Comparing 3 NFL teams to English Premier League clubs

The National Football League and English Premier League are potentially two of the most popular leagues in the world. These two leagues have begun to cross over into each other. In 2014, three games were played in London for the season, while the EPL has gained massive popularity over the years in the United States.

Since the two leagues have crossed, we have seen how many of the teams have played. It brings the thought of how some of these teams are similar despite playing two different sports. With that said, these three EPL teams have similar traits to the following NFL teams.

Everton & Green Bay Packers

Every year that Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback of the Packers, the franchise is given top NFL odds to contend for the Super Bowl. The Packers consistently put up solid performances in the NFL but don’t do it in a flashy way. The team has never had a running back or wide receiver that finishes with eye-popping numbers. The defense doesn’t have a star like Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack. The Packers just find a way to get the job done.

 

Everton FC is a similar ball club. When reading through the box scores, Everton never has a star player that stands out, yet they find ways to consistently compete, especially in the Europa League. If either team won their league, it wouldn’t feel surprised because both teams sneakily hide in the shadows piling up wins. 

Norwich & Cleveland Browns

The Browns have not qualified for the playoffs since 2002. Since then, the team has won 10 games once in 2007 and has piled on losing season after losing season. The Browns are the doormat of the NFL. When it comes to losing, the NFL team that comes to mind includes the Browns in the conversation. The team never makes it easy on themselves. 

In the Premier League, Norwich had one of the worst seasons in 2019/20. The team finished with 22 points and a goal difference of -46. Despite playing poorly, the team stuck with popular manager Daniel Farke. That’s the opposite of how Browns do business, given that the team has fired so many coaches over the last decade. In the end, both teams are treading water towards loser status unless their franchise image changes. Norwich were obviously relegated but currently stand on top of the table in the Championship- first place guarantees automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

Manchester United & New York Giants

In 2008, the New York Giants put on one of the best football shows we have ever seen. The New England Patriots were 17-0 and trying to finish the undefeated season in the Super Bowl. However, the Giants spoiled the party and won. All in all, the Giants have a rich football history, having won four Super Bowl titles altogether. Every year, fans in New York expect the team to compete, even if the team has poor talent on the roster.

Manchester United understands the feeling. The soccer club has a storied past that has left their fans celebrating on numerous occasions. Both fan bases can be some of the most loveable fans, but also absolutely frightening when the franchise is losing.

Premier League trio priced as leading favorites to win Europa League

Premier League trio Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are the bookmakers’ favorites to win the Europa League following Monday’s last-32 draw in Switzerland.

Spurs have enjoyed a superb start to the new campaign and remain firmly in the Premier League title hunt despite narrowly losing 2-1 to leaders and defending champions Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night. Roberto Firmino’s late header won it for Liverpool but Tottenham’s resolute performance enhanced their title credentials.  Continue reading

An inside look at the history and rise of Betting in Football

The origin of football is shrouded in mystery as many scholars try to answer the question of where football started from. Nevertheless, it is no secret that 19th century England is where and when the modern form of football began.

As for football betting, many believe that it started at about the same time the sport began. However, it was not as sophisticated and tech-oriented as betting on Betway88 online platform. This article will provide an enthralling account of the history and rise of football betting.

The History of Football Betting

There is no perfect history of football betting. Therefore, industry experts suggest that it might have started when the sport began. However, before the 1960s, wagering on football was illegal and took place in criminal safe houses.

Bookmakers introduced weekly betting pools in 1923 outside Old Trafford. The betting pools are still there today but are different from the football betting online on platforms like Betway88 that many punters know and love. It was a points-based scoring system, where punters scored points based on how close their predictions of the outcome of up to 12 games was to the actual score.

The Rise of Football Betting

The football betting industry got a boost when the 1960 Gambling Act legalized gambling. As a result, bookmakers put up shop all over the country. This move allowed football punters to place bets on football in other betting forms other than pools. This was a game-changer in the history of football betting.

The shops were not glamorous places as politicians had pushed for them to be as dark as possible. The shops were not allowed to display any adverts, which hindered football betting growth in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The established operators took advantage of legalization to take their operations to the next level. The prominent industry players in the UK at the time were Ladbrokes, Coral, and William Hill.

