3 reasons why Manchester City are struggling

Winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup was a big step in the right direction for Manchester City in their pursuit of becoming a dominant force in English football, but their start to the 2014/2015 season has been anything but commanding. The 2-2 draw at struggling Queens Park Rangers not only should be considered as two points dropped for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but their performance provided another shining example of the considerable struggles they are enduring on the pitch. Being knocked out of the Capital One Cup against a much weakened Newcastle side and in severe danger of finishing bottom of their Champions League group has piled even more pressure on Pellegrini’s shoulders to turn Manchester City’s season around. They already find themselves eight points behind leaders Chelsea after eleven games and closer to the likes of Stoke who may come out on top in the battle of the Midlands clubs, but there are fundamental reasons why Manchester City continue to struggle.

Too dependent on Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Having a world class striker amongst your ranks is one of the most important components required for any club who have strong ambitions of winning domestic and European titles. Only a few managers in world football find themselves with the luxury of having more than one to call upon to provide a rich source of goals on a regular basis, but Pellegrini should consider himself fortunate that Sergio Aguero is in superb form. His brace against Queens Park Rangers made Aguero the leading Premier League marksman with 12 goals in just 11 games, but it papers over the considerable cracks that have formed throughout the rest of the team. Manchester City have become overly dependent on Aguero to score goals, with the likes of David Silva, Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko well behind on 2 Premier League goals apiece. The Argentine star may be capable of winning games on his own, but without support from his team-mates in the goals department, Manchester City will continue to struggle.

Defensive vulnerability


Manchester City’s defensive strength came to the fore as they powered their way towards the Premier League title last season, but all appears to have changed since May. Aside from the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna, it is the same defensive unit as last season with the likes of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta establishing themselves amongst the best in Europe. However, Manchester City have gone from being extremely difficult to break down to being vulnerable to any sort of pressure, with naïve defending and individual errors demonstrating a considerable lack of confidence. Mangala may be highly-rated, but the 23-year-old has looked all over the place and appears to be feeling the pressure already, while even Kompany and Martin Demichelis have performed well below their best. Joe Hart has cut a forlorn figure all too often this season, with his defenders providing no protection through crucial losses in concentration that are simply not acceptable for a team of Manchester City’s calibre.

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Although the powerful Ivorian has been through publicised personal problems away from football during the summer, Yaya Toure looks a complete shadow of the player who was simply unstoppable last season. 20 Premier League goals from midfield illustrates just how good Yaya Toure was for Manchester City, with his considerable power and drive adding a wonderful dimension in midfield, both defensively and in attack. A repeat of last season’s goal-scoring exploits may be asking too much, but numerous lethargic performances have raised questions over whether Toure is in decline. The infamous birthday saga may have soured the relationship between Toure and Manchester City, but many fans and pundits remain at a loss as to why the Ivorian has suddenly lost the ability to pass, shoot and drive forward like he used to. Without Yaya Toure at their best, and Fernando and Fernandinho consistently making the same errors of giving the ball away and losing possession way too easily, Manchester City continue to be dominated in midfield in every game they play.

Spotting Some Pointers To Make Logical Betting Decisions

Football is the most popular sport in the UK, with the roots of the modern game originating in the heart of England. It remains the most popular sport in the UK where thousands of players compete in amateur and professional leagues around the country.

Millions of fans get their kicks out of watching a football game, either live at a stadium, on TV, or by streaming a match online. But as much fun as it is for fans to take in the game, it becomes all the more exciting when followers can put a little money on the line.

Betting on football is almost as old as the sport itself, and football betting becomes even more exciting as seasons near their ends. Teams that perform strongly in their primary league can qualify to compete in higher tiered leagues. As fans, the potential for teams to reach the next level is exciting to watch – and becomes all the more intense with some skin in the game.

Betting on football

The Premier League is the most popular and successful football league in England, with a devoted following of millions of fans – including many outside the UK. And unsurprisingly, many followers are passionate sports bettors, who bet using the latest preview news about the Premier League.

A devoted follower of the Premier League can sense when to bet on certain clubs. For example, Chelsea is off to an incredible start this season whereas Manchester United is struggling to deliver on a promise to bounce back from a difficult season last year. Using this type of data, a savvy football bettor can comfortably predict the outcome of future matches, and make some money.

Sometimes fans may need to push their personal feelings about a team aside to make the most logical bet. Given the examples, fans may still cheer for Man U but may be less comfortable putting money behind love for the team.

