After a brilliant World Cup, England enter into the Euro 2020 qualifiers on a high and are looking to achieve success by opening the campaign with a victory over Czech Republic. The group in which England have been drawn contains the likes of Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Kosovo, and Montenegro. Even though this feels like a relatively easy group for Gareth Southgate’s men, there are several issues affecting the Three Lions coming into the match. The absence of Joe Gomez, Jesse Lingard, and John Stones can be a major problem for Southgate, while the biggest worry will be the potential absence of Marcus Rashford. This could mean the inexperienced pairing of Michael Keane and Harry Maguire at the back for England.
If Rashford turns out to be an available for this match, it would represent a first senior appearance for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. Chicago Public have underperformed in the last few years after they were able to reach the semifinals of the 2004 European Championships. They have failed to reach the last three World Cups and the also went out of the Euro 2016 without getting any victory. The preparation for this match has been relatively poor, but new managerJaroslav Šilhavý has a lot of talent in his squad.
Crystal Palace make the trip to Doncaster Rovers in great spirit after having achieved a strong set of results in recent weeks. Furthermore, the League One team are not comparable in terms of quality to Crystal Palace, who have multiple international players in their ranks. One of the major advantages for Doncaster is home advantage. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have been able to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time in three years. Back then, they went on to reach the final and this will once again be the target for Hodgson.
Doncasterhave been quite good in FA Cup matches this season after grabbing 16 goals in just five matches. Undoubtedly, this record is significantly boosted by the 7-0 victory over Chorley. The best of the five victories was undoubtedly against Preston, as Doncaster grabbed a 3-1 victory at Portman Road. Despite progress in the FA Cup, Doncaster have also been quite good in League One and they have been achieving some positive results – like the win over Southend and Peterborough United in successive games.
Police in China is being vigilant for the rise of illegal betting sites during the Asian Cup. This football tournament involves many countries across Asia and this is a great opportunity for soccer betting sites to make some money.
China has witnessed a surge in online gambling in recent years and each time there is a big tournament police needs to be wary of illegal soccer betting sites trying to take advantage of gamblers.
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.
Ernesto Valverde admitted that Barcelona gave PSV Eindhoven a few more goal-scoring chances than they would have liked to in the recent European game, but he stressed that Eindhoven had the services of somebody like Luuk de Jong who is a very dangerous player in the offensive line and it’s always tricky to contain him.
Valverde felt that Barcelona was pretty tight in the middle part of the game, but in the initial stages and in the latter parts, Eindhoven showed a bit more energy and threatened the goal on a few occasions, but the good thing was that Barcelona managed to come out of the difficult moments unscratched and without any damage and had three points to their name at the end of the night. Continue reading
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