Saturday, October 31, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 31 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 31 2015

Under fire Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho takes on Jurgen Klopp in the Premiership's big match.

Leaders Manchester City are at home against Norwich who have begun to ship goals of late. It's difficult to see any other result than a home win. Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park and a tricky fixture with Crystal Palace, who themselves took a hammering in the League Cup from City. Manchester United also lost in midweek going out on penalties to Middlesbrough after a 0-0 draw. A difficult one to call with the visitors so underwhelming but we take United to win.

Elsewhere Newcastle are at home to Stoke and Arsenal travel to Swanswea with something of an injury crisis. Watford are at home to high flying West Ham, while Everton host Sunderland, who had their first win under new manager Sam Allardyce in the Tyne Wear derby last weekend.

George's Premiership Predictions October 31 2015

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Chelsea 1 v Liverpool 1
Crystal Palace 1 v Man Utd 2
Man City 4 v Norwich 1
Newcastle 2 v Stoke 0
Swansea 1 v Arsenal 2
Watford 2 v West Ham 1
West Brom 1 v Leicester 2

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Everton 2 v Sunderland 1
Southampton 2 v Bournemouth 0

Monday, 2 November 2015

Tottenham 3 v Aston Villa 0

Chelsea Odds-On To Finish Outside Top 4 - 8/11 To Lose 10+ Games

Chelsea’s season is going from bad to worse and odds companies now make the Blues 4/6 to finish fifth or lower and 8/11 to lose ten or more Premier League games this season.

Chelsea, who are unbeaten in their last eight games against Liverpool, are 16/1 to be the top scorers in the Premier League this weekend with Klopp’s side quoted at 13/8 to finish above the Stamford Bridge side come May.

2015/16 Premier League – Chelsea Finishing Position

1st 33/1 2nd 20/1 3rd 7/1 4th 5/2
5th or Lower 4/6

2015/16 Total Chelsea Premier League Losses

Over 9.5 8/11 Under 9.5 Evs

2015/16 Premier League Match Bet – Who Finishes Higher

Chelsea 4/9 Liverpool 13/8

Weekend Premier League Specials (31st Oct – 2nd Nov)

Highest Scoring Team E/W ¼ 1,2,3
Man City 10/3 Tottenham 6/1
Everton 7/1 Southampton 8/1
Arsenal 9/1 Man Utd 16/1
Chelsea 16/1 Watford 22/1
Leicester 25/1 Newcastle 25/1
West Ham 28/1 West Brom 28/1
Liverpool 33/1 Stoke 33/1
Crystal Palace 50/1 Swansea 50/1
Bournemouth 66/1 Sunderland 66/1
Aston Villa 80/1 Norwich 100/1

Total Goals

Over 24.5 1/3 Under 24.5 9/4
Over 27.5 5/6 Over 27.5 5/6
Over 30.5 9/4 Under 30.5 1/3

Colback blow hurts Newcastle

Newcastle United look set to be without the services of the former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback until mid-December. Magpies boss Steve McClaren is already without Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Curtis Good, but Colback has now been ruled out for six weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the Wear-Tyne derby last weekend. The 26-year-old picked up the problem when he was challenged by Lee Cattermole and had to leave the Stadium of Light on crutches wearing a protective knee brace. McClaren said: "Sadly we won't have Jack Colback in our line-up this weekend after the results of a further scan on his right knee. "Unfortunately this injury, which was sustained at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, will see him out for up to six weeks and we all wish Jack the very best in his recovery." Newcastle entertain Stoke City on Saturday and are 7/5 to claim a much-needed victory.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 24 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 24 2015


The Premiership rolls on after midweek games in Europe for the top teams.

In the Premiership Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to secure his first win at Liverpool in his first home league match at Anfield after a 1-1 draw in the Europa League in midweek. Liverpool should just win this one against Saints but it won't be easy.

There are two local derbies on Sunday as Manchester United face Manchester City at home without David Silva and Sergio Aguero. We predict a high scoring draw.

