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Spurs on the brink of a major signing

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spurs could be on the verge of letting all their rivals know they mean business this year, with Rafael Van Der Vaart apparently very close to signing for the North London side. Spurs have already had a fairly successful start to the season, despite losing to Wigan they managed to qualify for the Champions League.

If Van Der Vaart did sign for them, I believe they could seriously challenge this year. Their midfield is packed with quality with the likes of Modric, Palicious, Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Kranjcar, Giovanni, Bale and Bentley so to add Van Der Vaart to this list would give them the strength of depth they really need.

Personally I can see Spurs going very far this year. They have such a big squad of quality players, and Manchester United and Arsenal didn't strengthen much during the summer. Could be a very big year for them.

Transfer window officially shut

It's just going 6pm, meaning this summers transfer window is officially shut.

Some of the signing made today were Robinho went to AC Milan, Paul Konchesky joined Liverpool, Asamoah Gyan joined Sunderland. They were the main transfer dealings made today.

To be honest, I was expected more from today. I thought more teams would be making transfers but aside from a few rumours and some signings, it was fairly quiet.

Just as I wrote this, Wigan confirmed the signing of Franco Di Santo from Chelsea.

Barcelona seal Mascherano deal

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Javier Mascherano saga is finally over. After weeks of speculation, Barcelona have finally secured the Argentine's services for a fee of around £18 million. Mascherano has been linked away from Liverpool for some time and had never hid the fact he wanted to leave.

"I am happy to have joined Barcelona.

"When the best club in the world comes after you, you can only be happy.''

Mascherano joined Liverpool from West Ham and was a fairly big success, with everyone impressed with his determination and how he gave 110% in every game. He was a great player for Liverpool, but I think they knew he was leaving when new chief Roy Hodgson signed Poulsen and Meireles, who both play in the middle of the midfield.

I think it's a good thing that Mascherano moved. If he stayed he would have had a negative affect on the team and he will do well at Barcelona, a good replacement for Yaya Toure.

Are Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham a good bet in the Champions League?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Harry Redknapp must have felt like singing in the rain at White Hart Lane as Spurs showed enough drive and determination to easily win the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Young Boys and slide through to the 32 team group stages. Although the Swiss side started well, they never looked likely to hold on to the lead that they had from the first game and were two goals behind by half-time. In only the fifth minute the first goal came courtesy of a Peter Crouch header from a Gareth Bale cross and the second was slotted into the net by Jermain Defoe although replays showed that he clearly used his arm to bring the ball under control. The second half saw Carlo Cudicini in goal after Gomes sustained an injury. More pressure from Spurs paid off with Crouch scoring twice more to get his hat-trick and put Spurs through 6-3 on aggregate.

It has been a long wait for the White Hart Lane faithful to get a taste of the top club competition in Europe – 48 years in fact, and the pouring rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Spurs fans who were clearly ecstatic at the result. The reward for Tottenham is a place in Group A where they will be facing the holders Inter Milan, as well as Germany’s Werder Bremen and Dutch outfit FC Twente.

Things are certainly looking up for Tottenham and they can now look forward to a lucrative run in the group stages. It is also looking pretty good on the domestic front too. Looking at the online betting activity on Tottenham the odds on Harry Redknapp’s side again making a top 4 finish in the Premier League are 5/2 and they are 9/1 to win the FA Cup. So after last night’s convincing victory and their encouraging start in the League Harry has every reason to have a smile on his face.

Saturday sees bottom of the table Wigan visiting White Hart Lane. The Latics have conceded ten goals in their first two games this season and it is no surprise that the football betting websites give them little chance - the odds on them even taking a point from White Hart Lane are 4/1. What Spurs cannot allow to happen is to let complacency set in – they need to win that game and not rest on their laurels. Some pundits are predicting the possibility of a Tottenham goal-fest but Wigan did manage a confidence-boosting 3-0 away win against Hartlepool in mid-week so they will be no pushover.

