Posted on | August 24, 2014 | No Comments
Real Madrid winger, Di Maria, is very close to reach an agreement with Manchester United. The 26 years old midfielder would cost Manchester around €80 millions, a record transfer fee.
The Argentinean will sign a five year contract €375,000 a week. Di Maria will become one of the best paid players at Manchester along with Rooney. The whole deal could cost Manchester over €180 millions.
Di Maria was one of the best players at Real Madrid last season, but the arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez limited his chances of being in the first eleven.
Di Maria would be the fourth signing for Manchester after Herrera, Shaw and Rojo.
Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Di Maria will leave the club but insisted that there will be no other leaving.
Posted on | August 7, 2014 | No Comments
After a thrilling 2013/14 Champions League which saw Real Madrid capture “La Decima” (their tenth European cup) betting interest is very high in this seasons competition.
Champions League Outright
Prediction – Real Madrid 4/1
The defending champions are even better this year with the additions of Rodriquez and Kroos, two of the World cup’s best performers. A combination of quality and confidence means Madrid are the strongest team in the competition. 4/1 represents surprisingly good value.
Competition – Bayern Munich 4/1, Barcelona 5/1
Munich haven’t strengthened a whole lot, and their mauling at the hands of Madrid in last year’s competition is unlikely to give them much confidence if the two meet again.
A team consisting of Messi, Neymar, Suarez, and Iniesta means Barcelona will always be contenders. Their calamity defence will likely prove their downfall once again however.
Value Bet – PSG – 14/1
A star studded, yet in-consistent team. At their best they are as good as anyone and are always likely to unveil a new star addition before the transfer window shuts, which willinevitably see their oddsplummet. Many French punters will be using http://vegascasinofrancais.fr to place their bets.
Prediction – Lionel Messi 5/1
2013/14 was a disappointing year for Messi. He only scored 41 goals. World Cup heartache will likely motivate Messi to prove once more that he is the world’s best player, as he should just pip Cristiano Ronaldo to the top goal-scoring post. At 5/1 he is also much better value than Cristiano.
Competition – Cristiano Ronaldo 7/2 -
Last year’s top goal scorer is the obvious threat to Messi. His odds of 7/2 do look short however, and you can usually find better odds when playing pokies at pokiesheaven.com.au
Value Bet – Sergio Aguero 14/1-
If Aguero can regain full fitness, he is likely to be a real contender for the title. With Manchester City playing a much more attacking brand of football, and with playmaker David Silva behind him, 14/1 looks outstanding value.
Top English Team
Chelsea – 7/4 –
Strongest defence, and have the best manager in the competition, but will still struggle to score against the very best.
Manchester City – 15/8 – Have the best strength in depth, and look the best bet to go far.
Arsenal – 10/3 – Much improved team from previous years but still lack the mental toughness to go further than their counterparts.
Liverpool – 9/2
Will sorely miss Suarez as an ageing Gerrard will not be enough to carry them. Look very poor value at 9/2.
Posted on | July 19, 2014 | No Comments
Queens Park Rangers completed their first signing of the summer by picking up former Manchester United and England centre-back Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer.
The Rs have not been as busy as expected so far during the transfer window with the funds the club has available. Manager Harry Redknapp does have a big squad to deal with even after a number of players were released at the start of this month.
To avoid a second relegation from the Premier League in three seasons, QPR could do with a couple of new signings to strengthen their squad further after only returning to the top flight via the playoffs having been the pre-season favorites to win the Championship last season.
QPR are 3.00 to lay being relegated with Betfair.
There is a wealth of Premier League experience already at Loftus Road, but here are five names that would improve the squad further:
The 36-year old Chelsea legend has only been away from the Premier League for two seasons, doing well in the Turkish Süper Lig after a season in China. The Blues have actually been linked with the Ivory Coast striker in recent days but surely a move back to Stamford Bridge would dent Didier Drogba’s heroic status a little after winning the UEFA Champions League for the club with his last kick in a Chelsea shirt.
Charlie Austin was quiet in the playoff final, Bobby Zamora has not done well for a few seasons and Loïc Rémy is constantly linked with a move away from Loftus Road. So how about bringing in Drogba for a season to get you the goals to ensure survival?
The former Arsenal striker has failed to find himself a new club so far this summer despite claiming Real Madrid or Barcelona would be the next club for him once upon a time. Nicklas Bendtner certainly hasn’t been able to live up to his words over the years but perhaps a move to a smaller club could do the Danish striker a world of good.
Bendtner wasn’t the worst striker in the world at Sunderland and his record for the national team is pretty good. Perhaps Harry Redknapp could consider a gamble on the 26-year old who has twice failed to convince German Bundesliga clubs to sign him recently.
With a wealth of Premier League experience from his time at Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Stoke City, 32-year old Matthew Etherington could make a good squad player for Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traoré is not proven in the Premier League whilst Junior Hoilett is severely inconsistent.
Matthew Etherington would offer hard work and defensive contribution – two things QPR could do with in tight battles this season.
