Serie Togel A Calcio 2011-2012 Season Preview

 

 

With the threat of industrial action on the part of the playing Togel staff in Italy now averted, Serie A returns with AC Milan v Lazio at Molino Dorino. What’s the betting Milan can repeat?

 

Let’s look at the teams one by one.

 

Atalanta look like they will come out in a 4-4-2 with a strengthened defence. Andrea Masiello has exchanged the sunny climes of Bari for the chilly foothills of the Alps.

 

Bologna are likely to utilize the Christmas tree with Di Vaio the angel at its peak. But will the formation lead to the lack of width that Milan discovered that they had two seasons ago? While Milan brought in Beckham to solve the problem, in my view it’s rather unlikely he will be rushing over from LA to help the Bolognesi.

 

Cagliari, under Donadoni’s watchful eye, may use Nene and newly-acquired El Kabir as two wide front men with Cossu breaking through the centre. With the dangerous David Suazo brought in from Inter they should be able to avoid relegation.

 

Catania have Montella as coach now, but have strangely unloaded Schelotto to Atalanta. The formation seems unclear – a lop-sided 4-4-2, perhaps. They might be heading even farther south – to the reaches of Serie B.

 

Cesena will place new boy Mutu in front of goal hoping € 5m Eder can help him in the scoring department.

 

Chievo have bought Perparim Hetemaj from Brescia hoping the Finn can finish like he did with his controlled volley against Roma. Does Jokic have what it takes on the left of midfield to help Pellissier?

 

Fiorentina’s 12-goal hero Gilardino will be fed by Kharja, 26 year-old Andrea Lazzari (from Cagliari) and Montolivo, who stays in Florence (it’s amazing that, despite years of his being often the best player on the park, it’s only recently that bigger clubs have been taking serious interest in him).

 

Genoa have made an effort to improve their “goals against” column by bringing in the experienced Sebastian Frey, 31, from Fiorentina. The addition of Birsa (Auxerre), Pratto and Seymour (U. Catolica) provides evidence that Genoa plan to do more than merely survive this time.

 

Internazionale di Milano have managed to retain Wesley Schneijder (to Manchester United’s detriment). So allenatore Gasperini has kept his defence and midfield intact. Up front, the decision to unload Samuel Eto’o seems odd indeed: the mobility of the attack may well be impaired. How long will it take Ricky Alvarez to adapt to the tiny spaces afforded by Italian defences, compared with the wide grasslands found in Argentina? But then they’ve now got Diego Forlan .. South American Champion as well as the best player in the 2010 World Cup.

 

Juventus, the creaky Old Lady, is going to be the most interesting team to watch this season, I predict. The fans (perhaps forgetting that he can land a ball on a one euro coin from fifty metres)

are already moaning about the acquisition of the elderly Pirlo from Milan. But the dangerous Vucinic will probably play in the middle of a front four (yes, you read that right: I understand it’s a return to the 1960s with a 4-2-4!!). So expect goals, goals, goals … at both ends of the field.

 

Lazio now have great experience in attack with Miroslav Klose (from Bayern Munchen) and Cisse (Panathinaikos) brought in as front men in a probable 4-3-1-2 with Hernanes and Ledesma behind as the spine of the team.

 

Lecce have brought in on loan Roma’s goalkeeper Julio Sergio. Nearly all of their summer transfers are loan deals or frees, and the fact that they have spent only € 1.6m must reflect the state of their finances. One fears for their safety this season.

 

Milan (and/or the Italian press) have been keeping everyone on tenterhooks this summer by talking about a mysterious possible signing called “Mister X” (commonly presumed to be either Montolivo or Hamsik). In the end, former Liverpool player Acquilani has been brought in to cover for the loss of Pirlo to Juve. How long can Milan continue with the ageing Gattuso and Ambrosini in midfield? Perhaps it doesn’t matter when you have such a stellar forward line.

 

Napoli, drawn in the same fascinating Champions League “group of death” (Group A) as Manchester City, with Villareal and Bayern, will provide serious opposition to any opponent this season. Confidence is high. Gokhan Inler and power-shooter Marco Donadel have been brought into midfield, and the team will continue with Cavani, Lavezzi, and Hamsik up front.

 

Novara might be favourites for the drop, but they have an all-new front three “attacco M”: Morimoto, Mazzarani, and Meggiorini.

 

Palermo now have Eran Zahavi from Hapoel, who will possibly appear on the right of midfield in front of Cassani to support forwards Hernandez and the excellent Fabrizio Miccoli (what is it about the Italian national team selectors that they don’t pick Miccoli automatically?)

 

Parma will hope Graziano Pelle (bought from AZ Alkmaar for a million) will help Crespo and Giovinco score more goals than the team lets in at the other end.

 

Roma have spent big this summer, and new coach Luis Enrique has managed to lure the sought after Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg to the Italian capital. Bojan Krkic (Barca) and Lamela (River) could be the wide men at the front of a 4-3-3. As yet we don’t know whether this will be a true 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1 (or even a 4-6). Where will Argentinian Pablo Osvaldo (Espanol) fit in? Roma will be interesting to watch.

 

Siena are expected to employ a traditional 4-4-2 with Zeljko Brkic in goal, D’Agostino in midfield, and Destro brought in from Genoa. Siena have been (on occasion) exciting to watch when at home. Can they survive this time?

