Real Madrid tied Villarreal on Wednesday at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and they were to make a trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria island in hopes of clinching all 3 points against the Yellows. The home team, however, disagreed with the intentions of Los Blancos and fought hard in order to crush the Royal dreams. And they succeeded! Zidane’s men took the lead twice in the game but Las Palmas managed to equalize on both occasions, setting the final result at 2-2.
Sports scores news and online sportsbooks of course did not expect such a result: basically everyone expected Real Madrid to shine. It doesn’t happen very often that they lose points in 2 consecutive league games. However, they did so this time and their confident lead over Barcleona, which could have risen up to 5 points, decreased to 1 point only, although they still lead La Liga. After losing 4 points in 4 days against 2 yellow teams, they will play at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night against Die Schwarzgelben. Good luck against the other Yellows!
Meanwhile, Barcelona tied Atletico de Madrid in the midweek round of La Liga which meant they couldn’t decrease their disadvantage over Los Merengues at that point. However, like many online betting sites in Spain predicted, Barca were not capable of losing points in 2 games in a row, unlike their ancient rivals. They played at Sporting Gijón’s home and trashed their opponent by 0-5.
Premier League was full of great matches this weekend, let’s start with the biggest and most passionate derby in our championship review: Arsenal v Chelsea. The encounter was expected to be tight despite the fact that Chelsea are not even close to be at their best so far. They are only 8th in the league with their 10 points, however, they are likely to be in the top 6 at least by the end of the season.
Arsenal are rather in a good form, they won 4 out of 6 league games they had so far this season. And they didn’t let their fans down in the city derby: Sanchez, Walcott and Özil scored for the Gunners, setting the final result at 3-0. Quite a convincing performance, one which they haven’t really managed to achieve against Chelsea in the past few seasons. Arsenal are third in Premier League with 13 points thanks to this win.
Manchester City played against Swansea away. Pep Guardiola’s men keep winning so far: 6/6, 100%, 18 points, terrific way to start a season. Of course they lead the league. A bit of a surprise that Tottenham are second with 14 points. These two are the only unbeaten teams in the Premier League. Spur seized a 1-2 victory in Middlesbrogouh.
Another match that was highly expected by online gambling news was the derby between maybe the most prestigious English club Manchester United and last season’s champions Leicester City. However, the game ended up being a rather one-sided one: Mourinho’s Red Devils won the first half by 4-0. The second half was only played because it was obligatory, but nothing exciting happened then, except for that one goal that Leicester’s Demarai Gray scored, ending the match at 4-1. United came up to the 6th position with this triumph over last season’s odds upsetting heroes.
Bundesliga is not the most exciting one of domestic leagues in the past few years. Nobody even knows when the last time it actually has been exciting was. Bayern Munich has been dominating the league and this year doesn’t seem to be any different either. They won 5 out of 5 games so far and are already 3 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. However, they almost managed to lose 2 points against HSV: Kimmich ended up scoring the winning and only goal of the game in the 88th minute.
Borussia Dortmund, on the other has, continues playing in a convincing form before hosting Real Madrid. The Black and Yellow side hosted Freiburg on Friday and left no questions: Aubameyang took the lead for them and Piszczek scored the second. Philipp brought back hopes for the away side but Guerrero, who came in as a substitute, scored another for BVB in the 91st minute, ending the match at 3-1.
Hertha Berlin started the season in an incredible form and won 3 out of their first 3 league games, surprising all Bundesliga betting tips at the time. However, they met Bayern Munich in the 4th round who ended their terrific series of triumph. In the fifth round on Saturday, they were hosted by Eintracht Frankfurt and played a fantastic game: HBSC took the lead but Frankfurt were leading 2-1 at half time. By the 65th minute, Hertha were leading again by 2-3 and were wining until the very last second when Frankfurt’s Hector equalized and set the final result at 3-3.
Italian football is not living its best days every since the Calciopoli scandal. However, we can still regard Serie A as one of the best domestic leagues in European club football. Gambling news do so at least and the latest sports scores in the last few Champions League seasons also force us to take at least Juventus seriously. They stand out of all the other Italian clubs.
Yet they suffered against Palermo this weekend: they almost managed to hold a goalless draw Juve won eventually by 0-1 with an own goal. They have 15 points after 6 rounds thanks to this. The second best Italian team is Napoli, who hosted Chievo and won by 2-0. Napoli are the only unbeaten team in Serie A. They are only 1 point behind the Turin-based rivals…
As we know, Italy managed to defeat La Furi Roja in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 and can prepare for an even harder battle in the Quarter-Finals.
Italy and Spain were drawn together for the Euro 2016 Round of 16 encounter where La Furia Roja were favourites according to all sports scores news. All sportsbooks favoured Spain to go through and qualify for the Euro 2016 QFs yet the Italian side upset all odds with a relatively easy, 2-0 defeat against Vicente Del Bosque’s men.Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima was incapable of saving his team despite the fact that he was having a great tournament all in all. Elimination was at an expensive price for Spain manager del Bosque: He resigned a few days earlier and now one of the biggest questions at online sportsbooks in Spain is who will be the successor of the former successful manager of Real Madrid.
Spain are home by now and the pre-season will start for most Furia Roja stars, including Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima. The captain of Real Madrid must be really annoyed by the result as he got used to being successful and winning. Something which he and his national team has been incapable of doing in the past two years: after being humiliated in the 2014 World Cup, they once again made an early exit at Euro 2016, with a rather disappointing performance.
Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima must be waiting for the new Spain manager as he is the leader and the team captain of the national team as well as his club, Real Madrid. The Sevillan central back signed a new contract last year at Real Madrid. The Sergio Ramos signature on the paper made sure that he will belong to the Royal Club until 2020. That signature shut down tons of rumours about him leaving the Galacticos for joining Manchester United. These rumours were, at some point, regarded as one of the most certain gambling facts according to many online sportsbooks in the UK.
The European Championship is about to reach to its finish and Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima will not be in it any longer, for which he must be really upset. However, he must accept that his national team does not dominate the football world any longer and it’s time for a new era with new set of players s well as a new manager. Most probably the new manager will still count on the team captain as there can be no complaints about his performances.
On the other hand, Italy will face World Cup holder Germany in the Quarter Finals of Euro 2016. According to the latest gambling news, Germany will be favourites for the encounter, yet it’s time to take Italy seriously. They already proved that they have a great team by easily defeating title-favourite Belgium in the first matchday of Euro 2016 and they also knocked out Euro title holder Spain in the Round of 16 with a pretty confident team performance.
