Bolt Offered Mariners Contract

Former Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a professional football contract by Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners, with the 32-year-old having impressed during his recent trial period with the club. Despite the Mariners having so far not commented on such reports, Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms has confirmed the news, stating “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners”.

Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt scored two goals on his first start for the Central Coast Mariners during a friendly fixture, however he missed out on a place in their squad for the opening game of the A-League season, a match which ended in a 1-1 draw against the Brisbane Roar. Bolt had recently turned down a contract from Maltese champions Valletta FC, having previously trained with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Sundowns and Stromsgodset following his retirement from athletics. Bolt was offered odds of 18/1 by bookmaker Ladbrokes (odds by www.online-sportwette.net) to sign for Manchester United back in February this year, the club in which the Jamaican supports, however appearances in the A-League now look far more likely.

It remains to be seen as to whether Bolt will accept the offer reportedly made by the Mariners, with some outlets reporting that the A-League side are looking for a cut-price deal due to their doubts over whether the former sprinter can cut it at such a level. Bolt has already brought a significant amount of attention to the Mariners, a side who finished bottom of the A-League standings last season, however Head Coach Mike Mulvey recently stated that he was not concerned about Bolt, focusing instead on the players available to him at the time.

Should Bolt accept the offer from the Mariners, he could even be in line for his professional debut on Saturday morning when they take on Melbourne City FC at the Central Coast Stadium, where the home side are the 3/1 outsiders for victory with bookmaker BoyleSports. Having won both the 100m and 200m sprint titles during his time, Bolt would certainly offer the Mariners something a little different, with a potential attacking partnership with former Aston Villa man Ross McCormack likely to excite fans.

Ronaldo Reaches 400 Goal Landmark Ahead of Old Trafford Return

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken all kinds of records over the years, however the Portuguese superstar has now become the first player to register 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues. The Juventus man even beat rival Lionel Messi to the prize, with the Argentine magician currently at 389 for Barcelona. Ronaldo, who signed for the Old Lady from Real Madrid over the summer, scored Juve’s goal in a 1-1 home draw with Genoa over the weekend, taking his Serie A tally to five for the season.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man first caught the attention of fans around Europe with his early displays for Sporting in his homeland, before securing a big money move to Old Trafford back in 2003. Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo would go on to score 84 times in the Premier League, lifting the top-flight trophy three times in the process, along with the UEFA Champions League in 2008. Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford this week, with Juventus taking on Manchester United in Europe’s premier club competition, where the Portuguese star is 4/1 with bookmaker William Hill to score the opening goal of the game.

Having long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Ronaldo signed for the Spanish giants for a then world record fee in 2009, where he fired 311 La Liga goals for Los Blancos in just 292 appearances. Ronaldo would win a further four Champions League titles with Madrid, including three consecutive wins up until 2018, before the time was right to move onto pastures new. Juventus invested an estimated £88 in bringing Ronaldo to Turin, where the 33-year-old has recovered from a slow start to quickly become the main man in Serie A.

The comparisons between Ronaldo and Messi have long dominated the European game, however no matter which player you rate the highest, there is no denying the goalscoring ability of the Juventus man. Ronaldo beat Messi to recording 100 Champions League goals, whilst also reaching the 400-goal landmark before his great rival. Juventus have made an unbeaten start to their Serie A campaign, with a run of eight wins from nine matches leaving them four points clear of closest rivals Napoli. The Old Lady are the 1/4 favourites with William Hill to make it seven consecutive titles in Italy, with Ronaldo set to play a significant role.

Spectacular stadium plan: Everton emulates the BVB

In addition to the Premier League clubs FC Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Everton FC is currently planning a new arena. The architect wants to take an example from the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund.

For years, the English have been looking with a great deal of envy at the German football stadiums and their standing areas. The 25,000-seat south grandstand in Dortmund’s Signa Iduna Park in particular is repeatedly used as a laudatory example. Everton FC is now getting down to brass tacks and imitating the arena of the BVB.