Sam Allardyce's Sunderland are at home in the Tyne Wear derby and are desperate for points. We think they will collect the three on offer at the Stadium of Light.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Aston Villa 1 v Swansea 1
Leicester 2 v Crystal Palace 1
Norwich 0 v West Brom 1
Stoke 2 v Watford 1
West Ham 2 v Chelsea 3
Arsenal 2 v Everton 1

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Sunderland 2 v Newcastle 1
Bournemouth 1 v Tottenham 3
Man Utd 2 v Man City 2
Liverpool 1 v Southampton 0

Birthday Boy Rooney To Have His Cake & Eat It?

Wayne Rooney hits 30 this weekend with the birthday boy priced at 7/1 to score the opener in the Manchester derby, 80/1 to notch a hat-trick and 11/4 to outscore Raheem Sterling on Sunday.
Bookies are going 2/1 about a red card being brandished at Old Trafford with LVG’s side quoted at 11/4 to finish the season above City.
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Manchester United v Manchester City 25th Oct

90 Minutes
Man Utd 8/5 Draw 5/2 Man City 9/5
90 Minute Goal Match Bet – Who Will Score Most Goals (Both must start)
Wayne Rooney 11/4 Tie 8/11 Raheem Sterling 10/3
A Red Card In Match
Yes 2/1 No 4/11
2015/16 Premier League Match Bet – Who Finishes Higher
Man Utd 11/4 Man City 1/4
Soccer - Lallana calls for patience

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has warned the Anfield faithful that they will have to show patience as new head coach Jurgen Klopp tries to change things around at the club. Klopp has seen his new charges draw both of their first two games since he took over at the club, with Lallana confident that success will eventually come for the Merseysiders. Ahead of a Sunday league clash with former club Southampton, Lallana told the Echo: "It was never going to just change overnight. Maybe the reaction to him coming in was a bit over the top, but he's a great manager who has had great success. "He's asking people to do different things to what they were used to, so it will take a bit of time. "It's not going to happen overnight, but I'm very confident we're going to succeed under him." Lallana is 15/4 with bookies to score at any time against the Saints, with Liverpool 21/20 to claim a first victory under former Borussia Dortmund tactician Klopp.

Soccer - Vardy challenged by Ranieri

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has challenged striker Jamie Vardy to continue his fine goalscoring form for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old England international has nine Premier League goals to his name already this season and is currently 8/1 with bookies to finish the campaign as the top scorer in the English top-flight. And Ranieri has challenged Vardy to maintain his high standards and prove himself as one of the top forwards in the game. He told reporters ahead of a clash with Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium: "I hope he can continue, but football is strange. "It is not important to think about goal or no goal, but it is important for him to think about how he plays for the team. "It is the first year he has shown what he can do in the Premier League. He scored 16 in the Championship and now he starts to learn again and I hope he can improve again."

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 17 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 17 2015

The Premiership continues on after the final week of regular Euro 2016 qualification games.

In the Premiership Jurgen Klopp will be in charge of Liverpool in his first match away at Spurs. Brendan Rogers was sacked before the international break which is so often the case for managers on the edge. How will his German replacement fare in the Premier League?

Manchester City are at home to newcomers Bournemouth and even without David Silva and Sergio Aguero should be too strong at home. Manchester United travel to Goodison after a poor game away to Arsenal, Chelsea face a disappointing Aston Villa while high-flying Palace are at home to fellow Londoners West Ham.

The Premiership continues on after the final week of regular Euro 2016 qualification games.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Tottenham 1 v Liverpool 3
Chelsea 2 v Aston Villa 0
Crystal Palace 2 v West Ham 1
Everton 2 v v Man Utd 1
Watford 1 v Arsenal 2
Man City 3 v Bournemouth 1
Southampton 2 v Leicester 0
West Brom 0 Sunderland 1

Sunday, 19 October 2015

Newcastle 1 v Norwich 2

Monday, 20 October 2015

Swansea 1 v Stoke 0

Klopp To Top Last Season’s Sixth Spot?

Jurgen Klopp takes his new side to White Hart Lane this weekend with bookmakers betting on Liverpool’s finishing position this season.
England Euro 2016 hopefuls Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge will be going head-to-head in north London with the Spurs man quoted at 5/2 to outscore his Liverpool counterpart.

