Latest football news http://www.footballtop.com/news/rss FootballTop en 5 Tips for Guessing Who Will Finish Where in the Premier League Next Season http://www.footballtop.com/news/5-tips-guessing-who-will-finish-where-premier-league-next-season <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Can we talk about Premier League without feeling that peculiar, exciting, overwhelming sense of joy? This has been the case since 1992, when the first Premier League season was launched. No wonder it is the most-watched league in the world. Each team brings something unique to the competition. This is why getting precise statistics on the upcoming season is impossible. But, some factors can help us outsmart the best football analyst, and we’re here for it. Let’s get right in!</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/nathan-rogers-i9hyw30buuq-unsplash.jpeg" width="624" height="416" alt="nathan-rogers-i9hyw30buuq-unsplash.jpeg" /></p> <h3>Betting Platforms</h3> <p>A betting site like <a href="https://www.21.co.uk/">21.co.uk</a> seems to have a knack for predicting possible outcomes in football. It’s almost like a sixth sense, and you can use this to your advantage.</p> <p>Here is how to go about it. First rule: Forget about your gut instincts! With that in mind, click on the betting platform and look for the prognostics. This site usually has all the details on who is likely to win and why. This information can give you an idea of what the season is going to look like and even give you a serious head start in other leagues.</p> <h3>Get an Expert Point of View</h3> <p>Now that you know who the betting platforms have chosen as the crown bearer, you’ll need to hear from an expert too. But this can be a challenging task because there are so many football experts on the internet. Although those with a large audience have more credibility, you need to check their past records to make sure they are a reliable source. If they’ve checked all those boxes, then you can use their analysis to have an objective point of view.</p> <h3>Past Seasons</h3> <p>Although this may sound like an obvious thing to do, most people can’t seem to wrap their head around this. Studying the previous season can be helpful if you want to pick a Premier League winner. This doesn’t mean you have to retrace the <a href="https://www.premierleague.com/history/origins#:~:text=In%20the%20early%201990s%2C%20English,up%20of%20the%20Premier%20League." rel="nofollow">history of the Premier League</a>. That may be fun, but it won’t be of great help, as there have been drastic changes over the years. Instead, you would want to focus on the past ten seasons. Check out which club has been winning and the lapse of time between each win. </p> <h3>Titleholders</h3> <p>When gathering statistics on the Premier League, it is essential to look at the bigger picture. Find out how many titles each team has won, both in the Premier League and in other competitions like the <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League, for example. This way, you’ll get to see how the different teams perform on an international level. If they can do well on foreign grounds, then the probability of them winning at home is higher.</p> <h3>Individual Game</h3> <p>Football is undoubtedly a collective sport, but studying each player’s game can be very helpful. A team’s strategy is more likely to succeed if the players can compensate for their teammates’ weaknesses. This is why before any football match, opponents usually study the team in front of them to have a precise idea of how each participant plays. You can use this approach to determine which team will win. </p> <p>However, it’s important to note performances aren’t always repeatable. Some players will have stellar single seasons. Others will have had storied careers but are passing their peak, like <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/news/are-manchester-united-right-keep-hold-ronaldo">Ronaldo</a>.</p> <h3>As a Final Note</h3> <p>With all that said, you’ve started drawing your personal list on who will finish where in the Premier League. Nevertheless, keep in mind that this game is full of surprises. You never know what can happen. The least favourite club, according to history, might as well surprise everyone and win the upcoming season. And, I guess this is one of the reasons we love this game so much. </p> </div></div></div> Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:34:44 +0000 Gladys Villalonga 650536 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/5-tips-guessing-who-will-finish-where-premier-league-next-season#comments Should Chelsea Be Looking at New Midfielders or New Centre Backs? http://www.footballtop.com/news/should-chelsea-be-looking-new-midfielders-or-new-centre-backs <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Just one year after lifting the <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League trophy, Chelsea is looking to rebuild many of its lines, according to remarks from manager Thomas Tuchel. In a turbulent season with the ownership change, the Blues were close to the top on many levels but failed to win in the Premiership, where they came a distant third behind Man City and Liverpool. Later, the winner, Real Madrid, stopped Chelsea in the quarter-final round.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/bez_zagolovka_2.png" width="624" height="468" alt="bez_zagolovka_2.png" /></p> <h3>What will fans get for their ticket price?</h3> <p>How will Thomas Tuchel compose a competitive team with the pending departures of some key players? With the <a href="https://seatpick.com/chelsea-tickets">Chelsea tickets price</a> being among the most prized in the league, fans are spoiled and want a good return for the investment. So here are the most glaring areas where the Blues need to improve in the summer transfer window.</p> <h3>Depleted defence</h3> <p>German national team defensive back Antonio Rüdiger has been a cornerstone and player with the most minutes in last season for the defensive line for Chelsea. But, unfortunately, a reliable centre-back is moving to Real Madrid this summer and will leave a considerable gap. But, it is not the only departure from the reliable defence.</p> <p>Cesar Azpilicueta will probably return to Spain, and Andreas Christensen is heading to Barcelona, leaving the defender depth chart depleted. In addition, <a href="https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/12619749/chelsea-the-summer-transfer-window-and-what-they-need-to-do" rel="nofollow">Thiago Silva turns 38</a> in the fall and will need serious reinforcements.</p> <p>If everything goes according to announcements, Chelsea will bring in the Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. Other names on the shortlist are <span class="caps">PSG</span>’s Presnel Kimpenbe, Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid and rising Croatian right-back star, <span class="caps">RB</span> Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.</p> <h3>Midfield puzzle</h3> <p>The questions in the middle of the field remain with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, who has one year left on the contract and are in their 30s, with Kante being injured frequently lately. The team should extend their contract or try to get something in return with transfers. </p> <p>The team is allegedly pursuing Monaco midfielder Aurelian Tchouameni, who is more likely to side with European champions Real Madrid. The other names on the radar include <span class="caps">PSV</span>’s Ibrahim Sangare and Declan Rice. Chelsea still has Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and rotation players in Loftus-Cheek and Barkley.</p> <h3>Is the attack problematic?</h3> <p>Chelsea scored 76 goals in 38 matches in Premier League, which is very good, but not excellent, and way behind the top two teams. Eden Hazard left Chelsea three years ago and was the last player with 20+ goals in a season, which brings management concern.<br /> Belgian attacker Romelu Lukaku didn’t provide what was expected, while the <span class="caps">US</span> team’s biggest star Christian Pulisic and Germans Timo Werner and Kai Havertz had good performances.</p> <p>Chelsea is apparently looking for a forward position, Frenchman Ousmane Dembele, or <span class="caps">RB</span> Leipzig’s Christopher Nkuku. </p> <p>Suppose the Blues want more offensive production in the upcoming season. In that case, some of the strikers mentioned in connection with the Stamford Bridge side are Benfica’s Darwin Nunez or Lille’s Jonathan David. Although big transfers are already taking place, with London’s rival Tottenham signing Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, the clock is pressing for Tuchel and Chelsea management to replace the missing links and bring proper reinforcements. </p> </div></div></div> Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:05:18 +0000 AlEXTAZY 650529 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/should-chelsea-be-looking-new-midfielders-or-new-centre-backs#comments Are Manchester United Right to Keep Hold of Ronaldo? http://www.footballtop.com/news/are-manchester-united-right-keep-hold-ronaldo <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>So, it is confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Old Trafford. The Man Utd player has faced this question in many forms. “Would you stay considering…? Age? New managers? Better offers? Personal problems? Etc.”</p> <p>But was it the right decision for Manchester United to keep a hold of their best player? On face value, the answer is obvious. Of course, they should. But Ronaldo’s getting on and he has signed up for another 2-year contract where an injury could take him out of the game for good. Should Man Utd have swapped him out for one or two younger players?</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/enrique-guzman-egas-q1zq6zlnrja-unsplash.jpeg" width="620" height="414" alt="enrique-guzman-egas-q1zq6zlnrja-unsplash.jpeg" /></p> <h3>No, because he’s becoming entitled</h3> <p>It’s part of the territory of being named one of the best players in the world, but Ronaldo’s getting a big head on his shoulders. Mainly, it’s becoming clear that he doesn’t like to be handled.</p> <p>He was famously very fond of ex-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and defended him when there were calls for the manager to be sacked. Which is fine, until you hear about Ole’s management style. He had a softly, softly approach that allowed players to come and go as they pleased, and which was diametrically opposed to interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s “drill sergeant” approach.</p> <p>Ronaldo didn’t like Rangnick and said as much while he was still in the position – a lot. While other players like Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga thrived off of the more intense training, Ronaldo wanted to be left alone.</p> <p>Which brings us to new Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag, who has confirmed he is bringing the model of training he enjoyed at Ajax to the Man Utd team. Of course, Ronaldo isn’t happy and has told the press he’s fine with staying at Old Trafford as long as ten Hag keeps his revolutionary new training model <a href="https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/09/cristiano-ronaldo-tells-manchester-united-team-mates-he-wants-to-stay-at-club-on-one-condition-16608981/" rel="nofollow">far from him</a>.