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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I once had a chat with Midge Ure, the cheery little Scottish fellow from new wave/electronic outfit Ultravox, and he stated: “We’d never even been to Vienna.”

To be fair to Midge, Warren, Billy and Chris, they did a tremendous job of evoking the atmosphere of one of central Europe’s most decadent cities. I’ve never been to Vienna either, as it’s notoriously full of secret agents – most of whom are disguised as tour guides, bar tenders and museum curators – besides, I can’t abide those frightful Viennese whirls.

I have, however, been to Manchester - and the Arena - therefore I feel perfectly positioned to offer you some advice ahead of tonight’s Premier League Darts action. It won’t surprise you to hear that it was raining in Manchester this morning. As I set off from my hotel near Piccadilly Gardens for a stroll through the city wearing my Parisian trench coat and Panama hat I remembered some advice a good friend of mine from Norway, Erik ‘The Frown’ Fosberg, who plays golf off a handicap of two, gave me: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

I haven’t seen him for a while. In fact the last time our paths crossed was at the 1994 Winter Olympics when he introduced a female acquaintance to me as his Fjord escort.

I digress. This evening’s darts has once again thrown up some absolutely fascinating clashes. I have a view on all of them, as ever, and as a self-proclaimed prophet I do believe I have the law on my side today – the law of averages. The ‘first to eight, maximum 14 legs’ format was deliberately devised to throw up the odd draw and in 16 matches so far we’re yet to see a tie. Three of tonight’s matches are potential draws, with the other being a sure-fire banker. The NAP selection in question has to be an in-form Webster to beat an out-of-sorts Jenkins.

I’d advise backing the draw in two of the other three with a view to trading out in-running. The Wizard of Oz should have enough in his Whitlocker to prevail over Lewis (probably 8-4 or 8-5), so get on the Australian, but the Wade/Barney clash will see the lead change hands more times than a couple of angry dog lovers squabbling over their pedigree pooch. 

The night’s Clash of the Titans, meanwhile, should also be a trade-fest, providing unbeaten Anderson can hold his nerve on his double tops. A tasty tip in this match could be Anderson to score the most 180s as he’s been prolific with his maximums in the league thus far, while Taylor’s penchant for ‘going downstairs’ is matched only by the most enthusiastic adult movie stars. One thing’s for sure, The Power will win at least six legs – which is more than any of Anderson’s previous opponents have managed thus far.

So, to recap, Webster is the NAP, but feel free to lap up any of my other claptrap.

Good luck and happy punting!

Remember: A good dart these days is hard to find.
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Cherry picking the value

08 Mar 11 09:37
HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I trust you all got on Portsmouth to beat Sheffield United on Saturday. At close to 1.9 that has to be one of the best value ‘home banker’ bets all season. Apologies for not posting for a few days – I had to nip over to Geneva in my private jet for a meeting with my bank manager. I’ll tell you how that went in a future post. Fear not, followers, for I came out of it smelling of the Botanical Gardens. Until then, please enjoy a brief recap of our recent successes, before piling into my next tip.

04 Mar 11 18:11
TIP: Take the value on Portsmouth now as the Pompey Chimes will be ringing long and loud tomorrow. It won’t necessarily be pretty, but they’ll prevail over the Blades - providing the floodlights stay on long enough.
Comment – Portsmouth won 1-0 (at circa 1.9)

03 Mar 11 09:11
The NAP selection just has to be Whitlock to beat Jenkins.
Comment – Whitlock won 8-1 (at circa 1.8)

01 Mar 11 18:48
Football is a simple game and to this end the obvious ‘Score At Any Time’ shouts are Lampard (free-scoring midfielder and penalty-taker) and Torres (world-class World Cup-winning striker desperate to open his account in his third match for his new club).
Comment – Lampard scored (at circa 4.3)

TIP FOR TONIGHT
LAY Exeter to beat Bournemouth (currently 3.3)
The Cherries are, like myself, upwardly-mobile this season and should secure automatic promotion, while Exeter are nothing more than a solid mid-table bunch and are far from unbeatable at home, having already lost five at St James Park. Bournemouth like to keep it tight when they’re not at Dean Court and I simply can’t envisage a home victory here.

Good luck & happy punting!

Remember: Never bite the hand that feeds you – just give it a little polite nibble every now and then
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HELLO, good evening and welcome to my blog. I trust you all enjoyed Whitlock crushing Jenkins last night. If this run of success continues I’ll be in the running for the next FORBES magazine Rich List. I can handle it. In my experience, the better connected you are, the easier life becomes.

