Pack of Wolves get all the Cherries | Premier League

Bournemouth are always going to be a tricky opposition but Nuno and his Wolves have packed another three points on Saturday. This stands their third win in a row and many Wolverhampton fans would be over the moon watching their performances week-in-week-out.

Bournemouth did make The men in Orange to work hard, they would expect to lay this into bed far too early but that was not the case against Eddie Howe’s Cherries. The outcome was something which many of the reliable betting sites across Europe predicted it to turn out, although the most satisfying of all from Wolves point of view is watching Raul Jimenez perform.

Raul Jimenez, probably the centre of the talk coming into the game, delivered as expected and showed exactly ‘Why he is valued so high’. The technicality complemented by the chemistry he has with players around him, just a pleasure to watch.

Wolves did open up Bournemouth on multiple occasions – Diogo Jota had a commendable first half before injury and his replacement, Helder Costa just grew into the game.

Talking about goals; Wolves only took twelve minutes to make their mark on the game, rather cheaply though. Bournemouth have away the ball to Jota from a throw-in in their own half. Jota broke in diagonally with pace and precision went with a cross into the box (which I think was more of a shot luckily falling in-line rather than cross) and Jimenez was on the other end to make sure the ball rolls past Begovic and into the net.

Wolves did have that lead, but had to wait until the injury time before the final whistle to get the cushion second. The attack for this one started from defense with Coady heading the clearance down to Cavaleiro which was followed by a brilliant one-two with Costa, the ball was behind Bournemouth’s defence and Cavaleiro was one-on-one with Asmir Begovic, who was beaten on the driven.

I think the temperature was more challenging than the opponent, but to be honest, Wolves were playing better in the first half of the season and the quality, in my opinion, is starting to fade. You don’t see, those tactical switches mid-match, or those fake runs in the final third and mainly those admirable ‘personality defining’ short passes.

Nothing to take away from Nuno and his boys, 9 points in the Premier League in 10 days is something magnificent-but also their 2018/19 stats, but to continue with this they need to step up and focus. Legs start to tire up now and the challenges get tougher day by day.

How Alvaro Morata’s move from Chelsea to Barcelona would be a win-win for all

According the rumor mill, Alvaro Morata could be on his way to FC Barcelona for a loan by January.

The Spanish striker is currently going through a rough patch of football this season. With just 5 goals in the Premier League this year, the Spaniard is better off warming the bench.

Morata isn’t fitting into the style of play under Maurizio Sarri. The Spaniard is highly creative and has to have an equally supporting midfield and a cross-friendly team like the Catalans would give him the space he needs to grow.

The Catalans are in dire need for Luis Suarez’s backup, who is currently out undergoing stem cell therapy. The current roster isn’t impressive and the brass has enough money to rope in Morata.

The loan is expected to turn out into permanent move during summer, provided the Spaniard deliver what he promises.

With a market price of £54mn, Chelsea can use the cash raised by selling him to sign a player in January who would fit in Stamford.

Borussia Dortmund winger, Christian Pulisic is somebody whom the Blues require at the the moment and his £60mn cap would be affordable after selling Morata.

Selling Morata for buying a 20-year-old star would look crazy but is the necessity of the hour.

Tottenham mean title challenge this season – Mauricio Pochettino’s reaction at full time after Burnley win said it all

Spurs’ recent performances against Barcelona in the UCL and Burnley FC this weekend were subtle reminders that the Lilywhites aren’t going to settle for 3rd or 4th.

The former fixture had the English defense pitted against arguably the best attack in Europe, while the latter tested the efficiency of the Spurs’ strikers.

Spurs seemed to have recover from the bashing they received from Arsenal in the North London Derby earlier this month.

Football fans were all praise for the Spurs after they held the Catalan giants at Camp Nou for a formidable draw and qualifying to the knockout stage in the process.

Their play against Burnley was phenomenal considering the fact that the Bees literally had 9 men working the defense and wasting time, with the hope for eking out a draw.

The man behind the scenes, Pochettino had his emotions bundled up when Christian Eriksen scored in the stoppage time. His celebration after the final whistle was him pumping his fists in air out of pure passion.

Favorite clip from the game: Poch celebrates the win at the final whistle from r/coys

His words are carefully minced at press conferences. Pochettino neither denies title challenge nor admits his desire to win trophies and is smart enough to use words which leave no scope to be twisted.

