July 2019


Lampard’s Chelsea on course for 68 points 

Thursday 4th July, 2019 – Frank Lampard will pick up 68 points in the Premier League in his first season as Chelsea boss, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index which would be the lowest points total for the club in five years.  
The former Blues midfielder will be expected to secure a top-four place in England’s top flight, but 68 points would have seen the Stamford Bridge side miss out on Champions League qualification in the last three campaigns. 
The last time Chelsea picked up less than 70 points in the Premier League came in 2015/2016, when Jose Mourinho was sacked after 16 games and the club finished in 10th on 50 points.  
While 68 points would be four less than Maurizio Sarri secured last season, Lampard’s legendary status at the club will likely mean he’s afforded more time than others to get things right.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “Chelsea fans will be thrilled to see Frank Lampard back at the club, and we’ve predicted the club’s record scorer will pick up 68 points in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.  
“The transfer ban could make life difficult for Lampard at first and this, combined with the fact he’s still relatively new to management, means our traders predict that he’ll collect four points less than Maurizio Sarri did last year.  
“A tally of 68 points wouldn’t have been enough to secure Champions League football in the past three seasons, but if things go their way then it could be enough to scrape a top-four position.“  



Murray and Williams to serve up 22-game thriller  

Friday 5th July 2019 – Sir Andy Murray and Serena Williams will play 22 games on their way to winning their first mixed doubles match together, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index
Two of the sport’s biggest stars have joined forces in a bid to be crowned mixed doubles champions at SW19, and they face Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi later today in the first round.  
Three&ndashtime Grand Slam winner Murray kicked off his men’s doubles campaign with a win last night, coming through 33 games, but the spread betting experts think Murray and Williams will make shorter work of today’s match and wrap up a win in 22 games.   
The traders have also totted up the numbers and expect there to be 134 points played in today’s match, with Murray and Williams winning 73 of those on their way to the second round.
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “As mixed doubles pairings go, it’ll be hard to beat Sir Andy Murray and Serena Williams, and we predict they’ll serve up a 22-game cracker tonight against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi. “  
“Fans have been longing for Murray’s return, and alongside the 23-grand slam winner Williams, big things are expected, and we think they’ll claim 73 out of 134 points on their way to securing the win today.“  


Bernal backed to win Tour de France by 129 seconds  

Friday 5th July, 2019 – Egan Bernal will win the Tour de France with two minutes and nine seconds to spare, according to leading spread betting firm Sporting Index.   
Following the drop out of the injured Chris Froome, Colombian Bernal has been inserted as favourite for the race, and Sporting Index’s traders expect him to pip 2018 champion Geraint Thomas to the post by 129 seconds to claim his first Tour victory.  
According to the traders, the famous yellow jersey will be worn by five cyclists in total during the Tour – one more than last year – while there will be 144 finishers.  
Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana are all expected to be in the running for the coveted Tour de France trophy, but are all behind Bernal and Thomas in the betting.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading for Sporting Index, said: “With Chris Froome out of the running this year, there’s a fierce battle among the other contenders to claim the prestigious yellow jersey, and we think Egan Bernal will claim this year’s race with 129 seconds to spare.  
“There will be an uphill battle for many of the competitors to finish the race, and we think only 144 will cross the finish line.“”    



King Khan to claim sixth round KO versus Dib 

Thursday 11th July, 2019 – Amir Khan will see off Billy Dib within 18 minutes of their Saudi Arabian scrap this Friday, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.
‘King’ Khan is the favourite for the welterweight bout, and the Bolton-born brawler is set to claim a sixth-round knockout if the traders at Sporting Index are to be believed.  
Former world champion Khan was defeated by Terence Crawford in April this year, but has made noises that he could face Manny Pacquiao should he defeat Australian Dib at the King Abdullah Sports City. 
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: ‘Amir Khan will be itching to get back into the ring, and he has an opportunity to silence his doubters again by defeating Billy Dib in Jeddah. .  
‘Our traders think that Khan will win this one comfortably, and expect him to wrap it up in the sixth round after 18 minutes. Should he do so, his next move could be to face Manny Pacquiao in what would be arguably the biggest fight of his career.” 


