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Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotting and the World Cup – Read about my betting weekend [Guest blogger]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and Expekt.com customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]


Stanley Cup Playoffs


As I’ve had some days off not only from blogging here but also from following any sports as well as from betting on them I’ve almost lost interest in it as I tend to do over the summer.


Okey, I’ve been watching the NHL semi-finals and the Ice-hockey World Championship with at least one eye, and I send BIG congratulations to 19-year old Timrå IK player Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson for making the all-star team as well as finishing in the top of most statistic listings for the World Championship and bringing home a bronze medal to Sweden with him!


Coming up soon is of course the World Cup in South Africa and I will watch it but not follow every game and I’m a little surprised to see so many seems to think Spain will win the cup easily and even more surprised that England is among the favourites. I think this Cup will be hot in more than one way. Because of that I believe either Brazil or Argentina will win it. As for surprise teams I’ll go for the African ones, and looking back at the last African Nations Cup I think there will be more nations than Ivory Coast and Nigeria to watch out for this time as Ghana, Algeria and Cameroon all are teams good enough to stir up some fuzz even if neither of them of course will stand there as winner in the end.


South Africa will most certainly leave with three straight losses as they are simply not good enough in my eyes. But there’s still a couple of weeks until the World Cup starts and for me as a trotting and ice-hockey fan I have the swedish Elitloppet to look forward to already this weekend as well as the first game of the Stanley Cup final on the same sunday and on saturday there will also be some great races on Solvalla to watch and bet on with Sweden Cup as the highlight.


In the clash between Chicago and Philly I will put some money on Flyers as I think they’ve had the most impressive play of the two so far and has a great defensive. Blackhawks are too big of a favourite here and I really think they’ve had an easier way to the final so despite the fact that they have players like Toews I believe they at least will have a hard time going all the way – my guess for the series is that this will go to 6 or 7 games and a couple of overtime wins will be in it so I put my money on a draw in 60 minutes for the first battle to 4.10 in odds.


In Elitloppet I already have a bet on Lucky Jim but that was placed long before I knew he would have grid 7 behind the starting car in his trial heat. Now the race looks quite open and the qualifying races will show more and I rest for now when it comes to betting on the winner of the final. In Sweden cup I would have liked the opportunity to bet on from which qualifying heat the winner will come from as I think heat 1 has all the best trotters in it.


Now I’ll sit back, watch and look for anything worth betting for in the final instead but a small tip is that french horses are the best in the world so 5.50 on Quito D’aveze as winner of trial 1 for Sweden Cup seems okey at hand but remember grid 8 is almost impossible to win from at Solvalla and most probably you will see a lot of horses winning from the lead as usual in the summertime and especially on Solvallas track.


As I look for some higher odds as I’m not betting with big stakes on these two days of great racing I look at some place bets (top-3) instead and will put them in some kind of system, most likely in a Yankee, Patent or Trixie but I’m not at all clear about on which horses yet – much depends on what kind of weather and what type of track there will be and the first races of the two days will show a lot more of what to expect in the ones later on even if a first glimpse at the racing form looks like a lot of favourites will win both days.


Well, that’s all the thoughts I’ve got when it comes to betting right now and if I have to recommend just one bet I would put it on Copper Beech NOT reaching the Elitloppet final to 2.10 in odds – this horse has done well but I think he’s up against too good horses to finish top 4 in his heat this time.


Good Luck!


Egypt or Algeria to the final in African Cup of Nations

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Egypt or Algeria? Yes, it is time for the north African sides to battle it out again and at stake this time are a place in the final. Roger Milla has picked his winner but what does Expekt.com bookie Jonathan Deeley say? Listen to some African Cup of Nations wise-talk as he chats with Dan Vikman.



Roger Milla predicts that Ghana will beat Nigeria and reach the final

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Roger Milla predicts that Ghana will beat Nigeria and reach the final in African Cup of Nations, but Expekt.com bookie Jonathan Deeley goes in another direction when he chats to Dan Vikman. What will your pick be? Place your bets at Expekt.com.



Roger Milla slams Cameroon and Ivory Coast – backs Ghana and Egypt to reach the final

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Roger Milla backs Ghana and Egypt to go through from the semi-finals in African Cup of Nations – and he slams knocked-out giants Ivory Coast and Cameroon.


- You need to be humble to succeed, says Milla, who has been the expert during the tournament at Expekt.com. Roger Milla, the World Cup legend from 1990 and 1994 when Cameroon charmed the football world, has predicted all matches in Angola, and says: – This shows that you need to be humble to succeed.


Ivory Coast failed to show that and looked surprised by the liveliness among the Algerian players who wanted to win. I hope this slap in the face will do Ivory Coast good ahead of the World Cup.


- For my Cameroon, there was no unity in the squad and without this you will not win. Too many changes also undermined the collective balance. When Cameroon faced Egypt, it was not enough. In the semi-finals, Milla believes in more success for Egypt and Ghana.


Read Roger Milla’s match betting predictions at Facebook.com/expektlive



Egypt and Cameroon in the third quarter-finals in African Cup of Nations

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

It could be a final. Well, that is what we think about the big match between Egypt and Cameroon in the third quarter-final in African Cup of Nations. Our own Roger Milla goes for. Well, have a wild guess or take a look. Zambia are up against with Nigeria in the last quarter-final. Richie Sheridan and Dan Vikman Expect a great Monday.



The quarter-finals kick off African Cup of Nations with Angola v Ghana and Ivory Coast v Algeria

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Time for the heavy-weight duels in African Cup of Nations when the quarter-finals kicks off. Angola v Ghana and Ivory Coast v Algeria are the first teams out. Richie Sheridan and Dan Vikman pull out the dumbells and predict at Expekt.com. And of course Roger Milla has his tips ready. Don’t miss!



Final matches of Group C in African Cup of Nations

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Egypt top the group and are through in top spot with 6pts already, Benin need a win to have any chance of qualifying. Meanwhile a disappointing Nigeria will want a convincing showing against Mozambique and secure their last 8 spot. Our Expekt.com ambassador, Roger Milla, backs Nigeria.


“Even if they have not shown much, Nigeria knows how to win important games. And here, the team has its back against the wall. Nigeria has experience and talent, and they will beat Mozambique”, says Milla to expekt.com.



Ghana meet Bukina Faso in the final Group B match of the African Cup of Nations

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Ghana need to win to go through to quarter finals whilst Bukina Faso will look to hold out in defense as they did so well against Ivory Coast. Roger Milla goes for the draw at odds 3.35 “I feel they will frustrate Ghana and earn a point – and go through”, says Milla for expekt.com.