Premier League Preview

Another round of Premier League fixture for us to look forward to this weekend. Last weekend saw no real shocks, although there were three 6-0 games and Manchester United stumbled away to Fulham, whilst Liverpool lost 3-0 to Manchester City. Here are this weeks fixtures and my predictions. Bold = win

Fixtures and my predictions
Blackburn v Arsenal (12.45) - Arsenal win
Blackpool v Fulham (3.00) - Fulham win
Chelsea v Stoke (3.00) - Chelsea win
Tottenham v Wigan (3.00) - Tottenham win
Wolves v Newcastle (3.00) - Draw
Manchester United v West Ham (5.30) - Manchester United win

Bolton v Birmingham (1.30) - Draw
Liverpool v West Brom (3.00) -Liverpool win
Sunderland v Manchester City (3.00) - Manchester City win
Aston Villa v Everton (4.00) - Draw

Goal of the week last weekend goes to Gareth Bale, and absolute peach of a volley.

If you back all the results I have predicted, you stand to win £4800.47 if you put on £10. Not as much as last weeks, but still a decent amount of pocket money.
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Champions League group stages were drawn today. Some interesting ties to look forward to that's for sure.

Group A: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, FC Twente

Group B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Group C: Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor, Manchester United

Group D: FC Barcelona, Panathinaikos, FC Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan

Group E: Bayern Munich, AS Roma, FC Basel, CFR Cluj

Group F: Marseille, Spartak Moscow, MSK Zilina, Chelsea

Group G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre

Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk, SC Braga, FK Partisan, Arsenal

Group A = I would expect Inter Milan and Tottenham to get through. Inter Milan were very impressive last year and I see no reason why they shouldn't qualify, whilst Tottenham just shade it over Werder Bremen.

Group B = I can see Lyon and Benfica going through. The problem is, I don't know enough about any of the clubs bar Lyon, so I'm basically going by how they were seeded.

Group C = it's got to be Manchester United anyway. Clearly the strongest in that group. Valencia are probably favourites to make it through as well but I wouldn't be writing off Bursaspor. Turkish teams are always good at home and Valencia have lost two key players in David Silva and David Villa.

Group D = I'm going to go for Barcelona and Rubin Kazan. Kazan were impressive last year and Eastern European teams are very underrated.

Group E = Bayern Munich and Roma will be going through, I'm nearly positive. Cluj never posed any threat when they featured in the Champions League last and whilst I don't know much about FC Basel, Bayern and Roma should be good enough to win.

Group F = Well, first of all I expect Chelsea to qualify easily, especially after the fantastic start they have had to the season. Meanwhile, I expect Marseille and Spartak Moscow to fight it out for second place, though MSK Zilina could surprise a few if they can grab a point or two away from home.

Group G = The group of death. Real Madrid (seeded in pot two) will be favourites to qualify and AC Milan should do the business and qualify, even though they have been poor in Europe over the past few years. Ajax and Auxerre could be tricky fixtures away from home but Madrid and Milan should have enough to qualify.

Group H = It's a more difficult group for Arsenal than it looks, although they should qualify. Shaktar are a very good team and particularly difficult to beat away, whilst the other two teams will be expected to defend well and hopefully grab a goal A difficult group but Arsenal and Shaktar should qualify.

Inter make Masch bid

Inter Milan have apparently made a formal bid for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano. Mascherano has been a regular in the tabloids this year linking him with a move away from Anfield, with Barcelona and Inter Milan his preferred destinations.

Mascherano has made his intention clear, sitting out Liverpool's game with Manchester City on Monday, and being excluded from their Europa League qualifier in order not to be cup-tied. It appears Inter have made the first proper bid for the Argentine international, with Rafa Benitez keen to link up with Mascherano again.

''I sent an offer to Liverpool by fax on Tuesday and I am waiting for a reply from them.'' - Rafa Benitez.

I feel Liverpool need to get rid of Mascherano. If he doesn't want to be there, it will have a negative effect on the rest of the squad, which is the last thing Liverpool need. If they are to get a decent amount of money for him, anything over £15 million, they should take it in a heartbeat. He will be a loss for sure, but in signing Poulsen they have a player who can fill in.

