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Champions League semi-finals

Champions League semi-finals 2016: The big battles

City will play against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

That means Manchester City could face incoming manager Pep Guardiola in the final. Bayern were drawn against Atletico in the other match for the Champions League semi-finals.

Guardiola will replace current City coach Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.

The first match will take place in England at Etihad Stadium on 26 April. The second one will take place in Madrid on 4 of May.

“It is a difficult draw,” said ex Real Madrid coach Pellegrini. “It doesn’t matter which team we played. The chances seems to be similar.”

“I always like to play the second match at our stadium but that is not the most significant thing.”

The notable final game will take place at San Siro Stadium on the 28th of May 2016.

Champions League semi-finalsPellegrini was head coach at Real Madrid from 2009 to 2010. During that period Cristiano Ronaldo was transferred from Manchester United for £80m. Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema also signed during this period.

However, Pellegrini left after only one season. Mourinho took his place at the bench. This was a result of the early elimination from the Champions League and the loss of the domestic title in Spain from Barcelona.

The ex United’s striker, Ronaldo, is the leading scorer in this year’s Champions League. He has scored 16 goals.

Ronaldo is also Champions League’s all-time record goalscorer, with 93 in 125 matches. He scored a hat-trick as Real overturned a 2-0 defeat against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals.

What happens if City and Liverpool become European champions in 2016?

Winners of the Champions League and Europa League are for sure ready for next year’s Champions League. A maximum of five teams per country are allowed to take part in the Champions League.
So Manchester City and Liverpool could win the European titles but finish outside the top four. In UK, only top three teams qualify for the Champions League. A possible European title for both Manchester City and Liverpool would mean Manchester United or West Ham fail to be in the Champions League even if they finish fourth in the Premiership. In this senario, England would not get an extra spot in the Champions League if Manchester City or Liverpool win their European competitions and finish in the top four teams in Premier League.

Repeat of 2014 final match?

Friday’s draw means that there is also a possibility of a repeat of 2014 final between Real and Atletico Madrid. That was when Real scored three times in extra-time to win their city rivals.

Atletico reached the last four by winning last champions, Barcelona, in the quarter-finals.

Bayern, top of the Bundesliga table, have won the biggest European title five times but their last success was in 2013.

This draw means that four Spanish clubs could contest both the Champions League and Europa League finals after Sevilla and Villarreal lost in the Europa League semi-finals.

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed suggestions from the Spanish media that facing Manchester City represents another good draw for his side after they avoided Atletico and Bayern Munich.

The 10-time European champions knocked out Roma in the last 16, before beating Wolfsburg with difficulty – currently eighth in the German Bundesliga – to be in the semi finals.

“I don’t agree that our knockout ties are always the easiest,” was Zidane words. “You’ve already seen us losing 2-0 in the first leg against Wolfsburg. So I don’t want to hear this. Everyone we’ve faced so far has been strong: Roma, Wolfsburg and Manchester City. It will be a very difficult round. The only positive thing is that we play the second leg at home. I’m certain that it will be a real battle.”

European championsGuardiola and Simeone is possible to meet in Champions League semi-finals.

Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola and Atletico’s coach Diego Simeone will meet again later this month.
Bayern’s ex Barcelona’s coach, Pep Guardiola, will try to win Atletico’s, Diego Simeone. Two teams will meet again in the semi-final.

Teams play at Atletico’s stadium on 27 April. The return match will take place at the Allianz Arena on 3 of May.

“I know the Spanish league very well and that Atletico is very strong team,” said Guardiola.

“They know exactly what they have to do. It is always too difficult to play against them. We need 90 minutes of full concentration.”

“Diego Simeone is one of the best coaches in the world. He changed the club. Atletico have reached a new level over the last five years.”

Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer added: “Atletico are monsters of passion. They are honest and authentic.”

One thing is for sure: We gonna see very quality Champions League semi-finals.

Premier League Standings review

Premier League standings review 2015/2016

We are going to take a close look at the teams based on the English Premier League latest results. We have a good sample and we are judging their performance until now. Of course many thinks can change until the end of the season.

