Kane To Notch A Brace Leads Betting At 9/2

Leicester could move into the top half of the table with victory over Spurs at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night. Spurs, meanwhile, are cosy in second place with their pursuit of Chelsea fading into irrelevance as their chase of the Foxes did last season.

Having waved an emotional goodbye to White Hart Lane at the weekend, Spurs must return to normality for this fixture. Victory over Manchester United was efficient, but the news that Danny Rose is ruled out until at least the start of next season is a blow and talk of Kyle Walker leaving the club this summer is growing.

Leicester fought and were unfortunate to succumb to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend. The 2015/16 champions have suffered with injuries of late and could be without Andy King, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan as well as Nampalys Mendy and Danny Drinkwater.

This is a clash of two teams with the form book in their favour. Spurs have only failed to win once in their last 11 Premier League outings, while Leicester have won their last five at the King Power and will be particularly keen to finish a tough season strongly. Spurs are still marginally odds on at 17/20, however, and possess the league’s best defensive record. Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites to win to nil is a good option at 31/10.

Despite a decent home defensive record of late, Leicester’s makeshift back line was fortuitous not be ripped apart by Manchester City during the first half on Saturday and face a Spurs attack that is white hot at the moment. Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen are finding space with ease and Harry Kane continues to finish from even a whiff of a chance. Kane to score a brace – as he looks to give himself a shot at the golden boot on the last day – at 9/2 has to be worth a penny or three.

Spurs have been the dominant Premier League side during the second half of the season and, while Leicester have been resolute against the top six of late, the Foxes will find it tough to suppress the Lilywhites. Pochettino’s team are a balanced, well-oiled unit and look capable of brushing even the league’s best aside. Far from full strength, it could be a long night for Leicester.

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Aguero’s display thrills Pep

Pep Guardiola was quick to praise Sergio Aguero as well as Pablo Zabaleta after Manchester City had beaten West Brom 3-1.

Aguero did not score against the Baggies on Tuesday but set up goals for Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne while Zabaleta played in his last home game for City before ending his nine-year association with the club this summer.

"Gabriel was amazing but I thought the key player in front was Sergio," said Guardiola.

"He did not score but he made two or three assists. He played… wow, like for a long time I didn't see."

Third-placed City need a point at Watford to be certain of clinching a top four spot and they are 8/1 to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road and 10/11 to keep a clean sheet against the Hornets.

Meanwhile, Guardiola said of Zabaleta: "The crowd have stayed to say goodbye to a legend.

"Seeing people cry for him and what he has done… it was a perfect day, a special day for Pablo and he deserves everything."

Manchester City are 7/1 to win Sunday's game at Watford from behind while they are available at 9/2 to score a penalty against Walter Mazzarri's team.

Bobo pens new Sky Blues deal

Marquee striker Bobo will stay for another season with reigning A-League champions Sydney FC.

The Brazilian has been retained outside the Sky Blues salary cap and his stay represents a massive boost to the club who won the double last season.

Graham Arnold will need all hands on deck next year to avoid Sydney joining the list of defending champions who have failed to back up their success – mainly due to having to play Asian Champions League football the following season.

Bobo had said even before the Sky Blues beat Melbourne Victory to win the Grand Final that negotiations between him and the club were close to completion.

Sydney FC have been working hard to keep him outside their salary cap, after he was their leading goal scorer last season.

"Bobo has been key to everything we've done this season," said Arnold. "We defend from the frontmen and Bobo is crucial to that, so I'm very pleased to have him on board for the season and only expect him to improve."

Bobo racked up 15 A-League goals and four assists four the Sky Blues and his deal means Arnold has retained almost everyone he's wanted to keep.

He will now have his sights on off-contract skipper Alex Brosque, Serbian midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic and young defender Aaron Calver.

Brazilian ace Bobo said: "I can't wait to compete in Asia next season and further cement the status of Sydney FC as the best-ever club (from Australia)."

