21 Sep
2020

Foxes keen on Cambiasso

first_img The Foxes are in negotiations with the 33-year-old former Real Madrid and Inter Milan player, who is a free agent after leaving the Italian giants at the end of last season. Manager Nigel Pearson had been hoping to keep any deal secret until an agreement could be reached but news of the potential signing was leaked last week to a national newspaper, much to Pearson’s annoyance. Leicester are trying to sign Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso ahead of their Barclays Premier League return against Everton. “I think it’s dangerous to set your targets too low,” he said. “It’s very difficult to have a definitive answer to what might constitute a successful season. “From a business point of view – and purely on a business level – survival would be an achievement. But, of course, I can’t preach that as that would be under-selling what we have the potential to do. “I feel we have a good squad with a good mix of experience and young players who, if they are brought through and nurtured in the right way and given time, will see us do very well in the Premier League. “Our biggest strength is our team and group ethic. Alone, that’s not enough, but we have a lot of quality in our side too. “But the Premier League and the Championship are very different. L ast season was a great success, but it’s in the past. We’re all very proud of what we achieved but it’s about moving on and being a success in the Premier League now. Jamie Vardy (thigh) and summer signing Marc Albrighton (groin) are likely to miss the visit of Everton but French winger Anthony Knockaert, who has been nursing an ankle problem, is expected to be fit. Pearson said: “Marc may not make the weekend but Anthony has trained fully. Jamie Vardy is unlikely to be available. It is frustrating when you pick up one or two knocks up in pre-season, we’ve been a bit unfortunate. “If one player misses someone else has got an opportunity. But however we shape up at the weekend we will be very capable.” But he insists a deal – which would be a major coup for the club – is still possible. “I don’t know about Cambiasso,” said Pearson. “I don’t take too much notice of the air waves. I’ve not denied our interest. It’s something we will continue to work at. “Whether deals can be done or not it will be based on a number of criteria. We’ll work really hard to do the deals. I can’t account for other circumstances intervening. “We have an interest yeah. But my view on talking on other people’s players [is] I don’t. I don’t have a track record of talking about speculation.” Leicester, back in the Premier League after a decade-long absence, begin their campaign against Everton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. The Foxes enjoyed a hugely successful campaign last season, in which they secured promotion with six matches to spare before clinching the Championship title with an away win at Bolton on April 22. It was the club’s first ever Football League title, achieved with 31 victories and 102 points – both club records. The Premier League is a very different animal but Pearson believes his squad is capable of thriving in the top flight. Press Associationlast_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

Rahul axed as India try Rohit as opener against South Africa

first_img… Shubman Gill gets his maiden Test call-upBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI,  India (Reuters) – India axed struggling opener KL Rahul and handed Rohit Sharma a chance to revive his stop-start Test career after selecting the limited-overs stalwart for next month’s three-match series against South Africa.Rahul has gone 12 Test innings without a 50-plus score and struggled in the recent tour of West Indies where India won both matches to top the World Test Championship table.Former captain Sourav Ganguly was among those who felt Rohit, who smashed a record five hundreds at the 50-overs World Cup in England and finished as the tournament’s top scorer, should partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order.“We want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in Tests,” chief selector MSK Prasad said after naming the 15-member squad.Prithvi Shaw would have been Agarwal’s automatic partner but the 19-year-old is currently serving a doping ban.The only player in the world with three double hundreds in one-day internationals, Rohit averages nearly 40 in Tests batting in the middle order.The 32-year-old has struggled to replicate his limited-overs heroics in the 27 Tests he has played so far and must reinvent himself as an opener in the long form as well.Punjab top order batsman Shubman Gill got his maiden Test call-up, while the selectors opted for two wicketkeepers in Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.Spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was preferred ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in both Tests in West Indies, has been retained in the squad, along with the off-spinner, with left-armer Kuldeep Yadav as the third slow bowling option.Virat Kohli and his team face South Africa in the first Test at Visakhapatnam from October 2. Pune and Ranchi host the other two matches.India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

Jacob Johns – Easyodds – Preparing for The Cheltenham Festival

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Jacob Johns, EasyoddsWith less than two weeks to go until the biggest horse racing meet of the year, we caught up with Jacob Johns, one of the leading horse racing tipsters at odds comparison site Easyodds, to find out more about his company’s preparation for The Festival and how he expects the bookmakers to respond after the ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’ in 2016.SBC: How have you prepared for the Cheltenham Festival?JJ: Cheltenham Festival is usually one of, if not the, busiest week for Easyodds in terms of users on site, so we give ourselves every chance to make a success of it as a business.We prepare an SEO and content plan months in advance with search terms decided upon our ante-post tips and Cheltenham Festival news pieces, and we strike deals with bookmakers to be a part of our Cheltenham Festival centre and exclusive app.We first created a stand-alone Cheltenham app last year – which received positive data results for the business and got a good review in the Racing Post on Sunday, which we were very proud of.This year we have been ahead of schedule with the release of the app; we are already seeing more users than we had last year and have even more content already, with more coming daily between now and the start of the Festival via myself and guest tipster Steven Power – the Racing Blogger.SBC: How are you hoping to stand out from the other odds comparison providers?JJ: As above, we have a bespoke and exclusive Cheltenham app, providing the usual Easyodds service of odds comparison, tips, free bets and offers, but for the Festival.It’s a one-stop-shop for your Cheltenham Festival needs. It’s an improved user experience which is making comparing the latest odds easier and faster than ever before for Festival punters.We also have a much larger social audience than ever, including our ever-growing presence on YouTube with myself and our editor Ross Casey making multiple Cheltenham videos in the weeks leading up to the Festival which are seeing great numbers already. These are available in-app and will continue to be produced in the lead-up to and throughout the Festival.Our successful two-part Cheltenham preview video with the enigmatic ‘Racing Blogger’ certainly saw our comments section blowing up. We are the punter’s pal and we aim to give our users value for money via our odds comparison, whilst also entertaining and informing them with our social media.SBC: Are there any betting trends or strategies that you expect to see this year?JJ: The favourites have dominated proceedings for the past couple of years, so I expect them to be hammered more than ever this year. Of course, with multiples becoming more and more popular we should expect to see short priced favourites being lined up in Lucky 15’s throughout the Festival as well.Also, everyone wants to get their Festival off to a flyer so they will be latching onto something on day one to make their week. Usually the ‘Willie Mullins multiple’ is the obvious place to start but it seems unlikely this year. If Charli Parcs goes for the Supreme, I think we could get a lot of punters latching onto the Charli Parcs – Altior – Buveur D’air Nicky Henderson treble instead.SBC: Do you expect to see more conservative pricing after last year’s ‘Worst Ever Cheltenham’?JJ: In all honesty, I don’t. This is the biggest horse racing meeting by a long distance and the bookies are just going to be interested in getting new punters depositing.We’ve already seen some crazy new customer offers from the newer bookies to get their foot in the door, such as Bet On Brazil, and I fully expect many of the short-priced favourites to be bigger on the day, with the players piling in. So, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be the opposite!last_img read more

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