Juventus welcome Allegri extension

Italian champions Juventus expect to maintain their run of success after agreeing a new three-year contract with head coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The 49-year-old has been in charge in Turin since the summer of 2014, having guided AC Milan to Lo Scudetto in 2011.

Since his arrival at Juve, Allegri has led them to three consecutive domestic doubles, while his side have also reached the Champions League final in two of the last three seasons – being beaten by Barcelona and Real Madrid.

A club statement read: "This agreement extends a working relationship that has seen the Bianconeri consolidate their position as Italy's top team and also evolve into one of European football's major forces.

"Since Allegri being appointed manager in the summer of 2014, the Bianconeri have won three Serie A titles, three Coppa Italia trophies and one Italian Super Cup.

"Despite defeat in last weekend's Champions League final in Cardiff, Allegri has undeniably transformed the club into a significant player on the continent. Two UCL finals in three years and fifth place in the UEFA rankings are clear testament to this."

Juve are available at  to win Serie A for a seventh straight season in 2017/18, with Roma priced at  and Napoli .

Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti is set to take charge at Inter Milan following his exit from Roma, while former Nerazzurri coach Stefano Pioli has taken the helm at Fiorentina.

Pioli, a former La Viola, player, has penned a two-year deal in Florence and is excited by the opportunity at hand.

He told reporters: "I hope my Viola adventure lasts for a long time – it has always been my wish to coach Fiorentina. They are the only club I wanted in Italy, otherwise I would've gone abroad."

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Hughton welcomes Sidwell stay

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton expects midfielder Steve Sidwell to have a big influence for the Seagulls in the Premier League next season.

The 34-year-old has penned a new one-year contract with the newly-promoted outfit, having joined Albion, initially on loan, from Stoke City in January 2016.

He has previously played in the English top-flight with Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Fulham, having started his career as a youngster with Arsenal.

Last season he made 34 league appearances as Brighton secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time and head coach Hughton is glad to have Sidwell on board for the challenge ahead.

He told the club's official website: "Steve has been a key member of the squad over the past 18 months. He thoroughly deserves this new deal and I am delighted that he is extending his stay at the club.

"Our fans know his qualities well and his experience, particularly at Premier League level, will be important for us. He is an excellent pro and that experience will be vital for us next season."

Meanwhile, Albion are reported to have lost out in their efforts to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan for next season, with the 19-year-old having scored 23 Championship goals for Bristol City last season.

However, the Seagulls are thought to have decent prospects of landing Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu from Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad.

The 25-year-old is rumoured to also be of interest to West Ham.

Brighton are priced at 6/5 to be relegated next season, with the Hammers available at 9/1 and Watford 6/4.

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Blood, Guts, Football Bets and a fearsome Haggis!

Scotland vs England

Scotland need the home crowd to be their 12th man when the English cross the border on Sunday in a crucial World Cup qualifying battle.

The passionate Scots will raise the roof at the grand old Hampden Park in one of the football games they look forward to more than any other as they ‘welcome’ the Auld Enemy.

And for England, there’s a possibility to slip up against a supposedly weaker opposition.

Make no mistake; the Scots will do everything they can to upset betting odds and give the Sassenachs a bloody nose. They’ll be looking for revenge after suffering a 3-0 drubbing at Wembley earlier in the campaign. But at odds of 4.80 for a win, they’ll need a slice of luck. England are at 1.73, the draw at 3.40, and if you fancy a tight game, Under 2.25 goals is available at 1.80.

Celtic’s Scott Brown must be brave and skipper his side to a performance full of guts and endeavour, and no little skill, to nullify the threat of Spurs’ Harry Kane and his highly-paid team-mates.England top Group F with a four-point cushion and victory in Scotland will preserve that advantage. Scotland won for the first time in five, when Chris Martin netted an 88

England top Group F with a four-point cushion and victory in Scotland will preserve that advantage. Scotland won for the first time in five, when Chris Martin netted an 88th-minute winner against Slovenia, to keep their hopes of making a major finals for the first time in 20 years alive.

This will be a great game for the neutrals, and if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, don’t forget to try the Scottish delicacy the Haggis, it’s not only blood and guts!