</p> <p>Whether he likes it or not, ten Hag is coming, and bringing his Ajax model with him. And whether he likes it or not, Ronaldo is part of the team. It’s obvious to see a clash of personalities and egos in the future. Find Man Utd tickets at <a href="https://seatpick.com/manchester-united-tickets">seatpick.com/manchester-united-tickets</a> to see for yourself how it will all pan out.</p> <h3>Yes, because he’s still the best</h3> <p>Cristiano Ronaldo has proven in the past year that he is not quite over the hill yet. Over a Premier League season plagued by managerial changes, training regime changes, personal trauma, and results of only reaching 6th place on the Premier League table, Ronaldo came out as the reigning champion. He is credited with carrying his team to that 6th place, and deservedly so, considering he scored 18 goals in 29 league matches.<br /> It’s really hard to argue with results like that.</p> <h3>Conclusion</h3> <p>Ultimately, it probably wasn’t a great financial decision. It’s easy to see an injury in Ronaldo’s future and even easier to see a combustion of personalities between him and ten Hag. But until they happen, which could be avoided with some luck and some calming meditation from Ronaldo, the Man Utd team gets to enjoy still owning one of the best players in the world, because even an aging best player in the world is a cut above the rest.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 26 May 2022 23:18:44 +0000 Victor 650481 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/are-manchester-united-right-keep-hold-ronaldo#comments The Most Popular Football Leagues to Bet on http://www.footballtop.com/news/most-popular-football-leagues-bet <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/wesley-tingey-dkckic0bqtu-unsplash.jpeg" width="640" height="427" alt="wesley-tingey-dkckic0bqtu-unsplash.jpeg" /></p> <p>The history of football is a long, storied, and complicated one. Kickball games in the same vein as football have existed for millennia, with the oldest one we are familiar with originating in China. In fact, this discovery has prompted quite a few Chinese people to claim that it was within China’s borders that football was originally invented. </p> <p>Whether this is true or not, one thing is certain. The rules and laws of the game, as we know it today, were officially codified in the middle of the 19th century. While these first rules have undergone major revisions since their first inception, they are still viewed as the official birth of the game proper, as we know it today.</p> <h3>Football Today</h3> <p>The towering popularity of football is unprecedented in the world of sports. With over 3.5 billion fans around the globe, the game is, by far, the most popular sport in the world today. It is played on every continent, with various major football leagues existing in most countries.<br /> These leagues draw in huge crowds of punters and fans, especially on various online betting sites, where people from all over the world congregate to place bets on all their favorite sports and leagues. Often times, punters tend to enjoy other forms of gambling as well. In the 21st century, most gambling is done online, and online casinos feature a plethora of <a href="https://bitcasino.io/live-rtp">return to player games</a>, which feature a wide range of games for players looking to expand their horizon. </p> <p>But back to football, some of the most popular leagues in the world attract punters from all around the globe. In this article, we are taking a look at a few Football Leagues that draw in the biggest crowds of fans and punters. </p> <h3>The English Premier League is #1</h3> <p>By far the most popular League in the world of football today, the English Premier League, which was first founded in 1992. In the 30 years of its existence, the <span class="caps">EPL</span> has quickly risen to the top most popular football league around the world, drawing in punters from the <span class="caps">UK</span> (naturally), the <span class="caps">USA</span>, and a vast number of European, African and South Asian countries. The most popular clubs to place bets on in the <span class="caps">EPL</span> include Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool. </p> <p>The top echelon of English football, the Premier League features 20 of England’s greatest teams competing for the title. The current champions of the <span class="caps">EPL</span> are Manchester City, who have thus far won 5 titles, and are seemingly gunning for a 6th. The most successful club in the League, however, is <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/manchester-united">Manchester United</a>, with 13 titles under their belt. </p> <h3>The Bundesliga is Popular in its Own Right</h3> <p>The Bundesliga is the top tier of German football, seeing the best of Germany’s clubs face off in a heated battle for the title. The Bundesliga was first established in 1963, and has been going strong for the past 58 years. The clubs that have seen major success in the latest iteration of the Bundesliga are Bayern Munich, Dortmund, <span class="caps">RB</span> Leipzig, and Leverkusen, all of which have seen quite a bit of success in the league’s past.</p> <p>The most successful club in the Bundesliga, and the current champion of it, is one of Germany’s best, most popular, and most beloved clubs, Bayern Munich. The club has won the league on 31 different occasions, and hold 31 titles as of the end of the Bundesliga 2021/22 season. </p> <h3>Can’t Go Wrong with Serie A</h3> <p>Serie A is Italy’s biggest and most popular national league, holding the number 3 spot for biggest league in the world, behind only the English Premier League, and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/laligafootball">the Spanish La Liga</a> (another league prospective punters should check out). Active since 1898, the Serie A is over 100 years old, making it among the oldest leagues in football today. </p> <p>Twenty of Italy’s greatest teams compete in the Serie A, with the most successful club in the history of the league being, unsurprisingly, Juventus, one of Italy’s most popular and beloved clubs. However, the current champions of the Serie A, are Inter Milan, who in 2020/21 won their 19th title. In the current, 2021/22 Serie A season, it is Milan that stands on top, with Inter being ranked 2nd, and Juventus holding the fourth place. </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 26 May 2022 15:47:51 +0000 chabi 650480 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/most-popular-football-leagues-bet#comments FIFA Adopts Crypto.com as a Sponsor in the World Cup 2022 http://www.footballtop.com/news/fifa-adopts-crypto-com-sponsor-world-cup-2022 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The world has waited for four years for the greatest spectacle in sports, the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> world cup in Qatar 2022. It’s the first time the World Cup has been held in a middle-eastern country. It has brought many sponsorships. One that has caught the eye of many people is the Crypto.com sponsorship.</p> <p>Crypto.com is a legitimate and credible crypto exchange company founded in June 2016 by Kris Marszalek (the current <span class="caps">CEO</span> of the company). Crypto.com is one of the first crypto firms to enable crypto payments and crypto exchanges and was crucial to the widespread adoption of digital coins.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/world_cup.png" width="338" height="226" alt="world_cup.png" /></p> <h3>Crypto.com and the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup</h3> <p>Over the years, crypto.com has emerged as a powerhouse in the crypto world and now supports trading, investing, staking, wallets, <span class="caps">NFT</span>s, and much more on their cryptocurrency exchange. What sets them apart is they offer more than 250 cryptocurrencies, low fees, and discounts for those who hold their coin (<span class="caps">CRO</span>).</p> <p>It has led crypto.com to add the world cup 2022, where you will find all the best strikers, midfielders, defenders and even some of the <a href="https://thefootballreports.com/tallest-soccer-players-ever/">tallest soccer player</a> in action, to its impressive sponsorship deals in the sporting world. Crypto and the sporting world have been growing closer together over the last few years as crypto exchanges see significant sporting events to get exposure to their brands, and no sporting event is larger than the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup in Qatar.</p> <p>They expect record audience numbers in the stadiums with an impressive international following as an added incentive. Crypto.com is widely known as one of the leading crypto trading exchanges globally and has a customer base of well over 10 million.</p> <h3>What’s in it for the Fans?</h3> <p>Crypto.com stated that they award exclusive merchandise to new and existing members of the crypto.com platform; Crypto.com also plans to give their users access to <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup 2022 matches. Fifa said that in the 2018 <span class="caps">FIFA</span> <span class="caps">WC</span>, it had 3.57 billion people watching the matches, with a whopping 1.12 billion tuning in for the final match. The co-founder of crypto.com, Kris Marszalek, had the following to say:</p> <p>“We could not be more excited to sponsor the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, and to drive further awareness of Crypto.com globally.”</p> <p>He further added:</p> <p>“Through our partnership with <span class="caps">FIFA</span>, we will continue to use our platform in innovative ways so that Crypto.com can power the future of world-class sports and fan experiences around the world.”</p> <h3>Is Sport Adopting Crypto Globally?</h3> <p><a href="https://www.investopedia.com/crypto-com-review-5209370" rel="nofollow">Crypto.com</a> has always been interested in staking its claim in sports to build brand awareness. They have spent $700 million just to get the naming rights home to the <span class="caps">NBA</span>’s <span class="caps">LA</span> Lakers. Crypto.com also paid a 30-sec ad for the Super Bowl <span class="caps">LVI</span>. The sponsorship deal with the World Cup won’t be the first soccer deal for them.</p> <p>Crypto.com has its hands in a few jars at the moment. Moreover, they won’t be the only crypto platform sponsor at the prestigious event. Binance will also attend, but the title of the exclusive crypto trading platform will reside with crypto.com.</p> <h3>Conclusion</h3> <p>The World Cup in Qatar is evident of the growing influence cryptocurrency has on sports and soccer. Sport is developing a solid relationship with crypto companies and the crypto ecosystem. They also have their hooks in the betting markets if you want to place a wager on <a href="https://sportsbet.io/sports/soccer/international/fifa-world-cup-2022/matches">Qatar <span class="caps">FIFA</span> 2022</a> with any cryptocurrency you prefer. </p> <p>The merging of the sporting world and the cryptocurrency world can only mean good things. Investors of cryptocurrencies and soccer fans worldwide can enjoy the best of both worlds. </p> <p><strong><em> Sources:</em></strong><br /><em>Fxempire.com/news/article/crypto-com-sponsors-fifa-world-cup-qatar-2022<br /> Investopedia.com/crypto-com-review-5209370</em></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 28 Mar 2022 21:40:51 +0000 alex garcia 650422 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/fifa-adopts-crypto-com-sponsor-world-cup-2022#comments Casino Support Soccer Groups http://www.footballtop.com/news/casino-support-soccer-groups <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A well-known soccer fan, who is also a regular at casino online news, knows how important it is to win. Different fans may have different strategies, but the one thing they do share is that they all believe that they can achieve victory through the right combination of skill and luck.