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Pre-Match Thread: Arsenal vs. FC Koln - Europa League

Arsenal vs FC Koln
Competition: Europa League
Kick-off: 8:05pm, Thursday, September 14th.
Location: Emirates Stadium
Team news:
Arsene Wenger will rest a host of first-team players when Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign at home to FC Koln, but Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere may feature.
Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette have all been left out of the squad
Wenger says the best way of returning to the Champions League next year is via a top-four Premier League finish.
"We did that for 20 years," he said.
"We got 75 points last year and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition," added the Frenchman.
"I think the best way to do it is through the Premier League."
Wenger has included Chile forward Sanchez in his squad for Thursday's game.
The 28-year-old - Arsenal's top scorer last season with 30 goals in all competitions - was close to joining Manchester City this summer before the Gunners pulled out of a £60m deal.
Opta stats:
  • This is the seventh consecutive season Arsenal have faced German opposition in Europe - they've faced Bayern Munich in four of those (2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17), Borussia Dortmund in three (2011/12, 2013/14 and 2014/15) and Schalke once (2012/13).
  • Arsenal and Cologne faced each other in the 1970/71 Fairs Cup, with the Gunners losing on aggregate on away goals. Arsenal won the home leg 2-1 at Highbury with goals from Frank McLintock and Peter Storey.
  • This is Arsenal's first European match not played in the Champions League since the 2000 UEFA Cup final, which they lost 4-1 on penalties to Galatasaray after a 0-0 draw.
  • Cologne's last European match against English opposition came in September 1995 - they routed Spurs 8-0 in an Intertoto Cup match.
  • In European competition proper, Cologne's last win over English opponents was in December 1976, beating a QPR side featuring Frank McLintock in the UEFA Cup.
  • The Gunners haven't lost a home game on a Thursday since Boxing Day 1974, losing 2-1 to Chelsea at Highbury - they've won eight and drawn three since.
  • Including qualifiers, Cologne will be the 64th different team Wenger has faced in European competition as Arsenal manager - he has registered at least one win over 56 of the previous 63 (89 per cent).
  • Lacazette has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 starts in the Europa League (eight goals, two assists).
  • Of players to have featured in the Europa League for at least 600 minutes since 2009/10, Mesut Ozil has the best minutes per assist ratio, averaging an assist every 110 minutes. Ozil featured in the 2009/10 Europa League, assisting six goals in eight matches for Werder Bremen.
  • In three of Arsenal's last four European competition campaigns outside of the Champions League, the Gunners have reached the final - 1994 and 1995 Cup Winners' Cups and 2000 UEFA Cup final.
Betting:
Arsenal are just 4/9 with Sky Bet to make a winning start to their Europa League campaign, with Cologne up against odds of 11/2, while the draw is priced at 7/2. The Gunners are joint outright favourites at 7/1 alongside AC Milan, while their German opponents are given a 33/1 chance. Lacazette and Olivier Giroud head the first goalscorer betting at 11/4 apiece, while Artjoms Rudnevs is considered the visitors' main threat at 10/1 to open the scoring.
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Pre-Match Thread: Arsenal vs. Red Star Belgrade - Europa League

Arsenal vs. Red Star Belgrade
Competition: Europa League
Kick-off: 8:05pm BST, Thursday, November, 2nd
Location: Emirates Stadium, London
Team news:
Arsenal:
  • Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Sead Kolasinac (hip), Santi Cazorla (ankle), Danny Welbeck and David Ospina (both groin) will all play no part against Red Star.
Red Star Belgrade:
  • For the visitors, left-back Milan Rodic is serving a one-match suspension after picking up a red card when the two clubs met last month.
Opta stats:
  • Arsenal's win in Belgrade was their first in three meetings with Crvena Zvezda - they also met in the 1978-79 UEFA Cup last 16 when Arsenal were eliminated after they lost 1-0 on the road and then drew 1-1 Highbury
  • Arsenal have only ever won their opening four games in the group stages of European competition once - winning their first five in the 2005-06 Champions League en route to the final
  • The Gunners are unbeaten in all six of their home UEFA Cup/Europa League games under Arsene Wenger, winning the last five in a row after drawing with PAOK Salonika in 1997-98
  • Arsenal have only failed to score in one of their last 26 games in European competition, with that failure coming at the Emirates against Barcelona in February 2016 (0-2)
  • Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight starts in Europe for Arsenal (seven goals, one assist)
Betting:
  • Arsenal are Sky Bet's 1/3 favourites for the victory, with Crvena Zvezda up against odds of 8/1 to win and 9/2 to leave the Emirates with a point. The Gunners are even shorter odds to win Group H and 11/2 outright favourites. Giroud heads the first goalscorer betting at 11/4, despite not being considered Wenger's first-choice option for Premier League action, while Richmond Boakye is rated the visitors' main threat at 8/1 to net first.
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[Pre-Match Thread] Burnley vs Manchester City

Burnley vs Manchester City FC

Competition: English Premier League - Matchday 26
Venue: Turf Moor
Date: 03/02/2018
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT - What time is kick-off in your country?
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Tickets: How to buy tickets
TV Channels: Sky Sports [UK] - Check your local TV listings here! - Alternatively, use soccerstreams.
 

Stats:

MCFC BFC
Managers Pep Guardiola Sean Dyche
Form W22-D2-L1 W9-D8-L8
Last 5 (EPL) D-W-L-W-W D-L-L-L-D
Current Points 68 35
Current Position 1st 7th
Goals For 73 20
Goals Against 18 22
 

Team News & Talking Points:

Head-to-Head:
  • Burnley's only victory in the past 18 competitive meetings came at home in March 2015, with George Boyd scoring the only goal in a Premier League fixture (D5, L12).
  • Manchester City have won the other six of their last seven trips to Turf Moor.
  • City have twice beaten Burnley already this season: 3-0 in the Premier League and 4-1 in the FA Cup.
 
Manchester City FC:
  • City will be without Mendy (ACL), Jesus (MCL), Delph (knee), Foden (knee) and Sane (ankle).
  • Silva is doubtful after coming off injured vs West Brom in midweek.
  • Stones should be available following his illness in midweek.
  • Most recently, City beat West Brom 3-0 on a chilly Wednesday night.
  • City have dropped points in their last two away games, having won their previous 10 this season. They haven't gone three Premier League away games without a win since May 2016.
  • The Blues have equaled the best record by any club after 25 matches of an English top-flight season. Spurs also won 22 and lost 1 in 1960/61.
  • Aguero has scored in each of his last four appearances against Burnley in all competitions, netting six goals in total.
  • City remain the bookies favourites to win in all four available competitions (UCL/FA Cup/EFL Cup/EPL).
  • Some betting companies now offer outright odds on the EPL "without City" - Basically, who will finish second.
 
Burnley FC:
  • Burnley will be without Defour, Ward, Heaton, Wood, Walters, Marney and Brady.
  • Tarkowski is hoping to return.
  • Burnley are winless in eight league matches, drawing four and losing four.
  • Burnley have not won any of the last 51 top-flight games in which they conceded the first goal (D10, L41).
  • Burnley are the leagues lowest-scoring home side, with eight goals from 12 games.
 

Possible Line-ups:

MCFC:
Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; B.Silva, Aguero, Sterling
BFC:
Pope; Bardsley, Long, Mee, Taylor; Cork, Westwood, Arfield; Lennon, Hendrick, Vokes
 

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Europa League teams prepare for the quarterfinals

Now that the remaining teams are within striking distance of the quarterfinals, the interest for the Europa League has increased. There are a couple of strong contenders for the titles, including the reigning champions, so there are not going to take this remaining game slightly. While half of the games are two lopsided to present any interest to football fans, punters will still pay attention to everything that happens on the pitch. Betsafe gives them a compelling argument, by offering great odds on the outcomes. Shakhtar will play against Anderlecht ends credited with the first chance to advance the next stage, with bookmakers expecting the Ukrainians to win the first leg. Dortmund is also favored by bookies, despite the fact that they play against Tottenham which is in great form. The English side was more concerned about winning the Premier League and that's why their resources will be diverted towards the domestic competition. There also less likely to win on the road but will give their best in front of their fans. Sevilla plays on the road and the reigning champions are known for their inability to defeat other teams are they don't have home pitch advantage. Lazio can definitely relate to their struggles away from home and the Italian side is going to those its efforts in Prague. Both teams are expected to win the second leg, so punters should refrain from betting on their victory outright. A better solution would be to trust them to claim at least one point and these bets would make a great accumulator. By far the most exciting games are the ones played between Spanish teams, with Athletic Bilbao taking on Valencia. They've already defeated them last month by three goals to none and this time they also have home pitch advantage which means a great deal. Villarreal will also play the first leg in front of its fans and takes on Leverkusen, a team that used to play in the Champions League. Unfortunately for them, they are completely out of form and will have a hard time containing the threat posed by the Spaniards. Elsewhere, Fenerbahce was pit against the very difficult opponent as Sporting Lisbon is quite capable of winning games away from home. The Turkish side has the advantage of leading the domestic league by two points, yet Beiktas has a gaming hand. Sporting is in the same situation after failing to defeat Benfica over the weekend and both teams will do their very best to win the domestic championship. This is the kind of game that punters should avoid or at least bet on fewer than 2.5 goals. Last but definitely not least, the English rivalry is reignited when Liverpool takes on Manchester United for a chance to make the quarterfinals. Since both of them are out of the race on the domestic front, they can throw everything they've got in this fight. This is a game that could go either way, but it makes sense to bet Liverpool,…
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SUPER BOWL 50: Pregame Report. (The Final Pregame Report of the Season.)

Super Bowl 50: Pregame Report

Weekly Contest!!!

Carolina Panthers VS. Denver Broncos : HEAD TO HEAD

CAROLINA VS. DENVER
526 Attempts 2282 Yards Rushing 411 Attempts 1718 Yards
3873 Yards 53 +20 Yard Receptions Receiving 4216 Yards 41 +20 Yard Receptions
1049 Total 44 Sacks Tackles 994 Total 52 Sacks
+20 Turnover Ratio -4
117 Penalties 17 Declined Penalties 127 Penalties 11 Declined
31.3 Avg. PPG 22.2

Game Information

Record Against the Spread
CAROLINA PANTHERS 13-5-0
DENVER BRONCOS 9-8-1
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite: Carolina opened at 3.5 and currently at 6 This means everyone is putting money on Carolina and the bookies are raising the spread to get more people to bet on Denver. A swing this much in a single week doesn't happen often.
OveUnder: 46
GAME TIME AND LOCATION:
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA 6:30pm Sunday February 7th, 2016
Broadcast Map
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
WEATHER FORECAST: Stadium Type: Open Air Temperature: 67°F Forecast: Clear
Broadcast Station - CBS Where to Watch
NFL on XBox One
NFL Streams - Look here 30 minutes before the game for Streams
Radio Broadcast Information
Need A Ticket? Tough. You gotta be rich and at this point it's too late.
Head Official Clete Blakeman
CAROLINA WILL BE WEARING BLACK JERSEYS. We are 0-1 in the Super Bowl when wearing white, so black jerseys are good!

In the Red Corner: Denver

We went over to /DenverBroncos and got a lot of great responses. Unfortunately we do not have enough room to post multiple answers. But, here is one of the best by makavind:
Which players stood out the most last week?
I'm going to go a little unconventional. Obviously the defensive players stood out, but Colquitt (our punter) played a GREAT game. So did our ST standouts Kayvon Webster and Cody Latimer. The Pats were constantly pinned inside their own 20 all game which really gave our D a whole lot of breathing room.
Who do you expect to make the biggest impact in the big game? (Offense and Defense)
I expect CJ Anderson to have a "big" game. I use quotation marks because I believe if he can rush for >75 yards and 1 TD, that will take enough pressure off Manning/Orange Crush to help have a shot of winning.
Are there any key injuries that will affect the game?
Our starting safeties are both battling leg injuries (knee and ankle). That's what I'll be looking for. With the right therapy and consistent icing and pain control, they should be able to play the whole game.
What concerned you most in last week's game?
Like always, our inability to make offensive adjustments in the 2nd half has been dogging us all season. I expect those problems to continue unfortunately.
How is Peyton Manning is doing on the injury front and the arm strength front?
Leg injury He ran for 12 yards and got a first down, I think his legs are just fine. Arms He can make all the throws required to win the game (NOT all the throws he used to be able to make). His accuracy has been off on some deeper balls however, and by that I mean he's been over-throwing the receivers.
Who is better Von Miller or Chris Harris?
That's like asking me if I like my Left eye or Right eye more. Both Miller and Harris have to show up. They're that valuable. Neither can have an off game or it's going to be over.
Any other relevant information for this game that you feel like Panthers fans should know going into the game.
The outcome of the Super Bowl may come down to which fan base travels better. I'm not trying to insult you guys, but I just have a certain feeling that Broncos fans travel better than Carolina fans (your organization is still very young and your success is still fairly new). The noise that Broncos fans make while your offense is on the field may make a significant difference in the game.
All things said, I really hope we see a good game and I hope we can all be cordial by the end of it. Good luck to you!
The rest of the answers can be found here

HISTORY VS DENVER

Date Score W/L
November 9, 1997 0-34 L
October 10, 2004 17-20 L
December 14, 2008 30-10 W
November 11, 2012 14-36 L

