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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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 »