Online Sports Betting Money Management

Sports betting can be an interesting way to pass the time and have some fun while watching your favourite sport. You might even win some money occasionally. Additionally, it can turn into a profession, if you want the profits to be your main source of income. Either way, there’s more to it than simply throwing 20 bucks over the counter, hoping for the starts to align.

In online sports betting, you have to consider several aspects of the matter before risking your money. Namely, knowledge about the sport and the team may be useful, and combined with the odds provided by bookmakers, you might be able to make a solid prediction. However, even when combined with pure luck, there’s a need for actual planning if you don’t want to get carried away.

You might be comfortable using certain real money bonuses at Bet365 without a deposit requirement or attractive promotions from similar betting sites, but such short-term solutions will only keep you entertained for so long. Therefore, more experienced bettors have publicly expressed the need to construct a bankroll whenever you’re planning on taking up sports betting.

Setting Up A Bankroll

This term basically signifies the amount of money you are willing to separate from your usual funds and spend them on betting. Bear in mind that professional bettors always keep to their chosen amount, while amateurs tend to pick the minimum, later adding money from your regular fund which ultimately makes you spend even more.

The bankroll should help you get a clear preview of the exact amount of money you’re planning to spend. However, if things go well, you won’t be spending money as much as you’ll be winning them. Once again, a separate fund for sports betting allows for a precise record of all profits and losses.

How Much to Bet

The eternal question has been answered, and rash bettors are not going to like it. Experts recommend betting 1%-3% of your total bankroll, with 2% being both a risky wager, but a fulfilling one.

In this regard, you may choose to go with a fixed plan. This can go both directions, the first one being level staking which basically means that if 2% of your primary bankroll is $30, you would keep that wager for all bets. Percentage staking, however, accounts your funds and for each bet calculates 2% of the current bankroll.

A variable plan will let you shift between wagers depending on the expected value, the potential profit, or simply your level of confidence about the bet.

Go All The Way

Make sure you don’t lose focus mid-bankroll and start betting compulsively. Considering the fact that even the most experienced, professional sports bettors lose about 35%-40% of the time, keeping any strategy at hand is much better than letting money go to waste.

Keeping your bets low is bound to bring some return from time to time, while fluctuating bets might make you chase loses or even worse, stop just before the major hit.

Early predictions for Championship promotion

Championship

ChampionshipThe 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship is underway, and predictions as to who is likely to make their way to the promised land of the Premier League come May have been made. Coming into the new season, Newcastle United were considered favourites to reclaim their place in the top flight, with many experts declaring them champions elect before the first game was played.

However, once the season started, it quickly became clear Newcastle won’t have it all their own way, and that they may have some unexpected competition for the automatic promotion places, as well as the title itself.

So, let’s take a look at the main contenders for promotion from the Championship this season.

Newcastle United

The overwhelming favourites, Newcastle United seemingly have everything going for them this season. Having spent more than any other club in the division in the transfer market, and with the most high-profile manager in the league in Rafa Benitez, the Magpies have put themselves in a good position to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of as king. Industry experts such as 888 Sports believe anything other than winning the Championship title would be failure for the club.

While Newcastle sold and loaned out a number of key players during the transfer window, the acquisition of Matt Richie, Dwight Gayle, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark and other has only strengthened the perception that the club is set to dominate this year’s Championship.

Derby County

Derby County have been among the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League for the last two or three seasons, but have flattered to deceive. However, the Rams certainly have the talent on the field in the form of players such as Will Hughes, Ikechi Anya and Tom Ince, and under the direction of new manager Nigel Pearson, they have a decent chance of finding themselves among the frontrunners at the business end of the season.

Norwich City

Considered by many to be the biggest threat to Newcastle United’s Championship title hopes this season, Norwich City will have been boosted by holding on to the majority of their best players, such as Robbie Brady and Timm Klose, in the transfer window.

