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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English club side, Liverpool FC take on Spanish opposition, Sevilla in the Europa League final in Basle on Wednesday, with a place in the group stages of the Champions League on offer to the winner of the much anticipated encounter.
Sevilla, winners in each of the past two years, will try to become the first team to win it three years in a row, setting an amazing record. Both sides had disappointing league seasons, finishing just outside the European qualification places, so this takes on even more meaning for both. For Liverpool, having qualified for the UEFA Champions League just once in the past six seasons, it represents a massive opportunity and a chance for manager Jurgen Klopp to win a trophy in his first season.
Bet365 make Liverpool narrow favourites at 11/8 to win in 90 minutes, with Sevilla 2/1 and the draw 9/4. To win outright, you can get Liverpool at 8/11 and Sevilla at even money. Sevilla have a danger man in Kevin Gameiro, who has scored 16 league goals and half of his team’s Europa League goals since the round of 32. Read more »
Roberto di Matteo is seen as the favourite next Aston Villa manager according to bookmakers.
The Italian has struggled to make an impact at any club since leaving Chelsea in 2012. Despite spending only a short period with the blues,Di Matteo won the Champions League before leaving the club a few months later. In his managerial career, the Italian has been in charge of teams like Schalke, West Brom, and MK Dons. He is currently out of work after having left German outfit Schalke in the summer of 2015. Di Matteo has reportedly been looking at a potential return to English football without a proper avenue still not opening yet.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, are on the lookout for a new manager ahead of some troubled times. The next Villa manager will certainly have a hard job on his hands. Apart from having to resurrect the club from the Championship back into the Premier League, he also has to do so on a limited budget. The club has already been put on sale by owner Randy Lerner, who is not ready to invest any more of his own money into the club. However, the valuation of £ 200 million by Lerner will put off any interested parties as the club are now playing in the second division of English football. Read more »
The European Championship gets underway on June 10th and the continent’s top footballing nations will all travel to France as they seek to make a major impact on the world stage. This year, many believe that Roy Hodgson’s England are in with a sniff but it might be worth looking closer to home and specifically at Didier Deschamps’ imperious French side.
Meanwhile, Bookmakers.co.uk can keep people updated on the latest news, gossip and odds surrounding the tournament. Their bet calculator can help punters to figure out the latest prices on accumulators – crucial for those looking to place multiples based on the group stages. Here are three of the leading contenders for this summer’s tournament. Read more »
With some speculating that Arsenal may be in deep trouble with their upcoming battles versus Tottenham and Leicester, there’s still plenty of evidence that’s showing otherwise and that they can in fact overcome them both to the Premier League title.
This would be their first title since the 2002/2003 season but fans haven’t given up hope yet.
While many have just flat out given up on Arsenal winning the Premier League title for this season, many are hanging on to hope claiming that naysayers are just rivals or other managers hoping to crush the spirits of everyone who wants them to win. Jamie Carragher believes the gap is far too wide to fix now and that there’s far too much for them to do to come back.
The Southampton manager also shared those views stating that Arsenal was completely out of the title and it was more than likely going to be a fight between Tottenham and Leicester. Looking at this from a math perspective though, Arsenal is only 11 points behind the other leaders in the League for Leicester and only 6 behind Tottenham. So what does this mean for Arsenal? There’s one game in hand and they have an additional 21 points that they could earn before this season is officially over. Read more »