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Will Celtic find a worthy challenger next year?

Celtic are a dozen games into the 2016-17 SPL season and already have a 10-point lead over second-place Aberdeen with a game in hand.

Things could barely be any easier for Brendan Rodgers’ side – 11 wins and one draw to start the season, scoring 35 goals and conceding only eight.  They are on a seven-game winning streak since drawing at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, keeping clean sheets in their last six.

One disappointment to date will be Celtic’s performances in Europe where they have only taken two points from their opening four Champions League group stages. Handing four points to Borussia Monchengladbach means the Scottish champions will need at least one victory from their final two games, versus Barcelona and Manchester City, to have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League knockout rounds in the New Year.

Domestically there is no competition to the Glasgow giants this season and any competition next season may depend on summer transfer dealings from the club themselves. Right now, Celtic’s SPL betting odds for next season are incredibly short.

Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair are obliterating the league this season but their performances are bound to attract interest from bigger clubs around Europe in the summer. The French forward signed from Fulham for only ÂŁ500k earlier this year but is currently being linked with multi-million pound moves to bigger clubs including Arsenal and Manchester United.

Scott Sinclair has had several unsuccessful spells in the Premier League since leaving Swansea City where he was good in the Championship. The 27-year-old would likely be easier to keep hold of the following season.  Sinclair also has Leigh Griffiths, James Forrest and Patrick Bamford helping out with goals – this team has goals all across the park domestically.

Celtic do have areas where they can improve as proven when they compete in Europe. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is one example whilst centre-back Kolo Toure has a mistake in him in most games. Efe Ambrose hasn’t seen too much action this season but also switches off at the back.

As well as Derek McInnes is doing with Aberdeen it is very unlikely they are going to challenge Celtic for the title next season.  The Dons have only won seven of their 13 league games to date which includes 4-1 and 1-0 defeats to Celtic and elimination from the Europa League at the hands of minnows Maribor of Slovenia.

Rangers are currently third in their first season back in the SPL. A runners-up spot would be excellent for Mark Warburton’s side in attracting some bigger name players in the summer. Neither Kenny Miller or Joe Garner have proven consistent up front so far this season but Harry Forrester and Andy Halliday are chipping in goals from midfield.

Even still, Celtic have the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kris Commons to call upon for goals – the runaway leaders have a lot of depth by Scotland’s standards.

Celtic will have the 2016-17 SPL title wrapped up long before the final game of the season and don’t be surprised if they have an easy ride next season too.

Mansion Group now official sponsor of Crystal Palace Football Club

After signing up with newly promoted Premier League team AFC Bournemouth in order to become their shirt sponsor, online gaming business Mansion Group penned a similar deal with the more famous Crystal Palace Football Club as well.

The London club will have the Mansion logo on their shirts for the 2015-2016 season. It will also cooperate with Mansion on several commercial avenues.

The Eagles, as they are nicknamed, have finished 10th the previous season, in which they were sporting the Neteller logo on their shirts.

Both sides were equally excited of the deal.

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish said: “At Crystal Palace FC we are pleased to be working alongside such an entertainment heavyweight as Mansion. I very much look forward to partnering with them to grow both our distinct brands.”

“We have an exciting season ahead of us, as we seek to truly establish ourselves in the Barclays Premier League, and I’m excited that Mansion will be joining us as we continue to create a new reality and future for our Club.”

On the other side, Sagi Lahav, CEO of Mansion Group, said: “As a global business with the utmost respect for the English Premier League, we are thrilled with this exciting partnership.”

“At Mansion we are proud to be working with a team whose hard work and determination has seen them secure their place in the Premier League for a third consecutive season.”

“We look forward to working together with Crystal Palace on a number of initiatives that will enhance the visibility of both of our brands, whilst providing a platform for CPFC fans, and our Mansion casino members, to benefit from the partnership.”

Crystal Palace is an English professional football club based in South Norwood, London. They currently play in the Premier League. Their top honors are FA Cup runners up in 1990 and First Division (the former name of the Premier League) third place in 1990-1991.

