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Champions League

And then there were eight!

The quarter-finals of the Champions League has thrown up few, if any, surprises and have emphasised, yet again, that it’s imperative that you win your qualifying group. Manchester United‘s name is probably the only unexpected one in the last eight after the first leg of the last 16 ties. They became only the sixth side in Champions League history to overturn a two-goal deficit. Robin van Persie becoming only the fifth Manchester United player to score a hat-trick in the competition. But their victory over Olympiakos came at a price with the Dutchman stretchered off with a knee injury near the end of their game against the Greek champions – at the time of writing, the damage still had to be assessed. It says much about United’s season that their victory was inspired by a recalled 40-year-old and their hopes of getting their hands on the trophy still look remote ahead of the quarter-final draw. Bookmakers concur and David Moyes‘ beleaguered squad are 20/1 with BetVictor, Coral and sportingbet as their possible rivals looks like a who’s who of European football.

It’s no surprise that Bayern Munich remain hot favourites (2/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James). The Germans have terrific strength-in-depth with several options should they lose a key player. The defending champions have had a couple of hiccoughs at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League season but only when the pressure was off. Generally, they win their home games and are able to adapt their tactics to keep things tight on the road so whoever meets Bayern will have their hands full. Only a calculator button is keeping them from being confirmed as Bundesliga champions again.

Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in fantastic form, look the biggest danger and are a general 4/1 with Barcelona 17/4 with bwin. The Catalans are unaccustomed to not being favourites but layers have realised that this is not the Barca of a couple of years ago and their defensive fragility is likely to be exploited now that they’ve reached the latter stages of the competition. But you underestimate Jose Mourinho and Chelsea at your peril. ‘The Special One’ is a master tactician and the Blues will make life tough for whoever they meet from now on. Stamford Bridge is certainly a difficult place to go in Europe and I’d rather have a punt on Mourinho’s men at the general 12/1 than on PSG at the same odds (BetVictor), who are so reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


March 20th, 2014 / paul - Category: Champions League

Champions League

Has the balance of power in European football shifted? The Bundesliga provided both finalists in the Champions League last year with the Primera Liga‘s big guns both coming up short and showing that having a brilliant attack alone is not enough if they concede too many goals.

There were certain salutary lessons to be learned at Barcelona and Real Madrid – but have they been addressed? Madrid look on the verge of capturing Gareth Bale for a world-record fee and he’ll grace the Bernebeu with his skills. But they’ve lost centre-back Raul Albiol and replaced him with a right-back in Daniel Carvajal and may still be vulnerable under pressure. Real, now under Carlo Ancellotti, will still have high hopes of ending their wait for another European triumph at 11/2 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Skybet while Barcelona are pinning their hopes on Neymar to climb back to the top. The Brazilian looks a superstar but Lionel Messi has been picking up a few injuries lately and it could be the punishment that he takes, week-in week-out, is beginning to take its toll. Barca are 9/2 with Skybet to recapture the European crown but they’ll need to progress to dethrone Bayern Munich.

The German champions were deserving winners last season after several near-misses. They’ve strengthened again with the younger Mario Gotze looking an excellent replacement for the departed Mario Gomez and Pep Guardiola has raided former club Barcelona for Spanish international midfielder Thiago. Bayern will be a threat to all at the general 7/2 while last season’s losing finalists Borussia Dortmund (25/1 with BetVictor, Boylesports and Skybet) will again be expecting Robert Lewandowski to fire them into the latter stages.

Chelsea are rated the pick of the Premier League teams this season under Jose Mourinho, despite only finishing third in their domestic league last season. They’ll be harder to beat this season and having been handed a good draw in the group stages. They are a best 11/1 with Paddy Power while Manchester City are 16/1 with bwin despite failing to make it past the group stages since returning to Europe’s top table and being paired with Bayern. English champions Manchester United are 14/1 with BetVictor and bwin but this year will be a steep learning curve for new manager David Moyes and Arsenal, so far, haven’t made the big signings everyone expected. The Gunners are 40/1 with Boylesports, Ladbrokes and Skybet to lift the Champions League.

