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What beckons for Newcastle United under new ownership?

Much to the delight of countless Newcastle United fans, Mike Ashley is no longer in charge of their cherished football club. Following several years of aborted and failed attempts to purchase the club, a new consortium has finally taken the reigns. The Premier League has officially sanctioned this takeover and with new ownership at the helm, supporters are already dreaming about what the future holds.

Indeed, compared to the previous regime lasting 14 years under Ashley, results of a Newcastle United Supporters Trust poll that was published recently at The Mag are quite insightful. According to their survey, 98.5% of supporters polled ‘are more hopeful about the club’s future’ following the takeover. This is a clear indication of confidence from the Magpies fanbase, while demand for tickets has also boomed, showing that supporters are also voting with their wallets.

Newcastle United fans are often regarded as being amongst the most loyal, despite years of what they perceive to have been the neglectful running of their club. Now they are looking ahead with renewed optimism, already pondering what joys the future may hold, while positive messages begin filtering through from the new ownership. The level of excitement is palpable, as fans look forward to what promises to be a thrilling ride in the years to come.

Focus on the immediate future

The biggest problem facing Newcastle United, at the time the takeover was confirmed the team was parked in the Premier League relegation zone. Irrespective of the promised wealth and improvements to come, the immediate objective is undoubtedly survival amongst the English football elite, given this would provide solid foundations upon which the new ownership could build.

After the opening 7 games of the season, the Magpies had only amassed 3 points, following 3 draws and 4 defeats, scoring 8 goals and conceding 16 as the joint-worst defence in the Premier League. As the public face of the new ownership consortium, Amanda Staveley insisted that ahead of the match against Tottenham Hotspur, no decision had been taken regarding the managerial position of Steve Bruce. Nevertheless, bookmakers had already begun taking odds on potential replacements.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was immediately installed as favourite, although after having declared ‘no interest’ in the position, he was quickly overtaken by Frank Lampard at 5/1 odds. Other leading candidates include former Arsenal coach Unai Emery at 6/1 odds, although prising him away from Spanish side Villarreal could be difficult, especially after guiding them to Europa League victory last season.

Whoever lands the job, they should be capable of lifting Newcastle United away from the relegation battle. However, before backing them to comfortably reach mid-table safety, check the SBO guide for a comparison of online best betting sites, ranking each for the value of their odds and promotions. Detailed reviews are also provided, which means punters know exactly what to expect, before depositing their hard-earned cash.

Long-term project and massive potential

If the new ownership consortium didn’t believe Newcastle United had potential, simply put, they wouldn’t have pursued purchasing the club so vigorously. This club has a magnificent fanbase and is located in a wonderful city, while the location of St. James Park also means the venue itself also offers plenty of marketing opportunities. Actually, investing in much-needed refurbishments of the stadium could be one of the early priorities.

Upon her first visit to inspect club infrastructure, Amanda Staveley was far from impressed with the training facilities, which aren’t actually owned by Newcastle United. This would suggest the club will seek to buy its own permanent base, then construct state of the art facilities. This would be vital towards attracting stellar playing talents, whilst also important for the whole sporting structure of the club, including the academy system which needs plenty of investment.

Any talk of getting into Europe within three or five years, those things are certainly nice to hear, although they will be nothing but pipedreams without laying the right foundations. Quite frankly, this club has been the victim of neglect for more than a decade, which means there’s a lot of catching up to do, Newcastle United is to harbour ambitions of becoming one of the top sides in England. As for the host of potential star players the club could sign, as it seeks to rebuild the squad, we’ll leave that to the gossip columns.

To conclude, whatever opinions people may have about the majority Saudi Arabian ownership, in a purely footballing sense and as a sporting business, the future of Newcastle United looks more exciting than it has for a long time. Hopefully, the fans will be able to enjoy watching their team and club on the rise, as the adventure begins towards one day maybe competing regularly against the biggest and best in Europe. That would be the greatest gift Magpies fans could ever have wished for.

Premier League 2021/22: Five Players Facing Pivotal Seasons

If you are currently glued to the Euro 2020 and Copa America action, it might seem hard to believe that Premier League clubs are entering into the preseason phase for preparing for the 2021/22 season. Indeed, the 13th August will come suddenly for fans, and perhaps much too soon for players coming back from international duty. 

Whenever major tournaments take place in the summer, there can be something of a hangover at the start of the club season. Fatigue, for example, should be taken into consideration, and it should be factored in when making a football prediction for the early games in the Premier League season. 

