Reds Go Down To Fluminense

March 6th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Toronto were beaten 4-2 by Brazilian side Fluminense in their final pre-season game in Florida in the Walt Disney Pro Classic tournament. The South American club took the lead 17 minutes into the tie when Pablo Dyego converted Igor Julian’s well-timed cross into the box.

It did not take the Reds long to hit back as they were on level terms just eight minutes later when new signing Michael Bradley finished well from a free-kick.

However, much to the chagrin of people who had backed Toronto in the US sports betting, more goals followed in the opening half in Orlando. Julian Igor put Fluminense back into the lead, only for Dwayne De Roasario to cancel it out before the break. The veteran Canadian striker thought he had scored earlier when he found the net but it was ruled out after he was adjudged offside.

Early into the second half, Toronto conceded a penalty which was despatched by Matheus Carvalho. The scoreline was extended just minutes after the spot-kick as Roberto put the Serie A side into a 4-2 lead which they held on for.

Head coach Ryan Nelsen was forced to make one or two changes in his side as his squad has been hit with key injuries during pre-season so far.

Jeremy Hall slotted in at right-back but it was his challenge that gave away the penalty which resulted in the third Flu goal. Nelsen chose to move midfielder further up the pitch later in the second half when Nick Hagglubnd was introduced into the game from the bench.

With the absence of Bright Duke, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto, Andrew Wiederman joined De Roasario in the other forward position. The former Dallas man may be required more than fans who bet on soccer expected in the early stages of the season until other players gain full fitness once again.

Kompany gunning for Capital One Cup glory

February 27th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that last year’s FA Cup defeat to Wigan will inspire his side to overcome Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final.

Fans who gamble with bet365 will recall that Kompany was part of the City side that were beaten in last year’s final by Wigan Athletic after Ben Watson’s late header denied them the victory in May at Wembley.

The Citizens will get a chance for revenge when they take on the Latics in the quarter-finals on March 9, but Kompany’s attention is firmly on the Capital One Cup.

City can win their first trophy of the season on Sunday when they face Gus Poyet’s side and Kompany is keen to recover from last year’s heartache.

The Belgian insists his side will not overlook their opponents but he admits he still think’s about last year’s defeat at Wembley.

“In the back of my mind, I still have the defeat to Wigan. If you know the history of City, you cannot say that reaching a final is the low part of your career,” He told the bet365 website.

“Emotionally it’s tough, and it was something I took on board. I learned a lot from it, and that day was all about realising you cannot let your hunger get less – and on that day it became multiplied.

“It’s not a negative, it has been my drive and is possibly the best thing that has happened in that it has given me even more hunger.

“You realise how precious it is to you and your people. It’s all right saying the FA Cup is this, or the Capital One Cup is this, but it really matters.”

Cerezo rules out Costa switch

February 27th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo is adamant that striker Diego Costa will not leave the club this summer.

According to some football betting pundits, Costa is wanted by a number of clubs in the Premier League, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all rumoured to be interested in his signature.

He is looking to earn his place in Spain’s World Cup squad but first he will look to help his club win the La Liga title.

Fans who bet on football will remember that Diego Simeone’s team slipped up in the race to the league title after losing 3-0 to Osasuna on Sunday but Costa will be aiming to help his side bridge the gap when they take on Real Madrid on Sunday March 2.

The Brazilian-born forward has scored 21 goals so far this season, and his form has alerted Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho.

The Blues are keen to sign the 25-year-old who nearly signed for Liverpool last season, but the striker chose to stay with Simeone’s side.

Despite turning the move to Anfield down, Costa is still being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea interested in a swap-deal with Thibaut Courtois going the other way.

However, Cerezo insists that the striker is happy in Spain and will not leave the club in the summer.

“I don’t believe Diego Costa is leaving the club next season, we won’t sell him next season, but that won’t stop other clubs from wanting him,” he said during a sports forum at the Complutense University of Madrid.

“Diego wants to play with the Spanish national team and that has been an important decision. He likes Spain, lives here, and believes it is better for him.”

Noble Reminder to Hodgson

February 24th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

West Ham United Midfielder Mark Noble has reminded Roy Hodgson that he is available for selection and has called on the England manager to consider giving him his first opportunity at full international level.

Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Southampton saw West Ham’s winning streak extended to four games and moved the Hammers up to 10th in the Premier League table. Having looked odds on for the drop just over a month ago they now look secure in mid-table and much of the credit for that change in fortune should go to Noble and his midfield colleagues.

“I think I am playing the best football of my career right now as far as my all-round game is concerned – winning back the ball, starting us off to play,” said the 26 year old who is hoping that his fine run of form will be recognised with an England call up. “To be picked for my country is my ultimate goal, as it should be with any English player,” he added.

