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Jose Mourinho at home in the English Premier League

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Out of all the new managerial appointments in the English Premier League this season, one of the most popular and influential has got to be Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho. The Premier League, and for that matter, Chelsea, have never really been the same when he decided to part ways with the club in September 2007. The ‘chosen one’ then went off to Italy  and got his second Champions League trophy at Inter Milan in 2010, and then joined Spain’s Real Madrid where he won the La Liga in 2012, nine points ahead of rivals Barcelona. Online betting operator bet365 have already made Chelsea joint favourites with Manchester City to win the EPL priced at 9/4, which reflects the ‘Mourinho Factor’ and pushes Manchester United into third spot at 11/4 to retain the title.

Jose has already admitted that his first game at Stamford Bridge against Hull City on Sunday will be an emotional return. The manager has already been quoted as saying he is back where he belongs and with him having ‘experiences in three other countries’, he has come to the conclusion that England is his ‘favourite country to work in’. Mourinho seems to have rediscovered his passion for the game, that was really coming apart in the last months in Spain. He is now talking about giving ‘everything for his club and the Premier League’.

Personally, like so many others in the football world, I believe Jose Mourinho is one of the best things to happen to the English Premier League. There are very few managers that have the charm, charisma and the ability to influence a game as much as he can, and this is the reason why Chelsea are joint favourites to win the title this season. Wayne Rooney would have probably made them all out favourites to take the title, but it seems as if this move is unlikely to happen.

The opening weekend of the Premier League is one of the most interesting for quite some time, with all the top teams in action, and everyone looking to see how they all perform when the dust settles. David Moyes is already moaning about the fixtures, so whoever manages to shine in the first week, should be able to build pressure on others and emphasize the ever increasing competitiveness of this league.

 

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David Moyes to meet with Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United fans and the football world will be keenly waiting for the outcome of the meeting between David Moyes and Wayne Rooney over the striker’s future with the Red Devils. Manchester United and ex manager Sir Alex Ferguson have been adamant that the English striker is not going anywhere. But ever since Rooney’s fall from grace with Sir Alex which saw the young man being left out of the Champions League game against Real Madrid, there has been a growing dissatisfaction from the 27 year old which led to him verbally submitting a transfer request in the few days left of the last season. During the summer, online betting operators have not been able to get a solid feeling on how this episode is going to end, but hopefully by end of play tomorrow we should all have a clearer picture.

For me there is no certainty that one of Manchester United’s best players and strikers will stay at Old Trafford. There are a couple hurdles which need to overcome at the very start, one is the relationship between the two men. Although all seems good at the surface, it is only normal for Wayne not to fancy being under Moyes, especially after the player left Everton and mentioned Moyes in his book which the manger then sued and won a undisclosed sum of cash. In addition, the player would need to trust that his manager will always try his best to keep him in the first eleven, something that David Moyes may not want to ‘guarantee’.

Also, in spite of the fact that Manchester United have always stated that the player will not be sold, now is the right time if the striker wants to leave in order to get value on his exit. There was some doubt as to whether top clubs in Europe or the English Premier League would want to pay a huge fee plus take on the player’s heavy wage bill, but this has been laid to rest with interest from Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and Arsenal. And there is no doubt these clubs will guarantee the English striker first team football.

It will be such a shame for the striker to leave Old Trafford, but it also such a shame that Alex Ferguson did not show faith in his ability to make the difference in key games especially in the Champions League.

 

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Nadal wins his eighth French Open

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Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer to make history and win the French Open for the eighth time. The Spaniard Nadal took the game in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-3 to cement his name in the list of tennis greats and dominance of the tournament. Online betting operators would have probably preferred for a Nadal vs Djokovic Final, but no doubt Ferrer did make Nadal work for every point and was a worthy opponent on the day.

The game started off pretty nervously, as both players made mistakes as they tried to settle their nerves. Nadal chasing a history making eighth French Open title and David Ferrer at his first major final at the tender age of 31! But Nadal’s experience and strong shots gave him the confidence, and the only distraction to his game was in the form of a spectator invading the court.

The stats of the game just reflects Nadal’s dominance of the match and indeed the tournament. He hit five aces, got 70% of first serves, won 70& of his forst serves and only served two double faults. David fell short of these numbers, only hit one ace, served  five double faults, and only won 58% of his first serves.

Nadal has now surpassed all the greats at Roland Garros, with the most wins by any player. He now sits on top of players like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Bill Tilden, and Richard Sears. This is also his 12th major title, which takes Nadal past the great Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver!

