Mooy: Socceroos there by right

Aaron Mooy says he'll be going into his first World Cup campaign feeling confident in Australia's right to be in Russia.

The Huddersfield Town player is coming off the back of helping his side retain their Premier League status, and feels excited at the chance of taking on the best players in the world.

The Socceroos have been drawn in the same group as France, who are one of the favourites for the tournament.

They'll face them first up in Kazan next month, certainly hoping for a better outcome than when in 2010 they faced another team to previously win the tournament – they suffered an ugly 4-0 loss to Germany in South Africa under Pim Verbeek.

France look well set for the tournament, after beating Ireland 2-0 in a friendly in Paris, and Mooy says the Socceroos will also be well prepared when they take them on on 16th June.

"If you want to compete, you have to take out the big boys," added the midfielder. "We deserve to be there as much as them. I'm sure the manager, the boss, will try and give us as much chance to get something out of the game."

It will be tough for Bert van Marwijk's side to advange from a group that also contains top-12 nations Denmark and Peru, which Mooy concedes.

"It's hard to say whether we'll qualify because we're starting afresh. We haven't been with the new coaching staff for too long," he said. "But we all believe in what they're doing and I think we've got a chance for sure; players say going to a World Cup, it's one of the best parts of their career and I can't wait."

Australia are 4/5 to finish bottom of Group C at the World Cup.

The Socceroos are 7/2 to qualify from their group.

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Aubameyang expects improvements

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident this side can make a strong showing next season, following the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

January recruit Aubameyang has made a massive impact since joining the Gunners, scoring ten goals in 13 Premier League appearances, including the only goal of the game as Wenger ended his 22-year reign with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

And the former Borussia Dortmund ace is confident that he can help Arsenal adjust to a new situation next term and believes that a youthful squad has the ability to take a step forward from their sixth-place finish this term.

He told reporters: "In the last few weeks we have played well. We have a lot of young players and for sure it's good for the new manager.

"It looks good for the future and I'm sure next season is going to be a good one for us."

Meanwhile, despite having found the net on a regular basis since his move to England, the Gabon international believes that there is even more to come from him, as he was not fully match-ready when he linked up with Arsenal.

He added: "At the beginning it was really hard because physically I don't think I was ready – I didn't play in January, the whole month.

"It was not easy, but after a lot of work I found my form again and I've scored some goals – thanks to my team-mates of course because we work hard for that."

Arsenal are available at 25/1 to win the Premier League title next season, with Tottenham Hotspur priced at 12/1 and Chelsea 12/1.

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Wagner: I’ll get better

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner expects the experience of keeping his side in the Premier League to make him a better manager.

Wagner also reported that he will confirm his future plans once the season has ended, as he had always planned to do, and he is keen on staying at the club.

The Terriers boss has only 12 months remaining on his current deal. After a successful season keeping Huddersfield afloat in the top flight, he is expected to have offers to move on, but he says the plan was always to discuss his future after the season ended.

The 46-year-old knows that this season has been a testing one, but he's happy with the experience gained.

"A big part of the quality of a manager is experience and I'm more experienced than I was before," Wagner said.

"Not only the experience of the Premier League [but] life experience as well; manager of a football club, managing positive and negative situations as well.

"So for sure, I will improve and I have to improve. I'm anything but ready and for me personally, this experience we have had in the last season will help me to be better in the future."

Wagner says he will confirm his commitment next week after a meeting with owner Dean Hoyle, something that was always going to happen in the off-season.

He is very much planning to be in charge of the club in the new season, and he wants to improve on this season's achievements.

"This is what we planned six months ago and this is what we have always usually done in the past and this is what we do in the next week," he added.

"I think like always we will have to discuss a lot of things, not only transfers but as well as the facilities. This club is ambitious and has space to improve, we like to improve."

Huddersfield are 19/4 to win their final game on Sunday against Arsenal at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Gunners, without an away league point in 2018, are 4/7 to end Arsene Wenger's tenure with a win while the draw is 18/5.

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Farewell to a Fantastic Season of Football Games

This season’s Premier League games have been nothing but a delight for everyone who loves their football. Fans saw a lot of exciting football bets and drama from all over the table, making for a season to remember.

Manchester City displayed their dominance under Pep Guardiola, the newly relegated sides defied the prophecies of football betting experts and stayed up, and Arsene Wenger makes his final round as Arsenal manager.

There’s a lot to of action to cover, so let’s not dally any longer and see the final games of the season!

Southampton vs Manchester City (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

St. Mary’s Stadium is the location for Manchester City’s victory party, but count on Southampton to try and spoil the fun!

