Why can’t the Premier League’s golden boy Jack Grealish get a game for England?

Jack Grealish has started the 2020/21 season in sensational form with the Aston Villa star scoring three goals and assisting as many in his club’s first three games. The attacking midfielder put pen to paper on a new deal that included vastly improved terms in the form of a huge pay rise. The decision to reward Grealish with a new and lucrative contract is paying immediate dividends for Villa as any talk of relegation all but over after just 270 minutes of football this season.

For now, that is in stark contrast to the 2019/20 campaign where they fought for their Premier League survival until the very final whistle of the season, eventually finishing above Bournemouth who dropped down instead. Relegation would have been as Villa CEO Christian Purslow described it ‘a £200m catastrophe.’ Sadly for the Cherries, they suffered the financial disaster instead and despite the latest championship betting indicating that they will go straight back up at odds of just 11/10, they have already paid a huge price by losing their best players.

Indeed, with Nathan Ake leaving to join Manchester City and Callum Wilson departing to Newcastle, the perils of losing your star players are obvious for all to see when the setback of relegation hits. Luckily for Villa, they were able to avoid that fate and subsequently were able to keep hold of Jack Grealish, arguably England’s most talented attacking midfielder. Still, not everyone shares that sentiment.

Unfortunately for Grealish, the England manager seems to fall into the unconvinced category. Despite the calls for the Villa captain’s inclusion growing louder, Southgate has steadfastly stuck to his decision by mostly using him as an unused substitute on the England bench. Instead, Southgate has chosen to use Mason Mount as a roaming number 10 for the Three Lions, much to the ire of the Villa fans.

In some ways, you can understand their frustration as Mount has only registered a single goal and assist for Chelsea this season in his five appearances, and is some distance off the form that Grealish is exhibiting. But then again, Mount is the man of the moment for England having netted the winner against Belgium in a crucial UEFA Nations League game whilst Grealish looked on from the bench.

Some may argue that it is just a case of Grealish having to be patient, but there is a sense that as long as Southgate is England manager, the Villa captain will be used somewhat sparingly for England.

Given how loud the noise is around Jack Grealish’s omission from the national side, you can also envision a scenario where this becomes Southgate’s Waterloo and ultimately costs him his job.

Whatever way you look at it, Grealish’s pulsating Premier League form doesn’t look like letting up and that will only heap the pressure onto Southgate. Indeed, the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have probably seen enough already this season to be in a position where they would happily match whatever astronomical release clause has been inserted into his new contract.

The boy’s a star and could be the one to bring Southgate’s world crashing down around him.

Liverpool & Bayern Munich among bookies favorites to win the Champions League

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are among the favorites to win the 2020/21 Champions League but are expected to face competition from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

After winning their sixth European Cup with victory over Tottenham in 2019, Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title last season having finished a whopping 18 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s men saw their impressive start to the new season come to an abrupt halt with an embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend but that result is expected to be nothing more than a temporary blip.

Liverpool are far too good a side to let one poor performance derail their campaign before it’s even begun and the bookmakers clearly agree as this online casino in Kenya is one of many who’ve installed Liverpool as the 5/1 joint second favorites to win the Champions League this season.

The Merseyside club has a relatively straight-forward group after being drawn to face Ajax, Atalanta and Midtylland so Liverpool should ease into the knockout stages where Klopp’s players will be confident of beating most clubs on their day.

Bayern Munich are understandably the 4/1 favorites with most bookmakers having stormed their way to the trophy last campaign. The German’s are already showing some formidable form this year and have a superb squad so they will no doubt be right in the mix to retain their crown next May.

Manchester City fell just short last season after a shock defeat to Lyon in the quarter-final stages so Pep Guardiola will be determined to go further this time around as he looks to win the clubs first ever Champions League title.

City have strengthened their defense this summer after splashing out on Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake and they have a simple group to navigate so Guardiola will hope he’s finally got the foundations to go all the way to the final and they look a decent bet at odds of 5/1.

Paris Saint-Germain went agonizingly close to winning their first ever European Cup after losing 1-0 to Bayern in last season’s final. With the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe up front, the French champions are a very dangerous team and look good value to go one better this season at odds of 10/1 with some bookmakers.

Juventus are always strong contenders and they are priced at 14/1 while Spain’s big guns Barcelona and Real Madrid look tempting at 12/1 as they are always competitive in the Champions League knockout stages.

Chelsea are seen as outsiders as they’re priced at 22/1 while Manchester United have been pushed out to 25/1 following their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham so the bookies don’t see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turning things around.

