Was Atletico Madrid’s Win Over Liverpool Luck or Masterclass by Simeone?

Atletico Madrid Liverpool

I’m sure that most of you watched the game between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Spaniards knocked out the reigning Champions League winners after the extra time and the overall impression is that Diego Simeone and his men got fortunate. That’s what many pundits said and Jurgen Klopp had a dig at his colleague after the match. Michael Owen went a step further and directly tweeted that this was not a masterclass by Simeone but pure luck. But is that really the case? Let’s look at the main…

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English Premier League Top 4 Preview and Predictions

English Premier League Top 4 Betting Preview and Prediction

This English Premier League campaign has been weird so far, as many of the big guns have massively underperformed. Tottenham and Arsenal were so bad that they had to change their managers before the start of 2020, while Chelsea and Manchester United have been just slightly better. That has made the battle for the top 4 wide open and we have no clue who’s going to finish there at the end. Ok, that’s technically not true since Liverpool, Man City, and Leicester look certain. What I mean is that the…

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Is Solskjaer Overplaying Bruno Fernandes Already?

Bruno Fernandes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

Manchester United had to go through a long negotiation process and pay a little fortune to get Bruno Fernandes from Sporting. The first impression is that the saga was totally worth it, as the midfielder has been a standout performer for the Red Devils recently. He scored several goals in different competitions and instantly became a leader on the pitch in the absence of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. It all looks good, but I have the feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting to rely too much on Fernandes…

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FA Cup Outright Winner Preview and Prediction

FA Cup, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United Logos

The fifth round of the English FA Cup is almost over and we know the draw for the quarterfinals. I believe that’s a good moment to release my preview and predictions for the outright winner betting market. Before I go through the different teams, let’s check all ties for the next round. Sheffield United vs. Arsenal Newcastle United vs Manchester City Norwich City vs. Derby County or Manchester United Leicester City vs. Chelsea All quarterfinals will be played on March 21st and the date is important because some of the…

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Is There Really a Problem with Liverpool’s Recent Form?

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

For a huge part of this season, Liverpool looked invincible. The team broke a number of records for wins and points, not only for the Premier League but for all top leagues across Europe. The Reds were after Arsenal’s record for most consecutive games without defeat in the domestic competition and they genuinely looked unstoppable. And yet, Liverpool was brought down to Earth recently. The team lost against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, got crushed Watford in the Premier League, and was knocked out by Chelsea in the FA…

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Chelsea vs. Liverpool Betting Preview and Prediction, FA Cup 5th Round

Chelsea Liverpool Betting Preview

The 5th round of the English FA Cup is here and there’s little doubt that the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool will draw a lot of attention. The Reds just lost in the Premier League for the first time in ages, while Chelsea’s season is quickly going down the drain. The Blues are barely in fourth and as good as out of the Champions League after a 3-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich in the first leg. Liverpool is also back against the wall in the most popular UEFA competition,…

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What Will Happen to Arsenal without Champions Football for Another Year

Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Logo

We all know that Champions League football is crucial for the top teams in England. The income from the competition and the effects on the image of each club make it so much easier to attract top talent. That’s why Arsene Wenger once famously labeled a place in the top 4 as almost a trophy. A lot of people made fun of the Arsenal manager at the time, but I always wondered why. The behaviour of most clubs, players and manager in England suggest that statement was spot on. If…

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Why Pep Guardiola Must Find More Minutes for Phil Foden

Pep Guardiola and Phil Foden Manchester City Logo

There’s so much to talk about Manchester City right now that it’s easy to leave some important points behind. The lack of enough playing time for the talented Phil Foden is a good example of that. The youngster has been excellent in most of the games he’s been on the pitch. The problem is that the depth of City’s squad made it hard for Pep Guardiola to find enough minutes for the academy graduate. In the wake of City’s UEFA ban, the brief return of Laporte and the famous win…

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Carabao Cup Final Aston Villa vs. Manchester City Betting Preview and Prediction

