First season victory for Vettel! But trouble with Leclerc

HE CAN STILL DO IT AFTER ALL!

Sebastian Vettel (32) wins the Singapore Grand Prix with a flawless and sure performance. The four-time champion thus celebrates his first Formula 1 triumph in 392 days (Spa 2018). It is the liberation blow in a year so far so messed up.

Team mate Charles Leclerc (21) finishes second and already makes a big stink on the radio against this constellation during the race. The Monegasse had started from pole, but had lost its lead to Vettel at the first pit stop.

Third is Max Verstappen (21) in Red Bull. Mercedes only takes places four (Hamilton) and five (Bottas).

Everything quiet at the start, Vettel attacks Hamilton hard, but the champ maintains his second position. Leclerc, however, pulls away from the front with a commanding lead.

But already in the second lap the top cars in the front switch to the tyre-saving mode and sometimes drive 13 seconds (!) slower than in the qualification.

On lap 19 Verstappen and Vettel are the first of the top drivers to come into the pits. Changing from soft to hard tyres. Leader Leclerc follows in lap 20 (soft on hard), Hamilton stays outside. Because Vettel loses less time at his stop, he is suddenly ahead of his team rival.

Leclerc is pissed at his pit: “What the hell?”

Bottas stops on lap 22, only Hamilton stays outside. It’s not until lap 26 that the World Champion arrives, after team-mate Bottas has been called on to a slower lap by radio in order to give his boss pilot a better time window to change the rubbers. The Finn reacts indignantly, but follows the instructions.

In lap 31 Vettel takes the lead after the leading group has worked its way back through the midfield (Stroll, Ricciardo, Gasly, Giovinazzi).

After a crash by Grosjean and Russell on lap 35 the safety car has to move out. Vettel’s advantage of over five seconds over his team-mate breaks away.

Restart on lap 40. Vettel defends the lead. Then Perez rolls out and stands on the track. Lap 44, Safety Car again!

Leclerc uses this for renewed complaints on the radio: “I want everything (in performance, the editor). I won’t do anything stupid, but it’s unfair.”

But Vettel keeps his nerve and defends himself at the restart. But in the back of the peloton it goes to the point: Kwjat crashes into Räikkönen in corner one and again the safety car is pulled out. Lap 52 continues – again with Vettel very cleverly in the lead.

In the last ten laps Vettel drives the thing home.

Why Icardi is avoided by his teammates

At Paris St Germain, the world could be in good shape after a convincing 3-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. If it weren’t for the constant quarrels within the team…

According to “L’Équipe”, the hottest fire at the moment: the relationship between newcomer Mauro Icardi (26) and his Argentinian colleagues Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes!

The disputes have a long history. Icardis controversial wife and player advisor Wanda Nara was once married to Maxi López and had three children with the Argentine footballer (including Barça and Milan). The marriage broke up and Wanda Nara got involved with Icardi – one of Lopez’s best friends.

A dirty separation followed. Icardi and Lopez faced each other in numerous duels on the football pitch, never reaching out to each other. At PSG, di Maria and Paredes are said to have clearly positioned themselves. According to the French sports newspaper, they reject Icardi and avoid any contact with him during training.

Edinson Cavani was also anything but enthusiastic when he learned the day before the deadline day that Icardi would be signed. The striker – who in recent years has always been a seed – should have no desire to compete. Especially because coach Thomas Tuchel is considered a great advocate of the new centre forward.

Euphoria gone? Why Dani Alves has problems with Sao Paulo

Dani Alves (36) played in Europe for 17 years. When he returned to Brazil in August, signed a contract with FC Sao Paulo, he was celebrated frenetically in the stadium by tens of thousands of fans. The Selecao captain is a hero in his home country.

A good month later, the veteran has at least partially sobered up. Sao Paulo is only 6th in the league, ten points behind Flamengo. Alves made a dream start, scoring the 1-0 winning goal in his first home game against Ceare Sporting Club. The traditional club, however, was left without a win four times in the end.

In an interview with TV Globo, Alves spoke about his new role and Brazilian football. He said: “It’s very difficult to play here, and often the condition of the pitch is a reason for it”. The long-time Barça star continues: “When I played in Europe, I once said that I can’t watch a game of the Brazilian league until the end because there is no rhythm and no quality. Now I’m getting to know the reasons myself.”

Dani Alves plays for Sao Paulo – unlike his clubs in Europe – not as a right-back, but in the central offensive midfield. A role he likes: “I made it very clear here at Sao Paulo: I have to influence the game in order to create opportunities for my teammates. He knows that he has to change. That’s exactly what he wanted: “I also have to adapt to my teammates. I’m willing to pay the price for not playing in the position I’ve played for the last 20 years. I’m here to build something.”

