Roy Hodgson’s makeshift England side secured a much needed point in Ukraine following an incredibly mediocre performance. Despite criticism from all corners (including Gary Lineker) – Hodgson will be happy with what can be considered a decent point against a Ukraine team that are certainly no pushovers.
It was a performance with little to get excited about after early England nerves settled down and a well marshalled England team sat back, with England’s wingers playing particularly defensive roles. It was an incredibly frustrating game to watch – once again England losing possession far too easily – Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere as guilty as anyone.
The point leaves England’s fate in their own hands, with 2 home games left to play they sit a point clear at the top of Group H. Upcoming games against Montenegro and Poland should be winnable in theory but England never take the direct route.
Should England win their remaining 2 matches (you can see football fixtures today right here), it will be very much a case of job done for Hodgson but there’s a definite sense that the tides are turning against him now following a string of poor performances.
Liverpool FC have had a busy summer so far in the transfer market bringing in a few players and there is likely to be more additions to come. The Merseyside outfit will be looking to get into the top 4 to qualify for the Champions League and once again be amongst the elite in European football. (more…)
The 2013-2014 Premier League kicks off in just a couple of more weeks (on 17 August specifically), and fans couldn’t be more ready. Particularly thanks to the fact that not many English clubs performed well at this past Champions League, the Premier League will be welcomed earnestly. So here’s a quick look at the 6 clubs that look to have realistic chances to take home the title next May.
1. Manchester City
Man City comes in as the betting favourite, with 15/8 fixed odds at BetFair online. Indeed, Man City looks like an extremely balanced team, and could have a very successful Premier League campaign in its near future. The club will be led in its quest for the title by dynamite goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who can put the ball in the back of the net like few other players in the competition.
Chelsea comes into the League sitting just behind Man City in the betting pools, with 9/4 odds to win. However, it seems that Chelsea and Man City are even closer than their odds, as most would call the 2 clubs co-favourites this season. The x-factor? Chelsea should be chomping at the bit to win the competition after missing out on the Champions League knock-out stage earlier this year.
3. Manchester United
5/2 odds are good for 3rd best for Man U, and it looks like they should certainly be in the hunt. Club boss David Moyes is also working to bring in Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, and that could certainly put Man U right into top contender status. As it is, however, the pursuit of Fabregas has been frustrating, so one must assume Man U will enter the League with its current squad – still one that can win.
At 10/1 odds, Arsenal is clearly a step below the top 3 in terms of expectations. However, this is still a team of veterans, and the likes of Lukas Podolski and Tomas Rosicky can still get it done for Arsenal. Don’t count this club out.
Liverpool enters the Premier League with 33/1 odds, but is certainly capable of making a run. There are very few match ups on the schedule that seem to put Liverpool in over its head, and with Luis Suarez on board the offense can go off at any time.
6. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham is actually tied with Liverpool in terms of pure betting expectations, with 33/1 odds to win the Premier League. If the club brings in Roberto Soldado, as some believe they are about to do, they could become one of the most dangerous teams in the field.
Following an impromptu Carlos Tevez style mid season break, the team are back to discus the horrendously titled managerial merry go round, who will win the league and give you a couple of stories about tramps for good measure.
He’s been playing in France for all of 5 minutes but already the scouse thug that is Joey Barton has developed a french accent – well sort of. Barton’s embarrassing effort is closer to Steve McClaren’s anglo-dutch that he developed during his first sting as manager of FC Twente.
Now where did I put that boxset of Allo Allo?