Wolves have the momentum could ruffle a few feathers in the Premier League

Premier League new-boys Wolverhampton Wanderers regained their top flight status after walking the Championship last season. The big spenders won the division by 9pts ahead of second placed Cardiff City and rarely looked troubled throughout the whole campaign.

Alongside manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s appointment, the club’s considerable investment from their new Chinese owners has played a major part in their changed fortunes. Fosun International, the Chinese group of investors in question who purchased the club in 2016, have links to super agent Jorge Mendes, who represents the likes of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name a few.

With both Fosun International’s finances and Mendes’ contacts in the game, the club were tipped to be a dangerous force moving forward and that’s exactly how it turned out to be in the Championship last campaign. The same could be on the cards this season in the Premier League, especially if the midlands club continue to splash the cash and carry on their momentum from last season into the new one.

A number of notable signings were made last season, especially when you consider they were a Championship side, with the likes of Porto’s Reuben Neves – arguably the best player in the division last season, Atletico Madrid’s Diogo Jota, Villarreal’s Alfred N’Diaye and Konyaspor’s Barry Douglas, alongside a whole host of other signings as the club looked to start the new era under their new owners and manager in style.

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Fast forward to the summer of 2018 and Wolves and their ‘recruitment advisor’ Mendes are continually linked with big names as they look to make their mark further. Names such as Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo, West Brom’s James McClean, former Manchester City stars Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli, and Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes have been in the frame. Willy Boly, who was with the club last season on-loan from Porto, and Mexico’s Raul Jimenez, signed on loan from Benfica, have already joined the club.

Should Wolves have another successful summer of recruitment then former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo could have another dangerous side to work with, even in a harder and more competitive Premier League.

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The 44 year-old boss has won plenty of admirers in English football since arriving at Wolves, not only because of his ability to blend their team of foreign stars together, but also because he did it in an attractive, easy-on-the-eye manner. The owners love him, the fans adore him and the players all seemed to enjoy last season under him and his methods.

Judging by the bookies’ predictions, Wolves aren’t a relegation threatened side compared to other Premier League teams, which is quite something for a newly promoted club. Odds of 5/1 (Betfred) highlight the unlikelihood of that happening.

A more likely scenario perhaps, especially given the fact they’re coming into the league after a hugely positive Championship season, is a top 10 finish. Betfred have them down as evens to do exactly that. Alternatively, a top six finish is priced at 9/1 (Betfred)

A top six finish, which isn’t out of the question, especially if agent Mendes’ influence continues to bring in top talent from around the world, is priced at 9/1. A Betfred free bet welcome offer means you wouldn’t have to put down your own money with this offer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have aspirations to break the mould in England and compete with the best in the Premier League. They aren’t just there to make up the numbers. With a summer of further investment on the cards, the Wanderers could be a real force next campaign and beyond.

5 things we learned after England’s win over Tunisia

So, England are off to a flyer at the World Cup. Well, maybe not a flyer, but a win, nonetheless. Don’t knock it – it’s the first time the England team have won their opening game of the tournament since edging Paraguay 1-0 in 2006.

The performance against Tunisia wasn’t perfect, and England certainly had to go through the gears to break down stubborn and organised opponents. But given what we’ve seen from some of the World Cup’s favourites in their respective opening matches – Germany losing, Argentina, Brazil and Spain all drawing – three points can’t be sniffed at.

As always, there’s plenty to discuss and analyse – ahead of the second Group G fixture, against Paraguay, here are five things we learned about this England squad…

Gareth Southgate’s in-game management is sound

Much has been written about Southgate in the run-up to the tournament, noting all the good, progressive work he’s done so far in his career as England coach, and all of that praise is fair and well deserved. But Southgate knows that, for better or worse, he’ll be judged by his performances at the World Cup – and he made a good start. With the clock ticking down and the pressure to get a winner mounting, Southgate didn’t panic. He resisted the temptation to merely sling onto the field. Instead, his two substitutions at 1-1 were measured – Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Dele Alli. England kept their shape, both subs injected a bit of urgency, and patience won the day.