Time for Berbatov to make is mark

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Even Dimitar Berbatov himself would likely concede that he has failed to live up to expectations in a Manchester United Shirt. While there have been flashes of brilliance from the mercurial Bulgarian, for £30m the United fans are entitled to expect a fair amount more from a man who shone at both Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham.

Frequently left on the bench during the 2009-10 season as Sir Alex Ferguson preferred to go with the prolific Wayne Rooney as a lone striker, many speculated that Berbatov could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer with Bayern Munich and Ac Milan mooted as possible destinations.

Sir Alex has stuck by his man, however, and the early season signs suggest Berbatov is ready to prove his worth after an impressive start to the season. His goal in the Community Shield - a delightful lobbed finish after some great interplay with Luis Nani - was met with a warm reception from his United teammates and may well be looked back on as the moment when his Manchester Utd career properly began.

His followed up that strike with an impressive performance against Newcastle United on monday night, scoring once but contributing with his all round performance and coming close to adding further to his tally. Most notably, his swagger has returned as he lit up Old Trafford with some breathtaking skills.

That United take some of the burden off Rooney is paramount if they are to wrestle back the Barclays Premier League trophy from Chelsea this season. As talented as the young striker is, at times it felt like United's quest for trophies lay solely on his shoulders and as Rooney's body broke down towards the end of the campaign, so did United's challenge.

When asked to step up the mark in his absence, Berbatov's performences were average and disjointed and crucial points were lost which ultimitely cost United dear.

Sir Alex has also added the hugely promising and highly enerjetic Mexican striker Javier Hernandez to his squad and already, he is looking to be a shrewd purchase, having already opened his United account with a goal in the Community Shield.

It is the role of Dimitat Berbatov that most intruiges the watching critics and it remains to be seen whether the Bulgarian will indeed step up to the mark in 2010-11.

Written by Danny Watson, a sports journalist who writes blogs about football shirts.

Gallas Joins Spurs

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tottenham have today confirmed the signing of 33-year-old former Arsenal defender William Gallas.

Gallas, who played for Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2006, has now signed for his third London club after Arsenal released him at the end of last season. He has signed on a one-year deal but Spurs have the option to extend the deal when this contract ends.

A statement on Tottenham's official website said: "We are delighted to announce the signing of William Gallas on a one year deal."

Gallas is already a very unlikeable player due to the way in which he left Chelsea and also his antics at St. Andrews in 2008 when he lost the plot on the pitch as Arsenal threw their title chances away. At 33 he is getting on, but he may still have another good year or two in him so I feel it's not a bad transfer for Spurs as Woodgate and King are very injury-prone.

Premier League Preview

Friday, August 20, 2010
It was a good first weekend of Premier League football last weekend. Blackpool shocked Wigan, but no other big shocks. Liverpool and Arsenal drew(which I predicted), as did Spurs and Man City. Runners up last year Manchester United won 3-0 against new boys Newcastle and Chelsea thrashed West Brom 6-0. I seriously regret not putting Drogba in my fantasy football team. Bold = winner

This weekends fixtures and my predictions
Arsenal v Blackpool (3.00) - Arsenal win
Birmingham v Blackburn (3.00) - Birmingham win
Everton v Wolves (3.00) - Everton win
Stoke v Tottenham (3.00) - Draw
West Brom v Sunderland (3.00) - Sunderland win
West Ham v Bolton (3.00) - West Ham win
Wigan v Chelsea (5.15) - Chelsea win

Newcastle v Aston Villa (1.30) - Draw
Fulham v Manchester United (4.00) - Manchester United win

Manchester City v Liverpool (8.00) - Manchester City win

Put on a tenner on those results and win £13383.23.