12 under the magic score at Royal Portrush 

Tuesday 16th July, 2019 The second staging of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush will play much easier than the first, with leading spread betting firm Sporting Index predicting that 12 under par will be the winning score.  
Max Faulkner finished on three under the only other time the Northern Irish course hosted the tournament (1951) and the traders at Sporting expect more birdies this time around with 12 under required to take home the coveted Claret Jug – the same score Jordan Spieth shot to win the 2017 edition at Royal Birkdale.  
A two over cut is predicted, the lowest it’s been since 2015 at St Andrews, and as rain and wind is forecast for this week, Sporting Index expect the worst score over the four days to be 13 over 84.  
Pre-tournament favouriteRory McIlroy, hunting for his second Open title, is set for an opening round of 70, while the longest drive will be a whopping 390 yards.  
Neville Burdock, head of trading at Sporting Index, said: “The new golfing schedule means we are already on the dawn of the fourth and final Major of the year and what a four days we’ve got lined up at Royal Portrush.  
“It’s only the second time the course in Northern Ireland has hosted the Open Championship and we expect it to be play hard but fair with 12 under the score needed to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday  
“Players will need to be two over or better to make it through to the weekend, while we think there will be one magical hole in one given there are four par threes on the course.“  


Man City to pip Liverpool to title by five points 

Monday 22nd July, 2019Manchester City will pip Liverpool to the Premier League title by five points this season, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The Citizens have been backed to claim a total of 91 points this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side expected to finish second on 86 in what will likely be another nail-biting season.

Sporting Index think North London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal will complete the top four on 74 and 70 points, respectively, while Manchester United and Chelsea will have to settle for Europa League positions.  
The traders at the spread betting firm are backing Everton, Leicester, Wolves and West Ham to complete the top half. At the bottom end of the table, the football traders predict Premier League newcomers Norwich and Sheffield United to head back down to the Championship, with Brighton joining them.  
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Last season was one of the most exciting we’ve had in the Premier League for many years and we expect the title race to be extremely close yet again.  
“Sadly for Liverpool fans we’ve got Man City coming out on top by five points to land a third successive title in a row by five points. Chelsea and Man United fans will be concerned to see their teams sitting outside the top four in our predictions, as we think Arsenal will jump above both and take the final Champions League spot on 70 points.“  


Boris Johnson to last 210 days in No.10

Tuesday 23rd July, 2019 – Boris Johnson will last just 210 days as Prime Minister, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
Johnson was confirmed as the country’s new leader today after securing 92,153 votes to the 46,656 won by rival Jeremy Hunt. However, the politics experts from Sporting Index believe BoJo could last less than eight months in No.10.  
The new PM’s first task will be to negotiate a Brexit deal that Parliament can agree on –something Theresa May was unable to do – and his success could hinge on securing a deal, with his critics ready to pounce should Britain attempt to leave the EU without one.   
Should Johnson last only 210 days, it would be the third shortest premiership in UK Parliamentary history – only George Canning and 1st Viscount Goderich, Frederick John Robinson, (both 1827) served shorter tenures at 119 and 130 days respectively.   
The Conservative Party has experienced a number of splits in recent months, with the highprofile departure of Anna Soubry to Change UK and others such as Nick Boles resigning the party whip, exposing a widening gulf in a previously broad church.   
Phill Fairclough, trading spokesperson for Sporting Index, said: “Boris Johnson’s coronation as new Prime Minister will be divisive for the Conservatives and he could have one of the shortest reigns in history if he is unable to unite the Party sooner rather than later“  


England backed for close Ashes series win 

Tuesday 30th July, 2019 England’s cricketers will follow-up their historic World Cup victory by edging out Australia in the Ashes, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
With 25 points awarded per match won, Sporting Index’s trader have been priced England wins at 68-72, while the Aussies are offered at 50-54.  
England’s Test side haven’t lost a home series since a 1-0 defeat to Sri Lanka in 2014 and will be confident of beating the old enemy for the fifth home series in a row.  
And after making his Test matchbow against Ireland at Lord’s, Surrey’s Jason Roy is expected to open the batting for England – but Sporting Index’s cricket traders are backing Roy for a modest series, with his total runs priced at 335-355.  
The pressure is on England’s batsmen after another disappointing collapse at Lord’s last week. Sporting Index suggest there will be another low scoring innings in this series with their ‘Lowest All Out Team Score’ market currently priced at 126-132.  
The spread betting firm also predict that England’s World Cup stars will carry on their aggressive form, pricing the total sixes in the series at 32-34, while their total series wides is priced at 34-36, less than two per innings.  
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Whichever side comes away from the first game at Edgbaston with a win will put themselves in an excellent position to win what promises to be a closely fought Ashes campaign.  
“Despite the holes in their batting line-up, England haven’t lost a home series against the Aussies since 2001 and will feel confident of performing in their own conditions. We’re predicting that England will seal a close series victory, winning at least three games compared to Australia’s two.“  