“We have planned to build a very large grandstand for the home fans on the south side of the stadium, which is very similar to the’Yellow Wall’ in Dortmund,” revealed Dan Meis, the main architect responsible for the new arena. Depending on the final capacity of the new stadium, the southern grandstand of the new arena will accommodate between 12,000 and 15,000 spectators.

However, the fans of the Toffees have to do without standing room. The stadium to be built on the Bramley-Moore Dock will also be a seating arena.

FC Everton separates from Sam Allardyce

After a disappointing season in the Premier League, English first division football club Everton has parted company with team manager Sam Allardyce.

“In a difficult time, Sam has provided stability, for which we are grateful to him,” the club wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

Due to his playing style Allardyce was criticized by the fans. The 63-year-old Englishman took over the team at the end of November, leading the Toffees from 13th place to eighth. However, a starting place for the European League qualification was missed.

Everton fan goes to prison for eight weeks

He attacked players of the opposing team, holding his little son in his arms: an English football fan was sentenced to eight weeks in prison on Friday for fighting in the stadium. In addition, the Everton supporter will no longer be allowed to watch a football match in the stands for the next six years. Everton banned him from the stadium for life.

The 30-year-old had pleaded guilty and declared himself ashamed of his behaviour. The Everton fan had become violent during a European League match between his club and Olympique Lyon in October. When players of both teams fought at the edge of the field, the family man beat the Lyon players with his right hand. He carried his three-year-old son on his left arm during this time. Video recordings of the attack landed on the net and spread to the social networks.

The police accused the fans involved in the fight of “selfish and idiotic behaviour”. Besides the 30-year-old, two other spectators had to answer in court. A 19-year-old man received a warning, the trial of the third supporter, who pleaded innocent, was postponed until June.

Media: Rooney change to the USA fixed

Former English international Wayne Rooney is moving from Everton FC to DC United in the North American professional league MLS, according to British media reports.

Rooney has signed a two-year contract with the US club, the sports news channel “Sky Sports News” reported on Twitter. The 32-year-old striker, who returned to his youth club Everton after 13 years with record English champions Manchester United before last season’s Premier League campaign, is due to arrive in Washington this week and start training with his new team.

Officially Rooney is not allowed to join the team until July 10th, when the transfer window in the MLS opens. He could make his debut just four days later in the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, which is also the opening match for the team’s new home ground.

The $400 million Audi Field can seat 20,000 spectators. With two victories out of twelve games of the season, the team from the US capital is currently last in the Eastern Conference. A descent is not possible in the MLS.

 

Paddy Power – Champions League Final Offer

It is, without doubt, the biggest game in European club football and it’s taking place on Saturday as Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the Champions League Final in Kiev. These are two of the competitions most successful teams, with Real Madrid having won it 12 times, and in three of the last four seasons, whilst Liverpool are the most successful English side in the competition, lifting the trophy five times. Both sets of fans will be desperate for victory on Saturday night and it promises to be a hugely exciting contest.

These sides boast two of the most fearsome attacks in Europe as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale take on Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Cristiano Ronaldo is the competitions record scorer and also leads the way this season with 15 goals, whilst Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have ten each, with Sadio Mane just behind on nine. One thing we can expect on Saturday is goals, and hopefully plenty of them!

To coincide with the match, Paddy Power are running a fantastic offer for new and existing customers to take advantage of. They are offering to give you your stake back as a free bet (up to £10) if Mohamed Salah scores in the final. To be eligible for this offer, you must place a pre-match bet on any of the first goalscorer, last goalscorer, anytime goalscorer or the WhatOddsPaddy market. You may place a bet bigger than £10, but Paddy Power will still only give you a free bet worth up to a maximum of £10. You must use your free bet within seven days and it is only eligible for use on other football markets.

In terms of looking at players to bet on in the goalscorer markets, Cristiano Ronaldo is available at 11/4 to open the scoring, or 8/13 to score at anytime. One man who loves a goal on the big occasion is Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos and he is available at 25/1 to score first or 7/1 to score at anytime, either of those could definitely be worth a look.