Italy are not underdogs any longer at this point of the tournament as they have openly declared their intention of winning the trophy. Should they defeat Germany as well, they would definitely be the strongest candidates towards victory: defeating the World Cup holder after eliminating the Euro holder would be a major confidence-boost for Conte’s men.
On the other hand, Portugal eliminated Poland on penalties and are waiting for their opponent in the semi-finals, which will be the winner of the Wales v Belgium encounter. The winner of the Germany v Italy game will face the winner of the France v Iceland clash where the Icelandic dreams are expected to end finally, as the hosting nation are clear favourites for the clash.
The PokerStars RaiseIt challenge, as the name suggests, has been launched by one of the most popular online poker rooms in the world.
PokerStars RaiseIt challenge is the latest social media marketing tool for the popular online poker room. The marketing team has decided that upon the popularity of competitive football tournaments such as Euro 2016 or the Copa América which, surprising all sports scores news who had predicted a win for Argentina, just finished with Chile’s victory, the best idea is to start doing marketing somehow in connection with football. The PokerStars RaiseIt challenge is nothing but the perfect solution for executing this idea.The main rule to follow is to do something impressive with the ball. Of course it doesn’t matter if you shoot with perfect accuracy or you have amazing skills or you can keep the ball in the air so long that nobody else can repeat after you. The point is that you have to be better than the ones before you, and that you have to be better than yourself every time you try again. You have to Raise It to the top, you have to Raise Yourself to the top.That is the social media marketing campaign that was launched as soon as Neymar’s video was released. Neymar showed his skills in shooting as well as placing and bending the ball in his first video when he put the ball in the car’s back from in front of the car. Neymar invited Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima to join the PokerStars RaiseIt challenge and top his video by an even better performance.
Luckily for all football fans, we didn’t have to wait too long for the reply of the Brazilian legend. The incredible and outstanding Ronaldo skills were proved instantly in his reply video. He put the ball down on the street just behind a cabriolet car. One of the greatest strikers of all time waited for the car to leave. After it was far enough, Ronaldo shot and the ball enters the car after dropping on the ground once. Declaring a winner at PokerStars RaiseIt challenge won’t be as easy as simple sports scores results.
Ronaldo definitely Raised the bar to a higher standard, but that didn’t mean that Nexmar should have given up already. One of the most famous member of Barcelona’s MSN has tried to raise Ronaldo’s skills by another video that required tons of technical skills: he held the ball on this back and let go of it, perfectly putting the ball into a bucket meters underneath him. Then he takes his second ball, keeps it in the air for a while and then puts it perfectly in another bucket, tens of meters away from him.
Neymar definitely managed to Raise It for now, however online gambling news are still hoping to see another terrific idea from Ronaldo. We are sure he didn’t just give up on his PokerStars RaiseIt challenge. Moreover, it would also be interesting to see other famous PokerStars representatives, such as Portuguese world star Cristiano Ronaldo, entering the PokerStars RaiseIt challenge, but other footballers and non-footballers are also free to join. All they need to do is do something amazing, record it, submit the video at the website and wait for others to like the performance.
La Liga winners in 2016 remain undecided as both Spanish giants seized victory. Atletico gave up on title-dreams.
The 37th round of La Liga had everything that football has to offer: easy wins for the title-favourites, exciting derby between a great team and another favourite and a surprising defeat for the third most likely La Liga Winners.
As usual in the last two rounds of La Liga, all 10 games are played at the same time in order to make things even more exciting as well as decrease the possibility of football championship cheats.
Before this round, the most popular to the question „Who is going to win La Liga?” was obviously FC Barcelona at all La Liga betting sites. The Blaugrana hosted city-rival Espanyol in the 37th round and it was expected to be a great battle between two ancient rivals.
However, Espanyol failed to stop Luiz Enrique’s men: the home-team easily trashed Espanyol by 5-0 at Camp Nou. Messi scored the first goal in the 8th minute and the half time result was 1-0. Espanyol gave up in the second half: Suarez scored a double in the 52nd and 61st minutes of the game, then Rafinha and Neymar also scored respectively in the 74th and 83rd minutes. We can see at sports scores news that the final result is 5-0 which means even better Barcelona odds to win La Liga.
The second favorite to win La Liga was Atletico de Madrid, according to most online gambling news in Spain. The capital-based team visited Valencia-based Levante. A team that has already relegated and are staying in the last position. It seemed to be the easiest possible game.
Especially that the Rojiblancos took the lead as early as the 2nd minute, thanks to a great goal by Torres. However, UD Levante managed to equalize in the 30th minute by Casadesus. In addition, they even managed to turn the game over as Rossi scored a winning goal in the 90th minute. Atletico seem to have a habit of letting go of titles in the last seconds of their important games… Because this defeat against Levante means their exit of the race for La Liga title.
The biggest derby and most difficult game out of the 3 title-candidates was unquestionably played by Real Madrid. The Royal Club hosted Valencia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. They were in the worst position before the games began as they were 1 point behind both Barcelona and Atletico, and their only hope in the last 2 rounds was both teams to fail. Atletico did so…
Real Madrid took the lead in the 26th minute with Cristiano Ronaldo’s terrific shot just outside the penalty area. The capital-side created many chances and Diego Alves was the only person who kept up the Valencian hopes of stealing points from Zidane’s men and hence their wish to win the league.
However, not even Alves managed to save his team in the 42nd minute, when Benzema scored his team’s second goal. He was offside at one occasion just before the goal, so the referee made a mistake in allowing this goal. The half time result was 2-0, and in order to make the game exciting again, Rodrigo scored in the 55th minute, 2-1.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo did not wish to give up on Real Madrid chances to win La Liga: He scored only 4 minutes later. André Gomes, who came on as a substitute, scored another goal for Valencia to change the result to 3-2, however, Rodrigo took away his team’s chances when he said something wrong for which he was immediately sent off by Fernandez Borbalan.
The referee was main character once again when he disallowed Danilo’s goal, which was a result of the great architecting work of Alvaro Arbeloa, who came on as a substitute. The home-grown player of Real Madrid played his very last game at Santiago Bernabéu as he will retire at the end of the season.
As we can see, live sports results see Atlético de Madrid out of the race for La Liga, while Real Madrid took over their place in the second position. A great miracle should happen for Real Madrid to win La Liga as Barca need to lose points in Granada in the last round while the Galacticos still need to win their last game. Which, by the way, would be their 12th league win in a row.