But regardless of how ill-prepared players are after international duty, this upcoming season still feels pivotal for some Premier League stars. Below we pick out five who have important seasons coming up. Not just for their clubs’ success, but for their own careers going forward. 

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has quickly become a national hero for his off-field work, and rightly so. But if you speak to Manchester United fans, many will tell you of their frustrations with Rashford on the pitch. He is 24 in October – no longer a boy – and he has almost 300 appearances for United. And yet, Rashford still plays like a player learning the game. He has talent and is still well-liked by the fans, but it feels like he must step up this season, consistently playing at the level United fans know he is capable of. Otherwise, the grumbles from fans might become a lot more vocal. 

Gabriel Jesus 

At the time of writing, Gabriel Jesus is a Manchester City player. But what will happen if City land their main transfer target, Harry Kane? Pep Guardiola seems to have a lot of faith in Jesus, often preferring the Brazilian to Sergio Aguero down the years. But Jesus will have a lot of pressure this season, either as a back-up should City sign a striker or as the main man. If it’s the former, Jesus might start considering a move. If the latter, he will have to prove that he is capable of getting the goals the champions need to retain their title. 

Thiago Alcantara

Liverpool’s board has been lauded down the years for making shrewd signings that rarely upset the balance of the team. However, Thiago might be the exception. He is a fine player, undoubtedly. But his meandering style does not always match up to the high-octane game Jurgen Klopp has created at Liverpool. The question is what will give? Will Thiago start playing the Liverpool way? Or will Liverpool start playing the Thiago way? It’s going to be fascinating to find out. 

Timo Werner

Of all the players on this list, Werner has endured the most frustrating time in recent months. He was barely used for Germany before they crashed out of Euro 2020, and he has largely been a flop at Chelsea – scoring just six times in the Premier League. The talent is there, but Werner has a growing reputation as someone who fluffs their lines. There is hope that Thomas Tuchel can get the best out of him, but Chelsea have a deep squad with plenty of players capable of replacing the German. 


It’s almost certain that Richarlison will be managed by Rafa Benitez at Everton this season, a prospect that not all Everton fans are happy about. Richarlison has little to prove at Everton, but one wonders whether this is the season where the Brazilian outgrows his club? AT 24, he has plenty of time to win trophies – but at what point will he demand a move to do that?

Is it the end of an era for this Manchester City squad?

Will the City flag by flying high again in 2020-21?

Despite a comprehensive 6-1 hammering of struggling Aston Villa, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City still find themselves an eye-watering 14 points adrift of Liverpool at the summit of the English Premier League (EPL). There were certainly signs that City were getting back to their best at Villa Park, with the incisive interplay and intensity setting a benchmark for the remainder of the season.

Nevertheless, many pundits and reporters believe that there will be significant changes afoot at the Etihad in the summer; particularly if City end up trophy-less and Merseyside is dancing to Jurgen Klopp’s tune.

Although City recently overcame their bitter Manchester rivals in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie, Guardiola is still said to have been unhappy with the way his side played at Old Trafford. Despite the fact they are still highly likely to finish second in the Premier League, battling on both Carabao and FA Cup fronts, and are the outright contenders to win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, there is a feeling that this squad could get a major overhaul in the close season.

There could be up to half-a-dozen new faces in the City squad next season

There are still voids to be filled in the City squad, particularly since the departure of legendary centre back Vincent Kompany. Meanwhile, Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is now 31 years of age and the club will be keen for Guardiola to look longer term and find a replacement for a player who has recently become the EPL’s highest-scoring foreign player in the history of the league.

With City’s riches and rapidly advancing off-field infrastructure, you would be forgiven for thinking that Guardiola would be looking forward to being active in the summer transfer market. However, when pressed on the likely overhaul, Guardiola admitted he wasn’t relishing the prospect, adding that the club would have to build a new squad again “but in an absolutely different way”.

Why Guardiola is anxious about a summer rebuild

Arguably Guardiola’s greatest attraction to Manchester was the opportunity to build a new successful squad for City supporters to enjoy. Their historic domestic treble achieved last season was the pick of the bunch in terms of their most successful period.

However, Guardiola appears to be fearful that some of his most valuable players may decide to move on at the end of the season, particularly given that the club has a desire to start a new

chapter and challenge Liverpool in 2020-21. Guardiola admitted that some players he “believes want to stay might knock on the door and say, ‘I want to leave’.”

