PALACE RISE TO OCCASION

Crystal Palace was surfing in the bottom of the Premier League as they were in danger of being relegated until Tony Pulis was appointed as the new coach of the team in on November 23 of 2013.

Since Tony Pulis arrived at the Selhurst Park, the club has managed of securing important consecutive victories against Chelsea, Cardiff City, Aston Villa and Everton which has helped Crystal Palace on escaping the bottom relegation zone and get into the middle section of the tables.

The head coach of West Ham, Sam Allardyce talked to the france honduras cote site about the recent success of Tony Pulis in Crystal Palace as well as saying that it is a good thing for the British managers.

“We found that Palace were extremely tough when we played them away in December. We lost the game 1-0 because we couldn’t break down a well-drilled defensive outfit. They’ve improved both aspects since then so it will take thought as to how to break them down without leaving the back door open.

“Pulis’ success says a lot for the experienced British manager. There’s enough quality and experience to use in this country and he’s proven that quality and experience at Crystal Palace. He’s getting the best out of his team.” Allardyce stated.

Allardyce even supports Tony Pulis as he considers that the Crystal Palace should not only be nominated for the coach of the year award but should win it although he will be facing tough competition from Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers who is getting closer and closer on securing a league title with Liverpool which is something that no coach has been able to do in over 23 years.

Even if Pulis does not manage on actually winning the award, his work will still remembered by the fans and players of the club for the years to come.

Prandelli Plays Down Italy Chances

Italy boss, Cesare Prandelli, insists that Germany will be favourites when the two sides meet in their Euro 2012 semi-final, on Thursday.

The Azzurri were impressive in their last-eight victory over England, but they were made to go the distance, and will meet a fresh Germany side in Warsaw.

“Germany are definitely the favourites, not least because they’ve had two more days to recover,” said Prandelli. “But if we show the same attitude and desire to win again, then we can expect to play another great match.”

Italy midfielder, Daniele De Rossi, and right-back, Ignazio Abate, are fitness concerns after they came off with muscle problems in Kiev, while centre-back, Giorgio Chiellini, and midfielder, Thiago Motta, sat out the quarter-final with hamstring injuries.

Fans placing online bets on Bet365 will need little encouragement to gamble on the fixture.

Prandelli admitted that much rests on getting those players back fit for the fierce challenge against Joachim Loew’s Germany, who go into the match with a 100 per cent record.

“We’re very satisfied but we’ve got to try to get the injured players back, as well as our force and energy,” added the Italy coach, who will also be without suspended defender, Christian Maggio.

Prandelli’s side controlled the game against England, but failed to take their chances, before holding their nerve to win 4-2 on penalties.

De Rossi and Alessandro Diamanti both hit the post with shots, while De Rossi and Mario Balotelli were guilty of spurning gilt-edged chances. Antonio Nocerino also had an effort ruled out for offside late in normal time.

“I wasn’t surprised – I knew we could dictate the play. Our only worry was about not conceding too many counters, but we did really well in stopping those before they developed,” said Prandelli.

A weary Italy outfit are unlikely to see as much of the ball against Germany; in fact, the soccer betting tips indicate that the Azzurri could struggle to end the match with anything other than a loss in Warsaw.

BARTON WARNED ON PREDICTING RESULTS

The English football Association has said that QPR midfielder Joey Barton should not be predicting the outcome of football matches on Twitter and various other social networking sites. This move comes as a major development in the fight against illegal football betting.

There have been various cases of illegal soccer betting in recent years, and it seems that social networking is only adding to the fuel.

Hence, the English football Association has come out with the decision to ban footballers from making tweets regarding the outcome of the football matches, which could in some way promote illegal soccer betting.

Even though this role will be mainly applicable to the players involved in the matches, the FA have taken the decision to warn most of the players who constantly tweet or use social networking sites. Some other players have been giving out information that might help punters with their Europa League betting.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton is one among them and there have already been complaints over the excessive usage of Twitter by the former England midfielder.

However, the newly appointed QPR manager Mark Hughes has said that the choice of using the various social networking sites rests entirely upon the person and it is something that he could not place a restriction upon. There have been different views regarding the usage of social networking by players.

“Just received my weekly warning letter from FA headquarters, this time regarding me tweeting about predicting the weekend’s Manchester double. According to the FA, I am not allowed to give my opinion of possible results in case that is seen as insider information. These people are so out of touch with reality it’s untrue,” Joey Barton said on his Twitter account.

Twitter has been somewhat beneficial for Joey Barton because it has helped him transform the bad boy image he has been acquiring at places like Manchester City and Newcastle United. I think I’m going to have to start following him – if only to get some euro 2012 betting tips!?