Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea take on Bournemouth at the Stamford Bridge looking to reach the semifinals of the League Cup. This quarter-final match is unlikely to be an entertainer in terms of goals, as Maurizio Sarri is likely to warn his team about a stern action after giving him some now is time in the recent win over Brighton. Despite dominating for most of the game, the blues had to hold on for a victory against the Seagulls during the weekend. Bournemouth have the capability to score goals and that this will be on the minds of Chelsea, who like to dictate possession. However, Chelsea have yet to hit the heights of last season.
Even though Chelsea have suffered some disappointing results in away matches under Maurizio Sarri, the blues remain unbeaten under the Italian at Stamford Bridge. It is not surprising that Chelsea are given a price of just 5/18 in order to reach the semifinals with an half-time. The blues were able to get a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth earlier in the campaign and this victory came on Stamford Bridge’s pitch. It is not a surprise that Bournemouth are given a longer price of 33/4 in order to get a victory over Chelsea inside normal time. Theodds of 17/4 for a penalty shootout is quite attractive.
The final round of UEFA Champions’ League group stage games take place this week with plenty still to play for in a number of groups.
Manchester United and their City rivals have already booked their places in the last 16, but Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur still need results to follow suit. Europa League places are also still to be decided in some groups.
Wales entertain Spain in an international friendly at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday night. The Euro 2016 finalists witnessed a mixed run of results during the previous international break w where a maiden win over Republic of Ireland was combined with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Denmark – both of which came in the Nations League.
Compared to them, La Roja had no such concerns as they started their Nations League campaign with a clean sweep of results. The 2014 World Cup champions begun their competition with a close 2-1 triumph over England but they thereafter came into their own against Croatia, whom they humbled by a comfortable 6-0 scoreline.
Bohemians are involved in a bottom half clash with Sligo Rovers during the weekend. The two teams are rather close to the relegation zone and will be concerned about the potential possibility of dropping down a division. Only two points separate the two teams coming into the match.Bohemians were able to register a couple of points in recent matches but they have still been unable to pull away from the relegation places. SinceBohemians have a two-point advantage, they will be able to stretch the advantage to 5 points with the victory. Back when the two teams met each other in May,Bohemians were able to overcome the opposition by scoring two goals in the second half.
However, the meeting was characterised by a lack of goalmouth action in great numbers. The two teams may have been quite satisfied with the draw, but the manner in whichBohemians claimed a victory would be difficult to repeat this time around. In the last six matches,Sligo Rovers have been able to go through a decent run of form. They will be looking to get the advantage overBohemians owing to this good form but it is difficult to expect a lot of goalmouth action in this game. Majority of the recent matches for both teams have witnessed less than 2.5 goals. There is a great possibility of choosing this option at 8/13.
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in talks with French soccer giants Paris St. Germain over the transfer of Lucas Moura. The winger will cost Spurs at least £23 million to acquire on a permanent basis, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports believes that both sides are close to agreeing a deal for the player, who would arrive this January. Moura is confident that Coach Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to work under at Spurs and that Tottenham are the right move for his career. Continue reading
For a team that managed to win the 2016-17 season of the English Premier League in such a dominating fashion as Chelsea did, it’s fairly surprising to find out that the head coach of that same club considers his squad to have a very evident weakness.
According to Antonio Conte, one of the main fragilities of his team is involving how they are managed as the Italian manager said that its difficult for them to adapt to certain kinds of situations in matches.
AC Milan’s head of signing players Massimiliano Mirabelli claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wanted to make a move to the San Siro in the summer, but he was unable to do so since Borussia Dortmund did not intend to sell him.
Aubameyang is no stranger to the San Siro after having moved to the club as a teenager back in 2008. He represented the club for only a handful of matches in the youth team and never made it to the senior team on a regular basis. He ended up leaving the club on a permanent basis in 2012 to St Etienne. This brought about the best in his career and it was only a year later that he made the € 13 million switch to Borussia Dortmund. Continue reading
For those unaware of what AI is, it´s artificial intelligence and this is currently being utilized on a variety of things that can range from video games to cars and even our own cell phones has AI integrated into them.
Siri and Cortana are types of artificial intelligence which is used in mobiles while in cars it´s being tested for automobiles that drive themselves without any kind of human interaction.
These are just a few of the examples on how artificial intelligence is being utilized, it´s important to take into consideration that there are many other cases and fields where it has already been implemented in different ways.
One of the more innovative or latest fields where it´s currently being experimented on, is involving the world of sports betting.
There is a startup by the name of: Stratagem is trying to find patterns in results of soccer and basketball matches with the objective of identifying ways to make money off of them. Continue reading
Sam ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce once opined that top English Premier League clubs would havechasedhim vigorously had his name sounded Italian – an obvious tongue-in-cheekreference to the dearth of English men at the helm of affairs of top English clubs.
His argument wasn’t farfetched, opining that if he could get the results he got despite the small budgets and being under the whims of bigger fishes, who had what it took to pluck vital players off your team with the caprice of an interest and stroke of a pen; then it was only logical he would achieve far more success if given the chance at a bigger club where he wouldn’t have to worry about tight budgets and every other ugly duckling that befall small clubs.
Only the English national team offered reasonable chance to men of English origin to be in charge of a team brimming with talent. With the FA’s sacking of Roy Hodgson and the media-drums of Big Sam’s name, the 62-year old took the opportunity with both hands. Continue reading