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Football Specials Markets

The range of special markets on bookmaker websites continue to grow as punters find more ways of getting involved. These markets have developed massively over the last few years and the bookies are always looking for new ways to develop their websites with cutting edge selections that excite their customers.

These special markets are so enticing to football punters that they can even appear as being more favourable to traditional means of betting. Some websites cover all the specials on offer from the country’s top bookmakers. Oddschanger fall into this category with their own Oddschanger Football Specials page devoted entirely to these transfer specials, price boosts, enhanced accumulators and everything in between.

Frequently appearing specials on bookie websites:

Enhanced Accumulators and Price Boosts
Working as the go-to special market on all major sports betting websites, enhanced prices on a specific team or a handful of teams to win in their games appear almost daily.

Most of these sorts of bets come without the ability to cash out but that doesn’t make them any less desirable, as punters love to see a bet they would have backed anyway, but at superior odds. It’s also something that bookmakers will battle over for the best enhancement, resulting with an even better price for you to get behind.

Manager & Transfer Markets
Predicting the outcome of managerial moves or player transfers can be thrilling to some punters and they always have a novelty feel, as the chances of these bets coming into fruition can be extremely slim. Markets on clubs, players and managers are open throughout the season, as well as when there’s no football on at all, and they’re an interesting way of spicing up a lack of activity in the sport.

Whether it’s based on reasoning behind historical circumstances or someone who’s supposedly ‘in the know’ on social media, backing a player to move to a specific team or a manager to take charge of a specific club can be very exciting, so it’s no question why so many bookmakers offer these markets.

Facts & Figures Betting
Surely the newest of additions to the Oddschanger Football Specials page, backing facts and figures has become the next big thing in betting and it’s helped by the many variations of it. Not only can you get behind statistics like a team to win the league, finish in the top half, bottom half, or find themselves relegated, but you can also add in such things as a player to be crowned as top scorer in a given division.

Bets inside the facts and figures category also include actual statistics like we see in the gradually growing pre-match markets consisting of specific players to achieve a number of shots on target, shots in general, fouls or successful tackles. As a special market, these consist of players to score a certain number of goals throughout their career or push into their national team, and they’re growing in popularity

Fabregas wants to prove critics wrong

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has vowed to prove critics wrong and to show them that he can still play at the highest level. The player has been under pressure in recent games for his failure to impose himself at the heart of the Chelsea midfield, and many fans and pundits have called for the player to be dropped from the first team.

Indeed with Drinkwater returning to form after being out with an injury, some pundits are calling for Antonio Conte to drop Cesc Fabregas from the team and play a central pairing of Drinkwater and Kante at the heart of midfield. Continue Reading

The sacking of Ronald Koeman and struggles of Everton

Everton have gone from finishing 7th in the English Premier League to falling into the relegation zone. With their head coach Ronald Koeman sacked on October 23 after losing 5-2 against Arsenal, they will struggke to make it into the top half of the table again this year.

Rumours and reports are being spread around in relation to which manager is going to be selected as the new coach of Everton. Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce are some of the favorites of taking up the hot seat. Other names that have been popping up but aren’t considered to be as favorites includes the former manager of Borussia Dortmund Thomas Tuchel and the more well-known Carlo Ancelotti. Continue Reading

Baines confident over Everton turnaround

Everton defender Leighton Baines is confident that the Toffees can overturn their poor run of form in the upcoming set of fixtures. The Merseyside outfit are currently placed just above the drop in 16th spot, but Baines believes his side have the experience to recover from their early stumble.

