Norwich City Are Top of the League – So Why Aren’t They Favourites for the Title?



Norwich City have been sitting pretty at the top of the league since Week 12 when they jumped from the play-off places to the top of the tree. Week 29 is looming large, which means the East Anglian outfit is now used to being the leader of one of the most profitable divisions in world football.

On the surface, everything looks rosy. However, delve under the surface and a different picture emerges. Currently, it’s Brentford that are the bookies’ favourites to take the title and gain the first automatic promotion spot at 10/11.

The Bees are second in the league and have never been in first position all year, so why does it seem as if the Canaries will play second fiddle at the end of the season?

The Chances Are Drying Up  

At the beginning of the season, Norwich couldn’t stop scoring, and clinical striker Teemu Pukki quickly shot to the top of the goal-scoring charts. However, the omens don’t appear to be too kind to Norwich at the moment, especially considering Pukki only has 11 goals all season. In comparison, Brentford’s main man, Ivan Toney, has 22.

There is also a lack of assists because Emiliano Buendía is the only Norwich player in the Championship’s top 18 goal creators. Reading and Brentford, two of Norwich’s biggest challengers for EFL silverware, both have three. As a result, the odds on who will win the EFL Championship in 2021 have moved in the Bee’s favour, with Norwich ranked at 2/1 to win the division outright. Brentford’s odds are 10/11, even Swansea are thought to have a good opportunity at 9/2.

If Norwich’s attack doesn’t click soon, those figures might change again, leaving them stranded in the play-off positions.

They Aren’t Competing with the Big Teams  

A successful season doesn’t revolve around a handful of fixtures. Still, taking points from a close rival is essential as it provides more breathing space. Concerning Norwich, the side hasn’t performed well against the top six since the start of the Championship season on 12th September.

For example, they got beat away from home against Bournemouth, who are now sixth. They drew with Brentford, the side that could take their mantle at the top of the league. And Watford beat them on Boxing Day.

When you combine these results with poor performances in recent games against Middlesbrough and Millwall, you can see why there isn’t much confidence among the bookmakers.

A Game in Hand  

Even worse is the fact that both Swansea and Brentford have a game-in-hand. Norwich have played 28 games, leaving them on 55 points. The Swans and the Bees are on 53 and 54 points after 27 games respectively.

With the form both are in – Swansea recently beat Norwich 2-0 at home – it’s no coincidence that the odds for a top-two finish have plummeted. As of February 10th, the current leaders are only 4/7 to secure automatic promotion. Steve Cooper’s men, on the other hand, keep shortening, and you can now get 6/4 for Swansea City to avoid the hell that is the play-offs.

It seems that a perfect storm of a lack of goals and creativity, Norwich’s poor run against good sides, and the fact that their two main rivals have a game-in-hand means the fate of the title is nowhere near certain.


Birmingham City: Latest News and Updates



Let’s see what has been happening at Birmingham City as far as football is concerned. Whether it is the EPL, Championship, or even the Women’s League, there is always action worth reporting week in, week out. Here is some of the news related to Birmingham City that we’ve been tracking so far.

Steven Gerrard set to sell former Birmingham City player Greg Stewart

Greg Stewart was a part of the Birmingham City team in 2016. After playing about 21 games in the Championship, he was on loan to two other clubs before signing a two-year contract with Rangers F.C.

This season; he has made just two appearances for Birmingham City. In a bid to bring the Scottish Premiership title back to Ibrox, Rangers coach Stephen Gerrard plans to sell some players to bring in new legs.

One of those players that would have to leave is Greg Stewart, as he seems not to be a part of Gerrard’s plans.

Players Birmingham City should consider signing during January transfer window

After playing 18 games this season, Birmingham City have managed just 22 points. Fortunately, they also have a decent goal-difference tally on the table. These opinions suggest that their defence is relatively stable, but they only find it difficult to score goals.

