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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Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson

Championship preview: Wolves could tame Simon Grayson's Huddersfield Terriers

Simon Grayson was heralding the wide-open nature of the Championship earlier this week but his Huddersfield side could be in for a rather chastening experience against a tidy Wolves outfit at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Take the even money quotes about the visitors on the draw no bet market.

League Two preview: Bradford ready to bounce back

Two weeks ago, we opposed Bradford for their trip to Dagenham on the basis that emotions were running a little high and composure might be compromised following a positive start that had kept them alive in two cup competitions and propelled them into early League Two promotion contention.

League One preview: Home comforts for Howe

We're a quarter of the way through the season, and only 37 per cent of League One matches have been home wins. History tells us the figure should settle at somewhere in the 40s by the end of this next quarter, so let's not shy away from a couple of speculative bets contributing to the expected increase on Saturday.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson

League One preview: Sheffield United could banish some demons

If there's one team Sheffield United aren't going to take for granted this season, it's Oldham. The Blades had three weeks fewer than most clubs in League One to prepare for the new campaign but theirs was the longest summer, reflecting on where it all went wrong in the race for automatic promotion last term.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans

League Two preview: Rotherham will welcome the return of Steve Evans

Steve Evans completes his six-match stadium ban this weekend and, unlike the rest of League Two, we reckon his Rotherham players will be longing for the loudmouth Glaswegian's return after the visit of Southend. Take the 9/4 available on Paul Sturrock's men in the draw no bet market.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger ponders his options before his side face Montpellier

Premier League preview: West Ham well equipped to expose Arsenal's frailties

Now that Arsenal's new-found defensive solidity has been exposed as a sham by Gary Neville's superb tactical analysis of their disorganisation at set plays against Chelsea last weekend, the last thing they need is another local derby in front of the television cameras against the team perhaps best equipped to exploit such inefficiencies.

Hull manager Steve Bruce

Championship preview: Hull could encounter more problems at Sheffield Wednesday

Steve Bruce hasn't been short of plaudits since he returned to management at Hull with national media pundits lining up to laud his achievements in bouncing back from an unceremonious exit at Sunderland. The only problem was, the season was only six games old.

A view of Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road

League One preview: Sheffield United to buckle against Leyton Orient

Sheffield United were given a good going-over by a bruising Hartlepool side in midweek and Leyton Orient can benefit from the knock-on effects by beating the battle-weary Blades at Brisbane Road on Saturday. Take the 5/2 about the Londoners prevailing.

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still

League Two preview: Resurgent Dagenham & Redbridge look deadly

Fortunes will ebb and flow over the course of a season, but it's around this time of year that the dips start to tell us something about the character of those early pacesetters targeting automatic promotion, particularly those with no previous experience of what the race entails.

Poyet has been linked with the Wolves role

Championship weekend preview: Bank on Birmingham to bounce back against Brighton

Expect a fearsome show of pride from wounded Blues after their Barnsley horror show

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