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LvG already under big pressure

Former Liverpool player and manager, Kenny Dalglish said it perfectly:

“Louis van Gaal may have had difficult starts at Bayern Munich and Barcelona – but nothing like this. I don’t know how much pressure the Dutchman was actually under at those clubs but this, at Manchester United, might just be the most extreme pressure he has ever experienced.”

While some United fans would want to disagree with that, Dalglish hasn’t said anything wrong. After the disaster year that followed David Moyes’ managerial stint, Old Trafford was crying for a saviour. After rejecting Jose Mourinho a year earlier, who better than the Chelsea manager’s old mentor, Louis van Gaal to rectify all that’s gone wrong?

While the Dutchman drew plenty of plaudits and did well to steer Holland to a third place finish in the 2014 World Cup – when many were expecting them to finish behind Chile and Spain in the group – it has also massively increased the expectations on the former Bayern manager.

Louis van Gaal

It’s fair to say many expected him to hit the ground running – with no Champions League football either, van Gaal could solely focus on the league; something which has helped Roma, Juventus and most recently last season, Liverpool, with the decrease in fixtures.

However, it’s been anything but. United lost their opener at home against Swansea City while drawing with Sunderland away after taking the lead. To add insult to injury, League One side, MK Dons thrashed United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup.

It was always going to take time but not even the most pessimistic United fan would have expected a winless first three games of the season. To make matters more worrying is the fact that United have spent quite a lot this season – £59.7 million for Angel di Maria, £30 million for Luke Shaw and £28.5 million on Ander Herrera. And they might even spend more with the rumours of Arturo Vidal.

With these transfers, it’s interesting to note that Moyes never got his targets or spent this much in the summer preceding his first season, having an inferior squad to van Gaal. Sir Alex Ferguson also once mentioned £34 million being too much for one player – Eden Hazard in particular.

Of course, di Maria hasn’t played yet and the 3-5-2 formation could take time, but do United really have time on their side? With just two games in, they’re already 5 points behind the leaders and face a tricky away tie to Burnley. Confidence is already pretty low and another setback could have big consequences – van Gaal is already under big pressure.

Moyes never lost a game by more than 3 goals and van Gaal has already done that in his third game. He has the mentality, experience and personality to get United back on track but if things keep going this way, at what point do we stop defending the Dutchman?

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Who’ll win the Premier League in 2015?

Once all the furore around the World Cup has settled down – we’ll have a few weeks off then it will be time for the new seasons again all across Europe’s big leagues. And amongst these leagues there are none more interesting or competitive than England’s Premier League. But who will win it next season?

Premier League

Well it would seem to be between five teams. As things stand, José Mourinho’s Chelsea are marginal favourites to win – just ahead of last year’s champions Man City. But there’s not much to choose between the two at somewhere around 2/1. Then there’s a bit of a gap to Man United who may be rejuvenated under new boss Louis van Gaal who is currently doing a great job steering Holland through the World Cup. United are 11/2.

Louis van Gaal

They’re followed in the betting by last year’s runners-up Liverpool at around 8-1 and Arsenal at around 9/1. This year, Liverpool will have a Champions League campaign which may prove enervating – something they didn’t have to deal with last year. But even more importantly, of course, the signs are that they may be losing the serial biter and star player Luis Suarez to Barcelona for what will, presumably, be an enormous fee.

Of the five – Arsenal seem to be the value bet. The Gunners led the league for a long time at the start of last season before running out of steam and finishing fourth. But they were absolutely beset by injury problems and had looked very strong until that occurred. What’s more – they enjoyed a long and arduous FA Cup run as well as the Champions League. And whilst Gunners fans were delighted to see them lift the FA Cup in May – they’d much prefer Premier League success, so that is surely where Arsene Wenger’s focus will be this season. It would be no great surprise to see Arsenal exit both cup competitions early on as they concentrate on league success; time will tell.

Mourinho

Otherwise a lot will depend on what Mourinho, van Gaal, Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini do in the transfer market before the start of the season. Or maybe the new man at the helm at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino will make a few moves of his own a spring a surprise? If his record at Southampton is anything to go by – he could well so that. Spurs are currently a whopping 50-1 with 32Red. And it may be that you can qualify for a free bet here. If you click here to visit 32Red online casino, you’ll soon see that you qualify for up to £160 free if you haven’t previously registered with the site. So if you’re lucky enough and retain the free cash or maybe even win a bit more – you could end up with a free bet on next year’s Premier League winner – but who will that be exactly!?

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5 Tips For Better 2014 FIFA World Cup Wagers

Are you pumped up for the arrival of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament? If you aren’t excited now, think about this: the World Cup is one of the top sporting events of the summer, which means that everyone is going to be watching. Well, that’s only half right, you know. You see, football fans aren’t just going to be watching the action. They’re going to be making calls to bookmakers and placing bets on outcomes. There are so many different markets for this event that it’s going to be hard to keep up. The bottom line is this: there’s money to be made, if you wish to do so. Don’t waste another tournament year just watching the action, when you can take a tiny bit of the action pie for yourself. That tiny piece could end up being thousands if you make the right plays!

Here’s how to get things done. We’ll assume that you have a basic knowledge of the markets, and of online sports betting in general.