Aside from replacements for Vincent Kompany and a long-term solution for Sergio Aguero, City also look set to bid a fond farewell to stalwarts such as David Silva this summer. Fernandinho’s future is also still up in the air, with his contract expiring in June. Both players have played a key role in cementing City as one of the most feared club sides in Europe, but are getting to the age now where new blood is needed. Winger Leroy Sane is also in high demand in Germany, with Bayern Munich keen to reunite him with his homeland.

Replacements in the back line are much-needed

Guardiola has been without number-one centre back Aymeric Laporte for much of this season so far due to injury. Although he is inching closer to return, his absence has made it clear the fragility of the rest of the backline, with the likes of John Stones struggling for consistency in the last 12 months. Promising centre halves Pau Torres from Villarreal and Ruben Dias of Benfica are two starlets that are very much on Guardiola’s radar, but he could face competition for their services from the likes of Barcelona.

Guardiola has battled valiantly to stick plasters over the selection issues at left back in the last two campaigns. However, injury issues with Oleksandr Zinchenko, along with Benjamin Mendy’s inability to settle in the north-west of England, means that a left back will also be a priority in the close season.

Leicester City’s technical full back Ben Chilwell is high on the list of replacements, but his fee would be astronomical given the Foxes are themselves trying to build a side that can compete for the title again.

One thing’s for sure, the break-up of this season’s time will be a poignant moment for most City fans who waited decades for a team like this. However, if Pep can successfully build a second squad, he would cement himself as one of the best European coaches of all time, given that even the likes of icon Jose Mourinho have struggled with creating long-term dynasties.

A Brief History of Jose Mourinho

Caption: Camp Nou, where Mourinho worked under Bobby Robson

Few football managers are able to consistently make as many headlines as the players they coach or the clubs they manage. Jose Mourinho certainly does, and even if those headlines are not always complimentary, he has become part of the footballing landscape in England and Europe, in much the same way that Sir Alex Ferguson was and indeed still is, albeit from the side lines.

Now the self-proclaimed Special One has taken over at Tottenham, a club where just a few weeks ago all seemed lost in the EPL and in the Champions League. However, if there is one competition Mourinho knows more than any other, it is the Champions League. Spurs fans can be forgiven for suddenly having raised expectations for Europe’s most prestigious cup competition and looking to free bets and deals. It also seems a perfect time to look back at Jose’s career so far.

Early days and his big break

Mourinho is one of a number of modern coaches who did not enjoy success or indeed any career as a professional player. His first strides on the touchline took him to Vitória de Setúbal, his hometown club where he became youth team coach, before moving to the assistant manager’s role at Estrela da Amadora. In 1992 he would get the opportunity that would change his career, and his life, and it came from an unexpected route.

Bobby Robson was appointed manager at Sporting Lisbon and, not knowing the language, needed an interpreter, one who understood football and coaching. Mourinho got the job, and when Robson was sacked the next year, moved with the ex-England manager to Porto. In his role as interpreter, he would discuss tactics and coaching methods with Robson, and carry the message to the players.

Their time at Porto was incredibly successful and when Robson was appointed manager at Barcelona, Jose moved with him, where he was taking a more and more prominent role. Robson would concentrate on the attacking aspects, while Mourinho dealt more with the defensive side, something that would stick with him throughout his career. Robson moved on after a successful spell, but Mourinho stayed with his replacement Louis van Gaal, to continue in his assistant manager’s role.

Benfica and União de Leiria

September 2000 saw Mourinho move into management proper, when he was offered the job at Benfica. He stayed only 9 games however, after a change in the club’s presidency soured his relations with the hierarchy. That summer he moved to União de Leiria and, though he was only there for half a season, he achieved success, guiding the side to an impressive 4th place before he left.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Benfica                 11                      6                      3                     2                54.5

União deLeiria    20                      9                      7                     4                45.0


Mourinho was at Porto for two and a half seasons, and in that time the club enjoyed unprecedented success, winning six trophies, including the Primeira Liga twice, the UEFA Cup and most notably the Champions League.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Porto                   127                    91                      21                  15              71.7

Chelsea (Part 1)

Mourinho’s move to the EPL would define his career, and his Chelsea side became a real force in English football. Star signings included Didier Drogba, and Chelsea won the league in consecutive years, plus the FA Cup. He didn’t, however, manage to repeat his Champions League success. Mourinho left in September 2007 after a series of disagreements with owner Abramovich.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Chelsea               185                  124                     40                  21               67.0

