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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World Cup 2018 Group G – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

Will the football finally return home this year? England are not among the favourites to win the tournament, but they will certainly fancy themselves to book a place in the last-16. The Three Lions will compete with formidable Belgium for the top spot in Group G. Tunisia and Panama are remaining nations in the group. We take a look at four sides and their hopes of qualifying from Group G Belgium The Belgian squad is brimming with talent, but they have underperformed in recent tournaments. In 2014 Brazil, the Red…

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World Cup 2018 Group F – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

Current champions Germany find themselves in Group F at FIFA World Cup 2018. Die Mannschaft are joined by Mexico, South Korea and Sweden. The Germans have struggled in recent friendlies, but they are huge favourites to qualify from their group. Behind Germany, Mexico seem to be most likely to grab the second qualifying spot. A brief look at four nations and their hopes of qualifying for the next round: Germany Germany come into the World Cup on the back of a perfect qualifying campaign. They registered maximum points from their…

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World Cup 2018 Group E – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Most successful footballing nation Brazil find themselves in Group E at FIFA World Cup 2018. The Samba Kings are joined by Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland. Brazil are market’s favourites to win the tournament, so they shouldn’t face any difficulty in qualifying from their group. However, there is no clear frontrunner among remaining three sides, and we expect an exciting battle for the second qualifying spot. Here’s our little preview on four sides in Group E. Brazil The embarrassing defeat to Germany in 2014 must still be alive in minds of…

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World Cup 2018 Group D – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

Group D is one of the interesting groups in World Cup 2018 as all four members are expected to fight it out for top two places. South American powerhouse Argentina are obvious favourites to qualify, but there will an interesting battle between Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland for the second spot. Here’s a little glimpse on all four sides from the group. Argentina Argentina were the losing finalists in Brazil, and they are once again among the favourites to win the cup. The South American side have a wealth of talent…

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World Cup 2018 Group C – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

World Cup favourites France find themselves in Group C of World Cup 2018, and they are joined by Australia, Denmark, and Peru. On paper, Les Blues are far stronger than their opponents, and they are favourites to win the group. However, we predict an interesting battle between remaining three sides for the second spot in the group. Here’s a little preview of all four nations from the Group C. Australia Australia are making their fourth consecutive appearance at World Cup. However, the route to qualification was not an easy one…

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World Cup 2018 Group B – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

It’s very rare to see two football heavyweights facing each other in the group stage of World Cup. However, football fans will get to see European rivals and neighbours Spain and Portugal take on each other in Group B in Russia. Besides these two, Morocco and Iran complete the picture in the group. Here’s our take on all four participants of Group B. Iran The Asian nation are the obvious underdogs in the group. Iran, currently ranked 36th in FIFA rankings, are making their fifth appearance at World Cup. In…

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Liverpool Transfer Gossip: Two new bids, and more news from Anfield

Liverpool have already stolen a march on their rivals in the transfer market by completing the signing of midfielder Fabinho from Monaco. The Merseysiders are obviously not done in the transfer market, and it appears that Jurgen Klopp aims to finish the business early in the transfer window. The Reds have been liked with Lyon forward Nabil Fekir for some time, and according to French outlet Le Parisien, the Reds have made an official offer worth £53million for the 24-year-old. Lyon President Jean Michel-Aulas is known as a sharp negotiator,…

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World Cup 2018 Group A – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Group A in the FIFA World Cup 2018 consists of South American giants Uruguay, hosts Russia, African hopefuls Egypt and Asian minnows Saudi Arabia. Uruguay are the obvious favourites to top the group, but we expect an interesting battle between Russia and Egypt for the second qualifying spot. Here’s our little preview of four teams from Group A. Egypt Egypt are making their third appearance at the FIFA event and their first since the 1990 World Cup.  The Pharaohs, who are ranked 46th in FIFA rankings, have never managed to…

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Arsenal fail with a late bid for Fabinho, but signs look positive for the transfer window

Liverpool have made a huge statement in the transfer market by signing central midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for a transfer fee of £45m. Fabinho was linked with almost all major sides in Premier League over the course of last season, and his signing is a major coup for the Reds. However, there was a late twist in Fabinho’s move to Merseyside as Sky Sports has claimed that Arsenal made a last-minute attempt to hijack Liverpool’s move for the midfielder. The Gunners certainly missed out on a great opportunity to sign a…

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Play-Off Final: Fulham vs Aston Villa – Betting Tips and Predictions

