July 2018

Neymar to hit the deck five times against Belgium 

Friday 6th July – Neymar will win five free-kicks in tonight’s World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Belgium according to leading spread betting firm Sporting Index. 
 
The Brazilian forward is often a targeted by opposition defenders, in fact, in his country’s opening game against Switzerland, the ten fouls committed on him was the most any player had been fouled at a World Cup since Alan Shearer in 1998 and that looks set to continue according to the spreading betting experts. 
 
The world’s most expensive player has already bagged two goals for Brazil during the tournament and Sporting Index estimate that it will take the PSG man 73 minutes before he notches his third. 
 
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Neymar has made the headlines recently for his theatricals and as we know, defenders aren’t afraid to leave a bit on him. 
 
“In tonight’s game against Belgium we predict more of the same, with the PSG forward expected to win five free-kicks during the quarter-final encounter in Kazan.” 

Sporting Index left feeling bleu following France’s World Cup win 

Six-goal final stings spread betting firm for six figures 

Monday 16th July, 2018 – Sporting Index were dealt a World Cup final blow as France romped to a 42 win over Croatia in Moscow to leave the spread betting firm counting losses of a quarter of a million.  
 
Sunday’s final produced the same amount of goals as the last four World Cup final matches combined, and punters made the most of Sporting Index’s pre-match prediction of 2.1 goals for total goals scored.  
 
Total goal minutes could also be snapped up at 120 before the match, and second half goals from Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Mario Mandzukic took the final amount to 277 to compile the misery for the traders.  
 
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Football fans were treated to a classic World Cup final on Sunday, and our punters had the last laugh as they made the most of total goal minutes and total goals scored.  
 
“Given that the last two World Cup finals have been cagey affairs, with both going to extra-time and only one goal scored in each, we thought this match would be the same.  
 
“We couldn’t have been more wrong, and it has cost us £250,000 as a result of goals scored and overall goal minutes. It was great for the neutral to see such an entertaining and high-scoring match, but it wasn’t a happy Sunday for us.” 

450-yard drives, cut set at +2 and -12 needed to claim Claret Jug 

Leading sports spread betting firm reveals the numbers that matter ahead of the 147th Open Championship

Wednesday 18th July, 2018 – Sporting Index are predicting golfers to be long off the tee and posting under par performances despite Carnoustie being one of the toughest courses on The Open circuit.
 
The 147th battle for the Claret Jug will see the winner crowned with a score of -12, while the spread betting company expect the longest drive to come it at 450 yards and players worse than +2 to fail to make the weekend.
 
With a Lowest Round Score spread of 63.7-64, Sporting Index expect a seven under par round to be the best round of the week – just two more than Tommy Fleetwood’s course record of 62 at last year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. 
 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “The prolonged dry spell means we are going to see a very different Carnoustie to previous years and the firm and fast conditions will mean drives are going to go for miles. 
 
“We expect the longest drive to be 450 yards, while the winning score will be 12 under, the same score Jordan Spieth shot to win the tournament last year. 
 
“Carnoustie is thought to be the hardest course on The Open rota and we expect +2 to be the mark needed to make it through to the weekend in which 27 players will finish under par.” 


Alisson to have 16 clean sheets in debut Premier League season

Sporting Index predict second place for Reds after signing of Brazilian World Cup star

20th July 2018, London – New Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker will keep 16 Premier League clean sheets for the Reds in the upcoming 2018/19 Premier League season, according to traders from leading spread-betting firm Sporting Index.
   
The Brazilian international joined from Italian giants Roma in a world-record signing fee for a goalkeeper of £67m, despite the Merseyside team putting seven goals past him in the Champions League semi-finals last season.  
 
The expected clean sheets is actually one less than Liverpool achieved under their much maligned goalkeeping duo of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, with the latter keeping 10 clean sheets despite his high-profile errors.  
 
Sporting Index also predict Liverpool to finish runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League next season on 79 points, an improvement on last year’s fourth-placed finish. The Citizens are expected to win the league on 88 points this year – 12 points less than last season’s tally.  
 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Alisson is a huge capture Liverpool, in what is seen as their weakest position – and this signing alone could propel them up the table next season and challenge for top spot. 
 
“The former Roma man kept 17 clean sheets last season in a very competitive Serie A, and also kept 3 clean sheets in the World Cup, the second-best amount in the competition. 
 
“The addition should see much more stability for Liverpool defensively, and while we still expect them to be playing catch up on Man City, with a bit of luck it could finally be their year.”


Manchester City predicted to win back-to-back titles by seven points

Sporting Index experts back Citizens to win league on 87 points, with Seagulls, Terriers and new boys Cardiff likely to face the drop

Friday 27th July 2018 – Sporting Index expect Manchester City to win back-to-back titles for the first time in the club’s history, and will win the Premier League by seven points ahead of second placed Liverpool.  
 
The spread betting firm have predicted the Citizens will win the league on 87 points – 13 less than last season – with the Reds left playing catching up. Jurgen Klopp’s men are likely to improve on last year’s fourth-placed finish according to the traders – and second place would be their best league finish under the German.   
 
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur complete the predicted top four, with no place for new managers Unai Emery and Arsenal and Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea in the Champions League positions – they will have to settle for another year of Europa League football in 2019/2020. 
 
According to the traders, this season could be a struggle for last year’s surprise package Burnley. European football could weigh heavy on a small squad, and The Clarets are expected to just breach the 40-point barrier and narrowly escape relegation. West Ham and Everton are projected to be the best of the rest, with large squad revamps potentially being the catalyst to achieving a European place.  
 
