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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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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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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Liverpool Crush Leicester on the Road to the Title

Liverpool FC Players

Liverpool was the overwhelming favorite for the English Premier League title before the visit to Leicester on Boxing Day. A draw would’ve been enough for the Reds to keep that position intact, but they went one step further. From the very start of the game, Liverpool dominated Leicester and created plenty of chances. The Reds missed a couple in the first half but a goal by Roberto Firmino gave them the lead before the break. The second half was closer up to the 71st minute when a penalty for Liverpool…

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How Leicester won the league against impossible odds

The fact that perennial also-rans Leicester City won the Premier League  in 2016 is nothing short of a footballing miracle, the like of which will never happen again. The Claudio Ranieri-managed side triumphed over giants of the game including Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to a victory no one thought possible at the beginning of the season. But how did they do it? Let’s find out. The Vardy-Mahrez Factor Leicester City consistently picked holes in opposition defences through a tactically astute approach that worked successfully…

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Manchester United chase defenders with Premier League experience

One of the top priorities for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer this summer is to fix up his leaky defence. Last season, not many United defenders manage to make a mark, and it appears that the club has decided to target defenders with Premier League experience this summer. Firstly, United have been strongly linked with Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. United have already seen a £40m bid rejected by Palace, but they are hopeful that a deal can be reached soon. The English youngster is also said to be…

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Manchester City receive timely boost with Silva return

Manchester City have been handed a timely reprieve from injuries as the club announced David Silva returned to training on Christmas Day and is in the running to face Leicester. The Spanish midfielder had been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in City’s loss at Chelsea earlier this month, missing games against Hoffenheim, Everton, and the shock home defeat to Crystal Palace. The 32-year-old is now in the frame to play when City travel to Leicester on Boxing Day as Pep Guardiola’s side aim to claw back the four-point…

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Sarri admits Drinkwater can leave Chelsea if he wants

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that midfielder Danny Drinkwater is free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses. The 28-year-old has completely fallen off the radar under Sarri, having made his only Blues appearance of the season in the Community Shield back in August. Drinkwater signed for Chelsea from Leicester City in September 2017 for a £35 million fee, and featured sparingly in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Under Antonio Conte, Drinkwater made 22 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season. But after Sarri took over the England midfielder has fallen out…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Fulham sack embattled Jokanovic and hire Ranieri to stop slide

Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016. Jokanovic makes way with the Cottagers sitting bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches. Italian Ranieri, 67, has been given a “multi-year” contract by the Londoners. “Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option,” said Fulham chairman Shahid Khan. Shahid Khan today announced that he has appointed Claudio Ranieri as Manager of Fulham Football Club, replacing…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation, with various names being suggested as his replacement -for more information you could visit the bet365 review on match-bonus-code.co.uk to see who…

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Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead in helicopter crash

Leicester City have confirmed the death of their owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in the helicopter crash outside the club’s stadium on Saturday night. He was one of five people killed – all on board the helicopter – when the accident occurred around an hour after Leicester’s draw at home to West Ham United. The Thai owner’s helicopter crashed near a car park near the south-east corner of the stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch at around 8.20pm. “It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we…

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Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes near stadium after match

The helicopter believed to be carrying Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City’s chairman, crashed outside the King Power Stadium following Leicester’s home draw with West Ham United on Saturday night. The identity of the passengers was unknown in the immediate aftermath, despite unconfirmed reports that Srivaddhanaprabha was on board, and it was unclear if there were any survivors. The incident occurred around an hour after the final whistle. The Thai owner’s helicopter crashed near a car park near the south-east corner of the stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch at…

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Koscielny returns to Arsenal training as injury rehabilitation continues

Laurent Koscielny has returned to training with Arsenal as he continues his long rehabilitation back from the Achilles injury he suffered against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final in May. The injury ruled Koscielny out of France’s World Cup campaign which they ultimately won, and the defender has since announced his retirement from international football this week after complaining of the treatment he received at the hands of many, most notably France manager Didier Deschamps. Koscielny was expected to return in about six months following the injury, and although he…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Harry Maguire commits future to Leicester with new five-year deal

