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John is the newest member of the PR team having joined in April 2014. In his previous role he worked as a broadcaster where he could be heard building up to the action in horse racing, greyhounds and a range of sports. As a PR manager he will be responsible for Coral's news website providing the latest market movers , as well as various other media relations, including Box Nation and RPGTV. John is a proud Rochdale fan having been born in the town which has produced the likes of Gracie Fields and Lisa Stansfield.

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Football betting with @DrHorseWhip

It’s the moment I’m sure literally one or two people were waiting for… Return of the Drhorsewhip football betting blog,

Yes, dear reader, it has returned and you are probably wondering where did it ever go in the first place? Well, that is not really any of your business and a little impudent of you to ask in the first place. Just who on earth do you think you are? In any case, I have been doing you a favour as, without doubt, I have been on the worst run of my punting life ™. These seem to happen to me at least once every two or three years and when they occur there is nothing to be done except to grit your teeth and attempt to withstand the inevitable misery that is about to ensue. I would imagine it is a similar experience to those who are about to attend a Mumford and Sons gig or perhaps something that the lovely Debbie McGee can relate to .

This blog finds me in reflective mood as Horsewhip Towers is somewhat quieter than usual in the absence of Mrs Horsewhip and Horsewhip Jnr. This has allowed me to reflect on various facets of my punting and, indeed, my life in general. For example, how is it possible for Malaga to concede two goals in the final minute of injury time? Why are there still cans that need to be opened with a can opener after the technological revolution that is the ringpull? And how is it possible for Mrs Horsewhip to change a duvet cover in seconds when I have to climb inside it for five minutes in order to achieve the same result?

Aaaaaaaanyway… on to this weeks selections. This time of the season is always tricky as you have the inevitable extra hazard of the “already on the beach” factor. The temptation is always to side with the teams who still have something to play for but I feel this is often overstated and will be taking on two teams fighting against relegation from League 2 this week in Barnet and Aldershot.

Barnet confounded expectations after the left-field appointment of Edgar Davids by going on a run that dragged them out of the relegation mire for a time. However, their recent form has plunged them back into trouble and anything less than a win at home to Wycombe will leave them looking very vulnerable indeed. The Chairboys have nothing to play for now but they do have a passionate and ambitious manager in Gareth Ainsworth who has already made all the right noises regarding his team’s commitment for the rest of the season. They have won 3 out of their last 5 and battled to a goalless draw in midweek against promotion chasing Northampton. I’m hopeful of another strong performance and they are too big for me here.

Aldershot are all but dead and buried and anything less than a win would definitely condemn them to life in the Conference next season. 1 win in their last 10 has left them at the bottom of the table and the appointment of Andy Scott has failed to inspire any kind of turnaround. His comments after the home defeat to Southend sounded very deflated and they currently give the impression that they are a team already resigned to their fate. Dagenham and Redbridge are not exactly in flying form themselves but at the time of writing the Shots are around the 23/20 mark and simply have to be taken on.

Staying in League 2 but moving slightly higher up the table and Plymouth will be my final bet of the week. The Pilgrims take on a Rotherham side chasing automatic promotion after virtually sealing their own Football League status but I fancy them to frustrate the Millers as John Sheridan seeks to further their impression run of results. Argyle have won 5 of their last 7 games and one of those defeats was away to high flying Burton who scored an undeserved last minute winner after Argyle had passed up a plethora of chances earlier in the game. A bumper crowd is expected at Home Park for the last home game of the season and the upturn in form has created much optimism about the progress to be made next season. Rotherham are in good form themselves and have been steadily backed all week but the price is too short for me now and I will be taking them on again. There is also the added bonus of cheering against Steve “The friendly face of football” Evans. Winning money from his misfortune is something I don’t think you can put a price on.

Best of luck with all your bets this weekend.