Later in the 1980s, the betting shops started being hospitable thanks to new legislation that allowed betting shops to use brighter interiors and have televisions to show the live-action. However, the betting options were still limited. At that time, a minimum trebles rule dictated that a game must be shown live on TV for gamblers to bet on it.

The increased exposure of football pushed football betting out of the shadows. It started attracting millions of customers in the 90s. Sky Sports played a significant role when it acquired the rights to broadcast live Premier League matches. This move provided the punters with more games to bet on as they could only bet on live matches. In-play live betting was born as bookies started taking bets from customers while a game was running.

Online Operators

The advent of the internet completely changed how football betting was conducted. Online bookies such as Betway88 began to gain popularity, and punters got access to new types of bets. Things that seemed farfetched were now a reality –punters can bet on corners, yellow cards, or penalties.

Other significant developments were like the shifting of tax from the punters to the bookies, and the minimum trebles rule was abolished. Currently, football betting is at an all-time high; bookmakers can take bets from punters around the world and offer a wide range of markets.

Summary

Football betting has gone through an exciting journey to become what it is now. Despite the explosion of online betting platforms, betting shops are still going strong. However, the future of football betting lies with online platforms, more so those offering mobile betting services.

History of FIFA World Cup mascots

Every four years, somewhere in the world, a very special event takes place. Suddenly, whole countries stop, traffic jams ease, and streets and pubs get filled with screams and curses. Everybody gets unapologetically patriotic, people reminisce of old times, old matches, and the beer magically tastes just amazing. What’s the occasion, you might ask?

Of course, it’s the FIFA World Cup tournament – one of the most popular worldwide events, taking place every four years in a different country. It’s the biggest celebration for all football fans worldwide, regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Some are lucky enough to get the tickets and see the game live – others search the web for a good live football streaming platform or desperately fix their antennas to get the best connection. What all of them have in common is a deep love for football.

Many of us more or less know how the FIFA World Cup is celebrated. However, only the most devoted football fans know about certain traditions cultivated in the FIFA World Cup throughout the years. One of them is choosing the official World Cup mascot for each event.

Just as the hosting countries change every four years, so does the mascot. However, it is always designed in a way that corresponds to the culture of a given nation. Let’s see together how the World Cup mascots have been changing over the years, starting from the first one – born in 1966.

World Cup Willie – England, 1966

World Cup Willie was the lion mascot created by Reg Hoye for the 1966 World Cup in England. The origin of the very first mascot stems from the UK’s tradition and its national symbol – a lion.

Juanito – Mexico, 1970

The Mexican mascot was a boy wearing a sombrero and Mexico’s kit. Juanito – with his typical Mexican outfit and a familiar Mexican male name – was meant to represent every Mexican football lover.

Tip and Tap – Germany, 1974

At the time of the event, Germany was still split in half into East and West. Thus, the official mascot was composed of two boys – Tip and Tap – wearing the sports uniforms with “WM 74″ imprinted. The mysterious inscription – Weltmeisterschaft 74 – translates to “World Cup” and the tournament year.

Gauchito – Argentina, 1978

Gauchito, the Argentinian mascot, was a boy wearing Argentina’s kit. Gauchito had attributes of a gaucho – a horseman figure typical of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brasil – such as a neckerchief and a whip.

Naranjito – Spain, 1982

The official mascot of the tournament in Spain was an orange (naranja in Spanish), a fruit typical for this sunny country. The orange was wearing football shoes and holding a ball in hand. The big, round fruit also had the hosts’ national team’s kit.

Pique – Mexico, 1986

The mascot of yet another tournament that took place in Mexico was Pique – a jalapeño pepper, known very well in Mexican cuisine. Its name “Pique” stems from picante, meaning spicy. It was one of the World Cup’s humoristic mascots, looking very friendly with a mustache and a sombrero.

Ciao – Italy, 1990

Ciao was quite an innovative mascot – it was actually a stick figure in the Italian flag colors. Instead of his head, there was a football. Its name is a typical Italian word used for greeting.

Striker (The World Cup Pup) – USA, 1994

Striker, like the name World Cup Pup suggests, was a dog – the most beloved US pet. Striker wore the football uniform in the American flag colors (red, white, blue) with the words “USA 94″.