Premier League Standings review

premier league standingsManchester City stands at the top of the table having the best attacking line in Barclays Premier League table. They score about 2.4 goals per match and this is something that counts a lot. Aguero and Silva are the key players in the team. They are the big favorite for the title for 2015/16 season. They must improve their appearances in away matches where they lose a lot of their offensive strength. They are very strong in creating chances through individual skill and when attacking down the wings. They have played too many games until now as they have to play for Champions League too.

Arsenal FCArsenal is at the top of the Barclays Premier League results table too, along with Manchester City. They are in great form this period and they have 5 consecutive wins in the league. Alex Sanchez (been one of La Liga standings top scorers), Cazorla and Ozil do the hard work for Arsenal. The team has a very stable defensive line and one of the best in Premier League till now. Having top class strikers, as Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, it is easy to score against any defense in the championship. Arsenal is very strong in creating scoring chances but they have to improve their defense against long shots and to avoid individual errors.

LeicesterLeicester is the big surprise of Premier League standings till now. They are standing just 3 points from the top. They have a very good attacking line as they have scored 23 goals, just 3 less than Manchester City. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are Premier League Top Scorers and key players of the team. Leicester is very strong in finishing their scoring chances but very poor when defending set pieces. That’s why they have conceded 19 goals till now although many of them were in particular game (5 against Arsenal). Leicester has only one defeat till now and this proves that they fight hard every match they play.

What happens in the middle of Barclays Premier League table

Manchester UnitedManchester United stand at the fourth position of the English Premier League table but they are not in a good form as their fans were expecting. They have one of the best defenses till now, having conceded only 8 goals. The problem is in the attacking line where goal does not come easily. They have scored 15 goals (same as Norwich who stand in the 16th position of the table) and scoring is something that they have to improve for sure. Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are the key players of the team but there is not enough help from Wayne Rooney. The good think for the team is that they can protect the lead as the team includes many experienced players.

TOTTENHAMTottenham has one of the best defenses in Premier League. They have only defeated once and this happpened in the first match of the season against Manchester United. They are very strong in creating scoring chances but they need to be more careful when they attack in order to avoid offside. Harry Cane is the key man of Tottenham. Whenever he plays well, Tottenham wins and most of the times easily. Team seems to be in good form and the only think that they have to focus is the big number of games the team has to play for UEFA Europa League too.

english premier league standingsWest Ham has managed to be just 5 points from the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Although they have won the brand names of Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea) they have also lost from clubs that are not bigger than them (Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford). Their performances till now are not bad but they have to be very serious in all matches. Dimitri Payet along with Cheikhou Kouyate are the key players of the team till now. The team is very strong in finishing their scoring chances but they have to avoid individual errors. If they keep scoring they have a lot of chances to be in the top 5 teams in Premier League.

english premier league standingsSouthampton began the season having only 2 points after 3 matches but they managed to improve their Barclays Premier League results and now they stand just below the top 5 teams of the table. The crazy statistic about Southampton is that they remain undefeated when playing away. They have 1 win and 4 draws. Their 2 defeats were at home against Everton and Manchester United. Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic are the most important players for the team. Southampton are very strong in aerial duels but very poor when defending counter attacks. They must be more careful when playing at home and try to protect the lead when they score first.

LiverpoolLiverpool seems to be in their worst form ever. They score with great difficulty and they do many mistakes when the team has the possession of the ball. Christian Benteke is trying to keep the team in the upper positions of the Barclays Premier League table but this is not enough. Klopp came to change the bad situation in the club but this will not be done in days or even weeks. Many players have left the team and the newcomers are not able to keep the team’s standards as high as their fans expect. I believe the team has to try more in finishing their scoring chances.

Everton_FCEverton have great difficulty to win any of the top 5 teams in Premier League standings. This happens every year with few exceptions. They lost against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. They did not manage to win even Watford or Swansea, so they must be happy with their position till now. Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone are the key players for Everton till now. The good think about Everton is that they can protect the lead. The bad think is that they cannot stop their opponents from creating chances and that they are very weak in aerial duels. Team’s form is normal in my opinion.

