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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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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Five reasons to love this England team

It’s been easy to feel fatigued following England in recent years. Whether it’s the slightly cheesy ‘car flags and bunting’ that surrounds a tournament or the predictably poor performances in big games, many fans have fallen out of the love with the national team a bit in recent years. Most prefer club to country. So, it’ll be more of the same this time, right? I mean, if I gave you £20 and told you to name the finalist with williamhill.com then it’s unlikely that you’d put your cash on the…

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Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Chelsea are back in the race for top-four, and they will look to keep their winning run going when they host Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The Blues have won their last four games in the league, and in their last game, they picked up a crucial 1-0 home win over Liverpool. They are currently placed fifth in the table with 69 points, and a win against the Terriers will put them level with the Reds. However, Chelsea don’t have their fate in their hands due to a poor…

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Liverpool’s hapless defence continues to cost them

Dejan Lovren is no stranger to criticism at Liverpool, finding himself as the individual singled out for being responsible for the collective downfall on multiple occasions. Such treatment came the way of Lovren once again at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, though the reaction to it may have never been so severe. Two costly Lovren mistakes enabled Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to put Spurs into a two-goal lead inside 12 minutes, and it didn’t get much better for the Croatian. Jurgen Klopp has often been a staunch defender of…

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Sanchez, Chamberlain deals represent the internal lack of ambition at Arsenal

It’s groundhog day once again at Arsenal – two key players are set to leave the club after their contracts were inexplicably allowed to run down into their final year without renewal. The impending departures of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both represent the ultimate failings at Arsenal on different scales, as a star and a future star both seek pastures new to progress at different stages of their career. For Sanchez, 29, the reality has hit home that he will simply be unable to win the Premier League under…

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Manchester City’s Silva investment continues to sparkle

On 1 July, Portuguese attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva is set to officially complete a move from AS Monaco to Manchester City. At present, he is starring at the Confederations Cup, to give Pep Guardiola huge reason for optimism that the investment made in Silva will be of great benefit for his team. As Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to reach the semi-finals of the competition, Silva scored his team’s second goal. The euphoria of that moment, was however dampened by him being withdrawn at half-time after suffering an ankle injury.  It…

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Manchester City continue their pursuit of Kyle Walker

Manchester City’s need for full-backs in this transfer window can’t be stress enough. City’s defence was their Achilles heel last season, and manager Pep Guardiola has an important task of rebuilding his defence this summer. The Spaniard has already allowed the likes of Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna to leave the club this summer, and Aleksandar Kolarov is also entering the final year of his deal. At the moment, City severely lack in bodies in full-back positions. The Citizens are supposedly in advance talks for Juventus full-back Dani…

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Confederations Cup – Russia vs New Zealand betting odds

The Confederations Cup will kick-off in Russia this Saturday as the hosts take on Oceania champions New Zealand at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The eight-nation FIFA tournament, which consists of the champions from six continents, World Cup winner Germany, and the hosts, is supposed to work as a dress-rehearsal for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Both teams from the opening game are underdogs in Group A, which also contains Portugal and Mexico; however, the hosts will be huge favourites to claim three points in the tournament opener.…

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Summer Transfer Betting Tips

With the summer transfer window upon us, there has been much talk about one of the most anticipated seasons in football. While the actual football season is thrilling and heart stopping in itself, the summer transfer period is just as exciting with many fans and punters speculating who will join or leave their favourite clubs. In addition to this, there’s a wide range of football betting sites offering the latest odds. One of the most exciting discoveries is how many big-name players will join other clubs and how much money…

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Top journalist dismisses Arsenal’s mega-bid for Mbappe

Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein has dismissed recent reports claiming that Monaco have rejected a mega-bid from Arsenal for their star player Kylian Mbappe. French publication L’Equipe yesterday reported that the Gunners have failed with a €100m bid for Mbappe and today, the claim was corroborated by the English media. In one of the biggest transfer stories of the day, James Olley, of Evening Standard, further fuelled the speculation by claiming that Monaco have indeed rejected a £87m bid from the Gunners for their star player. However, Ornstein, who has…

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Wing-Back Injuries Could Hinder Chelsea’s Title Challenge

As of April 1st, the Premier League title race was all but over – Chelsea were champions elect and it was a matter of when, rather than if, the Blues would lift the crown. However, defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester United have hindered their chances of running away with the title. With Tottenham Hotspur now just four points behind Antonio Conte’s men, the Blues boss may need to mix things up at the back to fend the north London side off. Here are a few different options for the…

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Will Tottenham be able to catch run-away leaders Chelsea?

Antonio Conte has been in this position before. He was part of the Juventus team back in 2000 that were nine points ahead of Lazio, who were then managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, with just eight games to go, before a dramatic collapse in the final weeks saw the Biancocelesti pip them to the Scudetto by a single point. Fast forward to the present day, and the same man finds himself in an almost identical position in charge of Chelsea, with the only difference being that they only hold a seven-point…

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Five managers most likely to land the Barcelona job

Following Luis Enrique’s decision to step down from his position as Barcelona manager earlier this week, a host of candidates have been lauded as possible replacements for the job that is regarded as one of the most difficult in the world of sports. Here, we take a look at the five most likely managers to hold press conferences at the Camp Nou come June. Want to put a bet on who is going to be the next Barcelona manager? Check out cool betting tips at Football Tipsters. Ernesto Valverde @ 3/1 Probably the…

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Five possible Diego Costa replacements

Over the last couple of weeks, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been the subject of a reported clash with manager Antonio Conte and the club’s medical staff. While the situation seems to be under control, the Spain international was subject to public interest from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. He will not be moving to China during this winter transfer window, but a move away in the summer would not come as a surprise to anyone. Costa would join his former Chelsea mates Ramires and Oscar, who opted for making more…

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