Theo Walcott on Verge of Move



Arsenal are busy this transfer window, with the next player on the way out looking to be Theo Walcott.

The English striker is currently having a medical at Everton before a reported £20 million move. The Toffees have a strict medical and therefore the move depends much on this with Walcott having suffered many (not so serious) injuries before.

Whilst Theo Walcott is still only 28, he has played nearly 400 games for the North London club, joining from Southampton 12 years ago.  This could be a great addition to the Merseyside club as he has scored over 100 goals, all of which from free play.

The fee, whilst large can be seen as a bargain by many if he manages to gain his form that he has shown many times in the past. The other teams looking to sign him are his former club Southampton.

Allardyce has said Walcott would be a “fantastic addition” who would offer “goalscoring threat”.

Theo Walcott has been around in the Premier League for 12 years and made the headlines when he was included in the World Cup when he was just 16 years old. Whilst he didn’t play in the tournament many feel that this was too early in his career.

This season the England International has been used for less minutes than ever before and therefore a move is required for him to gather his form if he wants to go to the Russia World Cup.

I don’t know where I would play him until we get the deal done. When that deal’s done, I can have that conversation.

I see him playing anywhere across the front three but I’m presuming if he’s not comfortable with that, then he will tell us and it won’t happen. That’s if we can get that far.

I hope we can do it in the next week or two because I think we are still waiting for catch-up on Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy.

They have both been out more than 12 months, so they aren’t quite as good as we know they can be but they will get better. – Sam Allardyce – Everton Manager


With a deal of just 18 months remaining on his contract, the Arsenal board will want to see them get as much money as possible rather than him leave for less than value as is happening with Alexis Sanchez.

The deal for the Chilean forward is getting more interested each day and the odds are ever changing. The advantages of online betting is that within minutes the odds can change and bets can be made.

Arsenal are looking to reinvest any money from the sales with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux forward Malcom top of the list.
The Gooners have become frustrated recently losing last week to Bournemouth away from home 2-1.

Premier League Headlines So Far This Year

The year in the English Premier League is off to an exciting start with a few different twists and turns already happening. We have decided to give you a brief summary of the major headlines from the EPL in the past couple of weeks.

Phillipe Coutinho to FC Barcelona


Whilst this transfer was already spoken about since last summer, the deal finally got completed as soon as the transfer window re-opened. With the transfer costing FC Barcelona nearly £142 million , this became the second highest in history, after Neymar went to PSG. Liverpool are already chasing a replacement striker with several big names being mentioned. This was great business for Liverpool.

Liverpool sign Virgil van Dijk


Immediately after the release of Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool FC were quick to break the transfer record for a defender, paying £75 million for Virgil van Dijk. This was an immediate sign of intent from the football club reinvesting some of the cash within a week of receiving it. The former Southampton defender scored against Everton on his debut and is playing excellently so far.

Manchester City Losing

This normally wouldn’t be a headline but when a team so dominant this year lose, it is big news. Their game against Liverpool at Anfield resulted in a 4-3 win for Juergen Klopp’s team.

Whilst Man City remain leaders by a long way, Pep Guardiola will be certain to try and not let this defeat affect the team. Should they lose another game or 2 in January and the other teams can capitalise then the race for the Premier League will open back up. Manchester City are odds on favourite to win the league.  For those interested in playing online then is a great Swedish website.

Alexis Sanchez to Leave Arsenal


At the time of writing it is unclear the destination but Alexis Sanchez is set to leave Arsenal after just 3 years at the club. With the contract of the Chilean footballer set to expire in the summer, Arsenal are keen to get a transfer fee for him, otherwise they will lose out completely. The fee is expected to between £20 million and £35 million.

Both Manchester City and Manchester United are favourites to secure the signature of the player but wages and agent demands are currently holding the deal. Manchester City were favourites to land the striker but reports suggests they will not fold to the high demands. Arsenal have responded by leaving the striker out of the team and are reportedly speaking withwith Borussia Dortmund over a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Telegraph .



The Premier League So Far

The English Premier League (EPL) is the most watched football league in the world. Each week millions of people tune in a watch their favourite teams play. This season has been particularly interesting with many teams having stop start performances, however Manchester City are leading the way and do look like winning the Premier League trophy months before the final match.

The only team looking like they can stop the team is Manchester United, however even under the management of Jose Mourinho it will be a difficult task. At the time of writing, Manchester United remain 13 points behind Man City and this will be the biggest comeback in Premier League history should they turn it around.