 

 

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Bayern Munich Champions of Europe

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Bayern Munich scored a 89th minute winner to finally become the Champions of Europe. It is the third Champions League final the club has been involved in the last three years, with the biggest disappointment being losing at home against Chelsea last year. This time, the Champions League was an all German final, with the two best teams in the tournament looking to win the title. Borussia Dortmund was always the second favourite against the Bundesliga title holders, but anyone following Dortmund would know that their expectations were high going into the finals. In the end, the online betting favourites showed their experience and determination to make it the fifth time they win the Champions League title.

The first half saw Borussia Dortmund settle down quickly and tested Neuer with a long range shot early on in the game. Dortmund would see themselves as unlucky as they failed to take advantage of chances in front of goal. The second half saw Bayern slowly get back into the game and Mandzukic finally had a chance for a tap in from a left footed cross from Arjen Robben. The lead only lasted for seven minutes, as Dortmund was awarded a penalty which Gundogan took and scored.

The game seemed to heading for extra time, but Arjen Robben made a darting run in the 89th minute to pick up a Ribery flick in the box, which the Dutchman was able to toe poke past Weidenfeller. The goal will make some amends from Robben’s missed penalty against Chelsea last year’s Champions League Final at home in the Allianz Arena.

The game lived up to everyone expectations, as both teams showed why German football is coming back in a big way. What was even more impressive was the huge involvement of young German players in both teams. It does seem to suggest that Germany in the World Cup next year will be a smart bet!

 

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Adam Scott wins the Green Jacket

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The Masters 2013 was one of the best ever golfing tournaments I have ever witnessed. Bookmakers and fans alike  enjoyed a great weekend and there were enough instances during the tournament to keep the online betting and betting-in-play at levels that have never been seen before! We had the youngest guy at 14 years old, and making the cut. There was the resurgence of Tiger Woods and all the expectation that comes with him looking to reclaim the Green Jacket after so many years of struggling in his personal life and injuries. The rain on the last day, made it so much more interesting, and somehow brought the best out of players. Then finally there was the sudden death play-off, with the first ever Australian to slip on the Green Jacket!

The last day was just tremendous with three players fighting to be in the lead or just to keep up with each other. There was Adam, Snedeker, Cabrera and Day who were all going at it in the rain, trying to keep their heads together and block out the pressure of the occasion and relentless rain. In the end, Cabrera and Scott were the last two standing and the sudden death play-off was the fitting end to a tournament filed with excitement and drama.

Tiger Woods tried his best to catch up to the leaders on day three, but the rain affected the speed of the green, and the World Number One struggled to get a handle on the change in conditions. Rory Mcllory was no where in the running, even though he started the tournament full of confidence and in the hope of regaining the Number One spot back from Woods, but the Northern Irishman could only finish joint 25th.

 

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Mercedes betting that Hamilton can win

After the practice sessions and the impressive performance put in by Mercedes Hamilton, one can understand why online betting markets have seen prices for the Englishman shorten to at least win a race and be in the running for the new season. Even though the practice sessions are not anything to set your real expectations by for the season, due to the fact that there is no information on fuel loads etc., Hamilton setting the fastest time on the second to last day of the session was something to take note of. The lap time of  80.558 seconds was a massive .708 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Massa. with Red Bull and McLaren no where to be seen!

Although Hamilton has been playing down these results, and in fact he has already been quoted in saying his first year at Mercedes will be all about being in the points as opposed to winning any races, still has not been able to dampen expectations of him and his team. The Australian GP is coming up this weekend and there is already talk of him being in the running there.  The smart bet would be have Hamilton to the be the fastest in practice, and Paddypower does have betting markets where drivers are spilt into groups for outright betting for the first race of the season in Melbourne. Outright Group Betting 2 has Hamilton as favourite at 11/8.

Personally, I believe this season will be even more interesting than last year. There are many teams that can be competing for the titles this year, and even Ferrari’s Alonso has been quoted as saying that ‘any one of 10 drivers could win Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix’ All the big teams showed glimpses of what they are able to achieve during the practice sessions and it is now time for them to do it for real!

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Anyone betting on AC Milan shocking Barcelona

After AC Milan managed to achieve the unthinkable and beat Barcelona 2-0 at the San Siro, attention now turns to how did they manage to stop the best team in the world and whether or not AC Milan will be able to continue this in the Nou Camp. Online betting for Barcelona to win the Champions League has now slid down to ranks, with most betting operators pricing them as third favourite at 9/2.