Manchester City Aston Villa Carabao Cup EFL

The English Football League Cup Final will take place on Sunday. Aston Villa will be hoping to upset the odds and beat Manchester City for the trophy that is currently called Carabao Cup. While the League Cup certainly lost some of its appeal recently, it’s still a prestigious award and the final provides the teams with the opportunity to play on the legendary Wembley. This might not be something special for some of the City players, but I’m sure that Aston Villa’s squad is looking forward to the experience. In…

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How Gnabry Became World Class After He Wasn’t Good Enough for West Brom

Serge Gnabri West Bromwich Albion

Football can be funny sometimes. Serge Gnabry destroyed his second London club this season, scoring a brace against Chelsea for Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory in the Champions League last night. It was a masterful display from the forward and I think very few people doubt that Gnabry is world-class nowadays. And yet, several years ago the youngster was labeled “not good enough” to start for West Bromwich Albion by Toni Pulis, of all people. So it got me thinking, how did Gnabry develop from not good enough for West Brom…

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Real Madrid vs. Manchester City Betting Preview and Prediction

Real Madrid Manchester City UEFA Champions Leauge

There are several interesting ties in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, but the most anticipated among them is between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Both clubs have underperformed at times this season and the UCL is their best chance to please the fans. I don’t think any of the teams likes the draw, but the neutrals will be delighted to watch two of the top sides in Europe clash. If you need some help picking the best wagers for this game, you’ve come to the right place. This…

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How Far Can Arsenal Go This Season?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta Arsenal

For weeks or even months, we were talking about how Arsenal has certainly improved under Mikel Arteta and the results will inevitably come. Well, they have started coming as the Gunners have recorded three wins in the past week or so. They trashed Newcastle at home in the English Premier League, then earned a valuable 1-0 victory against Olympiacos in Europe and finished last week on a high after beating Everton in a five-goal thriller. The performance was far from perfect in all of these games and we know that…

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Is Bruno Fernandes Paul Pogba’s Replacement at Manchester United?

Bruno Fernandes Paul Pogba Manchester United

Everybody is talking about Bruno Fernandes after his bright start at Manchester United. The Portuguese midfielder looks ready to play at the top level and brings a lot to the table. He scored his first goal for the Red Devils against Watford and looked like the real deal. Fernandes won his third Man of the Match award and the supporters love his contributions on the pitch. Most of them can’t wait to see him play alongside Paul Pogba which made me think if the Portuguese has come to form a…

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UEFA Europa League Outright Winner Betting Preview

Arsenal, Manchester United AJAX and Inter Milan Logos

The first round of the UEFA Europa League knockouts is done and most favorites did as expected. I believe now it’s a good moment to take a look at the outright winner betting odds and evaluate what the best wagers are. Let’s take a look at the main favorites. Inter Milan Most bookmakers have Inter Milan as the top favorite for the Europa League crown. The Italian team is one of the strongest left in the competition and took a comfortable 2-0 away win against Ludogorets yesterday. I don’t think…

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Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview and Prediction

Chelsea and Tottenham Logos

There’s little doubt that the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham is the most attractive game of the English Premier League this weekend. Jose Mourinho returns to the Bridge to face one of his lieutenants Frank Lampard. Both managers are in a tough spot right now and the match could be crucial for the Champions League places next season. This betting preview goes through the current state of both clubs and I finish with a prediction that might be a bit surprising at the end. Chelsea At some point of…

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Why Aymeric Laporte Is the Key to Manchester City’s Season

Aymeric Laporte Pep Guardiola Manchester City

I’ve stated multiple times that Pep Guardiola’s refusal to buy another central defender is one of the reasons why Manchester City failed to meet the expectations this season. I still believe that is the case, but I can’t deny the fact that the Spanish manager has been unlucky too. The injury of Aymeric Laporte early in the campaign was monumental. The Frenchman is the best player in arguably the only position where the champions are short in numbers. What he brings to this team is invaluable for many reasons and…

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Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig Betting Preview

Tottenham Hotspurs RB Leipzig Betting Preview

I don’t think that anyone expects from any of the teams that play today in the Champions League to go all the way in the tournament. That puts them in a unique position to stay under the radar and suffer less pressure to perform. Probably the only exception is Tottenham. The Spurs reached the final of the competition last season and at the very least, their fans want to see the team beat RB Leipzig. The English side will have the home advantage in the first leg, but the bookmakers…