My stigmata’s been playing up again lately. Bleeding nuisance it is. I was just preparing to peg out in croquet the other day and the next thing I knew there was blood all over the mallet. Frightful.

Still, I rose to the occasion and duly pegged out for my twelfth consecutive victory. It’s not a professional league as such, but the stakes are still high. My vanquished opponent ‘Dodgy’ Frank Smith gave me a bay horse, Gloof Akteree, for this particular victory, but the poor old nag was in dire straits – or at least it thought it was. It simply wouldn’t stop neighing Money For Nothing.

Once I’d cleaned myself up I treated Gloofy to some hay, a couple of sugar cubes, a carrot and a bucket of water. He’ll come in handy for my next game of polo as my last horse Dent’s Mamba was reminiscent of a jelly/sponge/cream/hundreds & thousands dessert laced with Jamaican rum - a trifle on the wild side.

I digress. Tomorrow’s football tip comes from the Championship. Poor old Micky Adams at Sheffield United – their fourth manager in seven months - just can’t buy a win. He’s inherited a poor side which has been stuck in a form vacuum for weeks. Portsmouth, conversely, are playing some of the best football they’ve produced since their ultimately triumphant FA Cup run in 2008 and are on a five-match winning streak.

TIP: Take the value on Portsmouth now as the Pompey Chimes will be ringing long and loud tomorrow. It won’t necessarily be pretty, but they’ll prevail over the Blades - providing the floodlights stay on long enough.

Good luck and happy punting!

Remember: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth – they suffer from horrendous halitosis.
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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my latest blog. There aren’t many better things in life than being able to afford to buy the best stuff as and when you require it.

While some of us, such as myself, are gifted enough to coast along purely on our wit and wisdom, others aren’t quite so fortunate. I considered this earlier today when I was taking a brisk countryside stroll with my two pedigree beagles – Huckleberry and Baskerville. What better, then, than to provide you all with some more winning tips.

My darts blog success rate so far is 100 per cent as I tipped The Power to win last week, along with trading by laying the favourites in the other three matches. Anderson contracted before the off for an easy ante-post trade, Whitlock was up 4-1 and down 5-4 before eventually triumphing, while Barney prevailed over Lewis after a match which was only slightly more topsy than turvy.

Furthermore, as you all know I’m a pretty handy darts player myself, so I’d like to offer you some tips for tonight’s Premier League matches in Exeter. With Simon Whitlock rightly proclaiming that the league is ‘wide open’ there’s plenty of cash to be made this evening with astute punting. The hirsute Australian himself is where you should be looking to increase your betting bank. While Terry Jenkins is a hardened, experienced competitor, his ‘A’ game just isn’t quite there at present and The Wizard of Oz will be looking to capitalise on his impressive victory over James Wade in Belfast last week.

If you’re desperate for a punt on the other three matches, try laying the favourite in the Webster/Lewis and Anderson/Wade fixtures with a view to trading out in-running. In the final match of the night, between two of the all-time greats Barney and The Power, I’d consider dutching some close correct scores which is apt as I feel that a confident Dutchman can give Taylor a closer game than usual. The Power hammered The Bull last week, but Barney will prove a tougher clog to crack. The NAP selection, however, just has to be Whitlock to beat Jenkins. After all, thick, coarse, straggly beards beat thin, wispy moustaches every time.

In related news, congratulations to Wes Newton for securing a place in the Top Ten Rankings for the first time in his career, despite bearing a vague resemblance to cheeky scouse all-round entertainer Ray Quinn.

Good luck and happy punting!

Remember: In a game of stone, paper, scissors always choose ‘musket’
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ENJOY your quaffing, followers!

"Oh the champagne is wonderful
Oh the champagne is wonderful
I love Dom Perignon and Bolly
Oh the champagne is wonderful!"


Congratulations to all of you who took my advice this evening. Enjoy your quaffing.

More tip top tips from Betfair's top toff tomorrow.

Remember: champagne tastes better than sour grapes.
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HELLO, good evening and welcome to my blog. The expression ‘Follow the money’ is often heard on Betfair, but I prefer to tell my loyal band of followers, ‘Money follows me’ for I’ve had the knack of making filthy lucre ever since the day my parents bought me a Fisher Price Forgery Set.