Aitor Karanka is looking forward to augmenting his team this January to push them into the table’s top half. Well, here are some players that the coach could sign:

● Matthew Sorinola from MK Doris, a 19-year-old left-back

● Troy Deeney from Watford, a 32-year-old forward

● Emile Smith-Rowe from Arsenal, a 20-year-old attacking-midfielder

● Mallik Wilks from Hull City, a 21-year-old winger

● Josh Murphy from Cardiff City, a 25-year-old winger

Preview of Cardiff City vs. Birmingham City on Wednesday

Blues’ next Championship game is a faceoff against the Bluebirds at Cardiff city stadium. Cardiff City lost their last match, a South Wales derby against Swansea City. With a man short, the Cardiff team conceded two goals from Jamal Lowe.

Birmingham City also lost to Watford in their last match as Troy Deeney could not score an almost guaranteed goal. So, it will boil down to who is prepared to win the most.

In their previous 18 meetings, Birmingham City has only won four times. The odds are mostly in favour of Cardiff City. However, Cardiff City would be missing the services of key players like Lee Tomlin, Jordi Osei-Tutu (due to injury), and Joe Ralls (due to suspension).

Placing Bets on Championship Football

Championship betting markets are very popular. Some bookmakers offer bonuses that come in the form of free bets. Free bets are usually valid for Championship games and are quite common because this league is so unpredictable and there are generally long odds. You also have the opportunity to place in-play bets.

A few sports books that cover the Championship market also have some games streamed live on their website. You can combine watching the game and placing bets as the action unfolds using the in-play betting systems.

Other betting features that are popular in Championship games include ‘cash out’ which allows betting punters to cash out if they bet on a certain scoreline and the game reaches that score before it ends – the option to cash out for a lesser payout can prevent the bet being wiped out if another team scores.

Preview of match between Everton and Birmingham City in FA WSL

The Barclays F.A. Women’s Super League would hit the screens once again in a game between Birmingham City and Everton.

Will Everton be able to break their two months winless run since October? Some bettors have connected this winless streak to the absence of top strikers like Valérie Gauvin and Simone Magill.

On the other hand, will Birmingham City’s female team be able to capitalize on Kirk’s determination to win this match? In their last encounter in the F.A. Cup semi finals, the Toffees defeated Birmingham City by 3-0.

The Birmingham side has many great players, but they have been struggling with the top teams this season. With 5 points behind Everton on the table, Birmingham City W.F.C. will be looking forward to changing their usual case of losing to top teams.

Fans rant over undeserving penalty awarded against Birmingham City

Birmingham City was on a fine run until last weekend when they lost their match against Watford. The referee awarded a penalty for a tackle by Kristian Pedersen, which many fans and pundits felt was inaccurate. This has also brought back the debate of having Video Assistant Referees in the Championship.


Will England ever win a World Cup again?

England Flag

You’d need to go back 54 years now to remember the one and only time that England were crowned champions of the footballing world. A 4-2 win over rivals West Germany saw the World Cup coming back to the home of football.

It was the great football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme who brought us those words that will forever be in the minds of English football fans: “They think it’s all over. It is now!”. It could have easily been a different story with England going a goal down in the first 12 minutes, and a bet on soccer live odds may well have been best placed on West Germany at this point.

With Qatar 2022 only a year away, England may have the chance to finally repeat their past glory. It has been a long and bumpy road, but could 2022 be the turning point for the three lions?

 Italia ‘90

England have come close to reaching the final again since 1966. It was the cruel semi-final of Italia ’90 that saw them missing out on penalties. With England being the stronger team for much of the first 90 minutes, and into extra time, the team were knocked out on penalties by Germany.

With the score fixed at 1-1, Lineker, Beardsley, and Platt comfortably put away England’s first three penalties. Perhaps most remembered though were the next two where Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle failed to find the back of the net. With Gazza in tears, England were out and had to settle for 4th place. This seemed to be the start of something big for England, but the next world cup brought the nation’s hopes crashing back down to earth.

USA 1994

With the nation still on a high from England’s performance during Italia ’90, hopes were high for the England team of 1994. A chance to build on what had been delivered 4 years earlier, Graham Taylor’s men were poised to go at least one step further and to reach the World Cup final. As the record shows, that was not to be

Drawn in what should have been a relatively easy qualifying group, England failed to make the grade. With defeats at the hands of Norway and the Netherlands, England managed to come away third in the table, above Poland, Turkey, and San Marino. Disappointing and embarrassing for a team that had reached the semi-finals in the previous campaign.