While the Canaries have not strengthened as much as they would have hoped, many experts still see them finishing in the automatic promotion positions and reclaiming their place in the Premier League following their relegation last season.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Expected to be fighting for promotion from the off this season, Brighton and Hove Albion are seen as contenders for an automatic promotion position after finishing third last season. The leadership of Chris Hughton combined with the return of striker Glenn Murray means the Seagulls have all the necessary tools to make it into the Premier League for the first time.

Sheffield Wednesday

The Championship wild card this season, Sheffield Wednesday will be gunning for a play-off place after finishing sixth last season, but a top-two finish could prove beyond them.

The Owls picked up attacking midfielder Almen Abdi from Watford in the summer, and will look to get more out of Fernando Forestieri after he refused to play against Norwich City earlier in the season as he pushed for a transfer.

With the club having signed nine new players, how Wednesday fare this season will likely come down to just how well their acquisitions gel as a team.

Will Jose be the Answer?

Jose

When Alex Ferguson lead Manchester United to a period of dominance, unrivalled in the English game, the question over what would happen next when the great Scottish leader retired, always hung over Old Trafford.

As other clubs tried and tested managers from here, there and everywhere the consistency in the top job at the club meant that Ferguson could build team after team, develop and nurture world class talent. But when the inevitable, and to some fans unthinkable happened, and Ferguson stepped down the road became less clear.

Moyes lasted only 34 games, the cauldron of Old Trafford and an overly expectant crowd leading tohis early departure. Van Gaal was viewed as a saviour but a string of poor transfers, results andmedia quotes showed he was out of touch with the modern Premier League.

Ultimately, these chain of events paved the way for the Special One.

There was always something of an inevitability about the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford with many bookies backing him to make the transition. As far back as February they were cutting odds to ¼ for him to take over from Gaal. Online the situation was similar with affiliate services and gambling operators offering signup deals on a number of managerial bets. Many of the free bets at Bethut for example were placed early in the managerial race when punters had the best offers on Mourinho’s new appointment.

Jose himself has openly admitted in recent years of his desire to manage at one of the worlds most renowned clubs. As soon as the pressure started to mount on Louis Van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho ‘s second tenure at Chelsea had ended, the jigsaw started to come together.

But Jose Mourinho will not have it all his own way at Old Trafford. To assess his fortunes let us take a look at five key points that will be the deciding factors in whether The Chosen One is the latest Old Trafford hero or the latest Old Trafford nightmare…

1. A Good Start

Both David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal were fighting a losing battle from the off as the United team of old withered away and the players and systems failed to gel as well as expected. United fans have grown increasingly impatient and for every United fan that welcomes Jose Mourinho, there are an equal number who aren’t at all positive about his appointment. A good start is vital to win over fans, critics and to avoid the old Trafford cauldron of hatred rising as it has so often done in the past few season!

2. Play around Pogba

Although much more lucrative options were on the table, Paul Pogba chose Manchester United and Jose Mourinho to ply his trade. The world record transfer shows how serious Jose Mourinho and United are about each other and just as he did at Chelsea with Drogba, Jose Mourinho must look to build his team around Pogba and craft a United side with his own identity.

3. Finish Above City

During most of his tenure, Sir Alex did not have to worry about the blue half of Manchester as very few seasons did they actually contend with his mighty United. But for the modern day Manchester United manager, finishing above Manchester City is a priority. Ask any Untied fan would they rather win the FA Cup or finish above City, and they will all answer with the latter! Jose Mourinho will be expected to finish above their rivals and doing so will ensure United fans are not pointing the finger from his first season

4. Get over 2-season- blue-syndrome

It is a widely known fact that Jose Mourinho tends to succeed for two seasons, start to fail and theneither walk or be pushed out of the door. United fans will want more of a legacy so Jose Mourinho will be judged not only on what he does in Season 1 but the legacy he leaves behind. United fans don’t want a two-and- done performance from Jose Mourinho! They want the next Dynasty

5. Rooney-gate

Wayne Rooney needs someone to motivate him to flourish in this stage of his career….is Jose Mourinho that man? If he can get Rooney back to his very best, which the previous two managers have failed to do, Jose Mourinho will have a player on his hands who is as good as a new signing. Whatever happened the story of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United will have ups, downs, highs and lows but I am sure we are all in for an entertaining season! One thing is for sure Jose is a winner and if I were a betting man – I wouldn’t bet against a winner!