POLL RESULTS

1. How would you rate the overall team performance 1-5, with 5 being the highest?
  • 4 - 11.3%
  • 5 - 87.7%
2. Who had the best game on offense?
  • Cam Newton - 81.1%
  • Ted Ginn, Jr. - 13.2%
  • Corey Brown - 2.8%
3. Who had the best game on defense?
  • Kurt Coleman - 28.3%
  • Tre Boston - 7.5%
  • Luke Kuechly - 50%
  • Thomas Davis - 14.2%
4. What play swung the game the most?
  • Ted Ginn, Jr. running 88 yards to score a 22 yard touchdown. - 15.1%
  • Kurt Coleman's endzone INT. - 37.7%
  • Patrick Peterson's punt return fumble. - 32.1%
  • Corey Brown's 86 yard touchdown. -11.3%
5. How do you feel about the Panthers wearing black in the Super Bowl?
  • Panthers are supposed to be black. - 36.8%
  • Superstitions are silly. - 15.1%
  • Cam can wear pink with purple polka dots and still win a Super Bowl. - 41.5%
6. How do you feel about facing the Broncos in the Super Bowl?
  • Should be an epic game with the old guard vs. the new face of the NFL. - 24.8%
  • I want to win, but not at the expense of Peyton Losing. Not like this. Not like this. - 6.7%
  • I don't care who we play. They are in our way. - 34.3%
  • It's a shame the Panthers could only complete 2/3 on their redemption tour. - 34.3%
7. How significant is Thomas Davis' injury to the team's championship aspirations?
  • He will play and be his usual dominant self. - 15.2%
  • Davis will play, but I'm concerned about his effectiveness tackling with a busted wing. - 42.9%
  • It's Thomas Davis. You could amputate his arm and he's still be a boss. - 41.9%
8. Which replacement/backup player in the secondary has impressed you the most?
  • Tre Boston - 43.4%
  • Robert McClain - 25.5%
  • Cortland Finnegan - 31.1%
9. Now that the Panthers have eliminated the #2 and #5 defenses, how do you feel about going against the NFL's #1 defense in the Super Bowl?
  • I'm nervous. The Broncos are GOOD. - 15.1%
  • It hasn't made a difference all year. Why would this be any different? - 17.9%
  • The Broncos will play us tough, but don't have a lot of experience with a quarterback like Cam. - 58.5%
10.How do you feel about the news cycle on Cam Newton and the Panthers' sideline and touchdown celebrations?
  • I love it. The Panthers look like a high school team at the state championship. Just a bunch of kids out there having a blast. - 51.4%
  • They are changing the way people think about football and making everyone remember that it's supposed to be fun! - 46.7%
11.Who will be this year's Super Bowl hero? Here is an assortment of the most popular answers.
  • Luke Kuechly, MOTHERFUCKING LUKE, Luuke, Luuuuuke, Luke Skywalker, Luke Motherfucking Kuechly with the pick 6, Luke Kuechly, Kuechly, Luke Keuchly, LUUUKE, LUKE, Luuuuuke, LUUUUUUUUUUUKE
  • Cam Newton, Super Cam, CaMVP, CAMVP, SuperCAM, CaMVP, CAM!!!!!!!!!, Cam, CAM, Cam Newton, cam
  • Ted Ginn Jr., Ted Ginn, Ginn, teddy, Ted Ginn Jr
  • Thomas Davis, TD58, Thomas Davis
  • KK Short, Kawann Short, Kk short, Short
  • J-Stew, Jonathan Stewart, Stewart
  • turtletime25, the meteor. cthulu would be cool tho.... or voldemort.... or Jon snow.... or the flag runners.... Justin Timberlakes left hand, The flag runners
  • Sam Mills

Play Off Matches:BRONCOS

Steelers 16 at Broncos 23

  • The Broncos scored 5 field goals.
  • Peyton Manning led 1 scoring drive. During this drive he threw the ball 3 times and connect on two of them. That moved the team 38 yards. Both passes were first downs. The drive was capped off by a rushing touchdown.
  • The Broncos gave up 8 plays of more than twenty yards 7 of those came through the air and one came on a reverse.

Patriots 18 at Broncos 20

  • Manning led 2 touchdown drives. One from the NE 16 and one from his own 17. He played a more significant role on these touchdown drives.
  • 17 QB Hits, 10 Passes Defended, 2 Int, 1 Fumble and 4 Sacks for the Broncos defense
  • The Broncos gave up 4 plays of more than twenty yards all through the air.

Analysis

The Steelers fared significantly better than the Patriots. After a lot of film a few things were clear. The Patriots offensive line may have been terrible, but the Broncos edge rushers were better against the Patriots than they were against the Steelers. This being said they definitely had more of a problem with a guy who can move and is huge like Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers have a lot more "speed" than the Patriots who have more agile players that get open with little moves, while the Steelers just have fast guys. Martavis Bryant consistently got open in the intermediate range and was the one to burn the Broncos for 40 yards on a reverse. The Patriots couldn't put much together and it was clear from the get go that Brady wasn't quick enough to make up for his line. One thing that might rustle some jimmies, the Broncos did not appear to be as physical as advertised. They were physical do not get me wrong, they hit hard and often, they just weren't as physical as expected. Also statistically they are the same in the postseason as they were in the regular season. This lends to the idea that the Broncos have not improved during the postseason.
On the offensive side of the ball the Broncos performed better against the Patriots.(even though they scored less) The Broncos offense was more helter skelter against the Steelers. Manning was 21/37 with drops all over the place. Manning during the Patriots game seemed more healthy and closer to his former self than we have seen in awhile. The Broncos have scored an average of 21.5 which is not far off from their season average of 22.2

Play Off Matches:PANTHERS

Seahawks 24 at Panthers 31

  • Panthers jump out to a quick start by scoring on their opening drive and the Seahawks opening drive.
  • Panthers scored on their first 4 drives
  • Defense picks off Russell Wilson twice(Wilson threw 1 in last 7 games of the season.)
  • Seahawks score 24 unanswered points in the second half.

Cardinals 15 at Panthers 49

  • Carson Palmer had 6 turnovers
  • Panthers score on their first 3 drives
  • Carolina dominated this matchup.

Analysis

The Panthers came into the postseason with one loss and made it clear out of the gate they weren't to be trifled with. They scored 24 points against the top scoring defense and the #2 defense in yards, in the first 2 quarters.
On top of that they have 9 takeaways against two of the premiere offenses in the league. Defensively the Panthers front four obliterated the Seahawks offensive line that was not a true strength of the team and the Cardinals offensive line which pitted a strong interior vs a strong defensive tackle group. The defense as a whole looked better and produced at a higher statistical clip against a top flight offense. The main concern is the fact they gave up a large halftime lead. While some of the play calling was conservative there were moments when the Panthers could have halted the Seahawks momentum and simply couldn't do it. They held the #1 offense in yards to 15 points and
On the offensive side of the ball the Panthers are just as dominant. They have averaged 40 points per game in the playoffs. The main concern is the offense slows down as it approaches the final quarter. Something else that may affect how the game plays out is the offense is as physical as the defense and hits opponents defenses in the mouth very quickly which may lead to injuries on either side.

Players to Watch:

Mike Tolbert

Little talked about, little in height, big in dance moves and big in the belly Mike Tolbert is a perfect example of not judging a book by the cover. Tolbert sits at 5'9" and 243 lbs. He also has moves that make teams rethink contracts Tolbert may not be the biggest name player on the offense but the Panthers use him in such a variety of ways that he is indespensible for the offense. He can receive out of the backfield, he can pick up the short yardage and he can make a man miss. In this game his main goal will be to help Newton stay upright and then to leak to the flats as a safety valve. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware will be blitzing often and Tolbert is among the best at sneaking past the blitz for FB screen plays.

Von Miller

Do we need to say more than his name? Picked second overall in the 2011 draft(you know who got picked first) he has been a cornerstone for the Bronco's organization and defense. His pass rushing ability stems from his elite speed and size. Imagine that, a big fast dude is great at tackling. Miller amped it up against Tom Brady last week and had his way all day. Miller is not as good in coverage as other linebackers and is known to miss an occasional tackle(6 missed tackles and 30 total tackles). Make no mistake he delivers a devastating hit each and every time he hits something(just as this dummy) Miller is a player to watch because of his playmaking ability. What makes him a must watch is the fact he has to sack Cam Newton who is huge and fast, these two will dance plenty and it will be fantastic to watch.

Devin Funchess

Yeah, this isn't Ted Ginn. Sorry. Ted Ginn will be lining up opposite Chris Harris Jr. for the majority of the game. This doesn't mean Ginn won't be a factor but it is likely that Ginn is used as a decoy frequently because he will occupy Harris and a safety covering him deep in case Harris gets outright beat like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did a few times. This leaves a lot of space for Greg Olsen, Philly Brown and Devin Funchess to run around and try to beat their defender. More than likely Devin Funchess will be lining up across from Bradley Roby. This means Funchess will be tasked with using double moves and boxing out the smaller Roby. When Roby is not on Funchess Aqib Talib will be. This presents an interesting matchup because Talib is bigger and quick enough to keep up with Funchess. Regardless, Funchess has been a key cog whenever Newton has a big game Funchess gets a TD and produces at important moments.

C.J. Anderson

Anderson is the key to the Broncos. What don't believe me? When Anderson rushes for 105 yards or more the Broncos are undefeated.(9-0) Anderson is a must watch for the simple fact that if Kuechly and company limit his production and force Manning to take to the air often and on predictable downs(3rd and long) they are more likely to force mistakes and takeaways. This means Anderson is the most important offensive player. If Anderson can give Manning manageable down and distances Manning can play mind games. If Anderson can't get anything going Manning will have to pull out some magic to stay clean.

Shaq Thompson

Hypothetically Thomas Davis won't play every defensive down in the Super Bowl. We will stay away from the hypothetical from here on out because Thompson will still start just not in TDs place. Shaq Thompson has secretly been phenomenal this year. He actually graded out higher than Thomas Davis according to profootballfocus. He will be tasked with hitting Anderson hard and keeping Owen Daniels in check at times. Ever so often he will rush Manning and may or may not get to him. Basically Thompson is a jack of all trades whose main weakness is going for the big blow every time he has a tackling opportunity. Thompson's physicality is a microcosm of the Panthers' defense as a whole. He will be very important especially if Davis cannot handle the pain throughout the full game.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is the run stopping king of Denver. Well okay, Von Miller and Derek Wolfe have more of an impact on the running game but Brandon Marshall is the key ingredient that keeps opponents from breaking long runs up the weak Denver interior.(Weak is relative here folks) Marshall will be tasked with keeping Mike Tolbert, Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart from breaking out a huge run up the middle. On top of this Marshall will be paired with Danny Trevathan to lock up the middle of the field. This is incredibly important because their main job will be to limit short throws that are often used to beat blitz happy defenses. Marshall is a must watch because like his friend Brandon Marshall, he is integral to his team's success and will need to play big in order for them to win.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Yes we understand Cam Newton is the main man to watch, both from an entertainment perspective and an actual football perspective. We are trying to focus on players not highlighted as often here. Some will say Von Miller is talked about plenty, but the reason we brought up a section on Miller is we did not focus specifically on the Broncos pass rush later in the post.
Newton: An honorable mention for the more than likely Super Bowl MVP(Assuming the Panthers win) seems like a bad way to go right? Well read above for why he isn't a main focus. Cam Newton will have to dance his way into the end zone early and often to keep the Broncos' defense on their heels. If he can read the defense and adjust protections accordingly, the offense should run smooth enough to score points. Key word is should, no amount of perfect planning will be able to fully beat a pass rush like the Broncos' and that will always be factored in. Cam Newton's arm will have to carry the offense in a similar fashion to the way it did against New Orleans or Tampa Bay(Both of the later season games, not the early season ones). The reason for this is the Broncos' stout defense will likely make the run game less effective than usual, the good news for Newton is he has faced top flight secondaries, good pass rushes and will have ample time at the line of scrimmage to survey the defense before running a play.
Greg Olsen/Owen Daniels: These two tight ends very well may be the true keys to success. Although for different reasons. Greg Olsen will be targeted by the Broncos in a similar fashion to how they handled Gronkowski. He will have to pull defenders away from the middle while still making plays when given the opportunity. Basically Olsen will have to play like Gronkowski did to keep the Panthers offense moving.
Owen Daniels will have to capitalize on the Panthers defense focusing on other weapons. Daniels caught 2 touchdowns against the Patriots and was the difference in the game. Surprisingly he was more or less unguarded on both of his touchdowns. The reason for this is how the Patriots schemed to remove Thomas, Sanders and Norwood out on those particular plays while leaving Daniels to roam freely and beat the Patriots easily.

What to Watch:

Carolina's run game VS. Denver's front seven

The key to the Panther’s offense, as most of you are well aware, is the run game. Carolina, as odd of a fact as it is to say based on seasons past, has one of the best offensive lines of the NFL this season. Led by guards Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell(both top 10 guards in the NFL) and Ryan Kalil in at center to create a great interior. This offensive line is phenomenal when they get into open space, they are both huge and fast which create some beautiful big man highlights. The attack itself will be led by Jonathan Stewart but expect reverses to Ginn and Brown to be mixed in and Newton to have designed runs. The Bronco's defense has given up huge gains to reverses during the playoffs and you can bet that Mike Shula understands that. This brings us to the most important part of the Panthers rushing attack. The run blocking schemes hide weaknesses(Michael OheMike Remmers) by letting the guards pull often and keeping the ball in the backfield with misdirection. The squad will need to run fast, hard, and strategically in order to set the pace.
While Carolina’s run game houses all the tools necessary to be successful, they will need to be firing on all cylinders in order to be successful against the #1 rated Bronco’s defense. Look for Denver to bring a lot of pressure early in the game to try and stifle the run game. This allows the defense to revert to a style of play they are more comfortable of playing; which is a pass-rush heavy setup, allowing their skilled secondary to play man-to-man. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware will be rushing from the edge, both are top flight talents who will require either a double team or a way to scheme them out of the play. On the interior Sylvester Williams is the weak link. Unfortunately he is surrounded by Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson. The Broncos often rush five and leave Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan to help the stout secondary.
The Panthers will likely try to attack with HB Dives and other "up the gut" runs because of how strong the interior of the line is for the Panthers and how weak the interior of the line is for the Broncos. Meanwhile the Broncos will try to bring linebackers up the middle and force the Panthers to try the edges. This match-up is important because if either side doesn’t come to play on Sunday, the result will be very costly.
ADVANTAGE: EVEN(No seriously. I don't think this could be more even.)

