LEEDS VS LEICESTER

Leeds United will be taking on Leicester City during the weekend in one of the crunch games of the Championship season. Both clubs are expected to be challengers for the promotion at the end of the season. Hence, this is an extremely important match in just the second weekend of the season.

Both teams come into the match on the back of a victory on the opening day of the campaign. Their victories were extremely similar because they were made to work hard by the opposition. They came back from behind to win the match. Leeds United took on Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day.

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ITALY PLAY OFF FOR THIRD

Italy and Uruguay will certainly be disappointed about not making it to the final of the Confederations cup, but they have a chance to redeem themselves by managing to finish third in the competition when they meet each other ahead of the final.

The third place play-off match between the two teams is expected to be a very evenly contested match. Even though Uruguay were in a poor run of form coming into the tournament, they have gradually managed to establish themselves as one of the top teams. They have beaten by Brazil only by a late header, as they missed out on a place in the final.

RELEGATION BATTLE

Fulham will be hosting relegation threatened QPR at Craven cottage on Monday night. This will be one of the last chances for QPR to get out of the relegation zone.

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Sponsored by Casinos?

For many years sports teams have been sponsored by large corporations whose brands have become household names, and to name just a few there are Nike, Adidas and Fosters.

In the past tobacco companies played a big role in sports sponsorship, though today that has been banned in much of the world. However, since tobacco sponsorship lost its grip, there has been a growing trend for the gambling industry to become involved in sports sponsorship, and it has generally been good for sport as a whole that today many sports teams are sponsored by casinos and online gambling companies.

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THREAT TO FOOTBALL

The UEFA president Michel Platini has said that soccer betting and match fixing have emerged as major threats to the team in recent years.

There have been several incidents of racism and crowd violence affecting the image of the sport in recent years, but Platini thinks that match fixing and soccer betting have an even bigger role to play when it comes to damaging the image of the sport. He has said that football will be dead when people go into the match already knowing the result. Match fixing has become a major incident in areas like Italy.

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LIVERPOOL ARE FAVOURITES

Liverpool have been rated as high favourites to get the first victory of the New Year in the first match itself. Liverpool will be facing Sunderland in the first match of 2013, and they will be looking to continue where they left off in 2012.

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BACK UNITED

Manchester United will be taking on West Ham at Old Trafford looking to maintain their position at the top of the table. The draw for Manchester City during the weekend meant that United went top of the table following their 3-1 victory over QPR.

It has been a great season for United in the attacking front, but not so great in terms of the defensive abilities. They have conceded a lot of goals this season, which is unlike United. However, they come into the match against West Ham looking to extend their advantage at a key stage of the season.

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MISLI SIGN UP LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have signed a new deal with the Turkish betting company Misli.com in order to increase its sponsorship revenue. Liverpool have been extremely suffering from the lack of Champions League revenue in recent seasons.

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LIVERPOOL STILL WITHOUT VICTORY

Liverpool are becoming into the weekend's match with Arsenal knowing that they are still without a victory in the new season, which is the same position as their opponents.

Liverpool lost in the opening match of the season 3-0 to West Brom, but they staged an amazing comeback in the second match of the season against Manchester city. Even though they could only draw 2-2 in the match, there has been a lot of positives from this match. Arsenal will be coming on the back of two goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke city, and they are searching for their first goal of the season.

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CONTE FEELS VICTIMISED

The Juventus manager Antonio Conte has said that he feels that he is being made to look like a scapegoat after being banned for 10 months from management for his role in the match fixing and soccer betting.

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