Anthony Joshua V Dominic Brezeale: Will AJ Make It 17-0?

Saturday night should’ve been dominated by England’s round of 16 clash at Euro 2016, but Roy’s boys failed to win the group and won’t play until Monday. Nevertheless, it should be a cracking weekend of sport – and not just in the football.

The newest member of British boxing, Anthony Joshua, is in action for the second time this year as he takes on American challenger Dominic Brezeale. As a casino owner, I’m already loving AJ as his Box Office bouts guarantee punters as they don’t want to face Pay Per View prices. And ultimately, that means more drinks and more gambling. Heaven.

But this isn’t about me, it’s about the IBF heavyweight champion. At odds of 1/33, it would take a brave man to bet against the 26-year-old here. However, Brazeale can give him a much stronger test than previous champ Charles Martin could muster, and that will hopefully lead to a far more interesting bout.

Does Brezeale, a fellow London 2012 Olympian, take AJ all the way? Probably not, and as a free tip I’m advising people to back rounds 4-6 at odds of 5/1 with 888sport. Nonetheless, the 17-0 challenger can cause a few problems.

AJ has captivated casual boxing fans, but more serious punters will be interested to see the Watford man face a giant. After all, we all expect Joshua to face Tyson Fury at some stage down the line so this could be a great way to test that water. That’s not to say Fury and Brezeale are anything like each other in terms of style, but the reach and other mechanics will give the Londoner a few decent lessons.

Whatever happens, it’ll be a brilliant night at the O2 once more, especially with George Groves and Chris Eubank on the undercard.

Come to think of it, I’m glad England don’t play until Monday.


Well Done Roy

So, I’ve had the best part of 48 hours to digest it: England finished second in a group to Wales. WALES. Jesus wept.

All we had to do was beat a shockingly bad Slovakia (or Russia on matchday one) and we’d have topped the group. Had we managed it, we’d have been playing a third-placed team in the last 16 and would have only had to worry about Belgium and Croatia en route to the final. Instead, we’ll now be playing the runner-up in Group B (knowing our luck, Portugal) before France and then either Spain, Italy or Germany.

Well done, Roy. Well done. Six changes. SIX. In a game we had to win. You’ve really played a blinder there son.

I’ve got a positive feeling that we’ll still win the round of 16 game. But then we’ll have to beat two world-class sides on the spin just to reach the final. I can’t remember the last time England did that. Looking at our last 20 years is hardly inspiring either. Our list of knockout wins since hosting Euro ‘96 is; Spain ‘96, Denmark ‘02, and Ecuador ‘06.

As Baddiel and Skinner sung in ‘98: no plans for final day. After 50 years, I’m not even sure we still believe.

I just hope the boys prove me wrong.


England’s Performance V Russia Should Have Alarm Bells Ringing Too

Frustrations hit a new high last night as England conceded a last gasp equaliser to surrender two points in their Euro 2016 opener against Russia. However, most pundits and fans remain quietly optimistic after what was deemed by most to be a very encouraging performance.

I wasn’t quite so convinced.

There were positive; Rooney was brilliant while both full-backs showed plenty of promise getting forward. For me, though, it was another classic England performance against a relatively decent (and in Russia’s case, that’s more than a little kind) opponent.

Kane was poor, our final balls was poor, and we created minimal chances from open play – regardless of what match stats may suggest. Combine that with the fact we conceded to a team that mustered just two shots on target all game, and I think it’s pretty bleak reading.

I still have no doubt that we’ll progress, but even with Eric Dier providing great protection, we need to improve massively at the back. Aside from a 10-man Portugal, we just cannot seem to keep clean sheets. That instantly piles the pressure on England’s young attackers.

As it stands, I think another quarter-final exit beckons. Let’s just hope I’m wrong.


Is The Lottery Worth Playing?

It could be you…

At least that’s what they tell you. But the lottery,is it really worth your money?

The maths behind it is pretty simple. The odds of winning the jackpot on any one line is just under 14million to one. Not great is it? However, there are smaller prizes for three or more numbers, so your odds of winning a prize are considerable greater. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that most people will lose money – after all, that’s how they make their money.

If you’re looking to play the Euromillions, your odds are even slimmer. In fact, the statistical chance of winning is 116,531,800/1. On the other hand, the incredible jackpots won’t just change your life. It’ll change the lives of your family for generations.

The smaller Euromillions prizes are pretty pathetic. The lowest prize is often less than £3 while you need to get 4 + 2 lucky stars (odds of 517,920/1) in order to claim a four-figure prize. The cold truth is that you’re likely to lose money on this one too.

Essentially, if you’re looking to win a few quid from time to time, you’re better off sticking to casino games or sports betting. However, playing the lottery gives you a shot at changing your life forever.

For the sake of £2, it’s probably worth a punt. That works out at £4 a week. Most people will probably lose an average of £100-£150 over the years. But the few people that do win will see their lives change forever.

Just don’t start playing multiple lines. Otherwise, those losses could skyrocket. If it’s written in the stars, you’ll win with just the one line.


5 Players MUFC Should Sign This Summer

It’s already shaping up to be a productive summer at Old Trafford with Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Jose Mourinho’s revolution. But let’s not kid ourselves, there’s still plenty of work to do if this club is to become great once more.

Mourinho’s probably drawing up his wishlist already. Hopefully some of these names will be a part of the summer spending spree.

Paul Pogba

Letting Pogba go was surely one of Fergie’s biggest mistakes, and it’s gonna cost the club at least £60m to rectify that error. But the Frenchman should be top of the shopping list

Since leaving Old Trafford, the Juventus midfielder has grown from promising youngster to genuine world-class superstar. At 23, he still has plenty to offer in both the immediate and long-term future. It would be great to see him back in the famous red.

John Stones

The partnership of Stones and Smalling is the future of English football. And I think the pair would develop at a far quicker rate playing at Old Trafford. It would be brilliant new for club and country.

My only concern is that Stones might need to accept a rotational role to start; that in itself could be a major problem.

Thiago Silva

Is it viable? I’m not sure. But the club should do everything in its power to buy an experienced central defender to tutor Smalling (and dare I say Stones) over the next year or two. Brazilian Silva is a class act, and would make our defence so much better in the short term too.

At 31, he’s probably got two or three great years left in the tank, followed by a couple on the fringes. Silva has suggested that he’ll retire in France, but the bright lights of England would surely turn his head. If we can’t get him, another top central defender should be a must.

Saul Niguez

I saw the young Spaniard linked with a potential move last week. The 21-year-old is already one of the world’s best. If I were in Jose’s shoes, I’d have no issue paying the release clause fee.

With no Champions League football, tempting genuine world-class stars won’t be as easy as usual. But this is one deal that could genuinely happen. Whether in central midfield or on the wing, I think Saul could be a star for the next decade.

Harry Kane

For me, Harry Kane stands out as the perfect candidate to lead the United line for many years to come. Even if we loan him back to Spurs for year, I think we should make the bid before one of the other big boys strikes.

After all, Zlatan’s only here for a year. Tottenham would be happy to get another year out of their main man and, in 12 months time, we’d gain a player with three years at the top under his belt. Perfect.