Footix – France, 1998

The French mascot was a cockerel – a traditional symbol of this country. Footix’s body and the football he held were in the French flag colors – blue, red, and white, similar to the national team kit. Its name came from combining the word “Foot” and suffix “-ix” shared among the Gauls.

Ato, Kaz, and Nik (The Spheriks) – South Korea/Japan, 2002

Ato, Kaz, and Nik were computer-generated figures in orange, blue, and purple colors. As the story goes, they were part of a fictional sports team called “Atmoball”; Ato was the coach, while Kaz and Nik were the players. The mascot was meant to be innovative and futuristic, just as the hosting countries are.

Goleo VI (sidekick – Pille) – Germany, 2006

Goleo was a lion wearing a Germany shirt, whereas Pille was the football he was holding. The mascot’s name comes from a combination of the words “goal” and “leo”. Pille, however, means football in German slang.

Zakumi – South Africa, 2010

The cheerful mascot dancing to Waka Waka was Zakumi – a leopard wearing South African colors uniform (yellow and green). A leopard is a common animal in South Africa, whereas his name Zakumi came from combining the words “Za” (meaning South Africa) and “Kumi” (meaning ten in some African languages).

Fuleco – Brazil, 2014

Fuleco was a product of Brazil’s concerns with biodiversity and environmental issues. He was a three-banded Camarillo – a species found solely in Brazil – and his name “Fuleco” combined the Portugisian words meaning “football” and “ecology.”

Zabivaka – Russia, 2018

Zabivaka, with its name translated from Russian as “the one who scores,” was a wolf wearing the colors of the Russian national football team – white, blue, and red.

What about Qatar, 2022?

The next official FIFA World Cup mascot is to be announced by the end of 2020. Will it be funny and humoristic, or rather futuristic and creative? As for now, all we can do is wait and see.

Although there are still many questions regarding this event, one thing we know for sure – its official mascot will be a great accompaniment to the incredible football emotions. When the championships take place, besides shouting and admiring the game, don’t forget to look for a fun mascot somewhere on the pitch field!

Is the UEFA Nations League and friendlies really needed?

International football has taken over from domestic football for the past 10 days, and there seems a growing number of football fans who do not like when their seasons are interrupted. Could it be that international football has simply grown tired, and that the football in many ways feels like it is taking something from the more exciting domestic fixtures.

Normally international games break up the traditional leagues in Europe 3 times a season. In October, November and March, which means that for 30 days in a season there is no domestic football.

Friendly games have rubbed up for fans the wrong way for some time. Whilst the advantage of such games means that fans can see some of the best players in the world and exciting fixtures, they really offer very little in return. In truth you are watching a training exercise- does it matter if your team beat Brazil, Germany or Argentina? It’s just a friendly.

Thankfully the large bulk of friendly games have been replaced by competitive games and yet despite an extra competition being introduced by UEFA friendly games remain a constant fixture. Clubs loathe them because their players can get injured on international duty, even if they get injured at a World Cup that is bad news, but getting injured for a game that means nothing just seems pointless.

So UEFA introduced the Nations League- this could have been more welcomed if it had put an end to the friendly round of games, but of course it hasn’t. Witness how England had to play Republic of Ireland days before a crunch tie in the Nations League against Belgium- what purpose did the game against Ireland serve? Some could argue that it gave England manager Gareth Southgate a clearer view of the qualities of his players going into the Belgium game- one could counter that argument and say that after being in the job for four years he should have a clue what his best team line up is.

The Nations League seemed like a decent idea, but at the same time one has to wonder if it ever was? The complexes of the group stage can leave many an adult dumbfounded by all the rules- and not every team can qualify for the knock out stages that goes straight to the semi-finals. Though if you play well in this competition it can help for European and World Cup qualifications. There are groups in the Nations League where even if you win all of your games, because you are not a band A team, your competition still ends at that point. And so on.

But even if the Nations League was a straight group games and knockout competition- it just feels like one more competition for already tired players, who have a full on schedule in their domestic leagues. Remember the bulk of these players are going to be their best in their countries, which means they will be playing for the best sides who are going for the trophies.

