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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has continued his stunning form in 2016 to take the early advantage in staking a claim to the title of the Premier League’s top scorer in 2016-17.
With a fourth minute penalty against Sunderland on the opening day, the former Atletico Madrid striker extended his league return in the calendar year to 18 goals in 19 games.
Of course, the title currently rests on the young shoulders of Harry Kane who will be hoping to revive the form that deserted him during England’s summer Euro campaign in France. The Tottenham Hotspur marksman netted 25 times last season; one ahead of Aguero and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
The latter played a crucial role in the Foxes’ sensational title-winning campaign and he’ll be determined
With the arrival of world-class managers and eye-watering sums available for investment in the transfer market, the competition for the Premier League title is widely acknowledged to be more open than ever before.
The majority of pundits have agreed that at least seven of the 20 contenders have genuine claims but where the golden ball will land when the richest roulette wheel in football comes to a rest is probably more difficult to deduce as the season kicks-off than it has ever been before.
Manchester City’s intentions are clear with the recruitment of arguably the best manager in the game in the shape of Pep Guardiola. Anything less than a third Premier League crown being housed in the Etihad boardroom next May will be regarded as failure.
Mourinho will be Manchester Utd’s manager for the upcoming season and a lot is expected from him. We look at the odds offered on various Mourinho-related markets.
Modern football is all about making the right transfers at the right time. The success in each season for most teams depends on whether they manage to pinpoint the players they need and acquire them. And it is not always about the amount of money that a club is willing to spend. Just look at Leicester, their squad that won the title last season cost only GBP31 million, or ten times less than Manchester United’s squad that didn’t even manage to qualify for the Champions League.
The transfers can be a bit of a gamble nowadays. Just like when you’re playing your favourite game at an online casino.
The 2016/17 Premier League season is set to kick off on the 13th August and with 7 new managers in place plus an 8th pending it is set to be an explosive year. All the clubs are currently recruiting new players to strengthen their squads as well as clearing out players they feel can’t contribute any more. When considering the best ways to bet on football you might want to consider which of the top clubs have been the busiest, but more importantly spent their money wisely in order to make them more likely for league success.
The Gunners are currently experiencing a 12 year drought without the Premier League title and finished second place behind unlikely winners Leicester by 10 points. Arsenal fans have been crying out for a top class striker over the past few seasons.
Updated 5th August 2016 at 10:01 AM by 11v11
By Dan Smith
Since England first entered the Euros in 1968, their relationship with the tournament has been closely associated with disaster culminating in possibly the greatest disappointment in English football history, losing to Iceland, a nation with a population 190 times smaller than ours.
During the Iceland match, the England players were poor and there did not appear to be a set gameplan. But as yet another pass was misplaced and another Harry Kane free kick blazed over the bar, was it really a surprise? It was not the first time that England had failed to live up to, sometimes even lowly, expectations.
Ever since the Three Lions first entered the European Championships in 1968 as favourites, after winning the World Cup only two years before,
Updated 30th June 2016 at 08:38 AM by Veritas
by Andy Teixeira
After a mixed season which included narrowly missing out to Barcelona in the Liga BBVA, Ronaldo played a significant role in Real Madrid winning its 11th Champions League title. As well as making a great contribution to the team effort and he also beat several individual records this season.
An overview of Ronaldo’s fantastic season:
On 17 October, after scoring against Levante UD, Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time record goal scorer with 324 goals, exceeding the legendary Raul.
On 8 December, he scored four goals in the Champions League against Malm? FF and beat the record for goals in the Champions League's group stage, with eleven goals in six games.
On 3 March, after scoring four goals in the Liga BBVA
Updated 13th July 2016 at 03:21 PM by 11v11
With the European Championships upon us the time has come to start worrying about how and where we’re going to be able to catch the matches. With games scattered throughout the day, chances are you’re going to be stuck at work, school, church or anywhere else other than down the pub enjoying a nice cold pint as you watch England dominate. However, we’ve come up with a few genius ideas making missing the big game is officially a thing of past.
We can all agree that education is important, but watching England romp home to European triumph clearly takes priority. Missing England play is a disaster in itself, but being forced to read the entire works of William Shakespeare whilst
As preparations continue for Euro 2016, Portugal’s visit to Wembley (Thursday 2 June) will inevitably revive memories of the Eusebio-inspired team that were beaten in the World Cup semi-final as England progressed to their greatest-ever triumph in 1966.
50 years on, the Three Lions squad will travel to France with the hope of earning similar legendary status as the Boys of ’66, although those compiling Bethut's 2016 predictions for the Euro's suggest that reaching the semi-finals would be a more realistic achievement for Roy Hodgson’s young and enthusiastic charges.
France, of course, played a part in England’s run to the final in 1966 as two goals from Roger Hunt clinched victory in the final group game.
After the controversial
Updated 1st June 2016 at 04:25 PM by Veritas
As Louis Van Gaal takes his leave of Old Trafford, the veteran Dutch coach will reflect on his legacy of the latest batch of young Red Devils graduating through to the senior team at Manchester United.
The star pupil of the Class of ’16 is undoubtedly Marcus Rashford who can cap his meteoric rise by making his England debut this week.
The Manchester-born striker made his United debut only three months ago and has made such an astounding impact that he has earned a call-up by Roy Hodgson for his Three Lions provisional squad for the summer’s Euro 2016 championships in France.
It was as recently as 26 February that he burst on to the Old Trafford senior scene with such dramatic effect.
After Anthony Martial was injured in the pre-match
Updated 27th May 2016 at 08:24 PM by Veritas
We’ll soon know England’s final 23 ahead of this summer’s European Championships and it’s likely that one of Roy Hodgson’s initial strikers will fail to make the cut. With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford in top form, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are returning to full fitness and it’s going to be a tough call.
Wayne Rooney may be England’s all-time leading goal scorer but it’s felt that Hodgson will follow Manchester United’s lead and play the skipper behind the main front man. That would leave a straight choice between Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for the main centre forward role.
Of those two, Kane has five goals in 11 England appearances and seems more adept at carrying his club form through onto the
Updated 25th May 2016 at 09:17 AM by Veritas