I have another tremendous tip for you this evening. Chelsea versus Manchester United is the fixture in question. With Alex Ferguson rudely ruling out Chelsea from this season’s title race, the stars from Stamford Bridge will be desperate to prove that they can beat the Red Devils, even if it proves to be nothing more than an eminently repairable slow puncture in United’s title bandwagon.

To win a match, dear followers, one must score more goals than the opposition. Football is a simple game and to this end the obvious ‘Score At Any Time’ shouts are Lampard (free-scoring midfielder and penalty-taker) and Torres (world-class World Cup-winning striker desperate to open his account in his third match for his new club).

Bear in mind that Ancelotti has yet to name his starting XI so wait until it’s announced before making your decision as regards Torres, but pile into Lampard now before the price contracts any further.

Good luck & happy punting!

Remember: Having riches is nothing to be embarrassed about.
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HELLO, good evening and welcome to my special half-time update blog live from Success Towers.

The lay to back shout on Stoke is working out like a dream, my loyal followers, with the Potters drifting from an ante-post 1.87 all the way to 2.4 already and the half time draw/full time Stoke shout is still on.

Just to remind you all, here's an extract from my post this morning...

While Stoke are no oil painting as a side (if anything, an early Hieronymous Bosch), there’s a certain aesthetic beauty in backing them at home as, to cut a long story short, it means more champers come ten o’clock. They may not roar into an early lead, but mark my words they will win, come Hell or High Throw. Laying to back is probably the best route for a risk-free return as their aerial bombardment will eventually see the Baggies staring into the Britannia Ground’s floodlights like amateur astronomists once too often. If you fancy some slightly riskier entertainment, back draw half-time, Stoke full-time.

Good luck & happy punting! More tip top tips from the top tomorrow.

Remember: Rome took a fair old while to build, but people still go to visit the Colosseum.
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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I trust you all had an exciting weekend. After a ‘just about even’ Saturday (excellent trade on the Preston/Burnley game, moderate trade on the England rugby match and, quite frankly, a snooze-fest on the Millwall/Forest fixture) it’s time to launch ourselves headfirst back into the champagne lifestyle we all love.

Let's take a look at tonight's Premier League fixture - Stoke (pushing for a Europa League spot) v West Brom (relegation candidates).

Poor old West Brom started the season like the Road Runner on steroids, but since the turn of 2011 they’ve lost five matches*, one manager and a lorry-load of momentum. Stoke, on the other hand, have managed to claw their way up the Premier League table with the help of the belligerent, battering-ram brand of football we’ve come to expect from Tony Pulis’ teams.

While Stoke are no oil painting as a side (if anything, an early Hieronymous Bosch), there’s a certain aesthetic beauty in backing them at home as, to cut a long story short, it means more champers come ten o’clock. They may not roar into an early lead, but mark my words they will win, come Hell or High Throw. Laying to back is probably the best route for a risk-free return as their aerial bombardment will eventually see the Baggies staring into the Britannia Ground’s floodlights like amateur astronomists once too often. If you fancy some slightly riskier entertainment, back draw half-time, Stoke full-time.

(*The Baggies’ quintet of reversals this year include an embarrassing 1-0 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Championship no-hopers Reading)

Good luck and happy punting!

Please note: feel free to trade out at any point in-running, depending as ever on the size of your church halls and the liquidity of your betting bank.

Remember: You don’t look at the mantelpiece when you’re stoking the fire.
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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I feel a little strange this morning having lost on my over 2.5 goals tip in the Notts County v Charlton match last night. With the score at 1-0 to Notts County and the second half only a few minutes old, the normally reliable Bradley Wright-Phillips missed a penalty for Charlton which became a microcosm of his side's finishing throughout the game as it seemed to drain the Addicks’ whole team of confidence. They had another good penalty shout turned down later, while the rest of Notts County’s attacks were thwarted, one way or another, by the Charlton defence. It was the first time Charlton failed to score in an away league match since September.

Ce la vie, followers, we live and learn.

Onto today’s action and I’ll focus first on the rugby union Six Nations. I still believe England’s championship credentials are about as convincing as an Etch-A-Sketch Birth Certificate because of their massive over-reliance on Chris Ashton. France, who have hated us ever since the Guerre de Cent Ans first kicked off in 1337, will have wised up to this so I expect a very closely-fought first half. With this in mind...

LAY England before the off with a view to trading out in-play.

Football-wise, there’s plenty going on and my tips are all based on maximising value from the unpredictability of the Championship. To this end, I have a pair of tasty tips for you all, my growing band of loyal followers.

