Premier League 2019 / 2020 Rule Changes

The Premier League has recently announced a new rule change that is to take effect from the upcoming 2019/2020 season, which commences on the 9thAugust. In previous seasons, clubs that finished level on the same amount of points would be differed by their overall goal difference.  If the goal difference was also equal then it would come down to which side scored the most goals.  If the goals scored were also identical, then a one off play-off match, at a neutral venue would be staged, to determine the final positions. …

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Have Manchester United learned from their mistakes of last summer?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Last summer transfer window was quite a difficult one for Manchester United. The Red Devils failed to acquire most of their top targets, which ultimately proved to be a fatal blow for now-former manager Jose Mourinho. In sharp contrast this summer, United have been ruthless in market and they haven’t hesitated in paying over-the-top money to acquire their targets. United have already paid in the region of £50m to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, and if the latest reports are to be believed, United are set to sign Harry…

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Most Exciting Football-Themed Slots to Get You in the Mood

There’s a surprising number of football slots released by various developers over the years. In this post, we will describe our favourite ones, based on their overall quality, features and gameplay bonuses. Play them while waiting for a match you’ve just bet on or a new season to start in your favourite football league. If you stick to the best slots around, they’ll help you get right in the mood before the referee’s whistle. 4 Best Football Slots Bicicleta Champion’s Goal Hugo Goal Foxin’ Wins Football Fever 1. Bicicleta Slot…

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Should You Be Using a Dedicated Sportsbook or a Casino to Place Wagers?

There are two kinds of bookies available for online and mobile gamblers. First of all, there are sites offering multiple platforms such as casino, sportsbook and poker, for example. Another kind is a sportsbook that is focused on betting only. It has no casino games or bingo rooms to offer a variety of entertainment for the players. The question is: what kind of a gambling site is better for placing wagers on sports? Arguments for a Dedicated Sportsbook Are you only going to place bets on sports matches or other…

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The rebuilding of Arsenal

Lacazette

Last Wednesday, Unai Emery’s Arsenal side capitulated in the second half of their Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku. Emery – well-versed in the art of winning European football’s second-biggest prize – could only watch on as Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea took them apart, thanks largely to the talents of one Eden Hazard. Arsenal lost 4-1 on the night and missed out on their last chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League in the process. The Gunners’ suspect backline was moved about at will by Hazard and co in…

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The genius of Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

In July 2011, Manchester City paid Atletico Madrid €36 million to acquire the services of their young Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero. Aguero had enjoyed five seasons with Atleti after joining them from Independiente in Argentina in 2006. Even though Aguero was only 18 when he moved to LaLiga he was still Atletico Madrid’s record signing at the time, moving for €21.7 million. Standing at 5’8” tall, Aguero is smaller than the average footballer but what he lacks in height he makes up for in strength, technique and tenacity. He has…

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Big-name players who could be leaving Man City

Pep Guardiola

Now that another enthralling Premier League season has drawn to a close, let’s take a look at some big-name players at Manchester City who may well be leaving the club this summer. Pep Guardiola has some decisions to make regarding three semi-regular, multi-talented first-teamers this summer. Ilkay Gundogan, now 28, is yet to sign an extension to his current contract which is due to expire in June 2020, one year from now, with many punters using their online betting codes to back his departure. The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder made…

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This season’s best players from the top 6

Bernardo Silva

In the week of this season’s Champions League and Europa League finals, we take a look back at this season’s best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and attacker from the Premier League’s top six. Goalkeeper –A couple of years ago this position would have been a ‘gimme’ for Manchester United’s David De Gea. However, a bad dip in form in the last 18 months has seen The Red Devils’ shot-stopper drop down the rankings. This season, it was a toss-up between the Brazilians Ederson and Alisson. Liverpool and Brazil’s number one, Alisson,…

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5 Trends in football for the 2020s

Women’s football We’ll see an increase in the popularity of women’s football, as the infrastructure for women’s teams improves. Rich clubs like Man City provide top of the range facilities and the level of the game, along with it’s popularity, will soar. Young girls especially will embrace women’s football like never before, as parents push them in that direction to learn off positive female role models. Emergence of English managers The old generation of English managers are viewed as behind the times, and unwilling to embrace the technicalities and tactics…

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The End of Solksjaer’s honeymoon period

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Things were going so well at Old Trafford. Right up until early March, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revitalised Manchester United team were beating almost everyone they met. Other than the home defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of their Champions League (CL) last-sixteen tie, no-one had managed to conquer Ole’s Red Devils. And United even went on to knock PSG out of the CL with that memorable win in France. However, that was the last notable victory Solskjaer’s team managed in the 2018/19 campaign. United did win two…

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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

Unai Emery

Last Sunday, the curtain came down on the 2018/19 Premier League season for all 20 clubs. Manchester City were favourite to win premier league 2019 and 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…

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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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