Football is by far the world’s most popular game, and football betting is easily one of the favoured pastimes for fans. But if you plan to put money on the line, be smart, think it through, and only bet where you feel comfortable doing so.

Fans not feeling Prem’s new riches

Premier League clubs are generally getting richer and richer as the new television deal swells their coffers this summer – but most appear unwilling to offer any price reductions to their loyal fans. Is it any wonder more and more are watching football at home, in the pub or online?

The eye-watering £5.5bn three-year deal that was agreed last year means every Premier League club is hugely better off but still it seems the fans who follow them all over the country will be hit hardest in the pocket.

Ticket prices in England’s top flight have been spiralling out of control for the past few years. Fans’ anger at how much they are continually being asked to pay is nothing new. But this summer, clubs had the perfect chance to undertake a PR charm-offensive by offering reductions due to the vast extra sums coming into their bank accounts via the new broadcasting deal.

It is a staggering fact to consider but Premier League clubs could have let every fan in for free in the upcoming season and still have been no worse off such is the terms of the financial windfall coming their way on the back of rivals’ Sky Sports and BT’s agreed new deal.

But how many clubs have cut the cost of their top-price season ticket? One. Step forward Newcastle United for at least giving consideration to the often least thought-about commodity in football but probably the most important – the fans who go and fill the stadiums week in, week out.

The Magpies are the only club out of 20 whose top-price season ticket has gone down (admittedly by just 1%), while 12 sides have raised theirs and six have kept prices static. Individual clubs will point to different ticket price deals they offer under various terms and conditions over the course of the year but overall the picture remains one of the clubs taking in the vast amount of cash and seemingly not giving a second thought to their most loyal supporters. There certainly doesn’t seem to be much sharing of the new-found riches going on.

London clubs, in particular, are guilty of offering the most expensive tickets. They will claim that is down, in part, because they are simply reflecting capital prices for most things being more expensive than the rest of the country but surely recently-promoted QPR’s £949 top-price season ticket is too high – even if it pales into comparison when looking at Arsenal’s £2,013 ‘deal?’

Using QPR, or West Ham’s top price season ticket (£910) as an example, for those who don’t follow the football betting with bet365, their odds to win the title do not reflect the prices fans have to pay.

Football has been big business now for getting on for 20 years and financial analysts will say it is unrealistic to expect clubs to reduce prices as this just does not happen in other ‘entertainment’ industries. The cost of going to see a show in the West End or a top band at a local arena is not coming down so why should football be any different?

But the vast sums coming into the game mean that it should be treated as an exception and clubs should realise that by rising prices again they are only alienating an increasingly disaffected fan-base even more.

Meet the Mascot for the 2014 World Cup

The job of the football mascot has never been an easy one. There’s the constant attentions of the younger fans to deal with, as well as the decidedly crueller attentions of travelling supporters. In Brazil, there’s the added hardship of having to wear a heavy plush costume in the humid, rainforest heat. Sounds like hard work to us.


Luckily, the mascot for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil is pretty thick-skinned… Meet Fuleco, the three-banded armadillo who’ll be cheering the players on from the sidelines in this summer’s tournament. Three-banded armadillos are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List, so this could quite possibly be one of your last chances to see this elusive creature in its natural habitat.

The tournament’s host nation are, of course, hoping this will not be the case, with the selection of the animal in question intended as a reminder to the watching world of the value of South America’s beleaguered wildlife. Indeed, the mascot’s name itself seeks to highlight environmental concerns; whilst to English ears it might sound like the name of some giant fossil fuel-peddling corporation, it’s actually a portmanteau of the Brazilian words for football (Futebol – Ful) and ecology (Ecologia – Eco). Whilst the Brazilians will be entering this summer’s tournament as the bookies’ favourites to emerge as champions, there’s also a clearly another agenda running parallel to footballing ambitions here: raising the important environmental issues the country is facing. With over 90% of Brazilians stating their belief in an eco-friendly nation, the World Cup hosts are taking this good example and transmitting it to football fans around the globe – most importantly, children – through their armadillo mascot.

How will Fuleco go down with the fans?

The early signs are promising for Fuleco’s creators, as far as the international reception of their mascot is concerned. Research has shown that the character scores an average of 7.2 out of 10 for appeal, with football fans who associate his name with ‘Brazil’, ‘Nature’, ‘Friendly’ and ‘Passion for Football’.

A good comparison with previous mascots?

