Lack of significant contribution from winger Eden Hazard leads to Team Losing

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. Continue reading “Lack of significant contribution from winger Eden Hazard leads to Team Losing”

Tottenham are overwhelming favourites to secure a win against archrivals Arsenal

Tottenham are overwhelming favourites to secure a win against archrivals Arsenal in the League Cup and secure bragging rights for the next few weeks.

Arsenal have suffered back-to-back defeats in two different competitions and their confidence is unlikely to be high. Tottenham, meanwhile, have managed two consecutive victories in the league and it puts them just one point behind Arsenal in the table. For all the perceived poor form shown by Spurs at the start of the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino’steam appear to be heading in the right direction. A victory against Arsenal in the League Cup may once again confirm this fact.

There is, however, a huge possibility of both teams coming out with their reserves squads for this game. This will make it extremely difficult to predict in the game. If it is the case, Arsenal are likely to be slight favourites for a win. It is the case with bookmakers who are backing the gunners at 13/10 for a victory whereas odds for a Spurs win are available at 19/10. There will be no replays with regard to the League Cup and the game will go into extra time if there is a stalemate between the two teams after 90 minutes. The odds of extra time are given at 5/2. Continue reading “Tottenham are overwhelming favourites to secure a win against archrivals Arsenal”

Bidding for the 2026 has been delayed due to all the FIFA turmoil

The initial bidding process for the 2026 World Cup have been postponed because of all the scandal allegations and investigations that are going around surrounding FIFA.

Jerome Valcke is the general secretary of FIFA and he has stated that since there still no president or leader to properly run all of the processes involving the football governing body, the bidding for the 2026 has to be postponed at least until things start getting settled.

“Today there is no leadership at FIFA so it’s normal that it’s been suspended. Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed. I will answer all the questions. I have nothing to hide,” Valcke said as he talked during a news conference which was held in Paris.

Valckeis another one of the FIFA executives which has been linked with claims of scandals and things of that nature, according to investigations Valcke has had something to do with briberies involving the 2010 World Cup. The secretary general responded to those bribery claims by saying that he has nothing to hide. Continue reading “Bidding for the 2026 has been delayed due to all the FIFA turmoil”

Theo Zwanziger says Qatar should be ripped off his Rights

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. Continue reading “Theo Zwanziger says Qatar should be ripped off his Rights”

United States passed ahead of Group Matches in 2010 WC

United States managed to make it past the 2010 group stages of the World Cup which was a very impressive feat as their group saw them facing off with: Germany, Portugal and Ghana. The American team wasn’t favorites on advancing through but thanks to goal difference, they managed on doing it.

One of the star performers of the squad was the 35 year old goal-keeper Tim Howard who received a few man of the match awards due to his consistent saves which kept his team competing and not falling behind. When United States progressed to the round of 16 and faced off with Belgium, Howard broke the record for most saves in a World Cup match as he made 15 saves and he was awarded with another man of the match but it still wasn’t enough for United States as they ultimately lost 2-1. Continue reading “United States passed ahead of Group Matches in 2010 WC”

UNITED LOOK TO STRENGTHEN

Manchester United are extremely keen on strengthening their midfield, which was one of the poorest last season. The team managed to win the league title almost single-handedly because of the exploits of striker Robin van Persie. Hence, new manager David Moyes has made it a priority to strengthen the midfield before the start of the season. In the last few months, United have been linked with moves for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini and Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara. However, none would have seen the official offer from United coming for former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The Spaniard is understood to be contemplating his future at the camp Nou after just a few years following his return in a £ 35 million deal from Arsenal. He has won first team opportunities limited at the club. Even when he plays, he is used as a false number nine whereas he believes his best position is in the midfield. United see Fabregas as the perfect replacement for Paul Scholes, who retired from playing for the second time in his career last season. Alcantara was the first player targeted for this position, but he has decided to join Bayern Munich.

United have made an offer of around £ 26 million, but Barcelona have stated that the player is not for sale.

“I’ve always said that I’m happy at Barca. Whoever says that I’m leaving doesn’t know me and has never spoken with me. Nor with my agent, because he knows that I don’t want him to talk with other people about me. I’m very private and I don’t even talk about these things with my family. If someone says anything that isn’t that I want to play at Barca, it’s completely absurd,” said Fabregas a few months back.

However, it is believed that he would consider an offer from a club like United.