The season has been a long, frustrating ride for Saints fans after seeing their club plummet down to the relegation scrap late in the season. However, results against Bournemouth, Everton and Swansea secured their spot in the league once more.

They are in no real danger of being dropped to the danger zone unless City scored 12 goals on them. While that may seem possible, I think Pep Guardiola and company will take it a bit easier on them.

I still expect a win from the Sky Blues, however. Manchester City -1.25 @ 1.98 is worth a 🌟🌟 bet, in my humble opinion.

Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

The John Smith’s Stadium will be encapsulated in a glass case of emotion once this match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal is over.

Huddersfield supporters will be bouncing with joy as the Terriers end their debut season in the English top flight in 45 years. David Wagner will be celebrated, and the rest of the team will be treated like heroes.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be a bit blue as this will be the final time Arsene Wenger stands on the touchline as a coach in the Premier League. I don’t think he’ll ever coach in the league again, so fans will be relishing every moment they see the Frenchman who gave the world the Invincibles until the very final whistle.

On paper, Arsenal should be the better team. However, they suffered an embarrassing defeat at Leicester last time out.  I think Huddersfield Town will be able to produce another draw similar to what they did against Chelsea.

Huddersfield +1.00 @ 1.94 is worth another 🌟🌟.

Newcastle United vs Chelsea (May 13, 22:00 GMT +8)

Rafa Benitez ought to be proud of himself.

Despite a troublesome yet fruitless sale of the club that affected his January transfer window, the Spaniard managed to hold the Magpies together and possibly end the season at tenth. Chelsea will be a tough customer to crack, but they will be happy to take their chances.

The Blues’ season ends on a disappointing note as they have to settle for Europa League football. It’s still not sure if they will still have Antonio Conte around by August, but they can be sure that he will deliver. Expect some intense football from Eden Hazard and the rest of the Chelsea XI.

My final tip is Chelsea -1.00 @ 2.00 for yet another 🌟🌟.

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🌟🌟 = €10 (Confident)
🌟 = €5 (Somewhat confident)

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Wenger tips City for next season

Arsenal's departing manager Arsene Wenger says he expects Manchester City to remain the team to beat next season.

In his last press conference before leaving the Emirates Stadium after 22 years in charge, Wenger says that this season's runaway champions have everything in place for a period of sustained success domestically and in Europe.

He said: "The difference between them and the others – they glide well through financial fair play. They have a great manager, a great team – an intelligent team, who anticipate opponents.

"I agree, they will be the team to beat next season."

Wenger brings down the curtain on his long spell with the Gunners on Sunday when he takes his side to Huddersfield to take on the Terriers with a party atmosphere likely after the home side confirmed their Premier League place for next season with a point at Chelsea in midweek.

The Gunners are 3/5 to sign off with a win with David Wagner's side 5/1 and the draw 10/3.

Danny Welbeck is 5/1 to score the first goal with the Gunners 12/1 to win the game 3-0.

The Frenchman was non-committal on his plans for the future only confirming that he would be going to the World Cup in Russia over the summer.

Despite suffering defeat away at Leicester in their penultimate game of a disappointing season Wenger was insistent that the new manager replacing him will have some special talent to work with.

"The players' attitude was great last night, they were fantastic," he added.

"There is a special bond in this team. There is something waiting to come out that is special. Hopefully that will come out next season."

Sunday's match in West Yorkshire will have no bearing on Arsenal's league position. They will finish the season in sixth place, well adrift of the top four meaning they miss out on a Champions League place for the second successive year.

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SPOTLIGHT: Man City Record, EPL Surprise and a Big NBA Showdown

It’s a remarkable day in the world of sports, with European football and US basketball providing plenty of action, drama and intriguing storylines.

Today, us brings you the top three hottest news that you need to know:

Manchester City set three new Premier League records

The Sky Blues are making a case for the greatest Premier League side ever.

After winning the English top-flight title, Manchester City continued their journey to the history books as they shattered three Premier League records in their 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Manchester City continue to show who's the boss by breaking Premier League records this season

Manchester City shatter three Premier League records in their recent win over Brighton & Hove Albion

Pep Guardiola’s side set a new league milestone for the most wins (31), most points (97) and most goals scored (105) in a single season. All three of which were previously held by Chelsea.

Chelsea, in the 2016-17 season, reached the 30-win landmark. Meanwhile, the 2009-10 team of the club scored 103 goals as they won the title under Carlo Ancelotti. Five years before that, the Blues—then managed by Jose Mourinho—made history after getting 95 points.

