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Carlo Ancelotti Sacked by Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have shown Carlo Ancelotti the door following Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The Italian coach, who won the Bundesliga title last season with the German team was hired in place of Pep Guardiola who now lives in Manchester coaching the blue side in north-west England.

“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put on them,” said chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences.”

The defeat at the Parc des Princes was the club’s biggest defeat in the Champions League group stages for 21 years. It didn’t look much like the Bayern Munich of old.

Ancelotti’s assistant Willy Sagnol, former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann are in the running to step in. Sagnol will be taking temporary charge for the Hertha Berlin game on Sunday.

Bayern have lost Hoffenheim this season and drew at home with a 2-2 result at home to Wolfsburg.

Speaking after the defeat to the Parisien side, Ancelotti had conceded that his side had been slow to start following Dani Alves’s goal in the 2nd minute.

Arjen Robben has been spreading stories that all was not rosy in the Bayern camp. He refused to back his manager. There’s no need to now.

Betway Ghana Opens For Euro 2016

betway ghana sports bettingBetway Ghana (www.betway.com.gh) has recently opened for business in time for the 2016 European Championships (UEFA EURO 2016).

This well known sports betting brand, the sponsor of West Ham, has recently launched a site for its customers from Ghana. Payment options include Tigo, Airtel and MTN.

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All UEFA Champion’s League Matches are On

UEFA has come out  and clarified that all 40 matches in the Champions League and Europa League next week will go ahead as planned following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

2 international friendlies were cancelled in Belgium and Germany because of security threats. The England vs France fixture at Wembley Stadium went ahead as planned.
Paris Saint-Germain play away next Wednesday against Swedish league toppers Malmo.

Monaco and Anderlecht have come to an agreement on a ban on Belgian fans travelling for their Europa League match on Thursday.

Authorities are trying to get the balance right between keeping everyone safe, and not bending to pressure from fundamentalists. Obviously, top priority must go to keeping everyone safe.

In Spain, the Big One: El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Madrid, is scheduled to go ahead, and games in the Belgian Pro League continue as normal, albeit with tighter security measures.
However, the Muster vs Stade Francais rugby match scheduled for Sunday in Paris has been postponed.

The match at Wembley sent a powerful message- English and French fans belted out “La Marseillaise” at the ground. “Against us tyranny’s bloody banner is raised” was a particularly poignant part in the circumstances.

There was tightened security around the stadium with police dogs out, helicopters flying overhead and plenty of armed police about. 1,400 fans travelled over from France to watch the game which England won 2-0.

Manchester United v Wolfsburg.

Manchester United v Wolfsburg. Who’s going to win? Well, the English teams seem to be performing poorly in the 2015/2106 Champions League, but these teams have played each other twice before, with Man Utd scooping the spoils on both occasions in the 2009/10 season.

Somewhat bizarrely, the 2 previous Champions League group fixtures were on the same date as this year’s planned games (30 September and 8 December). Fans wearing the red shirts will be praying that the result is the same too.

In the Man U home game, Edin Dzeko’s goal was cancelled out by Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick supplied the afters to give the Reds a 2-1 score line. Dzeko stuck another in the back of the net in the other game to make it Even Stevens on aggregate, before ex Liverpool player Michael Owen ensured hit 3 in to ensure that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side sent Wolfsburg back to the Gatherland on a 3-1 win.

Champion’s League Betting.

Our Prediction? 2:1 Win to Man United.
Odds: 7-1 on Ladbrokes for this score, Click HERE
Man U to win: 8/11
Draw 3/1 (Not a bad punt)
Wolfsburg to Win 4/1
Wayne Rooney to score 1st: 5/1
Michael Carrick to score first- 28/1. That would be a dream for him as he scored in 2009/2010 against the same side.

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Man Utd to win: 8/11
Draw 29/11
Wolfsburg to Win 17/14

Half Time/Time: Draw/Man U win: 10/3. Not a bad punt.

But who knows what’s going to happen? The English clubs are having a terrible Champions League so far. They will be hoping to get back to winning when Wolfsburg visit Old Trafford tonight. You can only go on form and home advantage, which gives Manchester the edge.

Louis van Gaal was wincing after a 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven. They are praying that they can repeat the results from 2009/2010. They will be looking to secure a good advantage tonight before heading to Germany on the return leg.

If omens are anything to go by, they’ll be pleased to note that Wolfsburg play at the Volkswagen Arena. Van Gaal will be hoping that the team will have had to reduce horse-power to get their emissions down.

