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Who can challenge Chelsea for the PL title

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It is confirmed that Chelsea will be at the top of the Premier League table with 43 points over the Christmas holidays. This was after their record breaking 11th successive win in the Premier League, which should please all Chelsea fans all over the world!

The manager Antonio Conte did admit that their position in the table would have come as a ‘surprise’ to most folks in the football world, and it was now for them to keep on surprising their fans. Although, Conte did state this was not going to be an easy feat, all of the best betting sites all agree that it is a near certainty that Roman Abramovich’s team will take the Premier League title at the end of the season.

It has not been all plain sailing for The Blues, as everyone thought the return of the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho would bring about continued success and record breaking achievements. However, after winning the Premier League 2014/2015 title with three games to spare, it all went sour and a poor run of results and form, and resulted in Mourinho being sacked on the 17 December 2015. The caretaker manager appointed by Abramovich was Guus Hiddink, who met the club positioned 16th place in the Premier Table. Hiddink was able to rally the players and get them on a 12 match run without a loss, which inevitably helped the club to finish the season in 10th place.

Antonio Conte was appointed manager in July 2016, and the Italian has managed to exceed all expectations with Chelsea 6 points ahead of second place Liverpool, 7 points ahead of third place Manchester City and 9 points ahead of fourth place Arsenal.

Currently, Chelsea Football Club is odds-on favourites to win the League, priced at 4/5 at BetWay. These guys, and other selected reputable online bookmakers are welcoming all new players with generous free bet offers, so why not take advantage of the opportunity and place your bets on The Blues to be the title holders at the end of the season. Alternatively, it maybe that one believes that the new year will bring about a few shock results and bring other title contenders like Manchester City or Liverpool in a favourable position to spoil Conte’s first season in charge.

So don’t delay, get involved now and enter the exciting world of the Premier League and sports betting!

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Liverpool Brendan Rodgers wants Luis Suarez to stay

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Luis Suarez has expressed his desire to leave Liverpool and be involved in Champions League football, according to his agent Pere Guardiola. Pere met with Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre, where it was made clear that the 26 year old Uruguayan striker wanted to leave the club to play Champions League football. There has been clubs interested in the striker, and although online betting will be seeing a lot of money for Luis not to be at Liverpool at the start of the English Premier League season, the saving grace is that there has been no formal transfer request submitted by the player.

Brendan and the Liverpool board are hoping that the striker will remain at the club and see out his remaining three years on his contract. The club has been busy in the transfer market during the summer with four signings, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure. One would suspect these signings would help assure Suarez that Liverpool are serious about finishing in the top four next season, but it may not just be about his burning ambition to win medals and play Champions League football.

We have all witnessed Suarez in action with regards to his behaviour on the pitch. First it was his tenancy to dive, then racial slurs between him and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra which left the Luis witha hefty ban, finally to add to his record he then bit into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic which resulted in yet another lengthy ban for the Uruguayan. Surprisingly, Luis has suffered from a lot of criticism from the press and football world and so I believe this would weigh heavily in his decision to leave the club and start afresh somewhere else, preferably outside of English football.

Personally, Liverpool and their fans may feel the need to keep this player, as there is no doubt of his talent and goal scoring prowess. But it maybe that leaving the club is the best thing for the striker, in light of everything that has gone on during his stay at Liverpool. Currently, Bet365 have Liverpool at joint fifth priced 2/1 to Finish in the Top 4, but I would fancy Tottenham chances more than Brendan Rodgers squad.

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Luis Suarez may go to Real Madrid

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Luis Suarez has admitted that it would be very hard to turn down an approach from Real Madrid, as he grows weary of the English Press and their treatment of him (and his family) thus far. Speaking on a Uruguayan radio station, the Liverpool player sounded like he was ready to move on, even though he only just signed a long term contract in 2012. I am betting that the 26 year old will find a new home before the start of the new season, as the interview just serves to confirm his intentions without being completely obvious!

Listening to the Uruguayan’s interview, it seems to me that he still does not accept responsibility for his actions and feels that the British Press has some vendetta against – for no apparent reason! His saga with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, diving antics and inexplicable biting urges seems to him to just human errors that should be forgotten. However, it is hard for anyone to forget when the player keeps on repeating the same mistakes and his club continues to defend his behaviour. It seems to me that what Luis has learnt is that once any club believes one is essential to the teams success, then the player’s behaviour on and off the pitch does not matter. It maybe a policy that Liverpool football club come to regret, as these types of decisions can lead to players thinking they are more important than the club.

Luis has been quoted as saying that he is being’attacked unfairly by the English press’ and that his family has suffered with things having ‘gone beyond the limits’. Suarez seems to think that the press should appreciate him as a player and has stated the press has only judged hi attitude. As if his attitude and actions on and off the pitch is of little consequence – what world does he live in?

 

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Liverpool’s Suarez a total disgrace

luis suarezAfter one of the most disgraceful acts witnessed in English Premier League football, in which the world saw Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bite Chelsea’s Ivanovic, Liverpool Football Club has decided that a fine and anger management classes is a fitting punishment. Sports betting fans who bet on Chelsea to win that game will be gutted that not only did match officials not see ‘the biting’, but the fact that Luis Suarez was instrumental in the Liverpool equaliser!

Although the FA has yet to rule on the incident, it is quite shameful that with all the striker’s past indiscretions Liverpool Football Club did not have the guts to do what everyone in the football world expected; which was for the striker to be shown shown the door. It just goes to reinforce the fact that these high profile football players are a law unto themselves and it does seem to prove that anything is excusable once the player is deemed essential.

This does go against what Brendan Rodgers actually stated in his press conference after the incident. In that interview, he stated that no player (or manager) was more important that the club, and that anyone can be replaced. I, like so many others, thought that was indeed the last straw for Luis, and that his manager finally had enough of the player’s stupidity and lack of judgement.

One can only hope that the 26 year old Uruguayan can change his ways, but there seems little evidence of that throughout his playing career , with racist, diving, lack of sportsmanship shown by no handshake with Evra and a blatant handball in an FA Cup tie.

 

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