Harry Kane’s goalscoring instinct is razor sharp

Two years ago, at Euro 2016, Kane failed to score in the tournament. He looked jaded, possibly burned out. The abiding memory of him from that time is the baffling decision to put him on corner taking duties – there can’t have been many other nations who’d choose to use their centre-forward in that way. Freed from set-piece responsibilities, Kane was in the right place at the right time against Tunisia. Twice, he found himself in space in the penalty area, on hand to convert both chances that fell his way. That’s where England need Kane – right in the danger zone, not floating corners into the area where a striker should be. His goalscoring instinct looks sharp in Russia, which is a positive sign.

Ashley Young’s place is under threat

Southgate’s decision to start Ashley Young in the left wing-back role, ahead of Danny Rose, seemed a controversial one from the off, and it didn’t really work out. The Manchester United man, the oldest player in the England squad, didn’t make the most of his opportunity and offered little going forward. He continually turned inside his man rather than getting a cross over, especially in the second half and must be sweating on his starting place against Panama. On the plus side, it was his corner that led to England’s opener. With Rose breathing down his neck, his place is potentially under threat.

Kieran Trippier has seized his chance

If anyone really grabbed his chance against Tunisia, it was Kieran Trippier. The Spurs right-back has benefited from Southgate’s decision to switch Kyle Walker to a back three – the more conventional approach would have been to keep Walker at RWB and play Gary Cahill or Eric Dier in defence, but as we’re realising, Southgate isn’t afraid to mix things up. Trippier was excellent against Tunisia. Driving forward with the ball at pace, he was a brilliant outlet for England and delivered several testing crosses. Surely keeps his place.

England are in decent shape

Whisper it quietly, but the early indications are that England could make their mark in this tournament. Obviously, their chances of getting to the final are still unlikely with Brazil or Germany likely opponents in the second round or quarter final, and it must be remembered that this is still a young England squad very much finding its feet at this level. But still; if England can go about their business as they did in the first half against Tunisia, all fluent movement and incisive attacking play, they’ll do a lot of good in Russia and win plenty of admirers. A series of positive performances would be considered success – and England have started well.

The FIFA World Cup: The Favourites To Top Score In Russia?

The build up to Russia 2018 has certainly been an interesting one. While the world’s best strikers have been firing on all cylinders for club, there have been some interesting results in the pre-tournament friendlies.

Of course, the bookies will clearly have their favourites on the players who will top score at the World Cup. And naturally, so do we.

With the Group Stage about to kick off, we take a look at the players most likely to be among the goals this summer…

Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann has been in incredible form for Atlético this season and has been a key man for France in recent years.

He’ll be the man to produce the end product in a very talented side, and after a top scoring tournament at Euro 2016, he looks incredible value to take a punt on. The Top Scorer market is always good to have fun with Coral betting and the like, and at 12/1 he could be worth betting on.

Neymar

Neymar returned to action in style just a few days ago, bagging a splendid effort in Brazil’s pre-tournament friendly against Croatia.

The Brazilian perhaps would have taken the top scorer award four years ago if it wasn’t for injury and is second favourite to do so his summer. He’ll be key to Brazil’s hopes and will be on set pieces to boost his chances of claiming the Golden Boot.

Timo Werner

It’s expected that the Germans will be a nation that makes it to the latter stages of the tournament. They’ve been useful in front of goals in major tournaments of late, with the likes of Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller being among the highest goalscorers in tournament history.

This summer Timo Werner will be leading the line for the Germans and if they’re to produce as many goals as they have, he’s a sure fire pick to be among the top scorers.

Romelu Lukaku

There will be a bit of pressure for the Belgians to produce given their golden generation has yet to really produce at a major tournament.

Once again, they have one of the strongest squads in the tournament and with so much creativity behind Romelu Lukaku, he could really get among the goals, particularly in the Group Stage.

The chance to get among the goals against Tunisia and Panama is certainly there. Which, of course, applies to Harry Kane too.

FIFA World Cup Fever: The Countdown

The European football season has finished and that means only one thing for this summer, the FIFA World Cup in Russia. In what promises to be the most open tournament in history we look forward to watching the best players in the world face off with each other. Whilst we know who the favourites are for the tournament, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France here are some of the outsiders that we also think have a chance of going all the way:

Croatia

A team that will be missed by all pundits will be Croatia, however we have been following their progress and think they could potentially reach the latter stages.

Players include: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic and Dejan Lovren

Star Players: Ivan Rakitic & Luka Modric

Both Rakitic and Modric are 2 of the best midfielders in the world, playing at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid respectfully.