</p> <h3>Being a Part of The Team</h3> <p>This belief has translated into some fans’ close involvement with their favorite soccer teams. The more devoted supporters sometimes go beyond simply cheering for their home team, and they know how to <a href="https://www.whichbingo.co.uk/new-slots-sites/">get more info</a> about how they can go about supporting their beloved team.</p> <p>These fans get involved by donating large amounts of money to their favorite soccer clubs and supporting them through many different activities. These activities include running club shops or sponsoring youth teams, which helps our future stars get the training they need to succeed in the big leagues.</p> <p>The most dedicated fans often go even further than that. They might start their fan clubs and even form their own soccer teams.</p> <h3>The Power of One</h3> <p>In the United States, one such fan is Roger Steinbrecher. </p> <p>After falling in love with the sport, he started his casino support soccer groups as a young man living in Europe. It didn’t take very long before he was having a massive impact on the sport and its future.</p> <p>Roger Steinbrecher knew the significance of teamwork, which inspired him to create his fan club. He began by asking a few friends if they were interested in creating a group, and slowly but surely, more people soon asked to join, making rogers fan club an official support group. Roger made sure that everyone had the same goal in mind: to have fun and support the team.<br /> In those early days, Roger’s group met at a local pizza restaurant before heading to the stadium, sharing slices and laughs; they bonded over their love of the game. Over time, more people joined his fan club, and it quickly grew into a small army of loyal supporters. To this day, fans worldwide can still join Roger’s group, which he calls ‘The American Outlaws.’</p> <h3>Lessons Learned</h3> <p>There are also lessons to be learned from his excellent example. </p> <p>Whether you love or hate soccer, what Steinbrecher did was very impressive. He started his fan club with no money and no real plan, but he knew that anything was possible with enough hard work and dedication. It turns out that doing what you love can turn your passion into a paycheque!</p> <p>Whether starting a fan club or building your business, always remember that the only thing stopping you from becoming a success is always going to be yourself and the limit to your imagination. When it comes to achieving your dreams, always go big!</p> <p>Roger Steinbrecher’s story is an inspiring example of what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it. He didn’t let the fact that he wasn’t a <a href="https://www.insider.com/the-best-50-players-in-world-soccer-insider-2020-12">professional soccer player</a> stop him from supporting his favorite team. </p> <p>He did the opposite and started his fan club, which is still going strong to this day! Building a community of players and fans was an unbelievably brilliant idea!</p> <p>This also gave other fans a place to come together and cheer on their team with pride. His group quickly grew in size and became known all over the world. With a massive amount of club benefits, it’s easy to see why fans have flocked to Rogers club.</p> <p>If you’re looking for a way to show your support for your favorite team, or <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/blogs/get-your-business-online">if you’re starting in business</a>, Roger’s story is an excellent example to follow. With hard work and dedication, anything is possible.</p> <h3>Join the Elite Fans Known as Ultras</h3> <p>The dedicated fans who follow premier Soccer Clubs are called ‘Ultras. </p> <p>Although the term originated in Italy, it is used globally to describe incredibly organized fans of league soccer teams. They’re groups of supporters that come together at the stadiums to show their love for their favorite team with their fanatical support. Ultras are known for their use of flares, vocal reliance and chants in large groups, and the displaying of massive banners at football stadiums. This is all designed to produce an atmosphere that inspires their own team and rattles the opposing players and their backers. These clubs often have very passionate fans, making them popular on Casino news sites.</p> <p>As you can see, it is possible to be part of your favorite team, even if you may not be the best soccer player in the world, by starting a club or volunteering your time to help others discover the fantastic sport known as soccer.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:40:19 +0000 ChrisGenest 650406 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/casino-support-soccer-groups#comments Looking at Manchester City’s Current Track Record http://www.footballtop.com/news/looking-manchester-citys-current-track-record <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/photo-1612387050703-685c779375d4.jpeg" width="413" height="620" alt="photo-1612387050703-685c779375d4.jpeg" /><br /><em>Credit: Braden Hopkins – free to use under the Unsplash license</em></p> <p>Football has been an English tradition for the past century and a half. Ever since the Oxford Rules were first drafted in the mid-1800s, the sport has blown up in the country, and more broadly the world. Today, it has become the number 1, most watched sport in the entire world, with over five billion fans the globe over. </p> <p>In England, football is by far the most popular sport, with millions of fans attending games, or watching from their homes or sports pubs. England’s national football team is one of the most successful teams, according to <span class="caps">FIFA</span>, and taking a look at the official rankings reveals they are among the top 5 best European teams. </p> <p>The country is also home to some of the most popular football clubs, including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and, most popular of all, Manchester United. </p> <h3>The Premier League</h3> <p>When it comes to English football, the most prestigious competition, without a doubt, is the Premier League. Usually starting in august and ending in May, the Premier League consists of twenty-six teams facing off against each other, the players pushing themselves to the limit in order to make sure their club remains in the first tier. </p> <p>For the past couple of years, the dominant team in the Premier League has been Manchester City. The club have really proven themselves deserving of the title of best, having competed in 23 matches so far, of which they have won 18, and lost only 2. But how are Manchester city doing in the <a href="https://sportsbet.io/sports/soccer/england/premier-league/matches">Premier League current match</a>? </p> <p>In this article, we are going to take a look at a few of the most recent Manchester City matches and talk about the club’s track record.</p> <h3>15 January 2022 – <span class="caps">VS</span>. Chelsea</h3> <p>The first match we are taking a look at, is the match against Chelsea, played on 15 Jan. This was their second-to-last match played during the current season, and the last match in the season that they won. For most of the match, the score remained at a tie, with neither team able to score a goal against each other’s valiant defense. </p> <p>Once kickoff began, the first notable shake-up was Marcos Alonso receiving a yellow card, for bringing down Man City’s left flank. The next yellow card is, once again, given to the Chelsea team, earned by Mateo Kovacic, who delivered a challenge on the ankle of a Man City player. </p> <p>The half time ended with a score of 0-0, however, in the second half of the game, Kevin De Bruyne managed to push through Chelsea’s defense and score a goal in the 70-minute mark. With this he clenched a victory for the champions. </p> <p>Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the football world. They would have been far stronger if they had managed to land Lionel Messi who later went on to join Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers of all time and his name is so famous that even a piece such as <a href="https://thefootballreports.com/messi-autism-you-did-not-know-about/">is Messi autistic</a> generates a great deal of interest among fans than anything else. </p> <h3>22 January 2022 – <span class="caps">VS</span>. Southampton</h3> <p>The latest game played by Manchester City came on 22 January, played against Southampton. Both team played their hearts out, and the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw. The Southampton team came out strong, managing to score a goal in the very first 10 minutes of game. The heart-pumping excitement of the first half ended with a 1 – 0 Southampton lead. However, Manchester City would recover in the second half. </p> <p>For twenty minutes of the second half, Manchester City could do nothing to break through the Southampton defense. This changed, however, in the 65th minute, when the Manchester City team pulled off a fantastic play, allowed Aymeric Laporte, a defender for the Man City team, to equalize the score. </p> <p>The match went on with neither team able to penetrate each other’s defenses, and ended in a tie.</p> <h3>9 February 2022 – <span class="caps">VS</span>. Brentford</h3> <p>Manchester City’s next match is scheduled to happen on 9 February, and they are going up against Brentford. Fans are <a href="https://theathletic.com/premier-league/boxscore/?id=41271" rel="nofollow">expecting a Manchester City win</a>, however, Brentford has their own supporters. The outcome of the match remains to be seen. </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 07 Feb 2022 02:19:01 +0000 ChrisGenest 650201 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/looking-manchester-citys-current-track-record#comments BRIEF GUIDE TO INVESTING IN SPORTS http://www.footballtop.com/news/brief-guide-investing-sports <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Sports has evolved from a mere medium of entertainment to a major cash cow for people who know their way around the industry or have access to the right information. True, making money from sporting events is not a new phenomenon. The act is as old as time. However, with growing interest, participation, and modern technological innovations over the last few decades, the business side of sports has grown exponentially and is worth billions of dollars. While it might seem like the playground of the rich, even the average person can invest in this market and make good, extra income. Here are a few tips on how to make extra income by investing in sports.</p> <h3>Type Of Investor.</h3> <p>People invest for different reasons. This often determines the kind of investor they are. A long-term investor will choose a team or sport of their choice and hold their investment with them over a long time with the hopes of making a long-term profit. They often go against the general investment trend. A short-term investor will invest based on how a team or sport is doing in a season. They are not concerned with trends or previous seasonal performance. They simply look out for immediate short-term profits. Knowing what kind of investor, one is, helps to decide the kinds of investments that are a good fit.</p> <h3>Choose The Right Investment.