Saturday, 25 May 2013

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich Champions League Final 2013

The all German final will be held at Wembley Stadium and of course doesn't feature any of the strong English teams or the 2 Spanish giants.


Both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich play excellent football and both teams are strong and deserving of being in the finals. There are

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Perhaps the sad news is that Gotze won't be playing in today's final as he is really a pivotal player for BVB. Clearly the player that seems to have gained another level of confidence by scoring 4 goals against Real Madrid is Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker will probably use this world platform to show what a player he is and he will determine if their team wins. Either he carries the team on his back and scores a goal or 2 or if he gets shut out then expect Bayern to be able to put in a goal with the quality players they have both in striker or their midfielders including Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben.

Even if you are not a fan of these 2 German clubs, many fans of football around the world will be watching the game tonight in excitement knowing that these 2 teams deserve to be in the finals and that they will be in a war with each other. Expect one of the more competitive matches in a champions league final in a while.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Champions League Finals 2013

It looks like the Champions League 2013 finals will feature 2 German clubs playing at Wembley Stadium. 


Bayern Munich destroyed Barcelona 4-0 in the first match and in the other semi finals Borussia Dortmund also beat Real Madrid by a score of 4-1 with Robert Lewandowski scoring 4 goals which is the single best performance in semifinals history.

It is unlikely either Spanish club will recover which means the finals will feature the top 2 German clubs with Bayern Munich the Bundesliga champions for 2013 as well. Bayern is in the finals 3 of the last 4 years which is an impressive feat.

If either Real Madrid or Barcelona made it to the finals it may have drawn more visitors to watch the match but with the last 4 teams that made it this far, they are all excellent teams and this shouldn't be a boring championship game. Likewise fans will probably tune in to watch the game. There are some talented players on both German squads so expect to see some goals.

Is the German league the best?

Many Germans would say of course but lets talk about some facts. The German league doesn't allow teams to spend beyond their means unlike clubs like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Manchester United. If they don't have the income and revenue then they can't mindlessly buy players with a huge bankroll and cause problems for the teams under them. Just look at the Spanish League, it is quite boring to watch aside from El Clasico matchups. At least the Premier League is more entertaining but that is so because they have some super rich clubs. The reality is all of europe needs better regulation of player salaries. What is happening now is causing a lot of damage for the good of the game and as much as super teams can be fun to watch playing another super team, this is just not necessary at all. 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Spain wins Euro 2012

Congratulations to Spain for winning the Euro 2012 championship. They did so in convincing fashion over runner up Italy. The score was 4-0 but the game only truly became out of reach when Italy lost Thiago Motta to jury after already using up their 3 subs. This is a move that Prandelli gambled on and it didn't pay off as the team needed to go on attack to try to score after going down 2-0 in the first half.

The second half saw 2 Spanish substitutes come on to score goals to put the game fully out of reach. Fernando Torres came on and scored to make it 3-0 and shortly after, Torres received another through ball where he made a clever nudge of the ball towards Juan Mata who scored into a wide open net with no chance of stopping it. The unselfish play of Torres showed just how smart of a striker he is and perhaps was worthy of more playing time in this tournament. He played half the games and was 1 goal shy of leading the tournament in goals.

Congratulations to Spain on their 2008, 2010 and 2012 titles which is a record that surely no other European team is going to be able to match. 

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Spain vs Italy Euro 2012 Final Odds

Spain advance to the championship game for the 3rd straight major tournament while Italy make a return since 2006 when they won the World Cup.

Italy has an astonishing record against the Germans, now 8 games in international competitions where the Italians haven't lost including a shocker in the semi-final where the Germans were predicted as favourites but nobody told that to Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli single handedly took out the Germans out of the tournament with 2 world class goals in the first half leaving German fans in tears thinking they were the team to beat this year. Now the last game will go down to Italy and Spain. Historically Italy also has a lot of success over Spain but right now Spain are clearly the #1 team in the world and the Italians will even tell you that.

Odds for the championship game

Odds to lift the trophy


Spain 1.57
Italy 2.50

Correct Score


Spain 1-0   5.50
Spain 2-0   8.50
Spain 2-1   10.00
Italy 1-0    7.50
Italy 2-0    17.00
Italy 2-1    15.00

Monday, 25 June 2012

Germany vs Italy semifinal

Germany will take on Italy in the semifinals while the other game sees neighbours Portugal take on Spain.