Group: Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria

Colombia

The Colombian team went as far as the semi-finals 4 years ago and will be hoping to go one step further. The team is full of solid players that can beat any team on their day. One of E-Soccer’s top choices. Falcao also know’s how to score important goals, keep an eye on Los Cafeteros in Russia. 888sport have the best betting odds for the Russia World Cup and have a full breakdown of all matches.

Star Player – James Rodriguez

Group: Senegal, Poland and Japan

Uruguay

At first glance, the South America country of Uruguay should progress through their group stage without issue, however it will be more competitive that it appears. E-Soccer.com thinks that should they progress then they have a great chance of going far. With players like Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani ,Matias Vecino and Rodrigo Bentacur the country will have high hopes.

E-Soccer.com thinks that should they progress then they have a great chance of going far.

Star Players: Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are capable of scoring against any defense and should they both have a good tournament then we fully expect them to progress.

Group:Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Portugal

The team of Portugal have not performed in recent tournaments but this year the feeling is different. Any team with Cristiano Ronaldo has a chance of winning any game. Other key players for the Portuguese are Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Ricardo Quaresma. 

Star Man: Cristiano Ronaldo

Group: Spain, Morocco, Iran

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Assessing the Favourites for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The World Cup is fast approaching and football fans from all over the world will be waiting in anticipation, each with their own idea of who will win the game’s greatest prize. But which of the big name favourites has the best chance of winning?

Germany claimed the crown in 2014 but will start as second favourites behind Brazil, the team they beat 7-1 in their own backyard four years ago. So, why have the bookmakers got the South Americans as favourites this time round?

Why Brazil?

Well, first and foremost, Brazilian superstar Neymar has raised his game to another level since 2014. Back then, he had only been playing in Europe for a year and was still adapting to life in Spain. He went on to score 105 goals for the Catalan club and has already netted 28 times in 30 appearances for his new club, Paris Saint-Germain.

In addition to Neymar’s overall improvement, other stars such as Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have also raised their games to new levels. Goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson have been two of the most consistent performers in Europe this year, and there is quality throughout the squad, with players from top teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Liverpool. They do appear to have a ready-made dream team at their disposal. They are priced at around 4/1, while Neymar is 10/1 to be top goalscorer. You can find more information about other World Cup betting markets and more tips at www.footballtips.com, where it’s difficult to look past the samba side as winners.

Most likely to challenge them

Germany have an incredible record in international tournaments and, for many, they are the most likely challengers to the South Americans. In fact, they have crept ahead of them in the betting at times. As reigning champions, they have to be considered, but there is a feeling that they are not quite at the level of four years ago. While many of their star players have retired, they still have a roster of World Cup winners and exciting young talent to call upon. Players such as Joshua Kimmich, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane helped them win 100% of their matches in the qualifying campaign.

Germany have an incredible record in international tournaments and, for many, they are the most likely challengers to the South Americans. 

Other contenders

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Of course, there are other teams who could go all the way this summer in Russia. Spain are looking strong again and have excellent strength throughout the squad. They are unbeaten under coach Julen Lopetegui and won nine of their ten qualifying matches, the other ending in a draw in Italy.

France look to have one of the strongest squads on paper. The test will be whether they can translate that strength into results at the highest level. They did reach the finals of Euro 2016 on home soil but were disappointingly beaten by Portugal in the final. Their qualifying featured a defeat to Sweden and draws against Belarus and Luxembourg.

Argentina should not be ruled out. In Jorge Sampaoli, they have an exciting coach at the helm, and they have an excellent group of players to call upon, including Lionel Messi. However, a recent 6-1 friendly defeat to Spain exposed some of their defensive weaknesses as well as their reliance on Messi, who was absent that night.

The Dark Horses

When considering dark horses for the World Cup, Belgium immediately spring to mind. Priced as high as 12/1, the Belgium squad contains players such as Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderwiereld, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku to name just a few. A string of poor performances under previous boss Marc Wilmots dented their reputation somewhat but they have excelled under Roberto Martinez playing some exciting football and scoring a huge amount of goals. They line up in Group G alongside England, Tunisia and Panama and stand a good chance of winning it.

Another team that will be looking to claim their first World Cup title is Portugal. The Euro 2016 winners will be hoping that they can take home the title with their attacking flair and talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo. Should they defy their odds of around 25/1, the debate surrounding the Messi v Ronaldo battle may finally be settled. The World Cup looks to be an exciting tournament, yet again – only time will tell who will get their hands on the world’s most coveted football trophy.

