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The beautiful game


No matter how long you’ve been a football fan, the beautiful game never ceases to amaze. The finale of last season’s Premier League was astonishing. With the game between Man City and QPR entering injury time, City needed Can Man City to score two to do it again? wrest the title from the other side of Manchester. With the United game over, Ferguson and his players milled about anxiously waiting for news from the Etihad Stadium. When it came it wasn’t good – and scarcely believable. First Dzeko and then Aguero had done it and Man City had won the Premier League for the first time. It capped off a glorious campaign which offered untold betting opportunities. The good news is that it’s now even easier to bet on football with Betfair. You can place multiples wherever you are with Betfair Mobile and use Betfair’s Cash Out function to lock in a profit when you choose. Plus, the Betfair Exchange offers you great value on every single match. To help you make the most from your bets we’ve compiled a fantastic guide to the upcoming campaign. Inside you’ll find full fixtures for the Premier League, the Championship, Bundesliga 1 and the Spanish Primera Division. We’ve packed your handbook full of essential stats, recommended bets from our experts (including Harry Redknapp), and tips for making the most from Betfair’s unique betting environment. Don't settle for less. Enjoy and, whoever you support, I hope you have a successful season on and off the pitch.

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contents 4 Premier League Full fixtures, stats and our recommended bets for the season

25 The Championship Tips and fixtures from the hugely competitive second tier

14 Expert opinion: Dennis Irwin The ex-United and Republic of Ireland legend reveals his winning tips for the new season

29 Primera Division Can Barcelona get back to their winning ways next season?

16 Game of two halves How much faith can you place in the end-of-year table?

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17 Cash Out Lock in profit with a single click wherever you are 20 Correct your bets Expert tips for cleaning up on the Correct Score markets 22 What were the odds? A look at the incredible In-Play action at the end of last season

European football handbook


33 Bundesliga 1 Everything you need to know about the German top tier 38 Room 1.01 The latest and greatest footballing upsets 42 Inside Betfair Find out what we’re betting on in the Betfair offices

All prices and fixtures in the mag are correct at time of going to press


2012/13 Premier League Full fixtures, tips and all the stats that matter from the best league in the world – everything you need for a stunning season of football on Betfair



harry redknapp's premier league preview The Premier League is never straightforward with plenty of twists and turns. And never more so than last season when Man Utd threw it away when the title was in the bag. That means there’s plenty of extra value to be had in their price this year. At some point in the season to come, just like last year, they’ll go top of the league and that should make them favourites. At that point you can trade your 3.5 or let it ride. I’m not writing off Man City. They’ve got massive firepower upfront and are big, strong and fast. They’re rightful favourites

but 2.26 is a skinny price. With Roberto di Matteo in charge I think Chelsea will compete but they need to improve, and I don’t see them winning the title. The difference between the Blues and my old club Spurs isn’t as big as their odds suggest – 6.4 and 36.0 respectively – and I think it will be a good battle for the top-three between those two. I can see Liverpool running Arsenal close for a top-five spot. My advice – back United, then sit back and wait for the drama to unfold. And, if you’re a clever punter, trade that price all the way through the season.

Top TIP Back Man Utd to win the Premier League @ 3.5 Harry Redknapp is a Betfair Ambassador. Turn to page 13 for the rest of his tips for the new season.



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Saturday 18 August 2012 Arsenal v Sunderland Fulham v Norwich City Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City Reading v Stoke City West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool West Ham United v Aston Villa Sunday 19 August 2012 Wigan v Chelsea Manchester City v Southampton Monday 20 August 2012 Everton v Manchester United Wednesday 22 August 2012 Chelsea v Reading Saturday 25 August 2012 Aston Villa v Everton Chelsea v Newcastle United Manchester United v Fulham Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers Southampton v Wigan Athletic Sunderland v Reading Swansea City v West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion 18+

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Sunday 26 August 2012 Liverpool v Manchester City Stoke City v Arsenal Saturday 1 September 2012 Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers Swansea City v Sunderland Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City West Bromwich Albion v Everton West Ham United v Fulham Wigan Athletic v Stoke City Sunday 2 September 2012 Liverpool v Arsenal Southampton v Manchester United Newcastle United v Aston Villa Saturday 15 September 2012 Arsenal v Southampton Aston Villa v Swansea City Fulham v West Bromwich Albion Manchester United v Wigan Athletic Norwich City v West Ham United Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea Stoke City v Manchester City Sunderland v Liverpool Sunday 16 September 2012 Reading v Tottenham Hotspur


Monday 17 September 2012 Everton v Newcastle United

29 KEY FIXTURES You might think these two fixtures look competitive, but you’d be surprised. Chelsea have only won three of their last 20 visits to Arsenal and, incredibly, Spurs haven’t beaten United in the league in their last 22 attempts home or away! Home prices will be very short so look for added value with Betfair Multiples.

