December 2018

Wilder to finish Fury in ninth round of heavyweight title bout 

Sporting Index predict ‘Gypsy King’ will fall in the 26th minute in WBC heavyweight championship fight against Bronze Bomber 

Saturday 1st December, 2018 – Tyson Fury will be halted in the ninth round against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The 26th minute of the fight has been marked by the boxing experts at the spread betting company, who think American powerhouse Wilder will have too much for Fury, who will compete in only his fourth fight in three years on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 
Alabama-born Wilder is accustomed to finishing his fights early, with nearly half of his career wins coming in the first round. However, 26% of Fury’s fights have gone the distance and been decided on points, which signals 2 Fast could take this scrap to the very end.  
That said, Fury has yet to face a fighter with the punching power that Wilder possesses, and while the Gypsy King is renowned for his intelligent boxing style, the Sporting Index traders believe he could be a victim of a Bronze Bomber knockout in round nine.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “Tyson Fury hasn’t faced a fighter in the mould of Deontay Wilder for years, and despite making a return to the ring and being in the best shape of his life, we still think the Bronze Bomber will be too much for him to handle.

“Wilder may not have it all his own way, however, and we don’t anticipate this being one of his typical fights which end after a few rounds. Credit to Fury, he has boxing nous and will be able to avoid Wilder’s powerful punches to an extent, but if we’re sticking our neck out then we will say that Wilder will retain his title in the ninth round.”  


Manchester United to claim just 65 points this year – worst in five seasons 

Sporting Index traders predict the Old Trafford outfit to miss out on the top four by 12 points  

Tuesday 4th December, 2018 – With Jose Mourinho admitting this week it will be a miracle if Manchester United were to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season, leading spread betting firm Sporting Index predict that the Red Devils will finish with 65 points – their lowest points haul since David Moyes was at the helm in 2013/14. 
While many fans and punters expected Manchester United to replicate last season’s form and comfortably finish in the Champions League positions, their slow start to the season has led to the traders at the spread betting firm to predict that United will finish in sixth position – 10 points behind Arsenal in fifth, and a whopping 32 points behind neighbours Manchester City, who they predict will lift the league trophy.  
The last time United finished with such a low points tally was under David Moyes, when the former Everton manager succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson and led United to seventh place before getting the sack in April before the season was finished.  
And Sporting Index’s experts believe the writing could be on the wall for Mourinho should he lead the Old Trafford side to such a mediocre finish outside of the Champions League spots.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “With Jose Mourinho readily admitting it would take a miracle for United to finish in the top four, we are inclined to agree with him. We predict that the Red Devils will finish on 65 points, which would be their worst finish since the disastrous post-Fergie season under David Moyes.  
“If United do finish with just 65 points, as we expect, it is hard to see how Mourinho can remain in charge at Old Trafford.” 

How long can Man City go unbeaten?! 13 more games apparently… 

 City will keep their undefeated season going longer than Liverpool, with Reds defeat expected to come five games quicker than Pep’s side 

Tuesday 4th December, 2018 – Manchester City will keep their unbeaten start to the Premier League season going for another 13 games, according to traders at spread betting firm Sporting Index, with Pep Guardiola’s team predicted to extend their unbeaten run to a total of 27 games.  
Having registered 12 wins and two draws in the Premier League this season, the Citizens are expected to maintain their unbeaten momentum longer than league rivals Liverpool, who have drawn only twice since the opening day of the Premier League season.  
Liverpool’s unbeaten league run has been predicted by Sporting Index’s traders to extend to 22 games, which would be the longest the Reds have gone unbeaten in an individual Premier League season – overtaking their previous run of 16 games unbeaten during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure.  
Should the Anfield side go another eight games unbeaten in England’s top flight, they will have avoided losses to Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in the coming months.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “An unbeaten Premier League campaign going into December is no mean feat, yet we predict Manchester City to keep their run going well into next year.  
“While Liverpool have registered their best ever start to a Premier League season, their first defeat of the season is expected to come around sooner than title rivals City, but 22 games will be an enormous achievement and a signal of intent should they manage to reach that amount of games without a loss.”    