1. Know the Rules

It goes without saying that this is going to be a pretty big event. Millions of fans are going to be watching, and this represents a huge opportunity for all of the casinos and sportsbooks to offer some great odds. But remember, sportsbooks online are still businesses, and that means that they’re going to want to get some profit for themselves. Look up what circumstances have to take place for a bet to be marked void. Those circumstances could turn a surefire bet into a cancelled opportunity, which is the last thing that you want. While you’re refunded the money, it means that you also need to redirect it. Knowing ahead of time what events can trigger a bet to be made void can get you looking at alternate pathways of profit much faster than if you let yourself be surprised.

2014 FIFA World Cup

2. Shop Around for Odds

Why leave money on the table? Yes, there’s something to be said for loyalty in most areas of life. But the world of online sports betting isn’t one of those arenas. You want to shop around to make absolutely sure that you’re laying down the foundation for big profits here. A generous sportsbook that lets you make money knows ahead of time that there will be players that are sharks, but there will also be plenty of players that make trash bets too. Believe us, there’s plenty of opportunities for the sportsbook to profit without you giving up good odds for way too much margin. The word is getting out these days: too much margin means that you’re going to have to break a sweat just to eke out a tiny bit of profit for yourself. But you won’t find that advertised anywhere, of course.

3. Study Teams of Interest

Remember that this is a tournament. It’s going to run from June 14th to July 26th. That’s plenty of time for you to look at different teams that are of interest, right? The key point we’re trying to make is that you don’t want to just bet from the gut. You want to have a clear plan for success if you’re really serious about getting things done. Big money doesn’t come from following the crowd; big money comes from having a clear idea of the strengths and weaknesses that all of your teams of interest are going to bring to the table.

4. Rebet Smartly

Exactly what the consideration means: don’t just rebet because people are chattering. Look at the statistics, the numbers, and the glorious data around betting. Then make your decision. You’ll have a better series of results; we (almost) guarantee it!

5. Get Creative!

There are plenty of markets just within outright betting alone. The World Cup is going to bring some awesome opportunities for creative bets. You don’t have to do anything outside of your comfort zone if you don’t want to. But here’s a few interesting markets that we think you should watch closely:

Top North American Team
Top South American Team
Team to Receive Fastest Yellow Card
Top 3 Final

These tips should serve you well in the tournament. Don’t forget one thing: go bold. Make mistakes. These tips won’t stop you from every single error, but they can make it so that the game is much more enjoyable for you. Being profitable is a lot of work over time, but it’s worth it as long as you’re willing to put in the effort. Good luck out there!

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic at his best

I am used to see great goals from this man and he has not disappointed me tonight as well. He scored two goals against Leverkusen and his second goal was a real beauty.

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World Cup Group D Preview

With the World Cup fast approaching it’s time to look at the groups and Group D could hold one or two of the sides who can go a long way in Brazil. Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy comprise a testing group that will see one of the bigger sides drop out at the group stage.

Uruguay

Uruguay

Despite being two-time winners, Uruguay don’t often pop up on lists of genuine World Cup challengers but that is something that could change this year. With the likes of Diego Forlan, Martin Caceres, Fernando Muslera and Luis Suarez making up the nucleus of the side the future looks bright this summer.

Add to the mix Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and starlets Gaston Ramirez and Abel Hernandez and it becomes clear that Uruguay have a side able to challenge the best.

At 28-1 with Coral, the Copa America champions could be one of the surprise packages of the 2014 World Cup.

England

Hope springs eternal. That much is true when it comes to England and the World Cup.

It has been 48 years since Bobby Moore hoisted the Jules Rimet trophy aloft at the Old Wembley, yet every four years since England has dared to believe that “this could be the year the drought ends”.

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Unfortunately for England it hasn’t quite clicked since 1966, with 1990’s semi-final appearance their best showing since.

However, boss Roy Hodgson does have a now tight-knit group featuring the credible class of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard alongside the youthful exuberance of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge.

It is not inconceivable for the 28-1 shots to surprise a few people this summer.

Italy

Italy often perform best at a World Cup when the world is against them. In 1982 it was a betting scandal, in 2006 it was a match-fixing scandal.

Fortunately or unfortunately, there is little scandal surrounding this Italian team at the moment, but even more worringly there isn’t a lot of world class either.

As usual the Italian defence will prove a difficult obstacle to pass – the experience of Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon will see to that – but it’s getting goals that will cause Cesare Prandelli’s team most problems

Mario Balotelli, if chosen, is hit and miss on the big stage, but if he does fire in Brazil then Italy might have half a chance of out-performing their big odds of 25-1.

Costa Rica

The 1000-1 priced odds that Coral have given Costa Rica pretty much tells the story of what is expected in June.

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With PSV Eindhoven’s Bryan Ruiz and Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell leading the line, Costa Rica may prove difficult to contain in an attacking sense.

However, it will be an almighty shock if the CONCACAF side are able to match their previous best result of reaching the last 16 when they have been placed in such a tough group.

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Why you should not fake an injury

Ajaccio’s striker Gadji Tallo thought that it was a great idea to fake an injury until the coach felt compelled to sub him. His reaction was priceless 🙂

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New Maradona?

Otoniel Salinas isn´t a well-known name for most football supporters but this goal will be remembered by many…