Charlie Austin Throws His Hat Into World Cup Ring

There isn’t a lot of time left to convince Gareth Southgate if you are on the fringes of the England squad and not in the England managers immediate thoughts. With almost half of the season having been played time is most certainly running out as the Three Lions boss will have an idea of who he would prefer to take to next summers World Cup. There is even less room to impress for any English strikers that harbour any hope of receiving a pick.

The form of Harry Kane this season and general upward trajectory of his career have made the young Londoner arguably the most valuable striker in not only Europe but the world. There won’t be many other seats on the plane specifically designated for strikers that are headed to Moscow with Kane’s ticket seemingly already booked. There is no better time to strike then while the iron is hot and if any player is going to come into form then doing it on the home stretch before the World Cup would almost guarantee selection, that anyway would be how Charlie Austin hopes how proceedings would play out.

Charlie Austin’s Purple Patch

The Southampton striker has now scored 4 goals in his last 5 games and is beginning to get the attention of the England fans. Austin is a natural goal scorer and has been doing it his whole career. During his time at Swindon, Burnley and QPR before he arrived at Southampton, he scored 128 goals in 242 games which works out to a goal every 1.8 games. Life on the coast at Southampton has been a bit harder with Austin averaging a goal every 2.8 games, his record reads 15 goals in 45 games which is by no means poor but could be higher.

Southampton FC versus West Ham

Injury has made its presence felt throughout Austin’s career and without a doubt has impacted his goal return at Southampton. The man from Hungerford had scored nine goals before December last season when he dislocated his shoulder during a Europa League clash against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. It has been stop-start since December 2016 and Austin will be hoping his injury woes are behind him so he can focus on doing what he does best – putting the ball in the back of the net.

If he can stay fit then history indicates Austin will score goals and help Southampton climb the league. The added bonus that comes with scoring goals frequently for the Saints is that Austin will put himself on Southgate’s radar. He may have done so already with his odds being slashed from 33/1 for World Cup selection to now being backed at 10/1 on the latest odds provided by Oddschecker. Austin will have to be at his best and injury free if he is to get the nod from Southgate as there isn’t a lack of striking options for the England manager to pick from.

Competition Facing Austin

Barring injury it seems unlikely that the ever-improving Jamie Vardy won’t be selected by Southgate. The Leicester City man has been enjoying another fruitful season with the Foxes and has been sniffing out chances on a regular basis. In 17 games Vardy has seven goals and one assist, that goal return isn’t anything like a couple of seasons back during Leicesters title-winning season but there has been managerial change after Craig Shakespeare was fired which always suggests a team hasn’t been playing well. Through that Vardy has made the most and will be a player Austin will have to compete against.

Marcus Rashford is enjoying a promising follow-up to his breakthrough season and has nine goals in 26 appearances for the Red Devils. What is most impressive about the young Mancunian’s display is his ability to not only score goals but assist. He has nine assists to his name in his 26 games which adds another dimension to his game. Rashford’s odds of making the World Cup squad are in some cases 1/10. His contribution at next year’s World Cup should he be selected will be crucial if England hopes to advance far in the tournament.

Southgate’s Potential Selections

With Harry Kane all but assured of a place in Russia next year the likely additions to accompany Kane would be Vardy and Rashford who seem the most probable selections. Austin would be competing with the likes of Sturridge and Welbeck for the opportunity to become the fourth striker. There is a chance if chosen Rashford will be used as a winger which would greatly increase Austin’s chances of going to his maiden World Cup.

Austin is yet to register an England cap, but that doesn’t necessarily rule him out, although puts the 28-year-old at a slight disadvantage as there are younger players with more international honours. At 20 Rashford has 15 caps which has yielded two goals. Welbeck and Sturridge have 62 England caps combined and Harry Kane has 23.

Welbeck takes on Pinto

It is not only the youth knocking loudly at Southgate’s door but also the more seasoned campaigners. The England boss could turn to Jermain Defoe if he was looking for a bit more guile and nous up front. The Bournemouth striker has 57 England caps and 20 goals and is no stranger to international football but also no stranger to World Cup selection heartache as the former Spurs man was snubbed by England in 2006 and the latest being in 2014, that left Defoe ‘heartbroken’.