</h3> <p>There are several kinds of investments a person can make depending on the kind of investor they are. To be able to choose the right investment, it is important to first know one’s area of interest. That way, they invest in what they know, which is the safest kind of investment. They must also be knowledgeable about their sport or team of choice. They must know its trend and track record to be able to anticipate possible wins or losses. Asides from teams and sports, there is a plethora of assets to choose from. One can invest in publicly traded sports companies, athletic brands, and apparel, collector’s items, or even shares that will confer team ownership. Online platforms like <a href="https://www.novibet.ie/sports">Novibet</a> also allow people to place bets and make money on correct game predictions. </p> <h3>Study The Asset and Its Statistics.</h3> <p>Numbers do not lie. Any investor in any market will agree that it is important to study the intended asset and its history before sinking funds into it. Sports investing is no different. Even for a short-term investor, it is important to have a good understanding of the asset they wish to invest in and its track record for success and profitability. This could be the difference between winning and losing money. Whether it’s a team, a player, a brand, or the entire sport, statistics help make decisions and improve chances of making money.</p> <h3>Always Know the Risks of Investing in Sports.</h3> <p>As much money there is to be made, sports investing, just like any other can be risky. Even the most docile and predictable outcome can suddenly go left and all invested resources will run down the drain. A good investor understands that there is never a sure thing. There is simply a skill at minimizing risk by choosing assets with a high probability of profitability. It takes time and practice but it makes all the difference. </p> <h3>Conclusion.</h3> <p>With the right knowledge and skillset, Sports investing is fairly easy. There is a lot of money to be made. With the right investment of time and resources, one can cash out big.</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 00:47:52 +0000 AlEXTAZY 650040 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/brief-guide-investing-sports#comments Cristiano Ronaldo Returns To Manchester United and Strikes Twice http://www.footballtop.com/news/cristiano-ronaldo-returns-manchester-united-and-strikes-twice <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58532845" rel="nofollow">Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford</a> was a dream come true to Manchester United fans after recording a brace during his second debut with the team. Cristiano helped Manchester record a 4-1 victory over New Castle last weekend, in a game that offered plenty of frustrations and excitement in equal measures.</p> <p>Before closing the summer transfer window, Cristiano seemed destined for Etihad Stadium before agreeing to return to Old Trafford 12 years after his departure. During his time outside Old Trafford, Cristiano recorded 551 goals in 572 games for <a href="https://www.juventus.com/en/" rel="nofollow">Juventus</a> and <a href="https://www.realmadrid.com/en" rel="nofollow">Real Madrid</a>, getting four more Champions League titles to the ones he won with the red devils. His return to Old Trafford is an emotive and thrilling prospect to the supporters, as his name remains sung in the streets and his achievements a source of considerable pride. However, some fans are still wondering whether his trophy-hoarding success will continue under the management of his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. </p> <h3>Cristiano Ronaldo’s Second Manchester United Debut</h3> <p>During his first spell with Manchester United, Cristiano spent six seasons with the team between 2003 and 2009, where he won eight major trophies and scored 118 goals. The 36-year-old Portuguese player rejoined Manchester late last month on a two-year contract and made his second debut on Saturday against Newcastle. A <a href="https://vwin99.net/soi-keo-bong-da/">live football</a> betting was available for the game with Vwin99, an Asian sports betting site with solid <span class="caps">EPL</span> odds. </p> <p>Earlier this month, Ronaldo (who will be wearing No. 7 jersey) said that his return to Manchester United isn’t a vacation and hopes to prove his value with consistent performances. Ronaldo further added that his main goal at Old Trafford would be to win again, terming it as a good chance for him, the clubs, and the supporters. </p> <p>During their game against <a href="https://theathletic.com/live-blogs/man-utd-vs-newcastle-cristiano-ronaldo-live-score-result-today/QEyfI2TgvluN" rel="nofollow">Newcastle</a> last weekend, Cristiano recorded two goals to give fans a strong reason to believe that he’s at Old Trafford to stay. The Portugal captain has shown better individual performances, but it’s never been this impressive for a long time. His expectation to deliver was almost overwhelming, but Ronaldo did what he does best, and now the fans are wondering what that means for Manchester United’s prospects. </p> <h3>Is There Room for Everyone?</h3> <p>When Cristiano’s return to Old Trafford was confirmed, some fans were worried that he might block the growth of some United’s players like Greenwood, a central striker who excelled in his first three <span class="caps">EPL</span> games. However, on Saturday, he moved to the right wing and enjoyed a decent game, while Pogba went back to the central midfield and Jadon Sancho moved to the left.</p> <p>The changes made in the team to accommodate Cristiano’s return shows that Ole Gunnar has found a new way to fit all the star attacking talent in his team in the starting lineup. Many questions are still unanswered, including whether Pogba can excel in the midfield and whether Sancho will be effective on the left like he’s on the right. There’s also the issue of where Marcus Rashford fits in the equation once he recovers from his injury. That means Solskjaer will need to manage his players with caution to keep everyone happy. </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:25:10 +0000 David Avanesian 649731 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/cristiano-ronaldo-returns-manchester-united-and-strikes-twice#comments England’s Most Painful and Embarrassing Defeats http://www.footballtop.com/news/englands-most-painful-and-embarrassing-defeats <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>What are England’s most painful and embarrassing defeats of recent times? Well, there are plenty to choose from. No doubt, there have been periods of English footballing excellence, but it just never seems to last. Although always seemingly knocking on the door, and actually boosting at the time of this writing a World Cup semi-final, a Nation’s League semi-final, and a Euros final in their last three tournaments, they just cannot quite seem to get over the line like Brazil, Spain, Germany, France, and Argentina all have. </p> <p>The upside of all of this of course is that following England, especially when they seem to be on a run, is rarely a boring endeavour. And when it comes to tournament football, it is very often a gut-wrenchingly anxious time. This usually makes the victories all the more sweeter – and the defeats all the more painful. Placing a <a href="https://sports.ladbrokes.com/sport/football/matches/today">football bet</a> on England is rarely a dispiriting business, and the recent impressive Euros performance should serve as a reminder that England are always a team with the potential for glory – however often it might elude them at the last moment.</p> <p>So, what painful or embarrassing defeats are we talking about here? There are two potential ways to compile such a list. We could potentially list the most embarrassing defeats, the painful upsets that have seen England lose to far inferior teams. Alternatively, England’s “worst” defeats could perhaps be seen as those which have robbed them with glory in sight or have seen the team crash out of tournaments after a promising run – even if they played well. For a team like England, who are technically a team that could win the World Cup but haven’t done so for 55 years, there is no shortage of these types of defeats.<br /> For our list, we will be compiling a list with only pain and heartbreak as criteria. </p> <h3>Euro 2008: England 2 – 3 Croatia</h3> <p>There will certainly be some near-misses included on this list, but this match against Croatia in the qualifying stages of Euro 2008 is not one of them. Damned by a combination of bad luck and not a little incompetence, this was a particularly painful England loss because it robbed England of the single point they would have needed to qualify. </p> <p>Yet however close to qualifying England came, there were many mistakes made too. Manager Steve McClaren not only decided to drop Paul Robinson and David Beckham but putting inexperienced keeper Scott Carson in goal led to an early howler, robbing the team of any momentum as they lurched towards a 2-0 defeat. Misery all round. </p> <h3>World Cup 2010: Germany 4 – 1 England</h3> <p>With McLaren sacked just after the 2008 Euros and new manager Fabio Capello instated in his stead, England did noticeably improve as they moved hopefully towards the World Cup in 2010 (well, at least they qualified this time). </p> <p>Ultimately, it was to be the second round and crashing out at the hands of old rivals Germany. What made this defeat so painful was a combination of factors: there was the sense that England had improved, but not by that much. They may have qualified, but they struggled against the weak teams in their group (Algeria, the United States, and Slovenia) to do so and this underscored just how far they still had to go. Add to that an unfairly disallowed goal from Lampard that crossed the line by a yard and the superiority of the Germans on the day, and you have a recipe for bitterness and woe. </p> <h3>World Cup 1990: England 1 – 1 West Germany (3 – 4 on penalties) </h3> <p>On the eve of German reunification, West Germany marked their last ever tournament by narrowly beating England in the semi-finals on penalties; a result which is all the more painful for the sense that it was undeserved. Over the course of a game in which England were probably the better side, the Three Lions headed towards their semi-final exit by way of a galling free-kick deflection off Paul Parker, a booking for Gazza, and a narrow loss on penalties. The dream was once again shattered. </p> <h3>Euro 1996: England 1 – 1 Germany (5 – 6 on penalties) </h3> <p>Losing to the Germans on penalties had by 1996 become a recurring nightmare for England, inspiring much bitterness simply for the sense of injustice that always accompanies such a result. In the interim since their last loss to the Germans, England had gone through a particularly dismal patch, putting in a miserable performance at Euro ’92 and failing to even qualify for the World Cup in 1994. After such extended misery, there was real hope for a new dawn at Euro ’96, but it was not to be. </p> <p>This game in the semi-final was a particular stinger precisely because of this hope, which had been fuelled by a marvellous performance against Holland, who conceded four brilliant England goals. And yet it was to be later-manager Gareth Southgate whose missed penalty sent England crashing out, all that promise wasted.