Sydney FC are 9/4 to win the Grand Final again next season, with the Victory 4/1 and Perth Glory 8/1.

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Wenger won’t throw in the towel

Arsene Wenger still thinks Arsenal can clinch a top-four spot following their 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday.

The Gunners are in danger of finishing outside the top four for the first time since the 1995/96 campaign when they were fifth.

They are fifth this term ahead of the final round of matches after Manchester City beat West Brom on Tuesday and are one point adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool.

Wenger said: "We won 71 points last season and finished second. We now have 72 and want to go to 75. After that you deal with what happens.

"We have got in on the final day many times.

"We had a difficult patch after the Bayern [Munich] game because it was difficult to recover. On the other hand it was a good mental test and we responded in a strong way."

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez after the break finally ended rock-bottom Sunderand's resistance and the Chilean is set to play on Sunday against Everton.

Wenger added: "Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League, that is what you want from every team."

The Gunners are 13/2 to beat Everton 2-0 and 6/1 to secure a top-four finish once again.

This is a finale football betting fans will love to see

The final football games of the season bring the curtain down on another fantastic season of German football. Bayern Munich continued to wow betting websites with their dominance, while RB Leipzig was the shining example of the future of professional football.

There was also enough drama in the bottom of the table. The fierce tussle by the bottom clubs to avoid relegation also gave fans countless spills and thrills.

Hamburg SV made an impressive crawl from the bottom of the table to sixteenth. A win against Wolfsburg will complete Markus Gisdol’s great escape to safety. Hamburg fans will be thrilled to see -0.25 @ 2.25 in favour of the Red Shorts.

On the upper half of the table, Borussia Dortmund fans are disappointed with the way things ended for the BVB, but a win against Werder Bremen means they don’t have to go through Champions League qualification. They outclass the eighth-ranked Bremen in every aspect of the game, so betting everything on Dortmund -2.25 @ 2.01 is a great deal.

RB Leipzig enjoyed a terrific Bundesliga debut; they even held the top spot for an odd number of days. Their second-place finish will only be made sweeter by beating Bundesliga old boys Frankfurt.

Four teams vie for Europa League spots, adding a lot of excitement on the day. Hertha Berlin have secured their spot and will add to their 49-point tally by defeating Bayer Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Koln have a chance of ending their season on a high if they manage to outplay Mainz 05 at RheinEnergieStadion. With Anthony Modeste leading them from the front, it’s hard not to cheer for them.

Freiburg are desperate to keep Koln away from the final Europa League spot, but their last game is a terrifying visit to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. The 2017 Bundesliga champions will want Philipp Lahm’s final football game to be a sweet victory, so count on Carlo Ancelotti to pull out all the stops and bring the bulk of Bayern’s fury to the pitiable visitors.

After the final whistle, we can be sure that Bayern players and fans will be having another night to remember!

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Be careful what you wish for, Celtics fans

Eastern Conference Finals Game 1

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics (May 18, 08:30 GMT+8)

“We Want Cleveland!”

That’s what Boston fans chanted in the closing moments of the Celtics’ Game 7 victory over the Washington Wizards, and they will have that wish granted as the Eastern Conference Finals starts this Thursday.

They may be forgiven considering that Boston will be playing at home after clinching the East top seed, but they can’t relax and think that they have the advantage as betting odds and most betting tips have the Cavaliers coming out on top after the game and after the series.

Although most online gambling experts aren’t writing off the possibility of an upset – we’re talking about the top-seeded team after all – the Wine and Gold shirts are predicted to show their dominance and make a strong statement in Game 1.

There’s no better place to do it than on your opponents’ home ground, right?

Cleveland’s biggest advantage is the weeklong rest they got. Everybody knows what LeBron James and Co. can do with a pair of fresh legs, just ask the Toronto Raptors who experienced that horror firsthand.

Not to mention that this will be a different Cavs team that the C’s will be facing. Cleveland might still be the same on paper, though their performance in the postseason would make one believe that they really have a switch that they flip come playoffs time.

