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Allsvenskan: Goteborg Vs Syrianska - Betting Tip
shweden flagThe Swedish Allsvenska football match between IFK Goteborg (14th) and Syrianska FC (5th) kicks off on 18 April 2013.

IFK Goteborg has played 0 Swedish Allsvenska matches this season on Ullevi. On home ground IFK Goteborg has won 0, drawn 0 and lost 0 matches. This ranks the Kamraterna (The Comrades) 1st in home team performance in the Swedish Allsvenska.

Syrianska FC has played 0 Swedish Allsvenska matches this season away from home. On away ground Syrianska FC has won 0, drawn 0 and lost 0 matches. This ranks Syrianska FC 1st in away team performance in the Swedish ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 1638 Added: Better Date: 18.04.2013 - 15:00

Jupiler League: Club Brugge Vs Waregem - Betting Tip
Belgium flagThe Belgium Jupiler League football match between Club Brugge (3rd) and Waregem (4th) kicks off on 18 April 2013.

Club Brugge has played 1 Belgium Jupiler League matches this season on Jan Breydel Stadium. On home ground Club Brugge has won 0, drawn 0 and lost 1 matches. This ranks Blauw-Zwart (Blue-Black) 5th in home team performance in the Belgium Jupiler League.

Waregem has played 1 Belgium Jupiler League matches this season away from home. On away ground Waregem has won 0, drawn 1 and lost 0 matches. This ranks De Boeren (the farmers) 4th in away team performance in the Belgium Jupiler ... Read more »
Category: Betting Tips Views: 1419 Added: Better Date: 18.04.2013 - 14:45

PSG crash out of cup
Paris Saint-Germain missed out on a place in the last four of the Coupe de France after Evian had taken the Ligue 1 giants to penalties.
Javier Pastore had put the Parisian side 1-0 up after 10 minutes before Saber Khlifa levelled the scores for the hosts on the stroke of half-time.

The scores remained level throughout the second half and after extra-time, before Cedric Barbosa's penalty confirmed Evian's place in the next round.

The hosts started strongly and could have taken the lead after five minutes as Khlifa and Milos Ninkovic linked up superbly, only for the latter to drag his effort wide of the PSG goal.

Evian were made to pay for the miss moments la ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 924 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:43

West Ham 2:2 Manchester United
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Manchester United twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Upton Park.
Ricardo Vaz Te headed the Hammers into an early lead but Antonio Valencia levelled the scores from close range midway through the first half.

Mohamed Diame regained the lead for the hosts in spectacular fashion only for Robin van Persie to snatch a point with his second goal in as many games 15 minutes from the end. 

The first chance of the match fell to Andy Carroll early on, who after initially hesitating worked some space to sweep an effort at goal with his left foot. David de Gea was unsighted by Kevin Nolan, who tried to re-direct the shot, but fortunately for United the bal ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 863 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:40

Manchester City 1:0 Wigan
Carlos Tevez's late strike gave Manchester City a crucial 1-0 victory over Wigan to keep their hopes of retaining the Premier League title alive.
The home side were frustrated by a well-organised Wigan side, who created plenty of chances of their own, notably through the impressive attacking triumvirate of Shaun Maloney, Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone.

City, who lost Sergio Aguero to injury at half-time, stepped it up after the break but could not find an elusive opening goal, with Aguero's replacement Edin Dzeko missing a great chance before Tevez's moment of magic secured a gutsy win.

Wigan started brightly but it was the hosts who mustered the first real opening, with Aleksandar Kolarov flashing a free-kick just inches wi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 876 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:38

Fulham 0:3 Chelsea
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Chelsea moved back into third place in the Premier League as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.
The hosts looked the better of the two sides early on, but David Luiz's devastating long-range strike and John Terry's easy header gave the Blues a two-goal lead at the break - and the visitors never looked back, with the Chelsea skipper adding a second header to kill the game off.

Fulham had the better of the opening exchanges, and nearly took an early lead when Sascha Riether swung in a superb cross from the right, but Bryan Ruiz scooped his effort way over the bar from just a few yards out.

Frank Lampard, making his 600th Chelse ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 871 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:36

Anderlecht 3:0 Lokeren
Anderlecht have claimed their first win of the Belgian First Division playoffs, defeating Lokeren 3-0 despite a second-half red card.
Serbian winger Milan Jovanovic led the way for Anderlecht on Wednesday, scoring the opening goal in the fourth minute and setting up the second as the Brussels-based club leapt out to a 3-0 lead at half-time.

Despite losing full-back Olivier Deschacht in the opening minute of the second half, Anderlecht kept visiting Lokeren scoreless after the break, to end a four-game winless streak and extend their lead at the top of the championship playoffs to four points.

