What we learned from Game Week 24

Wednesday, January 24 2018


Joey Barton is right. Sometimes…

Joey Barton has been sounding off again this week. Telling BBC Radio Four’s Today programme that ‘50% of footballers bet’ and that gambling is ‘culturally engrained’ in the sport.

And he’s right. 

The blanket ban on ALL football people betting on ALL football is as ridiculous as it is unenforceable. 

It means if the kitman at Yeovil backs PSG to win the Champions League, he’s guilty. If Cristiano Ronaldo has a tenner on Enfield to beat Lowestoft in the Ryman Premier, he’s guilty. 

And if an academy player in Turkish Third Division happens to post on Facebook that he fancies himself to score on his debut this weekend and you – yes, YOU! – happen to spot it and include it in your weekend coupon, guess what? Young Hakan is guilty. And facing a chunky fine and ban.
Less than 0.1% ever do, of course. But Joey has (£30k and 18-months, reduced to five on appeal). Perhaps he should have used a false name, or a separate account to place his estimated 15,000 over 12 years. Most do. Or maybe just learn to keep his fat mouth shut.

He couldn’t have been winning many. After all, a bookie is not going to give up a cash cow to the FA for breaking the rules. Bookies don’t give any more of shit over the welfare of their customers than the FA do about the welfare of players.

The stringing up of Barton is merely a scramble for the moral high ground by the same degenerates that can be bribed into awarding the World Cup to 50 degree Qatar or war-torn Russia.  

Matt Nesbitt is wrong. Sometimes…

The FA Cup is hogging the spotlight this weekend, but we’ll be back on Premier League detail quick sharp with a full program on Tuesday and Wednesday. And there’s gonna be some changes around these parts…

As tipsters go, I’m a broad church. At BaDMaN we embrace all sects, castes and denominations of punter. Come one, come all. 

It makes no odds to me if you betting 10p, £10 or ten grand. So I’ve always tried to provide all-purpose advice to embrace all types of punter.  But that doesn’t always work. You can end up falling between two stools.

So from here on in, for every match you’ll get the best Tap In, Smart Money, Long Shot and Scorecast bet. Regardless of price, just purely based on the stats and my take on things. 

Each bet will be considered ‘1pt’ and each category measured in strike rate and pts profit. Which will I will update and share with you after every set fixtures. 

Emily Ratajkowski is fit. Always…

So if you looking for bankers for accumulators, you’re covered; seeking out a bit of value, you’re good; fancy a punt on some big prices, you’re golden. Likewise, I will be recording the strike rate of Match Results for those targeting the Pools (yes, they’re still going), in-store betting coupons or things like  Colossus

Last weekend Previews delivered seven out of ten Match Results, with only Stoke’s win upsetting Saturday’s cart before Tottenham and Liverpool’s handiwork. And three Correct Scores – paying between 6/1 and 7/1.    

But a combination of me being a bit shit with the Coupon Busters and Liverpool being a bit shit at Swansea, we managed to come away 3pts down on the weekend. 

From here on though, BaDMeN it’ll be all falling into barrels full of thumbs and coming sucking Emily Ratajkowski’s tits.  


Matt Nesbitt

Ben Dinnery

Ben Dinnery


Ben is football’s leading injury specialist. The ‘go-to’ guru for big hitters like Sky Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports when they need data. Or the BBC, talkSPORT and the broadsheets when a quote is required. His unique insight has helped provide a better understanding of what is really happening in the treatment rooms.

Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson


Johnny is a respected physiotherapist and sports scientist, specialising in football injuries and rehab. Johnny has headed up the medical departments at Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Notts County. Overseeing everything from player-specific training loads to pre-signing medicals. He has a proven record working with elite athletes in Private Practice and is regularly called upon throughout Europe to deliver presentations on the latest rehab innovations.

Matt Nesbitt

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Matt's short, unremarkable football career was ended by his own bad driving. His long, distinguished career as a football tipster was ended by his own good advice. Because bookmakers don’t like a winner. First, they closed his accounts. Then his members’ accounts. Then his tipping service. And now they employ him as a consultant. Funny old game.


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