The End of Season Bunfight

The only way to guarantee Gareth Southgate’s undivided attention is to be prolific in front of goal. Realistically there are only a few spots left open in Southgate’s squad but a strong showing in the New Year and over Easter will do no harm. For a player like Charlie Austin who has been hamstrung by injuries that have curtailed possible game time for England the only way to get in would be to smash down Southgate’s door with the sheer weight of goals scored.

Harry Kane

Will Southgate Roll the Dice?

There is a huge amount of risk attached to picking an unknown quantity that a manager takes when doing so. This is especially the case when trying to assemble a squad to win a World Cup. England are long overdue a good run in a World Cup and the pressure on the England camp will be intense. Selecting a player like Austin will have grave consequences if there are other players available with more experience and proven international record. The guillotine would fall squarely on Southgate’s shoulders should the experiment fail.

If Charlie Austin kept up his prowess in front of goal and earned a pick from Southgate it could be looked at as a stroke of genius especially if the Southampton striker netted a few crucial goals for England that helped them progress further than they have gone for some time. Southgate will have to way up the risk and the possible reward he and England may get. With any risk-taking, there is a chance of failure, but maybe England needs to push the envelope and adopt a bolder approach.

For too long England have been unimaginative and predictable at World Cups which has resulted in a string of bad to mediocre finishes. Their selection policy is one part of the problem and if Southgate wants to be the man to finally deliver a World Cup back to England after a 52 year wait then he will need to be courageous with the decisions he makes.

Tried and Tested Approach Has Failed England

Even if a conservative setup has yet to benefit England in modern times it would be as foolish to be gung-ho with selection. If a player is in form going into a World Cup then there needs to be a break away from tradition and pick them. Capitalizing on players form is one way to ensure England don’t come out the blocks cold and lethargic during the group games. These last few months of the league should be as crucial as the yearly build up with all players in contention.

Spice up the Premier League this Xmas with some Arsenal betting specials

With the 2017/18 English Premier League season now in full swing, there is a clutch of big games during December which will go a long way in sorting the wheat from the chaff at both ends of the table.

As things stand, there is a stale look to the ‘Outright Betting’ markets for the Premier League, simply because it looks as though Manchester City are away and gone.

Unbeaten in 15 games with 14 victories so far, Pep Guardiola’s City are yet to skip a beat. Remarkably, their main striker Sergio Aguero has only netted 9 of their 46 goals in the top flight this season, with Harry Kane and the lightning hot Mo Salah bossing the Premier League ‘Golden Boot’ race on double figures already.

The Blues have been helped no end by the emergence of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus as top class attacking midfielders / strikers in their own right.

City rivals Manchester United are also playing some seriously good football this season and have won 11 of their 15 matches, yet sit still sit 8 points off the leaders, who are loking good things to lift the trophy at the end of the season barring a complete disaster.

If you want to spice up your weekend’s football bets why not place a bet on a Premier league game with Freebets.co.uk. One way to do that is by betting on the ‘Specials’ markets with your favourite bookmakers online; or maybe even try out a new bookie and grab yourself a free welcome bet to boot.

Take SkyBet’s special football betting markets on Arsenal for example – they currently offer ‘Arsenal To Finish Higher Than’ betting odds.

The first is their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur where Arsenal are 8/13 (1.63) to finish ahead of Spurs with the Gunners currently sitting 3 points ahead of them as things stand.

Second in this market at 11/8 (2.38) is Liverpool, who are in fourth place, a point above Arsenal. However, Arsenal and fourth place is a bit of a magnet pairing in recent years and as well as Liverpool are doing now, they could be over-reliant on the fitness of Mohamed Salah, so don’t be surprised to see that 11/8 bet land comfortably.

Next up in the market of four is fellow Londoners Chelsea at 5/2 (3.50), which will obviously be a little more difficult to catch. The West Londoners have shipped three losses already, but are starting to find some real form at just the right time and Arsenal will have to enjoy a serious run of results just to get on terms with the Blues, let alone go ahead of them.