Speaking on the club’s official website, the England international insisted that his side could still have a good season as they have the right players and manager to turn things around, he said: “There are always times in a season when you have a sticky patch. We had one last year – we started well but then we could not win for a while. I think the season overall was still viewed as a good season. And there is still so much football to play, there is no reason why this cannot be a good season. We are a good side, we have a good manager. All of the players will have been through this type of thing many times before in different periods of their careers and under different managers.” Continue Reading

Who to Watch at Russia 2018

All the group stages qualifying matches for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup have concluded and some national sides have managed to earn their ticket for the approaching competition while others have not been able to gain enough points to actually qualify and compete at the approaching international competition. Fans who regularly watch the Netherlands matches on https://www.voetballivestream.tv will be disappointed to see that their side is the highest-ranked team NOT going to Russia, leaving players such as Arjen Robben thinking about their international future.

The adventure and challenge of actually qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World has been an extremely difficult one for certain players but for others it has been an easy ride. Whilst Brazil qualified way back in March, fans of the European Finalists Italy had a few frustrating nights watching their national side play on socagol, with the team losing to Spain, and now set for a tricky play-off tie against Sweden to get through to the World Cup.

The big players are already on the plane there though… Continue Reading

Toure Believes in City

Yaya Toure is excited about the new season and believes that he can be useful for the team. Indeed there was a time last season where he was frozen by Pep Guardiola, and he has since they make a wonderful comeback, with his performances was good that he was given a new contract with Manchester City, when it looked at one point that he’d never play again!

Yaya Toure said that he is excited to be part of the team and that he believes that the team can challenge for the title next season. He said that it has been a learning season for Pep Guardiola last campaign and that he believes that this time he will be able to help the team challenge for the title. Continue Reading

Manchester City: Struggling but on the Verge of European Success?

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City honeymoon has been over for quite some time. The Blues won their first ten matches in all competitions under the Spaniard but City have struggled to inspire confidence throughout the majority of the season. In fact, Guardiola’s men have won just one of their last four top-flight fixtures and the title is slowly but surely slipping out of reach.

City have slipped out of the top four in recent weeks and it would be fair to state that all is NOT fine and dandy at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola is under intense pressure to deliver unprecedented levels of success and the Pep project hasn’t worked just yet. City’s usually aggressive offence have been profligate in front of goal – netting 43 times this season; only the fifth-highest tally in the division. Continue Reading

Gerrard welcome at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that Steven Gerrard will always be welcome at Anfield now and in the future. He said that a player of his reputation is an incredible asset for a team like Liverpool and that he will always be a hero in Liverpool.

The former Liverpool manager who is currently playing with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy has always stated that he wants to return to Liverpool at the end of his career. The player whose contract will expire at the end of the season has yet to decide on what he wants to do next.

Jurgen Klopp said that there would be no problem if the midfielder wants to return to the club and he will think of a possible job to give him. He stated that he has a good relationship with Gerrard and that it will be a great thing for the club to have him back at Anfield. Continue Reading

Who Will be Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer?

As we approach the last 8 of this year’s European Championships, a number of players remain in with a chance of landing the Golden Boot. So who are the men most likely to finish as the tournament’s top goal scorer?

The outsiders

Arkadiusz Milik
A player that like his countryman Roberto Lewandowski, could be a household name post-Euro 2016. Milik opened up his account with the opening goal against Northern Ireland, and showcased why it will be him – and not Lewandowski – who will score the goals for his country. The Bayern Munich striker played more of a reduced role, creating space and offering up the running for Milik to centre stage. Milik showed his instincts in and around the area meanwhile, just like he did for Ajax this past season where he scored 24 goals in 42 games last term. His total for the Dutch side is now 47 in just 75 games both domestically and in European competition – an outstanding scoring rate for a player adept with both his feet and head. With games to come against a shaky German backline – who Milik already breached during qualifying – and a weak Ukraine there could be more goals to come from one of Europe’s most sought after strikers.