Some fans had barely taken their seats at Anderlecht's Stade Constant Vanden Stock as Jovanovic gave the hosts the lead, heading home f ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 904 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:34

Internazionale 2:3 Roma (agg 3-5)
Roma have booked their spot in the Coppa Italia final with an impressive 3-2 win at the San Siro against a struggling Inter Milan.
Having led 2-1 following the first leg of their semi-final against Inter, Roma came from behind on Wednesday thanks to two goals from Mattia Destro to book their spot alongside Lazio on May 26.

Vasilis Torosidis scored Roma's third in Milan, while Jonathan and Ricardo Gabriel Alvarez got on the scoresheet for the hosts, as the capital club qualified for their 17th Coppa Italia final with a 5-3 aggregate win.

Inter claimed an advantage in the tie for the first time in the 22nd minute when Brazilian full-back Jonathan played a one-two with Alvarez, burst forward, exchanged passes with Tommaso Rocchi ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 736 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:32

Madrid usurp Man Utd as richest club
Real Madrid have taken over from Manchester United as the richest football club on the planet for the first time since 2004.
The Red Devils have sat at the top of the Forbes list for nine years in a row but Jose Mourinho's men are now worth US$135 million more at US$3.3 billion, while Sir Alex Ferguson's side sit second in the business magazine's most valuable club list.

Barcelona are perched comfortably in third - US$565m behind United but US$1.274m ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal - and rose 99 percent in value over 12 months.

Bayern Munich fill out the top five having made the Champions League final last season as well as finishing second in the Bundesliga. Their value is sure to rise further in next year's rankings with the ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 594 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:30

Big guns to turn out for pre-season cup
Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter will join LA Galaxy in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup this summer.
The pre-season tournament, which runs from July 27 to August 4, will feature seven European sides as well as the MLS giants, and will take place in the USA.

Jose Mourinho's side have been confirmed as participants, along with the Serie A duo and Galaxy, with the other sides and principal venues to be announced in the next two weeks.

The eight teams will play the first round of matches in Indianapolis, San Francisco, Phoenix and a to-be-determined European venue. The second round will take place in Los Angeles and New York. 

"When we wer ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 529 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:28

Stuttgart 2:1 Freiburg
Stuttgart will face runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final after a 2-1 victory over Freiburg.
Wednesday's semi-final was decided in an early flurry with all three goals coming in the opening half-an-hour with Austrian winger Martin Harnik scoring the decisive goal for Stuttgart.

Stuttgart will take on Bayern in the DFB Pokal decider in Berlin on June 1 hoping to claim their first German Cup since 1997.

Freiburg headed into the semi-final in Stuttgart sitting fifth in the Bundesliga, seven positions ahead of the hosts, and hoping to keep their cup run going as they looked to win the first major trophy in their history.

But it was Stut ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 532 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 02:26

Vieira backs Nasri to improve
Manchester City development executive Patrick Vieira has defended Samir Nasri at the end of a tough campaign for the Frenchman.
Nasri has found the net just once in the top-flight this season and has been unable to hold down a position in the starting lineup, drawing criticism from manager Roberto Mancini.

However, after some better displays - including a goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, Vieira insists that Nasri still plays a major in the set-up at the Etihad Stadium adding the midfielder will be a better player next year.

"All of these problems have perhaps sullied the image of the player, however, he remains an important player for City and the France national team," he told RMC.
Category: News Views: 581 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:44

Southampton a tough test, says Britton
Leon Britton says Swansea must take three points against Southampton to maintain their hopes of a top-10 finish.
The Swans have been on a poor run of form lately, not tasting victory since beating Newcastle 1-0 on March 2 and can next rectify that slump against Mauricio Pochettino's improving Saints.

"Southampton have done brilliantly recently, particularly since the new manager came in. They've beaten some massive teams and now they are pretty much safe," midfielder Britton told the club's official website.

"They have been on a great run of form and that's something we are well aware of. It's going to be a very tough afternoon for us.

"But we want to finish ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 518 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:42

Del Bosque comes to Casillas´ defence
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has slammed critics of Real Madrid skipper Iker Casillas.
Del Bosque went as far as to suggest that such criticism of a goalkeeping 'legend' would not occur to the likes of Peter Shilton in England.

The shot-stopper suffered a hand injury in January which kept him sidelined until late March but he has been prevented from making a first-team comeback due to Diego Lopez's form in La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey since his arrival from Sevilla.

Although del Bosque refused to be drawn on the debate over who should be handed the No.1 spot for Jose Mourinho's side, he does believe the World Cup-winning captain deserves more respect.