It seems that the leap year and Super Bowl wagering caused February gambling revenues in Nevada going up 8.1 percent.
February gambling revenues in Nevada totaled at $990 million, the Nevada Gaming Control Board reports. This sum is 8.1% more than the number from the same month last year. Football betting contributed 10% more. Partially because the NFL final was considerably later than in 2015, so the bettors and experts of gambling facts had a full week in February to place wagers.
According to experts of gambling facts, the Super Bowl had a knock-on effect on other February gambling revenues in Nevada. Though football betting contributes only 1% for Nevada gambling revenues, and sports betting overall does 2%, the NFL final was an important actor in gambling in February.
Super Bowl wagering reached new heights in Vegas. Nevada sportsbooks registered a betting record for Peyton Manning’s final game in Santa Clara. $132.5 million was wagered on the big game. The final ended a 24-10 victory for the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers. It wasn’t only an upset, but the low score also surprised many bettors and followers of sports scores news. So, it was a great day for sportsbooks.
— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) March 24, 2016
February gambling revenues in Nevada regarding table games and slots also improved, by 8.3% and 7.8% respectively. And February brought positive gambling news for operators all around the state. The Las Vegas Strip registered a 7.3% growth to $570 million, while the downtown’s income raised by 17% to $51 million. Reno casinos reported a 6.9% improvement to $48 million with South Lake Tahoe February gambling revenues in Nevada also going up by 3.8% to $16 million.
Super Bowl 50 might have been a defensive feast. However the biggest question after underdog Denver Broncos have beaten the Carolina Panthers 24–10 is whether Peyton Manning to retire or not.
Super Bowl 50 was all about defenses. And we knew it before, since two of the best #D units have reached the final. And as the Carolina Panthers considered as having the upper hand in offense and productivity, they seemed to be the more complete team beforehand.
That’s why the Panthers were six-point favorites at legal online betting sites in the US, according to gambling news before the Super Bowl. But the Broncos had Peyton Manning, arguably the best NFL quarterback ever playing the game. Not that anybody expected him throwing 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. But still, his experience and knowledge was a factor that had to be considered before the game.
Steel Curtain. Legion of Boom. Orange Rush?
— ESPN (@espn) February 7, 2016
Manning was no more than a game manager on the field. Super Bowl 50 was won by the Denver defense. Not unsurprisingly, an outside linebacker Super Bowl MVP Von Miller was chosen. 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, sports scores news report and his numbers speak for itself. However, Peyton Manning still proved to be a decisive factor according to Broncos players.
Manning and DeMarcus Ware, Miller’s pair in the Broncos’ pass rush unit, held speeches on Saturday night for the Denver Broncos. Linebacker Brandon Marshall revealed that it was a very emotional event. He said, “Both got choked up. And I got a little emotional. It was amazing to see that.” He also revealed that Manning was close tho shed tears.
Tight end Owen Daniel also confirmed that the speeches of the two were very emotional and that it meant a lot for the team. Guard Evan Mathis added, “Peyton got up and it was a good talk and he was serious and funny. He said a lot of good things. DeMarcus got up there – DeMarcus is a very serious and emotional speaker. We were ready to go and it got us even more ready to go.”
Demaryius Thomas’ mother was in prison 6 months ago & had never seen her son play. Now, she celebrates a Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/XaEBdUuulR
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 8, 2016
It was a rough week for defensive end Antonio Smith. He learned recently that his father died while serving his life sentence in jail. He spoke about how Ware’s speech helped the team mentally. He expressed that “D-Ware said that neither one of us had to worry about anything going wrong on the field because, if one side slipped, you got a horde of angels behind you: And that’s the defense. And if the other side doesn’t do good, you know, the protection for that horde of angels: that’s the offense. I think the guys really took that to heart and believed and had faith that nothing was going to stop us from being Super Bowl champions today.”
During the game, the Broncos offense started confidently, but flinched a couple of times. But they had not to worry indeed. The defense was there to help them out. They scored a touchdown, provided excellent field position for the offense several times and also set up the TD that killed the game off. Manning basically had two tasks: to remain calm and supervise things while the defense was torturing Cam Newton.
Manning was in a similar situation in 2007. He only had to stay calm, while Rex Grossman lost the game against an excellent Indianapolis Colts defense. Back than Manning still became Super Bowl MVP. This time it was not possible with his arms being considerably weaker. But it wasn’t about that. Now he has a 2–2 record in Super Bowl finals. And the acquirement of his second ring brought the perfect opportunity for Peyton Manning to retire.
Still, it is unclear whether Peyton Manning to retire after his second Super Bowl win. If it was up to his mother, Peyton was already done. He turns 40 in March, has pain everywhere in his body. He also has to go under the knife to repair his hips. And Brock Osweiler is there to supervise this offense just like Manning did. This franchise would be boosted by its elite defense for a couple of years more.
However, Manning loves this game so much that it is really an option for him to carry on playing for one more year. Let’s say, for the Los Angeles Rams. Big money, big hype, sunshine, Hollywood. That would be the icing on the cake for him. And for many fans of gambling facts.
Still, I’d give 95% percent for Peyton Manning to retire after this achievement. He is one of the twelve quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl wins. Now the circle is complete. He only has to worry about somehow his brother Eli getting his third ring in the future…
The two greatest tennis player met on Thursday, but the Djokovic v Federer result was a thrashing this time.
Roger Federer was in outstanding form at the 2016 Australian Open. Novak Djokovic were struggling to find his best form. So, the Swiss superstar, at 34, could be hoping for a miraculous run for the title this time.
However, as it happened before, the world’s No. 1 was not kidding against his biggest rival. He beat up hard his opponent in the first two sets, sports scores news report. After that, Federer was able to win a consolation set and he was up Djokovic v Federer result was a beat up.
The Serb staged a performance so hard that no player in the world would have been able to resist to that. He would have probably swept aside even Stan Wawrinka, irrespective of the Swiss having his best day.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2016
So, from the Djokovic v Federer result, it seems that Nole hav found his best form in the best possible moment. As he usually does at Grand Slam tournaments. In the final, either Andy Murray or Gael Monfils will be his opponent, there would be a huge upset if the Serb would go down, as experts of gambling facts know well. And maybe suspicion of another Australian Open betting scandal would be raised instantly.