Mansion Group is a leading online gaming company with more than 10 years industry experience. Mansion is commited to offering the highest level of customer care with unrivalled customer support. It also rewards loyalty points to repeat players and puts security at the forefront with 128-bit encryption.

Time for Tottenham to make an FA Cup Final appearance

Silver is used to mark a 25th wedding anniversary and Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping for some silverware this season to mark an anniversary which is slightly less of a cause for celebration.

This season will make it 25 years since Tottenham’s last appearance in an FA Cup final and, given Arsenal have won the trophy seven times since then, it’s certainly about time the club were back at Wembley.

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True, Spurs have won the League Cup twice, and appeared in the final a further three times, since their last FA Cup final outing, but there is something about the club’s tradition in the world’s oldest cup competition.

In beating Nottingham Forest in extra-time in 1991, Spurs became the first club to win the FA Cup eight times. That tally has since been surpassed by both Arsenal and Manchester United, as Spurs wait for a 10th appearance in the final.

It also used to be a tradition that Spurs won the FA Cup when the year ended in one, having lifted the trophy in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1981 and 1991. But failure to reach the final in 2001 and 2011 has seen that talked about a bit less.

Instead, what should be discussed is how a club of Spurs’ size have failed to make it to the FA Cup final for 25 years. The desire to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons could be pointed to as a shifting in priorities, but Spurs’ best two finishes in the Premier League have also coincided with their best recent FA Cup runs in reaching the semi-finals.

In 2010, Spurs finished fourth in the league and were beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth in the cup. Two years later, they were fourth again and lost 5-1 to Chelsea in the cup semi-final.

It’s a demonstration of the momentum a cup run can bring to a club’s league form and a reason why Mauricio Pochettino should take the competition seriously this season.

Spurs will enter the third round among the leading contenders in the FA Cup betting to win the competition and Pochettino has a team and a squad capable of going all the way to the final.

In beating Chelsea and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in the Premier League last season, Spurs proved they are capable of matching the best teams. Even in losing 2-0 to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final, Spurs showed they can rise to the big occasion.

With players like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and new signing Son Heung-min to call upon, Pochettino has the attacking talent to win a one-off cup tie.

And Spurs are also usually involved in closely-contested cup finals as well, with their last four appearances all going to extra-time. In 1991, they beat Forest, after losing to Coventry 3-2 in 1987, which is the only time they’ve lost a cup final. In 1982, they beat QPR in a replay, having gone down the same route to beat Manchester City a year earlier.

Spurs have always provided entertainment for the neutrals and the FA Cup final is the biggest game for the neutrals in the football calendar. It’s too long since Spurs played in the end-of-season showpiece and the onus must be on Pochettino to commemorate this 25th anniversary with a shiny piece of silverware.

The FA Cup – The Oldest Domestic Knockout Tournament In The World

The Football Association (FA) Challenge Cup or the FA Cup, as it is known popularly, is the most prestigious and oldest domestic knock out tournament in world football.

The format of the tournament has changed a bit since its was first contested during the year 1872. Every year, several teams from many leagues across England and Wales fight for the FA Cup. The only requirement for participation in the tournament is that the clubs need to be registered with the Association, playing in a well known league and having access to a stadium for home games. Teams are randomly paired for every round, and drawn games are replayed. Results of replay matches are ensured with penalty shootouts and extra-time.

August is the month when the preliminary rounds for the teams in the lower leagues are drawn. Teams in English football’s higher flights automatically qualify for the next stages of the tournament, & mainly in the 3rd round are most often drawn against the lower-league-clubs. These encounters result in making the Cup odds a good collection for punters. Official competition’s rounds culminate in 2 semi-finals played at neutral-grounds to be followed by the popular FA Cup Final at Wembley at the end of May. Besides the coveted trophy & prize money, the victors get automatic entry to in next season’s Europa League.

Few who’ve been watching the stars of today competing in the Cup are familiar with its humble beginnings. During the 1872, merely 2000 spectators had watched the defeat of Royal Engineers. The Wanderers had defeated them by 1-0 at the Oval. In the new century, the Cup became the much talked about one amongst people. Tens of thousands of football fans flocked to watch their football heroes do battle at Crystal Palace, Old Trafford and Stanford Bridge. By the 1950s, crowds of over 100,000 routinely attended the FA Cup Final at the Wembley Empire Stadium.