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Batshuayi ponders Chelsea prospects

Striker Michy Batshuayi accepts that he might well have to leave Antonio Conte's Chelsea to ensure his place in the Belgium squad for the World Cup finals.

The 23-year-old frontman found first-team opportunities limited in his first season with the Blues, having joined them from Marseille for around £33million in the summer of 2016.

He did finish the campaign with four goals in three Premier League games, with his strike in the 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion clinching the title for the Londoners.

However, Batshuayi admits that he cannot afford to spend another campaign largely on the bench, especially with the World Cup finals in Russia 12 months away.

He told RMC Sport: "I'm going to finish with the national team and then I expect I'll have a few phone calls. I'll see with my agent and the club.

"I'm not the master of my destiny. Chelsea bought me, they can do what they want with me.

"Everyone knows that I have to play more, that I have to score goals. There's a World Cup coming up next year. I want to be ready for the World Cup.

"A loan? That's not up to me, that's up to Chelsea. They take the decisions, not me."

Batshuayi was forced to play second fiddle to Diego Costa last season, with the Blues now strongly linked with a big-money move to bring another Belgian, Romelu Lukaku, back to the club from Everton.

Meanwhile, Belgium currently top Group H in European qualifying for the World Cup, having claimed 13 points from a possible 15 from their opening five games.

The Belgians are 2/9 to top Group H, with the Red Devils 16/1 to win the World Cup and 7/1 to triumph at Euro 2020.

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Adam’s Free-scoring Poles Attract the Betting Tips

Poland vs Romania

Only a brave man will bet against Poland when Romania visit the National Stadium in Warsaw on Saturday for a crunch Europe World Cup Qualifiers Group E game.

Romania coach Christoph Daum has a real job on to convince his team it can beat the Poles, who top qualifying Group E with a six-point cushion, fired by the eight goals of star striker Robert Lewandowski.

Meanwhile, Adam Nawalka just wants more of the same from his team. Poland have won four of the last six football games and Asian Handicap betting odds pitch them at 1.53 to beat the Romanians, with 3.80 the draw and an unlikely away win at 6.80. Romania are without a win in four, having drawn twice 0-0 and earning a solitary win, a 5-0 thrashing of Armenia, albeit against ten men for almost the entire game.

That leaves Daum’s team in fourth place on six points, but with Poland so far ahead, the chasing pack is tight and qualification is not out of the question. They will try to keep it tight and maybe snatch another draw, but will have to do significantly better than in the return fixture, where Lewandowski grabbed a brace and Hull’s Kamil Grosicki scored in a 3-0 win. It was a feisty affair and at one point Lewandowski was felled by a flare thrown from the crowd.

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Expect more fireworks here. Bruges winger Dorin Rotariu can provide some creativity but it will be at the back where the visitors hope to frustrate. I expect Poland to have enough guile to break through at least once though, so for a correct score line, there will be interest in a 1-0 home win at 4.40 or 2-0 at 5.6.

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Davies targets promotion push

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has made the Hull City defender Curtis Davies his first signing of the summer.

The 32-year-old, who has played more than 460 matches during a career that has also included spells at Luton Town, West Brom, Aston Villa and Birmingham City, has agreed a two-year contract with the Rams.

"I believe, under this manager for a full season, the squad we've got is capable of promotion or at least the play-offs," said Davies.

"I believe that, at my age, people start thinking that you want to wind down and look for a bit of security but that is not the case with me. If I'd have wanted that, I would have stayed at Hull."

Derby finished ninth in the Championship in the 2016/17 season despite challenging for a promotion spot in the opening months of the campaign.

Rowett, who left Birmingham City midway through the season, was appointed in March following the sacking of Steve McClaren.

Davies was a regular in the Tigers side that was relegated from the Premier League just one year after securing promotion from the Championship.

Hull can be backed at 5/1 to be promoted from the Championship in the 2017/18 season while Derby are 4/1 to go up.

Butland keen to make his mark

Jack Butland has said that he is enjoying being in the England squad again after enduring a difficult season.

The Stoke City goalkeeper missed most of the 2016/17 campaign with a fractured ankle but impressed when he returned to action in the closing weeks of the season.