The Importance Of Teaching Sport To Under-11s

With the ebb and flow in the fortunes of the nation’s sports teams, commentators frequently assert that children ought to be involved at grassroots level – for the good of sport. And while there is much truth in that, it’s also true that getting kids into different sports from a young age is just as important for their personal development, if not more so.

Primary school children are particularly liable to benefit from the opportunity to take part in organised sport. With qualified, enthusiastic, patient staff and readily available equipment from a stockist such as Hope Education, you’ll see children come on leaps and bounds in the following areas.

Social skills

Playing with peers is a big draw, and is often the factor that motivates children to try a new sport in the first place. It means kids can spend time with their friends in safe surroundings, working together towards a common goal. They’ll develop the social skills that will help them through school and into adulthood, such as overcoming conflicts and barriers, learning to be assertive without being aggressive and communicating with one another. They’ll also get into the healthy habit of being active for prolonged periods.

Competitive instincts

There are many positives associated with being competitive, and it doesn’t need to spill over into being a sore loser. Competition is everywhere, like it or not, but teaching kids how to adapt and succeed in dealing with it through sport is to teach them the basics without them realising it. Participating in sport helps children to cope with competition in a friendly environment, and also keeps boisterous, over-competitive rivals in check. The skills they learn through team play will serve them for the rest of their lives.

Sporting behaviour

Handling winning and losing is yet another crucial life skill that sport can help instil at an early age. It helps to create a balanced outlook: success and failure will each visit us many times through our lifetime, and if children can absorb that fact and be settled with it, they’ll have a strong character for most of their lives. They’ll also co-operate better with others and use better judgement when it comes to decision-making.

Also, being able to assess why they came up short and make necessary adjustments is another useful facet of sporting behaviour. Not enough power in that penalty? You know what to do next time then. Mastering personal improvement is a great foundation to becoming a hard-working, conscientious adult.

Leadership qualities

Or, in other words, taking responsibility. When a child has the ball at their feet or in their hands, the rest of the team is waiting on their decision. In that split second, they must weigh up the options available to them and then act upon their choice as effectively as possible. Leadership doesn’t necessarily mean telling others what to do – although voicing opinions is a valid aspect of it – but showing others that you are willing to step up.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic recalls on his website why sport was so important during his childhood, and this Unicef post explains why sport is such a valuable aid for children around the world.

 

Our Quick Guide to the last 20 World Cups

World Cup Quiz

With England still the dominant force in World football, the World Cup in 1930 was set to start in Uruguay without them. Although the English FA had joined FIFA in 1906, the relationship with the British associations was fraught. In 1928, the British nations withdrew from FIFA, in a disagreement over payments to amateur players and the World Cup went on without them. Thirteen teams entered the original tournament. Many European teams chose not to compete because of the difficulty of travelling to South America. Uruguay took advantage, winning every game including 6-1 in the semi-final and a 4-1 win over Argentina in the final.

In 1934, Uruguay joined the British nations in not competing in the tournament held in Italy. They withdrew in protest that many European countries did not travel to South America 4 years earlier and are still the only champions not to defend their title. Italy needed a replay against Spain in the quarter finals (24 hours after the first match – can you imagine today’s players being asked to do that?) and extra-time in the final to see off Czechoslovakia and win the cup on their own soil.

The 1938 became synonymous with politics and the debate over the future of the tournament. Uruguay and Argentina didn’t compete because of the decision to hold the tournament in Europe for the second time in succession. The British FA’s were still at war with FIFA (reminds me of recent events with Sepp Blatter) so didn’t enter, Spain were excluded because of the civil war and Germany competed under the Nazi flag. Italy retained their crown with a 4-2 final victory over the emerging Hungary, who had beaten England 6-2 at Wembley 2 years earlier.