Saturday 22 September 2012 Chelsea v Stoke City Newcastle United v Norwich City Southampton v Aston Villa Swansea City v Everton West Bromwich Albion v Reading West Ham United v Sunderland Wigan Athletic v Fulham Sunday 23 September 2012 Liverpool v Manchester United Manchester City v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers Saturday 29 September 2012 Arsenal v Chelsea Everton v Southampton Fulham v Manchester City Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Norwich City v Liverpool Reading v Newcastle United Stoke City v Swansea City Sunderland v Wigan Athletic Sunday 30 September 2012 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion


Monday 1 October 2012 Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United Saturday 6 October 2012 Chelsea v Norwich City Liverpool v Stoke City Manchester City v Sunderland Swansea City v Reading West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers West Ham United v Arsenal Wigan Athletic v Everton

Going down? West Brom: 5.1 Wigan Athletic: 2.74 Southampton: 2.48

Sunday 7 October 2012 Southampton v Fulham Newcastle United v Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

Norwich, Villa and Swansea could get sucked in, but we think these are the three likely to make the drop. Wigan are the best bet – it’s going to be tough for them to pull off a third consecutive escape act.

Saturday 20 October 2012 Fulham v Aston Villa Liverpool v Reading Manchester United v Stoke City Norwich City v Arsenal Swansea City v Wigan Athletic Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City West Ham United v Southampton Sunday 21 October 2012 Sunderland v Newcastle United Queens Park Rangers v Everton


Saturday 27 October 2012 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers Everton v Liverpool Manchester City v Swansea City Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion Reading v Fulham Stoke City v Sunderland Wigan Athletic v West Ham United

Bad boys QPR received nine red cards last season, the jointmost by a team in a single Premier League campaign (with Sunderland 2009/10). Djibril Cissé didn’t help – he played in eight games last season: he was sent off in two and scored in the other six. Fulham were the only team not to get a red card all season.

Sunday 28 October 2012 Aston Villa v Norwich City Chelsea v Manchester United Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Saturday 3 November 2012 Fulham v Everton Manchester United v Arsenal Norwich City v Stoke City Sunderland v Aston Villa Swansea City v Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic West Ham United v Manchester City Sunday 4 November 2012 Queens Park Rangers v Reading Liverpool v Newcastle United



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Man Utd’s win rate drops alarmingly after playing in the Champions League – from 86 per cent to 71 per cent at home and from 54 per cent to 43 per cent away. This year United have to travel after five of six Champions League fixtures.

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Monday 5 November 2012 West Bromwich Albion v Southampton Saturday 10 November 2012 Arsenal v Fulham Aston Villa v Manchester United Everton v Sunderland Newcastle United v West Ham United Reading v Norwich City Southampton v Swansea City Stoke City v Queens Park Rangers Wigan Athletic v West Bromwich Albion Sunday 11 November 2012 Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea v Liverpool Saturday 17 November 2012 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool v Wigan Athletic Manchester City v Aston Villa Newcastle United v Swansea City Norwich City v Manchester United Queens Park Rangers v Southampton Reading v Everton West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea Sunday 18 November 2012 Fulham v Sunderland Monday 19 November 2012 West Ham United v Stoke City Saturday 24 November 2012 Aston Villa v Arsenal Everton v Norwich City Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers Southampton v Newcastle United Stoke City v Fulham Swansea City v Liverpool Wigan Athletic v Reading Sunday 25 November 2012 Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion Chelsea v Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Tuesday 27 November 2012 Aston Villa v Reading Stoke City v Newcastle United Sunderland v Queens Park Rangers Wednesday 28 November 2012 Chelsea v Fulham Everton v Arsenal Manchester United v West Ham United Southampton v Norwich City Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Saturday 1 December 2012 Arsenal v Swansea City Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool v Southampton Manchester City v Everton Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic Norwich City v Sunderland Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa Reading v Manchester United West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City West Ham United v Chelsea

