Tagged: Premier League
The FA Cup Final this year was not as entertaining as you would expect an FA Cup Final to be. Of course, the two teams are not really “big names” in the Premier League. In fact, it’s the first time that Stoke City made it into the final. As expected, both teams played defensively, with just one score deciding the winner.
Manchester City were clearly the more confident side, taking control early in the game. Stoke, were all over the place for the first half an hour, not really sure whether they should attack or defend. There were some occasions, but nothing important for them. Man City had some good opportunities, but their defensive style didn’t go well with their now-atacking position.
The second half started with a more determined Stoke team. However, Nigel de Jong was there at midfield to stop most of their actions. On the other side, Man City had good opportunities through Silva (missing the target a few times from nearby) and Balotelli. Finally, the victory goal arrived in the 75th minute from a general confusion inside Stoke’s penalty area which saw the ball going at Yaya Toure. The Cameroon national rocketed a powerful volley straight into the back net, with no chance whatsoever for Stoke’s keeper.
So ends Man City’s 36-year old thirst for trophies, and we’ll see them again in Champions League next season. If I’m not mistaken, it’s their first appearance there. Oh well, my two sports bets paid off this time. I bet on a low-scoring game, with 3 units on u2.5 which brought me an extra 2 units. Then I favoured Man City to win for 4 units, and that brought me 3.64 units. So 5.64 units in total. A good day, I must say Stay with the winner folks!
Prediction: Fernando Torres to score twice
Match date: May 15
Competition: Premier League
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
In this final home game for Chelsea this season, the team from Stamford Bridge have to secure their second place in the Premier League, after losing the change to finish first last match, when they lost 2-1 against Manchester United. It’s a pity they lost that game, since before that game Chelsea got 25 points out of their last 9 games and got back on track after a bad start of the season. And get this: it coincided with the record signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool!
In the game against Manchester United, Mancini decided not to use Torres, and perhaps he regrets it now. Maybe that’s why he announced Torres will be playing tonight. Probably in place of Anelka. Mancini will have to do without Jose Bosingwa and Bertrand, bouth out with injuries. On the other side, Newcastle will probably miss Smith, doubtful ahead of the game.
And now for the football prediction. With Newcastle lacking a proper goal scorer after selling Andy Carroll to Liverpool, and with Chelsea’s Fernando Torres desperate to improve his goal record, I predict a clear victory for Chelsea. That’s one football tip you can take away from this post. A second soccer tip is that Fernando Torres will score. I bet on him scoring twice for just one unit, but I am confindent he will do it at least once. Oh, and if you want another sports betting tip, go for an over 2.5 goals!
Though Liverpool didn’t perform quite as well as I had expected, they were still able to bring about a 1:0 win against Fulham Wednesday.
For those who didn’t catch the game – the Reds got into the lead 52 minutes into the match when a shot by Fernando Torres was initially deflected and then knocked into the net by Fulham player John Pantsil. All in all Fulham performed reasonably well but still weren’t able to hold up against Liverpool.
This win brings Liverpool up to seventh place in the Premier League. Fulham falls to number 15 – just four points from the bottom three.
Prediction: Liverpool Win
Match Date: January 26
League: English Premier League
Stadium: Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool and Fulham had been scheduled to face off last month but the match was postponed until tomorrow, January 26th at 9pm. The teams will meet at Liverpool’s home stadium Anfield, where Fulham has a terrible history – not even a single win in their last 29 visits.
Besides having home field advantage on their side, Liverpool goes into this game with a nearly full bill of health – only Milan Jovanovic and Jamie Carragher will be watching from the sidelines and Captain Steven Gerrard will be back from suspension.
Fulham, on the other hand, is down four players, all of whom are out with long-term injuries. Mark Schwarzer is also out playing with his home team Australia in the Asian Cup semi-finals.
All in all, the odds are clearly in Liverpool’s favor. The bookmakers are taking bets at around 1.5 for Liverpool, 3.5 for a draw and 6 on Fulham. I predict a win for Liverpool with a stake of 7/10. I’d guess the final score will end up around 2:0 or 3:0.