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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Which Teams Will Get Relegated from the English Premier League?

Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City Logos

The January transfer window is over and that’s a good reason to explore the relegation candidates in the English Premier League. There are several teams that will be desperately trying to beat the drop, but three of them will ultimately fail. Based on the current EPL standings, I believe that the clubs currently sitting above the 15th place are safe. Crystal Palace is in the 14th position with 30 points. That’s six more than the bottom three and the team has an excellent defense. While it’s no impossible for Palace…

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Tottenham – Manchester City Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Tottenham and Manchester City Logos

There’s little doubt that the encounter between Tottenham and Manchester City is the most anticipated match of the weekend in the English Premier League. The Spurs will host the reigning champions on Sunday. In this post, I will closely analyze both teams and share my betting prediction for the big game. Tottenham Hotspur The Spurs were mediocre under Pochettino this season and the arrival of Jose Mourinho didn’t change much. The team still struggles all over the pitch and the manager has to cope with the injury of Harry Kane.…

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Will Guardiola’s Refusal to Buy a Centre-Back Ruin Manchester City’s Season?

Pep Guardiolas Manchester City

The title fight in the English Premier League this season was one of the least competitive races in the modern history of the tournament. One could argue that Liverpool’s unbelievable run is the reason why the gap is so big and that’s a good point. However, Manchester City achieved at least 98 points in back-to-back campaigns and on paper, should’ve been up there with the Reds. The reigning champions are fighting with Leicester for second instead. They have recorded five defeats already and their record is far from what we…

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Five Players That Might Have a New Club by the End of January

Edinson Cavani, Krzysztof Piatek, Olivier Giroud and Other Soccer Players

This January transfer window in European football has been one of the quietest I can remember. There were hardly any blockbuster deals and the potential transfer of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United looks like the biggest move that will take place. There are several days left, though, so we might see other interesting deals. In this post, I take a look at five players that might be playing for another club, once the transfer window is over. Edinson Cavani, PSG The attacking power of PSG is such,…

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Manchester City – Manchester United Carabao Cup Semifinal Betting Preview

Manchester City, Manchester United and Carabao Cup

The second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal between Manchester City and Manchester United will take place tonight at the Etihad stadium. The home side has a healthy advantage of 3:1 and the Red Devils looked doomed. And yet, there’s no away goals rule in the League Cup, so any victory by two goals would be enough to force an extra-time. In this betting preview, I will analyse the chances of both sides based on the odds and share my best betting pick. Manchester City I expected to see some…

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What Went Wrong with Bournemouth This Season?

Eddie Howe and AFC Bournemouth Logo

Most people expected a solid mid-table finish for Bournemouth in the English Premier League this season. That’s what happened in the past three years and there was no reason to believe the performance of the club will change dramatically. And yet, the side is currently in the 18th place in the EPL and the danger of going down is real. That begs the question – what happened? How did Bournemouth end up in such a mess? I will try to answer this question in this article by dissecting the club’s…

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Can Inter Truly Challenge for the Italian Serie A Title?

Antonio Conte Inter Logo

Everyone expected another easy title for Juventus before the start of the Serie A season. The reigning champions have been so dominant in the past close a decade that it’s almost boring to watch the competition. And yet, two teams have dared to challenge Juventus this year. Both Lazio and Inter have stayed close to the tempo of the favorites so far. In fact, Inter was leading the way for several rounds but looks like losing some steam recently. The side drew way too many games, including the last one…

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Should FA Cup Replays Be Removed to Relieve the Schedule of English Clubs?

Jose Mourinho, Jürgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttll The Emirates FA Cup

This weekend featured plenty of thrilling games in the English FA Cup. In the most exciting of them, Shrewsbury came back from two goals down to earn a replay against the mighty Liverpool. Another tie that will need a second attempt is the one between Southampton and Tottenham. Both sides had a proper go at it in, but there was no winner at the end. The managers Jose Mourinho and Ralph Hasenhuttl were both frustrated after the match and agreed on the proposal to ditch FA Cup replays. The gaffers…

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Five Football Games to Watch in Europe This Weekend

Erling Braut Håland and Quique Setién

If you are a football fan, the upcoming weekend will offer plenty of interesting games. There’s a round of games in Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, while the FA Cup will be played in England. It can be hard to pick the most exciting encounters, so I’m here to help. Here are the five games that you must watch this weekend. Borussia Dortmund – FC Koln, Friday, 20:30 GMT The first game on the list is on Friday night when Borussia Dortmund will host Koln. The match itself will be…

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Why Solskjaer’s Services Are no Longer Needed by Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived as the interim manager of Manchester United, the expectations were that he will be gone in the summer. The main issue with his predecessor Jose Mourinho was the atmosphere at the club. The Norwegian icon seemed like the perfect man for the job. He instantly lifted the players and broke several records in his first couple of months. Perhaps, he was too good for the task at hand, from the club’s perspective. The excellent performance and the results convinced the fans and many legends of…

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How Did Jurgen Klopp Transform Liverpool Into the Best Football Team in the World?

Jurgen Klopp With Liverpool Players and Fans

I don’t think many people could argue with the statement that Liverpool is the best football team in the world right now. The Reds are the reigning Champions League champions and they won the Club World Cup this winter. They also lead the English Premier League and it seems impossible to catch them. Liverpool already broke a number of records and there are a lot more that could go down by the end of the season. I think I made my point, so let’s take a look at the main…

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Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli Is Bound to Become a Star

Arsenals Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal invested a lot in the summer, bringing plenty of exciting players. The Gunners broke their club record by signing Nicolas Pepe for £72, acquired the services of a seasoned pro like David Luiz and secured a loan deal for Real Madrid’s promising midfielder Dani Ceballos. The fans looked forward to seeing them in action but another player has been making his mark in the Premier League. Gabriel Martinelli had just turned 18 when he joined Arsenal from Ituano for the modest amount of £5 million last summer. That’s nothing…

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Chelsea – Arsenal Betting Preview

Chelsea and Arsenal Logos

There is a round of midweek games in the English Premier League that starts today. In the most anticipated match, Chelsea will host Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge. The Blues already beat the same opponent about a month ago but it was a close game that could’ve ended differently if it wasn’t for Bernd Leno’s blunder. The Gunners will be eager to avenge the defeat and I will evaluate their chances in this betting preview. Chelsea The past two months or so have been inconsistent for Chelsea. The team lost…

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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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