The Good and the Bad in Frank Lampard’s Start as the Chelsea Manager

Frank Lampard Chelsea

Frank Lampard was appointed as the Chelsea manager in the summer. The club legend started brightly but the team has failed to stay consistent since. I will look at the reasons why in this analysis of Lampard’s work so far. I believe that more than 6 months and 30 games at the helm are enough for a proper evaluation of the bad and the good he brought to the club. The Good I would like to start with the good from Lampard’s time as a gaffer. There’s certainly a lot…

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FA Cup Outright Winner Betting Preview and Prediction

The Emirates FA Cup Logo

The third round of the FA Cup is almost over and there’s only one replay between Watford and Tranmere left. I don’t want to be disrespectful to both sides but I don’t think any of them has a strong chance of winning the trophy. That’s why I decided to share my betting preview of the FA Cup outright winner market and reveal my prediction. The Draw for Round 4 Before I explore each of the favorites and share my betting pick, let’s take a look at the draw for the…

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Liverpool – Manchester United Betting Preview

Liverpool and Manchester United Logos

There’s little doubt that the game between Liverpool and Manchester United is the most anticipated English match of the weekend. The Premier League leaders will face the only team that they didn’t beat so far in the campaign. Let’s take a look at both sides and see if there are any interesting bets available. Liverpool After going painfully close to the title last season, Liverpool has improved further and it seems like nothing can stop the side from winning the English Premier League this term. The Reds have the best…

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Which English Teams Will Suffer the Most from the New AFCON 2021 Schedule?

Mo Salah and Riyad and Mahrez AFCON 2021

The Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be played in the winter instead of the summer. The hosts Cameroon requested the change to avoid extreme weather conditions that might disrupt the tournament. The new schedule means that AFCON 2021 will start on January 9 and end on February 6. That’s right in the middle of the English Premier League season and will certainly hit some clubs hard. In this article, I will assess the potential effects and determine which English teams will suffer the most from the decision. Liverpool Will…

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Three Transfers That Are Bound to Happen in January

Olivier Giroud, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes

The January transfer window is full of speculations and some of them are completely made up. Others, though, are likely to go through and this post is dedicated to three moves that seem bound to happen by the end of the month. Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan Many expected to see Eriksen sold last summer because the Danish playmaker didn’t sign a new contract with the Spurs. His current deal expires in June, so if Tottenham doesn’t sell now, Eriksen will be gone for free after the season ends. The…

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Could John Stones Really Join Arsenal?

John Stones and Mikel Arteta

The January transfer window is often full of speculations. Some of them are completely unexpected and that’s exactly the case with the reports that Arsenal is interested in signing John Stones. We all knew that the Gunners need a centre-back but this particular player was never mentioned before. Could this transfer actually work? Let’s take a look at all sides involved and what they could gain or lose by a potential deal. Manchester City John Stones currently plays for Manchester City and some suggest that the club might be unwilling…

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Why Did Barcelona Fire Ernesto Valverde?

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona Logo

At the beginning of this week, Ernesto Valverde was fired by Barcelona and became the only head coach released by the club in the middle of the season since Louis Van Gaal in 1993. He will be replaced by the experienced Quique Setien. The formal reason is Barcelona’s shaky form in the past several games. That includes three draws in the last four La Liga matches and a dramatic exit from the Spanish Super Cup after losing a late lead against Atletico Madrid. And yet, one could say that wasn’t…

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Will the Spurs Supporters Back Jose Mourinho’s Style?

Jose Mourinho and the Tottenham Hotspur Logo

The appointment of Jose Mourinho as a Spurs manager was unexpected and brought plenty of questions. Many thought that the Special One is not a good fit for Tottenham because of his previous experience. One of the biggest concerns was related to his style. Mourinho is known for his negative approach to big games. For a while, the Spurs supporters forgot that, as the team was relying mostly on its attack in the first couple of games after his arrival. There was a change in the style of the team…

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How Did Nigel Pearson Transform Watford?

