Wenger set to moan again

Expect to hear Arsene Wenger moaning and whinging again about international friendly football, joyriders etc, after the news that Robin van Persie sustained a partially ruptured ligament in his right ankle during Saturdays match against Italy.

The early prognosis is that it is likely to keep him out of action for around three months, in this instance I do feel a bit sorry for Wenger as his team look like they might be in the title race for the long haul this season and van Persie was proving to be one of the main reasons behind this with seven goals in his eleven appearances to date.

With not a massive amount of experienced strikers to fall back on, the next few weeks should go a long way to telling us if Wenger’s squad is up to the challenge or not. Maybe this is the time for Eduardo to step up and show us what he is capable of.

If Arsenal are to maintain their title push their squad would have been tested at some stage of the season, expect Wenger would have hoped that it would happen later in the season rather than sooner though.

In the football betting, Arsenal have drifted in the betting to win the Premier League on the back of this news.

Burley on the brink

If the reports doing the rounds today (and judging by the online bookmakers response) are to believed then it looks like George Burley will finally be put out of his misery later this week and sacked as manager of Scotland.

It would appear that the meeting isn’t about making a decision as to whether or not to sack him but as to what package to offer him to quit, apparently conversations between members of the SFA board took place on Sunday morning when it looks like the decision to get rid of Burley was made.

Either way the fact that Burley’s position is on the agenda for the second time in a matter of just over two months must make his job virtually untenable anyway.

There is an arguement – and I’ve heard it said by plenty of ex players on television today – that there is no one out there to replace Burley so whats the point in getting rid of him, a position I thought to be the right one at the end of the World Cup qualification campaign when his job last came up for discussion.

The problem is now that he appears to have little (or no) support from the board or the players and at least a new manager may come in and wipe the slate clean opening the door for some of Scotland’s discarded or retired players to come back into the fold, players a country like Scotland can’t afford to be without such is the small pool of players they have to choose from.

Much as I would be loathed to see the likes of Kris Boyd, Lee McCulloch, Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor come back after the way they behaved towards Burley and Scotland the fact is they can’t afford to have players like that not in the squad.

I know Gordon Smith said that McGregor and Ferguson would never play for Scotland again but it would surley be up to the incoming manager to make that decision, although in Ferguson’s case surely too much damage has been done with his attack on the SFA on the eve of the Holland match.

For the sake of all – and I include George Burley in this who has been a good manger over the years and comes across as a decent bloke – maybe a parting of the ways is best all round.

International Football Betting

5pm Brazil V England played in Qatar

If you wish to indulge in some football trading, you won’t be surprised to find that Brazil are the favourites at a best price of 11/10 with Totesport (a £10 Totesport Free Bet is available to new customers). Can’t see that price lasting long as England have a reserve side out, the rest of the main bookmakers have Brazil at Evens which considering England’s team is still a good price. The draw is 12/5 with Sky Bet, while England are 14/5 with Bet365.

Personally I don’t like backing friendly matches but Brazil do look a good price.

8pm Republic of Ireland V France

This is the big game of the weekend for me, Trapattoni has named 10 of his team and looks like the selection between Aiden McGeady and Liam Lawrence for the final place will confirm whether Ireland go for a first leg lead or whether he will be happy taking a 0-0 to Paris on Wednesday night.

With Trapattoni being an Italian it is hard to imagine him doing anything other than giving the final place to Liam Lawrence and playing for a 0-0 draw

My only concern there is Ireland’s inability to keep a clean sheet, in the recent home fixture against Italy they played well but seemed to lack that bit of know-how and managed to concede twice, once late on with the game won.

It’s that lack of experience and (maybe) quality at the back which makes me doubt the Irish can hold out for a clean sheet. On the flip side they probably should have won both the home and away group fixtures against Italy, having played well enough to do so. For these reasons they shouldn’t be intimidated by the French.

