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)

Football Betting Tips: Argentina vs Iceland

2014 World Cup finalists Argentina will be looking to go one better this time around but will have to be at their best to qualify from a tricky-looking draw in Group D. Iceland are their first opponents and after their heroics at Euro 2016 – where they famously beat England – few would bet against them rising to the occasion once again on the biggest stage of all.

FIFA World Cup – Group D – Argentina vs Iceland – Spartak Stadium, Moscow.

Saturday 16th June 2018

Kick-off: 14.00 GMT

 

Argentina – Best Odds – 3/10 (Ladbrokes)

Iceland – Best Odds – 10/1 (Bet Bright)

Draw – Best Odds – 18/5 (Betfred)                                                                                                       

Argentina

Having reached the final in 2014, the expectation to deliver once again sits with Argentina who have a squad littered with exceptional talent.

The 3 other teams in group D all pose threats but with their wealth of attacking options, Argentina should qualify with relative ease here.

Arguably one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, Lionel Messi is the main man for Argentina and he will want a goal to get his World Cup going – 64 international goals scored.

Iceland

This is the first time Iceland have qualified for the World Cup – a remarkable achievement for a country with a population over just over 300,000 people.

Group D looks very tough for them but their experienced side ply their trade all over Europe and shouldn’t be too fazed by the potential challenges ahead.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is the talisman for Iceland and the Everton man will be looking to add to his international tally of 19 goals.

Head to Head

 This is the first ever meeting between the sides and it should be a real David vs Goliath style-tie.

Odds and Predictions

Iceland will look to contain Argentina for as long as possible in what could be an attritional battle.

Both teams to score – NO – looks a fantastic bet at 2/5 with Betway.

Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world and how he would like to get his tournament up and running straight away.

Lionel Messi to score anytime is a very good punt at 4/5 with Bet Victor.

 This could be a very cagey affair that could be decided by the odd goal or moment of brilliance.

Under 2.5 goals in the game looks a real possibility at 8/11 with Coral. 

Iceland will make life very difficult for Argentina but with their squad depth they should have no issues here.

Argentina to win the match is an excellent bet at 3/10 with Ladbrokes.                

 Score Prediction

Argentina 2 – 0 Iceland – 22/5 with 888 Sport.

 Top Betting Tip

Argentina are one of the favourites to lift the trophy and will need to get going here against a resolute Iceland side that may not be able to cope with Messi and co.

Argentina to win the match to nil is the value punt at 8/11 with Betfred.