Noble captained the England under-21’s to the final of the 2009 European Championship but he has so far failed to make the step up to the full squad, with the Hammers’ relegation in 2011 clearly not helping his cause. Now West Ham’s longest serving current player is hopeful that his contribution will be recognised and he intends to keep working hard and force his way into Hodgson’s thinking.

“All I can do, though, is go out there every week and in training and try my hardest,” Noble said. “Roy Hodgson hasn’t spoken to me, but I will carry on enjoying what I do, working hard for the team and all being well one day I will get my chance.”

Fans of Premier League betting will be keen to see if West Ham’s fine run continues when they face Everton next weekend. With the Toffees having slipped up over recent weeks those who enjoy a bet on football could get good value if they back Allardyce’s side to win on the road.

Chelsea are Genuine Title Candidates

February 7th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Jose Mourinho may be playing down Chelsea’s chances of competing with Manchester City and Arsenal for the Premier League title for the rest of the season but only a fool would dismiss the Blues now following their highly-impressive win at the Etihad on Monday.

Much of the pre-match focus had, some will say inevitably, been on Mourinho as he once again shifted the attention from his players and onto himself ahead of a big game. The vastly-experienced Portuguese coach knew exactly what he was doing by labelling City “lucky” and bemoaning the fact Chelsea lag behind their rivals when measuring the collective wealth of the two clubs.

However, make no mistake, Mourinho – behind his public media-savvy stance at least – knows Chelsea can go toe-to-toe in this year’s title race. And their deserved 1-0 success in the game proved it.

This was no defensive ’smash-and-grab’ performance from Mourinho’s side. Contrary to what many soccer betting pundits expected pre-match, Chelsea were set up to go for the win and their fine-tuned counter-attacking gameplan worked a treat. Branislav Ivanovic’s goal was enough to secure the win but it could have been an even greater success as the visitors hit the woodwork three times in a game they always had the upper hand in.

Fans who bet on soccer games will recall that Chelsea became the first club in over three years to stop City scoring at home and the narrow win appears to be a significant one. Not only does it suggest the Blues are very much title candidates but it will give the chasing pack confidence that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are not unbeatable and they are not the shoe-in for the title many had thought after their free-scoring form for much of the campaign to date.

Mourinho, again typically of him, said after the game that his side remain outsiders for the top prize, likening his squad to a young horse that needed nurturing up against a couple of thoroughbreds in the shape of City and Arsenal.

But no-one who witnessed their win at the Etihad should take that analogy seriously.

Man City ‘Lucky’- Mourinho

February 1st, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has suggested that Manchester City are lucky and that a number of refereeing decisions have gone in their favour this season that, on any other day, could have gone the other way.

Speaking ahead of Monday night’s showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad, Mourinho heaped praise on Manuel Pelligrini’s team, clearly trying to instil a sense of over confidence in the City players and their manager.

‘‘I think they have everything,’’ Mourinho said. ‘‘Everything. The players are obviously very good. Even with very good players, if the manager is not good, you don’t do it,” he added.

Having given with one hand, the Portuguese was quick to take away with the other, however, reminding the rest of the Premier League (and presumably Mike Dean who will be refereeing on Monday night) that, for all their quality, the Citizens have had their fair share of luck this season too.

“I want to make it very clear that, for me, it’s just a coincidence and nothing else – the reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour. They are lucky,” the 51 year old said, according to the soccer betting page on the bet365 website. “Against Liverpool, the Sterling ’goal’. The penalty on Suarez. Against Newcastle, the goal that is a clear goal. Against Tottenham, Dawson’s goal, the penalty and the red card. They are having everything,” he added.

In highlighting City’s ‘luck’ so far this season, Mourinho is clearly trying to ensure that the home side’s run of fortunate decisions come to an end on Monday.

However, fans who bet on soccer know that Chelsea will have far more than the referee to worry about, and if they go into the game concentrating on whether or not City get ‘lucky’ then they could come away from Manchester with a comprehensive defeat and an even bigger mountain to climb to regain the Premier League title.

Sturridge Sets out Goals

January 10th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Daniel Sturridge believes firing Liverpool to a top four finish this season can help him play a starring role for England in this summer’s World Cup.

The 24-year-old made a brilliant start to the campaign, scoring in each of the Reds’ first four games as they set the early pace in the Premier League standings.

However, the forward hasn’t played since November due to an ankle injury but Brendan Rodgers’ men have continued to push for a Champions League finish in his absence, with Luis Suarez leading from the front.

Despite their fine form, many football betting pundits believe that Liverpool’s young side still have plenty of questions to answer over the next few months, especially with the club having not finished in the top four places since coming home as runners-up in the title race in 2009.

Sturridge has now returned to training though and will only boost Liverpool’s search for silverware, especially with the added incentive of the World Cup on the horizon.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea man is being tipped in the latest live football commentary to play a major role for the Three Lions in Brazil and believes helping Liverpool finish in the top four would only help his chances of starring in South America.

