Manchester City’s Winning Streak Broken at the Etihad Stadium

For an incredibly competitive and dynamic sport such as football, building up any kind of streak is nothing short of incredible. That was the case for Manchester City, as they kept an unbroken streak on their home turf at the Etihad Stadium. To put things into perspective, the last time they lost in their home stadium was all the way back on December third of 2016. Since then they have gone on to win a grand total of 29 games, while also achieving seven draws. With such an incredible streak, the pressure was on for Manchester City to dominate Basel, and it seemed that way early on.

A sudden turn of events

Manchester City looked to be playing at peak performance, taking the lead after only eight minutes of play against Basel. It was at this time when the stadium-goers probably thought that the match would end in favour of the Citizens, just another win or perhaps even a draw in the belt with the streak remaining unbroken. In a turn of events that seemed like something one would expect from The 2018 Grand National – where most bettors learn to expect the unexpected – the playing field was suddenly levelled just 10 minutes after the first goal was scored. It just goes to show that when it comes to sports, it can be very difficult to predict the outcome of any match no matter how unlikely.

Taking the match

After the goal was scored by Basel courtesy of Mohamed Elyounoussi, it was an intense stalemate until the second half of the game. At this point, where any goal scored would have meant victory for either team, Michael Lang was able to close the show by scoring a goal against Manchester City, and though they tried they weren’t able to recover. This led to quite the memorable win for Basel, and a shocking loss for Manchester City.

The end result

While this still leaves Manchester City with a healthy 5-2 record and aggregate win, the fact that they had lost after going through dozens of games in their home stadium without a single loss can’t be underestimated.  Losing is one thing but losing in front of their fans in their home stadium – fans who have grown accustomed to victory after victory, is another story entirely.

Nevertheless, while this marks the end of a fantastic streak for Manchester City, that’s exactly what it was and always will be – a fantastic streak that will no doubt stand the test of time. While they certainly must be beating themselves up over the result, it’s still an incredible feat and one that every single player involved deserves to be proud of. The fact that such a shocking turn of events could happen just goes to show how dynamic the sport of football truly is.

Match Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea


Manchester City will host current Premier League Champions Chelsea at home in Manchester this weekend in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will return to action having won the EFL Cup in their last match, winning comfortably 3-0 against Arsenal. With goals from club veterans Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Company, the team brushed aside the North London team. Such a dominant performance means that ‘the Citizens’ are the number 1 team in English football.


Return to Winning Ways

Chelsea however will be looking to get back to winning ways having lost their previous match against Manchester United 2-1 having led the game 1-0. For the first half of the game, Chelsea dominated possession and the attacking play, even hitting the woodwork only for Manchester United to come back stronger and win with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard respectively.

Whilst Manchester City look like winning the league having created such a dominant season and being more than 10 points clear for the past several months, this match will still be important for both clubs. Pep Guardiola will want to win the league as soon as possible and therefore will want to get the three points. The team will also want to stamp their authority as the best in the league by beating the top teams. For Premier League betting then 888 sport have the best online platform.

Chelsea, on the other hand are fighting for a Champions League position with Liverpool and Tottenham also in the close running. With this Antonio Conte will want his team to perform and win to move close to finishing in the top 4.

Chelsea have a harder task in the Champions League having to go to the Nou Camp and beat Chelsea having conceded thew away goal at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

A big boost for Manchester City is the imminent return of  Raheem Sterling, who arguably has been their most improved player, scoring 20 goals and in the running with Mo Salah (Liverpool) for the golden boot.

With both teams still in the Champions League (Chelsea v Barcelona, Manchester City v Basel) a couple of key players could be rested but with the game being important this will be a minimal change from the best eleven.

In other Chelsea news,  Antonio Conte is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge to manage the Italian national team, reports the Guardian.

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Premier League Top Goal scorer Odds: The bookies’ forecast since August


Every time a new season is about to kick-off, a mass of football fans tip certain teams to win the Premier League and even get behind specific sides who could find themselves relegated to the Championship. Another bet which people readily back in the enticing outright markets is for who’ll result the campaign with the hotly-contested Golden Boot.

One avid follower of the Premier League is Footy Accumulators, a site that make efforts to provide tips and recommended bets surrounding England’s top tier on a weekly basis, helped even more by it being backed up through statistics and sensible reasoning.

