Potential Upsets at the Confederations Cup

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Every now and then, whether betting on accumulators or singles, punters take a worthy risk by including high-risk high-reward odds on underdog teams. Believe it or not, it’s hard to resist the temptation of turning small change into thousands of dollars in just over 90 minutes. A careful analysis of the potential ‘small teams’ causing major upsets against the so-called ‘big teams’ can be very rewarding. Looking ahead to the forthcoming Confederations Cup, there is a good mixture of heavy weights and underdogs, making it an opportune moment for punters to capitalise and make huge profits of bookmakers. The Confederations Cup offers that opportunity to turn those predictions into cash. Don’t be put off by the overwhelming odds against underdogs at all times, take risks and you could be a big winner at the end of the day, when things take the wrong turn, always know that you can take off the sting of losing with promotions.

Opening Match

The first game of the Confederations Cup pits the host nation, Russia against New Zealand who come into this match as clear underdogs according to many bookies. However, the New Zealand team comprises of many seasoned players who ply their trade in competitive leagues like the Barclays Premier League, the championship and the Bundesliga. The New Zealanders are captained by Leeds United forward Chris Wood, who won the Golden Boot in the English Championship. New Zealand is a very strong and physical team, which afforded too much respect will cause Russia problems and a potential upset.

 The Cameroon versus Chile game is another match in which punters can be rewarded for bravery in their wagers.

Bookies, including Betway boast 8/13 odds to Chile and 19/4 have their outright favourite in Chile. Cameroon features in this tournament, having lifted the Africa Cup of Nations in which they started out as outside potential winners. They defeated continental heavyweights, Ghana and Egypt, on their way against all odds, thus a repeat of the same eventuality cannot be discarded. The Cameroonians are a young team with top players all over major European leagues, and Chile have to be at their best to avoid an embarrassing defeat. On the other hand, a Cameroon upset over Chile is probable if recent results are anything to go by. Chile has had a rather mixed set of results in preparation for the tournament, including a dull one-all draw with Russia and a 3-2 defeat to lightweight Romania.

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Mexico

Perhaps a strong team spirit can conquer. If Mexico can prove this theory, then they have a real chance against a star-studded Portugal. Mexico is enjoying a good spell at the moment, having won 9 games, drawn 3 and lost once in the last 13 games they have played. Along the way, Mexico has played some breathtaking football and new players who have made their way into the team seem to have blended easily with the experienced lot. Bookmakers are tipping Portugal to edge out Mexico with William Hill giving Portugal 21/20 odds for a win and Mexico 13/5 for a win. Punters have an added advantage when betting with William Hill of utilising the Cash-out promotion where they can minimise their losses before the game ends, by taking a reduced amount of cash in return for not waiting until the end of the game.

Furthermore, bookies tipping Portugal to win over Mexico are also tipping Portugal to win the group. As Portugal and Mexico are both in the same group with Russia and New Zealand, the onus to take top spot seems most likely to be rested on Portugal. However, Mexico has a real chance of topping the group if their strong mentality can defeat the quality of the Portuguese. Russia on the other hand, has an outside chance of winning the group if they can utilise home support. There are markets in which punters can select Mexico and Russia as the top group, thus with the above in mind, there is a real possibility to turn predictions into profits.

 

Championship Sides in with EFL Cup Shot?

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In fifty-eight editions of the competition to date, a lower league side has in fact only prevailed four times. The 2012 final saw Cardiff come memorably close to glory, but failed to become the fifth side to upset the odds, as the Dragons lost a penalty shootout to nine-time winners Liverpool. It was a turn of events made more painful by the fact that Cardiff had also drawn first blood in regular time and dominated the first half, before Liverpool’s superior stamina began to turn the tide.

Given the low prize money on offer, this is a competition now rarely taken seriously by Premier League teams that have existing European commitments – that is until the final. Though Football League representation is relatively rare at Wembley, shock eliminations are still commonplace in the EFL Cup, with a third-tier Bradford City reaching the final at the expense of Arsenal just four years ago. Now a new season approaches, and the bookmakers have spoken out, with three Championship clubs, in particular, getting surprisingly short odds to spring an EFL Cup shock. Are these sides really worthy of Wembley Way?

