Bristol City will be hoping to avoid another campaign down near the bottom of the table, as the team only finished three points above the relegation zone.
In order to improve on the last campaign, manager Lee Johnson has spent heavily on FamaraDiédhiou from French football. He has cost the club €6 million. Bristol will be happy to open the campaign with a home game, as it means that the club can hope for a victory from the first weekend. Last season, Bristol city suffered a very badly when it comes to away matches.
Barnsley have brought in plenty of players over the summer with among the top names like Liam Lindsay and Stevie Mallon expected to make a major impact on the team. The club will be hoping to close down the gap on the play-off places even further. Last season, they only managed a 14th place finish with 58 points on the board. Surprisingly, Barnsley had a decent away record after picking up 29 points from the 23 games. Continue reading “Bristol City Favourites in the Opening Game against Barnsley”
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. Continue reading “Sutton United’s Wayne Shaw resigned after pie-eating betting issues”
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.
Martin O’Neill wouldn’t look to convince Roy Keane to stay at Ireland if the former Manchester United star decides to go. There have been talks of Keane planning to part ways with Ireland before the European Championships which is to take place in June-July next year.
The 44-year old is the understudy of O’Neill in the Irish set up. Before taking up the Ireland job, Keane was involved with the Clubs, in the first and second tier of English Football.
O’Neill, when asked about the speculations of Keane’s departure, said he had no idea what Keane would do, but, he would be very happy to see him continue till the time the Boys in Green finish their campaign in France.
In the words of Ireland boss, “Roy is someone who doesn’t get influenced too much when it comes to taking the decisions and I am not going to have any issues at all with whatever decision he takes. However, it will be great if he is there with the team in Euros.”
Remaining tight lipped on the question if any fresh deal was on the cards as far as he and Football Association of Ireland is concerned, O’Neill said, “Well, to be honest, there hasn’t been enough time for the talks to be held. It’s been a pretty busy period. We all were in celebratory mood to have ensured the qualification. There was Alana’s marriage straight after that and now, we have Christmas around the corner. I think probably at some point of time in the New Year, we will talk. No need of rushing things really.”
Ireland cleared the qualifying stage of the European Championships and managed to make it to the tournament proper by getting better of Bosnia & Herzegovina in playoff tie in November. According to the latest odds at StanJames, Ireland are expected to qualify from their group, but once they get through to the knock-out stages they might struggle.