Russia World Cup Tickets (2018)

E-Soccer.com will preview the fast approaching FIFA World cup and give full information on where to buy and sell your tickets. The World Cup in Russia is highly anticipated  by fans from around the world all looking at either attending the games or most certainly watching it on television.

The biggest applications for tickets were surprising from Colombia, Argentina, Germany and Brazil. Whilst most tickets for the games have sold-out officially there will be sure to be more tickets available the closer the tournament becomes. In Brazil, tickets were sold on the day and this gave fans the opportunity to see a game.

Buy World Cup Tickets

Most tickets that do go for resale will be on the official FIFA website.

Prices for the matches in Russia are more expensive than previous tournaments but there are category 4 tickets available to locals. This is a great incentive and gives local fans the opportunity to watch the games. TicketYoda.com also offers comparisons on world cup football tickets here.

With official match tickets there is the opportunity to travel between cities for the games for free, this is available to all match ticket holders.

FAN ID

To gain access to a stadium, not only do you need a ticket you also need a fan id. The fan ID is an identity document that must be allocated from the organizers. For more information then FAN ID is the official website. There is still time to apply and this bypasses the requirement of having to need a visa to enter Russia. Have a passport image ready to upload when making the application, the requirements are no colour background and no open mouth.

Sell World Cup Tickets

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About Russia

Russia a unique, wonderful and diverse country with each host city being completely different.

  • Largest country in the world
  • Longest national border in the world
  • 18 neighbouring countries

Russia has a population of over 146 million people representing which speak over 100 languages. Football is the most popular sport in in Russia and the chance for them to witness and experience the world cup will be enjoyed by millions. To understand how big Russia is, it is spread across 11 time zones. Russians are known for being hospitable people and will be sure to welcome the world to see their amazing country in the summer.

Host Cities

The FIFA World Cup is the greatest sporting event to take place every four years. If you are going then we are certain you will have a great time. If you are not attending then watching on TV will be easy as all countries will be showing it on free to air television.

Fan Fests

A great place to enjoy the games taking place whilst in Russia will be at the Fan Fests held in all the major cities. Moscow will have a big one enough to have 30,000 fans watching the games whilst Saint Petersburg will have a fanzone of 25,000. These are great places to meet fans from around the world and cheer for other countries.

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The FA Cup Semi Finals – Who will prevail

We are fast approaching the FA Cup semi-finals for this season’s trophy and all teams will be looking to make the final. We at E-Soccer.com will look at the teams involved in the final four and review their chances of winning the tournament.

The games at Wembley are both fully sold-out, meaning over 160,000 fans will be at the stadium in 2 days.

Chelsea FC

Chelsea football club have not had the best season in terms of their position in the Premier League and being beaten in the Champions League by FC Barcelona. With this, the FA Cup is their only chance for silverware , like the other 3 teams involved, and the Chelsea fans will be hoping they can win. With players like Moratta, Hazard, Fabregas, Willian, etc, the blues still have the chance of making this season some what of a success. Can they win the FA Cup? First they have to get past Southampton which will be no easy task. Chelsea lost the final against London rivals Arsenal last year and will be eager to win.

Manchester United


Manchester United started the season in amazing fashion and whilst they are still 2nd in the Premier League, city rivals Manchester City dominated and means Jose Mourinho is under pressure to win the trophy. With major signings including Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, the fans are demanding more, especially how they lost to Seville in the Champions League. Man United are current favourites to win the FA Cup but they have an extremely difficult game against Tottenham in the first semi-final. Paul Pogba is the only doubt for the team having received first aid support whilst playing in France.

Southampton

Southampton FC are the outsiders to win the FA Cup but they have reached the semi-final by beating some good teams, Liverpool FC included. Whilst they are battling for survival in the Premier League, the fans from the south coast will be sure to get behind their team against Chelsea. Premier League winner Mauricio Pellegrino was in charge for the Saints for most of the season but the board recently lost patience and have replaced him with Mark Hughes. Since the Welshman’s arrival the team has turned around their fortunes on the pitch but whether they can beat Chelsea and then win the final (Tottenham v Spurs) is a major task.