All 22 Players on the Pitch Can Be Human Controlled in Online Team Play

Cologne, Germany, 17 August 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that EA SPORTSTM has developed a new feature called Be A Goalkeeper for FIFA 11 that will enable fans to experience the thrill of playing as the keeper, and for the first time in a football videogame, will place control of all 22 players on the pitch in human hands. The new feature will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system when FIFA 11 is available in stores September 28 in North America and October 1 in Europe and Asia.

Chelsea FC and Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Čech has been signed as the spokesperson for Be A Goalkeeper and will be featured in advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns.

Be A Goalkeeper is a completely new way to play—instead of thinking as a player out in the middle of the pitch, you have to think and react as the goalkeeper. Experience the thrill of the one on one battle, making the great save from a free kick, punching balls safely out of danger, the pressure of the corner, and most importantly, keeping a clean sheet. Be A Goalkeeper features three levels of accessibility with varying degrees of AI assistance—assisted, semi-assisted and fully manual. Fans will be able to compete as the goalie in Career Mode and enjoy a 15-year career or create themselves as the goalie in Virtual Pro 2.0 to learn the position, track stats, complete achievements and test themselves against the best players in the virtual world.

With control of the keeper now in human hands FIFA 11 will deliver an authentic replication of football online with 11 vs. 11 Online Team Play that locks people into the role of a single, fixed player the entire game. Now up to 11 friends on different consoles will be able to select and take control of their own individual players on the same team to compete against up to 11 rivals of another team.

“The phenomenal growth of online gaming and the desire of our fans to be able to play as the goalie was the driving force behind this innovation for FIFA 11,” said Kaz Makita, Executive Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA. “Friends can play alongside each other in their pro clubs with all 11 virtual players on the pitch human controlled. We have finally replicated football in the virtual world.”

Over 750 million online connected games have been played since FIFA 10 launched last October and over 350,000 pro clubs have been created that enable friends to compete alongside each other against rival clubs. Pro Clubs is one of the most popular online game modes in FIFA.

FIFA 11 reinvents player authenticity – on and off the ball – for every position on the pitch with Personality+, and introduces new Pro Passing where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Plus, experience true freedom in man-to-man interactions with 360° Fight for Possession that transforms physical play from just lateral jostling to full 360° collisions.

Visit to join the EA SPORTS FIFA Facebook group or visit WWW.FIFA.EASPORTS.COM for more information about the game. New game modes and innovations will be revealed later this month. = Check out the new FIFA 11 game play trailer here, I have to admit, it looks like it could be the best FIFA yet.

Milner and Ireland Swap Places

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Manchester City have finally managed to sign James Milner, with Stephen Ireland heading to the Villains as part of the deal. After months of speculation, Stephen Ireland eventually gave in to his £2.4million pay-off demands and settled for half that amount to allow the transfer to go through.

The move was always going to happen and Milner has now become Man City's 6th big transfer of the Summer after Jerome Boateng, Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli.

The 24-year-old who has already played for Leeds and Newcastle signed on a 5-year contract with Aston Villa getting around £15million and Ireland in return. The transfer takes Man City's Summer spending to £118million.

In my opinion, I think Aston Villa have made a good bit of business. Ireland is still a fantastic player and Ashley Young and Stewart Downing can play on the wings. I'm not sure where Milner will fit into the City team as they seem to be overcrowded in his department. It was clear he wanted to go so Villa did the right thing and I think they'll come out better on the deal.

New Football Kits for the new season

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The online shopping website Very offer a huge selection of attire when it comes to football. They have football shirts for every team starting at the price of just £19.

Most of the kids come complete with either the home or away shirt, the team socks and of course the shorts and each kit is available in several sizes, including infant and baby styles.

The football attire featured online will make the perfect gift for any football fanatic and once purchased will be delivered to your door. If you order now you will receive your purchase this August and this includes free delivery and return. Very also allows you to buy now and pay nothing until July 2011, meaning you have plenty of time to save up for your beloved teams shirts.

As well as the latest kits for the season, also offer a range of football boots and football memorabilia, making this one of the best places to shop for the most dedicated football fan.

