Sport Club

September 27, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Real Life Monopoly – The Betting Game

Monopoly with real money is one of the most exciting board games out there. Apart from using real cash, there are differences with the ordinary game. For one, the player can build as many hotels as they can afford. In fact they can build enough hotels on their land to send you paying off your debts and packing off and out of the game after a single throw of the dice. Continue Reading →

September 25, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Liverpool’s Chances In The Premier League This Season

Liverpool might not be worth betting on to win the Premiership this season, but it is quite likely that they could mount a challenge for Champions League qualification and they may well have a chance in either of the domestic cups as well. The recent acquisition of Craig Bellamy from Manchester City looks like being a very shrewd piece of business by Kenny Dalglish, especially after his performance on Wednesday night when he cut through the Brighton defence at their new stadium in the League Cup like a hot knife through butter. He is in such form at the moment that he may well keep the £35 million man Andy Carroll out of the team. Suarez is just about undroppable considering how effective he is whenever he is on the pitch while Dirk Kuyt is fast developing into a Liverpool legend, working like a dog defensively and cutting in from the right wing offensively to use his goal-scoring prowess to great effect. Continue Reading →

September 21, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Big Money is Scary

First of all, I have to admit that I don’t really know what I’m doing with money most of the time. Yes, that’s right – I’m financially illiterate. This isn’t usually a problem most of the time, as the budget that I’m used to is too tight for me to worry about doing clever things with my savings, although it is comfortable enough to live on. I’ve just unexpectedly come into a reasonably large sum of money and I’m right in the middle of working out what to do with it. I guess my initial reaction to the news was that I was very surprised and happy, but now I’m a little numb and feeling troubled about what to do with it all. Of course, it would be easy enough to just go out and blow it on something like booze, clothes, nice meals out, maybe a car – you name it. I have been sitting on it for three days now and I just don’t really know enough about the scary world of investing and stock markets and all that fancy stuff. Continue Reading →

September 20, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Manchester United Versus Chelsea Last Sunday

The match between Manchester United and Chelsea provided plenty of information regarding the two teams’ chances of winning the Premier league this season. Manchester United were three-nil up by half time and ran out three-one winners after Chelsea scored early in the second half through Fernando Torres but failed to convert half an hour of sustained pressure into goals. Torres missed a sitter in the eighty-third minute when presented with an open goal having gone round De Gea and Ramires was also guilty of comparable profligacy in the first half, but in the end United were deserved winners. Rooney hit the post and missed a penalty as well as scoring and Nani was also in devastating form, fizzing a shot into the top corner from outside of the area, thumping another effort against the bar in an incident that led to the penalty award and generally wreaking havoc down the right wing. Continue Reading →

September 13, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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This Season’s Champions League

Trying to decide who to bet on for this season’s Champions League is a tricky decision. Of the English teams, it seems that all of them might well be able to challenge Barcelona for the crown of European Champions, though it could be argued that Arsenal and Chelsea have less of a chance than the two teams from Manchester, despite Chelsea’s recent signing of Mata from Valencia and Arsenal’s deadline day purchase of Arteta from Everton. Mata will offer Chelsea more options in the wider areas of the park while Wenger will be hoping that Arteta can help fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas’ recent departure back to his hometown team that trained him until he was fifteen, Barcelona, who are incidentally also Arteta’s parent club. However, neither team seems to possess the strength in depth of squad that Manchester United and Manchester City currently boast and it appears that if there is going to be a real challenge mounted by one of the English teams, it is going to be one of these two. Continue Reading →

September 9, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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The Community Shield

   The Communitween the two Manchester sides acted as a wonderful pre-cursor to the season. It showed that City have got the ability in their first eleven and depth of squad to challenge United for the major honours this season as they raced in to a two goal lead, but Manchester United showed that they still have the upper hand as Nani led a remarkable comeback, scoring twice including the winner in injury time. The substitution of Tom Cleverley from Carrick at half-time proved to be a masterstroke by Sir Alex Ferguson as the youngster started to dictate play with his energy and fast passing in a way that Carrick had struggled to do in the first half. Having spent the season on loan with Watford, Cleverley now looks ready to challenge for a first team place. His link-up with Rooney appeared telepathic at times and Danny Wellbeck also showed great promise, playing seventy-five minutes and demonstrating why Steve Bruce was sorry to see his loan spell at Sunderland come to an end. Continue Reading →