375 no votes will spell humbling Brexit vote for Theresa May 

Sporting Index traders predict overwhelming ‘no’ Brexit vote – which could signal the end for the Prime Minister 

Thursday 6th December, 2018 – After Theresa May suffered three controversial defeats in the Commons earlier this week, spread betting firm Sporting Index have predicted the outcome of the final vote next Tuesday, with an expected 375 no votes to come from a total turnout of 586 MPs.   
With the Conservative party not even holding a parliamentary majority, it was always going to be difficult to get the 326 ‘Yes’ votes required to pass such a divisive bill, but it is unlikely the Prime Minister will be prepared for such an overwhelming defeat.  
May’s proposal is expected to lose by 164 votes, and the spread betting firm’s predictions indicate that the Tory leader will have to go back to the drawing board quickly, or face the possibility of a new election or a no-deal Brexit.  
Ed Fulton, political trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “We expect the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit plan in the House of Commons to be a disaster for the PM, and a total of 375 no votes from a predicted 586 MPs who turnout would be a substantial margin for a major piece of legislature.  
“Brexit has been a hotly debated topic for the last two years in British politics, and it seems that Theresa May’s policy of trying to placate everyone has left her with no allies.  
“The vote, and the expected defeat, could be the start of an uncomfortable chain reaction for the Prime Minister, and who knows who will be in No.10 when the dust settles.” 

Brook to stop Zerafa in the eighth round in Sheffield showdown 

Sporting Index predict the ‘Special One’ will need just 22 minutes to knock out Michael Zerafa in their Super Welterweight title eliminator this weekend 

Friday 7th December, 2018 – Michael Zerafa won’t last eight rounds as he comes up against Britain’s Kell Brook, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.   
The boxing traders at the spread betting company have crunched the numbers ahead of the fight in Sheffield and anticipate an early night for the Australian challenger with the 22nd minute predicted as the likely point of stoppage.  
Having only heard the final bell once since August 2014, former World Champion Brook is no stranger to finishing his fights early, with over 70% of his bouts ending inside the distance throughout his professional career. Zerafa, meanwhile, has had almost half his fights decided on points. 
Brook is an overwhelming favourite for this one with many seeing this fight as a stepping stone for a potential blockbuster with Amir Khan next spring – although recent stories suggest that may not go ahead.  
The man known as ‘Special K’ will be keen to impress here and the Sporting Index traders believe he’ll knock out ‘Pretty Boy’ Zerafa in round eight.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: ‘Anything other than a knockout victory for Brook would be disappointing and we think he’ll want to make a big statement to the rest of the division and deliver a knockout in round eight.” 

Tory MPs to stand by under pressure May with 211 votes of confidence 

Sporting Index traders predict under-fire prime minister will survive confidence vote and remain in No. 10 

Wednesday 12th December, 2018 – Theresa May will receive the backing of 211 Conservative MPs when the party gathers for the prime minister’s confidence vote later today, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The confidence vote was triggered when the threshold of 48 no confidence signatures was reached earlier today, and while the Tory leader’s time at No. 10 is under threat, political experts at Sporting Index believe May will receive the votes required to remain as leader. The traders have predicted only 104 MPs will vote in favour of no confidence against the PM.  
May has felt the heat since her Brexit deal was laid out to the UK a fortnight ago, and the confidence vote has led to spread betting punters backing her upheaval, with an influx of bets placed that she will be ousted later today.   
Ed Fulton, political trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Theresa May has had to ride a constant wave of pressure in the weeks following the unveiling of her Brexit deal, and the confidence vote is another setback she’ll have to deal with when Tory MPs decide her fate this afternoon.  
“We have seen a flood of people buying no confidence votes since the news broke this morning, but we still believe the Tory leader will live to fight another day. We’re predicting the prime minister will go way beyond the 158 needed to survive, and think she will receive the backing from 211 MPs.” 


