26
Mar
10

BTCC 2010…

With the season fast approaching I though id give a quick preview on here. One noticeable absence from the grid this year will be 2009 champion Colin Turkington. A lack of funds and drive offers has prevented him from getting on the grid for the first race at Thruxton. Turkington hasn’t ruled out competing later in the year along with some WTCC races as well but a defence of his championship looks very unlikely. Although there is still one drive at triple eight racing. Anyway at least we know there will be a new champion this year. Last Tuesday saw the entry press release with an increased 23 cars on the grid this year. The official entry list is as follows…

No. Driver Name Team Car
2 Jason Plato Silverline Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze
4 Matt Neal Team Honda Honda Civic (S2000)
5 Mat Jackson Airwaves BMW BMW 320si (S2000)
6 Rob Collard West Surrey Racing BMW 320si E90 (S2000)
11 Steven Kane Airwaves BMW BMW 320si (S2000)
20 Alex MacDowall Silverline Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze (S2000)
21 Tom Onslow-Cole Team Aon Ford Focus ST (S2000 LPG)
22 Tom Boardman Special Tuning (UK) SEAT Leon (S2000)
23 Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus ST (S2000 LPG)
27 Martin Johnson Boulevard Team Racing Vauxhall Astra Coupe
28 John George Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra (BTCC spec)
29 Paul O’Neill Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra (BTCC spec)
30 Martin Depper Forster Motorsport BMW 320si E90
37 Arthur Forster Forster Motorsport BMW 320si E90
43 Lea Wood Central Group Racing Honda Integra (BTCC spec)
44 Andy Neate West Surrey Racing BMW 320si E90 (S2000)
52 Gordon Shedden Team Honda Honda Civic (S2000)
55 David Pinkney Pinkney Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra (S2000 + NGTC engine)
77 Andrew Jordan Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra (S2000 + NGTC engine)
98 Matt Hamilton TH Motorsport racing with Inten Honda Civic Type R (BTCC spec)
99 Shaun Hollamby AmD Milltek Racing.com Volkswagen Golf
88 Phillip Glew Triple Eight Race Engineering Vauxhall Vectra (S2000)
888 TBA Triple Eight Race Engineering Vauxhall Vectra (S2000)

 A very competitive grid never the less. One thing to note from last year is that Honda and Chevrolet have entered as manufacturer teams, Chevrolet for the first time. They will also be employing the youngest driver on the grid in Alex Macdowall at only 19 years old. Pirtek racing and Pinkey Motorsport will also be running the turbo charged “Next Generation Touring Car” engine cars ahead of the implementation of the full NGTC rules in 2011.

As for the championship contenders this year I think the obvious four contenders this year will be Plato, Neal, Collard and Jackson. My prediction for the top 8 this season is …

1. Plato

2. Neal

3. Jackson

4. Collard

5. Jordan

6. Onslow-Cole

7. Kane

8. Boardman 

For me I can only see Plato winning the title this year. Hate him or love him he’s been the most consistent and entertaining driver in the championship in recent times (perhaps ever) and his motivation will be no less this year. His old foe Neal will do everything within his power to prevent him, but I think 2010 in Plato’s year.

Jason Plato

The calendar has been mixed about this year with the same tracks as usual. The obvious difference is that the opening round will not be at Brands at it has been for the last few years and instead moves to Thruxton. Also the Brands Indy circuit will be used later in the year that it usually is and therefore the GP track earlier…

1 – 3 Thruxton 3rd Apr / 4th Apr
4 – 6 Rockingham 24th Apr / 25th Apr
7 – 9 Brands Hatch 1st May / 2nd May
10 – 12 Oulton Park 5th Jun / 6th Jun
13 – 15 Croft 19th Jun / 20th Jun
16 – 18 Snetterton 7th Aug / 8th Aug
19 – 21 Silverstone 21st Aug / 22nd Aug
22 – 24 Knockhill 4th Sep / 5th Sep
25 – 27 Donington Park 18th Sep / 19th Sep
28 – 30 Brands Hatch 9th Oct / 10th Oct

 

Andrew Jordan at Brands Hatch

The first three rounds will be on ITV4 on the 4th April along with all the support races. The TV schedule this year includes 6 hour coverage of every round of the season as well as four 90 minute highlight recordings showing on ITV1 for each race. 2010 will see a record 120 hours of coverage across the whole season beating 2009’s record.