HIGHLIGHT Newcastle were last season’s surprise package, finishing a creditable fifth. Alan Pardew takes most of the credit, with new signings Demba Ba and Papiss Cissé scoring 29 goals between them. They did lose home (3-1) and away (2-0) to champions Man City though, so this is the perfect chance to prove last season wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

Saturday 8 December 2012 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Aston Villa v Stoke City Fulham v Newcastle United Manchester City v Manchester United Southampton v Reading Sunderland v Chelsea Swansea City v Norwich City West Ham United v Liverpool Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers Sunday 9 December 2012 Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Saturday 15 December 2012 Liverpool v Aston Villa Manchester United v Sunderland Newcastle United v Manchester City Norwich City v Wigan Athletic Queens Park Rangers v Fulham Reading v Arsenal Stoke City v Everton Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United


Saturday 22 December 2012 Chelsea v Aston Villa Liverpool v Fulham Manchester City v Reading Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers Southampton v Sunderland Swansea City v Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City West Ham United v Everton Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

Great escape? The Premier League might not break for Christmas but the end of the year table rarely lies. Only one team bottom at the end of the year has gone on to escape relegation, West Brom in 2004/05.

Wednesday 26 December 2012 Arsenal v West Ham United Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur Everton v Wigan Athletic Fulham v Southampton Manchester United v Newcastle United Norwich City v Chelsea Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion 18+



Reading v Swansea City Stoke City v Liverpool Sunderland v Manchester City Saturday 29 December 2012 Arsenal v Newcastle United Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic Everton v Chelsea Fulham v Swansea City Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion Norwich City v Manchester City Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool Reading v West Ham United Stoke City v Southampton Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur Tuesday 1 January 2013 Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers Liverpool v Sunderland Manchester City v Stoke City Newcastle United v Everton Southampton v Arsenal Swansea City v Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur v Reading West Bromwich Albion v Fulham West Ham United v Norwich City Wigan Athletic v Manchester United


Trading places The beauty of Betfair is the ability to back and lay selections, effectively taking opposing sides of a market to lock in a profit. Say you backed Liverpool pre-season for €100 at odds of 40.0, only to see them get off to a flyer. Their odds have now dropped down to 9.0, but they’ve got three tricky away fixtures in the space of a few weeks, at Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City. Trading out would guarantee you a €345 profit for a stress-free season.


Saturday 12 January 2013 Arsenal v Manchester City Aston Villa v Southampton Everton v Swansea City Fulham v Wigan Athletic Manchester United v Liverpool Norwich City v Newcastle United Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur Reading v West Bromwich Albion Stoke City v Chelsea Sunderland v West Ham United Saturday 19 January 2013 Chelsea v Arsenal Liverpool v Norwich City Manchester City v Fulham Newcastle United v Reading Southampton v Everton Swansea City v Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers Wigan Athletic v Sunderland Tuesday 29 January 2013 Arsenal v Liverpool Aston Villa v Newcastle United Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City Reading v Chelsea Stoke City v Wigan Athletic

Sunderland v Swansea City Wednesday 30 January 2013 Arsenal v Liverpool Everton v West Bromwich Albion Fulham v West Ham United Manchester United v Southampton Saturday 2 February 2013 Arsenal v Stoke City Everton v Aston Villa Fulham v Manchester United Manchester City v Liverpool Newcastle United v Chelsea Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City Reading v Sunderland West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United v Swansea City Wigan Athletic v Southampton


Man City’s total of 93 goals last season was the third highest in Premier League history, behind Chelsea 2009-10 (103) and Man Utd 1999-2000 (97). Man Utd scored 89 goals, the highest tally of any club not to have won the Premier League.

Saturday 9 February 2013 Aston Villa v West Ham United Chelsea v Wigan Athletic Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Manchester United v Everton Norwich City v Fulham Southampton v Manchester City Stoke City v Reading Sunderland v Arsenal Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United



Saturday 23 February 2013 Arsenal v Aston Villa Fulham v Stoke City Liverpool v Swansea City Manchester City v Chelsea Newcastle United v Southampton Norwich City v Everton Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United Reading v Wigan Athletic West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

Man Utd were the only team to record 20 clean sheets last season. Old Trafford also saw 71 goals, more than any other ground in the league.


Saturday 2 March 2013 Aston Villa v Manchester City Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion Everton v Reading Manchester United v Norwich City Southampton v Queens Park Rangers Stoke City v West Ham United Sunderland v Fulham Swansea City v Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Wigan Athletic v Liverpool

The average number of goals per game in the Premier League last season. See page 21 for tips on betting on the popular Over/Under 2.5 Goals market on Betfair.