Wolves will be looking to continue their good form after romping the Championship last season, and Nuno Espírito Santo has strengthened his squad with the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre and Willy Boly signing in the summer. The traders believe they will be a force to be reckoned with and have predicted a tenth placed finish for the Molineux men.  
 
The 2018/19 season could be a long one for newly-promoted Cardiff, who are expected to finish bottom of the table, dragging Huddersfield and Brighton with them. Very little separates Brighton from Watford or Fulham, indicating any of them could lose out on the Premier League riches if they falter during the season.  
 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “After the magnificent football displayed by City throughout the season last year, we anticipate a closer fought campaign at the top this year, but we still think Pep’s boys will continue to reign supreme in the Premier League. 
 
“We expect Cardiff to come crashing down to the earth and prepare for life in the Championship at the end of next season, and it could be Huddersfield Town and Brighton who face second-season syndrome in England’s top division and be on their way down too.” 
 
Spurs to be top team in London by a single point

Spread betting firm expects Tottenham to bag 75 points and deny rivals Arsenal and Chelsea of Champions League football

Friday 27th July 2018 – Sporting Index expects Tottenham Hotspur to be crowned kings of London for a second season running, keeping Chelsea and Arsenal out of the Champions League places for another year. 
 
Spurs are priced in by the spread betting firm to pick up 75 points and finish fourth in the upcoming season, a point ahead of the Blues on 74 and the Gunners back on 71. 
 
Hammers on the up by six points 
 
Premier League new-boys Fulham will narrowly avoid an immediate return to the Championship by accruing 40 points to finish 16th, while West Ham are predicted to improve on last season’s haul of 42 and finish eighth on 48 points. 
 
Crystal Palace will keep their spot in the middle of the table and notch the same number of points as last season, 44. 

Title heading back to City but not without a battle 
 
Manchester City are priced in to win back-to-back titles for the first time in the club’s history, though things will be far more competitive with the Citizens finishing on 87 points compared to last season’s 100. 
 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Tottenham toppling their big London rivals last season was a breath of fresh air for the battle to be London’s top club and we think it will be another good scrap this time around. 
 
“Fourth place will be fiercely fought for in the capital and we think Spurs will just about come out on top and take it with 75 points, just a point ahead of Chelsea and four ahead of north London rivals Arsenal. 
 
“West Ham could be the big improvers in London given their activity in the transfer window and we’ve priced their points for the season at 48, which would see them place eighth.” 

Reds to run riot in Merseyside with 27 more points than Toffees
Spread betting firm expects Liverpool to run Man City close by landing 81 points, with Everton securing European football on 53 points 

Friday 27th July 2018 – Sporting Index have predicted that Liverpool will continue their domination of Merseyside rivals Everton by landing 27 more points in the Premier League than the Toffees this season.  
 
The Reds have been used to having it their own way in Merseyside, though they look set to just miss out on Premier League glory to the hands of Manchester City according to the spread-betting firm.  
 
The Goodison side last finished above Liverpool in the 2004/05 season, when then manager David Moyes steered the club to a top four spot on 61 points, with the Reds just three points behind on 58.  
 
If Liverpool do finish second, it will be their best league position under Jurgen Klopp – but Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are likely to pip them to first place, according to the traders at Sporting Index.  
 
The battle of London sees Spurs priced in to pick up 75 points and finish fourth in the upcoming season, a point ahead of Chelsea on 74 and Arsenal back on 71. 
 
Elsewhere, at the other end of the table, the spread betting experts have said that they expect to see newly-promoted Cardiff head back down to the Championship on 34 points, alongside Huddersfield Town on 35 and Brighton on 39.  
 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “It’s been 13 years since Everton did a number on their Merseyside rivals and finished ahead of Liverpool – and we don’t see much changing this year with Jurgen Klopp’s men likely to finish runners-up to Man City and claim 27 more points than the Toffees.  
 
“Everton will probably settle for European football this season after a miserable campaign last time around, and seventh, finishing best of the rest outside the top six, wouldn’t be a bad season at all.” 

Wolves predicted for 10th placed finish on 47 points
Sporting Index experts back Citizens to win league on 87 points, with Seagulls, Terriers and new boys Cardiff likely to face the drop

Friday 27th July 2018 – Sporting Index expect Wolverhampton Wanderers to make a blistering start to life back in the Premier League by securing a top 10 finish on a total of 47 points.  
 
Nuno Espírito Santo has strengthened his squad with the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre and Raul Jimenez signing in the summer, as well as making permanent many of last season’s loan stars, and the spread-betting firm think this will make them a force to be reckoned with.  
 
With West Brom being relegated at the end of last season, Wolves are the sole Black Country team in the Premier League this season, and will be looking to continue their good form after cruising to the Championship title last season. 
 
Elsewhere, Sporting Index predict Manchester City will win back-to back titles collecting 87 points, with Liverpool runners up on 81 points. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur complete the predicted top four, with no place for new managers Unai Emery and Arsenal and Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea in the Champions League positions – they will have to settle for another year of Europa League football in 2019/2020. 
 
The 2018/19 season could be a long one for newly-promoted Cardiff, who are expected to finish bottom of the table, dragging Huddersfield and Brighton with them. Very little separates Brighton from Watford or Fulham, indicating any of them could lose out on the Premier League riches if they falter during the season.  
 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: ““Of all the promoted teams, we foresee Wolves having the best season, and many expect big things of the Molineux side. 
 
“Nuno Espírito Santo has made some shrewd signings this summer, and a mix of youth and experience should see them secure a top 10 finish in their return to the Premier League.