Stevenage FC Blog BoroGuide produced an article which detailed where each and every Premier League player is from. The article focused on the statistics of the players. Interestingly enough the small town of Bacup in Lancashire produces the most players per population, however based on the trophies won, Stevenage leads the way. With players Ashley Young and Wiltshire being born in the city Boro Guide give a good analysis of their respective careers.

With Liverpool and Arsenal both competing for the other 2 spots for the Champions League, 2018 should be an exciting and interesting year for the Premier League. With Manchester United getting beat at Bristol Rovers, they have the league and Europe to concentrate on. Meanwhile Manchester City remain in all tournaments and cups, meaning they still have a chance of winning all trophies, never before completed by an English team.

Ashley Young, Stevenage Born.

If Manchester United have any chance or opportunity of catching up with the city rivals they must first win all their games. Over the past few weeks the team have dropped too many points and Manchester City have capitalised. There will come a time when Manchester City will lose points, it just needs to be during a time when Man United win their games.

With players such as Paul Pogba returning from suspension, the chances remain small but if any team can complete the turnaround then it is the red half of Manchester. Pundits already have stated that The Cityzens are playing the best football ever in the league and often refer to the Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola whom won every cup possible.
Are they really as good as that team? Well we certainly think so, the only way to see is to keep watching the league.

In other news Harry Kane is being linked to Europe’s top teams having smashed all records for goals scored this year. Kane, currently the lead striker for Tottenham Hotspur is scoring more than ever before and Real Madrid look like number 1 in the race to sign him. We expect the fee to be in excess of £150 million to secure the Englishman’s services. Is he worth it?

Who are your favourites for the League this year?

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7 Surprising Facts About The 2017/18 Premier League Season So Far.

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Are Ticket Prices Preventing a New Generation of Football Fans?


There have been several discussions regarding the cost of going to a football match, and the huge amounts of money fans must splash out following their team.

Fans, many of whom have families and have to work extremely hard just to put food on the table, are expected to pay what could amount to a day’s wages for a ticket. They then watch players who earn that amount pretty much every time they blink.

Many older fans, like those with families, have been forced to stop going to matches. They still support the club they grew up watching, but can no longer afford to sit in the stands and cheer them on every week.

The biggest problem isn’t necessarily those older fans not attending matches though, but more that the next generation of fans will be put off going to games.

A recent BBC survey showed that 80% of Premier League ticket prices have dropped or remained the same for this season. But, it also revealed that young people are still put off by the cost.

55% of all fans surveyed said the overall cost of attending matches was what stopped them from going to games. With travel, food, drink, and merchandise all adding up to an expensive day out.


One of the biggest reasons for young people, and indeed the older family orientated supporters, do not attend matches anymore is that there are several alternatives.

TV networks show several football matches pretty much every day of the week, and streaming sites make live matches widely available for everyone with an internet connection.

People can watch on their phones and other devices while at work, travelling, or sitting in the comfort of their own home with a cheap can of lager for company.

It may not have the excitement of attending a match, the buzz, the adrenaline, the noise. But, it also doesn’t have the cost and fans won’t be left wondering how their bills will be paid because they spent the money on a ticket to a 0-0 draw on a rainy Tuesday night in November.

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What Can Be Done?

As the survey suggested, prices are falling or at least staying the same. The decrease in prices, however, still isn’t enough to encourage fans to attend.

Also, although the prices of a ticket may have been dropped slightly, the cost of everything else has risen. For example, Fulham fans must pay £4.50 for a pie, and a programme at Southampton costs £4.

It’s when everything is added together that costs mount up and something needs to be done about that.

Hull City provide a matchday package, with cheapest adult ticket, cup of tea, a programme, and a pie for just £20.40.

If every club did a package like this, instead of just random discounts, it would encourage more fans to attend games and allow the next generation to cheer their team on from the stands.

Who will win the Champions League this season?


Neymar” (CC BY 2.0) by Doha Stadium Plus

The 2017-18 Champions League campaign promises to be one of the most competitive and most unpredictable in recent years. Some of the group-stage matches have been stunning, and there have already been signs that the knockout rounds could throw some sensational football matches. With the English teams rejuvenated in Europe and the Italian clubs still aiming high, it is not going to be easy to pick the winners even after the draw for the knockout rounds have been made.

