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.
19 October 2012 12:00 AM
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.
19 October 2012 12:00 AM
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.
12 October 2012 04:06 PM
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.
12 October 2012 04:00 PM
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.
05 October 2012 11:51 AM
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.
05 October 2012 11:47 AM
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.
05 October 2012 11:43 AM
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.
05 October 2012 11:40 AM
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.
28 September 2012 04:08 PM
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28 September 2012 04:05 PM
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