Michael Holden

Michael Holden is one of the UK's leading football betting tipsters. A former casino croupier with a deep-rooted curiosity in statistics and probabilities, his passion for betting on the beautiful game stretches back more than two decades. Since graduating as a journalist from the University of Central Lancashire in 2005, he has delivered consistent profits for his legion of followers on Sportinglife.com and produced many groundbreaking feature articles on the application of social science in a football betting context. He is now the editor of Bestofthebets.com having orchestrated the design, build and launch of the new sports betting website for Gaming Media Group during the summer of 2011.

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League One betting preview: Mark Roberts to keep Stevenage promotion bid rolling

There's a real determination about Stevenage not to dwell on the departure of Graham Westley as they bid to keep their League One promotion bid on track and the mood is impressing us enough to back the Boro at odds of 6/4 for the trip to struggling Scunthorpe on Saturday.

League Two betting preview: Bristol Rovers can pounce on Cheltenham anti-climax

Bristol Rovers are rolling back the years with the appointment of Mark McGhee and the former Reading, Leicester, Wolves,  Millwall and Brighton boss can get off to the perfect start by leading the Pirates to a shock win against joint-leaders Cheltenham at Whaddon Road on Saturday.

Managerial Methods: Harry Redknapp gambles on Manchester City mind games

Michael Holden: There comes a time in any title race when performances alone aren’t enough to steal a march on a rival and a manager must try something else in order to gain an edge.

League Two betting preview: Hit the jackpot with Accrington

There's something very familiar about what's happening at Accrington Stanley right now it could pay handsomely to side with a few variations along the theme about them handing out a hiding to lowly Barnet at the Crown Ground on Saturday.

Championship betting preview: Drought at the New Den suits Birmingham

It's turning into a long old season for Millwall and the New Den faithful could be subjected to another afternoon of boredom in Bermondsey when Birmingham visit on Saturday. Take the 9/4 quote about the game producing under 1.5 goals.

League One betting preview: Robinson in another jam with MK Dons

It's one of the quirks of being a punter that satisfaction can sometimes be found in being wrong and so it was that we felt a rush of vindication last weekend when MK Dons conceded an injury-time equaliser against ten-man QPR in the FA Cup.

Premier League betting preview: Load up on a lull as Arsenal travel to Swansea

They say possession is nine tenths of the law and it's hard to imagine the ball being turned over too many times when Swansea entertain Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, so let's assume that gilt-edged opportunities will be few and far between and take a chance on no goalscorer at 10/1.

Football League half-term betting preview: Robins the ideal festive gift

It was made out to be a one-horse race from the outset and while Crawley have lived up to the billing of League Two favourites, they have never truly convinced us about the scale of their superiority over the rest of the division. However, the odds still paint the picture of a foregone conclusion and we see an opportunity to take them on with a genuine live threat at what could transpire to be a monster price.

Premier League betting preview: First things first for Manchester City and Manchester United

The Christmas period is crucial in deciding title races, according to Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester City fans will just have to take his word for it.

Coyle is on the brink, having taken just nine points from 16 games

Premier League betting preview: Evidence in Bolton's favour for Blackburn clash

The loser gets the bullet. That's how Tuesday's crunch relegation tussle between Blackburn and Bolton is being billed and like those crowds that used to gather for the guillotine, us punters can't get enough of it. What would normally be a fixture that generates little appeal outside of Lancashire is likely to get a boost in viewing figures purely because of what's riding on the game for the men in the dugout.

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