Catching Manchester United is the 5/1 outsider bet, but the odds of 11/8 about Arsenal finishing ahead of Liverpool is a very tempting bet.

So while the ‘Outright Winner’ market for the Premier League might have a ‘no-play’ look to it, there is are plenty of other football betting opportunities for you to look out for, along with a wide range of pre-match markets such as “First Goalscorer” and Scorecasts.

Use your imagination and shop around the more obscure markets and you can unearth some real value bets to spice up your Christmas football betting.

Can you make a living as a professional gambler?

Every football fan enjoys putting a few pounds on his or her favourite team from time to time, and in the modern age of online betting, there are all manner of other wagers to be had, too. For example, the bookmakers went crazy over who was going where during the transfer window, and perennial classics such as which Premiership manager will win the sack race are as popular as ever.

Some of us are pretty good at it, and win more than we lose, while a select few even manage to make a lucrative living from gambling. Could you do the same? Let’s see what’s involved.

Get to know the bookmakers

The first thing to keep in mind is there are more online casino and sports betting sites around these days than you can imagine. If you click here you can get a taste of just what is out there. Get to know them all, and always check the odds, as you can sometimes find some outliers and special deals on a particular wager.

It is also worth watching out for new sites as and when they go online, as they are likely to be hungry for your business and will be offering some tempting freebies to new members.

Leverage the flexibility of online betting

If you bet on winners and losers, your strike rate is never going to be anything to write home about. But as we mentioned earlier, there are so many other options. For example, you might wait till a game is underway, and if play is open and one team’s taken the lead, bet on a goal being scored in the second half.

Giroud celebrates his goal 5

Keep good records

If you are running a business, you closely monitor your expenses, revenue and profits. You will also have a business strategy that includes performance metrics and targets. A professional gambler needs to take the same approach.

Keep track of every wager, along with the type, the odds, the amount and, of course, whether it won. Then, perform a weekly analysis. You need to identify what is working and what is not, and amend your strategy appropriately. It is a classic example of a continuous improvement process.

Know your business

It sounds obvious, but you need to understand what you are betting on, and that means research, research, research. Follow form, injuries, history and the million and one other factors that can influence a result, such as any problems or media controversies taking place off the pitch.

It’s business, not pleasure

If you are going to make serious money out of football gambling, you need to keep the emotion out of it. For example, if you are a lifelong Tottenham fan, it would have been tempting to put your money where your heart is in last weekend’s match up against Manchester United. That would have led to a bad day at the office and a slump in revenue.

Finding your ideal betting strategy to score

AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn...Pugh shoots

There’s no doubt about it: betting and gambling has really taken off in the last few years. In fact, according to the Gambling Commission, in 2016 almost £14 billion was wagered in the UK.

Fuelling a great deal of this increase has been the runaway success of online betting through a number of routes including casinos, bookmakers and bingo sites. The scale of this increase is underlined by the fact that in 2009, £817 million was wagered online – but by 2016 this figure had risen to £4.5 billion.

Focus on football

Along with the growing popularity of online betting, there are now many more options in a wide range of sports, and you only have to look at football as a prime example. Decades ago, the weekly football pools were the most popular form of betting on the sport. But now there are not just opportunities to bet on the result, but on everything – from who will score first, to the number of corners there will be in the match. The arrival of in-play betting has also added an extra element of interest to football fans who can adjust their strategy according to what’s happening on the pitch.

Some of the different types of football bet include:

· Total goals

· Correct score

· First goalscorer

· Last goalscorer

· Half time score

The spread of spread betting

In other sports, spread betting has also introduced a whole new element of interest. For example, in cricket it offers fans the chance to predict the margin of victory or loss in match in terms of runs or wickets and relies on in-depth knowledge of both the teams involved and the conditions of play.

Of course, the sport that is probably most associated with betting is horse racing, and for generations punters have been using different strategies to win. For some, money on the favourite always seems to be the wisest route while others prefer to have an each-way bet on a longer odds horse as a way of maximising their chances.