For one thing, Fuleco seems certain to hold a far greater appeal than Great Britain’s Olympic mascots for 2012, Wenlock and Mandeville, who were described by one commentator as looking like a “drunken one-night stand between a Teletubby and a Dalek”. In terms of previous World Cup mascots, Fuleco will be competing with greats such as Footix, France’s red and blue rooster from ’98 and – pub quizzers take note – World Cup Willie, the Lion who cheered England to glory in 1966.

Watch Champions League Online

Dear Live UEFA Champions League Fan,

We know how big an event the UEFA cup is, and how difficult it is these days to afford the extremely expensive costs of premium satellite and cable channels only to watch your team crash out after one match.

Would it shock you to know that it’s completely FREE and simple to watch these live champions league draw matches on your home computer. You don’t need a high-end computer, nor do you need to buy any extra equipment. The live footy matches are all broadcast online through free-to-air live channels. You just need to find out where these channels are.


The live sports streams are located all over the internet. Some require specialised software to be installed before you can tune into them. In our guide, we explain all the different types of software available and include a step by step guide on how you can tune into any live stream online.


If you thought is there really any difference between the Champions League and the UEFA, there isn’t. It’s your preference what you wish to call the league. The craze for Live Champions League Football started in 1955 at a journalist’s suggestion. The idea behind starting a Champions League Draw was to let the top European football clubs get a platform where they could compete and emerge as winners to showcase their football prowess to a larger audience as well as get recognition and compete with other international leagues simultaneously.

Since the beginning the Live Champions League Football has been held as a knockout series giving every team a fair chance. As such, during the league matches, each team that is drawn against each other has to play 2 matches instead f 1 as is common in other knockout leagues. As such, the fixtures are held on a home, and away basis giving all teams a fair chance since these are the best teams from all over Europe and we all know how important a home crowd is, as well as the difference it can make on a team’s morale.

The Champions League Draw works well because if 2 teams that play against each other draw the results, then the points are awarded on an away goal basis, making the fixtures very enjoyable for supporters.

The qualification criteria for the Live Champions League Football fixtures was altered in the 90’s to ensure that the best of teams got to participate rather than allow lower league winners to participate to keep the standard of the game super high. As such not just winners of individual leagues but even the runners up were allowed to compete because the standard of certain leagues are much higher than others considering there are many prominent football leagues in Europe. Teams like Inter, Liverpool and Juventus have something in common.

These aforementioned teams all share the record of holding three UEFA Cup final successes. Other teams like Seville FC are following too and are armed with victories consecutively in 2006 as well as in 2007. Russia have also opened their very own UEFA club football competition account in this famous soccer tournament recently all thanks to trams like PFC CSKA Moskva in the year 2005 and also to FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the year 2008.

The competition is endless and certainly enjoys international support. In fact the is a much awaited list and once it’s announced reality seeps in. in a big way, which group of teams you are pitted against makes a big difference to your chances of winning the big cup. There’s times when one can almost start predicting which teams will go through in the qualifying stages because of the competition they’re to face. There are many surprises in the group stages because for most people who probably follow the English premier league teams they do not have adequate knowledge regarding the other league winners.

The Live Champions League Football fixtures are held during weekdays on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings European time. The match timings are fixed in a way that no team is too exerted to play because simultaneously thy have their independent league games to play. Since these are the top teams playing in the leagues they need to play well at all times for fear of losing out in being league champions. The pressure is high at all times and no dates coincide. The Champions League Draw schedule is announced close to the commencement of the champion’s league game and the previous year’s winners get a starting go.

Last year’s winners at Fußball Arena München were Chelsea and so far Real Mad has the maximum number of wins. The quest to qualify for the Champions League Draw ensures that teams play extremely well in their independent league matches or they don’t stand a chance of being pitted against the best in the world of football.

Once the qualifying rounds conclude, 16 teams survive, 2 from each group, the winner and the runners up. The final 16 play he knockout to win the title in the month of May. The champion’s league has brilliant sponsors and if you’re a supporter and can’t make it to the live games, then television won’t disappoint you.

Furthermore, there are brilliant competitions for fans and supporters that keep viewers glued. When the home and away qualifying rounds are on, if the games end as a draw there aren’t any penalties to decide the winner because that’s decided by the 2 nd fixture. It’s truly one of the most awaited events and there are people who have watched the games successfully over the years without taking a break. If you want to support your team, there’s no better forum than to support and cheer them till wining glory at the Live Champions League Draw.