French football is undergoing a renaissance and big-spending Paris St Germain are 18/1 with Skybet while Marseilles are available at 250/1 with bwin, Coral and Skybet. Juventus head the Italian challenge and are 20/1 with Paddy Power ahead of AC Milan and Napoli, and you can  have 1000/1 with Skybet and William Hill on Celtic after the Scottish champions were drawn alongside Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax, though qualifiers Austria Vienna and Victoria Plzen are rank outsiders at 1500/1 with Skybet and Boylesports respectively.


August 29th, 2013 / paul - Category: Champions League

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

It’s not always the case but, this year, we seem to have been blessed with the best four teams in Europe in the last four of the Champions League and the Europa League has also come up trumps.

Spain and Germany dominate the latter stages of the continent’s premier club competition and bookmakers are almost united in making La Liga leaders Barcelona favourites. BetVictor are as short as 7/4 against Lionel Messi and company, even though they were just 20 minutes away from going out against PSG before being rescued by their Argentinian maestro and the away goals rule. Barca have the recent pedigree, of course, but it may be written in the stars that Jose Mourinho gives Real Madrid the European crown before he moves on and several firms can’t split the great rivals at 2/1.

But you just can’t rule out the two Bundesliga teams, who also have quality in abundance. Bayern Munich (3/1 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power) have twice reached the final in recent years and have vast experience. They’ve not quite been able to get over the line but nobody would begrudge Jupp Heynkes‘ side a change of luck and they’ve already wrapped up their domestic title. Borussia Dortmund were undoubtedly lucky to beat Malaga in the quarter-finals and it’s no surprise that they are the outsiders of the four remaining teams (13/2 in several places). But they showed what they could do in the group stages and a return to that kind of form would make them a threat to all.

The Europa League is a two-horse race according to bookmakers, who expect Chelsea and Benfica to contest next month’s final. The Blues’ terrific record at Stamford Bridge has kept them afloat so far but they’ve not been as effective on the road and, though they are bidding to be the first Champions League winners to win the following year’s Europa League, I wouldn’t be rushing to back Rafa Benitez‘ men at the 13/10 with bwin and Ladbrokes. Benfica, 15/8 with Ladbrokes, BetVictor and Paddy Power look a bit more resilient and may be more motivated but are no certainties to get past Fenerbache (a general 6/1). But the fact that Basel needed penalties to beat an under-strength Spurs, who played extra time in the second leg with only 10 men, suggests they might have reached the limit of expectations. The Swiss team are 8/1 with bet365 and 888sport to win the final.


April 15th, 2013 / paul - Category: Champions League

Football Betting

With Pep Guardiola making a return to football management with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga next season, it has left Chelsea in a bit of limbo. Guardiola was one of the favourites in Chelsea Next Permanent Manager betting, but with the Spaniard dismissing a move to Stamford Bridge, it has left a confusing situation for Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire is a big fan of Guardiola and wanted him at his club, but he has suffered rejection. With Rafa benitez on only temporary assignment in West London, where the leader for next Chelsea manager going to come from.

The speculation over a return for Jose Mourinho won’t go away. The Special One is having a tough season in La Liga, with reports over dressing room fallouts. However, he only signed a big new contract last year after securing the Spanish league title, so will he tough it out there? It is an interesting situation, and what makes Mourinho favourite is how much he was admired at the Bridge. The Portuguese manager knows what life is like at the club under Roman Abramovich and while he would be welcomed back by the Chelsea faithful, questions over his relationship with Abramovich may cause some hesitation in backing Mourinho in next Chelsea boss betting. It was fractured when he left, how much has it been repaired?

Offering much better value is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp. He made Dortmund into a European force, fending off Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title last season. There is a lot of promise in a move for Klopp, who are highly unlikely to retain their league title this season. They are also in a tight scrap for a Champions League place as well. If that fails this season, a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer would be a good new challenge for him. Klopp is forward thinking and adventurous enough with his football philosophy to fit Abramovich’s plans.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. This is an interesting one. No doubt the Argentine has done a superb job, with limited resources compared to the might of Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, he has had the benefit of having Radamel Falcao in his ranks. Should Chelsea make a move for Simeone, it may bring the factor of being able to lure Falcao to the Premier League. Germany’s Joachim Loew has also started to get linked with a move to the club as well. He again, is another who would bring the flair and style that Abramovich wants.

