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Written on 20 May 2019 | Comments Off on Champions League Final preview: Tottenham and Liverpool go head-to-head in Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool meet in Madrid on Saturday, June 1, hoping to round off the season by clinching the prestigious Champions League trophy.
Both sides seemed unlikely finalists during their respective last four ties, but showed tremendous character to make it through.
Punters using the bet365 bonus code to wager on the final can back Liverpool at odds of 1/2 to lift the trophy, while Spurs are priced at 13/8.
Liverpool are almost at full strength for the game, with midfielder Naby Keita the only first team regular who has definitely been …

Written on 20 May 2019 | Comments Off on Europa League Final preview: There’s little to choose between Chelsea and Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal go head-to-head in Azerbaijan, on Wednesday, May 29, aiming to finish off the season by claiming the Europa League trophy.
The game has added significance for both sides, with neither having secured any other silverware during the current campaign.
Chelsea are slight favourites with NetBet to beat Arsenal, although there is little to choose between the two sides in the betting.
Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has been handed a massive injury blow ahead of the game after Ruben Loftus-Cheek limped off during a 3-0 friendly win against New England Revolution …

Written on 19 Apr 2019 | Comments Off on Manchester City vs Tottenham Live Blog – 20 April 2019

Follow the Premier League game between Manchester City and Tottenham in our live blog here. 

Written on 27 Feb 2019 | Comments Off on Real Madrid fancied to edge tight cup clash against Barcelona

Real Madrid host Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Wednesday having drawn 1-1 at the Nou Camp three weeks ago.
Madrid caused Barcelona plenty of problems in the first meeting, with Lucas Vazquez opening the scoring before Malcom equalised.
However, their record in this competition is surprisingly poor, having won it just twice in the last 25 years.
By contrast, Barca have lifted the trophy six times in the last 10 years and are chasing their fifth Copa del Rey success in a row.
Ernesto Valverde’s side head to the …

Written on 12 Feb 2019 | Comments Off on Champions League Last 16: Who Will Qualify?!

At the start of the season I made my predictions for the Champions League Group Stage, and 14 out of 16 teams tipped to qualify were correct, with Schalke getting through instead of Galatasaray (Group D), and Lyon ahead of Shakthar Donetsk (Group F). So now it is time for the knockout stages, let us have a look at who will advance to the Quarter Finals.
Champions League Round of 16
Legs to be played on 12th February & 6th March
Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain
This tie could not come about …

Written on 15 Jan 2019 | Comments Off on Which Striker Will Chelsea Buy?!

In the summer, Chelsea, let go of Coach Antonio Conte and bought in his fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri, to replace him. Sarri’s demand of quick passing, movement and getting the ball into wide areas to supplement the strikers (‘Sarriball’), was quickly implemented by Chelsea’s players. Chelsea started the Premier League season by going 12 games unbeaten, before losing to Tottenham. Since then, Chelsea have lost to Wolverhampton, Leicester and drawn with Southampton. These results have meant after their great start, that they have fallen away from the top 3 of …

Written on 11 Jan 2019 | Comments Off on Premier League top four race: Manchester United fancied to overhaul London duo

With Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur looking good bets to fill the top three spots in the Premier League, there a trio of teams battling to claim fourth and a lucrative place in next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea are currently in pole position, three points ahead of Arsenal with Manchester United a further three points adrift in sixth place. Read on as we assess their respective chances of finishing in the top four.
Blues need more firepower
Chelsea’s failure to sign a top class forward last summer could seriously impact their chances …

Written on 11 Jan 2019 | Comments Off on Premier League title race: Manchester City fancied to topple Liverpool

With just six points separating the top three sides in the Premier League this season’s title race could be one of the most exciting in years.
Liverpool currently lead the way by four points from reigning champions Manchester City, with Tottenham Hotspur a further two points adrift in third place. Read on we assess their respective title chances.
Liverpool eager to avoid wobble
Liverpool followed up their defeat by Manchester City by getting knocked out of the FA Cup and they will be eager to ensure those results don’t turn into a full …

Written on 10 Jan 2019 | Comments Off on Premier League relegation battle: Any two from six to go down with Huddersfield

The battle to stay in the Premier League will be fiercely fought this season, with seven teams currently embroiled in the race to avoid the drop.
With just 10 points from 21 games, Huddersfield Town are strongly fancied to go down, but who will finish in the other two places is difficult to predict.
In true Grand National style, read on as we look at the runners and riders vying to avoid tumbling into the Championship.
Ranieri can guide Fulham to safety
Fulham picked up five points over the festive period, although their revival …

Written on 15 Nov 2018 | Comments Off on Fulham: Jo Kan Pack Your Bags

Fulham have informed that they have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic, and replaced him with former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. But did Jokanovic deserve the sack this early in the season? And was his termination handled respectfully?
It was only at the end of October, after Fulham’s 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, that Fulham owner Shahid Khan gave Jokanovic his public backing stating that, “(Jokanovic’s) record shows he has always led Fulham admirably when the stakes are at their highest”, (Source; dailymail.co.uk). Not even three weeks later and Jokanovic …