Germany were the co-favourites to win along with Spain and it could lead to a final between the 2 European football powerhouses. With that in mind it could also be Portugal vs Italy in the final as the last 4 standing teams are all strong and all have an equal shot at winning the tournament.

Germany may be without the services of Bastian Schweinsteiger. He has an ankle problem which Samaras from Greece was more than happy to make worse. The German coach Loew is also upset that someone within the German camp is leaking out information about the starting lineups hours before the match. This is probably some useful information that someone is getting paid to leak. Germany didn't start striker Mario Gomez in the last game but came on as a late substitute most likely to rest the player and only put him on when needed. He will probably be starting and so could Miroslav Klose.

Italy meanwhile has taken out England and ended their fans hopes and dreams of winning a title with their last coming nearly 50 years ago. Italy are not normally known for their strikers but this tournament they seem to have a good mix of them featuring Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Antonio Di Natale. The rest of the team has been playing well and with Buffon in net this team is tough to beat whether they play defensive or plan to release a counter attack on teams by pulling in the players closer.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Spain vs France Correct score odds at Bet365 & Tips

Spain vs France Odds & Matchup

Spain won their last game but just barely by scoring a single goal and avoiding a potential disaster. They finished their group in first place by knocking out Croatia. Since England won their last game and France were embarassed 2-0 by Sweden it sets up this matchup of Spain vs France instead of a showdown with England. It was probable that Spain may have preferred to play an underexposed English squad that was lucky to have beaten Ukraine and didn't look sharp. Rooney did score a goal but a lucky bounce deserved the credit which saw him with a wide open net to head it in. No doubt he is a great player but that's for Italy to handle.

France did lose their first competitive match in 15 games which was a strong record and expect them to want to show how good of a team they really are. Right now Spain are top of the FIFA world rankings and everyone wants to take a swipe at them to have short term bragging rights. However this game isn't short term and it is for a chance in the semifinals and a France win would send their confidence soaring and make them legitimate contenders to be champion and let the young players cement their identity as one of the greatest French teams.

Betting Tip: Bet on France!


Odds to win the game

Spain  1.80
Draw  3.50
France  5.00

Spain realistically have a 50% to 60% chance of winning this game and if that is the case, a 5x payout to bet on France is a great value bet worth the chance. France have great pace and probably as strong of a midfield as Spain with Franck Ribery & Samir Nasri lining up against Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Striking advantage goes to France with Karim Benzema against numerous strikers in Fernando Torres, Pedro and Llorente but they all can't play at the same time. Spain haven't had a good tournament and some think coach Del Bosque isn't playing the team to their full potential and leaving them open to counter attacks. Croatia had a close game with Spain and so did Italy. France will take notes from those 2 games and use it as a strategy to play them.

Correct score Odds

Spain 1-0  5.50
Spain 2-0  7.00
Spain 2-1  9.00
Spain 3-1  17.00
Spain 3-0  15.00
draw 0-0  8.00
draw 1-1  6.50
France 1-0  9.50
France 2-0  21.00
France 2-1  17.00
France 3-1  41.00

England vs Italy Odds Quarterfinals


England vs Italy in quarterfinals on the weekend.

England's chances to win

England won their game against Ukraine but you could say barely. They got a lucky bounce on Wayne Rooney's goal and Ukraine scored a goal where the ball cross the line but the linesman both didn't call it a goal where video replay clearly showed the ball crossing the line. That goal could have gave Ukraine momentum to score another. Despite that England are still a decent squad and it's tough to say how they will fare against Italy.

The Italians had to squeak by Croatia to qualify and they now get a tough team in England but it could have easily been France and facing England is probably a preferred matchup on a side that has to rely on Wayne Rooney and has questionable players in the line up.

Odds at Bet365 Sportsbook

England 2.87
draw 3.10
Italy 2.70

Correct Score Odds

England 1-0  6.50
England 2-0  12.00
England 2-1  11.00
Draw 0-0  6.50
Draw 1-1  6.00
Italy 1-0  6.50
Italy 2-0  11.00
Italy 2-1 11.00

Rooney will most likely start and it is unknown if Mario Balotelli will be starting or put in the position like last time coming off the bench. He is a dynamic striker with a great skill set and capable of scoring goals from a distance.