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Mark Hughes has been busy in the transfer window this summer, with the riches inherited by Queens Park Rangers from owner, Tony Fernandes, but the 48-year-old gaffer does not have what it takes to inspire the Hoops.
Ji-Sung Park, who signed for Rangers from Manchester United for just £2million, has four Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and a Champions League winners medal to his name.
The additions of Rob Green between the sticks, Andrew Johnson, and Junior Hoilett up front, Ryan Nelsen in defence, and Fabio de Silva on loan, demonstrates serious intent from the Londoners.
Bobby Zamora and Djbril Cisse remain on the books, having been brought in last January for a combined £10million, while Samba Diakite has made his loan move permanent.
For a club that finished one point above the drop, they are accumulating big, big names.
The problem for QPR is that the man holding the reigns has not won the fans over and divides the players and media.
‘Mistreated’ at Manchester City, ‘arrogant’ at Fulham, ‘uninspiring’ at Blackburn; the Hughes story is one misfortune to another.
Yet, however you interpret his previous jobs, the former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder is not a man that players and fans warm to.
His dour demeanour and siege mentally, Hughes may be perceived as an antidote to the preying media and negative Premier League news, but it does little for his sides’ moral.
Last season, when Fulham fans chanted “Mark Hughes lacks ambition”, as their side came away from Loftus Road with three points, the taunts rang all too true.
Rangers have assembled a squad that should finish way higher than 17th, but, while Hughes remains at Loftus Road, the club will only move sideways, and not upwards.
Check out the latest on the other relegation candidates on the Bet Victor website, or take the plunge with a West Ham bet.
Kevin de Bruyne has made it clear that he is looking forward to making an impact in the Chelsea first-team, after linking up with his new teammates, following his arrival from Genk.
The Belgian midfielder signed for Chelsea last January, but was immediately loaned back to Genk for the remainder of the season, much to the chagrin of fans who like to bet on soccer games.
This year, the 21-year old is expected to be a part of Roberto Di Matteo’s first team plans; although, the battle for places in the Chelsea midfield will make it a tough ask for de Bruyne to establish himself as a regular starter.
Fellow Belgian, Eden Hazard, is also a new arrival at Stamford Bridge, and de Bruyne is looking forward to linking up with the striker for their new side. The two compatriots will also play a role in helping each other settle into their new surroundings.
“I know a couple of people here already, so it’s quite good for integration. I don’t see there being any problems,” de Bruyne said.
“I know Eden [Hazard] very well, and for a long time. I played with him for the national team. We are the same age, so we played together when we were 18, 19.
“Since I have been here for pre-season, everything is fine; the club has taken very good care of me and has organised everything perfectly to make it easy,” added the attacking playmaker.
It will be interesting to see the look of the side that starts the season under Di Matteo.
The Italian will be freer than he was last year to stamp his authority over the squad, possibly giving younger players, like de Bruyne, the chance to impress and cement their place in his plans.
Chelsea are third favourite to win the Premier League, next year, according to the soccer betting tips on Bet365.
I got 7 out of 10 right last week and I think I’ll find it hard to match or beat that with this weeks fixtures. Here goes:
As always, I only do this for the fun as I’m more interested in the Premier League than any other division. If you look over my previous posts you’ll see that I rarely follow up with a bet. Hopefully next month there might be a bit more action taken on my predictions/tips (I’ll be posting on this at the beginning of September). If you think I’m way of the mark with any of my selections, don’t be afraid to let me know with a comment!
Here’s my predictions for this weekend’s games:
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So far I have 6/10 in last weekend’s games and 3/6 in the midweek fixtures. I’d like to improve on this, so let’s see how I go this time. If you have any thoughts on my tips, please feel free to drop me a comment.
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Here’s a sneak preview at my squad:
I’ve tried to pick a strong forward line and 15 players that I think should play every week and hopefully sneak the odd goal.
Since it’s the first week of the new season I’ve decided to have a bit of fun and have a go at predicting the outcomes of the games. I checkedand the odds for my predictions are a massive 2800/1, which probably doesn’t even reflect the chances of them happening However, If you’re backing multiples on betfair you can only have 8 selections on one coupon so you can’r actually back all 10 Premier League games. The minimum bet for multiples is also €2 so there’s no way I chance that amount of my kitty on this kind of bet. If I could place a smaller bet I’d definitely put my money where my mouth is for the fun of it! Here’s my tips:
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