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 15:53:42 +0000 Jim Powell 649705 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/englands-most-painful-and-embarrassing-defeats#comments Traditional football teams from Sao Paulo, Brazil http://www.footballtop.com/news/traditional-football-teams-sao-paulo-brazil <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Even though Brazil did not invent football, many of the world’s greatest players of all time indeed come from this South American nation. It is still by far the most popular sport over there, and some of the biggest teams in the country are located in Sao Paulo, its most populous city, which is also among the biggest in the world.</p> <p>If you are looking to place sports bets in Brazilian teams like the one mentioned below, check out the latest odds released at <a href="https://www.novibet.co.uk/sports">Novibet sports</a>. They have some of the best offers and cover many local and national championships from Brazil. Here’s a summary of the largest traditional teams from the city of Sao Paulo:</p> <h3>Corinthians</h3> <p>If you know anything about football in Brazil, you should definitely know how big Sport Club Corinthians Paulista is. Founded by railway workers in 1910, it is one of the most successful teams in Brazil and the world, winning the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Championship twice.<br /> In 2017, Corinthians was listed by Forbes as the most valuable football club in the Americas, being worth over $577 million, as it’s one of the most widely supported teams globally and the second in all of Brazil (after Rio’s Flamengo), with more than 30 million fans across the country.</p> <h3>Palmeiras</h3> <p>Second to Corinthians is Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. Created by italian immigrants in 1914 as Palestra Italia, the club had to change its name and identity during World War Two as Brazil joined the Allied forces against Mussolini’s Italy. Currently, Palmeiras has the third largest fanbase with over 18 million supporters and is ranked #1 in the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (<span class="caps">CBF</span>) national rank.</p> <p>Palmeiras and Corinthians have a centenary rivalry in this sport. It even has its own name, the “Derby Paulista”. Beginning in 1917, they have played 369 matches against each other, scoring over 1000 goals altogether. Curiously enough, Palmeiras has only one victory more than Corinthians in 104 years of rivalry.</p> <h3>Sao Paulo</h3> <p>Created in 1930 as a merge of two other existing football teams, Sao Paulo Futebol Clube is a traditional Paulista team from the Morumbi neighborhood, located in the western part of town. Nicknamed the “tricolor” after its red, white and black colors, <span class="caps">SPFC</span> is the most successful Brazilian team overseas, having won 12 international football titles.<br /> Sao Paulo hasn’t unfortunately won any major titles in the last decade, despite its strong lineup and sponsorships from reputable brands. The team won its last title in 2012.</p> <h3>Portuguesa</h3> <p>As the name suggests, the Associacao Portuguesa de Desportos was created in 1920 by the Portuguese immigrant community from Sao Paulo, which was once a colony of the Portuguese Empire. Having a strong regional presence, the team won important state championships in the past. However, the team has been facing a deep crisis since 2014, when a lawsuit involving a recently hired player and a rival team from Rio caused Portuguesa to lose points and downgrading to the second division.</p> <p>After that, other financial and corruption issues appeared, pulling the team deeper into the fourth division, the lowest league in professional football in Brazil.</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 10:54:01 +0000 ChrisGenest 649351 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/traditional-football-teams-sao-paulo-brazil#comments Thomas Tuchel’s Man Management Is Helping Turn Things Around At Chelsea http://www.footballtop.com/news/thomas-tuchels-man-management-helping-turn-things-around-chelsea <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/chelsi2021.png" width="620" height="413" alt="chelsi2021.png" /><br /><em>Photo via @ChelseaFC/Twitter</em></p> <p>New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has wasted very little time turning things around at the London club. The German appears to have brought belief back, with spirits now high on the back of a tumultuous period that saw Frank Lampard replaced last month.</p> <p>Tuchel looked like he might be ushering in the beginning of the end when he hooked second-half substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi off after just 20 minutes of action against Southampton on the weekend. This is the one thing managers are not to do as being subbed off as a substitute is the most embarrassing thing a player can be subjected to by his manager. </p> <p>However, Hudson-Odoi was among the starters against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, helping the Blues to a 1-0 win over the Spanish supremos, who are certainly one of the strongest sides in Europe this season. Tuchel added insult to injury by criticizing the attacker after the 1-1 draw vs. Southampton but it seems to be all forgotten after a team meeting in which <a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/thomas-tuchel-chelsea-callum-hudson-23544637" rel="nofollow">Hudson-Odoi’s attitude was discussed</a>. It also helped that Tuchel express a bit of regret.</p> <p>It would also seem that, if the manager was trying to send a message, it was heard loud and clear. <a href="https://theathletic.com/2410946/2021/02/26/hes-brought-belief-and-togetherness-back-tuchels-first-month-at-chelsea/" rel="nofollow">According to a story in The Athletic</a>, Tuchel is in constant communication with his players, even the ones who aren’t getting as many minutes as their peers. This is understood to have been an area in which Lampard fell short as the players on the fringes were mostly left in the dark, with no idea as to what to do to get back into the team.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ftletiko2021.png" width="620" height="413" alt="ftletiko2021.png" /><br /><em>Photo via @ChelseaFC/Twitter</em></p> <p>“The ones that aren’t playing, he is always talking to them,” a source told the publication. “That’s the big difference Tuchel has made.</p> <p>“It means something. If the manager chats to you when out of the side, you have a better feeling. You feel part of the group, still included, still part of it. He tells them what to do better, that kind of thing. He focuses on the whole team, the whole squad. He is very personable.”</p> <p>Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United in mid-February is reported to have put something a bit extraordinary on show during the break. The Blues went into halftime with the lead but were probably flattered by the scoreline as their play did not have the makings of a team capable of holding onto the lead.</p> <p>Tuchel, though, promised to reward his players should they leave the pitch as winners.</p> <p>“He was giving the team talk and then suddenly said, ‘If you win this game, I will give you two days off,’” an insider was quoted as saying. “Everyone looked at each other thinking, ‘What the…?!’ This was the first they’d heard of it. They’d never had something like this before. It was his way of motivating them.”</p> <p>Things are looking pretty good for Chelsea at the moment. The Londoners are one win away from qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals but have to face the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and Everton domestically before heading back into the second leg of their tie on March 17.</p> <p>Atletico ran into Chelsea at a pretty bad time. The Spanish outfit was made to go up against a disciplined Chelsea side in the midst of a resurgence, while they themselves were in pretty bad form. They were treated to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Levante before facing the Blues, with Levante having also held them to a 1-1 draw in a prior meeting. They’re now hoping to return to winning ways when they go up against Villarreal on Sunday and bettors keen on the results would do well to take a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/la-liga/">look at the La Liga odds by <span class="caps">SBR</span></a>.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/gol2021.png" width="620" height="413" alt="gol2021.png" /><br /><em>Photo via: @ChelseaFC/Twitter</em></p> <p>Tuchel, meanwhile, will hope to keep his unbeaten streak up with Chelsea heading into quite what could be a troublesome period. What’s more impressive about his record so far is the fact that the ink on his contract hadn’t dried up by the time he put his new players through training as they were to play Wolverhampton Wanderers the very next day. </p> <p>Tuchel told <span class="caps">BT</span> Sport he and his assistants decided how to approach training while flying to England.</p> <p>“On the flight over (from Paris), we decided what to do in training and how to play against Wolves,” he explained.</p> <p>“We’d watched (some of Chelsea’s) Champions League games, we had a clear impression. It was not too deep. It was not like we had prepared for weeks and weeks that this might come. Perhaps it was a good thing, as I didn’t overthink it. (Joining Chelsea) was a gut decision rather than from the brain.”</p> <p>We have yet to see what Tuchel is like after a loss. Who knows how things might pan out whenever the Blues lose their first game under the German? But the team appears to be in a good place now. Fans will hope the winning continues.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:40:01 +0000 Den 649335 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/thomas-tuchels-man-management-helping-turn-things-around-chelsea#comments 1xBet sports betting online is a great place to visit and win http://www.footballtop.com/news/1xbet-sports-betting-online-great-place-visit-and-win <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Sports betting is an activity that more and more people do every day. One of the main reasons for this explosive increase has been the enormous number of websites dedicated to the activity that have appeared in recent times, however, without a doubt the best place for sports betting in India is <a href="https://1xbet.in/">1xBet sports betting online</a>. 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However, it is not necessary to be scared, as this process is extremely simple and can be done by executing the following steps:</p> <p>● Sign in to 1xBet or create an account<br /> ● Locate the eSports area<br /> ● If the event in question is not located in the main screen of this section, it is possible to use the easy navigation menu until reaching it. Another alternative is to employ the search bar<br /> ● Click or tap on the event<br /> ● Review and confirm any wagering options that is of interest</p> <p>And that’s it. These extremely simple events will never take more than a few minutes to be completed, and once ready, they will allow the user to place wagers and play his chances for potentially fantastic rewards. This is why it is a fantastic idea to use the 1xBet live bet on eSports, and explore everything that it has to offer.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:33:29 +0000 Sam Flin 649272 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/1xbet-sports-betting-online-great-place-visit-and-win#comments The Best FA Cup Runs By Non-League Clubs http://www.footballtop.com/news/best-fa-cup-runs-non-league-clubs <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When Chorley <span class="caps">FC</span> of the National League North fell 1-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, seventh in the the Premier League, in their fourth-round match, it ended the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup hopes of non-league sides for another year.