Fulham and Aston Villa will battle it out for a place in Premier League when they face each other in the Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Cottagers have been one of the best sides in Championship in 2018, and they missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season. Going into the final day of the season, Fulham were on an unbeaten run of 23 games. However, an unexpected defeat to Birmingham City meant they finished a couple of points behind Cardiff City. In…

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Manchester City ahead of the competition in pursuit of Serie A midfielder

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is attracting interests from multiple Premier League sides this summer, according to the latest report in the Daily Mirror. As per the report, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has confirmed on Radio station CRC in Brazil that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in his client. The Mirror quotes him as saying: “I’m in Brazil, nobody called me from Naples, but English teams have called me, Liverpool, Manchester City, but also Arsenal and Chelsea.” However, the whole situation gets quite murky when you…

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FA Cup Final: Chelsea vs Manchester United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester will take on each other in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The last game of the season represents the opportunity to both sides to claim their first and only silverware of the season. The Blues will come into the final on the back of a terrible season. The West London side could only manage the fifth spot in the league table, and they will be playing in Europa League next season. There has been a lot of speculation regarding Conte’s…

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Chelsea battle with Arsenal in pursuit of midfielder

Chelsea’s pursuit of Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri is under threat as London-rivals Arsenal have also joined the race for the 26-year-old. Sky Sports claims that the Gunners have already held discussions with the representatives of Seri regarding a summer move. Arsenal’s director of football, Raul Sanllehi, is reportedly leading the negotiations for the Ivory Coast international. Sanllehi rates Seri highly and nearly signed him for Barcelona last summer. Reports suggest that the former Barcelona man still enjoys a good working relationship with Seri’s camp. However, Arsenal still have a long…

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Multiple names in frame as Arsenal step up their pursuit for a centre-back

Arsenal are yet to finalize on their new manager but that hasn’t stopped them from pursuing their targets in the transfer market. It’s not a secret that the Gunners want to bring a new centre-back at the club in the summer, and a number of names have been linked with the club in past one week. The Daily Telegraph has claimed that Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu is a top target for the North London club, and club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is pushing for a £35million deal for the…

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Chelsea to sack Conte to sign star player, and more from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are desperate to keep Eden Hazard at the club, and they are prepared to sack Antonio Conte to make it happen. Conte’s future at the West London club has already been a subject of speculation, and it looks very unlikely that the Italian will stay in his current job for another season. The Daily Telegraph claims that Hazard’s current situation has further helped Chelsea make up their mind about their Italian manager. Hazard reportedly has fallen out with Conte, and the report suggests that the arrival of an attack-minded…

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Big names linked with Manchester United. A huge summer coming up?

There is no doubt that the upcoming summer transfer window is going to be a huge one for Manchester United. The Red Devils were not stingy with money last summer either, but they still fell quite short of Manchester City in the title race. Jose Mourinho has failed to win the league title in his first two years with Manchester United, and it is crucial for the Portuguese manager that his side launch a serious title challenge next season. It is obvious that Mourinho needs to sign two-three big names…

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West Ham United vs Everton – Betting Tips and Predictions

After overcoming some scares this season, West Ham United have confirmed their Premier League status. However, it has been an underwhelming season overall, and the Hammers would want to finish it on a high. West Ham are placed 15th in the table with 39 points, and they are undefeated in their last two games. The Hammers managed a decent goalless draw against Manchester United at home on Thursday. The game against the Toffees comes too soon, and we expect David Moyes to bring in some changes on Sunday. Everton have…

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Swansea City vs Stoke City – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Swansea City were looking safe at one point, but their recent loss of form has proved to be devastating. The Swans find themselves on the brink of relegation at they prepare to face already-relegated Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The Swans come into this game on the back of four consecutive defeats, and on Tuesday, they lost 1-0 to Southampton in the relegation six-pointer at home. Swansea find themselves three points behind Southampton, and they not only need to cover that gap on the final day, but…

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Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion – Betting Tips and Predictions

Crystal Palace have completed a remarkable turnaround this season, and they could move into the top-half of the table with a win over West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on Sunday. The Eagles are undefeated in their last five games, and this run has helped them move away from the struggle at the bottom. As things stand, they are 11th in the table with 41 points. A win on Sunday would most probably see them leapfrog Newcastle United in the tenth spot. Palace looked certain for relegation after losing their…

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Tottenham secured a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Wednesday. Manager Mauricio Pochettino can now afford to rest some of the tired legs for the season-ending game with Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Spurs currently sit in the third spot with 74 points, and a win on Sunday will see them finishing in the same spot. The North London side failed to win any silverware for yet another season, but a top-four finish should be considered a success for Pochettino and his players.…

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