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Five Things We Learned from Friday’s Champions League Games

Erling Haaland and Other Champions League Figures

We saw two exciting games of football in the Champions League last night. Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 at home, while Atletico Madrid earned a precious 1-0 lead over Liverpool. The results pretty much leave both ties in the balance until the second leg. In the meantime, there are five important things we learned on Tuesday. Erling Haaland Can Do It in the Biggest Stage We’ve known that Erling Haaland is a talented striker for a while. He scored a ton of goals in Austria, but we’ve seen other players…

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Is Frank Lampard Starting to Learn from His Mistakes?

Olivier Giroud and Other Chelsea Players

The start of Frank Lampard’s career as a Chelsea manager was excellent. The young players thrived under the manager and the team had a long streak of wins that put it in a strong position for the top 4 race. Fast-forward a couple of months and Chelsea has won only four of the last fourteen games in the English Premier League. The club will be facing a tough battle for a place in the Champions League next season, with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United, and a bunch…

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Four Potential Disasters for Manchester City after the UEFA Ban

Pep Guardiola and Manchester United Logo

This season has been disappointing for Manchester City already, but the ban received from UEFA is something else. The club will miss two years of European football and pay some solid fines for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules. To be honest, we all knew that the team is spending ridiculous amounts of money and I don’t think too many people are shocked by the decision. Or at least the shock probably comes from the fact that UEFA is doing something about it, not the violations per se. Whether other…

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Chelsea – Manchester United Betting Preview and Analysis

Chelsea and Manchester United Logos

Chelsea will host Manchester United on Monday night and the game will be crucial for both sides. If the Blues win, they will open a healthy gap in the race for next season’s Champions League in the wake of Manchester City’s ban. A defeat would send Chelsea in the middle of a tough battle with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and a bunch of other teams. The Red Devils’ are among the many clubs that might take advantage of City’s troubles, so getting a result here is critical too. With that…

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Who Will Become the EPL Player of the Year at the End of the Season?

Jordan Henderson, Saido Mane and Other Top EPL Players

I haven’t thought much about the EPL Player of the Year race, but I saw that Andy Robertson said Jordan Henderson should win the award this season. That made me think if Liverpool’s captain is truly the man who deserves the honour. Let’s take a look at his chances, as well as the claims of several other players that might be contention. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool Since Henderson is the reason I wrote this post and the bookmakers believe he is the favorite, let’s start with him. I don’t think that…

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Which English Club Could Appoint Mauricio Pochettino in the Near Future?

Mauricio Pochettino's Managing Future

We haven’t heard much about Mauricio Pochettino ever since he was released as a Spurs manager. Many believed that the Argentinian specialist will instantly find a job with so many struggling top clubs across Europe, but he has been away from the sport for a while. A recent interview for Sky Sports suggests that Pochettino might be interesting in staying in the English Premier League. He obviously likes the time spent with Tottenham and Southampton. His statements made me think about his potential destinations in the country. Let’s take a…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leicester City Betting Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers Leicester City Betting Preview

The first winter break in the history of the English Premier League is over for most clubs and they will have to play this weekend. The opening game between Wolverhampton and Leicester City will take place on Friday. In this betting preview, I go through the latest team news and analyze both sides, before sharing my prediction in the end. Wolverhampton Wanderers Many expected to see Wolverhampton improve in the league this season, but I believe that the Europa League engagements have taken their toll on the team. The Wolves…

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Should the Offside Change after the Introduction of VAR?

Premier League VAR Introduction

The introduction of VAR in English football from the start of this season brought plenty of controversial moments. Covering all aspects of the system in one post would be too much, so I decided to focus on a specific topic that angered a lot of people. We saw plenty of goals that were overturned for the tiniest of offsides. We saw armpits and toes that are millimeters behind the defenders which gave enough reasons to sanction them. One particular case involving Saido Mane sparked a reaction by the FA and…

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