Another boost for the Irish should be that all the reports coming out of France suggest that they don’t fancy this fixture much and that confidence isn’t currently very high in the camp.

The French teams big names seem to be an unsettled bunch under the less than popular Raymond Domenech, I can remember during the World Cup in 2006 there seemed to be a massive lack of respect for Domenech from the senior players and Thierry Henry has been critical of the situation with the manager over the last few weeks.

If Ireland as expected go for the clean sheet and try and keep it tight the Under 2.5 goals is 8/15 with Blue Square and Paddy Power, while 0-0 is 13/2 with Sky Bet

In 90 minutes betting Ireland are 12/5 with Bet365 and most other online bookmakers. The Draw is 11/5 with Boylesports and France are 6/4 with Betfred.

To qualify for the World Cup France are favourites at 1/3 with Ladbrokes. Ireland are 13/5 with William Hill (a £25 William Hill Free Bet is available to new customers).

There are also hundreds of pounds worth of free bets available if you wish to use them for matched betting.

Congratulations New Zealand

All of us here at Football Gambler would like to say congratulations to New Zealand, as they have added their name to the growing list of teams to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

The Kiwis achieved the feat with a 1-0 aggregate win over Bahrain in front of 35,194 fans in Wellington. The largest crowd ever to attend a football match in New Zealand.

New Zealand qualify for 2010 World Cup after beating Bahrain

They played Bahrain over two legs in a Asia/Oceania play off after winning the Oceania zone, a task made somewhat easier by Australia playing in the Asia zone after the Aussies finally got FIFA to make changes to the qualification process to make it easier for them. Thank God for FIFA’s policy of corruption!

It is the first time the Kiwi’s have made the finals since the 1982 tournament in Spain. They almost came unstuck though as with the score at 1-0 in the 50th minute Sayed Mohamed Adnan missed a penalty which would have given Bahrain a priceless away goal. In the end Rory Fallon’s headed goal in the 45th minute was enough to send New Zealand through sparking mass celebrations.

Well done to the Kiwi’s.

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Football Betting

Football Betting

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Looney toon caper continues

The Looney Toon capers continue as Newcastle United once again are the gift that seems to keep on giving.

The news Mike Ashley was going to sell the naming rights to St James’ Park made me shake my head and laugh. I could already hear all those Geordie fans shouting at their TV’s and radio’s at this latest apparent act of betrayal.

Looney Toon Fans Need A Reality Check

I then heard a disgruntled Newcastle fan on a radio station claiming that all the Geordie’s don’t shop at Sportsdirect.com as it is a down market shop not good enough for them. Personally I found this remark small minded and stupid considering since Newcastle were relegated, this shop has helped bankroll the club.

Here was a loyal Newcastle fan refusing to shop in the place that funds his club. The kind of loyal supporter that got Newcastle relegated by forcing the owner to stupidly sack Sam Allardyce, and then last season employ a TV pundit with a rather large ego and – as Joey Barton pointed out – not a clue how to manage a football team, to try and keep them up. Who needs loyal fans like that?

When later in the day I heard that the Mecca of football – in the eyes of those small minded people too good to part with money in the shop currently bankrolling their club – was to be renamed sportsdirect@St James’ Park Stadium, couldn’t help but wonder was Mike Ashley deliberately trying to annoy the fans? Or was this just a practical business decision.

Is Renaming The Ground A Deliberate Attempt To Annoy Fans/

Not only has he pissed them off by daring to rename their beloved ground. He has then now rubbed their noses in it by using his sportsdirect brand as the naming sponsor for the rest of the season.

Surely Newcastle fans should be happy to be incorperating a successful multi-million pound business into the name of their ground? The players wages have to be paid somehow, or would they rather the club to go into administration instead?

By the way, where is the money coming from to pay hero Kevin Keegan off?

It’s time to wake up and live in the real world. Newcastle United have a large wage bill, and a large cash hole to fill since getting relegated. If selling the naming rights keeps the squad together and gets you promoted would it really be that bad?