BACK Millwall to beat Nottingham Forest at the New Den. While Forest are rock-solid at home, with an unbeaten run that Cloughie would have been proud of, they’re brittle away and with the Lions still harbouring hopes of a play-off spot I can see Millwall shading this one.

BACK Preston to beat Burnley in the Lancashire derby at Deepdale today. Phil Brown has had his knockers, especially since his ludicrous on-pitch half-time rant during his tenure at Hull City. He’s no mug when it comes to managing Championship sides, however, and his team has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, underlined by their battling draw at the City Ground on Tuesday where they struck deep into injury time to steal a point on the back of a home draw with table-toppers QPR.

Please note: feel free to trade out at any point in-running, depending as ever on the size of your church halls and the liquidity of your betting bank.

Good luck and happy punting!

Remember: Wise men don’t need advice, but fools won’t take it.
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HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. A well-meaning pensioner who’d been queuing for a bus since his teens once told me: “All good things come to those who wait,” and I have to say that’s it’s about blinking time that my blog became one of the featured ones, so congratulations to Peter Powers-Thatbee at Betfair for promising to click on the Feature Alex69’s Blog button in return for me continuing to share my wisdom with you.

Having a featured blog was never my intention, but I’m happy to take the kudos and acclaim because, let’s face it, I’ve always been a roaring success in everything I do, including my recent three-month African safari where I wowed the natives with my lion impressions.

Not all of you will have been following my blog since it began on February 16, so when I say to you all that I can make you richer I’m sure there’ll be a few sceptics among you. I have countless stories about winning and being successful while retaining charm, charisma and chutzpah along the way, but for the time being let me draw your attention to some of my winning tips so far.

TIPS POSTED LAST NIGHT
Eight matches have been played in this season’s Premier League Darts without a single one throwing up a draw, so I’m going against the form and recommending you to lay the favourite in three of tonight’s four matches - Anderson/Webster, Whitlock/Wade and Lewis/Van Barneveld.
The obvious BACK bet, however, is to get on Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor who should have enough wattage to ease past Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins comfortably enough.

Comment – Anderson drifted before the off, therefore was an easy trade, Whitlock was a great lay to back shout as he led 4-1 at one point and Barney prevailed over Lewis for a simple, straightforward no hassle win. Furthermore, Taylor breezed past ‘The Bull’ to make it four out of four.

TIPS POSTED 21 FEBRUARY
BACK West Ham to beat Burnley in the FA Cup tonight. At just under even money, here’s a fantastic opportunity to virtually double your cash as an established Premier League outfit takes on a very average Championship side. West Ham are struggling against relegation, granted, but those bubble-blowing Hammers love a good FA Cup run and, like Portsmouth last season, can continue to progress, despite their abysmal league form. Burnley, on the other hand, have a poor away record and their two ‘star’ (ahem) signings - Charlie Austin and Marvin Bartley - are both cup-tied.

Comment – West Ham won comfortably 5-1 and could have even been traded out before the off if necessary as their odds contracted from just over evens to around the 1.8 mark.

TIPS POSTED 16 FEBRUARY
LAY Rangers to beat Sporting Lisbon at home on Thursday 17 February. While Rangers are strong at home, Sporting Lisbon, who compete in a much stronger domestic league, have an excellent away record and are as likely to give the ball away as the Coalition Government are to drastically reduce fuel charges.
BACK Under 3.5 goals in tonight’s Wigan v Bolton FA Cup match. Neither of these teams could score in a house of ill-repute and I’d be very surprised if this one turned out to be one of the all-time classic FA Cup games.

Comment – if you’d have had the testicular mass to lay Rangers in-running you’d have won handsomely as they were winning 1-0 until the last minute. Bolton, meanwhile, won 1-0 to make it another easy wheelbarrow load of cash. 

I digress. I need to prepare for a posh night out with some successful friends, so here’s a...

TIP FOR TONIGHT

BACK Over 2.5 goals in the Notts County v Charlton match
Fifteen matches at Meadow Lane have seen 35 goals scored at an average of 2.33 per match, however Charlton’s 14 away games have generated a whopping 50 goals, at an average of 3.57 per game. These two figures, of course, my learned friends, average out at 2.95 goals per match. At I write this, over 2.5 goals is backable at 2.08, which represents a fantastic opportunity to more than double your money.

Good luck & happy punting!

Remember, one man’s value is another man’s rip-off.
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