The store offers kits for International teams, European teams and Scottish teams as well as kits for all the Premiership teams, so there is most certainly a shirt to suit all.

The Premiership team kit available includes Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn, Bolton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Sunderland and Tottenham. The European and Scottish kits obtainable include Barcelona, Juventus, Rangers, Celtic and Real Madrid. Kits abailable for the international teams includes Argentina, Brazil, England, Holland, Ireland, Nothern Ireland and Portugal.

Two things Arsenal need to stand a chance of Premier League glory this season

Sunday, August 15, 2010
Its been five long, hard, trophy-less years for Arsene Wenger and his team. So much is expected from Arsenal every season but they fail to deliver. This season, like every other one, they are expected to challenge strongly for the title. However, after watching today's game against Liverpool, there are a few thing they need in order to have any chance.

The first thing is a new goalkeeper. They are badly in need of a goalkeeper and its about time Arsene Wenger realises this and does something about it. Almunia is not good enough for a club of Arsenal's stature and Fabianski is far too error prone and lacks confidence. Mark Schwarzer would be a good addition, or Igor Akinfeev would be money well spent.

The next thing is a new centre-back. They brought in one defender this summer, Laurent Koscienly. However, they lost three centre backs in Gallas, Campbell and Silvestre. They are seriously lacking in depth in the centre-back department.

A new striker wouldn't go astray either, although they should be OK providing Van Persie or Chamakh don't get seriously injured.

Premier League Preview

Friday, August 13, 2010

Finally, the Premier League is back. It's likely to be a very dramatic season, with several clubs eyeing a serious title challenge. Chelsea are the bookies favourite to retain the title, with Manchester United and Arsenal next in line.

Here is the first set of fixtures of the new Premier League season, and my predictions.

Tottenham v Manchester City (12.45) - Tottenham win

Aston Villa v West Ham (3.00) - Draw

Blackburn v Everton (3.00) - Everton win

Bolton v Fulham (3.00) - Draw

Sunderland v Birmingham (3.00) - Sunderland win

Wigan v Blackpool (3.00) - Wigan win

Wolves v Stoke (3.00) - Wolves win

Chelsea v West Brom (5.30) - Chelsea win


Liverpool v Arsenal (4.00) - Draw


Manchester United v Newcastle (8.00) - Manchester United win

Some intriguing fixtures here. I am especially looking forward to Tottenham v Manchester City and Liverpool v Arsenal. I think Chelsea are still the team to beat this season, and I'm not the only one.

If you put a tenner on all my predictions to come through, you stand to win £26268.17, not a bad weekends work.

Chelsea chasing Brazilian wonderkid

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Premier League champions Chelsea are apparently hot on the heels of Brazilian wonder kid Neymar, who currently plays for Santos. He is the second player from Brazil whom has been linked with Chelsea, along with Ramires. They will have to shell out in excess of £20 million for Neymar's signature.

''Santos FC recieved an official offer from Chelsea FC of England for the economic rights to the striker Neymar.''

Neymar has been closely monitored by several of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Inter Milan and of course Chelsea. He is very highly rated and big things are expected of him. He is probably too young to make it into the Chelsea starting 11, at only 18 he is definitely one for the future.

I've kept an eye on Neymar after seeing him on YouTube a couple of years ago. He reminds me of Robinho, small, fast and skill-full. I have no doubt he will someday play in Europe but whether he will be a success remains to be seen.

Fergie hungry for Premier League success

Monday, August 9, 2010

Manchester United chief Alex Ferguson has sent out a message to his rival stating that his players are raring to go for the new season. United were beaten to the title last season by Chelsea but a 3-1 victory for Fergie's men in the Community Shield signalled their intent to regain the title they lost last year.

Ferguson also appears to have faith in his squad, not adding many players over the transfer window bar Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez.

''I'm happy with this squad. If I keep everyone shipshape and fit then we'll have a really good chance.''