2010 looks set to be another classic so make sure your watching next Sunday!

26
Mar
10

Weekend punts..

As promised I have done an accumulator which I will be putting on this weekend. I reckon its good value considering the teams involved. Blackburn are fresh from gaining a hard earned draw at Chelsea while Burnley are still heading to the championship under the poor management of Brian Laws. Two other games that I feel other good value for draws are Chelsea v Villa and West Ham v Stoke. Villa are good away from home and although Chelsea are even better at home I feel once again Chelsea are getting the jitters and Villa can still a point at the bridge. West Ham surely cant lose at home with relegation drawing nearer and nearer? Stoke are a tough team though? Well I forsee a draw here, most probaly 1 all.  The last game I have is Charlton to win away at Huddersfield. Before their win at Orient Huddersfield had conceeded 12 goals in 4 games. Charlton have really slipped up recently so there is not much facts and figures to back up an outright reason why they should win. The only reason I have picked this up is because its 3.25 for a top 4 team to beat a team outside the play offs. Great value I feel.

Chelsea Draw 4.50

West Ham Draw 3.30

Blackburn Win 2.75

Charlton Win 3.25

All together brings odds of 137.72. Im not suggesting you would put money on all four but 2 or 3 of the games would still offer great value.

P.S. If you read this before the Hatton v Branco fight, Branco is 5.00 to win by decision or techincal decision opposed to 2.75 to win outright. Hattons only 1.75 and 1.40, the later to win outright.

24
Mar
10

Update…

So far so good then on the tips! If you have take up both my tips so far and put £10 on both you would be £32 up now. So even if the other three dont come in you have still made a couple of quid! Tonights tip is a massive outside shot but I wanted to include at least one in there. If you cant see Sunderland winning at all you could always have the draw at 3.70 but I will be taking the big gamble and going for Sunderland. Fingers crossed. You may have also noticed my CIPSATTPITOH attepmt which I started yesterday. I know a few people who have tried this and know one, as of yet, has managed to get to £100. As for my next post I will be doing a bit of research on this weekends football from all over europe to put together a good value accumulator. That should be up by Firday afternoon.

23
Mar
10

Can I play safe and turn £10 in to a £100?

This is stolen from elsewhere but thought it would be a good idea to get going on here. Basically the principles are simple. I start with a tenner and put it on a “dead cert”. Then when hopefully that has come in I then put it all back on another “dead cert” and so forth until I reach a £100. So to start with ill have my £10 on Southampton to beat Hartlepool tonight. Can’t see it going any other way really. Touch Wood. I will update the table on this post as I go along (if thats possible) so you can see my progress.

Bet Number Date Bet Stake Odds Score Outcome Return
1 23/03/10 Southampton to beat Hartlepool £10 1.44 3-2 Win 14.44
2 24/03/10 Chelsea to beat Portsmouth £14.44 1.28 5-0 Win 18.48
3 27/03/10 Arsenal to beat Birmingham £18.48 1.53      

 

Bet Number Date Bet Stake Odds Score Outcome Return 1 23/03/10 Southampton tobeat Hartlepool £10 1.44  Southampton 3-2 Hartlepool  WIN  £14.44  2  24/03/10 Chelsea tobeat Portsmouth  £14.44  1.28      
21
Mar
10

