Are Mbappe And Haaland The Next Messi And Ronaldo?

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If you are looking for some inspiration to go along with today’s acca bet, look not further than the two hottest players of the moment: Mbappe and Haaland.

When it comes to modern legends of the game, there is no doubting the superiority of Ronaldo and Messi. They are the players to whom everyone looks for greatness. They are the players bettors love. However, Mbappe and Haaland are rising as the stand out stars of their generation. Let’s take a look at what the young players have already accomplished in the their short careers as we ask: are Mbappe and Haaland the next Messi and Ronaldo?

Mbappe

At just 22 years of age, Kylian Mbappe already looks set to be one of the greatest players of the game. His speed and dribbling remind spectators of a young Messi. As only one of two teenagers (the other being Pele) to score in a world cup final, Mbappe has already reached what many consider to be the pinnacle of success when it comes to football. What is more, it was not a surprise to see the youngster on the score sheet, and many bettors will have had his name on their bet slip going into the final. He is a sure bet when it comes to the big wins as he is such an outstanding and consistent performer.

Being given the number 7 shirt at PSG is an honour that many players dream of. It is the shirt number worn by some of the greatest players of all time including Ronaldo when he was at Real Madrid and Manchester United.

If there was ever any doubt over Mbappe’s right to wear the shirt, it was dispelled when he was given the much coveted title of Ligue 1 Player of the Year in the 2018-19 season.

There is a bright future ahead for Mbappe and it is hard to imagine him becoming anything other than a footballing legend as the years pass by.

Haaland

Norway isn’t universally known as a great footballing nation, and whilst it has produced some good players over the years, including John Arne Riise and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it is fair to say that Erling Haaland is by far their most successful footballing export. Nicknamed ‘The Terminator’, as a young footballer he exploded onto the scene (and betting slips) when he scored nine goals in a single match for the Norway U21s. He has scored 38 goals in 41 appearances since signing for Borussia Dortmund, and he looks set to continue that level of performance as his career progresses.

Not only is he a good striker, but like Messi and Ronaldo, he plays with a confidence and a fearlessness that belies his young age. He believes in himself and backs his abilities, even when he is given a top opponent to battle with. His speed and strength are impressive and it is expected that this will grow even more as he ages.

We can see that he looks set to make bettors money for a long time to come. He will remain a fan and bettor favourite for the foreseeable future.

When looking to build your accas, you would be mad to neglect these two top players.

 

The State Of Manchester United After Their Huge Europa League Final Showdown With Villarreal

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Manchester United have finally gotten over the Europa league semi-final hump, taking manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to within a single win away from what would be his first bit of silverware as United boss after four previous exits at said stage.

The Old Trafford side had the small matter of playing their final game of the Premier League season, facing Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday as part of a mere formality, having already secured their place in next season’s Champions League. The team will travel to Gdansk, Poland, for their Europa League final clash with Villarreal on Wednesday.

Solskjaer’s side booked their place in the final with an 8-5 aggregate win over Italian side AS Roma, keeping up their end of the bargain as it pertained to an all-English final, much like Chelsea and Manchester City are set to embark on next weekend. Arsenal, however, did not fulfill their duties to that end, falling to Villarreal.

The manager will be desperate to put his name in the books as a trophy-winning Man Utd coach but he will have some big decisions to make, particularly as it relates to who will play in goal. Solskjaer is spoilt for choice in that department, with David de Gea and Dean Henderson both great options. Henderson has been getting his fair share of Premier League action but a Manchester source is reporting De Gea will be the one who gets the nod after starting in the last four Europa League games against Granada and Roma.

Team captain Harry Maguire, though, is likely to miss the match. The Englishman suffered ankle ligament damage during a fixture against Aston Villa earlier this month. It was hoped he would be back in time for the final, yet Solksjaer cast doubt on the player’s prospects for the game when questioned about the defender being pictured walking without crutches on Thursday.

“He’s walking but it’s a long way from walking to running so, to be honest, I don’t think we’ll see him in Gdansk, no,” he remarked. “But, as I’ve said so many times, I’m going to give him until Tuesday night, the last training session, and see if he can try to be out there.

Steadily but surely he’s improving but ligaments they take time to heal.

 

 

He’s a very important person in the dressing room and a leader. Before the fans came in, I think you all heard him from the stands. He does still want the team to do well, of course, he’s organising even from the stands, which has been easy because it’s been so quiet.