Strategies To Improve Your Football Bets

Like other gambling methods, betting on football requires you to use strategies to increase your chances of winning. However, these plans tend to be quite numerous. Thus, you might find it challenging to choose which strategy to use.

Consider using these four strategies to help improve your chances of winning from your football bets:

  1. Three-Way Moneyline

Using the three-way moneyline betting strategy tends to involve one of three options. In contrast, the standard moneyline bet may only make you choose between two options.

In a three-way moneyline bet, you can gamble on either Team A or Team B to win. But, you may also choose the match to end in a tie. Many football betters choose either Team A or Team B to win in a three-way moneyline bet. However, draws or ties in football tend to be quite common, so voting on a particular match to end in a stalemate is also a viable option.

Note that three-way moneyline betting isn’t only on football bets. You may also find it on CSGO match betting, wherein you choose which eSport team to win. Otherwise, you may call the match to end in a draw. Betting on eSports might also be a good practice to use this particular strategy, especially if you fancy betting on digital sports than physical activities.

  1. Double Chance

The double chance betting strategy may help you win bets by allowing you to gamble on two out of the three potential results on a specific match.

This strategy works by letting you combine two outcomes in one bet. You can choose between:

  • Home or Draw: You win once the home team wins or the match ends in a tie.

  • Home or Away: You win regardless if the Home or Away team is the winner.

  • Away or Draw: You win if the Away team defeats the Home team, or if the match ends in a draw.

Several advantages are in store for football gamblers who use the double chance strategy. First, you take advantage of an increased chance of taking home winning bets since you’re betting on two potential outcomes instead of one. You can also bet for the underdog to win if you’re expecting an upset to happen within the match.

  1. Handicap

Another strategy to help you beat the odds in football betting is the handicap bet. Note that not every bookmaker might allow you to take advantage of this type of bet. Hence, you need to research first if you want to use this particular strategy. Nonetheless, the handicap bet, or the ‘single handicap’ or ‘three-way handicap’ bet, allows football gamblers to place a handicap on the Away team or outsider. In turn, it makes it tougher for the favourite team to win the gamble.

It might sound confusing, but here’s a brief example to help you know how it works. For instance, the Home team seems to have a 100% chance of winning against the Away team. So, you set a handicap for the Away team with a specific number of goals, which tends to be about three or four. Then, the Home team needs to overcome this handicap to be the winner of the bet.

Some betters tend to take advantage of this particular gambling strategy as it might make matches more interesting, yet more challenging than usual to predict.

  1. Hedging

As you’re learning how to bet on football matches, you might encounter a relatively common betting strategy called hedging or hedge betting.

Think of hedging as a form of insurance. In other words, you’re not going to come out emptyhanded regardless of the match’s outcome. Use this strategy if you want to play it safe.

So, how does hedging work?  For example, you placed a $100 wager on Team A to win the match. Also, it seems that this team has odds of 12.00. Now, Team A makes it to the finals, where they’ll be facing off with Team B. At this point, your chosen bookmaker shows you that Team A has 2.60 odds of winning, while Team B has 1.50. If you bet on Team A and that group wins, you’ll make a profit of $1,000. But, if Team B wins, you’ll lose the $100 bet.

However, if you hedge your bet and decide to cover yourself, you’ll still pocket some cash even if Team B wins. Perhaps, you decided to cover your potential losses by placing a $500 bet on Team B to win. If so, the bet wins with $750, and you can make a profit of $150.


The hedging, three-way moneyline, handicap, and double chance strategies are four of the many ways you can gamble in various football games. Remember to take as much time as possible to plan your bets. Otherwise, betting based on emotion than thought might result in frustrating losses.

Early Fantasy trends in the English Premier League

Between no fans, an explosion of offence, and a condensed offseason, there are some interesting early-season trends taking place in the English Premier League. We look at the ones impacting English Premier League fantasy football after the first three weeks of matches.

Highest Scoring Week Ever 

Week 2 of the 2020/21 Premier League season witnessed record scoring. The ten games combined for 44 goals in Matchday 2, topping the previous record of 43 goals set during the 2010/11 EPL season.

Matchday 3 saw offences continue to pour in goals, with five teams topping the three-goal mark, helping the week reach 29 goals with two games left to play on Monday.

Excluding Sheffield United, every single EPL team enters Monday, averaging at least one goal per match.

Clean sheets are challenging to come by early in the season, meaning a top-tier goaltender is more valuable than normal this early in the season. Everton’s keeper Jordan Pickford has been one of the few to shine early in the season.

