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Manchester United vs Arsenal

Although neither Manchester United nor Arsenal have much left to play for in the Premier League, expect not a single inch to be given in what is the last act of one of the greatest managerial rivalries of the modern day.

In the large scheme of things, this game is perhaps nothing but a dead rubber. Manchester City have already won the league title, so Manchester United have nothing but a 2nd-place finish over bitter rivals Liverpool to contend for. On the other hand, Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top 4 are all but over – they will have their eyes on the Europa League as their route to the Champions League. However, when Man Utd take on Arsenal, the stakes are always high – and if this fixture needed a fresh lease of life, it has been accorded just that, in light of Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down at the end of this season.

Man Utd will go into this game as heavy favourites – 8/17 on Betfair Premier League odds. They are certainly the side that can afford to take this fixture more seriously. Man Utd’s potential FA Cup final is after the end of the league season. For Arsenal, this fixture is sandwiched between two crucial Europa League semi-final ties against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Arsenal would need nothing short of a miracle to finish in the top 4, according to Betfair Premier League Predictions, With that in mind, Wenger could opt to rest key players for this clash, but don’t expect Jose Mourinho to show similar nicety towards his arch-nemesis as they clash for the final time. [Read more…]

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Test your general knowledge of football

There is no doubt that football is the most popular sport on the planet. Millions of people across the planet are involved in football one way or another, whether that is by playing the game or placing bets on online football betting sites. Considering that there are fans being involved in different ways, it should come as no surprise that there are also fans with different levels of knowledge. The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world and as a result, has the biggest ‘fan-base’. This means that there are a lot of casual football fans following the league, but also some fanatic football fans as well.

With the ‘invention’ of the sport dating back to the 19th century, the difficulty of football questions can vary depending on how invested in the sport they are. Some of the more casual questions such as guessing the name of England’s top division should be an easy question for any fan. However questions such as naming the 1930 World Cup champions will probably suitable for some of the more knowledge football fans.

This quiz will test your general knowledge of football. Are you a football fanatic, or are you a casual football fan?

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Guide to Betting on Football

There are many reasons why betting on football is more popular now than it`s ever been in the past but much of its success is tied in with the growth of the internet and the subsequent increase in online gambling. It`s taken some of the stigma out of betting which in turn has shed, what was viewed as a somewhat `seedy image` and it has underlined the fact that betting in moderation is fun.

If you`ve never placed a bet online before then the first task is to open an account. Maybe you`ve used a bookmaker`s shop in the past and if you`re familiar with a particular brand then you can of course continue to use them.

However, it`s worth looking at the many incentives that all outlets offer when you open an account. These will tend to fall into two categories and they will either be in the shape of free bets or matched deposits. You can rest assured that there really is no catch with these because each bookmaker just wants to entice you in and secure you as a long term client so take your time in finding the best deal around. [Read more…]

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3 rules that could shake up world football

In the FIFA headquarters, we would like to image a bunch of passionate football experts conjuring up  ideas for the next technological innovation or footballing law that could improve the game and take it to the next level. However, as we know, FIFA is basically just a bunch of corrupt dogs who do nothing but take money from large corporations. So, what could happen if the people were in charge? What if it was up to us to think of some new ideas to challenge the current game? Here are a few ideas to think about – what do you think?

Bonus points for goal margin

The idea of awarding teams extra point for outscoring their opponents has often been discussed amongst fans. There are many games where a team would rather sit back, park the bus and take the draw and this can make football interesting, however it’s very frustrating and often boring. In terms of entertainment purposes this would increase the number of teams willing to go towards goal and grab as many as they can and will encourage lesser teams to pick up points this way. However, the ruling would be a very drastic introduction into football that a lot of people would oppose. [Read more…]

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3 reasons for Liverpool’s mid-season meltdown

Despite the rocking start to this season under Jürgen Klopp during the Christmas and January period they have suffered from an embarrassing run of form which must be rendering Liverpool fans insane. How can Klopp’s players go from brushing team to team aside with a bundle of goals to struggling to hit the barn door? Their recent loss against Hull has further highlights the problems Liverpool have. But what are the real reasons behind their demise? Let’s take a look.