Until it actually gets to the final the Nations League doesn’t seem very important at all. Are current holders Portugal remembered for winning it in its first year or will that team be more remembered for winning Euro 2016 instead? England have just been knocked out in the group stages of the Nations League as they lost 2-0 to Belgium, and yet the media that are always ready to crucify England managers simply haven’t dedicated column inches to their demise. Could you imagine the stories that would have been generated had England crashed out of the group stages of the Euro’s or World Cup? Manager Southgate would be packing his bags now.

Another example is the recent Spanish victory over Germany, where Spain beat them 6-0. It is a groundbreaking result until you learn it happened in the Nations League- it will be forgotten in a few weeks time by everyone outside of Spain and Germany.

Football can feel very over saturated and with UEFA adding another tournament in a calendar which can only run 12 months just feels like over kill. Take in mind that there is actually very little difference between the Nations League and the European Championships, and both competitions will clash next year.

The Nations League final was scheduled for June 2021, but has been pushed back to October. This means that teams who have made the semi-finals of the Nations League will be waiting almost 1 year to get to a final. It also means that UEFA of course recognise that the Euro’s are more important, they keep their original summer outing with the Nations League being pushed back. Also what happens if Germany win the Euro’s and a few months later Spain win the Nations League? Who will care truly? and who will believe that Spain are the best nation in Europe if they don’t win (the big one at the Euro’s)?

So what is the solution, as international fixtures have to co-exist with domestic football? One would be only having international fixtures as a means to qualifying for the respective summer tournaments that are coming up. Whilst some fans may love the idea of the Nations League one has to wonder if long time if it can work alongside all of the other competitions. So it may be best to end it- remember we have 2 international competitions that take place every 2 years to determine the best international teams- why do we need 3?

If UEFA insist on friendly games, because TV money is hard to turn down and when fans are allowed back into stadiums, it is easy gate receipt money, then these need to be limited. Possibly in the summer only, although this would be tricky in a World Cup or Euro’s year. The other possibility would be having them take place over a 10 day period but just once a season.

It is very important that domestic football takes place first and foremost with that in mind. International football can be very exciting at times, but with disjointed teams and players not being able to gel with one another like in club football it also means that international standard can drop, which means that us, the viewer, doesn’t get the very best product on show. It would be beneficial if UEFA could think through their schedules, because the current one seems painfully wrong.

 

 

The elements of lottery

The type of lottery viewed at Pengeluaran Data SGP is a form of gambling where many people buy cases, called lottery tickets, with winning tickets froming a pool of all tickets sold (sweepstakes) or open for sale. You should know of all or most of the possible permutations of the numbers or symbols used on the tickets. The total value of the prizes is generally the amount remaining after expenses from the pool, including the promoter’s profits, promotion costs and taxes or other revenues are deducted.

However, the number and value of prizes in some lotteries, and the promoter’s profits depend on the number of tickets sold. In most large-scale lotteries, along with several smaller ones, a massive prize is given. As a means of raising funds, lotteries have a broad appeal; they are easy to plan, easy to play, and popular with the general public.

Elements of Lottery

First Element: Typically, the essential elements of the lottery are straightforward. First, the names, sums stated number(s) or other symbols on which the money must come by some means. For consequent shuffling and possible choice in the drawing, the bettor may write his name on a ticket that with the lottery agency. Or in the knowledge that into a pool of numbers, the bettor may purchase a numbered receipt, the bettor being responsible for deciding later if his ticket was among the winners. Many modern lotteries with the help of computers that record the number(s) chosen by each bettor or the number(s) randomly created by each bettor. Bettors are usually responsible for later deciding if they have a winning ticket. However, the names of the buyers often registered, and payment for winning tickets in the bank accounts of the bettors.

Another protocol only allows the bettor to tell a lottery representative what number, usually up to three digits, he is supposed to, and the representative to appear with the prize later if any. In the numbers game, which has been common in most major U.S. cities for many decades, this is the standard practice. The game of numbers is known as an illegal lottery in U.S. state laws. Bolita, a policy-like lottery, is played in Puerto Rico, and among Cuban and Puerto Rican communities in the United States. The drawing consists of one numbered ball from a ball sack numbered 1 to 100.