The experienced player wants to lead his team to success as a director: “I am a combination player, I can help my teammates if I have control over the game, over the ball. There I can give the game the dynamism I’m used to. I can participate more in the game, position my teammates, take care of the tactical organisation.”

Alves joined FC Sevilla in 2002 as a 19-year-old from Bahia. Six years later he moved to FC Barcelona. He celebrated his greatest successes with the Catalans, including winning the Champions League three times. In 2016 he went to Juventus Turin, a year later to Paris St-Germain.

Isak cancelled Real Madrid for BVB

In January 2017, Alexander Isak (20), then 17, came from AIK Solna to Borussia Dortmund for 8.6 million euros. The Swedish attacker was considered to be a great forward talent, but Isak could not assert himself in the BVB. He only played five times in the Bundesliga and scored his only Dortmund professional goal in the DFB Cup. The striker left Dortmund this summer and switched to Real Sociedad. Now Isak explains that he could have played in Spain much earlier.

Isak tells the “Marca” that in winter 2017 he not only had the offer from Borussia Dortmund. “When I played in Stockholm, I had several options, one of which was Real Madrid. He continues: “But I talked to some clubs to see what they had to offer and I chose Dortmund. That’s the bottom line.”

About his move to Real Sociedad, Isak says it was “without a doubt” the right choice. “It’s true that I’ve considered the LaLiga to be the best in the world since childhood and dreamed of playing here one day.” In San Sebastián, Isak has played in four league games so far and is still waiting for his first goal for the new club.

Borussia Dortmund collected 6.5 million euros for Isak. Already in the second half of last season, Isak was able to gain playing experience. He was lent to the Dutch first division team Willem II Tilburg and was able to convince with 14 goals in 18 compulsory games.

 

Five players on Barça black list

FC Barcelona is driving the upheaval in the squad. As the Spanish “Marca” reports, the Catalans want to part with five players. The Barça strike list includes Ivan Rakitic (31), Arturo Vidal (32), Samuel Umtiti (25) and the two talents Moussa Wague (20) and Carles Alena (21).

At the latest in summer, but at best already in the winter transfer period, the five are to be sold. Background: The Spanish champion not only wants to reduce his squad, but must also generate income in the event that he wants to make another attempt to get Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain.

The sales could generate a good sum. The former Bundesliga stars Rakitic and Vidal still have a market value of 35 and 15 million euros respectively (source Transfermarkt.de). The market value of the Frenchman Umtiti is even 45 million euros, the youngsters Alena and Wague bring it to 30 and 5 million euros respectively.

 

Ramos about Zidane and the critics

Four days after the harsh 3-0 defeat in the Champions League at Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid have returned with a victory in the Spanish league. Coach Zinédine Zidane (47)’s team won the top match of FC Sevilla 1-0 (0-0) on Sunday evening.

French striker Karim Benzema (31) scored the goal of the day in the 64th minute, after preparatory work by former Leverkusen player Dani Carvajal (27). A goal from Sevillas Chicharito (31) was denied due to an offside position (87). German former world champion Toni Kroos (29) played through, newcomer Luka Jovic (21) did not play.

With eleven points from five games, Real are now second behind Athletic Bilbao, who have the same number of points, and Sevilla are only fifth.

After the match, Zidane, who had been criticised a lot lately, was taken aback: “This was probably the best performance since my return. We also had difficult moments in the game, but we helped each other. Our opponents didn’t have many chances, that’s important for us.”

Captain Sergio Ramos (33), who was once again heavily insulted by Seville fans, confirmed that the Frenchman was the right coach: “We proved that we were behind ‘Zizou’. Talking about other coaches is disrespectful of the present. Commenting on the performance against Seville and the criticism after the PSG clap, he said: “We have to keep our feet on the ground because we know we have a long way to go. But the team is always very optimistic and improving. And to doubt Madrid would be crazy.”

The fact that Ramos is repeatedly booed and insulted in his hometown because he once left Sevilla FC for Real doesn’t leave the international cold. “I think there are people who don’t understand it, even if I try to change it. I don’t want to be on the news every time I’m down here either. At some point it will be different. If someone was offended (by switching to Real), I apologize, but I didn’t do anything to offend them.”

 

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds United

Mid-Table Sheffield Wednesday look to bounce back from two straight defeats as they play host to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, who themselves have hit a bad patch of form in recent weeks.

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday have finished in the top six for the past two seasons but are currently sitting in mid-table in the Championship table having lost two of their last three.