Nigel Pearson and Watford Logo

Only several weeks ago Watford was in the last place of the English Premier League. The team was struggling on both ends of the pitch and looked doomed. Most people expected to see the Hornets go down. That’s when the board decided to change the manager for a second time this season and appointed Nigel Pearson. The former Leicester boss had to wait for a long time before getting another opportunity in the English Premier League but he has made it count so far. Watford collected 13 points in Pearson’s…

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Spanish Super Cup Final Real Madrid – Atletico Madrid Betting Preview and Prediction

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid RFEF SuperCopa De Espana

The Sunday final of the Spanish Super Cup will feature the teams of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos comfortably beat Valencia on Thursday while their city rival eliminated Barcelona in a breathtaking encounter on the next day. This betting preview will dissect both sides and provide a betting pick based on the latest odds by the leading bookmakers online. Real Madrid The expectations were that Real Madrid will have trouble against Valencia in the semifinal, especially since Zinedine Zidane decided to rest some of his main players. That…

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Five Games That Stand Between Liverpool and an Unbeaten Season

Jose Mourinho, Mikel Arteta, Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There’s only one team in the modern history of English football that has gone through a whole Premier League season without losing a single game. You probably know that’s Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal of 2003-04. We thought we would never see such a feat again but we might witness history once again just 16 years later. There’s a good chunk of the season left but Liverpool has won 19 of the 20 games played so far, drawing the last one against Manchester United. Under such circumstances, it’s hard not to talk…

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Barcelona – Atletico Madrid Betting Preview and Predictions

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid Logos for the RFEF Supercopa De Espana

The second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup will feature the teams of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The two giants will be looking to book a place in the final on Sunday where the winner will face Real Madrid for the trophy. This betting preview will focus on both sides and their chances, as well as the odds of the leading bookmakers on the market. It must be mentioned that the match will be played in Saudi Arabia, so none of the sides will have the home advantage. And yet,…

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Leicester City – Aston Villa Betting Preview and Predictions

Leicester City, Aston Villa and EFL Cup Logos

The second semifinal of the Carabao Cup will be played today. Leicester City hosts Aston Villa in the first leg, hoping to take a solid advantage. I’m sure the Foxes will be pushing hard and their manager Brendan Rogers will be delighted to have a trophy to show for the team’s efforts this season. The visitors surely won’t bow down either, as they are only two games away from the magic of Wembley. Let’s take a look at both teams and what to expect from them. Leicester City The home…

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NFL Playoff Predictions for the Four Divisional Games

Kirk Cousins, Russel Wilson, Lamar Jackson and Ryan Tannehill NFL Divisional Round

After a crazy Wild Card Weekend that lived up to its name, the NFL playoffs move onto round two. The Divisional Round pushes the league’s very best teams into the postseason tournament, with the likes of the 49ers, Packers, Ravens and Chiefs getting their first taste of do-or-die football this year. Here’s a quick look at all four Divisional Round playoff games and which teams may be best poised to emerge with the win. Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers Prediction Kirk Cousins took down the Saints in New Orleans…

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How Did Man City Beat United Comprehensively Less Than a Month After Losing to the Red Devils?

Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester City vs Manchester United

Manchester City is almost certainly through to the Carabao Cup final after a comprehensive 3-1 victory against Manchester United. There’s the return leg, of course, but it seems like the Blue side of the city is way ahead right now. It was sweet revenge after the reigning champions lost against the Red Devils in the English Premier League less than a month ago. Pep Guardiola and his men were outplayed back then, which begs the question of what was different this time around? How did the tide change so dramatically…

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Everything You Need to Know about the 4th Round of the English FA Cup

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea Logos The Emirates FA Cup

The 3rd round of the English Premier League ended last night with Arsenal’s victory over Leeds United. Of course, there are several replays left but we already know the draw for the 4th round of the oldest competition in the world. Here are all the ties: Watford or Tranmere Rovers vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers or Manchester United Hull City vs. Chelsea Southampton vs. Middlesbrough or Tottenham Hotspur Queens Park Rangers vs. Sheffield Wednesday Bournemouth vs. Arsenal Northampton Town vs. Derby County Brentford vs. Leicester City Millwall vs. Sheffield United Reading or…

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English Premier League Matchday 22 Early Preview and Predictions

Premier League Logo Matchday 22

The English Premier League clubs will finally have a week to rest before the next game. The hectic festive schedule certainly stretched their squads to the maximum limit but we are returning to a more standard fixture list from now on. Matchday 22 will be played this weekend and there are certain interesting games. This post will offer an early preview and betting predictions for several matches from the upcoming round. Sheffield United – West Ham Preview and Pick Sheffield United will host West Ham on Friday in the opening…

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Why Harry Kane’s Injury Could Ruin Tottenham’s Season

Harry Kane and Jose Mourinho With Tottenham Fans Behind Them.