2018 and new hope

Being led by Gareth Southgate, who had experienced the highs and lows as a player himself, England started their 2018 campaign as they meant to go on. The team shone as they breezed into the final 16: it finally felt that this was England’s time and that the World Cup would be returning home.

As is often the case with England, the campaign in Russia fell short with the team being knocked out in the semi-finals. This time it was a goal in extra time from Croatia that ended England’s dream. However, what England fans had to take away from this World Cup run was that Southgate had nurtured and developed new talent: this talent will be set to mature as England enter the 2022 tournament.

Qatar 2022

Drawn in Group I, England have Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, and San Marino to face on the road to qualification. Where Poland may pose a slight risk, this England team should breeze through qualification.

With Harry Kane maturing as a captain and still being regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, England enters the 2022 campaign with a sense of hope all over again. This hope isn’t misplaced: Southgate has worked wonders with the England team and focused on bringing through fresh talent. If Russia 2018 was a rehearsal, Qatar 2022 is set to be the real thing: the year that England lifts the World Cup and bring football home.


David Beckham cashing in from FIFA 21, but Zlatan Ibrahimović left fuming

David Beckham deal

David Beckham is set to cash in from appearing on FIFA 21, with reports suggesting he will earn £40million over the next three years. Initially, it was thought he would earn £30m, but the guys over at Invader said that there are suggestions he has managed to get a ‘better deal for himself’.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and LA Galaxy midfielder, will see his MLS franchise Inter Miami feature in the game which was released back in October. To date, FIFA 21 has sold over 300 million copies worldwide, but Beckham has still managed to capitalise on his brand despite being retired. Nevertheless, FIFA 21 will provide a bigger source of income than when he was lacing up his boots and playing for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Beckham is set to see his earnings rise dramatically from FIFA 21 and according to reports, it is the ‘easiest money he has ever made’. However, there are a handful of high-profile footballers who have major gripes with the game and the game’s producers EA Sports. Essentially, it has revolved around the way FIFA 21 and EA Sports have been making money from the naming rights of players, who want to negotiate their own image rights.

Zlatan Ibrahimović unhappy

Zlatan Ibrahimović has been very vocal about the issue and took to Twitter to express his ire.

He tweeted: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFAPro? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am, I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manoeuvre.

“And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me.”

Gareth Bale – who is currently on loan at Tottenham from Real Madrid – waded in on the debate and he conceded he was confused as to who FifPro are. The Welshman’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, suggested he was exploring possible action.

He said: “At the moment, the players don’t get paid. Our biggest gripe is that Fifa are coming out with lots of rules and regulations saying that they are looking after the best interests of players but obviously they don’t.”

Clearing up naming rights

FIFA 21 features more than 7,000 players, 700 teams, 90 stadiums and 30 leagues. But as far as the naming rights debate is concerned, FIFA 21 have denied any wrongdoing.

A statement from EA Sports read: “The current situation being played out on social media is an attempt to draw FIFA 21 into a dispute between a number of third parties and has little to do with EA Sports.

“To be noticeably clear, we have contractual rights to include the likeness of all players currently in our game.

“As already stated, we acquire these licenses directly from leagues, teams, and individual players. In addition, we work with FifPro to ensure we can include as many players as we can to create the most authentic game.”


Can Manchester United Win the Premier League This Season

For the first time in over 8 years, Manchester United are leading the English Premier League with Liverpool FC in second place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team have come from nowhere to lead the pack having started off the season with them beaten twice in their opening three matches, losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in their first game before getting thrashed 6-1 by Spurs in the same stadium to pile the pressure on the manager.

Many fans were asking for a replacement during this period of the season and also when the team was eliminated from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

The last time that United led the Premier League table at this stage of the season, was in 2012-13 and they were crowned champions.

Whilst many pundits are stating that Liverpool FC will battle through and eventually go to win the league. Many point to the fact that the team are not performing against the big teams and relying too much on Bruno Fernandes to win the games. With some big games ahead, everything is to play for with other teams including Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Leicester City also in with a chance to win.