“So, he’ll come (to Poland), he’ll be in the dressing room, he’ll make sure everyone’s ready for the final.”

United are the favourites to take the trophy home on the sports betting front. The bookies have the English outfit at 5/6 to triumph in the final, with Villarreal at 7/2. Fans could also take advantage of 11/2 odds on Marcus Rashford scoring the first goal of the match. Edinson Cavani is 7/2 to do the same.

As pointed out before, the final will be inconsequential for Manchester United when it comes to securing Champions League qualification for next season. The team locked up second place on the Premier League table with games to spare but that hardly means they could afford to relax as there’s major silverware at stake.

The club should also find out its fate regarding possible punishment for its involvement in a secret plot to break away from UEFA next week. The six English clubs who attempted to form the European Super League earlier this year will meet with the Premier League for talks over the way forward in the coming days.

According to Sky Sports, the clubs (Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal) could be facing fines of tens of millions of pounds.

“A source at one of the clubs said they understood that the Premier League was debating penalties ranging from a single one-off fine to a smaller immediate fine combined with a share of next season’s broadcast income,” the report reads.

“An initial proposal from the Premier League made earlier this month is said to have comprised a £15m fine per club and a substantial – albeit suspended – points deduction, the club insider said.”

The aforementioned teams made an attempt to form their own Super League alongside Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona last month. The announcements were met with fierce fan opposition and England’s clubs all pulled out the very next day.

Madrid, Barcelona, and Juve held out but the Italian club has since shown signs of caving after admitting that the plans are no longer possible.

The impressive rise of soccer in the US

The popularity of soccer in the U.S. is growing, but for many years the sport passed most people by, including the media. Competing against the likes of fan favourites; Football, Baseball and Basketball, it was always going to be a hard sell.
However, things have changed as the big four sports experience a drop in interest, while Major League Soccer saw a 27% rise between 2012-2019. Matchday attendances have also seen huge growth, while the MLS betting market at a US sportsbook like DraftKings can rival those you’d find at a UK betting site specializing in the Premier League.


Viewing figures on the rise

Over the past 20 years viewing figures for soccer games in the U.S. have grown considerably, all be it from a low base. Previous failed attempts to sell game of soccer saw Pele appear for the New York Cosmos in the 1970’s, but this time things are different.

In the 2019 MLS season, ESPN’s English-language coverage saw a two percent increase, boasting an average audience of 246,000 viewers. The match between the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United reached an impressive peak of 462,000.

Average viewership of the English Premier League saw a 73% increase in the U.S. rising from 262,697 to 457,00 in just ten years. Further highlighting the growing interest throughout the states, not just in the MLS but in the sport of soccer itself.

Why is soccer becoming more popular?

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with the Men’s FIFA World Cup attracting billions of viewers worldwide. But why is it only taking off in the U.S. now?

International Stars

Much like the days of Pele and Beckenbauer, superstar players attract attention as people want to see the world’s best players up close and personal. A wealth of big names have been attracted in recent years, putting the spotlight on the MLS and increasing interest in the game.

David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaka, Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney and David Villa have all graced the MLS and raised the image of the league. While Gonzalo Higuain and French World Wup winner Blaise Matuidi, who currently play for Inter Miami, are part of the new generation.

The MLS is now seen as an attractive proposition for these world class talents, thanks to full stadiums and a wider fan base. Which explains why rumours linking Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the league continue to circulate.

Not only have these great players helped raise awareness of soccer, but they have also improved the level of the game. The MLS is now an entertaining, quality product full of exciting, talented players.

The success of women’s soccer

The U.S. women are the most successful international women’s soccer team in the world. They have won four World Cups, in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019 and four Olympic Golds in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Players like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Mia Hamm and Hope Solo are household names in America. Their long and continued success, has helped push soccer into the spotlight and, more importantly, keep it there.

The women’s soccer success has played a huge part in driving up the sports participation amongst kids, especially girls. Many of whom feel that Football, Basketball and Baseball do not have any relevance to them.

American Players Overseas

The number of American’s playing soccer in the top European leagues has grown substantially. This influx of players has helped create more interest back home and further raised interest in the game.

Many of these players are playing at the highest level for some of the best clubs in the world. Zack Steffen at Manchester City, Sergiño Dest at Barcelona and Weston McKennie for Juventus are great examples.