Carolina's secondary VS. Denver's Wide Receiver Corps

Carolina’s secondary has taken some bad blows this season, with both Bene Benwikere, and Charles Tillman out. But have no fear, because the magical wizard who is Dave Gettleman patched that secondary right back up immediately. With cast-offs from other teams including the at the time retired Cortland Finnegan, as well as Robert McClain, who was initially drafted by the Panthers, but went on to play for 2 other teams before returning late this season. These two have been on the team for about 2 months now while playing as good as we could hope, which is amazing considering they were plugged right into the roles of Tillman and Benwikere with little time to learn the specifics of the Panther's defense. With Josh Norman at the #1 position, and the very determined Kurt Coleman at FS and Roman Harper at SS, the secondary should be able to tame the Broncos if they play lights out for the entire game. However, as we have seen in previous games this season, the secondary has a tendency to play soft late in the game if allowed breathing room which must not happen against Peyton Manning if Carolina wants to keep the game close. The main weaknesses(Finnegan and McClain) will be pairing with Demaryius Thomas and Jordan Norwood. You heard me right. Robert McClain will be on Demaryius Thomas more than Josh Norman will. This is a mismatch, but the reason this will happen is Sanders is the bigger receiving threat and Norman will follow him the majority of the day. Expect McClain to get a lot of safety help which could leave Finnegan on an island.
On the opposite side of the line is Denver’s Wide Receiver Corps. , headed by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. This season Denver’s offense was 10th in passing offense, and 9th in overall offense. The Bronco’s offense steers towards the pass-heavy side, with a passing average of 69% per game. Both Arizona and Seattle ranked better in terms of offense against the Broncos, however do not dismiss them as a threat: Peyton Manning and his offense certainly has the ability to turn the game upside down if given the chance. Look for Denver to attack the slot position manned by Finnegan, as well as pressing match ups on McClain. It is vital for the Broncos to establish an effective passing game on their side if they want to be effective against this wily and deceptive defense that Carolina has. Emmanuel Sanders has quietly had the better season in Denver. Demaryius Thomas has had the case of the drops and has been more of a lumbering wide receiver than the threat he has the potential to be. Jordan Norwood plays well out of the slot but make no mistake Thomas and Sanders both are the main weapons and are great weapons.
It is essential for the Panther's secondary to keep pressure on the receiving corps so that the defensive line is allowed those crucial extra seconds to try and get to Manning. The thieves will need to come out guns blazin’ and keep that energy through game until the last snap, if they can do that then it will be a very tough task for Denver’s offense to get things going.
ADVANTAGE:

Carolina's pass rush VS. Denver's offensive line

In order to shut down Denver’s offense, the Panthers' defensive line needs to bring the pressure, and a lot of it. Without a doubt, the crown jewel of our pass rush right now is Kawaan Short who has acquired 11 sacks just this season. KK the destroyer, along with Star Lotulelei, create havoc on the inner line and eat through average linemen like bacon on a Sunday morning. Denver must prevent the pocket from collapsing if they want Peyton Manning to stand a chance against this hungry defensive line. On both ends of the line sit recently acquired veteran Jared Allen, and Charles Johnson. These two certainly possess the skill to get to the Quarterback as well as Veteran experience, but they will need to play with every ounce of ability they have. Charles Johnson was an absolute monster in previous seasons but suffered a serious hamstring injury early this season. Here is the good news for the Panthers defensive line. Johnson has a history of taking a long time to recover from injury and produce at a high level. His play has steadily gotten better as the season progresses and he gets into his groove. The reserve unit features Dwan Edwards, Kony Ealy, Ryan Delaire and Mario Addison who are good for NASCAR packages as well as bringing the hog mollies.
The strength of the Denver line also happens to be in the middle of the field with Evan Mathis and Luis Vasquez at guard. The tackles are the weaker links on the offensive line which means both Allen and Johnson will have to play their best to help Short get to Manning. While the Denver offensive line ranks in the bottom half of the league in pass protection and run blocking Evan Mathis is a top ten guard, Vasquez is not bad and the tackles are arguably better than the Panthers tackles. I will admit that I know very little about Matt Paradis so I can't say more than he is supposedly better at run blocking than pass protection.
Watch for Carolina to bring pressure early in the game to keep the Bronco’s on their heels. As seen in previous games, the defense will switch up their strategy if things aren’t going as planned with the rush. Bringing unique blitzes with Kurt Coleman, Thomas Davis/Shaq Thompson, Josh Norman and even Cortland Finnegan at times.
ADVANTAGE:
Oh come on now. Don't get your panties in a bunch everyone. The most important matchup was not forgotten and no. It isn't the Denver pass rush vs Newton. It is...

Peyton Manning vs Luke Kuechly

This is the ultimate showdown. The pre snap chess match of the century. The holy grail for those who truly love the strategy on each individual play. Who will win? Well to answer that let's take a look at each side. Peyton Manning is a cunning old devil with lots of experience under his belt. He may not be what he was earlier in his career but he still has a mental edge over most human beings. Manning will need to put the Broncos in the right play to combat the Panthers defense frequently in order for the Broncos to move the ball at all. He will do this with a lot of conversation at the line of scrimmage based on the positioning of the Panthers defenders. On the other side you have Luke Kuechly. He is a nightmare to play against for the simple fact that he knows every play the opponent has run the entire season and will call out each individual play before it happens. This leads to important plays and great chess matches. Kuechly is the quarterback of his defense and make no mistake he is a top tier quarterback.(even if he doesn't throw the ball) This battle of wits between some of the most football smart players in the nation will determine the outcome of this game more than anything else will. "Who can get his team into the best position to beat the other's scheme?" is the most important question of this game. That is why Manning vs. Kuechly is the matchup to watch.
ADVANTAGE:

Panthers’ Injury Report

PLAYER POSITION INJURY OFFICIAL STATUS MOST RECENT UPDATE(s)
Thomas Davis LB Arm (FP - 2/3) After breaking his arm in the NFCCG, Davis had surgery on 1/25 to insert a plate and screws in hopes that he could play in the Super Bowl. He was a non-participant last week, but a full participant on 2/3. Update 9:00PM on 2/3, per Joe Person, Davis will have his forearm re-examined Friday, and according to Rivera, “When the doctors say he’s 100%, I’ll go with it.”
Mike Tolbert FB Knee (FP - 2/3) After tweaking his knee and exiting the NFCCG 2 weeks ago, Tolbert had his knee inspected and then sat out practice in Charlotte. Update at 9:00PM on 2/3, per Max Henson, Tolbert was listed as a full participant in practice. A pool reporter is the only media allowed at practice and did not note any particulars on Tolbert, nor did Rivera discuss any.
Jared Allen DE Foot LP – 2/3 After fully participating in practice all last week, and completely avoiding the injury report, Allen was limited in practice on 2/3. Update at 9:00PM on 2/3, per Rivera, Allen was limited due to rest that he “earned.” Allen is still expecting to play.
NOTE – Last week, at various times, Kalil (leg), Stewart (ankle), Whittaker (ankle), Johnson (knee), Short (knee), McClain (ankle), Brown (ankle), and Harper (eye) all found their way to the Injury Report, either by missing practice or being limited. Expect to see these players pop up in the next day or two, yet only for precautionary reasons.

Broncos’ Injury Report

PLAYER POSITION INJURY OFFICIAL STATUS MOST RECENT UPDATE(s)
Darian Stewart S Knee LP – 2/3 Stewart suffered an MCL sprain in the Conference Championship game vs NE, and is the main injury concern for the Broncos. He did not practice all week while in Denver, but Kubiak, and Stewart himself, remains optimistic. He returned in a limited capacity on 2/3. Source
TJ Ward S Ankle LP – 2/3 Ward has been battling ankle injuries all year and he aggravated it in the CCG vs NE. Still, Kubiak stated that Ward is probably “ahead of [Darian Stewart]” in terms of health but that he “feels good about it.” Ward returned to practice on 2/3 in a limited capacity. Source
Louis Vasquez G Knee LP – 2/3 Not much information on his injury, but usually “no news is good news.” Rest/precaution is probably the reason like others. Source
NOTE – In recent weeks, Daniels (knees), Davis (shoulder), Harris (shoulder), Manning (foot), Marshall (ankle), Mathis (ankle), and Ware (knee/back) have all appeared on the official Injury report, and may very well pop up again, though none are at any real risk to miss the Super Bowl.

Playoffs - NFC Championship

Networks

CBS

Pete Prisco Jason LaConfora Will Brinson Jared Dubin Ryan Wilson John Breech Dave Richard Jamey Eisenberg
Record 162-104 157-109 159-107 158-108 160-106 159-107 175-91* 171-95
X X X X X
X X X

FOX

Mike Garafalo Alex Marvez Peter Schrager Jimmy Traina James Parziale Sid Saraf Ross Jones
Record 169-97* 166-100 137-129 161-105 155-111 159-107 150-116
X X X X X
X X

ESPN

Mike Golic Merril Hoge Ron Jaworski Chris Mortenson Adam Caplan Mark Sclereth Tom Jackson Keyshawn Johnson Mike Ditka Chris Carter
Record 158-108 167-99 164-102 170-96* 160-106 164-102 162-104 167-99 157-109 165-101
X X
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TOTALS

CBS FOX ESPN Total
5 5 2 12
3 2 0 5

Computer Analysis

538 Microsoft Cortana
Record 181-85 167-97
59% 57%
41% 43%

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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/r/Panthers SUPER BOWL 50: Pregame Report!

Super Bowl 50: Pregame Report

Weekly Contest!!!

Carolina Panthers VS. Denver Broncos : HEAD TO HEAD

CAROLINA VS. DENVER
526 Attempts 2282 Yards Rushing 411 Attempts 1718 Yards
3873 Yards 53 +20 Yard Receptions Receiving 4216 Yards 41 +20 Yard Receptions
1049 Total 44 Sacks Tackles 994 Total 52 Sacks
+20 Turnover Ratio -4
117 Penalties 17 Declined Penalties 127 Penalties 11 Declined
31.3 Avg. PPG 22.2

Game Information

Record Against the Spread
CAROLINA PANTHERS 13-5-0
DENVER BRONCOS 9-8-1
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite: Carolina opened at 3.5 and currently at 6 This means everyone is putting money on Carolina and the bookies are raising the spread to get more people to bet on Denver. A swing this much in a single week doesn't happen often.
OveUnder: 46
GAME TIME AND LOCATION:
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA 6:30pm Sunday February 7th, 2016
Broadcast Map
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
WEATHER FORECAST: Stadium Type: Open Air Temperature: 67°F Forecast: Clear
Broadcast Station - CBS Where to Watch
NFL on XBox One
NFL Streams - Look here 30 minutes before the game for Streams
Radio Broadcast Information
Need A Ticket? Tough. You gotta be rich and at this point it's too late.
Head Official Clete Blakeman
CAROLINA WILL BE WEARING BLACK JERSEYS. We are 0-1 in the Super Bowl when wearing white, so black jerseys are good!

In the Red Corner: Denver

We went over to /DenverBroncos and got a lot of great responses. Unfortunately we do not have enough room to post multiple answers. But, here is one of the best by makavind:
Which players stood out the most last week?
I'm going to go a little unconventional. Obviously the defensive players stood out, but Colquitt (our punter) played a GREAT game. So did our ST standouts Kayvon Webster and Cody Latimer. The Pats were constantly pinned inside their own 20 all game which really gave our D a whole lot of breathing room.
Who do you expect to make the biggest impact in the big game? (Offense and Defense)
I expect CJ Anderson to have a "big" game. I use quotation marks because I believe if he can rush for >75 yards and 1 TD, that will take enough pressure off Manning/Orange Crush to help have a shot of winning.
Are there any key injuries that will affect the game?
Our starting safeties are both battling leg injuries (knee and ankle). That's what I'll be looking for. With the right therapy and consistent icing and pain control, they should be able to play the whole game.
What concerned you most in last week's game?
Like always, our inability to make offensive adjustments in the 2nd half has been dogging us all season. I expect those problems to continue unfortunately.
How is Peyton Manning is doing on the injury front and the arm strength front?
Leg injury He ran for 12 yards and got a first down, I think his legs are just fine. Arms He can make all the throws required to win the game (NOT all the throws he used to be able to make). His accuracy has been off on some deeper balls however, and by that I mean he's been over-throwing the receivers.
Who is better Von Miller or Chris Harris?
That's like asking me if I like my Left eye or Right eye more. Both Miller and Harris have to show up. They're that valuable. Neither can have an off game or it's going to be over.
Any other relevant information for this game that you feel like Panthers fans should know going into the game.
The outcome of the Super Bowl may come down to which fan base travels better. I'm not trying to insult you guys, but I just have a certain feeling that Broncos fans travel better than Carolina fans (your organization is still very young and your success is still fairly new). The noise that Broncos fans make while your offense is on the field may make a significant difference in the game.
All things said, I really hope we see a good game and I hope we can all be cordial by the end of it. Good luck to you!
The rest of the answers can be found here

HISTORY VS DENVER

Date Score W/L
November 9, 1997 0-34 L
October 10, 2004 17-20 L
December 14, 2008 30-10 W
November 11, 2012 14-36 L

Play Off Matches:BRONCOS

Steelers 16 at Broncos 23

  • The Broncos scored 5 field goals.
  • Peyton Manning led 1 scoring drive. During this drive he threw the ball 3 times and connect on two of them. That moved the team 38 yards. Both passes were first downs. The drive was capped off by a rushing touchdown.
  • The Broncos gave up 8 plays of more than twenty yards 7 of those came through the air and one came on a reverse.

