Southgate to talk with Klopp

Gareth Southgate has had a phone call with Jurgen Klopp after Adam Lallana has been injured on international duty with England. Lallana is an important player for Liverpool, and the German manager would have been counting on him ahead of the derby match that will saw Liverpool play against Everton, and for the remaining games of the season in what will be a crucial period for the club, who are fighting to make the Champions League spaces.

Gareth Southgate said that he does not want the injury to Lallana to cause any hard feelings between the Liverpool manager and himself. He said that Klopp has always been supportive of the England team and that it will be silly to let a small issue like this to destroy a relationship. Read more »

Sutton United’s Wayne Shaw resigned after pie-eating betting issues

On February 20 of the ongoing year, Sutton United hosted Arsenal for their FA Cup match and it resulted in a 2-0 triumph for the team of Arsene Wenger as they came out on top with a victory but the highlight of this encounter was not the actual game or the result, there was something that occurred off of the pitch that has caused an aftermath and has reached the headlines of football websites and magazines from around the world.

At around the 80th minute of this FA Cup match between Sutton United and Arsenal, on the sidelines of the home team, the substitute goalkeeper Wayne Shaw could be seen starting to eat a pie. In that same period of time, an English newspaper’s betting company that was also sponsoring Sutton United for this specific match had posted a 8-1 odds that Wayne Shaw was going to eat something in the actual game. Read more »

Vietnam legalize betting

The Government has decided to legalize betting in Vietnam following years of intense discussion.

This will be a relief for much Vietnamese who were forced to bet with illegal bookmakers. The legalization of betting that now the police can monitor closely the bookmarkers and ensure that there is no scam taking place.

However, the authorities have stated that they will monitor the betting sector closely so as to avoid any kind of abuse. They believe that the legalization of betting will allow the police greater freedom to control the sector and also provide some protection to gamblers.

At this moment online betting is not allowed, and all betting should be carried out at selected bookmakers. The Vietnamese authority said that it is easier for them to monitor brick and mortar bookmarkers at the moment and that they are working on a legal framework to help them cater for online betting as well. Read more »

City May Come Unstuck Against Monaco

It’s the return of the Champions League next month and Manchester City have been drawn to play Ligue One side Monaco in the last 16 of the competition. Although Pep Guardiola will be relieved to have avoided some of the European giants in the opening round of the knockout stage, they face no easy task against an in-form French team.

City are at a best price of 2/5 to qualify into the quarter-final, while on the flip side, as you can see on oddschecker, Monaco are as big as 3/1 to make it through the tie. The latter looks to a great bet, especially if you take advantage of one of the sign up offers with one of the bookmakers on the page. Read more »

Tottenham Need FA Cup Triumph to Prove Credentials

Tottenham were given an almighty scare by Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup in their clash at White Hart Lane. The League Two outfit took a 2-0 lead in the first half as Paul Hayes notched a brace, including a strike from the penalty spot.

Son Heung-min and Vincent Janssen levelled for Spurs after the break, but Gareth Ainsworth’s men reclaimed their advantage with seven minutes to play through Garry Thompson. However, Dele Alli restored parity in the 89th minute before Son scored his second of the game at the death to secure his side’s place in the fifth round of the competition.

The result was vital for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino in the hunt for the club’s first trophy since they won the League Cup in the 2007-08 campaign. Tottenham have had a propensity to crack under the pressure of the big occasion, none more so than with their draw against Chelsea last term – which handed the Premier League title to Leicester City.

Building a winning mentality on a huge stage is an important step for Pochettino and his young squad to take forward, with players such as Harry Kane and Alli yet to win their first piece of silverware. Both players were at the heart of their failed attempt to win the top-flight crown last season and also have England’s failure at Euro 2016 on their CVs, therefore they’re in desperate need of a change of fortunes in critical moments.

The club have already crashed out of the Champions League and EFL Cup this season, suffering defeats to Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and Liverpool, and an embarrassing exit to a League Two side would have put the Argentine and his side under real pressure in future tournaments to prove their character.

Therefore winning at Wembley would go a long way in proving that point, with Spurs backed in the latest FA Cup betting odds at 6/1 to win the competition. There are several quality teams remaining in the tournament, but Pochettino’s men will have to get accustomed to beating these sides with regularity to pull off their ultimate goal of winning the Premier League.

Tottenham have proven they have the quality to match the calibre of those outfits, especially at the Lane. They have comfortably beaten Manchester City and Chelsea, ending impressive winning runs from both teams with 2-0 victories.

Spurs have also proven their mettle on the road, with draws against Pep Guardiola’s men and their North London rivals Arsenal, displaying great resilience in both matches. However, in all those contests the club were underdogs and at some point in the future they may have to cope with being favoured in matches against other quality teams, which brings a whole different mindset to the fore.

Confidence can only be built by winning significant matches and boasting an FA Cup winner’s medal and an important victory at Wembley under their belts would be a huge step forward for the club. No team remaining in the competition needs to win the trophy more than Spurs and Pochettino must ensure that his side endures no further gaffes along the way.

Liverpool Overwhelming Favourites for Win against Stoke City

Liverpool will be hoping to reduce the deficit to table leaders Chelsea back down to 6 points when they take on Stoke City at Anfield.

It is one of the three matches for the club in the space of 10 days, as manager JurgenKlopp has been reflecting on a packed schedule in recent weeks. Liverpool are unlikely to be worried about this fixture considering that they have had plenty of time to recover. The big worries would be the home match against Manchester City followed by the way match against Sunderland in the space of three days.

It would not be surprising if Liverpool make some changes to the starting line-up in anticipation of these two tough matches. However, they are overwhelming favourites to get a victory as a result of the impressive record against Stoke City. After having managed wins from the last two league matches, Liverpool are starting to show a new dimension to their play. Read more »