Non-movers in the Market

The key factor that’s clearly ranked the highest in the bookmakers’ estimations is who’s currently most likely to score the most Premier League goals, as opposed to who they originally backed before the season kicked off.

Things are looking extremely positive in that vein, as they saw Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as the most likely man to take that desired Golden Boot, mostly due to the fact that he’s finished as top scorer in the last three seasons and continues to grow every year. He was originally given odds of 3/1 before the term kicked off but now sits at an even weaker 4/7 through reaching twenty-three league goals.

It’s strange to give credit to a bookmaker for correctly ranking a player with the third most likely chance of scooping the Golden Boot, but that’s exactly what they’ve done with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who was previously given the third weakest odds of 7/1, only to remain there with odds of 7/2 through netting more times than teammate Raheem Sterling but less than Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Of all the footballers who were priced up prior to the season kicking off, we worry for anyone who saw Diego Costa at 16/1 as a good price, as he was clearly on the way out of Stamford Bridge, seen as a bit too much trouble by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, and linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid almost immediately.

Major shocks

The most exciting success story has been Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who was previously seen as a flop when playing a short tenure at Chelsea but has turned his career around at Roma, before absolutely storming his second attempt at success in England. Most bookmakers didn’t even price him up before the campaign started but those who did, offered odds of 66/1 for the Egypt international to top the scorers’ chart, which he has done in plenty of periods, now second for his tally of twenty-two Premier League goals, with his odds massively dropped to 3/1.


It would be wrong not to mention the devastatingly poor drop in form seen by Romelu Lukaku, who moved from Merseyside to Manchester in order to sign for Jose Mourinho, and Alvaro Morata, who was Antonio Conte’s most celebrated Chelsea signing since winning the title last season. Everyone expected them both to be two of the division’s most threatening forwards but that’s been far from the case, with Romelu Lukaku’s 7/2 odds being far from reflected in current odds of 150/1, and anyone who chose to tip Alvaro Morata to win the boot with former odds of 9/1 surely pulling their hair out through his now shocking price of 1000/1 with most bookmakers.

Making a Case for Belgium at the World Cup

It is a curious thing that fans, pundits and bookmakers cannot agree on an outright favourite for the World Cup. Normally there is one candidate, for example Spain in 2010 or Argentina in 2014, who seem to demand all the attention in the run up to the tournament. They may not always win, but they drive the narrative before and, sometimes, during the tournament.

That does not seem to be the case this year, even though we are mere months away from the tournament kicking off in Moscow on 14th June. A lack of a standout candidate does not mean there is a lack of quality however, because, in fact, the opposite is true this year. Perhaps seven or eight teams are regarded as having a serious chance of winning.

The current betting odds for the favourites look like this:

Team Odds
Germany 9/2
Brazil 5/1
France 11/2
Spain 7/1
Argentina 8/1
Belgium 12/1
England 16/1

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Belgium’s Golden Generation Ready to Shine

For many punters, the most eye-catching name on the list above will undoubtedly be Belgium. Why is a team, so packed with talent, available at odds of double figures to win the World Cup? Yes, Belgium have rarely succeeded in going deep in a tournament (their best finish was 4th in 1986), but they have arguably assembled one of the best squads in world football. Is 12/1 really a reflection of their chances? Should they be behind an Argentina side that limped through qualifying?

Indeed, one of the most important factors for any team going into any major tournament is to have top players in form. Can any of the teams priced lower than Belgium boast three players playing at the very top of their game like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens? De Bruyne, in particular, seems to be having the season of a lifetime, demonstrating week after week that he is arguably Europe’s most complete midfielder.


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Experience Key to Success in Major Tournaments

Another thing to note is that this Belgium squad is packed full of experience players, many having come through the ranks of youth football together. Courtois, Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Vertonghen and Alderweireld make up the backbone of the team: All have over 50 caps, and only Vertonghen is over 28-years-old.

To give this all a bit of balance, there are some reasons to doubt Belgium’s credentials. For example, many Everton fans would testify that their former manager, and current Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez has difficulty with defensive organisation. Conceding three goals in games recently to Mexico, Bosnia and Russia, has only served to fuel these doubts.

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Still, in saying that, Belgium are unbeaten since September 2016 (a 2-0 friendly loss to Spain) and there seems to be a wonderful camaraderie and spirit surrounding the squad. Overall, you may argue that France and Spain have the deeper talent pools, whereas Germany and Brazil have the most cohesive style of play. However, it is perhaps Belgium that has the most balance in both of those factors. For that reason, that price of 12/1 seems like a bargain.


