10 Feb

Bayern stretch Bundesliga lead

first_imgBERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.”We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend’s games.”I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.”last_img read more

21 Dec

Cardiff have been exposed and Fulham should see them off

first_imgFulham edged out Everton at Craven Cottage in midweek in a cracking cup tie and are now 25/1 to lift the trophy at Wembley.And they are 6/5 to beat Cardiff on Saturday – a price which makes plenty of appeal despite the fact that Fulham have only taken one point from their last 18 available on home soil.The Welsh side have had their limitations exposed since their famous win over Manchester City earlier in the season and this is a game that Fulham should take maximum points from.Dimitar Berbatov has only scored twice in his last 12 league games but he is 5/1 favourite to score the opener at the weekend, with Darren Bent 11/2.I fancy a 2-0 home win for Fulham, which is priced at 10/1 at BetVictor.Berbatov remains 1/3 favourite to score most league goals for the Whites this term but if Bent can be kept fit the 9/4 could be the answer.Tottenham have only won three of their 42 Premier League games against Chelsea, but they are our marginal favourites to beat their London rivals in Saturday’s eagerly-awaited encounter.No team in Europe’s top leagues has conceded fewer goals this season than Spurs, who have let in only one.Andre Villas-Boas’ side are 17/10 with BetVictor to win this weekend’s derby, with Chelsea 15/8 and the draw at 23/10.It will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho perseveres with Samuel Eto’o or goes with Fernando Torres after the latter’s man-of-the-match performance against Swindon in midweek.Following Romelu Lukaku’s goal for Everton at Upton Park last weekend we have altered the prices on which Chelsea-owned striker will score most Premier League goals this term and bet:Lukaku 11/8Eto’o 5/2Torres 3/1Ba 6/1Incidentally, Chelsea are 15/2 to win the Capital One Cup and such is the strength of their squad, that that looks a good bet to me despite them being drawn away to Arsenal in the next round.If Arsene Wenger persists in playing Bendtner and co then the Blues will thrash the Gunners and that price looks too big to me.Chelsea are currently 11/4 to regain the league title, with Manchester City 7/4 favourites and Tottenham 10s.QPR march on at the top of the Championship after their latest 1-0 success and Middlesbrough would do well to get anything against them.Boro have been disappointing so far this season, although they do tend to score goals.We are unashamedly behind Rangers and believe they will win the Championship and make them 5/4 for the title.They are 17/20 for all three points this weekend, which looks too big given Rangers’ excellent defensive record.Charlie Austin is 12/1 to be the Championship’s top scorer and 15/4 to score the opener at Loftus Road on Saturday and 11/10 to find the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes.If you fancy Austin to score the only goal of the game we bet 22/1 and we bet 6/4 that the R’s keep another clean sheet.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.com.Be luckyCharlielast_img read more

16 Nov

Will personally take you to a psychiatrist: Gautam Gambhir hits back at Shahid Afridi

first_imgNot known to pull back punches, Gautam Gambhir hit back at Shahid Afridi, offering to take him to a session with “a psychiatrist” after the former Pakistan captain wrote a few uncharitable things about the Indian opener.Afridi in his just-released autobiography ‘Game Changer’ had sarcastically referred to Gambhir as someone who “behaves like a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond,” and has a “lot of attitude and no great records”Gambhir responded through his official twitter handle tagging Afridi.@SAfridiOfficial you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist.Chowkidar Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 4, 2019″…you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist,” Gambhir tweeted.The duo never shared a great rapport on and off-the-field and it was reflected in Afridi’s take on Gambhir.”Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude,” Afridi wrote.”Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (grumpy). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote.advertisementThe two had an angry bust-up during a bilateral series ODI in Kanpur back in 2007 (wrongly referred in Afridi’s book as Asia Cup game).”I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly, we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives,” Afridi recalled the uncharitable verbal exchange.Afridi has recently agreed that he had indulged in age-fraud and was 21 years old when he scored his hundred debut and not 16 as it was believed for a lot of years.Also Read | Umpires had to finish it off or I would have: Afridi recalls run-in with GambhirAlso Read | Pakistan star Shahid Afridi finally reveals his real agelast_img read more