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The World Cup 2014 thread

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by PeterMac on 14.06.14 17:06

In the 1969 Grand National Highland Wedding won by 12 lengths, after most of the rest of the field had fallen or been pulled up.
SP was 100/9, but only a few days earlier almost every wee housewifie in Scotland got 300/1

Bookmakers were NOT happy people

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Post by fossey on 14.06.14 17:12

@PeterMac wrote:In the 1969 Grand National Highland Wedding won by 12 lengths, after most of the rest of the field had fallen or been pulled up.
SP was 100/9, but only a few days earlier almost every wee housewifie in Scotland got 300/1

Bookmakers were NOT happy people
Trained by the legendary Toby Balding.

Always good to see bookmakers not happy.

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by ultimaThule on 14.06.14 17:41

I'm channelling Paul the Pyschic Octupus who predicts it'll be 2-1 to Italy...

As I haven't got a clue what the odds are and haven't got time to go in search of a betting shop, I can only hope I won't miss out on a nice little earner.

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Post by Mirage on 14.06.14 19:10

There really is nothing like a day at the races, although I never win on the course. I was lucky enough to see Frankel's last race at Ascot. Not worth a punt of course at 2/11. I'll never forget the roar that went up as he came home. It wasn't his most dramatic finish , but then the ground was pretty tacky. Managed to get Sir Henry Cecil's signature on the race card too, which was the icing on the cake. Very frail of course by then but a real gent. 

There was just something special about that horse. It came over on TV, of course, but when you see him in the flesh his bulk and presence is awesome.  As Claire Balding said "It's about the way he imposes himself. It's not rational, it's emotional."

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by aiyoyo on 14.06.14 23:43

England vs Italy 1-1 so far as of this moment .....

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by ultimaThule on 15.06.14 1:32

@ultimaThule wrote:I'm channelling Paul the Pyschic Octupus who predicts it'll be 2-1 to Italy...  

As I haven't got a clue what the odds are and haven't got time to go in search of a betting shop, I can only hope I won't miss out on a nice little earner.

Yay!!!   Blows own Paul's trumpet... Mrs

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Post by Mirage on 15.06.14 1:37

What a pedestrian match after Netherlands v Spain. Apart from the initial flourish I found it boring.  Rolling Eyes

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Post by ultimaThule on 15.06.14 1:42

That's England for you, Mirage  - overpaid, overweight, and over there  big grin

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Post by Mirage on 15.06.14 1:53

@ultimaThule wrote:That's England for you, Mirage  - overpaid, overweight, and over there  big grin

I kept moaning to the OH about the money they get paid to keep disappointing us. To my mind Wayne is never fully fit. Of course he is talented but he seems to run out of steam and not operate at the same level of intensity when away from the box - just marking time until it's his moment to shine. Well, that's my impression anyway.  I also thing Gerard is past his sell-by. In fact there was a strange dichotomy between these two and the new generation. If you think of entertainers in general and compare pay, it  is an absolute travesty and a repeated cheating of reasonable public expectation. It seems they have taken heed of the traditional complaint of defensive play and gone more on the attack, but have left holes in defending. I always think Wayne is a lump of lard in that respect. 

But then 1966 is my benchmark!!!

PS. Night night from this night owl. :-)

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by Gaggzy on 15.06.14 5:09

I have placed a 20p Goliath (8 selections covered in 247 bets, doubles and upwards. Total stake £49.40p).

I have chosen 8 teams to qualify from their respective groups.

So far, all my selections have won their opening games - apart from the very disappointing Uruguay.

Chile, Columbia, and Mexico won their games. 
My other four selections are, Portugal, Ecuador, Nigeria, and South Korea.

If all eight teams were to qualify, the bet would pay out just over £1,100. But the beauty of a bet like this is you only need two selections to come in to get some money back. Although, having said that, to recoup the money staked, you usually need at least four selections (depending on their odds) to be successful.

So if Uruguay were the only selection to let me down, I would likely still collect a few hundred quid.

I once won over £17,000 on one of these bets selecting eight Champions league matches a few years back and doing correct scores. Amazingly, I got six out of eight scores correct. One of my failed selections changed during added-on time and scuppered me winning £105,000!!!!

England played well against a very classy Italian team. Rooney disappointed (as usual) but already they face a must-win game on Thursday against Uruguay. I just hope Luis still isn't fit.