Inter Milan

Initially, domestic success was not matched in Europe by the Italian giants, and with an increasingly spiky relationship with fellow managers and the press, his time at the San Siro looked like it may be short lived. The following season though, Inter won the Champions League, and in doing so Mourinho became the first manager in Italy to complete the treble.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Inter Milan         108                    67                      26                  15               62.0

Real Madrid

Mourinho’s next club was Real, and though he did improve the side from their current situation, winning the league, he never enjoyed the full backing of the fans or players, and was involved in several unsavoury incidents. After three seasons he once again moved on by mutual consent.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Real Madrid       178                   128                    28                   22               71.9


His second spell at the West London club was a mixed affair. Mourinho led Chelsea to wins in the league and the league cup, but failed to see out his four year contract, leaving by the now familiar mutual consent in December 2015 after a disastrous start to the season.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Chelsea               136                    80                     29                   27               58.8

Manchester United

Caption: Old Trafford

In his first year at Old Trafford, Mourinho’s United side won the League Cup and the Europa League, maintaining Jose’s 100% record in European finals. He was not able to build on that start however, and in the summer of 2018, he was cutting a more and more disconsolate figure in press conferences. The season started badly, with high profile rifts between Mourinho and his players, and he left in December.

Played               Won               Drawn               Lost               Win               %

Man United        144                   84                      32                  28               58.3


It is early days at Spurs, but the club has got off to a bright start under his tenure in the league and Champions League. There is no doubting this Tottenham side has the potential to win trophies, the main question is how long will Mourinho be around to see that happen?

Beginners Advice on Taking on the Bookmakers

Football betting can be an enjoyable pastime

There are so many aspects to being a football fan. From travelling up and down the country following your team to playing every Wednesday night with a group of mates, trying to recreate the goals from Match of the Day. From displaying your support for your team in the form of a leather wallet embossed in team colours, to screaming at them until you are hoarse on the terraces. Sports betting and in particular football betting is another incredibly popular way to get involved with the beautiful game, and as long as you bet within your limits and are aware of how much you are spending, it can be a fantastic pastime.

Knowledge is Power

You may think you know a lot about football, and want to turn that knowledge into cold hard cash. The thing you need to understand about betting is that it is ALL about knowledge and information (and a little bit of luck). The more information you have the better you’ll get. Even more important is the relative amount of information you have compared to the person you are making the bet with .i.e. the traditional bookmakers, or the betting exchanges if you are going down that route.

There are many places to get that information, some from unexpected sources. The obvious one is to watch and read as much about the game as possible, and do it with a critical eye as to strengths and weaknesses. Another great source of information comes from the actual bookmakers themselves, who often feature weekly accumulator tips on their sites. If you have friends, colleagues and family members who are also interested in football and the betting side of it, a good idea is to set up a WhatsApp group where everyone can share information and tips.

Even up the Balance

Studying non-league football could be a route to success

Realistically, no matter how much time you spend watching and reading about football, unless you are able to spend all day doing it, you are going to be at a disadvantage against the bookmakers, who do of course spend all day doing just that. But only up to a point. Bookmakers are businesses, and as a consequence, they dedicate most of their resources to where the most money is likely to be made or lost. In the UK, that is the EPL, which is by far the biggest betting market. Tempting though it may be, it is best to avoid it altogether, or at least add other strings to your bow in the form of lower leagues.

Take the time to study the clubs, players and form of Leagues 1, 2 and below for example. The amount bet on these is a tiny fraction to that wagered on the bigger leagues, but your potential to win is the same. The bookies will devote the amount of time and effort proportionate to the money bet, so that inequality in knowledge is suddenly not only reduced but can actually work in your favour.

Types of Bet

There are many different types of bet you can make, both in terms of what you are actually betting on, and the types of bet you make. There is also in-play betting which takes place during the game itself. In terms of the type of bet, there are numerous ones offered of various complexity. In very basic terms, you can have a single bet which is betting on the outcome of one event, for example, the first goal scorer, the match winner or the winners of the EPL. Then you can have doubles and trebles which involve two and three events respectively, all of which need to come in for you to win. Accumulators or accas as they are often known as are simply a number of events such as the winner in six matches, all of which you need to be correct for you to be successful.

