Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

The wait is almost over, one of the most hyped up boxing matches of recent years takes place in Las Vegas on Saturday as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor face off in the ring. It is the news story that has dominated sports headlines since it was announced and now the talking can finally stop when the two fighters swap the microphones for the gloves on Saturday.

Floyd Mayweather is arguably the greatest pound for pound boxer of all time and is the proud owner of a 49-0 record that he will be expecting to extend to 50-0 on Saturday night. Mayweather, 40, retired from boxing almost two years ago, but the huge pay cheque on offer has tempted him back into the ring one last time.

He will come up against Conor McGregor who is taking part in his first ever professional boxing bout after making the move over from UFC. McGregor, 29, is a larger than life personality and sought to become the first ever UFC Dual Weight Champion when he took on Nate Diaz, but he lost the fight, his first ever loss in UFC. McGregor went on to win the rematch between the two in July of last year, before setting his sights on Mayweather.

Mayweather will start the fight as big favourite, but there has been plenty of money staked on McGregor in recent weeks which has seen his odds cut to 3/1 with most bookies. McGregor has the height, weight and reach advantages on Mayweather as well as being 11 years his junior, but this is his first ever professional boxing fight and it is against one of the greatest boxers ever. McGregor has a chance, he is the stronger man and his unorthodox style could catch Mayweather off guard, but you’ve got to believe that there is no way Mayweather would have taken this fight if he thought there was a chance he was going to lose it.

Stamina could well be an issue for McGregor, with it being reported that he has put on considerable weight since the weigh in. He will have to start fast if he to stand any chance and the switch to twelve, three minute rounds could cause the UFC fighter problems.

In terms of the betting, the smart money is on Mayweather to win by stoppage at 8/11 and 3/1 to win by knockout. Whilst if you fancy McGregor to win by stoppage that is available at a big 7/2 and the knockout is 6/1. The odds on McGregor are far too short considering the advantage Mayweather has in this fight, he was 11/1 to win at the turn of the year and has come right in to 3/1 due to his popularity and the amount of money staked on him.

Mayweather is not well liked by many, but don’t let McGregor’s likeable personality sway you in your betting; Mayweather should win this and I’m backing him to win by stoppage.

Tip – Mayweather to win by Stoppage 8/11 (Bet365). More Conor McGregor betting here:

Las Palmas vs Barcelona

Spanish La Liga

Sunday 14th May 2017 – 7:00pm

La Liga leaders Barcelona look to keep their slender advantage over Real Madrid with a convincing victory as they travel to out-of-form Las Palmas.

Las Palmas Recent Form

Las Palmas currently sit fourteenth in La Liga and have nothing much but pride to play for.

They have lost six of their last eight games, with just one victory in that time, and have failed to score a single goal in their last three matches. Fifteen goals conceded in their last five games shows how poor they have been defensively and it seems they are just going through the motions until the end of the season.

Barcelona Recent Form

Barcelona are only top of the table on goal difference and know they must win both of their remaining games if they are to stand any chance of winning the title again.

They have won their last five games, scoring twenty goals in the process. A shock defeat at Malaga at the beginning of April is their only defeat in nine league games. In fact, they have only suffered two defeats in La Liga in their last twenty-nine games.

In attack, they have been ruthless all season, scoring 108 goals in 36 games to average three goals per game for the campaign. They have only failed to score twice in the league this season, both times against Malaga.

Head to Head Record

Barcelona won the most recent meeting between these teams 5-0 in January this year.

Overall, they have only met seven times since 2000 with Las Palmas never winning a game. Barcelona have won five and there have been two draws. Both of those draws came in the 2001/02 season, with Barcelona winning the three most recent meetings.

In terms of an aggregate score, Barcelona have scored fifteen goals in the seven meetings while Las Palmas have only found the net four times.

Betting Odds and Predictions

Barcelona must win this game and in our opinion they will, convincingly. The bookmakers agree, with Ladbrokes pricing the visitors as 1/12 favourites. The home side are 20/1 and the draw is priced at 10/1.

So, with such a wide gap between the teams in terms of odds to win the game, you will need to look for the best value in other markets.

We think we have found a great value bet, by betting on both teams not to score at odds of 27/20. It’s 4/7 for both teams to score and Barcelona have only kept one clean sheet in their last six matches. However, Las Palmas haven’t scored in their last three, have only ever scored four goals against Barcelona, and were hammered 5-0 in the previous meeting. Therefore, backing Both Teams to Score (NO) is worth a punt here.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring the last time these teams met and is 5/2 with Ladbrokes (Click here for Review) to score the first goal here. He is also 3/10 to score any time during the match.

Lionel Messi has scored Barcelona’s first goal in three of their last five games and is also 5/2 to score first and 3/10 to score anytime.

Backing either player to score more than one goal should be a solid bet, with both priced at 6/5 to score 2+ goals and 16/5 to net a hat-trick.

It was 5-0 to Barcelona the last time these teams met and that same score in this match is priced at 12/1.

Barcelona to be leading at half time and then winning the match offers decent odds of 2/5. If you think Las Palmas can keep the visitors awesome attack at bay for the first half, it’s 15/4 to be a draw at half time and Barcelona to win.

There isn’t much value to be found by backing Over 2.5 goals in this match but Barcelona to win and Over 3.5 goals is a decent 2/5.

Top Betting Tip

We think Barcelona will win this game by at least a two or three goal margin but there isn’t much value to be had backing them to win. It’s always a bigger risk backing a correct score, so we have looked for value in our top betting tip for mobile betting.

Therefore, our top betting tip in this match is Both Teams to Score (NO) at odds of 27/20 at Ladbrokes. More Betting Tips under: www.online-betting.org/betting-tips



CE-Ageing Platform

The Central European (CE) Knowledge Platform for an Ageing Society, in short “CE-Ageing Platform”, aims to minimise negative effects and impacts of demographic change in CE. The project idea derived from a cooperation between various partners and their desire to jointly contribute to improved framework conditions in their regions in order to foster economic growth, regional development and social cohesion. It is built on the belief that challenges faced in the cross-cutting issue “ageing” can only be solved in working together.

The CE-Ageing Platform aims to jointly develop a CE-Ageing Strategy enabling partners to adapt to demographic change, thereby integrating lessons learnt from previous activities on the one hand and results and lessons learnt from innovative actions implemented by the CE-Ageing platform on the other.

The innovative actions implemented at the regional levels include the development of four Regional Age Platforms with which two Regional Ageing Strategies as well as two Regional Training Concepts are set up (“Age-Partnership Actions”). In other CE-regions 5 additional pilots, the “Age-SME Interventions”, are implemented in cooperation with SME’s.