Second Element: The double-feature in all lotteries is the draw, a system by which the winning numbers or symbols like you can determine using Pegeluaran Data SGP. Next, the tickets must come by some automated ways, such as shaking or flipping; this is a randomising mechanism projected to ensure that winners’ selection by chance and only by chance. Because of their ability to store information about large numbers of tickets and also to produce random winning numbers, computers have for this purpose. Could mean that several tickets have in lotteries with the correct combination of winning numbers where bettors can pick their numbers on their own, in which case the prize between the winners, or that no such ticket has on the other hand. In the case above, the standard practice is to transfer the sum of the victory to the next win.

Public promoters, especially large-scale lotteries, can take advantage of the opportunity to make the process of drawing and mixing as colourful and dramatic as possible. In that lottery, one to classify winning numbers and another to equate specific numbers with the names of horses entered in a significant race; the success of the individual horses then decided the final order of the prizes.

Third Element: The presence of a system for gathering and pooling all the funds placed as stakes is a third factor common to all lotteries. A hierarchy of sales agents who transfer the money paid for the tickets through the company before it is “banked” typically accomplishes this. An everyday activity in many national lotteries is to break tickets into fractions, normally tenths. Each fraction costs slightly more than its share of the total cost of the whole ticket, if and when sold separately. Many agents then purchase entire tickets for marketing in the streets, in effect at a premium or reduced price, where consumers may put relatively small stakes on the fractions. Either a computer system for tracking sales and printing tickets in retail stores in a large-scale lottery or the use of the daily mail system is desirable for information exchange and the transport of tickets and stakes.

However, postal laws forbid the use of mail in the United States and several other countries. Postal bans are also applicable to overseas lottery mailings. While the post office authorities are vigilant, it is evident that there is a great deal of smuggling and other breaches of foreign and interstate regulations.

Fourth Element: A fourth criterion is a set of rules for the calculation of the prize frequencies and sizes; well, Pengeluaran Data SGP is best to make a prediction. Lottery organising and marketing expenses clear from the pot, and a portion usually goes to the state or sponsor as income and benefits. Of the remaining available to the winners, it is essential to decide on the balance between a few or several smaller prizes.

Potential bettors appear to be drawn to lotteries that offer huge bonuses, as shown by the fact that ticket sales for rollover draws are increasing significantly. Still, they also require a chance to win smaller prizes in some cultures (which are usually wagered again in the next round). Lottery officials differ as to which of these options is best for the health of the people and the lottery’s economic performance. The sum returned to the bettors by the pool appears to be between 40% and 60%. The game of numbers usually brings winners back slightly more than 50%.

Conclusion

Online lottery gambling backed by Pengeluaran Data SGP is fun, and you can enjoy it with care. Make the right next to number outputs, doing the right calculations and thus winning the right amount directly to your bank accounts.

AC Milan 3-0 Sparta Praha: Three things we learned from yet another secure Europa League win

Milan extended their unbeaten run to 23 games this evening, beating Sparta Praha by three goals to nil in the second round of the Europa League group stage. The win was never in doubt for the Rossoneri, just like against Celtic, and several players really impressed this evening. 

Brahim Diaz opened the scoring after just 24 minutes, having won the ball high up the pitch to start a counter-attack. Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked him out and the Spaniard made no mistakes with the finish, firing it through the legs of the goalkeeper. Another goal, in other words, for the Real Madrid loanee in Europa League. Continue reading

Man Utd: Three Leipzig players to look out for ahead of the Champions League fixture at Old Trafford

After beating Paris Saint-Germain comfortably in the first game of the Champions League group stage last week, Manchester United will now host Leipzig at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. Despite the side’s inconsistencies in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and their style of play is more suited in Europe, especially with how they’ve setup recently within a 3-4-1-2 system.

With the Bundesliga side travelling to Manchester without the likes of Amadaou Haidara, Konrad Laimer, Lukas Klostermann and Nordi Mukiele, Julian Nagelsmann will be looking to show off his tactical flexibility and versatility, something that he is being well known for at a young age. Due to the 33-year-old’s intelligence and adaptation, the team are yet to suffer a defeat so far this season.

Leipzig’s project is one of the most exciting things in Europe, where many football supporters are expecting them to reach the levels of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. This can potentially happen, especially with the important assistance of Dietrich Mateschitz, who is an Austrian billionaire businessman and is the co-founder and 49% owner of the energy drink company Red Bull.

