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 weekend preview: Formidable Shrewsbury entertain Swindon

Swindon's performances tend to dip on the back of cup heroics and Shrews are formidable at home

League Two weekend preview: Port Vale can reign at Parade against Bradford

Vale could be fresher and play with greater focus after Bantams' cup exploits in midweek.

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Michael Holden: Lee Clark faces crisis of identity at Birmingham

Lee Clark’s tenure at Birmingham City might only be seven games old, but already he faces a crisis of identity after Saturday’s humiliating televised 5-0 defeat at home to Barnsley.

Championship betting preview: Put your trust in Trotters

Owen Coyle might beg to differ, but the September international break came at just the right time for his stuttering Bolton side and we're backing them to bounce back from a couple of poor results with a routine win over Watford at the Reebok on Saturday.

Premier League preview: Three and easy for Arsenal

You won't find a manager with a more positive disposition than Nigel Adkins but even he seems to understand the ominous feeling that accompanies Southampton's efforts in the Premier League up to this point.

Michael Holden: There are more worrying obstacles than a squirrel looming for tactless Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill

Surely the funniest story to have been reported so far this season – and it’s going to take some beating – is the one about Alan Knill crashing his bike last week, going head-first over the handlebars after colliding with a squirrel.

Olympics put British spy agencies under pressure

Preparations for the London Olympics have put Britain's intelligence agencies under significant pressure, as the country stages its largest ever peacetime security operation, British lawmakers said today.

Michael Holden: Disaster could follow Champions League triumph for Chelsea

Short-termism has festered ever since the departure of Jose Mourinho and, with every passing season, more and more cracks are beginning to appear in the collective identity of the squad, cracks that cannot simply be papered over by money.

Juan Mata’s effort against Spurs was given at the weekend despite the ball not crossing the line

Michael Holden: Introducing goal-line technology is right – but it’s not necessarily the best thing to do

Is it possible that football might actually benefit from delaying this inevitable development for as long as possible?

Everton v Liverpool FA Cup betting preview: Take flight with the Toffees

All good things come to those who wait and we think David Moyes is about to enjoy his finest hour as Everton manager with victory over bitter rivals Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.

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