The 1-0 win at Wembley had seen Pochettino breaking Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal record of the fastest 100 wins in a club in the Premier League.

The Argentine smashed the record in 169 games – 10 games faster than Wenger.

Without getting the success over their heads, the Lilywhites would be facing the Gunner in the Carabao Cup later this week.

Spurs would be keen to extract their revenge at the Emirates for the North London Derby.

Ballon d’Or host asks winner Ada Hegerberg if she wants to twerk

2018’s Ballon d’Or ceremony was certainly not short on surprises.

The final announcement during the mega event left certain sections of the footballing world shocked as Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was awarded the coveted title of being the best player in Europe.

The awards caps a wonderful year for the midfielder, who was also voted as the top male player at the FIFA Football awards and received the Golden Ball award for being the best player at the World Cup in July.

While the Croatian had a stellar 2018, leading his club to the World Cup finals in Russia and guiding Real to another Champions League triumph, there were still some doubts amongst many fans as to whether the playmaker was at the high standards set by previous holders Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The pair have won the title a total of 10 times amongst them ( equally shared at 5 a piece ) and have absolutely dominated the event for more than a decade, almost turning it into a private battle between the two of them since Kaka last won the gong in 2007.

Cristiano came in second spot this time around while Messi dropped down to fifth spot.

French teen sensation Kylian Mbappe was voted the third best player in Europe and was also named the winner of the Kopa trophy for young player of the year yesterday for his exploits with France and PSG.

But while Luka lifting the coveted bong raised a few eyebrows here and there, it was still some way short of being the biggest controversy of the night.

That distinction goes to French DJ Martin Solveig, who has sparked the ire of people around the globe for his utterly disgraceful comments to Ada Hegerberg as he was hosting the show.

Hegerberg made history as the first winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or after powering Lyon to three Champions League trophies in-a-row and had a top 2018 with 42 club goals in 25 games last season.

But the Norwegian’s moment in the spotlight was absolutely ruined by Solveig when he asked the 23-year-old if she could perform a ‘twerk’ on stage.

Hegerberg looked obviously disturbed at the comment and abruptly walked off the stage a few moments later and even the crowd present at Paris made their discontent clear as soon as the question was asked by the Frenchman.

Although Solveig quickly apologized for his behavior later and said his question is being taken out of context as he was simply asking her to dance on the Sinatra song that was playing, it still is no excuse for his behavior on a night that was of such historical importance to female football.

The Frenchman has been subject to a whole lot of criticism on social media following the incident and his antics have been described as “disgusting” by several fans on Twitter.

Check out a clip of the incident here :

Lucas Torreira fighting Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen (Video)

While Unai Emery has managed to steady the ship at Arsenal after a rather slow start to his career in North London, he faced one of the biggest tests for an Arsenal manager yesterday – playing against bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates and boy he didn’t disappoint.

Even though it was his first taste of the North London derby, the Spaniard seemed well prepared and looked like a man possessed, pacing up and down his technical area throughout the game.

His enthusiasm surely rubbed off on his team as well with the Gunners running away 4-2 winners at the end of what was a thoroughly entertaining game of football.

But a good game of football is definitely not the only aspect expected from the NLD over the years with the fixture renowned for getting feisty with plenty of drama on the pitch and there wasn’t any shortage of such incidents during the latest edition edition as well.

Things got ugly pretty quick after Spurs players were a bit vocal during their celebrations after scoring the equalizer in the first half leading to full fledged shoving contest between several Arsenal substitutes and Tottenham’s players near the touchlines.

The situation looked pretty reckless until Mauricio Pochettino stepped in to cool things down, literally dragging away the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier from the scene.

The Gunners stepped on the pedal following the break and regained their lead through Lacazette in the 74th minute before new man Lucas Torreira wrapped up the win three minutes later.

While Lacazette and Aubameyang put Spurs on the rope with their clinical finishing, it was Torreira who really stole the show.

The Uruguayan put in one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt and stamped his authority on the fixture with his closing down right from start to finish.

Piers Morgan ‘warrior’ tweet about Lucas Torreira

The 22-year-old couldn’t have possibly picked a better fixture to start his goal scoring account at the club as well and Piers Morgan was absolutely spot on with his tweet labeling the 22-year-old as a “Warrior” because that’s exactly the sort of Torreira fans got to see yesterday evening.