After a break of 12 years because of World War II, the tournament returned with Brazil as the host nation. The winner was decided by a final group, and as it turned out, the deciding match in this group is notable for the size of the crowd, with a reported 173,850 packed into the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to see Uruguay win 2-1 and top the group as World Cup winners.

This was to be Hungary’s World Cup. 1954 in Switzerland saw them defeat South Korea 9-0 and West Germany 8-3 in the group before scoring 4 past both Brazil and Uruguay (albeit after extra-time) in the knockout stages. By the time they faced West Germany again in the final they had amassed a 32 match unbeaten run. They were undone by West Germany 3-2, after being 2-0 up inside the first 8 minutes.

The 1958 World Cup was hosted in Sweden and should be remembered for the feat of one man, who is often forgotten when the history of the World Cup is told. Just Fontaine, a Moroccan-born player for France scores a remarkable 13 goals in the tournament. He is still the fourth highest goalscorer at all World Cups, only having competed in one. To put that in context, Miroslav Klose took 4 tournaments to get his 16 goals and Ronaldo took 3 tournaments to score his 15 World Cup goals. A remarkable feat that is often overshadowed by the fact that this was Brazil’s first World Cup win and the start of the Pele era – he was only 17.

The 1962 edition of the Word Cup returned to South America, Chile and this small country hosted a tournament of 16 teams in only 4 stadiums. Brazil’s team with Garrincha, Vava and Pele starring were unbeaten throughout and took the final 3-1 against Czechoslovakia and took back-to-back wins. They were immediately installed as favourites to win their hat-trick in the next World Cup.

England fans will tell you the only thing you need to remember about the 1966 World Cup was we won it. (West) Germany fans will tell you the only thing you need to remember about the 1966 World Cup was the Russian linesman. West Ham fans will tell you the only thing you need to remember about the 1966 World Cup was the fact that West Ham players dominated the final.

Mexico 70 was a one team tournament, with Brazil even winning the final 4-1 against Italy. It was the crowning glory of the Pele Brazil era, completing their third triumph after feeling that they were fouled out of the 1966 World Cup in England. The Jules Rimet trophy was given to them permanently and a new World Cup was to be designed for the next tournament.

1974 was the start of the experiment of staging groups for both the first and second rounds of the tournament. East Germany topped the group ahead of their fierce rivals, and hosts, West Germany in the first round. They couldn’t repeat these results in the second round as group winners Netherlands and West Germany qualified for the final. Gerd Muller scored the winner as the West Germans triumphed 2-1, Muller’s fourth goal of the competition to add to the 10 he scored in 1970.

Scotland travelled to Argentina in 1978 win genuine hopes of challenging for the title, but they returned home 8 days after they started with group stage elimination. Their consolation was a win over the much-fancied Netherlands in what was the Netherlands only loss on their march to the final. They couldn’t cope with the passion of the hosts and ended up losing their second final in succession. The scoreline was 3-1.

The 1982 World Cup had many high points – the Brazil v Italy match in the second phase was a great match – but the moment of the tournament was Marco Tardelli’s celebration as he scored the third Italy goal in the final against West Germany. It captures the passion that the world feels for football. The ugly side of football reared its head through Harald Schumacher’s assault on Patrick Battiston.

The 1986 World Cup belonged to one man. Loved and loathed in fairly equal measure the world over, Diego Armando Maradona won the World Cup single-handed. In a team full of players that even fanatical football fans had forgotten a year later, Maradona was a star – for me the greatest player of all time. It’s not often that an entire tournament is dominated by a single team, let alone a single player but the best goals, the best performances and the biggest controversy all belonged to one man.

Italia 90 was nearly England’s year again, but it wasn’t to be. The dominance of Maradona from four years earlier had faded and this was a World Cup lit up by stars that hadn’t been expected to shine before it began – Paul Gascogne, Toto Schillaci, Roger Milla and David Platt. But Maradona dragged every ounce out of his teammates and the West German machine worked through the gears to face each other in the final. After a (mostly) beautiful tournament played in a beautiful country, the final was an ugly affair. Argentina decided that attrition and a penalty shoot-out was their best chance of retaining their title and the match was a horrible spectacle. Fortunately the team that came to play football were marshalled through the more by Lothar Matthaus and lifted the trophy.