Tottenham Hotspur


For Tottenham to win the FA Cup Final, first they will have to beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Wembley. As Tottenham Hotspur have been playing at Wembley as their home stadium whilst White Hart Lane is being refurbished, this can be seen as an advantage for them, however they will only get the same amount of tickets as Manchester United. Tottenham Hotspur have not won a major trophy for many years and after their loss to Juventus in the Champions League the fans will be desperate to win the cup. With Harry Kane in fantastic goal-scoring form Spurs have a great chance this year. Remember to follow us and bookmark our dedicated English football news page.

5 Top Premier League Football Managers Who Could Leave This Summer

There seems to be a high turnover of managers in the Premier League these days, especially now with club owners expecting more and more from their managers every year. Of course, it’s not just managers that get sacked, it’s also managers that leave their post because they don’t get on with the club owners or simply because they’ve been offered a better opportunity elsewhere. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular managers in the Premier League and their possible reasons for leaving in the summer.

1.      Arsene Wenger

Arsenal club owners seem to be happy with the management from Arsene Wenger for one reason: because he makes them money. From a business point of view there aren’t many better managers around. However, fans are certainly growing tired of having the Frenchman in the dugout for the right footballing reasons. Arsene Wenger seems to have been bringing Arsenal down in recent years, and most of the fans want him gone this summer. Will the club owners give the fans what they want? Or will they continue to partner with the man that has served the club for more than 20 years? You can sign up to Toals and have a bet on who could be Arsenal’s next manager for the 2018/2019 season.

Arsenal fans are certainly growing tired of having the Frenchman in the dugout.

2.      Mauricio Pochettino

There’s been much speculation over Mauricio’s future in recent weeks. There was a point when many Manchester United fans thought he was coming to Old Trafford, as he was spotted leaving a restaurant with Sir Alex Ferguson. However, recent rumours suggest he could be off to Real Madrid should Zidane not get offered a new deal by the club. Either way, Mauricio is possibly one of Europe’s best managers for what he’s done at Tottenham, so he certainly won’t be short of job opportunities should he decide to leave in the summer. If Pochettino doesn’t get the financial backing for new transfers or the club owners decide to sell Harry Kane, he will almost certainly be on his way.

If Pochettino doesn’t get the financial backing for new transfers or the club owners decide to sell Harry Kane, he will almost certainly be on his way.

3.      Antonio Conte

Conte has had a mixed season with Conte after winning the Premier League last year in his first season in charge. Chelsea didn’t start too brightly and they’re looking a bit inconsistent in front of the net in recent months. Is it Conte that’s the main problem or could it be the fact Chelsea players aren’t enjoying their time playing with each other this year? Either way, Conte has had a tough time with multiple players (Diego Costa was one of them before he left for Madrid) and he’s already stated in the media he could leave at any point.

4.      Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is still contracted to Manchester United for another year, but if a new job opportunity comes along, he may well consider it. He’s done okay with Manchester United in the season he won 3 trophies last year, but they still look very short of being able to compete with Manchester City and European giants such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. He’s already spent enough money on new players, so where’s it going wrong? You could also say that he’s been a bit unlucky this year because if it wasn’t for Manchester City beating everyone, United would be in top spot. There’s talk of PSG owners looking to do everything they can to bring him to France in the summer.

5.      Pep Guardiola

If Pep did leave Manchester City in the summer, it would be very surprising. However, there are rumours multiple Chinese clubs are interested in bringing him far East, and there’s even talk that he could return to the Barcelona dugout. One of the more likely things to happen is that PSG go after him with an offer he can’t refuse. Manchester City are flying at the moment so for Pep to leave would be a real shame, but football will always be football.

The above managers are some of the best managers in world football, but if they don’t get financially backed in the transfer market, or their teams perform horribly over the next few months, they could well be some of the next managers to work abroad again next year.

Will Koeman Revive Netherlands?

Well, that’s the biggest question in the world today; and Koeman certainly has the biggest job in the universe. Will Koeman revive the Netherlands and resuscitate the Netherland national team from its doldrums? We would just never know until the team faces England this Friday and performs magic. Koeman is not new to the game of football though. He became a legend from the 1988 Euros cup. That means he is not green when he comes to football. However, there could be a clear difference between being good on the field and celebrated on the as a genius player and deploying management tactics to training players for optimum performance. Not many star players will well transcend to being a coach. A handful had done it before, but that does not happen every day. Koeman has once being quoted as being “crazy about football” since he left Everton. However, being “crazy about football” and training players well are two different things. That is why the questions on everybody’s mind have been: can he do it? Will he be able to give the Netherlands a new face? Will he save the team and give them a sterling position they have never attained?