United have looked in good form in pre-season, with Antonio Valencia and new boy Hernandez particularly impressive. They have a good mix of youth and experience with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in the squad to guide the younger players. Keeping hold of Nemanja Vidic will prove crucial, along with the form of Wayne Rooney. They have got a very good chance, there is no doubt about it.

Wenger to swoop for Reina?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

According to 'The Sun', Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is going to make a massive £25 million bid for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina. Wenger is apparently looking for a new keeper after Almunia and Fabianski have come under immense criticism over the past year.

Its not only Reina Wenger has been linked with, there has also been speculation linking him with a move for Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer and Russian stopper Igor Akinfeev. However, Reina is probably the best out of these three and would probably be Wenger's first choice, if this speculation is true.

Personally, I think its rubbish. No way are Liverpool going to let Reina go. If Reina goes to Arsenal this season, I will post a full article stating I was wrong and 'The Sun' are always right. However, whilst Reina is an unrealistic target, Schwarzer and Akinfeev are realistic possibilities. If I was Wenger, I'd go for Akinfeev. He is young, only 24, but already vastly experienced.

There is no doubt that Arsenal need another keeper. Almunia simply isn't good enough and Fabianski is too error prone. Young keeper Vito Mannone was very impressive last season against Fulham, but he is too in-experienced for the number 1 spot.

This could be the closest English Premier League season yet

Friday, August 6, 2010
With the Premier League fast approaching, people are starting to ask who is going to win the Premier League this season. A lot of people will see Chelsea as hot favourites, but truth be told it could be a lot tougher for them to lift the Premier League title this time round. A long with it being an intriguing season for the teams involved, it could also be very interesting for those of you who play fantasy football.

Last season, despite a few slip ups, it was always a two horse race between Man United and Chelsea, with Arsenal keeping close but never mounting a serious challenge. However, this season will I'm sure be far different. You can expect Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool to be nipping at the heels of the two teams who have dominated English football over the past few year.

Key for Arsenal was keeping Cesc Fabregas, which was confirmed today after ongoing speculation linking him to Barcelona. Along with the signings of Maroune Chamakh and Laurent Koscienly, they will push hard this year. People may be writing off Liverpool, but they have had a very successful transfer window, keeping Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres is a major plus for The Reds, whilst the acquisition of Joe Cole could prove a stroke of genius by new manager Roy Hodgson.

As for Tottenham, whilst they haven't signed any big name players this summer, you can expect them to go from strength to strength after making fourth spot last season, an achievement which is likely to haven given their confidence a much needed boost. Meanwhile Manchester City have spent a lot, but spent wisely with the addition of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Jerome Boateng.
Whatever happens this season, your going to want to keep up to date with football news in order to keep up with all that will be happening.

Chelsea's Odds to Repeat as EPL Champs

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In hindsight, it’s really no surprise that Chelsea F.C. took the English Premier League Championship last year, outscoring Man U, the league’s most dominant presence, at crunch time en route to a third title. Chelsea kicked it into gear when it mattered most and played solid football, edging out the competition. But whether or not they can do it again is the news story here.

With the EPL start only a short two weeks away, clubs are scrambling for position, signing any talent they can get their hands on. Arsenal is looking for some central defenders and a solid goalkeeper, while Man U hopes players like Chris Smalling end the defensive drought. Chelsea is currently going through their own drama, with rumors—now quashed but still affecting—of Ashley Cole on his way out and the Brazilian midfielder Ramires on his way in.

So many small moves are made during the course of an offseason—especially a World Cup year—that it’s hard to gauge just where Chelsea stands on the odds end of the spectrum. Remember, this isn’t a fan expose about who finishes where. This is about odds makers and their confidence that Chelsea can best the EPL in consecutive years.

Truthfully, the tale is told differently depending on where you go. For an online casino that accepts us players, football (soccer) isn’t necessarily that big of a sport and thus isn’t critiqued by odds makers the same way a South American or European site would. Popular US sites have Chelsea listed at 3.00 to repeat, ahead of every other team—except Man U—by a long shot.