This is a typical case of football fans wanting it both ways. They expect success but don’t want to know about the difficult decisions needing to be taken to fund it.

Slagging off Mike Ashley is not going to get you promoted or pay the wage bill. The man is funding the deficit created by your well planned relegation last season. Surely it’s time to get off the blokes back and work with him, rather than against him. He is trying to get back in the Premier League.

After all if he pulls the plug where will Newcastle be? Remember all those loyal Geordie business men were not interested in buying their beloved club when it was up for sale.

Football Betting

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Arsenal V Tottenham – Match Betting

Arsenal take on North London rivals Tottenham today at Emirates Stadium in the first Derby of the 2009-2010 season, and the betting suggests the Gunners will win. The match is live on Sky Sports 1, with kick off at 12.45pm.

Can this fixture live up to last season’s classic?

The corresponding fixture ended 4-4 last season and came a matter of days after Redknapp took the job. This match represents the perfect opportunity to see just how far Spurs have come under Redknapp’s leadership. In all honesty Arsenal were by far the better side last year, and should have beat Spurs convincingly.

Arsenal V Tottenham 2009
Arsenal and Tottenham drew 4-4 prior to their 2009 fixture, the betting suggests a repeat is unlikely.

In the above mentioned game Spurs were helped by an early wonder goal (although I would call it a goalkeeping error) by David Bentley who has hardly been seen since. They then gamely hung in there, and at the end took advantage of a calamitous final 10 minutes to claim an unlikely draw.

This year should be different, the squad is now mainly a Harry Redknapp one and is there to be judged on its performance. Robbie Keane certainly rates it as he has already stated that the Spurs bench is stronger than the Arsenal bench. A remark I would imagine has been taken out of context and remixed by journalists. Never the less, not a wise one and it would already have done a large amount of Wenger’s team talk for him.

It could be said though that the Spurs squad isn’t as strong as the Arsenal one is. Luka Modric is still out with a long term injury and Harry Redknapp hasn’t been able to replace him. In Arsenal’s case if their main ball player – Cesc Fabregas – was out they have youngsters like Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere waiting in the wings to step in.

No Luka Modric is a huge blow for Spurs

The loss of Modric has and will continue to be felt by Tottenham. Last week’s match with Stoke is a perfect example were they dominated proceedings but couldn’t find that bit of craft or guile to open Stoke, and surely the floodgates up.

In today’s game David Bentley looks set to come back into replace the injured Aaron Lennon after Harry Redknapp stated he has impressed in training lately and looks to have got his head down. Jermain Defoe is still suspended so Peter Crouch will continue up front in his absence.

For Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone is set to be replaced by Manuel Almunia. The Spaniard has now fully recovered from a chest infection. Theo Walcott, Denilson and Tomas Rosicky are still out injured but Samir Nasri is available again. He will more than likely only figure on the bench though.

Arsenal V Tottenham Betting 2009

Onto the football betting and Arsenal are a best price of 4/7 with Totesport, Stan James and Ladbrokes.

Tottenham are 11/2 with Bet365, and the draw is 3/1 with Paddy Power.

Football Betting

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Rangers cash crisis

Rangers are the latest team to emerge with a major cash crisis, with rumours suggesting the club owe something in the region of £25-£30 million.

The majority would appear to be owed to Lloyds banking group although it is still unclear what the breakdown of the debt is.

Rangers Could Be On The Brink Of Administration

The club and bank have both denied that there is a chance the current cash crisis could see Rangers go into administration. If I were a fan I wouldn’t be convinced or reassured by their respective comments.

The club are looking for new backers to come in and ‘invest’ some funds to enable them to get the bank off their backs. In short they haven’t got the money and need someone with bags of money to waste to bail them out.

Sir David Murray looks to have stopped putting money in and he has now stepped down as chairman.