Leeds backed for Premier League return after 15-year absence 

Tuesday 30th July, 2019 Leeds will secure a return to the Premier League by topping the Championship table on 80 points this season, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The Elland Road side were relegated from England’s top flight in 2003/2004 and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion last season despite reaching 83 points and Sporting Index predict their fans will have something to cheer come the end of the season.  
The football experts foresee the Whites being crowned champions, five points ahead of Fulham, while Cardiff, Stoke, Brentford and Bristol City will battle it out in the play-offs.  
The spread betting firm also believe Barnsley, Charlton and Reading will face the drop next season, while Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield could finish on 68 points in eighth position if the traders are to be believed.   
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Leeds fans have been desperate to see their side back where they feel they belong most – England’s top flight – and we predict they will finally get their wish this season.  
“The Championship side have been agonizingly close to securing promotion on a couple of occasions, especially last season, and we expect them to top the Championship table this year on 80 points.  
“The race will be close behind them, but we expect the next automatic promotion place to go to Fulham, while the play-off scrap will feature Cardiff, Stoke, Brentford and Bristol City.“  


Reds to build 32-point gap over Blues 

Tuesday 30th July, 2019Liverpool will finish 32 points ahead of city rivals Everton in the Premier League this season, according to betting firm Sporting Index.  
The Reds ended up 43 points ahead of their Merseyside neighbours last season and, while the gap will close according to Sporting Index’s traders, there will still be plenty of daylight between the two clubs in the upcoming campaign.  
Jurgen Klopp’s side collected the highest points total of any side not to win the league last year, and the spread betting experts believe the European champions will face another season in second place.   
Liverpool are predicted to land on 86 points, while Manchester City will pick up 93 points on the way to securing a third title in a row, if the betting firm is to believed.  
It could be Groundhog Day for Toffees fans too, as Sporting Index predict Marco Silva’s men will earn one point more than last season on the way to cementing their place in eighth spot again, one point behind Leicester.  
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Liverpool fans are used to lording it over their city rivals and we believe this season will be no different. We predict the Reds will build a 32-point gap over the Toffees and retain bragging rights in the city.  
“It could be a repeat of last season for the Toffees and Marco Silva, as we think they will only earn one more point than last season. That might be enough for the Goodison Park hierarchy to make changes at the end of the season, but only time will tell.“  


Mind the gap, Man United 

Tuesday 30th July, 2019 Manchester City will finish 25 points above bitter rivals Manchester United, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The Citizens, who Sporting Index predict will win their third league title in a row this season, are expected to gather 93 points compared to the Red Devils’ 68.  
That points gap would be the second biggest between the sides in the last five years, after Pep Guardiola’s men accrued 32 more points than the Old Trafford side in the last campaign.  
In the seasons prior to that, City finished 19 points ahead of United and bridged a nine point gap twice, with a level-points finish in 2015/2016 the best United could offer in those seasons.  
Now the traders at Sporting Index are expecting City to run away from United in the new campaign, while United could be left frustrated yet again in their attempts to secure Champions League football.  
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Manchester United have been playing catch up with their noisy neighboursever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, and it looks like they’ll be facing a gap this season again with our traders predicting 25 points to be the margin between the sides.  
“Pep Guardiola’s side cleaned up last year, winning all three major trophies in England and we think they’ll be streets ahead of the Red Devils again this year. That might be United’s secondary concern though, as we also predict they will finish outside the Champions League places this year in fifth spot.“  


Spurs to hit Gunners for six 

Tuesday 30th July, 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur will end the Premier League season six points above local rivals Arsenal, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
Spurs, who Sporting Index predict will finish in third place, are expected to amass 74 points compared to the Gunners’ tally of 68.  
This would put them on course to finish as north London’s top side for the fourth consecutive season and significantly extend the gap from the single point that separated the two clubs last time around.  
In the seasons prior to that, the Lilywhites enjoyed a total haul that was 14 and 11 points superior to Arsenal, while the 2015/16 campaign was the last time the Gunners trumped Tottenham, finishing just one point ahead.  
Now the traders at Sporting Index expect Spurs to continue the recent trend of finishing above their bitter rivals and for Arsenal to be battling it out amongst the Europa League spots.  
Neville Burdock, Head of Trading at Sporting Index, said: “Gone are the days when Arsenal were assured of finishing above their local rivals. Since Spurs turned the tables in 2016/17, they have replicated the achievement every season since and our traders expect the pattern to continue.  
“Gone are the days when Arsenal were assured of finishing above their local rivals. Since Spurs turned the tables in 2016/17, they have replicated the achievement every season since and our traders expect the pattern to continue.  
“The two sides are expected to finish six points apart and, while Spurs are predicted to comfortably secure a Champions League place, it could be another trying season for the Gunners as we forecast a consecutive fifth place finish.“