It appears that Harry Kane’s hamstring injury is going to keep him off the pitch for a while. We don’t have an exact timetable just yet, but Jose Mourinho announced that the issue is serious this weekend. Since light hamstring injuries usually take up to 3-4 weeks before the players return, we could assume this one should take at least several more. That puts the Special One and his team in a tough position in a season that’s already damaged. Every club would suffer without its skipper and a player…

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English FA Cup 3rd Round Predictions

The Emirates FA Cup

The English FA Cup 3rd round is here and that means that the teams from the Premier League will join the oldest competition in the world. There are a ton of games this weekend and many of you will likely try their luck with some wagers. This post will provide several free FA Cup predictions for the upcoming matches in an attempt to help you find success. Brighton – Sheffield Wednesday Preview and Pick One of the teams that looked decent during the festive period is Brighton. The side beat…

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Can Liverpool Surpass the Record of Arsenal’s Invincibles?

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool Players

Liverpool went unbeaten in the English Premier League for a full year last night, after winning against Sheffield United by 2-0 at home. The last time the Reds tasted defeat came at the start of 2019 and the team hasn’t lost in 37 EPL games since. Inevitably, such a streak begs the question if Liverpool can match or even surpass Arsenal’s record of 49 consecutive games without a defeat. The Gunners even went unbeaten for a full campaign in 2003-2004 under Arsene Wenger, earning the nickname the Invincibles. Jurgen Klopp…

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What Paul Pogba’s Latest Injury Means for Manchester United and the Player Himself

Paul Pogba Manchester United

Just a week ago, it looked like Paul Pogba will return permanently for Manchester United. The French midfielder played against Newcastle on Boxing Day but he is injured again. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his disappointment by sharing that Pogba will need to undergo a surgery and will be out for at least several more weeks. The star’s future was uncertain even before that and it seems even more complicated. There were rumors that he will leave Manchester United in January but doesn’t seem likely right now. Most teams are unlikely…

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Four Things Mikel Arteta Instantly Changed at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta in Front of the Arsenal Logo

Mikel Arteta got his first win as an Arsenal manager last night against Manchester United. It was an excellent performance and the 2-0 score reflects the different face of the Gunners. The Spaniard has been at the helm for only two weeks or so, but there have been clear signs of improvement in his first three matches. Let’s take a look at the four most important changes that Arteta brought to the club. Pressing and Commitment One of the biggest issues with Unai Emery’s Arsenal was the lack of proper…

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Why Borussia Dortmund is the Perfect Place for Erling Haaland

Haaland Holding a Dortmund Shirt in the Front of Borussia Dortmund Crowd

The young Norwegian striker Erling Haaland is one of the hottest properties in European football. The prodigy has scored 29 goals in 27 games this season for Red Bull Salzburg. He has the potential to become one of the greatest strikers in modern football and it’s no surprise that most top European clubs have been following his development. Manchester United seemed like the favorite to sign him but Haaland decided to join Borussia Dortmund with a contract that expires in 2024 instead. It was a bit of surprise but this…

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Arteta Loses His Home Debut against Chelsea in Dramatic Fashion

Bernd Leno

The first game of Mikel Arteta at the helm brought hope to the Arsenal fans, despite earning only a point against Bournemouth away from. The second match of the Spanish manager was similar, as the performance was encouraging but the result disappointed. It all started well for Arsenal, as the Gunners were in total control for most of the first half against Chelsea. They opened the scoring through Aubameyang and worked hard all over the pitch. Arteta and all the supporters were delighted of the desire displayed by every single…

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David Moyes Is West Ham United’s New Manager

David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini in Front of West Ham United Logo

West Ham United announced that David Moyes is the club’s new manager. He signed a deal for 18 months and will replaced Manuel Pellegrini. The expectations for the Chilean’s West Ham were high. The team was supposed to fight for a place in the middle of the English Premier League table but has been involved in the battle against relegation instead. Currently, West Ham United sits in the 17th place, only one point above the bottom three. That was enough for the board to act and sack Pellegrini after the…

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