</p> <p>Chorley got that far with wins over Wigan Athletic (first round 3-2 a.e.t.) and Peterborough United (second round 2-1) and an impressive 2-0 result over Derby County of the <span class="caps">EFL</span> Championship in the third round. </p> <p><span class="caps">FA</span> Cup action will continue right up until the May 15th Cup final at Wembley. Punters can get action on the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup at <a href="https://www.onlinesportsbetting.net/reviews/bovada/">online betting sites like Bovada</a> through every round of the competition.</p> <p>Chorley were seeking to be the first non-league side in five years to reach the fifth round of the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup and just the 10th club to have ever done so.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/fa_cup_0.png" width="620" height="465" alt="fa_cup_0.png" /><br /><em> “The <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup” by Wikimedia is licensed under <span class="caps">CC</span> <span class="caps">BY</span>-<span class="caps">NC</span>-<span class="caps">ND</span> 2.0 </em></p> <h3>2016-17 Lincoln City (National League)</h3> <p>The ultimate heroes of non-league football, Lincoln City went all the way to the quarter-finals of the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup. Along their path, Lincoln ousted Ipswich Town and Brighton <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Hove Albion of the <span class="caps">EFL</span> Championship. The former were 1977-78 <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup winners and the latter 1982-83 finalists. </p> <p>As big as those results were, posting a shock <a href="https://youtu.be/j6JcjghQ4iU" rel="nofollow">1-0 fifth-round away victory</a> at Premier League Burnley on an 89th-minute header from Sean Raggett put Lincoln through to a quarter-final match at the Emirates Stadium facing mighty Arsenal.</p> <p>Cinderella’s time struck midnight right there. Lincoln City crashed out 5-0 to the eventual <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup winners.</p> <h3>2016-17 Sutton United (National League)</h3> <p>One round prior to crushing Lincoln City’s dream, Arsenal also dealt a death knell to Sutton United’s Cup hopes, winning 2-0 at home in the fifth round.</p> <p>The luck of the draw saw Sutton United put on a run all the way to the fifth round without facing a single Premier League club. Their biggest win was a 1-0 verdict over Leeds United of the Championship in the fourth round.</p> <h3>2012-13 Luton Town (Conference National)</h3> <p>As a First Division side in 1983-84. Luton Town roared all the way to the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup semi-finals. They did so again as a Second Division club in 1993-94. However, at the end of the 2009-10 season, Luton Town was relegated out of league football.</p> <p>The club’s 2012-13 <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup run included a 1-0 fourth-round win at Premier League Norwich. It was the first victory by a non-league club over a top-flight side since 1989. </p> <p>In the fifth round, Luton Town fell 3-0 to Millwall. The club earned its way back into the league in 2015.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/luton.png" width="620" height="413" alt="luton.png" /><br /><em> “Luton Town” by Wikimedia is licensed under <span class="caps">CC</span> <span class="caps">BY</span>-<span class="caps">NC</span>-<span class="caps">ND</span> 2.0 </em></p> <h3>2010-11 Crawley Town (Conference National)</h3> <p>A glamorous fifth-round tie at Old Trafford against eventual champions Manchester United was the prize for Crawley Town in 2011. It ended in a 1-0 loss on a Wes Brown goal.<br /> Good fortune through the draw also played into Crawley Town’s favor. During their four-round run of success, the club met only one club above League One - a third-round 2-1 win over Derby County of the Championship.</p> <h3>1993-94 Kidderminster Harriers (Football Conference)</h3> <p>The British House of Commons passed a motion acknowledging the accomplishments of Kidderminster reaching the final 16 of the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup. A 1-0 loss to Premier League West Ham United ended their run. </p> <p>Kidderminster’s most notable victory was a 2-1 away verdict over First Division Birmingham City in the third round. </p> <h3>1984-85 Telford United (Alliance Premier League)</h3> <p>Telford United required replays wins over Lincoln City (first round) and Darlington (fourth round) to get to a fifth-round tie at Cup holders Everton of the Premier League.<br /> Everton posted a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park.</p> <h3>1977-78 Blyth Spartans (Northern League)</h3> <p>The first non-league club to get the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup’s fifth round in 29 years, Blyth were media darlings during their incredible run. They survived a replay with Crook Town in the second qualifying round just to get into the tournament proper.</p> <p>Their fourth-round tie at Second Division Stoke City was postponed twice before the Spartans won 3-2. Wrexham finally ousted Blyth 2-1 in a fifth-round replay.</p> <h3>1948-49 Yeovil Town (Southern League)</h3> <p>Yeovil won its first three matches by a combined tally of 11-1, earning a fourth-round home tie with First Division Sunderland. The non-leaguers, with second-choice ‘keeper Dickie Dykes between the posts, won 2-1.</p> <p>That earned them a trip to Old Trafford and a right thrashing. Manchester United whipped Yeovil Town 8-0 in the fifth round.</p> <h3>1947-48 Colchester United (Southern League) </h3> <p>In the third round, Colchester United toppled First Division Huddersfield Town 1-0. A fourth-round 3-2 win over Second Division Bradford Park Avenue followed, leading to a fifth-round match away to Blackpool.</p> <p>The dynamic duo of England internationals Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortenson led Blackpool to a 5-0 win en route to an appearance in the Cup final.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:22:53 +0000 chabi 649271 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/best-fa-cup-runs-non-league-clubs#comments Premier League’s Top 7 Most Valuable Players Have Been Revealed http://www.footballtop.com/news/premier-leagues-top-7-most-valuable-players-have-been-revealed <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The discussion on who is the most valuable player in the Premier League attracts a lot of debate. You are likely to feel that your favorite player is the most valuable. Below are the top seven most valuable players in the Premier League.</p> <h3>7. Bruno Fernandes</h3> <p>Bruno Fernandes joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon for 55 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. His arrival helped United reach the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/champions-league/table" rel="nofollow">Champions League</a>. He also had the most combined assists and goals in the Premier League than anyone else in 2020. Some United fans might feel he deserves to be higher up the list. His current valuation is 81 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>.</p> <h3>6. Son Heung-min</h3> <p>The South Korean arrived at Spurs for 22 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. However, he is having the best season so far. Many pundits argue that Son has hit the peak of his playing career. He would walk straight into any starting 11 in the world. He scores as well as providing assists. His current value is 81.1 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. </p> <h3>5. Trent Alexander-Arnold</h3> <p>Trent is the only defender to feature in this list. He came through the youth ranks to establish himself as the best right-back in the game. He is especially lethal for his assists. Under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage, he has grown as a player, and his current valuation is 99 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. Before choosing on which site you would like to use your <a href="https://mybettingsites.co.uk/promo-codes/betfred-promo-code/">Betfred promo code</a>, which offers you the opportunity to compare between betting sites and the best bonuses, you should know which players have what it takes to change a game, like, Trent Alexander-Arnold.</p> <h3>4. Raheem Sterling</h3> <p>Raheem Sterling cost Manchester City 49 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. His move was thought to be a miss until Pep Guardiola arrived at the Etihad. Since then, he has grown into one of the most prolific wingers in Europe. His development has seen his value rise to 99 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. </p> <h3>3. Kevin De Bruyne</h3> <p>De Bruyne is regarded among the best players on the planet right now. Last season, he won the Premier League player of the season and the <span class="caps">PFA</span> Player of the year despite his team not winning the title. When he moved to City for 54 million <span class="caps">GBP</span> in 2015, many pundits said he was not worth it. However, he has live up to the price tag, and many elite teams in Europe would want to have him should he be available. His current valuation is 108 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. </p> <h3>2. Sadio Mane</h3> <p>Liverpool has a lethal front three, but Mane is the standout player. His consistent performance helped Liverpool lift the <span class="caps">EPL</span> for the first time in decades. He arrived from Southampton for 30 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>, but his value has skyrocketed to 108 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. </p> <h3>1. Mo Salah</h3> <p>When Liverpool paid Roma 34 million <span class="caps">GBP</span> for Salah in 2017, many pundits did not know what to expect. However, under German tactician Jurgen Klopp’s guidance, Salah has developed into one of the most lethal forwards in Europe. He was a key performer that helped Liverpool lift the Champions League and the Premier League title. He has continued his excellent form this season as Liverpool look to defend the <span class="caps">EPL</span>. His valuation also stands at 108 million <span class="caps">GBP</span>. </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 01:03:39 +0000 Jigas 649232 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/premier-leagues-top-7-most-valuable-players-have-been-revealed#comments Euro 2021: A Guide on the Hosts, Locations & Dark Horses? http://www.footballtop.com/news/euro-2021-guide-hosts-locations-dark-horses <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>With Euro 2020 taking an unplanned sabbatical due to the pandemic engulfing the globe, the European competition has been shelved to <a href="https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/" rel="nofollow">June 2021</a>. 24 sides will look to battle it out over 12 host cities for the ultimate European prize in a festival of football.</p> <p>The powerhouses of European football are preparing to descend on to Europe with a locker-full of talent but what teams look up to the task? With the favorites already cemented, what unlikely nation will surprise at the competition this year?</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/euro_cup_2021_0.