The Uruguayan brought the kind of tenacity not seen from an Arsenal midfielder since Patrick Vieira hung up his shoes and looked very much like a diminutive version of the legendary Frenchman with his unbelievable work rate and sheer passion to win the ball back for his team.

One incident that has been especially talked about on social media is when Torreira refused to give the ball up despite being cornered by both Alli and Eriksen during a Spurs attack.

Even after hitting the ground, the former man refused to stop fighting and his perseverance ultimately paid off as he brilliantly came away with the ball for his team as his opponents looked on.

Painting the town red ! Check out a clip of Torreira absolutely bossing Dele Alli and Eriksen here :

(Image) Liverpool fans will have a lot of time for this modernised Carlsberg away kit doing the rounds lately

A graphic designer on Twitter has created a modernized version of Liverpool’s Carlsberg away kit and Anfield fans might be quite pleased with how it’s turned out.

The Danish brewers acted as official shirt sponsors for the Merseyside club for 17 years until 2010, which represented the longest association of a brand with any club in English football history.

The lengthy alliance between the two saw players turning out in some of the best looking kits and the aforementioned shirt might make some Liverpool fans nostalgic about the good old days with the color combination and also the red-colored liver bird badge and sponsorship logos.

Check out the concept below doing the rounds among Liverpool fans:

Via Twitter

(Image) There’s a cracking picture of Elland Road under the lights doing the rounds among Leeds fans

Leeds United continued their winning run and recorded their second victory on the trot by besting Reading 1-0 on Tuesday.

The win saw the Peacocks climb to second in the table and Marcelo Bielsa will surely be rallying his troops to get back to the summit of the Championship as quickly as possible.

Back-to-back wins at Elland Road has definitely got the supporters chirping again and a glance at this epic photo of the ground under the lights should only add to the already high excitement levels amongst the fans.

The stadium looks surreal with the floodlights on and is definitely a sight to behold.

Check out the photo doing the rounds among Leeds fans currently –

Via Twitter

Report: Sergio Ramos Will Not Be Affected by Brewing Doping Scandal

The football world was recently shaken up by a scandal surrounding potential doping, bringing up various questions of ethics and equality in the community. Both fans and professional commentators have been engaged in discussions on the subject lately, and while many expected that Sergio Ramos could face harsh penalties due to his implied involvement, it looks like he’s in the clear for now.

The announcement has been somewhat controversial, and even though most fans are seemingly supportive of Ramos in his current situation, that’s not a universal position and there are still some who are treating him with a more sceptical approach.

The Scandal

The situation is over a year old at this point, and started in June 2017, when Ramos failed a doping test for dexamethasone. While the substance is primarily used for pain relief and anti-inflammation, it has also been shown to have various positive effects on a person’s cognitive abilities, leading to its ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Since no exceptional cases had been noted for Ramos, an investigation was launched to determine the full extent of the situation.

Ramos was reportedly contacted by UEFA representatives inquiring into his use of the drug, to which he responded with an explanation that he had been treated by a physician for a condition some time before his recent game, and had provided medical documentation corroborating his story. That, however, did not seem to please the anti-doping authorities, as the investigation went further.

Ramos Will Not See Any Sanctions

In the end, it was explained away as a mistake on the physician’s side, as he had wrongly administered the drug after mistaking it for another. The explanation seemed to please officials, who simply advised Ramos and his treating physician to be more cautious in the future in order to prevent similar “administrative mistakes”.

Many players and professionals alike questioned the decision and called for a review, although it was a final judgment and nobody on the officials’ side seemed interested in looking into it any further. It’s worth noting that much of this revolves around speculation about the final decision, with some rumours implying that there may indeed be penalties on the horizon for Ramos, although not many seem to believe that this could happen at this point. Indeed, most fans have steered their discussions straight in that direction, debating over the implications of the seemingly preferential treatment that Ramos is getting.

Questions of Equal Treatment

As can be expected, the announcement that Ramos would not face any penalties over the incident was a highly polarizing one, with many fans criticizing the organization for apparently taking sides. This sentiment seems to mostly stem from the fact that other players have not been given similar treatment in the past, despite apparently being in the same circumstances.

The name of Ronaldo has also been brought up several times in those discussions, as an example of a player who has been very vocal about the way anti-doping officials had treated him. His complaint that he was unjustly targeted on a regular basis was met with some mixed responses, although it seems like opinions have shifted now in light of the recent scandal with Ramos. In any case, both situations remain very controversial among fans, and there is no consensus about the moral implications of what has happened so far.