Patriots 18 at Broncos 20

  • Manning led 2 touchdown drives. One from the NE 16 and one from his own 17. He played a more significant role on these touchdown drives.
  • 17 QB Hits, 10 Passes Defended, 2 Int, 1 Fumble and 4 Sacks for the Broncos defense
  • The Broncos gave up 4 plays of more than twenty yards all through the air.

Analysis

The Steelers fared significantly better than the Patriots. After a lot of film a few things were clear. The Patriots offensive line may have been terrible, but the Broncos edge rushers were better against the Patriots than they were against the Steelers. This being said they definitely had more of a problem with a guy who can move and is huge like Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers have a lot more "speed" than the Patriots who have more agile players that get open with little moves, while the Steelers just have fast guys. Martavis Bryant consistently got open in the intermediate range and was the one to burn the Broncos for 40 yards on a reverse. The Patriots couldn't put much together and it was clear from the get go that Brady wasn't quick enough to make up for his line. One thing that might rustle some jimmies, the Broncos did not appear to be as physical as advertised. They were physical do not get me wrong, they hit hard and often, they just weren't as physical as expected. Also statistically they are the same in the postseason as they were in the regular season. This lends to the idea that the Broncos have not improved during the postseason.
On the offensive side of the ball the Broncos performed better against the Patriots.(even though they scored less) The Broncos offense was more helter skelter against the Steelers. Manning was 21/37 with drops all over the place. Manning during the Patriots game seemed more healthy and closer to his former self than we have seen in awhile. The Broncos have scored an average of 21.5 which is not far off from their season average of 22.2

Play Off Matches:PANTHERS

Seahawks 24 at Panthers 31

  • Panthers jump out to a quick start by scoring on their opening drive and the Seahawks opening drive.
  • Panthers scored on their first 4 drives
  • Defense picks off Russell Wilson twice(Wilson threw 1 in last 7 games of the season.)
  • Seahawks score 24 unanswered points in the second half.

Cardinals 15 at Panthers 49

  • Carson Palmer had 6 turnovers
  • Panthers score on their first 3 drives
  • Carolina dominated this matchup.

Analysis

The Panthers came into the postseason with one loss and made it clear out of the gate they weren't to be trifled with. They scored 24 points against the top scoring defense and the #2 defense in yards, in the first 2 quarters.
On top of that they have 9 takeaways against two of the premiere offenses in the league. Defensively the Panthers front four obliterated the Seahawks offensive line that was not a true strength of the team and the Cardinals offensive line which pitted a strong interior vs a strong defensive tackle group. The defense as a whole looked better and produced at a higher statistical clip against a top flight offense. The main concern is the fact they gave up a large halftime lead. While some of the play calling was conservative there were moments when the Panthers could have halted the Seahawks momentum and simply couldn't do it. They held the #1 offense in yards to 15 points and
On the offensive side of the ball the Panthers are just as dominant. They have averaged 40 points per game in the playoffs. The main concern is the offense slows down as it approaches the final quarter. Something else that may affect how the game plays out is the offense is as physical as the defense and hits opponents defenses in the mouth very quickly which may lead to injuries on either side.

Players to Watch:

Mike Tolbert

Little talked about, little in height, big in dance moves and big in the belly Mike Tolbert is a perfect example of not judging a book by the cover. Tolbert sits at 5'9" and 243 lbs. He also has moves that make teams rethink contracts Tolbert may not be the biggest name player on the offense but the Panthers use him in such a variety of ways that he is indespensible for the offense. He can receive out of the backfield, he can pick up the short yardage and he can make a man miss. In this game his main goal will be to help Newton stay upright and then to leak to the flats as a safety valve. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware will be blitzing often and Tolbert is among the best at sneaking past the blitz for FB screen plays.

Von Miller

Do we need to say more than his name? Picked second overall in the 2011 draft(you know who got picked first) he has been a cornerstone for the Bronco's organization and defense. His pass rushing ability stems from his elite speed and size. Imagine that, a big fast dude is great at tackling. Miller amped it up against Tom Brady last week and had his way all day. Miller is not as good in coverage as other linebackers and is known to miss an occasional tackle(6 missed tackles and 30 total tackles). Make no mistake he delivers a devastating hit each and every time he hits something(just as this dummy) Miller is a player to watch because of his playmaking ability. What makes him a must watch is the fact he has to sack Cam Newton who is huge and fast, these two will dance plenty and it will be fantastic to watch.

Devin Funchess

Yeah, this isn't Ted Ginn. Sorry. Ted Ginn will be lining up opposite Chris Harris Jr. for the majority of the game. This doesn't mean Ginn won't be a factor but it is likely that Ginn is used as a decoy frequently because he will occupy Harris and a safety covering him deep in case Harris gets outright beat like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did a few times. This leaves a lot of space for Greg Olsen, Philly Brown and Devin Funchess to run around and try to beat their defender. More than likely Devin Funchess will be lining up across from Bradley Roby. This means Funchess will be tasked with using double moves and boxing out the smaller Roby. When Roby is not on Funchess Aqib Talib will be. This presents an interesting matchup because Talib is bigger and quick enough to keep up with Funchess. Regardless, Funchess has been a key cog whenever Newton has a big game Funchess gets a TD and produces at important moments.

C.J. Anderson

Anderson is the key to the Broncos. What don't believe me? When Anderson rushes for 105 yards or more the Broncos are undefeated.(9-0) Anderson is a must watch for the simple fact that if Kuechly and company limit his production and force Manning to take to the air often and on predictable downs(3rd and long) they are more likely to force mistakes and takeaways. This means Anderson is the most important offensive player. If Anderson can give Manning manageable down and distances Manning can play mind games. If Anderson can't get anything going Manning will have to pull out some magic to stay clean.

Shaq Thompson

Hypothetically Thomas Davis won't play every defensive down in the Super Bowl. We will stay away from the hypothetical from here on out because Thompson will still start just not in TDs place. Shaq Thompson has secretly been phenomenal this year. He actually graded out higher than Thomas Davis according to profootballfocus. He will be tasked with hitting Anderson hard and keeping Owen Daniels in check at times. Ever so often he will rush Manning and may or may not get to him. Basically Thompson is a jack of all trades whose main weakness is going for the big blow every time he has a tackling opportunity. Thompson's physicality is a microcosm of the Panthers' defense as a whole. He will be very important especially if Davis cannot handle the pain throughout the full game.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is the run stopping king of Denver. Well okay, Von Miller and Derek Wolfe have more of an impact on the running game but Brandon Marshall is the key ingredient that keeps opponents from breaking long runs up the weak Denver interior.(Weak is relative here folks) Marshall will be tasked with keeping Mike Tolbert, Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart from breaking out a huge run up the middle. On top of this Marshall will be paired with Danny Trevathan to lock up the middle of the field. This is incredibly important because their main job will be to limit short throws that are often used to beat blitz happy defenses. Marshall is a must watch because like his friend Brandon Marshall, he is integral to his team's success and will need to play big in order for them to win.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Yes we understand Cam Newton is the main man to watch, both from an entertainment perspective and an actual football perspective. We are trying to focus on players not highlighted as often here. Some will say Von Miller is talked about plenty, but the reason we brought up a section on Miller is we did not focus specifically on the Broncos pass rush later in the post.
Newton: An honorable mention for the more than likely Super Bowl MVP(Assuming the Panthers win) seems like a bad way to go right? Well read above for why he isn't a main focus. Cam Newton will have to dance his way into the end zone early and often to keep the Broncos' defense on their heels. If he can read the defense and adjust protections accordingly, the offense should run smooth enough to score points. Key word is should, no amount of perfect planning will be able to fully beat a pass rush like the Broncos' and that will always be factored in. Cam Newton's arm will have to carry the offense in a similar fashion to the way it did against New Orleans or Tampa Bay(Both of the later season games, not the early season ones). The reason for this is the Broncos' stout defense will likely make the run game less effective than usual, the good news for Newton is he has faced top flight secondaries, good pass rushes and will have ample time at the line of scrimmage to survey the defense before running a play.
Greg Olsen/Owen Daniels: These two tight ends very well may be the true keys to success. Although for different reasons. Greg Olsen will be targeted by the Broncos in a similar fashion to how they handled Gronkowski. He will have to pull defenders away from the middle while still making plays when given the opportunity. Basically Olsen will have to play like Gronkowski did to keep the Panthers offense moving.
Owen Daniels will have to capitalize on the Panthers defense focusing on other weapons. Daniels caught 2 touchdowns against the Patriots and was the difference in the game. Surprisingly he was more or less unguarded on both of his touchdowns. The reason for this is how the Patriots schemed to remove Thomas, Sanders and Norwood out on those particular plays while leaving Daniels to roam freely and beat the Patriots easily.

What to Watch:

Carolina's run game VS. Denver's front seven

The key to the Panther’s offense, as most of you are well aware, is the run game. Carolina, as odd of a fact as it is to say based on seasons past, has one of the best offensive lines of the NFL this season. Led by guards Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell(both top 10 guards in the NFL) and Ryan Kalil in at center to create a great interior. This offensive line is phenomenal when they get into open space, they are both huge and fast which create some beautiful big man highlights. The attack itself will be led by Jonathan Stewart but expect reverses to Ginn and Brown to be mixed in and Newton to have designed runs. The Bronco's defense has given up huge gains to reverses during the playoffs and you can bet that Mike Shula understands that. This brings us to the most important part of the Panthers rushing attack. The run blocking schemes hide weaknesses(Michael OheMike Remmers) by letting the guards pull often and keeping the ball in the backfield with misdirection. The squad will need to run fast, hard, and strategically in order to set the pace.
While Carolina’s run game houses all the tools necessary to be successful, they will need to be firing on all cylinders in order to be successful against the #1 rated Bronco’s defense. Look for Denver to bring a lot of pressure early in the game to try and stifle the run game. This allows the defense to revert to a style of play they are more comfortable of playing; which is a pass-rush heavy setup, allowing their skilled secondary to play man-to-man. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware will be rushing from the edge, both are top flight talents who will require either a double team or a way to scheme them out of the play. On the interior Sylvester Williams is the weak link. Unfortunately he is surrounded by Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson. The Broncos often rush five and leave Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan to help the stout secondary.
The Panthers will likely try to attack with HB Dives and other "up the gut" runs because of how strong the interior of the line is for the Panthers and how weak the interior of the line is for the Broncos. Meanwhile the Broncos will try to bring linebackers up the middle and force the Panthers to try the edges. This match-up is important because if either side doesn’t come to play on Sunday, the result will be very costly.
ADVANTAGE: EVEN(No seriously. I don't think this could be more even.)

Carolina's secondary VS. Denver's Wide Receiver Corps

Carolina’s secondary has taken some bad blows this season, with both Bene Benwikere, and Charles Tillman out. But have no fear, because the magical wizard who is Dave Gettleman patched that secondary right back up immediately. With cast-offs from other teams including the at the time retired Cortland Finnegan, as well as Robert McClain, who was initially drafted by the Panthers, but went on to play for 2 other teams before returning late this season. These two have been on the team for about 2 months now while playing as good as we could hope, which is amazing considering they were plugged right into the roles of Tillman and Benwikere with little time to learn the specifics of the Panther's defense. With Josh Norman at the #1 position, and the very determined Kurt Coleman at FS and Roman Harper at SS, the secondary should be able to tame the Broncos if they play lights out for the entire game. However, as we have seen in previous games this season, the secondary has a tendency to play soft late in the game if allowed breathing room which must not happen against Peyton Manning if Carolina wants to keep the game close. The main weaknesses(Finnegan and McClain) will be pairing with Demaryius Thomas and Jordan Norwood. You heard me right. Robert McClain will be on Demaryius Thomas more than Josh Norman will. This is a mismatch, but the reason this will happen is Sanders is the bigger receiving threat and Norman will follow him the majority of the day. Expect McClain to get a lot of safety help which could leave Finnegan on an island.
On the opposite side of the line is Denver’s Wide Receiver Corps. , headed by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. This season Denver’s offense was 10th in passing offense, and 9th in overall offense. The Bronco’s offense steers towards the pass-heavy side, with a passing average of 69% per game. Both Arizona and Seattle ranked better in terms of offense against the Broncos, however do not dismiss them as a threat: Peyton Manning and his offense certainly has the ability to turn the game upside down if given the chance. Look for Denver to attack the slot position manned by Finnegan, as well as pressing match ups on McClain. It is vital for the Broncos to establish an effective passing game on their side if they want to be effective against this wily and deceptive defense that Carolina has. Emmanuel Sanders has quietly had the better season in Denver. Demaryius Thomas has had the case of the drops and has been more of a lumbering wide receiver than the threat he has the potential to be. Jordan Norwood plays well out of the slot but make no mistake Thomas and Sanders both are the main weapons and are great weapons.
It is essential for the Panther's secondary to keep pressure on the receiving corps so that the defensive line is allowed those crucial extra seconds to try and get to Manning. The thieves will need to come out guns blazin’ and keep that energy through game until the last snap, if they can do that then it will be a very tough task for Denver’s offense to get things going.
ADVANTAGE:

Carolina's pass rush VS. Denver's offensive line

In order to shut down Denver’s offense, the Panthers' defensive line needs to bring the pressure, and a lot of it. Without a doubt, the crown jewel of our pass rush right now is Kawaan Short who has acquired 11 sacks just this season. KK the destroyer, along with Star Lotulelei, create havoc on the inner line and eat through average linemen like bacon on a Sunday morning. Denver must prevent the pocket from collapsing if they want Peyton Manning to stand a chance against this hungry defensive line. On both ends of the line sit recently acquired veteran Jared Allen, and Charles Johnson. These two certainly possess the skill to get to the Quarterback as well as Veteran experience, but they will need to play with every ounce of ability they have. Charles Johnson was an absolute monster in previous seasons but suffered a serious hamstring injury early this season. Here is the good news for the Panthers defensive line. Johnson has a history of taking a long time to recover from injury and produce at a high level. His play has steadily gotten better as the season progresses and he gets into his groove. The reserve unit features Dwan Edwards, Kony Ealy, Ryan Delaire and Mario Addison who are good for NASCAR packages as well as bringing the hog mollies.
The strength of the Denver line also happens to be in the middle of the field with Evan Mathis and Luis Vasquez at guard. The tackles are the weaker links on the offensive line which means both Allen and Johnson will have to play their best to help Short get to Manning. While the Denver offensive line ranks in the bottom half of the league in pass protection and run blocking Evan Mathis is a top ten guard, Vasquez is not bad and the tackles are arguably better than the Panthers tackles. I will admit that I know very little about Matt Paradis so I can't say more than he is supposedly better at run blocking than pass protection.
Watch for Carolina to bring pressure early in the game to keep the Bronco’s on their heels. As seen in previous games, the defense will switch up their strategy if things aren’t going as planned with the rush. Bringing unique blitzes with Kurt Coleman, Thomas Davis/Shaq Thompson, Josh Norman and even Cortland Finnegan at times.
ADVANTAGE:
Oh come on now. Don't get your panties in a bunch everyone. The most important matchup was not forgotten and no. It isn't the Denver pass rush vs Newton. It is...