Nole has eliminated Kei Nishikori in three sets, setting up a Djokovic v Federer semi at Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic was far from his best, but managed to advance from his duel against 2014 US Open finalist Nishikori. He beat the Japanese player 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, sports scores news report, despite struggling with his serve.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2016
Roger Federer also won his quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych (7-6, 6-2-, 6-4), displaying a classy performance against the Czech players. So the two tennis superstars will meet again in the semi-final, that could be easily the highlight of the Australian Open.
Federer seems to be in top form once again, however, as tennis fans and experts of gambling facts know, he is always an underdog against his Kryptonite, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He is now 2.90 (19/10) to win the Djokovic v Federer semi at Australian Open according to excellent tennis betting site Bwin Sports.
The internet betting destination has the best odds for Djokovic to win the encounter amongst concurrent online sportsbooks. The Djoker is available at Bwin Sports for Australian Open betting odds of 1.40 (2/5).
The Charlotte franchise is on its way to the first ever Super Bowl victory in club history as the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50 seems to be the default scenario after the NFL Conference Finals.
Cam Newton can be the first quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, National Championship, NFL MVP and the Super Bowl, according to sports scores news. So many great quarterbacks have played the game over the years, but none of them were able to assemble this kind of collection. Not even Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback, whom Newton will face in the final in Santa Clara next Sunday.
That is the third season in a row that No. 1 seeds from both conferences made it into the final. Manning experienced this setup both in the playoffs of the 2009 and the 2013 NFL seasons, when he reached the playoff with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. However, his teams were defeated by the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks respectively.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 25, 2016
After watching Sunday’s conference finals, the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50 is the obvious bet for most fans and experts of gambling facts. And that would be the first championship in the history of the franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers were established as an expansion team in 1995, the 29th franchise of the NFL. They have played only one world championship final so far, Super Bowl XXXVIII after the 2003 NFL season. Back then they faced the New England Patriots but lost 32–29 in Houston. Yes, that was the ‘Nipplegate’ Bowl, when Justin Timberlake was somehow able to rip Janet Jackson’s dress apart during the halftime show…
Well, it’s a positive for Carolina that they were able to avoid
Justin Timberlake the New England Patriots and that also could boost the odds for the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50. Alright, maybe Ron Rivera would have favored to face the one-dimensional offense of the Patriots in the final, but it’s not bad for opponents to know that the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick duo is out of the competition.
This leaves them with Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak. And more importantly, the defense that is led by Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on the field and Wade Phillips on the sidelines. This unit could be able to handle Cam Newton and the Carolina offense, which suggests that a very exciting Super Bowl is ahead of us.
However, Carolina also have an elite defense, and that might cause some problems for Peyton Manning. He also struggled against the Patriots in the second half, putting only three points on the board after half time. If he won’t raise his game significantly, he won’t be able to avoid the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50. This would leave him with a 1–3 record in Super Bowl finals with only one bullet left. Or no more bullet at all?
Cam Newton finds out the Panthers are playing the Broncos, calls Peyton Manning “The Sheriff” https://t.co/0dS4sr6Uod
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016
Well this might be the very last time we could see Peyton Manning, probably the best quarterback ever, playing professional football. Even if he will not avert the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50, that will be a special final. Not just because it will be a great anniversary. But because this might be the Sherriff’s last duel.
Would he end up still standing after the smoke has gone? This is to be found out. According to keen followers of gambling news, the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50 is the line to bet on. But in this game, and in this very very special final, everything can happen…
After the NFL owners’ meeting in Houston, the league let the Rams relocate to L.A. for the 2016 NFL season.
Professional football fans in Los Angeles were waiting for sports scores news to report the Rams relocate to L.A. for 22 years. It was after the 1994 season that the franchise had moved to St. Louis. They arrived to win a Super Bowl in 1999, than to fall back to mediocrity.
Los Angeles Rams. … That’ll take some getting used to
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2016
Their aging stadium left two choices for them. To seek for possibilities to build a new stadium, or to get away. The city of St. Louis was eager to avoid the Rams relocate to L.A. They offered to build a $1.1 billion riverside stadium, next to the Mississippi. However, Stan Kroenke, who became full owner of the franchise in 2010, was known to be committed to the Rams relocate to L.A. for long.
The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders also submitted relocation applications to the league last year. There was plan ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ with different stadium scenarios. Plan ‘C’ has convinced the NFL owners eventually, gambling news report. According to that, the Rams relocate to L.A. immediately for the 2016 season. They will play in their own stadium in Inglewood by 2019. The San Diego Chargers have the opportunity to join them and share the facility from 2019. If they turn down the offer, the Oakland Raiders can opt to become the next Los Angeles NFL franchise.
However, it seems that the Raiders are now committed to stay in Oakland and build a new stadium there. Currently they share the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland Athletics baseball franchise. However, the city has a plan for the new stadium and the NFL is also willing to contribute $100 million to the project. This also goes for the Chargers, if they decide to remain in San Diego and build a new stadium there. Chargers owner Dean Spanos couldn’t say whether he intended to take the opportunity to move the franchise to Inglewood or not. He said, “I will be working over the next several weeks to explore these options that we have now created for ourselves to determine the best path forward for the Chargers.”
Stan Kroenke will have to pay a $550 million relocation fee to the league before the Rams relocate to L.A. He is expected to pay the amount in one sum. With the Rams relocate to L.A., the city of St. Louis loses an NFL franchise for the second time in league history. The Cardinals left St. Louis in 1988 for Phoenix, Arizona, as many experts of gambling facts know.
With how NFL thinks and logistics work, would be an upset if the Los Angeles Rams didn’t open 2016 season at home on Monday Night Football. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2016
The last NFL relocation happened in 1997. Then the Houston Oilers left Texas for Nashville, Tennessee. It was expected that Los Angeles would get an NFL franchise, when the decision was made about an expansion team in 1999. However, the city of Los Angeles were unable to agree on the stadium with the league. Therefore the expansion team went to Houston and the Texans joined the NFL as the 32nd team in 2002.
The 2015 NFL Wild Card Round brought some unforgettable moments for sports fans all around the world.
The 2015 NFL Wild Card Round started with Kansas City’s road victory over ACF South champions Houston Texans. The outcome did not surprise experts of gambling facts, but the 30–0 result was harsh. The Chiefs won a playoff game after 22 years. We have also seen a defensive end lining up in the quarterback position, ca. the first time ever in league history.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 9, 2016
The trick play didn’t work out for J.J. Watt (and Vince Vilfork on his right hand), but it was cool at least. This was the first in a row of four road wins, a feature that never happened in NFL playoffs history before.