A seven-match unbeaten run was ended by local rivals Sheffield United last weekend, and that was followed by a 1-0 defeat at struggling Birmingham in midweek.

They will be determined to bounce back with a positive result here, although they face a tough challenge against an extremely good Leeds United team.

Recent League Form – LLDWWD

Leeds United

Leeds made a brilliant start to their league campaign this season, winning five of an unbeaten opening seven matches and keeping six clean sheets.

However, they have lost two of their last three in the league with both of those losses coming away from home.

Defeat at Cardiff City in midweek saw them drop off the top spot and they know they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they want to keep up pressure on those teams above them.

Recent League Form – LWLWWW

Team News

Sheffield Wednesday are still without last season’s top scorer Fernando Forestieri, who is out until at least December following knee surgery.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is struggling to regain fitness in time for this fixture so 21-year-old Joe Wildsmith may continue between the sticks.

Leeds United are almost at full-strength, although captain Liam Cooper will miss the trip to Sheffield following his sending off for a second bookable offence at Cardiff in midweek.

Head to Head

This meeting will be the 70th between these sides, with Leeds having the better head to head record with 32 victories. Sheffield Wednesday have beaten their Yorkshire rivals twenty times, while there have also been seventeen draws.

Leeds won both league meetings last season, winning 2-0 away in August 2016 and 1-0 at home in February this year.

Sheffield Wednesday have only won one of the last six meetings, with three Leeds victories and two draws during that time.

Betting Odds and Predictions

Sheffield Wednesday are the slight betting favourites for the victory here, probably due to home advantage and Leeds struggling on their travels in recent weeks.

The home side are priced at 5/4 with Sky Bet, who have the visitors priced at 9/4 and the draw at 23/10. Find here a Sky Bet review.

Having studied all available statistics, we are edging towards Leeds to win this match. They may have lost their last two away games, but they won three on the road in the league before that. They are one of the top scorers in the division, as well as having a solid defence which has kept clean sheets in 60% of league matches this term.

Sheffield Wednesday have managed to keep just one clean sheet so far and will be lacking confidence after losing twice, to their Steel City rivals and a relegation-threatened side, in the past week.

So, the 9/4 for an away victory is an extremely tempting price and one which provides plenty of profit potential.

As a bit of insurance though, we would recommend those punters with any doubt to back the visitors in the Double Chance market. Leeds or Draw is priced at 8/13, which is still pretty decent odds.

There have been over 1.5 goals scored in 100% of Sheffield Wednesday’s home matches this season, and 80% of Leeds’ away games. Therefore, the 4/11 for Over 1.5 Goals here looks to be an almost certain way of gaining a small profit.

Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 11/10, and may be worth a punt. 60% of Wednesday’s home matches, and 40% of Leeds’ away games, have seen at least three goals scored.

With us believing Leeds will win and that there will be a few goals scored, the 9/2 on Leeds and Over 2.5 Goals is a price we cannot ignore.

As for who will score the goals. Kemar Roofe has netted in two of Leeds’ last three away games and is priced at 9/4 to score anytime here, whilst Gary Hooper is priced at 15/8 in the same market and has netted in five of Sheffield Wednesday’s last six matches.

Top Betting Tip

Our top betting tip for this match is Leeds or Draw in the Double Chance market, at odds of 8/13 with Sky Bet.

 

 

 

Premier League – Watford vs Liverpool

Preview

The second game of the new Premier League season sees Watford entertain Liverpool at Vicarage Road on Saturday morning. Both sets of fans will be excited heading into the new season, but both have vastly different ambitions. Watford fans will be hoping that the club can consolidate their position in the league and avoid another relegation battle, whilst Liverpool fans will have their sights set considerably higher. The Anfield club return to the Champions League this season and will also have their eye on a Premier League title challenge, so a fast start is essential for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Watford

Watford made the move to change their manager again this summer, with Marco Silva coming in to replace Walter Mazzari. The Hornets have found success in changing their manager every season, but in Silva, they may have now found a coach for the longer term. Silva has been busy in the transfer market bringing in Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kiko Femenia and Richarlison amongst others for a combined total spend of £36m. Fans will be excited at the prospect of seeing all these new players and it will be interesting to see how many of them Silva gives debuts to on Saturday. One established name who will miss the game though is Troy Deeney, who is nursing an injury ahead of the season opener. The striker has only missed one of the last 76 Premier League games for the club.

