:

 

“To be eligible for the 2021 Premier League Hall of Fame, players must have been retired by 1 August 2020 to be considered for induction. Only a player’s Premier League career is considered in their candidacy, not their performances in other competitions during the Premier League era.

 

Players must have made a minimum of 250 Premier League appearances unless they have achieved any of the following milestones:

 

  • Made a minimum of 200 Premier League appearances for one Club
  • Been selected to any of the Premier League Team of the Decade or 20-Year Anniversary teams
  • Won a Premier League Golden Boot or Golden Glove
  • Been voted as Premier League Player of the Season
  • Won three Premier League titles
  • Scored 100 Premier League goals or recorded 100 Premier League clean sheets (GK only)”

 

The league has started with the easy task of a first class, which saw eight people open the club: Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. It will stay a fairly easy task to add inductees for a few years, with those players you’re currently thinking “surely he should be in?” about.

 

Then what?

 

Halls of Fame have varying levels of cachet, sport to sport. The big American sports offer the most indulgent brand of chest-beating reverence, and the established systems are instructive for our nascent version. In particular, one question is going to come up and it’ll most likely be where there will be controversy.

 

Do we reward the candles who burned brightest or those who burned longest? Does someone who played in the most competitive league in the world for much of its existence deserve credit for competing, delivering and lasting? Or should the poster boys of the league be the ones who were actually on posters?

 

In American Football, Frank Gore has gone third in the all-time rushing yards standings, with only Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith ahead of him. He’s ahead of a whole host of Hall of Famers and, after he retires, the debate will truly begin, because he has been an accumulator of yards, but never the best in his position for any significant time. Were he to be admitted to Canton, it would certainly not be without opposition.

 

Should Gareth Barry, with 653 PL appearances, be getting our equivalent of a gold jacket? Stewart Downing has the most crosses. Richard Dunne the most last man tackles. You get the idea. It’s hard to stay at the top in elite sport and there’s a case to be made that there’s room for the cavemen who sat on the riverbank and fished as well as the cavemen who fought sabre-tooth tigers with their bare hands.

 

When Petr Cech gets his nod, as he surely will, what of Joe Hart, who also has four Golden Gloves and was a key part of the first period of Man City’s dominance ten years ago, before his star fell? Perhaps we reward the ratio guy: Pepe Reina leads there, having kept clean sheets in 45.79% of his games. Edwin Van der Sar broke the all-time British league record for most consecutive scoreless minutes.

 

The Premier League has it easy for the next few years, while it admits Peter Schmeichel, Viera, David Silva, Terry, LeTissier, Rooney, Adams, Ronaldo and Scholes. There will come a point, though, when it catches up with the more established Halls of Fame and the debate of rackers-up versus gloried stars heats up. That, naturally, is when the engagement with the Hall of Fame will really kick in, as the unanimity of voice is replaced by a sneering cry of “how can you put Vidic in ahead of Milner?”


 

 

UEFA EUROS 2020 (11th June - 11th July 2021) - by Stattobets

The much awaited Euros start in less than a month and Dave' Statobets' will be covering them for Bettingemporium included in his monthly subs.

 

A message from Dave...

The Euros, 'Euro 2020 (?!)' begins on the 11th June 2021, and after a couple of weeks to recharge my batteries, I'll (@Stattobets Dave) be back to cover all of the action.

I'd expect to put out a pre-tournament preview sometime towards the end of the first week in June a few days before things kick off. It obviously depends when firms publish their markets but I would be surprised if the majority of markets aren't priced up by the start of June.

After that, I'll be publishing regular previews with all the bets I fancy. I'll try to look at all the games, but if the pickings are slim there may not be action in every game.

If you're subscribed, remember that Wimbledon takes places from the 28th June-11th July, so will be running at the same time, while the French Open is another event I'll be covering which begins sooner - kicking off on the 30th May.

 

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March staked 525 profit + 201.21 ROI+ 38.32%

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Road to Riches 21st May 2021 (with a guest write up)

Posted on 21 May 2021 11:30 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

 

Whilst Rich 'Tighty' is convalescing one of our friends of BettingEmporium kindly volunteered a guest article that we have pleasure in publishing below.

 


 

 

Transfer of the summer? - by Simon 'Tal' Williams

 

There have been rumours for a while and this week has seen them move into a new gear. A star player – a one-club guy – looks set to be on his way to a bigger fish team. Teams interested in him have started to be linked to a blockbuster deal. The chin-waggers in the press are loving it. The fans of affected clubs and the sport generally are chatting and the next few weeks look set to be full of speculation, word-on-the-street and bar-room natter.

I’m of course talking about Julio Jones, the 7-time Pro Bowl, 2-time receiving yards leading wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. With almost 13,000 yards for the Falcons since he was taken sixth overall in one of the great drafts in history in 2011 (Cam Newton, JJ Watt, Von Miller, AJ Green, Patrick Peterson, Jurell Casey…), Quintorris Lopez Jones Jr has been a the cornerstone of the franchise. Super Bowl LI, famous for the New England Patriots’ comeback from 28-3 down, contained one of the great catches in Super Bowl history, where Jones leapt on the sideline, used all of his 6’3” height and 34 inch arms to make the catch and then somehow get both feet down, with the team leading 28-20 with just over four and a half minutes left.

The Falcons have had Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan for the best periods in their career and are now the team must make big decisions about the future of both, with the owners and new General Manager considering a rebuild. It seems from the recent word that they’re keeping Ryan (new head coach, Arthur Smith, understandably doesn’t want to have to start with a rookie quarterback) and it’s Jones who will be used in a trade to help the team collect assets to improve.