Man Utd Form
Man U have 5 wins and one draw in their last half dozen home games in Uefa competition. Their home record against German sides is Won 8, Drawn 4, Lost 2.

Wolfsburg Form
Wolfsburg were defeated only once in 6 away matches in the 2014/15 Uefa Europa League: by Everton in September 2014.

Wolfsburg have scored on all their previous visits to England but they have lost every time.

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Can Arsenal Come Back From their Monaco Defeat?

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are in disarray following their Monaco defeat in the Champion’s League (1-3)

They are on the cusp of going out of the competition thanks to former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov who helped Monaco to a 3-1 win in the first of 2 matches between the sides, this one in London at the Emirates Stadium.

The French team, with whom Arsene Wenger secured the Ligue 1 title in 1988, had been viewed as a soft touch in the knockout stage, but Arsenal proved softer and were stuck in reverse for much of the game. fluffed his lines on several occasions.

Betting Tips for Arsenal – Monaco 2nd Round- here’s our tips for the best bets available

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Monaco to go through: 1/8
Arsenal to go through: 9/2

Monaco to win 2:0: 14/1
Arsenal to win 1:0: 7/1

2 Goals in the 2nd Half: 13/5
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Geoffrey Kondogbia slotted one in for Monaco after 38 minutes and Berbatov torpedoed in a second.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to give Arsenal hope in stoppage-time only for Yannick Carrasco to bag a third away goal which leaves the Gunners heading to the exit before the quarterfinals stage for another year- the perennial Eurioean underachievers.

Danny Welbeck had a good shot at goal, but curled it over the bar.

Mesut Ozil mad a shout for handball against Brazilian defender Wallace but it wasn’t given. The reply suggested he’d had a good case.

Arsenal have been in great domestic form and are now in the top 3 of the Premier League and FA Cup quarterfinals- maybe there was not enough left in the tank for Europe. Who knows?

Arsenal and now at the edge of the cliff in the Champions and the fans showed their feeling on the night as their team spluttered and stuttered around the pitch.

Monaco- you wouldn’t bet against them going though after this result. What are the Odds?

 

AS Roma 1 – Real Madrid 0

It’s the end of the line for Real Madrid who were seeking to defend their International Champions Cup after a 1-0 loss to Roma on Tuesday. Totti’s goal 57 minutes into the match kicks Ancelotti’s team out of contention, but leaves him in the U.S.until 2 August when they face Manchester with nothing up for grabs: Ancelotti will not qualify for the final at Sun Life Stadium on 4 August after yesterday’s defeat.

The only joy that the Cotton Bowl 57.512 spectators had was seeing the face of Cristiano Ronaldo by the giant video scoreboard. A disappointment for US fans and travellers from Spain.

With a temperature of 27 ° temperature and humidity at 68%, it was never going to be easy. Casillas, Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Modric all played their part, and the main change was with the Croatian on the left and Xabi higher up the field than usual, ahead of Illarra. Iker had little to do, as Roma did not get near the danger area in the first half.

The Whites squandered several opportunities on goal in the first half, and In the second half, Ancelotti made four changes: Diego, Arbeloa, Nacho and Thomas De Iker, Pepe, Coentrao and Lucas. Isco played the whole game, sharing duties with Bale. Eventually, on 57 minutes, Totti left a ball for Florenzi, who squared it back to him. The captain scored with his right and Madrid groggily played out the rest of the game.

Substitutions meant the game was a bit start-stop, but in the end Roma were comfortable in finishing off a game that was heavily disrupted by a succession of pitch invasions as the game wore on.

Can Spurs beat Man Utd at Old Trafford and time to buy French?