As English football’s top flight is becoming more competitive year after year, teams such as Aston Villa and Arsenal are sure to do their best in trying to win this season’s trophy.

Did Roy Hodgson Make a Mistake in Not Taking Terry To World Cup 2014?

In the last two decades, reaching the quarter-finals was seen as something of a failure for the England national team. The World Cup 2014, however, has shown that those teams fared much better than people gave them credit for. After all, it was largely a disallowed goal that prevented England from reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2010. This time, though, there is no such controversy.

The players and Roy Hodgson will need to take a hard look at themselves after England suffered a second consecutive group stage defeat. The 2-1 defeat against Uruguay has not put them out of the tournament just yet, but England now need a miracle in order to reach the last 16 stage. Unsurprisingly, the latest World Cup betting odds suggest that England are 50/2 to be the top European team in this World Cup.

The situation faced by England is quite a contrast to that faced by Spain. The world champions have been knocked out of the competition in the group stages after suffering two heavy defeats against Netherlands and Chile. This should not come as a major surprise despite having seen Spain dominate for the last six years.

Spain failed to reinvigorate the team at just the right stage. The warning signs were there during qualification and in the Confederations Cup. Yet, Vicente del Bosque largely stuck with the same group of players and this includes strikers like Fernando Torres and David Villa. Of course, he did bring in Diego Costa, but the 25-year-old is a physical player not suited to the passing style of the Spanish team.

Rather than bring in the new blood, Spain stuck with the likes of Xavi and Xabi Alonso to get them towards success as they have done in the past. Iker Casillas was also named as the first choice goalkeeper despite his failure to feature regularly for Real Madrid.

In contrast, England decided to go in for youth. Roy Hodgson named a squad that contained just six players over the age of 30. The likes of Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick were surprise omissions, as the former Liverpool manager decided to go in for the youth of Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley respectively. This could have been one of the reasons for England’s failure at the World Cup 2014.

The major reason, though, comes from Roy Hodgson’s stubbornness to not even consider John Terry as a possible option. Terry retired from international football after falling out with the English FA. However, there were slight indications – despite Terry’s public statements – that the 33-year-old could have been persuaded to return. Terry is a player who wears the national team colours with intense pride.

In his absence, Cahill and Jagielka never looked comfortable with each other. Their indecisiveness eventually spread to the rest of the team, as they chased an equaliser against Uruguay. Despite getting the equaliser through Wayne Rooney, England remained nervous at the back. Suarez’ goal confirmed where the squad was left wanting – experience and leadership.

Hodgson made a grave mistake in not taking Terry and this has ultimately proven disastrous for England.

Upcoming Big Premier League Matches

English Premier League is the most competitive league in Europe as well as in the whole world. All the matches are unpredictable here. There are several derby matches are scheduled in every season in the Premier League fixture. Beside the derby matches, there are many high profile matches are scheduled.

In Premier League, Manchester United will play against Liverpool; Tottenham will play against Arsenal; Chelsea will play against Arsenal; Manchester United will play against Manchester City; Arsenal will play against Manchester City; Liverpool will play against Manchester city. These are the remaining big matches of this season.

Southampton will host Liverpool in upcoming game week, is a big match for sure. In game week 29, Chelsea will host Tottenham. If anybody wants to get the tickets of these big matches, should collect the tickets at least one week before the match. Otherwise ticket might be sold out. Southampton vs Liverpool match tickets are already sold out. Chelsea’s most of the tickets are sold out. Only a few tickets against Tottenham are remains. If you want to buy Chelsea tickets, follow this

Chelsea’s match against Tottenham will be very exciting because it is a derby match. Chelsea is now the League leader and Tottenham is now in fifth position. Chelsea will fight to keep their first position. On the other hand, Tottenham will fight to get in top four so that they can play in UEFA Champions League in next season. In White Hart Lane, Chelsea vs Tottenham match was drawn by 1-1. This time the match is in Stamford Bridge where Chelsea is unbeaten under Jose Mourinho.