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="euro_cup_2021_0.jpg" /></p> <h3>Where is Euro 2021?</h3> <p>The premise behind the pan-European event was to ‘stage a party all over Europe’ to celebrate 60 years since the inaugural tournament (61 years in 2021) and, for the second time in history, it will feature 24 teams. The following cities will be hosting the event.</p> <p>• Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Johan Cruijff ArenA<br /> • Baku (Azerbaijan) – Baku Olympic Stadium<br /> • Bilbao (Spain) – San Mamés Stadium<br /> • Bucharest (Romania) – National Arena Bucharest<br /> • Budapest (Hungary) – Puskás Arena<br /> • Copenhagen (Denmark) – Parken Stadium<br /> • Dublin (Ireland) – Dublin Arena<br /> • Glasgow (Scotland) – Hampden Park<br /> • London (England) – Wembley Stadium<br /> • Munich (Germany) – Football Arena Munich<br /> • Rome (Italy) – Olimpico in Rome<br /> • Saint Petersburg (Russia) – Saint Petersburg Stadium</p> <h3>Why is Euro 2021 Being Shared Across Europe?</h3> <p>The decision to expand the European Championship to span the continent instead of being confined to one host nation was made by <span class="caps">UEFA</span> in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of the prestigious tournament.</p> <p><span class="caps">FIFA</span> President Gianni Infantino, who was the <span class="caps">UEFA</span> General Secretary, explained that “instead of having a party in one country, we will party all over Europe in the summer of 2020.”</p> <p>“An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a <span class="caps">EURO</span>, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in facilities in the way that such an event requires,” said Infantino.</p> <p>Of course, the governing body never foresaw that a deadly pandemic would sweep the globe bringing the majority of sporting events to a standstill, something that does not go hand in hand when hosting a competition across 12 different countries.</p> <h3>Where is the Euro 2021 Final?</h3> <p>The final of Euro 2021 will be held at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020" rel="nofollow">Wembley Stadium</a> in the heart of London, where the English national team play and is considered the home of football. Redeveloped and reopened in 2007, the-new-state-of-the-art facility has hosted a myriad of mainstream events and the original Wembley is where England lifted the 1966 World Cup.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/wembley_stadium.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="wembley_stadium.jpg" /><br /><em>Wembley Stadium</em></p> <h3>When Will Euro 2021 Kick Off?</h3> <p>Euro 2021 is provisionally scheduled to begin in June 2021, after the tournament took a brief hiatus, but the viability of the tournament very much relies on external factors happening across the world. </p> <p>The decision to postpone the tournament was made in the hope that other competitions would continue safely and complete their schedule, demonstrating that the Euros would be able to operate safely and at the revised time.</p> <h3>Euro 2021 Teams</h3> <p>Qualification for Euro 2021 adopted a new system, whereby the bulk of the teams qualified through the traditional group method and a further four places are decided through the <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Nations League.</p> <h3>Euro 2021 Favorites </h3> <p>England have emerged as the favourites to win the competition after being priced <a href="https://www.sportingindex.com/fixed-odds/football/euro-2020/outrights">at 5/1 in the fixed odds</a> markets. Belgium took a back seat after England flexed their muscles through qualification and even dismantled the Red Devils 2-1 at Wembley.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/england_national_team_world_cup_2018.jpg" width="620" height="386" alt="england_national_team_world_cup_2018.jpg" /><br /><em>England Team at 2018 World Cup</em></p> <p>France and Belgium are the second favorites at 11/2 with both sides hitting their stride in the Nations League. While Germany, Holland and Spain narrowly trail the top three.</p> <h3>Euro 2021’s Surprise Packages</h3> <p>While we have covered the favorites above what of the underdogs in the competition that have the potential to cause an upset. Perennial dark horses Croatia can no longer be considered as such after the cohesive outfit reached the World Cup final in 2018, but who can?</p> <p>Switzerland could be the dark horses to watch, they have reached the knockout stages of the last three major tournaments they have appeared at. They beat Belgium in the Nation Leagues 5-2 in 2018, displaying an unbelievable comeback and demonstrating the desire to win.</p> <p>As with the Netherlands, Italy fans were forced to swallow the humiliation of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite being odds-on to do so. That alone is enough motivation to put fire into their bellies ahead of Euro 2021. Their performances have been strong in qualifying and they possess the services of Moise Kean, who is currently on loan at Everton.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:06:52 +0000 Mitea 649181 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/euro-2021-guide-hosts-locations-dark-horses#comments What to Determine When Choosing a Fantasy Football Platform http://www.footballtop.com/news/what-determine-when-choosing-fantasy-football-platform <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>What to Determine When Choosing a Fantasy Football Platform.</p> <p>Thanks to the recent global health crisis, many fans of football has been turning to the online community in order to keep up to date with this amazing sport. Some have even begun taking a more proactive approach by joining a fantasy football league. This is a great way to remain tapped into the game until things eventually return to normal.</p> <p>However, what if you are new to this hobby? While there are many questions to ask, one of the most relevant involves what to look for in a quality fantasy football provider. Are there any desirable traits to be mentioned? Let’s take a look at some variables to consider so that you will be able to make the most out of this stunning digital experience. </p> <div class="editor-center-button"><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/bez_zagolovka_1.png" width="620" height="414" alt="bez_zagolovka_1.png" /></div> <h3>What do the “Big Four” Have in Common?</h3> <p>In order to appreciate what to look for in a fantasy football portal, we should first begin by mentioning the “big four” providers currently offering their services:<br /> • Yahoo!<br /> • <span class="caps">ESPN</span><br /> • <span class="caps">CBS</span><br /> • <a href="https://fantasy.nfl.com/" rel="nofollow">Official <span class="caps">NFL</span> Fantasy Football</a></p> <p>One of the reasons why these websites enjoy the lion’s share of fans involves their sense of digital “flexibility”. In other words, users are able to customise the settings in order to accommodate for their playing styles. This is also a great aspect to look for in the very beginning, as the chances are high that you will spend a fair amount of time learning the proverbial ropes. Still, there are a few other important points to mention. </p> <h3>The Signals of a Quality Interface</h3> <p>Let’s imagine for a moment that you have been searching for the <a href="https://skycitycasino.com/">best online casino New Zealand</a> has to offer. What are some metrics that will be used to determine your overall playing experience? Experts recommend analysing features such as statistical accuracy, streamlined mobile applications, personalisation, and overall functionality. The good news is that these very same factors can be used to effectively rate a fantasy football provider. </p> <p>Whenever possible, make it a point to sign up for a registration account before entering into any type of paid subscription package. Here are some questions to ask when making a decision:<br /> • How comfortable am I with the controls and customisation options?<br /> • Does the app (if applicable) work well with my smartphone operating system?<br /> • Is the software updated on a regular basis?<br /> • What types of security features are in place?<br /> • Can I easily connect with other players?<br /> • Will I be bombarded with a ridiculous number of third-party advertisements?</p> <p>Above all, it is also prudent to perform an online search to appreciate what others have had to say about their fantasy football experiences. You can also choose to join social media pages devoted to this pastime to obtain even more real-time feedback. Although all of us live the live action associated with the gridiron, fantasy football is able to provide the next best thing.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:40:46 +0000 Геннадий Гончарук 649176 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/what-determine-when-choosing-fantasy-football-platform#comments Ranking the 5 Most Dramatic Final Days in EPL History http://www.footballtop.com/news/ranking-5-most-dramatic-final-days-epl-history <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The culmination of each season in the English Premier League - the most-followed league in the world is always a spectacle. Fans of the 20 participating clubs watch the final matches with different aspirations. At the top, someone is looking to wrap up the title, or to secure a top 4 finish that gives them the ticket to play in the lucrative <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League. </p> <p>On the other side of the table, drama is served in equal measure. The fear of escaping the drop to the championship is always real with fans betting on matches with <a href="https://th.betway98.com/">Betway football games</a>. In this article, we look back to some of the most memorable final days in the <span class="caps">EPL</span> history.</p> <h3>#1. The <span class="caps">AGUERO</span> Magic (2011/12)</h3> <p>New moneybags in town, Manchester City needed a win against <span class="caps">QPR</span> at the Etihad Stadium to win their first <span class="caps">EPL</span> trophy. At Tyne Wear, Sunderland were losing to City rivals and neighbours Manchester United who only needed City to fail to beat <span class="caps">QPR</span>, to secure their 20th.</p> <p><span class="caps">QPR</span> drew the first blood before <a href="https://www.transfermarkt.com/edin-dzeko/profil/spieler/28396" rel="nofollow">Edin Dzeko</a> equalized. City went all out looking for a winner but Kenny Paddy at the Rangers goal answered their every call. Celebrations had started among United players and fans as the clock ticked 93rd minute. Out of nowhere, Italian Mario Balotelli found teammate Sergio Aguero who blasted past Paddy to make it 2-1. What followed was a frenzy. Roberto Mancini and Aguero had won City their first major title.</p> <h3>#2. Liverpool Win the League (1994/95)</h3> <p>At the beginning of the matches pitting Liverpool versus Blackburn Rovers, and West Ham versus Manchester United, Betway88 fans would easily have bet on United to secure the <span class="caps">EPL</span> title. Jamie Redknapp scored a wonderful freekick in the dying minutes to hand Liverpool a 2-1 lead. There were no celebrations as most fans expected a routine win for United at Upton Park. Hammers held on to a 1-all draw to ensure the trophy went to Anfield on the final day.