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 »
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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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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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 »
One of the primary reasons for Chelsea struggling to have any sort of form in the 2015-16 season is a lack of significant contribution from winger Eden Hazard.
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year has struggled to make any impact so far. Despite his role not changing significantly compared with last season, Hazard is no longer scoring goals or assisting. This is proving to be a major problem for Chelsea, but there were signs of resurgence in the 4-0 win overMaccabi Tel Aviv. Jose Mourinho has also kept his faith in the Belgian international and he has continued to play the full 90 minutes.
As a result, bookmakers are expecting the winger to finally break his duck for the season. In five Premier league appearances so far, Hazard is yet to score. However, he has a decent record against Arsenal and could take advantage of the recent poor form of the gunners. The midweek action also saw Diego Costa get his first goal for Chelsea outside the Premier League. He scored 20 goals last season and all of them came in the domestic competition. Costa is now rated at 13/10 to find the net at any time in the match, while Hazard is given odds of 2/1 to score any time in the match. Read more »
Outgoing Fifa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger says that Qatar should be stripped off its rights to host the World Cup 2022 amidst allegations of corruption and a potential winter World Cup. FIFA awarded Qatar the rights to host this World Cup despite being aware of the extreme climates in the region.
It was only after awarding the tournament that Fifa realised the problems that would hamper normal World Cup schedule. The extreme heat during the months of June and July mean that it is almost impossible for Qatar to host the World Cup without making substantial changes to its infrastructure.
The nation has promised to make the stadium is fully air-conditioned in order to allow the players to play even in the simmering heat. Fifa, though, recently has accepted the request to shift the World Cup towards a winter schedule. This would be a major hamper for major European leagues. Even though a winter break exists in most top European leagues like Spain and Germany, England does not have a winter break. On the other hand, countries from South America have long been suffering as a result of the summer break since the league campaign goes on in these countries during the World Cup. Read more »