Paul Pogba told SkySports that “We have improved a lot, we keep improving but we still have a very young team, obviously we cannot say now we are at the same level as them because they won the Premier League and keep winning. So the day we win, that is when we say we are at the same level.

“If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. We want to beat the Premier League winners. We know how good they have been playing over the last few years – we know their quality and how they play. It’s always been a tough game.

We know how difficult it will be and we just have to focus and try to stay at the top. I think we can win it if we keep our focus but there’s a lot of teams that can win it – we are not there yet, we are still very far.”

Regardless of whether Manchester United can maintain the form and win the league or not, there has been great progress made over the last 12 month.

The return of Premier League fans has been on hold for the past 11 months during the worldwide pandemic. With this both fans and even professional footballers are using websites such as to pass time and potentially win big.

Biggest Rivals To Manchester United

The following teams are challenging Manchester United to the Premier League this season. From Liverpool to Leicester City, the competition this season is unlike anything we have had previously. In recent seasons, the top 2 or three teams had already established a gap in both levels and points in the league. This season experts, pundits and even betting companies have  them split by the finest of margins.

Liverpool F.C.

Currently in 2nd position and the reigning champions is Liverpool Football club. They won the league convincingly last season and even without the world’s best defender Virgil Van Dijk they will be sure to mount a real challenge. With players such as Mane, Firmino and Salah, Liverpool FC have the ability to score goals against any team. Will they be the biggest threat to Manchester United come May?

Manchester City

In what started as a slow start for the blue half of Manchester, the team is now starting to find rhythm which many have noticed. The ability of the players on the team is unlike any in the league, Sterling, KDB, Aguero and co play amazing and ruthless football at times. If the team can continue the current form they have then they surely be there of there about at the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs fans around the country are looking at this season as a perfect time to mount a challenge for the title. With Harry Kane and Son leading the attack then they have the firepower to be serious contenders. Whilst the team has yet to win a trophy in many years, this season feels different for many reasons. With Jose Mourinho in charge, the team have been getting better results as the weeks go past.

Leicester City

Another team that could potentially lift the Premier League in May, is Brendan Rodgers and The Foxes of Leicester City. The team have been in solid form throughout the campaign and have got results against the rivals at the top. In third position just behind Liverpool FC, Leicester City surely have a good chance to defy the odds and win the league. James Maddison and Jamie Vardy are in scintillating form and look like scoring against any team.

The English Premier League has 5 or 6 teams that can win the title this season, making it the best league in the world. All is to play for and with fixtures coming fast it is a great time to be watching the games.

With the halfway point of the season about to arrive, the gap between Manchester United in first and West Ham in ninth place is just eight points. There are many key games this month coming up with several teams having to play each other in what is classed as 6 point games.

Even though we have covered all the basis of who can win the league, we must not forget another team from Liverpool that could surprise everybody, Everton FC. Whilst winning the league will be a difficult task, if Richarlison, James and Calvert-Lewin regain their form then they will have the firepower to make a title bid. With the Italian Ancelotti in charge then they have the management and tactics to compete with the best, whether they can sustain this for the rest of the season we will wait to see.

What do you think of the chances are of Manchester United winning the league? Can they go to surprise everyone? Leave your comments below.

The ‘Leeds’ name brings unjustified expectations

There has been plenty said and written about manager Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds United side already this season, and expectations around the Elland Road outfit have been high.

But having been well-beaten in a handful of their Premier League games and knocked out by League Two outfit Crawley in the FA Cup, are expectations of this side slightly higher than what should be expected?

16 years out of the top tier

For any other side making their first Premier League appearance after a 16-year absence from the top flight, 23 points from their first 17 league games would be seen as a resounding success. Bielsa has continued his football philosophy from the style that helped the Whites win the Championship last season, and it has helped them already surpass the half-way point to that magic 40 point target to avoid the drop.