</p> <h3>#3. The Great West Brom Escape (2004/05</h3> <p>West Brom had made the bottom spot in the league table their own. They were bottom at Christmas, and on the final day of the season. It was a final day like no other, as no relegation spot had been confirmed. The Baggies beat Portsmouth 2-0, relegating Southampton, Crystal Palace, and Norwich to the Championship after their final day losses.</p> <h3>#4. 42 Points Not Enough for West Ham (2002/03)</h3> <p>It remains a season Hammers fans will loathe for the rest of their lives. With 42 points, that looks like a decent turnover in modern football, but they were not enough to keep West Ham in the <span class="caps">EPL</span>. It could have been a case of all teams over-performing.</p> <h3>#5. Blackpool and Birmingham Go Down (2010/11)</h3> <p>There were 5 teams fighting for survival going into the final day of the <span class="caps">EPL</span> season. Blackburn beat Wolves at Molineux to survive, and to relegate the hosts. Wigan beat Stoke 1-0 to escape, while Blackpool and Birmingham lost to Manchester United and Tottenham respectively to fill the final slots for relegation. The two sides have never made it back to the <span class="caps">EPL</span>.</p> <p>Fans can look out for more drama as the 2020/21 season continues. All matches are available for betting with Betway88, with different markets and opportunities for the fans.</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:40:17 +0000 victorboj 648833 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/ranking-5-most-dramatic-final-days-epl-history#comments Who are the favourites to win the Europa League? http://www.footballtop.com/news/who-are-favourites-win-europa-league <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/europa-league1-601x338.jpg" width="601" height="338" alt="europa-league1-601x338.jpg" /></p> <p>The Europa League is probably the toughest tournament to predict in world football. Why? Predominantly through the fact it’s such a long competition combined with the unknown quantities that join after the Champions’ League group stage. </p> <p>Therefore, there is only a short window of opportunity and the favorites can change quickly. Like in card games, you have to know <a href="https://extra.betamerica.com/casino-news/when-should-you-surrender-in-blackjack/">when to surrender in blackjack</a> to avoid losing more money. When betting on the Europa League you also have to capture the moment and see which team has what it takes to last until the very end.</p> <p>With that said, we still think we can narrow the winner down. Here we look at some of the names likely to make the latter rounds.</p> <h3>Hoffenheim</h3> <p>Any team that can turn Bayern Munich over have to be taken seriously. Hoffenheim have started the season in indifferent form on the domestic front <a href="https://www.espn.co.uk/football/report?gameId=576561" rel="nofollow">having battered Bayern 4-1</a> but then dropping points against the likes of Koln and Frankfurt. </p> <p>Robert Skov provides some creativity to the German’s line up and Andrej Kramaric already has eight goals to his name from four appearances. Are there stronger teams in the competition? Without question. Sebastian Hoeness’ men have enough about them to cause a few upsets though.</p> <h3>Villarreal</h3> <p>With Paco Alcacer averaging a goal every 70 minutes, it’s fair to say Villarreal fancy their chances in most matches they play at the moment. Their star attacker is being fed by talented midfielders Samuel Chukwueze and Takefusa Kubo, who is on loan from Real Madrid. </p> <p>They’ve scored eight goals from their two Europa League games to date and have lost only one of seven in La Liga. There might be question marks over the Yellow Submarine defensively but in Sergio Asenjo they have a decent keeper to bail them out. If the draw is kind, they could easily put together a decent run.</p> <h3><span class="caps">AC</span> Milan</h3> <p><span class="caps">AC</span> Milan might only just scraped into the Europa League group phased courtesy of <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54381408" rel="nofollow">one of the more ridiculous penalty shoot outs you’re likely to see</a> but there is no questioning their strength now. </p> <p>They’ve already breezed past Celtic and Sparta Prague to sit pretty at the top of group H whilst they also top Serie A where they’re unbeaten. Veteran attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is thriving on the service provided by Hakan Calhanoglu and Rafael Leao. </p> <p>They’re not just an attacking force though with Simon Kjær and Franck Kessie bringing some steel to the team in defence and midfield respectively. They will take some stopping.</p> <h3>Tottenham</h3> <p>Forget the fact Spurs just lost to Royal Antwerp. They’re contenders. In Jose Mourinho they have a manager who knows how to win things - that’s especially true when it comes to knockout football. </p> <p>Then there is the squad at his disposal. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are arguably the hottest duo in football at the moment whilst Gareth Bale should be fully fit come the knockout phase. </p> <p>If Mourinho can bring a little more solidity to his team - as he managed post-Covid lockdown in the Premier League - then it’s tough to argue against their label as the favourites in the betting odds.</p> <h3>A Champions League wildcard</h3> <p>Given the way the Champions League has started it’s feasible that a couple of huge names drop into the Europa League after the group phase. Who are the candidates? </p> <p>Well, in group B you’ve got Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. At least one of them will miss out on the top two. All three would pose a threat in the remainder of the tournament with Mönchengladbach arguably the weakest of the trio. </p> <p>Atalanta and Ajax appear to be battling for second spot in group D. Again, one of them won’t make the cut. Both sides have made the latter stages of Europe’s premier competition in recent years and would fancy their chances of going deep into the Europa should they drop down.</p> <p>Finally, there is <span class="caps">RB</span> Leipzig who look likely to finish third in group H. They might have lost Timo Werner since their run to the semi-final last year, but they’ll carry a big threat in the secondary European cup.</p> <p>There you have it, the contenders for the Europa League. Who did we miss? Is there a possible joker we didn’t outcome? </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 07:59:59 +0000 walter lopez 648772 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/who-are-favourites-win-europa-league#comments Who Will Be Premier League’s First Managerial Casualty? http://www.footballtop.com/news/who-will-be-premier-leagues-first-managerial-casualty <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Premier League sack race is a constant topic of debate on twenty-four-hour sports channels all the way through to regular news programs and newspapers.</p> <p>One heavy loss or a string of dire performances can quickly leave a manager exposed, even if his previous work at a club has made them what they are today. There is no room for sentiment in the world of Premier League movers and shakers.</p> <p>In this article we look at those managers who are already walking a tightrope this season, after a summer of poor transfer choices that have often resulted in an early dip in form.<br /> Is your team’s manager on the list? Do you think he should be fired? Let’s see if we can help you make up your mind.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/action-aerial-athletes-competition.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="action-aerial-athletes-competition.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Which managers can start getting their tactics right and stave off the threat of the dreaded sack?<br /></em></p> <h3>Ole Gunnar Solskjær</h3> <p>Man Utd have quickly changed from being the club that always prided itself on sticking with managers to being one of the Premier League sides with the highest turnover of hirings and firings.</p> <p>The man in the hot seat at the moment is already a club legend in his own right, with a Champions League final goal under his belt that no one will ever forget. However, Solskjær has looked all at sea this season with bookies having him as the <a href="https://www.oddschecker.com/us/soccer/english/premier-league">Premier League betting odds favorite to get</a> the managerial chop. This is particularly disappointing for Red Devils fans after they finished last season so strongly, with Marcus Rashford doing great work in the community and the team qualifying for the Champions League.</p> <p>Unfortunately, a catastrophic summer transfer window culminated in them getting a veteran striker well past his best in Edinson Cavani and a £40m+ squad player in Donny van de Beek, rather than their main target Jadon Sancho and a center back who can run quicker than a tractor stuck in first gear.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/football-soccer-europe-uefa.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="football-soccer-europe-uefa.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Can this ex-striker bring Man Utd back to their former glories?</em></p> <h3>Scott Parker</h3> <p>Other than wearing a <a href="https://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/ranking-every-premier-league-manager-by-how-good-their-haircut-is-2/" rel="nofollow">razor-sharp suit and having a neat haircut</a> it is unclear what Scott Parker is really bringing to the table at Craven Cottage, with Fulham having lost all four of their season openers, shipping eleven goals in the process.</p> <p>Parker’s woes have been compounded by his team’s flowing passing style leaving them open to quality opposition sides punishing their mistakes. There is also the fact that their star striker Aleksander Mitrovic seems to be about 50% fit.</p> <p>All this will have to change quickly otherwise Parker is a good bet to be out the door in time for Christmas.</p> <h3>Frank Lampard</h3> <p>This is a more of an outside shout than the two names above, but the fact remains that when an inexperienced manager at <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/news/5-biggest-football-clubs-world">one of the biggest clubs in the world</a> spends hundreds of millions in the transfer window he singles himself out as an easy target if results don’t go his way.</p> <p>So far Lampard’s new signings have shown flashes of what they are capable of but having already been dumped out of the league cup by rivals Spurs, it will not take much for Frank to suffer the wrath of Román Abramóvich.</p> <h3>Sean Dyche</h3> <p>When you manage a small club like Burnley in the Premier League you will always be open to ridicule and attack, and Sean Dyche is no stranger to either.</p> <p>The only thing that may count for him is that it is not as though someone like Mauricio Pochettino is going to be gunning for a job at Turf Moor.</p> <p>That said, if The Clarets spend too much more time rooted to the bottom of the league, this loveable character may find himself out of a job.</p> <h3>Slaven Bilić </h3> <p>This tough Croatian won’t be phased by those fans already calling for his head, but it is strange that a man once known for his own defensive capabilities has managed to build a team that is so lax at the back.</p> <p>No other team conceded more goals than The Baggies through the first four games and with tough fixtures ahead Bilić could find himself treading on thin ice.</p> </div></div></div> Sun, 25 Oct 2020 01:12:34 +0000 Jamiee Russell 648652 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/who-will-be-premier-leagues-first-managerial-casualty#comments