2015/16 Premier League - Where Will Liverpool Finish
1st 33/1 2nd 20/1 3rd 12/1 4th 5/1
5th 7/2 6th 11/2 7th+ 11/8
90 Minutes Betting
Tottenham 6/4 Draw 5/2 Liverpool 2/1
Tottenham v Liverpool – 90 Minute Goals Match Bet 17th Oct
Harry Kane 5/2 Tie 4/5 Daniel Sturridge 3/1
(Both must start)

Soccer - Ranieri reveals Saints talks

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said that he held talks with Southampton last year about becoming Saints boss before he took charge of Greece. The former Chelsea and Valencia manager endured a dreadful time with the Greeks, who have failed to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals. Ranieri lost his job after only four months in charge of the Euro 2004 winners before being named as the new Foxes boss this summer. "I was interested, but after that there was also the Greece job - and I made a mistake," admitted the Italian. Southampton face Leicester this weekend and Saints are 1/2 to be the first team to score in the St Mary's clash and 6/4 to keep a clean sheet in the game.

Soccer - Mourinho confident Chelsea's fortunes will change

Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has predicted that his side will soon start climbing the table. Last season's Premier League champions have made a dismal start to the defence of their title, losing four of their first eight matches, and are 16th in the table ahead of this weekend's game against Aston Villa. However, Mourinho is certain that his side will soon start to put some wins on the board. He said: "Every game is a must-win game and, when we don't win, it's always a frustration, but we cannot run away from the reality of the situation. "We need to win matches, for us, for the Chelsea supporters. We are not going to be relegated - in a couple of months we will be in a position we want to be in." Chelsea are 5/6 to keep a clean sheet against Villa and 21/10 to be leading 1-0 at half-time at Stamford Bridge.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cracks appear in the Camp Nou

Barcelona have made a stumbling start to their title defence in Spain.

A clean sweep of domestic and European trophies last season could not have been better for Barcelona and their new manager Luis Enrique, but after seven games and two defeats, the 2015/16 season has shown there are hairline cracks beneath the façade. 

Fourth position in La Liga just will not do for the club's expectant mountain of fans and even more demanding hierarchy, although the faults in the architecture started to show in pre-season as Barça crashed shockingly 4-0 to Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

A limp effort at clawing back the deficit at the Camp Nou ended in a 1-1 draw and an embarrassing aggregate score overall.

The defence of their title began slowly adequately with 1-0 wins over Athletic Bilbao and Malaga before their first real test away to Atletico Madrid.

Cracks appear in the Camp Nou

Lionel Messi was strangely dropped from the starting lineup for the visit to the Manzanares, a first hint perhaps of waning powers, but the magician returned in the second half and cast his old spells to help the Blaugrana k.o. one of their closest rivals. So far so good, winning while playing badly, the hallmark of champions.

That crucial away win seemed to spell another season of Catalan conquest, an impression Real added to by drawing at home to Gijon and away to Malaga.

A 4-1 win over Levante followed before a result no-one foresaw, a 4-1 thrashing at Celta Vigo.
The Galicians tore their visitors apart and left Gerard Pique and colleagues looking slow and lacking appetite.

Then Messi succumbed to injury and Barcelona lost 2-1 at Sevilla to slip into fourth. The Europa League winners are no slouches it must be said, and Celta have been a revelation too so far, riding as high as second behind league leaders Villareal.

In the Champions League, Barça have been scarcely more impressive. They were held 1-1 away to Roma before two late goals saved their bacon at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

So what has changed this season at Barça?

Injuries to Andres Iniesta and Messi, and the first full season without Xavi, who has gone to pastures, or perhaps sand dunes, new in Qatar have removed the holy trinity from the midfield.

Selling the highly talented but consistently underused Pedro to Chelsea left a gap in attacking options while big money signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal cannot pull on the blaugrana until 2016 when their club's transfer ban expires.

Keeping the ball at will is no longer a given for the side, and replacements Marc Bartra, Munir and Sandro are not of the same calibre as the missing stars.