Graziano Pellè
The Southampton striker’s inclusion in the Italy squad was to the dismay of many back in his native country, but he could be set to play a key role for Antonio Conte’s team. Pellè is the man positioned to lead Italy’s attacking line, and with Conte’s men setup to counter and be clinical, it will be down to the 30-year-old to take those chances. He’s shown at Southampton he’s capable of it, just like he did prior in Holland. What’s more, if this is a low scoring tournament he could be someone to take advantage by scoring key, timely goals and sneaking above bigger names in the competition. His physicality, and tendency to get on the end of crosses, makes him a real threat. He also showed against Belgium he remains aware throughout the game, as he buried a chance that came his way with a superb volley at the death.

The obvious choices

Thomas Muller
When it comes to the big stage, few gobble it up more than Thomas Muller. With one Golden Boot from a World Cup to his name, and a Silver one for good measure, the German must now turn his attention to the smaller matter of the European Championship. It will surely be only a matter of time before the Bayern Munich man is off the mark, and as the true striker in the German squad opportunities will come his way to lead the line. More so, he is backed by an outstanding creative cast lead by none other than the assist king himself, Mesut Ozil. A haul of 20 goals in the Bundesliga this term shows he’s still fierce in attack, and it will be no surprise should he continue his incredible exploits for Germany.

Olivier Giroud
Like Thomas Muller, the French striker is backed by a brilliant supporting cast of creative players. If Antoine Griezmann or Paul Pogba doesn’t have a good day, Dimitri Payet will be waiting in the wings to supply the Arsenal man. Giroud’s capable of scoring in a variety of manners but he’s best when prowling in the area, looking to get on the end of a cross or ready to pounce on a loose ball in the box. He may not be entirely convincing as a striker but Giroud has an incredible knack of bagging goals as and when required. While Karim Benzema sits at home, it will be Giroud who leads the French line on home turf.

Cristiano Ronaldo
It’s time for Cristiano Ronaldo to finally deliver on the International stage, and backed by perhaps the best Portugal team he’s played with, there may be no better time. After his penalty heroics for Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Cristiano now turns his attention to Euro 2016. The hunger and drive in Cristiano is always there, but now he seems hell-bent more than ever on delivering success for Portugal. He will be leading the line given his formation into a striker of sorts, and also the lack of out and out forward players the Portuguese possess. Expect Cristiano to hunt chances down in the penalty area and look to latch onto crosses, and look for him to still pick up the ball in that trademark wide berth and drive infield.

Bilic expects contract extension

Slaven Bilic is the head coach of West Ham United, having taken charge of the Premier League club on June 9 of 2015, and he already wants a contract extension!

The Croatian manager has done a superb job as he has guided West Ham United to 19 victories, 16 draws and 10 defeats which has positioned the club to the top 8 spots of the English League and they even have a realistic chance of securing a Europa League spot which can allow the team to compete in the Europa League competition for the next season.

West Ham United also managed to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup which is also fairly impressive, although they were eliminated from the English competition after losing against Crystal Palace but nonetheless, it still has been a fairly memorable opening campaign for Slaven Bilic who has a contract with the Premier League club until 2018 but is already being rumored on extending his deal even further.

The 47 year old coach is rumoured to be rewarded for his impressive debut season with a new deal and according to the Club join-chairman David Sullivan stated that Slaven Billic will indeed have a contract renewal on January of 2017.

The new contract will apparently feature a new clause that will stop Slaven Bilic from having any involvement with the various commercal websites he currently manages, including the Pokies Palace guide to finding the best pokies, with Sullivan wanting him to give West Ham his full concentration.

David Sullivan said: “I will give Slaven a new deal in January. I just want to see that he is not a one-season wonder. I’m sure he is not, but we will talk next January or at the end of next season. I have to tell you that he is interested in the project, not money. He stayed at Croatia on £2,000 a week for five years when he would have had bundles of offers. He is not really into money. He is more interested in getting the best players for the club than the best money for himself.”

With less than 7 league matches remaining, Slaven Bilic is now focusing on adding as many points as possible and try to secure a Europa League spot but even if West Ham United is not able to do it, it seems like Bilic has already earned the trust from the head officials of the club who have already confirmed their intentions to extend the contract of the Croatian manager.