Belgium vs England – Third Place Playoff – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

Sadly, Football is not coming home, but the Three Lions are not yet done in the FIFA World Cup. England will face other losing semi-finalists Belgium in the third-place play-off at Saint Petersburg Stadium on Saturday. England lost to Croatia in the extra time of their semi-final in a heart-breaking manner. Following an early goal from Kieran Trippier, England looked set for their first World Cup final after 1966. However, goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic dumped England out of the competition. Despite their exit, the English side has…

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Sweden vs England – Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions

England registered a rare penalty shootout win over Colombia to book a last-eight meeting with Sweden at Samara Arena on Saturday. It was the only second shootout win for the Three Lions in eight attempts in major tournaments since 1990. England are infamous for their inefficiency in shootouts, and their fans would argue that the win over Colombia proves that the footballing gods are with them this time. Maybe, it’s coming home. The English are on the verge of reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990,…

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Secrets to winning on penalty shootouts – A statistical analysis

Recent penalty shootouts in the last-16 round of FIFA World Cup has once again sparked a really old debate in the world of football – “Are penalties are a fair way to decide a game of football?”. Three out of eight games in pre-quarterfinals were decided by penalties and cost the likes of Spain, Denmark and Colombia place in the next round. Simon Jenkins recently compared penalty shootouts to Love Island in his piece on the Guardian. Penalty shootouts have never managed to find the approval of football purists, and…

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Croatia set to repeat the heroics of 1998

Both Croatia and Russia will fight for a place in history books when they take on each other in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Croatia surprised everyone in the footballing world in 1998 when they clinched the third place in the World Cup. Davor Suker was the hero of that Croatian side as he claimed the Golden Boot award with six goals in seven games. A lot was expected of the tiny nation following their heroics in France, but it took them another 20…

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England huge favourites to seal qualification against Panama

England’s campaign in Russia is only one game old, and the Three Lions have already improved on their performance in Brazil. The Three Lions found themselves along with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in their group four years ago and could manage only one point from their three games. Obviously, Gareth Southgate’s men have been rewarded with a much easier group this time, and it’s too early to judge their title changes. However, their win over Tunisia has almost ensured their place in the last-16, and there is a new-found…

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Five reasons to love this England team

It’s been easy to feel fatigued following England in recent years. Whether it’s the slightly cheesy ‘car flags and bunting’ that surrounds a tournament or the predictably poor performances in big games, many fans have fallen out of the love with the national team a bit in recent years. Most prefer club to country. So, it’ll be more of the same this time, right? I mean, if I gave you £20 and told you to name the finalist with williamhill.com then it’s unlikely that you’d put your cash on the…

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Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Chelsea are back in the race for top-four, and they will look to keep their winning run going when they host Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The Blues have won their last four games in the league, and in their last game, they picked up a crucial 1-0 home win over Liverpool. They are currently placed fifth in the table with 69 points, and a win against the Terriers will put them level with the Reds. However, Chelsea don’t have their fate in their hands due to a poor…

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Liverpool’s hapless defence continues to cost them

Dejan Lovren is no stranger to criticism at Liverpool, finding himself as the individual singled out for being responsible for the collective downfall on multiple occasions. Such treatment came the way of Lovren once again at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, though the reaction to it may have never been so severe. Two costly Lovren mistakes enabled Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to put Spurs into a two-goal lead inside 12 minutes, and it didn’t get much better for the Croatian. Jurgen Klopp has often been a staunch defender of…

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Sanchez, Chamberlain deals represent the internal lack of ambition at Arsenal

It’s groundhog day once again at Arsenal – two key players are set to leave the club after their contracts were inexplicably allowed to run down into their final year without renewal. The impending departures of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both represent the ultimate failings at Arsenal on different scales, as a star and a future star both seek pastures new to progress at different stages of their career. For Sanchez, 29, the reality has hit home that he will simply be unable to win the Premier League under…

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Manchester City’s Silva investment continues to sparkle

On 1 July, Portuguese attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva is set to officially complete a move from AS Monaco to Manchester City. At present, he is starring at the Confederations Cup, to give Pep Guardiola huge reason for optimism that the investment made in Silva will be of great benefit for his team. As Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to reach the semi-finals of the competition, Silva scored his team’s second goal. The euphoria of that moment, was however dampened by him being withdrawn at half-time after suffering an ankle injury.  It…

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Manchester City continue their pursuit of Kyle Walker

Manchester City’s need for full-backs in this transfer window can’t be stress enough. City’s defence was their Achilles heel last season, and manager Pep Guardiola has an important task of rebuilding his defence this summer. The Spaniard has already allowed the likes of Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna to leave the club this summer, and Aleksandar Kolarov is also entering the final year of his deal. At the moment, City severely lack in bodies in full-back positions. The Citizens are supposedly in advance talks for Juventus full-back Dani…

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Confederations Cup – Russia vs New Zealand betting odds

The Confederations Cup will kick-off in Russia this Saturday as the hosts take on Oceania champions New Zealand at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The eight-nation FIFA tournament, which consists of the champions from six continents, World Cup winner Germany, and the hosts, is supposed to work as a dress-rehearsal for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Both teams from the opening game are underdogs in Group A, which also contains Portugal and Mexico; however, the hosts will be huge favourites to claim three points in the tournament opener.…

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Summer Transfer Betting Tips

With the summer transfer window upon us, there has been much talk about one of the most anticipated seasons in football. While the actual football season is thrilling and heart stopping in itself, the summer transfer period is just as exciting with many fans and punters speculating who will join or leave their favourite clubs. In addition to this, there’s a wide range of football betting sites offering the latest odds. One of the most exciting discoveries is how many big-name players will join other clubs and how much money…