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The Manchester derby this time last year was critical to Man City getting back in the race. This time Man Utd play at home and it should be another crunch encounter. In 15 visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League, Man City have only won two, but they saved their best for last season when they humiliated United 6-1. Expect this one to be much more competitive.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City v Wigan Athletic Newcastle United v Stoke City Norwich City v Southampton Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland Reading v Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City West Ham United v Manchester United Saturday 16 March 2013 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers Chelsea v West Ham United Everton v Manchester City Manchester United v Reading Southampton v Liverpool Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion Sunderland v Norwich City Swansea City v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United Saturday 30 March 2013 Arsenal v Reading Aston Villa v Liverpool Everton v Stoke City Fulham v Queens Park Rangers Manchester City v Newcastle United Southampton v Chelsea Sunderland v Manchester United Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion Wigan Athletic v Norwich City Saturday 6 April 2013 Chelsea v Sunderland Liverpool v West Ham United Manchester United v Manchester City Newcastle United v Fulham Norwich City v Swansea City Queens Park Rangers v Wigan Athletic Reading v Southampton Stoke City v Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur v Everton West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Saturday 13 April 2013 Arsenal v Norwich City Aston Villa v Fulham Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Everton v Queens Park Rangers Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion Newcastle United v Sunderland Reading v Liverpool Southampton v West Ham United Stoke City v Manchester United Wigan Athletic v Swansea City Saturday 20 April 2013 Fulham v Arsenal


Liverpool v Chelsea Manchester United v Aston Villa Norwich City v Reading Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City Sunderland v Everton Swansea City v Southampton Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United West Ham United v Wigan Athletic

Harry Redknapp’s top tips Top four Arsenal are odds-on to finish top four but I’d rather back Spurs – Andre’s got a good team.

Saturday 27 April 2013 Arsenal v Manchester United Aston Villa v Sunderland Chelsea v Swansea City Everton v Fulham Manchester City v West Ham United Newcastle United v Liverpool Reading v Queens Park Rangers Southampton v West Bromwich Albion Stoke City v Norwich City Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur

Back Tottenham for a Top 4 Finish @ 2.9

Top Promoted Team I fancy all the new sides to stay up and West Ham can finish top of this mini league.

Saturday 4 May 2013 Fulham v Reading Liverpool v Everton Manchester United v Chelsea Norwich City v Aston Villa Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal Sunderland v Stoke City Swansea City v Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic West Ham United v Newcastle United

Back West Ham to be Top Promoted Team @ 2.6

Top ten QPR flirted with relegation last time out but I like the signings Mark Hughes has made.

Sunday 12 May 2013 Arsenal v Wigan Athletic Aston Villa v Chelsea Everton v West Ham United Fulham v Liverpool Manchester United v Swansea City Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United Reading v Manchester City Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur Sunderland v Southampton

Back QPR for a Top 10 Finish @ 3.4

Back the Mackems Alan Pardew did an amazing job last year but Sunderland look bound to improve and are good value.

Sunday 19 May 2013 Chelsea v Everton Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers Manchester City v Norwich City Newcastle United v Arsenal Southampton v Stoke City Swansea City v Fulham Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United West Ham United v Reading Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa

Back Sunderland @ 2.9 in a season match bet against Newcastle



Expert opinion

Dennis Irwin

The Premier League is getting more entertaining every year, but the ex-United and Republic of Ireland legend can’t see past the two Manchester teams for the title because the manager has been there so many times. Shinji Kagawa is a creative player who can play just off the front man or wide and the young players, like Danny Welbeck, are more experienced.


Who do you think will battle it out for top spot? I can't see past Manchester United and Manchester City again. Both teams will improve this summer with more signings. Chelsea have spent a few quid and after finishing outside the top four last season I expect them to do better. Arsenal will be up there as well, but it will be interesting to see how Spurs and Liverpool get on with new managers, and whether Newcastle are as good as last year. Do you think another team can surprise us? I always think Everton will finish well if they get off to a good start, but they always start slowly! You’ll know better than anyone how much last season will have hurt Sir Alex Ferguson… They only lost on goal difference, and that was despite injuries and people saying they weren’t at their best. They will be involved again 18+

What do Chelsea and Arsenal need to do to close the gap? Chelsea have a few new players already and a manager who did well at the back end of last season. As a club they will want to get closer to winning the league, although they have lost Didier Drogba who has been so influential for them. Fernando Torres has come into form and their new signings will freshen things up. Arsenal did tremendously well to finish third last season despite the upheaval of

players coming and going last summer and in January. They’ll be better prepared this season but will need to improve defensively.

