Is VAR Ruining the Game? How New Technology Has Slashed Sportsbook and Casino Odds

Although VAR (Video Assistant Refereeing) has plenty of critics, after its use in the World Cup last year, it’s almost certain that the new technology will become a stable fixture in football. Whilst many argue that VAR is ruining the football as it slows the game down and takes away authority from the on-pitch referees, little has been said about how VAR will impact sports betting yet. In this article, we look at all the ways in which VAR has actually affected casino odds – both positively and negatively. How…

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Emery’s Europa League love-affair bodes well for Arsenal

Last Sunday, the curtain came down on the 2018/19 Premier League season for all 20 clubs. Manchester City were crowned champions, one point clear of Liverpool, while we said goodbye to Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff as they were relegated to the Championship. In fifth place came Arsenal, just a point behind their north London rivals, Spurs, and the coveted Champions League (CL) places. It was the second successive season The Gunners were outside the top-four having finished sixth a year ago as they said goodbye to club legend Arsene Wenger.…

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Chelsea’s summer shake-up

What’s going to happen at Chelsea over the summer months is anyone’s guess at this stage. The Stamford Bridge club is in a very strange situation. Despite what appeared to be a divide between boss Maurizio Sarri and the players for much of the season, they managed to secure Champions League football for the 2019/20 campaign. Chelsea also reached the League Cup final, losing on penalties to Manchester City, and they have a Europa League final to look forward to against London rivals Arsenal at the end of May, where…

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Turbulent summer ahead for Man Utd

With the curtain coming down on another Premier League campaign last Sunday, one of English football’s top six teams faces a summer of massive upheaval. Manchester United won two of their last 12 games in all competitions. After that famous Champions League victory in Paris, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team fell to pieces as their season collapsed around them. Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford in December after United had been handed a 3-1 beating at Anfield, home of their much-improved rivals, Liverpool. That visit to Merseyside was Jose Mourinho’s last…

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Premier League clubs reject Champions League proposals

Premier League clubs have unanimously opposed proposals for changes to the UEFA Champions League format which would increase the number of games during the first half of the season and also wipe out end-of-season races for qualification to Europe’s top continental competition. The changes were being proposed for implementation during the 2024-25 season, but clubs in England’s top flight have banded together to reject the plans. With England having four of the final eight in this season’s tournament, as well as the Premier League’s standing as one of the top…

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Rose laments lack of action on racism

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has once again hit out at the level of racism in football, this time going as far as to say that he “can’t wait” to retire from the sport and get out of the game. The 28-year-old was one of several England players who were subjected to vile chants from home supporters when the Three Lions travelled to Montenegro for a Euro 2020 qualifier last month, and while the players in question were clearly supported by their own team-mates and management the host nation essentially denied…

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Could Spurs miss out on Champions League?

With the announcement this week of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s full-time appointment as Manchester United manager, Spurs fans all over the world will have breathed a collective sigh of relief. For a long time, it looked as though Ed Woodward’s preferred candidate for the Old Trafford role was Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham’s over-achieving Argentine boss. The football world was expecting United to begin negotiating with Pochettino as soon as this season ended with Solskjaer having steadied the ship. As it happened, United’s former baby-faced assassin, Solskjaer, surprised us all with a 73%…

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Abuse of Sterling harmful to football

Racism, or discrimination of any kind, can’t be allowed to have a place in football.  The game is being hurt by the behaviour of a minority. They believe it acceptable to enter football stadiums to shout despicable language at certain players. It is a form of abuse, disrespect and intimidation.  In order to eradicate racism, it is important to not only identify the culprits but also to address the root cause.  From as young an age as possible, within football coaching and schools, children need to be educated on the importance of…

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Plenty of progress for England in 2018

A year which started with a win, ended with a win.  In between victories over the Netherlands and Croatia, there were many other positives for England.  In the process of reaching the final four of the 2018 World Cup and winning their UEFA Nations League group, they played some excellent football. The players which manager Gareth Southgate selected, all embraced every opportunity which they received to play for their country.  Although it was largely a batch of young players which represented England, their performances were consistently good.  The faith which…

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard keen to work with Jose Mourinho again

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard says he would like to work with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho again. Belgium international Hazard, 27, has been at Chelsea since 2012 and won the Premier League under Mourinho in 2014-15 and under Antonio Conte in 2016-17. Mourinho now manages Manchester United, whom Chelsea face in their next Premier League match on Saturday, 20 October. “If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: ‘Mourinho’,” Hazard told HLN. “Mourinho’s image of an extremely defensive coach isn’t completely right.”…

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No top 4 finish for Arsenal according to the bookies

Arsenal currently sit seventh in the Premier League table after a turbulent start to this season’s campaign. Despite the Gunners only being three points behind Watford in fourth place and having three straight wins, the bookies are already ruling out a top 4 finish. Sure, it kicked off quite badly, with losses to Man City and Chelsea in the two first games. But since then, Arsenal have beaten West Ham at home and claimed two strong away wins against the likes of Cardiff and Newcastle. Yet, the odds for Arsenal,…

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A new Chiesa for a new Italy

Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina

During Italy’s 1-1 UEFA Nations League draw with Poland, one of the few distinctly positive notes for new Coach Roberto Mancini to take, was the performance of substitute Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina’s 20 year-old attacker. Son of Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Parma man Enrico, Chiesa broke into the Viola team in 2016, scoring three goals, and followed that up last term with six in 35 matches, proving himself already worthy of being a starter in a strong Serie A side. This year he is expected to continue his progress and add more…

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If Pogba is unhappy at Man Utd, he should leave

Paul Pogba

When Paul Pogba returned to Man Utd after a few years away at Juventus, the Red Devils and supporters welcomed the return of the Frenchman, with #Pogback trending on Twitter following the announcement of the deal. Pogba had been seen as “the one that got away” from Sir Alex Ferguson, having gone on to become one of the world’s finest players during his spell in Serie A. The deal would set United back a then-world record £89m, and alongside fellow new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic it appeared that the club could…

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English talent stifled through lack of game time

In the World Cup this past summer, England managed their most successful campaign since 1990 when they reached the semi-finals. Manager Gareth Southgate and the England players themselves enjoyed the plaudits for doing such a professional job where perhaps past generations have choked. Fittingly, the Three Lions also ended their penalty shootout hoodoo when they eliminated Colombia from the competition on spot kicks. Statistical data has emerged, however, which suggests that English players are being given less playing time in the Premier League than ever before, particularly at clubs vying…

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Mohamed Salah reignites feud with Egypt FA over image rights

Mohamed Salah breathed new life into a dispute with Egypt’s football association by accusing them of ignoring his complaints over image rights. The 26-year-old Liverpool forward was upset in April when his image was used to promote Egypt’s official sponsor WE; Salah has a sponsorship deal with Vodafone. “It’s normal that a football federation seeks to solve the problems of its players so they can feel comfortable,” Salah wrote on Twitter. “But in fact, what I see is exactly the opposite. “It is not normal that my messages and my lawyer’s messages…

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Is Manchester United job the biggest blot on Jose Mourinho’s career?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has built an infamous reputation for unceremonious exits from his jobs. The Portuguese manager has seldom parted ways on an amicable note with his employers, and it appears, that he is headed towards the same outcome in his relationship with United. However, Mourinho also has a reputation of being a winner, and that has proved to be his saving grace in most conditions. It was the sole reason why Chelsea risked bringing him back to Stamford Bridge in 2013, despite undergoing an unpleasant experience with…

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Can Dele Alli Recapture His Past Form in the Premier League This Season?

Dele Alli will return to Premier League action with Tottenham Hotspur buoyed by his success with the national side at the World Cup last summer. The young midfielder is desperate to put last season’s below-par campaign behind him and recapture the form he showed upon first joining the North London outfit. Spurs’ title hopes could hinge on players like Alli hitting the ground running in the season ahead. Alli has enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise to the top level of English football, after plying his trade with MK Dons initially.…

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How Can Manchester United Dethrone City In 2018-2019

Manchester United underwhelmed under Jose Mourinho last season, despite enjoying the club’s best domestic season since the Alex Ferguson era. Finishing second behind bitter cross-town rivals – and runaway winners Manchester City – there was disappointment from the Old Trafford fans with the way the manager set up the team and the manner of their play. This was compounded by the club going trophy-less in 2018. This year could be a defining one for Mourinho. He has led United to Europa League and League Cup wins and oversaw the team’s…

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Mourinho bemoans “bad” pre-season as Man United seek to close gap on City

Man United manager Jose Mourinho has never been shy about coming forward, and so it will have come as little to no surprise really to hear that he has stated the Red Devils’ pre-season is a bad one owing to so many absentees. The vast majority of those not present are players still on holiday after good-to-remarkable World Cup campaigns of course, while former Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has remained in England to sort out some “personal administrative issues”. With such a depleted squad able to partake in some warmup…

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New Sobakov footwear continues Adidas dominance of terrace footwear

The latest in terrace footwear is upon us, and as in previous years, Adidas are the frontrunners in authentic football culture trainers. The new Sobakov line, available in black and white versions, takes aspects off the pitch and onto the street, and will be the next must buy for Adidas footwear enthusiasts, who have cemented their well-earned status among football fans over the last 5-10 years. The new release is called Sobakov, and is actually a mix of two Russian words, fittingly seeing as Russia gave us the World Cup…

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How has the World Cup affected this year’s transfer market?

July is traditionally the time of year when transfer season moves into top gear, and the rumour machine across the Premier League, Championship and Leagues One and Two starts going into overdrive. This year, of course, attention has been focused to lands further east and the events in Russia. It is understandable that with so many Premier League players in action for their countries, the usual transfer frenzy among the giants, both in the UK and Europe, has been deferred till later in the month. But this has also resulted…

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Five Premier League transfers to bet on in the summer window

Following the competition of the FIFA World Cup, one can expect a flurry of transfers in the coming weeks. The Premier League is bound to see the majority of the action as the transfer window closes early, 9 August, in England this summer. Therefore, clubs have around 20 days to sort out their transfer activity. Here, we are predicting five summer transfers that can earn you money in the betting market. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) There has been a lot of speculation about Anthony Martial’s future at United. The 22-year-old…

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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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