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Manchester United will be coming into the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Chelsea feeling confident of progressing into the semifinals. They come into the match after having seen off Sunderland in the league, while their opposition suffered a 2-1 defeat against Southampton. Due to the very less recovery time between the two matches, both managers are expected to make significant changes to the starting line-up. Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez did not use most of his high profile players like Eden Hazard and Juan Mata from the start at Southampton.
There are expected to play a big role against United, while Fernando Torres could be rested in favour of Demba Ba. United will consider themselves extremely lucky to still be in this competition after having lost a two-goal advantage at Old Trafford. Chelsea almost scored the third and winning goal in the final few min of the match after staging a great comeback in the second half. United would have lost the encounter a been for the excellent save from David de Gea.
As a result of the home advantage, Chelsea are the favourites amongst many bookmakers to progress into the semifinals. They are rated at 6/4 amongst several popular bookmakers. The odds of this game going into extra time are at 5/2.
“Monday is a big game against a very good side but we showed in Old Trafford we could do it, and we will try to. United are top of the table and we were better than them in the first game. We can compete. When you play two games in three days it is not easy, and we are doing well for the situation we have. United have a very strong squad. To play two games a week for four months is not easy to keep the team at the same level the whole time,” said Benitez.
If you really want to increase your success at sports betting, then you need to be prepared to learn something about statistics, and even worse, Bayesian statistics, but don’t worry too much as it is not quite as bad as it sounds. Here we will look at how it applies to spread betting.
The objective of spread betting is to predict as closely as possible what the final spread will be. Of course you will never know for sure, but if the game was played over again many thousands of times, then you would be able to assign a probability distribution to the spread with a mean say of -4 and a standard deviation of 7. If the bookmaker’s spread was -2, then using the binomial distribution you could calculate the area under the curve and end up with a result of around 70%, which means that you would beat the spread 7 times out of 10. The problem of course is that you would never have that data to make the prediction.
The former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has been recalled to the Brazilian national team by the new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has praised the 32-year-old by saying that he still remains as one of the best in the world. Ronaldinho is best known for his spell with Barcelona during which time he managed to become the best player in the world. Even though several problems in his personal life and lack of fitness has reduced his impact, the player still remains as one to fear according to Scolari. He has also named the Santos striker Neymar in the same bracket as Ronaldinho.
Scolari recently named the squad for the upcoming friendly match with England. He has included the attacking midfielder Ronaldinho in the squad for the first time after many years. Since his spell with Barcelona, Ronaldinho has never been the same player. He had spells with the Italian club AC Milan and the Brazilian club Flamengo, but none were as successful. However, he has shown flashes of his brilliance once again with the current club Atlético Mineiro. This has led to the call-up to the national team, for whom he has made 94 appearances over the years. Ronaldinho has also scored 33 goals in these matches.
“I want what everyone else wants, which is that they play the football they are capable of playing. Few can play the game better than them. I also want good behavior. I want them to be responsible, regardless of their age. We have placed our bets on a World Cup win and that is what we are working towards. The supporters are right to demand it. I always like to have a stronger type of player in the penalty area,” said Scolari after naming the squad. Scolari won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002.