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  1. France v Croatia - World Cup Final!

    Can't agree that France have a duty to play more attractive football. They obviously have the players to play a much more aesthetic and attacking style and if it was a club side the criticism would be justified; in a 38 game season you can afford to lose a game here or there. But in a knockout tournament it's one slip and you're gone, so you play the style that gives you the greatest chance of success. France controlled the majority of matches and never really looked in danger of losing any of them, other than a spell in that mad Argentina match. 6/7 wins and 4 clean sheets tells it's own story.
  2. League Cup 2018/19 Group B

    McBookie might be worth a look. Not surprised at the reply you got from Bet365. There won't be much money in it for them and there's a risk of exposing themselves if they get it wrong. Easier to let a bookie with local knowledge lead with a price then follow suit.
  3. Weekend Betting

    Full card of League Cup this weekend, so decent scope for a coupon for the first time in a couple of months. I've seen Falkirk and Dundee Utd both at 1.44ish which seems generous given they're both playing teams who were just promoted to League One. I'd imagine the price is reflecting the squad turnover and uncertainty of lineups, as I'd have those odds closer to 1.25 if they were meeting mid-season. Worth a punt if you've attended any of their friendlies and have seen enough to suggest the team has gelled. I haven't, so will just add to acca for some fun.
  4. France v Croatia - World Cup Final!

    It appears some of the clubs have excellent coaching setups. Dinamo Zagreb in particular seem to have produced a remarkable amount of top level talent for a club that is in a similar boat to Celtic (ie regular league champions and semi-regular CL group qualifiers), but with inferior finances. Their FA seem to be an utter shambles though. There's a lot of resentment from the fans over alleged corruption within their domestic game, so it seems like they're thriving in spite of the national setup, not because of it. ETA: Just had a glance at the wiki page for their academy and 7 of their notable graduates are in the current World Cup squad.
  5. If you get 16/17 Hippo, you've got a very decent player for this level. 7 goals and 7 assists that season.
  6. Croatia v England - semi final

    Even if it was permitted in the rules, there's a forward pass to an England player who's already in the Croatia half, so it would have been offside
  7. MatchedBets and ProfitSquad

    Also a free oddsmatcher at https://bonusbagging.co.uk/oddsmatching.php
  8. That's an excellent signing, especially for a newly promoted side. It wasn't just interest from Barca, they had actually agreed a fee with Nice last summer then did a u-turn on it for some undisclosed reason. His stock isn't as high as it was this time last year, but I'd put that mainly down Nice not having as good a season. He's a baller.
  9. Murray should start wearing waistcoats IMO.
  10. France v Croatia - World Cup Final!

    The betting markets have France at 66% chance of lifting the trophy.
  11. Croatia v England - semi final

    Lukaku has 1 more assist than Kane and has played 67 minutes less. Two goals and hope Kane does nothing.
  12. They've got Spain and Croatia home and away in the Nations League before the year is out. A poor showing in that would undo all the good will and then some.
  13. England's Glorious Failure

    Not doubting they were ranked higher, but wasn't that Argentina side an absolute disaster in spite of the stars they had?
  14. Croatia v England - semi final

    Very pleasing to see Pickford flapping at shots and kicking straight to the opposition under pressure last night. A few routine saves in the Sweden game and a worldie against Colombia had people touting him for the Golden Glove