Knowing whether record goals will continue to pour in is unpredictable. However, grabbing a quality keeper could help your team weather the storm if scoring continues in the EPL continues at a record pace.

Away Teams Dominate Early

Early in the EPL season, the term “playing the matchups” seems to have taken on a new aspect – and that is playing the away players.

Week 3 saw the first seven away teams get a result – after Newcastle scored at 90+7 to tie the Hotspurs and Leicester knocked in five goals against Man City to move atop the table. These outcomes make it three straight weeks where the away teams have looked superior – with 18 results in 26 games, compared to 10 results for home teams through as many games.

The lack of fans is the one glaring factor this season. Typically, a visit to Man City means a hostile environment. However, without any real fans in the stands, Jamie Vardy could just waltz his way to a hattrick in Matchday 3.

If you need to make a roster adjustment for the upcoming week, players on road clubs are outperforming home players early in the 2020/21 EPL season.

The Stars Scoring Early in the Season

Early draft predictions are looking pretty smart to start the EPL fantasy season, as top-rated players are lighting up the stat sheet. Mohamad Salah, Danny Ings, Jamie Vardy, and Son Heung-Min are off to strong starts, while Harry Kane has four helpers to lead the league early.

The strong starts from the stars coincide with the offensive explosive occurring early in the season. While the top guys should continue to produce throughout the year, some of the early season surprises – such as Neal Maupay and Patrick Bamford – may be worth shopping early with their value at an all-time high, especially if your team needs a keeper or defence.

“Manchester United Nani goal” by gordon2208 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Big Club Fantasy Disappointments so Buy Low

While some stars are producing early in the year, the big names on Man City, Man United, Arsenal, and Chelsea have yet to live up to expectations.

Both Manchester teams came into the year without much of an offseason. Still, Kevin De Bruyne – star of Man City – should not be outperformed by Jarrod Bowen on West Ham United.

The slow starts mean someone could be shopping one of these players for a low return. Even if Kevin De Bruyne is off to a slow start, he is still a fantasy stud. If you can survive his lower production now, you should see significant returns on your fantasy team later in the season.

Fantasy Trends and Soccer Betting

Much of the information above is useful for betting on soccer as well as playing EPL fantasy. Knowing that road teams are having early success and unusually high offensive production from just about every club can help you make better wagers.

Knowing where to bet is essential as well. The best Canadian sportsbooks for EPL odds offer a wide selection of quality markets on every single match.

Look for away underdogs and overs on the goal totals to offer the best soccer betting value as the 2020-21 EPL season heads into Matchday 4.

Sports Betting with Betway: How to Place Football Bets

Each day, thousands of players join a sports betting website- whether for football matches or other- with the aim of placing bets but more importantly for most fans it is to  make money and win bragging rights over friends. So how do you get started? Your options when it comes to sports betting websites depend on your country of residence.

For Nigerians who reside in their home country, there are several options. No matter what your preferred sports is, you are most likely able to find a betting site that appeals and caters to you. If you feel comfortable betting with local brands, there is a long list of Nigerian betting brands to choose from. However, if you prefer fair bookmakers review, several options await you.

About Betway

One of the most trusted and popular international betting brands available to Nigerian punters is Betway. The leading bookmaker website features a sportsbook and a casino. Betway is licensed in several nations including Nigeria, Malta, Spain, U.K, Italy, Denmark, and Belgium. In Nigeria, Betway is licensed by the Lagos State Government and the National Government of Nigeria. The bookmaker is also regularly audited for fair gaming and safety.

The credibility of the Betway brand is undisputed as there are several signed sponsorships with popular sports clubs. One of the most popular football clubs in partnership with Betway is West Ham United in the English Premier League.

Online Sports Betting with Betway

There are over 30,000 bet markets available to punters on Betway. Of course, football dominates the bookmaker’s marketplace, however, other options include horse racing, cricket, rugby, table tennis, boxing, Aussie rules, handball, basketball, and baseball. The Betway website has a user-friendly interface that allows bettors to access all options quickly and without hassle.


Registration on Betway is easy and seamless. There are limited steps to ensure punters are not put off yet safe enough to avoid account breach. Below are the steps involved in signing up with Betway.

  • Enter www.betway.com.ng on your browser

  • Navigate to the top of the page and click on “Sign Up”

  • Enter the details required in the appropriate fields and click on “ Register”

After all details have been submitted, you can then make your first deposit and start placing wagers. If you qualify for any promotion, you will be notified by the bookmaker and you can decide to claim it or not.

