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 Two weekend betting preview: No to Shrimpers, yes to Shrimps

Southend's automatic promotion hopes have taken a bashing in recent weeks, leaving boss Paul Sturrock to blame their wretched home form, but we think the problem might be something more general and we're willing to oppose the Shrimpers when they travel to re-born Bristol Rovers this weekend.

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Championship weekend betting preview: Take a chance on Tykes

The Championship isn't a division that entertains many long winning streaks, so Reading's achievement in stringing eight successive victories together is deserving of all the credit that was bestowed on it last weekend.

League One weekend betting preview: Chairboys can rattle Shakers

What Richie Barker wouldn't give to tap into whatever it was he did to get the best out of Bury for the first nine months of his reign.

League Two weekend betting preview: Crown jewels for Cobblers

Aidy Boothroyd has finally discovered the winning formula at Northampton and they look a solid bet to notch a fourth straight win at 12/5 against an Accrington side still struggling to come to terms with the departure of John Coleman.

Championship weekend betting preview: Blackpool to control first 45

March is shaping up to be a make-or-break month for Blackpool. Having propelled themselves from ninth to fourth over the course of the past seven matches, the next seven games - five of them against top-half opposition - will reveal a great deal more about their promotion credentials.

League One weekend betting preview: Addicks all the way

The wobble - if you could call it that - has passed, and now it's difficult to envisage anybody stopping Charlton on their march to the League One title, so let's take odds of 8/5 about the leaders prevailing at misfiring Bournemouth on Saturday.

League Two weekend betting preview: Robins ready to take revenge

Paolo Di Canio is many things, but he's also a man of real substance and when he describes losing a local derby at home to Oxford as one of his lowest moments in life, you can rest assured he will be doing everything in his power to put that result right when the reverse fixture is played at the Kassam this weekend.

Championship weekend betting preview: Watford can thwart Southampton

Southampton have overcome their wobble in the Championship and seem to be back on course for automatic promotion but we fancy Watford to upset their momentum by tripping them up at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

League One weekend betting preview: All Rhodes point to profit

We've offered no shortage of insight into the recent managerial comings and goings at Huddersfield this past couple of weeks and now it's time to back it all up by getting in early on the new trends we see unfolding at the Galpharm in the weeks and months to come.

League Two weekend betting preview: Clean up with classy Swindon

Some managers have so much charisma they can get away with almost anything. Paolo Di Canio breaks all the rules when it comes to setting his team up for a fall but beneath the bravado is genuine, unshakeable belief and the 11/8 available on Swindon to win to nil against Accrington on Saturday is worth playing.

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