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The English Premier League is one of the most entertaining football leagues in the world and I would love to discuss all that happens there along with all connected to the PL betting of course.
For example I'm in shock the way standings looks at the moment and particularly the fact that Leicester City has a realistic chances to do the unthinkable and become a champions, who were thought of that before the season starts. I think the odds for that to happen were somewhere around 5000 Surprized before the beginning.

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Just don't talk about Liverpool for my sake. They are a shambles! Cry

I was watching them play Leicester the other day and were probably the better team for much of the match until Vardy scored a cracker. But that is what champion teams do - they soak up the pressure when they have to and then they make the most of their opportunities. And then they followed that up with a win away at Manchester City. It is no fluke that they are on top because they have been the best team so far this season.

I really hope Leicester can go on and do it. They are a real team that play with heart and teamwork and obviously have a much smaller budget than all the other top teams that basically compete to buy the title. Mahrez is a gun. I think they have an advantage in not playing in Europe and being out of the cup competitions. The other teams all have to play many more games and coming to the end of the season you would expect them to tire less than the "big" teams. I have my fingers crossed for them.

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I will really like Leicester to win the league because I,as any other sport fan, root for the underdogs but I have that feeling that they will crack up soon Bomb ....I personally don't think they will handle the pressure given that everyone "knows" them now and also any team I support bottles at the end! Angel

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Just don't talk about Liverpool for my sake. They are a shambles! Cry

I was watching them play Leicester the other day and were probably the better team for much of the match until Vardy scored a cracker. But that is what champion teams do - they soak up the pressure when they have to and then they make the most of their opportunities. And then they followed that up with a win away at Manchester City. It is no fluke that they are on top because they have been the best team so far this season.

I really hope Leicester can go on and do it. They are a real team that play with heart and teamwork and obviously have a much smaller budget than all the other top teams that basically compete to buy the title. Mahrez is a gun. I think they have an advantage in not playing in Europe and being out of the cup competitions. The other teams all have to play many more games and coming to the end of the season you would expect them to tire less than the "big" teams. I have my fingers crossed for them.

Agreed with all that you said above CL-Ed, the thing I like most about Leicester City is the way they play, really without too much of unnecessary tactical thoughts just attack when you have the opportunity and in the end their style is very effective. I've had my doubts that they can keep up with that tempo all season long but after every next result I starting to believe more and more that the miracle is possible. My fingers are crossed for them too Smile

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Let's see how they go this weekend. They are playing away at Arsenal and last time Arsenal thrashed them 5-2. But after their last two results they have nothing to be afraid of and their counter attacking style is suited to playing away. If they can get away from that match with a point or better then they have a run of so called "easier" games until their last three.

I would love to see them more than 3 points ahead on the final day of the season because then Chelsea would have to stand in a line at home and clap them onto the field as champions. I'll be waiting for the close-up zoom in on John Terry's face if that happens!

There's a lot of football to played yet though and we're getting close to the part of the season that Alex Ferguson famously named squeaky bum time!

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That will be a scene only written in the stars,Ed. I believe LCFC can go past Arsenal this weekend but am worried about the so called "easier" games coz those teams won't bother attacking at all... for them a point against the league leaders means a lot!

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Yeah, keen game for both teams. You never know but It might be the most important game of the season. If Leicester don't loose that one only theirs inexperience could fail them after that. It's incredible how tough is a Leicester schedule in these past weeks but they still came up with a good results every single week. It's certainly true that there is no easy games in England especially for a team from a Leicester caliber who doesn't have the squad length and of course the experience in such a race.

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Well well, Leicester were beaten in the 5th minute of injury time and Spurs were given a very fortunate penalty in their win over Manchester City. It all sets up nicely for a 3 team race to the title. I still think Leicester can't be too unhappy with 6 points from their last 3 games against some very good teams. They have a much easier run for the next couple of months now and have showed that they deserve to be up at the top end of the table. I still think that they can go on and win it.

Man City must be regretting the announcement that they would be replacing their manager at the end of the season. It clearly hasn't done wonders for their team morale. What a stupid decision (the pubic announcement, not signing Guardiola).

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Yeah, I also thought about that (Guardiola's announcement) and can't see any reason why they couldn't wait till the end of the season... Let's hope the best for Leicester but wow spurs are, all of a sudden, contenders too...The PL is on fire this season!

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Man City must be regretting the announcement that they would be replacing their manager at the end of the season. It clearly hasn't done wonders for their team morale. What a stupid decision (the pubic announcement, not signing Guardiola).

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Yeah, I also thought about that (Guardiola's announcement) and can't see any reason why they couldn't wait till the end of the season... Let's hope the best for Leicester but wow spurs are, all of a sudden, contenders too...The PL is on fire this season!

