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The opening act to the new season is just a few days away, with Manchester City gearing up to face Chelsea in this year’s FA Community Shield. For the first time in almost four decades, the match will be contested outside Wembley or Cardiff, bringing the football community closer together.
For Villa Park has been penned in to mark this historic occasion, and many fans have suggested a different venue each year would put meaning back into a fixture that is now seen as a pure money-making exercise by the FA.
Although Aston Villa’s stadium may hold just 42,000 spectators – pitiful compared to Wembley’s obscene 90,000 capacity – the benefit of staging this match in the middle of the country far outstrips the financial loss from fan reduction.
For years football fans have had to put up with long distances to watch their team play in finals down south. When the FA developed plans for a new Wembley to be built, there was no consideration of moving ‘The Home of Football’ away from its London suburbia and out into the rest of the country.
Villa Park, on the other hand, is directly where a centrepiece national stadium should be. Both Chelsea and City fans will travel an equal distance, with easy motorway and rail access in and out of the midlands.
It is a far cry from Wembley, where Liverpool and Everton fans suffered the frustration of a failed rail network and heaving motorways just last season.
Add the transport problems to the fact Wembley has turned into a soulless, corporate, Ikea flat-pack mega mall, and it’s easy to see why fans will prefer the humble, characteristic and atmospheric surroundings of Villa Park.
This season’s Community Shield will bring an identity back to football. The passion, the desire, the victory songs will be felt far more within the four walls of Villa Park, compared to the community-absent Wembley Superdome.
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Nottingham Forest’s new Al-Hasawi owners claimed last week that they were in the market for an ‘iconic’ manager to lead the club back to the Premier League for the first time since 1999.
Forest fans will have been forgiven for letting their minds run wild with fantasies of international managers queuing up to take the helm at the City Ground, with images of a big-name boss and Championship glory flashing through their minds.
So what must they be feeling when it emerged that English football’s go-to guy, Mick McCarthy, has emerged as the front runner on Betfair.com for the vacant post?
Those vain few that let their imagination run wild will have been hoping for more than good old Mick, but in fact his signing for Forest may be what the club needs to claim Championship promotion.
For ‘iconic’ managers often don’t live up to expectations. Liverpool’s recent adventure into reigniting the dying embers of those ‘80s glory years was swiftly extinguished this summer with the sacking of club legend Kenny Dalglish. Further down the leagues, another ‘big money’ owner spent a fortune bringing Sven Goran Eriksson to Notts County. It didn’t work out.
When Leeds United were in trouble following the sacking of David O’Leary in 2002, chairman Peter Ridsdale appointed Terry Venables as manager. He lasted barely six months after a fire sale of players.
Forest should look at the prime example of a club employing ‘iconic’ stars, Newcastle, to see how wrong that decision can be. Club legends Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer both stepped in when the Magpies were in trouble, and both failed to do anything but lose games. Ironically, current coach Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job despite initial fans’ disapproval: Newcastle finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
Forest fans should take heart in Pardew’s success and view McCarthy’s proposed appointment with optimism, rather than disappointment. Indeed punters on betfair.com have put more money on Forest going up upon hearing the news of McCarthy than they did when Glenn Hoddle was linked with the post earlier this week.
Lukas Podolski has predicted Germany will beat Portugal 2-0 in their opening Euro 2012 group game on Saturday, but is his optimism misplaced? And will such a confident outburst inspire Paulo Bento’s side to upset the odds in Lviv?
The Arsenal-bound frontman is playing a dangerous game talking up his country’s chances in the Group B tie because if Joachim Low’s men do not deliver he is going to look extremely silly in the aftermath of a disappointing result. Indeed, while his comment will have been a tongue-in-cheek moment and he will say it should be taken lightly, there may be a few in the German camp that will want to have a word in his ear to say he should relent from making similar predictions in the future.
Portugal, who were beaten by Germany at the quarter-final stage of the Euros four years ago, struggled in qualification for this year’s tournament and only take their place in Poland and Ukraine after a play-off win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 2004 hosts even finished behind Denmark in their qualifying group and face the Danes again in Group B here so many are predicting an early flight home for Bento’s side.
Equally, the odds are against them causing a shock on Saturday but, with Podolski’s arrogance ahead of the game sure to rile and galvanise them, do not discount Portugal on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo is, when at his scintillating best, virtually unplayable and he can lift others around him on big occasions. Manchester United winger Nani is another key man and has plenty of experience of top games. Throw in Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles and you have players who can pose a threat.
Germany, filled with a talented squad that includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, Mesut Ozil and veteran goalscorer Miroslav Klose, look, on paper, the stronger outfit but plenty of fancied sides have come unstuck in the past.
An under-rated Portugal can, then, take advantage of a below-par display to leave Podolski wishing he had kept his mouth shut.
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Atletico Madrid’s on-loan goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, once again demonstrated his value to the club, by producing a string of critical saves, as the club secured their place in the Europa League final. Madrid are now the favourites for the title in Europa League betting.
The Belgian arrived in Spain, last summer, from Chelsea. He had only recently arrived at the Blues from Racing Genk. The stopper has been sensational all season for Atletico, so much so that Courtois has found himself linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.
Atletico’s bitter rivals have reportedly targeted the Belgian international as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas. However, the 19-year old has made it clear that he is not listening to any rumours, preferring to remain at Atletico for another season, to continue his football education.
Chelsea know what an exciting prospect Courtois is, and may be keen on allowing the youngster to stay in Spain for another season. The development would be a boon to fans betting on Atletico with Betfair online.