The Grand National Horse Race

The Grand National is the most important and the priceless National Hunt Horse Race in the whole world. It is not only the most popular and well known to a lot of people who usually do not see or bet on the horse races but it is also one of the most controversial horse race which causes maximum injuries to the horses taking part in these races. It is similarly unsafe for the jockey who can also loose their life because of rigorous injuries they get during races.

The Grand National restricts the participation of the horses that are lesser than six years of age. This restriction is as it is a Grade 3 handicap chase (horses are made to run with loads carried on their backs). The race is for a distance of 7,242 m at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool and is held in the month of April on Saturdays.

The very first Grand National was held in the year 1839 at Aintree and the horse which won the race was Lottery, as the name itself implies. Manifesto, the horse that ran the most as compared to other horses, also took part in eight renewals races, the event that was held in 1895-1904. The Grand National has formed a history after Lottery won this Racing event held back in 1839, at Aintree which was the initial race ever held. The Grand National has become one of the main sporting events of the UK with Grand National odds being widely available.

Aintree Racetrack is the worlds most famous, most popular and quite renowned and often spoken about, the John Smith’s Grand National. It is run over two trails covering 16 fences. They need to jump every fence excluding the two, that are The Chair and The Water jump. Aintree Grand National is one of the most scheduled days for gambling and risking on the horses taking part in the Grand National. The atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the people coming from the entire world is just unparalleled. For some it might be the first bet of their lives. Aintree racetrack is one of the toughest tracks with 16 steeplechase fences comprising The Chair, Canal Turn, Becher’s Book. The name itself creates shivers to the professional jockeys of the world. The Aintree Racecourse includesa Mildmay course which is comparatively smaller and contains hurdles and fences. There is one common fence called The Water Jump, which is a common fence in between the two courses, The National course and The Mildmay Course.

The first legal race is still a mystery that remains unsolved. People usually believe that the first race was held in 1836 and the Duke succeeded this race. Then during the First World War, Aintree racecourse remained closed for quite sometime and due to this Gatwick Racecourse was chosen to compete for the races. The race at the Aintree racecourse is the most thrilling incident for both, the millions of audience who come to watch the race and the experts that are the jockeys. You come to know wonderful stories of the horses and their jockeys’ who with all the brave attempts try to compete the races by jumping over every Aintree hedges. Foinavon, in 1967, was the only horse amongst other horses that could sensibly cross over the smallest hedge during the astonishing race.

Abd-El-Kader, was the very first duel winner for two successive years in 1850 and 1851, who won the race. In the year 1869, The Lamp grabbed the title of the winner and further managed to win after 3 years again. The father-son duo presented remarkably well, in 1999, and won the Grand National. Paul Carberry, the jockeyand Tommy Carberry who was a trainer helped Bobbyjo to victory. Before winning the National, it is compulsory for almost sixteen horses to pass the Grade1. The Grand National Horse Race is one of the most difficult races where several expert horse riders have failed to succeed the title. The Grand National Horse Race is the most awaited event where millions of people from all over the world wait in anticipation for the race where all well skilled horses with their professional jockeys take pride to take part in.

Tips For Buying A Soccer Shirt

As soccer appeals to people of all ages the list of soccer memorabilia and merchandise is endless and grows daily. Some of the hot-selling soccer merchandise includes – Soccer Part Packs, Soccer Plates, Soccer Sling Bags, Soccer Necklaces, Soccer Magnets, Soccer Player Posters, Soccer Blankets, Soccer Napkins, Soccer Tablecloths, Soccer Flags, Soccer Whistles, Soccer Memo Pads, Soccer Metallic Bounce Balls, Soccer Stickers, Soccer Key Chains, Soccer Dog Tags, Soccer Visors, Soccer Caps, Soccer Mouse Pads, Soccer Stress Balls, Soccer Earrings, Soccer Paperweights and the biggest of World Cup 2010 Soccer Vuvuzelas.

Soccer fans are more vocal than those of any other game because so much happens so fast in such short moments of time. The game is constantly changing and fans love to comment and get loud while watching the game. This is probably the reason why the Vuvuzela was such a hit of World Cup 2010. Soccer is called the beautiful game and is undoubtedly the most widespread and popular sport across the world. Soccer fans are known to be almost fanatical and extreme buyers of soccer merchandise. The game and everything attached to it has a very strong pull for these fans.