Spotlight on Pogba: 83rd minute substitution and 51 completed passes projected for Frenchman in Valencia match  

Sporting Index traders predict performance of much-maligned Man Utd midfielder ahead of Champions League match versus La Liga side 

Wednesday 12th December, 2018 – After a rumoured feud with manager Jose Mourinho, Manchester United midfield dynamo Paul Pogba is under pressure to perform against Valencia in tonight’s Champions League Group H match, and spread betting firm Sporting Index are predicting he will be on the pitch for 83 minutes, completing 51 passes. 
The World Cup winner and Mourinho haven’t seen eye to eye during their time together at Old Trafford, and a recent substandard performance against Southampton led to him being left out of the starting eleven against Fulham and Arsenal.   
The Red Devils No. 6 has completed 65 passes on average for each match this season, but the football experts at Sporting Index think he could go below that tally tonight as United travel to the Mestalla Stadium, forecasting a total of 51 passes, including 28 in the opposition half.  
Pogba is no stranger to being substituted for United too, and the 83rd minute has been earmarked for when Mourinho decides to swap him for fresh legs.  
Ed Fulton, political trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Paul Pogba has not performed well for Man United this season, and the spotlight will be on him tonight more than ever before during his time with the Red Devils.  
“We can see him being substituted in the 83rd minute after completing 51 passes, winning two freekicks and having just one shot on target.”  

Liverpool predicted to win first ever Premier League title by two points 

At Premier League halfway point, Sporting Index experts predict the closest title race in five years 

Friday 28th December, 2018 – Sporting Index expect Liverpool to win their first ever Premier League title by two points, in what would be the closest Premier League title race in five years.  
The spread betting firm have totted up the numbers and expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to accumulate 93 points on their way to securing their long-sought-after, first ever Premier League trophy.  
The Reds have tried and failed for 26 years since the inaugural Premier League season in 1992/1993 but have fallen at the final hurdle on multiple occasions to see the trophy evade their grasp.  
However, after a whirlwind opening half to the season, the Anfield side now sit top of the league with a six-point gap. It is predicted to be the closest title race in five years, since the same teams fought it out for top spot in 2013/2014, when the Citizens pipped the Reds by two points on the final day of the campaign.  
Pep Guardiola’s side have experienced poor festive form, beaten by Crystal Palace and Leicester, and are now predicted to finish on 91 points in second. Tottenham, who currently sit second in the table, are expected to accrue 82 points on their way to securing third, while Chelsea are predicted to land 78 points and make up the top four.   
Unai Emery’s Arsenal will have to settle for Europa League qualification by accumulating 73 points in fifth. Despite Manchester United being rejuvenated through the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, the damage looks to have been done already. The Red Devils are predicted to gather 68 points on their way to a sixth-place finish.  
At the other end of the table, the Premier League’s current bottom three are predicted to go down, with Fulham and Burnley earmarked for 29 points, and bottom-placed Huddersfield on 27 points. Cardiff will miss the drop by two points, should they accrue the 31 predicted by the betting experts.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “The Premier League title race gets more interesting with each passing game, and Liverpool fans are feeling the festive joy by sitting top of the league. Now that the Reds have managed to build a gap of six points, we predict that they’ll experience the euphoria of a maiden Premier League trophy at the end of the season.  
“We think Man City will come to rue their dropped points over the festive period. Guardiola’s men lost to Crystal Palace and Leicester, which could be the defining moments of the season. Our traders think the Etihad side will finish on 93 points, just two behind Jurgen Klopp’s team.  
“We can’t see the bottom three changing, unfortunately for Burnley, Huddersfield and Fulham fans, but it’ll spell good news for Cardiff supporters as we expect the Bluebirds to avoid the drop by the finest of margins.”