The decision to take the World Cup to the USA in 1994 was seen as a positive commercial move in taking the game to a new market, unlike the furore around the new market of Qatar in 2022. The tournament was considered a success in bringing the game to packed stadiums across the country. The tournament was dominated by Brazil and Italy and it was no surprise to see them face each other in the final. What was a surprise, however, was the 0-0 scoreline and THAT penalty miss – no, not Diana Ross in the Opening Ceremony, but Roberto Baggio in the final shoot-out. Brazil win again after a wait of 24 years.

France 1998 was a World Cup to behold, with global stars at the top of their game. Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Juan Sebastian Veron, Edgar Davids and Christian Vieiri all had fantastic tournaments. The biggest drama came off the pitch as Ronaldo was seemingly overcome by nerves the night before the final. Reports circulated around the press as he was omitted from the starting lineup only to be reinstated 45 minutes before kick-off. This unsettled Brazil and France (for France, read Zinedine Zidane) took control with a 3-0 win.

The 2002 edition of the World Cup took us to new frontiers as Japan and South Korea were hosts. Defending champions France crashed out of the group stage without a win and were joined on the plane home by Portugal and Argentina. Controversy followed South Korea in winning through against Italy and Spain to set up a semi-final showdown with Germany. The old guard won through and Germany faced Brazil in the final. Ronaldo put to bed his demons from four years earlier with both goals in a 2-0 Brazil triumph.
The 2006 World Cup became notable for the number of cards issued by referees, with 345 yellows and 28 red cards issued. One match between Netherlands and Portugal saw 4 reds and 16 yellows handed out – the match becoming known as the Battle of Nuremberg. English referee Graham Poll infamously showed 3 yellow cards to the same player! On a more positive note, the French were revived by the skill and grace of Zinedine Zidane to reach the final against Italy. Zidane imploded with a head butt deep into extra-time and the Italians won on penalties.
2010 saw some more of the good side (small as it is) of Sepp Blatter as the World Cup again ventured into pastures new – South Africa. The finalists from 4 years earlier – France and Italy – both finished bottom of their groups and didn’t make it to the knockout stages, that were dominated by Germany hitting 4 goals past both England and Argentina before meeting an efficient Spain team that won 1-0 in all their knockout games, including the final against an aggressive Dutch team.
Three results in particular stand out for me as the 2014 World Cup played out.

Netherlands 5-1 Spain
Germany 4-0 Portugal
Germany 7-1 Brazil
These were defining moments in a competition that rewarded attacking football. The much-vaunted battle between the best players in the World didn’t show as Cristiano Ronaldo limped into and out of the tournament and Lionel Messi’s teammates were woefully off-colour, particularly Angel Di Maria. No surprise with the results above that Germany won the cup and are current World Champions.

5 of the best reads for the sporting fanatic

Sports fans, you are truly blessed. Where once upon a time your reading material was limited solely to newspapers, magazines and books, today there is an absolute wealth of great content online – on websites and blogs, and also via magazines in digital format.

Yes, for those sporting fanatics who cannot get enough of their passion, who live and breathe sport, they are spoilt for choice when it comes to reading. Here are just five of the very best reads, both in print and online. If you want to find sports magazines there’s a huge range available.

Sports Illustrated

Arguably the most respected sports media brand in the world, Sports Illustrated has long been established as the voice of authority in US sport. It might be famed for its annual ‘Swimsuit Issue’ but SI goes far and beyond bikini-inspired photography. Its coverage is comprehensive: USA sport’s big four – NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL – is analysed in microscopic detail but so too is college football, soccer, tennis, motorsport…et al.

The Blizzard

A visionary concept, The Blizzard is the discerning read for football lovers.
A quarterly publication, it’s relatively new – the 18th edition came out in September 2015 – and available as a ‘coffee table’ hard copy or in various digital formats. It also has a ‘pay what you want’ model. Its pitch is this – ‘a cooperative of top class football journalists and authors from across the globe, enjoying the space and freedom to write about the football stories that matter to them.’ Not a speed read, it’s content to be savoured.

