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Alan Pardew will be smiling a lot more around St. James Park after Newcastle United’s past week. Coming away from White Hart Lane with 3 points and then knocking Manchester City out of the Carling Cup with a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium will certainly give him more time at the helm. For Manchester City its two consecutive defeats and Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to restore confidence ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Chelsea vs. QPR

Harry Redknapp will be breathing a lot easier this week after their 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night. Two goals from Charlie Austin were enough to see off Aston Villa who have suffered 5 defeats on the bounce without even mustering a goal along the way. It gets significantly tougher for Redknapp’s men as they encounter a London derby against Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho will be slightly concerned for the first time this season after throwing away the lead against Manchester United last weekend in the last minute and stumbling over the finishing line against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night with a late own goal. The absence of Diego Costa has seen the goals slow up but Didier Drogba has scored 3 in his last 3 games. One piece of good news for QPR is that they won at Stamford Bridge on their last visit 1-0.

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The final ATP masters event of the season takes place this week as the BNP Paribas Masters takes centre stage in Paris, France. It is the last chance for players to gain vital ATP points to boost their way up the rankings and clinch a spot in the World Tour Finals between the world’s best 8 players. Andy Murray has been a man on a mission of late competing in tournament after tournament and two consecutive titles in Austria and Spain makes him one of the favourites for the BNP Paribas Masters.

There will also be a number of home based players that will be confident of impressing in front of their own fans such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. Novak Djokovic won in 2013 and he is the no.1 seed at this year’s event.

The top 16 seeded players have all received byes into the second round and the first round has already commenced. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Fernando Verdasco, Jurgen Melzer, Richard Gasquet, Jack Sock and Sam Querrey are just some of the names who’ve already progressed from round 1.

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The Premier League returns to our screens this weekend with 6 fixtures taking place on Saturday, 3 on Sunday and 1 Monday night football fixture. The most notable match this weekend takes place between pace setters, Chelsea who travel to Old Trafford to take on Louis Van Gaal’s ‘Gaalacticos’. The first affair on Saturday is also a tasty one with West Ham United hosting Manchester City in the 12.45pm kick off at Upton Park.

Manchester United v Chelsea – Chelsea are the side with all the momentum here after their 6-0 demolition of Maribor in the Champions League midweek. They just managed to stumble over the line against Crystal Palace in their last Premier League fixture but their opponents, Manchester United could only muster a draw against West Brom.

Man United vs. Chelsea

Wayne Rooney is critically still missing for Louis Van Gaal as he serves the final game of his 3 match suspension and Juan Mata will likely continue to keep his No.10 role against his former employers despite not particularly impressing in Rooney’s absence. Falcao was dropped to the substitute’s bench and it would be a surprise for Van Gaal to revert back to 2 main strikers.

Jose Mourinho meanwhile has problems himself as Diego Costa is still nursing a hamstring injury which has kept him out since returning from international duty. Chelsea’s striker ‘crisis’ was worsened still as Loic Remy limped off against Maribor instantly after scoring the opening goal. This could leave 36 year old battering ram, Didier Drogba to lead the line against a club he has only scored 3 goals against in his career.

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I love a bit of horse racing – but I eat, sleep and breathe football which means I’m always very happy to be offered a review of a football related service to review and am pleased that today said service will be Betting Gods’ Footy Lay Profits.

The likes of Betfair and Betdaq have been around long enough now for me to not need to go into great detail about lay betting but as a quick summary with these kind of tipster services focus specifically on betting against a market selection with the idea being to collect more conservative wins more consistently.

Footy Lay Profits ReviewRun by a dedicated “self-confessed stataholic”, Footy Lay Profits has existed as a Betting Gods service since December 2013.

If you’d have been following the service since its introduction to the market you would have grown accustomed to recording average profits of £83.06 and currently be sitting £747.50 to the better right now. This would represent a 149.50% return on investment and no doubt morale and confidence pretty high in seeing average strike rates of 83.27%.

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