I still expect us to qualify, though.   thumbsup

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Post by aiyoyo on 15.06.14 6:49

Give a clue - which team will lift the cup ?

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Post by AndyB on 15.06.14 12:10

Is there any truth in the ITV commentators claim that FIFA have asked that Ivory Coast be pronounced Cote D'Ivoire? If so, why just them? Why not Spain (Espania), Japan (Nippon) & Germany (Deutschland)?

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Post by Gaggzy on 15.06.14 17:50

@aiyoyo wrote:Give a clue - which team will lift the cup ?

Definitely a South American team.

Ignoring the usual suspects Brazil and Argentina, I've got £10 each way on Chile at 40/1.

If they reach the final and lose, it's half the odds, so 20/1 for the place. Not too bad.

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by fossey on 16.06.14 16:22

Hoping Portugal will stuff the Germans shortly. 

Ronaldo to score anytime would be my only tip for that game.

Another tip - never eat yellow snow.

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by plebgate on 16.06.14 16:23

@Gaggzy wrote:
@aiyoyo wrote:Give a clue - which team will lift the cup ?

Definitely a South American team.

Ignoring the usual suspects Brazil and Argentina, I've got £10 each way on Chile at 40/1.

If they reach the final and lose, it's half the odds, so 20/1 for the place. Not too bad.
Hope you win Gaggzy.

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Post by tigger on 16.06.14 17:05

@fossey wrote:Hoping Portugal will stuff the Germans shortly. 

Ronaldo to score anytime would be my only tip for that game.

Another tip - never eat yellow snow.

Praia is watching right now, GA too? i hope so! Forca Portugal!

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by aquila on 16.06.14 17:20

GA threw in a stun grenade this morning, nipped off sharpish and is hopefully now enjoying a beer in the sunshine and watching his team play.

That's a nice mental image.

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Post by Newintown on 16.06.14 17:31

@aquila wrote:GA threw in a stun grenade this morning, nipped off sharpish and is hopefully now enjoying a beer in the sunshine and watching his team play.

That's a nice mental image.

I bet he couldn't wait to get to the Court this morning to hand his letter in.

The McCanns must have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the £ or Euro 1.5m but they've been thwarted by the naughty GA.

The fact that the McCanns had to come to Portugal to get their pot of gold should have been thought out properly before they started their evil deed and only saw ££££££ in front of their eyes.  

Too bad, McCanns, go home and lick your wounds, no doubt the UK press will be sympathising with you as usual tonight and in the morning, isn't that what you live for?  GA will be the devil incarnate in their eyes, isn't that you want everyone to believe?

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by fossey on 16.06.14 17:40

Well i don't think GA will be enjoying this.

Portugal 2 down and had a man sent off.

Bloody Germans!

(Apologies to any German members).

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Post by Newintown on 16.06.14 17:59

@fossey wrote:Well i don't think GA will be enjoying this.

Portugal 2 down and had a man sent off.

Bloody Germans!

(Apologies to any German members).

3 down now, oh dear.  Well, the English team weren't much better.  I stayed up to watch the England / Italy match, I wish I hadn't bothered, but I thought I would do my bit for England, although I have no interest in football whatsoever.  It would have been more thrilling watching paint dry.
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Post by aquila on 16.06.14 18:08

I did the same Newintown. I don't like football but thought I'd watch (do my bit). I have to say, when England scored I did raise my arms in the air and shout 'yes' but as usual England lacked fire in their bellies.

Shame about Portugal's game. Still GA scored today. GM certainly isn't enjoying any football.

@fossey: I've never been a gambler but was tempted to place a bet until I realised I don't know how to do that.

Here's another good tip: never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

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Post by PeterMac on 17.06.14 16:25

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Re: The World Cup 2014 thread

Post by Lioned on 18.06.14 17:24

Tim Cahill always scores the big goals,an outstanding player.Truly inspirational.

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Post by AndyB on 18.06.14 20:30

@Lioned wrote:Tim Cahill always scores the big goals,an outstanding player.Truly inspirational.
Yep, that was goal of the world cup so far for me and I can't see it being bettered. Gutted for Australia, they deserved so much more

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Post by Lioned on 19.06.14 7:50

Shame hes banned for the next game.Agree Australia deserved something for their efforts.

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