Who Can Push Manchester City the Closest?



Last season saw Manchester City run away with the Premier League title at a canter. Pep Guardiola's assembly of star players saw them make light work of the opposition, as they ended the season 19 points clear of cross-town rivals Manchester United.

World Cup 2018 – how the betting favourites are looking

World Cup 2018 kicked off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday with the hosts exploding out of the traps. Despite history weighing heavy against Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, they took the lead inside 12 minutes with Gazinskiy scoring the tournament’s first goal.

The level of opposition was modest, to say the least, and there will tougher tests to come but do the locals deserve a little more respect than odds compilers gave them in the build-up? They certainly wouldn’t be the first host nation to spring a surprise in a major international tournament.

Punters looking to have a punt on the World Cup 2018 winner will find a flood of markets available at Paddy Power including outright, top goal scorer, group winner and stage of elimination. Here’s who odds compilers expect to shine.



Brazil

The Samba Boys were disappointing on their own patch four years ago, but bookmakers know it never pays to write the five-time World Cup winners off. First tasting glory in 1958, they doubled up next time out before adding winner’s medals in 1970, 1994 and 2002.

Manager Tite has an embarrassment of talent to call upon, especially going forward, with the likes of Neymar, Gabrial Jesus, Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Roberto Firminho on the books. Brazil to win the World Cup for the sixth time is 4/1 and that quote makes them favourite.


Germany

Despite the stats suggesting two-in-a-row is unlikely, you won’t have far to look for the Germans in the outright market. Champions four years ago in Brazil, they dominated the ante-post lists since the turn of the year and were only eased by traders approaching the off. Backers who fancy Germany to retain the crown will be delighted by their 5/1 price tag.

Joachim Low knows he faces one of the biggest challenges of his career if he’s to get his nation back onto the top-step, but he too has a squad crammed with talent. Low will be eager for star scorers Timo Werner and Thomas Muller to have the side firing on all cylinders. The latter started at a cracking 25/1 to win the Golden Boot. Backers will surely get a run for their money on that if Germany progress to the knock-out stages.

Spain

Flicking down the list for one at a slightly bigger price and we have Spain chalked up on the board at 13/2, top price with Paddy Power. The Red Fury are certainly good enough to add to their impressive haul of international honours, but they haven’t given themselves the best chance.

National team bosses rocked planet football when sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just two days before the curtain went up after he was named the new leader of Real Madrid. That appointment didn’t come as a massive shock but the actions of his employers at the time certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons. Will it ruin Spain’s chances?

Do not write off the Belgium team for 2018


I am a football fanatic and cannot wait for the World Cup to kick off in Russia in June in 2018. It has been 4 long years since we saw the Germans master their way to silverware and lift the famous world cup trophy. If you are into your world cup betting and cannot decide on who to bet on – I suggest you go and see the site World Cup Tips – they have some of the top pundits in the game that will tell you everything you need to know about when it comes to the FIFA World Cup. Try answering some of their quizzes and see how smart you are when it comes to world cup trivia. Many people will be expecting the likes of Germany to go on and win the tournament again this year or their will be strong calls that Brazil and Spain are in with a shout, but my money is going to be on the dark horses – Belgium.

United's Triumph Over City Must Signal Future Challenge


Manchester United denied their bitter rivals Manchester City the Premier League crown in their meeting at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s men would have clinched the title with a victory in the Manchester derby. City were on their way to the decisive win as goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan handed them a 2-0 lead at half-time. However, United roared into life after the break and Paul Pogba put his team back on level terms with an early brace before Chris Smalling fired the Red Devils ahead. Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling could have brought City level late in the game, but it was Jose Mourinho’s men who proved to be the spoilers, forcing the Sky Blues to wait for the league triumph.

The Premier Leagues' Missing Fans


With the shocking attendances at the Emirates of late, we came across something titled "The Premier Leagues Missing Fans" A study undertaken by Zeelo, a company that specialises in fan travel, revealed a large number of interesting as to why Premier League teams are having troubles filling their stadiums.

The Beautiful Game gets ugly as racism rears its head.


How Racism is Stalking US Youth Soccer 

Players as young as eight-years old in Idaho’s Junior Football Club teams have to face the reality of racist abuse whenever they step onto the field. Jeromy Tarkon, a coach for a youth soccer team in Boise, found an anonymous poison letter wrapped in plastic on his car’s windshield in January. It stated that it was thanks to liberals like him that nigers [sic] and wetbacks were overrunning the state.

PSG may be exiting early after a loss to Real Madrid.


Real Madrid Enjoys Comeback Win vs PSG

Although Unai Emery has stated that the preparations for this game began at last season’s Camp Nou, there is no way that he meant like this. It was not three goals in seven minutes, and it is not yet decisive, but Paris Saint-Germain conceded twice in that period, leaving the team facing the possibility of yet another early European exit. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can’t play Europa League.


Wenger Wants to Change the Rules

Arsène Wenger is bewailing the rule that has rendered Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible when Arsenal faces Östersund in the Europa League. He is being forced to make use of Danny Welbeck to lead the line when the team appears in Sweden in the absence of the both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. 
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