Betting tips…

I don’t really bet that much, usually just the odd pound on football accumulators or a few quid on major sporting events like boxing or the Grand National. I used to always use bookies but since I’ve discovered online gambling I haven’t been into one since. Personally I use Bet365. I don’t know how this varies to other websites but I like it as it very simply layed out and I can have all odds in decimal which I prefer. I may not be a keen gambler but it does not prevent me from taking a high interest in odds and the different forms or styles of betting. That’s the reason I have decided to do this new post and hopefully a few more in the future with a few tips which I feel offer good value and that I would bet on if I had the money! Heres some tips for the week commencing 22/03/10…

Monday

Steve Morrison to score at any time against Leeds at 3.00. A stake of £10 gives you a £30 return. Morrison has scored 5 in his last 3 games and Leeds defence is looking shaky recently with 1 clean sheet in their last 11 games.

 Tuesday

Newcastle to win away at Doncaster at 2.10. A stake of £10 gets you a £22 return. Newcastle have only lost once in their last 17 league games. Although Doncaster are a good side at home they have only won 1 game in their last 4 and it is hard to see anything other than a Newcastle win.

Wednesday

Sunderland to win at Villa at 7.00. A £10 stake gives you a £70 return. Sounds unlikely but Villa have other things on their mind and with Sunderland and Bent back in form my monies on an upset.  

Saturday

Middlesbrough to win at Watford at 2.50. A £10 stake gives you a £25 return. Middlesbrough still have an outside play off shot and will be more than up for this one. Watford are hovering outside the relegation zone and home form should count for nothing in this clash.

Sunday

Mark Webber for a podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix at 2.75. A £10 stake will give you a £27.50 return. It is obvious from testing and the first race of the season that Red Bull have the fastest cars on the grid. With a good qualifying session Webber should be assured of a place on the podium, perhaps even win.

11
Mar
10

Stevan Jovetic

Stevan Jovetic

Age: 5th December 1990 (19)

Position: Forward/ Attacking Midfielder RLC

Club: Fiorentina

Former Clubs: Partizan

Stats: Partizan: GP 52 GS 12

          Fiorentina: GP 48 GS 11

          Monenegro U21 GP 6 GS 2

          Montenegro GP 13 GS 6

Goals per game ratio – 0.26 GPG

 Scout Report:

 Stevan Jovetic is definitely a star of the future. Having already made a multi million pound move at only the age of 18 it is clear that big things are expected. But you would be wrong if you think this has affected Stevan. His intelligence, composure and maturity have already made Jovetic half the player he is today. The creative play maker is comfortable anywhere across the midfield or up front, but it looks like that he will eventually settle in to a central midfield role supporting the strikers. His passing abilities are already at a world class level and Jovetic has also shown he has an eye for goal with 31 goals to his name so far in his short career. The likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid have already had their eye on the young Montenegrin and it is surely only a matter of time before he joins one of the world’s elite. Stevan Jovetic is clearly a player to get very excited and I personally feel he will one day be one of the top 5 players in the world. 

 Key Assets:

  • Two footed
  • World class passer of the ball
  • Vision
  • Quick
  • Good finisher

 Rating System:

Finishing- 7/10

Dribbling- 6/10

Passing- 9/10

Heading- 6/10

Set Pieces- 6/10

Marking- 3/10

Tackling- 3/10

Team work- 7/10

Pace- 7/10

Work rate- 7/10

Positioning- 8/10

Vision- 9/10

Current Ability- 7/10

Potential Ability- 10/10

Total- 95/140

Timeline:

  • April 6th 2006 at the age of 16 Jovetic made his debut for Partizan against Vozdovac.
  • Scored his first career hatrick at 17 against Zrinjski in a UEFA qualifying match on 2nd August 2007.
  • In March 2007 Jovetic was a founding member of the Montenegro national squad in their first game against Hungary.
  • Became Partizan captain at only 18.
  • On 10th May 2008 he signed for Fiorentina for a reported £7.3 million.
  • On 29th September 2009 he scored 2 goals against Liverpool in a 2-0 victory for The Purples which eventually helped put to bed Liverpool’s ambitions in the competition that year.

