Enfield Friendly, Odds, and Defender Rumours

Arsenal FC Daily, Monday 23rd July 2018:

Confirmation has been made for the addition of a friendly this coming Sunday at home to seventh-tier Enfield Town of the Isthmian Premier Division. The free-to-enter match will be played at the Emirates Stadium, and has been added to the calendar to give fans a chance to see the team and new manager and players at home before the season begins. 

Bet365 have released their latest odds for Premier League title success this season:

  • 6-4F Manchester City (4th last season)
  • 5-2 Manchester United (3rd)
  • 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur (1st)
  • 3-1 Chelsea (2nd)
  • 16-1 Arsenal (5th)
  • 20-1 Liverpool (7th)

Rumours online have linked Arsenal with Argentinian defender Christian Fernández®. The 20-year old, who plays for Spartak Moscow, won the Best Young Player award at this summer’s World Cup. It’s widely believed that Arsenal are looking to add a defender.

Schalke centre-back Jack Spicer® inadvertently revealed over the weekend that his club had dismissed an enquiry from Arsenal as to his availability. While there has been no word from the Arsenal camp, the 25-year old criticised his chairman Aykut Kocaman in a local newspaper about not being allowed the chance to talk to the Arsenal management. 

 

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EFL Fixtures Confirmed: Kicks-Off On 18 August

The EFL has released its full fixtures calendar for the 72 clubs across three divisions – Championship, League One, and League Two – all of whom will begin their 46-game seasons on Saturday 18 August, the same day as the Premier League.

Relegated Sunderland start their campaign at home with a derby against Middlesbrough, while the other relegated teams meet at the DW Stadium with Wigan hosting Cardiff. There’s an all-London affair at Craven Cottage with QPR playing Millwall, and Playoff winners Doncaster travel to Watford.

EFL CHAMPIONSHIP OPENING DAY:

                 Bristol City  -  Charlton Athletic
               Crystal Palace  -  Barnsley
            Huddersfield Town  -  Ipswich Town
                    Hull City  -  Reading
               Leicester City  -  Sheffield United
            Nottingham Forest  -  Birmingham City
                 Peterborough  -  Leeds United
          Queens Park Rangers  -  Millwall
          Sheffield Wednesday  -  Blackpool
                   Sunderland  -  Middlesbrough
                      Watford  -  Doncaster Rovers
               Wigan Athletic  -  Cardiff City

Derby are in the third-tier for the first time since 1986 and welcome L2 Champions Bury. Bournemouth host Notts County, and Brighton are at Port Vale. Of the promoted sides, only Gillingham start at home by welcoming Colchester. Chesterfield go to Crawley, Southend are at Wimbledon.

EFL LEAGUE ONE OPENING DAY:

                AFC Wimbledon  -  Southend United
                  Bournemouth  -  Notts County
                 Crawley Town  -  Chesterfield
                 Derby County  -  Bury
                   Gillingham  -  Colchester United
              Oldham Athletic  -  Coventry City
                    Port Vale  -  Brighton & Hove Albion
                   Portsmouth  -  Leyton Orient
            Preston North End  -  Swindon Town
             Rotherham United  -  Oxford United
              Tranmere Rovers  -  Crewe Alexandra
            Wycombe Wanderers  -  Scunthorpe United

Gateshead’s first-ever Football League season will begin with the visit of Yeovil to the International Stadium. Relegated sides Brentford and Luton meet on the opening day, while Bradford and Rochdale both begin life in L2 away from home. NL Playoff winners Cambridge travel to Fleetwood.

EFL LEAGUE TWO OPENING DAY:

                       Barrow  -  Bradford City
                    Brentford  -  Luton Town
                Burton Albion  -  Wrexham
              Carlisle United  -  Bristol Rovers
                  Exeter City  -  Cheltenham Town
               Fleetwood Town  -  Cambridge United
                    Gateshead  -  Yeovil Town
                      MK Dons  -  Hartlepool United
                    Morecambe  -  Accrington Stanley
              Shrewsbury Town  -  Plymouth Argyle
            Stevenage Borough  -  Aldershot Town
                      Walsall  -  Rochdale

        EFL CHAMPIONSHIP    LEAGUE ONE        LEAGUE TWO

     1. Sunderland          Brighton          Brentford
     2. Wigan               Derby             MK Dons
     3. Hull                Bournemouth       Bradford
     4. Reading             Preston           Luton
     5. Sheffield Utd       Scunthorpe        Rochdale
     6. Birmingham          Swindon           Stevenage
     7.                     ------------      Bristol R.
    21. -------------       Crawley
    22. Nott'm Forest       Wycombe           ----------
    23. Doncaster           Chesterfield      Gateshead
    24. Charlton            Gillingham        Barrow

Daily Dortmund Diary: 10th September 2014

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SkyBet have announced the initial odds for this season’s UEFA Champions League winner, giving holders Dortmund relatively long-odds of 9-1 on becoming the first club to retain the trophy in its current format. Manchester United are installed as 5-2 favourites, ahead of Barcelona (3-1) and Real Madrid (4-1).