Implications for the World of Football

This is an incident that many are paying close attention to for various reasons, one of them being its strong implications for football as a whole. The situation with doping has already been a prominent issue in professional football for some time now, and while many were hopeful that this would be the year that we finally saw some progress in this regard, that doesn’t seem to be the case so far. In fact, the sport seems to be moving backwards in many ways, especially regarding the constant controversies and outrage we see surrounding some incidents.

Betting has taken a hit too – one look at any major sports betting site is enough to make that point clear. Many bookies are now more cautious with regards to their hints and odds, and predictions vary wildly across the board in a way that we haven’t really seen in recent times. It’s interesting to see how one scandal has managed to shake up the world of football so significantly, but at the same time, it’s worth pointing out that this was just the tipping point for many, as the controversial nature of football has been on the rise for some time now.

Fans Mostly Supportive of Player

It’s also interesting to follow the developments from the perspective of the average fan. It seems like many are actually supportive of Ramos, despite the general controversy over the alleged decision to give him preferential treatment. Even though there are lots of discussions on the subject and opinions might seem a bit polarized at first, the common trend does seem to lean towards the side of forgiving Ramos.

Whether this will have any lasting implications for the world of football is hard to tell, although it could certainly shake some people’s trust in the foundation of the sport, and the institutions that are supposed to keep the game fair for everyone. Doping scandals in sports are nothing new under the sun, but this particular situation seems to be a bit more extreme than what we’ve seen in the past, at least with regards to its impact on the sport.

It’s likely that we’re going to see further developments on that horizon too, as the situation seems to be far from over at this point. Hopefully it’s not going to bring any further negative attention to football though, as the sport has already been shaken up enough. At least players also have plenty of positive developments to look forward to, and the negativity of the situation could be balanced out by some other reports that we have seen coming in recently.

Can Patrick Bamford Finally Realise his Potential at Leeds?

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Patrick Bamford joined Leeds United from Middlesbrough this summer in a move worth around £7 million plus add-ons. The signing met the approval of the Whites’ fan base, as the club had been desperate to acquire an out-and-out centre-forward since the departure of Chris Wood at the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Now at one of the biggest sleeping giants in the game, Bamford could finally have the opportunity to take his game to a higher level.

Bamford spent his youth career at the Nottingham Forest Academy but only made two senior appearances for the club before being signed by Chelsea in 2012. The Blues constantly seek to acquire fresh young talent and then loan the players out so they can gain vital first-team experience. Between 2012 and 2015, Bamford spent time with MK Dons, Derby County and Middlesbrough, impressing greatly by scoring 43 goals in a total of 96 league appearances combined. The 24-year-old has proved to be an extremely capable goal-getter at Championship level but has yet to make the step up and bring that form to the Premier League. This is perhaps why Chelsea decided not to keep him on as one for the future.

After signing for Leeds, Bamford will be hoping he can become a crucial player in a promotion campaign for the Yorkshire club. He will be aware that players like Harry Kane are of a similar age and know that now is the time for him to step up if he is ever to become an elite player.

The lure of working under the guidance of world-renowned tactician Marcelo Bielsa will have been a huge factor in Bamford’s decision to join Leeds. The Argentine manager has been credited with influencing Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola has described El Loco as the best coach in the world. Just as Pochettino has been able to coach and coax the best out of Kane to turn him into a world class striker, perhaps Bielsa will do the same with Bamford. Let’s not forget that only a few years ago the England captain was also plying his trade in the lower echelons of the English game before the Tottenham Hotspur manager realised he had a diamond that needed polishing.

The odds on Bamford finishing the season as the top scorer in the Championship are quite tempting, especially to punters who want to make use of a free bet, such as the welcome offer signalled by Oddschecker which gifts new Skybet players with £20 to stake. At odds of 25/1 to bang in the most goals, Bamford could be a shrewd outside bet. As soon as the youngster starts scoring more goals in the division, those odds will shorten drastically.

Bamford has shown signs that one day he could become a brilliant player and compete at the highest level. But at 24 years old, it’s make or break time for the Grantham-born striker. Maybe under the guidance of esteemed manager, Bielsa, Bamford can finally realise his potential and fire his new club back into the top flight.