Villas Boas Fails To Make Blues Regret Sacking

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas was faced with the challenge of leading his new club out against his former as Tottenham Hotspurs played host to London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League in the first weekend back after the international break however it wasn’t the day for the Portuguese boss to make Chelsea rue sacking him after just nine months in charge.

Chelsea headed into the game with the knowledge that captain John Terry would not be featuring as he began his four game ban for being found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand but the game was not about to slip away from the league leaders as they took the lead in the first half of the game after defender Gary Cahill volleyed the visitors into the lead.

Villas Boas was clearly not about to allow his former club to leave White Hart Lane with three points without a fight and read the riot act to his side, evident in the way that the hosts stepped up their game, turning the tie in their favour through two quick fire goals from William Gallas followed by Jermain Defoe.

The double blow seemed to ask questions of the Premier League leaders and they weren’t about to disappoint, sparking Spanish international Juan Mata to take the centre stage, helping himself to an equaliser 12 minutes later before giving Chelsea back the lead just three minutes later.

The game was a hard faught battle for both clubs but it was the leaders that continued to push forward and enjoyed most of the attacking action, which allowed Daniel Sturridge to seal the full three points and the victory for the visitors in the 90th minute after being on the field for just 7 minutes, leaving Villas Boas feeling blue.

The win has now opened up the gap at the top of the Premier League to 4 points, giving Chelsea a great standing as the clubs gear up towards their festive schedule as the clubs fight to enter into the dog fight to be on top of the pile as the new year comes into play.

 

Cagey England Build up Doesn’t Lower Their Chances of Victory According to Bookies

With so much media coverage of a negative nature it would seem that the preparations for England’s upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers, you would have thought that the atmosphere within the changing rooms would be a tense affair to say the least, after all, surely players like Ashley Cole must have their thoughts on something other than the game ahead, but it seems that the bookmakers are still backing England to reign supreme tomorrow.

The English national team lead by manager Roy Hodgson play host to San Marino and you can be sure that he will be looking to his side to retain focus in a game that seems completely weighed in their favour but the former Liverpool manager will be more than aware that a slip in concentration could result in one of the biggest upsets that the national team has experienced in the past 10 years, so expect to see the England boss presenting a focused approach.

Bookmakers are offering very short odds for those that are looking to place a bet on the English to overcome San Marino, with the likes of Bet365 offering winnings odds at 1/100, signalling that they can’t see anything but an English victory and with those odds reflecting onto the 125/1 odds that San Marino are being offered at, you have to expect that the fixture will be sure to serve up plenty of goal action for those that intend to watch the game.

Generally the international weekend seems to have a host of national sides that look like they have the full backing of the bookmakers, with the Czech’s being offered as 1/20 to win against Malta and the Spanish being offered at 1/7 to travel home from Belarus with all three points.

All eyes will be firmly fixed on the players that play within the premier league though as they have only just been granted the time to be able to join up with their national sides and after a strict calendar of premiership action, there will be a number of players that are set to show signs of being jaded and slightly off key but it seems that online sportsbooks aren’t about to offer that fact any space to influence their pricing, hence the short odds being offered on some of the highest profile national sides in the world.

One thing is for sure though, betting on international football might offer the punter less reason to opt for the easy wins, but with long odds being offered for such as small price, it might be worth a mini stake placement on some of those national sides that aren’t expected to offer up anything more than a training exercise for the teams they face.

A great weekend of international football awaits us, but will football produce one of the biggest shocks yet with a minor country taking down one of the big boys or will the results card read as you would expect?

Euro 2012 Offers Surprises and Disappointment While Tottenham Potentially Disrupt Their Progress?

The European Championships are underway and almost into the knockout stages but the tournament has not been without its shocks and upsets, including the elimination of both Russia and Holland, both of whom were expected to advance into the quarter finals without too much hassle.

Heading into the tournament as reigning champions, Spain were priced as favourites during the run up to the tournament but as the competition got closer, the Germans were catapulted into favourite status and from what we have seen of the two countries in action over the recent fixtures, you have to assume that Germany are more hungry for success than the Spanish based on their performances.

Spain are considered to be one of the most proficient teams in the world and with the title of world champions following their World Cup victory, they should be one of the most exciting teams to watch but I have to be honest in the fact that they have been disappointing for me, their lack on conviction in front of goal and failure to produce moments of genius have for me made Germany the team to watch in the competition.

England entered into the tournament with silent hopes that new manager Roy Hodgeson would be able to pull a shock victory out of the locker but without Wayne Rooney for the first two games of the group stages, the indication of the full strength of his side is still to be seen.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have impressed for England and the future stars look bright for the nation but hopefully the return of Rooney will offer a little more positive towards their tournament advancement chances and he will offer a threat that could place them as outsiders to win the competition but that could just be English pride hoping deep inside.

Other news shows that Tottenham Hotspur have decided to try to take their results to the next level with a change in manager, sacking Harry Redknapp thanks to the clubs failure to secure Champions League status this coming season (due to the fact that Chelsea won the tournament and so Spurs had to miss out by default).

The decision for me is completely the wrong one if the club are looking to move forward and the job that Redknapp has done during his time at the club can only be commended, making the club into serious top four contenders.

What’s next for Redknapp is still to be seen as he was overlooked for the England job but I would have loved to have seen him join Chelsea but thanks to the amazing job that caretaker Roberto Di Matteo managed to do in the latter stages of the Premier League betting season, the club decided not to shake up the squad and have given the former Chelsea midfielder a two year contract to show what he can do.