Crystal Palace FCCrystal Palace stand in the middle of the Barclays Premier League table and this is something not bad for the team. They have avoided relegation problems until now and they can attend the future more optimistically. They have the same number of wins and defeats (five) but their problem is scoring. They have failed to score in 4 of their matches till now. On the other hand they have kept the clean sheet only in 3 games. Yohan Cabaye is the “heart” of Crystal Palace and he is supported in some matches by Bakary Sako. The team is very weak when defending against skillful players.

WatfordWatford started the season with only 3 points after 4 matches but they improved after that. They lost against Manchester City and Arsenal (which is normal) but lost also against Crystal Palace, a match that they could have done better. Odion Ighalo is the only one who scores steadily in the team and one of the Barclays Premier League top scorers. He has scored 7 of the total 10 goals of his team. Watford mostly play with the same 11 players with few changes. They attack through the middle and down the left and mostly play the offside trap. They have conceded only 10 goals and this is pretty good for a team with few scoring solutions.

West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion stands in the 12th position of the table, 7 points above the relegation zone. They have poor attacking line with only 10 goals and it is remarkable that they have scored more than once only in 3 matches. Rondon, Berahino and Morrison are doing the hard work for West Brom. The team has big problem in keeping the possession of the ball and protecting the lead. They play with width and they are very good in aerial duels. They must focus in finishing their scoring chances. Future will be hard for the team as they face Manchester United and Arsenal in their next 2 matches in Premier League.

Swansea CitySwansea has failed to win in 6 of their last 7 matches in Premier League. Having only 3 wins after 11 matches is not a satisfying review. Team will fight to stay in Premier League until the end of the season. They have kept a clean sheet only in 2 of these 11 games although most of the times they lose to one goal difference. Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis are holding the dreams of Swansea for something good in the future. The team is very weak in avoiding offside and avoiding fouling in dangerous areas. They need some wins to get better psychology for the upcoming matches.

Stoke CityStoke City had only collected 3 points after their first 6 matches which a terrible start. The team’s problem is scoring. They have scored 9 goals in the first 11 matches and only 3 wins in total. All of the wins were with one goal difference which shows the big difficulty for the team to score. M.B. Diouf and Marko Arnautovic are the hope for something better for Stoke City. The team is very weak in avoiding offside and stopping their opponents from creating chances. I believe that they will fight hard to stay in Premier League next season. They have to try harder in finishing their chances as they have scored the fewest goals along with Aston Villa who stand at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

english premier league standingsChelsea is in the worst condition of the last years even with Mourinho at their bench. The top team in Premium League table 2014 2015 has conceded 22 goals in 11 matches and that means exactly 2 goals per match on average. They have big problem when defending against attacks down the wings and they seem unable to stop their opponents from creating chances for goal. All big well-paid players are below their standards and this is the explanation for the poor position of Chelsea this season. If this situation continues until Christmas Mourinho and some big names in the team must think of their future far away from London.

Bottom positions in english premier league standings

Norwich CityNorwich stand in the 16th position of the table with only 2 wins after 11 matches. They have conceded 23 goals in these matches and this means more than 2 goals per match on average. The team is very weak in defending counter attacks. They usually take long shots and they often attempt crosses. Nathan Redmond and Russell Martin are the key players for Norwich but they need more support. Team has 4 consecutive defeats and psychology is very bad for sure. Next matches are crucial as the team is only 2 points above the relegation zone. More goals needed and better defense from midfielders.

BournemouthBournemouth is coming from English Championship last year and they have to try hard to avoid relegation. Having 7 defeats in 11 matches is for sure a very poor review. The team has great problem in avoiding individual errors. This has cost many goals to Bournemouth. They are also very weak in defending against skillful players. The team play with short passes and players take long shots. Callum Wilson is what i can pick from the roster of Bournemouth. They have failed to keep the clean sheet in 10 of their 11 matches in the Premier League. I believe that unfortunately Bournemouth will not avoid relegation.