 

Udinese’s strengths and weaknesses were plain for all to see in their recent matches against Arsenal. Prior to the match in London the team looked relaxed as they were spotted strolling the gardens of Regents Park and were unlucky to lose to Walcott’s solitary goal. In Udine, though, their over-reliance on the brilliant Di Natale was evidenced, despite Pinzi’s great range of passing. Coach Francesco Guidolin is going to have to quickly stifle the psychological blow of losing Sanchez to Barcelona if Udinese are to emulate last term’s excellent showing.

 

 

 

George’s Premiership Predictions September 17

 

George got five correct results and no perfect scores.

 

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Saturday 17th September 2011

 

Blackburn 1 v Arsenal 1

Aston Villa 2 v Newcastle 1

Bolton 1 v Norwich City 1

Everton 2 v Wigan Athletic 1

Swansea City 0 v WBA 0

Wolves 3 v QPR 2

 

Sunday 18th September 2011

 

Tottenham 0 v Liverpool 2

Fulham 1 v Manchester City 3

Sunderland 1 v Stoke City 1

Man Utd 2 v Chelsea 1

 

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Togel Bwin vies for 30% stake in Spanish national lottery

 

 

Spain’s second-largest newspaper, El Mundo reports that Austrian online gaming company Bwin is a frontrunner in a bid to purchase a 30% stake in Spain’s State Lottery. Other companies interested in the purchase of the stake include Spanish companies Codere, Cirsa and Recreativos Franco as well as Italy’s Lottomatica.

 

The Spanish Government announced plans this week to partially privatise the lottery in order to cut debt and expects to raise €5 billion from its sale. The State lottery has an estimated €2.6 billion ($3.5 billion) revenue for 2010 and is renowned for its considerable El Gordo and El Nino draws.

 

An un-named source told El Mundo that the company is closely watching developments in Spain but continues its focus, for the moment, on its online business.

 

Pundits Make Early Premier League Predictions

 

The early polls are in and it looks like the pundits can’t see much past Manchester City retaining the Premier League title they managed to win by a single kick of a ball last season with 42% going for City to win the league.

 

Manchester United are lagging behind with 29% of the votes with a surprising 16% plumping for Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea, 8% going for Arsenal and 5% fancying any other team. It’s little surprise then that this matches pretty closely with what the bookies fancy too.

 

City are as short as even money to retain the title, United available at around 2/1, Chelsea at a skinny looking 5/1 and Arsenal a deceptively chunky looking 12/1. Tottenham and Liverpool are both available at around 30/1 with new managers in tow and from there the odds get really crazy with Newcastle available at 150/1.

 

Given that the United Togel team was widely believed to be one of the worst Ferguson has had to work with and that with just a few minutes left on the clock at The Etihad the title was going back to Old Trafford, this confidence in City retaining their title may be just a little excessive?

 

City’s Summer Activity

 

So far City are yet to make a signing this summer and with Dzeko, Adebayor and Kolorov likely to see the exit before the start of the season it’s only the fragile, but growing bond of the team that is holding this notion together. Though it is highly likely that at least one mega-money signing will find their way on to the Etihad bench by kick off time in August you can only assume that the strong early belief of City retaining the title comes on that expectation, and top of that list is probably Van Persie.

 

Whilst the Dutchman had an outstanding season for Arsenal last year it’s worth remembering that he really has had only one such season in his Premier League career. Were he to join City, and stay fit all season there would still be question marks as to exactly how much he would add to the strength of the starting 11. City’s squad is already bloated with world class strikers coming in to their prime and swapping an Aguero or a Tevez for Van Persie in the starting 11 might not produce as much of a net gain as it appears, though if he joins United he might be able to add more to their squad.

 

United’s Summer Activity

 

United are also in the hunt for Van Persie’s signature they know they need to strengthen. They have started in earnest with an addition to perhaps the weakest part of their team last season, that of Kagawa in Midfield, with Lucas Moura (winger), and Joao Moutinho also rumoured to be on their way to old Trafford along with Leighton Baines. should United add those 3 to their team and get them to settle quickly you could argue that United’s team has strengthened more so than City’s and even though the gain might not be huge it should certainly be enough to be worth a couple of extra points which would have given the title to United last season so United might just be the value bet here.

 

Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs

 

With everything that has transpired at The Emirates this summer it looks like Arsenal could lose two major assets and should this happen, even with the excellent additions of Padolski ,Giroud and now Cazorla they may struggle to retain their Champions League place without a spearhead to their attack, but the faith of the pundits is with Wenger to make it 16 consecutive Champions League qualifications for The Gunners and if they hold on to Van Persie then who knows they could even mount a title challenge at some stage of the season as they always seem to when we least expect it.

 

You’d think there was little to no pundit faith in Villas-Boas at Spurs but just 6% of pundits think they will finish outside of the top 4, with 8% predicting it will be Arsenal that miss out and only 4% saying it will be Chelsea, clearly one of these favoruites will have to miss out on a top 4 spot and the early money is on Arsenal, but only just. We expect them to somehow find their way in to the Champions league once again, probably at the expense of Spurs.

 

Perhaps the dark horse in all of this is Chelsea, they have a decent backing and looked a far better team under their new gaffer last season. Whilst Drogba, Kalou and Bosingwa have left, the sizeable arrivals of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and one or two others will add plenty to the squad as will a regular run in the team for Torres.

 

It is also being suggested that Brazilian striker Oscar could be on the way along with Victor Moses. Their ageing squad and tactics might not be enough to win the league, but they may well just be the team that surprises a few people and mounts the most serious and consistent challenge to the two teams from Manchester.…