Interestingly, Manchester City have one game left to extend the record and reach the 100-point mark, something never-before-seen in the Premier League. Another victory will also see them surpass the all-time top-flight record for wins set by Tottenham Hotspur in 1960-61 in the Football League First Division.

“I feel good,” Guardiola said after the record-breaking game. “We had to maintain our level to break those records. We had to maintain our intensity. We have 97 points, have scored a lot of goals and won a lot of games, that is a consequence of the season we have done.”

“Now we want 100 points and finish this almost perfect season in the Premier League.”

Huddersfield out of trouble, keep all promoted teams in the top flight

Huddersfield Town might not have won the Premier League title—they are far off actually—but they have something to celebrate after playing out a 1-1 stalemate with Chelsea.

At 36 points before the match, the Terriers needed one point to ensure their safety. Fortunately, the players responded big time as they took the lead five minutes into the restart through Laurent Depoitre.

Chelsea were able to come back, thanks to Marcos Alonso who scored on 62 minutes. However, Huddersfield won’t be denied of even just a draw as they held on to get the precious point they need.

The result meant that all three newly-promoted sides are staying up, with Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion already secured of another top-flight season with at least 40 points each.

Promoted clubs Huddersfield, Brighton and Newcastle have managed to stay in the top flight

2017-18 is only the third Premier League season wherein all three promoted clubs have avoided relegation

This achievement, however, is also quite historic as it marked only the third time in Premier League history that none of the promoted teams is relegated back to the Championship. Fulham, Bolton and Blackburn achieved the feat in the 2001-02 campaign, while QPR, Norwich and Swansea replicated it in 2011-2012.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield boss David Wagner hailed his team for escaping relegation despite pre-season predictions that suggested they were bound for a quick trip back to the second-tier league.

“We didn’t have to rely on other teams, we’ve done it on our own,” Wagner said. “Nobody expected it apart from us.”

“This is an unbelievable achievement, we have a further season in the Premier League. Everyone knows the circumstances that our club compete with these top clubs.”

Boston, Cleveland set to renew Eastern Conference rivalry

It’s a Boston-Cleveland East finale all over again.

Cleveland Cavaliers to face Boston Celtics in the much-awaited Eastern Conference Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics will once again play each other in the Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics secured another Eastern Conference Finals date with the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning the semi-finals series against the Philadelphia 76ers, 4-1.

Boston fought out a thrilling Game 5 with Philly, but in the end, it was their experience that prevailed as they fended off the Sixers 114-112.

Cleveland, meanwhile, swept the Toronto Raptors on the other end of the bracket to grab their fourth straight East Finals berth. LeBron James, who made it to the conference finals for the eighth straight year, led the charge for the Cavs in the surprising sweep.

The meeting between Boston and Cleveland is a repeat of last year’s East Final. The Cavs won that series in five games to move on to the NBA Finals.

However, so much has changed for both teams since they last met in the playoffs. Kyrie Irving—who averaged 25.8 points on 60 percent shooting against Boston last year—was dealt away to the Celts this past summer, though he’s currently out for the playoffs following knee surgery.

Meanwhile, the Cavs are way different as well, thanks to a trade-deadline overhaul that saw them trade six players and their first round pick for Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and a second rounder.

It remains to be seen how their series will pan out, but it’s brewing to be an interesting match-up between two widely different teams. Boston are relying on a balanced offence without a true superstar, while the Cavs have been too much dependent on LeBron this year.

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Wagner hails Terriers efforts

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner was ecstatic after seeing his side secure their Premier League survival by drawing 1-1 at Chelsea.

The Terriers moved four points clear of the drop zone with just one game to play, having earned their place in the top-flight next season by claiming draws at both Stamford Bridge and champions Manchester City in the last few days.

And Wagner was full of praise for a squad of players who have given their all to ensure that they remain among the big boys next season.

He told reporters: "If you have the passion, desire and spirit you can compete with top, top quality and you saw that we can do it. We had luck, no doubt about it, but if any players deserve it, it's this set of players.

"I never doubted their mental strength. We have so many experiences, the play-offs, the final, some very big dips in the season, five defeats in a row. We have always come back.

"In this very exciting week with proper Premier League fixtures we have confirmed everything, we have done it. I am so unbelievably proud.

"People said we had no chance, I will not criticise one of them because they were right. We were (anything) but a Premier League club last summer, but we have given it a go."

Town will be able to enjoy their final game of the season on Sunday, when Arsenal are the visitors to the John Smith's Stadium, with the Gunners having not picked up a point on their travels since the turn of the year.

Huddersfield are 17/4 to win the game on Sunday, with a 1-1 draw priced at 8/1 and a 2-1 win for the hosts available at 16/1.