A winning strategy

Poker

Of all of the online casino games, it’s probably poker that offers the widest range of strategies for players to adopt. After all, it is a game with a huge number of variables at any time and handling them is essential if you want to win.

For some players this means taking the “all or nothing” approach in which they make bold moves in terms of the stakes they put down leaving their opponents to try and work out whether or not they’re bluffing. For others, a more conservative style seems to be the best way with the hope that this will pay off in the long run.

With poker you’re also always playing a more complex psychological game against your opponents and this can lead to other, more direct, strategies which aim to unsettle them in some way. A classic is to play in shades and baseball cap to avoid giving any visual clues to your state of mind or, less subtly, through trash talking both at and away from the table.

So it all boils down to the fact that your personal strategy in all games is exactly what it says it is – personal. It’s only through playing and experimenting that you’ll start to discover what works best for you. Then, when you’ve come up with your own winning way, it’s time to stick with that strategy.

Summary

In recent years there has been a great increase in betting of all kinds across many sports. To succeed in these players have started to adopt a number of strategies based on knowledge and skill. In poker there is more scope than in almost any other online casino game to use winning strategies to overcome opponents successfully. When a player has discovered their winning way, it pays to stick with it.

Manchester Clubs set to dominate Premier League

Going into the latest International break, the two Manchester clubs are neck and neck in the Premier League table, and this season’s championship race seems to be between these two clubs.

Favourites are Manchester City, and if anyone was in any doubts about their title credentials, they need look no further back than to the Light Blues’ 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Chelsea were coming off the back of one of their best wins in recent years, an away 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, so confidence would have been high. In contrast City were rocked by injuries to Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Agüero in the build up to the match.

Despite all of this, it was as comprehensive a 1-0 victory as you could get, as City demonstrated their class and also showed the rest of the Premier League that they are capable of keeping a clean sheet, further underlining why they are the bookmaker’s 4/6 favourites in the Premier League Betting this year.

The other Manchester club, United, are putting mid table teams to the sword this year, with new striker, Romelu Lukaku, leading the way.

The matches they struggled with last season, such as against the likes of Southampton (lost 1-0) and Burnley (drew 1-1), they are winning with ease this season, as best demonstrated with the ruthless 4-0 thrashings of West Ham and Everton.

Anybody with any industry insight knows that these are the sort of matches United need to be winning if they are to win the league this year, and so far so good. They are dispatching mid table teams with ease so far this season, and this is why they are the bookmakers second favourites for the league title at 7/2.

United are greatly helped by the aforementioned Romelu Lukaku. So far this season, his 7 Premier League goals see him as the league’s top scorer, and he can currently be backed at 11/4 to be this season’s Golden Boot winner. Incredibly, he’s the second favourite behind Harry Kane, which just goes to show how well the Spurs front man is doing.

For City to win the league, I believe it’s imperative they don’t allow United to open up a gap at the top. We’ve all seen how tactically astute Mourinho is, and I believe if his United team can get a lead, it will be incredibly hard for City to catch them.

United don’t look like dropping points against the teams outside the top 6, and if United go into the Manchester Derbies with a points lead, Mourinho will just use his nullifying tactics to kill the game, and ensure that the status quo is maintained by playing for (and most probably getting) a draw.

The acid test is yet to really come for United though, as they have tricky away fixtures coming up at Liverpool and Tottenham.

The Liverpool fixture is United’s first match back after the international break, kicking off at 12.30pm on Saturday 14th October. Liverpool are slight favourites at 8/5, given home advantage. Mourinho’s United are 17/10, with the draw at 23/10.

City have a far easier task that same weekend, at least on paper anyway, they are at home to Stoke. Guardiola’s team are 1/6, with the draw at 7/1, and unlikely Stoke win is 16/1.

