How Far Can Arsenal Go This Season?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta Arsenal

For weeks or even months, we were talking about how Arsenal has certainly improved under Mikel Arteta and the results will inevitably come. Well, they have started coming as the Gunners have recorded three wins in the past week or so. They trashed Newcastle at home in the English Premier League, then earned a valuable 1-0 victory against Olympiacos in Europe and finished last week on a high after beating Everton in a five-goal thriller. The performance was far from perfect in all of these games and we know that…

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Is Bruno Fernandes Paul Pogba’s Replacement at Manchester United?

Bruno Fernandes Paul Pogba Manchester United

Everybody is talking about Bruno Fernandes after his bright start at Manchester United. The Portuguese midfielder looks ready to play at the top level and brings a lot to the table. He scored his first goal for the Red Devils against Watford and looked like the real deal. Fernandes won his third Man of the Match award and the supporters love his contributions on the pitch. Most of them can’t wait to see him play alongside Paul Pogba which made me think if the Portuguese has come to form a…

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UEFA Europa League Outright Winner Betting Preview

Arsenal, Manchester United AJAX and Inter Milan Logos

The first round of the UEFA Europa League knockouts is done and most favorites did as expected. I believe now it’s a good moment to take a look at the outright winner betting odds and evaluate what the best wagers are. Let’s take a look at the main favorites. Inter Milan Most bookmakers have Inter Milan as the top favorite for the Europa League crown. The Italian team is one of the strongest left in the competition and took a comfortable 2-0 away win against Ludogorets yesterday. I don’t think…

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Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview and Prediction

Chelsea and Tottenham Logos

There’s little doubt that the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham is the most attractive game of the English Premier League this weekend. Jose Mourinho returns to the Bridge to face one of his lieutenants Frank Lampard. Both managers are in a tough spot right now and the match could be crucial for the Champions League places next season. This betting preview goes through the current state of both clubs and I finish with a prediction that might be a bit surprising at the end. Chelsea At some point of…

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Why Aymeric Laporte Is the Key to Manchester City’s Season

Aymeric Laporte Pep Guardiola Manchester City

I’ve stated multiple times that Pep Guardiola’s refusal to buy another central defender is one of the reasons why Manchester City failed to meet the expectations this season. I still believe that is the case, but I can’t deny the fact that the Spanish manager has been unlucky too. The injury of Aymeric Laporte early in the campaign was monumental. The Frenchman is the best player in arguably the only position where the champions are short in numbers. What he brings to this team is invaluable for many reasons and…

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Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig Betting Preview

Tottenham Hotspurs RB Leipzig Betting Preview

I don’t think that anyone expects from any of the teams that play today in the Champions League to go all the way in the tournament. That puts them in a unique position to stay under the radar and suffer less pressure to perform. Probably the only exception is Tottenham. The Spurs reached the final of the competition last season and at the very least, their fans want to see the team beat RB Leipzig. The English side will have the home advantage in the first leg, but the bookmakers…

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Five Things We Learned from Friday’s Champions League Games

Erling Haaland and Other Champions League Figures

We saw two exciting games of football in the Champions League last night. Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 at home, while Atletico Madrid earned a precious 1-0 lead over Liverpool. The results pretty much leave both ties in the balance until the second leg. In the meantime, there are five important things we learned on Tuesday. Erling Haaland Can Do It in the Biggest Stage We’ve known that Erling Haaland is a talented striker for a while. He scored a ton of goals in Austria, but we’ve seen other players…

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Is Frank Lampard Starting to Learn from His Mistakes?