Peyton Manning vs Luke Kuechly

This is the ultimate showdown. The pre snap chess match of the century. The holy grail for those who truly love the strategy on each individual play. Who will win? Well to answer that let's take a look at each side. Peyton Manning is a cunning old devil with lots of experience under his belt. He may not be what he was earlier in his career but he still has a mental edge over most human beings. Manning will need to put the Broncos in the right play to combat the Panthers defense frequently in order for the Broncos to move the ball at all. He will do this with a lot of conversation at the line of scrimmage based on the positioning of the Panthers defenders. On the other side you have Luke Kuechly. He is a nightmare to play against for the simple fact that he knows every play the opponent has run the entire season and will call out each individual play before it happens. This leads to important plays and great chess matches. Kuechly is the quarterback of his defense and make no mistake he is a top tier quarterback.(even if he doesn't throw the ball) This battle of wits between some of the most football smart players in the nation will determine the outcome of this game more than anything else will. "Who can get his team into the best position to beat the other's scheme?" is the most important question of this game. That is why Manning vs. Kuechly is the matchup to watch.
ADVANTAGE:

Panthers’ Injury Report

PLAYER POSITION INJURY OFFICIAL STATUS MOST RECENT UPDATE(s)
Thomas Davis LB Arm (FP - 2/3) After breaking his arm in the NFCCG, Davis had surgery on 1/25 to insert a plate and screws in hopes that he could play in the Super Bowl. He was a non-participant last week, but a full participant on 2/3. Update 9:00PM on 2/3, per Joe Person, Davis will have his forearm re-examined Friday, and according to Rivera, “When the doctors say he’s 100%, I’ll go with it.”
Mike Tolbert FB Knee (FP - 2/3) After tweaking his knee and exiting the NFCCG 2 weeks ago, Tolbert had his knee inspected and then sat out practice in Charlotte. Update at 9:00PM on 2/3, per Max Henson, Tolbert was listed as a full participant in practice. A pool reporter is the only media allowed at practice and did not note any particulars on Tolbert, nor did Rivera discuss any.
Jared Allen DE Foot LP – 2/3 After fully participating in practice all last week, and completely avoiding the injury report, Allen was limited in practice on 2/3. Update at 9:00PM on 2/3, per Rivera, Allen was limited due to rest that he “earned.” Allen is still expecting to play.
NOTE – Last week, at various times, Kalil (leg), Stewart (ankle), Whittaker (ankle), Johnson (knee), Short (knee), McClain (ankle), Brown (ankle), and Harper (eye) all found their way to the Injury Report, either by missing practice or being limited. Expect to see these players pop up in the next day or two, yet only for precautionary reasons.

Broncos’ Injury Report

PLAYER POSITION INJURY OFFICIAL STATUS MOST RECENT UPDATE(s)
Darian Stewart S Knee LP – 2/3 Stewart suffered an MCL sprain in the Conference Championship game vs NE, and is the main injury concern for the Broncos. He did not practice all week while in Denver, but Kubiak, and Stewart himself, remains optimistic. He returned in a limited capacity on 2/3. Source
TJ Ward S Ankle LP – 2/3 Ward has been battling ankle injuries all year and he aggravated it in the CCG vs NE. Still, Kubiak stated that Ward is probably “ahead of [Darian Stewart]” in terms of health but that he “feels good about it.” Ward returned to practice on 2/3 in a limited capacity. Source
Louis Vasquez G Knee LP – 2/3 Not much information on his injury, but usually “no news is good news.” Rest/precaution is probably the reason like others. Source
NOTE – In recent weeks, Daniels (knees), Davis (shoulder), Harris (shoulder), Manning (foot), Marshall (ankle), Mathis (ankle), and Ware (knee/back) have all appeared on the official Injury report, and may very well pop up again, though none are at any real risk to miss the Super Bowl.

Playoffs - NFC Championship

Networks

CBS

Pete Prisco Jason LaConfora Will Brinson Jared Dubin Ryan Wilson John Breech Dave Richard Jamey Eisenberg
Record 162-104 157-109 159-107 158-108 160-106 159-107 175-91* 171-95
X X X X X
X X X

FOX

Mike Garafalo Alex Marvez Peter Schrager Jimmy Traina James Parziale Sid Saraf Ross Jones
Record 169-97* 166-100 137-129 161-105 155-111 159-107 150-116
X X X X X
X X

ESPN

Mike Golic Merril Hoge Ron Jaworski Chris Mortenson Adam Caplan Mark Sclereth Tom Jackson Keyshawn Johnson Mike Ditka Chris Carter
Record 158-108 167-99 164-102 170-96* 160-106 164-102 162-104 167-99 157-109 165-101
X X
*indicates lead dog

TOTALS

CBS FOX ESPN Total
5 5 2 12
3 2 0 5

Computer Analysis

538 Microsoft Cortana
Record 181-85 167-97
59% 57%
41% 43%

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Reminder to not go into the Saints or Broncos subreddit after the game on Sunday.

Thanks to the team!
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I bet on two teams to win the same league in one accumulator - can someone explain this to me?

Today I was putting an accumulator together on Paddy Power with a bunch of teams who are already in first place to win their respective leagues, and somehow I accidentally added Hannover to win the Bundesliga at odds of 500/1 to my betslip. However, in the same accumulator, I have Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga at odds of 1/500. So I'm not sure what exactly needs to happen for me to win money on this accumulator?
Here's the betslip. Would I be right in saying that I get some sort of winnings if any 12 of the 14 teams win their leagues?
Date Details Stake Result 24/03/2015 Accumulator (12) To Win Troyes @ 1/4 Outright Betting French Ligue 2 Outright Betting 2014-15 £5.00 Pending
Midtiylland @ 1/100 Outright Betting Danish Superliga Outright Pending
Juventus @ 1/100 Outright Betting Serie A 2014-2015 Pending
Bayern Munich @ 1/500 Outright Betting Bundesliga 2014-2015 Pending
Hannover 96 @ 500/1 Outright Betting Bundesliga 2014-2015 Pending
Bournemouth @ 6/4 Outright Betting English Championship Outright Betting 2014-2015 Pending
Benfica @ 4/9 Outright Betting Portuguese Super Liga Outright 2014-2015 Pending
Galatasaray @ 7/5 Outright Betting Turkish Super League 2014-15 Pending
Carpi FC @ 1/4 Outright Betting Italian Serie B Outright Betting 2014-15 Pending
PSG @ 3/10 Outright Betting French Ligue 1 Outright Betting 2014-15 Pending
Burton Albion @ 4/7 Outright Betting English League 2 2014-2015 Pending
Bristol City @ 1/14 Outright Betting League 1 2014-2015 Pending
Barcelona @ 3/10 Outright Betting La Liga 2014-2015 Pending
Chelsea @ 1/16 Outright Betting Premier League Outright Betting 2014-2015
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England Premier League and Championship - Betting tips for 5.11.2017

England Premier League + Championship

POTD Event: Manchester City - Arsenal Prediction: Arsenal +1.50 Odds: 1.86 Stake: 1U
Man City have no new injury problems and are very close to full strength, with just Kompany and Mendy out, neither of whom are being missed given the current form of the team, even if they would be first choice if available. Minor changes are likely from midweek, Walker, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus all being in line for recalls, leaving the team a little stronger and more balanced overall. They're in superb form coming into the game, having won their last 14 in all competitions, which makes the -1.25 handicap justifiable, even if Arsenal will pose a very tough task. Only a win will please and with current momentum they'd be disappointed with less, taking the game to their visitors with an attacking approach. If they go behind, crossing the line could be a little harder. With a full strength attack at their disposal, they'll feel they have what it takes to break down the Arsenal defence on a couple of occasions, and even if ahead they'll not ease up or play cautiously. The 3.5 total goals line reflects this as it could be an open game for long stretches. If Man City trail, a lot of risks would be taken, leading to chances at either end as a defeat isn't acceptable.
Arsenal are expected to be at full strength for the trip to Man City, but will need to take a late decision on Kolasinac, who has been struggling with a slight groin issue. He's trained and is expected to be fine though. They rotated heavily as normal in midweek, but are likely to revert back to the line-up from the previous league game, which is their best available, with no key players out. Away form has been fairly poor by Arsenal's standards this season, and though they need to get a result to keep touch with the top teams, a +1.25 handicap is about right considering the form of their hosts. A draw would please but they'll turn up and look to assert themselves on the game with intent to win. Confidence could drain if they go behind though, so scoring first will be important. With their attacking threat they'll feel they can cause enough problems to work chances against Man City, with the 3.5 total goals line suggesting an open game. Their natural approach makes them vulnerable in transition, and though they'd become a little more conservative if leading, it's not their true strength to be defensive and play on the back foot for long spells.
Arsenal have been going along quite nicely of late, winning eight of their last ten in all competitions, though this does include some mediocre Europa League opponents. Regardless, it has built momentum and belief in the squad, and they'll travel to Man City with plenty of confidence. Given the form of their hosts and the relatively poor away league form shown by Arsenal up until now, they'd be more than happy to come away with a draw, which would be a considerable feat at this stage. They won't fear Man City, and there won't be any lack of motivation.
Event: Everton - Watford Prediction: Everton -0.25 Odds: 1.86 Stake: 1U
Everton continue to have a number of injury problems coming into the match, but only Martina is a new absence and doesn't weaken. Keane is the main concern but is expected to return and could replace Williams in defence, which is a slight positive. Senior players rested in the Europa League midweek will also be recalled, with Unsworth sending out his best team in search of turning form around. Despite their desperately poor form, Everton come into the game as slight favourites with a -0.25 handicap, but with belief in the group so low, it won't be easy at all to overcome this and take a win against an away strong Watford. Only a win pleases and the players should be plenty motivated, Unsworth describing the game as a cup final, but if they trail they could crumble. Goals haven't been easy to come by for Everton this season, and with their need to get a win more than impress with a performance, the 2.5 total goals line is just about fair. If they go behind they'd have no choice but to open up and really attack, as anything but a win is a massive failure and deepens the crisis at the club. If they lead, they'd be very likely to drop in and become very cautious.
Watford have some concerning team news as five players who would be seen as first team regulars will miss out. However, just one change is likely from the previous game as Gray replaces the suspended Deeney in a neutral change in attack. Further rotation with a weakened squad would leave the team worse off, making changes in personnel unlikely. Despite their team news, Watford will be feeling fairly confident of their chances coming into the game, having been very strong on their travels so far. They're fresher and in better spirits than Everton, and will feel they can get at least a draw to overcome the +0.25 handicap. They'll be content to play on the break and won't open up unless trailing by one in the final few minutes. With a strong threat on the counter attack, Watford will feel they can trouble the Everton defence with regularity. They'll aim to start quickly and try to unsettle a confidence hit and nervy opponent. If they got in front they'd dig in and defend, making it harder for the 2.5 goals line to be crossed, though they'd keep playing forward on the counter whenever they get the opportunity.
With their need to win, Everton may look to be a little more expansive in their approach for this game, but a 4-3-3 system looks most likely, as above all they can't afford to lose or be left trailing early on. They lack confidence, so starting the game solidly at the back should be the first step. If they go behind they'll likely struggle to even take a point from the game, having lacked cutting edge and firepower in front of goal. Real risks would be taken as they need a win, but to get anything from this clash in all likelihood they would need to score first and consolidate. It is also important to mention that they left all the best player at home for the midweek match in Lyon and something like this could be proven crucial to secure a win.
Event: Middlesbrough - Sunderland Prediction: Middlesbrough -0.75 Odds: 1.88 Stake: 1U
Middlesbrough are slightly sweating on the fitness of left back Fabio, who has been struggling with illness. He was due to train on Friday, so he should be fine. Friend waits on standby, and is an excellent alternative to have. Considering Middlesbrough are in good recent form, no changes are anticipated unless any late issues materialise. Gestede remains the only injured player in the squad. Quite a high -0.75 handicap has been afforded to Middlesbrough ahead of this clash. The doubts are that this is a big local derby and it could easily turn into a tight and scrappy affair. Middlesbrough haven't lost to Sunderland since 2008, so the fans will contribute to a big atmosphere. That'll help and recent form is much stronger. Middlesbrough are rightly favourites and should win. Most of Middlesbrough's matches have been low-scoring affairs, so beating a 2.25 total goals line could be tough. Sunderland are lacking goals and whilst they concede many, they will be motivated and harder to break down. Middlesbrough aren't known for scoring many themselves, plus defensively they remain well-organised and hard to penetrate on a regular basis.
Sunderland begin life post-Simon Grayson with Browning, Vaughan and Maja the only injured players. Changes are expected to be made by McKinlay and Stockdale, just to offer a lift and some freshness. Steele, Jones, Cattermole and Watmore could all be recalled into the starting eleven as they are characters where this local derby will mean a lot to them on a personal level. Sometimes a change of manager brings an improvement in the squad as the players know they now have a new man to impress to stay at the club with the January window not far away. Recent form is simply terrible but Sunderland do prefer playing away from home. They've drawn four of their last five, so they haven't been used to losing in recent weeks at least. A win looks unlikely at a +0.75 handicap. A very bad defensive record has contributed towards mostly matches involving at least three goals. A repeat could see Middlesbrough have a great day and beat the 2.25 goal line outright themselves. The tight nature of local derbies though may mean more of a tactical game whereby fewer chances are created. Middlesbrough can be frustrated at home, so Sunderland aren't without hope.
Middlesbrough enter this local derby in high spirits on the back of two fine away victories. The pressure will be on them in this game as they are viewed as the better team at this moment. Depending on results on Saturday, a victory could take Middlesbrough into a play-off position.
So in short, 3 bets:
Arsenal +1.50
Everton -0.25
Middlesbrough -0.75
I would also like to mention, that Arsenal are undervalued at anything over 7.00(my model shows "real" odds at around 5.00 - 5.30), so if you want a bet at bigger odds, go for it.
Good luck! Previous results(a couple of leagues and sports missing, taking quite a bit of time to get everything in excel).
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England Premier League - Betting Tips for 4.11.2017