The Championship Midfielder Spurs Must Target in the January Transfer Window

As a host of teams hunt promotion from the Championship, one of the players who will surely be a Premier League player next season is Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack.

Blackburn are unlikely to be in the top flight. They instead look set for a season of consolidation in the second tier, but the 24-year old attacking midfielder is almost certain to be there without them.

He’s been attracting interest from the very best clubs in the country, with West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Spurs amongst those coveting the skilful playmaker.

Dack began his career with Gillingham, suitably impressing in a five-season stay at Preistfield to earn a £750,000 move to Blackburn Rovers. In his first season, he helped fire them to the Championship.

He’s now in his second season at Ewood Park and has adapted quickly to the rigours of the Championship, providing goals and assists as Tony Mowbray’s side has settled into the middle of the pack.

Tony Mowbray – By Новикова Юлия –, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The former Celtic boss has intimated he’d like to see Dack remain at Ewood Park and there’s been talk of a new deal, but that would do the midfielder a disservice. He’s got composure and drive, something lacking in many players in the second tier and something highly sought after in the top flight.

Greenwich-born Dack would surely favour a move to West Ham or Spurs but a revamped White Hart Lane would be the perfect place for him to continue his development.

He only has to look at the success of the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane to see what an ambitious and talented young Englishman can do under Pochettino. Alli has quickly risen from League One to be an England regular and Kane has also developed under the manager with plenty of game time.

If Dack is to move up – and he will – then he must move to a club who will give him the support and game time he needs to show his talents. He is a similar player to Alli in that he likes the ball at his feet and to watch the game unfold ahead of him, but he’s also comfortable as a second striker, arriving late into the box.

This season he’s been playing behind Danny Graham for Blackburn, giving him the scope to play a similar role for Spurs. Indeed, he could be a long-term successor for Christian Eriksen.

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The transfer fee is certainly going to be a stumbling block. Blackburn are not going to accept anything less than £20m for the player they paid a fraction of that price for, but with West Brom prepared to pay that in the Championship, it’s a realistic figure.

Rovers are not looking like they’re going to get promotion. They’re priced as wide as 25/1 in the latest Championship betting odds, but they could seriously improve those chances with a huge war-chest courtesy of a transfer fee.

Spurs missed out on players in the January window, something they’re not likely to do this winter. With a Champions League assault still pending and the fight for a top four finish in full flow, they’re going to need to recruit decisive in January.

They must make Dack their number one target.

Chelsea FC Europa League Win

PAOK v Chelsea: Europa League Preview and Tip

Winners of the Europa League as recently as 2013, a perfect four-game start to the 2018/19 Premier League season has seen Chelsea’s stock rise after a poor 2017/18 campaign that saw thirteen league defeats.

While the Europa League gives Chelsea a double shot of regaining their place in the Promised Land, the amount of respect Mauricio Sarri gives this competition remains to be seen.

PAOK have only lost at home on two other occasions this calendar year. While that in itself is impressive to a finite degree, the fact that those home defeats to nil came against two of their peers in the top three indicates that there is a psychological block at inopportune times.

Adding to the fact that Chelsea are three weeks fitter than PAOK, this should be a stroll in Thessaloniki. However, a full-strength starting XI, with the possible exception of Hazard and Alonso, is an absolute must.

Chelsea win the Europa League in 2013.

Barkley one to watch

The fact that current football betting odds for the Europa League deem Chelsea as one of the Europa League frontrunners will add pressure on Sarri’s men, but it is nothing they aren’t accustomed to.

Yet, if Sarri truly does want his Chelsea side to flourish, and make good on their status as one of the outright favourites, then underestimating PAOK on the first matchday would be foolish in the extreme.

PAOK were recent 4-1 losers at home to Benfica in the Champions League playoff round, but showed their credentials to take on stronger opposition, escaping the Estadio da Luz with a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

One Chelsea player aiming to finally establish himself as a threat to the ultra-competitive Chelsea midfield is Ross Barkley.

With the ex-Evertonian only ever completing 90 minutes for Chelsea in the Community Shield, the opening matchday is a personal ‘do or die’ scenario for the man who once made marauding runs and scored spectacular goals for his old club.

With Sarri playing a 4-3-3 to good effect in the league thus far, Barkley’s natural role as a number ten is ill-fitted to the usual setup, and thus his true versatility as a professional could be tested to the limit in this Europa League match if he plays the full 90.

Danger men

The men from Thessaloniki will likely stay true to that which has worked. When faced with an in-form Chelsea side, dropping deep will do nothing.