He hopes to be given the chance to shine when Gareth Southgate's team play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday or next week in the friendly international against France.

Butland, who has won four caps to date, sustained his ankle injury when he last represented his country in the friendly win against Germany in Berlin in March 2016.

He said: "Being out for so long makes you stronger.

"You reach your lowest point. There are times when you don't know if you are going to play again, when the next operation or injection might be.

"I feel like I've pretty much experienced everything I can in football.

"It's been a long time and to get the Three Lions back on my chest after some difficult times is really good, so I'm just thoroughly enjoying being back and looking forward to the week ahead."

England are 9/2 to beat Scotland 1-0 on Saturday and 10/11 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter. Meanwhile, Southgate's team are available at 18/1 to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Mexico promise magic to their delighted fans

Mexico vs Honduras

The World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers are in their midway point, and every North American nation is scrambling through football games to secure a ticket to Russia. Well, Mexico aren’t probably stressed at all as they prepare to face Honduras.

They are the CONCACAF juggernauts and regular favourites, with betting odds of -1.50 @ 1.92 pegging them as the natural victors. Juan Osorio’s opponents have a lot of work to do if they wish to stop his men.

El Tri boast players that have made a name for themselves in Europe, attracting football betting fans into their camp. Chicharito is the most recognised player on their squad, but they have other players who made their mark in Europe. Gabriel Ochoa is one of the few bright spots in Granada’s doomed campaign, while Miguel Layun and Hector Herrera got comfortable in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

Los Catrachos are currently struggling to get back to their third consecutive World Cup, but former Wigan man and captain Maynor Figueroa is hopeful of their chances of making it again. He is confident that their experience will help them spur a favourable result against Mexico and start a surge to automatic qualification.

Figueroa needs to see a motivated game from his team-mates if he wants to make his words a reality. Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre, Houston Dynamo mainstay Boniek Garcia, Donis Salatiel, Jorge Claros, and Romell Quioto need to play top football in order to beat the Mexicans.

This game is a tough mountain Honduras fans will have to endure for 90 minutes, but Mexico’s supporters are looking forward to a show. They’re eager to see how their stars will impress and play their way to another win.

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A thrilling South American friendly is coming your way!

Peru vs Paraguay

This battle might just be a friendly, but with both teams tied on points in the South America World Cup Qualifiers, don’t expect them to hold back in what could be a thriller for online betting.

Of course the primary objectives for Peru and Paraguay are to keep their players fit for the qualifying football games in August and look for other ways to improve; however, the two teams know how important it is to get a win against a fierce competitor with the same goal.

The Peruvians are the pre-match favourites to win – with betting odds tipping them on 1X2 @ 1.83 while the Paraguayans are at 4.10 – and for a good reason.

Not only have they beaten Paraguay in their past four meetings, including a 4-1 drubbing last year, but they are also coming on the back of a two-match unbeaten run which saw them take down Luis Suarez and Co in the qualifiers 2-1.

To add more to their confidence, they recently climbed the FIFA rankings from 17th to 15th, leaping over the likes of Uruguay and Mexico.

La Albirroja, on the other hand, suffered a different fate as they have only won once in five in all competitions, having conceded eight goals in the last two.

Sure enough, this isn’t a good thing for the visitors as Peru boss Ricardo Gareca will have his lineup complete, including prolific strikers Edison Flores and Paolo Guerrero who are both capable of scoring freely against the weak Paraguayan defence.

Nevertheless, if there is any silver lining for manager Francisco “Chiqui” Arce and his men, it is the fact that they will be boosted by the return of Angel Romero, Jorge Moreira, Gatito Fernandez and Miguel Almiron.

The most significant addition for them, perhaps, is Almiron who has been on a tear in MLS recently. The 23-year-old attacker has scored five goals for Atlanta United in their last three, and he should be able to continue his scoring streak as he is likely to fill in for the absent Federico Santander.

Sure enough, both Gareca and Arce will do some experimenting on their lineups as what any coach would do in a friendly; though that certainly won’t lessen the competitiveness of this match expected to end with goals galore.

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