Sorry guys but not quite agree with you. Man City playing like shit all season long (for their standards) and it was a public secret that Guardiola will be their new manager, so it could be a mistake from their side to announce the new manager so early but I don't think they would win the league anyway. They just don't play good enough all season long and the biggest mistake for them was that they didn't fired Pellegrini at the end of last and try to bring Pep a season earlier. Their both titles in PL in the last years were pretty lucky so I don't think they deserve to win another close race but still I'm a MU fan so... Angel

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Well well, Leicester were beaten in the 5th minute of injury time and Spurs were given a very fortunate penalty in their win over Manchester City. It all sets up nicely for a 3 team race to the title. I still think Leicester can't be too unhappy with 6 points from their last 3 games against some very good teams. They have a much easier run for the next couple of months now and have showed that they deserve to be up at the top end of the table. I still think that they can go on and win it.

It's a tough tough way to loose any kind of game especially a match of that importance, agreed with you Ed Leicester City still has a very good chance to lift the trophy but it was a moral booster for Arsenal. Will be killing for the Foxes if they loose the title with 2 or 3 points difference in the end thanks to that stoppage time goal, I was mad about it.

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I don't know if you can ever call the league winners "lucky". It takes a whole season to put yourself in the position to do an Aguerrrrroooooooo in the last minute of the last game. Man City obviously have their confidence shot to pieces, and unlucky penalty calls like the weekend always seem to happen when things are not going well.

Anyway Leicester have 2 weeks now off while all their rivals have to play 2 or 3 games and I think that sort of thing is going to work in their favour towards the end of the season.

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I don't know if you can ever call the league winners "lucky". It takes a whole season to put yourself in the position to do an Aguerrrrroooooooo in the last minute of the last game. Man City obviously have their confidence shot to pieces, and unlucky penalty calls like the weekend always seem to happen when things are not going well.

I understand your point Ed and in fact I think they deserved that last minute title because they was leaders and best team for the biggest part of the season back then, but it was just painful for me the way it's happened,and I guess the fate is also on your side when you didn't won the league for the past 50 years. But I think their other title was quite strange too. Maybe don't have to mention Gerrard slips against Chelsea but for me Liverpool was the most impressive team back then, so we could call that luck or fate or whatever but I don't remember City loosing any close race for the title, especially when we also have in mind that the clubs budget and their players value was x times anybody's else back than. So for me there's was element of luck in both their titles.

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By the way do you think it could be a Spurs season this time around? I have a funny little feeling it just might be, we didn't mention them too much but they are in a Man City's role from 2011/12 season when they won the title after almost 50 years of waiting. Tottenham won it for second and last time in 1961 I don't know

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Er.. ahem!

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Just don't talk about Liverpool for my sake.

Cry Cry Cry

I think it would be great if either Spurs or Leicester won it, but I'm cheering for Leicester because they are the bigger underdogs (or should that be smaller?!?). Spurs have a very young team and they play without fear. They remind me a bit of Leeds United years ago when they were playing in the champions league with young guys like Kewell, Bridges, Woodgate etc.

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Er.. ahem!

Cry Cry Cry

Never again Silent Silent Silent

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I think it would be great if either Spurs or Leicester won it, but I'm cheering for Leicester because they are the bigger underdogs (or should that be smaller?!?). Spurs have a very young team and they play without fear. They remind me a bit of Leeds United years ago when they were playing in the champions league with young guys like Kewell, Bridges, Woodgate etc.

Fully agree mate, in fact Spurs are maybe my second favourite team but if I have to choose between them and Leicester, it will be the Foxes. I've read that great story http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/35520842 and now I support them even more. If I was that guy I probably couldn't even watch the games.

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I usually don't care much about other teams that I don't support and I think it is dumb when supporters seem to take more pleasure in seeing the other team lose than their own team win.

But ... just this once ... I just have to admit that this year's Manchester United really is giving me a lot of joy. They are a gift that just keeps on giving. lol

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I think it would be great if either Spurs or Leicester won it, but I'm cheering for Leicester because they are the bigger underdogs (or should that be smaller?!?). Spurs have a very young team and they play without fear. They remind me a bit of Leeds United years ago when they were playing in the champions league with young guys like Kewell, Bridges, Woodgate etc.

Nostalgic moments! Leeds was my EPL team back then as a kid, and since they were relegated, I just became an EPL analyst LOL so when you hear people talk of the neutrals, then you know they are talking about people like ME...so we will definitely Love the winners to be the bigger underdogs (or rather the smaller?!?) Beer

But as I said earlier, there's still LONG way to go!

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I usually don't care much about other teams that I don't support and I think it is dumb when supporters seem to take more pleasure in seeing the other team lose than their own team win.

But ... just this once ... I just have to admit that this year's Manchester United really is giving me a lot of joy. They are a gift that just keeps on giving. lol

Yeah it's not right when you enjoy more when your favourite team rivals loose but it could be quite satisfying sometimes ( especially when your team really sucks) Smile
I'm a MU fan for a long time but maybe never been so mad from their performance, never liked Van Gaal as a manager and never thought it's the right man for them, even before his arrival at the club. Even supported United opponents in some of the games hoping that it will lead to a Van Gaal's dismissal, that's how desperate I am. Still don't understand why he sitting out there instead they could/should give a chance to Ryan Giggs at least till the end of season. But anyway glad that Liverpool fans has something to cheer about this season Wink it happens quite rare Tongue

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lol You got me there!