Harry Maguire has committed his long-term future to Leicester City by signing a new five-year contract on improved terms in the wake of last summer’s interest from Manchester United. The defender, a £17m arrival from Hull a year ago, played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign last season before impressing with England at the World Cup to prompt interest from Manchester United who were apparently interested in paying up to £75m for his services. “Ever since I came to this club I’ve always reiterated how good they’ve been to me,”…

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Klopp ‘really happy’ with Alisson error and defends his goalkeeper

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is “really happy” Alisson had made his first mistake for the club after the goalkeeper’s howler gifted Leicester City a route back into the game. The Brazilian international was caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho when trying to dribble past the striker who set up Rachid Ghezzal for an easy finish into a largely unguarded net. Alisson, 25, had impressed in his opening games for Liverpool, the club he joined from Roma in a reported £66.8 million deal that briefly made him the world’s most…

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Jose Mourinho says manager role should be downgraded to ‘head coach’

Jose Mourinho believes the football has changed to the point where managers should now be referred to as “head coach”, because their responsibilities have been significantly reduced in recent years. This was an apparent dig at Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, for not sanctioning all of his transfer targets. Speaking after United’s 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night in the Premier League’s opening game, Mourinho could barely hide his frustration at not getting the players he wanted. “It will be a difficult season for everybody, not just for us,” the…

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Manchester City finally complete £60m Mahrez capture

Manchester City have finally completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club record fee of £60m that could rise to £75m with add-ons. This acquisition was made possible also through the renewal of the partnership with AvaTrade, an online broker, which yielded millions of GBP to the club for the upcoming season. The 27-year-old was linked with the Premier League champions in January and even went as far as handing in a transfer request but Pep Guardiola’s side balked at Leicester’s £90m fee. Mahrez, who will wear the no…

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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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Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Tottenham secured a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Wednesday. Manager Mauricio Pochettino can now afford to rest some of the tired legs for the season-ending game with Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Spurs currently sit in the third spot with 74 points, and a win on Sunday will see them finishing in the same spot. The North London side failed to win any silverware for yet another season, but a top-four finish should be considered a success for Pochettino and his players.…

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Leicester City vs Arsenal – Betting Tips and Predictions

Arsenal will travel to King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Wednesday evening. Both sides have nothing left to play for this season besides their pride, and we expect an open and exciting encounter with a number of youngsters featuring in both starting elevens. The Foxes have looked disjointed in the recent weeks, and it’s very obvious that Claude Puel’s players are suffering from the end-of-the-season syndrome. Leicester have picked up only a point from their last five games, and on the weekend, they lost 2-0 to West…

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Leicester City vs West Ham United – Betting Tips and Predictions

After securing their Premier League status, Leicester City seem to have taken their foot off the gas in the recent weeks. Can West Ham United take advantage and cause an upset at King Power Stadium on Saturday? The Foxes have picked up just one point from their last four games, and last week, they suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. However, their place in the top-half is secured as they sit in the ninth spot with 44 points. Leicester have nothing left to play this…

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Crystal Palace vs Leicester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Crystal Palace will go for three points against an out-of-form Leicester City at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Following a disastrous start to the season, the Eagles find themselves on the verge of securing their Premier League status. Palace are 14th in the table with 35 points. They have built up a five-point buffer between themselves and the bottom three. Another three points on Saturday would almost secure their safety. The Eagles have been in decent form and are undefeated in their last three games. Last weekend, they played a goalless…

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Tottenham reignite interest in Premier League star, target Ligue 1 full-back and more

Tottenham appeared to have reignited their interest in Leicester City star Demarai Gray. Spurs unsuccessfully attempted to sign the youngster last summer, and according to ESPN, they plan to go back for him this summer. The 21-year-old, who is also the captain of England U21 side, is considered one of the best English talents in his age group. In the past, he has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. Gray has made a remarkable leap in his progress this season and has established himself as a…

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