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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Premier League betting preview: Bet on the Devils you know

Chelsea's big-game mentality hasn't stood up to scrutiny too often this season, regardless of what Andre Villas-Boas made of home wins over timid Valencia and ten-man Manchester City, and they could be in for a rude awakening once again when Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

League One betting preview: Tranmere to get back to winning ways

It's been a tough few months for Tranmere with injuries and suspensions derailing a solid start to the campaign but performances have been much-improved in recent weeks and now Saturday's trip to Wycombe might well be the catalyst for an upturn in results.

Premier League betting preview: Go for goals at Carrow Road

Bolton and Norwich have both shown increasing professionalism in certain matches of late but they remain fun-loving cavalier types at heart and we like the 5/6 quotes about over 2.5 goals when the two sides meet at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Championship betting preview: It could be curtains for Steve Cotterill

Nigel Clough and Steve Cotterill both go into Sunday's East Midlands derby at Pride Park on the back of poor results but their problems on a wider scale are worlds apart and we reckon the former might well hammer the final nail in the latter's Nottingham Forest coffin with a convincing win.

League Two betting preview: No happy homecoming for Paul Sturrock

Paul Sturrock is doing a sterling job at Southend but his association with the club still has some way to go before he reaches the status he achieved at Plymouth and his former employers could do further damage to his promotion bid on Saturday.

FA Cup betting preview: Vicarage Road knees-up for Harry Redknapp

We've all had one of them weeks when everything that could go wrong will go wrong and nobody in the world has a good word to say about you. All you can do is wish away the hours until Friday night when escapism takes over. So one can only begin to imagine how much Harry Redknapp is looking forward to his FA Cup knees-up at Vicarage Road this Friday and we should back his Tottenham side to put a smile back on his face with a thumping victory over Watford.

League One weekend preview: Coleman can cut the mustard with Rochdale

John Coleman has swapped League Two for League One, calling time on his epic 13-year tenure with Accrington Stanley, and we should expect his new club Rochdale to start climbing the table soon, starting with a derby win over Bury on Saturday.

League Two betting preview: Plymouth set to climb the table

Plymouth climbed out of the basement's bottom two for the first time since August when snatching an unlikely point against title-chasing Crawley at Home Park last weekend and we should back them to follow up with victory over Port Vale at 7/2 this weekend.

Newcastle's Demba Ba joins Senegal on international duty next month

Premier League betting preview: Fulham can exploit Newcastle absentees

The African Cup of Nations has the potential to disrupt the best-laid plans of numerous Premier League teams over the next few weeks but none more so than Newcastle United.

Championship betting preview: Underdog Derby to oust random Burnley

Burnley scored a landmark result in their season with victory at Middlesbrough last weekend and it won them a fair few plaudits, but we're not convinced there's any magic dust around Turf Moor right now and we're willing to take the Clarets on when Derby visit this weekend.

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