England Premier League

POTD Event: West Ham - Liverpool Prediction: West Ham +0.75 Odds: 2.29 Stake: 1U
West Ham have some troubling team news as defensively they come into the game with no natural right back available, with Zabaleta and Byram out, while Antonio, who can play there is also sidelined. Fernandes looks likely to fill in. Reid returns and replaces the injured Jose Fonte in what is actually a defensive improvement, while the rest of the team looks set to remain intact from the last game. Given their personnel worries, West Ham are justifiable underdogs at home with a +0.75 handicap, but they do have home advantage and the benefit of having had no midweek game, which could work in their favour. They'd be happy enough with a draw against Liverpool but won't set out defensively. They'll have to play well to avoid defeat, but with good motivation it is a possible scenario. While goals have come fairly regularly for West Ham this season, they've not been too strong defensively conceding close to two per game on average. The game plan will be to frustrate Liverpool and set up an organised defensive block, which could make crossing the 3 total goals line tough, as it's unlikely they'd truly open up at any stage while level, as it would only suit Liverpool more.
Very mixed team news for Liverpool as they lose Philippe Coutinho to injury once again, while Mane has a good chance of returning to the bench ahead of schedule. Checks will be needed for Lovren and Wijnaldum, but neither are likely to start given the international break is on the horizon. Henderson and Sturridge are likely recalled from midweek, but they aren't at full strength overall. Recent league form has been very wobbly, but a couple of strong Champions League showings will have raised the mood in the camp somewhat. They'll travel to West Ham as favourites with a -0.75 handicap to overcome, which seems fair. They'll only be happy with a win and will play on the front foot, knowing that dropped points will leave them further behind their rivals. If ahead, they won't sit back The 3 total goals line is fair, even with Liverpool not having Philippe Coutinho at their disposal, with there being plenty of other routes to goal. They'll attack and not ease up if ahead, being vulnerable defensively, needing at least a two goal cushion to feel secure. From behind a lot of risks would be taken as it's not a game they'll feel they can afford to drop points in.
Having dropped two points against Crystal Palace late last time out, the West Ham squad were bitterly disappointed, but overall their form has improved in recent weeks. They host Liverpool with a potentially decimated back line, but will still be looking to take all three points at home. Realistically, with their injury problems at the back, if they were to take a draw it'd not leave them too disappointed at all, though it would extend their win-less run in the league to four They sit just above the bottom three, so motivation to get a result won't be lacking to any degree.
Event: Southampton - Burnley Prediction: Burnley +0.75 Odds: 2.11 Stake: 1U
Southampton continue to be slightly weaker without Lemina in midfield, with Davis set to continue in a central role alongside Oriol Romeu. They are full strength everywhere else and just one change is expected from the last outing, Long replacing Ward-Prowse in a manager's choice that gives them more attacking output. Hoedt also looks set to be retained in defence ahead of Yoshida. They've improved a little of late and come into the game unbeaten in three, but they've still struggled for outright consistency. Hosting Burnley they'll be firmly set on taking all three points, but even with a near full strength squad they'll have to play very well to overcome a -0.75 handicap, which could be a little flattering, especially if they find themselves behind. Scoring first is key. Southampton aren't a heavy scoring team, but neither do they give much away at the other end, which makes the 2.25 total goals line make sense against an opponent with similar virtues. Scoring first will be important to Southampton's game plan, as they may struggle to break Burnley down. It could be a war of attrition for long spells, with chances at both ends likely to be limited.
Burnley's main concern ahead of the weekend is the condition of Wood, who has been struggling with a thigh problem. He's been back training with the group and could be involved, but Barnes is more likely to start as a weaker option in attack as no risks are taken. An unchanged line-up is expected from the last game, Defour overcoming a tight groin muscle to start in a full strength midfield. The squad are in superb spirits and they come into the game on the back of a narrow win, continuing their excellent season start. They travel to Southampton as outsiders with a +0.75 handicap but have been very strong away so far and will feel they can take at least a draw, maintaining a cautious approach built on being well drilled and tough to break down, not opening up even if behind. The 2.25 total goals line is fair, as Burnley will try and make the game as scrappy and cagey as possible, which plays to their strengths. Any lead would be fiercely defended, with their defensive record bettered only by the top three. They'd be more direct in the latter stages if behind by one, but they will try to avoid an open game where possible, as it's not their strong suit.
After a hard fought win over Newcastle, Burnley sit high up the table and in excellent spirits, having far exceeded their own expectations for the season start. They travel to Southampton with genuine belief that they can return home with a victory, but on the road a draw would satisfy. There remains speculation surrounding the future of Sean Dyche, but it hasn't appeared to unsettle a very focused and hungry squad as yet, with the manager showing no sign of wanting to leave for Everton. He'll have his squad well prepared, aiming to continue their strong away start to the campaign.
Event: Newcastle Utd - Bournemouth Prediction: Bournemouth +0.50 Odds: 2.07 Stake: 1U
Newcastle will be without Mikel Merino and Dummett for their clash with Bournemouth, but the absences of both can be absorbed by the squad, even if overall it leaves them a little weaker. Just one change from the loss at Burnley is expected, with Hayden replacing Diame in midfield, which is a slight improvement in terms of overall balance. Joselu continues up front ahead of Gayle. The season has been going well for Newcastle thus far and at home they have proven very strong in particular. They host Bournemouth with a fair -0.5 handicap to overcome and would feel that if they took anything less than three points it's a slight disappointment on current home form. They'll not be attacking but will try to grind out a result, closing things down a little if they get in front. Newcastle have built their season around being tough to beat, which has seen them struggle for goals a little, but defensively they've been very secure, so against a goal-shy Bournemouth, they'd be confident in taking a 1-0 win if they got in front. The 2.5 total goals line is about right should there be an early goal, but it could be nervy and evenly poised for long stretches of** the game.
Bournemouth** are forced into two changes from their previous outing as both Stanislas and Afobe miss out to injury, the absence of the former being far more notable. Pugh should step in for him, while King is anticipated to return in attack for Afobe, which is a positive, but doubts remain over his fitness. A change to 4-4-1-1 is likely, Francis dropping out as part of the tactical reshuffle. Form and belief are lacking for Bournemouth coming into the clash, with Eddie Howe admitting his side are struggling at the moment. They'll travel to Newcastle seeing this as a winnable game, but it won't be an easy task and in reality a draw would please. The +0.5 handicap is fair and reflects current form, with belief likely to wane if they go behind. Scoring first will be key if they are to win. Goals have been a big problem for Bournemouth, and though they scored twice in their last away game, they've drawn a blank in six of their ten league games so far. They'll play with plenty of attacking intent and will want to control the ball as the 2.5 total goals line is about right, but if they go behind they could really struggle to come back, making the line potentially difficult to cross.
The loss against Chelsea was somewhat expected, but Eddie Howe has admitted he is a little concerned by the form being shown by his side. They're stuck near the foot of the table and need to get a result, but a trip to home-strong Newcastle is anything but a guarantee of points. Given his iconic status, Howe is under no pressure from the board, so can go about his business in a calm manner, but there is growing concern about the prospect of a relegation scrap. They won on their last trip to Newcastle, which will raise belief, but if they took a point here they'd be pleased.
In short, betting a total of five selections from Premier league:
West Ham to win Odds: 5.80
West Ham +0.75 Odds: 2.29
Burnley to win Odds: 7.00
Burnley +0.75 Odds: 2.11
Bournemouth +0.50 Odds: 2.07
Good luck!
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How would you rate our chances of winning the Champions League vs other English clubs?

I know that betting odds are mostly calculated based on betting patterns and aren't a result of informed analysis, but I found it interesting that while Arsenal are placed as favourites to win the Premier League we're placed quite a long way behind our PL rivals in terms of winning the Champions League
I know that we have the toughest draw in the last 16 but that shouldn't factor in to outright betting as every team will eventually have to come up against Barca/Bayern/Madrid if they want to win the tournament. It also can't be down to our history of getting knocked out in the CL, as while Chelsea may have won it in recent memory, Man City have never exactly lit up the tournament!
While I think nobody in /gunners expects us to win the CL (or any other English club for that matter), where would they rank us in terms of likelihood against the other teams in the competition and in particular our PL rivals?
edit: again, this isn't just a "will we beat Barca?" question, I'm well aware that's unlikely. It's more a question of - why are other English teams seen as more likely overall winners than us? Is there something about Chelsea/Man City that they are more likely to cause an upset against one of the CL favourites than we are?
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Talking Points: Three of Europe’s Biggest Clubs All Lose in Same Weekend

Talking Points: Three of Europe’s Biggest Clubs All Lose in Same Weekend

It was an incredible weekend for European football, in which Arsenal, Real Madrid and PSG ALL lost.
So what has that done to their respective divisions, and what does it mean for punters?

1 – Premier League Title Race Down to Two Contenders?

It always looked likely that last weekend would be a crucial one in the Premier League title shake-up, and so it proved. Leicester City continued their fine form with a late show against Norwich; an 89th minute winner from Leonardo Ulloa sealing the deal there, while Spurs came from a goal down to beat Swansea 2-1.
While the fourth contender in the title race, Manchester City, weren’t in action as they were off winning the League Cup, it was left to Arsenal to keep themselves in the reckoning at City’s Manchester rivals United.
But it proved a test too far: United’s teenage sensation Marcus Rashford netting a brace for his die in a 3-2 win. That result leaves the Gunners three points behind Tottenham and five behind Leicester at the summit of the Premier League table, and their odds of winning it have lengthened to 3.75 accordingly.
They take on Spurs in a couple of weeks, while Leicester can sit back and watch with relish. Their odds of 3.00 loo great value, and so they in the Bet Advisor betting tips for today.

2 – Atletico Claim Spoils in Battle of Madrid

It was a fixture that would go a long way to determining how easy Barcelona’s run to successive La Liga titles would be, and yet the Catalan giants weren’t even involved.
Instead, the two Madrid clubs did battle in what is likely to be a contest to see who finishes second behind Luis Enrique’s side. And it was Atletico who came out on top courtesy of an Antoine Griezmann goal and yet another fantastic defensive performance.
Diego Simeone’s side are now eight points adrift of Barcelona but four clear of Real, and with that defensive record – they’ve conceded just 11 goals in 26 games – they look so hard to beat. It’s quite possible they will finish above their Madrid rivals, which would be a huge achievement.

3 – Slump? What Slump? Juventus Return to Winning Ways

It’s testament to their outstanding form that even a couple of dropped points away from home represents a slump, but some pundits were suggesting Juventus’ bubble had burst following a 0-0 draw with Bologna last time out.
Those predictions proved completely wrong as goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Alvaro Morata secured a 2-0 win over historic rivals Inter Milan. Juve are once again four points clear awaiting Napoli’s result against a tough Fiorentina outfit tonight, and so their outright price of 1.57 to claim the Serie A title remains, as it has done for weeks now, at the heart of today’s betting tips.

4 – Business As Usual For Bayern and Dortmund

Two games, two wins. While the quality of football on offer in the Bundesliga is often a joy to behold, unfortunately the predictability of the title race is slightly less appetising. Despite Dortmund’s fumblings last season, they and Bayern remain head and shoulders above the rest in Germany’s top flight.
Bayern went to Wolfsburg and returned with a 2-0 victory in their grasp despite once again being without three first choice centre backs, while Dortmund’s domination of Hoffenheim manifested itself in a 3-1 win.