In January 2019, Christian Pulisic was signed by Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for $73 million. A world record for an American player.

Increased Investment

In 2009, MLS was made up of only 15 teams. Since then, it has nearly doubled in size in a decade, with aims to reach at least 30.

MLS Expansion Schedule

  • 2010 (16 teams): Philadelphia Union
  • 2011 (18 teams): Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • 2012 (19 teams): Montreal Impact
  • 2015 (20 teams): NYCFC, Orlando City
  • 2017 (22 teams): Atlanta United, Minnesota United
  • 2018 (23 teams): LAFC
  • 2019 (24 teams): FC Cincinnati
  • 2020 (26 teams): Inter Miami CF, Nashville SC
  • 2021 (27 teams): Austin FC
  • 2022 (29 teams): St. Louis, Sacramento

In order to grow the leagues popularity, investment has been a key driver. But it buying a team does not come cheap.

In 2013 the owners of New York City FC agreed to pay a record $100 million fee in order to join the MLS. That record was soon surpassed by the owners of FC Cincinnati and Nashville SC, which each paid $150 million.

The MLS recently announced that the owners of the 28th and 29th teams to join, will each pay a record $200 million entrance fee. While it’s rumoured that the 30th expansion team will be expected to pay a whopping $325 million.

Former England international and L.A, Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, recently became co-owner of new expansion team Inter Miami. Austin FC, Charlotte, St. Louis and Sacramento are expected to join the MLS in the next few years.

Creating a wider national reach through expansion, is seen as essential to securing television rights, as MLS aims to become one of the top leagues in the world.

Can MLS compete with Europe?

The English Premier League not only attracts stars from around the world, but also million-dollar investment. Several clubs, including Liverpool, are owned by Billionaire Americans who know a good thing when they see one.

However, MLS is not only growing, but its attracting and creating more and more stars. With viewing figures and attendances rising, there is every reason to be optimistic about its future.

As the league continues its ambitious expansion plans, basketball, baseball, football and the big European leagues, have every reason to be worried.

Players Potentially on Leeds Radar for the 2021/22 Season?

It has been a good first season back in the top flight and one in which we have surprised a number of the top teams and in some cases embarrassed many of the more established top-flight clubs. We have the owners and our genius manager to thank for that. We can now start planning for next season with a decent transfer kitty reportedly being available.

With a bit of money to spend, the conversation naturally progresses to who we may sign. Apparently, we can expect up to five new arrivals in the summer. We have been linked to a number of players but there are a few that really could prove to be interesting signings.

Adama Traore (Wolves)

Heavily linked in recent days, Adama Traore is a player that the Leeds hierarchy has identified as a possible addition. Physical, pacey, and with insane dribbling ability, Traore really could help with the transition into attack. The Spanish international has not had the best of seasons at Wolves, but it is clear from his previous season that he has what it takes to go to the very top in this division. Working under Beisla could really take his career to the next level.

Leeds United Odds for Next Season

For our first season back in the Premier League, there can be few complaints. A solid season of consolidation will probably end in a mid-table position which most would have accepted at the start of the campaign. This means we can now build and push on next time around. As for our odds next season, a lot will depend on whether Beisla extends his contract.

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Andre Silva (Frankfurt)

In terms of converting chances, Leeds should be looking to sign Andre Silva. The Portugal international has racked up 31 goals in 46 games across the past two seasons at Eintracht Frankfurt. The striker bags close to 1 in 2 for his country too. The only issue would be the fee, as he has just signed a three-year deal to stay at the club. However, having featured in the German, Italian, and Spanish top leagues so far in his career, he may want to test himself against the best in the English Premier League.

Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)

Just 22, Tyler Adams is a promising wide player that can play either side of the pitch as a fullback or winger. An American international, the player is already valued at around €20 million after forcing himself further into the first-team plans at RB Leipzig across the past three seasons. However, he is still not a guaranteed starter and could do with a fresh start somewhere else. This is the type of player that could flourish under Beisla and his style of play would suit him in the Premier League.

Lets Get Excited for Next Season

The one fear we had with going up was that as fans, we might not be able to actually witness ourselves in the top flight. Thankfully, it is incredibly unlikely we will go down which means we should be allowed back int he stadiums for next season. That alongside the potential signings we could make means that we have plenty to get excited about.

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 YggdrasilCasino.com 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.

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