After bringing in the highly unpopular Rafa Benitez though, if that doesn’t yield any success, there may be a diplomatic move by the club to bring back a favourite. Gus Poyet has made a solid name for himself in managerial circuits and would be a familiar face back at the Bridge. So too Gianfranco Zola, regarded as the best player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt. Odds on Zola have been trimmed over the past week or so, as speculation mounts that a move will be made for him.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Jose Mourinho 15/8, Jurgen Klopp 7/2, Joachim Low 9/1, Diego Simeone 14/1, Michael Laudrup 14/1, Gianfranco Zola 20/1, Frank Rijkaard 25/1

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January 21st, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Jose Mourinho

It could well be worth visiting some Jose Mourinho betting as the rumours that he won’t be at Real Madrid until the end of the season mount. Madrid fell a massive 16 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Malaga on Saturday. It was the second match in a row which Madrid had failed to win in the Spanish top flight, their second defeat in their last five league outings. So with their slim hopes of retaining their Spanish league title rapidly slipping away from them, Jose Mourinho’s position at the Spanish giants is looking more and more fragile.

Despite signing a new contract back in May to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2016, Mourinho is continuously linked with a move back to the Premier League. But now, with performances from his expensive team falling flat on the playing field and ever growing rumours of discord in the dressing rooms, will Mourinho and Madrid be together for much longer? In a recent Copa del Rey defeat at Celta Vigo, Mourinho called out some of his players saying “There are players who have disappointed me,” he said. “Some didn’t want to play because it was cold, raining.”

Mourinho himself has said that it is “practically impossible” for his side to retain the Spanish league title, following the draw with lowly Espanyol recently. Leaked rumours from the club say that the dressing room atmosphere has been tense too, including a spat between Mourinho and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. But over the weekend, Mourinho was quick to dismiss rumours that his departure from Madrid would come sooner rather than later, as well as starting another war of words with interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez.

So be on alert for Jose Mourinho betting odds at the moment, most notably, the destination of his next club. It is not going to be easy for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to find a replacement, certainly not half way through a disappointing season. But the links and rumours of the former Chelsea boss heading back to the Premier League don’t go away, the man himself also hinting that he would like to return for another crack.

But where? What would be Jose Mourinho’s next club? Trading as favourite at online bookmaker Stan James is the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. With current boss Roberto Mancini failing to make any ground in Europe, Mourinho would be an immediate attraction to them. It looks far more likely for that would happen than him turning up to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement at Old Trafford, an unlikely option which is trading at 7/2 with Stan James.

Sandwiched in between those odds is Chelsea at 5/2. While the Chelsea fans would love the Special One back at the Bridge, the fractious atmosphere that was created by Mourinho and owner Roman Abramovich before, makes this hard to see, really leaving Man City as the best option in the Premier League. But of course, Benitez is only in temporary charge at the Bridge.

Across the Channel, the Paris St Germain movement is gaining pace and with Carlo Ancelotti yet to secure anything with them, Mourinho would be a good fit there, with the French club trading at 10/1 to be Mourinho’s next club. Rumours will persist all season about The Special One, but where will he end up?

Jose Mourinho Next Job Betting Odds at online bookmaker Stan James
Man City 6/4, Chelsea 5/2, Man United 7/2, Arsenal 8/1, Paris St Germain 10/1, Any National Team 16/1, AC Milan 20/1, Bayern Munich 20/1, Inter 20/1, Juventus 20/1, Liverpool 20/1, Porto 20/1, Spurs 20/1, Barcelona 20/1

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December 22nd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Champions League

Manchester City didn’t get the rub of the green when the draw for last season’s Champions League group stages was made and the fates haven’t been kind to Roberto Mancini’s Premier League champions this year either. Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and Ajax await and City open their campaign against Real Madrid at the Bernebeu. Jose Mourinho‘s team pipped Barcelona to the Primera Liga last season but have made a disastrous start to their new campaign and their defence of the league crown may already be over before it’s begun with Barca already clear at the top. You could argue that Ronaldo, Modric and company can now focus almost solely on the Champions League, which is Mourinho’s Holy Grail at Real, and that’s bad news for City who showed themselves to be vulnerable on the road in Europe last season and have hardly been firing on all cylinders, domestically, so far. A couple of early setbacks and  they may struggle to make up lost ground in Group D.