On Saturday night we experienced an extremely tight, tense and very long rivalry game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was the craziest of the 2015 NFL Wild Card Round. The hosts have almost won it, thanks to Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, but they were able to blow the game away in the end. Unnecessary penalties were called on Vontaze Burfict and Adam ‘Used to be Pacman’ Jones in the last minute, bringing the Steelers 30 yard closer to the Cincinnati end zone and costing their team the victory. Jones went crazy after the game, insulting the referees on his Instagram account.
It was easy for Chris Boswell to kick the game winning field goal from that position and to set up a Pittsburgh at Denver matchup for the Divisional Round. The highlight of the game and maybe the whole 2015 NFL Wild Card Round was Martavis ‘Alien’ Bryant’s crazy catch. The play that dominated sports scores news all over the world was one of the most spectacular wide receiver moves in the history of the NFL.
There were also some controversial calls from the officials, but had Burfict and Jones acting more like adults, Cincinnati would be preparing for a Divisional game against the Patriots at the moment. Instead, they are already into offseason. The last time when Cincinnati have won a playoff game was 25 years ago.
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks played another extremely close game vs the Minnesota Vikings. With -6 °F (-21 °C) at kick off, this was officially the third coldest game in league history. The hosts missed Marshawn Lynch, who wasn’t able to come back after his injury and it looked like the hosts can handle the rolling Seattle Seahawks. However, a miracle play from Russell Wilson changed everything.
Only Russell Wilson could take a botched snap and sure-fire 20-yard loss.. And turn it into a 35-yard pass. WOW. https://t.co/Xqlty0CGqp
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2016
The hosts would have been still able to win the game, but their kicker, Blair Walshed missed the would-be game winning field goal from close range. Though the hold was bad, he took full responsibility for the mistake.
Sunday’s action was wrapped up by the Green Bay Packer’s victory at the Washington Redskins. That was nothing special, just Aaron Rodgers and his offense playing the way they used to do. The defense did also well against Kirk Cousins, who wasn’t able to deliver his usual home performance. Gambling news also reported that Redskins outcast Robert Griffin III has cleared his locker room after the game.
Kansas City at New England and Green Bay at Arizona will be played on Saturday, while Sunday’s action will feature Seattle at Carolina and Pittsburgh at Denver.
Nick Foligno and Mikael Granlund scored two goals in two seconds in the Minnesota Wild v Columbus Blue Jackets game, tying an NHL record.
The Columbus Blue Jackets entertained the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in the NHL. It was just another inter-conference battle first. However, the two goals in two seconds NHL record dominated sports scores news all over the world.
The hosts made it 3–2 through Foligno’s goal with 16 seconds to go. They lined up with an empty net for the restart. However, Finnish forward Granlund was able to find the empty net right from the face-off, winning the game for Minnesota. This two goals in two seconds achievement is an NHL record for the fastest two goals.
Experts of gambling facts might know that the only time before the same happened came in 1987. Then two goals in two seconds were scored by Boston’s Ken Linseman and St. Louis legend Doug Gilmour. That two goals in two seconds came in a 7–5 thriller.
The Minnesota Wild are in a race for the playoff spots in the Western Conference, meanwhile the Columbus Blue Jackets are dead last in the East. We are halfway into the season, so this is a perfect time to place some NHL futures bets at Intertops Sportsbook, which is a legal online betting site accepting US players.
The draw for the Euro 2016 group stages was made on Saturday and the England v Wales will be arguably the spiciest matchup in the tournament.
England were drawn in the same group as rookies Wales, plus Russia and Slovakia, so there will be an all-British encounter in the group stages, when the England v Wales game will be played. Both national team coaches, Roy Hodgson and Chris Coleman were pleased with the draw.
Since Russia have a history of struggling in big tournaments and Slovakia have yet to reach the level of the European elite, the Britons have all the chances to advance to the next stages. Especially since, as many experts of gambling facts might know, in a 24-team format the four best third placed teams also advance besides the six top twos.
France will kick off the tournament against Romania in the interesting group A, where Euro newcomers Albania and Switzerland are the other two teams. The England v Wales will be played in group B, while group C will stage another Germany v Poland game after the qualifiers. Poland will also meet Ukraine, co-hosts of the Euro 2012 tournament, as well as Euro newbies, Northern Ireland.
— WalesOnline (@WalesOnline) December 14, 2015
Arguably the hottest section for sports scores news will be group D, where title-holders Spain, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia were drawn. Group E will be another attraction with Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. Maybe the weakest of the groups is group F, where Portugal, Euro rookies Iceland and old acquaintances Austria and Hungary were drawn.
The Euro 2016 draw:
Group A: France (hosts), Romania, Albania, Switzerland
Group B: England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia
Group C: Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland
Group D: Spain (holders), Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia
Group E: Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden
Group F: Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary
After the round-robins, teams in the first two places and the four best third-placed teams qualify to the knockout stages of the tournament.
The first round of the 2015-16 Champions League knockout was drawn in Nyon, Switzerland and the hottest fixture will be the Arsenal v Barcelona clash.
Besides Arsenal v Barcelona, the rematch of the 2006 Champions League final, Juventus vs Bayern Munich will be the other top match in the round of 16. There is a list of interesting fixtures though, and the likes of Benfica v Zenit and Gent v Wolfsburg will guarantee that some lesser ranked sides will also be present amongst Europe’s eight best teams.
Here is the full list of the schedule:
16 February & 9 March
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea (ENG)
Benfica (POR) v Zenit (RUS)
17 February & 8 March
Gent (BEL) v Wolfsburg (GER)
Roma (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP)
23 February & 16 March
Arsenal (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)
Juventus (ITA) v Bayern München (GER)
24 February & 15 March
PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v Manchester City (ENG)
Previous winners in Italic.
Zenit and Dynamo were separate from each other because of the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Apart from Gent v Wolfsburg, all of these matchups happened before in the Champions League, gambling news.
There were additional Arsenal v Barcelona fixtures since the 2006 final, and La Blaugrana managed to eliminate the Gunners both in 2010 and 2011. This will be the third PSG v Chelsea meeting in consecutive seasons with the Blues succeeding in 2013 and Le Parisiens winning last year.
