Joe Hart still odds on for Russia despite latest clanger

Despite Joe Hart’s latest clanger, this time in front of the England manager (not that he doesn’t see the others on TV), the on loan West Ham goalkeeper is still odds on to make it into Gareth Southgate’s world cup squad for Russia.

Hart spilled Shaqiri’s shot late on allowing Peter Crouch to fire Stoke in front, in his sides 1-1 draw on Monday night. This prompted ridicule from the Stoke fans, who cruelly chanted England’s No.4 at him, all of which can’t have helped with Southgate watching on.

The layers don’t seem to think that is it for Hart though, with Top Bookmakers placing him third in the betting at between 4/6 and 8/11. His apparent main rival for the third goalkeeping spot, Burnley’s Nick Pope, is Even money to make the cut.

If this is a contest on form, there only really looks to be one winner, and that would clearly be Pope. He has had an outstanding season for Burnley, and in the process crushed previous Clatet’s number 1, Tom Heaton’s World Cup hopes.

The case for Hart making the squad and remaining ahead of Pope in the betting seems to be based on tournament experience, and squad loyalty. Hart has played 75 times for England, and played a massive part in qualifying for Russia. Although fans and pundits will point to the free kicks against Scotland as a negative.

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Hart was also in the World Cup squad back in 2010, although he didn’t play. He was then England’s number 1 at the 2012 European Championships, the 2014 World Cup, and Euro 2016. It was at the Euro’s in 2016 when things started to go wrong.

Hart was at fault for Gareth Bale’s free kick, and didn’t do himself any favours in the defeat to Iceland, where he feebly let in the goals that ultimately knocked England out, and it’s pretty much all been down hill from there.

Despite all this, Southgate may still regard him as part of his squad. The England manager has kept his cards fairly close to his chest on this one, there has been no tell tale signals such as statements about form taking precedent over loyalty, etc.

Hart had a man of the match performance against Chelsea recently, and that seemed to have shown he was on his way back. A strong end to the season might have made it an easier decision for Southgate, but Monday’s mistake seems to have confirmed the good performance was the break from the norm, and not the vice versa.

Of England’s other two stoppers, it seems more a contest about who is number 1 and will start England’s first Group G match. Both Stoke’s Jack Butland, and Everton’s Jordan Pickford are 1/50 to make the squad and seem certain to be going.

Even so, they are both without fault this season, with both having made their fair share of errors, and both still looking like they have a clanger in them.

Salah back into 1/6 for Premier League Top Scorer after 30th League goal today

Today’s latest Mohamed Salah goal for Liverpool in their 3-0 win over Bournemouth was his 30th Premier League goal this season, in only his 32nd appearance of the season.

Salah now moves 5 goals clear of Harry Kane (25 goals), who drew a blank today against Manchester City, although he might yet again get credited with Christian Eriksen’s goal from today.

On a serious note, Salah is now a best price of 1/6 with Betfair to win the Golden Boot.

If you think that Kane can still catch Salah, he can be backed at 8/1 with William Hill in the Premier League Top Goalscorer Betting. With just the 5 matches left this season, it looks a very tall order for Kane to catch the Egyptian.

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As well as getting 25/1 on Liverpool to qualify, you can also get the same offer on Real Madrid, if you think that represents better value.

Like the Reds, Madrid are also 3-0 up from their first leg, with the difference being that Madrid are also at home for the 2nd leg, unlike Liverpool. I think it’s fair to say that Madrid are already in the semi-finals.

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Antonio Conte 2/1 favourite in Sack Race after West Ham draw

Chelsea’s struggles under Antonio Conte continued today as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to relegation threatened West Ham. This now means in next manager to leave his position betting, Conte is the 2/1 favourite with Betvictor.

Chelsea dominated the match and the players certainly put in a shift for Conte, in the end I thought it just came down to their inability to finish West Ham off. The Hammers stayed in the match at 1-0 down, and were rewarded for it when Hernandez fired a 73rd minute equaliser.

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Nevertheless, we all know that football is a results business, and this was another bad result for Chelsea, and one that finally finished off their slim chances of a Top 4 Finish.

Common consensus amongst the media is that Conte is finished at Chelsea, what remains to be seen though, is when the trigger will be pulled. Will Chelsea wait until the end of the season? Or might they do it sooner?

One little side note from today’s match was the performance of Joe Hart, who was man of the match. Hart’s world cup prospects were looking dead and buried, but any more performances like this will give Gareth Southgate something to think about ahead of naming his world cup squad. The big loser today was probably Burnley’s Nick Pope.

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Chelsea take on West Ham at Stamford Bridge today, and we have a couple of enhanced odds offers for new customers on a win for the Blues.

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Chelsea have 2 games in hand on Liverpool, and should they win them both, they would be 5 points behind.

It would still be a tall ask for the Blues to make the Top 4, but it does give them the smallest glimmer of hope. In Top 4 Finish Betting, Chelsea are currently a massive 17/1 with Paddy Power.

What Channel Is Chelsea V West Ham On, And Where Can I Watch It?

The match is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 4.15pm.

What Time Does Chelsea V West Ham Kick Off And Where Is It Being Played?

The match kicks off at 4.30pm, and is being played at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium.

As well as the football action today, there is also a Formula 1 Grand Prix taking place in Bahrain, and we also have a couple of enhanced odds offers from Paddy Power and Betfair on Lewis Hamilton winning.

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25/1 on Liverpool to win Merseyside Derby – New Customer Offers

The 198th league Merseyside Derby takes place today, and we have a couple of massive new customer offers if you think the red half are going to be successful.

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Liverpool are red hot at the moment, as was shown in their Champions League demolition of Manchester City on Wednesday night.

A performance that even demonstrated their newly found defensive qualities. Liverpool scoring three goals wasn’t a huge surprise, keeping a clean sheet was though.

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What Time Does The Merseyside Derby Kick Off At, And Where Is It Being Played?

The match kicks off at 12.30 this afternoon, and is being played at Everton’s Goodison Park stadium.

Where Can I Watch Today’s Merseyside Derby?

The match is live on Sky Sports, with the coverage starting at 11.30am, with – as already mentioned above – kick off at 12.30pm.

Don’t Forget Acca Insurance

There is also a full round of Premier League matches on this weekend, so don’t forget to ensure that if you are having an accumulator this afternoon, that you either have won with enhanced odds if you win, or money back as a free bet it one team lets you down (also known as acca insurance).

Liverpool V Man City New Customer Offers

Yet another (so called) Battle Of Britain takes place tonight when Liverpool and Man City meet in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield. Below we have put together a list of new customer offers available on the match.

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Tuesday night sees the return of the Champions League, and Betfair are offering new customers a massive enhanced odds acca on the (so called) Big 4 teams still left in the competition.

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Starting on Tuesday night, and it’s the turn of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are both away at Juventus and Sevilla respectively. Moving onto Wednesday night, and it’s the turn of Barcelona and Manchester City. Barca’s first leg is at home to Roma, while Man City travel the short distance to Anfield, to face Liverpool in a domestic battle.

In Champions League Betting, Barcelona are the new outright winner favourites at 5/2 with Betfair and Paddy Power, having taken over from Man City after the quarter-final draw.

As well as the 4 Champions League matches across Tuesday and Wednesday, there is also a further 4 Europa League matches on Thursday night, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid amongst the teams in action.

With the 8 matches across the 3 nights, if you’re having an accumulator bet, don’t forget to make sure you have acca insurance included. This ensures that at least if your acca misses by one, you will get a free bet, rather than just lose.