As one of the most intelligent yet outspoken names in football administration, Jean-Michel Aulas has as many foes as he does admirers. Having got into a bitter dispute with Olympique Marseille supremos in recent weeks, the Lyon president has again been on the front foot arguing for changes to be made to how the calendar works.01.06.2020 Read More >
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin: "This is a huge and positive step to bringing optimism back to people's lives"; leaders Bayern Munich four points clear of Borussia Dortmund with nine matchweeks to go08.05.2020 Read More >
With many sporting leagues more or less cancelled or outright declared void, there is so much uncertainty about what comes next. This has caused major problems across the board, with many fans not really sure what comes next. The NHL is a league that has been especially impacted by the decisions being made.15.04.2020 Read More >
The biggest clubs in Germany look likely to come together to fund the flagging smaller clubs in the German football pyramid. Major clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich are expected to contribute as much as €20m to a fund to help the clubs lower down the Bundesliga – and below – to help survive the turmoil of the months to come.03.04.2020 Read More >
The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) are in the middle of trying to figure out if football in the US is going to move forward, or if it will face a temporary shutdown. The two sides are debating terms of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has been somewhat contentious, and the players are set to vote on the matter within the next couple of weeks. There are a couple of items they would prefer not to see included, but one particular entry has found a great deal of support by the athletes. They want a larger piece of any sports gambling revenue the league receives.04.03.2020 Read More >
Sports betting in Washington has taken one more step towards being legalised at tribal casinos, after a bill was passed by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.25.02.2020 Read More >
Not every successful bettor will employ the exact same strategy when it comes to choosing and placing a wager. Just as in sport itself, there are various ways for different players or teams to be successful. However, if you were to survey 100 full-time sports bettors and dig deep into their methodologies and approaches, there are some things that each one would probably point to as significant.23.10.2019 Read More >
For many people, being a full-time bettor sounds like the dream job. Such a profession probably conjures up images of an individual experiencing a huge adrenaline rush after making a huge decision which brings about a life-altering triumph. As is often the case, though, the reality is very different. A full-time bettor is more likely to be studious, disciplined and incredibly hard-working, and knowing when to refuse a bet is a key part of becoming successful.
Having a good grasp of psychology is vital for any bettor, as is the ability to self-analyse and judge situations objectively. There are different styles of bettors – after all, no two human beings are exactly alike – but there are certain rules which serve every gambler well regardless of their particular personality.
The 2019/20 Premier League campaign is four games old, but conclusions are already being drawn. It is still early days, of course, but it is difficult to envisage anyone other than Liverpool or Manchester City winning the title. Manchester United and Chelsea look off the pace in the race for the top four, while Norwich City, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Watford could be set for a season of struggle.
However, whenever a pundit makes such predictions at this stage of the season, they emphasise that there is still a long way to go. That is true, of course, but each game – whether it takes place in week one or week 38 – is worth the same amount of points, even though matches towards the end of the campaign are much more likely to be labelled “must-win” or “vital”. So, does it matter when clubs win their points? And just how important are the first six games of the season?
Football is a relatively low-scoring sport, which means draws are far more common than in the likes of rugby and American football. It is certainly not uncommon for the scores to finish level in the world’s most popular game: in the five Premier League seasons between 2013 and 2018, the points were shared in around a quarter of all matches. Second-tier Stoke City even managed 11 ties in their final 18 league games last season.01.08.2019 Read More >