A History of Loses

The Netherland national team has a long history of loses. Also, there have been a string of coaches attempt to revive them and help them save face. Louis van Gaal tried with them and just when everybody thought the team might be on to something great, they to the 2014 World Cup and performed not really up to expectation as they finished third place. In retrospect, one would see that the 2014 World Cup outing has been their best so far in a long time. Following after Louis van Gaal left the team, Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Dick Advocaat have all tried reviving the team all to no avail. Hiddink never stayed long as he left immediately he saw efforts on the team were not going as planned during the Euro 2016 qualification. Blind joined the team after and never stayed long too, but not without giving the team a lit bit facelift. When Advocaat joined them, he too left when the same situation that discouraged Hiddink also reared its ugly head following the campaign for the upcoming World Cup. If you do not know where best to bet in support of your favourite teams in the coming Russia 2018, check Betenemy for the hottest bookmakers’ reviews.

A Shadow of its Best Self

The Netherland team has always been facing one shame after another that it is very difficult not to pity their predicament. Their recent meetings Iceland gave them two whopping loses months barely after they came back from the tournament in Brazil. The Netherland is surely a shadow of its best self. A team that was ranked high in 2014 now ranked so low at 21st on the current FIFA ranking. With the odds in favour of Koeman, Efbet, the first licensed bookmarker in Bulgaria is the best place to show your undoubted support for Koeman and his team.

Hope

One of Koeman’s biggest mission now will be to take the team to Euro 2020. Amidst the many things that could dampen Koeman right now, there is still some silver lining. There are Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij at center-back. Also, there are bigger prospects with Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt.

 

Has VAR Worked Across The World?

This technology has been at the front burner of football game across the world in recent times. Before we go into its many issues it has raised and its many successes, it is good one knows what VAR means and how it works. So, what is VAR? VAR is an acronym which stands for Video Assistant Referees. It is used to make informed decisions about football games. As the name suggests, it is an assistant to referees on the pitch. VAR is expected to enable referees to make very informed decisions. That is the significance of VAR. Honestly, no matter how efficient, agile and observant a human referee is, some details may still slip by him. That’s just the human nature. That is acceptable and very much understandable. However, in the game of football where so much is expected of the officiating involved, that human inadequacy cannot be overlooked. That is why VAR is there to make referees overcome their seemingly human inadequacy and sound decisions especially when it comes to situations about awarding penalties, determining off-sides, booking players and making some very serious decisions that could mar a match if facts are not well followed. That is the main reason for VAR in the first place.

However, there has been a recent question to assess the recent performance of VAR as a trusted technology to make decisions better and how it may in some way be negatively affecting matches. Hence, the question is if it has worked across the world. However in the midst of the gruesome worries about VAR, Efirbet collects the finest review of the most popular bookmarkers in the UK.

Success and Setbacks

The recent setback that befell the VAR system came after Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, a person who had been a staunch supporter of the VAR system became unmotivated with the way it ruled against a match unjustly. That followed after the Brazilian, Willian, was not awarded a penalty even why it was so glaring he had fouled against Norwich. Well, that may just be a little setback that all great things must suffer sometime so that they could be improvedupon. In showing its recent successes since January, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) published a study that shows how beneficial it’s been in over 1,000 matches. In this study, there seems to be hope for the VAR technology in football. The bet365 mobile app houses the most popular and successful sport betting application, where your winnings would have to depend on VAR, or not.

Not Too Much Time

In looking at over 900 matches played across over 20 national matches, the study also partly shows how fans have been a little bit worried over how VAR may be interfering with the flow of matches. That was especially noticeable in the match involving Tottenham and Rochdale during February – and fans were visibly not happy with it. Another concern also is the time VAR uses for its review. People are of the opinion that it may eat more time of matches. However, there are recent reviews to counter the fact that VAR eats out time. VAR takes the average of 20 seconds to arrive at a decision. This minute period may not even be noticeable. It could happen between the times the referee would take to checking where an event happens to book a player. One can somewhat say, VAR may have worked so far.

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