The teenager has quickly established himself as a fan favourite, helping the club get within touching distance of winning the Europa League. He has admitted that he is loving life at the Vicente Calderon. He would be keen on staying for another 12 months, before returning to England and challenging for a place at Stamford Bridge.
“I am very happy that the fans chant my name, and I have said I would be happy to stay at Atletico for another year, but I will have to wait”, he said. “I am not 100 per cent sure what is going to happen, but I would like it to happen and I think it will.”
“Everything has been great for me here, I did not know what to expect, as I have not competed in a league like this, coming from Belgium. I really like Atletico and Spain.”
Joe Hart insists Manchester City will keep fighting in the title race and believes they have benefitted from the return of Carlos Tevez.
Manchester United hold a five-point advantage over their neighbours with only four games left and could clinch the title at Etihad Stadium on April 30, the worst case scenario for City fans.
City boss Roberto Mancini conceded the title after the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal and maintained that stance despite comprehensive back-to-back victories. Those who were looking to place a football bet in favour of the blues may have been dissuaded to do so after that result; football bookie odds were slashed.
Hart thinks Mancini is publicly playing down City’s chances as a way of taking the pressure off the players.
The England stopper is striving for perfection during the remaining games, starting at Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend, and is ready to pounce on any mistakes from United.
“There is no point in us turning up on Sunday if the title race is over. We’ve still got to believe, we’ve still got to fight for every single point available,” said Hart.
“I don’t think he (Mancini) means that the season is over. I think he is just trying to play it down a little bit and let us get on with what we need to do. There is no way any of us would give up until it is mathematically impossible.”
Controversial striker Tevez has recently returned from the wilderness, self-enforced after a public spat with Mancini, and has been in fine form, scoring a hat-trick at Norwich City last weekend.
Hart denied claims of a rift in the dressing room over the Tevez affair and insisted the players are working towards the same goal.
“We have been a bit dry on goals recently, so that fresh Carlos input has been awesome,” he added.
“You can say what you want about Carlos Tevez, but when he plays, he plays to win and he plays for his team-mates.
I put the remainder of my money on Kauto Star at 1.59 today. It’s a small profit but takes my balance back over €9 and gives me a fighting chance to pull myself back into profit over the next few days.
I would have banked already my money on him had I not got burned by Celtic last week. That’s my only really bad loss so far on lucky.ie. I’ll need to revise my tactics for the new year as I have not been dedicating enough time to the site and finding the right bets. i was convinced Celtic had no chance of coming back from 2 goals down away in Europe but I took on a bet that offered no value and it’s not my normal tactics. Sean’s run away with it this month but I’ve shown that I can comeback before and will give it my best shot before the end of 2009. €25 is a reasonable target for now though.
This is an historic day on lucky.ie. My December 2009 balance stands at a whopping €207.19.
Rage Against the Machine have just been crowned Christmas no.1 and at the time it was announced, i was ‘all in’ on betfair with a balance of around €90. Enda has been destroyed this month and i end 2009 with a bang – earning more this month than my previous 4 months combined.
It all started on Monday when i backed Joe to win with €50 at 1.27. Had i stuck with that original bet, my balance would now be about €40. But i didn’t. I changed my mind and did so about 10 times throughout the week.
I backed Joe, then backed Rage, then seriously considered redding out on both, then eventually went all in on rage. Crazy stuff. But it worked In total, i placed 19 bets on this market over 4 days, totalling €248.
I backed & layed for profit, i backed and layed for loss and eventually, to be perfectly honest, i didn’t know how much exactly i was going to win if RATM won. All i knew is that i had everything but €43 involved in this market and once the results were leaked i bet that €43 on Rage at 1.06 (which was obviously great value!).
I had worked out that i should have ended up with a balance of about €150, but couldn’t be sure – i had so many bets on the market that it was just too much hassle to work out exactly what i’d win or lose in different situations. So it was a nice surprise to log in and find my balance at over €200!!!!
At one stage RATM drifted to over 6.4 and you’ll see i placed a few bets at that amount. They never really dropped below odds of 3.00 until this morning when obviously people in the know started getting official figures. A few days ago, i also won a few quid when Everton lost 1-0 to BATE – i’d backed BATE with €5 at 4.7 (great odds) so i won about €14 on that.
So a massive win, a great day for me and a great day for lucky.ie – i’ve now set a new record balance and one that i think that will stand for a long time to come I may have lost the monthly head to head battles with Enda in 2009 (3-2), but after this month, i’ll end the year having earned way more profit
I wonder if Enda will now do a Benitez and claim it’s not over until December 31st As things stand, there’s ONLY a €200 gap for him to close before the month’s end
Lets just say that if Rage Against the Machine are crowned Christmas no.1 this Sunday, i’ll have smashed all records on lucky.ie.
photo credit: Valentin.Ottone
If Joe wins, i’m down a good chunk (i’ll have blown a lot of my hard work)… but i’ll still be in profit and i should still easily beat Enda this month now that he’s tried to mirror my tactics and got burned at the first attempt
I have to say that was unlucky. Not sure what the odds were at 3-1 up (under 1.1 anyway) but betting against Celtic, away from home, in europe, when trailing by two goals isn’t exactly a silly thing to do. Had i been watching the match i may well have bet on it myself and i’d have bet the same way Enda did.
So pure bad luck there, but that’s the risk you take when you place every single bet at low odds. It worked this month for me, but as Enda has proven, it can just as easily go wrong