Becoming a personal trainer lets you work real close to sports

If you enjoy watching sports on TV and playing them yourself, you are probably intrigued by the concept of working directly in the world of sports. There are many reasons for which someone can’t play the sport they love, or can’t be a professional athlete. However, that doesn’t mean that people in that position should let their passion and knowledge go to waste. One of the coolest ways in which you can stay close to fitness and sports is by becoming a personal trainer. You can help others get in shape and pursue their dreams, and you get a huge satisfaction out of it, not to mention that the pay is not bad either. It might sound easier said than done, but trust us, doing it is not that hard either. Here are the steps you need to go over if you want to become a professional personal trainer.

Get education

Just like any other career, being a personal trainer requires a knowledge base. The first step in becoming one is to make sure you have the knowledge necessary to help others model their bodies and to achieve their goals. There are specialized institutions that will help you become a certified trainer by giving you the proper training for the job.

Look for funding

If you’re afraid that this new initiative might have a negative impact on your finances, don’t fret. You can get funding to help you pay for your trainer school and whatnot. With just a bit of research, you can come out of training extremely cheap if you get PFA Funding. This will help you remain financially stable throughout your training program.

Looking for a gym

Once you are a certified trainer, your next move should be to look for a gym. Your first instinct might be to open up your gym, and that’s great, but you should test the waters first before jumping all in. You can find a job as a personal trainer at an already existing gym, and move your way up from there. This will help you figure out the ropes without having a huge investment on the line.

Promote yourself

Once you are ready for business, make sure that you get someone to build you a website, or that you do it yourself if you know how. You need a website to have a place where people can find you and learn more about you and your business. This is where you can share anything there is about schedules, prices, home sessions and whatever else you need to inform people about.

On top of a website, you need to have a strong social media presence. Crate solid account on the top social media platforms. Read up on how to successfully lead an online marketing campaign and use this extremely efficient free channel to promote your business.

The next step would be to enjoy your new career as a personal trainer. It will require quite a bit of hard work and dedication, but it’s one of those things where you can easily say at the end that it was all worth it.

Arsenal V Leicester City Betting

Arsenal and Leicester kick the new Premier League season off tonight when they meet at the Emirates in the first clash of the new season.

Albeit in the Community Shield, the Gunners already have a competitive fixture under their belts this season, and kicking off first at home in the Premier League represents a good chance to lay down an early marker live in TV.

Arsenal are 8/15 favourites with most bookies, apart from Betfair who are offering all customers opening a new account here a massive 20/1 on Arsenal (£1.00 only bet) and up to £100.00 in free bets.

Leicester City are as high as 6/1 with some layers, and the draw is at the 7/2 mark.

Saturday then sees a further 7 Premier League matches with defending champions Chelsea, and favourites Man City in action, before the weekend’s fixtures are completed on Sunday with Newcastle V Spurs (1.30pm), and Man Utd V West Ham in the 4pm fixture, both live on Sky Sports.

The weekend’s live TV football is as follows………

Arsenal V Leicester 7.45pm, Friday – Sky Sports
Watford V Liverpool 12.30pm, Saturday – Sky Sports
Brighton V Man City 5.30pm, Saturday – BT Sports
Newcastle V Tottenham 1.30pm, Sunday – Sky Sports
Man Utd V West Ham 4pm, Sunday – Sky Sports

……………. you can watch all the Sky Sports matches with a Now TV pass, depending on which package you choose, will depend on how many matches you can access.

Also with the return of the Premier League, we now have a full weekend of domestic football to choose from, and that means that acca insurance is back in full swing. Our dedicated page show you a comprehensive list of bookmakers offering acca insurance.

Make sure your bookmaker gives you some sort of incentive on your accumulator bets this weekend, whether it be acca insurance, or enhanced winnings on a winning bet.

UEFA Super Cup 2017 betting, what time is the match being played, and where

2017 UEFA Super Cup Betting, what time does the Super Cup kick off, where is the match being played, and how can I watch it. All the info you need is here.

If like me, you don’t really count the Community Shield as a competition, then the first Cup competition of the season takes place tonight, as Manchester United and Real Madrid clash for UEFA Super Cup.

UEFA Super Cup Betting

At the time of writing, Real Madrid are 21/20 favourites to win in 90 minutes. The draw is 23/10, and Manchester United are 11/4, all odds are with William Hill who are offering new customers opening an account here £30.00 in free bets.