Paris Saint-Germain have been the best team in the Champions League and arguably anywhere in Europe, and it is to understand why. Their performances and results in the group stage have been nothing short of sensational, including their Matchday 1 demolition of Bayern Munich in Paris. According to the latest football betting odds, Unai Emery’s side are the favourites for the Champions League with 7/2 in his favour. With players such as Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Daniel Alves and Angel Di Maria on their books, the Parisian club should be confident of going all the way this season.

PSG’s main threat in their quest for Champions League glory will come from England, specifically Manchester City. Although Tottenham Hotspur have progressed to the last-16 stage, it is hard to envisage a largely inexperienced and youthful team last the distance. Manchester United have a certain Jose Mourinho in charge and will be a threat, but the Red Devils’ aim this season is to win the Premier League title. Chelsea will also fancy their chances, but not many expect them to win the Champions League. On the other hand, the way Manchester City have started the season and are batting away every single challenge thrown their way underlines their credentials.

Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by globalite

City are scoring goals for fun, their defence is solid, and in manager Pep Guardiola, they have a coach who has won the Champions League with Barcelona in style. Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Ederson all are playing well. City’s attacking unit, which also has a certain David Silva, is one of the most potent in Europe, and they have the quality to blow away even the best of teams.

However, the Champions League is not a two-horse race. Real Madrid may be struggling at the moment, but Zinedine Zidane’s side have not won the Champions League for the past two seasons by getting lucky. With the La Liga title now pretty much out of their reach, Los Blancos could well decide to focus all their energy on making it three in a row in Europe.

Barcelona may not have the squad strength of recent years, but the Blaugrana have a certain Lionel Messi. The Argentina international forward is going as strong as ever, and in a World Cup year, he will be determined to win something big with his club. Bayern Munich looked a shambles under Carlo Ancelotti, but Jupp Heynckes has changed the German club. Bayern are running away with the Bundesliga title, and although they have finished second in the group, given the calibre of players that they have, they will fancy their chances of going all the way.

7 Surprising Facts About The 2017/18 Premier League Season So Far.

International break is almost over and many of us are looking forward to getting back to the good old ways of cheering for club football. But before you do that – we’re letting you in on a few secrets so you can jump back into the Premier League frenzy a little bit better informed. We compiled this data from our friends at FootyStats’ Premier League stats data.

  1. Arsenal have 100% Home Win Record.

It’s always hard to tell how Arsenal is doing because they can quickly go from good form to bad form in matter of minutes. So are they inconsistent or consistent? Well, surprisingly Arsenal have won 5 out of 5 matches at the Emirates Stadium this season – but true to Arsenal traditions they’ve only won 1 out of 6 matches at away fixtures. Their next match is at home – a London Derby against Tottenham Hotspurs who is in a hot streak of form after defeating Real Madrid in the UCL. Can Arsenal keep their perfect home record? We will find out.

  1. Manchester United is Even Better – 100% Win Record at Home and All Clean Sheets

A true Mourinho style trend here. We’re not sure how long Jose Mourinho and his squad can keep this up – but it’s indeed his style to have a stellar defensive record at home. United have even scored 15 goals in 5 matches – that’s an average of 3 goals per match. Fearsome indeed. United play an out-of-form Newcastle next.

  1. Watford Scores Significantly Less Goals at Home

Watford FC has a strange definition of Home Advantage – in that the advantage is with the away team. Watford has scored an average of 2 goals per match at 6 away fixtures this season – yet they’ve only average 1 goal per match at home. Strange to think that a team can play so poorly at home compared to away. They also concede 2.2 goals per match at home compared to 1.67 at away – what is going on!?

  1. Newly Promoted Huddersfield has the 4th Best Defence in the PL

Huddersfield has really impressed us in their debut season – but nobody expected them to defend like champions either. Huddersfield has kept a clean sheet against West Brom, Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle, and Crystal Palace. Sure they’re all teams with poor form but how do we explain the 2-1 win against Manchester United? Surely that’s no luck at this point of the season. But they do have a poor Failed-to-Score record at 6 in 11 matches. If they can sign some top attackers in January this story might sound very different.

  1. Newcastle is 4th in the League if we End the Game at Half-Time.

Newcastle’s 11 match run is at 4 wins, 2 draws, and 5 losses. This changes into 3 wins and 8 draws if we only consider first-half results. Yes – Newcastle is technically on a unbeaten run in the first half of the game. We’re not sure what’ Rafa Benitez tells his squad during half-time but he better change it if he wants to start winning again.

