Friday, April 11, 2014

George's Premiership Predictions April 12

bet365Of the three teams with a realistic chance of winning the Premier League, Manchester City play an in-form Southampton at home, Liverpool travel to east London to face West Ham, Chelsea play Stoke at Stamford Bridge hoping to put their poor display away to PSG in the Champions League.

Saturday 12 April 2014

Sunderland 1 v Everton 2
Stoke City 2 v Newcastle 0
Fulham 2 v Norwich City 0
Crystal Palace 1 v Aston Villa 1
West Brom 1 v Tottenham 0
Southampton 3 v Cardiff City 1
Sunday 13 April 2014

Liverpool 1 v Man City 1
Monday April 14 2014

Swansea City 0 v Chelsea 2

Man Utd 6/4 To Miss Top 4 – 14/1 To Win Europa League!

For the first time in nearly twenty years, barring a miracle, Manchester United won't be competing in the Champions League next season and bet365 are 6/4 they miss out on a top four finish in 2014/5 and 14/1 they win the Europa League.

bet365spokesman Steve Freeth "We’ve chalked up 14/1 for Man Utd to qualify and lift the Europa League next season but entertaining Europe’s lesser lights on Thursday nights may not be top of their agenda, whereas getting back with the elite as soon as possible, could well be."

2014/5 Manchester United Specials

Top 4 Finish

Yes 1/2 No 6/4

Manchester United to win 2014/15 Europa League 14/1 (All in, qualify or not)

To Win Major Trophy During 2014/15

Yes 13/8 No 4/9

(PL, FAC, LC, CL/EL)

Soccer - Moyes focuses on Champions League return

Manchester United boss David Moyes, whose side are 33/1 with bet365 to finish in the top four this season, is hopeful of a swift return to Champions League football. The Red Devils were knocked out of this season's competition by holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening, and United are set to miss out next season as they currently lie down in seventh place in the Premier League. However, Moyes is determined to bring in new players this summer to try and ensure that United are back among the European elite in 2015/16, stressing that his side's absence from Europe shouldn't last long. He told reporters: "My focus is on getting a side together to get back in the Champions League. "Any players we've quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United. They know it's not a long-term thing. "We're looking to spend the right money on players who are available and it's not anything to do with the Champions League."

Soccer - Courtois sweats on semi-final draw

Atletico Madrid loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to miss his side's Champions League semi-final if they are paired with his parent club Chelsea. Atleti, who are 9/2 with bet365 to be crowned European champions for the first time, would be forced to pay a major fee to the Blues to field Courtois and they are unlikely to be able to do so. Atletico president Enrique Cerezo told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: "The problem is whether Courtois can play if we get Chelsea in the draw. "There is something in the contract. For him to play we would have to pay a large quantity of money, a figure we cannot pay." If Courtois is forced to miss out, Atleti will be forced to turn to former Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo La Coruna keeper Daniel Aranzubia, who has only featured on two occasions so far this season. Courtois will be clear to play if Atletico are drawn against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.

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