There have been a lot of managerial changes this summer, who’s caught your eye? Aston Villa have had a couple of quiet seasons and Paul Lambert has a tough job. He did well at Norwich but Villa is a different kind of pressure.

Who will finish top goalscorer? Wayne Rooney will be up there. Torres will play more games Paul Lambert has a and he has his How would you tough job. He did well confidence assess the at Norwich but Aston back. It will be teams likely to interesting to be involved at Villa is a different kind see where Robin the bottom? of pressure van Persie ends Wigan finished up and whether last season well, the new Arsenal boys Lukas so it’ll be interesting to see if they Podolski and Olivier Giroud impress. can continue that form. Villa will improve under Lambert while it’s What do you think of the general harder for the teams in their second standard of players coming to season in the top flight. Swansea the Premier League this season? and Norwich impressed last year The standard always rises. You but it’s tougher second time around, can’t stand still or you'll get left and they both have new managers. behind. The top teams only need I think the three teams coming up marginal additions to freshen things are good enough to stay up. West up, but there’s no doubt the league Ham will be hard to beat while will be stronger. You only have to Reading and Southampton like to look at how many goals were play football, like Swansea did last scored between the top clubs in season. You can always bank on key games last season to see that one surprise team getting caught it keeps getting better. up in trouble as well.

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Game of two halves They say the table never lies but backing the team that's top at Christmas is a risky strategy


People say that the first meaningful Premier League table is the one at the end of the year. In 2008 Rafael Benitez infamously predicted that if Liverpool were top at Christmas they would have an 80 per cent possibility of ending the season as champions. They were and they didn’t. Other teams have topped the table at Christmas and fallen away when the going gets tough and squads get exposed. There is one team however that seems to get stronger as

the season progresses. It's fair to say that Man Utd have completely dominated the Premier League, winning 12 of the 20 titles. Seven of these were won when another team topped the table at Christmas. If you really want to use the Christmas table as a prescient guide, look to the bottom of the league. Of the 20 teams that have propped up the league while tucking into their Christmas dinner, only one – West Brom in 2004/05 – has gone on to escape relegation.

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2012/13 Championship The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, with no strong favourite and near enough 20 of the 24 clubs given a chance by the Betfair market. As you’d expect, the three relegated Premier League teams are among the contenders, but a mixture of big clubs, those beaten in the play-offs and rising Championship forces will be going all out to grab their shot at the big time. Leicester have thrown plenty of money at the playing and coaching staff in recent years and with manager Nigel Pearson in his second season, a more settled Foxes outfit could make a genuine bid for promotion. Bouncing back to the Premier League straight away is never easy – just ask Birmingham or Blackpool – and a swift return for Blackburn, Bolton or Wolves is not assured. Bolton look best placed, with Wolves an

unknown quantity following the appointment of Ståle Solbakken as manager. Blackburn under Steve Kean remain unconvincing. The ever-entertaining Blackpool and Ian Holloway are also a great bet to be challenging for the top. If you're looking for teams with a bigger price, fans of Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton will be dreaming of the Premier League again after coming up from League One. Southampton proved last season that successive promotions can be achieved, and in this most open of leagues it’s not so outlandish to think one or both of them could go close. Pre-season prices Bolton 9.0 Leicester 9.4 Wolves 10.0 Blackburn 12.5 Blackpool 19.0 Birmingham 26.0 Sheffield Wednesday 27.0 Charlton 40.0 18+


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2012/13 Championship war of the Roses Both Bolton and Blackburn will have eyes on automatic promotion, but we think Owen Coyle's outfit has what it takes to hit the top of the league.

Comeback kids

The number of goals scored last season, an average of 2.57 per game.



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The number of yellow cards Brighton got last season – the most in the league. They also got eight reds, second only to Leicester with nine.




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Ian Holloway's fun-loving Blackpool went behind in 29 league games last season, but won more points from losing positions than any other side.

