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Written on 17 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on A focus on weekend football betting odds

The weekend always has been and always will be the peak time when it comes to betting on football. Whatever time you choose to pick out a football tip to back over the weekend, it’s likely there’ll be a worthwhile football fixture that’s about to be played out. While many will prioritise their attention to the English football league in the middle of the day, there’s also plenty of European action in the evening and North American leagues late into the night.
Regardless of the leagues you’re building your bet around, …

Written on 16 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on It is time for Tottenham to offload Danny Rose

Tottenham left-back Danny Rose has been linked with a number of clubs during the summer transfer window. The 28-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, PSG and German club Schalke during recent weeks.
While English clubs may sell or loan out players till the end of the month, 9th August was their deadline to make new signings. This effectively means that PSG and Schalke are the only clubs which can realistically sign Rose during the current transfer window. Rose’s estimated value of £50 million according to The Express effectively …

Written on 15 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Richarlison was a good signing for Everton (Opinion)

The Everton hierarchy made extensive changes to the structure of the club. Last summer many Toffees fans had expected that the club would challenge for a top four spot after they spent heavily and brought the likes of Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen,Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane to Goodisan Park whilst having Steve Walsh as their director of football and Ronald Koeman as their manager.
After having helped Ajax reach the final of the Europa League the season before during which they lost to Manchester United, big things were expected …

Written on 14 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Courtois’ Real Madrid move is great news for Manchester United’s hopes of keeping De Gea

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid before the summer transfer window ended, greatly boosting Manchester United’s hopes of keeping David De Gea at Old Trafford.
The Spanish international has been linked with a move to Real for many years, but it appears he will end any speculation about his future and sign a long-term deal with United.
Real tried to sign De Gea immediately after he left Atleti
The 27-year-old joined the Reds from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has gone on to make 316 appearances in all competitions, keeping an impressive …

Written on 14 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Can Liverpool challenge for the Premier League title?

Liverpool enjoyed a 4-0 win over West Ham United in Sunday’s clash at Anfield, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge. The victory put Jurgen Klopp’s men top of the Premier League after gameweek one, ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City on goal difference, and many are expecting them to stay in the top-two for the rest of the campaign.
Manchester City are favourites with the bookmakers to win the Premier League title, with Liverpool expected to be the nearest challengers. The Merseysiders are being …

Written on 9 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on Premier League season preview

Manchester City are 4/6 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title after finishing 19 points clear of the competition last season, for those considering online betting with Toals. Pep Guardiola’s men hit 100 points from 38 games in 2017/18 and could be the first team in nine years to retain the league crown.
Only Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have managed to achieve it in the Premier League era, but Guardiola will fancy his chance given his already-strong squad has only been improved – Riyad Mahrez joining from Leicester City.
Premier …

Written on 31 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Russia 2018 World Cup Diary – Knockout Stage

So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Written on 27 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Russia 2018 World Cup Diary – Group Stage

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Written on 26 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on What to expect from Chelsea under Sarri next season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge on July 14 and has been implementing his system to the players – ‘Sarri-ball’ it’s known by at Chelsea, with the aim of retaining high levels of possession but attacking fast when a chink in the opponent’s armour is spotted.
Sarri’s former club Napoli got the ball from back to front faster than most teams last season and that’s how Chelsea could look in 2018/19. The Blues are training hard to develop their one-touch football and ability to play the ball out of …

Written on 19 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Should Jurgen Klopp be sacked if Liverpool fail to pick up silverware in 2018/19?

Liverpool have completed a £66m deal to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson, their fourth signing of the summer – Naby Keita (£54m from RB Leipzig), Fabinho (£40m from AS Monaco), Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m from Stoke City). The Brazilian shot-stopper is the most expensive goalkeeper in world football but only the second-biggest signing made in 2018 after Virgil van Dijk joined from Southampton for £75m.
After previously targeting the best players of mid-level clubs to keep their spending at a reasonable level – Sadio Mane (£35m from Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m from …