- We take a look at the latest Champions League fixtures and see who has the upper hand after the first legs.
- Atletico Madrid 0 – 1 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud, You Beauty!
- Lazio 1 – 4 Bayern Munich: Defending Champions Put on a Show
- Borussia Monchengladbach 0 – 2 Manchester City: City Cruise to Away Win
- Atalanta 0 – 1 Real Madrid: 10-Man Atalanta Struggle at Home
That's why we aim to bring you top quality sports news that matters to both you and us as gamblers. It's only natural that you'll want to keep up to date Premier League team news, or know your tracks and horses before going ahead and using your £30 bet bonus with NetBet. And here at Betting.co.uk you can keep your finger on the pulse of the gambling and sports worlds under one roof.
Ultimately, what you can expect from us is all of the top sports news stories as well as more niche, behind-the-scenes info that will have a positive impact on your bets from here on in.
Rumour and Intrigue
We all love football and everything that comes with it - from the transfer sagas, to the speculation of a managers future and rumours of a dressing room bust up. No matter what stories are floating around at any given moment, you can be 100% sure we'll let you know about it. If it can potentially influence results and therefor your bets, we'll be reporting it.
We're not just all about football here at Betting.co.uk though - far from it. When it comes to horse racing you can expect all of the latest news regarding track conditions, training preparations and the inside scoop from the world of jockeys. We know that the best training tips come from the most in depth new stories leaked from inside - and we've always got our ear firmly to the ground!
Keeping on top of stories like that is what helps us become successful punters. Transfer rumours can kick in at any time during a season, not just in the run up to transfer windows. A top player asking for a move can be a sign that all is not well in a team’s dressing room. Professional sports teams are often quite fragile when it comes to holding collective spirit together, and sometimes removing one piece from the puzzle can make it all fall apart.
Injuries Affect Results
Injuries are a massive part of professional sport - terrible when your teams badly hit, they can also give you a boost when the opposition is missing a few key players. When a team has a small squad, an injury to a key player can cause huge disruption to a team’s season. Even for the top sides, injuries can lead to team selection being disrupted and new patterns of play being used - just look at Spurs in the 2019/20 season! Even minor tweaks to tactics can lead to big changes in a team’s performances (think back to Claudio Ranieri's "Tinkerman" days at Chelsea).
Some hardier players will play through injuries in times of crisis for their clubs. Some will tell you this happens more often in ‘warrior’ sports like rugby league and rugby union. However it's not that rare in football - remember Son scoring a brace against Villa with a broken arm anyone? If a player is carrying an injury it can affect things like whether or not he will take his usual kicks in a game of rugby, or bowl his usual amount of overs in a cricket match. For example, a cricket bowler carrying an injury will likely wind up with a bowling speed more akin to your grandad's on the green. If the match is being played on a surface and in conditions that suit fast bowling, that could seriously affect the outcome of the game.
Don’t Ignore the Weather
Come rain, hale or shine all of the best players love to ply trade no matter what the conditions may be. However, it can affect how the game will play out - and players and managers won't be shy about blaming the weather conditions either! From Klopp claiming the wind was at fault for Liverpool losing ground to City in the title race, to O'Gara saying the storm was to blame for the Lions' Draw against Springbocks back in '09 - we've heard it all!
That being said, the weather conditions undoubtedly have an effect on how sports are played. We've all seen the ball move faster on a wet pitch, or stop completely on a waterlogged one. On the other side of the coin, most of you will also remember the extra water breaks granted to players under the Brazilian sun in 2014.
Keeping up to date with sports news will mean that you can develop an understanding of how certain teams fare in certain conditions. A cricket side that has some good fast bowlers, for example, will tend to do better on green pitches in overcast conditions. Weather and track conditions can also be really important in horse racing news. You will need to know what the ground conditions are likely to be ahead of a big race meeting, as this will affect results in all sorts of ways.
While we at Betting.co.uk are not meteorologists, we're not daft either - meaning we know what the weather will be like ahead of big events. You’ll also pick up some details about which teams, horses or players tend to favour which conditions. No detail is ever too insignificant to ignore when it comes to betting.
Follow the Form
Keeping on top of sports news also means that keep a close eye on the form of teams and players. Form, probably more than any other factor, is something that shapes betting decisions in a significant way. Form is more often than not the factor that has the biggest influence on the odds calculations by the bookies. To use an obvious example, if Rafa Nadal has lost his last 3 games, he's not going to be hotly tipped for his next one, despite his name and pedigree.