Neighbours United failed to take opponents seriously last year and crashed out at the group stages. They’ll have no excuses for failing to make the knockout stages this year having been drawn out with Braga, Galatasaray and CFR Cluj but Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t like to show his hand too early in the competition and expect a few unexpected names on the team-sheet if they get qualification wrapped up early. For that reason, it could be worth having a speculative bet on Braga to win Group H at the 8/1 available with bwin, BetVictor and William Hill. The Portuguese side needed penalties to edge out Udinese in the qualifying round but are very strong at home and should qualify for the latter stages if they can pick up a few points on their travels. Historically, United don’t place that much importance on topping their group.

Another of Europe’s traditional power houses, last year’s losing finalists Bayern Munich, also face serious competition in their section from Valencia with Mauricio Pellegrino‘s side a general 3/1 to top Group F and Braga’s compatriots Porto will also have their supporters in Group A against favourites Paris St Germain. The French club have been splashing the cash all summer long and investors will be anxious to see an early return on their investment but there remain doubts about the overall strength of Ligue 1 in comparison to Spain, England, Germany and Italy and Porto’s recent European pedigree and squad strength looks at least the equal of PSG so there is no way the Portuguese champions, winners of the Champions League in 2004, should be rated as 15/8 chances by Boylesports, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill, though they will have to unearth a goalscorer to replace Brazilian Hulk.


September 17th, 2012 / paul - Category: Champions League

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There has been a lot of activity happening in the Next Permanent Liverpool manager betting market, after Kenny Dalglish saw the FA Cup slip away from him on the weekend. Liverpool lost 2-1 against Chelsea at Wembley, so Dalglish was unable to add any gloss to a disappointing season. They earned themselves the Carling Cup thanks to a penalty shoot out against Championship side Cardiff, but struggling to make a top seven finish in the Premier League, winning just one home game of the eight played in league since the turn of the year, hasn’t won Dalglish many fans over. Liverpool have been lightweight up front and un-creative in the middle of the park and don’t look as if they have the squad quality to take a step forward.

So they may need investment in the summer, will Dalglish be the one to spend the money? Will the owners stick with him for another season? The last big batch of big money signings haven’t worked. Will they trust him to spend more? The thing about Dalglish is that he of course has such a huge identity at Anfield, he is a firm fixture of Liverpool’s great history and therefore it may not prove to be a great publicity move if they get rid of him. But surely he isn’t untouchable? But out of interest, if the Liverpool board decide that they need a change at the top to drive forward, who are the leading candidates in the Next Permanent Liverpool manager betting?

Well, former boss Rafa Benitez is the man who has attracted all the attention. There were firm rumours about the Spaniard heading back to the Premier League with Chelsea after Andre Villas-Boas got the sack from Stamford Bridge. However, their rumours seem to have died down a bit, and some Liverpool fans have been calling for a return of Rafa. It would probably be a move that smoothed the transition if Dalglish goes. But there are other big names in contention as well, with Jose Mourinho, who just won the La Liga title with Real Madrid and short-lived Chelsea boss Andre-Villa Boas himself. Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers could be a major target for the Reds too, as he would bring the style and wonderful passing game with a purpose, that Liverpool are missing. But Rodgers has been hotly linked with Spurs.

Would Martin O’Neill be ready to step up to a bigger club after making a steady return to management with Sunderland this season? Would Pep Guardiola be tempted out of his decision to step away from the game at the end of Barcelona’s season? Weighing up the options, it all seems a little bit unlikely, but the odds have been trimmed so much on a return for Rafa Benitez as next Liverpool manager, it has hard to ignore the market momentum. He is the best fit for the club, a tactical thinker who did take Liverpool to European glory.

Next Permanent Liverpool Manager Betting Odds at SkyBet
Rafa Benitez 94/, Jose Mourinho 10/1, Andre Villas-Boas 12/1, Brendan Rodgers 9/1, Martin O’Neill 10/1, Pep Guardiola 12/1


May 7th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Football Betting

To be honest, I’m secretly relieved that Chelsea have finally given Andre Villas-Boas the boot. At this point, I should explain that I hold absolutely no grudge against the man nor will I make any personal gain from his departure. It’s purely a professional thing for, the truth of the matter is, I could never remember where to put the hyphen in his name. I just got a mental block every time I was writing an article that mentioned Chelsea. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t look right whether I stuck it after the Andre or before the Boas – and AVB is even worse. It sounds like an acronym for something that should be worth 18 months behind bars.