Boxing News

Fight fans have had a near constant reading companion in the form of Boxing News, the weekly boxing bible that was launched back in 1909. As a resource its information is exhaustive – schedules, rankings and news – and there’s probably not a single punch thrown anywhere in the world of boxing (in the ring or in the gym) that BN doesn’t cover. The website has an excellent section devoted to training, showing sparring sessions and other gym work, as well as nutritional advice.

Sport

With freely distributed magazines now the norm it’s easy to forget that just under a decade ago, Sport was a ground breaking idea when it was launched. Already established in Paris, the UK version hit the streets in 2006 – handed out for free around tube and mainland rail stations every Friday morning in London. What set it apart from the thin, free newspapers already in circulation was the quality of the publication – full colour, genuinely well written, A-list sporting superstars on the cover and interviewed within. It’s still going strong today, and it can be read online for those who live outside the capital.

 The Guardian

Over the years the Guardian has evolved into a near-perfect platform for sports fans. While other UK media broadsheet heavyweights – notably The Times – moved to a subscription model, the Guardian has kept its content free. Its sport coverage is excellent; all the news and match and events report you’d expect, plus a plethora of other content, including lengthier features and lighter content such as The Knowledge and The Fiver (a witty daily email). Best of all is the Sports Network, which showcases great writing from other websites.

 

What is the A League all about?

A League QuizAs the popularity of domestic football began to grow in Australia, the AFC decided to reinvent the top flight of the club game in the country by launching the A-League in 2004 to replace the National Soccer League. The hope was that the A-League would bring in new fans, players, sponsors and interest. Indeed since that inaugural season in 2005-2006, the A-League has indeed been a success.

Currently, 10 teams compete in the league, 9 from Australia and 1 from New Zealand, and season on season attendance and TV viewers have continued to rise. As well as producing domestic stars the A-League has attracted a range of footballing legends from around the world to ply their trade in the division.

To add excitement up until the final moments, the league involves a total of 27 rounds culminating in a play-off to crown the league champions. Whole cities come to a standstill when their team is involved in the A-League’s premier game and as a result the sport is starting to rival Rugby and Cricket in terms of popularity. With major sponsors on board, including 2015 league sponsors Hyundai, the future for the A-League looks bright!

One of the major attractions of the A-League has been its unpredictability which has resulted in a total of 6 different champions since inception. In 10 years that is an impressive total compared to other leagues ad gives every fan hope that one day their team will lift the crown.

One team has began to stand out in recent years with Brisbane Roar having won titles in 2011,2012 and 2014 but with the likes of Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners with multiple wins between them, the season’s are never over until the final seconds.

Has the A-League though achieved one of its aims of widening the horizon for Australian Football and increasing the global audience? The answer must be a resounding yes. This has been aided by the attraction of players with world class reputations. Alessandro Del Piero came to the league on a multi million dollar deal that made headline sports news across the globe. Dwight Yorke and Emile Heskey swapped the Premier League for the A League and David Villa, whilst still a potent force in world football, swapped La Liga for the A League too! Add in legends such as Romario and Robbie Flower and not to mention the world famous home brewed players including Harry Kewell, Brett Emerton and Joshua Kennedy and it is clear the league has raises its standards. This has attracted TV deals across the globe from major coverage in the UK, USA, Ireland and India. The league continues to grow and the future in terms of a global audience is very bright indeed!

The league, although young, has already established its own legends. Several players have become households in Australia after playing over 200 times in the division. The likes of John Hutchinson, Danny Vukovi, Andrew Durante and Archie Thompson are growing into national icons. Carl Veart is the answers to a common Australian Trivia Question by scoring the first goal in the league for Adelaide United and between them Archie Thompson, Shane Smeltz and Besart Bersiha have broken scoring records time after time.