Trivia:

  • Fiorentina fans often refer to him as Jo-Jo.
  • The press regularly compare his to Queen guitarist Brian May because of his hair.
  • His idol is fellow Montenegro midfielder Mirko Vucinic.
10
Mar
10

Non League Prospects . . .

So here it is first post. Basically this blog will be about the worlds of football and motorsport.  First post is on a few non-league players I have noticed over the last 12 months who I believe could have a future in league football. Enjoy.

Gary Noel

Name Gary Noel
Age 7th March 1990 (20)
Current Club Croydon Athletic (Ryman League Division one south)
Previous Clubs Harrow Borough
Position Striker
Stats Harrow Borough P22 GS18 Croydon Athletic : P36 GS20 (0.56 GPG)
Description Gary in a very gifted young player with his best assets been his skill and bags of pace which he uses regularly to his advantage. At only 20 Gary still has a lot to give and a move to a top non league club or potentially league club is immanent this summer. Let’s just hope he has more success than former Rams player Moses Ademola who moved to Brentford FC in west London from Croydon last season before being shipped out to Woking this January after failing to impress.
Will he make it? Gary has youth on his side and as long he moves to a club who is willing to have patience with him he will make a good lower league striker. Potential replacement for Simeon Jackson at Gillingham???

Nathanial Knight Percival

Name Nathaniel Knight Percival
Age 31st March 1987 (22)
Current Club Histon FC
Previous Clubs
Position Central Midfielder
Stats Total: GP 179(36) GS 39 (0.18 GPG)
Description Nathaniel is a goal scoring midfielder currently playing for Histon in the Blue Square Premier. A tall and pacey player Nathaniel is a notable player on the pitch whenever he plays. He made his debut at just 17 and has been a permanent fixture in the Stutes team ever since. Recent performances have earned praise from England C team manager Paul Fairclough resulting in Nathanial earning his first national call up.
Will he make it? If Nathanial is to make it in professional league football he needs to make the move as soon as he can. Histon will not go up this season bar a miracle and another season in the Blue Square Premiership will not benefit Nathanial as far as im concerned. He has over 200 appearances in non league and has proven himself as this level, and is still only 22. I think he can make the step up to league 1 or 2 next season and will possibly play in the championship at the height of his career.

Richard Brodie

Name Richard Brodie
Age 7th August 1987 (22)
Current Club York City
Previous Clubs Whickham, Newcastle Benfield, Barrow (Loan)
Position Striker
Stats Total: GP 167 GS 67 (0.4 GPG)
Description Richard is a big, strong and prolific centre forward. Having previously impressed for Newcastle Benfield against York City in the FA cup Richard soon after made his move to the north Yorkshire club. After a loan spell at Barrow and taking some time to settle into the club Richard is now show his potential on the pitch. With 24 goals in 37 games so far this season Richard has shown he is one of, if not the best, striker outside of league football in the England.
Will he make it? Richards’s strength and build will help him in settling into lower league football. A player in the mould of Gary Holt, Richard would provide a valuable to asset for any League 1 or 2 club.

Harry Arter

Name Harry Arter
Age 28th December 1989 (20)
Current Club Woking
Previous Clubs Charlton, Stains Town (Loan), Welling United (Loan)
Position Central Midfielder
Stats GP 45 GS 7 (0.16 GPG)
Description Harry is a creative midfielder with an eye for goal. He made his first team debut for Charlton at just 17 and has represented the Republic of Ireland up to under 19 level. Arter has really shown his ability this season with some very impressive displays for the Cards. His performances haven’t gone unnoticed though with Swindon very keen to sign the player after they failed to sign the player for a nominal fee in January 2010.  He is the brother in law of West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.
Will he make it? With Swindon already interested Harry Arter is a player making a lot of noise in non league. Personally I think Harry will definitely make it in league football but I can’t see him playing any higher than Championship level.



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