FA Cup Third Round – Oppose Premiership Teams Away

The so-called “gulf” between teams from Premiership and those striving to join the elite from the Championship is often noted, especially when 918kiss teams from their respective divisions clash in Cup competitions.

However, this “gulf” may be nothing more than a fallacy. When the third round of the FA Cup comes around, Championship teams rewarded with a home tie against Premiership opposition often make a mockery of their respective league positions.

Clashes of this nature have not occurred very often during the third round in recent years, although last season, eight matches fell into this category, with the “superior” Premiership teams winning just twice.

Preston @ 2.47 vs West Brom @ 2.56. Result: 0-2

Sunderland @ 2.20 vs Crystal Palace @ 2.86. Result: 2-1

Watford @ 3.11 vs Fulham @ 2.08. Result: 1-1

West Ham @ 2.32 vs Norwich @ 2.72. Result: 1-0

Sheff Utd @ 3.07 vs Aston Villa @ 2.12 Result: 3-1

Cardiff @ 3.45 vs Blackburn @ 1.95. Result: 1-1

Ipswich @ 2.48 vs Bolton @ 2.56. Result: 1-3

Burnley @ 5.69 vs Liverpool @ 1.53. Result: 1-0

If you had backed the home teams at level stakes of £10 you would have made a profit of £52.80. If you had used a betting exchange and laid the Premiership sides with a liability of £10 on each bet, you would have made a profit of £68.76 before commission costs as the draw results would have also resulted in winning bets.

The 2003/04 season produced only two eligible matches in the third round, both of which saw the Premiership sides fail to beat their lower division opposition at the first time of asking.

Watford @ 7.02 vs Chelsea @ 1.40. Result: 2-2

Gillingham @ 3.69 vs Charlton @ 1.86. Result: 3-2

If you had backed the home teams at level stakes of £10 you would have made a profit of £16.90. However, if you had laid the Premiership sides with a liability of £10 on each bet you would have made a profit of £36.63 before commission.

There was only one eligible match in the 2002/03 season which pitted a Championship side at home to Premiership opposition. Wolves beat even money shots Newcastle 3-2 at odds of 3.44.

Unusually, there are no all-Premiership ties in this season’s third round of the FA Cup, but eight Championship sides are hosting Premiership opposition:



Historical Fiction Novels

The standard of writers in this genre make these novels some of the top fiction books you can read….. simply as reading for pleasure or to learn more of times past in a fun way… which is reading books-4fun!

As you would guess from my previous article “Historical Fiction”, historical novels are some of my best loved books – I have always found them a good read. The authors are usually on my must read list when I check out bookstores.

Browsing bookstores to discover that ‘gem’ or finding the latest from a favourite author is a อ่านนิยาย pleasurable way to spend time. And, now that most good bookstores are also online bookstores, it is easier to obtain books – especially if one cannot access them physically – like me because of where I live.

Of the ancient world – up to the Fall of the Roman Empire – possibly 3 main characters have had more historical novels written about them than any others:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Cleopatra
  • Julius Caesar

The immortal story of Troy perhaps being up there with them., although how historical the characters were is left to your imagination.

Such is immortality!

Of them all, it’s perhaps Alexander the Great who is the most fascinating, enigmatic and complex character of them all – even if more is known about Caesar and Cleopatra…. though not much more unfortunately.

We can add to this list novels about the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. – particularly Ramses 11 and Hatshepsut. Of course there are other yarns about other pharaohs, but these two seem to feature a lot more.

Fascination with ancient Egypt has been bubbling away since Napoleon visited and Belzoni excavated. It of course became fully fledged with the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasure.

Despite this the boy king is not an exciting focal point for many historical novelists – when appearing, it is usually transitional or a by-line almost.

The first historical novel I remember reading as a boy is “The Egyptian” by Mika Waltari – it is the story of Sinuhe the (fictional) royal physician to Akhenaten. Essentially a story of reign of Akhenaten – it also features his predecessors on the throne, Nefertiti his Queen, and his successors Tutankhamun, Ay and Horemheb.

It came more alive when I eventually saw the movie starring Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Jean Simmons with Edmund Purdom as Sinuhe.

I must admit I loved all those old epics by film makers such as Cecil B DeMille, Samuel Bronston et al. They haven’t all aged well – in light of today’s filmic realism, but when I was younger they were fresh and vivified in me a love of the ancient world.


Online Horse Betting – The Most Convenient Way

With the advent of internet, most of the tasks like shopping, dating, bill paying and many more has become convenient as well as accessible. Besides this you can also find a number of betting sites, where a user can get the excitement of betting on the races from his/her home. No matter if you live far away from a race track, you can place bets on many online horse race betting sites.

Benefits of online horse racing betting

One of the major advantages of horse racing betting online is that, you can place wagers in the 메이저사이트 comfort of your home. Instead of driving too far, finding parking, stand in long cues to buy ticket and race forms, you can easily log on to a computer and perform betting.

Going to the race tracks isn’t fun any more, as they were before. This is because the overall environment of the race tracks is no more relaxed and the element of fun is also not there. Other than this if a person is physically or mentally disabled, it can really become difficult to even get to the race tracks. Thus betting online is considered to be the most expedient option for them.

Time is the biggest factor

Apart from many positives of betting online, it saves a lot of your valuable time as well. Driving to the race course, dealing with traffic, find the parking, wait in cue to place the bet and collect your winnings are few of the tasks that involves a lot of time. But with the online horse betting systems, you can save time in all these processes. Moreover here you don’t even have to wait for the race to run.

The future of online betting

As the mobile technology is becoming more and more advanced, the future of horse betting is looking very bright. It is also expected that in the coming times, horse betting sites will be accessed by the cell phones. If it happens, you will be able to wager on your favourite horse by just sending an SMS from your cell phone. This will enable the busy gamblers to save on more time, even when they do not have internet connection like in subways, metro or in traffic jams.