In essence the A-League is growing into a division worthy of time, respect and attention. Just like in non-football nations such as American and India, the injection of money, sponsors, new leagues and world class players has risen the profile of the game and no one can now ignore the league. Pele once said that a team from Africa would have won the World Cup by 2000. If the A-League continues to develop at this rate, then it won’t be long before the effect of a strong home game has its effects on the national side. Just as the MLS became a major world league attracting talent and attention, the A-League is starting to grow and with highly charged atmospheres, competitive matches and unpredictable outcomes, any football fan will be giving themselves a treat by paying a little more attention to what is going on down under

Football Rivaries: Arsenal V Tottenham

Arsenal v Spurs

There are many teams in London and hence many derbies. Every week you can look at the fixture list and see teams from the capital squaring of across the division. But none of the derbies have ever quite managed to match the North London derby for passion, hype and excitement. Something magical happens when these two sides meet, and their rivalry is one of the bitterest and most passionate in the English game.

In the Premier League era, since the foundation of the division in 1992, Arsenal have been the dominant side. Spurs fans have had to watch as Arsenal won leagues (including the unbeaten season), qualified for the Champions League year in and year out and won domestic trophies. Arsene Wenger crafted his side into one of England’s “Top 4 clubs” and for a short time that top 4 seemed unreachable. Indeed, up to the start of the 2014-2015 season Spurs had only managed to finish above their rivals on two occasions. However, Spurs managed their own success winning the League Cup and moulding players like Gareth Bale into world beaters but the team were always fighting hard for their place in the upper reaches of the table. Only in the 2010s did Spurs manager to cement themselves in the Top 6 and turn into Champions League contenders, the gap truly began to close and the North London rivals are closer in the table than ever before.

From the very first meeting in 1897 until the Present day the North London derby has created memories, made heroes, caught out villains and provided entertainment for all to see.  White Hart Lane and Highbury (now the Emirates) have never been as electric as when the locals are in town and the fans seek out the fixture first when the list is published. A manager can be having a great season, but defeat in the North London derby can have fans turning.

Recent times have seen some exciting matches as both teams throw caution to win. Who can forget the 4-4 draw in 2008 or the back to back 5-2 wins Arsenal recorded at the Emirates in later years. Perhaps the most memorable game occurred in 2002 at White Hart Lane when a dominant Arsenal side emerged 5-4 victors in one of the Premier Leagues most thrilling matches. Whatever the occasion, whenever these two sides clash there is passion, joy, tears and emotion. This is one derby even neutral fans never want to miss.

Both teams are Premier League mainstays and with transfer fees paid out on world class players, strong youth policies and a long tradition, we will be treated to the North London derby, with all its glamour and passion for some time to come.

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The Men With The Golden Boots

Premier League Star Strikers

Sometimes it’s hard work being stood on the terraces, especially at this time of year. Stood cheering on your side, freezing cold. Knees numb, fingers as icy as Pierluigi Collina’s eyes, feet feeling like they’d want to escape and rest themselves in the warm stands of Malaga.

Except, whilst February might be approaching the minuses in the crowd, the pitch has its own micro-climate, because the Premier League is hotting up, none more so than in the race for the Golden Boot.

There have been some ruthless finishers in the top flight this season, with Diego Costa scoring seven goals in his first four games. It looked like that was the race over with 34 games still to play, but with 19 of those taken up, the tortoise is certainly approaching the hair, well if you can call Sergio Aguero and Alexi Sanchez tortoises.

We take a look at who might be crossing the line to win Gold come May…

Diego Costa

Costa

With 17 in 19 so far this season – his first in the Premier League – it’s fair to say Diego Costa has taken the league by storm. The former Atletico Madrid man is odds- on favourite with Bet Fred and doesn’t show any sign of letting up on the goals.

His partnership with Cesc Fabregas has already become one of the most lethal in Premier League history, and hats can certainly be tipped towards Jose Mourinho for his work in the market this summer.

Pressure will be on the man from Aguero, particularly with Costa’s recent three match ban which will see him miss further games against Aston Villa, and Everton, but if he continues in this vein of form, it’ll be incredibly tight.