Betway Sports App

Betway allows punters to enjoy betting both on their computers and mobile devices. Players can wager on their Android and iOS devices by downloading the Betway Sports App. The Betway app can be downloaded from the bookmaker’s website or the App store. The app is easy to use and offers a practical interface to bet on the go. All you need is an internet-enabled Android or iOS device and you are ready to play.

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Juventus aiming for a magical tenth Scudetto!

They say that the more things change, the more things stay the same and although the world around us is evolving with each passing day, there is still a constant feature that comes from within the confines of Italian football.

A constant that is found at the Allianz Stadium with Juventus racking up a ninth successive Serie A title last season. Now there is a question that sits on everyone’s lips – can the Old Lady go on and make it ten in a row?

Clearly, there is no doubt that Juventus have been the dominant force in Italian football over the past decade. Although some have come close to bloodying their nose, the status quo has remained since the 2011/12 season with Juve being crowned champions at the end of every single season.

Depending on where your support lies, Juve’s continued dominance has either been a great thing or some scene out of a horror movie. Anyone who supports the Bianconeri be grinning at the prospect of a tenth consecutive league title.

Unfortunately for the anti-Juve crowd, another winning season for the Old Lady would mean more bad news for the rest of the top division in Italy. When you consider that last season’s edition of the Bianconeri was hardly a vintage offering, there is indeed room for the Italian champions to improve this time around!

With potential changes still on the horizon, Juventus remain the favorites to win another Serie A title. Former legendary midfielder Andrea Pirlo is now at the managerial helm- and his name could be etched into immortality at the end of the season.

It’s been a rather tumultuous summer for both Pirlo and Juve- one that has seen the 41-year-old earn a career promotion far quicker than he or anyone else for that matter, could have ever envisioned.

Although they are by far the superior squad on the domestic front, the Bianconeri have yet to return to the top of the continental scene with another disappointing offering in
the Champions League last season. This meant heads would eventually roll.

Even though Maurizio Sarri led the club to their ninth successive and his first-ever Serie A title, it was deemed as not enough by the powers that be. With their European exploits falling short, the former Chelsea manager was shown the exit door.

A decision that meant a replacement for Sarri had to come from within and even though Pirlo had only been appointed as manager of Juventus U23 nine days previously, he soon found himself taking charge of the first team instead.

While the appointment seemingly follows a recent trend all over Europe and one that has seen club greats return to take the managerial reigns and where the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United have blazed a trail, Juventus have now followed.

This means Pirlo either has the easiest job in world football or the hardest because this is a team of talented stars that some claim almost picks itself. On the flip side, it could also be far too big a task for the man who won 116 international caps for Italy.

Even though he was considered one of the greatest deep-lying playmakers of all time, his managerial nous is yet to be trusted and although immortality is perhaps waiting, his coaching career could be over before it has already begun.

Pirlo’s one overriding objective is to make sure the championship link continues. Should it break then whoever oversees the lapse in dominance in Italy will have to carry a huge burden for years to come. Nothing less than the Scudetto is expected. Probably more convincing and entertaining performances are expected as well.

Sarri was brought in to improve the club’s performances and to provide entertaining football because his predecessor Max Allegri had been a serial winner with the Bianconeri yet his last two seasons were marked by dull and unconvincing football.

The rest of Italy’s football fraternity is hoping that Juventus’ luck finally runs out and that this is the season when a new club is crowned king. At the same time, it is unfair to say that the last nine Serie A titles have been won by luck and nothing more.

Quite simply, this is a team that is superior and deeper than all the competition can provide. The fact that the Bianconeri keep winning, may suggest that the man in charge is not all that important as he acts as nothing more than an interchangeable entity.

Antonio Conte then Allegri and Sarri have all won the league title when in charge of Juve. This means Pirlo is up next and if he can secure the tenth consecutive Scudetto with some convincing performances on top of that, a bright future beckons for
both him and the club.

If Juve do get into double figures in terms of successive titles then who knows
at what number the streak will finally end!

The math of football & sports betting

Everyone loves a good competition between two football teams, but the thrill takes on a different meaning when you have your money riding on the game. Even experienced bettors will tell you that sports betting is not so much about winning as it is about the excitement of the bet. However, winning some extra cash with that never hurt anyone and a bit of math will only help you in your bets.

