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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Wilshere is confident Arsenal will end their long wait for a trophy this season, as long they come through a gruelling upcoming schedule with no further damage inflicted other than last Saturday’s woeful performance at Anfield.
The Gunners have made good progress in the Premier League, their weekend thrashing aside, as well as the Champions League and FA Cup, but their hopes of winning silverware for the first time since 2005 may well rest on their ability to bounce back in midweek from their Liverpool humbling. They are now 13/2 with Paddy Power to win the title.