Bayern beat Juve twice in 2013, the year Die Roten won the competition eventually. As Roma and Real Madrid are regular playing partners. They have met eight times since 2001 and the Wolves were able to eliminate Los Blancos in the round of 16 in 2008.
— UEFA (@UEFA) December 14, 2015
Atlético Madrid beat PSV Eindhoven twice in the group stage in 2008. Benfica advanced from the round of 16 in 2012 against Zenit, however the Saint Petersburg-based side handed two losses to the Eagles in last year’s group stage. Dynamo eliminated Manchester City in 2011 at the same stage, as experts of gambling facts might remember.
Unfortunately the hottest games, the Arsenal v Barcelona and the Juventus v Bayern Munich clashes will be played simultaneously. However, there will be some great clashes in this round, and the further stages will expectedly provide some additional unforgettable moments.
There was also a draw in the Europa league, where the fixtures in the round of 32 were determined. The draw included the top two teams from every group in the Europa League group stages, as well as the third-placed teams from the Champions League group phase.
The full list of matches:
Valencia (ESP) v Rapid Wien (AUT)
Fiorentina (ITA) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Porto (POR)
Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)
Anderlecht (BEL) v Olympiacos (GRE)
Midtjylland (DEN) v Manchester United (ENG)
Augsburg (GER) v Liverpool (ENG)
Sparta Praha (CZE) v Krasnodar (RUS)
Galatasaray (TUR) v Lazio (ITA)
Sion (SUI) v Braga (POR)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Schalke (GER)
Marseille (FRA) v Athletic Club (ESP)
Sevilla (ESP, holders) v Molde (NOR)
Sporting CP (POR) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Villarreal (ESP) v Napoli (ITA)
St-Étienne (FRA) v Basel (SUI)
Previous winners in Italic.
Russian and Ukrainian clubs were separated naturally.
Fiorentina v Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund v Porto will be the most interesting outings, however, Shakhtar Donetsk v Schalke or Galatasaray v Lazio would have been also a nice fit in the Champions League sports scores news a few years ago.
Juan Manuel Fangio DNA test confirmed that Oscar Espinosa is the son of the Argentine Formula 1 legend.
A Fangio DNA test was ordered by a court in Argentina earlier this year in order to confirm the paternity claim of the 77-year-old Oscar Espinosa. In August, Fangio was exhumed in Balcarce, Argentina, for DNA samples to be taken and the results of the Fangio DNA test just came back confirming that Espinosa was right when stated that the legendary driver was his father.
The five-time Formula One world champion was 1911 and died 1995 in Balcarce, Buenos Aires province. Fangio was never married and he was thought to be childless. However, two paternity cases emerged in the last ten years in Argentina, leading eventually to get the body of Fangio exhumed. Ruben Vazquez and Oscar Espinosa both claim to be the children of the legendary driver.
Espinosa’s mother had a long relationship with fangio and Oscar also became a racing driver himself and had a close relationship with the five-time world champion. He is recognized as Oscar ‘Cacho’ Fangio in the world of motorsports, and now the usage of the name ‘Fangio’ is backed by the results of the Fangio DNA test, confirming that Espinosa is the son of the late Juan Manuel Fangio.
The 73-year-old Ruben Vazquez stated that his late mother, Catalina Basili revealed him in 2005 that he had a relationship with Fangio, and that the F1 great was his father. His case is expected to be resolved in the coming days, according to sports scores news.
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) December 10, 2015
Fangio is arguably the best racing driver in history. He won five Formula One world championship titles in the 1950s, as many experts of gambling facts might know. He was only one-time champion, when he had a near fatal accident in Monza in 1952, breaking his neck as he was thrown out from his car. However, he made a comeback at 42, and went on to win four more titles.
According to the Klopp Liverpool odds, it seems that the former Borussia Dortmund coach will be the Reds’ next manager.
Before the start of the 2015-16 season, Brendan Rodgers was the favourite to lose his job first amongst Premier League club managers according to experts of gambling facts. He came up second, since Dick Advocaat (ex-Sunderland) had crossed the line a few hours earlier on Sunday. However, it wasn’t a surprise at all that the Liverpool board relieved the Northern Irishman from his duties.
Apart from the exciting 3–2 against 18th placed Aston Villa and that 45 minutes at Arsenal, Liverpool were uninspiring and unimaginative in the whole season. With this team at his disposal, Rodgers should have done better. However, Liverpool’s luck is that other teams also have been struggling so far, thus fourth place is only three points away from the Anfield Road outfit. But it will be the new manager’s job to reach that.
According to the report that emerged on Sunday at a Bosnian site that since became unavailable, Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns Liverpool FC pretty much agreed Jurgen Klopp, BVB’s former coach and his assistant at Signal Iduna Park, Zeljko Buvac on a three-year contract to take over the club.
Since Klopp’s assistant is from Bosnia-Herzegovina, sports scores news all over the world gave credit to the rumour. And it was also forcefully backed by the official announcement about Rodgers being sacked by Liverpool soon after. With all this happening, it was understandable that the Klopp Liverpool odds suggested that the German will be the Reds’ next manager.
This was also rumoured in the spring. However, Rodgers somehow managed to keep his position then. However, now Klopp might be FSG’s number one target easily. They did not hide their intentions about approaching Brendan Rodgers in 2012, and now everyone considers Klopp as their first target, ahead of Carlo Ancelotti and Frank de Boer.
The decision to get rid of Brendan Rodgers after eight league matches into the season was criticised by many, most notably by former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher. However, the former England defender also agreed that the previous BVB coach could be the right person for the job, further boosting the Klopp Liverpool odds.
Jurgen Klopp spotted in Liverpool. It’s happening. pic.twitter.com/o928syxagS
— #KloppIn (@RodgersOutClub) October 4, 2015
According to gambling news, the odds are continuously being shortened at online betting operators, but you can still wager on Klopp becoming the next Liverpool manager with odds of 1.20 (1/5) at BetVictor Sportsbook. They offer top underdog Carlo Ancelotti at 3.75 (11/4), while Frank de Boer’s appointment is priced at 13.00 (12/1).
According to the statement that was issued on Liverpoolfc.com on Sunday evening, the search for the new manager is underway. This suggests that maybe an agreement could be reached soon. It would be wise to place your wagers as soon as possible, since many operators might suspend betting on these market soon, as the Klopp Liverpool odds keep on shortening…
Bayern was down, so they needed their Polish striker from the bench, who came in and finished off Wolfsburg. The Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes show created history.
At Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski was a superstar. He was the focal point of all the attacks, which naturally appeared in his goal-scoring statistics. He scored 22, 24 and 20 Bundesliga goals in his last three campaigns for Dortmund. That was 27.5, 29.5 and 25 percent of Dortmund’s league tally respectively.
At Bayern Munich, he is also the No. 1 option for the central striking role. However at Allianz Arena, he is just another player. He still scored 17 goals in is first Bundesliga season with die Roten, which is 21 percent of the Bavarian’s total. But since Bayern plays a different, less vertical game to that Borussia played under Jurgen Klopp, not all the attacks come down to Lewandowski.
He is an important player for Bayern, but not that important as he was at Signal Iduna Park.
But on Tuesday, he was the most important player in sports scores news around the world. Wolfsburg took the lead with their first shot of the game in the first half against Bayern Munich through Daniel Caliguri. Bayern had most of the ball in the first half, but Wolfsburg protected their box immaculately. The hosts were unable to create quality chances, they relied on long shots instead.
Pep Guardiola sent in Robert Lewandowski and Javi Martinez at half time, taking off Thiago and Juan Bernat. Since Bayern had the ball and Wolfsburg was camping in their own defensive third, it was reasonable to deploy a more typical striker alongside Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze.
The Pole came in and the game was settled and sealed in fifteen minutes. The amazing show when the Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes came, started in the 51st minute. And the game was all over in the 60th, when the No. 9 hammered home the goal of the day, a flying volley from the 18-yard line.
Three of his goals were unassisted. This signals that the Wolfsburg defence simply shut down after the break and the structural change in Bayern’s line-up might also confused them. It also marks that Lewandowski had some luck with his goals – particularly the third – but his positioning was perfect throughout this period. He was able the exploit the holes in the Wolves’ defence, and he banged home the ball from every opportunity he had in that 9-minute-long spell.
With this Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes show the polish striker scored the fastest Bundesliga hat-trick (less than 4 minutes). He was also the quickest Bundesliga player to reach four goals (6 minutes) and five goals. Experts of gambling facts might also know that he is also the first player in league history who scored four and five goals as a substitute.
The Bundesliga record for most goals in a game is six. The sechs Tore feat was achieved by Dieter Muller for 1. FC Koln in 1977 against Werder Bremen in a 7–2 victory. Since the cameramen were on strike that day, unfortunately there is no video footage of that historic act.
This fünf Tore trick, that was discussed by online mobile news all over the world. And by the record-breaking Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes glamour the Polish striker became one of the best substitutes in footballing history. After all, it could be a great role to be a multiple-goal substitute in every game for a European elite club.
Remember Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who became a legend from the bench – once scored four as a substitute for Manchester United and decided the 2000 Champions League final against Bayern Munich coming in late in the second half. Or there is Henrik Larsson, who virtually won the 2006 Champions League final for Barcelona with his two assists after coming in as a sub.
However, I am sure that the Pole has no plans about sitting on the bench for long periods. This Lewandowski 5 goals in 9 minutes ensures his starting place – unless Guardiola being a mastermind genius freak, making a habit of humiliating opponents with super subs…
“Peyton Manning over 70,000 yards, the second QB after Brett Favre” was the big news Thursday night before the Broncos’ last minute comeback against the Chiefs.
Roughly a year ago, Manning left the 500-TD mark behind. He broke Brett Favre’s NFL record of 508 touchdown passes soon after, as experts of gambling facts might remember. Now, Manning over 70,000 yards in passing in his career and on his way to brake another record of Favre, namely the all-time record of 71,838 passing yards. And it is noteworthy that reaching the latest milestone came in a game, where the Broncos offense was far from the most important unit on the field.
The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in a tight division matchup. The opening game of the second round of the 2015 NFL season was also a heavy defensive battle. The Chiefs dominated Manning and co. for most part of the game, also contributing with a pick-six. This was the second consecutive game with an interception return TD from one of Manning’s passes.
The visitors #D once again emerged as a dominant gang, pretty much winning the game. They harassed Alex Smith with two interceptions and forced two Jamaal Charles fumbles. Though the Chiefs running back had a 125-yard game with a TD, he lost a fumble in the red zone and another one in the last minute. The latter came through Brandon Marshall when the score was tied and was returned for a touchdown by Broncos corner Bradley Roby making it 31–24.
That was just enough to win the game for the Broncos and it came five seconds after Peyton Manning found Emmanuel Sanders in the Kansas end zone for a 19-yard touchdown. Though the Denver QB registered 3 TD-passes and 256 passing yards, and provided the “Manning over 70,000 yards” headlines for sports scores news, he produced another shaky performance.
However, it is remarkable that Manning was instrumental once again when the game was on the line, leading the Broncos offense in a fourth-quarter scoring drive. He was at his best from the shotgun when Denver went no-huddle and this might be a glimpse of things to come from the 39-year-old this term.
With an outstanding defensive unit on the board, which made a statement in an important division game, Manning doesn’t have to carry the team on his shoulders. It seems that he only needs to make his magic in the decisive moments to win most of the games. All this could be enough for another division title this year.
The game that brought the “Manning over 70,000 yards” online mobile news, also was the second in a row when the former Colt led the Broncos to a key scoring drive in the fourth quarter. He said afterwards, “To be able to win two games in this fashion, you can always refer back to games like this later on in this season. These are obviously great times to play football.”
He added, “To win a division game on the road, a great atmosphere, this place is always a great place to play football, and the crowd was rocking, they were into it. … Yeah, I think this is one that you always remember, certainly the way it ended.”
— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 18, 2015
The last time when a team was able to turn the game around with two touchdowns in the last minute happened 37 years ago. Manning was only two years of age, when his father, Archie Manning lost in an NFC West division game in similar fashion. The New Orleans Saints went down against the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 after Haskel Stanback scored with 57 seconds to go and Alfred Jackson received a TD-pass from Steve Bartkowski with 10 seconds from the end of regulation.
So, Manning over 70,000 yards and the Broncos with two wins out of two. They will play at Detroit next week, who are 2.20 (6/5) underdogs at Betway Sportsbook against the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North matchup this Sunday.
Jose Mourinho was heavily criticized after the Portuguese manager threatened Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro with loosing her matchday job.
