World Cup 2018 Group E – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Most successful footballing nation Brazil find themselves in Group E at FIFA World Cup 2018. The Samba Kings are joined by Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland. Brazil are market’s favourites to win the tournament, so they shouldn’t face any difficulty in qualifying from their group. However, there is no clear frontrunner among remaining three sides, and we expect an exciting battle for the second qualifying spot. Here’s our little preview on four sides in Group E. Brazil The embarrassing defeat to Germany in 2014 must still be alive in minds of…

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Five famous instances of blatant simulation in football

Real Madrid’s Marcelo received a lot of criticism recently for his pathetic attempts at simulation during Los Blancos 2-0 Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg. The Real star was lucky to escape punishment after he kicked Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold and then feigned injury in order to get the German sent off. However, this was not the first time a footballer stooped to such lows in a game of football, and here we take a look at another such famous five instances: 5) David Luiz (Chelsea) vs Manchester United, 2013 The Brazilian…

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Ranking the kits of the FIFA top 20: Do Wales still rate above England?

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The latest round of FIFA world rankings caused another stir of controversy, with Wales rising above England for the first time ever and France dropping 17 places below Romania, it’s easy to see why it’s got people’s backs up. However, just because a country has better individual players, it by no means ensures them a higher ranking. Though FIFA’s system is flawed, and confusing, we’ve come up with a much better way of working out FIFA’s top 20, and that’s by judging them on their kits. See how we’ve ranked…

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Liverpool star snubbed from Dunga’s Brazil squad despite sensational opening day strike

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has sensationally been left out of Dunga’s Brazil squad to face Costa Rica and USA at the start of next month, the Daily Express report. Despite only making 11 appearances for his country since his debut in 2010, the playmaker had seemingly become an important part of the side, having featured regularly during the recent Copa America. And although it is too early in the season to make any assessments about a player’s form, the 23-year-old gave a huge indication that he was ready to carry…

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Copa America – Nine-man holders out as knockout stages begin

Just like Europe’s leading club competition the Champions League, the Copa America has become exceptionally difficult to retain over the years due to the endless conveyer belt of quality that seems to come from right across the world’s smallest permanently inhabited continent. Uruguay are the latest team to fail in their attempts to triumph for a second time in succession, losing to hosts Chile in an ill-tempered clash on Thursday morning. It was not a major surprise that the holders fell, as they never looked convincing in scraping through the group…

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Neymar handed four match ban and WILL MISS the rest of the Copa America

Brazil have been handed a huge blow with the news that Neymar has been handed a four match ban and will now miss the rest of the Copa America for his sunning off against Colombia, the BBC reports. The Barcelona forward was given his marching orders for clashing with Colombia players at the end of the 1-0 defeat earlier this week. He was initially given a one-game ban, ruling him out of Brazil’s final group stage clash with Venezuela on Sunday, but after consideration, the South American Football Confederation have…

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Copa America – Unpredictability emphasised by Brazil loss

The second round of group matches is almost complete, and the Copa America could not be more wide open, with a couple of shock results leaving some to question where the balance of power truly lies on the international stage in South American football. Pleasingly, the less fancied sides are proving competitive and adding to the drama in what has been an entertaining first week of the tournament. It began with Chile registering a comfortable victory over Ecuador, who went on to lose disappointingly against Bolivia, highlighting their regular failure…

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Copa America Group C – Time for Brazil to prove a point

A humiliating defeat in their own World Cup will, despite their best efforts, never be forgotten by Brazil. In his second spell in charge, former captain Dunga has had to pick up the pieces of the nightmare in Belo Horizonte and his first shot at competitive redemption begins here as they take on Peru in their opening Copa America match. Performances in friendlies have at least been encouraging, with the recent 2-0 victory over Mexico the latest in a series of positive results, but those matches will not have been able…

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