This means Barça have been on the back foot more than usual, coping with unfamiliar territory. Enrique too has been less keen to use substitutes than he was last season, implying his squad is not as deep as it should be. Barcelona B's pathetic relegation from the second flight last season confirmed there is not much to chew on after the first layer is exhausted.

It seems Barça are trying to haul themselves over the finish line of the Christmas break, after which they can unleash new blood in the form of Turan, Vidal and any new players they can pluck from the January transfer window.

Luckily for them, Luis Suarez is still wearing his scoring boots and Real Madrid have fluffed their lines and failed to hit top spot, hampered as they have been by injuries to Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

It is much too early to talk of a Catalan crisis but that never stopped the media hitting their familiar response button when Barcelona or Real Madrid fail to win any match impressively.

Barça are only one point off the lead it must be stressed, but the narrative of an empire beginning to creak at the seams is an unavoidable one.

A large chunk of Enrique's team are employed elsewhere in the international break before the rest of October hands them a welcome opportunity to catch Villareal up with home games against lowly Rayo Vallecano and Eibar as well as two clashes with Bate Borisov in the Champions League. Life could be worse.

From mid-November things hot up with the visit of early league-leaders Villareal, the first clásico
at the Bernabeu and the Roma in the Champions League at the Camp Nou. In reality, any game where less than three points are accrued sharpens the knife for Enrique.

The Asturian knows his job is one of the most demanding in world football and nothing less than perfection is required. 

Like Rafael Benitez, he signed up for an impossible job. Yet in his maiden season he handled the media attacks with acumen and shut up his critics with a full house of cups. 

Should Barça stumble in the Champions League this campaign however, as looks increasingly likely, or maintain their wins to losses ratio domestically, the cava of last season will lose its fizz all too quickly.

For the neutral, this title race is already much more interesting than last season's.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

Friday, October 2, 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 3 2015

George's Premiership Predictions October 3 2015

The Premiership rolls on after a week of mixed fortunes for English clubs in Europe. The Manchester clubs both had narrow 2-1 wins against German opposition but London's Arsenal and Chelsea both lost.

In the Europa League there were 1-1 draws for both Liverpool and Spurs.

In the Premiership this weekend Manchester United travel to face Arsenal where a defeat for the hosts could heap more pressure on Arsene Wenger. Manchester United won this fixture last season and have a good record away at Arsenal.

Chelsea need to halt their slide at home to Southampton who will be difficult opponents. We are backing another slight upset for Mourinho's struggling Blues, a draw.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers says Liverpool are bigger than city rivals Everton. All the form points to Everton having the bragging rights after this weekend's encounter but the draw remains the favourite.

Manchester City should be too good for Newcastle, but the Magpies got a point the last time they were in Manchester in August at Old Trafford. That was in a scoreless draw. We think City will score and win 1-0.

George's Premiership Predictions October 3 2015

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Crystal Palace 2 v West Brom 0
Aston Villa 1 v Stoke 1
Bournemouth 1 v Watford 1
Man City 1 v Newcastle 0
Norwich 2 v Leicester 1
Sunderland 1 v West Ham 1
Chelsea 2 v Southampton 2

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Everton 2 v Liverpool 1
Arsenal 1 v Man Utd 2

Swansea 1 v Tottenham 1

Rooney 7/1 To Outscore Arsenal

Wayne Rooney broke his Premier League duck versus Sunderland last weekend, and the striker, who scored his 1st Premier League goal, 1st Man Utd league goal and 100th top flight career goal against Arsenal, is 7/1 to outscore the Gunners on his own on Sunday.