However, heavy defeats to the likes of Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Tottenham have seen Leeds take their fair share of criticism. All clubs that have been outside of the Premier League for such a long time would expect to take a few hammerings along the way against some of the more established teams in the division. Not many though would see themselves six points off the top four after their first 17 league matches of the campaign. It seems the name ‘Leeds’ and the history and baggage that comes with, has been having a real influence on the way this squad is judged.

Strength in depth paper thin at Elland Road

What the 3-0 shock defeat at Crawley in the FA Cup third round will have highlighted is the lack of depth in the squad at Elland Road. Bielsa put out a mix of youth and experience in his starting lineup, which dominated the first half of the cup encounter. However, once the likes of skipper Liam Cooper and forward Rodrigo were taken off at half-time, the lack of depth at Leeds was there for all to see.

Leeds, who are 5/4 with bet365 in the Premier League betting to finish in the top half of the table, are still getting used to life back in the top flight, and building depth in a squad takes time and stability at the top level. However, should there be long-term injuries to the likes of star striker Patrick Bamford or holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips, Leeds could quickly find themselves in a spot of trouble.

Foundations to build on

While Leeds will have their critics for their sometimes reckless attacking play, they have earned their plaudits for what they have brought to the Premier League this season. Leeds are a side that have got people talking, in a season that already has been so competitive and has provided a host of shock results. Bielsa and his squad are unlikely to pay too much attention to the noise from outside of Elland Road and their training ground Thorp Arch. The players look to be enjoying the challenge of being back in the top flight and testing themselves against the best in the business.

While the name of ‘Leeds’ carries a weight, for the most part, it seems to be a position the players are happy to be in, and one that others will be drawn to in the summer if the Whites can maintain their Premier League status.

Manchester United’s Rashford pessimistic about EPL title

The English forward says it would be insane to think about bagging the English Premier League title at this stage, even after his goal moves the Red Devils up to the second position on the league table.

The game looked like one that would end a draw when Rashford was on the edge of the area close to the goal-line. This expectation was cancelled after the Manchester United striker cuts inside the box. He made fly with a shot that went off Romain to pass through Rui.

As at this moment, Man United is now two points behind Liverpool, the league’s leading team. United and Liverpool have played the same number of games, bringing both close to the top of the table. So far, this is the closest United has been since the retirement of Sir Ferguson.

According to an interview with Amazon Prime, Rashford said the team cannot look too far ahead. He also voiced out that the team is still putting in the work, but to mainly focus on the table too early in this season will be a stupid idea.

He furthered that Man United needs to take it a game at a time and making more wins like this would determine where they will be at the end of this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s manager, also disclosed his unwillingness to discuss any title challenge until Manchester United plays 30 games.

According to him, there is no title challenge after only 15 games. He said the chance of being in the race can be lost in the first or next ten games. After additional 15 games or more, that may be a good time to discuss the title race.

United’s manager maintains that many think the team can win against anyone and anywhere. Yes, so far, the result is great for this kind of attitude. But things could take a turn of care is not taken.

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Here comes some tight affair

Towards the end of the match, predicting the winner was a tight one. The two teams have met eight times since 2018, both in league and cup fixtures.

Results, so far, have been tight: four draws and two wins each. Plus, none of those matches had more than a goal.

Although the manager of Manchester United earlier predicted a tight game, his defence proved to be effective against the Wolves’ attacks. While the away team struggled without Raul Jimenez, United refused to perform optimally even after the return of Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Anthony Martial and Rashford had several chances that were wasted. Also, Edinson Cavani was able to land the ball in the net, though it was offside.

Appeals for a penalty also played out. It was a handball that VAR considered accidental by Conor Coast, a Wolves skipper.

How good was Neto?

Pedro Neto performed superbly for the Wolves on Tuesday night. The young forward nearly led his team to a good ending.

Neto is new to the senior football club. The 20-year old forward has appeared in few games for Braga (as a native of Portugal), and a loan spell at Lazio. Wolves’ manager, Nuni Espirito, has been playing down on much expectations from Neto.

Both Jamie Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle have spoken well of the forward earlier. And despite his tiny stature for the centre-forward role, his performance at Old Trafford has proved that he’s a star in the making.

The young forward has shown some creativity with a shot that tested De Gea. He has also displayed how strategic he is with his motives.