Olivier Giroud and Other Chelsea Players

The start of Frank Lampard’s career as a Chelsea manager was excellent. The young players thrived under the manager and the team had a long streak of wins that put it in a strong position for the top 4 race. Fast-forward a couple of months and Chelsea has won only four of the last fourteen games in the English Premier League. The club will be facing a tough battle for a place in the Champions League next season, with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United, and a bunch…

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Four Potential Disasters for Manchester City after the UEFA Ban

Pep Guardiola and Manchester United Logo

This season has been disappointing for Manchester City already, but the ban received from UEFA is something else. The club will miss two years of European football and pay some solid fines for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules. To be honest, we all knew that the team is spending ridiculous amounts of money and I don’t think too many people are shocked by the decision. Or at least the shock probably comes from the fact that UEFA is doing something about it, not the violations per se. Whether other…

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Chelsea – Manchester United Betting Preview and Analysis

Chelsea and Manchester United Logos

Chelsea will host Manchester United on Monday night and the game will be crucial for both sides. If the Blues win, they will open a healthy gap in the race for next season’s Champions League in the wake of Manchester City’s ban. A defeat would send Chelsea in the middle of a tough battle with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and a bunch of other teams. The Red Devils’ are among the many clubs that might take advantage of City’s troubles, so getting a result here is critical too. With that…

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Who Will Become the EPL Player of the Year at the End of the Season?

Jordan Henderson, Saido Mane and Other Top EPL Players

I haven’t thought much about the EPL Player of the Year race, but I saw that Andy Robertson said Jordan Henderson should win the award this season. That made me think if Liverpool’s captain is truly the man who deserves the honour. Let’s take a look at his chances, as well as the claims of several other players that might be contention. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool Since Henderson is the reason I wrote this post and the bookmakers believe he is the favorite, let’s start with him. I don’t think that…

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Three Potential Surprises in European Football for the Upcoming Weekend

Eintracht Frankfurt, Cagliari and Getafe Logos

I know that a lot of you like to bet on the top European football leagues during the weekend. It’s part of the whole experience, watching the games and placing a wager or two. That’s why I occasionally share my predictions. That’s what I’m about to do in this post, but I decided to take a different angle today. I believe that some of the bets with the most value often go under the radar.  I’m talking about potential surprises that not many people back because most gamblers go after…

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Should Players Like Mo Salah Participate in the Summer Olympics?

Mo Salah Olympics

I don’t think that any football fan takes the Summer Olympics seriously. The men’s tournament has been a solid opportunity for young players to gain some international experience and take a step forward in their development. That’s why the competition is limited to players under 23. Still, there is a rule that allows each country to include three senior athletes in its squad. We saw Neymar lead Brazil to the gold medals in 2016 and now another superstar could potentially play in Tokyo 2020. Mohamed Salah was included in Egypt’s…

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Which English Club Could Appoint Mauricio Pochettino in the Near Future?

Mauricio Pochettino's Managing Future

We haven’t heard much about Mauricio Pochettino ever since he was released as a Spurs manager. Many believed that the Argentinian specialist will instantly find a job with so many struggling top clubs across Europe, but he has been away from the sport for a while. A recent interview for Sky Sports suggests that Pochettino might be interesting in staying in the English Premier League. He obviously likes the time spent with Tottenham and Southampton. His statements made me think about his potential destinations in the country. Let’s take a…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leicester City Betting Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers Leicester City Betting Preview

The first winter break in the history of the English Premier League is over for most clubs and they will have to play this weekend. The opening game between Wolverhampton and Leicester City will take place on Friday. In this betting preview, I go through the latest team news and analyze both sides, before sharing my prediction in the end. Wolverhampton Wanderers Many expected to see Wolverhampton improve in the league this season, but I believe that the Europa League engagements have taken their toll on the team. The Wolves…

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Should the Offside Change after the Introduction of VAR?

Premier League VAR Introduction

The introduction of VAR in English football from the start of this season brought plenty of controversial moments. Covering all aspects of the system in one post would be too much, so I decided to focus on a specific topic that angered a lot of people. We saw plenty of goals that were overturned for the tiniest of offsides. We saw armpits and toes that are millimeters behind the defenders which gave enough reasons to sanction them. One particular case involving Saido Mane sparked a reaction by the FA and…

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Who Will Win the German Bundesliga Title?

