Monday, May 25, 2015

Here's Who Won The 2014/15 Premier League Season Handicap Table

Regular followers of this blog will be aware that I take a particular interest in Season Handicap Betting.

It's a form of soccer betting where each team in a league is given a handicap to start off the season. When all the games have been played, these points are added to all the teams' actual league points and then sorted in order with the bookmaker paying out on the winner or teams in the top if the bet is an each-way one.

I've done the working out for the 2014/15 Premier League season. The winners were Southampton who topped the table with 99 points. They started off with a 39-point headstart and managed to finish off with 60 real league points.

Next on the list is Swansea. They kicked off with 41 handicap points and managed to earn 56 over their thirty-eight games.

Below is the full table . In the case where teams are tied for points, I have gone with goal difference. The handicap points are in parenthesis.

  1. Southampton 99pts (39)
  2. Swansea 97pts (41)
  3. Crystal Palace 92pts (44)
  4. Stoke 88pts (34)
  5. WBA 88pts (44)
  6. Chelsea 87pts (0)
  7. West Ham 85pts (38)
  8. Leicester 85pts (44)
  9. Burnley 83pts (50)
  10. Arsenal 82pts (7)
  11. Aston Villa 82pts (44)
  12. Tottenham 81pts (17)
  13. Man City 80pts (1)
  14. Sunderland 78pts (40)
  15. Hull City 77pts (42)
  16. Man Utd 76pts (6)
  17. QPR 76pts (46)
  18. Liverpool 73pts (11)
  19. Newcastle 71pts (32)
  20. Everton 66pts (19)
I will return to this topic in the summer with a look towards the 2015/16 handicap leagues.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Final Day 2014/15

It'll be Hull City that ends up relegated from the Premier League today. That's how it's looking, anyway.

The only other team that could mathematically drop is Newcastle United.

Hull has acquired 34 points this season and are in eighteenth place. The Magpies are above them with 36.

Obviously, Hull need the three points. They're going to have to fight for them as they're up against Manchester United.

Newcastle - on the other hand - are playing West Ham in what could very well be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the Hammers. He could play spoiler to his former club.

What would be a crazy situation is if Hull win and Newcastle draw to make the sides level on points. If this does happen, Newcastle will be sent packing as their goal difference is the worst.

My thoughts? I miss the days when there were so many angles that could play out on the final day of the season. I miss the fight at the top as well as on the bottom.

It's a funny old game. Sometimes.

Don't forget - I'll be publishing the Season Handicap Results for the 2014/15 tomorrow!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Aussies At The Euros

A number of months ago, I read that Australia was getting an entry into the Eurovision Song Contest.

Not only that - in the same article, I could have sworn I read that Alan Fletcher, who plays Karl Kennedy in Neighbours, was going to be the entrant.

A few days after that, I placed a bet on Australia winning the competition. 

My reasoning was simple: it's Australia's first time in it as a guest. But - even more than that - Neighbours is big in Europe.

Oh, and it's celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

He was going to win.

It was then I found out that Alan Fletcher WASN'T going to be performing for his country. The article was nothing but him suggesting he would like to represent the Aussies.

And to add further to my pain, I have now forgotten which sportsbook I placed the wager. I know the odds were quite good when I placed the bet, though. The country is now 10/1 with a number of sports betting firms.

The moral of today's story comes in three parts.

1) Always make sure to do thorough research before placing your bets
2) REMEMBER where you have placed your bet
3) Keep your fingers crossed for Australia tonight

Friday, May 22, 2015

TNA & Destination America To Part Ways?

TNA Wrestling will no longer be a part of Destination America as of late September.

This was reported in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

What this means for the future of the company remains to be seen. I was sure TNA would fold late last year when news broke that the wrestling group's days on the US-version of Spike TV were numbered.

Back then, a two-year deal with The Discovery Channel/Destination America was agreed upon. However, the broadcast partner is now exercising its right to end the deal early.

What I have seen online since the news broke is somewhat sad and comical rolled into one. Staunch TNA fans are refusing to believe this is true and have gone so far as to claim the report is nothing but a lie.

I guess we'll see what happens in October.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pac-Man At 35

Pac-Man turns thirty-five this week.

I used to love that game back in the day.

Like many others, I was struck by Pac-Man Fever (is the song playing in your head yet?). Not only did I have the game on an Atari, I also had the board game, watched the cartoon and even had a stuffed plush toy.

I probably still have the toy somewhere around my home.

You know what? I think I might have a game of it as soon as I hit 'Publish'. I have it on the iPad, but I am confident there are free versions to play on your browser.

Go on, I know you're tempted!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Into 4

It might sound crazy, but I like the idea of WWE special events every two weeks.

Well - at the moment I do. I'll revisit this idea in a month.

This past Sunday was WWE Payback. In a little over eleven days from now is the WWE Network's special - Elimination Chamber - and then on June 14th WWE will have its next PPV, Money in the Bank.

It's an interesting period for WWE as the response to the Elimination Chamber could lead to them doing more specials sandwiched in between the regular pay-per-views. As noted, I sort of like this idea because it offers something unique for WWE Network subscribers but I can certainly see it being a bit too much hence my reservation at the start where I suggested I rethink this idea once the third Sunday event in a month concludes.

Don't forget, there's also an NXT special tonight. I MIGHT stay up and watch it. Failing that, I'll catch it first thing in the morning.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Something About Eastenders That Has Bugged Me Since February

There's one thing I have noticed with Eastenders ever since it was revealed who the killer of Lucy Beale was on the live episode.

The killer is still at large, but the police haven't been around looking into the matter.

Sure, WE the audience know who did it. Most of the residents still don't know.

And nor does the police. So why haven't I seen then still trying to work out leads? They were all over the show for nearly a year but have been a conspicuous absence since the live episodes in February when it was revealed that Lucy's brother - Bobby - was the culprit.

Continuity, people!