Harry Kane

Kane

And speaking of a rich vein of form, Harry Kane is propelling himself up the Golden Boot table quicker than he’s putting them in the back of the net. The 21-year-old has put in some stellar performances this season bagging 10 goals in only 13 starts including an impressive brace and man of the match performance in Tottenham’s 5-3 win over Chelsea.

It’ll take some catching up for Kane but if Aguero’s knee problems continue and Costa’s ill-discipline and injury issues continue then he’s in with a chance and could become the first Englishman to top score in 15 years when Kevin Phillips banged in 30.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

One man looking to join the likes of Phillips, Cole, Owen, and Shearer will be QPR’s Charlie Austin. He’s contributed over half of the R’s goals this season, netting 13 times, including a hat-trick in their 3-2 win over West Brom.

He will of course be more focussed on getting his side out of the bottom three and remaining in the Premier League, but the more goals he scores the more likely that will happen. No pressure Charlie…

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez

Perhaps one of the signings of the season, Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation scoring 12 and laying on 7 in just 20 Premier League starts.

When started in attacking midfield positions he’s been phenomenal hitting home 10 in nine games and has been a major part in the Gunners winning seven of their last eight. The Chilean will have a major part to play in Arsene Wenger’s men finishing inside the top four, and with Giroud, Walcott, and Ozil back in the frame, they’ll be plenty of talent to play him through.

Sergio Aguero

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With 14 goals in 15 games and four assists, Aguero may have the edge on Diego Costa, despite his flying start. Just three goals behind the Spaniard, the Argentinian is right on the Chelsea man’s heels and will be instrumental in City’s attempts to retain the title.

His lethal finishing has played a huge part on City remaining only five points behind Jose Mourinho’s men and following 2012’s dramatic finale, he fights to the very end.

Surprisingly, Aguero has yet to win the Golden Boot with third being his highest placed finish. Surely it’s only a matter of time?

New Premier League Season

So with England long since out of the World Cup, English thoughts are starting to turn to the new football season.

We have re-jigged the Footie Quiz categories to reflect the ups and downs of last season.

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Premier League relegated:

Cardiff City and Fulham went down on the penultimate weekend of the season, and they were joined on the final day by Norwich City.

Championship promoted:

Leicester City were promoted as runaway leaders. Burnley were later promoted as runners-up. QPR beat Derby in the play-off final to earn the third promotion place to the Premier League.

Championship relegated:

Yeovil were the first team to be relegated to League One and Barnsley joined them soon after. Doncaster were unlucky to drop out of the Championship on goal difference on the final day of the season.

League One promoted:

Wolves made an immediate return to the Championship by winning the League One title. Brentford were promoted as runners-up while Rotherham beat Leyton Orient on penalties in the play-off final, clinching the third promotion spot.

League One relegated:

The four teams going down to League Two are Stevenage, Shrewsbury, Tranmere and Carlisle – who went down after losing on the final day of the season.

League Two promoted:

Chesterfield won a three-way tussle for the League Two title on the final day of the season. Scunthorpe and Rochdale also clinched automatic promotion. After winning the play-off final, Fleetwood took the fourth promotion slot and have reached the third tier for the first time in their history.

League Two relegated:

Torquay and Bristol Rovers will both be playing in the Conference Premier next season.

Conference promoted:

Luton Town finally return to the Football League after an absence of five years. Play-off winners, Cambridge United, join them after an absence of nine years.

 

Footie Quiz App just got (slightly) easier!

We have listened to feedback and realised that a lot of our members have found the questions too hard.

Whilst it is good to have a really challenging quiz it can very demoralising for some players when they keep losing 5-0!

Therefore, for each subject on the Career Mode of the app, the questions now start easy and gradually get harder… and harder… and harder!

The difficulty is determined by how many times questions are answered correctly.

The real football fans will still rise to the top of the Footie Quiz League but we hope the quiz will now be more enjoyable for everyone.

If you haven’t downloaded the Footie Quiz App yet, it is available for FREE on iOS and Android!