Liverpool vs Porto, an Easy Win for the English Side?


The Champions League will resume with the direct elimination stage during the second week of February. Liverpool will visit Porto, the first comes with the second best goals scored in the group stages with 23 in total while Porto conceded 10 by getting hammered in a couple of games and qualified second in their group.

Historically, Liverpool has managed a slight advantage against Porto with two draws playing away in Portugal and 2 wins as locals. This first match will be their away game but there are reasons to believe this time they will win.

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The Porto team that Liverpool faced over 10 years ago was a strong solid club with super stars in their squad. This season the team is reaching a low with a weak defense and depending too much in one or two players. Vincent Aboubakar is a great striker with 5 goals to his name of the total 15 scored so far. But another key player, Danilo, has been recently injured during the semifinals of the domestic league against Benfica. Danilo will be out for almost a month and will not be present for the first Champions League clash.

Add to that losing the semifinal in penalty kicks against their arch-rivals, Porto’s mood and confidence must be through the floor right now.

On the other hand Liverpool isn’t doing so great either, but finds itself in a better shape. They recently lost to Swansey in the Premier League, a surprising outcome that does not relate to the powerful game playing they have shown in the international arena. But that has been the constant for Liverpool all season, reserving their best performance for the Champion’s and being a bit too careless in the local league. Checkout their latest Premier League outright odds available at Williamhill.

Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all conform a powerful attack that can easily overcome Porto’s flailing defense. The key in the away game will be ball possession and exploiting the stress and public pressure over their rival. It is expected for Porto to play furiously which can lead to erratic play. If Liverpool can exploit this instead of getting affected by the distress, they can take an easy 0-1 or 0-2 win home.

Liverpool is also in the midst of adding new players to their squad, with Trent Alexander Arnold and Ragnar Klavan joining the club in the following days. Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno are both injured and could be out for the away game. Dominic Solanke and Mohamen Salah are recovered and will be joining the main team in domestic clashes very soon. Roberto Firmino is expected to be rested for domestic clashes to preserve him for the Champion’s game.

Punters predict an easy Liverpool win in the away game, despite having no history of doing so. Some are even recommending the 2.5 totals score, but we remain cautious. Trends tell us Liverpool is sloppy at this stage of an international tournament, they will not want to risk too much. On the other hand Porto will play with all they have in what could the second last game of the season for them. There will be a lot of pressure from fans, media and manager to win the match. Liverpool must know this and will likely hold back most of their players while they test their rival’s strength.

A draw is the most likely outcome with an Under score of 2.5. If you think Liverpool can manage a win, then go for a minimum one goal correct score.

What Next for Manchester United

Whilst many fans were skeptical about the deal that brought former Arsenal player Alexi Sanchez to the club, after the performance on Friday albeit against Yoevil Town any doubts the fans had were quickly squashed.

Manchester United have gone out and purchased one of the best players in the world on a free deal. The swap between players has partly funded the deal.

Make no mistakes about this, if Manchester United want to catch league leaders Manchester City then they have to go and invest in players, just like they have done. The last thing that any football fan wants is for one particular team to win everything and do so with relative ease. Man City, under Pep Guardiola are going from strength to strength and with this the club of United had to act. With this signing this brings them another world class player to compete for the club.

We are looking forward to the upcoming season and in particular the Manchester Derby which takes place in April. Let’s hope we get a good finish and it be closer than is currently the case.

Both Manchester United and  Manchester City are still in the FA Cup and will hope to progress further after the draw is made after the round.

The deal made Alexis Sanchez one of the top 10 most expensive players for wages in the world.

Highest Paid Footballers in World Football


After much speculation and many twists and turns, former Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez signed for Manchester United in a deal reportedly worth over £180 million for a 4 1/2 year contract. With so much money in world football, this week looks at the highest paid footballers in World Football. All figures by Marca are salaries after deductions, excluding personal sponsorship deals.  Here are the top 10.

#10 Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng)

For players looking for a big pay day then China is the destination. The Chinese team currently pay Graziano Pelle a reported £300,000 per week for his services, not bad for a player on less than 25% in the Premier League.

#9 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

When the Frenchman returned to the Red Devils for a record of £100, the contract he signed ensures her earns in the region of £15.4 million per year making him one of the highest in the Premier League.