To win the UEFA Super Cup outright (by any method, penalties, after extra time, 90 mins), Real Madrid are 2/5, and Manchester United are 7/4.

Where Is The UEFA Super Cup Being Played?

The match is being played at the Philip II Arena, in Skopje, Macedonia. Temperatures here are expected to be in the high 30’s, maybe even up to 40 (Celsius), and for players welfare, there will be two cooling breaks (drinks breaks to us), one in the 1st half, and one in the 2nd half.

What Time Is Kick-Off And Which Channel Is UEFA Super Cup On?

The match is live on BT Sport 2, and there will also be a live stream on the BT Sport Player.

Football Is Back

Don’t forget the Premier League is back this weekend, with Arsenal opening proceedings on Friday night, when they host Leicester, meaning acca insurance offers will be back in full swing. We have a page listing all the bookmakers offering acca insurance for you to check out.

Top 10 Best Football Players – Today’s Champions

Football is a multi-billion dollar industry and has one of the largest fan bases in the world. The beautiful game has been around for more than 100 years and grown into one of the biggest sports industries. Millions of people around the world fill up stadiums to watch the local, regional and international leagues. In 2001, a survey published by FIFA mentions that over 240 million people from more than 200 countries play football around the world. The industry goes beyond just players and supporters and is interwoven with other industries such as advertising, stadium developments and betting. In fact, football betting sites have increased in popularity and reach over the past decade showcasing the results of the most well-known names in popular culture. We look at these players more in-depth to gain a true understanding of their popularity below.

  • Lionel Messi

The Argentinean forward plays for the national team as well as the Spanish club FC Barcelona. Messi is the only player to have won five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards with four wins on a consecutive basis. He has also received three European Golden Shoes for his successful efforts. As part of Barcelona, Messi received a total of 29 trophies, holding the record and setting the way forward for many local hopefuls.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team. He is well-rounded with outstanding performance as a forward and winger. Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year award as well as the FIFA Ballon d’Or. At current, he is the all-time top-scorer in European Leagues.

  • Neymar da Silva Santos Jr.

Neymar is a young Brazilian football player and plays for Barcelona. He started his career at the tender age of 17. He’s won the South American Footballer of the Year award on two occasions and helped lead Barcelona to victory in the La Liga, Copa del Rey as well as the UEFA Champions League. Neymar was third place for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimović

Ibrahimović plays for England’s Manchester United and the Swedish national team. He’s known for being a great goal scorer and won 33 trophies during his career. As of 2017, he is the second most decorated active footballer. Ibrahimović is one of ten players to have made more than 100 appearances for Sweden and is their leading goal scorer with 62 goals in total. He won a Guldbollen 11 times and ten consecutive times, between 2007 to 2016.

  • Luis Suarez

This Uruguayan striker plays for Barcelona. Suarez is has one of the highest net worth’s and was named the third best player in the world by the Guardian. He scored more than 300 career goals for his club and national team.

  • Manuel Neuer

Neuer is a German national player and plays for Bayern Munich, as goalkeeper and vice- captain. He won the world cup with Germany as well as a golden glove. Neuer was also nominated to win the FIFA Ballon D’or and came 3rd to Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

  • Marco Reus

Reus plays for Germany and German club Borussia Dortmund as midfielder, winger or striker. He won a DFL-Supercup in 2013 and is the cover athlete for EA’s FIFA 17 videogame.

  • Eden Hazard

Hazard plays for Belgium and the English club, Chelsea FC. He’s known for being a great passer and was the first non-French player to win the Young Player of the Year award for UNFP( National Union of Professional Footballers).

  • Thomas Muller

The German footballer scored 23 goals in the 2012-13 season of the Champions League and helped his club Bayern win a historic treble- Premium league, FA Cup and Champions League. He plays for Germany as an attacking midfielder, second striker and centre forward.

  • Paul Pogba

Pogba won four consecutive titles for Juventus before moving to Manchester United. He was named tops as part of the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year as well as the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI. Pogba was awarded the Golden Boy award in 2013, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014.