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.

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.

Ladbrokes – Championship Playoff Final Offer

Before the glitz and glamour of the Champions League Final on Saturday night, there is an even more important game taking place at Wembley Stadium for fans of Aston Villa and Fulham. These two teams will be battling it out to gain promotion to the Premier League, a feat which is said to be worth around £200m and neither will want all their hard work this season to finish in defeat on Saturday.

Fulham will come into this game as favourites having been so close to achieving automatic promotion this season. The club from West London only needed to win their final game of the season against Birmingham City, but a poor display saw them lose for the first time in 2018 and slip down to 4th place in the table. Aston Villa overcame a slow start to the season to finish strongly and under the stewardship of Steve Bruce, they have become a very solid defensive side.

To coincide with Saturday’s game, Ladbrokes are running a fantastic offer for new customers to take advantage of. They are offering odds of 40/1 on any team to win a corner in the game. When you take a look at the history of corners in the top flight, there have only been two games in the past 87 years that have finished with no corners being awarded to either side. Interestingly, one of these games was Chelsea’s 6-0 victory against Wigan back in 2010. When you look at the statistics, there is almost zero chance that this bet will lose, but if there were somehow no corners in the game, Ladbrokes will credit you with a free £5 bet; so it really is a win-win scenario!

To take advantage of this offer you must be a new Ladbrokes customer and sign up using the promotional code ‘CORNER’. Once you have signed up, simply deposit a minimum of £5 into your account and place a £1 bet on, ‘New Customer Offer – Fulham v Aston Villa – Any team to win a corner 40/1’ in Ladbrokes’ ‘My Offers’ section under the promo tab. As with most of these big odds, new customer offers, the maximum stake allowed is £1.

As you can see, this is a really easy new customer sign up offer and one which basically guarantees you £40 worth of free betting money! If you don’t currently hold a Ladbrokes account and were looking to pick up some free bet money, then this could well be the right offer for you!

Title Celebrations Await in the Italian Capital

There are only two rounds of matches reaming in Serie A this season and the biggest game this weekend sees Roma host Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. Juventus must lose their remaining 2 games 5-0 if they are to lose the Serie A title to Napoli and that’s very unlikely.  However, they will want to seal the deal in style with a good win over Roma.

The hosts have a target of their own and will want to win this match to secure their place in the top four.  With Inter Milan playing on Saturday, Roma will know what they need to do if they want to secure Champions League football next season.

Roma Form

Roma come into this match having defeated Cagliari 1-0 away from home last weekend and that result leaves them in control of third place.  A win in their final two games will see Roma secure third and they are in good form, having won their last 4 Serie A matches.

There have been wins over Genoa, SPAL, Chievo Verona and Cagliari.  Roma have lost just one of their last 10 league games and 2 of their last 14, meaning they are difficult to beat.  At home, Roma have won by 3 or more goals in 3 of their last 6 home Serie A games but results have been inconsistent.

Roma have won 4 and lost 4 of their last 8 home Serie A matches and while they have scored plenty of goals there has been just a single clean sheet in their 9 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Juventus Form

Juventus will be buzzing ahead of this game as they secured the Coppa Italia in mid-week with a fine 4-0 victory over AC Milan in the Stadio Olimpico.  With one trophy in the bag, Max Allegri will be keen to avoid any doubt and win Serie A in style by defeating Roma on their own turf.

Juventus have won 17 of their last 20 matches in Serie A and have lost just one of those games.  What looked like being a tricky season for the Old Lady has turned into another dominant campaign and Juventus are unbeaten in their last 12 away league games.

However, Juventus have not had things all their own way recently and they have been held to draws at SPAL and Crotone.  These results will give Roma some belief they can get something from the game.

Team News

Roma will be without the injured trio of Rick Karsdorp, Gregoire Defrel and Bruno Peres for this game plus central defender Kostas Manolas is rated as doubtful.  Juan Jesus is expected to step in for the Greek centre-back.

Juventus have Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado suspended so Stephan Lichtsteiner should come into the team at right-back.  Gonzalo Higuain will hope to return to the starting XI having started on the bench in the Coppa Italia final.

Top Betting Tips

Juventus have struggled in some of their recent away matches and may be feeling it a bit following the Coppa Italia final.  With that in mind and Roma’s need for points in pursuit of a top four place, we should see a close game and the draw is 2/1 at William Hill.

Roma have been scoring goals at home but failing to keep clean sheets and this should lead to an exciting game of football.  The draw and both teams to score is 17/5 with Ladbrokes.

Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has been in good form for Juventus recently and turned the game when he was introduced against Bologna.  Costa scored in the Coppa Italia final and against Inter Milan and can be backed at 16/5 with William Hill to score at any time.