  1. Crystal Palace has Not Scored in 9 out of 11 Matches This Season.

No surprise that Palace makes this list one way or another. Christian Benteke and his friends at Palace front line really has their work cut out this season. Palace has scored exactly 0 goals at all of their 6 away matches this season and kept no clean sheets. Translation – they lost all of them. Benteke used to score a goal every other game at Aston Villa – he hasn’t scored in his last 500 minutes of football.

  1. Southampton has the cleanest foul record


Believe it or not Southampton is the only team to receive less than 1 yellow card per match on average. Premier League matches often end with more than 3 or 4 yellow cards given in the 90 minutes of play – but an average of 0.91 goes to Southampton each match. On the other hand West Ham has the worst disciplinary record in the league with 2.55 cards given to them every match. Ouch.

Did you enjoy our 7 surprising facts? We were inspired by Football Daily’s videos. Facts and football stats/data like these are interesting to see to identify current and upcoming trends. Let’s hope next week’s PL brings us more for us to talk about.

Potential Premier League Winners



We are only 8 games into the 2017/2018 Premier League and already people are changing their minds on a weekly basis.

The biggest football poll by BBC (56,000 people) only 4 weeks ago had 60% selecting Manchester United as their choice for winning the league. Jose Mourinho has a record of winning the  league in his second season at a new club, can he do the same?

Four weeks later people are now choosing Manchester City to be the number 1 side in the league. We discuss the people that could be in with a chance of winning this season.


The current Premier League champions have not made any major signings and have released Diego Costa. However with a near identical team to last year it would be hard to back against Chelsea from mounting a challenge. However based on form and having lost 3 games already this season people have dismissed them already.

Manchester United

Whilst Manchester United started the season perfectly winning 6 out of eight and remaining unbeaten, it appears the other team in Manchester have a slight edge. Drawing away to both Stoke City and Liverpool can often been seen as good results however this season they might not be. With an excellent squad of players and Lukaku and Pogba playing fantastically these will be sure to push the other title contenders all the way. Our prediction is that they will come top in May 2018.

Manchester City

Fans and pundits already believe that the football played by Pep Guardiola’s team is some of the best in Premier League history. Scoring 25 goals in 8 games and only drawing 1 (winning 7) means that goals for the team are not an issue. BBC Sport stated only 4 weeks ago only 18% of fans believed the Citizens would win the league, we await the results of a more recent poll and we expect it to have increased 4 fold.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham are now likely contenders in the league with both Manchester clubs. With only 3 points separating them and Manchester United, Spurs have started a strong campaign. With Harry Kane in excellent form it appears they could bring Silverware back to the club. Whilst they are currently playing at Wembley Stadium for all home games it appears this has not affected them too much compared to last season.


It seems already that Arsenal fans conceded the race for the title. With a record of 4 wins and 3 losses can they come back and mount a challenge before the teams above them create space. If they are to mount any challenge then their star players will need to perform especially Sanchez and Ozil. We expect them to finish in the top 4.


Whilst Liverpool are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the League, this doesn’t win leagues. On several occasions this year already they have been in a dominant position in a game for their defence to concede goals.

Only 7% of fans in the poll believe that Klopp’s Liverpool can challenge the other teams.

Drawing 50% of all Premier League games this season means they have to start converting their chances if they want their name to be on trophy for the first time in 27 years.

Odds Round-up

  • Current Champions Chelsea have odds at 18/1.
  • Manchester Utd have odds at 7/2 for this season’s league.
  • Manchester City are current favourites at 2/5 to win outright.
  • Tottenham have odds of 14/1 to win outright.
  • Liverpool have odds at 50/1 to win outright.
  • Arsenal have odds 66/1 to win outright.

This year there has been an increase in the number of bets, especially on who will win the premier league (For more info about betting apps click here)

Only 2 seasons ago Leicester City shocked the world and won the Premier League against all predictions. Do you think we have missed a team that could potentially win?

Qualifications For the Russia World Cup


A Messi Hat-Trick ensured Argentina were the latest team to qualify for the World Cup.  An upset this tournament was how a late win by Panama ensured they were on the plane to Russia and U.S.A will be miss-out.

Before we look at the teams who have the opportunity to still qualify we look at the teams who are guaranteed to be in the biggest football tournament next June.

Hosts Russia automatically qualify and the other 22 teams are as follows:

Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, England, Nigeria, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Panama.

Who else still has a chance?

There are still 9 places left up for grabs for the World Cup. For a detailed list and summary on who has qualified see the BBC report here. 

The European play-offs

The following teams will play a 2 game match against the determined opponent with the winners guaranteeing their place in the World Cup.

Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece.