The Cavs’ defence was their fatal flaw heading into the playoffs, but they have shown some ridiculous defending in their sweep of the Pacers and Raptors. Even Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving—who are not known defenders—contributed to creating huge defensive pressure to their opponents.

Boston’s chance will come if they can stop LeBron from running plays and dictating the tempo; however, Coach Brad Stevens will have to know first who among his players is best suited to guard the King (here’s to hoping that he won’t be Kelly Olynyk’s next target).

Much of their success will also depend on Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford whose all-around performance has helped them make it this far. If Horford consistently sustains his play while IT carries the offence, they have a legitimate chance of pulling off a surprise on the parquet floor of TD Garden.

Three of the four regular-season meetings between them ended with a lead six points or less, so this one should be another competitive affair. Nonetheless, I think the Cavaliers have too much advantage given the depth of their squad that is nothing like the Wizards who pushed the Celts to the limit.

If you’re punting, Cleveland Asian Handicap -4.50 @ 2.03 appears to be the more logical choice.

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Sorry Spurs, this is the Warriors’ show now!

San Antonio Spurs 100-136 Golden State Warriors

The moment Kawhi Leonard was declared unavailable for Game 2 after re-aggravating his ankle injury, there have been fears swirling around the online gambling community that the Spurs’ depleted lineup won’t be able to stand a chance against the Warriors.

As it turns out, those fears were right as San Antonio failed to even test the betting odds, succumbing to Golden State in a forgettable Game 2 display.

That is not to say that the Warriors’ performance isn’t incredible or historic, but the difference in talent in the absence of their rivals’ main man made this one a predictable live betting affair.

Indeed, for most fans, the only question left before the match is how much lead the Warriors will have after it’s over.

And the answer is 36.

Without Leonard and Tony Parker directing the offence, the Spurs struggled to create offensive sets and ended up shooting just 37 percent from the field.

Gregg Popovich handed Patty Mills the keys to run the floor, but he was ineffective as he made only five points and two assists in 21 minutes of action. It also didn’t help that LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to eight points – all after scoring 28 (17 in the first half) the last time out.

Jonathon Simmons was the lone bright spot for them with his team-high 22 markers.

Golden State, meanwhile, didn’t give San Antonio any chance at all. They stepped all over the visitors right from the opening frame and never looked back as they led by as much as 41 points.

Every active player scored for the Dubs with seven reaching double figures. Stephen Curry anchored the attack with 29 points while Patrick McCaw also impressed as he notched 18 off the bench. Kevin Durant chipped in 16 in a pretty comfortable night that saw them shoot 56 percent.

Down by more than 30 points in the second half, Popovich was left with no other choice but send his young guys to give them some playing time.

Golden State were without Andre Iguodala who was out due to a knee soreness while Zaza Pachulia played only six minutes after suffering a right heel contusion.

The Warriors now lead the series 2-0 and it’s looking more difficult for San Antonio to get out of the hole as they only came back once from such deficit – back in 2008.

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Klinsmann: Messi needs World Cup

Lionel Messi needs to win the World Cup with Argentina to 'secure his legacy, according to Jurgen Klinsmann.

The ex-striker won the 1990 World Cup with West Germany – beating Argentina in the final – and he insists that a player of Messi's star-quality needs to put a major international tournament on his CV.

Argentina finished as runners-up at the 2014 World Cup, to Germany, as well as at the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016.

Klinsmann, formerly manager of the United States national team, feels Messi might get his just rewards next summer in Russia.

"There's a chance he'll get it in Russia next year," said Klinsmann, who was fired by the U.S. in November.

"A player like Messi needs to seal his legacy by winning the World Cup. I want him to win it because he deserves it."

Klinsmann meanwhile sat on the fence when comparing Messi to his own contemporary and Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

"I admire Messi, I've always admired him," Klinsmann told Goal. "But I also admire Maradona, especially because I played against him several times, in Inter against Napoli and in Argentina versus Germany. He is an artist because he saw what anyone else couldn't see.