I don't think Giggs will necessarily be a good option. He is unproven as a manager and it is a world of difference from being a player. But as a supporter of a rival, I hope they feel free to experiment like that! Of course there are rumours of Mourinho coming in next season. He may be a nasty attention seeker who coaches the flair and joy out of his teams but one thing is for sure, he is a winner. I wouldn't want him managing my team though, I wonder what most Man U fans feel about him?

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lol You got me there!

I don't think Giggs will necessarily be a good option. He is unproven as a manager and it is a world of difference from being a player. But as a supporter of a rival, I hope they feel free to experiment like that! Of course there are rumours of Mourinho coming in next season. He may be a nasty attention seeker who coaches the flair and joy out of his teams but one thing is for sure, he is a winner. I wouldn't want him managing my team though, I wonder what most Man U fans feel about him?

I personally don't like Mourinho at all, and I don't like the way his teams playing. No doubt he's been a winner trough most of his career but in the last seasons even that is questinable. His friendly relationships with sir Alex could help him get the job though.
I really think it was a great time a chance to be given to Giggs in January when the team suffers 8 games without a win in all competitins and without any progress in the game for the past two seasons. I don't think it would be a great disaster if the team didn't reach top 4 with Giggs in charge (looks like they'll miss it anyway) but it will be a great chance to test him for a longer period - half a season, if he has the qualities to be the next United manager. Nobody could be sure in the answer but he was United manager in the end of the Moyes season and I personally have been impressed by the way team played in 3 of 4 games during his spell. There was passion in the game and I think Giggs has what it needs to be a successful manager. Why he rejected a Swansea job then?

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Maybe he doesn't think he is ready or maybe he has seen how terrible Gary Neville's coaching career has started!

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Maybe he doesn't think he is ready or maybe he has seen how terrible Gary Neville's coaching career has started!

Gary Neville doesn't have almost any experience as a manager, he was a TV commentator for the biggest part of the time after his retirement, it was quite shocking to me that he was appointed at Valencia, anyway doesn't seems logical to me for Giggs to refuse Swansea job without having any ambitions to be United manager at some point in time. Of Course the usual way is to start at lower league team but Giggs has all ready long practice as an assistant so I think he's ready... to at least give it a try.

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25 February 2016 - 1:39am
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Maybe another exiting week in Premier League is ahead of us, here are the odds for some of the most interesting games according to one of the leading bookmakers.

Leicester v Norwich
1.50-4.20-6.50
Man Utd v Arsenal
2.80-3.25-2.50
Tottenham v Swansea
1.44-4.20-7.50

It looks like it will be a lot easier for Leicester and Tottenham this weekend compared with Arsenal's away game to United which is without a doubt a biggest game this week.

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Three English teams goes trough in Europe League tonight. Liverpool, Spurs and United are in the last 16 but I think they all could or should participate in another European tournament Wink Still the winner in this tournament will be qualified for the CL next season, so a really good motivation for Liverpool and Man United I think.

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Of course the fate decided to play a jokes again and set a decent matchup of Man United v Liverpool on Europe League last 16 round. Incredible Surprized

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It looks like it will be a lot easier for Leicester and Tottenham this weekend compared with Arsenal's away game to United which is without a doubt a biggest game this week.

Spot on there Sharpe, with Leicester and Spurs winning and Arsenal losing. That was a huge game to lose for Arsenal and now the other two are surely in the best position to go on and win the title. Thats a pretty amazing place to be in now with both not being considered among the top four by anyone at the start of the season. For so many years the league is won by the teams that spend the most money, so this is great to see.

I'm still cheering for Leicester. Gee they left it late against Norwich though!

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That was an inspired performance by United and I wonder why this happens only when they have to save Van Gaal's job. There were 4-5 young players on the field from United's academy at the end of the game and I'm wondering if it was necessary for them to spent 250 mill for a new players since Van Gaal arriving before they realizing that the local boys are also decent players and even more dedicated and motivated. Anyway I don't think Arsenal deserve the title playing like that, I don't think they have a leader on the field, a strong character who could lead them trough the tough games.
I'm very happy that Leicester and Spurs have the best chances now, will be glad whoever from those two wins the title but will keep fingers crossed for the Foxes.

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Leicester loosing 0-1 to West Brom very early in the game, looks like it will be very tough match and maybe even crucial for them, hopefully they could turn around that one.

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Obviously Leicester's magic still works 2-1 at half time and even if the fist goal was a little bit lucky, the second one was just magnificent, 3 man combination and it was a great goal really. Vardy heather finished in the post between the two goals, but it's 2-2 now as I'm writing that. Still many time to go but have that feeling that it will be a tough for City to overcome WBA tonight.

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2-2 in the end, disappointing result for the title contenders but certainly not a disappointing performance. Two times they've hit the cross bar and Ben Foster was just great in goal for WBA who would loss that game in any other day probably but they were lucky enough tonight. If Spurs win tomorrow away to West Ham they will be leaders for a first time this season because of the better goal difference by that of Leicester. I don't think it will be easy game for Tottenham though.

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