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Conte calls for Blues pressure

Antonio Conte has asked his Chelsea team to increase the pressure on top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool by winning their final two games.

Even if Conte's team defeat relegation-threatened Huddersfield on Wednesday and Newcastle on Sunday, it might not be enough to get them into the Champions League places.

Fifth-placed Chelsea trail Tottenham by two points and Liverpool by three ahead of their game against the Terriers, who need a point to secure their own survival in the top-flight.

Tottenham face Newcastle on Wednesday evening and Leicester on Sunday, both at Wembley, while Liverpool host Brighton in their final game at the weekend.

The Reds hold a 15-goal advantage on Chelsea, ensuring Conte and his men may require Spurs to lose one or draw both of their home games if they are to cause a late upset. Chelsea are 7/2 to finish in the top four but Conte isn't giving up.

"The situation is not in our hands," said Conte. "Liverpool have to win the last game against Brighton and it's the same for Tottenham. They have two games at home.

"The only way to put a bit of pressure is this, to get three points in every game. In the last month we did this.

"We won three games away, Southampton, Burnley and Swansea, and one game at home against Liverpool. We're doing our job in the best way to put pressure on Tottenham and Liverpool."

Chelsea are 7/1 to beat Huddersfield 3-0 on Wednesday evening, while David Wagner's side are 5/1 to get the draw they need for survival.

Chelsea have an FA Cup Final to look forward to this month against Manchester United and, despite speculation over his future, Conte isn't looking too far ahead.

"I'm very focused on the present, to do the job in the best way for the players and the fans," said Conte.

"Our job is not simple, it's not easy. But I'm totally focused on the present."

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Swans won’t give up

Manager Carlos Carvalhal is adamant Swansea City won't concede in their relegation battle despite a damaging home loss against Southampton.

The Saints took a big step towards safety on Tuesday evening as Manolo Gabbiadini scored the only goal of a tense affair at the Liberty Stadium.

Saints now enjoy a three-point cushion over Swansea with just one game left to play. Their goal difference advantage over the Swans means Mark Hughes' team will have to lose to Manchester City on Sunday, while Carvalhal and his men must beat relegated Stoke and hope for a ten-goal swing between the teams.

Swansea's best hope now may be that 17th placed Huddersfield lose at Chelsea on Wednesday evening and again at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

Those results, coupled with a Swansea win over Stoke at the Liberty on Sunday, would be enough for the Welsh team to survive on goal difference.

For Carvalhal it was hard to criticise his players despite their failure to score at home for the eighth time this season, a Premier League high.

"It was a push to us because the boys did everything in the game. They played with a fantastic attitude," Carvalhal said.

"We played more long balls than normal but it is normal in this kind of situation with the emotion. The goalkeeper made two or three fantastic saves.

"I will not put the fault in my players, I never do this. I assume responsibility. It is not a question that they are not good enough, we created chances. We did our maximum, the players did their maximum but we did not score for whatever reason."

Swansea are 7/10 to beat Stoke on Sunday, with the draw 5/2 and the away side 9/2. Carvalhal hopes they'll still have a chance going into that game and he isn't ready to give up.

"In this moment we are not relegated. Tomorrow, we don't know. Definitely we don't depend on ourselves," he added.

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Wagner calls for fearless approach

David Wagner says Huddersfield cannot be fazed by their difficult closing fixtures.

The Terriers showed spirit to battle to a 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Sunday, with the German tweaking his formation to frustrate the Citizens on the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy.
 
That result left them three points clear of the bottom three with two games to play, starting on Wednesday at Chelsea.

Huddersfield then welcome Arsenal to Kirklees on Sunday for Arsene Wenger's final game of his 22-year spell in charge of the Gunners.

Emotion is sure to be high amongst the visitors but the drama that usually unfolds on the final day may mean Wagner's side need to win if they fail to do so on Wednesday.

Chelsea themselves are eyeing a top-four finish and are 2/11 to claim all three points at Stamford Bridge, with the draw 7/1 and Huddersfield 18/1.

The German coach has earned plenty of plaudits for guiding the West Yorkshire outfit from the lower reaches of the second tier and into the Premier League and with other clubs thought to be monitoring him, survival will only boost his profile.

While some of his peers may worry about their task, the 46-year-old has challenged his players to rise to the challenge of facing Chelsea and Arsenal.

"We have to try to cause these teams problems and try to get points against these kinds of opponents," he said.

"We will try to make an impossible task possible. We have to be focused on our performance and on reaching our highest level."

Huddersfield are 5/2 to be relegated and 3/10 to stay up.

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