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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Matej Vydra of Watford

Championship preview: Hornets to compound Elland Road frustration

Life at Leeds United isn't quite shaping up to be how Neil Warnock imagined it when he accpeted Ken Bates' offer to come back into management last February and we fancy in-form Watford to compound the increasing frustration around Elland Road on Saturday. Take the 13/8 available on Watford (draw no bet).

Paul Dickov manager of Oldham Athletic

League One preview: Bank on a Latics backlash

It's not often that a team managed by Paul Dickov puts in a performance doesn't meet the required standard for endeavour but when it happens, it's worth paying attention because you can usually be guaranteed a response in the next game.

Jim Bentley manager of Morecambe

League Two preview: Back a basement blockade

Goals were at a premium in League Two on Tuesday with eight out of 11 matches finishing under 2.5 goals and we fancy more of the same on Saturday with our focus fixed on a couple of interesting tussles in particular. Let's start with Morecambe v Barnet at the Globe Arena.

League Two preview: Back a basement blockade

Goals were at a premium in League Two on Tuesday with eight out of 11 matches finishing under 2.5 goals and we fancy more of the same on Saturday with our focus fixed on a couple of interesting tussles in particular. Let's start with Morecambe v Barnet at the Globe Arena.

FA Cup preview: Cobblers to oust tired Bantams

Bradford performed heroics against Premier League opposition in the Capital One Cup in midweek but it could come at the expense of their FA Cup aspirations at Northampton on Saturday. Take some of the 7/4 on Aidy Boothroyd's men bringing them back down to earth with a bump.

New arrival: Dougie Freedman saw his first Bolton game from the stands

Championship preview: Dougie Freedman can make the difference at Bolton

Dougie Freedman takes charge of Bolton for the first time on Saturday and we reckon his prior knowledge of the two teams can make all the difference against top-of-the-table Cardiff. Back the Trotters to bring home the bacon at 11/8.

Sean O'Driscoll

Sean O'Driscoll's appointment at Nottingham Forest was a 'cultural fit'

Nottingham Forest broke with convention when they appointed Sean O'Driscoll in the summer.

Edgar Davids

League Two preview: Edgar Davids has created buzz around Barnet

The favourites are getting heavy in League Two, presenting us with a weekend when the preferred course of action is to dabble on a couple of speculative long shots in the absence of a single solid wager. Naturally, the caveat is that the league table offers little encouragement.

Paolo Di Canio

League One preview: Gary Smith to compound Paolo Di Canio's woes at Swindon

Paolo Di Canio hasn't reacted well to the news that Swindon have been placed under a transfer embargo and his Swindon side aren't reacting well to the negative vibes coming from their manager, so it's hard to resist quotes of 13/8 about them coming unstuck again at high-flying Stevenage on Saturday.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

Championship preview: Cardiff could see daylight after Burnley encounter

There were late twists wherever you turned in the Championship on Tuesday night with six injury-time goals changing the course of five different matches, and you have to judge each case on its own merits when it comes to measuring the knock-on effects of such high drama this weekend.

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