Understanding the basics

If you have even a cursory understanding of placing bets, then you’re aware of the idea of odds as this is what allows betting houses to make money. These odds fluctuate based on multiple reasons. Smaller odds highlight that the team is expected to win the game. Betting houses make a lot of money on people who play parlays which are quite hard to win even though they pay handsomely to those who do.

Those who are looking to find an online bookmaking site in Kenya would do well to check out 1XBet Kenya. Here, users can find opportunities to wager on their sports matches from all over the world. The platform is Kenya’s premier bookmaking site that welcomes players from all corners of the world to watch and bet on sports games.

There are many games that have the same odds which pay less than 2:1. This means that regardless of the result, the betting parlors are going to make money. All that they have to do is to even the amount that is placed on both teams to ensure big profits. Mathematics does have practical significance for those who are looking to make money by betting.

Comparing sports betting with casino games

Whether you decide to bet on sports or casino games will depend on not only your level of skill but also your love for sports/casino games. You could opt to gamble on some of the top gaming titles developed by top-notch developers such as Microgaming whose payout rates do not fluctuate much. With the help of statistics, you will be able to understand better how to look for slots with lower house edge and high RTPs.

Those who opt for sports betting too will have to dedicate some time to go through the stats and spreads to understand where they stand a chance to gain. Once you’ve picked your platform, it is your mathematical brain that should take over.


It is no secret that beating the house is close to impossible so it is better to stick to games that have a low house edge. Betting on single games after a mathematical study of them should significantly improve one’s chances of success even though one has to play a lot of games to make good money.

Furthermore, managing one’s account and allocating money for each day, week, and month will also improve your chances of success in the long-run. This advice applies to both sports wagering as well as casino games. Success does take practiced discipline and even if your fortunes don’t change overnight, you can still do enough to keep yourself well entertained and win at regular intervals.


Those who are inclined towards sports have an advantage in sports wagering for their keen insight will help them greatly to spot the changing values and moments in the game. Getting thoroughly educated about the statistical side of things as well as how parlors and casinos shift odds will be crucial in solidifying one’s position.

Where will Messi likely end up?

In football and perhaps even outside football, 25 August 2020 will be remembered as the day Lionel Messi sent a request to Barcelona to release him so he can move to another club. His career has so far stretched over 16 years, with Messi winning 34 trophies and scoring 634 goals.

Obviously, Messi is a player considered by many to be the best in the world. His desire to leave comes against the backdrop of a humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of eventual Champions League winners Bayern Munich.

As the magnitude of his request continues to sink in the world of football, only a handful of clubs have a chance of securing the services of the Argentine wizard.

Clubs likely to sign Messi

The English Premier League has a strong following across the world with Messi also
known to be a close follower. This is further helped given that two of his closest friends,
Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero have enjoyed great success from their exploits in
England. It is also believed that Messi spoke with Manchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola before submitting his transfer request. It should also not be lost that the key Manchester City boardroom staff of Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, also worked with Guardiola when he was coaching Messi at Barcelona.

Manchester City also stands as one of the few teams with the financial muscle to meet Messi’s salary demands. However, City may face serious competition from their neighbors, Manchester United, who are also believed to have the financial clout to seal
a move for the Argentine. While Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp already ruled out a move, Arsenal and Chelsea have yet to give a response though it is highly unlikely Messi would join either of the London clubs.

Outside England, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) may tempt Messi to link up with long-time friend Neymar as they attempt to get their hands on that elusive Champions League Trophy. Other suitors that have been mentioned as possible destination include Italian champions Juventus who happen to have Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad! If you fancy your chances and want to bet where Messi might end up, look at various betting reviews like this Swedish betting site for legitimate options.

Heading home or staying put?

Messi has always said he hopes to end his playing career back in Argentina with his
boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys. However, security concerns are a major issue, particularly given the superstar has three young children attending school. Messi also believes that he still has something to give, and thus he sees the need to put the move back home on hold and instead continue to play in an elite league for a bit longer.

A possible scenario is that he may yet end up staying at Barcelona if his conditions are met and if he is convinced by the club’s hierarchy that they will try their best to create a strong and competitive side. Messi and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu currently have a strained relationship, which has been raised by more than one source as one of
the reasons why he wants to leave. A major hurdle that may prevent the Argentinian from leaving is the legal battles likely to come up. Messi had a contract that would have allowed him to leave for free in June this year.

However, some in Barcelona believe that the clause has expired, leaving Messi under contract until 2021. Any effort to take him away from Barcelona would have to be met with a 700 million buy-out clause, which obviously would be a world record.

Will he stay, or will he go?