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2012/13 Primera Division Maldini’s Primera preview For several years now, the Primera Division has been a straight battle between two clubs. Real Madrid and Barcelona seem to stretch ever further away from the rest with every passing season, playing almost in a parallel competition of their own. That makes picking the title winner quite easy – it will be one of these two! This year, the third placed team will finish far behind the big two, perhaps even further than in previous campaigns. Of Pre-season prices Real Madrid 1.9 Barcelona 2.2 Malaga 100.0 Atletico Madrid 110.0 Valencia 120.0 Real Zaragoza 160.0 Sevilla 250.0 Athletic Bilbao 310.0


this year’s candidates for the third spot, Malaga will continue to grow and I think they will offer a genuine challenge to Valencia. However, the team that catches my eye is Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao. Last season the Argentinian coach did great things, but a lack of experience undid them. With a better understanding of the players and the game in La Liga, I believe Bielsa has reached a point where he can lead his team back to the glory of previous eras. Julio 'Maldini' Maldonado is the chief football expert on the Betfair Spanish Betting site. Turn the page for his top tips for 2012/13 18+


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Granada stayed up by one point from Villarreal but are expected to go down this time. Valladolid were relegated following their last promotion in 2010, and could do so again. They could be joined by either Rayo Vallecano or Real Zaragoza, who only just escaped the drop last season.

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Three for the bottom… Granada Valladolid Rayo Vallecano


I won’t be original here. Even with Ronaldo putting everything in, I think Leo Messi will be the main ‘pichichi’ again. For me the question is: will he defeat his own record? Back Leo Messi for top goalscorer

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2012/13 Primera Division Stat attack

Top-Four Finish Athletic Bilbao have not played in the Champions League for several seasons now, but the current generation have the necessary talent to qualify. Back Athletic Bilbao @ 2.22


It might be the home of beautiful football, but the Primera Division saw 2,151 yellow cards (5.66 per game), and 131 reds (0.34 per game) last season, more than in any other top European league.





Real Zaragoza

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

Percentage of games that ended in home wins in La Liga’s Primera Division in 2011/12, a higher proportion than any other top European league.

Real Betis

Rayo Vallecano





Real Madrid are the favourites with the punters, so I think it would be sensible to back Barcelona since it’s essentially a 50-50 pick. Back Barcelona @ 2.2


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Liverpool for ten years; he’s won the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. He’s always played at the highest level and now he can bring that experience to us. He’s also got an experienced coach in Sascha Lewandowski at his side. These two complement each other so well that I am convinced we will succeed. Is your squad complete now that Daniel Carvajal has joined? We’ve also signed Junior Fernandes from Universidad, and we expect a lot from him. Plus, we’ve decided to keep Andre Schurrle despite a very good offer from Chelsea. I think we have a strong squad now and should enjoy a very successful season. 18+


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The league’s new boys might be favourites to go down, but Fortuna Dusseldorf won the play-off against Hertha Berlin to come up and Greuther Furth beat two top-flight teams on the way to the semi-finals of the cup. If they do well, expect Augsburg and Nuremberg to get sucked into trouble.

Goal machine

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Automatic relegation Fortuna Dusseldorf: 2.08 Greuther Furth: 2.5 Augsburg: 2.88

Borussia Monchengladbach

After average summers for last season’s top three goalscorers, can someone else grab the Bundesliga’s Torjagerkanone? We think Dortmund's Marco Reus has a great shot at making a big name for himself.


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2012/13 Bundesliga 1 Stat attack

Opening weekend


The average number of goals per game in the Bundesliga 1 last season, more than any other major European league.

None of the last ten Bundesliga winners have lost their opening game. Dortmund play Werder Bremen at home, while Bayern Munich travel to Greuther Furth.

Winter winners?



Werder Bremen


Schalke 04






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Dortmund set a new points record last season and also won the cup, securing the club’s very first double.

In 32 of the Bundesliga 1’s 49 seasons (65 per cent of the time), the team top at the winter break has gone on to win the league title.

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ROOM 1.01 Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona Primera Division 10 Sept 2011 Barcelona were clear favourites to win their second game of the season, but manager Pep Guardiola Barcelona let a had slight two goal lead slip cause for concern after the Txuri-urdin had stunned his team 2-1 earlier in the year. That evaporated early on when Barcelona passed their way to a 2-0 lead in just ten minutes, with first Xavi and then Fabregas scoring for the visitors. The rest of the half was all Barcelona, but in the 59th minute Sociedad got a lifeline when Agirretxe headed past Valdes. It shocked the normally unflappable Barca, and straight from the kick-off Villa played a suicidal back pass that was intercepted by Agirretxe. He chipped a shot against the bar and it was Griezmann who was first to react to force the equaliser. Barcelona reacted instantly by bringing on Messi but Sociedad held on for a vital point.

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