5 – It’s Over: PSG Finally Beaten

It was a bit of a surprise to see PSG lose on Sunday – many thought they were heading for an ‘invincible’ campaign – but even more surprising, perhaps, was the identity of the victor. Lyon are packed with talent but frustratingly inconsistent; as defeats to 11th placed Bastia and 15th placed Lille in recent weeks confirm.
But with four wins in their last six, things seem to be looking up for the former Ligue 1 champions. They are in to 2.40 to finish in the top three once again, and that is the last of today’s football betting tips.
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Daily Transfer News Thread - 08/08/2018

Auto-Refreshing Transfer News Thread from Sky Sports
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18:04

HYNDMAN JOINS HIBS

Hibernian have announced the signing of midfielder Emerson Hyndman on loan from Bournemouth until January.
https://twitter.com/HibsOfficial/status/1027253201790230528
17:55

BREAKING NEWS

Sky sources understand Rangers have rejected West Brom's £3m bid for James Tavernier and will not consider selling until their valuation of the full-back has been met.
17:54

GILLINGHAM EXIT

https://twitter.com/TheGillsFC/status/1027250707324391424
17:50

ONE IN AT MORECAMBE

Morecambe survived relegation to the National League by the skin of their teeth last season and have beefed up their forward line in a bid to avoid a repeat performance this season.
https://twitter.com/ShrimpsOfficial/status/1027235878429773824
17:41

SCHOLES: UNITED NOT CONTENDERS

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes does not believe his former club have the quality to challenge Manchester City or Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
"When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don't think they [United] have the quality of those two teams at the minute. Liverpool have made some really good signings. United finished above them last season," said Scholes, speaking in Hong Kong.
"I just don't see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about and Manchester United seem to be not too sure what's going on.
"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next. So I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see them challenging for the league this year."
17:23

WATCH: TRANSFER CENTRE

The Transfer Centre rounds up of all the latest summer transfer stories from Sky Sports News.
17:13

LOAN DEAL

Hartlepool goalkeeper Ryan Catterick has joined Guisborough Town on a short-term loan deal.
17:13

LOAN DEAL

https://twitter.com/CAFCofficial/status/1027239679253471233
17:11

WATCH: 'PEP TREATS KEEPERS LIKE PLAYERS'

New Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn says working with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City played a big part in his development.
17:07

NEWCASTLE UPDATE…

Here’s the latest from Sky Sports News’ Richard Graves…
“It’s certainly never dull is it around Newcastle United, especially in the transfer window. You feel they are probably still in the market for another striker, despite bringing in Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan. They also need to strengthen in defence. Federico Fernandez, the Swansea City defender is certainly one name that has been linked with Newcastle. In terms of attacking options Liverpool striker Danny Ings is another name.”
17:03

GERRARD THE TRANSLATOR

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard entertained journalists in his news conference by acting as translator for new signing Nikola Katic.
16:57

SPURS LATEST

SSN reporter Roger Clarke gives us an update from Tottenham's training ground in Enfield:
"It will be interesting to see what Spurs do next, with Villa seemingly digging their heels in. They are saying Jack Grealish is not for sale.
"So do Spurs go back in with an improved offer and hope they can force Villa's hand going into TDD? Or do they look elsewhere?
"But Grealish seems to be the one they really seem focussed on and have been all summer..."
16:50

'THIS SEASON IS ABOUT WINNING'

Alexis Sanchez says he has put last season behind him and it is all about winning things with Manchester United this term.
16:48

HIBS WON'T BE DISTRACTED BY MCGINN TRANSFER TALK

Efe Ambrose is confident Hibernian can brush off the loss of Scotland midfielder John McGinn and produce another memorable European performance against Molde.
McGinn was absent from training on Tuesday and Wednesday after going down to Birmingham for talks as Aston Villa battle Celtic for his signature.
"I don't think it's going to affect us," the former Celtic defender said. "We are a team, not an individual. We know it's been coming so we will just focus on the game, that's the most important thing for Hibs.
"We know if John is here he is a plus for the team, he is a good player. So we are without John but we are still here and we still have the quality of player to do well.
"So we focus on the game and leave John to deal with everything that is going on around him.
"We wish him well but in football players come and go so we are not going to be distracted by his transfer."
16:40

HIBS IN HYNDMAN LOAN TALKS

Hibernian are in talks with Bournemouth over the loan move for Emerson Hyndman, according to Sky sources.
The American has previously played in Scotland while on loan at Rangers in 2017.
Hibs want to get the deal done before the UEFA Deadline tonight so he can play in the Europa League qualifier against Molde at Easter Road tomorrow.
16:35

EVERTON LATEST…

Here’s an update from Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor at Everton's Finch Farm training ground:
“It’s good news for Evertonians at the moment. This deal is close, very close. Bernard flew into Manchester airport earlier this afternoon.
"Not only was he met there by our camera, but he was also met by Everton’s player liaison officer as well. He made the short trip to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground. He arrived at around 4.15pm and he’s been in there ever since.
"He’s going through the formalities of a medical and they also have to go through the process of sorting out a work permit as well. No real problems are anticipated, certainly from the information we are getting at least. The way this is going to pan out it seems is that once this deal is signed and sealed the likelihood is that Everton will announce Bernard tomorrow, well into time of the 5pm deadline."
16:32

TEA-TIME WHISPERS

The latest from our friends at Football Whispers as we approach tea time...
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16:31

WEST BROM MAKE £3M TAVERNIER BID

West Brom have made a £3m bid for Rangers captain James Tavernier, according to Sky sources.
The 26-year-old full-back has made more than 140 appearances for the Ibrox club since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2015 and scored a penalty for Rangers in their opening day draw against Aberdeen on Sunday.
16:18

'MAN UTD WORKING ON FOUR TARGETS'

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol gives us an update on Manchester United's pursuit of Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire, among others...
16:08

ALEXIS WANTS 'BIG SIGNINGS' AT UNITED

Alexis Sanchez says Man Utd must sign players of Arturo Vidal's calibre if the club are to compete for trophies this season.
"At United we have to sign big players, with experience," Sanchez told Sky Sports. "Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile.
"He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.
"From what I've seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we'll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game."
15:53

BRYAN SET FOR VILLA MOVE

Joe Bryan has undergone a medical and looks set to join Aston Villa in the next few hours, SSN understands.
Villa manager Steve Bruce has reportedly fought off interest from a number of Championship clubs for the Bristol City defender.
The fee for the 24-year-old is thought to be in the region of £5m.
Bryan made 48 appearances in all competitions last season and was involved in Bristol City's season-opening 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
15:50

LOPETEGUI WANTS KOVACIC TO STAY

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui says he wants Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic to stay at the Bernabeu.
15:45

BIRMINGHAM SIGN CAMP

Birmingham have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Camp on a free transfer from Cardiff.
The 33-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland, has penned a two-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.
Camp is set to become Birmingham's first-choice goalkeeper, casting doubts on the future of both David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak.
https://twitter.com/BCFC/status/1027215401942429697
15:43

SMITH JOINS SEATTLE

Bournemouth defender Brad Smith has joined MLS club Seattle Sounders on a season-long loan.
The Australia international made 11 first-team appearances for Bournemouth after moving from Liverpool in 2016, and missed the majority of last season with a hip injury.
Bournemouth retain the option in January to recall Smith from Seattle, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference.
https://twitter.com/afcbournemouth/status/1027215975203188736
15:35

MAN UTD WANT BOATENG ON LOAN

Man Utd are keen to bring Jerome Boateng to Old Trafford – but only on loan, rather than on a permanent basis, SSN understands.
Jose Mourinho still has the German international as his No 1 choice recruit – but privately behind the scenes at United there are fears over a permanent contract for a player with a chequered history of injuries.
Boateng, 29, suffered muscle and tendon injuries over the past three Bundesliga campaigns, missing 27 games in total since December 2016.
With one day left of the summer window, Mourinho is running out of time to find a new central defender. Privately, United believe Harry Maguire is not for sale at Leicester and as things stand, Yerry Mina’s chances coming to Old Trafford looks increasingly slim.
Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has made funds available to Jose, but is determined not to pay over the odds in the current market.
15:32

WOLVES CLOSE IN ON DENDONCKER

Wolves are closing in on a deal to sign Belgium international Leander Dendoncker, according to Sky sources.
SSN understands the Anderlecht midfielder travelled to England on Wednesday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the Premier League club.
Dendoncker has made more than 170 appearances for Anderlecht since his debut for the club in 2013.
The 23-year-old has represented Belgium on six occasions and was included in Roberto Martinez's final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia, in which the Red Devils finished third.
15:22

BERNARD ARRIVES AT FINCH FARM

Brazil midfielder Bernard has arrived at Finch Farm to undergo his medical at Everton.
15:19

BORO TAKE HUGILL ON LOAN

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of West Ham striker Jordan Hugill on a season-long loan.
https://twitter.com/Boro/status/1027211693028466689
15:16

MCGINN TO MISS HIBS' EL CLASH

Hibernian will be without John McGinn for the Europa League encounter with Molde after Neil Lennon resigned himself to losing the midfielder following bids from Celtic and Aston Villa.
15:03

WATFORD KEEN ON WARD-PROWSE LOAN

Watford are interested in a loan deal for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, according to Sky sources.
However, SSN understands the young English midfielder is not available on loan and the Saints will rebuff any such advances for the player.
14:46

TRIO IN TALKS FOR SLIMANI

Sporting Lisbon, Fenerbahce and Besiktas are all in talks to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani, according to Sky sources.
Slimani was Leicester’s record signing when they paid Sporting £28m for him two years ago.
The Algerian spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle.
14:42

'WITSEL TURNED DOWN MAN UTD'

Axel Witsel rejected a move to Man Utd this summer, the player's agent has claimed.
Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund completed a deal to sign Witsel from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjianearlier this week.
"There were other candidates. Manchester United wanted him, Napoli too," Paul Stefani told Belgian outlet HLN.
"But I told Axel: 'At Dortmund you are the number one, at Manchester you are one of the many... and at Napoli too'."
14:32

GREALISH DISAPPOINTED AT VILLA STANCE

Jack Grealish is very disappointed and disillusioned that Aston Villa are refusing to sell him to Spurs, according to Sky sources.
We understand the midfield player was promised he could leave before Villa’s new owners arrived at the club last month.
Grealish has not given up on moving to Spurs and he is still hoping that Villa will let him move.
14:23

ALL QUIET AT HUDDERSFIELD

As we wait for new signings at Huddersfield, the locals enjoy a game of crown green bowls...
14:20

GIROUD TO HOLD CHELSEA TALKS

Olivier Giroud says he is set to hold talks with Chelsea over a new contract.
The France World Cup winner joined the Blues from Arsenal in January, but his current deal expires at the end of this season.
Giroud attracted interest from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.
"No, I am happy here at Chelsea. I just arrived a few months ago and am just starting to settle well,” Giroud told the Standard.
"I still have one year (of my contract) to go with Chelsea, plus maybe another one. I'm going to discuss that with the club at the right time. There is no rush."
14:15

BERNARD ARRIVES!

Good news for Everton fans as Brazil international Bernard has arrived at Manchester airport ahead of his expected medical at Finch Farm, which the midfielder is expected to have in the next 48 hours.
14:09

BACHMANN JOINS KILMARNOCK ON LOAN

Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has moved to Kilmarnock on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old former Austria U21 international, who joined the Hornets in July 2017, will spend the entire 2018/19 campaign with the Scottish Premiership side who are managed by Steve Clarke.
https://twitter.com/OfficialKillie/status/1027195190191247360
13:56

LYON CAN'T RULE OUT FEKIR

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio admits Nabil Fekir could still leave the club as the summer transfer window comes to a close.
13:45

WHY GREALISH IS IN DEMAND

Why is Tottenham transfer target Jack Grealish worth £25m? We have compared his stats against the average Premier League midfielder to find out..
Read the feature HERE
13:39

DOCHERTY JOINS SHREWS

Rangers confirm midfielder Greg Docherty has joined Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan deal.
Docherty, who joined the Light Blues from Hamilton Accies in January, has made 14 appearances so far in his time at Ibrox.
13:25

CRUYFF NAMED CHONGQING LIFA BOSS

Jordi Cruyff has been named manager of Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.
The former Manchester United player ended a successful six-year spell at Maccabi Tel-Aviv earlier this year, which included stints as sporting director and head coach.
The 44-year-old succeeds Paulo Bento, who lost his job with Chongqing Lifan last month.
13:11

BOATENG STILL KEEN?