#8 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)


When Monaco let striker Kylian Mbappe leave on loan to PSG many people were surprised. The French teenager us the youngest player on the list, earning an estimated £15.9 million per year.

#7 Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)

When Brazilian striker joined Chinese team Shanghai SIPG for a £45 million fee in 2016 the transfer broke records. Currently playing for an estimated annual income of £17.6 million.

#6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

A surprise at number 6 is arguably the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. Currently earning £18.5 million per year this will certainly increase soon when he wants to be paid the same as those above him on the list. Not only does the 2 time world player of the year bring goals he also brings commercial value like no other.

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#5 Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China)

Another player chasing the finance is Argentinian Lavezzi, currently commanding a pay check of £20.3 million per year. This is a lot of money especially for a player not guaranteed to start for his country.

#4 Oscar (Shanghai SIPG)


At the peak of his career, Chelsea player Oscar became one of the first players to leave in a big money deal. Currently earning £21 million per year the Brazilian midfielder comes in at number 4. The owners won’t be too impressed with him, he received an 8 match ban for starting a brawl.

#3 Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)

As state above, the new contract that Alexis Sanchez signed this week for Manchester United takes him to the number 3 position on highest paid players in world football at £23.4 million per year. 

#2 Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)


When the striker broke all records when he moved from FC Barcelona to PSG, he signed a contract worth a staggering £31.7 million per year. 

#1 Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

The Argentine is now reportedly earning more than £40 million per year playing at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. The Catalan team are paying for arguably the best player in the world and Messi understands that he can command these wages at any club he chooses.


What do you think of the salaries? Whilst the best 3 players in the world are in the top 10 (Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo) there are many players not on the list with more skill than the others. With this we expect the table to change when player’s agents demand more and want them to be on par with the rest.

Hopefully fans get value or money and this doesn’t result in higher ticket prices for the matches. Remember to keep up with your football news here at

The Transfer Battle for Alexis Sanchez

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Whilst we are still waiting on confirmation, media outlets and sources in both London and Manchester are reporting that Manchester United are on the verge of signing Chile International striker Alexis Sanchez in deal expected to be worth £180 million.

As the contract for Sanchez expires in July, Arsenal are keen to receive a transfer fee back for the striker that will get into most world football teams. If the striker remains at the club and doesn’t sign the contract then Arsenal will not receive anything.

The fee being touted around is anywhere from £20 million to £35 million of which Arsenal can use this in their pursuit of other players.

Transfer Deal Breakdown

The striker will reportedly sign a four-and-a-half-year contract which will net him £14 million per year after tax making him one other handful of players earning such amount.

Pretax payments of just under £27m a year added to the signing on fee of nearly £20 million and nearly £10 million for the agent fee.

What is the Delay?

Arsenal are not only keen to get a financial compesation for the player but also get a squad player in return, namely Henrikh Mkhitarayn.

Why not Manchester City

Only five months on transfer deadline day Alexis Sanchez was on the verge of leaving Arsenal and reuniting with former manager Pep Guardiola. With this it was a major surprise when Manchester City pulled out of the race for his signature. Why?


Whilst it has not been announced why, it appears that even though Arsenal and Manchester City couldn’t agree on a price they were close to a deal. Whether or not the agent decided to go and tout the player to Manchester United remains to be seen but from not being involved to being favourites overnight was surprising.

Manchester City determined that they had a fee in mind and are not prepared to tay away from it.

The major winner in this battle for Alexis’ signature is the Agent who as stated above could be pocketing over £10 million for his part in negotiations. What are your thoughts on this whole deal.

The website are following the transfer closely and keeping up to do with the market prices.

Maybe Manchester City are being intelligent in this whole deal knowing that every time they sign a player and increase the wage structure this means that all the other stars will want a similar deal. Whilst Alexis Sanchez is a great player will he take the place of Aguero, Sane, Jesus, etc all of whom are ensuring that Man City are on course to win several trophies this year, including the Premier League.

Chelsea are also in the hunt but whether they will match the offer of Manchester United remains to be seen. There may be time for one more twist in this transfer story.

Neymar Jeered by Paris St-Germain Fans


The world record for a transfer was via PSG when they paid over £200,000,000 for Brazilian striker Neymar.

However last night in the league match the fans in Paris jeered the striker for what they see as denying Edinson Cavani the chance to become the club’s all-time top scorer.