Barclays Premier League tableNewcastle United stand in the 18th position of the Barclays Premier League table and of course in the relegation zone. They have managed to win only once in these 11 matches until now and of course they could expect something more than this poor position. Newcastle has failed to score in 6 of these 11 matches and they have conceded 22 goals till now which means 2 goals per match on average. Team is very weak in defending against long shots and in aerial duels. Georginio Wijnaldum is the only one who tries enough and he has managed to score half of his team’s goals this season. The upcoming matches are not that difficult for the historic team and wins are one-way road for Newcastle.

SunderlandSunderland stands in the relegation zone and i cannot see a way for the team to stay in Premier League. They have only won once after 11 matches and this win was against Newcastle who is also in the relegation zone. The team has lost 7 matches, one less than Aston Villa which stands at the bottom of the English Premier League standings. Sunderland’s players are usually fouling in dangerous areas and they have huge problem when defending. They are shooting from direct free kicks and these chances are few. Steven Fletcher and Jermain Defoe are the two players who fight hard to keep Sunderland alive.

Barclays Premier League tableAston Villa is in their worst condition ever as they have only won once till now. They won Bournemouth in the first match of the season and from then they have failed to win. The team has serious problem when defending against through ball attacks and to protect the lead. Aston Villa plays mostly with width and the coach does many changes to the starting eleven every time. Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew are doing their best but this is not enough. Aston Villa has to focus in the defending style. The team will have problem until the end of the season and will fight hard to avoid relegation.

Conclusion based on current Premier League Standings

Our final conclusion based on the current England League table is that Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United are going to fight hard for the title.
Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle and Bournemouth are the teams that are going to fight to avoid relegation. Teams in the last positions may change until the end of the season of Barclays Premier League table.

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Sports betting strategies

Sports betting strategies and tips about football

Sports betting strategies and tips

Online football betting is increasing in popularity. There is also emergence in betting markets, sports betting strategies that can be utilized to make a huge profit margin. This is especially true in the long-run since punter wants to make profit at the end of the league. There are a number of new betting techniques that emerge in the betting industry every so often. Every once in a while, everybody online requires better expert advice in order to increase his chances of winning.

Sports betting strategiesIt is why soccer tips came to increase you chances of winning are a very helpful resource. Players who are new to the world of betting can hugely benefit from good management of their betting funds. More experienced betting players can also benefit immensely from betting tips. Their experience coupled with new betting strategies can go a long way in increasing their chances of winning. Some of these useful free betting tips include spread betting or even betting exchanges. These have the effect of increasing your chances of winning while at the same time reducing the risk when betting.

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Football betting tips: Easy tricks that can help

How To have Successful Football Betting Tips

If you are a football fan, then you know how important that weekend match is. You know that you will do everything possible to watch that game. It doesn’t matter whether it is your team playing or not. All that matters is that you watch that beautiful game. Deep inside, though, you always predict results. Through the experience you’ve had in the past, you can easily predict the team that is going to win. Why don’t you use your football betting tips to earn money? You can do this by simply betting on the best betting sites. A good way is to test on a pice of paper any new system you have in mind. This way you will not have to pay anything in advance but only to test it. In order to be successful, you need to use the best free betting advice for betting.

Free football picks will not only help you bet wisely, but also get your prediction right. you have to carefully judge everything you hear. Remember, in betting what matters is your opinion. If your opinion is right, you win a lot of money. If your prediction is not right, you will lose money. When you use football betting tips available, you simply increase your chances of winning.

Previous matches: Crucial factor in our prediction

One of the ways to ensure that you bet wisely is by looking into the history of the teams playing. History has a way of repeating itself, although sometimes it is rewritten. Looking into the past results, therefore, can help you make right choice. The good thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for this information. On your preferred soccer betting site, you will get this information for free. All you need is to go through the information before making the final decision.

football betting tipsAnother thing to look at is recent statistics of the teams playing. You need to look at how the two teams playing have been performing in their recent matches. Through those statistics, you can always predict whether a team is likely to win or not. If for instance a team has been winning most of its recent matches, you may conclude that it will win its next match. This will depend on other factors, though. For instance, it may depend on the strength of its next opponent.

Tricks for accurate football tips

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Think before you select your football tips

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