“It would be great to secure a return to the Champions League,” he told FourFourTwo. “It’s four seasons since Liverpool were last in it, and that’s too long. I think it could benefit us in the long run and, God willing, we’ll be up there in May.”

“On a personal level, I want to keep working hard and look to improve. I’m not going to set any crazy targets.

“If I can keep developing my game and get a place at the World Cup, I’ll be delighted. That would be an amazing achievement.”

United Were Unlucky – Giggs

January 9th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has warned Sunderland to expect a backlash when they visit Old Trafford for their Capital One Cup semi-final on January 22nd.

Sunderland will go into the game at Old Trafford with a 2-1 aggregate lead, after Fabio Borini’s second half penalty cancelled out Nemaja Vidic’s equaliser. The Black Cats had earlier taken the lead through a Ryan Giggs own goal, and the 40-year old was also unfortunate to hit the woodwork with a deflected shot as well as unwittingly blocking a goalward bound shot from Adnan Januzaj.

According to Giggs, the scoreline could have been very different if it weren’t for the Reds’ bad luck. “We did not have that little bit of luck. I hit the crossbar and Adnan hit a shot against me when I was offside,” the Welshman said. “On another day that would have gone in or been given, but it just did not go for us.”

Despite the defeat, which was United’s third in a week, Giggs felt that there were some positives to come out of the game and he is confident that, if they perform in the same way again then they will be able to turn the tie around at Old Trafford.

“We were quite happy with our performance. We felt we did enough to at least get a draw,” he said.”We will keep plugging away and we will look forward to the second leg. We are still in it and we look forward to it at Old Trafford,” he said.

Fans betting on soccer know Manchester United’s poor run of results can’t continue for much longer; they have far too much quality and experience to continue losing winnable games, and will surely overpower Sunderland in the second leg.

Before then the Reds face Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday and, if David Moyes can encourage a response from his team, then the latest Premier League betting indicates that the Swans could be on the end of the long-awaited backlash.

Alonso Signs Real Deal

January 9th, 2014 by bet365 No comments »

Xabi Alonso has ended any speculation about his future by signing a new two-year contract extension at Real Madrid.

The latest deal will see him tied to the Bernabeu club until 2016. He moved to the Spanish giants in 2009 for a fee of £30 million from Liverpool.

Before putting pen to paper on his latest contract, Alonso had been linked in the football betting press with a move away from Madrid in the January transfer window. A number of Premier League clubs were thought to be interested in purchasing the player, including his former club in Merseyside.

The midfielder has started on 12 occasions so far this season for Carlos Ancelotti. Real are in third place in La Liga, five points behind leaders Barcelona. They also sit behind local rivals Atletico Madrid in the standings.

Alonso could feature tonight in his side’s home tie against Osasuna in the Copa del Ray. The hosts are warm favourites with bet365’s Premier League betting at 1/12 to win the game.

The Spaniard’s teammate Cristiano Ronaldo made the headlines earlier in the week as he scored his 400th career goal during Real’s 3-0 victory against Celta de Vigo.

Alonso won the league title with Real Madrid in 2011/12 under manager Jose Mourinho. He has also been successful in two competitions. His first trophy with in Spain was the Copa del Rey in 2011, while a year later his team lifted the Supercopa de Espana.

The Tolosa born footballer has represented his national side in over 100 internationals. He has won three major trophies with Spain as he was successful in the 2010 World Cup and in both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. The Madrid midfielder will be looking to be part of the squad which travels to Brazil later this year to defend their World Cup trophy.

Everton Come Back To Haunt Moyes

December 5th, 2013 by bet365 No comments »

Everton picked up their first win at Old Trafford since 1992 in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United last night.

It was the first time former Toffees manager David Moyes had come up against the Merseyside club in his new role, however, it did not end the way the Scot would have wanted as United dropped down to ninth place, 12 points behind leaders Arsenal. The match had proven popular with fans who bet on football in recent days.

Bryan Oviedo’s goal four minutes from time was enough to give the visitors all three points in an entertaining game.

The reds boss was unable to call up on the services of striker Robin van Persie back to the side as he had not recovered from his groin injury in time.

The hosts did have good chances to break the deadlock in the opening half of the match. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both went close as they hit the woodwork, while Toffees’ keeper Tim Howard was in good form as he returned to his former club, denying Rooney and Shinji Kagawa opportunities.

Everton’s new star teenager Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench in the second half and almost made an immediate impact but his shot was hit straight at United ‘keeper, David De Gea.

The away side did still get their reward though, for being positive and playing the game in an attacking manner when defender Oviedo made no mistake of Romelu Lukaku’s cross at the far post with just four minutes of normal time left on the clock.

Following the defeat, United are now out to 20/1 to retain their title with the bet365 Premier League betting. They could now have a battle on to ensure they play Champions League football once again next season. A top four finish for Moyes’ men is available at 10/11.