Combining all aspects of sports news can sometime help us keep ahead of the bookies. For example, a bookie might give a player poor odds on a payer due to recent performances, but you might also have seen a news report that the player had been carrying a knee injury that has now healed. In that case, you might expect him to return to form pretty quickly. That might mean that the bookies set his odds wrongly. Spotting good value opportunities like this can only come from keeping a close eye on the sports news. The bookies don't often get it wrong, but it can happen - which is why we always try to be ahead of the game.
Keeping up to date with multiple teams' and players' form in multiple sports can be hard to keep track of. If you bookmark Betting.co.uk, though, you can follow the important news in the sports that matter to you. We’ll keep you up to date with teams' performances in all sports, and what kind of challenges they are facing. All of this can be vital when it comes to you spotting the best value possible on the betting markets that matter to you.
Betting Industry News
Just as important as sports news itself though, is betting industry news and how it relates to sports. A crazy amount of teams across all of Europe's top football leagues are sponsored by betting companies these days - West Ham & Betway, Celtic & Dafabet and so forth . This means that you can often pick up special offers from those bookies. Some bookies will offer bonus bets or odds boosts if you bet on certain team with whom they are associated.
You might pick up a bonus bet or two if you read a news report about a bookie signing a new deal with a team,. It can also be useful to see whether certain bookies who sponsor specific competitions are offering any special deals. Betfred, for example, sponsor rugby league’s flagship European competition – the Super League. As a result, Betfred may occasionally have special deals and offers available for rugby league events. Keeping a close eye on our news pages can help you spot these offers more readily.
The latest news about your favourite sport
We’re determined to give you the news that matters about your favourite sport. This means that sports fans can come to Betting.co.uk and learn the most important facts and the most fascinating gossip from all major and minor sports.
Obviously, we’ll have all of the news stories you need about anything to do with football. From updates on the Premier League title chase to the most outlandish football transfer rumours, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. Plus we’ll let you know when that next big-name football manager is about to get the chop.
Not that it’s all going to be about football news. Here you’ll find a wealth of rugby news that covers both codes of the sport from the Six Nations to the Super League and beyond. It’s something that we’ll extend to cricket. This means that you can get expert analysis of all of the big matches that cover anything from the next Ashes series to that big T20 international.
Tennis fans will love what they find here. We’ll be giving you exhaustive previews of each Grand Slam competition so that you can be ready for whenever another British player crashes out early. Plus with no end of insight into darts, snooker, boxing and much more, you’ll always find something interesting and useful in our news resource.
Sports from all over the world
Our news service is committed to giving you all of the sporting facts from around the world. Whether it’s an insightful preview of the Super Bowl, a look at the NBA finals, or just a quick report from the Olympics in Tokyo, you’ll quickly get up to speed with the latest details. Don’t forget that we’ll also keep you up to date with some of the more interesting sporting innovations such as esports and beyond.
We can’t have a news page without plenty of detailed stories about the latest from the horse racing world. This means that you’ll be able to keep your finger on the pulse about anything from the Grand National favourites to the drama of the recent Cheltenham Gold Cup race.
In fact, if you want facts about anything from the glamour of Formula 1 motor racing all the way down to the most brutal MMA fight, you can find out about it all here first. So be sure to keep checking back to Betting.co.uk to get the latest sports news.
Knowledge is Power
When it comes down to it, betting is all about knowledge really - unless you want to start blindly taking a stab in the dark, which we don't advise obviously! The more specialist knowledge that you possess, the stronger a position you will be in when it comes to betting. Keeping up to date with the latest sports news here at Betting.co.uk will help give you this knowledge. There is never too much to know, and any kind of nugget of information or tiny detail can prove invaluable when you’re looking for betting tips. Betting.co.uk also features a series of expert betting guides if you need to brush up your knowledge on a range of topics. If you need the answer to any question in the world of sports betting, chances are pretty high that you will find an answer somewhere on our site.
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As well as our top tips, guides and assorted betting advice articles, you can also keep on top of all the latest sports news you need to place winning bets each week. Before you place any bets, you need to take a look at our news pages for the crucial nuggets that can make your selections successful. Never bet without consulting Betting.co.uk first!