The current record is held by fan favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 156 goals, however Cavani is level exactly. With PSG winning the game 4-0 and even though Neymar had already scored a hat-trick he decided to take the spot kick. The Parisian team went on to win the match 8-0.

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If Cavani had scored he would have over taken Zlatan and be in the record books. Whilst he will eventually break it, probably in the next game the home fans were not happy.

Coach of PSG Unai Emery defended him after the incident:

“I think Neymar took the penalty because it was also a good day for him, we’re happy with it. But there will be lots more chances for Cavani to score more goals

However, team-mate and defender Thomas Meunier described what Neymar did was

a bit of a shame and a bit ungrateful, he could have given him the ball, it would have been a nice gesture of fair play, he did so much for the team today and the fact that the fans are whistling at him, well he didn’t take it very well. I think most players would have had the same reaction.

It will remain to be seen how the media and fans treat Neymar when they play against rivals Lyon on Sunday but given his man of the match performances we expect this incident to move on quickly.

Can PSG Progress in European Football?

Whilst PSG have some of the best players in the world, the French Ligue is not as competitive as the Premier League or Spanish La Liga. With this they win comfortably most games and therefore when they don’t win 4-0 it is a surprise. They are currently leading the table by 11 points, with the closest team being Lyon.

With the team winning 8 consective games, scoring over 30 goals only conceding half a dozen.

The test that the French champions now have is whether they can replicate this form into European Football. When they face the top teams will they increase their level. The Champions League starts again in February and Paris have been given one of the hardest tests available, Real Madrid. This is the standout tie of the round and will be watched by millions of fans around the world.

The other draws in the next round of the Champions League are:

Juventus (ITA) v Tottenham (ENG)
Basel (SUI) v Man. City (ENG)
Porto (POR) v Liverpool (ENG)
Sevilla (ESP) v Man. United (ENG)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Roma (ITA)
Chelsea (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)
Bayern (GER) v Beşiktaş (TUR)


Most Expensive Transfers in World Football


With the transfer window open again, it is a great time for teams wanting to add to their squad, not so much for teams not wanting to lose their best players. Just when we thought that teams are paying extremely high amounts for one player then we get even more surprised.

E-Soccer have decided to look into the top 10 most expensive football transfers in world football.

Luis Suarez

Three years ago Luis Suarez was signed by FC Barcelona for a record at the time of €82 euros. Whilst Liverpool didn’t really want to let him go, he nearly won them the Premier League for the first time in over 20 years, the price and player ensured the deal went through.

Virgil van Dijk


The latest addition to the top 10 is Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk. Moving from Liverpool for a reported £75 million, this breaks the world record for a defender. A big reason Liverpool paid so much is because the cost they received for their striker, see number 2.

Romelo Lukaku

Whenever Manchester United have to pay for a footballer they always seem to pay a premium, this time they paid nearly £80 million for Belgium striker Romelo Lukaku. This is a transfer at the right time for the player because 5 years ago he was still as good yet worth less than half the amount. Remember BetNow Sportsbook Odds offer all the listings for all of these players and teams.

Gonzalo Higuain

A cult hero at Napoli, the Argentian striker moved to Juventus which upset many fans. They received £85 million for him to leave but it wasn’t an amicable leave. Don’t expect him to be welcome back at the club where he was once adored.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The best player in the world comes in at a low 6. At the time to move to Real Madrid from Manchester United was a world record, now it seems cheap. The £86 million move surely won’t be his last major transfer.

Gareth Bale

Real Madrid once again broke their own record by signing Welsh Winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham for in excess of £90 million. Whilst at first this seemed over priced, the quality that he brings makes him good value.

Paul Pogba


Manchester United smashed the record by signing French midfielder for £100. The crazy thing about this, Paul Pogba was a Manchester United player and raised through their academy.

Ousmane Dembele

If there is a player on the list that surprised everyone it is Dembele. FC Barcelona paid over £100 million for the 20 year old player. They must have some belief in this player and expect him to perform.

Philippe Coutinho


A move which was always on the cards, however Liverpool managed to get over £145 million for a player that cost them £12 million just 5 years ago.  This is the newest addition to the list and sits at the mid point of number 1 and 3.


The crazy headline about this, FC Barcelona still didn’t want to sell him at £200 million. The only reason he was allowed to leave was due to the contract clause. Paris Saint Germain with the backing of a country are one of only a handful of clubs that could afford the player. The question now is will they will the Champions League.

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