Pressure Overload

It’s no secret that Klopp loves to play high intensity football from the top of the field. We saw this at Dortmund and we have seen him successfully implement this tactic at Liverpool up until recently. The only weakness to this tactic is player fatigue. Arguably Liverpool do not have the same squad depth that Dortmund did when Klopp was in charge which means the key players are becoming tired much quicker than they should. The busy Christmas period means this has taken its toll on the squad. Up until recently Liverpool were both domestic competitions. They had two legs in the league cup semi-final against Southampton which almost all clubs don’t have to deal with as well as the FA Cup and a replay which saw another extra game added to their already congested fixture list. It’s only possible to play high intensity football for a certain amount of time and that time has certainly ended. Klopp must resort to other ways of playing football or rotate the team more efficiently to let key players rest. [Read more…]

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Top 5 football clubs in the world

There are a lot of top clubs in the football industry today and it’s not easy to say who’s on top in terms of being the best football club around. Many of the best teams in the world go through stages of being the best for a while until another team steps up to the plate. All of the clubs have their good and bad days but the below list displays 5 of the current top football clubs this world has to offer in terms of recent success and form.

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1) Barcelona – You can’t deny the fact Barcelona have been one of the best teams in the world for years now thanks to the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Saurez. Any team that has to go up against Barcelona will know full well what they are up against and the chances of getting 3 points out of the game is always going to be come with a lot of hard work, and most teams fail in that respect. With that in mind, Barcelona are of course beatable but with their recent form in years it’s hard to find any better team than them out there. Barcelona always play attractive football which is another reason for their success, and it’s a reason why they are loved by many fans across the world.

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2) Bayern Munich – Bayern Munich have always been big fish in terms of the best in the world, even back when Manchester United beat them 2-1 in 1999 to go on to win the treble. Bayern Munich have always been world class and still continue to dominate the German league in front of the likes of Borrusia Dortmund. They have the team and the experience to win any competition they enter and have won the European Cup 3 times in a row before which just goes to show what a to team Bayern Munich is.

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3) Real Madrid – Another world class team that has been high in the ranks for season after season is Real Madrid. They are top of the list when it comes to the most Champions League trophy wins, they have won it 11 times which establishes themselves as one of the top teams Europe and the rest of the world has to offer. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, James Rodrigues and Gareth Bale on their roster, they will certainly give any team in the world a run for their money on a good day. [Read more…]

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UEFA Champions League

With this season’s UEFA Champions League now at the quarter-final stage, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have emerged as clear favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy in Berlin.

With the draw panning out the way it did, there can not be much surprise that Bayern Munich, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, are fancied by many to lift the Champions League in 2015. There can be little doubt that Bayern will overcome Porto over two legs and progress to the semi-finals. Barcelona have a somewhat more difficult task against Chelsea’s conquerors, Paris Saint-Germain. The two teams have met four times in the Champions league recently, without too much to separate them. However, with the second leg to be played at the Camp Nou and the great form they are in, Barcelona should have enough to progress.

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Italian giants Juventus, will be delighted with their draw and should have enough to defeat Monaco over two legs. Pulling away at the top of Serie A, Juventus can really focus on the Champions League and should be able to prevent Monaco from causing another upset in the competition.

Easily the most anticipated tie, is the meeting between last year’s finalists, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Despite losing the final to their rivals last season, Atletico Madrid have a fantastic recent record against Real Madrid. Out of their last 8 meetings, Real Madrid have not managed to defeat Atletico once, inside 90 minutes, yet with many, remain as clear favourites to progress to the semi-finals. Despite sitting fourth, some 9 points off the leaders Barcelona, Diego Simeone and his team, have the beating of Real Madrid and consolidated that, with a tremendous 4-0 victory over the Champions League holders in La Liga, at the start of February.

Furthermore, Real Madrid are struggling for form at the moment, losing three of their last four matches and there seems to be no sign of them turning that corner. With the first leg to be played at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, Carlo Ancelotti can not afford a repeat performance of their 4-0 defeat, otherwise the tie could be over before the second leg even takes place.

With the retention of their La Liga title seeming more and more unlikely, as Barcelona continue to dominate, come mid-April, Simeone may decide that it’s time to concentrate on progressing in the Champions League.

At this stage of the competition, it’s difficult to pick a winner but with the know-how of defeating Real Madrid and the experience of reaching the final last season, Atletico Madrid have what it takes to lift the UEFA Champions League in 2015.