A long shot, but Esteban Cambiasso insists he wants to finish his playing career in Europe. He’s 33-years old so may not have too many years left in him. Sure, bigger teams will have to be interested in the former Real Madrid and Internazionale man, but QPR have the wage bill to tempt the 52-time Argentina international.
Harry Redknapp currently has Joey Barton and Karl Henry as defensive midfielders, so one would have to consider Cambiasso an upgrade even at his age and with no Premier League experience…
A one-time highly-rated youngster, Jack Collison has been a victim of a number of injuries in recent seasons that have hampered his career. After a couple of appearances on loan in the Championship with both Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic last season, West Ham released Collison this summer.
An experienced Premier League midfielder who would be useful for many a team if he stays a fit. A player that QPR have the wage budget to take a chance on this summer.
Posted on | July 8, 2014 | No Comments
Liverpool’s Premier League showing in 2013/14 was a remarkable improvement for a team who finished outside of the top 6 the previous year. Brendan Rogers’ signing of Danny Wellbeck was justified as he racked up an impressive 21 goals and 7 assists, and Luis Suarez lit up the league with 31 goals and a PFA Player of The Year award.
Was it not for an unfortunate slip by Steven Gerrard against Chelsea which led to a goal, and an incredible turnaround from Crystal Palace, who came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 in May, then the title could’ve been heading to Liverpool. They finished second in the end, but the season was far from a failure, and Rogers has rightly received the credit he deserves for putting LFC back in Europe.
One important question, which seems to have been ignored, is just how much Liverpool owe to their lack of European football last time around for their domestic success. The group stages of the Champions League alone bring six games, and if you make it past there you can add another two. They also exited the FA Cup fairly early, and as such were able to focus on the Premier League fully, able to recover for a week before the next fixture.
Manchester United meanwhile, under the short tenure of David Moyes, were busy in Europe and busy on home soil working their way towards their worst premier league finish in years. But with Louis Van Gaal getting his summer spending started early, with successful bids for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, United are a good bet to finish in the top four next season.
With the transfer window shaping up nicely the bookies are working out their favorites for the season, with Liverpool on 8/1 with betfair.com to finish in the top four, and United on 11/2to do the same.
Van Gaal won’t have to worry about the travel and fatigue which can deplete squads playing both domestically and abroad, and with a stronger team than the one Moyes left behind, he’ll be well placed to hit the ground running. Liverpool on the other hand will have the opposite; their success last season will mean they’re stretched by a run of European games in 2014/15, and unless they strengthen significantly they’ll find the going tough. The addition of Adam Lallana and Ricky Lambert certainly strengthens the team but if they can see through their rumored interest in yet another Southampton target, Dejan Lovren, he could prove a more telling addition given the team’s lack of defensive quality.
It will also be interesting to see how the latest Suarez drama plays out, should he stay at Anfield a Suarez ban would certainly add to the difficult of the challenge facing Rogers’ men and if he goes the Uruguayan will be a huge loss. All things considered Van Gaal’s Man Utd have an excellent chance of finishing above their fierce rivals once more.
Posted on | June 23, 2014 | No Comments
Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City’s forward Alvaro Negredo. The Spanish giants are looking for a replacement for Diego Costa who will probably join Chelsea after the Brazil World Cup.
Atletico are willing to offer up to €31 millions for the Spanish international. Negredo had a good start at City but his performances decreased at the end of the season.
If the move will be done City will make a small some profit from the player sale as Negredo was brought for around €25 millions.
Negredo failed to make the squad for the World Cup but even so he remains one of the best Spanish strikers.
Atletico will have to reorganize quickly as David Villa will also leave the club.
Posted on | August 18, 2010 | No Comments
The video replay one of the most discussed topic in football in the recent years.
Everyone expects from the referees to be perfect, or at least to reduce the mistakes during the games but it looks that this is a very hard task to do. So everyone tries to find solutions, and Fifa is pressed from all sides to come with an alternative.
In the first phase Fifa tried the system with 6 referees, tested it in Europa League, but even this solution doesn’t seem to be better. There were also speculations that the ball should contain a chip to signal when the ball passes the line of the goal but the solutions is not well seen by the specialists.
So at the moment it looks like the only viable solution is the video replay.Regarding the video replay the opinions are divided with a plus for it. Fifa is pressed to take a decision especially after the World Cup mistakes, when some of them proved to be crucial.
So after rugby, basketball, tennis or american football we might have video replays also in football. This decision would bring advantages but not only.
At advantages we can mention fewer mistakes that can decide games and fewer scandals. On the other side the spirit and the charm of the game would suffer. Imagine for example a game show with a similar setup – a Who Wants To Be Millionaire Online Game for example would take so long and become boring. Also the game could have more than 10 minutes of additional time which could determine the players to lose their patience awaiting for the verdict, the fluidity of the game could also suffer.
The final decision will be taken in November but there are chances for a positive answer.keep looking »
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