PAOK will be expected to attack and go for the first goal, while then shutting up shop and doing everything possible to hurt Chelsea. Greek top-flight games often throw up a much higher average number of red cards, and PAOK ending the night with ten men is a potentially shrewd outcome to back as desperation seeps in – as surely it will, whether PAOK are winning or losing in the latter stages.

The hosts’ most dangerous player is unquestionably Vierinha, who was plying his trade in the Bundesliga – with a title-contending Wolfsburg – as recently as 2014.

The Portuguese attacker’s ability to play off point striker Aleksandar Prijovic is one of several reasons that PAOK were able to finish second in the 2017-18 Greek Super League, and fall just six points shy of the club’s first title since 1985.

Prediction: We’re going for a straightforward 2-0 Chelsea win, with bet365 currently offering 15/4 on any winning margin of exactly two goals.

Impressive start for Chelsea but Sarri says there’s more to come

Chelsea underwent a summer of change, with Antonio Conte replaced by new boss Maurizio
Sarri who joined from Italian Serie A big-guns Napoli in July.

His reign didn’t start the way he had hoped, with the Blues beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

The Londoners have hit the ground running in the Premier League, however, as they aim to
improve on last season’s bitterly disappointing fifth-place finish.

At least one year dealt out of the Champions League riches is a catastrophe for a club of Chelsea’s size but they’ll be planning to use the extra time on their schedule to put pressure on defending champions Man City.

Source: Today’s Footy News via Twitter

All eyes were on Kirklees Stadium to see how Sarri’s side would line-up and fans were
pleasantly surprised to watch their heroes record a comfortable 3-0 win over a stubborn
Huddersfield on week one of the schedule.

The opening goal of the campaign came from an unlikely source, a volley from N’Golo Kante breaking the deadlock on 34 minutes and new signing Jorginho netted a debut goal
from the penalty spot before the break, Marcos Alonso fouled in the box by Christopher Schindler.

Easy street and by the time Pedro added a third 10 minutes from the end the game was long since over as a contest.

The final match stats showed the victors finished with 63% of the overall possession and 13
shots at goal. They managed to put just four of those on target – something for the coaching
staff to work on at their Surrey training base – but three of those four did hit the back of the net.

Despite a show of dominance from beginning to end, Sarri told the media at full-time it could
take his side anything up to two months before we see their full potential. That may have had
a few fans scratching their head, but it also got them excited for the future.

Source: The Blues via Twitter

Chelsea have won the Premier League title six times, first in 1955, and they have been hugely
successful in recent seasons, clinching the top prize in English football three times in the last
eight years – 2010, 2015 and 2017. Will 2019 be the year they add another medal?

The betting doesn’t think so and traders at Betfair have win number seven priced at 14/1 in
the outright Premiership betting.

Such big odds is sure to attract the attention of club fans and punters on the lookout for value, eager to oppose Man City’s odds-on price with something a bit more interesting.

If Chelsea don’t win the league this season the board will demand a quick-fire return to the
top-four and that seems more likely.

Qualification for the Champions League through a Premier League finish is 4/7 and that places them third in the pile behind The Cityzens and Liverpool who have been priced as close to guarantees as you’re likely to find at this early stage of the season.

Is this Tottenham Team a Step Away from the EPL Title?

Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Tottenham from a mid-table overachiever into a regular Top 4 and title contender. This year they were written off from the title race, but that is not something that they should lose sleep over as almost everyone has been blown away by Guardiola’s magnificent Manchester City side.

In the last couple of years Tottenham have been making a steady progress and right now they are favourites to win 80% of the matches they play in. This wasn’t something that you could have said a few years back when they were sinking into mediocrity and couldn’t win even if their lives depended on it.

This last couple of seasons however, they have been the punters’ favourite team and they have been backing them to win against all sorts of opposition. Punters have even started exploring different Betting Strategies which could maximize their winnings as they are now absolutely sure that Spurs can win matches easily and betting enthusiasts are trying to find a way to make that more profitable for themselves.

But can this Tottenham team make the ultimate step forward and win the league in the next few years? We think that they can and here is what they have got going for them.

World Class Manager

Mauricio Pochettino is on the shortlist of all top clubs in Europe right now. Teams such as Real Madrid and PSG are fighting over his signature and are reportedly willing to do anything they can to lure him.

