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Throughout Danny Welbeck’s career so far he has been used to being either played out of position or a substitute, sometimes both. However, in an eventful eight day period, he may have just turned that all around for both club and country, potentially eclipsing his former Manchester United colleague Wayne Rooney.
Another long, tough, Championship season gets underway tonight as Blackburn host Cardiff at Ewood Park. Things have changed considerably for the visiting team aside from their club colours since the last time they played their Lancashire counterparts.
10 :- Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Tim Howard!
When Tim Howard pulled off save after save when the USA played Germany in the Last 16 he became an instant scoial media sensation with the hasgtag #thingstimhowardcansave. In the end the keeper couldn’t stop Germany from their destiny but he’s received the admiration of the planet.
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The knockout stages of the World Cup is where Germany excel. The 3 x World Cup winners and 7 x World Cup finalists know exactly what’s required to manoeuvre through these tricky latter stages of the competition.
As for Algeria, this is virgin territory for the North African nation. They climbed out of Group H to Russia’s expense and now set-up a footballing equivalent of David vs Goliath.
Thomas Muller has one eye on the Golden Boot award, finding the net 4 times in just 3 games and sits just 1 goal behind Columbian James Rodriguez who tops the table on 5 goals. If that wasn’t enough, the Germans can also call upon the services of vetran Miroslav Klose who only requires one more goal to become the top goalscorer in World Cup history.
Algeria’s main threat is Islam Slimani who plies his trade in the tough Portuguese Primeira Liga. Slimani scored in their emphatic 4-2 win over South Korea in the group stages and also was responsible for sending Fabio Capello’s Russia out of the World Cup when he headed home a second half equaliser. Watch out for the link-up play between Slimani and Yacine Brahimi – this pair could cause a few headaches in the German defence.
The Germans have a 100% record over Algeria, winning 2-0 in 1964 and 2-1 in 1982. There is a backstory leading into this match with Germany and Austria freezing out Algeria from qualifying from the group stages in the 1982 World Cup. However, Algeria will require a lot more than a 32-year-old chip on their shoulder to beat Die Mannschaft.
Germany 2 Algeria 1 – best betting odds of 9/1 with William Hill
If Pele’s prediction of an African team winning the World Cup is ever going to come true, then the Super Eagles are going to have to be victorious against a very classy French outfit.
Of-course there is always the fall back of choosing Algeria who face the solid Germans in the 9pm kick-off.
France are understandably odds-on with the bookies to make the Quarter-Final stages. There isn’t really much on offer, with best odds for France to progress at 1/4 from Betfred.
Nigeria are 4/1 with BetVictor to book their place in the Last 8 and for them to achieve that, the most likely outcome is via the penalties route.
The Africans have hardly lived up to their nickname – Super Eagles – so far, there’s been few signs of soaring football that have thrilled audiences in previous World Cups.
France have, in contrast to Nigeria, been a delight to watch. Sure they drew their last Group E game 0-0 against Ecuador but Didier Deschamps team were already qualified and they rested a number of their top players for that goalless effort.
The Africa Cup of Nations champs will not make it easy for Les Bleus, at this level there is never any easy games, however it is the knockout stages and, as we have seen with Costa Rica last night, surprises are inevitable in these latter stages.
Nigeria have notched up five draws in their last eight outings – they do give away possession easily at the back sometimes and one feels that France will exploit this weakness with Benzema, Giroud and co far too strong for the Nigerians to cope with.
France 3 Nigeria 1 – best betting odds of 14/1 with Ladbrokes
It looks like Royal Ascot will have glorious horse racing weather for its opening day, however the betting forecast for The Queen Anne Stakes is for Toronado to sweep all before him.
This Group 1 miler seems perfect for the Richard Hannon-trained Bay Colt. He finished runner-up to Dawn Approach in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot last year. He then carried on that fine form by winning the Goodwood Sussex Stakes but was nowhere in the York Stakes a month later.
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It’s going to be a busy weekend for the staff of Wembley this weekend as tonight England meet Peru in their last friendly on home soil before they head over the pond to Miami and then tomorrow the national stadium will be transformed into a boxing arena for the Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch.
Wembley Stadium is the perfect setting for the richest game in football (it’s now worth around £120M for the winner) and around some point at teatime on Saturday evening we’ll know who from Derby County and QPR will be joining Leicester and Burnley in the Premier League next season.
Derby came through the semi-final play-offs pretty much unscathed as they beat Brighton home and away winning 6-2 on aggregrate.
It wasn’t as straightforward for QPR however, as they needed a Charlie Austin extra-time goal to see off a formidable Wigan side to win 2-1 over the two legs.
Out of both teams Derby are the more in-form side, winning 7 out of their last 8 games – they drew the other away to Leeds (1-1) for those who are interested.
On Saturday, Arsenal meet Hull to contest for the FA Cup and as much as we like to cheer for the underdog here at FreeBettingOnline.co.uk, we feel that the time has finally come for Arsenal to end their long wait of winning some silverware.
Here are 5 reasons why we think Arsenal will win the FA Cup this weekend…
5: The Barren Years
At the time of writing this article, Arsenal – The Gunners – have went a total of 8 years, 11 months and 21 days since they last won a trophy. It does seem strange that the club who gave the footballing world “The Invincibles” can go though campaign after campaign and not deliver a piece of silverware at the end of the season.
Since Patrick Vieira netted the winner in that Penalty Shoot-Out at the Millennium Stadium in 2005 for The Gunners to win their 10th FA Cup they’ve contested in 3 cup finals losing them all: lost 2-1 in the Champions League Final against Barcelona in 2006, lost 2-1 in the League Cup Final against Chelsea in 2007 and again losing 2-1 this time to Birmingham City in the 2011 League Cup Final.
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