Then a League Two side, Bradford City finished as EFL Cup runners up in 2013. This season, in one case, the Bantams are priced at 125/1 just to reach the final.
Middlesbrough – 80/1
As very narrow favourites to win the Football League Championship, and thus reclaim a place in the Premier League, Middlesbrough are also considered the most likely Championship club to win the EFL Cup.
Priced at around 40/1 in English Football League Cup betting stakes just to reach the final, Boro will likely continue to struggle for goals unless the ‘parachute payments’ available to relegated clubs are used shrewdly. Key striker Alvaro Negredo is also bound to depart within a matter of weeks, with West Bromwich by far the likeliest destination.
VERDICT: The winners of the 2004 final will be focused entirely on regaining promotion to the Premier League. No chance of a Wembley appearance in this competition.
Sheffield Wednesday – 100/1
A solitary strike from Nigel Pearson gave Sheffield Wednesday an EFL Cup final victory over Manchester United in 1991 – the club’s last piece of major silverware. The South Yorkshire club remain the last lower league side to have lifted English Football’s most underrated trophy. The Owls also demolished a not-severely weakened Arsenal side 3-0 in the fourth round two years ago.
As low as 50/1 with one bookmaker to win the League Cup, there is clearly a lot of optimism surrounding Carlos Carvalhal’s side, with attacking duo Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri plundering 23 goals between them in 2016/17.
VERDICT: Sheffield Wednesday certainly have the resources to prevail against a weakened Premier League side when on form. However, the killer instinct that was lacking in the playoffs, and the playoff final of 2016, is an issue that will remain unless Carvalhal can pull off a major transfer coup in the summer.

Sheffield Wednesday demolished Arsenal on 27 October 2015 in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Birmingham City – 125/1
Given how near to disaster Birmingham came last season, this is a surprisingly short price, implying that the situation at St Andrew’s may improve beyond current expectations. Despite the optimism surrounding the side Redknapp could build, the Blues will need at least one season to rebuild. The playoffs are, therefore, likely to be out of reach for Harry Redknapp’s side.
However, there are at least six teams in worse shape than Birmingham ahead of 2017/18, meaning another relegation struggle is very unlikely. As such, free from much distraction in the league, the Blues will be striving to repeat their remarkable cup triumph of 2011. With the possibility of several useful additions, teams will underestimate Birmingham at their peril next season.
VERDICT: It is obviously a long shot, but if anyone can use his vast managerial experience, and unique character, to get a lower league side to Wembley, it’s Redknapp.

Preview: Middlesbrough V Manchester United

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This week we look at Sunday’s game when Middlesbrough welcome Manchester United to the riverside. That’s right, its the return of the Premier League with Manchester United traveling to Middlesbrough with both teams desperate win. Middlesbrough are 19th in the Premier League whilst Manchester United are 6th, a position they want to change having been in the same place for a while.

Manchester United will travel north after their disappointing FA Cup Quarter final game against Chelsea in which they lost 1-0 with Kante getting the decisive goal. The will also be without several key players as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrerra, and Antony Martial will be missing through injury and suspension respectively.

The online website 888Sport have a dedicated page on Middlesbrough v Man United betting odds . Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka and Stewart Downing have been in the news this week as they were involved in a training ground bust up according to leading media outlets.

The left winger was understood to question the boss as to why he has been left out of the squad for the games.

Middlesbrough are also coming off a loss in the FA Cup, having been well beaten 2-0 at home to Manchester City.The FA Cup was the last real tournament for both teams and both will be extremely disappointed at this stage of the season.

Aitor Karanka stated this week that he wants a team of fighters for the remaining run in. If M’boro are to remain in the English top flight then they need to win more of the remaining fixtures starting with this Super Sunday clash.aitor-karanka-mfc

Will Manchester United recover in time for the game, in between this they have to play at home in the Europa League against Russian team Rostov. With the Europa League now offering the winners the chance to qualify for the Champions League this is now an important fixture, even better for Middlesbrough.