If you were planning on placing a goalscorer bet on the game, then do it with Paddy Power to be eligible to get your money back if Mohamed Salah scores!

Football Betting Tips: Japan vs Senegal

Two of the opening match winners face off in Group H with both teams sure to be fully aware that a win here, would almost guarantee them a place in the last 16. Japan, helped by an early Colombian red card, showed real endeavour in their 2-1 win whilst Senegal provided a huge shock in their 2-1 win over Poland, meaning both sides will come into this one – full of confidence.

FIFA World Cup – Group H – Japan vs Senegal – Ekaterinburg Arena.

Sunday 24th June 2018

Kick-off: 16.00 GMT

 

  • Japan – Best Odds – 14/5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Senegal – Best Odds – 21/20 (Coral)
  • Draw – Best Odds – 11/5 (Betfred)                                                                                                      

Japan

Japan enjoyed the perfect start to their World Cup campaign – beating Colombia 2-1 in an entertaining tie that has left them with a great chance of progressing from the group. A win over fellow opening day winners Senegal here would all but guarantee their place in the knockout stages – for the first time since 2010. Shinji Kagawa got the ball rolling against Colombia with his ice cool penalty and he will be hoping to add to his international tally of 31.

Senegal

Senegal pulled of a remarkable win over Poland in their opening game and look to be well set to progress to the knockout stages. Their dynamic squad looks to have all the hallmarks of their infamous 2002 team that performed so admirably and they will be eager to progress with a win here. Sadio Mane captains the national side and the Liverpool man is always a threat in any game he plays and he’ll be looking to add to his goal record of 14 goals in 53 games.

Head to Head

 Perhaps unsurprisingly due to geographical locations of these two teams, this is the first meeting between the sides in international football.

Odds and Predictions

With opening day wins under their belts, both sides will be keen to carry on their good form and will arrive full of confidence.

Both teams to score – YES – looks a very good bet at 21/20 with Coral.

Sadio Mane is always a threat for Senegal and will be looking to score his first World Cup goal here.

Sadio Mane to score anytime looks a really wise punt at 13/10 with BetBright. Have a look at this BetBright sports review.

Both sides profited on opponent mistakes in previous games and this one could be a cagey affair.

Under 2.5 goals in the game looks worth a gamble at 4/7 with Betway. 

With a win under their belts for both sides, this could be a case of not losing between two well-matched teams.

The match to finish as a draw looks a super bet at 11/5 with Betfred.                    

 Score Prediction

Senegal 1 – 1 Japan – 11/2 with 888 Sport. 

Top Betting Tip

This could be a very watchable game between two sides, who’ve already tasted success at this World Cup. The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score is an excellent punt at 4/1 with Bet Victor. More best betting sites uk here.

World Cup – Brazil vs Switzerland

World Cup favourites, Brazil, kick off their campaign against Switzerland on Sunday in Rostov. The Selecao will be desperate to atone for the embarrassment of losing 7-1 in the semi-finals on home soil four years ago. They won’t have things all their own way against a solid Swiss side who are ranked number six in the world on the FIFA rankings though. Both of these sides come into the World Cup in good form and we could be in for a real game on Sunday evening in Rostov.

Brazil

Brazil were superb during qualifying for this World Cup, losing just once in the South American qualifying section and finishing ten points clear of their nearest rivals. Brazil come into this tournament unbeaten in their last eleven matches and having only tasted defeat once in their previous 21 games. Brazilian fans will have been delighted that Neymar has managed to prove his fitness ahead of the tournament with the PSG forward grabbing a goal in each of the final two warm up matches as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. Brazil boast a superb squad featuring quality players all over the pitch with Alisson, Marcelo, Philipe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus being some of the best players at the tournament.

