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Manchester United will finish in top 4

Manchester United finished off the podium for the first time since 1991 under David Moyes last season but a good summer of spending and they will be competing for UEFA Champions League football again this season.

The Red Devils have already been successful in their pursuit of Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. There biggest signing however has been manager Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United are now down to 6.6 third favourites to win the Premier League this season following their manager’s performances during the World Cup. They are 1.58 to finish in the top four with Betfair which suggests a general sense of confidence in the record English champions after a dismal 2013-14.

Dutch coach van Gaal has a track record of success – the four previous clubs he has been at he has won the league.

His first job came at Ajax in the early 1990s where he guided them to three league titles, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup during his six years in charge. The Dutch club have not won another European honour since his departure in 1997.

Louis van Gaal’s time at Ajax saw him bring through the likes of future Dutch stars Edgar Davids, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert, Michael Reiziger, Clarence Seedorf and Edwin van der Sar from the youth academy.

Success at Ajax got Louis van Gaal the Barcelona job in 1997, taking over from Sir Bobby Robson. His time at Camp Nou was successful too – winning the league title in two of his three seasons, before leaving at the end of the 1999-2000 season after losing out on the league title to Deportivo de La Coruña.

This Barcelona team included the likes of Rivaldo, Winston Bogade, Michael Reiziger, Robert Prosinecki, Kluivert, the de Boers, Phillip Cocu and Jari Litmanen.

His first spell in charge of the Netherlands followed, but it would be a disastrous one. They failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea – the last time the Oranje have not qualified for a major tournament.

Barcelona would offer him a second spell following a stint in charge of the national team, but this time it was very unsuccessful. The Spanish giants were 15th when van Gaal departed in 2003.

After a short stint at Ajax as technical director, up-and-coming AZ Alkmaar appointed Louis van Gaal as their head coach in the summer of 2005. After back-to-back runners-up spots in the Eredivisie and an 11th place finish in this third season, van Gaal’s AZ surprised the nation by winning the league for the first time in 28 years, 11 points ahead of Steve McClaren’s FC Twente and with the best defence in the league.

Bayern Munich came calling at that point, making him their first foreign manager since 1998. The German giants had finished runners-up to VfL Wolfsburg the previous season, but with signings that included Mario Gómez, Arjen Robben, Ivica Olić and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Bayern would win the league during the Dutch head coach’s first season in charge.

They also reached the UEFA Champions League final that season, losing to José Mourinho’s Internazionale in the final. The following season was one big hangover for the club – a third place finish and van Gaal out of work.

The Netherlands offered van Gaal a second chance in the summer of 2012 after they’d lost all three games under Bert van Marwijk.

In two years, van Gaal put together a young squad with experienced players going forward – Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. They thrashed Spain 5-1 to open their 2014 World Cup, before beating Australia, Chile and Mexico to reach the quarter-finals. They did everything but score versus Costa Rica in their quarter-final penalty shootout win but were undone by Argentina in the semi-finals as they only mustered one attempt on target in two ours.

The country came back home in third place to a hero’s welcome. Louis van Gaal had already agreed to join Manchester United before the tournament.

What we saw from the Netherlands during this summer’s World Cup were a number of different formations and players playing in different formations under van Gaal. His flexible approach suggests that if he has the right players at Old Trafford, he’ll be capable of great things.

Manchester United have been linked to a number of stars and one would think signing a couple of them will put van Gaal in a great position to get back into the top four and Champions League football the following season.

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Until fairly recently, there was no such thing as a free slot machine and the only place you could play the slots was in a casino or amusement arcade. Most people have played a this game at some time or other in their lives and it is great fun. Since their invention, the machines and games have become much more sophisticated.

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The traditional game is played by putting a coin into the machine through the “slot”. The machine has three reels or more, which the player then operates by pulling the lever down and releasing. This causes the reels to spin independently and the name of the game is to get the symbols on each reel to match. The symbols can have various images, such as diamonds, bells or hearts. Other slot machines have a video screen, which is activated by a touch screen rather than a lever.

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That’s the good side of the free slots games. The downside is that there are absolutely no prizes to be won. You play purely for the fun and not for any reward. You can play online or download the game to your computer, laptop or Smart device if you want to be able to play offline.

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The websites are bright and colorful with enticing graphics, designed to attract you to each game and with the ultimate aim of taking money from you. You will have to be strong willed not to be tempted by the lure of big prize money, which can be many thousands of dollars. The sites also try to tempt you into joining by offering a welcome bonus of up to $600 or more.

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Football Star arrested in Atlantic City Casino

Baltimore Ravens star running back Rice has arrested by the police after an incident inside an Atlantic City, N.J., casino in the weekend.

The Baltimore Sun has confirmed that the 27-year-old Ray Rice was arrested by the police of Atlantic City. The authorities had charged on him that, he was supposedly involved in a “very minor physical argument” at the Revel Casino on the boardwalk, lawyer Andrew Alperstein told Fenton. Rice’s fiancée was also booked in correlation with the incident, but it’s indistinct what role she had in the suspected altercation.

Chad Steele, the director of public relations of Ravens, had little information to add to the statement, but he recognized that the team has been in speaking with Rice since the arrest.

Although Rice and his layers emerge confident that the substantiation will sustain a case in their favor, it remains to be seen how the whole thing will play out. The good reports for Rice and the Ravens is that the NFL offseason is still young, allowing the three-time Professional Bowler some time to sort out the problem before organized team actions and training camp appear in the spring.

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Betting on Southampton’s Home Grown Football Players

For many English football fans, seeing Southampton third in the league as Christmas approaches is rather strange. Just under three years ago, Southampton was a club that was playing third-tier football and yet in that relatively short span of time they have managed to not only win promotion twice but also now ascend to the highest ranks of the English Premier League.

Along the way, the upsets that the football club has caused have left many bettors stunned, while the lucky few who took a risk and bet on Southampton’s team of home grown football players, just like the club has done, are reaping the rewards of doing so.

A Tradition of Growing Talent

Make no mistake, this is hardly the first time that Southampton has produced world class talent though the current crop consisting of players like Adam Lallana, James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Mat Targett and John Turnbull are definitely some of the best that have come through their halls.

Recently Rickie Lambert praised the young talent in the squad, and went so far as to say that Southampton’s approach is proof that paying attention to talent production pays off. In recent years, many bigger clubs have seen few players come through their own ranks, making what Southampton has achieved contrast all the more.

Whether or not Southampton can continue to keep up their form as the league approaches its second half is uncertain, but what is a safe bet is that many football bettors will be placing their wagers on the upstart club. Although the odds aren’t as good as when Southampton first started surprising the bookmakers with their upsets, most of the available odds still allow for a solid bet on a club that is performing amazingly well at the moment.

 
 

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