The controversy erupted after the Chelsea medical staff entered the field to treat Eden Hazard in the last minutes of Chelsea’s season opener against Swansea. Hazard had to leave the pitch due to the treatment. Since Thibaut Courtois was sent off earlier, Chelsea was left with eight outfield players temporarily. Mourinho argued that Hazard wasn’t injured, just needed a rest. He also mentioned that the medical staff have to understand football. The Special One planned to expel the Chelsea doctor from the bench for matches.
However, he was heavily attacked by other sport physicians. They insisted that Chelsea doctor Carneiro displayed a proper approach, since the medics were called from the pitch. The match ended 2-2. After the disappointing result gambling blogs speculated that it was nothing more than Mourinho’s frustration erupted. Maybe he also wanted to use the controversy to avoid his team’s display to be criticized. Gambling news reported that Chelsea’s odds to retain the Premier League title fell back slightly. Now they are top underdogs according to Bet365, available at 3.00 (2/1).
Major sports physicians defended Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro. Their support came after Jose Mourinho revealed that he intended to drop her from the matchday staff. Carneiro learned on Tuesday that she won’t be on the Chelsea bench at games anymore. The sanctioning came after he and team physio Jon Fearn entered the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the last minutes of Chelsea’s weekend draw against Swansea.
Mourinho said after the final whistle, “I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive. Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game.” However, there is video evidence that the referee called the Chelsea doctors after the Belgian player went down, seemingly injured.
Recognized sports physician Peter Brukner was disappointed with Mourinho’s actions, online mobile news report. He said, “I thought it was appalling behaviour by the manager. He has a player who has gone down, who has remained down and the referee obviously considered it serious enough to summon on the doctor and the physio.”
He added, “They went on as they must do when they are summoned on and the player is down and, as a result, the player had to come off the ground. What do you expect the doctor to do? Just ignore the referee beckoning them on? The medical staff deserve a public apology and I’m very disappointed that the club hasn’t come out and done something to support them; they were just doing their job.”
Jose Mourinho criticized the Chelsea doctor for her actions in the title-holders’ draw against Swansea. That was followed by Eva Carneiro thanking the support of the public in a Facebook post. She wrote, “I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated.”
According to Chelsea players however, this post was the real reason behind Mourinho banning the Chelsea doctor from the bench, sports scores news report. The Premier League Doctors’ Group reacted in a statement when learning about the sanctions towards Caneiro. They are concerned that results are more important in football than the players’ health.
The statement said, “The Premier League Doctor’s Group considers that removing Dr Eva Carneiro from the Chelsea team bench for their next match is unjust in the extreme. In the publicised incident in last Saturday’s game against Swansea, the Chelsea medical staff were clearly summoned on to the field of play by the match referee to attend to a player. A refusal to run onto the pitch would have breached the duty of care required of the medical team to their patient.”
It went on, “It is a huge concern that Dr Carneiro has been subjected to unprecedented media scrutiny and a change in her professional role, merely because she adhered to her code of professional conduct and did her job properly. Dr Carneiro has universal and total support from her medical colleagues at the Premier League Doctors Group. It is also of great concern that at a time when the both the Premier League and the Premier League Doctors group are intensifying efforts to safeguard player welfare, the precedent set by this incident demonstrates that the medical care of players appears to be secondary to the result of the game.”
Quarabag is not a well-known name amongst European football fans, however, with a trip to the Caucasus Celtic chances an unpleasant surprise. As Celtic are considered as firm favourites before the first leg, they should try to build as big an advantage as possible to ensure themselves a relaxed week before the reverse fixture. Celtic to beat Quarabag is priced at 1.44 (4/9) by Bet365.
Draw is available at 4.20 (16/5) while the Azeris are 7.50 (13/2) underdogs at the same online betting destination. Celtic are 1.33 (1/3) favourites to advance while a Quarabag aggregate victory is offered with odds of 3.25 (9/4). Celtic with a -1 handicap is priced at 2.30 (13/10) by Bet365, and the Bhoys’ half time/full time success pays at 2.20 (6/5). Celtic chances to beat Quarabag by two goals is a fancy option, available at 4.33 (10/3).
Norwegian boss Ronny Deila expressed that the best European performance is needed from Celtic to beat Quarabag. The Celts are facing the Azeri side in the third round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. Deila insists that Celtic will need their best form to reach the play-off round against the tricky opposition from Baku.
The Bhoys showed their best European displays most recently against Internazionale in the knockout phase of the Champions League earlier this year, as many of those who follow live sports results might remember. Deila thinks that Celtic chances a nasty blunder if they don’t perform on that level against the Azeri champions.
He said, “When you get bigger tasks you step it up and the players will do that. So we need to be at our Inter Milan level. Qarabag are a very good team. They beat Twente Enschede in the Europa League qualifiers and did well in the group. It’s a difficult draw but you can’t think like that and we have to take what is coming in front of us. We know we are good enough. But we have to be at our best and at least we are at home first. That will be an important game.”
Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has some experience of Azeri football. He met the Azerbaijan national football team twice while playing for Norway, as Scandinavian experts of gambling facts might remember. He recalls the outings as tough matches, however he expects Celtic to beat Quarabag in the first leg of their respective Champions League qualifier.
The 26-year-old said, “Qarabag have a few Brazilians and a Spanish guy and it’s difficult to say what they’ll be like because I haven’t seen enough of them. But their national team played with fight, they played hard. It’s never easy to go there. The national team played very physically and it was a tough game for us but I think we can get a good result.”
He pointed out that Baku will be a tricky venue to play. Celtic chances are good, but it won’t be smooth. He expressed, “It’s always tough, especially in Europe, to go away and play, but I’m confident we can go there and get a good result. Home is where we need to build the result. We had a 2-0 win to go away with last week to Stjarnan and you always know if you get the away goal then it’s more or less secure.”
Ronny Deila said that the prestige of reaching the group stages of the Champions League is far more important for him and his players than the GBP 20 million it would bring to Celtic. The Norwegian manager would like to use the benefits of reaching the group stage to cement the Hoops’ place in sports scores news as Champions League regulars.
Deila said, “It is the same as with the players – you don’t get money out of thinking always about money. You have to love the game and you have to love to train, and then the money will come. This is what I say to my players. If you want to think always about wanting to be rich, you won’t get it. You have to be the best in something – and that is how it is in football.”
Discussing Celtic chances he added, “It is about what happens on the pitch, it is about everything. The money is nothing compared with the experience – but when you do well everything gets higher. So yes, the prestige is more priceless than the money – but there are positives in the second one, as well. It helps the club get more secure and we can build even more.”