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Top 5 Football Fan Blogs

As any fan will know, football is much more than just a game of two halves – it is a way of life, a culture and, above all, a deep passion. As such, everyone has their own opinion on all aspects of the beautiful game, from last weekend’s action to who the prime candidates for the title and relegation are. Usually they aren’t afraid to express it either! There was a time when football discussions would take place in pubs, households, and workplaces – and they still do – except now there’s a new platform on the scene: blogs.
In the internet’s infancy, local forums were one of the only ways for football fans to express their opinion to a comparatively wide audience. With the potential of modern blogging platforms, however, anyone can share their insights with the entire world over the internet. It’s pretty easy to do so, and there is even a football specific domain name ending (.football), which is available to budding bloggers.

If you’re considering starting a football fan blog of your own and need some inspiration, or you’re simply looking for another source of footie analysis to complement our football news feed, these five sites are a great place to start.

ArsenalFan TV

Having only been established in 2012, ArsenalFanTV has gone from strength to strength in recent years, bringing up-to-the-minute news, comment, and analysis to Gooners across the globe. The website, and its flagship YouTube channel, serves as a portal for Arsenal fans to express their views, and as such retains its status as a blog for the fans, by the fans. Its status has now risen to the point where, this season, even Gary Neville weighed in with his views on the site.

Copa90

Copa90 is all about the strong cultural identity of being a football fan in the modern age. Although it is part of a wider network of brands, its content is led by a collective of contributors, ensuring that it remains an authentic source of fan-centric dialogue. On the website, you’ll find a variety of features from comment pieces, listicles, and video content including their trademark ‘FIFA and Chill’ interview series.

Collymore.com

Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool player Stan Collymore is attracting attention for all the right reasons through his personal website, Collymore.com. So much so that he won the fans’ choice for the ‘Best Football Influencer’ at 2016’s Football Blogging Awards. Collymore hasn’t been a stranger to controversy during his post-football career, so it’s great to see his website directing the focus back to where it really matters – the game. With his ‘Call Collymore’ live podcast and blog content, Stan displays his expertise and personal insight for fans to chew over.

CaughtOffside

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Their self-appointed status as “the world’s most popular independent football blog” may be up for debate, but there’s no doubt that CaughtOffside is a valuable resource for global football news, transfer rumours, and interest pieces. What’s more, the site also features a category dedicated to the wildly popular management simulation game Football Manager.

The Boot Room

Last, but not least, The Boot Room is another quality source of opinion and astute analysis of the game we all know and love. Thanks to the fact that they accept contributions from writers and bloggers across the world, this site is a melting pot for a variety of fresh perspectives and views. With an impressively broad selection of dedicated club pages for English teams down to League 2, plus a range of international league categories, The Boot Room is a great place to keep your eye on the ball.

Where do Fans Get Football Tickets? FanSeats

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For fans of the biggest football teams in England will understand, whenever there is a game that is sold-out, acquiring tickets can be a difficult task. Fans have to scour the internet and social media to find somebody who is selling tickets for the match.

Football Ticket Prices

The Football Association (FA) has been heavily criticized over several seasons for letting the prices of tickets increase to a level which keeps many low-income families from attending the matches they once did. With this there has been pressure to look into this matter and the Premier League this season imposed a maximum £30 limit on tickets for away fans which was seen as a major accomplishment for the fans. Whilst there is no cap on ticket prices for home fans, this limit is widely viewed as a great way for the FA to demonstrate that it is not focused purely on the financial gains.

Through these difficulties, the team at Fan Seats decided to create a safe online marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets. With full safety and trust at the top of mind, the FanSeats platform is already a success with fans around the UK and abroad.

We specialise in UK football tickets for the fans, with this our website is open to fans of the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL from around the world. We understand the difficulty in purchasing safe match tickets hence why we created FanSeats.co.uk.

The website already has interest from Liverpool fans in Hong Kong and Manchester United fans in Ireland buying and creating sales for their favourite teams. The website based in Manchester offers the lowest prices for the top 5 teams:

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Getting Tickets for Cup Finals

Your team has just qualified for the cup final, the FA Cup, EFL Champions League, it doesn’t really matter but you want to go so bad that you contact the official club. However due to demand the tickets are sold-out in a flash. This is when you visit Fan Seats UK and look for the cup final tickets you have been desperately trying to find. Order your seats, most finals are held at Wembley for English Football.

Outside Stadiums

Getting tickets to matches outside stadiums has always been known to be a risky business. It is important however for people to understand that most tickets sold outside are genuine and risk free, however there are on occasions when this is not recommended.