Switzerland

Just like Brazil, Switzerland come into the World Cup in fine form, having lost just one of their last 17 matches. This side are solid defensively, having conceded just eight goals in those 17 games and with left back, Ricardo Rodriguez being one of their standout players. Despite this Swiss side being ranked sixth in the world, they are nowhere near the quality of the other sides in the top ten and are only there after some smart friendly scheduling and a very weak World Cup Qualifying group. They do have the ability to cause Brazil problems on Sunday though and manager Vladimir Petkovic will be dreaming of springing an upset.

Prediction

Brazil are quite rightly favourites for this World Cup, and after poor performances from France and Argentina in their opening group games, plenty of people will betting on the Brazilians to lift the trophy next month. They should have too much quality to beat a Switzerland side who may struggle to score goals in this tournament and I’m backing a comfortable Brazil win on Sunday.

Betting Tips (Coral) 

Brazil start this game as favourites at odds of 2/5, whilst an away win for Switzerland is priced up at 15/2, with the draw available at 7/2. Brazil come into this tournament in superb form and I can’t see Switzerland stopping them on Sunday. Brazil to win and Over 2.5 Goals at 23/20 looks like an excellent bet here, and I do think that Brazil could score three or four in this one. Brazil are not always talked about as being solid defensively, but they have conceded just five goals in their last 21 games here. If you back Brazil to win to nil in this game, you can get odds of 6/5 and that also looks like a good bet to me. Neymar has looked raring to go in the final two warm up games and he is priced up at 5/2 to open the scoring on Sunday.

Brazil to Win & Over 2.5 Goals – 23/20 (Coral)

World Cup – Egypt vs Uruguay

Following the first game of the World Cup on Thursday, Egypt will take on Uruguay in the other Group A match on Friday. Uruguay are the favourites to win Group A, and many see them as potential dark horses in this competition. Uruguay beat England and Italy at the World Cup four years ago, before being knocked out by Colombia in the Last 16, but this time La Celeste will be hoping to go further into the competition. They will be coming up against an Egyptian side who performed well in qualifying, but may well be without their star man Mohamed Salah who picked up a shoulder injury in the Champions League Final.

Egypt

Egypt come into this game having failed to win any of their last six matches and their most recent 3-0 loss to Belgium will have done little to instil confidence in the squad. There is no doubt that this Egyptian side are heavily reliant on Mohamed Salah, with the Liverpool forward scoring 71% of their goals in qualifying. Salah is rated as doubtful for this first Group A clash, and without him the best the Pharaohs can really hope for is a draw. Two other players who will be familiar to Premier League fans are Mohamed Elneny and Ramadan Sobhi, with both of those players expected to have big parts to play for Egypt in Russia.

Uruguay

Uruguay come into the World Cup having lost just one of their last six matches and having picked up a comfortable 3-0 win against Uzbekistan last time out. Uruguay’s main strength lies in their front two, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani making up a fearsome partnership, but there is also quality further back with the likes of Diego Godin and Cristian Rodriguez. There are some ageing players in this squad, but if Uruguay can keep it tight at the back, then they should have enough quality in attack to top Group A.

Prediction

Uruguay should win this game and they should win comfortably if Mohamed Salah is not fit enough to start for Egypt. Salah is the only real threat for this Egyptian side and without him it will need to be a backs to the wall job, but with Suarez and Cavani up front for Uruguay, I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet here. Uruguay started their World Cup four years ago with a loss to Costa Rica, but I’m backing them to win this game rather comfortably.

Betting Tips (Coral) 

As you would expect, this strong Uruguay side start the game as favourites at odds of 8/13, whilst a win for Egypt is priced up at 11/2, with the draw available at 13/5. Those odds on a Uruguay win aren’t actually too bad, but a better bet is Uruguay to Win and Over 2.5 Goals at 21/10. Whether or not Salah plays, I think there will be goals in this game for Uruguay, and they should comfortably keep a clean sheet if Salah fails to prove his fitness in time. Suarez and Cavani are both priced up at 13/5 to open the scoring, and I think a bet on either of those two would be money well spent. If I was pushed to choose one, I’d go for Cavani.

Uruguay to Win & Over 2.5 Goals – 21/10 (Coral)