FOOTBALL BETTING TAKES THE HITS

Betting in sports is something that has occurred for the longest of times but it has increased exponentially more with the creation and evolution of the internet as people can now do it without having to leave their house and simply do it online with their computers.

Wilson Raj Perumal is a convicted Singaporean match-fixer who has had connections with a number of worldwide matches and events such as matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also been revealed that Perumal has even rigged competitions in the Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008 Olympic games.

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LIVERPOOL WILL EXPERIMENT

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says that he may tinker with the team selection for the match against Real Madrid in the hope of keeping his players fresh for the weekend’s match against Chelsea.

He has heavily suggested that Steven Gerrard may be rested for this match. The Liverpool captain has featured in almost 1400 minutes of action this season. At 34 years of age, he does not have the legs to play twice a week. Hence, Rodgers has to find a way to keep him fresh for the important matches.

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Del Bosque Happy To Stay

After Spain’s outing in the World Cup 2014, there have been urges from the fans that all the senior players should be ousted and a young team should be built keeping the next two big assignments i.e. the Euro 16 and WC 18 in mind. But, Vicente Del Bosque, the manager of the team who escaped the axe despite having one of his worst tournaments in Brazil, doesn’t seem to be going to do so.

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FA Establish New Betting Rules

The Football Association (FA) has established new rules concerning football betting involving any players, clubs, club employees and match officials in the top football leagues in England. These leagues are: Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two, Conference Premier, Conference North and South, Northern Premier Division, Southern Premier Division and Isthmian Premier Division.

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Solo Arrested Recently

Having made over 150 appearances representing her country, Hope Solo is one of the stars of the U.S Women’s Soccer team. She has been the first choice goalkeeper for the squad since 2000. Throughout her career she has earned a number of accolades which includes Olympic Gold Medals, CONCACAF Gold Cups as well as being named as the U.S Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2009.

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Brazil Faces Cameroon

Brazil will be taking on Cameroon in the final group A match of the World Cup 2014. It is a must win game for the Brazilians since they are still not into the last 16 round just yet. Impressive performances from Mexico and Croatia will see them fighting out with Brazil even for top spot going into this match. However, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team are overwhelming favourites to get the three points in this match. Brazil are astonishing 1/8 to win the match compared to the best of 20/1 given to Cameroon getting three points.

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DIABY RETURNS

Abou Diaby was expected to make his return into the first team of Arsenal in this week but the Frenchman has encountered another setback which will be delaying his return to action for an unknown amount of time.

The Frenchman has been out of action for 13 months after suffering from a cruciate knee ligament injury and a few days ago he was featured in Arsenal’s Under-21’s defeat against Chelsea but despite only playing for 45 minutes, he had to be removed from the pitch in half-time after sustaining a groin injury.

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PIRLO IS FUNDAMENTAL

Andrea Pirlo at his 34 years old remains playing a fundamental role in Juventus and this became more evident recently with his free-kicks against Genoa and Fiorentina which gave the team of Antonio Conte 2 crucial victories.

The Italian midfielder was being linked with a possible transfer away from Juventus but he stepped it up and revealed his intentions of not only staying where he is right now but also retiring at the Juventus Arena with the white and black jersey.

WORLD CUP BETTING

With the 2014 World Cup just a few months away from starting, there already are bet shops receiving bids for respective countries to win it all while some people are placing their bets on some teams to not make it into the quarter-finals of the worldwide competition.

Television and Internet has played an important part in the world of soccer betting as it is just so much easier nowadays to watch matches and look at players and team profile.

The odds for the upcoming World Cup have Brazil being the favorites on winning it followed closely behind by Argentina, Germany and Spain.

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CHELSEA WANT WIN

Chelsea will be looking to inflict a third straight defeat against Manchester City this campaign, as they face the Premier league's third placed team at Etihad stadium in the FA Cup on Saturday. Chelsea have already beaten City twice this campaign.

The first time, they needed an injury time goal from Fernando Torres in order to get three points. The second time around, Chelsea were much more impressive after inflicting a 1-0 defeat at the Etihad stadium. This brought an end to the unbeaten run City had at the ground.

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