More on the detailed performance of Pedro Neto.

Now, what’s next?

Aston Villa came next for Manchester United, which they defeated 2-1. Wolves, on the other side, will be taking Brighton on Saturday, January 2nd, by 17:30 GMT. You can get live updates on this and more EPL matches here.


5 Important Factors to Consider Before Selecting a Soccer Prediction Site

Most Accurate Football Prediction Site | by Aka C Maxwel | Medium

Soccer betting isn’t just all about choosing a side and hoping they win. It requires tactics, techniques, analysis, fund management, and much more. The factors shared in this article will help you select the best prediction site that will ultimately lead to big wins for you. Let’s consider them together, shall we?

Check Out the Team’s Ability

Before selecting a site to bet on, it’s important to scrutinize those with injury as they have a huge effect on the team’s performance. Also, check to see who is in shape and who isn’t before placing your bet. It wouldn’t do well to bet on a team whose star player is out of the game or whose squad has multiple injuries.

Relevance of Odds

It’s not just enough to select sites with regular football predictions; it’s also important to extend your assessment to studying the value of the associated odds that you get when betting. For example, if a prediction site constantly suggests markets where the odds are about 1.10 or less than that, you can be sure you won’t get an accurate football prediction from such a site in the long run.

Weather Forecast

This is an important factor to consider in football. Some teams thrive in some weather conditions while others do not. For instance, German and Argentine teams do not like playing under the rain, while EPL and Serai A teams are likely to do well. This information helps you to determine which teams to bet on under any weather condition.

Access to Various Markets

The more market you can access, the more bets you can make. This is especially beneficial to those who do not like making the same kind of wager repeatedly, more so since there are no guarantees that these bets will always be the most valuable.

Hence, when you discover a prediction site with various tips and not just the regular money line markets, you stand a better chance of earning more valuable wagers.

History of Tips

While this should not be the main determining factor in selecting a prediction site, it’s important enough to be considered since you will be betting real money. It’s important to check out the site’s track record to discover its level of success with predictions. Read up their newsletters, get inside information on everything. The deeper your investigation, the more you will discover, and the better it will be for you.

How to Register a New on Prediction Sites

Becoming a registered member of a prediction site will give you several opportunities not available to a nonmember. Most of these sites have nice content exclusive to their members. While you can register yourself, one of the best soccer tipsters can also help you through.

To register a new prediction on the prediction site, take the following steps:

Begin the registration Process

Haven selected a prediction site of your choice; the next thing is to begin the registration process. Usually, there are links on the homepage of the site for you to sign up. Click on the link to be taken to the first step of the registration process.

Input Relevant Information

The first step of the registration process involves entering relevant information like your email address, title, full name, and so on. Ensure to fill in the correct details. After this stage, you will have to set up a username and password; with this, you can access your profile anytime and anywhere.

Add Up Your Favorite Leagues

Many bettors have a league they will always support and bet on. To make the process of betting for your preferred leagues a lot easier, you can add these leagues to your account. This way, every time you log into your account, the first things you will see are the predictions of those added leagues; this will enable you to act on them quickly if you choose to.

Select an ideal tip and place a bet

Now that you have created an account with your preferred prediction site, you can check out the available tips and compare them with the associated odds at online sportsbooks. This should not be done in haste. This way, you are assured that when it’s time to back a football market, the odds are reasonable and that the analysis is solid. Doing this will make a significant difference with regards to your success in the sports betting world.


There are many prediction sites; this can be a bit challenging for those searching for the best prediction site. This is why having a guide will help you identify the most suitable sites for you. Having shared the factors to consider before selecting a prediction site, we are confident you can make the best choice.

You can also visit best soccer tipsters or accurate football prediction for more in-depth information.


The Beginner’s Guide to Esports and Fantasy Sports

If you’re a massive soccer fan and enjoy sports betting on websites like, then you’ve probably heard the phrases ‘esports’ and ‘fantasy sports’ being thrown around. However, it’s not immediately obvious to beginners what exactly these terms mean. But don’t worry. We’re here to provide our readers with a little more insight into the topic today. So, we have written this article which explains all the basic principles of esports and fantasy sports to people who don’t know already. Keep reading if this sounds like something you might be interested in.