This is because the Argentinean is a master tactician, a big man motivator and also has a good nose for a top quality player. He can win a match with a tactical change easily and his substitutions are always spot on.

Furthermore, many people credit him for assembling this Spurs squad and for how he has managed to keep everyone happy, performing at the top of the game, and ready to give their best when called upon.  

Harry Kane

Kane is arguably the best striker in the world of football. Just like his manager, he is highly sought after and teams such as Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Barcelona have all been linked as his likely destinations next season.

However it seems that the Englishman is perfectly happy to stay at Tottenham, and not just that, but to stay there for what could be his whole career.

This could be a huge boost for Spurs and if their top scorer stays then it is very likely that their trophy cabinet will start running out of space very quickly, something that Spurs fans just couldn’t wait to happen.

Magnificent Midfield

Spurs have had the luck of owning one of the best all round midfielders in the world at the moment and his name is Mousa Dembele. The Belgian is a force to be reckoned with and he will be an asset for any top club. He is perfectly complemented by his creative alter ego, Christian Eriksen, and together they make Spurs’ midfield outrageously good.


Conor McGregor

Could Conor McGregor be preparing for a football crossover?

In 2017, Conor McGregor crossed over from his native sport of mixed martial arts in the UFC to fight the then 49-0 Floyd Mayweather Jr in a licensed boxing match.

It was a much-hyped event that had people rushing to the bookmakers to back any chance that the Irish UFC world champion could defeat the undefeated American.

The fight finished with Mayweather pacing his way to a composed victory over the exhausted McGregor in the tenth round. The media and advertising companies massively overhyped the event, but it did manage to peak the interests of sports fans not traditionally supporters of boxing or mixed martial arts.

In the first month of 2018, two sports superstars have crossed over. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey made her debut in the WWE, and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has been trying out his football skills. The Jamaican speedster has been training with the Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and is set to have a trial with Borussia Dortmund.

The crossover event into boxing was a cash-cow for Conor McGregor, and he took quite a beating, so there’s no wonder why he hasn’t stepped back into any combat sports just yet. In fact, his last legitimate fight was all the way back on 12th November 2016. Now his UFC division looks to be blocked off from him, so perhaps another familiar crossover is in the works.

McGregor may not get immediate title shot

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When it came to his first professional boxing match, Conor McGregor was – rightfully – the heavy underdog. But in the octagon, McGregor has been a heavy favourite to win almost all of his most recent fights, despite moving division.

In his last fight, against Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, McGregor didn’t even need two rounds to stand victorious in the fight that the bookies favoured him to win.

In the fast-moving world of the UFC, there’s now a newish, incredibly dangerous contender in the lightweight division. Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to fight Tony Ferguson on 7th April, and the Russian has already outlined his plans as the champion.

Nurmagomedov is heavily favoured to win the fight at 2/5, so if you check out these UFC free Betting offers, he’d be a good use of the offer. If, or more likely when, Nurmagomedov does win, he would certainly give McGregor a run for his money in the betting odds, if he even lets him fight.

‘The Eagle’ says that when he’s champion, he’ll fight those who have proven themselves to be real contenders in the division with win-streaks, rather than allow McGregor to suddenly get a title shot, again.

If McGregor and Nurmagomedov were to meet in the octagon, it would be a tough call as to who would come out on top, and the Russian would certainly be able to upset the odds.

Perhaps a return to the octagon isn’t on the cards

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McGregor made a huge amount of money from his boxing match and given his superstar status in the world of sport; other sports would certainly be willing to bring him in for a potential crossover.

Going to the WWE seems like the natural progression for McGregor, but perhaps going back to his sporting roots would be the way forward.

Conor McGregor played a lot of football as a younger man, deciding later to focus on mixed martial arts. Said to have been a good young player, potentially even a potential professional footballer,

McGregor’s high-level of athleticism and natural talent in the sport could see him crossover in a similar way that Usain Bolt has been trying. Like Usain Bolt, McGregor is also a Manchester United fan.

Right now, the Red Devils boast two players who did the opposite to McGregor and went from martial arts into professional football. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a black belt in taekwondo – often showing off the skills that he developed in the discipline while striking the ball acrobatically – and Chris Smalling was a young judo champion.

The most news that has been revealed about an upcoming fight for Conor McGregor is a video of Floyd Mayweather stepping into an octagon in a viral video. The hype has been about a comeback fight, but perhaps a crossover to football would be more lucrative knowing that he could walk back into the UFC whenever he wants.