Bundesliga Title Predictions

This season has brought a breath of fresh air in the German Bundesliga. Bayern Munich has been far from invisible and we have a genuine title fight on our hands. Sure, the reigning champions are once again leading the race, but at least three teams are close enough at this point of the season. Bayern has 43 points, RB Leipzig sits second with 42, Borussia Dortmund is with 39. Borussia Monchengladbach also has 39 and a game in hand after this Sunday’s clash against Koln was postponed. As you can…

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Why a Place in the UEFA Tournaments Could Destroy Sheffield United’s Future

Chris Wilder Sheffield United

Sheffield United has a realistic chance of playing in the UEFA Europa League next season and even the Champions League is not out of the question. That statement would’ve been shocking before the start of the current campaign, but it’s the reality right now. The manager Chris Wilder and his men have exceeded all expectations and currently sit in the fight place of the English Premier League. After beating Bournemouth on Saturday, the team is only 2 points behind Chelsea and a place in the European competitions next season is…

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Who Will Win Copa del Rey after Barcelona and Real Madrid Are Out?

Quique Setién and Zinedine Zidane Copa Del Rey Logo

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid had tricky quarterfinal games in Copa del Rey, but I don’t think anyone expected to see both giants knocked out. And yet, Barcelona lost right at the death after a dramatic Sergio Busquests own goal, while Real Madrid conceded four times for the first under Zidane against Real Sociedad at home and is out too. On top of that, the audacious Mirandes eliminated a third La Liga opponent in a row to reach the last 4 of the tournament. The team will face Real Sociedad…

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English Football Clubs Decide to Move Deadline Day to September 1st

Premier League Deadline Day

I already discussed the pros and cons of moving the summer deadline day in English football several days ago and I’m not shocked to hear that the clubs decided to go for September 1st once again. The main reasoning behind this solution is to stay synchronized with the rest of Europe. That’s the date when the transfer window closes in most of the top football leagues on the continent and it’s hard to see how one of them might be an exception. As the past two years showed, this simply…

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Will Leo Messi Leave Barcelona in the Summer?

Lionel Messi Barcelona

Leo Messi has been in Barcelona for so long that we all thought the Argentinian maestro won’t play for another club ever. That’s how it looked for most of his career, at least. Sure, Messi had some issues with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he followed Chelsea on Instagram during some turbulent time back in 2015, which brought panic attacks to many Barcelona fans. And yet, it never seemed like Messi will actually leave, at least until now. The surprising move to fire Ernesto Valverde raised the tension around the club and…

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton FA Cup Replay Betting Predictions and Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton FA Cup

The FA Cup replays produced plenty of action on Tuesday night. Liverpool’s youngsters managed to beat Shrewsbury, while two games had to be decided after penalty shootouts. It was a lot of fun and we have arguably the most exciting clash, at least on paper, today. Tottenham will host Southampton after both sides went for it in the first match but ultimately failed to produce a winner. It’s interesting to see how both managers approach this one, as this will be the key to any betting prediction. Tottenham Hotspur The…

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Should the English Deadline Day Move Back to the End of August?

Top Premier League Club Managers

The English football clubs decided to move the end of the transfer window to the last day before the start of the Premier League in 2018. The change came after years of controversy if deals should be allowed after the competition has already started. Unfortunately, no other major European league followed suit and that created certain issues. As a result, the clubs will now have to decide if Deadline Day should move back to the last day of August. I share my opinion in this post, as the matter is…

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What’s the Future of Kylian Mbappe and Where Will He Play Next Season?

Kylian Mbappe

There’s little doubt that Kylian Mbappe is one of the most talented players in modern football. Ever since his days in Monaco, the forward has been lethal. He has the pace, technique and composure to compete with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Mbappe turned 21 less than two months ago and the future is ahead of him. The youngster already has more than 100 goals at a senior level and if he stays fit, the sky is the limit. As a result, all of…

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A Look at the Top Contenders for the Champions League after the January Transfer Window

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and FC Barcelona Logos

The January transfer window is now over and there are only two weeks left until the return of the UEFA Champions League. I believe now is the perfect time to assess the favorites for the most prestigious European tournaments. I’ve picked only teams that have a genuine chance to lift the trophy, in my opinion. Also, the order I used is determined by the odds of the leading bookmakers on the market. Liverpool If there’s a team that didn’t need recruitment in January, that’s Liverpool. The Reds have been the…

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