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What are Esports?

The term esports can be a little misleading. People who play esports do not technically participate in physical exercise. Instead, the word applies to those who play video games competitively against other people, typically via online multiplayer. Esports have started to emerge as a new type of sport because of the hand-eye coordination and reaction skills involved. Now, huge esports competitions are being hosted with professional players who actually get paid if they win. They either compete individually or are members of a larger highly skilled team. Some popular examples of games that are played in Esports competitions include Street Fighter and Call of Duty.

What are Fantasy Sports?

Fantasy sports are completely different from esports but sometimes they get confused. Basically, fantasy sports are games where you assemble an imaginary team of real professional athletes to compete in a fabricated, virtual event. For example, fantasy football is where you put together a ‘dream team’ of football players, like David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo. You would then enter your team into a match where they would compete against a team that somebody else had assembled. Whoever wins depends on statistical probability. This is influenced by how good the professional player is in real life. For instance, Ronaldo will have a higher probability of scoring than other footballers.

Esports Culture

Those who enjoy soccer might also like kicking back and watching somebody play a virtual version of the game against other players. For some, it can almost be as thrilling as the real thing. Wagering money on the results of esports competitions has also become an increasingly popular activity because it works very similarly to traditional sports betting. People observe the professional players; looking at their track history, skillset, odds and potential to be an underdog. They then place their bets on who they think is going to win or lose and in what majority.

Fantasy Sports Culture

When it comes to playing fantasy sports, you don’t just have to be a spectator. You can get involved in the action yourself. It’s an immensely fun and exciting activity, putting your knowledge of sports to the test. Once again, real money betting has become associated with fantasy sports, but it’s just as enjoyable when played recreationally. What’s not to love about putting together a team of your favourite soccer players ever?

We hope this article has cleared up some things for our readers. You might even want to try esports and fantasy sports now, in addition to watching soccer.


Evatt urges senior players to make a stand

Following what has been a disappointing start to the League Two campaign, Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has called on the squad’s more senior players to make a stand.

After relegation from League One last season, the Trotters have endured a tough start to life in the fourth tier of English football, and promotion looks to be a lofty target at this stage of the campaign. Bolton are continuing to rely on a host of young faces in the squad and the cut and thrust nature of League Two is proving to be a real challenge for the Lancashire outfit at this early stage of the season.

Evatt has revealed it was the pair of Antoni Sarcevic and Eoin Doyle who, after scoring a dramatic late equaliser to draw 3-3 at Barrow, told the rest of the Bolton players at Holker Street that the result was not good enough. That is exactly what Evatt is looking for and the boss has spoken of how important it is that standards are driven up from within the group and not just from the management team.

“The senior players are important and I think the world of all my players but particularly the senior ones,” Evatt was quoted by the Manchester Evening News. He added that Doyle and Sarcevic “have really stepped up to the plate this last couple of weeks.”

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The two look set to be given the responsibility of raising the standards in the group and encouraging or challenging others as they see fit. Skipper Sarcevic has plenty of experience in different squads, with the former Manchester City youth player featuring for a host of clubs before making the switch from Plymouth Argyle to Bolton in 2017.

Of course the same can also be said for Irishman Doyle, with the 32-year-old enjoying spells with the likes of Hibernian and Cardiff City before joining the Trotters this year. It’s that kind of experience that will be essential over the weeks and months to come, as Bolton look to try and find some positive form.

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It was only in 2019 that Bolton were playing the likes of Aston Villa, Leeds United and Sheffield United in the Championship. May 5 of that year was the last game for Bolton in the second tier, against a Nottingham Forest side who are now 40/1 to win the title in the Championship betting. It just shows how far they have fallen in the subsequent years.

After back-to-back relegations, now is a time to try and bring about some stability at Bolton before things get potentially worse. The Trotters have plenty of time to turn things around this season, and it will be intriguing to see how the likes of Doyle and Sarcevic can foster a winning mentality in the group that can help them climb up the standings this term.


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