"He knew what he was doing and what he was going to do, even before he got the ball. He was always an artist in the field.

"Messi is different, he is a perfectionist. He's a great character because he's humble. He has one main quality: he's a great scorer."

Argentina are 10/1 to win the 2018 World Cup, with Germany 5/1 and Brazil 6/1.

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17/10 For Saints To Win Is Too Good To Miss

Neither of these sides – like so many in the Premier League – have anything meaningful to play for. Jose Mourinho has been painstakingly honest in his disregard for remaining Premier League fixtures, while Southampton can yet top another solid campaign by nipping ahead of West Bromwich Albion to claim the ‘best of the rest’ spot in eighth.

Since Mourinho’s unnecessarily public revelation that the league was inferior to his team’s aims, their performances have reflected such. That has added to a poor run that has seen them go winless in their last four and they were fortunate not to face a thrashing at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Rotation is guaranteed again, however, as Mourinho wraps Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ander Herrera in layer after layer of cotton wool.

Southampton – who ended their own five match winless streak with victory over Middlesbrough at the weekend – are likely to name a rotated team. Claude Puel may well give Charlie Austin his first start in months, while Shane Long and Sofiane Boufal remain doubts.

The Saints, who are the top half’s joint lowest scorers at time of writing, have not found the net in their last three at home as Manolo Gabbiadini’s hot arrival to the Premier League was calmed. Extra spice is thrown into the pot for this encounter, however, with the injustice Puel’s side suffered in the EFL Cup final against Mourinho’s men. A brief St Mary’s drought should come to an end against a lacklustre Manchester United, making a both teams to score bet decent value at 81/100.

Marouane Fellaini is expected to return to the XI after suspension and the towering Belgian is a high card risk. With nine to his name in just 27 league appearances this campaign, Fellaini could find himself having the marshal the smart Dusan Tadic and at 5/2 to receive a card it’s a must-bet.

A yellow card double presents good value too, with the 10 times booked Oriol Romeu 11/5 making it 10/1. The Spaniard has had a stellar season, but is often in a position where a tactical foul is necessary.

Although the odds may not reflect it, Southampton have to be favourites for this one given Manchester United’s clear disinterest in their closing league matches. Puel is – bizarrely – under a fair bit of pressure and a push towards eighth could make all the difference to his future at the club. At 17/10, there is great value in a Saints win in front of an expectant south coast crowd.

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Tottenham are a family – Kane

Harry Kane does not expect any of Tottenham's star players to leave this summer and believes the majority of the same squad will be back for next season.

Spurs will record their best finish to a league season since 1963 by finishing runners-up to champions Chelsea after an excellent campaign for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

For the second season on the bounce, the north Londoners have been serious title contenders and will be looking to build on their achievements going into the 2017/18 term when they are 8/1 to win the Premier League.

Spurs' excellent form has certainly not gone unnoticed though and plenty of their star players have been linked with moves away from the club, including Kane himself.

The England international says he is going nowhere and believes it would be silly for anyone to choose to leave given how bright the future is for the club, with a move to a new stadium on the site of their current White Hart Lane home on the horizon.

"We're a family on and off the pitch," he said. "We've got a very bright future, a great squad, a team that's hungry to win and to learn and to get better.

"Of course there's going to be rumours over the summer, but I think I'd be very surprised if most of us aren't still here next season.

"It's a special bond and I don't think you always get that at clubs, that's why we've got to hold onto that, make that motivate us to hopefully be out there next year at Wembley lifting a Premier League together.

"That's got to be the next step, lifting the trophy and having celebrations like that but with a title or a cup. That's got to be our aim and we've got to use this as motivation to get there."

Spurs play their penultimate game of the season on Thursday when they travel to last season's champions Leicester City.

Pochettino's men are 17/20 for the win, while the Foxes are 7/2 and the draw is 14/5.

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