South America 

The biggest upset in this group was how Chile managed to miss out on qualification all together. Peru managed to get a play-off place and will face New Zealand in November to see who qualifies for the tournament.



Honduras managed to get the final play-off place for the Concacaf group. The Central American team will now face Australia over two legs with the winner on their way to the 2018 Russia world cup. 


Australia’s Tim Cahill’s ensured they will make the play-offs after his extra-time header meant they beat Syria 3-2.  Australia will now play Honduras for a place in the finals.


Nigeria booked their spot in the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Zambia. The biggest upset was how current Africa Cup of Nations Champions Cameroon missed out. Unlike other groups, there are no play-offs in Africa.

Each way betting in football – Facts you should know


A popular betting strategy, each way (E/w) gives punters the choice to select amongst several outcomes possible for a particular event. Such a bet is based on two similar but equal-sized bets, one which supports the win (often called the win bet) and the other which supports the selection to be either amongst the ‘places’, or to finish well or to be higher up. On the  SBAT football predictions page, you will find not just endless tips, detailed statistics, but the best bets of the day and more

Each way betting has mostly been associated with horse racing. Such betting is possible when the racing track has at least four runners and riders. In such cases, bookmakers usually offer one-half, one-third, one-quarter or one-fifth on the odds on the selection, depending on the number of runners on the field at the time of the event.


Each Way Betting in Football

In terms of football, each way betting is fairly common, particularly in the outright betting markets. In tournaments and league formats, ‘places’ can be easily based on positions depending on how clubs have been ranked in the domestic league table or as winner or runners-up in a match. A good way to keep up with this is through staying up to date with the latest news!


Let us try to understand each way betting with a simple example. If you were to  believe that  Everton is likely to be this year’s champion or finish much higher up in the Premier League then you can go for each way betting.

Let us assume that the odds for Everton to win the Premier League are at 14.0, where the bookmakers are providing 1/3 odds for a 1-2 finish. This means that we can be guaranteed payback using each way betting provided Everton either wins the championship or comes second in the league. Let’s say you place £10.00 (E/W) Each Way bet by placing £20.00 in total.

Win Bet

If Everton wins the Championship then the winning returns with the preliminary stake would be £140.00. In case Everton does not make it as a champion in the Premier League then the £10.00 bet will be a lost bet.

Each Way Bet

Let us now see how each way bet benefits you even better: In case Everton finishes either first or second, then based on £10.00 wager placed on it at one-third winning odds @ 14.00, the winning returns including the preliminary stake would be £30.00. However, if Everton does not finish either first or second then the £10.00 betting amount will be a lost bet.

If Everton is declared champion, then both bets are won with a return of £150.00 (£140.00 + £30.00) from a preliminary stake of £20.00.

Thus, each way bets should be used when you firmly believe that the odds are either equal to or greater than 2.00. If you believe that each way odds are likely to be less than 2.00 then you’d be better off going for the win.

Paris St-Germain attack Running Rampant this Season


Paris St-Germain spent a record transfer fee to bring the Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr from the Catalan giants Barcelona. The Qatar-owned club spent a total of £349.8 million to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. That is several top online casino jackpots.

PSG attack is already making a statement to the world that they are the real deal. Amazing combination of Kylian Mbappe, Edison Cavani, and Neymar now called MCN by some football lovers is demolishing every opposition they meet.

PSG is without a defeat in all competitions and the trio has scored 19 goals in 8 games this season. The first team to taste PSG’s attack was the Scottish champions. Celtic was demolished 5-0 in front of their home and was its heaviest defeat in the history of the European competition. New and improved attacks look like the real deal as it continued to impress in their last matches in the Ligue 1.


The French outfit looks dangerous every time and their firing cylinders are up to the task this season. Some critics said PSG should face tougher tests to prove its rampant attack. Recently, Paris St-Germain welcomed German champions Bayern Munich to their home. Bayern is one the best teams in the world. PSG ran riot on Bayern Munich to win convincingly 3-0 in the second Champion’s League Group B match.

Dani Alves, Edison Cavani, and Neymar were all on the score sheet while Kylian Mbappe made his presence felt with two assists. PSG opened the scoring with only two minutes into the first half. PSG added another goal in the 31st minute when Cavani converted Mbappe into the top corner. No doubt Mbappe was the best player on the pitch; he dribbled past Bayern’s defense to find Neymar who tapped in the second goal on 63 minutes.

PSG remains unbeaten in their last nine Champions League matches at home and the French outfit is topping the Group with 6 points.


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