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Each Premier League club has it’s own unique way of selling tickets, so much so that it is difficult to write about each team and be constantly up to date. The recommended choice is to spend time reading and researching your football team to understand the best ways to go ahead. Manchester United and Liverpool for example are teams of similar fan bases and capacities yet Liverpool operate more on a loyalty driven membership system as opposed to Man United.

Other Options Available

There are other options open to football fans with the main one being the Fan Seats website. The website guarantees all orders and offers price matches on the major teams. The increase in the viewers of the top league in the world is now at it’s highest ever, with millions watching each week.

We are always looking to hear your comments and feedback on our reports and stories, especially with regards to football tickets.

 

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The Growth Of Online Gambling

Online gambling is becoming more and more popular, year on year. It has grown substantially since its birth in 1994, but even more phenomenally over the last 10 years or so. How exactly did online gambling get to where it is today? Let’s take a look at how online gambling began and how quickly it’s growing:

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The Birth Of Online Gambling

The Free Trade and Processing Zone Act passed in 1994, allowing offshore licenses for online betting operators. Intertops.com was the first online sports book. A Finnish man first used it to place a wager on a match between Tottenham Hotspur and Hereford Utd. The first online betting facility in the U.K. was actually created by William Hill in 1998. The revenues in 1998 topped $830 million in the USA. Since 2005, the online gambling market has trebled. Annually, the online gambling market is expected to grow up to 5%. In 2009, money wagered on online sports betting exceeded $50 billion.

 

Mobile Gambling and Apps

Since the early days, the number of online betting options and casino games grew (and still grows) almost daily, with people opting to play them due to their convenience and stability. The launch and popularity of smartphones is thought to have played a big part in the popularity of online gambling, what with betting mobile apps and other ways of gambling using them.

Sports Betting

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One form of online gambling that is growing fastest, is sports betting. This is especially true in the U.K. The sports betting market has grown 79% between 2009 and 2013, becoming worth billions more in the process. Much of this is due to online gambling. Going into a betting shop and placing your bets/playing your games can take time. Thanks to the speed of mobile internet, using mobile phones to place a bet is becoming more appealing. No need to be near a betting shop to do it. You can even make live sports betting on your mobile during a game, which is far more convenient than being inside a betting shop during a game. Around 372,000 people use their mobiles to gamble on betting apps. In 2013, a customer expenditure of £2.3 billion in the U.K was recorded on sports betting alone. More than £1 billion of those bets came from football related wagers. In 2013, William Hill reported that mobile wagering had grown 115%. Nearly 50% of Paddy Power’s online revenue came from mobile betting in the same year.

Alternative Bets and Wagers

Gambling online isn’t just used on sports and gaming, however. In 2012, gamblers bet a total of $2.4 million on the sex, name, weight, and even the hair color of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s baby. Bets are usually also placed on contestants in celebrity game shows, presidential elections, and just about anything else you can think of.

Online Gambling Scams

In 2015, Bet365 got more online searches than Nike (9 million searches), with 11.1 million searches. There are online gambling scams to be aware of, however, with fixed games, and even real life fixed games. In 2013, Europal suspected the fixing of 380 European football matches. North Korea makes $1 billion a year with illegal online gaming scams.

Offline Betting

Due to the popularity of online gambling, some offline betting establishments, such as William Hill, are struggling. However, they haven’t all shut down, as predicted in 2000. You can find more interesting stats looking at the infographic on https://www.latestbettingsites.co.uk/.

The Future Of Online Gambling

Online gambling grows each year, but what is the future expected to hold? Wearable tech is being created right now, whether that’s Snapchat enabled sunglasses or watches that act in the same way as a smartphone. Wearable tech and virtual reality are expected to be incorporated into online gambling in the future. Online 3D experiences are expected to be created for gamblers, using things like virtual reality headgear.

Geolocation is set to be another big step forward in the online gambling industry. This will focus on using the gambler’s location to offer them a more streamlined, personalized service. It’ll also help to stop hackers in their tracks.

As the online gambling industry continues to thrive, we can also expect more interaction with friends as we play games and make our bets. Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms are used by billions of people each and every day. The introduction of more social online gambling platforms should be expected to emerge in the next few years.

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