The biggest soccer merchandise item is undoubtedly the jerseys. Every club has unique jersey designs and every world cup has the jersey designs for the countries changing, though the basic colors and elements stay the same. Fans always want the latest versions unless an older design has nostalgic value in the form of their country of favorite club having been winners at the time.

Soccer Merchandise is available at both official and unofficial sellers. For example if you want the exact same Vuvuzela that was used by the crowds in the World Cup you will of course have to source it from the official Vuvuzela company’s website. Other merchandise too is either sold from the official FIFA authorized outlets. The difference between the official merchandise sellers and the general sellers is most often the logos and the official emblems. True soccer lovers really only care about the game and most of the time it doesn’t matter to them if the FIFA logo or other official logos are present on the items they purchase. They just want soccer.

No other sport probably has so many themed items available as merchandise as soccer. It is proof that soccer is the most popular sport in the world. No matter what the colors are on the latest official soccer ball, the black and white soccer ball is forever the most recognizable symbol of soccer.

The best thing about soccer merchandise is that it is in demand at all times and all-round the year. The demand for soccer merchandise peaks phenomenally around the world cup and other major soccer events but show a soccer fan some soccer merchandise and see how tough it is for them to resist buying at least one item.

Even those who are not hard-core soccer fans find cannot resist the charms of the black and white ball. Any soccer merchandise item is sporty, young, energetic and youthful and makes a good gift almost at every occasion.

What Soccer And Poker Have In Common

We all know that globally, soccer is the most favorite athletic activity. This is one of the sport events where people from a foreign nation cheer for another country to win. Soccer is so popular that it has become a trend in most countries to teach it to children who are in their early years of schooling. Another game that shares its popularity with soccer, though vastly different, is poker. Poker is even coined as the universal card game. These two have more things in common than you can possibly imagine.

First, there are worldwide competitions that cater to both. Soccer has a World Cup which happens every four years, and poker has the World Series of Poker where different nationalities compete to win a coveted championship title. These events have always been closely monitored by fans all over the world. Both forayed into virtual gaming; for soccer, video games like Football Manager, FIFA World Cup South Africa, Nintendo World Cup, Kick Off, Sega Soccer Slam, Sensible World of Soccer and World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International went live for audiences who want to take soccer into their living room. For poker, there’s always for your online gaming needs. One of the advantages of playing poker at is you’re not limited to traditional Texas Hold’em since there are nine video poker games for you to choose from. You can have your choice of Flamingo Poker, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker Deuces Wild, Jungle Rumble Draw Poker, Kooka Keno Poker, Mega Deuces Wild Poker, Mega Joker Poker, Multi Hand Jacks or Better and Tens or Better. You’ll never get bored with this variety of poker games; you may even try a different one for each day of the week.

Both soccer and poker involve strategy. In soccer and poker, you have to study your opponent and scrutinize every move they make so that you can act accordingly. Soccer players go from one position to another quickly on the field so that their opponent cannot predict what they’re up to, just like in poker where you have to maintain a nonchalant attitude so other players won’t know if you have a good or bad hand.

Victory depends on your tactics for both of these competitions. Soccer and poker players both must have great endurance. According to the sports website, “Soccer players must have very good endurance in order to run short stretches at short intervals for 90 minutes or more in a game. Poker players on the other hand complain about the hardship of sitting at a poker table for 12 to 14 hours every day for a week during big poker tournaments, while at any time a tiny mistake can mean the end.” Soccer players and poker players, therefore, share the same disciplined way of living.

We’re all fans of both soccer and poker, and the good thing about admiring these two competitive games is we won’t have to sacrifice one for the other. There’s no one stopping us from playing both, so let’s enjoy the two of them for as long as we can.

Up To 50% Off Football Shirts In UKSoccerShop’s Easter Sale

If you already started shopping for Easter gifts then make sure you stop by UKSoccerShop to see if they have something worth your while because they started running an Easter sale with up to 50% off football shirts. Happy weekend!

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