With no further ado, here are the three key Leipzig players to look out for tomorrow…

Dayot Upamecano – Centre back

Majority of Manchester United fans will already be aware of centre-back, Dayot Upamecano, who was constantly linked with a move to England in recent months by the English and German media. The French international is regarded as a key individual within the Leipzig backline, having become a regular starter for the side in recent years and is now seen as one of the best defenders in Germany.

With his strength, ability to read the game and burst of pace, the 22-year-old has the skillset and the potential to go onto become one of the best centre-backs in Europe. On Wednesday evening, he will be put to a huge test, facing the likes of Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, who have proven to be deadly on the counter through their movement, positioning and dribbling.

Dani Olmo – Attacking midfielder 

Since joining Leipzig in January 2020, Dani Olmo has been able to take his abilities and performances up a notch under Julian Nagelsmann, who has been carefully developing and improving the player week by week. Whether he is utilised in the number ten role or as an inside forward, Olmo is able to make an impact through his one-on-one dribbling as well as his intelligence to work in tight areas.

Olmo has surprised a number of people with his finishing and his shooting from long distance, as he has a tendency to use the inside of his right foot to achieve the right power and placement of the ball. Not only that, the midfielder links up effectively with the lone forward along with the wide players, allowing him to be seen as an unpredictable and difficult player to read by the opposition.

Yussuf Poulsen – Centre forward

Although he is no longer playing up front with Timo Werner, who had left Leipzig for Chelsea in the summer, Yussuf Poulsen is relishing the lone forward role in the 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-2-1 system. So far this season, he has completed two goals and one assist in four league appearances and will be looking to open his account in Europe shortly, as he will be up against both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

The Danish international is commonly known for his ability to win aerial duels as well as be a huge nuisance in the penalty box, as long as the crosses are placed correctly in the dangerous areas by the likes of Angelino, Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo. If the creativity and service is there for Poulsen to latch onto, then there should be no doubts in him causing a number of problems to Manchester United’s backline, as they have been under the scrutiny for poor defending and organisation.

What makes Virtual Football so addictive?

Virtual football has exploded in popularity in recent years. In 2003, 75,000 people played in virtual football leagues. In 2019, that figure had risen to an incredible six million. That is a huge increase.

Can you play virtual football in the same place you can play online slots?

Virtual football has become so popular that these days, it can be played almost anywhere. Some of the most popular newspapers run them each year, or you can play virtual football on many of the top dedicated bookies and online slots websites. Some people like to set their own virtual football leagues up amongst their friendship groups and work colleagues.

But why? Why has there been such a big jump in players and people betting on it? What makes virtual football so addictive?

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It makes a popular sport even better

Football is an incredibly popular sport, both here in the UK and elsewhere. By extending this and turning it into something that everyone can get involved with, you have created a whole new level of excitement and engagement. It may have even attracted people who were not interested in the real sport before

It is competitive

Virtual football is a great source of competition, especially if you are playing with or against friends and work colleagues and many virtual team managers do it just for the competitive nature and banter.

It gives players a sense of empowerment 

Running a virtual football team and having success can bring about a great sense of pride. It can be a great adrenaline rush to be able to put together and lead a virtual football team to your league’s title.

Lots of players and virtual football team owners love the thrill because they are in total control over something, which might not be the case in other aspects of their lives. They hold all the power and can run their team without anyone else telling them what to do.

It is a great distraction 

Sport is a great distraction for many people, whether they are playing it, watching it or trying their luck at virtual football. When you are watching the games or planning your next virtual manager move, nothing else seems to matter.

It doesn’t matter what your ‘real’ team is doing

If you are, for example, a Solihull Moors fan, then, well, winning the Premier League is not likely to be happening any time soon. However, when it comes to virtual football, it does not matter because it is what happens to your virtual team that really counts.

The rules are important

It sounds a little strange, but one of the things that attracts many people to virtual football is the strict adherence to rules. It is because of these strict rules and guidelines that football fans can show off the extent of their football knowledge

There are plenty of reasons to bet on virtual football. For starters, it can be seen a much more interesting and fun alternative to traditional football betting for some people It relies on a much deeper knowledge than normal betting, as pooling resources from across the entire league is necessary – and this is much different from traditional and speculative weekend accumulators. Not only that, but there are some big prizes available from even the smallest of stakes, as well as prizes available without any deposits.

Why don’t you give virtual football a try and see if you can become the next top football manager?

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.