I can`t remember when it last happened that Spurs won at Old Trafford, although I do remember ( as a Gooner) Spurs losing on the last day when a draw would have given Arsenal the title.
Anyway no doubt that they have a chance and attacking Man Utd has to be their best bet in what is one of the two highlight games this weekend.
Arsenal v Chelsea is the other and as a Gooner I am pleased that the Drog is no longer around. He bullied the Arsenal defence for years, but maybe even he would struggle against the new Bould coached defence. That said Arsenal will not be so secure with Mannone in goal…Great shot stopper but flaps at crosses and is knocked off the ball too easily.
There is nothing much that captures the eye as a shrewd bet so I might just go for the home wins in the televised games..
Saturday  12.45  Arsenal v Chelsea
                17.30  Man Utd v Spurs
Sunday    16.00  A. Villa v West Brom
Monday  20.00  QPR    v  West Ham
For the adventurous I think that Liverpool might get a well deserved victory at last away at Norwich and Man City a win over Fulham despite it being at fortress Craven Cottage.. Spurs and Chelsea  fans might fancy adding their own teams for a nice away treble if it came off.
Last weeks treble on 3 or more goals blew out as both Arsenal and Man City failed to take chances……Arsenal fans are thinking if only RVP was there things might be different and possibly Man City fans too.
In case you don’t follow the financial news, France has just announced its new budget where income tax goes up to 75% for income over €1 million, which takes in most of the Ligue 1 players in France I suspect.There could be a good few looking for a transfer on that basis……… Such a pity for poor Joey Barton, if he even realises…. tee hee

Weekend Football

Another narrow miss on my mid week champions league bets as Chelsea and Man City slipped up in the last 10 minutes.
This weekend sees some heavyweight matches on Sunday TV.. Liverpool v Man Utd, Man city v Arsenal… All of them had tough mid week games although Liverpool fielded a very young side.
Needless to say they will be up for the challenge of Man Utd whatever their form or league position the fixture is their biggest of the year. Man City had good and bad spells against Real Madrid while Arsenal had a very poor 2nd half against Montpelier but hung on for victory.
I wont have a bet this weekend on the TV games ( Swansea v Everton Saturday also) but if I did it would be draws all-round again..That’s with my head. My heart says Liverpool and Arsenal wins and still a draw at Swansea.
No i think the bet pickings could be easier in other fixtures.
Chelsea v Stoke.. Should go with Chelsea but a hard mid week game and Stoke the draw specialists would leave me pondering………. Maybe Stoke scrape a draw
Southampton v Aston Villa…For a neutral we hope Southampton get their first points at last…………..Draw
West Brom v Reading….Reading looked off the pace against Spurs but it was their first game for over 3 weeks……….Still I favour a Home win here
West Ham v Sunderland… Have to go with the scoreless draw here unfortunately
Wigan  v Fulham… Fulham’s bad away form to continue especially if Wigan play as they did first half against Man U last week………….Home win
Sunday
Spurs v QPR…. Despite a tough game midweek you have to fancy  Spurs………….Home win
Newcastle v Norwich.. Like Spurs a mid week game but several players rested……..Home win
Bets.. Well nothing inspirational but  a treble  Wigan, Spurs and Newcastle seems safest.

Champions League

The Champions League proper is upon us again and all British sides will be hoping to get off to a good start. Manchester City have the biggest challenge away to Real Madrid but face them as all is not well at the Berabeu stadium. After almost claiming a Yankee at the weekend I am going for another one with all four English sides winning.
I missed the chance of betting on lots of goals at the Emirates on Saturday but fancy a few may go in tonight against Montpellier at the La Mosson stadium. I am never happy with Mannone in goal, just a bad mistake away from a complete mare to my mind. Lets hope Steve Bould’s new defensive coaching keeps the gunners on track. He’s also in charge touch side tonight as Wenger sits out the first of his 3 match ban.
Celtics up hill battle starts but a win tonight could lift their confidence for future games. Anything but that tonight and I cant see them making any progress.
Elsewhere the biggest nailed on win looks like my local side, Barcelona who face Spartak Moscow. Manchester Utd should win easily but recent European home form has been a worry. However Sir Alex will not tolerate a repeat of last years early exit so they should be at it from the start.

This weekends Premiership TV Soccer

Sat. 12.45  SKY            Norwich v West Ham
Sat 17.30 ESPN           Sunderland v Liverpool
Sun 16.00 SKY             Reading  v Spurs
Mon 20.00 SKY           Everton v Newcastle
Always a strange one after the International break favouring sides who don’t have so many internationals
I fancy a Yankee (A multiple bet consisting of 11 bets (6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 4-fold) on 4 selections in different events.) on Draws in each game… Spurs is my doubt as AVP will be desperate for a win and it cant be far away although his players will be coming back from all over the world.
Finally a heartfelt relief that Liverpool fans have finally received  some justice over the Hillsborough disaster..In those days we all had times when crowds got a little scary with the terraces often dangerous for youngsters. It was a tragedy that I  will always remember and its shameful its taken this long to hear the truth. For all those who carried on fighting for justice our total respect and admiration.