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Top journalist dismisses Arsenal’s mega-bid for Mbappe

Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein has dismissed recent reports claiming that Monaco have rejected a mega-bid from Arsenal for their star player Kylian Mbappe. French publication L’Equipe yesterday reported that the Gunners have failed with a €100m bid for Mbappe and today, the claim was corroborated by the English media. In one of the biggest transfer stories of the day, James Olley, of Evening Standard, further fuelled the speculation by claiming that Monaco have indeed rejected a £87m bid from the Gunners for their star player. However, Ornstein, who has…

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Wing-Back Injuries Could Hinder Chelsea’s Title Challenge

As of April 1st, the Premier League title race was all but over – Chelsea were champions elect and it was a matter of when, rather than if, the Blues would lift the crown. However, defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester United have hindered their chances of running away with the title. With Tottenham Hotspur now just four points behind Antonio Conte’s men, the Blues boss may need to mix things up at the back to fend the north London side off. Here are a few different options for the…

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Will Tottenham be able to catch run-away leaders Chelsea?

Antonio Conte has been in this position before. He was part of the Juventus team back in 2000 that were nine points ahead of Lazio, who were then managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, with just eight games to go, before a dramatic collapse in the final weeks saw the Biancocelesti pip them to the Scudetto by a single point. Fast forward to the present day, and the same man finds himself in an almost identical position in charge of Chelsea, with the only difference being that they only hold a seven-point…

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Five managers most likely to land the Barcelona job

Following Luis Enrique’s decision to step down from his position as Barcelona manager earlier this week, a host of candidates have been lauded as possible replacements for the job that is regarded as one of the most difficult in the world of sports. Here, we take a look at the five most likely managers to hold press conferences at the Camp Nou come June. Want to put a bet on who is going to be the next Barcelona manager? Check out cool betting tips at Football Tipsters. Ernesto Valverde @ 3/1 Probably the…

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Five possible Diego Costa replacements

Over the last couple of weeks, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been the subject of a reported clash with manager Antonio Conte and the club’s medical staff. While the situation seems to be under control, the Spain international was subject to public interest from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. He will not be moving to China during this winter transfer window, but a move away in the summer would not come as a surprise to anyone. Costa would join his former Chelsea mates Ramires and Oscar, who opted for making more…

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Will Chelsea fall at the last hurdle?

  Liverpool did it in 2014, Arsenal did it in 2008 and Newcastle United did it spectacularly in 1996. Abrupt and unexpected capitulations are not a rare occurrence in the Premier League, and as unstoppable as Chelsea might have looked in the first half of this season, the real test – the test of champions – comes later. As we’ve seen so many times before, January can be a cruel, cold month for the league leaders. Within a few weeks, everything can change. Some of Chelsea’s rivals who looked lukewarm before…

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Dimitri Payet: Hero to Zero Within a Week

If you are an avid football follower, you would have already heard the news of Dimitri Payet putting his foot down with West Ham because he wants to leave the club, as a lot of fans have shared their unhappiness of his desire to leave. With that being said, a lot of fans don’t mind the fact players want to leave their beloved clubs, as they always expect it, but the way in which Dimitri Payet has handled his desire to leave is despicable. This is a player who last…

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The Premier League Golden Boot – Contenders

It’s January again. Being the first month of the year makes it auspicious enough, but this month has a special meaning for fans of football around the world. It stands for the time of the year when the Premier League begins the second half of its season. August to December serve to pick out the metaphorical sheep from amongst the wolves. By January, the true title contenders have been recognised. Amidst the cacophony of noises created by the big teams vying for the title, a subdued game of attrition goes…

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Chelsea – Kings of England?

September 24th, 2016. The Men in Blue walk down the tunnel dejectedly, it is still only half-time, but an unknowing spectator would think they just got relegated. Three down. They were three down at half-time, goals from a brilliant front three of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil ensuring that their rivals would have bragging rights for months to come. Word on the street predicted doom for the new Italian manager. Fast forward three months later. 13 league games, 13 wins to match the Premier League record, 32 goals…

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Pochettino waits in the shadows as Mourinho faces critical period

As the Premier League season continues on its merry way, so do the rumours about the famous managerial merry-go-round kicking into life once again as well. With Sunderland and Hull changing their head honcho in the summer, only Swansea so far have changed the face in their technical area. That was when Bob Bradley became the first American manager in Premier League history when he replaced Francesco Guidolin at Swansea at the start of October. Looking at sportsbooks such as betway.com.gh, there are interesting odds for which manager could be the next…

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What If Fans Could Swap Places with Professional Football Players?

Today, we want to talk about fans that often say things like “I could do better than Ronaldo!” or “This goalie is so bad, I would have saved that when I was a schoolboy!” Such statements surely sound like a joke when related to players like Messi or Ibrahimović. However, many people tend to say it pretty seriously when discussing performances of lesser known players. Yes, some players may underperform from time to time. Some players may underperform constantly. However, it doesn’t mean that an observer can just jump in…

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Pickford’s development into a top class goalkeeper gathers momentum

In defiance of Sunderland’s disastrous start to the English Premier League season, their young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is performing tremendously well. Since Victor Mannone tore elbow ligaments during a training session, Pickford has deputised for the 28-year-old Italian, despite the arrival at Sunderland of the former Portuguese U-21 goalkeeper Mika from Boavista. As well as keeping a clean sheet in Sunderland’s only win of the season thus far, which was a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the League Cup Pickford has produced three excellent Premier League displays, as the 22-year-old’s…

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