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Category: News Views: 565 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:41

Marriner to referee FA Cup final
The Premier League's Andre Marriner has expressed his joy at being named the referee for the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 11.
Marriner will be joined by assistant referees Stephen Child and Simon Long on the pitch, with Anthony Taylor rounding out the crew as the fourth official.

And now the former Birmingham Amateur Football League man, who began his career as a referee by chance in 1992, has spoken of the appointment as the fulfillment of a childhood dream.

"It's a great honour to be asked to referee the 2013 FA Cup Final especially as it coincides with the 150th anniversary of The Football Association," he told the Premier League's official website on Wednesday.

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Category: News Views: 563 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:40

Barry: City will be back stronger
Gareth Barry has issued a warning to Manchester United, insisting City will cut no corners to recapture the trophy next season.
City have underachieved this term and lie 15 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table, with their title defence in ruins.

They also disappointed in the Champions League, dropping out at the group stages, but can still end the campaign on a high by beating Wigan to lift the FA Cup and finish second in the league.

Barry conceded City have taken a backwards step, but insists they have learned from their mistakes and are looking ahead to next season, when he believes they will come back a stronger force.

"It is frustratin ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 504 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:38

FA respond to cup final kick-off criticism
The FA have defended their decision to schedule the FA Cup final at 5.15pm (BST).
Their response comes after widespread complaints over the transport issues facing Wigan and Manchester City fans caused by the late kick-off.

"The FA would like to highlight that 5.15pm is a regular kick-off time in the football calendar," a statement on the FA's official website reads.

"This time was agreed with major stakeholders and broadcasters and has been used across the game for a number of years for televised matches.

 "In terms of transportation, a small percentage of Cup Final fans use the method of train travel.

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Category: News Views: 611 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:37

Baines praises inspirational Everton players
Leighton Baines has praised his team-mates after Everton's 0-0 draw with Arsenal and hailed their ability to make life tough for opponents.
Everton battled to a crucial point at the Emirates on Tuesday, staying within striking distance of the Premier League's top four.

And afterwards Baines paid tribute to the tenacious display put on by the visitors, citing their spirit and quality as a combination that enables them to compete with any adversary.

"Whoever we play will know they are in for a physical game and the work-rate the players put in was there to be seen," he told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

"We have got a little bit of everything, the work-rate, togeth ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 599 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:36

Hoeness wants tough action from Platini
Uli Hoeness wants Michel Platini to kick teams out of the Champions League if they fail to adhere to new Financial Fair Play (FFP) measures.
UEFA regulations from next season state that teams are not allowed to spend more than they earn, with Malaga set to be banned from European competition for breaching the latest ruling.

However, Hoeness, the Bayern Munich president has suggested that some of the continent's biggest sides will get away with their financial misdemeanours as a result of Platini's close relationship with certain teams.

"If Platini is consistent then within the next two years he must kick teams out of the Champions League to make a mark, like he is doing with Malaga," he told Servus TV.
Category: News Views: 486 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:34

Water boys escape FA penalty
No action will be taken over a half-time clash between Everton's Kevin Mirallas and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, the Football Association has announced.
Television pictures showed Wilshere reacting furiously to Mirallas after the Belgian appeared to spray the midfielder with his water bottle as the players made their way down the tunnel.

The incident came amid a tense goalless draw between two sides vying for top-four finishes at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

Immediately after the incident, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "I don’t know about it, but if it was (on television), then very soon everybody will know about it - and I will know about it as well.

Category: News Views: 692 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:33

Kehl pens new deal with Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has extended his contract with the club until the summer of 2014.
The defensive midfielder had helped to guide his side to two successive Bundesliga championships but Bayern Munich have dethroned Jurgen Klopp's men this season in emphatic style.

Kehl's contract was set to run out at the end of this campaign but this one-year extension ensures that he will remain with the Champions League semi-finalists for another 12 months.

The 33-year-old told BVB's official Twitter account: "BVB, our team, the fans and the city of Dortmund have long since become like a piece of home to me."

The former Freiburg and Hannover player h ... Read more »
Category: News Views: 454 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:32

Mourinho leaving, says club president
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has told the president of his son's football club Canillas that he is leaving Spain.
The Portuguese has been linked with a return to Chelsea at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain also touted as another possible destination, and Manuel Alvarez's claims will now add weight to those rumours.

The Canillas chief has pleaded with Real president Florentino Perez to keep Mourinho beyond the end of the campaign and suggested that his departure would have a detrimental effect on La Liga.

"Mourinho told us that next year he won't be able to come and give a talk to the coaches because he won't be here," the Canillas president told COPE Deportes.

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Category: News Views: 479 Added: Sky Date: 18.04.2013 - 00:30

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