Now the Portuguese has gone, of course, the speculation about who will replace him in the long term is rife. Roberto Di Matteo, a Chelsea favourite and someone who has coached in the Premier League before, has the job until the end of the season but the indications are that he won’t be considered long term. But there again, will anyone? Roman Abramovic is now seeking a ninth manager in eight years but has to ask himself – will the coach be in charge or are a group of players who are past their best going to be allowed to dictate who they want giving the half-time team talk? There will be no names mentioned here but it’s pretty much common knowledge that player power has got rid of the last three Chelsea coaches. AVB has been a dead man walking, metaphorically speaking, since being forced to back track from his initial brief to oversee the replacing of the old guard with new blood. The club’s owner has lost patience after just eight months as the Blues have dropped off the pace in the Premier League and stand on the brink of elimination from the Champions League. Somebody, however, will have to be allowed the time to supervise a re-birth – but who would now want the job given the fate of his predecessors?

Rafa Benitez attracted support in the wake of Villa-Boas‘ dismissal but has drifted out again to a general 4/1 to be next permanent Chelsea manager and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is now the favourite to make a sensational return to Stamford Bridge at 5/2 with Ladbrokes, sportingbet and William Hill. Their former manager is still rumoured to be looking for a house in London and has always said he would return to the Premier League at some point. Barcelona‘s Pep Guardiola is 13/2 at Stan James and Fabio Capello is a general 10/1. The latter certainly has the profile of an ideal Abramovic candidate and Chelsea are probably one of the few clubs that could afford the ex-England manager but would he still have the energy for the role?


March 5th, 2012 / paul - Category: Football Betting

Rafael Benitez

Are changes about to happen at Stamford Bridge, with some serious movement in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market. Rumours are that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is going to be called in to replace the failed experiment of young Portuguese manager Andre Villas Boas. There are major issues in the Chelsea mess at the moment, which has put them in danger of missing out on a qualification spot in next year’s Champions League. A 3-1 away defeat against Napoli midweek, and without a win in five EPL league matches, AVB’s tenure at Stamford Bridge is hanging by a very precarious thread. He had to answer questions about his team selection in Naples to owner Roman Abramovich, as experienced hands Frank Lampard and Michael Essien were left on the bench. Villas Boas has seemingly alienated a lot of the senior players at Stamford Bridge, while he has tried to implement his own touches, leaning towards youth. It just hasn’t happened for them this season, and now one of the deepest thinkers in soccer manager, Rafa Benitez is apparently in line to become the next Chelsea boss. The rumours have been so strong that Benitez has jumped to favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager betting market to become 2/1 favourite at William Hill. That is a big leap for a man who has been out of work, and overlooked many times when other job openings have cropped up.

But he has Premier League experience and Benitez lead a very average Liverpool squad through some successful times. The success of Benitez was just what Chelsea need at the moment, as it was build on stifling, organised and un-flamboyant play. Winning through hard work to rack up 1-0 wins was the forte, and it is the same style which brought Jose Mourinho much success as Stamford Bridge. So is Benitez the man to fix the Chelsea problems? Chelsea are bad at the back at the moment, and Benitez likes to keep things tight and efficient, so he would get Chelsea deeper and tighten them up a lot. There is also the strong connection between Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres (who has just been dropped from Spain’s squad), and so perhaps Abramovich is thinking that Benitez may just be the right man to get the best of his biggest ever investment, the fifty million pound man, Torres. While many Blues fans will be scratching their heads of an appointment of Benitez, a man who was overlooked in favour of Andre Villas-Boas in the summer, they will no doubt look to his most previous track record. After good times at Liverpool, Benitez dragged Liverpool down with an over abundance of average squad players at Anfield, and then after taking over at Champions League holders Inter Milan, subsequently didn’t even last a season there because they ended up going backwards from their success.

