September 2018

1,283 touchdowns, 90 yard rushing TD’s and -13.6c – the NFL season in numbers

Sporting Index predict the key statistics for the upcoming NFL season ahead – including a longest passing touchdown of 94.75 yards
Thursday 6th September 2018, London – The NFL will see 1,283 touchdowns, 1,170 sacks and a coldest temperature of -13.8c during a game this season, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.
The National Football League kicks off tomorrow with reigning champions the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons, and the traders at Sporting Index have already predicted a total of 1,283 touchdowns to be scored this season – 58 more than the last campaign.
In an era of high powered offenses, teams are scoring more and more touchdowns, and the Super Bowl winning Eagles led the league last year scoring a total of 53 touchdowns.
As well as predicting more high-powered offenses, Sporting Index also expect to see the top scoring defense hit six touchdowns this season to supplement their points total.
In a sport renowned for explosive plays and game changing moments, the spread-betting experts have also predicted longest touchdown pass will be just under 95 yards, and the longest rushing touchdown will be a shade under 90 yards.
The NFL does not stop for the cold under any circumstances throughout a season, and with weather in the north of the US particularly challenging during the winter months, Sporting Index traders reckon the coldest temperature at an outdoor game will be -13.8c.
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “NFL fans are bound to be excited for the upcoming season – some major off-season moves and the potential for a number of teams to build dynasties has dominated the talk during the summer.
“Our traders think there will be a glut of touchdowns, plenty of long players, and lots of opportunistic defense that fans love to see, and it could be one of the most balanced NFL seasons we have seen in some time.
“We’ve gone for 1,283 touchdowns, a 95 yard touchdown, and a coldest game of -13.8c – still a lot warmer than the fabled Ice Bowl, which froze the mercury at -26c.”

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Manchester City heading for first ever Champions League title

Sporting Index map out route to Champions League Final – with City expected to be crowned champions after knock-out stage exits for Tottenham, Man Utd and Liverpool

Tuesday 18th September 2018, London – Manchester City will finally realise their dream of lifting the Champions League trophy this season, according to spread betting firm Sporting Index.
The spread betting experts have mapped out the route to the final in Madrid in May 2019, with Pep Guardiola’s side expected to pip his former club Barcelona to win Europe’s elite trophy.
The Champions League has been the holy grail for City in recent years, with owner Sheikh Mansour publicly stating that Guardiola was brought in to help the club conquer European football by winning club football’s biggest prize, and Sporting Index think this will be the Sky Blues’ year.
Liverpool will be the next best performing English club according to the Sporting Index traders – despite finishing runners up in last year’s competition, the Reds will likely fall at the quarter-final hurdle this year, while Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will crash out in the last-sixteen.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League for the last three seasons with former club Real Madrid, however Los Blancos and his new club, Juventus, are expected to exit the tournament in the semi-finals this season.
Big spending Paris Saint German are predicted to exit alongside Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Manchester City have made it clear in recent years that their goal is to win the Champions League to realise their ambitions of becoming one of the world’s top clubs alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to name a few.
“Our traders think that this could finally be their year and expect them to defeat Pep Guardiola’s old side Barcelona in a glamour tie in Madrid – in what would be the biggest achievement in the club’s history.
“Liverpool were heartbroken to fall at the final hurdle in Kiev last year, but the Reds will only reach the quarter-finals before exiting this year, whereas we see Manchester United and Tottenham heading out at the last-sixteen stage.”  

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Joshua to finish Povetkin in eighth round of heavyweight title defence
Sporting Index predict AJ will successfully defend his world title belts against dangerous Russian 

Friday 21st September, 2018 – Anthony Joshua will see off the title challenge from Alexander Povetkin by stopping the Russian in the eighth round to retain his world heavyweight belts, according to leading spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The showdown sees the Russian, who is the mandatory challenger for the WBA belt, take on Joshua at Wembley Stadium and the spread betting experts predict AJ will deliver an eighth round knockout – which would be only the fourth time an opponent has taken him beyond seven rounds. 
Joshua went the distance in his last fight against Joseph Parker, while Carlos Takam threw in the towel in round 10, but Sporting Index expect the Watford-born brawler to deliver the knockout blow in the 22nd minute of their heavyweight tussle. 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Anthony Joshua has barely put a foot wrong during his boxing career and he’s fancied to maintain his unbeaten record when he takes on WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday night.  
“Both Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker took AJ deep into his two most recent fights and while Povetkin is a dangerous opponent to dismiss, we expect Joshua to finish off the Russian in the eighth round.  
“Future fights with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury appear to be on the horizon, but Joshua will have his attentions firmly set on Povetkin, with the decisive blow predicted to occur in the 22nd minute.” 