Arsenal v Man Utd Sun 4th Oct
Who Will Score More Goals (Rooney must start)
Arsenal 2/5 Tie 3/1 Wayne Rooney 7/1
90 Minutes Betting
Arsenal Evs Draw 14/5 Man Utd 14/5

Soccer - Barcelona reeling from Iniesta injury

Andres Iniesta will not travel with Barcelona to the Sanchez Pizjuan to face Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday because of a hamstring injury. Barca coach Luis Enrique described early reports suggesting the decorated Spain playmaker could be out for two months as "terrible news" and the veteran midfielder will now join Argentina superstar Lionel Messi on the sidelines. Rafinha, Claudio Bravo, Adriano and Thomas Vermaelen are also expected to miss Saturday's return to La Liga. Last season's Treble winners were subjected to boos from a section of Camp Nou supporters on Tuesday when Kyriakos Papadopoulos gave Bayer Leverkusen a shock lead before the Catalans sealed a 2-1 win in the Champions League, and Enrique felt the reaction was unfair. "These are thorns in our side we have to shake off," Enrique told reporters. "My players deserve a huge amount of credit for turning around a very difficult situation. It was a tough night - the second game without our best player [Messi] and our second win." Sevilla are currently priced 3/1 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 13/5. Barcelona are available to back in the 90 minutes market at 10/11.

Soccer - Rodgers won't go looking for sympathy

Brendan Rodgers has said there should be some "perspective" about Liverpool's start to the new season and insisted he will be not be seeking assurances over his future from the club's owners. An underwhelming start to the Premier League, which has yielded three wins from the opening seven games, was compounded by a second successive draw in the Europa League on Thursday against Sion. Now the attention turns to Sunday's Merseyside derby and the chance to upset in-form hosts Everton, while Rodgers stressed his players are only five points adrift of leaders Manchester United. "It's about perspective. It's still very early. We're a couple of points off where we want to be, five points off the top with a lot of improvement left to come," he told reporters at his press conference on Friday. "Everton have done well. They are a point ahead of us. They've had a good start and we've had a disaster!" Rodgers said he did not need an arm around the shoulder from the club's owners and vowed to stick to his brief of trying to improve his players. "I don't seek reassurances. I love the club, I enjoy being here and the challenge of improving and developing," he said. Everton are currently priced 9/1 to finish in the top four in the Premier League, with Liverpool 11/4.

Soccer - Martinez ramps up derby scrutiny

Roberto Martinez has attempted to diffuse some of the heat on his Everton players by suggesting the pressure of Sunday's Merseyside derby is on local rivals Liverpool. Everton are four places but only one point better off than Brendan Rodgers' side and Martinez does not subscribe to the opinion a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions about his team makes the result a formality. Liverpool's spending since the arrival of Rodgers from Swansea in 2012 is estimated to be close to £300 milliom and Martinez says that level of outlay only increases the burden on the visitors. "If you're looking at ... the amount of money that Liverpool have spent in the last three seasons, clearly they need to be the favourites," Martinez told his pre-match conference on Friday. Everton have not lost in the Premier League in four games since a 2-0 defeat by leaders Manchester City and Martinez has demanded his players make home advantage count. "It's about how good we can be," he said. "How well we can start the game. How consistent we can be throughout the 90 minutes. And how much we can use playing at home [to] our advantage." Everton are priced 17/10 in the market.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fifa World Rankings October 2015

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Fifa World Rankings October 2015

Fifa's World Rankings for October 2015 were published on Thursday at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

Losing Copa America finalists Argentina are top followed by Germany, Belgium, Colombia, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Wales, Copa America winners Chile and England.

Wales are remain of neighbors England for the second time since the rankings began as both teams seem odds-on to qualify for Euro 2016. Wales face Andorra at home in their next qualifying match.

Algeria are the top African team in 19th place.

Asian Cup winners Australia are in 58th place; beaten quarter-finalists Japan are in 56th. Near neighbors South Korea are in 53rd place after making the final of the Asian Cup, where they lost narrowly to the hosts, Australia.

The USA are in 29th. Scotland are in 40th position. The Republic of Ireland are in 54th place, Northern Ireland are in 35th position.

1 Argentina
2 Germany
3 Belgium
4 Portugal
5 Colombia
6 Spain
7 Brazil
8 Wales
9 Chile
10 England
11 Austria
12 Switzerland
13 Romania
14 The Netherlands
15 Czech Republic
16 Croatia
17 Italy
18 Slovakia
19 Algeria
20 Uruguay

Full world rankings

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