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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FA Cup betting preview: Birmingham to give Chelsea the blues

Andre Villas-Boas this week went public with the news that some of the Chelsea players aren't behind him and while it's hardly something we didn't already know, the decision to air his dirty washing in public could backfire spectacularly against Birmingham in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Championship betting preview: Take Tykes out of the traps

Keith Hill gave an honest and brutal post-match interview after Barnsley's 2-0 defeat to Burnley in midweek and we reckon his players will respond by charging out of the blocks against beleaguered Portsmouth on Saturday. Back Barnsley to win the first half at 19/10.

League One betting preview: More woe for Sheffield Wednesday

Things are getting tense at the top of League One with Sheffield United threatening to cut loose in the race for the sceond automatic promotion spot and Sheffield Wednesday aren't responding particularly well to the gauntlet that has been thrown down by their bitter rivals.

League Two betting preview: Bristol Rovers to turn over Oxford

Oxford have looked rather solid on the road of late but we're not convinced it has been the toughest run of games for Chris Wilder's men and you can get tasty odds of 19/10 about them being turned over at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

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Lee Clark can have no complaints after Huddersfield dismissal

If ever a managerial sacking could be used to illustrate the difference in mindset between an ordinary football fan and the seasoned football betting punter, it’s the departure of Lee Clark from Huddersfield yesterday.

Premier League betting preview: Baggies to take full bragging rights

Roy Hodgson has knocked West Brom into fine shape when they hit the road this season and the Baggies look a decent bet at 11/5 to land maximum points in the Black Country derby at Molineux on Sunday.

Premier League betting preview: Manchester United ready to take swift revenge

Few teams get the better of Manchester United twice in the space of a fortnight and we see nothing to suggest the current Liverpool side will be any different, so take one of the coin-toss quotes about Sir Alex Ferguson's men posting a routine victory over the Merseysiders at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

Championship betting preview: Tangerines look a tasty proposition

Nothing can invigorate belief within a dressing room like coming from behind to win and Blackpool have managed it three times in as many weeks, so it could be worth siding with the Seasiders to put unstable Portsmouth to the sword at Bloomfield Road on Saturday evening.

League One betting preview: Spireites deserve another chance

Five months, five-and-a-half matches or 15 minutes: on what sample do you focus when weighing up the value in the 10/3 quote on bottom-club Chesterfield to to beat leaders Charlton at the B2net Stadium on Saturday?

League Two betting preview: Cobblers can close out with Carlisle

The best ideas in the world don't count for a great deal if you haven't got players big enough to hold their nerve when the going gets tough, so it's just as well for Northampton that Aidy Boothroyd was able to recruit a couple of new faces before the January window shut.

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