All credit to AC Milan as they stifled Barcelona’s creativity and usual flair. Even the genius of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta was surprisingly contained by a well organised and determined Milan defence. In the end the Spanish team was forced to stick the likes of defender Gerard Pique up front in a desperate attempt to get a goal in the later stages of the game. It was a massive win for the Milan, who will think that they are more than half way through to the last eight of the tournament.

The match in the Nou Camp will have to see Barcelona raise their game and not only score goals but keep a clean sheet in order to overcome this two goal deficit. Saying that we all know that Barcelona on their day do have the capacity to score any number of goals the best of opposition, but looking at where the money is going and how bookmakers are pricing up the Spanish giants – it is definitely going to be an uphill struggle!

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Injured Defoe brings on Spurs woe

It has been confirmed that Tottenham Hot Spurs striker Jermain Defoe will be out of the game for up to three weeks on account of an ankle ligament damage. The England striker got the injury on Sunday, when Spurs won at West Brom. It is a heavy blow for the North London club, as Spurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas will have no choice but to completely rely the services of Emmanuel Adebayor. Online betting operator Bet 365 have Spurs favourite at 8/13 to win at home against Newcastle on Saturday, but I am that sure.

Spurs are somewhat fortunate that Togo (Adebayor’s National Team) have been knocked out of the African tournament and in so doing have freed the player from International duties. AVB will have to play Emmanuel, even though the 28 year old had to take time after leaving the tournament complaining of exhaustion. The player should grasp this opportunity with both hands and make it his time to shine. Since joining Spurs on loan, Adebayor has not shown his full potential. The player has made 14 appearances in the English Premier in Spurs colours and only scored twice.

The fans and manager will be hoping that Defoe can come back strong and Adebayor can use the time to score goals and gain confidence to make a potent partnership with Defoe. Tottenham are now one point behind Chelsea and AVB will now have his sights firmly set on finishing in the three, but they will need to hold their nerve and stay the course.

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Lewis Hamilton moves away from McLaren

It has been confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will be driving for Mercedes from the start of the next Formula One season. Hamilton, 27, signed a three year deal with the Mercedes, and both parties are fully committed to getting back to consistently winning races and titles. Rumours of Lewis’ unhappiness at McLaren and the apparent interest by Ross Brawn and the Mercedes team have been well documented. Eddie Jordan was the first to finally admit what we all suspected, that Hamilton’s Management Team were is serious talks with Mercedes and the McLaren relationship was coming to an end.

At first glance, one may think the move away from McLaren is short lived and only for the money. But this could not be further from the truth. Mercedes is a more well known, global brand; which would be a perfect fit for Hamilton. The new deal will also enable him to increase his activity in the sponsorship and endorsement world – something which was frowned upon at McLaren. More importantly, Brawn has managed to convine the English driver that he will be able to benefit from new chassis and engine regulations in 2014.

There is no doubt that Lewis is one of the most exciting and proven drivers in the business, and with the right car and team there would be nothing to stop him winning races consistently. It is big loss for McLaren who have already announced Perez to be Lewis’ replacement. For Mercedes, Schumacher will make way for the Hamilton, but the verdict is still out as to what the German wants to do in the future. I’m betting that he retires, but still retains some sort of relationship with Mercedes.

For now, we have the Japanese GP to look froward to, with Hamilton online betting favourite at SkyBet, priced at 9/4.

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Arsenal earn a well deserved point at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City was lucky to get a draw at home against the Arsenal. Manchester City struggled against an Arsenal team that looked the business. The Gunners gave the English Premier League a stern warning that even with Robin van Persie going to Manchester United, the North London club is still a force to reckon with! The Away supporters even had the audacity  to tease the City faithful when Koscielny scored a late equaliser.

Against the run of play Manchester City went ahead 5 minutes before the end of the first half with a Joleon Lescott header. However, Wenger’s team should real guts and determination to keep probing and searching for that equaliser that eventually came just inside ten minutes before the final whistle.

It was quite noticeable that Mancini was not his usual confident self, and would have quite pleased to get the point to continue their unbeaten home record to 32 matches starting December 2010. In fact, City could have lost it as a last minute shot from Gervinho, but it was not to be.

Online betting operators would have been pleased with the result, as a draw always means that bookmakers get to keep most of the punters’ cash. The draw means that Manchester City slips down to seventh place while Arsenal climb to fifth the Premier League table. But with both teams maintaining their unbeaten starts to this season, we all know there is still more to come!

 

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