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Corbyn set for thirsty 68 minute closing speech at Labour Party conference
Sporting Index predict the Labour leader will deliver speech in over an hour in Liverpool  
Wednesday 26th September, 2018 – Jeremy Corbyn will break the hour mark and deliver his closing speech at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool this afternoon in 68 minutes, while only taking two sips of water, according to the leading spread betting firm Sporting Index.  
The Labour leader is expected to reinforce his promise to ‘kickstart a green jobs revolution’ should Labour win power, as well as increasing the amount of electricity coming from low carbon or renewable sources from about 50% to 85%.  
The British politician is also predicted to take two sips of water during the speech, as he looks set to focus on the NHS, Border Security reform, Policing, childcare and local authority reform in front of Labour supporters at Liverpool’s Arena and Conservation Centre.  
Ed Fulton, political trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Today’s closing speech is vital for Jeremy Corbyn to reinforce his bid to lead Labour forward and overthrow the Conservatives, and we think he will address Labour followers for just over one hour in Liverpool.  
“His keynote speech at the Labour conference almost one year ago lasted 75 minutes, but our traders think his closing speech today will be just under that barrier and he’ll finish in 68 minutes.  
“While Theresa May’s conference coughing fit in October last year has led to her drinking plenty of water during these types of speeches, Corbyn usually is less reliant on multiple drinks and we’re going for a total of two sips today.” 

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Tiger Woods’ leap up the rankings makes USA the strongest Ryder Cup team ever
 Jim Furyk’s side have an average world ranking of just 11.17 – though the ‘best’ team have won just 33% of the time since rankings began 

Wednesday 26th September, 2018 – USA go into this year’s Ryder Cup as the strongest team since world golf rankings began in 1986, according to research from spread betting firm Sporting Index, though the best ranked side have only won the trophy 33% of the time. 
After Tiger Woods’ emotional victory at the Tour Championship last weekend propelled him up to 13th in the world, Jim Furyk’s men now have an average world ranking of just 11.17 – better than the previous best of 11.83, set by Team USA in 1999. 
Furyk has the luxury of being able to call on six of the world’s top 10 golfers, with Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and number one ranked Dustin Johnson amongst the American dream team. 
Phil Mickelson is the lowest ranked player from USA’s ranks, in 25th – though the five-time major champion is certainly no weak link. 
Having the ‘best’ team doesn’t necessarily translate to Ryder Cup success, however. Of the 15 meetings since rankings began, the side with the strongest average ranking has won just five times – which could be a good omen for European captain Thomas Bjorn. 
Europe come into the 2018 edition at Le Golf National in Paris with an average ranking of 19.03 – the third best in European history after 2010 and 2012. 
Bjorn has four members of the top 10 at his disposal – Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, meaning every single member of the world’s top 10 will be in action in France. 
This means the 2018 Ryder Cup can rightfully be called the strongest of all time – with the average for all 24 players coming in at 15.1, just eclipsing the 15.5 for the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012. 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “The stage is set for a spectacular Ryder Cup in Paris and, as our research shows, we are in for the strongest competition ever. 
“The average world ranking of 15.1 is the best since rankings were introduced in 1986, and with all of the top 10 on display, we should see some special golf on all four days
“USA’s average ranking of 11.17 sees them break the record for the best team in Ryder Cup history, and they’re understandably being backed heavily by our punters. However – history shows it’s usually the underdogs that come out on top, meaning Europe could be in with a huge shout on home soil.” 

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 Mourinho to be sacked by United in March – with Pogba set to outlast him at Old Trafford 
Sporting Index traders think Jose Mourinho only has 180 days left as Man United manager – with Pogba set to leave in January 2020 

Thursday 27th September, 2018 – Jose Mourinho will leave his position as Manchester United manager in March, according to the leading spread betting firm Sporting Index, with the Portuguese boss predicted to have just 180 days left at Old Trafford. 
Mourinho has cut an unhappy figure so far this season, railing against the board for failing to provide him with the transfers he wanted – as well as a well-publicised row with Paul Pogba. 
The Portuguese boss’s “third-season syndrome” is well known, and Sporting Index traders think he’ll once again fail to see out a full third season at a club, predicting he’ll leave Old Trafford in 180 days – on the 26th March. United’s last game before that date is their home Premier League meeting with rivals Manchester City. 
Mourinho this week stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy, and the Frenchman is also reportedly considering his United future, with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus long-term admirers. 
Traders at the spread-betting firm think the World Cup winner will outlast his manager at Old Trafford, but not by much – with a quote of 460 days remaining at the club, which would take him up to the 1st January 2020, and the start of the winter transfer window. 
Next up for United is a trip to West Ham on Saturday lunchtime, and given the soap opera nature of their season so far, all eyes will be on how Mourinho and Pogba fare. 
Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Jose Mourinho appears to be entering the end-game at Manchester United – a cycle we’ve seen plenty of times in his third season at a club. 
“While he may still have the backing of the fans, he appears to be losing the support of the dressing room and the board, and we think the 26th March could be the day he gets the bullet. 
“As it stands, we reckon Pogba will last a bit longer at United than his boss – but their fiery feud looks set to rumble on for a little while yet.” 

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