Manchester City may have ended their six match winless run with a convincing win over West Brom during the weekend, but they once again face an extremely strong team in the form of Barcelona.
The Catalan club will be visiting the Etihad stadium as part of the second Champions League group match between the two teams. The first game at the Camp Nou ended in a whopping 4-0 thrashing for the Premier League team. It was yet another heavy defeat for Guardiola upon his return to the Spanish club. He will be hoping for a much better return this time around.
One of the major positives for City is the return of Sergio Aguero to the first-team. The Argentine striker has been left out of the starting line-up for almost a month and this coincided with Guardiola’s worst run as a manager. In the end, Guardiola seemed to have little option than to call back Aguero to the first-team and the strikerseems to have showed his quality with two goals against West Brom. Continue reading →
There is a very good possibility that one of the three teams with a 100% record at the start of this Premier League campaign to suffer a defeat this weekend.
Manchester United and Manchester City will be taking on each other in the first Manchester derby of the season. This will also be a first experience for José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, while they are meeting each other after a significant gap. Viewers will get to watch Mourinho and Guardiola rivalry quite regularly from now on, and this could lay the foundations for the same.
City have been able to get comfortable victories so far this campaign and the same has applied for United as well. However, there is likely to be a fierce contest at Old Trafford this weekend since both these teams are extremely strong in all departments. City, though, have suffered the most during the international break after losing Sergio Aguero to an injury and later to a suspension. The absence of the star centre forward will be certainly felt when it comes to scoring goals. Wilfried Bony is likely to step up in his absence. United have been able to benefit immensely by the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he will feel rejuvenated after the international break.
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Those who backed Leicester City for the Premier league triumph last season had incredible success by cashing out a lot, but it is highly unlikely that such an event will be seen for the 2016-17 season in terms of soccer betting.
Early odds for the Premier league title success from bookmakers seem to suggest that the big clubs are being once again favoured for the league title. The arrival of several new managers like Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte has made the Premier League a haven for those interested in football tactics. However, it will also result in some intense competition along the way.
Manchester City have already spent close to £ 100 million on four new players since the arrival of Pep Guardiola. They are expected to be a formidable force under the management of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager. However, arch rivals United have spent the same sum of money on one player – Paul Pogba. The Frenchman is yet to seal his return to Old Trafford, but United are already looking like potential title favourites. Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, but they are expected to spend big with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku if the transfer goes through.
As a result of the massive spending from Manchester outfits and the arrival of world-class managers at the same time, they are being seen as the overwhelming favourites for the league title. Many bookmakers are backing City at 2/1 for the title and they are closely followed by United at 7/2. Incredibly, Arsenal are seen as the third favourites despite having not spend much money and while continuing with the same kind of setup that has not produced great results in the past. Last season’s heroes Leicester City are not considered as favourites for the title.
Soccer betting has experienced a boost in Asia with the Euro 2016 in France.
Indeed, there have been an increased in the amount of betting in countries such as China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand as they look to make some quick money.
Soccer has gained popularity in China during recent years with a number of foreign players coming to play in the local league. This has improved media coverage and made the game become more popular among the locals. Furthermore, there are a number of Chinese firms that have been invested in European leagues such as the Premier League as well as the Serie A.
Many gamblers are making use of mobile apps and services to get involved in soccer betting. One of the most used apps is WeChat where punters make use of the abilities to send money and create groups in order to gamble. There have been an increase in the amount of gambling groups on WeChat with the approach of the Euros 2016. Punters are allowed to bet on each match outcome, half-time score as well as full-time score. Payments are done electronically as well either by WeChat itself, bank transfer or by using Alipay.
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Some soccer betting sites are expecting a boost in business after Leicester manage to win the league.
Betting sites and bookmakers have been receiving media attention after Leicester City managed to win the league and they expect other fans to bet on their team next season.
There are some Leicester fans that have made good money by betting on their team to win the league, and these big payouts have received extensive media attention. Betting sites will be hoping that fans of other teams will be tempted and will want to try their hand at betting.
And with the various betting sites available online, it has now become easy to bet on your favorite team without leaving the comfort of your home. Just make sure that you choose a reputable site and one that have a history of paying out winners. There is nothing worse than winning your bet only to find out that you have been betting at a fake website. Continue reading →
After a massively 13 year absence, it’s rumored that one of the best United States’ men’s team is on their way back to the MLS.
It was in a shocking announcement made last Sunday that the Colorado Rapids has agreed to sign with none other than Tim Howard from the Everton team. Howard is going to be finishing up this season and then he’ll be joining up with USMNT for the next summer. In July, the rapids are going to start and that’s when he’ll be suiting up. This came after an announcement made by ESPN as FC Jeff Carlisle broke the story initially.
It was announced that the number one American is going to make approximately anywhere from 2.5 million USD to 2.8 million USD that was paid out over the course of the three and a half year deal. This deal is going to be ongoing as he runs rapidly into his age 40 season. The MLS is thrilled in this recent news as one of their biggest stars is returning to home.
However, not everyone’s cheery and happy about this deal though as many don’t think it makes any sense for this contract to even exist, stating that Tim Howard isn’t suitable for the Colorado Rapids. It was last season that the Colorado Rapids not only did horribly but they managed to finish dead last in MLS. A lot of people argue that Howard doesn’t represent the value to one, pay him that much money and put so much value on him. He might’ve been great some time ago but he’s past his prime. Continue reading →
Laurent Blanc has finally admitted that star striker Edinson Cavani could be sold either in January or in the summer since he has failed to settle at the club.
The Uruguayan striker came to the French club in 2013 for a massive £ 65 million. Despite being one of the most expensive players in the world, Cavani has simply failed to deliver on a number of occasions. He has even been outclassed and outshone by the considerably older Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This means that Blanc has been unable to do away with the Swedish striker. Cavani has found himself playing out of position, which in turn has affected his form.
The striker continues to be linked with several Premier League clubs and also a potential return to Napoli. Manchester United and Chelsea were thought to be interested in him a few months ago. It remains to be seen if they will come in with an offer for the player following Blanc’s admission. Cavani has come up with only 13 goals in 24 appearances in the French league this season. Ibrahimovic already has five more goals than Cavani. While admitting that Cavani has failed to settle at the club, Blanc did state that he was happy with the goal return of the forward. Continue reading →
Investigations are taking place regarding Russia and their bid to host the approaching 2018 World Cup. A number of FIFA executives have already have already been arrested due to claims of corruption which ultimately even forced SeppBlatter on stepping down from his presidential role.
FIFA executives have been arrested but more investigations are being done and depending on what the FBI manages to find, it will be decided if Russia launched a clean bid to host the 2018 World Cup and even the 2022 World Cup is being investigated as well.
Belgium made a joint bid along with Netherlands to have the rights to host the 2018 World Cup but it was awarded to Russia, however, if scandals and bribes are discovered in relation to this bidding process and selection of hosts then Belgium has requested that they want compensation for their failed bid.
The Royal Belgian Football Federation (KBVB) wants compensation if Russia does not follow through as the host for the upcoming tournament and this repayment is in the region of around $5 million.
Francois De Keersmaecker is the president of the KBVB and he stated what he and his committee will do if further fraud is discovered. Continue reading →