As things stand, the Falcons are just under half a million under the $182.5m salary cap, and Jones is due $23m this coming season. The structure of Jones’s contract means the Falcons would benefit hugely by waiting until 1 June to trade him, as it would save the team over $15m in cap space for 2022. Although of course the deal can be agreed informally before then, it can’t be processed before 1 June, or the Falcons won’t get the salary cap benefit.

Although he’s 32 and has had some injuries, he will not be short of suitors. This week’s report is that several playoff-looking teams with already impressive offenses are very interested in one of the best receivers in the game. The Titans, Ravens, 49ers, Chargers, Colts and Patriots are all linked. Seeing Julio in the #11 Patriots jersey, just four years after he was on the losing side in “that” Super Bowl, seems incredible, but, if that does happen, New England would have one of the best receiving corps in the league and rookie QB Mac Jones (who slid down the draft to the Patriots) won’t be able to believe his luck.

In other news, apparently Harry Kane is on his way out, too. Put nothing past Bill Belichick. The Patriots do need a kicker. You heard it here first.

 

 

UEFA EUROS 2020 (11th June - 11th July 2021) - by Stattobets

The much awaited Euros start in less than a month and Dave' Statobets' will be covering them for Bettingemporium included in his monthly subs.

 

A message from Dave...

The Euros, 'Euro 2020 (?!)' begins on the 11th June 2021, and after a couple of weeks to recharge my batteries, I'll (@Stattobets Dave) be back to cover all of the action.

I'd expect to put out a pre-tournament preview sometime towards the end of the first week in June a few days before things kick off. It obviously depends when firms publish their markets but I would be surprised if the majority of markets aren't priced up by the start of June.

After that, I'll be publishing regular previews with all the bets I fancy. I'll try to look at all the games, but if the pickings are slim there may not be action in every game.

If you're subscribed, remember that Wimbledon takes places from the 28th June-11th July, so will be running at the same time, while the French Open is another event I'll be covering which begins sooner - kicking off on the 30th May.

 

Stattobets record in 2021

January staked 705 profit +180.28 ROI +25.57%

February staked 800 profit +153.82 ROI +19.23%

March staked 525 profit + 201.21 ROI+ 38.32%

April staked 889 profit +371.18 ROI +41.75%

 

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Road to Riches 14th May 2021 (with a guest write up)

Posted on 14 May 2021 11:49 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

 

Whilst Rich 'Tighty' is convalescing one of our friends of BettingEmporium kindly volunteered a guest article that we have pleasure in publishing below.

 


 

Checking The Checkers - by Simon 'Tal' Williams

 

The World Chess Championship takes place in Dubai from late November this year, but the challenger to Magnus Carlsen's crown won't be able to play under his national flag. 

 
Ian Nepomniachtchi is Russian and the World Anti-Doping Agency's ban on Russians competing in major sporting events applies to the main event in chess. "Nepo" was allowed to call himself Russian in the qualifying event, known as the Candidates Tournament, but his 14-game match at the end of this year will see him play under a neutral flag: that of the world chess association, FIDE. 
 
Chess has been caught by its desire to be recognised internationally as a sport, so it gets lumped in with athletics, weightlifting, cycling, triathlon and the rest. This means drug tests will be required for the title match, just like for other sports. Isn't that ridiculous? Well, maybe not.
 
A 2017 study in the journal 'European Neuropsychopharmacology' found that two drugs in particular offered significant improvements to a sample of chess players' ability and one is well-known as Ritalin. The advantage is not in enhancing speed of thought or the distance the players could calculate moves in advance, but in allowing the players to focus and concentrate for longer. 
 
Concentration and the ability to invest in a position are essential for the best. The great Garry Kasparov was known in his heyday for the intensity of his concentration during games and for the breadth and depth of his preparation for them. 
 
It nevertheless seems odd to be drug testing chess players under WADA regulations and banning a Russian chess player from playing under his flag because of some of his countrymen's actions in more active pursuits. There's no suggestion Nepo - or Carlsen or Kasparov for that matter - has done anything wrong. Top flight chess isn't like you might have seen in 'Queen's Gambit', although there are a number of great players over the years who've battled alcohol issues. 
 
Performance enhancing drugs in chess might be a pharmacological possibility, but the first world chess championship drugs scandal is unlikely to happen this year. Nepo will hope to join the long list of Russian World Chess Champions this winter, even if he can't do so with the white, blue and red flag alongside him. 
 
 

 

UEFA EUROS 2020 (11th June - 11th July 2021) - by Stattobets

The much awaited Euros start in less than a month and Dave' Statobets' will be covering them for Bettingemporium included in his monthly subs.

 

A message from Dave...

The Euros, 'Euro 2020 (?!)' begins on the 11th June 2021, and after a couple of weeks to recharge my batteries, I'll (@Stattobets Dave) be back to cover all of the action.

I'd expect to put out a pre-tournament preview sometime towards the end of the first week in June a few days before things kick off. It obviously depends when firms publish their markets but I would be surprised if the majority of markets aren't priced up by the start of June.

After that, I'll be publishing regular previews with all the bets I fancy. I'll try to look at all the games, but if the pickings are slim there may not be action in every game.

If you're subscribed, remember that Wimbledon takes places from the 28th June-11th July, so will be running at the same time, while the French Open is another event I'll be covering which begins sooner - kicking off on the 30th May.

 

Stattobets record in 2021

January staked 705 profit +180.28 ROI +25.57%

February staked 800 profit +153.82 ROI +19.23%

March staked 525 profit + 201.21 ROI+ 38.32%

April staked 889 profit +371.18 ROI +41.75%

 

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Neil, Joe and the Bettingemporium Team

 

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