And while a site like this is better used for online blackjack games, the numbers aren’t too far off based on the performance. It’s akin, in the odds-making genre, to giving an NFL favorite a -3 spread – safe and acting enticing.

English sites are a little more favorable—and undoubtedly more knowledgeable—when it comes to Chelsea’s true odds. Most popular UK sites have them listed at around 2.875/2.95. And while that might not seem like much disparity, it paints a better picture at where they’re standing over their opponents, with Man U second at 3.10/3.50.

Now, obviously, it’s not even season’s start yet and all but impossible to accurately predict where Chelsea will finish on a game-by-game basis, much less the entire season. But people in the football know have them still listed better as powerhouse Man U and always scary Arsenal.

For anyone looking to lay a bet down on the season’s finish for a possible big payoff, just remember that sites offering download roulette games aren’t as credible as sites dealing strictly in sports betting in terms of accurate numbers. Don’t be lured in by big bonuses. For true odds, check out a true Euro sports book.

Who will be in your Fantasy Football team this year?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
With the Premier League fast approaching, I thought it was time to finally pick my Fantasy Football team for the upcoming season. I'm not going to lie, I've never been very successful when it comes to Fantasy Football, for the most part last year I was more of a mid table team, and I fear this year might be no different. Anyway, here is my Fantasy Football team this year.

Goalkeepers - Brad Friedel (Aston Villa), Boaz Myhill (West Brom)

Defenders - Richard Dunne ( Aston Villa), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Patrice Evra (Man United), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Gael Givet (Blackburn)

Midfielders - Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Francesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Barry Ferguson (Birmingham), Adam Johnson (Man City), Lee Bowyer (Birmingham)

Forwards - Wayne Rooney (Man United), Robin Van Persie (Arsenal), Ricardo Fuller (Stoke)

The players I put in bold are the players I will be starting. As you can see, some players are only there because they are cheap, but got the most points for their value last season e.g Barry Feguson, Kevin Foley and Gael Givet. I was a little worried about having two Birmingham players in midfield because if Birmingham have a bad day, I''ll be relying heavily on my other midfielders.

Overall I don't think its a bad team, and hopefully I will have a little bit of success, or at least not embarrass myself.

Cole going nowhere

Monday, August 2, 2010

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has been told by Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti he will not be leaving Chelsea this summer. Cole has been heavily linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, with Cole not hiding the face that he wouldn't mind working with Jose Mourinho again.

However, it doesn't look like he will get the chance to reunite with his old boss, not yet anyway. Carlo Ancelotti has denied any speculation that Cole will leave the club, stating that "Everyone can forget the idea he will leave this club.''

Cole is currently contracted to Chelsea until 2013 and makes around £100,000 pound a week, making him probably one of the highest paid left-backs in the World.

"It is only normal that Mourinho has a good relationship with Ashley. But I'm not interested in the relationship any of my players have with other coaches. Cole is staying."

There is no doubt that Cole is one, if not the, best left-backs in the World. However, with his talent comes controversy. He did not make a good impression in his last few month at Arsenal, clearly stating his intent and denying any of his teammates or even his manager an invite to his wedding. Since then the marriage has ended, and as we all know Cole was a regular feature in newspaper headlines, and issue which severely affected his form.

Liverpool line up bid for Parker

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Scott Parker has been subject to much speculation this summer, with Tottenham not shy in showing their interest in him and already having a big rejected. However, as with Joe Cole, it looks as if Liverpool are going to try and snatch him up before Spurs get the chance.

However, Liverpool will have to work much harder if they are going to land Parker. West Ham have been very firm on their intent to keep Parker at Upton Park, stating they will not let him go ''at any price.''

Roy Hodgson has also been linked with Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen, making it clear he is looking for someone to fill in for Inter bound Javier Mascherano. Personally I think it would be interesting to see how Parker would settle at Liverpool, especially after his torrid time at Chelsea. As for Poulsen, I watched him at the World Cup and whilst he looked a good player, maybe not good enough for a club like Liverpool.

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