Liverpool

It has been a slightly frustrating summer for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp so far. The club managed to get deals for Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke over the line early but have spent most of the summer seeing deals for Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita scuppered. With Barcelona now expected to push through a deal for star man Phillipe Coutinho in the coming week and injuries to first teamers Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge, what started out as a very bright summer has been soured in recent weeks. Liverpool still have a very strong team though and Mohamed Salah looks to have settled very well in pre-season, but if Coutinho leaves and Lallana is injured until November, then the club will have to move for another attacking minded midfielder.

Talking Points

  1. Will Coutinho play? The Brazilian maestro has been linked with a big money move to Barcelona to replace Neymar, but will he start the season for Liverpool?
  2. Liverpool have won each of the last three Premier League meetings between these two clubs by an aggregate score of 9-1.
  3. Watford are yet to win on the opening day of the Premier League; drawing twice and losing twice.

Prediction

Liverpool have been extremely impressive in pre-season, especially going forward and I would expect them to have too much attacking talent at their disposal here, even without Adam Lallana. It remains to be seen whether Phillipe Coutinho will play, but even if he doesn’t, I would still expect Liverpool to wrap up a comfortable victory here on Saturday morning.

Betting Tips (Bet365)

Liverpool are favourites to pick up an away win here with odds of 8/15, whilst Watford are 5/1 to secure an unlikely victory. Liverpool have regularly scored heavily against Watford and they are available with a -2 handicap for 7/2 (Odds from Sportwetten24.com) if you fancy them to win by at least 3 goals on Saturday. Everyone is expecting goals this weekend, but Liverpool are never too solid at the back, so -2 might be too much of a stretch for the Anfield club, the 7/5 on them to win with a -1 handicap looks like a safer bet.

My pick – Liverpool (-1) – 7/5

Tennis Betting Tips: ATP Cincinnati Masters Final – 20/8/17

Grigor Dimitrov vs Nick Kyrgios

Two of the most exciting players on the ATP tour meet in what promises to be a highly entertaining final in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Number 7 seed Dimitrov, has shown resilience all week to progress through to the final. He defeated John Isner in 2 tight tie-breaks sets in his semi-final as well as dispatching the dangerous Juan Martin Del Potro earlier in the week. Remarkably, this is Dimitrov’s maiden Masters 1000 final and he will be hoping to continue this form into next week’s US Open.

Kyrgios’s recent form has been nothing short of extraordinary. Prior to Cincinnati, Kyrgios had withdrawn from 3 of his last 4 events and question marks were being raised about his motivation to compete at the top of the men’s game. This week however, he’s silenced the doubters with a remarkable run. He’s beaten David Goffin, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal to reach the final here and will be desperate to claim the crown.

Head to Head

This is only the 2nd meeting between these 2 rising stars – with Dimitrov leading the head to head 1:0.

Odds and Predictions

Kyrgios’s run this week sees him installed as the favourite for this one at 8/13 with Paddy Power whilst Dimitov will certainly fancy his chances at 7/5 with Marathon Bet. Both of these men came won their semi-finals in 2 tie-break sets and this match is 8/13 with Coral to contain a tie-break. Like the best betting sites for 2017.

Top Betting Tip

This should be a close match, especially with so much at stake. Backing the match to go to three sets is 11/10 with William Hill.

Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza

Two of the biggest names in women’s tennis meet in what promises to be a thrilling final in Ohio as Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza takes on world number 2 Simona Halep.

Muguruza, has been in sparkling form of late and she looks full of confidence in every game she plays at the moment. Her run to the final here in Cincy has included wins over current world number 1 Karolina Pliskova as well as the dangerous Svetlana Kuznetsova and home favourite Madison Keys.

Halep, has been equally as impressive this week with victories over Johanna Konta and the in-form Sloane Stephens. The Romanian can reach the world number 1 ranking with a win here (replacing Pliskova) so there’s plenty to play for.

Head to Head

This will be the 4th meeting between these 2 heavyweights of the women’s game with the Spaniard Muguruza leading the head to head 2:1. Remarkably this will be their first meeting for 2 years so previous records should hold little weight here.

Odds and Predictions

The bookmakers can’t seem to call this one with both players priced at 10/11 with Bet 365. Understandably, this one should be close so backing the match to go to 3 sets could be a good punt with the title on the line – available at 13/10 with William Hill.

Top Betting Tip

Halep should have a little more to play for here with the world number 1 ranking at stake and that could be the extra bit of motivation she needs – backing her to win by 2 sets to 1 looks a good move at 3/1 with Bet Victor.

Match Double Bet

Backing both Simona Halep & Grigor Dimitrov to win their matches by 2 sets to 1 as a double – pays a very healthy 20/1 with Bet365. Find here our Bet365 review 2017.