With the riches of the Premier League making top-flight football ever more important, the FA Cup has been relegated in terms of priority over recent years. Yet, as the competition commences its 3rd qualifying round this weekend, for many clubs it represents their primary opportunity to achieve glory and create memories to remember for their devoted fans.
You don’t need to rummage through the archives to find proof that the competition still matters; just ask Bradford City fans. In 2015 their giant-killing escapades saw them beat eventual Premier League winners Chelsea 2-4 at Stamford Bridge and take another Premier League scalp in the form of Sunderland.
The possibility of unlikely victories in the earlier rounds of the competition is much anticipated by fans and is an integral part of the tradition and prestige of the FA Cup today. Alongside the giant-killing, there are sporadic moments, like Wigan’s win in 2013, where an un-fancied underdog actually goes on to win the competition. These rare occasions offer the opportunity to make a killing by investing a small amount of cash or even a free promotional bet on an outsider with long odds going all the way and lifting the trophy. Read more »
Senegal international Sadio Mane has allayed fear regarding his fitness in time for the clash against Leicester City.
The Liverpool summer transfer addition was on international duty, and there were concerns that he picked up a slight knock. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp enquired about his fitness after the game. He received a report that he was substituted during the game against Namibia
, adding that he was “fit and well.”
Mane is poised to make a return to England on Monday to start training ahead of the clash with defending champions of the Premier League – Leicester City. Mane has been in good form since his £34 million switch from Southampton this summer. He has surely given the Reds an edge this campaign. His start is similar to that of Luis Suarez, causing anxiety among the fans about what might happen in the title challenge as the season wears on.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana are cover for Mane, while options like Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are available. His versatility and work rate has definitely impacted on his teammates in such a short time.
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On April 9 this year, a game played between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl ended 5-0 in favour of Rhyl, forcing investigation into the game by the South Wales police.
The police had received information regarding the soccer betting pattern of the game, as it ended with surprising results. Rhyl had nothing to lose as they were already relegated, yet they thrashed their rival with that huge goal margin. Ordinarily, nothing would have been suspected as things happen in football regularly. However, Port Talbot replaced them by dropping out of the Premier League at the season’s end due to financial problems.
According to reports from Wales Online, the police made a move to arrest ten people on Wednesday. The ten suspects include seven males and three females. The case was sent to the Gambling Commission by the Football Association of Wales. The Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said regarding the case:
“These arrests are as result of a thorough process of evidence gathering and close co-operation between the FAW, South Wales Police and the Gambling Commission. The FAW remains committed to our Integrity Education Programme which began in 2014, as well as the monitoring and reporting systems we have in place which have contributed to these arrests. The FAW will not bring any sporting sanctions against any individuals while the police investigation is ongoing.”
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The name TempoBet may not be the most familiar, even among those who use online sportsbooks on a regular basis but they are set to surge in the industry, thanks to some very high-profile sponsorship deals.
The operator, formed in 2007, has already made the news with a record shirt deal involving Burton Albion and would have been delighted to receive a boost when that side was featured in a live EFL Cup match against Liverpool. But they are making inroads into the Premier League too with some very lucrative arrangements. Read more »
Barcelona forward Neymar shot Brazil to the Olympics semi finals, proving his worth finally as doubts started to creep in.
Neymar didn’t partake in the Copa America Centenario as he was set aside to lead the country to their first Olympic gold medal in football tournament. Brazil didn’t make it past the group stage compounding their football woes. They played the first two games, but they both ended goalless, raising doubts and complains from the fans. From the final group game, the team seems to have found its footing. Read more »
Italy have been one of the standout performers of the Euro 2016 but not in a very attractive way.
Instead, they have been solidly brilliant and the tactics of manager Antonio Conte has been spot on. Even though the manager is leaving the national team after the end of the tournament, he has not left any spot to weaken as a result. The team looks united and the tactics has been intelligent enough to stop the opposition from playing completely. It was the case when Italy took on Spain in the round of 16.
Despite having been defending champions, Spain looked devoid of ideas largely because they were kept in check by Italy. In terms of soccer betting for the quarter-final between Germany and Italy, the latter seems to be favoured mode by bookmakers due to these aspects. Furthermore, Germany have never managed to overcome Italy in a major tournament. This week statistic alone is likely to be a major stumbling block, while Germany have not been convincing so far in the tournament. Of course, they have not suffered a defeat so far in any of the matches, but they have scored only six goals in four competitive games in France.
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