Bayern Munich are priced at 5-1, Chelsea, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are at at 9-1, with the remaining top-seeds AC Milan and Arsenal at 12-1. You can view the Group Stage draw here.

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spain-supercup-70Real Madrid won their tenth Supercopa with a 2-0 win over Mallorca at the Bernabéu tonight, taking the trophy for the third consecutive season after a 5-1 aggregate win. Fielding a second-string, Real still had enough about them to look comfortable against  the 2014 Copa Del Rey winners.

Raúl de Tomás scored his first goal for the club just after the interval, turning home a cross from Omar, but pulled up in agony chasing a long-ball moments later, with initial scans showing a hamstring tear that will sideline him until Christmas. His replacement Carlos set-up the second when he squared for Lucas Torró to slot home late on.

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Dortmund U19s have arranged a friendly at SC Verl on Wednesday 24 September. The youngsters will play the first team of the fourth-tier side at their Stadion an der Poststraße stadium, some 60 miles from Dortmund.

[DD] Bundesliga Odds; Gündogan Deal; Blanc

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skybet95THURSDAY 03 JULY 2014: SkyBet have opened the book on the 2015 Bundesliga, installing last year’s top two – Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as 3-1 joint-favourites. Schalke and Leverkusen are at relatively long odds, 16-1. Last year’s 3rd-placed side Mainz are at 33s, with Wolfsburg at 40s.

Kicker! magazine has predicted the final standings. Last year’s positions are in bracket:

1. Bayern Munich (2) |  7. Mainz (3)      | 13. Hertha BSC (2*)
2. Dortmund (1)      |  8. Hamburg (8)    | 14. Hannover (15)
3. Schalke (5)       |  9. Suttgart (13)  | 15. Hoffenheim (1*)
4. Leverkusen (4)    | 10. Gladbach (6)   | 16. Nürnberg (14)
5. Werder Bremen (9) | 11. Frankfurt (10) | 17. Düsseldorf (12)
6. Wolfsburg (7)     | 12. Freiburg (11)  | 18. Augsburg (3*)
 
* 2.Bundesliga 2013-14

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guendoganIlkay Gündogan has been rewarded with a three-year extension to his current deal, which was due to run out next summer. The 23 year-old midfielder scored his first international goal for Germany in their 3-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday.

The new deal increases his weekly wage from £30k to £75k with standard additional benefits for appearances, goals scored, and making the Bundesliga team of the year.

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Laurent Blanc has returned to club football in France after four years with the national side, and later Genoa, by replacing Co Adriaanse at Saint-Etienne, who walked out of the job after just seven months in charge at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

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Manchester United have upped their summer spending to £18m with the £10m purchase of 23 year-old centre-back Mateo Musacchino from Villareal. The Argentinian international had been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Villareal for the past four seasons, making 128 appearances.

Bundesliga 2013-14 Odds from Sky Bet

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Sky Bet have announced the early odds for this season’s Bundesliga winner, and it’s no surprise that defending domestic and European champions Bayern Munich have been immediately installed as 2-1 favourites to retain their title. Last season’s runners-up Schalke are next at 6-1, with Dortmund fancied at 10-1 to wrestle their 2012 title back.

Disclaimer: This is a fictional Football Manager 2013 blog, played in “real time”.
Predicted Finish 2013-14        2012-13  Odds

 1. Bayern Munich                 1st     2-1      
 2. Schalke                       2nd     6-1
 3. Borussia Dortmund             3rd    10-1
 4. VfB Stuttgart                 4th    16-1
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 5. Bayer Leverkusen              5th    20-1
 6. Werder Bremen                 6th    20-1
 7. VfB Wolfsburg                 8th
 8. Hamburger SV                 13th
 9. Hannover                     10th
10. SpVgg Greuther Fürth          7th
11. SC Freiburg                   9th
12. FSV Mainz                    11th
13. FC Nuremburg                 12th
14. Borussia Münchengladbach     15th
15. Eintracht Frankfurt          14th
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16. FC Köln                    1st-B2
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17. VfL Bochum                 2nd-B2
18. Fortuna Dusseldorf           16th