Mixed Views To Who Is Responsible For Rangers Cash Crisis

There appears to be mixed views among the Rangers fans about Murray though. Most fans acknowledge his commitment to the club over the 20 years that he has been involved. But there appears to be an undercurrent of disenchanted supporters who view Murray as the problem to Rangers debts.

Murray may not be the chairman any more but he is still the 90% owner of Rangers shares. His reluctance to put his hand in his pocket to help out with the debts when he was the man who resided over accumulating them seems to be irritating some Ibrox fans.

With a representative of the Lloyds banking group now on the Rangers board it is debatable as to who is really running the club. After no new (permanent) signings during the summer transfer window it looks like the only transfer activity during January will be players leaving the club.

Manager Walter Smith would appear to have had enough as well if his comments over the weekend are to be taken seriously.

When his contract runs out in January if Lloyds are running the club will they want to offer him a new one? Even if they do offer him a contract, his squad has been decimated. So would he want to sign it anyway?

Rangers are also struggling on the pitch and the fans were far from happy with last weeks 4-1 home thrashing in the Champions League to unknown FC Unirea Urziceni.

With Celtic also struggling under new boss Tony Mowbray, the chance is there for Rangers to successfully defend their SPL title this year. It would appear to depend on what happens over the next couple of months and during the January transfer window though.

Football Betting

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Liverpool V Manchester United – Match Betting

The first of Sky Sports two Sunday Live Premier League games sees Liverpool take on Man Utd at Anfield in the 2009/10 Premier League season.

Rafa Under Pressure Already

Rafa Benitez is under pressure after 4 successive defeats, the latest of which came in the Champions League at home to Lyon (2-1) on Wednesday.

To make matters worse for Benitez, both Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are doubts for the game. The fact that Liverpool have looked lost without Gerrard and Torres this season shows a lack of strength in depth of the Liverpool squad, with Babbel, Voronin and Ngog in particular not able to fill the void left.

Steven Gerrard looked particularly annoyed when he went off injured against Lyon and his body language towards Benitez when shaking his hand spoke for itself as he barely looked at his manager suggesting his displeasure with Rafa. Maybe Gerrard was asked to risk his injury against his wishes?

Manchester United who haven’t been in the greatest form themselves recently have a doubt over Wayne Rooney’s fitness, get the feeling that he will play though and that this is just another Ferguson so-called mind game.

Owen Is Set For A Hot Reception

This game has that stroke of irony about it with Michael Owen coming back to Anfield and he is in the position to deliver a knockout blow to Benitez.

We may never know the reasons why Owen left. It could be that he was never going to stay and Liverpool had no option to sell him. Or maybe Benitez didn’t rate him that highly and made it clear he could leave.

The fact remains that Benitez has consistently been reluctant to praise or show any interest in Owen when questioned about would he like to re-sign him on the occasions he has been available in the past.

This indicated that Rafa dosen’t rate him. Therefore giving some substance to the theory that Rafa didn’t try that hard to keep him.

You can already see it coming can’t you. People think Owen is finished, but when called upon in the big games Owen has a habit of delivering.

He already did it against Man City earlier this season. With online bookmakers (free bets are available to use for Matched Betting) Owen is a best price of 13/5 with Paddy Power to score during 90 minutes and heap more pressure on his former boss.

Be interesting to see what kind of reception Owen gets. On one hand he has been a good servant to the Reds, but on the other he could be seen as someone who ran down his contract to leave. The one thing that can’t be denied is he’s now playing for Liverpool’s arch enemies.

Liverpool V Man Utd 2009/10 Betting

Liverpool can be backed at 9/4 with Sky Bet, Manchester United are a best price of 6/4 with Bet365 (£200 Bet365 Free Bet available to new customers) and not surprisingly big Man Utd fans, Betfred.

Football Betting

Football Betting

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A decent football betting site will have competitive odds, a decent sign up offer, and good offers for existing customers. These offers should be things like money back specials when your bet loses. They could be free games also.

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