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Solihull – much closer than we think

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 4th, 2019

Until Manchester United’s late winner on Saturday it looked like being a very good week. Of course, you have to keep 60,000 people happy and, as I set off for a walk at 2-2, unable to bear the tension and … Continued

Global Citizen at his favourite place

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | December 22nd, 2018

Well, whatever else happens this Christmas, Southampton’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal will live long in the memory. It was quite something, seeing my nine-year-old granddaughter standing up and waving cheerio to the visiting fans and I shall miss her if, … Continued

Goodbye to Ian’s sports blog

Ian Carnaby's Sports News Rebecca's Spotlight | September 5th, 2018

A fond farewell to the Sports Blog that Ian Carnaby has been writing for many years on I know he has a number of regular readers so we are sorry that it is no longer available but due to … Continued

Lampard the man for Derby

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 21st, 2018

Having gone for Marin Cilic quite solidly in the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon I am not about to make any great claims regarding other selections. Still, if you went along with Angelique Kerber before the semi-finals you’ll have made a … Continued


Plan working well – send more money

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 12th, 2018

I have absolutely no doubt that the right move, betting-wise, when Belgium beat England 1-0, was to back England outright with a view to saving on the day of the World Cup Final. But right moves don’t always pay off … Continued

Weaker half helps England

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 3rd, 2018

The first bet in the World Cup came up when England ran riot against Panama and took their goal tally to eight overall, not bad as we needed only seven in their Group G matches to justify a bet at … Continued

Goal spree nets a profit

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 27th, 2018

The first bet in the World Cup came up when England ran riot against Conference South-class Panama and took their goal tally to eight overall, not bad as we needed only seven in their Group G matches to justify a … Continued

ENGLAND  –  Especially Kane –  need early goals

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 13th, 2018

I came late to the French Open with a hip replacement clouding the issue. I was starting to get games right in the second week  –  Sharapova no chance against Muguruza, del Potro probably having to work hard to get … Continued


A brief rest after seven-up!

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | May 19th, 2018

Victories for Newcastle and West Ham last week made it seven winning football selections on the spin. We shall not rest on our laurels but now is the time to take a brief rest before concentrating on the tennis scene. … Continued

Hammers to strike a late blow

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | May 12th, 2018

I admit to a feeling of great relief following Southampton’s utterly committed display at Swansea on Tuesday. It has been a very disappointing season and there will need to be major surgery during the summer but nothing much happened twelve … Continued

Swansea up against it now

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | May 4th, 2018

This is the time of the season when betting firms allow title/promotion/relegation issues to affect football prices. Having watched Southampton right through a troubled campaign I could not possibly make them favourites at Everton, yet the hosts can be backed … Continued

Staying with palace

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | April 28th, 2018

Brentford squeezed home against QPR last week to keep a nice run going and give themselves a chance of a play-off place. The second automatic Championship place remains an intriguing struggle, with Cardiff not quite home and hosed yet. The … Continued

Brentford in with a shout

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | April 21st, 2018

Fairly brief this week. Crystal Palace virtually evened things up for us last Saturday with their 3-2 win over Brighton following Southampton’s spirited but unavailing effort against Chelsea. The Saints led 2-0 but Chelsea found an entirely different gear for … Continued

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Last chance for Saints

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | April 13th, 2018

We made a profit again last week, thanks to the draw between Chelsea and West Ham. I’m not saying the Hammers deserved to win – Chelsea had many chances – but Arnautovic should have had a penalty with the score … Continued

An awkward weekend for Huddersfield

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | April 6th, 2018

Much attention surrounds the local derbies in Liverpool and Manchester over the weekend. I think it would be wrong to suggest that the results in the Champions League will have no bearing on the way things turn out and Manchester … Continued

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Newcastle solid enough again

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 31st, 2018

Updating over Easter is never easy, given family commitments, etc. Things were also made trickier this weekend with nearly a full football programme on Good Friday  –  another win for Fulham and the each-way ante-post bet is starting to look … Continued

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Bristol City the only value

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 23rd, 2018

I was inclined to rest on my laurels after last week, when Crystal Palace and Southampton did us proud. Palace were much too good for Huddersfield and will not go down but the Terriers pose little threat up front and … Continued

A Lifeline for Palace here?

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 16th, 2018

Sometimes the difference between the way journalists and bookmakers look at things can be quite amusing. Wigan have been beating Premier League teams, including Manchester City, on their way to the FA Cup quarter-finals and the newspapers can see another … Continued

Villa and Wolves for West Midlands draw

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 9th, 2018

Football has its problems, the glut of money at the top end being a pretty fair starting point, but as long as it can surprise us we remain hooked. Even now I don’t know how Tottenham managed to lose to … Continued

Ian Carnaby’s Sports News

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 3rd, 2018

Fulham lifted us out of trouble last week with a splendid home win against Championship leaders Wolves. As I’ve been writing for a while now, no team is playing better than Fulham but they started so poorly that a top … Continued

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Baggies’ late, late rally can start here

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 24th, 2018

I wrote the other day that I thought West Brom might still avoid the drop from the Premier League to the Championship. I hold to this and cannot, for the life of me, see what purpose would be served by … Continued

Fulham v Villa looks tight

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 17th, 2018

I was adrift last week, although when a home team loses a three-goal lead, as Bristol City did to Sunderland, you know it’s not really your day. I suppose, in these days of in-running bets, a total pro would have … Continued

Baggies not down and out yet

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 10th, 2018

I doubt that the Premier League relegation struggle will look much clearer after this weekend’s fixtures. In fact, I thought perming the draws, three from four and all four in the following matches: Everton v Crystal Palace, Swansea v Burnley, … Continued

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Bournemouth pulling clear

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 3rd, 2018

The relegation struggle in the Premier League may well last until the final round of fixtures and there will be many desperate encounters between now and the final curtain in May. Swansea have surprised everyone by beating Liverpool and Arsenal … Continued

Blackburn a short-priced nap

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | January 27th, 2018

We made money last week with Aston Villa and Fulham winning easily. Fulham put six past Burton and are up and running now but the league game at Barnsley will not be easy. They can still make the top six … Continued

Fulham look top six material – at last!

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | January 20th, 2018

There was no real damage done last week, with West Brom’s victory over Brighton more or less covering Newcastle’s failure to account for Swansea. I feel that West Brom will pick up most of the vital points against their fellow-strugglers … Continued

Stay with Newcastle

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | January 13th, 2018

Breaking your own rules is often costly when it comes to betting and the FA Cup did me no favours last weekend, Watford’s easy victory against an overburdened Bristol City the only correct call. At least I managed to avoid … Continued

Brentford can shine on a tricky day

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | January 6th, 2018

I admit right from the outset that I am not a big fan of betting on the FA Cup, the main problem being the commitment (or lack of it) where some clubs are concerned. Having watched the Southampton v Crystal … Continued

Newcastle may pick up now

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | December 30th, 2017

Under normal circumstances I’d be very happy with the draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United last week and even thought it would be quite high-scoring (it was 2-2) but Southampton’s failure to beat Huddersfield knocked out the profit. The … Continued

Villa v Sheffield United most informative

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | December 22nd, 2017

We showed a 26 points’ profit last week, thanks to Everton and Cardiff. The minor punt on Bournemouth against Liverpool was shot to pieces but I don’t regret that. Eddie Howe’s players are better than they showed there and were … Continued

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