Sky in Germany are reporting that defender Jerome Boateng turned down a move to Manchester United for football reasons but, we are told he wants to move to United and Jose Mourinho wants to sign him.
13:05

MAGUIRE HOPING FOR MAN UTD MOVE

One source has told us United have already had two bids turned down by Leicester for Harry Maguire. The second bid was worth about £60m.
Leicester are in advanced talks to sign two centre backs – Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb and Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg – at a combined cost of about £35m.
As far as Leicester are concerned, Maguire is not for sale; they signed him for £17m from Hull City last summer and he has four years left on his contract.
Leicester are expected to offer him a new deal after his impressive performances for England in the World Cup this summer.
12:59

BREAKING NEWS

Sky sources: Leicester defender Harry Maguire is still hoping Manchester United will sign him with just one day to go before the window closes
12:56

AGENT WORLD LIKE 'WILD WEST'

Football agent Jon Smith says FIFA's deregulation of agents has created a 'watery' situation when it comes to player representation.
12:48

CONNOLLY TO JOIN WIGAN

Sky sources: Defender Callum Connolly will join Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan from Everton
12:35

VILLA LEAD RACE FOR McGINN

Aston Villa are in pole position to sign John McGinn despite renewed interest from Celtic, according to Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon.
Hibs midfielder McGinn spent Tuesday in talks with Aston Villa but Celtic are believed to have matched the Sky Bet Championship club's offer after having several previous bids rejected.
Lennon said: "He went down to Birmingham, I think he is having a medical there. A fee has been agreed. I don't know if personal terms have been agreed yet.
"I think Celtic have matched the offer but I think Villa are in the driving position at the minute."
12:24

BREAKING NEWS

West Brom have rejected an offer from Watford for Craig Dawson, according to Sky sources.
It is understood the offer was an initial loan year-long loan for a fee of £750,000.
The offer also included an option to buy Dawson for £2.5m instalments over four years adding up to a potential total of £10m.
12:18

LATEST TRANSFER BULLETIN

Here's your latest Transfer Centre bulletin from Sky Sports News at lunchtime
12:16

SARRI ON KEPA

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga and Maurizio Sarri has been impressed by what he's seen of the goalkeeper.
12:08

NO POGBA WAGE DEMANDS

Paul Pogba has not made any wage demands to keep him at Manchester United, according to Sky sources.
On Tuesday, a newspaper report claimed he had demanded a £200k-a-week wage rise to stay at Old Trafford following interest from Barcelona.
However, we have been told that Pogba has made no wage demands.
12:05

HUGILL'S BORO MEDICAL

Sky sources: Jordan Hugill has arrived on Teesside to undergo a medical with Middlesbrough.
This will be a season-long loan deal for the striker, who signed for West Ham for £9.5m in January.
12:04

GREALISH 'KEEN TO LEAVE'

This one is slaloming a tad, isn't it?
SSN understands that Grealish is disillusioned that his dream move to north London now looks doomed and remains desperate to play for Mauricio Pochettino and to test himself at the highest level for a top four Premier League club.
11:57

BREAKING NEWS

Sky sources: Jack Grealish remains keen to move to Spurs and is desperate to test his skills in the Champions League.
Grealish, who trained with the Villa squad this morning, was due to complete a £25m move to Spurs until Villa's new owner, Nassef Sawiris intervened.
11:47

BREAKING NEWS

Leicester City are closing in on the signings of Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic, SSN understands.
Soyuncu, 22, could cost up to £20m. The Freiburg defender has won 15 international caps for Turkey and Leicester are confident a work permit won’t be a problem.
His agent, Mustafa Dogru, has confirmed on Twitter that they are in negotiations with Leicester over a deal, but he’s stressed there is no agreement yet.
Croatia U21 international defender Benkovic is in Leicester today discussing personal terms. He is expected to undergo a medical later today.
11:29

BREAKING NEWS

Sky sources: Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to have medical at Chelsea today ahead of a loan move.
11:18

CHELSEA DUO TALK TO FEKIR

Olivier Giroud says he and Eden Hazard have spoken to Nabil Fekir about the possibility of joining Chelsea and would “welcome him” at the club.
The 25-year-old Lyon man looked set to join Liverpool from Lyon earlier this summer before negotiations between the clubs ended.
"I spoke to him when we were together in the French national team, when his move to Liverpool fell through," Giroud told Foot Mercato. "Then we discussed Chelsea, and I even think that Eden said a couple of words to him.
"We would obviously welcome him, he is a super player, but I don't know if this is something that could happen as the window closes on Thursday."
11:11

WHO IS KEPA?

We profile Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Spanish goalkeeper edges closer to a big-money transfer to Chelsea...
Read the feature HERE
10:55

GREALISH 'GOING NOWHERE'

Big news coming out of Villa Park.
Sky sources: Jack Grealish will not be sold to anyone in this transfer window, despite interest from Tottenham and 'other clubs' this window.
Sources are telling us Aston Villa's new executive chairman Nassef Sawiris has told Tottenham and any other potential suitors he is not interested in their money.
10:52

BREAKING NEWS

Aston Villa's new owners says Tottenham's £25m bid for Jack Grealish has been rejected outright.
10:44

BORO IN TALKS WITH BOLASIE

Sky sources: Middlesbrough remain in discussions with Yannick Bolasie as they attempt to persuade him to move to The Championship.
Everton winger Bolasie has been told he’s surplus to requirements at Goodison Park; Crystal Palace are interested but Boro is a more likely destination.
Middlesbrough are discussing both a permanent transfer and/or a loan with a view to a permanent deal. Bolasie is valued around £15m.
10:39

LATEST WHISPERS

The latest from our friends at Football Whispers as we approach midday.
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10:34

WILLIAMS IN BARNSLEY MEDICAL

Sky sources: Huddersfield Town defender Jordan Williams undergoing a medical at Barnsley ahead of a permanent move
10:31

BORO WANT HUGILL

Sky sources: Middlesbrough are in talks with West Ham over a loan move for Jordan Hugill. The Middlesbrough-born striker only signed for the Hammers for £9.5m in January.
10:30

KEPA SITUATION

Quite a complicated one, this, but let me explain...
Athletic Bilbao have announced that Kepa Arrizabalaga has bought himself out of his contract.
This is the done thing at Athletic Bilbao; the same happened with Ander Herrera, Javi Martinez and Aymeric Laporte.
It essentially means Kepa is now a free agent and will join Chelsea. The Blues will have paid the money to Kepa, his agent or the company who owns him in order to buy himself out of the contract.
Make sense? Good.
10:23

BREAKING NEWS

Athletic Bilbao have confirmed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause has been activated.
Sky Sports News reported yesterday Chelsea were advanced talks to sign Kepa.
10:16

LOPETEGUI TIGHT-LIPPED ON COURTOIS

Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the strong rumours linking Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a move to the Bernabeu.
"I always say that I'm not talking about players who are not at Real Madrid. Keylor (Navas) is our goalkeeper and there are no other goalkeepers I can talk about except Keylor, Kiko (Casilla), (Andriy) Lunin and Luca (Zidane).
"Keylor is phenomenal, he has our full confidence and is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He's delighted to belong to Real Madrid and we're delighted with him."
10:04

DOUBLE IPSWICH SIGNING

Ipswich have signed centre-back Toto Nsiala and midflieder Jon Nolan from Shrewsbury Town for a combined fee of £1.75m.
Both players have signed three-year deals with the club having the option of a further 12 months.
09:48

BREAKING NEWS

Celtic look set to complete a long-term loan deal for Australia World Cup youngster Daniel Arzani later today.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who made three sub appearances in Russia, has passed a medical and joins Celtic on a two-year loan, having completed his transfer from Melbourne City to Manchester City, SSN understands.
09:47

BAYER STRIKER SIGNS DEAL

Bayer Leverkusen striker Joel Pohjanpalo has signed a contract extension until 2022, the Bundesliga club have announced.
The 23-year-old Finland international, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury, has made 18 Bungesliga appearances for the side and scored seven goals.
09:32

HUDDERSFIELD IN TALKS WITH MBENZA

Huddersfield are now in talks with Montpellier winger Isaac Mbenza, according to Sky sources.
Sky Sports News understands Terriers boss David Wagner is keen to add another wide player to his squad after selling Tom Ince to Stoke.
Mbenza scored 10 goals in 43 appearances last season as Montpellier finished comfortably mid-table in Ligue 1.
09:30

WAGHORN SIGNS FOR DERBY

Derby have completed the signing of Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich.
The 28-year-old striker signs for £5m on a three-year contract.
09:15

WHERE NEXT FOR BOATENG?

It now looks likely Jerome Boateng will stay at Bayern Munich or move to PSG.
If PSG are able to present an interesting total package for him, he is likely join them. A decision is expected within the next two weeks.
Boateng has a great relationship with Bayern’s new coach Niko Kovac; they are both from the same district in Berlin and Boateng feels Kovac appreciates him as a player.
09:11

BOATENG TO MAN UTD OFF

And here's why...
Jerome Boateng’s decision not to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford was because he doesn’t believe Manchester United can win the Champions League this season.
Sky in Germany understand that Boateng spoke to Jose Mourinho earlier this week to explain that he was honoured by United’s interest in him.
However his aim remains to win one more Champions League title – and he feels United are not strong enough to do so in the forthcoming campaign.
09:05

BREAKING NEWS

Defender Ben Mee has signed a new three-year contract at Burnley.
The 28-year-old is now committed to at least 2021, with the option of a further 12 months.
09:01

BREAKING NEWS

Winger Adama Traore has completed his move from Middlesbrough to Wolves on a five-year deal.
08:48

BRIGHTON SIGN SIMPKINS

Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Emily Simpkins.
The 28-year-old joins the club on a free transfer after leaving Doncaster Rovers Belles this summer, and has signed a one-year contract.
08:43

BREAKING NEWS

Sky sources: Bernard is currently travelling from Brazil and is expected to arrive on Merseyside this afternoon ahead of a medical at Everton.
Sky Sports News understands that Everton manager Marco Silva has played a key role in the last 24 hours, in persuading Bernard to join the club
08:32

WOLVES SWOOP FOR CLUCAS

Midfielder Clucas saw his move to Burnley collapse over the weekend, and Wolves have moved quickly to try to bring him to Molineux.
A formal approach is expected later today.
08:30

BREAKING NEWS

Wolves are keen to sign midfielder Sam Clucas from Swansea before tomorrow’s deadline, SSN has been told.
08:28

COURTOIS > REAL DETAILS

It is understood Thibaut Courtois is currently in Belgium awaiting permission from Chelsea to fly to Madrid to undergo a medical.
Real have offered to loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic and pay £35m for the Belgium goalkeeper, but Chelsea are yet to accept the deal.
Courtois is keen to move back to Madrid, where he spent three years with Atletico, due to family reasons.
The 26-year-old, who has less than year remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, did not report back for training on Monday after being given extra time off following the World Cup.
08:26

BREAKING NEWS

Real Madrid are expecting Thibaut Courtois to arrive in Madrid on Thursday ahead of completing a move to the Bernabeu, according to Sky sources in Belgium.
08:11

HIBS CONFIRM AGYEPONG

Thomas Agyepong has joined Hibernian on a loan move from Manchester City.
The 21-year-old is now awaiting the completion of the necessary visa process before joining up with Neil Lennon’s squad.
The winger signed for Manchester City in 2015 from the Right to Dream Academy, spending his time since then on loan at Twente and then two seasons at NAC Breda.
08:03

PAPER TALK

  • Watford have made a £10m offer for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse (Daily Mail)
  • Everton are confident they can sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan if they are unable to complete a move for Yerry Mina (Daily Mirror)
  • Burnley have offered £10m for Abdoulaye Touré, the Nantes midfielder (The Times)
  • Fulham have offered £8m for Hugo Mallo, the Celta Vigo right-back (The Times)
07:52

THE BEST OF GREALISH

Spurs fans: here's what you'd be getting. The best of Jack Grealish from the Championship in the 2017/18 season.
07:44

ATLETI SIGN KALINIC

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan.
The 30-year-old, who made 42 appearances for AC Milan last season - scoring six goals - completed his medical in Italy on Tuesday.
Sky Italy report the deal is in the region of €15m (£13.5m) including bonuses.
07:30

'SPURS A GOOD FIT FOR GREALISH'

Moving to Tottenham is perfect for Jack Grealish, says the panel on The Debate show.
07:27

FEKIR LATEST

Nabil Fekir was left out of the Lyon's squad to face Chelsea last night admid reports of a move to Stamford Bridge.
He did come close to signing for Liverpool this window and Lyon Manager Bruno Genesio can't rule out a late move.
"It's too early to say. He wanted to leave at the end of last season, but came back to training yesterday and was happy.
"Who knows? There may be opportunities that come up before the end of the window. For now, he is a Lyon player."
07:18

MORNING WHISPERS

The latest from our friends at Football Whispers this Wednesday morning...
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07:13

SARRI: NO HAZARD ISSUE

Maurizio Sarri has hinted Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea after he held positive talks with the Belgian.
Hazard had been the subject of interest from Real Madrid this summer but Sarri confirmed he has had talks with Belgium star the attacker more than once, suggesting the 'problem' surrounding his future has been resolved.
Sarri said: "I don't see a problem in this moment. I have spoken with Eden two or three times in the last two days.
"He has spoken of everything. I think this problem - the Hazard problem - is not present now."
06:59

POGBA: THE REPORTS

There are plenty of newspaper reports surrounding Manchester United the day before the window shuts, and the majority of them concern Paul Pogba.
It would be the biggest shock of the window if he was to leave... but the clock is ticking.
  • Pogba wants a £200,000-a-week pay rise to stay at the club, according to The Sun.
  • Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Pogba has told United team-mates he wants to leave and has already agreed a £350,000-a-week contract with Barcelona.
  • The Daily Star say United are furious with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola for trying to engineer a move to Barcelona for the France star.
  • Sky in Italy say United have rejected an offer for Pogba from Barcelona of £45m plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.
  • But United apparently have no desire to part with Pogba, who has just returned to training after winning the World Cup with France.
06:47

ROONEY: UTD NEED TWO SIGNINGS

Wayne Rooney hopes Manchester United can mount a Premier League challenge against Manchester City but admitted they need two more signings to do so.
"I hope someone can catch them - it would be nice, so hopefully Manchester United can. I think maybe another signing or two.
"I am sure Jose [Mourinho] has been getting the team right. I know there has been a lot of talk about pre-season in the press but I am sure behind the scenes, Jose has been giving them the right amount of work."
06:35

'BOLT WON'T GET SPECIAL TREATMENT'

Central Coast Mariners coach Mick Mulvey says Usain Bolt will be treated as any other player when he joins the Australian A-League club this month on an "indefinite" trial.
Mulvey will make the final decision over whether Bolt is offered a contract as the Jamaican sprinting great pursues his long-held dream of playing professional football.
"If it was up to him he'd be coming in without any hoopla but that's impossible for a person of his stature. I'm really happy and really looking forward to having him train with the club.
"I'm sure when he arrives he'll give a good account for himself and we'll see what happens from there. If it works, he will be offered a contract."
06:22

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06:09

KLOPP: NO IDEA ON TRANSFERS

Jurgen Klopp says he's excited about the transfer window but has 'no idea' if there will be any further signings at Liverpool.
06:03

TRANSFER HEADLINES

06:00

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