But the rumours are growing that Roman Abramovich will turn back towards perhaps more dour tactical set ups, and give up on the supposed attacking flair that AVB was supposed to bring. Let’s not forget that Rafa Benitez is a Champions League winner, bringing a tight unit between his senior players and fringe operators. That man management is clearly something which Chelsea are lacking at the moment, but the diplomatic Benitez would probably unite the senior players like Lampard and get the best out of them until their Stamford Bridge careers come to an end. Bottom line is, is that Roman Abramovich is desperate to see his club win the Champions League, and the Blues are in danger of missing out on a place in next year’s tournament. So how much does AVB have left? It doesn’t seem like a lot really, and then that will blow Next Chelsea Manager betting wide open. Jose Mourinho’s name has been touted around as making a return to Stamford Bridge. The unsettled Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is also a likely target, but big names like this won’t be as readily available as out of work Benitez. So that in itself could be a big factor in the decision of what to do, and who to put in the Chelsea hot seat.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds
Rafa Benitez: 6/4 at SkyBet
Jose Mourinho: 8/1 at SkyBet
Fabio Capello: 9/1 at William Hill
Pep Guardiola: 10/1 at SkyBet
Marcelo Bielsa: 16/1 at Paddy Power

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February 24th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Guus Hiddink

The fall out of Fabio Capello’s departure from his post, leaving us with Next England Manager betting has taken a new twist, with favourite Harry Redknapp publicly stating that it would be unfair for him to leave Tottenham at the moment, and that he hasn’t even been approached. There are different ways to read into his comments though. The Tottenham boss seems the public’s choice to take over the national side, but Redknapp has enjoyed a tremendous season at Spurs, building a title challenging side and he seems pretty happy at White Hart Lane. He has dismissed, as most people have, the possibility of working part time, splitting his duties between England and Tottenham, as that simply isn’t practical. Redknapp said that it could be a short term solution, even having someone come in and take over the running just for the summer while England are at Euro 2012. So Harry Redknapp could possibly be the next England manager, but would he be the Next Permanent England manager? That seems a longer shot. He could well be in charge at Euro 2012, but would he then go back and fulfil his duties with Spurs for the new Premier League season? Has Redknapp counted himself out of the running? If so, where does that leave Next Permanent England manager betting? Interim coach Stuart Pearce, most likely, but with no real word on who the FA are actually interested in, could they spring another surprise and actually draft in some top foreign talent. Some forward thinking, successful manager?
There are two names in the running when you think of foreign managers in the field for Next Permanent England Manager betting. The first one is Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola.  The bookies have started to sit up and take notice of Guardiola, whose odds have been slashed from long shot to third favourite. Barcelona lost in La Liga on the weekend, suffering a bit of embarrassment away at Osasuna. That has left their title challenge in tatters, sitting ten points back of Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. So it looks as if they won’t successfully be defending their Spanish title there. The Champions League looks like more of a priority right now to them, and that are comfortably one step closer to the quarter finals after a 3-1 away win away against Bayer Leverkusen. So if the Spanish League title is gone, and they can’t defend their Champions League title, will this be the time for Guardiola to walk away? Surely the FA would have to jump at the chance to secure him, because what England fan doesn’t want to see their side play the way that the Catalans do?

There is another name which is also in the running, and that is former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinhno. The Special One is reportedly going to leave Real Madrid, despite dominating the Spanish domestic scene and chasing Champions League glory. Let’s assume that Mourinho wins at least the league title, a big coup over the power of Barcelona, would he be tempted into a new challenge? It’s hard to see Mourinho backing down from any new test, and they really don’t come much bigger or tougher to handle than the England job. Apparently Mourinho does want to get back to management in England, but would it be with England’s top job? He’s not totally out of the running, with bookies having him priced at anywhere between 12/1 and 25/1. One final name which should court some pretty good interest is that of Guus Hiddink. Hiddink is a much respected man and is wanted by a lot of clubs at the moment. PSV, where he made such a big name for himself want him back. Chelsea fans want the affable boss to come back and rescue them from their doldrums, and one of Europe’s rising forces Anzhi Makhachkala also want Hiddink’s services. At least Hiddink has international management experience, having coach the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia and most recently, Turkey. He’s also out of work right now, after failing to get Turkey to Euro 2012.

Next Permanent England Manager Betting Odds
Harry Redknapp: 1/4 at Bet365
Stuart Pearce: 10/1 at 188Bet
Pep Guardiola: 14/1 at Paddy Power
Roy Hodgson: 18/1 at Bet365
Guus Hiddink: 24/1 at BetFair
Jose Mourinho: 25/1 at Bet365

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February 17th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting










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