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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?

Doom and Gloom For England as Cahill Ruled Out, Ferguson Spending Spree Hits Money Problems and RVP Shows He Is Still On Fire

The domestic season is now complete and the champions have been crowned but football fans don’t need to worry, there is a whole new reason that they can get behind the game that they love, the European Championships are about to begin and England are once again featuring!

The hopes and aspirations of the nation rest on the shoulders of new manager Roy Hodgeson but following the 1-0 win over Belgium last night, the expections for the nation have once again fallen following the performance that they witnessed yesterday.

England failed to overcome the Belgiums in a manner that showed the sort of winning strength that you would expect to see from a side that are going to have to beat strong European nations such as Germany, Holland and Spain.

Although the performance resulted in yet another close win and a clean sheet for goalkeeping number one Joe Hart of Manchester City, there was more worrying news to come from the fixture, the revelation that central defender Gary Cahill has been told that he will have to withdraw from the Euro’s selection due to a fractured jaw.

In other news, the Premier League may well be over for another season but the work never stops for the managers and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks like he will have a number of choices to make before the new term begins after news that the three targets that he wanted to add to his side are out of his price range.

Ferguson has made no secret of his desire to sign Luka Modric, Leighton Baines and Cheick Tiote as he looks to overcome his city rivals in the upcoming season but with news that he will have to spend £72 million, he will have to look elsewhere as the board fail to give him the financial backing he needs.

Maybe the Man United boss should now turn his attention to Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie who has once again fired out a warning to not only every European side that are taking part in the European Championships but also to his Premier League rivals after hitting a brace of goals in Holland’s demolition of a young looking Northern Ireland.

Van Persie has been on impressive form over the past 12 months and that has made him one of the most high profile strikers in the English game, opening him up to interest from a sea of elite clubs across the world.

With limited time left on his contract, will the European Championships be his chance to be able to secure a move away from Arsenal and a chance to be able to win one of the major domestic football titles or will he show his loyalty for the club in which he has grown and sign a new deal?